It's getting more rare these days to spot one of your friends with a cellphone that doesn't have a large touchscreen and run apps. According to a May survey polled by Nielsen of mobile consumers in the U.S., smartphones are indeed becoming increasingly more popular for consumers. Although the majority of mobile consumers still currently own feature phones, the majority of new purchases skew towards smartphones.
It's been a long time since we saw a new Windows Phone 7 device - barring Nokia's "Sea Ray" prototype - and so consider our interest piqued by the HTC Eternity, billed as a Windows Phone 7.1 Mango device that could well arrive in the early fall alongside the updated OS. HTC Inside scored the details, which tip a massive 4.7-inch WVGA Super LCD touchscreen, 8-megapixel main camera supporting 720p HD video recording, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera and 1.5GHz processor.
When Microsoft and Nokia first unveiled their new relationship it was said that Nokia would have certain privileges over other Windows Phone manufacturers. Microsoft has been placing hardware design restrictions on its manufacturers including the requirement of specific physical buttons. Hence, when Nokia's "Sea Ray" was leaked, the absence of buttons was assumed to be an exercise in their special privileges. But word comes now that this may not be the case.
Nokia has reportedly turned to Compal Electronics to manufacture its first wave of Windows Phone handsets, rather than building them in-house at its own facilities. According to DigiTimes' sources, Compal has inked an agreement with Microsoft to produce its own Windows Phones - joining recent additions Acer, ZTE and Fujitsu - as a licensee, and will also be looking to produce Acer's line-up.
A Nokia prototype apparently running Android on N9 hardware has been caught in the wild, though it's unclear whether the handset is an unofficial hack or something from the Finn's test labs dating back to when arguments between adopting Windows Phone or Android still raged. Posted at the Weibo forums (1, 2; registration required), the shots follow Nokia CEO Stephen Elop demonstrating a Windows Phone version of the N9 codenamed "Sea Ray" yesterday
Nokia's first Windows Phone handset has been revealed, and as expected it looks very similar to the N9 announced earlier this week. Demonstrated briefly by Nokia CEO Stephen Elop - who makes a brief "please turn off your cameras" plea, which obviously goes unheard - the phone adds in a dedicated camera button as Microsoft mandates for Windows Phone devices. Full video from technet.hu after the cut.
It's been eight long months since we reviewed our first Windows Phone 7 handset. Microsoft's rebooted platform launched with a bang at the tail end of 2010, promising not only a new start from the Windows Mobile days of old, but a fresh interpretation of what a smartphone should be like. A tentative hit with reviewers but less so among consumers, however, Windows Phone's impetus fizzled out as new devices failed to appear. Now, Windows Phone 7.1 "Mango" is coming to fill in some of the gaps, tidy up some of the loose ends and - Microsoft hopes - make the platform a more realistic competitor to iOS and Android. Check out the SlashGear review after the cut.
As expected, T-Mobile has a new Nokia smartphone to tentatively offer to the American public at CTIA 2011, and also as expected it's a rebadged version of the Nokia C7. The T-Mobile Nokia Astound runs Symbian on a 3.5-inch AMOLED display, paired with an 8-megapixel camera, and will drop on April 6 for $79.99.
In Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass, there is a line from the Red Queen, in which she states, “It takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place.” In evolution, this is a theory that is also known as an “arms race to nowhere”, in which two different species evolve in tandem, one after the other, in an infinite loop. The reason, is because as one system evolves, then the other must evolve with it, just to keep pace.
And so the system is unending and essential for the survival of a species.
It’s no different in the technology ecosystem. In fact, it’s a lot more evident there, as we can see the fruits of these evolutionary developments as clear as day. We watched as the iPhone became the iPhone 3G, and while it may not have been leaps and bounds ahead of its predecessor in a lot of ways, we witnessed the 3G become the 3GS. And in turn, we saw almost every other major phone manufacturer develop phones to counter the iPhone. You’ve heard of them: the mythical iPhone killer.
Spring is here and so are AT&T's new batch of phones made for texting and emails. The new line up includes the LG Xenon, LG, Neon, Samsung Impression, Samsung Propel, Samsung Magnet and the Nokia E71x. Samsung Impression and Propel Pro will arrive in AT&T stores on April 7 and 14, respectively, and the LG Xenon will go on sale on April 8. The Nokia e71x, LG Neon and Samsung Magnet will be available in the following weeks.