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Many of the android phones this year are coming out with good features and they are also budget-friendly. Sprint is ready to launch Samsung conquer 4G phone which really holds some good specs with surprisingly low prices.
The Samsung conquer 4G is installed with the latest version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system and it’s available at the low price of $99.99 with one year contract. The device will be released on 20th August via Sprint retail channels such as www.sprint.com.
What more can you ask in such a low price when Samsung conquer 4G has a decent display of 3.5” touch screen. Conquer 4g will be a great time saver as it is loaded with a 3.2 mega pixel camera and a 1.3 mega pixel camera on the front, so that you can video chat on the go anywhere with your smart phone. The rear camera has a zoom and a flash for better picture quality.

The device can support external memory up to 32 GB but it is shipped with 2 GB memory card. The 4G smart phone has a 1 GHz snapdragon processor.
Though the specs of the Sprint Samsung conquer 4G are little low, they are more than enough compared to the cost… they are also giving it away at the price. The Conquer has a cool design and a professional appearance with Wi-Fi, GPS and it has access to all the apps available in the android market.
Sprint has given everyone a chance to experience a smartphone with Samsung Conquer 4G.

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T-Mobile G2

Earlier in July we talked about the G2 hoping that a Gingerbread update may come. We also discussed Android 2.3.3 being leaked which includes a few enhancements such as improved audio codec and radio codec, faster response and boot up, enhanced GUI and bug fixes for WLAN and Bluetooth. We also need to mention that T Mobile has been receiving shipments of SD Cards which already have the Gingerbread latest updates. This option was for all those who may not be very familiar with the update process; it gave them a chance to take their phones to their local techs so that they could update them.

So if you are among that group of people who were waiting for an update Over The Air (OTA), looks like your wait is over. For your delight, android techs have worked their fingers to the bone and finally the Gingerbread update is available. If you are a patient person then you can wait so that the update may come to your G2 phone within the next few weeks OTA or if you aren’t a patient person and are anxious to get the Gingerbread update try going to the following menu on your handset: Menu>Settings>About Phone>System Updates.

There is no guarantee this will work but its worth a try and if it does it will update your G2 (also know as the HTC Desire Z outside of the USA) to the Gingerbread version of Android. The update features the addition of Google books, new icons for battery indicator and web, Wifi calling improvements and improvements in sending MMS from the Gallery.

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samsung google nexus s

By now you have all heard of the latest smartphone from the Google and Samsung partnership – The Nexus S. It will be one of the major players with regards smartphones in 2011 and has some high spec advanced features. It’s definitely a phone to put on your wish list if you are looking for a high end Android device or iphone for that matter, it ticks a lot of boxes with the new gingerbread version of Android (2.3) But where to get it, thats the question…?

So far we have heard Vodafone will be selling the Nexus S on their network, the previous Nexus was only available online through a Google phone store but Google this time have decided to go the more traditional route to market.

Carphone Warehouse have announced they will be offering the Nexus S on vodafone contract in the UK and Ireland but did not give an exact date, saying only that it will be soon… how soon that is, time will tell. Vodafone are said to be the exclusive carrier, it will be interesting to see the price point it comes out at compared to the iPhone.

If you cant wait and are willing to fork out the extra for a SIM free version take a look at expansys.ie they are offering the phone sim free and are available now.

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During the last several months there were numerous rumors, leaked pictures, speculations about the manufacturer and the specifications of the new Google phone – Nexus S. Yesterday during the presentation of Android 2.3 Gingerbread, Google showed and made official their new handset as well – Nexus S, manufactured by Samsung. The choice of the manufacturer is not a surprise taking into account the big success of Samsung Galaxy handset family and the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

Working together, Google and Samsung has managed to create the best Android smartphone on the market so far, being the only one running the latest version of Android – 2.3 a.k.a. Gingerbread. The shape of the device is nice and sleek with curved edges and unique slightly curved display for best user experience. At the bottom part of Nexus S one could find the common Android key, this time in the form of touch-sensitive buttons – Home, Menu, Back and Search. Behind the cover you could find a 1GHz processor, 4-inch WVGA Super AMOLED display, connectivity for GSM/EDGE networks, gyroscope sensor for gaming, a 5MP back camera and a VGA front-facing one both with autofocus, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi support, 16GB internal memory and a 1500mAh battery. The device also is the first one to feature a NFC (Near Field Communications) chip that will enable you to pay bills and other upcoming features via your mobile phone.

The device comes preloaded with all the Google services like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Maps, Google Search, Voice Actions, Google Voice and the YouTube application. Google Nexus S will be available for purchase in online stores and on the shelves starting from December 16, but the price is yet unknown.

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After a long wait, endless rumors and leaked screenshots and specifications, the Gingerbread is finally out for the holidays. Yesterday Google officially introduced their new version of the Android OS together with their new mobile phone, manufactured by Samsung – Nexus S. We will go through the major changes, but they are not so much from a user perspective. Most of the changes are internal – optimizations and more new features for the developers (I, as a developer, am pretty happy about this).

The first and most noticeable thing is the new look of the default UI of Android. The whole OS is in darker colors and shades and sharper edges, but yet – keeping it all simple and clean. Making things simpler in the code itself, Google has managed to cut down the CPU load, which will reflect on the battery life as well.

The other changes are in the text input and editing – Google has changed a bit the shapes and positions of the buttons so that the text input is quicker and more accurate. Additionally, there is an ability to correct the words from the built-in dictionary suggestions. In order to make the text selection and editing easier, implementing a one-touch word selection and one-touch copy to the clipboard. If you press on a word, you will see 2 arrows – dragging them will allow you quickly and easily to select text.

Another helpful improvement, especially for the average user, who is used to task killer applications and battery life savers, is the improved power management. Gingerbread takes much more active role in the application management, monitoring the applications running in background, which take too much CPU power and time, and shut them down if necessary. A shortcut to Manage Applications is also added to the Options Menu in the Home Screen.

Among the game programming enhancements we could mark:

  • Native input and sensor events
  • Gyroscope and other new sensors, for improved 3D motion processing
  • Open API for native audio
  • Native graphics management
  • Native access to Activity lifecycle, window management
  • Native access to assets, storage
  • Robust native development environment

In addition, there are almost twice more locales – 57, available than in Android 2.2 FroYo. There are many other changes like support for different media formats and changes in the Linux Kernel version. For the full list please read the official press release from Google.

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It seems that the famous notebook (and recently handset) manufacturer has decided to step into the Android device market, introducing two new tablets – a 10-inch one and a 7-inch, together with a mobile phone/tablet, having a 4.8-inch display.

But let’s first begin with the big boy – a 10-inch tablet that is expected to be released in April, featuring “full Android tablet experience” whatever it means. But we all hope that Acer will integrate Android 2.3 Gingerbread into it. The tablet will have a 1GHz dual core processor, 1280×800 pixels resolution, Flash 10.1 support (so at least Android 2.2 installed), HDMI output and a 4MP camera. The body is just 13.3mm thick and is made of aluminum. Sounds pretty good and if combined with a pleasant price, this tablet will definitely be the favorite toy for many people.

But what if you are not into those big 10-inch tablets and would like something smaller, that you can put into your bigger pocket or in your ladies handbag? Acer have prepared something for you, too. They will release a 7-inch tablet as well, expected to hit the markets again in April. It will have again a double-core Qualcomm processor, but this time running at 1.2GHz frequency, Flash 10.1 support, resolution of 1280×800 pixels again (pretty nice resolution for a 7-incher), Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity (let’s hope it won’t be locked to certain carriers), 5MP rear camera and “HD” front-facing one for video calls and last but not least – DLNA support. It is supposed that the 7-incher will be running on Android 2.2 FroYo.

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There were some rumors around the web about the new upcoming Android flagship of Sony Ericsson – Anzy X12. According to the leaks from last weeks, it should have been packed with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. But now there is some additional information, which the guys from Mobile-Review has posted, which reveals that X12 will come equipped with Android 2.2 instead of Gingerbread. It’s a bit odd decision for SE, but maybe this is their policy – they released X10 family with Android 1.6 and update to Android 2.1 is just on its way now (when most people are looking forward to Gingerbread already). And now releasing a new device with FroYo – probably SE should revise their OS policy and make their users happy, releasing the new versions of Android a bit more faster, otherwise they could face a drawback in sells.

Taking a look at the rest of the rumored specifications, Anzu X12 should have the Qualcomm MSM7230 (code named Scorpion) processor, running at frequency of 800MHz. Probably many of you would say “Why are they going down from 1GHz in X10 to 800MHz here?” but I’m sure that  our overclock-oriented readers will be happy with this processor. Some time ago the guys at XDA developers have managed to overclock the Scorpion processor in T-Mobile G2 to the astonishing 1.9GHz frequency, making about 2800 Quadrant score. The rest rumored specs include a 4.3-inch screen at resolution of 854×480 pixels and breathtaking 12MP video camera (my 700$ DSLR is not that much). Stay tuned for more information about Sony Ericsson’s new handset.

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Tegra 2 phone leaks pictures

We’re all used to the 1GHz processors in our mobile phones and everyone gets excited when we hear about a mobile phone, which will have a 1.2GHz or even faster processor in its heart. Many tablet manufacturers started integrating the Tegra 2 platform into their products and we all see the power of the 2 cores, but yet we haven’t seen them in a handset – at least not until now. There are some new leaked images of LG Star mobile phone.

It is expected to have a Tegra 2 core, a 4-inch Super AMOLED display (it could have been SAMOLED2 but this is excellent, too), a front facing camera and Android 2.3 OS on top of all. LG Star will also have a whole 8MP back camera, which will be able to record 1080p Full HD videos (pretty amazing for a mobile phone). From the photos we could see that it will include a LED flash (only one, no double) and most likely touch-sensitive hardware buttons for Menu, Home, Back and Search.

If all these specifications are true, or at least most of them, this will mean that LG are making a killer phone – something that we haven’t expected from them. But if LG are preparing such handset it’s almost 100% sure that the rest top manufacturers – Samsung, HTC and Motorola are preparing something to compete with LG Star. Or will it be the only Star on the sky?

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There are numerous rumors around the web about an upcoming mobile phone coming from Sony Ericsson, simply called Playstation Phone. Some say it is not real and Sony are not planning to release such device, others claim that it is real. Some pictures have hit the web space these days, which show us how the future handset would look like and… reveals that it will be running on Android OS. Pretty good thing that will surely increase the popularity of Android as a gaming platform – something for which it was criticized.

The Playstation phone will most likely have these specifications:

  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • A custom Sony marketplace for video games for devices like this one
  • 1GHz Qualcomm MSM 8655 processor – probably most of us have expected something more from a gaming device
  • 512MB RAM
  • 1GB ROM
  • microSD card slot
  • Display between 3.7 and 4.1-inches but for a gaming handset, the bigger is always better

It is supposed that the new Sony marketplace will show up together with the release of Android Gingerbread.  The device itself is expected to hit the markets in 2011, but this is all which is known, as the device is yet in an early, buggy prototype version. So, gamers, get ready for the always-with-you game platform that will keep you busy for a long time.

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