The Samsung Galaxy S branded devices were among the most popular Android handsets last year. The Galaxy S had a powerful hardware, a brilliant screen, and most importantly a relatively easy to unlock boot loader.
Even though the phone was pretty open’, the sources released by Samsung were very poor. This severely limited the modding capabilities of the Galaxy S. Nearly all the custom ROMs for the Galaxy S were based on stock Samsung ROMs, and hardly offered any new feature except for speed improvements. Sadly, this meant no AOSP ROMs for the Galaxy S series were available until now.
There were a few developers who were working on porting CyanogenMod 7 f0r the Galaxy S. They did release quite a few builds, but until now this port was not officially supported by the CM team. However, now CM7 for the Galaxy S handsets has been merged with the main CM mainline, which means it will be getting official support from the CM team. This is all due to the hard work of the developers atinm, codeworkx, dumdidum, unhelpful, and coolya.
Currently, CM7 for Galaxy S, Vibrant and the Captivate are in nightly’ status. I have been using the nightly for quite some time on my Galaxy S now, and I must say that the build is stable enough for daily use. There are no major bugs, except that switching between 2G and 3G mode with the data connection will put the phone in a boot loop. The nightly status also means ROM updates will come out every night.
Another major advantage is that Galaxy S owners can now easily install CM7 on their rooted Galaxy S using ROM Manager.
Yesterday, Motorola and Verizon announced the Droid X2. Today, Verizon and Sony Ericsson have teamed up to announce the Xperia Play. The Xperia Play is already available in various regions of the world, and will be available in the U.S from this month’s end.
The Xperia Play sports a 4-inch TFT display with FWVGA (854×480) resolution. The handset is powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU, and an Adreno 205 GPU. The handset also packs 512MB of RAM and ROM.
The handset will run on Android 2.3.2 Gingerbread with Sony Ericsson’s proprietary UI running on top of it. The back of the phone sports a 5MP camera, while there is a VGA camera in the front for video calling. Since the Play does NOT run on Android 2.3.4, users cannot video chat using Google Talk.
The Xperia Play will be the first PlayStation Certified smartphone to be available in the U.S. Being a gamer oriented phone, the handset will ship with 7 games on-board including Asphalt 6, Madden NFL 11, Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior, The Sims, Star Battalion, Crash Bandicoot and Tetris. Users can download more than 50 high-quality games from Verizon’s VCast Apps.
The Xperia Play can already be ordered online at VerizonWireless.com, while it will hit the retail stores on May 26th. The handset will set users back by $199.99, on a two-year contract.
Up until now, the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update has leaked for the Desire HD, T-Mobile G2, Desire Z, Desire and the Thunderbolt, all thanks to the guy behind 911HTC.
Now, 911HTC has managed to get his hands on the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the HTC Droid Incredible. HTC did promise to release the Gingerbread update for a bunch of their handsets, including the Incredible, by the end of Q2.
All these leaks indicate that the company is working hard on keeping it’s word. Sadly, unlike all other Gingerbread leaks for various handsets, this leak is not in a flashable state as of now. However, with so many talented developers out there I am sure its just a matter of hours, before a flashable version is out.
This leak will also help developers to port other Sense based Gingerbread ROMs to the Droid Incredible. Readers should keep in mind that this leak is not compatible with the Droid Incredible’s successor the Droid Incredible 2.
Interested developers and Droid Incredible owners can head over to this link to download the leaked Gingerbread ROM.
After numerous leaks and mysterious appearances, Motorola and Verizon have finally gone ahead and announced the Motorola Droid X2.
The Droid X2 is the successor to the popular Motorola Droid X. Like its predecessor, the X2 will sport a 4.3-inch anti-reflective and scratch resistant screen, with qHD (960×540) resolution.
The handset will be powered by a 1GHz dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset, and pack 512MB of RAM along with 8GB of internal memory. The back of the phone sports an 8MP camera with dual-LED flash, which is capable of recording videos in 1080p HD resolution. Sadly, there is no front-facing camera for video calls.
Other key features of the Droid X2 include mini-HDMI port, GPS with A-GPS, Wi-Fi b/g/n, eCompass and a 3.5mm audio jack. Shockingly, the X2 runs on the now outdated Android 2.2 (Froyo) with MotoBLUR UI on top of it. Motorola states that they will release the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the device soon.
Announcing a high-end device with Froyo right now is simply unacceptable, especially when it has been six months since Gingerbread’s code went public.
The Droid X2 will be available online at VerizonWireless.com beginning from May 19, and will hit the retail stores on May 26. The handset will set users back by $199.9, on a two-year contract.
It was only in the first 3 months of 2011, that the different variants of the Galaxy S in the U.S got the Android 2.2 Froyo update. Galaxy S owners in Europe got a taste of Froyo way back in October, and tasted Gingerbread recently!
Up until now it was unclear whether Samsung will update the Galaxy S series of handsets in the U.S. to Android 2.3 Gingerbread, because of the huge Froyo update controversy.
Now, it looks like Samsung indeed intends to release the Gingerbread update for the at least one Galaxy S branded handset the Sprint’s Epic 4G.
The folks over at ACS forums are reporting that an Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Epic 4G has leaked on the Internet. The ROM has already been rooted and de-odexed and is available for Epic 4G owners to download and test. Notable features of the ROM include working Netflix app, working FM radio, and Google Talk with video works as well!
I hope Samsung will sort out the bugs and issues and release the official Gingerbread update for the Epic 4G soon. Hopefully, other Galaxy S branded handsets in the U.S. will also get the Gingerbread update.
In the last one week or so, the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Desire HD, T-Mobile G2, and the Desire Z have leaked on the Internet. This is all due to only one man 911Sniper.
He also released the ROMs of un-released handsets like the HTC Doubleshot, and the Sensation, due to which many Android handsets got a taste of Sense 3.0 UI.
Now, 911Sniper has just released the Android 2.3 Gingerbread test build for the HTC Thunderbolt (codenamed Mecha). HTC had earlier announced that the Thunderbolt will get the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update by Q2 of 2011.
A leaked test build suggests that the company is already working on the update, and in all probability the update is in its final stages. Sadly, the leaked test build is based on Android 2.3.3, which means video calling via the front facing camera using Google Talk will be a no go!
The HTC Thunderbolt was the first 4G LTE compatible handset to hit the Verizon network. The handset packs a mammoth 4.3-inch S-LCD, and is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor. The Thunderbolt launched with Android 2.2 Froyo on-board, with HTC’s Sense UI (v2.0) running on top of it.
The Gingerbread update for the Thunderbolt will bring with it performance improvements, usability improvements, and native SIP calling etc.
I don’t own a HTC Thunderbolt myself so as to test the leaked Gingerbread build. However, I would suggest readers to check out Droid-Life for a small preview of the Gingerbread leak.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.