First BlackBerry 10 handset tipped to appear in October

First BlackBerry 10 handset tipped to appear in October

Martin James  Apr. 26, 2012 at 18:00

RIM's forthcoming BlackBerry 10 OS is increasingly being seen as the most important release in the company's history – partly because RIM is promising so much and partly because the company is pretty much doomed if it isn't a success.

But amid the missed deadlines and underwhelming products that have got RIM into the mess it's now in comes a small glimmer of hope – the first BlackBerry 10-powered smartphone should be with us by October.

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Microsoft: no more Marketplace if you don't have Mango

Microsoft: no more Marketplace if you don't have Mango

Martin James  Apr. 26, 2012 at 13:30

There has been a fair bit of confusion lately about whether existing Windows Phone handsets will be able to upgrade to Apollo when it arrives later this year.

In the meantime, though, here's some news that could affect WinPho users a lot sooner: anyone who hasn't yet upgraded to Windows Phone 7.5 Mango is just weeks away from being shut off from the Windows Phone Marketplace.

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Hold on to your seats, here comes... the Facebook phone!

Hold on to your seats, here comes... the Facebook phone!

Martin James  Apr. 25, 2012 at 19:00

We thought HTC had pretty much put the whole Facebook phone thing to rest last year when the Salsa and ChaCha arrived on the scene complete with their dedicated Facebook buttons and did... well, not very much to be honest.

But no, it seems HTC is a sucker (or Zucker?) for punishment, and the latest rumour hitting our ears via the mobile grapevine is that the company is ready to have another go.

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How to sell 200 phones every second

How to sell 200 phones every second

Martin James  Apr. 25, 2012 at 18:00

Apple is the king of scarcity marketing, somehow managing to become the most valuable company on the planet while simultaneously convincing people there genuinely might not be enough iDevices to go round.

But even Apple would struggle to compete with this: over in China, the latest batch of Xiaomi M1 handsets has been released to the Android-craving masses, and all 150,000 units have sold out... in less than 13 minutes.

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ZTE planning twin phablet assault for 2012

Let's be honest – if you were to count up the leading mobile players on your fingers, you'd probably need an accident of genetics to have enough digits for ZTE to get a mention.

But the ambitious Chinese phone maker plans on changing all that by cornering the latest mobile sub-market: smartphone-tablet hybrids... or phablets, if you prefer.

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Nokia 808 PureView used to film its own official video

Nokia 808 PureView used to film its own official video

Martin James  Apr. 21, 2012 at 14:00

If you were Nokia and you wanted to produce an official video clip that truly demonstrated just how great the new 808 PureView's camera really is, how would you go about it?

Easy, you'd use the 41-megapixel camera itself to do the shooting.

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Amazon's Samsung Galaxy S III pre-order page goes live

We're just a couple of weeks away from the Samsung Galaxy S III's grand unveiling, and Amazon Germany has now started taking pre-orders for the next-gen Android superstar.

Insert cliches about Germans and efficiency at your discretion, but perhaps more important is that it's another endorsement of many of the headline specs we've been hearing about lately.

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Nokia on Lumia 900: 'we can't make 'em quickly enough'

Nokia on Lumia 900: 'we can't make 'em quickly enough'

Martin James  Apr. 20, 2012 at 10:00

Say what you like about Nokia boss Stephen Elop, and a lot of you do, but the man certainly knows the value of the sound-bite, especially when it comes to the murky world of sales and marketing.

So while the words themselves haven't come from Elop's mouth, there's certainly an Elopian feel to the following comments about the Lumia 900 over in the US: “we are producing more devices to satisfy demand as quickly as possible.”

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HTC: customers want thin phones, not long-life batteries

HTC: customers want thin phones, not long-life batteries

Martin James  Apr. 20, 2012 at 09:00

HTC says that its latest line of super-slender smartphones are simply giving the public what they want despite their slim profile coming at the cost of battery life.

The company's vice-president of portfolio strategy Bjorn Kilburn made the claim this week in defending HTC against complaints that its batteries don't last long enough, and aren't user-accessible either.

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Lava XOLO X900: the first Intel Medfield phone is finally ready

Lava XOLO X900: the first Intel Medfield phone is finally ready

Martin James  Apr. 19, 2012 at 18:00

Intel – you remember them? They used to be big in the processor game, and weren't they working with Nokia on that MeeGo thing before Stephen Elop decided Windows Phone was the better approach?

OK, that's off the mark but the casual  observer could be forgiven for taking that sort of view of Intel's recent mobile fortunes. Finally, though, Intel's chance to change all that is here, courtesy of the Lava XOLO X900, which launches on Monday April 23.

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By Eluga! Panasonic's Android hope arrives a week early

By Eluga! Panasonic's Android hope arrives a week early

Martin James  Apr. 19, 2012 at 10:59

Has a week ever gone by so quickly? We'd swear it was just two days ago we told you Panasonic's Eluga had launched in Germany and that the UK launch was just a week away.

Yet here we are with news that the Eluga in fact debuted in the UK yesterday already, and can be ordered right now from the same Expansys we quoted for that original launch date and price.

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T-Mobile slip-up reveals May launch for BlackBerry 9320

T-Mobile slip-up reveals May launch for BlackBerry 9320

Martin James  Apr. 18, 2012 at 18:00

We've commented before that it says a lot about RIM's current plight that so few of the stories we write about the company these days have anything to do with actual devices.

Well, here's one: a prematurely published (and subsequently removed) coming soon page on T-Mobile has revealed that the BlackBerry Curve 9320 will be joining the BB family here in the UK as soon as next month.

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HTC boss Chou sings Beats Audio's praises

HTC boss Chou sings Beats Audio's praises

Martin James  Apr. 18, 2012 at 09:30

HTC boss Peter Chou has come out in defence of the company's purchase of Beats Audio last year, saying the move to shift outgoing CFO Winston Yung to another role has nothing to do with his leading role in negotiating the $300m.

Many now think the deal was a mistake, and point to the Yung announcement, plus the fact that HTC is backtracking on plans to bundle Beats Audio headphones with its handsets, as proof that things have gone sour. But Chou insists that's not the case at all.

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Nokia's big problem: 'nobody comes in and asks for a Windows Phone'

Nokia's big problem: 'nobody comes in and asks for a Windows Phone'

Martin James  Apr. 17, 2012 at 16:00

Nokia has bet the farm on Windows Phone being a success, as with demand for both its Symbian and Series 40 devices dropping rapidly it now remains pretty much the only way out of the hole the company now finds itself in.

So it's safe to say, then, that Stephen Elop and co won't be too pleased to see a Reuters story quoting European operators as saying Nokia and Windows Phone simply not in the same league as their Android and iOS rivals.

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HTC sidelines CFO who thought 0m for Beats Audio was a bargain

HTC sidelines CFO who thought $300m for Beats Audio was a bargain

Martin James  Apr. 17, 2012 at 10:30

We recently reported on HTC's decision to stop bundling Beats Audio headphones with its handsets.

Now in itself that doesn't necessarily mean the Taiwanese firm is regretting spending $300m on the audio brand last year. At least it doesn't until you throw in the fact that the CFO who set the deal up has now been shifted aside after less than a year in the job.

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Xtex My Tablet delivers Android 4.0 ICS for under £100

Xtex My Tablet delivers Android 4.0 ICS for under £100

Martin James  Apr. 17, 2012 at 09:30

So, tablet owners: how much did your tablet cost? Bet it's not as cheap as my tablet.

No, that's not a particularly sad variation on the whole “my dad is bigger than your dad” thing, it's our way of introducing the £95 Xtex My Tablet, the world's cheapest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich slate.

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Samsung Galaxy S III launching in London on May 3

Samsung Galaxy S III launching in London on May 3

Martin James  Apr. 16, 2012 at 09:00

Yes, the speculation is finally over: Samsung has finally confirmed a launch date for its next big Galaxy superstar, with Dutch site Tweakers.net revealing that the grand launch will take place in London on May 3.

We choose our words carefully, because the invite doesn't actually mention “S III” (or S3, for that matter) anywhere at all, leading us to wonder: does Samsung have a name change in mind?

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Boeing Phone to touch down later this year

Boeing Phone to touch down later this year

Martin James  Apr. 13, 2012 at 15:30

It's no wonder that Android phones rule the mobile roost these days. Just about everyone is making the things: Samsung, Sony, Motorola, Panasonic, HTC, Boeing, LG... the list goes on and on.

Hang on – was that Boeing in there, I hear you ask? Indeed it was – the aerospace giant is the latest to sign on the lime green dotted line, and is expected to launch its own Android smartphone later this year.

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Nokia 808 PureView tipped for May 7 UK release

Nokia 808 PureView tipped for May 7 UK release

Martin James  Apr. 13, 2012 at 10:15

Nokia's 41-megapixel 808 PureView cameraphone has finally been given a UK release date, with MobileFun claiming the snap-happy chappy expected to touch down on May 7 for a SIM-free price of £539.

But before you go pillaging your life's savings in preparation, we should probably point out that Nokia itself has dismissed the claim as “simply speculation”.

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Google's great debate: what to do with Motorola?

Google's great debate: what to do with Motorola?

Martin James  Apr. 12, 2012 at 11:00

When Google coughed up big money to acquire Motorola Mobility last year, there was plenty of speculation as to what it would mean for both company's future.

What seems to have happened in reality, however, was something nobody predicted: nothing at all. And that's given rise to a new possibility: could Google be looking to sell off Moto's smartphone division?

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