Archive | August, 2009

Video: Nokia N900 in action

27 Aug

Nokia announces N900, available in October for Euro 500

27 Aug

Almost three months after we got the first whiff of Nokia’s next generation Internet Tablet is finally official. The N900 is the latest Maemo based Internet tablet evolving from the N810.

The N900 runs on an ARM Cortex-A8 processor, with up to 1GB of application memory and OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics acceleration. The result – multi-tasking bliss – or so claims Nokia. All speculations about the N900 turned out to be true with its 5.0 MP Carl Zeiss optics camera to HSPA connectivity and its slide-out QWERTY keyboard with a misplaced space bar key. We are trying to get hold of a video of the N900 in action, so sit tight.

For those already drooling over the device will have to wait till October, keep about Euro 500 in change and hope that they live in one of the ‘select’ markets where it’d be available.

Nokia Money announced, global mobile payment solution to launch in 2010

26 Aug

Continuing its build-up to Nokia World on September 2, Nokia today announced Nokia Money, a global mobile financial management and payment service. The service will enable consumers to pay for their utility bills, buy stuff from participating merchants and even send money to another person via a text message or a call.

The service will run on Obopay’s system, a company in which Nokia had invested earlier this year. The services will begin next year in selected markets.

No that we have Booklet and Nokia Money, what’s next? X-Series and C-Series?

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Nokia N97 Mini official press shot leaked, might be faster than the N97?

26 Aug

Barely a day after a press photo of the Nokia N900 was leaked and the N97 Mini got a thorough hands on, the blogosphere is abuzz with the first press phot of the N97 Mini.

It is more or less confirmed that Nokia is going to announce this N97 variant on September 2 but what could be interesting information is that the Mini version could be much better than the original N97. While its keyboard is no better, we are hearing that the Mini would actually have 280 MB free memory for apps and processes while the N97 had a paltry 50 MB. (Don’t confuse it with storage memory, folks.) If that’s the case, the N97 Mini might actually perform the way the N97 should have. Again a case of early adopters losing out on device performance.

via Be Geek

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Motorola to announce Android devices on September 10 and we are gonna be there!

25 Aug

Look who just dropped by in our inbox to say hi – it’s the Motodroid! Okay, ’nuff fooling around… We have just received an invite from Motorola that has all tell-tale signs (awrite, obvious signs) that it’s going to be about Moto’s Android devices.

So save the date folks, mark it in your calendar, stick post-its all over the place. September 10 is gonna be the day when we see Motorola rise from the ashes of its Razr V3 driven product portfolio.

We’re keeping our fingers crossed. All the best, Moto! Make us proud!!

Nokia debuts 5230 XM in India

25 Aug

Nokia today announced the 5230 XpressMusic in India. The device, again a variant of the 5800 XpressMusic, it has a 2.0 MP camera, A-GPS, 3G/HSDPA and 33 hours of music playing.

The device will come in a number of colours with changable back covers. It has a 3.2 inch touchscreen display (640×360 pixel) that gives a 16:9 aspect ratio.

The device is priced at Euro 149 (Rs 10,000 in India) and will be available in Q4 this year.

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Confirmed: Nokia to launch Music Store in India tomorrow

25 Aug

We are at the Nokia 5530 XpressMusic launch in New Delhi and we have just heard that the company will introduce its Indian version of the Music Store tomorrow at an event in Mumbai. The Store has over three million tracks that includes international, Bollywood and regional numbers. Nokia has tied up with all leading music labels for this venture. We are still unsure about the pricing of songs but if carrier driven music stores are any indication, they should be priced in the Rs 5 to Rs 15 range per track.

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Nokia N97 Mini gets hands on treatment, disappoints

24 Aug

The N97 Mini is no secret and in all probability we might see it being announced at Nokia World. But we have here the first detailed hands on impressions from Mobile Review.

The N97 Mini is a centimetre shorter (in closed position) which has been achieved by chucking out the irritating direction pad found on the N97’s keyboard. However, according to the reviewer, the keyboard hasn’t improved and might even be worse than the N97.

The only other differences being that it has 8 GB of internal memory and no camera shutter. And the price? Err, just about Euro 100 cheaper than the N97. Well the Mini ain’t that mini after all.

Well, we ain’t sure how this is going to help Nokia but we’d surely be interested to see if it is more stable than the N97. Head over to Mobile Review for more pics and screenshots.

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Unknown Nokia device shows its sexy back?

24 Aug

Okay, it ain’t gonna bring sexy back. But Eldar Murtazin of Mobile Review always gets hold of devices months before their official announcement. Today he was Tweeting about revealing two Nokia devices before Nokia World that would not go down well with Nokia.

Well, one of them turns out to be the N97 Mini, which he says will be given a thorough hands on treatment and another is this mysterious device. What could it be? Does anyone recognise that logo on the top left corner? Could it be the Communicator refresh that I personally have been eagerly waiting for?

Murtazin promises to reveal the device tomorrow. Can anyone break the code before he does?

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Microsoft OneApp hosts many apps under one roof

24 Aug

Microsoft has launched a new application for feature phones (read non-smartphones) that will bring popular social networking, IM, e-mail, news and similar apps into a single application. OneApp has been designed keeping in mind feature phones that usually have lower internal storage capacity and limited processing power. Well, it is not the first time that we are seeing such an app and those like Snaptu that have been doing the trick since quite some time now.

Warning: You need Silverlight to watch this video

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