AT&T and Samsung have just unveiled the Samsung Infuse 4G at CES 2011. It is AT&T’s first HSPA+ phone and has some really impressive hardware specs.
It comes with a huge 4.5 inch SuperAMOLED Plus display which supposedly comes with “50 percent more sub-pixels” for better contrast and outdoor visibility. Most phone manufacturers have been offering a maximum display size of 4.3 inches (except the Dell Streak, but that can hardly be called a phone), but Samsung is offering a slightly bigger one.
It will run Android 2.2 Froyo and comes with a 1.2 GHz processor and an 8 MP camera with autofocus and flash. It looks gorgeous and sports a very sleek design.
LG just announced the world’s slimmest Android handset LG Optimus Black – at the ongoing CES 2011. The LG Optimus Black is even thinner than the iPhone 4 and is just 9.2mm thick. The handset features an 4-inch NOVA display, which according to LG, is the brightest, clearest and most readable’ among mobile screens.
LG is also stating that the NOVA display is highly power efficient compared to LCDs and AMOLED screens.
The handset will run on Android 2.2 with Optimus UI 2.0 on top of it. LG has promised to release the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the handset sometime later this year. The front of the phone also has a 2MP camera. The Optimus Black will be powered by a 1500 mAh battery. Sadly, LG did not announce the internal hardware specifications of the device. So, it is unknown whether the handset is powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 processor or not.
The LG Optimus Black will hit the stores in first half of 2011. Also, LG did not mention anything about the pricing of the handset.
Just a week back, we had introduced you to the rumored HTC Thunderbolt, an Android phone with 4G LTE connectivity. It was to be released on Verizon’s network, but the specs seemed a bit unrealistic. Well, it turns out that it was real, but we still cannot confirm the specs.
Along with the Thunderbolt, HTC is launching another phone – the HTC Inspire 4G. It will be available on AT&T and will be unveiled with the Thunderbolt at CES 2011.
We don’t know what the “4G” means as AT&T’s network doesn’t support LTE, only HSPA+. We don’t have any details about the specifications of the HTC Inspire 4G, but by the looks of it, it seems quite impressive. It will also run Android, probably Android 2.2 Froyo with the HTC Sense UI.
Keep check out Techie-Buzz in the coming days, we will be posting more details as well as other CES scoop.
via Android Central
Amazon Kindle is a very popular eBook reader available across many platforms, along with the Kindle, Kindle 3G and the Kindle DX eBook readers. The Kindle app from Amazon is available for free across platforms like Android-based devices, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac, iPhone and BlackBerry. Today, Amazon has released the Kindle app for Windows Phone 7 OS. The Kindle app for WP7 handsets includes new features like personalized recommendations and the ability to send book recommendations to a friend.
Here is the list of official’ features supported by Kindle on WP7 :
- Seamless integration with Kindle, Amazon’s purpose-build reading device which is light weight, easy on the eyes with a paper-like Pearl e-ink display, and has a full month of battery life.
- Amazon’s Whispersync technology lets you read and sync your library, bookmarks, notes, and highlights with the devices and platforms of your choice (Kindle, Kindle 3G, Kindle DX, iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, PC, Mac, BlackBerry, Android-based devices, and Windows Phone 7-based devices).
- Read on your Kindle, read on your tablet, read on your phone. We’ll keep track of your last page read, and make it easy.
- Access to over 775,000 books in the U.S. Kindle Store – the largest selection of the most popular books that people want to read – including New Releases and 100 of this week’s 110 New York Times Bestsellers. Choose from hundreds of thousands of books at $9.99 or less, including many New York Times Bestsellers and New Releases.
- Kindle’s Worry-Free Archive automatically backs up your Kindle library on Amazon, so your books can be re-downloaded wirelessly anytime.
- Integrated shopping experience allows you to shop without leaving the app.
- Send an email to a friend with a link to the book you’re reading or to any book in your library without leaving the app.
- Customize your reading with five different font size and three background color options.
- Read in portrait or landscape mode, and to turn pages by tapping on either side of the screen or flicking.
- Start reading the beginning of a book for free before buying and receive personalized Amazon recommendations on the home screen of your app.
Amazon Kindle has a Buy One, Read Everywhere’ feature which allows user to purchase one eBook from say their iPad and then read it later on via their Android based handset. Now, Amazon only needs to release a Kindle app for Symbian devices and a tablet version of the app for Android based tablets before their Kindle app will be available for all major OSes out there.
WP7 owners can download the app from Windows Marketplace for free.
There are a lot of things wrong with the Android Market. From the lack of in-app payments to the limited payment options, there are enough shortcomings to write an essay about. However, thanks to its “openness”, there’s always room for alternatives. Amazon, the Seattle based online shopping giant, is gearing up to offer an alternative. The Amazon appstore for Android is slated to be launched later this year. Right now the developer portal is live at developer.amazon.com. Android app developers can sign up and submit their apps to Amazon.
After its success with the Kindle store, Amazon certainly believes that it can do a better job than Google. With the new app store, Amazon is aiming to take the middle-ground between Apple’s app store and Google Android Market. Like the iPhone app store, all apps will have to be approved by Amazon before they can appear on the store. However, unlike Apple, Amazon isn’t looking to be the moral police. Instead it will be screening the applications to ensure that they are safe, stable and do what they claim to do. The expectation is that it will keep the junk applications out, without killing the diversity and flexibility of Android apps.
The other differentiating factor for the Amazon appstore will be pricing. Unlike other stores where the developer determines the price of an app, in Amazon’s store they can only suggest a price. The actual price will be fixed by Amazon. Amazon has earned a reputation for giving deep discounts on both new and old items. Expect something similar on its Android store. In order to pull in users, Amazon will be tweaking with the price and offering deals from time to time. However, Amazon is promising that it will be looking after the developer’s interest and not undercut them. Under all circumstances, developers will earn at least 20% of the list price.
Having options is always good. However, at this moment, I am not certain if the Amazon appstore is good news or bad news. It will probably be safer and less junk-filled than the Android Market. It will also tap into Amazon’s expertise in ecommerce. I am expecting multiple payment options and a sophisticated recommendation engine. Amazon’s store should also please manufacturers looking to release an Android handset without necessarily bundling the Android Market. However, the biggest cause for concern in fragmentation. If multiple markets start springing up with their own exclusive apps, in the long run, it’s going to complicate things for the users. I am also uncertain about Amazon’s decision to control pricing. The presence of an established alternative in the form of Google Market will probably deter them from setting prices too low, but standardization of pricing can be a dangerous thing. Hopefully, Amazon’s entry will at the very least force Google to improve its Market.
Last time, Sony Ericsson angered many of its fans by announcing the Xperia X10 several months before it was ready. This time around, SE has been keeping its mouth shut. However, that doesn’t mean that we don’t have any idea regarding what Sony Ericsson has been cooking. The steady stream of leaks have already outed the successor to the Xperia X10 and the X10 Mini, besides revealing a new Android powered gaming phone.
A couple of weeks back, we reported that the PlayStation phone from SE, codenamed Zeus, might also get the Xperia branding. Now, that has been confirmed through a fresh set of pictures leaked by a Chinese forum.
At this point it’s not clear if Sony Ericsson will unveil the PlayStation phone at CES 2011 or MWC 2011. However, the newfound polish of the hardware buttons suggests that the phone is ready for manufacturing.
If you’re concerned that HP and Palm won’t be announcing anything ground breaking at CES 2011, you’ll be happy to know that an event is taking place in San Francisco on February the 9th.
The motto on the event invitation reads “Think big. Think small. Think beyond.” Could this be the next-gen smartphone hardware we’ve been hearing about? Perhaps it’s about a tablet styled device or the public release of developer-only features to WebOS? The sky is the limit when it comes to WebOS, hopefully HP and Palm don’t get clobbered by the suspected lack of presence at CES and are able to get the public re-invigorated and warmed up to WebOS.
After numerous leaks and special appearances, HTC and Sprint have finally unveiled the EVO Shift 4G. The HTC EVO Shift 4G is Sprint’s version of the HTC Desire Z or the T-Mobile G2 with some subtle changes. The Shift has a 3.6-inch screen with WVGA (800×480) resolution.
The EVO Shift 4G is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon Scorpion’ CPU running at 800MHz and sports the Adreno 205 GPU. The phone has 512MB of RAM, 1GB of ROM and a microSD card slot with a 2GB card bundled.
The usual Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, microUSB port, 3.5mm jack and a Digital Compass are all present. The back of the handset sports a 5MP camera which is capable of recording 720p HD videos. The handset also has a slide out QWERTY keyboard but without the Z’ hinge as found in the Desire Z.
The EVO 4G Shift runs on Android 2.2 with the latest version of the HTC Sense UI on top of it. The phone will easily last a couple of days on normal usage since it’s powered by a 1500mAh battery.
The HTC EVO Shift 4G will hit the stores on January 9 and will cost $150 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a 2 year contract.
A couple of weeks ago, we had reported that Samsung is nearing its goal of selling 10 million Galaxy S units worldwide. Today, the company announced that they have managed to reach their goal within the specified timeframe. The Korean company managed to sell 10 million Galaxy S units worldwide within 7 months of its launch.
Here is what JK Shin, President and Head Of Mobile communications at Samsung had to say after achieving the goal:
The Galaxy S is the result of our 22 year heritage in the mobile industry. It is the realization of our concept of the Smart Life’ we wanted to makes users’ lives more convenient, more exciting, and more integrated. Today’s milestone shows that we have succeeded: 10 million Galaxy S users around the world are living the Smart Life.
Samsung managed to sell a staggering 4 million units of the Galaxy S in North America while Europe contributed with around 2.5 million units.
The Samsung Galaxy S has been one of the most popular handset of the last year. It is ironic that the most popular Android smartphone still runs on Android 2.1 in the United States. Samsung has been rolling out the Android 2.2 update for the Galaxy S all over the world except for the United States.
Hopefully, the company will release the update before the end of January.
Many people had hoped that the Nexus S will be equipped with a dual-core processor but sadly that did not turn out to be true. The Nexus S uses a 1 GHz SoC (Silicon-on-Chip) Hummingbird processor. The same processor is used across the different variants of the Galaxy S line-up. Now, an XDA member morfic has released a new kernel Trinity – for the Nexus S which overclocks the processor to 1.2GHz.
The developer of the kernel has also tweaked the voltages for a better battery life. However, this kernel is still a work in progress as the Bluetooth still does not work. The kernel is compatible only with Bionix NS1 custom ROM for the Nexus S.
The 1GHz processor inside the Nexus S is no slow-couch. However, I hope this kernel will satisfy the thirst of speed for all those people who were disappointed with the Hummingbird processor.