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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 2.6.35.11, 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.

Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Processors

Qualcomm was showing off their new S4 Snapdragon Processor in both mobile devices and TVs, that’s right TVs. Here we see this processor converting A.R. (augmented reality) from 2D to 3D before sending over HDMI to the TV. You can se how he has the mobile phone pointed at the flat map played on the table there and it’s turned into a 3D barrel shooting game on the TV. It really was pretty cool, no lag, and a crisp 3D image.

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Here is a shot of the upcoming TV that uses the S4 processor technology. They have entered a partnership agreement with Lenova to build these TVs.

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Nexus One – Whats it all about?

So Google officially announced the Nexus One, their new “Superphone”, at CES in Las Vegas yesterday. If you have the Internet and you read anything, then I’m sure you have already heard about it. Why you may ask is everyone buzzing about it so much, well in my opinion, its simply hype. They tried to keep it secret and the world kept pecking at it and finding out bits and pieces until it became and epidemic to know about it. Well now that its out in the open, I once again say there just really isn’t anything that takes this phone to some new level. Nexus One compared to the Motorola Droid, its basically just it’s sister. The 1GHZ Snapdragon is the same, the Android 2.1 is the same, its doesn’t even support multi-touch. The pricing is all screwed up too, and the fact they stuck it on T-Mobile, crap have you seen their 3G map, haha it has like 3 dots on the entire US map. Well, lets have a look at some info from the Android Guys, they asked 10 questions, here are the answers. -Greg

What is the Nexus One?
As Google puts it, the Nexus One is the first “superphone”. That is to say it’s the next evolution in what (Android) handsets are capable of.

Who makes the Nexus One?
The handset is made by HTC with input from Google.

What is so special about the phone?
For starters, the Nexus One features a blazing fast 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.  Throw in a 3.7-inch (480×800 AMOLED screen), a 5 megapixel camera with an LED flash, wireless support for 802.11 a/b/g/n, a trackball with multicolor LED, and you see where we’re going.  There’s also a compass, GPS, accelerometer, stereo Bluetooth, a 3.5mm headphone jack, light and proximity sensors, and two microphones for “active noise suppression”.  All of this is powered by a 1400mAH battery.  Oh yeah, it’s crazy thin.  Like, less than a pencil, thin.

What else?
The Nexus One comes loaded with Android 2.1, which features the same great software found in the Motorola DROID, plus more.  This latest version also offers great voice integration.  Every text field found within Android 2.1 is voice enabled, meaning you’ll not have to physically type out emails, texts messages and tweets.  There are also ‘live wallpapers’ with interactivity, a new weather/news widget, Google Earth, and an updated gallery.

Where can I buy a Nexus One?
You can immediately order an unlocked GSM Nexus One at $529.00 at google.com/phone.

Will it work with my AT&T service?
Technically, yes.  Don’t expect 3G speeds though as the Nexus One only offers support  for T-Mobile’s 3G bands in the United States – UMTS Band 1/4/8 (2100/AWS/900) and GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz).

What if I don’t want to spend that kind of money?
A subsidize Nexus One can be yours for $179.00 as long as you commit to a 2-year contract with T-Mobile.  The catch here is that you must use it on individual, post paid, rate plans.  Family plans, and FlexPay customers are not eligible at this time.

What rate plan will I have if I get a Nexus One?
As of today, there is only one plan to choose from – 500 voice minutes, nights and weekends, messaging (SMS and MMS) and data.

I don’t want to sign up with T-Mobile.  Are there other options?
A CDMA version of the Nexus One will be available in the spring of 2010 for Verizon customers.

Will there be an unlocked CDMA Nexus One?
Don’t count on it.  The answer that was repeated a couple of times during today’s conference was that there will only be a Verizon-based CDMA Nexus One.