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Nexus One Getting Gingerbread This Week!!!

Finally, Google Nexus One owners will be receiving Android Gingerbread 2.3.3.  It feels like forever since Gingerbread was announced and released last year but at last it will be arriving on Nexus One handsets.  The updated is expected THIS week (w/c 27-02-2011), fingers crossed within the next few days although some online expected the update last week.

Key features updated and added with Gingerbread:

  • NFC Communication (Although useless on the N1 as the hardware doesn't exist on the device).
  • Redesigned Keyboard.
  • Improved Copy and Paste.
  • Word Selection Improvements.
  • Power Usage Management Improvements.
  • Revamped User Interface.

Whilst the announcement was made last week the post did say to be patient as the roll-out could take a couple of weeks.

Samsung Galaxy S2 Spotted on Expansys

Yesterday we posted the release details on the Samsung Galaxy S2.

Today we've found the Galaxy S2 on Expansys and whilst we know it's been up on the website for a while thought it was worth a post. The handset, on Expansys, is priced at £629.99 which is £30 more than the price on Play.com, also, the availability date on Expansys is 20th June 2011 some 3 months after the release date on play.com.

The product page on Expansys says: "The Samsung Galaxy S II is the follow-up to the extremely succesful Galaxy S, and it is a powerhouse of a smartphone in a fantastically sleek and lightweight design. Considerably thinner than the original Galaxy S and rivals such as the iPhone 4 (8.49mm v 9.3mm) the new Samsung Galaxy S II is light (only 117g) and packs the latest version of Android (Gingerbread)."

AMOLED vs LCD - Whats The Difference?

So AMOLED and LCD, what's the difference? Why should I be interested in AMOLED rather than LCD? Surely a screen is a screen? Well, if you have these questions then you have come to the right place.

AMOLED stands for Active-Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode and consists of a matrix of OLED pixels which light up upon electrical activation this is in contrast to an LCD display where pixels are shown using a back light to emit light through a crystal display. LCD displays tend to be sharper with better colour reproduction but AMOLED displays are better for brighter more vibrant colours along with far less battery consumption.

Advantages:

  1. AMOLED displays consume considerably less power than both standard OLED displays as well as LCD displays.
  2. These displays typically provide a higher refresh rate than passive-matrix OLED displays.

Disadvantages:

  1. AMOLED displays can be difficult to view in direct sunlight although this is becoming less of an issue with the development of Super-AMOLED, a newer type of AMOLED developed by Samsung which has closed the gap between the layers of the screen.
  2. Due to the current high demand for the display technology current supplies are short leading to various manufacturers implementing other display technologies in their devices.
  3. AMOLED displays do not last as long as other display technologies. Whilst this is not a major problem with cell-phones it does prove a problem with televisions and devices with a longer life span.

Samsung Galaxy S2 Get UK Release Date and Price

The Samsung Galaxy S2, otherwise known as the Samsung i9100 has been set for release in the UK on 31st March 2011.  According to Play.com, the Galaxy S2 16GB version will cost £599.99 - SIM Free but it has also been spotted on various UK network websites including Vodafone however no monthly price plans have been published although contracts are expected to be around £35 per month.

The Galaxy S2 features 4.3 inch capacitive touch screen with Dual Core processor as well as 1GB RAM.

Samsung Galaxy S2 Tech Specs:

Processor 1GHz Dual Core
Display 4.3 Inch 400x800
Capacitive, Super AMOLED
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 3.0
Micro-USB 2.0
Features Accelerometer
Proximity Sensor
Gyroscope
NFC
Storage Internal 16GB/32GB
Memory 1GB RAM
Operating System Android 2.3 Gingerbread
Battery 1650 mAh
Multimedia Rear Facing 8.0MP Camera
Front Facing 2.0MP Camera
1080p/720p Video
3.5mm Audio jack

LG Optimus 2X Tech Specs and UK Release Date

The LG Optimus 2X is the worlds first Nvidia Tegra 2 powered smartphone and has been highly anticipated since being discovered back last year, then known as the LG P990 Star. In other regions the Optimus 2X is also known as the Optimus Speed.

The LG Optimus 2X will be released in the UK on 18th March 2011 and is expected to cost £469.99, this is according to the pre-order details available on Play.com of course there will also be the usual network offering and the Optimus 2X has already been spotted over at the Carphone Warehouse website.

Tech Specs:

 
Processor 1GHz Dual Core Tegra 2
Display 4-Inch 480x800
Capacative
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth v2.1
GPRS, EDGE
Micro-USB 2.0
HDMI port
Multimedia Rear Facing 8MP Camera
Front Facing 1.3MP Camera
1080p/720p Video
Operating System Android 2.2 Froyo
Features Gyroscope
Accelerometer
Proximity Sensor
Compass
Battery 1500mAh
Storage 8GB Internal

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Arrives

This week, Microsoft released Service Pack 1 for Windows 7. The pack includes a collection of updates and security fixes for the popular Windows 7 operating system but little information has been available regarding specific changes made by applying the service pack. On clicking the information link on the Microsoft site it took us to a blank page (not the best start), we then downloaded the spreadsheet listing the changes although this was so lengthy we just held our breadth and hit the 'update' button.

It would have been nice to see some feature updates included in the service pack as had been included in previous operating system service packs but no such joy. One of the specific areas requiring patching is Media Center. Media Center appears to have various bugs after the last batch of updates was released to fix various problems, one such problem appears to be Media Center not honoring the recording start/finish padding which can be slightly frustrating with the only work-around being to enter padding information on each individual recording. Maybe the next batch of updates will resolve Media Center bugs but we wont hold our breath for that one.

HTC Flyer UK Tech Specs and Pricing Information

The HTC Flyer is HTC's first Android Tablet computer.  HTC, better known for their mobile phone handsets, unveiled the HTC Flyer at MWC a couple of weeks ago and the tablet has since turned up on Amazon DE priced at €669.00 which roughly converts to around £560.  Whilst we have a rough price on the tablet, the release date remains a mystery with Amazon DE just showing the 'reserve your copy now' text but feel free to get on the pre-order. If you are interested in the tech specs of the HTC Flyer check out the HTC page here.

 
Tech Specs:
 
Processor 1.5GHz Snapdragon
RAM 1GB
Storage 32GB
Micro-SD Expansion
Operating System Android 2.4
Mutlimedia Front Facing 1.3 MP Camera
Rear Facing 5 MP Camera
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 3.0
3.5mm Audio Jack
micro-USB
Feature G-Sensor
Ambient Light Sensor
Digital Compass
GPS
Screen 7 Inch (1024x600)

 

Motorola Xoom UK Release Date Shows Up

It's been a long time coming, or it at least feels like it. The Motorola Xoom UK release date has finally shown up online. The Carphone Warehouse has the Xoom up on it's coming soon page with an expected date of April 2011 but what's interesting is that the model shown on the site is not the WiFi only model that had been expected, this is the full blown 3G model so it will be interesting to see if/when/what networks pick up on the Xoom.

 
The Carphone Warehouse have the following brief list describing the Xoom:
  • The World's first Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) tablet, with software optimised for a bigger screen. 
  • 1280x800p 10.1" display, with 16:10 aspect ratio for immersive gaming & movie playback.
  • HDMI out and full HD mirroring on your HDTV - what's on your tablet, is now on your TV.
  • Dual core processor & dedicated graphics processing unit for fast, furious gaming.
  • 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity for flexible internet access at blistering speeds

There are currently 4 known different models of the Xoom; MZ600, MZ601, MZ603 and MZ604.  The main difference between the models being price and connectivity (3G etc).

 
Motorola Xoom Specs:

Processor 1GHz Dual Core Tegra 2
Memory 1GB
Storage 32GB
Operating System Android 3.0 Honeycomb
Screen 10.1 Inch Capacitive
(1280x800)
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
USB 2.0
HDMI 1.4
Multimedia Front Facing 2MP Camera
Rear Facing 5MP Camera
720p Video Recording
1080p Playback
Features Accelerometer
Magnetometer
Gyroscope
Barometer
Ambient light Sensor

 

Qualcomm Snapdragon Model Details and Specs

Qualcomm produce the Snapdragon family of system-on-chips which are used in tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices, this family of chips has been around since 2008. The Snapdragon processor core is called Scorpion and bears similar features to the ARM Cortext-A8 core as well as, on various chipsets, HD 720p and 1080p decoding.

The table below shows the Snapdragon processors released to date with model numbers and maximum clock speeds.

Model Number Clock Speed Release
QSD8250 1 GHz 2008
QSD8650 1 GHz 2008
QSD8250A 1.3 GHz 2009
QSD8650A 1.3 GHz 2009
MSM7230 800 MHz 2010
MSM7630 800 MHz 2010
MSM8255 1 GHz 2010
MSM8655 1 GHz 2010
APQ8060 1.2 GHz 2011
MSM8260 1.2 GHz 2010
MSM8660 1.2 GHz 2010
QSD8672 1.5 GHz 2011

In addition to the above existing processors, dual-core and quad-core Snapdragon processors are expected in 2011 and 2012 respectively. Qualcomm stated: "The new processor micro-architecture, code-named Krait, in the next-generation Snapdragon will redefine performance for the industry, offering speeds of up to 2.5GHz per core and delivering 150 percent higher overall performance, as well as 65 percent lower power than currently available ARM-based CPU cores."

Galaxy Tab 10.1 UK, HTC Desire S UK and Others Coming Soon

We've just checked out the Vodafone UK coming soon page and found the following new phones and tablets up there:

  1. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
  2. Samsung Galaxy S II
  3. HTC Desire S
  4. HTC ChaCha
  5. HTC Wildfire S
  6. Sony Ericsson Xperia Play
  7. Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo

We're not sure when these new devices went up the Vodafone Coming soon page but they can't have been up there long. Many of these devices have only just been announced and liitle release information is available online. Voda do not have any details on dates or pricing as yet but we'll keep an eye out for them.

Android 2.4 To Combine Honeycomb and Gingerbread

You may remember a few weeks back, we posted information regarding Android Honeycomb not coming to mobiles. Whilst this has not changed, part of what was said has become more of a reality: However it was also said that in the future Google would like to unite the numbers system...'I think that coming together is a good idea. What we're trying to do here is make a base platform that's so good, that others only need to add native elements in their core areas.

Online rumors and speculation are strongly pointing to an update to the existing Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system to 2.4 which will be a blend of both Gingerbread and Honeycomb but will still be called Gingerbread. The new release is expected around April if speculation is correct with some devices scheduled to be released in the next couple of months already running the new version but no official announcements have been made. One of the core features this new version will add is the ability to run dual-core apps, whether this is the only upgrade or one of many remains to be seen.

Nvidia Tegra 2 Model Details and Specs

So what is a Nvidia Tegra 2 Processor? Nvidia Tegra is a system-on-a-chip processor designed and developed by Nvidia for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet PCs. The chips boast low power consumption and high video and audio performance.

So what models are there?

Tegra 2 (T20/AP20H)

Processor: Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore, up to 1 GHz
Graphics: GeForce ULP (Ultra Low Power).[13] Double 3D graphics performance of Tegra 600 series (10%-30% faster than the PowerVR SGX540[14] and 25%-100% faster than the Snapdragon Adreno 205)
Lower Power DDR2 / DDR2 (DDR2-667, 166 MHz)
1080p H.264/VC-1/MPEG-4 video decode
1080p H.264 video encode
JPEG encode and decode
Dual-display support
Camera support (up to 12 MP)
Single-channel memory controller
No NEON instruction sets from ARM

Tegra 2 3D (T25/AP25)

Processor: Dual-core ARM® Cortex-A9 MPCore processor, up to 1.2 GHz
3D Graphics processor with OpenGL ES2.0
Ultra-low power GeForce GPU 400MHz(T25)/400MHz(AP25H)
Dual-display support
Ultra low power audio processor
Advanced Power Management
Dynamic voltage and frequency scaling
Multiple clock and power domain

The Tegra (Kal-El) series is expected to be released in Q2 of 2011 but nothing official has been announced up to now.

Internet Browser Official Usage Stats

As you can no doubt see from the stats below, Firefox, is the most popular internet browser followed in second by Internet Explorer and Chrome in third. It's interesting to see Chrome has grown in popularity month on month from it's initial release in September 2008 whilst the mighty Internet Explorer popularity has decreased month on month since it's peak of 88% in March 2003.

Internet Browser Usage as of January 2011

  • Firefox - 42.8%
  • Internet Explorer - 26.6%
  • Chrome - 23.8%
  • Safari - 4.0%
  • Opera - 2.5%

Chrome Usage Month on Month

2011 Gadgets
 

HTC Desire S Unveiled at MWC 2011

Another one of the many HTC phones to come out of MWC 2011. This, the HTC Desire S features a 1GHz Qualcomm Processor as well as 800x480 screen. There's also a 5MP camera and 720p recording capability.

Tech Specs:

Processor 1GHz Qualcomm Processor
Memory 768MB RAM
On-Board Storage 1.1GB Internal
Operating System Android 2.3 Gingerbread
Multimedia 5MP Camera
  720p HD video recording
3.5 mm stereo audio jack
Additional Features GPS
G-Sensor
Digital compass
Proximity sensor
Ambient light sensor
Connectivity micro-USB
Bluetooth
WiFi b/g/n

The HTC Desire S has been given a Q2 release date for the UK.

Update 30/03/2011: The Desire S has shown up on Vodafone UK, get the latest information here.

HTC Incredible S Unveiled at MWC 2011

HTC has unveiled the Incredible S at Mobile World Congress this week. The handset was among a handful of devices being unveiled by HTC with this phone featuring a 1GHz Snapdragon Processor, 4-Inch LCD along with 8MP camera and HD Video capabilities.

Brief Specs:

Processor 1GHz Snapdragon
Memory 768MB RAM
Operating System Android 2.2 Froyo
Multimedia 8MP Camera
720p Video Recording
Storage 1GB Internal Memory
Battery 1450mAh

The HTC Incredible has been given a Q2 release date

LG Optimus 3D Heading to Orange UK

The world's first 3D smartphone is heading to Orange UK. Orange has announced it will be selling the phone complete with contract around July/August this year.

Whilst this phone is 3D, it is claimed you do not need glasses to see the visual effect.

Tech Specs

  • 1GHz Dual-Core Processor
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • Dual 5MP Camera for 3D Recording
  • 8GB Internal Memory
  • HDMI Output
  • 4.3 inch 3D WVGA screen

Acer Iconia A500 unveiled at MWC 2011

The Acer Iconia A500 has been unveiled at MWC 2011. The tablet sports a 10.1-inch screen and runs a Tegra 2 Dual Core chip. Acer state: "designed for rich multimedia entertainment, this tablet comes with a high resolution, high colour contrast 10.1-inch display with wide viewing angle providing higher colour accuracy for better visuals from different perspective, allowing users to play or share HD video with friends on the go"

The release date for the Iconia A500 is set for April but there is currently no pricing information.

Tech Specs

  • 1GHz Tegra 2 Dual-Core Processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB Storage
  • Android 3.0 Honeycomb
  • 10.1 Inch Display (1280x800)
  • Front Facing 2MP Camera
  • Rear Facing 5MP Camera
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth
  • 3G
  • Gyroscope

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 Tech Specs Revealed

This weekend at MWC 2011 Samsung has released details of it's Samsung Galaxy Tab 2. First and foremost, despite all rumors to the contrary the Tab 2's official name is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 features a Dual-Core Tegra 2 Processor as well as being driven by Android Honeycomb and whilst Samsung, Toshiba, Motorola and Asus all have 1280x800 10.1" screens, with Tegra 2 this can only be good news for consumers enabling stronger competition on the market.

Tech Specs:

  • 1GHz Dual Core Tegra 2
  • Android 3.0 Honeycomb
  • 10.1 Inch 1280x800 Touch Screen
  • 8.0MP Rear Facing Camera
  • 2.0MP Front Facing Camera
  • 1080P Video Playback & Record
  • Bluetooth v2.1
  • Wi-Fi a/b/g/n
  • Gyroscope
  • Accelerometer
  • Compass
  • Proximity Sensor
  • SIM Slot
  • 3.5mm Audio Jack

Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo Unveiled at MWC 2011

Sony Ericsson have announced the Xperia Neo at MWC 2011 today. The device features a 854x480 - 3.7 Inch display and is purported to be running Android 2.3 Gingerbread but nothing is yet known about the release date of the device nor availability on the UK.

Tech Specs

  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • 8.1MP Rear Facing Camera
  • 320 MB Internal Memory
  • 32 GB MicroSD
  • 1 GHz Snapdragon
  • 116 x 57 x 13 mm

Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro Unveiled at MWC 2011

Today at MWC Sony Ericsson unveiled their new Android device, the Sony Xperia Pro.

Sporting a QWERTY keyeboard and 3.7 Inch touch screen with a resolution of 854x480, this device, spec-wise, is very similar to the Sony Xperia Neo.

No official release dates have been announced but we'll keep out ears to the ground.

Tech Specs

  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • 1GHz Snapdragon processor
  • 8MP Rear Facing Camera
  • 2MP Front Facing Camera
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth
  • QUERTY Keyboard
  • 3.7 inch (854x480) Touch Screen
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • micro SD

Nokia Workers Walkout Over Microsoft Partnership

We're pretty sure Nokia's woes can't get much worse. Nokia announced today it will be dropping its Symbian operating system and in its place will be using Windows Phone 7. Whilst this news for many has not come as a surprise, it prompted 1,000 of its employees to walk according to Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat.

Nokias shares fell by 13% in light of the news and rumors of unrest within the company will no doubt add up to a dissapointing day to say the least for Nokia.

Nokia, The Sinking Ship, Will Survive!!!

Finnish mobile company Nokia have been hitting the headlines lately for a variety of reasons. One of the major reasons is because a host of leaked information regarding the companies market and strategy status, so what's the deal? Well, for those of you who didn't predict this prior to Androids release and around the time of the first generation iPhone, Nokia are having trouble being competitive in the smartphone market. So where did it all go wrong? Well, we image it all went wrong at the point when, whoever it was said something along the lines of: "Nokia should continue to development of Symbian".

The problems may not be wholly due to Nokia's stance on Symbian but there's no doubt it's a major contributer. So what next from Nokia? They are no doubt going to switch platforms but to what? Android? Microsoft? Nokia's CEO was quoted as saying: "Our competitors aren't taking our market share with devices; they are taking our market share with an entire ecosystem. This means we're going to have to decide how we either build, catalyse or join an ecosystem,". Many suggestions on the new partnership point towards Nokia - Microsoft but we're putting our money on Nokia - Android. We feel Android is Nokia's only chance of re-capturing the fan-base they once had.

HP TouchPad Tablet - The WebOS Powered HP Tablet

Yesterday, HP unveiled the highly anticipated HP TouchPad. The WebOS powered tablet has been on the cards since the days of the Palm brand and what was then expected to be called the PalmPad but HP since did away with the Palm Brand. HP then took the HP Slate and went back to the drawing board to develop their new tablet. Suggestion is that HP is hoping to turn WebOS into an iPad killer but you'll have to wait until the summer when it's released.

In terms of the TouchPad, here's the expected specs:

  • WebOS 3.0
  • 9.7 Inch (1024x768) Capacitive Touchscreen
  • Weighs 740g
  • 1.2GHz Dual-Core Snapdragon
  • 512MB RAM
  • Front Facing 1.3MP Camera
  • Gyroscope
  • Accelerometer
  • 3G
  • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth
  • Flash 10.1

According to reports online the HP TouchPad will touchdown in the UK and US in September 2011.

Android 2.3.3 Update to add New NFC Capabilities

The Android team over at Google have been busy knocking up the latest system update for Android Gingerbread. The update, 2.3.3 will include a few updates to what is turning out to be the very popular, NFC capabilities of handsets. Not quite the drop in the ocean many predicted.

As NFC (Near Field Communication) becomes more popular both with businesses and consumers this update will add the following set of new APIs:

  • NFC-A (ISO 14443-3A)
  • NFC-B (ISO 14443-3B)
  • NFC-F (JIS 6319-4)
  • NFC-V (ISO 15693)
  • ISO-DEP (ISO 14443-4)
  • Mifare Classic
  • Mifare Ultralight
  • NFC Forum NDEF tags

It's unlikely you'll see any visible evidence in changes to NFC API's but as developers take advantage of these changes and additions they'll no doubt bear fruit in ease of use and compatibility.

Other areas receiving improvements or new API's are; Bluetooth, Graphics and Speech Recognition.

HTC 7 Pro Now Shipping on Various Retail Sites

The highly anticipated HTC 7 Pro is now available for purchase, sim free, in the UK. Prices vary massively with some online retailers offering the handset for £699.00 whilst others just £434.39 although some retailers have not yet stocked the phone such as Amazon.co.uk. Amazon quote a release date of 20th February with others quoting 'coming soon' dates.

Interestingly, one of the cheapest prices found online from Handtec, quotes as 'in stock' and next day delivery and with a price of just £434.39.

Specification:

  • 185 grams (6.53 ounces) with battery
  • Slideout keyboard
  • 3.6 Inch, 480 x 800 WVGA, Touch screen with pinch-to-zoom capability
  • 1 GHz CPU
  • 8 GB Internal Storage
  • 576 MB RAM
  • 3.5 mm stereo audio jack
  • Standard micro-USB (5-pin micro-USB 2.0)
  • G-Sensor
  • Digital compass
  • Proximity sensor
  • Ambient light sensor
  • SRS surround sound
  • .m4a, .m4b, .mp3, .wma (Windows Media Audio 9) Audio Support
  • .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .m4v, .mbr, .wmv (Windows Media Video 9 and VC-1) Video Support
  • .mp4 Recording
  • Battery type: Rechargeable Lithium-ion polymer or Lithium-ion battery
  • 5 megapixel camera
  • 720p HD video recording
  • 3G
  • GPRS
  • Wi-Fi® IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth® 2.1 with Enhanced Data Rate

Blackberry Torch White Free on Vodafone

We've discovered the Blackberry Torch White is now available on Vodafone for Free on a £35 a month plan. Check out the page here.

The handset had only spent a short time on the network's coming soon page, originally spotted on the 20th January and you can now get hold of it on Voda for £35/month deal. Alternatively, you can opt for the £20/month deal and then stump up the £299 for the mobile.

Vodafone have still got a number of big hitters on their coming soon page. The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc as well as the Google Nexus S all in the line up.

Microsoft Denies Copying Google Search

Microsoft has come out of last weeks debacle over copying Google search results strongly denying any claims of foul play. According to Information Week Yusuf Mehdi, the Senior Vice President for Microsoft's online services division said: "We do not copy results from competitors. Period. Full stop,".

What's lost in this whole argument over 'did they', 'didnt they' is what the purpose of a search engine is. It's surely about discovering the most relevant results from a search, whether these results have been copied or not is not as important as the accuracy of results. Perhaps if the shoe were on the other foot, Google might carry out similar practices albeit in a different 'less evil' way but this must surely be by-the-by. Google wont lose thousands of customers to Bing over this, fact is, Bing still don't have the algorithm so results would need copying on an ongoing basis and if it keeps healthy competition between the two high then good stuff. Interesting none-the-less to see the lengths Google will go to in protecting their golden egg (not that I blame them).

Google Nexus S White Confirmed for Vodafone

A recent post over at Tech Radar has stated Vodafone have confirmed they will be stocking the Nexus S White 'in the next few months'.

Whilst no official date has been confirmed we believe the handset will be available around april time. Also, reports suggest the Nexus S White will be available on Vodafone from around the £30 a month mark but it's likely this will be a 24 month deal. Fingers crossed for a slightly better deal and an 18 month contract bearing in mind the Nexus S Black price has dropped in the past 2 months. Here's hoping.

Ericsson Arc, Optimus 2X, Nokia E7 - Carphonewarehouse.com

The Sony Ericsson Arc, LG Optimus 2X and Nokia E7 have all been spotted on the Carphone Warehouse coming soon page tonight. Whilst this isn't 'stop the press' news, what is interesting is that CW have given expected dates which are as follows:

Sony Ericsson Arc - Expected April 2011
LG Optimus 2X - Expected March 2011
Nokia E7 - Expected April 2011

Also hidden right at the bottom of the page is the iPhone 4 White but no date is set for this device.

Click here to check out the Carphone Warehouse page and get details on the above phones.

T-Mobile Get LG Optimus Black

The latest mobile news to surface is on the LG Optimus Black. According to the T-Mobile coming soon page the network has got the Optimus Black on it's network.

There's not yet any information on plans and prices but no doubt you will be able to get it on various price plans. Check the T-Mobile plan out here.

Tech Specs:


  • Capacitive touchscreen
  • 4 Inch 480 x 800 pixels
  • Accelerometer sensor
  • Proximity sensor
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct
  • Bluetooth
  • 5MP Camera
  • 720p Video
  • Android 2.2 Froyo, Upgradeable to 2.3
  • GPS
  • Li-Ion 1500 mAh Battery

Nokia E7 Spotted on Vodafone Coming Soon Page

We've just spotted the Nokia E7 over on the Vodafone Coming Soon page. No release dates or tariffs are shown but the highly anticipated Nokia E7 can't be too far away.

Check out the page here

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc Spotted on Vodafone

We're not too sure how long it's been there but we've just spotted the Sony Xperia Arc on the vodafone coming soon page. Check out the page here for all the tech specs and information on the Xperia Arc.

No release date is shown on the site, neither are there any tariffs shown but this must surely mean the Xperia Arc is not far away for those that have been waiting.

Q4 iPad Loses Market Share To Android

Apple's fourth quarter figures show a staggering drop of 20 percent market share for the Apple iPad. Market research firm, Strategy Analytics released figures showing the Apple iPad held a 75.3 percent market share in the fourth quarter of 2010 with Android managing to capture 21.6 percent.

2010 figures overall show that Apple held a 84.1 percent market share with Android trailing behind at 13.1 percent, figures also reveal that the iPad sold significantly more units in the fourth quarter than the third, so what does this all mean? It simply means whilst the iPad went into the year as one of the only mainstream Tablet producers they commanded a much higher market share. By the time Android Tablets were released they were playing catch-up. Apple sold many more iPads in the fourth quarter as more consumers picked up the product and became brand aware.

With 2011 set to be the year of the tablet, it will be interesting to see how the Apple iPad maintains it's position at the top of the tablet leader board, with the likes of Asus, Motorola, LG and Samsung all releasing tablets this year as well as the highly anticipated Blackberry Playbook.

Android Takes Most Popular Smartphone OS

Android has officially become the worlds most popular smartphone operating system. The top spot was previously held by Nokia's Symbian but figures out this week revealed Android has topped that figure with 32.9 million global sales last quarter.

The momentum of Google's Android operating system seems unstoppable with many statisticians pointing to even further growth this year. The platform has been picked up by a wide range of product manufacturers from Samsung to HTC and with the platform offering greater flexibility Android has risen to the top becoming a serious contender to the iPhone and Apple products.

Blackberry Takes Top UK Smartphone Spot

RIM has release statistics from GfK showing BlackBerry phones held 28.2 percent of the market, a greater share than the likes of HTC and Apple. According to figures released, over 500,000 BlackBerry handsets were sold in December 2010, giving it a record 36 percent share of the smartphone market in the UK.

Stephen Bates Blackberry's UK Managing Director, put the brands sales success down to the increasing popularity of the phones among non-business customers. He said that younger phone buyers were attracted by the free BlackBerry Messenger service, as well as improved performance on mobile internet and email services.

Earlier this week, Canalys released figures showing that global shipments of Android handsets hit 32.9 million in the final quarter of 2010 – more than phones on any other platform, with Symbian just behind with shipments of 31 million. Principal analyst at Canalys, Chris Jones, said: "Vendors can't afford to be complacent. 2011 is set to be a highly competitive year, with manufacturers looking to use new technology, such as dual-core processors, near-field communications and 3D displays, to differentiate their products and maintain value."