Remember the Droid 2 Global? Well Verizon has made the device official in a very odd manner. Verizon customers who called the their helpline and were kept on hold heard the advertisement of the new Droid 2 Global. The ad only mentions that the Droid 2 Global will feature both GSM and CDMA’s antennas and will work in 221 countries.
Yea, you read that right 221 countries! Either my geography is extremely bad or Verizon goofed up the number of countries present in this world. The Droid 2 Global is rumoured to be running on a 1.2GHz OMAP processor. The rest of the specifications of the device is similar to the Droid 2.
The device will feature the same 3.7-inch LCD screen with 854*480 resolution, 512MB of RAM and 5MP camera with an LED flash. The Droid 2 Global is also expected to be available in the white color.
Blackberry is really experimenting a lot these days, anyone would if their marketshare was getting hammered by two other mobile OSes (read: iOS and Android). Say Hi to the new Blackberry Style 9670, RIM’s first clamshell Blackberry device.
I don’t really find it very stylish, but that’s probably subjective. It is a bit bulky but offers nice hardware specs. It has a 5 MP camera with autofocus and LED flash and comes with 3G EVDO Rev. A connectivity. It also supports Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP.
It runs the new Blackberry OS 6.0 and has 512 MB and supports up to 16 GB microSD cards. It has a 2.7 inch internal display with a resolution of 360 x 400 pixels and a 2 inch external QVGA display. It’s powered by a 1150 mAh battery with a rated talktime of 4.5 hours.
It will be available on Sprint from October 31. It is priced at just $99.99 after a mail in rebate of $100.
Along with the webOS 2.0, HP also announced the successor to the Palm Pre the Palm Pre 2. The Palm Pre 2 will be powered by a 1GHz processor, from OMAP in all probability. The Pre 2 will feature a 3.1-inch screen with HVGA (320×480) resolution. The phone will also sport a 5MP camera along with a LED flash, extended depth of field and video recording.
The usual GPS with A-GPS, Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1, accelerometer, 3.5mm jack, proximity sensor and ambient light sensor are also present. The Pre 2 will also have 16GB of on board memory for all your storage needs. The handset will also support Mobile Access Point (AP) feature for up to five devices.
The Pre 2 will be running on the HP webOS 2.0. The handset will be hitting France this Friday on the SFR network. The Pre 2 will be hitting the U.S. under the Verizon network in the coming months’.
In the U.S., Developers will also be able to order an unlocked Pre 2 (UMTS). Sadly, HP did not mention anything about the pricing of the Pre 2. Click here for more information about the Palm Pre 2.
Palm’s webOS was hailed by critics as the best mobile operating system in the market when it was launched. Unfortunately, the lack of appealing handsets coupled with poor buzz led to disappointing sales for the would-be iPhone killer. When HP bought Palm, many of us hoped that its financial clout might just turn out to be what the doctor ordered. On its part, HP made it clear that they view webOS as a prized possession, and would like to “double down” on it.
HP has just announced the next generation webOS, and at least on paper, it’s an impressive update. With webOS 2.0, we’re advancing the innovations we introduced 16 months ago, expanding the features that make webOS great for consumers, enterprises and developers,said Jon Rubinstein, senior vice president and general manager, Palm Global Business Unit, HP. We’ve made tremendous strides since the platform launched, and now we’re taking our biggest leap forward with powerful new features that make it easier to get more things done with your webOS device.
HP webOS 2.0 will improve Palm’s original card metaphor interface and add powerful multi-tasking capabilities. The stacks feature in webOS 2.0 will automatically group related cards together to create a more intuitive multi-tasking environment.
Another new feature in webOS is Just Type, which is an evolution of Universal Search. Whenever you want to e-mail, send an SMS, update your status, or just search, you can simply start typing. WebOS will automatically take you to the appropriate destination. The Just Type feature can also be tapped into by app developers to provide a richer user experience. PalmCentral has a nice low-down on this new feature that is worth checking out.
HP has also beefed up webOS’ social capabilities with HP Synergy, which can be used by developers to add new Messaging, Contacts and Calendar application sources. The unified messaging app now includes support for Yahoo! Messenger. Other new features include Flash and Skype (for Verizon Wireless customers) support.
Palm Pre 2, which was also just announced, will be the first device to carry webOS 2.0. Pre 2 will be go on sale on Friday in France, and will be available in the coming months in the U.S. from Verizon Wireless.
Yesterday, in a short but fiery presentation Apple’s CEO took potshots at iPhone’s biggest competitor – Google Android. As Chinmoy wrote earlier today, Jobs challenged “everything Android – from the openness, to the fragmentation, and the tablet experience”.
Steve Jobs also gave his (rather comical) definition of open. The Apple chief, who claimed that the first thing that popped into his mind when he thought about the word “open” was Windows, admonished Android for failing to offer a consistent experience to all Android users.
As you can imagine, Google isn’t pleased with what Jobs had to say. Andy Rubin, the man in charge of the Android platform, has shot back at Apple through Twitter. Rubin used his long dormant Twitter account to share his definition of open.
the definition of open: “mkdir android ; cd android ; repo init -u git://android.git.kernel.org/platform/manifest.git ; repo sync ; make”
While Rubin didn’t explicitly mention Apple, it doesn’t take a brainiac to figure out who he is targeting with his first tweet. This controversy is particularly strange because “open” isn’t such a hard word to define. I have a pretty well-defined opinion regarding exactly what being “open” is all out. It essentially refers to freedom. It might be freedom to choose, freedom to redistribute or simply freedom to modify. Apple’s repeated attempts to redefine “open” is frankly distasteful. Rubin’s definition might be geeky, but his ideas are definitely closer to the conventional wisdom. But then, nothing about Jobs is conventional.
Oops, Steve Jobs did it again. Stating the obvious, Apple and Google are pitted against each other head-to-head and shoulder-to-shoulder. However, this time, Steve Jobs has declared the war formally with his good five minutes rant against Android and Google.
Steve Jobs had his moment against Android in a rant which went on to targeting everything Android, from the openness to the fragmentation and tablet experience. As usual, Apple friendly stats followed and all this because Google did it first.
We all remembered how Jobs responded when Google revealed some figures last time. They were prompt enough to blame Google for counting upgrades in the activation stats to which, Google responded with clarifications that they count only activations. Seemingly, apart from dressing as a schoolboy, Jobs also has the competitive spirit of one.
Google’s last claim stands at 250,000+ activations and Apple has topped that with 300,000 activations. It is only time before people get bored with this stat and mouse game. Another thing that Jobs did not mention was that they were counting all iOS devices in these activation figures whereas Google has clarified that they are not counting devices that do not use Google services, even though Android. Clearly, no one is winning the stats battle and no matter what, Apple fanboys will still buy an iPhone and Android fanboys will still sport an Android.
Android fans and haters alike are well aware that the next release of the fast growing mobile platform has been codenamed Gingerbread. Rumors are that some Googlers are already testing it on their Nexus Ones and Phandroid just got their hands one such device that was out in the wild and have revealed some specs.
As expected, the biggest change is a major graphical changeover and Matias Duarte joining the company to beautify the user interface has accelerated this. There have been particular improvements in icon sets and Matias Duarte and his team have done a good job in shedding the 8-bit look that made some critics call the Android interface ‘ugly’.
Detailing in on the changes, the notification bar has gone gray from white and the carrier branding is more prominent this time. The homescreen layout has not changed much. However, these changes cannot be termed as a UI (user interface) freeze and more changes will definitely be made before the final release. With all the UI improvements, there is no expected lag. However, we need to consider the powerful processors powering Gingerbread before running into that assumption. The radio button, the check boxes and everything else has changed enough that custom UIs will take a backseat.
Behind the scene changes, include addition of SIP for Google Voice that will allow you to use it in Wifi or Cellular Data connections. Gingerbread is expected around the first quarter, next year. Until then, let the rumors prevail.
Mobile Monday is back with a bang! Welcome to the first edition of the new Mobile Mondays. This week we saw the launch of Windows Phone 7 and nine Windows Phone 7 powered smartphones. Apart from that two amazing smartphones, Nokia N8 and BlackBerry Torch was launched in India. Angry Bird, the popular game for iPhone was released for Android and withing 24 hours, the game was downloaded 1 million times. Lets start the first edition of Mobile Mondays with some interesting news, views and related stuffs.
This week HTC launched 5 new Windows Phone 7 powered smartphone – HTC 7 Surround, HTC HD7, HTC 7 Trophy, HTC 7 Pro and HTC Mozart. The HTC Surround features a 3.8 inch WVGA display, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 5 megapixel camera with HD video recording and more. It also has an integrated stereo speakers, Dolby Mobile, SRS Surround Sound and audience noise suppression. HTC HD7 comes with a 4.3 inch TFT touchscreen display, 1GHz Qualcomm processor, 5 megapixel camera with HD video recording and so on.
Samsung announced 2 Windows Phone 7 powered smartphones and launched 3 Bada OS powered smartphone in Russia. Samsung unveiled Windows Phone 7 powered Samsung Focus and Samsung Omnia 7. In Russia, Samsung launched Bada OS powered Samsung Wave 525, Samsung Wave 575 and Samsung Wave 533.
LG also launched 2 Windows Phone 7 powered smartphones – LG Optimus 7 and LG Quantum. Both the handset comes with a 5 megapixel cameras with autofocus and LED flash, 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 16 GB internal storage, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, A-GPS and much more. The LG Optimus 7 comes with a 3.8 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display while the LG Quantum features a 3.5 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.
This week Nokia announced a new budget touchscreen phone, the Nokia C5-03. It features a 3.2 inch touchscreen display, Symbian S60v5 OS, 5 megapixel camera with 4X digital zoom, Wi-Fi, 3G Connectivity, music player, stereo FM radio, Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR, 40MB internal memory, 32GB expandable memory, 2GB microSD card included 4.5 hours of talktime on 3G, 25 days of stand-by time and 1000 mAH battery. Nokia also launched N8, the much awaited smartphone in India. It comes with a price tag of Rs.26,259.
Handset Of The Week – BlackBerry Torch 9800:
BlackBerry Torch is the first handset which runs on the new BlackBerry 6 operating system and the first handset to feature the combination of a full touch screen display with an iconic BlackBerry keyboard. It comes with a 3.2 inch touch screen display, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 5 megapixel camera with 2X digital zoom, 3G Connectivity, Bluetooth v2.1 with EDR, 4 GB internal memory, 32GB expandable memory, built-in GPS with BlackBerry Maps, up to 30 hours music playback, up to 18 days Standby Time, up to 5.5 hours talk-time and 1300 mAHr lithium-ion battery.
Remember the HTC Aria? The handset was an AT&T exclusive until now. Today, HTC announced the European version of the Aria the HTC Gratia. The Gratia has a 3.2-inch screen with a HVGA (320×480) resolution. The phone will be powered by a 600 MHz processor from Qualcomm and will pack 384MB of RAM along with 512MB of ROM. The back of the phone sports a 5MP camera with auto-focus.
“HTC’s mantra is to provide a unique mix of experience and choice to people using our phones,” said Florian Seiche, President of HTC Europe, Middle East and Africa. “HTC Gratia offers something completely different. Its compact size, beautiful design and power with Android 2.2, combined with its personalised experience through HTC Sense, is uniquely compelling. We can’t wait to bring HTC Gratia to our customers in Europe.”
The phone also features the usual Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth, a 3.5mm jack, microSD card slot, microUSB port, an accelerometer, GPS with A-GPS and a digital compass. The Gratia will be running on Android 2.2 with the HTC Sense UI on top of it. The device will be available in some wacky colors like Forest Green and Pristine White etcetera.
The handset will hit the major European markets by November 2010.
According to the folks over at Droid-Life, the Motorola Droid 2 is soon going to get a software update. The software update will fix all the woes users are having with Microsoft Exchange on their phone. The software update version will be 2.3.15 and it is currently being rolled out in batches to all Droid 2 owners.
Here is the conversation between the Droid-Life member Kellen and Motorola’s live support guy Romella :
Kellen B: HI Romella, I’ve been having Exchange issues on my DROID 2. I know that the DROID X received an update to version 2.3.15 which fixed alot of these. Will I be receiving an update to this too? Romella: Yes. There are sending in in batches that is maybe why you have not received the upgrade yet. Romella: Try to go to your settings>about phone> system update. Kellen B: Checking now Romella: Thanks. Kellen B: Looks like it’s not ready for me yet. But the update to 2.3.15 for the Droid 2 is definitely on the way? Romella: It has been release. Let us just wait for the notification on the phone on how to download it. Romella: We apologize for the inconvenience.
So any Droid 2 owners got this update? Any other changes do you guys see except for the Exchange issues with the phone being ironed out? Do let us know by dropping in a comment!