As I'm sure most of you are aware of by now -- Google today announced Android 2.3.4 would be rolling out for the Samsung Nexus S in the coming weeks. Luckily, we don't have to sit around and wait for Google these days to get in the love. In fact, if you're a Samsung Nexus S owner, you can hit the link below -- download the update and install Android 2.3.4 manually. Here are your instructions:
Shut down your phone, and reboot into the bootloader by holding volume up and powering back on
Use the volume buttons to choose "recovery" from the list, and select it with the power button
When you see the triangle on your screen, hold power and then press volume up and you'll have a list of options, choose the file to update
That's it, folks, after completing those steps you'll have a fresh install of Android 2.3.4. If you happen to have any troubles along the way, jump into the Android Central forums and we'll get you fixed up.
Update: If you're already rooted, and want to stay that way we have a quick and dirty method to go from whatever ROM you're using now to a clean and rooted build of 2.3.4 in the Nexus S hacking forums.
I don't even try to deny it any longer -- I'm a total Nexus S fanboy. besides getting a T-Mobile version in white, there's not much I'd change about the thing. And man-oh-man would I love to get some Nexus S 4G swag like the lucky anonymous fellow who sent this picture to Android Central forums Moderator KSmithInNY has. No idea about what you'll have to do to get any of this, and word is there may be more than playing cards floating around out there. Like KSmithInNY says -- it's certainly worth asking if you pick up a Nexus S 4G come May 8.
Looks like folks with rooted and hacked phones won't have to wait very long to have a crack at the Android 2.3.4 update, as the code and the proprietary binaries (radio and GPU software) have already been pushed to the AOSP source tree. Googler Jean-Baptiste Queru has sent out word via the Android Building Google group, and I'm sure the wires and tubes are on fire getting things downloaded. At least they are here at Chez Jeri'.
Look for a pre-built Nexus S version of the Gingerbread update (which will be GRJ22) shortly, and I'm sure builds for other devices will follow quickly -- as will CM nightlies.
Adobe has posted an update to Flash Player 10.2 to the Android Market, which marks the Honeycomb version's exit from beta, as well as fixing some Flash security issues across all supported versions of Android. The update also paves the way for Honeycomb to get hardware-accelerated playback of 720p HD video and "enhanced browser integration", though unfortunately these features won't be usable until a "future update" to Android 3.0 is released.
Hit the Market to grab the new version 10.2.157.51 if you already have Flash installed. If not, you can find a QR code and Market link after the jump.
Awesome day for Android users everywhere. With Google teasing surprises and then unleashing Android 2.3.4 with video chat, we've got a lot to be happy about today. Plus, according to Google -- that wasn't really the biggest surprise they have coming. We've got the Android Central podcast tonight to talk about it all but until then - hop into the forums to discuss some more Android news.
Here's yet another confirmation that the upcoming LG Revolution will have Netflix streaming. For a while now we've all been asking, and I quote, "Where the hell is Netflix for Android?" Netflix told us we would be seeing it early this year, once they have some DRM issues sorted out, and we've seen -- and briefly used -- the Netflix app in the LG Revolution system files, but nobody has stepped forward and let us know exactly when to expect it in our hot little hands.
Today Android Central forums member nick1020 shows us a peek at a page from the official "Your Guide" book from Verizon that clearly says "High-quality video streaming by Netflix" to push this from rumor, to almost-confirmed rumor. All we need now is the release date for the Revolution, and confirmation that this won't be some back-door content deal with Verizon only phones and tablets like we've seen other vendors do. We need to put these HDMI capable phones to good use!
So we've talked a little bit about the new Verizon Casio G'zOne Commando -- the rugged phone with the silly name. But how's it actually feel in the hand? And does its ruggedness equate to a bad user experience? Quite the opposite, actually.
As you'll see in our hands-on video above, there are some trade-offs. The microsUSB port and 3.5mm headphone jack are buried behind some solid rubber doors. The battery cover comes off easy, but we're not quite sure we've got it on right, despite the instructions pasted to the back of the phone.
Anyhoo, peep the video above for a walkthrough of the hardware and software of the Verizon Casio G'zOne Commando -- and for a little pronunciation lesson.
That little surprise that Google's been teasing us with is now official -- Android 2.3.4 will indeed support video chat for the Nexus S. And that's a good thing, 'cause we've been loving it on Android 3.0 and our tablets. Looks like it'll work the same way on our phones. And Google says it'll also be coming to Gingerbread (Android 2.3 and up) devices later. And what's more -- it'll work over 3G as well as Wifi.
The update will be "rolling out over the next few weeks." Which means as soon as we have a download location, we'll all have it. But that's not all. As you can clearly see, Google's got another surprise in store. Any guesses? Video of video chat is after the break.
There's been talk of Sprint selling the Motorola Xoom for several months, and Sprint just made it official -- the wifi only model will be available through all retail channels on May 8, for $599.99, just as we reported earlier today. A carrier selling something you can pick up from a big box or electronics store may sound a little strange, but it should make it easier to get the Xoom in more peoples hands, which equals more developer interest. We all like that.
No official word on any plans for a 4G model from Sprint, but I certainly wouldn't put that, or some sort of 4G Overdrive MiFi bundle package, out of the picture just yet. For now, you have a new storefront to get your Xoom from, and that's just fine by us. The full announcement is after the break.
Yeah, it's a bit of a bummer that you have to wait on the Samsung Droid Charge. And, no, Verizon's not yet saying when it'll go on sale after today's official postponement. But if you're the gambling type, there's one apparently up on eBay, starting at $500, which is a fair initial asking price. It's said to be in the retail box, with all the Droid Charge accessories you'd expect.
No bids yet on the Droid Charge auction, but we'll keep an eye on it, we suppose. Anybody bidding?
When is the ASUS EeePad Transformer, one of the hottest Honeycomb tablets available, not actually one of the hottest Honeycomb tablets available? (Read our full review) When it's shipped still running some pre-release firmware identified as Android 2.2. Craziness!
That's what happened to moago, who was lucky enough snag one at launch this week, only to find it not running Honeycomb. That sort of thing, of course, attracts hackers and nerds (and us hacker/nerd/journalist types) like Donald Trump to a camera, and hijinx ensue.
So congrats to moago for getting that little treasure, and good luck getting it updated. For the rest of you, once you're actually able to get the Transformer, you'll just have to be content with having the newest version of Android. Life's tough like that.
It's hardly been a secret that Motorola's been testing an update for the Atrix 4G on AT&T -- we've been going over the changelog -- and now it looks like it could officially be pushed out tomorrow, April 29. Need a reminder of what's in the 126.96.36.199 update? Here 'tis:
Data Speed Increased speed at which data can travel on the network.
Data Connection Improvements to prevent interruptions to data connection.
Screen Improvements to prevent screen from freezing.
Email Improved ability for users to receive email notifications so you know when you have a new message. Also, improvements were made so that you are now able to use the same email login to access both MOTOBLUR™ and YouTube.
Skype Improvements to call audio function so it is easier for the person you called to hear you. Please note this application is not pre-loaded on the phone, but is available for download from the Android Market.
Wi-Fi Increased functionality by enabling Yahoo Email to be sent over a Wi-Fi connection.
Display Improved International Roaming Warning Message by simplifying user notification so that it only appears on the screen when you move to a new network.
Happenings Widget Improved Happenings Widget to ensure that you receive the latest updates across the social networks you are connected to such as Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter.
Calling Improvements were made to incoming and outgoing call functionality to ensure a more seamless experience.
So be on the lookout starting tomorrow, and sing out if you get it.
I kind of want to throw the Casio G'zOne Commando. Or at least just drop it. Maybe kick it down the street a little. Can't decide if that's because it's rugged to the point where it's trying to pick a fight, or if it's because of the ridiculous name.
Anyhoo, it's got a 3.6-inch display at 800x480, 1GB of ROM (though we're only showing 309MB available) and 512MB of RAM, powered by an 800MHz processor running Android 2.2.1. there's a 5MP camera and all the other usual features, including a notification light.
It's got a custom UI which is for the most part unremarkable, though the main home screen has a compass on it. How useful that will be depends on how often you actually need a compass, but it's an interesting novelty.
But, really, it's the outside of the Commando that's important. There's a pretty serious rubber frame around the thing. The microUSB and 3.5mm ports are covered by rubber flaps, and the volume, power, camera and G'zGear buttons (we'll explain that last one later) are all very industrial. The screws that hold it all together are exposed for the world to see. In other words, it's very in-your-face.
The entire phone is "water resistant," and to that end there's a stick on the battery cover that instructs you how to properly reattach it to maintain a complete lack of moisture infiltration. (That's our phrase. You can borrow it, free of charge.) The battery door has a sliding lock.
In short, this thing means business, and by business we mean not the sort you do with a coat and tie.
Oh, and we just found one more reason we want to go a couple rounds in a ring with the G'zOne Commando -- It's all Bing'd up. So, yeah. There's that. Full review is forthcoming. For now, find more pics after the break.
You all remember that Sprint brandedMotorola Xoom right? Of course you do -- back then, we had no idea of when it would be showing up on Sprint for people to purchase but now, that's a slightly different story if the info seen in this image is any sort of accurate. May 8, is the expected release date for the WiFi only Motorola Xoom on Sprint but again that $599 price tag is lingering. With other tablets such as the HTC Flyer and the ASUS EeePad Transformer now or soon to be on the scene, is anyone still going to be picking up a Xoom from Sprint?
Shazam, that oh-so-cool “music discovery” app that identifies a song simply by listening, has been updated to allow free unlimited tagging. This means that users no longer have to upgrade to the paid Shazam Encore ($4.99 in the Android Market) should they want to tag more than five songs per month. The update, bumping Shazam up to version 3.0.0, also brings support for “Shazam Friends”, a feature that allows you to share your tags via Facebook, formerly available to iOS users only.
The unlimited tagging promotion will last through January 1, 2012 and is made possible by a sponsorship from eBay (a unique pairing, but who’s complaining?). Hit the source link for the full press release and grab the new and improved app from the Android Market link after the break.
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