It was just yesterday that we reported about HTC rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Desire HD and the Incredible S.
However, the update was being rolled out only for the unbranded Desire HD and Incredible S handsets, in Europe.
Today, Vodafone U.K. has announced that they have started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Vodafone branded Desire HD, in the U.K.
Here is the update change-log via Android Community :
- Enhancements to the user interface (simpler and slicker)
- New Android Keyboard, with easy copy/paste feature
- Improved Power Management
- Internet Calling support
- Multiple Camera Management (front and back)
Ironically, the Desire HD lacks a front camera, so I wonder what the Multiple Camera Management’ feature will do.
The update is an OTA one, and users are recommended to use Wi-Fi to download the update. The update will be rolled out to all Desire HD owners within the next few weeks.
Hopefully, other carries will follow Vodafone U.K. steps, and release the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Desire HD.
HTC has started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for two of their handsets – the Desire HD and the Incredible S.
The company has kept its promise of rolling out the Android 2.3 update within the first few weeks of its release for the Incredible S, and in early Q2 for the Desire HD.
The software update for the Desire HD carries the version number 2.36.405.5, while the Incredible S software update has the version number 2.12.405.7. The Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for both the handsets sis being rolled out as an OTA (Over-The-Air) one. Desire HD and Incredible S owners can manually check for the software update by going to Menu-> Settings-> About Phone and selecting the ‘Check for updates’ option.
The latest version of Android OS will bring with it a new keyboard, better copy-paste method, speed improvements and a new black theme. Sadly, the Gingerbread version being rolled out by HTC is Android 2.3.3. This means that Incredible S owners won’t be able to use the front-facing camera to make video calls via GTalk.
The Desire Z and the original Desire are the next in line to receive their Gingerbread love. The Android 2.3 updates for these handsets are expected to be rolled out by early June.
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.
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.
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 update.zip’ 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 update.zip’. 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.
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 Specifications:
- 4 inch Super Clear LCD display
- 800 x 480 pixels resolution
- 1 GHz application processor
- Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS
- 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
- Digital compass
- Proximity and Light Sensor
- NFC Capability
- 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.
Last month, the Android 2.3 Gingerbread ROM with Sense UI for the HTC Desire Z leaked.
Today, the folks over at XDA forums have managed to get their hands on the leaked Android 2.3 Gingerbread ROM for the T-Mobile G2.
The T-Mobile G2 and the HTC Desire Z are exactly the same phones, except that the former runs on stock Android while the latter has Sense UI on top of it.
Users who have flashed this ROM on their handset, report that the performance and stability of this ROM is top-notch. Sadly, the ROM does not feature the screen-off animation, which Android 2.3 Gingerbread brings.
The leaked ROM works perfectly, which suggests that the T-Mobile G2 Gingerbread update is around the corner. Another HTC Vision’ developer rmk40 has already uploaded a de-odexed and rooted version of the ROM.
Interested T-Mobile G2 owners can head over to this thread to download and install the leaked ROM on their handset. The ROM will also work flawlessly on the HTC Desire Z.
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.
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.
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.