Samsung Galaxy S Series Gets Official CyanogenMod Support

The Samsung Galaxy S branded devices were among the most popular Android handsets last year. The Galaxy S had a powerful hardware, a brilliant screen, and most importantly a relatively easy to unlock boot loader.

Even though the phone was pretty open’, the sources released by Samsung were very poor. This severely limited the modding capabilities of the Galaxy S. Nearly all the custom ROMs for the Galaxy S were based on stock Samsung ROMs, and hardly offered any new feature except for speed improvements. Sadly, this meant no AOSP ROMs for the Galaxy S series were available until now.

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There were a few developers who were working on porting CyanogenMod 7 f0r the Galaxy S. They did release quite a few builds, but until now this port was not officially supported by the CM team. However, now CM7 for the Galaxy S handsets has been merged with the main CM mainline, which means it will be getting official support from the CM team. This is all due to the hard work of the developers atinm, codeworkx, dumdidum, unhelpful, and coolya.

Currently, CM7 for Galaxy S, Vibrant and the Captivate are in nightly’ status. I have been using the nightly for quite some time on my Galaxy S now, and I must say that the build is stable enough for daily use. There are no major bugs, except that switching between 2G and 3G mode with the data connection will put the phone in a boot loop. The nightly status also means ROM updates will come out every night.

Another major advantage is that Galaxy S owners can now easily install CM7 on their rooted Galaxy S using ROM Manager.

Samsung Hercules Specifications Leaked

The Samsung Infuse 4G was unveiled at CES 2011. It was an upgrade to the Samsung Galaxy S with a faster processor, larger display and a a better camera. But just when we had started checking it out, preparing to drool all over it, Samsung announced yet another device – the Samsung Galaxy S 2. It is probably the best Android smartphone on the planet right now.

But even though the Samsung Galaxy S 2 is yet to be launched in many countries, rumors suggest that Samsung is working on a successor to the Samsung Infuse 4G, with a dual core processor, double the RAM, and NFC support.

Compared to the Samsung Galaxy S 2, it will have a better display, and possibly marginally better hardware.

Samsung Hercules Specifications

It will sport a 4.5 inch 480 x 800 Super AMOLED Plus display, just like the Infuse 4G. It will be powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

It will also support NFC, and will come with HSPA+ connectivity. It is rumored to have dimensions of 5.16 x 2.76 x 0.37 inches, very similar to the Infuse 4G.

It has a 16 GB internal ROM, 1 GB internal RAM. It also has a Qualcomm 1.2 GHz dual core APQ 8060 application processor, not an Exynos processor like the Galaxy S 2.

It will also sport an 8 MP camera which can capture 1080p videos. Stay tuned for more updates about the Samsung Hercules. It’s surely going to be one amazing phone, but it’s still months away from launch.

Samsung Infuse 4G

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Samsung Epic 4G Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Leaks

It was only in the first 3 months of 2011, that the different variants of the Galaxy S in the U.S got the Android 2.2 Froyo update. Galaxy S owners in Europe got a taste of Froyo way back in October, and tasted Gingerbread recently!

Up until now it was unclear whether Samsung will update the Galaxy S series of handsets in the U.S. to Android 2.3 Gingerbread, because of the huge Froyo update controversy.

Now, it looks like Samsung indeed intends to release the Gingerbread update for the at least one Galaxy S branded handset the Sprint’s Epic 4G.

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The folks over at ACS forums are reporting that an Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Epic 4G has leaked on the Internet. The ROM has already been rooted and de-odexed and is available for Epic 4G owners to download and test. Notable features of the ROM include working Netflix app, working FM radio, and Google Talk with video works as well!

I hope Samsung will sort out the bugs and issues and release the official Gingerbread update for the Epic 4G soon. Hopefully, other Galaxy S branded handsets in the U.S. will also get the Gingerbread update.

Samsung Announces Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update For Galaxy Branded Handsets

Samsung has announced that it will start rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for its Galaxy branded Android handsets.

The Galaxy branded Android handsets include Galaxy S, Ace, Fit, Mini, Gio, Galaxy Tab and some Galaxy branded handsets meant for Korea.

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Here is a small change-log of the update :

· Faster Performance Multimedia content now has a lower CPU consumption rate, while support for more powerful 3D Graphics enables an enhanced mobile gaming experience.
· Upgraded Usability The user interface has been improved, enabling faster access and control and a more intuitive user experience. Users will also benefit from improved copy-and-paste functionality.

Galaxy S users in the U.K and Nordic Countries will get the update by mid-May. The update will then be gradually rolled out to European, North America and Asian countries. Other Galaxy branded handsets will also taste Gingerbread in the Nordic countries by the end of this month.

Samsung did release the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Galaxy S in the middle of last month. But, later on the update was pulled back by the company for some unknown reasons.

8 Things You Need To Know About Google Chromebook

The much awaited laptop powered by Google Chrome (a cloud-based operating system) is all set for launch on June 15.

Here are few things that you need to about the all new Chromebook.

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How does it work?

The Chromrebook should always be connected to the Internet in order to make use of its functionalities. In other words, everything will be on cloud and you’ll need Internet to access all of the apps, documents, photos, movies etc. Installing software or updating them, making backup of files or running anti-virus checks and all other PC related tasks will be eliminated as everything will be done over the cloud.

Who will release the laptops?

Google has tied up with Samsung and Acer which will release laptops powered with Chrome OS.

The Samsung device will come with 12.1-inch screen with an 8-hour battery life and will retail for $429 (Wi-Fi enabled) and $499 (3G enabled laptop), while Acer’s device will be an 11.6-inch display and a 6.5-hour battery life. Acer’s notebook will start at $349 and up.

No storage

Since Chromebook is Internet based, all of the files and folders will be stored on the cloud. The laptops will be highly integrated with cloud services and there will be no storage space available. However, the laptop will have slots to plug in other storages devices.

Boot-up Time?

According to Google, Chromebooks will boot in about less than eight seconds. Once it is up and running it’ll check for any updates and will reboot up with the latest version.

Offilne mode?

Yes, you can work with your Chromebook if you’re not connected to the Internet. You can access Google Docs, Google Calendar and Gmail accounts without an Internet connection. (However, you won’t be updated with new notifications/mail if you’re not connected to the Internet)

Security

Chromebooks uses the principle of “defense in depth” to provide multiple layers of protection, so if any one layer is bypassed, others are still in effect. Your files and folders will be protected and will be kept safe.

Availability

Chromebooks will be available for sale from June 15.

Laptop Specs

Acer Specifications:
11.6″ HD Widescreen CineCrystalTM LED-backlit LCD
2.95 lbs. | 1.34 kg.
6 hours of continuous usage 1
Intel ® AtomTM Dual-Core Processor
Built in dual-band Wi-Fi and World-mode 3G (optional)
HD Webcam with noise cancelling microphone
High-Definition Audio Support
2 USB 2.0 ports
4-in-1 memory card slot
HDMI port
Fullsize Chrome keyboard

Samsung Specifications:
12.1″ (1280×800) 300 nit Display
3.26 lbs / 1.48 kg
8.5 hours of continuous usage 1
Intel ® AtomTM Dual-Core Processor
Built in dual-band Wi-Fi and World-mode 3G (optional)
HD Webcam with noise cancelling microphone
2 USB 2.0 ports
4-in-1 memory card slot
Mini-VGA port
Fullsize Chrome keyboard
Oversize fully-clickable trackpad
Oversize fully-clickable trackpad

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Samsung Galaxy S II Gets Two Software Updates

Samsung Galaxy S II is the successor of the highly popular Samsung Galaxy S smartphone. This handset runs on the latest Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System and it comes with a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus display, 1.2 GHz dual-core proccessor, 8 megapixel camera and more. This handset have already received 3 million pre-orders by the carriers.

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Samsung Galaxy S II is currently available only in few countries and it is expected to launch in more than 120 countries by the end of this month. Even though, this handset is not available in major markets, but it hasn’t stopped Samsung from issuing software updates for this powerful smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy S II have recently received two firmware updates. The latest update is numbered i9100XWKE2. Sadly, this update is not available via Over-The-Air (OTA). To install this update on your Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone, you will need a computer and Samsung’s Kies desktop software.

The latest firmware update fixes the automatic brightness and some connectivity issues on this handset. It also makes the Swype more responsive. This update is also rootable, so you can go with custom ROMs and tweaks. If you have any queries, feel free to ask us in the comments section below.

HTC Sensation To Ship With An Encrypted Boot Loader

Back in 2010, HTC’s Android handsets were very modding friendly, and that was one of the main reasons for their popularity. HTC’s handsets were among the first to get a new mod or ROM ports. This was all because HTC did not lock or encrypt their handsets boot loader.

Sadly, it looks like this year the company has taken a different approach towards unlocked boot loader on their handsets. All the phones HTC have released this year including the Desire S, and the Incredible S have a locked boot loader. Many developers and modders criticized HTC for this, and expected that the company won’t be so strict with its next super-phone the HTC Sensation.

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Sadly, the folks over at AndroidPolice are reporting that the Sensation will ship with a signed boot loader as well. Unless the developers get extremely lucky, like in the case of the HTC Thunderbolt, there is a very tough chance of unlocking the boot loader.

This news has already caused many developers and HTC handsets users to change their mind about the Sensation. The Samsung Galaxy S II is no less than the Sensation in the specs department, and many people are looking towards it as a viable alternative.

It is really sad to see HTC shipping their phones with an encrypted boot loader. Motorola is already being criticized by a lot of people for shipping their phones with locked boot loaders. Companies need to realize that shipping their phones with a locked boot loader is going to adversely affect the handsets sales.

Motorola and HTC should learn a lesson or two from Samsung, LG and Sony Ericsson on supporting the modding community.

Samsung Galaxy S II Overclocked To 1.5GHz

Back at MWC 2011, Samsung announced the highly anticipated successor to the Galaxy S the Galaxy S II. At that time, the Galaxy S II was supposed to feature a 1GHz dual-core Exynos processor.

However, a month down the line Samsung decided to bump the clock speed of the processor to 1.2GHz. The already fast Galaxy S II got faster, due to the 200MHz speed bump on each core.

The Galaxy S II is already the fastest Android smartphone ever. However, this has not stopped the awesome developer coolbho3000 to overclock his Galaxy S II to 1.5GHz, in a bid to make it faster! Yes, that’s 1.5GHz (1504MHz to be precise)!

He has uploaded a video of his Galaxy S II running at 1.5GHz and ripping through all the benchmarks. Here is the video of the Galaxy S II overclocked to 1.5GHz :

 

He has also posted the steps so that fellow Galaxy S II owners can overclock their phone to 1.5GHz, if they wish to. Here is the link to the thread over at the XDA forums.

I will recommend general Galaxy S II owners to stay away from installing this kernel on their handset, except for testing needs.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7” Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Rolling Out Now

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 was one of the most popular Android tabs in 2010. The Galaxy Tab 7, as the name suggests, sports a 7-inch display, and is basically an upsized version of the Galaxy S.

Like all other Android tablets released last year, the Galaxy Tab came with Android 2.2 FroYo on-board, with a tablet optimized version of TouchWIZ.

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When Google announced the Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the Nexus S in December 2010, Samsung promised that the Galaxy Tab will get the Gingerbread update. Now, 5 months after Gingerbread’s code went public, Samsung has released the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Galaxy Tab 7.

Right now, Galaxy Tab owners are reporting that the update is being rolled out only in Italy. However, the firmware is already up for download over at the XDA forums.

Galaxy Tab users, who flashed the Android 2.3.3 firmware on their tablet, are reporting improved system responsiveness. Sadly, two of the Gingerbread goodies – the screen-off animation and the network bar icons, which change color according to the handset’s sync status with Google’s server – have not made it to the Tab.

It’s not the Android 3.0 Honeycomb update the Tab owners were wishing for, but something is better than nothing!

Google Gives Away the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 at I/O 2011; May Get 5000 Devs to Develop Honeycomb Apps

Google has always been quite generous with its giveaways at the Google I/O events. At the Google I/O 2009 event, it gave all attendees a brand new Google Ion smartphone. At I/O 2010, it gave everyone an HTC EVO 4G.

Naturally, when Google I/O 2011 registrations started, the entire event was completely sold out in less than an hour. In comparison, Apple sold out WWDC 2011 tickets in 10 hours, but then it also made $8 million.

I was betting that Google would probably give away a Samsung Galaxy S 2 this time around, but as it turns out, they just announced that they will be giving away a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to all I/O 2011 attendees. While this may cost Google a few million in the short term, it will be very beneficial in the long term, in terms of drumming up developer support for its Honeycomb platform. Most of the audience at I/O 2011 is comprised of developers. By giving away a free Android Honeycomb tablet, Google may have improved the chances of Honeycomb getting more apps and games faster. The lack of apps, compared to the iPad, has been the number one deterrent for buyers planning to buy Android tablets.

One thing is for sure, I’m definitely going to try my best to attend Google I/O 2012.

Stay tuned for more Google I/O 2011 updates. There have been many drool-worthy announcements this year.

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