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By December 4, 2009 Read More →

Google Android 2.1 Rom with Hidden Secrets?

We all know that HTC kick-started the Android generation way back on the 23rd of September 2008 with the release of the HTC Dream (latterly known as the T-Mobile G1) but did you know that deep within the murky depths of the 2.1 Rom for Android lay the codenames for existing and upcoming HTC Handsets? Probably not I guess is the answer.

It looks like HTC are planning a barrage of Android handsets that are already known to us and a number that are completely new for the 2.1 (Flan) Rom.

The known handsets are:

  • HTC Dream = T-Mobile G1
  • HTC Hero = Hero
  • HTC HeroC = Sprint CDMA Hero
  • HTC DesireC = Verizon Droid Eris
  • HTC Sapphire = Magic or T-Mobile myTouch 3G
  • HTC Memphis which was supposed to go to AT&T but never passed the starting line

Some of the “Brand New” codenames are:

  • Bahamas
  • Bravo
  • Dragon 
  • Espresso
  • Halo
  • HeroCT
  • Huangshan
  • Incredible
  • Legend
  • Liberty 
  • Paradise
  • PassionC
  • Passion
  • Sapphire
  • Supersonic

From what we are lead to believe “Dragon” & “PassionC” are rumoured to be HTC’s 2nd generation handsets set for the Verizon or Sprint network in the holiday period but the part that really sticks out for me is the mention of the non C (CDMA) version of passion which would suggest (based on the past) that there will be a GSM version of this handset.

I’ve always been one for rumours and very few (if any) that I have ever posted here have turned out not to come true so, with names like Supersonic, Incredible & Legend sitting in there and the fact that I’m a self confessed Android Geek I personally cannot wait to see what HTC have lined up.


Posted by: John (I’ve been in Hiding) McKenzie

Posted in: Rumours
By September 16, 2009 Read More →

Samsung Star WiFi Spotted

Many of our US readers will already know this news and the handset itself but for me it was a first on both counts.

Samsung have quietly released the second version of their 5 million unit selling Star handset.

Samsung Star Flyer 
A Terribly Designed Flyer

The latest version of this phone features the inclusion of WiFi (hence the name change) and that’s about it. No other changes have been noted even down to dimensions and features.

In what seems to be a teen based handset the Samsung Star WiFi will be available in black, silver, pink and white colours with retail price being around $250.00.

Posted by: John

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By September 15, 2009 Read More →

Samsung i8305 Riedel Spotted?

I’m not sure what to make of this news yet simply because I think it’s still got me in a state of shock.

According to leaked pictures of what could be the recently WiFi certified I8305 Riedel, it looks like Samsung are about to release a Linux powered mobile phone in the UK.

Samsung i8305 1 Samsung i8305 2 
Linux Based Samsung Mobile Phone

LiMo (Linux Mobile) seemed to be a forgotten dream until these pictures were revealed over at Boy Genius Report.

Samsung i8305 3
A Look At The O/S Menu

It could well be the success of the other open source project (namely Android) that has spurred on the LiMo foundation to work with Samsung in releasing this handset or it just could be the fact that it took that long to get it ready. Either way as a Linux user I’m well happy.

Here is what we know about the handset so far:

  • Touchscreen with Haptic Feedback
  • OLED Technology
  • 8mp camera
  • Access to the Vodafone People service

What is Vodafone People? I asked the same question (not being a Vodafone customer myself). Well Vodafone people will feature things like active contacts, location-based services and access to social networks which sounds very much like the MotoBlur service offered on the Android driven Motorola Cliq to me.

It looks like the device is to be announced on the 24th September at a press conference in London.

Posted by: John


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By September 15, 2009 Read More →

LG Etna is the LG GW620

It turns out that I got it slightly wrong (there’s a surprise). Despite the Sign on the table saying Etna it turns out that LG’s first ever Android driven handset is actually named the LG GW620.

 LG GW620 2

Although I got the name wrong I was 100% correct in saying that the phone will have a 3 inch touch screen, a slide out QWERTY keyboard and a 5mp camera.

“The LG-GW620 will appeal to first-time smartphone customers by offering a new and different kind of user experience,” said Dr. Skott Ahn, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “Our objective is to provide a wide selection of smartphones to satisfy the diverse preferences of today’s consumers. This Android phone is just one of many smartphone models we plan to introduce worldwide in the years ahead.”

LG GW620 1

Not much else is known as yet but as you can see we now have some better images and we know that the phone is expected to be released in Europe in the fourth quarter of the year.

Posted by: John

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By September 12, 2009 Read More →

ETNA To Be A First For LG

LG are yet to dabble on the Android front but it looks like this may all be about to change.

Spotted at the IFA Trade Fair on a Vodafone stand, the Android Powered LG ETNA looks like very nice.

LG Etna

Rumoured to be sporting a 5 Mega Pixel Camera and a 3 inch touch screen, this slide out QWERTY keyboard based phone looks rather nice.

One thing I did notice was the location of the Charge / Sync port which seems to be in typical LG fashion (on the side of the phone). I really wish LG would move this to the top or the bottom of the handset but on a positive note, it does look like this will be featuring the new standardised micro usb as apposed to the proprietary LG charger.

According to sources LG  have said that the phone will be released nearer Christmas in Germany.

Posted by: John


Posted in: Rumours
By September 11, 2009 Read More →

T-Mobile Leading The Way With Motorola CLIQ?

Well I guess that’s down to personal views but it certainly is now official that globally they carry more Android phones than any other network.

The release of the new Motorola CLIQ now gives T-Mobile 3 handsets on Google’s highly praised Operating System (G1, G2 and CLIQ).

Motorola CLIQ

The Motorola CLIQ which is due to be launched in the US (not sure when) will be the first Motorola handset to feature MotoBlur which pulls information like email messages, text messages, Facebook updates, Twitter feeds, and pictures together in one place on the main screen.

Motorola Cliq Specifications

  • Carrier – T-Mobile
  • Price – To Be Announced
  • Released – To Be Announced
  • Keyboard – Slide-out
  • Operating System – Android featuring MOTOBLUR
  • Processor – 528MHz MSM7201A
  • Screen – 3.1-inch (est.), 320 x 480
  • Headphone – 3.5mm
  • Touchscreen – Capacitive
  • Camera – 5MP with AF
  • Bluetooth – 2.0
  • Exchange – ActiveSync
  • Storage – 256MB, microSD
  • Battery – 1400mAh
  • Weight – 163g

With the Android Market now having a very basic Facebook application it will be interesting to see how the MotoBlur version compares.

Posted by: John

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By July 20, 2009 Read More →

Samsung SCH-W760 Release in Korea

I’m pretty sure that we don’t have any (if many) visitors from Korea however if you happen to live there or are simply interested in mobile phones then have a look at this.

SCH W760
Samsung SCH-W760

OK so we are all agreed that this isn’t the nicest of handsets or even the cheapest given its form factor  but one thing that does stand out is the unique infrared night vision camera.

I’ve seen on a few sites that this is the world’s first on a mobile phone however I beg to differ given that Sharp also released a mobile phone in the east with an infra red filter. OK it never done so well as the government banned it due to the fact that it would penetrate light clothing causing an x-ray affect but never the less it was released.

Anyway enough of my ranting, the phone itself comes with a 3 MP camera, 2.8″ WQVGA AMOLED screen (we likes), 8GB of internal memory and a DMB (TV) tuner. With a price tag of $457 I can’t see many of these selling and even if they do the government may well go banning again.

Good luck with that Samsung.

Posted by: John

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By July 18, 2009 Read More →

LG App Store Launching in Asia

It seems that there are now 2 things in life that make you as a mobile phone manufacturer, the first is having one of your handsets on the Google Android Operating System and the second is now having your very own app store.

LG Electronics Inc, the world’s No. 3 handset maker, is launching an online store for mobile phone applications Tuesday with an initial focus on Asia and aspirations for a more global reach by year-end.

Phone makers and mobile firms worldwide are in a race to match the success of Apple’s App Store, creating their own virtual stores where users can download software and content.

Improving software is key for South Korean mobile phone makers Samsung and LG, which have grown on well-priced handsets but are lagging in the fast-growing smartphowne category.

LG, which trails Nokia and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd in mobile phones, said in a statement on Monday that the "LG Application Store" would provide 1,400 applications including 100 free programs, available in 15 languages.

The service will first be offered in Asia-Pacific countries such as Singapore, Malaysia and Australia and will reach Europe and the South America by the end of this year, with the number of applications to be offered to increase to more than 2,000 by then, LG said.

LG has not set any firm plan to launch the marketplace in the United States, the stronghold of Apple’s iPhone and Research In Motion’s Blackberry.

What I find really funny though is that this is not a “new concept” and infact “app stores” have been around for a vey long time indeed and you only have to look at the symbian operating system to see that. Whilst not effectively an “app store”, applications have been getting released and sold through my sybian for a number of years.

This however does come as a welcomed move and the limelight should’t be taken away from LG, they are growing faster than ever and striving to put the customers wants first.

Posted by: John

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By July 14, 2009 Read More →

Microsoft Pink Smartphone To Stay Microsoft Branded

Microsoft is rumoured to be releasing the new Pink smartphone under its own in-house branding.

Until now Microsoft has maintained that it is “committed to the licensing model”, but according to comments on the device will actually be branded as a Microsoft handset.

We would expect the handset to be running the newest version of Microsoft’s Windows Mobile operating system, which depending on release will probably be Windows 7.

If the rumours are to be believed then the handset will be reserving a custom UI to sit atop the OS, one which will presumably remain unique to Microsoft’s own-branded handsets, rather than those running the re-sold Windows 7 OS.

Last we heard of the Pink project, the handset was being designed by Microsoft, with manufacture going to a third-party; this latest rumour flies in the face of official comments regarding an own-branded Microsoft handset and no doubt places Microsoft as a direct competitor of other handsets that will be running the Windows 7 system.

There’s no specs to report just yet, but we’d expect some serious touchscreen real-estate on board as well as the other usual suspects amongst the high-end feature set.

Posted by: John

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By July 13, 2009 Read More →

Sony Ericsson Bao Leaked

The internet today seems to be filled with leaked shots of handsets and now its the turn of Sony Ericsson with their handset codenamed Sony Ericsson Bao.

The Bao is a clamshell that not only looks like a Rubik’s Cube, but is almost as thick as one, ok maybe a slight exaggeration there but it certainly aint a phone on a diet.

bao0 bao2 bao3

Sony must have spent all its creative juices on its pair of touchscreen beauties, the Sony Ericsson Satio and Aino, because the Sony Ericsson Bao certainly isn’t so swish.

Oh, and if you were wondering, no it’s not just you, the Sony Ericsson Bao is a carbon copy of the Nokia Prism.

Nokia Prism

There are no known specs for the Sony Ericsson Bao just yet other than there being a camera lens on the back, but the screen is about the size of a postage stamp, so don’t expect this to be the Sony Ericsson Android phone we’re all eagerly awaiting.

Posted by: John

Posted in: Rumours