Samsung Galaxy S 4G Officially Announced By T-Mobile

Remember the T-Mobile branded Vibrant 4G whose specs leaked out a couple of weeks ago? Today, T-Mobile and Samsung have officially announced the device. The name of the handset has changed from Vibrant 4G to Galaxy S 4G, though.

The Galaxy S 4G will be the first handset being announced by T-Mobile which will take the full advantage of the carrier’s 4G network and offer download speeds of up to 21Mbps.

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The Galaxy S 4G is very similar to the Samsung Vibrant. The Galaxy S 4G has the same 4-inch SAMOLED screen with WVGA resolution as found on the Vibrant. The 4G sports the same internals as the Vibrant does a 1 GHz Hummingbird processor, a PowerVR SGX540 graphics core and 512MB of RAM.

The back of the phone sports a 5MP camera without an LED flash. The Galaxy S 4G also sports a front-facing camera for video calling, which the Vibrant lacks. The Galaxy S 4G runs on Android 2.2 unlike the Samsung Vibrant.

With Galaxy S 4G, T-Mobile will deliver its fastest smartphone yet on America’s largest 4G network, providing rich entertainment virtually whenever and wherever consumers want,said Cole Brodman, chief marketing officer, T-Mobile USA.   And with 4G data plans from $10 per month, we’re making blazing-fast 4G speeds and super smartphone experiences easily accessible to the millions who crave them.

Sadly, T-Mobile did not provide any other detail about the phone including its pricing and the release date. The company will provide more information about the Galaxy S 4G in the coming weeks.’

Samsung Vibrant Android 2.2 Update Rolling Out Now; Epic 4G’s Update Coming Soon

There has been a lot of controversy about the Android 2.2 Froyo update for all the Galaxy S variants in the United States including the T-Mobile branded Samsung Vibrant. First, it looked like the update was being held back by Samsung so as to force’ its users to buy the upcoming Vibrant 4G.

Later on, rumors started flowing around that Samsung wanted to charge the carriers for the update and thus there was a tiff between (Samsung and carriers) them which was delaying the update. Samsung squished all the above rumors in an email and promised to release more information about the delay behind the update soon.

Now, T-Mobile has announced that they will start rolling out the Android 2.2 update for the Vibrant owners beginning from today i.e. 21st January itself. Since the update will be rolled out in an OTA form and in batches so Vibrant owners need to be patient for the update to hit their phones.

Hopefully, the carrier will keep its word and start rolling out the update from today itself.

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Another U.S carrier Sprint has also announced that they are working on the Android 2.2 update for the Samsung Epic 4G. The carrier and the Korean company are working hard to release the update ASAP’ but will release it only after it meets all the rigorous’ testing standard of Sprint.

Hopefully, Sprint will also release the Android 2.2 update for the Epic 4G before the end of this month.

Nokia N9 Rumored Specifications Leak

At the CES 2011, Nokia did not announce any new product or services. It is expected that Nokia will announce some killer devices at the upcoming MWC 2011. One of the handsets expected to be announced by the Finnish giant is the Nokia N9 the first phone which will be running on MeeGo.

Now a Finnish website is reporting that the Nokia N9 is expected to sport some killer internal specifications. Apparently, The N9 will be sporting a 1.2GHz Intel Atom CPU. However, I seriously doubt if this is going to be true. An Atom processor will eat up the battery of the phone in no time, and the Atom processors are based on the X86 architecture.

I guess the site is talking about the Intel Moorestown platform here which is closely based on the Intel Atom processor.

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The site also suggests that the MeeGo handset will feature the same 12MP camera as found on the N8. Until the official announcement from Nokia itself, this news is too good to be true for me. The last rumor is that the N9 will sport 4G LTE antennas as well. However, the source says they are not too sure about it.

The Mobile World Congress (MWC) is less than a month from now. Only then we will know whether these rumors turn out to be true or not. Until then, I will suggest readers to gobble up all this information with a pinch of salt.

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Sony Ericsson Vivaz Successor (MT15i) Previewed; Passes With Flying Colors

The Sony Ericsson Vivaz was a great phone with a decent hardware specification. What led to the failure of the phone was its operating system the Symbian S60v5 OS which is not at all optimized for touch. Now, looks like Sony Ericsson is going to launch a successor to the Vivaz with an updated hardware and a much better OS Android.

Now, Eldar Murtazin over at Mobile-Review.com has managed to get his hands on the Sony Ericsson MT15i or the Vivaz 2 or the Halon (code-name) and he has done an in-depth preview of the handset. The good news is that the successor to the Vivaz has been highly appreciated by Eldar. The handset is powered by a 1GHz MSM7230 processor along with an Adreno 205GPU and packs 512MB of RAM.

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The back of the phone sports an 8MP camera with an Exmor R sensor which is also found on the Xperia Arc. The camera is capable of recording videos in 720p HD resolution and is aided by an LED flash as well. The front of the phone houses a bigger screen compared to the Vivaz (Eldar did not mention the size of the screen) with a higher resolution (854×480) as well. The display also sports the Bravia’ engine which helps in improving the picture quality while watching videos or browsing pictures on the device.

The Vivaz 2 will run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread with Sony’s proprietary UI on top of it. Unlike the X10, the MediaScape and TimeScape UI have been de-coupled from the OS which will aid Sony in providing timely updates for the handset. Eldar also said that even though the device is still in pre-production stage, the handset did not feel slow, lag or crash even once. Pretty commendable for a phone which is still running pre-production software.

Readers can read the whole preview of the handset here. The Sony Ericsson Arc and the Xperia Play are already garnering the general public interest and the Vivaz 2 also looks like a hot-seller. Looks like 2011 is going to turn around the fortune of Sony Ericsson, like the Droid did for Motorola in 2009.

Sony Ericsson X10 ‘Multi-Touch’ Update To Roll Out This Week In Japan

A couple of months ago, we had reported that the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 will get partial’ multi-touch support via a software update from Sony Ericsson. The company had promised to release the software update by Q1 of 2011.

Now, it looks like Sony Ericsson is going to roll out the update slowly and steadily. Starting this week, the company is going to release the multi-touch’ software update in Japan for the NTT DoCoMo branded X10’s.

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The software update will only bring partial’ multi-touch to the X10. It will only allow users to take advantage of the pinch-to-zoom gesture. All the in-built applications on the phone like the Browser and the Maps will be updated to support this new multi-touch gesture as well. However, users won’t be able to enjoy the new multi-touch gestures offered by the new Google Maps 5.

Third party applications can also make use of this limited’ multi-touch support on the X10. But, users should expect this multi-touch gesture implementation to be erratic at best since it’s more of a hack. The X10 digitizer does not support true’ multi-touch and Sony Ericsson has got this partial’ multi-touch working by some clever driver coding.

Nevertheless, something is better than nothing and this software update will hopefully please all the X10 owners out there.

Nintendo 3DS ‘Officially’ Announced; To Cost $249

Nintendo has announced in a press event today that the Nintendo 3DS will hit the shelves on March 27. Along with this, the company also provided more details about the 3DS. The 3D console will come with two-screens where the top screen is a 3D one. The 3DS will come with a 2GB SD pre-installed and a charging cradle. The new 3D console from Nintendo will also sport a game slot at its back which will accept both 3DS and DS games.

The Nintendo 3DS will also feature a Gyro sensor and a built-in motion sensor for a more real life gaming experience where the games will react to a gamers action.

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Nintendo 3DS is a category of one the experience simply doesn’t exist anywhere else,said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. You have to see Nintendo 3DS to believe it. And it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before.

The top left corner of the console will sport a notification LED light which will blink according to the status of the device. The back of the console will sport a couple of cameras which are capable of taking 3D pictures while the front cam is a 2D one only.

The 3DS will also feature a 3D depth slider which will allow users to adjust the intensity’ of the 3D effect on the console. Along with this, the console will also sport a Control Pad’ which will provide gamers with full analog control in 3D games. At the time of its launch, the 3DS will have popular 3D gaming titles like the Pilotwings Resort, Super Street Fighter IV, Steel Driver and the Asphalt 3D.

The 3DS will also sport two new interesting features StreetPass and SpotPass. Readers can find more about these features and read more about the 3D console from Nintendo on the official Nintendo 3DS website.

The Nintendo 3DS will hit the stores on March 27 with a maximum retail price of $249.99.

Samsung Clears All The Rumors Surrounding The Galaxy S Android 2.2 Update In The U.S.

Nearly a week ago, we had reported that Samsung might be intentionally holding back the Android 2.2 update for the Samsung Vibrant in the United States. Since then, another rumor popped up on the Internet that the update is not being rolled out because of a tiff between the U.S carriers and Samsung. Reportedly, that the reason behind this tiff was that Samsung wanted to charge the carriers for the Android 2.2 update, which the carriers did not agree to.

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Nevertheless, this news spread like a fire on the Internet and definitely pissed off a lot of Samsung Galaxy S owners along with giving the Korean company some extremely bad publicity. Now, Samsung have sent an email to PhoneScoop confirming that they are not going to charge the U.S carriers for the Android 2.2 update. However, the company did not provide any other information about the Android 2.2 update except for promising that they will provide more details on the update shortly’.

Thankfully, this move from Samsung will at least kill all the rumors regarding the Android 2.2 update for the Galaxy S handsets in the States floating around the Internet. Samsung has started rolling out the Android 2.2.1 update for the Galaxy S handsets in all regions of the world except for the States. So I wonder what’s stopping them from releasing the update in the United States.

Hopefully, Samsung will come out clear and tell us the reason for the delay instead of giving a diplomatic answer.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc Camera Improvements Explained

During the CES 2011, Sony Ericsson announced the Xperia Arc. The Xperia Arc is insanely thin at 8.7mm and packs a 4.2-inch Reality Display’ with mobile Bravia engine display. The handset is powered by a 1Ghz Snapdragon processor while an Adreno 205 handles the graphics department. The Arc was also among the few phones announced in CES to run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

One of the main highlights of the Xperia Arc is the 8MP Exmor R camera sensor. Like the iPhone 4, this new sensor is back-illuminated which makes the camera sensor much more sensitive to light. The official Sony Ericsson blog has explained in detail as to what all new camera improvements the Arc incorporates. The Arc will also feature a brand new camera UI which will be much easier and faster to use.

The blog post also states that the handset will shoot comparatively better pics in indoor and low-lit situation thanks to the increased light sensitivity, low shutter time and a lens with an aperture value of f/2.4.

The blog has also posted an HD video recorded from the Xperia Arc so as to give users a hint on the quality of the video recording.

Below is the video I am talking about :

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It would be interesting to see whether the Xperia Arc camera will be able to rival the best camera phone in the market right now the Nokia N8.

HTC Desire Z Now Available In India

At the end of last month, we had reported that the popular online retailer Flipkart had listed the Desire Z for pre-orders. Now, the website has the Desire Z in stock from the last few days and the phone has hit the retail stores of cities all over India as well.

The HTC Desire Z packs a 3.7-inch S-LCD screen with a WVGA (800×480) resolution. The Z is powered by an 800Mhz Scorpion CPU along with 512MB of RAM and 1.5GB of ROM.

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The phone also features the usual Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth, microSD card slot, 5MP camera with Auto-Focus and Flash, GPS with A-GPS, DLNA, FM Radio and a 3.5mm audio jack. The 5MP snapper at the back of the phone is also capable of recording 720p HD videos.

An 8GB microSD card also comes pre-bundled with the phone. The Desire Z is powered by a 1300mAh battery and runs on Android 2.2 with the popular HTC Sense UI on top of it. The phone also has features integration with HTCSense.com and has some nifty features like flip-to-silent etc.

Interested users can buy the Desire Z either from Flipkart or from any other their local shops. I just got my hands on a Desire Z so readers can expect a review of the handset within a week from now.

Nokia ‘Ovi Music Unlimited’ Service Shut Down

Last year, Nokia launched the Ovi Music Unlimited’ service which allowed users to download unlimited number of songs for free for a period of 1 year via the Ovi Music store. Users could get access to this service if they purchased any of the Comes with music’ branded Nokia handset. However, today Nokia has announced that will be shutting down their Ovi Music Unlimited’ service.

The folks over at NokiaUsers contacted Nokia regarding this matter and the company has confirmed that they will be shutting down the Ovi Music Unlimited service. However, the Finnish giant won’t be shutting down the service in all regions of the world. In India, China and Indonesia, Nokia will continue offering the Ovi Music Unlimited service. In Brazil, Turkey and South Africa the company will offer the service with a reduced timespan of 6 months.

In other regions of the world, Nokia will stop offering the Ovi Music Unlimited edition handsets. Nevertheless, users who still use the Ovi Music Unlimited service can continue to do so until their original time period of the service is valid.

One of the biggest disadvantages of   Ovi Music Unlimited service was that the songs were not DRM free. This meant that users could only listen to the songs downloaded from the Ovi Music store on their handsets or on their PC using the Ovi Player. Also the songs offered for download were of very low quality (64Kbps AAC).

Except for Ovi Maps I don’t think any other Ovi service from Nokia has met with success. Time for Nokia to think upon their ‘Ovi’ strategy.