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News  Handsets & Devices

Here's a twist we weren't expecting after all the on-off tomfoolery surrounding the Facebook phone last year - apparently it's now very much on and there's two of 'em! There's to be a big announcement at MWC2011 from its manufacturer, HTC. Recently there has been a real flurry of activity surrounding the social networking giant, ranging from their purchase of drop.io (who OTAMate were developing an Android app for), through to its purchase of CardMunch for their tech allowing business cards to be imported to your smartphones. Facebook named mobile their "no.1 priority" for 2011 - looks like we're seeing just what they meant by that.

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LG won the race to launch the first dual-core smartphone with the Optimus 2X, which goes on sale in January in Korea. The Android 2.2 powered Optimus 2X has a 1Ghz (NVIDIA Tegra 2) dual-core Processor, a 4-inch WVGA display and an 8-megapixel camera. LG is said to be shifting 2 million Android devices a month and has always said 2011 will see massive activity in this area. Since we are in a whole new ballpark now when it coms to performance, focus on battery life will be intense. The Optimus 2X comes with a 1,500 mAh battery, but LG stress the Tegra 2 has advanced power-saving technology built right into the core, so overall battery life will be comparable to existing models.

 

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Today both Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and a new handset, the Nexus S, was announced by Google. The Nexus S is made by Samsung and follows the idea behind the "pure" Nexus One, released a year ago, in that it is the clean Android experience without any operator customisations. Samsung had a runaway success with their Galaxy S series and the Nexus S is an evolution of that line. Its packing quite a punch too - for starters, it supports NFC (Near Field Communication) , which by an amazing co-incidence so does this new version of Android. Expect to see lots of activity around this in many areas, such as contactless payments. Even though its been around a while there hasn't been any mainstream adoption yet - has the market been waiting for a big player to make such a move?

 

News  Handsets & Devices

Hackers have infiltrated Skynet and seen secret plans by Motorola to launch the Terminator series of Android handsets in early 2011. The first is codenamed T2, and will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread on hardware described as "astonishing" by todays puny human standards. These beasts have two brains - the chipset is based on the Nvidia dual-core Tegra 2. Actually, pretty much every detail regarding these handsets is unofficial since Motorola has clamped down on anyone involved with its development by forcing them to consent to silence with an NDA. There's clearly also the need to prevent cannibalisation, where users considering buying current handsets delay their purchase once they hear of a new, better model just round the corner.