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HTC EVO 3D Officially Headed To Europe

HTC has just announced the European version of the EVO 3D. The handset is similar to the recently released Sprint’s EVO 3D, except for a different radio.

For people who are unaware of the EVO 3D specs, the handset is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor. It also packs in a 4.3-inch screen, with qHD (960×640) resolution, which is capable of displaying 3D content without glasses.

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The phone also sports 1GB of RAM, and 1GB of ROM. The back of the phone packs two dual-5MP cameras at the back with dual-LED flash, which is capable of recording videos in 3D at 720p resolution, or at 1080p resolution in 2D mode. There is also a 1.3MP camera in the front for video-calling.

Other key features of the EVO 3D include Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3..0, GPS with A-GPS, microSD card slot, 3.5mm audio jack and a micro-USB port with MHL capabilities.

The handset is powered by a beefy 1730mAh battery, which provides up to 560 minutes of talk time. The EVO 3D runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with the latest version of Sense UI (v3) running on top of it. The handset also comes with HTC Watch pre-installed, which will allow users to watch high-quality movies on the go.

HTC did not mention anything about the pricing and availability of the handset. More details about the EVO 3D availability will be announced by various network operators in the future.

CyanogenMod 7.1 RC1 Based On Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread Released

The CyanogenMod team has finally released the first release candidate of CM7.1, which is based on Android 2.3.4.

Along with the latest version of Gingerbread, the CM team has also added some new features and support for more devices. With the release of CM7.1 RC, the CM team supports more than 44 Android powered devices. New inclusions include the Motorola Cliq XT, LG Optimus 2X, Samsung Galaxy S and the HTC Incredible S.

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CM7.1 RC1 also includes some nifty new features like the ability to control screen brightness by swiping your finger across the notification bar (ala TouchWIZ). The browser JavaScript engine has also been updated to V8, so expect improvements in website rendering, and smoother browsing experience.

The whole change-log of CM7 RC1 can be found here. The default ADW launcher has also been updated to support transitions.

Since the ROM is still in RC, there might be some bugs and issues with it. Do report the bugs you find, to the CM team, which will help them in getting close to the final release.  CM7.1 RC1 can be downloaded from ROM Manager, or directly to your PC from here.

For the unknown, CM7 is the most popular AOSP based custom ROM out there. The amount of features and personalization offered by CM ROMs is unmatched. It includes some very useful features like DSP Manager, Theme Manager, Notification toggles in the notification bar, multiple lock-screens etc.

HTC Droid Incredible 2 Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Leaks

The HTC Droid Incredible 2 is the successor to the highly popular Droid Incredible from Verizon and HTC. The phone was released exactly a month ago under Verizon’s network.

Sadly, the phone shipped with Android 2.2 (FroYo) on-board. At the time of its launch, HTC and Verizon did not mention anything about the Gingerbread update, for the handset.

Now, a member of MobileUnderground has managed to get his hands on a leaked Android 2.3 Gingerbread RUU for the Droid Incredible 2. I will not suggest any Droid Incredible 2 owner to flash this leaked RUU, as no known rooting and unlock method works on the firmware.

However, the folks over at Android Police have released a rooted version of the RUU. The re-packed RUU can be downloaded from here.

Below is a video of the Droid Incredible 2 running Android 2.3 Gingerbread :

The Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Incredible 2 brings some much needed bug fixes, apart from the bump in the Android version. The Smart Dialer and Notification LED settings work properly on this RUU, and so does the Sense Calendar widget.

The RUU also comes with a new radio, which should hopefully improve the network reception and data transfer speeds.

Sprint’s HTC EVO 3D and EVO View 4G Get Sofware Updates

Sprint has released a maintenance software update each for the recently released HTC EVO 3D, and the EVO View 4G.

The maintenance software update for the EVO 3D is mainly aimed at fixing the force close which occurs while entering calendar entries in certain formats. There is also an application update which solves the missing Phone’ shortcut icon on the lock screen.

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The update is an OTA one, and can be manually pulled from Sprint’s server. EVO 3D owners can do so, by going to Settings-> About Phone-> System Updates->HTC Software updates. Select the Check Now’ option and the handset will automatically download and install the update.

The EVO View 4G software update bumps up the Android OS version to 2.3.4. Along with it, the update also fixes some bugs with Google Maps, Google Navigation and the built-in Mail app from HTC.

Sadly, the update also disables video chat via Google Talk. Sprint does state that they will enable this feature sometime in the future, though.

HTC EVO 4G+ Announced; Korean Version of EVO 3D Minus the 3D Capabilities

HTC has just announced a variant of the HTC EVO 3D, which will be heading to Korea, known as the EVO 4G+. The EVO 4G+ is similar to the EVO 3D, except for the lack of 3D display and 3D camera (s ).

Instead, the handset sports a normal 4.3-inch display with qHD (960×640) resolution. Unlike the EVO 3D, which sports dual 5MP cameras, the EVO 4G+ sports a single 8MP camera with an LED flash.

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The EVO 4G+ will be powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz processor from Qualcomm, and packs 1GB of RAM. The handset will also be capable of recording videos in 1080p full HD resolution. Like the EVO 3D, the 4G+ is powered by a chunky 1730mAh battery, and also sports a physical camera shutter button.

The handset runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with the latest version of Sense (v3.) running on top of it. HTC has not announced anything about the pricing or the availability of the handset. Hopefully, more details about the handset will be made available in the coming weeks.

Here is the official product page of the HTC EVO 4G+.

Motorola Atrix 4G Bootloader Unlocked!

Motorola Atrix 4G owners, this is the day you all have been impatiently waiting for. Yesterday, we reported that Motorola might unlock the boot loader on the Atrix 4G with the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update.

However, the awesomely talented folks over at XDA have managed to beat Motorola, and have unlocked the boot loader on the Atrix 4G.

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The whole method to unlock the boot loader on the Atrix 4G can be found here. Do make a backup of your data, since the handset will be wiped clean of any data when the boot loader is unlocked. Sadly, there is a catch though. The method only works on AT&T branded and OLYFR branded version of the Atrix 4G.

Other branded version of handsets threw an error when users tried to unlock the boot loader. The phone did not brick itself, so there is no issue in trying.

The unlocked boot loader means we should start seeing custom kernels and true custom ROMs for the handset. In fact, ClockWorkMod Recovery is already available for unlocked Atrix 4G handsets. Here is the link to the appropriate thread over at XDA forums.

Motorola Atrix 4G Boot Loader To Be Unlocked With Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update?

Motorola has been heavily criticized by developers and consumers for locking down the boot loader on their devices. In its defence, Moto said that carriers also play a part in locking the boot loader on their phone, and that they will unlock boot loader on their handsets sometime in the 2nd half of this year.

Now, the folks over at BriefMobile, have somehow managed to get their hands on a test build of Android 2.3 Gingerbread for the Atrix 4G. The test build allows them to unlock the boot loader on their Atrix 4G, by simply using the fastboot oem unlockcommand.

Below is a video of the Atrix 4G boot loader being unlocked :

It is not confirmed whether the final build of the Gingerbread update for the Atrix 4G, will allow users to unlock the boot loader on their handsets.

BriefMobile does state that they have confirmed with representatives from Motorola, about the possibility of unlocking the boot loader in the final build of the Gingerbread update.

If Motorola remains true to their words, then this move will definitely please all the Atrix 4G owners out there. An unlocked boot loader would mean faster un-official Android updates, AOSP ROMs, custom kernels with Overclocking and under-volting support etc.

Samsung Galaxy S L (I9003) Android 2.3 Gingerbread Firmware Leaks

This month, a lot of firmware for different Galaxy branded handsets have leaked on the Internet, thanks to the folks over at SamFirmware.

Now, the SamFirmware guys have done it again, and managed to get their hands on a bunch of Android 2.3.3 firmware for the Samsung Galaxy S L. Apparently, one of the leaked firmware is based on Android 2.3.4, but sadly does not come with a video chat compatible version of Google Talk.

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The Samsung Galaxy S L is a toned down version of the Galaxy S, with an 4-inch S-LCD screen, an OMAP processor, PowerVR SGX530GPU, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of on-board storage. The handset is only available in select regions of the world including India and Russia. It is a pretty popular handset, and is one of the best mid-range Android handset available at the moment.

Now, Samsung Galaxy S L (I9003) owners, who flashed the firmware on their handset, are reporting an improved system performance and stability, along with a noticeable increase in battery life.

Galaxy S L owners, who are interested in flashing this ROM on their handset, should head over to this link to download the firmware.

Sony Ericsson Announces Android Powered Xperia Active

Sony Ericsson recently announced the Xperia Active smartphone at an event in CommunicAsia 2011 in Singapore. Sony Ericsson Xperia Active is a dust proof and water resistant smartphone, which can be kept under 1m of water for nearly 30 mins. It also comes with the wet finger tracking feature, which allows you to use the handset perfectly even when the screen or a user’s fingers are wet. Xperia Active runs on the latest Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. Check out the complete specs, after the break.

Fredrik MÃ¥nsson, Global Product Marketing Manager, Sony Ericsson said: Xperiaâ„¢ active is the ultimate smartphone for an active life. Not only is it packed with all the features and applications consumers need for a worry free mobile life, it also comes with a set of accessories that make it fun and easy for them to take it everywhere, whatever their daily plans are.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Active features a 3 inch capacitive touchscreen display with wet finger tracking, 320 x 480 pixels resolution, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System, Wi-Fi Connectivity, 5 megapixel camera with 8x digital zoom, Auto focus and LED flash, Geo tagging, HD (720p) video recording, Stereo Bluetooth with A2DP, PlayNow service, Sony Ericsson Music Player, TrackID music recognition, xLOUD and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm audio jack, aGPS, DLNA Certified, Android Market, NeoReader barcode scanner, Sony Ericsson Timescape, 3D games, Motion gaming, FM radio with RDS, Micro USB support, Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality, 320MB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 2GB microSD card included, up to 4 hrs 53 min talk time, up to 351 hrs standby time, up to 25 hrs music playback, up to 8 hrs 30 min video playback and a 1200 mAh battery.

This handset measures 55 x 92 x 16.5mm and weighs just 110.8 grams. This handset is available in 2 colors – Orange band with black back cover and White band with black back cover. Sony Ericsson Xperia Active will be released during Q3 of 2011. The price of this handset is not announced yet.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray Announced At CommunicAsia

Sony Ericsson recently announced the Android powered Xperia Ray at CommunicAsia 2011 in Singapore. This handset runs on the latest Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System and it comes with a 3.3 inch touchscreen display, 1Ghz processor, 8.1 megapixel camera, 32 GB expandable memory and so on. Check out the complete specs below.

Daniel Sandblom, Global Product Marketing Manager, Sony Ericsson said: We expect Xperiaâ„¢ ray to appeal to consumers who are looking for a combination of beautiful design and a rich feature set. We are able to uniquely deliver this with a combination of premium materials and multimedia features provided by Sony.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray features a 3.3 inch capacitive touchscreen display with 854 x 480 pixels resolution, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System, 1Ghz processor, Wi-Fi Connectivity, 8.1 megapixel camera with 16x digital zoom and Auto focus, Front-facing camera for video calls, HD (720p) video recording, Stereo Bluetooth with A2DP, PlayNow service, Sony Ericsson Music Player, TrackID music recognition, xLOUD and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm audio jack, aGPS, DLNA Certified, Micro USB support, Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality, 300 MB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 3 GB microSD card included, 3D games, Motion gaming, FM radio with RDS, up to 7 hrs talk time, up to 440 hrs standby time, up to 36 hrs music playback, up to 6 hrs 45 min video playback and a 1500 mAh battery.

This handset measures 111 x 53 x 9.4mm and weighs just 100 grams. Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray will be available in 4 colors – Black, Gold, White and Pink. This handset will be available globally from Q3 2011. The price of this handset is still unknown.

Samsung Galaxy S II Review–SLIM, SEXY and FAST!

The Motorola Droid was the most popular Android phone in 2009. The Droid along with Verizon’s DROID campaign played a very major role in Android’s popularity. In 2010, the Samsung Galaxy S was the de-facto Android handset. The phone sold in excess of 10 million handsets within 7 months of its launch. The handset helped Android in gaining market share outside the U.S.

When Samsung announced the Galaxy S II at MWC this year, the expectations from the handset were pretty high. Everyone hoped that Samsung had solved the issues which plagued the original Galaxy S poor GPS performance and the lag issue.

The Samsung Galaxy S II has a huge task on its shoulder, meet the popularity of its original brother and also emerge the top-dog in this dual core race with HTC Sensation and LG Optimus 2X.

Read our review to find out whether the Samsung Galaxy S II lives up to the expectations or not.

Specs of Samsung Galaxy S II :

  • 4.27-inch Super-AMOLED+ screen with WVGA (800×480) resolution
  • 1.2GHz Dual-core Exynos 4210 processor
  • ARM-Mali 400 GPU
  • 1GB RAM, 16GB/32GB on-board storage
  • 8MP camera with Auto-Focus, LED Flash
  • 2MP Front Facing Camera
  • Dual-band Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 HS, Wi-Fi Direct, HSDPA/HSUPA, USB O-T-G, MHL port, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, GPS with A-GPS, Proximity Sensor

Build Quality and Screen

Right out of the box, Galaxy S II will surprise you with its extremely light weight, slim waistline and the big screen. The handset weighs only 113gms, and is one of the slimmest Android handsets, measuring only 8.49mm.

The phone is constructed with plastic, like the original Galaxy S. However, the handset feels a hell lot better when held in hand, when compared to the original Galaxy S. Samsung also re-designed the back cover on the Galaxy S II so as to make it pleasant to hold and scratch proof. However, the back cover is extremely thin. However, I am pleased to say that the back cover won’t break so easily, even if you twist it.

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The top of the handset sports a 3.5mm audio jack, while the bottom houses the MHL or microUSB port. The microUSB port on the Galaxy S II can output videos at 1080p, when an MHL adapter is plugged in. The power button is situated on the right side, while the volume button is on the left side of the phone.

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Unlike most other Android handsets, the Samsung Galaxy S II sports only 3 buttons Menu, Home and Back, in the same order. Like its predecessor, the Menu and Back buttons are capacitive while the Home button is a physical one.

The build quality of the Galaxy S II is a HUGE improvement over the Galaxy S. The phone might not have a premium look or feel to it, but neither does it have a cheap build quality feeling.

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The handset sports a 4.27-inch Super-AMOLED+ screen with WVGA (800×480) resolution. Even though the SGS II sports a bigger screen than the Galaxy S (4-inch), it has a much sharper screen. This is because the Super-AMOLED+ screen has twice the sub-pixels, when compared to the Super-AMOLED screen on SGS.

The original Super-AMOLED screen has a PenTile Matrix display, while the Super-AMOLED+ screen has a RBG pixel arrangement. This is a major reason why the Galaxy S II has a bigger display than its predecessor. Excluding all the geeky part, the SAMOLED+ screen on the SGS II is absolutely brilliant. The contrast, viewing angles, and brightness are all top-notch. Sunlight legibility is decent as well.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Coming This August

Sony Ericsson has revealed some more information about the upcoming Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the X10, via their official product blog.

The update is still under development, and the company expects to start rolling out the update from the beginning of August. Originally, the Gingerbread update for the X10 was expected to bring stock Android camera UI, which would have led to loss of features like Face recognition and smile shutter etc. However, SE heard the cries of the X10 owners, and got its developers to port the X10’s Éclair Camera UI to Gingerbread.

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The update will also bring the Facebook for Xperia functionality to the X10, which the 2011 line-up of Xperia handsets got a couple of months ago. Other new features which the X10 will get, and are already found in the 2011 range of Xperia handsets include pinch-to-overview gestures, Wi-Fi and USB tethering, Flash support, Apps to SD support, new media experience widgets and a customizable horizontal app tray.

Sadly, this confirms that the X10 won’t be getting 16 Million color display support, an unlocked boot loader and multi-touch support with the Gingerbread update.

Sony Ericsson also confirmed that the X10 Mini Pro, X10 Mini, and the X8 won’t be getting the Gingerbread update, due to the lack of RAM.

Samsung Galaxy S 4G and Epic 4G Android 2.3 Gingerbread Firmware Leaks

A few days ago an Android 2.3 Gingerbread firmware for the AT&T branded Samsung Captivate leaked on the Internet.

Today, Gingerbread firmware for two U.S. variants of the Galaxy S have leaked on the Internet. One of them is the T-Mobile Galaxy S 4G, and the other one is the Sprint’s Epic 4G. This time also, the credit for the leak goes to the folks over at SamFirmware.com.

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Galaxy S 4G owners over at XDA forums, who flashed this firmware on their phone, are reporting an improvement in performance and stability of the phone. There are also reports of huge improvement in battery life, with a little bit of tweaking like freezing all the bloat ware etc.

The Epic 4G Gingerbread leak solves most of the graphical issues which was present in the previous leaked Gingerbread firmware. There is also an improvement in performance compared to the previous leak. However, there is a lag of 2-3 seconds while rotating the phone from portrait to landscape mode or vice-versa.

Epic 4G users are also reporting an improvement in network reception, and data transfer speed. This leaked firmware also includes the latest version of Swype (v3), along with TeleNav navigation app.

Samsung Galaxy S 4G owners should head over to this link to download the leaked firmware, while Epic 4G owners need to click here.

HTC Thunderbolt Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread Update Coming Soon; Will Bring Video Chatting Via Skype And Google Talk

When Verizon and HTC announced the Thunderbolt at the CES 2011, the phone was supposed to ship with a video chat capable version of Skype. However, from the time of its announcement to its release date, something happened and the Thunderbolt did not ship with a video chat capable version of Skype.

Now, the folks over at Android And Me have got their hands on some internal documents from Verizon, which suggests that the HTC Thunderbolt will be getting a software update on June 30th.

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The software update will bump the Android version on the handset to 2.3.4, and will include a bunch of bug-fixes including a fix for the random reboot issue. The software update carrying the build number 2.07.605.2 will also bring the video-chat capable version of Google Talk, and a new version of Skype, which will also support video-chatting.

The update will also bump the Sense version to 2.1, which will include integration with HTCSense.com. The update also aims at improving the aGPS performance of the handset, and will install Amazon AppStore along with Verizon’s Phone Finder and MyVerizon app.

Hopefully, there will be no technical problems and the Android 2.3.4 update for the Thunderbolt will not be delayed.

Motorola Droid 2 Global Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Available Now!

It was at the end of last month, that Motorola and Verizon started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Droid X. It was only a matter of time before the Droid 2 also got some Gingerbread love, because of its similar hardware with the Droid X.

Now, Verizon has started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Droid 2 Global. The software update will help in improving the performance and stability of the handset, along with adding some new features. Beside the bump in the Android OS version, the update will also include a Download Manager app, improved copy and paste functionality, and Multi-Touch key chording.

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Motorola has also taken this chance to include an improved version of MotoBLUR with a new color scheme in this update. Post the update; users should also notice an improvement in battery life.

The update is an OTA one, and can be manually downloaded by going to Settings->About Phone>System Updates, and selecting the Check for updates option.

Sadly, this update does not apply to the Droid 2 CDMA version. Motorola and Verizon have not mentioned anything about the Gingerbread update for the Droid 2 CDMA, but it should arrive soon.

Now, Motorola only needs to roll out Gingerbread updates for the Droid X2, Droid 2 CDMA version, and the Atrix 4G. Hopefully, the company will do so before Google announces the next version of Android Ice Cream Sandwich.