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Tuesday, 28.02.12
MWC LIVE: Huawei debuts the world's first 10" Quad-Core Tablet with Android
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:46 CET under 04 - Android News

Huawei introduced the world's first 10" quad-core tablet today at the Mobile World Congress 2012. The Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD is a fast-performing tablet with unsurpassed audio-visual entertainment features including a Huawei 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, Google Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich operating system and a 10" IPS high definition display screen. The Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD is the fastest quad-core tablet available. Running on Huawei's proprietary 1.5 GHz K3 quad-core processor, the smallest quad-core processor in the industry, the Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD leverages the K3 chip's embedded GPU to provide incredibly fast processing power and 3D graphics processing capability.

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Monday, 27.02.12
MWC LIVE: Microsoft lowers Windows Phone Device requirements to increase addressable Markets
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:30 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While Microsoft isn't holding its own press conference at this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the company has made a major announcements anyway. While it has neither unveiled a date for its Tango update nor its expected Apollo upgrade, Microsoft unveiled plans to bring its Windows Phone smartphones to new countries by expanding hardware and language support. A new line of low-cost phones, which use cheaper "system-on-a-chip" processers and reduced memory, will bring a high-end smartphone experience to more affordable devices - while still running nearly all the applications available in the Windows Phone Marketplace.

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MWC LIVE: Samsung announces the Galaxy Note 10.1
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:00 CET under 04 - Android News

Some would call it a tablet but Samsung doesn't classify it at all, at least it's not just another 10" Android tablet because that one was already announced last weekend. At the Mobile World Congress, Samsung today announced the launch of Galaxy Note 10.1, which is said to expand the Galaxy Note experience in creativity, productivity, and learning. With its large display, the Galaxy Note 10.1 provides multi-screen functionality to maximize efficiency in learning, work and creative endeavors. Its multi-screen functionality enables you to do a true multi-tasking, by viewing Internet pages, videos or other applications side by side while writing or sketching your ideas.

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MWC LIVE: ZTE announces its second Windows Phone - ZTE Orbit to follow ZTE Tanja
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

ZTE today announced it has expanded its commitment to the Windows Phone platform and introduced the new ZTE Orbit. The Orbit joins the ZTE Tania in the company's portfolio of Windows Phone-based devices. The ZTE Tania is commercially available in the UK and Sweden and other countries around the world. The ZTE Orbit is based on the latest version of Windows Phone and comes with 4 GB of memory, HD voice and a 5 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash. The ZTE Orbit will be available in the second quarter of this year.

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MWC LIVE: Microsoft and Skype announces public Beta of Skype for Windows Phone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

During today's Mobile World Congress Nokia press conference, Terry Myerson announced the long awaited launch of Skype for Windows Phone which is now available as a public Beta. Skype for Windows Phone Beta supports the most important Skype features you've come to know and love. And you will be especially thrilled by the clean and simple Skype experience that the Metro user interface delivers on your Windows Phone. It has never before been so easy to connect with the people you care about most. With Skype for Windows Phone Beta you can make free audio and video calls to your Skype contacts over 3G and 4G or WiFi, make affordable calls to landlines and mobiles using Skype Credit, create and hold one-to-one and group chats, and update your profile and account information, among others features.

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MWC LIVE: Nokia announces worldwide launch of the Lumia 900 and introduces the Lumia 610
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:30 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Nokia today introduced a range of new products, services and partnerships at Mobile World Congress, setting the pace for 2012 and demonstrating rapid execution of its new strategic direction. The new strategy already has resulted in the adoption of Windows Phone as Nokia's primary smartphone platform, major changes to its feature phones, and additional emphasis on location-based services with the launch of its Location & Commerce business. Nokia is going to  extended the range of products with Windows Phone by introducing the Nokia Lumia 610, the most affordable Lumia yet, as well as targeting availability of the widely acclaimed Lumia 900 to additional markets beyond the U.S.

"One year ago, we shared that Nokia was embarking on a new journey to build

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Sunday, 26.02.12
MWC LIVE: HTC announces the HTC One Series of Android Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:30 CET under 04 - Android News

HTC today unveiled its new HTC One series of smartphones that represent its most premium mobile experience with a new level of iconic design and amazing camera and authentic sound experience. With HTC's most premium experience, the HTC One series integrates Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich with HTC Sense. 4, the new version of HTC's branded user experience that is introducing HTC ImageSense, a new suite of camera and imaging features that set HTC One apart from other phones. HTC Sense 4 also includes broad enhancements to audio quality and simplifies how people listen to music on their phone.

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MWC LIVE: Sony announces the Xperia P and Xperia U Xperia NXT Android Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:30 CET under 04 - Android News

Sony Mobile Communications yesterday unveiled the latest additions to its Xperia NXT series - next generation smartphones from Sony, the new Xperia P and Xperia U. In addition, Xperia S, the ultimate HD smartphone, is now shipping to markets across the globe, with first sales in the Sony Style store in Barcelona during Mobile World Congress. Xperia P and Xperia U will be available to consumers globally in the second quarter of this year. Incorporating the best of Sony technology and premium entertainment, the Xperia NXT series is a cornerstone of Sony's connected experience. With easy connectivity, consumers can enjoy and share content on whichever screen best suits them, whether it's their smartphone, TV, laptop or tablet.

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MWC LIVE: Huawei announces the world's fastest Android Smartphone - the Huawei Ascend D quad
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:49 CET under 04 - Android News

Huawei today introduced the world's fastest quad-core smartphone, the Huawei Ascend D quad. Powered by Huawei's own K3V2 quad-core CPU at either 1.2 GHz or 1.5 GHz and boasting the most compact design among 4.5" smartphones, the Ascend D quad expands the realm of possibilities for consumers with an Android 4.0 operating system and Huawei's proprietary power management system which provides up to 30% in energy savings. The Ascend D quad is an entertainment dynamo with its 4.5" 720P high definition touchscreen, and the industry's most powerful 32-bit true color graphic processor.

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MWC LIVE: Samsung announces the Galaxy Beam - Android Smartphone with Projector
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:04 CET under 04 - Android News

Also ahead of tomorrow's starting Mobile World Congress, Samsung has today unveiled the Galaxy Beam. Powered by a 1.0 GHz dual-core processor and running on Android 2.3/Gingerbread, the Beam features a 4.0" 480x800 (WVGA) TFT touchscreen display but also allows to beam content stored on the device directly onto walls, ceilings or improvised flat surfaces, thanks to the Galaxy Beam's ultra-bright 15 lumens inbuilt projector. Video clips, maps, business information, games, can be beamed instantly by Galaxy Beam on a crisp, high-definition projection up to 50" wide. The device features a projector-dedicated application which makes it easy to select content and activate projection in a few simple steps.

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MWC LIVE: Samsung announces the Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) Android Tablet
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:48 CET under 04 - Android News

Following the earlier Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) Android tablet announcement, Samsung today announced in Barcelona the upcoming launch of the Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1). Featuring a 1 GHz dual-core processor, and Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich, the Tab 2 (10.1) features a 10.1" WXGA PLS TFT capacitive touchscreen. Since the whole Galaxy Tab 2 series will be available in 3G and WiFi only versions, the Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) will also be available in two variants. The 3G version will support quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as UMTS/HSDPA+ up to 21 Mbps/HSUPA while both versions will support Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n with Wi-Fi Direct,  A-GPS and Glonass.

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Tuesday, 21.02.12
REENTRANCE: Panasonic to return to Europe with the upcoming launch of the Eluga Android Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:48 CET under 04 - Android News

Panasonic, so far well known for its rugged ToughBooks and also for its ToughPad Android tablet, is returning into the European mobile phone market with the upcoming launch of the the Eluga - an ultra-slim, high specification waterproof smartphone for the style conscious. The Eluga - whose name stems from the phrase "elegant user-oriented gateway" - weighs in at just 103 g, making it one of the lightest Android smartphones in Europe. As well as being waterproof, the Eluga packs a 4.3" with a display comprising 66% of the phone's body, thanks to its super-thin frame. With a 7.8 mm profile along the entire length of the phone, the Eluga's features an 8 megapixel camera.

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STRATEGY: LG's new Design Strategy for Mobile Devices to be revealed at upcoming Mobile World Congress
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:30 CET under 04 - Android News

LG announced today, with a a pre-Mobile World Congress press release, that the company plans to make "its boldest move" yet in its strategy to attain smartphone leadership with the launch of a new design identity called L-Style. The core essence of L-Style involves a timeless design with finer details that further differentiate LG's mobile devices from the competition. L-Style's design philosophy is comprised of five aesthetic elements: Modern Square Style for a comfortable grip, Floating Mass Technology for a slimmer look, Seamless Layout for a more intuitive arrangement of keys, Harmonized Design Contrast utilizing metallic accents and Sensuous Slim Shape that naturally draws one's attention.

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NOVELTY: ZTE and Nividia announces the Tegra-powered ZTE Mimosa X Android Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:31 CET under 04 - Android News

And another one ahead of next week's Mobile World Congress, again from ZTE but today together with Nvidia. Both companies jointly announced the upcoming launch of the first Tegra-powered Android smartphone with Nvidia's Icera modem technology - the the ZTE Mimosa X. The Mimosa X is powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 mobile processor, sporting a dual-core CPU and GeForce GPU as well as the Nvidia Icera 450 HSPA+ modem, comprising baseband and RF processors, featuring excellent throughput and low power. It will run on Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich, featureing a 4.3" qHD touchscreen, a rear 5 megapixel and front a camera as well as 4 GB of storage, which is expandable to 32 GB.

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UNVEILED: Samsung announces the entry-level Galaxy Ace 2 and Galaxy mini 2 Android Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:59 CET under 04 - Android News

Also ahead of next weeks Mobile World Congress, Samsung today announced two new additions to the Galaxy range of Android smartphones: The Galaxy Ace 2, which will be available in UK from April, and the Galaxy mini 2, which will be available in France from March before being rolled out globally. Building on the market success of Galaxy Ace and Galaxy mini since their release last year, the new Galaxy Ace 2 and Galaxy mini 2 are ideal devices for users with active lifestyles who value individuality and style without compromising on performance or affordability. Originally launched in 2011, the Galaxy Ace and Galaxy mini are now getting upgraded features and services

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Monday, 20.02.12
GAME: Nemory brings classic Memory Game to NFC-enabled Android Phones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:34 CET under 04 - Android News

Okay, I've teased you long enough with the NFC game I was recently playing and Beta testing and here we go, it's now released and available. Nemory is an Android Memory game which uses the NFC capabilities of compatible phones. However, instead of finding the pair of pictures on the display only, it uses NFC tags which basically "hold" the pictures which are then displayed on the touchscreen. But the neat features is, that these NFC tags can be virtually anything and don't have to be writeable at all but Nemory is only using the NFC tag ID. Therefore it can be played with blank read/writable NFC tags, NFC enabled credit cards, NFC enabled access control cards or whatever you have in your wallet.

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APPROVAL: GCF approves the Samsung GT-I9210 Galaxy S II LTE
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:11 CET under 04 - Android News

Already showcased by Deutsche Telekom at last year's IFA in Berlin, the Samsung GT-I9210 has finally received its official Global Certification Forum approval for Europe. According to the GCF, the so called Galaxy S II LTE supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, dualband UMTS/HSDPA+/HSUPA at 900/2100 MHz as well as dualband LTE at Europe's 800/2600 MHz bands. Other than that, the Galaxy S II LTE is pretty much the same as the original Galaxy S II from last year, featuring Android 2.3/Gingerbread, a 4.5" Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen, a 8 megapixel autofocus camera as well as Bluetooth 3.0 and WiFi g/g/n at 2.4 and 5.0 GHz.

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UNVEILED: LG announces the Optimus VU: - a mix between Android Smartphone and Tablet
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:04 CET under 04 - Android News

Following the success of Samsung's Galaxy Note, LG has announced ahead of the upcoming Mobile World Congress its latest Android smartphone - the LG Optimus VU:. Equipped with LG's advanced LTE and IPS display technology, the Optimus VU: offers a unique combination of tablet-like viewing with smartphone portability. Running on a powerful 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and powered by Android 2.3/Gingerbread, the Optimus VU: comes with 32 GB internal memory and a large 2,080 mAh battery as well as  the VU: features a 5" XGA IPS touchscreen which has a nowadays pretty uncommon 4:3 aspect ratio. The 8 megapixel main camera on the back comes with a supporting LED flash, the front-camera supports 1.3 megapixel.

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UNVEILED: ZTE to announce two new LTE handsets at Mobile World Congress
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:16 CET under 04 - Android News

Ahead of next week's Mobile World Congress in in Barcelona, ZTE has unveiled that it will announce two new LTE handsets running Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich with 1.2 GHz and 1.5 GHz chipsets. The PF200 will have a 4.3" qHD capacitive touchscreen with an 8 megapixel main camera and a 1080p front-facing camera for video calling. The handset will work across all the main LTE, UMTS and GSM spectrums and will come with Bluetooth 2.1, GPS, WiFi, aGPS, digital living network alliance (DLNA) compatibility, mobile high-definition link (MHL) for connecting to home audio and video devices as well a NFC capabilities.

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SERVICE: Google enhances Latitude Check-ins - rewards points for check-ins
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:11 CET under 04 - Android News

While Google Maps is a widely used service, Google Latitude is widely unused and Google Latitude Check-in is widely unknown. Nevertheless, following Foursquare's example, Google is now rewarding points for check-ins. Released one year ago as a Google Latitude enhancement, Google Check-in allows users connect the current location to a real place by checking in there using Latitude. While Latitude can still be used to automatically update and share locations with friends and Google Plus, check-ins let you add context to the location - like captions to a photo. Latitude is built right into Google Maps for Android so check-ins work across Latitude and Maps seamlessly.

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Saturday, 18.02.12
AVAILABILITY: Sony launches free NFC SmartTag app for Android - only compatible with Xperia SmartTags
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:05 CET under 04 - Android News

I wrote about Sony's Xperia SmartTag concept before which Sony Ericsson announced back in January. SmartTags, which are based on NFC, allow to launch pre-configured profiles on the phone by simply touching an Xperia SmartTag with an NFC enabled Android smartphone. These profiles can be easily personalized but require a dedicated Xperia SmartTag app from Sony. Now, ahead of the availability of the NFC SmartTags, Sony has released the required Android app which is now available from the Android Market. Unfortunately, it seems that Sony's SmartTag app only works with Sony's very own Xperia SmartTags but not with other standard NFC tags. I've tested the app yesterday without success.

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Friday, 17.02.12
REDESIGN: Microsoft's new Windows 8 logo is a Window - not a Flag (anymore)
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:19 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Sure, for now it's pretty much a "desktop PC" related news item but I'm quite confident that it will have an impact on Windows Phone - soon! As Microsoft's Sam Moreau announced today at the Windows Blog, Microsoft has radically redesigned its upcoming Windows 8 logo. As Moreau explains "the Windows logo is a strong and widely recognized mark but when we stepped back and analyzed it, we realized an evolution of our logo would better reflect our Metro style design principles and we also felt there was an opportunity to reconnect with some of the powerful characteristics of previous incarnations". And the result is a "window", not a "flag" - anymore!

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Thursday, 16.02.12
UNVEILED: German retailer Cyberport confirms TI-powered Samsung Galaxy S II v2 [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:24 CET under 04 - Android News

We have heard about the Samsung Galaxy S II refresh before which was called Galaxy S II Plus and it seems it becomes true. German retailer Cyberport has just unveiled that it's stocking the so called "Samsung Galaxy S2 v2" from early March! While the specs in general haven't changed at all, the Galaxy S II v2 is also said to support quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as quadband UMTS/HSDPA+/HSUPA, the v2 is now said to run on a TI OMAP 4430 dual-core 1.2 GHz CPU instead of the original Samsung Exynos dual-core 1.2 GHz. This could be indeed a prove that the Galaxy S II refresh will feature Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box because TI delivered the silicon reference design for Android 4.0.

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DIVORCE: Sony completes full acquisition of Sony Ericsson - renames is to Sony Mobile Communications
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:04 CET under 01 - General News

Announced late last year it's official now and the divestment of Sony Ericsson is completed. The previously announced divestment of Ericsson's share of Sony Ericsson to Sony, including the broad IP cross-licensing agreement, completed yesterday, on February 15, 2012. This makes the handset maker, formerly known as Sony Ericsson, now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony. The agreed cash consideration for the transaction is 1.05 billion Euro. Since Ericsson has officially left the join-venture, Sony has announced to rename Sony Ericsson to "Sony Mobile Communications", and further integrate the mobile phone business as a vital element of its electronics business.

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Wednesday, 15.02.12
REFRESH: Samsung announces the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus N and Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus N WiFi
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:15 CET under 04 - Android News

Just when you thought you have already heard about Samsung's latest 7" Android tablet, Samsung is going to announce another one or two. Samsung Germany yesterday announced the upcoming launch of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus N and Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus N WiFi which are said to run Android 3.2/Honeycomb with Samsung's TouchWiz enhancement. Powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core CPU, the Galaxy Tab follower will be available with and without 3G. The 3G version supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA+ up to 21 Mps/HSUPA, while both versions feature Bluetooth 3.0 and WiFi b/g/n. The 7" PLS multitouch touchscreen displays 1024 x 600 pixel.

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PHOTOVIEW: HTC Velocity 4G LTE Android Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:39 CET under 08 - Reviews

Officially announced yesterday by Vodafone, the HTC Velocity 4G is HTC's first LTE device supporting Europe's 4G bands. Running on Android 2.3.7/Gingerbread and enhanced by HTC Sense 3.5, the Velocity 4G is powered by a Qualcomm APQ 8060 dual-core CPU at 1.5 GHz. As previously confirmed by the GCF, the Velocity 4G supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA+ up to 14.4 Mbps/HSUPA at 900/2100 MHz, dualband LTE at 800 MHz/2.6 GHz up to 100 Mbps, Bluetooth 3.0 and WiFi b/g/n. The 4,5"capacitive TFT LCD multitouch display supports qHD ad 540 x 960 pixel. The 8 megapixel autofocus  camera on the back comes with a dual LED flash and allows to record 1080p HD videos. The front facing camera supports 1.3 megapixel.

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ENHANCED: Facebook updates Facebook for Windows Phone - adds new features and refreshed design
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:39 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While Windows Phone has a pretty decent integration of Facebook into its Peoples hub, nothing compares to a stand-alone applications which has often far more features than such a tight integration. And finally, Facebook has updated its Facebook for Windows Phone which comes with a couple of improvements and enhancements. First of all, Facebook v2.3 for Windows Phone focuses on news feed performance improvements but it also brings a more Metro look and feel panorama design which also includes a new profile design. It is now also showing banner images and provides access to pages, groups, feed filters and finally allows to show "likes".

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Monday, 13.02.12
UNVEILED: Samsung announces the new Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) Android Tablet
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:30 CET under 04 - Android News

Ahead of the upcoming Mobile World Congress, Samsung has announced today another Android tablet which is said to be the company's first in the line-up of its 2012 tablets. The Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) runs on Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich with Samsung flavor of its own TouchWiz user interface enhancement. Available in 3G and WiFi, the 3G version is said to support quadband GSM/GPRS/EDE as well as UMTS/HSDPA+/HSUPA, Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi b/g/n with Wi-Fi Direct and USB 2.0 Host. Both versions of the Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) are powered by a 1 GHz dual-core CPU and will sport a 7" WSVGA PLS TFT touchscreen with 1024 x 600 pixel.

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APPROVAL: GCF approves European LTE-enabled Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:13 CET under 04 - Android News

While we got the confirmation that Samsung won't unveil the expected Samsung Galaxy S III at this month's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Samsung also said that it will announce some exciting new products anyway and one of these products could be the European LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9. The Global Certification Forum (GCF) just approved a LTE-enhanced Samsung 8.9" tablet which is expected to follow last year's launched Galaxy Tab 8.9 which came without LTE support. According to the GCF, Samsung's GT-P7320 will support quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/2100 MHz and dualband LTE at Europe's 800 MHz/2.6 GHz bands.

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Friday, 10.02.12
DETAILED: HTC to upgrade wide range of Smartphones to Android 4.0 / Ice Cream Sandwich soon
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:03 CET under 04 - Android News

Following HTC's earlier confirmations to offer Android 4.0 upgrades for a wide range of Android 2.3/Gingerbread devices, HTC has yesterday further defined via Facebook which devices will receive Ice Cream Sandwich when. The first round of ICS upgrades is going to HTC's Sensation-line of Android phones, which will be rolled-out by the end of March for the HTC Sensation and HTC Sensation XE, followed soon thereafter for the HTC Sensation XL. Without defining the date, HTC again confirmed that Ice Cream Sandwich upgrades will come later this year to the HTC EVO 3D, HTC Incredible S, HTC Desire S and even the good old HTC Desire HD.

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Wednesday, 08.02.12
OFFICE: Microsoft releases OneNote Mobile for Android
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:01 CET under 04 - Android News

Beside supporting its own Windows Phone 7, so far Microsoft gave most apps-love to iOS since Redmond released quite a bunch of useful apps for the iPhone and iPad. However, this might change now because yesterday, Microsoft has launched the first really useful app for Android: OneNote Mobile. On the PC, the phone or the web, OneNote goes everywhere. OneNote Mobile for Android is a note-taking app for capturing all the ideas and to-dos on the go. It allows to create notes with text, pictures, and bullets as well as it allows to make and manage to-do lists with checkboxes. But the most interesting part is, that Microsoft OneNote for Android is synchronized with Microsoft's free SkyDrive online storage.

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FIRST: Vodafone to launch the HTC Velocity - first in Europe to bring together Android and LTE
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:33 CET under 04 - Android News

Do you remember when we spotted the European LTE version of the HTC Velocity some weeks ago? As the German Vodafone press department now confirmed, Vodafone Germany is planning to launch HTC's first LTE smartphone in Germany (and most likely other European countries) soon. Running on Android 2.3/Gingerbread, the HTC Velocity is powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core CPU and supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/2100 MHz as well as dualband LTE at 800/2600 MHz, Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi b/g/n and aGPS. The Velocity features a 4.5" qHD touchscreen and sports a 8 megapixel autofocus 1080p HD camera on the back and a front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera.

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Tuesday, 07.02.12
BROWSER: Google releases Google Chrome Beta for Android [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:28 CET under 04 - Android News

Back in 2008, Google launched its Google Chrome browser for PC and Mac and it became a real success since millions of web users around the world use Chrome as their primary browser. And also Android, which was also launched back in 2008, came with its own browser. However, while both - Chrome and the Android web browser - shared the Google DNA, Android's web browser wasn't Google Chrome Mobile as it was called in the early days. But today, Google finally announced its official Beta version of Chrome for Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich, which is said to bring many of the things Chrome users came to love about Chrome.

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Monday, 06.02.12
ENHANCED: Rdio releases updated Android client - fully supporting Android 4.0
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:28 CET under 04 - Android News

For some weeks, I'm now testing some music streaming services and the latest one which just started in Germany has announced an Android app update today. While Rdio was available for Android for quite a while the new app offers intuitive navigation with one-click access to features previously available on Rdio for Android, along with several new enhancements and key features including collection, playlists, new releases, top charts, recommendations and support for Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich's new remote control client which means that if the phone is locked, you can tap the power button and control music from the lock screen; including seeing the artist's and track name as well as being able  to skip forward and back, pause a song and getting the album art.

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QUICKVIEW: DriveNow Car Sharing by BMW, Mini and Sixt - using Android Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:22 CET under 08 - Reviews

I always like good ideas and some weeks ago I registered for BMW's, Mini's and Sixt's new and innovative DriveNow service, the three companies launched last summer in Munich and which is now also available in Berlin and Düsseldorf. DriveNow puts cars across a pre-defined operating area within a city and registered customers can simply stop-by, take one of the cars and drive around. Basically, DriveNow allows to virtually leave the car wherever you want and therefore it can be much cheaper and more flexible than a taxi or more traditional rental-car. As I said, I've registered for DriveNow some weeks ago and today I gave the Android app as well as DriveNow itself a test-drive through Munich.

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Friday, 03.02.12
PHOTOVIEW: Motorola Razr Android 2.3 Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:08 CET under 08 - Reviews

Announced back in October, the Motorola Razr is Motorola Mobility's latest (European) high-end Android phone which shares some design DNA with the original Motorola Razr clam-shell phone. Running on Android 2.3.5/Gingerbread, the Razr is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core/dual-channel RAM CPU. It supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and quadband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 850/900/1900/2100 MHz as well as WiFi b/g/n at 2.4 and 5 GHz and features aGPS. Furthermore, the Motorola Razr is one of the few and the first Android smartphone which supports Bluetooth 4.0 LE+EDR. It comes with a 4.3" qHD Super AMOLED touchscreen and sports a 8 megapixel autofocus camera with supporting flash LED which allows to record 1080p HD videos up to 30 fps; the front facing camera supports 1.3 megapixel.

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Thursday, 02.02.12
RUMOR: Is the Samsung Galaxy S II Plus already showing its face?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:50 CET under 04 - Android News

Yesterday we learned from Samsung that it's not planning to announce the Samsung Galaxy S III at this month's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and at the same time, rumors hit the Interweb that Samsung might launch a Galaxy S II refresh called the Samsung Galaxy S II Plus. At least that's what a recent benchmark was suggesting. According to that, the Galaxy S II Plus will feature the same WVGA touchscreen like the Galaxy S II (display technology unknown), but it's expected that the S II Plus comes with a faster CPU at 1.5 GHz. Today, Eldar Murtazin followed up on Twitter and posted a picture which could be a press photo of the Samsung Galaxy S II Plus.

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ENHANCED: Google updates Google Docs for Android - adds features but forgot to follow its own rules
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:30 CET under 04 - Android News

For some reasons, Google Docs for Android wasn't too much in Google's focus so far and it was somewhat loveless designed and featured. The Google Docs web app counterpart nevertheless allowed to create, edit, upload and share your documents with the web app. Now, Google has released an update which comes with some handy features like making any file available offline for view and access while not connected as well as managing offline content, including seeing what's out of date. Automatic syncing of offline content keeps docs up-to-date while on WiFi and staring and renaming files is now possible offline as well. Last but not least, Google mentions and improved reading experience of Google documents while on a tablet.

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Wednesday, 01.02.12
OFFICIAL: Samsung Galaxy S III will be a "no-show" at the upcoming Mobile World Congress
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:08 CET under 04 - Android News

TechRadar received an official statement from Samsung that the much anticipated Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung's successor to the Galaxy S II that turns one year this month, won't be announced at this month's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The official statement says that  "Samsung is looking forward to introducing and demonstrating exciting new mobile products at Mobile World Congress 2012. The successor to the Galaxy S2 smartphone will be unveiled at a separate Samsung-hosted event in the first half of the year, closer to commercial availability of the product". At this point the real reasons for the announcement-shift are unclear but one thing is fore sure: the Samsung Galaxy S II is still an Android best-seller and Samsung has another hero device on sale today: the Galaxy Nexus.

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