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Noon News: Samsung Galaxy SII with NFC, Netflix App on PlayStation 3, Sony Adds BBC News App

UK mobile phone operator Orange has started offering the Samsung Galaxy S II dual core smartphone which comes with NFC capabilities. The device, which is powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread, comes with a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED capacitive touch screen with 16 million colors. The Samsung Galaxy S II also has a dual core 1.21 GHz processor and an 8MP camera with LED flash.

Ahead of its early 2012 release in UK and Ireland, Netflix app has started making appearance under TV/Video Service section of XMB in the PS3 in UK and Ireland. It is a 13MB file which at present displays a "coming soon" message. The UK and Ireland launch would likely followed by launch in other parts of Europe.

Software giant Microsoft has patented a new GPS technology which would make it easier for pedestrians to find their way around. The technology, which has been designed for Windows Phone, will give users the safest and quickest routes possible for pedestrians by analysing external data like user history, crime data and temperature.

Sony has released the BBC News app for its connected TVs joining the ranks of Panasonic and Samsung. The company said that the users will be able to access the BBC News app from the Sony Entertainment Network platform.

iPad owners are apparently the most enthusiastic about acquiring new apps from the App Store, having made 3 billion downloads in a year and a half since the original iPad hit the market. iPhone owners needed a little more than two years to reach the same number of downloads, while rival Android can only count 440 million tablet app downloads so far, according ABI Research.