May 18, 2011
Gitbrew has been able to install Backtrack 5 on a rooted Android phone. By using Debdroid, users run Linux distros built for ARM devices. Gitbrew’s has been able to get a fully functional version of Backtrack 5 working on any Android device. So how hard is it? If your phone is already rooted, its just a flash update from zip away and you would be running Backtrack 5 ARM on your android phone.
The OS is fully Ubuntu-based so it is possible to run it like a desktop, including running Firefox and other Linux applications. If you have an android phones with HDMI out, your android phone could make a perfect portable PC.
Screenshot of Android running Backtrack5 via VNC:
Of course with BackTrack 5, you can do advanced network scans right from your Android device via WiFi, no laptop required.
April 30, 2011
Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread brings Gtalk Video calling to Google NExus S. The update would be available via OTA, reaching Nexus S phone over next few weeks. You can get started with Android 2.3.4 today by manually downloading it from AOSP.
Pre-requisites: Android 2.3.3 GRI40 on Nexus S.
How to update Nexus S to Android 2.3.4 with Video:
Download the file above, name it update.zip, boot into recovery, and choose apply update.zip
April 18, 2011
No matter what you do, there’s no way to stop Openness. Android is growing faster than ever. A year ago we heard a figure of 200,00 new devices being activated everyday, the number has grown to 340,000 devices every day, and it aint gonna stop.
As per the latest growth metrics, Android is growing 3x times faster than iOS. Asymco Analyst has extrapolated a growth curve based on the data available. That chart shows that Android has grown nearly three times faster than iOS at comparable moments in its cycle.
While iOS is available only on handful of devices, Android is available on more than 100 devices, the variety and diversity leads to the win-win situation for Android.
iOS is growing at at least 100% per year and Android’s second year was 65x bigger than its first. iOS growth is limited by the ramp rates of a limited portfolio of products. Android growth is limited by how quickly vendors can bring out products. Neither platform is demand constrained and hence they are competing for share of growth not for share of a fixed pie.
April 4, 2011
We are about to see the same revolution of procesors in mobile devices that we saw on PCs. Nvidia Tegra 2 SoC made some serious upgrades to Mobile phones & Tablets in 2011. Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy SII, Galaxy Tab 10.1, 8.9 are few of the devices powered by it.
Continuing the evolution would be its successor, Tegra 3 aka Kal-El: A Quad core SoC for Tablets & phones alike, packaging significant performance enhancements.
Tegra 3 will begin shipping in early Q3, and we have received semi-reliable reports that Motorola is likely to be the first to bring a tablet packing Nvidia’s latest wares to market.
Here’s the roadmap for Nvidia Tegra:
Tegra 3 Quad Core Facts:
- First Quad core SoC.
- Available to OEM’s and ODM’s as early as late Q3 2011
- Great performance boost over Tegra2 GPU. Would bring mobiles to laptop geforce graphics class.
Motorola is pretty much silent on the leak, but going foward, we can safely say that they aren’t resting with Xoom. It’s likely that Motorola is will bring the Quad core tablet sometime around September 2011.
And then would being a stream of other quad core mobile devices.
January 30, 2011
Google would be announcing Honeycomb aka Android 3.0 OS optimized for tablets, and we already have a ported Honeycomb OS to Nook Color Tablet.
As per the developer:
graphics acceleration more or less working. The SGX driver seems too old for some buffer request of android 3.0, so right now the statusbar is invisible but still functional. Not sure if I can fix that or have to wait for the AOSP release.
What is not working… pretty much everything else, no accelerometer, no wlan, no sound. Haven’t started working on those things yet.
The OS was ported on friday and over weekend Hardware acceleration was enabled for the GUI, though its still half-baked. Checkout the Video below after a jump:
January 11, 2011
Android Ice Cream Release Date
Google will release the next version of its mobile phone operating system, Android 2.4, in the summer, According to multiple sources familiar with the matter. Android Ice cream would be announced around the June/July timeframe with the Google I/O 2011, Google’s international developer conference.
The news is based on Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, supposedly running the yet-to-be-announced mobile OS, was found on the show floor at CES. Sony XPERIA arc was actually running Android 2.4, our sources have confirmed that the new OS is coming.
However, there are rumors that indicate a different OS number. It is said that Android Ice cream might be 4.0 version. This was disclosed by the president of ARM Tudor Brown in an interview to Forbes. Between Android 3.0, and Android 4.0, Google will release an interim version, which has been named as Honeycomb. Going by that rumor, it will be denoted by the Android 3.5.
So Why the Name Android Ice Cream?
Android has been releasing all sweet-dishes since its 2.x versions. Former names: Donut (D), Eclair (E), Froyo (F), Gingerbread (G) and Honeycomb (H) with the next iteration in the list of releases Ice Cream (I).
With Honeycomb announced in January, 6 months gap for 32nd announcement falls exactly inline with June/July rumors.
Android Ice Cream Features:
Its not much known what would Android ICe cream feature, but few things are rumnored:
- UI inspiration from Honeycomb for Phone form factor
- Gaming improvements
- Cloud Music
- Tight Cloud integration to backup apps, app data, preferences.
December 7, 2010
The Tablet is powered by Dual core Nvidia Tegra2 with 3D capabilities and features video chat. The design is splendid and the honeycomb UI looks intuitive.