Apple iPhone 5 Expectations

WWDC is still a couple of months away, but the Internet is already abuzz with rumors regarding the iPhone 5 and the next version of iOS. Rumors suggest that the 5 launch may be pushed back to Fall, this year. However, I doubt this is going to happen. Instead, this year at WWDC the iPhone 5 will take a backseat, and let iOS and OS X Lion grab the spotlight.

iPhone 5

Nevertheless, below is a short list of all the features which the iPhone 5 should hopefully sport :

Slimmer, Faster And Sleeker

With every passing generation, the iPhone gets slimmer, sleeker and faster. The iPhone 5 should be no exception to this rule. Last year, the was the slimmest handset available to consumers. However, fast forward to 2011 and Samsung has managed to launch (err…announce) the Galaxy S II which is thinner than the iPhone 4.

Expect the iPhone 5 to be thinner than the iPhone 4 and the Galaxy S II, when launched. Since the iPhone 4 got a major design over-haul, don’t expect the iPhone 5 to look radically different from its predecessor. The iPhone 5 will sport the same dual-core A5 processor, which powers the iPad 2 and pack 1GB of RAM.


No Antennagate

The iPhone 4 was heavily criticized for its Antennagate‘ issue last year. In fact, the issue was so much over-hyped that Apple had to hold a special press conference regarding it, and even had to give free bumpers to existing iPhone 4 owners. I am more than pretty sure that Apple will make sure that the iPhone 5 does not suffer from the Antennagate issue.

Higher Storage Capacity

Apple did not bump the storage capacity of the iPhone 4, which currently maxes out at 32GB. However, this time around with HD videos becoming a common sight expect the iPhone 5 to come with higher storage capacities.

4G Support

This one remains a big mystery for now. No one knows whether the iPhone 5 will support the latest 4G’ network from AT&T and Verizon or not. According to me, the iPhone 5 won’t come equipped with a 4G-LTE radio. However, it may be very well possible that Apple will launch only one iPhone, which will work on both AT&T and Verizon’s network.

NFC Support

NFC (Near-Field Communication) is sure to catch up with the general consumer in the coming future. Google has already started supporting this new technology with Android 2.3 Gingerbread and the Nexus S incorporating a NFC chip. Many other industry giants have also showed interest in supporting NFC.

If Apple also starts supporting NFC and the iPhone 5 incorporates a NFC chip, expect this technology to become mainstream by end- 2012.

Bigger Screen

The Internet is abuzz with rumors that the iPhone 5 will sport a bigger 3.75-inch screen, whilst maintaining the same physical size. Rumors suggest that the iPhone 5 will sport a bigger edge-to-edge display, so as to maintain its same physical dimensions.

Steve Jobs had earlier said that a 3.5-inch screen is more than enough for the average consumer. However, times have changed and a 3.5-inch screen barely cuts it. Hopefully, the iPhone 5 will sport a screen bigger than 3.5-inches.

These are the top 5 features/changes which I expect the iPhone 5 will sport. Obviously, this is only the hardware side of the thing and I am pretty sure Apple has some big changes planned for iOS5 including a new notification system and a better home screen.

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Motorola Droid X2 And HTC’s Incredible 2 Pictures Leak

The folks over at Android Central have managed to get their hands on some leaked pictures of the upcoming Motorola Droid X2 and the HTC Droid Incredible 2.

The Incredible S from HTC will get a minor speed bump and will be powered by a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor and pack 768MB of RAM. The handset will also feature the same curvy back, as its predecessor.

The back of the phone sports an 8MP camera with dual-LED flash. Rumors also suggest that the Incredible 2 will feature wireless charging. Sadly, the handset will launch with Android 2.2.1 on-board. HTC and Verizon are yet to announce a release date for the Incredible 2.


The Droid X2 from Motorola looks similar to its predecessor the Droid X. The handset sports the same 4.3-inch display with a higher qHD resolution. The X2 will be powered by Nvidia’s Tegra 2 chipset and pack 1GB of RAM. The back of the handset will sport an 8MP camera with dual-LED flash. Sadly, there is no video call camera in the front.


While Motorola has retained the mini-HDMI port, the camera shutter key has been dropped from the Droid X2. The phone will launch with Android 2.2.2 with the latest version of MotoBlur running on top of it.

At the moment, it is unknown whether the X2 or the Incredible 2 will support Verizon’s 4G LTE network. Both the phones will be released under Verizon’s Droid brand.

Hopefully, Verizon and Motorola/HTC will announce the phone in the next couple of weeks.

Google’s New Music Player For Android Leaked!

Back in December, last year the Android 3.0 Honeycomb music player APK file leaked on to the Internet.

It was the same music player which Google had previewed at the Google I/O in 2010. The last APK of the music player that leaked was pretty buggy and slow.

However, TechFrom10 somehow managed to get access to the test’ version of Android Market, and was able to download the latest version of the upcoming Music Player from Google. He was also able to download some other goodies like a Camera app, Desk Clock and the 3D Gallery app.


The new version of Android 3.0 Honeycomb music player is much better, both in terms of performance and stability. The UI has also been tweaked by Google, and the app looks simply gorgeous in landscape mode. As mentioned earlier, the app also supports music streaming using your Google Account and syncing via W-Fi.

Sadly, the Desk Clock, Camera and the 3D Gallery app will just refuse to start on any of the Android phones I tried. Nevertheless, users can download the latest version of Music player from here.


Samsung Galaxy S II Processor Speed Bumped To 1.2 GHz

Samsung announced the successor to the Galaxy S the Galaxy S II back in MWC 2011.

Back then, Sammy announced that the SGS II will sport a 1 GHz dual-core Exynos processor and an ARM Mali 400 GPU. However, reports are flying in that Samsung has bumped up the clock speed on the handset to 1.2 GHz.


This piece of news has even been confirmed by Samsung’s Eesti Facebook page. The reason behind the increase in this speed bump is unknown at the moment.

It may very well be possible that the performance of the Exynos chip was not up to the mark, thus forcing Samsung to increase the clock speed. Due to this speed bump, Samsung has pushed back the release date of the Galaxy S II until late-May or early June.

It is unknown whether this will affect the processor speed of the Tegra 2 variant of the Galaxy S II, which will sport a 1 GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 CPUs.


T-Mobile 3G Slide Android 2.2 FroYo Update Rolling Out Now

HTC and T-Mobile have started rolling out the Android 2.2 Froyo update for the T-Mobile branded myTouch 3G Slide.

While the myTouch 3G got its Android 2.2 update nearly six months ago, the 3G Slide will get its share of FroYo love now.


The new software update will bump the Android version of myTouch 3G Slide to 2.2.1 and bring a host of welcome changes with it.

Here is the official change-log from HTC themselves :

• Android 2.2.1 FroYo
• Wi-Fi calling
• Wi-Fi hotspot
• USB Tethering (Internet Sharing)
• Low storage (User Data) notification mechanism
• Resolves issues with text and picture messaging
• Resolves some Bluetooth compatibility issues
• Improves compatibility with new Bluetooth devices
• Improves stability and reliability of the device

Other changes include performance and stability improvements and the ability to install apps on the SD card.

T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide owners can find the steps to download and install this software update, on their phone from here.

Kudos to HTC and T-Mobile for releasing the Android 2.2 FroYo update for such an old and nearly forgotten handset!

Samaung Galaxy Neo Announced; Korean Version Of Galaxy Ace

Samsung has just added another handset to their expanding list of the Galaxy line-up the Galaxy Neo.

The Galaxy Neo is similar to the Galaxy Ace, and will be available for sale only in Korea. Like the Ace, the Neo sports an 800Mhz processor and packs 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage. Unlike the Ace, the Neo has a 3.5-inch screen with WVGA (800×480) resolution.


Other key specs of the handset include Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, 3.5mm audio jack, GPS with A-GPS, and a microSD card slot. The back of the Neo sports a disappointing fixed-focus 3MP snapper, without any Flash.

The handset is powered by a beefy 1500mAh battery and runs on Android 2.2 FroYo, with Samsung’s TouchWIZ UI on top of it. The Galaxy Neo also supports T-DMB.

Since the Neo is a CDMA handset, it won’t be launched in any other country. Samsung did not mention anything about the pricing or the launch date of the handset as well. The handset will be available in white and black colors.


Jailbreak For iPhone/iPad Running iOS 4.3.1 Released

The iPhone Dev. Team has just released a new jailbreak for iOS 4.3.1, about which we reported a couple of days ago.

The new jailbreak is an untethered one, unlike the previous jailbreak released for iOS 4.3.1. The new jailbreak supports iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod Touch 3G/4G, Apple TV 2G and iPad 1 running on the latest version of iOS.


The jailbreak is also available for all Windows and Mac owners via Redsn0w or PwnageTool. Readers can download the application from here.

iPhone 4 owners, who have unlocked their handsets using Ultrasn0w, need to wait until an updated version of the app comes out. Right now, Ultrasn0w unlock is incompatible with iOS 4.3.1.

Sadly, iPad 2 owners need to wait for a jailbreak, until a boot rom level exploit is found for their device.

Incidentally, the first version of PwnageTool was released on this very day, three years ago!

Amazon To Release An Android Handset With Solar Charging And Mirasol Display!

Amazon recently launched its own AppStore to compete with Google’s own Android Market. Even though Amazon’s AppStore is available only for people based in the U.S, it has been pretty well received by the mass.

Not only does Amazon give away one popular app for free everyday, its AppStore also has some features which the Android Market lacks. Amazon also launched its Cloud based music player for the Android and Windows OS, so as to compete with Google’s upcoming Music service.


Now, the folks over at AndroidPolice have got their hands on an upcoming Android handset, to be released by Amazon! The code-name of the handset is Blaze’ and it will be powered by a 1.2Ghz dual-core processor from Qualcomm, and pack 512MB of RAM.

Other specs of the handset include 32GB of internal storage, 5MP camera at the back, 1.3MP camera in the front for video calling, MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link), NFC chip, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 1700mAh battery and a 4.3-inch Mirasol’ display. Amazon will launch the handset with Android 2.3 Gingerbread on-board, with their own custom skin running on top of it.

According to the tipster, the Mirasol’ display will not require any backlighting to display content, which means it is going to be light on power consumption. Apparently, the back of the phone will also sport a solar panel, which will be made up of a new material unlike other solar panels which are made up of copper.

To know more about Amazon’s Blaze handset, readers should head over to this link.

Tethered Jailbreak For iOS 4.3.1 Imminent; Still No iPad 2 Support!

MuscleNerd of the iPhone Dev Team has just confirmed via Twitter that his team will soon be releasing an untethered jailbreak for all iTouch devices running iOS 4.3.1.

At the moment, the only jailbreak available for iOS 4.3.1 is a tethered jailbreak released by DjayB6. MuscleNerd also confirmed that the jailbreak is in its final stage, with the team busy in ironing out some bugs.


This new jailbreak will work for the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod Touch 3G/4G, Apple TV 2G and the original iPad. However, like the DjayB6‘s tethered jailbreak for iOS 4.3.1, this new jailbreak method will also not support the iPad 2.

iPhone 4 owners who have unlocked their device via Ultrasn0w, are recommended not to update their iOS version and use this jailbreak. If they do so, their baseband version will be upgraded and they will lose their unlock.

The jailbreak is based on an exploit found by i0n1c, and will be available for both Windows and Mac users via Redsn0w and PwnageTool, respectively. Hopefully, the iPhone Dev Team will release the updated version of PwnageTool and sn0wbreeze within a week or so.

Samsung Galaxy S Plus Specs Leaks; 2011 Edition Of Galaxy S

Looks like Samsung is still not done with the most popular Android handset of last year the Galaxy S.

Samsung will soon launch the Galaxy S Plus which will sport the same specs as that of the original Galaxy S, with some subtle changes.


The Galaxy S Plus will be powered by a 1.4 GHz single core Snapdragon processor along with an Adreno 205 GPU and pack 512MB of RAM and 8GB of on-board storage. The Galaxy S Mini will pack the same 4-inch beautiful Super-AMOLED screen with WVGA (800×480) resolution, found on the original Galaxy S.

The back of the handset sports a 5MP camera with HD video recording. The usual Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, microSD card slot and a 3.5mm audio port are also present. Unlike the Galaxy S, the S Plus will come with a 1650mAh battery and a metal back plate.

The handset will launch with the latest version of Android OS Gingerbread along with Samsung’s TouchWIZ UI 3.0 on top of it. The S Plus is expected to be announced in April for around $800.