Broadening the amount of ways you can view the coverage from the Olympic games the BBC have just launched an app for iPhone and Android. The app will let you stream upto 24 live events simultaneously, read homepage top stories offline and there will be a page for every event, country and athlete taking part in the games.
Android users need to be running Android 2.2 or higher and requires Flash to be installed to watch live video.
The BBC’s official Olympic app will only work in the UK.
HMV’s flagship store on Oxford street will start selling Google’s low cost tablet from next week. A HMV salesperson confirmed that the store will be selling the Nexus 7 from July 16th. A signboard has been set up outside the store stating that the 16GB model will be sold at £199, but there is no indication that they will be stocking the cheaper 8GB model that retails at £159 in the UK.
Today has been a bad day for the network O2. From 1:30pm GMT O2 has been experiencing a major network outage affecting thousands of its users. Although not all customers are being effected by the networks issues, it is still impacting a large user base with those being affected left without the ability to call, send text messages or even use the internet on their phone.
O2 engineers are currently looking into the problem but there is no ETA for when the network will be fully up and running again.
When it comes to Windows Phone the Lumia 900 will be the first port of call for people when thinking about investing in Microsoft’s mobile OS. The polycarbonate constructed phone has drawn some interest towards Windows Phone and Nokia but both Nokia and Microsoft would of expected the Lumia 900 to make a bigger splash than it has thus far.
Now to get people talking about the Lumia 900 again, Nokia are releasing a Pink version exclusively to AT&T. The Pink Version is identical to all other Lumia 900′s in all but colour so your still getting Nokia’s 4.3-inch ClearBlack display, 1.4GHz processor and a 8-megapixel camera.
You’ll be able to order the pink Lumia 900 from July 15th in a AT&T store or from their site.
Source: Nokia conversations
The Wall Street Journal has two sources that say Apple is preparing to start production on a smaller iPad in September. The sources say the screen will be smaller than 8-inches and that Apple’s suppliers for this smaller tablet are LG and AU Optronics. The Wall Street Journal usually has very reliable sources so there shouldn’t be any doubt that we’ll see a smaller iPad in the coming months and it makes sense for Apple to produce a smaller tablet, with the likes of the Kindle Fire and the recently announced Nexus 7 trying to capitalize in the 7-inch tablet market
The mysterious Samsung QWERTY with Ice Cream Sandwich we saw two days ago has just become official. Before we knew it as the GT-B5330 but now we must refer to it as the Samsung Galaxy Chat.
Not much has changed since we first reported on it so it still has a 3-inch QVGA display, 2-megapixel rear facing camera without a flash, 4GB of storage and a 1,200mAh battery. Despite these low specs, the Galaxy Chat does come with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box with pre-loaded applications such as Samsung’s Game Hub and their messaging application ChatON.
Availability for the Galaxy Chat will start from this month with it being rolled out in Spain and then the rest of europe.
For a while now Sky subscribers have been able to stream select Sky channels such as Sky Movies and Sky Sports through the Sky Go app. Currently the app only supports eight Android handsets running Android 2.2 or 2.3 but Sky plans to update the app to support more handsets and Ice Cream Sandwich by the end of July.
At the moment the only Android devices that can advantage of Sky Go are the HTC Desire, HTC Desire S, HTC Desire HD, HTC Incredible, HTC Sensation, HTC Sensation XE, Samsung Galaxy S and the Samsung Galaxy S ll but Sky plan to add the Samsung Galaxy Note and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus to the list of compatible devices.
By now we’ve all heard the news that RIM’s new hardware and software won’t be hitting the market until Q1 of 2013 at the earliest. A leaked roadmap obtained by BlackBerryOS shows that RIM are looking to launch their full touch screen device codenamed ‘London’ in Q1 of next year along with another touch screen with a physical QWERTY called ‘Nevada’.
Also mentioned in the roadmap is a new tablet going by the codename of Blackforest, which may be RIM’s 10-inch tablet. The current BlackBerry PlayBook is scheduled to get its BlackBerry 10 update sometime in the first half of 2013.
Research In Motion are also looking to release another two handsets in the second half of next year called Nashville and Naples but apart from that we have no other information to go on.
At the complete opposite end of the spectrum to the Samsung Galaxy S lll, here we have a mid-range Samsung sporting a physical QWERTY keyboard. This Samsung comes with the model number GT-B5330 and will be running Android 4.0.4. when its released. The rest of the spec list is nothing to make a song and dance about, the CPU will be clocked at 850MHz, will support 3G bands and will have a lowly resolution of 320×240 pixels.
The GT-B5330 is one of only a few Android phones with a portrait QWERTY which may entice new users coming from a feature phone or anyone jumping ship from a BlackBerry.
The Motorola Xoom is far from the best tablet, its far from the best Android tablet but it now comes with a lower price that will try and tempted you into making a purchase. The new low price of £269.99 gets you the 10.1 inch model of the Xoom 2 which is Wi-Fi only and 16GB of storage. It may be a little to late for the Motorola Xoom 2, as last week Google announced a cheaper and better spec’d tablet called the Nexus 7.
If for some reason you’ve got your heart set on a Xoom 2 and will not consider any other Android tablet then check out Expansys.com and initiate your order.