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Weekly Review - 28th January

The week started with Apple's App store hitting a new high, with the HTC 7 Pro Windows Phone 7 handset being available on Vodafone. Earlier on in the week Google enabled printing to any printer, from a mobile phone and the Dell hybrid tablet-laptop is now coming to Three.

Midweek, Samsung announced four new Android phones and Three is carrying one of them - the Galaxy Ace. Nokia cut the price of their flagship mobile midweek and the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc became available on-line

Towards the end of the week, Sony made public that PlayStation gaming will be possible on an Android phone and Orange is to bring out NFC payments.


The biggest story of the week came from Sony unveiling the PlayStation Suite, which allows for PlayStation games to be officially played on Android devices.

Sony has opened up PlayStation content for the first time to the Google mobile open source operating system, to be accessible on mobile phones, tablets and other Android devices.

The company is starting by offering up original PlayStation games, also known as PSone classics, to the Android devices with a view to provide quality PlayStation games from the outset.

There are plans in play to make a PlayStation Store directly available to the Android OS, where users can download content straight to their devices although there's no news as yet to the size of the gaming files.

Newly developed content will also be for the next generation of their PSP, codenamed ‘NGP', which Sony announced at the same event.


The second most significant item of the past 7 days came from the Apple's App store reaching 10 billion application downloads, on more than 160 million of their devices.

That new milestone has been reached in just two and a half years, from more than 350,000 apps that are now for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

These applications are for users in 90 countries, with 20 different categories that include games, business, news, sports, health, reference and travel; where there are more than 60,000 applications solely for the iPad.

Apple has awarded the owner of the 10 billionth downloaded app a $10,000 iTunes Gift card, which went to someone from Kent for the Paper Glider application.


The next largest news piece came from Samsung unveiling four new handsets - the Samsung Galaxy Ace, Samsung Galaxy Fit, Samsung Galaxy Gio and the Samsung Galaxy mini phone.

The Ace arrives with a 3.5-inch 320×480 HVGA capacitive touch screen, with a 800MHz processor, a 5 megapixel camera with a flash and a 2GB microSD card, whilst running from Android ‘Froyo' 2.2 with their TouchWiz UI.

The Samsung Galaxy Fit arrives with a 3.31-inch 240×320 QVGA screen, running from a 600MHz CPU, with a 5 MP camera and with the Android ‘Froyo' OS as well.

Samsung's Galaxy Gio is accompanied by a 3.2-inch 320×480 HVGA display, with an 800Mhz processor, a 3 megapixel camera with enhanced social networking capabilities.

The Samsung GALAXY mini will be sporting a 3.14-inch 320×240 QVGA screen, with a 600Mhz CPU, a 3 MP camera and is squarely aimed at trendy and sociable youngsters, with a flashy colour stripe along the side.


Another important story this week was when Orange, T-Mobile and Barclaycard announced they are to deliver NFC payment technology this summer.

Near field communications (NFC) technology that came to the mass public attention when it first appeared in the Google Nexus S handset, will soon be used by EverythingEverywhere in new handsets for the payment of goods.

Orange, T-Mobile and Barclaycard have stated that over 40,000 high-street stores will be ready to accept their contactless payment scheme, which is backed by secure SIM-based transactions to ensure purchase protection for consumers.

It's been said the SIM-NFC technology will work by just simply waving a mobile phone against a contactless reader, where the payment for goods will then take place in the likes of Pret a Manger, EAT, Little Chef and the Co-Op - who either currently support the technology, or will soon.


Three made public off the back of the Samsung announcement that it will be carrying the Samsung Galaxy Ace, on their £25 a month One Plan.

Samsung's Ace arrives with a 3.5-inch capacitive touch screen, running from a 800Mhz processor, a 5 megapixal camera with flash and the Android ‘Foryo' 2.2.1 updated operating system.

The Samsung Ace will be appearing on Three's One Plan, which is accompanied by 2,000 minutes, a further 5,000 minutes to any Three based mobile phone numbers, a 5,000 text message bundle and a truly unlimited data allowance.

There's no final confirmed date as to when the Galaxy Ace will be arriving with Three, although rumour has it that it could tip up as early as the third week of February.


Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc flagship phone became available to pre-order with Clove, on an in-stock date of April 1st.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc has one of the thinnest cases in a mobile seen around today, with the slimmest part being just 8.7mm.

Sony Ericsson's Arc has a 4.2-inch Reality Display, with Sony's Mobile Bravia Engine for that added rich multimedia experience and runs from a 1Ghz Qualcomm processor.

The phone arrives with an 8.1 megaxpixel camera that is capable of HD 720p video recording, with the captured media displayable via the microHDMI port to a larger screen.

Xperia Arc is also set to arrive with the newest version of the Google mobile OS - Android ‘Gingerbread' 2.3, which currently only features on the Google Nexus S.

Clove has the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc available to reserve for £454.80; has also opened up ordering too with the same in-stock date that confirms the validity of the phone's arrival.


Expansys is stocking the HTC Windows Phone 7 Qwerty keyboard based mobile, free on a £30.65 a month tariff.

The newest Microsoft WP7 phone to arrive is being sold gratis with an accompanying Vodafone contract, which has 300 minutes, an unlimited text message bundle plus a 500MB data allowance. There is also a free universal car mounting kit, plus a car charger too.

HTC's 7 Pro arrives with a 3.6-inch WVGA 480×800 touch screen, a slide out 5-row Qwerty keyboard, along with a 5 megapixel camera whilst running from a 1Ghz processor - with 8GB of internal storage.

Expansys also carries the phone SIM free and unlocked, for the princely sum of £459.99 with an arrival date of February 11th.


Nokia reduced the price of their N8 handset this week, by close to a quarter of the original cost.

Nokia's on-line shop has brought down the price of the Nokia N8 to just £365, from £429; just close of £40 shy of a 1/4 of the cost of the mobile phone SIM free and unlocked to be used on any network.

The N8 is the latest flagship handset from the former Wellington boot maker, which arrives with a 3.5-inch 640×360 AMOLED capacitive touch screen, with a 680Mhz processor and 16GB of internal storage along with a microSD card slot.

Nokia's N8 runs from the Symbian^3 OS and has the highest specification of a camera seen in mobile from the Finnish, with a 12 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and a Xenon flash that can record video in a 720p HD resolution.


Three unveiled it will be carrying the Dell hybrid tablet-laptop Inspiron Duo, which joins the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the Linx Commtiva N700.

Dell's Inspiron Duo has a flip-hinge design for the screen, which allows the device to be used as both a tablet and also a laptop - when the display is docked.

The hybrid laptop-tablet will have 3G access and is accompanied by a 10.1-inch screen, with an Intel Atom N550 Dual Core 1.5GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, 320GB of internal storage where the platform of choice is Windows 7 Home Premium.

There's been no news from Three as to the cost of the Dell Inspiron Duo, or the likely tariff price and data allowance but One Mobile Ring will publish those details within due course.


Google enabled printing this week from over the Internet, via Gmail on a handset to any printer that can be connected to an on-line computer.

Mobile phone users can now print from their Gmail account on a phone, to up to three printers connected to various computers without the need to install any printer drivers on a mobile.

The computer has to be running the latest version of Google's Chrome web browser, which now has a new ‘Cloud Print' feature that makes all this possible.

Google's Chrome, with this new ability, takes over as an on-line printer queue; where any documents and emails from inside of Gmail on a handset can be sent over a mobile phone network to the browser for immediate printing.

Google's Cloud Print works in conjunction with the Android and the Apple iOS, where there are plans to extent the service to Google Documents which will encompass many more facets of document printing and not just files that reside inside of Gmail.


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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.