Samsung Galaxy S II For US Cellular Announced

Samsung Galaxy S II is one of the most popular device in the history of Android smartphones. It is also the largest selling Android smartphone of 2011. Samsung managed to sell 10 million units of this handset within five months of its official launch. The Samsung Galaxy S II is also the largest selling smartphone in its home country. Samsung manages to sell 5 million units of Galaxy S II in South Korea alone.

This handset was announced last year at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 in Barcelona. It was first released in South Korea, followed by other Asian and European countries. However, the folks living in the US were left behind. Finally, during the Q3 of 2011, Samsung launched the much-awaited Galaxy S II smartphone, exclusively for the customers of AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint in the US. Now, we have good news for the US Cellular customers. Samsung recently announced the availability of this amazing smartphone for the subscribers of US Cellular.

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“The Galaxy S II is the ultimate phone for people looking to simplify and organize their lives,” said Edward Perez, vice president of sales and marketing operations for U.S. Cellular. “The features combined with U.S. Cellular’s unique benefits, like our Battery Swap, make it the go-to device for customers who depend on their smartphone to keep up with their busy schedules.”

The US Cellular Galaxy S II features a 4.5 inch Super AMOLED Plus display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1.2 GHz dual-core Samsung Exnyos C210 processor, Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread) OS, TouchWiz 4.0 user interface, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus and LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, Samsung Media Hub and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 16 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Swype, Samsung Kies Air, Android Market, full HTML web browser, DLNA, HDMI out, NFC (Near Field Communication) and a 1850 mAh battery.

The Samsung Galaxy S II for US Cellular will be available for $229.99 with a 2 year service agreement and a $100 mail-in rebate.

Panasonic Eluga Smartphone For Europe Announced

Panasonic recently announced its first smartphone for the European market, the Panasonic Eluga. This handset features a 4.3 inch qHD display as well as a 1 GHz TI OMAP dual-core processor. This device will run on the Android 2.3.5 at launch, however the handset will be updated to the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS from June 2012. The Panasonic Eluga is a IP57 certified waterproof and dustproof smartphone.

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Panasonic Eluga features a 4.3 inch qHD display, sporting a resolution of 960 × 540 pixels, 1 GHz TI OMAP dual-core processor, Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread Operating System (upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS), 8 megapixel auto-focus camera, Digital zoom, Image stabiliser, Video recorder, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, NFC (Near Field Communication), DLNA connectivity, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, G-sensor, Ambient light sensor, GPS receiver, Accelerometer, up to 240 mins of talk-time, up to 300 hrs of stand-by time and a 1,150 mAh battery.

This handset will be showcased next week at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona. The price of this handset is still a mystery. The Panasonic Eluga will be available in the European market from April 2012.

LG Optimus 3D Gets The Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread Update At Rogers

Last year, LG announced its first 3D smartphone, the LG Optimus 3D at the CES 2011 in Las Vegas. This handset was shipped with the old Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System. The international SIM-free version of this handset has already received the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) update. However, the owners of some carrier-specific variants are still waiting for this update. Rogers and LG recently started rolling out the Android 2.3.5 update for the Rogers’ Optimus 3D variant in Canada. Check out the complete changelog below.

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Changelog:

Enhanced HSPA+ Network Speed

  • Faster data speeds from 14 Mbs to 21 Mbs

Enriched 3D Experience

  • Improved video playback in 2D and 3D
  • 3D Video Editor with the abilitu to create new projects (Video timeline, Adding video clips, images and sound and Cropping and trimming length)
  • 2D to 3D conversion for videos and images
  • 3D to 2D conversion supports both images and videos
  • Easy to convert Open-GL games from 2D to 3D—Most apps are built on the Open-GL platform which is an open, standardized language for writing apps.

Improved Multimedia

  • Improved video recording quality to 12 Mbs HD
  • Improved battery life with low-power modes during music playback
  • Video stabilization support for both 2D and 3D
  • Upgraded sound quality with Dolby Mobile Effect when a user has the ear jack/BT Headset (Stereo)
  • Improved camera loading and switching time from 2.5 seconds to 1 second
  • Improved 3D depth with 720p camera

It is advised to backup all your data before updating the device. You should also make sure that the battery is fully charged before updating your phone. Sadly, this update will not be available via OTA (Over-The-Air). You will need to manually download the update from the LG Canada’s support site and update your phone. If you find something new in this update, then let us know in the comments below.

Motorola Droid Razr Maxx Coming To Verizon On January 26

Earlier this week, Verizon announced the new Motorola Droid Razr Maxx smartphone at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 in Las Vegas. This handset runs on the Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread) Operating System. It is the first 4G smartphone, which comes with a powerful 3300 mAh battery. Motorola and Verizon did not announce the release date of this handset during the launch, however Motorola’s official website has revealed the release date of this powerful device.

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Motorola Droid Razr Maxx features a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread OS (upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS), 8 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash, HD (720p) video recording and playback, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, micro USB, HDMI out and so on.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm headset jack, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of ROM, 11.5GB user available internal memory, Micro SD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 16GB microSD card included, GPS with AGPS, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 4G LTE Connectivity, Bluetooth 2.1, FM Radio, Android Market, MotoCast, up to 21.5 hours of talk-time, up to 15.8 days of stand-by time and a 3300 mAh battery.

motorola droid razr maxx release date

According to the Motorola’s official website, the much-awaited Motorola Droid Razr Maxx will be available for purchase from January 26, 2012. This handset will be available for $299.99 with a 2 year service agreement.

Verizon Unveils The Motorola Droid 4 Smartphone

Verizon Wireless and Motorola recently announced the much-awaited Motorola Droid 4 smartphone at the CES 2012 in Las Vegas. This handset might disappoint some Android fans, since the device runs on the old Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread) Operating System, instead of the new Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS. But, Motorola has already promised that the device will get the Android 4.0 update during the second quarter of 2012.

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Motorola Droid 4 features a 4 inch qHD display, sporting a resolution of 940 x 540 pixels, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread OS (upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS), five-row QWERTY keyboard, 8 megapixel rear camera with full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.3-megapixel HD front-facing camera with HD (720p) video recording and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, micro USB, HDMI out, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 4G LTE Connectivity, Bluetooth 2.1, FM Radio, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal memory, Micro SD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, GPS with AGPS, Android Market, MotoCast, up to 12.5 hours of talk-time, up to 8.5 days of stand-by time and a 1785 mAH Li-on battery.

Motorola Droid 4 is the thinnest and the most powerful 4G LTE QWERTY smartphone. This handset measures 2.65 inches x 5.0 inches x 0.5 inches and weighs 6.31oz (approx. 179 grams). Motorola Droid 4 supports up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled devices, thanks to the 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot. This handset will be available for purchase in the coming weeks. Verizon and Motorola will soon announce the price of this device. Stay tuned for more info!

T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy S II Also Gets A Software Update

Its raining software updates! First the Droid Bionic got a major bug fixing software update, then the Droid Incredible 2 and the Amaze 4G got one each, and now its the T-Mobile Galaxy SII which gets a new software update.

The software update for the T-Mobile’s Galaxy S II bumps up the Android version to 2.3.5 and brings with it some bug fixes and Wi-Fi calling.

Below is the full update for the change-log-:

Features:

  • Wi-Fi Calling Over IMS
Improvements
  • Error: ‘Force Close’ and calls dropped when splitting a conference call
  • Battery shows full
  • Caller name not displayed in the call log detail
  • Network Name displayed in the call log
  • City and State not displayed on incoming calls that occur while on an active call
  • Cannot find the Wi-Fi calling application
  • Error: “Invalid SIM”
  • Error: “REG09: Missing 911 address”
  • Error: “REG99: Unable To Connect
Like all other OTA updates, this update is also being rolled out in stages so T-Mobile SGS2 owners need to be a bit patient before their  phone  gets the update. Users can also use Samsung’s KIES software to download and install the latest software update for their handset.

HTC Incredible S Software Update Rolling Out; Brings Android 2.3.5 and Sense 3.0

Back in October, we had reported that the HTC Incredible S will soon be getting an Android 2.3.5 + Sense 3.0 software update. Now, nearly a month and half of writing that post, many Incredible S owners from around the world are reporting that they have got the Sense 3.0 update on their phone. The Desire S had also got a similar software update a few months ago.

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The new software update for the Incredible S brings with it a new version of Sense, which comes with an improved lock screen, new animations and a slicker app launcher and an app drawer. The minor bump in the Android OS   version does not bring any major changes, except for the latest version of Google talk with video chatting capabilities.

The update is being rolled out in stages, so Incredible S users need to be a bit patient. Also, carrier branded variants of the Incredible S will get the update only after the unlocked variants get it. Hopefully, this also means that the Incredible 2, the U.S sibling of the Incredible S, will get the update sooner than later.

Reports also suggest that the Desire HD will get a similar Sense 3.0 + Android 2.3.5 software update sometime soon.

Samsung Galaxy SL Gets The Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread Update In India

Earlier this year, Samsung launched the Samsung Galaxy SL smartphone in India. This handset is the low-cost version of the highly popular  Samsung  Galaxy S smartphone. It comes with a  a large 4 inch Super Clear LCD display, 1 GHz processor, 5 megpixel camera with HD (720p) video recording and so on.

Samsung Galaxy SL originally runs on the old Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System. This handset was expected to get the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update in July, but it was delayed due to some unknown reasons. After waiting for months, Samsung officially started rolling out the much-awaited Android Gingerbread update for the Galaxy SL users in India.

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This update is currently available only via Samsung Kies. Sadly, this update is not available via OTA (Over-The-Air). This software update will upgrade the Samsung Galaxy SL to Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread) and it will bring a lot of improvements and bug fixes. Some of the changes are mentioned below.

  • Software stability
  • Improved battery life
  • Improvements in rear and front-camera
  • Faster Response
  • Slight changes in UI

Don’t panic, if you still haven’t received this update, since this software update will be delivered in staggered waves, over the next several days. If you find something new, then please let us know in the comments section below.

HTC Incredible S To Get Official Sense 3.0 Update

At the beginning of this month, HTC started rolling out a new software update for the Desire S which brought Sense UI 3.0 to the handset along with bumping the Android version to 2.3.5. This move was appreciated by many Desire S owners, since the company hardly updates the Sense version on their handsets.

Now, it looks like HTC is soon going to  start rolling out a similar software update for the bigger sibling of the Desire S, the Incredible S. Android developer and hacker – PaulOBrien – tweeted that an  official  Sense 3.0 ROM for the Incredible S has surfaced online.

Like the Desire S software update, the software update for the Incredible S will bring with it Sense 3.0, along with its goodies like a 3D launcher, and a widget-izied lock screen. The Android version will also be bumped to 2.3.5, and will also bring Google Talk with video chatting capabilities to the handset.

The download link for the ROM is not yet available now, but its just a matter of days before it makes it way on XDA forums. HTC should also start rolling out the update to all Incredible S owners soon.

HTC Desire S Software Update Rolling Out; Brings Sense 3.0 UI and Android 2.3.5

HTC announced the successor to the original Desire, the Desire S at MWC this year. Compared to the predecessor, the S sports a faster CPU and GPU, along with more RAM and internal memory. When announced, the handset ran Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with Sense v2.1.

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Now, it looks like HTC have started rolling out a new software update for the Desire S, which bumps the Android OS version to 2.3.5. The update also brings the latest version of Sense UI to the Desire S, which is quite surprising. The Sense v3.0 UI sports some nifty features like a lock screen with shortcuts, new animations and an updated launcher.

The update also brings some new widgets including Clock, Weather and Photo grid widgets, the latest version of Android Market, Calendar app and new Live Wallpapers. Post the update; Desire S owners can also use HTC’s Watch service. Users are also reporting a massive improvement in GPS performance.

It will be interesting to see how the new version of Sense affects the performance of the phone. The Sense 3.0 UI was considered to be a major culprit for all the lags and slowdowns on the dual-core powered HTC Sensation.