Weekly Review - 10th December

The week began with One Mobile Ring reporting the leaked Sony Ericsson Playstation mobile phone has been caught on video, where Google announced the next Nexus handset with Android 2.3 being officially released.

Midweek, we published our Initial Thoughts on the Nokia N8 and later on in the week Android 2.2 arrived on the HTC Legend mobile phones. Towards the end of the week, Three announced the Nokia E7 coming to the network, with Samsung unveiling they will be bundling in an entertainment package with Galaxy Tab.

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The biggest story of the week came from Google, who announced the next Nexus handset – the Nexus S, made by Samsung and will run the newest version of Android.

Google unveiled the successor to the HTC made Nexus One, which arrives with a similar set of specifications to the Galaxy S – from the very makers of the Nexus S.

The Nexus S arrives running Android ‘Gingerbread’ 2.3 OS, with a 4-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touch screen, powered by a 1Ghz Cortex A8 ‘Hummingbird’ processor with 16GB of internal storage, a 5 megapixel camera and LED flash, along with a front-facing VGA camera and with a near field communication chip.

Nexus S has a look of the Samsung Galaxy S, just as the HTC Nexus One had the look of the HTC Desire handset – where they both launched with the latest Android OS, with the Nexus S being the world’s first handset to run ‘Gingerbread’ 2.3.

Google’s Nexus S arrives on December 16th in the USA, where the mobile goes on sale at Carphone Warehouse in the UK from the 20th SIM free and unlocked for £549.95.

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The next biggest story of the past seven days really followed on from the earlier story, with Android 2.3 being officially released by Google.

The new platform is said to be the fastest version of Android to date, with enhancements surrounding gaming and the inclusion of more open media formats with better communication support.

Android’s user interface has been reworked, in order to make the OS faster to use and to be more power-efficient. There are also changes in the menus and settings to make it easier to navigate around and easier to control the features of the device.

Amongst other improvements is the redesign of the virtual keyboard for faster text input, along with the editing of sentences. Android ‘Gingerbread’ 2.4 keys are now reshaped and repositioned, making them easier to see and to accurately press - even at high speeds.

The first device to benefit from Android ‘Gingerbread’ 2.3 will be the Nexus S, where One Mobile Ring believes we will be hearing about upgrade paths for existing Android 2.2 handsets very soon.

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Earlier on in the week the Sony Ericsson much-rumoured Playstation handset was caught on video.

The reportedly soon-to-be-released Sony Ericsson phone has the controllers of a game console, whilst also the full functionality of a touch screen mobile and runs the Android ‘Gingerbread’ 2.3 OS.

The video below shows the physical handset, which has a casing and buttons not to dissimilar to the Sony Ericsson Vivaz and the familiar interface of the Google mobile operating system.

No dates have been given as to when the phone might arrive, nor have there been any word from Sony Ericsson as to its full functionality - although we suspect a 4-inch screen, a high megapixel camera and an online gaming portal full of titles when launched.

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Another significant news item of the week surrounded Samsung announcing they are bundling in a free entertainment package worth £200 – with new Samsung Galaxy Tabs.

The bundle comes with free music, movies, games and electronic books for use on the Samsung Android tablet – ideal for adding that little extra worth to the Galaxy Tab for Christmas.

Samsung’s entertainment package provides 50 free music tracks from eMusic, 15 films from Samsung Movies (which includes Sex and the City 2), 8 games from Gameloft and 5 eBooks from the WHSmith list of bestselling books.

Samsung has linked up with leading brands to offer this bundle for the Galaxy Tab, which will also highlight its worth over other devices such as the Apple iPad.

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Three announced towards the end of the week that it will be carrying the new Nokia Qwerty keyboard based E7 handset, in the New Year.

The E7 was announced at Nokia’s annual symposium in September this year, where it has the appearance of the Nokia N8 mobile phone – only with a physical keyboard attached.

Nokia’s E7 arrives with a 4-inch AMOLED touch screen, with the same ClearBlack display technology as the C6 plus 16GB of built-in storage.

The E7 ships with an 8MP camera whilst running the latest Symbian^3 OS, featured on the N8, C6 and C7 with more business focussed features than those other handsets.

Three haven’t provided any tariff prices for the E7, although they are currently retailing the Nokia N8 on a £35 a month price plan.

The Nokia N8 comes with 2,000 minutes, 5,000 minutes to any Three based phone numbers, a 5,000 text message bundle and a 1GB data allowance – with a free 6 month Spotify premium account.

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Towards the end of the week HTC unveiled it was rolling out the upgrade to Android ‘Froyo’ 2.2 for their HTC Legend handsets.

HTC announced the update via Facebook yesterday, from their HTCuk account with a message that reads “Good news for HTC Legend users. The Android 2.2 update for HTC Legend will begin to roll out across Europe from tomorrow”.

Android 2.2 is first being rolled out to SIM free and unlocked handsets, with a view to deliver the update to all mobile phone networks carrying the device.

HTC’s Legend shipped with Android 2.1 in March this year, with a 3.2-inch AMOLED touch screen, a 5 megapixel camera whilst being powered by a 600Mhz processor – with their own HTC Sense overlay to the Google mobile OS.

The HTC Legend is exclusive to Vodafone in the UK where some users have already reportedly seen the benefits of Froyo, as that network has rolled out an update earlier this month.

Originally published at OneMobileRing.com

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