Verizon Wireless recently announced the HTC Droid Incredible 2 smartphone. This handset is the successor of the the popular HTC Droid Incredible smartphone. It runs on the old Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System and comes with a 4 inch Super LCD display, Wi-Fi mobile hotspot, 8 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording and more. This handset will be exclusively available on the airwaves of Verizon Wireless in the US. Check out the specs below.
HTC Droid Incredible 2 features a 4 inch Super LCD touchscreen display with 480 x 800 pixels resolution, 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS, HTC Sense UI, Wi-Fi, 3G Connectivity, 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera and so on.
Other features include a 3.5mm headset jack, 1.1 GB ROM, 768 MB RAM, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Bluetooth, A-GPS, Wi-Fi mobile hotspot, integrated noise cancellation technology and SRS WOWHD surround sound.
HTC Droid Incredible 2 is a global ready Android smartphone, which means that, it has both CDMA radio for operation on Verizon’s network in the US and GSM/HSPA radio for operation in more than 200 countries. This handset will be available for purchase from April 28th. HTC Droid Incredible 2 comes with a price tag of $199.99 with a two years service agreement.
Earlier this year, Acer announced the Android powered Acer Liquid Mini smartphone at the CES 2011 in Las Vegas. Acer finally launched this budget smartphone in India. Acer Liquid Mini is the cheaper version of the popular Acer Liquid smartphone. This handset runs on the Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System and it comes with a 3.2 inch HVGA touchscreen display, 5 megapixel camera, 3G connectivity and more. Acer Liquid Mini will compete with budget Android phones such as LG Optimus One and Samsung Galaxy Pop in the Indian market.
Acer Liquid Mini features a 3.2 inch HVGA touchscreen display, 480 x 320 pixels resolution, 600 MHz Qualcomm 7227 processor, Android 2.2 (FroYo) OS, 3G connectivity, 5 megapixel camera with 480p video recording, Bluetooth, GPS, stereo FM radio, DLNA connectivity, Wi-Fi, 512MB RAM, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 2 GB MicroSD card included, up to 6.5 hours of talk time, up to 20 hours of stand-by time and a 1300 mAh battery.
This handset measures 110.4 x 57.5 x 13 mm and weighs just 109g. Acer Liquid Mini is available in 3 different colors – Jet Silver, Royal Blue and Piano Black. 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 comes with a price tag of Rs.11,990. Sadly, this handset does not have a front-facing camera for video calling. Are you planning to buy this budget smartphone? Let us know your views in the comments below.
It was around a week ago that Motorola and AT&T started rolling out the Android 2.2 update for the Bravo.
Now, T-Mobile has also started rolling out the Froyo update for the Motorola Defy the carrier’s version of the Motorola Bravo. The update is a manual one, and is available via OTA (Over-The-Air).
Defy owners are recommended to use Wi-Fi to download the OTA, since it weighs in at a whopping 122MB. The new software update (v34.4.9) will bring it support for Flash Player 10.1, performance improvements, an improved web browser, ability to install apps on the memory card and better voice-to-text input.
Along with this, Motorola has also added Profiles feature, a Task Manager, Wi-Fi hotspot support, smart dialing and a new Gallery app, with an updated UI.
The full change-log of the software update can be found here. Motorola will also soon start rolling out the Android 2.2 Froyo update for the Defy owners, in Europe.
In all probability, the Android 2.2 FroYo update for the Defy will be its last major software update.
Motorola and Verizon have started rolling out a new software update for their business oriented Droid the Droid Pro.
The new software update (v2.26.60) is brings with it hosts of enhancements and bug fixes. The software update will improve the Bluetooth performance, voice call quality and the general performance and stability of the handset.
Here is the official change-log from Motorola :
- Improved audio on voice calls.
- Improved stability and performance.
- User interface display now refreshes when user switches from GSM/UMTS communication to Global Mode.
- Device now prepends 011 to Country Code to send SMS messages.
- Global Mode no longer resets when connecting to a USB charger.
- Visual Voice Mail now detects airplane mode while Wi-Fi is active.
- Prompt return to full screen brightness after wake-up.
- Upgraded Bluetooth firmware.
- Improved interoperability with Microsoft Internet Application Gateway (IAG) configurations.
- Device string format for Exchange changed to include device name and version number.
- Upgrade to Google applications Release 7.
- Improved audio during voice calls.
- Reduced user interface lock-ups.
Droid Pro users can manually check for the update, by going to Menu->Settings->About Phone and selecting the System Updates option.
Hopefully, Motorola will also release the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Droid Pro sometime in the future.
There has already been a huge controversy surrounding the Galaxy S series of handsets Android 2.2 update in the United States.
Samsung started rolling out the Android 2.2 update for the Galaxy S back in September (2010). However, it was only in the 2nd month of 2011 that the company started rolling out the Android 2.2 update for some of the Galaxy S handsets in the United States.
These handsets included the Sprint’s Epic 4G, AT&T’s Captivate and the T-Mobile’s Vibrant. Now, Verizon has also decided to release the Android 2.2 update for its Galaxy S handset the Fascinate.
The update to Android 2.2 will bring with it some welcome features including support for Flash 10.2. The general system performance and the web browser performance have also been improved significantly.
Samsung and Verizon have also taken this opportunity to load more bloat ware on the handset, in the form of V Cast Apps and the Samsung Media Hub. The update also aims at fixing tons of bugs. The whole change-log can be found here.
For Fascinate owners, who are cursing Samsung for the delay in the update Please blame Verizon! Samsung has already started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Galaxy S in Europe. Whereas, it is still unconfirmed whether the Galaxy S handsets in the United States will get the Gingerbread love or not.
Earlier this year, Kyocera Communications announced the unique Kyocera Echo smartphone. It is the world’s first dual-touchscreen smartphone. This handset runs on the Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS and comes with a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, 5 megapixel camera, 1 GB internal memory, 3G connectivity and so on. This handset is exclusively available on the airwaves of Sprint in the US.
Kyocera Echo was already up for pre-order, but today, Sprint officially launched this amazing dual-touchscreen smartphone. Kyocera Echo comes with the VueQue app, which allows you to watch a YouTube video in one display, while browsing, queuing and buffering additional YouTube videos on the other.
Kyocera Echo features a dual 3.5-inch LCD WVGA with 800 x 480 pixels resolution, 4.7 inches diagonally with 800 x 960 pixels resolution when opened, 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS, 5 megapixel camera with flash, autofocus and 2x digital zoom, HD (720p) video recording, 1 GB internal memory, 32GB expandable memory and much more.
It comes with different connectivity options such as Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 3G Connectivity, microUSB and Wi-Fi hotspot capability. This handset measures 115.0 x 56.5 x 17.2mm and weighs 193g.
Kyocera Echo is currently available for purchase in all the Sprint retail channels, including the Web and Telesales. This handset comes with a price tag of $199.99 after a $100 rebate and a 2 years service agreement. Are you planning to buy this smartphone? Let us know your views in the comments below.
The AT&T branded Motorola Bravo is all set to receive a major software update from Motorola. The Bravo is similar to the Motorola Defy, except for the difference in radio bands.
Motorola will start rolling out a software update (v37.4.0) for the Bravo, which will update the Android OS of the handset to FroYo (Android 2.2).
While FroYo may not be the latest version of the Android OS, the OS update does bring with it some notable changes. After installing this update, Bravo users can enjoy Flash videos on their handset thanks to Flash 10.1.
The handset can now also act as a Mobile hotspot’ for up to five devices, and can USB tether to a Windows or a Linux desktop via an USB cable.
Along with all this, support for installing apps on the memory card, profiles features, a new task manager, an updated gallery, a bunch of new applications (Files, Latitude, Places, and News etc.) and smart dial function for the dialer are also onboard. The full change-log can be found here.
The update is an OTA one, and will be pushed to all Bravo handsets out there in due course of time.
Back at CES 2011, HTC and Verizon announced their first ever 4G LTE capable phone the Thunderbolt.
At that time, the Thunderbolt was advertised to come with a new Skype version, which would allow users to do video calls. However, due to some reasons the Thunderbolt did not ship with Skype pre-installed.
Even Skype did not release an updated version of their app on the Android Market, which supported video calls. In fact, Verizon removed all the advertisements from the Internet, which stated that the Thunderbolt will come with video-chatting capabilities via Skype.
Now, the awesomely awesome folks over at Droid-Life have somehow managed to get their hands on a leaked Skype APK, which allows Thunderbolt owners to make video calls!
Sadly, this APK file works only on the HTC Thunderbolt. I tried to install this file on my Samsung Galaxy S, but the app simply refused to install.
Thunderbolt owners can download the Skype APK file from here.
The folks over at Android Central have managed to get their hands on some leaked pictures of the upcoming Motorola Droid X2 and the HTC Droid Incredible 2.
The Incredible S from HTC will get a minor speed bump and will be powered by a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor and pack 768MB of RAM. The handset will also feature the same curvy back, as its predecessor.
The back of the phone sports an 8MP camera with dual-LED flash. Rumors also suggest that the Incredible 2 will feature wireless charging. Sadly, the handset will launch with Android 2.2.1 on-board. HTC and Verizon are yet to announce a release date for the Incredible 2.
The Droid X2 from Motorola looks similar to its predecessor the Droid X. The handset sports the same 4.3-inch display with a higher qHD resolution. The X2 will be powered by Nvidia’s Tegra 2 chipset and pack 1GB of RAM. The back of the handset will sport an 8MP camera with dual-LED flash. Sadly, there is no video call camera in the front.
While Motorola has retained the mini-HDMI port, the camera shutter key has been dropped from the Droid X2. The phone will launch with Android 2.2.2 with the latest version of MotoBlur running on top of it.
At the moment, it is unknown whether the X2 or the Incredible 2 will support Verizon’s 4G LTE network. Both the phones will be released under Verizon’s Droid brand.
Hopefully, Verizon and Motorola/HTC will announce the phone in the next couple of weeks.
HTC and T-Mobile have started rolling out the Android 2.2 Froyo update for the T-Mobile branded myTouch 3G Slide.
While the myTouch 3G got its Android 2.2 update nearly six months ago, the 3G Slide will get its share of FroYo love now.
The new software update will bump the Android version of myTouch 3G Slide to 2.2.1 and bring a host of welcome changes with it.
Here is the official change-log from HTC themselves :
â€¢ Android 2.2.1 FroYo
â€¢ Wi-Fi calling
â€¢ Wi-Fi hotspot
â€¢ USB Tethering (Internet Sharing)
â€¢ Low storage (User Data) notification mechanism
â€¢ Resolves issues with text and picture messaging
â€¢ Resolves some Bluetooth compatibility issues
â€¢ Improves compatibility with new Bluetooth devices
â€¢ Improves stability and reliability of the device
Other changes include performance and stability improvements and the ability to install apps on the SD card.
T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide owners can find the steps to download and install this software update, on their phone from here.
Kudos to HTC and T-Mobile for releasing the Android 2.2 FroYo update for such an old and nearly forgotten handset!