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IS The HTC Dual Core Android Smartphone Due At The MWC?

The latest rumor to have surfaced is the launch of the HTC dual core smartphone – Pyramid. We know that the Mobile World Congress (MWC) is going to be held at Barcelona from the 14th of February to the 17th. We have heard rumors about the launch of several smartphones and tablets at that event. Well, the latest and the hottest rumor is about Pyramid though.

Several technology blogs have already reported that the Taiwan based company would be launching Pyramid at the MWC and this phone also runs on Google’s Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS. As of now, the technical specifications of Pyramid remain a mystery. Again only rumors, the phone is ging to possess a 4.3″ touchscreen display and a 1.2GHz Qualcomm processor.

Pyramid is expected to be launched in May this year and T-Mobile is supposedly going to market this smartphone.

Will Android 2.4 Experience Honeycomb?

Android 2.4, rumored to be Google’s updated OS for smartphones might get a chance to experience some of the features of Android 3.0, popularly known as Honeycomb. Right now Android 3.0 is only being used on Google oriented tablets. But, rumors have been around for a while now that the work on Android 2.4 – codename Ice Cream Sandwich has already begun and Google is trying to get some of it’s tablet features on to their smartphones.

It is not clear yet if the supposed Android 2.4 is called Ice Cream Sandwich, but Android smartphone users are definitely eager about this newer version. As of now, there is no clarity about the features that would be available on 2.4. It is expected that the notifications system and UI elements are going to be present. Although, there are rumors about Renderscrip and hardware accelaration as well.

Android Market Web Store – Should Apple Begin To Fear?

The Android Market Web store which is an updated version of the previous Android application store was launched a couple of days earlier. The main idea behind this update is Goolge’s attempt to overthrow the App store possessed by Apple. The new Android 3.0 or the Honeycomb as it has been codenamed has more reasons to smile now that millions of users are eager to lay their hands on Android tablets as well.

One of the benefits that Honeycomb is going to offer is the ability to sync all the applications that you possess on your Android handset on to the tablet. Also, this process is simple and does not consume much time. The second benefit is the market.android.com web store that Google has started. Using this, one can download applications not just to one device of theirs but to as many devices they want to.

So, what would Apple have to come up with next other than their 1OS 4.3 beta update?

Apple iPad 2 Announcement Expected Next Week?

If the rumor is to be believed, Apple will be unveiling the successor to iPad at a special media event next week. The rumor has been reported by Macnotes.de and they have kept thier sources’ names under cover making it difficult for one to believe if the rumor is indeed true. But, just to brighten things up, it has always been a tactic of Apple to maintain absolute secrecy about any upcoming products and of theirs and their successors. So, iPad 2 may just be around the corner.

Also, keeping the past in mind, Apple unveiled its iPhone to public eye five months before its actual market release and the iPad three months prior to its release. But, when Apple launched the first generation of any of its products, there was no competition whatsoever. Things are a bit different now, which makes the rumor even more believable.

Nintendo 3DS Preorder Price – Only 200£

Yes, what you see is true. The <Nintendo 3DS preorder price is going to be 199.99£ at Sainsbury’s. The Nintendo 3DS which many gamers are eagerly looking forward to is the costliest hand held gaming console ever with the price situated at 229£. So, when compared to the original price, Sainsbury’s is doing the console for 30£ less on preorders which is actually a nice bargain on itself. Sainsbury is also rewarding 1000 nectar points on every preordered 3DS console which can be later redeemed in their store.

The 3DS which is being launched on the 25th of March would come with a pair of 3D glasses as well which would take three dimensional gaming to the next level. The Nintendo 3DS will be making use of a Pica 200 3D graphics engine and can run up to the speeds of 400MHz/sec. Also, the screen resolution of this console has been improved dramatically.

Sainsbury has already started taking orders.

iPad 2 Prototype Spotted?

An iPad 2 prototype was spotted at the launch of the digital newspaper, The Daily yesterday. The global news agency Reuters has reported that the prototype of the second generation was carried at the launch. Apparently, according to the eye witness, the prototype was a working one and it also possesses a front camera. If the news is to be believed, it is evident that Apple would be launching the successor with the capacity to make video calls and video chat.

As of now there has been no official comment about the same from either the News Corp. who launched the digital paper or from Apple Inc. itself. As of now, we know that Apple is intensely trying to thin the iPad 2, so that it gets light, but also it does not want to compromise on the robustness.

Fingers crossed!

Feb 2, 2011
Anand Srinivasan

Samsung Galaxy S 4G and G-Slate – T-Mobile to Launch Them In Spring

T-Mobile has announced that the Galaxy S 4G, a successor of the Samsung Vibrant phone will be launched sometime during this month and the LG G-Slate is scheduled for a spring launch. While the Galaxy S 4G supports the 4GHSPA technology provided by T-Mobile which provides internet speeds at a ten times faster rate when compared to 3G, the G-Slate boasts of never before seen 3D recording and playing back capabilities on Google’s Android platform.

The battery life of Galaxy S is more promising when compared to its predecessor and the LG tablet boasts of an 8.9″ wide screen. Although 3D glasses would be required to watch the playback on the tablet. T-Mobile’s news about the launch comes only a couple of weeks before the Mobile World Congress.

Now that many of world’s leading technology manufacturers are gearing up for the WMC, these two gadgets are sure a stand out from the rest.

LG 3D Smartphone To Be Unveiled at The MWC

LG is all set to unveil the first full 3D smartphone in the world at the Mobile World Congress that is going to be held in Barcelona from the 14th of February to the 17th. With the launch of this smartphone Optimus, LG would become the first ever manufacturer in the world to have achieved this feat. The biggest issue that plagues the 3D market at the moment is the lack of content and Optimus is going to be an answer to this problem.

A few technical specifications of the device that came to be known were the presence of a dual lens camera that will help shoot ad record in 3D. Also, the view panel would not require any 3D glasses as such for experiencing the effect and other options like HDMI and sharing of the 3D content. No further details have been divulged by LG yet. Meanwhile, LG’s tablet G-Slate is also due in March.

Looks like Apple, Nokia have another competitor.

Feb 2, 2011
Anand Srinivasan

Hogging The Limelight of Android 3.0 – Is Apple Doing A Microsoft?

With both Samsung and Motorola ready to unveil their next Android 3.0 Honeycomb sensations in the next couple of weeks, we begin to get leaked news from various sources reporting the launch of iPad 2 and the iPhone 5. If we observe carefully, we can observe a kind of ‘Microsoftism’ in these tactics. Back in the nineties, Microsoft was always leaking news about a compelling upcoming product of theirs a day or two before IBM or Novell had a launch planned. To be honest, this actually works wonderfully well, especially for Apple’s merchandise.

One would certainly want to wait another month or two to get his/her hands on an iPad 2 rather than an Android. But, all said and done, Google is enjoying a dream run with their Android OS and the results are evident with Android overtaking Symbian as the world’s most popular phone OS.

Now that the dirty games have started, the war is certainly going to spice up.

Apple iPad 2 Release Expected in both CDMA and GSM Versions?

Another pulsating rumor that has just surfaced is the production of two second generation iPad versions – CDMA and GSM. While the CDMA version is going to use a Qualcomm chip, the GSM version will make use of a Infineon chip. Apple Inc. is expected to launch the iPad 2 in the first quarter of 2011, reported a website from Taiwan. This news comes just in the wake of the World Mobile Congress that is going to take place in Barcelona from February 14-17 this year. At this Congress, both Motorola and Samsung are expected to launch their respective Xoom and Galaxy 2 tablets that run on Google’s Android OS.

Though no official confirmation of the news about the launch is available from Apple yet, it is being rumored that the production of 2nd generation iPads is already on the way and around 5 million units are expected to be produced during the first quarter.

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