New Samsung Galaxy Tab Firmware Might Block Hacks

Reports claim that Samsung may soon roll out a new firmware update for the Galaxy Tab that will block all jailbreaks, roots and other custom firmware. The new JM6 A, C, and D builds are all planned to prevent unauthorized firmware from running.

GO Launcher for Android Updated

XDA member ch213q has posted an update to GO Launcher, the home replacement for your Android device. The release version (v 1.22) brings in some very impressive features. Some features include extremely smooth scrolling, convenient icon pop-menu and gesture support screen and are now even more customizable. The latest verison 1.22 even includes a Christmas theme. Originally posted by ch213q [APP] GO Launcher v1.22 released Go Launcher is an amazing home replacement app for Android . -Extremely smooth scrolling -Convenient icon pop-menu -Gesture supported -Useful app drawer to uninstall apps and kill tasks -Removable screen previews (Up to 30 screens) Supported android versions: 2.0 and above GO Launcher V1.22 update: -New Christmas theme -Supported long press search button response -Fixed customized icons turn to default after reboot -Fixed crash problem of memory overflow For more information on GO launcher, check out the application thread. [Via XDA]

Nexus S Phones to be Handed Out to Google Staff (Including Australia!)

It appears that Google will be rolling out a mass giveaway of Nexus S handsets to their staff across the globe immediately if not soon, including Australia where Neither Samsung nor Google have confirmed plans to release the phone for general consumption. This massive handing-out of phones happened back with the HTC Dream and with the Nexus One in India earlier this year. The current wave of Nexus S phones on the market are marked as having 900Mhz and 2100MHz bands, as used by Optus and Vodafone in Australia for 3G reception, but not 850MHz used by Telstra - this is of course noting that the phone does work with 850MHz spectrum with slower data speeds and voice.

Dell Venue running Android OS

The Dell Venue listed on Dell’s India website will be sold operating Android 2.2. Other specs include a 1 GHz processor, 8 MP camera, and a 4.1-in AMOLED capacitive multi-touch display. Like the other devices with Android 2.2, Adobe Flash 10.1 will be included enabling users to take full advantage of websites implementing Adobe Flash.

Android TV Coming from Vidtonic at CES as Build-Your-Own Kit

Check it out! Two mentions of Android TV in one day - coincidence? They look RATHER different, but the concept appears to be there - the one we're talking about here is made by Vidtonic and its an IPTV kit powered by Android and they say it'll be released at CES 2011 (just a handful of days from now!) This release is a hardware/software platform kit made for Android developers who'd like to bring their apps to the TV screen - sound like some future molding to you?

Android 2.3 Gingerbread ROMs on T-Mobile G2 aka Desire Z, HTC myTouch 3G and HTC Dream

Hooray for tasty treats! You can now grab yourself an unofficial port of the new Android version 2.3 Gingerbread for T-Mobile G2 / Desire Z, HTC myTouch 3G and HTC Dream! The T-Mobile / Desire Z version is brought to your courtesy of Koush (NOTE: only an Alpha version.) Next there's the HTC MyTouch 3G's version done by seo - this version is also an early mod, so early, in fact, that only the data, radio, and Wifi work so far.

Malata A1101 Tablet’s Tegra 2 is Benchmarked

We are always looking to compare our new gadgets to their competition and determine a winner. Netbook News decided to run a Quadrant benchmark on the Malata A1101 to see how it compared to other superlative devices such as Sprint’s EVO 4G and Verizon’s Droid X. With each device running Android 2.2 the A1101 dusted its competition and truly revealed why Tegra 2 processing has its advantages.