Nokia fans want a 4 inch smartphone with multiple OS support
May08

Nokia fans want a 4 inch smartphone with multiple OS support

Announced by Nokia almost two months ago, the Design by Community project is almost finished. Nokia fans had to vote for what features and characteristics they’d want in their dream Nokia smartphone. The voting is now closed, and a team of Nokia designers will make some sketches that will be turned into a concept device later this month. Fans have voted at Nokia Conversations that the final device should be a 10mm thin monoblock made out of aluminum. Its features should include: a 4 inch capacitive touchscreen display, open source operating system, unlimited multitasking, Wi-Fi 802.11 n/b/g, USB 3.0, HDMI, Dolby surround sound, and an 8MP camera with 4X optical zoom, dual LED and Xenon flash, and HD video recording. The handset should also have “DbC OS 1 temperature and location sensors so your device constantly monitors your whereabouts and the local conditions.” Everything here seems doable, including the multiple OS support – Nokia could easily make a phone to support both Symbian and MeeGo. Anyway, until a team of Nokia designers finishes the concept device, we’ve made a quick mock-up of what the handset might look like: (this UI is from an early version of Symbian^4) Nokia should present its own concept before the end of May, so let’s wait and see what they have to show us. Meanwhile, Nokia will be in search of a name for the concept...

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Apple to launch iPad internationally on May 28
May07

Apple to launch iPad internationally on May 28

Already available in the US (and sold in more the 1 million units), the Apple iPad is finally coming to other countries starting May 28 – one month later than initially planned. The countries that will get the iPad on this date are: Canada, Japan, Australia, the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Switzerland. Apparently, both the iPad WiFi and the iPad WiFi + 3G will be available on May 28. Starting May 10, customers can pre-order the iPad in all nine countries, via Apple’s online store. The iPad prices for Europe are as following (via Engadget Spain): iPad 16GB WiFi – €479 iPad 32GB WiFi – €579 iPad 64GB WiFi – €679 iPad 16GB WiFi + 3G – €579 iPad 32GB WiFi + 3G – €679 iPad 64GB WiFi + 3G – €779 The iPad prices for the UK (via Apple UK): iPad 16GB WiFi – £429 iPad 32GB WiFi – £499 iPad 64GB WiFi – £599 iPad 16GB WiFi + 3G – £529 iPad 32GB WiFi + 3G – £599 iPad 64GB WiFi + 3G – £699 As you can see, for some reason Apple decided that it’s a good idea to make all prices with at least $100 more expensive than the prices for iPad versions sold in the US. Starting July, Apple will launch the iPad in more countries, including: Austria, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Ireland, Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand and Mexico. Via...

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Nokia says iPad 3G also infringes patents, sues Apple again
May07

Nokia says iPad 3G also infringes patents, sues Apple again

All this is getting a bit ridiculous: Nokia has just announced it has filed yet another suit against Apple (the third one until now), claiming that the Cupertino company infringes five of its important patents. This time, Nokia says that, besides the iPhone, the iPad 3G also infringes patents. According to the Finnish company, the patents “relate to technologies for enhanced speech and data transmission, using positioning data in applications and innovations in antenna configurations that improve performance and save space, allowing smaller and more compact devices.” The new complaint was filed by Nokia with the Federal District Court in the Western District of Wisconsin, U.S. As previously reported, Nokia expects to get of up to $1.36 billion from Apple – of course, the company first has to prove that Apple actually infringes its patents. Via Press...

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Motorola i897 Amphora (Ferrari branded) and WX415 Heartland coming soon
May07

Motorola i897 Amphora (Ferrari branded) and WX415 Heartland coming soon

We’ve just stumbled upon two new and unannounced Motorola phones, both of which are clamshells: Motorola i897 Amphora and Motorola WX415 Heartland. As its name suggests, the Motorola i897 Amphora is an iDEN phone (like the Motorola i1, the i890 or the i296 Gallo). We don’t have too many details about the i897’s features, but we can see that it has the Ferrari logo just below the internal display – so it will probably be launched as yet another Moto Ferrari phone. Sprint is likely to offer the handset in the US, but we don’t know when this will happen. Next, the Motorola WX415 Heartland (part of the WX series) is a CDMA handset for North and South America. The WX415 has an external display, as well as external music controls that seem to be touch-sensitive. No info regarding its launch date or price. Via Bluetooth SIG and Bluetooth...

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Ovi Life Tools launched by Nokia in China
May07

Ovi Life Tools launched by Nokia in China

Almost one year since introducing Ovi Life Tools in India, Nokia now has announced the launch of the service in China – where it’s called Nokia Ovi Sheng Huo Tong. Designed for emerging markets, Nokia’s Ovi Life Tools “addresses the needs of rural consumers with the vision to provide livelihood and life-impacting benefits to improve their economic prosperity and quality of life.” There are about 730 million rural residents in China at the moment. Ovi Life Tools provide users with a wide range of info, divided in four categories: agriculture, healthcare, education and entertainment. The service is SMS-based and will be offered in simplified Chinese, with the help of six major partners: Beijing Etiantian Net Educational Technology Co. Ltd (Beijing Sizhong Ltd.), Beijing Nongxintong Technology Co. Ltd., 39.net, Kongzhong Corporation, British Council, and Sina.com. One-month subscriptions for each of Ovi Life Tools’ categories will cost 5 to 8 RMB, or 1 RMB for each on-demand request. For the beginning, Ovi Life Tools will be available in China on two affordable phones (Nokia 1800 and Nokia 1616, both pictured above). The handsets will be out in China in mid May for prices from 250 RMB to 300 RMB ($37 – $44). Chinese users should be able to find more info on Ovi Life Tools here at Nokia’s website. Via Press...

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Samsung Bada SDK now publicly available
May06

Samsung Bada SDK now publicly available

Launched in January only for Samsung’s partners, the Bada OS SDK has just been made available to everyone – so any developer can now start making Bada apps. The SDK is in beta (version 1.0.0b2), but it includes anything devs need: lots of APIs, a UI builder, an IDE (integrated development environment), simulator, debugger, tutorials, code samples, and helpful documentation. The Bada SDK 1.0.0b2 can be downloaded here – note that you’ll need a free Samsung Bada Developers account to actually download it. The first Bada-based smartphone (Samsung Wave S8500, pictured below) should be available this month across Europe, and it might also be launched in the Americas. More Bada devices will be announced later this year. In case you don’t know what Bada looks like when running on a handset, you can check out our Samsung Wave S8500 video preview from MWC 2010. Via Bada Developers...

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Samsung S3370 gets official as Corby 3G / Acton
May06

Samsung S3370 gets official as Corby 3G / Acton

The Samsung S3370 (which we’ve seen a couple of times until now) has been officially announced in Russia, where it will be known as Samsung Corby 3G. This could cause a bit of confusion, since the same name (Corby 3G) was also given to the Samsung Lindy M5650 in India, but anyway. The S3370 Corby 3G features 3G connectivity (obviously), a 2.6 inch QVGA touchscreen display, TouchWiz UI 2.0, Bluetooth, music and video player, FM radio, DNSe 2.0, social networking integration (Facebook, Twitter, MySpace), 1.3MP camera, and MicroSD card support. In Russia, the Samsung Corby 3G should be available starting May 10 for 5790 rubles (about €150 or $190). The S3370 has also been spotted in Belgium, where it will be known as Samsung Acton (no, not Action). This makes me wonder if Samsung has a different name for the phone for each country where it will launch it… Via...

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Google Goggles 1.1 for Android features text translation
May06

Google Goggles 1.1 for Android features text translation

Back in February at MWC 2010, Google promised instant translation capabilities for its (then new) Goggles Android application. Now, three months after, the app has been updated to include the promised feature. With the new capability, Google Goggles 1.1 for Android allows you to point your phone at a text, press the shutter button, then the translate button, and wait for the text to be translated – the translation will obviously appear on your phone’s display. At the moment, the application can only read texts in English, Spanish, French, Italian and German, but it can translate in “many more languages”. Google is working to extend text recognition capabilities to more Latin-based languages, and even non-Latin languages like Chinese, Arabic and Hindi. You can get Google Goggles 1.1 if you search for it in Android Market, or if you scan the barcode found at the Google Mobile blog. To run the app, you need a phone wiht Android 1.6 or...

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HTC EVO 4G pre-orders to start this month at The Shack, Sprint might sell it on June 6
May06

HTC EVO 4G pre-orders to start this month at The Shack, Sprint might sell it on June 6

New details regarding the launch date of Sprint’s HTC EVO 4G have showed up. Apparently, The Shack (previously known as Radio Shack) will take pre-orders for the smartphone starting “later this month.” We’ve previously heard that Best Buy would pre-sell the EVO starting May, too, so this does make sense. Perhaps more importantly is what a user claiming to work for Sprint is saying over at the Android Forums: “EVO advocates will get the phones on May 17th and be trained on them May 24th. The EVO will go on sale June 6th.” June 6 is exactly one month from now, so let’s hope this turns out to be true. Another new detail about the EVO 4G is that it’s not a world phone (like Verizon’s HTC Incredible), so it won’t have GSM/HSDPA connectivity in addition to CDMA/EV-DO/WiMAX. Sprint might sell the EVO for $199 on contract – a reasonable price for any high-end smartphone nowadays. Via...

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Sprint enhances its pre-paid offering, readies new pay by the minute brand
May06

Sprint enhances its pre-paid offering, readies new pay by the minute brand

Sprint has been constantly losing post-paid subscribers in the last few years, so it’s now trying to make a push into the pre-paid market (helped by its subsidiaries Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile). The third largest US carrier has just announced a new pre-paid multi-brand strategy, which includes the launching of new plans and new phones. For example, on May 12, Virgin Mobile will introduce “Beyond Talk” – new pre-paid plans that include unlimited messaging, email and data. The Beyond Talk plans will cost $25, $40, or $60 per month (depending on the number of minutes per month you need). Sprint also says that it will launch a new pay by the minute brand, possibly starting this month. The brand (unnamed yet) will target “budget-conscious customers who spend less than $30 per month and are focused on the value they pay per minute.” “We brought together the resources and experience of the Boost and Virgin Mobile teams in late 2009. Since that time, we have been developing the critical pieces of our multi-brand prepaid strategy. Our approach to the prepaid market can truly set us apart from the competition with tailored offers that will address specific needs in this growing market,” says Sprint CEO Dan Hesse. You can read more about Sprint’s pre-paid plans in this press...

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