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March 24, 2011

Interesting facts about the Google Nexus S

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The Google Nexus S was recently launched in Malaysia last weekend. I had a chance to play around with it and here’s some interesting observation on Google’s latest Nexus.

Countour Display

 

Contour display

Contour display

The “Countour display”, Google and Samsung claims that the Nexus S is the first device to offer such a display, looking at all the other flat touchscreen displays out there currently this really made the Nexus S special. Holding  against your cheeks feel really natural as the curvature of the glass hugs the curvature of the cheeks. With a contoured screen, coupled with a ridge on the back of the phone makes it easy and comfortable to type with. I was intrigued with this little technological marvel and decided to dig deeper.

Nexus S teardown

Nexus S teardown

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August 2, 2010

HTC rolling out Android 2.2, 720p video, iTunes sync to unlocked Euro Desires

Filed under: Android,Gadgets,Phones — yoga @ 10:25 am
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If you don’t already know by  now there’s been a few rumors flying around stating that finally the much anticipated Froyo update is coming out on the HTC Desire. Now there’s confirmation from HTC themselves regarding this and apparently there are people with unlocked Desire that have been getting the OTA Froyo notifications. If you’re using an AP set this would be a chance to be jumping with joy as you’ll be getting the update sooner than local Desire owners 🙂

“The Android 2.2 (FroYo) update for HTC Desire will start rolling out across Europe this weekend. As well as including the complete set of Android 2.2 features, the update will contain a few special additions of our own through the latest iteration of HTC Sense. The update will provide 720p video capture, HTC’s App Share widget, as well as our enhanced HTC Caller ID, and improved multi-language keyboard. Also, through the update, HTC Sync will allow HTC Desire users to sync their music with iTunes.

HTC Desire users will be notified that the over-the-air update is available to download when their phone automatically checks for software updates. The update won’t delete any of the phone’s content. However, due to the size of the update, we would advise using a WiFi connection to download it wherever possible to avoid additional data charges.

This update will initially roll out to unlocked HTC Desire handsets. Operator specific versions of the update are undergoing testing and we expect to make them available in several weeks’ time.”

Source – http://www.engadget.com/2010/07/30/official-htc-rolling-out-android-2-2-and-720p-video-capture-to/

Here are some reported new features found on the OTA Froyo update

Overall:

– It’s faster
– Dialer has new Android robot, kinda 3D looking one now.
– Screen can now also be rotated to the right! (Found by martintzvetomirov)
– Now vibrates on shutdown (Found by Domsdey)

New Apps:
– HTC Share App
– News & Weather
– Videos
– Voice Search
– WiFi Hotspot
– Torchlight
– Search (Google)
– Pictures renamed to Gallery

New Widgets:
– Calculator Widget (Found by jaymit)
– FM Radio Widget (Found by martintzvetomirov)
– Market Widget (Found by jaymit)

Settings:
– Wireless Networks contains settings for WiFi Hotspot
– New seperate menu for Screen settings.
– App screen is split up in 4 tabs: Downloaded | Only actived | All apps | On SD-Card
– New screen for speech.

Lockscreen:
– It’s no longer possible to unlock the slide-down screen by pressing menu. (Found by kevano22)
– The screen unclock sequence can be set to engage after some minutes, or immediatly. (Better formulated by elek_it)
– Can now be a pattern lock, PIN lock or an alphanumeric password
– The lock pattern has grey middle buttons instead of black.
– Instead of just the time of the next alarm time. It also shows which day.

Keyboard:
– Keyboard now allows for Chinese input
– Keyboard now allows for quick language change.
– User dictionary no longer jumps to top when editing a word (Found by jaymit)
– Seperate screen for deleting user dictionary words, allowing for batch deleting.

Camera/Camcorder:
– Camera icons now rotate along with a smooth animation when rotating the phone (Found by @MARK)
– 3 codecs to choose from: H.263, H.264 and MPEG4
– 720p Recording possible with MPEG4 Codec.
– Flashlight can be set on during video recording. (Found by monsterfly)

Contacts
– Option to automatically send someone directly to voicemail now. (Already in 2.1 according to Bouncer5)

Messaging:
– The bottom box to type text is bigger.
– Now shows how many characters you have left from the start.
– New icon for send.
– New icon for attaching something.
– Scrolls smoother when a conversation has a lot of messages.

Browser:
– Adobe Flash 10.1 support is built in (make sure plugins are allowed in settings!) (Found by martintzvetomirov)

Gallery:
– Icons from the Sharing menu are smaller. In portrait mode, all are visible in 1 view.

Gmail:
– Labels now have same color as those in Gmail on the web. (Found by @MARK)
– Now displays your email adres all the time in the upper-right corner.
– Displays a small icon of the person that send the mail if you have them in your address book.
– When viewing a mail, there are now buttons to go to the next and previous mail.
– Can copy text to clipboard now via menu button.

Google Talk
– New interface
– Don’t know of much more, I don’t use GTalk.

Market:
– New option to allow automatic updates. (Found by jaymit)
– New seperate tab for app comments.
– Can now mark comments as: Useful, not useful and spam.

Music Player:
– When no cover available, the music note is now green.
– Pressing next has a MUCHHH smoother CoverFlow animation
– Genres are FIXED now.
– Pressing the left-button to open up the menu happens much faster.
– Shuffle seems better (not sure, but don’t bump into same song that often anymore).

Source – http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=741491

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