LG recently launched a new full QWERTY messaging phone, the LG Octane, exclusively on the airwaves of Verizon Wireless. This headset has a small external display and a large internal display with full QWERTY keyboard. LG Octane comes with seamless integration of Facebook, MySpace and Twitter via Social Beat.
LG Octane features a 3 inch touchscreen display, full QWERTY keyboard, Social Beat Widget, microSD card slot, 16 GB expandable memory, Skype mobile, Visual Voice Mail and HTML Web Browser, V CAST Music with Rhapsody, Built-in music player, Bluetooth 2.1, 3.2-megapixel autofocus camera and camcorder, New Mobile E-Mail client 4.0, stereo sound via headset or Bluetooth, 2.5mm headset jack, Voice commands and much more.
LG Octane comes with a price tag of $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a two-year customer agreement. Customers will receive the rebate in the form of a debit card which can be used as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted.
The guys over at Engadget have got their hands on a few more pictures of the Sony PlayStation Phone along with some juicy’ details. The PlayStation phone is internally known as the Zeus. From the pictures, the phone looks to be pretty thick.
The leaked pictures show the prototype handset to be running on Android 2.2, but apparently there are multiple prototypes of the Zeus’ with different Android version on board. The leaked pictures also suggest that the device will launch with an 8GB microSD card pre-installed. It also looks like the handset will sport 512MB of internal memory. Hopefully, Sony Ericsson will bump the internal memory of the device to 1GB when it launches the Zeus’.
Readers can check out more pictures of the PlayStation Phone from Sony here.
The folks over at The Nokia Review have apparently received a new software update for their Nokia N8. The update is not a firmware update; instead it updates few of the core applications of the phone. The Phone apps update’ weighs in at 2892KB and also aims at improving the stability of the core applications of the phone.
However, after installing the update the Nokia Review folks did not find any noticeable changes.
I hope this update improves the browser performance on the N8. If any of you N8 owners have received this update, please do let us know the changes you have noticed know by dropping in a comment.
HTC recently announced its mid-range smartphone, HTC Wildfire in the US. This handset is powered by the Android 2.1 Operating System. HTC Wildfire will be available through multiple regional North American carriers from Q4 2010. This handset allows you to access over 80,000 apps from the Android Market and helps you to stay connected with your friends on the go.
“The HTC Sense experience has changed the way millions of people interface with their smartphone for the better, making it more fun, productive and personal than ever before. With the HTC Wildfire smartphone, we are bringing the people-focused HTC Sense experience to customers looking for a compact, easy-to-learn smartphone that is still powerful enough to meet the needs of even advanced smartphone users,” said Jason Mackenzie, president, HTC Americas.
HTC Wildfire features a 3.2 inch touchscreen display with 240 x 320 pixels resolution, Android 2.1 OS, HTC Sense, 528 MHz processor, 5 megapixel camera with auto focus and flash, Wi-Fi, 3G Connectivity, Geotagging, 512 MB ROM, 384 MB RAM, 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, microUSB 2.0, Bluetooth 2.1, Digital compass, Proximity and light sensor, Friend Stream, HTC Peep and 1300 mAh battery.
This price of this handset is not announced yet, but the price is expected to be around $360 for an unlocked version. HTC Wildfire will be available on multiple carriers in the US from Q4 2010.
After many previous failed attempts at making Android handsets, Acer is back with another handset the Liquid Metal. The Acer Liquid Metal sports a 3.6-inch curved touchscreen with a resolution of 800×480. The phone is powered by the latest generation Snapdragon processor MSM7230 running at 800MHz. This is the same processor which powers the T-Mobile G2 or the HTC Desire Z.
The handset also sports the usual Wi-Fi n, Bluetooth, GPS with A-GPS and HSDPA. The back of the phone is made up of metal and also sports a 5MP camera with Auto-focus and LED flash. The handset is capable of recording videos in 720p resolution. The Liquid Metal runs on Android 2.2 with Acer’s Breeze UI running on top of it. The phone also supports DLNA and Mobile AP.
The phone will be available in two colors Silver and brown for £299 including VAT. The Acer Liquid Metal is expected to hit the retail store sometime in Mid-November.
It’s finally official. The much delayed Ã‰clair (Android 2.1) update for Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 series (Xperia X10, Xperia X10 Mini and Xperia X10 Mini Pro) will begin rolling out on October 31. As announced earlier, the update will be deployed in a phased manner. Nordic countries will be the first ones to get it. Users in the rest of the world should begin receiving Android 2.1 over the next couple of weeks. However, if you are using a branded (carrier locked) handset, you might have to wait longer. Xperia X8 owners are also out of luck, and probably won’t receive Android 2.1 before December.
Sony Ericsson’s inability to deliver updates on time has already damaged the company’s reputation as a reliable Android device manufacturer. In fact, it led to Gizmodo questioning how much longer Sony Ericsson is going to be around, and even prompted angry X10 owners to storm Sony Ericsson’s Live Chat support service.
The October 31 evening release date means that Sony Ericsson is waiting until the absolute last moment before pushing out the update. This, coupled with their earlier refusal to commit on a specific date, seems to suggest to me that Sony Ericsson is still struggling to polish the update to a satisfactory level. Let’s just hope that I am wrong.
A few days, Nokia had released the PR1.3 firmware update for the N900 which allows the device to dual-boot between Maemo and MeeGo OS. Following this, the MeeGo OS v1.1 for handsets has been released today as well with U-Boot support. No official change-log has been provided so we can’t really say what the major changes in this version are. However, we expect everything to be more polished and simply work better.
Since Nokia does not officially support N900 owners dual-booting their phones, I would suggest them to stay away as it will void their warranty. However, hackers and modders who like to tinker around with their phone are already in action and have uploaded a video of the N900 dual-booting the Maemo and MeeGo OS. Here is the video :
Nokia N900 Dual Booting Maemo and MeeGo OS
Users can download the MeeGo OS v1.1 image for the Nokia N900 from here. Let the modding begin folks!
Remember the Droid 2 software update we talked about ten days ago? Well, Verizon and Motorola have finally started rolling out that software update to all the Droid 2 owners in batches. The software update is numbered V2.3.20. The software update is a pretty minor one and contains tons of improvements and bug fixes. The update aims at improving the battery life of the device and fix the proximity sensor issue which plagued Droid 2 owners.
Here is the official change-log from the big red (Verizon) itself :
*Improved battery life.
*Heightened proximity sensor accuracy to enable faster screen response.
*View the Weather widget in both landscape and portrait orientation.
*Simpler setup, improved user interactions, and better notifications for Visual Voice Mail.
*Background Email Sync during display inactivity for better user experience.
*Support for email domain suffixes containing more than three characters.
*Keep text messages organized with chronological in-box screen.
*Edit text messages after you’ve inserted a video file.
*Improved audio sound during recorded video playbacks.
*Stream Guided Tour videos on device in Help Center application with ease.
*Faster location tracking during GPS navigation.
*Faster transitions between Wi-Fi and 3G in data connection.
*New ability to add pictures from your Gallery to a contact.
*Export all your contacts to the SD card.
*View details of Social Networking contacts.
*VZ Navigator is now preloaded on device.
As you can see from the change-log above, the update brings quite a handful of improvements. The software update also includes Verizon’s Navigation software VZ Navigator.
Google Nexus One might have been a commercial flop; however, it succeeded in securing a special place in the hearts of Android lovers, due to its combination of excellent hardware with open and no-nonsense software. The Nexus One became “the” phone to own for Android enthusiasts thanks to its quick updates, vanilla Android OS and unlocked bootloader. Unfortunately, Google’s direct online purchase model bombed, leading Eric Schmidt (CEO, Google) to remark that Google will not be selling phones in the future. However, according to latest rumors floating around, this might not entirely be true.
According to Android and Me, the Nexus Two exists and is coming soon. Samsung will reportedly unveil the Nexus Two in a press event being held on November 8. Radio Android also picked up the same information through an anonymous tipster. The available information suggests that the new device will be called the Nexus S, and as far as hardware is concerned, will be identical to the Samsung Galaxy S series of phones. This means that it will sport a 4-inch SAMOLED screen and will be powered by a Hummingbird processor.
The real differentiating factor will be the software. The Nexus S is expected feature the vanilla flavor of Gingerbread (Android 3.0/2.3). Additionally, like the Nexus One, it will also have an unlocked bootloader that will facilitate the installation of custom ROMs.
As you might expect, neither Samsung nor Google is willing to confirm or deny the speculations. Samsung has only confirmed that it will be announcing a new Android phone on November 8. According to the DroidGuy’s sources, the handset being launched by Samsung will not be the successor to Nexus One. Nevertheless, we are keeping our fingers crossed. Either way, if you are thinking about purchasing a new Android phone, we highly recommend that you wait for a few more days before making a decision.
Opera Mini for both Android and Symbian has received minor updates. While the Symbian update is mainly concerned with improving performance, the Android update delivers improved readability and usability. The detailed changelogs are as follows:
Opera Mini 5.1 Beta for Symbian Changelog
- Faster start up time.
- Even faster page loading.
- Improved scrolling performance.
- Integration with your your phone native input.
- Improved performance, especially for older S60 devices.
- Improved fonts.
- Device integration for cut-and-paste, email client and more.
- No more dialogue boxes asking permission to connect to the Web.
Opera Mini 5.1 for Android Changelog
- Adjusted font sizes.
- Font fixes for Chinese and Japanese, so speed on pages with these fonts should be greatly improved.
- Improved stability.
- Improved input for Sony Ericsson X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro.
- Chinese users can now download the application from the Android Market.
- A bunch of bug fixes.
Opera Mini, the most popular mobile browser in the world, offers full-fledged tabbed browsing, password management, bookmarks, speed dial, synchronization and more on almost any phone. Opera Mini routes all data through its servers where it is processed and compressed before being sent to the handset. This makes Opera Mini significantly faster than most other mobile browsers on slower networks. However, this also means that, unlike Opera Mobile, Opera Mini isn’t able to render rich web content that heavily utilizes AJAX and other modern technologies. Opera Mobile is designed for modern-day smartphones and delivers a truly PC like web browsing experience. It is already available for Symbian and should be released for Android within the next couple of days.
You can download the latest build of Opera Mini from the respective app repositories (Ovi Store for Symbian and Market for Android) or by simply browsing to m.opera.com on your mobile phone.