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Android Smartphones get bugged by malware, Geinimi
Dec 31st, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Android 2.2

A new Trojan, Geinimi showed up in China which works on botnet model. The mobile malware that can steal data from infected Android handsets is getting circulated through third-party Android apps in China.

The malware sends personal data, location information, installed apps list etc., from the infected mobile to a remote server. Geinimi can also receive commands from remote servers so that hackers can take control of your device.

Mobile security firm, Lookout has dubbed the malware as the most advanced one so far to attack Android handsets. The botnet style functionality though has not yet been put to use and hence the real purpose behind the malware is not known.

The Trojan appeared on Russian-language websites which offer porn video clips. Very few malwares capable of infecting Android handsets have been detected so far. One such Trojan sends messages to premium rate numbers from the compromised handsets.

Lookout is a mobile phone malware specialist which recently got additional funding worth $19.5m sells Anti-virus software for Android. Given this fact, Lookout has interest in reporting about Chinese malware threats.

Symantec and Kaspersky are some other alternative commercial software packs available in the market for the Android handsets.

Motorola Milestone 2 is a package of imaging and filming features
Dec 29th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

MileStone 2

Motorola, known for its ability to manufacture high end mobile handsets with high end features, has proved it once again with Motorola Milestone 2. Through this mobile phone, it is offering a complete set of features required for Imaging and Filming activities.

Motorola Milestone 2 is equipped with one of the best cameras available with mobile phones.  It is fitted with 5 Mega Pixel camera, with dual LED flash. It has come up with an array of photography features, which augments such a powerful camera. Some of these features are auto focus, which sets focus automatically on the subject, geo tagging and image stabilizing, which stabilizes to provide crystal clear picture.

Motorola Milestone 2 is not meant just for photography, but also for filming memorable features. It allows users to capture most memorable moments of users. Another important aspect of this package is ability to store so many pictures and videos. The handset comes with 8 GB of internal memory, which can be extended up to 32 GB, which gives users freedom of capturing images and moments leaving behind worries of memory to store them. Next comes its ability to present back the captured images and videos.  It is equipped with a powerful TFT capacitive touch screen, which has ability to display 1 million colours with 480X854 pixels resolution on its 3.7 inches screen.

Is it not a perfect package for package of imaging and video capabilities in a mobile phone?

Samsung’s another FroYo update in UK
Dec 29th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Samsung Galaxy

Samsung is continuing its trend of offering FroYo updates to its mobile first in Europe with yet another update in UK. Samsung has announced Android 2.2 or FroYo update for its Samsung Galaxy S across UK. It is providing the update through its support site.

Irrespective of their network carrier, all Samsung Galaxy S users can now upgrade their Android version to Android 2.2 (also called as FroYo). Availability of upgrade in Europe is after it has launched the same in Canada. In Europe also, UK is two months behind the schedule. While the upgrade is already made available in most of European territories, it is been made available now after two months.

This new upgrade will enhance Samsung Galaxy S mobile phones with new features, which are part of Android upgrade. It now allows Zoom functionality over home screen along with new set of Google Applications and enhanced Exchange support. It will also improve the texting experience of Samsung Galaxy S users with its new enhanced keyboard available with new version of Android Mobile Operating System.

Hallon and Anzu join Sony Ericsson’s PSP phone
Dec 27th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Sony Ericsson Logo

TechRadar reports that three new Android handsets are on their way in the first half of 2011 quoting sources close to the news. The PSP phone code named as Zeus is the first in line and will mostly be a part of the Xperia family.

Sony Ericsson seems to build blocks in its budding Android basket by launching two more handsets viz., Anzu and Hallon.

Powered by Android, Anzu is going to be a refresh of the Xperia X10. It was a month ago that we heard of the Sony Ericsson Anzu being a 12 mega-pixel handset, a 4.3-inch screen and a very slim form factor.

And then there is Hallon that will land in the UK along with Anzu. Sony Ericsson Vivaz was one of the last Symbian powered handsets from Sony Ericsson. The Android version to be used is not yet known though Android 2.3 is expected to be there. SE for that matter has a bad reputation of keeping pace with the latest versions of OS.

The exact dates could not be confirmed but we expect that the UK release dates shall be out very soon. Keep listening.

Apple iPad 3G a rage with Christmas shoppers in UK
Dec 24th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Apple_logo_Large Apple iPad Home Screen

This November, the 3G version of the tablet from Apple recorded 80% of the total iPad sales in the UK. Shoppers in UK are more than interested in grabbing the 3G 64GB version of the Apple iPad and thus made it climb to the top of charts among gadgets as per market research firm, Context.

And Context believes that the sale of iPad has happened because of a major contribution by the network service providers’ sales outlets. The report also mentions that around half the shoppers in UK are purchasing the 64GB version while one-fourth of the Europeans seem to be buying the 3G tablet.

All in all, Apple seems to have succeeded in competing with Samsung Galaxy Tab by garnering a growth of 6.5% in the tablet sales across the European region on a month-on-month basis.

Context had stated earlier in the year that the Wi-Fi version of the iPad is more popular compared to the 3G version though.

App Store gets Skyfire iPad App with Flash
Dec 23rd, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Apple iPad Home Screen Skyfire

The App store got Skyfire’s iPad app on Wednesday night and thus gets Flash enabled for its iPad. For just £4.99 the app that can be downloaded from the App store works as a web browser by converting flash content to HTML5 and then playing it in a separate window. And thanks to the iPad version and the 9.7-inch screen of the iPad, the window can be expanded to a full-screen mode.

There is a catch though as Flash games and apps are not supported and the support is only for Flash videos. The Skyfire has also got issues with some of the video based web sites and they are trying to get things working in a holistic sense.

Many of the recently added social components for Android by Skyfire have also been included with the iPad version of the app. Links to Facebook, Google Reader, Twitter are available in the menu bar at the bottom so that users can be connected to news, feeds, and followers from within the Skyfire app.

And then there is an option named Fireplace which pulls all the links shared by friends on Facebook so that you can open them up and watch videos in Skyfire. There is also a universal ‘Like’ button for you to like any page on the internet and thus show it up on Facebook.

Skyfire for iPad also includes a universal “Like” button, so you can like any page on the Internet and have it show up on Facebook.

Motorola Milestone 2 available in UK market by this weekend
Dec 22nd, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

MileStone 2

Motorola’s new power packed and much awaited Smartphone is all set to hit UK markets by this weekend as festival bonanza.

Ever since reviews and launch news of Motorola Milestone 2 is out, it has created ripples in the mobile phone market and also has increased the expectations among the users. Part of these expectations attributes to the runaway success of its predecessor Motorola Milestone, which was one of the successful releases from Motorola. Current one is built on the latest version of Android mobile operating system Android 2.2 and has retained the sliding QWERTY keypad, a successful feature of its predecessor.  Though it was in news that it is going to hit the market before the end of the year 2010, details of exact release dates and other were not known. But now it is official and confirmed that it is going to be available in the market by this weekend.

It is going to be available over online stores for initial period and will be shipped to the users address for just £379.99. This is the first time Motorola is launching its Newbie over online store rather than through any network channels. This may be because Motorola want to keep the look and feel of the handset a secret till it is released.

New releases from New Motorola Mobility Holdings
Dec 22nd, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Motorola Defy

US Mobile manufacturer Motorola has planned a flurry of new releases in this New Year as part of their marketing efforts across UK to push its new formed mobile entity brand Motorola Mobility Holdings. This series of launches is part of its branding strategy to increase visibility of its new division in the corporate.

Motorola now has two logical divisions. Division is basically to carve out its Mobile phone business out of its rest of all businesses. This new Mobile phone business offshoot will be operating under the name of Motorola Mobility Holdings and as per expectation will be holding the current Motorola’s M logo. Other operations will continue to be working with current brand name only. Retention of current logo with Motorola Mobility Holdings to retain the current image and in fact to improve the sales of Motorola Defy, which is already feeling pinch of competition from its rivals like Nokia and other European competitors.

Television commercials showing the new brand has already on air. This phone is positioned to be much rugged kind of image and ideally suit people who use phone extensively on go and day to day activities. Motorola, which has started its mobile phone operations in 1983 has become market leaders with release of its Razr series, but later lost its leader status to other manufacturers. This new releases are expected to bring back lost glory to this US manufacturer.

Colorful deals on Sony Ericsson W205 Black
Dec 22nd, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

samsung W205 Black

Almost all the leading networks providers and retailers have announced their colorful plans on Sony Ericsson W205 Black handsets.

Sony Ericsson W series takes the expectations on music quotient from the manufacturers to a new level. In general Sony Ericsson is well known for its quality of music and this particular series of phones is very well known among young mobile users for its music content quality. It delivers the music quality of walkman series and in many instances W in the series name is interchangeably used with walkman and thus this series of phones is also called as Sony Ericsson Walkman series.  Though these W series phones are available in multiple colors like Ambient Black, Sakura Pink and Windy Blue, Black handset has been very popular and current plans are for this Black colored phone.

The Black colored Sony Ericsson is available SIM Free and Pay As You Go plans, as these plans provides users freedom in selection of network, instead sticking over one network due to contracts.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini awarded Best Budget phone of year
Dec 22nd, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Xperia X10 Mini

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini, budget release from Sony Ericsson, has been awarded Best Budget Phone of 2010 by awards announced by FoneHome mobile awards.

This title has been awarded through a voting survey conducted by FoneHome, the mothership of UK mobile. The mobile handset has won the five star reviews by the website and thus it is no wonder it has been selected as Best Budget phone of the year. Most of the readers, who have voted in the survey, have termed it as the handset that meets the imagination and has all the features any user looks for in a phone and made available in affordable pricing range.

This handset has made Android mobile operating systems available in smallest screen, measuring 2.25 inches. Sony Ericsson has made use of its patented interfacing technology, UX user interface, to achieve the package of such features in smallest screen for that capability. The screen is made up of scratch resistance substance and features accelerator sensor for UI rotate and Timescape UI features.

The phone also bundles music playing capabilities, for which Sony Ericsson is known for, networking capabilities and 5MP camera and all other features any mobile phone is expected to contain.

Sony Ericsson Z1 –PlayStation phone to be launched in April across UK
Dec 22nd, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Sony-Ericsson-PlayStation

Sony Ericsson Z1, which is also known as Zeus, the first ever PlayStation phone is expected to hit UK market around April 2011. The launch is going to be biggest of Sony Ericsson’s in next year.

Sony Ericsson is planning the release in a big way. It is planned to unveil this gaming handset in Mobile World Congress (MWC) expo in February next year. Though it will be unveiled in February expo, it will take at least another one month for users to lay their hands over this super gaming Smartphone.

The handset has created ripples from first ever time its news has appeared on Engadget a few months back. Since then it has been subjected to debates in many forums. This phone is supposed to take the capabilities of Google’s Android (Gingerbread) operating system to next level and opens doors for development of high-end games over this Mobile Operating System.

It will be first ever cutest and smallest gaming gadget fitted over with 3.7 inches TFT screen with 16 million colors. Some other important features of this mobile phone is it will be multi touch capability and accelerator sensor for UI auto- rotate to enhance the gaming experience.

With all these advance features, definitely this gaming gadget is going to be the most awaited release in next year.

Cherry on the blackberry cake
Dec 21st, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

RIM Logo BlackBerry Torch 9800

Blackberry has always made it a point to come up with nice business phones. In line with its reputation, the new addition to the family is the Blackberry torch 9800. This 3G phone helps you access internet at high speeds and also make video calls this reducing the distance between your dear ones.

The storage is huge – 4 GB with 512 MB RAM and 512 MB ROM. There is a micro SD memory card slot that would help you increase up to 32 GB.  With such a huge space at your disposal, you can stop worrying about the space your song downloads are going to take!

The 5 MP in built camera comes with features like auto focus, LED flash, Geo-tagging, continuous auto focus and image stabilization. The operating system is Blackberry OS 6.0 with 624 MHz processor making it more advanced than the most. All this and more makes it a phone worthy a peek.

You can shop this and more at http://www.orangemobileshop.co.uk. Orange has come up with attractive deals for a contract of 24 months. Do stay glued to the mobile hub to know this and lot more!

Nokia going soft?
Dec 21st, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Nokia_Medium Windows7

If reports are to be believed, yes! Nokia is reportedly in talks with Microsoft about deploying Windows 7 on Nokia smart phones. Nokia’s new CEO is a former head of Microsoft’s business division – some say, this brought a relative ease for all the talks.

However, it must be pointed that the Finnish giant has unequivocally rubbished such claims when they initially emerged in September. Nokia tried to tone down those rumors by pressing its commitment to Series 40, Symbian and MeeGo.

With a race that is turning out to be tougher than expected, Nokia is looking for a foothold in the smart phone market against the Android-running devices. With Apple iphone turning up as well, analysts believe Nokia might be well served having Android in its stable.

Nokia, however, strongly insists in the future being of MeeGo as well as Symbian – irrespective of the fact that Samsung and Sony Ericsson have recently dropped support for the OS. Even the Symbian Foundation scaled back its support for the OS but Nokia responded with renewed support.

The battle lines are drawn. It remains to be seen whether Nokia would call bluff and support Symbian or would enroll a new platform. Whatever it may turn out to be, Mobile hub would be your hub to know all the latest!

GingerBread aka Android 2.3 Code release
Dec 21st, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Android 3.0 Gingerbread

Google never ceases to surprise…users, customers and competitors alike! The latest step that set Google apart is the code release of Android 2.3 / Gingerbread update. This paved way for new builds and custom ROMs. The best part of all this is the confirmation from Google that this update isn’t just for the big players (read smart phones) but also those ‘with extra large screens like tablets’.

According to the release by Google, this would allow OEMs to begin preparing Android 2.3 for installation on new and existing devices. Apart from this, enthusiasts, hobbyists and researchers would get a chance to come up with their own custom builds.

This has set the cats among the pigeons as the XDA Developers forum has already begun in the right earnest – to develop a custom ROM for the Samsung Galaxy S. However, as of now, this is just a port from the Google nexus S running on the similarly-specced handset rather than one based on the new code release.

Not everything is lost though! Developers around the world are just waking up to this code release and it won’t be long before the Android routers among us will have the next generation software on a current generation mobile. Mobile hub would keep you updated!

Samsung Galaxy S has been awarded best Smartphone of 2010
Dec 21st, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Samsung Galaxy

Samsung’s most successful Smartphone Samsung Galaxy S has been selected as best Smartphone of 2010 by awards announced by FoneHome mobile awards.

This title has been awarded through a voting survey conducted by FoneHome, the mothership of UK mobile. It has received twice the number of votes as the Smartphone in second place HTC Desire HD has received.

Samsung Galaxy’s most attractive features have made it reach this place in the survey. Its 4 inch super AMOLED screen, which gives it a most gorgeous look and super good touch sensitivity, is the first and most evident appealing feature. Its flash support to enhance its media skills makes it to play virtually everything it has downloaded. It is one among the rarest breeds to support flash over handsets.

Samsung’s monoblock touch screen phone is very light and thin, which makes it body a really appealing structure. It is 9.9 mm thin, which can slip into tightest pockets. Keeping its thinness, its 4 inch screen makes it look broader and taller among its comparables. You name the feature and will not miss it on Samsung Galaxy S and in fact will have the best of that feature on it. with all these best of features, no doubt the handset has been awarded the best Smartphone of the year.

Hot and cold reactions for Samsung Wave 723
Dec 21st, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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Samsung received mixed hot and cold reactions for its Samsung Wave 723, which it has released for review six months back in UK. Samsung planned to take its mobile Operating System, Bada, into masses through this Wave 723 and thus is its position in affordable range of Samsung Smartphones.  During the trial period, user felt it to be fancy feature phone OS and nothing more.

Good things first. One should appreciate battery life of Samsung Wave 723. Its keyboard, one tap google maps GPS feature, its super AMOLED screen and its browser are few positive features in Samsung Wave 723, which are actually part of what Samsung has tried to project through this release.

Flip side of coin is its substandard build and small screen, which gives a feel of Just another touch phone. This Samsung gadget encased in black colored substandard metal is fitted with 3.2 inch screen interfaced through touch and three clacky physical buttons.

But overall it was successful in Samsung’s strategy to take its BADA mobile Operating System into the masses. It really has many features, which made it a pack of all expected features like WiFi , Micro SD card slot and GPS.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 – the experience and everything
Dec 20th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Sony Ericsson Logo Sony Ericsson Xperia X8

Sony is synonymous with innovation and going in line with this reputation, it has added another feather to its cap – X8. This is an introduction to its flagship Xperia range. X8 is larger than the Sony Ericsson X10 mini . However, it is smaller than the X10 irrespective of the fact that it is the Mini that it mostly resembles.

So, what is Sony Ericsson trying to do with its X8? It is evident that X8 is aimed at the lower end of the cost spectrum. This should give an idea as to why the handset is made out of plastic. This, however, gives it a wonderfully light feeling. This makes up for the brittle and budget-price feeling that one may have at the outset.

What sets X8 apart from the X10 mini is the fact that is slightly bigger (at least, looks that way) and has a better and bigger display (measuring all of 3 inches). The user interface of these two phones is pretty much the same – the four icons in each corner of the display, one each for messaging, music, dial-up pad and contacts.

Another exciting feature is the ease of customization to show your favorite features. A slide to the left of the home screen would bring a collection of home screens, each of which can be customized to show shortcuts or feeds. But one downside is the possibility of adding only one feature on each home screen. This certainly is a negative because there is nearly more than half an inch space available on the display. A move up the screen will show a 12-icon menu; slide from left to right and you will discover more features. This is precisely where you would find the apps that you can download from the Android market.

Social networking is also available – Timescape, the social streaming facility from Sony Ericsson. It integrates all the text messages, facebook updates, tweets into one feed; however, you see only one feed a time. The native Facebook app on the X8 is rather clumsy – you don’t get an acknowledgement after posting a link.

In fact, browsing is a rather disappointing feature in this version. The auto adjustment on pages is conspicuous by its absence and so is the zoom facility (more bad news…this won’t be available until the next upgrade in January)

The features make Sony Experia X8 a good phone within your budget but if you are on the lookout for a better smart phone and can afford few extra pounds each month, start looking somewhere!

Attractive price slash on Google Nexus S by Carphone Warehouse
Dec 20th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Google Nexus S

Carphone Warehouse is trying to cash on popularity Google Nexus S has been gaining in recent times by announcing massive discounts on SIM free version of the Smartphone. Carphone Warehouse has recently announced its plan to slash the prices of most awaited Smartphone by whopping £120.

As our previous blog, Google Nexus S has been termed as one of the most awaited Smartphone with expectations doubling due to the fact that South Korean leader in Mobile Handset manufacturer Samsung is building this Google based Smartphone and Google trying to release this handset through third party network against its usual practice of Online Stores. Second factor has played a major role in increasing the expectations, as Google is promising better after sales service through then third party network. This is called real learning from past mistakes.

After this slash in price, this Smartphone has now become more affordable at £ 429.95 against earlier price of £549.99. The prices being mentioned here is obviously the SIM free version. Though Carphone Warehouse officials has not responded through formal channel regarding the slash in prices, but it is quite evident from timing, that they are trying to cash the most during this festive season.

Nokia filed legal suits against Apple in UK, Germany and Netherlands
Dec 20th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Nokia Logo Vs Apple_logo_Large

Today Nokia has announced that it has filed legal suits across European regions including UK against Apple, alleging that later has infringed its patents in Apple’s products which are sold in these countries. This adds count of legal suites filed by Nokia against Apple by 13 to current 24, which are already being heard in various courts.

As per sources from Nokia certain inventions related to user experiences like wiping on touch screen to navigate content or using an app store on device for providing access to constantly changing services and upgrades, are patent protected and sources also confirmed that these patents were filed almost a decade before launch of iPhone. Nokia sources feel that these are clear infringement of their intellectual property rights.

In UK alone Nokia has filed four new legal suites relating to touch user based interface, Modular Structures, signal noise suppression and on-device based app stores. Other countries where Nokia has filed legal suits are Germany and Netherlands. Apart from Nokia, Apple is already facing Patent Infringement allegations from other mobile manufacturers like Motorola. Motorola also has already filed legal suits against Apple.

Dell Streak price slashed to £399
Dec 19th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Dell Logo Dell Streak Smartphone

Dell Streak can now be bought for just £399 from Telefonica on PAYG and the availability of Android 2.2 aka Froyo on the tablet sounds like a topping on the cake.

You can however get the tablet unlocked from Dell Direct too, for the same price which includes delivery and VAT making it cheaper by £50 compared to the original price. And yes, Dell sells a home dock solution and a car docking kit either of which are not there with O2.

And if you can spend another £5, you would get an additional 12 month warranty thus making it a better option to buy the 16GB model from Dell.

In contrast the 32GB version of Dell Streak is cheaper by £30 when compared to the offering from Dell. Given the 5-inch size, the Dell Streak is the largest tablet which can fit easily into a pocket.

The 5-inch Dell Streak Tablet-cum-Smartphone was released in the UK in June on O2’s airwaves with Google’s Android 1.6 OS. It was then upgraded to Android 2.1 aka Eclair. However, it was not able to view the web in full while devices which use Froyo are able to do so, thanks to Flash support.

The Dell Streak is equipped with a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash having a front and back lens, a 5-inch 800×480 pixel screen and multitouch functions.

The handset which is powered by 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor comes with an in built Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity along with 2GB of data storage and 30-pin docking connector.

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