Motorola Defy To Get Android 2.2 Update In Q2, 2011

Motorola has today announced that their rugged and water resistant Android handset the Motorola Defy – will get its Android 2.2 love for sure. The only downside is that Motorola is expected to roll out the update in the second quarter of the next year i.e. sometime in Q2 of 2011. Sadly, the company also announced that the Motorola Milestone XT720 won’t get an update to Android 2.2 at all and will remain stuck with Android 2.1 forever.

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Here is the official announcement from Motorola :

Today we can confirm that in EMEA we plan to upgrade Motorola DEFY to Android 2.2 (FroYo) in the second quarter of next year and that Milestone XT720 will remain on Android 2.1. Anyone looking for information about this and updates for other regions should go to our forum.

Hopefully, Motorola won’t delay the Android 2.2 update for the Defy to Q3. If my memory serves me right, no manufacturer has been able to roll out the Froyo update for their handset on their scheduled date.

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Samsung Sells 600,000 Galaxy Tab Worldwide

Samsung_Galaxy_tabA Korean newspaper The Korean Herald has reported that Samsung have managed to sell more than 600,000 Galaxy Tab worldwide. The newspaper reports that these numbers have been confirmed from the company itself. Earlier, analysts suggested that the sales of Galaxy Tab is pretty weak worldwide due to its high pricing.

However, the sales figure of the Tab sure has managed to beat the analysts’ prediction. According to the newspaper, the demand for the tablet is higher than its supply in many countries. In its home land Korea Samsung has managed to sell around 30,000 units since the Tab launched on November 14. At its current pace, the sales of Galaxy Tab will be able to meet Samsung’s expectation of 1 million units by the year end.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab has to be the first tablet running Android 2.2 to have sold in such huge numbers. Even though not an iPad killer, the Galaxy Tab sure is a worthy competitor to the Apple iPad.

Sony Ericsson X10 Gets Android 2.2 Unofficially

X10_Android 2.2It was at the end of last month/beginning of this month that Sony Ericsson had started rolling out the Android 2.1 (Éclair) update for the Xperia X10. The update came at a point when most of the high-end phones are already running on Android 2.2 or are scheduled to get their Froyo love sometime this year. It is also unclear whether Sony Ericsson will officially update the X10 to Android 2.2 or not.

However, unofficially the X10 is hopefully weeks away from a clean Android 2.2 ROM. The folks over at XDA have somehow managed to bypass the X10’s boot loader and are working on a clean, stock Android 2.2.1 based Custom ROM for the handset. Right now, the ROM is in pre-alpha testing and the developers will try to squish all the bugs found during the testing phase by the users.

As of now, video playback and camera along with few other stuff are not working. The best part about this ROM is that it will allow users to dual boot between Android 2.1 and the Custom ROM. Users who are interested in trying out this ROM can check out this thread on XDA.

Samsung Officially Announces Giorgio Armani Galaxy S

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Giorgio Armani and Samsung Electronics have come up with an exclusive smartphone, combining style and cutting-edge technology, the Giorgio Armani Samsung Galaxy S. The specs of this handset is almost same to the original Samsung Galaxy S except the fancy Giorgio Armani GUI.

The long-standing partnership between Samsung and Giorgio Armani has produced a finely crafted handset that reflects the user’s refined tastes. It has been magnificent to see Samsung’s design and technological expertise matched with one of the most prestigious and stylish brands in the world,said YH Lee, Senior Vice President of the Samsung Mobile Marketing.

The Giorgio Armani Samsung Galaxy S features a 4 inch Super AMOLED display with 480 x 800 pixels resolution, 1Ghz processor, Android 2.2 (FroYo) operating system, Giorgio Armani GUI, 5 megapixel camera, HD video player and recorder, Music Player with SoundAlive, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi, 3G Connectivity, Adobe Flash 10.1, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, 3.5 mm audio jack, 16GB internal memory, 32GB expandable memory and 1650 mAh battery.

The Giorgio Armani Galaxy S comes with a price tag of €700 (approx. $950). This handset will be available from next month in Italy, Netherlands, UK and Russia. Check out the commercial below.

Motorola Milestone 2 Available In UK For £379.99

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Motorola Milestone 2, the GSM version of Motorola Droid 2, have been launched in the UK. This handset was recently launched in Germany, and finally after waiting for few days, this powerful smartphone is available for the Droid fans in the UK. Motorola Milestone 2 comes with price tag of £379.99 (approx. $600) for the unlocked, SIM-free device.

Motorola Milestone 2 comes with a 3.7 inch TFT capacitive display with 480 x 854 pixels resolution, Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System, 1 GHz processor, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, Motoblur UI, 5 megapixel camera with dual-LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, microUSB 2.0, 8GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32GB expandable memory, 3.5 mm audio jack, A-GPS and 1400 mAh battery.

Motorola Milestone 2 is available for free with a 2 years contract agreement from Vodafone. This handset is not available directly from Vodafone, but you will have to get it via Expansys. On the other hand, you can get the unlocked version of this handset for £379.99.

Samsung GT-i9200 Firmware Leaks

There have been a lot of rumors about the existence of the Samsung-Google Android experience phone. However, the leaked images of the phone and its special’ appearance on the Web 2.0 conference in the hands of Eric Schmidt have given ample proof of its existence.   It has also been confirmed that the Nexus S will be running on Android 2.3 when launched and will sport NFC capabilities.

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However, what is still not known about the phone are its internal hardware specifications. Now, a firmware of the Samsung GT-i9200 has leaked on the Internet. It is still unclear whether this GT-i9200 is the Nexus S or the next high-end phone from Samsung. Devs over at XDA forums have been digging around with the files of the firmware and it looks like the handset will be using the RFS file system.

The RFS file system is one of the major culprits of the lag on the Galaxy S series of handsets. Other confirmed specifications of the phone are that it will sport Bluetooth 3.0, FM Radio and the camera module is from Konica Minolta Camera, Inc.

A senior member Richthofen has however said that the GT-i9200 will be powered by the S5PC110 AP and feature the PowerVR SGX540 GPU. The resolution of the handset will be the same as on the other Galaxy S handsets at WVGA (800×480).

Acer Liquid E Android 2.2 Update Out Now

Acer_liquid_eAcer is a newbie in the mobile industry. The first few Android based handsets from the company did not manage to set the sales chart on fire. However, Acer is still providing support to all those people who showed faith in the company and brought their Acer Liquid E handset.

The testimony to this is the fact that Acer has released the Android 2.2 update for the Liquid E. As for now, the update is available only in Canada for the carrier branded Rogers and Fido Liquid E handsets.

The update is not in the usual OTA (Over-The-Air) form. Users need to download the update and install it on their phone manually. Acer has provided pretty detailed steps on how to install the update so hopefully users won’t face any problems while installing the update.

Acer Liquid E handset owners can download the update from here.

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Nexus One Gets An OTA Update – FRG83D

The official Google Android Developer phone the Nexus One has just received an OTA (Over-The-Air) software. Sadly, the OTA is not the Gingerbread update which many of you have been hoping for. The OTA update weighs 1.3MB and bumps up the Nexus One software from FRG83 to FRG83D.   The OTA update basically aims contains bug fixes and patches.

Here is the small change-log (thanks to Paul) -:

  • Updates to the core and framework JARs
  • Updates to the Dalvik VM and Webcore libraries
  • Updates to the Email, Google Services Framework and Market packages.
  • A couple of other very minor patches

It is still unclear whether the Nexus One loses its root after the OTA update or not. Nexus One owners who can’t wait for the OTA, can download and install it manually from here.

HTC Merge Makes An Appearance On Verizon’s Website

The Merge was supposed to be announced by Verizon and HTC at the Droid celebration party in Seattle, tonight. Sadly, that did not happen but the handset did make an appearance on Verizon’s website. Though, the image was pulled back a few minutes later. The full 360 degree view of the phone was up on the site before being pulled.

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This definitely means that the Merge is quite close to its release. The HTC Merge is the Verizon’s version of the T-Mobile G2 or the HTC Desire Z. The handset sports a 3.7-inch S-LCD and is powered by an 800MHz Qualcomm Scorpio processor. The handset runs on Android 2.2 with HTC Sense UI on top of it. The Merge also packs a pop-out four-row QWERTY keyboard.

However, it is still unclear whether Verizon will be branding the Merge as a Droid device or just another Android handset in their portfolio.

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Sony Ericsson X10 To Get Multi-Touch Support By Q1, 2011

In the first couple of quarters of this year, there was a huge fiasco about the multi-touch capabilities of the Sony Ericsson X10. At first, Sumit Malhotra from Sony Ericsson said that the X10 might get multi-touch support in a future software update but soon Rikard Skogberg said that the X10 lacks the hardware to support multi-touch.

Now, Sony Ericsson have announced in a blog post that the X10 will be getting an OTA (Over-The-Air) software update by Q1 of 2011 which will enable basic multi-touch (pinch-to-zoom) support on the phone. X10

The blog post clearly states that the X10 hardware is still not capable of multi-touch support. Some engineer( s) over at Sony Ericsson managed to change the driver and firmware so as to make the touch digitizer accept some basic multi-touch gestures.

However, the multi-touch gesture is still not perfect. A strange behavior is bound to happen when in a multi-touch gesture movement the two fingers cross each other or the X-axis and the Y-axis.

So, Sony Ericsson has decided to enable multi-touch gesture only in the web browser and Google Maps. Third party applications will also be able to make use of this limited multi-touch support on the X10.

It was only a few days ago that someone over at XDA forums had managed to enable basic multi-touch support on the X10. I think Sony Ericsson noticed this hack and are now going to use it to enable multi-touch on the X10.