Bug In Downloading Gmail Attachments On Android

A new bug in the Gmail 2.3 version that was released in September this year seems to have cropped up that prevents Android users from downloading attachments to their phone. This is a major issue that seems to be affecting a lot of Android users irrespective of the OS version they are running. To complicate things further, Google has conceded that it has no clue about the cause of this issue and that the company is still investigating the same.

As part of the diagnostic process, Google has now been inviting users to volunteer with the Android team in debugging the issue. You can find the form here. In a statement on the Google support forums, a Google engineer has noted,

“At this point, we’ve determined that in order to further investigate these attachment issues, we’ll need diagnostic information that’s unfortunately somewhat hard to get from your phone.”

Are you facing this issue on your Android phone? Tell us your phone model and problems faced in the comments below.

Run Android On iPhone 3G/2G Using Jailbreak App

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.

[via Redmond Pie]

New Opera Mobile Browser For Android Released

A few weeks back, we had written about the imminent launch of the Opera Mobile browser for Android – a full fledged mobile browser for the Android platform that would be a much more comprehensive web browser offering from Opera compared to Opera Mini that has been in the marketplace for close to six months.

This application has now been released for download. The new Opera Mobile 10.1 beta application comes with features like

  • Speedy page loading thanks to Opera Turbo
  • Smooth navigation controls – scrolling, zooming and panning
  • Speed dial
  • Visual tabs for easy tab management
  • geolocation support
  • Bookmark-syncing across devices
  • SVG support

This is not the first time Opera Mobile for Android is releasing though. The product was already available for the Norwegian OEM partners until now. The browser supports a number of languages including Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish. You can check out the application by clicking here.

Android 2.3 Gingerbread Version To Release Next Week?

The upcoming version of the Android operating system – codenamed Gingerbread – has for long been thought to be Android 3.0. However, a Google employee had recently revealed that this version of Android could actually be version 2.3 and not 3.0 as originally thought.

Now, we are hearing some more things about this upcoming Android version. Sources are now claiming that the SDK of this upcoming Android 2.3 could in fact be rolling out next week – on November 11. This is just a speculation off an anonymous source and so you will need to take it with guarded skepticism.

Gingerbread will come with a number of new features including a new screen-off animation, video chatting capabilities, support for VoIP calling and several other enhancements and bug fixes (Click here to view a slideshow of all our Gingerbread stories in recent times). If you are an Android phone user, this latest rumor should really make your day.

Android Paypal Payment Support To Roll Out Today?

Google and Paypal have long known to be working on something. Late last month, we discovered that an ‘Enable Paypal Payments‘ option would soon be made available on the Android platform making it easy for Android phone users to pay for apps from their Paypal account. It was widely expected that an announcement in this regard would be made at the Paypal X Developer Conference last week but nothing happened.

Now according to a fresh rumor, Google could be making an announcement today – November 2 – about its roll out plans. If you are lucky enough, the roll out can happen as the announcement happens. But do note that the veracity of the source is not known and hence you may have to take this with a bit of guarded skepticism. We will update you when the announcement actually happens.

Beta Google Instant On Android Phones Releases For Some Users

In September this year, Google launched a completely revamped search interface for the desktop. The new Google Instant not only offered quick and immediate results but also brought with it an improved keyword suggestion tool – one that completed your query instead of waiting for you to input yours. During the launch, Google had noted that the search interface would be made available for mobile devices moving forward.

The first step in this direction appears to have been taken. A number of users on Android devices like Motorola Droid, Droid X, Droid 2 and HTC Incredible are reporting about having seen the new interface in action on their mobile phones. Apparently, the Instant search is turned off by default offering users a tap control to turn it on.

Do you see this new interface on your Android phone? Tell us in the comments.

What Is The Next Android Version Number?

Android platforms have always been cutely named after desserts and we have always known Gingerbread as Google’s next version of Android. But this upcoming version of Android has so often been used with the assumption that this is going to be Android 3.0. Some users have weighed in with 2.5 as the possible version of the upcoming update.

However, it looks like it shall be neither. A message posted late last month on the Google issues repository forum by a Google employee has given rise to doubts that Gingerbread could actually be Android 2.3 and not 2.5 or 3.0 as originally thought. In the message, the Googler writes,

Yes, Android 2.3 is a “major release”, and this patch will be available then.

Meanwhile, the release of this new Android version looks imminent with Google having unveiled its latest “Gingerbread statue” near the campus where Android is being developed. Similar statues were erected when the previous versions; Eclair and FroYo were rolled out.

Barnes & Noble Nook Color eReader Launch & Price Rumors

Barnes & Noble is rumored to be getting all ready to launch a new variant of their Nook ebook reader – a color version that probably ditch the regular e-ink screen with a display made of either full LCD, Mirasol or possibly even PixelQi. From what we hear, the new eReader will be simply called Nook Color and will come with a 7″ screen and will run on the Android operating system. It is also expected to run the Nook app that is already available for devices with color display.

What might bother you if you are eager to get hold of one of these devices is the price. The price of this new Nook Color eReader is said to be in the range of $250 – that’s pretty expensive considering that there are way cheaper alternatives. Also, tablet computers that can do a lot more than just reading are available at just a $100 more.

Anyway, let us wait for a confirmation from Barnes & Noble about this.

Built-In Video Chat For Android Coming With Gingerbread

Google is reported to be working on a new built-in chat functionality that will enabled video chatting over the Android platform. This new feature is expected to be incorporated in the upcoming Gingerbread version of Android – likely to be called Android 3.0.

Of course, this is no confirmation but a piece of rumor gathered from sources. According to those who claim to be in the know, Google has built this new chat functionality using the same protocols that power a similar video chatting functionality on GTalk; Google’s desktop chatting client. While it is not clear, it can be then assumed that the new video chatting feature will integrate the experience of Gtalk and the Android chat application so that users may communicate with friends irrespective of whether they are online from a desktop or from an Android phone.

What follows next is pretty logical. Google could bring in the voice calling functionality that was introduced to users of Gmail chat not so long ago to the Android platform. That could be pretty revolutionary for VoIP calling.

Users Not Able To Send SMS Over Android Stock Messaging App

Several users on the Google support forums have been reporting for long about a bug that has been causing the stock messaging app on the Android handsets to malfunction. Some users have experienced this inability to send SMS after they upgraded to the new Android 2.2 while others have seen the same bug on the older Android versions as well. Also, for some users it appears to be a case solely with the stock messaging apps since other third party SMS apps like Handcent seem to be working flawlessly. It is being observed that a good number of users have been using pretty old SIM cards.

While there is no official fix to the issue as yet, one member has come up with some sort of a fix that appears to be working for a lot of users,

“For anyone else with this issue heres how i fixed it (on my own w/o T-Mobile’s/Google’s help)

Open the dialer in and type in


Scroll all the way down on the page that opens and type in your smsc number.
T-Mobile’s SMCS is +12063130004

Use at your own risk!”

Now, do note that the SMSC number changes for every operator. To know the SMSC of your carrier, you may want to call up customer care and ask about it.