The Motorola Droid 2 is available for order online on Verizon. The Droid 2 is available in $199.9 on a two year contract. The Droid 2 has a 3.7″ WVGA (854×480) resolution capacitive screen with 16 million color support. It also has a slide out physical QWERTY keypad.
The Droid 2 has 8GB internal memory and the external microSD slot is expandable up to 32GB. 3G connectivity is supported (Rev. A, up to 3.1Mbps). The tethering feature is also available and the 3G connection can be shared with 5 Wi-Fi enabled device at once. The Bluetooth version is 2.1 with A2DP support. Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n is available with DLNA support.
The camera is of 5MP with auto focus, face detection and more features. The video is recorded at DVD-D1 resolution with slow motion and fast motion capture. The processor inside has a clock speed of 1Ghz and has a dedicated GPU support. Android 2.2 will come out of the box. GPS with aGPS and digital compass support is also present. A TV-out (720P) via HDMI port is also present. Adobe Flash 10.1 is also support.
The battery power is of 1400mAh, Li-ion. The phone weighs 169gm. The Droid 2 is a very powerful device. How many of you will change your current phone for Droid 2?
The two Xperia X10 minis, the X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro will be getting new colors in selected markets from next month. The Xperia X10 Mini will get a Gold color, while the Xperia X10 Mini Pro will get a girlie Pink color. The new colors is for the back covers of the phone, the front part will remain the same.
The Xperia X10 Mini’s buttons on the front will also have a Gold color. The gold color on the X10 Mini is glossy and is eye catching. The Xperia X10 Mini Pro’s pink color will be appealing for girls.
The hardware of both the phones is the same, the only difference is the physical QWERTY on Xperia X10 Mini Pro. Both these phones run Android 1.6 and will be upgraded to Android 2.1 in early Q4 this year.
The extra cost of these new colors is still not disclosed.
Finally, RIM’s Blackberry had to leave its number 1 spot of the leading OS in US smartphone market. Since, Q4 2007, RIM held the first spot but now Android took that position in this quarter (Q2 2010).
NPD’s latest survey reveals that Android took 33 percent of the smartphone purchased in Q2 2010, followed by RIM with 28 percent and Apple with 22 percent. Ross Rubin, executive director of industry analysis for NPD said,
“For the second consecutive quarter, Android handsets have shown strong but slowing sell-through market share gains among U.S. consumers… While the Google-developed OS took market share from RIM, Apple’s iOS saw a small gain this quarter on the strength of the iPhone 4 launch.”
The best seller Android device in US was Motorola Droid followed by HTC Incredible. The two brands who are behind Android’s success in US are Motorola and HTC. In Q3 2010 Android will get tough competition from Blackberry 6. It will be interesting to see whether Android keeps the first spot in Q3.
The mid ranged Android device from Sony Ericsson, the Xperia X8 will be releasing in UK by September. The X8 will be brought by O2 in UK. However, the price of the phone is not been disclosed by O2 yet. Sony Ericsson had promised earlier that the price won’t be more than EUR 200. I hope it won’t cost much.
The Xperia X8 has a 3 inch TFT capacitive screen with 480 x 320 resolution and 16 million colors support. It has a 3.5mm audio jack. The internal memory is of 128MB and the external memory is expandable up to 16GB. It supports 2G, 3G and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g connectivity. The Bluetooth version is 2.1 with A2DP support.
The camera on X8 is of 3.15 MP with fixed focus and lacks flash. The video is recorded in VGA resolution at 30fps. The X8 will have Android 1.6 at the time of release and is expected to be upgraded to Android 2.1 within a month of release. The processor’s clock speed is 600MHz. Stereo FM radio with RDS support is also present. GPS with aGPS and digital compass support is also present.
The X8 will have exchangeable back covers. The battery power is of 1200mAh Li-Po. The Xperia X8 is a very good phone if the price remains under EUR 200.
As the time gets close for the first Windows Phone 7’s launch, many devices running Windows Phone 7 will be emerging. The latest is a HTC phone running WP 7. The phone has a 3.7 inch S-LCD display and not AMOLED.
The reason behind using the S-LCD is that HTC is having a tough time getting AMOLED displays from their providers because of supply short. HTC will be using S-LCD in Desire and Nexus One as well. The S-LCD are the best LCD display in the market with better contrast and wide view angle.
Now talking about this WP 7 phone, along with the 3.7 inch screen it also has a 1GHz processor. The camera is capable of taking images of 8MP resolution. The three buttons below the screen are touch sensitive. But HTC’s Sense UI over Windows Phone 7 is lacking.
The first version will launch in US because it will be CDMA only. Microsoft is currently in talks with two carriers which includes Verizon. There is not much information about the release date and availability but we will keep you updated. Until then enjoy the pictures.
(Source, Source) Image Source Engadget
Nokia’s Q2 2010 financial report is out and there is no problem for them in terms of money earned. The company continues to dominate the low end markets and generated profit. The Net sales in Q2 2010 for Nokia is EUR 10 billion, an 1% increase compared to Q2 2009.
Net sales from Devices and Services is EUR 6.79 billion, a 3% rise compared to Q2 2009. The net sales from NAVTEQ is EUR 252 million, 71% rise compared to Q2 2009. Net sales from Nokia Siemens Network is EUR 3.03 billion, a 5% drop compared to Q2 2009.
The Operating Profit is EUR 295 million, which took a 31% dip from EUR 427 million in Q2 2009. The ASP dropped to EUR 61 from EUR 62 in Q1 2010. NOKIA CEO, OLLI-PEKKA KALLASVUO said,
“Despite facing continuing competitive challenges, we ended the second quarter with several reasons to be optimistic about our future. For one, the global handset market has continued to grow at a healthy pace, led by some of the less mature markets where Nokia is strong. We are also encouraged by the solid second quarter performance of our Mobile Phones business, helped by an improving line-up of affordable models.
In smartphones, we continue to renew our portfolio. We believe that the Nokia N8, the first of our Symbian^3 devices, will have a user experience superior to that of any smartphone Nokia has created. The Nokia N8 will be followed soon thereafter by further Symbian^3 smartphones that we are confident will give the platform broader appeal and reach, and kick-start Nokia’s fightback at the higher end of the market.”
According to me, Nokia is expecting a lot from a wounded horse (Symbian^3). They themselves didn’t made any significant improvements in Symbian^3 and are expecting it to compete with giants like Apple and Google. Let us wait and see what Nokia has planned for future.
For the first time, Android 2.1 took more than 50% share in the leading Android OS version in the market. Android 2.1 is on 55.5% of all Android devices currently in the market.
Android 1.5 and Android 1.6 together sums up to 41% of all Android phones in the market (Android 1.5 with 18.9% and Android 1.6 with 22.1%). Android 2.2 made its mark as well with 3.3% share amongst all Android devices.
This graph will change soon during this quarter because many phones with Android 2.1 will be updated to Android 2.2 and few Android 1.6 phones will be updated to Android 2.1. The Nexus One is the only device with Android 2.2 from an official update.
Samsung’s Super AMOLED screens has been widely applauded by everyone. Now, Samsung is looking forward for attaining another milestone in mobile display technology by developing an unbreakable AMOLED screen. This screen can be bended and can also resist damages because of its flexibility.
Here is a video which demonstrate this new AMOLED screen.
Samsung will be replacing the present vinyl protection sheet with new PI (polyimide) film for attaining the flexibility. Samsung’s new AMOLED screens will be pushed for mass production within the next two years.
The first ever real pictures showing the UI of Symbian^4 is revealed. However, the UI seems to be far from finished but one thing is clear, nothing new here guys. The Symbian^4 UI is completely new compared to earlier Symbian versions.
The battery icon, the network tower bar are new and they look better. These images were posted by Symbian Foundation under developer’s wiki. Nokia claims that the first Symbian^4 device will be released during early 2011.
Nokia is losing hard in high-end market and they are depending on Symbian^4 for rescue. However, I didn’t find any WOW factor in the UI. Nokia will have to come with something good because Google will be releasing the Android 3.0 a.k.a. Gingerbread in Q4 2010. And Android 3.0 is supposed to come with huge UI changes.
Sony Ericsson’s Q2 financial report is just released. Sony Ericsson carried on the momentum they got in Q1 and the profit margin increased in Q2. IBT (Income Before Taxes excl. restructuring charges) increased from EURO 21 million in Q1 2010 to EURO 63 million in Q2 2010. The ASP (Average Selling Price) also rose from EURO 134 to Euro 160.
Sony Ericsson in this quarter, shipped a total of 11 million handsets compared to 10.5 million in Q1. Bert Nordberg, President, Sony Ericsson said,
Our second quarter results show that the company continued the momentum seen in the first quarter as a result of our focus on the value market and the success of new smartphones; Xperiaâ„¢ X10 and Vivazâ„¢, launched during the first quarter. These models, along with the Xperiaâ„¢ X10 mini and Xperiaâ„¢ X10 mini pro which started shipping at the end of the second quarter, have been well received by operators and we are now well positioned for long term growth.
The company is moving steady and I am waiting for some information on their upcoming flagship devices. The X10 is the last announced flagship device from Sony Ericsson.