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HTC Desire and Incredible phones to sport Gingerbread
Feb 28th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

Android 3.0 Gingerbread HTC Logo

Taiwanese handset major, HTC confirmed that all of its Desire models and Incredible S would receive Gingerbread updates when they are rolled out as downloads in the second quarter.

Desire, Desire Z, Desire HD, and Incredible S are included in the array of handsets which would receive Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread. The news will be welcomed by everyone having a Desire phone because the device has been getting obsolete pretty fast due to newer versions getting available.

Incredible S, the only Smartphone launched by HTC at the Mobile World Congress was shipped with Android 2.2 also called as Froyo. People owning this handset will hence welcome the upgrade to Gingerbread with open arms.

Gingerbread is boasted to bring a slicker, faster and more responsive interface by Google. New features include near field communication which can turn your handset into a credit card, support for gyroscope sensor, a new soft keypad with a text selection tool, and better copy paste functionality. You can as well indulge in internet calling by using VoIP.

Google’s Nexus One and  Nexus S Smartphones manufactured by HTC are also being updated to Gingerbread.

Google Nexus S For £25.54 Per Month courtesy T-Mobile
Feb 9th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

Google_LOGO Google Nexus S

The Gingerbread powered Google Nexus S Smartphone was launched in December 2010 in the same price band as its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S. Mobiles.co.uk, a subsidiary of Carphone Warehouse is offering the black version of the Smartphone.

On a two year contract, the Smartphone is available for £25.54 per month where in you get unlimited web browsing apart from 600 minutes, and 500 texts. The surprising thing is the pace at which the price of the Nexus S fell.

Powered by a 1GHz processor and 16GB memory on-board, the Samsung-made handset has a 4-inch WVGA AMOLED TouchScreen, a 5 megapixel front facing camera, and Wi-Fi embedded NFC technology.

Having no MicroSD card slot does not go down well though and it means that you cannot keep all the junk that you would love to keep on the device as the memory cannot be upgraded. The Nexus S is available for purchase on PAYG for £430 at Mobiles.co.uk.

Given the fact that the total cost of ownership turns out to e £613, it seems worth to pay £183 over a period of two years in exchange for loads of texts, minutes, and unlimited internet.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro
Feb 3rd, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro would now be available on the carrier T-Mobile. As per latest information that went with it, it is confirmed to be in stock.

Contrary to the expectations set forth by its big name, the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 Mini Pro is one of the smallest handsets in the market. It may be compact but packs a punch that belittles its miniature presence. The 2.5 inch touch screen and a full QWERTY keypad make it perfect for typing out messages at speed. The handset, which comes equipped with Android 2.1, would be available in both Black and White. Xperia X10 Mini Pro packs the customizable interface full of pre-loaded Google widgets. Not that all, but Xperia X10 Mini Pro also boasts a 5 megapixel camera, social networking integration, and up to 16GB storage.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro is now available to order on pay monthly deals with T-Mobile. The handset is also available to order on O2, Orange, Three and Vodafone. The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro is also available to order on Pay As You Go with O2, T-Mobile and Vodafone.

Neo the new!
Feb 3rd, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

It is no secret that Sony Ericsson had been planning phone releases at Mobile World Congress 2011. There certainly is some news that would have kept the connoisseurs happy and keep the cells ringing with information.

There were a couple of new devices that were planned by Sony Ericsson in the new year – the Anzu and the Hallon. These are in addition to the PSP phone.  This adds to the image of Sony that they are at the forefront of innovation.

Anzu has been revealed as the Sony Xperia Arc, it can now be revealed that Anzu would be joined by the Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo, according to a reliant source close to the manufacturer (as per rounds doing in the internet)

Xperia Neo would be a similar form factor to the Sony Ericsson Vivaz. It would have features that would add zing to the phone – an 8.1 MP camera (with single LED flash). The EXMOR technology used is similar to the one used in the Xperia Arc.

Running on Android 2.3, with the slight TimeScape overlay, this phone will also be rocking the same Bravia engine. This would mean that the video will look pretty darn good on the 854X480 resolution screen.

We promise to bring more to you!

Honeycomb!
Feb 3rd, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

With Google sending invitations to an Android event in which it promises to show off the release of Android 3.0, there seems to be something on the anvil. Android 3.0, Honeycomb, is Google’s tablet specific mobile operating system (OS)

This operating system from the stable of Google would see it offer an OS that is purposefully designed to work on tablet computers, much different from its smart phone versions.

The event, which according to reports, would occur at 9pm PST on Wednesday, 2 February will be streamed live through the Android Youtube video channel.

Apple has a firm grip on the tablet market as of now, despite the fact that firms like Samsung are trumpeting their sales of Android devices. The Google OS is growing in use, however, and an operating system planned exclusively for use on tablets will no doubt add to its advantage.

Google’s Youtube channel is already showing a sneak preview of the OS, which is already a rage on the net.

The video shows a nifty OS that, as expected, offers easy access to Google’s main apps and brands, including Gmail and chat along with Youtube itself and 3D Maps. It also shows its capabilities as a web browser and ebook reader and apps store access device.

The video just adds to the excitement of the new-bee entering this Wednesday.

XPeria – picture perfect!
Feb 3rd, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

Sony Ericsson would never leave things in the open for their own course! Sony Ericsson is on a mission to prove to the world that it still has what it takes to succeed with their Android phones offerings. After being announced at CES 2011, the Xperia Arc has since made several appearances. With each of these appearances, the interest in the market has only increased.

To augment the increasing interest and to create more buzz, the company has shared more pictures and video samples taken with the phone’s amazing 8-megapixel camera. These can be viewed at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nc-9DZW7UFU

It’s pretty clear that the Xperia Arc is not like your typical camera phone. With its Exmor R back-illuminated sensor technology, coupled together with the phone’s f/2.4 aperture value – it has the ability to come out with quite magnificent pictures. The phone also scores in the fact that pictures taken in low-light environments are exceedingly magnificent– as is evident in the samples.

But that’s not all. The Xperia Arc is also capable of recording HD video. The fact that Xperia Arc uses the mobile version of BRAVIA engine also helps, allowing the phone to capture high quality images with reduced noise and improved sharpness.

When Sony announced that they will put more focus on Android phones in 2011, we guess they really meant it. This is one phone putting things aside and waiting for! Watch this space for updates.

Dell Venue pro all set!
Feb 3rd, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

If the reports are to be believed, the most hotly anticipated smart phone from Dell – Venue Pro Smart phone running Windows Phone 7 would be available to UK users by Wednesday. This has been listed in the latest update from online retailer Expansys.

The site lists the price of this much-delayed (yet highly anticipated) SIM-free slider handset, which was among the first wave of phones running Microsoft’s new operating system, at £439.99.

The appeal of this smart phone would definitely be with the business users. The large 4.1 inch Amoled display made of toughened Gorilla glass, 1GHz Qualcomm 8250 SnapDragon processor, 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity and a full Office Mobile suite pre-loaded makes it an attractive option for the business users.

However, it certainly isn’t with a downside. The handset has a small 8GB on-board memory and may be a little awkward, especially when fully extended by sliding out the QWERTY keyboard.

Having already delayed the launch in the U.K., Dell would be hoping for a smoother passage this time. The previous issues of battery and Wi-Fi, as Dell expects, need to be a thing of the past for Venue Pro’s success story this time.

The company has already noted that the problems stemmed from two errors in the manufacturing of the smart phones. Multiple users reported that handsets returned an error message when they tried to access protected Wireless networks. Subsequently, Dell attributed this to a “Software glitch” and added that certain handsets contain batteries which were wrongly labelled as ‘engineering sample’ units.

According to latest analyst research reports, Windows Phone 7 will be the fastest growing platform in 2011 thanks to its “unique and very desirable take on the smart phone user interface”.

But, it has a mountain to climb given the runaway success of the iPhone and Android platforms. The market is awaiting with bated breath the release and the further future of Venue Pro. We will keep you posted!

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