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Samsung i727 spotted in the wild

Saturday, July 9, 2011

The folks over at Pocketnow managed to land their hands on a couple of photographs of what is said to be the AT&T-bound Samsung SGH-i727. They stitched the pictures together with Photoshop, giving us a photograph of a skewed looking phone. If you ignore the problems with perspective, it does look like the Android-powered Samsung Galaxy S.

The phone is said to be still a few months away from launch - it doesn't have any Bluetooth SIG or records in the FCC database. But it's expected to be a mid-ranged handset when it is released (presumably on AT&T's network). No word on what the device will be called, but it doesn't look like it's going to make any waves when it drops. Stay tuned and we'll keep you posted when we find out more.
source: Ubergizmo

LG Optimus White Edition Android Smartphone

Those who living in the Netherlands is now will be able to buy the white version of LG Optimus Black, the LG Optimus White Edition, via Sizz. Sizz is the new mobile operator in the country which it a sister company of the Vodafone and RTL. The specs is remain the same with the Optimus Black, including a 4 inch WVGA Nova display, 1GHz single-core processor, Wi-Fi, HSDPA, GPS, 5MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera, 2GB of on-board memory, and runs Android 2.2 (upgradeable to 2.3 Gingerbread). If interest, you can get the LG Optimus White Edition from Sizz.
source: Today Gadgets

LG Optimus 3D finally available in the UK, £454.80 SIM-free

After having been delayed over and over again, the world's first (well, first to be announced, at least) 3D smartphone has finally become available in the UK. We're talking about the LG Optimus 3D of course. This device was first supposed to hit the streets in the UK in April, which turned into May, then June, and finally July.

If you want to get the Optimus 3D with a contract, then Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy are your options. If, however, you'd like to purchase an Optimus 3D without having to commit to a long-term relationship with an operator, well known online retailer Clove has you covered.

The LG Optimus 3D is now available at Clove, and it costs £454.80. For that price, you'll obviously get an unlocked phone which has no operator branding and is SIM-free. So if you're interested, head on over to Clove and place your order.
source: Unwired View

LG Optimus White Edition Launched In The Netherlands

The white version of LG Optimus Black is now available for purchase in the Netherlands via Sizz mobile operator. Called the LG Optimus White Edition, the handset is being offered for free on various plans, and customers even get a 60 Euro voucher. Just like the LG Optimus Black, the Optimus White also comes with a 4-inch WVGA Nova display, a 1GHz single-core processor, a 2GB of storage, a 2MP front-facing camera, a 5MP rear-facing camera, GPS, HSDPA, WiFi and runs on Android 2.2 OS.
source: TechFresh

T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide: Camera Overview

Still not sure which new HTC phone you should get? T-Mobile has the new Sensation 4G and Sprint has the EVO 3D, but if you wait just a little bit longer you can treat yourself to the QWERTY keyboard equipped myTouch 4G Slide from T-Mobile. In terms of raw processing power and muscle, the myTouch 4G Slide is comparable to the EVO 3D and Sensation, but T-Mobile is trying to differentiate the 4G Slide from HTC's other phones by highlighting some of the amazing camera features that the phone packs inside.

The myTouch 4G Slide features the same instant-capture technology found in the Sensation, but T-mobile and HTC have worked closely to add in other cool features like HRD image capture, SweepShot for panoramic pictures and a variety of presets which make should give users as much flexibility as you typically find on today's point-and-shoot cameras. Check out the clip below to get a quick looks at what the myTouch 4G Slide's camera has to offer. T-Mobile has hinted at a late July launch date for the myTouch 4G Slide.
source: HTC Source

Pantech Pursuit II arriving on AT&T

Want a new messaging smartphone that does not look as though it hails from the dinosaur age? Here's the Pantech Pursuit II for you from AT&T, where it will arrive on the carrier this coming July 17th, costing a mere $49.99 with a two-year agreement. Needless to say, we think that the form factor and design does reflect the kind of money you fork out for it, what do you say to that?

Specifications-wise, don't expect the earth and the sky, since this Brew Mobile Platform-based handset will come with a mere 2.8″ touchscreen display, but the vertical sliding keyboard will surely be appreciated for those who send plenty of emails and text messages. As for the 2-megapixel camera, well, that isn't going to do miracles, but at least it can capture those warm and cosy moments when you do not have a dedicated camera with you.

Colors available are pink or green, perfect to be in tune with this summer. Seems like the perfect ‘starter phone' for beginners who are about to upgrade their old school Nokia to something more up to date.
source: Ubergizmo

HTC Droid Incredible 2 Gingerbread Update Ready to Roll

For all the ways the HTC Droid Incredible 2 improved on the original, its operating system still had the phone feeling a little behind the times. That should change soon, as Verizon has updated their support page with documentation for the handset’s update to Android 2.3. Aside from taking the Incredible 2 from Froyo to Gingerbread, the update will include a new wireless charging UI and desktop dock app, general bug fixes to reduce device freezes and resets, and copy/paste improvements.

Though the software upgrade to Gingerbread appears ready to go, we have nothing to go off of indicating when it will begin its roll out. Our best guess is anytime from today to next week.
source: Android Phone

T-Mobile G2x to receive Gingerbread update soon

Whispers on the ground have it that T-Mobile's G2x will be on the receiving end of the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update very, very soon – which ain't too shabby since the G2x rolled out in April this year with Android 2.2 Froyo in tow. This piece of “news” comes about courtesy of a moderator over at LG's official forums, where said mod responded to a question concerning the G2x's Gingerbread update, by saying, “I'd be really surprised if it was more than a month out.”

That pretty much places it well within the July window, and the smartphone itself did rather well since its release. Having said that, the smartphone isn't exactly problem-free as a fair number of owners did raise concerns surrounding random reboots and light bleeding. What we prefer to see, however, is an official announcement from T-Mobile concerning the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update to put all speculation and rumors to rest.
source: Ubergizmo

Android 2.3.4 Leaks for the Samsung Galaxy S II

The folks over at XDA have once again obtained an early release of an upcoming Android update. This time they’ve wrapped their mitts around Android 2.3.4 for the Samsung Galaxy S II, an update that not only adds in enhanced features like Gtalk video chat but also does away with a pesky battery drain bug found in builds of Android 2.3.3.

Thanks to forum member ficeto and his team both a stock version of the firmware and a deodexed ROM are available for download. As this is still a pre-release version of the software, chances are it is still a bit buggy in places. Head on over to the source link below for all the details but, remember, install at your own risk.
source: Android Phone

Motorola's Latest Phone Comes as No Friend to Hackers

Motorola's Droid 3 debuted on Thursday, though phone modification enthusiasts aren't happy with its locked-down software. Photo courtesy of Motorola

Motorola's Droid 3 features a locked bootloader, which is a program that loads the operating system software on every smartphone when it's turned on. The company said it planned to change the policy this year.

The news first came from a Motorola support forums representative.

“As we've communicated, we plan to enable the unlockable/relockable bootloader in future software releases, starting in late 2011, where channel and operator partners will allow it,” said a Motorola spokesperson in a statement provided to Wired.com. “DROID 3 is not built on a software version that includes this feature.”

Locking down the bootloader is a big pain for those who want to modify their Android phone operating systems. Essentially, it drastically limits the extent of modification and customization you can accomplish on your phone. If you wanted to install a particularly popular piece of modding software like, say, CyanogenMod - a very popular custom Android build that optimizes a phone's hardware performance and adds a number of nifty flourishes - with a locked bootloader, you're out of luck.

In today's smartphone landscape, handset manufacturers face pressure from wireless carriers like Verizon and AT&T to lock down phone bootloaders. This is done especially to prohibit the potential installation of software used to do things that carriers don't want you doing, like, say, capture licensed streaming content. There's also software available that lets you tether your phone to your computer (providing it with an internet connection) for free, a feature for which wireless companies normally charge users. Bypassing that charge means cutting into a carrier's bottom line.

Motorola doesn't want to deal with the tech support nightmare that widespread phone hacks entail. “If you brick your phone messing with it” — which basically means rendering the device useless (like an electronic “brick,” as it were) — “we don't want to have to fix it under warranty,” a Motorola representative wrote in a message board post.

Because of all this, hacker-unfriendly phones aren't uncommon. Motorola's Atrix debuted with a locked bootloader, as have many of the company's phones since the release of the Droid 2. Motorola's upcoming Photon 4G smartphone will also be locked down.

Android modification junkies aren't happy about Motorola's decisions. In March, one Motorola smartphone owner started an online petition, asking others who don't agree with the company's locked bootloader decisions to sign and bring up the issue on Moto's Facebook page. As of this post's publishing time, the petition has over 10,000 signatures.

Given the hardware specs on the Droid 3, it's especially disappointing for hackers to see the phone debut as mod-unfriendly. The Droid 3 has a beefy dual-core 1GHz processor under the hood, which when used in conjunction with modding software, can be overclocked to faster speeds.

The future isn't entirely grim for phone hackers. Motorola continually promises a change in locked bootloader policy come late-2011, and other companies like Sony Ericsson have even begun to court the modding community, providing a detailed list of instructions on how to unlock the company's phones.

It seems as if the predominant feeling is: We'll believe it when we see it.

“There's not a single reason to believe that Motorola has truly changed their views,” wrote an angry Motorola message board user in a post. “We're not saying you have to unlock all our devices now, but a little sign of good faith would be much appreciated.”
source: Gadget Lab

Motorola Droid 3 Android Phone Headed To Verizon

Verizon officially introduced the new QWERTY-toting Android phone, the Motorola Droid 3. Being the successor of the Droid 2, the Droid 3 sports a side-slide full QWERTY keyboard which it has five-row keyboard by adding a dedicated row for numbers which make it slightly different with the DROID/Milestone and DROID 2/Milestone. The Motorola Droid 3 is available at Verizon's website with a price of $459.99 without contract, and $199.99 on a two-year contract with Big Red.

Screen display : 4-inch qHD (Quarter High Definition) (540 x 960) TFT
Processor : Dual-core 1GHz processor
Operating system : Android 2.3
Messaging/Web/Apps : MMS, SMS, Email (Corporate Sync, Google Mail, Push Email, Yahoo® Mail), IM (GTalk™, AIM, Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo® Messenger), WebKit with Flash
Audio : AAC, AAC+, AAC+ Enhanced, AMR NB, AMR WB, MIDI, MP3, WAV, WMA v9/v10, OGG
Video : Capture/Playback/Streaming, HD video, Video-C/P 30fps, H.263, H.264, MPEG4, WMV v9/v10
Camera : 8-megapixel, VGA P2P video, 8x digital zoom, AF, LED
Storage : 16GB on-board memory, microSD card slot for up to an additional 32GB
Memory : 512MB RAM x 16GB eMMC
Form Factor : Touch QWERTY Slider
Sensor : Accelerometer, Ambient Light, Proximity
Address Book/Calendar : Facebook®, MySpace, TwitterTM and GmailTM messages and contacts aggregation as well as syncs and merges your work contacts, email and calendar
Location Services : aGPS, sGPS, eCompass
Network : CDMA 800x1900 MHz as well as WCDMA 850x1900x2100 MHzGSM 850x900x1800x1900 MHz
Connectivity options : 3.5mm, USB 2.0 HS, HDMI, DLNA, OTA, Stereo Bluetooth, Version 2.1+EDR
Weight : 184.0 g
Dimensions : 64.10(x) 123.30(y) 12.90(z) mm
Talk and Standby Time : Up to 550 minutes/Up to approximately 300 hours
source: Today Gadgets

Verizon HTC ThunderBolt software update starts rolling out tonight, fixes reboot issues

About two months ago, Verizon and HTC issued a software update for the ThunderBolt, one of Verizon's 4G LTE enabled Android-powered smartphones. The update wasn't, sadly, one to Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the latest version of the operating system. It was in fact a minor update, but one that unfortunately made many devices randomly reboot.

Today Verizon will issue another minor update for the ThunderBolt. This will however be major for those who have experienced random reboots, since it's supposed to fix them. This isn't Gingerbread either. Regardless of the fact that we've heard that the Gingerbread update will happen in June, and now it's July. It's simply not Gingerbread.

What is it then? Well, aside from fixing reboots, it brings a preinstalled cradle dock app, improved data connectivity, enhanced Call History view, improved Bluetooth discovery mode, the app menu can now be viewed in a tabbed layout, people search is enabled, Backup Assistant is in All Apps, My Verizon, V Cast Music and V Cast Videos are preloaded, and the NY Times website has made it onto the Web browser's bookmarks list.
source: Unwired View

HTC Desire Android 2.3 update to launch “end of July”

HTC has issued another short statement regarding the off/on Android 2.3 update for its popular HTC Desire phone, with the company now saying the Desire version of the Gingerbread upgrade will “begin” to launch before the end of July. Which is at least something. Here's the full, rather brief, statement:

Hi everyone. We have more news about our build of Gingerbread for Desire. Our testing has gone well so we will begin rolling out the update by the end of July! Thank you again for your support!

But remember, always take update timeline announcements with a pinch of salt. The poor old HTC Desire Z was supposed to have been updated by now…

Still no actual news about what the update will consist of and if/how much of HTC Sense will be appearing, with HTC previously saying that a few features would be chopped to help if fit in the phone's memory. But at least we'll know in a couple of weeks.
source: Eurodroid

Nexus S On Board for Final Mission of the Space Shuttle Atlantis

Today’s launch of the space shuttle Atlantis may have been the last for NASA’s veteran fleet of manned spacecraft, but it is only the beginning of new research being undertaken with the help of the Android powered Nexus S The Nexus S was on board the final shuttle launch to help test a new breed of small, free-flying satellites known as SPHERES (Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites). The handset becomes the first phone to be certified by NASA to partake in space shuttle missionsand cleared for use on the International Space Station.

The Nexus S isn’t the first Google phone to find its way to space — the Nexus One has seen the upper limits of our atmosphere in the past. You can read more about the SPHERES program and the Nexus S in space in the presser below.

SAMSUNG’S NEXUS S ABOARD NASA’S FINAL SHUTTLE

NASA has equipped a trio of SPHERES with a Nexus S by Google

smartphone to head to the International Space Station

Kennedy Space Center - July 8, 2011 - Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), a leading mobile phone provider and the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S. 1, and Google™ today announced Nexus™ S, is aboard NASA’s final space shuttle. As a leader in technology and innovation, Samsung is pleased to be a part of this moment which will most certainly be marked in history.

Nexus S from Google is part of research that will equip small, free-flying satellites called Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) used by the astronauts to provide a broader range of capabilities and give better communication between land and sky. Nexus S is the first commercial smartphone certified by NASA to fly on the space shuttle and to be cleared for use on the International Space Station. The experiment will use the smartphone-enhanced SPHERES as remotely operated robots to conduct interior survey and inspections of the station, to capture mobile camera images and video, and to study how robots can support future human exploration.

The addition of Nexus S to the SPHERES will add to the capabilities of each individual satellite while further increasing NASA’s understanding and exploration of space. Lead engineer in the Intelligent Robotics Group at NASA’s Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., DW Wheeler, explains, “By connecting a smartphone, we can immediately make SPHERES more intelligent. With a smartphone, the SPHERES will have a built-in camera to take pictures and video, sensors to help conduct inspections, a powerful computing unit to make calculations, and a Wi-Fi connection that we will use to transfer data in real-time to the space station and mission control.”

"Samsung is proud to have the Nexus S chosen to be aboard NASA’s final space shuttle launch, an event that is historical," said Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Mobile. "The research that is being conducted with SPHERES using the Nexus S will help monitor and communicate from the International Space Station."

Research Overview

In 1999, a group of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) undergraduate students, in conjunction with the Department of Defense and NASA, built five volleyball-sized free-flying satellites. These satellites are now referred to as Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reporient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) and three of them have been on the International Space Station since 2006. Each SPHERE satellite is self-contained with propulsion, power, navigation and computing equipment. When first designed, the usage possibilities of today were far from conceivable, thus an "expansion port" was built into each of the SPHERES. Additional appendages and sensors can be added to the satellites, allowing wireless power transfer systems and cameras to become parts of the systems. Nexus S is the first commercial smartphone to become a part of the SPHERES via this expansion port.

With the addition of Nexus S, it allows SPHERES a wider range of capabilities on the satellites and improved communication between the land and sky. Mission control can remotely operate Nexus S-enhanced satellites to perform relatively mundane tasks such as running inventory or environmental surveys on the space station. Thus, astronauts will be able to dedicate more time to science experiments and other work rather than having to respond to routine maintenance demands.

About Space Shuttle Atlantis

Space shuttle Atlantis will embark on a 12-day mission to the International Space Station from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The STS-135 mission is the final flight of the Space Shuttle Program. Atlantis’ STS-135 mission will deliver the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module filled with supplies and spare parts to sustain space station operations after the shuttles are retired.

About Nexus S

Co-developed by Google and Samsung, Nexus S features brilliant Super AMOLED touch screen technology, a 4-inch Contour Display with a curved design and Near Field Communication (NFC) technology which allows information to be read off of everyday objects. The smartphone features a 5 megapixel rear facing camera and camcorders as well as a VGA front facing camera. Nexus S is powered by Android™ 2.3, the latest version of Google’s Android platform, making the smartphone not merely a telephone but a powerful mobile computer at the same time. Nexus S also has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi networking, as well as 16 GB of internal memory.

1Number one mobile phone provider in the U.S. claim for Samsung Mobile based upon reported shipment data, according to Strategy Analytics Q1 2011 U.S. Market Share Handset Shipments Reports.
source: Android Phone

UK: HTC Desire Android 2.3 Gingerbread update will be rolling out this month

The saga of HTC's Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the original Desire is about to reach its conclusion, and it will surely be a happy ending for the millions of HTC Desire owners out there. Or at least for those in the UK.

HTC initially said it couldn't make Gingerbread available for the Desire, then said it changed its mind, and then started posting regular updates about the update. In one such tidbit, HTC said it's begun testing the update – which implied it was finished, or at least ‘feature complete' as they say.

Today HTC took to Facebook yet again to bring us further good news. Apparently, the testing went well (that we assume to mean that there weren't any major bugs, and the minor ones are in the process of being fixed), and so the update will start rolling out before the end of this month.

A more specific time frame hasn't been given, but hey, in three weeks tops your HTC Desire will be running Android 2.3 Gingerbread! Well, some devices. First of all, the update will probably come over-the-air, and as such might see a staggered release. And HTC may have it roll out on July 31. In that case, your particular Desire may have to wait for a couple of August days in order for the update to reach it.

Second, the major caveat here is that the update will probably be available for HTC Desire smartphones that were purchased SIM-free and unlocked first, with operator-branded variants to follow. Yet when those will be updated will depend more on said operators than HTC.
source: Unwired View

Nokia N9 and MeeGo will be supported “for years”

Friday, July 8, 2011

In case you're worried that the new MeeGo-based N9 won't get much attention from Nokia after its launch, you shouldn't. Reportedly, Nokia is committed to supporting the handset, as well as the MeeGo platform, "for years" to come.

That's what Klas Ström, Head of Portfolio Management at Nokia, recently said on Twitter. He also said that several software updates for the N9 would be released

Sure enough, from now on Nokia's efforts will be largely concentrated on Windows Phone and, to some extent, on Symbian, too. And although MeeGo will probably not make a huge impact on the smartphone market, it's good to hear that Nokia stays committed to it – for a while, at least.

(photo via Laura Jul, who seems to have had a nice hands-on time with the N9)

Announced a few weeks ago as “the world's first pure touch screen phone without any front-facing buttons at all”, the Nokia N9 is expected to be released in select markets starting September. There's no official word on its price, but we've heard it may be around €420. Most likely, there will be no other MeeGo smartphone from Nokia after the N9.
source: Unwired View

HP Pre 3 apparently delayed 'til late July in the UK

Last time we heard about them, the HP TouchPad and HP Pre 3 were supposed to be released in the first half of this month. Unfortunately, it looks like HP won't be able to ship the devices in due time.

According to Clove, which currently takes pre-orders for both the TouchPad and the Pre 3, the new WebOS tablet and smartphone have been delayed until late July. Since Clove is an HP Platinum Partner, it's certainly in position to know when its products will arrive.

The TouchPad's prices start at £399.99 in the UK, while the Pre 3 will cost £360. Both prices include VAT.

Update: Clove changed back the estimated launch date of the TouchPad to July 15, now saying that only the Pre 3 will be delayed.
source: Unwired View

Windows Phone Mango and Zune will support 22 languages

It's not the first time we're hearing that Windows Phone Mango will support lots of new languages, but now Microsoft has provided more details on this, as well as an almost complete list of the languages that the latest iteration of its mobile OS is getting friendly with.

Right now, Windows Phone 7 supports only 5 languages: English, Spanish, German, French, and Italian. With Mango, 17 new languages will be added, including: Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, and Swedish.

Microsoft's Zune software will also support these languages.
source: Unwired View

Garmin Streetpilot now on Windows Phone 7

Are you a fan of the Windows Phone 7 platform? If you have answered in the affirmative, here's a piece of good news. The Garmin Streetpilot is now available for that particular platform, adding to the total number of turn-by-turn navigation solutions. Guess when competition gets tense and companies give their best, the consumer wins in the end. Just what exactly does the Garmin Streetpilot offer on the table? For starters, how about Garmin navigation in the same way that native Garmin GPS personal navigators work? That alone ought to help instill plenty of confidence, even for folks who never used a GPS navigation device in their entire life.

The price isn't exactly cheap at $39.99 a pop, but at least it will work on EDGE networks just in case 3G isn't available, going about downloading relevant data information to your device while following the route you have keyed in. Perfect for those who are traveling to remote areas where no 3G connections are available, but then again, if you have an Android phone, Google Maps 5.7 does offer offline maps.

Other features include voice-enabled turn-by-turn directions, street names, real-time traffic updates, Local Search, speed limit and a comprehensive database of points-of-interest.
source: Ubergizmo

Google Docs for Mobile Now Lets You Share Documents, Adds New Sorting Features

Google Docs for mobile has been updated with a new look and added features to further bolster Google's portable document solution. Documents can now be sorted by several criteria including name and date last modified. You can further narrow your list of documents to view only the items you need, a must-have for those of us with collections of word files and spreadsheets growing by the day. But of all the additions, the ability to share documents is most welcomed. Sharing is a core component of Google Docs, and here the options mirror the desktip equivalent.

You won't have to do anything but direct your mobile browser to docs.google.com to experience the changes.
source: Android Phone

Sony Selling Unlocked Xperia Arc for the US, Priced at $599

It hasn't come to a carrier just yet, but Sony Ericsson is now selling their flagship Xperia Arc as an unlocked handset via the Sony online store. The Arc has been making the rounds on carriers around the globe, and we suspect a US operation to eventually pick up the device, but if you can't wait to get your hands on the Android handset with a Bravia display it can now be yours for the sum of $599.99. It's no cheap price to pay, but you'll have the luxury of using the quad-band 3G handset on any compatible network you see fit.
source: Android Phone

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc now available in the US unlocked, direct from Sony

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc has been available for quite a while worldwide, yet people in the US who were after an unlocked Xperia Arc had nowhere to turn up until now.

This all changed today because the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc can now be bought from Sony's US online store. The smartphone comes unlocked, sans carrier branding, and SIM-free. Because of that, the price being asked is a lot more than you're used to if you only check pricing for new two-year contracts. But there's no commitment here. You can use the device on AT&T (on 3G and EDGE) and T-Mobile (EDGE only) for as long as you want.

So how much is it? The Xperia Arc can be yours for $599.99. If you're interested, Sony's store is waiting for you to place your order.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc has a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 512 MB of RAM, a 4.2-inch capacitive screen with "mobile Bravia engine", an 8-megapixel Exmor R camera with autofocus and LED flash, 720p HD video recording, HDMI out, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, microSD card support, and a 1500 mAh battery. It runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
source: Unwired View

Samsung Freeform III QWERTY phone introduced by MetroPCS

Almost a week after launching the Android-based Huawei M835, MetroPCS has released another new phone, this time manufactured by Samsung: the Samsung Freeform III (model number SCH-R380).

Like the Freeform I and Freeform II before it, the Freeform III isn't a smartphone, and comes with a full QWERTY keyboard and a landscape display (2.4 inches). It also features MP3 player, Bluetooth, 1.3MP camera, 100MB of on-board memory, MicroSD card support (up to 32GB), and a 1,000 mAh battery.

The Samsung Freeform III costs only $49.99 at MetroPCS (after a $50 instant discount) - you can buy it online here. Plans for the new phone start at $40 per month.
source: Unwired View

Fly MC165 Dual SIM Phone

Coming in a candybar form factor, the MC165 is Fly's brand new dual SIM phone for the Russian market. The handset packs a 2.0-inch 176 x 220 65K color display, a 1.3MP camera, dual SIM card slots, two microSD card slots (up to 32GB each), an FM tuner, Bluetooth, a 3.5mm headset jack and works in GSM network. The MC165 sells for 1,800 Rubles (about $64). [Fly]
source: TechFresh

Nexus S 4G to receive Android 2.3.5

Anyone rocking to the Nexus S 4G? If you have answered in the affirmative, then you will be pleased to know that your still relevant smartphone will be getting Android 2.3.5 next Monday – for Sprint customers, of course. Also known as system software GRJ90, this update is said to deliver a bunch of 4G fixes, tweaks, as well as full support for the smartphone's secure NFC transceiver.

According to Droid-life, the image that you see here is the real deal and not some sort of Photoshop job, while the displayed version number is as accurate as a Tomahawk missile bearing down on its target. What you see seem to hail from a previous build compared to the upcoming one, perhaps one that was still in testing, hence the spy shot?

Google themselves have remained strangely silent about the GRJ90 update, but update perhaps this might just usher in a whole new age of NFC functionality in compatible handsets. Do you think that other smartphones with NFC built-in will be getting the new update in due time as well?
source: Ubergizmo

Motorola Photon 4G arrives at the FCC

We know that the Motorola Photon 4G will be headed for Sprint's network, but just how soon is that? The answer would be very – considering the smartphone has already arrived at the FCC. This is a WiMAX-equipped Android smartphone, sporting hardware specifications that tend to lean towards the Motorola Atrix 4G which is available on AT&T. Of course, those with an eye for detail might just think of the Photon to be the more stylish equivalent, thanks to beveled corners that are future forward.

The FCC documents have pointed towards this handset as model P56MD1, but thankfully, it has a bunch of compatible bands that make life a whole lot easier since we can identify the potential candidates. Currently, the Photon 4G is the only Motorola that seem to be headed for Sprint's WiMAX. You will find a dual-core Tegra 2 inside, in addition to 1GB RAM and a 4.3″ qHD display to rock your socks off in due time.
source: Ubergizmo

Rugged Motorola Titanium coming to Sprint July 24th

If you happen to need a phone that can endure anything you throw at it, whether it be the heat or a rock, the Motorola Titanium may very well be your next device.

The Motorola is well known for being a big communications supplier for the Military, so you know that you will be getting a military-grade device when you purchase the Titanium. The Titanium provides protection against dust, shock, low pressure, temperature, vibrations and solar radiation. This phone features a physical QWERTY keyboard, a 3.1 inch display, and a 5MP camera with video capture. The device runs on Android 2.1. A unique feature of this device is the Nextel Direct Connect support which allows you to get in contact with someone at the push of a button.

The Titanium is expected to ship on July 24th for $149.99 on a new two year contract. Sprint will also include a free 2 GB microSD card, although the memory is expandable up to 32 GB. This device will be a great buy for anyone who may require a tough phone for their work or just isn't very careful when handling his device.
source: Unwired View

Samsung Freeform III QWERTY Phone

MetroPCS has recently unveiled the Samsung Freeform III QWERTY phone. The bar-style messaging phone features a full QWERTY keyboard, a 2.4-inch display, a 1.3-megapixel camera, an MP3 player and a bevy of messaging applications. The Freeform III also supports stereo Bluetooth, 3G, and a microSD card slot (up to 32GB). The Samsung Freeform III retails for $49.99 after rebates. [PhoneScoop]
source: TechFresh

Xperia Arc lands in the US, going 600 bucks unlocked

After struggling a bit with their first few Android smartphones, the Xperia Arc was the first proper Android phone to come out of Sony Ericsson’s stables. Packing the latest version of Android in a sleek, curvy body with a quality 8 megapixel camera and a 4.2-inch Reality Display, the Xperia Arc was a fine all-round device.

But until now the device was not available in the US but now Sony Ericsson has come to its senses and has launched the device stateside in a SIM-free version. The unlocked Xperia Arc will set you back by $600, which is fair considering the specs of the device but if you ask us you should rather wait for the Galaxy S II, unless you have a thing for curved backs or Sony Ericsson.
source: GSM Arena

Xperia Arc Comes Unlocked in U.S.

Living in America? Still anticipating about the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc? Good news! The Android Gingerbread-powered smartphone is now available Sony's online store. The best part? It comes unlocked!

The quad-band Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc features a 4.2-inch Reality touchscreen display with Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine, 512MB of RAM, 8-megapixel camera, and quick access to Facebook functions. You can tag photos in your gallery, “like” a song on a playlist, and connect with your Facebook friends.

The Xperia Arc will cost you $600. Like I said, it's unlocked!
source: Gadget.com

Samsung Galaxy S II gets dedicated Angry Birds level

Thursday, July 7, 2011

iPhone users tend to gloat that they get all the good games first, before it arrives on other platforms such as Android and Windows Phone 7. One of the prime examples would be Angry Birds, but on the other hand, Angry Birds is a free download on Android, so I guess that is some sort of compensation. Today, the tables have turned – Android owners, specifically those who rock to the Samsung Galaxy S II, will be able to enjoy a dedicated level in Angry Birds. This level will be a Golden Egg level, where it can be attained in the latest Angry Birds Seasons edition of Summer Pignic.

It is said that the level exists somewhere else in the Galaxy (you can tell why it is an exclusive only on the Galaxy S II now, right?), where the laws of physics have changed somewhat compared to what you find on the third rock from the sun. I watched the video, and it seemed that the black and white birds could fly farther than usual.

I'm sure you're wondering just where you can find it and would prefer me to stop rambling, so here it is – the Golden Egg is in the third level of Summer Pignic
source: Ubergizmo

Nokia 700 Zeta Unveiled

Word has it that Nokia will launch a new cell phone that runs on the Symbian Belle OS. The upcoming Nokia 700 Zeta comes jam packed with a 3.2-inch AMOLED screen, NFC, and a 1GHz processor. Too bad, there is no info on pricing or availability at this moment. Stay tuned for more updates.
source: TechFresh

Opera Mobile 11.1 for Android updated with bug-fixes for certain phones

According to Opera, a few Android users were experiencing problems with the latest update of the Opera Mobile browser on Android, with certain phones experiencing force close errors and others suffering random lock-ups when launching the app.

Well. They've now been fixed. A new version is up on the Android Market. Here's Opera's explanation of the problem and some of the phones effected by it:

Shortly after the launch of Opera Mobile 11.1 for Android we started receiving reports Opera was freezing at startup. We traced the startup freeze to devices with non-standards fonts. Most effected devices were the HTC HD2, and LG P990 Optimus 2x. The developers also identified and fixed another freeze on start-up bug that was effecting devices with Hardware keyboards such as the Motorola Milestone, and the HTC Desire Z.

Opera is calling this a “silent update” which, we think, means it doesn't get a new build number. It's like they want all knowledge of this error ERASED from history. Fair enough.
source: Eurodroid

Report: Microsoft to earn $15 every time Samsung sells an Android phone

We've already mentioned the bizarre news about how much Microsoft earns in licensing fees every time HTC sells an Android phone – now the software giant is set to strike again.

According to Reuters today, Microsoft is pursuing Samsung for licensing fees of around $15 for every Android device it sells, as a result of technology patents used in its Android smartphones. And, as we well know, Samsung sells a LOT of Android phones…

Reuters goes on to quote sources who say Samsung could get that down to $10 per phone in exchange for producing more Windows Phone 7 devices. Such a TANGLED WEB, eh?
source: Eurodroid

Apple overtakes RIM in US smartphone share

The days of RIM dominating the smartphone industry is finally over. According to recently released findings by comScore, it looks like RIM has finally slipped from second to third place in the race. In the last quarter that ended in May, Apple's market share for smartphones went up 1.4% to 26.6% while RIM dropped 4.2% to 24.7% and Google gained 5.1% to 38.1%. Though RIM wasn't the only loser in the same time period, Microsoft and Palm dropped 1.9% and 0.4% respectively.

But in terms of smartphone sales, Apple was the one of the few companies to show some growth (albeit at only 1.2%) while other manufacturers didn't budge (Samsung), and some companies like Motorola and RIM showing a decline. Things look rosy for Apple as the company seems to be able to do no wrong so far, with growth in both smartphone sales and US market share. Let's see whether Apple can maintain the momentum for the second half of the year.
source: Ubergizmo

Sprint's Motorola Photon 4G and Samsung Conquer 4G to be out this month?

Sprint's two upcoming 4G Android smartphones, the Motorola Photon and the Samsung Conquer, may both become available starting this month.

The handsets appear on a leaked screenshot which suggests that the Samsung Conquer will arrive on July 24. We can't see any specific launch date for the Motorola Photon, but the image shows it should be also released sometime before the end of July.

There are no pricing details yet, but the Photon will certainly be the most expensive phone of the two.

Officially announced in June, Motorola Photon 4G runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread and features a 4.3 inch qHD display, 1GHz dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera, VGA front-facing camera, and 16GB of on-board memory.

The Samsung Conquer 4G only has a 3.5 inch HVGA display, a single-core 1GHz processor and a 3.2MP camera, but it adds a sliding QWERTY keyboard, which will certainly prove to be useful when accurate and fast typing is needed.
source: Unwired View

HTC EVO 3D vs HTC EVO 4G 2D Camera Comparison [Forum Talk]

The biggest thing about the HTC EVO 3D is its camera. With two five megapixel shooters on the back and with 3D functionality, many people are wondering if HTC has stepped their game up, especially compared to the original EVO 4G. Our friend and esteemed moderator at AndroidForums.com, novox77, wondered just how much better the camera was himself and decided to do some side-by-side comparisons and analysis. With his permission, we’ve reposted his results here, but you can find more discussion inside the thread at AndroidForums.com. (Note: the three asterisks detail where novox77′s content begins and ends.)

*** The Evo 3D is such a camera-centric phone that IMO it deserve a very robust analysis of its cameras. This post will focus on image quality for 2D photos.

Let’s start off with some photo comparisons with the predecessor, the Evo 4G. In the following images, the top picture is from the E3D, and the bottom picture is from the E4G. The inset picture is a direct crop from the original photo, so you can see the quality at native resolution.

Methodology Both cameras were set to their max resolutions (5mp for the E3D and 8mp for the E4G). All settings within the camera app were set to the same values. Photos were taken from a fixed position with E3D first, followed by E4G. I tried my best to frame the shot as similarly as possible to minimize metering variations. The first two comparisons were shot under direct sunlight on a ‘mostly cloudy’ day. The last set was shot under the shade of a tree.

Test set 1

In this first set, you can see that the E3D got the colors right. E4G went crazy in the auto-white-balance mode and made things way too yellow. I was unable to force the white balance to give me something more natural. Looking at the insets, there is a lot more noise in the E4G pictures (note all the reddish spots in the shadows), and the leaves do not look as sharp. This is directly due to the 8mp being overkill for the resolving power of the lens.

Test set 2

One again, E3D wins this one. The maple leaves are in sharp focus, and the color tones of the soil and rocks in the background are much more representative of the actual scene. I made 3 attempts to take a sharp photo with the E4G, and what you’re seeing was the best of the three. The Evo had a very hard time focusing on the thin maple leaves. So while this comparison might not seem fair since the E4G shot isn’t in focus, there’s something to be said for the camera’s inability to focus correctly. Who cares how good the sensor is if the camera can’t focus light on it? And looking at the insets, it’s once again clear that the 8mp is doing nothing but magnifying the imperfection.

Test set 3

For the final shot, I chose something in the shade and less colorful for some contrast comparison. The E3D appears to have higher contrast, though I tend to prefer the color temperature of the E4G shot. However, if you look at the insets, the E3D image is clearly more sharp. It seems that again, the E4G has problems getting the focus right. For web viewing where you get to resize the photos way down (like I did for these images), that slight blur is not so noticeable. But clearly the E3D wins in clarity and contrast.

So in broad daylight and daytime shade, the Evo 3D cameras win hands-down in my book. Coming up: more comparisons under low light with and without flash, and we’ll see which camera takes the cake.

Here are the results of the low-light comparisons. Overall, the E4G wins this round with better color reproduction, despite being much grainier and less sharp. E3D has a much more powerful flash but tends to tint the photos blue as a result.

Test set 4

In this test, the box of toys are under a 40W incandescent fan light, which is pretty dim for indoor photography. I set ISO and white balance to auto for both cameras. Color reproduction goes to the E4G, hands down. E3D had a hard time figuring out how to white balance the tungsten lighting, but looking at the insets, the E3D shows less noise than the E4G. From a post-processing perspective, the E3D has the most potential, since it’s much easier to color-correct than to remove noise. Still, if I were to pick a favorite without any touch-up, I’d pick E4G here. Note, I did also try the preset Incandescent white balance setting, but it did not look right at all. This was true for both phones.

Test set 5

In this set, we have even dimmer conditions than before. The room is lit by a 40W-equivalent CFL lamp, which is pretty far away from the subject. E3D once again proves it takes sharper pictures, judging by the insets. And unlike the previous test set, the E3D gets the colors correct. E4G still has a hard time focusing, and the contrast is not as good as E3D. Noise is very evident in the E4G image, especially in the glass vase.

Test set 6

This final comparison tested the flash capabilities of the phone. The clear winner was the E4G. E3D seems to have a much more powerful flash, but the final photo is tinted blue and overexposed. I tried many variations to improve the shot but was unable to. E4G had good contrast and color, albeit noisy, as usual. Flash actually improved color tones when compared to test set 5. Clear winner here is the E4G.

The results of these low-light tests surprised me; I went into these thinking the E3D was the shoo-in winner. Not so. However, I’ve seen my E3D perform better than this, and for sure, my E4G has produced some pretty horrendous flash shots. But in these controlled tests, the E4G came out on top for low-light. Definitely worthwhile to do more tests, but it’s certain that low-light photography is hit or miss sometimes, even with dSLRs. ***

A few more notes from deep within the thread:

Some HTC EVO 3D units appear to be producing a light green tint in many of users’ shots. This mainly happens in direct sunlight, but does appear to be a problem with a specific subset of camera sensors on specific models. We haven’t yet gathered data regarding which hardware version these users are on.
Some 2D pictures may produce dark photos if your brightness is low when taking the photo. To remedy, simply increase brightness and take the shot again. This is not an issue with 3D photos.
HTC apparently says the first bullet point above may be a software glitch and are looking to provide a fix in an OTA upgrade. We’re assuming the second bullet point is software-related as well.

I should note that I (Quentyn) have not experienced the green/yellow tint issue in direct sunlight, nor has Novox77, the original poster. Here are his thoughts and some recent shots of him trying to reproduce the error:

*** I would agree that the green tint problem is likely a camera post-process problem for some subset of Evo3Ds. The focus problem could be a hardware issue. My Evo 4G appears to suffer from it (all E4G photos in my OPs are out of focus).

This morning, I tried to reproduce the green tint problem you guys have referenced but couldn’t. So I think it’s only affecting some percentage of E3D owners. Here are three pics I took under direct sunlight:

The flipflop shot looked fine. Red is slightly pink, but that may be due to a slight over exposure. In the street shot, the grass looks a little saturated. In the flower shot, the flowers are washed out a bit, but that’s due to the high contrast range (poor choice of subject in direct sunlight).

Focus was fine. I don’t see any green blotchy tinting. If the camera is important to you (as it is to me), I would definitely try an exchange to see if you can get one that takes better pics. ***

There it is. Ahead of a full review, here’s a very good look at the camera in every day situations. Novox77′s findings show that the camera on the EVO 3D is above average and far surpasses the quality of the original EVO 4G, but some users may be met with a bad experience if they were unlucky enough to get a bad apple. Personally, I have been able to take exceptional photos with the EVO 3D and am completely happy with its camera over the EVO 4G’s. I have produced similar results to Novox’s, but mileage always varies. Look out for a full review of the HTC EVO 3D in the coming days.
source: Android Phone

Samsung Galaxy S II officially arriving at Telstra Australia on July 26

Telstra has officially confirmed that it would launch the Samsung Galaxy S II in Australia later this month, more exactly on July 26.

The new Android Gingerbread smartphone will be available on a variety of plans (starting at $59 per month). Those who want to buy it off-contract wil have to pay $840 for it.

Already sold in more than 3 million units around the world, the Samsung Galaxy S II seems to be one of the best smartphones ever. It's extremely thin (8.5mm) and packs lots of high-end features, including a 4.3 inch WVGA Super AMOLED Plus display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 2MP front-facing camera, 8MP autofocus rear camera, and 1080p video recording.

According to Telstra, its Galaxy S II will have "a number of improvements" (thanks to the rigorous tests it's been through). These include: enhanced UI performance and responsiveness, better UMTS 850 RF sensitivity for reduced "instances of call drops and improved data speeds," enhanced stability when used as a Wi-Fi hotspot, enhanced "data throughput rates when used as a tethered modem on some operating systems," and enhanced attachment handling when using the e-mail client.

Vodafone and Optus will also introduce the new Samsung Galaxy S II in Australia soon.
source: Unwired View

Verizon's Motorola Droid Bionic “coming soon” at Best Buy, new design and all

While it may or may not be released on August 4, the Motorola Droid Bionic is definitely going to hit the shelves sometime this summer.

Until we find out its official launch date, you might want to know that the Bionic has been spotted in a leaked Best Buy promo material, which lets us take a peek at what the handset looks like.

You probably remember that Motorola and Verizon decided to postpone the introduction of the Bionic in order to refresh its design, and add some enhanced features. Well, the new design makes the smartphone seem a keyboardless Droid 3 - and that isn't a bat thing.

The Best Buy document (published by This Is My Next) reconfirms that the Moto Droid Bionic will come with LTE connectivity, a dual-core processor, two cameras, and HDMI-out. We still don't know for sure if Android 2.3 Gingerbread is going to be on-board. But it probably will, since it makes little sense for Verizon to launch a handset with 2.2 Froyo in August.
source: Unwired View

Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro delayed until Q4. SE TXT Pro priced

If you were hoping to get your hands on a Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro this quarter, it looks like it's not going to happen.

Sony Ericsson has reportedly confirmed to SoMobile that the Xperia Pro will not hit the market until the fourth quarter of the year.

Furthermore, The Carphone Warehouse says the handset will be shipped in October.

However, Sony Ericsson UK's official online shop still lists the Xperia Pro as being available starting this month. But they probably didn't get the chance to update the website.

I've checked out the Xperia Pro back in February at MWC 2011 – when it was officially announced – and I can tell you that it's definitely a smartphone to consider if you're looking for a new QWERTY device (of course, no one will blame you if you can't wait 'till October). Keyboards aside, the features of the Xperia Pro are similar to the ones of the Xperia Neo: Android 2.3 Gingerbread, 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 3.7 inchFWVGA display, 8MP autofocus camera, and so on.
source: Unwired View

LG launches its Optimus 3D in Korea with free 3D Games

LG's glorious Optimus 3D and its 4.' WVGA glasses-free 3D Display, Dual Core 1GHx OMPA4 is now heading to Korea, and since one good news never travel alone, LG and Gameloft decided to pack this awesome phone with not one but three titles including Asphalt 6: Adrenaline, N.O.V.A. — Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance and Let's Golf! 2.

And to make things even better Fourteen additional Gameloft S-3D games will be available for download via the 3D Games icon on the LG Optimus 3D. Titles such as: Assassin's Creed: Altaïr's Chronicles, James Cameron's Avatar, Ultimate Spider Man: Total Mayhem, GT Racing: Motor Academy, Shrek Kart, Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus, Real Football 2011, Star Battalion, N.O.V.A. 2 — Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance, Dungeon Hunter 2, Fishing Kings, BackStab, Eternal Legacy and Shadow Guardian will be offered to Optimus 3D owners at half price for the first three months. Archer Craft, an LG produced S-3D game, will also be available as a free download.

SEOUL, July 7, 2011 - LG Electronics (LG) announced its entry into the expanding handheld gaming market with the launch of the LG Optimus 3D in Korea and the introduction of 17 Stereoscopic 3D (S-3D) games from leading mobile video game developer Gameloft.

"Today's smartphones have the horsepower to compete with the best portable gaming devices and LG Optimus 3D is our proof," said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. "We think 3D is the natural next step in portable entertainment and LG is eager to throw its hat in the ring with the Optimus 3D and Gameloft's 'must-be-seen-to-be-believed' titles."

Full versions of three Gameloft titles will come pre-installed on new Optimus 3D smartphones with the remaining S-3D games available for download at significantly discounted prices for LG Optimus 3D owners. The three included S-3D games are Asphalt 6: Adrenaline, N.O.V.A. — Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance and Let's Golf! 2. The games received wide acclaim in their original versions and were specifically chosen for the realism and immersive game play they would provide when digitally re-mastered into S-3D.

"The most recent data shows iOS and Android devices are capturing a growing part of the portable gaming market by revenue," said Michel Guillemot, President of Gameloft. "With the next generation of smartphones offering 3D capabilities, the bar has been raised to a new height. On the Optimus 3D, we're able to offer our most popular titles to an entirely new audience at very competitive price points."

Fourteen additional Gameloft S-3D games will be available for download via the 3D Games icon on the LG Optimus 3D. Titles such as: Assassin's Creed: Altaïr's Chronicles, James Cameron's Avatar, Ultimate Spider Man: Total Mayhem, GT Racing: Motor Academy, Shrek Kart, Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus, Real Football 2011, Star Battalion, N.O.V.A. 2 — Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance, Dungeon Hunter 2, Fishing Kings, BackStab, Eternal Legacy and Shadow Guardian will be offered to Optimus 3D owners at half price for the first three months. Archer Craft, an LG produced S-3D game, will also be available as a free download.

Special software available only on Optimus 3D allows for real-time conversion of 2D photo and video content into 3D. Furthermore, LG is taking content creation to a new level with a free software that can convert 2D games to 3D, available for download to all Optimus 3D owners in the third quarter.

"The convergence of communication, the internet and entertainment all on one device was what made smartphones so popular so quickly," added LG's Dr. Park. "3D on smartphones is what color was to television - it introduces an entirely new level of viewing enjoyment. Playing a Gameloft 3D title on an LG Optimus 3D is simply taking that enjoyment and multiplying it by a factor of ten. It's an experience that's guaranteed to put a smile on anyone's face."

The LG Optimus 3D, the world's first smartphone with full 3D and Tri-Dual (dual-core, dual-channel, dual-memory) architecture, was designed for maximum performance and efficiency, ideal for the high processing power required for gaming and viewing videos. The LG Optimus 3D is currently being introduced in over 60 markets around the world. The preloaded games will be available from launch, with further downloadable games rolling out over the coming months through a dedicated 3D Games icon.
source: Akihabara News

Motorola Droid 3 available now at Verizon, Android 2.3 Gingerbread included

The long-awaited Motorola Droid 3 is now finally available at Verizon, although only online. As expected, the startphone costs $199.99 with a new contract agreement (data package required), or $449.99 outright.

Although the Droid 3 is not an LTE handset (like the yet to be released Motorola Droid Bionic), it is one of Verizon's best smartphones at the moment. It runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and comes with lots of attractive features, including global roaming capabilities, a 5-row QWERTY keyboard, 4.3 inch qHD (960 x 540) multi-touch display, dual-core 1GHz processor, 8MP rear camera with 1080p video recording, front-facing camera, and 16GB of on-board memory.
source: Unwired View

Foursquare Launches Version 2.0 for Windows Phone 7

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Having trouble dealing with a lot of bugs pestering the Foursquare app on your Windows Phone 7? Bummed out when the problem-riddled program was pulled out because you are unable to verify your mayor credentials to get those hard-earned discounts? Worry no more, as a new version of Foursquare for WP7 has been released with a reworked interface that takes full advantage of Microsoft's Metro design used in Windows Phone, such as the panoramic UI. Much like the original version, the second version of the app is a collaboration between Foursquare and Microsoft.

Other features in the Foursquare Version 2.0 for Windows Phone 7 include the live tile, tap-and-hold check-in, and a map that displays your friends' check-ins as well as surrounding specials.

The Version 2.0 of Foursquare for WP7 is now available in the Windows Phone Marketplace.
source: Gadget.com

LG Optimus 3D available for ₤35 on contract, ₤500 SIM-free

The LG Optimus 3D has just changed its status message from Coming Soon to Available. The phone is now on sale at UK's Carphone Warehouse.

The Optimus 3D can be purchased on a contract for a price of £35 ($56) per month from any of the following carriers: O2, Orange, T-Mobile and Vodafone. If you want to buy it SIM-free, you should be ready to shell out £499.95 ($801) for it. For that price you get a 4.3-inch, 800 x 480 resolution glasses-free 3D display, along with a 5 megapixel camera that records videos in 720p 3D or 1080p 2D. You also get a 1GHz dual-core CPU underneath to run the show and 8GB of internal memory. Unfortunately, the phone is still running on Android 2.2 Froyo but a Gingerbread update is promised in future.

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Samsung to develop a 'Galaxy S II' version of Windows Phone 7

Samsung is among the few manufacturers for Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 handsets, and they're also famous for their Galaxy S II Android smartphone. It won't be surprise if Samsung tries to apply their successful ingredient onto their Windows Phone 7 lineup.

There is evidence to suggest that a WP7 version of the overwhelmingly popular Galaxy S II might be just around the corner. Now, if you take the Galaxy S II's model number, SGH-927, then add 10, you get “SGH-937.” Coincidently, a device bearing that name has just cropped up at the Bluetooth SIG, and it's reported to have exactly the same Bluetooth characteristics as a Mango Windows Phone 7 handset.

Finally, we add some corroboration in the form of an obscure list of WP7 phones at Occasional Gamer, which also mentions the SHG-937. That leaves us just two possibilities: either WP7 is about to be available on one of the best smartphones around, or it isn't. We're hoping for the former one of course.
source: 2DayBlog.com

HTC sales up nearly 88-percent from last year, have Google to thank for

Despite having moved into the number five slot on IDC's list of the top handset makers worldwide — beating out RIM and just behind Apple — HTC has actually seen its share prices drop 19-percent since June 7th. The stock did rebound slightly following news that the company's sales for June were a staggering 87.8-percent higher than the same time last year. Surprisingly, that's actually a drop from May's figures which were 116-percent higher than the same month in 2010. Even though the company continues to break its own sales and profit records, some analysts don't think the company is out of the woods just yet — a rather confusing outlook to us but, then again, we're not financial analysts.
source: 2DayBlog.com

Three million Samsung Galaxy S II sold in 55 days

Samsung sold three million of its original Galaxy S phone in 85 days. A few months later, a full ten million had been sold. Now, it looks as if the superphone's successor may put that latter statistic to shame. The outfit just announced that it took 55 days to move three million Galaxy S II handsets, which works out to one phone every 1.5 seconds. It's the Korean electronic giant's briskest-selling smartphone ever, and we're guessing that it'll keep up the pace once more carriers offer it, right DiGi?
source: 2DayBlog.com

Windows Phone 7 Foursquare app re-released, promised to be better

The original Foursquare app for Windows Phone 7 was killed off due to lack of features and a rather sub-par user experience, leaving mayors everywhere unable to verify their credentials for hard-earned discounts. Well fret no more, friends. A new version of the mobile check-in application has been released, showing off a retooled interface that takes full advantage of Microsoft's panoramic UI. Among other features are live tile, tap-and-hold check-in, and a map that shows friends' check-ins alongside nearby specials. Version 2.0, as it's being called, is now available in the Windows Phone Marketplace — your Twitter followers have probably missed all of your Taco Bell Fourthmeal check-ins anyway.
source: 2DayBlog.com

Stepen Elop talks about Nokia's future with Windows Phone 7

All Things D recently posted up a lengthy interview with the CEO of Nokia, Stephen Elop, about the company's decision to adopt Windows Phone. From dismissing the Trojan horse theory to the future of the company, it's a pretty interesting video that anybody who's keen on finding out more about Nokia's future with Windows Phone. They even discuss why they chose to go with Windows Phone 7 instead of Android, and how they intend to be the best Windows Phone 7 phone manufacturer.
source: Ubergizmo

Samsung Galaxy S II: 3 million sold

55 days after the Samsung Galaxy II went on sale; it looks like Samsung has got another winner on their hands. The company recently celebrated a major milestone for the Galaxy S II: 3 million units of the phone have been sold in just 55 days. That's about a month faster than the original Galaxy S that took 85 days to hit 3 million units. And when you take into account that the Galaxy S II isn't even up for sale in the US, that's pretty impressive.

It looks like Samsung can do no wrong with its Galaxy S line up of Android phones. Hopefully support for the phone (if it comes rebranded and remade differently for each carrier in the country) won't be as shabby as it was for the first generation of Galaxy S phones (we all know how that story went). If sales keep up at this rate, Samsung won't have any problems reaching its 11 million goal by year's end. How many of you have gotten a Galaxy S II or plan to get one this year?
source: Ubergizmo

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