Samsung recently started rolling out the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update for the international Galaxy S III. The company has, however, been mum on the Jelly Bean roll-out plans for the U.S variants of the S3, thanks mainly to the carriers. The AT&T and Verizon variants of the Galaxy S3 have already had their fair share of Jelly Bean firmware leaks. Today, joining this list is the Sprint version of the Galaxy S3.
The firmware contains all the Jelly Bean goodies including the enhanced notification bar, Google Now, Project Butter and more. Advanced users who have already flashed the firmware on their phone report that the firmware has no bugs whatsoever, with the ‘Butter’ effect being clearly visible. The firmware also contains a new radio that has apparently improved the network reception for some Sprint users.
The leaked firmware is available in both odexed and de-odexed versions and can be downloaded from here.
Oh! and if you don’t like Samsung’s TouchWIZ UI, the Sprint Galaxy S3 has a perfectly stable CM10 build available for it.
Earlier today, the folks behind XBMC (Xbox Media Center) announced that they will be bringing a full-fledged version of XBMC to Android. The full-fledged version is not going to be a remote or thin client, but a full XBMC install. This will allow users to convert any of their Android powered device into a full-fledged media client.
The developer of XBMC did not announce as to when they would release the app into the Play Store since it’s “not quite ready for prime-time”, but did mention that it the source-code of the app is already available online. The developers were also planning on releasing apks for interested beta testers in the “coming weeks.”
However, it looks like someone has managed to get his hands on the XMBC APK or has compiled one himself and uploaded it online for all Android owners to enjoy. Keep in mind that the app is not even in beta stage, so some issues and bugs are to be expected. The leaked XBMC APK can be downloaded from here or here.
The app took sometime to start on my Galaxy Nexus running Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean, but has worked without any issues after that. The developers will hopefully also work on improving the theme of the app in future versions, since right now the UI is not that touch-friendly.
Update: The APK has in fact been compiled by the folks over at Miniand Forums, and is not a leak.
Back in late November last year, HTC and Verizon announced the Rezound which was the first handset from HTC to sport the Beats Audio logo in the United States. It was also the first handset from HTC to use a 720p resolution screen. However, the biggest problem with the Rezound was that it was Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich “compatible” and did not ship with the latest version of Android right out of the box.
HTC did promise to release the ICS update for the Rezound sometime in early Q1, but the company has failed pretty miserably. With Q1 already over and no ICS update for the handset in sight, the few Rezound owners are pretty much pissed. The only silver lining here is that a few Ice Cream Sandwich based firmware for the Rezound has leaked in the last couple of months, thus filling the ICS thirst for all advanced Rezound owners.
Yesterday, the folks over at Android Police managed to get their hands on a new Ice Cream Sandwich leak for the Rezound. This new leak is not the final version, but is pretty darn close to the final version. Below is the change-log of the new build compared to the previous leaks -:
Facebook force close when you tap a video album
Roaming charges when in Canada & Mexico
“Android updating” message on power up
Camera not launching
Hotspot turning off after 10 minutes
Exchange mail account removed after FOTA
Car dock limiting charging current
“Set Current Date” popping up frequently
BUA+ (multiple issues)
Flash player removed
OTA over incorrect APN
OTA SW update time
Camera dark when using Facelock
Text field difficult to read
With the official Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Rezound still nowhere in sight, these unofficial leaks are probably the best bet for Rezound owners to taste ICS. Head over to Android Police for the download link and the flashing instructions for the leak.
The highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S3 will be announced in a couple of days from today in London by Samsung. The Galaxy S3 has become the iPhone of the Android world, and rumors about the phone are reaching an all new level. Over the last few days, quite a few pictures of the handset have leaked online from various sources, but none of them looked genuine to me and were from unreliable sources.
Today however, the folks over at SamMobile have got their hands on a couple of pictures of the Galaxy S III. From the leaked pictures, it looks like the Galaxy S III will come with highly curved corners and will use capacitive buttons instead of on-screen buttons like on the Galaxy Nexus. The pictures also suggest that the Galaxy S III will come with a notification led, which will be a first for the Galaxy S series of handsets from Samsung.
The tipster also stated that the S3 will come with a 12MP camera, and will run on Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box and the model number of the handset will be GT-I9300. Finally, the tipster suggests that Samsung will be showing more than one handset at its event in London, and this mysterious device model number is apparently the GT-I9800.
HTC has started rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for quite a few of its handsets, including the Sensation, Sensation XE, and the Vivid 4G. There are still quite a lot of handsets from HTC, which are yet t get the ICS update, including the Rezound and Amaze 4G. The Rezound has had its fair share of Ice Cream Sandwich leaks, so chances are advanced users are already running ICS on their handset.
However, until now there had been no Ice Cream Sandwich firmware leaks for the T-Mobile Amaze 4G. Now, thanks to XDA member, football, Amaze 4G owners can get a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich with Sense 3.6 on top of it. Many users, who have already installed the RUU, have not complained about any bugs or serious issues. There is a very high probability that this leaked RUU might just be pushed out as an official OTA update in the upcoming weeks.
To install the leaked RUU manually, users need to make sure they have S-OFF, an ENG HBOOT and a locked bootloader. Ironically, S-OFF for the Amaze 4G along with a few other HTC handsets was made possible only this last weekend. The download link of the leaked ICS RUU, along with further discussions about it can be found here.
With just over 2 weeks left for the Galaxy S III to be announced, the leaks for the handset are getting better and better. Samsung has heavily guarded the look of the Galaxy S III, and thus even leaked pictures of the handset do not provide much information about its final looks.
Today’s leak comes from the folks over at Tinhte.vn, who managed to get their hands on an engineering sample of the Galaxy S III. They even posted a detailed video review of the handset, before pulling it subsequently. Below is the video that the folks over at Tinhte.vn had uploaded -:
From the video, it is clear that the Samsung Galaxy S III will come with a 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos processor, an ARM-Mali 400MP GPU (same as Galaxy S2), 1GB of RAM, a 4.6-inch screen with 720p resolution and on-screen navigation buttons like on the Galaxy Nexus. At the back of the handset is an 8MP camera, with a slightly larger sensor and an LED flash. The S3 will come with a massive 2050mAh battery, which will also include the NFC chip of the handset like in the Galaxy Nexus.
While the specs of the S3 look impressive, it would be interesting to see the final retail design of the handset. It would be interesting to see what surprises Samsung has in store for us for its event in London scheduled on May 3rd.
Counter Strike: Global Offensive is the newest planned Counter Strike game that aims to completely revamp the series from its somewhat outdated setting and places and bring it back into modern day insurgency and counter insurgency skirmishes in and around the world. Valve is looking to add new factions and weaponry as well as new locations for players to battle out in teams in what was arguably the most played team FPS game before Team Fortress 2 became free to play.
To fans of Counter Strike the map codes of two letters (signifying demolition or counter-strike) followed by a name, quite a few of these names (such as ar_shoots, de_balkan or de_freight) must be new, as are the two-letter codes of ar and gs. In addition, it also has icons for the Xbox 360 controller buttons such as X and Y as well as RB and LB – for tutorial use or something similar, we think.
In addition, 12and4 also extracted a bunch of images from CS:GO (the matchmaking.dll file) and uploaded all of these to MediaFire. A lot of the images are icons for achievements while a good few are concept images for locations as well as factions. Interestingly, there are concept arts for both male and female soldiers from a faction and a lot of new factions. The new factions included are:-
Pirate (Somalian Pirate, that is, not the Capt. Jack Sparrow variety)
In the immortal words of [some anonymous GIF file captioner] “Dis gon’ b gud!”
The folks over at DroidRzr have managed to get their hands on an upcoming Android 2.3.6 update for the Verizon Droid RAZR. It is not yet confirmed whether the update is an upcoming official one, or an internal test build.
Nevertheless, the leaked update does bring in quite a lot of changes, which many Droid RAZR owners will appreciate. Apart from the minor bump in the Android version, the update also improves the overall performance and stability of the phone. Some of the icons have also been changed in the update, and have been given a colourful treatment. The build also includes a new radio, which according to many Razr owners, has improved the 3G/4G download/upload and the 3G to 4G hand-off. The web browser and the WebTop also feel much faster and smoother.
Razr owners who are interested in installing this leaked build on their phone should keep in mind that it breaks root access. So, make sure you use Voodoo OTA Rootkeeper before installing this leaked update. The download link and installation instructions for the leaked update can be found here.
PreCentral has been given official internal-use only documentation from the TouchPad Go. The images show off the hardware and design surrounding the 7″ little brother to the original TouchPad. Instead of cheap shiny plastic, the Go has a soft-touch rubbery coating, metal buttons replace the plastic chrome ones, and of course it’s in an entirely smaller package.
The regular bundle of ports, connectivity and buttons aside, there are very few changes to the aesthetics. The TouchPad Go adds a 5 megapixel camera to the rear of the tablet, manages to enable GPS for location-awareness, and also packs the newer induction coil that allows for both wireless charging and touch-to-share with the HP Veer or Pre 3. The rear camera is capable of shooting HD video (likely 720) and the measly 1.3 megapixel front-facer is best left for video chatting via Skype or Google Talk.
Chances that consumers will ever get their hands on the TouchPad Go are extremely slim. Many folks are already chomping at the bit to get Android on their TouchPads and with the recent push to smaller tablets, it’s a real shame that the TouchPad Go is unlikely to ever see shelves, even for another fire sale.
The Samsung Galaxy S was one of the most popular Android phones in 2010. The handset sold in excess of 10 million units, before being succeeded by the almighty Samsung Galaxy S II. Most SGS owners, and Samsung haters, usually crib about the poor software support from the Korean company.
While the U.S. versions of Galaxy S are still stuck on Android 2.2 FroYo, the European version has been rocking Android 2.3.3 since March, this year. The Samsung Galaxy S Android 2.3.4 based firmware leaked a couple of months ago, and now the Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread firmware for the handset has leaked online. The leak comes courtesy of SamFirmware and the Darky ROM team.
The Android 2.3.5 update was only rolled out to the Sprint’s Nexus S 4G. Other Nexus S variants got the Android 2.3.6 update after a couple of weeks. The Android 2.3.5 update mainly fixed some network and NFC related issues on the Nexus S 4G.
While there are no visible changes in the leaked firmware, the phone does feel smooth. There are some new system fonts, and some of the system files have been updated, and that’s about it. The Quadrant score on the leaked firmware (JVS) is around the 19xx range. Interested Galaxy S owners can download the leaked firmware from here.
Well it looks as if the Runnymede 2 will be one of the many devices that HTC will be pushing featuring ‘Beats by Dre’. The partnership, which was announced in the beginning of August, is shaping up to be much more than HTC simply slapping a pair of earphones and ‘Beats’ stickers into a box.While the Runnymede 2 is purported to ship with a set of over-the-ear headphones, it will also be powered by “SRS surround sound with acoustic performance tuned by Beats”. In addition to local storage of 16GB or 32GB, the Runnymede 2 will have access to HTC Listen, which is an on-device digital download store with access to movies and music. According to the leaked documentation, the Runnymede 2 continues the Android tradition of equipping a Qualcomm Snapdragon – clocked at 1.5GHz. A large 4.7″ 800×480 and 1.3 megapixel camera sit on the front of the single-slab aluminum phone.
Pricing for the Runnymede 2 hovers around the regular £499/599 mark for the 16/32GB models, both of which include the iconic Beats Solo headset. Although the Runnymede 2 seems to be a regular phone in HTC’s timeline, the Taiwanese company is taking the initiative and branding the new device with Beats. HTC’s ‘Beats by Dre’ product marketing will hopefully serve as clear differentiator when it comes to selecting an Android-powered phone, which some see to be a serious issue.
In the world of Samsung based Android phones, firmware leaks are a very common sight. The Android 2.2 FroYo and the Android 2.3 Gingerbread firmware for Samsung phones like the Galaxy S, Galaxy Ace, Epic 4G and the Captivate leaked online, nearly a month before its official release. In fact, the Gingerbread update for the Ace, Epic 4G and the Captivate is yet to go online!
Now, it was only a matter of time before an Android 2.3.4 based firmware leaked online for Sammy’s latest flagship handset the Galaxy S II. Yesterday, a new firmware (KG1) for the Galaxy S II leaked online, and is based on Android 2.3.4.
Apart from a minor bump in the Android OS version, the firmware also includes GTalk with video chat capability. The leaked firmware also includes a new baseband/modem, which has definitely improved the network reception for me.
Many SGS2 owners expected that the Android 2.3.4 firmware will squash the high battery drain caused at idle, by the Android OS and the Android System process. Even though the drain caused by the Android OS/Android System process has gone down noticeably, they still drain quite a lot of battery.
SGS2 owners, who are interested in flashing this leaked ROM on their handset, can do so by following the instructions stated here. Keep in mind that flashing the de-odexed firmware will make the web browser slow and jerky.
This month, a lot of firmware for different Galaxy branded handsets have leaked on the Internet, thanks to the folks over at SamFirmware.
Now, the SamFirmware guys have done it again, and managed to get their hands on a bunch of Android 2.3.3 firmware for the Samsung Galaxy S L. Apparently, one of the leaked firmware is based on Android 2.3.4, but sadly does not come with a video chat compatible version of Google Talk.
The Samsung Galaxy S L is a toned down version of the Galaxy S, with an 4-inch S-LCD screen, an OMAP processor, PowerVR SGX530GPU, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of on-board storage. The handset is only available in select regions of the world including India and Russia. It is a pretty popular handset, and is one of the best mid-range Android handset available at the moment.
Now, Samsung Galaxy S L (I9003) owners, who flashed the firmware on their handset, are reporting an improved system performance and stability, along with a noticeable increase in battery life.
Galaxy S L owners, who are interested in flashing this ROM on their handset, should head over to this link to download the firmware.
A few days ago an Android 2.3 Gingerbread firmware for the AT&T branded Samsung Captivate leaked on the Internet.
Today, Gingerbread firmware for two U.S. variants of the Galaxy S have leaked on the Internet. One of them is the T-Mobile Galaxy S 4G, and the other one is the Sprint’s Epic 4G. This time also, the credit for the leak goes to the folks over at SamFirmware.com.
Galaxy S 4G owners over at XDA forums, who flashed this firmware on their phone, are reporting an improvement in performance and stability of the phone. There are also reports of huge improvement in battery life, with a little bit of tweaking like freezing all the bloat ware etc.
The Epic 4G Gingerbread leak solves most of the graphical issues which was present in the previous leaked Gingerbread firmware. There is also an improvement in performance compared to the previous leak. However, there is a lag of 2-3 seconds while rotating the phone from portrait to landscape mode or vice-versa.
Epic 4G users are also reporting an improvement in network reception, and data transfer speed. This leaked firmware also includes the latest version of Swype (v3), along with TeleNav navigation app.
Samsung Galaxy S 4G owners should head over to this link to download the leaked firmware, while Epic 4G owners need to click here.
Samsung released the Android 2.2 FroYo update for the Galaxy S in October, last year. However, it was only at the beginning of this year that the Samsung Galaxy S variants in the U.S got the Android 2.2 Froyo update.
Recently, Sammy started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Galaxy S and other Galaxy branded devices over the different regions of the world. However, Samsung did not mention anything whether the various Galaxy S variants in the U.S will get the Gingerbread love or not.
Now, the folks over at SamFirmware have managed to get their hands on not one, but two, Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread based firmware for the AT&T version of the Galaxy S the Samsung Captivate. One firmware (I897UCKF1) carries the build date of June 8th, while the second one (I897UCKE3) has a recent build date of June 26.
The carriers in the U.S. are evil about rolling out Android updates. They play a major role in delaying Android updates of various handsets, and if they do, load it up with lots of bloat ware. While this firmware leak confirms that the Captivate will get the Gingerbread update, don’t expect the update to land anytime soon.