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HTC has launched its first mobile phone with a 3D screen, using the same glasses-less, auto-stereoscopic technology featured on the Nintendo 3DS console.
The HTC Evo 3D, which is a US-only release and likely to remain that way, enables 3D movies, 3D games and the ability to capture and view 3D pictures and video in HD.
The Evo 3D looks like somewhat of a super-phone with 4.3-inch, 960×540 screen that’s almost as detailed as the iPhone 4′s Retina Screen, a dual-core Snapdragon 1.2GHz processor and Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
4G too? Yep
The Evo 3D will run on the Sprint Network’s 4G WiMax network, for super-fast mobile broadband and will house a whopping 1730mAh battery to keep things going underneath the hood.
There’s also dual five-megapixel cameras that can shoot 720p 3D video and 1080p 2D video.
Like the 3DS, users can turn the 3D-effect on and off with a switch, or move the content to a 3D ready TV using a HDMI cable.
The device, due out this summer, is part of the continuing Sprint-HTC hook-up and is unlikely to make it to the UK, but we’d be hopeful of seeing the same 3D tech housed in a future release.
[February 05, 2011]
Disabled woman’s fury over handset ‘promise’ [Gloucestershire Echo (England)]
(Gloucestershire Echo (England) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) DISABLED pensioner Martha Edwards is furious following a row with a mobile phone shop.
The retired social researcher claims 3 Mobile kept her waiting two hours when she tried to change her handset.
Martha, who has arthritis in her hands, bought a new handset and was told she could swap it if it was not suitable.
She claims the store agreed over the phone that Martha could exchange it for the bigger Samsung Galaxy s9000.
When Martha, 63, went to get the new, more expensive phone, the manager said he knew nothing of the agreement.
The Samsung Galaxy s9000 is a popular handset and no retailers currently give it away.
The phone is available on contract with the major suppliers.
Martha said: “To me, they promised something and went back on it and that’s wrong. You don’t do that to somebody.” Martha was infuriated as she had asked the assistant to confirm the deal would go-ahead several times over the phone.
She arranged to make a two-hour round trip to Cheltenham when he was working. But Martha said when she arrived the manager refused to allow the deal to go through.
Martha, who originally comes from America, said: “I asked the shop assistant if he needed to write it down because I was worried this might happen.
He said it would be fine.
“They made a commitment.
To me, a verbal agreement is the same as a written one, especially when it is repeated.” After offering Martha alternatives they eventually told her if she wanted the phone but didn’t want to pay a higher monthly tariff, she would have to buy the phone separately.
She said: “I said I wouldn’t mind paying a bit towards the phone but they wanted Pounds 380.
“I told them ‘you’ve got to be nuts’ I can’t afford it.” Despite being a customer for a number of years, Martha has now had her contract cancelled with immediate effect.
She has since found the phone cheaper online but wants to highlight her experience.
3 Mobile declined to comment when contacted by the Echo yesterday.
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The global mobile phone market grew 17.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2010 as consumers ditched their old phones and opted for one of the many new affordable smartphones appearing in the market.
“Mobile phone users are eager to swap out older devices for ones that handle data as well as voice, which is driving growth and replacement cycles,” said Kevin Restivo, senior research analyst with IDC’s Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker.
Device shipments rose to 401.4 million units in 2010′s fourth quarter, up from 2009′s fourth quarter figures of around 340.5 million shipments.
In the western world there is a strong consumer movement towards smartphones, but in emerging markets low-cost feature phone makers such as China’s ZTE are seeing their piece of the pie expand.
ZTE leapfrogged over handset makers such as Motorola, Sony Ericsson and Research in Motion (RIM) to claim the number 4 position worldwide for the first time during the quarter – but analysts with IDC are not sure how long the company will retain its current position.
“Change-up among the number four and five vendors could be a regular occurrence this year,” said Ramon Llamas, senior research analyst with IDC’s Mobile Devices Technology and Trends team in a report released January 27.
“Motorola, Research In Motion, and Sony Ericsson, all vendors with a tight focus on the fast-growing smartphone market who had ranked among the top five worldwide vendors during 2010 are well within striking distance to move back into the top five list.”
Consumers in the market for a new mobile phone will continue to be seduced by the extra features found on smartphones in the years to come says IDC. This trend will boost smartphone submarket shipments by 43.7 percent year over year in 2011.
In the Asia-Pacific region low-cost feature phones and high-end smartphones flew off the shelves. Smartphones were exceedingly popular in Korea, accounting for two-thirds of phones shipped during the fourth quarter of 2010.
The iPhone 4 HTC Desire, Nokia N8, Samsung Galaxy S and BlackBerry 8520 were Western Europe’s top-selling handsets.
Apple and RIM lead the mobile phone market in the United States while smartphones from Nokia RIM, Samsung and Huawei helped boost the current social networking and messaging trends in Latin America.
Top Five Mobile Phone Vendors and their global market share in 4Q10
1. Nokia – 30.8%
2. Samsung – 20.1%
3. LG Electronics – 7.6%
4. ZTE – 4.2%
5. Apple – 4.0%
Others – 33.2%
T-Mobile G2 Android 2.2 Handset shows off On Best Buy
Android handsets come in all shapes and sizes but just like every type of electronic, you’re going to be paying a premium for the higher end devices. One example of this is the T-Mobile G2 – a follow up to the very first commercially available Android powered device dubbed the T-Mobile G1. Well, Best Buy has uncovered the mesmerizing T-Mobile G2 mobile phone.
Powered by Android 2.2, the offering comes equipped with a full slide-out QWERTY keypad and enticing Swype texting technology. The device functions seamlessly since it comes integrated with a Lithium-ion battery and a handy charger. The battery is capable of delivering around 4.5 hours of talktime and 13 days of standby time. The Bluetooth-enabled phone helps users effortlessly save their most liked photos and videos using the integrated microSD card slot. Owners can capture memorable moments using the built-in 5MP camera with 720p video capture, auto-focus and LED flash.
Featuring 20 Google applications, the newest phone delights users who are always on-the-move with MP3 playback and hands-free speakerphone. Further, the handset comes packed with a 3.5mm stereo headset.
Seeing how it’s one of T-Mobile’s higher end smartphones it’s no surprise that it normally retails for around $199.99.
Sharp enters mobile handset market
KOLJATA: Sharp Business Systems India, Indian subsidiary for Japan-based Sharp Corporation,
on Monday said it is looking forward to opportunities in mobile handset market and solar power business — new areas of high growth in India.
Talking to newspersons here on Monday, Sunil Kumar Sinha, Managing Director of the company said, “Our new solar power and mobile handset businesses will help us grow several folds in the years to come.”
The company has entered Indian mobile phone handset market by launching 4 handsets, named – Alice, Blink, Tango and Cyborg. The company targets to sell one million handsets in the country within April 2011.
He said 74 per cent of Indian mobile phone handset market has been captured by the mobile phones priced around `5,000. Since the mobile handsets launched by the company in the Indian market is priced between `6,500 and `18,000, the company expects to get a market share of three per cent out of the rest 26 per cent of Indian mobile handset market in the next one year.
He said the company would import mobile handsets for now. When asked whether Sharp Business System Indian would set up unit to manufacture mobile phones in India, Sinha said, “India is a large country and any global company can not rule out setting up manufacturing base here.”
With the launch of mobile handsets, the company seeks to strengthen its focus on the consumer products category. Currently Sharp Business Systems has a turnover of `400 crore and is expected to increase to `500 crore by March 2011, he said.
Versace mobile handset makes India debut, priced Rs 4.25 lakh
As global luxury brands continue to rush to tap the Indian market, Italian fashion house Versace’s high-end mobile phones today entered into the country with a price tag of up to Rs 4.25 lakh.
Versace’s exclusive Indian franchisee Delhi-based Blues Clothing Company (BCC) said the phones will be sold at eight points of sales in metros at ‘Versace Boutique’ and ‘Versace Collection’ stores.
“We are very bullish about the new range of Versace mobile phones in India. There is a market for such premium products here,” BCC Executive Director Abhay Gupta said.
The company has launched two variants of ‘Versace Unique’ mobile phones in different colours priced at Rs 3,95,000 and 4,25,000, he added.
The device boasts of features such as 3G compatibility, ceramic frame with an 18K gold and a five megapixel camera among others.
The Versace Unique, made by South Korean handset vendor LG, was announced officially earlier this year.
BCC is exclusive franchisee for a host of other luxury brands, including Italy’s leading names — Versace Collection, Corneliani, Cadini, VJC and Gianni Versace.
India has been attracting lot of high-end luxury brands and products. Recently, Volkswagen Group company Bugatti Automobiles launched its ‘Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport’ sports car priced at Rs 16 crore.
Even Swiss watchmaker Audermars Piguet launched its new collection here with a single timepiece priced up to Rs 2.1 crore.
According to a recent CII-A.T Kearney report the luxury market in India is likely to touch USD 14.7 billion by 2015.
Watford, Uk, October 29, 2010:
The mobile phone deals offers you a chance to have the mobile phone of your choice at such price that everybody, even a student can afford these high end featured mobile handsets.
With the advent of technology, the mobile phone technology is also going to improved. Now mobile hones are not only used for the conversation between two persons only, but also it is being used for the entertainment purpose. The modern mobile handsets has many features making them perfect communication device. But additional technologies also increasing their price and many mobile phone has became out of reach of a common man. So what, you do not have need to worry about the price, the mobile phone deals are provide solution of this problem. Now, you can go for any mobile handset available in the market with these deals. There are many type of deals present like contract mobile phone deals, Pay As You Go (PAYG) deals, SIM Only deals, SIM Free deals. These deals are provided by all the network providers like Vodafone, Virgin, O2, Orange, Three, T-Mobile and many others. You can go through various web sites to have the best mobile phone deal.
In the contract mobile phone deals you have to sign a contract with the service provider and you can not violate the contract within the contract period which could be of 6 month, 12 month, 24 months or much more. In these deals you have to sticked up with the operator, but if you have became bored with your previous handset you can go for mobile phone upgrade deals where you can replace your existing mobile handset with the latest handset. You can compare these deals on various web portals and choose the best mobile phone deal for you. You get many incentives with these deals like free minutes, free texts, free data usage and much more.
In the PAYG mobile phone deals you get SIM with the handset but you do not have to pay any monthly rental to the service as in the contract mobile phone deals. You can limit your monthly mobile phone expenses as in the PAYG deals first you recharge your mobile phone and you get certain talk time then you can use that talk time according to your need. Whenever you are out of your talk time you can recharge your mobile phone and go ahead. These PAYG deals are also provided by all leading operators and you can opt for the best deal for you. You also get many freebies with these deals.
In the SIM free you have the freedom to switch over your current service any time the only difference in these deals is that in SIM free deals you get only handset and in the SIM only deals you get only SIM card. These type of deals are best for the students and for those people who travels on frequent basis.
KARACHI (October 21, 2010) : Nokia on Wednesday launched a new messaging handset called “Nokia C3″ in Pakistan. The set is built with social networking features with a full QWERTY keyboard. New launch is first Nokia device the world’s most popular mobile phone platform of Series 40. It enables users to view, post comment, share locations and even update their status on social networks such as Facebook and Twitter from their home screen.
Nokia C3 offers more features of a smartphone to its users at lower prices. To maximise the connectivity experience, Nokia is for the first time collaborating with a local telecom service provider – Ufone to bring free data bundles for all Ufone customers with the purchase of every C3 phone. The free data bundle would allow Ufone customers to enjoy unlimited internet access, Ovi services, email and chat on their social and work life.
Speaking at the launching ceremony held at a local hotel, Product and Portfolio Manager, Pakistan and Afghanistan Khurram Pradhan said, “Today Nokia is proud to present its C3 device in Pakistan. The new Nokia C3 has taken Nokia a step closer to its vision of bringing to the market, feature rich phones at more affordable prices. Our consumer survey has revealed that affordability is a major issue for Pakistani consumers, they want to have more variety in their mobile phone. Nokia C3 is the most affordable QWERTY phone to date which has in store not just the ultimate messaging experience but also the ease of staying connected with your social circle via web.”
“Our messaging device range is very successful,” said head of Marketing, Nokia Pakistan and Afghanistan Haseeb Ihtisham. “People want the best messaging and social networking experiences on an affordable device. Nokia is constantly striving to bring the best for its consumers in terms of both devices and solutions. The Nokia C3 will enhance the youth lifestyle of being connected all the time with facebook and IM at the most affordable price,” he added.
Copyright Business Recorder, 2010
Videocon Mobile Phones announced its foray into the growing Android phone market with the launch of ‘Zeus’, priced at Rs 12,900.
The handset is equipped with Android operating system, a 3.2-inch multi-touch screen, five megapixel camera and Wi-Fi.
“Indian mobile phone market today is very dynamic and price sensitive. With the new launches, we try to get interesting new elements in the industry and are very positive that it will create the desired newness in the industry,” Rahul Goel, COO, Videocon Mobile Phones said.
Android is an open-source operating system for mobiles and wireless devices, initially developed by Google, which allows developers to design applications independent of the handset type. It allows users to download over 70,000 applications like games, music, music players and location-based services.
Handset makers like HTC, Samsung, Motorola and Spice have already launched Android-powered phones in India, with more companies looking to joining the bandwagon soon. Many players like Dell have also introduced tablet PCs based on the platform.
According to research firm Gartner, Android operating system comprised 17.2 per cent share of the global smartphone market for the quarter ended June 2010, third after Symbian and Research in Motion.
LG’s Optimus 7 (aka the LG E900) has arrived, taking its place amongst a wave of new smartphones running on Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows Phone 7 (WP7).
The device is LG’s first mobile phone to run on WP7 and is the result of close collaboration between the two companies.
The Optimus 7 is packed with the company’s “exclusive” features says LG, features that include LG’s “Play-To” DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance)-based technology, augmented reality and Voice-to-Text translation.
Play-To makes it possible to instantly share and transfer multimedia files (including 720p HD videos, high-resolution photos and music files) between the Optimus 7 and DLNA compliant digital devices with just a flick of a finger.
“The Voice-to-Text feature will be a godsend for text addicts,” said LG in an October 11 announcement, “allowing voice to text transcribing for Facebook and Twitter updates, emails or memos for a convenient hands free experience.”
The QWERTY slider has a 3.8 inch capacitive LCD display with 800 x 400 pixels, a 5 MP camera with LED Flash and 720p video recording, 16GB of internal memory, an accelerometer, proximity sensor and ambient light sensor, and access to Microsoft’s Xbox LIVE and Zune services.
Manufacturers such as Samsung, HTC, Asus and Dell are putting their final touches on WP7 devices. Meanwhile Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is getting ready to unveil further details about the WP7 launch at a press conference in New York on October 11.
Interested consumers can watch the Microsoft and Windows Phone 7 press conference live on Monday October 11 at 9:30 AM EDT (1:30 PM GMT) here: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/presskits/windowsphone/
The Optimus 7 will start shipping in the fourth quarter of 2010. Pricing information has not been revealed.