Samsung Galaxy S 2 Coming February 13

Something big is coming. Samsung has just hinted at the launch of the successor to the very popular Samsung Galaxy S. You can check out the teaser of the next Galaxy S, or the Galaxy S 2, at Samsung Unpacked.

Mobile World Congress 2011 is set to start on February 14. Samsung will apparently launch the first preview teaser of the Galaxy S 2 on February 1 and will launch it on February 13. The launch will happen in Barcelona itself, where MWC is going to be held, just before it starts.

Launching it before MWC will help it get a good amount of media coverage, as almost any gadget launched at MWC gets drowned out by the many announcements. Samsung should also unveil a 4G LTE version of the Galaxy Tab at MWC.

The Galaxy S has sold more than 10 million units in 2010 and has been the most popular Android phone yet. The Galaxy S 2 will be much better than the Galaxy S in terms of hardware. It will likely have a Nvidia Tegra 2 dual core processor, 1 GB RAM and a 4.0 – 4.5 inch SuperAMOLED Plus display, like the Samsung Infuse 4G. It should come with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. More details should be coming on February 1. Stay tuned.

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Samsung Galaxy S Mini (Samsung S5830) Spotted

A previously unknown member of the Samsung Galaxy family has been caught on camera by SamFirmware and Teena. Pictured below is the Samsung S5830, a smaller edition of the popular Galaxy S, which is expected to be announced next month at the Mobile World Congress.

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Based the leaked spec sheet, the Samsung S5830 or Galaxy S Mini seems to a budget Android handset that is aimed at those who can’t afford the Galaxy S, but want something more competent than the Galaxy 3 and 5, which are Samsung’s low end Android handsets. The S5830 reportedly runs on FroYo (Android 2.2) and has an HVGA (480 x 320 pixels) display. It features a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, MicroSD and MicroUSB. The processor being used by Samsung is Qualcomm’s MSM7227.

HTC to Launch the First 3D Android Phone in 2011

HTCRumor is that HTC is planning to launch the first 3D smartphone powered by Android in 2011. HTC has been one of the most successful Android partners and has delivered a lot of hits. However, some of its glory has been stolen by its competitor Samsung, with the Galaxy range of smartphones and tablets.

HTC was demonstrating mobile 3D technology at MWC 2010 in Barcelona. Now, it seems that it is planning to launch an Android smartphone with a 3D display at MWC 2011. Techradar, a tech blog, also reported that HTC had been advertising for a “display and camera design engineer familiar with 3D display and imaging technologies”.

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Vodafone Announces World’s Cheapest Phone, Would Be Available For Less Than $15

While the big names have been busy dazzling the world with the latest and greatest offerings at MWC 2010, Vodafone has unveiled, what it claims to be, the lowest-cost mobile phone on Earth. The Vodafone 150 will be available for less than $15 (Rs 700 approx.) and is targeted at developing countries. It will initially be launched in India, Turkey and eight African countries including Lesotho, Kenya and Ghana.

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Mobile phone sales has been experiencing explosive growth in emerging markets like India and total mobile ownership is predicted to reach 5 billion in 2010. SMS has become a way of life even in villages located in far-flung parts of the country. Vodafone is obviously hoping to attract new customers thanks to its ludicrously low price.

While Vodafone 150 is a black and white phone supporting only voice calls and SMS, a comparatively luxurious alternative dubbed Vodafone 250 (priced at $20.00) will include color display and FM radio. Vodafone has stated that a simple payment service will also be built into these ultra-low-end phones.

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Samsung i8520 ‘Halo’ Android Phone with Projector Spotted

At MWC, it is all about who can grab the most eyeballs and Samsung has certainly kicked off in a fine fashion. Earlier today, we shared with you official pictures of Samsung Wave S8500. However, Wave is not the only surprise Samsung has in store for us. A look at the spec sheet also revealed details about a yet to be announced Android Phone – Samsung i8520.

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Samsung i8250 will feature a 3.7-inch WVGA Super AMOLED display, 8-megapixel autofocus camera (with a secondary VGA camera), 720p / 30fps video encoding/decoding, A-GPS, Bluetooth v2.1 and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi. Although, we don’t know much about the processor powering the phone, we do know that it will be running Android 2.1 which has been modded to provide a TouchWiz like user interface.

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Samsung i8250 is packed with multimedia features and will support H.264, H.263, MPEG4 and DivX/Xvid video formats along with MP3, OGG, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, WMA, WAV, MID and AC3 audio formats. On top of this, Samsung has also included a DLP Pico Projector and a ‘Specialized Projector UI’. Pricing as well as launch date is not known at this point of time.

Live Coverage Of Samsung MWC 2010 Press Event

Today at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2010, Samsung unveiled Wave, its first smartphone that runs on the new BADA operating system. Samsung Wave is powered by Super AMOLED display,  on-screen QWERTY keyboard,  1 GHz application processor and so on. Check out the complete coverage of Samsung Press Event below.

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Samsung was almost one hour late for its own event. As the event started, they announced that, they are the market leader in touchscreen phones. They had a 16% growth in their business last year while the mobile the industry was down by 8%.  Their  aim is to make smartphones available for everyone.

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Samsung claimed that their AMOLED displays are the best touchscreens in the industry and their 1GHz chip makes their phones the fastest in the market. They are also planning to launch the BADA operating system and their own application store within the next few months. Last year Samsung Apps was launched only in 3  countries, but this year it will be available in more than 50 countries around the world.

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Soon after their introductory speech and business strategy, Samsung unveiled  their  much awaited  smartphone, Samsung Wave. This device has an excellent Super AMOLED display that reflects five times less light, which means that you can easily use it in indoors as well as outdoors. The body of this device is made up of aluminium material.

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Samsung Wave has a clean, attractive and trendy user interface, TouchWIZ UI 3.0. The Wave comes with 10 homescreens that will allow you to organize all your widgets effectively. Samsung Wave is powered by a 1GHz application processor. Currently, this is the most powerful mobile processor available in the world. The 1GHz processor will allow you to run your favorite applications at a faster speed.

Samsung Wave has integrated most of the social networking and email services such as Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Yahoo, Gmail and so on. The ultimate inbox allows you to check email, SMS, MMS, Twitter, MySpace at once place. Though you can view them separately, it helps to stay organized on the go.

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Bada is the Samsung’s most powerful mobile platform. This operating system supports flash contents. Samsung Wave users can download thousand of applications from the Samsung Apps store. Samsung apps will provide wide range of high quality applications. You can download as well as purchase applications from this store. It will support multiple payment options and it would be available in more than 50 countries in the coming months.

The price of this device was not announced during the event. We will keep you updated regarding the complete specs, features and price of this device. Let us know your views regarding the Samsung Wave, Bada OS and TouchWIZ UI 3.0 in the comments.

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Sony Ericsson Live From MWC, Barcelona

Today, at their press conference in Barcelona, Sony Ericsson surprised everyone with three new phones along with Xperia X10 and Vivaz. These phones were Xperia X10 mini, Xperia X10 mini PRO and Vivaz PRO.

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So, altogether we have a total of five phones in which three (Xperia X10 mini, Xperia X10 mini PRO and Vivaz PRO) will be available in the market from Q2 and two (Xperia X10 and Vivaz) in Q1. Now about the basic features of these phones:

Xperia X10 and Vivaz has already been previewed by us. In brief, Xperia X10 is an Android phone with 1Ghz Snapdragon processor, 8 MP camera, 4inch full capacitive touch screen. It will be shipped with Android 1.6 and updated to Android 2.0/2.1 in future by Sony Ericsson officially.

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Vivaz is a Symbian S60 v5 phone just like the Satio, but a massive improvement by Sony Ericsson on their second Symbian device. It has a 720Mhz processor with 8 MP camera and 720p HD recording at 24fps, a 3.2inch full touch screen. The video recording is the best we have till now in the market.

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Now the three new phones, Xperia X10 mini, Xperia X10 mini PRO and Vivaz PRO, the Xperia X10 mini is the younger sister of Xperia X10. It’s specification is still not officially out but from the pictures it looks way smaller than X10. It has been optimized for one hand use.

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Just like the Xperia X10 mini, the Xperia X10 mini PRO has the same design and size, but the difference is the QWERTY keyboard. Same goes with Vivaz PRO, all the specifications are hoped to be the same as in Vivaz, and the only difference will be the QWERTY keyboard.

The mini models from Sony Ericsson are expected to cover the medium price range. Sony Ericsson has learned from its previous mistakes and has officially declared the release date of the two phones in March, the Xperia X10 and Vivaz. While the three other phones will be available till Q2.

It was a wonderful presentation from Sony Ericsson at Barcelona. Stay tuned till we get our hands-on these new beauties.

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Mobile World Congress 2010 Schedule and Events List

Mobile World Congress (MWC) is the world’s largest exhibition for the mobile industry. It is an annual extravaganza in which thousands of companies exhibit solutions that will define the future of the mobile industry. Although, Microsoft’s keynote is arguably the most highly anticipated event (courtesy Windows Mobile 7), there will be plenty of other exciting events and conferences in MWC 2010. Here is a quick look at the highlights of MWC 2010. Plan in advance, if you don’t wish to miss any of the good stuff.

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Monday

09:00 MotoDev Breakfast at Motodev in AppPlanet Hall 7
11:30 MotoDev Android Developer Panel Hall 7
11:30 MotoDev Maximise your Android Market Opportunity App Planet Hall 7
14:00 Mobile premier awards Palau De La Música 4 08003 Barcelona, Spain 932 957 200
15:00 – Microsoft Keynote (Possible Windows Mobile 7 announcement)

Tuesday

08:30 Opportunities with on-device payments and preloaded content Tanla MWC Seminar
08:00 UKTI Challenges in Japan Location Sala D
11:30 UKTI Turkish / UK Partnering Event UKTI stand?
17:00 Scottish Development International Whisky Reception Stand, 1E66
18:00 GoMo Incognito BAR, calle Fusina 6, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
18:00 Androiders Dinner at MWC

Wednesday

08:30 – UKTI UK / US Panel discussion UKTI?
09:00 – Android dev lab (Games Dev) Hall7 App world, MWC
12:30 – Sony Ericsson talk App world Hall 7
14:00 – Tech crunch Mobile 2010

Thursday

08:00 – GetJar Demo App Planet Auditorium, Hall 7, FIRA, Barcelona, Spain
9ish – WIP Jam App Planet Auditorium, Hall 7, FIRA, Barcelona, Spain

Opera Mini Coming to an iPhone Near You – Will Be Demoed in Mobile World Congress

Opera-Mini-iPhoneIn an interesting move, Opera Software has announced that it will be demoing Opera Mini for iPhone at Mobile World Congress 2010.

Last year, Jon von Tetzchner (then CEO of Opera) had revealed that the development of Opera Mini for iPhone had been halted due to the App Store’s prohibitive license. So, what has changed? We don’t really know. In fact, Opera is yet to submit Opera Mini to the App Store for approval. The decision to demo Opera Mini for iPhone before even submitting it for approval could well be a ploy to mount pressure on Apple. Speaking to Reuters, Mr. Tetzchner said, We hope that Apple will not deny their users a choice in Web browsing experience.

Opera Mini is a powerful tabbed browser with unique features like visual speed dial, which provides quick access to your favorite websites. However, its main selling point is speed. Opera compresses pages before sending them to your device. This speeds up browsing and reduces bandwidth usage. In fact, Opera claims to be six times faster than iPhone’s Safari browser. Although, Opera Mini is the most popular mobile browser in the world, it will have its work cut out when it comes to winning over iPhone users. Opera Mini was originally targeted at feature phones and this still shows through in its inability to render AJAX driven websites.

Opera Software will also be exhibiting Opera Mobile 10 beta 3 for Symbian S60 and Windows Mobile, Opera Mobile 10 beta for Android and Opera’s cross-platform Widgets Manager beta. Mobile World Congress begins on February 15 and is already turning out to be an event to watch out for. Stay tuned to Techie Buzz for the latest MWC coverage.

GSMA Global Mobile Awards 2010 Nominees for MWC

The Mobile World Congress (MWC) is still a few weeks away. However, as customary, GSMA has released a list of nominees for the Global Mobile Awards 2010.

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The nominees are broadly categorized into the following categories:

  • Mobile Entertainment
  • Mobile Advertisement and Marketing
  • Best Mobile Services
  • Best Use of Mobile for Social and Economic Development
  • Green Mobile Award
  • Best Technology
  • Best Mobile Handset or Device

The awards categories are further sub-divided into several more categories. GSMA Global Mobile Awards 2010 will be judged by a big panel, you will find a list of judges on this page. Some of the shortlisted nominees have already been awarded in the Asia category, this includes Nokia Mini as the best Nokia handset in Asia.

For the first time in its 15 year history, the GSMA Global Mobile Awards will be presented within the conference. The awards ceremony is scheduled for 16th February 2010. For more information on the awards and nominees visit Global Mobile Awards 2010.