Posts Tagged ‘Google-Android’

HTC Wildfire S Coming to UK

Friday, February 18th, 2011

With all the talk of dual core smartphones and Android Gingerbread and “Ice Cream’ looming in the distance, one might forget that there is still 2011 and we’ve just gotten Gingerbread from Google. The Wildfire S from HTC which debuted at Mobile World Congress this week is an Android smartphone that is designed for those who want a smartphone but not looking for something as powerful as an Evo or Galaxy S II. So performance junkies beware, the following specs might disappoint.

At the core of the device is a 600MHz processor single core processor. Yes we know the popularity of the dual-core CPU’s is on the rise and quad-core is right around the corner, but HTC has decided to stick with yesteryear’s specs. The display is double that of its predecessor but still short of the WVGA displays we’re seeing slowly becoming the de facto for smartphones these days. On the other hand, there is a reasonable good 5MP camera that sports autofocus and LED flash. GPS and Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n are included as the latest Bluetooth 3.0 spec and 3G connectivity.

In case you’re wondering, the answer is no, HTC is not aiming this device at the male market. Even though the name would suggest something wild and awesome, it is geared at the female market. That doesn’t mean that you might not like the device for a midrange choice. But we’re sure there will be more than a few customers who find the HTC Wildfire S appealing.

The device drops in Europe as well as Asia in the second quarter of this year. We don’t have specifics on a suggested price as of yet, but off a contract, we speculate we could see somewhere south of £350.

Source: HTC

LG Optimums 3G

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

It’s not clear as yet, but the above photo is believed to be that of the forthcoming LG Optimus 3D, a device that for the most part has been unknown due to the fact that LG has it under wraps because it is planning an official unveiling at MWC in just two weeks.

That said, it looks like the phone will feature some type of 3D display which would be the first among a cellphone. More importantly, the screen looks to be a little larger then what it was originally thought of at 4 inches. Thanks to the above photos, it’s looking more like 4.3 inches and just like many of its upcoming competitors, it will be sporting dual-core processor and multi-channel RAM. The processor manufacturer is said to be NVIDIA who will be providing the 1GHz chip, if not more, that will be running the device.

So far we have no more information but LG does seem to be ramping up their effort to compete against the likes of HTC and Samsung. Thanks to T-Mobile, they will be releasing one of the first 4G tablets in the U.S which we understand will also make it to the U.K shores, albeit without the 4G’s though we’re sure the T-Mobile branding will make the voyage.

Mobile World Congress kicks off in Barcelona Spain next month and with that LG will be taking the time to announce its plans for 2011 which we’re sure will include enough new information about tablets and Tegra 2 powered cellphones.

Hopefully more information on the Optimus 3D will surface and hopefully it’s running nothing less than Gingerbread. One specific speculator claims the device could arrive as soon as the holiday season and that couldn’t be too farfetched as that would be the all crucial time in order for good sales numbers.

Source: Phandroid

Sony Ericsson Xperia X12 up for order on Play.com

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Sony might be spending much time developing their PSP phone which will feature an Android operating system as well as the company’s personal software. That does not mean the outfit is letting the rest of its mobile division hang in the balance.

Play.com, an online warehouse that prides itself on offering free delivery on everything currently has the Sony Ericsson Xperia X12 Arc for £459.99 with free shipping. The expected ship date is April 1st 2011 and as such the phone is also discounted 8% according to Play.com which claims the device normal MSRP is £499.99.

The specs of the Xperia X12 Arc read very compelling. At the base of the system is a 1GHz processor along with 512MB of RAM and dimensions that read 125 x 63 x 8.7 mm. The weight is 117g and the screen is scratch resistant as well as sporting a Sony Ericsson Bravia Display. The cellular radio on the device is quad-band supporting the 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz spectrums.

Other details include an 8 megapixel camera on the back of the phone which will be able to shoot 720p video. Wi-Fi is included in the 802.11b/g/n flavors along with Bluetooth v2.1 with support for A2DP. For transferring of tunes and such from a computer to the device, there is a microUSB 2.0 slot and the phone will sport an 8GB microSD card which can be increased up to 32GB.

Android’s Gingerbread v2.3 flavor will come standard and along with that the support for Flash Player v10.1. And for those who still listen to radios, there is an FM tuner included with RDS support.

Last but not least, the 1500mAh batter is rated at 400 hours of standby time on 3G and up to 7 hours of standby time on 3G. Playing music on a the battery can be done for up to 31 hours.

Via: Play.com

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Reviewed Again

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Details continue to leak about the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, the PSP Phone that everyone has been talking about for a couple of years now. The latest leaks come to us via ePrice which had a chance to take the device for a spin including giving some measurements and testing out the device.

Like noted before, the device will be running Android 2.3 Gingerbread on top a 1GHz processor with a 4-inch display giving all the awesome details in a resolution of 854 x 480. There are slide out PSP controls, much like what you would see on the PSP Go. There is a 5 megapixel camera on the back as well as a 3.5mm headphone jack and standard 1500mAh battery. The Xperia Play peasures 12cm tall and 10cm wide when open.

Obviously, the device is going to be focused on entertainment and gaming and thanks to more game specific API’s in Android 2.3, it is clear that the Xperia Play could be one of the many gaming centric devices to be released with Android running the show.

Little is known so far concerning whether the Xperia Play will have a dedicated app store or if Sony Ericsson will have some type of software built on top of Android where it can run its games specifically for the Xperia Play platform.

With Apple and Microsoft being the two biggest players in the mobile gaming department, Android has been playing catchup, but thanks to close collaboration between the Mountain View and Tokyo companies, the Sony Xperia Play will bridge that gap as Sony is betting big bucks on this device.

Other rumors say that the Xperia Play’s design might in fact be very close to that of the PSP 2 which is said to be currently in the works.

Via: pocketnow

Google Updates Dell Streak, LG Star Launches in Korea

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

For those who have never heard of the Dell Streak –you missed out. This is probably one of the biggest Android smart phones to ever be released; both figuratively and literally. In many ways, the Streak is Dell’s top contending Android device. Sure, the electronics manufacturer has several handsets under its brand, but none could possibly match up to the Streak.

But as we said, the Streak is also big in size –literally. The device pops out a large 5 inch capacitive touch screen display. The screen provides users with plenty of space for accurate navigation and of course, gestures. The larger screen may sound bulky, but once you have the device in your hands, it is impressive how ergonomically sound the whole handset is.

Anyway, the big news about this equally big phone is the fact that Google has finally come out with the Android 2.2 Froyo update for the Dell Streak. The actual patch has yet to be put up online, but the official statement is that the Froyo patch will come out by the end of the week so it will not be too much of a wait for fans of the Android OS.

For those worrying about the large screen, do not worry, all that 5 inches with 480 x 800 pixels of visual joy is fully protected by Gorilla Glass. The handset also comes with 16GB of internal memory, a 5 mega pixel camera with auto focus and dual LED flash. 720p HD video recording will be supported with the upcoming patch. Lastly, the handset is running on Qualcomm’s 1GHz Snapdragon CPU.

In other Android news, the launch of the LG Star worldwide might not take too long now. The device has already been released in South Korea as the LG Optimus 2X. Hopefully, the Android handset powered by the Tegra 2 CPU will be available in local store shelves by the end of the holidays.

Rubin: Android is Making Money for Google

Friday, December 10th, 2010

The Android mobile platform is a successful operating system –financially, Google head honcho Andy Rubin has declared that the OS has been making a solid profit for his company –despite the fact that the system is open and freely available for developers and that the Android makes profits almost entirely from advertising.

The numbers are also saying the same thing: Google has succeeded with the Android OS. According to Rubin, there are about 300,000 Android activations per day. That is a massive number –one that is 50% higher than the volume that Steve Jobs was contesting. So what does this bode for Google’s Android?

At this point, we see nothing but more of the same. Which, in hindsight, is not a bad thing; after all, the “same” would refer to new and constant updates, great features, inspired open source apps, plenty of mobile phones to choose from and of course, more of that cute little robot mascot. The bottom line here is that Android has a great formula –and there is no need to radically change what is already proven to be working.

The only real issue that Google actually faces is fragmentation. This has been a constant issue since the earliest updates to the Android OS and one that is by nature of the platform –completely unavoidable. The best thing that Google can possibly do is to invest in a very active update team that will help the transition of phones from one version to the next by working directly with both network operators and phone makers.

Regardless of how one looks at it, Google has a very bright future ahead of it, and that is mostly thanks to the company’s own efforts as well. The Android OS has proven itself to be very reliable and also versatile (providing tablets with a great operating system despite Google’s initial protests that the Android was not designed for tablets –they made the Chrome OS specifically for that).

Google Shows Off Gingerbread, Froyo Now Standardized

Monday, December 6th, 2010

Things are looking good for Google’s Android mobile platform. The OS has been taking some criticisms regarding issues that relate to fragmentation –a much expected result of being an open source OS that is used in a wide variety of handsets. Still, a little standardization goes a long way and seeing how the latest version of the OS, Android 2.2 Froyo, has finally been able to make it to more than a third of all the devices is certainly a major feat.

Reports have shown that at least 43% of the Android smart phones now use version 2.2. Another large chunk goes to version 2.1 Éclair while a small remainder still makes use of the older 1.5 Cupcake and 1.6 Donut versions.

Of course, not all major handsets have been updated and not all releases have been able to roll out smoothly. Delays, issues and other problems tend to pop out and that is also the case for the Samsung Galaxy S under T-Mobile. Users of the handset were disappointed a couple of days ago when the planned December 1 update did not arrive as scheduled. While the network has expressed a sincere apology for the delay, not specific reasons have been stated.

As for the upcoming version 2.3 Gingerbread, the new OS has finally been revealed by Google through a quick video demonstration. So far, there are plenty of familiar elements in the icons and user interface while most of the common functions are still there. The new OS once again brings focus to voice input features.

The only downside to this new video is that it is currently entirely in Chinese –so a little knowledge of the language would be nice if you plan to watch the vid. The update still retains the performance boost provided by the Android Froyo so users can expect to see the same speed.

In Focus: HTC

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

HTC is back in the headlines again this week as they have confirmed that the HTC Gratia is indeed heading to the UK but the original November launch will no longer push through. This latest development may come as a bit of a disappointment for some who were looking forward to the device, but according to the Taiwan based phone maker, the Gratia will be launching here pretty soon.

The device is a well made, mid range handset. From the 3.2 inch TFT touch screen to the 5 mega pixel camera, everything about this phone speaks of smart phone practicality. The Gratia will have a slight edge over the original Aria as the new handset will come packed with the Android 2.2 Froyo operating system.

HTC is currently known for being a heavy supporter for both the Google Android and the Microsoft Windows Phone 7 OS. However, there have been a few reports that the manufacturer might also start working on its own mobile platform. Given the market success and acceptance of the HTC Sense user interface, it might not be such a bad idea at all –even Samsung’s Bada is currently doing great as the Korean phone maker balances all three mobile platforms.

Speaking of the Windows Phone 7 mobile platform, the HTC HD7 is currently considered as HTC’s flagship WP7 device. However, recent news indicates that the device is not entirely as good as it seems.

It appears that the device’s antenna is located in the bottom of the device. While this is not as bad as the design flaw on the iPhone 4, it is still something that users should be mindful about. As with the antennagate, it is feared that touching the exposed area is likely to block out the device’s signal and might result in dropped calls.

The Big News: Gingerbread is Almost Here

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Eric Schmidt, the current CEO for search engine giant Google has finally confirmed that the Android 2.3 Gingerbread is ready for commercial release and to show it off the man has also showcased the next Google branded handset, the Nexus S.

Whether this comes as a surprise for many or not is not the issue, the important thing here is that after a couple of weeks of speculations and rumors about a possible Nexus handset, the early release of the Gingerbread OS and a major launch event from either Google or Samsung, something has finally happened.

So what else is new? Near field communications technology that’s what. The new handset not exactly tagged under any manufacturer and the fine details of the device have been left out of the equation during the Gingerbread announcement, but the device certainly showed off some impressive features. With Google also backing the technology, expect NFC to be an industry standard pretty soon.

Ironically, as much as the event was an announcement for the new Gingerbread OS, one cannot help but have the attention fully focused on the new handset. Equipped with NFC, a high speed processor, an impressive AMOLED touch screen display and what can only be assumed as a high speed processor and a high capacity camera lens, this next generation smart phone is going to set the new standard for Android device –much like the Nexus One did for the current generation of Android phones.

Undoubtedly, this announcement also underlines the fact that Gingerbread will also be coming over to Froyo devices, though only those with unlocked phones will be able to enjoy an update early. Everyone else will have to wait for network specific updates to the OS. With many devices still behind on the Froyo update, those with Android devices still locked to their networks will need to be patient.

Upcoming: NFC Activation for C7 and Updates for Legend and Streak

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

The 5 inch Dell Streak handset is one of the most intriguing smart phones around. After all, with the massive 5 inch touch screen display on the device, it is easy to mistake the overall face of the phone for one of the older, bulkier mobile devices of yesteryear.

Of course, the super slim case makes it known that this is simply a high end phone with a really big screen –much like a touch screen tablet. In fact, many are referring to the Streak as a mini tablet and the terminology is quite fitting. With the smallest tablets ranging around 7 inches, a smart phone with a 5 inch screen certainly has plenty of similarities. Anyway, the much anticipated upgrade to Android 2.2 Froyo for this intriguing device is available now.

HTC’s Legend handset is finally getting an update to the Android 2.2 Froyo operating system, as well. With initial plans to leave the device at 2.1 Éclair now scrapped, owners of this impressive high end smart phone have something new to look forward to. The Legend is basically a watered down version of the HTC Desire. Both devices use AMOLED touch screen technology, though the Legend’s screen is smaller at 3.7 inches. The device also comes with a 5 mega pixel camera.

Finally, Nokia has confirmed that the C7’s near field communications chip will be activated in an upcoming update. Though no specific date has been announced, this has excited many in the tech industry. NFC technology can be used in a very wide range of applications, making this handset something that users will certainly want to play around. Interfacing with a wide range of gadgets is expected to be one of the primary new functions that NFC will serve.

Apple is also heavily investing in NFC technology as well, having recently bought a specialist company earlier this year. Expect to see NFC to appear in more devices in the coming months.