Archive | July, 2009

Google launches Latitude web app on iPhone cuz Apple said so…

24 Jul

Earlier in the day, Google announced the much-awaited Latitude feature for the iPhone. Latitude allows users to share their location real-time with their contacts and it was widely expected that iPhone’s OS 3.0 would bring this feature to its default Maps app that runs via Google Maps, but that wasn’t meant to be. There were also speculations that Google would release a Latitude app on the App Store but now they have announced a web app that runs on the iPhone’s Safari browser.

The new iPhone OS allows the browser to access a user’s location (with the user’s consent, of course) and that’s what Latitude latches on. We tried the app here in India and it seems to work perfectly. However, not having the functionality to run in the background, we had to fire up Safari every 10 minutes or so to update our location.

We have nothing against a web app but what bothers us the most is Google did not realease a native app because Apple asked it not to do so.

An excerpt from the post announcing the web app from the Official Google Mobile Blog:

“We worked closely with Apple to bring Latitude to the iPhone in a way Apple thought would be best for iPhone users. After we developed a Latitude application for the iPhone, Apple requested we release Latitude as a web application in order to avoid confusion with Maps on the iPhone, which uses Google to serve maps tiles.”

What beats us is why a company like Google cannot stand up to Apple and say, “hey, we want a native app” or “why not integrate Latitude on the Maps app itself?,” We believe that the latter would have been more user-friendly as it would not have ‘confused’ users.

Steve Jobs, inventor of the iPhone packaging box!

21 Jul

The iPhone ain’t just an iconic device, it has also changed cellphone packaging to quite an extent. At a time when cellphone packaging was so complex that putting back the contents of a cellphone was a difficult task (ask us, who have to repack and send dozens of phones every month), Apple invented the simplistic shoe-box packaging.

We have been unearthing patent applications for almost two years now and it is the first time that we have come across a patent for a package.

Having been reviewing phones for nearly five years now, I can vouch that the iPhone is the easiest device to repack into its box along with all its contents. And yeah, it is probably the only cellphone packaging that I have retained of the more than half a dozen phones I personally own.

Hence, it makes sense for Apple to patent the shoe-box pack for the iPhone. And surprise, surprise, among the inventors features the name of our favourite CEO – Steve Jobs!

There ain’t much to read in the patent application apart from a few more pictures of the innards of your iPhone’s box. It reminds me of the unboxing of my first iPhone bought off the grey market (it wasn’t launched in India then).

Hit the link for some more pictures.

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Sony Ericsson patent hints at twisting cam phone

21 Jul

We love patents, especially those that reveal everything about a concept device that might or might not make it to store shelves anytime soon.

Nevertheless, here we have a Sony Ericsson patent for a twisting cam phone. Yup, it does remind us of an old Nokia music phone (the 5700 XM was it?) but this one twists to showcase its photography skills than anything else.

According to the patent, such an arrangement might come handy to incorporate cameras with wider lenses, higher megapixels or even higher zoom (manual zoom?).

Hmm, not bad for a Sony Ericsson but will we ever see it coming?

Patent

Moto goes name-shopping for Android phones?

21 Jul

Continuing with our raid of trademark applications filed with the USPTO, we have come across four names trademarked by Motorola between May 15 and June 2, 2009! The names, Devour (serial number 77738267), Innate (serial number 77738287), Fiend (77738298) and Vanquish (77750243) sound kinda apt for a company trying to return to its days of glory. So will these be the names of the four upcoming Moto Android phones? Quite possible, we reckon.

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Updated: What are the HTC Vigor, Interlude and Imagio?

21 Jul

HTC has recently filed for a trademark with the USPTO for one HTC Vigor. What is it, we don’t know, but the filing indicates that it might be a smartphone. Jeez! How many revelations can we cope up with on a single day?

Update: We have also stumbled upon an HTC Interlude and an Imagio. Wonder what this could be… Part of HTC’s 2010 roadmap?

Moto's Android plans laid bare!

21 Jul

It has been one of those days when over half-a-dozen unannounced phones decided to pop up and a friendly neighbourhood source in the industry stopped by to share some sizzling hot bits of insider dope. Yup, it has been a hectic day, to say the least.

Coming back to the point, we have just heard from a credible source that Motorola is planning to announce four Android phones as early as September. This is contrary to what we were earlier hearing that the announcements will take place closer to the end of the year.

But that’s not the end of it. We also hear that of these four, three will be launched in India along with their global availability, which possibly means that the missing one could be a CDMA device meant for a North American carrier.

And that’s not yet the end of it! We hear that Google is taking keen interest in the development of these devices as one of them’s gonna be an ultra-cheap (read ugly) device that will retail at about Rs 11,000 in India. Now that’s what Google meant when it said Android will bring smartphones to the masses.

P.S. one of the possible four Moto Android phones was leaked a few hours ago.

HTC Click dreams of cheap Android high

21 Jul

Word on the blogosphere has it that you are looking at HTC’s first ultra-cheap Android phone. Yeah, after holding us for ransom with its Rs 30K Magic that doesn’t have any app store,

The device alleged to be the HTC Click and as far as we are concerned, nothing will please us more than an ultra-cheap Android phone that HAS THE ANDROID MARKET.

You get that HTC?

via Engadget

Samsung Protector i8320 shows up unannounced!

21 Jul

And the leaks just keep on coming! Now it’s the Samsung Protector aka the GT i8320 via the loose lipped folks at Wi-Fi Alliance. As usual, not much is known apart from the fact that it’ll have Wi-Fi connectivity. Now who’s gonna dig out more dirt on it?

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Android running Sony Ericsson XPERIA X3 checks in at Expansys!

21 Jul

Sony Ericsson’s first Android phone has been confirmed, though not by the handset vendor but by Expansys, an online retailer. Called the XPERIA X3, it features an 8.0 MP shooter, a 4.0 inch touchscreen and the works.
And now the specs:

 Display:
– 800 x 400 pixels/4″
– Touch Sensitive 
• Network:
– 2G 850/900/1800/1900 (Quad-Band)
– 3G: 900/2100 (Dual-Band)
– HSDPA (10Mbps)
– HSUPA (2Mbps) 
• Camera:
– 8 mega-pixels (auto-focus)
– 8 x Digital Zoom
– LED Flash
– Image Stabilization
– Smile Shutter
– Face Detection 
• Video:
– VGA Video Recording 
• Music:
– Supported formats: MP3, AAC, eAAC+ 
– E-mail (POP3, SMTP, IMAP4, MS Exchange) 
• Connectivity:
– miniUSB
– 3.5mm AV connector
– Bluetooth (2.1)
– Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11g) 
• Navigation:
– AGPS

Will the HTC Leo be the first WinMo device with a capacitive display?

21 Jul

Word on the street has it that HTC is prepping a WinMo device with a capacitive display. If the source is to be believed, the Leo will run on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chipset and will have the following specs:

  • Quad-band GSM/EDGE connectivity
  • Dual-band HSDPA connectivity (900/2100 MHz)
  • 4.3 inch WVGA (480 x 800) capacitive touchscreen display
  • Wi-Fi
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • Accelerometer
  • Light & proximity sensors
  • 3.5mm headset jack
  • 5MP autofocus camera with dual LED flash
  • 512MB flash memory, 320MB RAM
  • MicroSD card support
  • 1230 mAh battery
  • 121 x 67 x 11 millimeters

    via Unwired View