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Mar/12

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Ice Cream Sandwich on HTC

News of Ice Cream Sandwich has been around for a while now, so its good to see that some device manufacturers are finally getting their act together and giving details on which of their devices will be getting the upgrade. HTC is one such manufacturer.

Ice Cream Sandwich on HTC Screenshot

If you have recently (past 12 months or so) purchased a mid to upper range HTC device, the ICS upgrade should be pushed onto your phone. Below is a list of devices that will be getting the upgrade. Actual dates on when  the upgrades are due to take place are yet to be furnished, stay tuned kids!

HTC Devices to be upgraded to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich):

HTC Droid Incredible 2 HTC Sensation
HTC Rhyme HTC Sensation XL
HTC Thunderbolt HTC Sensation XE
HTC Raider HTC Rezound
HTC Vivid HTC EVO 3D
HTC Amaze 4G
HTC EVO Design 4G
HTC Desire S HTC Incredible S
HTC Desire HD

 

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Digg… digg…, this is what Microsoft is doing at different Android based mobile makers in order to make money out of Android based phones. At this point of time, Microsoft has targeted South Korea based leading mobile brand Samsung to pay $15 for each android based phone sold by the company.
It was last year when Microsoft started targeting Android based smart phone makers. At that point in time, Microsoft said that the user interface and functionality used by Android based phones are the same as patents filed by Microsoft and they gave the following statement.. “Microsoft is in no mood to allow android based phone makers run free with products that are invented by them”.

Apart from claims of patent infringement, Microsoft also announced that they have signed a license agreement with another android based phone maker HTC. Even though, the terms of this agreement were not disclosed, HTC had confirmed that they were ready to pay royalties to Microsoft for each phone they sell.
Since then, it has become commonplace for Microsoft to sue all other android phone makers. In October 2010, Motorola was sued by Microsoft for violating patterns in their android based handsets. However, this resulted in a counter suit from Motorola claiming Microsoft was using 16 of their patents in their Windows based machines and mobile handsets. That was not the end. Motorola also claimed that even the Xbox is using patents filed by Motorola. A consequence of this, companies are still fighting and haven’t reached any agreement.

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Some days ago Google presented their new mobile phone – Nexus S, and the new version of Android – 2.3 Gingerbread. At the same time, the technological giant presented a new version of Google Maps, but that was somehow neglected by most people as the noise was about Gingerbread and Nexus S. There are many changes and the most important and significant one is the lack of the annoying tiles.

Google Maps 5 offers a completely new approach in the way it represents the data to the end user. Instead of using the tile images, which caused sometimes a frustrating delay in loading and displaying them, Google has decided to use vectors. Everything is represented by vectors, thus the load time is almost equal to 0 and the user can browse around the maps quickly and easily. With the use of the vectors, some pretty good features have been added. Multitouch control is now present – rotate or tilt the map, sliding 2 fingers up and down the screen and the well-known 3D buildings will emerge from the flat image, giving you more clear image of the region.

Google Maps 5 was presented by Andy Rubin some days ago on a prototype tablet from Motorola and he said that we can expect Google Maps 5 in the market in a couple of days. So far so good, but here comes the bad news – the new version of Google Maps will be supported only by several mobile phones so far:

  • Galaxy S
  • Droid
  • Droid X
  • Droid 2
  • Droid Incredible
  • Evo
  • Nexus S
  • G2

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Nov/10

19

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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The long rumored Android accessory, which is thought to be the most useful and interesting for the users, is finally available in Europe. Sony Ericsson’s LiveView is something like a wrist watch (actually It is a watch, too) which is capable of connecting to almost any Android mobile phone and display different notifications on its screen, so you don’t have to take the handset out of your pocket in order to read an SMS or see some new status updates in Facebook.

LiveView is offered for 59 Euros in France, 49 pounds in the UK, and about 42 Euros in Germany. Amazon is selling it for 90$. Regarding the hardware features of the device, it uses Bluetooth in order to establish a connection to the mobile phone and the general operating range is about 10m. It also has a 1.3-inch OLED display, two hardkeys and four softkeys. It is attached to your hand either via clip or wristband. As for its software abilities, LiveView can be used to control your music player – Play, pause, next, previous track and volume adjustment and also display the track title, or you can view the incoming SMS messages, RSS feeds, view Facebook and Twitter updates. You can also see the person who is calling you and even mute the ringtone of the mobile phone.

The list of compatible phones includes:

  • Acer - Liquid Metal
  • Dell - Streak
  • Google - Nexus One
  • HTC - Desire, Desire HD, Desire Z, Gratia, HD mini, Legend, Wildfire
  • Motorola - DEFY, Flipout, Milestone, XT720
  • Samsung - Galaxy Europa I5500, Galaxy S I9000, i5500 Corby
  • Sony Ericsson – X10, XPERIA X10 Mini, XPERIA X10 Mini Pro

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An article in Engadget, which is based on information from two reliable secret sources, says that HTC are working on their own App store for Android devices. We have already seen or heard about different carriers, like Verizon for example, or companies, like Amazon, to make their own application stores (and even more plan to do so), but we’ve never heard of a device manufacturer to do so.

Probably HTC want to have bigger presence and influence on the software aspects of their devices and we can already see this – they have their HTC Sense on almost every HTC’s mobile phone and they released a website which cooperates with the new version of the HTC Sense – htcsense.com.

On the other hand, it is possible that HTC are not working just on an Android Application market, but something bigger, including Windows Mobile and Windows Phone 7. As we all know, HTC is among the leading manufacturers of Windows-based mobile devices, and with the release of Windows Phone 7 many people expect a renaissance of Windows for mobile devices, so creating a market for both platforms sounds quite logical. But all we could do now is wait and see if HTC will release some official information on the topic and … who knows – they may pleasantly surprise us.

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HTC has just announced today a new device in their lineup which will be sold in Europe. Basically, this handset is HTC Aria but for the international market. The common features in the two devices are 3.2-inch TFT touchscreen display, 512MB ROM, 384MB RAM, a 5MP camera with geo tagging and face detection, a 600MHz Qualcomm MSM 7227 processor, full integration with many Google services and of course support of Bluetooth 2.1 and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g.

All this puts HTC Gratia in the middle-high class android devices, offering pretty good hardware capabilities and sleek design. But not everything is common between Gratia and Aria. When you get your Gratia out of the box, it will surprise you with Android 2.2 running with HTC Sense on top of it. Unfortunately the mobile will be running on the old version of the HTC Sense, which is quite a disappointment.

HTC Gratia will be available in 3 colors – forest green, pearl white and charcoal black. It is expected to hit the markets in November, but still no information regarding the price or exact date. So if you are planning to buy a mid-class Android device, wait for a month and take a look at HTC Gratia.

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