Jobs promises “A+ iPhone update”

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Jan 312010


After unveiling the Apple iPad this week, Jobs held a townhall meeting with employees. A fair amount of attention was focused on Google, its new rival in the smartphone business, and Adobe whose Flash software is not supported on the iPad (as well as the iPhone).

It’s clear that Apple sees Google Android and its rapidly growing market share as a threat. He vowed that Apple would not let Google kill the iPhone. Apparently, Jobs went as far as calling Google’s mantra of “Don’t be evil” nothing more than “bullshit”.

He was no kinder to Adobe. Calling the company “lazy”, he predicted that HTML5 would soon replace Flash entirely.

As for the iPhone, Jobs promised more frequent updates and went as far as indicating that Google would not be able to keep up. He also indicated that the next iPhone would be an “A+ update.”

Typical Apple posturing or does Apple really have something that will once again widen the gap between it and its competitors?

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Motorola to be top Android phone vendor in 2010?

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Jan 312010


A year ago, would anyone have predicted that Motorola could become the top Android phone vendor in 2010? Now, Digitimes Research suggests that this could well happen. Digitimes predicts that Motorola’s focus on Android could result in it shipping up to 15.6 million devices in 2010. It also predicts that total Android phone sales will hit up to 36 million units.

Motorola recently announced plans to release up to 30 smartphones this year and most if not all will use Google Android.

HTC, the dominant Android device manufacturer in 2009, is expected to see its market share drop from 64.5 percent to 31.9 percent as it continues to offer both Android and Windows Mobile smartphones and begins to offer devices running the BREW MP operating system (like the just-announced HTC Smart).

Other players, such as Samsung, may have something to say about this though. Needless to say, Google Android will continue to be a disruptive force in the smartphone market this year.

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Microsoft confirms Windows Mobile 7 announcement at MWC

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Jan 302010


While there is no official statement, Microsoft CEO Peter Klien has confirmed that Windows Mobile 7 will be announced at the upcoming Mobile World Congress during an interview with Fox News:

Fox News: “Are we going to see Windows 7 Mobile come out in 2010? What is your plans for that?”

Peter Klein: “We are heads down working on Windows Mobile 7 and we will have much more to say about that at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February.”

It looks like the video has now been pulled but the cat is out of the bag now…

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Firefox 1.0 for Nokia Maemo now available

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Jan 302010

Mozilla Firefox for mobile

Mozilla Firefox for mobile has hit the version 1.0 milestone but only for the Nokia Maemo 5 (Nokia N900) platform (for now at least).

Bringing Firefox to mobile devices is the next step toward fulfilling Mozilla’s mission of providing one Web that everyone can access, regardless of device or location. Secure, powerful, and customizable, Firefox is the most modern mobile Web browser available and is optimized for a mobile experience. Key design principles are at the heart of the mobile browsing experience including minimal typing, seamless synchronization with desktop Firefox and the ability to take your Firefox with you, to name a few.

Among the features you will find in Firefox for mobile are:

  • Awesome Bar – Go to your favorite sites in just a couple of keystrokes with intelligent and personalized searching
  • Weave Sync – Sync your Firefox tabs, history, bookmarks and passwords between your desktop and mobile device for a seamless browsing experience
  • Add-ons – Customize your Firefox by adding small pieces of functionality, like games and news readers, that help make the mobile Web browser your own
  • Location-Aware Browsing – Get maps and information relevant to your location
  • Tabbed browsing – View open tabs as thumbnails to easily identify and select the Web page you’d like to go to next
  • Safe Browsing – Get an Instant Web Site ID and easily access and edit security settings

Mozilla promises that this only “an exciting entrance into the mobile ecosystem.” With Firefox for mobile in development for Windows Mobile and Android, this could well turn out to be true.

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DAVE Wireless to unveil new name on February 2nd

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Jan 292010

DAVE Wireless announced today that it will unveil its new brand name and logo on February 2nd.

Rumours have suggested that it could launch as ‘Fresh Wireless’ but new evidence suggests that DAVE Wireless is also considering some alternatives, including the brand ‘Mobilicity’ with the tag line ‘My phone. My city. My way.’ or the brand ‘Mobilicious.’

Mobilicity logo

We won’t have to wait too long to find out what new brand name DAVE Wireless has decided on.


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Samsung Galaxy 2 revealed?

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Jan 292010

Samsung’s successor to the Galaxy appears to have been revealed. Best of all, it also looks like Samsung is about to up its Android game with the Galaxy 2.

Rumoured Samsung Galaxy 2

Rumours suggest that the Samsung Galaxy will come with the following specifications:

  • Processor: 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
  • Operating system: Google Android 2.1
  • Other connectivity: Wi-Fi
  • Location services: GPS
  • Display: 3.7-inch AMOLED touchscreen
  • Storage: 32GB internal memory
  • Camera: 5MP
  • Ports: 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Dimensions:

With MWC starting in only a few weeks, perhaps an official announcement is not far off…

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HTC Magic ROM upgrade with HTC Sense now available in Europe

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Jan 292010

HTC Magic

Late last week, HTC released a ROM upgrade for the Rogers Wireless version of the HTC Magic. The upgrade came not only with some 911 call bug fixes but also the HTC Sense user interface. A similar ROM upgrade (version 3.05.401.3) is now available from HTC Europe.

This ROM Upgrade for your HTC Magic will let you experience HTC Sense on your phone. HTC Sense lets you create a phone just right for you. You can customize your experience to be any way you like. Discover intuitive experiences that make everything you do on your phone effortless and delightful.

Note: The update will replace the current ROM image and will all user data, and programs on your device. Be sure to back everything up before you start.

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Virgin Mobile HSPA+ network up and running

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Jan 292010

Virgin Mobile Canada

Virgin Mobile appears to have decided to launch its HSPA+ network earlier than it had originally expected.

Members get what they want, where they want it. We’ve got your back with more than 93 percent of Canadians covered on the nation’s largest, fastest HSPA+ network. This means you can do more, in more places, with the latest high-tech phones and smartphones.

Among the new devices being offered are the following:

  • Apple iPhone 3GS (16GB or 32GB) for CA$199.99/CA$299.99 with three-year contract or CA$699.99/CA$799.99 with 30-day contract
  • BlackBerry Bold 9700 for CA$149.99 with three-year contract or CA$549.99 with 30-day contract
  • BlackBerry Curve 8530 for CA$49.99 with three-year contract or CA$399.99 with 30-day contract
  • Broadband2Go MC998D modem for CA$0.00 with two-year contract or CA$149.99 with 30-day contract
  • Novatel Wireless MiFi 2372 for CA$99.99 with two-year contract or CA$199.99 with 30-day contract

Virgin Mobile Canada is owned by Bell Mobility and its network is none other than the Bell HSPA network launched in November 2009.

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Dave Wireless to launch as Fresh Wireless?

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Jan 282010

DAVE Wireless (Data & Audio Visual Enterprises Wireless Inc.) is expected to launch sometime in early 2010 (as late as May?). While we don’t exactly when it will launch, DAVE has confirmed that it will do so under a different brand name. DAVE has given no hints as to what the new name will be but some evidence now suggests it could be ‘Fresh Wireless.’ The accompanying tag line would be “My Phone, My City, My Way.”

The domain names, and have all been registered by DAVE Wireless. There is also a “FreshWireless” YouTube account with no content and a “Fresh Wireless” Twitter account with protected tweets.

Do you like the name?


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Mozilla Firefox headed to Android and Maemo RC3 now available

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Jan 282010

Mozilla Fennec

Mozilla Firefox appears to be headed to Google Android. According to a German Mozilla Community site, Mozilla could release a beta version of Firefox Mobile (Fennec) as early as February 2010. Mozilla apparently began work on an Android version back in December.

Development has progressed to the point where the application has been successfully started on an Android phone. But browsing is not possible yet. This suggests that a fair amount of work remains and that a February beta release may be overly optimistic.

Mozilla has also released Firefox for Maemo RC3 today with a number of bug fixes and performance improvements. Unfortunately, it also comes with disabled plugins, including Adobe Flash which apparently degraded performance too much.

Firefox for Windows Mobile remains at the Beta 3 version.

Note: The ‘Read more about this story’ link is in German. [Google translation]

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Motorola confirms plans for a Google-branded phone

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Jan 282010


Motorola confirmed rumours that it was working on a Google-branded phone. The revelation was made by co-CEO Sanjay Jha during an analyst call today. Like the Google Nexus One, Jha indicated that Motorola’s Google phone would be “sold directly to consumers.”

Earlier this month, rumours suggested that the Motorola Shadow could become the Google Nexus Two (if this is to be what it will be called).

No details, including a release date, about the Google-branded smartphone were revealed during the call.

Jha also revealed that Motorola expects to introduce 20 smartphones this year, including the Google-branded one.

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Virgin Mobile to launch HSPA+ network on February 2nd

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Jan 282010

Virgin Mobile Canada

Virgin Mobile Canada is set to launch its HSPA+ network on February 2nd. Virgin promises a “huge new network” and “some of the world’s sexiest phones.” Given that Bell Mobility owns Virgin Mobile, that huge network is none other than Bell’s recently launched HSPA network.

Among the first devices to be launched on the new network will be the Apple iPhone 3G and 3GS and the RIM BlackBerry Bold 9700. Other devices expected to be offered at launch or perhaps later include the BlackBerry Curve 8530, Samsung M330, Broadband2Go MC998D, and the Novatel Wireless MiFi 2372.

Plan and device pricing details have yet to be revealed.

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Apple iPad to use new microSIM card standard

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Jan 282010

Apple iPad

Any hopes that you had of using your existing SIM with your new Apple iPad have been dashed. It will use a micro SIM card rather than the standard SIM card most of us are used to. Known as as a Third Form Factor (3FF) SIM card, it is about 50 percent smaller than the traditional card.

3FF SIM cards were designed by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute for devices too small to accommodate the regular SIM card. Clearly, the iPad does not fall into that category.

So why did Apple decide on this SIM card format? Could it simply be to prevent users from simply using any SIM card with their unlocked 3G iPad?

3FF SIM cards are also headed to T-Mobile for use in a watch-style personal locator device called the nu.m8.

It remains to be seen if carriers will offer 3FF SIM cards directly to consumers.

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Google announces Desktop Dock for Nexus One

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Jan 282010

Google Nexus One Desktop Dock

Yesterday, Google announced its first accessory for the Google Nexus One. “The Nexus One Desktop Dock is an elegant place to charge your phone, on your desk or nightstand.”

When you dock your Nexus One into the Dock, the Clock application launches automatically. It displays not only the current date and time on top of the Home screen wallpaper but also local weather. It also allows you to manage alarms, watch a photo slideshow, play music and dim the display for nightime use. A 3.5mm-to-RCA audio cable is also included to connect the dock to a stereo to listen to the phone’s music on the stereo.

Pairing between the dock and the Nexus One is done via Bluetooth. You can leave the phone in the dock and simultaneously use a Bluetooth headset for calls.

The Nexus One Desktop Dock is available for US$45 from the Google online store.

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CNET ‘confirms’ Windows Mobile 7 unveiling at MWC

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Jan 272010

Microsoft Windows Phone

CNET is the latest to indicate that Microsoft will reveal its upcoming Windows Mobile 7 operating system at the upcoming Mobile World Congress (MWC) in mid-February. More information focusing on application and game development for the new operating system is expected to follow at the Mix 10 event in March.

CNET is also reporting that its sources have indicated that Microsoft is hoping to finalize Windows Mobile 7 by the summer to ensure that devices are available before the end of the year. This lines up with some previous rumours and suggests that rumours that WM7 had been delayed to 2011 may only apply to certain language localizations.

Microsoft could also a announce a line of consumer phones. These are likely the result of Microsoft’s acquisition of Danger back in early 2008. This line of phones will likely use Windows Mobile (WM6.5?) and feature integration with Zune and other Microsoft consumer services.

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