Netflix Now Supports All Android 2.2 & 2.3 Devices

Netflix is one of the most popular video streaming services in the United States. While iPhone users got a dedicated Netflix app quite a long time ago, there was no news about a dedicated app for the Android OS. A few months ago, when the Netflix app for Android was finally released, it only supported few Android handsets available in the market.

The reason behind supporting only selected handsets was the DRM technology used by Netflix, which supported phones with only locked down/encrypted boot loaders. There was a huge outrage due to this, and instead of blaming Netflix; Android OS was blamed because of its fragmentation issue.  The guys behind the Netflix app soon updated the app to support a bunch of more devices, but it still was not enough.

Today, the Netflix app has got another update, which makes it compatible with  all  Android handsets running Android 2.2 and/or Android 2.3+. This means that the app will now run on more than 85% of Android handsets out there! Better late than never!

Android users in the United States can download the latest version of Netflix from  here.

 

 

 

 

LG Thrill 4G Coming To AT&T On September 4 For $99.99

lg thrill 4gEarlier this year, LG announced its first 3D smartphone, the LG Optimus 3G. The LG Thrill 4G is the AT&T’s version of LG Optimus 3D smartphone. This handset currently runs on the old Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System, but it will be soon upgraded to the new Android 2.3 OS. This handset allows you to record HD (720p) videos in 3D and full HD (1080p) videos in 2G. We have already posted that LG Thrill 4G will be available for the AT&T customers during the Q3 of 2011.

We have a good news for the AT&T customers, who were eagerly waiting to get their hands on this amazing 3D smartphone. AT&T recently tweeted from their official Twitter account that, the much-awaited LG Thrill 4G will be finally available for purchase from September 4.

LG Thrill 4G comes with a 4.3 inch capacitive touchscreen display with 480 x 800 pixels resolution, 1 GHz dual-core/dual-channel processor, Android 2.2 OS (upgradeable to Android 2.3), Glasses-free 3D, Wi-Fi Connectivity, 5 megapixel dual-lens camera, Full HD (1080p) video recording and playback in 2D, HD (720p) video recording and playback in 3D, etc.

Other features includes a 3.5mm headset jack, FM radio, Multimedia player, 4G Connectivity, Android Market, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSd card slot, 8 GB microSD card bundled, 32 GB expandable memory, HSPA+, HDMI 1.4, DLNA connectivity and a 1500 mAh battery.

This handset allows you to directly upload your 3D videos to the YouTube 3D channel from your handset. The LG Thrill 4G will be available from September 4 for just $99.99 with a 2 year service agreement.

White LG Optimus Black Now Available In India For Rs.19,599

Earlier this year, LG announced and showcased the Android powered LG Optimus Black smartphone at the CES 2011 in Las Vegas. This handset features an unique NOVA display, which is designed to be the brightest, clearest and most readable among mobile screens with 700 nits of brightness for optimal visibility. Back in June, LG finally launched this smartphone for the customers in India.

Flipkart, a popular online retailer is currently selling the ‘White Edition’ of the LG Optimus Black smartphone. There are no changes in the specs compared to the original Optimus Black. Currently, it runs on the old Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System, but the handset is expected to get the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update, later this year. Check out the complete specs below.

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LG Optimus Black comes with a 4 inch NOVA display with 480 x 800 pixels resolution, 1 GHz Cortex-A8 processor, Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System, Optimus UI 2.0, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi, 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headphone jack, Stereo FM radio with RDS, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, microUSB 2.0, A-GPS, 2 GB internal storage, 512 MB RAM, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, up to 375 hrs standby time, up to 6 hrs talk-time and a 1500 mAh battery.

The While LG Optimus Black comes with a price-tag of Rs.19,599. To get this handset, head over to this page at Flipkart. Do you like the White Edition of LG Optimus Black, or your still prefer the original Optimus Black. Let us know your views in the comments below.

LG Optimus 3D Launched In India For Rs.37,000

LG Optimus 3D and HTC EVO 3D are the only Android powered 3D smartphones currently available on the earth. LG Optimus 3D is the first smartphone, featuring a glasses free touchscreen display and a dual rear camera for 3D video recording. This handset was announced and showcased at the CES 2011 in Las Vegas. The folks living in India has a reason to cheer, since the much-awaited 3D smartphone, the LG Optimus 3D is finally available for purchase in India.

LG Optimus 3D is the first 3D smartphone launched in India. It runs on the old Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System, but the manufacturer has already promised to roll out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update, later this year. This handset is capable of recording 3D videos in HD (720p) and full HD (1080p) videos in 2D, thanks to the 5 megapixel dual-lens camera.

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The LG Optimus 3D is super-smartphone which gives our consumer the pleasure of 3D without the special glasses. Its exceptional features combined with super computing capabilities will add a new dimension to the smartphone experience. The smart consumers will now have the power to create, view & share real-life 3D content and the power to explore the world of unlimited possibilities.

LG Optimus 3D comes with a 4.3 inch 3D WVGA display with 480 x 800 pixels resolution, 1 GHz Dual-Core and Dual-Channel TI OMAP4 processor, Android 2.2 OS (upgradeable to Android 2.3), Glasses-free 3D viewing, 5 megapixel dual-lens camera, 1080p video recording and playback in 2D, 720p video recording and playback in 3D, Wi-Fi, 3G Connectivity, HDMI 1.4, DLNA connectivity, 3.5mm headset jack, 4 GB LP DDR2, 8 GB memory, 32GB expandable memory and a 1500 mAh battery.

This handset comes with a price tag of Rs.37,000. Will you buy the LG Optimus 3D or you will go for the HTC Sensation or Samsung Galaxy S II, which is currently available for just Rs.30,000. Let us know your views in the comments below.

HP TouchPad Running Android 2.2 and Android 2.3 Videos Surface

The HP TouchPad is currently the number 1 selling tablet in Amazon, and across all the retail stores in the U.S. Even though the tablet and webOS is dead, the $99 price is too tempting to give this tablet a miss.

As we had reported earlier, developers all over the world have already started working on porting Android to the TouchPad. There is even a $1500 bounty up for grab for anyone who manages to port Android to the HP’s dead tablet.

Now, two mysterious videos have surfaced on YouTube, which shows the TouchPad running two different  flavors  of Android.  In the first video, the TouchPad is running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and the owner of the video promises to publish a tutorial on August 24th, which will allow other users to install the OS on their $99 tablet as well. In fact, the owner of the video goes ahead and states that he will release a working Honeycomb port for the TouchPad on August 26th. Sounds quite dubious to me, considering Honeycomb’s source code is still not available to the public.

Below is a video of the TouchPad running Android 2.3 Gingerbread –

In the second video, the TouchPad is shown running on Android 2.2.1. The owner of the video claims that his friend’s TouchPad shipped with Android 2.2 pre-installed. Yes, pre-installed! The most interesting part of the video is that the TouchPad’s boot logo is that of Qualcomm’s. Quite interesting huh? The second video can be seen here.

Hopefully, by the end of this month, we should see some partially usable Android ports for the TouchPad.

 

 

Motorola Flipside Android 2.2 FroYo Update Rolling Out Now

Motorola Flipside users rejoice! Motorola has finally given your much phone much needed FroYo love. The Flipside was launched last year on AT&T’s network, with Android 2.1 on-board.

The update to Android 2.2 brings with it some welcomed changes, including the ability to transfer applications to memory card, and Flash 10.3 support. While the USB tethering feature is also present, the option to tether via Wi-Fi is absent.

The Android 2.2.2 update also brings with it some much needed  performance  and stability boost. Post the update, Flipside users are also reporting an increase in battery life.

However, one major complain with the update is the low internal memory, once the FroYo update is installed. Thanks to all the non-removable  bloatware by AT&T, users are forced to move nearly all of their apps on to the SD card. Rooting apps like z4root or Super One Click root, don’t work with the FroYo update, at the moment.

Motorola Flipside users can head over to this site for a step-by-step information on how to update your handset to Android 2.2 FroYo.

Beetel Magiq Android Tablet Launched In India For Rs.9,999

Last week, Reliance Communications launched its entry-level tablet in India for just Rs.12,999. Now, Beetel, a part of the Bharti Group, has joined the bandwagon. Last month, we posted that Beetel, will soon launch its Android powered tablet in India. And, within a month, the company went ahead and launched the affordable Beetel Magiq tablet. This device runs on the Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System and it comes with a 7 inch touchscreen display, 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor, etc.

Mr. Vinod Sawhny Executive Director & CEO, Beetel Teletech, said, The Beetel Magiq Tablet has been designed looking at the technology needs of the extremely demanding Indian customers. Our tablet is not only about affordability but also about aspirational features which were previously available in the high-end devices and not within the reach of the majority of Indian customers. With Beetel Magiq Indian customers can access their dream world to support their professional as well as their entertainment needs.

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Beetel Magiq Specifications:

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

The Beetel Magiq tablet comes with a price-tag of Rs.9,999 (approx. $220). This tablet is Rs.3000 cheaper, compared to the Reliance tablet, but it runs on the old Android Froyo OS. The company also announced that, the Beetel Magiq will be soon upgraded to the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS. It also comes with a 1 year manufacturer warranty.

Since the Beetel and Airtel are the part of the Bharti Group, customers will get a free Airtel pre-paid or postpaid connection with the purchase of this tablet. Customers will also get 2 GB of 3G data for 2 months. This tablet will soon hit the Indian market. Stay tuned for more updates!

Google Rolling Out The New Android Market Update

Earlier this month, Google unveiled a new version of the Android Market for the phones running on Android 2.2 (Froyo) and higher. The redesigned Android Market allows you to purchase books as well as rent movies on the go. It also brings a new collections of great content like staff picks and Editors’ Choice apps. The updated Android Market is finally rolling out in the US.

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The new Android Market client comes with an improved UI, which looks quite similar to the Metro UI of Windows Phone 7. The top content from the Android Market are showcased in a new promotional page on the homescreen. The option to purchase books and rent movies is available exclusively to the folks living in the US. The books and rented movies will also be linked to your Google account, so that you can read it on multiple devices such as computer, phone or tablet.

I have been using the new Android Market from the last 15 days and I personally liked it. The apps are perfectly organised and you can easily find related apps as well as other apps from the developer in the new Android Market. It allows you to check out what other people are downloading in the Top Paid, Top Free, Top Grossing, Top New Paid, Top New Free and Trending lists. If you have already updated the new Android Market client, then let us know if you liked it or still prefer the previous one.

Three UK Offers LG Optimus 3D For Free On Contract

LG Optimus 3D is the company’s first 3D smartphone. This handset was announced and showcased at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 in Barcelona. Optimus 3D runs on the old Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System and it features a 4.3 inch 3D WVGA display, 1 GHz Dual-Core processor, 5 megapixel dual-lens camera with 3D recording in HD (720p). This handset is currently available for purchase, exclusively for the Three customers in the UK.

Sylvia Chind, Head of Handsets said The 3D trend is red hot at the moment which is why we’re particularly excited about bringing this handset to our customers. Coupled with Three’s award winning network* our customers will experience a quick and reliable experience when enjoying their 3D content.

lg optimus 3d

LG Optimus 3D comes with a 4.3 inch 3D WVGA display with 480 x 800 pixels resolution, 1 GHz Dual-Core and Dual-Channel TI OMAP4 processor, Android 2.2 OS (upgradeable to Android 2.3), Glasses-free 3D viewing, 5 megapixel dual-lens camera, 1080p video recording and playback in 2D, 720p video recording and playback in 3D, Wi-Fi, 3G Connectivity, HDMI 1.4, DLNA connectivity, 3.5mm headset jack, 4 GB LP DDR2, 8 GB memory, 32GB expandable memory and a 1500 mAh battery.

LG has already promised that, the LG Optimus 3D will get the Android 2.3 update soon. You can directly upload your 3D contents from the handset to the YouTube 3D channel. Optimus 3D is also the world’s first smartphone with the unique tri-dualconfiguration dual-core, dual-channel and dual-memory. This handset is available for free with a 2 year service agreement and a £45 a month plan. You will also get unlimited data, 2000 any network minutes and 5000 texts. to buy this handset, head over to this page.

Motorola Triumph Now Available At Virgin Mobile For $299.99

Last month, Motorola announced its mid-budget Android smartphone, the Motorola Triumph. This handset runs on the old Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System and it comes with a 4.1 inch WVGA display, 1 GHz processor, 5 megapixel camera, 3G Connectivity and more. Motorola Triumph is finally available for purchase in the US, exclusively for the Virgin Mobile customers.

As smartphone ownership continues to accelerate, we are thrilled to offer Virgin Mobile customers this exciting, compelling new handset from a device leader like Motorola,said Mark Lederman, Business Line director, Virgin Mobile USA. Motorola TRIUMPH is a leader in its class and provides users the freedom to enjoy unlimited data on Virgin Mobile, without overages or a contract.

motorola triumph

Motorola Triumph features a 4.1 inch WVGA display, 800 x 480 pixels resolution, 1 Ghz Qualcomm MSM8655 processor, Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System, 5 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording and playback, VGA front-facing camera, Android Webkit Browser, 512MB RAM, 2GB ROM and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm audio jack, HDMI port, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Android Market, MicroUSB, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, A-GPS, 3G Mobile HotSpot, Android Market, up to 500 mins talk-time, up to 300hrs stand-by time and 1400 mAh battery.

Motorola Triumph is the first handset to come preloaded with the Virgin Mobile Live 2.0 social networking music application. This handset allows you to access more than 250,000 apps, widgets and games from the Android Market. Motorola Triumph comes with a price-tag of $299.99 without any service agreements.