webOS 2.0 Coming to Palm Pre, Pre Plus, Pixi and Pixi Plus

The Palm Pre 2 was launched a few weeks back in the US and the UK. Besides the upgraded hardware, the main reason why the Palm Pre 2 is an excellent smartphone option is because it sports the revamped new webOS 2.0. The successor to webOS is much faster and much more refined than version 1.0.

Today, we have some news that will bring a smile to the face of everyone who owns a Palm Pre, Pre Plus, Pixi and Pixi Plus. All these devices will be getting an upgrade to webOS 2.0.

Palm’s Josh Marinacci stated at the webOS Developer Day that HP / Palm intends to get webOS 2.0 on all existing webOS devices in the coming months. No specific upgrade timeline has been announced though.

Check out his full presentation here

via PreCentral

Samsung GT-i9200 Firmware Leaks

There have been a lot of rumors about the existence of the Samsung-Google Android experience phone. However, the leaked images of the phone and its special’ appearance on the Web 2.0 conference in the hands of Eric Schmidt have given ample proof of its existence.   It has also been confirmed that the Nexus S will be running on Android 2.3 when launched and will sport NFC capabilities.

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However, what is still not known about the phone are its internal hardware specifications. Now, a firmware of the Samsung GT-i9200 has leaked on the Internet. It is still unclear whether this GT-i9200 is the Nexus S or the next high-end phone from Samsung. Devs over at XDA forums have been digging around with the files of the firmware and it looks like the handset will be using the RFS file system.

The RFS file system is one of the major culprits of the lag on the Galaxy S series of handsets. Other confirmed specifications of the phone are that it will sport Bluetooth 3.0, FM Radio and the camera module is from Konica Minolta Camera, Inc.

A senior member Richthofen has however said that the GT-i9200 will be powered by the S5PC110 AP and feature the PowerVR SGX540 GPU. The resolution of the handset will be the same as on the other Galaxy S handsets at WVGA (800×480).

Samsung Finally Launches Wave 723 In Germany For €349

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Do you still remember the Bada OS powered Samsung Wave 723 smartphone, which was announced back in August. This handset was expected to launch soon in Germany, Southeast Asia, the Middle East Asia, Africa and other European markets, but the device has been delayed for some unknown reasons. This handset is already available in China and finally after waiting for few months, Samsung launched this smartphone in Germany.

Samsung Wave 723 comes with a 3.2 inch TFT LCD display, 240 x 400 pixels resolution, BADA Operating System, TouchWiz UI 3.0, Wi-fi, 3G connectivity, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, microUSB 2.0, Samsung Apps support, 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, dedicated camera button and more.

Other features include a 3.5mm audio jack, microSD card slot, 90MB internal memory, 32 GB expandable memory, Social Hub, flip leather cover, Stereo FM radio with RDS, A-GPS, up to 700 hours stand-by time, up to 14hours talktime and a 1200 mAh battery.

If you live in Germany, then you can purchase the powerful Samsung Wave 723 for €349 (approx. $480).

Dell To Close Up Shop On Mobile Business Division

It was only recently that Dell threw their might behind Windows Phone 7 and introduced a host of devices including the fabled Venue Pro, a 4.1capacitive touch sliding portrait QWERTY keyboard and the Streak, an Android OS tablet featuring a 5touch screen, full GPS capabilities and 3G connectivity.

Despite the launch of new smartphones running Windows Phone 7, Dell is said to be closing down their Mobile Division, coinciding with the resignation of Ron Garriques. Garriques, who has been with Dell since 2007 and is currently the Communication Solutions President, will continue with the company as a consultantin the interim as Dell sorts out their future plans for the mobile market.

Hopefully Dell will continue to support their existing handsets, and move towards consolidating their departments to offer consumers more devices.

T-Mobile Galaxy Tab Flashed to Make Phone Calls

The incredibly clever modders over at XDA developers have managed to find out a way to enable phone calls on the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

It started with a forum member, Jyveafk, rooting his Galaxy Tab and trying to install the phone.apk module on it. After failing quite a few times, and some trial and error, Jyveafk finally managed to flash his Galaxy Tab to enable phone calls on it.

The method is a bit complex and is recommended only for experienced flashers. You will need the Odin3 Flasher to carry out the mod. For more details, check out this detailed tutorial – US T-Mobile Galaxy Tab flashed to make phone calls – Tutorial. The method works only on EDGE for now.

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via XDA

Acer Liquid E Android 2.2 Update Out Now

Acer_liquid_eAcer is a newbie in the mobile industry. The first few Android based handsets from the company did not manage to set the sales chart on fire. However, Acer is still providing support to all those people who showed faith in the company and brought their Acer Liquid E handset.

The testimony to this is the fact that Acer has released the Android 2.2 update for the Liquid E. As for now, the update is available only in Canada for the carrier branded Rogers and Fido Liquid E handsets.

The update is not in the usual OTA (Over-The-Air) form. Users need to download the update and install it on their phone manually. Acer has provided pretty detailed steps on how to install the update so hopefully users won’t face any problems while installing the update.

Acer Liquid E handset owners can download the update from here.

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HP Shipping the Palm Pre 2 for $450

HP Palm Pre 2The new Palm Pre 2, the successor to the Palm Pre, has been launched in both the US and the UK. It has been available in the UK for about €499. Starting today, HP is selling the unlocked Palm Pre 2 for just $449. It is available in stock and ships within 24 hours.

The Palm Pre 2 sports the revamped webOS 2.0 and comes with a 1 GHz processor and 512 MB RAM. It offers 16 GB internal storage and sports a 5 MP camera with LED flash.

It has a 3.1 inch capacitive touchscreen display and comes with 3G HSDPA, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP.

You can order it online at Palm Pre 2 – HP

Nexus One Gets An OTA Update – FRG83D

The official Google Android Developer phone the Nexus One has just received an OTA (Over-The-Air) software. Sadly, the OTA is not the Gingerbread update which many of you have been hoping for. The OTA update weighs 1.3MB and bumps up the Nexus One software from FRG83 to FRG83D.   The OTA update basically aims contains bug fixes and patches.

Here is the small change-log (thanks to Paul) -:

  • Updates to the core and framework JARs
  • Updates to the Dalvik VM and Webcore libraries
  • Updates to the Email, Google Services Framework and Market packages.
  • A couple of other very minor patches

It is still unclear whether the Nexus One loses its root after the OTA update or not. Nexus One owners who can’t wait for the OTA, can download and install it manually from here.

Google Sky Map Gets ‘Time Travel’ Feature

No, you can’t actually go back in time. But hey, you can at least check out how the stars were aligned when Apollo 11 landed on the Moon, or Kennedy was assassinated. Google Sky Map’s new ‘Time Travel‘ feature allows you to go back or forward in time and check out how the sky will look at your location on any given day.

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Google Sky Map is a super cool augmented reality app that allows budding astronomers and sky gazers to learn more about the stars and constellations decking the sky. The user can simply point their Android phones towards the sky to learn about the celestial object they are pointing at.

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Google-Sky-Map-QR-Code The Time Travel feature allows the user to smoothly travel to his desired datr and time. He can even forward or rewind to see how the sky gradually changes with time. Use the attached QR code to download Sky Map from the Market.

HTC Merge Makes An Appearance On Verizon’s Website

The Merge was supposed to be announced by Verizon and HTC at the Droid celebration party in Seattle, tonight. Sadly, that did not happen but the handset did make an appearance on Verizon’s website. Though, the image was pulled back a few minutes later. The full 360 degree view of the phone was up on the site before being pulled.

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This definitely means that the Merge is quite close to its release. The HTC Merge is the Verizon’s version of the T-Mobile G2 or the HTC Desire Z. The handset sports a 3.7-inch S-LCD and is powered by an 800MHz Qualcomm Scorpio processor. The handset runs on Android 2.2 with HTC Sense UI on top of it. The Merge also packs a pop-out four-row QWERTY keyboard.

However, it is still unclear whether Verizon will be branding the Merge as a Droid device or just another Android handset in their portfolio.

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