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  1. Posted on Monday, December 13th, 2010 at 12:21 pm by Andy

    Early tests of a prototype Sony Ericsson smartphone, which is likely to come bearing the PlayStation Portable branding, have found that it is no nippier than its contemporaries when it comes to gaming.

    The as yet unannounced PSP Phone was put through its paces via a benchmarking tool and then directly compared with the soon to be released Google Nexus S.

    PSP PhoneThe benchmarking tool discerned that the average frame rate attained by the PSP Phone was 24.4 frames per second, which compared poorly to the 55.6 fps achieved by the Nexus S.

    The biggest problem with this result is that while the Nexus S is not being marketed as any kind of gaming powerhouse, the PSP Phone is going to be directly targeted at an audience who would previously have chosen a standalone PSP, but are now being lured by the all-in-one smartphone solution.

    The specs of the final PSP Phone from Sony Ericsson have not been announced and so there could be improvements in the interim, but specs aside, it seems that the manufacturer needs to work hard and optimise the handset so that is not an irrelevance even before it is launched.


  2. Posted on Friday, December 10th, 2010 at 9:30 am by Andy
    LG Optimus One

    Android 2.3?

    This week LG caused quite a stir when it used its social networking presence to state that entry level Android-based handsets like the Optimus One, would not be getting an update to bring their firmware up to version 2.3.

    Initially, the firm stated that the reason behind this was that, with a 600MHz processor, the Optimus One is simply not powerful enough to meet what it called Android 2.3’s minimum specs requirement.

    LG said that Android 2.3 required at least a 1GHz processor to run, which excludes all of the Optimus range from getting an update.

    However, various experts used Twitter to point out that Google has not imposed any kind of minimum specs list upon Android 2.3, causing LG to reassess its earlier statements.

    In effect the South Korean manufacturer admitted that it had been too hasty in stating that Android 2.3 would not run on a 600MHz processor and said that it would be waiting to see the contents of the Compatibility Definition Document which Google will publish shortly, before it makes any decisions. That means the LG Optimus One and its stable mates could eventually get Android 2.3.


  3. Posted on Thursday, December 9th, 2010 at 3:20 pm by Andy
    BlackBerry Torch 9800

    Coming with 3D screen soon?

    Canadian manufacturer Research in Motion (RIM), is apparently gearing up to bring 3D display and interface technology to BlackBerry handsets of the future.

    This is based on the news that RIM has acquired a Swedish firm called The Astonishing Tribe (TAT) which has a long history of working on 3D systems.

    TAT has already carried out extensive development of 3D that can be used in a handheld device like a smartphone, according to 3D TVWatcher, which would make it a key asset for RIM if it chooses to employ 3D tech in its BlackBerry range.

    The main issue which observers have noted is that most BlackBerry devices are aimed at business users and that this section of the market might not necessarily be interested in upgrading to aesthetically interesting but functionally unimportant 3D displays.

    Rival manufacturers including HTC and Apple are also rumoured to be working in partnership with 3D firms, in order to bring 3D displays to the mobile world, but since both have a history of making multimedia and gaming-focused handsets, this type of feature makes much more sense for them.

    RIM has made no comment on its intentions for its latest acquisition so only time will tell.


  4. 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.


  5. Posted on Tuesday, December 7th, 2010 at 6:38 pm by Andy

    HTC HD7Just months after Apple had to admit that the iPhone 4 suffers from imperfect reception when held in the so-called ‘death grip,’ resulting in dropped calls and lost connections, HTC has come under fire for precisely the same reasons.

    The Taiwanese manufacturer has become the subject of critical videos on YouTube, which purport to show its new Windows Phone 7 based HD7 smartphone failing to retain its signal when the user holds it by the base.

    HTC released a statement to defend its position, explaining that it endeavours to make sure that internal antennas are positioned so as to minimise the chance of the signal being blocked when the phone is in use.

    The statement went on to say that signal loss is unavoidable in most cases, because any kind of obstruction from a user’s hands and face, will result in diminished signal strength. In average situations with decent signal strength, HTC believes that its handsets perform on a par with other manufacturers’ smartphones.

    The HTC HD7 is one of the flagship Windows Phone 7 devices, launching in the UK last month and sporting a large 4.3 inch touchscreen display that makes it the technical equal of the Android-based Desire HD.