Tegra 2 powered LG Star Android smartphone video hands-on and iPhone 4 comparison

Are we finally going to see Tegra powered smartphone hitting retail stores after all these years of hype? Well it’s starting to like nVidia may finally have something real to talk about now. GSM-Isreal managed to get some hands-on action with the recently leaked LG Star which is supposedly powered by dual-core Tegra 2 chipset that allows it to capture and playback 1080P videos. As you will see in the video after the break the device features an HDMI connector to plug it in your HDTV. There’s also a short browser comparison against the iPhone 4 but nothing really exciting comes out of it. Unfortunately (because Android browser and UI isn’t GPU accelerated) the scrolling isn’t smooth like on the iPhone 4 or Windows Phone 7 (as seen in my Android vs WP7 browser comparison video). The LG Star also seems to natively support DviX video decoding.

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Dell Venue Pro now available for order, shipping December 9th

Dell has updated yesterday’s online store page dedicated to the Dell Venue Pro Windows Phone 7 handset with a new December 9th shipping date and the 8GB SKU. The 16GB verions is going to cost you 1$49.99 with a 2/y contract or $499 unlocked hile the 8GB will go for $99.99 with a 2/y contract and $449 unlocked. So are you ready to get one after all the hardware and bug issue.
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T-Mobile’s HTC HD7 lacks multi-lingual keyboard support

T-Mobile has apparently decided to only include English keyboard support in the HTC HD7 for no apparent reason according to users who have contacted HTC. This is just totally stupid. Given that Microsoft has a tight control over what is supposed to be in the OS and the whole user experience they should, in my opinion, force carriers ( T-Mobile in this case) to include the same multi-langual pack as everybody else.Frankly I didn’t even know that OEMs or carriers could do that.

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ChevronWP7 unlocker discounted after discussion with Microsoft

Well, that was quick… The guys behind the ChevronWP7 “unlocker” have officially pulled and discounted the application less than a week after its release. According to their latest blog post they’ve got contacted by Microsoft’s Brandon Watson and decided to take it down after Microsoft’s agreed to engage in further discussions about officially facilitating homebrew development on Windows Phone 7. This is good news and shows that Microsoft knows how to be persuasive… Let’s hope that these discussions turn into some thing real and concrete soon.

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Microsoft reiterates commitment to Windows Phone 7 updates

A rumor started on Twitter yesterday about a supposedly massive Windows Phone 7 update coming early next year that will apparently pack so much stuff “they could have called it Windows Phone 8.” Guess what ?  Rumors are just rumors….and as I said yesterday on Twitter this was totally blown out of proportion. Yes Microsoft is going to release an update in the coming months which will include copy/paste and other features (and bug fixes) but nothing “massive”. Anyway, here’s Microsoft’s official statement received by Engadget:

“Microsoft is committed to delivering regular updates to the Windows Phone experience. Our first update will make copy & paste available in early 2011. In addition to this first update, all Windows Phone 7 users should expect to see additional updates delivered in the future as part of Microsoft’s ongoing update process.”

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