Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread finally pushed out to the Google Nexus One: wait or download it now

This definitely took a while but Google has finally started to push the OTA Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update to the venerable Nexus One. The roll out is probably going to take a little while so don’t be surprised if your handset hasn’t been notified yet. If you can’t wait to get it then just hit the link after the break to download and follow the instruction below to install it:

- Download the .zip file

- Rename it to update.zip

- copy it to the Root of your micro-sd card

-Boot your device in recovery mode by holding the the trackball and pressing once on the power button

- Select Bootloader and then select Recovery

- Let the device reboot (it will display an exclamation point) and then press the volume up and power button at the same time

- finally select “Apply sdcard:update.zip” with the trackball.

-Voila

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Google Nexus One to get Gingerbread Android 2.3 in a couple of weeks

Google Nexus One owners will apparently have to wait a couple more weeks before Gingerbread aka Android 2.3 is pushed out to their device according to Google. There’s obviously nothing stopping the impatient ones to installed one of the freshly baked Gingerbread ROMs found on XDA (like on the Galaxy S and HTC HD2) but my opinion is that a few more days to wait is the price to pay for something stable and rock solid. So just chill and have some nice holidays.

Google Nexus S shows up in the wild with Gingerbread

Mister BlurryCam is back again with some Google Nexus S shots. So what’s really new here? Well nothing in particular. The device looks similar to the Samsung Galaxy S and the funky looking specs reported are just…..well..kinda useless (my comments in italic):

- ArmV7 CPU – Could be Dual Core
Could be? or Couldn’t be or the cake is a lie…
- Open GL ES Supported
And all other Android device supported what before? Direct3D? Glide?
- 512 or 328MB Ram (Not 100% known)
90% maybe?
- 1GB or 2GB Internal Memory (Not 100% known)
Oh lower than the minimum 8GB internal flash found on the Galaxy S devices? Strange..
- 800×480 Screen Resolution
I wouldn’t have guessed..
- 4? Screen Size
Ok..
- SuperAmoled2 – Possibly
Possibly?
- 720P HD Video
Humm ok…that’s breaking news I guess…/s

Anyway, You can check out the blurry pictures after the break and catch a little glimpse of Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread:

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Google’s Eric Schmidt shows off the Nexus S. Gingerbread coming in the next few weeks

Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt who took the stage at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Fransisco a few minutes ago showed off the Google Nexus S android handset build by Samsung and based on the Galaxy S chassis. Schmidt also announced that the Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread version of the mobile OS will be available in the next weeks and will include the support for NFC chips (near-field-communications to read RFID tags). NFC supportcan only be available if the hardware supports it so it will be interesting to see which handset currently on the market has this hidden feature in it or if the Nexus S will be the only device to support it at launch. The bad news here is that the much needed UI update (with GPU acceleration) doesn’t seem to be part of this OS version and will will have to wait until Honeycomb aka Android 3.0 to see it.
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Gingerbread aka Android 2.3 launching soon

Based on the Google Mobile’s latest tweet (the picture above) it’s safe to say that the next version of Android, known as Android 2.3 and code-named Gingerbread, is about to be launched really soon. The latest whispers are pointing at November lunch alongside the Google Nexus S handset that we saw a few days ago. It will be interesting to see which OEM handset is going to get the update first (we already know that the Nexus One is getting  it on launch day) and how long will it take for OEMs to start pushing out their firmwares given that the similarly speced Samsung Galaxy S still hasn’t received a proper Froyo / Android 2.2 ROM. Hopefully this will be the first Android version to implement a fully GPU accelerated UI.

via Twitter

Google Nexus S aka Nexus Two shows up in the wild

Bomm! Here are the first pictures of the Google Nexus Two…ermm Google Necus S that was first rumored here and then denied by Samsung later on. As you can see in the pictures the devices definitely looks like a regular Samsung Galaxy S as it was previously rumored. The only difference will be the fact that the Nexus S will run a Stock Android 2.3 ROM instead of the Samsung branded stuff. Like I said last time I don’t see how this can be a good thing. If the new Android developer/ base platform is the Samsung Hummingbird SoC how are other OEMs who use Qualcomm (HTC, SE etc..) or TI (Motorola) chipsets supposed to react? And the hird-party developers? What type of HW configuration are they supposed to aim for now? Fragmentation… More Pictures after the break:

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Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread headed to the Google Nexus One in a few days

According to Alvaro Fuentes Vasquez, member of the Open Handset Alliance, Google is about to push the android 2.3 aka Gingerbread release to the Google Nexus One in the coming days. Contrary to what was originally thought, gingerbread is not Android 3.0 but 2.3 (3.0 is codenamed Honeycomb) and the full feature set is still unknown even though the update is about to see the light pretty soon. What everybody has been waiting for is a fully GPU accelerated UI but I wouldn’t be surprised if this only came with 3.0 next year. The blurry shots and footage of Gingerbread that have recently leaked look somewhat identical to what is currently available in 2.2 in terms of UI.

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Samsung: The Nexus Two is simply not true

Samsung has apparently denied the recent Google Nexus Two rumors today. The spokesperson for the Korean company said that their the Google Nexus Two based Samsung Galaxy S is “simply not true”. Only time will tell who’s wring or wrong but One thing’s for sure thought: Samsung is going to launch / announce an Android device on November 8th and everything is now pointing at the Samsung Continuum.

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Google Nexus Two launching on November 8th? Just a Samsung Galaxy S with Gingerbread?

Today’s hot rumor is the supposedly imminent launch of a Google Nexus Two on November 8th (the Windows Phone 7 US launch day) and according to the same source this mysterious phone is apparently only going to be a variant of the Samsung Galaxy S running Gingerbread. Well, that’s kinda strange given that Google decided to dump the Nexus One just a few months after its debut because it wasn’t a commercial success at all. What’s more interesting is that if this turns out to be true (let’s say that this Nexus Two is just going to be a developer/showcase phone) isn’t this going to make the Android hardware fragmentation even worst? HTC’s handsets have Qualcomm SnapDragon chipsets, Motorola have TI OMAPs and Samsung uses its own Hummingbird SoC. Both Motorola’s and Samsung’sdevices have a SGX based GPUs unlike HTC (Adreno 2XX) . How is this going to be any good if the next Android developer phone singles out one manufacturer? Maybe I’m reading too much into this..so lets just wait and see…

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SLCD vs Super-AMOLED and IPS LCD video comparison and specifications

Here’s the first Sony SLCD vs AMOLED and Super AMOLED video comparison following the officially announcement made by HTC this morning. You will see and HTC Desire equipped with the new SLCD panel against a regular Nexus One sporting an AMOLED display , a Motorola Droid with an IPS panel and a Samsung Wave with a Super-AMOLED display. The first thing you will notice is that the screen is still super reflective but this is mainly due to HTC’s design (and huge gap between the glass and the pane on the Desire ) an not the panel technology. Viewing angles are still not as good as the Super AMOLED (or regular AMOLED when looked sideways) but definitely better than the regular TFT. Now when it comes to contrast the Super-AMOLED tech still has the upper hand but the SLCD is really good IMO (and keep in mind that AMOLED have overblown and unnatural color so the SLCD is better in the long run). Check out the video below:

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HTC officially introduces SLCD displays to its portfolio

HTC has finally made it official: SLCD displays are going to replace AMOLED panels on their 3.7″ offerings (Desire, Nexus One, Incredible and the mysterious Windows Phone 7 handset). This is good news if you don’t like the overblown contrast and annoying PenTile Matrix found on Samsung’s AMOLED panels (Super-AMOLED is still amazing if those little things don’t bother you). It is not know yet if HTC will use Sony’s VSPEC III tech on anything other than 3.7″ screens . Check out the full press release after the break:

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Google is done with the Nexus One

Forgot to posted about this yesterday but it’s starting to look like the Nexus One is on the verge of becoming a collectors item. Last week Google announced that it had received its last batch of Nexus One handsets and that once they are sold the company will close its online web-store (it is now the case as of yesterday). Interestingly carriers allover the world are also out of stock and there’s no guarantee that it will ever change. The HTC Desire will supposedly replace it in their catalogs. Was Google’s strategy a failure (selling a google branded phone)? In my opinion the Motorola Droid did more for Android’s success than the Nexus One…

Via Google

Android 2.2 vs iPhone 4: Browser performance

I’m going to spoil the surprise let you know straight up that the Nexus One is indeed faster than the iPhone 4 at loading web pages according to a quick comparison done by Engadget. The only time the iPhone 4 loaded faster was when the Flash 10.1 plugin was enabled on the Nexus One. Either way the difference bin speed between the two handsets is marginal at best and doesn’t affect the user experience at all IMO. Check out both video after the break:

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Official Android 2.2 Froyo update available on the Nexus One

Android 2.2 aka Froyo is now officially availble to all Nexus One users. The FRF85 build is currently being pushed out OTA to all devices on AT&T and T-Mobile but you can safely download directly from Google Servers here and install it yourselfs using the following instructions:

- Rename the file to update.zip

- copy it to the Root of your micro-sd card

-Boot your device in recovery mode by holding the the trackball and pressing once on the power button

- Select Bootloader and then select Recovery

- Let the device reboot (it will display an exlamation point) and then press the volume up and power button at the same time

- finally select “Apply sdcard:update.zip” with the trackball.

-Voila

Source: Google

HTC switching from AMOLED to S-LCD panels due to supply shortage?

Take this with a heavy grain of salt because it doesn’t make much sense at all to me. According to the Korean Herald HTC is about to start manufacturing the Google Nexus One, HTC Desire and HTC Incredible (why not the Legend too?) with S-LCD screens / panels instead of AMOLED because of Samsung’s inability to supply enough AMOLED panels. There are lot of holes in this story: first off AMOLED and LCD have major differences in terms of power consumption so I don’t see how HTC is going to simply swap between the too without changing the battery or the Power Management controls on the devices. Secondly S-LCD is not a new type of LCD panel but a joint venture between Samsung and Sony formed back in 2004 to build LCD TV panels(not for smartphones..) and the last news is that Sony is out of it and has formed a new joint venture with Sharp. The other shady claim in the Korean Herald piece is an analyst who’s expecting sales of the Samsung Galaxy S to reach around 10-15 million units in the latter half of this year..sure..I have a bridge to sell you if Samsung manages to sell that much in 6 months…

Update: Android Community claims to have heard from HTC that:

HTC has plans to keep using the AMOLED technology from Samsung, but they are also going to use Sony’s Super TFT LCD displays as well. According to HTC, there is no discernible difference between the displays from Sony and Samsung, and they are expecting the differences to slide under the radar. [..]As of right now, HTC says that they’ve got a working demo of the screen in progress.

Lets say that I still remain highly skeptical about this supposedly new S-LCD panel from Sony that nobody has ever heard about before….but if this indeed turns out to be true and HTC is going to use a new and improved LCD panel on its devices it can only be good news IMO. Especially for those who aren’t fond of the PenTile Matrix sub-pixels arrangement on the AMOLED displays.

Source: Korean Herald , S-LCD

Nice iPhone 4 first impressions video

Brandon at Pocketnow has just posted a cool first impressions video of the iPhone 4. I won’t get my hands on one until next month so It’s nice to hear what other’s think about it (sites other than Engadget, Giz etc…you know what I mean..) especially when you take into account that Brandon waited 11 hours to get it (!). You will see him give you a hardware tour of the device and also some quick size comparison vs the HTC HD2, Nexus One.. Check it out below:

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Android 2.2 FRF72 update released for the Google Nexus One

It’s still not officially released but you can already grab the newest FRF72 for Android 2.2 for the Google Nexus Oneright now from the link below. The firmware update is just 1.8Mb so don’t expect it to bring any new features at all but it couple of bug fixes and stability improvements.

Download it here

Via: XDA

720P video recording enabled on the Google Nexus One

You may remember that I reported a few months ago that HTC told me that the HTC Desire was fully capable of capturing 720P videos but the feature wasn’t enabled at launch because of lack of time. They’ve promised me that this was coming in a future update alongside DivX support but nothing has happened ever since. Today I’m happy to report that 720P video recording is now enabled on the Google Nexus One (which has the same specifications as the Desire) thanks to the good folks at XDA-Devs. All you will need is the latest CyanogenMOD CM5.0.8test3 :

Flash as update.zip
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=VIYHASG0

Will release froyo later

IT will currently work with intersect kernel and the kernel i gave already has pershoots modifications.
I am not responsible for anything that happens to your phone

#AndroidWinsAgain
#iPhoneSUX

To come
better fps
better audio
have to work on them yet

Check out a video sample after the break:

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SlingPlayer Mobile for Android Preview

The boys at Engadget have wrapped up a quick preview of SlingPlayer Mobile for Android today. So far the biggest news here is that this Android version seems to be the fastest ever created by Sling Media. The Software is still in early beta stage and lacks a few features. Here’s what Chris had to say:

Though we didn’t have another SlingPlayer-equipped device to compare, past experience suggests to us that Sling wasn’t lying — load times are, in fact, lower here than we’re used to. That’s especially true over WiFi, where it took as little as 1.5 seconds (give or take a tenth) from launch to live video (assuming you’d already entered your login information, of course). We found this version’s remote interface to be totally usable — it’s got its own unique feel, just like every other SlingPlayer flavor out there — but we were disappointed to find no obvious way to create favorite channels. In fact, beyond using the remote and changing aspect ratio and Slingbox input, there’s no other functionality whatsoever.

I was also noted that the software suffered from some instability on Android 2.2 but this will probably be fixed in the shipping version. Check out the video after the break:

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