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 tweaks the Nexus S Super AMOLED screen with a firmware update. Will Microsoft do this for the Omnia 7 and Focus?

Google has recently tweaked the Nexus S Super AMOLED’s color temperature to be more natural via its Android 2.3.3 OTA firmware update:

“With your new OTA complete, you may notice a slight difference in the way colors are displayed on your Nexus S. For Nexus S, we have adjusted the color temperature settings to more accurately reflect darker colors at all brightness levels. The Gingerbread UI being darker, we found that the colors were not as accurate when the device was being used at lower brightness levels. For example, some users reported that the initial color temperature was too high leading to some darker greys having a reddish tone; with the new color temperature this is no longer the case.”

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Why did Google cripple the Google Nexus S ?

Sometimes I just can’t figure out why big companies (well mainly Microsoft lately) do stupid things. This week, it’s Google’s turn to take the cake with the Google Nexus S. As you probably already know, the Nexus S is nothing more than a Google branded Samsung Galaxy S with an added NFC chip and 16GB of on-board NAND flash memory. So what’s the big deal? Well the geniuses in Mountain View decided to strip the device from one of the Galaxy S’s best feature: 720P video capture (you can check out several Galaxy S HD samples and comparisons videos I shot in my YouTube Channel here). When the device’s specifications were first announced a few days ago I thought that maybe there was a typo and things were going to be corrected but unfortunately it turned out to be true and the Nexus S can only shoot videos at a max resolution of 720×480. Can anybody tell me why Google would do this? Seriously? The hardware can shoot 720P video with a 12Mbps bit-rate without breaking a sweat so what’s up with that? There’s nothing logical behind this decision. Everybody’s making a big fuss about the lack of micro-sd slot (so Google is now ”copying” Microsoft and Apple, right? ;) ) but strangely I’m not seeing  lot of drama about the crippling of the camera. All in all I don’t see why anybody should get a Nexus S instead of one of the Galaxy S variant currently on the market (besides the need for the currently useless NFC chip). I’m sure that Samsung will release an Android 2.3 rom later next year anyway (or you can count on xda-devs for that…).

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Google Nexus S hands-on videos

Google’s latest and greatest, the Google Nexus S was officially unveiled last night and it didn’t take long before we saw the device in action. The fist video below is a demonstration of the NFC feature of the device and Android 2.3.The second video is a quick tour of the device. So what’s the big deal? Well not much IMO.The Nexus S is just a Google branded Samsung Galaxy S with 16GB of intetnal NAND memory and an NFC chip but wiouth a Micro-sd slot and no 720P video capture (according to the official specs).

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Google Nexus S officially launched: Full specifications and videos

Google has officially announced and released the Google Nexus S a few minutes ago alongside Android 2.3 (the DEvice will be availalbe on T-Mobile on December 16th). So what can you expect from this device? Well as it was previouslyrumored the Nexus S is basically a Google Branded Samsung Galaxy S with NFC support added, a weird curved Contour Display display and with Android 2.3 pre-installed on it. The Countour display is apparently a Super AMOLED panel with a curved glass on top (this is how it looks like to me). According to the official specs the Nexus S doesn’t support 720P HD video capture but I guess (hope) that this is a typo and there’s no micro-sd slot to expand the 16GB of internal flash….Anyway check out the full specs below followed by a presentation video:

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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.

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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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