Windows Phone 7 update coming on February 7th?

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Jan 312011
 

Microsoft Windows Phone

A rumour originating in France suggests that Microsoft will push out its first Windows Phone 7 update starting on February 7th. A number of French sites are reporting that some users may have already received the update, perhaps as a low volume test in preparation for the official release.

The update is expected to deliver cut-and-paste functionality as well as a number of performance improvements. It could also come with support for the Qualcomm 7×30 chipset and a CDMA location stack to allow CDMA carriers such as Sprint to offer Windows Phone 7 devices.

The date remains unconfirmed but falls a week before Microsoft is expected to unveil new handsets during MWC 2011.

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Motorola XOOM video aims squarely at Apple

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Jan 312011
 

Motorola has posted a teaser for its upcoming Super Bowl ad and it’s clear who it’s aimed at. The ad, titled Goodbye 1984, makes reference to the iconic 1984 Apple ad:

2011 looks a lot like 1984. One authority. One design. One way to work.

It’s time for more choices. It’s time to explore. It’s time to live a free life.

Let’s hope that the Motorola XOOM can live up to the hype…

BlackBerry PlayBook business capabilities shown off on video

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Jan 312011
 

Research In Motion has released a video that focuses on the upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook’s business capabilities and its email capabilities in particular. The demonstration shows the PlayBook paired to a BlackBerry smartphone and how changes made on the PlayBook are almost instantly reflected on the smartphone.

The connection between the two devices is secured and no data is stored on the PlayBook. That is sure to appeal to the corporate world.

T-Mobile USA to launch Dell Streak 7 on February 2nd

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Jan 312011
 

Dell Streak 7

T-Mobile USA today announced via Twitter that the Dell Streak 7 4G tablet will be available as of February 2nd. It will sell for US$199.99 after a US$50 mail-in rebate and with a two-year contract.

T-Mobile USA also confirmed to Electronista that the Dell Streak 7 will be available for US$450 for use with a prepaid data plan.

The Dell Streak 7 was unveiled back at CES 2011.

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Canalys: Google Android now world’s best-selling smartphone platform

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Jan 312011
 

Marketing research firm Canalys is reporting that Google Android displaced Nokia’s Symbian as the world’s leading smartphone platform in Q4 2010. Android-based smartphone shipments reached 33.3 million devices compared to the 31.0 million for Symbian devices. It is the first time in 10 years that Symbian has been outsold by another OS.

Apple, RIM and Microsoft OS’s completed the global top five OS list. Despite the change in order, all recorded growth over the same quarter a year ago except Microsoft which saw a 20 percent drop (primarily as Windows Phone 7 was only released late in the year).

In the US, RIM retook first place in the manufacturer race from Apple (in large part thanks to its BlackBerry Torch). HTC maintained its third place ranking.

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Dell Venue Pro headed to AT&T?

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Jan 302011
 

Dell Venue Pro

Negri Electronics, a US retailer, is now offering as a pre-order an unlocked version of the Dell Venue Pro that supports the 850, 1900, and 2100MHz HSDPA bands. To date, the Dell Venue Pro has only supported T-Mobile’s 3G bands.

This new variant supports the AT&T-compatible bands, leading to some suggestions that it could be headed to AT&T. For us Canadians, it also means that we could see it here courtesy of one of our carriers (Rogers Wireless perhaps?).

Negri Electronics is listing the AT&T-compatible Dell Venue Pro for US$649.50. It is only available for pre-order with no indication as to when it will begin shipping.

Source: PocketNow.com

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Worldwide mobile phone market grows 18.5 percent in 2010

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Jan 302011
 

The latest Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker results are in from International Data Corporation (IDC) and they show that the mobile phone market continues to grow at an impressive rate. A total of 1.39 mobile handsets were shipped in 2010, an 18.5 increase over the 1.17 billion shipped in 2009. Vendors shipped 401.4 million units in Q4 2010 alone (compared to 340.5 million units in Q4 2009).

There was some upheaval in Q4 2010 in the top worldwide manufacturers as Huawei climbed into the top five, pushing Apple down to fifth and RIM completely off the list.

“Change-up among the number four and five vendors could be a regular occurrence this year,” added Ramon Llamas, senior research analyst with IDC’s Mobile Devices Technology and Trends team. “Motorola, Research In Motion, and Sony Ericsson, all vendors with a tight focus on the fast-growing smartphone market and who had ranked among the top five worldwide vendors during 2010, are well within striking distance to move back into the top five list.”

For the whole of 2010, Nokia remained on top, followed by Samsung, LG Electronics, with ZTE in fourth and RIM in fifth. In the North American market, IDC reports that RIM and Apple maintained their leadership positions.

IDC expects that growth in the smartphone space will drive market growth through 2014. In 2011 alone, IDC expects smartphone shipments to grow 43.7 percent.

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Google Android 3.0 event scheduled for February 2nd

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Jan 302011
 

Google Android

Google will host an event on February 2th to present an “in-depth look at Honeycomb, Android ecosystem news and hands-on demos.” It will consist of a 90 minute stage presentation followed by demos for those in attendance.

I’m hoping that Android will reveal whether Honeycomb will ever make it to smartphones or how it plans to manage future Android development with two forks (smartphones and tablets).

The event will also be live streamed via the Android Developer YouTube Channel. Everything gets started at 1300 EST (1000 PST).

Motorola ATRIX 4G pricing revealed?

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Jan 292011
 

Motorola ATRIX 4G

Motorola has confirmed that the ATRIX 4G will make its AT&T debut next month but pricing has remained a bit of a mystery until now. Two separate sources, Amazon’s prematurely launched ATRIX 4G product page and a leaked Costco inventory screenshot, both suggest that it will sell for US$149.99, presumably with the usual two-year contract.

A separate forum post suggests that the Laptop Dock which will convert your ATRIX into a notebook will sell for US$150.

Hopefully Bell offers similar pricing when the ATRIX lands in Canada (March 17th?).

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Huawei E1691 data stick headed to WIND Mobile

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Jan 282011
 

Huawei E1691 data stick

WIND Mobile today announced that it will soon offer the Huawei E1691 data stick.

The WINDspeed data stick E1691 is better equipped for WIND’s HSDPA/HSUPA network, and when paired with one of our data plans, it’s a great solution for a mobile life style.

The Huawei E1691 data stick supports download speeds up 7.2Mbps and upload speeds up to 5.76Mbps. It also supports SMS messaging and comes with Phone book management capabilities.

WIND has not provided pricing and specific availability details yet but is already taking reservations for it if you want to make sure you get is as early as possible.

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Motorola ATRIX video highlights its features

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Jan 282011
 

A new Motorola promotional video shows off the capabilities of the upcoming Motorola ATRIX smartphone. Needless to say, the video shows it docked in the Motorola Laptop Dock, essentially transforming it into a notebook.

Not highlighted in the video but now confirmed (according to the data sheet) is that the Motorola ATRIX will support 1080p capture and playback once a software update is released sometime after its release.

I will admit that I am seriously considering this as my next phone (over the HTC Desire HD which is coming to TELUS).

New HP devices to ship within weeks of February 9th announcement

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Jan 282011
 

Hewlett-Packard

In an interview with the BBC, HP CEO Leo Apotheker revealed that the products (widely expected to be webOS smartphones and tablets) HP will announce on February 9th will be available for sale just a few weeks later. “HP will stop making announcements for stuff it doesn’t have. When HP makes announcements, it will be getting ready to ship,” he said.

Apotheker also revealed the new product line will get a new name under the HP brand. It suggests that HP will continue to distance itself from the Palm brand. For example, webOS has already dropped the Palm prefix in favour of HP’s own.

HP will also make a follow-up announcement on March 14th. According to Apotheker, this event will be HP’s “secret answer” to competitors and will outline the “vision of what HP is capable of in the future.”

Could the February 9th event be smaller in scale than expected? For example, could HP defer announcing its webOS tablets (codenamed Topaz and Opal) until March?

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Wi-Fi-only Sony NGP also coming

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Jan 282011
 

Sony NGP

Sony yesterday announced its new Sony Next Generation Portable (NGP). One detail it did not reveal was that the NGP would come in both 3G and Wi-Fi-only versions. In fact, there will be multiple Wi-Fi-only versions and only one 3G, according to Sony Europe President Andrew House.

“The first thing to clarify, which I’m not sure the presentation did a perfect job of doing today, is that all of the devices will have Wi-Fi capability; a separate SKU will have 3G,” House said.

“So the user gets a choice. Wi-Fi is available wherever, which clearly is the most important aspect of connectivity and that connected experience; 3G will be a subset of that.”

Sony is still working out 3G partnerships. One confirmed detail is that it will have some sort of cost, presumably a monthly fee. More details will be available closer to launch.

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Confirmed: HTC Desire HD coming soon to TELUS Mobility

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Jan 282011
 

HTC Desire HD

As had been suggested by rumours, the HTC Desire HD is coming to TELUS. The carrier has launched a product page and promises that it is “Coming soon.”

With a huge HD touchscreen, amazing speeds for gaming, apps, browsing and multiple device mobile Wi-Fi hotspot capability, the Android 2.2 powered HTC Desire HD will impress you.

Pricing and availability details have not been released but rumours suggest a launch in February (the 10th perhaps) and a no-contract price of CA$499.99. Unfortunately, even these are doubtful according to MobileSyrup.com.

The specifications published by TELUS confirm that it will come with 1.5GB of onboard storage like the European version. An 8GB SD card will also be included.

Source: MobileSyrup.com

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More Windows Phone 7 devices coming from Dell

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Jan 282011
 

Dell

A tweet by BBC reporter Tim Weber has revealed that Dell is planning to release “several” more Windows Phone 7 devices. Confirmation came from Michael Dell during a conversation between the two at the World Economic Forum in Davos. No specific details, including timelines, were provided.

Michael Dell, btw, was carrying two Dell phones, 1 Windows Ph7, 1 Android; said Dell would launch several new WinPh7 models #davos

To date, Dell’s only Windows Phone 7 offering is the Dell Venue Pro.

Also in Dell’s future are Android 3.0 tablets. Again, there is little additional information so far.

Source: Electronista

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