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Samsung Vibrant To Release On 15 July In US

We reported earlier that AT&T will release their version of the mighty Samsung I9000 Galaxy S, on 18 July and T-Mobile on 21 July. T-Mobile wanted to be one better than AT&T, hence, they rescheduled the release date of Samsung Vibrant to 15 July. Samsung Vibrant is T-Mobile’s version of Samsung I9000 Galaxy S.

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An official at phonedog got a reply via twitter from TMobile_USA that Samsung Vibrant launch is scheduled for 15 July. So, it is official now and T-Mobile won the race against AT&T for bringing the first Galaxy S in US. The cost will be $199 on two year contract (same as AT&T).

The hardware is the same as in Captivate and I9000 Galaxy S. We have reported about the hardware earlier and you can check the details here.

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Google Open Spot Android App Finds Empty Parking Spots

Imagine this scenario, you had to drive to your friends place on a Sunday which took you around 25 minutes in total, once you reached there you spend another 25 minutes just to find a parking spot which is a good 10 minutes walk from where your friend lives.

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This is a scenario many Americans might be pretty familiar with. Open Parking is a huge problem and finding a spot is always a hassle. In comes Google’s "Open Spot", an application which finds open parking spots for you. Open Spot will show you parking spots located within a ~1.5 kilometer (km) / ~.9 mile (mi) radius of your location. As you move, Open Spot will automatically refresh to show you parking spots within a ~1.5 km / ~.9 radius of where you currently are.

Open Spot works by letting people who are leaving parking spots share their spots with people who are searching for parking.

Start helping others find parking, and together we’ll all save time, save gas, and reduce pollution. Like to keep score? The more open spots you mark, the more parking ‘karma points’ you’ll get.

Don’t get very excited yet though, Open Spot does not perform magic on its own to find you an open parking spot, instead it relies on individuals who use the app to mark a location on Google map when they are leaving a parking spot, so that other users who are searching for one in that area can find it.

This app might turn out to be useful, however, there is no guarantee that people will actually use the app to mark a spot every time. In addition to that, the parking spot marked by another user may get taken up by another driver who is nearer than you, thus making your trip to that spot a waste.

Also there might be an issue with users marking fake Parking spots, however, Google has some technology in place to tackle such "griefers" (as they call it) and they will take steps to fix issues if people start adding fake parking spots.

I would be interested to see a full fledged app from Google that makes use of Google Street view and Google Maps to show open parking spots in real-time rather than having to rely on humans to perform the job. Considering that they already have some technology in place to detect fake parking spots, this wouldn’t be hard work, would it? What Say? Did you find your parking spot?

Android Market Shares Rises In US, Reports comScore

According to comScore’s report, in Q2 2010, Google’s Android is the only smart phone OS to show growth in US market. Other OS like the RIM, Apple, Microsoft and Palm showed loss in market shares. Google’s Android, showed a growth of 4%, since Q1 this year.

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RIM holds the majority at 41.7%, losing 0.4% compared to 42.1% of Q1. Apple is behind RIM with 24.4%, again losing 1.0% compared to 25.4% in Q1 (iPhone 4 sales not included in Q2). Microsoft holds the third spot with 13.2%, a loss of 1.9% compared to 15.1% of Q1. Google is at the fourth spot with 13%, gain of 4% compared to 9% of Q1. Palm takes the bottom with 4.8%, losing 0.6% compared to 5.4% in Q1.

The graph will change soon when iPhone 4 sales will be added. Windows Phone 7 and Android 3.0 release will also cause a huge change in the shares. At present, the conclusion is that Android is growing at a super fast rate.

The report also shows that majority of the people in US use their phone for SMS/texting. Samsung has topped the OEM (original equipment manufacturer) with 22.4%, followed by LG at 21.5% and Motorola at 21.2%.

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Trillian App For Android Coming Soon

Cerulean Studios released a new refresh to the popular multi-protocol IM and social networking client last week. Trillian 5 added a host of new features including integration with and . Now, after the desktop refresh Cerulean has announced that a new Trillian client will be available for the platform soon.

Trillian Android App

Just like Trillian 5, Trillian for Android will integrate with Facebook Chat, Windows Live, Yahoo!, AIM, ICQ, Google Talk, Jabber/XMPP and MySpaceIM. The app will also synchronize your contacts, avatars and more with Trillian enabled desktop or mobile apps.

Trillian Android Tabbed Chat

Trillian for Android will work on Android 1.6 and newer versions including and . The app has several interesting features, some of which include:

  • Connect to Facebook Chat, Windows Live, Yahoo!, AIM, ICQ, Google Talk, Jabber/XMPP and MySpaceIM
  • Synchronize your contacts, avatars, status, accounts and more with your Trillian-enabled desktop or mobile apps
  • Get notified easily with Android notification system integration
  • Contact list sorting, grouping, meta contacts support, privacy settings and various ways to organize
  • Set status, avatar and display name quickly in one simple screen
  • Tabbed chat windows with bubble view, photo transfer, buzz and emoticon support
  • Support for Android phones as far back as version 1.6 works with your good old T-Mobile G1 or the newest HTC EVO 4G or Motorola Droid!

Cerulean Studios has not announced the release date for the beta yet, however, we will keep you updated when the app is released to general public.

Samsung Captivate Release Date Announced By AT&T

Samsung Captivate, the AT&T version of the powerful Samsung I9000 Galaxy S, will be hitting the stores in US by 18 July. The Samsung i897 Captivate will be the first amongst all Galaxy S to hit the States. The T-Mobile version of Galaxy S, the Samsung Vibrant (a.k.a. Samsung T959 Galaxy S) will release on 21 July, bit later than the Captivate.

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The Samsung i897 Captivate has a 4″ Super AMOLED multi-touch capable touchscreen, with 800 x 480 resolution. It will be having a 3.5mm audio slot. The internal memory will be of 16GB and the external microSD slot will be expandable up to 32GB. The RAM in Captivate will be of 512MB. Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with DLNA support will be present. The Bluetooth version will be 3.0 with A2DP support.

The camera on the Captivate is of 5MP resolution. It will not have any flash light support. The video will be recorded in HD(720P) resolution. The secondary camera for video calling will be of VGA resolution. The Captivate will have Android 2.1 at the time of release. Samsung’s proprietary TouchWiz UI over Android 2.1 will come onboard.

The processor inside the Captivate is Samsung’s own Hummingbird processor with a clock speed of 1GHz. Stereo FM radio with RDS support will be present. GPS with aGPS and Digital Compass support will be also present. Divx video playback codec is also supported. It will be available in Black and Grey colors.

The Captivate will cost US $199.99 on a two year contract with AT&T. The T-Mobile’s Samsung Vibrant will cost the same but will hit the stores by 21 July.

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Installing Ubuntu In Nexus One

The guys at NexusOneHacks.net have managed to install and run Ubuntu in Nexus One. And best of all they have installed it in such a way that it will not destroy the existing Android system on the phone. This means that the Nexus One can still be used as a phone.

Not only have they managed to get Ubuntu up and running in Nexus One, they have also posted a video showing how you too can do it if you have a Nexus One.

Here is the video:

If you are brave or  adventurous  enough to try this, head over to NexusOneHacks.net. They have the full instructions on how to do it.

HTC Wildfire Rooted

The HTC Wildfire is a low-end Android handset. The phone has a 3.2-inch capacitive display, with 240×320 resolution display. The phone is powered by a 528Mhz Qualacomm processor and packs in 384MB of RAM. The phone also has 512MB of ROM. The phone runs on the Android 2.1 (Eclair) OS. A 5MP camera, along with an LED flash at the back of the device is also present.

The phone hit the retail market just a few weeks ago. Now PaulOBrien – the guy behind rooting quite a few Android handsets has managed to root the Wildfire as well. The bootloader of the handset should be 0.80 or below. The ROM version should be also 1.14.xxxx.x or below. Users need to have a microSD card to be able to root their phones.

It is recommended that users should use either Windows 7 32-bit, or Mac OS X or any of the available linux distro’s. Here are the steps to root your HTC Wildfire.

Motorola CHARM Caught In The Wild

The upcoming T-Mobile’s Motorola CHARM/Basil has shown up in a leaked picture. According to reports, the Motorola CHARM sports a 3″ capacitive touchscreen and a physical QWERTY keyboard. It is also reported to have the proprietary MOTOBLUR UI over Android 2.1 OS.Motorola Charm

According to the leaked information, the Motorola CHARM will be hitting the US market next month. There are also reports that the T-Mobile retail stores are getting package called “Motorola Basil Project”. The T-Mobile has a habit of calling their future phone launches as Project. Maybe, the Motorola CHARM has something to do with this Project of T-Mobile.

Motorola Basil Project

Unfortunately, there is no more information regarding the specification of Motorola Charm. But for the meantime, we can hope for some more leaks and maybe the official announcement. You can also see our previous coverage of Motorola CHARM/Basil.

Update 7th July,2010:  Motorola has officially announced the Motorola Charm. The Charm has a 2.8″ capacitive touchscreen of QVGA resolution. It will be sporting the MOTOBLUR UI over Android OS 2.1. It will also have a BACKTRACK navigation pad at the back, just like in a laptop. The camera resolution is of 3MP. More detailed specification will be reported soon.

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Rumor: Samsung Already Working On a Galaxy S Successor?

Samsung had launched the Galaxy S just a few weeks ago. The Galaxy S is currently one of the best Android phones in the market right now with a 4-inch Super-AMOLED screen, 1Ghz Cortex A8 processor and 512MB of RAM.Samsung Galaxy S I9200 The device has got ravishing reviews all over the interwebs. Samsung has even managed to sell around 200,000 Galaxy S in 10 days in South Korea. Now it looks like Samsung is already working on the successor of the Galaxy S.

A leaked picture of the successor of the Galaxy S a.k.a Galaxy S I9200 has been found on the internet. The phone is rumored to feature a 4.3-inch Super-AMOLED display with a resolution of 1280×720. The phone will be powered by a 2 GHz processor (!), and will have 1GB of RAM, and 4GB of ROM. The camera at the back of the device will be an 8MP one, with 1080p video recording capability.

The phone will also be one of the first phone t be released in the market with Gingerbread pre-loaded. According to me, the specification of the phone surely seems to be cooked up. It is way too early for Samsung to even start working on a Galaxy S successor.

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HTC Desire Gets The Froyo Update “Unofficially”

Officially, HTC still has not specified a date when the HTC Desire will be getting the Froyo update. Unofficially though, the Desire already has a custom ROM based on Froyo. A person with the username udk over at XDA forums has posted a video of Froyo running on the Desire. Along with Froyo, this custom ROM also brings 720p video recording to the Desire.

Here is a 720p video recorded from the HTC Desire –

No release date of the ROM has been specified, but hopefully it should be up for download in just a few days. Currently, a beta version (v0.3) of the ROM is up for download. The main advantage of a popular Android phone is that that many new features are added to it thanks to Custom ROMs from Modder.

In all probability, this custom ROM will be released by udk before the official Froyo update from HTC arrives.

Samsung Sold 200,000 Galaxy S In 10 Days In S. Korea

There is no doubt in the fact that the Samsung Galaxy S is the best Android handset currently in the market. To prove this point, Samsung has a figure to show, 200,000 Galaxy S has been sold by Samsung in South Korea within the span of 10 days. The Samsung Galaxy S was released on 24th June in South Korea.samsungi9000

If we compare the sales of Apple iPhone 3GS with Galaxy S in South Korea, which was released in end of 2009, the Galaxy S will be an undoubted winner. Apple has only sold 800,000 iPhone 3GS in South Korea until now. Samsung says that the pre-loaded application package with the Galaxy S serves well in the South Korean market.

The Samsung Galaxy S is now a series and not only a single device. The powerful hardware in the Galaxy S series will be the root of its high success in future.

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HTC Vision Spotted In The Wild

Looks like the Motorola Droid and the Droid 2 finally have some competition from HTC. The folks over at Njuskalo.hr managed to get their hands on the HTC Vision. The HTC Vision is the keyboard-equipped sibling of theHTC Vision Desire. The phone has a 3.7-inch AMOLED display with 800×480 resolution. In all probability, the phone will pack in a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, and 576MB of RAM.

It is also said that the phone will have 1.2GB of onboard memory. The usual HTC Sense will also be present. Since the phone’s configuration is similar to the HTC Desire, the camera of the phone should also be 5MP. From the leaked pictures, it is confirmed that the handset will feature a 4-row QWERTY keyboard. Sadly, the device will run Android 2.1 a.k.a Eclair when launched.

HTC are yet to announce the phone officially, but hopefully it will not take too long. The expected price of the device will be around $650.

Motorola Droid To Get Froyo Update On 13th July?

Rumors are flying in that the Motorola Droid will be getting the Android 2.2 (Froyo) love  from 13 July. The Android Eclair a.k.a Android 2.1 update for the Droid took quite sometime to be available widely. The release date of theMotorola Droid update was pushed back numerous times, before being rolled out to various regions in the world.

Hopefully, Verizon and Motorola will not be doing the same with the Froyo update. The keyboard-less successor of the Droid the Droid X – will hit the retail stores on 15th July. Motorola had already said that the original Droid would get the Froyo update in July, while the Droid X will get the update in late August.

The Motorola Droid is one of the highest selling, and the most popular Android handset in the market. Even though the phone is old hardware-wise, it still sells like hot cakes.

Cheaper Android Phones Coming to Asian Markets like China and India

Google-Android Android has gone from strength to strength over the past few months. Thanks to the exponential increase in the number of Android handsets and the rapid growth of the Android Market, Google is now a worthy challenger to Apple. However, there is definitely scope for more improvement. And, Google knows it.

Google is already working on Android 3.0, which will be possibly targeted at high-end devices and is expected to introduce significant improvements to the platform. However, that doesn’t mean that Google is ignoring mid-range or budget smart phones. According to Businessweek, Google is working with hardware manufacturers to introduce cheaper Android powered handsets in crucial Asian markets like China and India.

Andy Rubin, VP of engineering at Google said, “The down-market opportunity is about to happen. It’s actually quite a revolution”. In markets like India, iPhone has barely managed to make a dent. Instead, companies like Nokia rule the roost with their wide range of attractively priced handsets. By encouraging manufacturers like Huawei Technologies and LG Electronics to introduce cheaper handsets, Google is hoping to expand its reach and attract more developers.

Android 3.0 a.k.a. Gingerbread Requirements Updated

Couple of days ago, when I read that Android 3.0 (Gingerbread) will have minimum hardware requirements of 1GHz processor and 512MB RAM, my heart sank. I thought my Xperia X10 will be only limited to Android 2.2. But, the editor-in-chief of mobile review, Eldar Murtazin gave some clarifications via his tweet.android-gingerbread

He tweeted, “Yesterday have a very good conversation and some clarifications. 1 Ghz, 512 Mb etc its not minimal requirements but recommended one”. This means that few high-end Android devices, who thought that they will be left out in Android 3.0 party, can now relax.

The other suspense on the Android 3.0 OS is that no third party UI will be supported. This suspense still exists because no official comment has been made on it. For phones with screen size of 4″ or more, the resolution will be increased to 1280 x 760p via Android 3.0. Let us wait for more leaks and info on the Android 3.0. You can read the previous post here.

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