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T-mobile is offering several smartphones for free through February 14. You can choose between a range of Windows Phone 7 and Android based devices. The slashed price includes mail-in rebates, so you might have to pay some money to get the phone.

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Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 Schedule And Events List

mwc 2011

Mobile World Congress (MWC) is the world’s largest exhibition for the mobile industry. Some of the top mobile phone manufacturers like HTC, Sony Ericsson, Samsung, Nokia, etc, are expected to launch a wide range of next-gen smartphones and tablets this year. Mobile World Congress 2011 will be conducted at Barcelona, Spain, between February 14 to February 17. This year, Samsung is expected to launch the successor of its popular Galaxy S smartphone as well as the Galaxy Tab 2 with 10.1 inch display. Sony Ericsson will launch its much awaited Playstation phone, the Xperia Play. HTC, Samsung, LG and other top companies are expected to launch Android Gingerbread and Windows Phone 7 smartphones as well as Android Honeycomb powered tablets. Check out the complete event schedule of MWC 2011, after the break.

Sunday, February 13th:

Sony Ericsson – Press Conference

  • 12.00 pm – 04.00 pm EST (New York)
  • 05.00 pm – 09.00 pm GMT (London)
  • 06.00 pm – 10.00 pm CET (Barcelona)
  • 10.30 pm – 02.30 am IST (Mumbai)

Samsung – Press Conference

  • 12.00 pm – 01.00 pm EST (New York)
  • 05.00 pm – 06.00 pm GMT (London)
  • 06.00 pm – 07.00 pm CET (Barcelona)
  • 10.30 pm – 11.30 pm IST (Mumbai)

Monday, February 14th:

Ericsson – Media and analyst breakfast briefing

  • 02.30 am – 03.30 am EST (New York)
  • 07.30 am – 08.30 am GMT (London)
  • 08.30 am – 09.30 am CET (Barcelona)
  • 12.00 pm – 02.00 pm IST (Mumbai)

ZTE – Press Conference

  • 04.00 am – 05.00 am EST (New York)
  • 09.00 am – 10.00 am GMT (London)
  • 10.00 am – 11.00 am CET (Barcelona)
  • 02.30 pm – 03.30 pm IST (Mumbai)

Nokia Siemens Networks – Media and Industry Analyst Briefing

  • 04.00 am – 05.00 am EST (New York)
  • 09.00 am – 10.00 am GMT (London)
  • 10.00 am – 11.00 am CET (Barcelona)
  • 02.30 pm – 03.30 pm IST (Mumbai)

LG Electronics – Press Conference

  • 04.00 am – 10.00 am EST (New York)
  • 09.00 am – 03.00 pm GMT (London)
  • 10.00 am – 04.00 pm CET (Barcelona)
  • 02.30 pm – 08.30 pm IST (Mumbai)

Telstra – Press Conference

  • 10.00 am – 12.00 pm EST (New York)
  • 03.00 pm – 05.00 pm GMT (London)
  • 04.00 pm – 06.00 pm CET (Barcelona)
  • 08.30 pm – 10.30 pm IST (Mumbai)

Huawei Mobile Broadband – Media Event

  • 11.00 am – 12.00 pm EST (New York)
  • 04.00 pm – 05.00 pm GMT (London)
  • 05.00 pm – 06.00 pm CET (Barcelona)
  • 09.30 pm – 10.30 pm IST (Mumbai)

Tuesday, February 15th:

Alcatel Mobile Phones – Press Conference

  • 03.00 am – 06.00 am EST (New York)
  • 08.00 am – 11.00 am GMT (London)
  • 09.00 am – 12.00 pm CET (Barcelona)
  • 01.30 pm – 04.30 pm IST (Mumbai)

Huawei – Press Conference

  • 05.00 am – 06.00 am EST (New York)
  • 10.00 am – 11.00 am GMT (London)
  • 11.00 am – 12.00 pm CET (Barcelona)
  • 03.30 pm – 04.30 pm IST (Mumbai)

Alcatel Lucent – Press Conference

  • 05.00 am – 06.00 am EST (New York)
  • 10.00 am – 11.00 am GMT (London)
  • 11.00 am – 12.00 pm CET (Barcelona)
  • 03.30 pm – 04.30 pm IST (Mumbai)

Qualcomm – Press Conference

  • 05.00 am EST (New York)
  • 10.00 am GMT (London)
  • 11.00 am CET (Barcelona)
  • 03.30 pm IST (Mumbai)

Huawei – Press Conference

  • 06.00 am – 08.00 am EST (New York)
  • 11.00 am – 01.00 pm GMT (London)
  • 12.00 pm – 02.00 pm CET (Barcelona)
  • 04.30 pm – 06.30 pm IST (Mumbai)

ZTE – Press Conference

  • 08.00 am – 09.00 am EST (New York)
  • 01.00 pm – 02.00 pm GMT (London)
  • 02.00 pm – 03.00 pm CET (Barcelona)
  • 06.30 pm – 07.30 am IST (Mumbai)

Huawei – Press Conference

  • 10.00 am – 12.00 pm EST (New York)
  • 03.00 pm – 05.00 pm GMT (London)
  • 04.00 pm – 06.00 pm CET (Barcelona)
  • 08.30 pm – 10.30 pm IST (Mumbai)

Play Mobile – Press Conference

  • 09.00 am – 11.00 am EST (New York)
  • 02.00 pm – 04.00 pm GMT (London)
  • 03.00 pm – 05.00 pm CET (Barcelona)
  • 07.30 pm – 09.30 pm IST (Mumbai)

Wednesday, February 16th:

ZTE – Press Conference

  • 08.00 am – 09.00 am EST (New York)
  • 01.00 pm – 02.00 pm GMT (London)
  • 02.00 pm – 03.00 pm CET (Barcelona)
  • 06.30 pm – 07.30 am IST (Mumbai)

How I Nearly Doubled The Battery Life Of My Android Phones

Last year, I purchased my first Android phone the Samsung Galaxy S. Before the Galaxy S, I had no previous experience with the Android OS. However, after I got the Galaxy S, my love for the OS and its openness’ grew. Since the Galaxy S, I tried many other Android based devices including a HTC Legend, a HTC Desire and the Samsung Galaxy 5. Recently, I got the HTC Desire Z.

On my suggestion, many of my friends also purchased an Android based phone and they have been simply loving the OS. However, one complaint all my friends have is the poor battery life of their Android phone.   In fact, the majority of Android owners complain about the poor battery life of their handset. Until late last year, the battery life of even my Galaxy S was very poor. If I used the phone heavily, it would be totally out of power by evening.

I tried many tips, found all over the Internet, but the increase in battery life was hardly noticeable. Then one day, I came across an application on the Android market called Juice Defender. The description of the app says that it will help Reclaim your battery’. Out of pure curiosity about the efficiency of these kind of apps, I installed Juice Defender on my phone. I ran the app on my phone and was surprised to see that the app checks if your phone is rooted or not. After that, I enabled the app and used the Aggressive’ profile.


Since then, the battery life of my Samsung Galaxy S has improved considerably! Before using Juice Defender, the battery of my phone would go down to 30% by night on moderate usage. My Moderate’ usage scenario includes an hour of phone calls, 30-40mins of fiddling around with the phone, around 30 messages and some tweeting via TweetDeck with Auto Sync enabled for my FB, GMail and Twitter account.

After installing the app, I can squeeze out nearly a full day and a half of battery life from my Galaxy S with the usage pattern defined above. Even under heavy usage, I can get a full day of battery life from my phone. I seriously never expected this app to have such a big impact on the battery life of my phone. I installed this app on the Android phones of all my friends and relatives. After a week of using the phone with the app running in the background, even they reported substantial improvements in the battery life.


When I shifted to the HTC Desire Z, I did not install Juice Defender for a couple of days. The battery life of the phone was pathetic. Even on light usage, the battery of the phone hardly lasted me a single day. However, after I installed Juice Defender, the scenario again changed. The battery life of my Z increased substantially.

For people who think that this app may slow down your phone or may disable some features of the phone, I am pleased to say that this is not the case. There is absolutely no performance hit or anything. Your Android phone will continue to function as it was.

For all Android phone owners with poor battery life, I will highly recommend you to try out Juice Defender on their phone. Users always have the option to uninstall the app if they don’t like it.

HTC Saga Images Leaked

The new flagship Android phone by HTC – the HTC Saga – was leaked before in a subway in Taipei. It is likely to be the successor to the HTC Desire, and looks very similar to it. It has a unibody design, just like the HTC 7 Mozart and the HTC Legend.

No specifics about the HTC Saga are out yet, but it is expected to sport the latest smartphone hardware, so you can probably expect a dual core processor, 1 GB RAM, and a display bigger than 4 inches. The leaked device runs Android 2.2.1 Froyo, but will likely get an upgrade to Android 2.3 Gingerbread by the time it releases. It also has the HTC Sense UI. It should also have an 8 MP camera and seems to have LED flash support.

It should be launched officially at the Mobile World Congress, with scores of other Android superphones like the Samsung Galaxy S 2. Stay tuned for more MWC coverage, here at Techie-Buzz.

Until then, check out these leaked images of the HTC Saga, courtesy of Mobile01.

HTC Saga

Rumor: HTC Pyramid Dual Core Android Phone Coming to T-Mobile

It seems that HTC is not too far behind with its dual core Android offering. Many fans were expecting a dual core phone from HTC at CES 2011, but were disappointed. According to a report by Android and Me, HTC will be launching its first dual core Android smartphone, codenamed the Pyramid, in May 2011 on T-Mobile. It’s a rumor so far, but according to Android and Me, the source is a very credible one.

It will be powered by a 1.2 GHz dual core processor by Qualcomm (Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8260) which was unveiled at CES 2011. It will likely have 1 GB RAM and will come with a 4.3 inch qHD capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels. It will also support HSPA+ connectivity on T-Mobile’s network.

It will also feature the Adreno 220 GPU and will likely come with an 8 MP camera. It will offer HSPA+, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS with A-GPS support. The powerful processor can handle 1080p video playback at 30 FPS.

The HTC Pyramid will be officially unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in February 2011. No specifics of the Pyramid are out yet; we don’t even have any leaked images. Stay tuned for MWC 2011, we will definitely get more details of the new HTC flagship Android phone then.

5 Tablets To Look Forward To In 2011

While 2010 was supposed to be the year of tablets, it did not turn out to be. The only two noteworthy tablets that launched in 2010 were the iPad and the . iPad went on to become a runoff success for Apple, just like the iPhone.

However, 2011 will see a lot more new tablets coming into the market and the iPad will definitely have more competition. So which are the tablets that you can look forward to in 2011? Here is a list of top 5 tablets which you can buy in 2011.

Apple iPad 2

Well, iPad was a run-off success; however, it did lack quite a few features including a camera. In 2011 (most likely in April), Apple will announce the . It is rumored to do away with the home button and replace everything with multi-touch gestures, similar to what you would see on a Mac.


iPad 2 is also rumored to have a camera which can be used to record videos and video chat using Facetime. Rumors also suggest that the next generation of iPad will feature a Retina Display’. Users should also expect the iPad 2 to sport a dual-core processor which should be easily able to play back 1080p videos.

What users should not expect the iPad 2 to feature is the support for Adobe Flash. The iPad 2 will be running on a new iOS version which might include some basic photo and video editing capabilities as well. Expect Apple to set the bar so high with the iPad 2 that rest of the manufacturers will be playing the catch-up game for the rest of the year.

HTC Flyer Android Tablet Coming in March

HTC has been one of Google’s most popular hardware partners; it even launched the first Android smartphone – the T-Mobile G1. Naturally, everyone is a bit surprised that almost every manufacturer, including Samsung, Motorola, LG, Asus and Acer have revealed their Android tablet plans, but HTC still hasn’t. According to the latest tablet rumor by Digitimes, HTC is planning to launch 3 Android tablets in 2011. The first will be named the HTC Flyer and will be an enlarged version of the HTC Desire. It will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the HTC Sense UI and will be upgradable to Android 3.0 Honeycomb. It seems to be a 7 inch tablet, like the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

HTC seems to be rushing the Flyer launch, bringing it to market just before the Blackberry Playbook and the Motorola Xoom. It will also launch 2 other tablets after the HTC Flyer; they will likely sport better hardware and ship with Android 3.0 Honeycomb, competing with the Motorola Xoom and the LG G-Slate.

Though this is a rumor, it seems to be quite credible considering the past leaks by Digitimes. Launching an Android tablet is also the logical next step for HTC. It may unveil the tablets at Mobile World Congress in February.

HTC Desire Z Now Available In India

At the end of last month, we had reported that the popular online retailer Flipkart had listed the Desire Z for pre-orders. Now, the website has the Desire Z in stock from the last few days and the phone has hit the retail stores of cities all over India as well.

The HTC Desire Z packs a 3.7-inch S-LCD screen with a WVGA (800×480) resolution. The Z is powered by an 800Mhz Scorpion CPU along with 512MB of RAM and 1.5GB of ROM.


The phone also features the usual Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth, microSD card slot, 5MP camera with Auto-Focus and Flash, GPS with A-GPS, DLNA, FM Radio and a 3.5mm audio jack. The 5MP snapper at the back of the phone is also capable of recording 720p HD videos.

An 8GB microSD card also comes pre-bundled with the phone. The Desire Z is powered by a 1300mAh battery and runs on Android 2.2 with the popular HTC Sense UI on top of it. The phone also has features integration with and has some nifty features like flip-to-silent etc.

Interested users can buy the Desire Z either from Flipkart or from any other their local shops. I just got my hands on a Desire Z so readers can expect a review of the handset within a week from now.

HTC HD2 First WP7 Based ROM Released

Rejoice all HTC HD2 owners! A few days ago the HD2 got its first NAND based Android 2.2 ROM and today, the first WP7 based ROM for the handset has been released. The DFT (Dark Forces Team) has released the first WP7 ROM for the HD2 for public consumption. HD2 owners can install this WP7 ROM on their handset and play around with WP7 to get a feel of it.

Nearly all the hardware of the phone is working smoothly on this ROM including Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth and multi-touch gestures like pinch-to-zoom. Users can also sync the handset with the Zune software bundled with WP7 devices.


The performance of the ROM is also very snappy with the first boot taking only around 20 seconds. There is a twist in the tale though. HD2 owners won’t be able to access the Windows Live services which can be a huge disappointment for many.

HD2 owners can download the WP7 ROM and read the steps on how to flash it on their handset here.

Update: HD2 owners can now get Live services working under this WP7 ROM. Click here to know more.

Best Android Phones In India

Update: Also check out the Best Android Phones in India for 2011 Also check out our news Smartphone Buying Guide in India for 2011.

The year 2010 was all about the growth of Android. In 2011, analysts expect the Android OS to explode’. In less than a year, Android handsets have grabbed a considerable share in the mobile market and they are still setting the sales chart on fire.

In India, where Symbian OS rules Android has managed to grab a decent market share. Now, more and more people in India are realizing that the Android OS is the future of mobile phones and are buying an Android based phone for themselves. However, the Indian market is flooded with low-range Android handsets which totally spoil the Android experience. So, below is a list consisting of the best Android phones available in India right now.

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The Best Android Phones available in India right now are :

Samsung Galaxy 5

The only Android phone worth purchasing below the Rs. 10,000 mark is the Samsung Galaxy 5. The Galaxy 5 is a pretty loaded’ handset which is pretty surprising for its price. The Galaxy 5 is powered by a 600 MHz processor and runs on Android 2.1 with TouchWIZ UI on top of it.


The handset also has a decent 2.8-inch 240×400 screen. The back of the phone sports a disappointing 2MP camera. The usual Wi-Fi, GPS, microSD card slot are also present. Even though the Galaxy 5 is a pretty cheap handset, it packs in HSDPA support. The Samsung Galaxy 5 is available in India for only Rs. 8869 and can be purchased from here. I would seriously recommend this handset to buyers instead of the other low-end Android phones like the Micromax A60.

HTC Wildfire

The HTC Wildfire is one of the most popular budget phones in India. It features a 3.2-inch QVGA (320×240) display. The handset is powered by a 528MHz processor and has 384MB of RAM along with 512MB of ROM. The usual Wi-Fi, GPS etcetera are all present.


Recently, HTC also started rolling out the Android 2.2 update for the handset in India. The HTC Wildfire is available in India for Rs. 13749.   The HTC Wildfire is a decent Android phone to own but with considerably better competitors out there. Users who want to experience the HTC Sense UI should prefer this phone over the LG Optimus One. Readers can purchase the HTC Wildfire from here.

Sony Ericsson X10 Mini Pro

The Sony Ericsson X10 Mini Pro is a power packed handset. The handset features a 2.55-inch display with QVGA display. The handset is powered by a 600MHz processor and has 128MB of internal memory. The X10 Mini Pro also packs in a slide-out QWERTY keyboard which is pretty remarkable for such a small form factor.


The handset runs on Android 2.1 with Sony’s proprietary TimeScape UI on top of it. Sadly, Sony Ericsson won’t be releasing any more Android updates for this device. The X10 Mini Pro is available in India for Rs. 15000 and can be purchased from here. A must buy if anyone in India is looking for a small form factor based Android phone with a decent QWERTY keyboard.

Samsung Galaxy 3

Before the LG Optimus One was launched, the Samsung Galax 3 was the best Android phone available within Rs. 15000. The Galaxy 3 features a 3.2-inch screen with an odd resolution of 240×400. The phone has a 667 MHz processor and 256MB of RAM along with 512MB of ROM. The usual Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS etcetera are all present.

The handset runs on Android 2.1 with Samsung’s TouchWIZ UI on top of it. Samsung will soon roll out the Android 2.2 update for the Galaxy 3. The Samsung Galaxy 3 is available in India for Rs. 11500 and can be purchased from here.

LG Optimus One

The LG Optimus One is the best Android phone available in India for below Rs. 15000. For a budget mid-range phone, the Optimus One packs a 3.2-inch HVGA display, a 600MHz processor, 512MB of RAM and 170MB of internal memory. The usual Wi-Fi, GPS, 3.5mm jack and a microSD card slot are all present.


The back of the phone sports a 3.15MP camera with auto-focus. The phone is powered by a 1500mAh battery which will make sure that the phone will easily last through a day.

Even though the Optimus One is a budget oriented Android phone, it runs on Android 2.2. LG has even announced that the Optimus One will officially get the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update. The LG Optimus One (P500) is available for Rs. 12500 in India. Readers can purchase the LG Optimus One P500 from here.

HTC Desire

The HTC Desire is very similar to the Google Nexus One. The handset features a 3.7-inch AMOLED display, a 1GHz processor and 512MB of RAM. The back of the phone sports a 5MP camera. The usual Wi-Fi, GPS etcetera are also there. The HTC Desire is an old handset now but it is available in India for around Rs. 23000 now.


At this price, the Desire is a truly desirable handset. Readers who want to purchase the HTC Desire can do so from here.

HTC Desire Z

The Desire Z is one of the best Android handsets available in India to sport a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Unlike other high-end Android phones, the processor of Desire Z runs at a mere’ 800 MHz. However, this does not make the phone a slow couch and it is able to beat all the older generation Snapdragon phones in performance easily.


The slide-out QWERTY keyboard of the handset is also pretty good and is one of the main attractions of this phone. The Z packs in 1.5gig of internal memory and 512MB of RAM. The back of the phone sports a 5MP camera with an LED flash which is capable of recoding 720p HD videos. The Desire Z runs on Android 2.2 with the latest version of Sense UI on top of it.

The Desire Z is available in India for Rs. 25899. Readers interested in buying the Desire Z can buy it from here.

HTC Desire HD

HTC recently released the Desire HD in India. The handset is made up of a single block of aluminum and has a very premium feel to it. The Desire HD sports a mammoth 4.3-inch display along with 768MB of RAM and 1.5gig of internal memory. The handset is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and packs an Adreno 205 GPU. The back of the phone also sports an 8MP camera along with dual-LED flash.


The Desire HD has been packed to the brim with features from HTC but sadly, the company has skimped on the battery of the handset. The handset is powered by a measly 1230mAh battery which will see this handset barely make it through a day.

Still the HTC Desire HD is a very good phone and is available in India for Rs. 27899. Readers who are interested in buying the Desire HD can do so from here.

Samsung Galaxy S

The Samsung Galaxy S has been one of the most popular Android phones last year. The handset features a 1GHz Hummingbird processor and a PowerVR SGX540 graphics core. The Super-AMOLED display on the handset has stellar contrast and viewing angles. Samsung had launched the Galaxy S with Android 2.1 on board but recently rolled out the Android 2.2 update in India.


The phone also sports Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS, microSD card slot, and 16GB of internal memory including 2GB of ROM for installing all your apps. The Samsung Galaxy S retails for around Rs. 26000 in India right now. The back of the Galaxy S packs a 5MP auto-focus camera while the front has a VGA camera for all your video calling needs.

The downsides of the Galaxy S include a plasticky build quality and no LED flash to assist the 5MP camera. The combination of killer internal hardware, screen and pricing make the Galaxy S the best Android handset available in India right now. The Samsung Galaxy S is available in India for Rs. 27999 and can be purchased from here.

So which is your favorite based phone in India? Do let me know through your comments.

Update: Also check out the  Best Android Phones in India for 2011.