Just after a week of its launch, the Google Nexus S is getting its first software update over the air. The OTA (Over-The-Air) update weighs in at 1.9MB and carries the build number GRH78, up from the previous GRH55 build number. There is no official change-log but looking at the size of the OTA, don’t expect wonders. Apparently, the update mainly fixes some bugs and Maps fixes’.
MoDaCo owner Paul posted on XDA with regard to the OTA update :
Super quick GRH78 analysis – changes to framework.jar, kernel and Maps.apk. That’s about it.
Nexus S owners can either wait for the update to be pushed to their phone or enter *#*#checkin#*#* manually and get the update.
The highly anticipated update of Google Maps version 5 – has finally hit the Android Market. The new update brings with it tons of new features like 3D maps, new multi-touch gestures and offline maps. Here is the small change-log posted by Google in the Android Market :
- Explore the map in 3D. Two finger drag down/up to tilt; twist to rotate on supported devices.
- Use compass mode to rotate the map to where you’re facing. Center the map with My Location then tap again.
- Improved map caching and offline Navigation rerouting if you lose your connection.
However, not all Android handsets will support the new features offered by Google Maps 5.
Here is the list of handsets that fully support Google Maps 5 :
- Galaxy S
- Droid X
- Droid 2
- Droid Incredible
- EVO 4G
- Nexus S
- T-Mobile G2/ HTC Desire Z
- HTC Desire HD
The upcoming high-end Android handsets will also be able to make use of all the features of Google Maps 5. Other handsets like Nexus One, HTC Desire won’t be able to enjoy the new multi-touch gesture feature offered by Google Maps 5 due to hardware restriction.
Here is the official blogpost from Google about Google Maps 5.
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.