AT&T to offer Nokia Lumia 900 for US$99.99?

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Jan 252012

Nokia Lumia 900Earlier rumours have suggested that AT&T will launch the Nokia Lumia 900 on March 18th. A leaked AT&T roadmap obtained today by BGR supports this date and adds the last missing detail: Pricing.

If accurate, the document indicates that AT&T will offer the Nokia Lumia 900 for US$99.99 with a two-year contract. Despite the fact that the Lumia 900 does not have the most powerful specs out there, it’s still an aggressive price for what is Nokia’s flagship device.

BGR adds that the Lumia 900 has not received its technical acceptance yet. This could affect the launch date.

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Complete Rogers pricing revealed for Nokia Lumia 710?

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Jan 252012

Nokia Lumia 710A leaked internal document obtained by MobileSyrup has apparently revealed the complete pricing for the upcoming Nokia Lumia 710. Rogers had already confirmed that it would start at CA$49.99 with a three-year contract. The document shows that Rogers will also offer it for CA$99.99 with a two-year contract, CA$149.99 with a one-year contract, and CA$249.99 without any contract.

Part of its Smartphone Lite category, Rogers will target the Lumia 710 at “first time smartphone users / low data users – Youth looking to try their first smartphone.”

Rogers is currently looking at launching the Nokia Lumia 710 as early as February 6th.

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Nokia Series 40 mobile phones top sales of 1.5 billion

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Jan 252012

NokiaSpeaking of sales records, Nokia today announced that it just sold its 1.5 billionth Series 40 mobile phone. According to Mary McDowell, Executive Vice President for Mobile Phones at Nokia: “We are incredibly proud to reach this milestone. Having 1.5 billion Series 40 devices sold is a hard-to-reach mark, let alone one attainable in a single line of products.”

Nokia added that it estimates that some 675 billion S40 phones are still in use today. It also sells 12 new ones every second. Despite being focused on Windows Phone now, it also expects to sell another billion S40 devices in the upcoming years.

The first Series 40 phone, the Nokia 7110, was released in 1999. They have evolved quite a bit since then, blurring the line between feature phones and smartphones in many ways. In fact, some 3.7 million app downloads take place on Series 40 phones every day.

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LG Optimus LTE sales top one million units

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Jan 252012

LG Optimus LTELG today announced that its Optimus LTE smartphone has exceeded the one million unit sold mark, “putting it at the forefront of the emerging LTE era.”

“With brisk sales for a high-end smartphone, the Optimus LTE reaffirms LG’s leadership in mobile LTE technology,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Mobile Communications Company. “The combination of LTE connectivity with
LG’s True HD IPS display has resonated with the public regarding the potential of LTE technology.”

The LG Optimus LTE is available in Canada (through Bell Mobility), the U.S., Japan and South Korea. It sold 600,000 units in South Korea alone.

As impressive as the milestone is, LG still faces stiff competition from the likes of Apple (which sold over 37 million iPhones in its last quarter alone) and Samsung with its Galaxy S lineup (over 30 million sold).

Read more: LG (PDF document) (Source: The Verge)

Sony tablet Android 4.0 updates coming in spring

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Jan 252012

Sony Tablet SSony has already confirmed that it will upgrade the Sony Tablet S and Tablet P to Android 4.0. Missing until now was a time frame.

The manufacturer yesterday told The Verge that it plans to offer the updates at about the same time that it offers the update to its Xperia smartphone line. This suggests that the update could begin as early as March or April.

One new detail also surfaced. Sony plans to add “some really cool unique bits” to Android 4.0 for its tablets. Exactly what those would be was not revealed though.

Read more: The Verge

Microsoft to merge MIX with “next major developer conference”

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Jan 242012

MicrosoftMicrosoft today announced that it will drop its developer-centric MIX event in favour of its “next major developer conference” coming “sometime in the coming year.” The event had been held annually for the past six years in the March or April time frame. Some of the reasons given for the decision were confusion around all the events Microsoft offers and analyst and tech blogger “event fatigue” among others.

As we look ahead to 2012 and beyond, the goal is to ensure that global Microsoft developer events are of the caliber that many of you experienced at BUILD last September, in addition to the thousands of online and local developer events we host around the world to support communities and connect directly with developers.

Microsoft also promised to share more information about its next developer event later this year.

MIX is not the first major event that Microsoft has dropped in recent weeks. In late December, it announced that it would no longer deliver keynotes or have a booth at the Consumer Electronic Show.

Read more: Microsoft Blog

More rumours Samsung Galaxy S III to be announced at MWC

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Jan 242012

SamsungAfter his tweets about the Nokia Lumia 910, Russian blogger Eldar Murtazin also revealed that Samsung will unveil the Samsung Galaxy S III at the upcoming Mobile World Congress. He apparently already has one in hand:

HD resolution, 12 mpx camera, sw tweaks, android 4 – i like my new phone. Eager to see official announcement in Barcelona

The details he gives line up with that of earlier rumours. He adds that the quad-core processor will be “fast,” running between 1.5 and 1.6GHz.

Murtazin adds that the Samsung Galaxy S III could go on sale as early as April. This matches last year’s Galaxy S II timelines. Samsung unveiled it at MWC and launched it in Europe in late April.

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Apple chalks up another record quarter

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Jan 242012

AppleApple today announced its latest financial results and the numbers are nothing short of impressive once again. The company announced record quarterly revenue of US$46.33 billion and record quarterly net profit of US$13.06 billion with gross margins coming in at 44.7%. It sold 37.04 million iPhones (128% increase over the year-ago quarter), 15.43 million iPads (111% increase over the year-ago quarter) 5.2 million Macs (26% increase over the year-ago quarter) and 15.4 million iPods (a 21% decline over the year-ago quarter). Apple basically made as much this quarter as it did in the second half of its 2011 fiscal year!

“We’re thrilled with our outstanding results and record-breaking sales of iPhones, iPads and Macs,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Apple’s momentum is incredibly strong, and we have some amazing new products in the pipeline.”

On the analyst call that followed, Apple also revealed that:

  • 600,000 copies of iBooks Author have already been downloaded.
  • It now has US$97.6 billion in cash and is looking at how best to use it.
  • It expects that the tablet market will be bigger than the PC market.
  • 70,000 iPad apps now available.
  • iTunes Store topped US$1.7 billion in sales.
  • Apple TV sales have topped 4.2 million units.
  • It’s still too early to call it a two horse race between Android and Apple. Cook said that “there’s a horse in Redmond that always suits up and always runs.”

With the iPad 3, iPhone 5, and a new Apple TV waiting in the wings, the future is looking pretty bright for Apple.

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Mid-range HTC Primo to be unveiled at MWC?

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Jan 242012

HTCAlong with the higher end devices that will grab the majority of the attention, HTC looks set to refresh its low- to mid-range smartphone lineup at Mobile World Congress. One device that seems to fit the bill could be the HTC Primo. According to details obtained by Stuff, it will come with the following specifications:

  • Processor: 1GHz dual-core
  • Operating system: Google Android 4.0 and HTC Sense 4.0
  • Display: 3.7-inch Super AMOLED with Gorilla Glass
  • Memory: 512MB RAM
  • Rear-facing camera: 5MP with f/2.0, dual shutter mode and 720p video capture
  • Dimensions: 9 millimeters thick
  • Other: Beats Audio

There is no word on when and where the HTC Primo could be launched.

HTC could also unveil the quad-core HTC Endeavor/Edge/Supreme along with the dual-core HTC Ville which sports higher-end specs than the Primo at MWC.

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Nokia to launch Lumia 910 with 12MP camera in May?

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Jan 242012

Nokia Lumia 900Russian blogger Eldar Murtazin is back with another Nokia rumour. This time around, he reveals via Twitter that Nokia has a second Lumia 900 model up its sleeve. The Nokia 910, destined for Europe, will lack LTE connectivity but will sport a 12MP camera. The launch could occur in April:

Who needs lumia 900 in june if they want to launch lumia 910 (12mpx) in may? Europe

The reference to a Lumia 900 in June is in reference to a “Coming soon” page posted by Carphone Warehouse that indicated that the Lumia 900 (with LTE and 8MP camera) was coming to the UK in June. The page has since been pulled down.

It’s not the first time that a rumour about a Nokia Lumia 900 with a 12MP camera has surfaced.

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New RIM 2012 roadmap details emerge

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Jan 242012

Research In MotionNew details have emerged about what Research In Motion’s 2012 roadmap could look like. Much of the new information lines up with that of the previous leak but there are also a few differences.

On the BlackBerry 7 front, RIM looks set to introduce two new Curve smartphones, the BlackBerry Curve 9230 and the BlackBerry Curve 9320. The former will be an EDGE smartphone while the latter will support HSPA. Here the two leaks line up nicely.

On the PlayBook tablet side, details between the two leaks are completely different. Only one tablet is mentioned here. It’s not clear what size it will be but it will apparently come with a 1.5GHz processor, built-in HSPA+ 42Mbps connectivity and NFC. A launch around May or June is suggested.

Finally, on the BlackBerry 10 front, the BlackBerry London is apparently on track for a September launch, supporting the earlier leak. But RIM may not stop at one device after all. A second BB10 device, sporting a touchscreen display and QWERTY keyboard, is also planned for December as part of the Bold series. It also appears that the BlackBerry 10 QWERTY slider is not completely dead but instead has been pushed out to Q1 2013.

Is the future finally starting to look a little brighter for RIM?

Read more: BGR

Nokia owns 45% of second generation Windows Phone device market?

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Jan 242012

Using data provided by Occasional Gamer, WMPowerUser has determined the relative market share of different Windows Phone manufacturers. It not only looks at the overall Windows Phone market but also focuses on how manufacturers are faring with second generation devices. Assuming that these numbers are reflective of the overall market, it appears that Nokia is quickly establishing itself as the dominant player.

While it only has 4% of the overall market, Nokia, with its Lumia 710 and Lumia 800, already owns 45% of the second generation Windows Phone handset space. While HTC still dominates the overall market with a 55% share, its second generation device share is down to 40%. Momentum also seems to be favouring Nokia which is planning a big marketing push in North America over the next few months.

2nd generation Windows Phone device market share - January 2012

Samsung is holding down third both overall and for second generation devices. Its Omnia W and Focus Flash appear to be its best-selling devices.

Along with reports that it sold some 1.3 million Windows Phone handsets in 2011, this is another sign that Nokia’s decision to align with Microsoft was the right one.

Read more: WMPowerUser

Another Samsung Galaxy S II ad: Type With Your Voice

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Jan 242012

Last night, I asked for more Samsung Galaxy S II ads and this morning, my wish came true. This time, it’s a little voice control and romance (and a possible defection?).

One question: Has the enamored Apple friend not heard of Siri, Apple’s own voice control technology?

Source: MobileSyrup

Sony ST25i Kumquat to be known as Sony Xperia U at launch?

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Jan 232012

Sony EricssonWe may now have an official name to go along with the leaked pictures of the Sony (Ericsson) ST25i ‘Kumquat.’ Posted on the Indonesian Telecoms Regulatory body’s website (a body similar to the U.S.’ FCC) is an entry that suggests it could be known as the Sony Ericsson Xperia U. With Sony acquiring Ericsson’s share in their joint venture, it is likely that the Ericsson portion of the name will be dropped as we have already seen with the Sony Xperia S and Sony Xperia ion.

Sony Xperia U?

If this is in fact the final device name, it would suggest that Sony could be using a single letter theme for some of its 2012 devices (like the Xperia S).

Read more: Xperia Blog