Tuesday, 30 November 2010

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US Update: Playstation Move, Windows Phone 7, LG Star

Posted: 30 Nov 2010 07:00 PM PST

US Update: Playstation Move, Windows Phone 7, LG StarStarting off December on the right foot is that daily morning recap we like to call the US Update. Breaking headlines and hearts this morning is Playstation Move and Windows Phone 7 sales data, followed by some new shot of the LG Star and more.

The Playstation Move has officially silenced the competition as Sony confirmed they've sold a jaw-dropping 4.1 million units since launch. Windows Phone 7 sales numbers are starting to become a bit more clear as nearly 135,000 Facebook users rely on Windows Phone devices.

The LG Star, that Tegra 2 packing monster, is back in the headlines today as new photos have surfaced on the web. A new study from GfK reveals that Apple has the most loyal smartphone fans — should Android be worried?

T-mobile Samsung Galaxy S owners will be waking up to fresh taste of Froyo as Android 2.2 updates should be rolling out any moment.

That wraps up things this fine morning from the states. Thanks for spending your morning with us as we break the headlines fresh off the press from our side of the world. Until tomorrow, this is Nick saying over and out.

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T-mobile Samsung Galaxy S lands Android 2.2 update

Posted: 30 Nov 2010 06:00 PM PST

T-mobile Samsung Galaxy S lands Android 2.2 updatePut on your dancing shoes, it's time to celebrate. Samsung Galaxy S owners roaming the world on T-mobile will be getting a taste of of Froyo goodness starting tomorrow, with the Android 2.2 update.

Compliments of the T-mobile Support forums, we are please to confirm the Android 2.2 update should be rolling out to Samsung Galaxy S handsets as we speak. In the even that the update is not rolling out Over The Air (OTA), T-mobile has advised us a download will be available via Samsung KIES.

Here's the official word from T-mobile support, ""The aim was and still is to have the FOTA update available at some point today. If for reasons outwith our control we are unable to have a FOTA update process fully functioning by close of play today, then we will make the update available for download via Samsung KIES tomorrow (Dec 1st)"

Let us know if you have received the update for your Samsung Galaxy S and if so feel free to send over some photos, we'd love to take a look.

via CoolSmartPhone

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Apple: the last loyal smartphone customers?

Posted: 30 Nov 2010 05:00 PM PST

Apple: the last loyal smartphone customers?Keeping your options open for your next smartphone purchase? A GfK survey found that 56 percent of smartphone owners in key global markets are keeping their options open when it comes to their next smartphone purchase. Is the iPhone the last good apple in the bunch?

Loyalty and smartphones is not quite synonymous as they once were back in the Windows Mobile hayday. With RIM, Apple, Nokia, Google and Microsoft duking it out for market share, the stakes are high as the demand for smartphones is expected to grow exponentially in 2011. In fact, GfK reports that 37 percent of cell phone owners in Brazil, Germany, Spain, Britain, the US and China plan on upgrading to a smartphone on their next purchase.

The survey found that just 25 percent of smartphone owners planned to stay loyal to the OS running on their phone, with loyalty highest among Apple users at 59 percent. We'd reckon that a F+ is not exactly passing with flying colors, but it starts to look better when you compare that score to the rest of the group.

BlackBerry users finished in second place with 35 percent saying they would remain loyal, followed by Google Android at 28 percent and Nokia Symbian at 24 percent. Just judging by current worldwide market-share, the tremendous growth over the past year by Android should help offset the potential loss. For BlackBerry and Symbian platforms, the figures are far more critical.

To Nokia's credit, they still dominate global market-share and the revamping of their software strategy under new CEO Stephen Elop, should ensure the release of two software platforms next year. The real question is whether or not they will arrive in time to stop current Symbian users before they jump ship.

You've heard the results of the GfK survey. Now it's time to chime in. As a current BlackBerry, Symbian, iOS or Android users, how loyal do you plan on being when it comes time to upgrade 3 months, 6 months or 12 months from now?

via Reuters

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LG Star prototype smiles for the camera

Posted: 30 Nov 2010 04:00 PM PST

LG Star prototype smiles for the cameraSay cheese! A prototype of the LG Star, the Tegra 2 powerhouse, has just surfaced over at the Phandroid forums. Packing Android 2.2 and destined for Android greatness, we get down and dirty with photos and a sneak peak of what the LG Star brings to the table.

The LG Star hasn't changed much in the prototype life-cycle based on the new photos. The big difference this time is that we get to see some of the UI and confirmation of the HDMI port. Much like the Motorola Olympus coming to At&t, the LG Star features the Tegra 2 processor and runs Android 2.2.

Originally the word on the street was the LG Star would run stock (vanilla) Android, but based on these new shots it looks like LG some sort of Touchwiz and HTC Sense mashup. According to the lucky soul from the forums who is testing the LG Star, the device scores a respectable Quadrant score of 1700+. That score is subject to change since we have no idea whether Android 2.2 is even optimized for the new processor.

LG Star prototype smiles for the camera

Based on everything we've heard about Android Honeycomb, we won't truly see the potential of dual-core processors until then. The good news is a Quadrant score of 1700+ is good now and will only improve in the future, barring Google rolling out Android updates in a timely fashion.

There's no confirmation on which carriers will offer the LG Star just yet, but we suspect this Android powerhouse will be a hot item at CES in Las Vegas on January 5th. Until then we'll keep digging and battling in the trenches for every tidbit of information we can bring to you on the LG Star.

While we are grinding it out, we'd love to hear what you think about dual-core Tegra 2 processors coming to Android smartphones in 2011. Is it time or do manufacturers need to improve the battery life of existing hardware before we make the jump?

via Phandroid

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Windows Phone 7: 135,000 devices sold?

Posted: 30 Nov 2010 03:00 PM PST

Windows Phone 7: 135,000 devices sold?The mystery known as Windows Phone 7 device sales has finally moved out of the shadows of uncertainty. Using the powers of integrated Facebook app installation data, we are now confident that there are at least 135,000 active Windows Phone 7 devices in existence.

Up until today the closest we've ever come to Windows Phone 7 sales data was a market research source saying 40,000 units were sold in the US. Neither official nor confirmed, the sales data was questionable so we've really been hunting for a source to track down some concrete data.

We'll admit, Facebook seems like an unlikely source, but given the accuracy of their "Monthly Active Users" we can confirm 135,134 Windows Phone users used the Facebook app on November 28. Granted, there could be plenty more Windows Phone 7 owners out there who have decided not to use Facebook, but we can assume the majority will and as a result we now have a minimum install base.

Before we go jumping the gun and forming detailed analysis based on this sales data it's good to put Windows Phone 7 into some perspective. The $500 million advertising budget is a gradual push, Microsoft did not break the bank on day one, but instead opted for an incremental approach. As we reach the New Year, expect Windows Phone 7 advertising to increase rapidly and continue throughout 2011.

Windows Phone 7 was the first in many steps to help Microsoft return as a viable alternative in the smartphone landscape. The first generation devices are only a sampling of what platform has to offer — I mean, we don't even have copy & paste or multi-tasking yet. For now, take the 135,134 device sales with a grain of salt.

Windows Phone 7: 135,000 devices sold?

There could be plenty more Windows Phone 7 devices roaming the globe, but using the low end of the Facebook App is a safe bet. We've given you the data, now it's time for you to tell us what you think. Should Microsoft be worried about the number of sales? Is 135,134 more or less than you expected? Let us know!

via WMPoweruser

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Playstation Move: 4.1 million sold and counting

Posted: 30 Nov 2010 02:00 PM PST

Playstation Move: 4.1 million sold and countingNot so fast Microsoft Kinect fans, the Sony Playstation Move has just trumped your 2.5 million units sold by 1.6 million. According to Sony, the Playstation Move has raked in 4.1 million units sold since launching in September. Now, how do you like them apples?

The past week has been filled with holiday gadget deals and equally impressive sales data from Nintendo, Microsoft and now Sony. Follow the announcement of 600,000 Wii consoles sold during the week of Black Friday and Microsoft selling 2.5 million Kinect motion sensors since early November, Sony has swooped in to steal the headlines.

The reported 4.1 million units sold comes from the controller bundle with Sports Champions and the 320GB Playstation 3 bundle. The race for motion controlled gaming is heated and despite the fierce competition from Microsoft and Nintendo, the Playstation Move seems to be holding its own. Quite surprising considering the added cost of additional Move controllers versus the controller free Microsoft Kinect.

With upcoming titles such as LittleBigPlanet 2 and Killzone 3, the sales of the Playstation Move should only continue to remain strong. Microsoft Kinect is favored in the next-gen motion control race, but we'd be ill-advised to count out Sony this early in the competition. Strictly looking at the numbers leads us to believe Kinect will outpace Sony, but holiday launch titles could heavily influence sales.

Now that we have the numbers in from Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo it's time to get your opinions. Do you think that the Microsoft Kinect sales of 2.5 million per month will continue at such an impressive rate, or will they level out? Is Nintendo still a contender in the motion gaming space or is the shelf life of the Wii rapidly declining? Sound off in the comments!

via GameHunters

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NASA press conference: alien life announcement incoming

Posted: 30 Nov 2010 12:41 PM PST

A NASA press conference at 11am PST on Thursday will reveal some seriously cool details in the quest to find alien life. NASA says the event is about "astrobiology [and] a finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life". That has got us skywatchers at Electricpig pretty excited. If you can stay up late enough you can see the whole thing broadcast on NASA TV. In the meantime let us know: do you think there's something out there or are we just a galactic fluke? Click the headline to head for the comments.

Out now | £free | NASA

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Best free iPad games

Posted: 30 Nov 2010 11:09 AM PST

Seeking the best free iPad games? Well then, you're in for some good news, old chum: because we just happen to have compiled a top five best free iPad games – and it's for your eyes only. Actually, that's a fib: it's for all our readers looking for the best gratis gaming fun for Apple's tablet.

The Electricpig team's most trusted tablet-touchers have been polled in order to create this list. We're talking red-eyed tech journalists that choose to spend their weekends flicking irate winged vertebrates at porcine enemies. They know their iPad games, in other words, and they want you to know which ones are the best.

Check out the list to the right

Eyes right and you'll see the list of our top 5 best free iPad games. Take a gander and click the links to be whizzed direct to iTunes for download.

Disagree with our best free iPad games? Tell us what you think should have made the cut in the comments!

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Mobile review: November 2010

Posted: 30 Nov 2010 10:20 AM PST

It's a mere few hours from the end of the month, and once again it's time for our roundup of mobile reviews – a trot through all the phones we've ran our collective rules over during November. Nokia, LG, HTC, BlackBerry and Motorola – the gang's all here, so if you're thinking of splashing some pre-Chrimbo cash on a new handset, read on…

We've had no fewer than nine blowers in our reviews section this month, including three that were deemed worthy of a 100% Electricpig Recommended seal of approval. Without further ado, let's get cracking – and don't forget you can check out all our phone ratings at any time on our mobile phone reviews page.


HTC Desire Z review

Cutting edge performance, a physical keyboard and the latest iteration of Android all feature in the HTC Desire Z – but sadly so does an incredibly ill-conceived hinge design that takes the shine off everything somewhat.

Motorola Milestone 2 review

The Motorola Milestone 2 has the finest, most robust physical keyboard of any Android phone on the planet – it's just a shame that Moto has to spoil Android 2.2 by smearing its Motoblur skin all over the top of it.

LG Optimus One review

The presence of Android 2.2 makes this small, slimline smartphone somewhat interesting, mainly because it's a low-to-mid range model – but HTC do cheap Android phones better.

Windows Phone 7

HTC 7 Trophy review

A top notch touchscreen, slick user interface and slim, soft-to-the-touch body add to the charms of this affordable Windows Phone 7 handset. It lacks a couple of features you might find on pricier WP7 phones, but still feels powerful.

HTC 7 Mozart review

The Windows 7 Phone handsets are coming thick and fast now, but the HTC 7 Mozart doesn't really do anything to make itself heard over the crowd. It's clearly a quality mobile, but its supposedly headlining features don't really do their job.

LG Optimus 7

The camera's an absolute shocker, but the Optimus 7's ease of use and syncing skills make it worth a look.

Symbian 3

Nokia N8 review

A superbly sturdy, high quality build and a first class camera mean the Nokia N8 should be a winner, but its Symbian 3 interface, despite being new, doesn't really cut it against the competition.

Nokia C7 review

Nokia's second Symbian 3 smartphone of the month, the C7 is skinny, affordable and, like the N8, packs a top notch camera. But it also packs Symbian 3, which is a drawback at the moment. And it looks a wee bit ugly.


BlackBerry Bold 9780 review

Current BlackBerry owners simply looking for the latest update of their favourite handset will appreciate the way the BlackBerry Bold 9780 does everything a BlackBerry should do in a very reliable, slick way. But it certainly doesn't offer any real innovation.

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Teatime Tech: Black Eyed Peas use PlayBook, Kinect smashing iPad sales and Humax TV Portal on the way

Posted: 30 Nov 2010 09:58 AM PST

The snow has delayed an awful lot today, including Teatime Tech. But fear not – it's still not too late to fire up the kettle, pour yourself a cuppa (accompanied by your choice of muffin, cookie or Danish pastry) and sup from the trough of afternoon news. Here are this pm's best tech tales.

First, unrepentant tune-murderers the Black Eyed Peas have just given millions of idiots the excuse to buy a BlackBerry PlayBook. RIM's answer to the iPad has somehow (and we suspect it involved lots of dollar bills) managed to find its way into the new video from Well.I.Never and co. It brings to mind many questions. Will the tweens and scary 45-year-old divorcees that like the Black Eyed Peas' music know what a PlayBook is? Will they just assume it's a new iPad? And what does that dude with the long hair actually do?

Second, more news on the phenomenal sales of the Xbox 360's Kinect controller. Apparently it's on course to "smash the hell" out of the iPad in terms of sales. Apple's tablet – previously known as "the fastest-selling gadget of all time" – took 80 days to shift 3 million units, while Kinect has sold 2.5m in a mere 25 days.

Lastly, reliable PVR pedlar Humax has revealed that its Humax TV Portal is coming in January 2011, bringing Sky Player, iPlayer, YouTube, Flickr and more to Humax Freeview HD boxes and other higher end PVRs. Good news.

Still unsatisfied? Well, for more top tech news, hit the homepage.

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