Samsung Galaxy S owners who frequently visit the Galaxy S sub-forum on XDA know that firmware leaks are a pretty common thing. Up until now, we have only had firmware leaks based on Android 2.2 or 2.2.1.
Today, an Android 2.3.2 Gingerbread based firmware for the Galaxy S has leaked on the Internet. Samsung proprietary TouchWIZ UI (v3.0) also runs on top of it. The new firmware (XWJV1) is not an official one and is an early beta firmware.
Galaxy S owners who flashed this firmware on their handset report that the browser is super smooth and super quick. Like in Android 2.2 based firmware, the browser rendering is hardware accelerated. Sadly, the awesome screen-off animation as seen on the Nexus S is not present in this firmware.
The firmware has already been rooted by the awesome developers at XDA. However, one major disappointment with this firmware is that it still uses the RFS file system. The RFS FS is the major culprit behind all the lags and stalling issues which majority of the Galaxy S owners face.
Users should keep in mind that since this is a beta firmware bugs and crashes are to be expected.
Acer just announced the Iconia Smart at the on-going MWC (Mobile World Congress) in Barcelona. Like the Dell Streak, the Iconia Smart is a mash-up of a tablet and a smartphone.
The Acer Iconia Smart sports a 4.8-inch display with a resolution a HXGA (1024×480) resolution. The phone has a wide aspect ratio of 21:9 and also features Dolby surround sound technology.
The handset will have a unibody metal casing and will be available only in silver. The Iconia is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor along with 512MB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory. The back of the phone sports an 8MP camera with a LED flash while the front of the phone houses a 2MP camera. The camera at the back of the device will be capable of recording videos in 720p HD resolution.
The usual Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, DLNA and a mini-HDMI port are also present. The handset will run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread with Acer’s Breeze UI v4 on top of it. The phone also supports Flash 10.1.
Sadly, Acer did not mention anything about the pricing and the availability of the handset.
It was nearly a week ago, that Google released the Android 2.3.2 update for the Nexus S and the Android 2.2.2 update for theNexus One. The 2.3.2 and the 2.2.2 update was a minor one and were mainly aimed at fixing the popular SMS bug. Now, it looks like Motorola is already working on the Android 2.2.2 update for the original Droid.
The company sent an email to a group of beta testers for a pre-launch soak’ testfor a minor software update before releasing it to the general masses. The company has not confirmed whether this update will fix the SMS bug or not, but I am pretty sure it will.
It is really nice to see Motorola already working on releasing an update for such an old handset the Droid. Hopefully, the company will also release the 2.2.2 update for its other Android based handsets like the Droid 2 and the Droid X. I hope other companies like HTC and Samsung will also release the Android 2.2.2 update for their handsets.
The Google-branded-Samsung-manufactured Nexus S will also be getting another OTA update in the next couple of weeks. This update will be aimed at fixing the random reboot issues which some of the Nexus S owners are facing (bug #13674).
Remember the SMS bug in the Android OS which erroneously sent your text message to the wrong contact and all the hype surrounding it? Few weeks ago, Google said that they have managed to re-produce the bug in their test lab and are trying to fix the bug. The big G promised to roll out an update to fix the bug ASAP as well.
Well, today Google has rolled out the Android 2.2.2 and Android 2.3.2 OTA update for the Nexus One and the Nexus S, respectively. However, the change-log of the update does not mention whether it fixes the SMS bug or not. However, we are guessing that these two updates are aimed at fixing the SMS bug only.
Nexus One owners can download and install the update manually from their handset from here. Hopefully, other manufacturers will also soon start rolling out this small but important update for their Android based handsets.
Nexus One owners must be feeling disappointed as they are still impatiently waiting for the Android 2.3 update to roll out for their handset. At the beginning of this month, Google had promised to release the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Nexus One in the coming weeks’.
Sadly, since then Google has not mentioned anything about the update. Hopefully, Google will release the Android 2.3 update for the Nexus One before the end of this month.