Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket to receive update

Samsung Galaxy S II SkyrocketBeginning tomorrow AT&T’s Galaxy S II Skyrocket will begin receiving an OTA update. This update is not Ice Cream Sandwich, Android 4.0. This is merely a maintenance update that will that will add several new enhancements. These enhancements include:

•      Improved performance from several Qualcomm patches and other refinements
•      User Interface updates such as the new screen unlock swipe
•      The ability to ‘reply all’ in MMS messages
•      Exchange ActiveSync wipe to remove all content from the device and microSD card
•      Improved battery indicator icon accuracy

 This update will bring the Skyrocket to Kernel version, Build number GINGERBREAD.UCLA3. So, those looking for the ICS update you wait will continue. –Greg

UPDATE:  Seems most users are having an issue installing the update. The update continues to fail after about 75%. Users have been able to complete the update after doing  a stock restore. More information on what users have tried, failed, and succeeded doing can be found here on the xda-developers forums.

Tribler: the future of file sharing

Tribler is the future of peer-to-peer file sharing as it removes the boundaries of file sharing. BitTorrent is peer-to-peer file sharing protocol used to share files. It works by a user downloading a file that is shared by many other users. The user downloading is actually downloading pieces of the file from multiple users rather then from one specific source. Torrent search engines, like The Pirate Bay, contain torrent files which indexes the file to be downloaded with users sharing the file. This type of file sharing is far from new and neither is Tribler. The difference between current torrent use file sharing and Tribler, is the Tribler does this without a centralized server or torrent search engine. Tribler allows a user to search within the app itself across the users and leave torrent search engines behind. When you’re not relying on a central source of information then there is no central location for the governments or activists to shutdown or threaten with laws. This means as the developers say “The only way to take it down is to take the Internet down.” So, if the governments take down torrent tracking sites Tribler will not be affected. If a government creates a new law, Tribler will be immune. Although it has been around a while the following is still small for now, only a few thousand. Hopefully the word will spread and masses will begin using Tribler. -Greg

Tribler is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux Operating Systems.

TorrentFreak has more details directly from the developers in an article they wrote today.


FoxFi brings Wi-Fi Hotspot to Android without root

FoxFi Software has just released their free app with allows the creation of a Wi-Fi Hotspot without the need of rooting your Android phone. FoxFi does point out it currently works on only large handful of phones and does not work on any HTC.

Currently works on most Samsung phones, some Motorola phones (Razr/Bionic/DroidX), LG Optimus/Vortex/Ally, ZTE N762, HuaWei Comet. Does NOT work on HTC phones or Motorola Droid.

It’s still in beta form which has a few minor bugs, so they have a few tips on dealing with those. They did include WPA2 availability for more secured connections. So far FoxFi works flawlessly on my Samsung GS2. I connected my Motorola Xoom to the hotspot created on my GS2 with FoxFi and was getting over 5Mb down on a speed test. Combined with the unlimited data plan I still have on AT&T makes this guy one happy camper. –Greg


Download FoxFi from the Google Market