The HTC Wildfire is a low-end Android handset. The phone has a 3.2-inch capacitive display, with 240×320 resolution display. The phone is powered by a 528Mhz Qualacomm processor and packs in 384MB of RAM. The phone also has 512MB of ROM. The phone runs on the Android 2.1 (Eclair) OS. A 5MP camera, along with an LED flash at the back of the device is also present.
The phone hit the retail market just a few weeks ago. Now PaulOBrien – the guy behind rooting quite a few Android handsets has managed to root the Wildfire as well. The bootloader of the handset should be 0.80 or below. The ROM version should be also 1.14.xxxx.x or below. Users need to have a microSD card to be able to root their phones.
It is recommended that users should use either Windows 7 32-bit, or Mac OS X or any of the available linux distro’s. Here are the steps to root your HTC Wildfire.
The upcoming T-Mobile’s Motorola CHARM/Basil has shown up in a leaked picture. According to reports, the Motorola CHARM sports a 3″ capacitive touchscreen and a physical QWERTY keyboard. It is also reported to have the proprietary MOTOBLUR UI over Android 2.1 OS.
According to the leaked information, the Motorola CHARM will be hitting the US market next month. There are also reports that the T-Mobile retail stores are getting package called “Motorola Basil Project”. The T-Mobile has a habit of calling their future phone launches as Project. Maybe, the Motorola CHARM has something to do with this Project of T-Mobile.
Unfortunately, there is no more information regarding the specification of Motorola Charm. But for the meantime, we can hope for some more leaks and maybe the official announcement. You can also see our previous coverage of Motorola CHARM/Basil.
Update 7th July,2010: Motorola has officially announced the Motorola Charm. The Charm has a 2.8″ capacitive touchscreen of QVGA resolution. It will be sporting the MOTOBLUR UI over Android OS 2.1. It will also have a BACKTRACK navigation pad at the back, just like in a laptop. The camera resolution is of 3MP. More detailed specification will be reported soon.
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Officially, HTC still has not specified a date when the HTC Desire will be getting the Froyo update. Unofficially though, the Desire already has a custom ROM based on Froyo. A person with the username udk over at XDA forums has posted a video of Froyo running on the Desire. Along with Froyo, this custom ROM also brings 720p video recording to the Desire.
Here is a 720p video recorded from the HTC Desire –
No release date of the ROM has been specified, but hopefully it should be up for download in just a few days. Currently, a beta version (v0.3) of the ROM is up for download. The main advantage of a popular Android phone is that that many new features are added to it thanks to Custom ROMs from Modder.
In all probability, this custom ROM will be released by udk before the official Froyo update from HTC arrives.
There is no doubt in the fact that the Samsung Galaxy S is the best Android handset currently in the market. To prove this point, Samsung has a figure to show, 200,000 Galaxy S has been sold by Samsung in South Korea within the span of 10 days. The Samsung Galaxy S was released on 24th June in South Korea.
If we compare the sales of Apple iPhone 3GS with Galaxy S in South Korea, which was released in end of 2009, the Galaxy S will be an undoubted winner. Apple has only sold 800,000 iPhone 3GS in South Korea until now. Samsung says that the pre-loaded application package with the Galaxy S serves well in the South Korean market.
The Samsung Galaxy S is now a series and not only a single device. The powerful hardware in the Galaxy S series will be the root of its high success in future.
Looks like the Motorola Droid and the Droid 2 finally have some competition from HTC. The folks over at Njuskalo.hr managed to get their hands on the HTC Vision. The HTC Vision is the keyboard-equipped sibling of the Desire. The phone has a 3.7-inch AMOLED display with 800×480 resolution. In all probability, the phone will pack in a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, and 576MB of RAM.
It is also said that the phone will have 1.2GB of onboard memory. The usual HTC Sense will also be present. Since the phone’s configuration is similar to the HTC Desire, the camera of the phone should also be 5MP. From the leaked pictures, it is confirmed that the handset will feature a 4-row QWERTY keyboard. Sadly, the device will run Android 2.1 a.k.a Eclair when launched.
HTC are yet to announce the phone officially, but hopefully it will not take too long. The expected price of the device will be around $650.
Rumors are flying in that the Motorola Droid will be getting the Android 2.2 (Froyo) love from 13 July. The Android Eclair a.k.a Android 2.1 update for the Droid took quite sometime to be available widely. The release date of the update was pushed back numerous times, before being rolled out to various regions in the world.
Hopefully, Verizon and Motorola will not be doing the same with the Froyo update. The keyboard-less successor of the Droid the Droid X – will hit the retail stores on 15th July. Motorola had already said that the original Droid would get the Froyo update in July, while the Droid X will get the update in late August.
The Motorola Droid is one of the highest selling, and the most popular Android handset in the market. Even though the phone is old hardware-wise, it still sells like hot cakes.
Couple of days ago, when I read that Android 3.0 (Gingerbread) will have minimum hardware requirements of 1GHz processor and 512MB RAM, my heart sank. I thought my Xperia X10 will be only limited to Android 2.2. But, the editor-in-chief of mobile review, Eldar Murtazin gave some clarifications via his tweet.
He tweeted, “Yesterday have a very good conversation and some clarifications. 1 Ghz, 512 Mb etc its not minimal requirements but recommended one”. This means that few high-end Android devices, who thought that they will be left out in Android 3.0 party, can now relax.
The other suspense on the Android 3.0 OS is that no third party UI will be supported. This suspense still exists because no official comment has been made on it. For phones with screen size of 4″ or more, the resolution will be increased to 1280 x 760p via Android 3.0. Let us wait for more leaks and info on the Android 3.0. You can read the previous post here.
The strongest Android phone currently on the planet, Samsung I9000 Galaxy S, has hit the Indian shores. The Samsung I9000 Galaxy S has the biggest Super AMOLED screen in the market with a size of 4 inches. The Galaxy S is available in two versions, 8GB and 16GB. But I have only seen the 16GB in the Indian market (Kolkata).
The Samsung I9000 Galaxy S has a 4″ Super AMOLED capacitive screen with WVGA (800 x 480) resolution. As usual, a 3.5mm slot is present. The phone has a inbuilt memory of 8GB / 16GB, depending on the version you purchase. The external microSD slot is expandable up to 32GB. The Galaxy S has a healthy 512MB RAM and 2GB ROM.
The Galaxy has supports both 2G (GPRS: Class 12 (4+1/3+2/2+3/1+4 slots), 32 – 48 kbps | EDGE: Class 12) and 3G (HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps) connectivity. Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with DLNA support is also present. The Bluetooth version on Galaxy S is 3.0 with A2DP support.
The camera is the only weak point in Galaxy S along with the plastic build. The camera is of 5MP resolution with autofocus but no flash at all. The video is recorded at HD (720P) resolution at 30fps. A secondary camera for video chatting is also present with VGA resolution.
The Android version on Galaxy S is 2.1 (Eclair). The processor inside is one of the best in the market, ARM Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor with a clock speed of 1Ghz. The processor is based on 45nm fabrication process. Stereo FM Radio with RDS support is also present. GPS with aGPS and Digital Compass support is also present. The video player on Galaxy S supports codec like .avi, Divx, .mkv, which is excellent according to me.
The battery power is of 1500mAh Li-Po battery. The battery performance on Galaxy S is excellent, in fact second best after Samsung Wave. The Galaxy S is available in Black and Grey. The price of Samsung I9000 Galaxy S is INR 28500 (US $608). Our team will be reviewing the Galaxy S soon, stay tuned for our review.
A new custom ROM for the Samsung Galaxy S, MoDaCo Custom ROM, has been released. This Custom ROM is based on official ROMs. This ROM can be cooked and then can be downloaded from the Online Kitchen. In simple words, it means that you can select what you want, and the custom ROM chosen by you can then be downloaded.
Before you can use the ROM on your device, you have to make sure that the JFB is running on your device (You can download it from here, see the link under requirements title). The optional Google applications available are AllShare / DLNA, calculator, Daily Briefing, Email, Live Wallpapers, Maps (unmodified Google Maps 4.3.0), Memo, Mini Dairy, My Files, Samsung Apps, Samsung IME, Social Hub, Voice Dailer, Voice recorder, Voice Search, Write and Go and Youtube.
The third party applications available are Beebplayer, Fancy Widget, ThinkFree Office, Swype and WaveSecure. You can select whatever you want, then cook your desired ROM and after that you can download it. This is the initial release, more updates will come gradually.
Sony Ericsson just announced that a new software update for the Xperia X10 has been released. However, the software update won’t bring Android 2.1 yet. This software update will improve performance and stability on the X10.
Sony Ericsson also said that they will be providing a free backup application along with the update, which will help in storing the phone’s settings and information in itself. Sony Ericsson also announced that, in select markets Play Now will be added, from which applications and games can be downloaded. Sony Ericsson said that, there are speed improvements in messaging tasks and camera UI.
The update can also be downloaded OTA on your mobile by the mobile connection or Wi-Fi. The update is still not available in India. We will keep you updated about its availability. So, X10 users keep looking for the notification bar to report for an update.
Update, 5th July 2010, 8:15PM: I have not been prompted for an update on my Xperia X10 in India (Kolkata). As far as I know, there has been no report of any update in India. The users like me in India, will have to wait a bit longer.
Update, 7th July 2010, 9:12PM: The update is now available in India for download. I can see improvements in the UI of the Mediascape application. The audio quality has also improved a lot. The Backup and Restore application is also available now, it will help in backing up everything on your sd card.