LG bets on Android in 2010

LG just confirmed today what we heard last week during a press conference today. LG’s CEO Skott Ahn confirmed that the company is betting on Android to boost their marketshare in 2010 and that it has no plan to build their own mobile OS (are they dropping feature-phones?). Ahn also blamed Windows Mobile‘s “legacy issues” as a reason why the South Korean company is going to ship more Android phones than WinMo handsets in 2010:

LG said its 2010 offerings would also include phones running on Microsoft Corp’s Windows Mobile and LiMo’s Linux-based software. LG executives declined to say how many Windows phones it was planning to release.

In February last year, LG signed a deal with Microsoft, then saying Windows Mobile would become the primary operating system for its smartphones.

“The fact that we’ll have a bit more Android phones this year doesn’t mean our ties with Microsoft are weakening,” Ahn said.

“Windows Mobile still has legacy issues that makes it challenging to compete in mobiles: we know it and Microsoft knows it,” he said.

Microsoft said the company was very pleased with its relationship with LG and is looking forward to bringing a number of new phones to market in 2010.

I guess that those legacy issues = Being stuck with Windows Mobile 6.5 until the late release of Windows Mobile 7. It is actually the second time the word “Legacy” is used to describe WM6.X this week. Microsoft’s Greg Sullivan, Senior Marketing Manager:

“We’re going to continue investing in the user experience, and the legacy pocket PC 1999 UI that still kind of shows up if you drill down pretty deep? that’s another thing that’s changed.”

Source: Reuters

HTC HD2 vs Google Nexus One Browser comparison Part 2

Brandon just posted a second video comparison of the HTC HD2 vs Google Nexus One his time using Skyfire on the HD2 instead of Opera Mobile 9.7 (watch the first video here). So this isn’t really an apple to apple comparison given that Skyfire uses server side rendering to speed up page loading. Even with this advantage SF is slightly faster in loading the page) the Nexus One is IMO the clear winner here (notice the slow page rendering of Skyfire..).

Source: Pocketnow

8 HTC smartphones launching on T-Mobile US in 2010

According to a tip received by BoyGenuisReport T-Mobile US is set to launch 8 HTC handsets in 2010. We already know about the HTC HD2 launching this spring and the MyTouch Fender edition, the source also said that half of the phone will be Windows Mobile based (the other half bieng Android). Those WinMo phones will probably include the HTC Trophy and Photon.

Source: BGR

Nokia’s OVI store is now live on the N900

Nokia’s OVI Store (the company’s application store) is now availalbe on the N900 Maemo5 smartphone following yesterday’s OTA update. Users can now access it through the browser or directly in Maemo 5 (you’ll launch the same OVI store app in either casses) and download application directly to their N900.

Source: Nokia Coversations

More evidence of a Windows Mobile 7 update for the HTC HD2?

There has been a lot of hints pointing to a Windows Mobile 7 update for the HTC HD2 lately. Besides the specs of the device matching the WM7 Chassis, we found mentions of WM7 in the latest buid of HTC’s Sense (Manila) and HTC Russian unofficially “announced” a future update for the HD2 (retracted the next day).
This time the info comes straight from Microsoft’s Greg Sullivan, Senior Marketing Manager for the Windows Phone division. He said the following to BetaNews when talking about Windows Mobile 7:

“Our fragmentation issue is primarily around screen resolutions and assuming a minimum CPU and storage. So it has been a little bit challenging, because that choice, that flexibility, that freedom that people have to build any kind of device and use any kind of device: touch, non-touch, keyboard, soft key, has required a little bit extra effort in some cases for developers to target apps that run across a wide array of devices,” Sullivan said.

But the (HTC) HD2 is a great early example of our new approach…We’ve got capacitive and multi-touch support in a Windows Phone, and that’s because we did the platform work while working very closely with HTC to do the hardware/software integration.”
“So how are we having our cake and eating it too? We’re going to continue the horizontal market, but work very closely with our hardware partners to provide more guidance on the platform so we don’t have nine different display sizes that independent software vendors have to target…maybe just two…

“We’re going to continue investing in the user experience, and the legacy pocket PC 1999 UI that still kind of shows up if you drill down pretty deep? that’s another thing that’s changed.”

We’ve already heard several Softies talk about the WM7 Chassis before but it’s the first “confirmation” that the HTC HD2 is a WM7 Chassis 1 spec’d device…

Read the rest of the article here.

Source: Betanews

Sony Ericsson Faith Windows Mobile smartphone spotted

Looks like Sony Ericsson still has one Windows Mobile phone under developement according to the pictures leaked today by Dailyiphoneblog . The Sony Ericsson Faith is a candybar QWERTY smartphone featuring a 2.4″ QVGA touchscreen , 256Mb of Flash Qualcomm MSM 7227 chipset running Windows Mobile 6.5.3. The full specs are :

Top features / Platform:

-Multi-tasking with delight
-Panels for 24 hours life
-Sleek design with beautiful ergonomic
-Qwerty keypad with good usability
-2.4” QVGA touch screen
-Micro Sd Card slot
-Windows Mobile 6.5
-Green heart
-Colors: Silver & Black

-Bearer: HSDPA, WLAN, GSM Quadband (850/ 900/ 1800/1900), UMTS Dualband (900/ 2100), EDGE

Frankly this thing doesn’t look really exiting (especially the QVGA screen) and one has to wonder when it will be released given the constant delays of the Xperia X2 and not yeat announced shipping date of the Xperia X10 (SE is rumored to be short on money and unable to pay ODMs to produce the phones).

Source: DailyIphoneBlog via Engadget