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Weekly Review - 24th December

The week began with One Mobile Ring reporting the Google's Nexus S handset has had its price slashed, where HTC and Vodafone updated the budget Android phone Wildfire handset.

Earlier on in the week Google maps were updated for Android mobile phones and an app appeared that instantly translates foreign words via the iPhone's camera. Midweek, Google announced their Nexus One will receive and update to Android ‘Gingerbread' 2.3 soon, where the LG dual-core mobile phone will be hitting the shelves in January.

Towards the end of the week, BullGuard unveiled a free antivirus app for the mobile phone, with Virgin brigning out news of their early 2011 mobile phone line-up - we also published the Initial Thoughts review of the iPhone case, with a built-in keyboard.


The biggest news story of the week - Carphone Warehouse reducing the SIM free and unlocked cost of the Google Nexus S, by just over a quarter.

The Carphone Warehouse exclusively sold Nexus S, manufactured for Google by Samsung, is now just £429 - brought down from £549.

The almost-£120 price reduction has taken effect from today, where the mobile phone retailer is still bundling the phone free on contracts from O2, T-Mobile, Orange and Vodafone. Those price plans now start from £30 a month, instead of last week's reported £35 at 24 and 18 month contracts.

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 next most significant news story of the week came from the application creator Quest Visual, who has developed an app for the iPhone that instantly translates foreign text.

Word Lens is available from the Apple App Store and immediately translates text seen on a sign, poster or advert without using any of the data allocation that accompanies the device's tariff.

As soon as the foreign text is seen through the cameras' lens, the on-the-fly translated text appears instantly in place of the foreign version.

The application has a built-in dictionary for all the translation and doesn't pull down any information over the air - which is ideal when using the app abroad, as it won't incur any additional roaming expenses.

Word Lens currently only works for Spanish to English and English to Spanish, but the app creator has said more languages are being worked upon for the next version along with products for Windows Phone 7, Palm and BlackBerry.


Another big news story of the week came from Google, who have updated its mobile mapping software - which brings in 3D buildings and off-line features.

Google Maps has been around for 5 years, where many features have been added over that period of time but the maps have remained static and a good internet connection was always needed - until now.

A more dynamic mapping method is now being used inside of the application, where dragging two fingers down the screen tilts the map for more of an angled sat nav display and it's also possible to view buildings in 3D, in over 100 cities.

The former ‘location' button inside of Google Maps can also be used to access a compass, where just pressing that button tilts the map and moving the handset in different directions controls the angle in the same way as the augmented virtual layers application works.

Google Maps 5.0 now caches the maps for the first time, where if a connection is lost and the route has already been planned or if the surrounding area has already been seen on the handset - it will remain in memory to be used by Google Maps.


Google had some other significant news this week, when it announced Android ‘Gingerbread' 2.3 OS is to be rolled out to their older Google Nexus One handsets.

Google made public this news over twitter from their googlenexus account, in a message that reads: "The Gingerbread OTA for Nexus One will happen in the coming weeks. Just hang tight!".

The HTC manufactured mobile phone for Google is set to be the second ever phone to run Android 2.3, after the Samsung made Nexus S for Google - which arrives this week.

The Nexus One was the first handset to tip up with Android ‘Éclair' 2.1, in the same way as the Google Nexus S is to arrive running the newest Android ‘Gingerbread' 2.3 mobile phone platform.


Big news came from LG this week, with news of the world's first dual core processor LG Optimus 2X handset will be arriving next month in January.

LG unveiled this news in a press release to journalists, surrounding music from the composer Ennio Morricone being preloaded on to the LG 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 arrives with a 4-inch touch screen, either 16GB or 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 Antivirus company BullGuard unveiled this week they are giving away antivirus software, to launch its BullGuard Mobile Security 10 for mobile phones.

There are 5,000 free licenses on offer for their BullGuard Mobile Antivirus package for Symbian, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Mobile platforms.

The BullGuard antivirus application for mobile phones is a part of the Mobile Security 10 package, where it's been separated in a special edition solely for this offer.

The software provides free year-long support with antivirus, antispyware and basic backup protection for handsets and mobile devices.


At the end of the week, Virgin brought out their 2011 mobile phone line-up, with new Windows Phone 7, Android and BlackBerry offerings.

Making its debut on Virgin Media is the 4-inch display WP7 Samsung Omnia 7 handset, which we reviewed last month here. This new mobile comes with unlimited text messages, 1,000 minutes and a 1GB data allowance for £35 a month.

The BlackBerry Torch 9800 and Bold 9780 is also arriving on the Virgin Network, at £35 a month and £25 a month - respectively.

Both handsets arrive with unlimited text messages, 1,000 minutes and unlimited BlackBerry web access whilst running the very latest BlackBerry 6 OS.

Also tipping up on the network is the HTC Android ‘Froyo' 2.2 Desire HD, for £35 a month with unlimited text messages, 1,000 minutes and a 1GB data allowance - which is accompanied by the PushLife music app, for syncing of iTunes and other music with the phone.

The Sony Ericsson Android Xperia X8 arrives with Virgin in exclusive red and black colours, with the Nokia's candy bar C3-01 also bein featured in the new line-up - both are on a £10 a month tariff with 50 minutes, 250 texts and a 500MB mobile web allowance.

Lastly, by no means least, is the Nokia C7 with its 3.5-inch screen preloaded with the Virgin Media player app for access to the networks TV content. This handset is accompanied by an unlimited text message bundle, 600 minutes and a 1GB data allowance for £25 a month.

Virgin Media customers with the likes of TV services, phone or mobile broadband can also benefit from exclusive extra services such as free calls to their home and mobile phones


One Mobile Ring brought out this week the unboxing images of the Google Nexus One it has for an upcoming review, seen here. We also published an Initial Thoughts review of Brando's iPhone 4 Case with Bluetooth Keyboard, seen here.

- Merry Christmas from everyone at One Mobile Ring and LucidCX

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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.