NFC (Near Field Communication) technology has a lot of potential. We’ve so far seen it used for automated payment systems using mobile phones or credit cards with NFC chips, and, on a more basic level, for sharing content across devices. But let’s be honest, use of the NFC technology has failed to match up to expectations.
To date, we’ve seen NFC chips used as a part of device hardware introduced by manufacturers, but Orange France has decided to go a completely different route. To ensure large-scale availability of the NFC feature, Orange will be rolling out NFC SIM cards across France, and will cover all of its 27 million subscribers. With the [...]
Orange has finally announced the availability dates for its first Intel-based Android smartphone, the San Diego. Previously known as the Santa Clara, the handset will be launched on June 6 in the UK, with prices starting at £199.99 for Orange Pay As You Go customers and at £0 for customers that sign-up for a new 24-month contract with the carrier.
The prepay package is available to customers that top up by at least £10 in Orange shops and will offer users a free 250MB data allowance per month for a year, while the subsidized package (starting at £15.50 monthly) includes 50 voice minutes to any network, 50 SMS messages [...]
With technology enthusiasts in the United States still not knowing when (and for what price) to expect the Galaxy S3, Sammy’s new flagship phone, things are starting to shape up in Europe.
UK’s most important carriers have officially announced when they’ll put the phone up for sale and how much it will cost. The good news is that you’ll be able to get the Galaxy S3 free of charge. The bad news is that not all carriers offer the next Galaxy for free, and those that do require some hefty new plans to be activated.
Vodafone will be the first UK carrier to sell the S3, one day before all its competitors, and will also be the first to offer both the 16 and the [...]
Announced back in January at CES 2012 Las Vegas, the Medfield chip represents Intel’s latest attempt to enter the smartphone processor market, one currently dominated by Qualcomm and Nvidia (both using ARM architectures for their designs). Although Intel has high hopes that, starting with the second quarter of this year, major manufacturers will choose to implement the Medfield chip in their upcoming flagship superphones, a recent report from Digitimes claims that the Intel Atom Z2460 CPU will be more popular in the entry-level market instead, one significantly less profitable than the high-end sector.
We’ve previously reported about the Medfield chip proving its performance [...]
Accounting for an impressive 81% of all CPU’s delivered in 2011, Intel is currently dominating the global CPU market. However, while the desktop, netbook and notebook markets are all well under Intel’s firm grasp, the Santa-Clara based company is still struggling (and has been for the past few years) to enter the mobile CPU market, a market currently dominated by ARM’s Cortex A9 chips. While Intel has the technology to create substantially more processing power, previous smartphone CPU attempts were severely lacking in the power management sector, exactly the area where ARM’s chips shine.
Announced back at CES 2012 in January, the new Atom Z2460 [...]
Hero users on Orange UK’s network will start receiving the Android 2.1 Eclair update as early as next week, according to an HTC spokesperson. The following statement has been posted on Orange’s website:
“We apologise for the delay in Orange Hero customers receiving their Eclair update. Testing the update across European markets took longer than anticipated. However, we hope to receive final approval by the end of the week and Orange handsets should start updating from next week.”
Oui oui! Samsung launched the i5800 Galaxy 3 smartphone in France today as the Galaxy Naos and the Galaxy Teos. Both handsets include:Android 2.1 with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI 3.2-inch WQVGA 400×240 capacitive touchscreen display 3 megapixel camera/camcorder 667MHz processor 3G HSDPA WiFi aGPS 1500mAh battery and a microSD card slot 113.5 x 55 x 12.4mm, 105g TouchWiz user interface
The Galaxy Naos will be offered by Orange France in either black or white and the Galaxy Teos will be headed elsewhere in France. More photos after the jump.
The mobile phone carrier Orange are set to release their very own Android based device for the grand sum of €1.00. Built by Foxconn on behalf of the Orange network, the device is currently set for a European only release. Naturally, in order to qualify for this low price you will have to be on a particular contract, but this doesn’t detract from the fact that it is still very, very affordable.
Your €1.00 will get you a 3.2″ screen providing a 480px x 320px resolution. You even get Wi-Fi 802.11b/g and Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR. The ‘Boston’ will be pretty snappy too, offering a Qualcomm 600MHz [...]