Archives for November 2010

Sony Ericsson X8 Android 2.1 Update

The Sony Ericsson X8 came with just Android 1.6 installed. Sony Ericsson has now announced that Android 2.1 is beginning to roll out to the smartphone although it is going out in various stages rather than all at the same time.

The roll-out is based on serial numbers. Rather than list all the SI numbers, you can visit the Sony Ericsson product blog to get a list of those numbers that are already getting the update. If your phone isn’t listed then you’ll need to wait a little longer. [Read more…]

Sharp Galapagos Launching December 10

Sharp is about to launch the Sharp Galapagos range of tablets. Problem here is that they will only be going to Japan. When they launch on December 10 they will have a price tag of $474 and $653 (both at todays exchange rate) for the 5.5 inch and 10.8 inch models respectively.

The smaller 5.5 inch model has a resolution of 1024 by 600 pixels, while the larger model has 1366 x 800 pixels. [Read more…]

Samsung Super AMOLED Production up 10X Next Year

Samsung is starting up a new production line for creating displays in May 2011. This new production line will see the production of Super AMOLED displays vastly increase.

From what we are hearing today, Samsung has been getting the highest profit margins of any of the display manufacturers worldwide. The company is reporting $900m in sales with a 10.5% operating margin. A lot of this is expected to be generated by the Super AMOLED screens that were added to the Galaxy S Class of smartphones. [Read more…]

Samsung Nexus S Arrives at FCC Again

The Samsung Nexus S has reappeared at the FCC again, but this time has a couple of new antennas.

Rumors originally hinted that the Nexus S could be getting a dual-core processor although this second trip to the FCC now suggests that this wont happen. [Read more…]

Angry Birds Christmas Edition Free Upgrade from Halloween Edition

We recently heard about the Angry Birds Christmas Edition launching in the next week or so. A number of people guessed that it would have the usual price tag of 99 cents to buy it. We now hear, from Rovio, that the Christmas Edition will actually be a free upgrade for those who have already purchased the Halloween edition of the game.

As well as the game being made for iOS based devices, a Christmas Edition for compatible Android devices is also being made available. [Read more…]

iPhone 3G & 3GS Redsn0w Download Now Ready

Yesterday saw the launch of the new PwnageTool 4.1.3 Unlock Edition. This particular tool is now used to start the unlock process on your old baseband iPhone 4 (01.59.00), iPhone 3G and 3GS on various basebands. Make sure you read the instructions before running to grab Ultrasn0w as the new Ultrasn0w 1.2 version doesn’t work out of the box for those on the 05.14 or 05.15 basebands.

Today, we now see the launch of the Redsn0w tool and it is now available for download. It works in a similar way to the PwnageTool whereby you need to create a custom firmware build with the iPad 3.2.2 baseband mixed in to unlock the iPhone. For those that need or prefer the Redsn0w tool, you can grab all the instructions on how to run and unlock your iPhone from here. [Read more…]

iPhone 3G & 3GS Unlock Getting Ready for Launch

The iPhone Dev-Team has just announced in a blog post that Ultrasn0w is about to be updated to Ultrasn0w 1.2 (any moment now). The new 1.2 version is capable of unlocking an iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS on (as well as older baseband iPhone 4) running the following basebands…

iPhone 4 baseband 01.59.00 and iPhone 3G/3GS basebands 04.26.08, 05.11.07, 05.12.01, 05.13.04 and now 06.15.00

One thing you might note here is that 05.14 and 05.15 is missing from the list. Luckily there is a way around this where you download the iPad iOS 3.2.2 firmware and use the PwnageTool 4.1.3 Unlock Edition to update the baseband to 06.15.00. This baseband is unlockable by the Ultrasn0w 1.2 tool. [Read more…]

Microsoft Respond to Windows Phone 7 Unlock Tool

Yesterday, a new tool was launched that allows you to unlock a feature on Windows Phone 7 smartphones. Once unlocked, you gain the ability to sideload apps as though you were a developer.

Microsoft [MSFT] has now officially responded. In simple form, they advice against doing it.

“We anticipated that people would attempt to unlock the phones and explore the underlying operating system. We encourage people to use their Windows Phone as supplied by the manufacturer to ensure the best possible user experience. Attempting to unlock a device could void the warranty, disable phone functionality, interrupt access to Windows Phone 7 services or render the phone permanently unusable.”

[Read more…]

Playstation Phone Details Leak

More details about the Playstation Phone from Sony Ericsson have leaked. The details were leaked to Mobile Crunch who heard that the Playstation Phone was very real.

A few other details mentioned about the device include the screen being on par with the iPhone 4 retina display perhaps with some BRAVIA technology being pushed in there by Sony. We also hear that the device is nowhere near ready and that it might be ready for February to be launched at Mobile World Congress. [Read more…]

iPhone Tethering on iOS 4.2.1 Locked on iPhone 3G

Apple launched iOS 4.2.1 at the beginning of this week. Some people running it on an iPhone 3G are reporting issues when the iPhone has been unlocked to use on another network. When doing that, the Internet Tethering option in some cases is removed.

This, of course, is for those running an iPhone 3G that has been officially unlocked as there is no unofficial unlock available just yet for those running iOS 4.2.1. [Read more…]

Apple Shipping 1 Million MacBooks Per Month

Reports from Digitimes indicate that Apple [AAPL] is now shipping around 1 million MacBooks per month for this quarter. About 20 – 25% of those sales are believed to be the new MacBook Airs that launched a few weeks ago.

The sources cited IDC’s figures and pointed out that Apple’s combined shipments for the first three quarters of 2010 reached about 6.88 million units, and its global notebook market share rose from 3.7% in the first quarter to 5.2% in the third, while its market share in the US market surged from 6.7% to 12.6%.

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Apple iPad 2 With Retina Display, 2 Cameras and FaceTime Hinted

The Apple iPad 2 release date is expected to be 1 year from the original iPad release date, making it early April 2011. We continue to hear rumours about what will be included in the iPad 2 such as a second dock connector on the landscape side, a better screen, more RAM, smaller screen etc…

Some features that we expect to see include some kind of Retina Display, perhaps not with that title but at least a screen with a pixel density that matches the current Retina Display. We think the screen size will stay the same. We think one camera (perhaps 2) might be included with the front facing camera specifically being used for FaceTime calls. A 3 axis gyro is also a possibility. Basically, you only need to look at how the iPhone advances and then attach that technology to the iPad… and then extra technology is then attached back to the next gen iPhone and so forth. [Read more…]