Archive | June, 2010

Google releases Docs Viewer for Android and iOS devices

29 Jun

Google has released a new feature for Android phones as well as the iPhone and iPad that will enable users to view documents stored on their Google Docs account without having to first download the files to their phones.

The Viewer will support pich-to-zoom on the iPhone and iPad. Users can also switch between pages quickly. With Docs Viewer, users will be able to view files in PDFs, .ppt, .doc and .docx formats.

I have been viewing MS Excel files on my iPhone via its Safari browser without downloading it for some weeks now without even realising that it is a new feature. Yes, it comes in quite handy, expecially if you have a file that has been shared with multiple people and gets edited frequently. You can try it out today by pointing your supported phone’s browser to docs.google.com.

Source: Google Mobile Blog

Nokia N9 gets handled on video, Nokia set to abandon its weird QWERTY keyboard

29 Jun

Nokia’s next (and probably the last N-series) Symbian smartphone has received a detailed hands-on treatment on camera. Yes, it has a Nokia N97-like slide and tilt display (albeit it seems to be a bit larger), an 8.0 MP camera, an HDMI out, multi-touch and all that you can expect from a high-end smartphone.

However, what really caught our attention was the flat QWERTY keypad with the spacebar key at its proper location rather than tucked away near the right corner that made users hit the ‘m’ key instead. Unfortunately, the N9 (that’s the popular opinion for its name) is still running on Symbian S60 fifth edition, which is something that even Nokia would not be proud about.

On a personal note, I believe that most of Nokia’s recent smartphones (barring the N900) had some of the best hardware that were let down by a buggy operating system and a dated user interface. Hopefully, the N9 will bring some glory to a dying/dead (take your pick) operating system and pave the way for some high-end MeeGo smartphones.

Nokia N9 from Negri Electronics on Vimeo.

iPhone 4 gets touched by King Midas

29 Jun

Designer Stuart Hughes, after bedazzling the Apple iPad, has now embellished the iPhone 4 in gold. In collaboration with the Goldstriker International, the designer will offer two ‘golden’ versions of the  32GB iPhone 4 – the half golden version and the full golden version. In the half golden edition, the metal band around the iPhone 4 will be gold polished with either 20K white gold or 18K Rose Gold or 24K gold whereas the full golden edition will have the metal band and the backside gold polished.

For the half golden edition of the iPhone 4 (in the picture), get ready to shell out ₤1,595 (approx Rs 1,11,000) and for the full golden edition, you’ll have to spend an exorbitant amount of ₤2,195 (approx Rs 1,53,000). Have the courage to buy one? Hit here.

India adds 16.9 million mobile subscribers in May

29 Jun

According to TRAI’s report for telecom subscriber growth in May, India has added 16.9 million new mobile subscribers in May. With a wireless subscriber base of 617 million and the wireline subscriber base of 36 million, the total telecom subscriber base of India has crossed 653 million.

Airtel has added 3 million new subscribers in May followed by RCom and Vodafone, which added 2.8 million and 2.5 million new subscribers, respectively. While 10 out of 11 carriers have made net additions, Uninor has lost a few subscribers. Check out the subscriber additions of each carrier in the table below:


Carriers       May additions Wireless subscriber base
         (in millions)          (in millions)
         Aircel               1.6                40.07
         Airtel               3.0              133.6
         BSNL               1.05               71.6
         Idea               1.4               66.7
         MTNL               0.03                5.1
         Sistema               0.4                4.6
         RCom               2.8            107.9
         Stel               0.1                1.2
     Tata Teleservices               2.3              70.2
        Uninor           -0.008               5.0
       Vodafone              2.5            106.3

RCom to launch Samsung Galaxy i899 Android smartphone

29 Jun

RCom will introduce the first CDMA Android phone in India in the coming weeks. RCom’s website is displaying the Samsung Galaxy i899 in its list of handsets with an option to book units. Current details do not indicate which version of Android it will run on, but we have a hunch that it is going to be Android 2.1 and not the latest Android 2.2.

Listed specifications include a 3.2 inch HVGA display (320×480 pixels), a 3.2 MP camera with a single LED flash and auto-focus, 230 MB of internal memory, Wi-Fi, a 1440 mAh battery, DivX video support and a microSD card slot that supports cards up to 32 GB in capacity.

Barring a few BlackBerry and a couple of WinMo devices, CDMA in India has typically been driven by low-cost basic phones with minimal multimedia or enterprise capabilities. The Galaxy i899 would make for a good addition to the smartphone-starved CDMA users in the country. It would help open the floodgates for other handset vendors (LG and HTC in particular) to launch CDMA variants of their own Android smartphones. Meanwhile, we also expect new handset vendors in India to launch dual-SIM Android smartphones that support both GSM and CDMA networks.

Coming back to the Galaxy i899, we expect it to be available at under Rs 20,000. Just a note, this is our estimate and not something that we have heard from RCom or Samsung.

Gresso brings luxurious casing for the Godphone

29 Jun

Gresso, a company renowned for manufacturing luxury mobile phones, has this time come up with an exclusive wooden casing for your Apple iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4. This ‘super-haute’ iPhone casing is made of African Blackwood (known for its durability and strength) with an 18K-gold Apple logo carved on the backside. Since, the texture of the wood always differs, so no two iPhones cases would be alike. So if you don’t mind paying extra for exclusivity, the Gresso iPhone casing is definitely your thing.




There are two variants in the Gresso iPhone casing – the male version (which has a plain back with an 18K-gold Apple logo) and a female version (with an 18K-gold Apple logo and inscribed Swarovski crystals).




The limited edition Gresso iPhone 3GS casing would be available at select outlets in July whereas the Gresso iPhone 4 casing will be only available by the end of this year.

Mobile Number Portability delayed yet again, might happen in Februrary 2011

25 Jun

Mobile number portability (MNP) in India shall once again not meet its deadline of 30 June, a senior official at the department of telecommunications (DoT) told Mint. According to the DoT official, MNP will not be implemented before February next year as state-owned operators MTNL and BSNL have not been able to get the gateways installed in time. While BSNL has started installing the gateways in some parts of the country, MTNL hasn’t even initiated the process.



Once the gateways are installed, operators will first undergo project testing for two months before bringing number portability to the common public.