Samaung Galaxy Neo Announced; Korean Version Of Galaxy Ace

Samsung has just added another handset to their expanding list of the Galaxy line-up the Galaxy Neo.

The Galaxy Neo is similar to the Galaxy Ace, and will be available for sale only in Korea. Like the Ace, the Neo sports an 800Mhz processor and packs 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage. Unlike the Ace, the Neo has a 3.5-inch screen with WVGA (800×480) resolution.


Other key specs of the handset include Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, 3.5mm audio jack, GPS with A-GPS, and a microSD card slot. The back of the Neo sports a disappointing fixed-focus 3MP snapper, without any Flash.

The handset is powered by a beefy 1500mAh battery and runs on Android 2.2 FroYo, with Samsung’s TouchWIZ UI on top of it. The Galaxy Neo also supports T-DMB.

Since the Neo is a CDMA handset, it won’t be launched in any other country. Samsung did not mention anything about the pricing or the launch date of the handset as well. The handset will be available in white and black colors.


Kyocera Echo Up For Pre-Order At Sprint For $199.99

Last month, Kyocera Communications announced Kyocera Echo, the world’s first dual-touchscreen smartphone. This handset runs on the Android 2.2 operating system. Kyocera Echo will be exclusively available on the airwaves of Sprint in the US. It comes with an amazing VueQue app, which allows you to watch a YouTube video in one display, while browsing, queuing and buffering additional YouTube videos on the other.

Recently, we posted that, Sprint will release the amazing Kyocera Echo smartphone on April 17th for $199.99 on contract. If you are eagerly waiting to buy this handset, then you can pre-order this handset. Sprint has recently started taking pre-orders for the Kyocera Echo smartphone. If you are still unaware of the specs, then you can check out the complete specs below.

kyocera echo

Kyocera Echo features a dual 3.5-inch LCD WVGA with 800 x 480 pixels resolution, 4.7 inches diagonally and 800 x 960 pixels resolution when opened, Android 2.2 (Froyo) operating system, 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, 5 megapixel camera with flash, autofocus and 2x digital zoom, HD (720p) video recording, 1GB memory, 8GB microSD card included, 32GB expandable memory and more.

Other features include a 3.5mm headset jack, Digital compass, accelerometer, proximity sensor, light sensor, GPS, Wi-Fi hotspot capability, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, Full HTML Web browser optimized for dual-screen experience and a 1370 mAh battery.

This handset comes with a price tag of $199.99 after a $100 mail rebate and a two years service agreement. To pre-order this handset, head over to this page.

Motorola Atrix 4G First Ever Software Update Rolling Out Now!

Motorola has started rolling out a software update for the Atrix 4G. The software update version is 4.1.57 and weighs 17MB in size.

The first ever software update for the Atrix 4G will bring with it a host of performance improvements and bug fixes.


The software update will improve the multimedia experience of the Atrix 4G with Bluetooth accessories and improve compatibility with additional Bluetooth headsets. The performance of the Car Dock application along with the Fingerprint reader at the back of the phone has also been improved.

The display of the handset will also turn off when plugged into the charger. Motorola also states that the battery life of the phone will be improved after installing this software update. The general stability and performance of the Atrix 4G will also improve after the software update.

Sadly, the software update won’t enable HSUPA on the Atrix 4G. AT&T has apparently disabled HSUPA on the Atrix 4G and the Inspire 4G, frustrating its users with very slow upload speeds.

The company has promised to release a software update sometime in the future, which will enable higher upload speeds on the handset.

Enable HTCSense.Com Integration On The HTC Thunderbolt

Verizon and HTC recently released the first 4G LTE capable phone on the big red’s network the HTC Thunderbolt.

The Thunderbolt is powered by a 1GHz MSM8255 processor and packs 768MB of RAM. The handset runs on Android 2.2 FroYo with the beautiful HTC Sense UI on top of it.


Even though, the Thunderbolt runs on the latest version of the Sense UI, it lacks the integration which the Desire HD and the Desire Z enjoy. However, the folks over at XDA have found a way to enable the integration on the Thunderbolt.

First of all, Thunderbolt owners need to download and install this APK. Once done, they can simply add an HTC Sense account by navigating to Settings > Accounts and Sync > Add Account > HTC Sense.

All the goodies offered by the Sense integration works like a charm including text message forwarding, remote GPS location, Remote ring, remote lock and backup of user’s messages and contacts. Only the remote wipe and forwarding calls option don’t work at the moment.

HTC Incredible S Launched In India For Rs.28,900

Last month, HTC announced the Android powered HTC Incredible S smartphone at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 in Barcelona. This handset is the successor of the popular HTC Incredible smartphone. It currently runs on the Android 2.2 (FroYo) operating system, but it will be soon upgraded to Android 2.4 (Gingerbread) operating system. Within a month of its announcement, HTC finally launched this powerful smartphone in India. Check out the complete specs, after the break.

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In today’s mobile market, where one is bombarded with choices and features, users are looking forward to an offering which amalgamates the best of both. HTC has always endeavored to take the mobile phone experience to a higher level and with the launch of the Incredible S is set to create a new paradigm in mobile experience for the users,said Mr. Ajay Sharma, Country Head, HTC India. The HTC Incredible S is the answer for those looking for the perfect combination of performance and style and will help them stand out from the crowd as an icon.

HTC Incredible S features a 4 inch touchscreen display with 480x 800 pixels resolution, 1 GHz processor, Android 2.2 OS, HTC Sense, Bluetooth 2.1 with FTP/OPP, Wi-Fi connectivity, 8 megapixel camera with auto focus and dual LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, 1.3 megapixel front camera, 3.5 mm headset jack, micro-USB, 1.1 GB internal storage, 768 MB RAM, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Internal GPS antenna, G-Sensor, Digital compass, Proximity Sensor, up to 580 mins talktime, up to 370 hours stand-by time and a 1450 mAh battery.

This handset measures 120 mm x 64 mm x 11.7 mm and weighs just 135.5 grams. The HTC Incredible S comes with a MOP (Market Operating Price) of Rs. 28,900. You can easily purchase this handset from any of the authorized HTC resellers across the country.

HTC Droid Incredible 2 Specs Leaked; Features Wireless Charing And Dual-Xenon Flash!

HTC announced the Incredible S at the MWC 2011. The phone is the European successor of the Verizon branded Droid Incredible.

Now, thanks to a tipster the folks over at Droid-Life have got their hands on the specs of the Verizon branded Incredible S the Incredible 2. Like the Incredible S, the 2 will be powered by a 1GHz MSM8255 Snapdragon processor from Qualcomm, and pack 768MB of RAM.

The phone will also sport a 4-inch WVGA (800×480) display. The Incredible 2 will feature dual-microphones for noise cancellation, and will have support for global roaming as well.


Well, these are a pretty much run-of-mill specs with nothing special. In this age of dual-core processors and 1GB of RAM, the Incredible 2 does not offer anything special.

However, some out-of-the-box features of the Incredible 2 include wireless charging, a dedicated TI Audio chip with SRS surround and an 8MP camera at the back with dual-Xenon Flash! Yes, dual-Xenon Flash!

HTC sure has made up for the lack of a dual-core processor with wireless charging and dual-Xenon Flash! It is unknown as to whether the handset sports a front-facing camera or not.

The Droid Incredible 2 will not support Verizon’s 4G LTE network. In all probability, the Incredible 2 will hopefully be announced by HTC and Verizon in the next couple of weeks.

HTC Thunderbolt Gets Root Access; First Custom ROM Released As Well

One of the most awaited Android phone the HTC Thunderbolt was released to the public in the United States last week.

As soon as the phone was released, developers started getting their act together so as to find a way to root the device. They met with success in less than 24 hours! Yes, root access to Thunderbolt’s system partition was gained by the developers in less than a day of its release.


The handset rooting method is pretty similar to the Desire Z/T-Mobile G2 and the Desire HD rooting method. Thunderbolt owners should proceed with caution because there is a small possibility of bricking their handset, if they make any mistakes.   The steps to root the HTC Thunderbolt can be found here.

Soon after the rooting method was released, another developer, adrynalyne, released the first Custom ROM for the Thunderbolt. The ROM is a pretty basic one, and mainly aims at improving the performance of the handset by zip-aligning and de-odexing system files.

It also removes all those pre-installed Verizon bloat and includes a new boot animation. Other changes include an increase in the Dalvik heap size and change in the Wi-Fi polling interval. The ROM can be downloaded and steps to flash it can be found here.

Motorola Atrix 4G Now Runs A Full Blown Linux Distro – Ubuntu

After the launch of the highly successful Motorola Droid, Motorola started shipping its phones with locked down bootloader. These highly locked down bootloader severely restricted the modding capabilities of Moto phones.

One of the most talked about phones this year the Motorola Atrix 4G also ships with a highly locked down bootloader. However, the highly talented developers at XDA managed to get root access to the phone system’s partition in quick time.

In fact, at the moment many Custom ROMs are also out for the Atrix (They are not AOSP based, though).


Now, another awesome developer Sogarth has got a full-blown Linux distro, Ubuntu, up and running on the Atrix 4G. This mod is obviously not meant for the faint hearted, and newbie Atrix owners are highly recommended to stay away.

Possibilities of bricking your beloved Atrix or putting it into an infinite reboot loop are also very much possible.  As usual with these mods, a few caveats do exist like installing certain packages can break the Ubuntu installation etc.

The highly complicated steps of installing Ubuntu on the Motorola Atrix 4G can be found here.

LG Optimus Me P350 Now Available At Orange UK

LG Optimus Me P350 is an Android powered budget phone. This handset was unveiled, earlier this year in January. Optimus Me runs on the Android 2.2 (Froyo) operating system, and it comes with a 3.2 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display, 600 MHz processor, 32 GB expandable storage, 3G Connectivity and much more. LG Optimus Me is the cheaper version of the highly popular Optimus One P500 budget phone. This handset is currently up for sale in UK. Optimus Me is available exclusively on the airwaves of Orange UK. Check out the complete specs below.

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LG Optimus Me P350 features a 3.2 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display with 320 x 480 pixels resolution, 600 MHz processor, Android 2.2 (FroYo) operating system, GPRS/EDGE, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3 megapixel camera with video recording, audio and video player, 3.5mm headset jack, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS, 512 MB RAM, 140 MB internal storage, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, up to 510 hours of stand-by time, up to 7 hours of talktime and a 1250 mAh battery.

LG Optimus Me is available in 5 different colors – Black, Silver, Blue, Red and Pink. This handset currently runs of the Android 2.2 OS, but it is expected to be updated to Android 2.3 OS later this year. This handset is available for free on contract with any monthly plan starting at £15.32. To purchase this handset, head over to this page.

TELUS Branded Motorola Milestone Android 2.2 Update To Roll Out Next Week!

It was just a couple of days ago that Motorola started rolling out the Android 2.2 Froyo update for the Milestone.

However, the update was meant only for unlocked and unbranded Milestone handsets. Nevertheless, Today Motorola Canada has announced that the company will be releasing the Froyo update for the TELUS branded Milestone handsets sometime next week.


The Froyo update for the Milestone will bring with it performance improvements, bug fixes and some new features including Flash Player support. Other changes include JIT complier, new security features, text-to-speech and stability improvements.

The U.S. version of the Milestone, the Motorola Droid, got its Android 2.2 update just after a month of the official FroYo launch. However, it is only after nearly ten months that Motorola thinks it is time to update the Milestone to Android 2.2.

Officially, the Milestone got its Android 2.2 update this week. Unofficially, the phone got an Android 2.2 based Custom ROM last year in July itself!

This move clearly shows Motorola’s U.S. only strategies. The company has already highly restricted its activities outside the United States, and even closed a bunch of their service centers all over the world.

No wonder, most of the Motorola phones including the Droid X and the Atrix 4G have not been launched anywhere outside the United States, and in some cases Canada.