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BBM for Android now compatible with Android 2.3 Gingerbread devices

BBM for Android now compatible with Android 2.3 Gingerbread devices

While Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean might have taken over more than 50 percent of all devices running Android, the hard and cold truth is that there are still a considerable amount of phones running on Gingerbread. For BlackBerry, not having the BBM app support that old-but-still-active version of Android has allowed competing apps like WhatsApp and Line to continue to lead, but now, it’s a lead that could be noticeably shortened.  (more…)

Android Distribution Score Shows Only 1.1% Share for KitKat

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Via: DroidLife

This evening, Google officially released the Android distribution score. The data collected by Google was based on a 7-day period which ended on December 2, 2013.

Based on the figures shown by Google via DroidLife, Jelly Bean once gain topped the chart with a 54.5% share while KitKat only got a dismal share of 1.1%.

Jelly Bean shows a continuous growth in the Android distribution score. From the previous month up to the most recent data, Jelly Bean’s distribution increased by 2.4%. It should be noted that Jelly Bean displayed a 52.1% Android distribution score last month.

Android 4.1.x Jelly Bean had the most share in the pie chart as it gained 37.4% share in the new data of Google. Android 4.2.x Jelly Bean took 12.9% of the slice and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean got 4.2%.

Tailing just behind Jelly Bean is Android 2.3.3 up to 2.3.7, which is better known as Gingerbread. Gingerbread got 24.1% of the Android distribution number. Looking at last month’s data and the current one, the said Android version showed a drop of 2.2% from its previous 26.3% share. Ice Cream Sandwich follows with an 18.6% score.

Froyo and Honeycomb seems to be showing a continuous decline which indicates that they are about to be phased out from the list already. Froyo only got a 1.6% share while Honeycomb barely made it to 0.1%.

KitKat and 4.3 Jelly Bean

It seems like many are itching to get the Android 4.4 update, known as KitKat, and the 4.3 Jelly Bean. Therefore, the two may show a significant increase in the next Android distribution share. The only thing preventing them from getting a good slice of the distribution pie in the previous assessment are the major bugs that came with their initial releases.

According to GottaBeMobile, KitKat bugs continue to plague Nexus 4, Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 users. On the other hand, the more stable version of the 4.3 update just got rolled out by carriers a few days ago.

Source: DroidLife, GottaBeMobile

Android Jelly Bean Overtakes Gingerbread, Now Top Android OS

Google just released new data showing the statistics of their various Android versions. The results show that for the first time Android Jelly Bean has finally overtaken the other versions, including the popular Gingerbread version. This is probably the result of OEMs pushing Jelly Bean updates to most of their devices.

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Comparing the market share by the numbers Jelly Bean now holds 37.9 percent, Ice Cream Sandwich holds 23.3 percent, Honeycomb has 0.1 percent, Gingerbread has 34.1, and Froyo has 3.1 percent.

The market share record last month showed that Jelly Bean had 33 percent, Ice Cream Sandwich had 25.6 percent, Honeycomb had 0.1 percent Gingerbread had 36.5 percent, and Froyo had 3.2 percent.

Comparing the month to month data shows that Jelly Bean had a significant increase breaching the 35 percent mark. Other Android versions showed a decline in usage. Ice Cream Sandwich is down 2.3 percent, Gingerbread is down 2.4 percent, and Froyo is down 0.1 percent

Bear in mind that Google recently tweaked their algorithm to collect the data needed to check the market share. The company explained how the data was being gathered “Beginning in April, 2013, these charts are now built using data collected from each device when the user visits the Google Play Store. Previously, the data was collected when the device simply checked-in to Google servers. We believe the new data more accurately reflects those users who are most engaged in the Android and Google Play ecosystem.”

It’s great to see that the latest Android version is currently the one most widely used today. One problem that this platform has is fragmentation as can be seen by the different versions of the OS.  Pushing out timely updates to various Android devices and releasing “Google Edition” models is one key to solve fragmentation.

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Android distribution numbers out for May-June period: Jellybean soon to overtake Gingerbread

Android distribution numbers for the May-June period is finally out and the results show some interesting findings.

The figure shows the number of users using each version of android and is an effective tool for developers to see which version is dominating the market.

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The general trend of Jellybean expanding its share in the android market continues as Gingerbread is slowly losing its dominance. But still it is quite surprising to know that it is Gingerbread which is dominating the market and not ICS. I mean, Gingerbread is a very old OS and with Jellybean just released a year back, we would expect ICS to be the dominating version.

But things are changing quite fast as within a few months; we will see Jellybean taking over Gingerbread. Currently 36.5% of the devices are running on Gingerbread as compared to 33% Jellybean users. The Jellybean figure consists of both android 4.1 and 4.2 users and this figure is sure to increase when Sony Xperia series along with other devices get their scheduled Jellybean update.

Moreover, if the Galaxy S4 and HTC One sales continue to be as strong as before, then we would naturally see the numbers rise up rapidly. So, we can expect Jellybean to overtake Gingerbread by the end of summer.

Talking about the Ice Cream Sandwich OS, the figure remains relatively constant at 25.6%. But as mentioned before, future Jellybean updates are going to bring this figure down.

Now that Google is regularly updating their 14 day android distribution figures, it would be interesting to see how quickly the next version of android 4.3.1 grabs the market. Rumors suggest that it would be announced by the end of the month and hence, we don’t have to wait for long to get these results.

With Google Play overtaking Apple app store in the number of downloads, android seems to be in a very strong position. Android is seeing 2.5 billion app downloads a month as compared to 2 billion downloads on the iOs app store. Having a user base of over 900 billion, Apple will have a hard time keeping up their lead. With manufacturers like Samsung, HTC, LG releasing powerful devices running on android, we are sure that it would remain as the world’s most loved OS for years to come.

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Verizon Finally Rolling Out Android 4.0.4 to HTC Thunderbolt Smartphones

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Verizon has never been the quickest to update its Android smartphones, which is why we’ve seen several smartphones stuck on older and useless versions of Android while the rest of the world got to taste Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean. We’re talking of course about the HTC Thunderbolt on the country’s largest carrier, currently running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which is evidence to the fact that no matter what the smartphone is, the carrier does things on its own terms. The problem with these carriers is that even though the manufacturer is ready with an update, it has to go through the carriers and finally get approved by them, which takes painfully long in many cases. But the HTC Thunderbolt users on Verizon will be happy to hear that the smartphone is finally getting the Ice Cream Sandwich update (which is if you haven’t upgraded to a better smartphone already). The update is long overdue I feel, and will bring more of a relief than joy to the owners.

The update is 368MB in size and brings Sense UI 3.6 on board as well. You will find the user interface no different from the HTC One X when it was originally launched in early 2012. Talk Android reports that the update gets rid of a few Verizon apps a.k.a things you don’t need, which is great news too. The update is OTA and given its size, it’s recommended that the user switch to an unlimited internet connection before going forward with the download and installation.

It is rather disappointing that Big Red’s first 4G LTE phone has to see such a fate, considering the enormous popularity it saw during the early days of its launch. The smartphone basically was the LTE variant of the equally popular HTC Desire HD but this remained an exclusive to the U.S. As for the future of the HTC Thunderbolt, we don’t think one should expect anything more. There’s no way Verizon or HTC will update this smartphone to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, so we recommend you completely leave that out of the equation. We dearly hope Verizon or HTC makes us eat our words, but this is pretty much it for the HTC Thunderbolt. Its soul can now rest in peace, having received the Android 4.0.4 update against all odds. Thank god there’s a vast developer community out there which specifically develops ROMs and newest builds of Android for smartphones like these which do not get updates officially. We wonder what Androiders would do without the dev community.

If you’re one of those users who have in fact waited patiently for the official update, let us know how you like it by dropping a comment below.

Source: Verizon (PDF)
Via: Talk Android

Jelly Bean Marketshare On a Slow Rise

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Google Android has seen a great evolution post Gingerbread with Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich and now Jelly Bean. The issue which has been plaguing Google ever since the first few versions of Android is with regards to fragmentation. There are a vast majority of users still running Gingerbread despite Android evolving up to Jelly Bean now. What this basically means is that unlike iOS or Windows Phone, not all devices are running on the same version of the OS. Of course, iOS and Windows Phone 7/8 devices don’t have as many smartphones as Android does, as the number of manufacturers producing Android smartphones are substantially higher. But with time, Google has tried to reduce fragmentation by making several older devices compatible with the newer versions of Android. And according to the recent numbers showing marketshare for each versions of Android, Jelly Bean has increased in number since the last time we checked (10.2% from 6.7% last month). Even though Gingerbread still remains on top, we don’t think it will be there for long as newer devices with newer firmware make their way to the market. Ice Cream Sandwich has seen an increase in adoption of about 1.6%. These numbers don’t tell the whole story though.

The Samsung Galaxy S III is currently the top selling Android flagship in the world. But despite that, there are several other smartphones from various manufacturers that come with either Android 2.3 Gingerbread or Android 4.0.4 on board. Although manufacturers these days have grown particularly keen on updating their current lineup of smartphones, it takes substantial amount of time to get it on board. And by the time these manufacturers finish working on the newest version of Android for their smartphones, there will already be a newer version announced by Google. Manufacturers just cannot resist the urge to make custom tweaks to their smartphones which would allow for better performance and usability of the smartphone. So if you’re planning on getting a new Android device and timely updates are important to you, you should look no further and get a Nexus smartphone. These come with little to no UI customization and provide the stock Android experience to the users. But as of now, users are potentially stuck if they want to get a Nexus device as the current Nexus flagship, the Nexus 4 is out of stock on the Google Play Store.

So on the whole, Android has come a long way, but there’s still some distance left till all users come under the same radar. Early versions of Android like Donut and Éclair are almost on the verge of extinction (2.6% collectively), which is very good news and Gingerbread too has dropped by 3.2% since last month. After Gingerbread, it’s Ice Cream Sandwich which has the most number of users at 29.1%. Android 2.2 Froyo is still running on 9% of all Android smartphones which is down from 10.3% when checked last month. You will be pleased to know that the ill-fated Honeycomb OS only has about 1.5% users left out there. Hopefully in the coming days, numbers for Jelly Bean should increase while Gingerbread and Froyo should further fall down.

Source: Android Developers
Via: GSM Arena

Jelly Bean Marketshare has almost Doubled Over the Month

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Android 4.2 Jelly Bean is the latest version of Android currently running only on Nexus devices. But its predecessor, also known as Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) is the one everybody is talking about. While it might take a while for manufacturers to roll out Android 4.2 to their smartphones, Android 4.1.2 is currently being given top priority. And we’ve already seen OEMs like HTC and Samsung rolling out customized versions of Android 4.1. So how much of a difference has this made on the Android world?

As you know, Google publishes the Android OS version distribution chart every once in a while. And according to the numbers from the last 14 days, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean has seen substantial growth in the Android eco system. According to Google’s data, Android 4.1 running devices now make up for 5.9% of the entire Android eco system, up from 2.7%. Interestingly, Android 4.2 already has 0.8% marketshare in the Android sphere, which is good news as it has been available for only a few weeks now and only on a handful of Nexus devices.

Sadly for Google though, Gingerbread still makes up for about 50.8% of all the Android devices. The good news however is that the Android 2.3 marketshare has gone down by 3.4% as compared to the last time the distribution chart was published. Google gets the data by calculating the number of devices running on various Android versions that accessed the Google Play Store over a 14 day period (ending December 3rd). This roughly gives us an idea as to how well a particular version of Android is growing. Gingerbread is still the top dog while Ice Cream Sandwich is second with 27.5% of the Android pie. Google would like to see Android 4.0+ grab some of that marketshare from Gingerbread and decrease fragmentation, which has been on Google’s back for quite a while now. Android 4.2 is currently available on the Nexus 4, the Galaxy Nexus, the Nexus 7 and the Nexus 10. All focus will be on Android 4.1, with smartphones like the Galaxy Note II and the HTC One X+ hitting the markets with the said version of Android onboard. Increased number of Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 users will be very beneficial for Android 4.2. Unfortunately for Google, its flagship Android 4.2 smartphone, the Nexus 4 still remains out of stock in most parts of the world (Google Play). Let’s wait and watch how Android will evolve and grow in the coming months.

Source: Android Developers
Via: Phone Arena

Sony Xperia advance Officially Available in the U.S

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In the midst of all the multi core smartphones that we see around us, it’s easy to forget about the low key smartphones that arrive in the market. With smartphones being so attractively priced these days, the feature phones or the rather lower spec’d phones are almost nonexistent to a lot of us. And Sony has made one such phone available in the U.S now, in the form of the Xperia advance. As with most entry level smartphones, this one too has a unique USP and that is its ruggedness. The phone is dust and water proof (up to 1 meter for 30 minutes) with IP67 certification, so this one is here to stay. The phone is known as the Xperia go in other parts of the world, and Xperia advance is merely an alternative name for the device. What’s interesting though is that Sony has launched this phone a good four months after its official release worldwide, which makes us feel if this is a holiday season special. Regardless, it’s a nice addition to the already crowded smartphone market albeit in a small package.

The smartphone features a 3.5-inch LED backlit LCD display with a resolution of 320×480 pixels and is powered by the Sony Mobile Bravia Engine. The rest of the specs are pretty standard with a 5MP camera, 8GB native storage (4GB user accessible) and a 1,305 mAh battery pack. Powering the device is a 1 GHz dual core NovaThor U8500 chip, with Mali 400 graphics. Sadly though, the phone runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which in this day and age is pretty substandard, but Sony is planning an upgrade to Android 4.0 soon like most of its Xperia lineup. The phone will be launched unlocked and free from contractual obligations and is compatible with AT&T’s HSPA+ networks, so you have the liberty to pick your favorite carrier. Gifting one of these to your family members isn’t a bad idea at all as it is priced at $249. Yes, in comparison to most other entry level smartphones, this one here is a little pricey, but given its water/dust proof credentials, it doesn’t seem like much. Besides the ruggedness of the device, it’s also pretty small and compact to hold. At 9.8mm, it’s not the thinnest, but is pretty much up there with the rest of the gang. It would make sense to keep this as a backup phone for your hiking trips where ruggedness would very much come in handy. The phone is available for purchase over at Newegg and Amazon.

Source: Newegg, Amazon
Via: Phone Scoop

Panasonic Eluga Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update rolled out via Google Play Store

Financially troubled Japanese technology titan Panasonic rolled out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) update for Eluga, the only smartphone it marketed outside the Japanese market, a couple of days ago. It was pushed following reports that the company will pull out from the European market to turn the losing company into a more profitable state.

This dual-core handset was release in April running Android 2.3 Gingerbread. While it may not fall short when it comes to specs, not too many people were convinced to purchase it. Nonetheless, the recent ICS update is necessary especially for people who might not want to use GB forever. If you are one of the few people to have an Eluga in their possession, here are a few requirements before you can commence the update process;

  • Make sure your phone is running the latest Gingerbread version (07.5315).
  • You must have, at least, 30MB of space in your phone’s internal memory. If not, move some apps into your external storage.
  • You must check that your external storage has, at least, 150MB of space; delete some files if you need to.
  • Make sure you have enough battery to complete the process or, at least, near a power source because the update may take up to 100 minutes to finish.

The Android ICS update for Panasonic Eluga was not pushed over the air but owners can download them from the Google Play Store. The process is somewhat bizarre especially for people who may be used to downloading OTA update, however, the process is not as difficult as it may seem.

How to update Panasonic Eluga to Android ICS 

Panasonic, actually, posted a step-by-step guide on how to flash the official update to your device. But to make things a little easier for you, here’s the simplified version of that tutorial. But if you must, feel free to visit the website; you can find the link at the end of this post.

Step 1: Launch the Google Play Store app and search for “eluga ics update” without quotes. This process is no different from installing common apps you can find from the app store.

Step 2: Once found, tap on the “Install” button to the right to automatically download the app and commence the update process.

Step 3: When the app is installed, launch it and agree to the terms and conditions and continue.

Step 4: Wait for the phone to finish searching for the update. Once found, the basic information about the update will be displayed. You need to tap on “Yes” to start the download. Basically, the app you downloaded from the Play Store does not really contain the package but you need it so that your phone will be given access to do queries on Panasonic’s servers. It is only after you tap on that “Yes” button that the download process will start.

Step 5: Once the download process is done, tap on “Update Now” button.

Step 6: You can see the update status by pulling down the notification bar but then you must be prepared to stay up for 100 minutes because the process may just take that long.

Step 7: Once the update is successful, your phone will reboot automatically. You can check the version of the firmware to confirm.

The ICS update for Panasonic Eluga is a major one and there could be hundreds of new features owners can enjoy. Some reports from people who claim to own this device suggest the update brings huge improvement for the overall performance of the device. The battery is reportedly among the many aspects to have received a considerably noticeable change.

[source: Panasonic | The Wall Street Journal]

Verizon LG Spectrum Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update finally available for download

If you own an LG Spectrum under Verizon network, there’s a reason to be happy today because Big Red just rolled (finally!) the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) update for your device. Some owners reported they were able to receive the update early this morning and that the process went smooth and successful.

LG Spectrum was released in January running Android 2.3 Gingerbread with a promise that ICS would soon be rolled out. Back in July, owners should have been excited because the announcement about the update was made but it caused frustration as it was pushed back with both LG and Verizon haven’t provided an ETA. But all of it is over now because everyone can now taste the sweetness of Ice Cream Sandwich.

The Android 4.0 ICS update for Verizon LG Spectrum is a huge package because the core architecture of the OS will be replaced. Typically, it will take around 10 to 15 minutes before the process is completed depending on the speed of your internet connection. So, it is advisable you double check if you have a stable connection before taking the first step. Here are some of the features Spectrum owners can enjoy after the process.

Face Unlock. ICS is the version wherein the facial recognition technology is introduced. You can now unlock your LG Spectrum using your face. You should remember, however, that Face Unlock is more of a convenience or “cool” feature rather than a security feature.

Better, Faster Web Browsing. It’s for real. ICS brings along dramatic improvements when it comes to browsing the web or simply navigating through your phone. While Gingerbread was known to be the most stable Android version, Ice Cream Sandwich comes with hundreds of tweaks and improvements making it way faster than GB and one of the aspects developers focused on is browsing performance.

New User Interface. There are noticeable differences between GB and ICS plus the latter is made even more interactive. The UI should be among the first things you can easily appreciate after the update as everything is almost resizable.

Data Management. You can cap your data usage and set warnings so that you will be notified by the time you reach a certain data threshold. Of course, this is important especially for people who don’t have unlimited data plans.

More Improvements. Bugs have been fixed and almost every aspect of your LG Spectrum is improved. It is logical that the battery would last longer than before. One owner reported his battery can now reach up to 7 hours of straight browsing using 3G network. Of course, that’s way longer than the previous 5.5 hours of browsing based on reviews.

Verizon’s support forum is now busy with people reporting they have already updated their devices. Based on the posts today, only a few are complaining about some errors. If you want to share your experience, we encourage you to visit it. Just find the link below.

[sources: Verizon Support Community]

Motorola Has Lost The Trust Of Their Users: Introduction [Part 1]

I earlier posted a small blurb on this, but figured that I should go into a bit more detail with some more recent news and major bug reports. To start off, we’ve been promised the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Atrix 2 and Atrix 4G for a little bit over a year now, if I remember correctly. At first we were told it was to be announced (TBA) and later we were told that it would be rolling out in the third quarter of 2012. In the time of waiting, we received an update to 2.3.6, something we originally hoped was Ice Cream Sandwich, but wasn’t. Later, we we got closer to Q3 of 2012 and still no Android 4.0 update. India had received it for the Atrix 2, but other countries had not. Only a few weeks after that we found it that we would not be getting the Ice Cream Sandwich update to the Atrix 2, which thankfully was a false statement from Motorola. So, here we are on October 18th of 2012, all of us with the Atrix 2 have received the Ice Cream Sandwich update, but with some major bugs, not to mention that there is still no sight of Ice Cream Sandwich for the Atrix 4G. To prove that the Atrix 4G won’t be getting ICS, I have a little image for you to look at.

 

See that? The Atrix 4G is staying at Android 2.3.6 after Motorola promised and assured us over and over again that the Atrix 4G would be getting Ice Cream Sandwich. Okay, so I guess we can overlook this, since it’s not getting the update you can easily get the $100 that Google promised Motorola users who would not be getting an upgrade to Jelly Bean. To add more salt on the wound, Motorola has not only told us that the Atrix 4G would not be getting Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but anyone who had installed the previous update to Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread would have their bootloader closed off so that you are not able to install any sort of custom ROM from modders out there. Are you really able to forgive Motorola for this one? Motorola has a track record of keeping their bootloaders locked, but the Atrix 4G was originally unlocked, and now they closed that off with this silly update.

Maybe things will change with this “new” Motorola, since Google has acquired them, but so far things aren’t looking very good. Motorola has literally broken the hearts of Atrix 4G users all over the world, and then they open the wound more by locking the bootloader so there is NO way at all to get a Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on the device. Either it really can’t handle ICS or Motorola just wants full control over everything. Stay tuned for part 2 where I will go into why this is a bad business decision on their part. In the mean time, and for those of you who own an Atrix 4G, if you’re still willing to stick with Motorola, you can head on over here to eventually get a $100 credit towards a new Motorola handset.

 

YouTube app Updated; Brings New Features to Froyo and Gingerbread Devices

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Google has a tough time bridging the gap between old Android users and the new ones. There are more than 70% of Android smartphones running on Gingerbread (Android 2.3) or lower even today. Gingerbread runs on about 57.5% of all Android devices currently. That’s a surprising stat when we consider the fact that there are two newer versions of Android (excluding Honeycomb). So it would behoove Google to still support the older versions of Android no matter what. And the company has done just that by updating the popular YouTube application which brings some new features to Froyo and Gingerbread smartphones. This is significant not only because there are plenty of devices running on the two versions of Android, but also because it shows that Google doesn’t want to leave them in the dark.

So what’s new with the app? Well, thanks to Google, Froyo and Gingerbread users will now enjoy the same privileges as ICS or Jelly Bean users as most of the features are now making way to these older versions. There’s also this interesting feature where users can buffer videos when on a faster internet connection and watch it later while on a slower data connection without having to wait for the buffering. Most of the UI elements from the ICS/Jelly Bean version of the app have been retained here. So Google is doing a good job of making users feel at home and in sync with the changes happening around the Android sphere.

Other features of the new app include the ability to check what’s trending and to use your mobile device as a remote when browsing YouTube through your PC or any other device. Android 4.0+ users shouldn’t be that excited as it doesn’t seem to bring anything substantial to the table. For now, it seems like Froyo and Gingerbread users can rejoice. But we don’t see this going on for long as Google would want to move ahead and look further into the future. Head over to the Google Play Store and download/update the app if you haven’t received a notification already. Let us know if you see any changes with app by dropping a line below.

Source: Google Play Store
Via: Phone Arena

T-Mobile Formally Unveils Huawei myTouch and myTouch Q

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T-Mobile’s budget droids [easyazon-link asin=”B00466HPZM” locale=”us”]myTouch[/easyazon-link] and myTouch Q have been refreshed. The existing lineup was refreshed merely 8 months ago with the LG made myTouch phones. This time around it is Huawei partnering with T-Mobile to bring these budget-ranged droids to the market. Both the smartphones follow closely in the footsteps of their LG predecessors but a few things are different here.

Both the devices pack a decent 4-inch display, accompanied by 5MP rear camera sensors (with LED flash) and front facing VGA snappers. The myTouch and myTouch Q run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread unfortunately, with T-Mo’s custom myTouch UI on board. The rather familiar UI will bring a tweaked app drawer and a new and improved Genius Button, seen previously on the myTouch series. In the current iteration, T-Mobile uses Dragon the voice command service. The two smartphones pack a rather decent 1.4 GHz single core CPU, though there are no details about the chipset. And yes, the device runs on T-Mobile’s 4G network. The myTouch Q has a slide out QWERTY keyboard while the myTouch is a regular touchscreen device. The myTouch Q will be available in black or white color variants while the regular myTouch will be sold in dark red or black. The devices are believed to be available on T-Mobile stores from August 8 on a two year contract for $49.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate.

“T-Mobile is committed to delivering a strong and diverse portfolio of 4G handsets that runs on our fast and dependable 4G network, including smartphones that enable people to get amazing 4G experiences at a great value,” said the company’s Senior VP of Product Management, Brad Duea.

T-Mobile has partnered with HTC and LG in the past to bring myTouch smartphones to the market. It’s Huawei this time around, and the extra screen real estate looks promising. Though we feel it’s lacking Android 4.0, it could be made available as a future update. The carrier however hasn’t mentioned any upgrade plans, so that still remains to be seen. Make sure you head over to a T-Mobile store on August 8 when the devices are expected to hit shelves.

Source: T-Mobile
Via: Phandroid

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Samsung Galaxy Beam Official Gingerbread OTA Update Now Available

The official Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for Samsung Galaxy Beam has allegedly been released by Samsung, Wednesday, June 20, 2012 and is now available. Owners of the said device can now pull down the update over the air (OTA). According to a report from Sam Mobile, this is the first OTA update for Galaxy Beam but it is currently available for owners in the Nordic region.

 

Samsung Galaxy Beam’s first version was released in 2010 bearing the model number I8520. While it failed to impress tech enthusiasts and Android lovers in the US and UK market, it did perform better in Asia and the Nordic countries for being the first smartphone to have a built-in projector.

It may not also be the kind of smartphone any tech enthusiast would want to show off to their friends, but in the corporate world, the projector plays an important role during meetings and presentations. The thing is, Galaxy Beam does not require much of a space nor electric source to display a larger picture, it’s battery is enough to make it do its job for hours.

In the US and UK, Samsung is planning to release this handset (slash projector) in the third quarter. While it will come with Gingerbread OS upon release, the manufacturer has given it a powerful dual-core processor clocked at 1GHz sporting NovaThor U8500 chipset with 768MB RAM and 8GB storage.

While we are used to seeing bulky projectors, it is almost amazing to see  a smartphone produce 15 lumens and up to 50-inches wide HD display powered by its 2000 mAh battery. Tests indicate that its battery could last up to four hours of straight projection, it’s more than enough for the typical 2-hour meeting.

Not every day we see a smartphone or an Android device with a built-in projector. While only a few could actually appreciate the main purpose of this device, it is worth every attention it receives.

[Source: Sam Mobile]