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Archive for January, 2010

HTC is about to make Legend available

HTC seems to be on a roll with an entire slew of new and upcoming smartphones heading our way, and another interesting model would be the HTC Legend which boasts an unibody aluminum casing alongside plastic inserts for the cover to be easily removable, making it a snap to access the SIM card carriage, microSD memory card slot and battery. Word also has it that the Legend will sport a 5.0-megapixel camera, an AMOLED display at a high 480 x 800 resolution count and an optical sensor trackpad similar to the one found on the Bravo. Let us keep our fingers crossed that Android 2.1 will ship with the Legend…

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Sharp to Commercialize Solar-Powered Mobile Phone SOLAR HYBRID SH6230C for the Chinese Market

Sharp Corporation will commercialize a mobile phone equipped with a solar cell module for the Chinese market from this February. This will be the first solar-powered mobile phone by Sharp for the overseas markets.

Sharp introduced solar-powered mobile phones into the Japanese market in 2009. These handsets have proven popular, reflecting a recent surge in the number of ecologically minded consumers.

The SH6230C is equipped with advanced technology originally developed in Japan, including Sharp’s proprietary solar cell module, a large 2.9-inch LCD screen, and a 5-megapixel autofocus camera. Given the increasing demand for the solar charging function, Sharp will bring the solar-powered mobile phones to the global markets.

Sharp will also introduce into the Chinese market two models (SH6220C and SH6228C) incorporating Memory LCD. The Memory LCD is a low-power-consuming display with high visibility under the daylight. The Memory LCD can display such information as the time and e-mail status at all times

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HTC HD2 Almost Certainly Getting Windows Mobile 7

Smartphone users who want to buy a device that they know will get an upgrade to Windows Mobile 7 when it’s released this fall should seriously consider the HTC HD2 — sources at HTC have said this device will be getting an upgrade to the next major version of this operating system from Microsoft.

HTC Russia recently promised that the HD2 will be getting Windows Mobile 7, and warned that this would be the only current model from this company to do so. This message came in the form of a Tweet, which was quickly removed.

In addition, Terry Snelling on the HTC customer support team reportedly e-mailed a customer a promise that the HD2 will be getting the version 7 upgrade when it becomes available in November.

What’s Coming in Windows Mobile 7?
There has been no official word from HTC on upgrades to the next version of Windows Mobile because Microsoft has not yet formally announced it. This might happen at the Mobile World Congress next month, though.

At this point, few specifics are known, but it is reportedly going to make Windows phones more appealing to consumers with a new look that offers much greater support for fingertip control and capacitive touchscreens.

An Overview of the HTC HD2
The HD2 (AKA the HTC Leo) is possibly the most cutting-edge model available today with Microsoft’s mobile operating system; it has 1 GHz processor, and sports a 4.3-inch WVGA capacitive display with multi-touch support.

It was one of the first devices on the market with Microsoft’s Windows Mobile 6.5 Pro, but it has a new version of HTC’s custom user interface layered on top. This used to be called TouchFLO, but has just been renamed HTC Sense to reflect a greater focus on consumers.

It lacks a hardware keyboard, but that’s just about the only feature it doesn’t have.

The HTC HD2 is the first Windows Mobile smartphone with a capacitive display that supports multi-touch, so users can resize websites, Microsoft Office files, PDF documents and pictures easier with a pinch of their fingers.

This 4.3-inch display is the largest yet on a smartphone running Microsoft’s OS, and has a WVGA (800×480) resolution.

Naturally, the HD2 has mobile broadband (7.2 Mbps HSDPA), plus it includes Wi-Fi b/g and Bluetooth 2.1. It is even be able to act as a Wi-Fi router for another computer.

It also includes a whopping 448 MB of RAM, a 5 MPx camera with auto-focus, a microSD card reader, GPS receiver, 1,230 mAh battery, and a 3.5 mm headset jack.

This HTC device comes with Windows Mobile’s standard collection of mobile apps: Outlook, Office, Media Player. Opera Mobile is the default web browser.

Coming to T-Mobile USA
The HD2 was launched in Europe and Asia this fall, and currently is available in the U.S. only from gray-market retails.

However, T-Mobile USA announced last week that it will be releasing this high-end smartphone at some point in the spring.

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Microsoft plans to present new Mobile Windows in February

Microsoft Corp. plans to unveil its new mobile-phone operating system next month, a bid to reverse market share losses to Google Inc. and Apple Inc., according to a person familiar with the matter, the Bloomberg reports.

The company may use the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to demonstrate the new software, called Windows Mobile 7, said the person, who didn’t want to be identified because the plans are confidential. The decision isn’t final, the person said.

Microsoft is counting on the software to reignite enthusiasm for Windows Mobile among consumers and phone makers. The last update — Windows Mobile 6.5, which came out in October — didn’t do enough to advance the software, said Matt Rosoff, an analyst at Kirkland, Washington-based Directions on Microsoft.

“The sooner they show Windows Mobile 7, the better,” he said. “The longer Microsoft delays and the longer they are perceived as having a mobile operating system that just doesn’t look modern, the less consumer interest there will be and handset manufacturers will look at other options.”

Debbie Anderson, a spokeswoman for Redmond, Washington- based Microsoft, declined to comment on the timing of an announcement. “We’re always working on future versions and have nothing new to announce,” she said.

‘Almost Nothing’

Microsoft has said “almost nothing” about Windows Mobile 7, Rosoff said. Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer said a year ago that the program would come out in 2010. Microsoft doesn’t produce its own phone, just an operating system for partners to use.

Windows Mobile has lost market share to Apple’s iPhone, Research In Motion Ltd.’s BlackBerry and models that use Google’s Android software, according to Stamford, Connecticut- based Gartner Inc. Android is a freely available operating system used by Motorola Inc., HTC Corp. and other manufacturers. Google, based in Mountain View, California, introduced its own phone based on the software this month.

Android is “a particular threat” to win over handset makers looking to ditch the Windows software, Rosoff said.

Microsoft rose 61 cents to $30.96 yesterday in Nasdaq Stock Market trading. The shares climbed 57 percent last year.

Microsoft’s share of the smartphone operating-system market shrank to 7.9 percent in the third quarter, compared with 11 percent in the year-earlier period, according to Gartner.

Market Share

Research In Motion’s share rose to 21 percent from 16 percent, while Apple increased to 17 percent from 13 percent. Android had 3.5 percent of the market in the quarter, up from none a year earlier.

Microsoft’s next mobile operating system “really does move the bar forward, not in an evolutionary way from where we are today, but it’s something that feels, looks, acts and performs completely different,” Robbie Bach, a Microsoft president who oversees the mobile business, told analysts at the Consumer Electronics Show this month.

The company needs it, Rosoff said.

“Their lack of execution so far is very troubling,” he said. “It’s always possible to turn it around with a great product, particularly in the mobile space because people buy new handsets every two years. But nothing about their execution so far gives me any confidence that will happen.”

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LG turns to Google Android instead of Windows Mobile

In the absence of a new version of Windows Mobile, LG said it plans to use Google Android on more than half its smartphones, despite a recent pledge to use primarily Microsoft’s mobile operating system.

On Wednesday, LG said that at least 10 of the 20 smartphones it plans to introduce this year will be based on Android. The rest will run Windows Mobile and Linux. In a statement, LG said its hopes are particularly high for Android phones.

LG said just under a year ago that it would make Windows Mobile its primary – although not exclusive – phone software platform over the next four years. It also said it planned to launch 50 Windows Mobile phones during that period, including 25 in 2012.

But Microsoft has been slow to make Windows Mobile more competitive in a new smartphone landscape first defined by the iPhone. Since LG announced its agreement with Microsoft, Android has gained momentum while Windows Mobile has stagnated and lost market share. Microsoft is expected to release Windows Mobile 7 sometime this year.

In the meantime, about 20 Android phones have been released from various hardware makers. The introduction of the Nexus One, made by HTC and sold exclusively by Google online, does not appear to have discouraged LG. Some onlookers wondered if Google’s decision to sell phones itself might dissuade manufacturers from choosing Android.

Microsoft has been working with LG to “lay the foundation for an increase in scale,” it said in a statement. “We’re very pleased with the long term trajectory of our relationship with LG and look forward to bringing a number of new phones to market in 2010.”

According to research from IDC, LG is the third-largest mobile-phone maker by volume, but it does not yet rank among the top five smartphone makers. It has lofty aspirations. On Wednesday LG said it hopes to achieve a double-digit share of the smartphone market in 2012. Currently, fifth-place Samsung has 1.3 percent market share, IDC said.

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Giorgio Armani, Samsung and Microsoft present the new Smartphone

Giorgio Armani, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., and Microsoft are proud to present the new Giorgio Armani-Samsung smartphone, the most elegant and functional mobile on the market.

Giorgio Armani personally designed this stylish smartphone, as he did with the first Giorgio Armani Samsung mobile in 2007 and the Emporio Armani Samsung “Night Effect” mobile in 2008.

In 2009, the new smartphone makes its debut with more powerful functions and superior usability. The next rendition of this style and technology partnership includes a Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system, a unique two step tilt hinge form factor with both full touch screen and QWERTY keyboard hybrid, and a stunning 3.5 inch Ultra Brilliant AMOLED display.

The Giorgio Armani-Samsung smartphone is part of an innovative brand alliance of portable electronics and household products by Giorgio Armani and Samsung Electronics. This phone stands out due to the innovative blend of Giorgio Armani’s refined style and Samsung Electronics’ cutting-edge technology.

Giorgio Armani, President and CEO of Giorgio Armani S.p.A., commented:

“Today more than ever, elegant dressing is part of daily business life. When Samsung asked me to design the new business and lifestyle smartphone I decided to use my fashion aesthetic to create it. I simply aim to create a smartphone which is not only an elegant tool but also functional and useful, perfect for today’s managers. The result is a unique smartphone perfectly suited to every moment of one’s business and private day. This is the Armani aesthetic – to combine beauty with function in a simple and timeless way.”

Sandeep Saihgal, general manager of mobile phones, Samsung Gulf Electronics commented: “We are delighted to have reached another milestone in the collaboration between Giorgio Armani and Samsung Electronics. This latest-generation mobile masterfully combines our experience in technology with a design from one of the world’s best known designers, and the functions offered by Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system. What’s more, the Giorgio Armani-Samsung smartphone is a demonstration of our commitment to offering customers cutting-edge technology in our products, along with exclusive design and fashion.”

“Mobile phones armed with Windows Mobile bring together the best of the Web, the PC, and mobile phones so that people can connect instantly to the experiences they care about,” said Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft Corp. “But people want more than just a useful device – they want a phone that offers design qualities that match their personality and lifestyle. The Giorgio Armani-Samsung smartphone we’re announcing today with Giorgio Armani and Samsung combines technology innovation and fashion to deliver a great mobile phone that also fulfills the desire for style and elegance.”

Designed to standout in the crowd

Like previous Giorgio Armani Samsung Mobile, the new device is designed by Giorgio Armani, reflecting his simple and graceful design philosophy. The unique two-step 30-degree tilt hinge form factor combines sophisticated design with exceptional usability. The phone also comes in a distinctive and elegant bronze gold color, which coordinates perfectly with Giorgio Armani’s suits.

Your mobile business partner

The new Giorgio Armani-Samsung smartphone offers always-on connectivity tools including 7.2Mbps HSDPA, 5.76Mbps HSUPA and WiFi access. With its unique form factor supporting full touch and QWERTY at same time, the phone provides a dynamic mobile internet experience through Push e-mail with Microsoft Exchange and full internet browsing.

The Giorgio Armani-Samsung smartphone comes with the new Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system. It’s one of the first phones available with the innovative Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system, which will lead the way to a new generation of mobile services and applications. Windows Mobile 6.5 includes a new start page and dashboard that simply and intuitively displays key productivity features such as e-mails, text messages, missed calls, and calendar appointments.

It also includes a touch interface that provides quick access to the main functions of the smartphone. The free My Phone service, which is a newly added Windows Mobile 6.5 application, lets users access, manage, and easily run backups of the personal information contained in the device using a password-protected Web-based service. Synchronization and automatic backups guarantee users that their contacts, appointments, text messages, and other information is kept up-to-date and is always easy to retrieve if the phone is lost or when changing phones.

Work hard but play harder

To satisfy business professionals, who want to easily and efficiently manage their work and personal lives, the Giorgio Armani-Samsung smartphone offers the latest multi-media features such as a 5-megapixel camera, a music player and a video player supporting various types of multimedia formats. The phone comes with 3.5″ ultra brilliant AMOLED screen for viewing videos and slide shows in high-resolution and with reduced power consumption. Furthermore, it offers 8 Gigabytes of internal memory and an extendable microSD slot up to 32GB to store multimedia content.

The Giorgio Armani-Samsung smartphone also offers GPS navigation, so users can get their bearings wherever work or life takes them.

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HTC Unveils Its First Brew MP-Based Phone, HTC Smart

Taiwanese mobile phone maker HTC Corporation announced officially on Thursday its first handset running under Qualcomm’s Brew MP operating system, the HTC Smart. According to the company, the new smartphone is meant to offer enhanced ease-of-use and connectivity capabilities, sports its HTC Sense solution on board, and should land on the market in Europe and Asia.

The new HTC Smart comes with a friendly compact touch design and delivers a great user experience through the HTC Sense solution, which is based on three main principles: Make It Mine, Stay Close and Discover the Unexpected. At the same time, the solution provides appealing customization features, as well as a great way to stay connected with friends and family via phone, email or social networking sites.

“HTC Smart breaks new ground in delivering the powerful, in-demand smartphone features that consumers want on a more accessible device for global markets,” said Paul Jacobs, chief executive officer, Qualcomm Incorporated. “We are pleased to be supporting HTC as they utilize the capabilities of Qualcomm’s Brew Mobile Platform open operating system to offer high-end capabilities and a compelling mobile user experience at mass-market price points.”

The specifications list of the device shows that it comes with a 300 MHz processor coupled with 256 MB of ROM and 256 MB of RAM, a 2.8-inch TFT-LCD touchscreen display with QVGA resolution, Bluetooth 2.0, HTC ExtUSB, a 3.0-megapixel photo snapper with flash, microSD memory card slot, and a media player with support for .aac, .amr, .qcp, .mid, .m4a, .mp3, .wma, .wav and .mp4, .3gp, .3g2, .m4v file formats.

The new phone also sports HSDPA/WCDMA (Europe/Asia: 2100 MHz) and Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) frequency support, and a 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, measures 104 x 55 x 12.8 mm ( 4.09 x 2.17 x 0.50 inches), weighs in at 108 grams ( 3.81 ounces), and includes a 1100 mAh battery that can offer up to 450 minutes of talk time or up to 450 hours of standby time. No details on when the phone will arrive on the market emerged.

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Dell Mini 5 Could Be Coming to AT&T

The Dell Mini 5 will be Dell’s second Android smartphone, boasting a 5-inch touchscreen and a SIM card slot. It could also be AT&T’s second Dell smartphone.

If you remember the leaks of the Dell Streak last year, it’s worth knowing that Dell showcased this device during CES. According to Pocket-lint, the device sports a SIM card slot and will be marketed as the Dell Mini 5. With the recent AT&T announcement of supporting Android, there’s a good chance we’ll see the Dell Mini 5 joining the Mini 3 on AT&T Wireless later this year.

Interestingly, the Dell Mini 5 will be available in several colors including pink, black and red. That would make it the first high-end Android smartphone to be offered in more than just the usual few mainstream colors.

According to Pocket-lint, the Dell Mini 5 will also boast a multi-touch display, though the demo units were only running Android 1.6. There’s obviously hope that Dell will offer some software that takes advantage of multi-touch, but it remains to be seen whether that will actually happen. For the time being, it seems like the European versions of Android phones are the only ones to get multi-touch software out-of-box.

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HTC announces ‘Smart’ phone set for Spring

HTC has unveiled the Smart, available across Europe and Asia this Spring.

The handset, which runs of Qualcomm’s Brew platform, comes with the manufacturer’s HTC Sense interface, which works a user’s particular social networking and communications services into a customisable homescreen.

The handset has a 2.8-inch touchscreen, HSDPA, a three megapixel camera with fixed focus and flashlight, and a microSD card slot for expandable memory.

HTC chief executive officer Peter Chou said: “HTC has always focussed on listening to customers and setting the stage for new mobile categories and HTC Smart is the response to customer demand around the world for an easier-to-use affordable smartphone.

“Just adding a touch interface doesn’t mean a phone is a smartphone. The integration of HTC Sense brings an unparalleled smartphone experience for people looking to do more on their phone.”

Details on retail and network availability will be announced in due course.

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Dell confirms Android-powered tablet device

Dell has teased with a new tablet/slate PC at its keynote speech at CES in Las Vegas.

Giving virtually no details, as per usual with Dell’s teasers, the new device will get a 5-inch screen size and be Android powered.

“It is 5-inches, however we are working on different screen sizes and form factors”, said a Dell spokesman.

Refusing to be drawn on a name for the device, the word “slate” (just like in Ballmer’s Microsoft  keynote speech) was bandied around.

The new model, which will go up against the currently available Archos Internet Tablet and recently announced JooJoo (formerly the CrunchPad), will allow users to surf the Web from a handheld device bigger than a touchscreen smartphone, but smaller than a standard netbook, whilst working in a similar way to a mobile phone.

Dell, has confirmed that the device will come with a built-in SIM card option making the HD2 from HTC look tiny in comparison.

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