Alvin Ybañez(266 posts)

Android is arguably the most flexible mobile operating system. Period. I'm extremely passionate about helping Android users around world get the most out of their Android devices by writing how-to guides and tutorials.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Smartphones Could Taste Android 2.4/4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

by: Alvin YbañezSeptember 12, 2011

A Sony Ericsson representative recently announced that its Xperia series of Android handsets may get software updates to upgrade the phones from their current Android versions to the latest Android 2.4/4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) when the latter is released.

The company representative told mobile tech site SoMobile that Sony Ericsson Xperia handsets released in 2011 all have built-in support for ICS.

However, the Sony Ericsson representative’s pronouncement is no guarantee or assurance that the Xperia line will, in fact, receive ICS upgrades. Sony Ericsson has not made any official decision on pushing out ICS to currently existing Xperia handsets.

“When it comes [...]

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Motorola EX225 Could Challenge HTC Status

by: Alvin YbañezSeptember 12, 2011

A photo of the Motorola EX225 shown on the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) listing of qualified product designs suggests that the handset targets fans and users of the popular social networking site Facebook.

The photo on the End Product Detail page for the Motorola EX225 shows a full, five-row QWERTY keyboard and what appears to be a dedicated Facebook button at the lower-left corner of the keyboard layout, along the same row as the space bar.

It is still unclear whether the phone runs Android, since there are no obvious Android buttons on the phone. Other tech sites are touting the possibility of the handset’s running Qualcomm’s Brew platform, which [...]

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LG Planning to Trim Down LG Optimus 3D Waistline

by: Alvin YbañezSeptember 9, 2011

LG is planning to bring out in 2012 an updated and slimmer version of the LG Optimus 3D, one of the developers of the 3D handset told Pocket-lint early this week.

Henry Noh, who was on the development team for the LG Optimus 3D, explained that the current build of LG Optimus 3D isn’t the “ slimmest and sexiest phone on the street” and that they want to make it slimmer.

LG’s main reason for enhancing this 3D-capable phone—aside from providing improved specs—is to keep in line with competitors for a slimmer phone chassis next year. Thus, LG intends to produce slimmer and sexier–if possible, the thinnest–phones that the company hopes to launch next [...]

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T-Mobile “Major Release” Set for October 15, Could Be Samsung Hercules or HTC Ruby (HTC Amaze 4G)

by: Alvin YbañezSeptember 9, 2011

Either Samsung Hercules or the HTC Ruby (HTC Amaze 4G)–or both–could possibly be slated for release on T-Mobile on October 15. A leaked timetable has revealed a “major release” scheduled for that day.

TmoNews received last weekend a leaked photo of a timetable allegedly for internal use by T-Mobile employees.

The partial image of the timetable shows portions of the schedule for September and October–and T-Mobile seems to have several upcoming product launches for October, one of which is flagged as a “Major Release.”

The timetable also shows what could possibly be 4 different devices, each one flagged as a “10/19 [...]

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Huawei MediaPad to Be Sold in Germany in November

by: Alvin YbañezSeptember 9, 2011

The Huawei MediaPad is expected to reach store shelves in Germany in early November with a price of EUR399 (US$561), according to

The Huawei MediaPad is a 7-inch tablet first debuted in Singapore several months ago.  Huawei showcased the Huawei MediaPad at the Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA 2011) in Berlin this month.

It is one of the first tablets to get the most recent (and reportedly the last) update for the tablet-specific version of Android–Android 3.2 Honeycomb.

One of the attractive things about the Huawei MediaPad is that it is pure Honeycomb, not like other Honeycomb tablets littered with manufacturer-customized user [...]

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Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet Has Potential to Be Professionals’, IT Managers’ New Best Friend

by: Alvin YbañezSeptember 8, 2011

Lenovo recently showcased its newest tablet designed for professionals and IT managers—the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet–at the Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA 2011) in Berlin.

Unlike most other tablets designed for general-purpose or gaming use, the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet is optimized to help and support on-the-go professionals and IT managers.

The Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet runs Android 3.1 Honeycomb and bears the following hardware specs:

10.1-inch screen support for ThinkPad Tablet Pen input dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor 1280×800 display resolution 1 GB of RAM 16 GB internal storage (32-GB and 64-GB models are also available) 5-megapixel rear [...]
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Updated Google Voice App Now Supports Honeycomb Tablets

by: Alvin YbañezSeptember 7, 2011

Google has officially announced an updated version of the Google Voice app for Android.  The new version includes, among others, support for Honeycomb tablets.

The update answers the request of a lot of Honeycomb tablet users for a tablet-optimized version of the Google Voice app. The current version of the Google Voice app is and is now available on the Android Market.

Honeycomb tablet users can now check voice mails, send messages, call cheaper international calls, and transcribe voice mails right on their Honeycomb tablet.

With the updated version, Google has also fixed previous bugs and issues, made minor improvements, and threw in native support [...]

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Sony Ericsson Xperia ray Now Available in the U.K.

by: Alvin YbañezSeptember 7, 2011

The British will now be able to enjoy Sony Ericsson’s new addition to its Xperia series of Android smartphones–the Sony Ericsson Xperia ray.

The phone is now available on Amazon UK for US$350 (about GBP350). also plans to make the Sony Ericsson Xperia ray available starting September 9 for US$466 (about GBP330).

Vodafone will also be selling the phone this month, while O2 confirmed that they will be selling the phone this September, according to their “coming soon” page.

Sony Ericsson’s Xperia ray is powered by Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread with the following features:

1.0-GHz processor 3.3-inch scratch-resistant display with [...]
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Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread OTA Update for Nexus S Solves Voice Search Bug, Adds New One

by: Alvin YbañezSeptember 6, 2011

Last week, Google finally announced the sought-after fix for the annoying Google Voice Search app bug for Nexus S phones. The over-the-air (OTA) update provides Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread for the Nexus S (Baseband I9020AUCKF1, Build Number GRK39C).

Paul Wilcox posted on the Google support forum that “an over-the-air update is now starting to roll out that includes a fix for this issue. As with previous updates, it will take a few days to send to everyone.”

For the past months, Nexus S phone users have been bothered by a bug in the Google Voice Search app. The bug causes the phone’s Voice Search to automatically open. Voice Search sometimes opens when the phone detects [...]

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Xiaomi Starts Shipping First 600 Units of MI-ONE Android Phone with MIUI Custom ROM

by: Alvin YbañezSeptember 4, 2011

Six hundred units of the initial batch of the MI-ONE smartphone have started shipping in China last week. The MI-ONE is manufactured by Xiaomi and comes preloaded with the MIUI custom ROM based off Android 2.3.5.

The price for each handset is reported to be YEN1,999 (roughly US$310).

No official announcements have been made yet as to the availability of the MI-ONE in other countries. The phone’s hardware was custom-made the Beijing-based company Xiaomi primarily intended for running the MIUI custom operating system, resulting in a fascinating custom-made Android phone named MI-One. MIUI is one of the popular custom Android ROMs.

MIUI Androiod Developers [...]

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