Smartphones

Smartphone Growth Continues Further

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Juniper Research predicts WW smartphone shipments will reach 1Bn yearly by 2016-- up from 2010's 302m.

smartphonesSmartphones will not only make the majority of mobile phone shipments in 5 years' time, but will cost less, thanks to intense competition making manufacturers to push their economy models (those costing an unsubsidised $150 or less).

Juniper says customers want want smartphone features-- with feature phone prices. Customers in developed markets want such upgrades for cheap, while those in emerging markets lack both spending power and operator subsidies, making low price points essential. 

Such low prices will be possible thanks to falling component prices and open-source operating systems (primarily Android). 

Meanwhile smartphone technologies will continue increasing, with features including NFC, 3D displays and biometrics, as well as those from other devices such as games consoles, tablets and netbooks. 

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Meego Arrives in Nokia Form

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Nokia finally unveils a smartphone model running on Intel's MeeGo OS-- the N9, which some describe as the Nokia's take on the iPhone, at least in the looks department. 

Nokia N9It's also Nokia's first device lacking in actual buttons buttons-- not even a home button. Instead, one goes back and forth between the home screen and apps by swiping their fingers on the 3.9" touchscreen. 

Looks-wise it's very Apple-inspired, with a minimalist unibody design (made out of one piece of polycarbonate) and a slightly curved AMOLED display. 

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Optimus 3D Hits Europe

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Optimus 3DLG launches its Optimus 3D, starting off with Europe with a launch party in Spain.

The phone itself builds on LG's own Optimus range, now with one addition-- 3D (as the name suggests). It shoots 3D photos and video (via x2 5MP lenses) while carrying a glasses-free 4.3" WVGA 3D display.

A 1GHz OMAP 4 dual-core processor powers the device.

To make up for a lack of 3D content, the phone converts 2D content into 3D-- a function currently limited to images and video, but LG has plans for future game 3Dconversion

Media sharing connections come through HDMI and DLNA interfaces.

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HTC Androids Get PowerSkins

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PowerSkinPowerSkin releases charging cases for two HTC Android smartphones-- the Inspire 4G and Desire HD. 

The black silicone skins not only act as a protective case but also provide up to twice the power in addition to the device's battery (or so the company claims, at any rate), while the design allows access for ports and camera. 

The case battery's power capacity is 1500mAH, which PowerSkin says allows for 260 mins of talk time (or 120 hrs of standby time). 

It charges through either wall socket or USB cable, and its smart technology should first charge the phone itself first. 

PowerSkin has cases for a number of other smartphones available-- including Samsung and Motorola devices, as well as the (now obligatory) iPhone 4. 

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Nokia Pushes Symbian with X7

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Nokia X7Nokia announces the X7, its latest Symbian-based smartphone, is now available. 

The X7 is the company's first 4" smartphone, with glass and stainless steel contruction and a capacitive AMOLED display (640 x 360 resolution).

It runs Symbian's latest iteration, Anna, which Nokia says provides a fluid user experience. It carries an 8MP full focus camera with dual LED flash and 720p video recording capability. 

Connectivity comes through wifi and 2G/3G.

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