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Sense 3.5 for HTC Desire HD, Desire S and Evo 4G

Android 2.3.4 was released a while ago, but not for all Android phones. It was first released for the Samsung Nexus S , the Nexus One and then was distributed to a few others. However, because of the complete code being open source, developers started developing Custom ROMs for devices that were not given this update. Android 2.3.4 brings some new features such as Google Talk Video Chat. That’s one of the main reasons why people want to try this build and also for other bug fixes.

Since then, Android 2.3.5 has also been released and like it’s previous update, it wasn’t rolled out to all the phones. The only way to try out these latest builds were to root your Android phone and then install a custom ROM such as CyanogenMod.

Android 2.3.4 also came with Sense 3.5 on the HTC Bliss, which was released recently. It’s beautiful, we all have to admit, and has paved a path to all the latest home screen widgets and customization’s. It was leaked last month along with the Bliss and it showed some new improvements in the UI, such as  two dedicated buttons to the Menu and Dialer just below the enlarged weather app. Sense 3.5 was also made to run on mid range HTC phones, as opposed to normally being made  for high-end smartphones. Check out the screenshots after the break.

No worries you HTC owners, specially if you happen to have the Desire HD/S or Evo 4G. All three of these HTC phones have been introduced to Sense 3.5 by some special geeks over at XDA developers. Like always. If you’re not afraid of flashing your phone, then you should certainly give it a try.

You can visit the thread over at XDA developers and try this new version of Sense out. It should soon be available for other HTC phones as well. We’ll keep you updated.

Do you prefer the Sense UI or the Windows Phone 7 Metro UI?

Samsung Galaxy Note: Neither a Phone nor a Tablet

Talk about not knowing the difference between speed and top speed and this new device from Samsung falls under the same category. A device that’s neither a mobile phone nor a tablet device. Kind of the same situation we had with the Samsung Galaxy Tab. Samsung unveiled a new device at IFA today, the Galaxy Note, which is literally too huge to be called a phone, but it is one.

The Samsung Galaxy Note has a super huge 5.3 inch Super AMOLED display with a 1280 x 800 resolution that makes photos, notes and everything else look real good. The big screen isn’t the only thing that’s awesome with this device. The Note brings a new interface known as S Pen, that uses a Stylus to draw and store things directly from your homescreen. It’s integrated with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI and consists of apps such as a Planner, a To-Do list and Memos that can be used as a piece of paper. Also, developers can develop apps for the S Pen interface since Samsung has decided to let the SDK out.

Interesting, don’t you think? Well, for a phone with a 5.3 inch it’s just normal. Now let’s have a look at the basic specifications of the Galaxy Note. It has the similar processor as the Galaxy S II, the  dual-core 1.4GHz processor and an 8 megapixel camera at the back. In spite of it’s huge size, the phone is extremely thin and considerably light as well. There’s no word on the pricing or availability yet, but Samsung is in talks with the Carriers to get it out in the open as soon as possible. We hope the same. Now, just relax and watch this video of the Samsung Galaxy Note, which should leave you with your mouth open for about 4 seconds.

We’ll let you know as soon as this beast is available in the market. Until then answer this riddle. What has a 5.3 inch display, is not a tablet, can place calls, but again, it can’t be called a phone. Don’t think so hard!!

Samsung Galaxy S II will Meet Uncle Sam Very Soon

People in the United States have waited really long for this day, the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy S II. The Android powered super smart-phone was never announced in the United States, but was available in it’s home country Korea and few other place including India.

However, the phone never met with Uncle Sam and all the countrymen and women were sad. You don’t have to be anymore, as Samsung has just announced that the S II will very soon be available from AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint. Sadly, Verizon users will not be able to get hold of the most powerful Android Smartphone, carrying the best hardware and software, apparently.

The Galaxy S II was a great success, selling around 5 million units in just 85 days, which is quite remarkable as it wasn’t even available in the U.S. Now that it is, analysts say that it could sell even more. All the carriers selling the device will name and price it accordingly, also they’ll be shaped differently. The specifications of the device such as hardware and software will mostly be the same, only the pricing and other carrier related charges may vary. The 1.2GHz Cortex A9 processor, 4.3 inch of Super AMOLED display, 1GB RAM, 8-megapixel camera, 16GB of storage will remain the same.

What may vary is the data connection speeds. Of course you’ll have 4G connectivity, with Sprint using WiMax, AT&T and T-Mobile holding hands with HSPA+. You can see in the image below, all the designs are different for all the carriers, including the logo placement.

There’s no much information about pricing and availability, but we did read ‘very soon’ and yes you can expect it to be priced like the iPhone 4. Perhaps $199 a pop. We’ll keep you informed about the availability and pricing as soon as we get word.

So any of you living in the US? How’d you feel about this?

Motorola Announces Pro+: Specifications and Features

Yet another + from Google Motorola. Don’t you think Google is just stretching the Google+ too long. After Google bought Motorola Mobility, two phones were announced  – Motorola Defy+ and now Motorola Pro+. But that doesn’t matter really because the specifications and features of the phones are still as great as they ever were. Motorola always announces cool and nice phone and it’s no exception this time.

This is yet another Touch-and-Type phone which are now flooding the mobile phone market. Motorola also announced that Defy+ would hit the shelves of United Kingdom sometime in September. That would be good to see. For now, we would just check with the specifications of Motorola Pro+. Read on!

  • It comes with a QWERTY keypad and a TFT capacivite touchscreen(Touch and Type phone).
  • The size of the display screen is 3.1 inches with a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels.
  • It weighs 113 grams.
  • It has an internal memory of 4 GB which is expandable up to 32 GB using a microSD card. 512 MB RAM is available.
  • It has a 5 megapixels rear camera with autofocus, dual-LED flash and geo-tagging. Normal video recording is available. No secondary camera is available in this phone.
  • It runs on Android v2.3(Gingerbread) which you are most likely to see on all the latest smartphones.
  • It has a 1 Ghz processor to make your experience of using this phone as fast as possible.
  • GPRS, EDGE, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v2.1 and microUSBv2.0 are available in the “Connectivity” section.
  • It has a 1600 mAh standard battery.
    Stand-by : Up to 312 hours
    Talk time : Up to 8 hours
  • Motorola Pro+ is expected release someday in October 2011.

Just like all the other smartphones, this phone will also be packed with 2G and 3G compatibility. These kind of phones(Touch and Type) really benefit people because the users can use their phone in any way they are comfortable with. If you want touch, you will use touch and if you want to type, you will use the buttons. And yeah, the QWERTY keypad would make all the typing much easier and hassle-free in this phone. So, I am just waiting for its launch to see what is the response of the people.

Share your views and opinions about this phone in the comments

Samsung Announces 3 New Phones in Wave Series

Another announcement of multiple phones from Samsung. Very recently, they announced four phones in their Galaxy series to suit their new name-scheme and now they have announced three new phones in the Wave series. The phones are – Samsung S8600 Wave 3, Samsung Wave M S7250 and Samsung Wave Y S5380. This trio was announced yesterday and I am sure it would be a successful trio when all of them hit the stores. All of these phones are great in specifications as well as in design. You will get to know the specifications about all these three phones in this post. So, read on for the specs and features.

Samsung S8600 Wave 3

  • It comes with a Super AMOLED touchscreen.
  • The size of the display screen is 4.0 inches with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels.
  • It weighs 122 grams.
  • It has an internal memory of 3 GB which can be expanded up to 32 GB using a microSD card.
  • It has a 8 megapixels camera with autofocus, LED flash, Geo-tagging, face, smile and blink detection, image stablilization and touch focus. Video recording is available in [email protected] frames per second. It also has a VGA secondary camera.
  • It runs on Bada OS v2.0 which is Samsung’s own creation.
  • It has a 1.4 Ghz processor.
  • GPRS, EDGE, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v3.0 and microUSB v2.0 are available in the “Connectivity” section.
  • It has a 1500 mAh Li-Ion standard battery.
    Stand-by : Up to 480 hours
    Talk Time : Up to 8 hours 30 min
  • Samsung S8600 Wave 3 is expected to release in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Samsung Wave M S7250

  • It comes with a TFT capacitive touch screen.
  • The size of the display screen is 3.65 inches with a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels.
  • It weighs 121 grams.
  • It has an internal memory of 150 MB which can be expanded up to 32 GB using a microSD card. Plus you would get 2 GB free in the box.
  • It has a 5 megapixels camera with autofocus, LED flash, smile-detection and geo-tagging. Video recording is available in [email protected] frames per second. A VGA secondary camera is available as well.
  • It runs on Bada OS v2.0.
  • It has a 832 Mhz processor.
  • GPRS, EDGE, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v3.0 and microUSB v2.0 are available in the “Connectivity” section.
  • It has a 1350 mAh Li-Ion standard battery.
    Stand-by : Up to 480 hours
    Talk Time : Up to 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Samsung Wave M S7250 is expected to release in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Samsung Wave Y S5380

  • It comes with a TFT capacitive touch screen.
  • The size of the display screen is 3.2 inches with a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels.
  • It weighs 102 grams.
  • It has an internal memory of 150 MB which can be expanded up to 32 GB using a microSD card. You will get 2 GB card free in the box.
  • It has a 2 megapixels camera with LED flash. Video recording is available in [email protected] frames per second. No secondary camera is available in this phone.
  • It runs on Bada OS v2.0.
  • It has a 832 Mhz processor.
  • GPRS, EDGE, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v3.0 and microUSB v2.0 are available in the “Connectivity” section.
  • It has a 1200 mAh Li-Ion standard battery.
    Stand-by : Up to 570 hours
    Talk Time : Up to 6 hours 40 minutes
  • Samsung Wave Y S5380 is expected to release in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Share your views and opinions about the phones in the comments.

Photos Credit – GSMArena

Micromax X40 Projector Phone Launched: Specs and Features

Another projector phone has hit India. Technology is undoubtedly progressing here in India. Sometime in March, Spice Popkorn was launched which turned out to be the first projector phone in India but it was priced at Rs. 6,700 so when compared, Micromax X40, would turn out to be a better pick because it has some awesome features and it is the cheapest phone with a projector. Another great thing is that the projector lens is adjustable which helps you to change projection sizes on the viewing screen. This phone is definitely going to be a hit. Want to know more about it? Keep reading.

micromax x40

  • Micromax X40 supports dual-sim feature.
  • Multiple-format document reader that opens up Word, Excel, PDF and PowerPoint files for you.
  • It has a TFT display screen.
  • The size of the display screen is 2.4 inches with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels.
  • Internal memory is 80 MB which can be expanded up to 4 GB using a microSD card.
  • It will have a 2 megapixels rear camera with not much special features. No secondary camera, of course.
  • It will just be another light weight phone with a weight of 148 grams.
  • Bluetooth, WAP and USB data would be available in the “Connectivity” section.
  • Micromax X40 is powered by a standard battery for up to 2.5 hours of battery life.
  • Social networking applications would be available in the phone.

Hmm… so this phone is great when its specifications and price is compared. It has totally outdone its only competitor Spice Popkorn just by making sure that people can afford it easily. The adjustable projector sounds good and would definitely feel good.

The price of Micromax X40 is around Rs. 5,000.

If you are looking for a projector phone and are stuck between Spice Popkorn and Micromax X40, go for X40 without any other thoughts. It’s much affordable than Popkorn and the features are great as well. The looks might not be much attractive, but this is a phone which is high-at-features and low-at-cost.

Share your views and opinions in the comments.

Top 3 Mobile HTML5-based Games For Your Smartphone

HTML5 has indeed made quite a mark on the mobile world, developers are increasingly using this platform to create and develop some real mind blowing games and applications for smartphones and tablet devices. I will review 3 amazing HTML5 games that are very much compatible with an iPhone or anyother smartphone having an HTML5 compatible browser.

A tip for iPhone users, if you want to play these HTML5 games on full screen then all you have to do is hit Safari browser middle button and choose the option Add to Homescreen and you will see the entire game on a full-screen mode. Have a brief look on these games after a break!

Nano Tanks

nano tanks

Ever played or heard about Pocket tanks, if yes then Nano Tank is another gaming gem that you will adore. Basically it’s a 2D shooting game in which you take out your enemies while avoiding incoming fire and obstacles. You will find it a bit difficult to play in iPhone’s Safari environment, so I will suggest you to convert to full screen mode. Nano Tanks employs real-time combat skills with highly responsive controls, you have to set your angle to take a perfect shot but you can maneuver you tank as well.

 

Lazors

lazors

Simple yet interesting, I found Lazors to be a very interesting game with some really challenging levels. There are a total of 30 levels and in each level you will find tangled lasers that are shown in red and Orange color. All you have to do is untangled the laser and once you are done the laser will change its color to green. Once you untangle all the lasers the level will be complete and you can proceed to next level having a higher difficulty level. You will require skills to complete higher levels in Lazors because gameplay will start getting difficult.

Spy Chase

spy chase

Lastly I am including Spy Chase which is basically a racing game with a touch of the past. You have to avoid cars, collect power increasing goodies and avoid obstacles while racing with your targets. You will go faster if you will collect more power-ups and eventually you can catch your rivals quickly. Shooting is by default so all you need to worry about is dashing your car around the track and reach finish line. Spy Chase can be downloaded from developer’s official website.

I tried out all of these games and simply loved them, I recommend that you should definitely give a try to these games and I can bet you will love the gameplay.

Sony Ericsson Announces Xperia Neo V: Specs and Features

Sony Ericsson has announced a new phone which would be known as Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo V. Sony Ericsson, yesterday, announced this phone and also announced that it has rolled out Android updates for the 2011 Xperia lineup. Now all the 2011 Xperia phones will have the opportunity of updating their Android operating system to version 2.3.4(Gingerbread).

This has made the Xperia users very happy who were waiting for the update announcement from quite a while. The announcement of a phone would just increase the excitement and take it to a better height. Sony Xperia neo V has many similar specs and features to its predecessor Xperia neo but definitely some improved and added features make this one better. Read on for the specs.

  • It comes with a LCD capacitive touch screen.
  • The size of the display screen is 3.7 inches with a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels.
  • GPRS, EDGE, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v2.1 and USB v2.0 are available in the “Connectivity” section.
  • It comes with a 5 megapixels rear camera with touch focus, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, 3D sweep panorama, autofocus and LED flash. Video recording is available in [email protected] frames per second. Secondary VGA camera is available as well.
  • It would have 320 MB internal memory which could be expanded to 32 GB using a microSD card. Plus, you would get 2 GB card free.
  • It runs on Android 2.3.4(Gingerbread).
  • It has a 1GHz Scorpion processor, Adreno 205 GPU, Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon.
  • It has a 1500 mAh standard battery.
    Standby – Up to 430 hours (2G) / Up to 400 hours (3G)
    Talk time – Up to 6 hours 55 min (2G) / Up to 7 hours (3G)
    Music play – Up to 31 hours
  • It has a scratch-resistant surface which leads to more awesomeness.
  • This phone is expected to launch in the fourth quarter of 2011.
  • The price hasn’t been revealed yet but would be revealed by the end of September.

So, this phone looks quite promising and I am looking forward to its release. The list of countries where this phone would be released in the beginning times of its launch aren’t revealed right now but soon, all will be revealed and answered.

Share your views and opinions in the comments.

Nokia 700, 701 and 600 Announced, coming with Symbian Belle

Nokia had put up a teaser on their Facebook fan page that mentioned about trying something new. A banner was put up with the words “It’s time to try something new” etched across. And we almost already knew that the new Symbian Belle will be the something new that we should all be trying. Turns out, we were absolutely right.

Symbian Belle, the successor to Anna, was announced by Nokia few hours ago along with three spanking new 1GHz touchscreen phones to give us more new things to try out. The new Belle OS will be bundled with these phones only at the moment and they’ll be available by this year end. New announced phones include the Nokia 700, Nokia 701 and Nokia 600, all of whom have a 1GHz processor and NFC chips pushed deep in to their core.

Symbian Belle Phones

All the new phones have got cute names too, and are called Zeta(700), Helen(701) and Cindy(600). Symbian Belle brings three more customizable home screens, new live widgets, the Android like Notification tray and of course NFC Sharing and pairing, which I believe is something really cool. You can connect to certain Nokia accessories such as headsets via this NFC feature with just a tap. Anyways let’s talk about the phones now, and start with Nokia Zeta(700), but before that, watch Symbian Belle in action right after the break.

Nokia Zeta 700

Nokia 700

The Zeta has been called the world’s smallest touchscreen phone, weighing only 96grams with 9.7mm at it’s thickest. That is quite thin and small. Well, being the smallest doesn’t make it any less powerful than any present smartphone. It has a 1GHz powerhouse, 512mb of RAM, 2GB of internal storage, 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, a 3.2 AMOLED ClearBlack display and NFC. That makes it quite a good phone with good features and awesome portability.

Nokia Helen 701

Nokia 701

This phone’s known as the world’s brightest phone, because of it’s display, which is 3.5 inches of IPS display with ClearBlack AMOLED tech. I have no idea why that makes it the world’s brightest phone, but since Nokia says so, let’s go along with that for now. Helen has the same 1GHz processor as all the other models, but also packs a better 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash and 8GB of internal storage.

Nokia Cindy 600

Nokia 600

This is the cheapest of the trio and Nokia’s loudest device ever at 106 phons. Yup, so this one’s like those music phones from Nokia, which you can use to listen to music all day long(say about 12-15 hours). Cindy also comes with a 1GHz processor, 2GB of internal storage, a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash and NFC support. It also has an in-built FM antenna, so the connecting of headphones to listen to the Radio is eliminated.

Overall, all the three phones look good and perform as well. The Nokia Zeta 700 is expected to be priced around $400, the Nokia Helen 701 at around $ 420 and the cheap yet powerful Nokia Cindy 600 at $ 260 when they’ll be released later this year.

You can learn more about Symbian Belle, watch some more demos and also learn about the phones in detail at Nokia.

Nokia Released C3-01 Gold Edition [Specs and Features]

Another gold-plated phone from Nokia. The first one was Nokia Oro, which was announced in May and will release in September. Nokia C3-01 Gold Edition was announced earlier in August and has been launched yesterday. This is a Gold Edition of the much successful Nokia C3-01 touch and type so it will definitely have a lot of similarity in specifications with the original C3-01 but the gold-plated body makes it a lot more better than the latter.

Also, many features have been improved and some new features have been added with this release. The specifications are nice so the phone won’t give you the feeling that it is only good because of the gold-plated body. You may read the specifications below.

  • It is a touch and type phone and it comes with a TFT resistive touchscreen.
  • The size of the display screen is 2.4 inches and the resolution is 240 x 320 pixels.
  • The internal memory is 140 MB and can be expanded up to 32 GB using a microSD card.
  • GPRS, EDGE, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v2.1 and USB v2.0 are available in the “Connectivity” section.
  • It will have a 5 megapixels rear camera with LED flash. Video recording is available in [email protected] frames per second. No secondary camera in this phone.
  • It comes with a 1 Ghz processor which is very rare in Nokia phones.
  • It has a 18-carat gold plating which makes it very special.
  • It has a 1050 mAh standard battery.
    Talk time – Up to 5 hours 30 min (2G) / Up to 4 hours (3G)
    Standby –  Up to 405 hours (2G) / Up to 440 hours (3G)
    Music play – Up to 20 hours
  • It weighs just 100 grams and it is good to see that even with the gold-plating Nokia has managed to keep it low-weight.

You can see from the specs and features above that Nokia C3-01 is a feature rich phone. It would cost around €220 but cost in INR has not been revealed yet. It would be revealed very soon, hopefully.

Share your views and opinions about this phone in the comments.