Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 reviewed

PhoneArena posted their review of the much delayed Xperia X2 Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone a couple days ago. To make it short, lets say that they weren’t impressed at all. this shouldn’t come as a surprise given the specs of the device compared to its predecessor the X1 (it has the same specs besides the upgraded camera and slightly bigger screen..). The fact the Sony Ericsson isn’t marketing the device at all (they are pushing hard behind the Xperia X10 instead) doesn’t really inspires confidence in the product… Check the video after the break.
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Google Nexus One review round-up

Here are two Google Nexus One review for you own reading pleasure. The first one is from Tracy & Matt who found that the iPhone 3GS is still a superior product because of its extensive use of iTunes (!?):

So what are my overall thoughts about the Nexus one? It’s a great handset that has a few kinks to iron out. There are some irritating omissions from the Nexus, multitouch and corporate calendar being the ones to annoy me most. Good for beginners and enthusiasts alike this is a fun handset. Simple enough for a new user, customisable and hackable enough for the power user.
From a pure handset point of view alone I do prefer it to the iPhone. Am I swapping it for the iPhone? No. The reason is simply that Apple have their claws in to me with iTunes. That’s where all my music and video is stored, that’s where I download and sync my podcasts from. I plug the iPhone in and it just works! There are a few desktop apps that work with Android to provide a similar experience but they’re not quite the same and not quite as simple as just plugging in and forgetting about it. Were I not and iPod/iPhone user then the Nexus would be my choice for sure or of the Nexus worked properly with iTunes then for me it would be a no-brainer. But for now I will be sticking with my 32GB iPhone that has enough space for music and video and enough battery power to last me through the day.

It should be noted that Google France has also announced several days ago that the Nexus One won’t have multi-touch enabled in native applications in France (just like the US version).

The second review is from Pocketnow who concluded:

Overall, despite the Nexus One not being revolutionary as many thought it would be, it’s safe to say that the it is the best Android phone on the market right now. It has a fantastic combination of speed, screen quality and software that makes it a true joy to use. While many are disappointed by its inability to do 3G on AT&T (hint: me), we have a feeling that if we don’t see the Nexus One in an AT&T flavor, it’s only a matter of time before we see some sort of Nexus device (Nexus Two?) hit each and every major carrier in the US and around the world.

According to this FCC filling the Nexus One may be headed to AT&T soon.

Firefox Mobile for Maemo5 (Nokia N900) now available

Following the RC1 release less than a month ago here comes the final bersion of Firefox mobile for Nokia’s Maemo platform (Nokia N900). Just like its bigger brother the mobile version of Firefox supports add-ons like like AdBlock Plus, URL Fixer, TwitterBar (there are currently more than 40 Firefox add-ons available for mobile).

- Awesome Bar – Go to your favorite sites in just a couple of keystrokes with intelligent and personalized searching

- Weave Sync – Sync your Firefox tabs, history, bookmarks and passwords between your desktop and mobile device for a seamless browsing experience

- Add-ons – Customize your Firefox by adding small pieces of functionality, like games and news readers, that help make the mobile Web browser your own

- Location-Aware Browsing – Get maps and information relevant to your location
Tabbed browsing – View open tabs as thumbnails to easily identify and select the Web page you’d like to go to next

- Safe Browsing – Get an Instant Web Site ID and easily access and edit security settings
Available in more than 30 languages and counting

Head over here for more info. You can download firefox mobile for the N900 here.

Source: Mozilla Blog

Foursquare for Windows Mobile finally available

Touchality (a Windows Mobile dev house) has just release the beta version of FourSquare for Windows Mobile handsets. The application is called WinMoSquare and all you have to do to get it is to submit you email here.

The app is only available for touch screen Windows phones today. The .NET Compact Framework v3.5 is a pre-requisite for you to be able to run the application on the phone. You’d also need a phone that runs either Windows Mobile 6.1 or a Windows Mobile 6.5.

Source: WinMoSquare via ArtificialIgnorance

Microsoft’s CFO hints at Windows Mobile 7 announcement at MWC

Microsoft‘s CFO Peter Klein was on Fox News a few hours ago and sort of confirmed that there’s goign to be some kind of Windows Mobile 7 unveiling/announcement/talk next month at MWC in Barcelona (start around 4mins into the video).

Fox News: “Are we going to see Windows 7 Mobile come out in 2010? What is your plans for that?”

Peter Klein: “We are heads down working on Windows Mobile 7 . We will have much more to say about that at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February.”

Source: Fox News via WMPU

Windows Mobile 7 discussed last week in Canada

More Windows Mobile 7 news for the day folks (I told you Stephen was on a roll). Looks like Windows Mobile 7 was discussed last week during the CGA Ontario (Certified General Accountants of Ontario) event last week. As you can see Motorola is still in bed with Microsoft (they’ve stated a couple months ago that they are skipping WM6.5 and going straight to WM7). I’ve also speculated a little while ago that the Morotola Droid was probably a Windows Mobile 7 device at first…

Source: CGA-Ontario (pdf) via MSFTKitchen

Motorola working on a “Google” phone

Motorola’s CEO announced yesterday during the company’s earnings call that work is being done with Google to build an Android handset with similar to what HTC did with the Nexus One. The device will be sold directly to consumer on Google’s Phone store and bypass telcos. Motorola is alsao planning to launch 20 smartphones this year and according to what was said earlier they will probabbly all be powered by Google’s Android OS.

Source: TheStreet

Windows Mobile 7 still headed for a Spring RTM ?

Stephen is on a roll today, he just found another Windows Mobile 7 nugget, this time in a chinese Office 2010 presentation (from Microsoft). As you can see the same old concept screenshots are shown to demonstrate Office Mobile 2010 on WM7. The most important part is that the document is dated December 11 2010 which means tha Redmond is/was still hoping to RTM WM7 in a couple of months. You can check out another WM7 nugget here.

Source: Microsoft (pdf) via MSFTKitchen

Samsung Galaxy 2 rumored specs

According to several sources Samsung is about to announced their new Samsung Galaxy 2 Android smartphone next month at MWC. The specifications are rumored to be the following:

- 1 GHz Snapdragon
- 3.7 inch AMOLED touchscreen
- 5 MP camera
- 32 GB internal memory
- Android 2.1
- 3.5 mm jack
- and of course all the other goodies that make a decent smartphone, like GPS, WiFi and such.

Some people find it strange that Samsung would use a Qualcomm SnapDragon SoC given that they usually use their on ih-house chipsets sets. Well, samsung usually doesn’t really care about this kind of stuff as proved by their use of the nVidia Tegra APX in the YePP M1 PMP. The handset is said to be available in Q2 2010.

Source: Androidphones

Toshiba TG02 hits the FCC

Looks like the successor to the TG01 is right around the corner. The Toshiba TG02 just passed the FCC a couple of days ago. Still no word on the final specifications other than the radio bands supported by the handset (see picture above) but the handset was initially rumored to be a TG01 with a capacitive touchscreen (the TG01 has a resistive panel).

Source: FCC via Engadget

Windows Mobile 7 UX prototyping

Stephen over at MSFTKitchen just uncovered some juicy bit about Windows Mobile 7‘s UX Flow prototyping. After stumbling over this LinkedIn profile he decided to check out the guy’s personal website and found the following in his portfolio:

NDA dictates I keep this vague. For a leading cell platform I created UX flows of common controls and usages. After client review I created flash demos. Those demo’s were then reviewed and passed on to SectionSeven development to create interactive prototypes. This process allowed for very efficient UX development.

Nothing really exciting, but you just had your daily does of WM7 news, so don’t complain! ;)

Source: Ascendesign via MSFTKitchen

Nokia’s profits soars 64% in Q4 2009, gains smartphone market share

Here’s something that will hopefully make people realise that Nokia is still the number one phone manufacturer and that this won’t change soon. The company surprised the market when it announced better than expected Q4 2009. Nokia posted a net profit of 948 million euros (1.33 billion dollars), up 64 percent from a year earlier and also increased its smartphone market share from 35% to 40%. Total unit shipment for Q4 2009 was 126.9 million phones (just for comparison only 8.7 million iPhones were sold in Q4 2009). You can check out the full earnings report here.

Source: Nokia

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 announced on T-Mobile Germany

T-Mobile Germany just announced that they are going to launch the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 in April. Unfortunately no price (or data plan) was given today. As you probably already know the X10 is Sony Ericsson’s first Android (1.6) smartphone and is powered by a Qualcomm SnapDragon Chipset clocked at 1Ghz (and also has a pretty good 8Mpix camera). Hopefully the handset will come out on time and won’t be delayed…

Source: theunwired

Microsoft announces Two Windows Mobile related Analyst briefings next month


It is starting to look like Microsoft is about to get really serious about Windows Mobile in the coming weeks. They’ve announced today that two analyst briefings/conference calls are scheduled to take place in February alongside the MWC press event:

Microsoft financial analyst briefing at the 2010 Mobile World Congress

Monday, Feb. 15, 2010
7 p.m. CET/ 10 a.m. PST
Andy Lees, senior vice president, Mobile Communication Business

Windows Mobile financial analyst conference call

Monday, Feb. 22, 2010
8 a.m. PST
Andy Lees, senior vice president, Mobile Communication Business

Here’s a quick recap: MWC Press event on Feb 15th, Analyst MWC briefing on the same day, Windows Mobile conference call Feb 22th and finally Windows Mobile 7 sessions at MIX10 in March.

Source: Microsoft

More confirmation that all HTC HD2s have 576Mb of Ram

Picture courtesy of Brandi

As I’ve reported a couple days ago it seems all HTC HD2‘s being sold have 576Mb of Ram and not 448MB like it’s officially reported by HTC. The trick is to flash the device with a combination of the leaked 2.02 test Rom and Radio Rom. For more info and proof you can head over to this XDA thread where many user have been testing this and posting confirmations that it indeed true.

Source: XDA

Dual Booting Android on a Windows Mobile Smartphone

As I’ve reported earlier, you can now run Android 2.X on your Windows Mobile smartphone with a little tweaking. Well, here’s new and easy way to run Android on your Windows Mobile device; Gen.Y DualBOOT.
What Gen.Y DualBOOT does is let you dual boot your handset in either Windows Mobile or Android. What you have to do first is get Android and put it on your memory card. Then grab Gen.Y DUALBOOTand install it. You will then be presented with a new dual boot menu once you have rebooted your phone. Here’s a video demo done by Brandon at Pocketnow:

Can’t wait to see this work on the HTC HD2 (so far it’s only compatible with previous HTC handsets like the Diamond2/TP2 etc..)

Source: XDA via Pocketnow

The Apple iPad is here..

…and it looks like a giant iPhone….It’s got a 9.7 LCD (IPS) capacitive touchscreen, a 1ghz Apple A4 CPU, 0.5″ thin & 1.5 pounds. The iPad doesn’t have a cellular radio & GPS receiver (Hold on, there’s higher priced version with 3G radio & GPS) but sports BT 2.1+EDR and WiFi 802.1n connectivity. It will come in three versions: 16/32/64Gb of storage. All iPhone apps are compatible with it (like I said it looks like it’s just a bigger iPhone) but dev can modify them to take advantage of the higher res (still no word on the screen resolution yet though). Kinda disappointing no?

More to come

Here’s the pricing :

Heres the official iPad product page: here

JoikuSpot WiFi router application coming soon to the Nokia N900

Similar to what is already available on HTC’s latest handset, Joikuspot for the Nokia N900 will enable user to connect the PC/laptops/etc via WiFi using the N900′s 3G connection. The application is currently scheduled to launch before MWC which start in 2 weeks.

Source: NokiaBlog via Pocketnow

Overclocking the Motorla Droid

If you don’t have anything better to do and have a Motorola Droid just head over to the Alldroid forums to see how some folks have overclocked the TI-OMAP 3430 up to 1,3Ghz. You’ll first have to root your handset (it will void you warranty) then flash a new modified firmware. Beware though,overclocking the device could damage it and you’ll find yourself with a nice (hot) little brick. Head over here for all the info. I’ve seen a couple of comment on twitter and some other forums claiming that this is some kind of “amazing” stuff. Guess that they forgot (or just didn’t know) that users have been overclocking WinMo/PocketPC handsets for nearly 10 years now…

Source: AllDroidForum