Who doesn’t know about the award winning HTC Desire? The mobile phone of the year award winner has been one of the most sought after smartphones back in 2010. However, since it has been more than a year since the smartphone was launched, it is in need of the latest software updates from Google. Sadly, its 2.3 Gingerbread update has been delayed once more.
According to 3 Mobile, the Taiwanese-made smartphone will not receive the 2.3 update despite setting a deadline for May. This announcement was made on the network operator’s Twitter account, expressing its apologies to its users for the delay.
The Tweet reads, ”Re HTC Desire 2.3: Very sorry to say that HTC hasn’t been able to meet the late May timings that were set. We’re awaiting extra info, more news soon.”
This has caused frustration among the smartphone’s users. Many smartphones by HTC have received the update or come pre-installed with Gingerbread. These smartphones include the HTC Desire S, the Incredible S, the Wildfire S, and of course the Sensation. Furthermore, the network operator was first unsure when the update would roll out. It then announced that the update would possibly arrive late in April. This was delayed and pushed to the start of May, then the end of May. Until now, there are still no updates.
We are unsure what caused the delays, but Three is fast to point the finger at the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer HTC. There have been reports that HTC has been working on the update and is planning to roll it out by June. When exactly this June is unclear, but we’ll let you know once we get the official scoop. Until then, you’ll have to wait a little longer to enjoy more from an enhanced virtual keyboard, copy/paste options, and so much more.
Apple has just confirmed that its developers responsible for the iPod and iTunes have been working on their up and coming cloud streaming service. However, this might mean that we’ll have to wait for the highly awaited iPhone 5 (or iPhone 4S) a little bit longer.
The Cupertino firm says that it will unveil the “iCloud” service on its yearly even the Worldwide Developers Conference, which will be held in San Francisco. The conference has long been the place where Apple reveals its next generation iPhone. However, it looks like their main focus will be on software on this year’s event.
Past reports suggested that Apple has been closing hush-hush deals with major record labels Warner, Sony, and EMI. This will allow Apple’s users access to a vast amount of music from the labels.
Google and Amazon have released similar services. Google recently launched its Music Beta, and Amazon has launched the Amazon Cloud. Google’s Music beta has a total of 20,000 tracks in its service. However, this is exclusive to US customers for now.
Apple’s iCloud on its annual WWDC might mean that we will have to wait for the smartphone a little bit longer. However, there is speculation that the 5th generation iPhone will come with native iCloud integration. Does this mean that launching of the music streaming service will coincide with the launching of the said smartphone?
Apple did say that aside from the scheduled agenda, they are about to unveil a surprise. We’re unsure what this surprise may be, but we’re hoping this is the unveiling of their much awaited iPhone 5.
It all seems to be about pre-ordering at the moment with UK retailers adding deals for the latest phone models which includes the ever first 3D mobile phone to hit UK shores in the form of the new LG Optimus 3D.
This new offering from LG is the first of two confirmed mobile phones to feature new 3D screen technology that does not require you to wear glasses to enjoy 3D effects, the LG Optimus 3D is to be joined shortly by the HTC Evo 3D with more handsets sporting this new technology to be confirmed by rival manufacturers soon.
The LG Optimus 3D has been released on O2 and Orange deals already and now there is a range of competitive Vodafone deals available for this new phone, you can now order the Optimus 3D on no less than 40 Vodafone pay monthly contract tariffs and the great news is that for just £30 per month line rental you could own this latest piece of tech with no upfront cost!
Choose from 4 different Vodafone deals at £30 per month which all offer the LG Optimus 3D free of charge, our favourite deal includes 300 minutes, unlimited text and 500MB of internet access every month as well as a handy 5 months half price line rental by redemption.
So what’s all the fuss about 3D mobile phones?
Check out the Massive Screen!
Measuring up at a huge 4.3 inches, users certainly won’t be disappointed with the size of the screen. Within the dimensions of the screen, a resolution of 480x 800 ensures top notch display quality, backed up with the ability to display a whopping 16 million individual colours. In order to create the 3D effect, LG has utilised some very clever technology.
The screen essentially has two layers, each projecting the same image but at different depths. This “tricks” the users’ eyes in to thinking that it is in fact a 3D image on the screen. So how does this technology apply to daily use? For starters, you are able to view images and videos in 3D. Alongside this, the LG 3D user interface offers an interactive and engaging experience, which is a world away from the standard smartphone user interface.
As well as the 3D technology, the screen on the LG Optimus 3D also comes with specifications you would expect to find on any other smartphone; accelerometer sensor, proximity sensor, gyro sensor, and the standard Android shortcut keys.
Shoot, Snap and Record in Amazing 3D!
Obviously, a 3D smartphone wouldn’t be very effective without a camera with the 3D technology built in. The Camera on the Optimus 3D has the ability to both take 3D images as well as shoot video footage in 3D. The camera itself uses what is known as “stereoscopic” technology. This works in very much the same way as the screen; it focuses on 2 points at different distances. When these are displayed simultaneously, the users’ eyes perceive it as a single 3D image.
The two rear facing cameras operate at 5 megapixels, so you can expect superb quality images. When filming video footage, the LG Optimus 3D can capture 3D in 720p high definition. Should users wish to shoot standard 2D video, they can enjoy full 1080p video capture.
It’s not just about 3D Technology!
Aside from its abilities as a 3D smartphone, the LG Optimus 3D has a number of specifications which the majority of its competition does not. For example, the handset boasts a dual-core processor. This offers outstanding performance, and this technology is only found on a small number of smartphones at the time of writing. In fact, the LG also released the LG Optimus 2X which was the first smartphone ever to incorporate a dual-core processor.
Version 2.2 of the increasingly popular Android OS offers users a versatile smartphone experience and allows additional apps to be downloaded from the Android Market. This is upgradeable to version 2.3. Super fast Wi-Fi and 3G internet browsing is also offered by the device, along with a number of impressive multimedia functions.
Several media formats are supported by the phone, and there is a generous 8GB of internal storage at the users’ disposal (along with microSD slot which can accommodate a card of up to 32GB), and an HDMI port which allows users to connect the phone to a compatible TV.
As you can see, the LG Optimus 3D offers much more than just 3D technology, but it is certainly a major selling point of the device. If you like to have the most up to date technology, or simply want a phone which is offers something different, the Optimus 3D is the ideal choice.
O2 have today released the exclusive white edition of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play across their entire range of pay monthly contract deals, mimicking the fantastic features andd esign of the original black model the new Sony Ericsson Xperia Play White edition also includes a docking station in white delivered with the phone.
White Sony Ericsson Xperia Play deals start with line rental on the lowest tariff at £13.50 per month and you can order a free white Xperia Play from just £37 on the O2 900 + Unlimited + 500MB tariff, best of all the deal not only includes the free white multimedia dock but also 10 free games to get you started with your new white Playstation phone.
Pick from top titles including Assassin’s Creed: Altair’s Chronicles, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Conviction, Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus, Real Football 2011 and Brothers in Arms 2 for your 3 bonus games on top of 7 already pre-installed on your new phone.
Slide out gamepad with a digital D pad, two analogue touchpads, two shoulder buttons and the four PlayStation icons; circle, cross, square and triangle. The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is perfect for gaming on the go.
The White Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play comes with the latest version of Android’s operating system 2.3, making the XPERIA PLAY not only an iconic gaming handset with all the Smartphone functionality you could need.
The XPERIA PLAY will provide 6 games free of charge including popular titles like FIFA 10 as well as those must have retro titles such as Tetris.
The network roll-out of the new HTC ChaCha continues with T-Mobile deals now being released for this qwerty Facebook phone, offering both touch screen and keypad input the ChaCha also features the new and unique Facebook button that helps you share information more easily.
HTC ChaCha deals on T-Mobile offer this latest HTC phone free of charge on every single pay monthly contract tariff, this means that you can pick up a free ChaCha phone from as little as just £15.32 per month on a choice of four different packages. Our pick of these four is the T-Mobile 20 + Internet at £15 tariff which gives you 500MB of internet access which is essential if you want to get the best out of this cute little Android phone.
The HTC ChaCha is one of two new HTC phones to feature the new physical Facebook button with the HTC Salsa being the other which is due for release shortly, the Salsa offers a full touch screen experience as opposed to the convenience of the touch screen and qwerty keypad of the ChaCha which may be better for many just entering the touch screen mobile phone arena.
Although not as powerful as some of HTC’s latest releases such as the HTC Desire S or HTC Sensation, the ChaCha packs in the same Android operating system giving you the same amount of access to those wonderful new apps via the Android Market and even sports the same 5.0 mega pixel camera as the Desire S.
If your friends are your life then the ChaCha mobile phone is for you. With built in Facebook widgets and apps you’re loved ones are never more than a tap of the touchscreen or click of the QWERTY keyboard away.
There’s even a context sensitive Facebook button that sits towards the bottom of the keyboard and lights up when you need to ‘Facebook’ something straight away. This is always handy when uploading pictures or videos from the built in 5.0 megapixel camera.
You don’t have to just use Facebook though, the HTC ChaCha can quickly surf through other websites with the built in Wi-Fi or HSDPA which look great on the 2.6 inch touchscreen. And if you need to be entertained, then the latest Android operating system (Gingerbread) offers you a world of features, widgets and fantastic apps.
Whether you’re checking in, chilling out or catching up, the ChaCha brings the complete Facebook experience straight to your pocket.