Monday, 27 February 2012


MWC Announcements.

OS Android 4.0 with Sense 4
Camera No front facing (front) + 5mp (rear)
Screen  480x800 3.7" sLCD2 display
Processor 1Ghz Single-core
Ram 512MB
Battery  Unkown MaH
Storage 4gb (Plus 25gb via Dropbox)


OS Android 4.0 with Sense 4
Camera VGA (front) + 8mp (rear)
Screen  960x540 (qHD) 4.3" sAmoled display
Processor 1.5Ghz Dual-core (Qualcomm)
Ram 1GB
Battery  1650 MaH (Non-removable)
Storage 16gb (plus 25gb via Dropbox)

The One S is a solid phone designed for HTC's mid-range. Even though this thing completely blows my Galaxy S2 out of the water and the SGS2 was last years flagship!
But the real gem in the bunch is the last and best of the three.

OS Android 4.0 with Sense 4
Camera 1.3mp (front) + 8mp (f2 lens) (rear)
Screen  1280x720 (720p HD) 4.7" sLCD display
Processor 1.5Ghz Quad-core (Nvidia Tegra 3)
Ram 1GB
Battery  1800 MaH 
Storage 32gb (plus 25gb via Dropbox)(No SD card)

The One X is the star in the bunch; not only does it have to insane specs seen above, it has Bluetooth 4.0, Beats Audio, NFC and there's probably tonnes more I've missed!
   HTC really has followed through on it's promise to focus on the specs of its phones this year. My only slight concern is the size of that battery with a 4.7" screen and a quad-core processor it could drain rather quickly.


Asus Padfone


OSAndroid 4.0 
CameraVGA (front) + 8mp (f2.2 lens) (rear)
Screen 960x540 (qHD) 4.3" SuperAmoled display
Processor1.5Ghz Qual-core (Qualcomm S4)
Battery 1520 MaH 

I'm really pleased Asus have announced this device, it's good to see someone pushing the boundaries of what can be done with mobile technology and I'm even more pleased Asus are making what I see as the future of phone a reality.

Asus Transformer Pad 300
   Yep that image up their looks just like a Transformer Prime to me and it pretty much is! Asus have taken the Prime kept the processor, decreased the storage, switched to a normal IPS display (instead of IPS+) and boom you have the Transformer Pad 300. 
   As you can see yo can still get the keyboard dock and you can still get 10 hours of battery life (16 with dock) and if Asus can sell this for a good price they will undoubtedly have another hit on their hands.

   A small aside, Asus' tablet range is now going to be called the Transformer Pad range, I have no idea why but obvious Asus feels that is a good move, it probably helps to tie the brand together in the same way Samsung does with their Galaxy range.

Nokia Lumia 610
Nokia Lumia 610
OS WP7 Tango
Camera No Front camera (front) Unsecified (rear)
Screen  480x800 3.7" LCD display
Processor 800Mhz Single-core 
Ram 256Mb
Battery  1300 MaH 
Storage Unknown gb

Nokia 808 Pureview

OS Symbian Belle
Camera No Front camera (front) 41MP!!! (rear)
Screen  360x640 (nHD) 4" display
Processor 1.3Ghz Single-core 
Ram 512Mb
Battery  Unkown MaH 
Storage 16gb + MicroSD expandable

Nokia have really gone all out here to make the BEST cameraphone in the world hands down, no discussion, period, end of. It'll retail for 495Euros or about £450 if this is your cup of tea, but remember that 41MP camera makes a hell of a bump on the back.

With a barrage of ZTE phones and tablets; here are their press releases. (Courtesy of, thanks!)

Sunday, 26 February 2012


Mobile World Congress 2012.
   Right guys and girls this coming week will see the technology world get bombarded with Smartphones, tablets any everything else that you probably don't need but really, really want. And that's why I'm going to have to do things a tad differently. I'm going to post up the big announcements and write a short commentary on them but the other devices I will literally just list their specs, because some devices really don't need describing once you've seen the specs (cough* Galaxy Tab 2 *cough).

   And so we have have already got a couple of official announcements and here's the first one:

The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1
   The Original Galaxy Tab 10.1 looked really good last year it had a dualcore 1Ghz processor, 2 cameras (2MP and 3MP on the front and back respectively) and this year Samsung has remade the thing. And boy have they made it look insanely..... bad!!!
The specs read like this:
OS Android 4.0 with Touchwiz
Camera VGA (front) + 3mp (rear)
Screen  1280x800 LCD with 'PLS Technology'
Processor 1Ghz Dual Core (Unspecified)
Battery  7000MaH
Storage 16 or 32gb and MicroSD expanable
   So really the only benefit we're getting over last year is the 'PLS Technology' and an SD card slot, PLS Samsung you can do better.
   No word on pricing yet although this slate will launch in the UK in March along with it's equally disappointing 7" brother.

 Samsung Galaxy Beam.
   A couple of years ago Samsung wanted to create a projecting phone and ladies and gentlemen it is finally here. So if you've really been craving a projector on your phone this is going to be right up your street, if you don't well it's going to be harder to sell this one to you.
The specs are:
OS Android 2.3 with Touchwiz
Camera 1.3mp (front) + 5mp (rear)
Screen  480x800 4" display
Processor 1Ghz Dual Core (Unspecified)
Battery  2000MaH
Storage 8gb and MicroSD expanable

Huawei Ascend D (and it's varients).
   Huawei has made no small statement with the announcement of this phone; they have simply called it 'the world's fastest quad-core smartphone'. When you see the specs you will genuinely believe that claim;
OS Android 4.0
Camera 1.3mp (front) + 8mp (rear)
Screen  720p 4.5" LCD display
Processor 1.5Ghz Quad-core (K3v2 (Huawei own))
Battery  1800MaH
Storage Unknown
 There are three variants of the phone; the original (just the D), the XL (which is essentially the same it just features a 2500MaH battery) and the D1, which has a 1.5Ghz Dual-core processor and a smaller 1670MaH battery. These all look like stylish devices, go Huawei.

Friday, 24 February 2012


Google announces 'do not track' in Chrome.
   There's such a huge drive for internet privacy at the moment and Google has just added some more flames to the fire. They have added a 'do not track' button to their Chrome browser which will prevent them from collecting information about you. Some people really don't care about this sort of thing, but you probably should. People don't want companies to be able to trace you, when you know little or nothing about what they're collecting about you. 
   I have all my services with Google and I can tell by their targeted ads that they know exactly what my interests are on the internet which in some cases is useful for this blog but then when I think about it at other times I can't help but think they shouldn't know quite so much. But, then if I want random ads popping up I can change my privacy settings without too much hassle, but it is all personal preference.

Microsoft set to rebrand Zune and Windows Live and a new Office suite leaks.
    Two of Microsoft's most recognisable 'brands' are set to be rebranded with the coming of Windows 8, although we don't know what they're going to be called yet.
   As well as this Microsoft's Office 15 software has a touch interface so it looks like tablets are really going to be pushed BIG when Windows 8 finally hits later this year.

Nokia tops the Windows Phone sellers.
   So only a couple of months into the partnership and Nokia has been officially announced as the biggest selling windows phone vendor. They've managed to capture 33.1% of the Windows Phone sales already and the quote from Tom Kang from Strategy Analytics explains the rest. It looks like things will only get better with the introduction of further phones from Nokia.

“Nokia’s Microsoft smartphone growth during the quarter was achieved partly by capturing market share from HTC. This is a challenging development for HTC because it is also losing ground to Samsung in the Android segment. HTC is now at risk of being caught in a pincer movement between two giants of Samsung in Android and Nokia in Microsoft, and HTC must move with urgency to address the problem” Tom Kang, Director, Strategy Analytics.

In other news:
Netflix have cancelled their deal to create a Blackberry app and have decided to make one for the PS Vita instead, Ouch!

Tim Cook admits Apple have too much money in the bank! They only have $98million sitting around doing nothing.

The rumour mill suggest Samsung is planning to launch a bezel-free phone this year!

Apple might be about to drop the their traditional proprietary connector for a smaller version to free up space within their devices, but the chances are their new connector will be proprietary again and will be launched as an innovative new feature if I know anything about Apple.

Thursday, 23 February 2012


Google set to replace Motorola CEO Jha.
   It is being reported left, right and centre that Google are going to replace Sanjay Jha (CEO of Motorola) as soon as the merger between the two companies successfully completes. The idea is to replace him with someone from within Google who can help execute Google's vision for Android with a hardware team.
   There has been a lot of talk of Google making the next Nexus device with Motorola, but if the launch date for Android 5 Jelly Bean really is this summer then that does seem somewhat unlikely.

The Original Asus Transformer starts getting some ICS love.
   After yesterdays outcry about the horrific possibility that the the OG Transformer might have to wait a whole month for some Android 4.0 love, the update started rolling out in Taiwan and Singapore this morning.
   AND the news gets even better; Asus have announced that the USA customers will receive their OTA tomorrow too! Good news all around really and it'll be even better if they've managed to cure the random reboots that most ICS touting devices have suffered so far. Don't us Samsung device owners wish Sammy were like Asus?

In other news:
ZTE is set to announce 8 new smartphones at MWC in a huge drive to secure a place as the worlds third biggest smartphone vendor behind Apple and Samsung.

Nvidia's Tegra 3 processor isn't a quadcore with a companion core processor anymore, it is officially known as a 4plus1 chipset. Although, it seems that the companion core is the best way to describe it but 4plus1 is a bit more catchy I admit.

Samsung has officially sold 20million Galaxy S2s and it beat the original Galaxy S to that milestone by 7 months!

Everything Everywhere has announced that they will be rolling out a small LTE deployment in the UK by the end of 2012.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012


Hi guys, I couldn't get around to making a post yesterday because of other real life commitments but here is a solid round up of everything you need to know and I have focused on an interesting pair of announcements in detail.

  • Blackberry Playbook finally gets OS2 and the ability to play Android apps along with it!
  • An Apple TV refresh is imminent because stock has started to run dry at all outlets.
  • The Transformer Prime's Bootloader Unlocker has been released. [edit: and just like that the Transformer Prime gets clockworkmod recovery working].
  • Microsoft filed an Antitrust complain with the EU because Motorola is attempting to secure royalties for it's online video patents relating to H264 videos.
  • The PS Vita officially launches in the UK.
  • LG have teased the Optimus 3D cube which is a minor update to the Optimus 3D and will still only run Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
  • Google planning 'smartglasses' for the end of 2012.
  • Nokia Pureview camera phone tipped for MWC.
  • Intel confirms Motorola is a key member of their official Intel for Smartphones launch.
  • Fujitsu confirms they are going to offer a Tegra3 phone in Europe with a 12+MP camera.
  • Kim Dotcom granted bail in New Zealand.
  • Verizon has a massive nationwide 4G outage and 3G has been hit too for a small amount of customers.

Google and Adobe pledge to bring Flash to Linux.
   And just as Flash begins to decline as a mobile platform Google has decided to stop in and give those of us who rock a Linux variety as our environment of choice a glimpse of the platform.
   It is reported the pair will work closely together to bring a single API plugin that will allow Flash to run and it's code named 'pepper', which kinda sounds sweet don't you think?

Sony quietly rebrands it's newly purchased mobile division.
   So without even a whimper the Ericsson branding has gone forever from Sony made phones. The rebranding officially began yesterday evening and will spread across all related sites soon.
   The old sonyericsson website now directs you to, it's quite sad for those of us who remember buying their first exciting phone (the W550i, remember the one that twisted open) from Sony Ericsson.
   Either way we must move on and Sony will undoubtedly help us do that with its announcements at MWC next week.

Monday, 20 February 2012


SkyGo comes to Android.... Finally!

   After a devilishly long wait Sky has finally manage to code SkyGo for Android, BUT and it's a very big but, the service is available to only a small number of devices. The devices which have been blessed with the wifi only streaming service are;  HTC Desire, HTC Desire S, HTC Desire HD, HTC Incredible, HTC Sensation, Samsung Galaxy S, Samsung Galaxy S II. So it's bad news if your device isn't a big seller. The official line is that the app only works on Android 2.2 and 2.3, however the interweb has had some rumours that people have got it to work on SGS2's with the leaked 4.0 ROMS. 

ZTE has some nice looking Android 4.0 goodies.


   It's not just LG who got itchy feet and couldn't wait for MWC to leak out their phones. ZTE has outed pictures of of two phones; the PF200 (right) and the lower-budget N910 (left). The former of these is the most exciting prospect with an unspecified 1.2Ghz processor powering the device along with a 4.3" qHD screen, 8MP rear camera and a front camera capable of 1080p, which is expected to be a 2MP unit.   The handset supports MHL (HD output), DLNA and a NFC chip thrown in for good measure.
   The N910, is a bit of a different entity with a 800x480 screen, a 5MP  rear-shooter and again a 1080p capable front camera and a 1.5Ghz processor. 
   ZTE has specifically said these are the first in a long line of LTE enabled devices they have planned for this year. It looks like they're really trying to up their game, now we just need to see a few Dual and Quad core processors running around the ZTE production lines.

Android 5 Jelly Bean to have a Desktop mode?

   So A few weeks ago I outlined what I thought the future of phones was.... And somewhat amazingly maybe Google thinks the same!
   Slashgear has reported that there may well be a Desktop interface that Android will have for when phones are docked into a bigger screen, in much the same way high-end Motorola phones do at the moment.
   If this is true, it is very exciting and we may see the start of a revolution, but Google does pretty much own Motorola and they have the patents for this so if it takes off it'll be interesting to see how Apple plays it with this one. Keep it locked here to stay updated on this as we here more over the coming months.

Sunday, 19 February 2012


LG out the Optimus Vu to challange the Galaxy Note.
   A week before MWC begins LG has tried to steal a march on the rest of the crowd and get some attention focused on it's newest smartphone, the Optimus Vu. Most people have perceived this as a direct challenger to Samsung's Galaxy Note Phablet (Phone/tablet)/
   Although, LG has gone for an interesting design on the Vu; it looks almost square because of it's 4:3 aspect ratio. The screen itself is a 5" IPS display capable of 650nits of brightness and it has a pixel count of 1024x768. Another interesting addition is the fact you can use a stylus on the screen in exactly the same way as the Galaxy Note.
    Android 2.3 is being pushed to the screen (although an ICS update is promised within 3 months) by the 1.5Ghz dual core processor which has LTE functionality built in. The 2080MaH battery should be more than enough to get you through the day unless you're a really heavy user.
    And for those of you into your photography the Vu follows the current trend and offers a 1.3MP front facing camera and a rear 8MP camera. But, I have a feeling we may see phones that trump this in the coming few weeks.
   We can expect to get some video of the phone in action at MWC next week.

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Friday, 17 February 2012


Angry Birds Space is about to land!
   Yep, there are two horrible puns on the screen above you, reading back over them has actually shown me how painfully bad they are, but they're the best I've got. The story here is that one of the most popular gaming franchises is gearing up for its 'biggest launch since the original game' and the big reveal is pegged for the 22nd of March, so if you're like me and just have to get 3 stars on every level, it looks like we'll have plenty more entertainment coming our way!

Kindle Fire successor tipped for Q2.
Amazon's second-gen, possibly larger Kindle Fire to set off at end of Q2?
    Those of you out there without your iPad or Kindle fire or Transformer Prime, or any other tablet for that matter, may be tempted by Amazon's rumoured follow up to the Kindle Fire.
The successor is rumoured to have a 8.9" screen, which arguably is a perfect sweetspot for a tablet. We just have to hope the pricing on the follow up can be as appealing as the original Fires'.

Thursday, 16 February 2012


Fujitsu lining up to challenge the Transformer Prime?
   Today an intriguing roadmap from Fijitsu has leaked out; the main focus of attention has been on the image furthest right. That appears to be a 'new detachable performance slate' and that is exactly why it's interesting; Transformer Prime eat your heart out. 
   Now, the thing I want to find out is whether this will run Android or Windows7/8, either way it'll be an interesting addition to the market if it doesn't get dropped from the roadmap between now and September.

Android 5 'Jelly Bean' rumours begin already.
   With still only 1% of Android devices running any variety of Android 4.0, the Jelly Bean rumours have begun. The 'supply chain rumours' are that Google is going to drop Android 5 in Q2 of this year, a mere 6 months after Android 4 was released! 
   The reason for this is said to be that Google is going to release the operating system so that it has more features of the company's Chrome operating system built in and also the added benefit of having a simple Dual Boot option with Windows. This could be an incredibly useful option to have a low power operating system to twin with Windows 8 for when them highly powered slates start popping up towards the end of the year.
   It seems that if this was to actually happen it would be an incredibly intelligent move on Google's part positioning it perfectly for the Post-PC world, but those of us with a non-nexus phone are going to be extremely frustrated; Motorola yesterday pegged it's 4.0 updates for Q3, so it is anyones guess if or indeed when 5.0 updates would arrive.

HTC's new naming scheme? And Tegra3 phones!

   HTC has been a leaky company lately with so many pictures, ROMs, specs and everything else Android related. But, it seems we now know what HTC's hero range of devices for the first part of the year. Pocketnow has said that what we knew as the Quadcore Endeavour will be know as the HTC One X. The simple but effective naming scheme will be extended to the previously rumoured Ville which will be known as the One S. There obviously may be more phones incoming under that brand, but we'll have to wait until MWC to find out more about them.
   And secondly, Nvidia has said that not only will the their be one Tegra 3 phone but there will be 'many', is MWC shaping up to be the event of 2012's superphones?
   One other little gem is that HTC is preparing a Moto style 'soak-test' for it's ICS update for the Sensation and Sensation XE, but it is strictly limited to Europeans! But, ICS is on it's way Sensation users!

Wednesday, 15 February 2012


Motorola to give the Atrix some ICS love.
motorola 40 updates
   That lovely graphic just above is confirmation that Motorola will be rolling out a little dose of Android 4.0 to the slightly ageing Atrix. Those of you tied into a 2 year contract with the device will be pleased to see that Motorola is coming through on the 18 month update promise and keeping the phone relevant towards the end of it's lifespan. The only thing remaining to be seen is when Moto can push this update out.

Samsung planning a 10.1" Galaxy Note?
   Ok, so we thought the Galaxy Note looked a bit silly at 5.3" as a phone but, unless this is a bad typo by Sammy, it looks like they have plans to go bigger... much bigger. The picture above suggests that they are planning to announce a 10.1" version of the phone. Somehow I can't see that being accurate unless they want you to carry round the tablet and they offer some sort of wireless earpiece to go with it so it wasn't utterly ridiculous to be holding a full size tablet to your ear. Somehow I think this is a new Tab 10.1 with S-Pen support but it may carry the Galaxy Note name and it will just be a tablet instead of a phone.

HTC to launch music streaming service?
   Here comes a pretty big rumour; HTC are planning a music streaming alternative to tie in with their Beats branding and challenge the likes of Pandora and Spotify.
   That would certainly be a huge differentiator to the rest of the competition. Although, it's currently unclear whether the service would be a subscription based one like Spotify or whether it will be offered free, like Nokia Music to encourage people to pick up one of the companies phones. It looks like HTC's music equivalent to HTC Watch will be announced at MWC at the end of the month.

Benchmarks out an LG Tegra3 superphone.
   That picture just above, ladies and gentlemen, is proof of a yet announced LG superphone running on a Tegra3 processor and is likely to be this years flagship from LG, in just the same way as the Optimus2X was last years. Unsurprisingly, the phone is rumoured to be called the 3X.... original. 
   According to MoDaCo's sources the phone will have a 4.7" 1280x720p screen along with 1GB of RAM, 2000MaH battery, as well as NFC and 2 cameras, coming in at 8 and 1.3MP respectively. The processor is rumoured to run at 1.5Ghz when it's running on one of it's cores and when it switches to multicore power for the more intensive tasks it'll be running at 1.4Ghz.
   Again, we can look forward to this phone coming out to play on the MWC floor.

Monday, 13 February 2012


Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 announced.
   Today Samsung outed a decidedly mid-range tablet, the Galaxy Tab 2, finally offering an 'upgrade' to the world's first Android tab. The Tab 2 retains the 7" inch form factor and will run Android 4.0 on that 1024x600 screen. The tablet will feature a 1Ghz dualcore processor of an unspecified variety, which is twinned with 1GB of RAM. On top of this the slate will have two cameras, both slightly disappointing, the front facing camera has a VGA sensor and the rearing facing camera has a 3MP sensor, again reinforcing the mid-range specs of the device. Samsung has announced you will have a choice of 3G and Wifi varients and all of this will become available in March in the UK and around the world later. That is if you don't want either the 7.7", 8.9" or 10.1" tabs that are already available.

The EU approves Googlerola.
Google gets EU approval for its purchase of Motorola Mobility
   Motoroogle or Motogoo or whatever you fancy calling 'it', 'it' is one step to becoming officially recognised worldwide, because today the EU joined the American DOJ in approving the merger. Jaoquin Almunia, from the European Commission, stated that the deal was approved because it 'does not itself raise competition issues'. Now it's just China, Taiwan and Israel are left to convince.

HTC leaks continue.
   Yesterday there was the incredible-esque leak and today a ROM for the yet-unannounced Endeavour handset has revealed part of its spec sheet. And HTC really has followed through on it's promise to make phones with better specs. The ROM has revealed a 1280x720p 4.7" screen, a quad-core Tegra 3 processor supposedly clocked at 1.5Ghz and 8MP rear-facing camera and a front facing camera but we don't know the quality of that shooter yet. There's also meant to be Beats Audio, NFC and 1GB of RAM and all of this pushing a Sense 4.0 version and Ice Cream Sandwich. Hopefully HTC can conjure up a beautiful handset to go with the specs.

Iran cracks down on internet freedom.
  Iran has been filtering the internet for years but in the last month it has gone considerably further. Bloomberg has today confirmed that since February the 10th Google's encrypted search, email, YouTube have joined Microsoft's Hotmail in the banned pile. There is, at the moment, no indication that this ban will ever be lifted which is a terrible shame.

Sony considering the Vita OS for Smartphones.
   Today Sony has announced that the overwhelmingly positive views of the PS Vita's OS has led them to consider it for Smartphone release. Sony has been talking about a fully-integrated solution lately and this would obviously be a key part of this, although for the moment they're sticking with Android too. Sony exec, Mr Matsumoto announced;

“[Translated:] We considered room for development in various directions including OS for smartphones from the beginning. For gaming consoles, the best hardware only must be considered to elicit top performance – but because we wanted the operating system to be scalable, we built this system from scratch with communication functions on mobile telephone networks from the outset. The touchscreen interface elements do not correspond exactly with a smartphone or tablet at the moment, but scalability makes it a possibility in the future.” – Matsumoto.

Saturday, 11 February 2012


Another Eurocom beast announced.
Eurocom Panther 4.0 is the mirror universe's version of an Ultrabook
   You see that beastie above, that's the Panther 4.0. This monster of a laptop features a 17.3" screen which can include your preference of a matte, glossy or 3D screen, each running a pixel count of 1920x1080. With regard to the graphic prowess you have to choose one from the GeForce GTX 580M, Quadro 5010M or Radeon HD 6990M graphics. These can be twinned with up to 32GB of RAM and 4 Terabytes of Sata 3 storage space. All of this muscle adds up to a hefty 12.1lbs and your budget will have to match your arm strength too, with the base model starting at $2649 when this thing launches in March.

Acer CloudMobile gets outed by its good looks.
Acer CloudMobile phone wins design award, lets cat out of the bag
   Acer definitely isn't giving up on smartphones just yet and their latest foray into the Android wilds has produced the CloudMobile. The company has announced the phone pre-MWC this year most probably because of the phone winning the iF mobile design award for 2012. This phone also has some solid specs to compliment its looks. There is a 4.3" HD touchscreen, a Dolby branded speaker system and this 10.3mm thick phone is wrapped in it's own 'Sleeve DNA' shell. Pocket-lint expects this phone to be running Android 4.0 at launch, as well as being well integrated with Acer's cloud-based systems.

An ICS running HTC pops up.
   Those little pictures up there, courtesy of PhoneArena reveal a HTC phone running Android 4.0 and HTC Sense 4.0 on top. The boot up screens feature some Verison branding and there's LTE onboard so no prizes for guessing where this phone is heading. The spec sheet has us believe there's a Dual-core Snapdragon clocked at 1.2Ghz under the hood, as well as Beats Audio support and an 8MP shooter, placing this solidly in the upper-mid range for the coming year. The styling on the back of this phone does suggest it could be a next generation of the Incredible line of phones but perhaps this is just a prototype, MWC will reveal all.

Thursday, 9 February 2012

3 Day Summary

The Big 3 Day Summary.

Apple stores get protester visits.
   Apple stores worldwide, well Stores in London, New York, Washington, San Francisco, Sydney and Bangalor, will come under siege today as people challenging Apple's ethics are set to pop in and visit the outllets.The protestors aim is to make their opinion known about how Apple and it's suppliers treat employees out in the Far East. Apple insisted last week that they 'Care about every worker in their supply chain', and even if that isn't true the online petitions and store sit-ins will help sway Apple's attention to this problem.

Nokia N9 gets a tiny bit of the Ice Cream Sandwich.
   The beautiful Nokia N9, has today received a barely working, but none the less booting version, of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The NITDroid guys have previously been very successful in coaxing the N900 to run Android and this related project is well on its way to equalling that achievement.
   If they can get the build fully working N9 fans will have the best of both worlds; the beautiful Meego software running and the infinite supply of apps that Android would provide them with. Although, perhaps a Playbook-esque Android app player would kill both birds with one stone? But, either way this is a hugely exciting project.

Googlerola deal set for US approval?
   It seems that over the pond the Department of Justice is set to approve the deal on February the 13th. The Wall Street Journal did however mention that both the US and EU have concerns about how aggressive Google will be with Motorola's patents and how fair the terms of future licence agreements will be. But, the reality is that if Apple and everyone else is going to hound every penny out of other people for every little detail, why can't Google do the same?

HTC set to adopt some Nvidia chips.

  HTC is looking to utilise some of Nvidia's Tegra 3 chips in it's upcoming phones, if Digitimes sources are to be believed. Last year HTC relied solely on Qualcomm chips and this gave it a huge disadvantage in the race for Dual-Core because Tegra 2 phones were released far before Qualcomm caught up, which also put HTC at a disadvantage. 
   There are rumours HTC's first 'Hero' device of the year will be the HTC Edge which is expected to look like the picture above left. The second rumour is that HTC is looking to release a new tablet this year too, however it is unclear whether or not this will run on the Tegra 3 chipset.

Samsung passes on MWC: No press conference.
   Just in case anyone needed any more convincing the Galaxy S3, is definitely not coming at MWC 2012, nor is anything else of major note by the look of it. Samsung has come out and told PCMag that it will be keeping on the DL (down-low) through MWC this year, but they said their will be product reveals none the less. Samsung is rumoured to have a new tablet, possibly with a 2560x1600 display, a few new phones and an outline of where it plans on taking Tizen, now that Nokia has given up with Meego and Samsung has been passed the reigns by Intel.

Dell's Streak Pro D43 gets outed.
   The guys over at Engadget have been lucky enough to have a little looksie at Dell's and the world's first Baidu Yi power smartphone. They have said that this little beasty features a Super Amoled Plus qHD screen which is covered by a sheet of Gorilla Glass, a non-removal battery and all that in a 10.3mm thick shell, which makes this phone a little bit of a porker but nothing too hefty. 

Deals of the Week.
   HTC EVO 3D: 
   The Evo 3D is still available for £249 from ASDA, which is the last place I'd expect to look   but I can't knock it for that price.

   Blackberry Playbook:
   This isn't a deal really but the playbook is by far the best value tablet available at the moment, with the 16GB version available for £169 from the Dixons/Currys/PCWorld group, remember them Android apps are on their way this month!

   LG Optimus Black:
   Last years first Dual-Core phone really is going cheap, it's been available on Ebuyer for a penny short of £200, which is still a great deal.

   T-Mobile annouce the Full Monty:
   Finally someone has deicded to challenge 3's One Plan.Here's a brief comparison of what each of these plans give.

T-Mobile Full Monty

Three's The One Plan.
Annoyingly Three don't offer a nice little table, well not that I could find, like T-Mobile did, but Three offers it's customers.
2,000 any network minutes
5,000 Three-to-Three minutes
5,000 texts and All You Can Eat internet for £25 (Sim only)


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