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This Week's Chitter Chatter - the new Blackberry, more cities to receive EE 4G and a new handset from Samsung
Yet more leaks from Blackberry on their new BB10 handsets, this time with images of the front of the phones appearing on various websites and a video showing more details of the smart phone’s operating system. Just 6 weeks from the official launch date of 30th January, we continue to be teased with some comparing its looks (from the front at least) to the iPhone5. The new BB10 touch-screen devices will feature ‘Blackberry Flow’ which gives seamless navigation between apps and the so called ‘Blackberry Hub’ which will literally be at the hub of the phone’s communication centre and will bring together messages, feeds and diary appointments.
EE has announced details of plans to expand their 4G wireless network to a further 17 towns and cities in the UK by March 2013. Several cities will be switched on in the first weeks of January with the rest to follow in the first quarter of the New Year. The areas due to go live include Newport, Reading, Coventry, St Albans, Luton, Chelmsford, Watford, Bradford, Doncaster, Leicester, Rotherham, Sunderland as well as Dudley, Walsall, Sutton Coldfield, Wolverhampton and West Bromwich in the Midlands. By the end of March 2013, a total of 35 towns and cities will be enjoying 4G with plans to continue investing and rolling out the service throughout the UK.
Samsung have also been sharing details of their new Galaxy Grand Smartphone. Seemingly aimed at the mid market, the phone will feature a 5 inch screen, 187ppi resolution and a 1.2GHz dual core processor. Other attributes worth noting are the 8 megapixel camera on the back, storage of 8GB and a micro-SD slot. We don’t have confirmation of a release date as yet but will keep you updated when we do have.
Apple users have been racing to download the new Google Maps for iPhone with an amazing 10 million downloads within the first 48 hours of its release. Unsurprisingly this means it’s currently number one in the iPhone App Store download charts. With the well-documented problems of the Apple Map app, the free Google Maps app is likely to remain popular for a little while to come.
Rovio’s hugely popular Angry Birds are set to hit new heights with news that a 3D film version of the game will be hitting our screens in 2016. Downloads have surpassed the one billion mark with merchandising flying off the shelves worldwide and an Angry Birds theme park has opened in Finland, not bad for a game which has only been around for just over 3 years. ‘Ice Age’ Producer John Cohen has been signed up so we’re expecting another smash hit.