Monthly Archives: November 2010
Just when you thought that phones like the N85, N86 and the entire clan of dual sliders have died a slow agonizing death in the face of rising competition from touch screen handsets and Android smartphoes, we see this. Folks over at Smartphone arena seems to have come across a prototype that is being sold off on Ebay as a "N00 N86 C Prototype". Now, unless this is proved to be a poorly executed fake, we might as well go ahead and believe that Nokia is still into making sliders.The device is said to be shipping with a 12 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and a xenon flash. There is a Nokia N-Series standard kickstand at the back. Like we said earlier, this could turn out to be a cleverly made fake from some factory in Shenzen or it could be a cancelled prototype. It would take some more convincing images for us to believe this one's for real.Anyway, if you have an extra $800 lying around spare, you can auction this one off for yourselves and let us know if this rumor has any element of truth in it![Via SmartphoneArena]
Looks like the US Department of Transportation is considering implementing a technology that would potentially block the usage of cellphone inside cars while driving. The Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood was overheard talking to a Discovery News reporter and confirming that the technology to restrict the usage of cellphones in cars is already here - its just that they have not been adapted well to be used inside automobiles. Does that mean we wold be seeing these technologies implemented on US Roads once all issues with them are sorted?He added that in-car cell phone use accounted roughly 5,500 deaths and about a half million injuries last year - a truly horrific statistic. As of now, there is no mention if this black would be done using cellphone jammers around the car or whether it could turn out to be something that is less restrictive - like say a software on the phone.While this would be a welcome move to wean drivers away from cellphone usage, we wonder if this technology could be made smarter and instead of a simple blanket ban, it could be made in to something that understands when its not safe to receive or make a call.Do you think cellphones need to be blocked inside cars?[Via MobileBurn]
Samsung's Wave II, the successor to the original Wave is already on sale in quite a few Asian and European markets - according to a press release from Samsung. The 3.7 inch screen laden device is the larger cousin to the original Samsung Wave S 8500. When the (original) Samsung Wave was launched, it shipped with Swype Technologies"Swype" text entry technolgy that allowed users to swype their texts - instead of the standard typing method. Swype allows users to glide their fingers on a virtual keypad from one alphabet to another and create a word. This method of typing was way faster than the standard qwerty fare and T9 input methods.Now, it was natural for everyone to expect the same technology to be used on the Wave II. That however isn't the case. Instead of shipping with Swype, the Wave II gets Nuance Communications' "Trace" technology - which is similar to Swype. It would be known as QuickType on the Wave II. Nuance technologies owns the T9 text input entry method and is not a new player in this arena and it would e interesting to see how it fares when compared with Swype - which has incidentally earned a place in the record books for being the technology used fastest text entry method on handhelds.Samsung is known to have good relations with folks over at Swype and we wonder why they chose Nuance this time. What do you folks think?[Via Engadget]
Acer has been in the news lately due to its recent announcements regarding its tablets set to arrive in 2011 and a bunch of high end Android based smartphones that would be seeing the light of the day very soon. That the company is also concentrating on the mid to low range segment with a slew of Android phones was a little known fact - until now!That brings us to the topic of contention here. Acer's latest mid range Android based handset, the beTouch E140, has appeared in Italy where it is slated to be launched before Christmas. The unlocked, SIM Free version of the phone is expected to be priced at around the $264 mark.The phone would be running Android 2.2 Froyo and would get a 2.8 inch QVGA touchscreen display and support for HSDPA / HSUPA networks. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, FM radio and Bluetooth. On the imaging front, there is a 3.2MP camera on board that could be capable of capturing decent images. All of these features would be powered by a 600MHz processor under the hood.Looks like a decent entry level Android device to us. What do you think?[Via Androidworld.it]
The Symbian Foundation which got itself acquired by Nokia earlier this month has in a blog post announced that it would be shutting down all its websites on December 17, 2010.The websites that would go offline includesymbian.orgsymbian.org/cnsymbian.org/jpdeveloper.symbian.orgdeveloper.symbian.org, developer.symbian.org/cn, developer.symbian.org/jp, kernel.symbian.orghorizon.symbian.orgideas.symbian.orgblog.symbian.org, blogcn.symbian.org, blogjp.symbian.orgThe foundation has confirmed that the platform source code for Symbian^2, Symbian^3, and Symbian^4 will be available by request as a DVD or USB stick in the near future.The closure of the website is the effect of Nokia taking over Symbian and converting it in to a Licensing body. Nokia will henceforth be the ones developing the platform.[Via Symbian]
Troubles at both Digg and MySpace, who were among the most prominent social networking services as recently as two years ago, demonstrate that nothing can be taken for granted in this segment of the industry. Social networking is an evolving field, and an online presentation I ran across the other day provides an interesting perspective on the current challenges and possible direction of social networking services. The author claims that, while most people maintain multiple groups of relationships -- one group centered around family, another around work, yet another for college friends -- that often do not overlap, online social networking services aren't currently set up to reflect the way we separate our offline social networks. It's not a short presentation, but it's well worth your time if you have any interest in the future of social networking.
As you might be aware, Samsung is the only manufacturer who makes the much acclaimed Super AMOLED displays. Super AMOLED started to be used on quite a few phones that were released in 2010. However, around mid 2010, reports emerged of Samsung being unable to cope up with the demand for Super AMOLED. The shortage was so severe, many manufacturers had to switch the display technology of their devices to other available technology - including Sony's SLCD.The best example of this was the HTC Desire which originally shipped with a 3.7 inch Super AMOLED display. It was then midway switched to an SLCD display when the shortage of Super AMOLED displays became acute.Anyway, all these shortage related issues would be ironed out by 2011 when Samsung gets its brand new production facility for making super AMOLED displays ready. If that wasn't all, Samsung's competitors would come up with their own super AMOLED screens next year.
Sony Ericsson has announced that its mid range Android powered handset, the Xperia X8 would be finally getting the much awaited update to android 2.1 very soon.With the X10 series already in the process of receiving updates, we'll soon see the entire Xperia bunch of devices graduate to Android 2.1. The company said X8 users can expect the roll-out to be more of a "gradual nature" and has provided no timeline as to exactly when devices will get the update.Android 2.1 should provide a host of enhancements to the user experience, including an increased number of customizable home screen panels.
Just as the year draws to a close we have started hearing rumors about the next generation iPad - which is largely thought to arrive in the first quarter of 2011. The first generation iPad as you might be aware was released earlier this year and has since then went on to become the most popular tablet ever.That said, Apple has just started facing considerable competition from manufacturers like Samsung and RIM who have prepped their own tablets to counter the threat of the iPad. Apple would need a decent product to compete with these new crop of tablets and looks like the iPad 2 would indeed turn out to be once such product.
A Chinese newspaper is reporting that the next gen iPad would feature as many as five entirely new features that would make the device contemporary and competitive to the new crop of tablets.
The new features include
What this could possibly mean is that the next gen iPad would get dual camera's , possibly the iPhone 4's retina display technology and an overall decrease in dimensions - keeping the same screen size. Also, along with the dock connector, there would also be a microUSB port - which is a welcome addition.
- Video phone
- A new display technology,
- 3-axis gyroscope,
- Better mobility, and
- USB support
Samsung is known to launch many of its low end handsets in Russia before anywhere else in the world. Continuing that tradition, the company has launched its latest clamshell phone, the E2530 in Russia. A complete no frills device, the phone targets people on the lookout for a device that would be good at being a great mobile phone - nothing else.The phone gets a 2 - inch low resolution internal LCD display. This is apart from the external display that can display stuff at 96*96 pixels. It supports GSM and EDGE connectivity for decent data speeds and even comes with social networking apps. 3G support is too much to ask for. Other notable additions include a 3.5mm headset jack, Bluetooth 2.1, a 1.3MP camera and MicroSD card support.
The phone is priced at about $125 in Russia. This one would soon be available worldwide.