Samsung have announced that the GALAXY S II was named “Best Smartphone” and “Device Manufacturer of the Year”, by GSMA, an organisation that represents the interests of the worldwide mobile communications industry and hosts the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona.
Galaxy S II sets the standard
This honour comes in recognition of the device’s powerful performance and overwhelming response from consumers. The GALAXY S II, Samsung’s flagship smartphone, achieved worldwide sales of over 10 million units in only 5 months, quicker than any device in Samsung’s history and surpassed over 20 million sales in 10 months.
GALAXY S II has a thin (8.49mm) and lightweight smartphone backed by a dual-core processor and an Super AMOLED Plus display. BandwidthBlog was also very impressed by the Samsung Galaxy S II, and also named it our handset of the year.
“The GALAXY S II has set a new standard for smartphones, taking speed, screen and content to a whole new level,” said JK Shin, President of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics. “Building on the phenomenal success of the original Samsung GALAXY S, we are honoured by this award and proud of how this device has changed the way the market and consumers experience mobile technology.”
Microsoft recently announced details about its next Windows Phone update called ‘Tango’ at this year’s Mobile World Congress.
The new operating system is targeted at the low-end global smartphone market by lowering Microsoft’s minimum specification for Windows Phone and introduces some new features to existing devices. The update to Windows Phone 7.5 will be brought to all handsets in April.
Senior product manager Greg Sullivan confirmed that ”This is Windows Phone 7.5. It’s a refresh.” New builds of the Windows Phone include new MMS features and several restrictions for devices with 256MB of RAM and runs on Qualcomm 7×27 processors for lower-cost phones.
Nokia and ZTE have announced the first two low-cost Windows Phones, the Nokia 610 and the ZTE Orbit, both expected to come out in the second quarter of the year overseas. The Nokia 610 is expected to land in SA in the third quarter of the year.
Microsoft is removing background agents with Windows Phone Tango if a device has 256MB of RAM which means that certain background tasks, with the exception of background audio, will not work as well as slower performance for apps that use a lot of memory. Microsoft believes that about 95 percent of its apps will function on 256MB of RAM, but are encouraging developers to test their applications just to be sure and is also undergoing testing for existing Marketplace apps.
Despite the removals on low-spec devices there’s some additions for Windows Phone and higher-end phones as well - MMS has been greatly improved and will now handle video and multiple images as well as a new voice notes feature to record one minute audio clips.
No, that is not a typo. At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Nokia today did not have a lot to announce in the high end smartphone space, but did reveal a new Symbian based phone with a massive 41 megapixel sensor. To put that in perspective – Nikon recently unveiled their highest megapixel SLR camera, and that D800 model ships with 36MP camera.
The specs on this new Nokia “PureView” 808 is not half bad either. It runs a 1.3GHz with 512MB of RAM, but is still using the Belle operating system (yes, that is marketing speak for the latest version of Symbian, which is even considered by their CEO as a “burning platform”).
• Carl Zeiss Optics
• Focal length: 8.02mm
• 35mm equivalent focal length: 26mm, 16:9 | 28mm, 4:3
• F-number: f/2.4
• Focus range: 15cm – Infinity (throughout the zoom range)
· 5 elements, 1 group.All lens surfaces are aspherical
· One high-index, low-dispersion glass mould lens
· Mechanical shutter with neutral density filter
• Optical format: 1/1.2”
• Total number of pixels: 7728 x 5368
• Pixel Size: 1.4 micron
So far no-one has gotten actual hands on time with the phone (or more specifically the images) , so we cannot really report on whether that monster sensor can actually deliver a massive leap forward in image quality.
The entire mobile industry is currently focussing on the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, so it was a great time for Nokia’s CEO to announce some strategy changes for Nokia. The most important revelation is that Nokia will be cutting down on the number of devices it releases – and instead will focus its efforts on fewer models.
“We don’t see it as a single device strategy or anything like that, but it will be pared down” Elop mentioned to Business Week. After a declining marketshare due to poor platform choices, Nokia finally decided to switch to Windows Phone, after the then-new CEO called Symbian a “burning platform”. Nokia is clearly not going to follow the same business model as Apple, which only ships one new iPhone model per year.
I have to come clean about this – I review many phones, and normally when the review period is over I cannot wait to get my SIM card back into my iPhone. But when reviewing the Lumia 800 something very strange happened: I moved my SIM card back to my iPhone (currently a 4S), and then a few hours later I put it back into the Lumia.
I don’t know what exactly it is about this phone – but it is clear a lot more thought went into this phone then most other phones on the market. The entire widget as a whole is very close to perfect, and the few issues it does have can hopefully be fixed over time.
This is frankly Nokia’s last shot at the high-end smartphone space, so they had to bring their A-game. But did they deliver? Read on… (more…)
A-Class owners will first load the Drive Kit Plus app onto their iPhones. They will then be able to access content -including Facebook and Twitter -through the in-vehicle display with navigation from a controller situated in the centre armrest. Drivers will also have the ability to command the car’s built-in Garmin GPS which should come in handy when entering destination addresses. The app also includes a “Car Finder” feature for locating a misplaced vehicle, for those rare moments when you may have forgotten where you have parked your car.
The voice-activated assistant will feature the same level of functionality as on the iPhone. Drivers will be able to access the calendar, change appointments, dictate texts and emails or have them read back, change radio channels, access music stored on the phone, or place calls.
“OK – lets start off with a tip. If you are planning to buy an iPad, you might want to wait a few weeks.”
Looks like our advice, and the rumours were accurate – Apple will indeed announce the next iPad, or at least hold an iPad focussed event on the 7th of March.
The invite is pretty sparse, and was sent out to select people in the media, simply stating:
“We have something you really have to see. And touch.”
All the rumours seem to suggest a new Retina class display for the iPad 3, and that statement seems to suggest the rumours might be correct. The accompanying image also seems to have a higher resolution Calendar icon, but maybe we are just imagining things.
Seeing as the iPad 2 was not a massive update from the iPad 1 (slightly faster, thinner and cameras added, see our review here), the iPad 3 might be a bigger update than expected. Also, Apple does not seem to increase prices with new models, so it might be well worth your while.
We already did a full rundown of what to expect in the iPad 3 – see it here.
Ahead of its official and much anticipated launch at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, details of Samsung’s Galaxy S3 – the successor to the Galaxy S2 and the biggest selling Android phone – have been leaked by a source of BGR.
Among the unveiling of a number of quad-core handsets and Samsung’s offering of the Galaxy Beam projector phone and the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet, the Samsung Galaxy S3 has been a noticeable omission from the Mobile World Congress line-up.
With no confirmation on the predicted sleek 7mm body that is 1.5 mm thinner than its predecessor, it looks as if the Galaxy S3 will in fact become Samsung’s first quad-core smartphone. Features include, an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera and a 2-megapixel front facing camera , a 4.8-inch full HD screen, with 1080p resolution and a 16:9 aspect ratio display – making it ideal for movie viewing. The phone is also said to feature a ceramic case.