Category: Mobiles

Google’s Android is seemingly getting into the main stream now. Developers have already given a thumbs up to Android’s capabilities and now handset makers are also advocating this fact. First the HTC G1 then not so well known Kogan and now Sony Erricsson has announced to make Android handsets. Toshiba and Asus are also in the run

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Come this Thursday and India would see the dawn of 3G services. Though it is only with MTNL right now but quite an interesting news as our content-crazy janata can have much more stuff flowing through the pipeline now with a much faster speed. Depends on MTNL’s plans but, I think that basic 3G stuff like mobile broadband [HSDPA] and video streaming should be supported.

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One of the most common and regular warnings that we get on our cellphone is “Low battery!”. If unfortunately, the charger is not with us then we tend to borrow it from somebody or search for a charging point. If we are even more unfortunate then we have to stay paralytic till we get it going as the phone dies.

Think of a way by which you could charge your cellphone by using energy from something you primarily use your cellphone for. You talk!!! Look at this: Talk-powered cell phones? Nanoscale piezoelectrics could make it real

Nokia N97 Unveiled

Nokia officially took the curtains off its mystery Smartphone with large (640 x 360 pixels) touch screen today at the Nokia World 2008 Conference in Barcelona, Spain.
Other key features to highlight:

  • QWERTY keyboard.
  • The home screen has been completely revamped to allow you to manage widgets (much like the Nseries Internet Tablets) for social networks, news, and more.
  • The N97 introduces the concept of social location (so-lo). Using the GPS receiver and integrated compass the N97 has the capability to always know where it is located and with social networking integration it can broadcast that position to authorized friends and family.
  • 32GB of built-in memory.
  • The device itself has only one button on the front panel.

Nokia press release: Desktop. Laptop. Pocket

Demo Video:

According to a new report, Microsoft is ready to take the smartphone set by the scruff of the neck and its hiring some muscle from NVIDIA to help bully the competition.

A post on the inquirer reads “WHAT DO YOU get if you take an Iphone, remove the clean UI, user friendliness, nice industrial design, battery life, cachet, functional OS, and in general everything else that makes it worthwhile? The new Microsoft phone, powered by Nvidia.

Though, I dont think the phone would be like this but, here is a video that was posted some 18 months back on you tube – The microsoft oPhone

Vlingo has recently launched a new beta giving BlackBerry smart phone users control over mobile information and tasks with the power of their voice. Currently available on the BlackBerry Pearl, Curve, & 88xx series. Over the next few quarters they are planning to add support for Symbian, Blackberry, Windows Mobile, and Palm devices over time, on separate schedules.

Vlingo works on client server technology. Find the Vlingo white paper for more details.

Here is what Vlingo can do:

  • Send and reply to emails and text messages
  • Search the Web
  • Dial the phone
  • Look up contacts
  • Send a “note to self”
  • Voice updates to Facebook & Twitter status updates
  • Tell A Friend
  • Read-back of the full text or email message that was spoken
  • The ability to launch built in programs:
    • Address Book
    • Alarm
    • BrickBreaker
    • Calculator
    • Calendar
    • Camera
    • Maps
    • Media
    • MemoPad
    • Messages
    • Options
    • Tasks
  • The ability to launch third party programs:
    • Facebook
    • Google Maps
    • Opera
    • Viigo

Have a look at the demos:

Vlingo seems to be sister company for Yahoo Mobile Onesearch.

from the post “A Taiwanese research institute on Friday revealed a folding display on a smartphone that allowed its screen to double in size to 5-inches.

The mock-up smartphone, developed to showcase the screen, is styled like other smartphones and opens like a book turned on its side so when open the display is on the top half and the bottom half is the keyboard.

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Here is a concept phone called the Glass Phone, by Yanko Design . I dont know if this will ever come to reality till we are alive, but this definitely proves that thoughts are centuries ahead of the facts. Watch this picture below… Isn’t this tempting!?

Watch this video and you can see what goes into testing a Nokia device before it reaches us. These are official videos filmed by Nokia, of the extensive stress testing processes that all handsets undergo, inside Nokia HQ.

Here are the preview videos of Project Nitro presented in the sneak peeks of Adobe Max 2008 by Matt Snow of Adobe.

Project Nitro Part:1

Project Nitro Part:2