Install Android 2.3 Gingerbread Keyboard On Any Android Device

Last week, Google introduced the latest version of Android Gingerbread. The new updated version of Android brings with it many changes including a new spiced up UI and a new multi-touch keyboard. The new keyboard not only looks sexy but is a pretty good improvement over the older default Android keyboard.

Now, the awesome modding community of Android has already ripped apart the keyboard from the Android 2.3 Gingerbread SDK.

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To get the new Android 2.3 keyboard on your device, users can simply install this (Alt. link) APK file on their Android handset. However, users must make sure that their handset is running on Android 2.2 (Froyo). If for some reason, the APK refuses to install on your phone then users can flash this (Alt. link) file on their phone using CWM (ClockWorkMod) Recovery.

For people, who don’t know what CWM is, I would recommend them to simply try and install the APK file on their handset. The keyboard works perfectly on my Samsung Galaxy S running a custom ROM based on Android 2.2.1. However, the only thing which does not work is the Vibrate On Keypress’ option.

Nevertheless, I will recommend all Android owners to give this new Android 2.3 keyboard a shot.

Source: XDA (Sadly, I lost the link to the thread so if anyone manages to find it, please do link me to it.)

Android Market Gets A Major Overhaul; App Refund Window Slashed To 15 Mins

Over the last few months, Google has been adding many new features to the Android Market including a Related’ tab. Now, the big G has decided to give the Android Market a major over haul. The Android Developers have announced via a blog post that they have given the Android Market a significant update’.

The new updated Market client brings a totally new UI with a carousel on the home and the category screens of the market’.

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The carousel displays the promoted applications in a bid to make them more popular. Along with this, the update also adds two new categories Live Wallpapers and Widgets. Users should also bid adieu to the tab’ approach of the old market. The new Market displays all the relevant information about an app in one single page. Google has also added content rating for applications.

The maximum apk file size has also been increased to a whopping 50MB, in order to support richer games. The above changes will surely please any Android user. However, the next one is surely going to disappoint them. With this update, Google has reduced the refund window of an application from 24 hours to only 15mintues.

The new updated Market is available for all Android handsets running Android 1.6+. The update will be rolled out to all Android handsets in the coming weeks.

Hopefully, this update will solve all the issues most of the Android critics had with the Market and will bring the Market up to the Apple AppStore level.

Google Maps 5 Will Add Offline Map Caching

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.

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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

o Droid X

o Droid 2

o Droid Incredible

o Evo

o Nexus S

o G2

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.

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Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Rolling Out To Nexus One Owners?

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.

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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.

Google Nexus S Officially Unveiled

It’s finally here! Google has officially unveiled the successor of Nexus One the Nexus S. The Nexus S features a 4-inch Contour’ Super-AMOLED screen with WVGA resolution. Surprisingly, the Nexus S is powered by the same processor which is found under the hood of other Galaxy S handsets – a 1GHz Hummingbird processor. Rumors earlier indicated that the Nexus S will come with a dual-core CPU.

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The Nexus S packs 16GB of internal memory and 512MB of RAM. The phone also sports tri-band HSPA along NFC. The usual Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS with A-GPS, and a 3.5mm audio jack are also present. The back of the handset sports a 5MP camera with a LED flash. The Nexus S will also be running on the latest version of Gingerbread i.e. Android 2.3. To know what all new features Android 2.3 brings, readers should check out this post.

The handset will hit the online and the retail stores of Best Buy after December 16th. Interested users can either purchase the handset unlocked or under a contract with T-Mobile.

Users can check out the full specifications of the Nexus S here.

Android 2.3 Gingerbread UI Previewed in Google Voice Search Video

All over the world, Android lovers are impatiently waiting for Google to release the next version of Android Gingerbread a.k.a Android 2.3. Google had earlier promised that Android 2.3 will bring it a UI over haul. However, with some leaked pictures of Nexus S running Android 2.3 it was pretty clear that Google will only be tweaking the UI instead of giving it a major over haul.

Now, while everyone impatiently waits to see what all UI changes Android 2.3 incorporates, Google released a video of Android 2.3 in action way back on November 23.

The big G posted a video on YouTube through their GoogleinHK account giving a walk through of Google’s new Voice Search on iOS and Android. The Android device in the video runs on Android 2.3.

Below is the video I am talking about :

Android 2.3 UI Changes Exposed

The video clearly gives us more than a sneak peek’ of the UI changes Gingerbread will have – Black notification bar, updated and more polished icons, new drop down menu, 3D app drawer and new animations.

The 3D app drawer looks exactly like the 3D app drawer in Launcher Pro a popular replacement Home Launcher app in the Android ecosystem.

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Eric Schmidt: Gingerbread To Be Out In The “Next Few Weeks’

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It was expected that Google will be announcing the Nexus S and/or Gingerbread 2.3 at Web 2.0 conference. Sadly, this piece of info turned out to be a rumor. However, Eric Schmidt came to the Web 2.0 conference with a handset that looks like the Nexus S and was running on Android 2.3.

Eric Schmidt also revealed that the Nexus S will be having NFC capabilities a technology which aims at replacing credit cards. The folks over at Engadget managed to click some pictures of the Nexus S handset while Eric was using it. From the images, it is evident that the handset is running Android 2.3 (notice the black notification bar) and the carrier of the handset is indeed T-Mobile as reported earlier.

Schmidt also said that the next version of Android Gingerbread will be out in the next few weeks.

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Nexus S Specifications And Carrier Details Leak

Nexus_SIt was just yesterday that the first images of how the Nexus S looks leaked on the Internet. Today, we have some information about the specifications of the device. T-Mobile will be the official carrier of the Nexus S and the handset will sport EDGE and HSUPA (up to 7.2mbps).

The phone won’t feature HSPA+ to take advantage of the higher band with being offered by the recently rolled out HSPA+ network from T-Mobile. The back of the phone will pack a 5MP camera which might be assisted by an LED flash. The phone will also sport a 1500mAh battery. Sadly, no details about the processor, amount of RAM and internal storage capacity of the phone are available.

However, in all probability the Nexus S will be powered by a 1.2GHz Hummingbird processor from Samsung and will pack 512MB of RAM.

Nexus S Image Shows Up On Best Buy?

Many people had expected Samsung and Google to unveil a new Google experience phone during the event held by Samsung on November 8. Sadly, that did not happen as rumors suggested that the Nexus S was delayed due to a hardware bug. There have been many rumors about the hardware specifications and how the Nexus S actually looks. Nexus_S

If my memory serves me right, the Nexus S is the first phone in a very long time whose pictures and specifications have not leaked on the Internet before its release until now. Best Buy has mistakenly posted a picture of a device on their website which looks like a Nexus S. From the image it looks like the Nexus S is running Android 2.3 since the notification bar sports a new color.

There is also a front-video camera visible in the image which further strengthens the fact that Google will be bringing video chat to Android with Gingerbread. Hopefully, Samsung and Google will be unveiling the Nexus S sometime soon.