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Palm Pre 2 up for pre-order on O2, Orange and Vodofone

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

HP announced version 2.2 of the webOS platform as well as version 3.0 which will power the TouchPad tablet and hopefully make it to webOS powered smartphones in the near future. But even with all this news, the second generation Pre is set for release on the UK’s three biggest networks.

The second generation device will feature version 2.0 of the webOS platform and not version 2.2 which will be powering the three new devices due out this summer. The Palm Pre 2 sports a 3.2 inch touchscreen display with multitouch support and a slide out QWERTY keyboard just like the first generation Pre’s. There is integration for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and many other social networking websites and as usual you have access to the best multitasking platform on the market.

Rounding out the features are a built-in media player, 5 megapixel camera on the back (unfortunately no front facing cameras), HSDPA, WiFi 802.11b/g/n and Adobe Flash 10.1 with 16GB of internal storage. Sadly, for the second time, the SD card slot has been ditched in favor of design.

Look for the Pre 2 to be available on plans of £18.19/month or £22.98/month on a two-year contract with 300 included minutes, unlimited messaging and 500MB of data.

As for our thoughts, if you’re hell bent on getting a webOS device (and why not?) we’d hold our hard earned cash until we get some dates from HP on the Veer and Pre 3 which are expected to launch in the not so distant future and if rumors are correct, should be making a landing on our UK shores before the end of the year. Not only will the specs be bumped up to that of the current market offering, but it should feature webOS 2.2 as well.

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Today’s Mobile News Highlights

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Tesco has announced that the sales of mobile phones are expected to reach a fever pitch this coming holiday season. While there are plenty of people that will be shopping straight from retail stores, a vast majority of the sales will be coming from the internet: online shopping is fast becoming the new option for busy people –about 78% of total sales is expected to come directly through online buyers.

A new Tegra 2 Powered smart phone from LG is expected to appear at the upcoming Mobile World Congress: the LG Star. Aside from the fact that this is a full touch screen smart phone using the Android 2.2 OS with an HDMI output port, little else has been revealed about this new device from the Korean phone maker.

Gresso has announced that they are launching a new luxury smart phone: the Luxor. While this expensive device screams nothing but style and class, buyers should be reminded that the use of 200 year old African Blackwood on a phone that will probably not be used for more than a couple of years is definitely not encouraged.

Orange and T-Mobile UK’s offer for the Apple iPad is impressive and hard to match. Everything Everywhere currently offers one of the best deals for the touch screen tablet –a feature that is only matched by 3 UK, which currently holds the post for having the best options for Apple iPhone 4 and iPad buyers.

Sony Ericsson has confirmed that the XPERIA X8 will finally be getting an update to the Android 2.1 Éclair. Not quite the impressive Flash 10.1 capable Froyo update that we have been waiting for, but this is still a great bit of news for this 1.6 Donut handset.

Images of what appears to be the Nokia N00 has been spotted online, plenty of speculations about this supposedly MeeGo OS powered device has sprouted up. With the N9 nowhere in sight, we doubt that the N00 will be coming out anytime soon.

Orange’s Dual Number and Palm’s Upcoming Tablet Device

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Tablet devices are the perfect fit for the home. Be it for viewing media, playing games, browsing the internet or simply typing out an email, these devices tend to be small lightweight touch screens that allow users to hook up to a WiFi hotspot (or have a small SIM port for 3G access).

The result is the ultimate in web browsing experience (as the use of the touch screen is actually a lot more intuitive than a mouse and keyboard). This is why the iPad has been so successful and why so many people are excited over the Galaxy Tab which runs the Android OS. As for Palm’s WebOS, it seems that HP has decided to modify it for use with a tablet and that the device will be coming out next year.

2011 is still plenty of time for HP to provide this Palm branded device with all the hardware and software support that it needs.

Orange mobile UK may be focusing on the release of high end smart phones for the general public, but a recent announcement from the mobile network operator has shown that they still have plenty to offer for business customers.

According to reports, Orange has a new dual number plan for people who need to consolidate a business line and a personal line into a single device and this is the perfect solution for everyone struggling with two numbers –even on dual SIM devices. With most dual SIM phones unable to access 3G networks, Orange’s offer is a great alternative that would provide companies with better control of expenditures while still providing excellent mobility options for their employees.

These dual number plans are already available on Orange Mobile UK and come in varying monthly allowances; there is also a pay as you go option as well.

Orange Froyo Delayed to September

Monday, August 30th, 2010

In what has to be one of the saddest announcements of the week, Orange Mobile UK’s PR manager has Tweeted that the update for the HTC Desire will not be available until later this coming September.

With Vodafone UK launching their Android OS update just recently, this announcement from Orange Mobile is a little disappointing. But only a little, with the middle of September just a couple of weeks away, a little bit of waiting time are not going to be such a big issue. The only thing that is heavily scarring Orange’s reputation is the fact that the update is already available on another network.

In any case, knowing about the delay ahead of time makes a big difference for those who are already waiting. While delayed, the Android 2.2 Froyo is certain to come and knowing a good estimate of the launch period is also comforting to many.

For those not familiar with the Android operating system, the term from Froyo stands for frozen yogurt. Google has been naming Android versions after deserts and sweets. The most recent version, 2.1 Éclair is currently the standard for many high Android smart phones including the HTC Desire.

2.2 Froyo brings a performance boost to the operating system (as well as plenty of new features as well). According to Google, Froyo will enhance the speed of the user interface up to three times faster while web browsing is now five times faster. This is thanks to better kernel memory management and the use of a new Java API.

The Desire is currently HTC’s best Android handset. While other devices are also going to be released, the Desire is considered to be the pinnacle of Android smart phone standards and sits alongside the Google Nexus One in terms of its’ importance in the Android community.

Windows Phone 7 is Coming to Orange

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

It has just been confirmed that Orange Mobile UK will be offering Windows Phone 7 devices starting this coming October. Expect plans and tariff offers to become available when the new OS launches. However, with the high end specs that Windows Phone 7 requires, getting a WP7 device on pay as you go might take a little while to happen.

Apple has already shown that they are losing their grip on their share of the market. While Google’s Android is dominating the market for open source systems, and Apple iOS is currently suffering from so many hardware and software issues. If Microsoft is able to offer and show the market that the new platform is truly everything they promised and more, then that would give them solid footing against their biggest competitor.

Looking at the developer versions of the Windows Phone 7 mobile platform, one can easily see that the OS has been designed to act a lot more like the iOS as compared to the Android. Primarily, there is the fact that WP7 is not open source, just like the iOS. But WP7 provides both users and developers a lot more freedom with what they can do their handsets.

As expected, Orange UK will not be the only carrier to offer WP7 handsets. Expect to see offers from other major UK network operators for the mobile platform. With so many manufacturers and a wide variety of devices that will be launched for the new OS, it is quite unlikely that Orange has been able to grab an exclusivity deal (much like O2’s Apple iPhone deal over a couple of years ago).

Several phone makers such as LG, Asus and HTC are all confirmed to have smart phones coming out this October that will be using Microsoft’s newest mobile platform.

Orange’s Project JAL: New Android Coming Soon

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

orange-logoIt seems that Orange is passively confirming that the Project JAL smart phone is indeed real. But for now, they cannot give any details.

The news initially broke out as a small rumor that gave rise to the possibility that a leaked handset was actually being produced by ZTE for Orange Mobile UK. The notion is not surprising at all. After all, other networks have custom handsets as well. Vodafone’s 360 series of smart phones are quite impressive and the T-Mobile Pulse is practically a classic by now. So hearing that Orange is going to launch a device for the brand is actually pretty good.

At this point, all we can say is that the phone is turning up to be a low end Android device that is going to be packed in with practical features, reasonable specs and most importantly a really low price tag. Initial estimates on what the JAL handset might be priced as is shooting at the 100 to 150 Pounds mark. For an Android smart phone, that is already pretty cheap.

In terms of hardware, the JAL is actually one of the better low end phones. The 3.5 inch OLED capacitive touch screen display provides users with both high quality images and responsive controls. While the touch sensitivity is not as fined tuned as other devices –like the HTC Desire, the JAL does a pretty good job. Overall, the WVGA is a perfect match for the phone’s graphic needs. All the usual smart phone needs will be present in the handset too; this means that users can expect WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and other capabilities.

With so many Android devices already out on the market, having a very low end and low priced alternative is actually a great thing. So far, there is no projected release date for this Android smart phone.

Orange: Bringing together Advertising and Exclusive Access

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

OrangeMobile phone advertising is a risky thing. After all, not that many people would appreciate suddenly receiving advertisements on their mobile devices, but when these adverts come with special promotions and exclusive access, would a customer be more tolerant of the ads?

Most advertisements, with or without bonus deals often end up in the spam folder or the trash bin, depending on the medium of the advert. People also go through lengths to download pop-up blockers, ad removers and other similar software on computers just to avoid advertisements, targeted or otherwise.

Looks like Orange is planning to stir up a hornets’ nest with their new Orange Shot ad service. While this will certainly bring revenue to the mobile network operator, it does not necessarily mean a great deal for both brands and consumers –though Orange believes otherwise. Marc Overton, current vice president of Wholesale Business Development for Orange has stated that “Orange shots will transform advertising as we know it.”

So far, the system has yet to be implemented. It will be first tried out on a sample number of 100,000 of Orange’s subscribers on the Monkey-line starting on February 1.

It has not yet been revealed as to how the system will actually be put to use, but it is probable that an extensive review and study of individual customer preferences will be taken count of.

Despite the fact that not many like ads, targeted advertising has its good points. For one thing, getting relevant advertisements is not as annoying as seeing ads for window treatments on your favourite Manchester United RSS feed window.

Also, customers will get bonus content such as exclusive news and media content. The ads will come in the form of SMS and MMS messages and will allow customers to reply with feedbacks and comments.

Get more info on Orange Shots at Mobile Today UK.

Connect with your Followers on Twitter From Orange

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Orange TwitterOrange, one of the leading network providers in Europe, has joined hands with the popular social bookmarking website, Twitter. This coalition is going to help the Orange customers to stay even more in the world of social networking.

Now, a customer can receive text updates from their followers at Twitter for free. Apart from that, you will also get the feature of giving a “Tweet” back via the text.

In case you are someone who is receiving hundred of Tweets regularly and looking forward to minimize the count, then you would be glad to know this. With Orange, you get the option of limiting the number of updates from your followers. Again, you can even choose for simply receiving direct messages from them.

Apart from that, you even get the option of setting a particular time of the day, when you require receiving the ‘tweet’ updates from your followers. Orange customers are also going to have the option of uploading photos directly on their Twitter account using MMS options. They can post their photo on ‘Snapshot’. It automatically tweets the photos for you. Thus, it allows your followers to view and post comments on them. The cost required for uploading the text messages are going to be included the price plan of the customer or at the standard rate, whereas the alerts in Twitter is going to be free.

Twitter is one of the recent and popular social networking sites on the web today, which has been integrated into our social life. It will be available on the Orange World, the mobile internet portal of the operator. Here, users are going to come across feeds from different social networking websites including MySpace and Facebook.

You should pay a visit to the Orange World today, if you wish to start tweeting from your phone today.