Vevo Music Videos: Now on Android and Backed By Google

Vevo, the popular music video streaming site has recently launched an Android client with some unique features.


The Vevo blog announced this as:

Good news, Android users! The number one online destination for music videos is now available on your Smartphone. VEVO’s free high-quality music & entertainment programming experience is now available within a gorgeous new Android app.

The app has a few special features created especially for Android, including Voice Control, allowing you to speak into your phone to search for your favorite artist or video.

However, in reality, Vevo for Android is served through a channel on YouTube mobile and this means good news for the end user because now, they can watch videos from music labels like Sony BMG, Universal and EMI. These labels were blocked on mobile devices earlier and Vevo has increased the potential for mobile ads on YouTube. The ads will appear as pre-roll videos as seen on the YouTube domain.

Google has recently announced that nearly 200 million videos were streamed in the last year, which is double of last year and triple of the year before that. As interesting as these stats are, there is no word on whether they come from actual mobile devices or mobile versions of the website. Though, whether mobile or not does not matter because now, Google can serve ads on all those platforms on which YouTube apps run.

The download of Vevo for Android is available at this page.


Samsung Intentionally Holding Back Android 2.2 Update For Vibrant

The folks over at AndroidSpin have received a tip from a very reliable source which says that Samsung is intentionally holding back the Android 2.2 update for the Vibrant. According to the tipster, Samsung has a fully functional Android 2.2 OTA for the Vibrant ready to be pushed to the owners but the company is not doing so.


The reason behind this move is that the update will affect the sales of the upcoming Vibrant 4G which runs on Android 2.2 and features 4G and a front facing video camera.

Below is what the tipster exactly said-:

Some disturbing things have happened the last week or so concerning our Vibrant.   Samsung has NOT allowed us to push the update OTA for 2.2 because they feel it will decrease the value of the upcoming Vibrant4G +. While from a marketing aspect i totally understand, as the Vibrant 4G is what the original Vibrant should have been in the 1st place. But to shun off and bold face lie to customers is NOT what T-Mobile is about.

…Being that, Vibrant 4G and Vibrant have exactly same stats, added FFC and a new movie and the 4G. But i will tell you this, the original vibrant CAN utilize 4G FULLY. Yes FULLY. not what they are telling you.

If this news is true, then Samsung is surely in knee deep trouble. Selling millions of handsets is not going to work for a long time; you need to keep the existing customers happy with Android updates as well. This will make sure that the existing customers remain happy and will make them brand loyal as well. Looks like Samsung is unable to understand this simple logic here.

However, I think T-Mobile should also be blamed here. The carrier can easily force’ Samsung to release the Android 2.2 update for the Vibrant owners but the company is not doing so. It is even possible that it is T-Mobile and not Samsung who are holding back the Android 2.2 update for the Vibrant.

After all, Samsung has released the Android 2.2 update for the Galaxy S handsets in all over the world including the Vibrant for the T-Mobile UK network. In fact, the Vibrant 4G has not even been announced yet. Holding back the Android 2.2 update for an unreleased phone does seem a bit impractical to me.

What do you think especially T-Mobile Vibrant owners? Do let us know your views by dropping in a comment.

Blackberry Apollo Image Render And Specifications Leaked

It would seem that RIM either has a slight issue with keeping things under wraps or is trickling out some of their new upcoming devices. In addition to the previously leaked Blackberry Dakota, a successor to the current Curve has been outed and detailed as well. Moving away from the squared off and angular design of the 8520, the Blackberry Apollo adopts a slightly curved body with a nice taper at the top and bottom. Internally, the new Curve bumps specifications and aligns RIM with some of the competitors offerings and should be launching with OS 6.1.

Blackberry Apollo Specifications

Tri-band UMTS/HSPA 7.2Mbps
Bluetooth 2.1
Wi-Fi b,g,n
512MB of eMMC’512MB of RAM
5 megapixel camera with flash
HVGA 480×360 display
1050mAh battery
Tavor MG-1 800MHz CPU
BlackBerry OS 6.1


Swype For Symbian Snags A Slight Update

If you’re a Nokia touch screen user, you should be thrilled to know that Swype for Symbian 5th Edition has received an update that brings along better language support and finally gives the ability to copy and paste in the Settings and Edit Layer menu.

Swype allow the user to input text by simply “tracing” over the letters on the keyboard, without lifting a finger. Swype uses large dictionaries for the auto-correct algorithm, so ensuring you have an up to date language pack is essential. The Ovi Store has over 20 different packs that can be downloaded. For a complete list of supported languages, visit the Nokia BetaLabs Blog.

Blackberry Dakota Images and Specifications Leaked

Blackberry DakotaImages and some specifications of the Blackberry Dakota, the latest Blackberry smartphone have been leaked by BGR. It will be a touchscreen phone which will be styled after the Blackberry Bold. It has superb hardware specs and comes with features like HD video recording, NFC and mobile hotspot. It will also have a 5 MP camera and will have 768 MB RAM.

It will launch with Blackberry OS 6.1.

Blackberry Dakota Specifications

Tri-band UMTS
5 megapixel camera with HD video recording, flash, and image stabilization
4GB of built in storage, 768MB of RAM
2.8-inch VGA 640×480 capacitive screen
Wi-Fi b,g,n on 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies
3G mobile hotspot!
MicroUSB port
Proximity sensor
10.5mm thin
Launches with BlackBerry OS 6.1

via BGR

HTC HD2 First WP7 Based ROM Released

Rejoice all HTC HD2 owners! A few days ago the HD2 got its first NAND based Android 2.2 ROM and today, the first WP7 based ROM for the handset has been released. The DFT (Dark Forces Team) has released the first WP7 ROM for the HD2 for public consumption. HD2 owners can install this WP7 ROM on their handset and play around with WP7 to get a feel of it.

Nearly all the hardware of the phone is working smoothly on this ROM including Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth and multi-touch gestures like pinch-to-zoom. Users can also sync the handset with the Zune software bundled with WP7 devices.


The performance of the ROM is also very snappy with the first boot taking only around 20 seconds. There is a twist in the tale though. HD2 owners won’t be able to access the Windows Live services which can be a huge disappointment for many.

HD2 owners can download the WP7 ROM and read the steps on how to flash it on their handset here.

Update: HD2 owners can now get Live services working under this WP7 ROM. Click here to know more.

Samsung GT-i9023 Revealed in FCC Filing; Nexus S with Android 2.4?

Samsung GT i9023FCC filings are a treasure trove of information; something that tech bloggers keep scouring through to find details, specs and images of new releases. It seems that Engadget has stumbled upon the Samsung GT-i9023 which just passed FCC testing.

It’s definitely not the Vibrant 4G, as the design is much more rounded. The outline of the phone looks familiar to the Google Nexus S (i9020). A video was leaked last week which had the Nexus S running Android 2.4 (which will likely be called Ice Cream Sandwich). It could very well be the Samsung GT-i9023. It will support HSPA+ connectivity, but the other specifications will be the same as the Nexus S.

Some European retailers have also been listing the i9023 as a “Black Silver” Nexus S, so it’s highly likely that the i9023 is just the Nexus S with a few upgrades.

Source: FCC via Engadget

Nokia N8 Gets Software Apps Update 1.0

just got a Software update, the update is called Apps update 1.0 and is basically a performance update for the built-in apps.


Unfortunately there is no changelog available for the update yet. Will update the post when I come across it. Unfortunately this is not a Firmware update so don’t expect those touch lags and rotation lags to just go away.

I am still looking at what performance changes the update has brought, will update this post with more information shortly.

Samsung Vibrant 4G Specs Leak; Offers Speeds Of Up to 21+Mbps

The folks over at TmoNews have managed to get their hands on some official documents of T-Mobile which suggest that the carrier will be launching an updated version of the Samsung Vibrant. The Samsung Vibrant 4G will be the first phone from T-Mobile to support download speeds of up to 21Mbps. Right now T-Mobile offers two 4G’ enabled handsets the G2 and the myTouch 4G which offer download speeds of up to 14.4Mbps.


The Vibrant 4G will pack in a 4-inch SAMOLED screen with WVGA resolution. The handset will be powered by a 1 GHz Hummingbird processor along with the PowerVR SGX540 graphics core. The handset will pack 512MB of RAM and16GB of internal memory. The usual Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3.5mm audio jack, microSD card slot and a 5MP camera without Flash are also present.

Unlike the original Vibrant, the Vibrant 4G also features a front video call camera. T-Mobile has also pre-installed Qik for video calling on the handset. Also unlike its elder brother, the Vibrant 4G runs on Android 2.2 with TouchWIZ on top of it.

Samsung and T-Mobile are also going to pre-load the handset with the movie ‘Inception’, doubleTwist Air Sync, Samsung Media Hub and Amazon Kindle.

I wonder if the Vibrant 4G will be a success like the original Vibrant. The handset hardly has any oomph’ factor. Plus, original Vibrant owners are still waiting for their Android 2.2 update and they will definitely think twice before buying a Samsung phone now.

Verizon’s Samsung Fascinate Gets A Software Update

Samsung_FascinateThe Verizon’s variant of the Galaxy S the Samsung Fascinate is getting an OTA update. Before Fascinate owners start jumping with joy thinking it is the highly awaited Android 2.2 update, let me tell you guys it’s NOT. The OTA update is basically a maintenance update and aims at fixing some bugs along with improving the GPS performance of the device. The software update is numbered DL09 and should hit the Fascinate owner handsets over the next few days.

Few of the improvements of this software update include :

  • Ability to change the reminder time and alert tone for calendar events
  • Improved the update consistency of the feed and widgets
  • Music now pauses if you unplug your wired headset or turn off your Bluetooth headset
  • Improved GPS performance
  • Ability to open PDF attachments sent in an email.

Fascinate owners can find the full change-log here.

Hopefully, Verizon and Samsung will soon release the Android 2.2 update for the Fascinate as well, which users have been longing for a long time. Since