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How To: Update Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 family to Android 2.1 (Video)

3 Nov

The Android 2.1 update for Sony Ericsson’s XPERIA X10, XPERIA X10 mini and XPERIA X10 mini pro is finally being rolled out. But how does one update the smartphone to Android 2.1? Bless the folks at the Sony Ericsson Product Launch Blog who have uploaded a video the gives step-by-step instructions on how to go about the task. Check it out below.



SOURCE: Sony Ericsson Product Launch Blog

Video: BlackBerry shows off PlayBook's multi-tasking capabilities

26 Oct

RIM co-CEO, Mike Lazaridis showed off the BlackBerry PlayBook and its multi-tasking capabilities for the first time. The demo took place at Adobe’s MAX event. We would leave it up to the video to do all the talking and showing.


SOURCE: Inside BlackBerry Developer’s Blog

Video: The Maemo-MeeGo dual-booting N900 is here

26 Oct

It didn’t take that long, did it? We recently reported about the firmware update for the N900 and it could bring an option of dual-booting the device with Maemo and MeeGo. The folks at Maemo Fanatics have posted a video of an N900 doing just that! We won’t keep you waiting, check out the video below and head over to the site to know how you can do that yourself. That is, if you are one of those rare users to have the N900 in the first place.



SOURCE: Maemo Fanatics

Gingerbread man checks into Googleplex

24 Oct

We are approaching the announcement for the next Android version aka Gingerbread and following traditions, a huge Gingerbread statue has been delivered to Googleplex. Check out the video below and let the speculations begin about which few smartphones will get official Gingerbread upgrades.

Nokia announces Symbian^1 based C5-03, an inexpensive touchscreen phone

14 Oct

Nokia has just announced a new touchscreen phone – the C5-03. It runs on Symbian^1 (aka Symbian S60 5th edition) and seems like an update to last year’s 5800 XM. It features a 3.2-inch display (resistive touch), Wi-Fi and a 5.0 MP camera without flash. As with most Nokia phones these days, it also features a GPS and compass. The C5-03 is expected to be available towards the end of this year at an approximate price of €170 (approximately Rs 10,500).

C5-03 specs:

Profile System:WCDMA 900/1900/2100GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900,
OS:Symbian^1 (SymbianOS, S60 5thedition)
Dimensions:105.8 mm x 51.0 mm x 13.8 mm (L x W x H)
Weight:93 g (including battery)
Display:3.2 inch widescreen, resistive touch,640×360 pixels
Memory:Upto 40 MB internal user memory, support for upto 16 GB microSD memory card
Camera: Image capture 5.0 MP with 4x digital zoom
Talk time: Up to 11.5 h (GSM), up to 4.5 h (3G)
Standby time: Up to 25 days (GSM), up to 24 days (3G)
Music playback: Up to 35 h, up to 19.5 (with a Bluetooth headset)
Video playback: Up to 7.5 h
Connectivity: WLAN, HSDPA cat 9 upto 10.2 Mbps, HSUPA cat 5 upto 2 Mbps, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, A-GPS Micro-USB connector and charging, 3.5 mm Nokia AV connector

HTC announces 5 WP7 smartphones! (Updated with pics and videos)

11 Oct

HTC has just hurled across a press release announcing five Windows Phone 7 smartphones. The devices will be available across Asia, Europe and North America starting from later this month. Unfortunately, there is no mention of an India launch, which might indicate that we might get a delayed WP7 launch here.

HTC Windows Phone 7 portfolio

HTC has brought its innovative design and creativity to its new Windows Phone 7 smartphone portfolio by embracing distinctive materials and unique design elements while providing an exciting set of cutting-edge features and technologies. With the new HTC Hub, HTC is providing an exclusive series of applications and utilities that include a new weather and stocks application and a new photo enhancer that enables a person to apply special effects before sharing photos with friends.

HTC 7 Surround

Whether it be gaming, movies or music, HTC 7 Surround is the ultimate multimedia device. With a unique slide-out speaker and integrated kickstand with integrated Dolby Mobile and SRS WOW HD, the HTC 7 Surround delivers high-fidelity audio and virtual surround sound that enable people to share their favorite music and videos with their friends in style. No longer are they forced to use headphones for a great surround sound experience because the HTC 7 Surround speaker makes the listening experience natural and comfortable.

HTC 7 Mozart

Crafted from a single piece of anodized aluminum, the HTC 7 Mozart feels great in the hand and takes HTC’s unibody design aesthetic to the next level. The slim, solid and smart HTC 7 Mozart sounds as good as it looks and integrates Dolby Mobile and SRS WOW HD for high-fidelity, virtual surround sound. With Microsoft Zune integration, people can synchronize the HTC 7 Mozart with their PC, enabling them to take their music and video library with them wherever they go.

HTC 7 Trophy

HTC 7 Trophy harnesses the power of Xbox LIVE. Gamers will enjoy the speed and responsiveness of fast action gameplay supported by the phone’s high-performance 1GHz Snapdragon processor, and controlled through the vivid WVGA 3.8” touchscreen. High-fidelity, virtual surround sound – through SRS WOW HD – brings a rich audio experience whether the user is playing a game, watching a video or listening to their favorite music.

HTC 7 Pro

The development of the HTC 7 Pro was inspired by power users who want to combine the ultimate in business efficiency with the ability to take full advantage of their leisure time. The sleek handset slides opens and tilts to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard for fast, comfortable typing, while productivity features such as the ability to sort, scan and manage Outlook email, open and edit the latest Office documents on the phone and keep track of the markets with HTC’s stocks application, offer new ways to maximize the business day.


HTC HD7 owners can enjoy their favorite videos and movies in cinematic-style thanks to the large 4.3” high-resolution screen, while its kickstand allows them to sit back and enjoy the action handsfree. For those who refuse to compromise on their mobile gaming experience, the HTC HD7 realizes the power of Xbox LIVE, bringing gameplay to life in a way that takes console gaming beyond the home.

The five new HTC smartphones will be available through mobile operators and retailers across major European, Asia-Pacific and North American markets from late October.

North America
HTC 7 Surround will be available exclusively in the United States with AT&T as the HTC Surround.
HTC HD7 will be exclusively available in the United States with T-Mobile.
HTC 7 Pro will be available in the first half of 2011 with Sprint.
HTC 7 Surround will be available exclusively with Telus in Canada.

HTC HD7 will be available from Telefonica O2 in Germany and exclusively in United Kingdom and Ireland. HTC HD7 will also be available with Telefonica Movistar in Spain.
HTC HD7 will be available from Bouygues Telecom in France.
HTC 7 Mozart will be exclusively available in France, United Kingdom, Switzerland and Spain with Orange.
HTC 7 Mozart will be exclusively available in Germany with Deutsche Telekom AG.
HTC 7 Mozart will be available in Austria with Deutsche Telekom AG.
HTC 7 Mozart will be available in Austria with Orange.
HTC 7 Trophy will be available exclusively in Germany, France, Spain, United Kingdom, Austria and Switzerland with Vodafone.
HTC 7 Mozart and HTC HD7 will be broadly available in Italy.

HTC 7 Mozart will be exclusively available with Telstra in Australia.
HTC 7 Mozart will be exclusively available with Starhub in Singapore.
HTC 7 Mozart will be available in Hong Kong with CSL, 3 and China Mobile.
HTC 7 Mozart will be available with Chunghwa Telecom in Taiwan.
HTC 7 Trophy will be exclusively available with Vodafone in Australia and New Zealand.
HTC 7 Trophy will be exclusively available with M1 in Singapore.

CellPassion on NDTV Cell Guru

10 Oct

For those of you who did not watch this week’s Cell Guru on NDTV, you missed our review of a couple of cool Android apps. Never mind, we won’t let you miss out watching us on national television. Hit the break below, click play on the video and bear it till about the 13th minute.

Nokia N8 video recording sample

8 Oct

I have been using the Nokia N8 for the better part of this week. The phone will be launched in India next week for an MRP of Rs 26,295. While I pen my thoughts about the device (I’m aiming for Monday to publish the review), I thought it would be a good idea to share a video I shot with the device while watching a Leander Paes and Sania Mirza play last night. Unfortunately, they lost but I could shoot some of the best gameplay of the match. ‘Nuff about tennis, now you tell me what you think about the N8’s video recording capabilities?

3G Reality Tour: Smarter than an Internet Tablet, hands on with the Sharp IS01

24 Sep

Those of you following us on Twitter would be aware that I had been on a trip to Seoul and Tokyo, courtesy of Qualcomm, to get a feel of 3G services and devices in two of the most advanced telecom markets in the world. Starting today, I will be posting some of my observations as well as videos from the trip.

I will start with the device that impressed me the most – the Sharp IS01 – an Android smartphone, which I would refer to as a mini-netbook, thanks to its form factor. It runs on Qualcomm’s 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, looks like a slightly magnified Nokia Communicator and has the most comfortable keypad on a device of its size.

Yes, it runs on Android 1.6 at the moment (we are told it will be updated to Android 2.1) but the form factor of the device was more than enough to make me ask the sales rep whether I could break the contract and get an English Android ROM ported to it. (For the record, he did not fall for it…)

The Sharp IS01 might not be as slick as some of the Internet Tablets doing the rounds and is quite a handful (check the video below when I fumble towards the end trying to open it with one hand). However, for a road warrior like me, the wide display and the spacious QWERTY keypad were more than sufficient to seal the deal.

Hands on with the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X8 (video)

30 Aug

Last week we had the opportunity to check out the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X8. To be launched with a price tag of Rs 12k-14k, the X8 with its 3.0-inch display fits perfectly between the X10 (4.0-inch) and the X10 Mini (2.55-inch). It has the same UI as the one found on the X10 Mini with a shortcut on every corner of the display. The 600 MHz processor is snappy and the device feels good to hold. Check out our brief hands on video below.