Google Search Widget Updated With New Color Scheme and UI

Google has rolled out a new update for the Google Search widget in the Android Market. The new update brings in quite a few changes including a new color scheme and simplified UI.’

Below is the whole change-log of the update -:

  1. New color scheme and simplified UI
  2. Faster
  3. Enhanced suggestions and query editing
  4. Better localized suggestions and search results for more countries
  5. Long press on history items to remove them

An update for the Google Search widget was over-due for quite sometime now. In fact, Google had not updated the app since it released Android 2.2 FroYo.

The new update makes the widget much more usable and the UI simpler. The whole UI of the Google Search bar now feels similar to the Google Maps and other Google products, which is a good thing, since Google is known for inconsistent UIs across its product line.

The update is only meant for Android handsets running Android 2.2 or Android 2.3.  The new Google Search widget can be downloaded from the Android Market for free.

Sony Unveils The Xperia Acro HD and Xperia NX For Japan

At CES 2012, Sony (Formerly Sony Ericsson) announced two new Android phones meant only for their home market – Japan – the Xperia NX and the Xperia acro HD. Both the handsets are similar to the other two handsets announced by Sony, the Xperia S and Xperia Ion.

Both the Xperia (NX and acro) branded handsets feature a 4.6-inch LED Backlit Reality Display with mobile Bravia engine, and come with a whopping 720 (1280×720) resolution. Internally, both the handsets are powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S3 processor, an Adreno 220 GPU coupled with 1GB of RAM.

At the back of both the handsets is a 12.1MP camera with an Exmor R sensor, which is also capable of recording videos in 1080p HD resolution. There is also a front-facing camera in the front of the handsets for video calling. Sadly, the handsets run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread but will get the Ice Cream Sandwich sometime in Q2 of this year. The acro HD comes with a TV Tuner, an infrared port and NFC as well.

Other features include a micro-HDMI port, 16GB of on-board memory and an 1840mAh battery on the handsets.

The Xperia NX will be available on NTT DoCoMo’s Network beginning from February this year, while the acro HD will be available sometime in March.

 

 

Samsung Captivate Gets The Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update

Back in 2010, AT&T announced the Android powered Samsung Captivate smartphone. This handset is the AT&T’s version of the Samsung Galaxy S. The Samsung Captivate originally runs on the Android 2.1 (Eclair) OS. However, this handset was updated to the Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS during the Q1 of 2011. Now, Samsung has amazed the Samsung Captivate owners by rolling out the much-awaited Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) update. Check out the complete changelog below.

samsung captivate

Changelog:

  • Download management
  • New layout for larger fonts
  • Word prediction, multi-touch for numerical input
  • One-touch word selection and copy/paste
  • Fixed Top-menu in Gmail
  • Voice Search added into the search categories
  • Vertical play mode added to YouTube
  • 3D graphic driver updates
  • Additional Khronos standard such as OpenSL ES, EGL for better multimedia performance
  • Concurrent Garbage Collector technology embedded to reduce lags in games
  • Being able to show your face in public

It is advised to backup all you data before updating the device. You should also make sure that, the battery is fully charged before updating your phone. Sadly, this update is not available via OTA (Over-The-Air). You will need to manually update your phone, just by connecting you phone to the computer. To learn more, head over to this page.

T-Mobile Unveils The Galaxy S Blaze 4G Smartphone

T-Mobile recently announced the new Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G smartphone at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 in Las Vegas. It runs on the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. This handset will be exclusively available for the T-Mobile customers in the US. The Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G will be T-Mobile’s third smartphone to take advantage of 42Mbps HSPA+ technology.

“Last year, T-Mobile made solid progress during uncertain times, doubling our 4G network speeds and launching 25 new 4G devices,” said Philipp Humm, CEO and President, T-Mobile USA. “We are here, in fighting shape, and we will compete aggressively to win and retain customers by delivering compelling 4G services — all at a great value.”

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T-Mobile has not yet revealed the complete specs of this device. Even the press release does not mention the specs. Currently, we only know that, Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G comes with a Super AMOLED touchscreen display, 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System and a 42 Mbps HSPA+ connectivity. It will also feature the usual 3.5 mm headset jack, micro USB, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, FM Radio with RDS, Micro SD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, GPS with AGPS, Android Market and so on.

The Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G is expected to comes with a price tag of $199.99 and a two year service agreement. T-Mobile will soon announce the exact price and availability of this smartphone. Stay tuned for more updates!

Sony Xperia S Announced; Comes With A 12 MP Camera

Along with the Sony Xperia Ion, Sony announced the new Sony Xperia S smartphone at the CES 2012 in Las Vegas. It is the first smartphone in the new Sony Xperia NXT series. As usual, this handset will ship with the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS. But, the device will be upgraded to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) during the second quarter of 2012. Sony Xperia S will also feature the Sony logo on the front, instead of the Sony Ericsson logo. It comes with an amazing 12 megapixel camera that takes pictures in just 1.5 seconds from standby. Sony Xperia S is also a PlayStation certified smartphone.

sony xperia s

Sony Xperia S features a 4.3 inch HD display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, 1.5 GHz Qualcomm MSM8260 dual-core processor, Google Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS (upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich), 12 megapixel camera with 16x digital zoom, auto-focus, Face detection and LED Flash, Full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, GPS with aGPS, Bluetooth technology, DLNA Certified, HDMI support, Micro USB, NFC (Near Field Communication), USB 2.0, 32 GB eMMC, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Android Market, Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality, up to 25 hrs music playback time, up to 6 hrs 30 min video playback time, up to 7 hrs 30 min of talk-time, up to 450 hrs of stand-by time and a 1750 mAh battery.

This handset measures 128 x 64 x 10.6 mm and weighs 144 grams. Sony Xperia S will be available in 2 colors – Black and White. This handset will be available for purchase globally from the first quarter 2012. Sony Xperia S is a NFC enabled device, which allows you to share content with others as well as access a number of NFC applications and services.

Lenovo Announces The Android Powered Lenovo S2 Smartphone

Lenovo recently announced the new Lenovo S2 smartphone at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 in Las Vegas. This handset might disappoint some Android fans, since the device runs on the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System, instead of the new Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS. Apart from that, Lenovo has skinned the Lenovo S2 smartphone with its Lenovo Magic 3.0 user interface.

lenovo s2 smartphone

The Lenovo S2 features a 3.8 inch display, sporting a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, powerful 1.4 GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon 8260 processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, Lenovo Magic 3.0 UI, 8 megapixel rear camera, VGA front facing-camera for video calls, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 3.5 mm headset jack, HDMI-out, 512MB RAM / 1 GB RAM, 8 GB/ 16 GB internal storage, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Micro USB, MHL Connectivity and a 1500 mAh lithium-ion battery.

The Lenovo S2 smartphone includes a unique Kernel-level security system to protect personal data, prevent phishing and control network and SMS traffic. This handset also allows you to instantly syncs photos, music, videos and personal information with a dedicated online storage space and share it across multiple devices. The price of this device will be announced soon. The Lenovo S2 will be first available in China, followed by other European and Asian markets.

Verizon and LG Unveil The LG Spectrum; Sports a 4.5-inch True HD IPS Display

LG and Verizon have just announced the company’s second phone with LTE capability to hit the United States biggest carrier, the Spectrum.

The Spectrum comes with a massive 4.5-inch True HD IPS display with a whopping 720p (1280×720) resolution screen, with a eye-popping 329pixels-per-inch Unlike the Galaxy Nexus 720p HD PenTile display, the IPS display on the Spectrum has a RGB pixel arrangement. Internally, the handset packs in a 1.5GHz S3 processor from Qualcomm and an Adreno 220 GPU. There is also 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal memory and an microSD card slot with 16GB microSD card pre-installed.

The Spectrum also has all the other usual features like GPS with A-GPS, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 3.0, a 1.3MP front-facing camera, and the usual bunch of sensors. At the back of the Spectrum is an 8MP camera aided by an LED flash, and a 1.3MP camera in the front for video calling. Like all other high-end Droid handsets, the Spectrum is also capable of shooting videos in Full HD (1080p) resolution.

The handset is powered by a 1830mAh battery, and will also come with an extended 3000mAh battery at its launch. Sadly, the Spectrum will come with Android 2.3 Gingerbread and will get the Ice Cream Sandwich later on. However, looking at LG’s history, I don’t think the Spectrum will get the update anytime before late Q2 of 2012.

The Spectrum will hit Verizon’s 4G network on January 19th, and should cost $299 on a two-year contract.

Motorola Unveils The Android Powered Motoluxe Smartphone

Along with the Motorola Defy Mini, Motorola also announced the budget-friendly Motorola Motoluxe smartphone. This handset runs on the Android 2.3.7 (Gingerbread) Operating System. The Activity Graph feature in this smartphone gives you quick and easy access to your favorite apps, automatically changing to reflect the apps you use the most. It also comes with the Music Now and Smart Gallery features, which allows you to play your favorite music and display your favorite pictures as collections respectively. Motorola Motoluxe will be showcased next week at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012.

motorola motoluxe

Motorola Motoluxe features a 4 inch FWVGA display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels, Android 2.3.7 (Gingerbread) Operating System, 800 MHz processor, MotoSwitch user interface, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with 4x digital zoom and auto-focus, VGA front-facing camera for video calls, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance), Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G connectivity, 512 MB of RAM, 1 GB of ROM, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, MicroUSB 2.0, WiFi Direct, Android Market, FM Radio, Ambient light, proximity sensor, up to 6.5 hours of talktime, up to 450 hours of stand-by time and a 1400 mAh battery.

This handset measures 117.7x 60.5 x 9.85 mm and weighs 123.6 grams. Motorola has not yet announced the price of this smartphone. This handset will be available in China under the name Motorola XT615. The Motorola Motoluxe is expected to be available in select countries in Europe and Latin America starting from February 2012. Stay tuned for more updates!

Motorola Announces The Rugged Motorola Defy Mini Smartphone

Motorola recently announced the new entry-level Motorola Defy Mini smartphone. This handset is the compact version of the widely popular Motorola Defy smartphone. Motorola Defy Mini is a dustproof and water resistant smartphone, which comes with the famous Gorilla Glass display. It runs on the Android 2.3.6 (Gingerbread) Operating System. This handset comes with the Motorola’s MotoSwitch user interface, instead of the Motoblur UI found in the original Motorola Defy smartphone.

motorola defy mini

Motorola Defy Mini features a 3.2 inch HVGA display with scratch resistant Corning Gorilla Glass, 480 x 320 pixels resolution, Android 2.3.6 (Gingerbread) Operating System, 600 MHz processor, MotoSwitch user interface, 5 megapixel camera with digital zoom and flash, VGA front-facing camera for video calls, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G connectivity and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 512 MB of RAM, 512 MB of ROM, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, MicroUSB, DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance), A-GPS, Android Market, FM Radio, Ambient light, proximity sensor, up to 10 hours talktime, up to 21 days stand-by time and a 1650 mAh battery.

The Motorola Defy Mini measures 109 x 58.5 x 12.55 mm and weighs just 107 grams. This handset will be available in China under the name Motorola XT320. The Motorola Defy Mini is expected to be available in select countries in Europe and Latin America starting from February 2012. The price of the handset is still a mystery.

White Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch Coming To Sprint On January 8

Back in August, Samsung finally launched the much-awaited Galaxy S II in the US. This handset is available in 3 variants exclusively for the AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint customers. The Sprint version of Galaxy S II is called as the Samsung Epic 4G Touch. This handset runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System and it comes with a large 4.52 inch Super AMOLED Plus display, powerful 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, etc.

The Samsung Epic 4G Touch was originally available only in Vortex Black color. Now, Sprint has announced another variant of this handset. The Samsung Epic 4G Touch will be available in the new Frost White color, exclusively for the Sprint customers, starting from January 8, 2012. The specs of both the devices are almost same.

white galaxy s ii sprint

Sprint Epic 4G Touch features a 4.52 inch Super AMOLED Plus display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1.2 GHz dual-core Samsung Exynos processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, TouchWiz 4.0 user interface, Swype, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 4G Connectivity, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus and flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, etc.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS, Samsung Kies Air, Android Market, full HTML web browser, DLNA, HDMI out, 16 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Sprint ID, 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot capable, Samsung Media Hub, Samsung Social Hub, Bluetooth 3.0 and a 1800 mAh Lithium-ion battery.

The Samsung Epic 4G Touch will be available for $199.99 with a new two-year service agreement. Sprint customers can get this device from Sunday, January 8, 2012.