Google Nexus S, the latest Android smartphone from Google is the only one in the market to be running the latest Gingerbread OS. While other Android users continue to wait for Android 2.3 to be made available to them officially from their carriers, at least Galaxy S users have something to cheer about. Folks at XDA have managed to port the Android 2.3 Gingerbread platform from Nexus S to Galaxy S.
From what we hear, this is a near-perfect porting with few performance related issues. However do note that some features on the Galaxy S could be disabled after the update. Users have reported issues with accessing Wi-Fi, GPS and Google Voice after porting to the new Gingerbread OS.
That could be a huge deal breaker for many. But if you are one who would rather update to the latest OS than access these features from a FroYo handset, be sure to dive into this thread for instructions on the upgrade. Also, check the videos embedded below for an idea on how this works.
It has hardly been a day since the Google Nexus S arrived in the American stores and the device has already been rooted. XDA hacker Koush has announced that the Gingerbread running Google Android phone can now be rooted and put in recovery.
The instructions for this hack are pretty straightforward – that is if you are already well versed in the rooting procedure. Otherwise, there is no reason why you should risk bricking your day old phone that could also void its warranty.
To get started, you will need to download a few files and then run a few commands on the ADB (Android Debug Bridge) command shell. That should complete the process. Get the complete how-to guide here. As always do let us know how it works in the comments below.
Most people signing up for unlimited data plans often miss out on the fine-print that legitimizes carriers to throttle your data speed when you breach a data cap. Such policies are quite evidently an annoyance given that most of us pay a premium for unlimited data plans just because we need to satisfy our mobile web requirements.
So if you are one of those Android users frustrated with such data throttling from carriers, you can now make use of a hack to ensure you do not have to suffer these slow internet speeds any longer. Folks at XDA Developers have this tutorial to take you through the process. As with any of the tutorials from this site, you must realize that the procedures can be risky and you may end up bricking your phone. Also, the carriers have other ways to ensure you don’t continue your voracious data consumption – they can suspend your contract, for instance.
In any case, should you try the method, don’t forget to tell us how it works in the comments below.
As you should know by know, Google has unveiled the next generation Android platform along with the Nexus S. One of the most conspicuous features about the upcoming Android version is its new-look keyboard. If you are one of those dying to check out this new Android keyboard on your older machines, then follow the instructions below.
First and foremost, remember that you will need a rooted Android device to carry out these instructions. You may know this, but it is our duty to warn you that this is a pretty risky process where you could end up bricking your device. Also, some functionalities like autocorrect may not function properly. Thirdly, this process needs you to have Android 2.2 installed. If it is an older version of OS, sorry this feature may not work on your phone.
If you are already rooted and have taken care of the warnings, then follow these steps below.
Step 1 : Create a backup of your phone
Step 2 : Click here and download the ZIP file
Step 3 : Plug your phone to the computer
Step 4 : Copy the downloaded file on to the root of your SD card and install it in the same way you would install themes
Step 5 : If you are a user of Droid X or Droid 2, then navigate to Clockwork -> Mounts and Storage -> Mount System and then back to install the ZIP file from your SD card
Step 6 : Reboot your Android phone. Under the Input method, select Android Keyboard.
You are done. You can use this new look keyboard on your FroYo device. Check out the video below for a Android 2.3 keyboard demo.
If you are just back from the Black Friday shopping frenzy and happen to have got hold of a Samsung Galaxy Tab sans a data package, you may be having some trouble getting past the activation screen. This simple trick will help you bypass the activation screen on your new Samsung Galaxy Tab and let you access your tablet using a tethered Wi-Fi network alone.
So this is what you should do :
Press the volume up button up once.
Press the volume down button twice
Press the volume up button thrice
Press the volume down button four times
That is it. This will let you go past the activation screen on your Galaxy Tab. Did this help? Let us know how it goes in the comments below.
The latest version of FroYo is not available for Motorola Droid X users yet. But if you are of the restless variety and need to get it sooner, a leaked version of Android 2.2.1 that can be installed on Droid X handsets is now available. Of course, since this is not official, you will need to root your Android phone first which, as you should be aware already, is fraught with risks and so will need you to proceed at your own risk.
Even if you are successfully rooted, the Android 2.2.1 installation comes without an SBF file which means there is no way to go back to the original state should something go wrong. So proceed to the following steps only at the risk of bricking your phone. No guarantees here.
To start with, you will need to download the source file from the link here. Once this is done, download the file and copy it to your SD card. Use the instructions mentioned here to bootstrap the recovery and reboot it. After you complete this, navigate to “mount and storage” and pick format system & mount /system.
Now tap the power button of your phone once to return 1-Menu option. Here, select install zip from sdcard -> choose zip from sdcard. Pick the Blur.zip file that was downloaded to the SD card to proceed.
This will complete the process. The Droid X will now reboot to the new Blur and Android version.
It was only yesterday that we wrote about a permanent rooting solution for T-Mobile G2 that was built with the already known VISIONary application. Now thanks to that, we now have a permanent root for T-Mobile myTouch 4G as well. Credit once again to the folks at XDA.
The procedure is not too different from what we saw for the G2 and you can check out the complete step-by-step instructions here. What this root means is that we are not very far away from having custom ROM builds releasing for myTouch. But having said that, please also note that the usual disclaimers apply here. More so, because this is a new root and there is a lot of chance for things to go wrong. That could mean, one misstep and your phone could be bricked. So proceed to the link above at your own risk.
The rooting solution makes use of the same VISIONary application and while you do have the complete instructions here, do note that going ahead with the process is not advised unless you have a throw-away G2 or a complete nerd who can take care of the eventualities.
Either way, any mistake on your part could potentially brick your G2 rendering your device useless. So, proceed at your own risk. Nevertheless, if you do decide to go ahead, don’t forget to let us know how it works in the comments.
Bootlace is a new app on the Cydia store that will enable iPhone users to run their Apple devices on an Android operating system. The best part of this process is that it is simply tap-and-go and does not require you to connect to a computer. There are a few points to note though. Bootlace 2.1 app is compatible with only iPhone 2G and 3G devices and require these handsets to run one of iOS 3.1.2, 3.1.3, 4.0, 4.0.1, 4.0.2 and 4.1. It goes without saying that your iPhone also needs to be jailbroken but do ensure that they are done with either PwnageTool, Redsn0w or Blackra1n. Other jailbreak methods would not work.
So to get started, you need to add the repo at http://repo.neonkoala.co.uk/ to your Cydia store and then search and install the Bootlace app. Once done, launch the Bootlace app, tap to install OpeniBoot and from the bottom of the screen, choose to run iDroid. You are almost done. Simply tap on the QuickBoot icon from the bottom of the screen and follow the instructions to complete the process of installing Android 2.2.1 on your iPhone.
This is quite a simple process to do. Do let me know how the process goes in the comments below.