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.

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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.

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.

Ring In the New Year with Official Times Square Ball App

Millions of us around the globe will be celebrating the onset of a new year tonight. Now, there is an app for that! You can be a part of all the excitement of Times Square with the “Official Times Square Ball App”. It is available in both iTunes and Android markets.

You can see a screenshot of the main screen pictured below. The app lets you enjoy all of the action of the live show including all of the celebrity cameos and live music.

Main Screen
Courtesy of iTunes App Store

There’s a lot more too. Check out this list courtesy of the Android Market:

* Participate in the celebration by submitting your New Year’s photo for friends, family and other revelers to vote on.

* Their favorites may be selected to be seen on the Toshiba Vision sign atop One Times Square directly beneath the Waterford Crystal New Year’s Eve Ball on December 31st! The selected photos will also be featured on the LIVE Show.

* Discover everything you need to know about the Times Square New Year’s Eve Celebration including the history, news, weather, photos, relevant maps and LIVE Show schedule.

* Send New Year’s Eve kisses and share photos with friends and family.

* Watch live streaming of the events in Times Square leading up to New Year’s Eve throughout December as well as the highlight promo and other exclusive video content.

* Customize your Toshiba Countdown Clock with your personal photo and time zone.

* Check-in via Foursquare, Facebook and Twitter to find out how far away you are from Times Square.

Sounds like a lot of fun! Here is a YouTube video if you would like to get a closer look.

I had the pleasure several years ago, to tour the Waterford Crystal plant where the Times Square Ball is made. They actually had a replica of the ball there for us to see up close. It is incredible to see the skill and craftsmanship that goes into it. I wish someday I will get the opportunity to see the ball drop from Times Square. Until then, I will have to enjoy apps like this.

It has been a wild ride for me this year. I wish for you and yours all the best and a Happy New Year!!!!

Samsung Announces Pink Galaxy S II For Taiwan

Samsung Galaxy S II is the company’s largest selling Android smartphone. This handset was announced and showcased at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 in Barcelona. Apart from the original black-colored Galaxy S II, Samsung is also selling this device in pure white and pink colors in select countries.

Samsung recently announced the pink Galaxy S II for the folks living in Taiwan. The pink variant of this handset is already available in South Korea from the last couple of months. The specs of this device is almost similar to the original Galaxy S II. The pink variant of Galaxy S II is specially targeted at the female smartphone users.

pink galaxy s ii

Pink Samsung Galaxy S II features a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus display, sporting a resolution of 800 × 480 pixels, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System, 1.2 GHz dual core processor, TouchWiz 4.0 UI, 8 megapixel camera with full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video calling, Android Market, Social Hub Premium, Readers Hub, Game Hub, Music Hub, Kies Air, HSPA+ connectivity, Bluetooth 3.0 + HS, NFC (Near Field Communication) and more.

Pink Samsung Galaxy S II will be available from January 1, 2011 in Taiwan. The 32 GB variant comes with a price tag of TW$ 21,900 (approx. $730). Are you planning to buy this handset? Let us know your views in the comments section below.

HTC Sensation XE Now Available In UK For Just £19.99 On Contract

HTC Sensation XE is the successor of the popular HTC sensation smartphone. It is the company’s first smartphone to sport the Beats Audio tag. This handset runs on the latest Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. HTC Sensation XE was announced in September and it was later released in October, exclusively or the O2 customers in the UK. This handset was available for free with the £36 per month contract. Now, Phones4U, a popular online retailer in the UK is selling this handset for just £19.99, along with discounted monthly plans.

htc sensation xe

HTC Sensation XE features a 4.3 inch qHD display with 540 x 960 pixels resolution, 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System, 8 megapixel camera with full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, VGA front camera, 4 GB internal storage, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi, 3G connectivity, 768 MB RAM, Internal GPS antenna, Gyro sensor, Proximity sensor, Ambient light Sensor, Micro-USB port, DLNA, Stereo sound video recording, up to 9 hrs 16 mins talk-time, up to 540 hours stand-by time an a 1730 mAh battery.

sensation xe uk

Phones4U is selling this handset for just £19.99 with a 2 year service agreement. You will also need to subscribe to the £21.50 per month plan, which will give you 200 minutes, 3000 texts and 500 MB of data. To get this handset, head over to this page at Phones4U.

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 2X Now Available In India For Just Rs.19,999

Do you still remember the world’s first dual-core smartphone manufactured by LG? Yes, we are talking about the popular LG Optimus 2X. This handset originally runs on the Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS, but it was later updated to the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. LG Optimus 2X was launched in India with a price tag of Rs.30,000.

Most of us in India preferred Samsung Galaxy S II over Optimus 2X, thanks to the better specifications and features. Hence, the sales of LG Optimus 2X was too less compared to the Galaxy S II. After 6 months of its official launch, the price of LG Optimus 2X has been finally dropped. If you are planning to buy one, then check out the complete specs below.

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LG Optimus 2X features a 4 inch WVGA screen, Android 2.2 (FroYo) OS, 1 Ghz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, Micro USB, 8 megapixel rear camera with full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.3 megapixel front camera, 8 GB internal memory, 32 GB expandable memory, 3.5mm headset jack, HDMI mirroring, 1500 mAh battery and so on.

LetsBuy, a popular online retailer in India is selling this powerful smartphone in India for just Rs.19,999. Yes, that’s a Rs.10,000 discount on the original price. If you are planning to buy one, then head over to this page. If not, then which smartphone would you like to buy in this price range? Let us know your views in the comments section below.