Motorola Milestone / Droid now available in Germany for Free!

Motorola Milestone O2
Well it’s not exactly free, it will cost 1€ with a 2 year-contract (20€ per month only) on O2 in Germany & the device is not even sim-locked! Google Navigation is replaced by a 60-days trial of MotoNAV and you’ll get Multi-Touch enabled unlike the Motorola Droid on Verizon.

Source: O2 Germany thanks for the tip Ugo

French HTC HD2 review

HTC HD2 review french
Following yesterday’s N900 review here comes the HTC HD2:

Let’s just say that they found the device to be awesome. It should be noted that the sample pictures taken with the device suffer from the horrible purple dot we have seen in all reviews so far…Check out the 8pages long review here

Source: Clubic

Nokia N900 reviewed and loved

N900 review french
Here’s a French review of Nokia‘s latest Maemo 5 smartphone the N900. I must say that I learned something new, I didn’t know that the volume buttons can be used to zoom-in & out in the browser and the photo album, nice touch IMO. Here’s the video walkthrough:

I can’t stop being impressed by this device everytime I see it in action. You can check out the whole review here (translation). According to reviewer the only negative points of this phone are the poor battery performance & weight.

Source: Mobinaute

First Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 sample pictures & video

Here are the first sample pictures taken with the 8.1Mpix camera on the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 and they look really good (well they are definitely a whole lot better than the pictures taken with the HTC HD2). A video captured with the device has also been uploaded to YouTube:

- I’m not that used to X10 yet so I haven’t found all the settings and such to really optimize my shots.
- These are not tripod-shots so camera shake could be more visible than some of the Satio samples. (I’m working on some DIY tripod mount for X10 since I can’t use our tripod accessory, I do miss that fastport some times )
- This is of course with pre-release SW and prototype HW so don’t take these samples as true indications on what the final quality will be like, there are lots of things still to be fine-tuned and changed.

Just put Android 2.0 and I’m sold. Come on SE!

Source: Sony Ericsson Blog

Microsoft & Verizon: Google won Round 1

Microsoft Verizon
I already mentioned Microsoft‘s mobile advertising and search deal with Verizon when discussing Motorola’s Droid marketing campaign and wondered”what happened to the Live Search (now Bing) deal signed between MS and Verizon this year though“. Well, today AdAge posted some interesting info about this particular subject, pointing out that Microsoft totally blew it thanks to the fact that Google-Branded phones are not part of the $600M search deal. This can be seen a major blow to Redmond when you realise that the Motorola Droid is currently the best selling phone on Verizon (alongside the HTC Droid Eris). But you know what’s worse fro MS? The default search engine on all HTC Windows Mobile phones (even on Verizon) is Google, as seen on the Internet tab in the TouchFLO/Sense UI (and Google maps is also the default mapping service on all HTC phones). So far the few phones that have Bing as the default search provider are BlackBerry devices on Verizon AFAIK. Yup Google hijacked MS’s deal.

“Microsoft dropped the ball,” said Phuc Truong, managing director of Mobext, Havas’ mobile marketing agency. “It was well-positioned to do something deeper with Verizon, and within that time frame you would have thought they’d done something more to solidify that relationship.”

Whereas Google’s hand in guiding Android’s development allowed it to preload its services on most Android devices in the U.S., Microsoft hasn’t capitalized on its mobile-operating software by working with carriers and handset makers to stuff its search or content assets into Windows Mobile phones. It’s another example of how Google has consistently trumped its search competitors in mobile, despite late entries in both search and handset software.

It would be interesting to see how Microsoft is going to try to change  this with Windows Mobile 7. We already know that they are going to be more heavely involved in the design and specs of the future Windows Phones, but will Bing search & Bing Maps be good enough and correctly integrated into the OS so OEMs won’t have to use Google’s services instead (same for IE Mobile & Opera Mobile)?

Source: AdAge