Archive | February, 2010

Chatting via 5 popular social networks gets free for Tata DoCoMo’s BuddyNet community

23 Feb

Tata DoCoMo’s BuddyNet users can now stay connected to buddies through social networking sites (SNS) even without a GPRS subscription. The operator has introduced a new feature which allows its BuddyNet subscribers to access five SNS – Facebook, Twitter, Orkut, LinkedIn and Nimbuzz (MSN, Yahoo, Gtalk and more) for free. To know more about Tata DOCOMO BuddyNet visit: www.tatadocomo.com/buddynet.aspx

Tata Teleservices tops again by adding 2.98 mn subscribers in January

19 Feb

TTSL (Tata Teleservices Limited) has done it again, for the sixth consecutive time. By adding nearly 3 million subscribers in January, the company stands at the number one spot in terms of monthly subscriber additions. Bharti Airtel followed closely and added 2.8 million subscribers in January.

 

Check out the table below to find out the monthly additions by various operators.

Operators

 Subscriber additions for the month of January

Tata Teleservices Limited

2.9 million

Bharti Airtel

2.8 million

Vodafone Essar

2.7 million

Idea

2.2 million

BSNL

2.2 million

Aircel

2 million

MTNL

0.04 million

Uninor

1.3 millon

Nokia launches its most-economical 3G-enabled device, Nokia 2730 Classic

19 Feb

Last year, Nokia introduced us to its most-affordable GPS-enabled device, Nokia 2710 Navigation edition. And now, the company has surprised us with its most-affordable 3G-enabled device, Nokia 2730 Classic. The device is launched and can be bought at a snatch-away price of Rs 4,499. Dude, that’s a steal!

 

Nokia 2730 Classic sports a 2.0 MP camera, Bluetooth, FM Radio and the battery provides a talk-time of 7.4 hours. Internal memory is 30 MB and the storage can be increased up-to 2GB with a microSD card. There will be a pre-embedded Opera Mini browser in the device. And yes, this Nokia baby also supports Nokia Life Tools and OviMail.

 

Colour options- Black and Dark Magenta.

HTC announces HD Mini, Legend and Desire

16 Feb

HTC today announced three new devices at MWC – the HD Mini, Legend and Desire. The HD Mini is a compact version of the HD2 (did we have to tell you?), the Legend is the 2010 version of the Hero with a new unibody, aluminum casing, while the Desire is simply the Nexus One with a new version of HTC’s Sense UI. We’ll be uploading some video demos of all these products next week, so stay tuned.

All the three phones will be shipping by April, which again is a sort of trend for this edition of MWC, where vendors are launching products which will be shipping in a couple of months than the latter half of the year.

Follow us on Twitter @cellpassion for the latest buzz from MWC

Vodafone launches $15 phone

16 Feb

At MWC in Barcelona, Vodafone has announced what it claims to be the world’s cheapest phone. Aimed to retail at under $15, the Vodafone 150 makes voice calls, sends text messages and will also do some kind of mobile money, which we believe to be over SMS or USSD platform. The phone will be launched in India, Turkey and some African countries. There is a slightly higher version, the Vodafone 250, that has a colour display and FM radio, which is expected to retail around $20. 

ZTE flaunts Bingo at the MWC, the world’s slimmest touchscreen smartphone based on Brew platform

16 Feb

ZTE has announced Bingo, the world’s slimmest 3G-enabled touchscreen smartphone to run on a BMP (Brew Mobile Platform). Brew is the mobile OS platform on which most of the CDMA devices run.

 

The Smartphone features a 3.2 inch touchscreen display (the UI supports multi-touch), two cameras (a 5.0 MP camera at the back and a VGA camera at the front), supports a download speed of 7.2Mbps, an accelerometer and A-GPS. And since the device is based on BMP, there is full support to Adobe Flash content.

 

So far the picture of ZTE Bingo is not available but we’ll update you as soon as we get one. And not to forget, the Chinese company has also got five Android-based smartphones in store to showcase at the MWC.

Ballmer takes wraps off Windows Phone 7 series

15 Feb

Windows Phone 7

Microsoft CEO has unveiled the Windows Phone 7 series at the Mobile World Congress 2010.  As expected, the new platform offers a fresh approach to the mobile version of the Windows OS, which has so far been represented by different versions of Windows Mobile. Among the highlights are an integrated experience that will combine Xbox Live and Zune music and a new, holistic design system that informs every aspect of the phone, from its visually appealing layout and motion to its function and hardware integration. The new Start screen comes with dynamically updated live tiles, which show users real-time content directly, breaking the mold of static icons that serve as an intermediate step on the way to an application. Create a tile of a friend, and the user gains a readable, up-to-date view of a friend’s latest pictures and posts, just by glancing at Start.

Every Windows Phone 7 Series phone will come with a dedicated hardware button for Bing, providing one-click access to search from anywhere on the phone, while a special implementation of Bing search provides intent-specific results, delivering the most relevant Web or local results, depending on the type of query. All of which makes for an interface and experience that is a very far cry from the existing Win Mo one and more in line with what the likes of Android are serving up. 
Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer however, believes that the new Windows Mobile will be very different from its contemporaries. “In a crowded market filled with phones that look the same and do the same things, I challenged the team to deliver a different kind of mobile experience. Windows Phone 7 Series marks a turning point toward phones that truly reflect the speed of people’s lives and their need to connect to other people and all kinds of seamless experiences,” he said, with typical ebullience.
Partners from around the world have committed to include Windows Phone 7 Series in their portfolio plans. They include mobile operators AT&T, Deutsche Telekom AG, Orange, SFR, Sprint, Telecom Italia, Telefónica, Telstra, T-Mobile USA, Verizon Wireless and Vodafone, and manufacturers Dell, Garmin-Asus, HTC Corp., HP, LG, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Toshiba and Qualcomm Inc. The first phones will be available by holiday 2010.

For the complete press release, click here.

Zen Mobile launches Z90, a palm-sized Dual-SIM touchscreen phone

15 Feb

Zen Mobile has launched a new dual-SIM touchscreen phone, Z90 in its dual-SIM portfolio. What’s unique about this handset is that it is just about the size of your palm. It has got a 2.4 inch touchscreen display, provides a 2.5 hours of talktime, a 3.0 MP camera, GPRS, Bluetooth, expandable memory up-to 4 GB with a microSD card and an FM Radio.

 

This palm-sized device by Zen will be available in the stores for Rs 5,399.

 

Breaking: Nokia and Intel merge Maemo and Moblin platform

15 Feb

Even as we wait for Nokia’s joint press conference with Intel to begin, the press kits issued to us reveals that Nokia and Intel will be merging their respective Linux-based platforms for mobile computing devices. The new platform, which will see the two brands collaborating, is called MeeGo.

PRESS RELEASE

Intel and Nokia Merge Software Platforms for Future Computing Devices

MeeGo* enables an open ecosystem for rapid development of exciting new user experiences

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS:

· Global leaders Intel Corporation and Nokia merge Moblin and Maemo to create MeeGo*,

a Linux-based software platform that will support multiple hardware architectures across

the broadest range of device segments, including pocketable mobile computers, netbooks,

tablets, mediaphones, connected TVs and in-vehicle infotainment systems.

· MeeGo offers the Qt application development environment, and builds on the Moblin

core operating system and reference user experiences. Using Qt, developers can write

once to create applications for a variety of devices and platforms, and market them

through Nokia’s Ovi Store and Intel AppUpSM Center.

· MeeGo will be hosted by the Linux Foundation and governed using the best practices of

the open source development model. The first release of MeeGo is expected in the second

quarter of 2010 with devices launching later in the year.

· Nokia and Intel expect MeeGo to be adopted widely by global device manufacturers,

network operators, semiconductor companies, software vendors and developers.

ESPOO, FINLAND, and SANTA CLARA, CALIF., Feb. 15, 2010 – In a significant

development in the convergence of communications and computing, Intel Corporation and Nokia

are merging their popular Moblin and Maemo software platforms. This will create a unified

Linux-based platform that will run on multiple hardware platforms across a wide range of

computing devices, including pocketable mobile computers, netbooks, tablets, mediaphones,

connected TVs and in-vehicle infotainment systems. Called MeeGo, the open software platform

will accelerate industry innovation and time-to-market for a wealth of new Internet-based

applications and services and exciting user experiences. MeeGo-based devices from Nokia and

other manufacturers are expected to be launched later this year.

This announcement strengthens the Nokia and Intel relationship, and builds on the

companies’ broad strategic collaboration announced in June 2009. Intel and Nokia now invite

participation in MeeGo from existing Maemo and Moblin global communities and across the

communications and computing industries.

“Our vision for seamlessly communicating between computing devices from the home,

auto, office or your pocket is taking a big step forward today with the introduction of MeeGo,”

said Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini. “This is a foundational step in our evolving

relationship with Nokia. The merging of these two important assets into an open source platform

is critical toward providing a terrific experience across a variety of devices and gaining crossindustry

support.”

— more —

Page 2

“MeeGo will drive an even wider range of Internet computing and communication

experiences for consumers, on new types of mobile devices,” said Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, CEO,

Nokia. “Through open innovation, MeeGo will create an ecosystem that is second to none,

drawing in players from different industries. It will support a range of business models across the

value chain, building on the experience and expertise of Nokia, Intel and all those who will join

us. Simply put, MeeGo heralds a new era of mobile computing.”

MeeGo blends the best of Maemo with the best of Moblin to create an open platform for

multiple processor architectures. MeeGo builds on the capabilities of the Moblin core OS and its

support for a wide range of device types and reference user experiences, combined with the

momentum of Maemo in the mobile industry and the broadly adopted Qt application and UI

framework for software developers.

MeeGo also unites the robust worldwide Maemo and Moblin applications ecosystems

and open source communities. For developers, MeeGo extends the range of target device

segments for their applications. Using Qt for application development means that they can write

applications once and easily deploy them on MeeGo and across other platforms, for example, on

Symbian.

The Ovi Store will be the channel to market for apps and content for all Nokia devices,

including MeeGo and Symbian-based, with Forum Nokia providing developer support across all

Nokia device platforms. The Intel AppUpSM Center will be the path to market for Intel-based

MeeGo devices from other device manufacturers, with the Intel® Atom™ Developer Program

providing support for applications targeting devices in a variety of categories.

The MeeGo software platform, running on high-performance devices, will deliver a range

of Internet, computing and communication experiences, with visually rich graphics, multitasking

and multimedia capabilities and the best application performance. Since MeeGo runs on multiple

device types, people can keep their favorite applications when they change devices, so they are

not locked into one kind of device or those from any individual manufacturer.

— more —

Page 3

MeeGo Hosted by the Linux Foundation

The MeeGo software platform will be hosted by the Linux Foundation as a fully open

source project, encouraging community participation in line with the best practices of the open

source development model. Intel and Nokia invite the respective members of Maemo.org and

Moblin.org to join the combined community at MeeGo.com, as well as encouraging wider

participation from the communications, computing and related industries. Developers can begin

writing applications for MeeGo in Qt immediately. The first release of MeeGo is targeted for the

second quarter of this year.

Zeppelin gets an official name, Moto announces â€˜Quench’

15 Feb

 Motorola has officially announced Quench which was rumoured as Zeppelin. This baby is apparently the eighth Android-based device to be launched by Motorola. The device is supported by MOTOBLUR, a solution that lets users stream their e-mails and social networks into one feed.

 

Check out its features below:

 

  • -A 3.1 inch high resolution display.
  • -Display enables pinch and zoom.
  • -A media player that lets you buy and instantly download music from an MP3 store while integrating third-party apps such as TuneWiki, SoundHound, GoTV, and YouTube.
  • -A 5.0 MP camera with autofocus and an LED flash.
  • -3G-enabled with Wi-Fi access, A-GPS, Bluetooth and FM Radio.
  • -And, of course, access to Android Market.

 

Motorola Quench will be shipped to multiple markets in Q1. However, it will be branded as CLIQ XT in the U.S and will be exclusively available on a T-Mobile connection by next month.