Jelly Bean Music Player Up And Running On Android 2.2+ Devices

Google revamped the stock Android music player in Android 3.0 (Honeycomb), which was meant for tablets. When Google unveiled Google Play Music along with the ability to upload all your music to cloud, and stream it right from the cloud, it also updated Play Music for Android handsets. In Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean, the Play Music app got further UI enhancements and tweaks.

The Play Music app is even available for download from the Google Play Store, but it is for some strange reason restricted only to certain regions of the world where Google Play Music is available. Besides this region restriction, the latest version of Play Music, found in Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean is only available for devices running Ice Cream Sandwich or higher. This leaves more than 88% of Android users out there in the dust.

Thankfully, an XDA member has managed to get the Google Play Music app to work on Android 2.2 (FroYo)+ devices without any issues. All he did was to recompile the APK with the target SDK version fet to 8 instead of the original 14.

Interested readers should head over to this thread on XDA for the download link.

Samsung Continuum Gets Android 2.2 FroYo Update! Yes, FROYO!

Samsung Continuum users, here is some good news for you! Samsung and Verizon have started rolling out the Android 2.2 FroYo update for the handset, proving that they have not forgotten that they ever released this disastrous handset! Yes, it’s the FroYo update and not Gingerbread or Ice Cream Sandwich update. Android 2.2 FroYo update after nearly 2 years since the OS was announced by Google. Talk about fragmentation!

As expected, the change-log of the update is massive and apart from adding new features, it also fixes some bugs and installs more bloatware on your phone. Since the update is pretty big and contains a lot of changes, it is being rolled out in two parts by Verizon. The EB01 software update will prepare the phone for the FroYo update, while the EC09 update installs the FroYo update, and enhances some of the existing features.

Below is the full change-log of the update -:

If Continuum owners are expecting that their handset might even get the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update, then frankly you people are expecting too much. On one hand, I must say I am impressed by Samsung and Verizon that they updated the Continuum to Froyo, which probably no one cares about now. On the other hand, the Continuum should be getting the Gingerbread update right now. The handset’s hardware is perfectly capable of running Gingerbread, like its single-screened sibling, Fascinate.

Mercury mTab Neo Launched In India For Rs.15,999

Kobian Group, the maker of Mercury brand of computer components and peripherals, recently launched its second tablet device, the Mercury mTab Neo. This device is the successor of the not-so-popular Mercury mTab2 tablet. The previous model had only Wi-Fi and external 3G support, but the new Mercury mTab Neo features in-built 3G and SIM support for voice and video calling.

This tablet comes with a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display and a powerful 1 GHz dual core Cortex A9 processor. Most of the entry-level tablets currently available in the market runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS. However, the Mercury mTab Neo runs on the super old Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS. Check out the complete specs below.

Sushmita Das, Country Manager – India, Kobian Pte Ltd, said,

“mTab Neo summarizes convergence and convenience. The product combines functionality of two devices and makes the experience and usage more convenient and friendly. At Mercury, we strive to bring products with new ideas and make technology simpler and affordable for all. SIM calling, Bluetooth, in-built 3G, dual camera and overall a strong processor and battery pack up – it’s a complete package needed in the growing market of tablets”.

mercury mtab neo

Mercury mTab Neo Specifications:

  • 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display
  • 1 GHz dual core Cortex A9 processor
  • Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS
  • 2 megapixel rear camera
  • 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calling
  • 4 GB internal memory
  • microSD card slot
  • 32 GB expandable memory
  • HDMI Video Output
  • Dual speakers
  • EDGE/GPRS support,
  • Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11b/g
  • mini-USB port
  • Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP
  • 4000 mAh battery

The Mercury mTab Neo comes with a price-tag of Rs.15,999. You will also get a 1 year warranty, with the purchase of this device. The Mercury mTab Neo will compete with other entry-level tablets such as Reliance 3G tab, Beetel Magiq II and iBall Slide in the Indian market.

Google Search Widget Updated With New Color Scheme and UI

Google has rolled out a new update for the Google Search widget in the Android Market. The new update brings in quite a few changes including a new color scheme and simplified UI.’

Below is the whole change-log of the update -:

  1. New color scheme and simplified UI
  2. Faster
  3. Enhanced suggestions and query editing
  4. Better localized suggestions and search results for more countries
  5. Long press on history items to remove them

An update for the Google Search widget was over-due for quite sometime now. In fact, Google had not updated the app since it released Android 2.2 FroYo.

The new update makes the widget much more usable and the UI simpler. The whole UI of the Google Search bar now feels similar to the Google Maps and other Google products, which is a good thing, since Google is known for inconsistent UIs across its product line.

The update is only meant for Android handsets running Android 2.2 or Android 2.3.  The new Google Search widget can be downloaded from the Android Market for free.

Beetel Magiq Glide Android Tablet Launched In India For Rs.11,999

Beetel, a part of the Bharti Group, recently launched its third tablet device, the Beetel Magiq Glide in India. This tablet is the successor of the Beetel Magiq II tablet. This device runs on the old Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System. Beetel Magiq Glide comes with Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n and 3G connectivity options.

Mr. Vinod Sawhny Executive Director & CEO, Beetel Teletech, said,
“The Magiq Glide is the latest addition to our successful Magiq range of tablets, which has been highly appreciated by the Indian consumers. After an extensive market research and keeping in mind the feedback received from our customers on our previous products we have come up with the Magiq Glide. The new tablet has all the features available in our previous products, which our customers liked and additionally we have added a capacitive touch screen to enrich the touch experience.”

beetel magiq glide

Beetel Magiq Specifications:

  • 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display
  • 800 x 480 pixel resolution
  • 1 GHz processor
  • Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System
  • Custom UI
  • Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n
  • 3G Connectivity
  • GSM calling support
  • 2 megapixel rear camera
  • 2 megapixel front camera for video calling
  • 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Bluetooth
  • USB connector
  • Android Market
  • 8 GB Internal memory
  • 16 GB expandable memory
  • 2200 mAh battery

The Beetel Magiq Glide tablet comes with a price-tag of Rs.11,999 (approx. $230). The original Beetel Magiq tablet was expected to get the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update, but the company has not yet started rolling out the update even after 4 months of its official launch. If you are planning to buy this tablet, then don’t expect the Android 2.3 update, at least for the next few months. The Beetel Magiq Glide will compete with other entry-level Android tablets such as HCL ME Tablet X1, Reliance 3G Tab and iBall Slide in the Indian market.

Idea Cellular Launches Entry-Level Android Phones In India

To promote its 3G services, Idea Cellular recently launched two new entry-level phones – the Idea Blade and Idea ID 280 in India. Both the devices runs on the old Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System. These handsets are specially targeted at 2G users wishing to upgrade to 3G. Idea 3G subscribers will also get additional benefits with the purchase of this 3G phones.

Mr. Himanshu Kapania, Managing Director, Idea Cellular said,

Idea has always innovated to support the telecom services penetration in the country. In line with this commitment, Idea has introduced affordable, yet fully loaded 3G smartphones which will now fuel the aspirations of the evolving mobile user in India. The new smartphones will further drive our existing 3G services in areas of industrial and commercial activity, centers of learning, and high potential rural hinterlands.

idea 3g phones

Idea Blade features a 3.5 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 480 × 800 pixels, Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System, 600 MHz processor, 3 megapixel rear camera, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, USB, FM Radio with RDS, 150 MB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, etc. This handset measures 116 x 56.5 x 11.8mm and weighs 130gm.

Idea ID 280 comes with a 2.8 inch capacitive touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels, Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System, 528 MHz processor, 3.2 megapixel camera, 256MB RAM, 152 MB internal memory, Bluetooth, USB, 3G Connectivity, Stereo FM Radio and a 1200 mAh battery.

The Idea Blade and Idea ID 280 comes with a price tag of Rs.7,992 and Rs.5,850 respectively. Idea subscribers will need to subscribe to the Rs. 259 pack, which offers free subscription to Idea TV for 3 months, 1 GB of data download per month for 3 months, 3G Double Dhamaka benefits for 6 months and talk-time of Rs. 25.

Download Original Motorola Droid’s FRK76 Update

I have never owned a Motorola Droid, but that phone holds a special place in my heart. Every Android fanboy out there knows what an important place the Original Droid, the ‘Droid’ campaign hold in Android’s monumental success.  Up until last year, the Droid was still one of the most popular Android handset in the United States.

So, when a few days ago rumors popped up on the Internet that Motorola is working on an update for the original Droid, all the Droid owners out there got excited. Many people thought that Verizon and Motorola might have finally decided to roll out Gingerbread update for the Droid.

Sadly, Motorola later confirmed that the update is not what most people are hoping for, and the update just includes some “security patches”. So, if you are still running Android 2.2 on your Original Droid, its time for you to root that device and install an Android 2.3 Gingerbread based ROM on the device.

For Droid owners, who are afraid to flash a custom ROM on their phone, they can download the upcoming OTA update from here, and simply install it from their phone’s recovery menu. If you have a rooted Droid, download the pre-rooted update package and flash it so as to not loose root access.

Google’s Music Store Goes Live; Allows You To Share Your Purchased Tracks With Your Friends

Google has just announced its much rumored and talked about Music store, here at an event in States.

The Google Music service from the giant will be available for its Android users to enjoy directly from the Android Market. All major labels including Universal, EMI and Sony along with many Indie artists are on-board, except for Warner Music group.

All the music will be hosted on the cloud at 320Kbps MP3 file format, without any DRM. Users also get a 90-second preview of the song, before purchasing it. Google Music will also offer its users access to some exclusive tracks from many popular artists like Coldplay, Pear Jam and Rolling Stones. Busta Rhymes will be releasing his new album exclusively on Google Music.

The most interesting part about Google Music is its Song Sharing feature. After purchasing a particular song or album from the Google Music store, users can share that song or album with their friends via Google+. Your friends will get to listen to the full song or album which you shared only once. Like earlier rumored, there will also be a free song of the day thing on store, similar to Amazon’s App Store.

The service will be available for all Android 2.2+ handset owners in the United States, only! Google did not mention anything about bringing the service to any other region of the world.

Spice MiTab Android Tablet Launched In India For Rs.12,990

Last month, Reliance Communication launched its Android tablet in India. This month, iBall launched its very-own tablet device. And now, Spice Mobility has joined the bandwagon. Spice Mobility recently launched its new Spice MiTab Android tablet. This device runs on the old Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System and it comes with a 7 inch touchscreen display as well as a powerful 800 MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. Spice MiTab is already available at Flipkart from the last couple of weeks.

spice mi tab

Mobile Internet is a revolution, a new trend which comes from the customers’ connectivity need to be always on. Tablets play an important part in this revolution. Tablets may very well be the 1st PC for most of the Indians. There has been a growing demand for tabs’ which can do so much ranging from multimedia to social networking to even your official work. MiTab is a result of that endeavor to provide the youth not only the super smooth touch experience but a stylish and feature packed product at an affordable price,” said B K Modi, chairman of Spice Mobility.

Spice MiTab features a 7 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, 800 MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS, Wi-Fi Connectivity, Bluetooth, 2 megapixel rear camera, 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera, Video recording capabilities, HD (720p) video playback, 3.5mm headset jack, GPS with A-GPS, 155 MB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 2 GB RAM, 4 GB ROM, 7.2 Mbps HSDPA, 5.76 Mbps HSUPA, Android Market and a 4200 mAh battery.

Spice MiTab comes with a price tag of Rs.12,990, but you can get this device for around Rs.11,990. This device will compete with other entry-level Android tablets such as Beetel Magiq, HCL ME AE7-A1, Reliance 3G Tab and iBall Slide in India. You can also purchase this device at Flipkart or LetsBuy.

Spice Mi-720 Android Tablet Now Available In India For Rs.11,990

Tablets are not much popular in India compared to the mobile phones, but most of the Indian manufacturers have already joined the bandwagon of launching their own tablet. Soon after Reliance Communication launched their Android powered tablet, Spice Communications announced their very own tablet. The tablet is named as Spice Mi-720 and it runs on the older version of Android Operating System.

Spice has reasonably priced this Android tablet, to attract more customers in India. It comes with a 7 inch touchscreen display, 800 MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 2 megapixel rear camera and much more. Popular online retailers such as Flipkart and BestBuy are already selling this tablet in India. If you are looking for an entry-level Android tablet, then your search comes to an end.

spice mi 720

Spice Mi-720 Specifications:

  • 7 inch touchscreen display
  • 800 x 480 pixels resolution
  • 800 MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
  • Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS
  • 2 megapixel rear camera
  • 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera
  • Video recording capabilities
  • HD (720p) video playback
  • 3.5mm headset jack
  • GPS with A-GPS
  • 7.2 Mbps HSDPA
  • 5.76 Mbps HSUPA
  • 155 MB internal memory
  • microSD card slot
  • 32 GB expandable memory
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 4 GB ROM
  • Android Market
  • 4200 mAh battery

Spice Mi-720 comes with a price tag of just Rs.11,990. This tablet is nearly Rs.1000 cheaper compared to the Reliance tablet. Moreover, Spice Mi-720 is not locked to any operator. You have the freedom to use the SIM card of any GSM operator in India. To get this device, head over to Flipkart or LetsBuy.