Yes, everyone. Another phone, another phone OS. Samsung’s new Bada OS is so far exclusive to the S8500 Wave, the first Bluetotth 3.0 phone. Bluetooth wasn’t exactly in the list of leaked specs, but we can at least suppose 2.0 is onboard. Specs for this newcomer are a 3.3 inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display, 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and flash, 720p video, DivX support, 2GB internal memory with microSD expansion, HSDPA connectivity, Wi-Fi, 1 GHz processor, 3.5mm headphone jack, a sleek aluminum body, 1500 mAh battery, and the Bada OS with Touchwiz 3.0 UI. For now we’ll have to wait to get the full list of specs, availability, Bada OS performance, and price. The good news is all of that will be in the limelight next week at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
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The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Windows Mobile 7 will indeed be launching at the Mobile World Congress 2010 on Monday.They have also confirmed that Steve Ballmer will head the show, and that WM7 will borrow a Zune-like UI, which would bring life and style to the aging and boring OS. As for the Project Pink, phones they will not make an appearance at MWC, and instead will be released sometime in Spring to replace the T-MObile Sidekick line. Project pink phones will be directed at teens and will launch on Verizon Wireless and Vodafone. As usual, not bad WSJ.
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While searching for juicy tidbits on HTC’s upcoming product line (the HTC Legend, Incredible, Bravo, and Supersonic) I stumbled across an interesting tweet by @claudineb of The Daily Telegraph. Although it does make sense that there would be an embargo, if you say the words “Apple beware” then something is brewing inside HTC? Not only that but in the slide after the jump you’ll see she says, “It’s not an iPhone killer per say, but brings some lovely, well-implemented new ideas to the table that Apple should take note of.” If Apple should take notes then it’s for more than one phone, right?
Any tipsters that want to come forth please do so now. [Thanks! Claudine]
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I wouldn’t buy it, but you would, wouldn’t you? The HP Compaq Airlife 100 is probably the most exciting computer HP Compaq has ever created. With a keyboard, 10.1-inch touchscreen, runs Android (looks like 1.6 Donut), 16GB SSD, Wi-Fi, a 3G connection which will be on the Telefónica network in Spain, an SD card slot, and a camera. It’s probably a top pick for iPad-haters. The only small problem is that it only is going to be in HP Spain for now, but when (and if) if comes to the US, you’ll probably see the Mini branding, which isn’t a bad thing actually. [SlashGear]
In the video at the link below you’ll soon be seeing a sorry mosquito that gets killed by the “Death Star Laser Gun”. At this year’s Technology, Entertainment and Design conference, Nathan Myhrvold demonstrated the Death Star Laser Gun by killing one of these little pests.
The laser gun tracks down and kills mosquitoes, and was created from parts on eBay to quell mosquitoes that cause malaria in places mainly like Africa. As Myhrvold explained, a child dies every 49 seconds from malaria, and right now his team is trying to find out ways to make this more cost-effective. The laser used on stage was a green light, and not a real laser, for safety reasons, which isn’t lethal, but also displayed a video of this super weapon in action. [Wired via Death Star Mosquito Zapper]
What you’re about to watch above is a video featuring a new functionality probably found in a new version of Sense UI running the HTC Hero with Android 2.1. It seems to be a multitouch feature where you would pinch-and-zoom (a la multitouch) to see all of your 7 homescreens. It works just like the Expose feature in Max OS X. Of course, this could also just be the masterpiece of a very clever and sneaky developer, and not an official ROM. My answer: watch it anyway.
Yawwwn. If for some reason you’ve taken into your right mind you need a desktop instead of a laptop, but it needs multitouch for some reason, Lenovo has the C315 for $649 coming out in April, which should fit the bill. Not much to see here: 20-inch multitouch display, unspecified AMD Athlon dual-core processor, 4GB of RAM, ATI Mobility Radeon graphics (of some kind), and lots of pre-loaded apps for the multitouch. That’s all.
Yawn. [Via Business Wire]
A very frustrated N1 owner posted this video on YouTube displaying how he can make his Nexus One “lose 3G”. By simply placing his hand at the bottom of the handset, the signal switches from 3G to EDGE, seemingly at will, possibly meaning it is an antenna issue. Hopefully Google can issue another sneaky update that smashes this error, otherwise this would be something called a defect, which can into something even worse — a recall. Video after the cut.
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According to the QTR Global Report, three sources have confirmed that all Palm smartphones — the Palm Pre, Palm Pre Plus, Palm Pixi, and Pixi Plus have been halted for production. According to one of the sources, “The decision is very sudden, and Foxconn was told to reduce all February Pre forecast to zero on Wednesday and nobody knows whether shipment will resume in March.” Could it be that Palm is being sold? Is Palm completely scrapping the whole product line for a new one even though the Plus Series just came out? On a personal note, days ago I was in contact with Palm PR over a review unit for the Pre Plus and received a swift response. After a question was asked, within 2 days my emails were unanswered. The breaking news report is after the jump! [BGR]
UPDATE: At Engadget they’re reporting that Palm has called off production temporarily as an observance of the Chinese New year.
UPDATE #2: And here’s an official statement from Derick Mains, Palm’s director of corporate communications.
Palm regularly adjusts its product manufacturing levels to manage inventory. In anticipation of the Verizon Wireless launch and Chinese New Year, we increased production levels prior to February, and anticipate ramping production back up after the Chinese New Year ends.
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