CyanogenMod is popular in the Android world because the custom ROM brings stock Android like experience to devices that may otherwise have got the update. The Galaxy S, whose Ice Cream Sandwich update Samsung ditched due to space constraints, is happily running Jelly Bean without any issues.
While the CM team usually brings good news for owners of older devices, today they have brought some bad news. The CM team announced via Google+ update that going forward they will be dropping support for certain devices for CM9 and beyond. These devices include all handsets based on the Snapdragon S1 chipset including the Nexus One, EVO 4G and the Droid Incredible.
Below is the list of all the devices (codenames) that won’t be officially supported by the CyanogenMod team and won’t have a CM9 release -:
blade, bravo, bravoc, buzz, c660, click, cooper, desirec, e510, e720, es209ra, espresso, hero, heroc, inc, legend, liberty, morrisson, motus, one, p500, passion, robym, s5670, supersonic, tass, u8150, u8220, z71, zero
The reason why the CM team is not going to work on CM9 and beyond for these handsets is because of space constraints, older binary files, dirty hacks and much more. The whole update from the CM team can be read here.
Recently, we posted that the Android 2.3.4 update is scheduled to roll out over the next few weeks. Nexus S is the first smartphone to receive the update, followed by the original Google phone, the Nexus One. The new Android 2.3.4 update brings the much awaited voice and video chat to the Google Talk, along with some bug fixes and optimizations. This update was expected to roll out after few weeks, but the lucky Nexus One owners have already started receiving this update.
The image posted above, clearly shows the Android version 2.3.4 on the Nexus One smartphone. Even though, the new update brings the much awaited voice and video chat to the Google Talk, Nexus One owners will not be able to enjoy the video chat with their friends, since this device does not have a front-facing camera. On the other hand, the Nexus S owners have already started using the video chat on their Nexus S smartphone.
Some of the Nexus One owners have complained about the loss of accuracy while using the phone’s GPS application after Android 2.3.3 was installed. But the new Android 2.3.4 update improve the battery life of the device along with improved accuracy for the phone’s location tracking services.
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Sprint, Samsung and Google have teamed up to announce the 4G’ version of the Nexus S the Nexus S 4G.
The Nexus S 4G is totally identical to its T-Mobile sibling, which launched at the end of December last year, except for some minor changes. The handset is powered by a 1GHz Hummingbird processor and packs 512MB of RAM and 16GB of on-board storage. A PowerVR SGX540 handles the graphics department of the handset.
The handset sports a beautiful 4-inch Super-AMOLED curved display, dubbed as the Contour’ display with WVGA (800×480) resolution. The phone also includes the usual GPS with A-GPS, Compass, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi b/g/n.
The back of the phone sports a 5MP camera with an LED Flash, while there is a front facing camera for video calling as well. The Nexus S 4G also sports NFC capabilities.
As its name suggests, the Nexus S 4G supports Sprint’s 4G WiMAX network.
Being a Google branded handset, the Nexus S 4G runs on the latest version of Android without any skin – stock Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
Sprint has also gone ahead and integrated Google Voice. This means that users can now use their existing Sprint number as their Google Voice number. Sprint owners can know more about this here.
Google also announced that the Nexus S will start retailing in six more countries France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Romania, and Portugal.
Google has kept its words and has finally started rolling out the Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update for the Nexus One and Nexus S owners, alike. When Google announced the Nexus S and the next version of Android Gingerbread, the company stated that they will release the Gingerbread update for the Nexus One within few weeks.
However, nearly 2 months later, the company has finally started rolling out the OTA update for the N1 (Nexus One). Android 2.3.3 contains some major changes as well, including API level 10, NFC enhancements, improvements to the graphics department of the handset and bug fixes.
Nexus S users should also keep in mind that updating their handset to Android 2.3.3 will disable Facebook contact sync on their phone. The reason behind this as stated by Google is :
We believe it is very important that users are able to control their data. So in the over-the-air update for Nexus S, we have a small change to how Facebook contacts appear on the device. For Nexus S users who downloaded the Facebook app from Android Market, Facebook contacts will no longer appear to be integrated with the Android Contacts app. Since Facebook contacts cannot be exported from the device, the appearance of integration created a false sense of data portability. Facebook contact data will continue to appear within the Facebook app. Like all developers on Android, Facebook is free to use the Android contacts API to truly integrate contacts on the device, which would allow users to have more control over their data. We are removing the special-case handling of Facebook contacts on Nexus S and future lead devices. We continue to believe that reciprocity (the expectation that if information can be imported into a service it should be able to be exported) is an important step toward creating a world of true data liberation â€” and encourage other websites and app developers to allow users to export their contacts as well.
Hopefully, Facebook will soon update its Android app to use the Contacts API.
The Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread OTA update will take a few weeksto complete so N1 owners need to wait patiently for the update to be pushed to their handset.
It was nearly a week ago, that Google released the Android 2.3.2 update for the Nexus S and the Android 2.2.2 update for theNexus One. The 2.3.2 and the 2.2.2 update was a minor one and were mainly aimed at fixing the popular SMS bug. Now, it looks like Motorola is already working on the Android 2.2.2 update for the original Droid.
The company sent an email to a group of beta testers for a pre-launch soak’ testfor a minor software update before releasing it to the general masses. The company has not confirmed whether this update will fix the SMS bug or not, but I am pretty sure it will.
It is really nice to see Motorola already working on releasing an update for such an old handset the Droid. Hopefully, the company will also release the 2.2.2 update for its other Android based handsets like the Droid 2 and the Droid X. I hope other companies like HTC and Samsung will also release the Android 2.2.2 update for their handsets.
The Google-branded-Samsung-manufactured Nexus S will also be getting another OTA update in the next couple of weeks. This update will be aimed at fixing the random reboot issues which some of the Nexus S owners are facing (bug #13674).
Remember the SMS bug in the Android OS which erroneously sent your text message to the wrong contact and all the hype surrounding it? Few weeks ago, Google said that they have managed to re-produce the bug in their test lab and are trying to fix the bug. The big G promised to roll out an update to fix the bug ASAP as well.
Well, today Google has rolled out the Android 2.2.2 and Android 2.3.2 OTA update for the Nexus One and the Nexus S, respectively. However, the change-log of the update does not mention whether it fixes the SMS bug or not. However, we are guessing that these two updates are aimed at fixing the SMS bug only.
Nexus One owners can download and install the update manually from their handset from here. Hopefully, other manufacturers will also soon start rolling out this small but important update for their Android based handsets.
Nexus One owners must be feeling disappointed as they are still impatiently waiting for the Android 2.3 update to roll out for their handset. At the beginning of this month, Google had promised to release the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Nexus One in the coming weeks’.
Sadly, since then Google has not mentioned anything about the update. Hopefully, Google will release the Android 2.3 update for the Nexus One before the end of this month.
Google’s discontinued phone Nexus One used to usually be the first phone to get major Android updates. However, it looks like Nexus One owners will have to wait for a few weeks before they see a Gingerbread OTA update.
In a tweet from the official account @googlenexus, the folks at Google hinted that the update is coming in the next few weeks.
The Gingerbread OTA for Nexus One will happen in the coming weeks. Just hang tight!
Why this delay? Most probably because Google is now more interested in pushing Nexus S to users and might be starting to give secondary treatment to the poor old Nexus One. Well, I say secondary because it has been almost a fortnight since Gingerbread was released and Nexus S ships with it.
Nevertheless, Nexus One should at-least get an update before 2011 sets in. If you are waiting for the update, just hang tight. In the meantime you can install the Gingerbread keyboard on your device.
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.
Google just unveiled the successor of Nexus One the Nexus S along with Android 2.3. Now, many Nexus One owners are reporting that they have already started getting the Android 2.3 update for their handset via OTA (Over-The-Air). However, Google has still not confirmed anything so readers should take this news with a pinch of salt.
Nexus One owners who are running on stock Android 2.2 can enter Android 2.3 *#*#2432546#*#* in the dialer to force the phone to check for an update. Hopefully, the Nexus One will be getting all the goodies that Android 2.3 introduces except for NFC and front video camera since it lacks the required hardware.
If any of you Nexus One owners have already received the Android 2.3 update on your device, do let us know by dropping in a comment.
Thanks to Droid_Life for the secret code to force the handset to check for software update.
Some mysterious guy over at XDA has managed to get his hands on the upcoming Nexus S from Samsung/Google. He has posted some pictures of the device as well as the screenshots of the device running Android 2.3. The pictures of the handset are quite blurry but nevertheless, the pictures still show the curvy design of the handset. The back of the handset looks very similar to the Galaxy S.
The source says that the Nexus S sports a 4-inch Super-AMOLED (Perhaps S-AMLOLED2?) with WVGA resolution. Along with this, the camera of the phone is capable of recording videos in 720p resolution. The source also confirmed that the Nexus S will pack an ARM v7 CPU. He did not mention whether it packs a dual-core CPU or a single core one.
Also, there is no word on the internal memory and the amount of RAM the handset will come packed with. Hopefully, Eric Schmidt will announce the Nexus S along with Android 2.3 in the upcoming few weeks.