29 January 2010

LG GW620 goes on sale at SGD 598 in Singapore

LG’s Android Phone Makes Social Networking Even Friendlier
LG’s first Android smartphone is made for social networking on the go

Singapore, 30 January 2009 -- LG Electronics (LG), a global leader and technology innovator in mobile communications today announced the availability of its first Android smartphone, the LG GW620, in Singapore. The launch of this smartphone delivers on the company’s social networking vision of a new kind of mobile experience for the growing number of consumers who insist on having their social networking tools with them wherever they go.

“LG’s first Android phone, the LG GW620, was developed with social networking in mind from the start,” said Dr. Skott Ahn, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications. “Social networking has become ubiquitous and an important way for many of us to stay connected with friends, family and coworkers. Our smartphones are designed with the lifestyles of our users in mind and seamlessly integrating social networking features in our handsets will enable LG smartphone owners to be more accessible and better connected.”

The LG GW620 is perfectly positioned for the growing trend of mobile social networking. According to research firm Frost & Sullivan, “the combination of increasing smartphone sales and the insatiable appetite for social networking provides an ideal market for social networking smartphones to take hold.”

“Social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter are hugely popular in Singapore, both among the so-called Generation X and Y. With the increasing demand for connectivity on the go and excellent network infrastructure here, the LG GW620 is well positioned to capture a significant piece of the smartphone market in Singapore,” said Mr. Jeff Cheh, Managing Director, LG Electronics Singapore.

Integration of Popular Social Networking Sites

With the LG GW620’s Social Networking Sites (SNS) Manager, users can simply check a friend’s status, leave comments or update their own social networking sites remotely. The SNS Manager integrates all of one’s social networking needs in one convenient platform for the managing of multiple accounts while receiving real-time updates. Even when searching through the phone’s contact list, users can still view updates from friends and be taken directly to their sites if desired.

Unique to the LG GW620, the Auto Face-Tagging and Face To Action technology never forgets a face. So no matter where one goes, friends and family are no more than a touch away. Simply tag a friend’s face in a photo and one can easily execute a range of remote functions such as uploading photos to a favourite site or connecting through SMS, MMS or voice by simply touching the face on the display.

Connect with Comfort

As a social networking smartphone, the LG GW620 replicates the comfortable environment of the PC for a more convenient social networking experience. The finger-friendly, 5-line slider QWERTY keyboard coupled with one of the fastest web browsers around allows for speedy surfing and smooth streaming of video as well as the use of favourite Google applications close at hand.

The instant messenger, threaded SMS and real-time push email functions keeps one more connected than ever before. Feeling chatty? Just touch a name on the screen to see who’s logged on. One more touch and start chatting.

Create New Content for Sharing

The LG GW620 embraces the latest multi-entertainment features to deliver a rewarding, real-time create-and-share user experience. The crisp 5-megapixel AF camera and high-resolution video recorder capture content that can be enhanced with the phone’s fun editing tools to let users shoot, slice and splice together their own multimedia masterpieces. Once satisfied with the final cut, all it takes is another simple touch to upload and share experiences with loved ones.

The full studio of entertainment offerings includes a dynamic HVGA 3-inch LCD for true-to-life viewing of friends’ videos with DivX and Xvid support and the added convenience of a 3.5-mm audio jack for more enjoyable multi-tainment on the versatile device.

All Purpose Applications

LG GW620 users will also be able to download Google-verified applications directly to their phone with ease from the Android Market. This allows users access to more than 10,000 free applications to suit all their needs ranging from productivity suites to games. There are also many useful applications designed specifically for the Singapore market.

The LG GW620 is the first of a number of Android devices LG plans to introduce to the public this year. It is now available in Singapore at a recommended retail price of S$598/-.

21 January 2010


OCWorkbench has done a online Review of the Motorola DEXT just launched in Singapore. The review is with HD video of Motorola staff demonstrating the social media apps.

Motorola DEXT Android phone in Singapore. This phone comes with MOTOBLUR which is a customised UI over the Android 1.5 Cupcake. See how it works and find out the details in the link below.

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08 January 2010

StarHub TV’s Video-On-Demand Gets Bigger And Better with VOD in Cantonese dual sound and hollywood movie deal wiht paramount pictures

StarHub TV’s Video-On-Demand Gets Bigger And Better

Signs New Hollywood Movie Deal With Paramount Pictures

Launches Hot & Haunted Category -

Offers TVB Classics, fresh E! Entertainment content and more

Singapore, 8 January 2010 – StarHub TV’s Video-On-Demand (VOD) offerings have just gotten bigger and better! Today, StarHub announced its acquisition of a wide variety of new content for its VOD platform which includes exciting and popular movies and series from Hollywood, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and Indonesia. Rolled out in phases recently with much more lined up for the coming months, these significant enhancements to its VOD content augment StarHub’s content leadership position in the Singapore pay TV market.

“We are really excited with what we have in-store for our VOD customers. There will certainly be more to come and our VOD content can only get bigger and better!” promised Kathleen Syron, StarHub’s Head of Content.

Hollywood Content: New deals with Paramount Pictures and Comcast

StarHub has sealed a deal with Paramount Pictures that will make it the first pay TV operator in Singapore to offer Hollywood blockbusters from the mega movie house on a transactional VOD platform. Starting from January 2010, movie fans can look forward to the latest movies about six months from theatrical releases, as well as library titles from Paramount Pictures in the comforts of their homes. Movies in the line-up over the coming weeks include Transformers: The Revenge of the Fallen, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and Star Trek. Some movie titles will also be available in high definition, to give viewers added choice and better quality. These movies will be available to MaxOnline customers via StarHub TV Online as well.

Fans of Hollywood glamour and gossip will be delighted by StarHub’s new deal with Comcast International Media Group (CIMG) to offer TV specials from E! such as Sexiest Season 2 and 25 Most Memorable Swimsuit Moments on its VOD platform.

New Hot & Haunted Category

A new Hot & Haunted category of content rated “16” or “18” will be added to StarHub’s VOD line-up on 15 January 2010. This category will feature exciting and thrilling movies and series, covering horror, gore, sex and violence. Among the many titles available from mid January are A Chain of Curses (Japanese), Temptation of Eve (Korean) and Susuk Pocong (Indonesian). Some of these titles will also be made available via StarHub TV Online.

Asian Content: TVB Classics, Celestial Movies and MD Entertainment Sinetron

StarHub has also teamed up with three leading content providers in Asia to offer new content on its VOD platform.

StarHub will work with longtime content partner TVB to offer popular TVB classic dramas on its VOD platform. These classics, such as The Bund, Return Of the Condor Heroes 1983, Heavenly Sword and Dragon Sabre and The Duke Of Mount Deer, are available in both Mandarin and in its original Cantonese language.

StarHub also sealed a VOD content deal with Celestial Movies and titles will be offered in dual Cantonese-Mandarin dual sound whenever the option is available. Movies that are currently being offered include The Assembly, It’s A Wonderful Life, Flash Point and Kung Fu Dunk.

StarHub's new deal with MD Entertainment will enable the pay TV operator to offer over 1,000 hours of content per year from the producer of award-winning and highly rated Indonesian sinetron. Those currently carried on StarHub's VOD platform are Sujudku and Senyumku Tangisku.

To find out more about StarHub TV’s VOD offerings, the full list of titles and the price list, the public can visit www.starhub.com/tv.

04 January 2010

Singtel Mio TV ceased Voom HD, Equator HD and Sling HD and other channels

Looks like the war for programmes is getting worse. Singtel Mio TV probably lost it's rights to quite an amount of channels. These channels mentioned below will stop transmission from end of DECEMBER.

"As we strive to enhance our channel offerings, please be informed that the following channels will cease by end Dec 2009 – VOOM HD (CH 10), Equator HD (Ch 11), Sling HD (Ch 12), Luli – The Channel for Babies (Ch 27), Mom-On-Demand (Ch 307) and WorldSport HD (Ch 308)."


My experience with LG BL40 Chocolate touch screen phone

Most people like me will be surprised by the longish large screen form factor of the LG BL40. The first thing that comes to my mind is that, is it a fashion or a geek phone ? Does it fit into your pants?

From the advertisements on the TV, it seems to be a lady's phone. That is the first perception that most people get. In fact, it is a feature phone that will appeal to a full spectrum of users from young to adult, men and women.

The longish 4" wide screen touch screen design really captivates me and on lookers. Although it doesn't use OLED technology, It's wide screen playback video in full glory. The display contrast is impressive as there is no greyness in the display of black. (Try it with the Avatar video that comes with it). You can also enable the Dolby Mobile Sound to experience theater like audio on it.

There are also a couple of games that comes with the phone. I particularly like the Fishing game where you use the motion sensor to catch the fishes. There is also a touch screen piano which adds to your mobile entertainment.

For the young who wants twit and update your status, the LG BL40 comes pre installed with MySpace, Twitter and Facebook. With a data plan SIM card or WiFi you can be connected and surf the net. Watch YouTube stream to your LG BL40 with ease and Upload your pictures taken by the 5 mega pixel camera to your friends using the HSPA high speed data access.

Other than being an entertaining device, the LG BL40 can double up as a executive assistant. The large screen 345x800 can operate in both portrait and landscape mode. With multi-touch technology, you can zoom in and out of picture, web pages for information on the go. You can also access your corporate email, Gmail etc. You can now read mails just like what you do on Outlook. The Dual UI (user interface) shows the email subject and contents in one view. Instead of searching the email subject then open a new window to view contents, subjects and contents can be quickly cross checked simultaneously. You can also edit your SMS or text with one touch copy & paste of text.

With the New Chocolate BL40's Gesture Shortcut, you can access menus by drawing simple icons on a touch pad. You can set up each of your frequently used menu items to be accessed by one of the twelve gesture icons stored in the handset.

In all, the LG BL40 fits nicely in my pocket and has all the nifty features all put into a phone. As it is a feature phone, we will have to depend on LG to provide more applications specific to this platform. Otherwise, we are left with Java midlets that runs on this platform. So far, I have tested Opera Mini, Google Maps and they worked well with the LG BL40 Chocolate.

This is simply an amazing piece of art and technology that I would recommend to my friends.

Below is a video which shows the LG BL40.