It was just yesterday that the first images of how the Nexus S looks leaked on the Internet. Today, we have some information about the specifications of the device. T-Mobile will be the official carrier of the Nexus S and the handset will sport EDGE and HSUPA (up to 7.2mbps).
The phone won’t feature HSPA+ to take advantage of the higher band with being offered by the recently rolled out HSPA+ network from T-Mobile. The back of the phone will pack a 5MP camera which might be assisted by an LED flash. The phone will also sport a 1500mAh battery. Sadly, no details about the processor, amount of RAM and internal storage capacity of the phone are available.
However, in all probability the Nexus S will be powered by a 1.2GHz Hummingbird processor from Samsung and will pack 512MB of RAM.
A Lego Mindstorms Kit has been able to solve the Rubik’s Cube Puzzle in 12.5 seconds, thanks to the 1 GHz Google Nexus One powering it.
The feat was made at the ARM developer conference at Silicon Valley this week. David Gilday was the man behind this machine and he claimed that the average rubik’s cube solving time for the robot was 15 seconds, 12.5 being the best time.
The robot was powered by a Nokia N95 that could solve the puzzle in 25 seconds. The cube in question has 3×3 grids and David Gilday has expanded the solution to work with as large as 100×100 cubes. He writes in his blog saying,
A number of people asked if the robot could solve any of these larger puzzles. I said no’ and added that they would be physically much harder to solve than the 3x3x3 since the robot would have to be able to turn both the outer faces and the second layer of pieces. I dismissed the thought until [a colleague] suggested a way of adapting the original mechanism to allow the second layer to be manipulated.
Having classified all the pieces, I was able to write a generic algorithm and generated a set of sixty-four lookup tables that could solve a scrambled cube of any dimension limited only by RAM and processor time. I tested this algorithm on virtual cubes as large as 100x100x100.
HP’s latest smartphone, the Palm Pre 2, which was announced last month will go on sale from tomorrow in the UK. Palm Pre 2 is the successor for Palm Pre and it runs on the webOS 2.0 operating system. This handset was launched last month in France, but it is still not available in the US and UK.
Palm Pre 2 comes with a 3.1 inch touchscreen display, 320Ã—480 pixels resolution, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 1GHz processor, webOS 2.0 OS, Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Beta, 16GB of internal memory, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, 5 megapixel camera with LED Flash, Wi-Fi, Built-in GPS, Proximity sensors, Accelerometer, 5.5 hours of talktime and more.
Earlier, HP posted on their HP for Students Facebook page that, the device will be available for pre-order from November 8th, but the handset is still not available in the US. Hewlett Packard has confirmed to Pocket-lint that the unlocked version of Palm Pre 2 will be available from tomorrow in the UK. The price of this handset is not announced yet.
Motorola Backflip owners has a reason to cheer, since Motorola recently announced that, an Android OS update is available for the Motorola Backflip smartphone. More than 1000 Motorola Backflip users that had signed up via Motorola’s support forums already got the Android 2.1 update, but now its available for everyone.
Improved Text Messaging
Removes Size Restrictions for Ringtones
Improved Network Connection
Better Performance of Android Market
Improved Battery Life
Improved Audio & Video Playback
The upgrade will take approximately 40 minutes to complete via SRT method or 25 minutes via SD card side load method. 40MB of device memory and 100MB of SD card memory is required in order to upgrade the OS. Once a device has been upgraded to Android 2.1, it will not be possible to downgrade to Android 1.5 OS. To update your handset, head over to this page.
It was nearly a month ago that the Nexus One got a minor Android update to 2.2.1. Hopefully, the Motorola Droid will also be getting the Android 2.2.1 update soon. However, impatient people – like me – can head over to My Droid World forums and download their just released Android 2.2.1 based ROM for the Droid.
Droid owners need to make sure that their handset is rooted. Both, deodexed and odxeded version of the ROM available for download. The ROM is a pretty basic one and is pre-rooted with Busybox installed. If Droid owners want to try Android 2.2.1 on their handset, they should have a look at CM6.1 RC3 ROM as it is also based on Android 2.2.1
Many people had expected Samsung and Google to unveil a new Google experience phone during the event held by Samsung on November 8. Sadly, that did not happen as rumors suggested that the Nexus S was delayed due to a hardware bug. There have been many rumors about the hardware specifications and how the Nexus S actually looks.
If my memory serves me right, the Nexus S is the first phone in a very long time whose pictures and specifications have not leaked on the Internet before its release until now. Best Buy has mistakenly posted a picture of a device on their website which looks like a Nexus S. From the image it looks like the Nexus S is running Android 2.3 since the notification bar sports a new color.
There is also a front-video camera visible in the image which further strengthens the fact that Google will be bringing video chat to Android with Gingerbread. Hopefully, Samsung and Google will be unveiling the Nexus S sometime soon.
Motorola recently launched the Android powered Motorola Bravo which was announced a month ago. This handset is exclusively available on the airwaves of AT&T in the US. Check out the complete specs of this device below.
Motorola Bravo features a 3.7 inch touchscreen display with 480 x 854 pixels resolution, Android 2.1 Operating System, 800MHz TI OMAP processor, Wi-Fi, 3 megapixel camera, Built-in FM Radio, Web browser, MotoBlur, 3G Connectivity, and so on.
Other features include a 3.5mm audio jack, AT&T Music, GPS, Bluetooth, USB connectivity, 512 MB internal memory, 32GB expandable memory, Up to 6 hours talktime, Up to 16 days stand-by time and 1540 mAh Li Ion battery.
Motorola Bravo comes with a price tag of $129.99 with a two-year service agreement or you can even get this for $429.99 without contract. If you are planning to buy this handset, head over to this page.
Verizon and HTC have started rolling out a software update for the Droid Incredible. The new software update mostly aims at fixing bugs and also includes Verizon’s V Cast Apps store. The update also allows users to attach file larger than 5MB as attachments and an updated version of Flash Player 10.1.
Improvements: (3.26.605.1/Baseband Version: 2.15.00.07.28)
+ Updated Flash ® player includes security enhancements.
+ Visual Voice Mail Wi-Fi improvements include removal of incorrect service messages and post-call notifications.
+ Enhanced support for Yahoo! ® IMAP email.
+ Updated Slacker application.
+ Attach files larger than 5 MB.
+ Updated COX POP3 email settings.
+ Play YouTube videos in YouTube application.
+ Seamlessly switch between portrait and landscape views in Google Maps.â„¢
+ Updated Comcast POP3 email settings.
+ Search key and other buttons displayed in correct order.
+ Preinstalled V CAST Apps lets users purchase applications directly from their devices and bill them to a Verizon Wireless account.
Many Droid Incredible owners have already started receiving the update late last night. Hopefully, this software update won’t remove root from your Incredible.
A blog focused exclusively on the Dell Streak has come across some information which says that Dell is planning to launch the successor the the Dell Streak soon. It will be called the Dell Opus One and will sport a 1.2 GHz dual core ARM based processor.
It will have the same size and form factor, with a 5 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display, but will sport a higher resolution, probably 1280 x 800 pixels. It might also sport a better camera and more RAM.
I do hope that Dell loads this powerhouse with the latest Android OS version – be it Android 2.2 Froyo or Android 2.3 Gingerbread (which should be available by the time this releases).
One of the major drawbacks of the WP7 OS from Microsoft is that it does not support USB tethering. However, if you own a Samsung based WP7 device – Focus or Omnia 7 – then you can enable USB tethering. The folks over at HDBlog.it have managed to enable USB tethering on the Samsung based WP7 devices by just entering a simple code. Users need to dial ##634# to enter diagnostic mode on their phone.
After that, users need to select Modem, Tethered Call’ option, approve a few prompts and they are done. The folks over at Mobility Digest have even written a step by step tutorial on how to enable USB tethering on your Samsung WP7 based handset. Sadly, the same method does not work on any other WP7 handset from any other manufacturer.
Hopefully, someone will find the way of enabling USB tethering on other WP7 based handsets. Until then, we can only wonder why Samsung and Microsoft did not enable tethering by default on the Omnia 7 and the Focus.