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ZTE Era Flagship Quad-core Phone – UK Release Date and Price

Amongst eight new ZTE Android/Windows mobile devices announced at Mobile World Congress 2012, ZTE Era is the star of ZTE’s Android smartphone show. ZTE’s flagship device, promises to be a little healthy competition for other big players this year. It also happens to be the Chinese OEM‘s most high-end phone to date, and did I forget to say that it is dangerously sexy!

ZTE has high ambitions and is looking toward becoming one of the top three handset providers by 2015. If their 2012 releases are anything to go by they are definitely on their way. At present they are heading away from entry-level, aiming towards mid to high end, something the specs below seem to prove has already happened.

‘In 2012, ZTE products will be building up from the low-middle end of the market into the middle-high end, with the ZTE Era being the best example of that development.’ said Mr. He Shiyou, Executive Vice President and Head of the Terminals Division at ZTE.

ZTE Era has a 4.3-inch QHD touchscreen with 960 x 540-pixel resolution. It runs Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and has a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor. Although exact battery specs aren’t known as of yet, Tegra 3 4-PLUS-1 quad-core architecture has a fifth battery-saver core that should ensure a good few hours of usage before recharge.

There is also 8 GB of storage that can be expanded by another 32 GB via microSD, an 8 MP rear-facing camera, a VGA front-facing snapper, and 1080p HD video. There’s also DNLA, HDMI-out (via MHL adaptor), and Dolby Sound to add to the mix, which ensures a great media experience. ZTE has also added a brand new user interface, in the form of Mifavor, which will include a new set of widgets, an improved file manager, improved camera options, editable home screens, and a music hub.

Check out ZTE’s new user interface, Mifavor, below:

Release Date and Price

ZTE Era is due for release in China and Europe around Q3 2012. Expect the price to be a little higher than previous ZTE phones, but it should still be a little more budget-friendly than like-for-like devices. As soon as specific dates and prices are revealed we will endeavor to let you know.

Specifications

ZTE Era

Weight
Height
Width
Depth7.8 mm
Display4.3 inch TFT QHD capacitive touchscreen
Resolution540 x 960 pixels
CPU1.3 GHz quad-core, Nvidia Tegra 3 chipset
GPUULP GeForce
PlatformAndroid 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Memory8 GB storage, 1 GB RAM (microSD up to 32 GB)
Camera8 MP, LED flash, autofocus
Secondary CameraVGA
Video1080p@30fps
ConnectionsGPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, micro USB
BatteryLi-Ion
Talktime
Standby

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The Worlds Weirdest Android Devices – Part 2

Part 2 of ‘The Worlds Weirdest Android Devices’ has a few more Android oddities to show you…

Umeox Appollo Solar Powered Android Phone

For the greener amongst you, it’s nice to know that there’s an Android smartphone that will keep your conscience clear. For anybody off in ‘the middle of nowhere, where the last thing you’re liable to see is a power socket, it’s reassuring to know that there’s an Android to fill your needs.

Umeox Appollo is powered by solar, so as long as there’s sunlight you’ll have a working Android phone. Requires just 2.5 hours of sunlight to charge its built-in solar panel, but if the battery runs out completely it’s going to take a blistering 17 hours of sunbathing to get Umeox Appollo back to 100%.

As with companies such as Huawei, Umeox is an established Chinese manufacturer that’s been providing phones to be re-branded. Umax Appollo was set, in February 2011, for release in China. It was debatable whether it would surface in the USA or Europe, and it’s seeming likely that we won’t be seeing it after all, if we do, however, it will probably sport a different moniker.

Appresso

We all know that caffeine is the preferred drug of choice. Coffee bars are springing up on every high street in the UK as fast as your local breweries are ringing ‘last orders’ for the very last time. Appresso is a coffee addicts paradise, making sure that you’re perfect cuppa is always within reach, even when the Coffee shops have shut for the night… and it’s controlled by Android.

This perfect coffee lovers partner knows exactly what your favorite espresso is. Dock your Android device and as it charges it communicates with Appresso and delivers your drink while at the same time playing your fave tracks if you wish. Or music can be played from a QR code on the coffee cup.

We expect to see this design, by In-oh Yoo and Bong-yup Song, on behalf of Meta trend Institute, to be hitting the UK in the near future. We predict that this concept will soon find its way onto the high street too, whether Appresso or a similar design. It turns espresso drinking into a whole new interactive experience.

Samsung Galaxy Concept Flexi Phone

If you’ve heard of the Origami mobile phone, you’ll have a pretty good idea of where this concept Samsung Android phone is heading. For those of you who haven’t heard of the Origami mobile phone, it’s basically a phone that’s made of cardboard and folds flat when not in use. Solves the issue of ever-decreasing storage.

The Samsung concept Flexi phone, if it ever reaches production, is set to solve more than just one problem. Besides being a space saver, and possibly slim enough to fit within the folds of an oversized wallet, this Android phone would also be the only answer you’d need concerning stands and holders. If you bend it in half it becomes a bedside alarm clock, photo frame or mini TV, fold at both sides and it will sit neatly on your car dashboard, making GPS more accessible.

Samsung has developed a futuristic, fully flexible graphene AMOLED display, which they showcased at CES 2011, that would make this astonishing Android phone a real possibility in the very near future. Full marks go to Haeseong Jee and Haeyon You who designed this beautiful idea for Samsung Talent Program, at Hongik University. This is one prediction we would like to put our money on. In 20 years from now, we imagine that flexible mobile phones will be the only mobile phones in the shops.

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The Worlds Weirdest Android Devices
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The Worlds Weirdest Android Devices

Besides the never-ending conveyor belt of smarter and smarter Android phones that appear with consistent regularity, making it nigh on impossible to own the very latest in Android technology, there’s a lesser-known group of Android phones and gadgets you probably haven’t heard of or even imagined.

This particular breed of Android belongs in the ‘weird and wonderful category. Oddities. Sometimes a one-off. A few are still a concept not yet developed, a seed in the mind of eccentric techno wizards. Most will likely never set foot on UK soil. But here’s to wishful thinking.

Below Heavenly Android takes a look at the wackiest Android handsets and gadgets in existence… or not!

Samsung W899

Samsung W899 is probably the world’s first Android flip-phone (clamshell) touting two screens. Although Kyocera Echo is taking the credit for being the world’s first dual-screen Android phone, technically Samsung beat Kyocera to it in 2010 with this Android phone that was only available in China.

An Android touchscreen graced the front of the phone, flip it open and you found a second Android touchscreen. Whether your phone was open or closed Android was always at your fingertips.

Kyocera Echo

Kyocera Echo, while not the weirdest of the bunch – but rather the world’s only dual-screen smartphone – deserves a place in this list nevertheless. A dual-screen is nothing new of course. We are all familiar with Nintendo DS, and we’re also aware of Sony Tablet P dual-screen Android tablet and its hefty price tag of £589.00. Whether dual screens are your thing is a matter of taste but there’s no doubt that they have their advantages.

Kyocera Echo has its own unique set of optimized apps that you can use simultaneously and you can also open two separate browsers at the same time, useful for research and comparison purposes. Gaming will also take on a new dimension, once dual-core is in the mix.

Two 3.5-inch WVGA screens combine to give you 4.7 inches of usability. The rest of the specs are rather run-of-the-mill and include a 5 MP rear camera, but no front snapper, microSD up to 32 GB, Flash 10.1, a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor…

Released on the sprint in the USA on 17th April 2011, it was hoped that we would also see it released here in the UK. As yet we are still waiting and hoping.

Hasbro Nexus Robot

Hasbro collaborated with Google and created one of the most adorable robot/Android devices to date. Developed for use with Nexus S, this curiosity is a part robot, part Android. Once Nexus S is docked, the Android brain fuses with the strange but cute robotic frames, creating a robot with its own individual personality.

These cheeky little critters waddle around on ski-like feet and respond to the environment surrounding them, and the information they already have stored. A combination of sensors, camera, and touchscreen gives the robot its eyes and ears to the world.

They respond to stimuli such as shaking and tickling with virtual emotions and even recognize people already captured on the Nexus camera and know whether they are friends or enemies.

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IDAPT – A Truly Universal Docking Speaker

The days of suffering for Android users are numbered. Until now, unless you were the owner of an Apple product, where accessories are abundant, there were few accessories to consider for your Android smartphone. Thankfully, over the past few months, fun and useful Android gadgets/accessories have begun to emerge into this fast-growing market. Universal Android docking speakers however have been hard to source. Philips Fidelio has a range of Android docking speakers, but until now, this was your only option.

Now there is a new universal Android docking speaker to broaden your choice. IDAPT announced a truly universal Bluetooth stereo docking speaker at CES 2012, which if it delivers what it promises, is about to solve an issue for many households. IDAPT S1 docking speaker is as the title of our post states, truly universal. Thanks to IDAPT’s patented interchangeable tip system, no matter if your smart device is Android, Blackberry, or Apple, a smartphone or tablet, and supports Bluetooth, this docking speaker will work for you. A truly innovative concept!

Designed in a retro fashion, IDAPT S1 features a clock with alarm, FM radio tuner, and Bluetooth 2.0 audio. Although specs are a little scanty, with no info concerning speaker watts, IDAPT S1 promises to fill a room full of rich audio, and get the party started!

You can charge two devices simultaneously, whether it’s an iPhone and HTC Sensation XE, or a Blackberry Playbook and a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. an LCD display on the top of the docking speaker allows you to easily manage and control IDAPT S1’s functions, and an additional LCD display located on the front allows access to basic functions.

Here at Heavenly Android, we’re very excited about this product that comes from a company that specializes in mobile technology solutions, such as quality universal chargers like IDAPT i4, which allows multiple devices to be charged at one time. IDAPT S1 will certainly save much-needed money, serving most devices within a family with both charging and music facilities.

UK Price & Release Date:

There are no specifics regarding the UK price and release date although we will be sure to give you the info the minute we have the details. Due for release in the USA around February with an expected price tag of $150 USD which converts to a very reasonable £96 GBP give or take a little vat.

Take a look at the cool video below:

Specs include:

  • Full range loudspeakers
  • Stereo 2.0 sound
  • Bluetooth 2.0 audio
  • Band: 2.4 GHz / Response Bandwidth: 20-20000 Hz
  • Dual universal docking charger with IDAPT interchangeable tips
  • Built-in USB charging port
  • Stereo class D audio power amplifier
  • Auxiliary input to connect an additional audio source
  • Compatibility includes Apple iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, MacBook, Blackberry Playbook, Blackberry smartphones and mobile phones, Android smartphones as well as many cell phones, smartphones, tablets, laptops, and netbooks.

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Android Powered Gadgets Announced at CES 

As anticipated, CES 2012 was awash with Android gizmos and gadgetry. The floor was a sea of Android tablets touting Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and quad-core processors, not to mention mountains of high spec Android phones. Not only was there news of smartphones and tablets to expect in 2012 however, but there was also a whole bunch of other nifty Android devices to look forward to, including smart cameras and smartwatches.

As 2011 ended we were already well aware that 2012 would be the year of the camera phone; we say camera phone as the very essence of these devices is the camera and the phone seems almost secondary. About time too. Although smartphone cameras have been continually improving, there has still been a need to have a secondary dedicated camera. Up until now!

The first camera phone on the horizon at the end of last year was Panasonic Lumix 101P. We still have a while to wait before this one is released in the UK (Easter maybe?), but it’s safe to say that its specs are impressive throughout.

Announced at CES was Sony’s first solo venture into Android (without their usual partner ‘Ericsson’),  Sony Xperia S. As smartphones go, this one certainly packs a punch in the camera stakes, boasting a fantastic 12 MP beastie.

CES, however, unveiled a new Android phenomenon, the Android Smart Camera. Kodak’s Polaroid SC1630 smart camera was unveiled at CES 2012.

Similarly, last year saw a few smartwatches making their way onto the Android market, including the rather impressive and bringing i’mWatch. Since then Android smartwatches seem to be the new buzzword in a useful fashion, and Sony Ericsson announced their own at CES. Are they all they’re cracked up to be? We’ll just have to see.

Kodak Polaroid SC1630 Android Camera Phone

Whether Polaroid SC1630 is a dual Android smart camera/smartphone remains to be seen. The confusion seems to surround this Kodak product that was announced at CES. The main consensus seems to veer towards it being purely a smart camera at this point, with the advantage of Android and Android apps. We’re sure, even if it is the case that there’s no phone on this smart camera, we’re sure the added benefit of Android (think Netflix, Angry Birds, etc) will more than suffice the avid photographer… just don’t forget your smartphone.

Smart Camera Specs

Whether Polaroid SC1630 is a camera phone or simply a camera, it’s exciting to see a little healthy competition emerging on the smart camera front, in the form of Kodak’s Polaroid SC1630. As well as packing a hugely impressive – for those of you where every pixel counts – 16 MP CCD sensor, it’s also one of the only phones to have optical zoom onboard its camera. 3x optical zoom on a 36-108 mm lens to be precise.

It isn’t hard to see where the confusion arises from, as Polaroid SC1630 looks like any other smartphone, albeit with one hell of snapper on the rear, and has a 3.2-inch capacitive home screen and notification bar. In other words, other than the lack of a phone, it’s used in just the same way as an Android phone.

Upload all of your photos to Facebook etc with just the click of a button. There is a microSD memory card slot, up to 32 GB, to store your treasured pics too.

Weirdly, there seems to be no 3G support on Polaroid SC1630, but rather an EDGE, and video recording may be limited to only 720p. There is, however, full WiFi connectivity which allows you to download Android apps from over 40,000 in Google Android Market.

It’s also seeming unlikely that Polaroid SC1630 will come armed with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).

It is expected that Polaroid SC1630 will be released sometime in 2012, although exact dates and prices are as yet unknown. We’re sure there will be plenty of keen snappers salivating at this news! Take a look at the YouTube video below courtesy of AndroidCentral.

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On the First Day of Xmas HTC sent Froyo 2.2 Update for Wildfire

So your Frozen Yoghurt treatment has been applied to your HTC Wildfire. Far from dampening the fire, we are all hoping that this update fuels Wildfire. But what do we do now? Most things look almost the same; are you trying to figure out what has changed and where? This is why I will be examining the ingredients that make the delicious Frozen Yoghurt that is now installed.

On the Second Day of Xmas HTC sent App to SD for Wildfire

One of the first things that I wanted straight away was to implement the app to the sd ability my phone had now acquired, enabling my internal phone memory to be freed up a little as apps were moved to a memory card. I chose to download the fantastic App 2 SD application from Google Market.

Once this has been installed onto your phone it is simply a case of opening the app, after it has compiled a list of your apps that can be moved to sd you are good to go. Simply look under the ‘phone tab’ for the app that you wish to move and tap this app; you will then be given the choice to move to an sd card. Very simple and intuitive, you can manage your apps completely from here, choosing to move apps back across to phone memory, and uninstall or clear data. If you wish to move all compatible apps to sd (note; not all apps are compatible to move to sd at present) just press the menu and choose ‘Move all apps’.Choosing to use App 2 SD is also useful as it can be set to monitor apps so that when they are installed and can be moved to SD, a notification appears. A very easy way of seeing at a glance which apps can be moved.

On the Third Day of Christmas HTC didn’t send Live Wallpapers

As many of you have been anticipating live wallpapers once you have the Froyo 2.2 update on your Wildfire I have to be the bearer of bad news I’m afraid. Live wallpapers are not supported on HTC Wildfire and probably never will due to Wildfire’s CPU processor (528 MHz). It is just not powerful enough to support this feature in a way that works well.

It seems that the final decision here (to disable live wallpapers) was made by HTC, and in a sense understandably so as it is a huge drain on battery life. Of course, when there is something you cannot do there will always be a workaround and this is true in this case. There is lots of advice on the web on ways to do this, some of which are covered on xda-developers website. I would love to hear from anyone who has managed to get live wallpapers working on their HTC Wildfire; until then I will manage without.

On the Fourth Day of Christmas HTC sent Lots of Lovely Widgets

A nice advantage you get with Froyo 2.2 installed on your Wildfire is a much wider choice of lovely widgets, which incidentally iPhone users don’t have the pleasure of using. Of course, your choice of compatible apps available from Google Market will increase tenfold.

To check out your new widgets for yourself:

Go to the + sign next to Phone at the bottom of your home screen;

  1. Tap – Widget
  2. Tap – Get more HTC widgets
  3. Press – menu
  4. Tap – Update
  5. Tap – (widget of choice)
  6. Tap – Download
  7. From home screen repeat step 1 and step 2, and then repeat step 6
  8. Tap – Select (only needed if there are a few versions of the chosen widget)
  9. Install on the chosen home screen.

Scroll through until you find the widget of choice such as Sand Timer and install. I always wanted the sand timer widget while I was waiting for the Froyo 2.2 update as my partner had already got it on his Desire and it was just so damn handy when timing food etc. There is also a mad as a hatter Fake Call widget available as from Dec …

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Demand HTC Wildfire Receives Froyo 2.2 Update!

Is the Wildfire Froyo 2.2 Update a Myth

I am rather annoyed, to put it very mildly, at the dismissive attitude HTC has towards its HTC Wildfire customers. Yes, HTC Wildfire is their entry-level smartphone. Yes, it is rather less expensive than its big brother ‘Desire‘. Yes, it has a smaller CPU processing speed than Desire (528 MHz compared to 1GHz), a lower resolution screen, a 5-megapixel camera compared to Desire’s 8 megapixels, and all of this sums up the reason why the price is so much lower. But this does not mean we should be treated like buffoons, lesser individuals, unworthy of anticipated updates that have been dangled like a carrot on a stick, taunting us for far too long. HTC Wildfire is one of HTC’s newest offerings, only being released in June, and it is anticipated as being one of the must-haves this Xmas. Although I do not expect this phone to be supported forever, the Froyo 2.2 update should not even be questioned, it should be 100% definite.

I rather think that we are being served a large portion of unforgivable injustice that leaves a bitter taste on our tongues and we need to lobby this matter, demand that we receive Froyo 2.2 and quickly. As it stands, from my observations of android forums, frustrations are running extremely high, we want to be able to access all the apps not available on 2.1 and more importantly, we want the ability to store them easily to sd card with the app to sd capability of Froyo 2.2. There may be other ways of enabling the app to sd such as rooting your phone and following other procedures but this is not a path I am willing to walk down. It’s all very nice that the HTC Wildfire has the ability to support a 32 GB memory card, but unless we are total music, photo, and video freaks what on earth are we going to do with that amount of space?

I feel that my phone is rendered almost useless and loses the ‘right’ to be classed as a smartphone without this ability, it becomes more of a ‘crippled’ smartphone. I need to be able to store as many apps as I like as I review them on my blog, but even if this was not the case I haven’t enough internal memory space for the apps I want to keep for myself. Also, I would like my phone to run just that bit faster with Froyo 2.2 than it runs with Eclair 2.1. Besides this, there are a host of other features we are missing out on whilst we wait in limbo as they play a weird kind of guessing game with us, such as wifi tethering, and the list goes on.

If HTC wishes to develop an army of brand loyal android users they really ought to think of addressing this gigantic issue otherwise we will address it for them by taking our customs and money elsewhere. After all, the phones we have at present are no better than a digital camera with nowhere to put a memory card and limited internal storage.

I don’t believe we should be given standard responses to inquiries that we take the effort to send to HTC, almost always the same as the one I received this morning.

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With regards to your query, at the moment there is no confirmation on when or if the wildfire will be receiving the 2.2 updates. I can advise you to keep checking our website for any updates in the future.

Sincerely, Georgina

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So I am asking for your support in my campaign to lobby HTC and get a definite answer, rather than being forced to play this cat and mouse game. I intend to gain support in the form of a poll and any supporting comments you wish to post, after which I intend to write a physical letter to the HTC headquarters, to the person in the highest position with the link to the gathered support. I would like to be able to send the letter within a couple of weeks so this really needs to be speedy. As soon as I have received …

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