Motorola RAZR Launched In India For Rs.33,990

Last month, Motorola announced the new Motorola RAZR smartphone. This handset runs on the latest Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. Motorola RAZR is the thinnest smartphone with just 7.1mm thickness. This handset is already available in India from last week, but Motorola India finally launched this amazing smartphone in India.

“One of the best-selling mobile phones of all time, the original Motorola RAZR redefined what a mobile phone was as people worldwide proudly flaunted their fashion items,” said Robert van Tilburg, senior regional sales director for Motorola Mobility in South Asia. “With the new Motorola RAZR smartphone we’re bringing sexy back in a stylish and sleek body with the power to create experiences you won’t find in any other smartphone. We expect style-conscious and technology-savvy people in India will be eager to get their hands on this new fashion icon.”

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Motorola RAZR features a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread) OS, 8 megapixel rear camera with LED flash, Full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and much more.

Other features include a 3.5mm headset jack, Corporate Sync, DLNA, Stereo Bluetooth 4.0 + EDR, 1GB RAM, 16GB internal memory, 11.5GB user available memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, GPS with aGPS, up to 10 hours of talk-time, up to 13.5 days of standby time and a 1780 mAh battery.

Motorola RAZR comes with a price-tag of Rs.35,990, but you can easily get this smartphone at a best buy price of Rs 33,990.

Samsung Illusion Coming To Verizon For $79.99

Samsung recently announced the new Samsung Illusion entry-level smartphone. This handset runs on the latest Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. Samsung Illusion will be exclusively available for the Verizon Wireless customers in the US. The rear casing and battery cover of this handset are made from 70 percent post-consumer material and 35 percent of the front casing is made from post-consumer material.

samsung illusion

Samsung Illusion features a 3.5 inch HVGA TFT display, sporting a resolution of 480 × 320 pixels, 1 GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System, TouchWiz UI, 3G Connectivity, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 3 megapixel rear camera, HTML web browser, 3.5 mm headset jack, music player, 2 GB ROM, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Mobile Hotspot, Swype, Android Market, Corporate email support for Microsoft Office Exchange and much more.

Samsung Illusion allows you to access more than 300,000 apps from the Android Market. This handset will be available for purchase online from November 23, followed by Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in January 2012. Samsung Illusion comes with a price tag of $79.99 on contract. You will also need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan starting at $39.99/month. This device will be available for free from November 24-28.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S Now Available In The US For $499.99

Back in August, Sony Ericsson announced the Xperia Arc S smartphone. This handset is the successor of the popular Xperia Arc smartphone. There are almost no changes in the specs, except the 1.4 Ghz single core processor. We have a good news for the folks, who were eagerly waiting for the launch of this smartphone in the US. Sony Ericsson has finally started shipping the Xperia Arc S smartphone in the US.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S features a 4.2 inch multi-touch Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine, sporting a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels, 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM82555 processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 8.1 megapixel camera with LED flash, HD (720p) video recording and playback, etc.

Other features include a 3.5 mm audio jack, aGPS, Bluetooth, PlayNow service, TrackID music recognition app, 3D games, Motion gaming, stereo FM Radio, HDMI, DLNA, Micro USB support, Wi-Fi, Wisepilot turn-by-turn navigation, 512 MB RAM, 1 GB internal memory, up to 32 GB expandable memory, up to 37 hours of music listening time, up to 6 hours 25 min of video playback time, up to 7 hours 25 min of talk-time, up to 460 hours of stand-by time and a 1500mAh battery.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S comes with a price tag of $499.99 without any contract. If you are planning to get this smartphone, then just head over to this page at Sony online store.

LG Optimus 3D Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Coming Next Week!

LG has just  announced  via an email that they will soon be rolling out an ‘enhanced’ Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the LG Optimus 3D.

Along with the update to Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the update will also bring enhanced copy & paste functionality, UI improvements and much more. LG states that the update will also bring enhanced HSPA+ speeds (up to 21Mbps), and an enriched 3D experience, thanks to a 3D video editor and a full-screen preview UI while capturing 3D content.

Post the update, Optimus 3D owners will also be able to record high-quality videos in 2D mode with video stabilization, which was previously available only in the 3D mode. The Gallery loading times have also been greatly reduced.

Other changes in the update include an improved battery life, longer MP3 playback time, and an improvement in the stability and performance of the phone.

LG will start rolling out the update to all the unlocked and un-branded Optimus 3D handsets in Europe beginning from November 21, followed by other markers until the end of the year.

Hopefully, next time LG will be much faster in updating their handsets to the latest version of Android. With Ice Cream Sandwich code going public, the time is already ticking and it will be interesting to see who will be the first manufacturer to release the Ice Cream Sandwich update for their phone.

Samsung Galaxy SL Gets The Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread Update In India

Earlier this year, Samsung launched the Samsung Galaxy SL smartphone in India. This handset is the low-cost version of the highly popular  Samsung  Galaxy S smartphone. It comes with a  a large 4 inch Super Clear LCD display, 1 GHz processor, 5 megpixel camera with HD (720p) video recording and so on.

Samsung Galaxy SL originally runs on the old Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System. This handset was expected to get the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update in July, but it was delayed due to some unknown reasons. After waiting for months, Samsung officially started rolling out the much-awaited Android Gingerbread update for the Galaxy SL users in India.

galaxy sl gingerbread update

This update is currently available only via Samsung Kies. Sadly, this update is not available via OTA (Over-The-Air). This software update will upgrade the Samsung Galaxy SL to Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread) and it will bring a lot of improvements and bug fixes. Some of the changes are mentioned below.

  • Software stability
  • Improved battery life
  • Improvements in rear and front-camera
  • Faster Response
  • Slight changes in UI

Don’t panic, if you still haven’t received this update, since this software update will be delivered in staggered waves, over the next several days. If you find something new, then please let us know in the comments section below.

Sprint’s Epic 4G Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Rolling Out Now

Sprint has finally started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Samsung Epic 4G. The update comes weeks after Google announced the much awaited successor to Gingerbread, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The European version of the Galaxy S also got its Gingerbread update nearly 5 months ago. Better late than never, eh Sprint and Samsung?

Apart from the bump in the Android version, the update also brings some bug fixes, and other Gingerbread goodies like a Download manager app, improved copy & paste functionality and much more.

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


– Upgrade of the Google OS from Froyo to Gingerbread (Android 2.3)

– Audible Sprint AIRAVEâ„¢ notifications when answering call

– SMS messages sent without area code

– PRL and Profile update

– EAS (Exchange Activesync) email displaying HTML

– Bluetooth headset sound improvements

– Fully visible date on device lock screen

Sprint is the first  U.S carrier to roll out the Android update for its variant of the Galaxy S. AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon’s variant of the Galaxy S are still stuck with Android 2.2 (FroYo), with no official time frame as to when they will get the update. An Android 2.3.4 based firmware did leak for the AT&T Captivate and the T-Mobile’s Vibrant, confirming that the update is under works for these handsets.


HTC Rezound Announced; 720p HD Display and Beats Audio

At an event in New York, HTC announced its latest addition to its Droid line-up of handsets – the Rezound. From the front, the Rezound looks similar to the Droid Incredible 2, with the typical red accents found in all the recent Beats banded HTC phones. The red accents go deep inside the phone, including a red battery.


The Rezound is the first phone from HTC to come with a 720p HD display. The display measures 4.3-inch diagonally. Inside the Rezound is a 1.5GHz processor from Qualcomm, accompanied by an Adreno 220 GPU. There is also 1GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board memory and a microSD card slot.

On the connectivity front, the Rezound has Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, 4G LTE, GPS with A-GPS, microUSB v2.0 port and much more. At the back of the phone is the same much-improved 8MP camera with an F2.2 sensor found in other recent HTC handsets. The camera can also record videos in 1080p resolution, and comes with other goodies like Panorama mode, Action Burst and Instant Capture.

Like all other recently released HTC handsets, the Rezound also carriers the Beats Audio logo. HTC needs to realize that just tweaking the software on the phone and bundling quality headphones will not please audiophiles. They must use a quality audio chip as well. Software tweaks can only improve the sound quality of a phone to a limited extent. This also means that the Rezound will ship with a pair of quality Beats branded earphones.

The Rezound will ship with Android 2.3 Gingerbread and Sense UI running on top of it, but will get Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich by early next year. The handset will hit the retail and Best Buy stores on November 14th, for $299 on a two-year contract.

AT&T Announces The Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket

Along with the HTC Vivid, AT&T also announced a 4G LTE capable version of the Galaxy S II, the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket. The Skyrocket is the second phone to hit the AT&T’s network, which will supports the company’s 4G LTE network.

The Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket comes with a 4.5-inches of Super-AMOLED Plus goodness with WVGA (480×800) resolution. The handset comes with 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, and is powered by a 1.5GHz Exynos processor, along with an ARM Mali400-MP GPU.

At the back of the Skyrocket is an 8MP camera with an LED flash, along with a 2MP camera in the front. The handset is also capable of recording videos in Full HD (1080p) resolution.

Other key features of the Skyrock include a microSD card slot, GPS with A-GPS, 4G LTE  and HSPA+ radios, and a bunch of sensors. The handset runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with TouchWIZ UI on top of it.

Like the HTC Vivid, the Galaxy S II Skyrocket will be available from 6th of November. AT&T will also expand its 4G LTE network to four new markets, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, House and San Antonia, on the same day. The handset will cost $250 on a two-year contract.


HTC Vivid Announced; AT&T’s First Ever 4G LTE Phone

AT&T has just announced two new Droids for its ever expanding Android family – the HTC Vivid and the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket. Both the phones are the first ever phone from AT&T to sport a 4G LTE radio.

THe HTC Vivid sports a gigantic 4.5-inch LCD with qHD (640×960) resolution. The handset is powered by a 1.2GHz Snapdragon S3 processor from Qualcomm, and comes with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory.

At the back of the phone is an 8MP camera aided by an dual-LED flash. Accompanying the 8MP camera is a 1.3MP camera in the front. This 8MP camera uses the new sensor found in recent HTC phones, including the myTouch 4 G Slide, which is way better than its predecessor. The press release from AT&T also says that the Vivid is capable of recording videos at Full HD (1080p) resolution at 60 FPS. I am assuming it is a typo, since as far as I know the  technology  to capture full HD videos at 60FPS is umm…not coming until the next year or so.

Other key specs of the Vivid include a microSD card slot, GPS with A-GPS, 4G LTE radios, Wi-Fi b/g/n, HPSA+ and a bunch of sensors. The handset runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with Sense 3.5 UI on top of it.

The Vivid will be available starting from November 6th, on both the online stores and retail stores. The phone will cost $199 on a two-year contract.


LG Revolution Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Rolling Out Now

It was only recently that Verizon and HTC started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread for their first ever 4G LTE capable handset, the HTC Thunderbolt.

Now, Verizon has started rolling out the Gingerbread update for another of their 4G LTE phone, the LG Revolution. Besides the usual goodies brought by Gingerbread like a Download Manager, improved copy & text, and improved performance, the update also fixes some bugs.

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

Email & Messaging

+Email folders will now display in the correct order

+The maximum attachment size is now set correctly, even when the Exchange service is configured with unlimited size attachments.

+Messages can now be stired on the SIM card. VIew these messages through the Settings menu, “Manage SIM card messages.”

+Correctly set Out of Office without having to set start or end time.

+The popup message asking to delete accounts when charging the SIM card now displays correctly.

Device Features

+The cursor has been reshaped for easier text editing

+List menu force close issue has been resolved

+Issues have been fixed involving proper connectivity through the HDMI cable

+Data now works correctly when toggling in Airplane mode.

Verizon has already started rolling out the update, and expects to complete the roll-out in the next couple of weeks.