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Weekly Review - 7th January 2011

The week began on Tuesday, with One Mobile Ring publishing our predictions of the happenings in the mobile world for 2011, whilst Carphone Warehouse had a phone on sale for 1p and Opera brought out a preview of their software for large touch screen devices.

Midweek, the upcoming Sony PlayStation mobile phone was seen with Xperia branding and the BlackBerry PlayBook was caught on video, showing off its multimedia capabilities and Amazon's Kindle app became available for Windows Phone 7.

Towards the end of the week, we brought out the news of Samsung Galaxy S handsets have sold 10 million, with Sony Ericsson launching the slimmest mobile and LG's next Optimus flagship phone was launched.

At the end of the week, One Mobile Ring reported that Motorola has announced a dual-core mobile phone, Acer produced a second Android BlackBerry clone, Huawei announced a new Android mobile where Acer has brought out a cut-down Liquid Android handset.


The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas dominated the news this week, where one of the biggest items came from Sony Ericsson launching the slimmest mobile phone.

The Xperia Arc arrives with an 8.7mm chassis - at its thinnest point - which is much slimmer than the last winner of the svelte smartphone crown - the iPhone 4, with its 9.3mm case.

Sony Ericsson's Xperia Arc was announced at Las Vegas' consumer electronics show, with a 4.2-inch multi touch reality screen with a mobile Bravia engine for more of a vivid colour display with less reflection in bright light.

Also on board is the Sony Exmor R technology, which backs up the 8.1 megapixel camera that allows high quality picture capture even in poor lighting conditions.

SE Xperia Arc will arrive running Android ‘Gingerbread' 2.3, with Sony Ericsson application's such as TimeScape, a 1Ghz processor, an 8GB microSD card, with a camera capable of HD video capture that's displayable through the built in microHDMI port.


There were many great stories this week, another being from Motorola who jointly unveiled with Orange - the Atrix, Moto's first dual-core handset.

The Motorola Atrix is only the second ever mobile phone to be announced with effectively two 1Ghz processors, after the LG Optimus 2X that saw its public début at Las Vegas' CES.

Motorola's Atrix will arrive running the Android ‘Froyo' 2.2 OS, with a new Moto application called webtop which is able to run a full version of Firefox - complete with Flash support.

The mobile phone is accompanied by the world's first 4.0-inch qHD Quarter High Definition 960×540 touch screen, with 1GB of RAM, a 5 megapixel camera - capable of HD video capture, with storage in the form of 16GB that's expandable by the microSD card.

The new Motorola mobile has been designed with a view to be used to create and edit media and documents, with an optional multimedia and laptop dock that enables access to a larger 11.6-inch screen, keyboard and keypad


Another piece of news that we thought was significant came from Samsung, who announced 10 million Samsung Galaxy S handsets have been sold.

The handset that's recently been upgraded to Android ‘Froyo' 2.2, with plans for Android ‘Gingerbread' 2.3 sold that vast amount in the seven months since first launched - which sets a record for the company.

These figures relate to the sales everywhere in the world, where the amount equates to 40,000 Samsung Galaxy S mobile phones being sold every day with a handset selling every 2 seconds.

Samsung's Android handset actually shifted five million devices in the four months until October last year, where the sale's curve dramatically increased for the last three months of the 2010 and another five million Galaxy S phones were sold.

Two million handsets were flogged in North America when the phone launched, whilst Samsung had a better sales record in Europe with four million Galaxy S phones being sold - where the rest of the world balances up the remaining numbers.


The much rumoured and leaked upcoming Sony Ericsson PlayStation phone has now been captured on film in a big story of the week, with new SE Xperia branding in place along with an actual PlayStation keypad.

General technology news website Engadget has aired images of the yet-to-be-announced Sony Ericsson mobile phone, with the SE Xperia lettering and the keypad of the Sony gaming console - highlighting the handset is even more near completion, with a launch date expected soon.

One Mobile Ring previously published video of the SE mobile phone, which has been rumoured to be able to play games in much the same way as the Sony PSP - whilst being able to perform as a phone. This is the first time there is the complete company branding in place.

The video, along with these new images, confirms the phone runs Android ‘Gingerbread' 2.3 although ‘Honeycomb' 3.0 has also been rumoured, by the time the mobile phone arrives.


Lucky Goldstar also announced a slim handset in Las Vegas, in the LG Optimus Black Android.

LG's Optimus Black arrives with a slim 9.2mm chassis, a tad thinner than the 9.3mm of the iPhone 4 - only with a much larger 4-inch screen, which is based around the bright Nova display technology that delivers a crisp and clear image.

LG's Optimus Black's screen also uses twice as less power as AMOLED screens and half as much as the traditional LCD screens, which in turn aids the longevity of the battery life of the handset.

The LG Optimus Black will arrive running Android ‘Froyo' 2.2, although the phone is capable of supporting Android ‘Gingerbread' 2.3. The Optimus UI version 2.0 will feature on the handset, with abilities to easily access messages, emails and missed calls from the lock screen.


Carphone Warehouse announced this week a pay as you go phone for just 1p, in the Alcatel OT 209 handset.

Carphone Warehouse's offer is for a phone that was previously on sale for just under £1 at 99p, which we first reported at the start of November last year.

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.

The ‘ultimate bargain' of a mobile phone is available on CPW own Talkmobile pay as you go essential tariff, with 25p a day internet costs, calls being priced at 8p a minute and a single text message costing 4p - whilst calls and text messages to other Talkmobile numbers are half price.


Acer launched a cut down version of their flagship Android Liquid Metal mobile phone - the liquidmini, at CES.

The new Acer liquid-mini handset is a lesser version of the Liquid device, in much the same way as the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini is a cut down Xperia X10.

The SE models have a noticeable screen size difference, with a 4-inch display on the X10 and a 2.6-inch screen on the Mini version - where the Acer Liquid Metal has a 3.6-inch display and the liquidmini has a 3.2-inch screen, which is much less of a wild difference.

The processing power has been reduced to 600Mhz, where the other handset runs from an 800Mhz processor where they are both driven by the Android ‘Froyo' 2.2 OS.

The camera on the handset is 5 megapixel, the same one featured on the Acer Liquid - with that very model containing a built in flash and with the ability to record video in HD, both of which are missing from the liquidmini.


Amazon's Kindle application was made downloadable for the Microsoft Windows Phone 7 OS, this week.

Windows Phone 7 Kindle now has for the first time in any of the versions personalised book recommendations, along with the ability to send book suggestions from the phone's library to any friends.

There are over 500,000 eBooks available from the UK Amazon store, with the USA equivalent carrying 775,000 books available to stateside users of the Kindle application with the ability to read the first chapter for free.

The Windows Phone 7 app now joins the Android, BlackBerry, iPhone and iPad versions as a way of reading Amazon eBooks from a mobile device - where this is also the first time the Kindle app has ever been ported across to a Windows Mobile platform, as Windows Mobile was missed out.


At the end of the week, Huawei unveiled its next Google mobile OS handset, the IDEOS X5 - following on from the original IDEOS.

The newest addition to the IDEOS family arrives running Android ‘Froyo' 2.2, with a 3.8-inch 800×480 capacitive multi-touch screen, a 5 megapixel flash enabled camera capable of HD video recording with 4GB of storage on-board.

The makers of the IDEOS X5 brought out their first Android ‘Froyo' handset in September last year, which sold more than one million units in just two months and in over 70 different countries.

Huawei IDEOS X5 is due to arrive sometime after January, no prices have been announced but expect the cost to be competitive or even appear rebranded as a network named phone.


At the start of the week One Mobile Ring took a look at the coming year in the world of mobile phones and devices, whilst being ready to lay down their predictions of what's coming over the next 12 months.

1 - Tablets

Tablet computers had a big impact within 2010, with the success of the Apple iPad and we also saw the potential of the Android OS on devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab. One Mobile Ring is expecting to see more tablet computers, from many different hardware manufactures and in different screen sizes, between the Dell 5-inch Streak and the iPad's 9.7-inch display - where many companies have already shown an interest within tablets, from LG to HTC. These new devices could be appearing as soon as the end of this week at Las Vegas' Consumer Electronics Show (CES), or early next month at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

2 - Dual Core

Mobile phones and mobile devices have gotten faster and faster of late, where it's set to get even faster in 2011. LG announced at the end of 2010 the world's first dual core mobile phone, with twin processors driving the LG Optimus 2X. One Mobile Ring believes this won't be the last dual-core mobile device we'll see in this coming year, where companies other than LG will be producing faster mobile products based on the twin processor design - besides the single core, which is expected to move beyond 1Ghz to 1.2Ghz and above.

3 - Android

Google's mobile platform saw a good year in 2010, with devices appearing from every phone manufacture you can think of. We are expecting to see even more handsets this year, where Android ‘Gingerbread' 2.3 and Android ‘Honeycomb' will have a big impact on the mobile phone world and also in mobile devices too. Android we suspect will find its way on to much more affordable phones, where Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini range was very popular and at a lower cost for a smartphone.

4 - A new Apple iPhone

The summer of 2010 saw the iPhone 4 arriving, with a new form factor, a better screen quality than seen in previous handsets, a fast processor and a new improved operating system. The mobile phone wasn't without its problems though, with the antenna being just one of them and the iPhone 4's clock causing issues over the new year. There has been a new Apple iPhone every year since 2007, where we're expecting this year to follow suit with a new iPhone this summer although what it might bring is anyone's guess at this point.

5 - One Mobile Ring

One Mobile Ring will be here in 2011 to bring you the latest news in the mobile phone world, with more reviews and features than ever before - with regular week days for the larger, more wordier content to appear. Stay Tuned to see more in 2011, along with the next evolution of the website.


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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.