Mobile Phone News

  1. Posted on Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 at 8:36 am by Andy
    Sony PlayStation Phone

    The Sony Experia Play (PlayStation) Phone

    The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, otherwise known as the Playstation Phone, is going to arrive in the UK this April, according to network provider Orange.

    Orange will be stocking the Xperia Play upon its UK launch, as will rival network O2 and both firms used social media to announce the handset earlier this week.

    Vodafone was the first UK network off the mark to publicise the fact that it will be promoting Sony Ericsson’s gaming-focused Android smartphone, which means that almost all of the big five providers will be offering it to customers, as T-Mobile is now merged with Orange.

    At the moment, network provider Three has still not committed to the Xperia Play but it seems that it would be remiss of it to duck out on this occasion, as this mobile looks to be hotly anticipated, if only by the operators.

    There has been thinly veiled scepticism aimed at the Xperia Play in the media, with some mooting the implicit message that it is not going to offer gamers enough functionality, while alienating those who have little interest in its hardcore prowess. However, with PlayStation One game emulation and full physical controls it has promising foundations.

  2. Posted on Monday, February 14th, 2011 at 8:19 pm by Andy
    INQ Cloud Touch

    INQ Cloud Touch Facebook Phone

    Budget mobile manufacturer INQ has unveiled a pair of new smartphones, both of which will take advantage of full Facebook integration for enhanced social networking tools.

    The INQ Cloud Touch and Cloud Q were announced this week, posing fairly impressive specs despite their essentially entry-level target audience.

    The Cloud Touch will sport a 3.5 inch touchscreen display, a five megapixel camera and 4GB of storage space via a bundled microSD memory card. It will run version 2.2 of Android and sport a 600MHz processor, which indicates that it will not be quite as sprightly as its 1GHz rivals.

    Android 2.2 will be entirely overlaid with a Facebook interface and the phone will be able to stream directly from Spotify, thanks to a second essential deal.

    You will be able to pick up to five friends who are your most regular contacts to follow in detail on your phone and it has already been snapped up by major UK retailers ahead of its April launch.

    The Cloud Q handset is smaller than its sibling, sporting a 2.6 inch display. However, it does have a full QWERTY keypad for messaging fanatics to enjoy and it also features the same Facebook and Spotify functionality.

  3. Posted on Thursday, February 10th, 2011 at 10:30 am by Andy

    OnLive and HTC

    Smartphone manufacturer HTC has made an investment in a firm which could result in a partnership in mobile gaming services in the future.

    A £25 million cash injection was made by the Taiwanese firm in cloud-based game streaming service OnLive and comes in the same week that all five of the UK’s major mobile network providers announced that they would be backing the PlayStation-flavoured Sony Ericsson Xperia Play.

    OnLive is a firm which offers game streaming to PCs and to living rooms, via a small set top box, eliminating the need for users to own a powerful computer or console. The same service could easily be applied to mobiles, enabling incredible graphics without requiring batter-draining hardware.

    HTC has said that it will be releasing more details about its links to OnLive next week, which means it looks like the Mobile World Congress will be the event at which serious revelations are made.

    Shifting mobile services into the cloud where remote servers and computer clusters do all of the number crunching, while end users enjoy the results, is an excellent plan, reducing the need for ridiculous specs on next-gen handsets. HTC is making a smart play to get in on the ground floor, if the reports from the Wall Street Journal are accurate.

  4. Posted on Monday, February 7th, 2011 at 8:56 pm by Andy
    BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 violet

    BlackBerry Curve 3G now in violet

    Network provider T-Mobile has secured an exclusive version of RIM’s BlackBerry Curve 3G, which features a smoky, violet colour tint to help it stand out from its stable mates.

    T-Mobile released a fairly cryptic statement in which it spoke about this new smoky, violet Curve 3G as if it was a pair of designer jeans but in short it is attempting to sell it as a kind of must-have fashion accessory, rather than a mid-range smartphone with excellent messaging capabilities.

    In terms of specs, the new Curve 3G will be identical to its siblings, sporting a two megapixel camera on the rear, high speed 3G network connectivity for browsing and a full QWERTY keypad with all types of email service supported in the native software.

    There is no doubt that this is one of the more stylish BlackBerry smartphones on the market and as RIM pushes to win a younger audience, it will need to roll out more handsets like this.

    The manufacturer seems to be doing a good job of attracting youngsters with disposable income in the UK, as it was reported earlier this week that last year it outsold the iPhone.

    BlackBerry Curve 3G Violet Deals

  5. Posted on Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011 at 1:16 pm by Andy

    BlackBerry Torch 9800UK consumers bought more BlackBerry handsets last year than they did iPhones, according to the latest retail figures published by GfK.

    This means BlackBerry smartphones were more popular than the much loved Apple handset, based on sales figures gathered from mainstream sales channels.

    BlackBerry manufacturer Research in Motion (RIM), will probably be very happy with its 28.2 per cent share of the UK mobile market which it captured in 2010. Its share of sales in the Christmas period was even better, as it sold half a million handsets and bagged 36 per cent of the market.

    RIM will also be celebrating the gradual improvements which have been made to its BlackBerry App World service, which increased in size by 60 per cent over the last 12 months. It is still a minnow when compared with the App Store or Android Market, but quality is more important than quantity and many of the 200,000 Android apps lack this all-important asset.

    It will be interesting to see how the BlackBerry range holds up in the coming months. With the arrival of the impressive BlackBerry Playbook tablet and the likelihood of a touchscreen Curve model on the market, things are looking bright.