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HTC Makes The Shift To S-LCDs Official

HTC has finally made the shift to S-LCD display official in a press release. The company said that the S-LCD display will be used in a variety of phones including the HTC Desire and the Nexus One. S-LCD is the next generation ofHTC Desire LCD which offers better contrast ratio, better viewing angles and a lower power consumption.

HTC is experiencing high-demand for many of our phones, specifically our phones with 3.7 inch displays. The new SLCD display technology enables us to ramp up our production capabilities quickly to meet the high-demand,said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. The SLCD displays provide consumers with a comparable visual experience to HTC’s current 3.7 inch displays with some additional benefits including battery performance.

The S-LCD displays are jointly manufactured by Samsung and Sony in Korea. Only phones equipped with 3.7-inch AMOLED display will be using the new S-LCDs, as they are in short supply. However, HTC did not mention in the press release the advantages (or disadvantages?) of S-LCD over AMOLED displays.

Nexus One Will Only Be Sold To Developers

, the futuristic phone which was unveiled by Google in January 2010 will no longer be available for sale to the general public. Google has decided to step out of the hardware business and continue working on the platform instead.

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According to a recent blog post on the Google Nexus One blog, Google just received a new shipment of Nexus One. However, the new Nexus One phones will be available only through a "partner for sale" offering to registered developers.

This would mean that developers who get their hands on the new Nexus One will get and will also be the first to get the which is expected to be released in October 2010. If you are an Android developer, you can purchase a Nexus One by visiting the Android Market Publisher site and logging into with your developer account. For the rest, this is the end of the road of the Nexus One.

Update: Nexus One will not be available to general public in USA, other countries may still get the Nexus One.

FOSS Friday: Ubuntu, Ubuntu And Some More Ubuntu News!

Welcome to FOSS Friday, where we look at what has been happening in the world of Free and Open Source Software.

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Ubuntu 10.10 Alpha 2 Released

The second alpha of Ubuntu 10.10 has been released. It does not differ much from the first alpha visually but it came with some new features underneath. One big feature that it came with is the support for Btrfs. It also has a new application and file menu with the Unity interface.

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Ubuntu Installed In Nexus One and HTC HD2

The guys at NexusOneHacks.net  have installed Ubuntu in Nexus One without destroying the Android system. And in a related news, the hackers at the XDA Forums have succeeded in installing Ubuntu in HTC HD2. Looks like everyone want to have Ubuntu on their smartphone.

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Wine 1.2 Reaches Its Sixth Release Candidate

The release of Wine 1.2 is long overdue. However, the developers are working hard on it and they have released the 6th release candidate. It features a lot of bug fixes and is quite usable.

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Kubuntu Netbook Remix Discontinued

The Kubuntu Team have decided to merge Kubuntu Netbook Remix into Kubuntu Desktop. This means that the Kubuntu Netbook Remix brand has been discontinued although, netbook support will still continue.

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New Ubuntu Fonts To Be Available For Public Testing On 8th August

Canonical Design has released new fonts for Ubuntu 10.10. It is currently in a private beta and only Ubuntu members have access to it. However, it will be available for public testing from 8th August.

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Tips & Tricks

Install Transmission 2.0 In Ubuntu

Transmission is the default bit torrent client for Ubuntu. Transmission 2.0 has been released with new features. Click on the link below to learn how to install it.

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Get Faster Download Speeds for Ubuntu Packages with Synaptic

Ubuntu has a great network of mirrors all over the world, allowing you to download updates from a server geographically close to wherever you are. However, in the age of broadband, the speed of your connection and ….

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How To Compile rekonq 0.5 In Kubuntu

rekonq, the KDE web-browser which is going to replace Konqueror in Kubuntu 10.10, has just got its first stable release as rekonq 0.5. Right now, it is available only as a source and binaries are not yet available …..

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With this we conclude this week’s FOSS Friday.

Installing Ubuntu In Nexus One

The guys at NexusOneHacks.net have managed to install and run Ubuntu in Nexus One. And best of all they have installed it in such a way that it will not destroy the existing Android system on the phone. This means that the Nexus One can still be used as a phone.

Not only have they managed to get Ubuntu up and running in Nexus One, they have also posted a video showing how you too can do it if you have a Nexus One.

Here is the video:

If you are brave or  adventurous  enough to try this, head over to NexusOneHacks.net. They have the full instructions on how to do it.

Nexus One Getting Android 2.2 Froyo OTA Updates

users will finally start getting a update starting today. The announcement which was made on the official Nexus One blog said that all users who have a Nexus One will start getting an Over-The-Air (OTA) software update for their phones.

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2.2 Froyo is several times faster than the OS and also includes Flash 10.1. In addition to that there are several new features including internet tethering and more.

Android 2.2 Froyo

If you have a Nexus One phone, you should receive the software update directly on your phone, just make sure to backup your device before you install Froyo.

Top 10 Android Phones In The Market Right Now

is the next big thingin the mobile operating system field. The Android OS has been successfully able to compete with the Apple iPhone OS/. At present, the Android operating system share might not be much but the pace at which it has been gaining market share is something which surely has been troubling Apple. Currently around 160,000 Android handsets per day are being activated all over the world.

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The Android Application market is also the second largest in terms of volume, only behind the Apple App Store. The Android App Store has more than 55,000 applications, and currently more than 8000 applications are being submitted to the Android app market every month.

I am sure the above facts would have made you check out some of the Android phones out there. Well here are the Top 10 Android Phones in my opinion :

#10 HTC Legend: The HTC Legend is the successor to the highly popular HTC Hero. The HTC Hero was one of the highest selling and the most popular Android handset ever produced and had also won the Best Mobile Handset award at the Mobile World Congress 2010. The HTC Legend features a 3.2-inch HTC Legend capacitive touchscreen having HVGA resolution. The processor of the Legend is clocked at 600 MHz .The phone packs in 384MB of RAM, and 512MB of ROM. Along with this, the 5MP camera and the aluminum body of the Legend acts as an icing on the cake. The Legend also runs on the popular HTC Sense UI, which is the slickest UI I have ever seen on a mobile handset. Readers can purchase the HTC Legend from here.

#9 Motorola Droid/Milestone: The Motorola Droid was launched in late 2009, but it is still an awesome handset. The testimony to this is that the Motorola Droid is still selling like hot cakes. The Droid features a 3.7-inch TFT screen with WVGA resolution. The phone is powered by a 600 MHz ARM-A8 Cortex, and has 256MB of RAM. The main selling point of the Droid is that it is one of the few Android handsets out there in the market that has a full-QWERTY keyboard. The Motorola Droid won the TIME Magazine Gadget of the Year Award 2009 as well. Interested users can purchase the Motorola Droid from here.

#8 Sony Ericsson Xperia X10: The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 features a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, and packs in 384MB of RAM. The phone has a huge 4-inch TFTSony Ericsson Xperia X10 display, featuring a resolution of 852*480. The X10 is mainly a multimedia device. The phone has an 8MP camera, with a LED flash. The 8MP camera at the back is capable of taking decent snaps as well. The phone also features Sony Ericsson’s proprietary TimeScape and MediaScape UI. The only downside of the phone is that it still runs on the older Android 1.6 OS. However, Sony Ericsson has promised that the X10 will get the Android 2.1 update by Q3 of this year. Here is the link to purchase Sony Ericsson Xperia X10.

#7 Google Nexus One: Google has not made the Nexus One. The phone has been manufactured by HTC, but is rebadged and sold as the Nexus One. Google launched the phone at the beginning of the year, in an attempt to promote the Android OS. The phone features the usual 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, and 512MB of RAM. The phone has a 3.7-inch AMOLED screen, which is great indoors but is a major pain outdoors. The Google Nexus One was the first phone to be running on the Android 2.1 OS. It is also the first phone to get the Android 2.2 a.k.aGoogle Nexus One Froyo update. Interested readers can purchase the Google Nexus One From Amazon by click this link.

#6 HTC Desire/HTC Incredbile: The HTC Desire is similar to the Google Nexus One. In fact, we can say that the Desire and the Nexus One are the same phone. The only difference between the HTC Desire and the Nexus One is that the Desire has 64MB more RAM than the Nexus One, and lacks the second mica for noise cancellation. The Desire also has an optical trackpad, instead of the trackball on the Nexus One. Being an HTC branded phone, the Desire features the highly popular Sense UI as well. Here is the link to purchase HTC Desire from Amazon.

People who live in the U.S, should go for the HTC Incredible instead of the HTC Desire.

#5 Motorola Milestone XT720: If the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 does not suffice your camera needs, the Milestone XT720 surely will. The phone features a 720MHz OMAP processor, and packs in 512MB of RAM. The device has an 8MP cam, along with Xenon flash. Yes, you read that right! The Milestone XT720 is the first ever-Android phone to feature a Xenon flash. The phone is also able to record 720p HD videos. The phone has a 3.7-inch TFT screen, and features multi-touch keyboard as well.

#4 Motorola Droid 2: The only phone in this list, which is yet to be officially announced. The only information available about the Droid 2 until now is through leaks. The phone in all probability will pack in a 1 GHz OMAP processor, and 512MB of RAM. The Droid 2 will be the successor to the original Droid. From the leaked pictures, we can say that the Droid 2 resembles the original Droid closely. Motorola has just tweaked the design, and have thankfully replaced the golden d-pad found on the original Droid keyboard, with four arrow keys. Motorola will officially announce the phone sometime within the upcoming couple of months.

#3 HTC EVO 4G: The HTC EVO 4G is a U.S only phone. The device is the first ever-mobile handset to sport 4G connectivity. Along with 4G, the device has a mammoth 4.3-inch TFT display, and the usual 1 GHz Snapdragon processor. As of now, the device is available in the U.S on the Sprint network. Since it is a HTC branded phone, the device also features theMotorola Droid X slick and smooth HTC Sense UI. The phone has a decent 8MP camera at its back as well.

#2 Samsung Galaxy S: The Samsung Galaxy S is definitely one of the best Android phones out there in the market. The phone has a 4-inch Super-AMOLED screen. The Super-AMOLED screen on this device has a better sunlight legibility than the AMOLED screen found on other devices. In fact, the Super-AMOLED screen is considered a worthy rival of the iPhone 4G’s Retina Display. The device also has a 1Ghz Hummingbird CPU that is better than the 1Ghz Snapdragons CPU found in most phones. The only downside of the phone is that the camera lacks an LED flash, and the plastic-y build quality of the device.

#1 Motorola Droid X: The Droid X was officially announced by Motorola just a couple of days ago. The Droid X is the king of all Android phones. Hardware wise the phone has a 1 GHz OMAP processor that is build on the 45nm fabrication process. The phone also has a 4.3-inch TFT screen, an 8MP camera with 720p video recording capability. Multi-touch keyboard or Swype, DLNA and a mini-HDMI port are present as well. The phone is currently only available in the U.S on the Verizon network.

Q. Why did not the HTC Incredible made it to the list?

A.  The phone has a 3.7-inch AMOLED screen, a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, and an 8MP camera. The phone is available in the U.S only under the Verizon network. The reason the phone did not made it to the list because it is available only in the U.S. This severely limits the market reach of the phone. The HTC Desire can be said a worthy equivalent of the Incredible in the European, and Asian markets. Therefore, I have included the Desire in this list, instead of the Incredible.

So which Android phone are you going to purchase? Do you have any other suggestions that you would want to add to this list? Feel free to tell me about them through your comments.

Google Nexus One Gets 720p HD Video Recording Capability!

Rejoice HTC-made-Google-branded Nexus One owners! Now you can record 720p HD videos on your Nexus One! This is not an official Google release though! The modding community has been working hard on bringing 720p HDclip_image001 video recording to the Nexus one, and they have been finally met with success.

The modder who made this possible is Cyanogen and charnsingh_online. Earlier, it was Cyanogen who had brought Wi-Fi n support to the Nexus One with his CyanogenMod. Users who want 720p HD videos recording capability must use the CyanogenMod firmware on their device.   Modder charnsingh_onlinehas made a patch, which enables HD video recording capability on the Nexus One. The only requirement to get the HD video recording capability on your handset is to use the latest CM4.0.8test3 CyanogenMod on your Nexus One.

Sadly, this patch does not work with the latest Android version Froyo. It is expected that with future updates – Froyo support, higher fps, and better audio quality will be made possible.

Here is the download link to the patch. You can also find some videos shot from the Nexus One at 720p HD resolution here.

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Motorola Droid Gets Unofficial Froyo Upgrade

The Motorola Droid has got its share of Froyo love, thanks to the folks at My Droid World! Until now, only the Google-branded-HTC-made Nexus One had got the official Android 2.2 update. The Android 2.2 updateMotorola Droid for the Motorola Droid is not an official one though. The folks over at My Droid World have released an unofficial Android 2.2 update for the phone.

This unofficial Android 2.2 update works like a charm on the phone, except that Wi-Fi functionality does not work. This is because the kernel of the phone has been replaced to protect the identity of the original source. The update is in nanandroid format, which means users must already have a Motorola Droid, which is rooted.

The unofficial Android update is already pre-rooted so users don’t need to worry about losing their super-privileges. The official update from Motorola is still a few weeksaway though.

Update : The folks over at My Droid World are on a roll! They have just released a new Froyo update for the Motorola Droid, which supports both Wi-Fi and Overclocking! The CPU speed has been hardcoded into the kernel, so the update is available in different clock speedversions. Here is a link to the thread.

Update 2-: Apparently, the Motorola Milestone cannot be flashed to use custom ROMs. So this “unofficial” Froyo update is only for Motorola Droid owners. Sorry folks!

Root Android 2.2 Froyo on Nexus One With Quick Rooter

had been officially made available for the Nexus One along with an option where users could download and install the manual update on the . However, if you are not that tech savvy you can easily root 2.2 Froyo on the Nexus One using a tool called Quick Rooter.

According to an XDA forum member, Quick Rooter does not install a full ROM, however, it should be used to flash an existing installation.

Just a quickie to enable root access on the new FroYo OTA.. This is *not* a full ROM, but meant to be flashed over an existing stock installation. This is just something I threw together for myself until Google releases the source to AOSP and CM6 can get underway.

If you are eager to root your Nexus One and get Android 2.2 Froyo on your device, visit this page on the XDA forum to find the necessary downloads to flash your device.

Nexus One Android 2.2 Froyo Manual Update Available

A few days ago we told you how the update will be available for shortly, and earlier today we confirmed that few Nexus One users have already started to receive the 2.2 Froyo update.

If you are a N1 user and haven’t yet received an update to Android 2.2, you can do it manually by downloading the latest firmware and uploading it to your phone.

Here are the steps to upgrade your Nexus One to Android 2.2 Froyo, courtesy of Phandriod.com.

  1. Download the Android 2.2 firmware for the Nexus One here is the link to download
  2. Rename the file update.zip and copy it to your microSD card via USB. [Note: make sure the file is named update.zip and not update.zip.zip.]
  3. Power down your Nexus One
  4. Hold down the Volume Downbutton as you power the phone back on.
  5. A screen should appear showing your phone’s system searching for various files. Scroll down to recoveryand press the Powerbutton.
  6. When you see the triangle with an exclamation point symbol, press the Powerand Volume Upbuttons at the same time.
  7. From the menu that appears, select Apply sdcard:update.zip.
  8. When the screen displays Install from sdcard completeselect reboot system nowand wait for the phone to power back up.

The latest update to Android 2.2 on the Nexus One should speedup your device by up-to 5 times, along with giving you options to tether you internet and more. So if you have been waiting for this update go ahead and follow the instructions listed above.