Weekly Review - July 21st

The week started off with One Mobile Ring reporting video uploading has come to the Facebook app, Android hit half a million activations a day, whilst Orange lowed internet roaming and we published an initial impressions review of the Nokia X7.

Earlier on in the week, LG nets the professional with new handsets, Android ‘Honeycomb’ 3.2 was unveiled, Asda lists an Android tablet for under £100 and the Sony Ericsson Xperia active became available.

Midweek, Vodafone leaks Samsung Galaxy tab 10.1 on video, 3D has come to Google Maps, Dolphin browser reached version 6 and Samsung launched new microSD cards.

Later on in the week, Xperia ray arrived on O2, Windows Phone 7 ‘Mango’ Twitter and Linkedin features were caught on video, Lenovo launched its first ever Android tablets and Xperia neo arrived on Orange.

At the end of the week, Three launched Facebook For Every Phone and Bing came to mobile phones.

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The biggest story of the week came from Lenovo, who unveiled two new Android ‘Honeycomb’ 3.1 tablets – the ThinkPad Tablet, aimed at the corporate world and another for consumers, in the IdeaPad K1.

The ThinkPad tablet is geared up for the business user, where the IdeaPad K1 is being pitched at more of the average user of these large screen touch devices.

Lenovo’s ThinkPad is focussed on the professional world with features that both business professionals and IT administrators.

The IdeaPad K1 as an alternative is offering consumers a tablet companion, by building on the Lenovo name with entertainment-friendly features such as 40 boredom-busting apps.

These tablets arrive with a 10.1-inch 1280x800 WXGA screen, whilst running from the NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core 1Ghz processors and weighing in at 750grams.

Lenovo’s ThinkPad tablet arrives in September with a cost of £399, whilst the IdeaPad K1 tips up in August with a price attached of £369.

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The next most significant piece was when Google announced there are 500,000 Android devices being activated each and every day, in a revenue update delivered by their CEO Larry Page.

Larry Page mentioned an update to figures for Android operating system based mobile phones in the same conference call to the media and shareholders, where it has now come to light that half a million handsets are going live day in, day out – up from 400,000 in May.

Google’s CEO also answered the question - ‘How is the company going to monetize Android?’.

He stated that he understands the need to serve the short term and long term where the Google’s search engine money allows for innovations to be funded – such as Android and Chrome, with its 160 million worldwide users and the highest growing web browser in numbers.

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The third largest news item came from Facebook, who has brought out an update to their Android Facebook application – which delivers many fixes and enhancements that include video uploading.

Facebook for Android version 1.6.1 brings to the Google mobile operating system the ability to upload and post videos to the social networking site natively – for the first time.

On-board the new rendition of the Facebook app is the ability to use the ‘@’ sign in status updates, to tag friends and Facebook pages from inside of posts; this is a much welcomed feature and one that’s been a part of the desktop web browser version for some time.

There is also improved page support in the mobile software, which allows viewing the full list of Facebook pages that are previously ‘liked’, in addition to posting on pages that are administrated too, such as birthday invites, groups and similar pages.

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The following most significant story was Google announcing the latest version of their tablet oriented operating system, in version 3.2 of Android ‘Honeycomb’.

Android ‘Honeycomb’ 3.2 arrives with several new capabilities for users and developers, which is set to appear on devices later on in the year – judging by the recent timelines of deployments to these tablets.

This new iteration has been optimised for a wider range of tablets, with a variety of refinements across the system for a greater array of ‘devices’ - with a view that the OS could be used on smaller screen-based products, than the larger ones already seen around today.

There are also features in ‘Honeycomb’ 3.2 for running fixed-sized applications in a better way on the platform, where non-tablet specific apps could be run on the larger screen devices with pixel scaling instead of just stretching the software screen to fit the display.

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The fifth biggest piece was when Asda announced it is now selling the Arnova Android based tablet, with an 8-inch screen for just £99.

The new large touch screen product is a fully featured tablet and is a quarter of the price of the more expensive versions, from companies such as Motorola, Samsung and Apple.

Arvnova’s tablet ships with an 8-inch high-definition screen, with a slim-line and light-weight form factor plus 4GB of internal storage, along with a micro SDHC card slot for further expansion. There’s isn’t any cellular capabilities on the device, where only WIFI has been catered for to provide internet access.

Android ‘Éclair’ 2.1 is the operating system of choice for the tablet, which offers up music and video features, along with the ability to read eBooks, browse the web or play games with up to 25 hours of battery life on playback.

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The next most significant news came when Google unveiled its mapping software for Android now has 3D buildings included, for more cities than ever before.

Google Maps 5.0 for Android was released last December, with several new features such as being able to rotate, tilt, zoom in and out of 3D maps – although the 3D skyline and buildings were only viewable for a few different cities, with New York City and Milan being amongst those included.

The Internet searching engine company has now added 11 more major cities, which include Paris, Stockholm, Singapore, Lisbon, Boulder, South Africa, Barcelona and also London.

No further updating of Google Maps 5.0 is needed to see these 3D buildings, as they will be viewed when the mapping software is downloading when out and about on Android handsets running ‘Éclair’ 2.0 upwards.

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The seventh largest story was Microsoft, ousting a video of two of the upcoming features of Windows Phone 7 ‘Mango’ update, which previously hasn’t been seen before on film - Twitter and Social Networking Filtering, seen here.

Microsoft held at a press event at the end of May, with a view to highlight all of the features of the update to the Windows Phone 7 OS only the Twitter and other aspects were missing from the handsets running ‘Mango’ on the day.

The People Hub inside of Windows Phone 7 houses access to address book of the phone, but also contains updates from social networking sites such as Facebook, along with Windows Live Feeds where the ‘Mango’ update brings with it both Twitter and Linkedin updates too.

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The following most significant item came from Three, who has announced it is now offering their customers the new Facebook Java-based mobile application and without charging for any data usage.

Three is sponsoring the launch by allowing their customers to download and use this application until January 31st 2012, without incurring any data charges.

Facebook initially stated their partner networks will only be offering 90 days of free access to the application, where Three is extending the deal to a full six months instead.

Three continues to offer to their customers free access to the website 0.facebook.com, which is seen by most as the precursor to the Java app – as it too was aimed at low costing phones that cannot run feature rich applications.

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The penultimate piece of news was when Microsoft unveiled its search engine Bing is now available to multiple mobile phone and device platforms, from accessing m.bing.com.

Bing provides a smart search tool set, which is now accessible across multiple mobile platforms, from maps and directions, to localised information and even image searching – which have all recently been seen on Windows Phone 7 handsets.

Maps and directions have been improved with the addition of new map views, which allows users to see a list of places or directions on that corresponding map and from a single view where the map seamlessly updates as it is scrolled through.

The new Bing London Journey Planner is also available on mobiles, providing point to point, visual planning for journeys by tube, bus and walking within Greater London.

These new features of m.bing.com are available for mobile device web browsers that support HTML5, which include BlackBerry, Android and the iPhone.

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Lastly, Orange has launched a new internet bundle for use when travelling in Europe, where just £3 a day offers up 30MB.

The EU mobile internet browsing daily bundle is geared up for pay monthly, dongle and small business customers for lowering the cost of surfing the internet when abroad.

Orange won’t charge customers if no data is actually used when travelling, it’s only there as a safety net to be used when the occasion arises – ideal for the start of the summer holiday period, of which we are now apparently in.

The allowance clock starts at midnight of the country located within and is reset when 30MB is reached, where the next day offers up another 30MB and so on.

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Originally published at OneMobileRing.com

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