A few months ago, Sprint released their own version of the Nexus S, with WiMAX support dubbed as the Nexus S 4G. However, the phone had one major flaw. More often than not, the phone had trouble connecting to Sprint’s 4G network or even a Wi-Fi network. This problem did upset a lot of NS 4G owners, but it seemed like Sprint did not care.
Thankfully, Sprint did notice the issue and is finally going to release a software update for the Nexus S 4G. The software update will solve the radio issues; along with enhancing some features of the NS 4G. The software update will bump the Android build to GRJ90, and improve the Wi-Fi and 4G connectivity of the phone.
Along with this, the update will also include support for NFC Secure Element, which is required for the upcoming Google Wallet service. A 4G settings widget, NI Push support will also be on-board, post the update. The signal strength indicators have also been tuned in this update.
Sprint will start pushing the update to all Nexus S 4G handsets, beginning from 7th of July, and expects to complete the roll-out by the next four days.
HTC has started rolling out an OTA update for the recently released Sensation. The OTA update carries the version number 1.35.401.1, and weighs in at around 28MB. The update will not unlock the boot loader on your Sensation, which many owners would have been hoping for.
The update does not bring any noticeable changes or a bump in Android version as well. In all probability, the update is aimed at fixing some bugs.
The update had leaked on the Internet a few days ago, and has already been tested by Sensation owners over at XDA forums. Post the update, Sensation owners found an improvement in GPS performance, along with an improvement in the charging time of the phone.
The update also improves the overall performance of the handset. However, there is still some lag when using the Sense 3.0 lock-screen or the launcher. The free3vo method to root the Sensation is also working, post the update.
At the moment, the OTA update is being released for the European version of the Sensation only. To update your sensational handset, users need to head over to Settings-> About Phone > System Updates, and select the Check for update option.
Sprint has started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for Samsung’s first ever tablet the Galaxy Tab 7.
Even though the Galaxy Tab 7 was not a tablet in the true sense, Sammy still made sure to release the device under every network in the U.S. The Galaxy Tab 7 was dubbed by many as an enlarged version of the Samsung Galaxy S, and is powered by a 1GHz Cortex-A8 processor, and packs 512MB of RAM.
The new software release from Sprint (EF17) will bump the Android version to 2.3 Gingerbread and will also fix the HID Bluetooth bug. Along with this, Tab owners should also expect some improvement in the performance and battery life of the device.
The update is already available for download, and the Tab can be updated using the OTA (Over-The-Air) method.
To download the update, Tab owners should head over to Settings-> About My Galaxy Tab-> System Updates, and select the Update Firmware option. The update will then be automatically downloaded and installed.
Sprint aims to complete the Gingerbread update roll-out within the next 4 days.
The Samsung Galaxy S II was one of the hotly anticipated phones of this year. The phone is a beast in its own right, with a 1.2GHz dual-core Exynos processor, 1GB RAM, 4.3-inch Super-AMOLED+ screen and an 8MP camera, and yet it is one of the slimmest Android phone measuring only 8.49mm.
The popularity of this phone can be seen by its sales figure. More than three million units of the handset were pre-ordered in Korea, and the handset was the fastest selling phone ever in Korea. All this, when the handset was not even available in most regions of the world.
The sales of the handset were expected to soar to a new high when it was available in most regions of the world, and it definitely has. Samsung has just announced that the Galaxy S II is their fastest selling phone, EVER!
Sammy has managed to sell 3 million units of the SGS II in just 55 days. That means, on an average, Samsung sells nearly 55,000 units per day. According to Samsung, it sold most units of the Galaxy S II in Europe.
All this, when the Samsung Galaxy S II is still not available in the United States and Canada. While Canada will be getting the Galaxy S II by this month, there is no confirmation as to when the SGS2 will be available in the United States.
You can read our review of the Samsung Galaxy S II here.
It was just yesterday that Skype released an updated version of their app on the Android market. The updated version of the app brought a new UI, smoother performance, and two-way video calling for only 4 handsets, two of which are not even available widely.
Now, pulser_g2, a popular developer over at XDA forums, has released a modded version of the Skype apk. This modded version of Skype allows most of the Android handsets with a front-facing video camera to make two-way video calls.
The modded Skype apk has been tested on the Samsung Galaxy S II, Galaxy S, HTC EVO 3D, HTC Sensation and the Thunderbolt. Other Android phones with front-facing cameras have not been tested, but the apk should work on them as well. The modded Skype apk can be downloaded from here.
In other Skype related news, Skype’s website now has a banner teasing video-calling on Verizon’s 4G LTE phones. Yes, that includes the Motorola Droid Pro, the Thunderbolt and the Droid X2 as well.
The banner means that Skype is nearly ready to release a video-calling compatible version of Skype for Thunderbolt. However, I am guessing, the company it is still waiting for HTC to roll out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update before that.
A new Galaxy branded handset has been unveiled by Three Sweden, instead of Samsung. The new handset is dubbed as Galaxy Z, and is the downgraded version of the Galaxy S II.
The Galaxy Z is not as slim as the Galaxy S II, but still weighs in a decent 135grammes, and is 9.5mm thick.
The handset sports a 4.2-inch Super Clear LCD Screen with WVGA (800×480) resolution. The Galaxy Z is powered by a 1GHz dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset, and packs 768MB of RAM along with 8GB of internal memory.
The back of the phone sports a 5MP camera, with an LED flash. Sadly, the phone can only record videos in 720p resolution. There is also a front-facing camera in the front for video calling.
The Z runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with TouchWIZ 4.0 running on top of it. Other key features of the phone include Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS with A-GPS, microSD card slot, micro-USB port, 3.5mm audio jack, and FM Radio.
The Galaxy Z can already be pre-ordered on Three Sweden network for 3995SEK, or around $600.
Samsung recently announced the Android powered Samsung Conquer 4G smartphone. This handset will be available exclusively to the Sprint customers in the US. Samsung Conquer 4G is a mid-range smartphone, which runs on the latest Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. If you don’t like the Samsung’s TouchWiz UI, then you can go ahead and get this handset, since it does not comes with the TouchWiz UI.
Samsung Conquer 4G Specs:
- 3.5 inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen
- 1 GHz Processor
- Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS
- 3G/4G Connectivity
- 3.2 megapixel rear camera
- 1.3 megapixel front facing camera
- 3.5mm headset jack
- MicroSD card slot
- 32 GB expandable memory
- Sprint ID
- Wi-Fi connectivity
- Tri-Band CDMA (including the 800MHz frequencies)
Sprint recently launched the HTC EVO 3D for high-end smartphone users. The Samsung Conquer 4G is for the mid-range smartphone users, who wants to use the Sprint’s 4G connectivity, without burning a hole in the pocket. The price and release date of this handset have not been announced yet. Stay tuned for more updates.
AT&T recently announced the HTC Status smartphone with a dedicated Facebook button. This handset was first showcased at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 in Barcelona. HTC Status is the AT&T’s version of the HTC ChaCha Facebook phone. This handset comes with a slightly different Facebook button. It also allows you to update your status, upload a photo, share a website or check in’ to a location, with a single press of the button.
HTC Status brings a Facebook experience to people who want to share their experiences with their friends faster and easier than ever before,said Jason Mackenzie, President, HTC Americas. With a dedicated Facebook share button combined with the hallmark HTC Sense experience, HTC Status makes it easy for people to stay connected to the things that are important to them.
HTC Status features a 2.6 inch touchscreen display with 480 x 320 pixels resolution, 800 MHz MSM7227 processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System, HTC Sense 3.0, 3G Connectivity, 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash, VGA front camera, 512 MB ROM, 512 MB RAM, Bluetooth 3.0 with FTP/OPP, Wi-Fi connectivity, 3.5mm headset jack, micro-USB, microSD card slot, up to 450 mins talk-time, up to 660 hours stand-by time and a 1250 mAh battery.
HTC Status will be available exclusively for AT&T customers this summer. The price of this handset will be announced soon. Stay tuned for more updates!
P3Droid is a very popular developer in the Motorola Android phone community. It is due to him, that the Gingerbread update for the Droid X and the Droid 2 Global leaked on the Internet.
Now, P3Droid has managed to get his hands on a leaked Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Samsung’s Droid Charge. The update was initially meant to be private for 48 hours, for all the TeamBlackHat members exclusive. Sadly, things did not go as planned, and the leaked file was again leaked on the Internet (Ironic, isn’t it?).
The leaked Gingerbread firmware is based on Android 2.3.3, and is just a beta build. According to P3Droid, the final Gingerbread build for Droid Charge will be based on Android 2.3.4.
Everything works on this beta build, except for HDMI-out functionality. The whole tedious step of flashing the leaked Gingerbread update on your beloved Droid Charge can be found here. The leak is available in two flavours, one with all the bloatware on-board, and the second one with all bloatware removed, and with Netflix app pre-installed.
Oh, and if you want to thank TBH (TeamBlackHat) and P3Droid for his work, you can do so by purchasing this app of theirs.
T-Mobile has officially announced the HTC myTouch 4G Slide, the successor to the myTouch 3G Slide. The handset sports a 3.7-inch display with WVGA (800×480) resolution.
Like other recent handsets from HTC, the Slide is also powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor from Qualcomm, and packs 768MB of RAM. The phone has a four-row slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and there is an optical track pad in the front as well.
The handset runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread out-of-the-box, with HTC’s beautiful Sense UI on top of it.
The back of the phone also sports an 8MP camera, with a backside illuminated sensor and a wide aperture lens. HTC and T-Mobile are laying emphasis on the camera performance of the myTouch 4G Slide. According to the press release, there is virtually zero shutter lag while taking pictures. The phone is also capable of capturing panorama shots right out of the box.
It’s pretty strange to see HTC market their phone as the most advanced camera phone, when ironically; their phones are known for horrible camera image quality.
As its name suggests, the myTouch 4G Slide also supports T-Mobile’s 4G network. The phone will be available sometime in July for $199.99, with a 2-year contract.