Is that it? Sony's mystery device is the Xperia Miro

Is that it? Sony's mystery device is the Xperia Miro

Martin James  Jun. 13, 2012 at 09:00

There's an unwritten rule about hype: the more you crank it up, the more impressive the end product needs to be.

Sony's “you pick the date” schtick for its latest Xperia offering is a case in point. The idea was that the more people expressed their interest in the new device by giving a teaser page on Facebook the thumbs up, the sooner the unnamed device would be announced. Clever, right?

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Samsung gets flip-tastic with the dual-screen GT-B9120

Samsung gets flip-tastic with the dual-screen GT-B9120

Martin James  Jun. 12, 2012 at 10:00

You'd think with the size of the smartphone market these days there'd be something for pretty much anyone, but for one reason or another, the flip phone fan has been largely ignored for a good few years now.

But in a move befitting the world's best-selling phone maker, Samsung has answered the call with the GT-B9120, an Android Gingerbread-wielding offering with dual 3.5in screens.

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WWDC 2012: Maps and Siri the highlights as Apple unveils iOS 6

WWDC 2012: Maps and Siri the highlights as Apple unveils iOS 6

Martin James  Jun. 11, 2012 at 20:10

Apple lifted the lid on iOS 6 for the first time at its Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco today, with the next-gen OS managing to look both predictable and impressive in equal measure.

The all-new Maps and improvements to Facebook and Siri top the list of over 200 new features in iOS 6, but there were a couple of other surprises too that we weren't expecting.

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No iOS 6 for first-generation iPad users?

No iOS 6 for first-generation iPad users?

Martin James  Jun. 11, 2012 at 10:30

We're just hours away from Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference keynote in San Francisco, but such is the secrecy that surrounds pretty much everything Apple does that the rumours mill is churning away right up to the last minute.

And for once it's not good news emerging from the digital grapevine – it seems first-generation iPad owners are going to miss out on iOS 6 altogether.

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Android activations hit 900,000 a day

With Android now holding upwards of a 50% market share in many leading markets around the globe, some analysts are suggesting that its growth has peaked and the next few years will actually see its grip soften somewhat.

But is that just wishful thinking? It may well be: Android head honcho Andy Rubin reckons activations are still running at a healthy 900,000 devices a day.

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Lamborghini goes mobile with gold-covered phones and tablet

Lamborghini goes mobile with gold-covered phones and tablet

Martin James  Jun. 10, 2012 at 15:00

It seems the “more money than sense” user niche is alive and well: supercar brand Lamborghini has announced own-brand smartphone and tablet offerings for the privileged few for whom owning the car just isn't enough.

The new range comprises a trio of smartphones and a tablet, and as you'd expect they're all priced well into four figures – that plus a trip to Russia.

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Pebble blue Samsung Galaxy S III hitting the UK on June 22

Through the week there was some debate about a demo video of the Samsung Galaxy S III that appeared to feature a metallic blue version of the handset seemingly as a workaround solution to the manufacturing issues that have affected the pebble blue variant.

However, not everyone agreed that the handset in the video actually wasn't just the existing pebble blue shade under different lighting conditions, and now it doesn't matter: Samsung has confirmed that the genuine article will land in the UK on June 22.

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RIM calling time on 16GB BlackBerry PlayBook

RIM calling time on 16GB BlackBerry PlayBook

Martin James  Jun. 8, 2012 at 10:30

Thinking of getting yourself a BlackBerry PlayBook anytime soon? Um OK, well I'll tell you anyway. It seems the entry-level 16GB variant is being phased out, leaving just the 32GB and 64GB models in RIM's tablet lineup.

The company has confirmed that production of the entry-level model has ceased, and that once current stocks are sold out that'll be that.

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Google Nexus tablet: new images, no Android Jelly Bean after all?

Google Nexus tablet: new images, no Android Jelly Bean after all?

Martin James  Jun. 8, 2012 at 10:00

Google Nexus tablet rumours have been knocking around for ages now, but recent developments suggest we could be slowly – painfully – edging towards the thing actually materialising.

A case in point: a couple of press image drafts have hit the web claiming to be pics of the upcoming Asus-made slate, and offering a few spec nuggets for us to chew over.

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IDC sticking to its guns on Windows Phone's 2016 success

It's already more than a year now since the first forecasts appeared claiming Microsoft's Windows Phone would be the second biggest OS in town in the next few years, having bumped iOS down a notch behind the all-powerful Android.

Yet despite what most of us would say has been a year of disappointment for WinPho, IDC is sticking to its guns, saying WP will (just) manage to eclipse Apple's mobile OS over the next four years.

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Nokia announces trio of Asha Touch full-touch feature phones

Nokia announces trio of Asha Touch full-touch feature phones

Martin James  Jun. 6, 2012 at 10:30

With all the hoopla surrounding the whole Windows Phone thing, we'd kind of forgotten that Nokia also unveiled the Asha feature phone range at Nokia World in October last year.

Well, the range has just swelled by three new models – the Asha 305, Asha 306 and Asha 311 – which ditch the physical keys completely to bring a full touch interface to Series 40 for the first time.

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iPad's tablet stranglehold as tight as ever

iPad's tablet stranglehold as tight as ever

Martin James  Jun. 6, 2012 at 09:30

When Apple first announced the iPad in early 2010, it managed to forge a new device niche between netbooks and smartphones where few people thought there was space for one.

Impressive stuff, but arguably more impressive is the fact that two years later it's still the only option worth considering for three out of four prospective tablet buyers.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 rumoured... and yes, it's even bigger

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 rumoured... and yes, it's even bigger

Martin James  Jun. 5, 2012 at 19:00

When Samsung announced an oversized stylus-friendly Android phone nigh on a year ago now, the reaction for the most part was either cautious curiosity, or complete bafflement.

Yet here we are a year later with news that a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is apparently in the pipelines. And after all the headlines about the original's ridiculous 5.3in screen size, it seems Samsung's planning to do the only decent thing: it's making it even bigger.

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Microsoft announces Windows Phone 8 'sneak peek' for June 20

Microsoft announces Windows Phone 8 'sneak peek' for June 20

Martin James  Jun. 5, 2012 at 18:00

Thanks to Computex, Windows 8 has dominated our thoughts this week, with Asus and Acer the first of what should be many tablet makers to confirm their Win 8 intentions by showing off some Metro-tastic wares in Taipei.

And it looks like Microsoft has decided to make the most of the attention, as in the midst of it all it's chosen to publicise a “sneak peek” at Windows Phone 8 Apollo scheduled for a fortnight's time.

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Is Samsung about to put Galaxy S III pebble to the metal?

Is Samsung about to put Galaxy S III pebble to the metal?

Martin James  Jun. 5, 2012 at 13:30

Samsung's well-documented problems with the pebble blue variant of the Galaxy S III have already seen upwards of half a million polycarbonate back covers reportedly destroyed.

Now it seems Sammy is scrapping the pebble blue back cover altogether, in favour of a darker shade described as “metallic blue”.

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Android 4.0 user 'surge' tells its own story

Android 4.0 user 'surge' tells its own story

Martin James  Jun. 2, 2012 at 14:00

Can you believe it's June already? Google probably can't, judging by long it's taking for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to get any kind of momentum going.

Well, it seems like the wheels are finally turning (slowly), and the latest generation of Google's mobile OS is now present on 7.1% of all Android devices.

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Sony Xperia Neo L next off the production line?

Sony Xperia Neo L next off the production line?

Martin James  Jun. 2, 2012 at 12:00

Sony has been pretty busy of late, hasn't it? The past week has seen the launch of a pair of new Android smartphones – the Xperia Go and the Xperia Acro S – plus we've finally had some serious movement on the Ice Cream Sandwich update front for existing Sony users.

And now to round off the week we have the Xperia Neo L, which looks to be going international after launching in China back in March, bringing with it – shock, horror – Android ICS right out of the box.

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Microsoft Office iPad app tipped for November 10 launch

Microsoft Office iPad app tipped for November 10 launch

Martin James  Jun. 1, 2012 at 19:00

Considering how The Daily was billed as the saviour of the publishing industry, and the best thing since wossname, full of interesting scoops and all that, we haven't heard a whole lot of Murdoch's iPad plaything since its launch last year.

But here's something, and it's nothing other than a supposed scoop on the mobile industry. Well, of sorts. The Newscorp publication has been spilling the beans on a Microsoft Office app for the iPad, which it says will launch on November 10.

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London Underground Wi-Fi service goes live

London Underground Wi-Fi service goes live

Martin James  Jun. 1, 2012 at 10:30

Transport for London (TfL) has officially flicked the switch on the Virgin Media-run free Wi-Fi service which is set to offer free Wi-Fi access throughout the London 2012 Olympics over the summer.

BBC journalist Rory Clellan-Jones sent the first landmark tweet over the system, which marks the most significant step yet towards getting full mobile access up and running on the Tube.

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Oppo who? 6.2mm ZTE Athena claims the skinny crown for itself

Oppo who? 6.2mm ZTE Athena claims the skinny crown for itself

Martin James  Jun. 1, 2012 at 10:00

Well that's just rude. It's been what – three days? – since we shone the spotlight on the Oppo Finder and its record-breaking 6.65mm skinniness, and here we have another anorexic smartphone kicking it right back into anonymity.

It's called the ZTE Athena, and has just been snapped in some Mr Blurrycam action over in China with a side-on profile measuring a decidedly waifish 6.2mm.

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