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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]

Motorola Milestone 2 Officially Announced

It was just yesterday that a leaked video of the Motorola Milestone 2 made it on the Internet. Today Motorola has officially announced the Milestone 2. The Motorola Milestone 2 is the GSM version of the recently releasedMotorola Milestone 2 Motorola Droid 2. The Motorola Milestone 2 is similar to the Droid 2 except for one change. The Motorola Milestone 2 will be capable of recording videos in 720p HD resolution which the Droid 2 does not.

MILESTONE 2 offers more power, more speed, with an improved keyboard, so users can send, access and share information even quicker than before to manage their work and personal life,said Alain Mutricy, senior vice president, portfolio and device product management, Motorola Mobility. This introduction not only reaffirms our commitment to innovate on Android but offers consumers the leading edge features they crave including fast web browsing, messaging, application downloads and multimedia.

The Motorola Milestone 2 will feature a 1 GHz OMAP processor, 512MB of RAM and pack in 8GB of internal memory as well. The Milestone 2 will replace its predecessor the original Milestone. The Milestone will run on Android OS 2.2 and on top of it the latest version of the MOTOBLUR will be present.

Hopefully, Motorola will enable 720p HD recording on the Droid 2 via a Software update soon. The device will be launched in Europe by Q4 of this year. However, Motorola did not announce the pricing of the device.

Here is the link to the full press release.

Nokia E72 Firmware Updated To V51.018

Nokia has just rolled out a new firmware update for their business oriented powerhouse – the Nokia E72. The new firmware version is v51.018. This new firmware update updates a number of system applications like the webNokia E72 browser, QuickOffice, OVI Music etcetera. The firmware update also aims at improving the performance and stability of the device. The layout of the main menu of the device has also been changed with this firmware update.

Here is the full change log -:

*Browser upgrade into 7.2.6
*Freestyle Baseline 3.0 (latest version) update
*Quick Office upgrade into 6.2.439
*New languages introduced, Office 2007 compatibility
*OVI Music client Inc9Br5 update
*Music 3.0: full album purchase, PIN less activation
*Lotus Notes Traveller 8.5.1 update
*Smart Connect 1.3.55 update
*OVI Store 1.6 update
*OVI Files widget 1.2.3.0 update

Removals

*Windows Live removal

Improvements

*New chat functionalities for the users
*Microsoft Office Communicator added to vanilla SW UDA content
*Nokia Messaging for Instant Messaging / Nokia Chat 2.0 added to vanilla SW UDA content
*Improved Email, Calendar and Contacts experience
*Performance improvements
*Stability and usability improvements
*Menu layout changes, among other things:
*Maps moved to Main menu from Applications GPS folder
*Help moved from Main menu to Applications folder
*Main menu re-ordered
*SW update moved from Phone folder to main level of Control panel folder.
*Facebook, YouTube, MySpace, Bloomberg moved from Internet folder to Applications folder
*No changes to vanilla memory cards
*Altogether 450+ errors are fixed.

The Nokia E72 features UDP (User Data Preservation) so users don’t need to make a backup of their data before proceeding with the firmware update.

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T-Mobile G2 Official Pictures Leak

The T-Mobile G2 has been gaining a lot of hype for the last week. The T-Mobile G2 from HTC is expected to be based on the new MSM7230 platform from Qualcomm. The device is expected to be launched on the T-Mobile T-Mobile G2 network on September 29. The HTC made G2 will be the first mobile under the T-Mobile network to feature HSPA+.

Now the folks over at CellPhonesDigital have managed to get their hands on the official leaked pictures of the T-Mobile G2. According to them, the device will be available only in one color Silver. The handset was initially reported to be running on stock Android 2.2 but the site reports that it might run the HTC Sense UI on top of the Android OS. The site has also posted the specifications of the G2 but I would take them with a pinch of salt.

I expect T-Mobile to officially announce the HTC G2 within a couple of weeks.

Samsung Epic 4G Now Available On Sprint

Another variant of the Samsung Galaxy S the Samsung Epic 4G has hit the U.S shores and is available on the Sprint network. The Epic 4G is the second handset from Sprint to make use of its 4G network, the HTC EVO 4GSamsung Epic 4G being the first. The Samsung Epic 4G is the most distinct from its others Galaxy S siblings. The phone features a 4-inch Super-AMOLED screen with a WVGA (800×480) resolution. The Epic 4G is powered by a 1 GHz Hummingbird processor and packs in 512MB of RAM.

The phone also has a five row slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The device is available on the Sprint network for $249.99. The HTC EVO 4G costs a whole lot $50 less than the Epic 4G.

Another sibling of the Galaxy S the Samsung Fascinate will be hitting the U.S shores on September 9 on the Verizon network.   The device is already up for pre-order at Best Buy.

Make Full Use Of Droid X HDMI-Out Port

The Motorola Droid X is a multimedia powerhouse. The phone features a mammoth 4.3-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 854×480. The Droid X is also among the very few handsets in the market to feature a mini-HDMI outclip_image001 port. A mini-HDMI port on a phone is very useful as it allows a user to hook the phone up to his LCD and directly enjoy 720p content shot with the phone or loaded on the phone. Other advantages of a mini-HDMI out port are that users can play games on the LCD, browse websites etcetera.

However, Motorola spoilt the party of all the Droid X owners by limiting the HDMI out to only the Gallery mode. Nevertheless, an application called Real HDMI has surfaced on the AppBrain market which allows Droid X owners to take full advantage of the mini-HDMI out port of the device. The reviews of the application are highly positive and the only downsides are some minor bugs.

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Motorola Droid X Gets Its First Custom ROM

When Verizon and Motorola launched the Droid X there was a big hype and hoopla over the locked down boot loader of the device. As days passed by, it emerged that the Droid X uses the same boot loader as the one of theDroidX Motorola Milestone. This was a bad news considering that the Milestone’s boot loader was yet to be unlocked for allowing custom ROMs. However, the modding community, especially Birdman, did not lose hope and have finally met with success.

Birdman has released the first custom ROM for the Droid X. This custom ROM is based on the leaked Android 2.2 update for the Droid X. Here are the features of the custom ROM :

*OptiPNG optimized apk’s
*Deodexed
*Busybox
*Updated Superuser.apk (credits to chainsdd)

*Removed

3g hotspot
Kindle (market app)
Blockbuster (bankrupt company)
EMERGENCY (dial 911 for emergency’s…dont screw around with an app)
My Verizon (bad market app)
Maps (market app)
Voice search (market app)
Swype (removed for their constant anger towards rom devs)
Skype (market app)
Google search (market app)

Droid X owners can download the rom via ROM Manager. It is also recommended that users make a backup of their device before flashing this custom ROM on their device. Users also need to make sure that their Droid X is rooted. Keep in mind that this is not the final version of this ROM. This is only the Release Candidate 1 of this ROM. This custom ROM basically removes all those Verizon bloatware and improves the performance of your Droid X.

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Verizon’s Samsung Fascinate Up For Pre-Order At Best Buy

The Samsung Galaxy S is available in the U.S under the T-Mobile and the AT&T network. T-Mobile sells the device as the Samsung Vibrant while AT&T sells it as the Samsung Captivate. Sprint’s version of the Galaxy S the EpicSamsung Galaxy S 4G will hit the stores on August 31st. The only other major network operator in the U.S which still does not offer the Galaxy S is Verizon. Rumors suggest Verizon launching its version of the Galaxy S the Samsung Fascinate on September 9.

Giving strength to the rumor is the fact that the Fascinate is now up for pre-order at Best Buy. Verizon already offers a very impressive list of Android smartphones like the Droid Incredible, Motorola Droid 2 and the Droid X. The Samsung Fascinate will be a worthy addition to the Verizon line-up.

It was just yesterday we had reported that Samsung had managed to sell more than 1 Million Galaxy S handsets in the U.S.

Samsung Sells 1 Million Galaxy S Handsets In The U.S

The Samsung Galaxy S series of phone has another milestone under its name now. Today, Samsung officially announced in a press release that they have managed to sell more than a million Galaxy S devices in the U.S. This is aSamsung Galaxy S pretty impressive figure considering the device hit the retail stores on July 15 and only under two operators AT&T and T-Mobile. AT&T sells the Galaxy S as the Captivate, while T-Mobile sells it as the Samsung Vibrant. Sprint is going to launch the Galaxy S on August 31st under the Samsung Epic 4G name.

Rumors suggest Verizon launching its version of the Galaxy S Fascinate on September 9. All the various versions of Galaxy S are pretty similar to each other except for the Epic 4G which features a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. With the launch of the Galaxy S handsets under two more operators in the coming weeks, the sale of Galaxy S are set to breach the two million mark soon.

Samsung had earlier managed to sell 500,000 Galaxy S handsets in South Korea in less than 33 days.

Nokia C6 Firmware Updated To V11.0.029

Nokia has just rolled out a new firmware update for the C6. The firmware update is numbered v11.0.029. This firmware update is a pretty minor. It only aims at fixing the bugs present in the phone along with increasing theNokia C6 performance and stability of the device. The Nokia C6 features a 3.2-inch resistive screen with nHD resolution. The handset also features a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and runs on the S60v5 OS.

Here is the full change-log according to The Nokia Blog-:

Stability

*Browser baseline updated, about 250 corrections
*Widgets are leaking RAM, amount of memory leak decreased a lot
*MPX Harvester stopped scanning when encounters File System corruption or other issues
*Improvement to refreshing library in Music player
*Securewidgetpreinstaller slows phone start
*Boot up improved in production

Email

*Mail for Exchange: calendar sync improved
*E-mail message gets scrambled by Email forwarded or replied email are scrambled and full of foreign (mostly Chinese) characters
*Special characters are not displayed correctly in opened mail

Usability

*Big Clock not shown when device lock activated
*Device lock fixed

The firmware is slowly being rolled out to the different regions of the world. The Nokia C6 features UDP (User Data Preservation) so users don’t need to make a backup of their data before proceeding with the firmware update.

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CyanogenMod 6.0 Final Released

It’s here! It’s finally here! The final version of CyanogenMod 6.0 has finally been released. The final version of the CyanogenMod 6.0 supports many devices like the Nexus One, the Motorola Droid, the HTC EVO 4G, the DroidHTC EVO 4G Incredible, the HTC Aria etcetera. The CyanogenMod 6.0 ROM is based on the Android 2.2 OS. Users can download the ROM from either the Cyanogen forums or via ROM Manager.

Other features of CM6 rom include Browser incognito mode, FLAC playback support, Ad-hoc Wi-Fi support, OpenVPN support and many more. Here is the link to the full change-log. However, the final version of the CyanogenMod 6.0 is still not yet out for some devices like the HTC Incredible, Samsung Galaxy S (Vibrant) and the HTC Hero.

Hopefully, the final version of the CM6 ROM should come out for these devices within a few days.

T-Mobile G2 To Launch on September 29?

The HTC or the T-Mobile G2 has been all over the Internet for the past few days. There were a lot of speculations whether the G2 will be using the same old Snapdragon CPU or the new MSM7230 CPU. A leaked ROM ofT-Mobile G2 the G2 confirmed that the device will be using the newer and faster MSM7230 CPU from Qualcomm. The MSM7230 CPU is based on the 45nm fabrication and integrates an Adreno 205GPU, along with the Scorpion CPU. The T-Mobile G2 will be the first device to support HSPA+.

Now, the folks over at Tmonews have managed to get their hands dirty with some leaked screenshots which shows that the T-Mobile G2 will be launched on September 29th. The leaked image also suggests that the HTC Vision and the HTC Vanguard is the same device, popularly known as the T-Mobile G2. Rumors also suggest that the device will be up for pre-order from August 31/September 1.

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Root HTC EVO 4G Running On Android 2.2

HTC rolled out the Android 2.2 (Froyo) update for the EVO 4G a couple of weeks ago. The Froyo update bought with it tons of performance improvements and many new features as well. However, with this update HTC alsoHTC EVO 4G fixed the security hole via which the modders rooted the handset. Nevertheless, the folks over at XDA Developers have managed to root the EVO 4G running on Android 2.2. The process to root the phone is pretty complex and is similar to the Droid 2 rooting method.

Owners of EVO 4G running on Android 2.2 and interested in rooting their device need to flash a stock Android 2.1 ROM on their device first. During the rooting process, owners will also need to install the unrevoked boot loader on their EVO 4G.

Here is the step-by-step guide on how to root your EVO 4G running Android 2.2.

Nokia N900 Running Android 2.2

The Nokia N900 was the first phone from Nokia running on the Maemo OS. The company positioned the handset as a modder’ friendly phone. Even after 8 months of its launch, the N900 is still a popular phone among the modding community. A couple of months ago, we ¬†reported that working Android 2.2 ROMs for N900 were out. However, that ROM were full of bugs. Now, a fully functional Android 2.2 ROM for the N900 is out.

The latest version of Android ROM from folks over at NITDroid project is pretty good for day-to-day use. It adds the main functionality which was missing from previous ROMs the ability to make and receive calls. Below is the video of Android 2.2 in action on the Nokia N900-:

Along with this, the ROM also supports various data connection including EDGE and 3G. Even the physical QWERTY keyboard of the N900 is supported. The only downside of this ROM is that the camera does not work.

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SkyFire Browser iPhone App Store Submission Next Week

After Opera, the folks behind SkyFire have decided to release their browser for the iPhone. SkyFire is a very popular browser on many platforms due to its support for Flash, multiple tabs etcetera. According to MobileCrunch,Apple iPhone 4 the company behind SkyFire is soon going to submit their application for approval to the Apple’s AppStore. According to their sources, they plan to submit the browser for approval as soon as early next week.

As of now, it is unknown what all features SkyFire browser for the iPhone will feature. The company is expected to announce its AppStore submission after the weekend ends. It will be interesting to see whether Apple will approve the SkyFire browser or not. Apple’s AppStore policies clearly state that any application which competes with its own product won’t be allowed on the AppStore. However, Apple had to approve the Opera Mini browser due to the heavy media pressure and because of the limelight the whole thing got.

HTC Droid Incredible Froyo Update Coming Tomorrow!

Droid-Life is reporting that Verizon is going to start rolling out the official Froyo OTA update for the Droid Incredible from tomorrow itself. I will now recommend users to wait for the OTA instead of flashing the leaked Android 2.2 update about which weclip_image001 reported a few minutes ago. Verizon has updated the Droid Incredible support page with full information about the Froyo update as well.

The Froyo update for the Incredible brings with it incredible’ changes like 720p HD recording, 3G Mobile Hotspot, Flash Player 10.1 and a new boot screen. The Froyo update is also expected to improve the battery life of the device. This software update will also install Skype, VZ Navigator and My Verizon applications on your Incredible. The update will also enable the Wi-Fi n capability on the handset.

The folks over at Android Central have published the many screenshots and benchmarks of the Android 2.2 update running on the Droid Incredible. Here is the link to the full change-log of the Android 2.2 update from Verizon itself.

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