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Samsung GT-i9023 Revealed in FCC Filing; Nexus S with Android 2.4?

Samsung GT i9023FCC filings are a treasure trove of information; something that tech bloggers keep scouring through to find details, specs and images of new releases. It seems that Engadget has stumbled upon the Samsung GT-i9023 which just passed FCC testing.

It’s definitely not the Vibrant 4G, as the design is much more rounded. The outline of the phone looks familiar to the Google Nexus S (i9020). A video was leaked last week which had the Nexus S running Android 2.4 (which will likely be called Ice Cream Sandwich). It could very well be the Samsung GT-i9023. It will support HSPA+ connectivity, but the other specifications will be the same as the Nexus S.

Some European retailers have also been listing the i9023 as a “Black Silver” Nexus S, so it’s highly likely that the i9023 is just the Nexus S with a few upgrades.

Source: FCC via Engadget

World IPv6 Day: Internet Giants Will Give IPv6 a Trial

2010 is the last year for IPv4 and this has been foreseen as early as March 2010. However, the transition from IPv4 to IPv6 is a huge concern for the Internet at large because IPv6 has a different packet format and is not interoperable with IPv4. However, IPv6 makes use of routers more efficiently as compared to IPv4 and this will reduce the computational load from routers.

IPv6 will provide an intelligent mechanism for calculating the minimum size of data that can be transmitted between two end-points (read PMTUD). In short, the routers will speed up but the network cables will slow down.

The result of this transition is unknown though in theory, it should make effective use of the hardware. We will know soon when Akamai, Facebook, Google and Yahoo will participate in the first global trial of IPv6 on June 8. With their distributed servers spread all over the world, these companies will form the ideal testing ground and will churn up some useful real-time data.

IPv4 has been in use for three decades now and the test on 8th June will be a Game-Changing event.

(Via: Networkworld)

Android 2.4 is going to be Called ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’

Back in October we reported that Android 4.0 might be codenamed “Ice Cream”. Since then, a lot has changed. Gingerbread turned out to be Android 2.3 instead of Android 3.0, as it was initially expected to be. Furthermore, Google went with Android 3.0 for Honeycomb, which is targeted at tablets. The next version of Android, which will be revealed this summer, is now expected to be Android 2.4, and not Android 4.0 as per our earlier predictions. Also, it’s not going to be called “Ice Cream”.

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Andy Rubin, the man in charge of Android, has confirmed to TechCrunch that the next iteration of Android will bear the codename “Ice Cream Sandwich”. Jason Kincaid believes that Google opted not to use Ice Cream as it would have been hard to visually distinguish it from FroYo (Frozen Yogurt).

While I appreciate that Google didn’t go for something as obvious as Ice Cream, “Ice Cream Sandwich” is indeed quite a mouthful. What is your take on Google’s decision? What would you have picked? Don’t forget to let us know.

Google Gets Aggressive About WebM, Decides to Drop H.264 Support from Chrome

WebM Google has announced that it will be dropping support for H.264 in future versions of Chrome, and instead focus on high quality open codecs. Although Google’s announcement is surprising, it’s not completely unexpected. Last year, Google spent a fair amount of cash to acquire On2, the startup behind VP8. Later, Google unveiled its own open source codec called WebM, based on On2’s VP8. Now that WebM has begun to witness increasing amounts of hardware support, as well as improvement in performance, Google obviously feels that the time is right to put its foot down.

The core issue with H.264 has been that it is proprietary. Last year, MPEG-LA made H.264 royalty free forever for free web broadcasts, in an attempt to counter WebM. However, even that move was deemed insufficient since it didn’t include applications that encode and decode video, as well as commercial broadcasts. It also didn’t alleviate the threat that some other patent holding body might come calling.

Chrome will now join Opera and Firefox as browsers supporting only open video codecs, i.e. Theora and WebM. Microsoft had earlier announced that it will be supporting both H.264 and WebM in Internet Explorer 9, provided that the codec for the latter is installed on the system. Apple, which has been pushing for HTML5 <video> as an alternative to Flash, has been a steadfast supporter of H.264. It will probably continue to do so for the foreseeable future as hardware decoding support (which is crucial for portable devices like the iPod and the iPhone) for WebM is still fairly limited.

Although Google’s decision to drop H.264 support from Chrome represents a major setback for H.264, don’t expect it to disappear immediately. Apple’s dominance over the mobile devices segment, and the lack of WebM support in tablets and phones is something Google will have to contend with.

Google Releases API For Goo.gl URL Shortener

Some good news for developers and coders who use Google’s URL shortening service and always wanted a Goo.gl API for their web applications.

Google has recently released an API for Goo.gl which allows users to integrate Google’s URL shortener in their web applications, blogs or websites. You can use simple HTTP methods to create, inspect, and manage goo.gl short URLs from desktop, mobile, or web application.

Google’s URL shortening service is one of the fastest URL shortners out there. The only near competitor of Goo.gl is Bit.ly, which also provides analytics for the shortened URL’s apart from providing their own API to developers. It looks like Google wants to level the playing field in the URL shortening market by allowing coders and developers the ability to integrate Goo.gl URL shortening service in their products and apps.

Getting Started With Goo.gl API

The getting started page at Google code lists all the step by step details for developers who want to use Goo.gl in their web properties. First, you will need to get your API key from the console page, which is required to identify your application and pass different arguments or parameters. Here is how the API page looks like:

Scroll down to the bottom of the page, find the URL shortener API section and hit the “Activate” button. All done, you will be given a unique authentication URL as shown below:

After the authentication part is complete, you can head over to the Actions page and learn how to use Goo.gl URL shortener API and choose the different actions required by your application.

For development purposes, you can issue API calls without a developer key, but using a key will grant you much higher usage limits. The advantage of using Goo.gl API is that apart from shortening and expanding long URL’s within your application, you can also fetch history and analytics of the shortened URL’s. Common examples include auto shortening URL’s from a custom Twitter client, shortening the long link of your blog post – the possibilities are endless.

Do give Goo.gl API a try and let us know your ideas in the comments section. [via Google Code blog ]

Google Goggles Updated To v1.3; Gets Faster, Solves Sudoku

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Google recently updated its popular iPhone and Android app, Google Goggles. It is an image recognition based search engine which allows you to capture images and then use those images as queries to obtain search results. The new version of this amazing app is much faster and smarter as compared to its previous versions. The Google Goggles 1.3 client can scan barcodes almost instantly.

The print ad feature in Google Goggles easily recognize the print ads in popular magazines and newspapers. Just click a picture of the ads displayed in newspapers from the Google Goggles app and it will recognize print ad and return web search results about the product and brand. Sadly, this feature is not available for print ads appearing before August 2010 in newspapers and magazines.

The next feature will definitely surprise you. The latest version of the Google Goggles can even solve Sudoku puzzles, much faster than a Sudoku champ. Most of us play Sudoku, but when we make a mistake, we are unable to solve the puzzle for hours. But the latest version of the Google Goggles app for Android and iPhone will help you to solve your Sudoku puzzles quickly. All you have to do is, just take a clear picture of the Sudoku puzzle and the app will solve your puzzle in seconds.

Android users can easily download the latest version of the Google Goggles app from the Android Market. Recognition of print ads and Sudoku solver is now enabled for both Android and iPhone app. Till then, check out the Google Goggles Sudoku demo below. To learn more, head over to this page.

Google Nexus S Running MeeGo OS

Steve Straughton the guy who got MeeGo v1.1 up and running on a HTC HD2 has come up with another awesome hack. He has managed to get the Nokia’s highly anticipated MeeGo OS running on the Google Nexus S. For getting the MeeGo OS to run on their Nexus S, users need to flash a custom kernel.

After that, they need to use the fastboot feature to boot the MeeGo OS on their handset using a rootfs image file. Users can also dual-boot between MeeGo and Gingerbread, if they wish to do so.

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Now the million dollar question which is usually associated with these hacks What works and what does not? Except for adb root access and the UI apps, nothing works – Touchscreen, Wi-Fi, data, calls, GPS – nothing. In fact, the SAMOLED screen brightness control option also does not work, which means users will have a tough time to see what’s being displayed on screen.

Nexus S owners who are interested in running MeeGo OS on their handset can find the installation steps here.

U.S. Orders Twitter to Hand Over WikiLeaks Private Messages

New information about a U.S. case against WikiLeaks has recently been revealed. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a secret subpoena to Twitter on December 14th. The subpoena orders Twitter Inc. to release private messages and other information about accounts owned by Julian Assange and others involved with WikiLeaks.

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The subpoena wasn’t public knowledge, because  Twitter was ordered not to reveal it, since it was “relevant to an ongoing criminal investigation“.   On January 5th,   the subpoena was unsealed due to legal pressure by Twitter.

Twitter declined to say much on the matter, except that its policy is to notify its users of government requests for information, when it can do so.

In a statement, Assange is quoted as saying If the Iranian government was to attempt to coercively obtain this information from journalists and activists of foreign nations, human rights groups around the world would speak out.

twitter2Twitter is based in San Francisco California, and it’s not likely that they would have responded to an information request from Iran. However, the U.S. DOJ has the legal authority to make Twitter cough up this data. It’s clear that Twitter will do so, despite their efforts to open it up to public review.

Google and Facebook have very likely received similar requests, but have not responded to reporters asking about this topic. It’s speculated that they’ve also gotten gag orders to remain quiet, but didn’t fight them as well as Twitter.

(Sources: TechCrunch, CBS News and others)

Google Nexus S Overclocked To 1.2 GHz

Many people had hoped that the Nexus S will be equipped with a dual-core processor but sadly that did not turn out to be true.   The Nexus S uses a 1 GHz SoC (Silicon-on-Chip) Hummingbird processor. The same processor is used across the different variants of the Galaxy S line-up. Now, an XDA member morfic has released a new kernel Trinity – for the Nexus S which overclocks the processor to 1.2GHz.

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The developer of the kernel has also tweaked the voltages for a better battery life. However, this kernel is still a work in progress as the Bluetooth still does not work. The kernel is compatible only with Bionix NS1 custom ROM for the Nexus S.

The 1GHz processor inside the Nexus S is no slow-couch. However, I hope this kernel will satisfy the thirst of speed for all those people who were disappointed with the Hummingbird processor.

Head Turners of 2010 in the Tech Industry Based On Stock Performance

The best performing company of 2010 according to me was Facebook. Undoubtedly, with its quarterly growth crossing the annual growth of many, Facebook also registered itself as the third largest Internet company as well as the third most visited website. Groupon trebled its value with a failed deal and in the mobile market; Nokia lost its position and stronghold. Twitter kept on growing like always.

However, those reports were based on how uses were accessing those websites. Another factor in the business growth of a company is share prices. The Atlantic has published a chart comparing stock performance of companies. According to the report, Chinese search giant Baidu’s share performance crosses that of the next four in the chart namely Apple, Amazon, Oracle and Sony combined. Surprisingly, Yahoo stocks did better than Google too and Microsoft and Adobe stocks were on a loss. Netflix, another growing business did not feature in the comparison.

Share prices are not the only marker for performance of a company. Therefore, these reports cannot be considered to be deciding factors for estimating performances of these companies. Though, they can definitely provide us with some insight on the growth of these companies.