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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]

Samsung Epic 4G To Taste Android 2.2 FroYo On March 21

Sprint and Samsung started rolling out the Android 2.2 OTA update for the Epic 4G, back in late February.

However, the update was pulled back within 3 days of its release due to many issues including corrupting a user’s SD card, bricking phones etcetera. Now, the folks over at Android Central have got their hands on some leaked internal Sprint document.

The document states that Sprint and Samsung will be rolling out a new Android 2.2 update for the Epic 4G owners.

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Along with the Epic 4G, the Samsung Transform and the Galaxy Tab will also get OTA updates. The Transform will get the Android 2.2 update (EB28), while the Galaxy Tab will get a minor software update. All the updates will be rolled out via OTA (Over-The-Air) by Sprint, and hopefully won’t lead to any issues this time.

Apparently, the Epic 4G Android 2.2 update is scheduled to roll out to the general public starting from March 21st. Updates for the Galaxy Tab and the Transform will be rolled out soon after.

Hopefully, this rumor will turn out to be true and Epic 4G owners will finally get a taste of FroYo on their handset.

Enable Multi-Touch Gestures On iPhone/iPad Running iOS 4.3 Using Sn0wbreeze

Today morning, iOS hacker iH8sn0w has released an updated version of his application sn0wbreeze which brings some nifty features for iOS device owners.

The latest beta of sn0wbreeze brings with it hosts of performance improvements and bug fixes.

The beta also adds an option to enable multi-touch gestures for iTouch devices running iOS 4.3. Yes, the same multi-touch gestures which were first introduced by Apple in the iOS 4.3 betas, which were seeded to developers.

Below is a video showing the multi-touch gestures :

 

However, these handy multi-touch gestures were dropped from the final version of iOS 4.3.

sn0wbreeze allows iOS owners to jailbreak their iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod Touch 4 and the iPad 1/2. Readers can simply download sn0wbreeze from here and follow the on-screen instructions on how to jailbreak their device.

However, the app will only tether’ jailbreak your iTouch device running iOS 4.3, which means that the jailbreak will be lost once a user restarts his iTouch device.

Hopefully, the next major update of the iOS will bring these handy multi-touch gestures to all iTouch devices. Until then, iTouch owners can use sn0wbreeze to activate these hidden multi-touch gestures.

Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi Version Coming On March 27th For $599

Motorola launched the first Android 3.0 Honeycomb based tablet the XOOM on February 24th.

Today, the company announced the Wi-Fi version of the XOOM which will be available beginning from March 27th. The XOOM sports a 10.1-inch XGA (1280×800) display and is powered by an Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset. It is also the first tablet in the world to be powered by Android 3.0 Honeycomb which was tailor made for tablets.

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The handset packs in 1GB of RAM and a bunch of sensors including accelerometer, barometer and an ambient light sensor. There is also a 5MP camera at the back, and a VGA camera in the front for video calling.

The base model of the Wi-Fi version of the XOOM with 32GB of internal memory will cost $599. The tablet will be available at all major retailers in the United States including Best Buy, Costco, Radio Shack, Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club and Staples.

Motorola has not announced anything about bringing the XOOM to other regions of the world as well.

HTC Thunderbolt Finally Gets A Release Date!

HTC and Verizon have finally gone ahead and announced the release date of the highly anticipated HTC Thunderbolt. The launch of the handset was delayed numerous times because of unknown reasons. According to rumors, the launch was delayed because of the poor battery life of the handset.

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The Thunderbolt was announced by HTC during CES 2011. The handset will be the first phone to support Verizon’s so called 4G’ LTE network. The HTC Thunderbolt will be available on the Verizon network starting from March 17th, for $249.99 with a two-year contract.

The HTC Thunderbolt sports a huge 4.3-inch LCD with WVGA (800×480) resolution. The handset is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor (MSM8255) and packs 768MB of RAM. The phone also has 8GB of on-board memory, and a 32GB (!) card will come pre-installed as well.

The back of the handset houses an 8MP camera, while there is a 1.3MP front-facing camera for video calling. There is also a kickstand at the back of the handset. The handset runs on Android 2.2 (FroYo), with the latest version of HTC’s Sense UI running on top of it.

Motorola Milestone Android 2.2 FroYo Update Rolling Out Now

Motorola Milestone owners rejoice! Motorola Europe has finally started rolling out the Android 2.2 (FroYo) update for your handset.

The update comes out nearly 7 months after the original Motorola Droid got its Android 2.2 update. There is hardly any major difference between the Droid and the Milestone in terms of hardware, except for their mobile radios, and the latter featuring a locked down bootloader.

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The Android 2.2 FroYo update will bring with it voice search, speech-to-text recognition, Flash player support, Wi-Fi tethering and performance and stability improvements. The update is being rolled out slowly in selected countries by Motorola. Users can check here, whether the Froyo update is being rolled out in their country or not.

Instructions on upgrading the Milestone to Android 2.2 can be found here. Milestone owners should NOT even hope that Motorola will release the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the handset.

If they want to taste Gingerbread on their handset, they need to flash a Custom ROM on their handset like CyanogenMod 7. Not only custom ROMs provide users with a taste of the latest version of Android, they also have many nifty features and are more faster and stable.

Nokia E7 Launched In India For Rs 29,999

Today, Nokia released the next generation business communicator the E7 in India, within a few days of its global launch. The Nokia E7 sports a huge 4-inch ClearBlack Display with nHD (360×640) resolution.

The E7 also features a spacious four-row slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The handset is powered by an ARM11 680Mhz processor and packs 256MB of RAM. The back of the handset sports an 8MP EDoF camera with dual-LED flash, while there is a VGA cam up front for all your video calling needs.

The E7 also has 16GB of internal memory, and supports USB On-The-Go as well. Sadly, the E7 has an inbuilt battery like the iPhone and the N8.

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The E7 also suffices the needs of business users with support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, Mail for Exchange and VPN support. Nokia has also tied-up with Vodafone to offer 2GB of free data usage to all E7 owners for six months. The offer is valid for all Vodafone 2G and 3G users.

The Nokia E7 will be available across all Nokia Priority dealers effective immediately, with a best buy price of Rs 29,999.

Nokia E7 PR 1.1 (V14.002) Firmware Update Released

Nokia has just released a new firmware update for the recently released business communicator Nokia E7.

The PR 1.1 (v14.002) software update for the E7 is a minor update and does not bring any noticeable improvements or changes. The update mainly improves the performance and stability of the handset, along with fixing some minor bugs.

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Nokia E7 owners will be automatically prompted by their handset to download and install the update. However, users can manually check for the firmware update by using the SW Update’ application in the phone. The update will be slowly rolled out by Nokia in different regions of the world, so users need to be patient before the update hits their phone.

Hopefully, Nokia will release the highly anticipated PR 2.0 software update for all the latest Symbian^3 based devices including the N8 and E7. The PR 2.0 firmware update is expected to address the major shortcomings of the Symbian OS and includes a new web-browser and a text input system, as well.

Via AllAboutSymbian

Samsung And T-Mobile Unveil The Sidekick 4G

Samsung and T-Mobile have joined hands to unveil the next generation Sidekick handset the Sidekick 4G.
In its latest version, the Sidekick 4G features a 3.5-inch touch screen WVGA display, making it the first handset in the Sidekick history to sport a touch screen.

Unlike the previous Sidekick(s), there is no swivelling display in the Sidekick 4G. However, Samsung makes up for that with a pop-tiltmechanism. The handset also sports a comfortable five-row QWERTY keyboard.

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The handset is powered by a 1 GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor and packs 512MB of RAM. The back of the handset sports a 3MP camera at the back, with a VGA cam in the front.

The Sidekick 4G runs on Android 2.2 (FroYo), with a custom UI running on top of it. Samsung and T-Mobile have also loaded the handset with tons of bloat ware including Qik for video calling, Drive Smart, Samsung Media Hub, Slacker Radio and T-Mobile TV.

As the name suggests, the Sidekick 4G supports T-Mobile’s 4G’ network a.k.a HSDPA+ and is capable of providing download speeds of up to 21Mbps. The handset will be available sometime later this spring, for hopefully $199 with a two-year contract.

White iPhone 4 To Be Available This Spring!

Apple launched the iPhone 4 at WWDC in 2010. Back then; the company announced the latest generation iPhone in two colors – black and white.

While the black color version of the iPhone 4 was available from day one, the white version was scheduled to release sometime in summer. However, as luck would have it, the white version of the iPhone was again delayed to Spring 2011.

Apple stated that the reason behind the delay of the white iPhone 4 was due to some manufacturing problems. Nevertheless, Apple has finally managed to solve the manufacturing problems, and the white version of the iPhone 4 will be finally available in Spring 2011.

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Philip Schiller, Vice President of Apple’s worldwide product marketing, confirmed that the white iPhone 4 would be hitting the Apple stores this spring, on Twitter.

I do understand that many people were eagerly awaiting the availability of the white iPhone 4. However, it has been nearly a year since the iPhone 4 was launched, and with the iPhone 5 just around the corner, I doubt that the white iPhone 4 will get many takers!

Nokia C7 PR 2.0 Firmware Leaks; Brings Lots Of Changes

Nokia has promised that the company will release firmware updates for all the latest Symbian^3 handsets including the Nokia N8, C7 and C6-01, which will address the major shortcomings with the Symbian UI.

Up until now, Nokia has released the PR 1.1 firmware update for all the above said handsets that hardly brought any visible changes to the end-user. However, it is the next update i.e. PR 2.0 that will bring a lot of changes with it including a new web browser and a new text-input system. The PR 2.0 update will also bring a new portrait QWERTY keyboard to the latest Symbian handsets from the Finnish giant.

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Now, NitishKumar has managed to get his hands on the upcoming PR 2.0 firmware update for the Nokia C7. He managed to download the firmware through NaviFirm, which lists all the firmware Nokia is going to release or have already released to the public.

Some C7 owners over at DailyMobile.se forums have flashed the leaked PR 2.0 firmware on their handset. These users reported that the performance of the handset has improved considerably and Nokia has also enabled NFC with this firmware update. There is now an NFC settings option in the Settings Menu of the phone.

The Java version and the inbuilt web-browser have also been updated. The Kinetic scrolling and the home screen transitions are also smoother compared to PR 1.1 firmware. The new text-input system along with a new portrait QWERTY keyboard is also present.

The leaked firmware also installs many games on the handset including Fruit Ninja. Apparently, the battery life and the speaker sound quality also improved after flashing the PR 2.0 firmware.

In all probability, the PR 2.0 firmware update must be under final stages of testing for all the latest Symbian based handsets, and will be released within a couple of weeks from Nokia.