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Weekly Review - 17th December

The week began with One Mobile Ring reporting the Google Nexus S handset was available on-line for pre-ordering, whilst Three linked up with Opera to delivery their mobile browser to phones on their network.

Early in the week O2 announced Android 2.2 was arriving on Dell Streaks this week, where we published unboxing images of the HTC Windows Phone 7 Mozart handset and Vodafone unveiled they are updating the HTC Magic to the latest version of Android.

Midweek we brought out our Initial Thoughts on the Commtiva N700 Android tablet, where Three started to offer a completely unlimited data tariff and Facebook chat arrived on Android phones.

Towards the end of the week LG announced a dual core processor mobile phone and we published the unboxing images of the tough Motorola Defy handset.


The biggest story of the week, and undoubtedly one of the most significant of late, was Three announcing truly unlimited data for their acclaimed One Plan tariff - with no limits attached whatsoever.

Three's One Plan previously held a 1GB limit, which has been completely removed without any ‘fair usage policy' of any kind. Three customers on that plan can use their mobile devices to download 1MB to 100GB a month or beyond, all for as a little as £25 a month.

The One Plan was introduced back in July this year, with 2,000 any-time minutes, 5,000 minutes to call any Three based mobile phone numbers and also a 5,000 text message bundle - all of which still stands.

This new ‘truly unlimited' data allowance opens up Three's network, where currently 97-percent of the networks traffic is data alone and it's set to increase even more with this offering - which is unlikely to be matched by any other mobile phone networks.


The second most important item of news this week happened when Carphone Warehouse opened up pre-ordering for the Google Nexus S, for delivery at the end of December.

Carphone Warehouse is exclusively selling the Nexus S, which has been made for Google by Samsung - with the previous Nexus One handset being manufactured by HTC.

The mobile phone retailer is bundling the phone free on contracts from O2, T-Mobile, Orange and Vodafone with price plans that start from £35 a month on 24-month contract lengths and £40 a month on 18-month plans.

Samsung's Nexus S arrives running the 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.

The Samsung made Nexus S is also available on pay as you go contracts from Carphone Warehouse for £549.95 with a £10 top up, or SIM free and unlocked for the same price.


Another big story of the week, and we expect to see other handset manufacturers similar announcements soon, was LG unveiling the world's first dual core processor powered mobile phone - the LG Optimus 2X.

The LG LG-P900 ‘Optimus 2X' handset is based on the NVIDIA 1Ghz Tegra 2 dual-core processor, with each core having the ability to act independently for faster Internet access and gaming when necessary - all in order to reduce the power consumption, of running both cores.

LG's Optimus 2X will be shown at CES in Las Vegas this January, with a 4-inch touch screen, 16GB 8GB of internet storage, a microSD slot, HDMI mirroring, a built-in aerial for digital TV along with an 8 megapixel camera capable of full HD 1080p video recording.

The mobile phone will be released with Android ‘Froyo' 2.2, although LG insists that ‘Gingerbread' 2.3 will be available soon afterwards. One Mobile Ring believes by the time the LG Optimus 2X arrives that Android 2.3 will be running on the handset.


Facebook updated its Android application midweek, to bring Facebook chat and notification messages to mobile devices running the Google OS.

Facebook Android app version 1.5.0 now allows for instant messages back and forth between ‘friends' from a mobile phone or tablet - for the first time on Android devices. The Facebook chat aspect to the update also works whilst the app is no longer being displayed, just as long as the person remains logged in.

The other significant update is to push notification messages, where happenings inside of Facebook relating to posts, updates and also messages appear in the notification area on an Android device.

These features now bring the Android application in par with the iPhone app, where users running the iOS version have been able to instantly message from inside of Facebook since January this year.


Google's mobile phone operating system Android was in the news twice this week with updates arriving on mobile phones - both on the same day too.

O2 announced the update to Android ‘Froyo' 2.2 was coming this week, to all of the Dell Streak devices on their network.

The mobile phone network has made public the news over Twitter late on Monday, in a tweet that reads: "Great news for our Dell Streak owners - the 2.2 Froyo update is coming this week!".

Dell's Android Streak tablet is exclusively carried by O2, where the device shipped with Android ‘Donut' 1.6 back in June this year - with an update to ‘Éclair' 2.1 in September.

Vodafone unveiled on Tuesday an update to the 2009 HTC Magic handset, which brings Android ‘Froyo' 2.2 to the phone.

Vodafone made public the news over Twitter today, in a tweet that reads: "Great news - #Android 2.2.1 is coming to the HTC Magic!" - with a related note on their support forums also announcing its arrival.

The HTC Magic was the company's second ever Android handset, following on from the 2008 Dream or G1 and was made exclusively for T-Mobile - where the Magic was solely carried by Vodafone in the UK.

The update to Android ‘Froyo' 2.2 brings to the Magic better Gmail support, the ability to save applications to the phone's microSD card, USB tethering, enhancements to Bluetooth and the camera - with a better, more secure platform.


On Tuesday One Mobile Ring published the unboxing images of the Windows Phone 7 musical HTC 7 Mozart, seen here, where we also brought out our Initial Thoughts of the Commtiva N700 Android tablet seen here - where on Thursday, we published the unboxing pictures of the tough Motorola Defy mobile phone, seen here.


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Rob has worked in the affiliate industry for many years with large publishers, and previously worked as a journalist on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, ITProPortal, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show.