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Sanyo Zio To Get Android 2.2 FroYo Update On Feb 21

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Sprint launched the Android powered Sanyo Zio during October 2010. This handset comes with the unique Sprint ID, which allows the Sanyo Zio users to quickly download ID packs that deliver a predefined experience, including applications, widgets, ringtones and wallpapers. Sanyo Zip originally runs on the Android 2.1 operating system, but Sprint recently announced that the Sanyo Zio users will get the much awaited Android 2.2 (FroYo) update from this week.

Sanyo Zio comes with a 3.5 inch WVGA touchscreen display with virtual QWERTY keyboard, intuitive trackball for easy navigation, 3.2 megapixel camera with auto-focus and video playback, MP3 player, Wi-Fi connectivity, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, 512MB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32GB expandable memory, 2GB microSD card included, GPS, upto 4.6 hours of talk time and a 1130 mAH battery.

Sprint will roll out the Android 2.2 update for the Sprint Zio users starting from February 25th. The Android FroYo update will allow you to access more than 200,000 apps from the Android Market. It also comes with the ability to load apps on the MicroSD card, improved browsing experience, Flash Player 10.1, Bluetooth voice dialing, GPS enhancements and more. The Android 2.2 update will be pushed over a 5-day period, so please don’t panic, if you don’t receive the update on February 21, you will definitely get the it by the end of this month.

Virgin Mobile’s Samsung Intercept To Get The Android 2.2 Update Soon

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Back in September, Virgin Mobile launched its first Android powered device, the Samsung Intercept. This handset comes with a 3.2 inch WQVGA touchscreen display with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Samsung Intercept originally runs on the old Android 2.1 (Eclair) operating system. If you are eagerly waiting for the Android 2.2 (FroYo) update on for Intercept smartphone, then we have a good news for you.

Samsung Intercept features a 3.2 inch WQVGA touchscreen display with 240 x 400 pixels resolution, Android 2.1 OS, Optical trackpad, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 3 megapixel camera with autofocus, Bar code scanner, Wi-Fi connectivity, 3.5 mm audio jack, accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate, GPS with A-GPS support, microSD card slot, 32GB expandable memory, up to 5.5 hours talk time, up to 550 hours stand-by time and much more.

Virgin Mobile is expected to roll out the Android 2.2 (FroYo) update for its Samsung Intercept smartphone before this spring. According to the rumors, Intercept users will get the FroYo update on March 25th. The Froyo update will bring the ability to load apps on the MicroSD card, improved browsing experience, Flash Player 10.1, Application auto-updates, Bluetooth voice dialing, GPS enhancements, fully integrated support for Microsoft Exchange and much more. Stay tuned for more updates regarding the Froyo update for your Samsung Intercept smartphone.

Motorola Defy Now Available In India For Rs.18,990

Last week, we posted that, Motorola’s rugged smartphone, was expected to launch soon in India. And now, the powerful Motorola Defy have been finally launched in India. This handset is powered by the Android 2.1 (Eclair) operating system. Motorola Defy is dust and water resistant and it comes with the famous Gorilla Glass display. Check out the complete specs below.

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Motorola Defy features a 3.7 inch WVGA display with 480 x 854 pixels resolution, Android 2.1 (Eclair) operating system, 800 MHz processor, MOTOBLUR, 5 megapixel camera with digital zoom and flash, 512 of RAM, 2 GB internal memory, 2 GB microSD card included, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, MicroUSB, DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance), Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G connectivity, A-GPS, Google Maps Navigation, Android Market, Android Media Player, FM Radio, Ambient light, proximity sensor, up to 6.8 hours talktime, up to 9.9 days stand-by time and a 1540 mAh battery.

This handset comes with a price tag of Rs.18,990 (approx. $410). This handset runs on the older version of the Android OS. Are you willing to buy this device? Let us know your views in the comments section below.

Motorola Defy To Launch On Jan 24 In India?

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Last year, Motorola launched the entry level, semi-rugged smartphone, the Motorola Defy. This handset is powered by the Android 2.1 operating system. We have a good news for those, who were eagerly waiting for the launch of this powerful phone in India. According to our friends at AndroidOS.in, this device will be launched on January 24th in India.

Motorola Defy comes with a 3.7 inch WVGA display with 480 x 854 pixels resolution, Android 2.1 (Eclair) operating system, 800 MHz processor, MOTOBLUR, 5 megapixel camera with digital zoom and flash, Stereo Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, MicroUSB, DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance), Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G connectivity and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, A-GPS, Google Maps Navigation, Android Market, 512 of RAM, 2 GB internal memory, 2 GB microSD card included, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Android Media Player, FM Radio, Ambient light, proximity sensor, up to 6.8 hours talktime, up to 9.9 days stand-by time and a 1540 mAh battery

This handset measures 59 x 107 x 13.4 mm and weighs 118 grams. Motorola Defy is dust and water resistant and it comes with the famous Gorilla Glass display. This device is expected to come with price tag of around Rs.20,000.

Verizon’s Samsung Fascinate Gets A Software Update

Samsung_FascinateThe Verizon’s variant of the Galaxy S the Samsung Fascinate is getting an OTA update. Before Fascinate owners start jumping with joy thinking it is the highly awaited Android 2.2 update, let me tell you guys it’s NOT. The OTA update is basically a maintenance update and aims at fixing some bugs along with improving the GPS performance of the device. The software update is numbered DL09 and should hit the Fascinate owner handsets over the next few days.

Few of the improvements of this software update include :

  • Ability to change the reminder time and alert tone for calendar events
  • Improved the update consistency of the feed and widgets
  • Music now pauses if you unplug your wired headset or turn off your Bluetooth headset
  • Improved GPS performance
  • Ability to open PDF attachments sent in an email.

Fascinate owners can find the full change-log here.

Hopefully, Verizon and Samsung will soon release the Android 2.2 update for the Fascinate as well, which users have been longing for a long time. Since

Best Android Phones In India

Update: Also check out the Best Android Phones in India for 2011 Also check out our news Smartphone Buying Guide in India for 2011.

The year 2010 was all about the growth of Android. In 2011, analysts expect the Android OS to explode’. In less than a year, Android handsets have grabbed a considerable share in the mobile market and they are still setting the sales chart on fire.

In India, where Symbian OS rules Android has managed to grab a decent market share. Now, more and more people in India are realizing that the Android OS is the future of mobile phones and are buying an Android based phone for themselves. However, the Indian market is flooded with low-range Android handsets which totally spoil the Android experience. So, below is a list consisting of the best Android phones available in India right now.

Also Read: Best Android Apps in Android Market | Best Android Phones in the Market

The Best Android Phones available in India right now are :

Samsung Galaxy 5

The only Android phone worth purchasing below the Rs. 10,000 mark is the Samsung Galaxy 5. The Galaxy 5 is a pretty loaded’ handset which is pretty surprising for its price. The Galaxy 5 is powered by a 600 MHz processor and runs on Android 2.1 with TouchWIZ UI on top of it.

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The handset also has a decent 2.8-inch 240×400 screen. The back of the phone sports a disappointing 2MP camera. The usual Wi-Fi, GPS, microSD card slot are also present. Even though the Galaxy 5 is a pretty cheap handset, it packs in HSDPA support. The Samsung Galaxy 5 is available in India for only Rs. 8869 and can be purchased from here. I would seriously recommend this handset to buyers instead of the other low-end Android phones like the Micromax A60.

HTC Wildfire

The HTC Wildfire is one of the most popular budget phones in India. It features a 3.2-inch QVGA (320×240) display. The handset is powered by a 528MHz processor and has 384MB of RAM along with 512MB of ROM. The usual Wi-Fi, GPS etcetera are all present.

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Recently, HTC also started rolling out the Android 2.2 update for the handset in India. The HTC Wildfire is available in India for Rs. 13749.   The HTC Wildfire is a decent Android phone to own but with considerably better competitors out there. Users who want to experience the HTC Sense UI should prefer this phone over the LG Optimus One. Readers can purchase the HTC Wildfire from here.

Sony Ericsson X10 Mini Pro

The Sony Ericsson X10 Mini Pro is a power packed handset. The handset features a 2.55-inch display with QVGA display. The handset is powered by a 600MHz processor and has 128MB of internal memory. The X10 Mini Pro also packs in a slide-out QWERTY keyboard which is pretty remarkable for such a small form factor.

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The handset runs on Android 2.1 with Sony’s proprietary TimeScape UI on top of it. Sadly, Sony Ericsson won’t be releasing any more Android updates for this device. The X10 Mini Pro is available in India for Rs. 15000 and can be purchased from here. A must buy if anyone in India is looking for a small form factor based Android phone with a decent QWERTY keyboard.

Samsung Galaxy 3

Before the LG Optimus One was launched, the Samsung Galax 3 was the best Android phone available within Rs. 15000. The Galaxy 3 features a 3.2-inch screen with an odd resolution of 240×400. The phone has a 667 MHz processor and 256MB of RAM along with 512MB of ROM. The usual Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS etcetera are all present.

The handset runs on Android 2.1 with Samsung’s TouchWIZ UI on top of it. Samsung will soon roll out the Android 2.2 update for the Galaxy 3. The Samsung Galaxy 3 is available in India for Rs. 11500 and can be purchased from here.

LG Optimus One

The LG Optimus One is the best Android phone available in India for below Rs. 15000. For a budget mid-range phone, the Optimus One packs a 3.2-inch HVGA display, a 600MHz processor, 512MB of RAM and 170MB of internal memory. The usual Wi-Fi, GPS, 3.5mm jack and a microSD card slot are all present.

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The back of the phone sports a 3.15MP camera with auto-focus. The phone is powered by a 1500mAh battery which will make sure that the phone will easily last through a day.

Even though the Optimus One is a budget oriented Android phone, it runs on Android 2.2. LG has even announced that the Optimus One will officially get the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update. The LG Optimus One (P500) is available for Rs. 12500 in India. Readers can purchase the LG Optimus One P500 from here.

HTC Desire

The HTC Desire is very similar to the Google Nexus One. The handset features a 3.7-inch AMOLED display, a 1GHz processor and 512MB of RAM. The back of the phone sports a 5MP camera. The usual Wi-Fi, GPS etcetera are also there. The HTC Desire is an old handset now but it is available in India for around Rs. 23000 now.

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At this price, the Desire is a truly desirable handset. Readers who want to purchase the HTC Desire can do so from here.

HTC Desire Z

The Desire Z is one of the best Android handsets available in India to sport a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Unlike other high-end Android phones, the processor of Desire Z runs at a mere’ 800 MHz. However, this does not make the phone a slow couch and it is able to beat all the older generation Snapdragon phones in performance easily.

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The slide-out QWERTY keyboard of the handset is also pretty good and is one of the main attractions of this phone. The Z packs in 1.5gig of internal memory and 512MB of RAM. The back of the phone sports a 5MP camera with an LED flash which is capable of recoding 720p HD videos. The Desire Z runs on Android 2.2 with the latest version of Sense UI on top of it.

The Desire Z is available in India for Rs. 25899. Readers interested in buying the Desire Z can buy it from here.

HTC Desire HD

HTC recently released the Desire HD in India. The handset is made up of a single block of aluminum and has a very premium feel to it. The Desire HD sports a mammoth 4.3-inch display along with 768MB of RAM and 1.5gig of internal memory. The handset is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and packs an Adreno 205 GPU. The back of the phone also sports an 8MP camera along with dual-LED flash.

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The Desire HD has been packed to the brim with features from HTC but sadly, the company has skimped on the battery of the handset. The handset is powered by a measly 1230mAh battery which will see this handset barely make it through a day.

Still the HTC Desire HD is a very good phone and is available in India for Rs. 27899. Readers who are interested in buying the Desire HD can do so from here.

Samsung Galaxy S

The Samsung Galaxy S has been one of the most popular Android phones last year. The handset features a 1GHz Hummingbird processor and a PowerVR SGX540 graphics core. The Super-AMOLED display on the handset has stellar contrast and viewing angles. Samsung had launched the Galaxy S with Android 2.1 on board but recently rolled out the Android 2.2 update in India.

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The phone also sports Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS, microSD card slot, and 16GB of internal memory including 2GB of ROM for installing all your apps. The Samsung Galaxy S retails for around Rs. 26000 in India right now. The back of the Galaxy S packs a 5MP auto-focus camera while the front has a VGA camera for all your video calling needs.

The downsides of the Galaxy S include a plasticky build quality and no LED flash to assist the 5MP camera. The combination of killer internal hardware, screen and pricing make the Galaxy S the best Android handset available in India right now. The Samsung Galaxy S is available in India for Rs. 27999 and can be purchased from here.

So which is your favorite based phone in India? Do let me know through your comments.

Update: Also check out the  Best Android Phones in India for 2011.

Nook Color To Get Android 2.2 Update and Android Market Access in January

The NOOKcolor eReader from Barnes & Noble runs a highly customized version of Android 2.1 but without the Android Market. However, the modding community has hacked the NOOKcolor to get the Android Market working on the device.

Nevertheless, Barnes & Noble has now promised that the NOOKcolor eReader will get the Android 2.2 update in January. The update is going to be a huge’ one and will turn the NOOKcolor into a tablet.

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The update will also bring with it pinch-to-zoom in browser and the typical Android 2.2 home screen. NOOKcolor users will be given an option to switch between the highly modified NOOK’s UI and the Android 2.2 UI. The Barnes & Noble representative also told that the eReader will be getting access to the Android Market with this update. However, users might not get access to all the available applications.

The update will also fix the battery life and performance issues that many NOOKcolor owners are currently experiencing. The Android 2.2 update will bring performance improvement, better memory management and Flash 10.1 to the NOOKcolor.

A full blown Android 2.2 based tablet for only $249! Stellar deal!

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Enable Wi-Fi Tethering On Sony Xperia X10

The Android 2.1 update for Xperia X10 has been released a few weeks ago and brought some joy to users. However, a very important feature, Wi-Fi tethering, didn’t come with the update. However, since Android 2.1 on X10 can be rooted, Wi-Fi tethering can be enabled using a third party app. Here are the two steps to enable Wi-Fi tethering on your X10 and other Android device.

First thing to do is root your Android device. The easiest way to do it is by installing z4root from Android Market on your phone. This app will root your phone in one click. I rooted my X10 using this app. However, it took three tries to root my phone, so try again if it didn’t work for the first time.

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To enable Wi-Fi tethering on the Xperia X10, install Barnacle Wi-Fi Tether from Android market after rooting your phone. After the installation, run Barnacle Wi-Fi Tether and click Start. Now your phone is ready to share its internet connection with other Wi-Fi capable devices. Enjoy!

Android Market Gets ‘Related’ Tab

Yesterday, when we posted the video of Android 2.3 Gingerbread UI exposed through Voice Search, many of you must have noticed a new tab in the Android Market. Since the video was in some alien language (at least for me), I could not understand what that new tab in Android Market is for.

Well, just now I was using my sister’s HTC Legend and opened up the Market to update a few applications that I noticed a new tab. The new Related’ tab shows users applications which are similar to the current application the user is viewing.

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However, when I checked the Android Market on my phone (Samsung Galaxy S) I did not find the new Related’ tab. Ironically, the Legend runs on Android 2.1 while the Galaxy S is running on Android 2.2. Hopefully, Google will roll out this new tab’ feature soon to all Android devices.

Update: Looks like Google is slowly rolling out the ‘Related’ tab to all Android devices. I just got the “Related’ tab in my Samsung Galaxy S.

Motorola Launches Android Powered Charm In India For Rs.15,990

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Earlier this month, we posted that Motorola will soon launch their Android powered QWERTY phone in India. And after waiting for few days, Motorola Finally launched its Android powered Charm in India. This handset is available in the US from last 4 months, but the handset has been delayed in India due to some unknown reasons. Motorola Charm comes with a full QWERTY keyboard, touch screen display and Android 2.1 (Eclair) operating system. This handset comes with bundled data package from Aircel.

Motorola Charm features a 2.8 inch touch screen display with 320 × 480 pixels resolution, Android 2.1 Operating System, full QWERTY keyboard, BACKTRACK navigation pad, full suite of Google services, 3 megapixel camera with Kodak Perfect Touch technology and so on.

Other features include a 3.5mm headset jack, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR, pinch to zoom functionality, 512 MB internal memory, one-touch social media uploads to Facebook, MySpace, Picasa & PhotoBucket and more.

Motorola Charm comes with a price tag of Rs.15,990, but you can save a few thousand bucks since the best buy price of the handset is Rs.13,900. Aircel is currently offering data package with this handset. Check out the details below.

For pre-paid customers:

  • Free PocketInternet upto 3GB per month with 150 Aircel to Aircel local minutes.
  • To activate SMS “SMARTPI” to 54343 from your Aircel number

For Postpaid customers:

  • Free PocketInternet upto 1 GB for 6 months.