Okay, so we know that HTC is prepping the Diamond, which will succeed the Touch and now we get to know about the Touch Find! Apparently, the Touch Find will be a slightly stripped down version of the Diamond aka the Touch Pro and will come with a 2.8 inch QVGA display (the Diamond will have a VGA display), HSDPA, GPS, 3 MP camera and the works.
Now is it just us or even you feel the Moto Razr story being repeated over here?
It seems that the guys over at Moto HQ believe that a new naming scheme might help them turn around their fortunes, just like the RAZR did for them four years ago. The latest nomenclature trend is to have two alphabets followed by a string of numbers â€“ ZN5, ZN200, EM30, EM330 and now, the VA76r. We ainâ€™t sure if adding an extra alphabet will bring them some good karma, but itâ€™s certainly worth a try.
Coming back to the VA76r, it will sport HSDPA, A2DP and AVRCP Bluetooth, Freescale-ArgonLV processor, support for Microsoft Office files, support for a number of international languages (including Hindi!) and in all probability a 2 MP camera. We donâ€™t know if this phone will ever see the light of the day, considering the pace at which Motorola is releasing handsets, but weâ€™d love to see this one in flesh.
Spice Mobile, a part of BK Modiâ€™s Spice Corp Limited, is expected to enter the CDMA handset business in India. The company will launch its first CDMA phone on April 29, which will be followed by a range of CDMA cellphones in the coming months.Â
According to information received by Cellpassion, Spice will launch one CDMA phone on Tuesday, which will be priced in between Rs 6,500 â€“ Rs 7,500. The USP of the device will be its mammoth 2000 mAh battery, which should provide users with nearly double the talk time that common CDMA phones provide. The phone wonâ€™t be tied to any carrier, a moveÂ that will enable consumers to choose any CDMA carrier of their choice.
Spice Mobile already offers a large portfolio of GSM handsets in India and is expected to launch a sub-$20 handset in the next couple of months.
Swedish cellphone vendor, Sony Ericsson, reported a colossal 48 percent decrease in year-on-year net income in its 2008 first quarter results. The company attributes these figures to â€œhigher R&D investments as a percentage of salesâ€ and a â€œslowing market growth in mid-to-high end phones.â€
The results at are par with an interim announcement the company had made on March 19, where it warned investors of a slow-down in the industry. Even global market leader, Nokia, felt the pinch this quarter, which saw it losing a percentage of its global market share, which fell to 39 percent from 40 percent in the last quarter. Likewise, even Sony Ericsson witnessed a percentage drop in its global market share, which now hovers at 8 percent.
However, unlike Nokia, Sony Ericsson faces a tough challenge in front of it. With the European and American handset sales slowing down, the bulk of revenues are expected to come from emerging markets in the coming quarters, where low-cost, entry-level phones rule the roost. Unfortunately, Sony Ericssonâ€™s upcoming product portfolio is dominated by mid and high-end phones in its popular Walkman and Cyber-shot series. There are only a handful of products â€“ the T270, T280, R300 and R306 â€“slotted for the second and third quarter this year, that cater to the emerging markets in Asia and Africa. Even with the results, the company announced two mid-end HSDPA-enabled devices â€“ the Z780 and G502 â€“ aimed at the American and European markets respectively.
Will the absence of compelling products in the low-end of the spectrum bring the Swedish Express to a screeching halt? Is this the window of opportunity for Motorola, which has focussed on its W-series of entry-level products in these emerging markets and kept the mid-end Z-series devices on the backburner for the moment? Well, itâ€™s going to be one helluva a quarter coming up.
After AdSense on mobile, Google has announced the release of image ads for mobile Internet. Similar to image ads on Internet, the mobile version will have one image ad per page and will be smaller than the desktop version to fit on the mobile screen. The only requirement is that these image ads should link to a mobile-friendly web page.