The Gionee S5.5 to get Kitkat Update Soon

[highlight_orange]Updated[/highlight_orange] The OTA update is already out, so head over to your phone Settings > System Updates and download it.


For those of you who are using the Slim and Sleek Gionnee Elife S5.5 phone, here’s some good news for you. I just heard that the latest Android Kitkat update will be rolling out to your phones later today. Apart from the upgrade to Kitkit you’ll see a few more changes around the phone like a new layout for the phone and updates to the bundled apps.

Here’s a full list of what you can expect from this update for the S5.5:

  1. Android upgrade to Kit Kat
  2. New Desktop layout
  3. Removed the world cricket champion
  4. Added Du speed booster for faster operations
  5. Updated Amigo Paper with a brand new UI interface design
  6. Updated Game Zone with a new UI interface design
  7. Updated GioneeXender for optimized performance and further improved the linking success rate
  8. Updated UC browser, with optimized UI interface and page loading effects
  9. Updated NQ Mobile Security for better protection of your phone
  10. Updated Kingsoft WPS for more efficient work and study related operations
  11. Updated map with only one entrance into the main menu
    12.Theme and wallpaper will be reset to default after the system update, but data will not be lost. Simply re-apply chosen theme and wallpaper

If you find anything else which has changed after you update your phone, let us know by leaving a comment below.

Nokia Lumia 920 GDR2 Update – Get it Now through your PC

It looks like Nokia’s gearing up to send out the GDR2 update (code name Amber)  for the Lumia 920, and have uploaded the same onto their servers. It may still be some time away before the OTA update hits your phones. As of this writing, I still don’t see the update for my phone yet.

If you’re the impatient kind and want the update now, there’ a way you can do that. You can flash the update on your phone via a the Nokia Software Updater for Windows. A word of warning here, this method of updating can wipe your phone’s data so make sure you backup everything before you do this.

Download the Windows software from this link, install that on your PC or laptop. Then just follow the instructions on screen to update your phone. If the software tells you that the update available is 3047.0000.1326.2002, then you’re ready to flash the Nokia Amber update on your phone. Update and enjoy!

If you’ve updated your phone, tell us what you like or loath in this latest update.

via mynokiablog.com

 

What to Look forward to in iOS 6

The realms of the Internet have still not yet settled down from yesterday’s WWDC event, and as usual Apple’s managed to blow up the social media with their announcements. Apple announced the latest Macbook Pro range of laptops with their Retina displays. While most gadget lovers may have taken a liking to the hardware specifications, the cost may be a deterrant for most planning to purchase one – the 15 inch  MBP is priced at Rs. 1,53,000!

Let’s get to the iOS side of the announcements which will soon be powering most of our iPhones and iPads by the end of the year. Here’s some of the key features I’m looking out for.

Handling Incoming Calls

iOS 6 brings the ability for you to reject the call while replying with a message. This is useful when you can’t take the call but want to quickly send a pre-set message while rejecting the call. This is a much needed feature which most people who have moved to the iPhone have missed out on. I used to use this extensively on my older phones, but was really irritated when the iPhone was lacking this feature. You can also set a reminder to call the caller back at a later time, if you can’t take the call.

Apple’s All New Maps

I’m sure we all agree that Google Maps which is currently what the Maps app uses is quite ancient in terms of it’s functionality. There have been times where I was itching to get back to an Android device just for the Google Maps features there. Waze was a saviour, with it’s turn-by-turn navigation and croud-sourced traffic data in this area till date. Since Google was giving Apple a run-around for features on the iOS platform, Apple has gone ahead and integrated their own Maps with a whole lot of new features

  • Turn-by-turn navigation with spoken navigation.
  • Traffic information to help you re-route around the traffic hit areas
  • Flyovers – allowing you to take a virtual flight around major metro areas around the world
  • Siri integration with maps allowing you to ask your phone for places around and then navigate there

More about the new maps over at this page.

Do not Disturb!

Why get woken up from your beauty sleep to find out that latest notification which woke you up was a reminder from an app to sync you contacts with Facebook?

With iOS 6 on your phone now you can set your phone to turn off notifications by turning on the Do Not Disturb switch. You can also schedule you phone to automatically turn switch to this mode a certain time of the day. This gives you the option to turn off notifications  late at night and switch it back on in the morning. Additional settings allow you to allow the phone to ring if you get calls from contacts in your Favorites list.

The last option – Repeated Calls can also be turned on if you wish to actually receive calls from a person if they call a second time. This takes care of situations when someone from work is calling you because your server is down, but naturally, they’re not in your favorite list. You still have to take that call right?

Wouldn’t you say this is also a much required feature in any smartphone. Blackberry phones had this feature quite some time back and Android users could always download apps to provide this if their phones didn’t have the feature. iPhone users now finally get this!

Facebook finally makes it to the A List

A lot of us were surprised when a tight Facebook integration was noticably absent from the last update of iOS. Twitter got on the bandwagon, but Facebook users still had to use app implemented sharing functionality and round about ways of sharing photos from their phone to Facebook.

With a Facebook making into iOS 6, now you can share pages you are reading to Facebook right from the browser and Photos straight from Photos or the Camera. Your friend’s birthdays show up in your Calendar with Facebook Events integration. Even your friend’s contact information are now integrated into Contacts. Now if your friend gets a new number and updates it on Facebook, you’ll see the new number come up in your Contacts list as well.

Siri Updates

Apart from the other notable updates to Siri, the most important one I’d actually end up using is to open Apps via Siri. With iOS 6 you can now request Siri to Lauch Flipboard and the app opens up immediately. Useful to launch the maps app or Waze when you’re driving. Siri will now be available on the new iPad as well.

The other additions to Siri – Sports, Movies and Restaurant updates, would most probably end up being US centric, as most of Siri is now. So until I actually see the update, I won’t be able to gauge if they’d work well in India at all.

When and Which Devices

The general release of iOS 6 according to Apple’s Press Release is around fall, which would place it anytime between September and November this year. Not all devices will get this update. The baseline for iOS 6 are – iPhone 3G, iPod 4th Generation and iPad2. So anyone with older devices than these won’t be able to get iOS 6. This is Apple’s way of telling you it’s time for an upgrade!

Of course, these are not an exhaustive list of updates which will come out with iOS 6. These are some of the notable ones. If you have other features which you think should make it to this list, let us know by leaving a comment below.

And the Ice Cream Sandwich wheels starts rolling…or so we thought (updated)

We’ve all been waiting for it, to see some of our beloved Android 2.3 Gingerbread devices get some tasty updates.

Sense 3.6 OTA update
HTC Sensation Android 4.0 OTA update

It started with HTC secretly rolling out their updates for the Sensation and Sensation XE in Nordic countries, these lucky devices have received the much awaited Sense 3.6 served on top of a slice of Android 4.0. This update was first reported over XDA by some folks taking part in the HTC Elevate program, but later we heard from users there not in the program that they too were receiving the update. The HTC Headquarters soon confirmed “broader availability later this month”.

It wasn’t long after this before another big name jumped on the Ice Cream Sandwich update wagon though.

ICS update for SGS2
Official Android 4.0 update for i9100 announced by Samsung

That’s right, March 10th and the date is set. Samsung have said it will only be a matter of days before Samsung Galaxy S II owners get there well deserved Android 4.0 – TouchWiz UI styled – available through Kies and FOTA, but it’s only going to be ready on the i9100 (international version) for now. Some things to take note of in the release notes is that the update will include Face Unlock (as expected), Android Beam, data usage monitoring, and multitasking and some applications have been improved. We’re sure there are more features not noted, but strangely the site specifies that because of “ICS OS Feature”, Flash and Bluetooth 3.0 HS is not supported.

The update is to come to the many SGSII variants and their individual carriers in due time, but not without plenty of testing on their end first. At least this and HTC’s rollout of Sense 3.6 to the Nordic countries today means that the ICS train is finally gaining some momentum. For readers out there with i9100, check out the link below to Samsung’s site for more information and instructions on the update.

Samsung Update Details

XDA: ICS HTC Sensation Update

UPDATE: Samsung’s official Twitter account has gone back on the words written on its official website. Samsung says that the March 10th date was a mistake posted by its Filipino website and that the actual upgrade date has not yet been established.

Google Translate for iOS updated

The Google Translate app for Android received quite a decent update recently, with Handwriting recognition support and more. iOS users haven’t been left out though. While it took them a while, Google Translate for iOS has been updated.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t have the handwriting recognition (hopefully, that’ll come soon), but there’s finally support for the iPad!

Head over to the App Store and download: here.

 

Source: Mobileburn

Notion Ink Adam gets (Pre-Alpha) ICS; Gets a Discount for the Holidays!

It’s been a year since the Notion Ink Adam went up on Pre-order and about 6 months since we reviewed the Adam. Back then, it was running Android 2.2 aka Froyo along with a skin named Eden. Since then, the Adam for Honeycomb (unofficially of course, check out Adamcomb here) and then, there was nothing much in the way of news out of the NI Labs. Well, the guys at NI have now released a Pre-Alpha release of Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) to the masses, along with the source code. What does that mean? Potentially, an official ICS release for the Adam sometime early next year and custom roms (such as the aforementioned AdamComb) probably earlier.

Here’s a video of the Adam running Honeycomb:

You can follow the progress of the ICS port over at the Notion Ink blog, here.

If you’re feeling adventurous, here are the instructions to download and run the Pre-alpha ICS release on your Adam.

What’s working?

  • Hardware Acceleration
  • WIFI
  • Physical Back Button
  • Capacitive Buttons
  • Accelerometer
  • GPS
  • Power Button [Long press, Short Press for shutdown menu]
  • EMMC mounts
  • SDCARD mounts
  • USB [but won’t boot if attached to PC at boot]

What’s not working?

  • Sleep/wakeup
  • Camera
  • USB flash drives
  • BLUETOOTH
  • Light sensor
  • Compass
  • 3G
  • Audio

If you’re a developer, you could jump on board with the development and help get stuff working. That’s what the community is all about.

Remember, this isn’t ready for regular users just yet! Don’t try this if you aren’t used to the rooting and romming world! 

Oh wait, that’s not all. The guys at NI have a Holiday Sale on, so head over to the Notion Ink Store and check it out! 

 

Now, what’s Notion Ink planning on their next Hardware Revision? My guess is as good as yours. I only hope they get it to market in a reasonable time after they show it (assuming there is a hardware revision in the works and will be shown at CES as they’ve done in the past).

Nexus S Ice Cream Sandwich Update, Android 4.0.3 rolling out

Nexus S users, get ready for some Ice Cream Sandwich. Google announced via the Nexus Twitter account that Ice Cream Sandwich, aka Android 4.0 will be rolling out to Nexus S users over the course of the month, starting today.

Google has also published a set of tips for Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) users moving to Android 4.0.

Pretty handy stuff. You can go through the whole list over Google Support page, here.

As of now, it looks like the update is rolling out to T-Mobile USA Nexus S devices (that would be the i9020T), and if you’re one of them and haven’t received the update via OTA yet, you can manually install it (Not recommended for everyone). Android Central has an easy guide up, along with download links, here.

Do not attempt to install that on any other Nexus S devices, including the variant that was sold in India (i9023), as you could brick your device. (Thanks @gauravh1 for the tip).  If you really want to install it, you can get the file and instructions for the official i9023 release over at XDA.

Moving on, Google announced via the Android Developers blog that it would be releasing Android 4.0.3 (the same version that’s being rolled out to the Nexus S), and that this would be the base version of Ice Cream Sandwich that would be the focus for it’s partners. 4.0.3 brings a few new APIs to developers, including:

Social stream API in Contacts provider: Applications that use social stream data such as status updates and check-ins can now sync that data with each of the user’s contacts, providing items in a stream along with photos for each. This new API lets apps show users what the people they know are doing or saying, in addition to their photos and contact information.

Calendar provider enhancements. Apps can now add color to events, for easier tracking, and new attendee types and states are now available.

New camera capabilities. Apps can now check and manage video stabilization and use QVGA resolution profiles where needed.

Accessibility refinements. Improved content access for screen readers and new status and error reporting for text-to-speech engines.

Incremental improvements in graphics, database, spell-checking, Bluetooth, and more.

Read all about that over the Android Dev blog, here.

If you have managed to receive ICS on your Nexus S, or if you have a Galaxy Nexus, do share your thoughts on the new OS. You could catch us on twitter, we’re @myportableworld, or you could just comment below.

 

Source: @googlenexusThe Verge, Android Developers Blog, Android Central

 

Cyanogen aka Steve Kondik of Cyanogenmod Fame now at Samsung Mobile

cyanogenmod

Hot on the heels of the Google-Motorola Mobility news is something even bigger, if you’re an Android user who has used a modded phone that is. Chances are you’ve used Cyanogenmod, or at least read about it. Well, a while ago, Samsung gave Galaxy SII’s to a few developers over at Cyanogenmod. Now, the head honce of Cyanogenmod, Cyanogen himself (Steve Kondik, check him out over on twitter, @cyanogen) now lists Samsung Mobile as his employer on Facebook.

 Steve K of Cyanogenmod now at Samsung mobileSeems Samsung has “picked up” Cyanogen for an undisclosed amount!

If you don’t know what Cyanogenmod is, well, it’s probably the largest community working on creating AOSP (android open source project) based custom ROMs for almost 30 different devices. They have had over 500,000 Downloads so far, and more to come for sure.

Here’s what you’ll find if you visit the Cyanogenmod Website:

CyanogenMod is an aftermarket firmware for a number of cell phones based on the open-source Android operating system. It offers features not found in the official Android based firmwares of vendors of these cell phones.

The stuff that they add is brilliant!

Good going Samsung! I’m personally going to be looking forward to the next Touchwiz update. If it’s touched by Cyanogen, it’s gonna  be awesome!

Update: Steve mentions that his “side project”, CyanogenMod, is not affilated with his employer, Samsung, and won’t be shutting down the project. He says that he’ll be “working on making Android more Awesome”. So even if CyanogenMod is not incorporated into Samsung’s devices, his expertise in improving the Android eco-system should give Samsung a edge on their newer devices.

Source:  9to5GoogleGadget University via Phandroid 

Oriental showdown in latest Angry Birds update

For all you Angry Birds fanatics, Rovio have announced another update for Angry Birds Seasons and this one comes with distinct flavors from the East; dubbed “Moon Festival” (it’s unclear if thats’s the official name), this endorsement may even include some merchandising tie-in’s such as Angry Birds mooncakes (and NO – you don’t get a slingshot to launch them into your pie-hole!)

The new update, currently slated for a September release, is being aimed to coincide with the Chinese mid-Autumn festival which celebrates the largest moon of the year. Traditionally, this event is accompanied by the eating of mooncakes, hence the product tie-in.

There’s not a lot of details on what you’d be getting but keeping with the Oriental theme you can probably expect something along the lines of Summer ‘Pig’nic; and like all the other previous updates – more levels! Joy. However, Chinese players are getting first dibs. The rest of you are in for a longer wait. Time to start brushing up on the physics of slingshots!

Google Updates Android Market; Now More Windows Phone 7ish

Google updated Android Market for phones yesterday, and apart from addingthe option to buy books and rent Movies (US only for now), they’ve changed the whole interface. It’s got a new tiled interface, making it look more like Windows Phone 7. Which is a good thing. It also offers a new swipe Interface, to switch between different categories.

The rollout will happen over the next few weeks, so just keep checking Android Market on your phone, assuming you’re running FroYo or above.

Here’s the Post from the Google Mobile Blogspot, along with a video of the new market in action:

A new Android Market for phones, with books and movies

Tuesday, July 12, 2011 | 1:29 PM

Recently, we’ve been hard at work improving Android Market to give you new ways to find great applications and games, purchase books, and rent movies. Today, we’re releasing a new version of Android Market which makes all of these available on phones (Android 2.2 and higher).

In the U.S., you’ll be able to rent thousands of movies, starting at $1.99, right from Android Market on your phone. With the Videos app, available in Android Market, there’s no more waiting for downloads, syncing, or worrying about storage space. Simply sign into Android Market with your Google account, and you can rent movies from anywhere – the web, or your Android phone or tablet – and start watching instantly. You can also download movies to your device so they’re available for viewing when you don’t have an internet connection.

Also in the U.S., you can now purchase books from Android Market on your phone. Like movie rentals, books are linked to your Google account, so they’re instantly available across all of your devices – computer, phone, or tablet – without the need for wires or downloads.

You’ll be delighted to find we’ve overhauled Android Market to make it faster, easier, and more fun to discover great apps, movies, and books. We’ve created more space to feature some of the most interesting content of the week on the home page. We’ve added more top charts, with newer, more relevant items, and we’ve made it easy to swipe through these charts as you browse the store. We’ve also introduced new collections of great content, like staff picks and Editors’ Choice apps.

The new Android Market will be rolling out in the coming weeks to Android 2.2 and higher phones around the world. You don’t need to do anything – the update is automatic on supported phones. If you’re in the U.S., you’ll also be able to download the Videos app, rent movies, and buy books once you receive the new Android Market.

Your phone is about to get a lot more interesting! Enjoy the new Android Market.

Source: Google Mobile Blogspot