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Linux-based Meltemi could be replacing S40 for Nokia’s low-end phones

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Nokia has just parted ways with its MeeGo platform, but the Finns are, reportedly, about to add another Linux-based platform with a windy name to its portfolio. Its name will be Meltemi and, unlike MeeGo, it will be designed with entry-level handsets in mind.

Although the company declined to comment on the matter, WSJ is confident that the company will be shifting the efforts of its software developers to lower-end products. Nokia is obviously looking to replace the S40 featurephone interface with a proper OS. Read more »

Nokia lets you explore an animated demo of Symbian Belle in the comfort of your Facebook

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If you’ve got a Symbian phone you are probably eagerly waiting for the Belle update to hit your phone. We did try to help make the wait more bearable with our detailed Belle review and now Nokia seems to have something more for you.

The company has created an interactive Symbian Belle demo that you can enjoy right from the comfort of your Facebook account. It even uses your contacts and everything. Read more »

Samsung takes the Galaxy S II to London Fashion Week, we come along for the ride

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The mobile phone in its infancy was, let’s face it, a bit of an ugly duckling. Just take a look back at the older pages of our databases and you’ll find failed attempts at style, trying to rectify this with sometimes disastrous results (see: Motorola StarTAC Rainbow for example).

Nowadays however, the mobile phone has been transformed in practically every way. Read more »

Watch the AT&T US version of Galaxy S II flip over for the camera [VIDEO]

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Another day, another Samsung Galaxy S II visit in our office, folks. We have just received the AT&T version of the powerful Samsung droid today, and here come our initial impressions for you.

The AT&T Galaxy S II is the closest relative to the I9100 from the U.S. trio. In terms of measures and appearance, it is practically identical to the original Galaxy S II, save for the button arrangement in the front of the device – the AT&T version has received four touch sensitive ones instead of the three button configuration which the rest of the world sibling has.

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HTC planning a big Beats Audio event in London on October 6th, a new Beats phone is coming?

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HTC’s next event is set on taking place on October 6th at the Roundhouse venue in England’s capital London. The slogan of the official invite is “Come feel every beat” and the new product announcements will be combines with a nice and loud party.

The expected handset in the spotlight will probably be the Sensation XL (previously rumored as Runnymede or Bass), sporting the Beats treatment. We previously had an encounter with its dual-core sibling the Sensation XE.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note phoneblet takes on our benchmark course

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So, it’s here – it because we’re still not quite sure what to call the Samsung Galaxy Note. It’s too big to be a phone, a 5.3″ is quite a bit bigger than even the 4.65/4.7 inch screens we’ve been seeing lately.

It’s not quite a “tablet” either Read more »

Samsung Epic 4G Touch (Galaxy S II) comes by for an interview [VIDEO]

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The first member of the Galaxy S II U.S. trio paid us a visit and we have a whole bunch of initial impressions to share with you. The Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch is the CDMA version of the powerful droid, already available exclusively at Sprint Wireless for $199.99 with a two-year contract.

It has grown in size, compared to the Galaxy S II which we (and about 10 million other people) have already grown quite fond of, dropping the 4.3″ Super AMOLED Plus for a 4.52″ display of the same kind. WiMax connectivity is also on board, promising some serious network speeds. Sounds enticing, doesn’t it? Let’s see what else this droid has to offer.

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Fully Loaded: Fujitsu-Toshiba’s ARROWS Z comes with Android, waterproofing, WiMAX and a 13MP Camera to boot

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First off, it’s essential to say that this device won’t be coming to the US or anywhere else outside of Japan. The ARROW Z ISW11F is just one of six Android handsets that Japanese carrier, KDDI recently brought to market.

The wonderfully named ISW11F is a veritable mixed bag of gadgetry (and a powerful mixed bag at that). Read more »

ZTE announces the WP7 Mango-running Tania

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Today is certainly an eventful day. First it was the two Samsung LTE phones for Korea, then came Huawei Honor followed by the Mango-running Samsung Omnia W and now it’s ZTE’s turn to announce a piece of hot hardware.

The the Mango-based ZTE Tania was showcased at the China International Communication Expo 2011 and there are still no official pictures pf it so the few blurry live ones will have to do for now. Read more »

HTC Runnymede/Bass shown off in quick video, still not official

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The HTC Runnymede peeks out of the rumor mill again, this time on video. It’s been spotted before, but seeing an actual running device means that it’s either very close to completion or already completed – and an official announcement can’t be too far off.

The Runnymede, or perhaps Bass, puts a 4.7″ WVGA S-LCD screen and Beats Audio in the same package as a 1.5GHz single-core CPU, among other specs. Read more »

Sandisk’s new mammoth 64GB microSDXC card undergoes some compatibility tests [VIDEO]

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Only earlier this month Sandisk announced their latest offering for removable mobile storage, an impressive 64GB micro SDXC Ultra series number that was said to offer class 6 performance.

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That class 6 rating means we should see minimum write speeds of 6MB/s and theoretically, promising transfer speeds of up to 30MB/s. The news of the card’s existence at all is all well and good, but it comes with a disclaimer of sorts. Read more »

Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY gets 720p video recording, automatic display brightness adjustment

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The headline may come as a shock to some but it’s true. It seems in an effort to make a great gaming phone, Sony Ericsson forgot to add some basic features in the Xperia PLAY that are expected in a phone that costs as much as it does.

Thankfully, the error has been corrected and after the latest firmware update, the Xperia PLAY is now capable of recording videos in 720p resolution, that too with continuous auto-focus. Read more »

Multiple iPhones are coming our way this October, according to Al Gore

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I never thought that one of the most accomplished people in our times will be joining the tipster community but a fact is a fact, folks. Al Gore, the former Vice President of the United States, Nobel Prize laureate, and… a member of Apple’s board of directors, mind you, did indeed give us a hint about what’s coming from the Cupertino based behemoth next month.

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NVIDIA’s Kal-El quad-core chipset promises great power efficiency thanks to an extra core

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NVIDIA’s Kal-El has a secret – the quad-core CPU actually has a fifth core, called a companion core. It’s a low-power core that is meant to handle background tasks while the phone is idle (e.g. syncing email, checking Twitter for new messages and so on).

The architecture of the companion core has been designed with power efficiency in mind and its clock speed goes up to 500MHz.That doesn’t offer a lot of performance, but for a lot of tasks you don’t need it – and it manages to offer great power savings. Read more »

Samsung to pursue sales ban on next-gen iPhone in Europe as well?

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Yesterday we heard that Samsung is planning to involve the yet unannounced iPhone 4S or 5 in the ongoing court battle between the two companies. The Koreans were reportedly getting ready to pursue a sales ban in their homeland. Today things are looking even more serious as Reuters reports that Samsung may actually open a wider front against Apple’s upcoming smartphone that includes Europe.

The patents in question refer to wireless standards and finding a workaround would be pretty tough for Apple. Reportedly, if Apple wants to use mobile communications with its next flagship phone they’ll have to use Samsung technology. Read more »