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Omkar Dutta is a Mobile Enthusiast from Mumbai, India. He loves to check out latest software, mobile phones and web services. Currently, he writes for this awesome blog as well as Fone Arena. You can follow him on Twitter @0mkarr

Microsoft Asks Samsung To Pay $15 For Every Android Phone Sold

Samsung is the world’s No.2 handset manufacturer, which sold more than 19 million smartphones during the Q2 of 2011. The Samsung Galaxy S is the only Android smartphone which managed to cross the 10 million mark and its successor, the Samsung Galaxy S II have already sold 3 million units in just 55 days. This might be a great achievement for Samsung, but the company have already started getting into troubles, thanks to the Android Operating System.

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Microsoft has recently asked Samsung to pay $15 for every smartphone based on Google’s Android Operating System since Google has used a wide range of patents in Android OS, which are held by the Microsoft. Back in April last year, Microsoft has already signed a similar patent agreements with HTC, where the Taiwanese mobile phone gaint agreed to pay Microsoft in exchange for the use of the patented technology in its Android powered smartphones.

Samsung is expected to negotiate with Microsoft and ask them to lower the payment to about $10 in exchange for a deeper alliance with Microsoft for Windows Phone 7 devices. Samsung is also rumored to launched a new variant of its popular Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone based on the Windows Phone 7 OS. Microsoft is expected to get around $200 million a year, just from the sales of Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone.

Nokia E72 Firmware Updated To Version 071.004

Nokia recently released a new firmware update for its popular business phone, the Nokia E72. This handset features 2.36 inch display, full QWERTY keyboard, 5 megapixel camera and more. The new software version is numbered 071.004 and it comes with updated web browser, Ovi maps, along with other performance improvements. You can easily download this firmware update from Nokia Software Update or via. Over-The-Air (OTA). Check out the complete changelog after the break.

Nokia E72

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Changelog:

  • Web Browser updated to v7.3.1.26
  • Ovi Maps updated to v3.04 10wk32 b04
  • Smiley support in SMS / MMS
  • Mail client updated to v3.13
  • Performance improvement

To get this software through your device, select Applications > Software Update, and choose the software you want to update or you can even dial *#0000# & press options > Check for Updates to get the update. You may have to wait for few days or even for few weeks before this update is available in your region.

Even though Nokia E72 has support for User Data Preservation (UDP), you should backup all your data before updating this device, just to make sure that no important files are lost during the installation. If you find something new in this update, or if you have any screenshot and videos of this update, then please share with us in the comments below.

Intex Launches The Tri.Do Triple SIM Phone

Intex recently launched a new triple SIM phone in India, the Intex Tri.Do. This handset is useful for those, who travels a lot and need different SIM for different purpose. The Intex Tri.Do is a bar style, Java based phone that can hold 3 SIM cards (GSM+ GSM+CDMA). Intex has first launched its triple SIM phone in 2009. The Intex Tri.do is the company’s third triple SIM, which is an upgrade in terms of longer battery life and useful multimedia features.

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Commenting on the launch, Mr. Rajendra Gupta, GM- Telecom, Intex Technologies said, The multi-SIM segment is increasingly grabbing a major pie of the total market reflecting a huge demand and utility. Having sensed this quite early, Intex was the first one to introduce a Triple-SIM phone and now it aims to build on the concept by expanding the product-assortment with thoughtfully designed products offering convenience and utility at a highly affordable price.

The Intex Tri.Do features a 2.2 inch TFT screen with 65K colors, 1.3 megapixel camera which can also be used as a webcam, audio player, video player capable of playing MP4 and 3GP files, 3.5 mm jack, mobile tracker, Bluetooth, phonebook with 1000 entries, dual memory card slots with up to 16 GB each, Answering Machine, Auto Call Record, Games, up to 7 hrs talk time, up to 300 hrs stand-by time and a 1000 mAh battery.

The Intex Tri.Do supports both English and Hindi and works as a modem, for web-surfing on your computer. This handset comes with a price-tag of Rs.3,750. You can purchase this handset from more than 15,000 distributors and resellers outlets, 80 INTEX SQUARES and on Home Shop 18 shopping channel.

HTC Eternity Windows Phone With 4.7 Inch Display Leaked

HTC Eternity is the company’s upcoming Windows Phone 7 powered smartphone. Recently, the leaked press shots and specs of this handset have been emerged in the wild. This handset is expected to come with a large 4.7 inch touchscreen display and it will run on the 1.5 GHz MSM 8255 Processor.

Currently, Windows Phone does not support front-facing camera, but the HTC Eternity smartphone comes with the Windows Phone 7 Mango OS. It means that, you can use the 1.3 megapixel camera front-facing camera of the HTC Eternity for video calling. Check out the leaked specs after the break.

htc eternity leaked

HTC Eternity Leaked Specs:

  • 4.7 inch WVGA Super LCD display
  • 1.5 Ghz MSM 8255 Processor
  • Windows Phone 7 (Mango) OS
  • 8 megapixel camera with dual-LED flash
  • HD (720p) video recording and playback
  • 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera
  • 3.5 mm headset jack
  • FM Radio
  • SRS Surround Sound
  • 16 GB internal memory
  • 512 MB RAM
  • HDMI output
  • DLNA Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • A-GPS
  • 1650 mAh battery

This handset is expected to be announced next month. The price, specs and release date will available soon after the announcement. To learn more, head over to this page at HTC Inside. Stay tuned for more updates!

LG Optimus Black Launched In India For Rs.19,990

LG recently launched its Android powered Optimus Black smartphone in India. This handset runs on the old Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System and it was first showcased at the CES 2010 in Las Vegas. LG Optimus Black comes with an unique NOVA display, which is designed to be the brightest, clearest and most readable among mobile screens with 700 nits of brightness for optimal visibility. Check out the complete specs, after the break.

LG Optimus Black

LG Optimus Black features a 4 inch NOVA display with 480 x 800 pixels resolution, 1 GHz Cortex-A8 processor, Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System, Optimus UI 2.0, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi, 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headphone jack, Stereo FM radio with RDS, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, microUSB 2.0, A-GPS, 2 GB internal storage, 512 MB RAM, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, up to 375 hrs standby time, up to 6 hrs talk-time and a 1500 mAh battery.

The LG Optimus Black comes with the new Optimus UI 2.0, which allows you to directly access messages, emails and missed calls from the locked screen with just a single finger tap. This handset comes with a price tag of Rs.19,990. You can also get the Google Nexus S or the Apple iPhone 3GS 8GB for the same price tag. Which handset you are planning to buy? Let us know in the comments below.

Sprint Unveils The Samsung Conquer 4G Smartphone

samsung conquer 4g
Samsung recently announced the Android powered Samsung Conquer 4G smartphone. This handset will be available exclusively to the Sprint customers in the US. Samsung Conquer 4G is a mid-range smartphone, which runs on the latest Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. If you don’t like the Samsung’s TouchWiz UI, then you can go ahead and get this handset, since it does not comes with the TouchWiz UI.

Samsung Conquer 4G Specs:

  • 3.5 inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen
  • 1 GHz Processor
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS
  • 3G/4G Connectivity
  • 3.2 megapixel rear camera
  • 1.3 megapixel front facing camera
  • 3.5mm headset jack
  • MicroSD card slot
  • 32 GB expandable memory
  • Sprint ID
  • A-GPS
  • Bluetooth
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • MicroUSB
  • Tri-Band CDMA (including the 800MHz frequencies)

Sprint recently launched the HTC EVO 3D for high-end smartphone users. The Samsung Conquer 4G is for the mid-range smartphone users, who wants to use the Sprint’s 4G connectivity, without burning a hole in the pocket. The price and release date of this handset have not been announced yet. Stay tuned for more updates.

Airtel Launches Its 3G Services In Gujrat

Last year, Tata Docomo was the first private operator to launch its 3G services in India. And soon after that, Reliance Communications and Aircel joined the bandwagon. Early this year, private operators such as Idea, Airtel and Vodafone also launched their 3G services. Airtel first launched its 3G services in Mumbai, during March and after waiting for nearly 3 months, the company went ahead and has finally launched its 3G services in Gujrat circle.

Commenting on this much awaited launch, Mr. Shivan Bhargava, COO Gujarat, Mobile Services, Bharti Airtel said, Having successfully launched Airtel 3G services in 50 plus towns across India, we today have over 3 million customers that are enjoying the Airtel 3G advantage. As we extend the promise of Airtel 3G services to Gujarat, we are delighted to invite our mobile customers in the region to experience the power of high speed internet and enjoy a host of innovative application capabilities from their mobile devices anywhere, anytime. We believe that Airtel 3G will lead the data and internet revolution in aapnu Gujarat, bringing our customers in the state closer to an all new world of possibilities.

airtel dual logo

Airtel has won 3G license for 13 telecom circles in India Mumbai, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh (West), Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Bihar, Assam, North East, Jammu & Kashmir. Airtel 3G services will be available across all major parts of Gujarat including Ahmedabad, Baroda, Rajkot, Surat, Gandhinagar, Bhavnagar, Nadiad, Anand, Bharuch, Ankleshwar, Amreli, Chikli, Dahej, Daman, Gandhidham, Godhra, Jamnagar, Junagadh, Porbander, Silvassa, Valsad, Vapi, Rajula, Diu, Una and Verawal.

Airtel has also launched the International Video Calling, which is currently available in 227 international geographies. You can make international video calls, only if your friends and relatives are on a 3G network and using a smartphone with front-facing camera. International video calls to USA, Canada, Bangladesh are charged at Rs.14/min, while calls to UAE, Singapore, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Oman are charged at Rs.20/min.

Airtel 3G comes with the Mobile TV, which allows you to watch more than 100 live channels on the go. To learn more about Airtel 3G plans, head over to this page. If you have any queries, then call 12134 from your Airtel number or SMS 3G HELP’ to 121 and you will get the required information.

AT&T Unveils The HTC Status Facebook Phone

AT&T recently announced the HTC Status smartphone with a dedicated Facebook button. This handset was first showcased at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 in Barcelona. HTC Status is the AT&T’s version of the HTC ChaCha Facebook phone. This handset comes with a slightly different Facebook button. It also allows you to update your status, upload a photo, share a website or check in’ to a location, with a single press of the button.

htc status

HTC Status brings a Facebook experience to people who want to share their experiences with their friends faster and easier than ever before,said Jason Mackenzie, President, HTC Americas. With a dedicated Facebook share button combined with the hallmark HTC Sense experience, HTC Status makes it easy for people to stay connected to the things that are important to them.

HTC Status features a 2.6 inch touchscreen display with 480 x 320 pixels resolution, 800 MHz MSM7227 processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System, HTC Sense 3.0, 3G Connectivity, 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash, VGA front camera, 512 MB ROM, 512 MB RAM, Bluetooth 3.0 with FTP/OPP, Wi-Fi connectivity, 3.5mm headset jack, micro-USB, microSD card slot, up to 450 mins talk-time, up to 660 hours stand-by time and a 1250 mAh battery.

HTC Status will be available exclusively for AT&T customers this summer. The price of this handset will be announced soon. Stay tuned for more updates!

Nokia Launches The Symbian Anna Powered Nokia X7 In India For Rs.22,829

Nokia finally launched its much-awaited Nokia X7 smartphone at an event in New Delhi, India. This handset runs on the Symbian Anna Operating System. The Nokia X7 was unveiled by Gul Panag, Soha Ali Khan, Diandra Soares and Sagarika Ghatge, who represented Anna’ with their grace, style and elegance. This handset comes preloaded with the popular Galaxy on Fire HD and Asphalt 5 HD games. You can also access a range of premium HD games from the Ovi Store, free of charge

Speaking at the launch,  Viral Oza,  Director Marketing, Nokia India Private Limited,said,  With the launch of two new devices on the exciting new Symbian Anna, we aim to further consolidate our leadership position in the Indian smartphone market. With the Nokia E6 and the Nokia X7, and a robust line up of exciting new smart devices and user enhancements coming in the next few quarters, we are confident of further strengthening our smartphone user base.

nokia x7 launch

Nokia E7 features a 4 inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display with 640 x 360 pixels resolution, 680 MHz ARM 11 processor, Symbian Anna Operating System, 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP, Micro USB 2.0, FM Radio, Bluetooth 3.0, A-GPS and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack,Stereo FM radio with RDS, Wi-Fi b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 350 MB internal memory, 32 GB expandable memory, MicroSD card slot, 8 GB MicroSD card included, 256 MB RAM, 1 GB ROM, up to 450 hours talk-time, up to 6 hrs 30 min stand-by time and a 1300 mAh battery.

The Nokia X7 is available in 2 different colors Dark Steel and Silver Steel. This handset comes with a price tag of Rs.22,829 (approx. $510), but you can get this handset for around Rs.21,500. Nokia is also planning to launch 10 new Symbian-based smartphones in the next 12 months in India.

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Nokia E6 Launched In India For Rs.18,679

Nokia recently launched its much-awaited business phone – the Nokia E6 at an event in New Delhi, India. This is the company’s first business smartphone with a touchscreen display as well as a QWERTY keyboard. The Nokia E6 runs on the latest Symbian Anna Operating System and it comes with a 2.4 inch touchscreen display, 8 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording, 8 GB internal memory and more.

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The latest version of Symbian, also called as Symbian Anna, comes with a new improved web browser, new icons, a new version of Ovi Maps and a new portrait QWERTY keyboard. This handset was already up for pre-order in India from mid-June, but the company officially launched it today in India. Check out the complete specs, after the break.

Nokia E6 features a 2.4 inch TFT LCD Capacitive touchscreen display with 640 x 360 pixels resolution, Symbian (Anna) Operating System, 680 MHz processor, full QWERTY keyboard, 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, 256 MB RAM, 1024 MB ROM, 8 GB internal memory, 32 GB expandable memory, MicroSD card slot, Micro USB 2.0, Wi-Fi b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 3.5 mm audio jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS, Bluetooth 3.0, A-GPS, up to 680 hrs stand-by time, up to 7 hrs 30 min talk-time and a 1500 mAh battery.

Nokia E6 also comes with a strong set of new features aimed at business users, which includes true enterprise grade security with hardware accelerated encryption and a new e-mail features such as full meeting request support. The Nokia E6 is available in 3 different colors Black, White and Silver. This handset comes with a price tag of Rs.18,679 (approx. $415), but you can get this handset for around Rs.17,500 in India.