October 31, 2007

Announcement on Google phone imminent

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According to the Wall Street Journal, Google will make a series of announcements over the next couple of weeks, about mobile-phone software which combines Google applications on a mobile platform.
Google phone, which is an operating system rather than an actual phone, would run on several different models of phone, and could be available for [...]

October 30, 2007

T-Mobile announces Shadow smartphone

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T-Mobile has announced the T-Mobile Shadow from HTC, the first in the Shadow range of affordable multimedia smartphones.
The quad-band phone runs Windows Mobile 6 and has a slide-out ‘QWERTY-like’ keypad, which is five keys wide and has two letters on each key.
The phone allows users to view and edit Microsoft Office documents and [...]

October 29, 2007

November 2 launch for 3Skypephone

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Mobile media company, 3UK has announced the release of its 3Skypephone on November 2.
The 3G device, which functions as a standard mobile, can make VoIP calls with one touch of the Skype button which is located in the middle of the device.
Users can then make free Skype-to-Skype mobile calls and also send free [...]

October 26, 2007

November release for HTC Touch Cruise

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HTC (High Tech Computer) is expected to launch the new Touch Cruise, a touch-controlled PDA, in November.
The PDA will feature HTC’s TouchFLO technology, and is expected to have additional TouchFLO gestures: half turn of the fingler to rotate an object and full turn to zoom in.
HTC Touch Cruise, which was originally called HTC [...]

October 25, 2007

Facebook launches Blackberry service

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Facebook launched a new version of its social networking service, specifically for BlackBerry smartphones, at the Wireless IT & Entertainment trade show in San Francisco.
The company also announced two new mobile extensions for Facebook Platform, its application programming interface which allows third-party developers to build their own apps for the service.
The development means that [...]

October 24, 2007

Microsoft turns smartphones into laptops

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Microsoft introduced a mobile management system for smart phones at CTIA Wireless IT & Entertainment 2007, the wireless industry trade show in San Francisco.
The company introduced a new server product called System Centre Mobile Device Manager 2008, which includes a VPN (virtual private network).
This allows companies to add Windows mobile and roll out [...]

October 23, 2007

Samsung G800 boasts 5 megapixels plus 3x optical zoom

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Samsung has released the world’s first handset with both a 5 megapixel camera and 3x optical zoom.
The G800 is Samsung’s second five megapixel camera phone to be released in the UK, and offers enhanced camera functionality compared with the G600 five megapixel device, which was launched in September.
The G800 provides improved image quality through [...]

October 22, 2007

Qipit technology scans camera phone text

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Qipit, the mobile scanning specialist, has developed a free online and mobile service which converts photos of handwritten or printed documents into clear digital copies.
The company has now enhanced the technology, making the scanned text more readable and preserving the integrity of photographs in “qipit” copies.
Qipit has combined patented ink extraction and automatic picture [...]

October 19, 2007

Pantech A1407PT features bone-conducting technology

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Pantech of South Korea has launched its A1407PT handset with ‘bone-conduction’ into the Japanese market.
The technology has been used in headsets but, until now, hasn’t caught on for mobile phones.
Bone conduction technology transmits a sound wave through the skull and to the inner ear by vibration.
Pantech’s A1407PT phone features a bone-conduction speaker [...]

October 18, 2007

Nokia starts shipping N95 8GB camera phone

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Nokia has started global shipments of its N95, 8GB, multi-media mobile phone.
The sleek, black phone features up to 8 GB of built in memory, a 5 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss lens, built-in AGPS, WLAN, HSDPA and an innovative 2 way slide.
The memory capacity allows the phone to offer up to 6000 songs, or [...]

October 17, 2007

Sony Ericsson announces K630 camera phone

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Sony Ericsson has announced the K630, a stylish camera phone providing music, email and broadband speed data transfers with HSDPA.
The phone comes with Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync preloaded, which allows a computer’s inbox to be mirrored on the phone’s display. This means that urgent emails can be answered while on the move.
A Media Manager [...]

October 16, 2007

Samsung SGH-E250 breaks 10 million barrier

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Samsung’s SGH-E250 has become the fastest Korean phone to reach the 10 million sold mark.
The low-cost phone, which was unveiled in November 2006, rapidly sold 7.9 million units in the first half of the year, and broke the 10 million target in October 2007.
It took the record away from another Samsung phone, the [...]

October 15, 2007

Broadcom develops HSUPA chip for 3G handsets

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Broadcom Corporation has started sampling a single-chip HSPA (high-speed packet access) processor to selected customers.
The BCM21551 chip incorporates key 3G cellular and mobile technologies in a low power, single 65-nm CMOS die.
Dual ARM11 processors provide open OS support. The chip provides full stereo music capabilities for headset and stereo speakers, and an integrated [...]

October 12, 2007

Sun and Samsung co-developing iPhone rival?

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There is growing speculation that Sun Microsystems and Samsung are collaborating on a Java phone with more features than Apple’s iPhone, for a lower price.
A spokesman for Samsung in Seoul, Lee Soo-jeong, confirmed that the two companies have met to discuss the device, but said that no decision had yet been reached.
At the JavaOne [...]

October 11, 2007

TechFaith launches Twins WCDMA/GSM phone

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TechFaith Wireless Communication Technology Limited has launched Twins - the world’s first WCDMA/GSM dual mode phone.
Twins is designed with international travellers in mind. It will accept one WCDMA card and one GSM card. Users can also load dual GSM SIM cards.
The phone is also ideal for people who require a business and a [...]

October 10, 2007

Samsung announces 3 music phones for Europe

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Samsung has announced three new music phones for the European market.
The SGH-i450 slider phone features a Bang & Olufsen amplifier. When fully opened, the speaker is revealed, allowing music to be enjoyed without the need for a headset. The phone has a 2.4-inch screen, a 2-megapixel camera, a touch wheel for navigation and an [...]

October 9, 2007

LG announces UK availability of Viewty

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LG Electronics’ new 5.1 megapixel camera phone, the LG Viewty, will be available in the UK from mid-October.
The device will be available on all networks and from all major retailers.
The touchscreen phone is equipped with professional-level digital camera features including manual focus which gives users more control over their pictures.
A built-in image stabiliser [...]

October 8, 2007

Women drive camera phone use

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In a recent study in Japan, the Mobile Imaging and Printing Consortium (MIPC) found that 40% of respondents had printed out photos taken on a camera phone.
The study found that women were particularly keen on printing their photos, especially working women and grandmothers. Over half of respondents in these two groups had printed [...]

October 5, 2007

Broadcom announces HD chip for camera phone

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Broadcom Corporation has announced a low-power multimedia processor, the BCM2727, which supports high-definition video, 3D gaming and 12-megapixel camera capabilities without draining a phone’s battery.
The VideoCore III processor is designed for next generation, multimedia mobile phones and is the first processor to feature Broadcom’s VideoCore III multimedia architecture.
The BCM2727 facilitates high-definition camcorder functionality, [...]

October 4, 2007

Palm delays release of Linux smartphone

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Palm has delayed the distribution of its Linux-based smartphone until the end of 2008.
The phone was originally scheduled for release late this year, but was put back to 2008 in July, and a further delay has now been announced by Palm’s chief executive, Ed Colligan.
However, Colligan said that platform development was going well, [...]