The Motorola Droid is the bestselling Android handset until date. The phone launched with Android 2.0 on board, and then later was among the first few handsets to get the Android 2.1 and 2.2 update early. Now, Motorola and Verizon are going to release another software update for the Droid.
The FRG830 update for the handset updates many of the applications and widgets and also fixes some bugs.
The update also brings with it support for Microsoft 2010 Exchange and a new Gmail user interface’ which sounds pretty interesting.
Here is the full change-log from Verizon :
o Updated Twitter application with new authentication support
o Updated Amazon Widget
o Updated News & Weather widget
o Improvements to Exchange ActiveSync and support for Exchange 2010 connections
o Added new Gmail user interface
The update is expected to be rolled out to all Droid owners via OTA (Over-The-Air) within the next 24 hours. In all probability, the update will also bump up the Android version of the Droid to 2.2.1.
Almost all the devices announced at the Windows Phone 7 launch have been released, with the exception of the Dell Venue Pro. When it was first announced, the Venue Pro was captured a lot of attention, thanks to its vertical QWERTY slider design, gorgeous display and great hardware specs. However, some things are just not meant to be true.
There were no further announcements by either Dell or Microsoft, about the release details of the Venue Pro. Surprisingly, it made an appearance on Dell’s website yesterday before it was taken down.
It will be priced at $500 without a contract and at $150 witha 2 year T-Mobile contract. The preliminary shipping date is said to be December 14, so you should probably get it before Christmas if you order it now.
We had earlier confirmed that the special Christmas Edition of Angry Birds will indeed be available on Android (along with the iPad and iPhone versions). We had expected Rovio to release the game on the Angry Birds Day (Dec 11). However, they have done better than that, and Angry Birds Seasons is now available in the Android Market.
Angry Birds Seasons includes 25 special Christmas themed levels to kill time as you wait for Christmas. A new level will be unlocked every day, until Christmas. As a surprise gift, Rovio has also tucked in the Halloween themed levels that Android users had missed out on.
As mentioned earlier, Angry Birds Christmas edition is also planned for the iPad and the iPhone. The App Store’s verification process is the most likely culprit for the delay in the release of the iOS version. Rovio has also reaffirmed that they will be releasing a light-weight version for lesser Android phones and an ad-free version.
Angry Birds Seasons for Android is also a free download. You can grab it directly from the Market or through AppBrain.
The much awaited Sony Playstation phone has finally been spotted for real. The sighting happened somewhere in Greece, with someone shooting a spy video of the Sony Ericsson Z1 (yes, that’s what it will be officially called).
We don’t see those awesome sliding controls in this video, but the phone appears to be the real deal. It will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread and will come with a 4 inch capacitive touchscreen display, with presumably a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. It will also sport an 8 MP camera with LED flash.
LG has announced S310, a new entry level candybar phone in Russia. This handset has support for popular social networks such as Twitter, Facebook, Orkut and so on. Surprisingly, this phone shows up on LG India’s website, which means that it may be soon launched in India.
LG S310 Specifications:
2.2 inch TFT display
176 x 220 pixels resolution
3.2 mega pixel camera with 2x digital zoom
MP3 Player with Equalizers
14 MB internal memory
MicroSD card slot
8 GB external memory
FM Radio on Speakerphone
Windows live messenger
Up to 800 hours stand-by time
Up to 13.5 hours talktime
900 mAH battery
LG S310 is available in Silver and Black colors. This handset is currently available only in Russia and expected to launch soon in India and other Asian countries. LG S310 comes with a price tag of 4,990 rubles (approx. $160/ Rs.7,300).
Do you still remember the Acer’s powerful smartphone, which was unveiled last month. Yes, we are talking about the Android powered Acer Liquid Metal. This handset runs on the Android 2.2 OS and it comes with the Acer’s Breeze UI. If you live in the US, then we have a good news for you. The Acer Liquid Metal is expected to be available soon on the airwaves of AT&T and T-Mobile.
Acer Liquid Metal comes with a 3.6 inch curved touchscreen display with 800 Ã— 480 pixels resolution, 800 MHz Snapdragon processor, Android 2.2 (FroYo) OS, Breeze UI, Wi-Fi, 3G Connectivity, 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, Bluetooth, GPS with A-GPS, 3.5mm audio jack, MicroSD card slot and more.
According to Brighthand, an Acer official confirmed last week, during the Acer’s New York press event, that the powerful Acer Liquid Metal is headed to AT&T and T-Mobile. Acer Liquid Metal have been already launched in Russia and it will be soon available in Canada, UK and US. This handset was expected to be available from this month in the UK, but it was not launched on time due to some unknown reasons.
Scouted out on the FC’s Office of Engineering and Technology E-Filing, documents about a new and unannounced Blackberry 8980 device have come to light. According to the device filings, the 8980 brings the regular quad-band GSM cellular radio and full connectivity options via 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth. The rendered pictures indicate a Curve-styled full QWERTY keyboard, an optical trackpad, charger/dock contact pins and a 3.2MP camera on the rear. Rumors say the device will ship with a release of OS5.0 and may be upgradeable to 6.0 eventually.
Earlier this month, information about LG’s upcoming high-end smartphone codenamed Star leaked on the Internet. Now, we have more information about the upcoming Star’ handset from LG thanks to berryjuice who has managed to get his hands on two of these devices. He has posted some specifications of the device along with some pictures.
From the pictures he has posted, it is clear that the LG Star will be sporting an HDMI out port. He also confirmed that the handset will have WVGA resolution and won’t be sporting a kickstand at its back. Earlier, it was assumed that the Star will launch with stock Android 2.3 onboard. However, both the prototypes run on Android 2.2 with LG’s UI on top of it. LG’s UI looks very similar to Samsung’s TouchWIZ UI.
Berryjuice also posted the Quadrant score of the device. The Star managed to score 1759 points in the Quadrant benchmark. Pretty impressive for a prototype!
Nokia has been releasing tons of firmware updates for all its various handsets in the last week or so. Today, the company has released a game Real Golf – for its recently released high-end flagship handset the Nokia N8. Real Golf includes all the top golfers including an exclusive appearance by Lee Westwood. The game features more than 15 hours of gameplay.
Here is a video of Real Golf running on the Nokia N8-:
Real Golf Running on the Nokia N8
N8 owners can download the update by going to Menu->Applications->SW Update. Users should keep in mind that the game might not be available as a free download for N8 owners in all the regions of the world.