All posts by Rajesh Pandey

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 Vision Headed To T-Mobile As G1 Blaze

Remember the HTC Vision we told you about? Well, according to the latest information from Engadget it looks like the HTC Vision is headed to T-Mobile with a different name. The handset is expected to be renamed toHTC_Logo HTC G1 Blaze and will be sold under the T-Mobile network.

The HTC Vision/G1 Blaze packs in a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, and a 3.7-inch (AMOLED/S-LCD) screen with a 480×800 resolution. The device will be running on Android 2.1 when launched. The phone is also expected to pack in 1.2Gb of onboard memory. The T-Mobile name of the Vision G1 Blaze looks like a tribute to the first Android phone – the G1.

HTC Vision/G1 Blaze is expected to hit the UK in October. Hopefully, we will see HTC release more QWERTY keyboard based high-end Android phones in the future.

BlackBerry 9780 Specifications And Pictures Surface

Research In Motion (RIM) is expected to launch three new BlackBerry handsets, along with an update to their OS soon. Now the folks over at Salomondrin have got their hands on another upcoming BlackBerry the 9780. TheBlackBerry 9780 BlackBerry 9780 features an HVGA (480×320) screen, along with Wi-Fi b/g, 2G and 3G connectivity. However, from the available information the screen of the phone does not look like a touch-screen one.

The BlackBerry 9780 looks similar to the BlackBerry 9700 Bold. In all probability, the 9780 will be a successor of the 9700 Bold.   The handset will also be running on the upcoming BlackBerry OS 6. Other specifications of the 9780 are similar to the 9700 Bold, except for the 512MB of RAM and a 5MP camera.

We hope RIM will announce this and the other 3 upcoming BlackBerry handsets sooner, than later.

Motorola Droid X Rooted!

The Motorola Droid X was released on 15 July to the general public. After its launch, there was a lot of issue about its locked down bootloader and the eFuse technology used. The locked down bootloader meant that customDroid X ROMs are a no go until someone manages to unlock the bootloader. However, six (seven for some countries) days after its launch the Droid X has been rooted.

The credit for rooting the Droid X goes to birdman. The steps to rooting the phone are pretty simple. Rooting will allow users to access applications which require root access like adfree, take screenshots etcetera. It will also allow users to remove the bloat ware that the phone comes pre-installed with.

Now the only thing left is to unlock that tricky bootloader. Hopefully, that should happen soon as well. Here are the steps to root your Droid X.

Motorola Milestone Doubtful Of Froyo Update

The Motorola Droid was one of the most popular Android phones of all time. The phone helped Motorola make a comeback, from the brink of shutdown. When it was launched, the device sold like hot cakes in the U.S. TheMotorola Milestone phone was a hit among the modding community thanks to the unlocked bootloader, as well. However, the European version of the Droid a.k.a Milestone did not do as well as its sibling. The locked down bootloader of the Milestone, did not help things either.

This made Motorola partial towards the U.S. only – Droid. The Droid got the software update to Android 2.1, and will soon be getting the Android 2.2 update. But it looks like the Froyo update for Milestone is still undecided. Motorola European Marketing Director James King said in the Motorola owners’ forum that the Froyo update for Milestone is still doubtful. He said that he is pushing for the decision to be made as quickly as possible. Here is the link to his whole post.

From James King statement, it is quite clear that Motorola has not even started working on the Froyo update for Milestone. Bad luck Milestone owners! Hopefully, the pending decision will be in favor of you guys!

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Rumor: Geohot To Release ra1n?

It was just over a week ago, we had told you that Geohot will be leaving the iPod Touch/iPhone and iPad jailbreak scene. Geohot even wrote a blog post about this on his blog. He had also deleted his twitter account, and hasApple iPhone 4 made his blog an invite only one. Geohot had however said that he will make any major announcement through his friends Mike Cohen twitter account. Now, today mikecohenn tweeted that:

What’s a good time to make it ra1n?

Many of the reputed blogs online are saying that it might be possible that Geohot will return under a new name. It is also possible that he will release a new tool that will work for all iTouch devices and all the different versions of iOS before leaving the modding community, once and for all.

It is too early to speculate anything, and only time will tell us what Geohot is up to. However, many people are still pinning their hope on Geohot to release a new jailbreak application for the iOS4.

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Microsoft Announces Kinect Prices And Xbox 360 4Gb Console

Today, in a press release Microsoft announced the new Xbox 360 4 GB console and the pricing scheme for the Kinect. The new 4 GB variant of the Xbox 360 console will feature inbuilt Wi-Fi N support, touch-sensitive buttons,Xbox 360 and 4 GB of internal flash storage. The Xbox 360 4 GB variant will begin shipping on August 3, with a price tag of $199.99.

“Kinect for Xbox 360 offers tremendous entertainment value for the whole family,” said Dennis Durkin, Xbox 360 chief operating officer. “With full body, voice and the ability to play games with your friends right out of the box, Kinect is the most unique, complete and affordable way for everyone to enjoy controller-free fun and entertainment.”

Along with this, Microsoft also announced the price point of the Kinect. Existing Xbox 360 owners can purchase a Kinect add-on pack with Kinect Adventuresfor $149.99. A bundle of the Xbox 360 4 GB console, Kinect Sensor and the Kinect Adventurewill be sold for $299.99 to the general public.

The Kinect Adventure pack will let users play  20 adventuresby navigating, ducking, jumping, and dodging obstacles without the need of a controller, or a balance board.

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Here is the link to the full press release.

Motorola Droid 2 To Be Launched With Froyo Onboard

The Motorola Droid 2 is expected to be launched during August by Verizon and Motorola. Nearly, all the relevant details about the handset are available thanks to the various leaks. The Motorola Droid 2 will feature the sameclip_image001 1 GHz processor used in the Motorola Droid X. The phone will have a 3.7-inch TFT screen, and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Now one of the readers at Droid-Life had the opportunity to use the Droid 2 for a few minutes.

The reader reports that the handset was running on Froyo, and was noticeably more responsivethan the original Droid. He also reported that on top of the Android shell, the Motorola Blur UI is also present. With regards to the keyboard, the reader said it was phenomenal. According to the reader, the look, size and feel of the phone was like the original Droid as well. There were only a few subtle changes like the new silver color of the handset.

According to the information provided by this Droid-Life reader, it looks like the Droid 2 will be launched with Android 2.2 on board. This also means that the original Droid and the Droid X will be getting the Froyo update soon.

HTC Incredible And Motorola Droid To Get Froyo Update By Early August

Remember the HTC Droid Incredible software update we told you about? Apparently, the update has been postponed to a future date. The update is now expected to be rolled out by end of July, or early August. The reason for the delay in this software update you ask? Well the change-log of the software update has been edited to add one major update Froyo. Yes, the Droid Incredible is expected to get the Froyo update by early August.

This piece of news has been confirmed by an unofficialVerizon Tech Support. Here is the proof-:

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Along with the Incredible getting the Froyo update, the Verizon tech support guy also confirmed that the Motorola Droid will be getting the Froyo update within the same time span. Hopefully, most of the HTC phones and the Motorola Droid X will get the Froyo update by the end of August.

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BlackBerry OS6 WebKit Browser Video Preview And Benchmarks

BlackBerry, like Nokia have been unable to catch up with the touchevolution in mobile phones. The BlackBerry Storm and the Storm 2 were a major failure, thanks to the out-dated BlackBerry OS. Now all the BlackBerry fans have pinned their hopes on the next generation BlackBerry OS, and it looks like they won’t be disappointed. Salomondrin have posted a video of the new browser in the upcoming BlackBerry OS in action.

The new browser on the BlackBerry OS 6 is based on the same webkit code used by Apple’s Safari web-browser and the Android web-browser. In the Acid3 benchmark, the new BlackBerry browser outperformed both the iPhone 4 and HTC Incredible. However, users should keep in mind that the HTC Incredible was running on Android 2.1, and not on Android 2.2 (Froyo).

Here is the video I am talking about :

The HTML5 score of the webkit browser is impressive as well. Looks like RIM has been working hard behind the scene to make sure BlackBerry OS 6 and its future devices meet the expectations of the general public. Kudos to RIM for this!

Apple iPad To Be Launched in 9 More Countries

Apple today announced in a press release that they will be launching the iPad in nine more countries this coming Friday. The nine countries include Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands,Apple iPad New Zealand, and Singapore. People residing in the above said countries can purchase the Apple iPad from July 23rd onwards at an Apple retail store.

As of now, the Apple iPad is available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, the U.K, and the U.S. The retail price of the iPad at the said countries varies from $499 for the 16 GB non-3G model to $829 for the 64 GB WI-Fi + 3G model.   Apple intends to launch the iPad in many more countries in the upcoming months. Apple will announce the availability of the iPad and the suggested retail price for these additional countries sometime in the future.

Here is the link to the full press release.

Apple iPhone 4 Unlocked….Again!

Last week, we had told you about Planetbeing unlocking his iPhone 4. Now MuscleNerd of the iPhone Dev Team has managed to unlock his iPhone 4 as well. The method used by MuscleNerd is different than the one used by iPhone 4 unlock Planetbeing. According to this tweet from MuscleNerd, there are apparently 3 ideas/ways to unlock the iPhone 4. The method used by Planetbeing is the first one, while MuscleNerd used the second idea.

Now both the modders will compare their unlocking method to see which method is the fastest and easiest. The fastest and the most efficient method will then be used in the next version of ultrasn0w to unlock the iPhone 4. The 3rd idea will not be used by both the modders for now. It will be saved for the future, in all probability. Hopefully, the next version of ultrasn0w will be released within the next one month by the iPhone Dev team.

Motorola Droid X To Get A Software Update Tomorrow?

The Droid X was released only a few days ago, and was sold-out in a relatively short time as well. Now, Verizon is gearing up to roll out an OTA software update for the Droid X. Droid-Life reports that software update isDroid X expected to be rolled out tomorrow i.e. 19th July. The software update won’t be bringing Froyo the Droid X, but will be improving many other aspects of the phone.

The improvements include a better battery charging status indicator, better looking GPS status bar symbol, and an updated weather widget icon. Along with this, the software update will also bring smoother transition in the camera and video recording application. The software update is also expected to include the Amazon Kindle Book application, which will allow users to download and read thousands of eBooks available at the Amazon Kindle store.

Along with the above said changes, the software update will also improve the loading time of Exchange ActiveSync, and will organize the favourite contacts by their call counts. It might be possible that this is the same software update, we had told you less than a week ago.

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HTC Droid Incredible Receiving The OTA Software Update?

Remember the HTC Droid Incredible upcoming software update we had told you about a couple of weeks ago? Well a few handful of Droid Incredible owners are reporting that they have got the software update notificationHTC Droid Incredible on their phone. The new OTA software updated is expected to bring 720p HD video recording, and a new boot up animation to the Incredible.

3G hotspot functionality will also be added to the Droid Incredible with this update. It is not yet confirmed whether this OTA software update has been officially released or not. As for now, users should take this news with a pinch of salt. It is also not yet confirmed whether the new software update fixes the security loop-hole via which the Droid Incredible was rooted.

Recently, unrevoked’ released an updated version of their application which allows users to root their Incredible in just a single click. If you are a Droid Incredible owner, and have already got the latest OTA software update on your phone, do drop in a comment.

Root HTC Droid Incredible Using ‘unrevoked’ In a Single Click

The HTC Droid Incredible is one of the most popular Android phones in the U.S. The phone is available exclusively on the Verizon network and features an 8MP camera at its back. The Droid Incredible was one of the fewHTC Droid Incredible Android phones which was still un-rooted, until last month. The problem with the rooting process was that it was pretty complicated and so many people preferred not to try it.

Now the folks behind unrevokedhave released an updated version of their application. The latest version allows users to root the Droid Incredible in just a single click. Keep in mind that there is no confirmation whether this rooting method is still compatible with the Droid Incredible OTA software update which is being rolled out to various users.

Users who have already rooted their handset using unrevoked are advised not to download the software update for now.

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Samsung Galaxy S Hands-On Review

Apple has been a runaway success, but Android phones are also selling like hotcakes with over 160,000 device activations per day. Most of the high-end phones are similar to each other in terms of hardware. They feature the usual 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, 512MB of RAM, and an AMOLED/TFTscreen with its size varying from 3.7-inch to 4.3-inch.

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The only exception to my last statement will be the Samsung Galaxy S. The Galaxy S is a true high-end Android phone with many new features, which are yet to be found in any other Android phone. I have been using the Samsung Galaxy S phone for more than a week now and here is a hands-on review of the phone.

Unboxing And Build Quality

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The retail box of the Galaxy S has a pretty much O.K. size. I would have preferred a smaller box, as it would have been a bit eco-friendly but then Samsung would have had a tough time packing in the charger, and other accessories of the phone. The retail box consisted of:

  • 1x Samsung Galaxy S
  • 1x Travel Charger
  • 1x G7 1500mAh battery
  • 1x USB Data Cable
  • 1x In-Earphones
  • 1x Leather Case

The build quality of the phone is pretty ok. The handset is primarily made up of plastic, with just a metal frame running across the body of the phone. The back cover of the phone is way too thin. In fact, the first time I opened the back cover I thought I would break it in a week or so. Thankfully, I have been proved wrong.

The back cover is made of tough plastic, and will not break off on a day-to-day basis usage. The phone has a very slim waistline of 9.9 mm. Even though the phone has a 4-inch screen, it is extremely light. Stats say the phone weighs in at 119g, but when you hold the phone, you will surely doubt the stats! Galaxy S gets an extra brownie point point for the nice mircoUSB sliding cover.

Hardware

Samsung Galaxy S is the first Android phone to feature a 4-inch Super-AMOLED screen, and it is just BRILLIANT! The blacks on the Super-AMOLED screen are even deeper than my black hair. The screen has a very wide viewing angle, and has great sunlight legibility. I had no problem whatsoever in using the Galaxy S under direct sunlight.

The Galaxy S is powered by an ARM Cortex A8 processor running at 1 GHz. The Cortex A8 processor is better than the Snapdragon in all the benchmarks we conducted, but not by a huge margin.   The 512MB of RAM also make sure that the phone is never low on RAM. The phone comes in two storage capacities of 8GB or 16GB. Of the available space, 2GB of the space is used as the ROM of the phone. So users never need to worry about running out of free space while installing applications and games from the Android market.

The Galaxy S is also the first Android phone in the market to feature Bluetooth 3.0. The back of the phone features a 5MP camera, with touch focus and smile detection.

Software

The Galaxy S runs on the Android OS v2.1 (Éclair). On top of the Android OS, Samsung has loaded their TouchWiz 3.0 UI as well. TouchWiz in its latest form has improved a lot. TouchWiz has added options to switch on – Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Silent Mode and Vibration mode to the popular Android notification bar, which is definitely very handy. TouchWiz also automatically imports your contacts from Facebook, Twitter and Google Contacts. Another nice feature of Touchwiz is that a right swipe on the contact will initiate a call and a left swipe will message the selected contact in the Contacts application.

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The 1 GHz processor ensured smooth operation of the phone. The phone never felt slow, except sometimes when the stallingissue occurred. Sometimes, the messaging, contacts application on the phone takes some time to open up, whereas third party applications work just fine. At the time of writing this article, new firmware for the Galaxy S was released. The stalling issue has been fixed to a certain extent with this new firmware.

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Samsung has also pre-loaded the phone with quite a few applications. There is a third party eBook reader on the phone – Aldiko eBook. Samsung has also loaded the phone with the AllShare application which makes your phone acts as a media server. Other pre-installed applications include Layar, ThinkFree Office, Daily Briefing, File Manager and Social Hub.

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Along with the Android Market, there is also a Samsung Apps store. As of now, the Samsung Application store has only 5 apps including Asphalt 5. The phone will get some extra brownie points for the support of Xvid, DivX, and mkv codecs. The phone easily played back a 4.7 GB mkv file without any hiccups.

The music quality of the phone is decent as well. The Galaxy S also features an equalizer, along with 5.1 channel Dolby surround sound and music effects. The music player of the phone simply looks outstanding on the 4-inch Super-AMOLED screen.

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Camera, GPS And Internet Browsing

The Galaxy S features a 5MP camera at its back. Sadly, the phone lacks a LED flash so night photography with this phone is a strict no-no. The 5MP camera is a decent performer in good lighting conditions. A major problem is that the 3D Gallery of the phone does not show you the camera pictures at their full resolution.

Also thanks to the Super-AMOLED screen,   any snap you click from the camera looks good on the phone. It is only when you view the picture on your PC, do you notice how the picture has come out in reality.The phone is also capable of recording videos in 720p HD resolution. The quality of the videos is pretty decent, and the fps of the videos shot hovers around the 30fps mark.

Here are some camera samples of the device :

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The GPS of the phone is a mixed bag. Using Google Maps, I was never able to get a satellite lock inside my house. Outdoors, I was able to get a GPS lock in less than 10 seconds.

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The Galaxy S is made for Internet browsing. The superb web-browser of the Android OS and the Super-AMOLED screen of the Galaxy S are a match made in heaven. The web-browser also supports pinch to zoom. Pages load quickly, and text reflow automatically adjusts the text on the screen for easy readability. The web-browser has a minimalistic interface, which certainly works in its favor. The only downside of the web-browser is that it lacks Flash. However, the phone will get Flash support with update to Android 2.2 (Froyo).

Battery Life And Conclusion

The Galaxy S is a super-phone. The Super-AMOLED screen, and the 1 GHz processor make this phone a must buy. The pros of the phone easily outweigh the cons of it. The battery life of the phone is also pretty remarkable, even though the phone has a 4-inch screen and a 1 GHz processor. The phone lasted me a day of heavy usage on a single charge. This is definitely better than most of the power-packed Android phones like the HTC EVO 4G, Incredible etcetera.

The 16GB version of the Galaxy S is available in India for Rs 28,500. At the current price point, I don’t think there is any other phone which can offer a better VFM than the Galaxy S. If your budget permits, go for the Galaxy S without a doubt! The phone definitely lives up to its tagline of Future Beyond.