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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Nexus Prime to be Unveiled?

Samsung has announced that they will be hosting a special event at the upcoming CTIA Enterprise and Applications Conference in San Diego.  The event is called "Samsung Unpacked, Google Episode."  Speculation is rampant that Samsung will unveil the rumored Nexus Prime, the next version of the pure Google phone.  The first phone was the Nexus One and the second was the Nexus S.  The Nexus One was manufactured by HTC while the Nexus S and the upcoming Nexus Prime are manufactured by Samsung.  The line of Nexus phone features the pure Android experience, without any add-ons or changes to the Android operating system.  The Nexus Prime is rumored to have some top of the line features including a 4.6 inch display, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1080p video recording, 720p hi-def screen, 1GB of RAM, 5MP primary camera and 2MP front facing camera, and the first Android device to run the new Android Ice Cream Sandwich version of the OS.  

The San Diego event is scheduled for October 11, seven days after Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 5.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Nexus One Updated to 2.3.6

The venerable Nexus One is still receiving updates directly from Google.  While we are not sure what this updated version of Gingerbread does for the Nexus One, Google does say that it has "important bug fixes and security patches."  I can report that immediately after I manually updated my phone I did notice something on my N1 that I had never seen before.  When I turned on my Bluetooth device, the BlueAnt T1, I noticed a notification on my taskbar informing me that my Bluetooth was requesting permission to connect with my phone.  I noticed that my Bluetooth was not connecting so a pulled down the notification, clicked it, and it asked me for permission to accept the connection.  I turned off my Bluetooth and turned it back on and I did not get this notification and my Bluetooth connected to my phone normally.  I will update you on any new features or issues that I may notice with this new version of Gingerbread.

The Build Number is GRK39F.  If you do a Google search for this Build Number you will find many download locations.  Just download the zip file, rename it update or, install it to your SD card and reboot the phone just like with past manual updates.  If you want detailed instructions on how to manually update let me know and I will email you step-by-step instructions.  If you don't want to go through the process of manually updating your phone, just wait and you should be getting an OTA update directly from Google in the coming weeks.

There's only 2 phones that have the most up to date version of Gingerbread, the Nexus S and the Nexus One.  Long live the Nexus One!