Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo V Announced

Sony Ericsson recently introduced a new smartphone in its Xperia range of phones, the Xperia Neo V. This handset is the successor of the original Xperia Neo smartphone. It is the first device which comes with the new 3D camera functionality from Sony. Xperia Neo V runs on the latest Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) Operating System and it features a 3.7 inch touchscreen display, 1 GHz processor, 5 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording, etc.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo V comes with the new 3D sweep panorama technology, which allows you to capture and view images in 3D by connecting the phone to a 3D TV using the HDMI output. It also allows you to video chat with your Google Talk friends, thanks to the latest version of the Android OS.

xperia neo v

Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo V Specifications:

  • 3.7 inch reality display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine
  • 480 x 854 pixels resolution
  • Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) OS
  • 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 Processor
  • 3G Connectivity
  • 5 megapixel camera with LED flash
  • 16x digital zoom
  • Auto focus
  • Front facing VGA camera
  • HD video (720p) recording
  • Stereo Bluetooth with A2DP
  • PlayNow service
  • Sony Ericsson Music player
  • Android Market
  • WebKit Web browser
  • 3D games
  • FM radio with RDS
  • 3.5 mm audio jack
  • GPS with aGPS
  • DLNA Certified
  • HDMI support
  • Micro USB support
  • TV Out
  • USB High speed 2.0 support
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality
  • Up to 320 MB internal memory
  • MicroSD card slot
  • 32 GB expandabe memory
  • 2 GB microSD card included
  • Up to 31 hrs music playback time
  • Up to 7 hrs 25 min video playback time
  • Up to 6 hrs 55 min talk-timr
  • Up to 430 hrs stand-by time
  • 1500 mAh battery

Xperia Neo v will be available in 3 different colors – White, Blue Gradient and Silver. This handset will be available in select markets from Q4 of 2011. The price of this handset will be announced soon.

HTC Sensation Gets The Android 2.3.4 Update At Vodafone UK

HTC Sensation is the company’s most powerful smartphone. This handset was released during the Q3 of 2011 for Vodafone customers in the UK. The HTC Sensation originally runs on the Android 2.3.3 Operating System. HTC has already rolled out the Android 2.3.4 update for the unlocked HTC Sensation, but the owners of the locked HTC Sensation were left behind. Last week, T-Mobile USA rolled out the Android 2.3.4 update for this handset, and now, the Big Red carrier has joined the bandwagon.

Vodafone UK has finally started rolling out the much-awaited Android 2.3.4 update for the HTC Sensation smartphones. The latest update changes the software version of the device to and it comes with stability and performance updates. It also reduces the heating problem by optimizing processor load. Check out the complete changelog, after the break.

HTC Sensation


  • Number of fixes and improvements
  • Reduce heating in some scenarios by optimizing processor load
  • Improve browser performance
  • Stability and performance updates

This update will be available only via OTA (Over-The-Air). It is advised to backup all of your data before updating the device. To check if the new update is available for your HTC Sensation smartphone, go to Settings > About phone > HTC software updates and hit the Check option. If you face any error or find something new in this update, please let us know in the comments below.

T-Mobile HTC Sensation 4G Gets The Android 2.3.4 Update

Few months ago, T-Mobile launched the HTC Sensation 4G. This handset is the 4G variant of the powerful HTC Sensation smartphone. This device originally runs on the Android 2.3.3 Operating System, but T-Mobile recently rolled out the much-awaited Android 2.3.4 update. The latest update changes the software version of the device to 1.45.531.1 and it comes with software stability, improved battery life, performance improvements and more. Check out the complete changelog, after the break.

htc sensation 4g


  • Software stability
  • Improved battery life
  • Improvements to Trace dictionary
  • Improvements to screen responsiveness
  • Improvements to video playbook
  • Improvements regarding device reboots
  • Improvements to icon pixilation
  • Improvements to Wi-Fi connection
  • Improvements to screen/photo resolution

This update will be available only via OTA (Over-The-Air). To update your HTC Sensation 4G smartphone, go to Settings > About phone > HTC software updates and hit the Check option. You might have to wait for a few days, before the update reaches your smartphone. This update will be available to all the Sensation 4G owners before September 18th. If you have any query, please feel free to ask us in the comments below.

[Rant] Motorola Created Hype For a Disappointing Product – The Droid Bionic

The Motorola Droid Bionic was announced 7 months ago, at the CES 2011. At that time, the Droid Bionic was going to be the first 4G LTE phone with a dual-core processor to hit Verizon’s network. However, for some unknown reason Moto shelved the original Bionic, and announced that it will release a new version of Bionic with an improved form-factor.

Over the last few weeks, many rumors about the Droid Bionic leaked on the Internet. Some rumors stated that the handset will have a 4.5-inch screen, while other suggest that the phone will have a 1.5GHz OMAP processor. Now, thanks to Motorola’s Developer website and Droid-Life, the specs of Droid Bionic have leaked online.


The internals of Droid Bionic are similar to the recently launched Droid 3, except that it has more RAM. The Bionic will be powered by a dual-core 1GHz OMAP 4430 processor, and pack 1GB of RAM. The most disappointing part is that the Bionic will have the same pixelated screen as found on the Droid X2 and the Droid 3.

Here are the full specs of the Bionic :

  • 1GHz OMAP dual-core 4430 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4.3-inch qHD (960×640) screen PenTile display
  • 8MP camera with full-HD recording capability
  • mini-HDMI port
  • Front-facing camera
  • 4G LTE
  • Webtop capabilities similar to the Atrix 4G

Motorola created a lot of hype around the Droid Bionic, and if this what the final Droid Bionic packs, then I am disappointed. If Verizon’s version of Samsung Galaxy S II features 4G LTE, then I doubt anyone will buy the Droid Bionic. The screen might be of a higher resolution, but it looks pixelated, and is no Super-AMOLED (+) or IPS LCD. Motorola phones are known to come with pathetic camera’s, and the Bionic will be no different.

Basically, Moto created hype around a product which is similar to the Droid 3 minus the keyboard, with extra RAM and a 4G LTE chip. Hopefully, Motorola will be sane enough not to lock down the boot loader on the handset. If they do so, then I guess they should get ready to suffer more losses during the next quarter.

If the next generation Apple iPhone for Verizon also sports 4G LTE compatibility, then I will suggest Motorola to not even bother releasing the Bionic to the general public. Had the phone been released sometime in the first half of this year, it would have been a worthy buy. Sadly, the device is still a month away from its official release and will offer too little, when launched.

P.S. – No, I am not even going to talk about disaster that is the Moto’s BLUR UI. The Bionic will come with a new version of Blur, which has some nice improvements. This does not make the new version less suck-y than the old version, though.

Samsung Galaxy S II Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread Firmware Leaks; Brings GTalk With Video-Calling Capability

In the world of Samsung based Android phones, firmware leaks are a very common sight. The Android 2.2 FroYo and the Android 2.3 Gingerbread firmware for Samsung phones like the Galaxy S, Galaxy Ace, Epic 4G and the Captivate leaked online, nearly a month before its official release. In fact, the Gingerbread update for the Ace, Epic 4G and the Captivate is yet to go online!

Now, it was only a matter of time before an Android 2.3.4 based firmware leaked online for Sammy’s latest flagship handset the Galaxy S II. Yesterday, a new firmware (KG1) for the Galaxy S II leaked online, and is based on Android 2.3.4.

Apart from a minor bump in the Android OS version, the firmware also includes GTalk with video chat capability. The leaked firmware also includes a new baseband/modem, which has definitely improved the network reception for me.


Many SGS2 owners expected that the Android 2.3.4 firmware will squash the high battery drain caused at idle, by the Android OS and the Android System process. Even though the drain caused by the Android OS/Android System process has gone down noticeably, they still drain quite a lot of battery.


SGS2 owners, who are interested in flashing this leaked ROM on their handset, can do so by following the instructions stated here. Keep in mind that flashing the de-odexed firmware will make the web browser slow and jerky.

HTC Thunderbolt Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread Update Coming Soon; Will Bring Video Chatting Via Skype And Google Talk

When Verizon and HTC announced the Thunderbolt at the CES 2011, the phone was supposed to ship with a video chat capable version of Skype. However, from the time of its announcement to its release date, something happened and the Thunderbolt did not ship with a video chat capable version of Skype.

Now, the folks over at Android And Me have got their hands on some internal documents from Verizon, which suggests that the HTC Thunderbolt will be getting a software update on June 30th.


The software update will bump the Android version on the handset to 2.3.4, and will include a bunch of bug-fixes including a fix for the random reboot issue. The software update carrying the build number 2.07.605.2 will also bring the video-chat capable version of Google Talk, and a new version of Skype, which will also support video-chatting.

The update will also bump the Sense version to 2.1, which will include integration with The update also aims at improving the aGPS performance of the handset, and will install Amazon AppStore along with Verizon’s Phone Finder and MyVerizon app.

Hopefully, there will be no technical problems and the Android 2.3.4 update for the Thunderbolt will not be delayed.

Samsung Galaxy S Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread Update Leaks

Samsung started rolling out the Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update for the European Galaxy S handsets, during the middle of this month. The Gingerbread roll-out is not even complete all over the world, and the Android 2.3.4 firmware for the handset has leaked.

The folks over at have managed to get their hands on the leaked Android 2.3.4 firmware (XXJVP) for the Samsung Galaxy S, which carries a June 3 build date. The Android 2.3.4 update for the Nexus S brought video calling via Google Talk, and better battery consumption along with some bug fixes.


Sadly, the leaked Android 2.3.4 Galaxy S firmware does not include the latest Google Talk version, which means video chatting via the front cam is a no-go. The update also fixes the high battery drain caused by the Android System process in Android 2.3.3.

However, SGS owners who flashed the firmware on their handset report that the phone’s performance is blazing fast now. The phone averages around 1800 points in the Quadrant benchmark on the leaked firmware.

Hopefully, Samsung will officially release the Android 2.3.4 firmware for the Galaxy S soon, with the latest version of Google Talk with video chat support.

Android 2.3.4 Rolling Out To Nexus One Owners

Recently, we posted that the Android 2.3.4 update is scheduled to roll out over the next few weeks. Nexus S is the first smartphone to receive the update, followed by the original Google phone, the Nexus One. The new Android 2.3.4 update brings the much awaited voice and video chat to the Google Talk, along with some bug fixes and optimizations. This update was expected to roll out after few weeks, but the lucky Nexus One owners have already started receiving this update.

nexus one update

The image posted above, clearly shows the Android version 2.3.4 on the Nexus One smartphone. Even though, the new update brings the much awaited voice and video chat to the Google Talk, Nexus One owners will not be able to enjoy the video chat with their friends, since this device does not have a front-facing camera. On the other hand, the Nexus S owners have already started using the video chat on their Nexus S smartphone.

Some of the Nexus One owners have complained about the loss of accuracy while using the phone’s GPS application after Android 2.3.3 was installed. But the new Android 2.3.4 update improve the battery life of the device along with improved accuracy for the phone’s location tracking services.

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