Verizon Wireless recently announced the HTC Droid Incredible 2 smartphone. This handset is the successor of the the popular HTC Droid Incredible smartphone. It runs on the old Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System and comes with a 4 inch Super LCD display, Wi-Fi mobile hotspot, 8 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording and more. This handset will be exclusively available on the airwaves of Verizon Wireless in the US. Check out the specs below.
HTC Droid Incredible 2 features a 4 inch Super LCD touchscreen display with 480 x 800 pixels resolution, 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS, HTC Sense UI, Wi-Fi, 3G Connectivity, 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera and so on.
Other features include a 3.5mm headset jack, 1.1 GB ROM, 768 MB RAM, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Bluetooth, A-GPS, Wi-Fi mobile hotspot, integrated noise cancellation technology and SRS WOWHD surround sound.
HTC Droid Incredible 2 is a global ready Android smartphone, which means that, it has both CDMA radio for operation on Verizon’s network in the US and GSM/HSPA radio for operation in more than 200 countries. This handset will be available for purchase from April 28th. HTC Droid Incredible 2 comes with a price tag of $199.99 with a two years service agreement.
There has already been a huge controversy surrounding the Galaxy S series of handsets Android 2.2 update in the United States.
Samsung started rolling out the Android 2.2 update for the Galaxy S back in September (2010). However, it was only in the 2nd month of 2011 that the company started rolling out the Android 2.2 update for some of the Galaxy S handsets in the United States.
These handsets included the Sprint’s Epic 4G, AT&T’s Captivate and the T-Mobile’s Vibrant. Now, Verizon has also decided to release the Android 2.2 update for its Galaxy S handset the Fascinate.
The update to Android 2.2 will bring with it some welcome features including support for Flash 10.2. The general system performance and the web browser performance have also been improved significantly.
Samsung and Verizon have also taken this opportunity to load more bloat ware on the handset, in the form of V Cast Apps and the Samsung Media Hub. The update also aims at fixing tons of bugs. The whole change-log can be found here.
For Fascinate owners, who are cursing Samsung for the delay in the update Please blame Verizon! Samsung has already started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Galaxy S in Europe. Whereas, it is still unconfirmed whether the Galaxy S handsets in the United States will get the Gingerbread love or not.
Back in October, HP announced the first smartphone which runs on the HP’s latest webOS 2.0 operating system. HP Pre 2 is the successor of the popular Palm Pre smartphone. This handset is already available in many countries including the UK, Germany, Canada, Russia, etc. Sadly, this handset was delayed in the US for some unknown reasons. The wait is finally over. HP Pre 2 is currently available for purchase in the US, exclusively on the airwaves of Verizon Wireless.
HP Pre 2 comes with a 3.1 inch HVGA touchscreen display, 320Ã—480 pixels resolution, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 1 GHz p rocessor, webOS 2.0 operating system, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, 3G Connectivity, Stereo Bluetooth, 5 megapixel camera with LED Flash, GPS, 3.5mm headset jack, Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Beta, 16 GB internal memory, 512 RAM, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, Microsoft Exchange, Proximity sensors, Accelerometer, 5.5 hours of talktime and so on.
HP Pre 2 allows you to buy and download music using the Amazon MP3 app when on a Wi-Fi hotspot. This handset also supports Skype-to-Skype calls and messaging from the US to anywhere in the world. HP Pre 2 is currently available for just $149.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and a two years service agreement.
Do you still remember the Android 2.1 powered LG Ally, which was launched back in May on the airwaves of Verizon Wireless? We have a good news for the LG Ally users. After the long wait, Android 2.2 (FroYo) update is finally coming to this mid-range smartphone in February.
LG Ally features a 3.2 inch touchscreen display with 800 x 480 pixels resolution, 600 MHz processor, Android 2.1 OS, Slide-Out QWERTY Keyboard, 3.2 megapixel camera with Autofocus and Flash, 512MB ROM, 256MB RAM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, A-GPS, Visual Voice Mail, Android Market, 3.5mm Headset jack, Up to 450 mins talk-time, up to 500 hrs stand-by time and more.
LG Ally recently received a software update, but the owners were disappointed since it was just a minor software update and not the Android 2.2 (FroYo) update. A moderator at the LG Forum recently said that LG Ally owner will finally get the much awaited Android 2.2 update in February 2011. It is still unknown whether the Froyo upgrade will allow them to run Adobe Flash Player 10.1, since the specs of this handset is lower than the Adobe’s hardware requirements.
We have a good news for the LG Ally owners. Verizon Wireless has recently released a minor software update for the LG’s entry-level touchscreen phone. The latest version is numbered VS740ZVC and it comes with numerous enhancements and improvements. Check out the complete changelog below.
- Improved ability to play audio that is received via picture message.
- Improved Exchang ActiveSync (EAS) calendar synching
- EAS provisioning feature is now compatible with all Microsoft Exchange servers.
- New version of Skype mobile
- VZ Navigator is now preloaded on device
You should always backup your data before updating the device. The latest software update can be downloaded only via. Over-The-Air (OTA). For step-by-step instructions on how to perform the download, head over to this page.
OpenDNS is an alternative to the default DNS service provided by your ISP. It is secure, fast and has no blacklisting as applied by your ISP. This has made it an extremely popular service and it is used widely in schools, colleges and at other places.
The OpenDNS website describes itself as,
OpenDNS is the leading provider of free security and infrastructure services that make the Internet safer through integrated Web content filtering, anti-phishing and DNS. OpenDNS services enable consumers and network administrators to secure their networks from online threats, reduce costs and enforce Internet-use policies. OpenDNS is used today by millions of users and organizations around the world.
OpenDNS has become extremely popular over the last three years after its launch in 2006. It serves 20 million requests. This has upset ISPs because OpenDNS feeds off their business and takes away part of their possible profit.
OpenDNS founder David Ulevitch has raised concerns over blocking of OpenDNS by Verizon Sprint Wireless and has said,
They do not want to see DNS traffic, queries and data streams leaving them. In the way we have monetized domain name services, they want to do what we do. However, they are not an opt-in service like we are, and they can also block us, which is what we are concerned about. And they try to block us in crafty ways. There was a report of an ISP working group whose members said that for “security” reasons, they should block alternative DNS services.
This autonomous decision by Verizon Sprint Wireless will bring it a considerable amount of negative karma. Blocking an alternate DNS service is going too far out in the competition.
Update: OpenDNS founder David Ulevitch has said that it was not Verizon Wireless blocking them but Sprint Wireless. Read here for his reaction.
Verizon Wireless recently launched the entry level LG Cosmos Touch. This handset comes with low-end features such as a 1.3 megapixel camera, 2.8 inch touchscreen display, 16GB expandable memory and so on. There is nothing special in this device except the slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Check out the complete specs of this device below.
LG Cosmos Touch comes with a 2.8 inch WQVGA touchscreen display, full QWERTY keyboard, Bluetooth 2.1, microSD card slot, 16GB expandable memory, 3 home screens with 7 customizable shortcuts or widgets, Flash user interface for clear images and fun animations, 1.3 megapixel camera with 2x zoom, Image editor, Voice commands, VZ Navigator, Media Center, Full suite of messaging options and more.
This handset allows you to upload images directly to Facebook, MySpace or other social networks. LG Cosmos Touch is available for $79.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. Verizon Wireless customers will receive the rebate in the form of a debit card.
LG finally launched the Android powered LG Vortex smartphone. This handset runs on the Android 2.2 (FroYo) Operating System and it will be available exclusively on the airwaves of Verizon Wireless. LG Vortex is an entry level smartphone with basic features such as Wi-Fi, 3G Connectivity, A-GPS and 3.2 megapixel camera.
LG Vortex features a 3.2 inch touchscreen display with 320 x 480 pixels resolution, Android 2.2 Operating System, Virtual QWERTY keyboard with Swype, Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi Connectivity, 3G Mobile HotSpot capable, 3.2-megapixel autofocus camera and camcorder with five different camera resolutions and three different video resolutions, Video recording time up to 16 GB and more.
Other features include a 3.5mm audio jack, Bing Search, Bing Maps, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, A-GPS, Customizable home screens, Proximity sensor, Pre-installed LG Apps, Skype mobile, Full suite of messaging options, VZ Navigator and so on.
LG Vortex will be available for $79.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. LG Vortex customers will receive the rebate in the form of a debit card and they will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan and an Email and Web for Smartphone plan.
Verizon Wireless and Samsung recently launched the entry level messaging phone, the Samsung Zeal. This handset features a unique, flip-style format with an E Ink technology that changes the layout of the keyboard based on the user’s needs. Samsung Zeal shows a traditional numeric keypad, when you open it vertically as a flip phone. In landscape mode, the phone features a QWERTY keypad that can change to numeric with symbols.
Samsung Zeal features a 2.0 megapixel camera with auto focus, Bluetooth technology with support for headset, GPRS/EDGE, Corporate Email support for Microsoft Office Exchange, Social Beat Widget, VZ Navigator, Skype mobile, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, location-based services, Personal organizer with calendar, calculator, notepad, alarm clock, world clock, stop watch and so on.
Samsung Zeal comes with a price tag of $79.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. Customers will receive the rebate in the form of a debit card.
LG recently launched a new full QWERTY messaging phone, the LG Octane, exclusively on the airwaves of Verizon Wireless. This headset has a small external display and a large internal display with full QWERTY keyboard. LG Octane comes with seamless integration of Facebook, MySpace and Twitter via Social Beat.
LG Octane features a 3 inch touchscreen display, full QWERTY keyboard, Social Beat Widget, microSD card slot, 16 GB expandable memory, Skype mobile, Visual Voice Mail and HTML Web Browser, V CAST Music with Rhapsody, Built-in music player, Bluetooth 2.1, 3.2-megapixel autofocus camera and camcorder, New Mobile E-Mail client 4.0, stereo sound via headset or Bluetooth, 2.5mm headset jack, Voice commands and much more.
LG Octane comes with a price tag of $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a two-year customer agreement. Customers will receive the rebate in the form of a debit card which can be used as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted.