HTC releases eligible handset names for ICS

After so much speculation HTC is kind enough to release the whole list of Android devices capable of running ICS OS officially. The update for the Sensation and Sensation XE have already started rolling out in some regions and will roll out in others in the coming weeks. The update for the Sensation 4G and XL will follow shortly, along with the rest of the handsets. But HTC doesn’t provide us any time frame for the update procedure. I expect that these devices will get ICS before June this year. Otherwise it won’t help too much.

Here are the names of lucky devices-
  1. DROID Incredible 2 by HTC
  2. HTC Amaze 4G
  3. HTC Desire S
  4. HTC Desire HD
  5. HTC EVO 3D
  6. HTC EVO Design 4G
  7. HTC Incredible S
  8. HTC Sensation
  9. HTC Sensation XL
  10. HTC Sensation 4G
  11. HTC Sensation XE
  12. HTC Raider
  13. HTC Rezound
  14. HTC Rhyme
  15. HTC Thunderbolt
  16. HTC Vivid

ICS for Samsung Galaxy S II is now out

At last official Android 4.0 ICS firmware for Samsung Galaxy S II is released by Samsung itself. Samsung Mobile's official Facebook page announced the news that Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich has officially made its way to Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II. The update is currently seeding to devices in Europe, as well as Korea. The rest of the world will follow very soon.

Android ICS OS will be soon available on Samsung Galaxy Note, Galaxy S II LTE, and Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1. The older members of the Galaxy family on the other hand, will receive updates to their Gingerbread firmware, which will bring some ICS functionality to it.
how i update my samsung galaxy s ii mobile phone
Here is the official announcement by Samsung-
Samsung offers Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade for GALAXY S II
We're thrilled to announce that Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich will be available to GALAXY S II users in the European countries including Poland, Hungary and Sweden, as well as Korea today, and gradually roll out to other markets.

ICS for GALAXY Note, GALAXY S II LTE, GALAXY R, GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus, 7.7, 8.9, 8.9 LTE and 10.1 will follow soon.

In addition, we'll also offer Android 2.3 Gingerbread firmware upgrades for GALAXY S, GALAXY Tab 7", GALAXY S Plus, GALAXY S SCL (Super Clear LCD) and GALAXY W from end March. The firmware upgrades for GALAXY S, for example, include Face Unlock, Snapshot, Photo Editor, and others.

The availability and scheduling of the software update and specific models upgradeable to Android 4.0 will vary by market and wireless carriers' requirements.

* Updated on March 14.

Samsung Rugby Smart review: Advantages and Disadvantages

AT&T released a really necessary smartphone last week, Samsung Rugby Smart. It is a rugged Android smartphone from Samsung. It’s only priced $99.99 on contract. The Rugby Smart is far from being the prettiest handset around, but if you’re in need of a rugged device you’ll probably not mind that. Despite being a newcomer to the U.S. market, the Samsung Rugby Smart is hardly a revolution in terms of design or specifications. The new Rugby is dustproof, shockproof, and waterproof (it can be submerged in up to 1m of water for half an hour).
Samsung Rugby Smart unlocked price
In this review as usual I am looking at Samsung Rugby Smart SGH-i847’s advantages and disadvantages to help you.

Lets start with main features of Samsung Rugby Smart-
  • 1.4 GHz single-core processor speeds up everything--from playing games to watching shows to opening files from work.
  • 3.7-inch Super AMOLED Plus multi-touch display (480 x 800 pixels, 16 million color depth)
  • MicroUSB port
  • Ultra-fast 4G connectivity. Where 4G isn't available, your phone will connect with AT&T's 3G network.
  • Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking (802.11b/g/n) for accessing home and corporate networks as well as hotspots while on the go.
  • AT&T Mobile Hotspot capable enabling you to connect multiple devices--from tablets to gaming devices--to the phone's 3G/4G cellular connection via Wi-Fi.
  • Next-generation Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity backward compatible with older Bluetooth-enabled peripherals and includes stereo audio streaming.
  • Onboard GPS for navigation (using pre-loaded Google Maps or optional AT&T Navigator) and location services
Communications & Internet
  • Full messaging capabilities including SMS text, MMS picture/video and IM instant messaging
  • Full HTML browser (Webkit 5) with Flash 10.1 Support
  • Personal and corporate e-mail access with support for Exchange ActiveSync as well as personal e-mail accounts (Google push, Yahoo!, POP3, IMAP).
  • 4 GB internal memory
  • Memory expansion via microSD card slot with support for optional cards up to 32 GB.
  • 5-megapixel with flash
  • Full HD 720p video capture
  • 1.3-megapixel forward-facing camera for video chats and self portraits.
  • Music player compatible with MP3, WMA, AAC, and WAV
  • Video player compatible with MP4, M4V, AVI, WMV, and 3GP.
More Features
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Hands-free speakerphone

Samsung Rugby Smart Advantages:
  • IP67, MIL-STD 810F certified – shock, dust and water proof up to 1m for 30 minutes
  • Tough but extremely pocket-able
  • Quad-band GSM and dual-band 3G support
  • Wi-Fi b/g/n; Hot-spot and DLNA connectivity
  • Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP
  • GPS with A-GPS; Digital compass
  • 1.4GHz Snapdragon CPU; Adreno 205 GPU; Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset; 512MB RAM
  • 4GB storage, microSD card support up to 32GB
  • 3.7" Super AMOLED display with WVGA (800 x 480) resolution; 252ppi pixel density
  • 5 megapixel auto-focus camera; 720p HD video recording at 30fps
  • Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread with TouchWiz 4.0 launcher
  • Supports so many video formats
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Web browser with Adobe Flash 11 support
Samsung Rugby Smart Disadvantages:
  • Front design is not looks pretty
  • Dedicated camera button is missing
  • Single core CPU
  • Android Ice Cream Sandwich may never come
  • US only AT&T based phone
In the meantime Amazon Wireless is happily offer you Samsung Rugby Smart only for $0.01. You better hurry.

Sony Xperia U and Xperia P costs $342 and $593 respectively

Sony only announced two mobile phones in MWC 2012- Xperia U and Xperia P. Fortunately they also announced the price for these exclusive Xperia NXT smartphones too.

Budget friendly Sony Xperia U costs $342. As you probably already know - that will come with two interchangeable plastic covers bottom cover depending on the main color. White Xperia U has white and yellow covers, while the black version comes with black and pink covers.
sony xperia nxt phone model number
The Sony Xperia P is based on the same dual-core chipset as Xperia U, but it comes with a large 4-inch qHD display with WhiteMagic Reality technology, a better camera and more storage capacity. There are no covers here. This is a much higher price than the Xperia U - $593.

Release date of both this handsets remain unknown.

Samsung already ships 2 million Galaxy Notes

Personally I was not sure about Samsung Galaxy Note’s future. My prediction was against it. But it all turns out well for Samsung. The first million mark was passed in just two months after the launch of the device and now two months later since that event, the Galaxy Note has crossed the 2 million mark. It means Samsung shipped 2 million 5.3-inches Galaxy Note worldwide within 4 months. It really quite impressive!

Obviously these are not the actual sales but merely the number of devices that have been shipped till date. In comparison, however, Samsung managed to ship over 10 million Galaxy S II in the first five months.
samsung galaxy note review
However, Samsung has much higher expectations from the Galaxy Note. Talking to Forbes, it has revealed that it intends to ship another 10 million units before the end 2012. But once again I bet against Samsung despite of their win this time.

Samsung Galaxy Beam is ready to ship on July for £385

I know that everyone is curious to know projector mounted Samsung Galaxy Beam’s price. We are so lucky to say that we just able to see the price tag courtesy of an online retailer from UK, And I am very much happy to see the price tag. They are asking £385 ($610) for a SIM-free device. They expect to have the projector droid in stock in July. You will be also glad to hear to hear that Galaxy Beam is covered by a full 24 month manufacturer's warranty.
I expect Galaxy Beam will be available in many more countries sooner or later. And a $600 unlocked price tag is good for the contract lovers. To visit the online retailer site click here now.

MWC 2012 review: List of the smartphones

For the last few years Mobile World Congress is a dignified affair held in Barcelona. All the companies take this event very seriously. Every year some of the most unique and desirable state of the art handsets meet the eyes of press, analysts and buyers for the very first time. This year we've seen many devices stretch the boundaries of our imagination. There were more than a few stunners, and as the dust settles, companies such as HTC, Nokia, LG, Huawei and Samsung can all hold their heads high.
best smartphones of 2012
In this post I will show you the list of smartphones shown in MWC 2012-

Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G
Samsung Galaxy Beam
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1


Sony Mobile
Sony Xperia P
Sony Xperia U

Nokia 808 PureView
Nokia Lumia 610
Nokia Lumia 900
Nokia Asha 202
Nokia Asha 302

ZTE Tania
ZTE Orbit
ZTE N910
ZTE Blade II
ZTE U970
ZTE N960
ZTE Nova 3.5
ZTE Nova 4.0
ZTE Style Q
ZTE V856
ZTE Acqua
ZTE Mimosa Mini
ZTE Fashion TV phone

Asus Transformer Pad 300
Asus Padfone

Acer CloudMobile
Acer Liquid Glow

LG Optimus 4X HD
LG Optimus 3D Max
LG Optimus Vu
LG Optimus L3
LG Optimus L5
LG Optimus L7

Quad-core ICS phone [not named yet]
Fujitsu F-12C Globetrotter Classic

Huawei Ascend D
Huawei Ascend D1
Huawei MediaPad 10.1

Alcatel One Touch 991 SMART
Alcatel One Touch 595 TRIBE
Alcatel One Touch 995 ULTRA

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