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Samsung I9000 Galaxy S Released In India

The strongest Android phone currently on the planet, Samsung I9000 Galaxy S, has hit the Indian shores. The Samsung I9000 Galaxy S has the biggest Super AMOLED screen in the market with a size of 4 inches. The Galaxy S is available in two versions, 8GB and 16GB. But I have only seen the 16GB in the Indian market (Kolkata).samsungi9000

The Samsung I9000 Galaxy S has a 4″ Super AMOLED capacitive screen with WVGA (800 x 480) resolution. As usual, a 3.5mm slot is present. The phone has a inbuilt memory of 8GB / 16GB, depending on the version you purchase. The external microSD slot is expandable up to 32GB. The Galaxy S has a healthy 512MB RAM and 2GB ROM.

The Galaxy has supports both 2G (GPRS: Class 12 (4+1/3+2/2+3/1+4 slots), 32 – 48 kbps | EDGE: Class 12) and 3G (HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps) connectivity. Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with DLNA support is also present. The Bluetooth version on Galaxy S is 3.0 with A2DP support.

The camera is the only weak point in Galaxy S along with the plastic build. The camera is of 5MP resolution with autofocus but no flash at all. The video is recorded at HD (720P) resolution at 30fps. A secondary camera for video chatting is also present with VGA resolution.

The Android version on Galaxy S is 2.1 (Eclair). The processor inside is one of the best in the market, ARM Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor with a clock speed of 1Ghz. The processor is based on 45nm fabrication process. Stereo FM Radio with RDS support is also present. GPS with aGPS and Digital Compass support is also present. The video player on Galaxy S supports codec like .avi, Divx, .mkv, which is excellent according to me.

The battery power is of 1500mAh Li-Po battery. The battery performance on Galaxy S is excellent, in fact second best after Samsung Wave. The Galaxy S is available in Black and Grey. The price of Samsung I9000 Galaxy S is INR 28500 (US $608). Our team will be reviewing the Galaxy S soon, stay tuned for our review.

Fennec 2.0: Future Plans, New Features and Hopefully a Release Announcement

I am so tired of hearing all about Fennec and seeing it MIA on Android. We have heard so much about the Firefox experience on mobile and Fennec has not yet been able to release the final version 1.1 for Maemo. This project seems to be moving extremely slow. Moreover, the last time I tried Fennec for Android, the user interface was lagging extremely on my HTC Legend.

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Though, the project itself seems to be making some progress and has released plans for its version 2.0. Readers must take note here that these are not release plans. These are just plans for features to be present in Fennec 2.0. Two important changes laid out by Mark Finnacle, in his blog are,

  • The introduction of out of process plugins (The Electrolysis project)
  • The  increase in rendering speed of pages (The Layers Project)

The Mozilla Platform Evangelist has also written that,

Significant amounts of platform work have been done on both projects. Fennec 2.0 will integrate both Electrolysis and Layers.

However, my question is when will we see an actual release of Fennec? Developers are working on Fennec 1.1 at an extremely fast rate according to the developers and Fennec 2.0 alpha is coming soon. Therefore, we will still be using unfinished builds until Fennec 1.1 makes a final release. Godspeed Fennec.

MoDaCo Custom ROM For Samsung Galaxy S Released

A new custom ROM for the Samsung Galaxy S, MoDaCo Custom ROM, has been released. This Custom ROM is based on official ROMs. This ROM can be cooked and then can be downloaded from the Online Kitchen. In simple words, it means that you can select what you want, and the custom ROM chosen by you can then be downloaded.

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Before you can use the ROM on your device, you have to make sure that the JFB is running on your device (You can download it from here, see the link under requirements title). The optional Google applications available are AllShare / DLNA, calculator, Daily Briefing, Email, Live Wallpapers, Maps (unmodified Google Maps 4.3.0), Memo, Mini Dairy, My Files, Samsung Apps, Samsung IME, Social Hub, Voice Dailer, Voice recorder, Voice Search, Write and Go and Youtube.

The third party applications available are Beebplayer, Fancy Widget, ThinkFree Office, Swype and WaveSecure. You can select whatever you want, then cook your desired ROM and after that you can download it. This is the initial release, more updates will come gradually.

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Android 3.0 Gingerbread Will Require 1GHz Processor and 512MB Ram

With out of the way, Google has already begun developing the next generation OS dubbed Android 3.0 Gingerbread which is expected to be released in Q4 2010.

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If you are excited about Gingerbread, here is a catch that might make older handset users cringe. According to a French website WebDevOnLinux, Google will be imposing a minimum configuration for running the next release of Android.

The minimum configuration will be a 1GHz processor, 512MB Ram and 3.5 inches or more screen size. This new requirements will mean that older Android handsets will not be able to use Gingerbread unless they root it.

Nevertheless, the newer handsets being released these days meet these minimum requirements. Just make sure that they follow these requirements, or else you will not be able to use Gingerbread in the future. You can also take a look at the Top 10 Android Handsets in the Market before you make your decision.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10’s New Firmware Update Released

Sony Ericsson just announced that a new software update for the Xperia X10 has been released. However, the software update won’t bring Android 2.1 yet. This software update will improve performance and stability on the X10.

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Sony Ericsson also said that they will be providing a free backup application along with the update, which will help in storing the phone’s settings and information in itself. Sony Ericsson also announced that, in select markets Play Now will be added, from which applications and games can be downloaded. Sony Ericsson said that, there are speed improvements in messaging tasks and camera UI.

The update can also be downloaded OTA on your mobile by the mobile connection or Wi-Fi. The update is still not available in India. We will keep you updated about its availability. So, X10 users keep looking for the notification bar to report for an update.

Update, 5th July 2010, 8:15PM: I have not been prompted for an update on my Xperia X10 in India (Kolkata). As far as I know, there has been no report of any update in India. The users like me in India, will have to wait a bit longer.

Update, 7th July 2010, 9:12PM: The update is now available in India for download. I can see improvements in the UI of the Mediascape application. The audio quality has also improved a lot. The Backup and Restore application is also available now, it will help in backing up everything on your sd card.

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Your AT&T Voicemail is Open to All

AT&T has too many embarrassments to live with. Another one just was added to this list with a security problem in voicemail. Apparently, it is extremely easy to gain access to AT&T voicemail using an Android phone. Do not believe me? Read on.

We have all heard of IP address spoofing. Well, there is also something called Caller ID spoofing. This lets you gain access to any voicemail over an AT&T network. There is an app, which lets you spoof your caller ID number and lets you place a call to the voicemail posing as someone else.

What is even more interesting is that AT&T knows about the problem and is giving lame instructions putting several customers at risk. The official response on this says,

AT&T is committed to providing secure access to your voicemail. Your voicemail service is set up for fast access to voicemail and does not require a password when checking voicemail from your wireless device.

We are aware of companies that offer spoofingtechnology, which enables others to gain unauthorized access to wireless voicemail accounts that are not protected by a password. If you are concerned about unauthorized access to your wireless voicemail account, we recommend you add a password to your voicemail account.

Thus, according to AT&T they are providing a fast access to the voicemail without using a password. AT&T is already losing tech-savvy customers to Verizon. It is time AT&T changes this attitude towards its customers.

Thanks to kdawson for sharing this on Slashdot.

Cisco Unveils An Android Based Tablet

Cisco has finally entered into the tablet market with the launch of its Android based tablet named Cisco Cius. Cisco  believes  that Cius is a business tablet and it is definitely not a competitor of Apple iPad. This device has a 7 inch diagonal, high-resolution color screen with contact-based touch targets which delivers an elegant and intuitive experience. Check out the specs of this device below.

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Specs:

  • Atom Processor 1.6Ghz
  • 32GB of Flash storage
  • 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, 3G/4G
  • Bluetooth 3
  • HD video (720p) with Cisco TelePresence
  • 7diagonal (unknown exact resolution)
  • External display support
  • 8-hour battery
  • 1.5lbs

Software:

  • Virtual desktop client
  • Android operating system
  • Cisco Quad, Cisco Show and Share, WebEx, Presence, and IM
  • Cisco AnyConnect Security VPN Client

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This device can run modified Android Apps as well as Cisco’s software products such as Cisco Quad, WebEx, Show and Share, Presence and Cisco TelePresence.  It has support for both USB 2.0 and Bluetooth 3.0 keyboards, mouse, and headsets.  The Intel Atom 1.6-Ghz processor and 32-GB of flash memory allows you to run and store Android applications locally.

Cius supports various connectivity options such as 3G/4G, Wi-Fi, Micro-USB and Bluetooth. This device has a front facing camera with HD (720p) video recording capability and a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera. These cameras can be easily used for teleconferencing. The price of this device is not announced yet and it is expected to be shipped in early 2011.

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Google Nexus One Officially Gets The OTA Android 2.2 (Froyo) Update

Google Nexus One users can now upgrade to Android 2.2 via the official OTA update from Google. There had been speculations earlier about the update but this time it is real and official.

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The T-Mobile Nexus One got upgraded from Android 2.1 build ERE27 to FRF85. For updating via OTA update, wait for the notification bar to report for an update. So, what are you Nexus One users waiting for? Go and enjoy the Froyo on your Nexus One.

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Google Docs Viewer For Android, iPhone and iPad

Google has released a version of their Viewer with support for mobile devices including , and the .

Google Docs Mobile Viewer

The new mobile docs viewer allows users to view PDF files, .ppt, .doc and .docx from your Google Docs account on compatible mobile devices. It also supports pinch to zoom in or out on the iPhone, and iPad.

To view the new mobile docs viewer, just visit docs.google.com on your Android, iPhone or iPad and open any previous documents you have uploaded. More info at the Official Google Mobile blog.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro Is Now Launched

The world’s smallest Android phone with QWERTY keypad, the Xperia X10 Mini Pro, is now launched. The Xperia X10 Mini Pro has the same features and hardware, as in Xperia X10 Mini. The only difference is the physical QWERTY keypad in Mini Pro.

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The Xperia X10 Mini Pro has a 2.6″ capacitive touchscreen of QVGA resolution. The X10 Mini Pro has 2G and 3G network connectivity. Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g is also present. The Bluetooth version is 2.1 with A2DP support. The internal memory is of 128MB and the external microSD slot is expandable up to 16GB (2GB included).

The camera is of 5MP with LED flash. The video is recorded at VGA resolution @30fps. A 3.5mm slot is also present. The Android version is 1.6, which will be updated to Android 2.1 on Q3, 2010. The processor inside is Qualcomm MSM7227 with a clock speed of 600MHz. Stereo FM Radio with RDS support is also there. GPS with aGPS support is also there. The battery power is of 970mAh.

The Xperia X10 Mini Pro is available in black and red colors. The price is supposed to be around $346 (INR 16000). Here is a retail video of X10 Mini Pro:

Note: The pricing is not 100% accurate, it will be revised soon.

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Top 10 Android Phones In The Market Right Now

is the next big thingin the mobile operating system field. The Android OS has been successfully able to compete with the Apple iPhone OS/. At present, the Android operating system share might not be much but the pace at which it has been gaining market share is something which surely has been troubling Apple. Currently around 160,000 Android handsets per day are being activated all over the world.

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The Android Application market is also the second largest in terms of volume, only behind the Apple App Store. The Android App Store has more than 55,000 applications, and currently more than 8000 applications are being submitted to the Android app market every month.

I am sure the above facts would have made you check out some of the Android phones out there. Well here are the Top 10 Android Phones in my opinion :

#10 HTC Legend: The HTC Legend is the successor to the highly popular HTC Hero. The HTC Hero was one of the highest selling and the most popular Android handset ever produced and had also won the Best Mobile Handset award at the Mobile World Congress 2010. The HTC Legend features a 3.2-inch HTC Legend capacitive touchscreen having HVGA resolution. The processor of the Legend is clocked at 600 MHz .The phone packs in 384MB of RAM, and 512MB of ROM. Along with this, the 5MP camera and the aluminum body of the Legend acts as an icing on the cake. The Legend also runs on the popular HTC Sense UI, which is the slickest UI I have ever seen on a mobile handset. Readers can purchase the HTC Legend from here.

#9 Motorola Droid/Milestone: The Motorola Droid was launched in late 2009, but it is still an awesome handset. The testimony to this is that the Motorola Droid is still selling like hot cakes. The Droid features a 3.7-inch TFT screen with WVGA resolution. The phone is powered by a 600 MHz ARM-A8 Cortex, and has 256MB of RAM. The main selling point of the Droid is that it is one of the few Android handsets out there in the market that has a full-QWERTY keyboard. The Motorola Droid won the TIME Magazine Gadget of the Year Award 2009 as well. Interested users can purchase the Motorola Droid from here.

#8 Sony Ericsson Xperia X10: The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 features a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, and packs in 384MB of RAM. The phone has a huge 4-inch TFTSony Ericsson Xperia X10 display, featuring a resolution of 852*480. The X10 is mainly a multimedia device. The phone has an 8MP camera, with a LED flash. The 8MP camera at the back is capable of taking decent snaps as well. The phone also features Sony Ericsson’s proprietary TimeScape and MediaScape UI. The only downside of the phone is that it still runs on the older Android 1.6 OS. However, Sony Ericsson has promised that the X10 will get the Android 2.1 update by Q3 of this year. Here is the link to purchase Sony Ericsson Xperia X10.

#7 Google Nexus One: Google has not made the Nexus One. The phone has been manufactured by HTC, but is rebadged and sold as the Nexus One. Google launched the phone at the beginning of the year, in an attempt to promote the Android OS. The phone features the usual 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, and 512MB of RAM. The phone has a 3.7-inch AMOLED screen, which is great indoors but is a major pain outdoors. The Google Nexus One was the first phone to be running on the Android 2.1 OS. It is also the first phone to get the Android 2.2 a.k.aGoogle Nexus One Froyo update. Interested readers can purchase the Google Nexus One From Amazon by click this link.

#6 HTC Desire/HTC Incredbile: The HTC Desire is similar to the Google Nexus One. In fact, we can say that the Desire and the Nexus One are the same phone. The only difference between the HTC Desire and the Nexus One is that the Desire has 64MB more RAM than the Nexus One, and lacks the second mica for noise cancellation. The Desire also has an optical trackpad, instead of the trackball on the Nexus One. Being an HTC branded phone, the Desire features the highly popular Sense UI as well. Here is the link to purchase HTC Desire from Amazon.

People who live in the U.S, should go for the HTC Incredible instead of the HTC Desire.

#5 Motorola Milestone XT720: If the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 does not suffice your camera needs, the Milestone XT720 surely will. The phone features a 720MHz OMAP processor, and packs in 512MB of RAM. The device has an 8MP cam, along with Xenon flash. Yes, you read that right! The Milestone XT720 is the first ever-Android phone to feature a Xenon flash. The phone is also able to record 720p HD videos. The phone has a 3.7-inch TFT screen, and features multi-touch keyboard as well.

#4 Motorola Droid 2: The only phone in this list, which is yet to be officially announced. The only information available about the Droid 2 until now is through leaks. The phone in all probability will pack in a 1 GHz OMAP processor, and 512MB of RAM. The Droid 2 will be the successor to the original Droid. From the leaked pictures, we can say that the Droid 2 resembles the original Droid closely. Motorola has just tweaked the design, and have thankfully replaced the golden d-pad found on the original Droid keyboard, with four arrow keys. Motorola will officially announce the phone sometime within the upcoming couple of months.

#3 HTC EVO 4G: The HTC EVO 4G is a U.S only phone. The device is the first ever-mobile handset to sport 4G connectivity. Along with 4G, the device has a mammoth 4.3-inch TFT display, and the usual 1 GHz Snapdragon processor. As of now, the device is available in the U.S on the Sprint network. Since it is a HTC branded phone, the device also features theMotorola Droid X slick and smooth HTC Sense UI. The phone has a decent 8MP camera at its back as well.

#2 Samsung Galaxy S: The Samsung Galaxy S is definitely one of the best Android phones out there in the market. The phone has a 4-inch Super-AMOLED screen. The Super-AMOLED screen on this device has a better sunlight legibility than the AMOLED screen found on other devices. In fact, the Super-AMOLED screen is considered a worthy rival of the iPhone 4G’s Retina Display. The device also has a 1Ghz Hummingbird CPU that is better than the 1Ghz Snapdragons CPU found in most phones. The only downside of the phone is that the camera lacks an LED flash, and the plastic-y build quality of the device.

#1 Motorola Droid X: The Droid X was officially announced by Motorola just a couple of days ago. The Droid X is the king of all Android phones. Hardware wise the phone has a 1 GHz OMAP processor that is build on the 45nm fabrication process. The phone also has a 4.3-inch TFT screen, an 8MP camera with 720p video recording capability. Multi-touch keyboard or Swype, DLNA and a mini-HDMI port are present as well. The phone is currently only available in the U.S on the Verizon network.

Q. Why did not the HTC Incredible made it to the list?

A.  The phone has a 3.7-inch AMOLED screen, a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, and an 8MP camera. The phone is available in the U.S only under the Verizon network. The reason the phone did not made it to the list because it is available only in the U.S. This severely limits the market reach of the phone. The HTC Desire can be said a worthy equivalent of the Incredible in the European, and Asian markets. Therefore, I have included the Desire in this list, instead of the Incredible.

So which Android phone are you going to purchase? Do you have any other suggestions that you would want to add to this list? Feel free to tell me about them through your comments.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 How To Root Guide Is Out!

Finally, the wait for the Xperia X10 users is over. As we reported earlier, that Jerpelea, biktor_gj and Bin4ry from xda-developers have been successful in getting access to the root of X10. Yesterday, they posted the guide for others to Root their X10s.

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After rooting your phone the internal values of the phone changes to:

Baseband- 1.0.24

Model number- SO-01B

Baseband ver.- 1.0.24

Kernel- 2.6.29

Build number- R1EA025

After rooting you will lose the Mediascape application along with Play Now, but they can be manually added later. All Xperia X10 users, root you X10 at your own risk. I would suggest you to go through the entire thread before Rooting, so as to avoid bricking your X10. Here is the link.

Update: It seems that there is some problem in getting back Mediascape after rooting. I suggest to go through that entire thread and there is an option posted by a member by which you can avoid losing Mediascape.

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HTC Hero And Samsung Moment Will NOT Get Android 2.2 Update

The HTC Hero got the official Android 2.1 update just a few weeks ago. Now, it seems that this will be the last Android update the Hero will get. The official Sprint account on twitter just tweeted that:HTC Hero

HTC EVO will be updated to Android 2.2; Samsung Moment & HTC Hero will not. Future devices launching with 2.1 will be also be updated to 2.2.

Now this tweet confirms that not only the HTC Hero, but also the Samsung Moment will not be getting the Froyo love. Only HTC EVO users can rejoice, as they will get the Android 2.2 update sooner, than later. Along with the HTC EVO, other Android phones launched in 2010 will get the Froyo upgrade soon.

Hero owners should not blame Sprint here. Sprint might be unable to provide the Android 2.2 update because HTC itself might have stopped supporting the device.

T-Mobile To Launch Samsung Vibrant on June 28th

T-Mobile has been teasing its users with clues for something big coming up soon for few days now. They also revealed a lot of clues on their new site http://t-mobileclue.com/ and finally announced that the Samsung Vibrant will be coming to T-mobile in the next 3 days.

T-Mobile Samsung Vibrant Clue

The clue which was posted on the clue website, was cracked by the folks at TMO News to reveal that Samsung Vibrant was the answer to the clue (see image below).

T-Mobile Samsung Vibrant Solved Clue

According to TMO, the Samsung Vibrant announcement may come on June 28th or June 29th, however, the release date for the new Samsung phone will be around July 21st. Samsung Vibrant is rumored to be name for the Samsung Galaxy S phone which runs on and has some awesome features and specifications.

T-Mobile will be officially announcing the phone on its site on June 28th, we will keep you posted about the juicy details whenever that happens.

Motorola Droid X Specifications, Pricing and Availability

Earlier today, Verizon and Motorola unveiled the Droid X which is the latest device from Motorola. Droid X is so far one of the best Android device by Motorola and has some really awesome specifications.

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Droid X will be available in store on July 15th and will be sold at $199.99 after a $100 rebate. Users will also have to purchase a smartphone data plan which is $29.99. If you want to turn your device into a Mobile Hotspot using tethering you will have to pay $20 more to connect to 5 devices via WiFi.

Motorola Droid X has a huge 4.3-inch TFT display, with WVGA resolution. The phone is powered by a 1Ghz OMAP processor, and 512MB of RAM. Droid X also has 8GB of memory along with a 16GB SD card bundled with the device.

You can record videos at 720p resolution and also watch it on TV using the mini HDMI port. Droid X also has a 1540mAh battery. Droid X also has three microphones one for video, another one for calls, and the last one for noise cancellation.

The biggest problem though is that Droid X will release with Android 2.1, however, will be released for the device sometime this summer.