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Mobile phones under 20 quid flood the market
Dec 29th, 2011 by Andy Miles
Alcatel OT-209

Alcatel OT-209

The economy faces glaring uncertainties going into the new year and shoppers are being exceptionally careful on where they spend their money. This has lead to the return of the sub £20 mobile phones.

As smart phoneS took off around 4 years ago, so did the average price of mobile phones. However simpler models have now made a comeback. Leading the pack are Samsung, LG and Alcatel.

The Alcatel OT-209 is one such example. It is a simple phone that does its job, plus it has FM radio for music on the go. With bigger buttons, Alcatel seems to have stuck to the idea of making a simple phone, that is easy to use.

Mobile phones for under £20

Apple app store gets Flash finally
Nov 2nd, 2010 by Andy Miles

Apple AppStore Adobe Flash

Come 4th November, Apple users across the globe will get to download a web browser which can play Flash content from the Apple App store. The browser from Skyfire is surely gonna fire up the raging battle in the Smartphone / Tablet space.

The Skyfire browser will be the first Flash app on Apple’s App store. Skyfire has made this possible by turning Flash into HTML5 web standard content and then iPhone users will stream the same from Skyfire’s servers.

Though Apple denied to support Flash-based content on its flagship iOS platform and Jobs made all kinds of statements in the same regard, Apple had to give a leeway to allow Flash compatible apps at the end.

Jobs ran the extra mile too when he made a scathing attack on Flash and advised the Wall Street Journal to drop the software. Adobe retorted that Flash is for a multi-platform world, but Microsoft dumping Flash on its flagship Windows Phone 7 platform is another thing to note.

Apple’s store scores higher than Nokia Ovi
Nov 1st, 2010 by Andy Miles

Apple better than Ovi Stores

In a survey conducted by a research firm called Open First, among 104 Nokia Ovi store developers, who also post their apps on non Nokia platforms, reveal that, 84 percent of responders feel that Apple’s store is better than Nokia Ovi and 40 percent feel that android based stores are better than, Nokia’s Symbian based stores.

Some of the reasons for this level of dissatisfaction, which publishers account to are lack of required levels of promotion by Nokia and complexity in finding apps over store. While 63 percent of responders still vote their loyalty to Nokia Ovi store, 69 percent feel the revenues are low and reasons for which, they attribute to above mentioned reasons.  Overall findings reveal that still 50 percent of responders are pretty much satisfied with Ovi Stores.

Other major reason surfaced is slower or inconsistent quality approval process, for which responders anticipate Nokia to take improvement measures. Nokia in that direction is offering end user support for development community, which needs to be communicated better for Nokia app development group to take maximum benefit.

Symbian OS fighting for its survival
Oct 26th, 2010 by Andy Miles

Symbian is one of the oldest open source Smartphone Operating Systems, almost it is a decade old in market. Across the world  more than 300 million handsets must have been manufactured on this OS.

With the advent of latest Operating Systems like Android, Symbian started losing its charm.

But still it is out shipping number of handsets when compared to its new competitors, it definitely started losing its charm.

Symbian lacks advanced features of current Operating Systems and its touch sensitiveness is also treated to be not so impressive. Like an old toy on the shelf, most of its ineffective capabilities are being surfaced in recent times.  It is very slow and is equipped with not friendly user interface to develop apps over it.

All major handset manufacturers like Samsung and Sony Ericsson has already declared their decision not to manufacture any handset based on this old horse. This leaves behind, Nokia the only major handset manufacturer along with small players like ZTE and Sharp, who are not able to make any mark in Smartphones market.

Some of the market analyst says that though definitely there is a drastic reduction in its adoption worldwide, it is very far from end of Symbian.

Nokia betting on QT platform
Oct 25th, 2010 by Andy Miles

Nokia_MediumNokia as another step in its continued efforts in augmenting its support for its users and developers, company announced that it is betting high on QT platform as a platform to seamlessly integrate its development environments across device platforms. Which means it is trying to push QT as sole application development platform to bring in compatibility platform across applications.

This means for end users more number of applications compatible over their Nokia Smartphones not bothering much about other supporting software related components. For developers it means wider customer base.

Now this will ensure developers that their applications developed on QT applications can be deployed on Nokia handsets based on Symbian and Meego platforms. Nokia is also planning to extend its support to QT platform by developing its own applications and a user interface based on QT platform.  This entire blueprint is going to be on HTML5 standard.

Now this will ensure the users purchasing Nokia mobile phones that their handsets will be compatible to adapt any kind of upgrades in software done in the later part of time. This will increase confidence of customers in Nokia and ensuring developers of applications for Nokia a wider customer base.

Tesco accepts pre-orders for Samsung Galaxy Tab
Oct 23rd, 2010 by Andy Miles

Tesco Mobile Galaxy 7

Tesco, the supermarket chain started to accept pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Tab to match the £529 price of the Apple iPad which the CarphoneWarehouse announced earlier in the week.

The retail major seems to have had intentions of pricing the tablet PC at £599 and might have lowered the price to £529 so that it could match competition in the segment. The reason behind this is that when we hover on the price banner on Tesco’s website, the alt text reads “Pre-order Samsung Galaxy Tab for £599”.

Samsung Galaxy Tab is feared to have overpriced itself from the market leader, Apple iPad as its tablet with 16GB Wi-Fi + 3G at £529 is priced £100 more than the Wi-Fi only tablet from Apple with same storage. Tesco is accepting pre-orders for the SIM-Free Samsung Galaxy Tab at the moment while there is no communication about any future subsidised deals on contract.

The 7-inch Android 2.2 powered Tablet with a 1 GHz processor, touted as Samsung’s reply to Apple iPad weighs 380g and thus turns out to be easy on the pocket. Thanks to the dual cameras that it sports, the Galaxy Tab can handle video calls and it can be helpful for a lot of business use with it browser an email credentials.

HTC Locations powered by TomTom
Oct 20th, 2010 by Andy Miles

TomTom HTC Logo

HTC is teaming up with TomTom so that it could offer maps and directions to all its handset users in a more accurate and faster way. HTC is gearing up to get the maps and directions service in-built on its handsets.

Christened as HTC Locations, the Taiwanese mobile major’s Navigation and Maps service will be pre-loaded with rich maps from TomTom. HTC Desire and HTC Desire Z are the first two Smartphones being targeted for the new service in Asian and European markets.

TomTom has a niche in providing rich and accurate maps and with the maps pre-loaded on handsets, users will be able to have instant access to the maps. HTC Smartphone users will get to experience TomTom’s navigation in their pockets.

Despite the fact that the TomTom maps and locations will be bundled for free with the mobile phones, people who need more specific directions will have to buy the maps and download the same through HTC Sync or HTC Locations. TomTom Maps and HTC Locations will have to compete with the free Google Maps service which has made a mark on many Android handsets and other phones.

TomTom has not been doing so well after the onset of mobile phone based maps and directions services as GPS market became very competitive. They want to make a leeway out of the same and HTC Locations might be one of the answers.

Nokia Beta Labs kicks off Ovi Calendar 2.0
Oct 20th, 2010 by Andy Miles

Nokia_Medium NOKIA OVI

Nokia has turned lights on to Ovi Calendar service and the result id the Ovi Calendar 2.0 beta which is being tried its Beta Labs. Let’s have a closer look at Ovi Calendar 2.0 beta to see what’s new and interesting.

The Ovi Calendar service is a good one to keep track of events and it can help you sync the same between your PC and phone. An array of changes is bundled with Ovi Calendar 2.0, the latest version being tested by Nokia Beta Labs.

Ovi Calendar 2.0 lets you share events and invite people from your address book straight away. Event reminders can be set using the service apart from accepting requests from others who use Ovi. You can also check the attendance status, thanks to an event dashboard.

You can subscribe to any of your favourite public calendars like sports or business holidays and get everything in a common location using Ovi Calendar 2.0. More about the service can be known in a couple of weeks as reviews and comments pour in.

At last, 3 upgrades HTC Desire to Froyo
Oct 16th, 2010 by Andy Miles

3 Mobile Froyo

HTC Desire customers on 3 have finally made it to Android 2.2 (Froyo) with updates rolled out this week. Other networks viz., Vodafone, O2, T-Mobile, and Orange have already upgraded their HTC Desire customers to Froyo.

With the Froyo update, the customers can experience improved performance, a faster browser along with better Android Market that includes a handy bug reporting feature. Adobe Flash player 10.1 is one of the important things in the Froyo which enables faster web browsing.

As reported by ZDNet UK, not many HTC Desire users on 3 Mobile were happy before the upgrade was rolled out as they were kept in the dark by the service provider about the expected dates in addition to the delay in upgrade.

HTC Desire has finally got an upgrade to Android 2.2 on all the networks. Google provided the update by July end and it is not a rosy picture that the service providers had to put in 2 months to test and upgrade the users. Users expect that the lessons learnt for Froyo will help the operators provide glitch-free Android upgrades in the future.

Samsung Galaxy S, the most popular Android-based handset from the Korean Electronics Conglomerate, Samsung is also geared up to taste the Froyo flavour of Google’s Android OS soon. The company plans to release the update on all the networks simultaneously and we need to keep our fingers crossed to see if the process is any better compared to HTC Desire.

Android 2.2 coming next week to Motorola Milestone
Oct 15th, 2010 by Andy Miles

Froyo MOTOROLA LOGO

Come next week, some of the Motorola Milestone users in UK will have a reason to celebrate as Motorola starts to roll out Android 2.2 (Froyo). Motorola made this announcement from its Facebook page that some of the European customers would get the updates next week.

Despite the fact that Froyo has been around for months, Motorola wants to run the upgrade through a trial by launching it on select users’ handsets before the proper update gets rolled out by 2010 end to all. This trial is intended to assess any pending work for optimisation of the upgrade before approval.

The user community left indifferent comments on the Facebook page and they seem to be unhappy as some of them expected the upgrade to reach them months ago. However, the fact is that there are very few handsets with Froyo in the market like the Google N1 and the HTC Desire.

Back in August, Motorola had to resort to send out letters to websites which offered Froyo download for its handsets to stay away from the activity. We can only keep our fingers crossed and wait for things to go positive.

Nokia Ovi Store most happening site in Mobile world
Oct 11th, 2010 by Andy Miles

NOKIA OVI

With release of most awaited Smartphone and its next release in Nokia N series, Nokia N8 and lineup of most anticipated X5, Nokia claims that its Ovi stores site has surpassed 2.3 million downloads a day.

Nokia has releases set of statistics, which supports its claim of making progress in building out its Ovi Stores and distributing applications. As per those statistics 200,000 people sign up on Ovi Stores site on an average day.

Count of Ovi Stores users worldwide have crossed 140 million mark. Ovi store is available in 190 countries. Across these countries, application communities reaching 1 million users include Digital Chocolate, Gameloft, Indiagames, Electronic Arts, PepsiCo, Qik, HeroCraft, Shazam and Offscreen Technologies. Geographical spread of users of these communities includes 39 creators from EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), 14 from US, 10 from Asia Pacific and 7 from China.

Ovi Maps is another popular application, which is available in 78 countries and 46 languages. This application which provides maps along with public transit details in more than 80 cities. Its daily usage is equal to driving around the world 80 times.

After Ovi Maps another most popular feature in Ovi music store, which hosts 11 million tracks across 38 markets, which has become most popular source of revenue in Brazil, India, Mexico, South Africa and Finland.

Samsung to mesmerize users with Mesmerize i5000
Oct 11th, 2010 by Andy Miles

Samsung Mobile Logo

Samsung has released Mesmerize i5000 to mesmerize its users with power packed features. This is fifth mobile from Samsung’s factory belt in Samsung Galaxy S series. Its powerful features makes it power packed dynamite among the Galaxy league.

Comes with fastest of its league 1 GHz Hummingbird processor, which makes it to respond quickly to users interactions. Interactions of users happen through 4 inch super AMOLED touch screen, which is very sensitive to touch among its peers.

Hearing aid pack of the device comes with a headphone jack and most updated technology in market, Bluetooth 3.0, which not allows to connection augmented hearing devices, but also makes compatible with most of recent Bluetooth enabled devices.

Its 5 mega pixel camera allows it to take high quality pictures with superb resolution. Supports mp3 format audio files and you can store as many as you want with memory expandable up to 32 GB in forma of Micro SD card.

The cute powerful Smartphone, which is ready to be released in October, runs on Android 2.1, which can be upgraded to Android 2.2, when released in next year.

Nokia X5 to prove Nokia’s userfriendliness yet again
Oct 11th, 2010 by Andy Miles

Nokia_Medium Nokia X5

Nokia is name of trust for most of its users. One of the mobile companies, which has tradition of offering ground breaking new technologies coupled with top quality features to its users. The company has offered many firsts to its users, which has improved their loyalty to the brand. Nokia X5 is yet another release from Nokia to prove Nokia. Increasing demand for its contract proves this point.

The Nokia X5, a stylishly designed Square shaped gadget is a light weighted, which weighs 129 grams with dimensions of 74.3 X 66.4 X 16.8 mm. The handset comes with internal memory of 200 MB, which can be augmented up to 32 GB of external memory in form of Micro SD Card.

This gadget comes with 5 Mega pixel camera to capture images with superior quality up to resolutions of 2592 X 1944 pixels. Its 2.36 TDT color screen provides high quality display resolution of 320 X 240 pixels, which allows viewing high quality images taken with 5 MP camera.

Thus Nokia X5 is dynamite of features on the shelves of Nokia dealers and retailers.

Sony Ericsson W595 Black now on PAYG
Oct 10th, 2010 by Andy Miles

Vodafone logo Sony Ericsson W595

For those who want to own the Sony Ericsson W595 Black rather than going for monthly contracts, the handset is now available on Pay As you Go (PAYG). The handset comes in other hues like pink and white too.

The Sony Ericsson W595 is a sleek handset with 2.2 inch colour display. It has an alphanumeric keypad that slides out from a rubberised curved chassis.

The handset boasts of its music features as it comes equipped with Sony Walkman 3.0. The mobile phone thus doubles up into a music player with stunning sound quality as you capitalize on the in-built stereo speakers. The shared headphone jack only tops it up.

Thanks to expandable memory upto 8GB and a 3.2 megapixel camera helps you shoot good imagery apart from being able to record videos. It also has FM Radio, and GPS powered by Google Maps.

Vodafone has priced the Sony Ericsson W595 Black at just £69.37 on Pay As You Go (PAYG).

Desire HD and Desire Z Fail delayed?
Oct 10th, 2010 by Andy Miles

HTC Desire HD HTC Desire Z

Taiwanese mobile phone manufacturer, HTC made announcements last month about the launch of two new handsets HTC Desire HD and HTC Desire Z powered by Google’s Android OS. However, rumour mills are abuzz that the launch is delayed by a few weeks because they failed Google’s testing process.

Both the handsets were earlier slated for mid-October release, but now they seem to hit the shelves around October end. HTC had made it clear on Friday that the two handsets will not be available in the Asian markets before November.

No official confirmation over these reports is available yet and these bits continue to be a rumour until clarity emerges over the issue.

The HTC Desire Z and Desire HD Smartphones were unveiled last month and customers were to place their hands on the Desire HD on all networks except O2. Carriers even made public plans with monthly tariffs for the handset. The Desire Z was to be available via Vodafone, Phones4U, Carphone Warehouse and other retailers.

The 164g weighing Desire HD handset sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8255 1GHz processor, a 264K colour LCD display of 4.3 inch, 768MB of RAM and 8MP camera. It also allows the users to wirelessly transfer video to other device.

Coming to the 180g weighing Z model specs, it boasts a Qualcomm Snapdragon 7230 800MHz processor, a Super LCD 3.7-inch display, 512MB RAM, a QWERTY keyboard and a 5MP camera.

Both the handsets features Android 2.2 Froyo, CDMA, GSM, HSPA, EDGE, GPRS, BT 2.1 & Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n connectivity, 1.5GB of storage along with a  microSD slot, a micro USB slot, a 3.5mm ear jack socket, motion and proximity sensors, 720p video recording and WVGA Touch Screen displays.

Both the models also come with an updated Sense UI overlaid on Android 2.2. Other HTC devices can also get the new Sense UI in the future provided they feature Android 2.2 OS.

CommandOne Bluetooth headset from Motorola
Oct 9th, 2010 by Andy Miles

MOTOROLA LOGO Bluetooth

Motorola’s new stylish CommandOne Bluetooth headset, not allows transforms the way Motorola’s users talks over phone, but also allows to send messages directly from headset. This new peripheral from Motorola augments the style and beauty of headsets.

This new stylish peripheral is built on Motorola’s new technology Motospeak, a new application built on Android 2.2. Motospeak unveils new Text to Speech and Speech to Text technology, which when downloaded on Motorola handset will speaks out the text messages, calls out names of the callers loudly. Another feather in cap of this little cute and yet powerful accessory is it feature to sync up with device to amplify the voice.

Not only speaking out messages and callers name, the solution also notifies users with alerts about incoming calls, battery life and messages. The handset also boasts about its battery longevity. It can work up to 2.5 hours with 15 minutes of charging.

Motorola’s another patented CrystalTalk technology, which utilizes dual-microphone noise cancellation, to reduce background noise and thereby giving utmost clarity of voice. The device also allows users to connect to two devices at a time to allow them to do multi task.

To add to its features is its ability to keep a call on hold and receive calls from other handsets easily. Another patented technology of Motorola, EasyPair technology, the ear piece comfortably fit in ear. This is all set to change the Bluetooth experience in last quarter of year 2010.

Grand launch of new Samsung Wave
Oct 9th, 2010 by Andy Miles

Samsung logo Samsung Wave

Samsung has introduced three new riders to its Wave stable – the Wave 525, the Wave 575 and the Wave 533 – which are built on its Bada OS platform. Bada OS allows it to come with Samsung patented features like Samsung’s Social Hub and Samsung Galaxy Tab.

The trio comes with 3.2 inches touch screen, which gives wider look to them and enough bulky storage space of 100 MB, which can be expanded up to 64 GB externally, which can store virtually each and every piece of your personal information and in fact more than that. Each of the three is equipped with one or the other best features, which makes them competitors within themselves.  While 533 come with slider feature, 575 come with all brand new Bluetooth 3.0.

Introduction of these three in Samsung’s wave family has increased range of choices for users to select within Samsung and to ensure that competition is placed within Samsung, pricing of the three is strategically ranged, so that it won’t clash interest of each other.

Nokia N8 launched
Oct 9th, 2010 by Andy Miles

Nokia_Medium N8

Nokia has finally launched its next version of Smartphone – the N8 – it has taken a long pause after N97 before releasing N8. N8 comes with lot of firsts like – it is first phone with 12 mega pixel camera, it is first phone with new Symbian 3 operating system and it is first phone with a breaking technology, which allows N8 to come with a non – removable battery.

It is a sleek phone with 113.5 X 59.1 X 12.99 dimensions, which makes it very easy to carry. Equipped with a screen as big as that of iphone (3.5 inch), the powerful Smartphone is enclosed with aluminum chassis, which gives stronger look to this Smartphone. The phone comes with almost scratch proof glass display. Though all these features make it look like a stronger, it is still have slightly narrower and slim look on the balancing side. Symbian 3 has allowed it to come with a strong and refined user interface, which has minimized lags and frozen screens.

Nokia N8 is equipped with one of the best cameras fitted in Smartphones. It not only has best and superior 12 megapixel still camera, it also allows to shoot full HD video.

As whole N8 is nice package from Nokia after a long time, which may give good competition to Android based phones and iPhone.

HTC Mozart specs leaked
Oct 6th, 2010 by Andy Miles

HTC Logo Windows7

Details about the first HTC handset powered by the much anticipated Windows Phone 7 platform got leaked thanks to some leaked screenshots from the mobile phone retailer, Phones4U. HTC Mozart is more of a mainstream handset than an elite / niche model as the HTC Desire HD.

HTC Mozart shares similar specs as the HTC Desire HD except that it comes with a 3.7-inch WVGA capacitive Touch Screen compared to the 4.3-inch screen of Desire HD. HTC Mozart comes with 8.5GB in-built memory with no option to increase the same.

Mozart looks a little bigger than the iPhone 4 with dimensions of 119×60.5×11.9mm. It has an 8Megapixel camera with Xenon flash and supports 720p video recording too. Other specs include a 1GHz processor 512MB RAM, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, Wi-Fi, FM Radio, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a GPS and a 1300mAh battery.

HTC Mozart is mentioned as “Our first Windows Phone 7 device” by Phones4U and it also mentions Mozart as the only one being offered by it this year though around 10 handsets are expected to sport WP7 by end of 2010.

HTC Mozart is to get launched on the same day as Windows Phone 7 release to public i.e., October 11. After a fortnight, shipments for the Mozart handsets are expected.

Motorola and Iridium arrived at settlement
Oct 4th, 2010 by Andy Miles

MOTOROLA LOGO

Motorola has settled its long outstanding lawsuit with Iridium Communications, its ex joint venture company in constructing one of four global satellite systems for Personal Communications (PCS). The lawsuit is over a loan to the extent of US $ 24.7 Million arranged during 2000. Iridium Holdings LLC was guarantor for the loan.

Motorola has entered into this joint venture to construct Personal Communication System (PCS) using one of four global satellite systems. Iridium Company was floated to own and operate this Personal Communication System in 11 or 12 countries.

The venture was supposed to offer global telephone coverage for GSM phones, when its usage was very limited in only few countries other than Europe. With unexpected boom of GSM technology and mobile business revolution in many countries in form of liberalization has made the joint venture a big hit.

Later another dealing company has bought the joint venture company for US $ 25 million, whose assets actually valuates at US $ 6 billion.

Though terms of settlement are not out for public disclosure, Iridium Communications and Motorola has entered into an agreement to settle all remaining disputed matters in the lawsuit.

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