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HTC EVO Shift 4G Unveiled; Yours For $150

After numerous leaks and special appearances, HTC and Sprint have finally unveiled the EVO Shift 4G. The HTC EVO Shift 4G is Sprint’s version of the HTC Desire Z or the T-Mobile G2 with some subtle changes. The Shift has a 3.6-inch screen with WVGA (800×480) resolution.

The EVO Shift 4G is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon Scorpion’ CPU running at 800MHz and sports the Adreno 205 GPU. The phone has 512MB of RAM, 1GB of ROM and a microSD card slot with a 2GB card bundled.

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The usual Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, microUSB port, 3.5mm jack and a Digital Compass are all present. The back of the handset sports a 5MP camera which is capable of recording 720p HD videos. The handset also has a slide out QWERTY keyboard but without the Z’ hinge as found in the Desire Z.

The EVO 4G Shift runs on Android 2.2 with the latest version of the HTC Sense UI on top of it. The phone will easily last a couple of days on normal usage since it’s powered by a 1500mAh battery.

The HTC EVO Shift 4G will hit the stores on January 9 and will cost $150 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a 2 year contract.

Rumor : HTC Thunderbolt Specs Leak

Please read this post with a huge pinch of salt. The folks over at HTC Inside have managed to get their hands on what is supposed to be the specs of the upcoming HTC Thunderbolt. It is already known that the Thunderbolt will be the first 4G LTE handset from Verizon and HTC and will be unveiled at the upcoming CES.

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Apparently, the Thunderbolt will pack in a dual core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon processor. The device will also sport a huge 4.3-inch LCD along with an 8MP camera at its back accompanied by 2 LED flash. The front of the phone will house a hold your breath 5MP camera for video calling. The Thunderbolt will have 16GB of on board memory along with a microSD slot expandable up to 128GB. The handset will also launch with Android 2.3 Gingerbread on board. Oh! The phone has a huge 1800 mAh battery as well.

Now, I guess readers must have understood why I told them to read this post with a huge pinch of salt. Qualcomm had demonstrated its dual-core Snapdragon processor just a month back and the company made it clear that it won’t hit the handsets before Q2 of 2011. Also, a 5MP front-facing camera? Seriously!?!!

In my opinion, the Thunderbolt will be similar to the Desire HD except for a few subtle changes and the 4G LTE support.

Samsung Craft, The World’s First 4G LTE Handset Gets Official

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Samsung and MetroPCS together launched the world’s first 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) handset, the Samsung Craft. It features a 3.3 inch AMOLED touchscreen display, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, Wi-Fi, 3.2 megapixel camera and so on. The 4G wireless broadband service offered by MetroPCS is prepaid and it doesn’t require a contract. For only $55 a month, users will get unlimited text, talk and data.

Samsung Craft comes with a 3.3 inch AMOLED touchscreen display with 480 × 800 pixels resolution, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, TouchWiz UI, multi-mode CDMA and LTE connectivity, 3.2 megapixel camera with flash, auto focus and video recording, 165MB internal memory, 2GB microSD card included, 32GB expandable memory, full HTML browser, WiFi, Bluetooth, up to 6 hours talk time, 1500mAh battery and much more.

Samsung Craft is available for $299 after a $50 instant rebate. You can purchase this handset online or at the retail stores in Las Vegas. MetroPCS is currently offering two unlimited plans, priced at $55 and $60 a month. The premium plan offers 14 television channels in addition to unlimited text, talk and data at just $60 a month.

Minor Software Update For Samsung Epic 4G Released

Samsung has rolled out a minor software update for the Sprint Epic 4G. The DI07 update should be available for all Epic owners at the time of reading this article. The DI07 software update fixes some bugs present in the software and optimizes it as well. Epic 4G This software update also adds Media Hub’ functionality to the 4G handset from Sprint.

Media Hub provides Epic owners access to the most popular movies and TV shows. Here is the official change-log from Samsung :

* Optimized – HotSpot in 3G idle mode to help conserve battery power
* Optimized – Applied Qualcomm patch for performance enhancement
* Added – Media Hub
* Modified – WiMAX exit delay
* Modified – UI “Noisey” One to “Noisy One”
* Fixed – 32GB mSD card is not recognized when formatted in device
* Fixed – When playing video, the playback is paused if a headset is connected/disconnected
* Fixed – Sorry popup when DRM file is selected in the Gallery
* Fixed – Hotspot registration/deregistration

The Epic 4G belongs to the Galaxy S series of handsets from Samsung. The phone features a 4-inch touch-screen with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Hopefully, the Epic 4G will get its Android 2.2 update soon as well.

Root HTC EVO 4G Running On Android 2.2

HTC rolled out the Android 2.2 (Froyo) update for the EVO 4G a couple of weeks ago. The Froyo update bought with it tons of performance improvements and many new features as well. However, with this update HTC alsoHTC EVO 4G fixed the security hole via which the modders rooted the handset. Nevertheless, the folks over at XDA Developers have managed to root the EVO 4G running on Android 2.2. The process to root the phone is pretty complex and is similar to the Droid 2 rooting method.

Owners of EVO 4G running on Android 2.2 and interested in rooting their device need to flash a stock Android 2.1 ROM on their device first. During the rooting process, owners will also need to install the unrevoked boot loader on their EVO 4G.

Here is the step-by-step guide on how to root your EVO 4G running Android 2.2.

T-Mobile Announces G2, Will Be Its First 4G Handset

T-Mobile at their website announced a new Android powered handset, G2. The “big” thing in this handset is that it will support HSPA+ connectivity and will become T-Mobile’s first 4G capable handset.T-Mobile G2

According to Engadget, it will be manufactured by HTC and will be released in the month of September. The rumors suggest that HTC myTouch HD is the mobile which T-Mobile will present. We don’t have much information of the device at his moment but more details will be out soon.

Stay tuned for more updates on this device.

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Sprint’s Samsung Epic 4G Releasing on August 31 for $250

After the HTC EVO 4G, Sprint has snagged yet another Android superphone for release on its network — the Samsung Epic 4G.

The Samsung Epic 4G is very similar to the Samsung Galaxy S, except that it’s a CDMA phone with WiMAX support. It will arrive on August 31 for $250 with a contract (after a rebate).

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The hardware specifications of the Epic 4G are similar to the Galaxy S, except that it also has a sliding QWERTY keypad. It has a 1 GHz Cortex A8 processor, 512 MB RAM and comes with a 16 GB microSD card.

It will have the same 4 inch SuperAMOLED capacitive touchscreen display as the Galaxy S and will come with a 5 MP camera. It also has LED flash though, unlike the Galaxy S.

It will also have Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, GPS with A-GPS and a stereo FM Radio with RDS. It will be powered by a 1500 mAh battery and has dimensions of 125 x 65 x 14 mm with a weight of 155 gms.

It’s easily one of the best Android smartphones available.

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Top 10 Android Phones In The Market Right Now

is the next big thingin the mobile operating system field. The Android OS has been successfully able to compete with the Apple iPhone OS/. At present, the Android operating system share might not be much but the pace at which it has been gaining market share is something which surely has been troubling Apple. Currently around 160,000 Android handsets per day are being activated all over the world.

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The Android Application market is also the second largest in terms of volume, only behind the Apple App Store. The Android App Store has more than 55,000 applications, and currently more than 8000 applications are being submitted to the Android app market every month.

I am sure the above facts would have made you check out some of the Android phones out there. Well here are the Top 10 Android Phones in my opinion :

#10 HTC Legend: The HTC Legend is the successor to the highly popular HTC Hero. The HTC Hero was one of the highest selling and the most popular Android handset ever produced and had also won the Best Mobile Handset award at the Mobile World Congress 2010. The HTC Legend features a 3.2-inch HTC Legend capacitive touchscreen having HVGA resolution. The processor of the Legend is clocked at 600 MHz .The phone packs in 384MB of RAM, and 512MB of ROM. Along with this, the 5MP camera and the aluminum body of the Legend acts as an icing on the cake. The Legend also runs on the popular HTC Sense UI, which is the slickest UI I have ever seen on a mobile handset. Readers can purchase the HTC Legend from here.

#9 Motorola Droid/Milestone: The Motorola Droid was launched in late 2009, but it is still an awesome handset. The testimony to this is that the Motorola Droid is still selling like hot cakes. The Droid features a 3.7-inch TFT screen with WVGA resolution. The phone is powered by a 600 MHz ARM-A8 Cortex, and has 256MB of RAM. The main selling point of the Droid is that it is one of the few Android handsets out there in the market that has a full-QWERTY keyboard. The Motorola Droid won the TIME Magazine Gadget of the Year Award 2009 as well. Interested users can purchase the Motorola Droid from here.

#8 Sony Ericsson Xperia X10: The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 features a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, and packs in 384MB of RAM. The phone has a huge 4-inch TFTSony Ericsson Xperia X10 display, featuring a resolution of 852*480. The X10 is mainly a multimedia device. The phone has an 8MP camera, with a LED flash. The 8MP camera at the back is capable of taking decent snaps as well. The phone also features Sony Ericsson’s proprietary TimeScape and MediaScape UI. The only downside of the phone is that it still runs on the older Android 1.6 OS. However, Sony Ericsson has promised that the X10 will get the Android 2.1 update by Q3 of this year. Here is the link to purchase Sony Ericsson Xperia X10.

#7 Google Nexus One: Google has not made the Nexus One. The phone has been manufactured by HTC, but is rebadged and sold as the Nexus One. Google launched the phone at the beginning of the year, in an attempt to promote the Android OS. The phone features the usual 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, and 512MB of RAM. The phone has a 3.7-inch AMOLED screen, which is great indoors but is a major pain outdoors. The Google Nexus One was the first phone to be running on the Android 2.1 OS. It is also the first phone to get the Android 2.2 a.k.aGoogle Nexus One Froyo update. Interested readers can purchase the Google Nexus One From Amazon by click this link.

#6 HTC Desire/HTC Incredbile: The HTC Desire is similar to the Google Nexus One. In fact, we can say that the Desire and the Nexus One are the same phone. The only difference between the HTC Desire and the Nexus One is that the Desire has 64MB more RAM than the Nexus One, and lacks the second mica for noise cancellation. The Desire also has an optical trackpad, instead of the trackball on the Nexus One. Being an HTC branded phone, the Desire features the highly popular Sense UI as well. Here is the link to purchase HTC Desire from Amazon.

People who live in the U.S, should go for the HTC Incredible instead of the HTC Desire.

#5 Motorola Milestone XT720: If the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 does not suffice your camera needs, the Milestone XT720 surely will. The phone features a 720MHz OMAP processor, and packs in 512MB of RAM. The device has an 8MP cam, along with Xenon flash. Yes, you read that right! The Milestone XT720 is the first ever-Android phone to feature a Xenon flash. The phone is also able to record 720p HD videos. The phone has a 3.7-inch TFT screen, and features multi-touch keyboard as well.

#4 Motorola Droid 2: The only phone in this list, which is yet to be officially announced. The only information available about the Droid 2 until now is through leaks. The phone in all probability will pack in a 1 GHz OMAP processor, and 512MB of RAM. The Droid 2 will be the successor to the original Droid. From the leaked pictures, we can say that the Droid 2 resembles the original Droid closely. Motorola has just tweaked the design, and have thankfully replaced the golden d-pad found on the original Droid keyboard, with four arrow keys. Motorola will officially announce the phone sometime within the upcoming couple of months.

#3 HTC EVO 4G: The HTC EVO 4G is a U.S only phone. The device is the first ever-mobile handset to sport 4G connectivity. Along with 4G, the device has a mammoth 4.3-inch TFT display, and the usual 1 GHz Snapdragon processor. As of now, the device is available in the U.S on the Sprint network. Since it is a HTC branded phone, the device also features theMotorola Droid X slick and smooth HTC Sense UI. The phone has a decent 8MP camera at its back as well.

#2 Samsung Galaxy S: The Samsung Galaxy S is definitely one of the best Android phones out there in the market. The phone has a 4-inch Super-AMOLED screen. The Super-AMOLED screen on this device has a better sunlight legibility than the AMOLED screen found on other devices. In fact, the Super-AMOLED screen is considered a worthy rival of the iPhone 4G’s Retina Display. The device also has a 1Ghz Hummingbird CPU that is better than the 1Ghz Snapdragons CPU found in most phones. The only downside of the phone is that the camera lacks an LED flash, and the plastic-y build quality of the device.

#1 Motorola Droid X: The Droid X was officially announced by Motorola just a couple of days ago. The Droid X is the king of all Android phones. Hardware wise the phone has a 1 GHz OMAP processor that is build on the 45nm fabrication process. The phone also has a 4.3-inch TFT screen, an 8MP camera with 720p video recording capability. Multi-touch keyboard or Swype, DLNA and a mini-HDMI port are present as well. The phone is currently only available in the U.S on the Verizon network.

Q. Why did not the HTC Incredible made it to the list?

A.  The phone has a 3.7-inch AMOLED screen, a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, and an 8MP camera. The phone is available in the U.S only under the Verizon network. The reason the phone did not made it to the list because it is available only in the U.S. This severely limits the market reach of the phone. The HTC Desire can be said a worthy equivalent of the Incredible in the European, and Asian markets. Therefore, I have included the Desire in this list, instead of the Incredible.

So which Android phone are you going to purchase? Do you have any other suggestions that you would want to add to this list? Feel free to tell me about them through your comments.

White HTC EVO 4G Up For Pre-Order At Best Buy

The HTC EVO 4G is a monster of a phone. The HTC EVO 4G is the first ever phone to hit the U.S market, which sports 4G. This enables the handset to make use of the ultra-blazing 4G SprintHTC EVO 4G network.

The HTC EVO 4G sports a 4.3-inch TFT display, an 8MP camera along with an HDMI out port. The handset has been a huge success in the U.S, selling like hot cakes. The handset as of now is available only in black color.

“We are proud to help HTC and Sprint bring such a unique, fashionable and versatile mobile phone to consumers. It is a true connectivity device and exclusively launching this product affirms the position Best Buy Mobile has taken as a preferred destination for smartphones.”

Now people who always wanted a white-color version of the HTC EVO 4G should rejoice. The white colored version of the HTC EVO 4G will hit the Best Buy stores exclusively on 11th of July. The white version of the EVO 4G will hit the Sprint store sometime in August.

Interested buyers can pre-order the device starting from today itself. The price of the handset remains the same at $199.99, along with a 2-year contract.

4G Spectrum Auctioned Off in India, Fetches an Acquisition and $5.5B

India is a country where voice is given more importance than data communication over a cellular network. Although, this situation is changing now, but mobile broadband is limited to selected pockets in the country. On the other hand, service providers are more interested in owning bandwidth to release them under high costs which is not always affordable to people.

At a recent 4G auction, (which seems useless currently in itself has India is still not living in a 3G world) Infotel, a mobile broadband provider bought the largest share of 4G spectrum and won the bid for all 22 regions this bid was being placed. One factor that makes Infotel so much better than its competitor is that it has nationwide wireless broadband operations, possibly the largest; making it the  de-facto ruler in this sector.

Others in this race, Aircel, Tikona Digital and Bharti, each got eight, four and four licenses respectively. Seeing this state, Mukesh Ambani who currently holds the Reliance Industries, is now proposing to buy Infotel for $1 billion and also agrees to pay the licensing fees.  This desperate move will make Reliance  Communication  and Reliance Industries tough competitors in the mobile business once again.

What is expected of Reliance Industries now is that it understands the current #fail scenario and need of wireless broadband in India and tries to make it better.

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