CyanogenMod is one of the most popular and feature rich custom ROMs out there supporting a variety of devices. The best part of CM (CyanogenMod) ROMs is that it is made from stock AOSP i.e. it provides the user with the stock Android experience.
Now, the awesome folks behind CM ROMs have released the RC (Release Candidates) of CM 7 for a variety of Android handsets including the HTC EVO 4G, Vision (Desire Z/G2), Nexus One and My Touch 4G.
CM7 is based on Android 2.3 Gingerbread with some nifty features like a new music app, a totally customizable lockscreen, gesture support everywhere and performance improvements. Since this is a RC release, some bugs should be expected. However, the CM team is hard at fixing bugs and belting out new RCs. The ROM will also get more visual polishas it reaches its final state.
CM7 also includes a theme engine which will allow users to easily theme their phones. The credit for this theme engine goes to T-Mobile. Yes, T-Mobile! This move from T-Mobile definitely shows the popularity of CM ROMs.
Users need to have a rooted phone in order to install CM7 on their handset. Users who have already rooted their Android handset can use ROM Manager to flash CM7 on their phone.
Looking to buy a Windows Phone 7 based phone or get your hands on an Android smartphone? Here is your chance to get it for free. T-mobile is offering the HTC HD7, Motorola DEFY, LG Optimus T and myTouch 3G for free till Valentines day.
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.
You will have to sign up for a 2-year contract with T-mobile to get the phone. So go ahead and get some Windows Phone 7 and Android love for free at http://www.t-mobile.com/.
We have a good news for the T-Mobile customers in the US. T-Mobile is currently offering the recently launched Motorola Cliq2 smartphone for free on contract until February 9th. This handset was announced last month at the CES 2011 in Las Vegas. This offer is available only if you purchase this handset from their online store. Check out the complete specs below.
Motorola Cliq 2 comes with a 3.7 inch touchscreen display with 854 x 480 pixels resolution, Android 2.2 (FroYo) operating system, 1 GHz processor, MOTOBLUR UI, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi, USB 2.0, ActiveSync, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 5 megapixel camera with Digital Zoom, Auto Focus, Dual LED Flash and more.
Other features include a 3.5mm headphone jack, Stereo FM Radio, 512MB RAM, 1 GB ROM, 2 GB microSD card loaded, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, A-GPS, up to 7.9 hours talktime, up to 13 days stand-by time and a 1420 mAh battery.
This handset is originally available for $99.99 on contract, but you can get this handset for free with a 2 years service agreement until February 9 at 10 p.m. Pacific Time. The specs of this device is quite impressive in the mid-range smartphone category. If you are planning to buy this handset, head over to this page.
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.
Earlier this month, Motorola announced the Android powered Cliq 2 at CES 2011 in Las Vegas. Motorola Cliq 2 is the successor of Motorola’s popular Cliq smartphone. This device runs on the Android 2.2 (FroYo) operating system and it comes with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. This device is currently available for purchase, exclusively on the airwaves of T-Mobile in the US.
Motorola Cliq 2 comes with a 3.7 inch touchscreen display with 854 x 480 pixels resolution, Android 2.2 (FroYo) operating system, 1 GHz processor, MOTOBLUR, USB 2.0, ActiveSync, Bluetooth Stereo Version 2.1 + EDR, 5 megapixel camera with Digital Zoom, Auto Focus and Dual LED Flash, 3.5mm headphone jack, Stereo FM Radio, 512MB RAM, 1 GB ROM, 2 GB microSD card loaded, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, A-GPS, up to 7.9 hours talktime, up to 13 days stand-by time and a 1420 mAh battery.
The pre-installed Quickoffice app allows you to view and edit important documents on your smartphone. This handset comes with a price tag of $99.99 with a two years service agreement. You can also buy this handset without any contract for just $399.99. You can easily purchase this handset from the T-Mobile stores or you can even buy it online. If you are planning to buy this handset, head over to this page.
The Dell Streak 7 was one of the many tablets announced at CES 2011. It was leaked way before CES though. It is one of the best Android tablets which will be coming to us in 2011. Dell is one of the more reliable tablet manufacturers, along with Samsung, Motorola and LG.
The Dell Streak 7 will compete with the Motorola Xoom, the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the LG G-Slate.
It has a 7 inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen display and is powered by a dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor. It has 1 GB RAM and comes with 16 GB internal storage. It will come with HSPA+, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It will run Android 2.2 with the Stage UI, the same as the Dell Streak smartphone. It also has a 5 MP camera as well as a secondary 1.3 MP camera. We don’t know the price of the tablet yet.
We already knew that T-Mobile was going to launch the Streak 7 some time in Q1 2011, but what we didn’t know was that it was going to be launched as early as February 2. According to TMOnews, T-Mobile will launch the Dell Streak 7 on February 2. T-Mobile also plans to launch the LG G-Slate tablet soon. Even Samsung is apparently working on a successor to the Galaxy Tab with refreshed hardware specs and 4G support.
Just on the heels of the Notion Ink Adam FCC clearance, we have news that the LG T-Mobile G-Slate, an Android tablet which was unveiled at CES 2011 has also been approved by the FCC. The FCC filing was dug up by UnwiredView.
It is a 4G tablet with HSPA+ connectivity which comes with Android 3.0 Honeycomb. It will likely be powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 platform and will come with 1 GB RAM. It also has a front facing camera for video calls. No other details about the exact specifications of the G-Slate are out yet.
In the FCC filing, the tablet’s model number is V900. It has WCDMA and AWS with Bluetooth and WLAN connectivity.
The folks over at AndroidSpin have received a tip from a very reliable source which says that Samsung is intentionally holding back the Android 2.2 update for the Vibrant. According to the tipster, Samsung has a fully functional Android 2.2 OTA for the Vibrant ready to be pushed to the owners but the company is not doing so.
The reason behind this move is that the update will affect the sales of the upcoming Vibrant 4G which runs on Android 2.2 and features 4G and a front facing video camera.
Below is what the tipster exactly said-:
Some disturbing things have happened the last week or so concerning our Vibrant. Samsung has NOT allowed us to push the update OTA for 2.2 because they feel it will decrease the value of the upcoming Vibrant4G +. While from a marketing aspect i totally understand, as the Vibrant 4G is what the original Vibrant should have been in the 1st place. But to shun off and bold face lie to customers is NOT what T-Mobile is about.
â€¦Being that, Vibrant 4G and Vibrant have exactly same stats, added FFC and a new movie and the 4G. But i will tell you this, the original vibrant CAN utilize 4G FULLY. Yes FULLY. not what they are telling you.
If this news is true, then Samsung is surely in knee deep trouble. Selling millions of handsets is not going to work for a long time; you need to keep the existing customers happy with Android updates as well. This will make sure that the existing customers remain happy and will make them brand loyal as well. Looks like Samsung is unable to understand this simple logic here.
However, I think T-Mobile should also be blamed here. The carrier can easily force’ Samsung to release the Android 2.2 update for the Vibrant owners but the company is not doing so. It is even possible that it is T-Mobile and not Samsung who are holding back the Android 2.2 update for the Vibrant.
After all, Samsung has released the Android 2.2 update for the Galaxy S handsets in all over the world including the Vibrant for the T-Mobile UK network. In fact, the Vibrant 4G has not even been announced yet. Holding back the Android 2.2 update for an unreleased phone does seem a bit impractical to me.
What do you think especially T-Mobile Vibrant owners? Do let us know your views by dropping in a comment.
The folks over at TmoNews have managed to get their hands on some official documents of T-Mobile which suggest that the carrier will be launching an updated version of the Samsung Vibrant. The Samsung Vibrant 4G will be the first phone from T-Mobile to support download speeds of up to 21Mbps. Right now T-Mobile offers two 4G’ enabled handsets the G2 and the myTouch 4G which offer download speeds of up to 14.4Mbps.
The Vibrant 4G will pack in a 4-inch SAMOLED screen with WVGA resolution. The handset will be powered by a 1 GHz Hummingbird processor along with the PowerVR SGX540 graphics core. The handset will pack 512MB of RAM and16GB of internal memory. The usual Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3.5mm audio jack, microSD card slot and a 5MP camera without Flash are also present.
Unlike the original Vibrant, the Vibrant 4G also features a front video call camera. T-Mobile has also pre-installed Qik for video calling on the handset. Also unlike its elder brother, the Vibrant 4G runs on Android 2.2 with TouchWIZ on top of it.
Samsung and T-Mobile are also going to pre-load the handset with the movie ‘Inception’, doubleTwist Air Sync, Samsung Media Hub and Amazon Kindle.
I wonder if the Vibrant 4G will be a success like the original Vibrant. The handset hardly has any oomph’ factor. Plus, original Vibrant owners are still waiting for their Android 2.2 update and they will definitely think twice before buying a Samsung phone now.
Looks like LG and T-Mobile could not stand all the attention the XOOM tablet from Motorola was getting and, so they released their G-Slate tablet before LGs official event. The G-Slate tablet will be available on T-Mobile network and is made by LG. The tablet features 4G and runs on Android 3.0.
“LG is dedicated to continuing its role as an innovation leader and is thrilled to announce its entry into the tablet marketplace with the G-Slate,” said Jeff Hwang, president of LG Mobile Phones. “Streamlining everyday tasks and enhancing entertainment with blazing fast 4G speed, the T-Mobile G-Slate by LG will deliver the latest in Android technology and provide users with an advanced tablet experience.”
Sadly, LG did not mention anything about the internal specification of the tablet in their press release. However, they did release a bunch of videos of the tablet.
Here are a couple of videos featuring the T-Mobile G-Slate :
First look of LG’s T-Mobile G-Slate
From the videos, it is clear that the G-Slate has a front video camera. In all possibility, the G-Slate will be powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and pack in 1GB of RAM.
However, we need to wait until LG’s press conference tomorrow before the specs of the G-Slate can be confirmed.