Pulse Reader is one of the most famous apps for iPhone and iPad touch to read news and RSS feeds. The app which debuted on the iPad has received rave reviews and some controversy too from New York Times.
In a blog post, the Pulse Reader team announced that the app was now free across all platforms:
Today we’re announcing that Pulse is free across all platforms! We would like to thank our early users, who have given us both time and money to help build the product to this stage. You have given us the resources to build a company dedicated to improving your news reading experience. We’re now a team of 8 people working very hard to make Pulse better everyday.
The app which has changed the way people consume news and feeds is definitely worth downloading. It makes reading content more pleasant and elegant. I definitely recommend you to go ahead and download the app (links below).
Download Pulse Reader for iPhone | Download Pulse Reader for iPad | Download Pulse Reader for Android
The folks over at Nokia Beta Labs have just released a new beta version of Swype for Symbian S60v5 edition. The new beta update not only makes Swype smaller and faster but also improves the stability of the application.
Here is the official change-log from Nokia Beta Labs -:
* Several crashes have been resolved including those related to backspace
* Spanish keyboard properly displays national character
* Performance relating to auto-capitalization, auto-spacing and general application speed has been improved
* A new language selection dialog has been implemented to improve readibility and UX
* Rotation no longer reverts Swype back to the default keyboard
* Application size has been reduced by 1.5mbs
Swype users on Nokia S60v5 based handsets can download the latest update from here. Users who are still unaware of what Swype is can have a look at this page.
It was exactly ten days ago that HTC announced that the Legend will get its Android 2.2 (Froyo) update in the coming weeks.’ Now, in less than a couple of weeks since the announcement, Vodafone UK has started rolling out Android 2.2 update for the Legend. Vodafone branded Legend handsets in France and Germany are also reportedly getting their Android 2.2 update love.
It’s quite surprising that Vodafone decided to release the Android 2.2 update for the branded Legend first instead of the un-branded ones. The update weighs in at 82.88MB so users are recommended to use Wi-Fi to download the update. Early upgraders suggest that the phone now feels smoother and the irritating SMS bug has been fixed as well.
Hopefully, HTC will release the Android 2.2 update for the unbranded Legends soon as well!
We have a good news for those, who were eagerly waiting for the launch of Palm Pre 2 in the UK. HP’s latest smartphone, the Palm Pre 2, is finally available for purchase in the UK. This handset was launched last week in Germany for â‚¬499. It is the first smartphone which runs on the webOS 2.0 Operating System.
Palm Pre 2 features a 3.1 inch touchscreen display with 320Ã—480 pixels resolution,1GHz processor, webOS 2.0 OS, slide-out QWERTY keyboard and more. It comes with different connectivity options such as GPRS/EDGE, Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR and MicroUSB.
Other features include a 3.5mm audio jack, Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Beta, 16GB of internal memory, 5 megapixel camera with LED Flash, Built-in GPS, Proximity sensors, Accelerometer, 350 hours of stand-by time and 5.5 hours of talktime.
Palm Pre 2 is available SIM-free and unlocked in the UK. It comes with a price tag of â‚¬499. This handset is already launched in France and Germany, and it will be soon available in the US and Canada.
Sony Ericsson is expanding its Xperia lineup. The leaked pics and specs of the Xperia X7 and Xperia X7 mini has been spotted in the wild. Surprisingly, these handsets will run on the Windows Phone 7 OS instead of the Android OS. Xperia X7 features a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 8.1 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording, while Xperia X7 Mini comes with a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and 10.1 megapixel with 3x optical zoom and xenon flash. Check out the leaked specs of the new Xperia phones below.
Sony Ericsson Xperia X7 features an impressive 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8260 processor, Windows Phone 7 OS, 4.3 inch touchscreen display, 480 x 800 pixels resolution, 8.1 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording, and an HDMI output with Dolby Digital Plus surround sound and so on.
Sony Ericsson Xperia X7 Mini comes with a 3.5 inch capacitive touchscreen display, 480 x 800 pixels resolution,1GHz Snapdragon QSD8250 processor, 10.1 megapixel camera with 3x optical zoom and xenon flash, noise cancellation headphones bundled and much more.
The price and availability of these handsets are still unknown. Xperia X7 and Xperia X7 mini are expected to arrive at Q1 2011. Do you think these handsets should have Android OS instead of the Windows Phone 7? Let us know your views in the comments below.
We had earlier reported that Dell will be rolling out the Froyo update for its 5-inch phone-cum-tablet crossover the Streak. The update will start rolling out before the end of November but only in the U.K. Along with Android 2.2, the update will also bring performance improvements, better memory management, Flash 10.1 and Mobile hotspot feature. The Stage UI from Dell will also be present in this software update.
Here is a video of Android 2.2 with the Stage UI in action on the Streak :
It will replace the custom launcher found used by Streak in Android 1.6. The Stage UI basically contains a launcher and a few widgets along with a webOS like multi-tasking UI. However, the software update will wipe clean all user data present in the phone so users are recommended to make a backup of their data.
Back in September, Nokia announced its S40 based entry level phone, the Nokia C3-01 Touch And Type. This handset comes with a touchscreen display as well as a physical keyboard. Nokia C3-01 Touch And Type is currently available on the airwaves of Vodafone, O2 and T-Mobile in the UK.
It features a 2.4 inch TFT resistive touchscreen display, 240 x 320 pixels resolution, S40 user interface, GPRS/EDGE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, 3G Connectivity, 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, 64 MB RAM, microSD card slot, 30 MB internal memory, 32 GB expandable memory, stereo FM radio with RDS, 1050 mAh Li-ion battery and more.
This handset comes in three vibrant colors – Golden, Silver and Grey. Nokia C3-01 Touch And Type is available for free with Vodafone’s £20 monthly plan, T-Mobile’s £15 monthly plan and O2’s £25 monthly plan. You can also buy this handset without any contract for £149.00.
Samsung has already started rolling out Android 2.2 update in various parts of the world. The roll out is expected to be completed by the end of this month. However, Samsung has not mentioned when the U.S. variants of the Galaxy S will be getting the Android 2.2 update.
The Vibrant and the Captivate have already had their taste of Froyo thanks to some leaked firmwares. Yesterday, the Epic 4G joined that list thanks to Firon.
Firon has released a new ROM for the Epic 4G based on a leaked Android 2.2 firmware (DJ29). The ROM is a pretty basic one (deodexed, zip-aligned and pre-rooted) and only contains the usual Froyo goodies.
The catch? Browsing performance is actually slower than what it was on Android 2.1 based firmware and the audio sometimes skips when on 3G. Epic 4G owners can download the ROM from here.
Verizon Wireless and Samsung recently launched the entry level messaging phone, the Samsung Zeal. This handset features a unique, flip-style format with an E Ink technology that changes the layout of the keyboard based on the user’s needs. Samsung Zeal shows a traditional numeric keypad, when you open it vertically as a flip phone. In landscape mode, the phone features a QWERTY keypad that can change to numeric with symbols.
Samsung Zeal features a 2.0 megapixel camera with auto focus, Bluetooth technology with support for headset, GPRS/EDGE, Corporate Email support for Microsoft Office Exchange, Social Beat Widget, VZ Navigator, Skype mobile, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, location-based services, Personal organizer with calendar, calculator, notepad, alarm clock, world clock, stop watch and so on.
Samsung Zeal comes with a price tag of $79.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. Customers will receive the rebate in the form of a debit card.
Motorola recently launched its mid-budget smartphone, the Motorola Flipside. This handset is powered by the Android 2.1 Operating System and it allows you to access more than 100,000 apps from the Android Market. This handset is exclusively available on the airwaves of AT&T in the US.
Motorola Flipside comes with a 3.1 inches touchscreen display with 320 x 480 pixels resolution, Android 2.1 Operating System, Slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 3 megapixel camera, Music Player, Built-in FM Radio, full HTML web browser, 3G Connectivity, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, Motoblur and more.
Other features include a 3.5 mm audio jack, USB connectivity, 512 MB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 2GB Pre-installed, Hands-free speaker phone, AT&T Mobile Music, ATT Radio, MobiTV, Up to 6 hours talktime, Up to 15.5 days stand-by time and 1150 mAH battery.
Motorola Flipside comes with a price tag of $99.99 with a two-year service agreement or you can even get this for $399.99 without contract. If you are planning to buy this handset, head over to this page.