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HTC Evo 3D Not Hitting Vodafone Any time Soon

Vodafone UK has officially dropped the HTC Evo 3D from it's coming soon page.  The news come just a month after the glasses-free 3D device was announced.  The publicized reason for the decision was cited as delays but some have been quick to point out that the decision is more likely to be down to the poor reception (public reception, not signal reception) of the LG Optimus 3D.

So if you were eagerly anticipating the release of the device on Voda, perhaps it's time to start looking down the SIM-Free road on e-tailers such as Amazon or maybe even eBay.

The Evo 3D is still expected to be released in the UK in September without anticipating further delays.

Samsung Galaxy S2 Hits 5 Million Shipments

Another epic landmark has been reached by the ever popular Samsung Galaxy S2 today with Samsung announcing over 5 million devices have now been shipped.  This puts the 5 million mark at 85 days according to Samsung (not that they're counting).

So what's next for the Android Super-phone? Well, Samsung will no doubt be tallying the days to the 10 million mark and yet the device has still not been released in the United States, although according to recent reports the Samsung Galaxy S2 will be hitting stateside from August.  We're still waiting for specific price information for the US carriers but a release date is better than nothing and will please many patient Galaxy fans who have been waiting for the device since launch a couple of months ago.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray Hitting Three UK

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray is due for release next month and has already shown up on a number of online retailers but now we've witnessed it on the UK data intensive network Three.

Other than the coming soon date of September, Three UK have not given any more information on the device so questions on price plans and costs remain unanswered. Expectations would see the Xperia Ray release in the first two weeks of September as the device is scheduled to release SIM-Free around August 15th.

Unveiled at the end of last month, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray features a 1GHz single core processor, 512MB RAM and comes running the ever popular Android Gingerbread 2.3.

Motorola Xoom Price Slashed To Under £400 On Amazon

The Motorola Xoom has today, seen it's price drop to under £400 from £480.  The price drop comes just a day after pricing and a release date on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 was announced.

If you're not really feeling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 then you can now get yourself over to the Amazon page and stick a Motorola Xoom in your basket for more or less the same price.  You'll get more storage but other than that the specs of the two devices are pretty similar.  You will however, have to make do with a WiFi only version but still well worth the money.

 

Sony Xperia X10 Gingerbread Could Hit This Week

A recent comment posting over on the Sony Ericsson Facebook page hints at suggestions the Sony Xperia X10 could be receiving Android Gingerbread 2.3 this week some time.

The juicy part of the comment quoted: "The launch of the 2.3 software for X10 is getting closer, and the planned release date is approx. w30. The date could still be changed, since the launch is depending on operators approval. The software will be rolled out continuously, just like the earlier 2.1 release. The exact launch date is depending on market and operators approval, so it will unfortunately not be possible to give precise information on launch dates for each market/operator. You will get more information once the roll out has started."

"W30" of course would be week 30, which of course began this week, yesterday in fact. So if you're tied up with a contract you may have to wait a little longer for the 'operators approval' otherwise, users with non-operated branded devices could see the update this week.  Fingers crossed.

Samsung Galaxy S2 US Release Date Confirmed

Well it's been a long time coming but there's finally been some sort of confirmation of a release date of the Samsung Galaxy S2 in the US.  President of the Samsung Mobile Division has confirmed the long awaited follow up to the popular Samsung Galaxy S will be available from next month.

The confirmation lacks any information on carriers, versions or pricing but will surely be seen as good news by Samsung Galaxy lovers. The device has been available in various parts of the world for a couple of months now but the US has been left out with blame being apportioned to carrier disagreements and on-going Apple disputes.

LG Optimus Net - Another LG Optimus Unveiling

It's the second helping of LG Optimus unveiling Friday, coming in the form of the affordable LG Optimus Net. Much like the LG Optimus Pro, this device also runs Android Gingerbread 2.3 and will also come powered by a Qualcomm 800Mhz processor.

Although unlike the the Optimus Pro, you'll get a larger display, measuring 3.2 inch with a resolution of 320x480 pixels with no physical QWERTY keyboard.

Other features of the LG Optimus Net include 512MB RAM, a 3MP camera, 150MB storage as well as the usual WiFi and Bluetooth helpings.

The Optimus Net is expected to be released this summer with early pricing information indicating the handset costing around £180 or $280 depending on your currency

LG Optimus Pro Unveiled Running Gingerbread

LG has officially announced the LG Optimus Pro, a new candybar style mobile handset.

The new handset offering from LG will come running Android Gingerbread 2.3 and will carry a 2.8 inch touchscreen complete with full QWERTY keyboard for what is stated as 'simple social networking', accessing both email and calendar from designated hotkeys on the devices keypad.

The LG Optimus Pro will also come running an 800MHz processor, Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi, a 3MP rear facing camera plus a 1500mAh battery.

The release date for the LG Optimus Pro is expected to be this summer with no information on pricing as yet.

Motorola Xoom Update 3.2 Starts Rolling Out

Tuesday saw the roll out begin of Android 3.2 to the Motorola Xoom.  Google started rolling out the next Honeycomb update which has started with the Motorola Xoom and a handful of Xoom owners have revealed they have already received the update.

Currently, the update is only rolling out to the WiFi version of the Motorola tablet and new features include better widgets, improved music and move applications, a new zoom feature for optimizing apps.  This update also includes better compatibility for 7 inch Android tablets.

This update is the final version of the Android Honeycomb series with the next incarnation being Android Ice Cream Sandwich which is being released before the end of the year according to Google.

Motorola Fire Budget Handset Hitting UK

Motorola's new Android handset - Motorola Fire, has been confirmed for a UK release. Otherwise known as the Motorola Spice XT316 the handset will be introduced as a lower end device featuring a full qwerty keyboard and 2.8 inch QVGA display.

The Fire will also come running Android 2.2 Froyo out of the box but should be receiving Android 2.3 Gingerbread towards the end of the year according to Motorola.

Other features of the budget Motorola Fire include; 256MB RAM, 3MP camera and a 1420mAh battery which Motorola say can achieve a massive 8 hours talk time and 27 days standby.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Duo Running 1.4GHz Appears

Well it's not the first time Sony Ericsson have had trouble keep the wraps on their devices and it wont be the last.  This time it's in the form of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Duo.  It was only a month a ago possible snaps of the 1.4GHz touting mobile device showed up online and we're back in the same boat again today.

What's different about this leak is that it comes complete with spec information. What's been revealed today is that the Xperia Duo will come running a 1.4GHz of either Qualcomm Snapdragon or NovaThor A9500 chipset variety.  The device will also come running Android Gingerbread and sport a whopping 12 megapixel camera.  The leaked spec sheet continues by quoting a 4.5" qHD display complete with the Bravia Mobile engine.

Obviously, without an official unveiling there's no way of confirming the weight of the leak but let's keep our fingers crossed for an announcement in the next few weeks.

Xperia Pro Release Date Push Back

Sony Ericsson have updated their Xperia Pro page in the past 24 hours showing the UK release date of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro has been pushed back to 'late September'.  The reason for the delay has not been revealed by Sony but it's sure to be a disappointment for expectant customers on the pre-order list.

The price on the Xperia Pro remains the same, £349.99 for a SIM Free device and has been on the pre-order list since last month.

Check out the Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro pre-order page for more information.

 

Google's What Do You Love Helps You Find Google Products

Search giant Google has recently added a new website to it's portfolio, What Do You Love, which essentially brings together all the existing Google tools to help you find things you're searching for all in one place. The tool will take a simple search string and provide users with all the information it can find on the specific string.

A post over on the official Google Blog announced; "Type in something that you love—polar bears, space travel, pickup trucks, Lady Gaga, early Foghat—whatever strikes your fancy (for some reason, the results for cheese always crack us up, so try that if you’re momentarily stumped). No matter what it is, we’ll give you back something that will let you get even more into what you love."

We couldn't resist getting over to the site to give it a whirl and it does exactly what it says on the tin. Also, being the mature types we are, we wanted to see what Googs could find on some of the mildly rude search terms but to our surprise, anything slightly rude was replaced by 'kittens', which we don't love, downer but good catch.

Galaxy S2 Android 2.3.4 Update Due Soon

Samsung are reportedly preparing to roll out the latest version of Android Gingerbread to the Samsung Galaxy S2. Leaked images online clearly show the Samsung flagship mobile phone running Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread and news out today is that there is a leaked SGS2 2.3.4 ROM floating around on the net.

The Android 2.3.4 update brings with it improved power management leading to extended battery life and GTalk Video which has currently gone unused on devices not sporting a front facing camera such as is the case with the Nexus One.

If you're not the patient type and are one of the lucky ones to own a Galaxy S2 then you can get over to the xda-developers.com forum to get the update now otherwise you're going to be waiting for an official release from Sammy.

HTC Desire Z Gingerbread Update Hitting In Coming Weeks

Waiting for the Desire Z Android Gingerbread update?  Good News.  HTC have announced today they are in the last stages of testing the update and expect to start rolling out the update in the 'coming weeks'.  HTC went on to state it could take a while for everyone across every network to receive the update but the rollout will be completed by the end of July.

This will no doubt please Desire Z owners who have been waiting patiently for the update for some months now, originally expected in June.

HTC Salsa Available From Today On O2

The HTC Salsa is now officially available on the O2 UK network.  The dedicated-Facebook-buttoned HTC device had been hanging up on the O2 coming soon page for a while and has become available on the O2 network in the past 24 hours.

Prices on the device start at £27 per month for a free device tying you up with a contract for a fifth of a decade otherwise you can go all out and splash the £299.99 on a contractless PAYG device.

Amongst the socially oriented device's specs comes; it's own dedicated little Facebook button, Android 2.3 Gingerbread running on an 800MHz CPU and packs a 5MP rear facing camera.

HTC Desire To Get Gingerbread This Month

The seemingly never-ending work in progress that is Android Gingerbread for the HTC Desire may finally be drawing to a close this month.  HTC announced on it's Facebook page today that testing had gone well and that they will be rolling out Gingerbread to the Desire handsets by the end of the month.

For the HTC who still have a Desire and have not rooted this is obviously good news but by the time this roll out happen the process would have taken over a month, which, in technology terms is a long time.

Our question is whether this shows a small amount of short sightedness from HTC, originally stating the handset wouldn't be getting the upgrade due to a lack of memory as a result of HTC Sense.  After realizing their customers would rather have the Android Update rather than the HTC app there was a backtrack and we've ended up on the road we're on.

HTC Post Record Profits For Q2 2011

HTC last week, posted record profits for Q2 2011.  The company announced profits in the second quarter of 2011 were over double of that posted on the same period last year.

Although it wasn't all good news for the Taiwanese giant as a day later HTC shares fell by 6.86% with the main share index falling by 0.57%.

The smartphone market is expected to slow from 60% in 2011 to 20-25% in 2012 given, amongst other reasons, saturation in the US market, according to Citi Group forecasts.  This together with questions over corporate governance after the company announced plans to take over S3 Graphics (now complete for $300M) forced investors to look beyond the record quarterly net profits posted previously.

Reuters reported HTC's share price fall pulled the communications index down 2.62%.

Apple's Apps Store Reaches 15 Billion Downloads

Apple has announced today that their app store has reached the monumental heights of over 15 billion app downloads. Apple's Senior Vice President of Worldwide Product Marketing, Philip Schiller said; In just three years, the revolutionary App Store has grown to become the most exciting and successful software marketplace the world has ever seen. He went on to thank developers for filling the app store with over 425,000 apps.

Apple has paid over $2.5 billion to developers to date for apps consumed in over 90 countries from downloads from their "revolutionary" app store.

Facebook Video Chat Announced, Powered By Skype

Well Facebook's massive announcement on Wednesday turned out to be the integration of Skype with Facebook Chat.  The new feature will allow users to video chat at no cost as the title suggests and is seen by many as a major muscle flex against the Google+ Project which is still currently in beta stages and only available to people via an invite.

Opinion is largely divided over the announcement with many feeling it has been over-hyped and produced purely to compete with Google+ features however, according to the Facebook blog the Facebook messages team has been working for over a year to make it easier to have one on one conversations with your friends.  No mention is made on the blog on how long they've been working on a video chat feature.

To use the chat service go to the Facebook Video Calling page and click on the getting started link.

In summary, Video integration is a great feature which makes sense to integrate but it's hard to evaluate the Facebook Video chat service while there's not a comparative service and whilst Google+ is on the way, it's not officially here yet.  Besides, who knows what changes Google will make now Facebook has shown it's hand.

Google Chrome Takes 20% Browser Share

New data captured by statcounter suggest the Google Chrome Web Browser has now captured a 20% market share of global browser usage, up from just under 10% on the same time last year.

Microsoft's Internet Explorer still dominates the market but has seen it's share drop from 52% to 43%.  As the steady rise of users switching from other browsers to Google Chrome continues, we can imagine there's much conflab going on in the IE and Firefox camps on how to quell the rise of the Chrome Browser.

Safari and Opera remain the 4th and 5th most used browsers and with Google integrating more and more services with their browser it's easy to see their run continuing.

LG Optimus 3D Hits Carphone Warehouse

Credit cards at the ready!  The LG Optimus 3D went up on the Carphone Warehouse' mobile page today and is available on T-Mobile, O2, Vodafone and Orange or, SIM free.

Priced at £499.95 for the SIM free version, the device had been up on the CW coming soon page for a while and hit the available list in the past 24 hours.  If you've not got the cash for the SIM free device, opting for a contract will relieve you of a minimum of £35 per month for a free Optimus 3D locked in for 24 months on either Vodafone or Orange.

T-Mobile and O2 contracts start at a little higher but come with a few more minutes.

To get your hands on the first 3D mobile phone in the UK head over to the Carphone Warehouse Optimus 3D page.  Of course, if you don't fancy the Optimus 3D, you can always wait for the HTC Evo 3D to hit later this month.

Blackberry Bold 9900 Release Date

Amazon UK has revealed the release date of the Blackberry Bold 9900 will be September 15th.  This fits perfectly in with the coming soon date shown on the Three UK coming soon page of September.

Amazon is also showing a listing for a white version of the Bold 9900 with a release date of October 15th and priced identically with the black version at £549.99.  Whilst we've seen the coming soon pages of both Three and Vodafone on the 9900, the UK networks are yet to announce any pricing information on the device.

The Blackberry bold 9900 features a 1.2GHz processor, 768MB RAM and 8GB on-board storage.

Vodafone And Orange Increase PAYG Pricing

From July 14th, Vodafone UK will be increasing prices on it's PAYG mobile deals.  The move will see call prices rise from 21p to 25p per minute for calls to UK mobiles and landline, text messaging will also increase from 10p per text to 12p.

Orange increased it's pricing on Friday pushing up the cost of a call to 25p from 20p and texts from 10p to 12p.

Vodafone placed the reasoning behind the pricing increase on Ofcom rulings over mobile termination rate (a rate charged to another operator to allow their customer to connect to the charging operators customer) cuts which came in to force in April.

In a statement Vodafone said: During our discussions with Ofcom over mobile termination rates, we stressed that if the rates came down rapidly and dramatically, the cost of Pay As You Go was likely to rise as a consequence

Vodafone Launch Android Market Content Channel

Vodafone have become the first in Europe to offer a content channel in the Android Market.  Launched today, Vodafone said the channel will provide a regular updated selection of services as well as news, sport, information and gaming apps.  They went on to state that many of the offerings will be made on an often exclusive, free or discounted basis.

Vodafone Group's Content Services Director said: Together with Google, Vodafone has made it really simple for customers to get to the essential apps they can trust. More than 75 million Vodafone customers around the world are regularly using the mobile internet, and we are committed to giving them the best possible experience. This focus on quality over quantity helps deliver on that commitment.

Vodafone's channel on the Android Market is available from today in the UK, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain and is expected to launch soon in Greece, Ireland and Portugal.

RIM Expected To Slide Against HTC In Smartphone Rankings

Market Intelligence Center has predicted HTC is on track to take the fourth spot in the list of largest smartphone manufacturers in 2012 jumping past Canada based Research In Motion.

It's widely understood the majority of HTC's growth it down to the Android platform with HTC being instrumental in helping to develop.

This news couldn't make RIM's year much worse as the company battle with expected drops in revenues for Q1 2011, anticipated job cuts and an 82% drop in share price.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray Release Date

Since the Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray's unveiling a couple of weeks ago, the device has turned up on a few online retailer websites for preorder.

Firstly, www.carphonewarehouse.com, who was one of the earliest sites to get the latest Xperia device up on their site, tagged the mobile with an August release but more recently, www.play.com has added the phone to their coming soon list together with a precise, albeit unofficial release date of 15th August.

Play.com has set a price of £349.99 to get on the pre-order list.  There's not yet any information from the UK carriers so we've no idea on contract pricing but with only around six week to a release we can expect to see the SE Xperia Ray going up one of the networks pages soon.

Galaxy S2 Becomes Samsungs Fastest Selling Phone

Samsung has announced in a press release today that global sales of the latest Galaxy mobile handset has achieved global sales of 3 million in 55 days.  The incredible handset sales have totted up despite the fact that the Samsung Galaxy S 2 is still yet to hit the US market.

To put this into context, this amounts to one handset sale every 1.5 seconds  An astonishing figure.

It took an extra 30 days for the Samsung Galaxy S2's predecessor to reach the same figure and although not quite reaching the heights of the iPhone 4, the Galaxy S2 is still not available in the US, had it been, these figures would have been much higher.

Windows Phone Mango SDK 7.1 Beta 2 Released

Last week saw the release of the second beta Software Development Kit for Windows Phone Mango.  The new beta add a slew of feature changes and updates for developers and Microsoft appears keen to get developers on board as soon as possible.  To do this Microsoft believes the company has become, in their own words, 'transparent, easy to build for, and easy to partner with'.

Microsoft, on the Windows Phone Developer Blog went on to say that the new beta should be seen as a beta quality, in that, there are still features missing which will be included in the final release.  We've added the top feature additions and changes below for your pleasure.

Mango SDK Beta 2 New Features

Multitasking:

  1. Windows Phone Applications can play audio even when the application is no longer in the foreground.
  2. Scheduled Tasks will allow an application to run code in the background even when the application is not running.
  3. Background file transfers will allow applications to queue up multiple HTTP requests.
  4. Scheduled notifications will allow for alarms and notifications to pop up.
  5. Fast Application switching.  This will place closed applications in a dormant state keeping the application in the memory rather than shut down the application.

Sensors:

  1. In addition to the accelerometer, applications can now access the compass and gyroscope sensors, enabling development of apps and games where the physical device itself is a means of user input. There is also now a combined motion API that provides data for attitude (yaw, pitch, and roll), device acceleration, and rotation rate.

Network Information:

  1. Applications will now be able to access information about the network and network interfaces. Developers will be able to determine the mobile operator and network capabilities of a user’s phone, and get and set connection preferences and requirements.

Push Notification:

  1. Changes in the push notification system to improve robustness. Toast notifications can now link to specific places within your application and pass parameters. Tile notifications now support two-sided application and secondary Tiles.

Live Tiles:

  1. Application Tiles pinned to the Start screen will now have two sides and capable of flipping periodically. Applications can have more than one Tile pinned to Start, such as Tiles for different cities in a weather app.

Advertising:

  1. The Microsoft Advertising SDK for Windows Phone now allows developers to monetize their apps and games by including ads from Microsoft Advertising. The Advertising SDK is now fully integrated into the Windows Phone SDK 7.1 Beta 2.

WebBrowser Control:

  1. The WebBrowser control now supports Internet Explorer 9 and the benefits of increased performance and HTML5 rendering. Developers will now be able to programmatically access the cookie collection of a WebBrowser control through the WebBrowser extension methods.

Contacts and Calendars:

  1. The Windows Phone SDK 7.1 Beta 2 now gives developers access to user’s contacts and calendar data. Developers will also be able to differentiate their applications by querying and interacting with the user’s data in ways such as letting the user choose from a list of their contacts and sending them emails, searching for contacts’ birthdays, and others.

Developers Second

Microsoft used the final point in their blog to justify why reviewers got their hands on Mango before developers.  Microsoft said:

In short, it was to allow us to get you Mango today. Bringing a product to market requires a healthy balance between marketing features and empowering the ecosystem. Striking that balance is all about sequence. Microsoft believes in developers like no other company, but not even we want developer tear downs serving as the foundation for how consumers ultimately understand Mango. To get Mango to you today, we had to first set some context so that the market would have a good understanding of the product and not define us only by those features that developers uncovered. Think of it this way: if you could choose which path to go down, would you rather have a tightly selected group of influential people write your first reviews of your amazing app, or leave it to the customers with the fastest fingers?

HTC Flyer T-Mobile UK Release Date

The HTC Flyer has today shown up on the T-Mobile UK coming soon page with a coming soon date of July.

There's no information on contract plans or pricing but this information will no doubt come to light in the next couple of weeks.  T-Mobile's current tablet PC range only includes the iPad 2 so this new addition will be a welcome sight for T-Mobile's Android fans.

The HTC Flyer comes running Android Gingerbread although there has been recent reports that the tablet will be receiving the 7 inch display-specific Android Honeycomb 3.2 update soon.  In terms of specs, the Flyer comes running a 1.5GHz processor, 1GB RAM with 32GB of internal storage and 5MP camera.