Archive | April, 2009

Handy Assistant app launched for WinMo devices

29 Apr

If there is one application that we would like to have on our WinMo device, we would suggest one that can handle our calls effectively, record those telecon meetings and blacklist annoying telemarketing calls. There are a number of apps that you can find for doing any one of these tasks online but now there is one app that can do this all and more. Paragon Software has today launched Handy Assistant that does all the above mentioned tasks as well as helps you change your profile, manage your contacts better and do a lot more.

Excerpt from the press release:

Profiles: One of the most important phone features is Profile switching and management, which is particularly useful when an occasional phone call interrupts meetings or when an important call was missed due to the silent sound mode. Handy Assistant includes six default profiles to manage the user’s ring type, sound volume and call
processing: Meeting, Sleep, Spare Time, Calendar Events and Roaming. The ability to create the user’s own custom profile is also available. Profiles can be activated automatically or manually. Automatic profiles can be activated according to a preset schedule (specific days and time) or by location (e.g. office, gym, home). All profiles can be easily changed directly on the Today’s screen of the Windows mobile device.

Call processing: Handy Assistant processes all incoming calls and filters them according to the rules: Accept, Reject, Reject+SMS or Ignore. The user can set different rules for various categories of
contacts. Handy Assistant enables the user to reject the incoming call, if the mobile user is unable to answer it, while quickly sending an SMS message in return. The user can also create different SMS texts for various categories of contacts.

Contact categories: There are three default categories in Handy Assistant: VIP, Business and Personal. Users can create their own categories, edit category groups, activate the default or custom
profile for each contact category. The program’s contact categories integrate easily with Windows Mobile native phone contact categories set by the user.

Black list: Handy Assistant enables the addition of contacts to the Black List in order to conveniently avoid undesired calls.

Post-call actions: Handy Assistant offers the user multiple options for after-call follow-ups, such as writing a note, open/add to Contacts, blacklist/whitelist the contact, change the current profile,
send e-mail/SMS, save info about an appointment and more actions in a matter of seconds, even during a call.

More features:
–       Call recording
–       Auto-redial
–       Multiple ring types
–       Over-the-air program updates

Handy Assistant is compatible with all Windows Mobile Pocket PC 5, 6 and 6.1 (Professional and Classic) devices with touch screens. The program is available for 29,95 USD (27,95 EUR, VAT included).

Samsung GT B7620 slips out into the open

29 Apr

Samsung seems intent to take over the cllular world with its mutant army of cellphones. How else can you describe a company that has announced over two dozen cellphones this year and has managed to leak more devices that are scheduled for later this year? Well, the latest one to slip out of Sammy’s bag is the GT B7620. We stumbled upon this one thanks to a Wi-Fi Alliance certification program. Well, considering that the GT B7610 aka Valencia is a QWERTY keyboard toting WinMo device, we think it would be safe enough to assume that even this newly discovered device would rock a similar form factor and OS. Sammy, take your time, we say. We won’t ask you to hurry up and make an announcement.

Nokia releases SDK for the N97

28 Apr

Nokia has released a Software Development Kit (SDK) for the N97. The SDK will enable developers to develop and test applications made for Nokia’s flagship product of the year. In case you are one of them, you can download the SDK from here.

Microsoft to bring iPhone competitor for Verizon Wireless: WSJ

28 Apr

As June comes closer rumourmills are gaining tenacity about what’s gonna happen to the iPhone and practically the rest of the connected humankind. While there were whispers about Apple entertaining Verizon (or was it the other way around?) by dangling not one, but two iPhone-like devices, a Wall Street Journal report claims that it is Microsoft, who is more likely to be able to push its device on Verizon’s CDMA network.

According to the report, Microsoft is working on a project called ‘Pink’, which is a device for Verizon that it hopes to launch early next year. The team that is said to comprise members from the Danger team Microsoft acquired last year, will provide the software while someone else will manufacture the device.

Meanwhile, the report also quotes that analysts believe Apple’s recent talks with Verizon might be to pressurise AT&T, which is trying to extend its iPhone exlusivity period by a year. The deal is supposed to end in mid-2010.

Virgin Mobile launches phone with free unlimited song downloads!

28 Apr

Virgin Mobile has launched a new handset that gives subscribers access to over 100,000 songs for free! Yup, there are no download or subscription charges! Really!

The handset – vJazz – has a 1.3 MP shooter, FM radio, microSD card slot and a 2.0-inch. Priced at Rs 4,250, it comes bundled with a 1GB microSD card and access to vMusic, a Virgin Mobile music repository, from where users can download as many songs as they want.

But of course, the tracks are all DRM protected, which means one can only listen to them on the phone.

LG prepping GW820 WinMo device

27 Apr

We have just stumbled upon the User Agent profile for an LG phone that responds to the name GW820. Well, in case you have been following developments at LG, the term ‘GW’ indicates it is a WinMo device. The presence of Microsoft IE as the browser of choice in the profile cements that fact.

The GW820 has a 480×800 pixel touchscreen display, which indicates it is going to be one of those high-end phones with at least a 5.0 MP shooter, Wi-Fi, A-GPS and a good helping of internal memory. Okay, the last line of specs are our creation but don’t be surprised if they indeed come true.

Sammy fesses up to Android phone

27 Apr

A day after we wrote about Sammy’s first Android phone, the Korean brand has come out in the open and fessed one more addition to its already bursting-at-the-seams product portfolio. As reported earlier, the GT i7500 will run on Android OS and will be specced similar to the HTC Magic.

Detailed specs:

Network: HSDPA 7.2Mbps / HSUPA 5.76Mbps (900 / 1700/ 2100MHz)
EDGE/GPRS: 850/900/1800/1900
OS: Android
Display: 3.2” HVGA(320×480) AMOLED
Camera: 5 MP Camera (Auto Focus), Power LED
Value Added Features: Full Web Browser Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Android Market
Connectivity: Bluetooth® 2.0, USB 2.0, WiFi, MicroUSB, 3.5mm ear jack
MemoryInternal memory: 8GB
External memory: Micro SD (Up to 32GB)
Battery: 1500 mAh
Size: 115 x 56 x 11.9mm

LG GT500 is a 5.0 MP beauty

27 Apr

The folks at Engadget have uncovered what can be termed one of the prettiest LG phones in recent times. Called the GT500, this one clicks snaps in 5.0 MP resolution, 3G connectivity and a WVGA touchscreen, Well, that’s about it on the actual details but we can be sure about one thing – it will rock LG’s S-Class 3D user interface like most of its recent offerings.

Android Developer Phones get a taste of Cupcake aka Android 1.5

27 Apr

The guys at Google’s Android team have finally announced the first release of Android 1.5 beta SDK. The one we had reported earlier was just a teaser and this one is a step closer to the real thing. But wait, there is a caveat – the new OS is currently available only for developer phones, which means that those using normal T-Mobile G1’s will have to wait just a bit longer to get a bite of Cupcake. Meanwhile, all you devs out there can get their hands of RC1 of Cupcake from here.

RIM App World gets six new games

26 Apr

The Apple App Store might be grabbing all the headlines (and the downloads) at the moment, but that does not mean that other application stores are missing in action.  RIM’s application store, App World has got reason to cheer too – LA-based mobile game publisher Gamevil has announced the release of six new games for it. The not-so-dirty half dozen comprises Baseball Superstars 2008, Golf Superstars 2008, GT Drift: Untouchable, ROCKin’ Stone, Super Boom Boom, and Skipping Stone IQ, providing a fair deal of variety. 

If you are puzzled at the notion of gaming on a BlackBerry, the folks at Gamevil are certainly not. “Blackberry has always been considered as a platform of high priority to us. We believe App World will be a great opportunity for us, and a necessary step that we have been awaiting. With nearly 50 million Blackberry users around the world, App World has the potential to be the next big thing.” said Eusoon Han, marketing manager at Gamevil.

Well, the Apple App Store could surely do with some competition. Bring it on, we say.