LG Unveils The First Nvidia Tegra 2 Powered Android Handset–The Optimus 2X

LG has unveiled its next generation high-end Android phone the Optimus 2x. The LG Optimus 2x is the first Android handset to sport an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor. Other key specifications of the handset include a 4-inch WVGA (800×480) screen, 512MB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory along with a microSD card slot.


At the heart of the phone is a dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor running at 1GHz and packs 512MB of RAM. The back of the phone sports an 8MP camera while the front sports a 1.3MP camera. The phone is capable of playing back 1080p videos as well as recording them. The usual Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and a 3.5mm jack are also present. The handset also packs in DLNA and HDMI mirroring’. This beast of a phone will be powered by a 1500mAh battery.

Sadly, the LG Optimus 2X will launch with Android 2.2 on board. However, LG has promised that the handset will get the Android 2.3 update in due course. The handset will hit Korea next month with Europe and Asia to follow.

O2 Branded Dell Streak Android 2.2 Update Rolling Out Now

Last month, Dell started rolling out the Android 2.2 update for its tablet-cum-handset crossover the Streak. However, Dell was rolling out the update for only un-branded Streak handsets at that time. Now, Streak owners in the UK who own an O2 branded Streak will get their share of Froyo love starting from today.


Here is the official change-log from O2 itself :

  • Adobe Flash 10.1
  • Native Microsoft Exchange Support
  • Pre-loaded Swype keyboard app
  • New Dell Stage user interface
  • Backup & Restore app
  • Numerous system optimisations and updates

The update will be rolled out in OTA form in batches to all the Streak handsets. Dell Streak owners can read about the Android 2.2 update here.

Google Voice Search Gets Personalized Recognition Feature

Voice_Search_PersonalizedGoogle launched its Voice Search service more than two years ago. Since then, the big G has added many features to its service and has improved it as well. Today, the company has added another new feature to Google Voice Search application Personalized Recognition.

If users will enable Personalized Recognition, then Google will collect your recordings and will automatically use them to build a speech model specifically for the user. However, as of now the feature is available only in the United States for English language only. Google intends to add support for more countries and languages in the near future.

The new feature is available only for Android handsets running Android 2.2 or higher. The new updated Voice Search application also contains some bug fixes and improvements to voice recognition and speed over 3G and EDGE.

Nokia Finland To Lose Roughly 800 Jobs

Rolling into 2011, Nokia plans to follow through with previously discussed cut backs. In the upcoming month of January, it is estimated that 800 Nokia employees will be offered severance packages or be relocated elsewhere inside the global cellphone giant. This is in addition to the estimated 1,800 global job losses back in October. Hopefully this is just good restructuring and Nokia can dive right into a strong year after they’re reorganized.

Source: Reuters

Facebook For Android Update Brings FB Chat And Push Notifications

Facebook for Android was always lagging behind its iOS version in terms of feature and stability. However, now the Facebook team has released an updated version of the app on the Android Market which introduces some major new features like FB Chat and Push notifications.

Yes, you read it right FB Chat! Finally!


The update also contains some bug fixes and improves the stability and performance of the app. Android handset owners can get their hands on the application from the Android Market.

(Image Source Android Police)

Nokia E7 Delayed To Early Next Year

During the Nokia World 2010, the Finnish giant announced the biiiiggg’ Nokia E7. The E7 sports a huge 4-inch screen with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Many people consider it to be the successor to the last Communicator’ E90. When Nokia announced the handset, the company said that the device will hit the retail stores before the year end.

However, now All About Phones is reporting that Nokia has delayed its highly anticipated handset to early 2011.


Apparently, the reason for the delay is a minor durability issuewith the E7 hardware. However, due to the delay the E7 will be missing the holiday shopping season now I am pretty sure the sales of the handsets are going to take a hit.

Also, next year we will be seeing the launch of some awesome Android devices with NVidia Tegra 2 processors. I seriously wonder how the E7 will be able to compete with them next year.


Install Android 2.3 Gingerbread Keyboard On Any Android Device

Last week, Google introduced the latest version of Android Gingerbread. The new updated version of Android brings with it many changes including a new spiced up UI and a new multi-touch keyboard. The new keyboard not only looks sexy but is a pretty good improvement over the older default Android keyboard.

Now, the awesome modding community of Android has already ripped apart the keyboard from the Android 2.3 Gingerbread SDK.


To get the new Android 2.3 keyboard on your device, users can simply install this (Alt. link) APK file on their Android handset. However, users must make sure that their handset is running on Android 2.2 (Froyo). If for some reason, the APK refuses to install on your phone then users can flash this (Alt. link) file on their phone using CWM (ClockWorkMod) Recovery.

For people, who don’t know what CWM is, I would recommend them to simply try and install the APK file on their handset. The keyboard works perfectly on my Samsung Galaxy S running a custom ROM based on Android 2.2.1. However, the only thing which does not work is the Vibrate On Keypress’ option.

Nevertheless, I will recommend all Android owners to give this new Android 2.3 keyboard a shot.

Source: XDA (Sadly, I lost the link to the thread so if anyone manages to find it, please do link me to it.)

LG Optimus One Sells 2 Million Units in Just 65 Days

LG Optimus OneLG’s Optimus One Android handset has been one of the most popular budget Android devices in recent history. It is the LG’s bestselling handset and set a new sales record by selling 1 million phones in 40 days after launch.

Now, it has also crossed another milestone. LG just sold its Optimus One #2,000,000 in just 25 days after the first milestone, which makes it a total of 2 million phones in just 65 days.

It is one of the cheapest Android smartphones running Android 2.2 Froyo and will also be upgraded to Android 2.3 Gingerbread. This makes it one of the few phones slated to receive the update, and the cheapest phone which has been confirmed to run Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

How To Install The New Android Market On Your Android Device

Yesterday, the team behind the Android Market introduced a new updated version of the Android Market. The new updated version of the Android Market will be slowly rolled out to all the Android devices running 1.6 and above in the coming weeks. However, for impatient Android users like us the folks over at Droid-Life have managed to get their hands on a fully working apk file of the new Android Market from a tipster.

Also Read: Why the New Android Market Is Bad News for Both Users and Developers


The Droid-Life folks tried the apk on various handsets and they successfully got the new Android Market. Even I managed to get the new Android Market on my Samsung Galaxy S running a custom ROM based on Android 2.2.1 via this apk. Interested users can download the new Android Market apk from here.

The apk should also work fine for all Android devices running Android 2.1. If this apk does install the new Android Market on your handset running Android 1.6 or higher, do drop in a comment and let us know.

After using the new Android Market for sometime, all I can say is that its brilliant! Not only is the new UI slick, its fast as well. The Android Developers team has definitely done a good job here. The Android Market is finally on par with Apple’s AppStore now in terms of UI at least.

Apple Kills the Jailbreak Detection API in iOS 4.2

Apple iOS 4.2 has secretly and silently removed the API used for jailbreak detection. This change has been made without any notice from Apple. The jailbreak detection feature introduced in iOS 4.0 was used to detect if there was any tampering with iOS. However, vendors dealing in Device Management have claimed that they have methods to detect tampering when it was becoming hard for Apple to keep their codes updated with the jailbreak methods.

Put simply, third party vendors pwned Apples jailbreak detection API. The purpose of both the API and vendor codes is to detect jailbreaking and prevent users from using features like corporate mail servers.

The primary reason behind Apple pulling the switch on this API was that it was not in use by any of the vendors and it could not keep up with the jailbreaks.

Android on the other hand has rooting as an important aspect and has some apps that specifically require and encourage rooting. This offers a considerable freedom from Google in that it does not go to some great lengths to detect rooted devices so that some apps can block their access. The Android ecosystem might not be good for monetizing but as a closely-knit focus group, it is extremely popular.