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For over six months now sporadic complaints and reports of text messages going astray have been appearing on the Google Android Forums. Understandably there are situations where text messages being sent to the wrong recipient could prove to be rather embarrassing, some users have reported such problems and Google engineers have now come up with a fix. After months of forum posts the issue was elevated to ‘high priority’ a few days ago. At first the bugs were played down as it was not a ‘persistent problem’ and after an investigation...

A couple of really nice looking smartphones which have got people talking at the CES 2011 are from Acer. The one which is attracting most attention is the Acer Liquid Mini phone. It is a compact little phone at 11 cm x 6 cm and has a 3.2 inch display touchscreen. A camera on board gives you 5 megapixels, there is Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, 512 MB of memory and a 600MHZ processor from Qualcomm. It is going to be available in a range of 5 interesting colours. Silver, blue, yellow, white and pink have been mentioned but the one on display in...

If I mentioned the Sony Zeus Z1 you might be reasonably interested in finding out what I was talking about. If I told you that this was the code name for the prototype of the so called PlayStation Phone I reckon your ears would perk up a bit more. Internet videos of this alleged new device appear to be completely genuine, although a lack of official comments from Sony are leading to a lot of guess work and assumption making around the features and possible launch date. So what do we know so far? Quite a lot actually. The PlayStation Phone...

HTC phones have grabbed a lot of the attention at CES 2011 and with good reason. A couple of the top ones which are on display are the HTC ThunderBolt and the HTC EVO Shift 4G, so it is worth comparing the two of them to see what they offer us. We will start with ThunderBolt, which you may have read about before under the code name Mecha. It is 4G enabled, has a 1GHz processor, an LTE modem and a 4.3 inch touchscreen. There are two cameras, one at the front and an 8 mega pixel one at the back. Internal memory wise there is 8GB. The operating...

After a few weeks of waiting Google has began rolling out a new look Android Marketplace across the fleet of devices running Android 1.6 or above. Users will immediately notice the new look homepage that incorporates a showcase ‘carousel’ type section on the landing page and on category pages, this section can be quickly revolved to browse the latest apps allowing users to select the app to be taken to its own description page. The official Android blog release explained the addition as “a focus on improving discoverability and merchandising”. Google...

The 2012 London Olympics will be bringing new and exciting technology to the UK, an announcement has revealed that the channel tunnel will be fitted with mobile 3G coverage similar to that that will also be installed on the London Underground. Travellers on the channel tunnel will no longer suffer wireless blackout when travelling between the UK and France, the new coverage will be supplied by a conglomerate of network providers which will eventually all be licensed by the UK governing body Ofcom. The British offering will be shored up...

HTC is preparing for the launch of their 4G handsets ahead of CES on 6th January and virtual titbits have started to arise surrounding the name of the cloaked handset. Up until now the Smartphone has been known as the HTC Incredible HD, this includes internal ‘leaks’ and advertising ‘mistakes’ over the past few weeks. However, the mobile communications giant recently included a web link in some pre-launch advertising that actually suggested the phone would be called the ‘Thunderbolt 4G’. Sadly the link turned out to be a dud...

Google has taken their Flagship Nexus S Smartphone, which sports the latest Android Gingerbread 2.3 to new heights – making the Nexus S their first Smartphone to go into outer space. In total seven devices were sent on a mission where no other smartphone had gone before, thankfully some Android Robots went along for the ride, all of which can be seen in the highlights reel below. The whole exercise was all about quality control as Google wanted to test how the device would function, engineers tested Google Maps and Google Sky Maps for...

Samsung revealed that they had sold 5 million of their Galaxy S Smartphones a couple of months ago, at the time they also revealed that they would sell 10 million units before the end of 2010 – a bold prediction at the time but one they seem to be able to back up. Samsung has announced that they have sold 9.3 million units to date and with only a few days to go before the end of the year, making it unlikely but still possible to hit their target. The Samsung Galaxy S launched in July and has been one of the most popular handsets for...

HTC raised the hopes of HTC Desire and Desire HD owners today, an official Tweet read “European Desire HD/Desire Z users – look out for an update rolling out from today that will make your mobile experience even better”. Users probably thought they were going to receive the box fresh Android Gingerbread update – sadly this wasn’t the case. After realizing their Christmas Eve gaff HTC issued another Tweet dashing the hopes of owners: “To clarify, the Desire Z/Desire HD update is a maintenance build based on all your feedback....