Just as Google released Android 2.3, Samsung put a temporary suspension on the upgrading of their Galaxy S devices. For the past few weeks, users have been complaining about inoperable devices after updating to FroYo, and now Samsung Canada has officially acknowledged the problem via their Facebook wall. The word is that they are investigating the reported issues and In the interim, we are taking the extra precaution of temporarily suspending the upgrade.
If you’ve had any problems, it’s suggested you contact Samsung directly, at their toll-free line; 1-800-751-4078 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The HTC Aria is quite unremarkable compared to the other Android smartphones, but it is still quite a decent budget option. With HTC officially announcing the Android 2.2 Froyo update for the Aria, it may become slightly more appealing to new users.
HTC has announced a new FOTA update for all HTC Aria users, which can be downloaded directly on your phone. Your phone will receive a notification using which you can install the update. Remember to back up your data before the update.
You can check if the update has been successful by checking the build number – Menu > Settings > About Phone > Software Information > Build number. It should be 2.37.708.5.
This update is only for the unlocked version of the Aria, the locked version update schedule may vary depending on your carrier.
After the LG Optimus 2X, the dual core Android smartphone by LG, yet another Android phone by LG has been leaked. It is the second impressive device that LG will launch in 2011, probably at CES.
It is a very slim phone, slimmer than both the Apple iPhone 4 and the Samsung Galaxy S. Another feather in its cap: its 4 inch display is supposedly better than both the iPhone 4’s Retina display and the Galaxy S’ Super AMOLED display. It is both brighter and more power efficient than the other displays.
With the success of the LG Optimus One, and the hype surrounding the LG Optimus 2X and now the LG B, LG is finally getting its fair share of the limelight in the mobile press.
Big Brother is watching â€¦ and he has an iPhone.
It’s now easier than ever to become a government snitch. This iPhone app, Patriot App, gives you almost instant access to the following US agencies:
- FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation)
- EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)
- GAO (Government Accountability Office)
- CDC (Centers for Disease Control)
I don’t know if you’d call this patriotic though. Most Americans value their personal privacy, and the thought of their neighbors instantly reporting them to Uncle Sam is scary. It’s already easy enough to call the local authorities, why do we need this? Have you ever heard of 911?
The name of this app will surely remind people about the controversial Patriot Act, which allows the US Government broad powers to bypass Constitutionally protected rights.
It’s one more sign of our times. Privacy is becoming a joke, but I’m not laughing.
Quote: They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. Benjamin Franklin
The Samsung-manufactured-Google-branded Nexus S has hit the retail stores of Best Buy across the United States and many people have already managed to get their hands on the device. Now, the crazy folks over at XDA have already started tinkering around with their Nexus S and have managed to gain root access to the handset.
The steps to root your Nexus S handset are pretty simple. Users need to follow the steps listed below to root their device -:
1) Switch off your Nexus S. Then press the Volume up button and the Power button together. Your handset should now boot in the standard recovery mode.
2) I hope you guys know your way around ADB and Android 2.3 SDK. Extract the Android 2.3 Gingerbread SDK and go to that folder via Command Prompt. Then after starting the adb daemon, user need to enter fastboot devicesto make sure that their handset is properly recognized by adb. After this users need to enter adb reboot bootloader.
3) Once adb reboots your handsets bootloader, users need to enter fastboot oem unlockand press enter. Bingo! Your Nexus S is now rooted!
However, after unlocking the bootloader, the Nexus S will factory reset itself once.
Yes, you have successfully managed to root your Nexus S in three simple steps. Hopefully, a custom recovery like ClockworkMod Recovery for the Nexus S will soon be out to replace the stock recovery.
The highly anticipated update of Google Maps version 5 – has finally hit the Android Market. The new update brings with it tons of new features like 3D maps, new multi-touch gestures and offline maps. Here is the small change-log posted by Google in the Android Market :
- Explore the map in 3D. Two finger drag down/up to tilt; twist to rotate on supported devices.
- Use compass mode to rotate the map to where you’re facing. Center the map with My Location then tap again.
- Improved map caching and offline Navigation rerouting if you lose your connection.
However, not all Android handsets will support the new features offered by Google Maps 5.
Here is the list of handsets that fully support Google Maps 5 :
- Galaxy S
- Droid X
- Droid 2
- Droid Incredible
- EVO 4G
- Nexus S
- T-Mobile G2/ HTC Desire Z
- HTC Desire HD
The upcoming high-end Android handsets will also be able to make use of all the features of Google Maps 5. Other handsets like Nexus One, HTC Desire won’t be able to enjoy the new multi-touch gesture feature offered by Google Maps 5 due to hardware restriction.
Here is the official blogpost from Google about Google Maps 5.
HTC is rolling out a software update for the first ever 4G phone the HTC Evo 4G. The software update is basically a maintenance update and updates some applications of the phone along with adding some bloatware. The update also includes SWYPE keyboard, Kindle eReader and a demo version of NOVA game from Gameloft.
Here is the full change-log thanks to Android Central :
Blockbuster (including WM DRM 10)
- Kindle eReader
- Preloaded try/buy video game: NOVA from Gameloft
- Sprint Zone update
- Latest Telenav
- Latest VVM App
- Latest Sprint TV app
- SWYPE Keyboard
- Scan Now Widget for 4G (does not need to be available on any panel, just a widget option users could find and use).
As you can see from the above change-log, this OTA update basically adds more bloatware to the EVO 4G.
The software update also breaks root so rooted users should not install this OTA. Alternatively, they can install this rooted and deodexed RUU based on the OTA from teshxx.
The Google Nexus S, the official successor to the Google Nexus One is now available at Best Buy. It was unveiled by Google on December 6 and has had Android fans salivating since.
It will retail for $529 at Best Buy for the unlocked version and $199 with a 2 year T-Mobile contract. It is one of the best Android phones yet, and is very similar to the Samsung Galaxy S, the most popular Android phone of 2010.
It comes with a 4 inch Super AMOLED display and a 1 GHz processor with 512 MB RAM and 16 GB internal storage. It also sports a 5 MP camera as well as a secondary camera for video calls. It also has all the usual connectivity options – GPRS, EDGE, 3G HSDPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and GPS. It is the first phone to run the new version of the Android OS – Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
Head over to Best Buy to get it now!
Andy Rubin unveiled a Motorola tablet powered by the next version of Android codenamed Honeycomb at the D: Dive into Mobile conference.
It has been called Android version 3.0 by the tech press, but now we have a new rumor which says that Honeycomb will actually be Android 2.4, not 3.0.
It has been assumed that Honeycomb will be Android 3.0 because it will support the tablet form factor and will come with a new user interface, but it seems that Google is planning to do something more special with version 3.0.
Android 2.4 Honeycomb (rumored) will probably be launched at MWC 2011 in Barcelona in February 2011 while Android 3.0 will be launched at the next Google I/O event in May 2011, like Froyo. Android 3.0 will probably be named Ice Cream, going by the current naming convention.
Windows Phone 7 is slowly but steadily adding apps and games to its online application store, the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace. We had reported that it offered 3000 apps just 20 days back; but now it has more than 4000 apps and games to offer.
According to WP7 Applist, the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace sports 4159 apps. Of those, 29% are free while the rest are paid apps with an average price of $1.41. 22% of the total apps are games.
While the growth is quite decent, the numbers are still nothing compared to the Android Market or the iPhone App Store. The WP7 Marketplace should overtake the Palm Appstore in Q1 2011, going by current trends.
Source: WP7 Applist