Samsung Galaxy S Advance I9070–Now In Stock

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We are pleased to confirm that the Samsung Galaxy S Advance is now in stock!

Features of Samsung Galaxy S Advance I9070
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread with TouchWiz UI
  • 4.0” Super AMOLED display
  • 1GHz dual-core processor
  • 768MB RAM
  • 8GB Internal Storage
  • MicroSD card slot (Up to 32GB)
  • Wi-Fi, quad-band 3G, Bluetooth
  • GPS with Google Maps
  • Find My Mobile Service

For more information, CLICK HERE.

Tag Heuer unveils Racer smartphone

 

If you’ve always taken an interest in GT racing cars and have a few quid to spare, then luxury watchmaker Tag Heuer’s latest contraption may be the device for you!
The Racer is an Android-based super-phone inspired by GT and Formula 1 racing cars, and apparently engineered to the same standard. The shockproof rubber chassis is accented by lightweight carbon fibre and titanium screws, which gives the device added strength at the core of the body.

Though the above video doesn’t give much away the Tag Heuer will be running the latest Android software, so that’s Ice Cream Sandwich. There is enough to wet your beak with talk of a high-speed processor, but nothing solid. The Swiss company did not release more information about the phone’s specifications, except that it has a “customizable 3D user interface”.

We will try and keep you posted.

Motorola Android Software Upgrade Plan

Motorola have released details of their upgrade plans for Android devices around the world.  You can see the full details on the link below:

https://forums.motorola.com/pages/00add97d6c

For UK customers or those using a UK spec device, check the listing below.

It does confirm the new Motorola DEFY MINI will remain on Android 2.3 and will not get ICS as will other DEFY models.

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Konnet iCrado Neo Universal Smartphone Desktop Cradle Silver & Black–Now Available to order

Do you own a cradle for your smartphone? Paid a lot of money for it, or did you buy a cheaper one that just lacks that element of design and high class finish?

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p>Not a cradle lover but wouldn’t mind something a bit stylish for the desktop?

Whatever your situation, you could do a lot worse than taking a look at the Konnet iCrado Neo as a home for your smartphone.

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Samsung Galaxy Note Artwork

The caricature of Clove MD Chris Love has been created by an artist using only the Samsung Galaxy Note, demonstrating the extent to which the S Pen stylus and software can be used. If you’ve got any Galaxy Note artwork of your own, be sure to share a link in the comments or tweet it @clovetechnology. We’ve already had a Galaxy Note Christmas message today, created for us by Samsung Mobilers @khlo and @dom_armstrong who are on a Samsung Mobiler meet up in London today. Samsung_Galaxy_Note_Artwork

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Android 2.0 for Hero?

Even more good news on the Android 2.0 front – it looks like it should soon be available for the HTC Hero. According to TechTree, a statement released by HTC implies the Eclair update will soon be available for the Hero. The HTC statement reads:

"Yes, we are working on an Eclair update for the HTC Hero. Because Eclair is a significantly enhanced release, it will require some time to update Sense for this new version of the Android OS. Please be patient while we work to provide you with a tightly integrated experience like the one you are already enjoying on your Hero."

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p>So it looks like the update should be available sooner rather than later. Hopefully it won’t be too long before we see Google Maps Navigation make the transition as well!

Google Maps Navigation for Android 2.0

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Not only have Google just announced Android 2.0 Eclair, they’ve also revealed their new ‘Google Maps Navigation’ program, which will run on Android 2.0. The application will first be available on the Motorola Droid and looks to be very exciting when it does come to fruition, especially when you take into consideration that it’ll be free of charge.

From The Google website:

Google Maps Navigation is an internet-connected GPS navigation system with voice guidance. It is part of Google Maps for mobile and is available for phones with Android 2.0.

Google Maps Navigation uses your phone’s internet connection to give you the latest maps and business data. But that’s not all that’s different about Google’s approach to GPS navigation. Watch the below video to learn more.

 

 

Features of Navigation include:

  • Search in plain English. No need to know the address. You can type a business name or even a kind of a business, just like you would on Google.
  • Search by voice. Speak your destination instead of typing (English only): "Navigate to the de Young Museum in San Francisco".
  • Traffic view. An on-screen indicator glows green, yellow, or red based on the current traffic conditions along your route. A single touch toggles a traffic view which shows the traffic ahead of you.
  • Search along route. Search for any kind of business along your route, or turn on popular layers such as gas stations, restaurants, or parking.
  • Satellite view. View your route overlaid on 3D satellite views with Google’s high-resolution aerial imagery.
  • Street View. Visualize turns overlaid on Google’s Street View imagery. Navigation automatically switches to Street View as you approach your destination.
  • Car dock mode. For certain devices, placing your phone in a car dock activates a special mode that makes it easy to use your device at arm’s length.
    At the moment Google Navigation is only available in the US and on devices that run Android, but hopefully it won’t be too long before navigation makes its way to Europe.

Coming Soon – Android 2.0 Eclair Update

First Cupcake, then Doughnut, and now Eclair – anybody would think Android are trying to fatten us up! In line with their imaginative, confectionary-named OS upgrades, Android have now announced a second major-upgrade in as many months.

Android 2.0 Eclair is set to offer a range of new features, including Bluetooth, multi-player gaming via Bluetooth, a Quick Contacts Bar and improved camera technology. Of course, news of an update would not be complete without a nice presentation by the Android himself, who once again introduces the new features in the video below.

Blackberry Bold 9700 Preview Video

A nice preview video of the forthcoming Blackberry Bold 9700, which looks set to have a very nice finish indeed!

Why Smartphones are not suffering in the recession

Smartphones are not only revolutionising the mobile phone industry. They are also about to change the way we use computers.

The recession as I’m sure you will agree has certainly been a tough time, and this has certainly been the case for the mobile phone industry. In fact the mobile phone industry is in real trouble. Network operators are squeezed for margins. Handset makers either suffer sharp losses or fight hard to stay profitable. Hurting most are the stars of years past, like market leader Nokia and eternal runners-up Motorola and Sony Ericsson.

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‘Expensive’ sells

They specialise in so-called feature-rich mobile phones – work horses that deliver good performance but are neither cheap-and-cheerful nor smart-but-expensive. But with the world still feeling the impact of the global recession, it is this middle market that suffers most.

It is true across all phone makes. In "the current economic climate" the squeeze on mid-range mobile phones is "accelerating", says Patrick Chomet, who is in charge of terminals (i.e. handset selection) at mobile phone network Vodafone.

In stark contrast the market for high-end phones – like Apple’s iPhone – is buoyant. In Europe, smartphone sales are expected to rise 22% in 2009, defying the 21% slump in handset sales predicted by Pyramid Research. In the United States a poll by ChangeWave Research in June suggested that 37% of consumers already own a smartphone, while more than 14% planned to buy one in the next three months.

Microsoft predicts that in a few years smartphones will make up 30% of the volume and more than 50% of the value of the mobile phone market.

Playing catch-up

Market leader Nokia managed to get faster to market. The Finnish company readily admits that it missed the smartphone boat, although Kai Oistamo, its executive vice-president for mobiles, insists that "we have an aggressive plan now" for catching up.

Its first new smartphone out of the door is the N97 – a somewhat bulky slider phone with full qwerty keyboard, billed as a "mobile computer handset".

It is an impressive phone boasting huge amounts of storage. However, the N97 has a "designed by committee" feel about it, and I found it very awkward to use.

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Also playing catch-up is Microsoft. "Yes, there certainly has been a gap for the last 12-18 months, we are behind," admits Jean-Philippe Courtois, the president of Microsoft International.

Microsoft hopes version 6.5 of Windows Mobile will help relaunch its fortunes, with software powering phones that can straddle the worlds of corporate and private life.

Rebranded Windows Phone, it drops Microsoft’s fiddly "computer desktop" user interface. Large-lettered menus and jaunty iPhone style icons help owners navigate their phones. Great software, except a couple of years late and not quite up there with some rivals.

The G-factor

Making the most of it, however, and emerging as the iPhones one’s most dangerous rival, is a company that until recently had its chief executive sit on Apple’s board of directors: Google.

The HTC Hero uses Google’s Android operating system

With astonishing speed Google not only developed a smartphone operating system, dubbed Android, but also found many handset makers (LG, Samsung, HTC and Motorola) willing to use the software.

Leading the pack is HTC. Until recently, the Taiwanese firm stuck to using Microsoft’s cumbersome Windows Mobile software. Not anymore. _46506671_large_hero_front_back_left_brown

HTC’s Android phones – most notably the HTC Hero (also known as T-Mobile G2 Touch) – are the most serious challengers Apple ever had to face.

Following a software upgrade the touchscreen-only Hero is fast and very easy to use. Most owners will never have to consult its two-page "manual". Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, e-mail and SMS are seamlessly integrated, and if you trust your digital life to the Googleverse of Gmail, Google calendar and docs, the boundaries between your computer and mobile phone will blur.

The open-source Android app store, meanwhile, is growing at a furious pace, with currently more than 15,000 apps.

Computer revolution

Promises of smartphone riches are drawing companies into the fray like Taiwanese computer maker Acer, which dominates the laptop market.

True to its PC heritage Acer currently bets on Microsoft’s Windows mobile software. One of its first efforts, the Acer M900, is still fairly clunky, but chief executive Gianfranco Lanci has big plans. The real difference, he says, will be the development of a better user interface and especially Acer’s own app store.

Some of Acer’s ambitious plans do involve Android, and point to the real future of mobile computing.

Acer is set to launch small computers that run both Android and Windows 7, says Mr Lanci; Android will give owners a phone’s instant-on experience, while Windows 7 will provide full computing power.

It hints at the start of a revolution in personal computing. Not PCs but mobile phones will be the centre of everybody’s social and multimedia experience.

Microsoft calls it the world of "three screens and the cloud", where the location of your data – your contacts, music, pictures and films – does not matter anymore. Whether you use them at the computer, television or mobile phone, they will be tied together by software, and storage in the internet "cloud".

 

For the full story go to http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/8292101.stm

Source: BBC New Online

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