1. Posted on Saturday, February 26th, 2011 at 9:46 am by Andy

    Window Phone 7 LogoThe launch of the first official update for Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 platform has been marred by reports that some users who have the Samsung Omnia 7 handset are seeing freezes, glitches and in some case a completely broken phone after installing the new software.

    Things have become so serious that Microsoft has been forced to cease offering the update for users of the Samsung Omnia 7 since around 10 per cent of those who updated found that it rendered their phone inoperable.

    Microsoft has promised that it will work on the update and remove the issues as quickly as possible before re-launching it for Samsung fans.

    Microsoft had already been reprimanded by its customers because the update does not actually feature many of the improvements which it had promised, including cut and paste or a more useful search tool for scanning through apps in the Marketplace.

    Windows Phone 7 may have got off to a slow start but critics have been positive about the platform up until now. With Nokia promising new Windows Phone 7 handsets in the near future such calamitous updates will hopefully become a thing of the past.

  2. Posted on Thursday, January 27th, 2011 at 4:08 pm by Andy
    Samsung Galaxy Ace

    The Samsung Galaxy Ace

    Although Samsung has yet to officially announce the Galaxy Ace smartphone, its Indonesian operation erroneously launched a web page featuring details about the handset this week.

    The Galaxy Ace is set to enter the market roughly in the middle, providing Android 2.2 thrills for those who do not want to shell out for a top of the line smartphone.

    With a 3.5 inch touchscreen display, an 800MHz processor and a five megapixel camera, its specs are suitably healthy, even if it is likely to be a budget option.

    Judging from the pictures which were temporarily available on the website, it will look very similar to the original Samsung Galaxy S, which, in turn, had a definite feel of the iPhone 3G S about it.

    Samsung is likely to skin Android 2.2 with its own TouchWiz interface and it is also adding Swype typing technology to save on keypad tapping, although this is still catching on rather than a must-have feature.

    The Samsung Galaxy Ace is set to be revealed at Mobile World Congress next month, but with all this information on specs and capabilities leaked via an official channel, there are not likely to be any more surprises.

  3. Posted on Monday, January 24th, 2011 at 9:44 am by Andy
    Samsung Galaxy S2

    Samsung Galaxy S2?

    Samsung is hoping that improvements to AMOLED screens will allow its future mobile phones to sport displays that are superior to the high resolution Retina Display of the Apple iPhone 4.

    Although the iPhone 4 has a smaller screen than the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S and its contrast levels cannot hope to match those of AMOLED technology, the Retina Display has a much higher pixel density which results in a crisper, cleaner look to text, images and onscreen video.

    With Super AMOLED Plus technology, Samsung will be able to sneak closer to the Retina Display’s 326ppi (pixels per inch) and although the manufacturer has yet to reveal the exact specifications of these screens, it is likely that the ppi will be over 300, according to TechRadar.

    It is thought that the Galaxy S2 will be Samsung’s first handset to get a Super AMOLED Plus display. It will be making its debut at the Mobile World Congress event next month. Hopefully there will be many more mobiles with this advanced technology in the near future and Samsung is looking to be the main supplier for Super AMOLED Plus screens.

  4. Posted on Wednesday, January 19th, 2011 at 4:24 pm by Andy
    Samsung Galaxy Ace

    The Samsung Galaxy Ace?

    A new addition to the Galaxy range of smartphones is coming from Samsung after a press image was leaked online this week.

    The Samsung Galaxy Ace is going to be smaller than the Galaxy S and thus appeal to the midrange mobile buyer, according to Phandroid.

    The Galaxy Ace will run version 2.2 of Android and is likely to sport a 3.5 inch touchscreen display when it makes its first appearance during the Mobile World Congress (MWC) event next month.

    The original Galaxy S was noted for its resemblance to the iPhone 3G S and now that the Galaxy Ace is inbound with a display of exactly the same proportions as Apple’s device, these aesthetic similarities will be even more pronounced.

    The Galaxy Ace will keep its hardware specs a little below the top of the market with an 800MHz processor, a five megapixel camera and a small amount of onboard storage, which will be supplemented by a bundled 2GB microSD memory card.

    Expect to see the Samsung Galaxy Ace arrive in the UK following its MWC 2011 unveiling, which should give users on a budget yet another option for Android-based fun later in the year.

  5. Posted on Friday, January 14th, 2011 at 10:33 am by Andy
    Samsung Galaxy S2

    Samsung Galaxy S2?

    It is thought that Samsung will be launching a follow-up to the Galaxy S smartphone at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) event in February, with current industry rumours suggesting it will be a modified version of the Nexus S.

    This rumour has permeated the media before but now the Galaxy S2 has resurfaced in a series of leaks that include an artist’s impression of what the handset might look like. It may be a fairly nondescript graphical representation, but, according to MobileCrunch, it could well be the sleek new look for the Galaxy S replacement.

    In terms of specs the Galaxy S2 will allegedly sport a Near Field Communications (NFC) chip, just like the Nexus S, along with Android 2.3 to make the idea of a swift Samsung rebranding sound quite believable.

    What will make the Galaxy S2 distinct from the Nexus S, if the rumours are to be believed, is its dual core processor. This will help it to remain competitive against the likes of the LG Optimus 2X and could quickly consign the Google-branded Nexus S to the list of obsolete smartphones.

    Upping the screen size to 4.3 inches compared to the Nexus S’ four inch Super AMOLED display, will be another benefit of owning a Galaxy S2.