Weekly Review - 25th February

The week started with One Mobile Ring compiled a list of which networks will be receiving exactly what mobile phones, from the announcements at Mobile World Congress and we also published an initial thoughts review of the HTC Desire S.

Earlier on in the week, HTC‘s Android tablet showed up on Amazon and the First Windows Phone 7 update arrived, where America's HTC Incredible phone came to the Carphone Warehouse.

Midweek, Sony Ericsson Xperia Play received a price and arrival date, where Google rolled out an update to the Nexus and the HTC ‘Facebook' phones arrival date was announced.

Towards the end of the week, the iPad 2 was rumoured to be arriving on March 2nd and Windows Phone 7 problematic update saw some answers whilst the White iPhone is set to cost over £900.

At the end of the week, the Incredible S came to Vodafone and Angry Birds was unveiled for the Windows Phone 7 platform.


The biggest story of the week came when Apple announced to the press it is holding a media event, where it's reported the iPad successor will be unveiled.

The invite to the press contained an image from a date book calendar, which has been pealed back to reveal the corner of a large screen where the speculation is rife that this is the first look of the upcoming iPad 2.

Many called 2010 ‘the year of the iPad', where this could be the very reason why the wording in the invite is - ‘Come see what 2011 will be the year of' - where Apple is hoping to replicate the success of 2010 - with a view that many will crown 2011 as ‘the year of the iPad2'.

Not a great deal is known at this stage of what the iPad 2 might contain, although it's been rumoured for some time the device will contain a rear and front facing camera that was sadly missing from the first model.


The second most significant news item of the week came from Google, who unveiled that an update is being deployed to the Nexus series of handsets - which officially brings Android ‘Gingerbread' 2.3 to the HTC made Nexus One.

The news of the update was announced over twitter from the @googlenexus account, in a Tweet that reads: "Gingerbread (Android 2.3.3) update now rolling out to Nexus S and Nexus One. Be patient, may take a few weeks for OTA to complete".

The roll out by Google delivers Android ‘Gingerbread' 2.3 to the Nexus One phone, which came out early last year and now puts the mobile on an even keel with latest flagship Nexus S device.

Android 2.3.3 is also reportedly delivering resolutions to the reboot issue that has plagued some Nexus S handsets, along with other minor problems being resolved too.


The third biggest story of the week was when Sony Ericsson's ‘PlayStation' Xperia Play had a confirmed price attached SIM free and unlocked, with an actual arrival date.

The Xperia ‘PSP' Play is available to pre-order with Play.com for £519.99, with a shipping date of March 28th - where both of those details weren't public beforehand.

The mobile phone arrives with a 4-inch 480×853 FWVGA capacitive touch screen, which is powered by a 1Ghz CPU with an embedded Adreno GPU graphics processor that's capable of 60 frames per second.

The mobile also has a 5.1 megapixel camera with flash, whilst running from Android ‘Gingerbread' 2.3 with just over five and a half hours of game play.

SE's Xperia Play unique gaming ability comes from the gaming controls, which slides-out vertically from the phone and in much the same way as many handsets have their Qwerty keyboard's slide out; such as the Xperia X10 Mini Pro.

These controls are a digital D pad, with two analogue touch pads, two shoulder buttons and the four familiar PlayStation icons which all provide the gaming functionality.


The fourth most significant news piece of the week came when Carphone Warehouse is to solely carry the HTC large screen Incredible S.

The Incredible S is the successor to the original Incredible handset, although that mobile never made it across the ocean and only appeared on the Verizon network.

The first model boasted a 3.7-inch AMOLED screen, with that display technology being controversially dropped by HTC last year in favour of Super LCD. There were rumours at that time surrounding the maker of the former screens were unable to keep up with the demand, hence the need and then the move to find an alternative display.

The Incredible S now has 4-inch capacitive touch screen, running from the new MSM8255 Qualcomm chipset with a 1GHZ processor and the updated 205 Adreno GPU. Verizon's mobile phone came with 8GB of internal storage, whereas the Incredible S only tips up with 1.1GB with access to the same microSD slot for expandability.

HTC's Incredible S ships with Android ‘Froyo' 2.2 and the HTC Sense overlay, although the handset can support Google's ‘Gingerbread' 2.3 and possibly the ‘Icecream' 2.4 platform.

Later on in the week, CPW listed the HTC Incredible S Android handset, on a contract with Vodafone for £30 a month.

It's also been reported the phone seller will be carrying the handsets as soon as this weekend, making the Incredible S the first mobile phone announced at Mobile World Congress to arrive in the UK.

Carphone Warehouse's HTC Incredible S Vodafone offering comes with 600minutes and an unlimited text message bundle, on a 24 month contract.


The fifth largest story of the week came when Microsoft began rolling out an update to their latest Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system - at the start of the week.

Microsoft began deploying their first ever update to WP7, although it's not the one promised last week.

The minor update doesn't bring to the mobile OS the functionality of copying text to another place; instead it's just a fix for making future service packs and hot fixes easer to roll out.

This initial update is paving the way for the major updates that we wrote about last week, where future updates will bring into the OS Internet Explorer 9, Twitter integration on the People Hub, on-line Skydrive access for files and better Xbox Live features.

The hotfix isn't delivered over-the-air, instead it's deployed to the mobile phone from a connected computer and in much the same way as Samsung operate's with their handsets.

Much later in the week, Microsoft's roll out to Windows Phone 7 OS apparently caused some issues with a number of handsets.

Microsoft went on record in a recent blog post to put an answer to problems seen with the update to WP7, along with quelling any fears that potential updaters might have.

The software company has stated that 90-percent of Windows Phone 7 handset owners that received an update notification message were able to roll out the new software successfully.

It has been reported that Samsung Omnia 7 owners experience issues, resulting in an unusable and non-working Windows Phone 7 mobile and this updating method has now been suspended for the Omnia 7.

Microsoft has explained away the common problems encounter by the 10-percent of those failed updates as being a poor internet connection, or lack of computer storage space.

The Windows Phone 7 team has stated they have learned from this roll out and are committed to improving the update process.


The next most significant news piece was Expansys.com making public the shipping date of the two HTC social networking mobiles launched at Mobile World Congress - as June 17th.

The two handsets from the High Tech Computer Corporation were only brought to Barcelona as mock-up prototypes, where Expansys.com and the Taiwanese mobile maker are confident they will be ready for the summertime.

HTC's ChaCha and Salsa are geared up for social networking with ‘one touch' access to Facebook from a dedicated button on the handset, with deep integration and in a way that the INQ Cloud Touch mobile phone already has.

The HTC ChaCha is their Qwerty keyboard based budget BlackBerry-esque phone, with a 2.6-inch 480×320 touch screen, a 600MHz processor, 512MB of internal storage, a 5 Megapixel camera and Android with the HTC Sense overlay.

HTC's Salsa will be their low cost 3.4-inch 480×320 touch screen handset, with 600MHz and 512MB of storage, a 5 megapixel camera with flash, whilst running from Android with the HTC Sense UI.


HTC's recently announced HTC Flyer tablet appeared on Amazon in Germany this week, with a cost of 699 Euros.

HTC's first ever tablet device can be pre-ordered with Amazon.de, where although there's no date attached for its arrival there's now an estimated retail price of around £585 SIM free and unlocked.

The HTC Flyer runs from a 7-inch 1024×600 TFT screen, with a 1.5GHz processor and a 5 megapixel camera, 32GB of internal storage with the Google mobile OS and the HTC Sense overlay.

HTC's Flyer has already had its fair share of critics, as the device will arrive running Android ‘Froyo' 2.2 where Android ‘Honeycomb' 3.0 is specifically geared up for tablet devices.


At the end of the week, Microsoft announced that Angry Birds, Doodle Jump, Plants vs Zombies, Hydro Thunder Go, Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I and geoDefense are all arriving on the Windows Phone 7 mobile OS.

The new line-up was unveiled at a gaming event in San Francisco and are due to start arriving on April 6th, where they will all feature Xbox Live abilities of accruing achievements and leaderboard ranking.

Angry Birds will arrive with the regular game play seen on other platforms, where the angry birds dish out revenge on the green pigs who stole the birds' eggs and over 195 levels of play.

Doodle Jump is the game where you guide the Doodler up the never-ending sheet of graph paper, whilst using various contraptions to avoid countless obstacles.

Plants vs Zombies has pitched each zombie with its own special skill, where you battle obstacles such as a setting sun, creeping fog and a swimming pool on five different game models.


Finally, Expansys.com has listed the white version of the iPhone 4 at £919.99, whilst opening up pre-ordering for the device at the same time.

The mighty cost attached of the white iPhone 4 hasn't been explained, other than Apple has never officially produced a version of their handset within that colour and the mobile phone might have to be custom made.

Expansys' iteration of the handset arrives with all the features of the original phone, with the same 3.5-inch retina display, along with a rear facing 5 megapixel camera that is capable of 720p HD video capture.

The mobile will run from the latest version of iOS platform, whilst being powered by a 1Ghz processor with 32GB of internal storage.

Apple's white iPhone 4 from the on-line store will arrive SIM free and unlocked, with a view to be used on any network from the outset.

Originally published at OneMobileRing.com