Please read this post with a huge pinch of salt. The folks over at HTC Inside have managed to get their hands on what is supposed to be the specs of the upcoming HTC Thunderbolt. It is already known that the Thunderbolt will be the first 4G LTE handset from Verizon and HTC and will be unveiled at the upcoming CES.
Apparently, the Thunderbolt will pack in a dual core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon processor. The device will also sport a huge 4.3-inch LCD along with an 8MP camera at its back accompanied by 2 LED flash. The front of the phone will house a hold your breath 5MP camera for video calling. The Thunderbolt will have 16GB of on board memory along with a microSD slot expandable up to 128GB. The handset will also launch with Android 2.3 Gingerbread on board. Oh! The phone has a huge 1800 mAh battery as well.
Now, I guess readers must have understood why I told them to read this post with a huge pinch of salt. Qualcomm had demonstrated its dual-core Snapdragon processor just a month back and the company made it clear that it won’t hit the handsets before Q2 of 2011. Also, a 5MP front-facing camera? Seriously!?!!
In my opinion, the Thunderbolt will be similar to the Desire HD except for a few subtle changes and the 4G LTE support.
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.
The Motorola Droid is the bestselling Android handset until date. The phone launched with Android 2.0 on board, and then later was among the first few handsets to get the Android 2.1 and 2.2 update early. Now, Motorola and Verizon are going to release another software update for the Droid.
The FRG830 update for the handset updates many of the applications and widgets and also fixes some bugs.
The update also brings with it support for Microsoft 2010 Exchange and a new Gmail user interface’ which sounds pretty interesting.
Here is the full change-log from Verizon :
o Updated Twitter application with new authentication support
o Updated Amazon Widget
o Updated News & Weather widget
o Improvements to Exchange ActiveSync and support for Exchange 2010 connections
o Added new Gmail user interface
The update is expected to be rolled out to all Droid owners via OTA (Over-The-Air) within the next 24 hours. In all probability, the update will also bump up the Android version of the Droid to 2.2.1.
The Merge was supposed to be announced by Verizon and HTC at the Droid celebration party in Seattle, tonight. Sadly, that did not happen but the handset did make an appearance on Verizon’s website. Though, the image was pulled back a few minutes later. The full 360 degree view of the phone was up on the site before being pulled.
This definitely means that the Merge is quite close to its release. The HTC Merge is the Verizon’s version of the T-Mobile G2 or the HTC Desire Z. The handset sports a 3.7-inch S-LCD and is powered by an 800MHz Qualcomm Scorpio processor. The handset runs on Android 2.2 with HTC Sense UI on top of it. The Merge also packs a pop-out four-row QWERTY keyboard.
However, it is still unclear whether Verizon will be branding the Merge as a Droid device or just another Android handset in their portfolio.
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
Verizon and HTC have started rolling out a software update for the Droid Incredible. The new software update mostly aims at fixing bugs and also includes Verizon’s V Cast Apps store. The update also allows users to attach file larger than 5MB as attachments and an updated version of Flash Player 10.1.
Here is the full change-log from Verizon itself :
Improvements: (3.26.605.1/Baseband Version: 2.15.00.07.28)
+ Updated Flash ® player includes security enhancements.
+ Visual Voice Mail Wi-Fi improvements include removal of incorrect service messages and post-call notifications.
+ Enhanced support for Yahoo! ® IMAP email.
+ Updated Slacker application.
+ Attach files larger than 5 MB.
+ Updated COX POP3 email settings.
+ Play YouTube videos in YouTube application.
+ Seamlessly switch between portrait and landscape views in Google Maps.â„¢
+ Updated Comcast POP3 email settings.
+ Search key and other buttons displayed in correct order.
+ Preinstalled V CAST Apps lets users purchase applications directly from their devices and bill them to a Verizon Wireless account.
Many Droid Incredible owners have already started receiving the update late last night. Hopefully, this software update won’t remove root from your Incredible.
In a press event, Samsung and the big red Verizon have finally unveiled the Samsung Continuum. The handset sports a 3.4-inch S-AMOLED screen along with a secondary ticker’ display measuring 1.8-inches. The bottom sides of the phone feature a grip sensor which activates the ticker’. The ticker’ provides users with weather information, IM and e-mail notifications and stock market information etcetera.
Since the Continuum is a Galaxy S series phone, the rest of the internal specifications of the handset are similar to other Galaxy S series handsets. The phone is powered by a 1GHz Hummingbird processor and packs 512MB of RAM along with a microSD card slot (expandable up to 32GB, 8 GB pre-loaded).
The Continuum also sports the usual GPS with A-GPS, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 and a 3.5mm jack. Sadly, the handset will be running on Android 2.1 with the usual Samsung TouchWIZ UI on top of it. Samsung have also pre-loaded Swype on the phone for ultra-fast typing speed.
The phone will hit the Verizon retail stores from November 11 and will cost $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year contract.
It was originally rumored that Samsung will be unveiling a Google experience device at this press event along with the Continuum.
It was exactly a month ago that Motorola had announced the Droid Pro. However, back then the company did not mention when the phone will be launched and its pricing. Today, Verizon has made both the pricing and the launch date official. The Pro will hit the Verizon store shelves on November 18th whereas online orders start from November 9.
The Droid Pro has a 3.1-inch screen with HVGA resolution. The phone is powered by a 1GHz OMAP processor and packs in 512MB of RAM. The Droid Pro sports both EVDO Rev.A and WCDMA antennas for global roaming capability. Users can find out the whole specification of the Droid Pro here.
The phone will cost $179 after a $100 mail-in rebate on a new 2-year contract from the big red.
The full unlocked version of the handset will retail for around $749.
Today, in a press release Sprint has officially confirmed that they will be launching the Samsung Galaxy Tab on November 14th in the U.S. Interested users can already pre-order their Galaxy Tab from here. Sprint has priced the Galaxy Tab at $399.99 with a two-year 3G mobile broadband plan.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab sports a 7-inch S-LCD with a resolution of 1024×600. The tablet is powered by a 1GHz Hummingbird processor and packs 512MB of RAM and a PowerVR SGX540 to handle the graphics department.The tablet also sports the usual GPS, WiFi n, Bluetooth 3.0, 2gb of on board memory and a 400mAh in built battery.
The Galaxy Tab runs on Android 2.2 with the TouchWIZ 3.0 on top of it. Sprint customers will be offered two 3G plans to suffice all their Internet needs on the tablet a $29.99 one and $59.99 one. The cheaper plan will have a 2GB data limit with unlimited messaging, while the latter will have 5GB of data limit with unlimited messaging.
Other network operators in the U.S. are also expected to announce the Samsung Galaxy Tab soon.
HP, yesterday, announced the new Palm Pre 2 smartphone. It is the first device which runs on the HP’s latest operating system, the webOS 2.0. Palm Pre 2 is the successor for Palm Pre and it is much thinner than the previous handset. Palm Pre 2 was earlier expected to be available on the airwaves of Verizon in the U.S, but the source code of Palm’s U.S. and Canadian sites shows that the HP’s latest smartphone might also be available on the airwaves of AT&T in the U.S. and Rogers in Canada.
Palm Pre 2 Specifications:
- 3.1 inch HVGA touchscreen display
- 320Ã—480 pixels resolution
- Slide-out QWERTY keyboard
- 1GHz processor
- webOS 2.0 operating system
- 5 megapixel camera with LED Flash
- Built-in GPS
- Stereo Bluetooth
- 3.5mm headset jack
- Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Beta
- 16GB of internal memory
- Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR
- Microsoft Exchange
- Proximity sensors
- 5.5 hours of talktime
Palm Pre 2 will be available from October 22 in the France. This handset will be available in the coming month in U.S. An unlocked UMTS version of the Palm Pre 2 will be available for the developers to develop mobile applications for the webOS 2.0. The price of this handset is not available yet. Are you planning to buy this handset? Let us know your views in the comments below.