LG Etna Android phone pictured

LG and Microsoft may have signed a deal to make Windows Mobile the smartphone OS of choice on LG’s devices and they may also have a special team working together, all this ins’t stoping the South-Korean company from working on an Android phone as pictured above. Chip.de took this picture during IFA last week on Vodafone’s booth. The Etna is said to have a 3″ touch screen, a slide-out qwerty keyboard and 5mpx camera.

Source: Chip.de

HTC Reports August 2009 revenues

HTC todays reported their August 2009 revenues. They’ve posted revenues of NT$11.35 billion (US$344.98 million) for August 2009, up 4.8% sequentially but down 10.7% on year. The Windows Mobile 7 delay (which impacts the introduction of high-end devices) combined with the current economic situation obviously didn’t help them. HTC is said to be focusing on shipping more low-cost high volume devices in Q4 2009.

For the first eight months of 2009, revenues reached NT$91.97 billion, edging up 0.6% from a year earlier, said the company.

The combined revenues of NT$22.18 billion for July and August accounted for 65.2% of the company’s low-end revenue target of NT$34 billion for the third quarter of this year, the data revealed.

Source: Digitimes

Mozilla Fennec Alpha 3 Windows Mobile browser hands-on video

Pocketnow has just posted a short hands-on video of Mozilla’s Fennec Alpha 3 (released 2 days ago) running on a Samsung Omnia II. Unfortunately as you can see the browser is still lacking in many ways, especially performance…it still sucks.


Source: Pocketnow

The new HTC Touch2 reviewed

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Here’s another low-cost Windows Mobile 6.5 phones review for the day. This time it’s our Russian boys at Mobile-Review who where the first to get the hands on HTC’s Touch 2 (aka Mega) low-end Windows Mobile 6.5 device. Not much can be said about it, besides the new TouchFlo 2D UI which has some Sense-like goodness and the 3.5mm headphone jack. Other than that it’s basically the same has the Touch Cruise and Vogue released this year. What’s interesting though is that Opera Mobile is no longer bundle, instead IE Mobile 6 is the default browser..Check out the full review here.

Source: Mobile-Review

Touch Panels prices are dropping fast

This shouldn’t come as a great surprise, Digitimes is reporting that, thanks to fierce competition in the touch panel market these past months, prices of 3.5-inch touch panel modules have dropped to US$9-11 compared to US$16-18 one year ago and the chip prices for the segment has also been reduced to under US$2 from US$4-5. This is obviously good news for all of us.

IC suppliers

Source: Digitimes

Acer C1 low-end Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone review

The boys at Winmobile.se just posted a short review of Acer’s new low-end Windows Mobile 6.5 device, the C1. As expected there’s nothing really exciting, the phones has a 3.2″ WQVGA touch screen, the usual MSM72XX chipset @528Mhz , 2Mpx fixed-foxus camera, and lacks WiFi! Yes you heard it right, it doesn’t have WiFi connectivity..ugh.

Read the full review here

Source: Winmobile.se via WMPoweruser

Sprint Touch Pro 2 devices are being delivered

The official release date is still September 8th but according to this post over at PPCGeeks user who have ordered their HTC Touch Pro 2 are already starting to recive their devices. Here are some pictures:

Source: PPCGeeks

Nokia’s X6 uses a Synaptics capacitive touch panel


According to Digitimes, Synaptics is the touch panl supplier of Nokia‘s newly announced X6 phone. It’s not know which particular capacitive panel is used. It can be a ClearPad 2000 or the new 10 fingers multi-touch ClearPad 3000 (used on Creative’s Zii EGG)

Synaptics has secured touchscreen solution orders for Nokia’s recently announced X-series handsets, according to market sources. Synaptics is expected to see record shipments of touchscreen ICs and modules in 2009 and remain the top touchscreen IC supplier in 2010 worldwide, the sources added.

Touchscreen handsets will reach a CAGR of more than 20% over the next several years, the sources estimated.

Overseas touchscreen IC suppliers including Synaptics, Cypress, Broadcom and Atmel are targeting the handset segment, while Taiwan-based players Elan Microelectronics, Pixart Imaging, Egalax_empia Technology (EETI), Weltrend Semiconductor, Ene Technology, Integrated Technology Express (ITE) and Holtek Semiconductor are focusing on touchscreen ICs for notebook products.

Source: Digitimes