09 September 2010

Huawei launches IDEOS Google Android 2.2 handset in Hong Kong today

Google and Huawei have announced an Android smartphone that runs the Android 2.2 mobile OS. Huawei says the IDEOS phone is the first mass-market handset to be offered with the Android 2.2 OS preinstalled.

The Huawei IDEOS will carry a SIM-free price tag of between US$100 and $200 depending on where it’s bought. Huawei is currently in active negotiations with a number of carriers keen to offer the Google-branded device. The phone is set for “commercial launch” in mid-October in Europe and Asia-Pacific.

The Huawei IDEOS Android smartphone offers 3G HSDPA connectivity as well as 80.11n Wi-Fi. This, explained Nicola Philbin, Huawei’s director for terminals, UK and Ireland, offers web connection speeds up to six times faster than standard Wi-Fi. The phone also supports 3G tethering, allowing it to act as modem for a laptop to connect to the web where a Wi-Fi or Ethernet broadband connection is not available.
The Huawei IDEOS smartphone sports a 2.8in QVGA capacitative touchscreen, has a 3.2Mp camera, Bluetooth A2DP and 512MB of internal memory. Running a Qualcomm 528MHz processor, the IDEOS handset has its own media player and accepts microSD cards up to 32GB.
The Huawei IDEOS was co-developed by Google and the Chinese hardware manufacturer and is effectively a successor device to the high-end Nexus One smartphone that Google co-developed with HTC. While the Google Nexus One showcased the Android 2.1 clair version of the mobile operating system and was pitched against the likes of the Apple iPhone, the IDEOS is a mass market handset thats natural rivals are the HTC Desire and Legend.

Preinstalled applications include Google Talk, Google Maps and the Android Market app download service. Since the Huawei IDEOS is equipped with the newest version of the Android OS, it will support the ability to run applications stored on a microSD card, deftly getting around the limitations of the handset’s 512MB internal memory.

The HTC Desire handset was the first device on which the Android 2.2 Froyo upgrade was offered, having originally been sold as a 2.1 clair smartphone. HTC and its partners have come under fire for the tricksy upgrade path for the HTC Desire, caused in part by the Vodafone 360 and Samsung TouchWiz user interfaces overlaid on the standard Android interface.

The IDEOS handset will be available in blue, black, purple or yellow versions. The front of the smartphone is black, though largely dominated by its bright, responsive capacitive touchscreen, while the rear has a colourful backplate and is branded ‘with Google’. It is named the IDEOS because of its industrial design, evolutionary status and its innovative operating system. These elements, Huawei believe, fit neatly with its company philisophy of a “simple device; smarter world”.


Touch screen Nikon has HD video

Camera maker Nikon has unveiled its new slim Coolpix compact, boasting a 14.1 megapixel lens, high-definition (HD) filming and with an easy-to-use touch screen.
Weighing 133g (including battery and memory card) the Coolpix S80 is lighter than some mobile phones, yet packs a 5X zoom and 720p HD video camera.
However, it is the high resolution 3.5 inch organic LED touch screen that Nikon believes has raised the bar for its compact cameras.
Mark Pekelharing, product manager at Nikon said: "The S80 demonstrates Nikon's commitment to lead the touch screen camera category.
"The high-quality screen allows you to interact with your images with ease whilst its high-speed performance captures the perfect shot quickly and in clear definition. Providing substance as well as a unique sense of style, the S80 is the perfect camera for the fashionable photographer."
For example, the S80's Touch Shutter function allows users to focus or take a picture just by touching the relevant area on the screen, and makes framing shots more intuitive.
With the screen's 819,000 pixel resolution, editing - using the cameras inbuilt filters and colour effects - is also possible without the need to upload photos to a computer first.
Despite its tiny proportions Nikon said the S80's battery life is capable of taking 150 shots.
The compact is also packed with features to improve portrait photography, like its face-priority focus, skin softening, smile timer, automatic red-eye remover and blink proof shooting - which takes two sequential shots.
The S80 costs £329.99. It hits shops on October 7.

Singapore digital-cable operator StarHub has teamed up with Fox International Channels (FIC) to launch a new Star Movies Pack from next week.

Singapore digital-cable operator StarHub has teamed up with Fox International Channels (FIC) to launch a new Star Movies Pack from next week.

Launching on Sep 16, the pack includes Star Movies, Fox Family Movies, Star Movies HD and Star Movies on Demand. The package will cost S$17.12 per month. Star Movies is already available to StarHub subscribers, with customers currently paying S$12.84 a month for just the one channel.

Fox Family Movies is launching for the first time in Singapore and will be available for free until October 13 to all StarHub subs. Offering family movies from studios including 20th Century Fox and Walt Disney, premieres include 102 Dalmatians and G-Force while library fare includes Pirates of the Caribbean and The Chronicles of Narnia.
Star Movies on Demand will include 30 movies available to watch at any time, with movies changing each month.
Meanwhile, Star Movies HD simulcasts Star Movies in high definition, for which subscribers will need to take one of StarHub’s two high definition set-tops.

“Our partnership with FIC has reached yet another milestone with the introduction of these three new channels on StarHub TV,” said Iris Wee, StarHub’s Vice President of Home Solutions. “We hope that with the introduction of this STAR Movies Pack, viewers will be able to dive right into Hollywood where most of the movies offered on these channels are made and enjoy them to their hearts’ content.”

“Our partnership with StarHub scales new heights with the launch of the STAR Movies Pack. We are delighted to bring even more choice to our Singapore viewers. STAR Movies HD takes our HD offering in Singapore to 8 services and allows enhanced movie-viewing experiences. STAR Movies On Demand gives movie lovers the option of watching their favourite films as and when they like. FOX Family Movies is a great new offering for parents and kids alike, where the young and old can bond over some of the best movies ever made,” said Avinash Himatsinghani, Senior Vice President and General Manager, SE Asia, FOX International Channels.