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Gigabyte’s Android Phone Live Pics And Specs

According to the reports, Gigabyte is planning to announce its first Android powered handset at the Mobile World Congress (MWC), next month in Barcelona. This handset runs on Android 1.6 operating system and a 528MHz Qualcomm processor. Other features includes a 2 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, A-GPS, GPRS/EDGE and so on. Check out the live pics and leaked specs of this device below.

Specification:

  • 2.8 inches QVGA display
  • 528MHz Qualcomm processor
  • Android 1.6 OS
  • GSM 900/1800
  • GPRS/EDGE
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth
  • A-GPS
  • 2 megapixel camera
  • 192MB RAM
  • 512MB ROM
  • microSDHC memory card slot
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • 1200mAh battery

Live Pics:

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Mobile Firefox Fennec coming to Android?

It is officially confirmed. Firefox for Android is under development and is soon to arrive. The browser will run its first test on the Android platform sometime in February with the first alpha release coming some months later.

Fennec is the mobile version of Firefox based on the same engine powering the desktop browser with all the features present in the desktop version. One important feature in the mobile version is the presence on add-ons.

This news from the German Firefox community comes as a confirmation for news of Firefox release for Android platform which came out in 2009. The development news on this Firefox for Android can be found at this German Firefox forum. But this news was interpreted as a Firefox alpha release for Android, responding to which the Android team said,

Android is on our mobile road map, but the German reports were a bit exaggerated. The Android version of Fennec is not yet in alpha so on the wayis premature.

But one thing is clear. Firefox for Android will probably be tested first sometime in February but an alpha release will surely come later this year.

With the release of Weave Sync version 1.0, syncing data between the mobile version and the desktop version just got easier. This promises an equally good browsing experience on the desktop as well as on mobile. The only question is, when is Firefox for Android actually coming out?

Acer Liquid Now Available In India For Rs.24990

Last year, Acer introduced its first Snapdragon based Android handset, Acer Liquid in American and European markets. This handset runs on 1GHz Snapdragon Processor and Android 1.6 Operating System. This powerful handset was recently launched in India. It comes with a 3.5 inches TFT capacitive touchscreen, 5 megapixel camera, 3G connectivity, A-GPS and so on.

Liquid exemplifies speed in style. With ellipse curves, a choice of red, white and black colors, and a slim body shape, Liquid will please the style-seeking smartphone consumer. It fits well in the hand, and displays a smooth finish. The fluidity of its curves gives the Acer Liquid its unique character and unconventional style. Liquid, powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon running Android 1.6 delivers real-time ubiquitous communication and location-aware content. Liquid is outstanding for multimedia, web browsing, social media integration and video streaming,said Richard Tan, Country Head India, Smart Handheld Business Group, Acer.

Acer Liquid

Acer Liquid comes with a 1GHz Snapdragon Processor, Android 1.6 Operating System, 3.5 inches TFT capacitive touchscreen, 480 x 800 pixels resolution, 5 megapixel camera, 3G connectivity, GPRS/EDGE, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Other features includes a Acer Homebrew UI, 3.5 mm audio jack, 256MB RAM, 512MB ROM, VGA video recording, 32 GB expandable memory, 1350 mAh battery and upto 5 hours of talktime.

It can even integrate Facebook, Twitter and Flickr contacts in the address book. The device has three homescreen that allows you customize it with different widgets. It also comes with Microsoft Outlook application and Exchange server support. This handset is available in three colors – red, white and black. Acer Liquid is priced at Rs. 24990 and includes a 2GB microSD card. You can also check out the live pics and hands-on video of Acer Liquid.

Firefox Mobile for Android Coming in February

Mozilla is looking to take the mobile world with storm with the release of Firefox Mobile "Fennec" for . However, another interesting news from Phandroid confirms that a Firefox Mobile version for is under works and will be made available for downloads soon.

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This news comes shortly after the release of Firefox Mobile "Fennec" RC3 for Maemo, which suggests that a final release of the Maemo version is just around the corner. Firefox Mobile for Android will be made available as a beta release somewhere in February 2010. Unlike other browsers, Firefox Mobile has support for extensions. However, it still has to challenge the mighty Opera Mini and the impressive Skyfire before it goes on to become one of the best browsers for smartphones.

Are you looking forward to using Firefox Mobile on your Android device?

Image courtesy: Phandroid

Motorola Droid Processor Overclocked To 1.1Ghz

Motorola Droid is one of the most popular Android phones in the market right now. The phone runs on Android v2.0. The phone features a 600mhz ARM A8 Cortex processor along with 256Mb of RAM. Even though the Droid features a 600Mhz processor, Motorola have underclocked the processor to run at 500Mhz.

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Droid has also been selling in very well numbers. Verizon reportedly sold 1.1million Droids in the last quarter. Due to its popularity, Droid has become a favorite among the modding community. A lot of custom ROMs are available for Droid. These custom ROMs added many new features to the phone, increase the amount of free RAM etcetera. Now a modder with the username tasmanian_droid over at the AllDroid forums has been successful in overclocking the processor of his Droid to 1.1Ghz. After its overclocked speed of 1.1Ghz, the speed of the Droid processor is more than the default speed of the Nexus One 1Ghz Snapdragon processor.

The modder (tasmanian_droid) also posted benchmarks of the overclocked processor on the forums. He benchmarked the processor after overclocking it to a speed of 900Mhz, 990Mhz, 1Ghz and 1.1Ghz. The results of the benchmarks are as follows –

  • 900MHz
    7.646 Mflops/s on linpack
    3054 on BenchmarkPi
  • 990MHz
    8.367 Mflops/s on linpack
    2695 on BenchmarkPi
  • 1GHz
    8.498 Mflops/s on linpack
    2661 on BenchmarkPi
  • 1.1GHz
    9.254 Mflops/s on linpack
    2435 BenchmarkPi

Currently the Droid processor is stable at an overclocked speed of 850Mhz, 350Mhz up from its stock speed. Currently the 1Ghz overclock works on Droid phones running on the Sholes ROM. The steps for overclocking the Droid along with all the required files can be found here.

Keep in mind that Overclocking the processor of the phone, will increase the battery consumption. It may also decrease the life of the processor. It can also lead to an increase in the working temperatures of the phone.

Instant Root – Root any Android!

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New to Android? Don’t know how to root? No problem – try Instant Root. The best part is that it works on almost all Androids. Here’s what to do:

  • Download Instant Root APK from here.
  • Run the APK file.
  • You will get a confirmation message
  • Restart your phone and you are done

This APK exploits a kernel bug to gain root access.

This little APK has been developed by Neil and Theresa over at Androidlib.

Note : once done, you can’t unroot your phone.

Working on : G1, all HTC phones

Not Working On : Sprint Hero with firmware upgrade 1.5

Warning : Rooting your phone allows you to make serious changes to your phone system files. DON’T do it if you don’t know what you’re doing.

Nokia N900 Dual Boots Android and Maemo

Sometime back we had told you how to run Debian on Nokia N900, however, it looks like this news takes the cake and eats it too. Brandon, a mobile technology enthusiast was able to dual-boot N900 with both and .

However, porting Android to is more proof-of-concept at this stage and has a few bugs to be ironed out. Nevertheless, it goes to show what Nokia’s latest device is capable of and how Android can be used on any system, and it does not matter whether the manufacturer officially supports it or not.

Watch the video below to see the Android and Maemo Dual-boot on Nokia N900, courtesy Brandon’s Posterous.

China Unicom Postpones Launch of Android Mobile Phones in China

Google’s battle with the Chinese Government has claimed its first casualty – Google branded mobile phones. China Unicom has infinitely delayed the launch of all Android powered mobile phones, which were scheduled to be launched this week.

The row started when Google threatened to quit China due to sophisticated hacking attempts originating out of China. Google is currently in talks with the Chinese government and is yet to make a final call on China. However, it is evident that until Google manages to reach a settlement with the Government several Google products are going to suffer.

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The delayed devices are Samsung GT-i6500U and Motorola XT701. What prompted China Unicom to postpone the launch isn’t clear. They initially cited Google’s threat to quit China as the main reason, but later blamed bugs for the delay. Although, Google’s threat to quit China doesn’t directly affect Android phones manufactured by 3rd party vendors like Motorola and Samsung, it is the most likely cause for the delay. In fact, MobileOpportunity believes that the Chinese Government is using China Unicom to pressure Google and make it appear vulnerable. Whatever be the real reason, the device manufacturers will most definitely not be pleased. China is a critical market with massive growth opportunities. The delay is a setback for Motorola and Samsung and would also affect Google’s reputation.

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Run Android OS on Your PC With VirtualBox/Live CD

Quite sometime back, we had written a tutorial which showed you how to run Android OS on your Windows based PC. Now Softpedia has reported about an Live CD distro for EEE PCs and other x86 (32-bit) platform. The Android-x86 project, is a project to port the Open source Android OS to work on a x86 platform.

The Android-x86 distro is based on Android 1.6 aka Donut and uses the Linux kernel version 2.6.29. The distro also supports Wi-Fi connections and provides users with a GUI for Ethernet configuration.

Here are some screenshots of the Android-x86 distro running on Sun VirtualBox.

Android OS Bootscreen

Android OS Home Screen

Android-x86 Features

  • Kernel 2.6.29, KMS enable
  • Wifi support with GUI
  • Ethernet configuration GUI
  • Better disk installer
  • Power Suspend/resume (S3 mode)
  • Battery Status
  • Software mouse cursor
  • Mouse wheel
  • Support netbook native resolution
  • Audio (ALSA)
  • V4l2 Camera support
  • External monitor support
  • External storage auto mount support
  • Support external keyboard
  • Proxy settings
  • Debug mode with busybox
  • Bluetooth

To install and run the Android-x86 OS on your PC, download the ISO file (198MB) and follow the instructions in this post, to run it with Sun VirtualBox. You can also burn the installation to disc and then use it to install the Android OS on your PC.

Motorola Debuts MOTOROI, Moto Asia’s First Android Phone

Motorola recently released MOTOROI, a Android-based phone with SK Telecom in Korea. MOTOROI is the first 2.0 based device to be released by Motorola in Asia. This phone will also be available in the North American market by March 2010.

MOTOROI Motorola Android 2.0 Smartphone

Motorola has several Android based devices in the US markets, including the Motorola Droid. As with other devices MOTOROI will be optimized for Google services with the high speed web-browsing available in Korea. The device will contain Android 2.0 OS, however there might be future updates to Android 2.1

MOTOROI has a 8 megapixel camera with Xenon flash and a 720p HD camcorder. The phone also has a HDMI port, using which you can watch HD videos from your phone on your HDTV. In addition to that users can enjoy 24 TV and audio channels for free on the phone.

The device has a 3.7 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 480X854, support for WiFi, Bluetooth, T-DMB. MOTOROI also has 8GB of in-built storage space which is expandable to 32GB. There is no official announcement of the price of the phone yet, you can find more info for it at the Motorola Media Center.

Root and Unlock Nexus One [Video Tutorial]

The folks behind Android and me, definitely know Android very well. Even before the masses have gotten hold of the new baby from Google, Android and me has already rooted and unlocked the .

There are some important things you will need to perform before rooting the Nexus One, these include:

  • Installing the USB drivers for Nexus One which can be downloaded from Google or XDA
  • Confirm your device is recognized by ADB. See CyanogenMod Wiki or XDA for help
  • Backup all your interesting data from the phone

Once you have done that, watch the video below to learn how to root and unlock your Nexus One phone.

For complete step by step instructions on rooting Android and Nexus One, head over to this article on Android and me.

Unreal 3 Coming to Android With Tegra 2?

A few days ago, Pallab told you about Tegra 2, Nvidia’s system-on-chip mobile processor, which was unveiled during CES 2010. The chip is so powerful that it could be used to also play Unreal 3.

A few weeks back Epic Games demoed Unreal 3 on an iPod Touch, however, it looks like it is soon going to make its way to Android based devices, according to a report from Android and Me. Unreal 3 on Android will give mobile gaming a real boost and handheld gaming device like PSP a run for its money.

These are definitely exciting times for gamers who would want to start playing anywhere without having to carry huge gadgets along. Heck, I would prefer to play games like Unreal and COD:MW2 on a mobile phone.

However, don’t get so excited yet as Tegra 2 is based off the ARM Cortex-A9 core and the hottest Android devices right now, Motorola Droid and Nexus One still run on ARM Cortex-A8, so it might take a few months before they start manufacturing devices with Tegra 2.

Watch a video of Tegra 2 in action.

What do you think? Will this enhance your gaming experience? Will you be more inclined to buy a smartphone than a gaming console.

Motorola: Flash 10.1 on Android, Android 2.1 Upgrades, Moto Backflip

Motorola will be including Flash 10.1 on Android phones, in addition to that they will also upgrade all their devices from Android 2.0 and Android 1.5 to Android 2.1.

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Motorola also announced the Moto Blacflip with Moto BLUR, with a QWERTY keyboard which will be launched in the first quarter of 2010.

5 megapixel cam, 3.1 inch screen. It will be launched with 23 carriers in 15 countries.

That’s it from Motorola at , they ran a quick demo of Moto Backflip, we will put up a video of it soon.

WordPress Launching An Android App?

With the upcoming release of Nexus One, Android market is predicted to grow significantly. Rumors are that WordPress is going to launch an official app for Android very soon. The news just broke when Blog Herald noticed that WordPress team has created the android.wordpress.org blog.

WordPress team has previously created similar blogs for iPhone (iphone.wordpress.org) and BlackBerry (blackberry.wordpress.org) to cover iPhone and BlackBerry apps. There is no official news from WordPress yet so nobody knows what features would be included. However, one would expect that the app would let users update their blogs on the go with ease, moderate comments and schedule posts.

Note that an unofficial WordPress app for Android called WPToGo is already available and provides the basic functionality to manage your WordPress blogs.

HTC To Announce A Touchscreen Tablet Device At CES?

Apple has not yet even officially announced or confirmed the existence of the iSlate, and its competitors banking on the rumors have started making tablet touchscreen devices. Many Mobiles manufacturer’s and Computer manufacturerhtc-logo must be waiting to see the response of the public when Apple officially announces the iSlate.

Previously many manufacturer’s tried launching a tablet touchscreen device but failed miserably to capture a sizeable market share. Few days ago we told you about Notion’s Ink Adam Tablet, and now if rumors are to be believed, HTC is all set to announce a Touchscreen tablet device at the upcoming CES. The tablet touchscreen device is believed to be using a Qualacomm based processor and will be running the Android OS. There is no word whether the tablet touchscreen device supports Multi-touch or not. HTC has been known for making WinMo and Android based phones until now.

It will be interesting to see whether this rumor of a tablet touchscreen device from HTC turns out to be true or not.