Nexus One Gets An OTA Update – FRG83D

The official Google Android Developer phone the Nexus One has just received an OTA (Over-The-Air) software. Sadly, the OTA is not the Gingerbread update which many of you have been hoping for. The OTA update weighs 1.3MB and bumps up the Nexus One software from FRG83 to FRG83D.   The OTA update basically aims contains bug fixes and patches.

Here is the small change-log (thanks to Paul) -:

  • Updates to the core and framework JARs
  • Updates to the Dalvik VM and Webcore libraries
  • Updates to the Email, Google Services Framework and Market packages.
  • A couple of other very minor patches

It is still unclear whether the Nexus One loses its root after the OTA update or not. Nexus One owners who can’t wait for the OTA, can download and install it manually from here.

Rubik’s Cube: Solved In 12.5 Seconds By An Android

A Lego Mindstorms Kit has been able to solve the Rubik’s Cube Puzzle in 12.5 seconds, thanks to the 1 GHz Google Nexus One powering it.
The feat was made at the ARM developer conference at Silicon Valley this week. David Gilday was the man behind this machine and he claimed that the average rubik’s cube solving time for the robot was 15 seconds, 12.5 being the best time.
The robot was powered by a Nokia N95 that could solve the puzzle in 25 seconds. The cube in question has 3×3 grids and David Gilday has expanded the solution to work with as large as 100×100 cubes. He writes in his blog saying,

A number of people asked if the robot could solve any of these larger puzzles. I said no’ and added that they would be physically much harder to solve than the 3x3x3 since the robot would have to be able to turn both the outer faces and the second layer of pieces. I dismissed the thought until [a colleague] suggested a way of adapting the original mechanism to allow the second layer to be manipulated.

Having classified all the pieces, I was able to write a generic algorithm and generated a set of sixty-four lookup tables that could solve a scrambled cube of any dimension limited only by RAM and processor time. I tested this algorithm on virtual cubes as large as 100x100x100.

See the robot at work in this video.


[Rumor] Nexus One About To Get the Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Soon

According to an earlier report, Google’s next flagship Nexus Two was going to be  launched today, on 8 November.

According to  Android and Me, the Nexus Two exists and is coming soon. Samsung will reportedly unveil the Nexus Two in a press event being held on November 8.  Radio Android also picked up the same information through an anonymous tipster. The available information suggests that the new device will be called the Nexus S, and as far as hardware is concerned, will be identical to the  Samsung Galaxy S series of phones. This means that it will sport a 4-inch SAMOLED screen and will be powered by a Hummingbird processor.

That goes in line with the latest rumors of Android 2.3 Gingerbread arriving on some devices. A new rumor has surfaced that claims that Android 2.3 is coming soon to the Nexus One.

Nexus Two has been delayed and the Android 2.3  Gingerbread was supposed to arrive on the 11th of this month, so the release of Gingerbread falls into place with the only announcement on this update (by Alvaro Fuentes Vasquez). Alvaro Fuentes Vasquez, a member of the leadership team of the Open Handset Alliance has claimed the arrival in a tweet saying,

Preparen sus Nexus One (Developer version) para la actualización vía OTA de Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) para los próximos días :-D

that translates to,

Prepare your Nexus One (Developer version) for Android OTA update 2.3 (Gingerbread) in the next few days:-D

Now, everyone has his or her eyes set on this decisive Thursday. You can see the tweet that fueled this possible rumor  here.


MeeGo v1.1 Ported To Nexus One

It was a week ago MeeGo v1.1 for handsets was officially released, and today the modding community has managed to port it to the Nexus One. We had reported earlier that the modding community was trying to port MeeGo OS to the Nexus One, HTC Desire etcetera. However, the developers were facing many performance related issues and driver issues. Nexus_One_MeeGo_1.1

However, the latest version of MeeGo OS v1.1 has been optimized for handsets and thus the performance of the OS is pretty smooth on the Nexus One. This makes the Nexus One the second phone unofficially to run the MeeGo OS. The Nokia N900 being the first.

Users who are interested in running MeeGo OS on their Nexus One need to make sure that they have a microSD card. The steps to run MeeGo v1.1 OS on your Nexus One can be found here.

Rumor: Samsung Set to Announce Google Nexus Two on November 8

Google-Nexus-TwoGoogle Nexus One might have been a commercial flop; however, it succeeded in securing a special place in the hearts of Android lovers, due to its combination of excellent hardware with open and no-nonsense software. The Nexus One became “the” phone to own for Android enthusiasts thanks to its quick updates, vanilla Android OS and unlocked bootloader. Unfortunately, Google’s direct online purchase model bombed, leading Eric Schmidt (CEO, Google) to remark that Google will not be selling phones in the future. However, according to latest rumors floating around, this might not entirely be true.

According to Android and Me, the Nexus Two exists and is coming soon. Samsung will reportedly unveil the Nexus Two in a press event being held on November 8. Radio Android also picked up the same information through an anonymous tipster. The available information suggests that the new device will be called the Nexus S, and as far as hardware is concerned, will be identical to the Samsung Galaxy S series of phones. This means that it will sport a 4-inch SAMOLED screen and will be powered by a Hummingbird processor.

The real differentiating factor will be the software. The Nexus S is expected feature the vanilla flavor of Gingerbread (Android 3.0/2.3). Additionally, like the Nexus One, it will also have an unlocked bootloader that will facilitate the installation of custom ROMs.

As you might expect, neither Samsung nor Google is willing to confirm or deny the speculations. Samsung has only confirmed that it will be announcing a new Android phone on November 8. According to the DroidGuy’s sources, the handset being launched by Samsung will not be the successor to Nexus One. Nevertheless, we are keeping our fingers crossed. Either way, if you are thinking about purchasing a new Android phone, we highly recommend that you wait for a few more days before making a decision.

Video Of Gingerbread ‘Screen Off’ Animation Surfaces

The folks over at Phandroid have managed to get their hands on a video of Gingerbread running on the Nexus One. The video is only ten seconds long and shows an animation which occurs when the screen is turned off. The animation is something similar to the effect which happens when users used to switch off their old tube TVs back in the 80-90s.

Here is the Gingerbread Screen Offanimation video I am talking about -:

Of course, the above animation is nothing stellar but nevertheless it does have a cool’ factor to it (at least, I do). As of now, no version of Android or any Custom ROM has this sort of animation when turning the screen off.

With Gingerbread announcement around the corner, I am sure more videos of it in action will be popping up on the Internet.

MeeGo OS Running On Nexus One

Google has always advertised Android as an open’ OS. The same stands true for the Nokia’s Maemo/MeeGo OS. Nexus One MeeGoBoth the OS are very open towards hacking/exploiting and the modding community surely loves them due to this. Now, modders have even started porting the MeeGo OS from Nokia to some of the popular Android phones. These phones include the Nexus One, the HTC Desire and the Dell Streak.

The Nexus One leads the pack in terms of development pace and success. The MeeGo port to Google branded phone has been making a lot of progress and the developer @vgrade posted pictures of the OS running on his device. There are still many issues before Nexus One owners can dual-boot between the MeeGo OS and Android OS. The major obstacle in the development is the closed nature of Qualcomm’s 3D driver and this means the UI is not hardware accelerated. This results in very slow response time, high CPU usage etcetera.

Via – AndroidPolice

New Froyo Build For Nexus One Leaks

The HTC-manufactured-Google-branded Nexus One was the first Android handset to hit the retail market with Android 2.1 on board. It was also the first device to get the Android 2.2 (Froyo) OTA update. With the Froyo update, the Nexus One got a very big performance boost.Google Nexus One The Linkpack and the Quadrant scores of the device nearly tripled after the Froyo update. Now it looks like Google is working on another Froyo build for the Nexus One which has leaked onto the Internet.

Users who flashed this new leaked FRG33 build Froyo ROM on their Nexus One are reporting improvements in the performance of the device as well as Wi-Fi transfer speed. This leaked build also updates the radio of the phone. Hopefully, this will solve the 3G reception issues which initially plagued the handset.

Hopefully, Google will roll out the FRG33 build of Android 2.2 (Froyo) for the Nexus One sooner than later.

Google Nexus One Sold Out!

The Google-branded-HTC-made Nexus One did not sell well through its unique web store. However, the phone was widely appreciated by many before Google killed it. The phone is no longer available from the Googleclip_image001 Web store. Nevertheless, people who are still interested in purchasing the phone can grab it from online stores like eBay. The phone is also available as a Developer phone until now! No, Google has not killed the Nexus One as a developer phone. Instead, the phone has been sold-out globally.

The Nexus One is currently out of stock, and Google is blaming the shortage of AMOLEDs for this. HTC, the manufacturer of Nexus One, has already made their shift to S-LCDs from AMOLED display official. An official Google spokesperson also said that -:

Everyone appreciates that it’s important to the platform to get phones in the hands of developers, so we’re working hard on re-stocking the shelves.

Samsung is currently the largest producer of AMOLEDs but the company has shifted its focus on manufacturing Super-AMOLEDs exclusively for its phone, thus the shortage of AMOLEDs. Hopefully, the Google Nexus One will be back in stock as a developer phone sooner than later.


Root Your Nexus One with One Click

Universal AndRootAfter releasing one-click-root methods for the Motorola Droid X and the Samsung Galaxy S, the XDA developers community has now released a new app which allows you to root your Nexus One with just one click.  The method used is the same as the one used to root the Droid X.

It also doesn’t unlock the bootloader, keeping your warranty intact. You can download it from here: 1-Click-Root for Nexus One – XDA

The best thing about the UniversalAndRoot app is that it works with many Android phones. Here is a list of the phones it supports

Google Nexus One (2.2)
HTC Hero (2.1)
HTC Magic (1.5)
Dell Streak (2.1)
Motorola Milestone (2.1)
Motorola XT701
Motorola XT800 (2.1)
Motorola ME511
Sony Ericsson X10 (1.6)
Sony Ericsson X10 Mini Pro (1.6)
Acer Liquid (2.1)
Vibo A688 (1.6)

It doesn’t work with the Galaxy S, Droid X or the HTC Desire, but the devs are working on it.

Source: XDA