Mobile Phone News

  1. Posted on Friday, January 7th, 2011 at 1:49 pm by Andy
    Motorola Atrix

    Coming to Orange

    The Motorola Atrix has been unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and UK network provider Orange has already committed to stocking the high end handset when it arrives later in 2011.

    The Motorola Atrix sports some impressive specs, using a dual-core processor that will allow it to compete with the likes of the LG Optimus 2X.

    Motorola has said that the Atrix will have a 4.3 inch display that will use qHD pentile technology in what will be an industry first. This jargon essentially indicates that it will be easier to read under bright sunlight, thanks to 24 bit colour reproduction and presumably a high resolution to boot.

    Along with the big screen and powerful processor, the Motorola Atrix will have an eight megapixel camera on the rear with HD video capture also likely. 48GB of internal storage and 512MB of RAM will allow it to store tons of media, apps and games.

    It could be a few months until the Motorola Atrix hits the UK but it is good to see that Orange is sure of its eventual arrival, so those who want to get in on the dual-core action will not have long to wait.

  2. Posted on Wednesday, January 5th, 2011 at 7:30 pm by Andy
    HTC Scribe

    HTC Scribe

    Rumours suggest that a Taiwanese mobile manufacturer is going to spread its wings and enter the increasingly busy tablet market with a device called the Scribe.

    Like its high end smartphones including the Desire HD, the HTC Scribe is likely to run the Android operating system, according to Bloomberg, which would allow it to compete with rival tablet devices from Motorola and LG.

    This news has come as a result of the manufacturer making a move and copywriting the ‘HTC Scribe’ moniker, to make sure that it has first dibs when it comes to launch the device.

    Some suggest that the HTC Scribe will be making an appearance at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week, although it is more likely that it will land alongside new smartphones at the Mobile World Congress in February.

    The HTC Scribe could be available in the UK as soon as April and it would give users an alternative to the Samsung Galaxy Tab. It could also benefit from an appealing price point which is a little lower than the competition, although observers are waiting for an official announcement from HTC in order to get further juicy details.

  3. Posted on Thursday, December 30th, 2010 at 1:54 pm by Andy
    Motorola Cliq or Dext 2

    Picture via

    A follow-up to the Motorola Dext, which was called the Cliq when sold in the US, has appeared in some preliminary images online, suggesting that the smartphone manufacturer could be gearing up to release another mid-range Android handset in the new year.

    The picture shows a smartphone with the MotoBLUR interface, sitting on top of an unidentified version of Android with a large touchscreen display lying on a slide-out QWERTY keypad.

    The keypad itself has an odd honeycomb design in the images acquired by CellPhoneSignal, which would certainly give the phone a unique twist. Whether this will have an impact on usability remains to be seen, but Motorola has always opted for intriguing designs in the past, with the likes of the FlipOut acting as contemporary examples of this aesthetic innovativeness.

    Reports suggest that this smartphone will have a five megapixel on the rear and is likely to have decent hardware specs to make sure that it fits in with the other smartphones that are inbound for 2011.

    The first two months of next year will be packed with launch events and the combination of the Consumer Electronics Show in January and the Mobile World Congress in February, should deliver details on this and many more handsets.

  4. Posted on Thursday, December 30th, 2010 at 1:49 pm by Andy

    Google AndroidThe iPhone may be home to the largest app library in the world but Android is catching up quickly as the latest stats show that more than 200,000 individual bits of software have been launched for Google’s platform.

    It is important to note that this figure is being taken with a pinch of salt by observers as there are not usually reliable ways of measuring app market totals, but it is easy to assume that the real figure is not far from this estimate by AnrdoLib.

    Microsoft can also raise a glass as since the launch of Windows Phone 7, the platform’s marketplace for apps has now been stocked with more than 5000 programs, which shows promising growth for this fledgling smartphone operating system.

    There are more than 300,000 applications available from the App Store, which means iPhone users have the greatest choice, but in the short period since Android arrived with its own service, it has proved that it might yet surpass Apple’s catalogue.

    It is always worth remembering that quality does not represent quantity, particularly when it comes to apps, but in amongst the fart simulators and gaming clones there are many innovative products found on each leading smartphone platform.

  5. Posted on Thursday, December 30th, 2010 at 1:46 pm by Andy
    Nexus S

    Samsung version on it's way?

    The Google Nexus S has been available for almost a week but now Samsung looks ready to remove the Google branding and rename the underlying hardware as the Galaxy S2, in order to make the most out of this cutting edge smartphone which it manufactures in-house.

    This would be a repeat of the steps taken by HTC earlier in 2010, when it launched the Nexus One for Google and then slapped its own software and an improved optical trackpad onto the bare bones of the phone, to create the Desire, one of the most highly praised handsets in recent memory.

    Reports in a Korean newspaper have hinted at the plans for the Samsung Galaxy S2, which means specs including Android 2.3, Near Field Communication (NFC) capabilities and a curved four inch Super AMOLED display, would be available under an alternative brand name.

    Samsung will probably choose to put its own user interface over the top of the vanilla Android offering, just as HTC did when it added Sense to the Desire, so users would be getting a different experience to the Nexus S if they opt for the Galaxy S2 as an alternative.