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LG® Ally, Samsung® Galaxy S GT-i9000 get Android™ 2.2 updates

It is well known that Samsung has had many a problem sending updates for the Android 2.2 Froyo for their smart phones. The LG Ally from Verizon is preparing to receive the updates. It brings with it a wipe for a remote device and added security measures for passwords, voice dialing from Bluetooth, much better browser performance as well as faster download of Java Script pages, quick reconnection of data after calls on voice, updated directory of contacts with a combo of Google as well as corporate accounts.

The improvements in the update include enhanced audio output, improved EAS syncing; and the ES provisioning feature that is available on Microsoft Exchange Server. The following is the method to use the update on your Samsung Galaxy S:

First of all, download the software 2.2.1 XXJPY version and save the zip file on your system desktop. After installing the file, open the Odin 1.3 client so that you can install this download of firmware in your device. After installing, you will see the welcome screen.

Rooting with super user users rights will give your Android device, the ability to install several applications that are handy on the device. While, this is still Froyo, as its name means, the Android 2.2.1 is a release for bug fixing. It however, means more for Samsung Galaxy S. Many of the Swedish Galaxy S owners are sending in reports of a speed up in the device operation after using this update. This is a nice surprise as the Galaxy S has had its share of lagging issues since the release of its software.

LG Ally will now receive its Android 2.2 updates. An upgrade for the system software will come soon, according to news from Verizon. It will bring enhancements that will be in the mid range of improving smart phone performance and utility. LG Ally debuted during the summer using the Android OS 2.1, but is going to soon move up with an update from a new version of the Android operating system.

Samsung® Denies Charging Carriers for Android™ 2.2 Update

Samsung has denied rumours that it will charge carriers with regards the Android update, thus forcing T-Mobile in withholding update to Samsung Vibrant. Earlier it was reported that Samsung was not intentionally updating the operating system of Vibrant to Android 2.2 as had been committed to customers, fearing that the update will lessen the interest for the upcoming 4G enabled version. A T-Mobile employee told Android Spin that Samsung did not allow T-Mobile for pushing out the update. In addition to that, the source disclosed that original Vibrant may use 4G fully which they are not disclosing.

Samsung Mobile dispatched an e-mail addressed to Phone Scoop briefing that Samsung is not in the practice of charging the carriers for updates of Froyo to Samsung Galaxy S. They expect to obtain more information on the current status very shortly. Samsung felt that it was important for making the Android 2.2 Froyo obtainable only after they felt that one could give the owners of Galaxy S a reliable and simple experience of upgrading. Owing to complication and unique nature of functionality for each Galaxy S device, they were conducting additional type of testing and were working to offer the Andorid 2.2 Froyo upgrade to all owners of Galaxy S as early as possible, including the Samsung Vibrant.

Samsung® Omnia 7 review

Samsung is reportedly keeping its Europe-bound Omnia 7 smartphone under a tight veil of secrecy until mid-summer this year. The new device has an attractive design with its macho looks. Omnia 7 has a 4-inch super AMOLED display with Tyrian purple aluminum garnishing on the back side. It has dark gray polycarbonate at the top and bottom.

Samsung Omnia has features similar to that of Samsung Galaxy S. It has all the specifications like Super AMOLED screen, a 1GHz chipset (although a Snapdragon instead of Hummingbird), a 1500mAh battery (which lasts for about eight hours for general usage), and a 5 megapixel camera (except for the 720p recording frame rate, which has been lowered from 30fps to 25fps). Even you can easily see the same two capacitive buttons sandwiching a physical home button below the screen. Along with these same features we also observed two main differences i.e. it is metal wrapped and also it has only 8GB of storage capacity unlike Galaxy S.

In Samsung Omnia, the narrowed edges around the screen are comfortable for the fingertips. The other good feature is the polycarbonate volume rocker that is well positioned for both the left and right operations. This device has also some very nice in-built apps like “Now”. It is a combination of a weather tool, news reader, and stock tracker. The application is really good but they can still enhance by adding more news feeds into it. It has static pictures for its weather device and stock chart.

Overall we can say that the Samsung Omnia 7 is a good move from the Korean company and we hope to see more improved features in future.

Top 10 Smartphones of 2010 that stole the show

Smartphones were the most popular gadgets in 2010 and here we discuss the top 10 smartphones of 2010.

The number one slot is of course reserved for Apple iPhone. Despite the slight ups and downs, the market value and share never went down. The 4G version iPhone is the biggest seller to date. Here we are describing its specifications and features. It has some nice features like it is one of the thinnest smartphones, has retina display, stainless steel band, Apple A4 chip, Gyro plus accelerometer for advanced motion sensing, two microphones and perhaps the best of them all is its multi-touch display with pinch to zoom.

HTC EVO 4G

It was one of the most sought after phones in the US. Its popularity can be understood in the reviews it gets. Every square millimeter of the EVO serves (or seems to serve) a purpose, nothing is there simply for the sake of design. It has noticeable features like hot-spot that lets you to connect up to eight devices, a 4.3-inch touch-screen display, two cameras, 4G, Sprint TV and speakers.

Samsung Galaxy S

Samsung also tops the chart with the sales of its Galaxy tablets. It has some amazing features like it has the Android 2.2 operating system, Li-Ion 1500Mhz battery, with a Samsung Hummingbird processor of 1 GHz, 16GB memory and many more. Some of the noticeable features are Super AMOLED display, multimedia powerhouse and TouchWiz 3.0 interface.

Motorola Droid

When Motorola launched it became an instant hit in the US. It is also powered with Android 2.2, 1GHz Tl OMAP3630-1000 processor, 512 MB RAM, 8 MP camera and long battery life with 480 talk time on 3G.

HTC Droid Incredible

HTC Droid has amazing features and it does not fall behind in the list of the top smartphones. This device is receiving positive comments for its distinct features. It has Android 2.2, 8GB flash memory, AMOLED display, 8MP camera and also it has the Verizon network.

Blackberry Torch

Blackberry was once the king of smartphones, but got affected by other products. Around 64 percent smartphone users express their satisfaction with Blackberry Torch.

Google Nexus One

It is powered with some stunning features but it lacks behind due to poor marketing. It is incredibly fast with an amazing display screen and long battery life.

Nokia N8

Nokia is one of the largest manufacturers in the world and they are very famous among cell phone users. Nokia sold 4 million of its Nokia 8 device. It has also nice features including the 12 MP camera, USB port, 5-band 3G support and 16GB storage.

In this list there are also HTC Desire and HTC HD7 phones with Windows Phone 7. HTC HD 7 has an excellent touch display screen with Windows Phone 7 and HTC desire is powered with the Android operating system.

LG Smartphones Cause Profits to Decline

LG Electronics had a poor second quarter performance that subsequently gave it low profit returns courtesy of its poor sales in TV and Handsets. In what could only be termed as a failure to compete favorably in the market place, LG’s smart phones such as the LG Ally were outperformed by tougher competitors such as Google’s Android smart phones.

Competition

In the face of competition from smart phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S, Motorola Droid X, the HTC EVO 4G amongst others, LG’s smart phones just could not fly. As a result, the company did experience a downfall in profits thanks to its lame smart phone. The company had a stressful second quarter with profits that peaked at a low of $106.6 million that marked a fall of around 33% when compared to last year’s second quarter. Smart phones are all the rage right now and companies that can’t match the competition it seems will have to up their game, thanks to LG’s experience.

Falling Sales

If smart phones are the in thing currently, its smart phone might have been its largest mistake despite the fact that the company is the third biggest phone manufacture globally, coming third after Nokia and Samsung. This fact is corroborated by LG’s handsets shipments in the second quarter for which it made this huge losses. It is estimated that the company shipped about 30.6 million phones in the second quarter but despite that fact, its greatest undoing perhaps is its conspicuous absence from the smart phones market, the high end category of phones for which its rivals such as Samsung, Apple Inc and HTC are kings with super phones. As such, a comparison of the LG Ally smart phone and the other super phones in the market currently will give you one result, it cannot compete!!! LG’s rival smart phones are giving a raw deal as they out do it by far, and that is LG’s biggest mistake.

Back to Drawing Board

However, it appears LG is learning its lessons, albeit painfully and plans to launch its own Android based smart phones by end of 2010. The company is expected to launch about 20 of this as a preliminary market trial and all eyes are ken on what it can achieve. At the moment there can only be speculation as hopes are pegged on LG’s LG Optimus that is expected to launch with a bang, whereas the other gadgets are expected to be perhaps mid-range phones like the Ally. To confirm that it has got its lessons right, LG said it will be a hardware partner for the Microsoft Windows 7 phone. This perhaps might work to the company’s advantage as it spreads its wings out rather than focus entirely on the Android rush.

What will play into LG’s hands is the fact that carries such AT&T are preparing to market Windows Phone 7 in its millions to its users and as a result, LG might just see its own windows 7 phones sales increase in the future.

Will Samsung Galaxy S Stand Up to iPhone

Samsung has its eyes set on beating the iPhone. No wonder though, every company seems to have a smartphone in store bent on taking Apple’s best seller head on. With a much larger screen to boast of, Samsung Galaxy S takes a step into the arena of smartphones.

Specifications

  • Android 2.1 OS
  • 1GHz Cortex A8 “Hummingbird” CPU
  • 4″ Super-AMOLED display at 800×480
  • 5 Mega-Pixel rear-facing camera (without flash)
  • VGA front-facing camera
  • 720p video recording
  • 8GB / 16GB on-board storage with MicroSD expansion
  • 512MB RAM
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Wireless Tethering support
  • 2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE)
  • 3G (HSDPA 7.2Mbps, HSUPA 5.76Mbps)
  • A-GPS
  • Digital Compass
  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Light sensor
  • FM Radio
  • TV Remote Controller
  • Social Hub integrated social networking

Design

Already one of the most anticipated Android phones to hit the streets, what really stands out in Samsung Galaxy S is its 4-inch Super AMOLED screen. It actually looks like an iPhone, only this time, Samsung has showcased the display screen with a chrome bezel frame. The curved back gives it a comfortable feel in the palm of your hands despite its size. It is also only a millimeter thicker than the iPhone.

Its 122.4 x 64.2 x 9.9mm frame can feel a bit delicate and there’s bound to be some creaking here and there with its very obvious plastic casing. However, the 119 grams feels sturdy enough to withstand the pressures of constant use.

Features

The 1 GHz processor takes full advantage of the Android 2.1 that comes pre-installed with Galaxy S. Multi-tasking becomes a breeze because running multiple programs in the background will not bog down the system. iPhone enthusiasts have to jailbreak their phones first before they can even utter the word “multi-tasking” and even with that, only to some extent.

Samsung preferred its own skin to the default Android one. Dubbed as TouchWiz 3.0, this skin was a product of Samsung’s tinkering with their smartphone line. It offers customizable widgets and icons for its homescreen. Although the effort is there, Samsung’s lack of widgets and Android’s limited repertoire puts the damper on full customization.

Perhaps what gives the Galaxy S a bump into the forefront of ideal Android phone is its multimedia flexibility. The larger screen allows playback for full definition videos including support for Xvid and DivX. In fact its 5-megapixel rear camera also allows for 720p video recording for home movies. Music playback also renders rather well. You can even manipulate your music player even while using any other application. The menu shortcut sits on top of the screen, all you have to do is drag it down to access the controls. Its built-in accelerometer allows you to shift from portrait to landscape mode.

Onboard storage capacity gets a whopping 8GB, or, if you have the extra dinero, 16 GB. That in itself is enough to store your media, phone contacts and a variety of files you want. But if you’re the type who smirks at the thought of just 16GB storage space, lower your eyebrows because you can actually upgrade it with its installed MicroSD expansion slot. Top that Apple!

The web browsing experience is quite promising bordering on excellent. Loading pages, in both 3G and WiFi connections, is fast. However, the text will not automatically fit the screen if you use the pinch and zoom function. You have to tap the screen after this to watch it re-adjust itself. Flash video support is not present on this version of Android. But with Adobe’s release of support for Android 2.1, Froyo, this seems to be a trivial matter.

The Contacts options are not that impressive. For one thing it lacks integrating Facebook and Twitter syncing to your contacts. Syncing your social networking sites with your phone takes a bit of tinkering on a separate phone profile option. Another thing that might bug you is its half-baked idea of SIM card details imports. Yes you can import your contacts from your SIM card to your phone. But no you can’t delete them from your SIM? You will end up with redundant contact info sitting in your phone. Perhaps to make up for this, Galaxy S can group, favorite your contacts and display their details for you. Still, this little flaw might become a pet peeve in the future if no updates fix it.

Of course all this would be rendered useless if Samsung Galaxy S doesn’t present itself passable in its phone features. Thankfully, it does more than pass. Email messaging doesn’t warrant any complicated set up steps. All you have to do is enter the right details—username, password, email server—and you’re good to go. IM through Google talk, SMS, MMS is also there for you to manage. Samsung’s utilizing of Swype, allows you to glide your fingers on the on-screen keyboard to connect letters and create words. The dictionary is not that accurate, but, heck in text speak who needs a dictionary anyway. What would be more amusing is if someone created a dictionary for texts shortcuts instead.

These killer features wouldn’t amount for anything if you would need to run to the nearest outlet frequently to charge your phone. Thankfully, it comes with a 1500 mAh—one of the largest battery available in the market.

Just say it, even though the thought of owning an  iPhone still makes you wet your bed at night, contender after contender of smartphones are invading the market. Samsung Galaxy S is an Android phone already in its way to greatness.

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