This Week on TechRadar

Angry Birds

This week on TechRadar, Android phone owners were delighted to learn that Angry Birds was free for them this week, and in related news, more details of Android 3.0 surfaced.

Apple announced iLife 11, new MacBook Airs and previewed OS X 10.7, and Microsoft explained why Windows Phone 7 doesn’t have Flash.

Read on for this week’s most popular stories on TechRadar…

Top five news stories

Angry Birds Android app – full version now available for free

Angry Birds has finally lost its Android beta tag and is now available as a full game from app store GetJar.

GetJar seems to be on a bit of a mission at the moment to make all mobile phone games free.

It recently teamed up with Glu Mobile (who makes DJ Hero amongst others) to make one free Glu game available every week and now it has nabbed the exclusive of the full version of Angry Birds for Android.

Android 3.0: more Gingerbread details emerge

Various details of Google Android 3.0 are emerging, with the new mobile OS set to be a “cleaner, more uniformed” operating system.

Phandroid, which believe it or not is a website for all Android fans, has managed to bag itself exclusive details on Gingerbread and believes that the OS has gone through a graphical change, with Google embracing green as Android’s colour of choice.

It has also made carrier branding “more prominent”.

Samsung Galaxy S Android 2.2 update begins rollout

Samsung’s Android 2.2 update to the Galaxy S looks set to land soon as rollout has begun in Scandinavian countries.

Norway, Sweden and Denmark have reported to have received the upgrade, although it’s only accessible using the Samsung Kies PC software rather than an over the air upgrade.

The new Android 2.2 brings a faster, more stable browser apparently, with better battery life and other improved features.

Sky: YouView will be a niche product

Sky’s director of broadband and telephony has told TechRadar that she believes the BBC-backed IPTV project YouView will stay a niche product for “quite some time”.

Speaking to TechRadar as the company released a major survey into internet usage, Delia Bushel said that the likely impact of YouView was being overstated.

She believes that the premium nature of YouView will mean that it does not become the type of hit that Freeview has.

Apple press conference: what’s been announced

Apple has announced its new products – an Apple netbook (almost), OS X 10.7, iLife 11 and FaceTime on Mac.

The first new product to be announced was iLife 11, with “Facebook enhancements” in iPhoto 11 and new full screen modes.

Obviously, Apple is calling it “the best version yet”. iPhoto also brings “amazing new slideshow themes”, an iPad-like album view, and you can pull in photos from Flickr.

Broadband crunch IS coming, says research

The UK’s network infrastructure is fast arriving at “capacity crunch” point, according to research fom the University of Southampton.

The argument over whether the UK’s old communications network can cope with the rise and rise of broadband has become a fierce one, with the likes of Virgin Media telling TechRadar back in June that a broadband crisis was looming, and both BT and Sky insisting that this was incorrect.

However, research from David Richardson at the University of Southampton which has been outlined in Science has underlined the obvious – that without radical investment, the current infrastructure (including fibre) will be overwhelmed.

Top five in-depth articles

20 best mobile phones in the world today

Whether you’re after the best budget music phone or a the best smartphone, the top ones are all here. And we’ve got in-depth reviews of all of them.

Here are our rankings for the best mobile phones around, currently available in the UK.

Why Windows Phone 7 doesn’t have Flash

Ask Microsoft why certain features aren’t in Windows Phone 7 and the usual answer is that when you develop a new operating system in 18 months flat you have to make some hard choices about what you can get done in time and what’s most important to the experience.

That’s the reason behind no copy and paste until 2011 and no tethering as a modem.

But that’s only one of the reasons why Windows Phone 7 doesn’t come with Flash, according to Microsoft’s Andy Lees, now president of the mobile communications division.

10 mind-boggling iPhone and iPad apps

For every jaw-dropping, must-have app for iPad and iPhone there are dozens more that are mad, bad or just plain wrong.

We’ve rounded up just 10 of our favourites. We’re sure you can find many more.

Hands on: Sky Anytime+ review

Sky’s Anytime+ service is nearing roll-out, with the service now in final testing by staff and a selected few others – including TechRadar.

Although the software is up and running and working well, there are, we are reliably told, a few tweaks still being made, so rather than do a complete review just yet we’re going to stick to an extensive hands on of the service at its current stage.

Hands on: New Apple MacBook Air review

After last night’s Apple launch in California, TechRadar was invited to Apple’s UK offices today to see the two new incarnations of its ultra-thin MacBook Air laptop.

The smaller MacBook Air is now just 0.3cm thick at its thinnest edge and there’s an 11.6-inch model arriving to sit alongside the re-engineered 13.3-inch baby.

We took one of the 13.3-inch versions with us and here are our first impressions of the diminutive lappy.

Top five reviews

Nokia N8 review

Nokia’s reputation as a leader in the smartphone market has been under increasing pressure in recent years, as a string of ‘high end’

handsets have failed to capture the minds and wallets of the phone-buying public. So to fix that, Nokia’s gone back to the drawing board to bring out the Nokia N8, featuring a new OS and a huge amount of high end tech packed under the hood.

Samsung Omnia 7 review

Samsung’s take on Windows Phone 7 was always going to be tech-heavy
– and that’s proved to be the case. Featuring a 4-inch Super AMOLED screen and a cool industrial design, the Samsung Omnia 7 is a slightly different take from the LG and HTC crowd.

It hasn’t gone big on the camera side of things like the HTC 7 Mozart, packing only a 5-megapixel camera and a single LED flash. But it’s that screen that really makes things pop on this phone – it’s almost like the feeling you get when you first see a Blu-ray on a proper HD telly: everything looks more real than reality itself.

New Apple iPod touch 4G (2010) review

The iPod touch has been the world’s premium MP3 player for some time now, and with the launch of the new iPod touch 4G model, that doesn’t look like changing. Despite the new iPod touch being even thinner than last year’s model, Apple has managed to squeeze into it a super-sharp Retina display, two cameras and the A4 processor that powers the iPhone 4 and iPad.

Apple TV review

Apple TV has dumped its 40GB of storage, three-quarters of its footprint and halved its UK price. And yet Steve Jobs continues to refer to it as a “hobby”. Perhaps it’s because Apple TV remains somewhat of an enigma.

It doesn’t fit into Apple’s main product groups – on apple.com it’s filed under ‘iPod’ in the category tree. On one hand Apple seems to want to shove it under the carpet, on the other it keeps re-inventing the device.

We’ll be positive though – Apple TV is a darn good media box to use with your Mac and with iTunes more specifically, and its price has reduced significantly – even if you would pay a shade over £60 for this box in the US – and that’s a big saving and a big shame.

HTC HD7 review

The HTC HD7 is by far the biggest of them, with a Desire HD- and HD2-matching 4.3-inch screen atop the near-identical hardware specs of its other WP7 brethren. In the hand it feels a bit gargantuan – smaller hands might struggle to contain its heft, but luckily it feels thin enough to not give the impression of a small netbook in your pocket.

Also reviewed this week…

Audio systems

Onkyo HTS-3305 review

AV Receivers

Yamaha RX-V567 review

Samsung HW-C500 review

Hard disk drives

Adata S596 Turbo SSD review

Laptops

Acer Aspire 5551-P32G32Mn review

HP 620 review

Samsung R730 review

Asus K72F-TY011V review

Fujitsu LifeBook AH530 review

HP Pavilion dv6-3040sa review

Media Streaming

Apple TV review

Mobile phones

Samsung Galaxy Europa i5500 review

Orange San Francisco review

Sony Ericsson Spiro review

Samsung Omnia 7 review

Operating systems

Microsoft Windows Phone 7 review

Printers

Canon PIXMA MP495 review

Canon PIXMA MG5150 review

Epson BX305FW review

HP Photosmart Plus eAll-in-One review

Processors

AMD Phenom II X2 560 Black Edition review

Speakers

PSB Imagine Series review

Paradigm Seismic 110 review

XTZ 99 W12.18 ICE review

TVs

Sony KDL-40EX43BKDL-40EX43B review

Panasonic TX-P50V20B review

Toshiba 37RV753 review

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