It was only a couple of days ago that HTC announced its next generation super phone the HTC Sensation.
The phone packs a dual-core processor, 768MB of RAM and runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the latest version of Sense (v3.0) running on top of it.
Yesterday, HTC made it clear via their Twitter account that none of the current generation phones like the Desire HD, Inspire 4G, Thunderbolt will get Sense v3.0. However, they will get some of the features of the latest version of Sense.
Nevertheless, one of the awesome developers over at XDA forums, 911sniper, has already managed to bring Sense v3.0 to the Desire HD. His custom ROM is based on the HTC Sensation RUU, which leaked yesterday on the Internet.
As of now, the ROM is in early stages with most of the stuffs including Camera, and other features of the phone not working. However, I am pretty sure the developer will be able to fix most of the issues within a couple of weeks.
HTC Desire HD should head over to this thread for more information. HTC Inspire 4G, Thunderbolt and EVO 4G owners need to be a bit patient, before the HTC Sensation ROM gets ported for their handset.
Apple has just released another small update for the iOS, which bumps up the version OS to 4.3.2. The update is a minor one, and aims at fixing some bugs along with some FaceTime vulnerabilities. The iOS 4.3.2 update is available for the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad 1, iPad 2 and the iPod Touch 3G and 4G owners.
iTouch device owners can download the update automatically by connecting their iDevice to iTunes, and updating its software via the Check For Updatesbutton.
Alternatively, original iPad owners can download iOS 4.3.2 for their device from here, while iPhone 3GS owners should head over to this link. iPad 2 Wi-Fi model owners can download the latest version of iOS 4.3.2 from here, while 3G+Wi-Fi model owners should click here.
iPod Touch 3G and 4G owners should click here and here, respectively for downloading iOS 4.3.2. After downloading the required file, users should click on the Check for updates’ button, whilst keeping the Shift key pressed and select the IPSW file, they just downloaded to update.
Once you download the iOS 4.3.2 IPSW file, you can follow our earlier instructions on manually upgrading iOS 4.3.1. on your device.
Motorola released its highly anticipated tablet the Motorola XOOM at the end of February. All the reviews of the device stated that the product was rushed to the market.
The XOOM has a pretty decent spec sheet which includes a Tegra 2 chipset, couple of cameras, an array of sensors, free upgrade to 4G LTE and an non-functional microSD card slot.
Even though the Xoom is available in various storage capacities including 16GB and 32GB, a microSD card slot is always useful. Motorola and Google say that the microSD card on the Xoom will be functional sometime in future, after an OS update.
Now, a team of developers Tiamat over at XDA-Developers have released a custom kernel for the Xoom, which enables the microSD card slot. All Motorola Xoom owners need to do is to flash this custom kernel on their tablet, and insert a microSD card in the slot!
The custom kernel also brings support for tun.ko and cifs.ko, along with a modded ramdisk for USB Host support.
Xoom owners can head over to this thread for more information.
Back at CES 2011, HTC and Verizon announced their first ever 4G LTE capable phone the Thunderbolt.
At that time, the Thunderbolt was advertised to come with a new Skype version, which would allow users to do video calls. However, due to some reasons the Thunderbolt did not ship with Skype pre-installed.
Even Skype did not release an updated version of their app on the Android Market, which supported video calls. In fact, Verizon removed all the advertisements from the Internet, which stated that the Thunderbolt will come with video-chatting capabilities via Skype.
Now, the awesomely awesome folks over at Droid-Life have somehow managed to get their hands on a leaked Skype APK, which allows Thunderbolt owners to make video calls!
Sadly, this APK file works only on the HTC Thunderbolt. I tried to install this file on my Samsung Galaxy S, but the app simply refused to install.
Thunderbolt owners can download the Skype APK file from here.
Yesterday, rumors were floating around the Internet that the Motorola has started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Droid X, via an OTA.
However, there was no concrete proof about this until now. The folks over at Droid-Life have managed to get their hands on the Gingerbread OTA update for the Droid X.
This OTA update is different from the Android 2.3 Gingerbread SBF file, which leaked at the end of last month.
Along with the latest version of the Android OS (2.3.3), Droid X owners will also be treated to a new, revamped version of MotoBLUR, along with performance improvements.
For the impatient Droid X owners, the OTA update can be downloaded from here. Users need to use a completely stock handset to flash this OTA update. Users can also downgrade to Android 2.2, if they wish to by using the required SBF file.
At the moment, it is unknown whether this OTA update is the official one, which Verizon will release to its customers. However, some Droid X owners did receive this update via OTA on their handset.
HTC have just announced their next-generation high-end smartphone the HTC Sensation.
The Sensation sports a 4.3-inch S-LCD with qHD (960×540) resolution. The front of the LCD features a contoured glass along the entire edge of the screen, unlike the Nexus S.
The handset runs on the latest version of Sense which packs a lot of new features including widgets on the lock screen and new full screen widgets with animations.
The Sensation is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core chip from Qualcomm and an Adreno 220 GPU along with 768MB of RAM. The back of the handset sports an 8MP camera with dual-LED flash. The handset is also capable of clicking pictures instantly’ and recording videos in 1080p resolution at 30fps with stereo sound recording.
Other usual features include D-LNA, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, 3.5mm audio jack, GPS with A-GPS, Wi-Fi printing and HDMI-Out via MHL (Micro High-Def. Video Link).
The Sensation will also come integrated with a new service from HTC the HTC Watch. This service will allow users to download and watch movies instantly on their phone, either by purchasing them outright or by renting them. In fact, users can even continue watch the video on other HTC products e.g. the Flyer.
The HTC Sensation will run on the latest version of Android – Gingerbread – with HTCSense v3.0 running on top of it. HTC will launch the Sensation in ‘key’ markets by mid-May.
Along with the Nokia E6, the Finnish giant also announced the Nokia X7.
The Nokia X7 is an entertainment oriented device, and packs a 4-inch AMOLED display with nHD(360×640) resolution.
The X7 shares the same internals as its other Symbian brothers, the N8 and the E7. It is powered by an ARM 11 680MHz processor and a Broadcom GPU. The handset also packs 256MB of RAM, and the microSD slot supports cards of up to 32GB.
The back of the X7 sports an 8MP full-focus (thankfully!) camera with dual-LED flash. The handset is also capable of playing back and recording videos in 720p HD resolution.
Other key specs of the handset include Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, Pentaband 2G/3G support and free Ovi Maps walk and drive navigation. The X7 has an in-built 1200mAh battery, which is capable of providing a continuous talk-time of 4.5hours on 3G.
The Nokia X7 will launch with Symbian Anna’ pre-loaded. The new version of Symbian will bring with it new icons, a new version of Ovi Maps, a new improved web browser and a new portrait QWERTY keyboard.
The X7 will be available in selected countries by Q2 of 2011, for â‚¬380 before subsidies and taxes.
Nokia has just announced their next compact QWERTY phone, oriented towards business users the Nokia E6.
The Nokia E6 is the successor of the highly popular Nokia E72, and features a 2.46-inch touch-screen display with VGA (640×480) resolution. The screen of the handset is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass.
The internals of the E6 is similar to other touchscreen based Symbian phones out there the Nokia N8, C6 and the E7. The handset is powered by a ARM11 processor running at 680MHz, while a graphics chip from Broadcom handles the graphics department. It also packs 256MB of RAM, and 8GB of internal memory along with a microSD card slot.
The usual Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS with A-GPS, and USB On-The-Go are also present. The back of the E6 sports a disappointing 8MP EDoF camera with dual-LED flash. The camera is also capable of recording videos in 720p HD resolution.
For business users, the Nokia E6 features hardware accelerated device encryption, Cisco SSL VPN support, support for Mail for Exchange with enforced encryption and remote lock and wipe etc. The E6 is powered by a beefy 1500mAh battery, and according to Nokia is capable of providing a stand-by time of more than a month on 3G or 7.5hours of continuous talk-time (3G).
The Nokia E6 is expected to hit the stores sometime in Q2 of 2011 for approximately â‚¬340, before taxes and subsidies.
The final version of CyanogenMod 7 has finally been released! After being in testing for more than 4 months, and releasing more than 35+ nightly builds, the CM team has released the final version of one of the most popular custom ROM based on AOSP.
CM7 is based on the latest version of Android i.e. Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread), and features some nifty features like a DSP Manager, Incognito mode in browser, multiple lock screen styles, Phone Goggles and support for themes!
In its latest version, CM7 supports more than 30 devices including the Nexus S, Nexus One, Desire HD, Desire Z, EVO 4G, Hero, Nook Color and the Tattoo.
I have already been using CM7 right since the first RC was released, and I have absolutely no doubt that it’s the best AOSP based ROM out there.
The whole change-log of CM7 can be found here. Readers interested in flashing CM7 on their Android handset must make sure that their handset is already rooted. The easiest way of flashing CM7 on a rooted Android handset, is to use ROM Manager. Alternatively, readers can download CM7 for their handset from here.
Sony Ericsson (Italy) have announced via their Facebook page that the launch of the Xperia Neo has been pushed back to July.
The reason behind the delay is due to all the havoc caused by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, from where Sony Ericsson’s sources its handsets part.
Here is the official statement from Sony Ericsson over the Neo’s delay :
"Xperia Neo has already been introduced to the marketplace in limited quantities," Sony Ericsson said."However, due to supply chain disruptions resulting from the situation in Japan, we have shifted the timing of Xperia Neo’s broader launch and it is now planned for early third quarter."
Sony Ericsson announced a bunch of Xperia branded handsets at the MWC 2011 including the highly anticipated Xperia Play. The company launched the Xperia Play and the Arc in quite a few regions of the world, last week.
The Xperia Neo is already available in certain regions of the world, but in extremely limited quantities. Hopefully, the situation in Japan will improve sooner than later and normalcy of the supply chain will be restored.