Samsung Galaxy S II Duos – A Dual-SIM Galaxy S II Announced!

Looks like Samsung is taking the Dual-SIM mobile segment in the developing countries very seriously. The company has quietly released a high-end dual-SIM Android handset in China, the Galaxy S II Duos.

The I929 Galaxy S II Duos packs in a 4.52-inch Super-AMOLED Plus screen with WVGA (480×800) resolution, and comes with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM. Samsung did not mention whether the SoC is their own in-house Exynos or the Qualcomm S3 SoC. Like the I9100, the S II Duos has an 8MP camera at its back aided by an LED flash, which is capable of recording videos in 1080p HD resolution. A 2MP snapper is also present in the front for video calls.

Other key features include Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth, microUSB port, Bluetooth 3.0, 16GB of on-board storage, microSD card slot, MHL port and a bunch of sensors.

Galaxy S II Duos owners will be able to simultaneously use a GSM and a CDMA network on their handset. The handset runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread with TouchWIZ 4.0 on top of it, and is powered by a beefy 1800mAh battery.


T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy S II Also Gets A Software Update

Its raining software updates! First the Droid Bionic got a major bug fixing software update, then the Droid Incredible 2 and the Amaze 4G got one each, and now its the T-Mobile Galaxy SII which gets a new software update.

The software update for the T-Mobile’s Galaxy S II bumps up the Android version to 2.3.5 and brings with it some bug fixes and Wi-Fi calling.

Below is the full update for the change-log-:


  • Wi-Fi Calling Over IMS
  • Error: ‘Force Close’ and calls dropped when splitting a conference call
  • Battery shows full
  • Caller name not displayed in the call log detail
  • Network Name displayed in the call log
  • City and State not displayed on incoming calls that occur while on an active call
  • Cannot find the Wi-Fi calling application
  • Error: “Invalid SIM”
  • Error: “REG09: Missing 911 address”
  • Error: “REG99: Unable To Connect
Like all other OTA updates, this update is also being rolled out in stages so T-Mobile SGS2 owners need to be a bit patient before their  phone  gets the update. Users can also use Samsung’s KIES software to download and install the latest software update for their handset.

Meizu MX Unveiled; Packs a 1.4GHz Exynos 4210 SoC

Meizu, a company popularly known for releasing phones which look like an iPhone clone, has released its new flagship phone the Meizu’s MX. The MX sports a 4-inch ASV display with qHD (640×960) resolution. It is powered by the Exynos 4210 SoC clocked at 1.4GHz, which is a beast in every right!

Other than this, there is also 1GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board memory, a secondary microphone for noise cancellation, MHL port, S/PDIF out, Wi-Fi b/g/n, USB host capabilities, GPS with A-GPS, and a bunch of sensors.


At the back of this chinese handset is an 8MP F2.2 backside-illuminated sensor, which is capable of recording videos in Full HD (1080p) resolution. There is also a measly 0.3MP camera in the front for video-calling.   The MX also features a Meizu only innovation, the situation-aware bottom light keys. Support for DivX, Xvid, MKV, MP4 and AVI videos along with FLAC audio support is also baked right into the OS.

The Meizu MX runs on a heavily customized version of Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread, dubbed as Flyme OS by the company. The company has promised that the MX will get the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update next year as well. The MX will hit the retail stores on January 1 for ¥2,999 ($470). Thankfully, the handset has a pentaband 3G radio, which means users won’t need to bother about network compatibility issues with their phones when they fly international.

I must say these Chinese handset manufacturers have come a long way since making cheap iPhone replicas.

Samsung SCH-W999 is a Dual-Screen, Dual-SIM Clamshell Android Phone Heading To China Telecom

Samsung has announced a new wacky Android running handset headed to China, the SCH-W999. This dual-screen, flip phone packs in two 3.5-inch Super-AMOLED displays with WVGA (480×800) resolution. The handset is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor from Qualcomm (S3), and comes with 1GB RAM.


The phone runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread with Sammy’s own TouchWiz UI jazzing up the stale Gingerbread’s UI a bit. Other usual features like GPS with A-GPS, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, WAPI and a bunch of sensors. At the back of this dual-screen, clamshell phone is a 5MP camera.

Besides being a dual-screen phone, the phone is also a dual-SIM one with GSM and CDMA network support. The SCH-W999 is headed to China Telecom for an unknown price and will be released at an unknown date.

Looking at the way how some dual-screen Android running phones have failed in the past, I doubt Samsung will even think about releasing this handset outside of China.

Verizon’s Samsung Fascinate Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread Update Rolling Out Now!

Fascinate users, Verizon and Samsung have finally deemed your old handset is worthy of some Gingerbread love. The Fascinate is Verizon’s version of the European Galaxy S, and is among the last Galaxy S handsets to get the Gingerbread update. I guess most Fascinate users must have already lost hope that their handset will ever get the Gingerbread update.

According to people who have already got the Gingerbread update, there is a noticeable difference in the performance of the phone. The 3G speeds and the web-browser performance have also improved. The notification toggles at the top of the notification bar have been enhanced a bit, and the Email app now uses a new font and is much more stable and faster. Fascinate owners should also see a noticeable improvement in the battery life of their phone.

The update is being slowly rolled out to all Fascinate handsets out there, and should hit their phone in a few days. Alternatively, users can manually pull the update from Verizon’s update server by going to Settings-> About Phone and then selecting the Software Update’ option.

In all probability, this is the last official software update for the Fascinate from Verizon. The Fascinate won’t be getting the Ice Cream Sandwich update officially. For owners  who  have rooted their Fascinate, they can simply head over to XDA and download and install the beta Ice Cream Sandwich ROM for their handset.

Verizon’s Droid Charge Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Rolling Out Now

Droid Charge owners, here is some good news for you. Verizon and Samsung have finally  started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for your handset.

The Gingerbread update for the Charge will bring the usual Gingerbread goodies like a Download Manager app, Power Management details, Improved copy and paste functionality, enhanced security like SD card and device encryption and much more. The change-log from Verizon also states that Charge owners should see an improvement in the camera, GPS, web browser, HDMI output and the audio output of the handset. Most importantly, Charge owners will notice an immense improvement in the performance and the stability of the handset.

The full change-log of the update can be found here. The update is a whopping 119MB in size, so make sure you are downloading the update via Wi-Fi and not via that ultra-blazing 4G LTE network of Verizon.

The Droid Charge gets the Gingerbread just after a year Google announced Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Good job Samsung and especially Verizon! Charge owners, don’t expect some Ice Cream Sandwich love for your handset,

Motorola Milestone 2 Finally Gets The Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update

Motorola Milestone 2 owners, here is some good news for you! Motorola Europe has  announced  via their official Facebook page that they will be rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for your phone beginning from tomorrow.

The Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Milestone 2 will bring a new launcher and app drawer, along with some refreshed colors for the UI. The usual Gingerbread goodies like a Download Manager app, improved copy and paste, a detailed battery usage graph are also on-board. Users should also expect performance and stability improvements.

Motorola Milestone 2 owners in the Europe should consider themselves lucky that they are finally getting some Android 2.3 Gingerbread love from Motorola. The U.S version of the Milestone 2, the Droid 2, already got its Gingerbread update a few months ago. Its shameful to see that it took Motorola nearly a year to update the Milestone 2 to Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

Most Milestone 2 owners must be thinking whether they will be getting the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update or not? Well, looking at the pace at which Motorola released the Gingerbread update, I am pretty sure they will have brought a new phone if  Motorola decides to update the handset to Ice Cream Sandwich.

Since Motorola will be rolling out the update in stages, users should not expect the update to land on their phone tomorrow itself.

Lenovo Launches LePad S2005, Android Phone-Tablet in China

Lenovo has announced a new Android based phone-tablet hybrid for the Chinese market – the LePad S2005. It’s a bit too big to be a phone, and a bit too small to be a tablet (just like the Dell Streak), so we are not sure what it is.

It runs Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread with a custom UI, and is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual core Qualcomm processor and 1 GB of RAM. It comes with a 5 inch LTPS display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, which is quite low considering that even phones with smaller 4 inch display have HD displays these days.

It comes with a 5 MP camera which can capture 1080p videos, and a 1.3 MP secondary camera for video calling. It comes with a 1680 mAh battery, and offers micro-USB and micro-HDMI ports. It will support China Unicom’s HSPA+ network. It weighs around 198 gms and is around 10 mm thick.

Lenovo LePad S2005

Many device manufacturers are now focusing on the Chinese market, which has overtaken the U.S. market to become the largest smartphone market in the world. Motorola recently announced three exclusive Android devices for China.

On an tangential note, the display size wars are turning ridiculous now. First we had 3.5 inch displays (iPhone), then we moved on to 4 inch ones (Galaxy S). Now, 4.3 inch (Galaxy S 2) and 4.65 inch (Galaxy Nexus) displays seem to have become the new normal. Apple has refused to increased the display size of the iPhone, which is perhaps a good move.

In my opinion, the sweet spot for display sizes lies in the 4.3 to 4.7 inch range; anything larger than that is unwieldy.

HTC Rhyme Gets A Software Update Filled With Security Patches

HTC and Verizon have started rolling out a new software update for the Rhyme. For the unknown, the Rhyme is being marketed as an Android phone for female Droid lovers. The Rhyme is a mid-range Android phone, and is powered by a 1Ghz single-core Snapdragon processor, and packs in 768MB of RAM.

The new software update for the Rhyme carries the build number 1.26.605.11, and does not bring any major changes enhancements or changes. The update mainly includes security patches, to fix some of the loopholes found in HTC’s Android phones a couple of weeks ago. The update is around 9MB in size, and will also update the inbuilt Twitter app to support its new API.

The software update is already being rolled out to existing Rhyme owners, and they should be automatically notified when the update hits their phone.

Other HTC handset owners like the EVO 3D, Amaze 4G, EVO 4G, and various Sensation variants should also expect to get a software update for their phone soon. Like the software update for the Rhyme, the update for these phones will also not include any changes or enhancements, but will fix a couple of major security flaw found in HTC’s Android phone recently.

HTC Sensation XE Launched In India For Rs.35,490

Back in September, HTC announced the successor of its popular HTC Sensation smartphone, the HTC Sensation XE. It is the company’s first smartphone to sport the Beats Audio tag. This handset runs on the latest Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. The specs of this handset is almost similar to the original Sensation smartphone, except the 1.5 GHz dual-core processor. HTC recently launched the much-awaited HTC Sensation XE smartphone in India. If you are planning to buy one, then check out the complete specs below.

Audio is a crucial part of any consumer’s mobile experience and we are constantly pushing the audio boundaries to achieve not only improved voice but music, movies and gaming experience,said Faisal Siddiqui, Country Manager, HTC India. The HTC Sensation XE offers a truly incredible experience that demonstrates our commitment to place consumers at the center of their mobile worlds.

htc sensation xe

HTC Sensation XE features a 4.3 inch qHD display with 540 x 960 pixels resolution, 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System, 8 megapixel camera with full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, VGA front camera, 4 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 9 hrs 16 mins talk-time, up to 540 hours stand-by time an a 1730 mAh battery.

HTC Sensation XE ships with the Beats by Dr. Dre in-ear headphones and 8 GB microSD card. The exclusive Beats by Dr. Dre in-ear headphones feature a remote control, allowing you to pause, play or skip through tracks and answer/end calls while the phone is in your pocket. This handset comes with a price-tag of Rs.35,490, but you can easily get this smartphone at a best by price of Rs.33,990.