Samsung Announces Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update For Galaxy Branded Handsets

Samsung has announced that it will start rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for its Galaxy branded Android handsets.

The Galaxy branded Android handsets include Galaxy S, Ace, Fit, Mini, Gio, Galaxy Tab and some Galaxy branded handsets meant for Korea.


Here is a small change-log of the update :

· Faster Performance Multimedia content now has a lower CPU consumption rate, while support for more powerful 3D Graphics enables an enhanced mobile gaming experience.
· Upgraded Usability The user interface has been improved, enabling faster access and control and a more intuitive user experience. Users will also benefit from improved copy-and-paste functionality.

Galaxy S users in the U.K and Nordic Countries will get the update by mid-May. The update will then be gradually rolled out to European, North America and Asian countries. Other Galaxy branded handsets will also taste Gingerbread in the Nordic countries by the end of this month.

Samsung did release the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Galaxy S in the middle of last month. But, later on the update was pulled back by the company for some unknown reasons.

Motorola Droid 3 Benchmarked; To Sport a Five Row QWERTY Keyboard

The original Motorola Droid and the Verizon’s Droid campaign way back in 2009 was one of the major reasons of Android’s monumental growth.

Original Droid was and still remains one of the most popular and successful Android phone. People had huge expectations from the Motorola Droid 2. Sadly, the Droid 2 was just another Android with a 1GHz CPU and a slide-out keyboard.

Original Droid owners and lovers expect that the Droid 3 from Motorola will be a radical overhaul from the Droid 2.

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Now, a leaked benchmark of the upcoming Droid 3 has popped up on the Internet. The benchmark suggests that the Droid 3 will pack in a qHD (960×640) screen, and will be powered by a dual-core 1GHZ OMAP processor. The GPU inside the Droid 3 will be the PowerVR SGX540, same as the one found in the Galaxy S, albeit with a higher clock speed.

A few days ago, a picture of the Droid 3 also leaked on the Internet. The picture suggests that the Droid 3 will have a bigger screen that the Droid 2, and a five-row slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

Personally, I am a bit disappointed with the Droid 3 specs. The original Droid had a killer hardware which was pretty much unheard of that time. Sadly, the Droid 3 will again have specs which other high-end Droids will sport. I still hope that the Droid 3 has a special feature, which makes it stand out from other high-end Android handsets.

Via Droid Life

HTC Sensation To Ship With An Encrypted Boot Loader

Back in 2010, HTC’s Android handsets were very modding friendly, and that was one of the main reasons for their popularity. HTC’s handsets were among the first to get a new mod or ROM ports. This was all because HTC did not lock or encrypt their handsets boot loader.

Sadly, it looks like this year the company has taken a different approach towards unlocked boot loader on their handsets. All the phones HTC have released this year including the Desire S, and the Incredible S have a locked boot loader. Many developers and modders criticized HTC for this, and expected that the company won’t be so strict with its next super-phone the HTC Sensation.


Sadly, the folks over at AndroidPolice are reporting that the Sensation will ship with a signed boot loader as well. Unless the developers get extremely lucky, like in the case of the HTC Thunderbolt, there is a very tough chance of unlocking the boot loader.

This news has already caused many developers and HTC handsets users to change their mind about the Sensation. The Samsung Galaxy S II is no less than the Sensation in the specs department, and many people are looking towards it as a viable alternative.

It is really sad to see HTC shipping their phones with an encrypted boot loader. Motorola is already being criticized by a lot of people for shipping their phones with locked boot loaders. Companies need to realize that shipping their phones with a locked boot loader is going to adversely affect the handsets sales.

Motorola and HTC should learn a lesson or two from Samsung, LG and Sony Ericsson on supporting the modding community.

Mobile App Dev Firm SourceBits Posts $6.5M Revenues; Raises $10M Funding

If you have been using the iPhone or the iPad for quite some time then you must have used the Night stand or the Skyfire apps. Both are most downloaded and top apps in their respective categories on the iTunes app store. Skyfire is famous for the fact that it brings the ability to play flash videos while browsing the web on the iPhone or the iPad. Well, both of the above mentioned apps have been developed by Bangalore based SourceBits technologies.

Sourcebits has developed over 300 apps for various mobile platforms like iOS Android, BlackBerry, Palm Pre and Windows Phone 7. The company recently posted it’s revenues for the year 2010-2011. The figures were a whopping $6.5 Million. The Night Stand app for iPhone (developed by SourceBits) has already been downloaded more than 5 million times fetching $1 Million in revenues alone for the company.

Sourcebits has also raised a total sum of US $10 Million from top investors – Sequoia Capital and IDG Ventures ($5M each) in their first round of investment. The company now plans to set up engineering and sales centers in the United States and a design engineering center in India and Europe.

via Medianama

T-Mobile G2 Final Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Leaks

Late last month, we reported that T-Mobile G2 Android 2.3 Gingerbread update has leaked on the Internet. However, the update which leaked was not the final version, but a test or beta version.

Now, a developer over at the XDA forums – Football – has managed to get his hands on the final version of the Gingerbread update for the T-Mobile G2. He has already uploaded the ROM for other G2 owners to download. Here is the link to the thread.


T-Mobile G2 owners who flashed this ROM on their handset reported that not much has changed compared to the previous leak. T-Mobile has largely left Gingerbread in its stock form, except for installing some applications like Wi-Fi calling etc. Sadly, the screen-off animation, as found on the Nexus S, is not present.

G2 owners who have rooted their phone should not flash this ROM. If they do so, they will loose root access to the system partitions. A rooted, zip aligned version of the ROM is also up for download over at XDA forums by xboarder56

The ROM will also work flawlessly on the European counterpart of the T-Mobile G2, the HTC Desire Z.

Samsung Galaxy S II Overclocked To 1.5GHz

Back at MWC 2011, Samsung announced the highly anticipated successor to the Galaxy S the Galaxy S II. At that time, the Galaxy S II was supposed to feature a 1GHz dual-core Exynos processor.

However, a month down the line Samsung decided to bump the clock speed of the processor to 1.2GHz. The already fast Galaxy S II got faster, due to the 200MHz speed bump on each core.

The Galaxy S II is already the fastest Android smartphone ever. However, this has not stopped the awesome developer coolbho3000 to overclock his Galaxy S II to 1.5GHz, in a bid to make it faster! Yes, that’s 1.5GHz (1504MHz to be precise)!

He has uploaded a video of his Galaxy S II running at 1.5GHz and ripping through all the benchmarks. Here is the video of the Galaxy S II overclocked to 1.5GHz :


He has also posted the steps so that fellow Galaxy S II owners can overclock their phone to 1.5GHz, if they wish to. Here is the link to the thread over at the XDA forums.

I will recommend general Galaxy S II owners to stay away from installing this kernel on their handset, except for testing needs.

Android Market Gets Some Much Needed Changes!

Google has just rolled out some much sought after and welcomed changes to the Android Market. These changes will be appreciated by both the developers and the general Android users.

For the developers, Google has gone ahead and increased the APK size from 50MB to a whopping 4GB! The company also introduced a new APK format Multi APK which allows developers to upload different APKs of the same app, for different Android devices. Also, developers will now host their app on the hosting provided by the Android Market itself!


Another welcome change is the ability to exclude specific Android devices or filter devices by their screen resolution for an App in the Android Market. Developers will now also get monthly statistics of their app like the number of times it has been downloaded, how the competitive apps are doing etc. Developers will also be able to view sales figure of their application, right from January 2010.

For the general Android users, Google has added many new categories to Android Market including Editors’ choice, Top New Paid and Free apps, Top Free, Top Paid, and Top Grossing etc. All these lists will show you apps, depending on the country you access the Android Market from. The Market will also recommend users applications based on their usage pattern.

Android Market users can find the full change-log here.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7” Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Rolling Out Now

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 was one of the most popular Android tabs in 2010. The Galaxy Tab 7, as the name suggests, sports a 7-inch display, and is basically an upsized version of the Galaxy S.

Like all other Android tablets released last year, the Galaxy Tab came with Android 2.2 FroYo on-board, with a tablet optimized version of TouchWIZ.


When Google announced the Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the Nexus S in December 2010, Samsung promised that the Galaxy Tab will get the Gingerbread update. Now, 5 months after Gingerbread’s code went public, Samsung has released the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Galaxy Tab 7.

Right now, Galaxy Tab owners are reporting that the update is being rolled out only in Italy. However, the firmware is already up for download over at the XDA forums.

Galaxy Tab users, who flashed the Android 2.3.3 firmware on their tablet, are reporting improved system responsiveness. Sadly, two of the Gingerbread goodies – the screen-off animation and the network bar icons, which change color according to the handset’s sync status with Google’s server – have not made it to the Tab.

It’s not the Android 3.0 Honeycomb update the Tab owners were wishing for, but something is better than nothing!

Google I/O 2011 Keynote Highlights

The Google I/O 2011 keynote has ended with a bang. Google announced that it would give away a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to every I/O 2011 attendee. However, that wasn’t the best part. At the I/O 2011 keynote, Google made some really awesome announcements. Here are the Google I/O 2011 Keynote highlights, for those who missed it.

Android Statistics

First of all, here are some very encouraging statistics about the Android platform. Android has truly taken the mobile world by storm in the last 2 years. There are now a 100 million activated Android devices. The number of activations every day has now reached 400,000.

The total number of apps and games in the Android Market has also reached 200,000. Over 4.5 billion apps have been downloaded from the Android Market, which is about 45 apps per phone. There are now over 300 different Android powered devices.

Android Ice Cream Sandwich and Honeycomb 3.1

Google also announced a unified OS for both tablets and smartphones – Android Ice Cream Sandwich.

Besides that, they also announced Honeycomb 3.1. It brings some much needed improvements and new APIs to Honeycomb.

Honeycomb 3.1 will also be available for Google TV.

More details: Android 3.1 Honeycomb Announced; Supports Google TV As Well!

Google Music Beta and Movies

Google also launched Music Beta. It’s a new service which lets you upload your music to the cloud and access it on your Android devices. It offers automatic sync, a feature called Instant Mix and allows you to play your recently played music offline.

Google also launched Movies for Rent on the Android Market. You can now rent thousands of movies starting at $1.99 and view them on your Android tablet or phone.

More details: Google Music, Books And Movies Services Goes Live!

Google Android@Home and Open Accessory

Last, but definitely not the least, the most exciting announcement related to Android – Google unveiled a new API called Android Open Accessory which will allow developers to build new hardware accessories which will work with Android phones. It also showcased Android@Home, which allows Android apps to connect and control devices and appliances at your home.

You can watch the event live at Google I/O 2011 Live.

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Android 3.1 Honeycomb Announced; Supports Google TV As Well!

Google has just announced an updated version of Honeycomb –   Android 3.1 – at Google I/O.

The Android 3.1 Honeycomb update brings some nifty features and much needed changes. First and foremost, the task switcher in Honeycomb will now show an unlimited number of apps, unlike the previous limit of 5. The widgets are also resizable, according to a user’s needs.

There are also many new APIs being introduced by the Android 3.1 Honeycomb update for developers to take advantage of.     Motorola_XOOM

Another major change is the support for USB host. That is, users can simply plugin a USB keyboard, mouse etc. and use it with their Android Honeycomb based tablet. In fact, users can also use game controllers and card readers with their Honeycomb tablet.

Here is the twist in the tale – the Android 3.1 Honeycomb update will also be rolled out to Google TV owners. Yes, Google TV! The Android Market will also start listing Google TV compatible apps, sometime this year!

The Android 3.1 Honeycomb update is already being rolled out to Verizon’s XOOM (3G model). Other Android tablets owners need to wait longer, before they get the latest version of Honeycomb!