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Rajesh is a 19 year old nerd, currently pursuing B.Com Hons from Bhawanipore college in Kolkata, India. He loves everything tech, especially Android. You can follow him on twitter @ePandu or mail to him at [email protected]

Nokia N8 Gets A ‘Phone Apps Update’

The folks over at The Nokia Review have apparently received a new software update for their Nokia N8. The update is not a firmware update; instead it updates few of the core applications of the phone. The Phone apps update’ weighs in at 2892KB and also aims at improving the stability of the core applications of the phone.

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However, after installing the update the Nokia Review folks did not find any noticeable changes.

I hope this update improves the browser performance on the N8. If any of you N8 owners have received this update, please do let us know the changes you have noticed know by dropping in a comment.

Acer Liquid Metal Unveiled; Runs Android 2.2 With Breeze UI On Top

After many previous failed attempts at making Android handsets, Acer is back with another handset the Liquid Metal. The Acer Liquid Metal sports a 3.6-inch curved touchscreen with a resolution of 800×480. The phone is powered by the latest generation Snapdragon processor MSM7230 running at 800MHz. This is the same processor which powers the T-Mobile G2 or the HTC Desire Z.   Acer_Liquid_Metal

The handset also sports the usual Wi-Fi n, Bluetooth, GPS with A-GPS and HSDPA. The back of the phone is made up of metal and also sports a 5MP camera with Auto-focus and LED flash. The handset is capable of recording videos in 720p resolution. The Liquid Metal runs on Android 2.2 with Acer’s Breeze UI running on top of it. The phone also supports DLNA and Mobile AP.

The phone will be available in two colors Silver and brown for £299 including VAT. The Acer Liquid Metal is expected to hit the retail store sometime in Mid-November.

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Top 5 Halloween Apps For iPhone/iPad

Halloween is about kids wearing scary costumes, trick-or-treating people, jack-o-lanterns, bonfires, attending parties wearing wacky costumes, watching horror movies etcetera. Now that Halloween is almost here, we list out the top 5 Halloween applications for your , and to get you into the spirit of Halloween on your iDevice.halloween_Costume

Also Read: Halloween Apps, Themes and Ringtones for Android

#5 Costume Ideas Halloween: Need to attend a Halloween party but confused what to wear? Confused what your kids should wear for that yearly Halloween party? Then Costume Ideas Halloween is the perfect application for you. The application suggests you what to wear every time you shake your iPhone/iPod Touch. The application also has some spooky sound effects for that Halloween feel. The application also suggests where you might find the Halloween costume the app just suggested you. Download this application from the iTunes App Store for $0.99.

#4 Halloween Sound Box: So you will be playing a spooky prank on your friend but can’t find some spooky tunes? The Halloween Sound Box application comes to your rescue then. The app contains 16 spooky Halloween tunes to fulfill all your scary’ requirements. Download the application from the App Store for free.

#3 Halloween Sniper: Halloween is all about ghosts, zombies and other Halloween monsters. Fulfill all your dreams of killing all these Halloween Monsters by playing the Halloween Sniper HD game on your iPad. Who will win this battle between you and Halloween? Buy the app for $0.99 from the App Store and find out the answer.

More Halloween Goodies: 10 Spooky Halloween Screensavers | 25 Places to Get Creepy Halloween Wallpapers

MeeGo v1.1 For Handsets Released

A few days, Nokia had released the PR1.3 firmware update for the N900 which allows the device to dual-boot between Maemo and MeeGo OS. Following this, the MeeGo OS v1.1 for handsets has been released today as well with U-Boot support. No official change-log has been provided so we can’t really say what the major changes in this version are. However, we expect everything to be more polished and simply work better.

Since Nokia does not officially support N900 owners dual-booting their phones, I would suggest them to stay away as it will void their warranty. However, hackers and modders who like to tinker around with their phone are already in action and have uploaded a video of the N900 dual-booting the Maemo and MeeGo OS. Here is the video :

Nokia N900 Dual Booting Maemo and MeeGo OS

Users can download the MeeGo OS v1.1 image for the Nokia N900 from here. Let the modding begin folks!

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Motorola Droid 2 Gets A Software Update

Remember the Droid 2 software update we talked about ten days ago? Well, Verizon and Motorola have finally started rolling out that software update to all the Droid 2 owners in batches. The software update is numbered V2.3.20. The software update is a pretty minor one and contains tons of improvements and bug fixes. The update aims at improving the battery life of the device and fix the proximity sensor issue which plagued Droid 2 owners.Motorola_Droid_2

Here is the official change-log from the big red (Verizon) itself :

Improvements:
*Improved battery life.
*Heightened proximity sensor accuracy to enable faster screen response.
*View the Weather widget in both landscape and portrait orientation.
*Simpler setup, improved user interactions, and better notifications for Visual Voice Mail.
*Background Email Sync during display inactivity for better user experience.
*Support for email domain suffixes containing more than three characters.
*Keep text messages organized with chronological in-box screen.
*Edit text messages after you’ve inserted a video file.
*Improved audio sound during recorded video playbacks.
*Stream Guided Tour videos on device in Help Center application with ease.
*Faster location tracking during GPS navigation.
*Faster transitions between Wi-Fi and 3G in data connection.

Enhancements:
*New ability to add pictures from your Gallery to a contact.
*Export all your contacts to the SD card.
*View details of Social Networking contacts.
*VZ Navigator is now preloaded on device.

As you can see from the change-log above, the update brings quite a handful of improvements. The software update also includes Verizon’s Navigation software VZ Navigator.

Another Promo For Xperia X10 Android 2.1 Update Released

Sony Ericsson still has not released the Android 2.1 update for the Xperia X10. However, what the company has been doing is posting videos of Android 2.1 running on an X10 and demonstrating the changes which the update will bring. Sony Ericsson has again released another video on their blog which gives users a brief demo of what all changes Android 2.1 will bring to the X10.

The Android 2.1 update includes 5 home screens, 720p video recording with continuous Auto-focus, new lock screen, updated TimeScape and MediaScape and a brand new backup and restore applications. Along with this, the usual Android 2.1 goodies like Live Wallpapers and Google Navigation etcetera will also be present.   The video was not supposed to be released before the update started rolling out, but the video somehow leaked on the Internet. So Sony Ericsson instead decided to publish the video on their blog.

Here is the video I am talking about :

I guess this is the n’th time I am writing this change-log on this blog. Seriously, Sony Ericsson stop publishing all these videos highlighting the Android 2.1 updates and start rolling out the update. When most of the other handsets are already running on Android 2.2, there is really no need to make a huge fuss out of an Android 2.1 update.

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HTC Desire HD Gets An OTA Software Update

The HTC Desire HD has not yet been released in all parts of the world but that has not stopped HTC from releasing a software update for the phone. The HTC Desire HD is the European version of the EVO 4G. The handset sports a massive 4.3-inch LCD with a resolution of 800×480. The phone is powered by a Qualcomm 1GHz QSD8255 Snapdragon processor while the Adreno 205 core handles the graphics department. HTC_Desire_HD

The phone also packs 768MB of RAM and 1.5Gig of internal memory. The Desire HD runs on Android 2.2 with an updated version of Sense UI.   The software update is numbered 1.32.405.3 and is quite a hefty OTA (Over-The-Air) update. According to BriefMobile, the update includes screen control and photo message compatibility enhancements.

If anyone of you Desire HD owners have got the update, do drop in a comment as to what changes you have noticed.

PayPal ‘Unofficially’ Announces Android Market Payment Support

One of the most awaited requests of Android users is going to come true soon and I mean real soon. Google is soon going to allow users to purchase applications from the Android market and pay for them using PayPal. As of now, PayPal has not made this piece of news official. Someone however did publish the official announcement on PayPal’s blog before pulling it back.

Here is a screenshot of the official blog post before it was pulled back :

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PayPal is the biggest internet bank’ with over 90million satisfied as well as un-satisfied customers. This move from Google and PayPal will surely help in increasing the sale of paid apps on the Android market and reduce piracy.

Along with this, PayPal has also added support for purchasing applications from the Apple’s AppStore and Blackberry App World.

Nikon Introduces Picturetown 3D Image Conversion Service

Nikon is a popular name in the field of camera/imaging. The company has released some great D-SLRs in the past. Today, Nikon has launched a different type of product. The company has launched a new 3D image conversion service dubbed as the Picturetown 3D. The Picturetown 3D technology enables users to view images in 3D without the need for specialized 3D glasses. Nikon_Logo

The service will also enable users to convert their images to 3D. As of now, the Picturetown 3D service is available only for registered members and it acts as an online image sharing and storing service which allows users to view their photos in 3D.

Hopefully, Nikon will be integrating this service into their upcoming digital cameras and digital photo frames.

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TELUS Rolls Out Android 2.1 Update For HTC Hero; 2.2 Update For Desire

Canadian network operator TELUS has started rolling out firmware updates for two of its handsets the HTC Hero and the Desire. The Hero finally gets the long awaited update to Android 2.1 a.k.a Éclair, while the Desire gets the Android 2.2 (Froyo) update. The Android 2.1 update for the Hero will bring with it Voice dialling and Google turn-by-turn Navigation and a lot more Éclair goodies. Hero owners on the TELUS network can download the Android 2.1 ROM directly from HTC.

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With the Android 2.2 update, the Desire gets support for Flash 10.1 and speech-to-text. Along with this, it also gets support for Mobile hotspot feature and a smoother system and web browser performance. Since this update is an OTA (Over-The-Air) one, Desire needs to wait patiently until the update is pushed to their handset.

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Nokia Internet Radio Client For S40 Handsets Released

This news sure is going to bring music (literally!) to most of the Nokia S40 owners out there. The good guys over at Nokia Beta Labs have released an Internet Radio Client for Nokia handsets running on S40 OS. The application brings the Nokia Internet radio service to your handset thus bringing you tons of radio stations from all around the globe using Wi-Fi, GPRS or 3G. Internet_Radio

The application also supports hide and unhide option which allows users to run this app in the background. Ovi Music is also integrated into this application, thus allowing users to purchase music they like right from their handset. As of now, the application is in beta and supports only a handful of S40 phones like the Nokia X2 and the X3-00, X3-01 and X3-02.

However, the folks at Beta labs have promised to add support for more S40 based devices in the future.

Samsung To Launch The Galaxy Tab In India On October 29

The folks over at CellPassion have apparently received an invitation from Samsung for an upcoming press conference to be held by them on October 29. The Invite says “let’s tab….let’s talk”. From this tag line, it is pretty clear that Samsung will be unveiling their latest creation the Samsung Galaxy Tab in India.  Samsung_Galaxy_Tab

The Galaxy Tab sports a 7-inch S-LCD screen made of Gorilla glass with a resolution of 1024×600. The tablet is powered by a 1GHz Hummingbird processor and packs 512MB of RAM and 8/16GB of internal memory. The Tab runs on Android 2.2 with TouchWIZ 3.0 UI on top of it.

Rumors suggest that Samsung will be pricing the Galaxy Tab at around Rs. 40,000.   It will be interesting to see if Samsung launches a subsidized carrier version of the Galaxy Tab with some packaged data plans in India.

Since at its rumored price the Galaxy Tab will be priced higher than the iPad, I doubt the Galaxy Tab will find many takers.

Dell Working On An Android Version Of Venue Pro

Folks over at PC World report that Dell is working on an Android version of the Dell Venue Pro handset. The Dell Venue Pro sports a full portrait QWERTY keyboard and a 4.1-inch WVGA display. The Venue Pro sports a 1GHz Snapdragon processor along with 1GB of internal memory and 512MB of RAM. The back of the handset sports a 5MP camera as well.Dell_Venue_Pro

The early hands-on review of the device from Engadget and other popular tech blogs suggest that the phone has a pretty darn good QWERTY keyboard. The Dell Venue Pro runs on the WP7 OS from Microsoft. The handset was announced by Microsoft and Dell two weeks ago and will hit the retail stores in two weeks from now. The handset is available on Amazon.co.uk for pre-order for £499.99/$696.

As of now, Dell only has one Android handset the Streak. The Android version of Venue Pro will be a worthy addition to Dell’s line-up of Android handsets.

Via – PC World

Samsung Galaxy Tab Officially Announced By Sprint

Today, in a press release Sprint has officially confirmed that they will be launching the Samsung Galaxy Tab on November 14th in the U.S. Interested users can already pre-order their Galaxy Tab from here. Sprint has priced the Galaxy Tab at $399.99 with a two-year 3G mobile broadband plan. Samsung_Galaxy_Tab

The Samsung Galaxy Tab sports a 7-inch S-LCD with a resolution of 1024×600. The tablet is powered by a 1GHz Hummingbird processor and packs 512MB of RAM and a PowerVR SGX540 to handle the graphics department.The tablet also sports the usual GPS, WiFi n, Bluetooth 3.0, 2gb of on board memory and a 400mAh in built battery.

The Galaxy Tab runs on Android 2.2 with the TouchWIZ 3.0 on top of it. Sprint customers will be offered two 3G plans to suffice all their Internet needs on the tablet a $29.99 one and $59.99 one. The cheaper plan will have a 2GB data limit with unlimited messaging, while the latter will have 5GB of data limit with unlimited messaging.

Other network operators in the U.S. are also expected to announce the Samsung Galaxy Tab soon.

Samsung To Unveil A New Android Phone On November 8th

Samsung has just sent out an invite to most of the popular tech bloggers out there (Sadly, I did not receive one :( ) inviting them for the unveiling of their brand new Android device. The event is scheduled to take place on November 8th at 6pm in New York. As of now, there is hardly any information about the handset which Samsung is going to announce.

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However, rumors suggest that the this new Android based handset from Samsung will be a Google experience phone i.e. it will be running a stock version of Android 2.2 or perhaps Android 2.3?

This same handset can very well be the Samsung Continuum whose pictures leaked on the Internet few weeks ago. The Samsung Continuum sports two OLED based displays with the secondary OLED display being used for some simple tasks and to preserve battery life.