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Windows Mobile 6.5 ROM For HTC Touch Pro With HTC Sense 2.5

A new Windows Mobile 6.5 ROM has been released for the HTC Touch Pro. The ROM includes HTC Sense 2.5, video call support, adobe reader, FM radio, WiFi Sharing and Windows Live among other features.

HTC Touch Pro Windows Mobile 6.5 Screenshots

The unofficial Windows Mobile 6.5 ROM has been created by a XDA forum member and is named James72 ITA. The language of the HTC Sense 2.5 used in the ROM is Italian. The WinMo 6.5 ROM is only for HTC Touch Pro aka HTC T7272.

You can download the ROM for HTC Touch Pro from here. Please make sure to backup your device before you flash your ROM.

Watch CTIA Wireless 2010 Keynotes Online Live Streaming

The CTIA Wireless 2010 event is underway in Las Vegas where some of the biggest names in the wireless industry will descend and present keynotes and presentation.

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CTIA Wireless events attracts wireless players from across the world. Today at CTIA 2010 there will be keynotes from AT&T. There are also presentations from Samsung and Telefonica International.

If you are keen to know the new developments in the wireless industry it would be recommended to follow the keynotes and presentation at the CTIA Wireless 2010 event.

CTIA has a official video streaming channel which will air the keynotes and presentations online, you can head over to http://video.ctia.org/ to watch the event or catch up all the live streaming action in the video embedded below.

We will keep an eye on other live streams for the CTIA Wireless 2010 events and keynotes and post it here.

Android 2.1 "Eclair" ROM For HTC Hero

Now we are not sure if Sprint is going to release an Android 2.1 update for HTC Hero and Moment yet, even when we know that a Sprint Rep confirmed the March 26th release through a voice message.

HTC Hero

If you are too anxious and can’t wait for the 2.1 update for your HTC Hero, a XDA forum member has release an Eclair 2.1 ROM for GSM based HTC Hero.

The Eclair 2.1 ROM brings lots of features which are part of the latest Android OS including Live wallpapers.

If you want to update your HTC Hero ROM, head over to this post on the XDA Forums and download the ROM. Make sure to follow the exact instructions to root your room and flash it. And yes, this goes without saying that you need to make backups before you do anything with your phone.

Please root your device at your own risk, we should not be held responsible if you manage to brick your device.

Apple Offering Contract-Free iPhone For $500-$700

Apple has begun selling unsubsidized unlocked to consumers without the 2 year contract through the Apple Store. The 8GB version of iPhone 3G costs $499, 16GB 3GS will cost $599 and 32GB 3GS will cost $699.

It looks like Apple has finally begun selling unlocked iPhone through the app store. This move may be to counter the flurry of based devices hitting the US markets which are also sold unlocked with out any carrier subsidies.

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The new development was spotted by Gizmodo through a leaked Apple document which states that customers will not be required to verify their account through AT&T and will be able to use it contract free. The document also states that users may only buy a single unit of iPhone per day.

The document was reportedly updated on March 22nd, however, there is no news yet as to when Apple will actually start selling the unlocked devices, and whether or not it will be available at locations other than the Apple Store.

Google also sells a unlocked version of online for about the same price, so this move by Apple might be to counter that and enter the unsubsidized market. Would you buy an unlocked iPhone or would you prefer to buy a unlocked Android based phone instead?

Leaked Pictures of Nokia’s New Symbian^3 Device N8-00

Rumors had it that Nokia was going to announce a S^3 based device soon. Now, we have pictures to go with them. Shown below is Nokia N8-00, a Symbian^3 powered smartphone that packs quite a few features. Some of them are:

  • 3.5 inch WVGA screen
  • A crisp resolution of 480X800
  • HDMI port
  • 12 MP camera
  • Xenon flash

The pictures were leaked on a Chinese website, it68. Here they are:

Not much more is known about this phone other than that it is going to be announced real soon. We’ll keep you updated as more news comes by.

Opera Mini For iPhone Submitted To Apple App Store For Approval

Opera Software has just submitted Opera Mini for iPhone to the App store for approval. The browser was first demoed at MWC ’10, where it received rave reviews from almost everyone who got an opportunity to play with it.

According to internal testing, Opera Mini loads pages up to 6 times faster than iPhone’s default browser i.e. Safari. The huge difference is because all pages are first routed through Opera’s proxy servers where there are compressed by up to 90%. The server-side compression also reduces your bandwidth bills and is ideal if you are on roaming.

Opera Mini is the world’s most popular mobile browser, which offers an exciting mix of features packaged in a neat and intuitive UI (user interface). Opera Mini for iPhone is similar to Opera Mini for Java (and other platforms). All the standard features including tabbed browsing, search engine integration, Opera Link (data synchronization), visual speed dial, password manager and find-in-page are present in Opera Mini for iPhone. In fact, there are even a few extra goodies such as session restore. Like its desktop counterpart, Opera Mini for iPhone can resume browsing from where you left off last time. This is a crucial feature for a platform, which does not allow multitasking. However, Opera Mini has its own disadvantages – the major ones being its inability to render rich web content (for example AJAX heavy websites) and the lack of pinch-and-zoom.

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Overall, Opera Mini is an impressive browser, which would appeal to a large section of iPhone users. However, the big question is whether Apple will approve it. Apple is not known for being kind to competition and that is exactly what Opera Mini is. Apple is yet to allow any browser, which does not use Safari’s (Webkit) rendering engine. However, if Apple decides to follow its SDK License to the word, then Opera Software might just get away. Opera Mini does not interpret or execute any code. Instead, all the rendering is done on Opera’s servers. Opera Mini simply displays pre-rendered pages received from its servers.

Only time will tell if Apple will do the right thing for once. Opera is clearly trying to pressurize the App Store approval team through a carefully orchestrated campaign. Let’s hope that their tactics will pay off.

Sprint Rep Confirms Hero Android 2.1 Update on March 26th Through Voice Message

Ok, let us be frank, it looks like either Sprint is playing games with its users, or someone definitely has too much time to fool around with HTC Hero users.

We last confirmed that the Android 2.1 update for HTC Hero was going to be released by Sprint on March 26th. However, some self proclaimed Sprint reps leaked a internal memo which said that the update was supposedly coming in April and not March.

Now, few days before March 26th, a forum member has uploaded a new voice message he received from a Sprint technical support representative which confirms that the Android 2.1 update is coming to HTC Hero and Moment on March 26th.

The tech support says:

The software release that is supposed to be coming out on March 26th is Over-The-Air (OTA), so you should get some type of notice on your phone that a software is available.

Whether this voice message was made up or real you judge for yourself. Listen to the embedded voice message by hitting the play button below.

What do you think? Is this a fake too, or will the Android 2.1 update make it to HTC Hero and Moment users on March 26th as we earlier told you?

Mobile Mondays | OVI Magazine, HTC Incredible Rumors And More

Welcome to the Second Edition of Mobile Mondays. I’m sure most of you were waiting for the second edition of the Mobile Mondays. This week we haven’t seen any major product launches or leaked pics and rumors of upcoming devices, but this week was full of excitement as release dates and pricing of many handsets were revealed. Check out some interesting stuffs of this week below.

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Nokia:

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Nokia hasn’t unveiled a single handset in this week but it has definitely made us happy by launching the Nokia E72 in a new purple color. Nokia E72 is the company’s most popular business phone which was launched last year. This handset is now available in a beautiful purple color with the same price tag of $359.

Microsoft’s Silverlight is now officially available for Symbian S60 v5 touchscreen devices such as Nokia N97, N97 Mini and Nokia 5800. You can download Silverlight for Symbian and view Silverlight applications right inside your mobile browser.

Nokia has recently launched their first online publications – OVI magazine. It has some interesting information and guides related to Nokia’s services, apps and devices. You can read the full OVI magazine here.

Samsung:

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The first BADA powered smartphone which was unveiled at Mobile World Congress, 2010 is now available in Germany. Samsung Wave 8500 was recently spotted at the Amazon’s site and it is priced at €429 (approx. $580) without any contract. If you want to experience the BADA operating system and Super AMOLED display, place your order at Amazon right now!

HTC:

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HTC Incredible is a powerful smartphone that runs on a 1Ghz Snapdragon processor, and it includes 6GB flash memory, expandable memory slot and so on. This device is rumored to be available on Verizon Wireless within a week.To learn more about this device, head over to this post.

LG:

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LG electronics recently launched its Android powered smartphone, LG GW620 in India. This handset comes with a slide-out QWERTY keypad, 3 inches TFT resistive touch screen and an amazing 5 megapixel camera. Other interesting feature includes 3G Connectivity, GPS Navigation, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 32GB expandable memory and so on. This handset is priced at Rs.18,990 (approx. $415).

Handset Of The Week – Sony Ericsson Vivaz:

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Sony Ericsson Vivaz is a stylish smartphone which runs on a Symbian S60v5 operating system. The main feature of this device is its 8.1 megapixel camera which allows the device to record HD (720p) videos. Other features includes 3.2 inches WVGA display, 640 x 360 resolution, 720 MHz processor and so on. To learn more about this device, head over to this page.

Video Of The Week – HTC Desire Promo:

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.

SanDisk To Launch 32Gb microSD Cards

Currently, 16Gb of storage space might be enough for many people on their cellphones and other gadgets. SanDisk thinks otherwise – they are soon going to launch microSD cards with 32Gb capacity. It is believed that SanDisk willsandisk_logo-b release the 32Gb cards in the market by next month. If it does happen, SanDisk will become the first manufacturer to sell 32Gb microSD cards on the market. Samsung had also announced in January this year, that it will be producing 32Gb microSD cards soon.

Right now, only a few phones in the market offer a mammoth 32Gb storage capacity – Nokia N97 and Apple iPhone 3GS – being a couple of them. With mobiles phones more or less becoming capable of playing HD videos, the storage needs of people will automatically increase with time. The maximum supported capacity by SDHC format is 32gb.

After 32gigs, microSD card manufacturers will need to shift to SDXC (Secure Digital eXtended Capacity) format to release cards with much higher capacities. There are hardly any consumer gadgets on the market right now which support SDXC format. Purchasing a 32gig microSD card will set you back by around 200 US$. For some paying 200 US$ for a 32gig card might be ridiculous now as prices will definitely go down in the future.

Opera Software Announces Widgets for Opera Mini

Opera-Mini-Widgets Opera Software has announced that widgets will now be available on any device capable of running Opera Mini. This is in line with what we were told at Capital Markets Day 2010.

Opera Software has been heavily promoting widgets ever since its inception. To be frank, Opera widgets on desktop are not very useful. However, the situation is quite different with Opera widgets for mobile. Over there, tiny applications such as widgets are often just what a user needs. For example, a simple eBook reader or currency converter is an extremely handy app to have on a mobile phone. On the other hand, the developers get the opportunity to develop applications, which will work on almost any phone.

Our new Widgets platform releases operators and manufacturers from the native application box and gives them the tools needed to develop Web-based content that is fun, useful and available to everyone,said Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software.

The new widgets platform will take advantage of the recently announced cross-platform UI framework. By rebuilding Opera Mobile Widgets Manager with the new UI framework, Opera Software is hoping to help mobile service providers and handset manufacturers deliver a better, more unified user experience on nearly any phone.

iPhone 3GS In India, BIG Deal or Raw Deal?

Apple has been vary about India, which is one of the biggest mobile markets in the world with over 500 million subscribers, so vary that they haven’t yet released the 3GS there.

One might wonder why Apple hasn’t done that yet, and decided to release the iPhone 3GS in India with Airtel now,  when it is planning to release the iPhone 4G  or iPhone HD shortly.

Common sense says that, Apple which saw a lukewarm response with the initial iPhone launch in India, would not want to spend time, energy and efforts marketing a device which never really took off, thanks to the high pricing and susceptibility of customers (other than a select few) with a new technology (called touch screen).

That aside, Apple’s main marketing strategy is based in US, and will remain here for almost eternity, as they have got all their success from there, however, the decision to releases a 3GS version or iPhone in India is akin to dumping the leftovers to people who they thought were not good enough to get it in the first place.

Now, the potential in India is such that, Nokia, which is the market leader in mobile handsets, has almost captured it whole handedly by strategizing with devices to fit the market needs, unlike Apple who have always created devices that fit their own needs and not the masses. Don’t even imagine that Apple will change their mindset to fit the needs of people in India or elsewhere, that my friend is impossible.

Now don’t get me wrong, I am not a Apple slamboy, but the fact that the acceptance of their devices has been so low since 1996 has to have some reason right? Why are only so few people passionate about Apple based devices? Is it because they have a bad product, or is it because they do not appeal to the masses?

I am pretty sure that Apple is pretty happy with what they have, and their profits definitely boost their egos a far bit more than I would have liked, but the fact is that Apple is just too keen to get the unsold stock of the iPhone 3GS and dump it some place where people would get excited about it.

Don’t expect the iPhone 4G to land in India soon, and don’t even expect Apple to start mass producing the iPhone 3GS if they run out of stock. Knowing a little bit about how Apple works, I can definitely say that this will be the case.

CyanogenMOD v5.0.5 For Android Released

CyanogenMOD released the next version in its line of production the v5.0.5. The gap between the release of this and the previous version has been long but the good news is that it is finally available.

For those who do not know what CyanogenMOD is, here is a quote from Wikipedia.

CyanogenMod is a community-based distribution of the open-source Android operating system. It offers features not found in the official Android-based firmwares of vendors of these cell phones, including support for FLAC Lossless Audio, multi-touch, the ability to store and run downloaded applications from the microSD card, compressed cache (compcache), a large APN list, a reboot menu, support for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and USB tethering, as well as other enhancements.

CyanogenMOD claims an improved performance in all aspects and is built upon all the best features of Android.   The new version has a huge list of changes which can be found at this page. Some of the important ones are:

  • A new V8 JavaScript engine.
  • Includes rsync, iwconfig and iwlist
  • The kernel is slightly modified in terms of voltage levels.
  • The kernel version is 2.6.33.1 and includes many more patches from Google
  • Browser enhancements
  • Tweaked animation speeds

For more information and download, visit the Cyanogen developer page here.

[Via: Androidspin ]

Official Google Buzz App For Android Released

After the recent release of the Orkut app for Android, Google has also released a official app for based devices.

Google Buzz Android

The Google Buzz app for Android is a widget for phones running Android v1.6 and later. The Buzz app will allow you to post text and photos with a single tap. In addition to that, you can also tag your post with your current location or place you posted it from.

Once you have posted the message, the Buzz app will process it in the background, so that you can continue performing other tasks without having to wait.

The Google Buzz app is available in the Android Market, just head over there and search for Google Buzz. To add the widget to your home screen, go to "Menu" and select "Add > Widgets > Google Buzz". Currently, the Google Buzz app is only available in English, with support for future languages coming soon.

BlackBerry OS 6.0 Images Leaked

Research in Motion has a lot to do to catch up with the and when it comes to usability and mobile experience, and what better way than to do it by creating an excellent new OS.

According to BlackBerry Leaks, here are some supposedly leaked images of what BlackBerry OS 6.0 will look like.

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From the looks of it, it looks like RIM will be adding more focus on widgets and an interactive home screen, which users can customize and view updates including from social networking sites.

Looking forward to seeing the BB OS 6.0 being released soon. We will keep you updated when it does.

Vodafone Admits That 3000 HTC Magic Handsets Were Distributed With Virus

Vodafone has finally decided to come clean. In a stark departure from their original claim, Vodafone has now admitted that as many as 3000 brand new HTC Magic handsets (sold in Spain) might be infected with Mariposa bot client.

Mobile-Virus The incident first came to light when Panda Security spotted Mariposa bot clients in the memory card of a HTC Magic set sold by Vodafone. Initially, the telecom giant tried to dismiss the event as an isolated incident. However, that theory was blown to shreds when Panda Security identified malware infections in another brand new HTC Magic handset purchased from Vodafone’s online website.

Vodafone has promised to get in touch with affected customers and will be providing them a new memory card. It will be providing instructions for how customers can access the free Panda online scan. Additionally, if will offer security suites to anyone whose system has been infected due to the memory device.

Mistakes can happen, but as far as mistakes go, distributing malware to thousands of users is amongst the more serious kind. It is nice to see Vodafone taking responsibility for their mistake and trying to redeem the situation. However, they still have some explaining left to do. What we really want to know is – How did this happen?

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