Last year, Nokia launched the much-awaited business smartphone, the Nokia E5. This device is the successor of the Nokia’s popular business phone, the Nokia E63. It runs on the Symbian S60v3 operating system and comes with a full QWERTY keyboard and a 5 megapixel camera. Nokia E5 is originally available for $239.99, but we will share an exclusive coupon code, which will help you to get this device for just $149.99
Nokia E5 features a 2.4 inch QVGA LCD display with 320 x 240 pixel resolution, full QWERTY keyboard, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi, 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, 3.5mm headphone jack, Bluetooth, A-GPS, 250 MB internal memory, 32 GB expandable memory, 2 GB MicroSD card included, OVI Maps, OVI Chat, OVI Share, 18 hours 30 mins talktime, 29 days stand-by time and 1200 mAh battery.
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Last month, LG announced the world’s smartphone with a dual-core processor, LG Optimus 2X. If you were eagerly waiting to buy this dual-core “superphone”, then we have a good news for you. Expansys, a popular online retailer in the UK is currently taking pre-orders of this powerful handset. According to Expansys, this handset will be available in the UK from early next month.
LG Optimus 2X comes with a 4 inch WVGA screen, Android 2.2 (FroYo) OS, 1 Ghz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi, Micro USB, 8 megapixel rear camera with full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.3 megapixel front camera, 8GB internal memory, 32GB expandable memory, 3.5mm headset jack, HDMI mirroring, 1500 mAh battery and so on.
If you live in the UK, then you can pre-order the powerful Optimus 2X from Expansys for £499.99 (approx. $780). This handset is completely unlocked and thankfully it does not come with a 2 years service agreement. If you are planning to buy this handset, head over to the pre-order page at Expansys.
Sprint recently announced the entry-level Motorola i886 rugged phone. It is the first handset with a side-sliding full QWERTY keyboard and Nextel Direct Connect. It allows you to talk with any Nextel Direct Connect subscriber nationwide. Direct Talk offers a reliable push-to-talk service that works anywhere, anytime between compatible phones for short-range communications. The rugged design protects this handset from dust, shock, vibration, low and high temperature, low pressure and solar radiation.
Motorola i886 features a 2.2 inch TFT display with 240 x 320 pixels resolution, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 2 megapixel camera with digital zoom and camcorder, built-in MP3 player, GPS Navigation, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, 32 GB expandable storage, MicroSD card slot, 2 GB card included, up to 4 hours of talk time and 1380 mAh Lithium-ion battery.
This handset measures 116.3 mm x 51.1 mm x 18.5 mm and weighs 141.2 grams. Motorola i886 will be exclusively available on the airwaves of Sprint in the US. This handset comes with a price tag of $79.99 after $50 rebate and two-year service agreement.
It should come as no shock that Android has security holes, especially seeing that the majority of rooting and jailbreaking techniques exploit recently discovered or undisclosed vulnerabilities in order to escalate privileges and provide end users with the endless amounts of customisation and third party apps. Well there’s a dark side to that as well.
With the help of the open source security framework Metasploit, Thomas is easily able to disguise a download as an Adobe update, which actually contains code that will upload files to the attacker. He has tested it on the Android 2.2 emulator as well as an HTC Desire and is successfully able to pull pictures off the SD card. Google has sent word that a fix for Gingerbread is on the way, but that leaves a serious amount of devices running Android 2.2 that are vulnerable to this attack – which doesn’t say much about carriers working to keep users up to date and reduce fragmentation.
During the CES 2011, there were hardly Android phones which were running Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Most of the handsets were based on Android 2.2 (Froyo). However, one handset which caught the attention of the media was the Sony Ericsson Arc. The About Phone’ screen of the device showed that it was running on Android 2.4.
Looking at the version number jump from 2.3 to 2.4 it was rumored that the Android 2.4 update won’t bring many changes.
Well, now there is a twist in the tale. The official Sony Ericsson Product Blog has confirmed that the Xperia Arc runs on Android 2.3 and that Android 2.4 does not exist. The blog has confirmed that any Xperia Arc caught displaying Android 2.4 in the About Phone’ screen is nothing but a misconfiguration’. In the same post, the company has also provided some detail information about the internal specification as well as the software of the Arc.
At least this is a good news for the manufacturers. After all, they will have one less Android update to roll out.
However, there was one question which was asked at the conference which goes like this:
Is the CDMA iPhone exclusive to Verizon?
Tim Cook, COO of Apple answered: It’s a multi-year, non exclusive deal.
Prior to the Verizon launch, iPhone only worked on GSM networks. Now with the Verizon deal, iPhone has been modified to work on CDMA networks too. Since this is a non exclusive deal, Apple will more likely than not use the same phone model to court CDMA Networks across the world.
This would sound good for several networks including Reliance in India who run on a CDMA network. So you can expect Apple to launch on more CDMA networks soon, but I don’t see it happening for the next 3-6 months.
However, Apple will definitely be taking calls from several CDMA operators for sure. So keep your fingers crossed.
According to earlier rumors the iPhone 4 data plans will be $29.99 and Verizon will also provide mobile hotspot for the phone wherein you can connect up to 5 different devices to make use of your phone’s data plan.
However, if you are an AT&T user, you will have to break your existing contract and then sign a new 2 year contract with Verizon. Also, the AT&T iPhone 4 will not work on Verizon since it is a CDMA network.
Considering how fast Verizon LTE network is, this should see a huge shift of customers from AT&T to Verizon. The Verizon iPhone page is already up and can be visited here, but pre-orders won’t open up till February 3, 2010 for new customers. Existing Verizon customers can also get an iPhone 4 from reserved quantity before anyone else. Sign up link for the same is present in the above URL.
At today’s Verizon iPhone conference, the Verizon CEO has confirmed that iPhone 4 will be headed to the Verizon network. The new iPhone 4 will support the CDMA technology that Verizon has.
The iPhone 4 will be launched on Verizon next month, whereas the iPad had made its debut on their network late last year. This is definitely good news for users who have been waiting for Verizon to launch the iPhone.
"We’re incredibly pleased to give Verizon’s customers the choice we’ve been waiting for. We’ve designed an iPhone 4 which connects to the CDMA network — and it has all the features that you’d expect. Like FaceTime. Features like Apple’s stunning Retina Display."
The new iPhone 4 has been designed specifically for the CDMA network and was in test for more than a year. This should open up iPhone access for CDMA vendors across the world, so you will see more networks being added by Apple in near future.
Verizon iPhone users will most likely benefit from the Verizon LTE network and see higher speeds. There goes millions of AT&T customers.
The price of 16GB iPhone 4 on Verizon will be $199 and 32 GB iPhone 4 will be $299. Verizon will also support mobile hotspots out of the box where you can connect up to 5 devices and access the internet.
The Verizon iPhone 4 will be up for pre-order on February 3, 2010. Sales of iPhone 4 will start on February 10, 2010 at online stores for Verizon and in Verizon or Apple stores.
Google recently updated its popular iPhone and Android app, Google Goggles. It is an image recognition based search engine which allows you to capture images and then use those images as queries to obtain search results. The new version of this amazing app is much faster and smarter as compared to its previous versions. The Google Goggles 1.3 client can scan barcodes almost instantly.
The print ad feature in Google Goggles easily recognize the print ads in popular magazines and newspapers. Just click a picture of the ads displayed in newspapers from the Google Goggles app and it will recognize print ad and return web search results about the product and brand. Sadly, this feature is not available for print ads appearing before August 2010 in newspapers and magazines.
The next feature will definitely surprise you. The latest version of the Google Goggles can even solve Sudoku puzzles, much faster than a Sudoku champ. Most of us play Sudoku, but when we make a mistake, we are unable to solve the puzzle for hours. But the latest version of the Google Goggles app for Android and iPhone will help you to solve your Sudoku puzzles quickly. All you have to do is, just take a clear picture of the Sudoku puzzle and the app will solve your puzzle in seconds.
Android users can easily download the latest version of the Google Goggles app from the Android Market. Recognition of print ads and Sudoku solver is now enabled for both Android and iPhone app. Till then, check out the Google Goggles Sudoku demo below. To learn more, head over to this page.
Both Reuters and the WSJ have confirmed that Verizon will offer its existing unlimited data plans with the iPhone 4 as well. This means that if you have a CDMA iPhone 4 on Verizon’s network, you can get an unlimited data plan for $29.99.
In contrast, AT&T offers a $25 data plan which is capped at 2 GB data usage per month with an additional charge of $10 per GB. The voice plans are nearly identical for both carriers.
For data hungry geeks, this means that the Verizon iPhone 4 will be a much better option than the AT&T iPhone 4.
One point of concern is that the iPhone 4 doesn’t support LTE, so users will have to use the slower CDMA technology.
AT&T’s Larry Solomon has already attacked Verizon on this – “The iPhone is built for speed, but that’s not what you get with a CDMA phone. I’m not sure iPhone users are ready for life in the slow lane.”
We will know more details about the Verizon iPhone 4 at tomorrow’s special event.