Yesterday, the team behind the Android Market introduced a new updated version of the Android Market. The new updated version of the Android Market will be slowly rolled out to all the Android devices running Android 1.6 and above in the coming weeks. However, for impatient Android users like us the folks over at Droid-Life have managed to get their hands on a fully working apk file of the new Android Market from a tipster.
Also Read: Why the New Android Market Is Bad News for Both Users and Developers
The Droid-Life folks tried the apk on various handsets and they successfully got the new Android Market. Even I managed to get the new Android Market on my Samsung Galaxy S running a custom ROM based on Android 2.2.1 via this apk. Interested users can download the new Android Market apk from here.
The apk should also work fine for all Android devices running Android 2.1. If this apk does install the new Android Market on your handset running Android 1.6 or higher, do drop in a comment and let us know.
After using the new Android Market for sometime, all I can say is that its brilliant! Not only is the new UI slick, its fast as well. The Android Developers team has definitely done a good job here. The Android Market is finally on par with Apple’s AppStore now in terms of UI at least.
At the beginning of this month, we reported that T-Mobile UK has started rolling out the Android 2.2 update for the Galaxy S handsets in the U.K. Apparently, that did not happen and T-Mobile UK never released the update. Now, another carrier in the UK Three has started rolling out the Android 2.2 update for the Three U.K. branded Galaxy S handsets.
Galaxy S owners can update their handset using Samsung’s KIES software.
As a part of the update, the phone will be wiped clean of any data so users are suggested to make a backup of their data before proceeding with the update. The Android 2.2 update for the Galaxy S will bring many new features like performance enhancements, Flash 10.1 and a spiced up TouchWiz UI.
Hopefully, Samsung will release the Android 2.2 update for the Galaxy S handset series in the U.S by this year end.
Few days ago, Google unveiled the Samsung-manufactured-Google branded Nexus S along with the latest version of Android Gingerbread. Now, since the Nexus S is very similar to the Galaxy S line-up from Samsung, many people expected that the handset is eligible for Android 2.3 update. However, when Pocket-lint contacted Samsung the Korean giant gave a very diplomatic answer.
Here is what Sammy replied to Pocket-Lint-:
“Such a review will be based on various factors including, without limitation, the overall effect of such Update to Samsung products, the system requirements, the structural limitations, and the level of cooperation from the component suppliers and the software licensors.
If Samsung decides to make the Update available to the users after such consideration, Samsung will use its efforts to develop such Update, which may be released to the users upon successful completion of such development.
Pretty shocking eh? The Galaxy S series of handset from Samsung is one of the most popular Android handsets in the market right now. The Galaxy S hardware easily meets the minimum’ hardware requirements required for Android 2.3.
However, there is a twist in the tale. Samsung India have tweeted through their twitter account that the Galaxy S will be getting the Gingerbread update.
Hopefully, Samsung will come clean about the Android 2.3 update for the Galaxy S handset sooner than later.
Last night at the D: Dive Into Mobile conference – Andy Rubin announced that Google will soon be releasing Google Maps 5. The updated version of Google Maps will bring with it many goodies like dynamic map drawing, many multi-touch gestures like using two fingers to tilt and rotate and offline caching.
The update will also improve the performance of Google Maps and will make it much smoother and snappier.
However, not all Android handsets will be able to enjoy all the features which Google Maps 5 will bring with it. Only a few selected high-end Android devices will be able to take advantage of all the features which Google Maps 5 will offer.
The list of devices includes :
o Galaxy S
o Droid X
o Droid 2
o Droid Incredible
o Nexus S
The Nexus One won’t be able to make use of the new multi-touch gestures in Google Maps 5 because it lacks the required multi-touch capability. The update is expected to be rolled out in the coming days.
CyanogenMod is one of the most popular custom ROMs in the Android modding scene. The ROM is based on stock Android (AOSP) and is completely free from any kind of bloat ware. Today, the community behind Cyanogen – consisting of 10000 monkeys and 10000 typewriters’ – has released the final version of CyanogenMod 6.1.
CM6.1 is based on Android 2.2.1 and includes many nifty features like continuous auto-focus, dual-mode snooze, EMMC support and Lock screen gestures. Interested users can find the huge change-log here. The new CyanogenMod 6.1 ROM also supports some new devices like the Desire HD and the Desire Z/T-Mobile G2/HTC Vision.
Sadly, the CM community still does not support one of the most popular Android phones out there the Samsung Galaxy S series. However, a few people have been trying hard to port CM6 to the Galaxy S. They have already released a couple of beta releases as well. Hopefully, by the year end we will see a working CM6.1 ROM for the Galaxy S handsets.
Samsung started rolling out the Android 2.2 (Froyo) update for unbranded Galaxy S handsets in early November. The Korean company has been slowly rolling out the update to unlocked devices in various regions of the world. It was just a couple of days ago that the company started rolling out the Android 2.2 update for the Galaxy S in India.
Now, Samsung and T-Mobile UK have started rolling out the Android 2.2 update for T-Mobile branded Galaxy S devices in the U.K.
Along with the usual KIES release, T-Mobile has also released an OTA (Over-The-Air) software update. However, the OTA update might be delayed so users are recommended to try out KIES first. It is still unknown when all the four carrier branded variants of the Galaxy S AT&T’s Captivate, Verizon’s Fascinate, Sprint’s Epic 4G and T-Mobile’s Vibrant in the United States will get their share of Froyo love.
Hopefully, Samsung will release the Android 2.2 update for these devices before the end of the year.
At the beginning of this month, Samsung started rolling out the Android 2.2 update for the Galaxy S in the U.K. Samsung is slowly rolling out the update in various regions of the world. Today, the company has released the Android 2.2 update for the Galaxy S in India.
Samsung had earlier released the Android 2.2 update for the handset in October but it was later pulled back due to numerous bugs and performance issues.
However, the new firmware update being rolled out now is considerably much better. Galaxy S owners in India need to use Samsung KIES to update their handset to Android 2.2. The Android 2.2 update for the Galaxy S will bring with it better performance, speech-to-text, voice search, Flash 10.1 and other Froyo goodies.
Samsung has also tweaked their TouchWIZ UI on the phone with new colorful icons.
Today, Samsung Mobile Canada on their Facebook page has given a time-frame for the Android 2.2 rollout for the various carrier branded Galaxy S handsets. First and foremost, the Vibrant from Bell and the Samsung Captivate from Rogers will get the Froyo love by mid-December.
Lastly, the TELUS branded Galaxy S handset the Fascinate will get its Android 2.2 update in early 2011. The Android 2.2 update for all these handsets will not be released in the usual OTA (Over-The-Air) form. Users need to use Samsung’s KIES desktop software to get the update.
Samsung has already started rolling out the Android 2.2 update for the un-branded Galaxy S handsets in many different regions of the world including U.K and India.
Samsung has already started rolling out Android 2.2 update in various parts of the world. The roll out is expected to be completed by the end of this month. However, Samsung has not mentioned when the U.S. variants of the Galaxy S will be getting the Android 2.2 update.
The Vibrant and the Captivate have already had their taste of Froyo thanks to some leaked firmwares. Yesterday, the Epic 4G joined that list thanks to Firon.
Firon has released a new ROM for the Epic 4G based on a leaked Android 2.2 firmware (DJ29). The ROM is a pretty basic one (deodexed, zip-aligned and pre-rooted) and only contains the usual Froyo goodies.
The catch? Browsing performance is actually slower than what it was on Android 2.1 based firmware and the audio sometimes skips when on 3G. Epic 4G owners can download the ROM from here.
It was just yesterday that the first images of how the Nexus S looks leaked on the Internet. Today, we have some information about the specifications of the device. T-Mobile will be the official carrier of the Nexus S and the handset will sport EDGE and HSUPA (up to 7.2mbps).
The phone won’t feature HSPA+ to take advantage of the higher band with being offered by the recently rolled out HSPA+ network from T-Mobile. The back of the phone will pack a 5MP camera which might be assisted by an LED flash. The phone will also sport a 1500mAh battery. Sadly, no details about the processor, amount of RAM and internal storage capacity of the phone are available.
However, in all probability the Nexus S will be powered by a 1.2GHz Hummingbird processor from Samsung and will pack 512MB of RAM.