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O2 announced Android 2.1 upgrade for Sony Ericsson X10 handset
Dec 13th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

O2 Android 2.1

After Orange, O2 has announced availability of latest Android 2.1 upgrade for existing Sony Ericsson X10 from Android 1.6 to Android 2.1, which is also known as Éclair. This upgrade will bring in Multi Touch capability for Sony Ericsson handsets.

Sony Ericsson X10 owners including Xperia X10, X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro, would have already got message to upgrade the handset platform from current Android 1.6 to Android 2.1. Though this feature still behind the latest Android version (Android 2.2) available in the market, which is currently available on HTC Desire and Samsung Galaxy S, this current upgrade will provide bunch of new features improved touch keypad, browser and camera, which will now onwards supports HD video recording and wireless connectivity.

Now that leading UK network providers Orange and O2 has announced their upgrade for Sony Ericsson X10 handsets, other providers like Vodafone and T-Mobile are also expected to announce their upgrade soon.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 leaps to Android 2.1
Nov 9th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Sony Ericsson Logo Xperia X10 white

We can no way comment whether it was intentional or not but Samsung made Sony Ericsson’s efforts to move forward look smaller when it upgraded its Galaxy S handset to Android 2.2 even as Sony Ericsson upgraded its Xperia X1o users to Android 2.1 after a long wait.

Sony Ericsson has stayed way behind its peers with regard to Android updates. Most of  the OEMs have been with Android 2.1 for better part of this year while some manufacturers like HTC lapped up Android 2.2 very soon. SE though has languished at Android 1.6 and the upgrade to Android 2.1 is surely a welcome change for its users though it is not enough to stop tongues wagging.

For the record, SE did not make noise about the Android 2.1 roll-out though it actually started a week ago across Europe.

Decades later if you happen to talk about internet on mobile phones, you might talk about 5th November 2010 as the “Belated Android update Friday”.

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Fast and Furious on Motorola Milestone XT720
Sep 20th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

MOTOROLA LOGO Motorola XT720 Milestone

Motorola has come up with the upgraded version of its popular Milestone handset, the Motorola XT720, a couple of months ago. This is the first Google Android 2.1 phone with an 8MP, Xenon flash camera. Milestone XT720 is said to be one of the most powerful devices in Motorola’s current smartphone portfolio.

The interesting news is that Motorola is all set to come up with an update for its powerful device which will increase the speed of the smartphone. Motorola is said to increase the handset’s processor speed from 550MHz to 720MHz.

The Milestone XT720 is said to run faster and smoother with this increase in processor speed. The update will also add few other features including DLNA compatibility.

The smartphone possesses a Qualcomm ARM-based processor along with the Android 2.1 Éclair OS. The handset also offers 10x digital zoom, a 720p HD camcorder and smart image capture. It also comes with a capacitive touchscreen WVGA display of 3.7 inch.

The handset which was formerly known as the Motoroi is bundled with a HDMI port, integrated WiFi and a memory card of 8GB. It features better connectivity and multimedia features. You can even connect the XT720 to your HD TV using the built in HDMI port provided and enjoy your HD videos on the big screen.

Android 2.1 for Xperia X10, OS update on the cards
Sep 19th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Android 2.1 Xperia X10 Mini

After launching its first Android based Smartphone at the end of 2009, Sony-Ericsson seems to be on the track to upgrade the handset to run on the Eclair flavour i.e. Android 2.1 as seen on a video. Some people out there might see the Eclair as an old plarform, but it is a happy sign for all the Xperia X10 users.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 got launched on Android 1.6 OS and has not yet received any updates so far. Sony Ericsson promised an upgrade to Android 2.1 by Q3 2010 and it seems that things are on track for September when Sony Ericsson is expected up update the Xperia X10 Mini and X10 Pro also.

A recent article on Androinica suggested the video to have been shot during the IFA tech event in Berlin. It also suggested that the handset manufacturer is on the verge of releasing the updates.

With a lot of handsets already boasting Froyo aka Andraoid 2.2 this upgrade might sound a little too late but Xperia users will be all the more happy to receive the Eclair version of Android.

Android 2.1 update finally out for Dell Streak
Sep 6th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Android 2.1 Dell Streak Smartphone

At last, the much hyped Android 2.1 upgrade to Dell Streak has been released via O2 for the UK customers who have been desperate about the software update. The update will bring a raft of latest and enhanced features to the Dell Streak Tablet-cum-Smartphone.

The features bundled with the Android 2.1 update are pinch to zoom capabilities for Google Maps, HTML 5 support, 720p HD video recording capabilities to the Streak tablet, multitouch gesture support, live wallpapers as well as an improved on-screen virtual keyboard.

According to O2, users are required to restart their device in order to upgrade their Dell Streak mini tablet. Users can either manually download the update by going to the Settings menu and then clicking on About Phone and System Updates or can even get the over-the-air update.

Users can go with a Wi-Fi connection so as to avoid the additional charges while updating their device. As the data on the mini tablet will get erased when updating, O2 advises its users to create the data back-ups on the system or the microSD cards. The update process might take around 30 minutes based on the connectivity speed.

O2 to offer Android 2.1 to Dell Streak on Sept 1st
Aug 31st, 2010 by Andy Miles

Dell Streak Smartphone Android 2.1

Here comes an exciting news for all the UK customers who have been desperate about the availability of update to Dell Streak. The much hyped Android 2.1 upgrade to Dell Streak will now be out from O2 on September 1st.

The 5-inch Dell Streak Tablet-cum-Smartphone was released in the UK in June on O2’s airwaves with Google’s Android 1.6 OS. O2 UK is now all set to roll out the software update to Streak customers on September 1st. However, the device will be upgraded only to Eclair (Android 2.1) with this. To get the Froyo (Android 2.2) update, users will have to wait for some more time.

The Dell Streak is equipped with a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash having a front and back lens, a 5-inch 800×480 pixel screen and multitouch functions. The handset which is powered by 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor comes with an in built Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity along with 2GB of data storage and 30-pin docking connector.

O2 software update will bring an array of features including keyboard improvements, 720p HD video recording, multitouch gesture support and live wallpapers. Unfortunately, US customers are unlikely to get the Android 2.1 update and need to wait until later part of this year for the availability of Android 2.2.

Unofficial update out for Dell Streak
Aug 14th, 2010 by Andy Miles

Dell Streak Smartphone Android 2.1

A firmware update for Dell Streak has been leaked and customers in the UK can take advantage of the same to upgrade their tablet.

Users who are waiting to upgrade to Eclair (Android 2.1) can use a link to the Modaco forum and get to it. The link is apparently from Dell though it might not be there for too long.

There are a whole lot of changes awaiting you if you want to take the leap of upgrading your firmware despite the fact that the release is not official and there is clear risk attached to it as well.

The new array of features includes keyboard improvements, 720p video recording and live wallpapers. Those who want to take the plunge need to copy the .pkg file to the SD card, rename it to Update.pkg and boot the Dell Streak in recovery mode.

If you are game, go ahead and enjoy the all new Eclair.

HTC Hero to be Blessed with Android 2.1 update
Jul 29th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

HTC Hero Android 2.1

Having done the integration of the HTC Desire and Nexus One with SLCD displays, HTC is found to be in high spirits. HTC is now concentrating on its smartphone, the HTC Hero. The HTC Hero is all set to be upgraded with the Android 2.1 version also known as Eclair for Orange customers.

It has been confirmed by Orange that HTC Hero handsets will get the first part of its two-stage update to Android 2.1 in the first week of August. HTC apologises for making the Orange Hero customers wait for a long time to receive the Eclair update.

The company opines that the delay took place as testing the update across European markets took more time than assumed. The company is hopeful to receive final approval by this weekend and assures that the 2.1 update will be rolled out in the coming week.

The Eclair update is expected to bring an array of new features and applications to the HTC Hero on Orange network such as additional home screens, live wallpaper, support to multiple email accounts and HTC Sense user interface. Users can experience faster connection to other devices as well.

However, delays in the update had no adverse effect on the Android’s growing popularity in the UK. Availability and downloading details are yet to be unveiled.

Android 2.1 OS available on HTC HD2
Jul 5th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

HTC HD2 Android 2.1

HTC HD2 smartphone users will be elated to know that the much awaited Google’s Android 2.1 Eclair is now ready for installation on their handsets powered by Windows Mobile 6.5.

Android port for the HTC HD2 is now ready for download at XDA Developers. The operating system is still said to be in its testing phase given the fact that a CPU bug cropped up while loading HaRET. HaRET is vital to boot the Linux-Kernel so that Android OS can be installed.

XDA Developers however patched up the bug and got the HaRET working. As such they managed to port Android OS onto the Windows Mobile-based handset. The XDA developer team has also been successful to boot the Android 2.1 and Windows Mobile 6.5 OS boot side by side.

It is also advised by XDA Developers that users maintain back-up of their important files before going ahead with the Android OS installation. If at all anything goes wrong, then users can just reset their phones to switch it back to Windows Mobile 6.5. You need not really worry about OS installation on your HD2 as the builds are in early stages of testing.

HTC Hero Android 2.1 update available
Jun 29th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

HTC Logo Android 2.1

Here comes some exciting news for the HTC Hero users as the long-awaited update to Android 2.1 is now available to download for those with unlocked handsets in the UK.

As of now, the update is available only to users having unlocked, SIM-free phones rather than phones available from Three and Orange on contract. Hopefully, phones available on contract will not have to wait too long for the update given the fact that the unlocked phones are blessed with the update now.

GSM Hero users will get HTC notifications regarding the availability of update to 2.1 as per reports. The download size of the update is about 80MB which apparently works without any problems.

However, two updates will be required to fully update your Hero. As the second update which is data-heavy will clean your phone, it is suggested to go with the 30-day free trial of MyBackup Pro which will save all your settings, text messages and apps.

Lot many exciting treats will be bundled with the update like those being enjoyed by the HTC Desire users including native Exchange support. As such one can check the Outlook emails without the need of a separate app installation. So, just keep your fingers crossed and wait for the update notification from HTC.

Samsung Galaxy Beam with Android 2.1 being launched in July
Jun 17th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Samsung logo Android 2.1

Samsung is all set to come up with its next innovative phone, the Samsung Galaxy Beam i8520 which is the world’s first mass-market projector phone. The phone is expected to hit the UK market in the month of July.

The smartphone possesses an 800MHz processor and the projector can display picture of 800×480 pixels resolution. The Beam also comes with built-in speakers which allow you to watch movies with excellent sound clarity.

Not simply this. The Beam also comes with 16GB of internal memory, a 3.7 inch WVGA Super AMOLED display screen and is powered by Android 2.1 OS. The phone has 384MB internal RAM and provides 7 hours of talk time along with 22 hours of standby time.

Additionally, it is also equipped with an 8MP autofocus camera with HD video recording, a microSD slot and an 1800mAh battery.

You can grab the Samsung i8520 Galaxy Beam smartphone for just £400. KingofGadgets is accepting preorders for this smartphone at this price and will ship it to the customers for free. The first batch of the Beam is expected to be shipped on July 5th.

The smartphone possesses an 800MHz processor and the projector can display picture of 800×480 pixels resolution. The Beam also comes with built-in speakers which allow you to watch movies with excellent sound clarity.

Not simply this. The Beam also comes with 16GB of internal memory, a 3.7 inch WVGA Super AMOLED display screen and is powered by Android 2.1 OS. The phone has 384MB internal RAM and provides 7 hours of talk time along with 22 hours of standby time.

Additionally, it is also equipped with an 8MP autofocus camera with HD video recording, a microSD slot and an 1800mAh battery.

You can grab the Samsung i8520 Galaxy Beam smartphone for just £400. KingofGadgets is accepting preorders for this smartphone at this price and will ship it to the customers for free. The first batch of the Beam is expected to be shipped on July 5th.

Android 2.1 update out for Motorola Milestone in the UK
May 6th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Android 2.1 motorola milestone

The much-awaited Android 2.1 upgrade to Motorola MileStone is available now as per Motorola’s announcements on the Facebook fan page. There are an array of new additions in features, security improvements, compatibility improvements to support latest apps, and performance enhancements.

The official post thanked all the users of Motorola Milestone in the UK for their patience. The release also expects that the users would have fun with new enhancements like Speech-to-Text, an array of 9 home screens, additional security for those who interact with exchange servers, and Live wallpapers.

Having said all that, the onus will continue to fall on Motorola because of Android 2.2 being around the corner. We hope that Motorola doesn’t  stay back from rolling out upgrade to Android 2.2 as soon as the OS is released by Google so that the users get to use the latest in the market.

Hero Android update timeframe from HTC in June
Apr 22nd, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

HTC Logo

2009 saw the HTC Hero as one of the very popular Smartphones running on the Google’s Android operating system. Good news to cheer up the users of the HTC Hero is not around the corner, now that the much anticipated Android 2.1 update is expected not before June.

The update which was originally to arrive in February was put on hold for a month till March; however HTC’s statement this week was that the Android 2.1 update aka Éclair would be provided free to all European Heros.

Meanwhile the news that the HTC Legend is also gearing up to launch with Android 2.1 operating system should excite a lot many gadget freaks out there. However, the price-conscious consumer could tilt towards the HTC Hero despite it being an older model because it is to get the same OS albeit at a much lower price.

If you want to read more about what HTC Hero is all about, read on.

The HTC Hero mobile phone is sleek and classy with plenty of personality it really is a phone you will want to show off.  See your phone come to life on the stunning 3.2 inch TFT-LCD touchscreen display with fantastic resolution.  Enjoy tools such as handwriting recognition and a built-in accelerometer for customisable display options and a handy trackball for quicker access to features.

Multimedia and connectivity are top of the list for the HTC Hero all tailored to make your life easier and keep you in touch on the move.  The 5.0-megapixel camera and Windows Media Player combined with 4GB of internal memory are a fantastic combination designed to cater for all your multimedia and entertainment needs.  High speed connectivity comes in the form of Wi-Fi HSDPA internet and GPS.  This new mobile phone from HTC is here to save the day – The HTC Hero!

Enjoy super sharp visuals with the 3.2-inch TFT-LCD touch screen display Point and click with the 5.0-megapixel camera with auto-focus Play and manage all your video and music files with Windows Media player Storage available right from the box with 4GB internal memory Easy access to all your favourite websites with Wi-Fi Consult your phone for directions with the GPS function

Android 2.1 and Multitouch on Xperia X10 by Sep 2010
Apr 19th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Android 2.1 Xperia

Sony Ericsson confirmed the news that its flagship Android platform Smartphone, the Xperia X10 would get upgraded to Android 2.1 from Android 1.6 this September.

As per reports from mobiles.co.uk, customers would also get to experience the Multi-touch feature which was conspicuously missing from the handset. Despite initial reports that the inability to Multi-touch was a hardware issue, there are hopes to the contrary and the old and obsolete Android is the major drawback for the Xperia X10 at present.

For the record, let’s have a sneak peek at the handset. The Xperia X10 carries Sony’s tradition of powerful embedded cameras by having 8.1 megapixel camera with all high end features like autofocus, compact digital camera, smile and facial detection, geo tagging and ‘send to web’ feature to instantly upload or share the pictures over flicker, Picasa or Facebook. The Xperia 10 also comes with all powerful connectivity features like Wi-fi, Bluetooth and 3G.

To view pictures captured with such a high end camera, Xperia X10 comes with 4 inch touch screen, large enough to view high quality images. Couple with 480×854 pixels, it has the best resolution for any Smartphone in the market. Precise dimensions of phone are 4.7 x 2.5 x 0.5 inches, while weighing 135 g.

We need to wait and watch how Sony Ericsson pulls off this upgrade given the fact that Xperia X10 is its flagship Smartphone and that they messed it up when it came to their recent update to PS3.

Android 2.1 to embrace HTC Hero
Mar 25th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Android HTC Logo

2009 saw the HTC Hero as one of the very popular Smartphones running on the Google’s Android operating system. And now there is good news to cheer up the users of the HTC Hero, thanks to the announcements from Orange and T-Mobile that they would officially update the Android platform to 2.1 version on 16th of April.

A lot of customers in other countries across Europe will also get benefitted from the update much earlier as the roll-out starts from 2nd of April.

But if you have got the HTC Hero by virtue of a 3 contract you would have to wait a weeka longer as the upgrade happens on 22nd of April.

Meanwhile the news that the HTC Legend is also gearing up to launch with Android 2.1 operating system should excite a lot many gadget freaks out there. However, the price-conscious consumer could tilt towards the HTC Hero despite it being an older model because it is to get the same OS albeit at a much lower price.

The XDA Developers forum was the place where the news about Android 2.1 roll-out on HTC Hero.

Android 2.1 on Motorola Milestone by April
Mar 24th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

MOTOROLA LOGO Android

High-end Android is the buzzword these days and Motorola does not want to be left behind in the race only to catch up with competition later. The fact that Motorola is launching umpteen numbers of handsets over the last few months does not seem to have any adverse effect on its support to the older devices.

Motorola Milestone was launched only towards the fag end of 2009 and it is not too old in the mobile phone market as such. However the fact that it was released on Android 2.0 doesn’t augur too well and Motorola wants to bridge that gap.

Android 2.1 has got nice features like interactive wallpapers. For those who own Motorola Milestone in Europe, the upgrade to Android 2.1 is on its way within few days.

Hong Kong and Macau markets have been the first ones to get it and if you cannot really wait, you can tweak your mobile and download the update. Even otherwise, you’ll be able to experience a faster and slicker Moto Milestone by Easter.

Motorola Droid Users wait for Android 2.1
Mar 19th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

MOTOROLA LOGO Android

Motorola did it earlier and they have done it again to the Droid users. The users of the Motorola Droid were enthused about the Android 2.1 update being on the way. But the update has been put on hold driving the users anxious.

It was a post by Motorola on its official Facebook page that mentioned the release if the Android 2.1 update for the Droid to arrive on February 12.

Some Droid users are reported to have received the Android 2.1 update on their Droid mobile phones on a test basis from Verizon. The broader rollout is expected to happen later on as per these reports. Screenshots pasted by Verizon employees on various blogs confirmed the news that the phased rollout of the Android 2.1 update is finally on its way and the users can rejoice.

Verizon is being diplomatic in saying that the update is very much being done albeit on a test basis on some handsets and that the actual rollout would follow soon. How soon is what we need to watch out.

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