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HTC Sensation To Ship With An Encrypted Boot Loader

Back in 2010, HTC’s Android handsets were very modding friendly, and that was one of the main reasons for their popularity. HTC’s handsets were among the first to get a new mod or ROM ports. This was all because HTC did not lock or encrypt their handsets boot loader.

Sadly, it looks like this year the company has taken a different approach towards unlocked boot loader on their handsets. All the phones HTC have released this year including the Desire S, and the Incredible S have a locked boot loader. Many developers and modders criticized HTC for this, and expected that the company won’t be so strict with its next super-phone the HTC Sensation.

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Sadly, the folks over at AndroidPolice are reporting that the Sensation will ship with a signed boot loader as well. Unless the developers get extremely lucky, like in the case of the HTC Thunderbolt, there is a very tough chance of unlocking the boot loader.

This news has already caused many developers and HTC handsets users to change their mind about the Sensation. The Samsung Galaxy S II is no less than the Sensation in the specs department, and many people are looking towards it as a viable alternative.

It is really sad to see HTC shipping their phones with an encrypted boot loader. Motorola is already being criticized by a lot of people for shipping their phones with locked boot loaders. Companies need to realize that shipping their phones with a locked boot loader is going to adversely affect the handsets sales.

Motorola and HTC should learn a lesson or two from Samsung, LG and Sony Ericsson on supporting the modding community.

The Best Android Phones Coming to India in 2011

The Android revolution began about 3 years back and its stunning growth has dwarfed the growth of even iOS (iPhone) as a mobile platform. It is now the most popular mobile OS in the US, and is on its way to becoming the most used mobile OS in the world. It is expected to overtake Symbian soon, and will soon be the Windows of the mobile world.

Unlike Apple which always ignores India when launching new products, most Android manufacturers have made sure that they launch new Android smartphones in India at the same time as the worldwide launch.

As I’ve said before, 2011 is going to be the year of Android. We have seen a lot of exciting devices at CES, MWC and CTIA 2011. Most of these devices will either be launched soon, or have been launched already.

In this post, I will show you the best Android phones that money can buy. Despite the title, the list is relevant to users around the world, not just Indians.

1. Samsung Galaxy S 2

This is definitely the best Android smartphone that money can buy. It has received the best reviews yet, and offers the best overall package, compared to any other Android phone. It is the successor to the most popular Android phone of 2010 – the Samsung Galaxy S.

It has an excellent 4.3 inch SuperAMOLED Plus display which has a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. It comes with an 8 MP camera which can record 1080p video, a 1.2 GHz dual core Exynos processor, 1 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage. It runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread with TouchWiz 4.0.

It is expected to be launched by the end of May 2011 and will be priced at around Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 35,000.

Samsung Galaxy S 2

2. HTC Sensation

The HTC Sensation is probably the only phone which can rival the Samsung Galaxy S 2 in terms of specifications and features.

It will come with a 4.3 inch S-LCD touchscreen display with a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels. It will come with Android 2.3 Gingerbread and has the HTC Sense 3.0 UI, which is widely regarded as the best third party Android UI.

It has a dual core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, an Adreno 220 GPU and 768 MB RAM. It also comes with an 8 MP camera with dual LED flash which can record 1080p video at 30 FPS. It has 1 GB internal storage, and is a bit heavier than the Galaxy S 2, at 148 gms. It will likely be launched soon, but we have no idea about the pricing.

HTC Sensation

3. LG Optimus 2X

The LG Optimus 2X was the first Android smartphone with a dual core processor. While it was launched some time back, it is still one of the best Android phone options in India. In the US, you can buy the T-Mobile G2X which is identical to the Optimus 2X, and comes with pure Android 2.2 Froyo.

It comes with a 4 inch LCD touchscreen display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. It also has a 1 GHz dual core Cortex A9 processor (Tegra 2) and offers 1 GB RAM. It has an 8 MP camera and can also capture 1080p video at 24 FPS. Though it’s not as good as the Samsung Galaxy S 2, it is much cheaper. You can get it for as much as Rs. 28,000.

Buy the LG Optimus 2X on Amazon.

LG Optimus 2X

4. Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc was recently launched and is probably the most stylish Android smartphone to date. It is extremely slim, and has a very sleek design. It comes with a 4.2 inch display and has a 1 GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon processor, an Adreno 205 GPU and 512 MB RAM. It also offers an excellent 8 MP camera, which makes it the best Android camera phone. It is powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread and has the Sony Ericsson custom Android UI.

It is available for Rs 28,000.

Buy the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc at Flipkart.

Buy the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc at Amazon.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc

5. Sony Ericsson Xperia Play

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is another notable Android phone. It deviates from the touchscreen only trend in Android phones, and features a unique gaming keypad which slides out from under the display. It has the same hardware as the Xperia Arc – 1 GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon processor, an Adreno 205 GPU and 512 MB RAM.

It also has a 5 MP camera and Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but the main attraction is the library of exclusive PSP games which it supports. If you are a gamer, and want an Android smartphone, the Xperia Play is the device you should get.

It is priced at Rs. 30,000.

Buy the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play at Flipkart.

Buy the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play at Amazon.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play

6. HTC Incredible S

HTC was the top dog in the Android arena an year back, but since the launch of the Galaxy S, Samsung has become the dominant player. HTC, though, has been trying to get back to the top.

The HTC Incredible S is one of the best Android smartphones by HTC. It comes with Android 2.2 Froyo and the HTC Sense 3.0 UI, probably the best third party Android UI. It will definitely get an upgrade to Android 2.3 Gingerbread and comes with a 4 inch, 480 x 800 pixel display. It has a 1 GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon processor, 768 MB RAM and comes with the Adreno 205 GPU as well. It has a very good 8 MP camera which can capture 720p video.

It is the cheapest of the lot. It is priced at Rs 26,399.

Buy the HTC Incredible S at Flipkart.

Buy the HTC Incredible S at Amazon.

HTC Incredible S

We might see many more Android smartphone launches soon, but for the next 2-3 months, this list should guide you well, should you want to buy the best Android smartphone in India, or the world, for that matter.

Update: Also check out our news Smartphone Buying Guide in India for 2011

T-Mobile G2X Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Leaks!

On the first day of this month, Chris Ziegler over at This Is My Next gave us a small preview of the upcoming Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the T-Mobile G2X. He managed to get the Gingerbread update on his handset, via PaulOBrien.

Sadly, at that time the Gingerbread leak was not made public by Paul or by Chris.

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Today, it’s a different story though. Paul has gone ahead and released the Android 2.3 Gingerbread leaked update for the T-Mobile G2X in an update.zip format. The leak has no major bugs and issues, and there is a high possibility of it becoming an official release.

Early reports suggest that the overall phone performance and responsiveness have improved, considerably. The scrolling performance, and touch sensitivity of the screen have been improved as well. The custom Camera interface by LG as seen in Android 2.2 FroYo, has been replaced with stock Gingerbread camera UI.

Sadly, the Gingerbread version is 2.3.3, which means video call via Google talk is a no go!

Interested G2X owners can head over to this thread over at MoDaCo forums to download the Gingerbread leak for their handset. The update.zip is pre-rooted as well!

LG Optimus 2X/T-Mobile G2X Gets CyanogenMod 7!

The LG Optimus 2X or the T-Mobile G2X is the current favorite phone of the CyanogenMod team. In fact, Cyanogen himself uses this phone. All this, just because the handset does not have a locked boot loader.

The Cyanogen team has already started working on bringing CyanogenMod 7 to the Optimus 2x and the G2X. The CM team has even started cooking out CM7 based nightly ROMs for the handsets.

Since this is a nightly ROM, Optimus 2X and G2X owners should keep in mind that there will be some bugs and issues with the ROM.

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CyanogenMod is the best AOSP based Custom ROM out there. In its latest version, the ROM is based on Android 2.3.x Gingerbread, and packs some useful features like Profile Support, Theme Manager and DSP Manager.

The LG Optimus 2X/G2X is the most powerful phone to be supported by the CyanogenMod team until now. Hopefully, the CM team will also support the upcoming dual-core monster the Samsung Galaxy S II. It has already been confirmed that the Galaxy S II will have an unlocked boot loader.

Interested Optimus 2X/G2X owners should head over to this link to download CM7 nightly ROM for their handset. For more information about CM7 on the LG Optimus 2X/G2X, users should head over to this thread.

LG Launches The Android Powered Optimus Me In India For Rs.8999

After the huge success of the LG Optimus One, LG announced the Android powered Optimus Me smartphone in March. This handset is the cheaper version of the LG Optimus One. The LG Optimus Me runs on the Android 2.2 (Froyo) operating system and it comes with a 3.2 inch touchscreen display, 600 MHz processor, 3G Connectivity, 32 GB expandable storage and so on. This handset have been finally launched in India. Check out the complete specs below.

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LG Optimus Me Specifications:

  • 3.2 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display
  • 320 x 480 pixels resolution
  • 600 MHz processor
  • Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System
  • GPRS/EDGE
  • 3G Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • 3 megapixel camera
  • Video recording
  • Audio and video player
  • 3.5mm headset jack
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • GPS
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 140 MB internal storage
  • MicroSD card slot
  • 32 GB expandable memory
  • Up to 510 hours of stand-by time
  • Up to 7 hours of talktime
  • 1250 mAh battery

LG Optimus Me comes with a price tag of Rs.8,999. This handset will be updated from Android 2.2 to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS later this year. This handset is available in 5 different colors Black, Silver, Blue, Red and Pink. This handset will compete with other budget Android phones such as Samsung Galaxy Pop and LG Optimus One in India. To learn more, head over to this page.

LG Optimus Big With NOVA Display Announced In South Korea

Last month, we posted that LG is expected to launch the Optimus Big smartphone with NOVA display. And now, LG finally announced the Optimus Big in South Korea. This handset currently runs on the Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System, but it will soon updated to the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS.

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Optimus Big comes with a 4.3 inch NOVA display, which was earlier seen in the LG Optimus Black Smartphone. The NOVA technology enables the users to maintain a great visibility even under strong sunlight. This handset will be exclusively available on the airwaves of LG U+ in South Korea. Check out the specs below.

LG Optimus Big features a 4.3 inch NOVA display, 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 5 megapixel camera with autofocus, 3.5 mm headset jack, GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, HDMI port, 16 GB internal memory, 32 GB expandable memory and a 1500 mAh battery.

LG Optimus Big is available in two different colors – White and Black. This handset is currently up for pre-order in South Korea and it will be available for purchase from April 28th. Optimus Big is expected to arrive soon in other Asian and European markets.

T-Mobile Offers $100 Discount To G-Slate Via Telesales

T-Mobile G-Slate is the LG’s first tablet device which was announced at the CES 2011 in Las Vegas. It runs on the latest Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) Operating System. T-Mobile G-Slate is the re-branded version of the LG Optimus Pad. This device has been recently released in the US and it is exclusively available on the airwaves of T-Mobile. If you are planning to buy this tablet, then we will share a secret code, which will help you to get a $100 discount on T-Mobile G-Slate via Telesales. Until then, check out the complete specs below.

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T-Mobile G-Slate features a 8.9 inch touchscreen display, 1 GHz Dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) OS, WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G connectivity, 5 megapixel camera with 2D recording in full HD (1080p) and 3D video recording in HD (720p), 32GB internal memory, GPS, up to 273 hours stand-by time, up to 9 hours video playback and much more.

To get a $100 discount, you will just need to call T-Mobile Telesales at 1-866-464-8662 and select option 3. After that, order the T-Mobile G-Slate and mention the code “GSLATE100″. This device is priced at $599 on contract, but you will get this device for just $499. This offer is valid till April 27th, so go ahead and order your T-Mobile G-Slate.

[ via. TMO News ]

AT&T Rolls Out The WP7 NoDo Update For The Samsung Focus

Microsoft started rolling out the NoDo update bringing the much awaited copy & paste feature to all WP7 handsets, at the end of the last month.

However, some carriers decided to delay the release of the NoDo update for WP7 based handsets including AT&T.

Nevertheless, AT&T has finally started rolling out the NoDo update for the Samsung Focus and the LG Quantum. The HTC Surround will get its NoDo update sometime in May, due to some software issues.

Samsung_Focus

Samsung has also taken this opportunity to roll out a firmware update for the Focus. The new firmware update incorporates some useful changes and bug fixes.

The capacitive buttons on the Focus are temporarily disabled, if an app is open and a   user drags his finger from the screen to the buttons. This will definitely be appreciated by all Focus owners, and will help in reducing all those accidental touches. No more going back to the previous screen, while playing Fruit Ninja!

Another nifty change brought by this firmware is the anti-shake setting being enabled by default for the Camera. Most users don’t really bother to check out the camera settings before clicking a snap, and this small change will definitely come in handy for them.

WP7 is a closed OS, still users need to wait for sometime before they can update their handset to the latest version of the OS.   So much for being a closed OS!

Via WPCentral

LG to Launch T-Mobile G-Slate on April 20

The Motorola Xoom is currently the only major Android tablet on the market which runs Android 3.0 Honeycomb. All the other Android tablets are either mediocre, or run Android 2.2 Froyo, which isn’t meant for tablets.

LG announced the T-Mobile G-Slate at CES 2011, but it had just dropped off the radar after the initial announcement. It was spotted again at CTIA 2011, where we had done a quick hands-on of the Android tablet.

Today, TMONews has confirmed the official launch date for the T-Mobile G-Slate. The G-Slate will be launching on April 20, with the T-Mobile G2X and the Sidekick 4G.

LG T-Mobile G-Slate

The LG T-Mobile G-Slate comes with an 8.9 inch display with a 1 GHz dual core processor and 1 GB RAM. It is powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 platform and comes with dual 5 MP cameras at the back for 3D video capture, and a 2 MP camera in the front for video calls. It offers 32 GB internal storage and is expected to be priced starting at $529.99. It offers Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and 4G connectivity and comes with Android 3.0 Honeycomb.

For complete videos of the T-Mobile G-Slate in action, check out T-Mobile G-Slate Hands-on Pictures and Videos

LG T-Mobile G2X Launched for $199

T-Mobile G2XThe T-Mobile G2X, a branded version of the LG Optimus 2X, which had been announced by LG and T-Mobile at CTIA 2011, was supposed to be launched on April 15, according to a tweet by the official account of T-Mobile on Twitter.

Today, T-Mobile officially launched the G2X, and it is now available for purchase. It is one of T-Mobile’s best Android smartphones and has received great reviews. It is priced at $199 with a 2 year contract after a $50 mail-in rebate. It will be available in stores only after April 20.

It has a 4 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. It comes with a dual core ARM Cortex A9 processor and has 512 MB RAM. It also has 8 GB internal storage and comes with the vanilla version of Android 2.2 Froyo, with an Android 2.3 Gingerbread upgrade in the offing. Having no custom UI, I believe, is one of the most attractive features of this phone.

It also has an 8 MP camera with autofocus and LED flash which can shoot 1080p videos. It will be the first Android phone to ship with Tegra Zone. It also has HSPA+, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity with GPS support.

Order your T-Mobile G2X online here for $199.99 – T-Mobile G2X