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Weekly Review - 12th November

The big news of the week came on the very last day, where the Palm Pre and Palm Pre Plus successor - the Palm Pre 2 - was unveiled to be going on sale SIM free and unlocked.

In the past O2 exclusively sold the Palm Pre handset, where it was believed by taking on this phone lost them the rights to solely sell the iPhone.

The Palm Pre 2 will be available this Monday directly from the Palm UK website, with a cost attached of £399 where there's been no news from any network that any of them will be carrying the phone.

One Mobile Ring contacted O2 for their take on the news, with the company response being - "The Palm Pre Two will not be available on O2. We offer a range of the best handsets through our product portfolio and regularly review this to ensure it continues to meet the demands of our customers".

The first network in Europe to take up the Palm Pre 2 was the mobile phone network SFR in France, with Vodafone holding a large stake within that French network.

One Mobile Ring did believe that Vodafone could very well be exclusively carrying that handset and O2 would lose the sole rights to retail the Palm Pre 2 - where we were at least correct on one of those presumptions.

The week started with One Mobile Ring reporting that the Samsung Galaxy S has received the latest Android OS, along with the BBC iPlayer arriving on BlackBerry phones. Early on in the week Carphone Warehouse starting selling a 99p pay as you go phone, where the Samsung Galaxy Tab went on sale for £2,700.

Midweek, a new version of Opera arrived for Android handsets and the Motorola Defy pitched up at Carphone Warehouse, with the Google search app turning up for Windows Phone 7 Towards the end of the week, Vodafone added new handsets to their Christmas range and LG updated the first Optimus handset, where the Palm Pre 2's arrival date was announced.


Samsung featured in our news a couple of times this week, where One Mobile Ring reported early on that the latest Android OS has arrived on the Samsung Galaxy S.

Consumer electronics giant Samsung announced the update to Google's Android 2.2 is being rolled out, to their flagship Samsung Galaxy S handset.

The announcement was made in Samsung's customary way, with a tweet that reads; "Froyo starts rolling out today; everyone will have it by the end of Nov. To prepare, get the latest version of Kies".

Samsung tweeted back in August this year; "We've seen a lot of Q's about the Froyo update; it's currently in development & will be released for all networks at the end of September".

Android 2.2 on the Galaxy S delivers flash support on webpages, a noticeable speed increase in navigating around the phone, along with the loading and running applications. There is also a quick access feature to all the running home screens, with auto updates to installed applications and better searching functionality, amongst other improvements.

The second Samsung appearance of week was when the Galaxy Tab went on sale for £2,700

Luxury store Harrods is retailing the Samsung Galaxy Android tablet device, with 5700 Swarovski Bright Crystals and a cost to match.

The Tottenham Court Road electronics store Micro Anvika has for sale the jewel of a device inside of the well-known luxurious store, where the company CrystalRoc is responsible for the customisation of the Galaxy Tab.

5700 Swarovski Bright Crystals are all hand applied to the Samsung Android tablet, with a price attached to back up all the time and effort that's gone in to the precious.

The Galaxy Tab has a 7-inch TFT LCD touch screen display, running the latest version of Google's ‘Froyo' mobile OS with the Samsung TouchWIZ UI. The device is powered by the Cortex A8 1GHz application processor, with front and rear facing cameras, 3G HSPA connectivity, along with 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 3.0.

We also brought you this of the Samsung Galaxy S Android 2.1 vs Android 2.2 - in picture, see here for more.


Android was also in the news a few times this week, starting with a new version of Opera arriving on Android, in the form of 10.1 Mobile beta.

Opera is well known for its faster page loading, as compared to other browsers with more fluid scrolling and a better zooming experience along with multi-touch being a standard feature.

Inside of the Android variation are the regular Opera abilities, such as quick access to website favourites - known as Speed Dial. There is also Opera Turbo, which offers up to 80-percent data compression for a better browsing experience over slower mobile networks.

Also on board is the ability to sync book marks across different platforms running the browser, geolocation support and an option to be set as the mobile phone's default browser.

LG announced midweek the enhancement of Android 2.1 is now available, for their budget LG Optimus GT540.

The original LG Optimus phone only shipped with version 1.6 of Android, where ‘Éclair' 2.1 is downloadable for the device in the UK when it was only around for the Baltic regions until now.

Android ‘Éclair' 2.1 brings in to the mobile phone access to multiple Gmail accounts, support for HTML5 website browsing, a quick contacts interface, Microsoft Exchange support for the first time, live wallpapers and also Bluetooth 2.1.

This update comes only a short time after LG's third Android handset arrived last week, the LG Optimus One with Google's mobile ‘Froyo' 2.2 OS.


Early on in the week, Carphone Warehouse began selling the new tough Motorola handset - the Defy.

The Motorola Defy is now being sold with the handset vendor on both T-Mobile and Orange contracts, starting from £25 and £30 a month tariffs.

T-Mobile's £25 a month plan is accompanied by 600 minutes, a 500 text message allowance with unlimited landline use or 900 minutes and a 500 text message allowance - with a further option for, 600 minutes, 500 text messages and an unlimited Internet package.

Orange's £25 a month tariffs start with 600 minutes, with unlimited text messages or 300 minutes and the same text message bundle only with a 750MB data allowance.

The Motorola Defy is water resistant and dust proof, where getting sand in the phone, spilling some drink or being in the rain won't render the phone useless and unusable - according to the manufacturer.

The phone is run from Google's mobile Android 2.1 ‘Éclair' OS, with their own MotoBlur overlay to the platform that brings in social networking, messaging and email feeds on to the home screen whilst offering up security measures too.

Midweek, Vodafone added new handsets to their portfolio, Motorola Defy, Samsung Galaxy Europa, Nokia C3 and the new BlackBerry Bold 9780.

These new handsets add to Vodafone's recently announced series of new phones, which are the HTC Desire HD, Nokia N8, BlackBerry Torch and HTC 7 Trophy.

Motorola's toughened Android Defy handset arrives with the Vodafone 360 services, on a £25 a month tariff that's accompanied by 300 minutes, an unlimited text message bundle and a 500MB data allowance.

Research In Motion's update to last year's BlackBerry Bold 9700 tips up on a £35 a month contract, which is accompanied by 900 minutes, and unlimited text message allowance and a 500MB data allowance.

Nokia's budget BlackBerry-esque C3 handset is on a £10 a month tariff, which includes 100 minutes, 500 texts and in the colours of grey or pink - where the C3 is also available on pay as you go, with a cost of £80.

Lastly, the Samsung Galaxy Europa arrives on a £20 a month tariff, with 100 minutes, a 500 text message allowance and a 250MB data allowance.


Also Midweek, Google announced its search engine application is available for Windows Phone 7.

The Google search app appears as a Windows Phone 7 tile and can be used for the usual search functions, with web, images, local and also news are all taken into account.

The instant preview that has recently been introduced is also possible inside of the WP7 app, where search results appear as the text is entered into the query.

Also on offer in this initial release of the application is the ability to search history, along with local searches for a more relevant set of results being produced for your location.

There's a hope that the Google app within time can work around this issue, by providing universal searching functionality to the new Windows OS and related handsets.


At the start of the week One Mobile Ring reported that Research In Motion has released the BBC iPlayer application - for use with their recent top tier BlackBerry devices.

The app is available from the BlackBerry App World and has the same regular iPlayer streamed content as the desktop version, with access to the past seven days Beeb content in addition to other shows and radio programmes.

BBC iPlayer for the BlackBerry is supported by the BlackBerry Storm 2, BlackBerry Bold 9700 and BlackBerry Torch 9800 smartphones with OS 5 or above and over a 3G or WIFI connection.

The BBC application is available now from the BlackBerry App Store, where for an optimal viewing experience RIM recommend WIFI and the only mobile phone networks that supports the iPlayer streaming over 3G are Three and Vodafone.


Lastly, Carphone Warehouse started to sell this week a 99p pay as you go phone, the Alcatel OT-209 handset.

The phone shop has the Alcatel mobile on the Virgin Mobile plan known as the Addict Tariff for just 99p, although a £10 top-up is required when the phone is purchased.

The Virgin pay as you go plan comes with a 300 text message allowance for that fee, unlimited web access for 30p a day and a 25p a minute cost for calling any number - mobile or landline.

Alcatel's OT-209 is a candy-bar style handset, with a 1.45-inch colour screen, a built-in torch, FM Radio, basic GSM connectivity and the ability to instantly fake an incoming call with a click of a button.

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