Posts tagged Android 2.1
Is this a surprise or was this on the script? I will go with the latter option. Samsung has made one heck of a pleasant announcement – it has managed to reach its goal of selling 10 millions Galaxy S phones for the calendar year 2010. By doing so, it now holds the world record of selling most Android phones.
One of the visually appealing features of Gingerbread is its functionally and visually improved keyboard. But since it is an Android 2.3 specific keyboard it is limited to Gingerbread running handsets. But all of this has changed thanks to XDA Developer hotaru. Gingerbread keyboard apk has been extracted and made available for all non rooted Android handsets running on Android 2.2 and Android 2.1.
Here’s the description of the keyboard:
this is the gingerbread keyboard, renamed so you can install it alongside the android keyboard you already have. it should work on non-rooted phones. it also includes dictionaries for all six languages that the regular android keyboard has (DE, EN, ES, FR, IT, SV).
I just installed it on my Froyo enabled HTC Desire and I am loving it. Steps to install it and use it are listed below:
Step 1 – Download Gingerbread Keyboard from here.
Step 2 – Install it. I did so using HTC Sync.
Step 3 – Once installed, go to Settings –> Language & Keyboard.
Step 4 – Check mark the Gingerbread keyboard option.
Step 5 – Write some text, how about a SMS. Then Long tap the text field.
Step 6 – From the popup menu that appears, select Input Method and select the Gingerbread keyboard radio button.
One area where Google has been criticized highly is the Android Market app, which simply put isn’t as user friendly as it should be. But all of this is about to change as Google is preparing to roll out an update for Android Market app that will totally change the complexion of the app and will make apps more discoverable.
As I said before, there is no stopping China from producing smartphone knockouts and this time around they might have outdone themselves as they have come up with a mini version of Samsung Galaxy S. I say mini because the phone has a 3.5 inch touch screen compared to the 4 inch found in the original one. The other thing that has impressed me a lot is the dual core processor.
There is no stopping China from doing one of the things they do best – produce gadgets clones. Yet another Apple product has been cloned. This time it’s the turn of iPhone 4. And no it’s not another fake iOS powered iPhone knockout. This time iPhone 4 meets the opposite world- Android.
The wait for the Android nation is finally over – Skype for Android has been unleashed for all Android powered devices and is no longer limited to Verizon handsets only. Go on and jump in excited as your favorite VoIP has finally made itself available for you.
Droid X could very well be getting the Froyo update as early as today. To be able to get the official Froyo build up and running on your Droid X, you need to make sure your sexy looking gadget is running on the stock Android 2.1 aka Eclair and not the leaked Froyo firmware. In case you are running the leaked Android 2.2 firmware and want to downgrade or revert to Android 2.1, follow the steps listed after the jump.
If you happen to own a US Dell Streak, you might have been feeling disappointed over the fact of the UK based Dell Streak owners getting their hands on Android 2.1 the leaked way. Here is something to please you – Eclair has been ported to the US based Dell Tablet+Phone and once again XDA is playing the contributor’s role.
You might remember my reservation about the Dell Streak, it runs on the out of favor Android 1.6. But that’s no longer a thing to worry about as an all new Android 2.1 update for Dell’s Tablet has been leaked out. The leaked update seems to be working just fine based on the comments posted by the Modaco forums users. Step by Step guide to install Eclair on Streak follows after the jump.
So you want to root your precious Nexus One but are unable to do so due to the complexity of the multi step process and the fear of bricking your N1? Well here is good new for you – one click root for the first Android 2.1 phone is now available.