MeeGo on Nexus S project continues, with the dim screen brightness of the first build now tweaked for a far more usable level, and a video demo of GLXGEARS and the Fennec mobile browser in action released. Developer Steve Troughton-Smith has been working his magic ironing out the bugs, forcing the screen to run at full brightness so the MeeGo install is at least visible while you're using it. As Steve himself says, it's all looking a little jaundiced at the moment; that seems to be a gamma issue. Still, with Nokia's own MeeGo device still some way off on the horizon, we'll take what we can get. [youtube Q0OMdJDjUA4]
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Nexus S. BusinessWeek reports that the system will likely use e-wallet technology acquired in the Zetawire buy-out last year, turning NFC-enabled smartphones into credit card replacements. [via SlashGear]
Nexus S' single-core Hummingbird processor was one of the main disappointments about the second official Googlephone, so we won't argue with a replacement kernel that can squeeze extra juice out of the Samsung chip. A new xda-developers kernel promises to overclock the Nexus S to 1.2GHz. The tweaked firmware is still a work in progress, with Bluetooth left to fix, and it builds on the existing Bionix NS1 mod. Obviously overclocking your phone leaves it potentially more vulnerable to hardware damage, so try at your own risk, but it'll be interesting to see how these tweaked Nexus S units compare to dual-core devices like the Tegra 2 based LG Optimus 2X.
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.
some spray-rubber can do to the Nexus S' battery cover, but a supposedly "limited edition" version of the Googlephone is even more appealing. Up for order at Negri Electronics, the difference is in the replacement back panel, which is covered in tiny Android logos. The regular Nexus S panel has a far more dull, generic pattern to it, so we much prefer this limited edition back-plate. It's not entirely clear whether it's the handiwork of Samsung, Google, or a third-party, but what we do know is that it doesn't come cheap; Negri is asking $843.50. [via Twitter]
The original thread over at XDA is all over the place. There have been reports of receiving it on the East and West coasts as well as being pegged as build# GRH78 - Android 2.3.1. GRH78 - Android 2.3.1:
- 1.9Mb file stating Bug fixes and Maps fixes
- Browser lag appears to be fixed
- Blurry MMS fix [?]
- Bug Fixes