Samsung Epic 4G Now Available On Sprint

Another variant of the Samsung Galaxy S the Samsung Epic 4G has hit the U.S shores and is available on the Sprint network. The Epic 4G is the second handset from Sprint to make use of its 4G network, the HTC EVO 4GSamsung Epic 4G being the first. The Samsung Epic 4G is the most distinct from its others Galaxy S siblings. The phone features a 4-inch Super-AMOLED screen with a WVGA (800×480) resolution. The Epic 4G is powered by a 1 GHz Hummingbird processor and packs in 512MB of RAM.

The phone also has a five row slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The device is available on the Sprint network for $249.99. The HTC EVO 4G costs a whole lot $50 less than the Epic 4G.

Another sibling of the Galaxy S the Samsung Fascinate will be hitting the U.S shores on September 9 on the Verizon network.   The device is already up for pre-order at Best Buy.

CyanogenMod 6.0 Final Released

It’s here! It’s finally here! The final version of CyanogenMod 6.0 has finally been released. The final version of the CyanogenMod 6.0 supports many devices like the Nexus One, the Motorola Droid, the HTC EVO 4G, the DroidHTC EVO 4G Incredible, the HTC Aria etcetera. The CyanogenMod 6.0 ROM is based on the Android 2.2 OS. Users can download the ROM from either the Cyanogen forums or via ROM Manager.

Other features of CM6 rom include Browser incognito mode, FLAC playback support, Ad-hoc Wi-Fi support, OpenVPN support and many more. Here is the link to the full change-log. However, the final version of the CyanogenMod 6.0 is still not yet out for some devices like the HTC Incredible, Samsung Galaxy S (Vibrant) and the HTC Hero.

Hopefully, the final version of the CM6 ROM should come out for these devices within a few days.

Root HTC EVO 4G Running On Android 2.2

HTC rolled out the Android 2.2 (Froyo) update for the EVO 4G a couple of weeks ago. The Froyo update bought with it tons of performance improvements and many new features as well. However, with this update HTC alsoHTC EVO 4G fixed the security hole via which the modders rooted the handset. Nevertheless, the folks over at XDA Developers have managed to root the EVO 4G running on Android 2.2. The process to root the phone is pretty complex and is similar to the Droid 2 rooting method.

Owners of EVO 4G running on Android 2.2 and interested in rooting their device need to flash a stock Android 2.1 ROM on their device first. During the rooting process, owners will also need to install the unrevoked boot loader on their EVO 4G.

Here is the step-by-step guide on how to root your EVO 4G running Android 2.2.

Confirmed: Android 2.2 Coming To HTC Desire and Evo in a Week

AndroidHTC Desire owners, rejoice! Android 2.2 (Froyo) is set to arrive this weekend with all its Sense goodness. There’s a slight catch though. This timeline is applicable only to folks who purchased unlocked handsets. Carriers, who are notorious for taking their own sweet time, will determine the fate of locked (branded) handsets.

This update will also introduce some tweaks to HTC’s proprietary Sense UI. “As well as including the complete set of Android 2.2 features, the update will contain a few special additions of our own through the latest iteration of HTC Sense,” said an HTC spokesperson to CNET.

While Desire owners across Europe will begin receiving Froyo tomorrow, HTC Evo owners in the US will have to wait slightly longer. Don’t worry though, Sprint phones will still be the first to get Froyo in the US. Sprint has announced that it will begin rolling out the update on Tuesday. However, not all users will be getting it immediately. Thanks to the phased deployment, you might have to wait til mid-August to feast in the Froyo goodness.

HTC EVO 4G Rooted….Again!

It was just a few days ago that HTC had released an Over-The-Air (OTA) update for the EVO 4G. The OTA software update enabled the Wi-Fi n feature on the device, and improved the performance of the device. Along withHTC EVO 4G this, the update also fixed the vulnerability via which the EVO 4G was hacked.

Soon after this update was released, the modders over at XDA forums got back to work and started finding ways to root the EVO 4G. Thankfully, an anonymous modder has been able to find a hack to root the EVO 4G again. This new rooting method uses vulnerability present in Adobe’s Flash Lite Config to do its job.

The method is a bit complex, so only experienced users should try this. Here is the link to the thread with full instructions.

Top 10 Android Phones In The Market Right Now

is the next big thingin the mobile operating system field. The Android OS has been successfully able to compete with the Apple iPhone OS/. At present, the Android operating system share might not be much but the pace at which it has been gaining market share is something which surely has been troubling Apple. Currently around 160,000 Android handsets per day are being activated all over the world.

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The Android Application market is also the second largest in terms of volume, only behind the Apple App Store. The Android App Store has more than 55,000 applications, and currently more than 8000 applications are being submitted to the Android app market every month.

I am sure the above facts would have made you check out some of the Android phones out there. Well here are the Top 10 Android Phones in my opinion :

#10 HTC Legend: The HTC Legend is the successor to the highly popular HTC Hero. The HTC Hero was one of the highest selling and the most popular Android handset ever produced and had also won the Best Mobile Handset award at the Mobile World Congress 2010. The HTC Legend features a 3.2-inch HTC Legend capacitive touchscreen having HVGA resolution. The processor of the Legend is clocked at 600 MHz .The phone packs in 384MB of RAM, and 512MB of ROM. Along with this, the 5MP camera and the aluminum body of the Legend acts as an icing on the cake. The Legend also runs on the popular HTC Sense UI, which is the slickest UI I have ever seen on a mobile handset. Readers can purchase the HTC Legend from here.

#9 Motorola Droid/Milestone: The Motorola Droid was launched in late 2009, but it is still an awesome handset. The testimony to this is that the Motorola Droid is still selling like hot cakes. The Droid features a 3.7-inch TFT screen with WVGA resolution. The phone is powered by a 600 MHz ARM-A8 Cortex, and has 256MB of RAM. The main selling point of the Droid is that it is one of the few Android handsets out there in the market that has a full-QWERTY keyboard. The Motorola Droid won the TIME Magazine Gadget of the Year Award 2009 as well. Interested users can purchase the Motorola Droid from here.

#8 Sony Ericsson Xperia X10: The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 features a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, and packs in 384MB of RAM. The phone has a huge 4-inch TFTSony Ericsson Xperia X10 display, featuring a resolution of 852*480. The X10 is mainly a multimedia device. The phone has an 8MP camera, with a LED flash. The 8MP camera at the back is capable of taking decent snaps as well. The phone also features Sony Ericsson’s proprietary TimeScape and MediaScape UI. The only downside of the phone is that it still runs on the older Android 1.6 OS. However, Sony Ericsson has promised that the X10 will get the Android 2.1 update by Q3 of this year. Here is the link to purchase Sony Ericsson Xperia X10.

#7 Google Nexus One: Google has not made the Nexus One. The phone has been manufactured by HTC, but is rebadged and sold as the Nexus One. Google launched the phone at the beginning of the year, in an attempt to promote the Android OS. The phone features the usual 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, and 512MB of RAM. The phone has a 3.7-inch AMOLED screen, which is great indoors but is a major pain outdoors. The Google Nexus One was the first phone to be running on the Android 2.1 OS. It is also the first phone to get the Android 2.2 a.k.aGoogle Nexus One Froyo update. Interested readers can purchase the Google Nexus One From Amazon by click this link.

#6 HTC Desire/HTC Incredbile: The HTC Desire is similar to the Google Nexus One. In fact, we can say that the Desire and the Nexus One are the same phone. The only difference between the HTC Desire and the Nexus One is that the Desire has 64MB more RAM than the Nexus One, and lacks the second mica for noise cancellation. The Desire also has an optical trackpad, instead of the trackball on the Nexus One. Being an HTC branded phone, the Desire features the highly popular Sense UI as well. Here is the link to purchase HTC Desire from Amazon.

People who live in the U.S, should go for the HTC Incredible instead of the HTC Desire.

#5 Motorola Milestone XT720: If the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 does not suffice your camera needs, the Milestone XT720 surely will. The phone features a 720MHz OMAP processor, and packs in 512MB of RAM. The device has an 8MP cam, along with Xenon flash. Yes, you read that right! The Milestone XT720 is the first ever-Android phone to feature a Xenon flash. The phone is also able to record 720p HD videos. The phone has a 3.7-inch TFT screen, and features multi-touch keyboard as well.

#4 Motorola Droid 2: The only phone in this list, which is yet to be officially announced. The only information available about the Droid 2 until now is through leaks. The phone in all probability will pack in a 1 GHz OMAP processor, and 512MB of RAM. The Droid 2 will be the successor to the original Droid. From the leaked pictures, we can say that the Droid 2 resembles the original Droid closely. Motorola has just tweaked the design, and have thankfully replaced the golden d-pad found on the original Droid keyboard, with four arrow keys. Motorola will officially announce the phone sometime within the upcoming couple of months.

#3 HTC EVO 4G: The HTC EVO 4G is a U.S only phone. The device is the first ever-mobile handset to sport 4G connectivity. Along with 4G, the device has a mammoth 4.3-inch TFT display, and the usual 1 GHz Snapdragon processor. As of now, the device is available in the U.S on the Sprint network. Since it is a HTC branded phone, the device also features theMotorola Droid X slick and smooth HTC Sense UI. The phone has a decent 8MP camera at its back as well.

#2 Samsung Galaxy S: The Samsung Galaxy S is definitely one of the best Android phones out there in the market. The phone has a 4-inch Super-AMOLED screen. The Super-AMOLED screen on this device has a better sunlight legibility than the AMOLED screen found on other devices. In fact, the Super-AMOLED screen is considered a worthy rival of the iPhone 4G’s Retina Display. The device also has a 1Ghz Hummingbird CPU that is better than the 1Ghz Snapdragons CPU found in most phones. The only downside of the phone is that the camera lacks an LED flash, and the plastic-y build quality of the device.

#1 Motorola Droid X: The Droid X was officially announced by Motorola just a couple of days ago. The Droid X is the king of all Android phones. Hardware wise the phone has a 1 GHz OMAP processor that is build on the 45nm fabrication process. The phone also has a 4.3-inch TFT screen, an 8MP camera with 720p video recording capability. Multi-touch keyboard or Swype, DLNA and a mini-HDMI port are present as well. The phone is currently only available in the U.S on the Verizon network.

Q. Why did not the HTC Incredible made it to the list?

A.  The phone has a 3.7-inch AMOLED screen, a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, and an 8MP camera. The phone is available in the U.S only under the Verizon network. The reason the phone did not made it to the list because it is available only in the U.S. This severely limits the market reach of the phone. The HTC Desire can be said a worthy equivalent of the Incredible in the European, and Asian markets. Therefore, I have included the Desire in this list, instead of the Incredible.

So which Android phone are you going to purchase? Do you have any other suggestions that you would want to add to this list? Feel free to tell me about them through your comments.

HTC EVO 4G Gets An Over-The-Air Software Update

HTC along with Sprint have just released an Over-The Air (OTA) software update for the 4G handset EVO 4G. The software update weighs in at 21.43MB, and mostly fixes bugs. The OTA software fix version number isclip_image001 1.47.651.1. No official change log about the software fix is available as of now though.

Reports suggest that the software fix is mainly for improving the Wi-Fi performance of the device. It might be possible that the software update will also enable the Wi-Fi 802.11n hardware inside the EVO 4G.   The HTC EVO 4G is the first phone in the market to feature 4G. Along with this, the 4.3-inch TFT LCD and the 1 GHz Snapdragon processor make the device a monster in its own right. The EVO 4G also has an 8MP camera at the back, and a mini-HDMI out port.

The only downside of the phone, other than its huge size, is the poor battery life. Maybe this software update will also improve the battery life of the phone?

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White HTC EVO 4G Up For Pre-Order At Best Buy

The HTC EVO 4G is a monster of a phone. The HTC EVO 4G is the first ever phone to hit the U.S market, which sports 4G. This enables the handset to make use of the ultra-blazing 4G SprintHTC EVO 4G network.

The HTC EVO 4G sports a 4.3-inch TFT display, an 8MP camera along with an HDMI out port. The handset has been a huge success in the U.S, selling like hot cakes. The handset as of now is available only in black color.

“We are proud to help HTC and Sprint bring such a unique, fashionable and versatile mobile phone to consumers. It is a true connectivity device and exclusively launching this product affirms the position Best Buy Mobile has taken as a preferred destination for smartphones.”

Now people who always wanted a white-color version of the HTC EVO 4G should rejoice. The white colored version of the HTC EVO 4G will hit the Best Buy stores exclusively on 11th of July. The white version of the EVO 4G will hit the Sprint store sometime in August.

Interested buyers can pre-order the device starting from today itself. The price of the handset remains the same at $199.99, along with a 2-year contract.

HTC 4G EVO Rooted to Run Android 2.2 (Froyo)

Even before its official release, the HTC EVO 4G has been rooted to run Android 2.2. Although, the details of the root are yet to be released, a video posted on the xda-developers forum confirms that it is possible to run a vanilla Android 2.2 on the EVO.

The HTC EVO will be launched on Sprint’s network on June 4. However, last week, it was given away to all Google I/O attendees. Given that a large section of the Google I/O attendees are developers, it’s no surprise that the EVO has already been rooted.

The EVO is a beast of a device with a 4.3-inch TFT touchscreen, 1 GHz Snapdragon processor and 512 MB RAM. It will be available for $199.99 with a two year contract and for $449.99 without any contract.

HTC EVO 4G Expected To Release On June 13th

Last month, Sprint announced the powerful HTC EVO 4G at the CTIA 2010. HTC EVO 4G is Sprint’s first smartphone which has a 4G connectivity. It will be available on the airwaves of wireless operator Sprint. This handset is powered by Android 2.1 operating system, 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, 8 megapixel camera and so on.

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HTC EVO 4G Specs:

â–ª Android 2.1 operating system
â–ª 1 GHz Snapdragon processor
â–ª 4.3 inches WVGA display
▪ 800×480 pixels resolution
â–ª 4G connectivity
â–ª 1GB ROM
â–ª 512MB RAM
â–ª 8 megapixel camera
â–ª HD (720p) video recording
â–ª built-in kickstand
â–ª 3.5 mm audio jack
â–ª Wi-Fi
â–ª Bluetooth 2.1
â–ª Digital compass
â–ª G-Sensor
â–ª proximity sensor
â–ª light sensor
â–ª A-GPS
â–ª 1.3MP front-facing camera
â–ª high-quality video streaming
â–ª MicroSD card slots
â–ª 32GB expandable memory

According to the rumors, this handset is expected to launch on June 13, 2010. The price of this handset is not announced yet. Are you planning to buy this amazing device? Please let us know in the comments.