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These days there is some wave of cheap Android phones being presented. LG Vortex is not an exception. It is one of the many LG devices that were announced recently and is headed directly to Verizon stores. An interesting thing about LG Vortex is that although it comes equipped with Android 2.2, it lacks many of the features that it is expected to have. Another thing that needs our attention is that the handset is running Bing as its default web browser and Google Maps is changed with Bing Maps. This is because of the contract between Verizon and Microsoft which compels the carrier to integrate Microsoft’s services in all entry-level mobile phones and Windows Phone 7 handsets.

The most important hardware features of LG Vortex are Android 2.2 FroYo OS (as already mentioned), a 3.2-inch touchscreen display, running at resolution of 320×240 pixels (here we should point out the low resolution for the size of the screen, which will result in pixelized picture), microSD card slot, 600MHz processor (this has been achieved by overclocking it, so it is possible to have some issues and problems in heavier applications), 170MB internal storage, 1500mAh battery, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, FM radio, a-GPS and all the standard sensors – accelerometer, proximity sensor, light sensor and digital compass.

Regarding the price, the mobile phone will be sold … for free on a 2-year contract after a 100$ rebate, which you will get in the form of a debit card. The release date was set to October 29. So if you are looking for a free entry-level Android device, head to the closest Verizon office and get your LG Vortex.

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Skype with new version

It was until recently when Skype has finally released their Android application for everyone, not only to Verizon users, as it was some time ago. And of course, almost everyone was very happy about this, especially after removal of Skype support from Fringe and lack of other client, supporting voice calls. But if you’ve read my words carefully, you would have notices that I said “almost everyone”. The reason for this was the lack of support of devices with smaller QVGA screens. Many HTC Wildfire, Tattoo and other manufacturers’ users were annoyed by this, but they had no choice but wait.

But the wait is over. Skype has released new version of their Android client – (which is actually reported to be 1.0.1).  The most significant improvement, compared to the older version, is the support of QVGA displays with resolution 320×240 and 240×400 pixels. The rest of the changes are:

  • Hardware back key is now supported.
  • Signing out from Skype now exits Skype.
  • Reduced power consumption in idle mode.
  • Improved login stability and behavior.
  • Improved performance with large contact lists.
  • Reduced application size.
  • General bug fixes.

In order to update to the latest version of Skype, or if you are about to make a fresh installation, either scan the QR code bellow and download it from the Android Market or open your mobile web browser and go to

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