Synapse: One Phone to Bring Them All and In the Darkness Bind Them

Cellphones are the hottest things around and the cellphone market is growing like the population in India. There are big players like Apple, Sony Ericsson, Samsung, HTC and Nokia that have taken over the world with their build quality, the buzz, the support and pushing out constant updates with amazing new features. While Apple is being a show-stealer here with its iPhone, other handset manufacturers are surviving on some regional love and partly on the ignorance of users.

So, what do you need to be to get spotted on this overtly crowded train? You need to be different. Not odd, but different- like Synapse is. Until now, you might have heard of custom ROMs, things like you can install Android on an iPhone and you can run the firmware from one phone on another. This is different. This phone is customizable not for its software but for the hardware!


As for the specs, the phone runs on Android 2.2, has a 1 GHz processor (no further details), has a 4 inch super LCD display, three different microphones for call, camera and noise detection #FTW (as on the Droid X, Motorola Finiti), an Aluminum body and support of up to 32 GB. It ships with a worldwide warranty of 3 years and will be available from next year.

Coming back to the part why it is different, the phone has customizable hardware. You can choose between 3G and 4G, 5 8 and 12 megapixel for the camera, an HDMI output, a TV out and build in memory from 4, 8, 16 and 32 GB. You feel the 1200 mA battery is too less for your heavy usage, change it to 1500 mA or if you want a front camera for that video calling feature, you get to choose that too. In simple words, you cook your phone and make it into your own dream machine. Finally, the phone is pre-rooted. So, you can start playing with it right away.

Follow their blog for more updates on this phone.


Another Promo For Xperia X10 Android 2.1 Update Released

Sony Ericsson still has not released the Android 2.1 update for the Xperia X10. However, what the company has been doing is posting videos of Android 2.1 running on an X10 and demonstrating the changes which the update will bring. Sony Ericsson has again released another video on their blog which gives users a brief demo of what all changes Android 2.1 will bring to the X10.

The Android 2.1 update includes 5 home screens, 720p video recording with continuous Auto-focus, new lock screen, updated TimeScape and MediaScape and a brand new backup and restore applications. Along with this, the usual Android 2.1 goodies like Live Wallpapers and Google Navigation etcetera will also be present.   The video was not supposed to be released before the update started rolling out, but the video somehow leaked on the Internet. So Sony Ericsson instead decided to publish the video on their blog.

Here is the video I am talking about :

I guess this is the n’th time I am writing this change-log on this blog. Seriously, Sony Ericsson stop publishing all these videos highlighting the Android 2.1 updates and start rolling out the update. When most of the other handsets are already running on Android 2.2, there is really no need to make a huge fuss out of an Android 2.1 update.


HTC Desire HD Gets An OTA Software Update

The HTC Desire HD has not yet been released in all parts of the world but that has not stopped HTC from releasing a software update for the phone. The HTC Desire HD is the European version of the EVO 4G. The handset sports a massive 4.3-inch LCD with a resolution of 800×480. The phone is powered by a Qualcomm 1GHz QSD8255 Snapdragon processor while the Adreno 205 core handles the graphics department. HTC_Desire_HD

The phone also packs 768MB of RAM and 1.5Gig of internal memory. The Desire HD runs on Android 2.2 with an updated version of Sense UI.   The software update is numbered 1.32.405.3 and is quite a hefty OTA (Over-The-Air) update. According to BriefMobile, the update includes screen control and photo message compatibility enhancements.

If anyone of you Desire HD owners have got the update, do drop in a comment as to what changes you have noticed.

PayPal ‘Unofficially’ Announces Android Market Payment Support

One of the most awaited requests of Android users is going to come true soon and I mean real soon. Google is soon going to allow users to purchase applications from the Android market and pay for them using PayPal. As of now, PayPal has not made this piece of news official. Someone however did publish the official announcement on PayPal’s blog before pulling it back.

Here is a screenshot of the official blog post before it was pulled back :


PayPal is the biggest internet bank’ with over 90million satisfied as well as un-satisfied customers. This move from Google and PayPal will surely help in increasing the sale of paid apps on the Android market and reduce piracy.

Along with this, PayPal has also added support for purchasing applications from the Apple’s AppStore and Blackberry App World.

Swype For Symbian S60 5th Edition Updated


A new version of Swype for Symbian^1 (S60 5th Edition) devices has been released. The new version is numbered 12936 and it comes with a wide range of fixes and enhancements. The latest version of Swype includes new languages and dictionary support, enhanced word prediction, improved performance for backspace, better tapping performance and more. Check out the complete changelog below.


  • Issues with settings changes taking effect are resolved
  • Haptic feedback behavior has been improved and audio feedback support has been removed
  • Several UI changes including font sizes + word choice window
  • Triple tap in the X6 ICF no longer crashes application
  • Bringing up a diacritic menu and dragging to it no longer crashes application
  • Rotating with the word choice window open no longer crashes application
  • Crash on Page Up/Page Down/End/Home when there is no text in ICF is resolved
  • Second word is no longer always capitalized
  • Issues while receiving or on a call have been resolved
  • Backspace now works in Qt/WRT applications
  • Keymapping has been finalized (Tab has been removed)
  • Conditional behavior for password fields has improved
  • “Do not show this tip” functionality has been added to Tips
  • Drawing artificacts related to word choice window, secondary popups and rotation have been fixed

Swype is currently available only for Symbian S60v5 touchscreen devices including Nokia C6-00, Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, Nokia N97, Nokia N97mini, Nokia 5230 and Nokia X6. To download swype, head over to this page.

First Pictures of Sony Ericsson’s PlayStation Phone Leaked

Back in August, we reported that Sony Ericsson was working with Google to develop an Android powered PlayStation phone. The gaming smartphone was rumoured to have a “3.7 4.1 inch touchscreen display with a WVGA resolution, and a landscape slider with gaming controls”. Now, first images of the phone have emerged (courtesy of Engadget) that confirms most of the rumors.



The leaked images are mostly in line with the mockup that was released earlier. The PlayStation phone will have a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM865 processor, 512 MBs of RAM, 1 GB of ROM, and will probably run on Android Gingerbread (Android 3.0). It will also have a front facing camera (visible in the first picture), and support microSD cards.

Engadget was told that the software is still very buggy, making a 2010 release unlikely. It’s also worth considering that Sony Ericsson has a horrible track record when it comes to delivering updates and launching products on time.

iPhone Security Busted With Secret Button Sequence

The iPhone is the hottest cellphone around and given its price, one important aspect to take care of is its security. Recently, a hack has been discovered that can allow people to bypass the security on an iPhone using a specific button sequence which, then leads to an unrestricted access to address book, voicemail and call history apart from other personal data. A similar hack was discovered on rival Android a few months ago.

Apple has already faced the heat for a similar security flaw in the iPhone back in 2008 and the recent flaw in FaceTime makes one thing clear. Apple does not test its software enough for bugs and flaws before releasing them.

Apple has responded to the Wired Magazine and has said that it will patch the bug in the software update of the iOS, i.e. in iOS 4.2. However, that update is coming in November and till then, hold on to your iPhone tightly.

The hack can be seen in operation in this video.

Bug no iOS 4.1 from Salomão Filho on Vimeo.

The magic sequence is given as:

hit emergency call.Push the pound key three times. Hold down the green key, and the moment you let it go, you push the lock button. And that’s it. Now you can access all the contacts and call them.

TELUS Rolls Out Android 2.1 Update For HTC Hero; 2.2 Update For Desire

Canadian network operator TELUS has started rolling out firmware updates for two of its handsets the HTC Hero and the Desire. The Hero finally gets the long awaited update to Android 2.1 a.k.a Éclair, while the Desire gets the Android 2.2 (Froyo) update. The Android 2.1 update for the Hero will bring with it Voice dialling and Google turn-by-turn Navigation and a lot more Éclair goodies. Hero owners on the TELUS network can download the Android 2.1 ROM directly from HTC.


With the Android 2.2 update, the Desire gets support for Flash 10.1 and speech-to-text. Along with this, it also gets support for Mobile hotspot feature and a smoother system and web browser performance. Since this update is an OTA (Over-The-Air) one, Desire needs to wait patiently until the update is pushed to their handset.


Nokia Internet Radio Client For S40 Handsets Released

This news sure is going to bring music (literally!) to most of the Nokia S40 owners out there. The good guys over at Nokia Beta Labs have released an Internet Radio Client for Nokia handsets running on S40 OS. The application brings the Nokia Internet radio service to your handset thus bringing you tons of radio stations from all around the globe using Wi-Fi, GPRS or 3G. Internet_Radio

The application also supports hide and unhide option which allows users to run this app in the background. Ovi Music is also integrated into this application, thus allowing users to purchase music they like right from their handset. As of now, the application is in beta and supports only a handful of S40 phones like the Nokia X2 and the X3-00, X3-01 and X3-02.

However, the folks at Beta labs have promised to add support for more S40 based devices in the future.

Dell Working On An Android Version Of Venue Pro

Folks over at PC World report that Dell is working on an Android version of the Dell Venue Pro handset. The Dell Venue Pro sports a full portrait QWERTY keyboard and a 4.1-inch WVGA display. The Venue Pro sports a 1GHz Snapdragon processor along with 1GB of internal memory and 512MB of RAM. The back of the handset sports a 5MP camera as well.Dell_Venue_Pro

The early hands-on review of the device from Engadget and other popular tech blogs suggest that the phone has a pretty darn good QWERTY keyboard. The Dell Venue Pro runs on the WP7 OS from Microsoft. The handset was announced by Microsoft and Dell two weeks ago and will hit the retail stores in two weeks from now. The handset is available on for pre-order for £499.99/$696.

As of now, Dell only has one Android handset the Streak. The Android version of Venue Pro will be a worthy addition to Dell’s line-up of Android handsets.

Via – PC World