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 [...]
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? [...]
Mobile social network visits up 277%
Permalink: Mobile social network visits up 277% by Jan Harris
Orangeâ€™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. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 organisationâ€™s existing telephone helpline service.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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, [...]