Samsung have announced that they are expanding their application store. They plan to have apps available to Omnia II (I8000) and OmniaLITE (B7300, I329) users in Singapore, Germany, Brazil and China. Users will be able to access the applications using one click access to a vast range of games, e-books and social networking applications.
“Beginning with the global expansion of Samsung Apps, Samsung will make its application store available to owners of its upcoming flagship models. Our goal is to help everyone to enjoy rich, personalized mobile experiences, wherever and whenever they wish,” said Kanghyun Kwon, Vice President of Samsung’s Media Solution Center.
There are many software companies like Gameloft, Electronic Arts, Handmark, CrazySoft Limited, Paragon SW, Com2us, and Shazam already lined up supplying applications or will be in the near future for things such as Guitar Hero (Mobile Bus), Spiderman (Gameloft), Need for Speed (EA) and skin (Prompt).
It’s an exciting time as more and more applications and manufacturers join together to try five revenue from mobile devices. From mid-February most Samsung phones sold in these countries will come with preinstalled software to allow them access to application store.
LG has announced a new smart phone which will be available in the UK called the InTouch Max GW620 Android smartphone. The phone is expected to be available from T-Mobile and Virgin media. It comes with a QWERTY keyboard and also a touch screen as well.
It has built in social networking software which will allow you to keep in touch with your friends using the various social networking websites from your contact list. It comes with a five megapixel camera that is capable of capturing quality images that can easily be displayed on the tree in screen. There are many applications also available with the phone to let you do auto face tagging and many other things.
Vodafone in the UK have launched the iPhone this mean is that the iPhone is now available on three networks O2, Orange, and Voafone. According to reports Vodafone said that they would sell 50,000 units on its launched day, which is a hell of phones to shift. I’m always a little bit skeptical when I hear these kind of numbers because this just happens to be 20,000 more then what Orange said they did last November.
There seems to be very little difference between tariffs across allthree networks in the UK and this really gives us an insight to what type of offering will be available here when Vodafone launch the iPhone in Ireland. You can read the full report of the pricing tariffs in the UK here.
We’ve been hearing a lot over the past while about the Nexus One mobile phone from HTC. It’s expected sometime today the 5th January 2010 will release some more information and how an official announcement about their latest product.
It’s expected at this press conference that Google will finally give details on their plans for the Google phone, of course over the past while there has been a lot of speculation and it’s not until it has been officially announced that we will have a better understanding of what they plan to do.
“With the launch of the first Android-powered device just over a year ago, we’ve seen how a powerful, open platform can spur mobile product innovation. And this is just the beginning of what’s possible,” reports khabrein.info
Anyway, assumes we have more information on this phone will give you a quick update.
It’s been an interesting year in the mobile industry this year, I think it’s probably been one of the hardest for many manufacturers as they have coped with the economic downturn across the world. During this year we have seen the arrival of the smart phone hitting the mass market with many manufacturers introducing them at reduced pricing which I think has helped them to generate revenue in many ways, which we will discuss in a little while.
I think it’s also been a good year for consumers as we have seen price drops across the board of many phones that would have been more expensive in 2008. We have also seen many providers dropping pricing as many consumers have opted to drop contracts and decided to purchase prepaid – which in turn has made the network providers change their pricing structure and their offerings.
I suppose we for network providers in Ireland competition has really started to take place as customers find the beginning to understand pricing and tariffs. Or perhaps, maybe they are starting to look at their bills as they try to reduce costs and now have the incentive to switch networks. A simple little look at callcosts.ie and they should see the kind of price differences between the various networks ending on the amount of phone calls to make.
Smarthphones in 2010
The iPhone really launched the smart phone evolution and in Ireland O2 really have a monopoly on this with offerings that are way below what their sister company in the UK are offering in terms of data transfer and pricing. Early next year we will see Vodafone launching the iPhone in Ireland, I’m really not sure if this will be any better than what O2 are currently offering – he would like to think that competition would be strong and that they would come out fighting to try and get some market share at this extraordinary phone. But, the monopoly that the two big boys seem to have a can almost guarantee that it will be in identical offering again ripping off the unsuspected Irish public compared to the offerings that will be available in the UK.
I would really like to think that I am wrong in his assessment that will be nice to see someone find the coming into the art market offering unlimited data transfer on your mobile phone. But, I really don’t think this will happen.
I think we will also see the emergence of many more smart phones in 2010. We have already seen the major manufacturers like Samsung, LG, HTC, Sony Ericsson, Motorola, Nokia launching smartphones and even launching their own application stores to try and gain extra revenue from software.
I really think this is a market for many Irish retailers/network providers have completely missed to not realize the revenue potential from applications, games, ring tones, wallpaper. We know that some of the network providers already offer these services but they tend to be vastly expensive so hopefully in 2010 we will see somebody emerging from the Irish marketplace to give orders consumers offering is value for money and offering a service that is worthy of customers. You know what they say any company offering genuine value to the customers will always survive in the economic downturn and I think it is up to consumers to find out which provider is offering value and service to the customers as the one you should stick with.
What Will Be New in 2010
During a recession you always find that many people will start to cut back on spending, most of this is due to the hysteria because of the media. They tend to live on negativity and pessimism which in turn makes a lot of people financially paranoid and start to expect the worst.
The effect on the mobile industry in Ireland has caused many people to start reducing their spending habits on purchasing new phones. This is not just here, it’s across the world as many people start to get a little bit scared about spending money they cannot justify purchasing expensive phones. This means more people will purchase cheaper phones and do not want to spend €300 or €400 on the latest and greatest phone that has just been released. Hence, they will start to purchase cheaper phones, which in turn reduces the manufacturers profit margins and retailers profit margins.
I think it will be a tough year and the real survivors will be business to provide genuine value to their customers. Some businesses that provide genuine value can really do better during a recession and I think we will see many consumers voting with their feet looking for the best value in phones and tariffs as we move into 2010.
I remember reading at the start of 2009 that LG are planning on releasing 125 new models of phones during the year. That was more than two new model phones every week, will they do that in 2010 I really don’t think so. I really think that many of the manufacturers are concentrating on producing phones in the €50 – €150 price range as this will be where the majority of consumers would be willing to spend. Of course you always get the guys who want the latest and greatest phones at around the €500 and more price bracket but that’s not where they will make their money.
I’m also hoping that 2010 will see further reductions in pricing of calls/data/SMS in Ireland. It would be nice to see a bit of a price war taking place just to see how far pricing can be pushed back in favor of the consumer.
Over the next couple of weeks we will start to look at the new technology that is expected over the coming year to hit the mobile market. I think we’ll start to see the emergence of built-in projectors into phones and I really think we will start to see more and more applications being released on various platforms.
It’s all good news for us here at mobile.ie as we are expected to keep busy providing reviews and news to our readers of the various technologies that will be emerging in 2010
Samsung have unveiled a new music focused phone called the Samsung M5650. It comes with an easy to operate a new system that allows you to simply access music with one touch keys. In addition, it also houses social networking features such as instant messaging, e-mail, and blogging. Other features within the social networking applications on the phone allowing you quick access to MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter.
The ability to easily upload video and photographs could also prove to be very popular and this is finally released. On the technical side it offers a clean megapixel camera, FM radio, MP3 player, USB 2.0, Bluetooth and I’m sure plenty of other features that we will hear about over the coming months.
The phone is expected to be released into other European countries early next year and is already available in the Portuguese market place. So far no price has been released.
I have seen many applications for the iPhone and there seems to be so many available. On the last advertising campaign I seen on TV they said there was 90,000 available to download. Well here’s one application that you will not be able to download but it shows great imagination and great use of the phone. If you have time to get quick look at the video lasts for about 2 1/2 minutes.
The Palm Pixi has now gone on sale in the United States on the Sprint. If you’re a big fan of the WebOS this is a really nice interesting phone. As you can see from the photograph it comes with a keyboard and a 2.63″ touchscreen on the face and no slider involved.
Pressure would expect on most mobile phones nowadays it also comes with 3.5mm headset jack, 2 megapixel camera with flash, email/IM support, GPS and 8GB of internal memory. There is a lack of WiFi which is a little bit disappointing.
It’s selling for $100 with a two-year contract and that some sort of mail-in rebate when you get a discount you seem to be big into this in the US.
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The Samsung Corby went on sale in various European countries in September. The phone is selling for around €150 and comes with a full touchscreen. The phone was launched in Europe lacks 3G connectivity and comes with a two megapixel camera. But, now Samsung has launched the phone in Korea and given it a little bit of an upgrade compared to the model that is on sale in some European countries.
It comes with a 3 inch WQVGA display – as opposed to the 2.8 inch QVGA screen of the European version. It also has 3G connectivity, Haptic UI, DMB TV and more than 100MB of internal memory (the European version has 50MB).
It is also available in various colors as you can see from the photograph including Minimal White, Cupid Pink, Jamaican Yellow and Energetic Green.
The Sony Ericsson X10 is set to launch in the UK in February 2010. The phone come with a 8.1 megapixel camera with auto focus, Geo-tagging, Image stabiliser, Digital Zoom – up to 16x, Face recognition, Smile detection, Video light, and Video recording.
It have a 480 x 854 pixels WVGA which offers 16,536 colours, TFT touchscreen. Connectivity wise it has Bluetooth, USB support, WiFi, aGPS, and synchronization PC. As you would expect from Sony Ericsson care a lot more features built into this phone, which once on the Android operating system.
More details will follow as soon as we have more information on the launch date.
Normally when we put a video on the website it is generally a review of a particular phone. Here’s a bit of a strange one of the new up-and-coming Nokia N900. But it’s just a little strange, and science fiction like. If you have time take a look.
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The iPhone is now available on the Orange network in the UK. Apparently an Orange spokesman Conor Maples has said that they sold more than 30,000 in the first day which just seems absolutely astonishing. Or injured a second network in the UK to now have the iPhone available. As you may already know Vodafone in Ireland have also confirmed that they will be selling the iPhone but we believe this will not be available until 2010.
It’s amazing how many phones that are Orange apparently sold on the first day because I don’t think that’s what O2 seen when the phone was launched initially. I’m sure they have gained a lot of experience from the launch in France and maybe this case them an insight into customer behavior. I’m sure it’s also got to which the contract under terms of conditions that they are offering a believe they are offering more data than the average Orange contract and maybe this is something that Vodafone in Ireland should look at when launching the iPhone in Ireland.
Nokia seem to be having some issues with some of their chargers that where manufactured by a third-party company. They have put out a recall notice and the Chargers stats are affected are model types AC-3U and AC-3E manufactured between June 15, 2009 and August 9, 2009, and model type AC-4U manufactured between April 13, 2009 and October 25, 2009.
“the plastic covers of the affected chargers could come loose and separate, exposing the charger’s internal components and potentially posing an electric shock hazard if certain internal components are touched while the charger is plugged into a live socket.” Said a Nokia spokesperson.
If you discover you have one of these you can visit the Nokia charger exchange website