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Motorola Milestone 3 Announced; Headed To China Telecom

Motorola and China Telecom have gone ahead and announced the Milestone 3 (XT883). The Motorola Milestone 3 is the non-American version of the yet to be announced Droid 3. Both the phones are exactly the same, except for the different radio antenna.

As rumors earlier suggested, the Motorola Milestone 3 sports a dual-core OMAP processor running at 1GHz, and packs a disappointing 512MB of RAM. The handset also sports a 4-inch qHD (960×540) display, with a five-row slide out QWERTY keyboard.

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The back of the Milestone 3 packs an 8MP camera with an LED flash, which is capable of recording videos in full HD 1080p resolution. There is also a front facing VGA camera for video calls and chat. Other key features of the phone include Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS with A-GPS, 16GB internal memory, microSD card slot, proximity sensor, 3.5mm audio jack and a micro-USB port.

Thankfully, unlike other recently announced Motorola handsets, the Droid 3 runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread with a new version of MotoBLUR.

The Milestone 3 (XT883) will be available from 3rd quarter of 2011. Sadly, Motorola and China Telecom did not mention anything about the pricing of the handset.

The Milestone 3 is also expected to hit the Verizon’s network under the name of Droid 3, sometime next month.

Samsung Captivate Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread Firmware Leaks

Samsung released the Android 2.2 FroYo update for the Galaxy S in October, last year. However, it was only at the beginning of this year that the Samsung Galaxy S variants in the U.S got the Android 2.2 Froyo update.

Recently, Sammy started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Galaxy S and other Galaxy branded devices over the different regions of the world. However, Samsung did not mention anything whether the various Galaxy S variants in the U.S will get the Gingerbread love or not.

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Now, the folks over at SamFirmware have managed to get their hands on not one, but two, Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread based firmware for the AT&T version of the Galaxy S the Samsung Captivate. One firmware (I897UCKF1) carries the build date of June 8th, while the second one (I897UCKE3) has a recent build date of June 26.

The carriers in the U.S. are evil about rolling out Android updates. They play a major role in delaying Android updates of various handsets, and if they do, load it up with lots of bloat ware. While this firmware leak confirms that the Captivate will get the Gingerbread update, don’t expect the update to land anytime soon.

HTC EVO Shift 4G Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update To Be Available From Tomorrow

The HTC EVO Shift 4G might not be as popular as other high-end Android handsets available from Sprint. However, this does not mean that the Shift 4G is a bad handset.

The EVO Shift 4G is one of the best handsets in the dying breed of hardware QWERTY phones. The handset might not have exactly set the sales chart on fire, but Sprint is still supporting the handset by releasing its Android 2.3 Gingerbread update.

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The Android 2.3 Gingerbread update will bring a new Downloads application, and performance and stability improvements. The software update will also squash some bugs including the bug which prevented the Shift 4G to stream media via certain applications. Swype keyboard will also be installed on the handset, post the update.

The software update will be an OTA (Over-The-Air) one, and Sprint will start pushing it to all Shift 4G handsets beginning from June 20th. For the impatient, the update will be available for manual download from Sprint’s server, starting from tomorrow (June 17).

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HTC Sensation Launched In India For Rs.32,700

Back in April, HTC announcd its fastest smartphone, the HTC Sensation. This handset runs on the latest Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. It comes with a 4.3 inch qHD display, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 8 megapixel camera with full HD (1080p) video recording and much more. LetsBuy is already selling this handset in India from last week, but the company today officially launched the powerful HTC Sensation at an event in New Delhi, India.

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HTC is known for its innovation! We believe in constantly broadening the range of devices offered introducing technology to support specific applications and new form factors that meet the increasingly diverse needs of its customers,said Mr Lennard Hoornik, President, South Asia, HTC Corporation. The Smartphones have become a way of life – an office on the move for corporate executives and business professionals and its many user-friendly features make it truly desirable. Therefore we are pleased to bring the innovative HTC Sensation experience to our Indian customers. HTC Sensation is an exceptional Smartphone that will win customers with its unique blend of functionality, usability and style.

The technology offered by HTC is unique and revolutionary which symbolizes the spirit of innovation and inventive genius. HTC Sensation will create a paradigm shift in the overall Smartphone category with a refreshingly brilliant experience. In a market that is cluttered with many confusing options, we aim at offering a solution that solves our day-to-day requirements with simplicity and convenience,said Mr Faisal Siddiqui, Country Head HTC India.

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HTC Sensation 4G features a 4.3 inch qHD display with 540 x 960 pixels resolution, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System, 8 megapixel camera with full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, VGA front camera, 1 GB internal storage, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi, 3G connectivity, 768 MB RAM, Internal GPS antenna, Gyro sensor, Proximity sensor, Ambient light Sensor, Micro-USB port, DLNA, Stereo sound video recording, up to 495 mins talk-time, up to 400 hours stand-by time an a 1520 mAh battery.

HTC Sensation comes with a MOP (Market Operating Price) of Rs.32,700. You can easily purchase this handset from any of the authorized HTC resellers across the country. This handset will compete with the recently launched Samsung Galaxy S II in India. Which handset will you are planning to buy – HTC Sensation or Samsung Galaxy S II?

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HTC Does A U-Turn; Desire To Get Gingerbread Update

  • Yesterday, HTC announced via their Facebook page that the original HTC Desire will not be getting the Gingerbread update.

The company cited that they were not able to bring Gingerbread to the Desire while maintaining the same Sense experience as found on other HTC devices. The reason behind this was the low internal memory of the Desire.

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This news did no go down well with the Desire owners, and the company received a lot of publicity. The HTC Desire is HTC’s highest selling handset ever, and the company realized it cannot piss off so many of its loyal customers.

So, Today HTC has again announced via their Facebook page that the Desire will indeed be getting its Gingerbread update. It is possible that the Desire may feature a striped down version of Sense UI, in order to make sure that the 512MB of internal memory is not filled up.

However, the company has not mentioned when the update is scheduled to roll out. The Desire Gingerbread update was originally scheduled to roll-out sometime before Q2 ends.

Google Nexus S Now Available In India For Just Rs.19,999

Google announced its first Android Gingerbread powered device, the Samsung Google Nexus S in December. This handset is the successor of the original Nexus One and it is one of the best Android smartphone. Back in April, Samsung launched the much-awaited Nexus S in India with a price tag of Rs.29,950. But, after the launch of Samsung Galaxy S II in India, the price of the Google Nexus S have been dropped to a great extent.

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Google Nexus S features a 4 inch Super Clear LCD display with 800 x 480 pixels resolution, 1 GHz application processor, Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) OS, Wi-Fi, USB 2.0, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, 3G connectivity, 5 megapixel camera with Auto Focus, VGA front camera, HD (720p) video recording, NFC (Near Field Communication) Capability, A-GPS, 16 GB internal memory, 512MB RAM, Accelerometer, Digital compass, Proximity and Light Sensor, Android Market and a 1500 mAh battery.

The powerful Nexus S is currently available in India for just Rs.19,999 (approx. $450). You heard it right! The Nexus S can now be purchased for nearly Rs.10,000 cheaper. This is one of the best Android smartphone, currently available in India. If you are planning to buy a new Android smartphone, then you should definitely check out the amazing Nexus S. To purchase this handset, head over to Flipkart or LetsBuy.

HTC Desire To NOT Get Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update

HTC had earlier stated that most of their Android phones launched in 2010 will get the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update. This included the HTC Desire HD, Desire Z, and the original Desire.

Last month, the Desire HD got its Gingerbread update along with the Incredible S. The Desire Z is slated to get its share of Gingerbread love by the end of Q2. The original Desire was also stated to get its Android update after the Desire Z.

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However, HTC has now confirmed via their Facebook page that the original Desire will not be getting the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update. The reason cited by HTC is that their engineering team has not been able to bring Gingerbread to the HTC Desire without compromising the HTC Sense experience.This is all due to the low internal memory of the handset.

Original Desire owners should not be disappointed with this new though. There are a lot of Android 2.3 Gingerbread ROMs available for the handset over at XDA forums, including the all-time popular CyanogenMod 7.

Just root your handset using unrevoked, and install ROM Manager from the Android Market. Then simply use ROM Manager to download and install any Gingerbread ROM on your handset.

Motorola Droid X And Defy Get A CyanogenMod 7 Port

Motorola Android phones are generally feature packed to the core, and sport decent specs as well. The Motorola Droid X was one of the most popular Android handsets in the U.S. last year.

However, Motorola phones have not been a favorite among the developers and modders, because of their encrypted boot loader. The encrypted boot loader meant that there was not much scope for a true Custom ROM’ for Motorola handsets. The company has been receiving a lot of criticism for the same, and they have promised to do something about this.

Now, a Motorola Droid X developer – @cvpcs – has managed to get the most popular AOSP based custom ROM CyanogenMod 7 – to the handset. He used a 2nd-init’ method to get the ROM up and working on the Droid X. However, this by any chance does not mean that the Droid X boot loader has been cracked. Due to this, he is forced to use the stock Motorola kernel that shipped with the device.

Below is a video of CM7 in action on the Droid X :

The developer (cvpcs) still has not made the CM7 port available for Droid X owners though. He is still testing the port for some bugs, and will soon release it to the public.

Other Motorola devices like the Droid 2 should also get this CM7 port up and working, since both the handsets are very similar. In fact, the Motorola Defy has already got a working CM7 port. Defy owners should head over to this thread over at XDA forums for more information.

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Samsung Galaxy S Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread Update Leaks

Samsung started rolling out the Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update for the European Galaxy S handsets, during the middle of this month. The Gingerbread roll-out is not even complete all over the world, and the Android 2.3.4 firmware for the handset has leaked.

The folks over at SamFirmware.com have managed to get their hands on the leaked Android 2.3.4 firmware (XXJVP) for the Samsung Galaxy S, which carries a June 3 build date. The Android 2.3.4 update for the Nexus S brought video calling via Google Talk, and better battery consumption along with some bug fixes.

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Sadly, the leaked Android 2.3.4 Galaxy S firmware does not include the latest Google Talk version, which means video chatting via the front cam is a no-go. The update also fixes the high battery drain caused by the Android System process in Android 2.3.3.

However, SGS owners who flashed the firmware on their handset report that the phone’s performance is blazing fast now. The phone averages around 1800 points in the Quadrant benchmark on the leaked firmware.

Hopefully, Samsung will officially release the Android 2.3.4 firmware for the Galaxy S soon, with the latest version of Google Talk with video chat support.

Motorola Photon 4G Announced; To Be Available Under Sprint’s Network This Summer

Motorola has announced the first Nvidia Tegra 2 powered handset to be available under the Sprint’s network the Motorola Photon 4G.

The Motorola Photon sports a 4.3-inch screen with qHD (960×640) resolution. The handset is powered by an Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset running at 1GHz.

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The back of the handset sports an 8MP camera with dual-LED flash, while there is a disappointing VGA camera in the front. The handset also packs in 1GB of RAM, along with 16GB of on-board storage and a microSD card slot. The usual Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS with A-GPS, 3.5mm audio jack and a proximity sensor are also present. Like the Atrix 4G, the Photon 4G will also have WebTop capabilities.

The Photon 4G also has a kickstand at its back, which will allow users to enjoy watching videos on their device. The handset will also support’s Sprint’s WiMAX network, along with support for 3G networks outside the U.S, making it a World ready’ handset.

The Photon will be running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with a new and improved version of MotoBLUR running on top of it. The handset will be available sometime this summer under Sprint’s network. Final specifications and pricing of the handset will be revealed sometime before the estimated release time frame.