While Windows Phone 7 still has a lot to prove before it can compare to the likes of iOS or Android, it definitely seems to be a step in the right direction.
Microsoft has managed to get all major handset manufacturers on board, with some really impressive devices. It has also succeeded in attracting developers to its platform.
The Windows Phone 7 Marketplace now sports close to 3000 apps and games with the numbers growing rapidly day by day. About 15000 developers have “already signaled their intent to bring exciting content” to Windows Phone Windows Phone 7.
It is nice to finally see Microsoft back on the right track with a promising OS and a slew of powerful devices.
via Windows Team Blog
The details of the rumored Sony Ericsson PSP Phone were first leaked about a month back. It is the first phone which sports a landscape slider design with gaming controls.
Today, a French blog received an invite to a press event by Sony Ericsson France which indicates that the PSP phone will be officially unveiled on December 9. The Playstation phone could launch just in time to make your Christmas shopping list.
The PSP phone will sport a 3.7 – 4.1 inch capacitive touchscreen display and will come with a 1 GHz processor, 512 MB RAM and the new Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS.
Nokia has released a new firmware update for its highly popular S60v5 handset the Nokia 5800. The new firmware update is numbered v52.0.007 and improves the performance of the device by a huge margin. The firmware update also improves the touchscreen response of the device along with an improved Wi-Fi connection and an updated version of Ovi Maps (v3.04).
The kinetic scrolling of the handset has also been improved and Nokia have also added the turbo manifest theme effect. After the update, the phone also auto-rotates faster. The performance of the Gallery application has also been improved. The RDS bug which affected the handset after the v40 firmware update has also been fixed.
Nokia 5800 owners can update the firmware of their device either by using Nokia Software Updater (NSU) or via OTA (Over-The-Air). Even though the handset has UDP, users are recommended to make a backup of their device data before proceeding with the firmware update.
According to a blog post by Tim Bray, on the Android Developers blog, Google is planning to add content ratings to every application on the Android Market.
Starting next week, developers will have to specify a content rating for the applications they submit to the Android Market. All existing applications will have to be updated with the content rating information in a specified time frame, failing which a default rating of Mature will be added to the application.
Developers will be able to choose from four content rating levels – “All, Pre-teen, Teen, & Mature”. This upgrade to the Android Market will coincide with the launch of Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Apple has supported content ratings on the iPhone App Store since the launch of iOS 3.0.
For more details about content ratings on Android Market, check out this Android Market help post.
via Android Developers Blog
Nokia has rolled out a new firmware update for the Nokia C3. The Nokia C3 sports a 2.4-inch QVGA display along with a QWERTY keyboard in a bar form factor. The handset sports a 2MP camera and also features Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, FM radio, 3.5mm audio jack and a microSD card slot. The handset runs on Symbian S40 OS.
The new firmware update is numbered v07.20 and aims at improving the performance and stability of the device along with some bug fixes. Nokia C3 owners can update the firmware of their handset either by entering *#0000# on their handset and selecting Check for updates or via Nokia Software Updater.
Users are recommended to make a backup of their device data before proceeding with the firmware update.
MetroPCS recently launched its first Android phone, the LG Optimus M. This handset is the MetroPCS’ own version of the popular budget smartphone, LG Optimus One. LG already managed to sell more than 1 million units of LG Optimus One in just 40 days. Optimus M runs on the latest Android 2.2 operating system.
LG and MetroPCS have come together to offer consumers the first no annual contract Android smartphone at an exceptional value,said Tim O’Brien, vice president of consumer and trade marketing for LG Mobile Phones. LG Optimus M is an easy-to-use handset with the capabilities of the latest Android technology and features to enhance the consumers’ experience.
LG Optimus features a 3.2 inch display with 320 x 480 pixels resolution, 600MHz processor, Android 2.2 operating system, virtual QWERTY keyboard, Swype embedded, 3.2 megapixel camera for sharing pics on social networking sites, Wi-Fi connectivity, MicroSD card slot, 3.5 mm audio jack, Multi-app screens and more.
This handset allows you to access more than 100,000 apps from the Android Market. LG Optimus M will be available contract-free from MetroPCS for $229 with a $50 monthly service plan.
Black Friday has arrived early for people who are looking to get their hands on a brand new mobile phones. Dell Mobility Store is selling three excellent Android based mobile phones for really cheap, one of them Droid Incredible is selling for absolutely free.
First of, Dell is handing over the Droid Incredible for absolutely free along with a $25 Dell gift certificate. The product ships for free too. If you think that the Droid Incredible is a bit old, you can get your hands on a Motorola Droid X for $9.99 with free shipping. And last but not the least, you can buy a brand new HTC EVO 4G for only $99.99 and get your hands on the first 4G phone launched in US. You can also buy the BlackBerry Torch 9800 for free from Dell and get it shipped to you for free.
Excited? Go ahead and get your mobile fill at the Dell Mobility Store.
Note: All these phones require a 2-year contract on the respective networks the phones are available on.
Angry Birds has blitzkrieged the iTunes App Store, Android Market and several other app repositories, and it is showing no signs of slowing down. Rovio Mobile has stated that they don’t want to do a sequel, but they have been cleverly tapping into the cash cow that is Angry Birds with special holiday editions. After an immensely popular Halloween edition, Rovio is now preparing to release a special Christmas edition of Angry Birds.
According to the Finnish site MTV3 (and PocketLint), Angry Birds Christmas edition will be launched on Dec 11. Although the website confirms simultaneous releases for both iPhone and iPad, it is silent on the availability of the special edition on Android.
Given that Android users had missed out on the Halloween edition of Angry Birds, I requested confirmation from Rovio through Twitter. In response to my query regarding the availability of Angry Birds Christmas Edition on Android, @roviomobile tweeted back “and not only that;-)”, which pretty much confirms that Angry Birds Christmas Edition will be available on Android. The tweet also hints that something more is in the pipe for Android users. Based on the information available at hand, I am guessing that we will be seeing the “Mighty Eagle” make an appearance on Android. What do you think? Are you also an Angry Birds addict? Will you be willing to pay for a Christmas edition of Angry Birds?
It was a few days ago that the Google Nexus One got a small update to Android 2.2.1. The update was a pretty minor one and mainly aimed at fixing bugs with the present firmware. Even though this update is a small one, owners of different handsets are already impatient for their share of Android 2.2.1 love. The good news is that at least the Droid X owners can have their Android 2.2.1 share of love.
Motorola has not released an official Android 2.2.1 update for the Droid X but the modding community unofficially has. They have released a custom ROM based on Android 2.2.1 for the Droid X. However, Droid X owners need to make sure that their handset is rooted before proceeding with the update process. The process is quite complicated and risky so users should make sure they know what they are doing before updating their phone.
Users are also warned that they won’t be able to downgrade to Android 2.2, once they have flashed the Android 2.2.1 update on their handset. Droid X owners can find the step to update their handset to Android 2.2.1 here. If after the update users are facing any kind of rooting issues, then they need to use the z4root application on their handset to get back root access.
Image Source Droid Life
Motorola has today announced that their rugged and water resistant Android handset the Motorola Defy – will get its Android 2.2 love for sure. The only downside is that Motorola is expected to roll out the update in the second quarter of the next year i.e. sometime in Q2 of 2011. Sadly, the company also announced that the Motorola Milestone XT720 won’t get an update to Android 2.2 at all and will remain stuck with Android 2.1 forever.
Here is the official announcement from Motorola :
Today we can confirm that in EMEA we plan to upgrade Motorola DEFY to Android 2.2 (FroYo) in the second quarter of next year and that Milestone XT720 will remain on Android 2.1. Anyone looking for information about this and updates for other regions should go to our forum.
Hopefully, Motorola won’t delay the Android 2.2 update for the Defy to Q3. If my memory serves me right, no manufacturer has been able to roll out the Froyo update for their handset on their scheduled date.