Skype for Windows Phone beta launched

Just in time for all the upcoming Windows Phone 7 handsets comes Skype for Windows Phone, in beta. Calls and video chats can be made over 3G, 4G, and WiFi. Skype users can also make calls to landlines and mobiles with the app, whilst Microsoft has certified a number of specific devices for Skype Windows Phone that can run it the “best”, including the Nokia Lumia 710, Lumia 800, HTC TITAN, HTC Radar , Samsung Focus S, and Samsung Focus Flash. From here on out the app will be updated consistently until out of beta.

Via: Skype for Windows Phone, Skype Blog

This Week On LaptopMemo: Android 4.0 Pops Up On The Newcomers

It’s happening: Android 4.0 on newer devices (!). And with a strong start to Mobile World Congress 2012 in the beautiful Barcelona, Spain (where tech journos are adjusting to new foods, time zones, and languages), you can be sure in the following days more exciting announcements will be made. There’s announcements from Samsung (the new Galaxy Tab), LG, Sony, and HTC (the new One series, seen above). You can check out all the current (and upcoming) MWC 2012 news at this page.

HTC One S: T-Mobile 42MBps HSPA+, Comes Out This Spring

This is the HTC One S. It’s a smartphone with 42MBps HSPA+ data speeds on T-Mobile will debut this Spring (at least by April). It measures 7.9mm thin, has a 4.3-inch AMOLED qHD screen, a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, a 8-megapixel camera (same as the One X), 16GB of internal storage plus 25GB of free cloud-based Dropbox storage for two years. Other than that, not much else is incredible different than the HTC One X: it has an Android 4.0 ICS software build with Sense 4, and no prices to make mention of at the moment.

The HTC One X: Android 4.0, 4G LTE On AT&T, And A Serious Camera


The HTC One X! A 4.7-inch 720p HD Super LCD with Gorilla Glass, Android 4.0 (with Sense 4) out of the box, a 1.5GHz Snapdragon dual-core processor, 32GB of internal storage with 25GB of Dropbox storage, a 1.3 megapixel front-facing with 720p HD recording, and some serious photo specs: f/2 optics with an 8-megapixel back illuminated sensor and 1080p video capture. Beats Audio enhancements are also present on AT&T’s 4G LTE network, all in a 9.27 millimeter thin package with an 1,800mAh battery.

No prices yet, but still it looks to be a top-notch Android device worthy of combating the flagship Galaxy Nexus and comes out within the next 60 days on AT&T.

Via: AT&T

Sony Ericsson Xperia P Announced: Unibody Design & Q2 Release Date

The Sony Ericsson Xperia P is a promising device with a launch set for Q2 of 2012. It it codenamed Nyphon, has a 4-inch “WhiteMagic” display encased in an aluminum unibody (works for bright environments), has an 8MP camera with 1080p HD video recording (as well as 3D photo-taking), a 1GHz dual-core processor with 16GB storage, NFC with Android 2.3 (4.0 will come as part of a update later), and will be available in either red, black or silver. It all sounds great.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2: Exciting With Android 4.0, But Thicker And Heavier

It is heavier and thicker than the original Tab 10.1, but still packs Ice Cream Sandwich with a 1GHz dual-core processor, much like the 7-inch Galaxy Tab 2. The 10.1-inch screen is of 1280×800 resolution, backed-up with a VGA front-facing camera for video chats, a 3 megapixel shooter with 720p HD recording on the back, and a 7,000mAh battery. There still are 16GB or 32GB storage options (with microSD card slot), as well as the thicker measurements: weighing 588g, it measures 256.6 x 175.3 x 9.7mm, meaning that it is much thicker than the previous 8.7mm seen on the original Tab 10.1.

Is that a deal-breaker? Not sure.