October 21, 2010

Samsung Galaxy S Android 2.2 update coming November

Samsung has revealed that the Android 2.2 (Froyo) update for the Samsung Galaxy S will arrive in the UK early November. Samsung had hoped that the update would come earlier in the year, with the company pointing to a September arrival, but the month came and went and nothing appeared.

Samsung is now offering the update in early November, with 2.2 offering improved browser performance, an enhanced user interface, Flash 10.1 and the ability to save applications to memory card.

Galaxy update

Samsung has revealed that it will be offering the 2.2 update via Kies, Samsung's in-house software upgrade programme which will be downloadable from www.samsungmobile.co.uk.

For those worried about porting the new firmware on to their shiny Samsung Galaxy S, there will be tutorials on hand. If you got your Samsung Galaxy S from a telco, then the update should be available to them by 'the end of November'.

TomTom and HTC Gang Up on Google with HTC Locations

Yesterday saw the announcement of a partnership between smartphone mega-producer HTC and Dutch navigation specialists TomTom, who have joined forces to produce HTC Locations, a new ‘mapping experience’ as the press release would have us call it.

HTC Locations appears to be the official name for the new maps service unveiled at HTC’s recent London event, as it will provide preloaded TomTom navigational maps, meaning there will be no need for a data connection before firing up the program. This is the first time TomTom and HTC have got together, and the service will initially be available in Europe and Asia, with other locations being added in the future.

If you’re already scanning ahead to find out when you’ll be able to get this for your phone, don’t bother, as HTC Locations will only be available on the forthcoming Desire HD and Desire Z, although other handsets will follow in the future. For now, it’s yet another reason to buy one of these two brilliant new phones! There’s another catch too, as although the basic Locations service will be free, you’re going to have to pay for turn-by-turn navigation.

This is something of a disappointment, as TomTom obviously feel the need to license their software out onto smartphones to compete with the Google Maps onslaught, but somewhere along the line it has been forgotten that Google Maps offers turn-by-turn for free – and worse still, it’s pre-loaded on the Desire HD and Desire Z! Of course, Google Maps isn’t pre-loaded, so users still need a data connection, but it does cut the customer base down somewhat unnecessarily.

We’ll have to see the final costs before we make up our minds completely, as if it’s reasonable, there is no denying the quality of TomTom’s service.

Source: Dial a Phone

Windows 7 Phone; is your phone taking to much of your time?

Its about time for Microsoft to get in the smart phone game for real. I must say that I think they have taken an interesting approach to their User Interface. The initial press from Microsofts launch yesterday mentions that developers are thinking that it seams straight forward. So, lets see if we will see some branded apps appear on W7 phones as well.

To push their new launch they have released a series of cool ads based on the concept that the phone is taking to much of your time. Take a look:

October 20, 2010

Palm Pre 2 official, packs WebOS 2.0

HP has officially unveiled the Palm Pre 2, the successor to the Palm Pre and Palm Pre Plus. This is essentially the first smartphone released since HP has taken over the manufacturing of the Palm Pre. The first was the Palm Pre Plus, but this featured hardly any tinkering from the bods at HP given how close it was to the takeover.

The Palm Pre 2 comes with the new WebOS 2.0 and HP is calling the phone "a substantial step in HP's vision to transform how people think, feel and connect."

Palm Pre 2 features

The Palm Pre 2 comes with 'True Multi-tasking', where you can pause a game to check emails, calendars etc. 'Just Type' has also been added, which allows you to type out status notifications, emails and the like before you have loaded the app up.

'HP Synergy' links Facebook, Google, Microsoft Exchange, LinkedIn and Yahoo accounts more efficiently than before. And there is also 'Exhibition'. This is for when you have your phone docked - it turns the handset into a photo or agenda viewer. There is also Flash 10.1 on board, which will keep web browsing-ers happy.

Other techical specs are as follows: 3.1-inch 480 x 320 (HVGA), Exchange support, built-in GPS, ambient light / proximity sensors, an accelerometer, 802.11b/g WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, 16GB of inbuilt storage, 5.5 hour battery life and a 3.5mm headphone jack

There is no UK release date for the Palm Pre 2 as of yet, but it is coming to France 22 October.

Source: Tech Radar

Nokia N8 Designers Speak Up

Nokia N8 is one of the hottest devices developed by the Finnish company over the last year. Thus, it would be a pity not to get into its designers’ heads and see what the ideas behind this 12MP cameraphone were. Thus, we have a look at a short but informative video that describes the work of Axel Meyer, Shunjiro Eguchi, Mikko Aarras and Pinja Rouger.

Symbian Foundation head resigns

The Symbian Foundation confirmed that Lee M. Williams has stepped down from his position as Executive Director for personal reasons. The Board of Directors appointed Tim Holbrow, formerly the Symbian Foundation’s CFO, to the position of Executive Director, effective immediately.

It was exactly two years ago that Lee Williams, the former head of Nokia’s S60 organization, was appointed to the position as the company transitioned to an open-source foundation.

Since then, the foundation has focused on redeveloping the Symbian code to be a more modern platform, suitable for smartphones and touchscreens. The recent release of the Nokia N8 is a culmination of those efforts. However, Symbian has failed to attract a following beyond Nokia (NYSE: NOK). Sony (NYSE: SNE) Ericsson (NSDQ: ERIC) is the most recent handset maker to cut ties with the platform, as it focuses on Android and even Windows Phone 7.

The leadership change, albeit for undisclosed personal reasons, could lead people to believe that there’s more serious problems underneath the surface. While Nokia has said it remains committed to the Symbian platform, its own CEO changes have opened the door to rumors about adopting Android or Windows Phone 7. Nokia’s other smartphone platform also recently lost an executive when Ari Jaaski, who headed Nokia’s MeeGo devices, left the company for HP (NYSE: HPQ).

Holbrow has been working at Symbian or Nokia for the past 10 years, and previously worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Source: Moco News

Despite the Gloom, Nokia Is Still The Leading Handset Manufacturer

With all the recent negative publicity surrounding Nokia, one would be excused for thinking that they were a struggling mobile handset manufacturer.

However, recent figures released by mobile advertising network InMobi show that Nokia are still comfortably ahead of their rivals.

This study was based on the over 20 billion ads served by the InMobi network during July 2010. This is a very international sample, with 86 countries having over 10 million ads. The key geographic areas are shown in the InMobi chart below:

During July, Nokia devices accounted for nearly half (47.4%) of all mobile ad impressions on the InMobi network, which was ahead of Samsung (13.2%), Sony Ericsson (10.1%) and Apple (8.2%). However it should be noted that Nokia’s figure was down by 3.6% while Apple’s was up by 3.5%.

In terms of the Operating systems, Nokia and Symbian still lead comfortably (25.7% and 22.1%), followed by the iPhone OS (8.2%) and Android (3.5%). But again the trend of Nokia (-3.6%) losing market share to the iPhone OS (+3.5%) and Android (+1.3%) continues.

When it comes to individual devices, Apple’s iPhone is the biggest devise (4.9%). However Nokia’s domination is still visible with 18 of the top 23 devices being produced by the Finish manufacturer. Interestingly the Motorola Droid is the only Android phone in the top 20.

It is important to note that this study includes all phones, not just smartphones. So although Nokia has had some well publicized issues in the smartphone market, they are clearly still very strong overall. The big challenge for Nokia in the future is that the smartphone segment is growing very rapidly, and this is an area where they are not currently strong.

In addition, the smartphone customer profile is more affluent and therefore very attractive to marketers. Not being a strong player in this segment may prevent Nokia from sharing in the large mobile ad revenue that some of their competitors will enjoy.

Source: Mobiad News

October 19, 2010

Windows Phone 7 Live Messenger official screenshots

According to the company, which provides white-label IM content and services, users can expect to have all the standard Windows Live Messenger functions. These include file transfer, the ability to hold multi-party conversations, to change avatars using images straight from the handset's camera or picture gallery, as well as real-time push notifications. The most important bit? The app will be available in Marketplace in time for the public launch of Windows Phone 7 later this month.

Source: CNET

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