Samsung has announced its brand new mid-range Samsung Galaxy Gio S5660 Android Powered Smartphone, just in time for official unveiling of the same at forthcoming Mobile World Congress 2011, that is powered by Qualcomm QCT MSM7227-1 Turbo 800 MHz processor and runs Android 2.2 Froyo.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe Samsung Galaxy Gio S5660 smartphone is Quad-band GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 dual-band 3G HSDPA: 900, 2100 ready device which is powered by 800 MHz Qualcomm QCT MSM7227-1 Turbo Processor and features 158MB RAM with microSD card supporting 32GB expandable memory allowing practically unlimited entries contact phonebook and SMS memory.\r\n\r\nSamsung Galaxy Gio S5660 smartphone features 3.2-inch, HVGA 320 x 480 pixel TFT capacitive touchscreen supporting 16 million colors and sports two touch-sensitive keys and a large home key in same fashion as on Galaxy S series smartphones.The smartphone also includes Accelerometer sensor for auto screen rotate and runs on Android 2.2 Froyo version with Samsungâ€™s TouchWiz v3.0 user interface over Android just like the one in Samsung Galaxy series smartphones.\r\n\r\nThe new Samsung Galaxy Gio S5660 offers exhaustive data connectivity that includes GPRS, EDGE, 3G HSDPA 7.2 Mbps download speed, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/N Wireless LAN with DLNA, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR with A2DP wireless connection, GPS with Assisted GPS (A-GPS) and microUSB 2.0 for wired connectivity.\r\n\r\nSamsung Galaxy Gio S5660 includes 3.15 megapixel (2048 x 1536 pixel) rear auto-focus camera ( no LED flash) with added geo-tagging, face and smile recognition capability along with video recording in QVGA resolution. The device does not sports any front-facing camera for video calling.\r\n\r\nSource: MPhone, W3
\r\n\r\nMozilla has just announced Firefox 4 beta is now available for Android and Maemo. Saying, â€œA major focus of this release is to increase performance and responsiveness,â€ Mozilla says on itsÂ blog that Firefox 4 beta for mobile is, â€œbuilt on the same technology platform as Firefox for the desktop,â€ but optimized for the mobile environment.\r\n\r\nThe mobile version features Firefox Sync to sync your phone browser with your desktop browser, the Awesome Screen and Bar, â€œwhich instantly gives you access to your recent history, bookmarks and tabs,â€ and probably most importantly this release features pinch-to-zoom as well.\r\n\r\nOn the technical side, Mozilla says:\r\n
â€œTwo of the big architecture changes are Electrolysis and Layers. Our alpha contained Electrolysis which allowed the browser interface to run in a separate process from the one rendering Web content, resulting in a much more responsive browser. This beta brings the Layers pieces which improve overall performance and in graphics areas such as scrolling, zooming and animations.â€
\r\nMozilla wants your help to test this beta version, go ahead to download the release, use it and post your feedback.
Motorola co-chief Sanjay Jha painted a future for the company that included beefed-up smartphones and a tablet computer running on Google-backed Android software.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nJha hoped Motorola would have an Android tablet computer ready early next year, he said while sharing thoughts at a Deutsche Bank Technology Conference in San Francisco. “I will only develop a tablet if it is sufficiently compelling,” Jha said during an on-stage chat. “Hopefully, that is early next year.”\r\n\r\nJha has been counting on smartphones running Android to help turn around the Illinois-based company’s flagging fortunes but didn’t consider the latest generation of the mobile software ready for use in tablets.\r\n\r\n”I see the tablet market as an opportunity; no cannibalization with smartphones,” Jha said. “iPad is more an extension of iPhone than a migration of a Macintosh. I think that is a natural expansion for us.”\r\n\r\nApple has sold millions of iPad tablet computers since the California company began selling them internationally in April.\r\n\r\n”The convergence of mobility and computing is very important for us,” Jha said. “There could be more form factors that are more smartphone-centric.”\r\n\r\nA priority in the Android “eco-system” is to improve the online marketplace for fun or functional applications that is key to the popularity of smartphones.\r\n\r\n”The Marketplace experience on Android is good, it is not great,” Jha said. “We are trying to rectify that situation. You will see us as an ecosystem very focused on that.”\r\n\r\nHe also expected more powerful multi-core computer chips to be built into smartphones in the coming year to boost capabilities, speed and features.\r\n\r\nCompetition in the smartphone market promises to be intense as this year finishes. The iPhone continues to be a hot seller and a host of smartphones based on Windows Phone 7 should debut soon with the new Microsoft software.\r\n\r\nBlackBerry maker Research In Motion is also due to release the latest generation of its mobile operating system.\r\n\r\n”Nearly everyone in this business is clicking on all cylinders.” Jha said.\r\n\r\nThe US remains the biggest market for high-end smartphones but Jha spoke of growing markets in China, India, and Latin America.\r\n\r\nJha noted that Motorola also makes TV set-top boxes and that it is “eager to participate” in an Internet-driven evolution of home entertainment that could involve routing digital content from smartphones to televisions.\r\n\r\n”You’ve seen Google TV and Apple TV in that space,” Jha said. “I think there are some very good opportunities there.”\r\n\r\nMotorola posted a six-fold increase in quarterly net profit in July and an optimistic outlook for its mobile phone division ahead of its separation next year.\r\n\r\nJha said at the time that demand was outstripping supply for the “Droid X,” an Android smartphones seen as Motorola’s answer to Apple’s iPhone.\r\n\r\nMotorola is selling most of its wireless network infrastructure business to Finnish-German giant Nokia Siemens Networks for 1.2 billion dollars.\r\n\r\nMotorola plans to split its businesses in the first quarter of next year, separating products for consumers from its professional equipment division.\r\n\r\nThe mobile and home entertainment devices division will operate as Motorola Mobility.\r\n\r\nThe other company, Motorola Solutions, will consist of its enterprise mobility solutions and networks businesses, which include two-way radios, mobile computers, secure public safety systems and scanners.