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Nokia dropping Symbian from N-Series by 2012 [UPDATED]

by Ben Smith 18th November 2009

This evening, at the official N900 meet-up in London, Tanja Sauvola from the Maemo marketing team revealed in a Q&A with bloggers (after giving the first of the evening’s three presentations) that Nokia plan to drop Symbian from the entire ‘top end’ N-Series range of handsets in favour of Maemo by 2012. The transition will […]

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Sony Ericsson X10 Android Smartphone – Marketing buzzwords make me suspicious

by Ben Smith 5th November 2009

The much-anticipated Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 – an Android powered  touch-screen smartphone has been announced adding yet another platform to the Sony Ericsson stable. As we commented at the release of the Symbian-powered Satio, Sony Ericsson can produce some attractive hardware, but we’ve also previously criticised proprietary connectors, odd memory-card formats, dire battery life and […]

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Symbian Horizon: Here we go again…

by Ben Smith 4th November 2009

Criticising awful application stores has been a hobby of ours for some time now. Symbian Horizon‘s not an application store, but it should be much, much better… On this performance Symbian apps will soon be little more than an enthusiasts’ playground and a commercial train-wreck. Launched this week, Symbian Horizon is both a developer-support programme […]

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The Huawei G6600 looks oddly familiar…

by Ben Smith 4th November 2009

The Bluetooth SIG have – once again – leaked a much anticipated handset…. This time it’s the Huawei G6600, a QWERTY form-factor handset presumed to run Android. A QWERTY Android device from the Chinese giant… Nice. Android’s still better with a full keyboard in my (not so humble) opinion). However, if I was the design […]

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iPhone to come to 3UK (probably)

by Ben Smith 2nd November 2009

In an exclusive announcement to TechRadar (which, bizarrely, has not been followed with much detail), Kevin Russell CEO of 3UK has announced that 3 will also be carrying the iPhone in the UK in 2010. Speaking at at a recent event he said: “The reason we haven’t stocked many smartphones is we were [prioritising building […]

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First Look: Kinoma Play for Symbian

by Ben Smith 30th October 2009

Kinoma Play is a media-consuming power-house of an S60 application. Fast and refined, even in this its first non-Windows Mobile incarnation it justifies a hefty $30 price-tag, giving my pre-historic N82 a new lease of life. When the initial pitch on an S60 application – especially an S60 3rd edition (non-touch) application – is referenced […]

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Shopping at the OVI store…

by Ben Smith 19th October 2009

A tale of woe about shopping in the OVI store… “Would you like a Hannah Montana screen-saver with that?” It would be funny if it weren’t true.

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Spotify and Hero on 3UK

by Ben Smith 19th October 2009

As previously announced by Ant at his Fresh Plastic blog and anticipated by us some time ago, 3UK have today announced they’re launching a tariff with an inclusive Spotify premium subscription… …and they’ve chosen to launch it on their first Android handset, the HTC Hero (fantastic news – we had guessed at the lower-spec Tattoo […]

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