HTC EVO 3D And EVO View 4G Specs Revealed

Rumors suggest that Sprint and HTC are going to launch the successor to the EVO 4G’ at the on-going CTIA, to be known as the EVO 3D.

Now, the folks over at PocketNow have managed to get their hands on some leaked documents, which reveal the specs of the EVO 3D. The handset will be sporting a 4.3-inch qHD (960×540) display with 3D capabilities.

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The EVO 3D will be powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon CPU (MSM8660) and pack 768MB of RAM. The back of the handset will sport dual 5MP cameras with Flash. These cameras will be able to record videos in either 720p 3D format or at 1080p in 2D.

The front of the phone will also house a 1.3MP camera for video-calling. The EVO 3D will run on Android OS with HTC’s Sense UI on top of it. However, the Android version which the handset will release with is unknown.

PocketNow also managed to confirm the specs of another EVO branded device coming to Sprint the EVO View 4G. The EVO View 4G is the Sprint version of the recently announced HTC Flyer.

The 7-inch tablet has a resolution of 1024×600, and is powered by a 1.5GHz single core Snapdragon CPU. The EVO View 4G will run Android 2.4, with HTC Sense UI which will be optimized for tablet use.

HTC Pyramid Picture Leaks; Confirms qHD Resolution Display

All the handsets announced by HTC at the MWC 2011 were met with lukewarm response. None of the handsets really offered anything new or innovative and were just run-of-the-mill Android handsets.

Now, it looks like HTC is all set to change that with its next high-end flagship the HTC Pyramid. Rumors have been floating around on the Internet that the Pyramid will sport a qHD resolution display, and will be powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.

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The folks over at GSMArena have received a front pic of the Pyramid comparing it to the HTC Desire HD. The picture confirms the rumor of the Pyramid featuring a high-resolution qHD (960×640) display. From the abovepicture, it looks like the size of the display will be 4.3-inches.

Other rumored specs of the handset include an Adreno 220 GPU, 768MB of RAM and a front-facing camera. The Pyramid might be the first dual-core handset to be announced from HTC.

Rumors also suggest that the Pyramid will be the first handset to be released with Android 2.4, with HTC’s beautiful Sense UI on top of it.

Samsung Galaxy S 2 Mini Specifications Leaked

Specifications of the Samsung Galaxy S 2 Mini, a cheaper, smaller variant of the Galaxy S 2, which is due to be launched soon, have leaked out. Three’s entire 2011 summer line-up of smartphones was leaked, and it includes details of the Samsung Galaxy S 2 Mini.

The Samsung Galaxy S 2 Mini, while not as powerful as the Galaxy S 2, will offer superb hardware specs. It will come with a 3.7 inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen display and a 5 MP camera with autofocus and LED flash. It also has a secondary VGA camera and will come with Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

It also comes with a 1.4 GHz processor, and will likely have 512 MB RAM. It will be launched by April, and should be priced lower than the Galaxy S 2. The hardware specs are excellent; much better compared to the current crop of Android smartphones.

The leaked details also mention the HTC Flyer launch in May and the Blackberry Playbook Wi-Fi launch in June.

The Nokia X7 will also be launched in June. It has a 4 inch display and comes with the Symbian ^3 OS and an 8 MP camera with dual LED flash.

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via Engadget

Hackers Hate Sony for Geohot Goof, While Sony Is On a Hiring Spree

Sony has gathered up loads of negative karma for the way they treated George Hotz (geohot). Hacker community world over hates Sony for making them feel so unwanted and insecure. Sony, on the other hand, is on a blatant hiring spree and has recently approached Android hacker Koushik Dutta.

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Koush Dutta is a familiar name when it comes to Android. He has done extensive work, hacking the Android platform inside out and has flagship products like ROM Manager and Clockworkmod Recovery under his belt. This has made him a top favorite at many Android forums. However, the entire matter of Sony going ahead and asking him to join their company, and his resigning has made him a legend.

The incident took place a few days ago and has left enough time to fill up our mind-spaces with all sorts of speculations. Some are wondering if he would have made an addition to the anti-piracy army Sony is building (supposedly) while others are speculating that he would have been a valuable asset as a PS3 hacker.

However, we cannot overlook the fact that Koush is actually a mobile platform expert with development experience on Android, Windows Mobile and .NET. He has little interest in PS3, or so it seems from his profile information. Another PS3 hacker (on Reddit) claims to have been contact the same way. Seemingly, Sony is trying to get back some hacker-love by opening its doors to them. But, the damage has already been done irreversibly and

HTC EVO 3D and EVO View 4G Specifications Leaked

Sprint is expected to roll out a lot of major devices at CTIA 2011, which will start on March 21. Some very interesting details about these devices have leaked out.

First of all, Sprint will launch the HTC EVO 3D, an Android smartphone with a 3D display, much like the LG Optimus 3D.

The HTC EVO 3D will come with a 4.3 inch qHD display with a resolution of 960 x 450 pixels. It has an autostereoscopic 3D display and comes with a 1.2 GH dual core Qualcomm 8660 processor and 1 GB RAM. It will have dual 5 MP cameras to shoot 3D video and will come with 4 GB ROM. It is powered by a 1730 mAH battery and HDMI out which can output 1080p HD videos and 720p 3D HD videos. It will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the HTC Sense UI.

Another very interesting device which Sprint will unveil at CTIA is the HTC EVO View 4G. It is quite similar to the HTC Flyer Android tablet. It has a 7 inch display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. It will be housed in an aluminum unibody design and will come with Android 2.3 Gingerbread with HTC Sense optimized for tablets, and HTC Scribe with pen support. It also has a 5 MP camera and a secondary 1.3 MP camera. It will be powered by a 4000 mAh battery.

Sprint also plans to launch the Motorola XOOM on its network, with support for Sprint’s 4G WiMAX.

Is Angry Birds at Liberty to Make Autonomous Moves on in-app Advertisements?

Angry birds has gone from becoming a simple game to a success story that can pretty much show people how app development is done. The thrilling story of Rovio’s adventurous journey with Angry Birds has become a legend and this has given Rovio enough confidence to perform all sorts of experiments with its business.
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iOS uses are extremely specific about the app experience on their devices. We had reported earlier how Angry Birds and Pocket Legends were using in-app purchases and payments to drive profits in the Android world. Apparently, in-game ads are not as welcome as in-game purchase notifications and Angry Birds faced some negative ratings recently, due to an unforeseen move.

Louisgray puts the whole fiasco in one beautiful sentence saying,

The result, the practically permanent high flier has crashed down in a fluff of feathers with a deluge of one-star rants.

Users on the iTunes store already hate the app for pushing ads into pause-breaks in spite of them paying for the app. Some users are even talking about retorting to an earlier version and because of this brewing hated, the app has landed itself into a 3-star rating on the iTunes store.

Angry Birds, has many angry comments to read at the iTunes page. We cannot ignore the fact that with that huge a user’s base, people will still use Angry Birds, ads or no ads. What matters is, whether Angry Birds will choose between lots of positive karma and give up on monetizing itself, or rely on its ever-growing user’s base and keep pushing annoyances like these.

Best Mobile Apps Of The Week for Android And iOS – #8

Welcome to the eighth edition of Best Mobile Apps of the Week for Android and iOS. Starting this week, I am going to list two apps each for Android and the iOS platform. Sadly, I will not introduce our readers to new Symbian apps from this week as well.

In this edition of BMATW, Android owners will be introduced to an app which will monitor their sleeping habits and an app which will help users create their own Android avatar! For iOS owners, there is a very popular Hindi news channel application and a RSS reader app.

Sleep As An Droid (Android)

Ignoring the grammatically incorrect title of the app, Sleep as an Droid helps a user to track his sleeping habit.

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Track your sleep and wake up gently with nature sounds in optimal sleep phase

Alarm clock with sleep cycle tracker. Wakes you gently in light sleep for pleasant mornings. Features: sleep graph history, sleep debt stats, sharing (FaceBook, email), nature alarms (birds, sea, storm…) with gradual volume up, music volume down when asleep, captcha, sleep talk/snoring recording.

The app uses the inbuilt accelerometer of your Android handset to track your movement while sleeping, and wakes you up when you are in a light sleep’. Users can also set mathematical puzzles as captcha codes, so as to completely wake them up from sleep!

Sleep As An Droid can be downloaded for free (2 weeks trial version) from the Android Market.

Androidify (Android)

Androidify was released by Google a couple of weeks ago on the Android Market. The app allows a user to create their own Android’ flavored avatar just for fun! Users can customize each and every aspect of their Android avatar including its height, width, clothes and hairstyle etc.

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Androidify yourself by customizing the little green Android as yourself, your family, your friends, anyone! Stretch it , shrink it, add a hoody, style its hair, throw on some shades, or even give it a parrot and a pirate hat. Arrrgh!

Once you’ve personalized your Android, share it with your friends, set it as a photo in your contact book, or use it in some inventive way we haven’t thought of yet. Have fun, and we can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Sadly, the application does not allow users to create an animated avatar which is a letdown. Hopefully, Google will introduce this feature in a future update. Android users can download Androidify for free from here.

Reeder (iOS)

Reeder is one of the most successful RSS reader apps available for the iOS platform. The app has a very slick UI and with some nice and smooth transitions. Reeder supports syncing with Google Reader and allows users to browse their feeds either via feed or folders.

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Users also have the option to share a given piece of news with their friends on popular social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook.

Reeder also supports Instapaper, ReaditLater, Readibility, state saving and Image caching. The app is available for the iPhone as well as for the iPad. The mobile version of Reeder costs $2.99, while the tablet version costs $4.99.

NDTV (iOS)

The NDTV app for iOS brings the latest news and videos from the NDTV newsroom to the users. The app also allows users to watch the live stream of some popular NDTV channels including NDTV India and NDTV Profit. The video streaming works on Wi-Fi as well as on 3G/EDGE.

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The NDTV Social section allows users to read and know more about the NDTV anchors and news reporters. The app is available as a free download for the iPhone as well as for the iPad.

LG Optimus Me P350 Now Available At Orange UK

LG Optimus Me P350 is an Android powered budget phone. This handset was unveiled, earlier this year in January. Optimus Me runs on the Android 2.2 (Froyo) operating system, and it comes with a 3.2 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display, 600 MHz processor, 32 GB expandable storage, 3G Connectivity and much more. LG Optimus Me is the cheaper version of the highly popular Optimus One P500 budget phone. This handset is currently up for sale in UK. Optimus Me is available exclusively on the airwaves of Orange UK. Check out the complete specs below.

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LG Optimus Me P350 features a 3.2 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display with 320 x 480 pixels resolution, 600 MHz processor, Android 2.2 (FroYo) operating system, GPRS/EDGE, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3 megapixel camera with video recording, audio and video player, 3.5mm headset jack, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS, 512 MB RAM, 140 MB internal storage, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, up to 510 hours of stand-by time, up to 7 hours of talktime and a 1250 mAh battery.

LG Optimus Me is available in 5 different colors – Black, Silver, Blue, Red and Pink. This handset currently runs of the Android 2.2 OS, but it is expected to be updated to Android 2.3 OS later this year. This handset is available for free on contract with any monthly plan starting at £15.32. To purchase this handset, head over to this page.

TELUS Branded Motorola Milestone Android 2.2 Update To Roll Out Next Week!

It was just a couple of days ago that Motorola started rolling out the Android 2.2 Froyo update for the Milestone.

However, the update was meant only for unlocked and unbranded Milestone handsets. Nevertheless, Today Motorola Canada has announced that the company will be releasing the Froyo update for the TELUS branded Milestone handsets sometime next week.

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The Froyo update for the Milestone will bring with it performance improvements, bug fixes and some new features including Flash Player support. Other changes include JIT complier, new security features, text-to-speech and stability improvements.

The U.S. version of the Milestone, the Motorola Droid, got its Android 2.2 update just after a month of the official FroYo launch. However, it is only after nearly ten months that Motorola thinks it is time to update the Milestone to Android 2.2.

Officially, the Milestone got its Android 2.2 update this week. Unofficially, the phone got an Android 2.2 based Custom ROM last year in July itself!

This move clearly shows Motorola’s U.S. only strategies. The company has already highly restricted its activities outside the United States, and even closed a bunch of their service centers all over the world.

No wonder, most of the Motorola phones including the Droid X and the Atrix 4G have not been launched anywhere outside the United States, and in some cases Canada.

HTC Flyer Up For Pre-Order In UK For £600

Last month, HTC announced the much-awaited HTC Flyer tablet at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 in Barcelona. HTC Flyer is the company’s first tablet device. It currently runs on the Android 2.2 (FroYo) operating system, but it will be soon updated to the Android 2.4 OS. This device comes with a 7 inch touch-sensitive TFT screen, 1.5GHz Processor, 5 megapixel camera, 32 GB of storage and so on. Clove, a popular online retailer is currently taking pre-order of this amazing tablet. Check out the complete specs below.

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HTC Flyer features a 7 inch touch-sensitive TFT screen with 1024 X 600 pixels resolution, 1.5 GHz Processor, Android 2.4 OS, HTC Sense, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G connectivty, 5 megapixel colour camera with auto focus, 1.3 megapixel front camera, 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, 32 GB internal memory, 1 GB Micro SD memory card extension, GPS, Micro-USB (12-pin micro-USB 2.0), up to 820 hours stand-by time, up to 4 hours vieo playback and a 4000 mAh battery.

Clove is currently taking pre-orders of this device for £600. If you are living in the UK, then you can grab this device next month. HTC originally said that the HTC Flyer tablet will be available from Q2 of 2011 and Clove finally confirmed that the device will be shipped from mid-April. If you are planning to buy this device, then just head over to this page and pre-order the HTC Flyer tablet from Clove.