HTC and Verizon have started rolling out a new software update for their first ever 4G LTE capable smartphone the Thunderbolt. No, this is not the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update, which Thunderbolt owners are expecting.
Instead, this OTA update is aimed at improving the 4G connectivity issues along with the random reboot issue, from which most of the Thunderbolt owners suffer. The OTA update carries the version number 1.70.605.0, and weighs in at 74MB.
Below is the official change-log of the update from Verizon :
- Improved data connectivity.
- Enhanced Call History view.
- Reduced number of device power cycles and resets.
- Improved Bluetooth ® Discovery Mode pop-up window.
- View App Menu in tabbed layout.
- People search function enabled.
- Backup Assistant has been added to the All Apps menu.
- Preloaded My Verizon, V CAST Music and V CAST Videos.
- Desktop cradle App is now available, showing clock in landscape mode.
- NY Times site has been added into the browser bookmarks.
HTC Thunderbolt owners can already download and install the update on their phone. To do so, go to Settings-> About Phone-> Software Update, and select the Check for updates option. The handset will then automatically download and install the update.
LG recently launched its Android powered Optimus Black smartphone in India. This handset runs on the old Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System and it was first showcased at the CES 2010 in Las Vegas. LG Optimus Black comes with 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. Check out the complete specs, after the break.
LG Optimus Black features 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 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 LG Optimus Black comes with the new Optimus UI 2.0, which allows you to directly access messages, emails and missed calls from the locked screen with just a single finger tap. This handset comes with a price tag of Rs.19,990. You can also get the Google Nexus S or the Apple iPhone 3GS 8GB for the same price tag. Which handset you are planning to buy? Let us know in the comments below.
Android users very well know that the official Skype application for Android is nothing but a joke. The app is slow, and does not support video calling, which is one main reason why people use Skype.
A major over-haul of the app was long due, and it has finally landed on the Android Market! I find it a bit ironic since when Microsoft purchased Skype, I gave up the very thought of Skype’s Android app ever being updated.
The new version of Skype (v2.0) brings with it a whole new, and much improved UI, along with support for SMS. The application now also supports two-way video calling via Wi-Fi or 3G. However, two way video-calling feature is limited to only four handsets at the moment. Those four handsets include the Google Nexus S, Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro and Neo, and the HTC Desire S.
Yes, Skype did not bother to add support for popular phones with front-facing camera like the EVO 4G, Samsung Galaxy S/ S2, EVO 3D, but added them for two phones which are hardly available anywhere.
Hopefully, Skype will soon release an updated version of the application with support for video calling on more Android handsets. Here is the link to the updated version of Skype for Android.
Last year, Motorola launched its powerful Android powered rugged smartphone, the Motorola Defy. This handset is pretty amazing, but it originally runs on the old Android 2.1 (Eclair) Operating System. Motorola and AT&T have already started rolling out the Android 2.2 Froyo update in the US, but the Motorola Defy customers in the UK were left behind.
T-Mobile UK recently tweeted from their official Twitter account that, the Android 2.2 Froyo update for Motorola Defy will start rolling out to the T-mobile UK customer at the the beginning of July. The update is expected to be available within the first half of July, to almost all the T-Mobile Motorola Defy owners. The Android Froyo update will be available via. Over-The-Air (OTA).
The new software update comes with a new revamped User Interface, new Task manager app, Wi-Fi Hotspot capability, Linked-In account integration, Adobe Flash support, ability to store the applications on the device’s microSD card, added security features, including Exchange-based encryption and password security.
It is advised to backup all your data before updating the device. You should also have at least 50% charged battery in your phone and an active SIM card installed before updating to Android 2.2. We will let you know, as soon as the update is available for the Motorola Defy in the UK. Stay tuned!
Earlier this year, LG announced its second 3D smartphone, the LG Thrill 4G at the CTIA show in Orlando, Florida. This handset is AT&T’s version of the popular Optimus 3D smartphone. LG thrill 4G deliver a glasses-free 3D experience and it allows the users to record 3D videos using the dual 5 megapixel camera. This handset runs on the old Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System, but it is expected to get the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update soon after the launch.
LG Thrill 4G features 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,
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.
LG Thrill 4G allows you to directly upload your 3D videos to the YouTube 3D channel from your handset. AT&T recently confirmed that, the much-awaited LG Thrill 4G will arrive in stores this summer. It is expected to comes with a price-tag of $199.99 with a 2 year service agreement. Stay tuned for more updates!
LG Optimus 3D is the company’s first 3D phone. This handset was announced earlier this year, at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 in Barcelona. LG Optimus 3D features a 4.3 inch 3D WVGA display, 1 GHz Dual-Core processor, 5 megapixel dual-lens camera with 3D recording in HD (720p).
LG Optimus 3D runs on the Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System and it is expected to get the Android Gingerbread update in the Q3 of 2011. It is also the world’s first smartphone with the unique tri-dualconfiguration dual-core, dual-channel and dual-memory. This handset allows you to directly upload your 3D contents to the YouTube 3D channel.
Tri-Dual architecture opens up a whole new world in smartphone performance,said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Mobile Communications Company. As the latest offering in our Optimus line-up, we expect there will be significant interest from those who seek the very latest in smartphone technology and are excited about 3D as the next big frontier in mobile devices.
LG Optimus 3D features 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, Wi-Fi, 3G Connectivity, 5 megapixel dual-lens camera, 1080p video recording and playback in 2D, 720p video recording and playback in 3D, HDMI 1.4, DLNA connectivity, 3.5mm headset jack, 4 GB LP DDR2, 8 GB memory and a 1500 mAh battery.
LG Optimus 3D also incorporates the world’s first 3D augmented reality (AR) browser in collaboration with AR pioneer Wikitude. This handset will be available in Europe first, and then, it will be available in more than 60 markets around the world, over the next several weeks. The price of this device have not been announced yet.
Verizon has started rolling out software updates for Samsung Fascinate and the Droid Charge. Sadly, none of the software updates will bring the much awaited Android 2.3 Gingerbread update to both the handsets. The updates for both the handsets are maintenance updates, and aims at fixing some bugs.
The Samsung Fascinate software update will improve the incoming call connectivity, along with improvements in the delivery of OTA updates. Yeah, an OTA update to improve OTA updates! The update is around 5MB in size, and carries the version number ED04.
The software update for the Droid Charge will fix the hotspot bug, along with improvements in the performance of the handset. The GPS reception and web browser performance have also been improved in this update. Verizon also claims that Droid Charge owners should notice an improvement in battery life, after installing this update. Some bugs relating to voice calls and email sync have also been squashed.
The EE4 software update for the Droid Charge weighs around 10MB and is already available OTA.
Users of both the handsets can manually download the update by going to Settings->About Phone and selecting the Software Update option.
Along with the Photon 4G, Motorola has also announced the Triumph, which will be available under Sprint’s pre-paid network Virgin. This means, users can buy this handset without any contract.
The Motorola Triumph sports a 4.1-inch screen with WVGA (800×480) resolution. The handset is powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM 8255 processor with an Adreno 205 GPU, and will pack 512MB of RAM.
The back of the handset sports a 5MP camera, with a LED flash, while there is a VGA camera in the front for video-calling. Other key features of the phone include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS with A-GPS, 3.5mm audio jack, microSD card slot with support for up to 32GB cards and a proximity sensor. The handset will also sport a mini-HDMI port along with a micro USB port. It will be powered by a 1400mAh battery.
The Triumph is the first phone from Motorola to run on stock Android 2.2 FroYo, out of the box. The handset is slated to be available sometime this summer. The pricing and other key specifications of the handset will be announced at the time of its release.
T-Mobile has teamed up with Samsung to announce two new lower-mid range Android handsets the Exhibit 4G and the Gravity Smart.
The Exhibit 4G is powered by a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, and sports a 3.7-inch AMOLED screen with WVGA (800×480) resolution. The back of the phone packs a disappointing 3MP camera, while there is a VGA camera in the front for video calling. The handset also packs 512MB of RAM, along with the usual Wi-Fi, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth and a 3.5mm audio jack.
The Gravity Smart from Samsung is the first phone to be powered by the Android OS in the Gravity series. The handset sports a four-row QWERTY keyboard, and a 3.2-inch screen with HVGA (320×480) resolution. The handset will be powered by an 800MHz processor and packs 512MB of RAM. Like the Exhibit 4G, the Smart has a 3.2MP camera at its back.
The Exhibit 4G runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, while the Smart runs on the now old and stale Android 2.2 FroYo. The former will also be compatible with T-Mobile’s so called 4G’ network.
The Gravity Smart will cost users $70 after a mail-in rebate, while the Exhibit 4G will cost $80 after a $50 mail-in rebate. T-Mobile did not mention anything about the release date of both the handsets, but expect them to be available by the middle of this month.
US Cellular recently launched the Android powered HTC Merge smartphone. The HTC Merge is U.S. Cellular’s first Android-powered Global Ready smartphone. This handset is powered by the old Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System and it comes with a 3.8 inch touchscreen display, 800 MHz processor, 5 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording, 2 GB internal memory and so on. This handset is available from both US Cellular and Verizon Wireless in the US.
“Customers who switch to U.S. Cellular join the happiest customers in wireless and can get easy-to-use devices that can be personalized to fit their busy schedules,” said Edward Perez, vice president of sales and marketing operations for U.S. Cellular. “Whether it’s managing your calendar, keeping track of family activities or staying in touch with close friends, we have phones that make your life easier.”
HTC Merge features a 3.8 inch touchscreen display with 480 x 800 pixels resolution, 800 MHz processor, Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, HTC Sense UI, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash, HD (720p) video recording and more.
Other features include a 3.5 mm audio jack, 512 MB RAM, 2 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, A-GPS, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, Android Market, up to 330 hours stand-by time, up to 6 hours 30 mins talk-time and a 1400 mAh Li-Ion battery.
HTC Merge allows you to access more than 200,000 apps from the Android Market. This handset is Wi-Fi hotspot capable and it comes pre-loaded with an 8 GB memory card. The HTC Merge is available for $149.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate and a 2 year service agreement. To get this handset, head over to this page.