Archive | August, 2010

Nokia launches dual-SIM phones in India

31 Aug

Nokia today launched its first dual-SIM phones in India. Priced at Rs 1,999, the C1-00 is a very basic Symbian S30 phone and boasts a flashlight and FM radio as the extra bells and whistles. However, only one SIM will work at a time and Nokia talks about a call divert feature, which according to our understanding, will divert calls from the non-functioning SIM to the other number. While it sounds like a good feature to have, Nokia might be missing the point here considering that the user would have to pay for the call diversion! We are not yet sure how this feature works and whether it automatically diverts calls or a user can opt in for the feature.

The C2-00 will be the second Nokia dual-SIM phone though the handset vendor has not yet revealed its price. It has a hot swappable external SIM slot to change SIM cards and supports dual standby – both SIM cards are functional simultaneously. It runs Symbian S40 and will come with Nokia Life Tools service. Other features include a microSD card slot (up to 32 GB!), FM radio and a VGA camera.

Hands on with the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X8 (video)

30 Aug

Last week we had the opportunity to check out the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X8. To be launched with a price tag of Rs 12k-14k, the X8 with its 3.0-inch display fits perfectly between the X10 (4.0-inch) and the X10 Mini (2.55-inch). It has the same UI as the one found on the X10 Mini with a shortcut on every corner of the display. The 600 MHz processor is snappy and the device feels good to hold. Check out our brief hands on video below.

Exclusive: MOTO KEY to be a Nokia C3 rival, low-end QWERTY phone

30 Aug

At a time when all we expect from Motorola are some sexy droids, the big ‘M’ seems to have other plans too – especially ones targeting the lower-end of the spectrum. We can now confirm that one of those phones will be the Moto KEY, a phone with a QWERTY keypad aimed at text-savvy and online social networking crazy teens. The device will run on Moto’s proprietary OS and will compete with the Nokia C3.

Moto KEY specs:

Frequencies: Quad-band GSM/EDGE
Dimensions: 61x109x12.35 mm
Display: 2.3-inch QVGA
Weight: 102.2 gm
Talktime/Standby: 200 mins/250 hrs
Battery: 930 mAh
Memory: Internal 50 MB, microSD up to 32 GB
Camera: 3.0 MP
Others: QWERTY keypad, FM radio, 3.5 mm audio jack

We are not sure when Motorola will launch this phone but in order to remain relevant, it should be no later than the end of this year, lest we see Android smartphones breach the Rs 5,000 barrier.

Hands on with the Nokia N8 (video)

28 Aug

Earlier this week, Nokia invited us to get acquainted with its upcoming flagship N-series smartphone – the N8. It runs on Nokia’s new Symbian^3 OS, which lends a much smoother user interface, though in the core it really is similar to the Symbian S60 fifth edition that we have seen in the N97 and the N97 Mini.

The Nokia N8 is a multimedia powerhouse and comes with a 12.0 MP camera that can shoot videos in 720p HD resolution. For us, the killer feature on the N8 is the ability to connect a USB pen drive to the phone and play music/video off the pen drive!

Check out our brief hardware tour of the Nokia N8 below and let us know what you think.

Qualcomm forms Incubation Lab to launch nex-gen mobile apps & services

28 Aug

Qualcomm has announced the setting-up of Qualcomm Services Labs (QSL) which will develop new apps and services for the mobile technology. QSL will work on mobile innovation by developing services, apps in five areas – communication, information/entertainment to deliver content, discovery, life automation, digital to physical access to relevant digital information to enhance your mobile interactions.

QSL has also launched its first four new services with bizarre names-Neer (allows you to share your location with your close ones), Qilroy (a social-messaging service enables location-based conversations), Tapioca (URL shortening service that allows content providers to share multimedia) and Vive (social recommendation service where users can share recommendations, ratings).

Nokia C7 gets its first preview, gets tagged as a stripped down N8

26 Aug

nokia-c7-reviewRussian cellphone-centric site Mobile Review’s infamous editor, Eldar Murtazin, strikes again! After pissing off Nokia by giving his more than two cents on the N8 even before Nokia could announce its flagship smartphone, Murtazin has now previewed the leaked-but-unannounced C7. His take? Well, it is identical to the N8 specs wise and would be more popular than the flagship as it would be about €100 cheaper. We are basically looking at an N8 in a plastic shell with an 8.0 MP camera and no HDMI TV-out. Hit the source link below for his detailed thoughts and many more shots of the phone.

SOURCE: Mobile Review

Google integrates Google Voice with Gmail, allows you to call other phones from Gmail

25 Aug

Google today introduced a new feature today that integrates Google voice with Gmail. This will allow Google Voice users to call other phones directly from their Gmail interface at the same rates as Google Voice. Basically, all calls to the US and Canada are free while international calls start from $0.02. Like Google Voice, this feature is available to users in the US only. Watch this video below that encapsulates the announcement.

Samsung Galaxy Tab teaser video

25 Aug

Yesterday we reported about Samsung’s teaser video for its upcoming Galaxy Tab – an Android-based Internet Tablet. If you were unable to check it yesterday, fret not. Here’s the teaser video again, just for you.

HTC T8788 WP7 smartphone has looks to kill

25 Aug

Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 launch is just around the corner, which means leaks of upcoming smartphones running the new OS. While we haven’t really covered leaks related to a couple of LG and Samsung WP7 smartphones, But this latest one, from HTC, is too good to be passed. The folks at Engadget have received pics of the HTC T8788 (should have a fancier, easy-to-remember name by the time it hits shelves), which looks like a regular slider phone but hides a secret underneath. Slide open the device and… you WON’T find a QWERTY keypad! Instead, there is a speaker! Yeah, we have seen something similar in the Samsung i450 but never on something that oozes such oomph!

SOURCE: Engadget Mobile

MapmyIndia brings last-mile navigation by adding home addresses to its GPS navigation app!

25 Aug

MapmyIndia has released MapmyIndia Maps 5.0 that adds house addresses to its maps. Till now, in India one could only navigate to the closest landmark using GPS navigation and could not search for last-mile navigation (say a residential address) on these devices. The latest edition adds home addresses for Delhi NCR and Chandigarh, with more cities expected to be added to this list soon.

MapmyIndia Maps 5.0 also adds support for eight Indian languages – Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Punjabi, Tamil and Telugu (Marathi and others will follow soon) – which will enable users to give commands in their native language and get audio directions in the same language. Finally, it seems, GPS navigation is set to become big in India. We are waiting to get our paws of one of the company’s Navigators to test the service.