Samsung Replenish Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Rolling Out!

Samsung and Sprint have started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the carrier’s greenest Android phone – the Replenish. This news might come as a surprise for the Replenish users out there, since I am sure they never really expected the Gingerbread update to land on their phone.
For the unknown, the Replenish comes with a  2.8-inch HVGA resolution screen, and is powered by a 600MHz processor. While certainly not the most powerful phone in Sprint’s line-up, it is the most eco-friendly and the greenest phone in its lineup.

Anyways, below is the full change-log of the update -:
– Upgraded OS from Froyo to Gingerbread (Android 2.3)
– Increased operationg system spped and efficiency
– One touch word selection and copy/past
– Improved power management
– Downloads Management
– SMS messaging fix

Important Notes:
– Software version is: EK18
– Download and install time is approximately 10 minutes

The update is being rolled out via an OTA and in stages, so it will not immediately show up on your phone. However, Sprint aims to complete the roll-out within the next 10 days.

Oh! and if any Replenish owners are hoping they would get the Ice Cream Sandwich update as well – Better give up the hope guys!

Samsung Unveils The Galaxy M Style Smartphone In South Korea

Yesterday, Samsung announced the entry level Galaxy Ace Plus smartphone. Now, Samsung unveiled another device in its popular Galaxy range of smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy M Style. This handset runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. The Samsung Galaxy M Style will be first available in South Korea and it is expected to be showcased next week at the CES 2012 in Las Vegas. All the three South Korean carriers – SK Telekom, Korea Telekom and LG U+ will offer this device in the coming weeks.

samsung galaxy m style

Samsung Galaxy M Style features a 4 inch Super AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1 GHz single-core processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System, TouchWiz user interface, 3 megapixel rear camera, VGA front-facing camera for video calls, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G connectivity and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, stereo FM Radio with RDS, 4 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, DMB TV tuner, Music Hub, Social Hub, Samsung Kies 2.0, A-GPS, Samsung Apps, Android Market and a 1650 mAh battery.

This handset measures 122.5 x 63 x 9.9 mm and weighs just 123 g. The Samsung Galaxy M Style will be available in 3 vibrant colors – Platinum Silver, Blue Black and Lavender Pink. This handset comes with a price-tag of 500,000 won (approx. $440) in South Korea. Samsung has not yet announced the availability of this smartphones in other markets. Stay tuned for more updates!

Samsung Announces The Galaxy Ace Plus Smartphone

Samsung recently announced the new entry-level Galaxy Ace Plus smartphone. This handset is the successor of the widely popular Samsung Galaxy Ace smartphone. It runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. The Galaxy Ace Plus is powered by the powerful 1 GHz processor, instead of the 800 MHz processor found in the original Galaxy Ace. This handset allows you to stay connected with your friends and family through the Samsung’s Social Hub, Music Hub and ChatON services.

JK Shin, President of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics, said,

Samsung Mobile is opening 2012 with the introduction of the Samsung GALAXY Ace Plus, which will help enhance the GALAXY brand following the huge success of the GALAXY S, GALAXY SII, GALAXY Ace and GALAXY mini. The GALAXY Ace Plus benefits from the Androidâ„¢ Gingerbread platform and Samsung services, which provide a better mobile experience for more consumers. In 2012, we will continue to make every effort to create an easy and fun mobile experience by expanding our incredibly popular GALAXY smartphone range, which is now one of the most recognized and successful mobile brands in the world.

samsung galaxy ace plus

Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus features a 3.65 inch HVGA screen, sporting a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels, 1 GHz Processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, TouchWiz user interface, 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 7.2 Mbps HSDPA connectivity and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, music player with SoundAlive, stereo FM Radio with RDS, 3 GB User memory, 512MB RAM, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, Music Hub, Social Hub, Samsung Kies 2.0, A-GPS, Samsung Apps, Android Market and a 1300 mAh battery.

The Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus will be first available in Russia starting from January 2012, followed by Europe, CIS, Latin America, Southeast and Southwest Asia, the Middle East, Africa and China. The price of this handset has not been announced yet.

1 Million Samsung Galaxy Note Units Sold Globally

Samsung Galaxy Note is the company’s first phone/tablet hybrid device. This device was announced in September and it was later released in October in most of the European and Asian markets. Folks living in the U.S. are still waiting to grab this device, since the manufacturer have not yet released the device in the states. Galaxy Note runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System.

Samsung recently announced that the global sales of Galaxy Note has finally crossed the 1 million mark within 2 months of its official launch. The Samsung Galaxy Note is selling like hot cakes in France, Germany, Taiwan and Hong Kong. According to Samsung, the rapid global sales of Galaxy Note are notable since it is creating a new market for something between smartphone and tablet pc.

galaxy note one million

A Samsung official also said, 1 million global shipping of Galaxy Note means it has well positioned itself as a market creator. Samsung will continuously strengthen its leadership in the global smartphone market as well as create new markets with innovative devices.”

Samsung Galaxy Note features a large 5.3 inch Super AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 1280 × 800 pixels, 1.4GHz dual core processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, TouchWiz 4.0 UI, 8 megapixel rear camera with LED flash, 2 megapixel front facing camera for video calling, 1 GB RAM, 3.5 mm headset jack, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, GPS with A-GPS, microSD card slot and a 2500 mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy Note will be available for purchase in the US, starting early next year. The speed of the global sales is expected to accelerate further next year when it will be available in the US.

LG Prada 3.0 Now Available In South Korea

Earlier this month, LG unveiled the first smartphone in the Prada series, the LG Prada 3.0. This handset runs on the Android 2.3.7 (Gingerbread) Operating System. LG has also announced that, the Prada 3.0 will get the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update during the Q2 of 2012. Within 2 weeks of its official announcement, this handset is already available for purchase in South Korea.

lg prada 3.0

LG Prada 3.0 features a 4.3 inch Nova Plus display, sporting a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, 1 GHz dual core TI OMAP 4430 processor, Android 2.3.7 (Gingerbread) OS (upgradable to Android 4.0), Prada UI, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 8 megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.3 megapixel front facing camera, 1 GB RAM, 8GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32GB expandable memory, A-GPS, NFC, microUSB 2.0, Bluetooth 3.0 and a 1540 mAh battery.

LG Prada 3.0 comes with a price tag of 899,800 won (approx. $780) without any contract. SK Telecom will be the first operator in South Korea to sell this handset. KT subscribers can get this handset from January 5, 2012. LG Prada 3.0 will be available for purchase in European and Asian markets, starting next month.

LG Optimus 3D Price Drops To Rs. 30,200 In India

Earlier this year, LG launched its first 3D smartphone, the LG Optimus 3D. This handset was announced and showcased at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 in Barcelona. The LG Optimus 3D was originally launched with the Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS, but it was later updated to the new Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS. This handset was launched in India during August, with a price tag of Rs.37,000. But, if you are planning to buy this handset, then we have a good news for you. The LG Optimus 3D is currently available for just Rs.30,200 in India. Check out the complete specs below.

optimus 3d

LG Optimus 3D features a 4.3 inch 3D WVGA display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1 GHz Dual-Core and Dual-Channel TI OMAP4 processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System, Glasses-free 3D viewing, 5 megapixel dual-lens camera, 1080p video recording and playback in 2D, 720p video recording and playback in 3D, Wi-Fi, 3G Connectivity, HDMI 1.4, DLNA connectivity, 3.5mm headset jack, 4 GB LP DDR2, 8 GB memory, 32GB expandable memory and a 1500 mAh battery.

LG Optimus 3D is the world’s first smartphone with the unique tri-dualconfiguration dual-core, dual-channel and dual-memory. This handset allows you to directly upload your 3D contents from the handset to the YouTube 3D channel. To buy this handset, head over to this page at Flipkart.

Samsung Galaxy S II Duos – A Dual-SIM Galaxy S II Announced!

Looks like Samsung is taking the Dual-SIM mobile segment in the developing countries very seriously. The company has quietly released a high-end dual-SIM Android handset in China, the Galaxy S II Duos.

The I929 Galaxy S II Duos packs in a 4.52-inch Super-AMOLED Plus screen with WVGA (480×800) resolution, and comes with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM. Samsung did not mention whether the SoC is their own in-house Exynos or the Qualcomm S3 SoC. Like the I9100, the S II Duos has an 8MP camera at its back aided by an LED flash, which is capable of recording videos in 1080p HD resolution. A 2MP snapper is also present in the front for video calls.

Other key features include Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth, microUSB port, Bluetooth 3.0, 16GB of on-board storage, microSD card slot, MHL port and a bunch of sensors.

Galaxy S II Duos owners will be able to simultaneously use a GSM and a CDMA network on their handset. The handset runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread with TouchWIZ 4.0 on top of it, and is powered by a beefy 1800mAh battery.


Sony Ericsson Live With Walkman Up For Pre-Order In India

Back in August, Sony Ericsson announced the mid-range Live with Walkman music smartphone. This handset runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. Sony Ericsson Live With Walkman comes with a dedicated Walkman hardware button, which provides instant access to the music player and allows you to like, share and discover content through a deep Facebook integration. This handset is currently available for pre-order at Flipkart. Check out the complete specs after the break.

sony ericsson live with walkman

Sony Ericsson Live With Walkman features a small 3.2 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 320 pixels, 1 Ghz processor, 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, VGA front-facing camera, Walkman player, Android Market, 3D games, Stereo speakers, DLNA Certified, Micro USB support and more.

It also features a 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, A-GPS, WebKit Web browser, Wi-Fi, 3G Connectivity, Stereo Bluetooth with A2DP, PlayNow service, USB mass storage, 320 MB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 2 GB microSD memory card bundled, up to 17 hrs 30 min of Music playback time, up to 6 hrs 30 min of Video playback time, up to 600 hrs of standby time, up to 14 hrs 15 min of talk time and a 1200 mAh battery.

The Sony Ericsson Live With Walkman comes with a price-tag of Rs.14,550 (approx. $280). This handset features an infinite button, which lets you explore even more music and video content using the Sony Ericsson’s new Qriocity service. It also allows you to access more than 300,000 apps from the Android Market. The Sony Ericsson Live With Walkman will compete with other Android smartphones such as Samsung Galaxy Ace, HTC Wildfire S and HTC ChaCha in the Indian market. To pre-order this smartphone, head over to this page at Flipkart.

Check out the official images below.

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sony ericsson live with walkman

sony ericsson live with walkman

Motorola Droid Bionic Gets a Major Bug-Fixing Software Update

Motorola has started rolling out a new software update for its first ever dual-core 4G LTE capable phone the Droid Bionic. The Bionic was one of the most anticipated phones of this year, thanks to its dual-core processor and support for Verizon’s blazing fast 4G LTE network. While the handset was originally supposed to be launched in early 2011, things went wrong, and Moto had to push back the handset to a 2nd half release in 2011. The worst part? Just a couple of months after the thick Bionic released, Motorola released the Droid RAZR, which was lighter, slimmer, faster and had a much better build quality.


Anyways, the new software update for the Droid Bionic fixes a bunch of bugs with the handset, and also improves the 4G LTE network performance of the handset. Other changes include a reduction in the time taken by the camera to auto-focus, and an improvement in the general performance and stability of the phone.  Below is the huge change-log of the update :


  • Increased stability of data connection
  • Improved transition between Wi-Fi to 4G to reduce lock ups
  • Increased the number of devices supported by mobile hotspot to 8
  • Data Roamingpop-up message will now display once when roaming in CDMA internationally


  • Improved activation speed of a new SIM card.
  • Improved ability, after changing SIM cards, to successfully log into social networking accounts and receive over the air software upgrades.

Headsets and Bluetooth ®

  • Eliminated the high pitched tone sometimes heard when using a wired headset
  • Media played on device can now be heard while using a Bluetooth ® headset

Phone Stability

  • Reduced occurrence of random power cycles, including automatic power ups after power downs
  • Improved phone stability when connected to a Bluetooth ® headset or HDMI cable
  • Corrected errors that required battery removal to recover from a frozen screen


  • Improved the camera’s auto focus capabilities to reduce the shutter response time and enhance the quality of captured imagery


  • Improved performance and stability of webtop experience when using a Lapdock
  • Reduced instances where display would turn off during use
  • Reduced frequency of the Low Memorywarning message


  • Ringtones purchased from the Verizon media store can now be saved to the device

Phone calls

  • Lowered volume on the Low Batteryalert tone while user is on a call

Apps and Widgets

  • Fixed errors to ensure contacts widget places calls to the appropriate contacts
  •  Improved reliability of Messaging app to display the latest contact information
  • Apps can now be launched from the recent app group
  • Corrected issue that removed shortcut to an app after it had been moved to the SD card.

Motorola has already started rolling out the update, and since its being rolled out in stages, it should hit your Bionic in the next couple of weeks. Bionic owners can also manually pull the update from Motorola’s server by going into Settings-> About Phone and then selecting the Software Update option.

Meizu MX Unveiled; Packs a 1.4GHz Exynos 4210 SoC

Meizu, a company popularly known for releasing phones which look like an iPhone clone, has released its new flagship phone the Meizu’s MX. The MX sports a 4-inch ASV display with qHD (640×960) resolution. It is powered by the Exynos 4210 SoC clocked at 1.4GHz, which is a beast in every right!

Other than this, there is also 1GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board memory, a secondary microphone for noise cancellation, MHL port, S/PDIF out, Wi-Fi b/g/n, USB host capabilities, GPS with A-GPS, and a bunch of sensors.


At the back of this chinese handset is an 8MP F2.2 backside-illuminated sensor, which is capable of recording videos in Full HD (1080p) resolution. There is also a measly 0.3MP camera in the front for video-calling.   The MX also features a Meizu only innovation, the situation-aware bottom light keys. Support for DivX, Xvid, MKV, MP4 and AVI videos along with FLAC audio support is also baked right into the OS.

The Meizu MX runs on a heavily customized version of Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread, dubbed as Flyme OS by the company. The company has promised that the MX will get the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update next year as well. The MX will hit the retail stores on January 1 for ¥2,999 ($470). Thankfully, the handset has a pentaband 3G radio, which means users won’t need to bother about network compatibility issues with their phones when they fly international.

I must say these Chinese handset manufacturers have come a long way since making cheap iPhone replicas.