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Helio Releases New MySpace for Ocean Users

Helio Releases New MySpace for Ocean Users

Have you noticed that if you try to get on MySpace by using its URL to view the website outside of 'Myspace on Helio' you simply can't? I mean sure, one of Helio's biggest boasts is their access to Helio that - until recently - no one else had. Although I like this feature it just seemed so plain. It worked fine; other than viewing pictures according to caption names it wasn't bad at all. You could always find other users, view friends, post comments, message, and all of the other wonderful things you can do on MySpace. One thing is for sure though, I just wanted something different, which is why a part of me was happy to get the Helio Ocean because I could view MySpace whichever way I chose. Wrong!

 

Helio Ocean hands-on review

Helio Ocean hands-on review

The Helio Ocean is well covered on SlashGear, so everyone should be familiar with its features as well as what it’s capable of. In case you need to get up to speed, take a look at this page then you can come back to this article and understand why I’m so excited about the Ocean.

As you already know, the Ocean arrived this morning and I’ve spent the last eight or more hours diving into this beast. The most important point I want to get across to anyone looking to purchase the Ocean is this: keep your expectations in check. It’s a well-featured device (don’t just call it a “phone”), however Helio never intended the Ocean to act as a smartphone in the traditional sense – future versions of the Ocean, perhaps, just not this one. Okay, that being said lets delve first into the “personal entertainment center”, or media player. It supports MP3, AAC, WMA, MPEG-4, H.264, VOD and MOD files formats. While in video mode, flipping from portrait mode to landscape mode is as easy as clicking the down button on the D-Pad or you can simply flip up the Ocean’s screen. Since the Ocean isn’t a smartphone, it doesn’t handle multi-tasking; you can’t use any other applications such as IMing while listening to music or watching a video. The software does allow you to surf or buy music from Helio Music store, though. While you enjoy your tunes, you’ll still be notified when someone send you an instant message.

Helio Ocean Unboxing Video and Initial Impression

Helio Ocean Unboxing Video and Initial Impression

Now that the highly anticipated Helio Ocean is finally in my hands, months of sleepless nights will come to and end. SlashGear is one of a handful of lucky sites to get the first production version of the Ocean. There is simply so much to test out and write up before I can adequately write a full review. However, before you go and watch the unboxing video and salivate over the images, I have one word – WOW!

Helio Ocean hands-one

Samsung A303 to sport Helio’s name?

Samsung A303 to sport Helio’s name?

PhoneArena got a tip in which reports that Helio will get a second Samsung phone after the Drift. The article goes on to say that it’s geared towards fashion conscious consumers, featuring a glossy black finish. It’s got a sleek, touch-sensitive screen, in a slider form factor similar to the Chocolate.

Other features include EVDO and 140BM onboard memory and a 1.3-megapixel camera.

I’m shocked to be reading this article because Helio is tight lip, similar to Apple. Announce today and it goes on sale today type mentality.

Helio gets fashionable Samsung A303 [PhoneArena]

Helio launch music downloads, reveal impressive performance figures

Helio launch music downloads, reveal impressive performance figures

Our appreciation for Helio has been thinly veiled here on SlashGear - it's great to see an operator in the US actually innovating rather than playing catch-up to services that've been available elsewhere in the world for what seems like eons - and yet with competitors like Cingular beginning to branch out into MySpace, previously a Helio-only domain, the future of the MVNO looked potentially shaky.  Still, the best way for them to compete is to carry on developing good services, and that's what they seem to have done today with the announcement of Helio Music.

On-phone music download services aren't new, but easy-to-use and fairly priced ones are few and far between.  Helio are obviously trying to occupy that ground.

"Helio Music is a throwback to the corner record shop, combining great selection with a music-loving staff that can help you quickly find what you’re looking for, and a comfortable environment where it’s fun to just browse and discover" Sky Dayton, Helio CEO

A growing library containing artists from Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, Sony BMG, and EMI Music, complete with artist bios, images, preview songs and community recommendations as well as full search options. 

Helio to up the MySpace ante with dedicated app

Helio to up the MySpace ante with dedicated app

Having pawed lasciviously at a limited edition Frost White Helio Drift, finding the GPS and "buddy beacon" features useful while the MySpace integration good if you're heavily into your social networking, it comes as no surprise that Helio are planning to up their game in the very near future.  MySpace Mobile v.2 will be a free download for Helio subscribers, a dedicated application for the site that promises speed increases of up to five times.  If I'm honest, I think this is something that should've been part of Helio's service from the very beginning; it certainly would've quieted the critics who pointed at the browser just about every modern cellphone has and said "why go with a specific operator?"

It's not all wine, fine cheeses and roses however.  Helio's exclusivity contract with MySpace expires very soon, meaning the other operators will be looking for a piece of the pie faster than a pie-loving cheetah.  Helio must be hoping that a dedicated app, together with new profile editing tools, speedier image uploading and "idle mode" functionality for displaying new messages and alerts on the handset's home screen, will help it keep its edge.

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Helio Drift: Third Time’s a Charm!

Helio Drift: Third Time’s a Charm!

Helio’s new Drift is by Samsung, featuring advance GPS technology (I love GPS!), GPS-enabled Google Maps for mobile and Buddy Beacon. It’s compact, elegant, optimized access to the high speed 3G network. It comes in two colors – gunmetal black and frost white (I was told we’re getting the frost white one in a week or so – yeah baby). The Drift is a sweet phone, featuring a 2.12 inch high-resolution QVGA display stereo Bluetooth (another yah), 128 MB internal memory expandable via microSD, 2-megapixel camera with 4x digital zoom and flash, MP3, MPEG-4 and VOD support. Damn that was a mouthful! Now why didn’t Helio go with Samsung in the first place is beyond me…but third times a charm. Click over for more images and the press release.

Helio’s First and Flagship retail store

Helio’s First and Flagship retail store

Hi everyone, I just wanted to share with you that Helio is opening their first (and flagship) retail store right down the road on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica pretty soon. (It'll be on the north end, between the Apple Store and Banana Republic).

They’re working with the best in the industry to create a pretty amazing destination (Gensler is our design firm, of Apple Store fame). They’re creating an environment where both members and potential members can come in and experience Helio in some pretty cool ways. No lines, boutique treatment, "spa" services for members (like device cleaning) - just a cool place to be. Click over to see more renderings of the store as well as the press release.

Helio's first (and flagship) retail store

Helio Hero Initial Impression

Helio Hero Initial Impression

The Hero measures 4.3" x 1.9" x 1", and weighs in at 4.73 ounces. Featuring a black, sliding design, the Hero sports a crisp 2.2", 16-bit, 240 x 320 QVGA LCD screen capable of display quality video cleanly and quickly. The device features 70 MB of built-in RAM for storing music and video, and this storage space can be expanded thanks to the included T-Flash slot; T-Flash cards are currently available in sizes up to 1 GB, with a 2 GB version due out later this year. Multimedia-wise, the Hero supports the MP3 music format, and the MPEG-4/H.264 video format, meaning that you can take your videos and music with you on-the-go. For your listening pleasure, the Hero comes with dual full-duplex speakers, allowing your music and video to sound crystal-clear. Read on and watch the Hero in action after the jump!

Macessity LowKey Stand frees up some desk space

Macessity LowKey Stand frees up some desk space

This nifty little stand from Macessity will do well you free up some desk space when you aren’t using your computer. Its made of steel and powder coated to match your iMac or Mac Pro, and the new ultra-thin keyboard that you can buy from Apple or that comes with the new iMacs.

CES 2008: Joby GorillaPod Accessories

CES 2008: Joby GorillaPod Accessories

So the GorillaPod is not new, still cool, but not new, what is new is the accessories they are now packaging with it. There is a suction cup and a couple of Velcro attachments each of which are mountable on the GorillaPod just like a camera.

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