News Tidbits: A Quick Bite of Mobile Updates


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The white version of the Samsung Android smart phone, the i9000 Galaxy S has just been made available in Germany. It has been out in the UK and in Spain for quite some time now, but if you missed it, they currently have plenty of stock in Germany.

Google’s Nexus S is now on pre-order availability. Orange, T-Mobile, Vodafone and O2 are all offering the handset and if you want it on for free on contract, the cheapest available is a 35 Pound monthly tariff good for 24 months.

Local users of the Samsung Galaxy S under Orange and T-Mobile will be sad to know that the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update will not be available until this coming January. The delay has gotten quite a reaction from those who are initially excited about the new update but considering that the wait should is not that long, this is still good news.

Apple’s latest issue with Jailbreaking seems to have taken an odd turn as they have just disabled a crucial API feature in the iOS: the specific function shut off is the one that specifically identifies which handsets are jailbroken and which are not.

This new decision has led to many into believing that Apple is taking a step away from its strong stance against the practice of jailbreaking though many also fear what this would mean for the many game and app developers that rely on online sales in order to make a profit. If Apple does cease to stand against jailbreaking, piracy on the iPhone is certain to spread. Many believe that the decision by Apple is heavily influenced by the fact that the US government has deemed jailbreaking to be a completely legal practice.

Finally, the initial specs of the new Motorola tablet has been confirmed, aside from having a 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 CPU, Andy Rubin’s little gadget sports a 1280 x 800 resolution, 7 inch capacitive touch screen, a 5 mega pixel camera and of course, the Android Honeycomb OS.

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