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Archive for April, 2010

Nokia Announces First Symbian3 Phone

Nokia has launched a new device, Nokia N8 powered by the Symbian^3 (S^3) platform. Symbian is a non-profit org that develops the open source mobile software platform based on Symbian OS and is actively backed by by Nokia, NTT DOCOMO, Sony Ericsson, Fujitsy, Samsung among others . In February, at the Mobile World Congress, Symbian announced that it was 100% open source. This will be the first phone to run on the latest version of the Symbian platform.
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Samsung SCH-r330 Stride flip-phone announced for U.S. Cellular

Yesterday Samsung announced the new SCH-r330 Stride for U.S. Cellular.

The Stride is a very basic flip phone with an alphanumeric keyboard. It offers Bluetooth support, as well as a 1.3 megapixel camera, a speakerphone, and 55MB of internal memory, but is otherwise a very bare bones phone that’s probably best for sending texts and making phone calls only. It also comes with easyedge services for downloading ringtones, wallpapers, and games.


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Nokia X2 in India

The Finnish company Nokia announced on April 29 India’s budget music mobile phone Nokia X2. “With the launch of” Ovi Music Unlimited “in India, Nokia announced the Nokia X2 mobile designated for young music fans.

X2 is based on platform S40, equipped with additional music keys, stereo, radio and built-in antenna. In addition, you get support for Bluetooth stereo jack and 3.5 mm.

Nokia X2 is made in monoblock form factor which includes 2.2 inch LCD display with a resolution of 240×320 pixels. The Nokia X2 sized piece weighs 81 grams and measures only 13 mm thick.

On the reverse side of the phone you find a 5 mega pixel camera with fixed focus and video recording capability. This is certainly not impressive, but considering the low price of 85 euros 5 mega pixel camera presence is even unexpected.

The Nokia X2 can also monitor the status of Facebook friends on the home page, download games and applications from the Ovi Store. Eventually, you can retrieve your emails easily using Nokia messaging accounts and chat with your favorite Instant Messaging.

Nokia X2 will be in stores by the end of June. Its estimated cost, excluding taxes and subsidies will be 85 euros.


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Acer to launch mobile Internet devices

Acer plans to launch a full line of mobile Internet devices by the end of May in a bid to boost profitability and add to its mobile device offerings. The company will also release version 4.0 of its Shell user interface on the new MIDs, said Gianfranco Lanci, Acer’s CEO and president, at the company’s first-quarter investors’ conference. The devices will all include 3G wireless connectivity and will be able to interact together and share data. Acer executives declined to further discuss what kind of devices it would reveal.

A new variant of the Storm worm has emerged, but it does not appear to be as well-designed as its older relative, according to computer security researchers. The Storm worm first appeared in early 2007 and spread quickly, making it one of the most prolific and widespread worms ever. Once it infected people’s computers, the worm sent million upon millions of spam messages. The new Storm communicates via HTTP traffic, but it is programmed to receive instructions from one IP (Internet Protocol) address hosted by a server in the Netherlands. Since it is receiving instructions from just one IP address, it means the new Storm may be easier to shut down.


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LG Aloha will come to Verizon this Summer

LG’s first Snapdragon Android phone will be hitting Verizon (NYSE: VZ) this Summer.

In case you don’t remember the LG Aloha, it has a full QWERTY keyboard, Snapdragon processor, Android 2.1, 5 megapixel camera with 720P HD video capture, and is WiFi N capable. The navigation ball, pad, whatever you wanna call it, looks misplaced and like a pain to use. It’s all pushed to the corner of the phone. Who knows, maybe LG got it right, but I know I like symmetry. This will be the first LG Android phone to hit the US, and it will be on Verizon, which is apparently the carrier to be on nowadays.

LG has made some solid devices in the past, but most of their devices are in the low to mid range area, never getting much into the smartphone arena. From what we know about the Aloha’s internals, it’s going to be one impressive high-end Android smartphone – the specs read like a dream. It may be no Droid Incredible, and nowhere near as sexy looking, but the Aloha looks like a solid effort from LG, and hopefully we’ll see more like this from them.

I can’t say I’m particularly excited about this phone. I’m sure it will be a great device, but I’ve been waiting for LG to blow us out of the water with a stunning high-end Android device. The Aloha, while powerful, looks sort of toy-like. HTC has been flowing LG out of the water recently, but hopefully the Aloha will be successful as LG’s first push into high-end Android devices. I don’t know what I’d do if their follow-up goes backwards to Eve status.

The Aloha adds one more Android device to Verizon’s growing Android portfolio. I’m wondering if they will let the Incredible push through the Summer along side the Aloha, or if they will release a new Droid phone. I’d say they will probably stay with the Incredible as the new flagship phone for the time being. Until Fall, at least.


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Samsung Messenger B7330 Messaging Style Phone Announced For Canada

Samsung has recently announced that the Messenger B7330 is going to be making its way into the Canadian market. And for those of you that recognize the handset in the image below, it is also available as the Omnia Pro B7330 in Europe. But back to the task at hand — the Samsung Messenger B7330 coming to Canada.

It looks like it will come to three carriers to include Bell, Telus and Rogers, though the release dates will vary across the board. As of now it is scheduled to come available with Bell as of today, which is April 28th. And then with Rogers on May 4th and Telus is left with a more general timeframe of later this year.

In terms of pricing, so far we only have the details for Bell. But that said, its likely to come with a similar price across the board. With Bell you can expect the handset for free on a three year agreement. Additionally, you can opt for a two year agreement for $149.95, a one year agreement for $249.95 and contract free for $299.95.

Moving on to the specs and we can start in terms of the operating system — Windows Mobile 6.5. Other details include a 2.62 inch display at 320 x 320, a full QWERTY keyboard, 3.2 megapixel camera with zoom and video recording, HSDPA, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 2.1, speakerphone, FM Radio, 320MB of internal memory and microSD card slot.

As for software and apps, those will include the ability to view and edit Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files, an HTML web browser, SmartSearch, SmartReader and Voice recorder as well as the standards such as calendar, contacts and email.

A few other goodies include that the Messenger B7330 can use microSD cards of up to 32GB in size and measures in at 4.53 x 2.32 x 0.43 inches. As for weight, that would be 3.8 ounces.


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LG GD880 Mini gets a UK release

Another mobile phone manufacturer has now jumped on the ‘mini’ bandwagon, LG have now released their new LG GD880 Mini which is officially the smallest handset available with a 3.2 inch touch screen.

The LG Mini phone is one of the most compact handsets on the market, it achieves this by slimming down the size of the bezel around the outside of the main touch screen, you will find that most phone models have a larger bezel to protect the screen when the phone is dropped but LG have reinforced this area which has allowed them to miniaturise the overall dimensions of the device making for an extremely pocket friendly handset.

The LG GD880 Mini offers 3.5G connectivity for internet browsing and email retrieval and a 5.0 mega pixel camera situated on the reverse of the phone which is the only thing present on the back housing which makes for a very minimalistic design in tandem with the front of the handset which does not even have any buttons!

Users can download at speeds of up to 7.2mbps thanks to HSDPA support, there is also WIFi for wireless internet connections, GPS for route finding and navigation, a comprehensive multimedia player, Bluetooth, FM radio and expandable memory for storing those pictures, music tracks, applications and files.

The new LG Mini also offers social networking integration with support for most major websites including Twitter and Facebook.

The new arena of ‘mini’ mobile phones is constantly expanding as manufacturers jump on this new trend, competitors include the Nokia N97 mini which was the first to coin this new name whilst others include the new HTC HD mini, Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini and sister phone; Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro.

There seems to be a real demand for these smaller smart phones and no doubt other manufacturers such as Samsung and Motorola mill soon follow suit with their own models. There is now an abundance of handsets featuring similar specifications to the new LG GD880 Mini with the Nokia X6, Sony Ericsson Vivaz, HTC Legend and Motorola Milestone all offering a 3.2 inch touch screen and 5.0 mega pixel camera although the Sony Vivaz is the exception offering a higher resolution 8 mega pixel lens.

The LG Mini is expected to be released as a pay monthly contract phone by multiple netyworks over the next few weeks as well as being made available as a Pay As You Go phone.


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LG launches SU2300 and SU950/KU9500 Android smartphones in South Korea

LG has launched two new Android and Snapdragon powered smartphones – LG-SU2300 and LG-SU950/KU9500.

The first of the two is the same device as the LG2300 aka Aloha, which we knew is coming since the beginning of April. For some reason, the Korean company decided to use a different name for its domestic market. I assume that’s because their Korea-slated phones come with T-DMB mobile TV functionality.

The other phone, LG-SU950/KU9500, is an all-touchscreen device (SU2300 comes with a side-sliding QWERTY keyboard) with pretty much the same specs. We think this is the same phone as the LG P950, which again changed name to “appeal” to the Koreans.

Both LG-SU2300 and LG-SU950/KU9500 rock 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, 3.5-inch WVGA AMOLED touchscreen, 5-megapixel camera, Dolby mobile surround sound, mentioned T-DMB mobile TV capability, WiFi and GPS. In addition, LG talks about their own service/app called “LG Air Sync” which should allow users to share and backup their data (contacts, media files and so on) with friends and their computers. Moreover, there’s the “Scan Search” augmented reality application pre-installed on both devices.

The LG SU2300 is set to start selling in Korean in May, when users will be able to get it with Android 1.6, only to update to version 2.1 later in July-August. As for the LG-SU950/KU9500, it will be released in June, sporting Android 2.1 right from the bat. KT and SK Telecom (NYSE: SKM) will get to carry both phones.


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LG Optimus GT540 Goes To UK

LG Electronics, (LG), a global leader and technology innovator in mobile communications, today announced the launch of an Android-powered smartphone, LG Optimus (LG GT540), a handset offering an optimal environment for first-time smartphone users with easy and convenient mobile access.

LG Optimus allows users to enjoy diverse Android applications and automatic account synchronisation with all Google mobile services. LG Optimus also features enhanced social networking functions in a high-powered multimedia environment.

“LG Optimus is the ideal choice for early smartphone users who expect all the features of smartphones without the complexity,” said Dr. Skott Ahn, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “This is a device that was designed for regular people who want to jump into the smartphone experience but have been hesitant to do so because of the learning curve. By making LG Optimus more approachable, we hope more people will give smartphones a try.”

Optimal Convenience

LG Optimus delivers smartphone benefits in a convenient Google internet package. With an automatically synchronised Google account, users need to only log-in once to enjoy YouTube, Gmail, Gtalk, Google Maps and more. With easy access to more than 30,000 downloadable applications and games from the Android Market, users can easily customise and expand their LG Optimus experience.

The SN Manager offers integrated access to social networking sites in a convenient platform that can manage multiple accounts. LG’s dedicated Social Networking Client allows users to easily keep track of their Facebook, Twitter and Bebo accounts. Moreover, the Social Networking System (SNS) widgets provide real-time status updates directly to the home screen without having to access any other applications. The handset’s multitasking feature allows users to view updates from friends and access their social media sites while simultaneously searching the phone’s contact list.

The user interface is customisable for maximum convenience. The LG Optimus can be customised to show anywhere from three to seven home screens displaying frequently used applications, news and weather, among other information, depending on user preference. Additionally, the main menu can be personalised to include up to 10 editable categories for faster, easier navigation.
Optimal Excitement

LG Optimus includes high-powered entertainment features that make the phone extra fun to use. The advanced media player allows users to watch DivX and Xvid videos directly without separate encoding and browsing multimedia files is especially enjoyable with the 3D thumbnail gallery.

The phone’s 3MP camera supports geo-tagging, auto face-tagging and face-to-action technology to allow users to create and share multimedia content from the phone. The LG Optimus has a built-in video editor with storyboard function so that users can add music and text to videos directly on the phone.

LG Optimus boasts a distinctive design that is both sleek and soft and is available in black and silver. What’s more, the phone includes a long-lasting 1500mAh battery, a 3.5mm headphone jack, Bluetooth 2.1 capability, assisted GPS, 32GB of expandable microSD memory and four customisable home screen themes together with enhanced idle lock screen notifications.


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LG Launches Cookie Gig GM570 Touch Phone

We still aren’t sure we’ve warmed to the name “Cookie” for a phone line, but considering just how well the “Chocolate” line did for LG, we guess we can’t blame them for continuing the tradition of naming their handsets after treats. The latest from the company might just be a serious contender in the smartphone space, with the Cookie Gig boasting formidable specifications and a mean look that will taken seriously by more than just tweens.

It’s being marketed now at the European market, but as with everything, a positive reaction could mean a global release in the future. The new Cookie gig KM570 is a music-centric phone with 4GB of built-in memory, a 3″ WQVGA display, resistive touch-screen, 5MP camera and support for 7.2Mbps HSDPA mobile broadband. There’s also a 3.5mm headphone jack, a MicroSD card slot, Bluetooth and a plastic shell that probably looks better than it feels.

Pricing and specific release information has yet to be made public, but this phone is perfect for the $0-on-contract set who wants something more sophisticated than a boring feature phone. C’mon AT&T, give this one a look!


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