Motorola Droid RAZR Pictures Leak; Droid and RAZR Brands Finally Meet!

Looks like Motorola is working on its next high-end dual-core powered Android smartphone with 4G LTE, the Spyder a.k.a the Droid RAZR. Looks like Motorola is finally going to bring it’s most successful brand – RAZR – to one of the popular mobile brand’s in the U.S. – DROID.


The folks over at This Is My Next  managed to get their hands on the Droid RAZR. From the leaked images, the Droid RAZR looks like a sleek and sexy handset, reminiscing  of the original RAZR handsets.  The phone is also  en-wrapped  in a Kevlar casing, making the phone dust and water resistant.

Internally, the RAZR seems to be similar to the Bionic with 1GB of RAM, a faster 1.2GHz dual-core processor most probably from OMAP, an 8MP camera with Full-HD video recording and an HD’ camera in the front. Like all other high-end Motorola phones, the handset also sports Moto’s WebTop feature.

The most interesting part of the DROID RAZR is its 4.3-inch Super-AMOLED screen with qHD (640×960) resolution. Yes, the Droid RAZR is most probably going to be the first phone from any Android manufacturer, except from Samsung, to sport a Super-AMOLED screen. Looks like Samsung is finally going to end its Super-AMOLED screen exclusivity.

While, the qHD SAMOLED screen on the RAZR is nice, I doubt it will stand a chance, resolution wise, against the upcoming high-end Android phones from various manufacturers with 720p HD resolution. The upcoming Nexus handset from Google is also rumored to sport a 720p HD screen. If Motorola wants any takers for the Droid RAZR, it must get the phone out from its assembly unit as soon as possible.

Samsung Galaxy S II Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread Update Rolling Out Now

The Samsung Galaxy S II is the hottest Android phone on the planet right now. Right from its announcement at MWC, to its global release date, to its much-awaited U.S. release, the phone has impressed everyone. If you have not heard about the phone until now, chances are you are living inside a cave.


Now, Samsung has started rolling out the Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread update for its best-selling Android phone until date. Aside from the minor bump in the Android version, the update does not really bring many enhancements. Some users over at XDA forums report a smoother home screen, and that’s about it.

Sadly, Samsung has not included the newest version of Google talk for Android with video-chatting capabilities. This is quite surprising, considering the leaked Android 2.3.4 firmware for the Galaxy S II had Google Talk with video-chatting capabilities.

Rumors are that Samsung is already working on the Android 2.3.5 firmware update for the Galaxy S II, with some minor tweaks and new features. Hopefully, Samsung will also include GTalk with video-chatting capability in the Android 2.3.5 firmware.

Samsung Galaxy S II owners can use the company’s KIES software to update their phone to Android 2.3.4. Right now, the update is being rolled out in the Nordic region.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread Update Rolling Out Now

Sony Ericsson has a very bad reputation, when it comes to updating their handsets to the latest version of Gingerbread. However, since the beginning of 2011, the company has been trying its best to keep its 2011 range of Xperia handsets up to date.


Around a month ago, SE promised that it will start rolling out the Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread update for its current range of Xperia handsets, with some new software enhancements as well.

Now, according to the Xperia Blog, it looks like Sony Ericsson has not only kept its promise, they have actually bettered it. The company has started rolling out the Android 2.3.4 update for the Xperia Neo, nearly a month ago of its promised release date.

The new software update (v4.0.1.A.0.283) also brings some new features like a swype like text-input system, ability to take screenshots, enhanced Facebook Inside Xperia, ability to click 3D panorama pictures, and the ability to playback 3D videos on a compatible 3D TV. Google Talk with video chatting facility is also on-board.

At the moment, the update for the Neo is being rolled out only in the Nordic region. It’s just a matter of time, before Sony Ericsson starts rolling out the update to other regions of the world, and to its other Xperia branded handsets as well.

HTC Droid Incredible 2 Android 2.3.4 Update Rolling Out Now

HTC and Verizon have started rolling out a minor software update for the Droid Incredible 2. The update is mainly aimed at fixing some bugs, and also bumps the Android OS version to 2.3.4.


The software update carries the version number 4.04.605.1, and weighs in at 31.068MB.

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

  • Improved Server connections for email sync. and Mail application stability
  • Increased stability of Visual Voice Mail application
  • Ability to dial the +1′ prefix when roaming internationally in CDMA markets
  • Option to set Data roaming for all tripsor for individual trips
  • Improvements in sending/receiving messages while roaming

Sadly, the software update does not bring Google Talk with video chatting facility, even though the Droid Incredible 2 has a front-facing camera.

It’s quite ironic that the Droid Incredible 2 not only got its Android 2.3 Gingerbread, along with Android 2.3.4 update before one of Verizon’s top-tier 4G LTE compatible Android handset, the Thunderbolt. I am pretty sure that the Thunderbolt owners must be pretty annoyed with HTC for this.

HTC reps have been telling Thunderbolt owners that they will be getting some Gingerbread love from the company by the end of September. Hopefully, this time HTC would be able to keep its promise, unlike the last time.

HTC Rhyme Unveiled; Female Droid Lovers Rejoice!

HTC has just announced a phone for all the female Droid lovers, the HTC Rhyme. The Rhyme is a mid-range Android phone, which runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with Sense UI 3.5 on top of it.


For the female geeks out there, the Rhyme packs in a 1GHz MSM8255 processor, and an Adreno 205 GPU. The phone also has 768MB of RAM, and 4GB of internal storage. The 3.7-inch S-LCD screen has a WVGA (480×800) resolution.

The back of the phone sports a 5MP camera and an LED flash, with a VGA camera in the front accompanying it. Like the majority of Droids out there, the Rhyme is also capable of recording videos in 720p HD resolution.

The Rhyme comes with some interesting accessories to charm the ladies out there. The retail box comes with a docking station, an armband, a Bluetooth headset, and a Charm Cable. The Charm Cable has a small cube attached to it, which blinks when the user receives a new incoming calls and/or messages.

The Rhyme will release in lavender color, with many other colored variants being released soon.

The HTC Rhyme will be first available under the Verizon’s network in the U.S.A, with the launch in Asian and European markets following it.

CM7 Nightlies Finally Rolling Out; Optimus 3D Gets Alpha CM7 Build

CyanogenMod 7 users and nightly flashers, here is some good news for you. Around a couple of weeks ago, got hacked, due to which CM7 nightlies stopped rolling out. The source code of the Linux kernel, and various other distros’, including Android’s kernel, is hosted on


While is still not back up, the CM team has shifted its source code to GitHub, and has finally started rolling out CM7 nightlies, so as to make sure people with ROM flashing Syndrome don’t lose their sanity.

In other CM7 related news, the CM team has released a very early alpha build for LG’s first ever Android powered 3D phone, the Optimus 3D. Being an early build, there are still a lot of issues like HDMI does not work, and camera app will crash if a user tries to take a 3D picture. Optimus 3D owners can download the alpha version of CM7 for their handset from here.

There is some good news for Desire S owners as well. Beginning from today, the CM build bot will also roll out CM7 nightlies for the Desire S (Saga).

A new alpha build of CM7 for the HTC Sensation was also released today. The new alpha build solves most of the issues, including audio issues. Sensation owners can download the build from here.

LG Optimus Q2 Touting a QWERTY Keyboard and a Dual Core Processor Announced

LG has just announced a new handset to its Optimus range of Android handsets, the Optimus Q2. The Q2 is the first Android phone from the Korean company to sport a four-row slide-out QWERTY keyboard.


Compared to its predecessor, the Q, the Q2 is 1/10th of an inch thinner, and lighter by 0.35ounces. Under the hood, the Q2 is powered by slightly faster Tegra 2 SoC, which is running at 1.2GHz. The handset also packs 512MB of RAM. The 4-inch IPS display with WVGA (480×800) resolution, has a maximum brightness of 700nits. The usual Wi-Fi b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth,FM radio, microSD card slot and a bunch of sensors.

At the back of this thin QWERTY equipped phone is a 5MP camera with an LED Flash. A VGA camera in the front, accompanies the camera at the back of the phone. The handset runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with LG’s copy of Samsung’s TouchWIZ UI running on top of it.

LG did not mention anything about the pricing of the handset, but the handset is expected to hit the Korean markets sometime next week.

Hopefully, the Q2 will not face the same software issues like random reboots, as its keyboard-less sibling, the Optimus 2X.

CM7 Boots On The Motorola Droid Bionic

The Motorola Droid Bionic was one of the most hotly anticipated phones of 2011. Announced at CES, the Bionic was going to be the first phone to support Verizon’s 4G LTE network, and sport a dual-core processor. However, due to some unknown reasons, the phone was delayed indefinitely.

Motorola got back to the drawing board, and finally released a new re-designed Bionic around a week ago. However, the major problem with the Bionic, like all other recently announced Motorola phones, the Bionic also came with an encrypted boot loader.

Nevertheless, this has not stopped one of the members of CyanogenMod to port CM7 to the Bionic. cvpcs got the Bionic, thanks to the donations from the community, and in less than 48hours booted a CM7 build on the handset.

Below is a video of CM7 in action on the Bionic-

This not only proves how much the community as a whole appreciates the work of the developers, but also how much the developers work hard.

Since CM7 on the Bionic is still on the early stages, there are still some major issues with it. Most of the stuff including audio, camera/camcorder, and radio issues are among the most prevalent ones. Looking at the way things are going, Bionic users should get a stable build of CM7 pretty soon.

LG Optimus S Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Rolling Out Now

Hot on the heels of the Gingerbread update for the Optimus One, Sprint and LG have started rolling out the Gingerbread update for their version of the Optimus One, the Optimus S. The Optimus S is a mid-range Android smartphone with a 3.2-inch screen, and a 600MHz processor along with 512MB of RAM.

The update is being rolled out via OTA (Over-The-Air) to existing Optimus S owners.

Below is the full change-log for the update :

  • New on-screen keyboard. The standard keyboard has been greatly improved with faster input and more intuitive typing. The cut-and-paste feature has also been improved.
  • Streamlined user interface. New color schemes and various UI changes make Android more consistent and simpler to use.
  • Application and power management. Android 2.3 provides better insight into what is running in the background and the amount of memory and CPU time it is using. A task killer has been added.
  • Download management. All downloads from the browser, email and other apps can now be viewed and controlled from a single location.
  • General enhancements for performance improvements.

As you can see from the above change-log, the update brings the usual Gingerbread goodies and some updated core apps.

LG Marquee Announced; Coming To Sprint For $99.99

LG and Sprint recently announced the new LG Marquee smartphone. This handset is the Sprint’s version of the popular LG Optimus Black smartphone. It comes with a 4 inch NOVA display, 1 GHz Cortex-A8 processor, 5 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording, 3G Connectivity and much more. The LG Optimus Black originally comes with the Android 2.2 OS, but LG Marquee runs on the latest Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System.

lg marquee

LG believes fashion and technology go hand-in-hand among today’s growing contingent of style-conscious and tech-savvy consumers,said Tim O’Brien, vice president of marketing for LG Mobile. By partnering with Sprint, MADE and Stacy London, LG effectively showcases three prominent phone features important to consumers: a sleek, thin profile, ultra light weight design and bright display.

LG Marquee features a 4 inch NOVA display with 480 x 800 pixels resolution, 1 GHz Cortex-A8 processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System, Optimus UI 2.0, 3G Connectivity, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, 3.5 mm headphone jack, Stereo FM radio with RDS, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, microUSB 2.0, A-GPS, 2 GB internal storage, 512 MB RAM, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 2 GB microSD card bundled, up to 375 hrs standby time, up to 5.5 hrs talk-time and a 1500 mAh battery.

You can get this handset for just $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and a two year service agreement. LG Marquee will be available from October 2 at Sprint stores. You can also pre-order this handset online, starting from September 20.