Another Motorola Droid X Android 2.3 Gingerbread Software Update Leaks!

It was during the middle of last month, that the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Droid X leaked on the Internet.

The Gingerbread OTA build which leaked was pretty stable, and brought with it a new version of Moto Blur, along with some performance improvements. Now, the folks over at MyDroidWorld have got their hands on another Android 2.3 Gingerbread software update for the Droid X. The new software carries the build number 4.5.591.


Droid X owners, who flashed this software update on their handset, reported no visible changes. It looks like this software update mainly contains some bug fixes and under the hood changes. The new Gingerbread leak can also be rooted easily using Gingerbreak.

It may very well be possible, that this Android 2.3 Gingerbread software update leak will soon be officially released by Verizon and Motorola, to all Droid X owners.

However, the impatient Droid X owners should head over to this thread to download the leaked Gingerbread update. A de-odexed version of the same is available for download as well.

Google I/O 2011 Keynotes and Conference Details

Google I/O LogoGoogle I/O 2011 is just a few days away and it will host a large number of developers who will be keen to spend two days learning more about Google’s technologies including , , Google APIs, Google Web Toolkit and App Engine among others.

Google I/O will be held on May 10 and 11 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco with the BootCamp being held on May 9, 2011 at the Mission Bay Conference Center is San Francisco. Google I/O 2011 will also have I/O Extended sessions which will be hosted around the world by Google offices, their partners and student ambassadors.


Google has released an official Google I/O app for Android. You can download the Google I/O 2011 app for Android to keep track of all the schedules, detailed session and speaker info, companies in developer sandbox and more.

Google I/O 2011 Android App

This years Keynote speakers have not yet been announced, but it would more likely than not be Android SVP, Andy Rubin and Sundar Pichai the SVP of

Google I/O 2011 might spring up several surprises in the form of the new Android OS codenamed Ice Cream, which will unify the tablet and mobile phone OS. Currently, Google is dealing with multiple OS in the form of for mobiles and Honeycomb for tablets. A unified OS will give developers and manufacturers a simpler way to develop and deploy Android on different devices.

There might also be announcement about Google Chrome OS enabled netbooks being made available to the general public. There have been rumors that Chrome OS based netbooks will be available in June-July 2011 and it looks like Google I/O would be the best time for that announcement.  Other than that, there might be other surprises in the form of updates to Google TV and Google Mobile Ads.

Here is the Google I/O 2011 schedule and keynotes that are going to be held this year.

Google I/O 2011 Schedule and Keynotes

Monday, May 9th 2011

  • On-site check-in – 1PM to 6PM
  • I/O BootCamp – 9AM to 5PM

Tuesday, May 10th 2011

  • On-site check-in from – 7AM to 9PM
  • Keynote – 9AM to 10AM
  • Developer Sandbox – 10AM to 5:30PM
  • Breakout Sessions – 10AM to 5:30PM
  • Office Hours – 12PM to 6:30PM

Wednesday, May 11th 2011

  • On-site check-in from – 7AM to 3PM
  • Keynote – 9:30AM to 10:30AM
  • Developer Sandbox – 10:30AM to 5:30PM
  • Breakout Sessions – 10:45AM to 5:15PM
  • Office Hours – 12PM to 5:30PM

Google I/O will also hold several Office Hours session on Tuesday and Wednesday where they will talk about Google Chrome, Geo Location, Google Apps, App Engine, Developer Tools, , Android, Google TV and Google Mobile Ads among other things. You can visit this page to know proper timings of the Office Hours.

The Breakout Sessions will focus on the similar topics as the Office Hours, however, those sessions will go into more details. You can find schedule of the Breakout sessions here.

You can visit the official Google I/O 2011 site for more information about the events and schedule.

200,000 Samsung Galaxy S II Pre-Ordered In Korea

Earlier this year, Samsung announced the powerful Galaxy S II smartphone at the MWC 2011 in Barcelona. This handset is the successor of the Samsung’s highly popular Galaxy S smartphone. This handset have been recently released on the airwaves of SK Telecom, KT Corp and LG U+ in Korea. According to the manufacturer, more than 200,000 units of Samsung Galaxy S II have been pre-ordered in Korea.

galaxy s2 korea

Last year, Samsung sold more than 10 million units of the Galaxy S smartphone. It is the only Android powered smartphone to cross the 10 million mark. This year, Samsung clearly mentioned that, the company is expecting to sell more than 10 million units of the Galaxy S II smartphone. And with the 200,000 pre-orders in Korea, we are sure that Samsung with achieve its goals pretty soon.

Samsung Galaxy S II features a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus display with 800×480 pixels resolution, 1 GHz dual core processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, HSPA+ connectivity, Bluetooth 3.0+HS, 8 megapixel camera with full HD (1080p) video recording, Android Market, Social Hub Premium, Readers Hub, Game Hub, Music Hub, Kies Air, NFC and more.

Samsung Galaxy S II was up for pre-order during last week on all 3 major Korean carriers – SK Telecom, LG U+ and KT Corp. 10,000 units of Galaxy S II were pre-ordered in just 24 minutes, while the number doubled in less than an hour. Around 160,000 units were pre-ordered on the country’s largest carrier, SK Telecom. This handset will be available in more than 120 countries and 140 operators, before the end of this month. Are you planning to buy this super-phone?

Samsung Launches Galaxy S WiFi 4.0 And 5.0 Media Players

Samsung recently launched the new Galaxy S WiFi 4.0 and Galaxy S WiFi 5.0 media players. These devices are based on the Samsung’s popular Galaxy S smartphone. Galaxy S WiFi 4.0 comes with a 4 inch touchscreen display, while the Galaxy S WiFi 5.0 features a large 5.0 inch touchscreen display. These devices runs on the Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS, but it will be later updated to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS. Samsung Galaxy S WiFi is a worthy competitor to the Apple iPod Touch.

With the GALAXY S WiFi 4.0 and 5.0 we’re delivering a rich, immersive experience for multimedia enthusiasts. A large, high-quality screen, a world of fun and useful applications and great communications services make this a powerhouse device at an affordable price”, said JK Shin, President and Head of Samsung’s Mobile Communications Business.

samsung glalaxy s wifi

Samsung Galaxy S WiFi Specifications:

  • 4 inch touchscreen display (Galaxy S WiFi 4.0)
  • 5 inch touchscreen display (Galaxy S WiFi 5.0)
  • 1GHz application processor
  • Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS
  • WiFi Connectiivty
  • 3.2 megapixel rear camera
  • VGA front camera
  • Android Market
  • Google Mobile Services
  • Samsung Social Hub
  • VoIP Voice & Video Calls
  • Bluetooth
  • GPS
  • 8/16 GB memory
  • mircoSD slot

The Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 4.0 and 5.0 support DivX HD, allowing high-definition video playback. It also supports various codec standards including MPEG4, H264, DivX, XviD, WMV and more. The Galaxy S WiFi 4.0 will be first available in Russia, while the Galaxy S WiFi 5.0 will be first available in Switzerland. Both the devices will be gradually rolled out in other countries. The price of these devices have not been announced yet.

LG Optimus 2X/T-Mobile G2X Gets CyanogenMod 7!

The LG Optimus 2X or the T-Mobile G2X is the current favorite phone of the CyanogenMod team. In fact, Cyanogen himself uses this phone. All this, just because the handset does not have a locked boot loader.

The Cyanogen team has already started working on bringing CyanogenMod 7 to the Optimus 2x and the G2X. The CM team has even started cooking out CM7 based nightly ROMs for the handsets.

Since this is a nightly ROM, Optimus 2X and G2X owners should keep in mind that there will be some bugs and issues with the ROM.


CyanogenMod is the best AOSP based Custom ROM out there. In its latest version, the ROM is based on Android 2.3.x Gingerbread, and packs some useful features like Profile Support, Theme Manager and DSP Manager.

The LG Optimus 2X/G2X is the most powerful phone to be supported by the CyanogenMod team until now. Hopefully, the CM team will also support the upcoming dual-core monster the Samsung Galaxy S II. It has already been confirmed that the Galaxy S II will have an unlocked boot loader.

Interested Optimus 2X/G2X owners should head over to this link to download CM7 nightly ROM for their handset. For more information about CM7 on the LG Optimus 2X/G2X, users should head over to this thread.

LG Launches The Android Powered Optimus Me In India For Rs.8999

After the huge success of the LG Optimus One, LG announced the Android powered Optimus Me smartphone in March. This handset is the cheaper version of the LG Optimus One. The LG Optimus Me runs on the Android 2.2 (Froyo) operating system and it comes with a 3.2 inch touchscreen display, 600 MHz processor, 3G Connectivity, 32 GB expandable storage and so on. This handset have been finally launched in India. Check out the complete specs below.

lg optimus me

LG Optimus Me Specifications:

  • 3.2 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display
  • 320 x 480 pixels resolution
  • 600 MHz processor
  • Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System
  • 3G Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • 3 megapixel camera
  • Video recording
  • Audio and video player
  • 3.5mm headset jack
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • GPS
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 140 MB internal storage
  • MicroSD card slot
  • 32 GB expandable memory
  • Up to 510 hours of stand-by time
  • Up to 7 hours of talktime
  • 1250 mAh battery

LG Optimus Me comes with a price tag of Rs.8,999. This handset will be updated from Android 2.2 to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS later this year. This handset is available in 5 different colors Black, Silver, Blue, Red and Pink. This handset will compete with other budget Android phones such as Samsung Galaxy Pop and LG Optimus One in India. To learn more, head over to this page.

Use Your Android Device As A Side Monitor With A Windows or MAC Desktop

Dual monitor setups are ideal for multitasking. You can move application windows from one monitor to the other, keep an eye on programs like Tweetdeck on the secondary monitor while doing your primary work on the main one. Multiple monitors surely consume a fair amount of desk space but they are actually worth it.

In case you don’t have an extra monitor at home but have an Android tablet or a smartphone, you’re in good company. iDisplay is a simple application for Android devices which lets you use your Android smartphone as an extra side monitor with PC or MAC desktop. You will need a common Wi-Fi network at your home or office to use the Android device as a side monitor with PC or MAC.

Here are the step by step instructions that needs to be followed:

1. On your Windows or MAC desktop, fire up the browser and download the iDisplay desktop client. During installation, Windows firewall will block some features of the iDisplay server, click Allow Accessto grant all the necessary permissions.


2. On your Android device, go to the Android market and install the iDisplay client for Android. The application isn’t free but you can use the trial version of the app for 1 week.

3. Make sure both the computer and your Android device is connected to the common Wi-Fi network.

4. Now run the iDisplay desktop client on your Windows or MAC computer and launch the iDisplay application on your Android device.

5. On the first run, the Android app will automatically detect your desktop computer, as shown below:


6. Tap on the name of the computer and you will see a notification on the desktop computer, as shown below:


7. Click Allow Accessand it’s done. You will see the following notification window on your Android device:


8. Click Okand you will see a preview of your desktop screen on the Android device. Drag any program or application window towards the edge of the desktop monitor and you can slide the window into your Android device. Here is a view of Windows Explorer when viewed from my Android phone:


Using program or application Windows On the Android screen is a bit tricky but once you get used to it, you will love playing with them. There are two ways you can control an application or Explorer window on the Android screen. Either move the mouse cursor from your desktop computer to the Android screen or use Android’s own touch features for minimizing, maximizing and moving program windows from one position to another.

And here is a broader view of my laptop running Windows7 and the Android phone acting as an extended side monitor using iDisplay ( I regret the poor image quality, blame my retro mobile camera).


Note that I can move multiple browser windows from the desktop computer to the Android device. The only downside is that the corresponding size of the window decreases when you slide the window on your Android device. While using a smartphone as a side monitor is not that useful due to it’s small screen size, folks who have an Android tablet can make good use of iDisplay. [ via ]

Give this a try and let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

Motorola Atrix 4G And HTC Inspire 4G Software Updates To Enable HSUPA Rolling Out Now!

AT&T has started rolling out two new software updates for the HTC Inspire 4G and the Motorola Atrix 4G. The software updates for both the handsets mainly aim at removing the cap from the upload speeds.

The Inspire 4G software update brings with some bug fixes, and some email enhancements including automatic configuration for Hotmail, Live and MSN email accounts. The software updates also enables higher upload speeds on the Inspire 4G, for which AT&T has been criticized.


The software update for the Atrix 4G enables higher upload speeds for the handset, and also bumps up the Android version to 2.2.2. Apparently, Motorola is also rolling out another software update for the Atrix 4G. The update in question is this one, which Motorola did not release to the consumers for some reason.

The updates for both the handsets are OTA one, and will be automatically pushed to all Atrix 4G and Inspire 4G handsets. Users can manually check for the update as well, by going to the Settings-> About Phone menu and selecting the Check for update option.

Via AndroidCentral

Download And Install Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread On Nexus S Manually

Earlier today, Google announced the Android 2.3.4 OTA update for the Nexus S. The Android 2.3.4 update brings with it some important bug fixes and video chatting capability to Google Talk over Wi-Fi and on 3G/4G.

The big G said that the OTA will be rolled out to all Nexus S owners in a few weeks’ time. However, for the impatient Nexus S owners, the OTA update is already available for manual download and installation.


Nexus S owners should head over to this thread over at XDA forums to download the appropriate OTA file for their handset.

After downloading the update, Nexus S owners should rename the file to’ and place it in the SD card of their handset. Then, users need to reboot their handset into recovery mode. To do so, switch off your phone, and simultaneously press the Vol. up button + the power button.

Using the volume keys, select the Recovery’ option. Once you are in the Recovery mode, select the option Apply sdcard’. Once the file is flashed, reboot your phone. After rebooting, users will be able to enjoy the latest version of Gingerbread on their Nexus S.

Motorola Droid Bionic Launch And XOOM 4G LTE Upgrade Delayed!

Back at CES 2011, Motorola announced the Atrix 4G and the Droid Bionic. While the Atrix 4G is already available to the general consumer, the Droid Bionic was expected to be released sometime in Q2 of 2011.

The Droid Bionic is the first dual-core 4G LTE phone headed to Verizon’s network. However, there is a twist in the tale. At the company’s Q1 earning call, Motorola’s CEO Sanjay Jha told the folks over at Droid-Life that the Droid Bionic launch, as well the XOOM’s 4G LTE update has been delayed.


Instead of the original Droid Bionic, Motorola will now release a new improved and better spec’d Bionic in Q3,2011 .

The XOOM 4G LTE update has been delayed because of Verizon’s 4G LTE network. It looks like the carrier wants to beef up its network, before the XOOM gets 4G LTE support.

For the people who were worried about the low sales figure of the XOOM, the company managed to sell more than 250,000 units.

Keeping in mind that the XOOM launched in the last week of February, and is still not available all over the world, 250k units is not bad at all!