Wireless Wednesday: iPhone 4 Recall?, Opera Mini 5.1 for Android, Facebook’s Like Button

Wed, Jul 14, 2010

Android, Facebook, iPhone, Mobile, Social

Welcome to Wireless Wednesday, where it’s always a wireless world. Today, we have several topics to discuss in this edition including the possibility of the iPhone 4 recall, Opera Mini 5.1 launching on Android and Facebook’s Like Button going mobile.

Apple’s Big iPhone 4 Problem

As we’ve already posted about, the iPhone 4 has a problem with its antenna signal. When held a certain way (blocking the bottom left black strip), the phone is said to drop reception almost instantly and can even lead to a complete loss of signal. While Apple has released a statement claiming it’s mostly a software issue and that they will release an update soon to fix it, many believe that a recall would be more effective.

Consumer Reports released their full report on the iPhone 4 earlier this week and overall gave the phone a higher rating than its predecessor, but could not recommend it due to the antenna issue being “a hardware issue.” Phone Reception expert Professor Matthew Seeger said: “Apple will be forced to do a recall of this product. It’s critically important. The brand image is the most important thing Apple has. This is potentially devastating.”

Opera Mini 5.1 Out Now for Android

Way back in March, Opera released Opera Mini 5 as an open beta boasting faster page loading and an improved interface. Now, the popular mobile browser is now ready to shed its beta tag with the new 5.1 version now available.

As Mashable points out, the new version does not feature many new improvements except for overall stability and a better page layout for the new phones with giant screens (EVO and Droid X, for instance). You can download this new version on the Android Market or by heading to m.opera.com. Below is a trailer showcasing the features of this alternate browser:

Facebook’s Like Button Headed for Mobile

As reported by Mashable, Eric Tseng, Head of Facebook Mobile at the MobileBeat 2010 conference in San Francisco said that Facebook “really sees mobile as the future” and that we will be seeing the “Like” button in mobile apps very soon.

Tseng further explained how this ties in to Facebook’s Open Graph by explaining “If you were to walk near a coffee shop and get a location-aware notification that there’s a happy hour going on there, you’ll probably be even more inclined to visit it if the notification comes bundled with recommendations from your Facebook friends.”

App discovery will also be a part of Facebook in the future. As Tseng pointed out: “Inevitably, app stores will become more social. As we get more apps, that’s going to be great. But the average user isn’t going to go through thousands of apps on their phone.”

All very interesting news, especially concerning the future of mobile. Now, the question is on you. Should Apple recall the iPhone 4? Let us know in the comments section below.

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  • Meella

    I think the obvious solution here is if Apple gives iPhone 4 customers a complimentary rubber bumper. If this truly helps with signal reception, it will surely save the cost of having to recall an entire product line. IMHO.
    While I love their products, I do hope Apple steps up on this one.
    The iPhone 4 tempting features, HD Video Recording and lovely pictures you're surprised:
    http://ifunia.com/iphone-column/a-review-of-app