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August 15, 2010

Droid Incredible and Droid X to get Froyo!

Filed under: Android,Droid,Smart Phones,Tech — Sam @ 6:31 pm
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Droid Incredible is now in line to receive Android Froyo Upgrade.. The rollout might start on August 18th according to Engadget..

As for the Droid X it will be getting Froyo somewhere in Spetember.. the dates no one is sure about..

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HTC Desire – Now available in India!

This is EPIC, HTC Desire has now launched in India, though a official announcement is pending, you can buy it from flipkart.

The delivery of the phone will take 7-9 business days… God knows how many people are waiting for this news, including me!!!! 🙂

August 12, 2010

Sony Ericsson to introduce Android 3.0 gaming platform

Sony Ericsson(SE) will introduce a Smart phone focused on gaming something like PSP-Go. It will come up on Android 3.0 platform whereas the other smarphones from SE are still in the Android 1.6 stage. SE is also developing a eco-system around the gaming platform and I hope it comes out with legendary products like the Walkman series.

Presently, Android as a gaming platform has not taken flight, this is set to change with this, also, in my earlier post about Android 3.0, I mentioned UI focus, who knows that there might be a focus on gaming as well!!!

All this bodes too well with consumers as now everyone has a variety to choose from in each segment..  Android does seem like a way to go ahead.. 🙂

Engadget’s full story here.

Samsung Epic 4G coming soon

Filed under: Android,Smart Phones,Tech — Sam @ 8:18 am
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Epic 4G from Samsung is soon to come, August 31st, this phone will be for Sprint’s 4G network. The phone has a physical QWERTY keyboard.. many rumors have it that it is a Galaxy S with keyboard… The specs are the same as the Galaxy S model but it has a front facing camera too.. now this is good news…. 🙂

The sad news is that it will be running Android 2.1, these days most of the high end phones are being announced with 2.2, but Engadget.com has reported that it doesnt slow the phone..

August 11, 2010

Samsung’s Android Tablet – to be unveiled on Sept 3

Samsung is going to unveil its Tabled, which might be named as “Galaxy Tab”, at IFA ( Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin – International radio exhibition Berlin) next week in Germany. This will be a direct competion to Apple’s iPad.

The specs:

1. AMOLED display

2. Android 2.2

3. 1.2GHz Cortex A8 processor

4. 16GB of on-board memory

5. WiFi and 3G connectivity

The specs look juciy as hell but has to be seen how well the Tab will perform given the already launched and hugely popular Apple iPad!

But, what the hell, go Android go!! 🙂

August 10, 2010

Motorola Droid 2 Launches Tomorrow!!!

Verizon yesterday has confirmed that the Droid 2  is more than just a figment  of everyone’s imagination and its pre-sale starts tomorrow(US is plain lucky in this matter), as images and other stuff leaked a long back here. Shortly after releasing the Froyo update for the original Droid, we get the Droid 2, Android 2.2 pre-installed, Flash Player 10.1 and a revised QWERTY keyboard. It also ships with Swype pre-installed.

Here are the specs:

– 3.7-inch multitouch display

– 1Ghz processor

– 5 megapixel camera

– DLNA streaming

– 8GB of onboard memory and a 8GB microSD card

Now, as far as I think this is a version 2 of the original Droid, so, there might be improvements but if one were to expect a whole new ball game, it would be sick :O, and lets see if it can come upto Nexus One, Desire Category….

I’m loving every bit about Android phones all the way… its just great!!!!!

Now, where is my ?

Android 3.0 Gingerbread

Android 2.2, better known as FroYo, which still remains elusive to many devices, already has a successor! There is a strong rumor of Android 3.0 aka Gingerbread being prepared for a Q4 release later this year.

This time around one of the major focus will be on the User Interface, which will make all other custom UI’s obsolete, this could also mean that the custom UI will become just an add-on to the Android thus making the update to new OS as soon as it gets released, boy it feels good even writing this one :). It will require some pretty beefed up hardware requirements (or recommendations) though, including a 1GHz processor at the very least (qualifying devices such as the EVO 4G, all Galaxy S Variants as well as the Desire among others), 512MB RAM, a 3.5″ display or higher with support for 1,280 × 760 resolution.

What is clear though would be the branching off where hardware is concerned, since lower end handsets will max out at Android 2.2 at best, while newer high end Android phones should ship with Gingerbread.  Wow, im all in for a Desire now, someone just launch it in India. 😛

HTC Desire HD coming in October?

Filed under: Android,Smart Phones,Tech — Sam @ 4:58 am
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Another good news for all the Android lovers, this seems to be the latest from HTC…

A new phone running stock Android 2.2 might be the step up from Desire( EVO look alike) , it is expected to run Android 2.2 and feature a 4.3-inch touch screen, a 1GHz processor, and an 8-megapixel camera. Other details include 4GB internal memory, HD video playback, XviD video support, SRS surround sound, and a uni-body aluminum case.

The Device also codenamed ‘ACE’ might hit the US market in October…

Heard anything else?

Please share…

August 9, 2010

HTC Desire – Launch in India moved to August!

The latest news on HTC Desire ( An Android based phone, one of the best in market!) launch date has been moved to the second week of August. It seems the delay is due to some “Sales and Marketing issue”!

Here is the communication with HTC:


Dear Samant,

Thank you for contacting our Customer Support Center. We are dedicated to providing you with the best quality service and answering all of your questions and concerns. To clarify your issue, you stated that: You want to know about the launch date of HTC Desire. Regarding this we appreciate that you are interested in HTC Desire. We would like to intimate you that HTC Desire is getting delayed due to some Sales and Marketing issue. HTC May launch the HTC Desire by the second week of August. As we know that our goal is to provide you the latest technology. Our team is doing their level best to hit the target. You will find that handset on the website when it will launch. Please visit to the HTC website www.htc.com/in for further updates. We Appreciate your Patience. Regarding the price information you need to contact nearest retailer after the launch of HTC Desire. We have noted down your details, Ones the Desire will be launched, we will inform you regarding the same. Note: You can serve your phone from the country you have purchased from because the HTC devices are the country specific and India does not cover under Global Warranty. You can also call our Call Center at: 1800 11 33 77 if you have further questions. Thank you once again for your continued patronage.

To send a reply to this message or let me know I have successfully answered your question log in to our ContactUs site using your email address and your ticket number XXX.

Sincerely,

Vaibhav

HTC”

I hope this is true, but according to my other finding from a reliable source 😛  “Jaina Marketing”, it will be available in second week of September..

I too am waiting for this phone and would believe HTC more than their marketing agency, also HTC’s date is much nearer 🙂

UPDATE: HTC Desire might be launched between Aug 16-22 with SLCD screen and this was supposed to be the reason for delay (Shortage of AMOLED screen)

Heard anything else? Please share!

Samant

June 17, 2010

iOS 4 Vs Android 2.2 – My Perspective

Now, lets get on with the comparison of the two great Operating Systems(Android 2.2 a.k.a ‘Froyo’ and iOS4) for the smart phones (Technically its Android alone which can be on many smart phones). These comparisons are based on what I have read on the official sites and it goes by some rumors for comparison sake only.

The Android Ammo:

1. Speed gains of up to 2~5 times over Android 2.1

2. Exchange Calendar supported.

3. Wi-Fi Hotspots possible.

4. Support for over 256MB of RAM.

5. Apps on External storage.

6. Customizable UI.

7. Flash Support

iOS 4 Ammo:

1. Multi-Tasking

2. Folders for Applications

3. Improved E-mail

4. iBooks

5. Video Focusing

6. Custom Backgrounds

The above list is the ones I think are the most relevant for me. Please note ‘I am not comparing hardwares here’.

Multi-Tasking has been available from day one on Android, Apple had shied away for too long from it and with iOS Multitasking is available. The important factor to be taken into consideration is that if what Steve Jobs claims that ‘multi-tasking done right’ is true , iOS should be much faster on a similar hardware when we compare it with Android and also it should not hang the phone, drain the battery, hang applications (or outright close them) and should not slow down the phone too much! phew, lot of requirements eh! Android 2.1 was bad on performance front.

Android is 2~5x faster than than 2.1, now there is a leap in performance and many people have claimed that Android 2.2 which only updates on Nexus One now feels fast. Also, a better engine is used for running the javascript in the web pages, which might render the pages even faster. This I think is a good thing.

Speed comparison

Comparision with previous Android Versions

Apple does not support flash, that sucks to the core. The reason given is that flash slows iPhone and for that matter all the mac products too. This I cannot be sure, its what our Dearest Stevie has said.

Android 2.2 has included support for syncing Calendars, this I think is a plus for Android cause I wouldn’t want to feed all my calendar entries manually which I had done previously. iPhone has this feature from a very long time now.

iOS 4 comes with Folders for managing your applications, I wonder why there is no mention of this in Android, I have to agree that it will make your life simpler in terms of managing apps. When I tried finding an app in my friend’s phone I was lost, this guy had four pages full of apps.! These days its all about good applications!

iOS4 also comes with iBooks. There is not a single good enough PDF reader in Android, there is a Adobe reader but its not good. Through iBooks you can read pdfs too… so you are not restricted to content only from Apple. Another thing about iOS is that it can read EPUB format for eBooks, which is an open source format. This means u can even download free books from google and read it on your iPhone. Again downloading from net and using iBook to read should be possible, which I am guessing it should be. I have to shell out 10$ to read PDF’s on my S60 device.. crap!

Froyo has the capability to turn your Phone into a Wi-Fi Hotspot, off course it depends on the phone but iPhone 3G hardware has what is needed! So, having it on Froyo does gives it that edge, imagine I’m at some place where there is internet needed, I can be a service provider 🙂 In India for this feature to be usable first 3G has to come! 😛

Now, here is a big guess, iOS supports more than 256MB RAM, it is a guess cause Apple has not disclosed the RAM in iPad which has an A4 processor. I have to agree that it is a rumor that iPad has at least 512Mb of RAM. With Froyo it now can support more RAM. Its a draw here!

Also, the thing which has been there in Apple from day one, you can store and install your apps in your SD card, this was needed and I am glad it has but applications have to be written that way, what was Google thinking, installing it on GDrive??

Among other things, Android home screen can be modified and Apple has tap on focus Video. Giving a greater control on what you like, Apple has just put customizable backgrounds as an option in iOS, is that a joke! 🙂 This is a feature Apple should give, now is it so complex to make a customized UI?? Stevie, are you listening?

A huge advantage with Android in general is that you just dont have one phone! You have so many even now that the choice is your and its good, where as Apple has like 2 Choice which are more or less same! Here Android wins hands down.

From what I have heard on different sites reagrding the complaints, the guys in US are not happy about iPhone on AT&T alone, they hate iPhone for being only on one network, we’ll even I hate them for this. If iPhone would have been on different networks the ball game would have been different.

As for all the comparisons we see that Froyo definitely has more features than iOS, but when it comes down to usability we really have to wait out on that one. The thing which can be expected is that given the previous iPhones, there is no comparison in the quality, the iPhone works like a dream even compared to Android 2.2 on Nexus one, you have to give Apple that.

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