Archive | February, 2010

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.”

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“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.

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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.  

We are live from MWC!

15 Feb

Here we are fellas, Day Uno of MWC 10. Well, the unofficial day one was yesterday, with Sony Ericsson and Samsung announcing new products and strategies. While I’ll be scurrying around attending press conferences and meeting some cool people and companies, my colleagues Nimish and Kanak will keep you posted with the latest news from the show. Meanwhile, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @cellpassion where I’ll be,live tweeting from press conferences and give my first opinion about the latest devices/services from the show. Time to head out… Adios!

Samsung's Bada Wave begins

14 Feb

The first phone running Samsung’s new operating system, Bada OS, has
been officially unveiled. As rumoured, it is the Samsung Wave.  It
looks extremely impressive, being made out of a single piece of
aluminium with a glass 3.3 inch Super AMOLED 80×480 resolution display,
a 5.0-megapixel camera, and a 1Ghz processor under the hood. The phone
features Samsung’s TouchWiz 3.0 widget-driven interface and comes in
2GB and 8GB versions, both of which can be expanded with memory cards.
We expect something special from the screen, which uses Samsung’s
mobile Digital Natural Image engine (mDNIe), which is similar to the
panel technology used in the company’s line of flat panel televisions.
Also on board will be connectivity options galore and of course, an app
store for users to download new applications.

The phone is expected worldwide in April 2010. Will Bada be able to
make a place for itself alongside the likes of Android, Win Mo and
Symbian? We will find out when we get to surf this Wave!

Sony Ericsson in mini and pro mode at Barca

14 Feb

‘Go Mini and Pro’ seems to be the mantra Sony Ericsson is following to turn the corner. Or at least, it so seemed to us after the first day at the Mobile World Congress at Barcelona. The company announced three major handsets – and all of them were either mini and/or pro versions of existing handsets. We are talking of the Xperia X10 mini, the X10 mini pro, and the Vivaz Pro. There was also the launch of a new platform, Creations, but it was the handsets that dominated the news.

The two Xperia X10s are scaled down versions of the X10. Both run
Android 1.6 (which sounds a tad dated now), have smaller screens (2.5
inches compared to the massive 4 inches on the X10) and feature
5.0-megapixel cameras, rather than the 8.0-megapixel affair on the
Xperia X10. The pro version also packs in a slide out QWERTY keypad.
Both handsets have the Timescape app that integrates all
communications, from text messages to Facebook updates to new tweets in
a single place. The X10 mini seems more focussed at the multimedia
loving crowd and comes in pearl white,
black, pink, lime, red and silver; while the X10pro is clearly more
enterprise-driven and gets just two shades,  black and red.

The
Viva Pro adds a slide-out QWERTY keypad to the original Vivaz, and has
a 5.0-megpaixel camera rather than a 8.0-megapixel one. It comes with
the new ‘human curvature’ design that is supposed to mirror the shape
of the human body. That apart, it has a 3.2 inch touchscreen, Symbian
Series 60 (5th edition) operating system and a host of connectivity
options. It will come in two colours, black and white.

All three devices are expected in selected marketed in the second
quarter of the year, which is significant, considering that Sony
Ericsson has of late been releasing products a goodish time after
announcing them (witness the Xperia X1 and Satio). So will the mini and
pro formula work for Sony Ericsson like it did for Samsung with the
Corby series, or will it be less successful, like it was for Nokia with
the N97? Time will tell.

Google Buzz on Android 1.5/1.6 handsets!

14 Feb

We have great news for all those Android 1.5/1.6 users who have been feeling left out of Google Buzz because it runs only on Android 2.0 and above. Well, the fact is that you can Buzz away merrily even on Android 1.5/1.6 devices – and we are not talking of walkarounds like using the Shout Out option in latitude or constantly fiddling with your status messages. Nope, we are talking of buzzing in the purest and simplest sense. Best of all, it costs not a penny. We used it on our HTC Hero (which is alas, still awaiting Android 2.0+ goodness from HTC) and it worked a treat.

All you need to do is download the latest edition of the Dolphin browser, which is available free of cost from the Android Market. Once you have got the browser running, just head over to  http://buzz.google.com, upon which you will be informed that Google Buzz requires Android OS version 2.0+ and iPhone version 3.0+ and that “older OS versions may be able to access some features but are not officially supported” followed by a link saying “Continued on an unsupported device.” 

Just click on the link and you are all set. After a brief Web page-loading period, you will be able to see your Buzzes as well as those of people you are following, set locations for your Buzzes and of course, make your own Buzzes and comment on those of others. We could not figure out a way of  adding links smoothly, but heck, even this is more than adequate for those just looking for simple Buzzes and the option to follow others. Oh, and the links Buzzed by other users open up just fine in the browser. 
Which suits us just fine, even though it ain’t gonna stop us from constantly querying HTC about that firmware update to get our devices upto Android 2.0+