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Hands on: Samsung Wave at MWC

3 Mar

For a change, Samsung had just one major announcement at MWC – the Wave, Sammy’s first phone running on the Bada platform. While the specs sound awesome – a 1 GHz processor and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi support – our first impression of Bada was that it was inspired by the iPhone and Android operating systems. It is smooth and no doubt seems very user friendly, it lacks the ‘wow’ factor that we’d expect from a new platform. In my opinion, Samsung’s Bada is aimed at Nokia and its ailing Symbian platform than really taking on the likes of Apple and Google.

It is a good strategy from Samsung, as it will continue to have Android smartphones in its portfolio and Bada would essentially counter Nokia’s S60 devices. What remains to be seen is how big a hole would the Wave burn in our pockets. The sweet spot, in our opinion, would be somewhere close to Rs 20,000.

Check out the hands on video below and let us know what you think.

Android gets a new Twitter app – TweetCaster

29 Jan

Handmark has launched a new app for Android samrtphones, TweetCaster. Handmark is a leading creator and distributor of mobile apps and sevices.

TweetCaster is a customised application that will simplify your ‘tweeting’ experience from your Android-based device. TweetCaster lets you have multiple Twitter accounts running on one single device. This app will also allow you to customise themes and fonts on your Twitter page. Other cool features include:

Integrated retweets

Incorporated Twitter lists

Push notifications for tweets, mentions and direct messages

Offline tweet caching

URL shortening (and previews)

Photo attachment

Threaded direct messages

 

The app is pre-installed on the Droid and the Nexus One and is available for a free download on all Android-based smartphones. A premium version of this app is also there and is called TweetCaster Pro. TweetCaster is available as a free download on Android Market while the Pro version will costs $4.99.

How to: Set up Google Sync on a Nokia S60 device

9 Dec

I use Google Sync to have my contacts synchronised across all the smartphones I use. At the moment, I’m using three – one on Windows Mobile 6.5, another on Android and then the N97 Mini, which I got from Nokia yesterday (I gave up my iPhone a month ago). Google Sync saves me the trouble of synchronising contacts from one phone to another and enables me to simply pop in my SIM card to any smartphone.

However, I have never been able to make it work with the new breed of Nokia phones that automatically syncronised my Gmail address as a mailbox, with no option to sync my contacts. Unitil today, that is.

The problem with the settings wizard on Nokia’s phones is that as soon as it sees a Gmail address, it proceeds to set up an e-mail account on its own, which is something that I don’t want. Today I learnt how to work around these automatic settings.

Open the Settings Wizard and enter your email address. But instead of yourname@gmail.com, just mention yourname@g.com (basically don’t mention gmail). The wizard will search for settings but won’t find one and will ask you to set it up manually. Select Mail For Exchange from the list you’ll get, enter your complete e-mail address (with @gmail.com), keep the Domain name black and add m.google.com in the server details. You can now opt to sync just your contacts or add tasks as well. And you are all set to go!

Samsung to unveil Bada OS in a couple of hours, already has game developers, social networks and a major media company roped in

8 Dec

Samsung is all set to unveil to the world its very own Bada OS, which it had announced earlier in November this year. Samsung claims it is going to be a complete smartphone operating system, but many journalists (including yours truly) believe that it is going to have more to do with Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface and how Samsung would like to have more apps to run on cheaper feature phones than an all together new smartphone OS in an already cluttered space.

We’d know for sure what the fuss is all about in less than a couple of hours from now. BTW, This is what Samsung is claiming to showcase at the press event:

Let us give you a taste of our distinguished list of attendees: major game companies, one of the most popular SNS companies, and a powerful media company. The representative directors and VPs of each company are planning to share their experiences with bada and to showcase their products based on bada.

Along with the partner presentations, details of bada platform and highlights of the key features will be introduced by a principal engineer from bada development team. The strategy of devices, application store and partnerships & alliances will also be announced.

Symbian still holds 94 percent share of the total smartphone traffic in India: AdMob

23 Nov

According to AdMob’s latest Mobile Metrics report, worldwide requests from Android devices have increased 5.8 times since April 2009. Globally, the iPhone takes the lead with 50 percent of the smartphone traffic share followed by Symbian with 25 percent. Android, which is barely a year-old platform already accounts for 11 percent of traffic generated on AdMob’s mobile advertising network.

 

However, India bucks the global trend. Symbian, which accounts a quarter of the global smartphone traffic, generates a whopping 94 percent traffic in India! What’s more, the top 20 Symbian devices are manufactured by Nokia. However, the list of these 20 phones hasn’t changed much this year apart from the inclusion of the 5800 XM phone, which speaks a lot about how the OS has stagnated at the moment.

 

In India, Android and iPhone account for just one and three percent traffic, which showcases how the market has failed to mature. We believe that the absence of carrier-subsidised smartphones and the relative newness of the Android platform are the main reasons behind this trend.

 

What’s interesting, however, is that the iPhone has managed to topple Windows Mobile, which accounts for just two percent of traffic generated on AdMob. Well, this figure can be a bit deceptive as Windows Mobile did not have an application store till very recently and hence, users using apps with AdMob’s advertising are expected to be far lower than those using an iPhone. We are certain that Windows Mobile is the second most popular smartphone OS after Symbian in India.

Aricent bets big on Android

18 Nov

Aricent has joined the league of the ‘Droids’ by announcing an Android Centre of Excellence yesterday. The name might lead you to think of it as an institution, it’s simply Aricent’s latest initiative to make it easy for other players in the ecosystem to hop on to the Android bandwagon. Aricent aims to tap handset vendors, OEMs, carriers, consumer electronics manufacturers and even chipset vendors to easily develop solutions and products based on Google’s OS.

I met Aricent’s Sajal Gupta (Vice President – Mobile Multimedia and Value Added Services business) last month to discuss the Android opportunity.

We have started by porting our existing products on to Android to learn the platforms strengths and weaknesses. We have already written over a million lines of code for the platform as a part of our internal initiative. Android, at the moment, is not at a level that handset companies can pull it and plug and play it on their hardware. It is not even close to reaching that level and there is a lot that needs to be done to opitimise the platform.

We find that lot of our existing customers are looking at Android and are hunting for the right skillsets to bring their product on time. We felt that we could leverage our experience in porting products and we should invest in this emerging market. Hence, we set up this Excellence Centre and our customers are lapping it up as well.

These days, a customer’s loyalty lies more with the device than with the carrier. It is no secret that all carriers want to carry the iPhone or a device that could bring in a similar experience that could rival the iPhone.  And Aricent hopes to play a crucial role in that puzzle.

Windows Mobile Marketplace gets a website, coming to older WinMo versions too…

12 Nov

Microsoft today announced a new feature for its application store for smartphones. Users will now be able to view applications from their PC’s by visiting http://marketplace.windowsphone.com/ and can even buy applications from the portal. The new applications will be downloaded on the user’s phone the next time the Marketplace app runs on the device. While Marketplace is available only on Windows Mobile 6.5 devices, Microsoft will be announcing more details of its availability on devices running Windows Mobile 6.0 and 6.1 later this month.

via Windows Team Blog

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