Google Nexus S

Nexus S Android 2.3.4 update can be manually installed!

I hate waiting for things. I especially hate waiting on software updates. I would install an update manually in a second if it meant that I would get it right now rather than having to wait until a device maker felt like pushing it out OTA. I bet that a lot of you are the same way, and if you have a Nexus S smartphone and you are waiting for the Android 2.3.4 update to get pushed to you, why wait?

Android 2.3.4 OTA rolling out to Nexus S and Nexus One

Breaking news here, @GoogleNexus has just confirmed that Android 2.3.4 is all set and about to start rolling out in OTA updates to the Nexus One and Nexus S for some bug fixes, but the S also is getting GTalk video and voice chat. This is totally news to us. We reported that it may be coming, but not this soon. Oh and they even mentioned that a surprise is coming also. I wonder if we have a Nexus 2 in the works.

Nexus S Backlight Notification Integration

It really surprised us when there was no notification light already embedded into the Samsung Nexus S, and even more-so after we realized how dependent we were on it from the Nexus One (and countless other HTC devices). If you are up to rooting your device, then you can take advantage of the backlight notification integration (BMI) released by neldar from XDA Developers. Developer Morfic has ported neldar's work to the Nexus S and it seems to be working flawlessly.

HTC Thunderbolt display comparison: looks are deceiving

Users of the new HTC Thunderbolt may be quite happy with the phone's touchscreen display ... so long as they don't show it next to the Google Nexus S or the Atrix 4G. Comparing the Thunderbolt's TFT display with the Google Nexus S Super AMOLED display or even the Atrix 4g qHD display, it really shows just how muted and washed out the images from the TBolt really look. But according to the review by Vince over at SlashGear, it's still a pretty impressive display. Users just shouldn't succumb to display envy.

On the Importance of the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY [via a Casual Conversation with an Inside Source]

Let's have a chat on a chat we've just had in the past week with a source we stake our name on, one extremely familiar with the subject matter at hand. What we spoke about specifically was the history and the future of Sony Ericsson inside and beside the Xperia PLAY, aka the Playstation phone. One of the points we spoke on was the fact that it'll be launching with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, an operating system that the rest of the electronics world (with a few exceptions) are still scrambling to attach to their own hardware. Why does Sony Ericsson, a group that really hasn't had a top space in the minds of any Android fan basically ever, have access to this newest of Google's mobile operating systems?

MIUI Developers Weather Beta 1 Free for all

The Android developers better known as MIUI have released a beautiful Weather Widget pack today. Called the Weather Beta 1. It is a nice blend of the Sense UI weather widget, Beautiful Widgets (my personal favorite) and a little iOS all wrapped into one. Although iOS is not cool enough to get widgets, MIUI ROM's do have a certain iOS look to them, and so does the settings for the widget, but that is another story.

Sprint EVO View, Nexus, and EVO 3D [CLUES]

We're sitting here with our notepads out, our magnets and our divining rods, OUIJA boards and dirt-mall-psychics, all of it together to put together the pieces on what Sprint might be bringing us during the utterly gigantic 2 and a half hour time slot they've got us slated for at CTIA in a couple weeks. Incase you do not know, 2.5hours for an event such as this is a long time, long enough to announce several new products - new Android products. We had our eyelids open this afternoon when Engadget was tipped anonymously on several new phones including an EVO View, Nexus S 4G, and EVO 3D - now we've got some extra clues that might just thread the needle.

Generosity Doth Not Go Unappreciated

You may have noticed that over the past few days, we've been sort of XOOM happy here on Android Community. We've posted everything from a [brand new unboxing and hands-on post] to a [smooth guide] on some of the new amazing games you'll be able to run with your super powerful Tegra 2 processor (inside the tablet, of course.) This is because we've got a Motorola XOOM Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet sitting here right in front of us. The flood will continue here, but you'll soon be seeing the same thing happening around the web. Why? Because this year's Game Developers Conference has been gifted with not only Nexus S phones, not only Google Chrome OS-powered CR-48 laptops, but brand new XOOM tablets as well!

Firefox 4 Beta for Android “really” is that much faster

Yesterday we told you about the Firefox 4 Beta 5 for Android that was released to the Android Market yesterday morning. Mozilla claims they have not only made it more stable, and more efficient. They also mentioned two things that are a huge part of what browser I use on my Android Phone and that is speed, and size. With each beta release the browser has got a little faster, and the file size once installed has got a little smaller. When it was first released to beta it was slow and huge and not able to transfer to your SD card. Things have changed with the last few updates and Mozilla and Firefox are well on their way to having a great browser for mobile.

Gingerbread update adjusts colors in Nexus S

Nexus S users enjoying the pure Google experience may find the colors a bit muted after upgrading their OS to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). Additionally, some users are complaining that colors seem washed. Google says that the colors in the Gingerbread update reflect an adjustment to the color temperature settings. The adjustment makes the Gingerbread UI darker which directly affects how the colors themselves are perceived.
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