Apple Profits Almost Double - iPad 2 Underachieving

Apple's figures announced for the first quarter of 2011 show profits have almost doubled as well as higher than expected iPhone sales.

NET income in the 3 months to March was up 83% on this time last year with the iPhone pulling in a rise of 113% - 18.6 million.  Apple have announced quarterly net profits of $5.99bn almost double that of last year.

Sales figures were not all positive with iPad 2 sales lower than expected and the iPod sales down 17%.

Apple Devices Tracking Your Movements

Apple's popular products, iPhone and iPad have been secretly tracking and recording their users movements according to researchers.  The information is being kept in a hidden unencrypted file and with the right software can be used to map precisely where a person has been.

Researchers claim, the new tracking ability was added with iOS 4.0 back in June 2010.  The tracking data is also transferred back to users computer during the sync process.

Apple has not commented on the discovery, however there in no suggestion that it has been uploading or using the information.

We've emailed Apple requesting confirmation this practice is taking place...we wont hold our breath for a reply. 

Update 27/04/2011:  Apple actually responded to our request, see below for their response:

Apple would like to respond to the questions we have recently received about the gathering and use of location information by our devices.

1. Why is Apple tracking the location of my iPhone? 
Apple is not tracking the location of your iPhone. Apple has never done so and has no plans to ever do so.

2. Then why is everyone so concerned about this? 
Providing mobile users with fast and accurate location information while preserving their security and privacy has raised some very complex technical issues which are hard to communicate in a soundbite. Users are confused, partly because the creators of this new technology (including Apple) have not provided enough education about these issues to date.

3. Why is my iPhone logging my location? 
The iPhone is not logging your location. Rather, it’s maintaining a database of Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers around your current location, some of which may be located more than one hundred miles away from your iPhone, to help your iPhone rapidly and accurately calculate its location when requested. Calculating a phone’s location using just GPS satellite data can take up to several minutes. iPhone can reduce this time to just a few seconds by using Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower data to quickly find GPS satellites, and even triangulate its location using just Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower data when GPS is not available (such as indoors or in basements). These calculations are performed live on the iPhone using a crowd-sourced database of Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower data that is generated by tens of millions of iPhones sending the geo-tagged locations of nearby Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers in an anonymous and encrypted form to Apple.

4. Is this crowd-sourced database stored on the iPhone? 
The entire crowd-sourced database is too big to store on an iPhone, so we download an appropriate subset (cache) onto each iPhone. This cache is protected but not encrypted, and is backed up in iTunes whenever you back up your iPhone. The backup is encrypted or not, depending on the user settings in iTunes. The location data that researchers are seeing on the iPhone is not the past or present location of the iPhone, but rather the locations of Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers surrounding the iPhone’s location, which can be more than one hundred miles away from the iPhone. We plan to cease backing up this cache in a software update coming soon (see Software Update section below).

5. Can Apple locate me based on my geo-tagged Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower data? 
No. This data is sent to Apple in an anonymous and encrypted form. Apple cannot identify the source of this data.

6. People have identified up to a year’s worth of location data being stored on the iPhone. Why does my iPhone need so much data in order to assist it in finding my location today? 
This data is not the iPhone’s location data—it is a subset (cache) of the crowd-sourced Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower database which is downloaded from Apple into the iPhone to assist the iPhone in rapidly and accurately calculating location. The reason the iPhone stores so much data is a bug we uncovered and plan to fix shortly (see Software Update section below). We don’t think the iPhone needs to store more than seven days of this data.

7. When I turn off Location Services, why does my iPhone sometimes continue updating its Wi-Fi and cell tower data from Apple’s crowd-sourced database?  
It shouldn’t. This is a bug, which we plan to fix shortly (see Software Update section below).

8. What other location data is Apple collecting from the iPhone besides crowd-sourced Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower data? 
Apple is now collecting anonymous traffic data to build a crowd-sourced traffic database with the goal of providing iPhone users an improved traffic service in the next couple of years.

9. Does Apple currently provide any data collected from iPhones to third parties?  
We provide anonymous crash logs from users that have opted in to third-party developers to help them debug their apps. Our iAds advertising system can use location as a factor in targeting ads. Location is not shared with any third party or ad unless the user explicitly approves giving the current location to the current ad (for example, to request the ad locate the Target store nearest them).

10. Does Apple believe that personal information security and privacy are important? 
Yes, we strongly do. For example, iPhone was the first to ask users to give their permission for each and every app that wanted to use location. Apple will continue to be one of the leaders in strengthening personal information security and privacy.

Software Update 
Sometime in the next few weeks Apple will release a free iOS software update that:

  • reduces the size of the crowd-sourced Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower database cached on the iPhone,
  • ceases backing up this cache, and
  • deletes this cache entirely when Location Services is turned off.

In the next major iOS software release the cache will also be encrypted on the iPhone.

For further information on Apple's Privacy Policy, please visit:


Google Instant Needs More Work

Back in September 2010, Google introduced a new feature to their search engine home page.  No doubt by now you’re all come across it and have mixed opinions about it.  Yes, it’s Google Instant.  It’s not hard to find bloggers online heaping praise on Google for bringing about their latest enhancement to the popular search companies range of tools.

For me, Google Instant is perhaps one of the worst things that have happened to Google in recent years, in fact, it may be the only I have ever dislike about Google but I dislike it with a passion.  For me there are at least two fundamental flaws with this tool:

First off and I would suspect most importantly, Google claim the tool can be disabled.  Whilst this is 100% accurate it is also temporary as the second your cache is cleared of cookies and temporary internet files it’s back again.  I do a lot of searching online, of which a lot includes inspecting ranking results and for those not aware, Google stores your most frequently search terms and clicked sites in a cookie which should be deleted to again get fresh results, so those thinking “Just don’t clear your cache”, it’s not quite that simple.

The second point of pain for me and Google Instant revolves around the way Google Instant will conclude results.  Perhaps this has happened to more people than just me and maybe this is more to do with suggestions than Instant itself.  When you start to type in the search box, suggestions will appear below, more often than not, when clicking one of these suggestions, Instant will change the page which in turn changes the suggestion then I end up with results for something I didn’t even want.

We’ve maybe had this tool for almost 6 months and I have tried to get used to it but it’s just not happening and knowing it will soon be rolled out to other Google products worries me.  I didn’t want Instant on my PC and I certainly don’t want it on my phone.

An ideal solution for me would be for Google to link an on/off switch to the a Google account but I suspect using the method they do makes it more likely people will keep their cookies.

iPhone 5 Release Date - September??

Popular iDevice manufacturer Apple could release the iPhone 5 around September 2011 according to rumors coming out online this week.

Reuters has got information from 3 people with direct knowledge of the Apple supply chain that iPhone 5 will have a faster processor and will release around September.

According to Reuters sources, production of the device will begin in the 3rd quarter and will largely resemble the iPhone 4.

Whether this information is genuinely about the iPhone 5 or a re-hashed iPhone is unknown but the former is most likely.

Samsung Galaxy S2 T-Mobile Release Date

Waiting patiently for the Samsung Galaxy S2 to come to your network?  Well if you're network is T-Mobile then you haven't got too long to wait.  The T-Mobile coming soon page has revealed the Samsung Galaxy S2 will be hitting TMo June 2011.

Can't wait that long?  Your other option may be to go out and get the S2 SIM free on the 27th April when it's released.

Motorola Xoom Heading To Australia

Motorola released a press release today announcing that the Motorola Xoom is heading to the Telstra network in Australia.

The announcement comes only a day after information started to leak from the Australian network regarding the high profile device captures which included the Motorola Atrix.

As yet, no information regarding a release date has been announced.

HTC Sensation Tech Specs - Sensation 101

Riffling through all the various bits of information on the HTC Sensation can be a bit tedious so we've condensed it all in one place.

The HTC Sensation is HTC's latest dual core smartphone.  Weighing in at just 148 grams and running a dual core, 1.2 GHz Qualcomm processor we can see why many believe the HTC is taking the handset battle to Samsung.

The mobile will hit the market running Android Gingerbread and when the HTC Sensation specs are compared to the Samsung Galaxy S2 specs the Sensation is left slightly wanting.

On paper and excluding the S2, the Sensation is probably the best smartphone coming to market at the moment.  The handset comes with 768MB of RAM and 1GB of storage as well as 8MP rear facing camera and VGA front facing.

Full Tech Specs:

Processor Qualcomm 1.2GHz Dual Core
Operating System Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread
Storage 1GB Internal
Camera 8MP Rear Facing
VGA Front Facing
Multimedia Audio Playback: .aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma
Audio Recording: .amr
Video Playback: .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv (Windows Media Video 9),
.avi (MP4 ASP and MP3), .xvid (MP4 ASP and MP3)
Video Recording: .3gp
Connectivity Bluetooth v3.0
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
3.5mm Audio Jack
Micro-USB 2.0
Sensors Gyro sensor
Digital compass
Proximity sensor
Ambient light sensor
Internal GPS antenna
Power and Battery 1520 mAh Li-ion

In terms of pricing on the HTC Sensation, our guestimates estimate you're going be looking to pay between the magic £499.99 and £550 depending on outlet.

The final question, currently unanswerable, when can I get one?  We can't say when but we can say where.  Expansys has a HTC Sensation page up, so too do Vodafone UK. has a pre-order page up complete with price and has the same albeit different pricing.

Hit up the comments at the bottom of the page and let us know whether it's the HTC Sensation or if it's all about the Galaxy S2.

Motorola Atrix Releasing Exclusively On Orange UK

The release date for the Motorola Atrix has officially been announced as May 2011.  The handset will launch exclusively on Orange UK but has the phone hit the UK too late?

The Atrix, available in the US of A since February 22nd will now face big competition in the dual core handset stakes against the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S2, due for release May 1st as well as the HTC Sensation.

The Motorola Atrix is expected to be available on Orange for free on a 2 year, £35 per month deal.

Full Orange Press Release:

As Motorola’s exclusive UK launch partner, Orange today announced pricing and availability for Motorola ATRIX™ – the world’s most powerful smartphone. From today, consumers will be able to register their interest online or reserve their device from Orange retail shops and Orange telesales ahead of launch in early May.

Tipped to be one of the biggest device releases in 2011, Motorola ATRIX is the true epitome of mobile computing. The handset features a dual core processor which delivers up to two GHz of processing power. As a result, Motorola ATRIX is capable of opening web pages twice as fast as most other smartphones, and it has been designed to become a user’s primary digital hub to create and edit media content on the go. It also features a biometric fingerprint reader for easily unlocking the phone.

Running the Android operating system, Motorola ATRIX also offers Motorola’s revolutionary webtop application which runs a full Mozilla Firefox 3.6 browser and supports Adobe® Flash® Player for rich graphics, animation and video.

To support the device, Motorola has developed two companion accessory docks for purchase separately:

  1. The Motorola HD Multimedia Dock, which has three USB ports and an HDMI port enabling connections to a keyboard, mouse, speakers and HDMI-compatible monitor for working at your desk, or connecting to an HDMI-compatible television and home theatre audio system for enjoying video, music, games and more.
  2. The Motorola Lapdock™, which has an incredibly thin design with an 11.6-inch screen, 36Wh three-cell battery that delivers up to eight hours of battery life, full keyboard, stereo speakers, and weighs just 1.1 kilograms. Users simply dock their Motorola ATRIX into the back for true mobility at work, at home and playing on the go in a form factor that’s lighter and smaller than most laptops on the market.

Motorola ATRIX will launch exclusively on Orange and will be free on a £35 per month, 24 month contract, which includes 600 minutes, 750 MB data allowance, unlimited texts, 50 MMS and unlimited wi-fi (subject to fair usage) per month.

Those who purchase Motorola ATRIX from Orange will also be able to take the Work and Play Kit which includes a remote control, mouse, HD multimedia dock and keyboard for only £49.99 (standard retail price £129.99), and to celebrate the launch, existing Orange pay monthly customers who upgrade to Motorola ATRIX during the month of May this year will receive the Work and Play Kit for free.

Customers will also be able to purchase the Motorola Lapdock from Orange, normally priced at £299.99, at reduced price points on select tariffs. A unique price plan is also being introduced which includes free tethering** allowing customers to connect to the internet on the move using the Motorola Lapdock – the new Panther Extra 60 plan*** also includes 3,000 minutes, 1GB data allowance, unlimited texts and unlimited wi-fi (subject to fair usage) per month.

Business customers can also get Motorola ATRIX and the Motorola Lapdock bundle free of charge on Solo 55 and existing customers will get a great deal when re-signing with Motorola ATRIX.

Vodafone Rollout Gingerbread to Galaxy S

Vodafone has officially confirmed it is to begin rolling out Android Gingerbread to users with the Samsung Galaxy S.

The announcement comes only a day after Samsung started rolling out the update across Europe starting with Holland and Germany.

The Galaxy S will now run the same Android operating system as it's successor, the Galaxy S2 bringing it bang up-to-date.

3 Billion Android Apps Downloaded

In amongst Google quarterly earnings, it was also announced app downloads on the Android platform have now surpassed 3 Billion.  The news comes just 2 months after announcing they had passed the 2 Billion mark, a clear indication on the increasing popularity of the Android platform.

Whilst Google's platform is no iOS in terms of app downloads, which passed 10 billion recently, it's a visible sign that Google is hot on Apple's heels.

HTC Clarification On Sense 3.0

After quite a bit of confusion over which HTC phones will be receiving HTC Sense 3.0, HTC have moved to clarify the situation.

A Twitter post from the company stated:  "Clarification: There are aspects of the latest HTC Sense that won't work on some of our previous devices. We are working to incorporate other aspects that will"

A later post went on to be more specific stating: "Only some aspects of the latest HTC Sense won’t work on previous devices. We're working to incorporate other aspects that will."

Likely software changes that cannot be ported are expected to be display tweaks such as the such as the 3D scrolling, as this effect would most likely require a dual core device.

Samsung Galaxy S Gingerbread Update Rolling Out

Users of the Samsung Galaxy S in Europe are now reporting receiving the update this morning.

The updates starting rolling out across Holland and Germany and will soon be followed by the rest of Europe.

Samsung Galaxy S2 vs HTC Sensation

We've compared the specs on the HTC Sensation and the soon to be released Samsung Galaxy S2.  Which handset comes out on top?

Well the Galaxy S2 comes with more RAM, the Super AMOLED and more storage but the Sensation WILL carry the 1.2GHz Qualcomm and the better screen resolution.

It's fair to say, as yet we're not sure what processor the UK release of the Galaxy S2 will carry as the change was made only a week or so ago but there's a good chance UK buyers will get the S2 with the 1GHz Tegra 2.

  HTC Sensation Samsung Galaxy S2
Operating System Gingerbread (2.3) Gingerbread (2.3)
Display 4.3-inch Super LCD 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus
Resolution 540 x 960 480 x 800
Dual-core Processor 1.2GHz Qualcomm 1.2GHz Samsung
Storage 1GB internal, 8GB MicroSD 16GB or 32GB
Front Camera VGA 2 megapixel
Rear Camera 8 megapixel, LED flash 8 megapixel, LED flash
Video 1080p at 30fps 1080p at 30fps
Accelerometer Yes Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes
Battery 1520mAh 1650mAh
Weight 148g 116g

We'll keep our ears to the ground on the UK version of the Galaxy S2 to find out what processor it's running.

Samsung Galaxy S2 Quickest Android Handset!

The Samsung Galaxy S 2 is looking more a more likely to the the crown of fastest smartphone.

A Russian journalist has been running the Galaxy S 2 through it's paces and the device has score a massive 3052 on Quadrant, the Android benchmarking app.

Whilst questions loom over the accuracy of Quadrant on dual core devices this is still a good indication that the S 2 processor is rapid.

White iPhone 4 Release Date - Within Weeks

It was only a couple of weeks ago Apple pulled all information on the White iPhone 4 from its website leading all to believe Apple would not be releasing the handset – ever.

It now appears Apple will be releasing the will they, wont they, white version of the popular iPhone 4 intended to hit the market in the spring which could be in the next couple of weeks or so and will no doubt push back the next generation iPhone release.

Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, Apple said they had found the white iPhone: “more challenging to manufacture than expected” and indicated this was the reason for the 10 month delay.

Will you be in the queue for a white iPhone 4 or are white mobiles a bit much?  Hit up the comments at the bottom and let us know.

Dell Streak 7 Now Available in UK

The Dell Streak 7, successor to the Streak 5, was released today.  From the tablets name, you can probably gather it features a new 7 inch screen and is available on the Dell site priced at a reasonable £299.00.

Dells description on the tablet, "Introducing Dell™ Streak 7. Share photos, videos and movies together. It's small enough to carry around, big enough to gather around.".

Our verdict on the Streak 7 is that for the price this is fairly good device.  Once we've tested one out we'll have a better opinion.

Display 7 Inch
Capacitive Multi Touch
Processor Dual Core Tegra 2
Memory ?
Storage 16GB Internal
32GB Card
Operating System Android 2.2 Froyo
Multimedia H.263/H.264, 3GP, MPEG4, WMV
Camera Rear Facing 5MP Front Facing 1.3MP
Sensors ?
Connectivity Bluetooth 2.1+EDR Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
Battery 2780 mAh

HTC Sensation Launches Today and Specs Leak

Just another one of HTC's poorly kept secrets, the HTC Sensation, otherwise known as the HTC Pyramid has had it's tech specs released online.

The HTC Sensation is expected to be launched this afternoon.  Courtesy of Vodafone we now know the Sensation will include 1.2GHz Dual-Core processor, 4.3 Inch screen (540x960) and 8MP camera with dual flash.  Vodafone also had storage specs of 4GB internal and 8GB memory card.

There's no information on a UK release date.

Hit the comments at the bottom to let us know what you think of HTC's latest handset.

HTC Flyer Price Announced - Carphone Warehouse

It's been about two months since we found the HTC Flyer on the Amazon DE site.  Priced at 669 Euros (£560) at the time, the UK price has now officially shown up courtesy of the Carphone Warehouse.

CW have set the price of the Flyer at £599.99 which isn't far off our original Euro conversion.  So when's it available?  May 2011.  Between now and then you can pre-order the HTC tablet on the site could just wait.

If you're interested you can check out the Carphone Warehouse HTC Flyer Page here.

Samsung Galaxy S2 Release Date Announced

The release date for the Samsung Galaxy S 2 has been confirmed as 1st May 2011.  TechRadar had the date confirmed by Samsung.  The Galaxy S2 will be available in retailers and across major networks from May 1st.

The Galaxy S2 features a 4.3 Inch Super AMOLED display, dual core processor and 8MP camera.

No pricing has been confirmed yet.

Windows Phone 7 Update NoDu - What's It Do?

For the avid fans of Windows Phone 7, the latest update is being rolled out now but what's changed?

Well, for a start and probably the most anticipated feature is copy and paste, a feature included with most mobiles these days but better late than never.  The new feature make copy and pasting from emails, text-messages, web pages and Office mobile documents easy.  

Another change is a streamlined Marketplace search making it faster to find apps, games and music.

An update for WiFi has also been added now making it possible to see the MAC address in settings.

Communication improvements include an update for Outlook to "...improved the experience of viewing iPhone photo attachments you receive from a non-Exchange-based email account", as well as an update for receiving MMS messages while the phone is locked.  Facebook sync has also been improved.

Multimedia changes make improvements when switching from the static camera to video camera and updates to problems caused when making a calls when listening to music via Bluetooth.

Hit the comments at the bottom of the page to let us know what you think of the changes.

Asus Eee Pad Transformer Release In UK

The iPad 2 rival, the Asus Eee Pad Transformer launched in the UK on Friday.  Priced around £360, you can pick up your Android Honeycomb powered tablet at a variety of UK stores.

Check out the following online stores to get hold of your Asus Eee Pad:

Store Price £379.99 £379.99 £379.98

So that's the where but what about the why?

The tech specs below show the Asus Eee Pad is a worthy iPad 2 rival.  It's also worth pointing out, like a lot of tablets being released this year, the Asus Eee Pad is running Android 3.0 Honeycomb:

Processor 1GHz Dual Core
Nvidia Tegra 2
Memory 1GB
Display 10.1-Inch LED Backlight
WXGA (1200x800)
Storage 16/32GB
Connectivity WiFi 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth v2.1+EDR
Mini HDMI 1.3a
Camera Rear Facing 5.0 MP
Front Facing 1.2MP
Sensors Gyroscope
Light Sensor
Battery 24.4Wh Li-Polymer
9.5 Hours
Weight 680g

In summary, whether you're looking for a tablet PC that isn't made by Apple or not this is a could be what you're looking for.  It also comes with a docking keyboard which can give extended battery life as well as the obvious benefit of having an actual real life keyboard.

HTC Announces Record Profits In Q1 2011

On Friday HTC announced an incredible $3.6 billion in revenue for Q1 2011, equivalent to £2.2 billion and almost tripling revenues on this time last year.  The record HTC profits have largely been put down to the uptake of the Android platform and has allowed HTC to overtake Nokia as the worlds third largest mobile phone manufacturer.

The announcement on Friday will no doubt have Nokia concerned and leaves the company hoping the Nokia Microsoft partnership will breath new life into the balance sheet.

Sony PSP Price Drops 24 Percent

On Friday it was announced Sony would be dropping the suggested retail price of its popular PSP.

The announcement confirms the portable device will sell for a suggested price of approximately £115.00 in the UK or €129.99.  The price drops comes some two months after the US price was dropped in February to $129.99, or £80.

A spokesman at Sony said the price cut was aimed at increasing sales in Europe but perhaps they'd increase sales even more if they put the PSP price on a par with the price US.

Update 11/04/2011:  News has filtered through that the UK price will remain unchanged, the price drop applies only to Europe...*sigh*

Apple iOS 4.3.2 Release Date - Two Weeks!

Latest tech reports have put it out there that Apple are getting ready to release iOS 4.3.2.

The update is expected to be a bug and security patch and is anticipated before the end of this month.

Currently it's not clear what the patch patches but we'll keep our ears to the ground!!!

Updated 18/04/2011

iOS 4.3.2 began rolling out on the 14th April. What's changed?

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed issue with blank or frozen video during a FaceTime call
  • Fixed issue with connectivity to 3G networks on iPad 3G + WiFi
  • Security updates
  • Battery Fix

To get the full detail of changes, head over to iOS 4.3.2 Apple Support page.

Samsung Galaxy S2 Get 1.2GHz CPU Boost

The latest news on the Samsung Galaxy S 2 is that it's going to carry a 1.2GHz dual-core processor.

The announcement came from the companies Estonian Facebook page and will make the S 2 the highest specced android handset on the market.

Whether or not the UK release of the handset will carry this processor is unknown.

The Samsung Galaxy S 2 will be released in the UK later this month.

Mototola Xoom Dubbed Flop By Blogs

We're not too sure what it is.  Did Apple give away so many iPad 2s that truth is no longer important to online bloggers?  Not more than 24 hours has past since the Motorola Xoom has been available in the UK and several blogs have dubbed the Motorola Xoom a flop.  Whilst the Xoom has been available in the US since 24th February (just over a month ago) many have jumped at sales figures to rejoice 'poor' sales figures.

So what's the game?  Well, Deutsche Bank analysts have 'estimated' that Motorola Mobility has sold only 100,000 tablet to date.  We don't think that's too bad going considering the Xoom is the first of it's kind and has barely left the blocks in the UK.  So all that seems to be going on here is critics comparing sales of the Xoom to the original iPad which is obviously not the best idea given the fact that the iPad was the only one of it's kind at the time.

The travesty of it all is that the Xoom got bad reviews before release, despite being a better tablet on paper and now it seems it's being hammered for poor sales when there's only a months worth to go on.  Perhaps it's also coincidental this data should become available around the UK launch.

BGR give even more reasons as to why figures given by Deutsche Bank are not worth the read.

White iPhone 4 Release Date - Never!

For those of you out there that are patiently waiting for the White iPhone 4 we've got some news for you.  You could be waiting a while.  Planned to be released back in the summer of 2010, Apple have now pulled all trace of the mobile device from their website which can mean only one thing.  It isn't going to happen.

Whether this is the last we ever see or hear of the White iPhone 4 only time will tell but our money is going to be on not, even more so considering the iPhone 5 is expected to be released this year and who knows, maybe there will be a White iPhone 5?

Motorola Xoom UK Price Dropped Ahead of Launch

The Motorola Xoom, available in the UK next week has had a price shave of £20 at PC World, down from £499.99, to £479.99.

The reasons behind the price drop can only be slow pre-orders and sites online have been quick to blame the iPad 2 release as a major factor.

Take a look at the Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet on Curry's website here.

Windows 8 - The Latest Facts and Rumours

As we're now falling into the period of less than a year to Windows 8, we thought it would be a good idea to catch up on all the spill that's been coming out over the past 12 months.  With Microsoft's latest incarnation of it's Windows operating system slated for a 2012 release, despite many business users still stuck on a Windows XP operating system and home users bearing with Vista, there has been a mountain of rumor and conjecture around features of the new operating system.  Let's catch up on some of the newest:

  • Windows 8 RC will release around April 2012
  • Windows 8 will have the same system requirements as Windows 7
  • Windows 8 will use the same ribbon UI as Office
  • Windows 8 will include a similar level of help and support as Windows XP
  • Windows 8 will feature and improved Task Manager

As tempting as it is to want to up some great screen shots of the new operating system we took the opinion that it just isn't worth it.  With the operating system over a year away the likely hood of any images changes is high and the images that are flying around on the net are either pretty poor, un-skinned, or just at such an early stage of development they're not worth looking at.

We'll give it another 6 months and see if there's anything worth writing about then.

Acer Iconia A500 And A100 Up For Pre-Order

The release date for the Acer Iconia Tab A500 and A100 have been confimed by pre-order availablity on

You can get your hands on a brand new Acer Iconia Tab A500 for £449.99 from April 20th.  Likewise, the Acer Iconia A100 is also available from April 20th and priced at £299.99.  The date for US release has not yet been announced.

With the Iconia A100 Tab, you get a 7-inch Tegra 2 powered tablet complete with 8GB storage and 512K RAM.  The Iconia A500 Tab has a 10.1-inch display,  is also powered by Tegra 2 but has 32GB storage and 1GB RAM.  Both tablets run on the Honeycomb version of the Android operating system.

You can check out the A500 here, or the A100 here.

Motorola Xoom Release Details - Where To Buy?

It's been almost 2 weeks since the Motorola Xoom showed up on the Carphone Warehouse coming soon page.  The release date then was set for April 2011 so where are they at?

Well we've tracked down some of the more well know tech outlets to find out pricing and release date information.  Check out the table below to find out when and where you'll be able to get your hands on a Xoom:

Site Release Price 02/05/2011 £499.99
Carphone Warehouse ??/04/2011 ?
Currys 04/04/2011 £499.99

With RRP on the Motorola Xoom set at £599 it shouldn't be too difficult to find the device for around the £500 mark or less within the next couple of weeks.

Blackberry Playbook Release Date and Pricing Details

The Blackberry Playbook, RIM's first tablet, has been given a release date as well as pricing details.  The Playbook is to release in the US and Canada on April 19th 2011.  The UK release date for the Playbook has been set at April to June by RIM but as our post on 21st March stated, some Three UK branded slides had shown up displaying a UK release date of June.

Pricing for the Playbook has it level with Apples popular iPad 2 - around $499, $599, $699 for the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions respectively.  UK pricing is unknown and any USD to GBP conversion will most likely be unrealistic, a more likely accurate conversion would be to take to US prices and drop the dollar symbol for a pound symbol.

Tech Specs:

Display 7" 1024x600
Capacitive Touch Screen
Operating System Blackberry Tablet OS
Memory 1GB RAM
Storage 16GB, 32GB, 64GB
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth v2.1+EDR
Camera 5MP Rear Facing
3MP Front Facing
Sensor GPS
Digital Compass
Flash 10.1

Android Gingerbread - Coming To A Mobile Near You?

It hasn't skipped our attention that manufacturers as well as some of the mobile networks have not yet rolled Android Gingerbread 2.3 to all handsets.  So which ones are lacking the new operating system and when can they expect it?  We've put together 6 of the top handsets without Gingerbread together with expected rollout dates:

Device Expected Reponsible
HTC Desire May 2011 Latest Three UK
HTC Desire HD May 2011 Latest Three UK
HTC Desire Z May 2011 Latest Three UK
Sony Xperia X10* Q2/Q3 2011 Sony Ericsson
Samsung Galaxy S 31/03/2011 Samsung
HTC Incredible S Q3 2011 HTC

*Rollout is only to non-operator devices

Android Device Operating System Share

Platform API Level Device %
Android 3.0 Honeycomb 11 0.3%
Android 2.3/.3 Gingerbread 10/9 1.7%
Android 2.2 Froyo 8 61.3%
Android 2.1 Eclair 7 29.0%
Android 1.6 Donut 4 4.8%
Android 1.5 Cupcake 3 3.0%


Samsung Galaxy S II Release Date Details - Where To Buy

Here at, we were expecting the Galaxy S2 to be released last week.  Well it just goes to show how quickly things can change.

Here's a short list of online places to get your Samsung Galaxy S2, stock dates and their respective prices:

Site Price Available £497.98 29/04/2011 £499.99 29/05/2011 £499.49 27/04/2011

Galaxy S2 Release Dates by Country:

Country Estimated Release Official Release
UK April 2011 1st May 2011
US May-June 2011  
Denmark May 2011  
Singapore April 2011 April 2011
India April 2011 April 2011
Switzerland May 2011  
Germany May 2011  
UAE May 2011  
Asia May-June 2011  
Australia June 2011  
Brazil July 2011  

Updated 18/04/2011: Online stores list prices and dates updated.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play and HTC Desire S - T-Mobile UK

Whilst they may have been there for some time, we've spotted the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play and the HTC Desire S on the T-Mobile coming soon page.  Both handsets have a due date of 'April 2011' and we can assume that the devices will be available within the next week or two.

The Motorola Atrix is also up there but with a due date of June 2011.

Check out the T-Mobile Coming Soon page here.