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Sony Tsubasa: dual-core Android smartphone leaked

Sony Tsubasa: dual-core Android smartphone leaked

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 11, 2012 at 14:00

The Sony Xperia S is getting on a bit now, but word on the street is that the Japanese manufacturer is prepping a spanking new dual-core smartphone.

We’re looking at the LT25 (LT25i for the international version), codenamed Tsubasa. What the hell’s a Tsubasa? It’s the Japanese word for “wing”, seemingly. Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle (pictured) is an animated fantasy/romance series. Interesting.

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Review of the week

Review of the week

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 11, 2012 at 13:00

# It’s Review of the week
There’s no need to speak
Take it to the peak
Sniff it with your beak #

Just a little something I've been working on this morning. Like it?

What's happening in the world of mobile? Well, after a slight post-Nexus 7 lull, we're psyching ourselves up for imminent new goodies from Samsung, Nokia, and of course - everyone's favourite - Apple. Huzzah!

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Nokia EVP Jo Harlow talks up PureView for Windows Phone 8

Nokia EVP Jo Harlow talks up PureView for Windows Phone 8

Martin James  Aug. 11, 2012 at 12:00

The first of Nokia's Windows Phone 8 squadron are expected to arrive at Nokia World next month, and despite the few Lumia handsets we've already seen, this should be when the company's WinPho adventure truly kicks off.

Bringing Nokia's class-leading imaging abilities into play on Windows Phone Apollo is clearly going to be a major part of the deal, and this week top Nokia exec Jo Harlow hinted we won't have to wait too long to see it happen.

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HTC: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich updates all coming in August

HTC: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich updates all coming in August

Martin James  Aug. 10, 2012 at 18:15

Good news for HTC users drumming their fingers on their Sense UIs waiting for a bit of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich action: HTC has promised it'll have all its updates out by the end of the month.

Of course, this from a company that is only having to make the promise because it's failed to deliver on previous promises. And Desire HD users: sorry, you're still not on the ICS VIP list.

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Nokia Phi: first Windows Phone 8 handset looks decidedly Lumia

Nokia Phi: first Windows Phone 8 handset looks decidedly Lumia

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 10, 2012 at 16:00

A few days ago, Chinese site WPDang (dang!) posted a picture of what it claimed was Nokia’s first Windows Phone 8 handset, and now it’s supposedly been ‘confirmed’.

As you can see from the pic, the Nokia Phi, as it’s codenamed, looks very much like the rectangular Lumias, namely the Lumia 800 and Lumia 900. Oh, and let’s not forget the MeeGo-rocking Nokia N9.

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More on Samsung’s Exynos 5 Dual

More on Samsung’s Exynos 5 Dual

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 10, 2012 at 14:00

Samsung has been jawing about the Exynos 5 Dual since last November. Of course, back then it was the Exynos 5250. Same thing.

We had a wee update in May when it was rumoured that the Exynos 5 Dual might appear in a 2012 device, and now we gots more, er, stuff.

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Microsoft: honestly, stop saying ‘Metro UI’

Microsoft: honestly, stop saying ‘Metro UI’

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 10, 2012 at 12:00

Over the past couple of years, the term ‘Metro’ has become – in technology circles – increasingly synonymous with Microsoft and its tiled UI, whether it’s on the Xbox, Windows Phone, or the imminent wave of Windows 8 devices.

However, the other day we heard the suggestion that German retailer Metro AG wasn’t happy, and now Microsoft has come up with a fantastic replacement.

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US Survey: iPad mini would be ‘pointless’

The iPad mini has been discussed at great length across the cyberweb, but remains entirely unofficial. By the sounds of it, there are definitely prototypes kicking around in Apple’s top-secret mountain lair, but it’s not clear if it’ll launch alongside the iPhone 5 in September/October.

Interestingly, a US survey suggests that the iPad mini wouldn’t be particularly well received, with many deeming it “pointless”. Uh oh.

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Samsung: We're not interested in buying RIM

Samsung: We're not interested in buying RIM

Phil Lavelle  Aug. 10, 2012 at 10:30

So, it seems that nobody wants to buy RIM right now. We've had rumours of takeovers and acquisition desires for months but the latest one was that Samsung was mulling over plans to take over the BlackBerry maker.

Well, not anymore, Samsung has issued a flat denial that it ever had any interest in RIM whatsoever. Which is unique because Samsung usually remains schtum. It really is a kick in the proverbial teeth for poor old RIM.

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HTC T-Mobile G1 gets Android Jelly Bean

HTC T-Mobile G1 gets Android Jelly Bean

Phil Lavelle  Aug. 10, 2012 at 10:00

You know when you see someone really old and they're dressed like someone half their age?  This is kinda how we feel about this next story.

The HTC T-Mobile G1 has been given a taste of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Yes, the original Android handset - the one that shipped without an on screen keyboard, no video player codec and didn't even have a decent jack for the headphones - has been given the latest Android OS by those cheeky developers over at XDA.

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Sony Xperia Tablet: is a safety first approach really the solution?

Sony Xperia Tablet: is a safety first approach really the solution?

Martin James  Aug. 9, 2012 at 19:00

Sony's Tablet P and Tablet S are in many ways the perfect argument why rival tablet makers have little choice but to follow in the iPad's footsteps: for the most part, alternative approaches have quite simply failed.

It's no surprise then that the follow-up Xperia Tablet we heard about for the first time last month comes with a far more conventional design, one that's now been revealed in a decent-quality pic. But has it lost the originality that was one of the few plus points of the original in the first place?

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Google tries to take Siri on - on iOS!

Some of you won't agree with this - I know that. But I'll say it anyway. I think Voice Actions are fantastic on a phone. The ability to just tell my S3 what song to play when in the car is great. Telling it to call the Mrs or send a text, brilliant. But the problem is, it's just not all there.

Google's apparently going to try to change that with Jelly Bean's vocalised responses, a better UI and so forth arriving the next day... but on iOS!

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HTC working on the Endeavour C2, the successor to the One X?

Just the other day, we were pontificating about HTC's future with the fact that it's been largely eclipsed by Samsung in terms of sales.

And how the One X is a great handset but the Taiwanese powerhouse needs to really pull something special out the bag to regain that lost ground.

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Samsung Pakistan Galaxy S III concept confusion: not the Galaxy Note 2

You all remember that famous Samsung Galaxy S III concept pic, right? The one with the near edge-to-edge display and the awesome clock and that? Yeah, that one.

Well, it recently caused a bit of confusion out Asia way, when Samsung Pakistan posted it on their Facebook page. Seems some folk thought it was an early peek at the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Oops.

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More iPhone 5 specs: thin as heck, five rows of apps

More iPhone 5 specs: thin as heck, five rows of apps

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 9, 2012 at 11:00

“What’s the deal with the iPhone 5?” You wouldn’t believe how many people ask me that question. I recently summed up the story so far in iPhone 5 rumours, and now we have a couple more specs to throw in.

We have two entirely unrelated iPhone 5 spec leaks here: one concerning the thickness (or should I say “thinness”), t’other dealing with the resolution and icon layout.

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Nokia calls it quits on Qt, sells remaining assets to Digia

Nokia calls it quits on Qt, sells remaining assets to Digia

Martin James  Aug. 9, 2012 at 10:00

Nokia traditionalists will no doubt already be reaching for their Elop effigies with the news that the company has decided to offload the Qt development platform to Digia for a pittance of the $150m it paid to pick it up in the first place back in 2008.

That's not a long time ago, but it's long enough for Nokia to have bought Qt, place it right at the heart of its plans for everything from MeeGo to Symbian to Series 40, then yank it out again and sell it off on the cheap.

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Android or iOS - pick one: so much for freedom of choice

I've always found it... let's go with “ironic”... that the US, the self-proclaimed home of democracy, has a political system dominated entirely by just two political parties – and two parties placed a lot nearer to each other than they'd like you to believe.

And these days that's sounding a good way to describe the smartphone market, with IDC claiming that fully 85% of new smartphones sold are running either Android or iOS.

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Windows Phone rebrands Marketplace

Windows Phone rebrands Marketplace

Phil Lavelle  Aug. 8, 2012 at 21:00

You know what, credit where credit is due. I thought that the launch of Windows Phone would be a disaster. Let's face it - Windows Mobile was advanced for its time, but it was clunky and a nightmare to get right. I still have a bald patch from the hair tearing I did trying to get my HTC HD to sync up to Tom Tom. In fact, I may need to pour a drink while I write this post.

But, Microsoft has pulled it out of the bag to give us an elegant, articulate new OS that delivers something and that is echoed further in that more and more operators are porting their apps over to Windows Marketplace as well as Android and iOS.

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Motorola Droid RAZR HD not coming on Friday after all

Motorola Droid RAZR HD not coming on Friday after all

Phil Lavelle  Aug. 8, 2012 at 20:30

What's that? You can't wait for the Motorola Droid RAZR HD this coming Friday? Got your bag packed so that you can go camp outside Carphone Warehouse? Got your portable charger for juicing up your old phone so you have something to play with while you wait for the store to open? Don't forget the thermos and the biccies.

In fact, stand down. As you were. Put them back in the cupboard. It's not coming this week by the looks of things according to TechRadar.

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Jelly Bean getting closer for Samsung Galaxy S III owners

Jelly Bean getting closer for Samsung Galaxy S III owners

Phil Lavelle  Aug. 8, 2012 at 20:00

We've already been told to expect the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update to the Samsung Galaxy S III sometime in September, and now that update is looking even closer with the news that Samsung has finished internal testing of the latest OS. That means a public release version is the next logical step, providing all went well in the testing stages.

In fact, SamMobile reckons Samsung is already working on the latest public release version and we should be looking to get it sometime around Q3 or Q4.

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