HTC Desire S Announced; Sports An Aluminum Body

Along with the Incredible S, HTC also announced the successor to the Desire the Desire S. The Desire S is very similar to its predecessor except that this time the phone is sculpted from a single block of aluminum, like the HTC Legend. The handset sports a 3.7-inch S-LCD with WVGA (800×480) resolution.

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Like the Incredible S, the Desire S is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU with Adreno 205 GPU. The handset also packs 768MB of RAM. The back of the phone sports a 5MP camera aided by a LED flash, with a 1.3MP camera in the front.

The usual Wi-Fi, GPS with A-GPS and other relevant sensor and ports are also present.  The track pad found on the original Desire is missing from the Desire S. The handset will be powered by a 1450mAh battery.

Unlike the Incredible S, the Desire S will launch with Android 2.3 Gingerbread onboard. The handset is expected to be available by the middle of Q2 of 2011.

I am totally disappointed with the Desire S. The phone hardly brings anything new on the board. Where are the dual-core CPUs HTC? No high resolution screens? No AMOLED screens? Nothing!

HTC Incredible S Announced; Sports A 4-Inch S-LCD

HTC just announced a bunch of handsets and a tablet at the on-going MWC in Barcelona. First, HTC announced the successor to the highly popular HTC Incredible the Incredible S. The Incredible S sports a 4-inch SLCD display with WVGA resolution.

Like its predecessor, the Incredible S features a cutting-edge design’ with a contoured body. Unlike the Incredible, the Incredible S will be a global device.

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The Incredible S will be powered by a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU with the Adreno 205 GPU. The handset will also pack 768MB of RAM. The back of the phone sports an 8MP camera with Auto-Focus and dual-LED flash. It is also capable of recording 720p HD videos. The front of the phone houses a 1.3MP camera for video calling.

The usual Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS with A-GPS, DLNA, Accelerometer and a proximity sensor are also present. The four usual Android buttons on the phone are capacitive and are not marked’. They actually change their position with the orientation of the device!

The Incredible S sports a 1450mAh battery. Sadly, the handset runs on Android 2.2 with HTC’s Sense UI on top of it. The handset will hit the stores in Europe and Asia by Q2 of 2011.

HTC Thunderbolt Rooted Before Launch

It is a known fact that the developers at XDA forums root an Android phone within days and sometimes within hours of it being released to the public. Well, now some developers have set a new benchmark by rooting the HTC Thunderbolt before it has been released to the public!

The developers Jamzelle and TheEndGame7 used a pre-production Thunderbolt to achieve this feat. They even managed to install a custom recovery on the phone ClockworkMod Recovery. Apparently, the bootloader on the phone had S-OFF which made the task a bit easier. Even the system partition of the handset was totally unprotected. However, in all probability the final version of the Thunderbolt will ship with S-ON and the system partition protected.

Below is a video of Root Checker’ checking the root access on the HTC Thunderbolt :

According to the developers, the phone software has multiple exploits via which root access to the system partition can be gained. Hopefully, HTC will leave some of these exploits unpatched so that developers can easily get root access to the phone.

The rooting method has not been made public at the moment. The developers will make the rooting method public once the phone nears its release date.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X8, X10 Mini/Pro Get Android 2.2 Based Custom ROMs

The current line-up of Xperia handsets from Sony Ericsson may never get the Android 2.2 officially, but this has not stopped the developers at XDA forums to support the phone. The biggest member of the Xperia family the X10 got its Android 2.2 based custom ROM quite a few weeks ago.

Now, three of its smaller siblings the Xperia X8 and the X10 Mini/Mini Pro have got their share of Android 2.2 based custom ROMs. The ROMs for all the three phones mentioned above are based on Android 2.2 with HTC Sense UI on top of it. These ROMs have been ported to these smaller Xperia siblings from the HTC Hero and Legend. Kudos to the developers for all their hard work!

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However, not everything works at the moment. In most of the ROMs, the camera functionality is broken along with some Bluetooth and media playback issues. Nevertheless, the developers are hard at work and are churning out new updates with every passing day.

Hopefully, these issues will soon be fixed by the developers and all the members of the Xperia family can get their share of Android 2.2 love, unofficially. X10 Mini owners should head over to this thread while X10 Mini Pro and X8 owners should head over to this and this thread, respectively.

Samsung Galaxy Indulge LTE Android Smartphone Coming to MetroPCS

Remember the Samsung Forte, the phone which we posted some leaked information about, a few weeks back? Well, it’s actually called the Samsung Galaxy Indulge, and it will be launching in a week.

It was leaked again on the MetroPCS website, and is priced at $399 for the contract free version. It is one of the first LTE devices which will be launched in the US. It comes with two plans – the $50 plan offers 1 GB data while the $60 plan offers unlimited data. Both plans offer unlimited calls and text messages.

The Galaxy Indulge seems to be a smaller version of the Epic 4G. It has a smaller 3.5 inch touchscreen HVGA display and comes with a sliding keyboard. It also has a 3 MP camera and comes with Android 2.2 Froyo with the TouchWiz 3.0 UI. It is powered by a 1 GHz processor and will have 512 MB RAM. It comes loaded with the Iron Man 2 movie on a 4 GB microSD card. It also has all the basics in place – Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS.

The Galaxy Indulge seems to be a nice LTE smartphone option for Android fans. It will likely launch by the end of this week, and might beat the Verizon HTC Thunderbolt to become the first LTE smartphone in the US.

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via Engadget

Motorola Milestone Android 2.2 Update Again Delayed

One major complaint with the Android ecosystem is the delay in the release of Android OS updates by phone manufacturers. Google released the latest version of Android Gingerbread – to the public more than six weeks ago. Still, the only phone officially running Gingerbread is the Google branded Nexus S.

While the majority of the Android handset owners impatiently wait for their handset manufacturers to release the Android 2.3 update, some are still waiting for the Android 2.2 update.

One such handset is the Motorola Milestone. The Milestone is the European version of the highly popular and successful Motorola Droid but unlike the latter, the former never got its Android 2.2 update. The update was pushed back many times and last year, Motorola stated that they will release the Froyo update for the handset in early Q1 of 2011.

However, the company updated its Facebook page to inform Milestone owners that the update has again been delayed. The reason behind the delay has not been explained clearly by Motorola as well.

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Nevertheless, the company does state that they will release the update before the end of current quarter. I wonder what is taking Motorola so long to release the Android 2.2 update for the Milestone. The original Droid was among the first few handsets to receive the Android 2.1 and Android 2.2 updates. There are not much hardware changes between the Droid and the Milestone as well.

Motorola Cliq 2 Available For Free On T-Mobile Until Feb.9

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We have a good news for the T-Mobile customers in the US. T-Mobile is currently offering the recently launched Motorola Cliq2 smartphone for free on contract until February 9th. This handset was announced last month at the CES 2011 in Las Vegas. This offer is available only if you purchase this handset from their online store. Check out the complete specs below.

Motorola Cliq 2 comes with a 3.7 inch touchscreen display with 854 x 480 pixels resolution, Android 2.2 (FroYo) operating system, 1 GHz processor, MOTOBLUR UI, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi, USB 2.0, ActiveSync, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 5 megapixel camera with Digital Zoom, Auto Focus, Dual LED Flash and more.

Other features include a 3.5mm headphone jack, Stereo FM Radio, 512MB RAM, 1 GB ROM, 2 GB microSD card loaded, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, A-GPS, up to 7.9 hours talktime, up to 13 days stand-by time and a 1420 mAh battery.

This handset is originally available for $99.99 on contract, but you can get this handset for free with a 2 years service agreement until February 9 at 10 p.m. Pacific Time. The specs of this device is quite impressive in the mid-range smartphone category. If you are planning to buy this handset, head over to this page.

Sprint Unveils The Android Powered Kyocera Echo

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Kyocera Communications recently announced the world’s first dual-touchscreen Android smartphone, the Kyocera Echo. This handset runs on the Android 2.2 operating system and it will be exclusively available on the airwaves of Sprint in the US. Kyocera Echo features two high-resolution 3.5-inch WVGA touchscreen displays connected by the pivot hingefeature, that enables the two displays to operate independently.

For years Kyocera has provided handsets to Sprint’s Prepaid Group and MVNOs, as well as to Sprint under the Sanyo brand,said Eiichi Toriyama, president of Kyocera Communications Inc. We value greatly our relationship with Sprint and we are thrilled that they have chosen Echo as the standout product with which to reintroduce its customers to the Kyocera brand. With Kyocera Echo, we are proud to give Sprint an iconic, industry-changing device that delivers an entirely new experience for smartphone users.

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, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 5 megapixel camera with flash, autofocus and 2x digital zoom, HD (720p) video recording and more.

Other features include a 3.5mm headset jack, Digital compass, accelerometer, proximity sensor, light sensor, GPS, 1GB memory, 8GB microSD card included, 32GB expandable memory, Full HTML Web browser optimized for dual-screen experience, GPS, Wi-Fi hotspot capability and a 1370 mAh battery.

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. This handset measures 115.0 x 56.5 x 17.2mm and weighs 193g. Kyocera Echo comes with a price tag of $199.99 after a $100 mail rebate and a two years service agreement. This handset will be available for purchase from this spring.

Dell Venue Now Available At Dell.com For $499.99

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The Android powered Dell Venue is finally available for purchase in the US. This handset is quite similar to the popular Dell Venue Pro, except the fact that, it runs on Android 2.2 OS instead of the Windows Phone 7 and it does not feature a physical QWERTY keyboard. Dell Venue comes with a 4.1 inch AM-OLED display with curved Corning Gorilla Glass, 1GHz processor and so on.This handset is exclusively available for purchase at Dell.com.

Dell Venue comes with a 4.1 inch AMOLED display with with curved Corning Gorilla Glass, 800 x 480 pixels resolution, 1 GHz processor, Android 2.2 (FroYo) operating system, Wi-Fi, AGPS, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, 3G Connectivity, 8 megapixel camera with autofocus and 4x Digital Zoom, Micro-USB, Video and Audio Record, Dedicated Camera Key, 3.5 mm headset jack, Virtual Keyboard, USB Mass Storage, 1 GB internal memory, 32 GB expandable memory and a 1400 mAh battery.

Dell Venue allows you to access more than 200,000 apps from the Android Market. It also comes with the pre-loaded Dell Stage user interface which makes this handset perfect for entertainment where on-the-go. The unlocked version of Dell Venue is currently available at Dell.com for $499.99. This handset will also be available on AT&T or T-Mobile from February 19th. If you are planning to buy this handset, head over to this page.

Dell Launches The Android Powered Venue In India For Rs.29,990

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Last week, we posted that, the Dell’s latest Venue smartphone might launch soon in India. And now, Dell finally launched its Android powered Dell Venue smartphone. This handset runs on the Android 2.2 (FroYo) operating system and it comes with a 4.1 inch AM-OLED display with curved Corning Gorilla Glass, 1GHz processor and much more. This handset allows you to access more than 200,000 apps from the Android Market. Check out the complete specs below.

Commenting on the launch, Mr. Mahesh Bhalla, Executive Director & General Manager, Consumer and SMB, Dell India said, Our strategy is to continue creating smart, innovative and new mobile experiences to help people discover new ways to enjoy the web, connect with friends, and navigate their lives. Following Dell’s purpose, to give our customers the power to do more, the Venue with Android 2.2 and Venue Pro our first Windows Phone 7 smartphone, gives customers a fresh new way to meet everyday social and professional commitments in a sleek and attractive form factor, and for the best value.

Dell Venue features a 4.1 inch AMOLED display with with curved Corning Gorilla Glass, 800 x 480 pixels resolution, Android 2.2 (FroYo) operating system 1GHz processor, 8 megapixel camera with autofocus and 4x Digital Zoom, Wi-Fi, AGPS, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, 3G Connectivity, Micro-USB, Video and Audio Record, Dedicated Camera Key, 3.5 mm headset jack, 1 GB internal memory, 32 GB expandable memory, Virtual Keyboard, USB Mass Storage and a 1400 mAh battery.

Dell Venue comes with the pre-loaded Dell Stage user interface which makes this handset perfect for entertainment where on-the-go. This handset allows the professionals and active social networkers to quickly capture and share life’s moments with just about anyone. The combination of high speed access and Swype for fast text input makes viewing e-mail, editing documents, and surfing the web fast and easy. This handset comes with a price-tag of Rs.29,990