Archive | October, 2008

Gmail for mobile updated for Java and BlackBerry devices

24 Oct

Google has updated its Gmail for mobile application for Java and BlackBerry phones. The most important updates:

  • Overall performance improvement: You should experience significant raw speed improvement, smoother scrolling, and no freezing.
  • Multiple accounts management: If you have both a Gmail and Google Apps email account, you can easily switch between them quickly. You will no longer have to use two different mobile apps to access personal and work emails.
  • Multiple mobile email drafts: You can save multiple email drafts in your mobile phone, so that you can pick and choose what you would like to send later.
  • Powerful shortcut keys: If you have a QWERTY phone, you can use shortcut keys. Hit ‘z’ to undo, ‘k’ to go to a newer conversation, and ‘j’ to go to an older conversation. See Menu/Help in the app for more shortcuts.
  • Basic offline support: Can’t get a signal? Not a problem. You can compose and read your most recent emails even when there is no signal. Also, any outgoing messages will be saved in the outbox on your phone and sent automatically when you’re back in coverage.

Tata Indicom launches AM/FM CDMA phone in India

24 Oct

Tata Indicom has launched India’s first CDMA phone with an AM/FM radio. Known simply as the Radio Phone it has dedicated keys for AM and FM radio and comes with radio recording function too. It is priced at Rs 2,199. Earlier this year, Sony Ericsson had launched the first GSM phones with AM/FM radio in India.

HTC launches CDMA variant of Touch Diamond on RCom`

24 Oct

We told ya didn’t we? Last month, to the date, we reported that HTC will launch the CDMA variant of the Touch Diamond with RCom. Surprise, surprise, the Touch Diamond is indeed available on RCom as the P3051. But unlike the Indian GSM version, which is EDGE only, the CDMA variant is EvDo 1x ready. However, it carries a staggering price tag of Rs 39,900 while the GSM version is available for less than Rs 27,000! Too high a price to pay, considering there are no 3G networks in India at the moment.

Asus launches P552w with Glide interface

24 Oct

We had been hearing about Asus’ new user interface called the Glide for quite some time. Today, the Taiwan-based brand has announced the first Windows Mobile device with it — the P552w. To be frank, it looks kinda similar to HTC’s TouchFlo interface and the P552w too looks like the HTC Touch. But in all fairness to Asus, they have added a few interesting tricks to the mix. The P552w is available for Rs 27,900 in India.

Excerpts from the press release:

Glide to a New Mobile Experience
Underpinning the ASUS P552w´s revolutionary touch-responsive user interface is its cutting-edge Gester technology that enables users to perform a variety of navigational actions – such as selecting, zooming, scrolling and flipping – easily through simple flicks of their fingers. Incorporated into Glide are also applications that enable users to access a wide range of functions such as looking up the latest news, checking the weather forecast, viewing photo slideshows and listening to music within a few finger taps. These applications, dubbed Multi-Home, Anytime Launcher, EziPhoto, and EziMusic, give the expression “the world at your fingertips” a whole new meaning.

Deep Google Integration
The ASUS P552w features Google Maps* which not only facilitates navigation, but is capable of furnishing users with information on points of interest. The ASUS P552w’s navigation capabilities are further bolstered by a feature known as ASUS SMS Location Link. With this exclusive feature, users at two different locations can locate each other easily by sending each other SMS messages. Clicking on the URLs which are automatically embedded in the sent messages will link the phones up to Google Maps, which will then provide the users with clear directions on how to get to each other’s positions. The ASUS P552w also features a convenient Google Search Bar on the Today screen that makes it easier to perform online queries.

EziPhoto, EziMusic and Other Applications
The ASUS P552w comes preinstalled with applications that allow users to get an easy handle on entertainment. The most exciting of these are EziPhoto and EziMusic. EziPhoto enables users to flip through their photo collection with their fingertips, akin to how they would with a real album. It also has a Calendar option which organizes and displays the thumbnails of photos users have taken according to the dates in which they were snapped, allowing them to relive those moments in chronological order at a single glance. EziMusic offers an interactive interface – complete with exciting animations – for users to play and manage their music, performing each task with colorful aplomb. The ASUS P552w also houses applications that enable easy access to web content like RSS newsfeeds, YouTube movies and photos on Flickr, ensuring that users have a full complement of entertainment options to choose from while out of the house or office.

Networks HSDPA 3.6Mbps, UMTS 2100
EDGE/GPRS/GSM 900/1800/1900, Class 10
Operating System Microsoft Windows® Mobile 6.1™ Professional
Color Black or White
Form factor Bar type
Dimensions102 x 60.5 x 14.5 mm
Weight 105g (with battery)
Standby Time 300 hrs with 3G and 250 hrs with 2G**
Talk Time 3 hrs with 3G and 5 hrs with 2G**
Display 2.8″ TFT, Touch Screen 65K color, QVGA 240 x 320 pixels
Processor Marvell Tavor 624MHz
Memory 256MB Flash + 128MB DDR
Expansion Slot MicroSD with SDHC support
Connectivity WLAN 802.11b+g , USB v1.1(FS), Bluetooth 2.0+EDR 
WAP Browser HTTP / WAP 1.2.1/2.0
Messaging SMS / MMS / Email / MSN / Push E-mail
Battery 1100mAh Li-Ion
GPS SiRF StarIII with internal antenna
Business Applications
PIMWord (editor), Excel (editor), Power Point (viewer), IE, Windows® Live, MSN, Voice Commander and Push Email (Exchange Server). 
Other Features Google Maps, Anytime Launcher, ASUS Today, Multi-Home, EziMusic and EziPhoto.
Multimedia & Entertainment
Camera 2.0 Mega pixel Fixed Focus 
Video Record:MPEG4@QVGA 24fps / H.263@QCIF 24fps
Playback: MPEG4@QVGA 30fps / H.263@QCIF 30fps
Audio/Video Streaming 
Picture Format JPEG, PNG, GIP, BMP
Audio Format MP3, WMA, AAC, and AAC+ 
Ringtone Preinstalled with 20 ringtones and 10 special effect tones 
JAVA J2ME (CLDC 1.1 + MIDP2.0)

Steve Jobs: "We sold more phones than RIM"

22 Oct

So much for all you guys cribbing about the iPhone’s price, the lack of ‘common’ features and the Apple tax. Apple today reported shipping 6.9 million iPhones in the quarter ending September 27. In quarterly result today, Apple revealed that it had shipped 6,892,000 iPhones in the quarter as opposed to just 1,119,000 in the same quarter of 2007 — a jump of over six times!

Considering that it had shipped over six million units of the original iPhone, Apple has so far shipped close to 13 million iPhones, beating its own ‘ambitious’ target of 10 million units by the end of this year.

RIM confirms BlackBerry app store

22 Oct

nspired by Apple’s App Store, RIM, the makers of BlackBerry handhelds, today announced its plans to launch an application store available on BlackBerry handhelds as well as on the Internet, just like we had reported earlier this month. The application store is slated for a March 2009 launch and it will also have a carrier-customised store. Just like Apple’s App Store and unlike Google’s Android Market, RIM will keep a portion of revenues generated by selling applications on this store. RIM will keep 20 percent of the revenues and pass 80 percent of it to the application developer while Apple keeps 30 percent and passes on the rest. On the other hand, Google will pass on the entire revenue to the developers.

Considering that BlackBerry is extensively used in corporate houses, RIM will provide a solution that will enable organisations that have deployed BlackBerry Enterprise Server or BlackBerry Professional Software to screen applications that can be installed among their users.

How To: Create an iPhone/Android app in 2 minutes

22 Oct

iPhone Application Generator Demo from AppLoop on Vimeo.

For people like me, who don’t have any programming knowledge, creating an application for the iPhone or Android was next to impossible. Well, not any more. AppLoop, a Silicon Valley-based company founded by two guys, has launched a service that makes it easier to make apps for iPhone and Android than making instant noodles. All you have to do is enter the RSS feed/blog URL and they take care of the rest, which includes submitting the app to the App Store and even letting you price the app. In return, they will keep 60 percent of the generated revenues. Revenues apart, the mere thrill of seeing my own app on the App Store is a kick enough! Watch this video and see how easy it is to make an app.

Android Market goes live, developer-related details emerge

22 Oct

With the launch of the first Android phone — the T-Mobile G1 — in the US today, Google has officially raised the curtains from the Android Market, the online application store. Developers will be able to submit their applications from October 27. But before they can do so, they will have to shell out $25 for a one-time registration fee. This has been done “In order to make sure that each developer is authenticated and responsible for their apps.”

True to its promise, Google won’t take any percentage of the revenues generated by any application. But just like the App Store from Apple, developers will get 70 percent of the revenues. The rest will be diverted to carriers and payment gateway charges. Seems fair to us, since carriers will be more willing to support the Android Market. So whatcha waiting for? The clock’s started ticking, let the apps start pouring in!

Moto Aura, the prettiest phone after the RAZR

21 Oct

Motorola today announced the ‘Aura’ that brings back the swivel screen form factor and at the same time reminds us of its good ol’ RAZR days. Just like Moto flaunted the ‘anodised aircraft grade aluminum body’ of the V3, this time its talking about “stainless steel body with chemically etched textures and patterns that take two weeks to complete.” Plus an element from the land of Alps (nope not Swiss cheese) in the form of Swiss-made bearings for the ‘swish’ movement of the blade.

You can get familiar with all the deets here.

Opera Mobile 9.5 comes with widgets, to add S60 to its roster

20 Oct

True to their words, Opera delivered an update to its mobile browser. The new beta supports the capability to create widgets or shortcuts to websites on the homescreen of a cellphone. The Safari browser on the iPhone is already capable of doing this. As we had predicted, Opera has brought the Opera Mobile 9.5 to Symbian UIQ phones and plans are underway to release a Symbian S60 version soon. We think that it is going to be for the new Nokia touchscreen phone, which is based on the 5th edition of S60. The browser, which is still in its Beta stage since it was introduced in February, will get an end-user final version sometime in 2009.