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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

Nokia C3-01 Firmware v06.00 Comes With Swipe To Unlock Feature

Last month, Nokia officially launched the C3-01 Touch and Type phone in India. This handset comes with a 2.4 inch touchscreen display, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi, 5 megapixel camera, 32 GB expandable memory and much more. Within a month, this handset has received a new firmware update numbered 06.00. The new firmware update comes with an amazing “Swipe To Unlock” feature, general performance improvements, etc. Check out the complete changelog below:

nokia c3 01

Nokia C3-01 Changelog:

  • Swipe to unlock your device
  • Swipe to open Collection and Games
  • Performance and usability improvements

The latest firmware version can be downloaded from the Nokia Software Update or via. Over-The-Air (OTA). To get this software through your device, select Applications > Software Update, and choose the software you want to update.

It is advised to backup all your data before updating the device, just to make sure that no important files are lost during the installation. It may take few days or weeks for the update to reach in your region. If you find any other changes or improvements in this firmware update, then share with us in the comments section below.

BlackBerry Style 9670 CDMA Launched In India For Rs.24,990

Last year, BlackBerry announced the launch of BlackBerry Style 9670 flip smartphone exclusively on the airwaves of Sprint in the US. Finally after waiting for more than six months, this handset has been officially launched in India. BlackBerry Style 9670 is a CDMA phone, so it can be used only with Reliance, Tata Docomo and MTS in India.

This handset runs on the Blackberry 6 Operating System and it comes with a two large display, full QWERTY keyboard, 3G Connectivity, 5 megapixel camera and more. The external screen can be used for quickly viewing notifications and messages, while the high-resolution internal screen can be used for web browsing and watching videos. Check out the complete specs below.

blackberry style

The CDMA segment represents a significant portion of the overall mobile subscriber base in India and we are pleased to further our commitment to Indian consumers with the introduction of this powerful and stylish BlackBerry smartphone,said Frenny Bawa, Managing Director, India, Research In Motion. The BlackBerry Style is a new and exciting choice for customers, offering an attractive flip design and an intuitive user experience powered by the new BlackBerry 6 operating system.

BlackBerry Style 9670 features a 2.7 inch QVGA internal display with 360 x 400 pixels resolution, 2 inch QVGA external display, BlackBerry 6 Operating System, Full QWERTY keyboard, Trackpad, Wi-Fi, 3G Connectivity, 5 megapixel camera with flash, continues auto-focus and image stabilization, VGA video recording and so on.

Other features include a 3.5mm audio jack, Multimedia player, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, GPS, 512MB internal memory, 32GB expandable memory, 8GB card included, BlackBerry Maps, 14 hours of music playback, 4.5 hours of talk time, 10.5 days of stand-by time and a 1150 mAhr battery.

BlackBerry Style 9670 comes with SNS apps for accessing YouTube, BBM, Facebook, Twitter and MySpace. This handset comes with a price tag of Rs.24,990.

Sprint Nexus S 4G Up For Pre-Order At Best Buy

Last month, Sprint announced the new variant of the latest Google smartphone, the Nexus S 4G. It is the first smartphone to feature the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System along with the 4G Connectivity. It comes with a 4 inch Super AMOLED display, 1 GHz processor, 5 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording, NFC and more.

Sprint Nexus S customers also will be able to easily use their current Sprint wireless phone number as their Google Voice number without having to port their number. This handset will be available exclusively on the airwaves of Sprint in the US. Check out the complete specs, after the break.

Google Nexus S

Google Nexus S 4G features a 4 inch WVGA SUPER AMOLED display with 800 x 480 pixels resolution, 1 GHz application processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, Wi-Fi, USB 2.0, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, 4G connectivity, 5 megapixel camera with flash, VGA front Camera, HD (720p) video recording and so on.

Other features include a 3.5mm headset jack, Stereo Speakers, Accelerometer, Digital compass, Proximity and Light Sensor, NFC Capability, A-GPS, 16 GB internal memory, 512MB RAM,4G Mobile Hotspot capability, Android Market and a 1500 mAh battery. This handset measures 124 mm x 63 mm x 11.2 mm and weighs 131 grams.

Google Nexus S 4G is currently up for pre-order at Best Buy. This handset comes with a price tag of $199 with a 2 years service agreement. You can also buy this smartphone without any contract for $499. To pre-order this handset, just head over to this page.

Acer Liquid Mini Launched In India For Rs.11,990

Earlier this year, Acer announced the Android powered Acer Liquid Mini smartphone at the CES 2011 in Las Vegas. Acer finally launched this budget smartphone in India. Acer Liquid Mini is the cheaper version of the popular Acer Liquid smartphone. This handset runs on the Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System and it comes with a 3.2 inch HVGA touchscreen display, 5 megapixel camera, 3G connectivity and more. Acer Liquid Mini will compete with budget Android phones such as LG Optimus One and Samsung Galaxy Pop in the Indian market.

acer liquid mini

Acer Liquid Mini features a 3.2 inch HVGA touchscreen display, 480 x 320 pixels resolution, 600 MHz Qualcomm 7227 processor, Android 2.2 (FroYo) OS, 3G connectivity, 5 megapixel camera with 480p video recording, Bluetooth, GPS, stereo FM radio, DLNA connectivity, Wi-Fi, 512MB RAM, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 2 GB MicroSD card included, up to 6.5 hours of talk time, up to 20 hours of stand-by time and a 1300 mAh battery.

This handset measures 110.4 x 57.5 x 13 mm and weighs just 109g. Acer Liquid Mini is available in 3 different colors – Jet Silver, Royal Blue and Piano Black. It allows you to view and edit popular office files (Word, Excel, Powerpoint and PDF) and send them through your work email with support for Microsoft Exchange.

Acer Liquid Mini comes with a price tag of Rs.11,990. Sadly, this handset does not have a front-facing camera for video calling. Are you planning to buy this budget smartphone? Let us know your views in the comments below.

LG Optimus Big With NOVA Display Announced In South Korea

Last month, we posted that LG is expected to launch the Optimus Big smartphone with NOVA display. And now, LG finally announced the Optimus Big in South Korea. This handset currently runs on the Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System, but it will soon updated to the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS.

lg optimus big

Optimus Big comes with a 4.3 inch NOVA display, which was earlier seen in the LG Optimus Black Smartphone. The NOVA technology enables the users to maintain a great visibility even under strong sunlight. This handset will be exclusively available on the airwaves of LG U+ in South Korea. Check out the specs below.

LG Optimus Big features a 4.3 inch NOVA display, 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 5 megapixel camera with autofocus, 3.5 mm headset jack, GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, HDMI port, 16 GB internal memory, 32 GB expandable memory and a 1500 mAh battery.

LG Optimus Big is available in two different colors – White and Black. This handset is currently up for pre-order in South Korea and it will be available for purchase from April 28th. Optimus Big is expected to arrive soon in other Asian and European markets.

T-Mobile Offers $100 Discount To G-Slate Via Telesales

T-Mobile G-Slate is the LG’s first tablet device which was announced at the CES 2011 in Las Vegas. It runs on the latest Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) Operating System. T-Mobile G-Slate is the re-branded version of the LG Optimus Pad. This device has been recently released in the US and it is exclusively available on the airwaves of T-Mobile. If you are planning to buy this tablet, then we will share a secret code, which will help you to get a $100 discount on T-Mobile G-Slate via Telesales. Until then, check out the complete specs below.

lg g slate

T-Mobile G-Slate features a 8.9 inch touchscreen display, 1 GHz Dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) OS, WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G connectivity, 5 megapixel camera with 2D recording in full HD (1080p) and 3D video recording in HD (720p), 32GB internal memory, GPS, up to 273 hours stand-by time, up to 9 hours video playback and much more.

To get a $100 discount, you will just need to call T-Mobile Telesales at 1-866-464-8662 and select option 3. After that, order the T-Mobile G-Slate and mention the code “GSLATE100″. This device is priced at $599 on contract, but you will get this device for just $499. This offer is valid till April 27th, so go ahead and order your T-Mobile G-Slate.

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Motorola Droid X^2 First Press Shots Emerge

We have already seen the leaked pics and videos of the upcoming Motorola Droid X^2 in the wild. But now, the first press shots of this powerful smartphone has been emerged. Motorola Droid X^2 is the successor of the Motorola’s popular Droid X smartphone. Earlier the phone was called as Droid X2, but the branding reveals that, the phone will be called as Droid X^2 (X-squared). This handset looks quite similar to the original Droid X. Check out the leaked press shots below.

motorola droid x2

The complete specs of this handset is still unknown, since this handset is not announced yet. But, this device is expected to come with the same 4.3 inch touchscreen display. Other rumored specs include a 1.2 GHz dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, Android OS, 8 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording, 3.5 mm headset jack, Wi-Fi, 3G Connectivity, HDMI port, 768 MB RAM and more.

Apart from the specs, this handset does not have a physical camera button. We are still not sure, if this handset will come with the Android Froyo or Gingerbread Operating System. This handset is expected to be announced in the coming months. Stay tuned for more updates.

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Dual-Screen Kyocera Echo Now Available At Sprint

Earlier this year, Kyocera Communications announced the unique Kyocera Echo smartphone. It is the world’s first dual-touchscreen smartphone. This handset runs on the Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS and comes with a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, 5 megapixel camera, 1 GB internal memory, 3G connectivity and so on. This handset is exclusively available on the airwaves of Sprint in the US.

Kyocera Echo was already up for pre-order, but today, Sprint officially launched this amazing dual-touchscreen smartphone. Kyocera Echo comes with the VueQue app, which allows you to watch a YouTube video in one display, while browsing, queuing and buffering additional YouTube videos on the other.

kyocera echo

Kyocera Echo features a dual 3.5-inch LCD WVGA with 800 x 480 pixels resolution, 4.7 inches diagonally with 800 x 960 pixels resolution when opened, 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS, 5 megapixel camera with flash, autofocus and 2x digital zoom, HD (720p) video recording, 1 GB internal memory, 32GB expandable memory and much more.

It comes with different connectivity options such as Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 3G Connectivity, microUSB and Wi-Fi hotspot capability. This handset measures 115.0 x 56.5 x 17.2mm and weighs 193g.

Kyocera Echo is currently available for purchase in all the Sprint retail channels, including the Web and Telesales. This handset comes with a price tag of $199.99 after a $100 rebate and a 2 years service agreement. Are you planning to buy this smartphone? Let us know your views in the comments below.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc And Xperia Play Launched In India

Earlier this year, Sony Ericsson announced the Android powered Xperia Arc at the CES 2011 in Las Vegas and the much-awaited Xperia Play at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 in Barcelona. Both the handsets runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. Xperia Play comes with a 4.2 inch multi-touch Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine, 8 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording and so on. On the other hand, Xperia Play is the world’s first PlayStation certified smartphone. It features a 4 inch touchscreen display with slide-out gaming keyboard.

Both the handsets are already available from March-end at Flipkart, a popular online retailer in India. But today, the company officially launched the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc and Xperia Play at an event in Delhi, India. Check out the specs, after the break.

Pawan Chadha, Country Head India, Sony Ericsson, said At Sony Ericsson, our endeavour is to constantly enhance user experience. The launch of the Xperia arc and PLAY is an important development for the brand in India, and with Sony technologies incorporated into our portfolio, we aim to become game changers here. As social and digital media continue to change consumer experiences, our portfolio will complement this phenomenon, and take communication entertainment to the next level.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc Specifications:

xperia arc

  • 4.2 inch multi-touch Reality Display
  • 1 GHz Qualcomm processor
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS
  • Wi-Fi
  • 3G Connectivity
  • 8.1 megapixel camera
  • HD (720p) video recording
  • Motion gaming
  • HDMI
  • DLNA
  • 512 MB internal memory
  • 32 GB expandable memory
  • 8 GB Memory card
  • 1500mAh battery

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Specifications:

xperia play

  • 4 inch capacitive multi-touch display
  • 1 GHz Scorpion ARMv7 processor
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS
  • Slide-out gaming keypad
  • Wi-Fi
  • 3G Connectivity
  • 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus
  • 400 MB internal memory
  • microSD card slot
  • A-GPS
  • 8 GB microSD card included
  • 32 GB expandable memory
  • Dedicated gaming keys
  • Motion gaming
  • up to 8 hrs 25 min talk-time
  • up to 425 hrs standby time
  • 1500 mAh battery

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc comes with a price tag of Rs.32,000, while the Xperia Play is available for Rs.35,000. You can also purchase Xperia Arc for Rs.28,499 and Xperia Play for Rs.30,999 at Flipkart. Are you planning to buy these smartphones? Let us know in the views, in the comments section below.