Dell has announced two new Android based budget smartphones, targeted specially at the Indian market. The new Dell XCD28 and the Dell XCD35 will be launched in India soon, and will be available for Rs. 10,990 and Rs. 16,990 respectively.
Both the XCD28 and the XCD35 will run Android 2.1 Eclair and will offer 3G HSDPA connectivity. The Dell XCD28 will have a 2.8 inch resistive touchscreen display and a 3.2 MP camera while the Dell XCD35 will sport a 3.5 inch capacitive touchscreen display.
The Dell XCD28 doesn’t seem very impressive, especially when compared to the Spice Mi-300 and the Samsung Galaxy 3 and 5, but the Dell XCD35 has a nice design and is priced quite attractively at Rs. 16,990. Both the phones should be out by the end of 2010.
“For more than 25 years, Dell has played a critical role in transforming computing, enabling more affordable and more pervasive access to technology around the world. With today’s launch, we extend the same pioneering edge to the smartphones market as starting with the XCD series, we look to offer technology solutions to a much larger audience”, said Mahesh Bhalla, General Manager, Consumer & SMB, Dell India. “In the fast growing Indian mobile market, this will allow more and more Gen Y and mobile professionals to access a rich browsing and multimedia experience, backed with the assurance of an uncompromising, market-leading service support”, he added.
Close on the heels of a major revamp of the webmail interface, Yahoo has updated its email and instant messaging apps for Android. “We’ve been pleased with the success of both Yahoo! Mail and Yahoo! Messenger on the Android platform, but of course we never stop looking for ways to make the apps even better,” wrote Lee Parry, the Product Manager of Yahoo! Mail.
The major new features are:
Multiple-account support: Over the years, many of you have probably accumulated multiple Yahoo accounts for different purposes. Now, you can seamlessly manage all of them from the Yahoo! Mail app.
Contact sync: As the name suggests, you will now be able to sync your yahoo mail contacts with your phone.
Photo preview: The update makes Yahoo! Mail capable of displaying quick previews of images received as attachments.
Video Calling: The Yahoo messenger app now supports video calling along with photo and video sharing. However, you will need Android 2.2 along with Yahoo! Messenger Video Add-on to take advantage of the video calling feature.
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The wait is finally over for the Motorola Cliq users. Last month, we posted that Motorola Cliq will get an Android 2.1 update in mid-November and finally the update is available for all Motorola Cliq handsets. This update is not available Over-The-Air (OTA) and it needs to be downloaded manually from the Motorola’s website.
- A fully charged Motorol Cliq with an active SIM card
- A microSD card installed in your phone with approximately 100 MB of free space.
- Internal phone storage space approximately 40MB free.
- Latest version of Android 1.5 software Blur_Version.1.6.1.MB200.T-Mobile.en.US
The whole process will take an hour to complete the update. The Android 2.1 update brings six new home screens, battery-life saving widgets, enhancements in Google Maps, Task Manager and more. To update your handset, head over to this page.
Verizon Wireless recently announced the availability of the entry-level Motorola Citrus smartphone. Motorola Citrus is powered by Android 2.1 Operating System and it allows you to access more than 100,000 apps from the Android Market. This handset is made from 25 percent post-consumer recycled plastic, certified CarbonFree and it is PVC and BFR free.
Motorola Citrus features a 3 inch touchscreen display, 528MHz Qualcomm MSM7225 processor, on-screen QWERTY keyboard, Swype keyboard, 3 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, 3G Connectivity, Motoblur, Backtrack, Full HTML Web browser, preloaded with Bing Search and Bing Maps, quick access to Web apps and services such as Facebook, Gmail, Google Talk, YouTube and much more.
The packaging of this handset is made from 80 percent post-consumer recycled paper and the user manual is made using 100 percent recycled paper and soy-based ink. Motorola Citrus will be available from tomorrow for $49.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement.
The Droid X handset from Motorola has been a U.S. exclusive until now. Today, the company announced the Motoroi X which will soon be launched in Mexico. The Motoroi X is a renamed Droid X. The Droid Xâ€¦err…Motoroi X sports a 4.3-inch screen with a resolution of 854×480. The phone is powered by a 1GHz OMAP processor and packs 512MB of RAM.
The back of the phone sports an 8MP camera with dual-LED flash which is capable of recording videos in 720p HD resolution. The phone also sports a micro-HDMI port, GPS with A-GPS, 3G hotspot, microSD card slot and DLNA. The Motoroi X runs Android 2.2 with MOTOBLUR UI on top of it. Flash 10.1 is also pre-installed on the phone.
The Motoroi X will hit Mexico before the end of this year. Sadly, Motorola did not mention the pricing of the handset. Readers can read the full press release here.
Now Android apps can allow single-click checkout, thanks to the Citibank sponsored Single-Click Checkout service launched at the Open Mobile Summit in San Francisco this month. This is not the first service of its kind for Android but it offers some unique features and that makes it stand out. The website describes the services as,
Single-Click Checkout allows merchants to accept credit card payments from users on any phone with only a single click! Whether you provide digital goods like games, music, virtual currency, or nonprofit donations, or physical goods like concert tickets or home appliances, users can instantly purchase your items using their credit or debit card.
Single-Click Checkout supports MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express cards. This eliminates the need for creating a new account and while making the checkout, there is no need for a sign-in like on the PayPal checkout service for Android. The entire transaction is handled in a pop-up window and there is no need to navigate out of the merchant page. The service eliminates all carrier revenue shares and creates a direct link with the app developer.
The Single-Click Checkout service has better features than all payment services currently available on the Android Market and offers tough competition to PayPal and Google Checkout.
Sony Ericsson has been surprisingly quiet about the successor to the Xperia X10, it’s current flagship device. Earlier on, there were rumours suggesting that the successor, bearing the codename Cliaro, will feature a 1.5 GHz TI OMAP4 processor. That bit of information obviously didn’t pan out. However, new information about Sony Ericsson’s next high-end device has leaked, and this time around we have pictures, loads of them.
The Xperia X10 blog has learned that the next flagship device is going by the codename Anzu, and is expected to be launched in Q1 2011. It will have a 4.3 inch display, HDMI output, front facing camera, and will be capable of capturing 1080p HD videos. Design wise it will be similar to the Xperia X10, but will be a lot thinner.
The best thing is that Sony Ericsson is expected to ship Anzu (possibly Xperia X12) with Gingerbread onboard. Sony Ericsson has been mauled for their inability to deliver timely updates for the current Xperia line of products. Thankfully, it appears that they have finally learned their lesson.
The hardware specification is still a mystery. True HD video recording capability suggests that it will house a meaty processor; however, we will have to wait for the specifics. The Xperia X10 blog was also told that the display of the new handset is crisp, and the volume level of the loudspeaker has been significantly improved. The new handset might be launched simultaneously with the PlayStation Android phone that Sony Ericsson is currently developing.
The Nokia N8 has been criticized for its disastrous text input system and the slow inbuilt web browser. The inbuilt browser will become very slow if users try to load some heavy website on it. Along with this, the loading time take by the web browser is also very high. It was already known that Nokia is working on a new updated browser for Symbian^3 devices.
Earlier, it was expected that the new browser will be released for public consumption before the end of the year but sadly that is not going to happen. Eldar from Mobile-Review has tweeted that Nokia has postponed the new browser for Symbian^3 devices to February, next year. I am pretty sure this piece of news must have broken the heart of many N8 and future N8 owners.
Until February, I would recommend Nokia owners to use Opera Mini or Opera Mobile as their default browser. Hopefully, the delay will be worth it!
The highly anticipated Nokia N8 is officially available at Rogers Wireless in Canada. Rogers is exclusively offering the device at $79.99 on 3-year voice and data plans.
Straight from Rogers RedBoard, the N8 packs a 12-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and Xenon flash. In addition to USB-on-the-Go and the ability to record 720p HD video, some of the included features are:
- A 3.5-inch AMOLED touch screen.
- A 16GB internal memory, expandable to 32 GB via MicroSD card.
- The ability to watch videos on your HD TV through HDMI connectivity.
- Six hours of video-playback time
- GPS receiver
- Access to thousands of apps through Nokia’s Ovi Store.
- A full web browser that supports Flash-based content.
It is the first device, of many, to ship with the brand new Symbian^3 platform in 2010.
Finally! It was more than a month ago we had reported that the modding community had managed to get temporary’ root access on the T-Mobile G2. However, thanks to the eFuse’ technology as reported by many blogs or due to a software bug, it took the modding community quite a lot of time to get permanent root access on the G2.
The good news is that the same rooting method works on the Desire Z and the Desire HD. Hopefully, getting permanent root means we will see more modding action over at the G2 forums on XDA. G2 owners can find the steps to root their handset here. The steps to root the G2 are pretty complex and lengthy though.
Hopefully, a simpler and more newbie-friendly version of this root will be out soon.