If you are a Galaxy S owner who is getting tired of waiting for the Android 2.2 upgrade, Samsung has this to say – they are working towards ensuring a reliable and simple upgrade process and that tests in this regard are underway. In a tweet posted on the Samsung USA accounts, the company spokesperson has noted,
“We want Galaxy S owners to have simple/reliable upgrade. We r running tests due to complexity/unique functionality.”
Of course, this tweet does nothing to reassure users that an upgrade is soon on the way. But it at least acknowledges the fact that certain issues are keeping Samsung from rolling out an update soon enough. But that sounds pretty weird considering that rooted Galaxy S owners have had FroYo seamlessly running on their handsets for quite a while now.
We will only hope Samsung can keep up to their promise and deliver the goods shortly.
A new application on the Android market makes it pretty simple to search and stream video content from across the web from one place. Called DroidStreamer, the application gathers content from a number of legitimate sources including YouTube and presents them from one place so that users need not scour the internet to catch their favorite videos.
Do note that the content aggregation does not seem to be automatic and the developers are expected to manually update new content. This can cause delay as the application gathers more content. Anyway, for now the Droid Streamer Pro app is still in beta and hence you can excuse the bugs.
TV Shows currently accessible over Droid Streamer include The Simpsons, Family Guy, South Park and Scrubs while movies in the collection include Avatar, Terminator 1,2,3 and Iron Man 1,2.
You can download the app by searching for ‘Droid Streamer‘ on the Android market or use the QR code below. Do note that this is a free to download app.
Looking for some free giveaway this new year? Bing is now offering a free music download to every user who will enter their email address on their new Holiday Season Giveaway page. The offer is restricted to the first 500,000 users who will enter the program and every signed in user will be eligible to download one music from Amazon (at a maximum price of $1.29). Of course, you will need an Amazon account to redeem your gift coupon.
The offer is expected to expire by December 31 and winners are expected to redeem their gifts by the 24th of next month. Do note that the offer is only available to American users.
In case you are wondering if there is a catch in this entire offer, well there is. The giveaway page notes,
“By providing your email address you agree to receive future communications about Bing, including the Bing newsletter. The newsletter gives you tips & tricks plus news about all the great features and programs Bing has to offer. You can unsubscribe at any time.”
So there you go. In case you are someone who doesn’t like receiving newsletters, this offer may not be for you.
The Redsn0w untethered jailbreak for iOS 4.2.1 is still in its testing phase among Mac users. Once this is complete, the tool is likely to be opened up for Windows users for testing before a public release will happen. While that is likely to take some more time one interesting piece of information that has come out is that this new untethered jailbreak solution will allow users to large size install custom bundles that was hitherto not possible.
In a tweet conversation, popular Dev Team member, MuscleNerd has pointed out that this feature is likely to be one of the benefits in this new tool.
@MuscleNerd Once the new redsn0w is out, will it allow to install custom bundles > 100 MB?
@i0n1c yeah that’ll be one of the side benefits of this new “upload to running ramdisk” capability
Some interesting news here if you have been following the iPhone jailbreak scene. George Hotz, the popular jailbreaker who has previously released the Blackra1n and Limera1n jailbreak tools could be naming his next release the Rubyra1n. Evidence for this comes courtesy the Who Is domain name records for Rubyra1n.com that appears to have been recently registered in the name of George Hotz.
A quick check for these records shows that Hotz had registered for the domain names Limera1n.com and Rubyra1n.com on the same date – 27th March of this year; which is a long time back. So while it is likely that Hotz may not use the name for his immediate release, we do expect him to get to the name sometime down the line.
What do you think? Tell us in the comments.
Gingerbread users – that’s predominantly Google Nexus S owners as of now – who want to get hold of a more resourceful firmware can now start testing the new CyanogenMod 7 firmware. For the uninitiated, CyanogenMod is a custom firmware that is built over the Android platform that could bring features hitherto not available on the native platform to these smartphones.
The CyanogenMod team had initially reported issues with the camcorder and Wi-Fi that was however later rectified. Koush, one of the lead developers from CyanogenMod has now released an alpha version of the firmware that can now be downloaded from here.
Do note that this is an alpha version that is bound to come with a lot of bugs. That means, unless you are absolutely sure of what you are doing, you are advised to hold off from installing these updates. There is no word on when a public release is due. Nevertheless, keep looking here, we might update you on the same when that happens.
The iPhone Dev Team has been fervently working away on a number of bugs that were reported on the first beta tester version of RedSn0w for iOS 4.2.1. The latest beta 3 version named RedSn0w 0.9.7b3 fixes a number of things including third party app crashing, embedded videos, etc.
In an update to their redsn0w blog, the iPhone Dev team writes,
” The third beta is now available (testers ONLY please!). This version extends the fix made in beta2 over to the non-GUI programs too (like the daemons that handle media content). That should cover things like Facetime, Winterboard themes, and embedded videos in iTunes. If you had trouble using the usbmuxd in previous betas, please wait until we incorporate that into redsn0w itself (i.e. don’t bother trying this beta3, just wait for the integration).”
An earlier beta 2 version had fixed the native app crashes. Although this won’t be the last of the beta releases, you can still check out if you are a seasoned jailbreaker who can manage all the eventualities. Otherwise, it is best advised to stay put until a general release is announced.
The VLC media player has, for a long time, been one of the most popular applications for viewing media files. This is given the fact that it supports almost every media format. Now, it is being learnt that a VLC media player app for Android could be rolling out soon.
According to Jean-Baptiste Kempf, a VLC developer, it is just a matter of weeks before the application is released on the Android platform. The development work is noted to have been in progress for a long time. Although initial work was hampered due to software limitations on the Android front, work seems to have picked up pace once an updated version of the Android NDK was released earlier this month.
Kempft has indicated that most of the VLC libraries have already been ported to Android and that specific device issues could be the only reason that could delay the launch further. Let’s hope a public release happens very soon.
The untethered jailbreak for iOS 4.2.1 may no longer be available by Christmas. But that does not make its release any less exciting. If what we are hearing is true, this jailbreak solution could come with a lot more sophistication than earlier releases. According to Comex from the Dev team, the upcoming untethered iOS 4.2.1 jailbreak could come as a Cydia package. He is noted to have said on Twitter,
“it’s probably going to be a Cydia package. if I can get it to work.”
What does this mean to users? If things go right, you can simply download the jailbreak package like you would download and install any application from Cydia. Also, that would mean you will not require to perform a system restore.
Comex’s statement however does carry the disclaimer that the jailbreak tool will be offered in package form if he could “get it to work“. Nevertheless, we feel this is a great move forward and will definitely be worth the extra wait.