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Are you among the people, who have received the long-waited Android 2.2 FroYo on your Galaxy S handset or you are still waiting it? But no matter if you have the FroYo or not, do you still experience some lag issues or you’re not satisfied with the speed of your device? If the answer to these questions is positive, then the new custom ROM from Kalpik from XDA-Developers might be the sweet candy for your Galaxy that you’ve wanted.

The new Android 2.2.1 XXJPU ROM really boosts up your Galaxy S phone with performance improvements in the following areas:

  • 339MB free RAM because of reduced drivers footprint
  • improved UI speed
  • improved browser speed
  • reportedly improved GPS and video player
  • OTA (over-the-air) updates, however it is not known if this version will receive any.
  • ability to change lock screen wallpaper
  • Swype version with the following languages: (spelling by XDA) US English, UK English, Netherlands, Francais, Deutsch, Italiano, Polski, Portugues, Espanol, Turkce and more (reportedly Ukrainian or Korean)

So if you are into installing custom ROMs and you would like to get the maximum speed and performance out of your Galaxy S, then download this ROM and give it a try. If you haven’t rooted your handset but you are willing to try something new, or are still running on Android 2.1 and would like to try the FroYo, dive in and install this custom ROM. But please remember, that this is a leaked and modified firmware update and Android Mobiles does not take responsibility for any damage to your device. If you are unsure how to root and install custom ROMs and what exactly you are doing, then it is better to wait for the official update from Samsung.

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Some days ago Google presented their new mobile phone – Nexus S, and the new version of Android – 2.3 Gingerbread. At the same time, the technological giant presented a new version of Google Maps, but that was somehow neglected by most people as the noise was about Gingerbread and Nexus S. There are many changes and the most important and significant one is the lack of the annoying tiles.

Google Maps 5 offers a completely new approach in the way it represents the data to the end user. Instead of using the tile images, which caused sometimes a frustrating delay in loading and displaying them, Google has decided to use vectors. Everything is represented by vectors, thus the load time is almost equal to 0 and the user can browse around the maps quickly and easily. With the use of the vectors, some pretty good features have been added. Multitouch control is now present – rotate or tilt the map, sliding 2 fingers up and down the screen and the well-known 3D buildings will emerge from the flat image, giving you more clear image of the region.

Google Maps 5 was presented by Andy Rubin some days ago on a prototype tablet from Motorola and he said that we can expect Google Maps 5 in the market in a couple of days. So far so good, but here comes the bad news – the new version of Google Maps will be supported only by several mobile phones so far:

  • Galaxy S
  • Droid
  • Droid X
  • Droid 2
  • Droid Incredible
  • Evo
  • Nexus S
  • G2

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During the KES2010, which is the Korean equivalent to the Consumer Electronics Show, LG has announced their new handset for the Korean market only. “Another LG device – so what?” probably many of you are asking yourselves right now, but believe me – there is a reason for writing about LU-3000. This device is really fast, faster than iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S, based on a variety of tests of the three devices. So in fact, this turns out to be the fastest Android phone – something which is not common for LG.

The specifications of LU-3000 seem pretty good, although one could have expected a lot more from the “fastest Android handset”. The core of this mobile phone is TI OMAP 3630 processor running at 1GHz, supported by a 3.8-inch IPS TFT display with resolution of 480×800 pixels (it’s pretty good to see IPS panels in a handset, providing viewing angles of 178 degrees and accurate color representation), 5MP camera with autofocus and LED flash, capable of recording 1080p HD video, but LU-3000 is also capable of playing 1080p video either on the phone screen or on an external one, using the HDMI output. The version of Android is 2.2, but let’s hope that there will be Gingerbread for it.

It’s a pity that this lovely device will not be released to the rest of the world, but it’s possible that LG would make another device, similar to this one for us. If you are interested in the test between the iPhone, Galaxy S and LU-3000, take a look at the video bellow:

LU-3000 vs. Galaxy S vs. iPhone

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For a long time the users of Samsung Galaxy S have waited for an update to Android 2.2. Samsung had promised many times to release it until some date but later on they apologized and postponed it for a later date. This really frustrated everyone but none of Galaxy S owners could do anything but wait. But it seems that the wait and delays are over. Users from Norway, Denmark and Sweden report that they have successfully updated their Galaxy S to Android 2.2 via Kies. And this surely means only one thing – soon everyone should expect an update either OTA or via Kies.

If you want to try and see if you have the update, follow these steps:

  1. Download and install Samsung Kies (If you don’t already have it)
  2. Update Kies to the latest version.
  3. Connect your phone and after being registered, click on the phone with the little arrow icon at the bottom right.
  4. Complete the firmware update do JPM (if you are lucky to have such an update).

As for the new things in Android 2.2 for Samsung Galaxy S – this is the list:

  • Android 2.2 JIT compiler
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.1 compatibility
  • New Android Market with auto-update feature
  • Speed improvements
  • Pinch-to-zoom
  • Better default keyboard
  • Quick links to “GPS” and “Auto rotation” toggles on notification bar added
  • Improvements in UI of app drawer and default icon dock
  • Colored icons in settings menu
  • GPS Fix which was awaited for so long
  • Media Hub
  • New menu theme
  • Better Exchange support
  • Video records in MP4 format
  • New Search widget
  • New Gmail application

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Froyo makes its way to everyone

Since the rumors for release of Android 2.2 Froyo everyone has hoped that his device will be among those, who will be getting this update. But since then not many devices received it. But this week brings some good news to the owners of several devices.

Let’s begin with Dell Streak – since its release, Streak is running one Android 1.6. An exception are the devices, running on the leaked and modified build of the UK version’s .2.1 update, but they are not so much. But there are some news from Dell – they say that Dell Streak won’t be getting 2.1 but it will be directly receiving FroYo. The rumors were for December 31st but Dell promised that Over-the-air update will be released much sooner than this. So take a deep breath and wait for that yoghurt.

Motorola Milestone European customers may also be happy, because Motorola announced that they are starting to make some user tests. Once they are complete, it will be clear if some further optimizations and changes should be made and then proceed to the final testing and approval stage. Motorola promises to deliver Android 2.2 to European Milestone users by the end of the year.

Last but not least, it’s a good day for Samsung Galaxy S users. Samsung has just released the source code of Android 2.2 for this device. Practically this means 2 things – firstly that the official update is very close and secondly – that the guys from XDA developers and other custom ROMs developers will start working on this and soon there will be some nice custom ROMs for everyone keen on rooting and flashing.

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