Author: Andrew Boxall

Orange Speaks Clearly in Moldova, Thanks to HD Voice!

The reason for Orange’s enunciation is due to their decision to introduce a new, high quality service named HD Voice in the small Eastern European country.  The switch was thrown at 09:09 on the 09/09/09, represents a world first and according to Orange, the first time since the early 90s that the GSM network has received a major upgrade benefiting voice quality. HD Voice works by using a special audio coding technology called AMR-WB – which stands for Adaptive Multi Rate-Wideband -  reducing background noise, canceling hiss and giving a more natural sound to telephone conversations, which Orange describe as […]

Sony Ericsson Reveals More About the Pureness

We took a brief look at the XPERIA Pureness a week ago and discovered that behind the translucent screen, not a lot else was going on tech-wise and now, despite some further news from Sony Ericsson, this has sadly remained the same.  However, we now have a clearer indication of what they are hoping to achieve with the phone, and it’s certainly not to attract the tech crowd. Instead of collaborating with a network or going the normal route and selling the Pureness in regular mobile phone shops, Sony Ericsson are doing the same as Motorola did with the Aura, […]

LG’s Etna Erupts in Europe

Although they have proclaimed much love for Windows Mobile, LG also promised three Android mobile phones before the year ended and today we have seen the first such device.  It’s named the Etna, or if you don’t know it very well, the more formal GW620.  Despite a wordy press release and the phone being on display at the recent IFA show, LG haven’t given much away in terms of features, but here’s what we do know: A 3″ touchscreen displaying Google’s Android OS, which at this stage appears to be devoid of a flashy UI. A slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Further […]

A Closer Look at MOTOBLUR

‘Your entire life, in a single stream’, at least that’s how Motorola describe MOTOBLUR in their teaser video.  But just what is it, and does it do anything different to the various other UI’s skinning mobile operating systems?  While we wait for the release of the Motorola DEXT, here’s a more in-depth look at MOTOBLUR. Motorola has designed a series of new widgets for the Android home screen, each with a focus on drawing information from your phone and online into one location, and collectively they’re known as MOTOBLUR.  Together with push style data feeds, everything is continually updated.  For […]

Top Ten Mobile Phone News Stories of the Week

As the second week of September draws to a close, and it was another exciting one, here’s a chance to read some of the news stories which were lost beneath the avalanche of new mobile phones announced or rumoured over the last seven days. 1.  New Samsung 360 Coming to Vodafone? Little is known about this Samsung mobile, other than it’s expected to have an OLED screen, an 8 megapixel camera and a Linux OS, but there is speculation concerning a Vodafone event possibly being held on the 24th September, where this and a service named Vodafone People could be […]

Motorola Are Back with the Launch of the Dext!

Motorola announced their Android event a few weeks back, giving the game away pretty early, before yesterday’s leaked images spoiled the party even further, however none of this mattered, as there was something so gratifying about Motorola – for many, the manufacturer of their first mobile phone – holding a big event and unveiling a mobile phone that people will actually want to buy! The phone in question is called the Dext, or Cliq in the USA, and will run on Google’s Android OS with a new, integrated social networking system named MOTOBLUR that features customised home screens filled with […]

Palm Announce the Pixi, Remain Silent on Euro Pre

Today, Palm have announced their second webOS mobile phone, the Pixi, a model we have previously seen and knew under the name of the Eos.  Palm have put the slider design of the Pre aside for the Pixi and revisited the style for which it is best known, the QWERTY candybar and this time it’s a 99 gram, 10mm thick beauty!  Something which you may not immediately notice is the lack of any control method, i.e. a trackball or D-pad, and that’s because the Pixi is still a touchscreen phone and takes advantage of the gesture area below the screen […]