Nokia Planning to Launch Windows Phone 7 Devices?

Nokia - MicrosoftBoth Nokia (Symbian) and Microsoft (Windows Phone 7) have been hit hard by the rise of Android as a smartphone OS in the last 2 years. Symbian has been continuously losing marketshare to Android, even in the budget category of smartphones. Even Windows Phone 7 hasn’t seen very encouraging sales, thanks to Android’s domination. Android is probably in the smartphone world what Windows is in the PC world. However, Android has one huge advantage – it’s free and open. And everyone knows that you cannot beat “free” unless you offer a very compelling product which is better in every way, which Windows Phone 7 is definitely not.

Nokia has already stated that it won’t be using Android as the OS for its smartphones anytime in the near future. It is relying on MeeGo to give a boost to its lagging sales in 2011. But MeeGo is still not ready for a final release.

Eldar Murtazin at Mobile Review has commented in his weekly editorial piece that Nokia is planning to team up with Microsoft and launch smartphones running with Windows Phone 7 under the Nokia brand. While it may sound ridiculous at first, given Eldar’s track record, I can’t help but think that it might turn out to be true.

Even if this rumor does turn out to be true, I doubt that their alliance would be successful in curbing the growth of Android.

Source: Mobile Review

Google Launches Shared Spaces, A Stripped Down Version of Google Wave

Remember ? The product Google launched with much fanfare and had to eventually shut down? Well It is called Apache Wave now? No? Well, I don’t blame you for that, but Google did take a big gamble with a futuristic product which was fit for 2020.

Google Shared Spaces

However, move aside Google Wave. Google has quietly launched something called as Shared Spaces. According to their official about page, here is what it is meant to do:

A shared space is an easy way for you to share mini-collaborative applications, like scheduling tools or games, with your friends or colleagues. We’ve put together this slide set to explain more

Now, if you have read our initial impressions about Google Wave, you would have noticed that this smells something familiar? Well gadgets in Wave, without Wave?

Yes, this is exactly what Shared Spaces feels like, gadgets in wave without it. However, don’t expect it to be simple enough to use. I am still trying to figure out this thing, and though it not difficult to use the gadgets itself, I am still wondering how it will be useful. Well, I need sometime to figure this out, you can try it out yourself at I will write a more in-depth post about this shortly.

You might also want to check the presentation about what Google Shared Spaces is actually about in the embedded screen tour below.

(h/t @steverubel)

Complete Guide to Rooting Nexus S

Earlier we had posted a guide on Rooting the Nexus S. While the guide works well on 32-bit Windows systems, the USB drivers for 64-bit OS are flaky and more often than not, putting the device in fastboot mode will result in a cryptic “waiting for device” error message.  The information for fixing this is available on the web, but scattered. So here’s a complete guide to help you root your Nexus S.


Before we start, you’ll need the below software

  • Android SDK Download the Android SDK From here. Don’t download the drivers, we’ll download them from the SDK
  • PDANet drivers these are required to detect the Nexus S in fast boot mode.
  • Clockwork Recovery Mod We’ll use this to install Superuser which provides root access
  • Superuser application This grants super user access ( aka root access) to the applications which require them.

Actual Steps

Enable USB debugging mode in your Nexus S. To do this tap on the grid icon > Settings > Applications >   Development. Now ensure checkbox against USB debugging is checked. Now, extract the compressed SDK files to a directory ( say, c:\android). Now, launch SDK Manager.exe from c:\android. Click on Available Packages and install Google USB driver package. Now connect the Nexus S to your computer. When prompted, do not Enable USB storage on your Nexus S. Right click on My computer,   then click on Manage & double click on Device Manager. The Nexus S should show up as an unidentified device

Right click on it , then click on   Update drivers and Browse My Computer

Now, point to the location of the USB drivers. It should be C:\android\google-usb_driver assuming that the Android SDK is installed at c:\android. Click Next, and proceed with installation of drivers. Now open a command prompt, type the following:


adb devices
adb devices should show a serial number indicating that the device has been identified.

Now, we’ll install PDANet drivers to ensure that Nexus S gets identified during fastboot mode. Follow along the instructions during PDANet installation. You’ll be warned about unverified drivers, ignore it and choose to install the drivers. Once installation is complete, head back to the command prompt.

Put the device in fastboot mode by typing in

adb reboot bootloader

Your Nexus S is now in fastboot mode. The PDANet drivers should get installed automatically now and Windows should identify the device ( instead of the waiting for deviceprompt).

Next, unlock the bootloader by typing

fastboot oem unlock

You should get feedback similar to the one in the below screenshot.

Next, we’ll install the Custom recovery which will setup up root access. Copy the clockwork image file to c:\android\tools. Flash the recovery mod by typing

fastboot.exe flash recovery <name-of-the-recovery-mod>

Now, move the superuser application to the phone by typing

adb push <>   /sdcard/

Replace <> with the actual location of the file.

Now, start your Nexus S in recovery mode by first switching it off, and then holding Volume up+Power key. The device will boot in fastboot mode, and choose the recovery mode. Once in recovery mode, navigate to Mounts & Storage menu & then choose mount /sdcard. Go back now,   and choose apply   /sdcard/ Choose Yes Install in the next menu. You should see install from sdcard complete! message. Choose reboot now.

Congratulations, your Nexus S is now rooted.


The steps are little bit verbose since I’m writing this from a Android newbie point-of-view ( I’m an Android newbie). Looking back it really isn’t that complicated I had to look at several sources and pester fellow Techie-Buzz author Rajesh to get it done. I hope this article will help you root your Nexus S without having to hunt & peck for information. Drop a comment if you have any questions.

Easter Egg In Google CR-48 Netbook – Developer Jailbreak Mode

Google is sending out the CR-48 netbook through their pilot program for free. Many users have already received their netbooks, including me; do checkout some unboxing and hands-on pictures of Chrome OS CR-48 netbook. However, Google’s Chrome OS based CR-48 has a hidden Easter egg and it is called developer mode.


Why is it an Easter egg? Because it takes time to find it and it is hidden inside the battery chassis of the laptop. To enable developer mode, you will have to remove the battery and then remove a sticker next to the battery connector and flip the switch towards the battery connector.

CR-48 Developer Scare Screen

Once you do that insert your battery back in and then reboot Chrome. You will see a scary screen as shown above, it shows a message saying:

Chrome OS verification is turned off. Press space to begin recovery

Don’t worry, just press Ctrl + D and you will on your way booting into your Cr-48. Also, you will always see this screen when you restart the machine, so remember to use the hotkey above.

Booting Cr-48 In Developer Mode

When you boot into developer mode for the first time, Chrome will delete some data and your older profiles, however, you have nothing to worry about since your data is always stored in the cloud.

Google Cr-48 Running Top

I was able to use this developer mode to figure out what is behind Cr-48, there are few things I found out which include:

  1. Cr-48 has a 16GB SSD
  2. Cr-48 has 2GB Ram
  3. Cr-49 has Xorg package installed.

Phew, I will continue my hacking around with the Cr-48 and update you’ll whenever I come across new and interesting things, so stay tuned.

h/t All Credit to the folks at Chrome OS Site for pointing this out.

Google Body Browser Lets You Explore Human Body

Back when I was in school, we had a skeleton in our laboratory which we would use during our Biology classes. Of course, I didn’t explore any more than bones, but it looks like I will be exploring much more than that now, thanks to Google’s Body Browser.

Google Body Browser Logo

Google’s "Body Browser" is a Google Labs feature which allows users to browse a human body and get familiar with the human anatomy. The Body Browser is a detailed 3D model of a human body and allows you to peel back anatomical layers and zoom in and navigate through the different parts.

Google Body BrowserGoogle Body Browser

The Body Browser showcases the new 3D features in and allows you to easily rotate the 3D figure by clicking and dragging it. In addition to that it also allows you to drill down deep into the human body.

Body Browser is a amazing way to showcase what a web browser can do, and you should definitely try it out. Interested? Head over to to experience it for yourself.

Google Cr-48 Unboxing Pictures and Netbook Pictures

The Cr-48 netbook just arrived in our stables and I am pretty excited about it. I have already started playing with the netbook and so far it feels pretty good.

Chrome Cr-48 Netbook

There are a few standout features on this device one of them is the casing for the laptop, it’s more like plastic and feels different when you use it. Along with that the multi-touchpad is also pretty good and the keyboard feels great while typing. Checkout the entire specs of Cr-48.

Overall, I have just used the Cr-48 netbook for a few hours. I plan to spend a lot of time with it this weekend so expect a really detailed review of the device some time next week.

In the meantime take a look at the unboxing pictures and the device tour in the embedded album below.

How To Root The Google Nexus S

The Samsung-manufactured-Google-branded Nexus S has hit the retail stores of Best Buy across the United States and many people have already managed to get their hands on the device. Now, the crazy folks over at XDA have already started tinkering around with their Nexus S and have managed to gain root access to the handset.Google_Nexus_S

The steps to root your Nexus S handset are pretty simple. Users need to follow the steps listed below to root their device -:

1) Switch off your Nexus S. Then press the Volume up button and the Power button together. Your handset should now boot in the standard recovery mode.

2) I hope you guys know your way around ADB and Android 2.3 SDK. Extract the Android 2.3 Gingerbread SDK and go to that folder via Command Prompt. Then after starting the adb daemon, user need to enter fastboot devicesto make sure that their handset is properly recognized by adb. After this users need to enter adb reboot bootloader.

3) Once adb reboots your handsets bootloader, users need to enter fastboot oem unlockand press enter. Bingo! Your Nexus S is now rooted!

However, after unlocking the bootloader, the Nexus S will factory reset itself once.

Yes, you have successfully managed to root your Nexus S in three simple steps. Hopefully, a custom recovery like ClockworkMod Recovery for the Nexus S will soon be out to replace the stock recovery.


Google Maps 5 Now Available For Download In Android Market

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
  • 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.

Surf the Web with Chrome and Google Will Donate To Charities on Your Behalf, No Kidding

We have all received those silly email and SMS forwards promising that some rich guy (often Bill Gates) or big corporation (Google, Facebook, Yahoo etc.) will donate towards a noble cause if you just pass the message along to everyone in your contact list. Most of us knew better. However, Google is now actually doing something as unbelievable.


All you have to do is install Google Chrome, install the “Chrome for a Cause” extension, and surf the web. For every tab that you open, Google will donate to one of the five chosen charities. Here’s what your tabs are worth:

  • 10 tabs = 1 tree planted
  • 10 tabs = 1 book published and donated
  • 25 tabs = 1 vaccination treatment provided
  • 100 tabs = 1 square foot of shelter built
  • 200 tabs = 1 person’s clean water for a year


This is a win-win situation for Chrome users, and might even get a few people to jump ship. This scheme will be valid only from December 15 to 19. So go ahead and make the world a better place with Chrome.

Google Voice Search Gets Personalized Recognition Feature

Voice_Search_PersonalizedGoogle launched its Voice Search service more than two years ago. Since then, the big G has added many features to its service and has improved it as well. Today, the company has added another new feature to Google Voice Search application Personalized Recognition.

If users will enable Personalized Recognition, then Google will collect your recordings and will automatically use them to build a speech model specifically for the user. However, as of now the feature is available only in the United States for English language only. Google intends to add support for more countries and languages in the near future.

The new feature is available only for Android handsets running Android 2.2 or higher. The new updated Voice Search application also contains some bug fixes and improvements to voice recognition and speed over 3G and EDGE.