The week in gadgets

22 Aug 2011

A look at the gadget happenings as iOS 5 may include an earthquake warning option for Japanese iPhone users, LG will release the Optimus Sol and Google+ rolls out verification badges

iOS 5 may include early earthquake warnings for Japanese iPhone owners

Apple will reportedly add an earthquake warning notification option to iOS 5 for Japanese iPhone users in the wake of the devastating earthquakes earlier in the year.

9 to 5 Mac reports that Japan has the world’s most advanced early-warning system for earthquakes in the world. It launched a national online system in 2007, which detects tremours, calculates the earthquake’s epicentre and sends out warnings from its numerous seismographs across the country.

Many Japanese iPhone owners use apps such as Yurekuru Call to keep informed. This service will reportedly be built into iOS 5, which could let Japanese users activate this through the notification centre settings.

LG to release new Android 2.3 smartphone – the Optimus Sol

LG will release the Optimus Sol, a 9.8mm thick smartphone running on Android 2.3.

It features a 3.8 inch WVGA Ultra AMOLED display, which focuses on making the screen easier to read in direct sunlight and reducing image quality degradation.

It has a 1GHz CPU, a 5MP camera and includes DLNA and Wi-Fi Direct connectivity to share content.

The LG Optimus Sol will be released on Europe in the middle of September.

Google+ rolls out verifications badges

Google’s social network Google+ is rolling out verification badges in order to confirm the identity of high profile members.

According to a Google+ blog post, the badges apply to public figures, celebrities and people who have been added to a large number of circles. The verification badge will appear beside their profile name.

Google said it will expand this badge further at a later stage.