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Monthly Review – May

The month started with One Mobile Ring reporting Vodafone is now carrying the Nokia E7, where video chat comes to Gmail on mobile phones and the LG Optimus Pad arrived at Carphone Warehouse.

Earlier on in the week, RIM announced a new BlackBerry Bold handset and Vodafone opened up taxi payments by SMS whilst Nokia released a new colour for the N8 handset.

Midweek, the Motorola Atrix handset arrived on Orange, Vodafone is to get the new BlackBerry Bold and Samsung Galaxy S II is now available on Three, where the HTC Sensation is arriving on 19th May on Vodafone.

Later on in the week, Three unveiled they are getting the BlackBerry Bold and HTC handsets gained a Gingerbread update, Three’s One Plan became available on PAYG, whilst we published a hands-on walkthrough in pictures of the upcoming Nokia X7 and Sony Ericsson updated Xperia mini range.


The second week of the month began 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 third week started with One Mobile Ring reporting the Samsung Galaxy S II has hits 3 million sales, the Carphone Warehouse has taken stock of the HTC Flyer and the LG Optimus Pad. Google also released the Chromebook data plan and we published unboxing images of the INQ Cloud Touch mobile phone.

Earlier on in the week, Nokia ended Ovi services, whilst Vodafone launched their latest own brand Android phone and O2 suffered a major network problem, along with Samsung announcing they are to roll out Gingerbread to handsets.

Midweek, a Half a Terabyte of portable storage came to mobiles devices, the HTC Flyer became available from Three, the BlackBerry Playbook’s UK arrival date was released and the Samsung Galaxy Tab arrived on supermarket shelves.

Later on in the week, the new INQ mobile phone became available for £12, whilst O2 is to get the Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro, the HTC Sensation arrived on Thursday , the HP-Palm Pre3 shows up on Amazon and NFC payments came to Orange.


The fourth week of the month began with One Mobile Ring reporting the Samsung Galaxy S II is available on Vodafone, where the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play has a £200 price cut, Orange and Vouchercloud teamed up and we published a review of the LG Optimus 3D.

Earlier on in the week, INQ bundled Foursquare onto handsets, we published a chance to win a JCB clock, two Nokia dual SIM mobile phones arrived and we ran a live blog from the Windows Phone 7 ‘Mango’ VIP Preview event.

Midweek, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 appeared on Amazon, Microsoft previewed the next version of Windows Phone 7, One Mobile Ring published pictures from the Windows Phone VIP ‘Mango’ Preview event and we brought out a hands-on walkthrough on video of Windows Phone 7 ‘Mango’.

Later on in the week, the HTC ‘Facebook’ phone arrived at Carphone Warehouse, Vodafone saw red at HTC, a 4G mobile phone network is set to come to the UK and Nokia unveils the Oro – their most expensive phone to date.


The last week of the month started with One Mobile Ring reporting Nokia had topped O2 green’s poll, where Sony Ericsson rolled out latest Android OS, Nokia E6 hits the stores and we published a hands-on walkthrough in pictures of the HTC Sensation.

Earlier on in the week, O2 finally started selling the PlayStation mobile phone, Asus launched a mobile phone, which transforms into a tablet, the new Nokia Symbian ‘Anna’ handsets are now shipping and we published a review of the HTC Sensation.

Midweek, Acer updated the Liquidmini mobile phones, we brought out another chance to win a JCB executive clock, where we also published an unboxing in pictures of the Motorola Gleam.

Later on in the week, Motorola Atrix handset became available on T-Mobile, Virgin Media offered a half a year mobile surfing voucher, O2 opened up Facebook payment and T-Mobile offers more for a tenner on PAYG tariffs.


The biggest story of the first week came from Research In Motion, who unveiled a new mobile phone in the BlackBerry Bold 9900, with a design that is similar to the original Bold along with being their thinnest and fastest handset to date.

Research in Motion’s new Bold 9900 will be the model arriving in the UK, with a traditional RIM keyboard, a touch screen, the new BlackBerry 7 OS and the look of the first ever Bold device from 2008.

BlackBerry Bold 9900 arrives with a 2.8-inch 640×480 287 dpi capacitive touch screen display, a full QWERTY keyboard, with an optical trackpad, whilst running from a 1.2 GHz processor, with 8GB of on-board memory, built in NFC technology and a 5megapixel camera that supports 720p HD video recording.

Research In Motion hasn’t announced any prices or carriers for the new BlackBerry Bold 9900, although the company expects the phone to be available from the beginning of this summer.


The biggest story of the second 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 biggest story of the third week came from Research In Motion, who unveiled the arrival date of their BlackBerry Playbook, as June 16th.

Research In Motion announced their tablet device back in September last year, with a 7-inch LCD WSVGA capacitive touch screen, capable of multi-touch whilst running a new BlackBerry Tablet OS capable of using Android apps.

It’s powered by a 1Ghz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM, along with a rear 5 megapixel camera and a front 3MP variant with a microHDMI and microUSB port, WIFI and Bluetooth support.

RIM has noted that Dixons, Currys and PC World, will be carrying the device on June 16th along with Phones 4 U, Best Buy and Carphone Warehouse who have released pricing details.

Carphone Warehouse has listed the BlackBerry Playbook 16GB version at £399, the 32GB model at £479 and the 64GB device at £559.


The biggest story of the fourth week came from Microsoft, who previewed the upcoming update to Windows Phone 7, known as ‘Mango’ - which brings with it 500 new features.

One Mobile Ring attended the London version of the global event, where we live blogged the press preview here, published images of Windows Phone 7 ‘Mango’ here and produced a hands-on video walkthrough here.

Windows Phone ‘Mango’ has improvements around the areas of communications, apps and the web; with multitasking being the core enhancement and brings the OS in line with other mobile phone platforms.

The communications aspects of the ‘Mango’ update relates to Twitter and Linkedin being brought in for the first time. This is along with threaded messages inside of text messaging, Facebook chat and Windows Live Messenger - all within in the same conversation too.

Grouping contacts together is also new, in order to follow their updates and communicate with them as a collective, through various means and even adding the group as a live tile onto the home screen.

There is deeper social network integration with Twitter and Linkedin, which is now a part of the People Hub with Windows Phone ‘Mango’ allowing Facebook check-ins and new face detection features.

Hands-free messaging will be a part of the upcoming update, with a built-in voice-to-text and text-to-voice support for hands-free texting or chatting.

The new features surrounding the application area are multitasking, with better live tiles and an improvement on delivering real-time information onto the screen without the need to open the app, plus a more thorough integration under the hood with App Connect for music, video and pictures.

Internet Explorer version 9 will be a part of the Windows Phone 7 ‘Mango’ release, with the same code base as the desktop version and support for HTML5 and full hardware acceleration. There is now access to the camera, for a Google Goggles type experience, plus a local scout ability that provides search results relating to the surrounding area for restaurants, shopping and other local businesses.


The biggest story of the last week came from Asus, who announced a handset that can be slotted into a tablet, on order to provide a much larger screen – with the Asus Padfone.

Asus’ Padfone was unveiled at Taipei’s Computex computer show, as a similar product to the Motorola Atrix’s lapdock, which is a dumb screen and keyboard that is turned into a laptop, when the Atrix phone is added.

Instead of offering laptop functionality, the Asus Padfone can be added to a dumb large screen from Asus, which effectively transforms the phone into a tablet.

No exact specifications have been released about the Padfone, other than the handset arrives with a 4.3-inch touch screen where the tablet extension itself has a 10.1-inch display.

The Asus Padfone is reportedly due out before Christmas this year, whilst running from the Android ‘Ice cream sandwich’ operating system which has the best of the Android ‘Gingerbread’ 2.3 and ‘Honeycomb’ 3.0 platforms in one OS.


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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.