Samsung is on a roll these days. After the tremendous success of the Samsung Galaxy S running the Android OS and the Samsung Wave running the Bada OS, details of a new Windows Phone 7 handset by Samsung have leaked out.
The new Samsung Cetus SGH-i917 will run the Windows Phone 7 OS and will offer some great hardware specifications.
It will have a 4 inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. It will also have a 5 MP camera and a secondary VGA camera. It will come with the new Internet Explorer mobile browser and will offer Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS.
By all indications, it should come with a 1 GHz processor and about 512 MB RAM, just like the Samsung Galaxy S.
No detailed specifications are out yet, but we will update this post once they are. Keep checking.
Today, Huawei Technologies announced that it will launch four new handsets in the Indian market, two of them being Android smartphones.
The Huawei U8300 and U8500 will run the Android OS and have pretty decent hardware specifications. Huawei is clearly aiming for the budget Android segment which has virtually zero competition, by pricing the phones in the Rs. 7000 to Rs. 10000 range.
Detailed specifications are not available yet, but we do know that both phones will use Qualcomm chipsets and will offer GPRS, EDGE, 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. They are also integrated with sites like Twitter and Facebook.
The Huawei U8300 will be a QWERTY Android smartphone with a TFT touchscreen display and a 3.15 MP camera with LED flash. It will be available in three colors: green, yellow and purple.
The Huawei U8500, on the other hand, will have a 3.2 inch touchscreen display with a trackpad.
Huawei had first unveiled these phones at the Mobile World Congress, Barcelona in February. They will be available on August 1, 2010.
The Dell Streak, Dell’s new smartphone-tablet hybrid is slated for an October launch in India, according to an NDTV report. NDTV reported today that Michael Tatelman, Dell’s Vice President for Global Consumer Channel Sales & Marketing, said that Indian consumers can expect the Dell Streak to launch around October, but he didn’t mention the exact launch date or the price of the Streak.
The Dell Streak is a nice little tablet, or an over sized smartphone, depending on how you intend to use it. It runs Android 2.1 and will soon get the Android 2.2 upgrade. It has been getting pretty good reviews so far and is expected to be a hit. It is the first serious competitor to both the iPhone 4 and the iPad. It has been available in the UK for about a month and has been available for pre-order in the US since a day or two.
Other specs of the Streak include a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 512 MB RAM, 5 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display, 16 GB storage, 5 MP camera and GPS. It also has the usual connectivity options like GPRS, EDGE, 3G HSDPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g and Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP.
It is expected to be priced in the range of Rs 25000 – 30000 in India at the time of launch.
Ever since Amazon froze all Kindle orders, the interwebs have been rife with speculation that it was planning to launch a new Kindle. All those rumors have turned out to be true, as Amazon has indeed unveiled the Kindle 3.
The new Amazon Kindle is now available in 2 versions; the Wi-Fi only Kindle is priced at $139 while the Wi-Fi + 3G Kindle will sell for $189, the old price.
It features a lot of new improvements: it has a new 6 inch high contrast E Ink screen. It also has a 21% smaller body and 17% lighter at just 8.5 oz. The battery life has also been improved and lasts for about a month without Wi-Fi usage. It also has an enhanced PDF reader and comes with a new improved Webkit based browser which allows you to browse the web over Wi-Fi.
With these changes, the Kindle has become a very attractive buy for anyone who reads a lot of books. It undercuts all the other eBook readers in terms of price, be it the Barnes and Noble Nook or the Kobo eReader. The Wi-Fi only version can work anywhere in the world, so I hope that they start shipping the Kindle to India and other developing countries soon.
Samsung has launched the Champ C3300K, a budget touchscreen mobile phone in India. The Samsung Champ is priced at just around Rs. 4000 ($90). It comes with a 2.4 inch resistive touchscreen display with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels and supports 256K colors.
It will come with Samsung’s proprietary firmware for feature phones and will have the TouchWiz Lite UI.
The specifications are average: It has 30 MB internal memory and supports up to 8 GB microSD cards. It will have the GPRS and EDGE connectivity options along with Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and microUSB 2.0.
It also has a 1.3 MP camera and a stereo FM radio with RDS. It will support J2ME apps and comes with a 1000 mAh Li-ion battery with a rated talktime of 12 hrs.
It is a very good option if you are looking for a budget touchscreen phone from an established brand rather than from newer brands like Micromax or Spice.
The Motorola Droid X was released on 15 July. Before its release, there was a lot of discussion about the eFuse technology which locked down its bootloader and bricked the phone if you tried to root it. However, soon after its launch, the Droid X was already rooted by birdman of the Droid X Forums. It was an easy method but had too many steps which involved using and setting up ADB (Android Debugging Bridge) and running a lot of commands in the ADB console which scared off newbies.
For those who still haven’t rooted their Droid X, Sil3ntKi113 of the All Droid forums has released a free GUI tool which roots your Droid X with just one click.
Just download the DroidXRoot GUI tool from GUI DroidXRoot and extract all the files to your desktop.
Connect your Droid X to your PC and enable USB Debugging from System > Applications > Development on your phone.
Click on the “Root Me :)” button to root your Droid X.
Note: The tool requires .NET Framework 3.5 which comes with Windows 7 and Vista by default. If youa re using Windows XP, download .NET Framework 3.5 here
Olive Telecom has just unveiled the OlivePad VT100, an Android based Tablet in India. After all the Chinese knockoffs, this is probably the first serious Android tablet. It will launch with Android 2.1 but will get an upgrade to Android 2.2 soon.
The OlivePad has dimensions of 180 x 110 x 11.5 mm and weighs 410 gms. It will have a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resoultion of 800 x 480 pixels and sports some really good hardware. It will have a Qualcomm MSM7227 600 MHz processor, 512 MB RAM and 512 MB internal memory. It will support microSD cards up to 32 GB and will have a 3.15 MP camera.
It will be powered by a 3240 mAh Li-Po battery and will have 3G HSDPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR and microUSB 2.0 connectivity. It will also have a GPS transceiver with Google Maps.
It will be priced in the Rs. 20000 – 25000 range ($420 to $530) and will be available in Croma stores from August. Even the Infibeam Phi tablet will have launched by then. The much hyped Notion Ink Adam has been delayed further and may now launch by the end of 2010 or in 2011. The iProf educational tablet doesn’t seem to have taken off either.
The Indian Tablet space is certainly booming. Soon after the launch of the OlivePad 3G Android tablet, we have news of another Indian tablet which will be launched soon.
The Indian government has unveiled a new low cost tablet which will be priced around Rs. 1500 ($30). Unlike the earlier $10 laptop which turned out to be a USB drive, this seems to be real.
This is real, tangible and we will take it forward. The price of the device is expected to be around $35 (Rs. 1,500), gradually dropping down to $20 and ultimately $10 per piece,said Human Resource Development Minister, Kapil Sibal.
The tablet will have a touchscreen display and a built in keyboard with 2 GB RAM, Wi-Fi and USB connectivity. It will run on a custom Linux based OS and will run Open Office. It will also have an internet browser, PDF reader, video conferencing and media player applications.
It was built by a group of students and professors from IISc Bangalore, IIT Kanpur, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Madras, IIT Bombay and VIT Vellore in collaboration with the HRD ministry.
Dell has updated the US page of the Dell Streak to indicate that the Streak will be available for purchase in the US by late July.
The Dell Streak is a new Android based smartphone/tablet hybrid by Dell and has been available in the UK since about a month. The US prices haven’t been revealed yet, but going by the prices in the UK, it should be priced around $650.
The reviews of the Dell Streak have been fairly good, with the only point of contention being the size; while some consider it too big to be used as a phone and too small to be used as a tablet, most consider it to be perfectly usable as both.
It will be shipping with Android 1.6 but Dell has promised an upgrade to Android 2.2 Froyo.
Dell Streak Specifications
Dimensions: 152.9 x 79.1 x 10 mm
Weight: 220 gms
Display: 5 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 1 GHz processor
RAM: 512 MB RAM
Memory: 16 GB internal memory, up to 32 GB microSD support
OS: Android 1.6 (upgradeable to Android 2.2)
Camera: 5 MP camera with autofocus and dual LED flash, secondary VGA camera
Connectivity: GPRS, EDGE, 3G HSDPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP
Adobe has released a demo application called FlashTime which enables video chat on Android devices. The app was built using Adobe Air 2.5 for the Android platform and uses your smartphone’s camera to enable video chat with other users.
They seem to be making a point to iPhone developers (Apple doesn’t allow Flash on the iOS platform) that it’s very easy to build powerful applications using Flash and then port them over to any supported platform (like Android) using Adobe AIR. This particular FlashTime demo app took just 3 days to build.
Mark Doherty, Flash Platform Evangelist, Mobile and Devices, Adobe, said on his blog, “This is not an Adobe product, but simply a feature demo that took 3 days. Any one can build P2P applications with Flash and AIR.”
Adobe had unveiled Flash and AIR support for Android, back at MWC, Barcelona in February.
Asus had announced two new tablets, the EEE Pad EP101TC and the EP121 a couple of months back in Cumputex 2010. Both the tablets were supposed to run on Windows CE (Embedded Compact) which had inspired a few groans from those who had tried them out. Though attractive, the Windows CE interface was a bit buggy and unresponsive.
Asus seems to have ditched its Windows CE plans and will now ship the EEE Pad EP101TC with Android on board. They are currently working on a version of the EP101TC with Android 2.2 Froyo and may even switch to Android 3.0 Gingerbread by the time shipping commences in Q1 2011. They plan to showcase the tablet in CES 2011.
In other news, even Lenovo seems to be readying its Android tablet, the LePad for a launch by the end of 2010. The tablet wars are just beginning.
Airtel, India’s largest cellular network provider, has announced that it will launch the Apple iPhone 4 in India by October, just in time for the Diwali season.
It was announced earlier today that the iPhone 4 will be available in 17 more countries on July 30, but there was no mention of India in that list. Soon after that, Bharti Airtel was planning an iPhone 4 launch by October.
“We are working with Apple. Hopefully, we will launch it in the September – October timeframe”
said Bharti Airtel CEO, Sanjay Kapoor, after a CII conference.
The iPhone 4 will most probably be priced upwards of Rs. 40,000 in the Indian Market. The prices of the two iPhone 3GS models will likely be slashed from the current prices of Rs. 35500 and 41500 for the 16 GB and 32 GB models respectively.
The iPhone 4 is that latest iPhone by Apple which comes with the new iOS4 and sports some really good hardware. It has a 1 GHz Apple A4 processor, 512 MB RAM and 16 GB / 32 GB storage. It has an excellent 3.5 inch retina capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 640 x 960 pixels and a 5 MP camera with autofocus and LED flash. It has been plagued with signal reception problems lately.
According to Foursquare founder Dennis Crowley, Foursquare is in talks with the major search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo to share and include their location oriented data into search results.
Foursquare harvests a lot of user data from its applications on platforms like iOS and Android. They plan to anonymise the data and use it to show venues which are currently trending in real time search results.
Our data generates hugely interesting trends which would enrich search. We can anonymise data and use it to show venues which are trending at that moment. Twitter helped the world and the search engines know what people are talking about. Foursquare would allow people to search for the types of place people are going to and where is trending not what.
” Crowley said.
Foursquare is the most popular location based startup and is valued at close to $100 million. It just received a $20 million cash investment from Andreessen Horowitz, a VC firm.