LG Ally dedicated site up and running: It’s not the LU2300

The LG Ally promo site is now up and running and finally confirms that the handset that is about to launch in the US is definitely NOT the LU2300 high-end Android smartphone that is launching in Korean soon. According to the Ally website that device has a smaller 3.2″ screen (compared to a 3.7″ AMOLED display on the LU2300) a micro-sd slot, a camera with LED flash and Android 2.1. Unfortunately nothing else is revealed. I wouldn’t be surprised if it actually has an MSM7227 chipset and HVGA screen.

Source: LG Ally

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 to get Android 2.1 and HD video recoding update in Q4 2010

Finally some good news coming out of Sony Ericsson today; The Xperia X10 will officially get an upgrade to Android 2.1 later this year (Q4 2010) and receive a couple of new features too:

Some examples of user benefits that will be included in the UXP upgrade for Xperia™ X10 in Q4 2010 are:
- Upgrade to Android OS version 2.1
- HD video recording as per the same execution as Sony Ericsson Vivaz™
- Wireless home connectivity via DLNA
- Improvements to signature applications Timescape™ and Mediascape to make them even smarter and richer

HD- Video (720P) recording hopefully means that HTC will also deliver on its promises…remember that HTC told me a couple of months ago that DivX playback and HD video will be enabled on the HTC Desire with a future update…Anyway, SE is also announcing that the Xperia Mini and Xperia Mini Pro will also be updated to Android 2.1 in Q4 2010.

Source: Sony Ericsson

Intel’s Moorestown chipset will not (never) support Windows Phone 7

 

Ready for some nice and ugly FUD ? Intel is officially unveiling its Moorestown / Atom Z600 mobile chipset which is supposedly compatible with Moblin/Meego and Android. But the most interesting part is the company’s bullsh@t answer when asked if the Windows Phone 7 will ever be supported in the future:

Apparently someone at Microsoft must’ve peed in Intel’s cheerios because Moorestown won’t be found in any Windows Phone 7 devices. According to Intel it’s more than just a spat over breakfast, Intel claims that Windows Phone 7 is still optimized for very low end ARM SoCs. Intel went on to say that despite the advances in the OS, Windows Phone 7 isn’t progressing fast enough from an architecture standpoint and that it is an “old OS with many of the warts we’re trying to get away from”. Apparently Windows Phone 8 falls into the same category and it too will not be supported by Moorestown.

Come on Intel! We know that you hate Qualcomm (reminder: Qualcomm’s Snapdragon is the only supported chipset in Windows Phone 7 right now) but there’s no need to spread lies about this. Last time I checked Windows Phone 7 is based on Windows CE 7 (and has native support for the latest ARM SoCs like the Cortex A8/9) and is probably more mature and feature rich than Intel’s own Moblin linux distro…Oh and Windows CE is also designed to run on x86, MIPS, SH, ARM…Ironicaly Intel is claiming that Moorestown is the best mobile platform to run Silverlight….you know that little thing that is an integral part of Windows Phone 7….The only “Old” thing here is Intel’s attempt to cram an X86 CPU in a phone…

Source: AnandTech

KIN Review round-up: Microsoft should have canceled the project ?

The first KIN reviews are popping up today and the general consensus is that the products just doesn’t have a place in the market now. It isn’t that the hardware is bad or that the software lacks several key features (both aren’t stellar and having a Tegra APX2600 is useless if it can’t be used for anything remotely interesting…), what kills it is the fact that both devices will be priced like smartphones and with smartphone data plans even though they are far from being such phones (no calendar,no gps mapping, no productivity suie etc..). Ever since the announcement last month I (and virtually every other website out there) said that in light of the current market and lack of features of the KIN phones (and now that Windows Phone 7 is announced and heavyly consumer oriented); KIN’s only saving grace will be the price of the hardware and the data plan associated with it. Unfortunately, Verizon and Microsoft have decided to screw the whole thing up:

To get the most from KIN, Verizon Wireless customers will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan and an Email and Web for Smartphone plan. Nationwide Talk plans begin at $39.99 monthly access. Email and Web for Smartphone plans start at $29.99 for unlimited monthly access.

Who the hell would pay for a KIN One or KIN Two $49.99 and $99.99 respectively after a $100 mail-in rebate when you can get an iPhone 3GS, HTC Legend or a Palm Pre PLus for a similar price?
I still stand by what I said a little while ago: Microsoft didn’t have the balls to can the project last year (especially after “wasting” $500M on Danger). Now let’s forget about all this and integrate Kin Studio into Windows Phone 7 please.

Here’s Engadget‘s conlusion:

You could get a Pre Plus — an immeasurably better phone with much of the social networking integration of the Kin devices — for $29 coupled with a smartphone and voice plan. Or you could spend a little more upfront and get a BlackBerry Tour 9630, Droid, Incredible, or Droid Eris — all much, much better phones with excellent social networking options. The list really goes on — and again, if you were a teenager or young adult with all of these great options laid out before you, the idea of choosing this severely limited device which doesn’t do a single thing better than even the most basic Android device is kind of crazy. Microsoft has hinted that it wants to shake up the text-centric featurephone market with Kin, but guess what? You categorically cannot even fathom to do that when you’re charging for smartphone data. It’s insulting to suggest otherwise.

And that about sums it up — there are much better choices for much less money on the market, and Microsoft hasn’t demonstrated to us why you would choose this phone over those. You could argue that the 720p video recording is a hook, but our results weren’t that outstanding, and we don’t know anyone who needs HD video on a phone so desperately that they’re willing to overlook all of these faults. In the end, we’re left with two orphan devices — phones that feel like they should have been killed before they made it to market, but somehow slipped through. It’s clear to us from conversations we’ve had with Microsoft that there are people at the company with good ideas about what phones should and shouldn’t do, but we don’t feel the Kin is representative of those ideas. The execution (or lack thereof) on these products makes us legitimately concerned about what the company will do with Windows Phone 7. We can only hope that the similarities between those devices and the Kin handsets don’t stretch much further than the “Windows Phone” label, because in our estimation, Kin is one side of the family that needs to be disowned… quickly.

Gizmodo‘s:

This bizarre pricing will make potential Kin buyers’ minds jump from messaging phones, which the Kin compares favorably to, to thoughts of smartphones, with app stores and full mapping and real browsers. Droids. The similar looking Pre. Or a BlackBerry. The stuff that you might not consider if you were considering a phone like the Kin in the first place—overkill!—but which Verizon has made you consider by not giving these handsets the pricing they deserve, instead opting to pit them against monstrous foes, endangering the Kin concept, and slowing our inevitable progress toward cloud services like Studio.

As a dumbphone killer, the Kin is an easy pitch. As a smartphone competitor, it’s hopeless.

Pocketnow‘s video:

The HTC Desire has arrived


Another review is coming up folks. I just received an HTC Desire from the good folks at HTC and will start playing with it for a week. Anything you want to know or see? If you have any questions about the handset just leave a comment here or on Twitter or email me directly.