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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

HTC Flyer Wi-Fi Available At Best Buy For $499.99

HTC Flyer is the company’s first tablet device. HTC Flyer runs on the Android 2.4 Operating System, instead of the Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) OS for tablets. Last week, we posted that, the HTC Flyer is available for purchase in UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and other countries. Now, the Wi-Fi only version of the HTC Flyer is finally available for purchase in the US via Best Buy. The 3G version is expected to arrive in the coming weeks.

HTC Flyer

HTC Flyer comes with a 7 inch touch-sensitive TFT screen with 1024 X 600 pixels resolution, 1.5 GHz Processor, Android 2.4 OS, HTC Sense, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 5 megapixel colour camera with auto focus, 1.3 megapixel front camera, 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, Micro-USB, 32 GB internal memory, 1 GB Micro SD memory card extension, GPS, up to 820 hours stand-by time, up to 4 hours vieo playback and a 4000 mAh battery.

Sadly, the Wi-Fi HTC Flyer will not come with the stylus. To take advantage of the HTC Scribe technology, you will need to purchase the stylus separately for $79.99. The HTC Flyer is the first tablet to premiere HTC Watch, HTC’s new video download service, offering more than 600 premium movies and TV shows from major studios. The Wi-Fi only HTC Flyer can be easily purchased from the Best Buy stores for $499.99 without any contract.

HTC EVO 3D Up For Pre-Order At Sprint

HTC announced its first 3D smartphone, the HTC EVO 3D at the CTIA show. This handset runs on the latest Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System and it comes with a large 4.3 inch 3D QHD display, 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core processor and more. HTC EVO 3D will be available exclusively on the airwaves of Sprint in the US. If you are eagerly waiting for this handset, then we have a good news for you. The powerful HTC EVO 3D is currently up for pre-order at the Sprint Stores in the US.

htc evo 3d

HTC EVO 3D comes with a 4.3 inch 3D QHD display, 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System, 3G/4G capability, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 5 megapixel dual cameras, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video chat, 2D video recording at 1080p, 3D video recording at 720p and so on.

Other features include a 3.5mm stereo headset jack, 4GB Internal memory, 1GB RAM, microSD card slot, 32GB expandable memory, 8GB microSD card included, HDMI, DLNA, Stereo Bluetooth, 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot capability, Integrated GPS and a 1730 mAh Lithium-ion battery.

HTC EVO 3D is also available for pre-order at RadioShack, but if you prefer to buy from the official Sprint Stores, then you will have to visit a Sprint retail outlet and purchase a $50 gift-card. After purchasing the $50 gift-card, your name will be added on the pre-order list. The price of this device have not been announced yet.

Samsung Galaxy S II Gets Two Software Updates

Samsung Galaxy S II is the successor of the highly popular Samsung Galaxy S smartphone. This handset runs on the latest Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System and it comes with a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus display, 1.2 GHz dual-core proccessor, 8 megapixel camera and more. This handset have already received 3 million pre-orders by the carriers.

galaxy s 2 firmware

Samsung Galaxy S II is currently available only in few countries and it is expected to launch in more than 120 countries by the end of this month. Even though, this handset is not available in major markets, but it hasn’t stopped Samsung from issuing software updates for this powerful smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy S II have recently received two firmware updates. The latest update is numbered i9100XWKE2. Sadly, this update is not available via Over-The-Air (OTA). To install this update on your Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone, you will need a computer and Samsung’s Kies desktop software.

The latest firmware update fixes the automatic brightness and some connectivity issues on this handset. It also makes the Swype more responsive. This update is also rootable, so you can go with custom ROMs and tweaks. If you have any queries, feel free to ask us in the comments section below.

HTC Flyer Now Available In UK

HTC announced its first tablet device, the HTC Flyer, at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 in Barcelona. This device is powered by the old Android 2.3 Operating System. HTC recently announced that, the Flyer tablet will be available for purchase from today in UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Romania. Both the versions of HTC Flyer will come with the HTC Scribe digital pen for note-taking, annotation and sketching.

HTC Flyer

We are delighted by the positive reactions that HTC Flyer has received since we first unveiled it in February and are pleased to be able to bring it to major markets across EMEA,commented Florian Seiche, President HTC EMEA. HTC Flyer is completely different from any other tablet on the market and we look forward to hearing about the different ways in which our customers use HTC Flyer in their daily lives for both work and play.

HTC Flyer features a 7 inch touch-sensitive TFT screen with 1024 X 600 pixels resolution, 1.5 GHz Processor, Android 2.3 OS, HTC Sense, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 5 megapixel colour camera with auto focus, 1.3 megapixel front camera, 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, Micro-USB, 32 GB internal memory, 1 GB Micro SD memory card extension, GPS, up to 820 hours stand-by time, up to 4 hours vieo playback and a 4000 mAh battery.

The HTC Flyer is the first tablet to premiere HTC Watch, HTC’s new video download service, offering more than 600 premium movies and TV shows from major studios. You can easily purchase this device from retail outlets or you can even purchase it online from the HTC’s website. The Wi-Fi + 3G variant has an internal memory of 32 GB and it comes with a price tag of €649 (approx. $930). On the other hand, the Wi-Fi only HTC Flyer has an internal memory of 16 GB and it comes with a price tag of €499 (approx. $715).

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Arriving In US On June 8

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is the company’s third tablet device and the successor of the original Galaxy Tab. Galaxy Tab 10.1 was announced at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 but it was later renamed to Galaxy Tab 10.1v. Samsung went ahead and unveiled the redesigned Galaxy Tab 10.1 at the CTIA 2011.

It comes with a large 10.1 inch touchscreen display, 1 GHz Dual Core application processor, Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) Operating System and more. Samsung recently tweeted that, the much-awaited Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be available in the US from June 8th. Check out the complete specs below.

galaxy tab 10.1

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 features a 10.1 inch WXGA display with 1280 x 800 pixels resolution, 1 GHz Dual Core application processor, Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) OS, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 3 megapixel rear camera with LED Flash and HD (720p) video recording, Full HD (1080p) video playback, 2 megapixel front-facing camera and more.

Other features include a 3.5mm audio jack, Stereo Speaker, 16GB / 32GB / 64GB memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Adobe Flash Player 10.2, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, Gyroscope, Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, Quickoffice HD Editor, Android Market, Samsung TouchWiz UX, Samsung Mini Apps Tray and a 6800 mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will compete with Motorola Xoom and Apple iPad in the US. This is definitely a good news for those, who were eagerly waiting to purchase this powerful tablet. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is expected to be available in the European and Asian market, by the end of June. Head over to this page and register your interest about the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Sprint Nexus S 4G Gets The First OTA Update – GRJ22

nexus s 4g

Last year, Google launched the second Google phone, the Nexus S. This handset is manufactured by Samsung and it is the successor of the popular Nexus One smartphone. Sprint recently launched the 4G variant of the Google Nexus S. This handset was available for pre-order from last month and it finally went on sale before couple of days.

We have a good news for the Nexus S 4G owners, who have recently purchased this powerful smartphone. Within a few days of its launch, Sprint have already started rolling out the first Over-The-Air (OTA) update for the Nexus S 4G smartphone. The latest update is numbered GRJ22. It comes with improved performance and tackles a few minor bugs. Check out the complete changelog below.

Changelog:

  • Improved performance and device security
  • International roaming with Google Voice
  • Tags application when using between two Nexus S devices

The download and install time of this update is approximately 5 minutes. This update will reach out to most of the users, before the end of this week. To learn more, head over to this page.

Nokia E6 And X7 Up For Pre-Order At Nokia Germany

Last month, Nokia announced the E6 and X7 smartphones. These handsets are powered by the Symbian “Anna” Operating System. Nokia E6 is the successor of the popular Nokia E72 smartphone. This handset is specially targeted at business users. On the other hand, Nokia X7 is an entertainment device, which comes with a 4 inch AMOLED display, 8 megapixel camera and more. 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.

nokia e6 preorder

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

Nokia E6 is currently up for pre-order in Germany. This handset is available in 3 different colors – Black, White and Silver. Nokia E6 comes with a price tag of €429.00 (approx. $620). To pre-order this handset, head over to this page at Nokia Germany.

nokia x7 preorder

Nokia E7 comes with a 4 inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display with 640 x 360 pixels resolution, 680 MHz ARM 11 processor, Symbian (Anna) OS, 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, 350 MB internal memory, 32 GB expandable memory, MicroSD card slot, Micro USB 2.0, Wi-Fi b/g/n, 3G HSDPA, 3.5 mm audio jack, FM Radio, Bluetooth 3.0, A-GPS and a 1300 mAh battery.

Along with the Nokia E6, the entertainment oriented Nokia X7 is also up for pre-order in Germany. This handset is available in 2 colors – Light Steel and Dark Steel. Nokia X7 comes with a price tag of €459.00 (approx. $660). To pre-order this handset, head over to this page at Nokia Germany.

Motorola Droid X^2 Complete Specs Emerge

Recently, we posted the first press shots of the Motorola’s upcoming smartphone, Droid X^2. This handset is the successor of the Motorola’s popular Droid X smartphone. This handset looks quite similar to the original Droid X smartphone, but it comes with some amazing specs, compared to its predecessor. The guys at Pocket Now recently shared the leaked specs of this handset. It comes with a large 4.3 inch touchscreen display, 1 GHz dual-core processor, 8 megapixel camera and more.

This device was earlier called as the Droid X2, but the branding reveals that, the phone will be called as Droid X^2 (X-squared). This handset currently runs on the old Android 2.2 (Froyo) operating system, but the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update is expected to arrive soon after its launch. Check out the complete specs, after the break.

motorola droid x2

Motorola Droid X^2 Specifications:

  • 4.3 inch qHD display
  • 540 x 960 pixels resolution
  • 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 Dual Core Processor
  • Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS
  • 8 megapixel camera
  • Dual LED flash
  • HD (720p) video recording
  • Full HD (1080p) video playback
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 8 GB internal memory
  • MicroSD card slot
  • 32 GB expandable memory
  • HDMI port
  • A-GPS
  • Android Market
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
  • USB 2.0
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Ambient Light Sensor

This handset is expected to be announced during next week or might be early-June. Motorola Droid X^2 will be exclusively available on the airwaves of Verizon Wireless in the US. This handset will be available for $199.99 with a two-years service agreement.

Parley.im – Great Way To Download Albums And Chat With Your Facebook Friends

Currently, there are hundreds of desktop client for Facebook, but most of them offer the same features, while the rest are not up to the mark. Recently, I found out a new desktop client for Facebook called Parley.im, which not only helps you to chat with your Facebook friends, but it also allow you to download your friend’s photos and albums.

parley im

You can download the Parley.im from the developer’s website. This software requires .Net Framework 2.0. If you haven’t already installed the .Net Framework 2.0, then it will automatically download and install the .Net Framework on your PC. After installing this program, you will need to sign up for a Parley.im account. Then you will have to sign in with your Facebook account and connect it with the Parley.im account. The complete procedure will not take more than a minute.

parley im

Google Talk allow us to stay invisible or busy, but the Facebook Chat does not offer these features. Facebook Chat has only 2 chat modes – Online and Offline. Hence, I would recommend you check out the amazing Parley.im client, which has 4 chat modes – Online, Invisible, Away and Offline. The invisible feature allow you to appear offline to everyone, but you will be able to see who is online. On the other hand, when someone send you a message, they will get an auto-reply stating that you are away or busy, thanks to the “Away” feature.

parley im

Most of the time, the Facebook chat list is not accurate. Some of the friends are shown online in the chat list, even if they have signed out 5 minutes ago. Parley.im solves this problem since it always displays the accurate chat list. It also offers an IM style Facebook Chat with bigger interface and individual windows to chat with your friends. A small popup window alerts you when a friend comes online or when you receive a new mail, requests or comments.

parley im

Facebook does not allow you to download your friends photos and albums, but Parley.im comes with an in-built photo browser which helps you to directly view your friends photos and albums from the desktop. This software also allow you to download your friends photos or albums. You will just need to select the album and it will automatically download all the images from the album to your hard drive. You can also select multiple albums, but it may take some more time to download, depending on the album’s size.

Techie Buzz Verdict:

Parley.im is an amazing desktop client for Facebook. Currently, this program is in beta stage, so you might find some problem, while using this software, specially while viewing and downloading your friends photos and albums. Parley.im is more responsive and stable than chating in any browser. It works on Windows 7, Vista and XP.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)

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HTC Kingdom Leaked Photo And Specs Emerge

htc kingdomRecently, the leaked photo and specs of the HTC Kingdom have been emerged. This handset looks quite similar to the HTC EVO 3D smartphone, but the leaked specifications clearly shows that, the handset does not have 3D recording as well as 3D playback capabilities. The complete specification of this handset was found in the leaked ROM of HTC Kingdom. Check out the leaked specs below.

HTC Kingdom Leaked Specifications:

  • 4 inch qHD display
  • 1.2 GHz Qualcomm MSM7630 processor
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System
  • 3G Connectivty
  • Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
  • 5 megapixel rear camera
  • HD (720p) video recording
  • 1.3 megapixel front facing camera
  • Noise Cancellation
  • 768MB RAM
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • Stereo FM Radio

This handset will ship with the latest Android 2.3.3 Operating System. HTC Kingdom also features a BCM4329-B1 Bluetooth chipset which supports both FM receive and FM transmit. The price, complete specs and release date of this handset is not available yet. Stay tuned for more updates.