HTC has launched a black version of the Legend in Europe. The HTC Legend is made up of a single block of an aluminum and looks stellar. In fact, I personally feel that the Legend is one of the best looking Android handset out there in the market. The handset has a 3.2-inch screen with a resolution of 320×480.
The Legend is powered by a 600Mhz Qualcomm processor and sports 384MB of RAM. The back of the phone features a 5MP camera with Flash. From the pictures, the black version looks stellar as well to me. Along with the ‘Phantom Black’ Legend, HTC also announced a new color scheme for the Desire – ‘Brilliant White’. The HTC Desire sports a 3.7-inch AMOLED or S-LCD screen. The phone is powered by a 1Ghz Snapdragon processor and packs in 576MB of RAM. The Desire also has a 5MP camera with a LED flash.
Both the phones will hit the retail stores in Europe by the end of this month. The HTC Desire has already got its Android 2.2 update but the Legend has not. It is still running on Android 2.1 and HTC has not even mentioned a time frame within which the handset will get the Froyo update.
Google has just rolled out a new version of their highly popular mobile navigation application Google Maps. The new update adds Weather support to the Live Maps wallpaper. Apart from this, there are no other noticeable changes in this version. Of course the Maps Live Wallpaper is going to be a BIG battery drain so users are recommend to use it sensibly. As usual with any update, we also expect Google to have fixed some bugs and improve the performance of the application.
The last Google Maps update brought with it some pleasant UI changes, Voice search and Walking Navigation. Android phone owners can download the update from the Android market. Other OS based handset can download the latest version by visiting m.google.com from their mobile’s web browser.
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Few weeks ago, we saw the HTC Desire in a new white color and the Wildfire in a silver color. Those who wanted to have the Desire or Wildfire in their new outfit can cheer up now. The white HTC Desire and silver Wildfire is now up for pre-orders in UK.
Both HTC Desire and HTC Wildfire can be bought for 15GBP per month contract. More plans can be found out here. There are many reasonable prices out there. Unfortunately, the pre-order is only for UK citizens and other countries will have to wait.
The shipping date of the pre-order is not posted, we are assuming that few weeks might be enough. So, how many of you are planning to get anyone of these in UK?
Sprint in collaboration with HTC has rolled out OTA (Over-The-Air) updates for two of its handsets the EVO 4G and the Hero. No, the Hero OTA update is not a Froyo update. Its just a minor update which fixes some important bugs including the sluggish Dialer issue and the GPS reboot issue. The EVO 4G update fixes quite a few important bugs as well including the GPS reboot issue. This update also removes the 30FPS cap that has been plaguing all EVO 4G owners from the start.
Along with this, the multiple GMail account sync and Calendar Event edit bugs have been fixed in this update as well. A rooted and de-oxed version of this OTA update is already available for download at XDA-Developers forum. Sprint is also working on releasing a software update for the Samsung Epic 4G which will remove the 150kbps upload speed cap of the device.
If you are a Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, Xperia X10 Mini or Xperia X10 Mini Pro owner, get ready for some bad news. The promised Android 2.1 update has now been pushed back from late Q3 to Q4. Rikard Skogberg, Business Manager – Product to Market at Sony Ericsson, revealed in an official blog post that the firmware update won’t start hitting the airwaves until late October.
Sony Ericsson is one of the few major mobile manufacturers that is still deploying the pre-historic Donut build of Android. Most of the manufactures, including HTC and Motorola, have already moved on to Froyo (Android 2.2), while Google is preparing for the release of Gingerbread (Android 3.0).
The update, which was confirmed on multiple occasions (the most recent occasion being yesterday’s tweet by Sony Ericsson UK) to be launching in Q3, will introduce a host of new features to the Xperia line of smartphones besides the standard Ã‰clair goodies. Here’s a quick glimpse from the official SE announcement:
- HD video recording with continuous auto-focus for high quality videos
- Upgrade of the Android platform to Android 2.1
- New back up and restore application, with extended content back up
- 5 homescreens for apps, widgets, shortcuts and folders
- Social phonebook which automatically syncs contact pictures from Facebook and shows when your friends are online
Xperia X10 mini and X10 mini pro:
- Improved Bluetooth functionality with support for sending and receiving pictures, contacts and more
- New backup and restore application with extended content back up
- Automatic synchronization of your contact pictures between Facebook and your phone book
- Improved ways of handling pictures, audio, text and numbers in your messages
- Upgrade of the Android platform to Android platform 2.1
Sony Ericsson has promised to provide visual and video examples of the new feautures soon. In the meanwhile, you can check out the leaked preview video of Android 2.1 running on Xperia X10.
These days mobile phone manufacturers and carriers usually announce their new products and services on the social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Virgin Mobile officials recently announced on their Facebook page that Samsung Intercept will be their first Android device. They are planning to launch Samsung Intercept in their airwaves in the coming weeks.
Virgin Mobile officials posted the following message on their official page on Facebook:
“The question of an Android coming to Virgin Mobile has been a hot topic lately here on Facebook. Well, we’re happy to confirm that our next handset launch will be the Samsung Intercept. Check out the photo below, get excited, & stay tuned over the next few weeks for more information!”
Samsung Intercept has a 3.2 inch WQVGA touchscreen display with 240 x 400 pixels resolution, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, Android 2.1 OS, Optical trackpad, Wi-Fi, 3 megapixel camera with autofocus, Bar code scanner, 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 and up to 550 hours stand-by time.
The price and release date of this handset on the airwaves of Virgin mobile is not available yet. Samsung Intercept is already available on the airwaves of Sprint. Let us know your views on the Android powered Samsung Intercept in the comments section below.
Verizon is soon going to release a software update for the Samsung Fascinate. However, this software update won’t bring Android 2.2 with it to the device. Instead, this update will enhance some features, fix bugs and improve the performance of the Fascinate. The software update will be an OTA(Over-The-Air) one with the version number being i500.DI01.
The change-log of the update is as follows :
* Instant notification of Visual Voice Mail messages on your messaging bar.
* Improved syncing between your phone and email accounts.
* Prompt notification when switching to Airplane mode.
* Faster switching to 3G services from 1x.
* Easily search your phone during calls.
* Improved Enterprise Exchange password alerts.
* No Service audio alert removed.
For more information about the update, click here. The update is expected to be rolled out within a few days from today.
Remember the Motorola Milestone XT720, the first Android phone to sport a Xenon flash? The Motorola XT720’s processor was supposed to run at 720Mhz but it was underclocked to 550MHz and was running at the same. Motorola rolled out a software update for UK and German customers which will make the processor run at 720MHz.
Along with the overclocking, the update brings DLNA support to the XT720. Motorola via a video, gave some cool tips to take great images with your XT720 (the tips are useful for everyone). Here are the useful tips by Motorola.
All the XT720 owners in UK and Germany update your phone for faster performance and DLNA support.
Verizon has decided that the HTC Droid Eris won’t be getting the Android 2.2 (Froyo) update. A Verizon spokesperson told Computerworld that Verizon has canceled all its plan of bringing Android 2.2 to the handset. According to the spokesperson, the reason for this is that Verizon have other options in Android devices, so this is part of the normal evolution of our portfolio.”
This news will surely be heart-breaking for all the Droid Eris customers out there. The Eris never managed to grab the headlines like the other top-dogs Android handsets in the Verizon line-up. Droid Eris owners who want to experience Android 2.2 need to either wait for some modder over at XDA-Developers to port it to their device or purchase a new handset pre-loaded with Android 2.2.
While Eris owners would want the former, Verizon definitely wants the latter to happen!
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. 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.