Motorola Fire Officially Launched In India For Rs.9,990

Motorola finally launched the much-awaited Motorola Fire smartphone in India. It is the company’s second smartphone with a touchscreen display and QWERTY keyboard to be launched in India. Motorola Fire runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System and it comes with a 2.8 QVGA touchscreen display, 600 MHz processor, 3 megapixel camera, 3G Connectivity, etc. This handset has been priced reasonably to attract more customers in India.

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Motorola Fire features a 2.8 inch QVGA touchscreen display with 320 × 480 pixels, 600 MHz processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, full QWERTY keyboard, Moto Switch user interface, 3 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, 3G Connectivity and so on.

It also comes with a 3.5mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 256 MB RAM, 512 MB ROM, E-compass, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Android Market, GPS with A-GPS, LED notifications, up to 8 hours of talk time, up to 30 days of standby time and a 1420 mAh battery.

This handset is already available in India from the last month at popular online retailers such as Flipkart and LetsBuy. Motorola Fire comes with a price tag of just Rs.9990, but you can get this device at a best buy price of Rs.9490. This handset will compete with popular entry-level Android phones such as Samsung Galaxy Pop and Micromax Andro A70 in India.

Verizon’s Motorola Droid 2 R2-D2 Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Rolling Out Now

Motorola started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Verizon’s Droid 2, and the Droid 2 Global. It was only a matter of time before the limited edition Droid R2-D2 got some Gingerbread love from Motorola and Verizon.

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The Gingerbread update brings the same new UI (ex-Moto Blur) as found on the Droid 2 and Droid 2 Global, post the Gingerbread update. Along with the usual Gingerbread goodies like a Download Manager app, Multi-touch key chording, Power Management details and enhanced security features like SD card encryption and VPN enhancements.

There are lots of other enhancements, and bug fixes. Below is the full change-log-:

+ Download Manager App:
• New App to manage all of your downloads from web browsing,
email attachments and other apps.
+ App and Power Management Details:
• Under Manage Applications, a new Runningtab displays a list of active
applications and the storage and memory being used by each.
+ Multi-Touch Key-Chording:
• New ability to enter numbers and symbols with keyboard shortcut combos,
instead of having to change to the numeric keyboard mode.
+ Improved Word Selection and Copy Functionality:
• New capability to select a word via press-hold. A second press of
the selected word copies the selected characters.
+ New User Interface and Color Scheme:
• New widgets, icons and screens with refreshed colors.
+ Dock Icons:
• Static Phone, App Launcher and Contacts icons are replaced within a customizable
dock. Three swappable icons and the App Launcher icon are fixed to the Dock at
the bottom of all home screen panels for easy and instant access.
+ App Groups:
• New App Menu allows creation of custom app groups, in addition to 3 default
groups: All Apps, Recent and Downloaded.
+ Security:
• Added Device and SD Card encryption. VPN enhancements integrate IPSec VPN
clients into device security settings.

+ Updated Calendar Options:
• Display Calendar and event times in your home time zone when traveling.
• Dismiss individual reminders, such as dismissing one meeting reminder
without dismissing other meeting reminders.
• Easy conference dialing simply dial and automatically enter a conference
code directly from your Calendar.
Other Improvements:
+ Email and Calendar
• Improved contact and calendar syncing from multiple accounts.
• Email pushes now work correctly when using Exchange ActiveSync.
• Exchange ActiveSync account setup will accurately present server option.
• Easily see Exchange ActiveSync Calendar appointments when created.
• Update Calendar appointments with Exchange ActiveSync without deleting them.
+ Device Features
• Improved battery life while using Wi-Fi.
• Keypad backlight turns on in low light conditions.
• Improvements in stability to prevent lockups, resets and Force Closeerrors.
• Improvements in screen display no longer causes display screen to turn black.
• Improved 3G data connectivity.
• Mobile Hotspot status is displayed accurately.
• Fixed issue that caused device reset and a black display screen after
over the air upgrades.
+ Messaging
• Correct contact name is displayed when receiving SMS messages.
• Forward SMS message conversations accurately.
• Emoticons are correctly displayed in messages.
• Notification LED will flash when new message is received.
+ Applications and Widgets
• Clock widget updates time correctly.
• GPS apps and programs no longer cause unnecessary device resets.
• Reduced Force Closeerrors when using My Verizon application.
• Blockbuster ® movie rentals license remains active after download.
• Callback numbers now populate in Dialer app.
• Compass calibration within Google Maps syncs accurately with your location.
• V CAST Media Manager now comes preloaded.
• V CAST Apps now comes preloaded.
• Google Books now comes preloaded.

The new software update (v4.5.602.A957) is being rolled out to the limited edition R2-D2 via OTA.

Sony Ericsson Announces The Walkman Z Series of PMPs

Before the iPhone and Android powered handsets arrived, Sony Ericsson was known for its Cybershot and Walkman series of phones. Ever since Android explosion and SE adopted Android as its primary OS, it launched its entire Android range under the Xperia brand, killing the Walkman and Cybershot range.

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Sony Ericsson loyalists all around the world hoped that someday the company will launch a Walkman branded Android handset. Cybershot loyalists, already got some love with the Xperia Arc and its 8.1MP Exmor R sensor.

When Sony Ericsson finally announced its first ever Walkman branded phone, the Walkman W8, it was a total disappointment. The W8 was basically a re-branded X8, which is a low-end Android phone running the age old Android 2.1.

Today, Sony Ericsson has announced a new range of Walkman Z series of personal media players (PMP). The PMPs are pretty powerful, and sport an Nvidia Tegra 2 SoC, along with 512MB of RAM and the usual Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, Gyroscope, HDMI port and DLNA. The PMPs sport a 4.3-inch WVGA (480×800) screen. The press release from Sony Ericsson does not mention whether these PMPs display support its BRAVIA engine based Reality Display or not.

For the die-hard audiophiles, these PMPs feature an S-Master MXdigital amplifier, Digital Noise Cancelling, DSEE, Clear Stereo and Clear base, 5-band Equalizer, 5 speeds VPT Acoustic Engine, Dynamic Normalizer and xLOUD. The Walkman Z series of PMPs from Sony Ericsson will run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

These PMPs will also have a dedicated Wbutton, along with a new UI. Sony Ericsson will also launch some new accessories with these new PMPs like headphones, leather case, Silicon case and screen protectors.

The PMPs will be available in capacities ranging from 16GB to 64GB. The base model of the PMP costs around ¥ 28,000 ($363), with the top-of-the-line 64GB variant costing ¥ 43,000 ($558). Sony Ericsson will launch these PMPs in Japan. The company did not mention anything whether they will release these PMPs in other regions of the world as well.

It’s quite ironic that these PMPs from Sony Ericsson are more powerful than their Android based handsets. None of the current-gen Android handsets from Sony Ericsson feature a dual-core processor. Hopefully, Sony Ericsson will launch some dual-core powered phones before the end of this year.

Samsung Galaxy S Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread Firmware Leaks

The Samsung Galaxy S was one of the most popular Android phones in 2010. The handset sold in excess of 10 million units, before being succeeded by the almighty Samsung Galaxy S II. Most SGS owners, and Samsung haters, usually crib about the poor software support from the Korean company.

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While the U.S. versions of Galaxy S are still stuck on Android 2.2 FroYo, the European version has been rocking Android 2.3.3 since March, this year. The Samsung Galaxy S Android 2.3.4 based firmware leaked a couple of months ago, and now the Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread firmware for the handset has leaked online. The leak comes courtesy of SamFirmware and the Darky ROM team.

The Android 2.3.5 update was only rolled out to the Sprint’s Nexus S 4G. Other Nexus S variants got the Android 2.3.6 update after a couple of weeks. The Android 2.3.5 update mainly fixed some network and NFC related issues on the Nexus S 4G.

While there are no visible changes in the leaked firmware, the phone does feel smooth. There are some new system fonts, and some of the system files have been updated, and that’s about it. The Quadrant score on the leaked firmware (JVS) is around the 19xx range. Interested Galaxy S owners can download the leaked firmware from here.

Netflix Now Supports All Android 2.2 & 2.3 Devices

Netflix is one of the most popular video streaming services in the United States. While iPhone users got a dedicated Netflix app quite a long time ago, there was no news about a dedicated app for the Android OS. A few months ago, when the Netflix app for Android was finally released, it only supported few Android handsets available in the market.

The reason behind supporting only selected handsets was the DRM technology used by Netflix, which supported phones with only locked down/encrypted boot loaders. There was a huge outrage due to this, and instead of blaming Netflix; Android OS was blamed because of its fragmentation issue.  The guys behind the Netflix app soon updated the app to support a bunch of more devices, but it still was not enough.

Today, the Netflix app has got another update, which makes it compatible with  all  Android handsets running Android 2.2 and/or Android 2.3+. This means that the app will now run on more than 85% of Android handsets out there! Better late than never!

Android users in the United States can download the latest version of Netflix from  here.

 

 

 

 

Motorola Droid Bionic Launched; Now Available For $299.99

Earlier this year, Motorola announced the original Motorola Droid Bionic smartphone at the CES 2010 in Las Vegas. Motorola did not release the smartphone, since the company wanted to add some new features and enhancements in this device. After waiting for almost 8 months, Motorola finally launched the re-designed Motorola Droid Bionic smartphone.

This handset runs on the latest Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System and it comes with a 4.3 inch qHD display, 1 GHz dual-core processor, 8 megapixel camera with full HD (1080p) video recording and much more. Motorola Droid Bionic is exclusively available for the Verizon Wireless customers in the US. This handset also allows you to share the 4G LTE signal with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices after activating the Verizon Wireless Mobile Hotspot.

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Motorola Droid Bionic Specifications

  • 4.3 inch qHD display
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor
  • Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) OS
  • 4G LTE Connectivity
  • 8 megapixel autofocus camera with flash,
  • Full HD (1080p) video recording and playback
  • Front-facing camera for video chat
  • Motoprint app
  • HDMI out
  • Webtop application
  • Adobe Flash pre-loaded
  • 3.5mm headset jack
  • HTML 5 capable
  • Android Market
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 16 GB internal memory
  • 16 GB microSD card pre-installed
  • 32 GB expandable memory
  • Supports wireless charger

Motorola Droid Bionic is available for $299.99 with a 2 year service agreement. Customers will also need to subscribe to a $39.99 monthly talk plan and a $30 monthly data package. Additionally you can purchase the Lapdock for $299.97, the HD Station for $99.99 and the Adapter for Webtop Application for $29.99.

AT&T’s Sony Ericsson Xperia Play 4G Announced; Releasing On September 18

Sony Ericsson has just announced the Xperia Play 4G, which is headed to AT&T’s network. Don’t be fooled by the ‘4G’ tag though; the Xperia Play 4G is exactly the same as European version of the Play, and the Verizon’s version as well.

This means the Xperia Play 4G still sports the same 1GHz Scorpion processor from Qualcomm, and an Adreno 205 GPU. There is also 512MB of RAM, along with 400MB of internal storage on-board. Compared to the recent dual-core offerings from other Android manufacturers, the Xperia Play 4G hardware definitely feels old.

Other key specs of the Play include a 4-inch FWVGA (854×480) screen, quality stereo speakers, 5MP camera at the back and a VGA camera in the front, and the usual Wi-Fi, GPS with A-GPS and a bunch of other sensors and connectivity features. The main highlight of the Xperia Play is its PSP like gamepad, which is bound to attract die-hard gamers.

A point to note here is that the Xperia Play 4G, unlike its 4G moniker, does not support AT&T’s true  upcoming  4G LTE support. Instead, it supports its current so called 4G network, HSDPA+.

The handset runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and features Facebook Inside Xperia as well.  The Xperia Play is also the first PlayStation Certified phone in the world, and will come with seven games pre-loaded including Dungeon Defenders, Asphalt 6, Star Battalion, Madden NFL, The Sims 3, Tower Bloxx and Crash Bandicoot.

AT&T owners can get their hands on the Xperia Play 4G in an exclusive “Stealth Blue” color for only $49.99, after a two-year contract. The phone will hit the retail stores on September 18.

 

Motorola Droid 2 Global Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Rolling Out!

Hot on the heels of the Motorola Droid 2 Gingerbread update, Verizon and Motoogle have started rolling out the Gingerbread update for the Droid 2 Global as well. Motorola did release the Android 2.3 update for the Droid 2 Global a month ago, but later pulled it, citing the build needed more testing.

Now, after enough testing and tweaking, Motorola and Verizon have finally deemed the Gingerbread build to be worth rolling out to the public.

Apart from the usual Gingerbread goodies like enhanced copy & paste functionality, Download Manager app, and improvements in the performance and battery life department of the phone, the update also brings a new and improved version of Motorola ex-Blur. The whole Blur-y UI has got a new color scheme, along with a new and improved launcher.

There is also a plethora of bug fixes and new security features including device and SD card encryption. Verizon has also made full use of this opportunity by pre-loading more bloat ware on your D2: Global, including the latest version of Blockbuster, Accuweather, Amazon MP3 store and Verizon VCast.

Droid 2 Global owners can wait for Verizon to push the update to their handset, or they can manually pull the update from Verizon’s server by going to Settings->About Phone and tapping on the Check for Updates option.

I recommend D2 Global owners to manually pull the update from Verizon’s server. You never know when Verizon may pull the plug on the update again!

Thanks to the folks over at Droid-Life for the update!

Verizon’s HTC Droid Incredible Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Rolling Out Now!

Verizon Droid Incredible owners rejoice! After a lot of confusion, Verizon and HTC have finally decided to give some Gingerbread love to Incredible owners. Earlier, a leaked Gingerbread RUU somewhat confirmed that the Incredible will get its Gingerbread update.

However, soon after HTC reps started telling Incredible users that HTC has no plans of bringing Gingerbread update to the Incredible. Thankfully, a few days ago some leaked documents from Verizon suggested that the Droid Incredible Gingerbread update is just around the corner.

The Gingerbread update brings with it a new download manager,  improved performance, enhanced battery life, new kernel and improved copy and paste functionality.  Along with the above said enhancements, the update also squashes some bugs and updates some all of the pre-loaded Verizon bloatware to the latest version. Incredible owners who have already installed the OTA update on their phone, are reporting ridiculously fastboot times.

Incredible owners can wait for the OTA update to hit their phones, or alternatively, they can download the OTA update from here and install it manually. However, Incredible owners should keep in mind that after installing the update, they would loose the ability to root their handset.   Also, users who have already rooted their Incredible handset should stay away from the OTA update.

Motorola Droid 2 Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Rolling Out Now

Motorola and Verizon have started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Droid 2. The Droid 2 Global got its Android 2.3 Gingerbread update more than a month ago, but it was then pulled back by Verizon for some reason. However, the company

Now, Verizon has finally deemed the original Droid 2 owners worthy of some Gingerbread love. The Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Droid 2 brings with it enhancements in the performance and battery life of the phone.

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Below is the full change-log, thanks to the guys over at Android Police -:

  • New Download Manager
  • App and Power Management Details
  • Multi-touch key-chording
  • Improved word selection copy functionality
  • New UI and color scheme
  • New dock icons
  • App groups
  • Improved security
  • Improved battery life while using Wi-Fi
  • Fixed issue that caused frequent data connection drops
  • Mobile Hotspot status is displayed accurately
  • Improved email application
  • Correct contact name is displayed when receiving SMS messages
  • Emoticons are displayed in messages
  • Forward SMS message conversations accurately
  • Notification LED will flash when new message is received
  • Access My Verizon without any force close errors
  • Compass calibration within Google Maps syncs accurately with your location
  • Geo-tagging features available for camera applications
  • Clock widget updates time correctly
  • Callback numbers now populate in Dialer app
  • GPS apps and programs no longer cause unnecessary device resets
  • Google Books is now preloaded
  • V CAST Apps is now preloaded
  • V CAST Media Manager is now preloaded
  • Blockbuster ® movie rentals license remains active after download
  • Keypad backlight turns on in darker settings
  • Improvements in screen display no longer causes display screen to turn black
  • Fixed issue that caused factory resets when the device’s mobile number is changed
  • Fixed issue that caused device reset and a black display screen after over the air upgrades.

Droid 2 users can pull the update from Verizon’s server, or alternatively wait for the update to be pushed to their handset.