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Mobile Phones

  • New Blackberry range hits stores end August

    Research in Motion has announced the launch of five new handsets, all running the new Blackberry 7 operating system. The five phones are the Torch 9810, the Bold 9900/9930 and the Torch 9850/9860, a full touchscreen device. The refreshed range comes at a crucial time for the Canadian manufacturer, which is doing very well in developing marketings, but is being battered by slowing sales and negative sentiment in the US and Europe. The Bold 9900/9930 is aimed at the top end of the Blackberry market, with and expected 31 August release date in the US (according to leaked T-mobile documents)...

  • Smartphone owners the worst mobi addicts

    Many Britons are welded to their smartphones 24 hours a day and refuse to turn them off in cinemas and theatres, according to a study Thursday showing how the devices are changing social behaviour. Research for telecommunications watchdog Ofcom showed that more than a third of adults and a majority of teenagers say they are highly addicted to devices such as the iPhone and BlackBerry, often referred to as 'CrackBerry' by users for this reason. Users are more likely than owners of standard mobile phones to never switch them off, and are more inclined to continue sending email or text messages...

  • Apple, Samsung overtake Nokia in smartphone market

    Apple and Samsung have overtaken long-time leader Nokia for the top two spots in the global smartphone market, a report has revealed, underscoring the Finnish handset maker's ongoing struggles. US-based research firm Strategy Analytics said the US and Korean smartphone makers outpaced Nokia in the second quarter, with the sector posting record quarterly shipments of 110 million units, or a 76.3 percent year-on-year rise. "Just four years after the release of the original iPhone, Apple has become the world’s largest smartphone vendor by volume," the report said. The US company's global market share grew to 18.5 percent, up from 13.5 percent last...

  • Windows Phone ‘Mango’ released to manufacturers

    Microsoft has RTMed the new "bet the farm" version of its Windows Mobile platform to manufacturers, with device shipments expected in stores September earliest. According to Microsoft it features over 500 new features and faster browsing with Internet Explorer 9. Its novel interface design has attracted a mixed, but generally favourable response, and the Mango release is expected to improve integration with cloud services such as Bing and Facebook. There is still little detail on SDKs for software developers. "This marks the point in the development process where we hand code to our handset and mobile operator partners to optimize...

  • LG’s Optimus prime-time smartphone

    Review: LG P970 Optimus Black. It’s big and it’s black. And really skinny. The obvious conclusion is that LG is going head to head with iPhone with the P970 Optimus Black by eschewing any exterior adornment. LG also clearly decided that it was going to go with one big stick: size counts. The display is BIG and BRIGHT. Instead of the iPhone’s relatively cramped 3.5", you get a giant 4" slab of pixelly action. But LG was also building to a lower price-point, so you get 480x800 pixels but only 233 pixels per inch. The iPhone’s 960x640 gives you 326ppi....

  • HTC tells Apple to get lost on patents

    Taiwan's leading smartphone maker HTC has dismissed fresh patent infringement claims by US giant Apple as the legal battle between the rivals escalated. Apple Monday filed a complaint against HTC with the US International Trade Commission (ITC) -- which is already reviewing three other disputes between the two -- over five cases linked to technology used in the iPad and iPhone. It has also lodged a suit in a US District Court in Delaware. "HTC is disappointed at Apple's constant attempts at litigations instead of competing fairly in the market," said HTC general counsel Grace Lei in a statement. "HTC strongly denies all...

  • The iPhone SLR Mount

    The new iPhone SLR Mount from Photojojo has garnered quite a bit of buzz around the Interwebs lately. The mount is an iPhone case-adapter combo that lets you mount your Canon EOS or Nikon SLR lenses to your iPhone 4. This gives your phone powerful depth of field and manual focus by utilising your existing telephoto, wide angle, macro or your fixed lenses. The iPhone SLR Mount might seem like just a novelty...

  • Every day 500,000 more Androids active says Google

    More than 500,000 devices running Google's Android software are being activated every day, a senior Google executive said on Tuesday. Andy Rubin, creator of the Android operating system and a Google vice president for engineering, made the announcement in a message on his Twitter feed, @Arubin. "There are now over 500,000 Android devices activated every day," he said. Rubin said the number of Android devices being activated is growing at 4.4 percent week on week. Google announced during a developers conference in May that 400,000 Android devices were being activated every day, up from 300,000 in December. A number of leading handset manufacturers use...

  • Meego’s last gasp with Nokia as N9 unveiled

    Nokia's latest attempt to win back market share with its N9 phone received mixed reviews this week as it was shown to analysts and media at ComminAsia in Singapore. It is likely the last major phone Nokia will show running the promising Linux-based mobile operating system before it throws its lot in with Microsoft and Windows Phone 7. Fans lauded the N9's ease of use without any "home" button -- a feature of the iPhone and other rivals -- while detractors mocked what they saw as its outdated Meego operating system. Unveiled by Nokia chief executive Stephen Elop at the CommunicAsia...

  • BB Bold still the messaging king

    Review: BlackBerry Bold 9780. This is the best BlackBerry you can buy today. But should you buy it? BlackBerry fans looking for a high-end BlackBerry experience have a choice between the 9780 and the Torch 9800, and there's a third contender on the horizon that might steal your heart. The 9780 has amazing strengths, but maybe not the ones you're looking for. The handset itself is handsomely austere. Understated and almost completely black, the 9780 is the most likely weapon of choice for Wall Street types. The build quality, light weight - and of course the fact that it comes...