December 30, 2008

LG announces world’s first watch-shaped mobile phone

Permalink: LG announces world’s first watch-shaped mobile phone by Jan Harris

LG Electronics demonstrated its innovative spirit throughout 2008 with a number of world firsts.
The company announced the world’s first phone with built-in Bluetooth headset in June, and both the world’s thinnest 8-megapixel camera phone and the world’s first touchscreen 8-megapixel camera phone in September.
It is now ending the year with a bang [...]

December 29, 2008

Motorola ships luxury Aura handset

Permalink: Motorola ships luxury Aura handset by David Masters

Struggling mobile phone maker Motorola has decided upon a cunning strategy to end its woes: overpriced handsets for a credit crunched world.
Motorola’s latest offering, the Aura, comes with a high-tech swivel mechanism.
Swivel-mechanism aside, the Aura looks like little more than a glorified clamshell that you’d expect to cost £200 on an expensive day.
The actual price? [...]

December 23, 2008

Mobile social network visits up 277%

Permalink: Mobile social network visits up 277% by Jan Harris

Orange’s latest Digital Media Index shows a whopping 277% increase in people accessing social network sites, such as Facebook, from their mobile phone, between June and October this year.
Since the last survey, which covered the period from November 2007 to January 2008, Orange has gained 1.3 million 3G customers, representing an 86% increase. [...]

December 19, 2008

Motorola i9 release imminent?

Permalink: Motorola i9 release imminent? by Jan Harris

Motorola has released the official pictures of its forthcoming iDEN handset, the Motorola i9, with the phone itself expected to follow early next year in the US.
For an iDEN phone (Integrated Digital Enhanced Network), the i9 features a not bad camera offering 3.1-megapixels, imaging and autofocus capabilities, and a flash.
With its clamshell design [...]

December 18, 2008

O2 unveils XDA Guide handset

Permalink: O2 unveils XDA Guide handset by David Masters

O2 has released a new XDA handset exclusively available to its German customers.
The XDA Guide’s most exciting feature is integrated GPS with Tom Tom Navigator 7 software and footprint service that records locations visited.
Running on Windows Mobile 6.1, the smartphone also features a 2.8-inch 240×320 touch screen, 3.2 megapixel camera, 256MB RAM and a microSD [...]

December 16, 2008

Garmin Nuvifone approved by FCC

Permalink: Garmin Nuvifone approved by FCC by David Masters

Garmin’s long awaited GPS enabled Nuvifone has won approval from the US FCC (Federal Communications Commission).
The Asustek-made handset will run on 850MHz and 1900MHz 3G bands, meaning that AT&T is the most likely distributor in North America.
The Nuvifone, first announced in January, will be the first ever smartphone from GPS maker Garmin.
It will feature a [...]

December 15, 2008

Taiwan could source ‘grey market’ iPhones

Permalink: Taiwan could source ‘grey market’ iPhones by David Masters

iPhones from Taiwan could be sold on the international ‘grey’ market after users discovered no SIM-lock on the handset.
The 3G iPhone has only just made it to Taiwan, and as in all other countries, it is only available on one network - Chunghwa Telecom (CHT).
CHT said the iPhones would be SIM-locked to only work on [...]

December 11, 2008

O2 unveils XDA Flint MID

Permalink: O2 unveils XDA Flint MID by David Masters

O2 has unveiled a netbook style mobile internet device (MID) called the XDA Flint.
Made by HTC, the Flint is an O2 branded HTC Advantage X7510 - successor to HTC’s Advantage X7500, which was released summer 2007.
Simultaneously a micro-laptop and a mobile phone, the Flint features a 5-inch touch screen, Windows Mobile 6.1 Pro operating system, [...]

December 9, 2008

Bliss partners with TMC for Blisstext

Permalink: Bliss partners with TMC for Blisstext by Jan Harris

Text Messaging Centre (TMC), which provides web-based text messaging solutions for businesses, has devised a new service for premature baby charity, Bliss.
Blisstext is a text messaging helpline option, which allows the charity to support families with special care babies, via text.
The roll out of Blisstext will complement the organisation’s existing telephone helpline service.
Blisstext [...]


US election stimulates mobile TV boom

Permalink: US election stimulates mobile TV boom by David Masters

US-based MobiTV, the first ever company to broadcast live TV direct to mobile phones, has reached the five million subscriber milestone - with one million new subscribers in the last five months.
The service is now available on over 350 handsets across 20 mobile networks including AT&T, Alltel and Sprint.
CEO Charlie Nooney said the rapid increase [...]

December 8, 2008

Google releases unlocked Android phone

Permalink: Google releases unlocked Android phone by David Masters

Google has released an unlocked version of the T-Mobile G1 smartphone that will work with any GSM simcard.
Renamed the Android Dev Phone 1, the SIM- and hardware-unlocked $399 model is designed for developers looking to fully customise the software on the handset.
Developers purchasing the handset will be also be able to debug any compatibility problems [...]


Smartphone sales hit by recession

Permalink: Smartphone sales hit by recession by David Masters

Global smartphone sales increased 11.5% on year during the third quarter, the slowest growth rate ever recorded for the devices.
Market research firm Gartner, who released the data, said a total of 36.5 million smartphone handsets were sold during the July-September period.
Economic slowdown has dented sales, said Gartner.
Growth in the sector will continue to slow next [...]

December 5, 2008

Motorola leaks iPhone clone details

Permalink: Motorola leaks iPhone clone details by David Masters

A leak by Motorola staff has revealed that the struggling handset vendor will be releasing two new smartphones in the first quarter of 2009, code named Alexander and Attila.
The Windows Mobile-powered PDA style phones are being manufactured by Taiwan-based ODM Compal Communications.
Both handsets support 3.5G and Wi-Fi connectivity. The difference between the handsets is [...]


MySpace Mobile Launches Streaming Video Beta

Permalink: MySpace Mobile Launches Streaming Video Beta by Jan Harris

MySpace has partnered with RipCode so that MySpace Mobile users can watch MySpace video content on their mobile phone.
MySpace is the first social network to launch a video streaming service for mobile phones from its popular mobile site, m.myspace.com.
The company has chosen on-demand video transcoding technology from RipCord for the new service.
It [...]

December 2, 2008

Nokia unveils N97: ‘world’s most advanced mobile computer’

Permalink: Nokia unveils N97: ‘world’s most advanced mobile computer’ by David Masters

Nokia today unveiled its latest flagship handset at the Nokia World conference in Barcelona.
The world’s biggest handset maker hopes the N97, with touch screen input and slide out QWERTY keypad, will boost its high-end smartphone sales.
Nokia’s N-series of multimedia phones once epitomised cutting edge technology, although in recent months innovations in the range have been [...]

December 1, 2008

Mio to ship 3.5G GPS smartphone Q1 2009

Permalink: Mio to ship 3.5G GPS smartphone Q1 2009 by David Masters

Mio Technology - brand name of Mitec International - has revealed plans to launch its first ever Windows Mobile-based 3.5G GPS smartphone in the first quarter of 2009.
The yet to be named device will feature a touch screen interface with a specially designed GUI called Spirit.
Connectivity will be powered by Qualcomm’s high speed 3.5G mobile [...]


Confusing signals on mobile TV

Permalink: Confusing signals on mobile TV by David Masters

LG has released a new mobile TV smartphone in Germany that contravenes European Union guidelines on the common mobile TV standard.
The KB770 handset incorporates a DVB-T mobile TV tuner, whilst the European Union has requested that DVB-H be adopted as the common standard across the continent.
TV on mobile phones has yet to gain widespread popularity, [...]