Android 2.3.4 Hitting Nexus S OTA, Brings Gtalk Video Chat

We have a good news for the Nexus S users. Google recently announced that, the Android 2.3.4 update is scheduled to roll out over the next few weeks. Google Nexus S will be the first device to get the Android 2.3.4 update. This update brings the much awaited voice and video chat to the Google Talk, along with some bug fixes and optimizations.

gtalk video chat

The Android 2.3.4 update officially brings the video chat on Google Talk for the first time on Android devices. It uses the same Google Talk solution as on Android Honeycomb tablets. The latest update allows you to voice and video chat with your Google Talk friends, over the Wi-Fi or using the 3G/4G connection.

Google Nexus S and Nexus S 4G owners will be the first ones to get the Google Talk with video and voice chat in the next few weeks as part of the Android 2.3.4 over-the-air update. This update will also be rolled out to other Android Gingerbread powered devices in the near future. Google has also promised another surprise for the Nexus users. Lets keep our fingers crossed. Until then, check out the video below.

Sprint To Launch Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi On May 8 For $599

Earlier this year, Motorola announced its first tablet device, the Motorola Xoom. It is the first tablet powered by the Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) Operating System. Last month, Motorola released the Wi-Fi only version of this amazing tablet on Verizon. And now, Sprint joined the bandwagon and announced the Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi for its customers in the US. This device will be available from Sprint beginning on Sunday, May 8th.

motorola xoom

Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi features with a 10.1 inch touchscreen display, 1280 x 800 pixels resolution, Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) OS, 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor, 5 megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash, 2 megapixel front-facing camera, Google Chrome bookmark sync and incognito mode, Android Market and more.

Other features include a 3.5mm headset jack, HD (720p) video recording, Full HD (1080p) playback, micro USB 2.0, Corporate Sync, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR + HID, 32GB internal memory, SD card support, 1GB DDR2 RAM, Integrated GPS, up to 10 hour video playback and a 3250 mAh Lithium-ion battery.

Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi comes with a price tag of $599.99 without any contract. This device will be available through Sprint Stores, Web sales, Telesales and Sprint Business Sales from May 8th. Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi allows you to read more than 3 million Google eBooks and access more than 150,000 useful applications, widgets and games from the Android Market.

Samsung Officially Launches The Nexus S In India For Rs.29,950

Back in December, Google announced the first Android Gingerbread powered device, the Samsung Nexus S. This handset is the successor of the popular Nexus One smartphone. This handset is already available in India from March, but after waiting for almost 5 months, Samsung officially launched this powerful smartphone at an event in Chennai. Samsung Nexus S comes with the 4 inch Super Clear LCD display instead of the Super AMOLED display in India.

The slew of launches on the Android platform represents our commitment to deliver a smarter’, simpler and more intuitive smart phone experience to our consumers. Our entire smart phone strategy hinges on providing consumers with a seamlessly connected experience while at work, home or on the go,said Ranjit Yadav, Country Head, Samsung Mobile.

google nexus s

Google Nexus S Specifications:

  • 4 inch Super Clear LCD display
  • 800 x 480 pixels resolution
  • 1 GHz application processor
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS
  • Wi-Fi
  • USB 2.0
  • Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR
  • 5 megapixel camera with flash
  • VGA front Camera
  • HD (720p) video recording
  • 3.5mm headset jack
  • Stereo Speakers
  • Accelerometer
  • Digital compass
  • Proximity and Light Sensor
  • NFC Capability
  • A-GPS
  • 16 GB internal memory
  • 512MB RAM
  • Android Market
  • 1500 mAh battery

This handset allows you to access more than 150,000 apps from the Android Market. Samsung Nexus S comes with a price tag of Rs.29,950. Samsung also launched the Galaxy Ace, Galaxy Pro, Galaxy Fit, Galaxy Pop and Galaxy Pop CDMA in India for Rs.17,040, Rs.13,750, Rs.11,870, Rs.10,290 and Rs.10,500 respectively.

HTC ‘Doubleshot’ ROM With Sense 3.0 UI Ported To HTC Desire Z/T-Mobile G2

A week ago, we had reported that the HTC Desire Z has got a taste of the Sense 3.0 UI, thanks to the leaked HTC Sensation ROM. However, the Sensation ROM port had many issues due to the difference in resolution (WVGA vs. qHD).

A few days ago, rumors were flowing on the Internet that HTC is already working on the HTC Desire Z successor, with the codename Doubleshot’.


Now, one popular developer over at the HTC Desire Z modding scene rmk40 has managed to get his hands on a leaked HTC Doubleshot ROM. He has even ported the ROM to the HTC Desire Z. Since, the Doubleshot’ will sport a WVGA screen, the ROM works without any graphical glitches on the Desire Z.

Early users report that most of the hardware is working on this ROM. However, some bloat ware apps are continuously force closing, which should be rectified pretty soon. The ROM will also work on the T-Mobile G2.

From the screenshots above, readers can easily understand why developers want to port Sense UI 3.0 to the HTC ‘Vision’. The Sense UI in its latest version looks gorgeous!

T-Mobile G2 and HTC Desire Z owners should head over to this thread over at XDA forums for more information about the ROM.

Motorola XOOM Gets A Software Update; Enhances Security Features And More!

Motorola and Verizon have started rolling out a new software update for the first Android 3.0 Honeycomb based tablet – the Motorola XOOM.

The update brings with it some much needed stability improvements, Bluetooth support for Google Talk and some enhanced security features.

Below is the full change-log -:

  • Access and stay connected to Wi-Fi networks with added Proxy support.
  • SSL data transfer with websites is now supported.
  • WPA Pre-Shared Key pass-phrases are now supported when using the device as a Mobile Hotspot.
  • Supports Google Widevine DRM and HDCP. Email and Messaging
  • POP3 HTML emails will display in their entirety. Call Features
  • Bluetooth ® is now supported in Google Talkâ„¢.

Additional Device Features

  • Encrypted passwords can be entered during power up.
  • Calendar events will remain up to date after an installed software update.
  • Application storage errors will not appear unless the device has reached maximum storage capacity.
  • Safely dock the MOTOROLA XOOM into the docking adapter without interruption.
  • Ability to add and use a Bluetooth mouse. + A shortcut key for the Bluetooth keyboard has been added.
  • View and import pictures from digital cameras with Picture Transfer Protocol.
  • When using the device in accessibility mode, menus will no longer prompt with sounds.

As of now, this software update is being rolled out for only the 3G+Wi-Fi version of the Motorola XOOM. Hopefully, the update will be rolled out sometime soon for the Wi-Fi only version as well.

Google Docs App For Android Released

Google has released an Android app for their popular online document editing service – Google Docs. The app will allow users to create, edit and upload documents to Google Docs, right from their Android handset.

However, the best feature of the Google Docs app for Android is its ability to convert text from any image into a document. Users can simply click pictures of any document, and the app will convert the text in the image into a document.



Sadly, the feature does not work as advertised. For me, the Google Docs app struggled to read the text properly from most of the images I clicked. Hopefully, with time this feature will become more usable on a day-to-day basis.

Also, the editor of the app is simply a web app. When a user wants to create a new document, the app will simply open up the Google Docs web app for Android.

The app will run on any Android device running Android 2.1+ or up, including Android 3.0 Honeycomb.

Android users can download the app from here.

Samsung Galaxy S 2 vs Apple iPhone 4: Comparison

The Apple iPhone 4 has been a huge hit and with the iPhone 5 launch being delayed to September, it will be the smartphone every new Android device will be compared to. And though it’s almost an year old now, comparisons of the iPhone 4 with new Android phones are inevitable, as it is one of the best smartphones known to mankind. In this post, I will pit the new Samsung Galaxy S 2 against the Apple iPhone 4. Expect some fireworks.

Samsung Galaxy S 2 vs Apple iPhone 4


While design preferences are subjective, I can safely say that both the Galaxy S 2 and the iPhone 4 have very stylish designs. The iPhone 4 has dimensions of 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm while the Galaxy S 2 has dimensions of 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5 mm. The Galaxy S 2 is the slimmest smartphone around, slimmer than even the anorexic Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc.

It is also very light, with a weight of only 116 gms compared to the iPhone 4’s 134 gms. I would prefer the Galaxy S 2.


The Samsung Galaxy S 2 comes with a 4.3 inch capacitive SuperAMOLED Plus display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. It is easily the best display in town, in terms of size, contrast, display quality etc. It is perfect for watching videos and movies.

The iPhone 4 comes with a 3.5 inch IPS LCD ‘Retina’ display with a resolution of 640 x 960 pixels. It is one of the best displays in the market, but loses out before the Galaxy S 2 in terms of size as well as overall quality.

Again, the Galaxy S 2 wins.


The Samsung Galaxy S 2 easily trumps the iPhone 4 when it comes to hardware, but that is obvious, as it is yet to be launched, while the iPhone 4 was launched in June last year.

The iPhone 4 comes with a 1 GHz processor with 512 MB RAM and 16/32 GB internal storage. The Galaxy S 2 comes with a 1.2 GHz dual core Exynos processor and 1 GB RAM. It also has 16/32 GB internal storage and supports microSD cards.

Winner: Galaxy S 2


Now this is the part where we have two completely divided camps. Some prefer iOS with its ease of use, great user interface, huge library of apps and games (almost 400,000) while some prefer Android with its openness, customizability, better multitasking, and not-as-huge library of apps and games (200,000). With the Galaxy S 2, you get Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread and TouchWiz 4.0 which offer excellent performance thanks to the powerful hardware.

There is no clear verdict in this section, but I would prefer the Galaxy S 2 with Android. Just my preference.


The Samsung Galaxy S 2 has an 8 MP camera with autofocus and LED flash. It can shoot 1080p videos at 30 FPS and also comes with a 2 MP secondary camera. It is second only to the Xperia Arc and the Nokia N8, in terms of image quality. It definitely blows the iPhone 4’s 5 MP camera out of the water. The Galaxy S 2 is a clear winner in this department.


The Galaxy S 2 can play any video format which currently exists on Planet Earth. It’s a pleasure watching videos on the 4.3 inch SuperAMOLED Plus display, going by all the reviews I have seen. It is THE device to have if you want to watch videos on the move. It wins.

Web Browsing

Both the iPhone 4 and the Galaxy S 2 have excellent web browsers, both default and third-party. But as the Galaxy S 2 has a bigger display, and also supports Flash, I would go with it.

The Verdict

As you can clearly see, the iPhone 4 is now outdated. The Samsung Galaxy 2 is quite obviously the best smartphone on the market. It should be launched soon, and I expect it to be the best Android phone of 2011.

TouchWIZ 4.0 Ported To Samsung Galaxy S

Last year, Samsung launched the Galaxy S with Android 2.1 on-board and TouchWIZ 3.0. Samsung spiced up TouchWIZ with some colorful icons, with the Android 2.2 update for the Galaxy S.

At MWC 2011, Samsung announced the Galaxy S successor the Galaxy S II, which runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread with a new version of TouchWIZ (v4.0) running on top of it. TouchWIZ in its latest version features some new icons, and some new nifty features.

Now, one developer over the Galaxy S modding scene fear2142 – has managed to port TouchWIZ 4.0 to the Galaxy S, thanks to a Galaxy S II system dump.

Below is a video of TouchWIZ 4.0 in action on the Galaxy S –

The mod will work on the Galaxy S XXJVB ROM de-odexed ROM. The mod also works on Galaxy S Custom ROMs based on the XXJVB firmware. The TouchWIZ 4.0 launcher does have some stability issues though.

Interested Galaxy S users should head over to this thread, for more information on how to install TouchWIZ 4.0.

Verizon Announces The HTC Droid Incredible 2 Smartphone

Verizon Wireless recently announced the HTC Droid Incredible 2 smartphone. This handset is the successor of the the popular HTC Droid Incredible smartphone. It runs on the old Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System and comes with a 4 inch Super LCD display, Wi-Fi mobile hotspot, 8 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording and more. This handset will be exclusively available on the airwaves of Verizon Wireless in the US. Check out the specs below.

htc droid incredible 2

HTC Droid Incredible 2 features a 4 inch Super LCD touchscreen display with 480 x 800 pixels resolution, 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS, HTC Sense UI, Wi-Fi, 3G Connectivity, 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera and so on.

Other features include a 3.5mm headset jack, 1.1 GB ROM, 768 MB RAM, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Bluetooth, A-GPS, Wi-Fi mobile hotspot, integrated noise cancellation technology and SRS WOWHD surround sound.

HTC Droid Incredible 2 is a global ready Android smartphone, which means that, it has both CDMA radio for operation on Verizon’s network in the US and GSM/HSPA radio for operation in more than 200 countries. This handset will be available for purchase from April 28th. HTC Droid Incredible 2 comes with a price tag of $199.99 with a two years service agreement.

CyanogenMod 7.0.2 Released; Fixes Tons of Bugs And Supports Motorola Droid Now!

It was during the middle of this month that the CyanogenMod team released the final version of CM7. CM7 is based on AOSP Android 2.3 Gingerbread with some nifty tweaks and features pre-baked.

Now, just a couple of weeks later on, the CyanogenMod team has released a CM v7.0.2, which fixes a lot of bugs, and brings support for the Motorola Droid. The bug fixes include some GPS issues and proximity sensor issues, which most of the CM7 users were facing.


Here is the full change-log :


  • Common: Fix issue with missing built-in themes
  • Common: Update bundled ROM Manager to latest version
  • Supersonic: Actually fix GPS
  • Supersonic: Fix proximity and light sensor
  • Common: Fix fling velocity of status bar and ADW swipe – Sven Dawitz
  • Common: Fixed webview layout bug (issue 3229) – Zinx
  • Common: Fix GVoice-opens-twice bug – Zinx
  • Common: Fix issues on all devices with DNS resolution failure after some time – Zinx, various
  • Common: RTL improvements – Eran Mizrahi, Eyad Aboulouz
  • Common: Fix crashes in Arabic locale – Eyad Aboulouz
  • Common: Add Arabic keylayout – Eyad Aboulouz
  • Common: Improve ADWLauncher scrolling/zoom performance – Pavel Kucera
  • Common: Fix excessive memory use when appending to textviews – Cyanogen
  • Common: New wallpapers from the CM community (CC License, see app for credits)
  • Common: Option to disable vibration while in-call – Evan Charlton
  • Common: Add long press option to status bar widgets for settings – Alex Avance
  • Common: Compact carrier and status bar tweaks – Nihanth Subramanya, rorifree
  • Sholes: Fix connectivity loss bug – cvpcs
  • Speedy: Fix keyboard lights – JD Horelick
  • Glacier: Fix backlights – Zinx
  • Glacier: fix GPS issues – Zinx/QCom
  • msm7x30: Fix bugs during video resume – Zinx
  • qsd8x50: Fix 720p video playback
  • qsd8x50: Unified 2.6.37 kernel – Cyanogen, toastcfh, slayher
  • Espresso, Legend: WiFi fix (HTC)
  • Supersonic: Fix GPS issues (HTC)
  • msm7227: Fix GPS issues – Alex Hofbauer
  • Click: Fix recovery kernel and compilation. Now works well with latest code – KalimochoAz
  • Click: Speed up internet connection – KalimochoAz
  • Blade: Update kernel to match Gen2 Radio – kallt_kaffe
  • Blade: Update libaudio to fix SIP audio routing and microphone mute – Tom Giordano

For Android users who are unaware of CM7, it is the best AOSP Custom ROM for Android handsets out there. At the moment, CM7 is available for a variety of handsets including some tablets like the Nook Color. Users can find out more about CM7 over here.