Microsoft Announces Nine New WP7 Based Handsets

Microsoft’s WP7 event just got over and the company has announced nine new WP7 based handsets for the holiday season. These nine handsets are slated to launch Microsoft’s assault on iOS and Android in more than 30 countries worldwide. These nine handsets will be available in selected European and Asian markets by October 21. WP7

“We have a beautiful line up in this first wave of Windows Phone 7 handsets,” said Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer at Microsoft. “Microsoft and its partners are delivering a different kind of mobile phone and experience – one that makes everyday tasks faster by getting more done in fewer steps and providing timely information in a ‘glance and go’ format.”

Of the nine phones announced today, HTC leads the pack with 4 handsets HTC 7 Surround, HD7, 7 Trophy, Mozart – while LG (Optimus 7 and Quantum) and Samsung (Omnia 7 and Focus)   jointly share the second sport with Dell coming filling in the last slot with its Venue Pro.

Users can get more information about all the nine WP7 handsets announced from Microsoft here

LG Announces Windows Phone 7 Powered Optimus 7

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LG Electronics today announced the first Windows Phone 7 powered smartphone, the LG Optimus 7. This handset comes with the Play-To feature which allow DLNA based multimedia-sharing. This feature allows users to access their multimedia including pictures, video and music via any DLNA compatible device.

We have designed LG Optimus 7 series to include a truly innovative sharing experience via the Windows Phone 7 environment. Having worked closely with Microsoft to develop these fantastic devices, we are thrilled to now be able to reveal our vision of what a true Windows Phone 7 should be,said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company.

LG Optimus 7 features a 3.8 inch capacitive touchscreen display with 800 x 480 pixels resolution, Windows Phone 7 OS, 5 megapixel camera with LED Flash, Bluetooth 2.1, 3.5mm headphone audio jack, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi, 16GB internal memory, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Ambient Light sensor, Digital Compass, 1500mAh battery and so on.

LG Optimus 7 allows you to capture HD (720p) video with its amazing 5 megapixel camera. The exclusive Scansearch feature utilises the latest in Augmented Reality technology to connect users to a world of information. The Voice-to-Text feature allows voice to text transcribing for Facebook, Twitter updates, emails or memos. You can also access popular Microsoft services on the go including Xbox LIVE and Zune.

LG Optimus 7 will be rolled-out in over 35 countries via 100 global partners and operators starting with Europe and Asia on October 21. This handset will be available for free on Vodafone UK with a 24 months contract and £30 a month plan offers 600 minutes, 500MB of data, and unlimited texts.

Limera1n Released; Jailbreaks Your iTouch For Life!

It was just yesterday that we told you about Geohot making a comeback to the iTouch jailbreaking scene with limera1n. Today, Geohot has released his latest jailbreaking tool limera1n. The application will allow users to jailbreak iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch 3G, iPad (3.2), iPhone 4 and the iPod Touch 4G running on iOS 4.0/4.1. limera1n is an untethered jailbreak (thanks to comex) which will jailbreak your iTouch device for life. As of now, the application is available only for Windows with the Mac version coming soon. Limera1n.jpg

The application should technically also support Apple TV. However, due to the release of limera1n the Chronic Dev team had to push back their release of GreenPois0n. As stated earlierlimera1n and GreenPois0n use different boot rom exploits to jailbreak the various iTouch devices from Apple.

The Chronic Dev team did this because they did not want to waste’ the SHAtter’ boot rom exploit and let Apple win the cat and mouse’ game.

Samsung Announces Samsung Champ Hello Kitty Edition

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Samsung Taiwan recently announced a special edition of Samsung’s popular entry level touchscreen phone, the Samsung Champ C3300. The new Hello Kitty edition of Samsung Champ comes in a color combination of white and pink with the cute Hello Kitty logo. This handset is targeted for youth class, specially children in Taiwan.

Samsung Champ Hello Kitty edition features a 2.4 inch QVGA touchscreen display, TouchWiz Lite UI, 1.3 megapixel camera with video recording, GPRS/EDGE, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, audio and video player, dual speakers with 3D sound effects, FM radio with integrated antenna, MicroSD card slot, 30 MB internal memory, 8GB expandable memory, 12 hours of talk-time and 600 hours of standby time.

This handset is pre-loaded with Hello Kitty wallpapers and animation. It comes with a price tag of TWD 4990 (approx. $160). Samsung Champ Hello Kitty Edition will be available from this month in Taiwan.

Windows Phone 7 Powered Samsung Focus Coming to AT&T on November 8

Remember the Samsung Cetus SGH-i917, one of the first Windows Phone 7 devices which was leaked months back. It’s coming to AT&T as the Samsung Focus on November 8.

Samsung Focus

Engadget uncovered some new Windows Phone 7 ads on Microsoft’s website which show off the Samsung Focus. It is exactly identical to the Samsung Cetus and will be launched on AT&T’s network. It will probably be officially announced tomorrow, October 11, at Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 launch event.

The Samsung Focus will have a 4 inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with a 800 x 480 pixel resolution. It will also sport a 5 MP camera and will be powered by a 1 GHz processor and 512 MB RAM.

No other details are out yet; keep checking Techie-Buzz to get detailed coverage of the Microsoft Windows Phone 7 Event tomorrow.

Dev Team Is Not Pleased About GeoHot’s Comeback

Oh my God, there is a big big problem in the jailbreaking community and it is not about Apple’s closed system. It is more about what is happening with GeoHot’s announcement that he is going to come back into the jailbreaking scene with his latest offering Limera1n.

GeoHot and Dev Team Problems

Limera1n which is a lifetime jailbreak for all Apple devices from GeoHot exploits a bootrom exploit which the Dev team has been working on, but GeoHot’s announcement to release this to pubic is definitely not going down well with the Dev team.

For a prolog, GeoHot’s decision to quit the jailbreaking scene had similar reactions, from the public though. You might want to read up the comments on this post to learn about it.

So if this going to create a long term issue within the jailbreaking community who help users jailbreak iPhone, jailbreak iPod Touch and jailbreak iPad? Well, the next few days will make things more clearer.

Motorola Unveils Android Powered SPICE

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Motorola recently unveiled a new Android powered device, the Motorola SPICE. It has a capacitive touchscreen display as well as full QWERTY keyboard. This handset looks quite similar to RIM’s flagship product, the BlackBerry Torch 9800. Motorola SPICE comes with a large capacitive touchscreen with multi-touch support and pinch-to-zoom, along with BACTRACK for one-handed use.

Motorola SPICE features a 3.0 inch capacitive touchscreen display with 240 x 320 pixel resolution, full QWERTY keyboard, Android 2.1 operating system, 528MHz processor, 3 megapixel camera with 8x Digital Zoom and Fixed Focus, 3G connectivity Wi-Fi, MP3 player and more.

Other features include 256MB RAM, 512MB ROM, microSD card slot, 32GB expandable memory, FM Radio, 3.5mm headphone jack, USB 2.0, Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR, A-GPS, up to 230 hours stand-by time, up to 7 hours talk-time and 1170 mAh battery.

Motorola SPICE is manufactured by using 25% post consumer recycled plastics. It allows you to download more than 80,000 apps from the Android Market. The price of this handset is not announced yet. Motorola SPICE will be available in Q4 2010.

BlackBerry Torch 9800 Now Available At Three UK

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BlackBerry Torch 9800 was recently launched on the airwaves of Vodafone in the UK and now the RIM’s flagship product is also available for the customers of Three UK. BlackBerry Torch 9800 is an extremely cool device which has a touch-screen display as well as a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

Sylvia Chind, Head of Branded Devices at Three said, When paired with Three’s high speed network, the BlackBerry Torch really comes into its own, allowing users to access their favourite web pages and social networking sites with ease.

BlackBerry Torch features a 3.2 inch HVGA+ touch screen display with 480×360 pixels resolution, slide-out QWERTY keyboard with backlighting, optical trackpad, Bluetooth v2.1 with EDR, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi, 5 megapixel camera with continuous auto-focus, image stabilization, 2X digital zoom, VGA (640×480) video recording, geotagging and more.

Other features include a 3.5mm stereo headset jack, light and proximity sensor, hands-free headset capable, bluetooth headset capable, 512 MB flash memory, 512 MB SDRAM, MicroSD card slot, 4 GB internal memory, 32GB expandable memory, 4 GB media card included, 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.

BlackBerry Torch 9800 is available in black for £249 on contract at £35 a month on The One Plan which includes 2000 any network minutes, 5000 Three-to-Three minutes, 5000 texts and 1GB data.

Samsung Vibrant GPS Fix Released

Remember the GPS fix for the Samsung Vibrant which was pulled back from KIES for unknown reasons? As promised earlier by T-Mobile, they have released the firmware update via OTA (Over-The-Air). The new firmware update (JI6) improves the lag issues along with the GPS performance and also brings the Media Hub’ application to the Vibrant. Samsung_Vibrant

Here is the official change-log from T-Mobile-:

*GPS, SGPA, SUPL
*Exchange inbox
*Contacts Sync
*The Sims 3 10th Anniversary Edition
*Battery indicator
*Calendar alert chime
*New Services: Samsung Media Hub
*40+ bug fixes, UI changes and update

People over at XDA-Developer forums have been reporting that this firmware update has made the phone snappier as well.

The OTA will be rolled out in phases by T-Mobile to all the Vibrant handsets out there until the end of October.

GeoHot Limera1n App Brings Him Back to Jailbreaking

Nearly three months ago, we had reported that Geohot has decided to ditch the iTouch jailbreak scene. Now Geohot is all set to make a comeback to the iTouch jailbreaking scene with his latest tool Limera1n. This new tool from Geohot will be able to jailbreak all the various iTouch devices including the iPhone 4. Limera1n will be released on 10/11/10 i.e. on October 11; exactly a year after blackra1n was released.

Limera1n

However, the Chronic-Dev team is not happy with this move from Geohot. The Chronic Dev team will also be releasing a new jailbreaking tool GreenPois0n. The tool will be able to jailbreak all the iTouch devices running on iOS 4.1 and will be released on 10/10/10 at 10:10:10. Both Limera1n and GreenPois0n will jailbreak all the iTouch devices for life using boot rom exploits. Geohot’s Limera1n will be using a different boot rom exploit than the SHAtter’ exploit being used by Chronic Dev team.

The Chronic Dev team wants Geohot to save his new boot rom exploit for the next generation iPhone and iPad.

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