Tag Archives: MWC

The most innovative phone from MWC: The Else Phone

1 Mar

It has been a couple of really hectic weeks for us at CellPassion – first we camped over in Barcelona for MWC and then we sent the latest edition of our magazine to print. And now it is time to write about some cool tech that we saw at MWC.

Rather than talking about the biggies up front, I’d first like to showcase what in my opinion is the best product from the show – the First Else phone. A product from the Else group (formerly known as Emblaze), the First Else phone showcases a unique one-handed UI that is intuitive and comes as a whiff of fresh air at a time when everyone is simply trying to copy the iPhone or Android UI. Check out the demo video below to get a better idea of what I’m talking about.

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. 

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.

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.

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!

Mobile World Congress 2010: Preview

13 Feb

Here I am waiting at Istanbul’s Ataturk International Airport, enroute to Barcelona for yet another edition of Mobile World Congress (MWC), For those who haven’t heard about the event (I’m surprised you are reading this), MWC is the world’s largest telecom show where every brand in the industry unveils their offerings for the rest of the year. It is THE event, where trends are set and old benchmarks are bettered. So what can we expect from this year’s MWC?

Nokia: There have been some murmurings that Nokia might not introduce any ‘flagship’ device at its February 15 press event. We believe that Nokia would focus more on services — Nokia Money, Life Tools, Ovi — and probably even introduce some basic phones aimed at emerging markets. This fits well with the ‘Connecting People’ theme that Nokia has chosen for its two-day parallel event. But stranger things have happened in the past — the N86 did not figure in last year’s announcement, but a press release for it ‘somehow’ found its way in the press kit — and we wouldn’t be surprised if Nokia does announce a high-end phone or two.

Samsung: This is one handset vendor that will be making headlines at the show. Samsung will, for the first time, showcase devices running on its Bada platform that it had announced late last year.

Microsoft: With Steve Ballmer confirmed to present at Microsoft’s press conference on Monday, it is logical to assume that it will be a significant announcement. And knowing Microsoft, that would translate into WinMo 7.0 and probably some music and cloud-based services.

Sony Ericsson: The troubled handset vendor is organising a press conference tomorrow. I’m really keen to see what they have in store, considering that their first Android phone — the XPERIA X10 — is not available in most markets, yet. Earlier leaks have indicated a Symbian-based smartphone as well as a mini-version of the X10.

HTC: That’s a no-brainer. We have already seen a few leaked WinMo and Android smartphones and usually HTC roadmap leaks have proved to be pretty accurate in the past.

INQ Mobile: The winner of last year’s best handset award will be showcasing its first Android-based social networking phone.

There’s so much more that I want to write but here comes the announcement for my flight. We will be Tweeting live from most press conferences so don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @cellpassion.