LG’s Android Tablet to be released in Q4
Jul 31st, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

LG tablet

2010 seems to http://www.mobile-hub.co.uk/wp-admin/post-new.phpbe the year of tablet PCs. With the increased tablet PC boom, LG has also geared up to join the Android tablet bandwagon. LG has confirmed this officially by announcing that it would release a rival to the Apple iPad on the Android mobile OS platform in the Q4 of 2010.

The tablet computer from LG will be powered by Android 2.2 and based on the Optimus brand. Though LG has not revealed any details about the tablet, it is anticipated to come with a similar design as that of the LG Optimus Z.

The LG tablet is also expected to boast a 7-inch screen having 800×480 pixels capacity, a 1GHz Cortex A8-based processor, a 5-megapixel camera, DiVX compatibility, Dolby Mobile, some internal memory, Wi-Fi and 3G. The LG tablet will be supporting flash and multi-tasking.

Compared to other similar tablets on the market, this tablet is claimed by LG to deliver highly superior performance. If the tablet comes as per expectations with Android OS 3.0, then it will happen to be a perfect HD device by sporting 512MB RAM along with a screen size of 1280×760.

The tablet can also be bundled by LG with its Drag and Shake functionality as well as be synced with computers through LG’s Air Sync. Additionally, the tablet might come with a mobile TV tuner as well.

Galaxy S to get Android 2.2 in late September
Jul 30th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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Samsung Galaxy S, the most popular Android-based handset from the Korean Electronics Conglomerate, Samsung is geared up to taste the latest flavour of Google’s Android OS in September. Samsung would release Android 2.2, codenamed Froyo for its Galaxy S smartphone officially in September.

Currently, the Froyo is under development as it still contains a few bugs such as freezing while internet browsing, crashes and non-working flash in the camera. As such, users are warned to install the unofficial ROM available currently at their own risk.

Samsung UK Mobile made an official announcement regarding the upcoming move via Twitter. Galaxy S was launched sometime back and is available through some major carriers in the UK. All those carriers are expected to deploy the Froyo update to their users along with other Samsung Android-based handsets at the same time.

The new software solution will enable the Galaxy S to run Adobe’s Flash software and create mobile hotspots. The users will be able to enjoy better internet browsing experience on their handsets, thanks to the Froyo update that supports Adobe’s Flash Player 10.1. The update will also add on to increased levels of performance, faster browsing and more.

BlackBerry 8520 Curve, the business class phone
Jul 30th, 2010 by Andy Miles

Blackberry 8520 Curve Violet

BlackBerry is a well known mobile phone brand with great industry reputation. The BlackBerry gizmos are available at affordable prices bundled with meticulous and business oriented features. The newly launched BlackBerry 8520 Curve with stunning appeal is loaded with some high class features in it.

The handset sports a 2.46 inch TFT screen with 320 x 240 pixels resolution having a display capacity of about 65k colours. It also boasts a full QWERTY keypad and a touch-sensitive optical trackpad. The handset’s music player will rock the music lovers with its amazing audio and video quality which supports almost every file format like WAV, MP3, WMA, eAAC+ etc.

The handset comes with a high quality camera with which you can capture fabulous snaps of your near and dear ones. It comes with an internal memory of 256 MB which is expandable to 32 GB using a microSD card. Above all, the device is powered by BlackBerry OS and runs on 512 MHz processor.

Different types of deals are spread in the market. BlackBerry 8520 Curve deals are more popular among people which are bundled with alluring offers. T-Mobile, O2, Orange and Vodafone are the major network providers offering exciting schemes with the handset.

You can go with either the sim free deals or contract deals to avail the amazing handset. So, just select the best deal that suits your need and grab the fabulous handset today.

Orange UK to offer Nokia E5 Smartphone
Jul 30th, 2010 by Andy Miles

Orange_Large E5

The Nokia E5 will be soon heading to Orange UK. Nokia E5 smartphone is found with the coming soon status on the Orange UK’s website. The smartphone will be available for free on a pay monthly contract.

Nokia E5 which is powered by an ARM11 600 MHz processor runs on Symbian v9.3, Series 60 rel. 3.2 platform. It sports a 5MP camera bundled with LED flash, fixed-focus and video recording capabilities. The smartphone also supports HSDPA 10.2 Mbps. However, Orange UK is offering the handset with HSDPA 7.2Mbps.

The handset comes with an array of other features like full QWERTY keyboard, 2.36 inch TFT screen having display capacity of 262K colours, 250MB internal memory along with microSD card up to 32GB, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, GPRS and EDGE Class 32, Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP, GPS with A-GPS support, UPnP & DLNA technology, Stereo FM radio with RDS and 3.5mm audio jack.

The 126g weighing smartphone measures 115 x 58.9 x 12.8 mm. It comes with a 1200 mAh Li-Ion battery that provides high life autonomy.

However, no information regarding the shipping date of the handset has been revealed by Orange UK yet. In case you do not want to get bounded for a couple of years, you can simply grab the smartphone on PAYG too.

HTC Hero to be Blessed with Android 2.1 update
Jul 29th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

HTC Hero Android 2.1

Having done the integration of the HTC Desire and Nexus One with SLCD displays, HTC is found to be in high spirits. HTC is now concentrating on its smartphone, the HTC Hero. The HTC Hero is all set to be upgraded with the Android 2.1 version also known as Eclair for Orange customers.

It has been confirmed by Orange that HTC Hero handsets will get the first part of its two-stage update to Android 2.1 in the first week of August. HTC apologises for making the Orange Hero customers wait for a long time to receive the Eclair update.

The company opines that the delay took place as testing the update across European markets took more time than assumed. The company is hopeful to receive final approval by this weekend and assures that the 2.1 update will be rolled out in the coming week.

The Eclair update is expected to bring an array of new features and applications to the HTC Hero on Orange network such as additional home screens, live wallpaper, support to multiple email accounts and HTC Sense user interface. Users can experience faster connection to other devices as well.

However, delays in the update had no adverse effect on the Android’s growing popularity in the UK. Availability and downloading details are yet to be unveiled.

Nokia C6 Smartphone available in the UK
Jul 29th, 2010 by Andy Miles

Nokia Logo Nokia C6

Mobile phone giant Nokia is all set to come up with its C6 slider smartphone. Nokia officially said that the handset would be available in the UK directly from Nokia’s website with a price tag of £289, unlocked.

The smartphone sports a full QWERTY keyboard. It comes with a design similar to that of the N900 smartphone. However, C6 is powered by Symbian S60 instead of Maemo. The device comes with standard features though the processor details are not yet known.

Coming to the specs of the handset, C6 boasts a 3.2 inch capacitive touchscreen having 640×360 pixels resolution, internal memory of 200MB which is expandable up to 16GB using a microSD card slot, AGPS and a 5-megapixel camera coupled with flash.

You can avail the smartphone on contract via Vodafone, Carphone Warehouse and T-Mobile within days. However, the handset will be available on other mobile phone networks also very soon.

Nokia C6 is an association of style and connectivity. Whatever be the means, say email, social networks, the web or IM, Nokia C6 will always keep you connected. By selling C6 at such a price, Nokia does not stand to gain anything as well.

10-inch Android 3-based Tablet from Motorola
Jul 29th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

android 3 motorola tablet

Leading mobile phone manufacturer Motorola is all set to enter the tablet PC market with its 10-inch slate. The tablet would be running on Google’s Android operating system which is already available on almost all of the Motorola’s latest high-end handsets.

The Motorola tablet is rumoured to hit the market somewhere around November. Also, the upcoming tablet is expected to run the popular Google’s Android 3.0 OS or Gingerbread. However, more details about the tablet’s availability, pricing or hardware specifications have not been unveiled at the moment.

This is said to be the first future tablet with Google OS. The tablet is expected to be powered by an OMAP3630 processor running at 1GHz speed. The upcoming tablet is also said to feature 512MB RAM, accelerometer and Wi-Fi.

Motorola would be the solo competitor to Apple’s iPad on the platform. The Motorola tablet is expected to give tough competition to the Apple iPad which would benefit from Gingerbread, Google Android’s latest update.

Motorola has already attained great heights of success with its Android-based handsets. Now, the company is said to follow its success track by using the same platform for its tablet. Motorola which earlier said that it would be coming up with over a dozen Android-based handsets revealed nothing about its tablet PC plans.

Official Spec Sheet revealed for Samsung Epic 4G
Jul 27th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Samsung logo Samsung Epic 4G

After a long wait, Samsung unveiled the official spec sheet for the Samsung Epic 4G handset. The handset is expected to hit the store shelves by 20th August. This is the first 4G Android-powered device from Samsung and the second 4G smartphone from Sprint through which the handset would be soon available.

Samsung Epic 4G comes with Samsung Media Hub access. Interestingly, Epic 4G becomes the first 4G handset featuring a video store with movies and TV which can be availed on purchase or rent.

The smartphone which runs on Android 2.1(Eclair) OS is powered by a Samsung 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor. The gadget boasts a 4.0 inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, TouchWiz 3.0 UI, QWERTY keyboard, multi-touch input method, touch-sensitive controls, accelerometer sensor, proximity sensor, light sensor, six-axis motion sensor and Swype text input.

The handset is also bundled with Sprint’s services viz. Football Live, NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile and Navigation Sprint TV. Video chat and live video sharing is supported by the handset’s Qik video application. The device also has compatibility to Samsung’s exclusive AllShare service.

The device also features 5 MP camera with LED flash and 3x digital zoom supporting HD video recording, 512MB RAM & 1GB ROM, 32GB memory support via microSD card, WiMAX, Wi-Fi, GPS and 4G capability. The pricing details of the smartphone are yet to be unveiled.

Fabulous Nokia 5230 White Deals
Jul 27th, 2010 by Andy Miles

nokia 5230

Nokia 5230 White is another amazing handset from Nokia which is attracting customers with its appealing vibrant colour. The handset is an integration of advanced technology and awesome functionality.

The eye catching feature of the device is its large resistive touch screen display of 3.2 inch supporting 360 x 640 pixels along with display capacity of 16M colours. 3G connectivity, Digital camera and versatile music player are few other specs of the gadget.

Nokia 5230 which boasts fabulous design weighs just 115 grams and measures 111 x 51.7 x 15.5 mm and can be fitted into any pocket. It also sports features like accelerometer and proximity sensor. You will have real fun while watching videos and browsing on the handset.

The handset comes with an internal memory of 70 MB which is extendable up to 16 GB using a micro SD memory card slot. Unlimited number of contacts can be stored in the phone book of the handset. The device is also capable of storing the call record up to 30 days. Photo calling feature makes the handset more interesting.

The device provides uninterrupted network connection, thanks to the GPRS and EDGE technology of the handset which is also 3G enabled. Bluetooth and USB drive of the handset will enable users to share images as well as music files.

Vodafone LiMo-based 360 Smartphones Abandoned
Jul 26th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Vodafone_360 Samsung H1 M1

The production of two LiMo-based Samsung smartphones has been dropped by Vodafone which were based on Vodafone 360 OS. Vodafone however made it a point that though the 360 OS will no more be installed on smartphones, the platform will still exist as a dedicated suite of services.

Vodafone 360 was earlier available on H1 and M1 smartphones of Samsung and was expected to be on Samsung’s H2 device as well. However, the H1 and M1 devices are being dropped now by the operator. Additionally, H2 phone is also being abandoned.

Vodafone 360 platform targets on mobile social networking and applications. With this platform, users can buy and download dedicated ringtones as well as applications for their smartphones. The users can also sync their phone contacts with those of their Facebook and Twitter friends list.

Vodafone 360 is a suite of internet services aggregating web content and contacts in a single place. Vodafone says that their intention has always been to offer 360 services over many platforms and across as many handsets as possible.

Vodafone however gave a reassurance to the customers who already own a Vodafone 360 device that the company will continue supporting their devices as usual.

Apple to delay the launch of White iPhone 4
Jul 26th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Apple_logo_Large iPhone 4 White

Don’t know when Apple will come out of its pool of problems related to iPhone 4. Apple made an official announcement that it would launch the white iPhone 4 in the later part of this year.

The gadget which had already been facing Antennagate problems is finding the job of manufacturing white iPhone more challenging than originally anticipated by Apple. The company however did not reveal much detail about the difficulties cropping its way which earlier said that white iPhone would be released by the second half of July.

Apple is said to be facing this problem due to the colorant which is used in the material required to give the white finish to the iPhone according to Ars Technica. The site further said that the difficulty is probably being faced during the ion-exchange hardening process to make Gorilla Glass.

Engadget, the popular tech site which has its own reasons says that possibly Apple’s glass supplier, the Chinese glass-etching company is facing much trouble in finding an elusive combination of paint thickness and opaqueness.

Already, many people are transforming their existing black iPhone 4 into a white model by swapping the external enclosure. The only problems they faced in doing so are the speaker grill and the home button. Apple who acknowledged the reception problems related to the iPhone 4 announced to offer the iPhone users with a free case or a refund.

Milestone may not be upgraded with Android 2.2
Jul 26th, 2010 by Andy Miles

motorola milestone Android 2.2

Here comes some disappointing news for the Motorola users. Milestone which is the European version of the Motorola’s Droid smartphone might not be upgraded with the much awaited Google’s Android 2.2 OS, otherwise known as Froyo according to Softpedia, a technology news site.

The marketing director for Motorola Europe, James King in response to queries about a Motorola software update made it clear that decision regarding the update is pending.

He said that discussions are still going on among the top company officials about bringing the update. He also said that deploying Android 2.2 technology is not an easy task to be undertaken. He further opines that upgrades are not like a walk in the park. Instead, this whole job demands proper planning and resource along with third party coordination.

As of now, nothing has been revealed by the company regarding Milestone’s upgradation to the Froyo operating system. This seems to sound strange as Motorola Droid, the US version of the phone is said to be receiving an update.

All in all, Motorola customers got upset with this statement as it has been long time they have been waiting for the update to come. However, other mobile manufacturers seem to take advantage of this opportunity by bringing this technology first on their handsets. As of now, Nexus One is the one to be blessed with Android 2.2 OS.

Free Galaxy S being offered to dissatisfied iPhone 4 Users
Jul 25th, 2010 by Andy Miles

Apple iphone 4 Samsung Galaxy

Korean manufacturer Samsung is offering free Galaxy S smartphones to the existing iPhone 4 owners who are not happy with their device and expressed their dissatisfaction on Twitter. This seems to be a classic example of Samsung’s viral marketing stunt.

Samsung is the manufacturer of Apple’s iPhone 4 processor. As such, Samsung in the UK is giving free Galaxy S devices to dissatisfied iPhone 4 owners so as to maximise the potential buyers. With this marketing campaign, samsungukmobile has successfully raised its number of followers from less than 100 to more than 2800 in just 48 hours.

Although it is an unconventional way of marketing Galaxy S and sounds more or less like a scam, this complete story has been considered as genuine. Samsung is also targetting the social networking website Facebook so as to go ahead with its marketing campaign of Galaxy S.

Samsung stated that it will be offering a free Galaxy S to a cross section of individuals as a replacement. By this, people will get to lay their hands on the smartphone and play with it which will add on to the Galaxy S sales.

However, it is an interesting method of marketing the Galaxy S which runs the Android 2.1 OS and boasts a large 4-inch AMOLED display.

UK launch of BBC News app for iPhone and iPad
Jul 24th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

iPhone Apple iPad Home Screen

Finally, the much awaited free-to-download BBC News iPhone and iPad app has been released in the UK. The apps for Apple products were actually supposed to be released in April 2010.

Apps for devices such as Android phones will be released in the later part of the year. Also, similar apps for iPlayer and BBC Sport are also in the coming soon pipeline.

The apps however do not show any significant change to the already existing public services of BBC. There are other news organisations already in the market which provide apps to people so as to keep them updated with the happenings.

The Newspaper Publishers Association (NPA) had a fear earlier that nascent market for apps would be spoiled if free apps made an entry in the market. The newspaper industry was worried as the major independent news organisations largely depend on platforms other than print to make money so as to survive.

The apps market is so large which cannot be ignored by BBC. BBC will also have to attract new readers on new platforms in order to save itself from being doomed.

iPhone users abroad hit with huge bills
Jul 24th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Apple iphone 4

Seems like the PR department of Apple will be kept engaged in solving some or the other issues of the Apple iPhone users. It has just come out of the Antennagate problem and another issue of users being charged with huge bills cropped up.

It is being reported that inspite of turning off the data roaming button, Apple iPhone users have been hit with unexpected data charges for surfing on their devices when abroad. One user complained that she was billed up to £1,500 although she had turned off the data roaming button throughout her US trip.

Network operators also gave refunds to their users who have registered complaints. Most of the complaints cropped up from O2 users as O2 has the highest number of iPhone users. However, other major network users also faced the same problem.

It is said that the network operators are paying a refund without too much argument. As such, customers can demand for a refund from their networks if they have paid any huge irrelevant bills.

Customers who are travelling are advised to ensure that their iPhone software is up to date and data roaming is switched off. A cap of 50 Euros (£41.85) has been brought into effect by the EU recently so as to prevent the holiday makers from huge bills. This is however applicable only to European customers.

Get ready to grab the new Acer Stream
Jul 24th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Acer liquid stream

Acer is geared up to come with its latest Android based handset, the Acer Stream. Though Acer has not unveiled its launch date officially, the handset would be available from August 3rd as per the smartphone retailer Expansys.

The handset is bundled with improved features than that of its predecessor. The handset is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor which now runs at 1GHz speed rather than 768MHz speed of Acer Liquid. Also, the outdated Android 1.6 OS of the Liquid has been upgraded to Android 2.1 OS in the Stream.

However, the Acer Stream will not come with the latest Android 2.2 OS at the time of its launch. As such Adobe Flash support, performance enhancements and mobile hot-spot features will be missing in the Stream unless Acer comes with an update after launch.

The handset features a 5MP camera with auto-focus, a 3.7 inch touch screen display, an HDMI output port besides the normal smartphone features like Bluetooth, GPS, Wi-Fi, etc. The Stream also supports HD video recording.

You can avail the Acer Stream by placing pre-orders via Expansys at £399.99. However, until Acer comes up with the official price for the Stream, the above mentioned figure can change anytime.

Motorola i1 powered by Nextel Direct Connect from tomorrow
Jul 24th, 2010 by Andy Miles

Motorola i1 Nextel

Motorola i1 has strong exteriors which can withstand shock, vibration, dust and rain. Powered by Android 1.5 platform, the Motorola i1 can synchronise mails, calendar appointments, and contacts automatically.

Sprint on the other hand has been a provider of Push-to-Talk technology for 17+ years with its services in use by the largest Push-to-Talk community across the world. There are millions of Nextel Direct Connect subscriptions on the ever-burgeoning Push-to-Talk network in the country.

When Motorola joins hands with the in-built Wi-Fi capabilities, people can stay connected with friends using Facebook or Twitter, thanks to a customizable Twitter app like Touiteur. And then we have apps like Unit Converter, Scan 2PDF Mobile 2.0, and RealCalc scientific calculator to name a few.

Sprint partner applications like Xora, Sprint Mobile locator, and TeleNavTrack are available on Motorola i1 which are useful for business users. Added to this, i1 has various useful features viz., Microsoft Document Viewer and Corporate Sync so that MS Word and Powerpoint files can be used on the handset.

The handset has a 5 Megapixel camera with Flash, and Geo-tagging capabilities. The Android browser lets users access Flash 8 enabled web sites apart from normal web pages using Wi-Fi. The Opera Mini 5 browser lets you browse very fast over the Nextel National network and Wi-Fi.

Grab the Xperia X10 Mini for just £14.17
Jul 23rd, 2010 by Andy Miles

Sony Ericsson Logo Xperia X10 Mini

The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini is a fabulous handset which combines both function and form in a perfect manner. This user friendly stylish device is bundled with a raft of useful features with advanced technology.

Sony Ericsson is determined to withstand the rest of the competition by reducing the price of its Xperia X10 Mini by joining hands with mobile phone operator T-Mobile.

The much hyped Xperia X10 Mini is currently available via buymobilephones.net on a two year contract for just £15 per month bundled with 300 call minutes, 300 texts and unlimited internet access along with automatic cashback of £20. As such the cashback reduces the effective price of the contract to £14.17. To avail the SIM free device, you will have to shell out £230.

The X10 Mini is 83 mm x 50 mm wide and weighs just 88 grams. Other specs of the handset are a 2.55 inch touchscreen with a QWERTY keyboard, a 600MHz Qualcomm processor and a 5 megapixel camera coupled with flash.

The device also supports memory up to 32GB along with HSDPA & Wi-Fi connectivity. Bluetooth and USB connections provide additional connectivity to the users whereas availability of full connectivity options is ensured by the EDGE and GPRS connections. However, the handset is powered by Android OS 1.6.

Grab the amazing Nokia E55
Jul 23rd, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Nokia_Medium Nokia E55

The Nokia E55 is a slim and snazzy gadget with a raft of mind blowing features. This handset with most of the latest technologies in it measures 116 x 9.9 mm and weighs just 98 grams. You can avail this handy mobile in two colours viz. white and black aluminium casing.

The Nokia E55 boasts a 2.4 inch wide TFT screen with 240 x 320 pixels resolution. The screen also has auto rotation facility. Users can enjoy high speed internet access as the handset has technologies like EDGE, HSCSD, WLAN, HSDPA and Wi-Fi. Users can use the handset anywhere globally, thanks to the Quad Band GSM network.

Additionally, the handset sports FM radio equipped with RDS system and a 3.5mm audio jack. It also supports all basic and advanced music formats like AAC, MP3. It features a 3.2 MP camera coupled with 4X digital zoom.

The internal memory of 60MB can be extended up to 16GB using micro SD card. The handset also comes with a free 2GB micro SD card. Also, you can use the device as an organiser phone. You can make calls with clarity even from a noisy area, thanks to the advanced voice cancellation features.

Nokia E55 contract deals are available in the market.

Nexus One store to be shut out by Google
Jul 23rd, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Google_LOGO Google Nexus

Google had long enjoyed and made merry with an array of business strands online thanks to its Midas touch. However the mobile phone market turned out to be a different ball game as Google scampered for cover with its slipshod Nexus One phone.

Google thrived by various means be it the Google maps or be it the various Google services and it is a first of its kind that Google had to swallow a bitter pill. The search giant will no more be a mobile phone seller as it will close its Nexus One online store, soon.

Last year, when Google announced its plans to provide an array of mobile phones and to change the way mobile phones were sold, there were a lot of takers. However, after the launch of its Nexus One phone, the chances of Google keeping the promise are bleak.

It was early this year that Google stopped work on the next version of the Nexus mobile phone claiming that the Nexus One was such a huge hit that there was no need to replace it. However the actual reason now seems to be clear as it plans to close Nexus One store.

However those who cannot stop singing Google’s tunes can still buy the Nexus One albeit from traditional retailers and those who develop apps for Android can buy them online.

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