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
The Android powered LG GT540 is now available for pre-order in the UK. This is the second Android-based handset manufactured by LG. This handset was announced in January during the CES 2010. This device is currently listed on Play.com and it is expected to be delivered at the end of April.
LG GT540 comes with a 3.0 inch touchscreen display with 320 x 480 pixel resolution, 3 megapixel camera with autofocus, VGA video recording, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, GPRS/EDGE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB, 3G Connectivity, Stereo FM radio with RDS, audio and video player, social networking integration with live updates and so on.
This device is available in 3 different colors – Black, White and Pink. This handset will start shipping from April 30. It comes with a price tag of £199.99. This is an unlocked device and it can used with any wireless operator. If you want to pre-order this device, head over to this page.
LG recently launched the Android powered GW620 in India. This smartphone comes with an amazing slide-out QWERTY keypad. This handset is LG’s first Android powered smartphone targeted at the budget-conscious consumers in India.
Sudhin Mathur, Business Head, Mobile communications said, LG’s first Android phone, LG GW620, was developed keeping in mind the ever growing demands from consumers to have a phone on which they can multi-task, with the new Android phone users can surf the internet, do business on the go, seek directions, enjoy audio-video entertainment, play games, take pictures and a lot more. The launch further reiterates LG’s commitment to push boundaries in mobile phone innovation and design. We are sure that with LG’s accumulated technology leadership in mobile phone industry and our consistent strategy to support every existing operating system, LG will provide better choices and benefits to our consumers.
This handset is based on Android 1.5 operating system. It comes with a slide-out QWERTY keypad, 3 inch touchscreen display with 320 x 480 pixel resolution, 5 megapixel camera with autofocus, LED flash, Geo-tagging, face detection & image stabilizer, 150 MB internal memory, 32 GB expandable memory and so on.
Other features include a 3.5 mm audio jack, QVGA video recording, audio and video player, Stereo FM radio, Wi-Fi, A-GPS, USB, Bluetooth, 3G connectivity, Java, up to 600 hours stand-by time, up to 8 hours talktime, 1500 mAh battery and much more.
This device is available in three colors – Black, Gray and Blue. This handset comes with a price tag of Rs.16,490.
The Android based Motorola DEVOUR is now available for purchase on the airwaves of Verizon. This device has a slide out QWERTY keypad and a 3 megapixel camera. You can buy this handset easily from all the Verizon Wireless Communications Stores as well as on their website.
Motorola DEVOUR is powered by the Android 1.6 operating system and it comes with a slide-out QWERTY keypad, 3.1 inch HVGA display with 320 x 480 pixel resolution, 3 megapixel camera, Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR, Wi-Fi, A-GPS, 3G Connectivity, integrated Google, Exchange, Facebook, Myspace & Twitter Contacts, 16GB expandable memory, 8GB microSD card preinstalled on device and much more.
“Motorola DEVOUR customers will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk or Nationwide Talk & Text plan and an Email and Web for Smartphone plan. Nationwide Talk plans begin at $39.99 monthly access, while Nationwide Talk & Text plans begin at $59.99 monthly access. An Email and Web for Smartphone plan is $29.99 for unlimited monthly access. Customers will receive the handset rebate in the form of a debit card, upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted,” says Verizon.
This handset is up for sale at $149.99 with a 2 years contract and $219.99 with a 1 year contract. Do you want to buy this handset? If yes, head over to this page.
HTC Legend, the powerful smartphone which was announced last month at Mobile World Congress is up for pre-order in the UK. This handset will be available on the airwaves of Vodafone UK. If you pre-order this handset today itself, then it will be delivered to you by April 6.
“With up to seven home screens, there’s plenty of room to get things how you like them. And inside, there’s Android. It’s great for everything from apps to the web. Your contacts are simpler too. Link your contacts to their Facebook, Twitter and email accounts. Then sit back and let their updates, mails, texts and more come to you – all in one place. All this, plus Adobe Flash – so the web on your phone looks like the web on your PC. It’s also pre-loaded with a Vodafone 360 home screen, giving you access to your favourite web sites, contacts, apps and games – all at the touch of a button,” Vodafone UK states.
HTC Legend is a powerful handset which runs on the Android 2.1 operating system and a 600 MHz processor. The phone looks completely stylish and it is made up of a single block of aluminum. It has a 5 megapixel camera, 3.2 inch AMOLED touchscreen display with 320 x 480 pixel resolution, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, Audio and Video player, 3.5 mm audio jack, Micro-USB connectivity, built-in GPS receiver, Optical trackball, Proximity sensor and light sensor, 1300 mAH battery and much more.
You can get this handset for free with a 2 years contract of £25 monthly plan which includes 300 minutes and unlimited texts. Head over to this page, if you are planning to pre-order this handset now itself.
HTC Corporation and Indian telecom operator, Bharti Airtel joined hands to launch the budget smartphone, HTC Smart in India. We were already expecting this handset to launch at the end of this month and finally the device is up for sale in India. HTC Smart is the first smartphone powered by Brew OS.
“HTC has always focused on setting the stage for new mobile experiences and the HTC Smart is clear different from touch phone and the result of customer feedback from all over the world for an easier-to-use, affordable smartphone. We’re excited to launch the HTC Smart with Airtel in India first and Qualcomm, a company known for its innovations. HTC Smart offers easy-to-use widgets, browsing and connectivity at an affordable price. The integration of HTC Sense brings an unparalleled smartphone experience for people looking to do more on their phone,said Peter Chou, Chief Executive Officer, HTC Corporation.
As the undisputed leader in the Indian telecom industry, Airtel is committed to constantly delighting its customers and offering innovations to enrich their experience. With the HTC Smart, Airtel customers will be the first in the world to experience a revolutionary Smartphone that is not only affordable but is also 3G-readysaid Sanjay Kapoor, CEO-India & South Asia, Bharti Airtel.
HTC Smart comes with a 2.8 inches TFT touchscreen display, Sense UI, 3.15 megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash, USB, GPRS/EDGE, Bluetooth, 3G Connectivity, 16 GB expandable memory, 256MB RAM, 256MB ROM, audio and video player, stereo FM radio with RDS, 3.5 mm audio jack, 1100 mAh battery, upto 450 hours stand-by time and 7 hours talk-time.
This handset comes with a price tag of Rs.9,990. You can get this handset from Airtel retail outlets and at all the authorized HTC resellers.
Samsung Wave, the Bada OS powered smartphone, which was launched last month at Mobile World Congress finally gets release date and pricing details. This handset is currently listed on Play.com and Amazon.de and the release date is expected to be around May 14. The price mentioned at Amazon.de is much higher as compared to the price listed at Play.com.
For those who are unfamiliar with the specs of this device, let me once again tell you that this handset comes with a 3.3 inch WVGA Super AMOLED display, 1Ghz application processor, TouchWiz 3.0 UI, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, 3G Connectivity, 5 megapixel camera with HD Video recording, support for Divx, Xvid, WMV and MP4 video files, virtual 5.1 surround sound, Stereo FM radio with RDS, 32GB expandable memory, Samsung Apps store and much more.
The price of this device mentioned at Play.com is £339.99 (approx. â‚¬380) while the price mentioned at Amazon.de is â‚¬429. According to Play.com, this handset will go on sale from May 14. Are you excited about the first Bada powered smartphone? Please let us know your views in the comments.
Motorola recently launched the Android powered Motorola Milestone in India. This handset is distributed as Motorola DROID in the US. It has a slide-out QWERTY keypad, 5 megapixel camera, 32 GB expandable memory and so on.
“Milestone is a smartphone without compromise, delivering a wiser, richer web and messaging experience. As an Android 2.1 device, it does what other smartphones don’t. It was designed to enhance consumer experiences, and its full screen web browsing experience, ability to juggle between multiple applications, and suite of Google applications deliver,” Motorola India’s country head for mobile devices Faisal Siddiqui said.
This powerful smartphone has a 3.7 inch capacitive touchscreen display with 480 x 854 pixel resolution, 600Mhz Cortex A8 Processor, Android 2.1 operating system, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 5 megapixel camera with autofocus, dual-LED flash and Geo-tagging, GPRS/EDGE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G connectivity, A-GPS, 32GB expandable memory, 1400 mAh battery and much more.
This device comes with a free lifetime voice-guided navigation of more than 400 cities in India. This handset is available is available in India at select retails with a price tag of Rs.32,990.
Welcome to the Third Edition of Mobile Mondays. This week two powerful smartphones were announced at CTIA 2010. On the other hand, Sony Ericsson launched the most awaited Xperia X10 and Vivaz in India. There were reports that claimed HTC is planning to launch budget smartphones in the US. This week was amazing since many smartphones were launched and few of the most awaited handsets were available for purchase. Lets start the third edition of Mobile Mondays with some interesting news, views and related stuffs.
The most rumored HTC Supersonic smartphone, which was expected to be announced this week was finally unveiled at the CTIA 2010. HTC Supersonic is now officially known as HTC EVO 4G and it will be launched on the airwaves of Sprint. HTC EVO 4G is the Sprint’s first smartphone which has a 4G connectivity.
Budget smartphones which are mostly sold in emerging markets will also be sold in the US, thanks to HTC, since they are planning to launch HTC Smart and other budget smartphones in the US from next month. HTC Desire which was expected to launch today in the UK on the airwaves of T-Mobile UK was delayed by one week due to some unknown reason.
HTC HD2 was finally launched this week on the airwaves on T-Mobile USA. The early reports showed that this handset is a huge hit in the US and the device was completely sold out within 4 hours of the launch.
Samsung officially unveiled the powerful Samsung Galaxy S this week at CTIA 2010. This handset is powered by Android 2.1 operating system and it runs on a 1 GHz Application Processor. Some notable features of this handset include a 4 inches Super AMOLED touchscreen display, 5 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording, 3G connectivity, A-GPS, 32GB expandable memory and much more.
Samsung also launched the stylish Diva S7070 in the UK. This handset is specially designed for female users. Within a few days, a Gold Edition of this handset was announced. The Gold Edition of Samsung Diva S7070 will be available for purchase in the UK on the airwaves of T-Mobile UK and Orange.
This week, Sony Ericsson launched the most awaited Xperia X10 and Vivaz in India. They also announced Xperia X10 Mini, Xperia X10 Mini Pro and Vivaz Pro, which will be available in the coming months. Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 is priced at Rs. 35,795 while Vivaz comes with a price tag of Rs. 25,695.
Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro is expected to go on sale from next month in the UK. This device will start shipping from April 30 onwards. This handset will come with a price tag of £339.99 (approx. $500). You can pre-order this handset at Play.com.
LG Remarq is a eco-friendly phone which was recently launched on the airwaves of the wireless carrier Sprint. This handset is made from 87 percent of recyclable materials and 19 percent of recycled plastic. This handset features a slide-out QWERTY keypad, 1.3 megapixel camera, 16GB expandable memory and much more.
Handset Of The Week – HTC EVO 4G:
HTC EVO 4G is the Sprint’s first smartphone which has a 4G connectivity. This handset is powered by Android 2.1 operating system, 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, 8 megapixel camera and much more. Head over to this page to learn more about this powerful smartphone.
Video Of The Week – Windows Phone 7 Ported To HTC HD2:
We will be back next week with some interesting news, rumors, handset leaks and detailed analysis. Don’t forget to catch us every Monday at Techie Buzz.
Sprint recently launched the new LG Rumor touch smartphone on its airwaves. This handset was unveiled last month during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Currently, this handset is available for purchase only via Sprint’s website. It will be available in all the Sprint stores from April 4.
LG Rumor Touch comes with a slide-out QWERTY keypad, 3 inch touchscreen display with 240 x 400 pixel resolution, 2 megapixel camera, audio and video player, easy access to Facebook, Photobucket and MySpace, GPS, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Bluetooth 2.1, up to 7 hrs talktime and much more.
LG Rumor Touch also offers access to Sprint Navigation, Sprint TV, Sprint Music and Sprint Mobile Email with personal and corporate calendar features. This device will also be available in two additional colors red and purple from April 18 in all Sprint stores. You can buy this handset for $79.99 with a two-year service agreement and $50 mail-in rebate.
If you are using a Verizon branded BlackBerry Tour 9630, then you have a reason to cheer since your BlackBerry handset will get an OS update on Monday. The OS version in the update is still unknown. According to Crackberry, OS 126.96.36.1991 is the most likely candidate. Check out the improvements and changes in the new OS update below.
Camera – Smoother operation in both camera and video applications.
Calling – Improved Bluetooth functionality for last number dialed, enhanced functionality for Voice Activated Dialing in both French and English, improved missed call log and upgraded Call Waiting caller ID and call timer.
Messaging – Improved functionality for reading, sending, forwarding and deleting SMS messages as well as corrected in-box display when in holster.
Bluetooth – Improvements in operation when using VZ Navigator
Push To Talk – Push To Talk capability Software Availability
This software update will be available through OTA (Over The Air) update and Verizon Wireless Network Pushed Process. It is advised to back up all your data before updating your device. If you find any others changes after the update, please let us know in the comments.
HTC Desire, the powerful smartphone which was announced at Mobile World Congress will finally go on sale from today in the UK. This handset will be available only on the airwaves of T-Mobile UK. You can easily purchase this handset from any T-Mobile stores.
HTC Desire is a powerful device since it has a 1 Ghz processor. This handset is based on the Android 2.1 operating system. It has a 3.7 inch AMOLED touchscreen display with 480 x 800 pixel resolution, Wi-Fi, 3G connectivity, microSD memory card slot and much more.
Other notable features include a 5 megapixel camera with auto focus and flash, HTC Sense, ROM 512 MB, RAM 576 MB, Optical TrackballProximity and light sensor, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS, Digital compass, up to 7 hours talktime, up to 360 hours standby time, 1400 mAh Battery and so on.
You can buy this handset for free with £35 monthly plan for 2 years which includes internet Booster. This device will be soon available for other carriers like Vodafone, Orange and O2 in the UK.
Tata Docomo recently launched a new special recharge voucher of Rs.120 for its prepaid subscribers in Mumbai and Maharashtra circle. This special recharge offers local and national minutes as well as free local and national SMS. After recharging this special pack, you wont get any talktime in your core balance.
Tata Docomo subscribers in Mumbai and Maharashtra & Goa circle can recharge with Rs.120 special recharge and get 200 local and national minutes as well as 400 free local and national SMS. This local and national minutes can be used to call any mobile and landline number within India.
Price: Rs.120 Circle: Mumbai and Maharashtra Benefits: 200 local/national minutes and 400 free local/national SMS Validity: 30 days
This offer is available only on e-recharge and valid only for 30 days. This plan is better than the basic per second billing plan since it offers both local and national minutes along with free SMS at an affordable price. If you have any queries, feel free to ask us in the comments.
Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro is a powerful smartphone with slide out QWERTY keypad. This handset was unveiled during the Mobile World Congress 2010 and it was recently announced during the launch of Xperia X10 in India. This device will go on sale from next month in the UK.
Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro is an amazing smartphone which has a slide-out keypad and 5 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording. This handset is powered by the Symbian S60v5 OS and it runs on a 720 MHz processor. It features a 3.2 inch touchscreen display with 360 x 640 pixels resolution, 3G connectivity, Wi-Fi, 75 MB internal memory, 16GB expandable memory, 3.5 mm audio jack, A-GPS, Bluetooth, WebKit web browser, TV-out, social networking support, Wisepilot turn-by-turn navigation, Stereo FM radio with RDS and so on.
This device will start shipping from April 30 onwards. This handset will come with a price tag of £339.99 (approx. $500). You can pre-order this handset at Play.com. Do you think Vivaz Pro is better than the original Vivaz? Please let us know your views in the comments.
Tata Indicom launched a special recharge of Rs.92 for its subscribers in Maharashtra and Goa Circle. This special recharge offers Tata to Tata minutes as well as free local and national SMS. This offer is valid only till March 28, 2010.
Tata Indicom prepaid subscribers in Maharashtra and Goa circle can recharge with Rs.92 and get 920 minutes for Tata to Tata calling and as a bonus they will also get 920 free local and national SMS. The validity of this special recharge is 30 days.
You can use the Tata to Tata minutes to call any local Tata Indicom, Tata Docomo and Virgin mobile numbers. This offer is available only on e-recharge. This offer will end today itself, so hurry up and get this recharge now.
Most of the budget smartphones are launched only in emerging markets such as India, China and Latin America. So HTC decided to launch the HTC Smart, a budget smartphone in the US. This phone will be first launched in India and it is expected to be available during the end of this month.
HTC Smart is based on Brew Mobile operating system and it runs on a 300 MHz processor. It comes with a 3.15 megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash, a 2.8 inches TFT touchscreen display, stereo FM radio with RDS, 3G Connectivity, 256MB RAM, 256MB ROM, USB, GPRS/EDGE and so on.
Other feature includes Bluetooth, 3.5 mm audio jack, audio and video player, Sense UI, Accelerometer, 16 GB expandable memory, 1100 mAh battery, upto 450 hours stand-by time and 7 hours talk-time. This handset does not comes with a Wi-Fi connectivity and A-GPS support.
This handset is expected to be announced early next month in the US. This handset will come with a price tag of around $200.