Posts Tagged ‘Skype’
It was day 2 (almost on its way to day 3) of the MWC in Barcelona and it was Android’s day to shine. Several carriers and smartphone makers announced today that they will be launching devices powered by Google’s Android OS. First up, Vodafone announced that it will launch HTC’s Magic, the keyboard-less G1. Following up on Vodafone’s announcement with 1-2-3 punches, Heuwei launched its sleek-looking Android device; Acer is working on 2 Android based devices while Samsung does one better by launching 3 Android devices and potentially a Linux Mobile phone too.
In other news, Nokia announced that it will bundle Skype software on all its N-series phones starting with the N97. Also, a group of 17 phone manufacturers and carriers, under the auspices of GSM, adopted the universal charger standard. Phone manufacturers including LG, Samsung, Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Motorola and operators like AT&T, Orange, Vodafone, T-Mobile and Telefonica agreed to use the microUSB socket as the standard power sockets on all their phones by 2012. Key holdouts include Apple, RIM and Palm, though RIM already uses MiniUSB on its Blackberry devices.
A while back I had reported on Hutchison Wampoa was entering into the mobile handset business and they were partnering with its 3 network operator in UK to launch it. Well, today, 3 and Inq announced the availability of the first phone which is being targeted at social media users who would like to keep in touch with their network on the go. The phone, called Inq 1 has Facebook, Skype, Windows Live Messenger, Last.fm, all pre-loaded into the phone and easily available from the home screen via a carousel of applications. The technical specifications for this phone are:
You can see a video of the press event for the launch presented by Reuters at this link. The phone will be available for free with £15 per month contract and £79.99 under pay-as-you-go plan.