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Updating my Samsung Galaxy S from Froyo to Gingerbread

I decided to update the operating system on my Galaxy S from version 2.2 (Froyo) to 2.3.3 (Gingerbread). The official Gingerbread ROM has been available for a while now, but I decided to try a custom ROM – in this case, a variation on Darky’s Rom. I followed the guide on the XDA forums created by Virnik0, which is very in-depth and tells you everything you need to know, as well as providing all the necessary files to download (Odin, CF-Root, Voodoo, and the ROM itself).

Following Virnik0’s instructions made everything very straightforward, and before I knew it I was booting my phone into Gingerbread. Everything seems a bit smoother than it was under Froyo, it’s too soon to tell if the battery life has really improved but hopefully it will have made a difference.

I’ve just about got everything setup as I had it before (restored apps using Titanium, reinstalled LauncherPro and various games) and it’s all working well.

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Angry Birds Seasons adds new levels for Easter

The kind folks at Rovio have added yet more levels to Angry Birds Seasons, just in time for the Easter festivities.

Angry Birds Seasons - Easter loading screen
Apart from the extra 15 levels, the pigs now sport rabbit ears, and there are plenty of golden eggs to look for.

Angry Birds Seasons - Easter menu
Angry Birds Seasons is available for free for Android users from the Market.

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Gingerbread finally released for Samsung Galaxy S

Samsung have finally released Gingerbread (Android 2.3) for the Samsung Galaxy S. It started appearing as an upgrade option on Kies this morning for various European users.

The main feature that Gingerbread promises is improved battery life, so I’ll be updating as soon as possible, although I may wait for the ROM Kitchen folks to add Gingerbread so I can create a custom ROM.

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3 billion apps downloaded from Android Market

In a financial conference call given by Google yesterday, it was announced that over 3 billion apps have now been downloaded from the Android Market. It has taken Android around 3 months to go from 2 billion to 3 million downloads, which equates to around 11 million daily downloads. To compare, Apple sees around 33 million daily downloads, but Android is closing the gap fast.

Additionally, it was revealed that 350,000 Android handsets are activated every day. With sales figures like that, Android is sure to close the gap even more quickly to Apple.

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LinkedIn app now available for Android

An official LinkedIn app is now available for Android phones from the Android Market:

LinkedIn on the Android Market|

For now, the app is very basic, offering access to six items – Updates, Connections, Invitations, Search, Reconnect and Messages.

LinkedIn home screen

Future updates are promised which should make the app a bit more usable, for now things are very basic.

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Samsung Galaxy S to get Gingerbread by the end of the month?

According to a link on CNET,the long awaited Gingerbread update for the Samsung Galaxy S will finally be available by the end of the month, at least it will for users of the Three network. With any luck, this means the same will be true for the other operators, but I wouldn’t hold my breath! Hopefully someone will produce a clean Gingerbread ROM for the Galaxy S which will enable other developers to customise it.