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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.

Samsung Wave II, BlackBerry Pearl 3G and Palm Pre 2

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Even with all the new updates regarding the upcoming Windows Phone 7 handsets (the new Microsoft OS was just launched a day ago), smart phone manufacturers Samsung, RIM and HP are still up for pushing through with their own proprietary operating systems.

Samsung’s Bada OS has hit the one million mark just a few weeks back showing that the world still has room for yet another open source mobile platform. This success has led to the development of the Wave 2 and Wave 2 Pro smart phones –successors to the original Samsung Wave. The two phones are actually hardware downgrades meant to bring to expand the market range of the Bada OS to a lower tech bracket.

The Wave II on the other hand (mind the roman ordinal number as a specific designation) is a true successor to the original Samsung Wave as the II is actually a major hardware upgrade. The big question now is whether the new super LCD technology is actually going to be able to match the quality of the super AMOLED screen. As shown with the HTC Desire, SLCDs are good enough to replace standard AMOLED screens, but as for Samsung’s very own super AMOLED, that comparison has yet to be seen.

MVNO Virgin Media UK has confirmed that they will be offering Research in Motion’s BlackBerry Pearl 3G to their subscribers. There are a wide variety of 2 year contracts under Virgin that would get the phone for free. The only thing missing from Virgin Media is a ‘pay as you go’ deal, but T-Mobile UK has it.

It may have seemed like the Palm Pre 2 would have gotten canceled with the closing of Palm, but the HP buyout has led to a continuation of development. HP has released an online teaser about the Palm Pre 2 –confirming that the phone is still in the works though no launch date has been given. It is being stated that the device has since been upgraded from its initial specs.

Quick Bits: Bada Wave II and the Microsoft VS Motorola Case

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

It seems that a new fire is brewing in the mobile phone industry and surprisingly, it is a lawsuit that does not involve Apple at all! Joking aside, it appears that Microsoft has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against mobile phone manufacturer Motorola.

What is unique about this lawsuit is not how the issue is based on Motorola’s actual software or technology, but on the use of the Android operating system. Should Microsoft gain substantial progress on this lawsuit, it could very well spell a series of successful lawsuits against other phone makers that support the Android operating system.

On a side note, it is interesting how Motorola was among the companies that were announced as supporters of the upcoming Windows Phone 7 mobile platform when it was demonstrated last February and yet until now, no Motorola made WP7 device has been shown. With Motorola’s long history with Microsoft, this lawsuit could very well be the start of a major falling out between the two companies.

In other news, Samsung has just announced the Bada OS running Wave II smart phone. Now this handset is not to be mistaken for the older Wave 2 smart phone that was announced just a few weeks back.

The II and 2 are actually two separate devices. While the Wave 2 focuses more on Samsung’s vision of developing phones for all market ranges, the Wave II aims to continue the high end part of the OS –bringing to us a truly upgraded version of the original Wave.

With manufacturing for the super AMOLED touch screen becoming a less viable option, Samsung has also adopted the solution of using super LCD technology instead. According to reports, the S-LCD is still as visually impressive as super AMOLED technology.

Samsung also hinted that the new high end Bada handset will be available by this coming November.