The leaked pics of Motorola’s upcoming Android device, Cliq 2 have been spotted in the wild. This handset is powered by the Android 2.2 (FroYo) operating system and it will be exclusively available on the airwaves of T-Mobile in the US. The complete features and specification of this handset is still unknown, but the Android powered Cliq 2 is expected to come with a 5 megapixel camera, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi calling, MicroSD card slot, FM Radio, 3.5mm audio jack and more.
This handset is expected to be announced at CES and it will be available from January 19th. The guys at TmoNews recently shared a few pics of this device. Check out the leaked pics of Motorola Cliq 2 below.
Samsung has been slowly rolling out the Android 2.2 Froyo update for the various Galaxy S variants in different regions of the world. Today, Samsung UK gave a surprise to all Galaxy S owners in the U.K by making the Android 2.2 update available on all networks.
The company made this announcement from their official Twitter account. Here is what the company tweeted-:
This piece of news is surely going to please a lot of Galaxy S owners in the U.K. Galaxy S owners need to use Samsung KIES software to update their handset to Android 2.2. Users can download KIES from this link. Samsung had earlier released the Android 2.2 update for Three UK and T-Mobile UK branded Galaxy S variants.
I seriously hope that Samsung will release the Android 2.2 update for the various Galaxy S variants in the United States before the year ends. Otherwise, Samsung sure are going to piss off a lot of Galaxy S owners in the States.
The Google Nexus S, the official successor to the Google Nexus One is now available at Best Buy. It was unveiled by Google on December 6 and has had Android fans salivating since.
It will retail for $529 at Best Buy for the unlocked version and $199 with a 2 year T-Mobile contract. It is one of the best Android phones yet, and is very similar to the Samsung Galaxy S, the most popular Android phone of 2010.
It comes with a 4 inch Super AMOLED display and a 1 GHz processor with 512 MB RAM and 16 GB internal storage. It also sports a 5 MP camera as well as a secondary camera for video calls. It also has all the usual connectivity options – GPRS, EDGE, 3G HSDPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and GPS. It is the first phone to run the new version of the Android OS – Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
Head over to Best Buy to get it now!
Samsung started rolling out the Android 2.2 (Froyo) update for unbranded Galaxy S handsets in early November. The Korean company has been slowly rolling out the update to unlocked devices in various regions of the world. It was just a couple of days ago that the company started rolling out the Android 2.2 update for the Galaxy S in India.
Now, Samsung and T-Mobile UK have started rolling out the Android 2.2 update for T-Mobile branded Galaxy S devices in the U.K.
Along with the usual KIES release, T-Mobile has also released an OTA (Over-The-Air) software update. However, the OTA update might be delayed so users are recommended to try out KIES first. It is still unknown when all the four carrier branded variants of the Galaxy S AT&T’s Captivate, Verizon’s Fascinate, Sprint’s Epic 4G and T-Mobile’s Vibrant in the United States will get their share of Froyo love.
Hopefully, Samsung will release the Android 2.2 update for these devices before the end of the year.
Do you still remember the Acer’s powerful smartphone, which was unveiled last month. Yes, we are talking about the Android powered Acer Liquid Metal. This handset runs on the Android 2.2 OS and it comes with the Acer’s Breeze UI. If you live in the US, then we have a good news for you. The Acer Liquid Metal is expected to be available soon on the airwaves of AT&T and T-Mobile.
Acer Liquid Metal comes with a 3.6 inch curved touchscreen display with 800 Ã— 480 pixels resolution, 800 MHz Snapdragon processor, Android 2.2 (FroYo) OS, Breeze UI, Wi-Fi, 3G Connectivity, 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, Bluetooth, GPS with A-GPS, 3.5mm audio jack, MicroSD card slot and more.
According to Brighthand, an Acer official confirmed last week, during the Acer’s New York press event, that the powerful Acer Liquid Metal is headed to AT&T and T-Mobile. Acer Liquid Metal have been already launched in Russia and it will be soon available in Canada, UK and US. This handset was expected to be available from this month in the UK, but it was not launched on time due to some unknown reasons.
The incredibly clever modders over at XDA developers have managed to find out a way to enable phone calls on the Samsung Galaxy Tab.
It started with a forum member, Jyveafk, rooting his Galaxy Tab and trying to install the phone.apk module on it. After failing quite a few times, and some trial and error, Jyveafk finally managed to flash his Galaxy Tab to enable phone calls on it.
The method is a bit complex and is recommended only for experienced flashers. You will need the Odin3 Flasher to carry out the mod. For more details, check out this detailed tutorial – US T-Mobile Galaxy Tab flashed to make phone calls – Tutorial. The method works only on EDGE for now.
WSJ had reported yesterday that the major wireless providers in the US – AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile were working on a joint project to deploy a mobile payment system. It looks like that piece of information was absolutely spot on.
Today, AT&T Mobility, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile USA announced a new national mobile commerce network named ISIS. ISIS aims to use NFC technology to enable easy mobile payments and point-of-sale purchases. With all the three heavyweights backing it, the service already has a massive user base to begin with.
“The new venture will enable contactless mobile payment and commerce services using near-field communication technology. NFC uses short-range, high frequency wireless technology to enable the encrypted exchange of information between devices at a short distance. The new system is being designed and built to include strong security and privacy safeguards.”
“Our mobile commerce network, through relationships with merchants, will provide an enhanced, more convenient, more personalized shopping experience for consumers,” said Michael Abbott, Chief Executive Officer of Isis. “While mobile payments will be at the core of our offering, it is only the start. We plan to create a mobile wallet that ultimately eliminates the need for consumers to carry cash, credit and debit cards, reward cards, coupons, tickets and transit passes.”
For more details, check out the official site – ISIS
T-Mobile is first wireless carrier to launch the Samsung’s first tablet device, the Samsung Galaxy Tab in the US. This device is already available in UK and India. T-Mobile offers two data plan with unlimited text, picture and video messaging from the device.
Samsung Galaxy Tab features a 7 inch TFT-LCD touchscreen display with 1024Ã—600 pixels resolution, Android 2.2 (FroYo) Operating System, TouchWIZ 3.0 UI, 1GHz processor, Wi-Fi, 3G Connectivity, 512MB RAM, 16GB of internal memory, 32GB expandable memory, Bluetooth 3.0, A-GPS, 3.2 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording and playback, 1.3 megapixel front facing camera and 4000mAH battery.
Galaxy Tab comes with a price tag of $399.99 with a 2 years contract agreement. T-Mobile customers can also get this device without any contract for $599.99. T-Mobile offers a $24.99/month plan for 200MB of data and $39.99/month plan for 5GB data with unlimited text, picture and video messaging.
T-Mobile will be rolling out a new software update for the HTC G2 starting from today. The software update will add Wi-Fi calling for Android along with several bug fixes and enhancements.
Here is the full change-log from T-Mobile :
* Wi-Fi Calling for Android new!
* Resolves device freeze and unexpected power-off issues
* Improves data connection reliability
* Optimizes radio recovery
The software update version is 1.22.531.8 and it will be automatically downloaded on your device. Users will be prompted to install the update after it has been downloaded. The T-Mobile G2 sports a pop-out QWERTY based keyboard with a 3.7-inch screen. The handset runs on stock Android 2.2 with no HTC Sense UI on top of it.
Hopefully, we will see many more Android phones getting the Wi-Fi calling capability in the future.
Few days ago, T-Mobile announced its own version of the Samsung’s first tablet device, the Samsung Galaxy Tab for its customers, but the unsubsidized price of the device was a mystery. The T-Mobile version of Samsung Galaxy Tab is up for pre-order at Amazon and it comes with a price tag of $699.99 without any contract.
Samsung Galaxy Tab comes with a 7 inch TFT-LCD touchscreen display with 1024Ã—600 pixels resolution, Android 2.2 (FroYo) Operating System, 1GHz processor, TouchWIZ 3.0 UI, 16GB of internal memory, 32GB expandable memory, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi, 3G Connectivity, 3.2 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording, 512MB RAM, 4000mAH battery and so on.
The T-Mobile version of Samsung Galaxy Tab costs $100 more than the Sprint model. T-Mobile version of Galaxy Tab will be available from November 10, but Amazon states that the device will be released one day before the official launch on November 9. T-Mobile customers can also purchase Galaxy Tab for $399.99 with a two-years contract agreement.