Samsung started rolling out the Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update for the European Galaxy S handsets, during the middle of this month. The Gingerbread roll-out is not even complete all over the world, and the Android 2.3.4 firmware for the handset has leaked.
The folks over at SamFirmware.com have managed to get their hands on the leaked Android 2.3.4 firmware (XXJVP) for the Samsung Galaxy S, which carries a June 3 build date. The Android 2.3.4 update for the Nexus S brought video calling via Google Talk, and better battery consumption along with some bug fixes.
Sadly, the leaked Android 2.3.4 Galaxy S firmware does not include the latest Google Talk version, which means video chatting via the front cam is a no-go. The update also fixes the high battery drain caused by the Android System process in Android 2.3.3.
However, SGS owners who flashed the firmware on their handset report that the phone’s performance is blazing fast now. The phone averages around 1800 points in the Quadrant benchmark on the leaked firmware.
Hopefully, Samsung will officially release the Android 2.3.4 firmware for the Galaxy S soon, with the latest version of Google Talk with video chat support.
Samsung released a mid-range Galaxy branded handset Gio nearly a couple of months ago. The handset sports a 3.2-inch screen with HVGA (320×480) resolution and is powered by an 800MHz processor.
The handset runs on Android 2.2 FroYo with TouchWIZ UI running on top of it. At the time of its launch, Samsung never mentioned anything about the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the handset.
However, at the middle of this month Samsung announced the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for a bunch of Galaxy branded handsets. The Gio did feature in this list, but Sammy did not mention anything about the release date.
Now, the folks over at SamFirwmare.com have managed to get their hands on a leaked Android 2.3 Gingerbread firmware for the Galaxy Gio. The firmware has a build date of June 2, and is aimed for the European region. The leak suggests that Sammy is already working on the Gingerbread update for the Gio, and might as well release it within a month.
The firmware has no major bugs, and has been rooted by developers as well. The firmware’s default language is Russian, and users manually need to change it to their desired language.
Late last month, we reported that T-Mobile G2 Android 2.3 Gingerbread update has leaked on the Internet. However, the update which leaked was not the final version, but a test or beta version.
Now, a developer over at the XDA forums – Football – has managed to get his hands on the final version of the Gingerbread update for the T-Mobile G2. He has already uploaded the ROM for other G2 owners to download. Here is the link to the thread.
T-Mobile G2 owners who flashed this ROM on their handset reported that not much has changed compared to the previous leak. T-Mobile has largely left Gingerbread in its stock form, except for installing some applications like Wi-Fi calling etc. Sadly, the screen-off animation, as found on the Nexus S, is not present.
G2 owners who have rooted their phone should not flash this ROM. If they do so, they will loose root access to the system partitions. A rooted, zip aligned version of the ROM is also up for download over at XDA forums by xboarder56
The ROM will also work flawlessly on the European counterpart of the T-Mobile G2, the HTC Desire Z.
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.
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.
Samsung is quite popular for poor software support of their Android smartphones. The company only committed to releasing the Android OS updates for the Galaxy S handsets, and never mentioned anything about other Galaxy branded handsets.
The company did release the Android 2.2 FroYo update for the Galaxy 3, but has kept mum on the Galaxy S L and the Galaxy Ace Android 2.3 Gingerbread update.
However, it looks like the Galaxy Ace will get the Gingerbread love from Samsung. The folks over at SamFirmware have managed to get their hands on a leaked Gingerbread firmware for the Ace.
Users who flashed this firmware on their handset did report some performance and stability issues. The leaked ROM has quite a few bugs as well. Other than this, the ROM features some updated items and the new goodies brought about by the Android OS update.
This leak does confirm that the Galaxy Ace will get the Gingerbread update from Samsung. Hopefully, Sammy will also release the Android 2.3 Gingerbread RM for the Galaxy S L. Nevertheless, it’s still nice to see Samsung releasing Android OS updates for a mid-range phone.
Interested Galaxy Ace owners can head over to SamFirmware.com and download the leaked Gingerbread firmware for their handset.
It was just a few days ago that the leaked HTC Sensation ROM was ported over to the Desire HD.
The HTC Sensation runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the latest version of Sense (v3.0) running on top of it. The Sense UI in its latest version packs a very nifty lock screen with widgets, and new animations.
Now, rmk40 a popular developer over at Desire Z modding community, has ported the Sensation ROM for the T-Mobile G2/Desire Z.
The ROM is a highly experimental one and rmk40 recommends general users to stay away from it.
One of the major problems with the ROM is that most of the UI elements are not rendered properly. The reason behind this is the difference in the resolution of the devices. The Sensation has a qHD (960×640) resolution, while the Z/G2 has a WVGA (800×480) resolution screen.
At the moment, the developer has no intention to work and make this ROM fully-functional on the Z/G2. The Desire HD developers are also on the same boat.
If developers of any of the devices are able to solve this problem, the changes could be easily ported to the other handset. Intersted developers can download the ROM from here.
The HTC EVO 4G was announced last year by Sprint and it still is one of the most popular Android handset in the United States.
The handset launched with Android 2.1 on-board, but received an Android 2.2 FroYo update pretty quickly. HTC recently confirmed that the EVO 4G along with a bunch of other handsets, will be tasting Gingerbread by Q2 or Q3 of this year.
Now, one of the XDA member wdfowty has managed to get his hands on the leaked RUU of the EVO 4G Android 2.3 Gingerbread update. The leaked RUU has already been rooted, zip-aligned and de-odexed by another fellow XDA member.
Users who have flashed this ROM on their EVO 4G are reporting improved responsiveness, and increased free space in the internal storage of the device.
Sadly, the ROM comes with Sense v1.0, which means that the Sense version on the EVO 4G will remain the same even when the final version of Gingerbread comes out.
HTC EVO 4G owners should head over to this thread to know more about the leaked RUU.
It was only a couple of days ago that HTC announced its next generation super phone the HTC Sensation.
The phone packs a dual-core processor, 768MB of RAM and runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the latest version of Sense (v3.0) running on top of it.
Yesterday, HTC made it clear via their Twitter account that none of the current generation phones like the Desire HD, Inspire 4G, Thunderbolt will get Sense v3.0. However, they will get some of the features of the latest version of Sense.
Nevertheless, one of the awesome developers over at XDA forums, 911sniper, has already managed to bring Sense v3.0 to the Desire HD. His custom ROM is based on the HTC Sensation RUU, which leaked yesterday on the Internet.
As of now, the ROM is in early stages with most of the stuffs including Camera, and other features of the phone not working. However, I am pretty sure the developer will be able to fix most of the issues within a couple of weeks.
HTC Desire HD should head over to this thread for more information. HTC Inspire 4G, Thunderbolt and EVO 4G owners need to be a bit patient, before the HTC Sensation ROM gets ported for their handset.
Yesterday, rumors were floating around the Internet that the Motorola has started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Droid X, via an OTA.
However, there was no concrete proof about this until now. The folks over at Droid-Life have managed to get their hands on the Gingerbread OTA update for the Droid X.
This OTA update is different from the Android 2.3 Gingerbread SBF file, which leaked at the end of last month.
Along with the latest version of the Android OS (2.3.3), Droid X owners will also be treated to a new, revamped version of MotoBLUR, along with performance improvements.
For the impatient Droid X owners, the OTA update can be downloaded from here. Users need to use a completely stock handset to flash this OTA update. Users can also downgrade to Android 2.2, if they wish to by using the required SBF file.
At the moment, it is unknown whether this OTA update is the official one, which Verizon will release to its customers. However, some Droid X owners did receive this update via OTA on their handset.
When it comes to Blackberry leaks and news about Research in Motion, it’s normal that folks at Boy Genius Report (BGR) are behind it and today is no different. BGR has gotten a hands-on with the leaked Blackberry Bold Touch (Dakota) and posted up some device pictures for your viewing pleasure.
As you can see above, the Bold Touch sports a 2.8capacitive touch screen with a resolution of 640×480 pixels paired with an industry-standard QWERTY keyboard and optical trackpad. It has just under 7GB of internal storage backing a 5MP camera and NFC support. It’s rumored to be shipping with OS 6.1 and bringing a host of new features including mobile hotspotfunctionality, a new BlackBerry Messenger interface and polished development framework that brings supports for geo-location, augmented reality and access control.
As well as sporting a new thin design and an entire metal encased bezel, the Bold Touch is the slimmest Blackberry to date – measuring in at just 10.5mm. Rumored to be announced at Blackberry World, being held in Orlando Flora this coming May, the Bold Touch should be available for consumers by late July. From the pictures shown, the hardware has yet to be branded with the Boldmoniker and still looks a bit unpolished. The camera flash module is boxy and doesn’t seem to flow with the rounded design language of the rest of the device. Chances are this is the Blackberry that a lot of users have been pining for a portrait device that brings the features of a touch screen with the tactility of a physical keyboard.
The folks over at Android Central have managed to get their hands on some leaked pictures of the upcoming Motorola Droid X2 and the HTC Droid Incredible 2.
The Incredible S from HTC will get a minor speed bump and will be powered by a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor and pack 768MB of RAM. The handset will also feature the same curvy back, as its predecessor.
The back of the phone sports an 8MP camera with dual-LED flash. Rumors also suggest that the Incredible 2 will feature wireless charging. Sadly, the handset will launch with Android 2.2.1 on-board. HTC and Verizon are yet to announce a release date for the Incredible 2.
The Droid X2 from Motorola looks similar to its predecessor the Droid X. The handset sports the same 4.3-inch display with a higher qHD resolution. The X2 will be powered by Nvidia’s Tegra 2 chipset and pack 1GB of RAM. The back of the handset will sport an 8MP camera with dual-LED flash. Sadly, there is no video call camera in the front.
While Motorola has retained the mini-HDMI port, the camera shutter key has been dropped from the Droid X2. The phone will launch with Android 2.2.2 with the latest version of MotoBlur running on top of it.
At the moment, it is unknown whether the X2 or the Incredible 2 will support Verizon’s 4G LTE network. Both the phones will be released under Verizon’s Droid brand.
Hopefully, Verizon and Motorola/HTC will announce the phone in the next couple of weeks.
Back in December, last year the Android 3.0 Honeycomb music player APK file leaked on to the Internet.
It was the same music player which Google had previewed at the Google I/O in 2010. The last APK of the music player that leaked was pretty buggy and slow.
However, TechFrom10 somehow managed to get access to the test’ version of Android Market, and was able to download the latest version of the upcoming Music Player from Google. He was also able to download some other goodies like a Camera app, Desk Clock and the 3D Gallery app.
The new version of Android 3.0 Honeycomb music player is much better, both in terms of performance and stability. The UI has also been tweaked by Google, and the app looks simply gorgeous in landscape mode. As mentioned earlier, the app also supports music streaming using your Google Account and syncing via W-Fi.
Sadly, the Desk Clock, Camera and the 3D Gallery app will just refuse to start on any of the Android phones I tried. Nevertheless, users can download the latest version of Music player from here.
HTC Desire Z owners can get a taste of Android 2.3 Gingerbread on their handsets, thanks to a RUU leak of the Gingerbread test ROM from HTC.
The leaked RUU is based on Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread with HTC’s Sense UI running on top of it. The leaked RUU also brings with it a new radio which improves signal reception and 4G’ download speeds, but at the expense of higher battery consumption.
One of the developers rmk40 has already gone ahead and released a custom ROM based on this leaked RUU with root access and busybox installed.
Sadly, unlike the Nexus S which uses the ETX4 file system, the Desire Z Gingerbread ROM uses the EXT3 file system. Users who flashed this ROM also reported ultra-quick boot-up times and improved battery life.
T-Mobile G2 owners can also flash this leaked RUU on their phone, since the handset is similar to the Desire Z. HTC Desire Z or T-Mobile G2 owners can download and install the leaked Android 2.3 Gingerbread RUU on their phone from here.