Motorola Atrix 4G dropping tomorrow

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Motorola posted a reminder on twitter today that the Atrix 4G will be launching tomorrow in the USA on AT&T.

This is one of the high end smartphones being released this year with a dual core CPU, plus the ability to plug into a laptop dock that will boot a web browsing focused OS on to the laptop dock.

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Nokia hurts after Microsoft joint venture announcement

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After news of the Nokia and Microsoft joint venture this morning, it seems as if a revolt has started to take place.
There are reports of about a thousand Nokia employees walking out on the job as stocks fell dramatically by almost 14% as of closing today.

Nokia announces Microsoft partnership and strategy

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Stephen Elop today announced the long rumored partnership with Microsoft.
They plan on devices at some point in the future to be running Window Phone OS while retaining some Symbian and some Nokia properties (such as Ovi Maps) along side their Microsoft based portfolio.
You can see the press release with ful details here:

Nokia E7 launches

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Today, Nokia announced that the E7 is launching.
The E7 is the first Symbian^3 device in Nokia's business focused E-series.
The device has a 4inch Clear Black OLED screen, 16GB integrated storage (no microSD slot), qwerty keyboard, and a 8MP megapixel fixed focus camera EDoF.

Nokia's press release can be read here: Nokia E7 launch

Nokia Social updated for Symbian ^3 devices.

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Nokia has released an update for their Social Application for their new Symbian ^3 devices such as the N8,C7 and C6-01.
The new update brings along the following changes:

  • See your friends’ status updates right from their Contacts Card—now you can see what your friends are up to before you make a phone call.
  • Linked Contacts Indicator enables you to see whose Contacts Cards are socially enabled and whose are not.

Samsung Vibrant 2.2 Froyo update is out now!

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The much awaited Froyo update for the Samsung Galaxy S variant for T-Mobile, the Vibrant is now out and official.
Unfortunately you can not get this update OTA (over the air). You will have to connect the Vibrant to a device using Samsung Kies software.
Word of caution, if you are still using build T959UVJFD (aka JFD) you should upgrade to a newer build such as T959UVJI6 (JI6) before going to Froyo (KA6). There is a known issue with upgrading from JFD to KA6 directly.

#1 Mobile App Store in China is.......Ovi

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Reading most tech news from the USA(where I am located), one can easily forget that the largest smartphone platform in the world is not Apple, Android, or even Blackberry.
The largest deployed smartphone platform is Symbian, and the majority of that is Nokia's variant.
A reminder of this is a report that was published that shows that about 65.2% of mobile user's in China download their apps through Ovi.
Compare this to the three USA dominant platforms, and it puts things into perspective: Android = 13.7%, iPhone AppStore = 9.4%, Blackberry AppWorld = 3%.
What was surprising was that the Windows Marketplace was higher that iPhone Appstore and just the Android Marketplace with just 11.1%.
The source of this news can be viewed here: Ovi Store leads in China

LG Ally gets Froyo

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Looks like Verizon is pushing Android 2.2 aka Froyo to its LG Ally.
This is good news seeing as many customers are beginning to worry whether their carrier branded Android phones will see future updates (see Galaxy S series for example).

Nokia E7 goes up for preorder...

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The E7 is now up for preorder on Nokia's Finnish store according to a post on Engadget Mobile.
The device is available for €599 preorder price.
For those that need a refresher, the device is packing a 4 inch Clear Black AMOLED capacitive touch display, 16GB of builtin flash, 8MP camera, full qwerty keyboard and the latest edition of Symbian among other features.
As an interesting side note, the preorder that I once could easily find on amazon.com has seemed to have disappeared. Now I see listing for new preorders that are direct from Nokia themselves with no price on them as with the previous amazon preorders.
There is an auto notify for when it becomes available though.
You can see an example of this here: Blue Nokia E7

Samsung Vibrant (T-Mobile): ☑, Android 2.2 (Froyo): ☐ MIA

Last year, Samsung decided to show off some highly anticipated phones in March 2010. Samsung formally named them the "Galaxy S" series. The Galaxy S is known as the OEM model, while the carriers in various countries would launch them under several other names.

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