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HTC Tattoo to get Android 2.1 upgrade

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Rejoice HTC Tattoo users. HTC has confirmed that HTC Tattoo will be receiving Android 2.1 update. HTC Tattoo which comes with HTC Sense UI has resistive touchscreen, which means it can take full advantage of Multi-touch technology which comes with the Android 2.1 update.

In a statement released by HTC:

Kindly note that now we understand that a phone running Android OS 2.1 is available that you are excited to get an update for your Tattoo. We are still working hard to Sense for building this new version but we expect to have the upgrade finished and ready to go soon. Please understand that it takes time to customize any Android release to Ensure You Have The Sense provides intuitive experience, and we hope you can be patient for just a little while longer.

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Inventor of the Cell Phone Ditched iPhone for Motorola DROID

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Martin Cooper, who is the inventor of Cell Phones and has also filled a  patent on radio telephone system, has ditched his iPhone for the Motorola DROID. In fact, he gave his iPhone to his grandson and is very satisfied with the performance of the DROID. Here’s what he said:

Depends when you ask me. I always have the latest cell phone, and I try every cell phone out, only because people like you keep asking me. Right now I’m using the Droid, because I want to get some experience with the Android operating system, and I, so far, have some favorable results.

Here’s the video:

 

Do you think Android is the new craze like iPhone ruled for last 2-3 years?

Motorola To Launch Bing Search & Maps on Android Handsets in China

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When Google had a fallout with the Chinese government and threatened to pull out Google services from China, Microsoft kept quite and now we know Microsoft had some ulterior motives. Of course who wants to come in wrong terms with the huge Chinese tech savvy population? Motorola, who shared a strong bond with Google with the launch of Motorola DROID back in late 2009 has also ditched Google for Microsoft.

Motorola and Microsoft are going to come up with Android devices in China with Bing Search and Maps. Here’s what Motorola Spokesperson had to say:

We believe that consumer choice is one of the most critical components to ensuring a rich and seamless client experience,said Christy Wyatt, corporate vice president of software and services, Motorola Mobile Devices. Motorola and Microsoft have enjoyed a longstanding collaboration and the addition of Bing services to our Android-based smartphones in China is another important step in empowering our end-users.

Bing has come out with some unique features in last couple of weeks and has registered to be an instant hit among  the users. Of course, users can opt  to use Google search instead, from their browser and install Google maps app, but this is a big move for Microsoft to gain the market.

Image courtesy: Androidauthority.com

Sony Ericsson Satio Major Software Update

Sony Ericsson after nearly four months gave Satio a new software update, R2AK006. Satio which was cramped with bugs when it was launched, after the previous update, most of the bugs where solved. The latest update from Sony Ericsson not only solved the remaining bugs but also gave some goodies for the users..

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Here is the change log given by Sony Ericsson at their product blog.

  • Support for WVGA video recording The already great video recording will be enhanced to fit the wide screen format and hence resolution is also slightly increased to 864 * 480 pixles. (the preset size will still be VGA, user has to change to get WVGA)
  • Upload of pictures to Facebook It will be possible to upload pictures directly from the picture menu you have on the home screen or from the Media UI.
  • Youtube video uploading It will be possible to upload videos to Youtube directly from the Media UI.
  • Conversational messaging Conversationswill be nicely integrated in the messaging menu in order to easily find and inspire to more conversations with your friends.
  • DLNA support The new software will support DLNA media server for easy transfer of audio and still pictures. (Note that video is not supported)
  • UI improvements On top of above, several minor UI improvements have been done in order to optimize the user experience.
  • The Facebook application that is now available on PlayNow for free download will be included in the software.

After the update, Satio is lot more faster. Sony Ericsson is finally working on making their customers satisfied. But one thing which was missing was kinetic scrolling. Hope it will be added in the next update.

Mobile Number Portability in India from October 31

mobile number portabilityTelecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)  is finally showing some resolve in rolling out a much anticipated service nationwide.  TRAI Chairman J S Sarma announced yesterday that mobile number portability (MNP) will be implemented nationwide from October 31 without any further delay.  MNP is a service that allows a mobile user to change his operator while retaining the number.  The Department of Telecom (DoT) has instructed all the operators to ensure that all inter-operator tests for porting the numbers from one provider to another should be completed before September 1, 2010. To be strict with their decision, the department has even  made it clear to all operators that in case they fail to meet the scheduled deadline, they will not be allowed to launch any new commercial services from September 1.
BSNL and MTNL have already ensured that they are equipped with the infrastructure to launch the MNP service.  The MNP was scheduled to be implemented by December 31, 2009 but the deadline was then changed to March 31, 2010 and thereafter to June 30, 2010 as the operators were not yet ready with the infrastructure to implement the service.
[Image Credit and Source – Times of India]

Android, RIM Gain Market Share, Apple Stable, Motorola Drops [Mobile Market Share]

comScore has released a new report on Mobile market share for quarter ending January 2010. There is not much surprise there, but has taken a huge leap in the market share gaining 4.3% to have a market share of 7.1% in January 2010, RIM too gained 1.7% to remain the market leader with 43% share.

OEM Market Share January 2010

Motorola saw a disappointing quarter losing 1.2% share in the handset market, however, they were still market leaders with 22.9%, followed by LG with 21.7%, Samsung with 21.1% and Nokia with 9.1%. RIM, the manufactures of Blackberry saw the only modest increase in devices with a 1.4% increase over October.

Smartphone Market Share January 2010

In the Smartphone market, which consisted of 42.7 million users, RIM was the market leader with 43% market share, followed by Apple with 25.1% and Microsoft with 15.7%. Microsoft lost around 4% market share, which was promptly picked up by Google with their Android OS gaining over 4.3% market share.

Text messages were still the top reason for which the mobile devices were used, followed by browsing, gaming, apps and social networking. All of the phone activities saw an increase during this quarter.

From the data available it is becoming clearer now that Android will definitely make a huge dent into the mobile market in 2010. Windows Phone 7 which is slated to release later this year might pull back some users for Microsoft, however, it is more than certain that they will be the biggest loser in the next few quarters.

Apple has also not made any significant leaps, which suggests that users are starting to prefer Blackberry over Apple, and also shifting to other devices which are powered by Android and Nokia.

The data was released by comScore MobiLens service, which tracked over 234 million American mobile subscribers.

HTC HD2 For $450 No Contract, $200 With Contract On T-Mobile

HTC HD2 is probably one of the most awaited Windows mobile device which will be released later this month on T-mobile. HTC HD2 has a 1Ghz Processor, 4.3-inch TFT capacitive touch display, 512 MB ROM, 448 MB RAM, EDGE, 3G, Windows Media Player, Digital compass, Pocket Office, HTC Peep, HTC Footprints, Facebook and Twitter integration, A-GPS and an excellent 5 mega-pixel camera with autofocus and dual LED flash.

HTC HD2 Phone

A XDA forum member spotted the price of the HD2 in fine print on the T-mobile site. The fine print states:

†On approved credit. $112.50 down payment, plus 3 monthly payments of $112.50, required. 0% APR. Taxes & fees additional. Available only at T-Mobile-owned retail stores; see store for details.

††On approved credit. $22.50 down payment, plus 19 monthly payments of $22.50, required. 0% APR. Taxes & fees additional. Available only at T-Mobile-owned retail stores; see store for details.

Totaling both of these puts the price of HTC HD2 at $450 without a contract. The HTC HD2 will be subsidized at $200 when you buy it with a 2 year T-mobile contract. An unlocked HTC HD2 sells for more than $700 on Amazon, so getting at $450 is definitely a bargain.

So would buy the HTC HD2 when it starts selling in the states? What would you prefer a contracted phone or a non-contracted phone?

Polarbit Claims a Million Cellphone Downloads

Polarbit is a company with the most popular android games like ToonWarz, Raging Thunder, Wave Blazer, Armageddon Squadron and Iron Sight, under its banner. The company has claimed that the games from Polarbot have been downloaded over a million times now only on the Android platform. Games from Polarbit are available on different platforms like Android, Symbian and the iPhone.

In a reaction to the download outburst, the company has responded with a post on its website which says,

Polarbit are now one of an exclusive few, possibly the only, developers to have seen more than one million downloads on each of the big three mobile platforms Symbian, Android and iPhone. This goes to show Polarbits strength as multiplatform developers, and their dedication to support as wide a range of platforms as possible.

Not satisfied by resting on their laurels however, Polarbit will continue to expand platform support in their middleware platform Fuse to ensure they reach as many gamers as possible, and are looking forward to breaking the million download mark on many further platforms in the future.

Polarbit has been developing games for different platforms and aims to do this for many more platforms to come. Its success on the Android platform drives the rising popularity of Android games and the rising usage of paid content on Android phones.

One thing to note here is that all games from Polarbit are paid but they have lite versions of many of them which are available for free.

The official note on this can be seen at the company website.

[Via: techhours ]

Ubuntu Running On HTC Touch Pro2

Ubuntu is by far not an OS for mobile phones, however, the latest handsets have hardware configuration which will allow users to run a desktop or netbook OS on mobile phones, few of them being the which can run Debian.

Ubuntu on HTC Touch Pro2

Now, Pocket Now, has come across a user who has been able to install and run Ubuntu on a HTC Touch Pro2. Having a desktop OS run on a mobile handset is definitely a great achievement, and kudos to the XDA forum members for achieving this.

Take a look at the video below to see Ubuntu in action on a HTC Touch Pro2 device.

What do you think about this feat? You can learn more about it at the XDA forum.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Will Get Android 2.2 Update

Sony Ericsson has yet to launch its line of Android phones, but expectations are already sky high. Xperia X10 is slated to come out soon, while Xperia X10 Mini and Xperia X10 Mini Pro should hit the market by the end of this year.

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Sony Ericsson has been working on its dazzling user interface, dubbed UX (Rachael), for more than a couple of years. As a result of the long developement cycle, Xperia X10 would initially ship with Android 1.6 – which is fairly outdated. Thankfully, Sony Ericsson is not planning on leaving buyers of their brand new smart phones stranded with an outdated operating system. Speaking to CNet Asia, a Sony Ericsson spokesperson confirmed that SE will be upgrading all of its Android devices to the newer version. He teased that the upgrade "will be an Eclair variant, so it could be 2.1 or even 2.2″.

This news should be music to the ears of Sony Ericsson fans and anyone looking to buy an Xperia X10 device. At the moment, very little is known about Android 2.2. In fact, SE is possibly the first device manufacturer to even confirm its existence. The update timeframe is also ambiguous, and Sony Ericsson may take four to eight months to deliver the update. However, one thing is sure – exciting times lie ahead for Sony Ericsson and Android fans.

Vodafone distributes Mariposa Bot, Conficker and Lineage in HTC Magic

Viruses and malware are not new to mobile devices, however, in a somewhat startling revelation, Panda Research blog discovered that Vodafone is distributing the Mariposa bot, Conficker and Lineage password stealing malware with HTC Magic phones.

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The vulnerability was found in HTC Magic phone running the OS which was supplied by Vodafone Germany (based on the screenshots and German language used on the computer of the Panda AV employee). The alert was triggered by Panda Cloud AV, when the phone was plugged into the PC via USB.

Malicious code was found in the Autorun files, which automatically runs when a USB drive is connected to a PC. The malware in question was identified as Mariposa bot client, which is run by an unknown guy named "tnls". If users are infected with the virus it will automatically start contacting servers and sending data to them.

Also Read: Prevent Autorun.inf From Running on Inserting a USB Drive

In addition to the above bot, the researcher also found traces of Conficker virus along with a password stealing malware called Lineage. There were no reports about the phone being affected by the above, but PCs without appropriate protection would definitely be vulnerable to these viruses.

It is really startling to see that both Vodafone and HTC allowed these phones to be sold without extensive testing and checks. It is not known as too how many phones are affected, however, it is a safe bet to connect your phone to your PC (with AV running), and running a quick scan on the contents of the phone.

We have contacted Vodafone and HTC for a statement, will update this post when more information becomes available.

Image Credit: Novarider.com

Verizon 4G Trials Clock 40Mbps to 50Mbps Download Speed

Some recent tests on the Verizon Wireless 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network have clocked some amazing download speeds, easily surpassing the current 3G networks. verizon_wireless_logo

According to a press release from Verizon, they have been testing the 4G LTE network in Boston and Seattle since August 2009 and have seen peak download speeds of 40 to 50 megabits per second with upload speeds ranging between 20 to 25 Mbps.

The tests included data calls, VoIP calls, streaming videos and file uploads and downloads along with regular web browsing. This is definitely good news since such speeds have rarely been see on mobile networks and it would definitely make mobile web browsing and downloads better than what they are right now.

For example, you could easily download and watch a 650 MB movie over the air in 10 minutes or lesser, which would currently take you around 30 minutes or more.

Verizon Wireless plans to make the 4G LTE network available in 25 to 30 US markets by the end of 2010.

Skype For Symbian^1 Launched

Skype, after the launch of its Symbian Client for S60v5 devices, has now launched its client for all of its Symbian^1 devices. However, the major drawback of the Symbian client is that is works only on 3G and WiFi.

Features of Skype for Symbian:

  • make free Skype-to-Skype calls to other Skype users anywhere in the world
  • save money on calls and texts with our low rates
  • send and receive instant messages to and from individuals or groups
  • share pictures, videos and other files
  • receive calls to your online number
  • see when Skype contacts are online and available to call or IM
  • easily import names and numbers from the phone’s address book

Symbian Devices that it works with:

Nokia N97, Nokia N97 mini, Nokia X6, Nokia 5800 XpressMusic and Nokia 5530 and the following non-touch devices: Nokia E72, Nokia E71, Nokia E90, Nokia E63, Nokia E66, Nokia E51, Nokia N96, Nokia N95, Nokia N95 8Gb, Nokia N85, Nokia N82, Nokia N81, Nokia N81 8 Gb, Nokia N79, Nokia N78, Nokia 6220 classic, Nokia 6210 Navigator, Nokia 5320.

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India To Get A Stripped Down Version Of Nexus One

Google executives in India are planning to launch the Nexus One in India. However, in their words it will not be in its US avatar. This was stated by Shailesh Rao who heads Google India at an Editorial Meet. CNBC TV 18 representative at the meet tweeted the following:

Nexus One will not come to India in its US avatar, the India specific Google Phone may be a stripped down version and priced lower!

Nothing more than these supposed plans is known as of yet. While it is rather surprising that Google would plan to axe features to reduce cost since Apple did not tinker with their iPhone when it launched in India and their decision to give a unified and better experience to anyone who’s willing to pay has been a mantra for their success. There are several cheaper’ Android alternatives with lesser features available in India from HTC and as such Google might be able capitalize on their brand name but there is no sophisticated way to put this – Google’s decision is rather stupid. In an attempt to sell in numbers they’ll be diluting the Nexus One brand. However, I should point out that such moves are often made by handset manufacturers. The HTC Touch2 is available in two versions in India, one is with 3G and Wi-Fi, the other is without, and both these models have a significant price difference.

If you were to ask me, I’d rather not buy a stripped down Nexus One phone knowing that there is a version that has more features and would rather look for alternatives from HTC that will have the missing features at a price point close to that of the stripped down Nexus One.

via labnol.org

Nimbuzz Java Client Now Touch Screen Optimized

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There aren’t many IM clients for  available for touch screen Java based phones. So you got phone like Samsung Jet or any other Java based touch screen phone, you are in a soup. I mean, really iPhone, Blackberry, Symbian and Android users are spoiled for choice in such cases.

Well, Nimbuzz has recently released an update for its java client and one of the major update includes support for touch screen phones. The new version brings kinetic scrolling and bigger touch areas to Samsung and LG touch screen mobiles.  We also listened to your requests and now we support:  LG Prada, LGVX9100,  LG Voyager,  LG Vu,  Samsung SPH-M540,  Samsung Star and Samsung Jet.

You can download Nimbuzz From here.