Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Announced; Is Thinner Than The iPad 2!

Samsung has just announced two new Galaxy Tabs at their on-going event in CTIA. One Tab will come with a 10.1-inch screen, while another one will come with an 8.9-inch screen.

Samsung did announce the Galaxy Tab 10.1 at the Mobile World Congress last month, but the company has actually improved the product since then in a bid to make it an iPad killer. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is thickness is virtually the same as that of the Galaxy S II (8.6 mm), making it thinner than the recently announced iPad 2.

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The 10.1 Tab has a PLS display with WXGA (1280×800) display. It is powered by a 1 GHz dual-core processor and packs 1GB of RAM. The back of the tab features a 3MP camera with Auto-Focus and an LED flash, while there is a 2MP camera in the front for video calling.

The usual GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth, Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Ambient Light Sensor and a 3.5mm audio jack are all present.   The tablet supports HSPA+ for speeds of up to 21Mbps.

The Tab 10.1   has dual-Wi-Fi antennas and supports both 2.4GHz and the 5GHz bands. The tablet has a whopping 6800mAh battery for up to 10 hours of video playback and weighs in only 595grams.

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 will run on Android 3.0 Honeycomb with Samsung’s TouchWIZ 4.0 UI on top of it. The tablet will be released on June 8 in some regions of the world. The 16GB Wi-Fi version will cost only $499 while the 32GB version will cost $599.

HTC EVO 3D And EVO View 4G Specs Revealed

Rumors suggest that Sprint and HTC are going to launch the successor to the EVO 4G’ at the on-going CTIA, to be known as the EVO 3D.

Now, the folks over at PocketNow have managed to get their hands on some leaked documents, which reveal the specs of the EVO 3D. The handset will be sporting a 4.3-inch qHD (960×540) display with 3D capabilities.

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The EVO 3D will be powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon CPU (MSM8660) and pack 768MB of RAM. The back of the handset will sport dual 5MP cameras with Flash. These cameras will be able to record videos in either 720p 3D format or at 1080p in 2D.

The front of the phone will also house a 1.3MP camera for video-calling. The EVO 3D will run on Android OS with HTC’s Sense UI on top of it. However, the Android version which the handset will release with is unknown.

PocketNow also managed to confirm the specs of another EVO branded device coming to Sprint the EVO View 4G. The EVO View 4G is the Sprint version of the recently announced HTC Flyer.

The 7-inch tablet has a resolution of 1024×600, and is powered by a 1.5GHz single core Snapdragon CPU. The EVO View 4G will run Android 2.4, with HTC Sense UI which will be optimized for tablet use.

LG Thrill 4G Announced; Sports A Glasses Free 3D Capable Display

LG and AT&T have just announced their latest addition to their line-up of Android handsets the LG Thrill 4G. The handset is basically the AT&T version of the LG Optimus 3D.

The Thrill 4G is powered by a 1GHz dual-core OMAP processor and dual-channel 1GB RAM. The handset features a 4.3-inch glasses free 3D LCD display with WVGA (800×480) resolution. The 3D display can also be toggled to work in 2D only mode.

Preliminary benchmarks suggest that the OMAP processor in the Thrill 4G is powerful than the Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset found in the Motorola ATRIX 4G.

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The back of the handset sports dual 5MP camera so that the handset can take 3D pictures and record HD videos in 3D as well. LG will also offer users with 3D content via their own LG 3D Space’ service.

“LG is very excited to offer the LG Thrill 4G to the next generation of thrill seekers. We have taken mobile phone technology to the next level with another first to market feature, this time being 3D capabilities,” said Tim O’Brien, vice president of marketing for LG Mobile Phones.   “This device elevates everyday tasks and entertainment to a new dimension of smartphone performance, giving LG Thrill 4G an edge over other devices in the emerging superphone category.”

The usual Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth, DLNA, microSD card slot, FM radio and HDMI-Out. The handset will launch with Android 2.2 Froyo, but LG has promised to release the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the handset soon after.

Sadly, LG and AT&T have not mentioned anything about the availability and the pricing of the Thrill 4G, except for saying that the phone will be available in the coming months.

HTC Pyramid Picture Leaks; Confirms qHD Resolution Display

All the handsets announced by HTC at the MWC 2011 were met with lukewarm response. None of the handsets really offered anything new or innovative and were just run-of-the-mill Android handsets.

Now, it looks like HTC is all set to change that with its next high-end flagship the HTC Pyramid. Rumors have been floating around on the Internet that the Pyramid will sport a qHD resolution display, and will be powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.

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The folks over at GSMArena have received a front pic of the Pyramid comparing it to the HTC Desire HD. The picture confirms the rumor of the Pyramid featuring a high-resolution qHD (960×640) display. From the abovepicture, it looks like the size of the display will be 4.3-inches.

Other rumored specs of the handset include an Adreno 220 GPU, 768MB of RAM and a front-facing camera. The Pyramid might be the first dual-core handset to be announced from HTC.

Rumors also suggest that the Pyramid will be the first handset to be released with Android 2.4, with HTC’s beautiful Sense UI on top of it.

Sprint Announces The Nexus S 4G; Also Integrates Google Voice Into Their Wireless Service

Sprint, Samsung and Google have teamed up to announce the 4G’ version of the Nexus S the Nexus S 4G.

The Nexus S 4G is totally identical to its T-Mobile sibling, which launched at the end of December last year, except for some minor changes. The handset is powered by a 1GHz Hummingbird processor and packs 512MB of RAM and 16GB of on-board storage. A PowerVR SGX540 handles the graphics department of the handset.

The handset sports a beautiful 4-inch Super-AMOLED curved display, dubbed as the Contour’ display with WVGA (800×480) resolution.   The phone also includes the usual GPS with A-GPS, Compass, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi b/g/n.

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The back of the phone sports a 5MP camera with an LED Flash, while there is a front facing camera for video calling as well. The Nexus S 4G also sports NFC capabilities.

As its name suggests, the Nexus S 4G supports Sprint’s 4G WiMAX network.

Being a Google branded handset, the Nexus S 4G runs on the latest version of Android without any skin – stock Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

Sprint has also gone ahead and integrated Google Voice. This means that users can now use their existing Sprint number as their Google Voice number. Sprint owners can know more about this here.

Google also announced that the Nexus S will start retailing in six more countries France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Romania, and Portugal.

HTC Droid Incredible 2 Specs Leaked; Features Wireless Charing And Dual-Xenon Flash!

HTC announced the Incredible S at the MWC 2011. The phone is the European successor of the Verizon branded Droid Incredible.

Now, thanks to a tipster the folks over at Droid-Life have got their hands on the specs of the Verizon branded Incredible S the Incredible 2. Like the Incredible S, the 2 will be powered by a 1GHz MSM8255 Snapdragon processor from Qualcomm, and pack 768MB of RAM.

The phone will also sport a 4-inch WVGA (800×480) display. The Incredible 2 will feature dual-microphones for noise cancellation, and will have support for global roaming as well.

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Well, these are a pretty much run-of-mill specs with nothing special. In this age of dual-core processors and 1GB of RAM, the Incredible 2 does not offer anything special.

However, some out-of-the-box features of the Incredible 2 include wireless charging, a dedicated TI Audio chip with SRS surround and an 8MP camera at the back with dual-Xenon Flash! Yes, dual-Xenon Flash!

HTC sure has made up for the lack of a dual-core processor with wireless charging and dual-Xenon Flash! It is unknown as to whether the handset sports a front-facing camera or not.

The Droid Incredible 2 will not support Verizon’s 4G LTE network. In all probability, the Incredible 2 will hopefully be announced by HTC and Verizon in the next couple of weeks.

HTC Thunderbolt Gets Root Access; First Custom ROM Released As Well

One of the most awaited Android phone the HTC Thunderbolt was released to the public in the United States last week.

As soon as the phone was released, developers started getting their act together so as to find a way to root the device. They met with success in less than 24 hours! Yes, root access to Thunderbolt’s system partition was gained by the developers in less than a day of its release.

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The handset rooting method is pretty similar to the Desire Z/T-Mobile G2 and the Desire HD rooting method. Thunderbolt owners should proceed with caution because there is a small possibility of bricking their handset, if they make any mistakes.   The steps to root the HTC Thunderbolt can be found here.

Soon after the rooting method was released, another developer, adrynalyne, released the first Custom ROM for the Thunderbolt. The ROM is a pretty basic one, and mainly aims at improving the performance of the handset by zip-aligning and de-odexing system files.

It also removes all those pre-installed Verizon bloat and includes a new boot animation. Other changes include an increase in the Dalvik heap size and change in the Wi-Fi polling interval. The ROM can be downloaded and steps to flash it can be found here.

Motorola Atrix 4G Now Runs A Full Blown Linux Distro – Ubuntu

After the launch of the highly successful Motorola Droid, Motorola started shipping its phones with locked down bootloader. These highly locked down bootloader severely restricted the modding capabilities of Moto phones.

One of the most talked about phones this year the Motorola Atrix 4G also ships with a highly locked down bootloader. However, the highly talented developers at XDA managed to get root access to the phone system’s partition in quick time.

In fact, at the moment many Custom ROMs are also out for the Atrix (They are not AOSP based, though).

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Now, another awesome developer Sogarth has got a full-blown Linux distro, Ubuntu, up and running on the Atrix 4G. This mod is obviously not meant for the faint hearted, and newbie Atrix owners are highly recommended to stay away.

Possibilities of bricking your beloved Atrix or putting it into an infinite reboot loop are also very much possible.  As usual with these mods, a few caveats do exist like installing certain packages can break the Ubuntu installation etc.

The highly complicated steps of installing Ubuntu on the Motorola Atrix 4G can be found here.

Best Mobile Apps Of The Week for Android And iOS – #8

Welcome to the eighth edition of Best Mobile Apps of the Week for Android and iOS. Starting this week, I am going to list two apps each for Android and the iOS platform. Sadly, I will not introduce our readers to new Symbian apps from this week as well.

In this edition of BMATW, Android owners will be introduced to an app which will monitor their sleeping habits and an app which will help users create their own Android avatar! For iOS owners, there is a very popular Hindi news channel application and a RSS reader app.

Sleep As An Droid (Android)

Ignoring the grammatically incorrect title of the app, Sleep as an Droid helps a user to track his sleeping habit.

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Track your sleep and wake up gently with nature sounds in optimal sleep phase

Alarm clock with sleep cycle tracker. Wakes you gently in light sleep for pleasant mornings. Features: sleep graph history, sleep debt stats, sharing (FaceBook, email), nature alarms (birds, sea, storm…) with gradual volume up, music volume down when asleep, captcha, sleep talk/snoring recording.

The app uses the inbuilt accelerometer of your Android handset to track your movement while sleeping, and wakes you up when you are in a light sleep’. Users can also set mathematical puzzles as captcha codes, so as to completely wake them up from sleep!

Sleep As An Droid can be downloaded for free (2 weeks trial version) from the Android Market.

Androidify (Android)

Androidify was released by Google a couple of weeks ago on the Android Market. The app allows a user to create their own Android’ flavored avatar just for fun! Users can customize each and every aspect of their Android avatar including its height, width, clothes and hairstyle etc.

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Androidify yourself by customizing the little green Android as yourself, your family, your friends, anyone! Stretch it , shrink it, add a hoody, style its hair, throw on some shades, or even give it a parrot and a pirate hat. Arrrgh!

Once you’ve personalized your Android, share it with your friends, set it as a photo in your contact book, or use it in some inventive way we haven’t thought of yet. Have fun, and we can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Sadly, the application does not allow users to create an animated avatar which is a letdown. Hopefully, Google will introduce this feature in a future update. Android users can download Androidify for free from here.

Reeder (iOS)

Reeder is one of the most successful RSS reader apps available for the iOS platform. The app has a very slick UI and with some nice and smooth transitions. Reeder supports syncing with Google Reader and allows users to browse their feeds either via feed or folders.

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Users also have the option to share a given piece of news with their friends on popular social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook.

Reeder also supports Instapaper, ReaditLater, Readibility, state saving and Image caching. The app is available for the iPhone as well as for the iPad. The mobile version of Reeder costs $2.99, while the tablet version costs $4.99.

NDTV (iOS)

The NDTV app for iOS brings the latest news and videos from the NDTV newsroom to the users. The app also allows users to watch the live stream of some popular NDTV channels including NDTV India and NDTV Profit. The video streaming works on Wi-Fi as well as on 3G/EDGE.

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The NDTV Social section allows users to read and know more about the NDTV anchors and news reporters. The app is available as a free download for the iPhone as well as for the iPad.

TELUS Branded Motorola Milestone Android 2.2 Update To Roll Out Next Week!

It was just a couple of days ago that Motorola started rolling out the Android 2.2 Froyo update for the Milestone.

However, the update was meant only for unlocked and unbranded Milestone handsets. Nevertheless, Today Motorola Canada has announced that the company will be releasing the Froyo update for the TELUS branded Milestone handsets sometime next week.

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The Froyo update for the Milestone will bring with it performance improvements, bug fixes and some new features including Flash Player support. Other changes include JIT complier, new security features, text-to-speech and stability improvements.

The U.S. version of the Milestone, the Motorola Droid, got its Android 2.2 update just after a month of the official FroYo launch. However, it is only after nearly ten months that Motorola thinks it is time to update the Milestone to Android 2.2.

Officially, the Milestone got its Android 2.2 update this week. Unofficially, the phone got an Android 2.2 based Custom ROM last year in July itself!

This move clearly shows Motorola’s U.S. only strategies. The company has already highly restricted its activities outside the United States, and even closed a bunch of their service centers all over the world.

No wonder, most of the Motorola phones including the Droid X and the Atrix 4G have not been launched anywhere outside the United States, and in some cases Canada.