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  1. Posted on Monday, December 20th, 2010 at 1:03 pm by Andy

    Nokia LogoFinnish mobile giant Nokia is having its share of the smartphone market squeezed to an even greater degree, according to the latest figures, which show that rivals including Apple are making significant gains.

    Last year 45.6 per cent of the Western European smartphone market was made up of Nokia handsets, but now stats published by the IDC, show that it has dropped back to controlling only 31.7 per cent in 2010.

    Apple has managed to climb slightly in its own take of the market, jumping one per cent to 24 per cent in total. Meanwhile, BlackBerry manufacturer Research in Motion is still gaining ground, but with 15.6 per cent of the EU market, it is not close to surpassing either of its major competitors.

    Sony Ericsson has seen the biggest leap forward, with last year’s 0.6 per cent stake greatly improved upon thanks to a wealth of new smartphone launches, bringing its 2010 share to 10.6 per cent. HTC failed to improve upon last year’s performance, despite its wealth of smartphones which received positive reviews this year.

    The smartphone market is growing in Europe, although it is still dominated by five major firms while the smaller players fight over scraps.

  2. Posted on Friday, December 17th, 2010 at 2:02 pm by Andy
    LTE Logo

    4G anyone?

    The world of pseudo-4G connectivity will come to mobile phones in 2011 as Taiwanese manufacturer HTC has announced that it will be debuting handsets which can connect to new LTE networks in the new year.

    LTE is the acronym for Long Term Evolution and although there is argument over whether or not it can be classified as a true 4G service, there is no doubt that it will provide considerably faster connection speeds to mobile users around the world.

    Peter Chou, chief executive of HTC, spoke out about LTE connectivity in an interview conducted by Mobile World Live, saying that the first LTE handsets will become available in the US, where network providers are upgrading their masts in preparation for next-gen services.

    Mr Chou also mentioned the fact that HTC will continue to support both Android and Windows Phone 7 over the coming year, giving its customers the choice between two high end platforms with very different styles and functions, although the specs of HTC handsets are likely to remain similar across the two.

    What remains to be seen is whether or not UK network providers will be able to get their LTE technology prepared for the arrival of HTC’s first compatible handsets in 2011.

  3. Posted on Thursday, December 16th, 2010 at 9:02 am by Andy
    Dell Venue Pro

    Coming January 2011?

    The Dell Venue Pro, which was set to launch before the end of the year, to join the other Windows Phone 7 handsets like the Samsung Omnia 7 and HTC 7 Mozart, is now likely to see its arrival slip back to January 2011.

    Originally, the Venue Pro was going to be among the initial gaggle of Windows Phone 7 handsets to grace the market, but Dell has said that problems with the manufacturing process have meant that it will not be delivered to those who pre-ordered it until early next year.

    Early reviews of the Venue Pro, which arrived in tandem with Windows Phone 7’s launch, suggested that it was not among the best of the bunch, although its 4.1 inch display and slide-out QWERTY keypad would make it ideal for business users.

    Complaints surrounding Wi-Fi performance and battery issues have plagued the handset, according to Engadget, along with SIM card problems, which means that delays were sure to follow as Dell struggled for fixes.

    Some online retailers list the Dell Venue Pro as being available in the UK on the 11th of January, but until it is safely in the hands of those who have pre-ordered it, you should take that with a pinch of salt.

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  4. Posted on Wednesday, December 15th, 2010 at 10:27 am by Andy
    Windows Phone 7 Handset

    Upgrades in 2011

    It was recently announced that Microsoft would be launching a significant update for its Windows Phone 7 range of handsets in January next year, but now it looks like a second revision will be made just a month later.

    The software giant will be making the first update available after the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next month, with new features, like the ability to cut and paste text and other content, being made available on smartphones like the HTC HD7 and the Samsung Omnia 7.

    In February the Mobile World Congress is being held and now there are rumours that another update is scheduled for launch at this second key event.

    This news comes from WinRumours, where it is being claimed that enhanced multitasking, increased user customisation and the ability for apps to download content without having to exit the program, will be among the improvements made in round two.

    Although Microsoft has not confirmed this suggestion, one of its executives recently stated that some new features would not appear in January’s update and would be saved for MWC, which seems as good as an authentic affirmation of these plans.

  5. Posted on Tuesday, December 14th, 2010 at 9:49 am by Andy

    The Samsung Galaxy SThe multi-million selling Samsung Galaxy S is destined to get an update that will bring Android 2.3 to the smartphone, after an official announcement from the manufacturer.

    This is no big surprise since the upcoming Google Nexus S is essentially a spruced-up Galaxy S with Google branding and so transposing the latest version of the platform onto its sibling, should be relatively straightforward.

    This news was broken via Samsung’s official Twitter account for its Indian operation. Quite when Android 2.3 will actually make its way to the Galaxy S handsets in the UK is unknown, but the fact that it is coming at all can be counted as a good thing.

    Various improvements to the software are made in Android 2.3, including an augmented copy and paste feature and better mobile gaming credentials integrated into the platform.

    The Samsung Galaxy S has been one of the success stories of the year, with more than five million sold since its launch and particularly positive reviews from the media causing many to consider it an equal of the iPhone 4. The Nexus S may steal some of its thunder but a price war could put it in reach of many more consumers this Christmas.