Qualcomm to demonstrate new super-fast peer-to-peer wireless tech at MWC

8 Feb

Qualcomm has announced that it will demonstrate a new peer-to-peer wireless technology, which will enable users to share data/connect at broadband speeds with each other without requiring any intermediate infrastructure. Some excerpts from the press release:

FlashLinq advances a concept known as proximal communications, whereby users can continuously connect, disconnect and communicate directly with other mobile users at broadband speeds based on their physical proximity. The technology is designed to complement traditional cellular-based services and serve as a scalable platform for new types of applications.

FlashLinq is a synchronous TDD OFDMA technology operating on dedicated licensed spectrum and is distinguished by its high discovery range (up to a kilometer), discovery capacity (thousands of nearby devices) and distributed interference management. By enabling the simultaneous discovery and communication of thousands of proximal devices, FlashLinq can effectively create a “neighborhood-area network,” where fixed and mobile peer applications can interact directly.

Qualcomm plans to collaborate with SK Telecom to trial FlashLinq in South Korea and explore potential commercial uses.

SOURCE: Qualcomm

Apple finally launches the iPad in India

28 Jan

Nine months after it was first launched in the US, Apple’s iPad has finally made its way into India. Apple’s India Store is now showing the iPad, which starts from Rs 27,900 for the 16 GB Wi-Fi only version and goes up to Rs 44,900 for the 64 GB 3G+Wi-Fi version. State-owned carrier, BSNL, has announced special iPad 3G plans for both prepaid and postpaid subscribers that offers unlimited data usage for Rs 999.

Apple iPad pricing

Wi-Fi only – 16 GB Rs 27,900; 32 GB Rs 32,900; 64 GB Rs 37,900

Wi-Fi+3G – 16 GB Rs 34,900; 32 Gb Rs 39,900; 64 GB Rs 44,900

iPad accessories

  • Keyboard dock: Rs 3,700
  • Case: Rs 2,500 (the home page suggests Rs 2,500 but the product page suggests Rs 2,600)
  • iPad dock: Rs 1,600
  • Camera connection kit: Rs 1,700
  • 10W USB power adapter: Rs 1,900
  • Dock connector to VGA adapter: Rs 1,700

SOURCE: Apple Store (India)

Qualcomm and Duracell to explore a collaboration for truly wireless charging

6 Jan

Qualcomm and Duracell today announced that the two companies are exploring to work together to bring wireless charging to consumer devices. Qualcomm’s WiPower technology uses radio frequencies to transfer energy over short distances between a charging pad with a transmitter and devices that have a built-in chipset. The two companies will try to achieve an industry-wide standard for wireless charging and help OEMs to incorporate it in their gadgets. Hit the break for the complete press release while we go look for our charging cable.

SOURCE: Press Release

Sony Ericsson announces XPERIA arc, hitting shelves in March

6 Jan

Sony Ericsson has launched the first of its many XPERIA smartphones scheduled for the year. If you find the XPERIA X10 stunning, the XPERIA arc will blow your minds off. Just 8.7 mm at its thinnest point, the arc sports an 8.1 MP camera, an HDMI connector and all the works that you’d expect in a modern day smartphone.

The arc’s 4.2-inch 854×480 pixel display might sound pedestrian in the age of ‘Retina Displays’ but Sony Ericsson claims that Sony’s Mobile Bravia Engine in the phone will make it one of the best displays out there.

And yes, it runs on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and Sony Ericsson tells us that it should hit stores around March this year. The lovechild of Sony and Ericsson doesn’t have a great track record when it comes to meeting deadlines it sets for itself but we will certainly keeping our eyes peeled for this one.

Sony Ericsson arc specs:

Camera 8.1 megapixel camera

Up to 2.46x smart zoom

Aperture f/2.4

Auto focus

Face detection

Flash/LED

Geo tagging

Image stabilizer

Noise suppression

Send to web

Smile detection

Sony Exmor R™ for mobile CMOS sensor

Touch capture

Video light

Video recording, HD 720p

Music Album art

Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP)

Media player

Music tones (MP3/AAC)

PlayNow™ service*

TrackID™ music recognition application

Web Google™ search

NeoReader™ barcode scanner

Pan & zoom

Web browser (WebKit)

Communication Call list

Conference calls

Facebook™ application*

Sony Ericsson Timescape™

Speakerphone

Vibrating alert

Messaging Conversations

Email

Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync®

Instant messaging

Picture messaging (MMS)

Predictive text input

Sound recorder

Text messaging (SMS)

Design Auto rotate

Keyboards (onscreen, QWERTY)

Picture wallpaper

Reality display

Sony Mobile BRAVIA® Engine

Touchscreen

Wallpaper animation

Entertainment 3D games

Media browser

Motion gaming

Radio (FM)

Video streaming

Video viewing

YouTube™ *

* This service may not be available in every market

Organiser Android™ OS

Alarm clock

Calculator

Calendar

Document readers

Flight mode

Infinite button

Phone book

Connectivity 3.5 mm audio jack

aGPS

Bluetooth™ technology

Google Maps™

HDMI

Modem

DLNA

USB mass storage

USB support

Wi-Fi™

Wisepilot™ turn-by-turn navigation *

* This service may not be available in every market

Google™ services*

* These services may not be available in every market

Android Market™ Client

Gmail™

Google Calendar™

Google Gallery 3D™

Google Latitude™

Google Maps™ with Street View

Google Media Uploader

Google Music Player™

Google Phone-top Search

Google Search widget

Google Sync™

Google Talk™

Google Voice Search

Set-up Wizard

YouTube™

Screen Sony Mobile Bravia Engine

16,777,216 colour TFT

Capacitive multi-touch

4.2 inches

854 x 480 pixels (FWVGA)

Shatter proof sheet on scratch-resistant mineral glass

Accessories In-Box:

  • Sony Ericsson Xperia™ arc
  • Battery (1500mAh)
  • Stereo portable handsfree
  • Micro USB cable for charging, synchronisation and file transfer
  • User documentation
Facts Size: 125 x 63 x 8.7 mm

Weight: 117 grams

Phone memory: Up to 512 MB

Memory card support: up to 32 GB

Memory card included: microSD™ 8 GB

Operating system: Google™ Android 2.3

Processor: 1 GHz Qualcomm

Availability and versions Networks

UMTS HSPA 900, 2100

GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900

UMTS HSPA 800, 850, 1900, 2100

GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900

Colour Midnight Blue

Misty Silver

HTC launches 7 Mozart in India for Rs 26,490

3 Jan

HTC has today launched its second Windows Phone 7 smartphone in India – the 7 Mozart. We had earlier reported that HTC will launch the HD7 and the 7 Mozart in India in December. The HD7 was released last week for Rs 29,990.

The 7 Mozart has been launched with Tata DoCoMo for Rs 26,490. Tata DoCoMo subscribers will get some special data offer but the press release does not mention any details of this offer.

On the specs front, the Mozart 7 has a 3.7-inch WVGA display, an 8.0 MP camera with XENON flash that can shoot videos in 720p HD resolution, 8 GB of internal memory and a 1 GHz processor.

However, like the HD7, there is a catch. Microsoft has not launched Windows Phone 7 (the OS) in India yet so many features like XBOX Live support and Windows Marketplace are not available in India at the moment. Since HTC jumped the gun, in all likelihood, you’d end up using these Windows Phone 7 devices in India for calls, text messages, multimedia and browsing the Internet. Which is really a shame as the smartphone can do much more than that.

Having said that, many users might find the 7 Mozart as a great multimedia smartphone, especially considering the price point. Windows Phone 7 as an OS is much more usable than Symbian and the UI is more refined than Android. Yes, it does not multitask at the moment, but Microsoft is expected to launch an update soon (and we hear that all current Windows Phone 7 devices will be updated, unlike Android where the manufacturer decides which device gets an update and when). This update will bring both copy/paste and multitasking to the table.

However, if you still want Android (don’t get us wrong, we are die-hard Android users ourselves), HTC should be officially launching the Desire Z and the Desire HD in India any day now (we hear that these smartphones are already making their way to some retailers). So there is still some great gear coming up from the Taiwanese smartphone giant.

HTC Desire Z launching in India on Jan 3 for Rs 29,699?

31 Dec

Online retailer, Flipkart is on a roll these days. After revealing the India launch of the HTC HD7, 7 Mozart and Desire HD, it now claims that the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer will also launch the Desire Z on January 3! The site lists the MRP for the Desire Z as Rs 29,699 and is offering it for Rs 25,799.

The Desire Z runs on Android 2.2 (Froyo) and sports a 3.7-inch WVGA display. The biggest draw, however, is its slide-out (hinge ‘Z’ slide, if we may) QWERTY keypad. We believe it will be a great buy at that price and expect both the Desire Z and Desire HD to do well in India. Now time for its specs:

GENERAL

  • General Form:
    Slider

SIZE

  • Dimensions:
    119 X 60.4 X 14.16 Mm
  • Weight:
    180G

DISPLAY

  • Type:
    Wvga
  • Resolution:
    480 X 800 Pixels
  • Color:
    16M
  • Size:
    3.7 Inches

CAMERA

  • Primary Camera:
    5 MP With Face Detection
  • Video Recording:
    Yes(720P)

BATTERY

  • Type:
    Li Ion 1300 Mah
  • Talk Time:
    400 Mins3G; 590 Mins2G (Maximum)
  • StandBy Time:
    430 Hours3G; 430 Hours2G (Maximum)

AUDIO & VIDEO

  • Music Player:
    Aac, .Amr, .Ogg, .M4A, .Mid, .Mp3, .Wav, .Wma Formats With 3.5Mm Port
  • Ringtone Formats:
    Mp3 & Vibration Alerts
  • Speaker:
    Yes
  • Radio:
    Yes
  • Video Player:
    3Gp, .3G2, .Mp4, .Wmv Formats

DATA & CONNECTIVITY

  • GPRS:
    Yes
  • EDGE:
    Yes
  • 3G:
    Yes(Up To 14.4 Mbps Download Speeds)
  • Wlan:
    Wi-Fi Ieee 802.11 B/G/N
  • Bluetooth:
    Bluetooth 2.1 With Enhanced Data Rate
  • USB:
    Standard Micro-Usb
  • WAP:
    Yes

INPUT

  • Keyboard Type:
    Slide Out Qwerty Keypad
  • Touch Screen:
    Yes(With Multi-Touch & Pinch To Zoom)

PLATFORM

  • OS:
    Android 2.2 Froyo
  • CPU:
    800Mhz
  • Operating Frequency:
    GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 HSDPA 900 / 2100
  • Java:
    Yes
  • GSM/CDMA/Dual Sim/Triple Sim:
    GSM

MEMORY

  • Internal Memory:
    1.5 GB (Ram: 512 MB)
  • Cards Slot:
    Yes
  • Phone Book:
    Yes
  • Call Records:
    Yes

OTHER FEATURES

  • Games:
    Yes
  • GPS:
    Yes With A-Gps
  • Browser:
    Webkit Browser
  • Messaging:
    Sms, Mms, Pushmail Support, Ems, Instant Messaging
  • Miscellaneous:
    Aluminum Unibody Casing,Digital Compass,Dedicated Search Key,Google Search, Maps, Gmail,Youtube, Google Talk, Picasa Integration,Facebook, Tweeter For Htc Sense, Qwerty Keyboard,Accelerometer Sensor For Ui Auto-Rotate,Proximity Sensor For Auto Turn-Off,Optical Trackpad,Touch Sensitive Control Panel,Htc Sense Ui,Multi-Touch Input Method

SOURCE: Flipkart

    Dude, where is my 3G service?

    31 Dec

    The biggest positive telecom story to come from India this year would have to be the successful auction of 3G spectrum, which netted the government a cool Rs 67,718.95 crores. However, of the seven private carriers that won spectrum in some circles, only two – Tata DoCoMo and RCom – have commercially launched 3G services. RCom has launched only in four cities – Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Chandigarh. So far, 3G services have failed to impress, especially with the Indian government asking Tata DoCoMo and RCom to stop offering certain 3G services like video calling as it cannot be lawfully intercepted in realtime.

    After bidding and winning 3G spectrum in 13 circles for Rs 12,295 crores, Bharti Airtel had promised to commercially launch its 3G services by the end of 2010. Today it is the last day of the year and still there is no sign of its 3G service. Earlier this month, Airtel’s Sanjay Kapoor had said that the company was ready to launch its services but was waiting for government clearance. Probably that could be one of the reason why Airtel is yet to launch its service despite running a television ad campaign for over a month advertising its 3G service!

    In this regard, we believe that Vodafone had the best strategy when it announced that it will launch its 3G services only in the first quarter of 2011 and ensure that users get the best possible indoor 3G experience. On the other hand, others like Aircel and Idea are keeping their 3G cards very close to their heart, but we expect them to flip on their 3G switch in the same timeframe as Vodafone.

    But we, as consumers, should be prepared to pay high 3G data tariffs. Unlike current 2.5G services where carriers face cut-throat competition and are forced to offer dirt cheap tariffs, carriers won’t have any compulsion when it comes to 3G services. First, these carriers have paid through their noses to acquire spectrum, which they will pass on to consumers. Second, carriers will ink 3G roaming agreements with each other to provide 3G services to their subscribers even in circles where they have not won 3G spectrum. Such deals are likely to kill competition.

    In a nutshell, if you are hoping your carrier will offer you an all-you-can-eat 3G data plan for, say, sub-Rs 1,500, it ain’t gonna happen in 2011.