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OliveFluid V-W1 – Android Mobile Phone for Rs. 7990/-

OliveFluid V-W1

Olive Telecom has introduced yet another Android handset – Olive Fluid V-W1 for India at cost of Rs. 10,990 but can get online for Rs. 7990/-. New Olive Fluid is as successor to OliveSmart V-S300 but runs Android 2.1 Eclair update. Sporting a sub 500Mhz processor, new Olive Fluid is targeted towards the budget minded folks seeking a sub Rs. 10,000 Android smartphone. For the TV fanatics, the OliveFluid smartphone comes with free 6 months subscription of Live TV by Zenga TV. So you can watch select TV shows on your phone whenever you re bored.

New Olive Fluid V-W1 has a 3.5-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen HVGA display (320×480) and comes with 468Mhz processor. Internally, the phone has 256MB memory that can be expanded to 32GB via a microSD card. The internal memory – 256GB works as both RAM and ROM. On that 256MB ROM rests the Android 2.1 Eclair update which at most would be upgradable to Android 2.2 Froyo. 

The Olive Fluid V-W1 has 3 megapixel camera and support for A-GPS with the help of built-in GPS module. With Olive Fluid one gets a free six months subscription to Zenga TV s service – LIVE TV that will let the users view popular channels like UTV Bindass, MTV, Colors and others. 

Olive Fluid V-W1

Olive has added a 1300mAh battery to the phone but it offers mere 4 hours of talk time and standby time of 192 hours. Other features of this smartphone includes GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0, Proximity sensor, gravity sensor, digital compass, 3.5mm audio port and Exchange Support.

The other options in the same price-features range are Samsung Galaxy Fit S5670, Optimus One P500, Motorola Charm, and Videocon Zeus.

Olive Fluid

Technical Specification

OliveFluid V-W1

Operating System

  • Android OS, v2.1 (Eclair)

Central processing Unit

  • STE6715, 468MHz Processor

Design

  • Weight (Grams) : 117g
  • Dimensions (mm) : 109 x52 x14.8
Memory
  • Flash Memory : 256MB
  • Expandable : MicroSD, up to 32GB
Display Features
  • Size : 3.5 Inch (HVGA)
  • Screen : TFT Capacitive TouchScreen
  • Resolution : 320 x 480
Camera
  • Camera : 3 MegaPixel
  • Video Player & Recording
Media Format Support
  • Audio : MP3
  • Video : MP4, 3GP
  • Photo : JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP
Battery
  • Rating : 1300 mAH
  • Talk Time : Upto 240 Mins
  • Standby Time : Upto 192 Hours
Radio Band & Standard
  • GSM Bands : 900 / 1800 / 1900
  • 3G HSDPA : 7.2 Mbps (900 / 2100)
  • GPRS Class : Class 12
  • EDGE Class : Class 12
Connectivity
  • 3G : Yes
  • GPS : Yes
  • Wi-Fi : Yes
  • Bluetooth : Yes, v2.0 with A2DP
  • USB : Yes, v2.0 microUSB
Sensor
  • G-Sensor : Yes
  • Proximity Sensor : Yes
  • Multi Touch Capacitive : Yes
Special Features
  • Email : POP/IMAP/Exchange
  • Digital Compass
  • 3.5 mm Audio Jack
  • SMS, MMS, HTML Browser
  • PC Sync Functionality
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Motorola Quench XT5

Motorola is aiming to be Android top dog and to achieve that takes not only awesome high-end smartphones like the Atrixes, but also phones that take potential buyers’ wallets into consideration. This resulted in the Quench XT5, a phone that takes on the LG Optimus One P500 and the Samsung Galaxy 3. We clearly liked both of the aforementioned devices, so the XT5 has quite the task ahead of it.

Design


The candybar XT5 just screams cool the moment you lay eyes on it. The exterior is mostly comprised of a matte black finish, with a dash of chrome thrown in for good measure on the rims. The front is mostly glossy and it houses the 320×480 3.2-inch Gorilla Glass encased display, which is pretty high quality for the resolution it runs at. Below the display lies the four generic touch-sensitive keys, but Motorola have also included call answer/end keys, as well as a trackball below that. The power button and the 3.5mm audio jack are on top, a flapped micro-USB port is on the left and the right houses the volume rocker and the click button used for the 5 megapixel fixed focus camera which is located on the back. The Motorola logo also doesn’t take up the usual spot centered above the display, but is instead positioned on the top left, which is pretty cool if you ask me.

Well designed and built

 

 

 

The phone doesn’t feel rugged but it does feel extremely solidly built. It’s not bulky either, which is a bonus as a solid light phone is pretty hard to come across these days. Overall, the XT5’s design gets a major thumbs up.

Features and Performance

Interface

The XT5 is powered by a Qualcomm MSM7227 processor, which is clocked at 600MHz, and comes with stock Android 2.1 Eclair. Eclair’s a bit of a bummer, not by itself, but simply because the Optimus One ships with FroYo out of the box, and even the perennially slow Samsung have announced a FroYo update for the Galaxy 3. Motorola on the other hand, are being rather defiant about updating their phones, and there’s no news on if/when the XT will get an OS update.

One might expect the 600MHz processor to cause a performance bottleneck, but contrary to expectations, the XT5 performs admirably. The touchscreen, even when using multi-touch, is responsive and there’s minimal to no lag present and even that only shows up when the phone’s undergoing heavy multi-tasking. The accelerometer is also quite responsive and it recognizes tilts quickly and accurately.


Performs pretty well, too!

 

 

 

 

The call answer/end buttons are a bit of a headscratcher. While the OS can be configured to allow those buttons to activate the display (it’s not enabled by default), the call end button doesn’t take you back to the home screen. It’s not a dealbreaker by any means, but I would have liked to have at least an option that enabled that function. The clickable trackball, on the other hand, works fine and is a real help while browsing the web.

There are three different keyboard layouts for text input, which can be changed at will by swiping over them. These include the standard QWERTY layout, the numeric keypad and even a half-QWERTY keypad. The keys are well spaced out, especially in landscape mode, so typing isn’t much of a hassle.

Media

The video player on the XT5 is decent, as its augmented by a pretty good screen. It only plays files of resolutions of up to 640×480 (640×360 for 16:9 videos), but the codec support is pretty good, with DivX and H264 both supported.

Where the Quench surprisingly shines is the music department. The DAC is high-grade stuff for a phone in this budget range and sounds better than most PMPs – it’s loud enough and provides a decent soundstage with good bass and treble levels. Of course, the problem that music players on most Android Phones have – complete lack of EQ Settings – returns, but a quick install of any of the third-party music players available on the Android Market will unlock the true potential of the XT5’s DAC.

 

Jack it in

 

 
The bundled handsfree is of an earbud design so it could be either a good or a bad thing, depending on your preference, but they are built decently and sound decent too. They’re obviously no match for a good pair of earphones, but as bundled handsfrees go they’re fantastic.

 

 

Connectivity

The Quench XT5 is 3G enabled, HSDPA even, along with the other standard connectivity options like EDGE and GPRS. WiFi and Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP is also included.

On the software front, the phone comes pre-loaded with Gtalk, MySpace and Facebook apps, you’ll have to get the Twitter app yourself. E-mail support includes your standard POP/IMAP accounts, along with Gmail.

The phone ships with GPS, a-GPS support and even has a GPS tracker that, as the name gives away, tracks your movements if you enable it. This is in addition to the pre-loaded Google Maps app.

Misc. Features

There are quite a few handy tools thrown onto the XT5. There’s Documents-to-go, a notepad, a file browser and an RSS reader. Being a stock OS, it also has access to virtually every application on the Android Market.

Camera

The 5 megapixel fixed focus camera comes with a bunch of options. There are options to change the white balance, colour effects and even parameters such as sharpness, contrast and saturation.

As for performance, the camera doesn’t do dim lighting very well but the well-lit pictures are pretty decent.

 

 

Battery

The 1270mAh battery manages to hold its own against the XT5, providing talktime of about five hours on an average. Off a full charge, it lasted for around two days with regular usage which includes WiFi, music, videos and calls and three days with light usage, so I’d say that’s pretty impressive.

Of course, the functionality of the auto-brightness feature goes a long way to help this. However, the phone lasted that long without any app killers or battery saver apps, so one could probably go even higher with those installed.

Verdict

The Motorola Quench XT5, which is available at some places for Rs. 13,990, is quite the sleeper hit. The OS is smooth as butter, music playback is excellent and the Gorilla Glass-encased display ensures scratches don’t affect your viewing experience. Add to that the quality build and the good battery life and the XT5 becomes a fantastic mid-range Android option.

I only hope Motorola follow this through with a Froyo update, and also fix the couple of minor niggles along with it.

 

Specifications :


General 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100
Announced 2010, July
Status Available. Released 2010, August
Size Dimensions 114.9 x 56.8 x 12.6 mm, 80 cc
Weight 114 g
Display Type TFT capacitive touchscreen, 256K colors
Size 320 x 480 pixels, 3.2 inches
– Gorilla Glass display
– Trackball
– Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate
– Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
– MOTOBLUR UI with Live Widgets
Sound Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
Memory Phonebook Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photo call
Call records Practically unlimited
Internal 100 MB storage, 512 MB ROM, 256 MB RAM
Card slot microSD, up to 32GB
Data GPRS Class 12 (4+1/3+2/2+3/1+4 slots), 32 – 48 kbps
EDGE Class 12
3G HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
Bluetooth Yes, v2.0 with A2DP, EDR
Infrared port No
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0
Camera Primary 5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, LED flash
Video Yes, 320×480@15 fps
Secondary No
Features OS Android OS, v2.1 (Eclair)
CPU 600 MHz ARM 11 processor, Adreno 200 GPU, Qualcomm MSM7227 chipset
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML
Radio No
Games Downloadable
Colors Brown
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
Java Via third party application
– Social networking integration with live updates
– Digital compass
– MP3/WMA/WAV/eAAC+ player
– MP4/DivX/H.264/H.263 player
– Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
– YouTube, Google Talk
– Document viewer
– Photo viewer/editor
– Organizer
– Voice memo
– Predictive text input
Battery Standard battery, Li-Po 1270 mAh
Stand-by Up to 560 h (2G) / Up to 545 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 8 h 20 min (2G) / Up to 6 h 30 min (3G)
Misc SAR US 1.16 W/kg (head)     0.59 W/kg (body)
SAR EU 1.16 W/kg (head)
Price group Rs. 12,000 TO 14,000


Huawei IDEOS … an Android 2.2 (Froyo) phone in india at only Rs. 6000/-

Huawei Ideos

Official Promo Video:

The Huawei Ideos does everything right to create a cheap phone with plenty of smarts. It’s not going to take on the big, beautiful Samsung Galaxy S, but it’s got an even newer version of Android and should only cost about £100 on pay as you go.

The Ideos is launched here but it’s isnt in shops yet, and since Huawei isn’t a well-known brand here, it will probably get renamed by the network that brings it to the India & UK. It should still be called the Ideos, though, so look for it on pay as you go for between £99 and £129 in India for about Rs. 5000 to 6000/-

All the Android

Huawei says it worked closely with Google to make the Ideos, which is evident in the Google logo that graces the back of the phone. This phone is pure Android 2.2 Froyo, the latest version of Google’s operating system. That means you have all the latest features, except one — there’s no Flash on the Ideos. It just doesn’t have the processing power to support Flash, sadly. But it does have all the rest of the goodies that come with the latest version of Android.

 

The Ideos succeeds in making an affordable phone that offers the latest version of Android and plenty more Google power.

That means seamless support for Gmail, Google Maps, email and heaps more built-in features. If that isn’t enough for you, you can download more apps from the Android Market. There can be something of a ‘Wild West’ feel to the Android app store, with amateurs vying with the big brands for the top of the apps charts. But, if you can find the best Android apps, you can make your phone do almost anything you can imagine, from opening Office documents to sending digital postcards. There’s also a great official Facebook app and several excellent Twitter clients, including an official one.

The untouched version of Android and the partnership with Google means we can trust Huawei when it says you will get prompt updates for the phone as soon as new versions of the OS come out.

But don’t think that, just because Huawei has avoided adding its own skin to Android, you won’t be able to customise the Ideos. The Android user interface is so flexible you can personalise the phone every which way. There are lots of wallpapers — including touch-sensitive and animated ones — included, or you can use your own photos. Fill the five scrolling home screens with shortcuts to programs or specific contacts, or with widgets that update with live news and your social network activity. Setting up five home screens may be overkill for some people, but if you like to fiddle with your technology, you’re guaranteed hours of fun tweaking the Ideos.

Cheap and cheerful

Of course, the Ideos does make sacrifices to keep its price down. The case isn’t hideous, but it’s cheap and plasticky. The large, round navigation key — which Google loves to see on its phones — isn’t as sexy as the optical trackpad that you get on the HTC Wildfire. Like the Wildfire, the Ideos suffers from a low-resolution 320×240-pixel screen, which makes things look blurry.

In saying that, the Wildfire costs twice as much as the Ideos on pay as you go, despite its similar budget-Android target. With the Ideos, most of the important features are in place. The screen is responsive when you touch it, and it’s capacitive, so you don’t need to press too hard. The small, 71mm (2.8-inch) screen makes things pretty pokey, especially the on-screen keyboard, but good predictive text means it’s still very usable.

The camera is another place where the Ideos skimps and saves. It’s only 3.2 megapixels, with no LED photo light, but it does shoot stills and video, so you won’t be short of a snapper when you really need one. Android also makes sharing a doddle, with support for uploading video to YouTube and photos to Facebook, among other services. Just be sure to pick up a microSD memory card to store your snaps, because we don’t expect the phone to come with one.

Punching above its weight

The Ideos looks very similar to the HTC Tattoo, a cheap Android phone that we loved when it came out last year. Although they could be twins, the Ideos comes out on top because of its responsive, capacitive touchscreen and its up-to-date version of Android. And did we mention it costs around £100 on pay as you go? That alone could have us cuddling up to the Ideos, and, among its rivals at that price, it looks even more attractive.

 

It might look like the HTC Tattoo, but the Huawei Ideos outperforms its fellow cheap Android phone with the latest 2.2 Froyo.

On top of the bountiful Android features and apps, the Ideos doesn’t skimp on connectivity. It has the latest 802.11n Wi-Fi standard and 7.2Mbps HSPA for fast Web surfing over 3G. Bluetooth and a mini-USB port both come in handy for swapping files, while a standard 3.2mm head phone jack means you can use any pair of cans.

Conclusion

The Huawei Ideos may skimp on a low-res screen and camera, but it’s made exactly the right moves in bringing Android to the masses. 802.11n Wi-Fi and HSPA combine with the latest version of the Android OS to give the Ideos the leg-up on most other phones, at any price. Although you’ll miss out on Flash Player, you won’t regret saving some dosh on this responsive, usable phone.

Good

  • Latest Android 2.2 Froyo
  • Responsive capacitive touchscreen
  • 802.11n Wi-Fi
  • HSPA
  • Access to the Android app store

Bad

  • Low-resolution screen
  • Weak camera
  • Not very attractive

 

UPDATE:

This Huawei’s Ideos … Android 2.2 running phone has been released by Aircel and is priced at Rs. 8,499. If you are a postpaid Aircel subscriber, you will be able to use up to 2GB of mobile data every month.

Unboxing Ideos:

Photo Gallery:

Huawei Press Release:

Huawei Launches World’ s First Affordable Smartphone with Google Called IDEOS

[Shenzhen, China, 2 September, 2010] Huawei, a leader in providing next-generation telecommunications network solutions for operators around the world, today announced the launch of IDEOSTM, an affordable smartphone powered by the latest iteration of AndroidTM 2.2 (also known as ‘Froyo’ ). The smartphone is priced between US$100 and US$200, depending on the market. IDEOS redefines the “entry-level” concept by combining high-quality hardware and software with a high price-to-performance ratio. IDEOS will be released in a number of countries across Europe, Asia-Pacific, North America and Latin America.

The ergonomically designed IDEOS provides a variety of ways to access the Internet, as it boasts downlink speeds of more than 7.2Mb/s, offers WCDMA + WiFi dual network support, and offers ubiquitous mobile broadband services. The device also doubles as a WiFi router for up to eight devices at a time, making IDEOS an all-in-one solution for a range of wireless connectivity options.

Available in black, yellow, blue, and purple, the IDEOS, with Android 2.2 pre-installed, not only runs fast, but also supports functions such as voice dialing, voice navigation, and the ability to run applications off the SD card. With more than 70,000 applications available in the Android Market, IDEOS provides a wide range of communication, entertainment, office, and financial management applications.

Kevin Tao, CEO of Huawei Device, said, “The popularity of the smartphone is one of the key tools to bringing people into the ‘Golden Age of Mobile Broadband,’ which is linked to Google’ s mobile Internet strategy.

“We are proud to have already achieved our goal from early 2010 of developing a US$150 smartphone with an excellent user experience. The IDEOS is an affordable option, designed to lower barriers to entry to allow easy mobile Internet access.”

The name “IDEOS” embodies creativity and inspiration: the “ID” represents the industrial design-centric hardware platform, the “OS” represents the operating system as the core software platform, and the “E” symbolizes the evolution to mobile Internet.

SPECIFICATIONS:

General 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 900 / 2100
HSDPA 1700 / 2100
Announced 2010, September
Status Available. Released 2010, September
Size Dimensions 104.1 x 55.9 x 12.7 mm
Weight 102.1 g
Display Type TFT capacitive touchscreen, 256K colors
Size 240 x 320 pixels, 2.8 inches
– Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate
– Swype input method
Sound Alert types Vibration, MP3 ringtones
Speakerphone Yes
– 3.5 mm audio jack
Memory Phonebook Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall
Call records Practically unlimited
Internal 256 MB RAM, 512 MB ROM
Card slot microSD, up to 32GB
Data GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 – 48 kbps
EDGE Class 10, 236.8 kbps
3G HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth Yes v2.0 with A2DP
Infrared port No
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0
Camera Primary 3.15 MP, 2048×1536 pixels
Features Geo-tagging
Video Yes, CIF
Secondary No
Features OS Android OS, v2.2 (Froyo)
CPU Qualcomm MSM 7225 528 MHz processor
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM
Browser Yes
Radio FM radio
Games Yes
Colors Black body / blue, red, yellow backpanels
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
Java Via third party application
– Google Search, Maps, Gmail, Talk
– MP3/WMA/eAAC+ player
– MP4/H.263/H.264 player
– Organizer
– Photo viewer/editor
– Adobe Flash support
– Voice memo/dial/commands
– Predictive text input
Battery Standard battery, Li-Ion 1200 mAh
Stand-by Up to 288 h
Talk time Up to 9 h

Android 2.2 “Froyo” Out Now for Samsung Galaxy Smartphones (UPDATE)

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A number of reports released this morning say that Samsung Galaxy A and S smartphones will finally be able to update to the newest version of Android – Android version 2.2, code-named “Froyo” – as of tonight at 8 PM. The phones can be updated by visiting SamsungMobile.com, it’s said, as per the Samsung Electronics press release the various Korean publications are citing.

However, official word from Samsung is the same as it ever was when it comes to the U.S. region: “we have not announced timing for Android 2.2 upgrades for any U.S. Galaxy S device” a company representative told us this morning.

(See update below regarding official download site).

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The reports we’ve seen so far are from Korean publications, for example: Yonhap News AgencyKorea IT Times and The Chosunilbo. All reports confirm the same few details:

  • Android 2.2. “Froyo” is being released tonight for Galaxy Smartphones
  • The update will be released Monday at 8 PM (no time zone is given)
  • The update will be available at http://www.samsungmobile.com

What’s interesting is that, in many cases, the reports are citing a press release or official announcement from Samsung Electronics, although browsing through the corporate website, there’s none to be found.

We’re also taunted with the forthcoming Froyo features, which each news article does seem to have copy and pasted from some sort of official release. Google Maps with Navigation, Flash Flayer 10.1, Home Screen/Menu Preview and Edit, Speech-to-Text functionality and social hubs, a feature which enables combined social networking and email contacts in one interface, are all listed as new Froyo features users can expect tonight.

UPDATE:

We can’t read Korean, and since this page uses images instead of actual text, we haven’t been able to “Google translate” it, but the site appears to be hosting the Froyo update for Galaxy S and A devices: http://kr.samsungmobile.com/notice/anycallpopup/froyo_up.jsp.

Can someone tell us what it says?

For what it’s worth, we clicked a button and downloaded a zip file which included a Froyo upgrade manual. Too bad that’s in Korean too. Another button led us to a setup.exe file – Froyo, it appears. Commenters on other sites are saying that’s what it is. Can any ReadWriteWeb readers confirm?

UPDATE 2:

Looks like it’s out for Vodafone now. Virgin too.

Google Hints at New Directions for Android Tablets

Froyo might be the last word for Android smartphones, but Google denies it’s meant as a tablet OS, adding fuel to rumors that we’ll be seeing Honeycomb or Gingerbread-enabled tablets competing against the iPad sometime soon.

At least one Google (Google) executive has been saying publicly that the company doesn’t see the most recent iteration of the Android (Android) operating system or the Android Market (Android Market) as entirely appropriate for tablets, suggesting that tablet-specific OSes might be forking from the Android family in the near future.

Hugo Barra is Google’s director of products for mobile. In recent comments to TechRadar, he said that while the company has seen Android 2.2 (which, like the rest of Android’s distributions, is open-sourced and free for anyone to download) running on tablets, that isn’t one of the OS’s intended purposes.

“Froyo is not optimised for use on tablets,” said Barra. “The way Android Market works is not going to be available on devices that don’t allow applications to run correctly. Which devices do and which don’t will be unit-specific… If you want Android Market on that platform [a tablet running Froyo], the apps just wouldn’t run, it is just not designed for that form factor.”

He continued to say that Google is working on a different UX for a tablet-friendly Android Market. We would infer that, unlike the less-than experience of the first Android devices via-a-vis the iPhone, many of the first Android tablets could be more competitive with the currently market-leading iPad, thanks in large part to an operating system that’s optimized for the full breadth of tablet hardware functionality.

So, what could these mysterious operating systems be, and how soon could we see them? Will they be available on the already-released Dell StreakSamsung Tab (which ships with Android 2.2)? (which ships with Android 1.6) and While most of what we “know” about Android-for-tablets operating systems is shrouded in rumor, we are fairly certain that the fork will begin with Gingerbread, a.k.a. Android 3.0, which may be released as soon as this fall. And Honeycomb is thought to be the next iteration of the same fork.

We can also safely speculate these OSes won’t run on any but the highest-powered mobile devices, such as the Google/Verizon tablet that we expect to see around the holiday season.

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