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Opera Mini 5.1 Released For Android

The beta version of Opera Mini on Android platform finally got updated to the final version, Opera Mini 5.1. The update is now available on the Android market. To download it, search for Opera Mini on Android market or just update, if you have already installed it.opera Mini

Opera is most popular mobile browser in the world. Opera mini user count is over 61 million worldwide. The key feature of Opera Mini is the fast rendering of web pages. In addition of being fast, Opera mini compresses the web pages to 90 percent. Hence, cutting down cost of internet usage.

The Opera Mini scored a staggering 1 million download on iPhone within 24 hours of release. The final version has improved a lot when compared with the previous beta. Undoubtedly, Opera Mini is a must have browser for all mobile platforms.

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Samsung Wave Sales Touches 1 Million Mark

As I expected, the Samsung Wave turned out to be a huge hit. The Samsung Wave runs on Samsung’s proprietary BADA OS. It has a 3.7″ Super AMOLED touchscreen and an 1 GHz processor.

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Today, Samsung reported that the worldwide sales figure of Samsung Wave touched the 1 million mark. The Samsung Wave released a month ago and the figures are very good. However, the figures won’t stand in front of the iPhone 4 sales, which was 1.7 million in three days.

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Samsung also said that their powerful Android phone, the Galaxy S reached 300,000 sales mark in South Korea in 19 days. Samsung will be releasing the Galaxy S in US via four widely know carriers. The T-Mobile release date is 15 July, while AT&T will release their version on 18 July.

I have always been a fan of good hardware in a mobile phone. The success of Wave and Galaxy S is no surprise for me. I personally feel that the figures of Galaxy S will surpass Wave soon.

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BlackBerry Introduces BlackBerry Protect, A Security Application

The guys at Research In Motion (RIM) have developed a new application called BlackBerry Protect. As the name suggests, the application’s job is to wirelessly backup, restore and locate your BlackBerry phone, in short Protect your phone.

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The BlackBerry Protect also provides features like remote device wipe, remote device lock, ‘Lost and Found’ screen, locate your device on map, remotely activating the BlackBerry’s loud ringer. These features will come handy if someone’s BlackBerry phone gets lost.

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You would wonder, what is the use of the remote activation of the phone’s loud ringer. Imagine, you have misplaced your phone at your home, you are calling but then you realize that your phone is in silent mode. Then this feature will help you to find your phone.

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The wireless backup feature backs up Contacts, Calendar; Memos and Tasks, Browser Bookmarks and SMS messages. A lost BlackBerry phone can be located by in-built GPS or cell tower ID in a non GPS phone. That is not all, you can also send contact info to be displayed on the screen of a locked phone which was previously lost.

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The application is still under development. The limited beta app will be available through BlackBerry Beta Zone via invite codes, later this week.

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Samsung Vibrant To Release On 15 July In US

We reported earlier that AT&T will release their version of the mighty Samsung I9000 Galaxy S, on 18 July and T-Mobile on 21 July. T-Mobile wanted to be one better than AT&T, hence, they rescheduled the release date of Samsung Vibrant to 15 July. Samsung Vibrant is T-Mobile’s version of Samsung I9000 Galaxy S.

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An official at phonedog got a reply via twitter from TMobile_USA that Samsung Vibrant launch is scheduled for 15 July. So, it is official now and T-Mobile won the race against AT&T for bringing the first Galaxy S in US. The cost will be $199 on two year contract (same as AT&T).

The hardware is the same as in Captivate and I9000 Galaxy S. We have reported about the hardware earlier and you can check the details here.

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Android Market Shares Rises In US, Reports comScore

According to comScore’s report, in Q2 2010, Google’s Android is the only smart phone OS to show growth in US market. Other OS like the RIM, Apple, Microsoft and Palm showed loss in market shares. Google’s Android, showed a growth of 4%, since Q1 this year.

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RIM holds the majority at 41.7%, losing 0.4% compared to 42.1% of Q1. Apple is behind RIM with 24.4%, again losing 1.0% compared to 25.4% in Q1 (iPhone 4 sales not included in Q2). Microsoft holds the third spot with 13.2%, a loss of 1.9% compared to 15.1% of Q1. Google is at the fourth spot with 13%, gain of 4% compared to 9% of Q1. Palm takes the bottom with 4.8%, losing 0.6% compared to 5.4% in Q1.

The graph will change soon when iPhone 4 sales will be added. Windows Phone 7 and Android 3.0 release will also cause a huge change in the shares. At present, the conclusion is that Android is growing at a super fast rate.

The report also shows that majority of the people in US use their phone for SMS/texting. Samsung has topped the OEM (original equipment manufacturer) with 22.4%, followed by LG at 21.5% and Motorola at 21.2%.

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Samsung Captivate Release Date Announced By AT&T

Samsung Captivate, the AT&T version of the powerful Samsung I9000 Galaxy S, will be hitting the stores in US by 18 July. The Samsung i897 Captivate will be the first amongst all Galaxy S to hit the States. The T-Mobile version of Galaxy S, the Samsung Vibrant (a.k.a. Samsung T959 Galaxy S) will release on 21 July, bit later than the Captivate.

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The Samsung i897 Captivate has a 4″ Super AMOLED multi-touch capable touchscreen, with 800 x 480 resolution. It will be having a 3.5mm audio slot. The internal memory will be of 16GB and the external microSD slot will be expandable up to 32GB. The RAM in Captivate will be of 512MB. Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with DLNA support will be present. The Bluetooth version will be 3.0 with A2DP support.

The camera on the Captivate is of 5MP resolution. It will not have any flash light support. The video will be recorded in HD(720P) resolution. The secondary camera for video calling will be of VGA resolution. The Captivate will have Android 2.1 at the time of release. Samsung’s proprietary TouchWiz UI over Android 2.1 will come onboard.

The processor inside the Captivate is Samsung’s own Hummingbird processor with a clock speed of 1GHz. Stereo FM radio with RDS support will be present. GPS with aGPS and Digital Compass support will be also present. Divx video playback codec is also supported. It will be available in Black and Grey colors.

The Captivate will cost US $199.99 on a two year contract with AT&T. The T-Mobile’s Samsung Vibrant will cost the same but will hit the stores by 21 July.

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Motorola CHARM Caught In The Wild

The upcoming T-Mobile’s Motorola CHARM/Basil has shown up in a leaked picture. According to reports, the Motorola CHARM sports a 3″ capacitive touchscreen and a physical QWERTY keyboard. It is also reported to have the proprietary MOTOBLUR UI over Android 2.1 OS.Motorola Charm

According to the leaked information, the Motorola CHARM will be hitting the US market next month. There are also reports that the T-Mobile retail stores are getting package called “Motorola Basil Project”. The T-Mobile has a habit of calling their future phone launches as Project. Maybe, the Motorola CHARM has something to do with this Project of T-Mobile.

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Unfortunately, there is no more information regarding the specification of Motorola Charm. But for the meantime, we can hope for some more leaks and maybe the official announcement. You can also see our previous coverage of Motorola CHARM/Basil.

Update 7th July,2010:  Motorola has officially announced the Motorola Charm. The Charm has a 2.8″ capacitive touchscreen of QVGA resolution. It will be sporting the MOTOBLUR UI over Android OS 2.1. It will also have a BACKTRACK navigation pad at the back, just like in a laptop. The camera resolution is of 3MP. More detailed specification will be reported soon.

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Samsung Sold 200,000 Galaxy S In 10 Days In S. Korea

There is no doubt in the fact that the Samsung Galaxy S is the best Android handset currently in the market. To prove this point, Samsung has a figure to show, 200,000 Galaxy S has been sold by Samsung in South Korea within the span of 10 days. The Samsung Galaxy S was released on 24th June in South Korea.samsungi9000

If we compare the sales of Apple iPhone 3GS with Galaxy S in South Korea, which was released in end of 2009, the Galaxy S will be an undoubted winner. Apple has only sold 800,000 iPhone 3GS in South Korea until now. Samsung says that the pre-loaded application package with the Galaxy S serves well in the South Korean market.

The Samsung Galaxy S is now a series and not only a single device. The powerful hardware in the Galaxy S series will be the root of its high success in future.

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Android 3.0 a.k.a. Gingerbread Requirements Updated

Couple of days ago, when I read that Android 3.0 (Gingerbread) will have minimum hardware requirements of 1GHz processor and 512MB RAM, my heart sank. I thought my Xperia X10 will be only limited to Android 2.2. But, the editor-in-chief of mobile review, Eldar Murtazin gave some clarifications via his tweet.android-gingerbread

He tweeted, “Yesterday have a very good conversation and some clarifications. 1 Ghz, 512 Mb etc its not minimal requirements but recommended one”. This means that few high-end Android devices, who thought that they will be left out in Android 3.0 party, can now relax.

The other suspense on the Android 3.0 OS is that no third party UI will be supported. This suspense still exists because no official comment has been made on it. For phones with screen size of 4″ or more, the resolution will be increased to 1280 x 760p via Android 3.0. Let us wait for more leaks and info on the Android 3.0. You can read the previous post here.

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Samsung I9000 Galaxy S Released In India

The strongest Android phone currently on the planet, Samsung I9000 Galaxy S, has hit the Indian shores. The Samsung I9000 Galaxy S has the biggest Super AMOLED screen in the market with a size of 4 inches. The Galaxy S is available in two versions, 8GB and 16GB. But I have only seen the 16GB in the Indian market (Kolkata).samsungi9000

The Samsung I9000 Galaxy S has a 4″ Super AMOLED capacitive screen with WVGA (800 x 480) resolution. As usual, a 3.5mm slot is present. The phone has a inbuilt memory of 8GB / 16GB, depending on the version you purchase. The external microSD slot is expandable up to 32GB. The Galaxy S has a healthy 512MB RAM and 2GB ROM.

The Galaxy has supports both 2G (GPRS: Class 12 (4+1/3+2/2+3/1+4 slots), 32 – 48 kbps | EDGE: Class 12) and 3G (HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps) connectivity. Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with DLNA support is also present. The Bluetooth version on Galaxy S is 3.0 with A2DP support.

The camera is the only weak point in Galaxy S along with the plastic build. The camera is of 5MP resolution with autofocus but no flash at all. The video is recorded at HD (720P) resolution at 30fps. A secondary camera for video chatting is also present with VGA resolution.

The Android version on Galaxy S is 2.1 (Eclair). The processor inside is one of the best in the market, ARM Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor with a clock speed of 1Ghz. The processor is based on 45nm fabrication process. Stereo FM Radio with RDS support is also present. GPS with aGPS and Digital Compass support is also present. The video player on Galaxy S supports codec like .avi, Divx, .mkv, which is excellent according to me.

The battery power is of 1500mAh Li-Po battery. The battery performance on Galaxy S is excellent, in fact second best after Samsung Wave. The Galaxy S is available in Black and Grey. The price of Samsung I9000 Galaxy S is INR 28500 (US $608). Our team will be reviewing the Galaxy S soon, stay tuned for our review.

MoDaCo Custom ROM For Samsung Galaxy S Released

A new custom ROM for the Samsung Galaxy S, MoDaCo Custom ROM, has been released. This Custom ROM is based on official ROMs. This ROM can be cooked and then can be downloaded from the Online Kitchen. In simple words, it means that you can select what you want, and the custom ROM chosen by you can then be downloaded.

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Before you can use the ROM on your device, you have to make sure that the JFB is running on your device (You can download it from here, see the link under requirements title). The optional Google applications available are AllShare / DLNA, calculator, Daily Briefing, Email, Live Wallpapers, Maps (unmodified Google Maps 4.3.0), Memo, Mini Dairy, My Files, Samsung Apps, Samsung IME, Social Hub, Voice Dailer, Voice recorder, Voice Search, Write and Go and Youtube.

The third party applications available are Beebplayer, Fancy Widget, ThinkFree Office, Swype and WaveSecure. You can select whatever you want, then cook your desired ROM and after that you can download it. This is the initial release, more updates will come gradually.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10’s New Firmware Update Released

Sony Ericsson just announced that a new software update for the Xperia X10 has been released. However, the software update won’t bring Android 2.1 yet. This software update will improve performance and stability on the X10.

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Sony Ericsson also said that they will be providing a free backup application along with the update, which will help in storing the phone’s settings and information in itself. Sony Ericsson also announced that, in select markets Play Now will be added, from which applications and games can be downloaded. Sony Ericsson said that, there are speed improvements in messaging tasks and camera UI.

The update can also be downloaded OTA on your mobile by the mobile connection or Wi-Fi. The update is still not available in India. We will keep you updated about its availability. So, X10 users keep looking for the notification bar to report for an update.

Update, 5th July 2010, 8:15PM: I have not been prompted for an update on my Xperia X10 in India (Kolkata). As far as I know, there has been no report of any update in India. The users like me in India, will have to wait a bit longer.

Update, 7th July 2010, 9:12PM: The update is now available in India for download. I can see improvements in the UI of the Mediascape application. The audio quality has also improved a lot. The Backup and Restore application is also available now, it will help in backing up everything on your sd card.

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Nokia Releases Firmware Update For 6700 Classic Phone

Nokia released a firmware update for the S40 OS Nokia 6700 classic phone. The most highlighted addition via the update is the free, voice-guided, turn-by-turn navigation. The S40 series phones were the only ones left out in the free navigation considering S60 phones.

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The maps in the 6700 classic is also updated to verion-14. The update also improves the camera feature, for example, one step auto focus has been added. Also, the menu switching to landscape to portrait or vice-versa while taking photographs is added. The Bluetooth audio connections has been improved as well.

Overall, the new update for the 6700 classic improves performance and stability. The update can be downloaded from the local Nokia support site. The update is available in most regions and if it is not, then it will surely arrive within a week.

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Google Nexus One Officially Gets The OTA Android 2.2 (Froyo) Update

Google Nexus One users can now upgrade to Android 2.2 via the official OTA update from Google. There had been speculations earlier about the update but this time it is real and official.

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The T-Mobile Nexus One got upgraded from Android 2.1 build ERE27 to FRF85. For updating via OTA update, wait for the notification bar to report for an update. So, what are you Nexus One users waiting for? Go and enjoy the Froyo on your Nexus One.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro Is Now Launched

The world’s smallest Android phone with QWERTY keypad, the Xperia X10 Mini Pro, is now launched. The Xperia X10 Mini Pro has the same features and hardware, as in Xperia X10 Mini. The only difference is the physical QWERTY keypad in Mini Pro.

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The Xperia X10 Mini Pro has a 2.6″ capacitive touchscreen of QVGA resolution. The X10 Mini Pro has 2G and 3G network connectivity. Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g is also present. The Bluetooth version is 2.1 with A2DP support. The internal memory is of 128MB and the external microSD slot is expandable up to 16GB (2GB included).

The camera is of 5MP with LED flash. The video is recorded at VGA resolution @30fps. A 3.5mm slot is also present. The Android version is 1.6, which will be updated to Android 2.1 on Q3, 2010. The processor inside is Qualcomm MSM7227 with a clock speed of 600MHz. Stereo FM Radio with RDS support is also there. GPS with aGPS support is also there. The battery power is of 970mAh.

The Xperia X10 Mini Pro is available in black and red colors. The price is supposed to be around $346 (INR 16000). Here is a retail video of X10 Mini Pro:

Note: The pricing is not 100% accurate, it will be revised soon.

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