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Unlocked bootloader release date from HTC
Jul 11th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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HTC, as you are aware, has earlier decided to do away with boot loaders of its latest phones. This was however, met with not-so-warm reception in the market. Going by the market reception, HTC has decided to loosen its stand.

TO be fair to HTC, it wasn’t alone in wishing to tighten up the boot loaders of its devices. But, the tough stand occurred from the release of the Incredible S. This has made many HTC followers stand up against the decision.

HTC has reported that the feedback has been overwhelmingly vocal and people want access to open boot loaders on HTC phones. This was reported through the Facebook page of HTC.

Going with that, HTC has now revealed the release date of the boot loader. Going through a process which was described as “a complex challenge”, HTC has put forth that the “software updates to support bootloader unlocking will begin rolling out in August for the global HTC Sensation“.

It would be HTC Sensation that would get the bootloader unlock update first, followed by US-based HTC Sensation 4G and HTC Evo 3D devices. The other device owners need to wait a little till it is known when the release would be. Stay tuned to mobile hub!

Gingerbread update from HTC
Jul 9th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

Android 3.0 Gingerbread

It is a known fact that every mobile maker tries to score brownie points over competition. One such method is to give increased updates. HTC, one of the premium mobile makers in the UK, is known to be the front runner in technology.

In line with its reputation, HTC announced that there would be an upgrade to the Gingerbread. Announced via facebook, this update would end the wait for the HTC Desire customers. The previously canceled Android 2.3/Gingerbread update is expected to roll out by the end of this month.

As per the update on Facebook, the testing has gone as per expectations and would help the roll out. HTC had initially announced that there were memory problems to bring Android 2.3 and HTC Sense to the Desire. However, it was later decided to remove some of the Sense add-ons to make room for the Gingerbread.

The tests have been in vogue since late June and it is widely expected that a late July release isn’t extravagant. However, it must be noted that there is no news as yet if the update would be released for HTC stock-devices only or if carrier customers get a chance to participate.

Whatever may be the case, HTC is making all efforts to preserve its status as the leader in technology. It needs to be seen if the efforts pay off!

Location-linked mobile apps on the anvil
Jun 12th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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The technology leader Adobe has plans to change the future of smart phones. The Chief Technology officer of Adobe Kevin Lynch has announced that there would be location-based apps. These would notify users of relevant apps when they are in a particular location thus adding an extra dimension.

Lynch was speaking at the Open Mobile Summit when he demonstrated the technology on a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet. Lynch showed how the new features would change the future by linking the real and virtual worlds.

The smart phones equipped with this technology would sense the location of the user at a particular time. A notification would then be sent forth as if he was arriving at the Tussads and offers an app for the information on the Tussads. The user would be able to browse through the history of the location as well as the current events.

Adobe feels that there is a strong future with this social and location-based computing enabled by mobile. Lynch added that the demo isn’t far away from the realities of the current technology, already available in flash and AIR.

It seems that Adobe has a game plan to change the future. Only time and mobile hub would tell if this would spark another revolution. Stay tuned!

Guardian iPhone App scales new peaks!
Jun 11th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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The new reports state that the official iPhone app from The Guardian has had more than 400,000 downloads. The app launched in January seems to be quite a hit among the UK mobile users.

Guardian News & Media which owns and runs ‘The Guardian’ paper along with ‘The observer’ and the website has released a report which has stated the aforementioned news.

The app, which was released way back on January 19th, has been downloaded by users more than 400,000 times thus far. The iPhone allows users to get some content free of cost. There is a subscription plan as well for the users that charges £2.99 for six months and £3.99 for an annual subscription for full access to the app.

The report states that the iPhone app has 67,258 paid subscribers. The number looks more satisfying when seen in the context that in the US, where the app is available free of cost, the Guardian for iPhone app has received only 36,089 subscribers.

The report has also put forth the statistic that about 10 percent of the online traffic for the Guardian website comes from its mobile website.

At a time when the mobile has become the buzz of the world and everyone seems to be joining the bandwagon, ‘The Guardian’ seems to have set forth the benchmark for others. It remains to be seen, however, if they would scale more peaks

Nokia tops the list in eco ranking
May 26th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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Finnish makers Nokia took the top spots for sustainable living, environmental impact and ethical record.

Nokia has taken the top two spots in the leading mobile provider O2’s Eco ranking of sustainable handsets. Nokia’s models C6-01 and E7-00 both scored 4.1 out of 5 for a combination of their environmental impact, contribution to sustainable living and the ethical record of the manufacturer. Surely, Nokia has scored in all aspects to take the cake.

Not too far behind, Samsung’s Galaxy Mini and Galaxy Ace, Sony Ericcsson’s X8 and Nokia’s C7-02, shared the next place in the rankings with a score of 4 out of 5. These rankings cover 90% of the handsets that O2 sells and also included Blackberry models manufactured by Research In Motion, for the first time. These  aspects made the rankings comprehensive covering all the manufacturers.

The inputs for the rankings are gathered from the handset manufacturers – materials used in manufacturing, features that reduce the need for other devices like music players, labor conditions in the supply chain etc.

However, iPhone isn’t included in the rankings. Apple has always been heavily criticized over the environmental impact of iPhone and for working conditions at factories in China run by Foxconn.

O2 believes that this level of product transparency is required by the customers and this is just the first step towards bringing more transparency in the whole system. Let’s see what spans out in the future out of this initiative!

HTC Holiday is out
May 23rd, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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HTC is set to continue its trend of different names for its handsets! Will this new model pave the way for HTC’s domination in the market? Is Holiday going to be the key to HTC’s success?

Looks like HTC is set to carry on with its current trend of different names for its phone releases. Just like the Chacha and Salsa, the next phone from the HTC stable is set to be christened differently.

HTC is set to name its latest model as Holiday – although the name is just a codename for the time being. The latest name is known to the web world as part of the spec sheet spilled on the net. Though there is plenty of time before the handset is released and the christening can be done to a more appropriate name.

The spec sheet also mentions a huge 4.5 inch display, an 8 MP camera, a 1.2 GHZ dual-core engine and of course, a front-facer for video chats to go in line with the latest trend. Even though the source is just a leak on the net, the reports say that Holiday would be running on Android Gingerbread.

HTC has already doled out models of this caliber – Sensation, to name one; however, it must be noted that none of those have quite a large screen as Holiday. This could pave way for HTC to hook its users with a move streaming service. Will the Holiday create ripples in the market? Watch this space.

LG to announce release of its 3D capable Tablet across UK
Jan 23rd, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

Post image for LG’s G-Slate might also be annoucned for UK at Mobile World Congress 2011

LG is planning to make an important announcement, release of its 3D capable Tablet across UK, during Mobile World Congress. LG’s this 3D capable tablet is already available in United States of America and was success there.

LG calls this 3D capable tablet as LG G-Slate and this G-Slate is available with really high end technical specifications. It is built over Android 3.0 (which is popularly known as Honeycomb), the only Mobile Operating System built for Tablets. After the operating system, this Tablet is powered by Tegra 2 dual core processor, which makes it intelligent and fast.

G-Slate is interfaced through 8.9 inch screen and more important feature of it is its 3D capability and another feature makes it even special is, this does not need users to 3D glasses to view 3D content.  Cherry over this cake is its 3D camera. The tablet is fitted with a 3D camera, which allows users to take 3D images and videos and view them over its 3D screen.

Other miscellaneous features include 4G connectivity, rear and front cameras of 5 Mega Pixel and 1.3 Mega Pixel each, two ports for HDMI and micro USB and long lasting 6400 mAh battery .

Vodafone UK brings down cost of data for its customer across Europe
Dec 9th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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To survive cut throat competition in Mobile Market, Vodafone UK has come up with plan to reduce the data charges for its customers across Europe.

Vodafone has its well established presence across Europe. It is planning for this new offer by leveraging its Group operates across European. The plan named “Vodafone Data Traveler” will allow users to use 25 MB of data per day for free across European territories.

It comes with both daily plan and monthly plan. While daily plan allows occasional travelers to subscribe for the plan on need basis, monthly plan allows regular travelers to subscribe to the plan on monthly basis. Daily plan allows users to access the plan at a cost of £ 2 per day on the other hand monthly plans allows them to access the plan for a month period at £ 10 per month.

Updated Bada platform from Samsung
Dec 9th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Samsung has announced a new update to its existing Bada handset platform, which will increase the performance of its bada handset platform. This move is in response to Samsung’s first bada developer challenge.

Samsung logoWith number of applications expected to download increasing (it is expected to exceed 50 million by this year end), South Korean company sources expects this upgrade will help to sustain such huge traffic. Company sources also feels that this statistics is evidence for increasing popularity of its bada based applications.

Samsung has recently started a drive of offering its apps for free to push the sales of its recently launched Wave Smartphones (Wave 525, 533, 757 and 723). Though this drive is a limited period offer for selected apps, it has increased traffic on its online apps store to a considerable extent. This drive allowed users to download selected game apps, theme apps and dictionary apps for free. Most popular among them are Tetris Refresh, FIFI 10, Asassin’s Creed II, therapy e-book and SSkin theme series.

Motorola Android 3.0 tablet – Motorola Stingray or MOTOPAD?
Dec 7th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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Prototype of Motorola’s Android 3.0, which is also called as Honeycomb, powered Tablet gadget has been unveiled. Though there is lot of speculations on the name of this yet to be released gadget, it has been unveiled last night during Google Nexus S launch.

This is going to be first gadget based on new Android 3.0 (Honeycomb). It was widely known fact that, Motorola is the biggest advocate of Android mobile platform and a biggest player and contributor for Android based platform. Motorola has already seen success through Android. Success of it’s Droid and the Milestone handsets prove the same.

Though this Moto Tablet is supposed to be a dynamite pack of features, one of the main features is video chat feature. It is built on NVIDIA processor, which is a dual core 3D processor.

While few sources speculate the name of this yet to be released gadget as Motopad, few others say the suggested name is Motorola Stingray. All these are speculations, while nothing has yet been officially finalized. Size and rest of all details of the gadget are yet to be revealed and same is the release date of the gadget in UK.

Number of Nokia Care Service centers going to be reduced
Dec 7th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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Nokia has announced that it is planning to reduce number of Nokia Care Service centre across UK to one third by March next year. Number of centers to handle handset repairs will be reduced from 78 to 50.

Nokia has already served notice to nearly third of its Nokia Care agents that is planning to reduce number of service and repair points across UK. The notice will be followed by a three month review period. One of the reasons for this move would be, Nokia may be planning to start its own exclusive service centers.

Nokia is the only mobile handset manufacturer who follows third party service centers model to handle warranty faults for customers. This model has been launched by the manufacturer more than a decade ago and at one point of time across UK, numbers of service centers were near to 100.

Though Nokia sources are trying to maintain this move as part of its ongoing renewal program to improve its customer care experience, existing Nokia Care agents consider this to be the biggest error Nokia is doing.

Sony Ericsson LiveView now more affordable
Dec 6th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Prices of little cute Bluetooth Android phone controller from Sony Ericsson has dropped few more pounds now. It has dropped close to 10% from earlier £ 56 and is now available at £ 49.99 over Amazon UK.

Sony Ericsson Live viewIt is a cute little OLED display, which can be easily clipped along any where on your outfit and can show you updates from your phone regularly. It picks up updates from your Android based Smartphone and shows it to you on its display. It can be very helpful to know details about incoming calls or messages, when you are not able to pick it up may be in class rooms or meetings.  

It is really cute little gadget measuring 35 X 35 X 11 mm, made up of plastic (to keep it light weight) along with color OLED display. The gadget is equipped with a metal clip, which allows it to hang it around easily, it also comes with a strap option to tie around wrist. Over its body it has two control buttons and a microUSB port for charging. 

Current price drop has made it even more affordable for UK customers.

Apple’s answer to Motorola’s lawsuit
Nov 1st, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Another thread in complicated web, Apple has filed patent lawsuit against Motorola, but this time for a first time on multi-touch feature, which is a new hallmark feature in modern smartphones. While Motorola has filed six cases against Apple, Apple has filed two cases against Motorola.

Apple has filed two cases against Motorola for infringing two of its patents, Multi-Touch Surfaces and Multipoint Touchscreen. Both of them involve patents around touching a screen with a multiple fingers at same time. This is the first time, Apple is targeting patents around this technology.

Using this particular technology, iPhone can recognize if an user wants to scroll up and down only or side to side as well based on the angle with which finger hits the screen.

Verizon all set to launch Samsung Continuum and Motorola Citrus
Nov 1st, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Two bullets Samsung Continuum and Motorola Citrus are ready to being fired out of a double barrel gun, called Verizon.

This release of two Android 2.2 based phones is expected to happen by November 11. Both these smartphones are dynamites powered by set of powerful features.

Samsung Continuum, a Samsung’s handset based on Android 2.2, is powered with 1 GHz Hummingbird processor. One can interface with its 480X800 3.4 inches WVGA super AMOLED display, it also has a smaller 1.8 Inches 96X480 super AMOLED display. It is also equipped with a powerful 5 MP Autofocus camera with 720p video recording along with inbuilt LED flash support. It comes with 2GB of internal memory, which is extended by 8GB microSHDC card.

Motorola CITRUS is based on Android 2.1, interfaced through 320X420 3 inches QVGA display. It is equipped with 3 MP camera and comes with Wi-Fi and EVDO Rev.  It comes with 2GB pre-installed microSD memory card. This will come with Microsoft Bing Search and Bing Maps.

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.

LG Town C300 Officially Announced
Sep 25th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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Korean phone manufacturer LG launched its LG Town C300 handset which is a full QWERTY bar phone. The mid-budget handset which is sure to be loved by people who do a lot of texting costs less than 100 Euros.

The handset comes with a 2.4-inch TFT display with a 320×240 resolution, a 3.5 mm audio jack, and a microSD card slot for adding up memory. Weighing just 92.5gms with a thickness of 11.9mm, the handset has a sleek look with nice curves and also makes it one of the slimmest mobiles with a full QWERTY keypad.

The handset has push email and onboard SNS so that you stay connected with people thanks to access to Twitter, MSN and Facebook clients. The handset’s synergy with Social Networking System widgets helps the user see all the updates on the home screen.

An MP3 player and wireless FM Radio make it entertaining stuff too. LG Town C300 is the new addition to LG Town family and is available in two colours, black and white. Orange, Tesco, and Phones4U should be bringing you the handset soon.

Apple iPad, iTunes on Samsung’s hit list
Sep 22nd, 2010 by Andy Miles

Samsung Galaxy Tab Apple iPad Home Screen

South Korean technology major, Samsung left no stone unturned to take on Apple’s iPad in its own backyard by launching its Galaxy Tablet computer in the US along with an online hub for movies and TV shows.

Samsung stated that US carriers Sprint, AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile will be selling the Galaxy Tablet unveiled early this month at the IFA electronics trade fair held in Berlin.

Touted as Samsung’s answer to the Apple iPad, the pricing of the Galaxy Tablet was not revealed though the announcement said that the tablet PC shall be available in the US in coming months.

A new content service named as “Media Hub” from Samsung.com will be offered access to the Galaxy Tab. Samsung wants to provide an overall digital experience to its customers by leveraging the new Media Hub. NBC Universal, Paramount, and MTV Networks partner the Media Hub along with Samsung.

The Media Hub shall offer a library of movies, along with new releases, full TV shows and television episodes.

The Galaxy tablet has dual cameras thus allowing video chatting and it supports Adobe Flash 10.1 too thus highlighting the glaring differences from Apple iPad.

Windows Phone 7: Zune Pass pricing leaked
Sep 4th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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Thanks to Zune Pass, you can enjoy unlimited downloads of music on Windows Phone 7. The`re is a subscription fee attached to it and more importantly, the UK pricing for the Zune Pass has been leaked. Interested to know more? Read on.

The pricing of the Zune Pass sounds reasonable upfront as it will leave a hole of £8.99 per month or £26.97 for three months in your pocket. The 3-month subscription is no succour Microsoft does not seem to offer any discount. Also, a free trial is available for 14 days.

One weird thing is that Microsoft quotes the price as exclusive of VAT and that leaves most of us puzzled as to why Microsoft left out VAT from its pricing. The Zune Pass seems to be targeted at the individual users and not for business users and in that perspective, it just seems a blip in the leaked information.

Come October, the Zune Pass music service might be available along with the Windows Phone 7 platform. The Zune Pass  lets you get a handle on to millions of songs and it lets you listen to them for an unlimited time provided you keep yourself subscribed.

You also get 10 song credits every month which can be used to download songs. Such downloaded songs are your own forever, irrespective of whether you stay subscribed or not.

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