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 1:49 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.

  4. Posted on Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 at 9:35 am by Andy

    LG BLG has been in the news regularly over the past couple of weeks. First for the dual-core splendour of the Optimus X2 and now for a new prototype smartphone, known simply as the LG B and thought to be less thick than Apple’s respectably slim iPhone 4.

    Limited information is known about the LG B, although it is thought that it will run a current version of Android and have a four inch display, according to details acquired by Phandroid.

    Apple has been making much of the fact that the iPhone 4 is the thinnest smartphone in the world, but LG could soon wipe the smile from its face, if these leaks turn out to be verifiable rather than wishful thinking.

    The LG B appeared alongside the specs of other mysterious screen technologies in a table which appears to compare it directly to the Samsung Galaxy S and Apple iPhone 4. What is clear from the table, is that its display will be significantly brighter than these two major rivals.

    LG tweeted to confirm the existence of the B smartphone and said that it will make its debut at CES 2011 next month, although this tweet was quickly removed, implying an internal slipup.

  5. Posted on Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 at 11:11 am by Andy

    Google Nexus SGoogle is set to launch its second own-brand smartphone, the Nexus S, in the UK on the 20th of December, just days before Christmas.

    Reports suggest that it will be making an appearance via both Best Buy and the Carphone Warehouse upon its arrival, with a variety of deals in store and pre-orders set to start four days ahead of its arrival.

    The Google Nexus S sports the same four inch Super AMLED display as found on the Samsung Galaxy S and Omnia 7. It also has a five megapixel camera with HD video capture combined with a 1GHz processor and up to 16GB of onboard storage.

    What makes the Google Nexus S so important is the fact that it will arrive with version 2.3 of the Android operating system onboard. This will have new features including NFC (near field communication) that will allow owners to turn their smartphones into a digital wallet.

    It is good to see that Google is set to expand its own brand range of handsets and even though the original Nexus One did not sell as well as hoped, its successor looks to have a wealth of features that could make it a hit.