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This Year in Mobile Phones

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Has time flown by that fast? Time really has a way of creeping up on us and showing us all how many changes can happen in a span of twelve months. For those wondering how this year has been for the smart phone industry, here’s a quick rundown of all the big highlights that has passed us by.

First off, the year started out with a bang that was the launch of the Google Nexus One. This is the first Google branded handset and also showed off what the Android mobile platform could really achieve. Despite the relatively slow sales of the device, Google succeeded in setting a new bar for smart phone technology. Phones such as the HTC Desire, XPERIA X10, Galaxy S and others soon followed the path that Google paved.

Microsoft made the biggest surprise at the Mobile World Congress by giving us all a teaser of the Windows Phone 7 mobile platform –with none other than Andy Rubin giving the demonstration. As awed as we were, the actual release of the platform this October proved to be the real surprise for all.

Apple once again managed to antagonize plenty of folks in the tech industry. Mostly starting with the whole fuss with Adobe; after the iOS 4.0 SDK rules came out, it became pretty obvious that Steve Jobs was cutting off all possibilities of Flash support –and thus encouraging Adobe to support other platforms instead. The whole Apple fiasco did not end there. Despite the extremely successful sales of the iPhone 4, the device’s launch was marred by the fact that the antenna on the handset was very faulty.

Nokia on the other hand did not have much of a good year. The N8 handset was delayed for several months (from April to October) and lost Nokia plenty of market interest and of course, sales. The sudden lack of support for the Symbian OS by Samsung and Sony Ericsson also affected the Finnish phone maker badly as well.

Mobile News: Today’s Top Highlights

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Skype has announced that it will be updated for the Android mobile platform –and the Samsung Galaxy S will finally be compatible with the VOIP service. This little bit of good news comes as another reason to go for Samsung’s already impressive Android handset. The Skype app is often hard to get for many users as not a lot of phones can support the feature –and the fact that local networks are not too happy about it either. In any case, the app is now officially available on the Android market.

Vodafone UK is certain that the Froyo update for the HTC Magic is certainly the way to go. The announcement yesterday was that the update will be selective and will not provide the ancient Android with all the new features of version 2.2, but will still be delivering an impressive array of new features that diehard fans of the older phone will certainly appreciate.

HTC has confirmed that they have several devices fully equipped with both NFC, dual core CPUs and 4G technology already in the works. LTE or long term evolution hardware changes standards a lot, and HTC wants to keep on top of the trends. HTC CEO Peter Chou also confirmed that he wants to pursue the use 4G technology.

3 UK, a local virtual network operator, has been confirmed that the unlimited browsing scheme is now back. Despite previous complaints by other network operators about the heavy consumption of bandwidth slowing down services to many users, 3 UK is offering the service to anyone subscribed to the 35 Pound monthly tariff –which is certainly quite tempting to many folks who consider the 500MB limit a little too low. Should we expect to see the returns of unlimited browsing on other networks as well? –that possibility is quite unlikely as 3 UK is a specialized 3G network.

News Tidbits: A Quick Bite of Mobile Updates

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

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.

Nexus S is Coming to the UK

Monday, December 13th, 2010

When Google first came up with the Nexus One, they specifically stated that they had no notions of an iPhone killer or anything of the sort. The self-branded handset was meant to set a bar for the smart phone industry in terms of what the Android platform can truly be.

Now, almost a full year later, we see the fruition of the second Nexus handset to come about. And regardless of how one looks at it, the Nexus S is truly an iPhone killer. To fully appreciate this, one simply has to look at the basis of the Nexus S –which is Samsung’s i9000 Galaxy S which has been meant as the Korean phone maker’s rival product against the Apple iPhone.

According to various sources, the new Google super phone will be shipping to the UK pretty soon and four major network operators have confirmed that they will be offering the handset as soon as it arrives. O2 Mobile, Vodafone UK, T-Mobile UK and Orange UK have all confirmed that the new Google handset will be available on both SIM free and tariff deals –providing users with a choice. The phone is reportedly going to be free at 35 Pound monthly tariff deals and up.

Specs wise, there is little doubt that the Nexus S is poised to take on the iPhone. IT eve packs the new NFC hardware technology that Apple jumped in early to invest in –not that the technology is already seeing practical use today, but Google certainly does not want to be left out when the technology finally does.

With the latest Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS, HD video, a 1.2 GHz CPU and a large library of applications from the Android Market, the Google Nexus S will be offering a tough fight against Apple’s iPhone series.

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.

Apple Gets Headphones, Carphone Warehouse Launches Phones

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

In a very interesting move, Apple has confirmed that they have acquired Bluetooth handset manufacturer, Wi-Gear.

The company acquisition is just one of the many moves that Apple has been pursuing in the past few months. Earlier, the Cupertino based industry leader took in a company that focuses on near field communications technology. And while the technology has not been implemented in any of Apple’s new devices, many believe that it will be applied in later models.

The acquisition of Wi-Gear however has shown different results. Bluetooth headsets after all, are a very crucial and integral part of modern smart phone accessory kits and the iPhone has needed a few good ones. Apple’s decision to get Wi-Gear has brought hope that impressive, official ones will be made available before the end of the holidays.

In other mobile news, Carphone Warehouse is offering two new devices in their smart phone lineup.

While Apple’s decision to seemingly cancel the white iPhone may have disappointed many people (so far, no official statement contradicts this, though it is only a perceived fact from the fact that the device is no longer visible on the official online site), Samsung has delivered on its promise of a white variant for the i9000 Galaxy S. Carphone Warehouse is exclusively selling the handset.

For those unfamiliar with the stats for the Galaxy S, this Android smart phone is packed with a 5 mega pixel camera and Android 2.1 Éclair. The screen is an impressive 4 inch super AMOLED capacitive touch display and the processor is clocked at a pretty high speed 1GHz.

CW’s other handset offering is the toughest Android (and smart phone) in the market, the Motorola Defy. Completely dust proof and offers a few layers of protection against water and shock, this mobile phone boasts of Gorilla Glass and shock absorbent material.

Samsung’s Big Plans for the Galaxy Tab and Galaxy S

Friday, November 5th, 2010

To say that Korean phone maker Samsung is taking the charge as one of the largest phone makers in the mobile handset industry is an understatement. The company is out to dominate, and if current sales figures alone are not an indication, their plans certainly are.

First off, Samsung has confirmed that a total of 20 million Galaxy S handsets are being planned to be shipped out before the end of 2010. This will count in all other Galaxy S devices released previously. The spread of the super AMOLED touch screen equipped handset is set to change the way users view smart phone technology. With the Windows Phone 7’s popularity on the slow rise and the iOS still maintaining a strong hold on the industry, this aggressive marketing by Samsung is just what the Android needs.

Aside from having a 4 inch super AMOLED touch screen display, the Galaxy S also has a 1GHz CPU, a 5 mega pixel camera, and a newly announced WiFi direct feature (to be added in an upcoming update or patch).

The Galaxy Tab is currently Samsung’s main touch screen tablet device. It has been criticized for having a pretty hefty price tag, but considering the hardware in this device, as well as the Android operating system that it uses, the cost is pretty practical –though buyers might be blinded by the Apple branding and larger touch screen display on the Apple iPad.

According to Samsung, they plan to sell at least a million Tabs before the end of this year –with sales of the tablet continuing until next year. While the sales of the iPad has been successful, a lot of people are holding off the move to get a tablet until a better product option is available and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab is definitely it.

Mobile News: Today’s Highlights

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

It has been another exciting week for the mobile phone industry and if you have been having keeping tabs on all the latest news updates, here’s a quick list of all the important things you would not want to miss out on.

First off is the launch of the Windows Phone 7. The new mobile platform from Microsoft is officially out but the first handsets to showcase the OS will not be out until the next few days. Expect to see plenty of sold out pre-orders for some of the latest devices like the HTC HD7 and the Samsung Omnia 7.

Samsung’s also got another killer handset on the way. The Wave II has just been confirmed for a launch in the UK this coming holiday season. The massive update to the first device that brought to us the Bada operating system and is taking away all that disappointment high end smart phone fans had with the Wave 2 and Wave 2 Pro (though we can expect those two devices to sell significantly better). The new phone will also be showcasing super LCD technology as a replacement for the super AMOLED screen on the older Wave.

In more Samsung news, the i9000 Galaxy S is getting its much awaited update to the Android 2.2 Froyo operating system. After a long wait, the OS if finally moving up to match that of the HTC Desire keeping the Galaxy S as still one of the most coveted Android devices around. If the impressive new firmware update is not enough, let us remind you that this phone also packs a 4 inch super AMOLED touch screen display.

HTC’s previously exclusive Aria handset has finally made it to UK shores. And like many other smart phones that were deemed to be US carrier exclusive, a quick name change (to the HTC Gtatia) was all it took to bring the handset over locally.

Froyo Delayed on Galaxy S, XPERIA X10 Gets Éclair

Monday, October 18th, 2010

A bit of sad news for Samsung Galaxy S owners in the UK; apparently, the Android update for the system has been taken down and will not be launched until another week. But Samsung has officially stated that the firmware update is not due to be released in the first place. They are still in the middle of testing and next week is their intended launch date.

While it may seem like an over-reaction to a pre-mature posting of the Froyo on Samsung’s open source site, Galaxy S owners have to be forgiven for their fervor as the wait for an update has been pretty long.

Originally, when the Froyo was announced much earlier this year, the OS update was supposed to arrive for the Galaxy S within a month after the HTC Desire was updated. As it turned out, the Desire update has been available for quite some time –leaving Galaxy S owners wondering when their turn would actually come.

Simon Stanford, current director of Samsung Mobile UK has stated that “In the UK market, we are currently in final stages with our testing to ensure the upgrade is as smooth an experience as possible. Further information in relation to roll-out will be available early next week.”

In other Android related news, the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 is getting an update to the Android 2.1 Éclair. While this news bit would have been much more impressive had it been a 2.2 Froyo update, SE owners are happy nonetheless. The X10 came out packed with 1.6 Donut, making the XPERIA series fall far behind its competitors when it comes to having an updated OS.

Despite this factor, Sony still managed to more than enough handset to make some of their devices –particularly the X10 Mini Pro and the X10 Mini become some of the most successful handsets in the UK.

Samsung: Getting Stronger Every Day

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Korean manufacturing giant Samsung has some of the best technologies when it comes to mobile phones, and between the super AMOLED touch screen technology and their own line of 1GHz CPUs, it is no wonder that Samsung’s high end mobile phones are some of the most in demand devices in the industry.

Taking theory into actuality, Samsung has announced that the i9000 Galaxy S Android smart phone has reached up to 5 million units in sales. That is plenty of great profit for the manufacturer, but more importantly, it is a testament to how great the Galaxy S is as a smart phone.

The device packs a 3.7 inch super AMOLED touch screen display –the first use of the S-AMOLED technology on a non-Bada device after it was originally introduced in the Samsung Wave handset. This screen technology is so impressive that it actually manages to match up to Apple’s Retina technology –and according to various sources, the S-AMOLED screen is cheaper and easier to produce. On a side note, Samsung and HTC are delving super LCD technology as an alternative to S-AMOLED screens. The device also packs a 5 mega pixel camera and a 1GHz CPU placing the handset pretty much well within the high end range.

By all accounts, the Galaxy S was designed to be a rival to the Apple iPhone –which is probably why it did so well in sales –the device was designed from the ground up to be one of the best in the market.

In other Samsung news, specs and details of the i5510 Galaxy 551 handset have been officially announced. The handset will be featuring a much desired physical slide out QWERTY keyboard. The Samsung Omnia 7 i8700 handset has also been revealed along with a leaked video of the device the showcasing the new Windows Phone 7 OS running on the smart phone.