Motorola Titanium Unveiled; Runs On Android 2.1 Eclair!

Motorola and Nextel Mexico have unveiled a new Android based smartphone – the Motorola Titanium. The Titanium is similar to the Verizon’s Droid Pro.

The Titanium sports a 3.1-inch screen with HVGA (320×480) resolution. The phone has a candy-bar form-factor, with a full QWERTY keyboard, up front. Other key features of the Titanium include a GPS with A-GPS, Wi-Fi b/g/n, FM Radio with RDS and a microSD card slot with an 8GB card pre-loaded.

At Motorola, we are proud to introduce Motorola TITANIUM, it is the first device in its class to integrate various communication types e-mail and the Internet, radio and telephony. That is precisely how our joint offer becomes smarter,said Vince García, iDEN director, Motorola Mexico.

The back of the handset will pack a 5MP camera with autofocus, and LED flash. The Titanium runs on the out-dated Android 2.1 (Eclair), with Moto’s BLUR UI on top of it. It also supports Nextel’s email service and radio  functionality. The handset is powered by a  monstrous  1820mAh battery.

Sadly, Motorola and Nextel did not mention anything about the release date or pricing of the Titanium. However, the handset should be available to the end-user by September.

 

 

Sony Ericsson W8 Walkman Phone Available In India For Rs.10,950

Back in April, Sony Ericsson announced its first Android powered Walkman phone, the Sony Ericsson W8. This handset runs on the old Android 2.1 (Eclair) Operating System and it comes with a 3-inch TFT screen, 600 MHz processor, 3.2 megapixel camera, 3G Connectivity and so on. Flipkart, a popular online retailer is currently selling the Sony Ericsson W8 Walkman phone in India. Check out the complete specs, after the break.

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Sony Ericsson W8 features a 3 inch touchscreen display with 320 x 480 pixels resolution, 600 MHz processor, Android 2.1 (Eclair) Operating System, 3.2 megapixel camera, 3G Connectivity, 128 MB internal memory, MicroSd card slot, 16 G expandable memory, 4 GB card included, 3.5 mm headset jack, FM Radio with RDS, Wi-Fi, Connectivity, GPS, Bluetooth, up to 5 hours talk-time, up to 476 hours stand-by time and a 1200 mAh battery.

Sony Ericsson W8 currently runs on the Android 2.1 OS and we are not sure, if the handset will be upgraded to the Android 2.2 OS. This handset allows you to access more than 150,000 apps from the Android Market. Sony Ericsson W8 comes with a price-tag of Rs.10,950. To purchase this handset, head over to this page at Flipkart.

AT&T’s Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Android 2.1 Update Rolling Out Now

Sony Ericsson rolled out the Android 2.1 Éclair update for the Xperia X10, X10 Mini and the Mini Pro back in November last year.

Now, nearly 6 months later, AT&T and Sony Ericsson have finally started rolling out the Android 2.1 update for the AT&T branded X10’s in the United States. Along with the bump in the Android OS version, X10 owners will also get 720p HD video recording, dual-touch support, increased home screens, face detection in video recording and continuous autofocus.

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The Sony Ericsson Product Blog states that they couldn’t be more excitedabout releasing this update to the end user. I wonder what are they so excited about. All the popular handsets from HTC and Samsung are receiving the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update, and Sony Ericsson is getting excited on releasing the obsolete Android 2.1 update for the X10.

However, X10 owners in the United States should not blame Sony Ericsson for this. AT&T is the reason behind this delay in the Android 2.1 update. Also, thanks to AT&T, X10 owners in the United States will never get the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update which Sony Ericsson will release sometime in Q3 of this year.

X10 owners in the U.S. should head over to this link to get the update for their handset.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Gets A Firmware Update

Along with the Xperia Arc and Play, Sony Ericsson has started rolling out a new firmware update for the older generation Xperia branded handsets the X10. Apparently, the update is also being rolled out to the Xperia X10 Mini, Mini Pro and the X8.

The new firmware update does not bring any major changes, and nor is it the anticipated Android 2.3 update for the X10. The update is basically aimed at improving the general system performance and stability.

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X10 users over at XDA who have updated their phone to the latest firmware (2.1.B.0.1) report performance improvements, smoother operation, and improvements in camera image quality as well. The Timescape app is also much smoother now. The firmware update also includes a new baseband, so users should expect an increase in network reception along with higher data transfer speeds.

The new firmware is also root able, so users don’t need to worry about losing root access to the system partitions. At the moment, the firmware update is being rolled out only in Germany. Expect this firmware update to roll out in more regions of the world beginning from tomorrow.

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Barnes & Noble Announces New Nook With Two Months (!) Of Battery Life

Today, Barnes & Nobles have announced the second generation Nook.   The all-new Nook sports a 6-inch touch screen E-Ink Pearl display. The new display offers better contrast compared to its predecessor, and is easily readable in direct sunlight as well.

Compared to the first generation Nook, the new Nook is 35% lighter at 212 grams and is 15% slimmer as well. The eBook reader will ship with 2GB of internal memory onboard, along with a microSD card slot.

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“We set out to design the easiest-to-use, most optimized, dedicated reading device ever created and accomplished it with the All-New NOOK,” said William Lynch, Chief Executive Officer of Barnes & Noble. “Touch makes it simple to use, and the beautifully compact design makes it the most portable eReader in its class. Add to that an unmatched battery life, the most advanced paper-like touch display on the market and wireless access to the world’s largest digital bookstore, and we believe that for readers of all ages, the All-New NOOK is the best eReader on the market, and a great value at $139.”

The new Nook eBook reader is based on Android 2.1, and features Nook Friends as available on the Nook Color. The eBook reader is powered by an 800 MHz processor from TI OMAP, and sports Wi-Fi but lacks 3G.

One of the highlights of the new Nook is its battery life. Barnes & Noble’s state that the new Nook has a battery life of whopping 2 months, with Wi-Fi turned off! The all new Nook can already be pre-ordered for $139, and will start shipping on June 10.

Sprint Unveils The Motorola Titanium Rugged Android Smartphone

motorola titaniumSprint recently announced another Android powered smartphone, the Motorola Titanium. This handset runs on the old Android 2.1 (Eclair) Operating System. We are still not sure, if the handset will get the Android Froyo or Gingerbread update. It comes with a 3.1 inch touchscreen display, 5 megapixel camera, 32 GB expandable memory and more.

Motorola Titanium is the successor of the popular Motorola i1 smartphone. This handset allows you to access more than 150,000 apps from the Android Market. Motorola Titanium is designed to meet Military Specification 810G for dust, shock, vibration, low pressure, solar radiation, high temperature and low temperature.

We are pleased to extend our portfolio of products directed at business-users with these two powerful and versatile Android devices,said Paget L. Alves, president Sprint Business. Motorola XPRT delivers the security features enterprise customers demand without scrimping on the latest in technology, while Motorola Titanium is a rugged Android smartphone with Nextel Direct Connect’s sub-second Push-to-Talk.

Motorola Titanium comes with a 3.1 inch HVGA TFT touchscreen display with 320 x 480 pixels resolution, Android 2.1 (Eclair) OS, full QWERTY keyboard, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 5 megapixel camera with camcorder, 4x zoom and flash, microSD slot, 2 GB memory card included, 32 GB expandable memory, Integrated GPS, Corporate email, Quickoffice, Android Market, up to 275 minutes talk-time and a 1820 mAh Lithium-ion battery. This handset measures 62.2mm x 119.7mm x 13.5mm and weighs 147.2 grams.

Motorola Titanium comes with support for Nextel Direct Connect Services including Direct Connect, Group Connect, International Direct Connect, DirectSendSM, Group Messaging and NextMail. The price and release date of this handset is not announced yet. Stay tuned for more updates.

Sony Ericsson Announces Its First Android Powered Walkman Handset – W8

Before the advent of Android and iOS world dominance, Sony Ericsson was popular among the general users for its Walkman and Cybershot range of handsets.

When Android started gaining ground, Sony Ericsson started focusing on its Android powered handsets available the Xperia brand. The company still released some Walkman branded phones, but there were below par.

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Today, Sony Ericsson is going to change all that with the release of its first Android powered Walkman phone the W8. The W8 is similar to the Xperia X8, except for some fancy colors and the Walkman logo.

The W8 features a 3-inch touch-screen display with HVGA (320×480) resolution. The phone is powered by a 600 MHz processor, and packs 168MB of RAM. The back of the phone sports a 3.2MP camera.

Sadly, the W8 will run Android 2.1 Éclair which is downright disappointing! I highly doubt Sony Ericsson will treat this handset with some Froyo or Gingerbread love.   The specs of the handset are nothing to write home about, but hopefully the audio quality of the handset will make up for it.

The Sony Ericsson Walkman W8 will be available in India, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and some other regions of the world by Q2 of 2011, in a bunch of colors. Here is the official product page of the W8.

MTS Launches The HTC Pulse In India For Free On Contract

Most of the smartphones sold in the US and the UK comes with a 24 months service agreement. Sadly, in India, the customer has to pay the full amount before purchasing a smartphone. Because of this problem, most of the Indians are not able to purchase hi-end smartphones. To solve this problem, MTS recently launched the HTC Pulse smartphone in India. HTC Pulse is already available in the US on the airwaves of Verizon Wireless. This handset is originally called as “HTC Droid Eris”. It runs on the old Android 2.1 (Eclair) operating system. Customers in India can get this handset for free on contract. Check out the complete specs after the break.

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According to Leonid Musatov, Chief Marketing Officer, Sistema Shyam TeleServices Ltd., We are excited to unveil the new MTS brand, in line with MTS’ global strategy. MTS has recently been ranked as the 72nd most powerful brand in the world by Millward Brown. In keeping with our endeavor to delight our customers, we have adopted a disruptive approach to marketing that would redefine the way Smartphones are sold in India. The latest in our range of Smartphones is MTS Pulse from HTC. Powered by Android 2.1, it is a great combination of style and technology bundled with free calls, data usage and SMSs

HTC Pulse comes with a 3.2 inch TFT LCD touchscreen display 320 x 480 pixels resolution, 528 MHz Qualcomm MSM7600TM processor, Android 2.1 (Eclair) OS, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, 5 megapixel with auto focus, 512 MB flash ROM, 288 MB RAM, Bluetooth 2.0 with Enhanced Data Rate and A2DP, Internal GPS antenna, 32 GB expandable memory, 8GB MicroSD card included, up to 373 hours stand-by time, up to 214 minutes of talktime and a 1300 mAh battery. This handset measures 11.3 x 5.55 x 1.3 cm and weighs 120 grams.

You can easily get the HTC Pulse smartphone for free with a 12 months service agreement. You will need to pay Rs.1500 every month, for the next 12 months. You will also get 1500 mins talktime (Local + National), 1500 SMS (Local + National) and 1500 MB data usage every month. If you are not willing to pay the amount every month, then you can directly purchase this handset for Rs.16,000 and choose the MTS plans, that suits your needs. We hope more operators will join the bandwagon soon and offer hi-end smartphones and tablets in India on contract.

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Best Mobile Apps Of The Week for iOS, Android and Symbian – #8

Welcome to the eight edition of Best Mobile Apps of the Week for iOS, Android and Symbian. First of all, I would like to apologize to our readers as I did not post the Best Mobile Apps for the last 2 weeks. I had to give my Android phone to the service center, and was using a dumbphone for nearly two weeks.

In this edition of Best Mobile Apps of the week, I will introduce our readers to an awesome eye-candy widget for your Android homescreen, a new unlock screen for you Symbian handset. For iOS owners, I will tell them about an app that will allow them to wake up their PC remotely!

Below are the Best Mobile Apps Of The Week For iOS, Android and Symbian :

Wake (iOS)

As the name suggests, Wake’ enables iOS users to remotely wake up their PC. The app uses WOL Wake On Lan feature which is found in nearly all PCs and Macs computers. Users need to make sure that the WOL’ feature is enabled on their PC. They can do so from the BIOS of their PC.

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The app is designed to work with both iPhone and iPad. This app is an extremely useful one for users who want total control on their PC, when they are away from it. iOS owners can purchase Wake’ from the App Store for $0.99 from here.

Maze Lock (Symbian)

In the last edition of BMATW, I introduced our readers to Nokia Bubbles. The app allows users to unlock their phone in a fun and yet efficient manner. Today, I would like to introduce our readers to Maze Lock from ThinkChange.

Below is a video of Maze Lock in action :

 

Maze Lock for Symbian is similar to the pattern unlock option found in Android 2.1+ handsets. The app is configurable to quite an extent and allows users to change the lock screen background, the date and time display style etc. The app supports all the latest Symbian handsets from Nokia as well as the older S60v5 based ones like the X6 and 5800.

Symbian owners can download Maze Lock for free from the Ovi Store.

Honeycomb Clock (Android)

The tablet version of Android Honeycomb looks stellar! The whole Tron like theme and animations definitely look very cool! Well, Android handset owners are not going to get the next version of Android with all these eye-candies anytime soon. Until then, they can get the Honeycomb look on their phone by using a Honeycomb theme for ADW Launcher.

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Along with this, they can download and use the Honeycomb Clock widget from the Android Market. This widget replicates the awesome looking clock widget as seen in Honeycomb OS. Unlike the clock widget in Android 3.0, Honeycomb clock comes in multiple color choices for people who don’t like the blue color.

A free as well as a paid version of this widget is available on the Android Market. Android handset owners can download the app from here.

Sony Ericsson X10 Not Getting DLNA Feature!

Last year, Sony Ericsson confirmed that even though the current line-up of Android based Xperia smartphones will not get the Android 2.2 update. However, the company did state that they will release several updates which will improve the functionality and the overall user experience of the phone.

These several updates’ brought many new features to the biggest member of the Xperia family the X10 including partial multi-touch support, improved performance and updated version of TimeScape and Mediascape. However, Sony Ericsson had also promised that the X10 will get D-LNA support with one of these updates.

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Sadly, Sony Ericsson has confirmed on their Product Blog that the X10 won’t be getting DLNA feature, officially at least. The reason behind the DLNA feature not making it to the handset is as follows :

Q: Wasn’t DLNA supposed to be in the latest update for Xperia X10?

A: That was our plan, as stated here back in May last year. However lots of things has changed since then like splitting the update into two parts, changes to timing, adding Pinch Zoom touch etc. One of the consequences of all those changes was unfortunately that DLNA had to be de-scoped. I know that there are 3rd party apps available that enables DLNA though so hopefully you can enjoy one of those.

The blog post also contains some useful information about the upcoming XPERIA handsets from Sony Ericsson. Readers can read the whole blog post here.