Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc Preview: Hands on video

One of most impressive and best looking Android handset on display at Mobile World congress was definitively Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Arc with its super thin design and nice 4.2 inch screen. You can check out the hardware specifications here in case you didn’t know them yet. similar to the vast majority of the high-end Android phones being released the Xperia Arc features Qualcomm’s MSM8255 SoC with the Adreno 205 GPU. The device’s main differentiating features are the Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine (FWVGA 854×480 and LED Back-lit but looks identical in quality to an SLCD panel IMO) the 8 Mpix Exmor R CMOS sensor (maximum aperture of f/2.4), mini-HDMI port and super thin design (only 8.7mm thick). So how does it all look like in real life? After handling it for a few minutes I can safely say that the Xperia Arc is one of the nicest phones out there. It may be a tiny bit too plasticy but size of the screen really makes it feel like something unique.

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First Windows Phone 7 update released: Not NoDo

The First Windows Phone 7 update is being pushed out today but it isn’t the one you have all been waiting for:

What’s in this update?
This first update for Windows Phone is designed to improve the software update process itself. So while it might not sound exciting, it’s still important because it’s paving the way for all future goodie-filled updates to your phone, such as copy and paste or improved Marketplace search.

In the future, I encourage you to check out our new update history page on the Windows Phone website for a brief, plain-English summary of what each update does or what features it adds to your phone.

When will I get this update?
We’ll begin sending it out today. But to help ensure the process goes smoothly, it won’t be sent to everyone at once. So you might see an update message before your spouse, co-worker, or neighbor (or vice versa). This is a common industry practice. That said, we understand you’re eager to have the latest software on your phone, and our goal is to deliver it to you as quickly as possible.

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HTC Incredible S Preview: hardware specifications and hands on video

It has been well publicized that HTC’s Mobile World Congress announcements have been somewhat underwhelming in terms of hardware compared to the competition. You can read my thoughts about this in my HTC Flyer preview post and also here were I discussed the Windows Phone 7 hardware needs. Let’s start with HTC Incredible S which the spiritual successor of the original HTC Incredible released on Verizon last year. Check out the full specifications after the break:

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Support for 14 new languages coming to Windows Phone 7 with Mango update later this year

As I have previously reported back in July, Microsoft is scheduled to add more native language support to Windows Phone 7 in the coming months. The company has now officially stated that 14 new languages will be added later this year as part of the Mango update. As of right now only English, French, Italian, German and Spanish are natively supported (even though you can select any location for the browser and search services). Obviously Finnish support is a going to be one of the 14 given that Nokia is supposedly aiming to ship its first Windows Phone 7 device at the end of the year.

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