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Samsung® may not charge for Froyo Android™ update

Recently, there were reports regarding Samsung and all US carriers going head on with regard to fees for updates which allegedly Samsung was demanding from the carriers on a per device updation basis. Interestingly neither has Samsung accepted these rumors nor have denied them. In a news item, a spokesperson for Samsung stated that they will not be charging carriers for Froyo updates to Galaxy S.

Even after Samsung had sold more than 4 million Galaxy S handsets in the US, the Froyo updates for the same have been delayed, leaving the product with the Android 2.1 till date. Owners of Samsung phones with Android are not sure about the standoff between carriers and Samsung. Some posts show that the Galaxy S will be ready for the Froyo updates in March 2011.

There is no doubt Android 2.3, the Gingerbread OS is on its way. Developers are looking at introduction of the updates as they happen. No doubt Google is also working behind the scenes to make it happen as quick as is required. One could also notice the development interface getting updated bringing high resolution graphics to the forefront along with promotional videos. Maybe the Android market is getting ready to change as a whole.

In fact the whole smart phone and tablet market appears upbeat. The introduction of the browser based touch screen phones and many interesting predictions for the future appear to be growing into a gamut of business opportunities. Once again the open source project community , Android, Google and manufacturers like Samsung and others need to come to a proper consensus on making the newly developed operating systems and updates available to the users without delays and that too, over a wide spectrum of Android based device manufacturers.

Samsung® Star II S5260 Smartphone

The new Samsung Star II S5260 smart phone has been officially announced by Samsung. This smartphone is an upgraded version of Samsung Star which had become popular, selling over 30 million handsets all over the world. The specifications and features of the Samsung Star II include a 3-inch TFT capacitive touch screen display, Bluetooth, a 1,000mAh battery, a 3.5 mm headphone jack, Wi-Fi b/g/n and a micro SD card slot to increase the storage capacity. The display of Samsung Star II S5260 smart phone is very much similar to GT-S5230 Star. The WQVGA touch screen display of Samsung Star II S5260 smartphone has the same Touch Wiz UI 3.0 as in Samsung Star. You can simply add various widgets directly as per your choice and personalize the home screen of your mobile.

The Samsung Star II has a 3.2 MP camera with which you can take pictures and even videos of good quality. The wireless connectivity is an added feature of this smartphone. No matter where you are, you will be always connected with your friends and relatives on social networking websites like Facebook and Twitter with Samsung Star II Smartphone as it supports all the popular social networks. The multi-IM 2.0 in Samsung Star II S5260 smartphone allows you to login into many IM accounts at a single time. So you can easily access your accounts on Yahoo!, MSN, Google Talk, AIM and Facebook simultaneously. The Samsung Star II S5260 smart phone has a QuickType T9 Keyboard which is going to be a great help for chatting or typing text messages at a very high speed on the phone.

Cell phone declining Sales hurts LG Electronics

The world’s third biggest manufacture of mobile phones and flat screen TVs, LG Electronics must be back to the drawing table given its declining profits and sales. With its place as the third biggest manufacture of handsets, one would expect the company to report impressive earnings as it stakes out its claim of the smart phone market that is currently riding high in the handsets business.

Cell Phones Lacklustre Performance

However, it appears cell phones are behind LG’s poor performance as their sales have hit a slump resulting in losses and low sales for the phone giant. During its recent quarterly report release, LG Electronics revealed that it had suffered a 33% decline in its second quarter profits, a fact that it attributed to losses in its cell phone business. The South Korean cell phone manufacture posted earnings of 722.4 million US dollars; which marked a decline from 2009’s staggering 1.28 trillion South Korean won, about over 1 billion US dollars. As such, the company reported that it had operating losses of 120 billion South Korean won, about 101.2 million US dollars that it attributes to have been a result of price competition and marketing, research and development costs.

Falling Profits

Subsequently, the global leading manufacturer of consumer electronics and home appliances said it profits had fallen by one third due falling sales and operating losses from its mobile phones unit. On the average thus, sales reported in the second quarter declined by around 0.7% to 14.4 trillion South Korean won from their previous mark at 14.5 trillion won. However, the company was positive regardless reporting that even despite the falling mobile phones sales, it had experienced a growth in mobile phone sales in emerging markets, increasing by a reported 2% to about 30.6 million units. Additionally, the emerging markets are typically showing sustained growth and responding positively, albeit slowly to the company’s smart phones such as the LG Ally and the Optimus Q.

Resultant Operating Losses

But even so, the company’s revenues from handsets sales were on the declining, with a reported 31% fall in sales to about 3.37 trillion South Korean won, representing the massive 120 billion won in operating losses for the gadgets LG experienced. The company’s absolute operating profit, taken as a measure of its business performance minus taxes, dividends, asset sales amongst other factors tabulated into net profit or loss dipped by a staggering 90% to about 126 billion won. This had in 2009 peaked at an impressive 1.24 trillion won, what a loss!!

The fact that LG Electronics comes third after Samsung and Sony Corp in terms of flat screen TVs market share and only third to Nokia and Samsung in terms of the mobile phones market seems not to be working for the firm, rather comes as one of its weakest spots if it cannot compete against other majors in the phones business. However, let’s hope its expected moderate growth in the third quarter as the global economy recovers will come with its won blessings for the company.

Google Nexus One

Google has taken its time to arrive at this phone’s very first introduction. The phone was built by HTC in cooperation with Google and is fully equipped with the latest version of Android operating system 2.1.The Nexus comes with its exquisite mix of power precision which makes it great such a great phone. It has fine specs quality which includes its 1GHz Snapdragon processor and a 512MB RAM. Loading up pages doesn’t take long; no pause effect seemed to occur. It has an Apple-Iphone Matching browser which brings about the rapid boot up of certain web pages. Multi Tasking appears to be fairly convenient. This feature comes greatly supported in this phone model.

Compared to other smart phones, this phone’s multi tasking ability is handier. The phone’s OS seem to make all the traits of its being outstanding and all, the touch screen is highly responsive and over all, everything worked as smooth as we all wanted. The phone’s AMOLED screen is exceptionally bright and gorgeous enough to bring-about the most pleasurable entertainment in phones.

The AMOLED screen’s brightness doesn’t seem to change unless it is suspended into bright sunlight. It has excellent contrast with vibrant bold colors which project images as vivid as it can be. And videos produced are quite decent. Several cool Web browsers work smooth and easy, and the LED flash camera takes decent pictures although the battery life is just as acceptable.

This phone seems to bag up all the good qualities I always seem to look for when browsing phones. And judging by the looks of this one, I might say, The Nexus One is not that bad at all, compared to the other phones. The phone excels in terms of hardware and software issues and as a matter of fact, it is the best Android phone up to now. The phones speed and superb abilities of multitasking out links the abilities of the iPhone 3GS, but it doesn’t clearly drop the iPhone models down, it’s just that the Nexus has features that stand more accurately than the others. The RAM’s great capacity helps the phone to lay more acceptable performances on every task. Google’s coming up with this model seems to be worth the qualities created anyway.

Some people say the screen estates of both iPhone and Nexus are similar but the statement doesn’t show the mere truth. The iPhone has a 3.5” LCD screen whereas the Nexus has a 3.7 OLED screen. OLED is better than LCD since it is thinner and sharper, not to mention it has better contrast. The phone has piped to be the world’s must-have smart phone of 2010. The phone seems to climb the first rung of the ladder of its verdict of taking over the world of gadgets. Judging by the way the New Nexus has been, I really think it is the kind of phone that people would much likely be placing their interests at.The phone has great qualities from the design down to the specs. The features are brilliant and I couldn’t say more about its bad side.

Windows Phone 7 Series

Forget everything that you knew about Windows mobile. The Operating System (OS) concept is now just plain old history. Enter Windows 7 Phone Series. Agreed Microsoft has one of the worst naming instincts, but that apart this new concept brings innovation. Microsoft has designed this groundbreaking OS from scratch, with the old Windows Mobile being given a pink slip. Just as Windows 7 has provided the cravings of almost every PC user, its phone counterpart promises to do the same in the phone segment.

This interface is different as it does not have any glossy icons arranged in a cramped up screen. The Windows 7 User interface (UI), adopts a totally new strategy. The main screen consists of completely flat squares referred to as hubs. There is no unnecessary visual flair and colors are kept to a bare minimum. The whole theme actually feels very crisp and simple. The text too is beautiful, with its large font. The whole design seems to give a very modern and no nonsense effect. The flipping through menus and scrolling is breezy. The UI theme has been tried in the Zune HD but now it has been perfected. Microsoft sure seems to have its aesthetic compass pointed in the right direction.

The usability of the phone is centered on the following hubs: People; Me; Games; Pictures; Music and Video; Marketplace and Office. The hubs are not just standalone applications. They are linked together. For instance, the hub People is not simply contacts but also the place for social networking. The People hub also features real time updates of all your contacts from their various social networking accounts. You can also make a tile of your friend’s profile on the start screen with the phone doing the rest to keep you updated real time.

Next comes the Me hub. In this hub you can update your status in all your accounts like Facebook or Windows Live in one place (Twitter support is missing though). This all in one solution does make this phone very appealing for social networking.

The Music and Videos hub has nothing much new to be talked about. Microsoft has gone the Apple way and has done what Apple did with iPod. The Music and Videos hub is just the Zune interface on a phone.

Apart from the other hubs, the Pictures hub is a new feature. Not only does it store the normal pictures taken on camera or synced with a PC but also pulls down pictures from social networking sites. Real time updates ensure that you see your friends’ latest photos.

The Gaming hub though has generated a lot of buzz. With its integration into your Xbox Live account you can play games to gain achievement points. Well, it’s not exactly a portable Xbox but there are plenty of mobile versions of the big games which can actually catch the eye of a gamer. Microsoft has definitely scored over others in this challenge.

Internet Explorer is present as a usual browser. It’s not exactly snappy but then, it does its job pretty good. The e-mail client is awesome though. There has been a lot of emphasis on readability. Text is simply huge. Exchange support is provided as well.

The Office hub will keep the business minded happy as it supports OTA syncing. And finally we come to the dedicated search hub-Bing. The search is integrated into every possible feature of the phone. Pressing the search button on the start page shows the live search but doing that inside the People hub triggers a contact search. And there is Bing maps too.

As far as the hardware is concerned, gone are the days when anyone could bundle up Windows Mobile with their barely performing phones. This time Microsoft is dictating terms.

Some of the specifications of Windows 7 mobile are as follows:

  • A sensitive capacitive touch screen with at least four points of touch
  • GPS
  • Compass
  • Accelerometer
  • 5MP camera with flash
  • 256MB memory, with 8GB flash storage
  • DirectX 9 acceleration
  • ARMv7 Cortex/Scorpion processor.

Microsoft is definitely late into the phone market by a long margin but its history shows that isn’t going to be much of a hindrance. Windows Phone 7,surely has the potential to beat Apple and Google in the phone race. This has turned the phone industry to a tripartite struggle with the three biggest names of desktop computing in it.

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