LG Optimus Black with new NOVA display announced

LG has just announced the LG Optimus Black super slim Android handset a few minutes ago. The device features a new type of LCD panel that LG calls Nova. There’s not real info about it other than what is in the press release below so I don’t really know if this is a new variant of LG’s IPS panel or not. Anyway, the device will also apparently ship with Android 2.2, pack a 1500Mha battery and weight 109g. IT will be available in the first half of 2011 (sucks that it doesn’t have Android 2.3 thought). Press release after the break:

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HTC releases Android 2.2 Froyo for the HTC Wildfire, HTC Legend and Daylight Saving Time patches

This probably came as a surprise to many given the relatively low hardware specification of the device but HTC just did a nice move and release Froyo aka Android 2.2 for the HTC Wildfire which is their super low-end entry level Android handset.

Update – HTC Wildfire (Android 2.2) Firmware Over The Air (FOTA) update
Your phone will receive a notification of FOTA update when it is made available. Simply press OK to accept the update via a data connection such as Wi-Fi or GPRS/3G. After installing the update, you can confirm a successful update by confirming the Build number (From the Home Screen go to MENU> Settings> About Phone> Software Information> Build number). The new Build number after the update will be 2.22.405.1. Update: Android 2.2 update. Note?Please back up your data first before upgrading your phone. We recommend using a free Wi-Fi hotspot or an unlimited data plan to apply this update. If not, standard data connection charges may apply.

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LG Optimus 2X Dual-Core Tegra 2 powered Android handset officially launched

LG has officially unveiled and launched the LG Optimus 2X (also know as the LG Star) today in Seoul. The Optimus 2X is the first commercially available smartphone to feature an nVidia Tegra 2 chipset which includes a Dual-Core Cortex A9 CPU coupled with a higher clocked GPU similar to the one found in the original Tegra. The device has a 4″ WVGA LCD screen, 8GB of internal memory (expandable via the micro-sd slot), an 8 MPix camera, 1.3Mpix front facing camera, HDMI out and the ability to encode/decode 1080P videos. It will first ship with Android 2.2 but will be receive an Android 2.3 / Gingerbread update in the future. Check out the LG Optimus 2X specifications and press release after the break:

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Samsung Galaxy S Android 2.2 Froyo JPA build software tour

I’ve shot a fairly long video demonstrating the latest official Android 2.2 Froyo firmware of the Samsung Galaxy S which is the JPA build ( a newer one has apparently leak today,the JPU build but has exactly the same Kernel). The main purpose of this video is just to show you how snappy the performance is without any Lag Fix or any other modification installed on the Phone. Samsung has definitely done a good job here and the device feels better to use compared to the original 2.1 rom (and especially the JP6 build that was later taken down). Interestingly the Six Axis Mention sensing capability of the device is now perfectly functional in Google Maps when using the Street View features (it seemed totaly broken on the JP6 build). For those who didn’t know, the Samsung Galaxy S devices have two 3 axis sensors: A SMB380 tri-axial low-gravity acceleration sensor from Bosch and an MS-3C Magnetic field Sensor by Yamaha. When you combine both sensors together you get similar results to a real 3 axis Gyroscope (but not as accurate thought). Anyway, check out the video after the break (I’m really sorry for my crappy voiceover this time, but it was relatively late when I shot the video and had to lower my voice quite a bit):

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Android 2.2 Froyo for the Samsung Galaxy S is officially released

After being up for a few days and later pulled by Samsung because of last minutes bugs the official Android 2.2 aka Froyo update for the Samsung Galaxy S is finally available via the Samsung Kies software (yeah I may be a bit late on that one,been busy with all the WP7 stuff, but I thought it would be great to post it in case some of you haven’t seen it yet). The previous JP6 build (which was taken down) has now been replaced by the JPA build (or JPO depending on your region) and for my short hands-on with it seems to be snappier and there isn’t much lag to be seen either. I will take the time to tested out tomorrow but I can already tell you that there’s no new features so you can still watch my previous video to see how it looks like. Anyway, follow the instructions after the break to upgrade your device even if it’s carrier branded (if the firmware update isn’t available to you via Kies right now):

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Super AMOLED color banding issue: Microsoft could partially fix it

I just did some more testing and am fairly sure now that everything is rendered at 16bit throughout the OS in Windows Phone 7 (similar to WM5/6). The picture you see above shows the image found in this news posted rendered in the Android browser on the Galaxy S (left) and IE Mobile on the Samsung Omnia 7 (right). Keep in mind that both devices have exactly the same Super AMOLED panel. What is evident here is that dithering is applied to the pictures on Android. All you have to do is move the page around on the Galaxy S to see that it’s activated (the color dithering) when the page is standing still but when you scroll or pan the images will look identical to the ones rendered on the Omnia 7 in IE Mobile. So what I did next is save this particular image and then open it in the picture’s browser where I know that dithering is applied once you start zooming in:

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Tegra 2 powered LG Star Android smartphone video hands-on and iPhone 4 comparison

Are we finally going to see Tegra powered smartphone hitting retail stores after all these years of hype? Well it’s starting to like nVidia may finally have something real to talk about now. GSM-Isreal managed to get some hands-on action with the recently leaked LG Star which is supposedly powered by dual-core Tegra 2 chipset that allows it to capture and playback 1080P videos. As you will see in the video after the break the device features an HDMI connector to plug it in your HDTV. There’s also a short browser comparison against the iPhone 4 but nothing really exciting comes out of it. Unfortunately (because Android browser and UI isn’t GPU accelerated) the scrolling isn’t smooth like on the iPhone 4 or Windows Phone 7 (as seen in my Android vs WP7 browser comparison video). The LG Star also seems to natively support DviX video decoding.

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Windows Phone 7 vs Android Browser comparison on the Samsung Omnia 7 and Galaxy S

I’ve just shot a video comparing the browsing experience on Windows Phone 7 and Android with the Samsung Omnia 7 and Samsung Galaxy S running Android 2.2. I’m not really going to go into technical details here (I’ll leave this for my upcoming Windows Phone 7 review) but you will basically see how both OS’s perform when doing simple web browsing tasks. For my part I personally find Windows Phone 7 to be more user friendly and easier to use (I never really liked the fact that you always have to use the hardware menu button to access all the options on Android) but it still lacks some polish and complete landscape support (the UI is totally gone when you rotate your device..) Video after the break:

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Install Android 2.2 / Froyo now on any Samsung Galaxy S in the world even if it’s carrier branded

 

Don’t want to wait until your carrier  releases a screwed up to for your Android 2.2 rom for your Samsung Galaxy S? Well there’s a super easy solution for you. You can now flash the vanilla/unbranded Android 2.2 / Froyo rom that was released today on your carrier branded Galaxy S. All you have to do is follow some simple instructions, change some registry entries related to the Samsung Kies software and your are done. Thanks to the folks over at the XDA-devs  (via Careace) who posted the following instructions:

I don’t know if this is safe on branded, carrier locked devices.

This should be obvious but backup anything you don’t want to lose.

First uninstall all lagfixes

Start up kies and connect your phone. Wait till kies recognizes the sgs.

Go to firmware upgrade.

If it doesn’t report a JPM/JP6 upgrade close the upgrade window but do not close kies!

Go to windows start > run > and type “regedit”

Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Samsung/Kies/DeviceDB/

You will probably see a bunch of numbered keys (they look like folders) Find the key/folder that has strings that match your current firmware. So if you are on JPK look for that in the keys. If you have more than one galaxy S (it can happen) then match the imei with the phone you want to upgrade.

Change the following values so they look like this:

“SoftwareRevision”=”I9000XXJF3/I9000SWC/I9000XXJF3/I9000XXJF3″
“ProductCode”=”GT-I9000HKDXEE”
“HIDSWVER”=”I9000XXJF3/I9000SWC/I9000XXJF3/I9000XXJF3″

No go back to kies and click on firmware upgrade again. You should now see the JPM upgrade.

I’ve successfully managed to flash my carrier branded Samsung Galaxy S (SFR branded) without any problem and shot a short video to show you how the rom looks like (after the break):

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Android 2.2 / Froyo for the Samsung Galaxy S finally released

Samsung has finally released the official Froyo /Android 2.2 update for the Galaxy S today, exactly one month later than it was originally scheduled/promised to launch. Unfortunately if you have a carrier branded device you will have to wait a bit longer for you mobile operator to screw a bit with the rom and release it. Thankfully the wait is apparently worth it according to the list of new features and bug fixes announced by Samsung:

•Android 2.2 JIT compiler
•Adobe Flash Player 10.1 compatibility
•New Android Market with auto-updating
•Speed improvements
•Pinch-to-zoom homescreen flyover
•Improved default keyboard
•Quick links to “GPS” and “Auto rotation” toggles on notification bar added
•Slightly different graphics and transitions with app drawer and default icon dock
•Colored icons in settings
•GPS Fix
•Colored settings icons
•Media Hub
•Darker menu theme, navy blue color
•Better Exchange support
•Video records in MP4 format
•New Search widget
•New Gmail application

Full Press Release after the break:

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Samsung Captivate to receive GPS fix soon. Froyo at the end of the month in Europe

Samsung has just announced via Twitter that the Samsung Captivate (AT&T’s version of the Galaxy S) will sonn receive a fix for the GPS issues that has been affecting all the Galaxy S models:

GPS + other improvements for Samsung ATT Captivate are HERE! Today – next few weeks OTA notification will be sent to customers!

Other Galaxy S devices like the Samsung Fascinate and Vibrant (and the European models) will get the fix later one:

In regards to updates from our other Carrier partners, we are working diligently to release these improvements as well!

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Samsung Galaxy S Android 2.2 Froyo update “Officially” leaks

Samsung has apparently leaked an Android 2.2 Froyo Firmware or the Samsung Galaxy S via the Kies desktop software updater. This I9000XXJPC update only works on Unlocked devices and seems to be filled with little bugs so I wouldn’t recommend flashing it. This is probably an error on Samsung part who may have upload a Beta ROM on the servers. (similar to what happened to HTC withe EVO 4G Froyo update).

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Verizon pushing Adnroid 2.2 update to the HTC Droid Incredible today

Time for some Android news courtesy of Verizon. The company has just announced via Twitter that the much anticipated Android 2.2 / Froyo update fro the HTC Droid Incredible is starting to be pushed OTA today. As it was previsouly unveiled theis update will enable 720P video recording among other features that you can see below:

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Google launches Voice Actions for Android

Google has just announced Voice Actions for Android in an attempt to one-up Microsoft’s Tellme technology. Voice Actions are are a series of spoken commands that let you control your phone using your voice. You can for example send a text message just by speaking it and the phone will automatically write it down for you. Sounds familiar right? Yup Microsoft has had this feature for a while now but thanks to poor marketing, OEMs, OS integration , whatever you want to call MS’s mobile strategy before Windows Phone 7…nobody has ever heard/used this (I’m talking about the average Joe here obviously). Voice Actions can also used to call people, listen to music etc…exactly like Voice Command on my iPad 3800 PocketPC bought in 2001. This kind of stuff makes you realise how much Redmond screwed up since then. Anyway this is good news for all the Android Users out there….if they have Android 2.2. Check out the promotional video after the break:

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Android 2.2 for the Motorola Droid coming next week

Not much to say here other than what’s in the title. According to Verizon the Android 2.2 Froyo update for the original Motorola Droid is expected to be pushed out sometimes next week. This would definitely confirm that the Droid 2 which is expected to launch on August 23rd will indeed be rocking Froyo.

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Android 2.2 Froyo for the HTC EVO 4G download available

Can’t wait until August 3rd? Just grab the Android 2.2 firmware for your HTC EVO 4G and manually installed yourself right now. Downlad the Zip file here move it to the  root directory of your SD card, boot the phone into recovery mode by holingd the volume ”up” button while the phone is turning on, and select apply update from the .zip file. Voila! Have a nice weekend and enjoy your EVO 4g.

UPDATE: HTC Took the file down claiming that it is not final. Here’s a Mirror just in case you want to try it out

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HTC Desire Android 2.2 Froyo update officially coming out this Weekend

That’s right folks, the Android 2.2 Froyo update for the HTC Desire is going to officially be released this weekend according and 720P video recording is now finally on board (remember I was the first to report about this back in february)! The update will also include the app sharing widget that was introduced on the HTC Wildfire plus a couple of other features and improvements. Read the full statement after the break:

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Download the Motorola Droid 2 User Manual

Can’t wait until August 23? Well here’s your chance to grab the Motorola Droid 2 User Manual / guide nearly one month in advance. Nothing to fancy in there given that the Droid 2 will be running similar software to the Droid X (but apparently with Android 2.2). So if you have time to waste just hit the link below and grab the pdf.

Download here

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Android 2.2 coming to the HTC EVO 4G on August 3rd

HTC EVO 4G owners rejoice! Sprint has officially anounced that the Android 2.2/ Froyo update for the device will be released on August 3rd:

Android 2.2 offers HTC EVO 4G feature enhancements including Bluetooth® voice dialing, built-in Flash, the ability to store apps to the memory card and much, much more

The award-winning HTC EVO 4G just got that much better. We are excited to announce that beginning the week of Aug. 1; Sprint will begin rolling out the Android 2.2 upgrade to its HTC EVO 4G customers.

Sprint will be the first wireless carrier to bring1 the latest version of Android to its customers. The Android 2.2 software release provides a significant number of feature enhancements, including:

Voice Dialing Over Bluetooth.
Application Storage on External Memory, giving users more storage room for all their apps.
Camera 4-way rotation allows the camera icons to rotate with the camera.
Improved Browser Performance including a faster JavaScript engine and Flash 10x Support improving the user’s ability to view videos and available content associated with web pages.

“Sprint is thrilled with our customers’ response to HTC EVO 4G and the innovative and exciting experience it offers,” said Fared Adib, vice president – Product Development for Sprint. “It is exciting for us to lead the industry in bringing the Android 2.2 update to these customers and improve on the amazing experience they receive with America’s first 4G capable phone.”

Easy Downloading

Sprint will begin sending update notifications to users in waves beginning Tuesday, Aug. 3 and the upgrade should be available for all HTC EVO 4G users by the middle of August.

The notification will let the users know that the update is available and it will provide the simple two-step over-the-air download process.

Users will receive a notification that Android 2.2 is available for download.
Once the user has downloaded the update, they will be prompted to install the update. The user will be notified that their device will be disabled during the installation process. The phone will be ready to use once the process completes.

For those who just can’t wait to get Android 2.2, there will be an easy user initiated option to download the upgrade. Customers can access the software update through their HTC EVO 4G under the Settings Menu > System Updates > HTC Software Update. This will initiate the three-step process also.

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