Lucky Ebay Shopper Gets Samsung Nexus S Loaded With Ice Cream Sandwich

Well this is a nice site, although it may just be a custom ROM. It appears that a very lucky Ebay shopper got his T-Mobile Samsung Nexus S and it came with a hidden surprise: loaded with Android Ice Cream Sandwich. Check out the video posted by Engadget below.

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[How-to] Revert Your Captivate To Stock with Odin3 “One-Click”!

So, you got yourself a shiny new AT&T Captivate.  Great, fantastic device; SuperAMOLED, Hummingbird, blah blah.  As any new Android user, you hop on the interwebs and get to Googling.  Slowly, over time, the inevitable happens; you stumble onto xda-developers.com.  You see the light.  Within hours, you’re on your third rom, the thirst for speed clouds your judgement.  Life is great, your device is flying, multitasking with gusto.  It’s at this point the tech Gods decide to rain on your parade, or, more precisely, your Captivate.  The speaker is dead, the rain markers are clear, time for insurance.  But wait!  You’re running CFW.  They’ll never replace a device that has so blatantly been modified.  In comes Odin3.  With just “one-click” (really a few more than that), you’ll have your Captivate SGS back to factory specifications with none the wiser (it’ll also help in ‘bricked’ devices).  Hit the link for directions and downloads!

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[Breaking-Video] Eric Schimdt just confirmed the Nexus S

During the Web 2.0 summit, Google CEO Eric Schimdt just pulled out the Nexus S and showed it off in it’s full glory. So now we know that this IS the next Nexus model in Google’s lineup. The new handset will have NFC technology integrated for mobile payments. The live-stream of the summit can be seen here.

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[Video] Flash-based video conferencing on Android

There is cool stuff and then some really cool stuff that comes out on Android. This is one is on the ‘really cool’ stuff side. This proof-of-concept video which is:

Built with Flex 4 and deployed on AIR for Android. The Application is just 30 lines of code and allows multiple users to join a chat room and “video chat”.

Video streaming is powered by LiveCycle Collaboration Services, a set of hosted Flash Services that enable developers to easily add real-time collaboration and social capabilities to their applications.

This application is obviously a bare-bones proof of concept. However, it is fully operational, and the same code can run on different runtime environments: AIR for Android, AIR on the Desktop, and Flash Player in the Browser. Users can participate in the same collaboration session regardless of the runtime environment they use.

[via Coenraets.org thru Mobile Crunch]

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Non-rooted Nexus gets dressed up in Samsung TouchWiz UI

Looks like the guys over at XDA Dev site put together an app that allows the Samsung TouchWiz UI to load up on your Nexus One. Why someone would want to spoil the pure Android OS is beyond me, but I have to admit that it looks pretty damn nice. It works with both Eclair and Froyo so if you have an hankering for some TouchWiz juice, head on over to their site and check it out.

[via XDA Developers thru Engadget]

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Nexus One no longer for sale, we die a little bit inside

Let’s be honest here. If you are a gadget geek in any way, shape, or form, then you are a fan of the Nexus One whether you have one or not. It is the nerd of nerds phone. It has a trackball that illuminates in different colors, it has a nice large screen, it has a rubberized back, it has an awesome look and feel. The Nexus One was the first and only Google anointed phone that didn’t say ‘with Google’ but rather ‘Google’ on the back. The phone was always kept up to date and ran the latest leaked and live versions of Android and probably will continue to be as it seems to be Google’s test phone. However, as of this morning the Nexus One is no longer for sale on AT&T or T-Mobile at Google.com/Phone. Google has stopped ordering shipments of the device last week and now has stopped shipping the device to buyers. Today is a day we all shed a tear. One of the best phones made in the last couple years is now being put out of its misery. You can still find one on Ebay and Craigslist. So if you are still interested you might want to head over there and start placing some bids because they won’t be there forever.

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Nexus One gets Ubuntu installed

Nexus One Hacks has put together full instructions on how you can load Ubuntu up on your Nexus One. So if you are so inclined and aren’t afraid of bricking your phone, head on over to their site for full instructions.

Video walk through:

How to install:

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iOS 4 vs Android Froyo (2.2), browser vs browser

This morning, Richard Lai of Engadget put up a side by side browser speed test between the Nexus One running Android 2.2 (Froyo) and the iPhone 4 running iOS 4. The browser speed test is not based off the same JavaScript tests that Google showed off at I/O which is right now by far the fastest. Instead, it showed the 2 browsers rendering web pages on the same WiFi side by side. The speed tests are not scientifically conclusive, in-fact, if anything, it shows that Android and iOS are pretty far ahead of the pack as far as full featured and fast mobile browsers go. In the first video, the Nexus One is also rendering full Flash on webpages via the Flash 10.1 browser plug-in. In the second video, Richard Lai turned Flash off on Android and showed the 2 browsers side by side with a more accurate relativity since the iPhone doesn’t load any Flash. Some pretty impressive results on both sides. Have a look! Check out both videos after the break…

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Angry Birds coming to Android, lack of productivity ensues

I just want to start out this post by saying, I love Angry Birds! It is just an awesome game. I played it on my iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. There is nothing I love more than Angry Birds crashing into scared little pigs. Read more of this post

Android 3.0 to bring a pretty new UI and strict hardware requirements

We all already knew Android 3.0 was coming sooner or later. According to Unwiredview, a Russian language audio podcast with host Eldar Murtazin gave us all the details we could possibly need… for now. Here are the quotes from Unwired’s translations: Read more of this post