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Weekly Review – 13th May

The week started with One Mobile Ring reporting the highest ever Tweet and Facebook update was sent, where the HTC Flyer arrived on Expansys, a slide out keyboard came to the iPhone 4 and we published a hands-on walkthrough of the LG Optimus 3D.

Earlier in the week, the HTC Facebook phones showed up on Amazon, giving to charity by SMS arrived from Vodafone and details of next version of Windows Phone is coming in two weeks, whilst Carphone Warehouse sells a new Motorola RAZR handset.

Midweek, Three took stock of the HTC Wildfire S and the next Android version was confirmed as ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’, where 3D Augmented Reality is coming to an LG mobile phone.

Later on in the week, the HTC Sensation is set to arrive SIM free and unlocked and the Android Market gets updated, whilst mobile Twitter also got updated for phones, we published unboxing in pictures of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play and Three is to get the Google browser based laptop.


The biggest story of the week came from Google officially announcing the new version of Android – ‘Ice cream sandwich’.

‘Ice cream sandwich’ is set to be the next new version of Android to arrive, although it’s not known as yet if this will be under the release of 2.4 or another number.

Google is aiming for a Q4 launch of the OS and it’s said to be the most ambitious Android platform yet, with themes surrounding ‘choice’ with one OS is to be used everywhere.

The company is taking the best of Android ‘Honeycomb’ 3.0 and using it on the mobile phone, along with using the same Android ‘Ice cream sandwich’ on tablet devices as there will no longer be an OS for phones and one for the larger touch screen products.

Google are bringing to mobile phones the new holographic user interface, application launcher, richer widgets and advanced applications from Android 3.0 – whilst providing the development software too, which will all be open source.


The next most significant piece was when Samsung released details that the very first 3G call and tweet has been made from Mount Everest, by using a Samsung Galaxy S II mobile phone.

The British born climber Kenton Cool reached the summit in the early hours of Friday morning, where he made the inaugural 3G connected call and 13,796 feet above sea level. Kenton then tweeted and posted a photo to Twitpic, along with updating his Facebook status from the new 3G masts on the top of the mountain.

Samsung has sponsored Kenton in his 9th climb to Everest, with this being the first ever 3G connection made from the summit of Mount Everest and the first social networking usage in a tweet and Facebook update too.

The Samsung Galaxy S II runs from a dual-core processor, with Android ‘Gingerbread’ 2.3 and a 4.27-inch 480×800 WVGA Super AMOLED Plus screen.


The third largest news item came from One Mobile Ring, who published hands-on images in a walkthrough of the LG Optimus 3D handset.

The Optimus 3D is capable of showing 3D images and video without the need for any glasses, in addition to being able to capture 3D video and pictures with its twin lens camera.


The following most significant story was Amazon listing the two new upcoming social HTC mobile phones the Salsa and ChaCha, with a shipping date of June 26th.

The duo of HTC handsets were unveiled amongst six other devices, which were the HTC Flyer, Incredible S, Desire S and Wildfire S with the Salsa and ChaCha being the last to arrive, with a dedicated Facebook button.

HTC’s ChaCha tips up as a Qwerty keyboard 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.

The HTC’s Salsa is a 3.4-inch 480×320 touch screen handset, with 600MHz and 512MB of storage, a 5 MP camera with flash, whilst running from Android with the HTC Sense UI.

Amazon UK has listed the HTC Salsa for £319.99 and the HTC ChaCha at £249.99, both unlocked and SIM free with that June arrival date.


The fifth biggest piece was Microsoft announcing they are holding an event on Wednesday May 24th, which is set to cover the next version of Windows Phone.

One Mobile Ring has been invited by Microsoft to the event, where we will be covering all of the news as it happens with pictures and video too.

No details were provided as to what exactly might be covered at the ‘VIP Preview’, other than ‘we lift the curtain on the next major release of Windows Phone’.

Microsoft has recently shown aspects to the future update of Windows Phone, known as the code-name Mango, along with some of the new applications that are on the way for the mobile phone OS.

Mango is scheduled to be rolled out on Windows Phone 7 handsets later on in the year, which is said to bring with it multitasking capabilities and a hardware-accelerated mobile version of Internet Explorer 9.


The next most significant news came when Lucky Goldstar announced a collaboration with augmented reality browser company Wikitude, in order to provide 3D AR browsing on their LG Optimus 3D handset.

The LG Optimus 3D is the world’s first 3D mobile phone, where the Wikitude AR is the world’s first AR browser that offers up a whole new dimension to augmented reality on the handset.

Wikitude’s 3D browser allows for better interaction and engagement with a real-time user environment. 2D AR only displays overlapped objects, where 3D AR will shows places, landmarks and objects and all within 3D – which makes them much easier to distinguish.

The browser also allows users to discover details about their surroundings and access related Wikipedia articles, along with Twitter information.

Wikitude 3D includes information on over 100 million locations around the world, with contributions from more than 1,000 content providers.


The seventh largest story was Three unveiling it will be carrying the Google Chromebook, as the Internet search engine giant’s official 3G connectivity partner in the UK.

Google announced at their Google I/O developer’s conference in San Francisco their Chromebook, a low-cost netbook that solely runs from a form of their Chrome browser as the primary operating system with apps that run from inside of that browser.

Google’s Chromebook is two years in the making, where the chosen hardware partners the device are Samsung and Acer.

The idea behind the laptop is for a computer that doesn’t take a great deal of time to boot, as the Chromebook can be up and running within seconds and getting on line can be almost instantaneous.

Three hasn’t released any pricing details or tariff information surrounding the Google Chromebook, although it’s set to arrive in June so expect some more news on this soon.


The following most significant piece came from Expansys who has opened up ordering of HTC’s first tablet device with the Android based Flyer, with a cost attached of £479.99 and a shipping date of May 9th.

Expansys now joins Carphone Warehouse in opening up pre-ordering of the HTC Flyer, who currently has the device listed on a price of £599.99 for the same 16GB version only with no arrival date.

Three announced around the same time the HTC tablet was launched at Mobile World Congress they will be carrying the Flyer, although no prices have been unveiled or tariff details as yet.

The HTC Flyer has a 7-inch 1024×600 TFT touch screen, with a 1.5GHz processor and a 5 megapixel camera, 32GB of internal storage and runs from Android ‘Gingerbread’ 2.3 with the HTC Sense v2.1 overlay to that very OS.


The penultimate piece of news was when opened up pre-ordering of HTC’s first ever dual-core HTC Sensation Android mobile phone, with a price tag of £499.99 and an arrival date of the end of June.

Mobile phone network Vodafone jointly launched the HTC Sensation, where it was believed to be exclusive to that very network. The mobile phone network Three has now made public it will also be carrying the device, where the handset will now also be available sans an accompanying contract with

HTC’s Sensation arrives with a Gorilla glass 4.3-inch qHD 540×960 Super LCD touch screen, whilst being powered by a Qualcomm MSM 8260 1.2 GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor.

HTC’s Sensation comes with a new video service known as HTC Watch, which allows for videos to be rented or bought with the media playable as it starts to download with content available as high as 1080p HD.


Lastly, Twitter has announced it has started to roll out a new version of its website, for mobile phones and tablets.

Twitter has built the new version of the site from the ground upwards to support the more advanced web browsers, which support the latest technologies such as HTML5.

The core of the new web app is set to provide a high-quality and consistent Twitter experience on high-end touch screen devices, whether or not an official Twitter application is available at the time.

This new roll out will also cater for those who rather use the mobile website version of Twitter, rather than the app available for the mobile product.

Twitter’s new web app is much faster to use than previous versions, where it will be quicker to scroll through timelines and move between tabs – along with composing Tweets.

Twitter’s new mobile site is being deployed to iPhone, iPod Touch and Android smartphones and to others within time – all by pointing the browser at


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