Last year, AT&T launched the powerful HTC Aria smartphone. This handset originally runs on the Android 2.1 (Eclair) OS. Finally after waiting for months, HTC Aria users has a reason to cheer. AT&T recently released the much awaited Android 2.2 FroYo update for the HTC Aria smartphone. It is the second Android powered device to get the Android 2.2 FroYo update on the AT&T’s network.
The Android 2.2 update will allow HTC Aria users to access more than 150,000 apps from the Android Market and the ability to load apps on the MicroSD card. It also comes with the Flash Player 10.1, enhanced web browsing, Bluetooth voice dialing, GPS enhancements, improved Microsoft Exchange support, Wi-Fi hotspot and more.
To check for update on your HTC Aria smartphone, simply enter *#*#checkin#*#* (*#*#2432546#*#*) on the dialer keypad and check whether the Android 2.2 FroYo update is available for your handset. It might take some days for the update to be available on your smartphone. Just make sure, your phone is fully charged and connected to a Wi-Fi hotspot.
A couple of days ago, Samsung and Sprint started rolling out the Android 2.2 Froyo update for the Samsung Epic 4G. Today, AT&T has announced that they will be rolling out the Android 2.2 update for the Samsung Captivate handset from tomorrow!
However, the update won’t be an OTA (Over-The-Air) one. Users need to use their Windows based PC or a Mac to update their Captivate to FroYo.
As stated above by AT&T, the download link to Android 2.2 FroYo for the Captivate will be posted on their Facebook page tomorrow. Hopefully, the update will be a trouble free one and won’t end up bricking the handsets like the WP7 update did to Samsung phones. Including the Captivate, 3 out of 5 Galaxy S variants will taste Android 2.2 FroYo this year.
Hopefully, Samsung and Verizon will release the Android 2.2 update for the Fascinate by the end of this month or early next month.
We just received the latest HTC phone to hit AT&T today for review. The HTC Inspire 4G is a really good phone which has some great specifications which includes a Qualcomm ® QSD8255, 1GHz Snapdragon, Android 2.2 Froyo, 768MB RAM, 4,3 inch WVGA resolution with pinch-to-zoom, 8 Megapixel camera with focus and flash among other things.
We’ll be having this unit for a fortnight and will be putting it to test. Expect some nice videos and pictures of the device and a complete review in the next few days.
The HTC Inspire 4G is available for $99 from AT&T which is quite a steal, so get your hands on it while you can. In the meantime take a look at the unboxing pictures of the HTC Inspire 4G from HTC and AT&T below.
Motorola unveiled the Atrix 4G at the CES 2011. The Atrix 4G is a beast of a phone packing a 4.3-inch qHD (960×540) LCD display. The phone is powered by an Nvidia Tegra 2 dual core processor and has 1GB of RAM along with 16GB of internal memory.
What makes the Atrix 4G special is its docking’ capabilities. At the CES, Motorola wowed the whole world by plugging in the Atrix 4G into a WebTop’ dock and transforming the whole phone into a laptop.
When plugged into a WebTop’, the Atrix 4G can provide users access with a full fledge Firefox web browser with full Flash 10.1 support and some other useful apps including one for IM. Android lovers and techies all over the world were totally awe-struck by the beast of a phone Atrix 4G.
Now, Motorola has released another promo video of the Atrix 4G. Below is the video I am talking about :
After watching the above video, I am pretty sure most of you would have been completely blown away by the handset. The docking’ capabilities, fingerprint recognition, dual-core processor and the abundance of RAM make the Atrix 4G one of the most desirable handset to have.
The Atrix 4G is supposedly going to hit the stores on Feb 14th. The Atrix G sure is going to set the sales chart on fire after it’s released to the general masses.
Living in India, I can only hope that Motorola launches this beast of a phone here as well. I also hope that the Atrix 4G won’t come with a locked down bootloader like the Droid X and the Droid 2. Otherwise, the modding potential of this phone will be heavily restricted.
Earlier last Sunday, Apple released a new set of ads which showed off their new partnership with Verizon with an advertisement which also featured AT&T. The catch line of the ad was "Two is better than one".
However, it looks like some smart person doesn’t like AT&T and has gone ahead and created a parody of the advertisement where the ad takes apart AT&T’s connection issues on the iPhone and ends with a catch line "One is better than the other". Well, considering the problems faced by AT&T customers you might say that this ad would preferably have been better.
If you are an AT&T customer and hate their service and are looking to switch to Verizon, they will be starting to ship the iPhone 4 starting February 10, pre-order starts on February 3rd and the unlimited data plan will be costing $30.
In the meantime have some fun watching the "Two is Better Than One" ad parody below.
Click here if you can’t watch it. Oh and yes, if you haven’t watched the original ad you can watch it below too.
If you watch television in America, you might have come across several At&T and Verizon ads slamming each other. Frankly, there is no love lost between these two networks. However, it looks like Apple has managed to put both these rivals in a single advertising frame.
While watching the NFC championship today I was bombarded with Apple ads which had not one but two iPhone 4 being used in a commercial. That was pretty unusual since I have hardly seen that happen. However, at the end of the ad Apple has a catch line saying that "Two is Better than One" and splashes the AT&T and Verizon logos.
More pictures of the Nokia X7 have surfaced over at Pocketnow. This time around, a full “360” style image shows off the 4 speaker grilles and the 8 megapixel camera along with the dual LED flash. The AT&T logo sits loud and proud on the front upper portion of the X7, which is a clear indication that this music-centric device should be headed to the big blue carrier soon.
Unlike the N8 and E7, the X7 lacks an HDMI-out port but continues along with the same styling and design cues and seems to forgo a user-accessible battery for the sealed, monoblock aluminium body instead. The pictures indicate a volume rocker and dedicated camera key on the right side, both the SIM card slot and microSD card slot are covered by hard doors on the left side of the device, the bottom is bare save for a tiny microphone hole and the top houses the microUSB charge/sync port, a 3.5mm headphone jack and what looks to be an angular power button.
Although the X7 shares extremely similar internals at the E7 and N8, it has a newer and updated version of Symbian^3 as indicative of the 4 home screens available to the user. No word of a price or launch date on this yet, but sporting a carrier logo means it might be in the final stages of testing.
The Motorola Atrix 4G, one of the best Android smartphones unveiled at CES 2011 was supposed to launch in Q1 2011. Now, thanks to some leaked documents from AT&T, we have the exact launch date – March 1.
The leaked data from AT&T shows the complete specifications of the Motorola Atrix 4G along with a launch date and an SKU. Normally, AT&T launches new phones only on Sundays, but March 1 is a Tuesday, so this may turn out to be wrong, but from what we know so far, March 1 seems to be the most likely date for the Atrix 4G launch.
The Motorola Atrix 4G comes with a dual core ARM Cortex A9 1 GHz processor, 1 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage. It will have a 4.0 inch qHD display and a 5 MP camera. It will run Android 2.2 Froyo with the MotoBLUR UI on top.
We don’t have the price yet, but you better start saving up for it right away.
AT&T seems to be doing something about the multitude of iPhone jailbreaks and iPhone unlocks which allow users to use iPhone on another network. The most recent thing is sending an SMS to users to upgrade their devices to a latest update available from Apple.
However, don’t fall for the upgrade message, it is a trap. The iPhone Dev team just tweeted that the message sent by AT&T (see above) is a trap and users should not upgrade their devices, specially those who have unlocked their iPhone.
The new update will possibly break the unlock and jailbreak, rendering your device unlockable till an update is available. So please stay away from it if you want to preserve your iPhone unlocks.
Both Reuters and the WSJ have confirmed that Verizon will offer its existing unlimited data plans with the iPhone 4 as well. This means that if you have a CDMA iPhone 4 on Verizon’s network, you can get an unlimited data plan for $29.99.
In contrast, AT&T offers a $25 data plan which is capped at 2 GB data usage per month with an additional charge of $10 per GB. The voice plans are nearly identical for both carriers.
For data hungry geeks, this means that the Verizon iPhone 4 will be a much better option than the AT&T iPhone 4.
One point of concern is that the iPhone 4 doesn’t support LTE, so users will have to use the slower CDMA technology.
AT&T’s Larry Solomon has already attacked Verizon on this – “The iPhone is built for speed, but that’s not what you get with a CDMA phone. I’m not sure iPhone users are ready for life in the slow lane.”
We will know more details about the Verizon iPhone 4 at tomorrow’s special event.