Android 2.3.4 was released a while ago, but not for all Android phones. It was first released for the Samsung Nexus S , the Nexus One and then was distributed to a few others. However, because of the complete code being open source, developers started developing Custom ROMs for devices that were not given this update. Android 2.3.4 brings some new features such as Google Talk Video Chat. That’s one of the main reasons why people want to try this build and also for other bug fixes.
Since then, Android 2.3.5 has also been released and like it’s previous update, it wasn’t rolled out to all the phones. The only way to try out these latest builds were to root your Android phone and then install a custom ROM such as CyanogenMod.
Android 2.3.4 also came with Sense 3.5 on the HTC Bliss, which was released recently. It’s beautiful, we all have to admit, and has paved a path to all the latest home screen widgets and customization’s. It was leaked last month along with the Bliss and it showed some new improvements in the UI, such as two dedicated buttons to the Menu and Dialer just below the enlarged weather app. Sense 3.5 was also made to run on mid range HTC phones, as opposed to normally being made for high-end smartphones. Check out the screenshots after the break.
No worries you HTC owners, specially if you happen to have the Desire HD/S or Evo 4G. All three of these HTC phones have been introduced to Sense 3.5 by some special geeks over at XDA developers. Like always. If you’re not afraid of flashing your phone, then you should certainly give it a try.
You can visit the thread over at XDA developers and try this new version of Sense out. It should soon be available for other HTC phones as well. We’ll keep you updated.
Do you prefer the Sense UI or the Windows Phone 7 Metro UI?
Sony Ericsson has announced a new phone which would be known as Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo V. Sony Ericsson, yesterday, announced this phone and also announced that it has rolled out Android updates for the 2011 Xperia lineup. Now all the 2011 Xperia phones will have the opportunity of updating their Android operating system to version 2.3.4(Gingerbread).
This has made the Xperia users very happy who were waiting for the update announcement from quite a while. The announcement of a phone would just increase the excitement and take it to a better height. Sony Xperia neo V has many similar specs and features to its predecessor Xperia neo but definitely some improved and added features make this one better. Read on for the specs.
It comes with a LCD capacitive touch screen.
The size of the display screen is 3.7 inches with a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels.
GPRS, EDGE, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v2.1 and USB v2.0 are available in the “Connectivity” section.
It comes with a 5 megapixels rear camera with touch focus, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, 3D sweep panorama, autofocus and LED flash. Video recording is available in [email protected] frames per second. Secondary VGA camera is available as well.
It would have 320 MB internal memory which could be expanded to 32 GB using a microSD card. Plus, you would get 2 GB card free.
It runs on Android 2.3.4(Gingerbread).
It has a 1GHz Scorpion processor, Adreno 205 GPU, Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon.
It has a 1500 mAh standard battery. Standby – Up to 430 hours (2G) / Up to 400 hours (3G) Talk time – Up to 6 hours 55 min (2G) / Up to 7 hours (3G) Music play – Up to 31 hours
It has a scratch-resistant surface which leads to more awesomeness.
This phone is expected to launch in the fourth quarter of 2011.
The price hasn’t been revealed yet but would be revealed by the end of September.
So, this phone looks quite promising and I am looking forward to its release. The list of countries where this phone would be released in the beginning times of its launch aren’t revealed right now but soon, all will be revealed and answered.
So you’re sad that your Samsung Galaxy S II is still running on Android Gingerbread 2.3.3 while 2.3.4 is out there in the open. Android 2.3.4 brings along some new features such as Google Talk video chat that I’m sure you’d want to try out. Android 2.3.4 hasn’t been officially released for the Galaxy S II, hence you’ll have to manually upgrade your phone if you want to try it out. A XDA member got hold of the Android 2.3.4 Base ROM and has managed to get it running on the Galaxy S II.
So, if you’re a Galaxy S II user then you should probably read this and install Android 2.3.4, unless you’re a coward. There’s not many new features however, so if you want to wait for an official release, which would probably take a while, then you can be happy with Android 2.3.3 or whichever version you’re sporting. Here’s a super easy tutorial on how-to install Android 2.3.4 on Samsung Galaxy S II. Now remember, since this isn’t an official release, the update process will have to be done using the Recovery method. If you’re an avid Android power user and know you’re operating system and phone then it should be easy.
This is a Custom ROM, but everything works perfectly, no issues whatsoever. It’s called the DarkyROM and is a base ROM with all the basic apps and features, nothing extra.
You’ll need to download SuperCore v1.0 Kernel from here.
The DarkyROM2 XXKG1 BASE R2 DEODEXED CWM from over here.
The stock XXKG1 ODIN Firmware of Samsung Galaxy S II from here.
Now install SuperCore along with ODIN firmware and reboot.
After boot, upload the DarkyROM2 to the root of your SD card
Now boot in to Recovery mode by holding Vol Up+Home+Power button together.
Once in Recovery Mode, select the DarkyROM2 zip file and install.
After the installation is complete, reboot your S II and enjoy Android 2.3.4. If you did not follow anything from above, then you should probably stick with your stock ROM.
Do let us know if you were successful in upgrading to Android 2.3.4 on your Galaxy S II or did you chicken out?
Earlier today we told you about Google starting the over the air updates of Android 2.3.4, the latest in the Android OS for mobile phones. Currently this upgrade will only be available for the Google Nexus S and the Nexus One, but you’ll have to wait for the update notification to actually update. To avoid jealousy issues when you see your friends Nexus S being able to video call on Google Talk, I will be telling you how to manually update your Nexus S to Android 2.3.4.
Below are the steps you’ll have to follow so that you can get your Nexus S running some sweet and baked Gingerbread 2.3.4. Sorry, Nexus One folks, you’ll have to wait for the OTA update or for the XDA developers to come out with some technique. Again, this has to be done manually, so don’t expect your phone to magically start running Android 2.3.4 once you download the update:
First of all, you’ll need to download the update file from Google. Click here to download Android 2.3.4 update.
The download is in .zip format, but doesn’t require you to unzip. Just leave it the way it is.
Now place the downloaded zip file in the root of your internal storage or SD card. You know, just connect your phone and it should normally show the internal storage/SD card in My Computer. Copy, paste and disconnect your Nexus S.
Switch off your phone. Now this is important, while you switch it back on, hold the Volume Up key to go into the bootloader menu. Volume Up+Power.
Once in the Bootloader menu, use the volume keys to point to Recovery and use the Power button to select.
You should see a sign like this on your screen /!\ now. Keep pressing the Volume Up key while holding the power button to get a screen which will show you the file that you saved in root of your memory card.
Select the “apply update from /sdcard”, and select the required update file, Press Power button and voila!! Wait for your update to be installed and then select ‘reboot system now’ and the Nexus S should boot into Android 2.3.4.
That is all!! And you’re welcome.You can now show all your friends how cool the new Google Talk is and start video calling everyone on your contacts list(those who own a Nexus S).