O2 UK has announced its first devices with embedded SIM cards. Although the concept isn't new – Vodafone UK has offered netbooks with SIM cards for over a year, while Datawind's UbiSurfer and PocketSurfer devices also have built-in SIMs – these are the first O2 laptops with their own SIM cards.
James Rosewell writes:
Back in January 2010 I wrote a brief review of the Google Nexus One that included my thoughts on the not-so-accurate voice dictation feature. From the marketing hype, I had expected to simply speak into the phone and a few seconds later my words would appear as a perfectly formed text message. The reality was somewhat disappointing. For all but the simplest short phrases it struggled to produce the intended words, making it inferior to even the touch-screen keyboard.
Vodafone has announced a number of new own-brand products today, including the Android-powered Vodafone 845. It's Vodafone's first own-branded Android smartphone – running the latest Android 'Eclair' (version 2.1) software – and is expected in the UK next month.
A new study from ABI Research suggests Orange's recent investment in High Definition voice services is the beginning of a HD voice boom. Its Mobile HD Voice report says today's "virtually nonexistent" market will grow dramatically from 2013, with about 487 million mobile subscribers using HD-enabled handsets on compatible networks in 2015.