Windows Phone Mango smartphones to launch in September?

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Jul 312011
 

Windows PhoneOn the heels of the announcement of the first Windows Phone Mango device, Digitimes is reporting that HTC, LG, and Samsung will unveil new Windows Phone Mango smartphones in September. Digitimes had few details except to indicate that HTC will offer a number of devices, all powered by a 1.5GHz single-core Qualcomm processor and with displays ranging from 3.8 to 4.7-inches.

Digitimes also suggested that Nokia will unveil its first Windows Phone device at Nokia World 2011 in October. It’s unclear when other partners, including Acer and ZTE, will announce their devices.

Will Microsoft and its partners find themselves overshadowed by the expected September launch of the next-generation Apple iPhone?

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HTC Status now available at TELUS

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Jul 312011
 

HTC StatusTELUS announced that it would soon carry the Facebook-geared HTC Status back in late June. The day has finally arrived and it is now available from TELUS Mobility. Among the Facebook-centric features are a dedicated Facebook button and a modified HTC Sense interface integrated with the Facebook service.

TELUS is offering the HTC Status for CA$29.99 with a three-year contract, CA$149.99 with a two-year contract, CA$199.99 with a one-year contract, and CA$249.99 with no contract. It is available in black or purple.

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Fujitsu Toshiba IS12T first Windows Phone Mango phone to be announced

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Jul 312011
 

Fujitsu Toshiba IS12TNow that Windows Phone Mango has been sent to manufacturers, we can expect to hear more about devices. The first to be announced is the Fujitsu Toshiba IS12T (first spotted at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference earlier this month).

Here is what we know about the Fujitsu Toshiba IS12T so far:

  • Processor: Qualcomm MSM8655 (speed not specified)
  • Operating system: Microsoft Windows Phone Mango
  • Other connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
  • Display: 3.7-inch WVGA
  • Storage: 32GB onboard
  • Rear-facing camera: 13.2MP
  • Other: IPX5 waterproof

The Fujitsu Toshiba IS12T is scheduled for release in “September or beyond” in Japan only (so far). Pricing has been disclosed.

Source: Windows Phone Blog

Samsung Galaxy S II sales top 5 million in 85 days

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Jul 302011
 

Samsung Galaxy S IISamsung confirmed this week that it has now sold over 5 million Samsung Galaxy S II smartphones. It took only 85 days to reach the milestone, 40 days less than the original Galaxy S.

“In just a few months the Galaxy S II has led the way in driving Samsung’s unmatched performance in the smartphone industry” said JK Shin, President and Head of Samsung’s Mobile Communications Business. “Since being launched into the retail market in late April, the Galaxy S II has seen tremendous growth. This reflects the strong support from carrier partners globally, who in choosing the Galaxy S II as their flagship device have reaffirmed the device’s status as a premium, market-defining smartphone.”

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Samsung Mobile to rock Toronto on August 4th

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Jul 302011
 

SamsungEarlier this week, Samsung Mobile Canada announced will once again offer a free concert in downtown Toronto. While the act itself remains a mystery, the concert will take place on Thursday, August 4th at 5:30 pm at the corner of Wellington Street and Blue Jays Way.

As with last year’s Metric concert, the event will also feature Samsung’s smartphones which will be joined by tablets this year.

As for the band, any guesses based on Samsung promising “stellar sounds?” Stars perhaps?

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A short Gadgetorama vacation break

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Jul 272011
 

I’m taking a few days off to step away from technology and into the world of campfires, roasted marshmallows, and lazy days by the water. News coverage will resume early next week.

Catch you all in a few days!

Verizon Wireless: Motorola XOOM 4G upgrade available in September

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Jul 262011
 

Motorola XOOMVerizon today revealed that it expects that 4G upgrades for the Motorola XOOM will be available as of September. Verizon Wireless spokeswoman Brenda Raney indicated that the update would require that customers ship their XOOM tablets to Motorola which will perform the upgrade. The process should take about six business days and will be available to 3G customers free of charge (including shipping).

Motorola had expected to have the upgrade out in the spring but software performance issues delayed the release.

Letters notifying customers of the upgrade are now being sent out. Further details will be provided closer to the upgrade date as well.

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Windows Phone Mango hits RTM milestone

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Jul 262011
 

Microsoft Windows PhoneHow quickly things change. After denying rumours over the weekend that Windows Phone Mango had reached the RTM (Release To Manufacturing) stage, Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of engineering for Windows Phone today confirmed that Mango had been delivered to manufacturers.

This marks the point in the development process where we hand code to our handset and mobile operator partners to optimize Mango for their specific phone and network configurations. Here on the Windows Phone team, we now turn to preparing for the update process. The Mango update for current Windows Phone handsets will be ready this fall, and of course will come pre-installed on new Windows Phones.

A tweet by Bill Cox, Microsoft’s Director of Communications for the Windows Phone Division, indicates that Mango will be in the hands of customers in the fall:

It’s official: @WindowsPhone Mango signed off today and headed to partners; coming to customers this fall.

Microsoft showed off Windows Phone Mango back in May along with many of the new features that it would come with (including multitasking, a new version of Internet Explorer, and Threads that tie together various social media tools.

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HTC looking to negotiate a patent deal with Apple?

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Jul 262011
 

HTCHTC was recently dealt a setback when US courts ruled in favour of Apple over two patents in an infringement lawsuit that dates back to 2010. HTC responded by saying that it would appeal the ruling and HTC CEO Peter Chou added that the smartphone wars ought to be fought in the market place rather than the courts. Now HTC appears to be striking a more conciliatory tone with comments that it is willing to negotiate a settlement. In an interview with Bloomberg, HTC’s Winston Yung said that the company is “open to all sorts of solutions, as long as the solution and the terms are fair and reasonable.”

For its part, Apple has yet to comment on any potential negotiations with HTC.

Apple first filed a complaint against HTC with the International Trade Commission (ITC) back in March 2010. It accused HTC of infringing 10 mobile patents it holds. Earlier this month, Apple filed an additional suit against HTC, alleging further patent infringements.

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Microsoft confirms Windows Phone not at RTM stage yet

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Jul 262011
 

Windows PhoneRumours this past weekend that Microsoft had called Build 7710 of Windows Phone Mango the final gold build were quickly dashed by Bill Cox, Microsoft’s Director of Communications for the Windows Phone Division. The confirmation that Mango has yet to hit the RTM stage came via Twitter:

For those following the rumor mill, @windowsphone Mango has not yet hit RTM (Release To Manufacturing). We’re excited about the progress… stay tuned.

Recent rumours suggested that the first Windows Phone Mango device, a water-resistant Fujitsu smartphone, could be out as early as the end of August.

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AT&T commits to Gingerbread for entire 2011 Android smartphone lineup

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Jul 262011
 

AT&TGood news for AT&T customers who own an Android phone that the company introduced this year. The carrier has confirmed that “all post-paid Android smartphones already introduced this year” will be upgraded to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). The following devices are scheduled for updates:

  • HTC Inspire 4G
  • LG Phoenix
  • Motorola ATRIX 4G
  • Pantech Crossover
  • Samsung Captivate
  • Samsung Infuse 4G

The LG Thrill 4G is missing from this list. I suspect that this is an oversight more than anything though.

Timing and delivery method will vary by device. While OTA will be the preferred update method, there may be cases where a Wi-Fi connection or a PC connection is required.

As already reported, the Motorola ATRIX 4G update has already begun to get pushed out. HTC Inspire 4G users can expect the update in August.

VimpelCom reaffirms support for WIND Mobile

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Jul 252011
 

WIND MobileWhen Amsterdam-based VimpelCom merged last year with Orascom Telecom Holding SAE, many wondered what would happen to WIND Mobile and the backing it had received from Orascom. WIND Mobile welcomed the news but must also have hoped that it was not among the “non core” assets that Vimpelcom intended to divest itself of.

Ossama Bessada, VimpelCom’s head of the Europe and North America business unit, now appears to have put those fears to rest. “We’re not going to pull the plug, for sure,” he said, adding that “Canada fits nicely within VimpelCom’s balanced portfolio of wireless assets.” Bessada had more good news for WIND Mobile. He expects that VimpelCom will provide WIND Mobile with financial assistance in Canada’s next wireless auction (possibly in late 2012) as well as future expansion and consolidation.

Bessada also had good news for consumers, indicating that he believes there is room for Canadian prices to drop further.

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RIM to announce new BlackBerry 7 devices tomorrow

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Jul 252011
 

Research In MotionResearch In Motion this evening confirmed that it will announce new BlackBerry 7 devices tomorrow. The announcement came via Twitter:

You got it! New #BlackBerry devices are coming w/ our new OS, BlackBerry 7! Check back tmrw 4 deets on #BB7FanNight. ^CH

With all the leaks that have taken place, it is likely that RIM will announce the BlackBerry Torch 9810, BlackBerry Torch 9860 (or Volt 9860?), and the BlackBerry Curve 9360.

We’ll have all the details as soon as RIM makes it all official.

Source: Twitter

Mysterious Samsung QWERTY slider headed to AT&T?

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Jul 252011
 

If a leaked image obtained by BGR.com is to be believed, AT&T will be launching a new QWERTY slider from Samsung. Few details are known about the device but it is described as a flagship device, suggesting that it could pack some impressive specifications.

Rumoured Samsung QWERTY slider

The picture shows a four button Android layout rather than Samsung’s more common three-button layout, a four-row keyboard, as well as what appears to be a front-facing camera.

There is no word on availability and pricing at this time.

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HTC chief innovation officer leaves company for personal reasons

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Jul 252011
 

HTCHTC today confirmed that Horace Luke, its Chief Innovation Officer, left the company back on April 30th 2011 for unspecified personal reasons. According to a statement made to BGR.com, “Horace nurtured a culture of innovation at HTC and instilled a strong consumer design-focus among our employees who continue to raise the bar in designing products that capture our customers. imagination.”

Luke’s responsibilities have been assumed by Scott Croyle, HTC’s vice president of design.

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