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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]

HTC Droid Incredible Android 2.2 Update Leaked

HTC are yet to announce the official release date of the Froyo rollout for the DroidHTC Droid Incredible Incredible. Earlier, rumors suggested that the Droid Incredible will get its Froyo love on August 18. However, that did not happen and Incredible owners are still waiting for HTC to announce the Froyo rollout date. Nevertheless, a full Froyo RUU has leaked on the Internet today.

Users who have rooted, as well as non-rooted phones can flash this firmware file. The Android 2.2 Update for the Droid Incredible will bring with it many new changes like 720p HD video recording, Flash Player 10.1, new Boot screen etcetera. Hopefully, Verizon will soon announce the official roll out date of the OTA Froyo update.

Here are the steps to flash this leaked Android 2.2 RUU file on your Droid Incredible.

HTC T8788 Features A Slide-Out Speaker!

Over the past couple of weeks, pictures of many of the upcoming WP7 handsets from HTC, Samsung and LG have leaked on the Internet. Today, the HTC T8788 joins the party. The HTC T8788 will feature the brand newHTC T8788 WP7 mobile OS from Microsoft, and will be sold in the US under the AT&T network. The HTC T8788 will be a slide sliding device. However, sliding open the phone won’t reveal the usual QWERTY keyboard; instead it will reveal a speaker! Yes, a speaker! The back of the phone also has a kickstand.

This means that the HTC A8788 will be a multimedia oriented phone. The HTC 8788, which will get a better name soon, will hopefully be launched by the end of this year. As of now, there is no information about the price, availability and the internal specifications of the device.

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Motorola Droid 2 Rooted

The folks over at Xda Developers have done it again. They have managed to root the Motorola Droid 2, only after two weeks of its launch. Users who are interested in rooting their Droid 2, need to have adb and the required Droid 2 drivers from Motorola installed. Users need to key in lots of command from adb to root their Droid 2. Rooting a phone allows users to remove all the crapware which an operator loads on the phone. It also provides the users with Wi-Fi and USB tethering for free.

Hopefully, the Motorola Droid 2 will now soon get the Clockwork Mod recovery and Custom ROMs. However, the locked down bootloader on the device is surely going to give the developers some sleepless night. The Motorola Droid 2 is the successor to the highly popular Droid. The original Droid was and still is a popular phone among the modding community due to its unlocked bootloader.

Here is the link on how to root your Droid 2.

Sony Ericsson Vivaz To Be Available On AT&T

At the beginning of this month Sony Ericsson announced that the Xperia X10 will be available on AT&T from August 15. Today, AT&T has announced in a press release that they will also be selling the Sony Ericsson VivazSony Ericsson Vivaz beginning from September 5. The Sony Ericsson Vivaz runs on the old and out-dated Symbian S60v5 OS. The phone has a 3.2-inch resistive touch screen with nHD (360×640) resolution. The handset also has an 8.1MP camera at its back, along with the capability to record 720p HD videos with autofocus.

Working with Sony Ericsson to deliver a best-in-class video and camera phone on the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network gives our customers even more opportunities to express themselves through their favorite social networks,said Michael Woodward, vice president, Mobile Phone Portfolio, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. With Vivaz capturing photos and video in stunning HD and sharing it on YouTubeâ„¢ or Picasaâ„¢ Web Albums is quick and easy.

The phone will be available in either Galaxy Blue or in Venus Ruby color. The latter is a limited edition color and can be ordered online only from the official AT&T website.   The Vivaz will be available for $80, after a $50 mail-in rebate on a 2 year contract.

Here is the link to the full press release.

Samsung Galaxy S Handsets Are Now DivX HD Certified

The Samsung Galaxy S series of handsets have another “certified” feature under its cap now. DivX have officially certified the Galaxy S series of phone as DivX HD certified. The Galaxy S series of handsets are the first Android handset tosamsung-galaxy-s get this certification, and second overall. The Samsung Wave was the first handset to get this DivX HD certification. Here is what Younghee Lee, Senior Vice President, Samsung Electronics, said in the press release :

By obtaining DivX HD Certification of our new Android-powered multimedia smart phone, we’re giving our customers the freedom to enjoy their DivX videos up to 720p at home and on the go.

To enjoy DivX video on the Galaxy S, consumers can load their video libraries of both standard definition and HD 720p movies in the DivX format on the internal and external memory (expandable to 32GB) and then watch their collections anywhere they choose.

Here is what the Chief Executive Office of DivX, Kevin Hell said

The Galaxy S has exploded in popularity, and we are very excited to join Samsung in promoting its new DivX HD capabilities.

Out of all the Android phones currently available in the market, only the Galaxy S handsets have the capability to playback DivX and other video codec’s like Mkv, Avi etcetera.

Samsung Galaxy S Uses Gorilla Glass

The Samsung Galaxy S series of smartphones have been a worldwide hit. The various variants of the Galaxy S have been selling like hot cakes all over the world. One of the main reason why the phone has been applauded is due to the 4-inch Super AMOLED screen. Even in our review of the Galaxy S, I had said that the Super AMOLED screen on the device is the best I have ever come across in my life. Now Samsung’s Senior Manager has just made it official that the Galaxy S uses Gorilla glass made by Corning. Here is what BJ Kang, Senior Manager of Samsung Electronics said :

Advanced display technology plays a crucial role in meeting consumers’ growing expectations on high-end mobile devices, especially smartphones. Corning’s Gorilla glass has helped maximize Galaxy S’s unique smartphone features by enabling a high-quality touch display.

The advantage of using Gorilla glass is that its scratch resistant, thin, environment friendly and does not break so easily. Here is a video demonstrating the power of the Gorilla glass on the Galaxy S –

P.S. The language used in the video is Korean.

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Nokia C5 And X2 Get A Firmware Update

Nokia has just rolled out minor firmware updates for the Nokia C5 and the Nokia X2. The firmware update for the Nokia C5-00 is numbered v032.010, while that of the X2 is numbered v04.80. The C5-00 firmware update bringsNokia C5 with it performance and stability improvements. Along with this, the performance of the web browser and search function have also been improved. This new firmware update also includes the latest version of the Facebook application. Nokia has also bundled Qik application with this firmware update.

The firmware update for the Nokia X2 also aims at improving the performance of the device. The performance of the camera application and the SIM lock feature of the device have been improved. Users can update the firmware on their device by either OTA (Over-The-Air) or by using Nokia Software Updater.

Don’t forget to make a backup of your data on the device before you proceed with the firmware update.

Nokia 5250 Officially Announced

Nokia has just released its next Symbian S60 v5 running smartphone the Nokia 5250. The Nokia 5250 will be the successor to the highly popular Nokia 5230. The phone features a 2.8-inch resistive touchscreen with nHDNokia 5250 (360×640) resolution. The phone will be powered by the age-old ARM11 434Mhz processor and will pack in 128MB of RAM as well. The internal storage of the phone is a disappointingly low 51MB. The phone also supports microSD cards of up to 16GB.

The back of the phone will sport a 2MP camera at its back. It will lack Wi-Fi, GPS, and 3G thus limiting its connectivity options. However, the phone will come pre-installed with Guitar Hero 5 Mobile and Ovi Music Unlimited. Nokia quotes the battery life of the device at 18 days in standby or up to seven hours of talk time.

The Nokia 5250 is expected to start shipping from fourth quarter of this year, and will be priced at 115 Euros before taxes and subsidies. Here is the link to the full press release.

Get Flash 10.1 On Your Motorola Droid

One of the major benefits of Android 2.2 is that it brings full flash to Android via Flash Player 10.1. However, not many phones have got their fair share of Froyo and Flash love except for the Google Nexus One. The Motorola Droid hasMotorola Droid already got its Froyo update, but the Flash update for the phone still has not been released. The Flash 10.1 update for the Droid was expected to be rolled out from August 18, but sadly it did not happen.

There are many leaked Flash 10.1 .apk’s floating around on the Internet which Droid owners can install. However, these Flash builds are not optimized for the Droid and thus result in a choppy experience. Nevertheless, users who want smooth and trouble free Flash experience on their Droid should install the latest version of CyanogenMod 6 a.k.a CM6 RC3. After installing the latest RC of CM6, users should search the market for the Flash player and install it.

Apparently, this Flash 10.1 player provides a much better flash experience on your Droid than the other leaked .apk’s do.

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Nokia N9 Specifications Leaked

It was less than a week ago that the pictures of the upcoming MeeGo slider from Nokia the N9 leaked on the Internet. Today, we have the hardware details about the N9 thanks to a guy named Lee. According to him, theNokia N9 Nokia N9 will be powered by a 1 GHz Qualcomm processor and will pack in 512MB of RAM. The phone will also sport a 4-inch OLED screen with an 800×480 resolution.

Along with all this, the N9 will have 1GB of system storage for installing all your applications and games, along with 64GB (!) of internal memory. The usual Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, HSPA+, GPS with A-GPS are also present. In all probability, the back of the phone will house an 8MP camera which will be capable of HD 720p video recording. The phone will also sport a microUSB port, and an HDMI out port.

The Nokia N9 will be the first MeeGo handset from the Finnish handset maker. Nokia is expected to announce the N9 at the upcoming Nokia World Event to be held in mid-September.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab Caught In The Wild

The folks over at Electronista managed to shoot a video of the Samsung Galaxy Tab in live testing in Sydney. The Galaxy Tab was caught in a train in the hands of a guy who apparently works for some telecommunication company. The Galaxy Tab has a 7-inch screen with 3G capability, as the video confirms. When the person using the Galaxy Tab was enquired about the device, he only said that the device was awesomeand mentioned that it was quite differentfrom the Apple iPad.

As seen from the above video, the device seems to have a very responsive UI. This indicates that the Galaxy Tab will feature the same 1 GHz Hummingbird processor which currently powers the Samsung Galaxy S. The responsive UI may also indicate that the device is running Android 2.2. The public testing of the Galaxy Tab suggests that the device is pretty close to its launch.

I guess Samsung must be busy applying the final touches to the UI of the Tab, and talking to various network providers for subsidizing the price of the tablet with a 3G contract.

Nokia C6 Firmware Ported To 5800

The Nokia 5800 was the first Symbian S60 v5 based phone from the Finnish giant. Nokia was heavily criticized for the clunky and out-dated S60 v5 UI. However, the 5800Nokia C6 sold like hot cakes all over the world, and still does, thanks to its irresistible price and features like Free Walk and Drive navigation. Due to its popularity, the handset is also very popular among the modding/developer community. Custom firmwares for the 5800 were out for quite some time now.

However, the folks behind PNHT have now managed to port the Nokia C6 firmware over to the 5800. Except for a few differences including the side slide-out QWERTY keyboard on the C6, the internals of both the phones like Processor speed, RAM are totally identical. Users who are interested in installing the Nokia C6 firmware on their phone can check this thread over at PNHT forums.

The Nokia C6 firmware is also compatible with the Nokia 5530. Kudos to the folks at PNHT for their hard work!

DivX Version 1.0 Beta For Symbian Released

The folks over at DivX Labs have officially released version 1.0 of the DivX mobile player for Symbian. This new version is compatible with Symbian S60 v3 and v5. However, the software still has a beta tag to it. Various reports on the internetdivx suggest that the desktop class DivX files have such a high bitrate that the Nokia phones are not able to handle. Nokia phones are usually powered by an ARM11 processor running at 369 MHz for most S60v3 phones and at 434MHz for all S60v5 phones and some S60v3 phones.

Only the latest Symbian phones from Nokia are powered by an ARM11 600 MHz processor. Nevertheless, the ARM11 processor is out-dated and its high time Nokia ditches them for something else.

Here is the official press release :

ATTENTION: We have released a new 1.0 version for Symbian S60 3rd and 5th edition phones.

DivX Mobile Player 1.0 is beta software available for a limited time only and will expire.

Even if your phone isn’t officially DivX Certified, you may still be able to watch DivX ® videos by downloading and installing the DivX Mobile Player. Find out below if your phone supports the DivX Mobile Player and follow the link to download according to your phone’s operating system.

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Motorola Droid 2 Getting A Minor OTA Software Update

Motorola, along with Verizon have just rolled out a minor software update for the Droid 2. The Over-The-Air (OTA) software update will hit your phones within the next couple of days. Here is the small change log of theMotorola Droid 2 update :

Improvements:
* Enabled text and picture message scrolling.
* Streamlined set up of Visual Voice Mail feature.
* Improved contact sync with Corporate Exchange categories
and groups.
* View accurate contact pictures when reviewing Recent Call Log.

Users who manually initiate the update may get it right away. However, server initiated updates will start from August 24. The Droid 2 from Motorola is the successor to the original and the highly popular Droid. The Droid 2 is also the first Android phone to hit the market pre-loaded with Android 2.2. The phone is powered by a 1 GHz OMAP processor, and packs in 512MB of RAM along with 5MP camera and an LED flash.

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BlackBerry App World Leaves Beta

Research In Motion (RIM) has given the BlackBerry App World a much needed upgrade. First and foremost, RIM has dropped the minimum price of the application to $0.99 from the earlier $2.99. Hopefully, this means that weBlackBerry will see developers releasing applications which cost $0.99, and $1.99.

Along with this, RIM has also added support for carrier billing and credit card. The App World itself has got a facelift and now features a tabbed section for easier navigation. Like Android, RIM has also added support for QR codes. BB owners can now find an application in the App World by just scanning its QR code.

RIM has also added an option called BlackBerry ID for users to transfer their application from one device to another without repurchasing them. RIM has also decided to split the revenue from the sales of App World in 70:30 ratio instead of the earlier 80:20.

Here is the full press release :

BlackBerry App World Update

Hello,

Just wanted to let you know that the latest version of BlackBerry App Worldâ„¢ is out of beta and available for everyone to enjoy. And as of today, BlackBerry App World will allow developers to offer applications for US$0.99 and US$1.99.

BlackBerry App World users will receive upgrade notifications over the next few hours.

When we launched the beta just a few weeks ago, we were able to offer new views, and carrier and credit card billing support. We also integrated BlackBerry ID as a new way of tying BlackBerry customers with their use for easy device switching and management.

Credit Card Payment Option
With the new BlackBerry App World, customers are able to purchase applications using major credit cards, including Visa and MasterCard. Carrier billing may also be supported by certain carriers.

Easier Application Discovery
BlackBerry App World adds new tabbed sections for various applications lists. Users can horizontally swipe or scroll to quickly view the Top 25 Free Apps, Top 25 Paid Apps and Top 25 Themes, as well as the Newest Apps and Recently Updated Apps.

QR barcode scanning is also supported, allowing users to scan a QR code associated with an application from anywhere the web, print ads, brochures, etc. BlackBerry App World will quickly find the related application, and automatically open and download its page.

BlackBerry ID
BlackBerry ID provides customers with a device-independent user identification (ID) for BlackBerry App World. It enables credit card payments and allows customers to seamlessly transfer their personal library of free and purchased apps when they switch to a new BlackBerry smartphone.

Stay tuned as BlackBerry App World continues to grow and incorporate new features requested in our beta program.