In the March edition of Details, they recommended a bunch of phones that don’t begin with an “I” and we couldn’t help but smile at all of the Android options. Of course, we loved seeing the Thunderbolt, but also took notice that they left out Skype and 8-device hotspot features which we know have been fueling the delay controversy lately. Oh, and another 2-page ad showed up directly after. Just wanted to share…
Our buddy Pete Alfonso, who gave everyone the first Gingerbread keyboard port is back, only this time with one of the new live wallpapers from the Nexus S. The live paper is called Microbes and is a fun replacement for the Nexus light bar one we’ve seen so often. It’s interactive, looks pretty and seems like a mesh between a Galaxy S paper and one from the original Nexus device.
Update: Here is the .apk version for ALL users courtesy of @Haxzamatic! (Download)
*Rooted users only.
1. Download the file from above and drop it on your SD card.
2. Boot your phone into Clockwork Recovery.
3. Choose “install zip from sdcard.”
4. Then “choose zip from sdcard” and find the MicrobesLWP.zip file.
*DROID X and 2 users, you will need to go into “mounts and storage” and “mount system” first.
5. Select it, install it and enjoy!
Been wanting that new Nexus live wallpaper that comes with Gingerbread and the Nexus S? You are in luck! The amazing minds over at the XDA Forums have released it as an .apk file, but only for those of you that are rooted. You’ll want to make a backup of your LiveWallpapers.apk file which is located in /system/app as this will replace it. Also, Blur phone users (Droid X and 2) may have to go into “mounts and storage” and “Mount System” if you choose the update.zip method below.
So, maybe you didn’t hear, but the Samsung Nexus S was announced yesterday and it will indeed run Gingerbread out of the box. Best Buy will sell it exclusively for $529 (unlocked) without a contract or for $199 on a 2-year contract through T-Mobile. The device looks amazing, but that whole T-Mobile thing is what’s holding us back from taking the plunge and buying one. We’d really love to see it on Verizon as we’re semi-homers, but the current model is only GSM compatible…or is a CDMA version in the works?
The currently available Nexus S is a GSM device and is not compatible with CDMA networks such as Verizon and Sprint.
“Currently available” lends us to believe that their are other options on the way, right? Or am I just drinking some weird Kool-aid? Would you ditch your device and use an upgrade on the Nexus S even if a 4G LTE device was just around the corner?
Update: SamFirmware tweeted that their insiders have mentioned that the Nexus S might be more appealing come February. 4G LTE Verizon version maybe? (Cheers Andrew53517!)
Update 2: We hit up SamFirmware looking for clarification and they gave us some. It will not be a Verizon Nexus S in February and will likely be something even better from Samsung…
So, something better? Now we’re really interested.
The Nexus S finally broke cover and made an appearance in the wild running the next version of Android aka Gingerbread. While this is another tipster with zero camera skills, at least some stuff is confirmed like the new grey/black notification bar and green highlights. Other than that, we can see that the device is indeed a Samsung, will be stuck on T-Mobile (seriously?) and has a newly squared off launcher that differs from the rounded version seen on Froyo. And these pictures were taken just 2 days ago, so this puts us another step closer to launch.
Ton of additional pics after the break.
Yesterday, at the Web 2.0 Summit, Google CEO Eric Schmidt came out on stage and just so happened to have his Nexus S on him for cameras to catch a quick glimpse at. We snagged a picture of it, but if you missed the entire rundown, you can watch the video and see it for yourself as it has been added to Youtube. All of the good phone and Gingerbread shots happen in about the first 15 seconds, but there are some goodies on Google TV later on. Overall, it’s worth a watch.
We posted this up immediately over at Android Life as it falls under the “general Android news” category, but wanted to make sure all of you saw it. Google CEO Eric Schmidt was on stage at the Web 2.0 Summit and pulled out a Nexus S running Gingerbread. He didn’t actually mention who the manufacturer was, but from the shot we grabbed above, it’s pretty obvious.
He also mentioned that Android 2.3 should be out in the “next few weeks” and that Google TV talks with the major networks are going well.