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Micromax Launches The Android Powered Bling 2 For Rs.8,999

Micromax recently launched the Android powered Bling 2 smartphone. This handset is the successor of the popular Micromax Bling smartphone. The Micromax Bling 2 runs on the Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System and it comes with a 2.8 inch touchscreen display, 600 MHz processor, 3 megapixel camera, 32 GB expandable memory and more.

This handset is specially targeted at the fashion-savvy women mobile users. Micromax Bling 2 is decorated with Swarovski Zirconia in the front and back panels. Check out the complete specs below.

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Micromax Bling 2 Specifications:

  • 2.8 inch multi-touch capacitive display
  • Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS
  • 600 MHz processor
  • 3G Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi
  • 3 megapixel camera
  • GPS enabled
  • Micromax App Store
  • 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Bluetooth
  • 150 MB internal memory
  • Micro SD card slot
  • 32 GB expandable memory
  • 1000 mAh Li-ion battery

Micromax Bling 2 comes pre-loaded with some useful apps such as MiRoamer, Saavn, Mosho, Mundu Live, Whatsapp and much more. You will also get a white leather carry case enclosed with a compact mirror and special pouch. This handset comes with a price tag of Rs.8,999.

Google To Launch Mobile Payment System

Google is expected to launch a mobile payment system on Thursday that allows consumers to buy items and checkout with smartphones rather than traditional credit/debit cards. The system will run on the Google’s Android operating system and will be available on phones from Sprint Nextel Corp.

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The service would allow users to pay for retail purchases by holding their smartphone up to a specialized reader at checkout counters.

Google has been working with MasterCard, the world’s second-largest credit card processing network and Citigroup Inc to develop this mobile payments system. During the trial period, the service will be available only for Citigroup credit/debit card users.

Google is planning to show off the technology and has invited reporters to attend a “partner event” on Thursday in New York.

Motorola Droid X Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Imminent

After a couple of leaks, Motorola and Verizon have finally gone ahead and finalized a Droid X Gingerbread build for official release. At the moment, Motorola is doing a soak test, and the update will be out once the testing is complete.

It looks like the testing will be over anytime soon, as Verizon has already updated the Droid X page on their website with the Gingerbread update details. According to the Verizon’s site, the Droid X Gingerbread update will bring new features like a Download Manager, an all-new Multi-touch keyboard, improved text selection and copy and paste.

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The update will also update the color scheme of the Moto Blur UI with new colors, widgets and icons.   The auto-focus of the camera while taking pictures in low light conditions, and the ActiveSync performance has also been improved. The general system performance and responsiveness has also been improved noticeably. Droid X users can head over to this link for the full change-log.

Verizon and Motorola will start rolling out the update anytime now. The update weighs in at a whopping 112MB, and will wipe your X clean of all data.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Up For Pre-Order At Amazon For $99.99

Sony Ericsson announced the world’s first PlayStation certified smartphone, the Xperia Play at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 in Barcelona. This handset runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System and it will be exclusively available on the airwaves of Verizon in the US. Xperia Play is already available for pre-order at Verizon for $199.99 with a 2 years service agreement. If you are planning to buy this handset and save a few bucks, then you can go ahead and pre-order the powerful Xperia Play from Amazon for just $99.99.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Play comes with a 4 inch capacitive multi-touch display with 480 x 854 pixels resolution, 1 GHz Scorpion ARMv7 processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, slide-out gaming keypad, 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and flash, 400 MB internal memory, microSD card slot, 8 GB microSD card included, up to 32 GB expandable memory and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm audio jack, Bluetooth stereo (A2DP), PlayNow service, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi Connectivity, Sony Ericsson Music player, Gesture gaming, Motion gaming, aGPS, DLNA Certified, Micro USB, Android Market, Android Cloud to Device messaging, up to 8 hrs 25 min talk-time, up to 425 hrs standby time, up to 5 hrs 35 min game play time, up to 30 hrs 35 min music playback and a 1500 mAh battery.

This handset will be released on May 26th, but if you pre-order this smartphone from Amazon, then you will have to wait for 8 to 9 days, since the phone is currently listed as backordered on Amazon. Xperia Play will ship with 7 games – Asphalt 6, Madden NFL 11, Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior, The Sims, Star Battalion, Crash Bandicoot and Tetris. To check out this amazing deal, head over to this page at Amazon.

Red HTC Desire S Now Available At Vodafone UK

HTC Desire S is the successor of the highly popular, HTC Desire smartphone. This handset was announced during the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 in Barcelona. HTC Desire S runs on the latest Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. This handset is already available in black, but HTC have recently released this smartphone in red. The Red HTC Desire S is exclusively available on the airwaves of Vodafone in the UK.

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HTC Desire S features a 3.7 inch touchscreen display with 480 x 800 pixels resolution, 1 GHz processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, HTC Sense, 5 megapixel camera with auto focus and LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, Bluetooth 2.1 with FTP/OPP, Wi-Fi connectivity and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, micro-USB, Internal GPS antenna, G-Sensor, Digital compass, Proximity Sensor, 1.1 GB internal storage, 768 MB RAM, microSD card slot, up to 590 mins talk-time, up to 455 hours stand-by time and a 1450 mAh battery. This handset measures 115 mm x 59.8 mm x 11.63 mm and weighs just 130 grams.

You can get the Red HTC Desire S for free on contract with a £30 montly plan, which comes with 600 minutes, unlimited texts and 500 MB of data. If you are planning to purchase this smartphone, then just head over to this page.

Barnes & Noble Announces New Nook With Two Months (!) Of Battery Life

Today, Barnes & Nobles have announced the second generation Nook.   The all-new Nook sports a 6-inch touch screen E-Ink Pearl display. The new display offers better contrast compared to its predecessor, and is easily readable in direct sunlight as well.

Compared to the first generation Nook, the new Nook is 35% lighter at 212 grams and is 15% slimmer as well. The eBook reader will ship with 2GB of internal memory onboard, along with a microSD card slot.

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“We set out to design the easiest-to-use, most optimized, dedicated reading device ever created and accomplished it with the All-New NOOK,” said William Lynch, Chief Executive Officer of Barnes & Noble. “Touch makes it simple to use, and the beautifully compact design makes it the most portable eReader in its class. Add to that an unmatched battery life, the most advanced paper-like touch display on the market and wireless access to the world’s largest digital bookstore, and we believe that for readers of all ages, the All-New NOOK is the best eReader on the market, and a great value at $139.”

The new Nook eBook reader is based on Android 2.1, and features Nook Friends as available on the Nook Color. The eBook reader is powered by an 800 MHz processor from TI OMAP, and sports Wi-Fi but lacks 3G.

One of the highlights of the new Nook is its battery life. Barnes & Noble’s state that the new Nook has a battery life of whopping 2 months, with Wi-Fi turned off! The all new Nook can already be pre-ordered for $139, and will start shipping on June 10.

LG Officially Unveils The Android Powered LG Genesis Smartphone

Earlier this month, the press shots of LG Genesis were leaked, but the complete specs of this handset was not available. Now, LG finally unveiled the Android powered LG Genesis smartphone. This handset runs on the old Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System and it will be exclusively available on the airwaves of US Cellular. Check out the complete specs below.

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LG Genesis Specifications:

  • 3.5 inch external display
  • 480 x 800 pixels resolution
  • 3.2 inch internal display
  • 480 x 800 pixels resolution
  • Android 2.2 (FroYo) OS
  • 1GHz Snapdragon processor
  • 5-row QWERTY keyboard
  • 5-megapixel camera
  • DLNA multimedia sharing
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • 3G Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi
  • 430 MB Internal Memory
  • 8 GB microSD card with SD adapter included
  • Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • Up to 2 Hours & 30 Minutes Talk-Time
  • Up to 17 Days & 12 Hours Stand-by time
  • 1500 mAh battery

LG Genesis was earlier expected to be available on the airwaves of Verizon as LG enV, but LG finally confirmed that, it will be soon available on the airwaves of US Cellular as LG Genesis. The price and availability of this handset have not been announced yet. Stay tuned for more updates.

Amazon to Launch Quad Core Android Tablets?

One of the most pertinent rumors doing the rounds in the past month has been that Amazon is working on an Android tablet. While the Kindle 3 has been a bestseller, there is only so much that an ebook reader can do.

To compete with the Apple iPad, and other tablets, as well as the B&N Nook Color which has turned out to be a huge hit, Amazon needs a complete tablet which can offer much more than just a good reading experience.

In a recent interview, when asked about Amazon’s tablet plans, Jeff Bezos just said “Stay tuned”, indirectly confirming the existence of plans of such a tablet.

According to a report by PCMag, the Android tablet by Amazon will launch in two versions – with a 7 inch and a 10 inch display. Amazon was initially planning to go with Mirasol or Pixel Qi displays, but they will be in the market only by 2013, so the Android tablets will sport LCD displays.

Another interesting point – the report also mentions that the Amazon tablet will be powered by a quad core Nvidia Tegra 2 chip. It will probably run Android 2.3 Gingerbread or Android 3.1 Honeycomb as the OS.

The iPad 2 still doesn’t have any serious competition. The Amazon tablet, with its other offerings, like video on demand, the Kindle app, and the Amazon App Store could turn out to be the best alternative to the iPad. As Bezos said, stay tuned.

HTC EVO 3D Up For Pre-Order At Sprint

HTC announced its first 3D smartphone, the HTC EVO 3D at the CTIA show. This handset runs on the latest Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System and it comes with a large 4.3 inch 3D QHD display, 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core processor and more. HTC EVO 3D will be available exclusively on the airwaves of Sprint in the US. If you are eagerly waiting for this handset, then we have a good news for you. The powerful HTC EVO 3D is currently up for pre-order at the Sprint Stores in the US.

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HTC EVO 3D comes with a 4.3 inch 3D QHD display, 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System, 3G/4G capability, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 5 megapixel dual cameras, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video chat, 2D video recording at 1080p, 3D video recording at 720p and so on.

Other features include a 3.5mm stereo headset jack, 4GB Internal memory, 1GB RAM, microSD card slot, 32GB expandable memory, 8GB microSD card included, HDMI, DLNA, Stereo Bluetooth, 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot capability, Integrated GPS and a 1730 mAh Lithium-ion battery.

HTC EVO 3D is also available for pre-order at RadioShack, but if you prefer to buy from the official Sprint Stores, then you will have to visit a Sprint retail outlet and purchase a $50 gift-card. After purchasing the $50 gift-card, your name will be added on the pre-order list. The price of this device have not been announced yet.

Private Browsing In Firefox For Android

Yes, you now have the right to browse privately on your Android phone with Firefox Beta. Firefox has introduced the “Do Not Track” feature in their latest build for Android. It is the first mobile Web browser to offer the “Do Not Track” privacy feature.

The Do Not Track feature gives more control to users over the way their browsing history is tracked and used online. The feature behaves just like private browsing and enables users to tell websites if they prefer to stay anonymous or not.

Do Not Track - Firefox for Android

To enable the feature, open Settings and click on the button that says Tell sites not to track me. Once you’ve enabled the Do Not Track feature, you can test it by using  Microsoft’s Do Not Track Test Page.

Firefox Beta for Android is available for download from the Android Market. Download the browser and test the next version of Firefox on your phone.

The update also includes some speed improvements and better compatibility with the SwiftKey keyboard for Android.