Looks like Google is switching up is standard handset builder and moving from HTC to Samsung for its Nexus Two.
We’re now pretty confident this will turn out to just be the nexus S.. no big deal
We have no details other than it won’t be running the usual Samsung UI (which is a huge plus in our books) and that it will be the first device to be released with Android 2.3 Gingerbread (looks like they’re not going with 3.0 after all..)
We think its reasonable to expect the official release of Gingerbread to be the same week if not the same day.
The general consensus is that Samsung is nowhere near the hardware manufacturer that HTC is – we all sincerely hope they surprise us with this one.
We’re not going to post any links.. but follow these 3 steps and you’ll have Swype on your Nexus One in 5 minutes.
- go to isohunt.com or thepiratebay.org and search for Swype
- Sort the results by number of seeds and look for 12.61MB torrent near/at the top
- Download the file and install it on your phone using the usual method
- For those who don’t know how, just drop it into your memory card, make sure in your settings that you haven enabled installing apps from the SD Card (from non-market sources) then use a app like ES File Explorer to browse to the file on you SD Card and install the app – then enable Swype in Language and Keyboard settings. Then go try to type somewhere – long-click the text area, choose input method and pick Swype.
Swype is awesome..
We’ve played with the following five touch screen keyboards and made a decision as to which is the best for the every day texter. This ranking is based solely on the speed and accuracy we were able to achieve using each of the four keyboards. The keyboards are sorted starting with the one we found to be the best. All keyboards were tested on the Nexus One. The most frustrating part of the Android keyboard .. despite using it for the last 6 months, I pick up an iPhone and can still bang things out faster and more accurately than on any of the Android keyboards we’ve tried – and I’ve owned an iPhone..
The Verdict: The fasted and most accurate in landscape mode is Smart Keyboard Pro. If you really want to keep things portrait, then put in the time to get good at Swype – it will give you the best results
- Smart Keyboard Pro
If you like typing in landscape, this is definitely the most accurate keyboard around. It’s as close as Android gets to iPhone accuracy (and it’s DAMN close!) This keyboard is great in portrait too, better than the other non-swype keyboards. You have to pay for this app – we recommend you give it a try.
- Swype Keyboard
If you are willing to put in the time, Swype is worth it. It seems to have better accuracy than most the others – you do REALLY have to be good at drawing that line right though the key you want though (so no looking up at the top half of the screen when you are trying to type..) It’s a little hard to get used to, but as we all saw in that commercial (that one where they break the Guinness World Record) – it does seem to be the fastest way to type on a cell phone. We would never use Swype in landscape mode… it just isn’t very good that way. For now it is pretty tough to get your hands on a copy of this software for most Android phones, but do a little googling,checkout XDA and I’m sure you will find it. Swype is only being released on samsung phones, but our guide: download sywpe for android will help you put it onto all other android devices – it’s titled for the N1, but it works on most devices. We even got swype running on an Xperia X10 with Android 1.6 (although it force closed very frequently)
- SwiftKey Keyboard
This keyboard is great for short text messages where it can predict what you want to say really well. It’s not as great for writing long emails. Make sure that while (or after) you install it, you let it learn from a good base of your own text messages (our installation learned from about 1000 messages.) The keyboard predicts what you are going to say before you even start to type – in some cases you can put an entire text message together without atually typing a letter on the keyboard – you just select form the 3 most likely words that it decides for you and places across the top bar of the keyboard. In all ways this keyboard is superior to the regular android keyboard and there is no way that anyone should not install it. Check it out here: http://www.swiftkey.net/
- HTC_IME Keyboard
This keyboard is awesome! Fully customizable and very easy to type on. It seems to have the best user experience. The three reasons we ranked SwiftKey above HTC_IME are: swiftkey has the ability to learn from your pre-existing text messages, HTC_IME only works on HTC phones and HTC _IME has no option to predict a word before you even start typing it (one of the coolest parts of swiftkey.) In almost all other ways, the HTC_IME keyboard seems superior – and it learns over time, every time you type a new word it will add it to the dictionary. The keyboard is incredibly customizable with settings for every feature you could ever want (or so it seems.) Check it out here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=624416 you wont be disappointed. We are eagerly awaiting the next release of this awesome keyboard – we have a feeling it will push it to the top of our list.
- Better Keyboard
You can buy Better Keyboard in the Android Market for $2.99. It’s more accurate than the stock android keyboard, and there are a million themes/skins you can get for it. It’s a good keyboard, and some people say it’s as accurate as iPhone (we didn’t find this to be the case)
- The Standard Android Keyboard
The standard keyboard comes in last. With all these fancy new time saving keyboards out there, the default just doesn’t hold up.
So Rogers thought they locked their users out of tethering for those who are paying for less than a gig. Well if you happen to be someone who has a Google Nexus One on a Rogers Wireless 500MB data plan – you can now tether to your heart’s content – or at least until you burn through your 500 megs and can’t stand to pay the expensive overage costs.
Simply upgrade to Android 2.2 (froyo) and enable your portable wireless hotspot from within settings. Just connect to it from your laptop and have access to your full 500 megs on your computer.
Here is a simple little guide on how to get going with your Nexus One’s Portable Hotspot feature.
First of all – make sure you have the latest release of the android OS (2.2 at this point.) 2.2 (or Froyo) has been the first version so far to offer the wireless hotpot feature – we sincerely hope it’s not the last.. Our testing has been done on the AT&T version of the devices using the Rogers Wireless (Canada) and At&T (US) networks – but we’re quite confident it would work just the same on any cellular network – provided you have a data plan with that company
Here are the steps:
- Go to Settings
- Select Wireless and Networks
- Select Tethering and Portable Hotspot
- Check the box next to Portable Wi-Fi hotpot (the network is now enable)
- Not go to Portable Wi-Fi hotspot settings
- Configure Wi-Fi Hotspot
- Set the name of your network
- Set the security to WPA2PSK
- Set a password for your hotspot and click Save
- Now simple go to you computer, scan for wireless networks and connect to your portable hotspot using the password you just created
Pretty simple – but we though it might be helpful to a few people.
Although Android 2.2 has brought us a ton of incredible new features (including the portable wifi hotspot which I am using right now) it appears to also have introduced a few new bugs. One of these bugs results in longer audio files (such as audio books) not playing correctly in the native music player. It appears to set the length of all these longer files (1 hour plus) to 3 to 4 minutes. It then procedes to play beyond the end of the progress bar in order to finish the file. So you are able to listen to the entire file, but you are not able to jump to portions outside of the first 3 or 4 minutes – pretty frustrating…
Does anybody know if there is some kind of work around for this? Is there a better audio player for android that doesn’t include this annoying new bug?
We now effectively have BBM on Android. Not only that – but thanks to Kik Chat we can now chat with BBM like features between BlackBerry, Android and iPhone.iPod/iPad!
This sweet little app can be found in the Android Market as of last Friday. iPhone and blackberry users can pick it up on the App Store and App World.
Both the android iPhone versions are flawless!
They’ve now added features to send kik picture messages to your contacts.
With Kik (kik.com) you can see when another user has read your message – a feature that has become essential to any Blackberry messenger user. The beauty is, you have this feature no matter what platform you or the other party are running.
To anyone still using gchat, msn, or some all in one messenger to talk to their friends between mobile devices: you can finally give it up!
There a re a few new pieces of software that make syncing your iTunes playlists with your android phone incredibly easy! For anyone who is used to blackberry media sync – they work in a very similar way.
Note! Since the original position of the this guide, Android 2.2 has been formally released from Google. It is recommended that you just allow your device to update itself. Check for updates by going to Settings -> About Phone -> System Updates.
To root your N1 and get the latest and greatest rom, go to the Cyanogenmod site!
This guide explains how to install the latest version of the android OS (2.2 Froyo) on Rogers/AT&T version of the nexus one. There have been a ton of guides on how this works with the T-Mobile version, but very few for this one. Following the advice of this guide is to be done at your own risk, and we take no responsibility for any damage that may occur as a result.
First of all, you need to get your device to this firmware: ERE27, in order to do this you first have to flash your device to ERD79 and then update to ERE27. Once you have updated to ERE27, you can install the official 2.2 update. Here are the steps all broken down:
You should just follow the instructions on the on http://wiki.cyanogenmod.com/index.php?title=Nexus_One
- Download the ERD79 stock ROM (boot, system and recovery partitions section)
- Download ERE27 from the same site
- Download the Fastboot flashing utility
- Download the Android 2.2 update file – there are 2 links to the file in the first post on this site (first link is broken)
- Flash the ERD79 using fastboot with the following command format: fastboot flash system system.img (google fastbook tutorial to find out a little more about how this tool works)
- Update to ERE27 (using standard update method – see below)
- Update to android 2.2 (using the standard update method – see below)
Standard Update Method
1. Rename the update file to update.zip
2. Note that if you’re using Windows and don’t have “show file extensions” turned on in the file explorer you won’t see a .zip. Just rename it to “update” (no quotes, of course) because it’s already a zipped file.
3. Copy the update.zip file onto the root of your microSD card (that means not in any folders)
4. With your Nexus One off, hold down the trackball and press the power button.
5. You’ll be booted into a white screen with three Android robots on skateboards. Select “Bootloader.”
6. On the next screen, select “Recovery.”
7. Your phone will reboot, giving you a picture of the Android robot and an exclamation point inside a triangle.
8. Now press the power button and volume up button at the same time. It could take a couple of tries.
9. Now (using the trackball this time) choose “Apply sdcard:update.zip” and let things run their course.
If you’ve recently ordered a nexus one from the google store and tried to use it on Rogers, you’ll find that the data (3G or EDGE) is not working. The quick and simple fix is to add the APN Settings.
To do this, simply go to:
- Settings -> Wireless & networks -> Mobile Networks -> Access Point Names
- Hit the Menu Key and select New APN
- Enter the settings as follows:
MCC: 302 (Default Value)
MNC: 72 (Default Value)
- Leave everything else blank
- Hit Menu and Save
- Activate the new APN by clicking in the little circle next to its name
- You should see a little 3G pop up in the status bar withing a few seconds
- POP Your Battery Out and Put it Back In although you might see the 3G in the corner, it doesn’t work properly until you do a battery pull
- It is likely that your MMS will not be working either. In order to fix that, simple add a second APN as follows:
Name: Rogers MMS
MMS Proxy: 10.128.1.69
MMS Port: 80
APN Type: mms
- Leave all other settings blank
- Hit Menu and save
- If you did this properly, you will see it in the list with the APN you created earlier. You should not see a little circle next to the Rogers MMS APN (this is because as an MMS APN it does not need to be set to active – its used in the background for MMS only) If you do happen to see the circle next to it, you probably forgot the last step in the above settings: APN Type: mms
That’s it! Your 3G Data should now be working on your Rogers Nexus One