Nokia CEO Spotted Using Nokia Windows Phone 7 Device

Nokia Windows Phone 7 ConceptAccording to a tweet by Timo Ronkainen, Stephen Elop,  Nokia’s CEO, was spotted at an ice hockey match today, using a Nokia concept device running Windows Phone 7.

@TimoRonkainen: At the ice hockey match today, I saw CEO Stephen Elop using #WP7 running #Nokia mobile phone. I must say, it looked really nice.

Unfortunately, there aren’t any pics of the device, but it looked quite the same as the images of the concept Windows Phone 7 device in Nokia’s launch event.

@TimoRonkainen: @weemundo Unfortunately the moment came too quickly, and it wouldn’t have been appropriate to shoot [any pictures].

@TimoRonkainen: @weemundo The device looked quite the same as in the photos they used in the launch event http://ht.ly/4BKQg

@TimoRonkainen: @weemundo Thanks a lot. I didn’t realise these devices exist yet. Look and feel was WP7 yet Nokia. Really smooth looking.

Now, the concept devices were quite stylish and sleek, and it seems that they were “really smooth looking”. Eldar Murtazin from Mobile-Review recently confirmed that many new Windows Phone 7 devices were in the pipeline. Some details of the Nokia W7 and the Nokia W8, modelled after the Nokia X7 and N8 have already leaked out.

We don’t have any more details about Nokia’s devices, but it does seem like Nokia is working hard to get Windows Phone 7 devices in the market as soon as it can.

via WPSauce

Samsung Replenish, Eco-Friendly Android Phone Announced by Sprint

Samsung ReplenishDetails of a new Android phone by Samsung, called the Samsung Replenish, were leaked through Sprint’s website a week back. Today, Sprint announced the new Samsung Replenish officially.

The Samsung Replenish is the world’s first eco-friendly, green Android smartphone. It is built using recycled plastic and can be charged using a solar charging battery cover.

In terms of form factor, it is similar to the Motorola Droid Pro. It comes with a 2.8 inch QVGA capacitive touchscreen display with a QWERTY keyboard. It runs Android 2.2 Froyo and has a 600 MHz Qualcomm processor and 256 MB RAM. It also has a 512 MB internal ROM and is powered by a 1160 mAh battery. It also comes with the basics – Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS etc.

It is priced quite low at just $49.99 with a two year contract. The hardware specs are definitely not mind-blowing, but it seems to be a decent device if you want a cheap, QWERTY Android phone.

We are excited to expand our portfolio of eco-friendly devices to now include the Samsung Replenish with Sprint, Samsung’s first Android-powered eco-friendly phonesaid Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Telecommunications America. The Replenish offers an impressive feature set with hardware made from recycled materials and eco-centric packaging, giving customers the option to have an eco-friendly phone without having to compromise features and functionality.

iOS and Android Set to Dominate Portable Gaming Market

The iPhone, which was initially meant to be a smartphone, wasn’t meant to support third-party apps. But Apple did launch an SDK and App Store soon after its launch, and it has turned out very well. Wanting to emulate its success, Android also followed on the heels of iOS and launched the Android Market.

As the App Store became popular, game developers flocked to the platform and started churning out cheaply priced games priced at $0.99, $1.99 etc. Soon after that, big game studios started launching major game titles for the iPod Touch and the iPhone. As Android started to pick up steam, many games were developed for it as well.

Both the platforms have been very lucrative for game and app developers, and have made many millionaires, like Rovio Mobile, the creator of Angry Birds, and others.

Games have become a huge growth driver for both iOS and Android, and they have also captured quite a large portion of the portable gaming market. While the portable gaming market actually shrank in percentage terms in 2010, iOS and Android have increased their share of it. iOS + Android now accounts for 34% of the total revenues in portable gaming, while the PSP’s share has shrunk to 9% and the Nintendo DS’ share has been whittled down to 57%.

iOS Android Gaming Share

Since these statistics are in terms of revenues, iOS and Android would actually have a greater proportion of the market in terms of download numbers, since most of the games on these platforms are priced relatively low, compared to the PSP and Nintendo DS. The total revenue generated by iOS and Android games was close to $816 million, while the entire market generated about $2.4 billion.

With the launch of more powerful Android devices like the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, and the excellent gaming prowess of the iPad 2, iOS and Android will likely capture a larger share in the future, bringing mobile gaming to the masses.

Statistics via Flurry

LG T-Mobile G2X Launched for $199

T-Mobile G2XThe T-Mobile G2X, a branded version of the LG Optimus 2X, which had been announced by LG and T-Mobile at CTIA 2011, was supposed to be launched on April 15, according to a tweet by the official account of T-Mobile on Twitter.

Today, T-Mobile officially launched the G2X, and it is now available for purchase. It is one of T-Mobile’s best Android smartphones and has received great reviews. It is priced at $199 with a 2 year contract after a $50 mail-in rebate. It will be available in stores only after April 20.

It has a 4 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. It comes with a dual core ARM Cortex A9 processor and has 512 MB RAM. It also has 8 GB internal storage and comes with the vanilla version of Android 2.2 Froyo, with an Android 2.3 Gingerbread upgrade in the offing. Having no custom UI, I believe, is one of the most attractive features of this phone.

It also has an 8 MP camera with autofocus and LED flash which can shoot 1080p videos. It will be the first Android phone to ship with Tegra Zone. It also has HSPA+, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity with GPS support.

Order your T-Mobile G2X online here for $199.99 – T-Mobile G2X

Dell Streak 7 Wi-Fi Launched in the UK; Priced at £299

The Dell Streak 7 Android tablet was announced at CES 2011 with many other Android tablets. It was launched in February in the US but was priced quite high.

Today, Dell has launched the Dell Streak 7 Wi-Fi in the UK. It is available online at Dell’s website and is priced at £299. It comes with a Nvidia Tegra 2 dual core processor and 16 GB internal storage. It has a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. It has two cameras – a 5 MP primary camera with autofocus and flash and a 1.3 MP secondary for video calling. It also has support for Adobe Flash 10.1.

It comes with Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR. It comes with the Dell Stage UI and Android 2.2 Froyo. It also has GPS and will likely be upgraded to Android 3.0 Honeycomb.

You can order it online at Order Dell Streak 7 Tablet PC

It hasn’t been released in the US yet. The Dell Streak 7 Wi-Fi + 4G version is available though, for $199 with contract.

Dell Streak 7 Wi-Fi

via Engadget

Nokia W7 and W8 Leaked; The First Windows Phone 7 Smartphones by Nokia

Nokia announced that it will be adopting Windows Phone 7 as its primary smartphone OS months back, but we still don’t have details about any of the new Windows Phone 7 smartphones which Nokia is supposedly working on.

Today, Eldar Murtazin let out some details about the upcoming Nokia models. Nokia is reportedly working on the Nokia W7 and the Nokia W8.

The Nokia W7 will be similar to the HTC Mozart and will be modeled after the Nokia X7. It has the same design and chassis but comes with a better WVGA display. It is powered by the Qualcomm QSD8250 chipset and will come with an 8 MP camera. It will likely be the first Nokia smartphone with Windows Phone 7 and will be launched by the end of 2011.

Nokia W7

The Nokia W8 is the second rumored Windows Phone 7 device. It will be the most powerful Windows Phone 7 device when it launches and will be modeled after the Nokia N8. It will have the same camera as the N8 and will come with a dual core Qualcomm processor and Adreno 320 GPU.

Besides these two phones, Nokia may also be working on two more WP7 devices. One of them will be a candybar QWERTY smartphone like the very popular E71. The other one will be a budget touchscreen phone with lower hardware specs and a low resolution camera. Apparently, Nokia plans to launch 16 Windows Phone 7 devices in 2012.

via Unwiredview

Sony Ericsson Unveils Bootloader Unlock Website for Xperia Phones

When it comes to Android phones, some are quite easy to unlock and mod, while some are quite a tough nut to crack. Thanks to the enterprising hackers at XDA and other forums, we have been able to hack into and mod most Android smartphones.

Rarely though has any manufacturer officially supported bootloader unlocking for its phones. Today, Sony Ericsson has launched its new bootloader unlocking website for its new Xperia phones powered by Android. Currently, it supports only 4 phones – Xperia Arc, Xperia Play, Xperia Pro and Xperia Neo.

If you have a SIM unlocked phone, you can now unlock its bootloader to install and load custom ROMs easily. The bootloader unlock process is quite simple and involves just a few steps. Sony Ericsson does state though, that unlocking the bootloader may void the warranty of the phone.

To unlock the bootloader of your Xperia Arc / Play / Pro / Neo, you just need to enter your name and email address and the first 14 digits of your phone’s IMEI number. You will get an unlock key which you can then use to unlock the boot loader on your phone.

You can check out the complete instructions here –

Sony Ericsson Unlock Bootloader Instructions

via Sony Ericsson

Samsung Galaxy S 2 Coming to India in May

The only country where the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S 2 had been announced was the UK. According to Samsung UK, the Galaxy S 2 will be launched there on May 1.

Today, at the Samsung SWA Forum 2011 in New Delhi, India, the company informally announced the launch dates for the Galaxy S 2 in India. It will be launched in May, with a price tag close to Rs 30,000, likely higher. Samsung representatives hinted that the Galaxy S 2 will be launched in the range of Rs 30,000 to 35,000. The exact pricing hasn’t been revealed yet.

The Samsung Galaxy S was the most popular Android phone of 2010. The Galaxy SL is currently priced at Rs 19,500 in India. Many Android fans are eagerly awaiting the launch of the Galaxy S 2. Pricing it above Rs 30,000 will probably hurt sales. I certainly hope it is priced in the Rs 25,000 to 30,000 range, but I doubt that would be the case, given the intense demand for the successor of the Galaxy S. You can expect a small price drop though, after the initial excitement subsides.

The Samsung Galaxy S 2 comes with a 4.3 inch SuperAMOLED Plus display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. It has a 1.2 GHz dual core Exynos processor and 1 GB RAM with 16 GB internal storage. It is powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread and has an 8 MP camera with autofocus and LED flash. It also has a 1650 mAh Li-ion battery.

Check out the detailed Samsung Galaxy S 2 specifications here.

Samsung Galaxy S 2

Apple to Launch the iPhone 5 by the End of 2011?

Ever since Apple announced the dates for WWDC 2011, the blogosphere has been abuzz with speculation about what we can expect at the event. Going by historical trends, the first thing that came to mind was the next version of the iPhone – the iPhone 5.

However, a rumor has been making the rounds that Apple won’t be launching the iPhone 5 in June this year. Even the official press release announcing the dates for WWDC 2011 said that “Apple will unveil the future of iOS and Mac OS” at the event. It’s supposed to focus only on the next versions of iOS and Mac OS X, with no new hardware launches.

Today, we have another report by Avian Securities that says that the iPhone 5 production will begin in September, pushing the actual release to Christmas or even next year. It also states that Apple might be working on a lower priced version of the iPhone – just what it needs to fight off the growing domination of Android.

Though without precedent, this belief, that the iPhone will likely be delayed, seems to be the general consensus these days. Maybe you will have to wait another 8 months before you get your hands on the next iPhone.

Here’s the complete note by Avian Securities, courtesy of BI

“Supporting out comments over the last month, conversations with yet another key component supplier indicates that production for iPhone-5 will begin in September. This is consistent with Avian findings in the supply chain in recent months and we believe the consensus view is moving towards this scenario. In addition, our conversations also indicate the existence of a lower-spec/lower-priced iPhone in Apple’s roadmap. However, while our contacts have seen the placeholder in the Apple roadmap, they do not yet have insight into specs or production timing. This leads us to believe that any launch is likely a very late 2011 or more likely a 2012 event. As a reminder, Avian has uncovered several data-points in recent months pointing to the existence of a lower-spec/lower-price iPhone. A lower-spec/lower-price iPhone has also been speculated in the press and gadget blogs, though we do not believe consensus currently discounts the existence of such a model.”

Apple to Dominate the Tablet Market for Years to Come

A recent research report by Gartner pointed out that Android was likely to be the most dominant mobile operating system in the next 2-3 years, and would command almost 50% of the market worldwide by 2012.

Today, Gartner released another report which says that it won’t be that dominant in the tablet space. Apple’s iOS platform (which runs on the iPad and iPad 2) will be the dominant tablet OS for years to come. The iPad and the iPad 2 are the most popular tablets yet, and despite several attempts, Android tablets haven’t been able to make much of a dent in its sales.

Even with the launch of Android Honeycomb, the prospects of Android don’t seem to be very bright. The iPad currently commands an 84% market share worldwide. By the end of 2015, its market share is expected to drop to 47% with Android grabbing most of its share.

Android currently has a 14% share which is expected to grow to almost 37%. By 2015, webOS is expected to have about 3% and QNX is expected to have almost 10% of the market.

Compared to smartphone penetration, Google is expected to grow slower in the tablet space, mainly because Google will be trying to maintain greater control on Honeycomb to offer an optimal, uniform experience across all devices.

Check out the worldwide tablet research report by Gartner.