Tag Archives: Symbian UIQ

Opera’s State of the Mobile Web Report for February 2010

31 Mar

The Norwegian browser maker – Opera, has released its State of the Mobile Web Report for February 2010. By compressing 90 per cent of the web pages and making telephone bills appear happier even for users even with flat-rate data plans, the browser vendor has not only satisfied Opera Mini users but also the carriers. The company has managed to generate over $1 billion per year for telecom operators globally. Opera has also made it clear that their servers are responsible for the fast browsing experience and not the ‘strained telecom networks’.

 

In the month of February, 50.5 million people were recorded for using Opera Mini and the browser compressed 3 Petabytes of operator data for its users. Say thanks to its compression technology that has saved consumers $8 billion worldwide on their mobile browsing bills.

 

Nokia devices occupy the top ten spots in India for the maximum usage of the Opera browser. The list includes – Nokia 5130 XpressMusic, 2700 classic, N70, 3110 classic, 6300, N73, 7210, N72, 5310 XpressMusic and 3500 classic. But that should change in the coming months as Nokia faces intense competition from emerging players like Micromax and Spice, that come preloaded with Opera Mini browser.

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.

Sony Ericsson probes for new developers through ‘Get on the Train to Fame’ contest

14 Dec

Sony Ericsson Developer World (SEDW), a web portal powered by Sony Ericsson, today announced the launch of its ‘Get on the Train to Fame’ contest in India. The contest intends to encourage developers to submit novel content for various platforms such as Java, Symbian, WinMo and Android.

 

The developers will get a chance to be placed on Sony Ericsson Channels to market and be made available to consumers across 70 countries on Sony Ericsson’s PlayNow™ and Fun & Downloads.

 

The best application will be chosen every week and the winning developer will win a Satio. The contest also entitles developers to earn 70% of the revenues from the sales of their content.

Click www.sonyericsson.com/in/traintofame to participate and submit your entries.

Informate wants to know how you use your phone

4 Nov

India might have over 450 million cellular subscribers but there is no relevant data available on how these subscribers use their cellphone. Until now, that is. Informate Mobile Intelligence, a telecom research agency has launched an application designed to record cellphone usage patterns on various smartphones.

 

Once installed on a smartphone, the application records all activities happening on the device and reports the same to Informate’s server. Currently, the agency has a sample group of about 2,500 members, spread across the top 15 Indian cities. This application registers usage pattern of the sample group towards various products and services. Informate also has users in the US and China.

 

According to Kedar Sohoni, president, Informate Mobile Intelligence, “This application can help carriers and handset vendors achieve a competitive edge by understanding how consumers are using their products and services. We believe our sample size is big enough to provide relevant data at the moment. If required, we can increase the group anytime.” The application currently works on devices running on Symbian S60 and UIQ, BlackBerry, WinMo and Android platforms.

 

“Unfortunately, we cannot run our application on the iPhone as it does not allow applications to run in the background. However, it would be interesting to see it work on jailbroken iPhones,” Sohoni said.

 

By the way, it is not just the vendors and carriers who benefit from Informate’s research. Members of the sample group can get a customised billing for their prepaid connection and other add-on services like mobile tracker (finding a cellphone in case it is lost) for free.

 

Some interesting findings from Informate:

 

  • The active time spent on the phone is steady over last two months is approximately 2hrs 45minutes per day.
  • Almost 30-32% of the total time (approximately 50 minutes is spent on communication).
  • On an average, 25-30 minutes of active time is spent on voice calls.
  • Almost, 15-20 minutes of the active time is spent on messaging.
  • Average time spent on outgoing calls is higher than incoming calls.
  • On an average 40-45 minutes is spent on Entertainment activity.

Open OS movement becomes stronger as Symbian joins the fray

25 Jun

After the LiMo (Linux Mobile) Foundation and the Open Handset Aliance (Android), we have yet another consortium that hopes to make a difference in the mobile industry by going open source. Biggies like Nokia, Motorola, Sony Ericsson and NTT DoCoMo have joined hands to form the Symbian foundation to develop a new open source mobile operating system. Under the agreement, Nokia will acquire Symbian completely while Motorola and Sony Ericsson will contribute technology from UIQ, a company that the handset vendors jointly hold. NTT DoCoMo will contribute technology from its MOAP(S) or the (Mobile Oriented Application Platform) that it employs on its range of Symbian phones.

Eventually, the Symbian Foundation will come out with a unified platform that borrows the best technologies from all the foundation members. The success of the Symbian Foundation will be critical to global market leader, Nokia, which is facing a severe threat from Apple’s iPhone and expects further erosion of its market share once device based on Google’s Android operating system start shipping later this year or early next year.

Another founding member of the alliance, Sony Ericsson, is also finding it difficult to counter the iPhone with its current Symbian UIQ platform. Earlier this year, the handset vendor announced its plans to sell a high-end device based on Microsoft’s Windows Mobile operating system and is expected to hit the shelves in the fourth quarter of this year. Relying solely on Windows Mobile would hurt Sony Ericsson as it has to pay a royalty to Microsoft for every Windows Mobile device it ships.

Industry sources reveal that handset vendors have to pay Microsoft royalties in the range of US$30 to $40 for every device shipped. This cost is eventually passed on to the end consumer. However, if the Symbian Foundation is able to deliver a high-class mobile operating system platform, a vendor like Sony Ericsson will be able to do away with such royalty by using the new Symbian-based operating system than Microsoft’s Windows Mobile.

Having said that, we are yet to see any path breaking phones arising from such alliances. While the LIMO Foundation does have a few products, none have been best sellers. As far as Android goes, reports in the media indicate delays in the implementation of the operating system on handsets. Meanwhile, Microsoft continues to gain traction with handset vendors for implementing its Windows Mobile platform. This year, Microsoft hopes to ship as many as 300,000 Windows Mobile devices in India alone, with brands like Asus, HTC, LG, MWg and Samsung.

The real test for these operating system alliances will be next year, when, hopefully, consumers will be able to see commercial handsets running on these ‘open’ operating systems.

UIQ releases new platform version

28 Mar

UIQ technology, the software company that develops mobile user interface and application platform on Symbian based phones, has released a new version of its platform. UIQ version 3.3 brings “incremental enhancements” to the platform that is widely used by Sony Ericsson and a few Motorola phones. The main improvements include the addition of Opera Mobile 9.5 web browser and Opera Widgets. The new platform will support mobile widgets and a dashboard, which can be accessed by a dedicated widget button. Nothing earth shattering, we say but will help the cause of UIQ based phones in the world dominated by the iPhone and the upcoming Windows Mobile 6.1 announcement.

Use the Wiimote to play games on mobile

19 Mar

That’s right folks! If you own a Symbian S60 3rd edition or a UIQ 3 device, you can use your Wiimote to play games on it. Two students of the University of Applied Sciences, Hagenberg, Austria, have developed mobiPad, a software that connects the phone to Wiimote.

Once installed, it seems pretty easy to hook up your phone to a Wiimote. “Turn on Bluetooth on your phone and select “Discover Wiimote” in the mobiPad options menu. Instantly press the 1 and 2 button on the Wii remote at once (or the red “sync” button inside the battery case) until the lights start to flash and keep flashing. To be sure the Wii console does not interfere, unplug it. Once mobiPad is connected it is ready to go.”

Well, we are ready to go Wiiiiiiii… Are you?

Source: Forum Nokia Blog