HTC HD2 First WP7 Based ROM Released

Rejoice all HTC HD2 owners! A few days ago the HD2 got its first NAND based Android 2.2 ROM and today, the first WP7 based ROM for the handset has been released. The DFT (Dark Forces Team) has released the first WP7 ROM for the HD2 for public consumption. HD2 owners can install this WP7 ROM on their handset and play around with WP7 to get a feel of it.

Nearly all the hardware of the phone is working smoothly on this ROM including Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth and multi-touch gestures like pinch-to-zoom. Users can also sync the handset with the Zune software bundled with WP7 devices.

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The performance of the ROM is also very snappy with the first boot taking only around 20 seconds. There is a twist in the tale though. HD2 owners won’t be able to access the Windows Live services which can be a huge disappointment for many.

HD2 owners can download the WP7 ROM and read the steps on how to flash it on their handset here.

Update: HD2 owners can now get Live services working under this WP7 ROM. Click here to know more.

Samsung Vibrant 4G Specs Leak; Offers Speeds Of Up to 21+Mbps

The folks over at TmoNews have managed to get their hands on some official documents of T-Mobile which suggest that the carrier will be launching an updated version of the Samsung Vibrant. The Samsung Vibrant 4G will be the first phone from T-Mobile to support download speeds of up to 21Mbps. Right now T-Mobile offers two 4G’ enabled handsets the G2 and the myTouch 4G which offer download speeds of up to 14.4Mbps.

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The Vibrant 4G will pack in a 4-inch SAMOLED screen with WVGA resolution. The handset will be powered by a 1 GHz Hummingbird processor along with the PowerVR SGX540 graphics core. The handset will pack 512MB of RAM and16GB of internal memory. The usual Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3.5mm audio jack, microSD card slot and a 5MP camera without Flash are also present.

Unlike the original Vibrant, the Vibrant 4G also features a front video call camera. T-Mobile has also pre-installed Qik for video calling on the handset. Also unlike its elder brother, the Vibrant 4G runs on Android 2.2 with TouchWIZ on top of it.

Samsung and T-Mobile are also going to pre-load the handset with the movie ‘Inception’, doubleTwist Air Sync, Samsung Media Hub and Amazon Kindle.

I wonder if the Vibrant 4G will be a success like the original Vibrant. The handset hardly has any oomph’ factor. Plus, original Vibrant owners are still waiting for their Android 2.2 update and they will definitely think twice before buying a Samsung phone now.

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

LG Optimus 2X Up For Pre-Order In UK For £499.99

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Last month, LG announced the world’s smartphone with a dual-core processor, LG Optimus 2X. If you were eagerly waiting to buy this dual-core “superphone”, then we have a good news for you. Expansys, a popular online retailer in the UK is currently taking pre-orders of this powerful handset. According to Expansys, this handset will be available in the UK from early next month.

LG Optimus 2X comes with a 4 inch WVGA screen, Android 2.2 (FroYo) OS, 1 Ghz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi, Micro USB, 8 megapixel rear camera with full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.3 megapixel front camera, 8GB internal memory, 32GB expandable memory, 3.5mm headset jack, HDMI mirroring, 1500 mAh battery and so on.

If you live in the UK, then you can pre-order the powerful Optimus 2X from Expansys for £499.99 (approx. $780). This handset is completely unlocked and thankfully it does not come with a 2 years service agreement. If you are planning to buy this handset, head over to the pre-order page at Expansys.

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.

Acer Announces The Acer Liquid Mini Smartphone

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Recently, we posted that, Acer announced the beTouch E210 QWERTY Phone, and now the company announced another touchscreen phone, the Acer Liquid Mini at the CES 2011 in Las Vegas. This handset is powered by the Android 2.2 (FroYo) operating system, which allows you to access more than 200,000 apps from the Android Market. Acer Liquid Mini is DLNA certified, which means that, you can enjoy content from your computer on your phone.

Acer Liquid Mini features a 3.2 inch HVGA touchscreen display with 480 x 320 pixels resolution, Android 2.2 (FroYo) OS, 600 MHz Qualcomm 7227 processor, HSDPA support, DLNA connectivity, Wi-Fi, 5 megapixel camera with 480p video recording, Bluetooth, GPS, stereo FM radio, 512MB RAM, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, up to 6.5 hours of talk time, up to 20 hours of stand-by time and more.

This handset will be available in 5 vibrant colors – jet silver, royal blue, piano black, lime green and light pink. It allows you to view and edit popular office files (Word, Excel, Powerpoint and PDF) and send them through your work email with support for Microsoft Exchange. Acer Liquid Mini will be available from April 11 in the UK. The price of this handset has not been announced yet.

Dell Venue Announced; To Be Sold Unlocked In The States

Beside the Streak 7 tablet, Dell also announced the Dell Venue smartphone at the CES 2011. The Dell Venue handset has a 4.1-inch WVGA AMOLED display with Gorilla glass on top of it. The phone is powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm QSD825 processor and packs 512MB of RAM. The back of the phone sports an 8MP camera.

Dell Venue smartphone with English language screenfill featured on a white background.

The usual Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, microSD card slot and a 3.5mm audio jack are also present. The Venue runs on Android 2.2 with Dell’s Stage UI on top of it. The phone also has a physical camera shutter button. Dell did not mention any other relevant information about the handset except that it will be sold unlocked in the U.S.

They did not mention anything about the pricing and the availability of the Venue as well.

Dell Streak 7 Announced; Headed To T-Mobile

Dell has announced the Streak 7 a 7-inch tablet heading to T-Mobile. The Dell Streak 7 sports a dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor with both the cores running at 1GHz. The 7-inch WVGA display of the Streak 7 is covered with Gorilla glass.

The 7-inch tablet also features HSPA+ 4G support along with the usual Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, a 3.5mm audio jack and a microSD card slot.

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The tablet has 16GB of onboard storage space.   The front of the tablet sports a 1.3MP camera for video calling while the back sports a 5MP camera.

The Streak 7 runs on Android 2.2 with the Stage UI of Dell on top of it. Sadly, T-Mobile did not mention the pricing of the tablet. The Streak 7 is expected to hit the stores in the coming weeks’.

HTC Thunderbolt Finally Gets Official; Features Integrated Skype Mobile

After numerous leaks, the HTC Thunderbolt has finally been unveiled by Verizon and HTC at the CES 2011. The HTC Thunderbolt features a mammoth 4.3-inch S-LCD screen with WVGA (800×480) resolution. The handset is powered by a 1GHz Qualacomm Snapdragon processor.

The back of the phone features an 8MP camera with 720p HD video recording capability. The phone also sports a front-facing camera for video calling. The handset also supports Verizon’s 4G LTE network.

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Other key features of the HTC Thunderbolt include DLNA, Dolby Surround Sound, Built in kickstand, GPS with aGPS, a 3.5mm audio jack and a microSD card slot with a 32GB microSD card preloaded. The HTC Thunderbolt runs on Android 2.2 with the latest version of HTC Sense UI on top of it. HTC have also integrated Skye Mobile with video calling in their Sense UI on this phone.

Sadly, HTC did not mention the release date or pricing of the device. However, I expect the Thunderbolt to hit the shelves by Q1 of 2011.

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Acer Announces beTouch E210 QWERTY Phone

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Acer recently announced the Android powered beTouch E210. This handset runs on the Android 2.2 (FroYo) operating system and it comes with a full QWERTY keyboard and an optical trackpad. Acer beTouch E210 is the tenth device in the Acer’s beTouch series of phones.

Acer beTouch E210 features a 2.6-inch TFT touchscreen display with 240 x 320 pixels resolution, 416 ST-Ericsson PNX6715 MHz processor, Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS, full QWERTY keyboard, Wi-Fi connectivity, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, 3.2-megapixel camera, music player and more.

Other features include a 3.5mm audio jack, microSD card slot, 512MB ROM, 256MB RAM, GPS, micro-USB, optical trackpad, Stereo FM Radio, Digital compass and a 1300mAh battery. This handset measures 115 x 62.5 x 11.5mm and weighs just 109g.

This handset is available in two colors – silver and black. Acer beTouch E210 will be released in the UK on March 11th. The price of this handset has not been announced yet.