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Motorola Titanium Unveiled; Runs On Android 2.1 Eclair!

Motorola and Nextel Mexico have unveiled a new Android based smartphone – the Motorola Titanium. The Titanium is similar to the Verizon’s Droid Pro.

The Titanium sports a 3.1-inch screen with HVGA (320×480) resolution. The phone has a candy-bar form-factor, with a full QWERTY keyboard, up front. Other key features of the Titanium include a GPS with A-GPS, Wi-Fi b/g/n, FM Radio with RDS and a microSD card slot with an 8GB card pre-loaded.

At Motorola, we are proud to introduce Motorola TITANIUM, it is the first device in its class to integrate various communication types e-mail and the Internet, radio and telephony. That is precisely how our joint offer becomes smarter,said Vince García, iDEN director, Motorola Mexico.

The back of the handset will pack a 5MP camera with autofocus, and LED flash. The Titanium runs on the out-dated Android 2.1 (Eclair), with Moto’s BLUR UI on top of it. It also supports Nextel’s email service and radio  functionality. The handset is powered by a  monstrous  1820mAh battery.

Sadly, Motorola and Nextel did not mention anything about the release date or pricing of the Titanium. However, the handset should be available to the end-user by September.

 

 

AT&T’s Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Android 2.1 Update Rolling Out Now

Sony Ericsson rolled out the Android 2.1 Éclair update for the Xperia X10, X10 Mini and the Mini Pro back in November last year.

Now, nearly 6 months later, AT&T and Sony Ericsson have finally started rolling out the Android 2.1 update for the AT&T branded X10’s in the United States. Along with the bump in the Android OS version, X10 owners will also get 720p HD video recording, dual-touch support, increased home screens, face detection in video recording and continuous autofocus.

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The Sony Ericsson Product Blog states that they couldn’t be more excitedabout releasing this update to the end user. I wonder what are they so excited about. All the popular handsets from HTC and Samsung are receiving the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update, and Sony Ericsson is getting excited on releasing the obsolete Android 2.1 update for the X10.

However, X10 owners in the United States should not blame Sony Ericsson for this. AT&T is the reason behind this delay in the Android 2.1 update. Also, thanks to AT&T, X10 owners in the United States will never get the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update which Sony Ericsson will release sometime in Q3 of this year.

X10 owners in the U.S. should head over to this link to get the update for their handset.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Gets A Firmware Update

Along with the Xperia Arc and Play, Sony Ericsson has started rolling out a new firmware update for the older generation Xperia branded handsets the X10. Apparently, the update is also being rolled out to the Xperia X10 Mini, Mini Pro and the X8.

The new firmware update does not bring any major changes, and nor is it the anticipated Android 2.3 update for the X10. The update is basically aimed at improving the general system performance and stability.

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X10 users over at XDA who have updated their phone to the latest firmware (2.1.B.0.1) report performance improvements, smoother operation, and improvements in camera image quality as well. The Timescape app is also much smoother now. The firmware update also includes a new baseband, so users should expect an increase in network reception along with higher data transfer speeds.

The new firmware is also root able, so users don’t need to worry about losing root access to the system partitions. At the moment, the firmware update is being rolled out only in Germany. Expect this firmware update to roll out in more regions of the world beginning from tomorrow.

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Sony Ericsson Announces Its First Android Powered Walkman Handset – W8

Before the advent of Android and iOS world dominance, Sony Ericsson was popular among the general users for its Walkman and Cybershot range of handsets.

When Android started gaining ground, Sony Ericsson started focusing on its Android powered handsets available the Xperia brand. The company still released some Walkman branded phones, but there were below par.

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Today, Sony Ericsson is going to change all that with the release of its first Android powered Walkman phone the W8. The W8 is similar to the Xperia X8, except for some fancy colors and the Walkman logo.

The W8 features a 3-inch touch-screen display with HVGA (320×480) resolution. The phone is powered by a 600 MHz processor, and packs 168MB of RAM. The back of the phone sports a 3.2MP camera.

Sadly, the W8 will run Android 2.1 Éclair which is downright disappointing! I highly doubt Sony Ericsson will treat this handset with some Froyo or Gingerbread love.   The specs of the handset are nothing to write home about, but hopefully the audio quality of the handset will make up for it.

The Sony Ericsson Walkman W8 will be available in India, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and some other regions of the world by Q2 of 2011, in a bunch of colors. Here is the official product page of the W8.

Verizon’s Samsung Fascinate Gets A Software Update

Samsung_FascinateThe Verizon’s variant of the Galaxy S the Samsung Fascinate is getting an OTA update. Before Fascinate owners start jumping with joy thinking it is the highly awaited Android 2.2 update, let me tell you guys it’s NOT. The OTA update is basically a maintenance update and aims at fixing some bugs along with improving the GPS performance of the device. The software update is numbered DL09 and should hit the Fascinate owner handsets over the next few days.

Few of the improvements of this software update include :

  • Ability to change the reminder time and alert tone for calendar events
  • Improved the update consistency of the feed and widgets
  • Music now pauses if you unplug your wired headset or turn off your Bluetooth headset
  • Improved GPS performance
  • Ability to open PDF attachments sent in an email.

Fascinate owners can find the full change-log here.

Hopefully, Verizon and Samsung will soon release the Android 2.2 update for the Fascinate as well, which users have been longing for a long time. Since

Best Android Phones In India

Update: Also check out the Best Android Phones in India for 2011 Also check out our news Smartphone Buying Guide in India for 2011.

The year 2010 was all about the growth of Android. In 2011, analysts expect the Android OS to explode’. In less than a year, Android handsets have grabbed a considerable share in the mobile market and they are still setting the sales chart on fire.

In India, where Symbian OS rules Android has managed to grab a decent market share. Now, more and more people in India are realizing that the Android OS is the future of mobile phones and are buying an Android based phone for themselves. However, the Indian market is flooded with low-range Android handsets which totally spoil the Android experience. So, below is a list consisting of the best Android phones available in India right now.

Also Read: Best Android Apps in Android Market | Best Android Phones in the Market

The Best Android Phones available in India right now are :

Samsung Galaxy 5

The only Android phone worth purchasing below the Rs. 10,000 mark is the Samsung Galaxy 5. The Galaxy 5 is a pretty loaded’ handset which is pretty surprising for its price. The Galaxy 5 is powered by a 600 MHz processor and runs on Android 2.1 with TouchWIZ UI on top of it.

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The handset also has a decent 2.8-inch 240×400 screen. The back of the phone sports a disappointing 2MP camera. The usual Wi-Fi, GPS, microSD card slot are also present. Even though the Galaxy 5 is a pretty cheap handset, it packs in HSDPA support. The Samsung Galaxy 5 is available in India for only Rs. 8869 and can be purchased from here. I would seriously recommend this handset to buyers instead of the other low-end Android phones like the Micromax A60.

HTC Wildfire

The HTC Wildfire is one of the most popular budget phones in India. It features a 3.2-inch QVGA (320×240) display. The handset is powered by a 528MHz processor and has 384MB of RAM along with 512MB of ROM. The usual Wi-Fi, GPS etcetera are all present.

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Recently, HTC also started rolling out the Android 2.2 update for the handset in India. The HTC Wildfire is available in India for Rs. 13749.   The HTC Wildfire is a decent Android phone to own but with considerably better competitors out there. Users who want to experience the HTC Sense UI should prefer this phone over the LG Optimus One. Readers can purchase the HTC Wildfire from here.

Sony Ericsson X10 Mini Pro

The Sony Ericsson X10 Mini Pro is a power packed handset. The handset features a 2.55-inch display with QVGA display. The handset is powered by a 600MHz processor and has 128MB of internal memory. The X10 Mini Pro also packs in a slide-out QWERTY keyboard which is pretty remarkable for such a small form factor.

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The handset runs on Android 2.1 with Sony’s proprietary TimeScape UI on top of it. Sadly, Sony Ericsson won’t be releasing any more Android updates for this device. The X10 Mini Pro is available in India for Rs. 15000 and can be purchased from here. A must buy if anyone in India is looking for a small form factor based Android phone with a decent QWERTY keyboard.

Samsung Galaxy 3

Before the LG Optimus One was launched, the Samsung Galax 3 was the best Android phone available within Rs. 15000. The Galaxy 3 features a 3.2-inch screen with an odd resolution of 240×400. The phone has a 667 MHz processor and 256MB of RAM along with 512MB of ROM. The usual Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS etcetera are all present.

The handset runs on Android 2.1 with Samsung’s TouchWIZ UI on top of it. Samsung will soon roll out the Android 2.2 update for the Galaxy 3. The Samsung Galaxy 3 is available in India for Rs. 11500 and can be purchased from here.

LG Optimus One

The LG Optimus One is the best Android phone available in India for below Rs. 15000. For a budget mid-range phone, the Optimus One packs a 3.2-inch HVGA display, a 600MHz processor, 512MB of RAM and 170MB of internal memory. The usual Wi-Fi, GPS, 3.5mm jack and a microSD card slot are all present.

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The back of the phone sports a 3.15MP camera with auto-focus. The phone is powered by a 1500mAh battery which will make sure that the phone will easily last through a day.

Even though the Optimus One is a budget oriented Android phone, it runs on Android 2.2. LG has even announced that the Optimus One will officially get the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update. The LG Optimus One (P500) is available for Rs. 12500 in India. Readers can purchase the LG Optimus One P500 from here.

HTC Desire

The HTC Desire is very similar to the Google Nexus One. The handset features a 3.7-inch AMOLED display, a 1GHz processor and 512MB of RAM. The back of the phone sports a 5MP camera. The usual Wi-Fi, GPS etcetera are also there. The HTC Desire is an old handset now but it is available in India for around Rs. 23000 now.

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At this price, the Desire is a truly desirable handset. Readers who want to purchase the HTC Desire can do so from here.

HTC Desire Z

The Desire Z is one of the best Android handsets available in India to sport a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Unlike other high-end Android phones, the processor of Desire Z runs at a mere’ 800 MHz. However, this does not make the phone a slow couch and it is able to beat all the older generation Snapdragon phones in performance easily.

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The slide-out QWERTY keyboard of the handset is also pretty good and is one of the main attractions of this phone. The Z packs in 1.5gig of internal memory and 512MB of RAM. The back of the phone sports a 5MP camera with an LED flash which is capable of recoding 720p HD videos. The Desire Z runs on Android 2.2 with the latest version of Sense UI on top of it.

The Desire Z is available in India for Rs. 25899. Readers interested in buying the Desire Z can buy it from here.

HTC Desire HD

HTC recently released the Desire HD in India. The handset is made up of a single block of aluminum and has a very premium feel to it. The Desire HD sports a mammoth 4.3-inch display along with 768MB of RAM and 1.5gig of internal memory. The handset is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and packs an Adreno 205 GPU. The back of the phone also sports an 8MP camera along with dual-LED flash.

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The Desire HD has been packed to the brim with features from HTC but sadly, the company has skimped on the battery of the handset. The handset is powered by a measly 1230mAh battery which will see this handset barely make it through a day.

Still the HTC Desire HD is a very good phone and is available in India for Rs. 27899. Readers who are interested in buying the Desire HD can do so from here.

Samsung Galaxy S

The Samsung Galaxy S has been one of the most popular Android phones last year. The handset features a 1GHz Hummingbird processor and a PowerVR SGX540 graphics core. The Super-AMOLED display on the handset has stellar contrast and viewing angles. Samsung had launched the Galaxy S with Android 2.1 on board but recently rolled out the Android 2.2 update in India.

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The phone also sports Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS, microSD card slot, and 16GB of internal memory including 2GB of ROM for installing all your apps. The Samsung Galaxy S retails for around Rs. 26000 in India right now. The back of the Galaxy S packs a 5MP auto-focus camera while the front has a VGA camera for all your video calling needs.

The downsides of the Galaxy S include a plasticky build quality and no LED flash to assist the 5MP camera. The combination of killer internal hardware, screen and pricing make the Galaxy S the best Android handset available in India right now. The Samsung Galaxy S is available in India for Rs. 27999 and can be purchased from here.

So which is your favorite based phone in India? Do let me know through your comments.

Update: Also check out the  Best Android Phones in India for 2011.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 Android 2.1 Update Out Now!

Sony Ericsson had rolled out the Android 2.1 update for the Android based phones in the Xperia family except for the X8 in early November. Now, the company has started rolling out the Android 2.1 update for the Xperia X8 as well. As of now, the Android 2.1 update for the device is being rolled out in the generic regions.

Sony Ericsson will soon roll out the update to unbranded phones in other regions of the world as well. Since the Éclair update will wipe your X8 clean, users should use the Sony Ericsson Backup and Restore application to backup their data.

Sony Ericsson has also released a video demonstrating how to update the X8 to Android 2.1. Here is the video :

Update Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 to Android 2.1

The Android 2.1 update for the X8 brings with it a new updated lock screen and other goodies which the updated Android OS brings with it.

TELUS Rolls Out Android 2.1 Update For HTC Hero; 2.2 Update For Desire

Canadian network operator TELUS has started rolling out firmware updates for two of its handsets the HTC Hero and the Desire. The Hero finally gets the long awaited update to Android 2.1 a.k.a Éclair, while the Desire gets the Android 2.2 (Froyo) update. The Android 2.1 update for the Hero will bring with it Voice dialling and Google turn-by-turn Navigation and a lot more Éclair goodies. Hero owners on the TELUS network can download the Android 2.1 ROM directly from HTC.

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With the Android 2.2 update, the Desire gets support for Flash 10.1 and speech-to-text. Along with this, it also gets support for Mobile hotspot feature and a smoother system and web browser performance. Since this update is an OTA (Over-The-Air) one, Desire needs to wait patiently until the update is pushed to their handset.

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Android 2.2 Now on 28% of All Android Phones, Android 2.1 on 41%

Fragmentation has always been one of the biggest concerns of Android developers. Android fans have always feared that Android has too many versions running on too many phones with varying hardware specifications. Due to this, despite Google’s best efforts, developing an iPhone app was considered much easier than developing an Android app. The user experience on the iPhone is also much more consistent than on Android devices, each with its own custom UI and quirks.

Because each manufacturer plastered its own custom UI shell on top of the Android OS, it was very difficult to push timely updates to users. Every update was delayed as the manufacturer needed to integrate its own UI with the OS.

Many phones were still using prehistoric versions of Android like 1.5 and 1.6 months after Android 2.1 Eclair and Android 2.2 Froyo had released.

Android Version Statistics

However, things are now looking good. The official statistics of Android users are now out and they say that 28.7% of Android users are now on Android 2.2 Froyo, the latest version of Android OS while 41.7% are on Android 2.1 Eclair.

Those on Android 1.6 and 1.5 are only 17.5% and 12% respectively. This sudden gain in the user numbers of the latest OS versions can be attributed to the recent Android 2.2 upgrade releases for the Nexus One, HTC Evo 4G, Motorola Droid X, the Samsung Galaxy S and the HTC Desire, the most popular Android smartphones.

Android 3.0 Gingerbread is going to launch soon, and Google has stated that it will obviate the need for custom UIs, thus speeding up further upgrades for all users.

Source: Android Developers

Stock Android 2.1 On Samsung Galaxy S

AndroidThe Samsung Galaxy S was launched with Android 2.1 and will soon get the official upgrade to Android 2.2. However, the Galaxy S, like all other high end Android phones, came with a custom UI — TouchWiz 3.0. TouchWiz 3.0 is nice and flashy but some users, like me, prefer the raw, untouched, stock user interface of Android. It’s usually much faster than the loaded custom UIs, relatively minimal and free of bloatware. Android 2.1, unlike the previous versions, has a very nice stock interface.

Some XDA devs have managed to get the stock Android 2.1 build up and running on the Galaxy S. There are still some kinks in the build, for instance, the camera doesn’t work, but they should soon be ironed out. The stock Android 2.1 build should be available soon.

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With Android 3.0 Gingerbread, the UI will be improved greatly obviating the need for custom jobs by manufacturers. This will help provide a consistent experience for all Android users and will speed up the upgrade process to newer Android versions.

Source: TheGadgets