This Week’s Recap is a series of articles, in which we will give you a short recapitulation of the week’s most popular news from the XDA forums.
It seems to be to topic on everyone’s tongue these days. I guess that whenever Google decides to create expectations, they do it right. Last week, we saw the advent of 2.3 when the SDK was released to the masses. Needless to say, since our beloved members couldn’t wait, they decided to start cooking roms out of that, most of them were too buggy to run, even as a test basis, and many porting projects were dropped after a few days.
Yesterday, we saw the first dump of the Nexus S’ image, but this proved to be a dud as it was not usable. Today, an announcement was just made a few hours ago that Google was in the process of releasing the source code, also known as AOSP (many of you are familiar with this acronym from the various roms for different devices out there). So, if you were waiting for something more tangible to play with, this is your chance.
And yet another Android device joins the ranks of the rooted. The highly awaited (by some anyways) Samsung Nexus S finally went live yesterday just to get rooted within a few hours. More than likely, many of the devs involved already had access to test devices and such, but it is nice to see that we are keeping the manufacturers on their toes when it comes to locking their products. Needless to say, that true development is about to get started now due to this being the first device in the world to carry 2.3 (officially anyways).
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It looks like our friends at Google decided to roll out packages of many of their stock apps to Android device owners. This past week, we have been blessed with updates for Google Maps (went to version 5), Google Market (to version 2.2.6), GMail, and possibly a few more that currently escape me. The most interesting one was the Market as it not only rolled out with a re-designed UI, but also with new rules and regulations on how to handle certain things like refunds. ElCondor makes a very good point in his article as he can’t help but to wonder if we are looking at bits and pieces of Honeycomb (Google’s next incarnation of Android). What do you think?
We have done a very good job in getting Skype to work in the US over 3G, and we would have thought that the good people at Skype would have gotten the message that we need this to work over our data networks. It seems that the message didn’t sink because the new Skype update, while it fixes quite a few bugs, still does not allow people in the US to get this service to work over 3G/4G. Will we have to do it ourselves again? You betcha’!