November 29, 2007

Google announces My Location service

Permalink: Google announces My Location service by Jan Harris

Google has announced version 2.0 of Google Maps for mobile, featuring a beta version of ‘My Location’, a new navigation service.
Unlike most navigation systems, My Location doesn’t use GPS (global positioning satellite) technology. Instead it uses cell tower ID information to find a users approximate location.
My Location takes the information broadcast [...]

November 28, 2007

Apple’s iPhone lands in France

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Apple is launching its iPhone in France tonight, exclusively on the Orange network.
The unlocked price is €649, or €399 with an airtime contract of at least one year, and the device will be available in selected shops in 12 major cities tonight, with a country-wide launch tomorrow.
Orange will unlock iPhones sold with an [...]

November 27, 2007

Rumours of iPhone-style BlackBerry

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There is growing speculation that Research in Motion (RIM) could be developing a new Blackberry to rival Apple’s iPhone.
RIM, which is better known for business smartphones, recently moved the Blackberry into the consumer market with the launch of its Pearl handsets.
In an article for Unstrung, Carmi Levy of AR Communications Inc, a Canada-based [...]

November 26, 2007

Cost and reception issues for iPhone

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Apple’s iPhone, which has been highly successful in the US, has had a less successful launch in the UK.
iPhone users are experiencing poor signal and reception problems in the UK, where the phone is available exclusively on the network of O2, Apple’s service provider.
Complaints about poor reception have been appearing on Apple’s own discussion [...]

November 23, 2007

Nokia patents ‘crank’ phone design

Permalink: Nokia patents ‘crank’ phone design by Jan Harris

Nokia has been awarded a patent, by US Patent and Trademark Office, for a clamshell handset with an innovative ‘crank’ mechanism.
The device has a Qwerty keyboard, hidden underneath a touchscreen. A crank mechanism with a 180° pivotal axis allows the screen to hinge upwards to reveal the keyboard, providing access to normal phone [...]

November 22, 2007

Cellphone concept features full-size USB port

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Yanko Design, a weblog dedicated to the best in modern design, is featuring an innovative cell phone design by Vincent Palicki.
Industrial designer Palicki’s vision for a future Sony Ericsson handset is a slender, candy bar phone, complete will full size USB port.
The design would make it simple to transfer media - simply plug in [...]

November 21, 2007

OKI technology could halve size of camera phones

Permalink: OKI technology could halve size of camera phones by Jan Harris

Semiconductor manufacturer, OKI, has developed a new manufacturing technique which could cut the size of camera modules for mobile phones by 50 percent.
The company has started a contract assembly service for W-CSP (Wafer level Chip Sized Package) semiconductors, which uses innovative through-hole technology.
Further miniaturisation of camera modules requires smaller image sensors. OKI’s new [...]

November 20, 2007

Nokia announces 8800 Arte and 8800 Sapphire Arte

Permalink: Nokia announces 8800 Arte and 8800 Sapphire Arte by Jan Harris

Nokia has announced two special editions of its 8800 phone - the stylish 8800 Arte, and 8800 Sapphire Arte.
The slider phones feature metal and glass bodies, with a smooth slider action provided by a ball bearing and spring mechanism. An anti-fingerprint coating helps to prevent smears on the shiny surface.
Both phones benefit from [...]

November 19, 2007

O2 to launch Stella XDA smartphone

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O2 is planning to launch Stella, its latest XDA smartphone, in December 2007.
The stylish, 3G handset is based on the HTC TyTN II design. It runs on Windows Mobile 6 and supports Microsoft Direct Push email.
The phone has a 2.8in touchscreen and features quad-band GSM, Wi-Fi connectivity and GPS navigation. There is [...]

November 16, 2007

Samsung announces first 8 megapixel CMOS camera sensor

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Samsung has announced the world’s first 8-megapixel CMOS camera phone sensor.
Despite the extra pixels, the 10.5 x 11.5 x 9.4-mm sensor is around the same size as current 3 megapixel CMOS modules, making it easy to integrate into current handset designs.
This could help lower the cost of building higher megapixel camera phones, although [...]

November 15, 2007

Nokia unveils N82 5-megapixel camera phone

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Nokia has officially unveiled its new N series phone, the N82.
The feature-rich phone includes a 5-megapixel camera, with Carl Zeiss optics and xenon flash.
DVD-quality video can be recorded and stored on the included 2GB microSD card, which will store 900 high-resolution photos and 84 minutes of video.
The device has integrated GPS, with Nokia Maps [...]

November 14, 2007

Motorola strategy causes CMOS sensor shortage

Permalink: Motorola strategy causes CMOS sensor shortage by Jan Harris

According to a report in Taiwan’s DigiTimes, there is currently a shortage of CMOS sensors for camera phones, largely caused by Motorola’s efforts to increase shipments in the final quarter of 2007.
The problem has been exacerbated because Micron, a major supplier of CMOS sensors, recently scaled back production in preparation for an anticipated slowdown [...]

November 13, 2007

PDA sales fall for the fifteenth quarter

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New figures from market analysis firm, IDC, show that PDA sales have fallen for the fifteenth quarter on year-on-year basis, and are almost 40% lower than for the 2006 same period.
In the third quarter of 2007, just 728,894 PDAs were sold globally, as more people turned to smartphones.
However, PDAs are still popular with [...]

November 12, 2007

Fly Mobile releases pre-pay handsets for Christmas

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Budget-handset manufacturer, Fly mobile, has released two pre-pay handsets in time for Christmas.
The Fly Mobile SL399e is a pink clamshell handset with a 1.3-megapixel camera, video camera with zoom, Bluetooth, MP3 player, memory card support and a colour screen.
It is available from Argos on the Virgin network, priced at £39.99.
The company has also released [...]

November 9, 2007

Apple’s iPhone goes on sale in UK

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Apple’s iPhone goes on sale in the UK and Germany today, and although fans are queuing outside for the stores to open, there should be plenty to go around.
The phone is available in 1300 UK stores and the company is confident that enough stock is available.
In the UK the iPhone will only be available [...]

November 8, 2007

BlackBerry Pearl 8120 updated with Wi-Fi

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RIM has updated its BlackBerry Pearl 8120 handset. The device now has Wi-Fi capability for faster web-browsing and users will be able to make VoIP calls over Wi-Fi.
The Pearl’s browser has been enhanced to display an entire web page on the screen, and users can click on an area of the page and zoom [...]

November 7, 2007

ClassifEye technology guards camera phone identity

Permalink: ClassifEye technology guards camera phone identity by Jan Harris

ClassifEye has developed fingerprint authentication technology which is compatible with most camera phones, to prevent identity theft.
The solution does not require any additional hardware such as fingerprint sensors, USB keys and code generators, making it cost-effective and easy to deploy.
A camera phone user simply downloads the ClassifEye software directly to the device.
The [...]

November 6, 2007

Google confirms Android phone software

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Google has finally announced its open-source mobile phone software, Android.
Android, which comprises an operating system, middleware, a user-friendly interface and applications, should be available in phones in the second half of 2008.
Google has established the Open Handset Alliance to develop Android. The Alliance has 34 members including mobile operators such as T-Mobile and handset [...]

November 5, 2007

LG launches KS20 in Europe

Permalink: LG launches KS20 in Europe by Jan Harris

LG has released the LG KS20 smartphone in France and Germany, with the roll out to more European countries expected shortly.
The company announced the HSDPA Windows touch screen device at the IFA 2007 in Berlin.
The phone runs Windows Mobile 6 and provides 3.6Mbps high speed mobile internet, providing push e-mail and fast downloads of [...]

November 2, 2007

Samsung officially announces G800 camera phone

Permalink: Samsung officially announces G800 camera phone by Jan Harris

Samsung officially announced the Samsung G800 camera phone at a dealer and press event in London on 29 October.
The slider phone, which is an upgraded version of the G600, has a 5 megapixel auto focus camera with 3x optical zoom, dedicated camera button and xenon flash.
The back of the phone has a leather-like [...]