No more wondering or speculation, Nokia’s CEO just announced on the Q3 earnings call that its first MeeGo device won’t be coming this year. In no uncertain terms, Stephen Elop said that Nokia’s, “First MeeGo device will be a 2011 event.” A device rumored to be the N9, pictured above. In general communications about new Nokia products will be made far closer to product availability. Elop added that his first impression of Nokia’s MeeGo work “inspires both confidence and excitement.” Let’s hope so, in Q1 2011 Nokia’s MeeGo smartphone OS will be battling resurgent webOS and Windows Phone 7 devices in addition to the Android, iOS, and BlackBerry incumbents at the high-end of the market.
Here’s a blast from the past: Winamp, that mainstay media player of college dorms and LAN parties since time immemorial (er, 1997 or so) has made the leap from PC to handset with the release of Winamp for Android. This bad boy is available for Android 2.1 and up, and features a playback widget for the Android desktop and Last.fm integration. But that ain’t all! If you install Winamp 5.59 beta on your PC, you can sync and manage your libraries via USB or WiFI. Pretty sweet! We only have one questions, really: will it still whip the llama’s ass? Check out the QR code after the break (or search the Android Market) for the mobile app.
The last we heard about Acer’s Liquid Metal smartphone, an Android 2.2 unit with a 3.6-inch display and a lovely aluminum exterior, it was getting ready for a UK launch at the end of October. There’s just a little over a week left to meet that date, and all we have to show are some decidedly unofficial photos from Droid Sans. The first pic, above, shows off a very smudged up looking Liquid Metal (or what is said to be a Liquid Metal at least), but after that are photos of two mystery devices. The first of those (pictured below) has the same… distinctively lengthy form factor of the GW990, while the other device is a tablet that we’ve not laid eyes on before. It looks to be running Android 2.2 (or later) and is said to be “big enough to shift the iPad.” We’re not sure exactly how to parse that bit of auto-translation, but maybe it’s a coded reference to JT Wang’s prediction of doom for the iPad’s market share.
Previously thought to be coming in October, Samsung has admitted that the planned Android 2.2 upgrade for its Galaxy S smartphones will be rolled-out in November instead.
Currently, the new OS is being tested by all of the UK operators that carry the handset, and they will begin to allow their customers to download and install the system from the early part of the month. All operators are expected to have completed their appraisal processes by the end of November.
When available, Froyo will be available to download via Samsung’s Kies, the company’s in-house software upgrade programme, which itself has been updated. Owners will need to download the latest version of Kies from samsungmobile.co.uk before upgrading. The site will also host step-by-step video tutorials on how to install the OS.
The long awaited update includes several new features, including improved browser performance, Google Maps with navigation, the latest version of Flash, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, and the ability to save applications to memory card.
Speaking about the process, Simon Stanford, managing director, Mobile, Samsung UK and Ireland, said: “We want the upgrade process to be simple and hassle-free for customers, hence the new version of our Kies software and the step-by-step video guides”.
Steve Jobs described the preview of the next Mac OS X platform as the “entrée” for the Back to the Mac event.
But, there were still some juicy details regarding Lion, including a dedicated MacBook App Store.
Jobs described how Mac OS X Lion was inspired by iOS and brings with it all of the things that you love about your iPhone and your iPad.
Multi-touch gestures will be supported via the Magic Trackpad – Jobs said multi-touches don’t work vertically, so no touchscreen support for your Mac just yet.
The App Store will be a Mac specific one, with all the usability of the current App Store, including top charts, free and paid apps, one touch downloading and the same 70/30 split for developers. Read more
Of all the Windows Phone 7 launch devices, AT&T’s HTC Surround is likely the most curious. It’s a landscape slider built on the same basic internals as the rest of its platform siblings, but there’s no keyboard under that screen — the quarter-inch slide reveals an aluminum speaker bar and integrated kickstand, which combine to create a tiny little stereo system of sorts. Mix in Windows Phone 7’s heavy Zune integration, add in a dash of Dolby Mobile and SRS Wow “virtual surround” audio processing, and top it all off with 16GB of internal memory, and you have what might be the ultimate phone for on-the-go media consumption. But does the Surround live up to all that promise? Read on to find out! Read more
Out of all the Windows Phone 7 launch partners, HTC’s obviously been the most hard-working kid in Mr. Ballmer’s sculpture class. So here’s the question: which of the five launch devices is the Taiwanese company’s best work? Well, there’s no such thing as a perfect phone, but we dare say the 7 Mozart’s the most stylish out of the lot. Not convinced? Flip the phone around and you’ll see its two main selling points: its aluminum unibody construction (as applied on the Nexus One and Legend), and its 8 megapixel camera with Xenon flash (as opposed to 5 megapixels with LED flash on the other WP7 devices). Will these goodies suffice to win WP7 fanatics over? Join us after the break to find out. Read more
We knew Windows Phone 7 was scheduled to land first internationally, but it’s always a treat to hear the particulars. Orange UK has just (re)revealed that it’ll be the exclusive carrier of HTC’s 7 Mozart across the pond, and it’ll be joined by Samsung’s Omnia 7 as both go on sale tomorrow morning in Orange’s Oxford Street shop — fittingly, at 7am local time. Naturally, the carrier is going to blow out the launch, with each customer buying a WP7 handset to receive a complimentary Bluetooth headset… while supplies last, anyway. You’ll also get a stockpile of Orange applications and services (like it or not), and we’re told that each phone will be offered for zilch with a fresh contract starting at £35 per month (7 Mozart) / £40 per month (Omnia 7). Jealous, North America?