Verizon’s Samsung Fascinate and Droid Charge Get a Software Update

Verizon has started rolling out software updates for Samsung Fascinate and the Droid Charge. Sadly, none of the software updates will bring the much awaited Android 2.3 Gingerbread update to both the handsets. The updates for both the handsets are maintenance updates, and aims at fixing some bugs.

The Samsung Fascinate software update will improve the incoming call connectivity, along with improvements in the delivery of OTA updates. Yeah, an OTA update to improve OTA updates!  The update is around 5MB in size, and carries the version number ED04.


The software update for the Droid Charge will fix the hotspot bug, along with improvements in the performance of the handset. The GPS reception and web browser performance have also been improved in this update. Verizon also claims that Droid Charge owners should notice an improvement in battery life, after installing this update. Some bugs relating to voice calls and email sync have also been squashed.

The EE4 software update for the Droid Charge weighs around 10MB and is already available OTA.

Users of both the handsets can manually download the update by going to Settings->About Phone and selecting the Software Update option.

Motorola Droid X And Defy Get A CyanogenMod 7 Port

Motorola Android phones are generally feature packed to the core, and sport decent specs as well. The Motorola Droid X was one of the most popular Android handsets in the U.S. last year.

However, Motorola phones have not been a favorite among the developers and modders, because of their encrypted boot loader. The encrypted boot loader meant that there was not much scope for a true Custom ROM’ for Motorola handsets. The company has been receiving a lot of criticism for the same, and they have promised to do something about this.

Now, a Motorola Droid X developer – @cvpcs – has managed to get the most popular AOSP based custom ROM CyanogenMod 7 – to the handset. He used a 2nd-init’ method to get the ROM up and working on the Droid X. However, this by any chance does not mean that the Droid X boot loader has been cracked. Due to this, he is forced to use the stock Motorola kernel that shipped with the device.

Below is a video of CM7 in action on the Droid X :

The developer (cvpcs) still has not made the CM7 port available for Droid X owners though. He is still testing the port for some bugs, and will soon release it to the public.

Other Motorola devices like the Droid 2 should also get this CM7 port up and working, since both the handsets are very similar. In fact, the Motorola Defy has already got a working CM7 port. Defy owners should head over to this thread over at XDA forums for more information.

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After Skype; Linkedin, Foursquare and Netflix Join the Android Personal Data Leak Club

Remember how Android vulnerabilities were making news every morning a few months ago? Remember how Skype stored personal data in a plaintext format and it was all left out there in your phone’s SD card storage to be accessed by anyone? Well, the vulnerability is revisited. Just that it is not Skype this time. There are a number of apps that do the same mistakes and Netflix, Foursquare and Linkedin just joined the hall of shame.
Clearly, these mobile apps are not interested in the security and privacy of their users. This is like your OS storing login password in a text file. How would that feel? The vulnerability has been discovered by  viaForensics but it seems like this is becoming a trend with Android apps. There must be many more apps that do the same. It is only time before they are discovered.

The best thing about these things is that the moment they break out, fixes are released and things are better. However, if undiscovered, they just lay there.

Now, data theft is still better than password theft and the very nature of using the same login details everywhere is a huge risk for Android users of any of these services.

If you are a service oriented business, people understand that data is important for you to function properly. Their only privacy concerns is what exactly you are doing with this data and mishaps like these simply validate the paranoid people have with privacy. Companies have to start taking user data seriously and handle it with utmost care.

Asus EEE Pad Transformer to See Record Sales in June; Second Only to the iPad 2

The iPad 2 has seen the highest sales, much higher than any single Android tablet since it launched. While there have been several tablets available in the past months, only a few have been selling well.

The Asus EEE Pad Transformer was launched a couple of months back, but has been in short supply. There have been supply shortages due to high demand. It’s also priced quite well, at $399, which makes it a budget Android tablet.

Today, Jerry Shen, CEO, Asus, stated that the company will be shipping 300,000 units of the Asus EEE Pad Transformer, which is much higher than the expected sales of most other Android tablets, except maybe the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, which may see an initial bump in sales in its launch month.

Johnny Shih, Chairman, Asus, said that the demands for the EEE Pad Transformer remain strong even when other tablet suppliers have cut shipment goals.

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The Asus EEE Pad Transformer is powered by an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor clocked at 1 GHz, and comes with 1 GB RAM. It has 16 GB internal storage and runs Android 3.0 Honeycomb, with an upgrade to Android 3.1 on the way. It also has a 10.1 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel, IPS display. It comes with a keyboard dock as well, which converts it into a usable laptop.


Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 I/O Edition Android 3.1 Honeycomb Update Rolling Out Now

Samsung has started rolling out the Android 3.1 Honeycomb update for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 I/O edition tablets. Samsung and Google gave these tablets as gifts to each of the Google I/O attendees.

The Android 3.1 Honeycomb update for the Tab 10.1 brings some much needed performance and stability improvements. The update also brings new features like USB host functionality, unlimited number of apps in the multi-tasking pane, inline HTML5 playback and the ability to resize widgets.


The update also adds the Google Books app, and removes some apps like the Amazon, Kindle, Samsung Apps, Music Hub and WeatherBug. Galaxy Tab 10.1 I/O edition owners, who have rooted their device, need not worry as the update preserves your root access.

Users who have not got the OTA update notification, can manually pull the update from Samsung’s server by going to About Tablet> Software Updates option. Users also need to create a Samsung account, before they can download and install the OTA update. Tab owners should make sure that they have not encrypted the data on their device, before installing the update.

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 I/O edition is also slated to receive an update in the future, which will replace the stock Android installation on the device with TouchWIZ 4.0.

HTC Sensation Now Available In India For Rs.30,699

Back in April, HTC announced the Android powered HTC Sensation. This handset runs on the latest Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System and it comes with a 4.3 inch qHD display, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 8 megapixel camera with full HD (1080p) video recording and so on. We have a good news for those, who were eagerly waiting to purchase this smartphone in India.

LetsBuy, a popular Indian retailer is currently selling the powerful HTC Sensation. This handset have not been officially launched in India. HTC Sensation is expected to launch in India, before the end of this month. If you are planning to buy this smartphone, then check out the complete specs, after the break.

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HTC Sensation 4G features a 4.3 inch qHD display with 540 x 960 pixels resolution, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System, 8 megapixel camera with full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, VGA front camera, 1 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 495 mins talk-time, up to 400 hours stand-by time an a 1520 mAh battery.

HTC Sensation is currently available in India for Rs.30,699. This handset is priced much lower than the powerful Samsung Galaxy S II. To purchase this handset, head over to this page at LetsBuy.

Apple Officially Steps into the Lodsys Patent Battle

Nine days after Lodsys sued seven iOS app developers, Apple has filed a motion to intervene. Apple has stated in its motion that the app developers are individuals or small entities with far fewer resources than Apple and […] lack the technical information, ability, and incentive to adequately protect Apple’s rights under its license agreement.

TrollThe current standoff started when Lodsys, a patent management company, began demanding royalty from app developers who had implemented in-app purchasing. This came as a shock to many since the in-app purchase mechanism was provided by Apple, and Apple had already licensed the appropriate technologies from Lodsys. Apple soon issued an open letter, in which it vehemently opposed the claims made by Lodsys.

Apple is undisputedly licensed to these patent[s] and the Apple App Makers are protected by that license. There is no basis for Lodsys’ infringement allegations against Apple’s App Makers. Apple intends to share this letter and the information set out herein with its App Makers and is fully prepared to defend Apple’s license rights.

However, this wasn’t enough to deter Lodsys. It went ahead and filed lawsuits against seven developers with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

If Lodsys wins, not only will it be bad news for developers, but it will also be bad news for Apple in general. For now, Apple’s sole defense is that its current agreement with Lodsys covers all iOS app developers. It’s not known if Apple will be bearing the legal expenditures of the defendant or not. However, the good thing is that Apple at least seems to be willing to make a stand, and defend its developers. In contrast, Google is yet to speak up in favour of the Android developer who received a letter from Lodsys with similar demands.

Motorola Triumph Running Stock Android 2.2 FroYo Announced

Along with the Photon 4G, Motorola has also announced the Triumph, which will be available under Sprint’s pre-paid network Virgin. This means, users can buy this handset without any contract.

The Motorola Triumph sports a 4.1-inch screen with WVGA (800×480) resolution. The handset is powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM 8255 processor with an Adreno 205 GPU, and will pack 512MB of RAM.


The back of the handset sports a 5MP camera, with a LED flash, while there is a VGA camera in the front for video-calling. Other key features of the phone include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS with A-GPS, 3.5mm audio jack, microSD card slot with support for up to 32GB cards and a proximity sensor. The handset will also sport a mini-HDMI port along with a micro USB port. It will be powered by a 1400mAh battery.

The Triumph is the first phone from Motorola to run on stock Android 2.2 FroYo, out of the box. The handset is slated to be available sometime this summer. The pricing and other key specifications of the handset will be announced at the time of its release.

Motorola Photon 4G Announced; To Be Available Under Sprint’s Network This Summer

Motorola has announced the first Nvidia Tegra 2 powered handset to be available under the Sprint’s network the Motorola Photon 4G.

The Motorola Photon sports a 4.3-inch screen with qHD (960×640) resolution. The handset is powered by an Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset running at 1GHz.

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The back of the handset sports an 8MP camera with dual-LED flash, while there is a disappointing VGA camera in the front. The handset also packs in 1GB of RAM, along with 16GB of on-board storage and a microSD card slot. The usual Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS with A-GPS, 3.5mm audio jack and a proximity sensor are also present. Like the Atrix 4G, the Photon 4G will also have WebTop capabilities.

The Photon 4G also has a kickstand at its back, which will allow users to enjoy watching videos on their device. The handset will also support’s Sprint’s WiMAX network, along with support for 3G networks outside the U.S, making it a World ready’ handset.

The Photon will be running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with a new and improved version of MotoBLUR running on top of it. The handset will be available sometime this summer under Sprint’s network. Final specifications and pricing of the handset will be revealed sometime before the estimated release time frame.

Oracle is Playing the Android Card Again, Google is in Trouble

Oracle is notorious for its lawsuits. It might be going a step further if I call it a patent troll but Oracle is behaving like one lately. Google is clearly the underdog in the Android lawsuit, but what Oracle is doing is notorious nonetheless. Oracle has asked Google to pay up for the patent infringements. As worrying as this is, it will pin down Google’s entire Android business in two killer blows.
First, Google would have to move to a per-copy license fee. Second, the lawsuit claims for monetary compensations that far surpass Google’s profits with Android, which we know is not much. The scenario is building up from October last year and the Googlers at Mountain View are having a tough time with Oracle beating the Android drums every now and then.

The Android boom that we have seen lately owes its existence to the fact that Android is hassle free unlike most other mobile OS. Added licenses will add parameters for the buyer and for Google as well, hampering further Android sales. Oracle has earned a bad name for itself over the course of the last six months. Moreover, Oracle is not on a good start with Sun technologies as it has shut down many and has cared less about the ones that live.

Oracle has thrown out old Sun talent and some have left  voluntarily.  The big shot Gosling himself has joined Google and this earns Google some thumbs up, at least from people. However, Oracle has a strong case in court where people do not count and legal arguments do.

I will not support Oracle in this even if they are right, because of their attitude. However, Google should have taken care of things as well. A complete drilldown of the patent is available here and you can figure the proceedings of the entire case from reading it.