Even though you didn’t get your hands on a webOS TouchPad, there’s nothing stopping HP from providing marginal updates to their defunct platform, right?
HP has just started pushing out the latest update to the their tablet, the TouchPad. It’s still webOS, although there are ways to get Android running on yours. It’s a small update, it brings the usual speed improvement, performance and stability updates, and fixes some rather huge gaps in the system (that you probably never cared about). You may have noticed that puny 1.3 MP camera on the front, but that there was no way of actually using it to take pictures; well fear no more. There is now a built-in Camera app to take care of your video and picture-taking requirements. Likely, the camera attached to your phone is more suited than the TouchPad, but it’s nice that HP has addressed this.
You also may have been having issues pairing your phone with the TouchPad — that’s because in their infinite wisdom, HP decided to disallow non-webOS devices from connecting. Well, they’ve also fixed that. You can now pair any device, smart or dumb phone to your TouchPad and use it as a phone. Thanks HP, holding and talking into a 10″ screen is exactly what I want to do. Instead, HP should have added the Bluetooth DUN profile for tethering or maybe OBEX-FTP for sharing files between devices. There’s no reason a modern mobile platform should be missing either of these. Shame on you, HP.
Of course some other minor additions such as OGG Vorbis support, and being able to actually toggle between offline and online while logged in to an IM service have been added.
These certainly are nice additions that most definitely make up for HP stabbing Palm in the back, abandoning webOS and shattering the dreams of many customers. Thanks for the bone, HP! Next time, do all your customers a favor and instead of shipping 2 or 3 devices with Android pre-installed, set it up for everybody and save yourself the PR nightmare.
The Samsung Galaxy S was one of the most popular Android phones in 2010. The handset sold in excess of 10 million units, before being succeeded by the almighty Samsung Galaxy S II. Most SGS owners, and Samsung haters, usually crib about the poor software support from the Korean company.
While the U.S. versions of Galaxy S are still stuck on Android 2.2 FroYo, the European version has been rocking Android 2.3.3 since March, this year. The Samsung Galaxy S Android 2.3.4 based firmware leaked a couple of months ago, and now the Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread firmware for the handset has leaked online. The leak comes courtesy of SamFirmware and the Darky ROM team.
The Android 2.3.5 update was only rolled out to the Sprint’s Nexus S 4G. Other Nexus S variants got the Android 2.3.6 update after a couple of weeks. The Android 2.3.5 update mainly fixed some network and NFC related issues on the Nexus S 4G.
While there are no visible changes in the leaked firmware, the phone does feel smooth. There are some new system fonts, and some of the system files have been updated, and that’s about it. The Quadrant score on the leaked firmware (JVS) is around the 19xx range. Interested Galaxy S owners can download the leaked firmware from here.
Last year, Samsung launched its first Bada powered smartphone, the Samsung Wave S8500. This handset originally runs on the Bada 1.0 Operating system and comes with a 3.3 inches WVGA Super AMOLED display, 1Ghz application processor, 3G Connectivity, 5 megapixel camera with HD Video recording and so on. Now you can try the new Bada 2.0 Operating System on your original Samsung wave smartphone, thanks to the leaked firmware.
Samsung Wave comes features a 3.3 inch WVGA Super AMOLED display, 1Ghz application processor, TouchWiz 3.0 UI, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, 3G Connectivity, 5 megapixel camera with HD Video recording, support for Divx, Xvid, WMV and MP4 video files, virtual 5.1 surround sound, Stereo FM radio with RDS, 32GB expandable memory and Samsung Apps store.
The leaked firmware is currently in beta version. It comes with some new features such as the new UI, the drag-down widgets screen, Music and Social hubs, the revamped gallery with stacked albums, the 3D cover flow-like music player, the Dolphin browser 3.0 and much more. Since the leaked firmware is in beta, you might have to face some bugs and crashes.
According to the guys at GSMArena, adding new widgets to the homescreen and switching off the handset crashes the OS, IM doesn’t work with all accounts, the Google and Facebook app don’t work. Moreover, the Kies sync works only with contacts. To download the leaked Bada 2.0 firmware for the Samsung Wave smartphone, head over to this page.
In the world of Samsung based Android phones, firmware leaks are a very common sight. The Android 2.2 FroYo and the Android 2.3 Gingerbread firmware for Samsung phones like the Galaxy S, Galaxy Ace, Epic 4G and the Captivate leaked online, nearly a month before its official release. In fact, the Gingerbread update for the Ace, Epic 4G and the Captivate is yet to go online!
Now, it was only a matter of time before an Android 2.3.4 based firmware leaked online for Sammy’s latest flagship handset the Galaxy S II. Yesterday, a new firmware (KG1) for the Galaxy S II leaked online, and is based on Android 2.3.4.
Apart from a minor bump in the Android OS version, the firmware also includes GTalk with video chat capability. The leaked firmware also includes a new baseband/modem, which has definitely improved the network reception for me.
Many SGS2 owners expected that the Android 2.3.4 firmware will squash the high battery drain caused at idle, by the Android OS and the Android System process. Even though the drain caused by the Android OS/Android System process has gone down noticeably, they still drain quite a lot of battery.
SGS2 owners, who are interested in flashing this leaked ROM on their handset, can do so by following the instructions stated here. Keep in mind that flashing the de-odexed firmware will make the web browser slow and jerky.
Nokia recently released a new firmware update for its popular QWERTY phone, the Nokia X2-01. The new version is numbered 08.63 and it comes with minor bug fixes and improves reliability of your phone. You can be easily download from the Nokia Software Update (NSU) or via Over-The-Air (OTA). Check out the complete changelog below.
- Improved features and performance
- Updated applications
- Better stability
Even though Nokia X2-01 has support for User Data Preservation (UDP), you should backup all your data before updating this device, just to make sure that no important files are lost during the installation. To get this software through your device, select Applications > Software Update, and choose the software you want to update.
You may have to wait for few days or even for few weeks before this update is available in your region. If you find something new in this update, or if you have any screenshot and videos of this update, then please share with us in the comments below.
Samsung Galaxy S II is the successor of the highly popular Samsung Galaxy S smartphone. This handset runs on the latest Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System and it comes with a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus display, 1.2 GHz dual-core proccessor, 8 megapixel camera and more. This handset have already received 3 million pre-orders by the carriers.
Samsung Galaxy S II is currently available only in few countries and it is expected to launch in more than 120 countries by the end of this month. Even though, this handset is not available in major markets, but it hasn’t stopped Samsung from issuing software updates for this powerful smartphone.
Samsung Galaxy S II have recently received two firmware updates. The latest update is numbered i9100XWKE2. Sadly, this update is not available via Over-The-Air (OTA). To install this update on your Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone, you will need a computer and Samsung’s Kies desktop software.
The latest firmware update fixes the automatic brightness and some connectivity issues on this handset. It also makes the Swype more responsive. This update is also rootable, so you can go with custom ROMs and tweaks. If you have any queries, feel free to ask us in the comments section below.
Nokia recently updated its C3 Touch and Type device, which bring the new Swipe to Unlock feature. Now, the same feature is available for the X3 Touch and Type phone via new firmware update. The Nokia X3-02 candy bar phone comes with a 2.4 inch touchscreen display as well as a physical T9 keypad. The latest firmware version can be downloaded from the Nokia Software Update or via. Over-The-Air (OTA).
The latest firmware is numbered 06.00 and it comes with the new swipe features. You can unlock your device by swiping from left to right. When on the home screen, you can open the Collection view by swiping from left to right and the Games view by swiping from right to left. Check out the complete changelog, after the break:
- Swipe to unlock your device
- Swipe to open Collection and Games
- Performance and usability improvements
It is advised to backup all your data before updating the device, just to make sure that no important files are lost during the installation. To get this software through your device, select Applications & Software Update, and choose the software you want to update. You may have to wait for few days or weeks for the update to reach in your region. Stay tuned for more updates.
Nokia recently released a new firmware update for its budget phone, the Nokia C3. This handset is quite popular among the youth, since it comes with a full QWERTY keyboard, which helps them to stay connected with their friends on the go. Nokia C3 features a 2.4 inch QVGA display, GPRS/EDGE, Opera Mini, Wi-Fi connectivity, 2 megapixel camera with 4x digital zoom and more.
The new firmware update is numbered 08.63 and it comes with application updates, improved features and performance. The latest firmware version can be downloaded from the Nokia Software Update or via. Over-The-Air (OTA). Check out the complete changelog below.
Nokia C3 Changelog:
- Improved features and performance
- Updated applications
- Better Stability
You can easily check for updates, just by dialing *#0000# on the home screen. To get this software through your device, select Applications > Software Update, and choose the software you want to update. It is advised to backup all your data before updating the device, just to make sure that no important files are lost during the installation.
If you find something new, let us know in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more firmware updates.
Microsoft started rolling out the NoDo update bringing the much awaited copy & paste feature to all WP7 handsets, at the end of the last month.
However, some carriers decided to delay the release of the NoDo update for WP7 based handsets including AT&T.
Nevertheless, AT&T has finally started rolling out the NoDo update for the Samsung Focus and the LG Quantum. The HTC Surround will get its NoDo update sometime in May, due to some software issues.
Samsung has also taken this opportunity to roll out a firmware update for the Focus. The new firmware update incorporates some useful changes and bug fixes.
The capacitive buttons on the Focus are temporarily disabled, if an app is open and a user drags his finger from the screen to the buttons. This will definitely be appreciated by all Focus owners, and will help in reducing all those accidental touches. No more going back to the previous screen, while playing Fruit Ninja!
Another nifty change brought by this firmware is the anti-shake setting being enabled by default for the Camera. Most users don’t really bother to check out the camera settings before clicking a snap, and this small change will definitely come in handy for them.
WP7 is a closed OS, still users need to wait for sometime before they can update their handset to the latest version of the OS. So much for being a closed OS!
Nokia recently released a new firmware update for its popular entry-level phone, the Nokia C1-01 and C1-02. The Nokia C1-01 is a dual-SIM phone with basic features, while the Nokia C1-02 is an entry level handset with dual-SIM, camera, FM Radio and other features. The latest firmware version is numbered 4.40 and it comes with general usability and performance improvements. Check out the complete changelog below.
Nokia C1-01 and Nokia C1-02 Changelog:
- Performance improvements
- Usability improvements
The latest firmware version can be downloaded from the Nokia Software Update or via. Over-The-Air (OTA). To get this software through your device, type in *#0000# on the home screen or go to Device Manager. Select Options > Check for updates and follow the on-screen prompts. It is advised to back up all your data before updating the device, just to make sure that no important files are lost during the installation.