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Nokia Morph – a distant dream, but possible?
Mar 31st, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Nokia_Medium Nokia Morph

As an output of research from 2008, Nokia is gearing up for its first nanotechnology based mobile phone called Nokia Morph.

This first of its kind Nokia Morph, which seems to be more of a scientific fiction, is an output of research activity going on from 2008. This is based on Nanotechnology concept, which allows the phone to take shape of any object. Though not sure of many details about this Smartphone, this should be of flexible or stretchable shape, which allows mobile device to take different shapes and can be controlled by the touch of a screen.

This research is being carried out by a joint efforts team from Nokia Research Centre (NRC) and University of Cambridge (UK). The expected time frame of this research is to end by 2015. It is expected that the material, that can change shape will be available by 2015. Many companies are already in the process of developing mobile phones with stretchable screens in competition to Nokia.

Thus by 2015, we shall be able to have mobile phones, which can transform its shapes and can be flexible as per the user.

Video transfer over Alcatel-Lucent
Mar 31st, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Alcatel

Alcatel-Lucent has come up with a new technology to transfer videos from any kind of device to any kind of device (fixed or Mobile).

This new technology will allow mobile service providers with capability to allow its subscribers to transfer videos of any formats from any kind of devices like TV, Personal Computing devices or Digital Video Recorders to fixed or mobile phones.

This allows subscribers to carry their favorite videos wherever and whenever they go. Imagine a subscriber watching his/her favorite TV show and has to travel somewhere in mid of the program. In such a situation if that subscriber can carry that video on their mobile device and watch it in train or cab, it will be exciting technology. Alcatel-Lucent’s new technology will make it a reality.

This technology has been announced by Alcatel-Lucent just a week after its announcement of new multi screen technology. Both these technologies augment each other.

Samsung S8500 Wave – first DivX certified Smart Phone
Mar 31st, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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Samsung S8500 Wave is first DivX certified Smartphone, which is going to hit the UK market soon.

Though unsure about when it will hit market shelves in the UK, this Samsung S8500 Wave will be the first of its kind to get DivX certification for a Smartphone. This phone is based on source Bada operating system, which assures adaptability in terms of a wide range of applications being developed. Another feather in its cap is its HD touch screen with new super AMOLED capacitive touch screen display, which gives high visual quality, unmatched tone, and color depth.

Apart from the quality screen, Samsung S8500 Wave is also considered to be the fastest of its league with 1 GHz processor. It not only displays quality images, but also allows capturing quality images through its 5 megapixel camera with a high quality video recording capability and also HD video playback.

This phone comes with DivX quality video playback to offer it users a high definition video watching experience.

Brand new UK network from Orange and T-Mobile?
Mar 31st, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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Given the fact that the merger of Orange and T-Mobile closes tomorrow, there is news that the merged entity which will be the country’s largest mobile service provider is looking beyond cost efficiencies. The news is that the new entity is looking to invest huge money in building a brand new network so that it could face the competitors, Vodafone and O2 at bay.

Nokia Siemens and Huawei are being considered for this expansion as per some reports. NSN clearly needs to gear up to the challenge posed by Huawei and Ericsson when it comes to LTE services, especially in the European region. On the other hand, Huawei has a huge opportunity at hand to make inroads into the largely unconquered European region where it has yet to become a Tier 1 player.

T-Mobile is reportedly evaluating the feasibility of a new network which can support GSM, 3G and LTE services while being able to leverage the current GSM and UMTS frequencies.

Orange insiders on the other hand did not mince any words to put the probability of such a radical plan on the backburner and just hinted at the need for successful merger of its current networks and 4G plans.

iPhone games from Orange UK to hit the market soon
Mar 31st, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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A new range of mobile games initiatives are being taken up by Orange UK.

iPhone and its App Store have been leading the market in the last one and half year as most of the mobile operators have been purchasing mobile games from them. However, Orange UK is now trying to beat this competition by launching its own iPhone games with Orange iPhone Games banner, next month.

The games designed by Orange UK will be sold on the App Store from late April. As per the announcement, card games like blackjack and poker, an off-road racing game, and Playtomo, a social gaming service are few games from Orange.

Apart from this, Games Zone, a subscription gaming service will also hit the market soon. Subscribers will be charged £5 a month with 2 free games and 20% off on purchase of any other games.

Playtomo, a social gaming service from Orange will be available on Mobile and Facebook. Even non-Orange customers can avail this service on their mobiles. This gaming service comes with a mixture of games by including action, card and platform titles.

All in all, users can get the best gaming experience and value for what they spend on their mobiles through the gaming services like Playtomo and Games Zone.

Orange adds free internet on customer demand
Mar 31st, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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There is great news for customers who were waiting for free internet from Orange as it has revised two of its current pay monthly tariffs by adding free internet access to them which will be effective from 1st of April.

The new Panther tariff, one of the two revised plans, is now offering unlimited internet, 400 voice minutes, texts and email, with maps and navigation for £30 a month whereas the earlier Panther tariff which started from £35 a month offered no internet access or maps by providing more voice minutes.

As per the revised Dolphin tariff of Orange, it now comes with 100 Voice minutes, 500 MB of mobile internet, unlimited emails and texts for a monthly tariff of £20. Though the earlier Dolphin tariff was charged just £15 a month, it provided no internet or email but just allowed unlimited texts.

The latest mobile devices like the HTC Desire and white Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 come with these two revised tariffs. Keeping in view 1.9 million customers’ need for internet to access social networking sites, Orange has come with this change.

One more thing that might lure all the pay monthly customers willing to go with these tariffs is that, Orange is offering them one of the top six multimedia services free for a month on trial basis. The customers satisfied with the trial can avail this service for just £5 a month from next month onwards.

Tablet PC, the next revolution
Mar 30th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Tablet PC is all set to fill the vacuum between Smartphone and Laptop Computers.

Market players are all busy scratching their heads on how to capitalize this new revolution to create more of dynamic content oriented applications. For many of these players this is going to be a digital revolution, which changes the way documents are being used in daily life. Some are already betting on this technology for the next decade.

Those who are trying to make the best out of this revolution are news paper and magazine industry, which are planning to make digital shift along with the go-green revolution. Another major player is ebooks providers, whose acceptability will increase with this. On the other hand Steve Jobs is expecting to have exclusive TV content on iPad.

While others are thinking this is another digital device to view websites and keeping their fingers crossed to wait for some more time before entering into the market. Many of the major publishers, gaming companies are planning to capitalize the revolution. Tablet PC manufacturers are preferring a wait and watch approach for the time-being.

Is Courier Microsoft’s answer to Apple iPad?
Mar 30th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Microsoft Microsoft courier

Though not official, market rumor mills are agog that Microsoft is coming up with Courier as an answer to Apple iPad.

The Microsoft Courier is believed to be like a notebook with the capability of folding the screen into half. Rumors also go on to say that it weighs to be a pound and has thickness of less than an inch. This may be powered by Windows Phone 7, latest mobile operating system series.

If reports are to be believed it is to be launched in America soon and then in UK a month later, as the tablet computer is believed to be one of the promising growth market for 2010.  These Tablet PCs fit in between Smartphone and computers. It is powerful than Smartphone and less powerful than Laptop.

Despite many companies having their fingers crossed about the acceptance of these new devices, Asus is also planning to release their Tablet PC in Europe next month. Other players are waiting for the market’s reaction to these launches, before they can plan for their own releases.

Application developers are gearing up with their set of applications to make first mover benefit. In this league we see publishing industry, newspapers and magazines and gaming application developers, who are trying to milk this market, before others could join them.

PAYG HTC Desire Black from Orange at £400
Mar 30th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

HTC Logo HTC Desire

Carphonewarehouse has put the HTC Desire for sale over three networks – T-Mobile, Orange, and Vodafone for as low as £30 monthly rental.

T-Mobile’s offer via Carphonewarehouse looks the best with 900 minutes, 500 texts and unlimited internet on a two-year contract; this deal is however available only via web.

Orange is among the select few to sell a PAYG version of the HTC Desire and the price of £409.95 which includes a £10 top up sounds cheap given the expectations built around the superphone.

This does not rule out better deals. Insight offers the SIM-Free handset for just £394 and we have T-Mobile offering the phone for a TCO of £404 spread across 2 years including 100 texts, 100 minutes, and unlimited internet.

Then there is Buymobilephones which is offering the Desire for £25 per month on an 18-month contract with 300 texts, 300 minutes and unlimited data.

HTC desire specifications are almost same as its US version Google Nexus One smart phone, which includes snapdragon processor with 1 GHz speed, latest version of Android operation systems Android 2.1 with AMOLED touch screen of 3.7 inch size and 5 megapixel camera.

8p PAYG tariff from Virgin Media
Mar 30th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Virgin PAYG

Branson brand is all set to launch 8p rate to mobiles and landlines for texts and calls.

You will be happy to know that a new PAYG tariff is all set to be launched by Virgin Media thereby costing just 8p a minute for calls and texts. The Simply 8p plan which comes bundled with some more tempting offers so as to lure the Pay as you go (PAYG) customers into switching their service providers.

You will be surprised to know that most of the PAYG packages charge just 8p for texts. Also, landline and mobiles calls cost the same. The call rate is charged on per minute basis rather than a flat rate.

As an added advantage, Virgin Media is also offering its 8p customers 50 free minutes every month which can be used in making calls to other Virgin mobiles.

However, the most eye catching thing of 8p PAYG tariff is its international roaming rate as per which texts cost just 16p and calls charged at 16p per minute. To sum it up, 8p with further details about it is expected to enter the market next month.

BBC iPhone apps launch delayed
Mar 30th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

BBC iPhone

The expected launch of BBC’s iPhone applications might be postponed due to rivals’ complaints as per the Governing body review.

It was announced at the Mobile World Congress held in Barcelona that the BBC iPhone would hit the market in April, BBC Sport app with live video and audio in May followed by the iPlayer app with Smartphone software that would enter the market later this year.

As per the complaints of the Newspaper Publishers’ Association, it was decided to make a consideration if the plans are going to affect BBC services. Given the fact that the BBC’s online service license would allow to repurpose its online content, it was suggested by BBC that a full review was not required.

A full public value test was required before the launch which might take months together. As such it was doubted if the review will be done before the World Cup. Considering the above facts, BBC Trust has planned to postpone the April launch so that thorough assessment would be done.

As per the reports, the Guardian has planned to charge on a monthly subscription basis for the iPhone app service which earlier sold about 100,000 apps for a one-off fee of just £2.30.

The BBC even stated that their focus is to make more user-friendly, convenient and accessible BBC Online web propositions so that more distinctive products might be brought into existence. As per investigation of The Trust, it will be noted as to how far the BBC users are going to be affected by the apps, any financial implications and so on.

Asus T101MT tablet set for April launch
Mar 29th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Asus T101MT

CES, the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow in Vegas witnessed the Asus Eee PC T101MT as another tablet on the anvil. The Asus tablet will soon be queued up in a nearby gadget store sometime in April.

The swivel screen that comes with the convertible tablet can be folded back onto the keyboard, thus changing the 10-inch gadget into a PC tablet as well.  The specs include Intel GMA graphics, 2GB RAM, a bountiful 320 GB hard-drive, and the Atom processor.

Windows 7 Home Premium comes bundled with the tablet and the expected price is set to hover around €499 or £480. For those who don’t mind a pared down version, there is going to be a Windows 7 basic model powered with 1GB RAM and 160 GB hard disk; however no information on the timelines is disclosed yet.

Is Apple iPhone 4G on the anvil?
Mar 29th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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This has kept the bells ringing for a long time now and it continues to be so after keeping innumerable rumour mills busy over a period of time. And this news can be yet another rumour but it is worth talking about it.

Is it going to be true that the iPhone model to be announced in June and slated for July release will be a superphone which can replace a PC with astonishing fast LTE (Long-Term Evolution) 4G internet speeds?

A look at the job requirements posted in May 2009 sought candidates with expertise in areas including LTE, WCDMA/UMTS, HSPA, and HSPA+. This news should be great news for people in the UK given the fact that the chances of the 4G network being LTE-based are more than WiMax.

The ad seeks candidates with “expert knowledge of WCDMA/UMTS, HSPA, HSPA+, LTE etc,” which would be great news for us Brits as our future 4G network is likely to be LTE-based rather than being WiMax-based.

The record speed for an LTE test was set this week, clocking-up a massive 1.2GB/s, but we’re likely to see around 40-50MB/s on mobile handsets when the tech finally takes off.

The Sprint HTC EVO 4G previews have already created ripples by throwing up the challenge for fastest internet speeds on a mobile phone and it should no way be a surprise if Apple followed suit.

OS update for BlackBerry Tour 9630
Mar 29th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

BlackBerry Tour 9630

BlackBerry Tour 9630 is all set for the OS upgrade, though exact version of the OS going to be upgraded is not known yet, news is that it can be 5.0.5.591.

With this OS upgrade, the features of this Verizon branded BlackBerry Tour 9630 are set to improve are Camera, Calling, Messaging, Bluetooth and Push to Talk.

Camera is set to be improved with smoother operations both in Video applications and snapshot Camera. With improved OS, the handset is also set to come with a new Bluetooth enabled feature for voice dialing. This feature is for the last dialed number in both French and English and it also shows missed and received calls with time log.

Messaging functionality will be enhanced with improved functionality of sending, reading, forwarding, and deleting SMS messages, which is also displayed in holster. Bluetooth will also be improved with enhanced operations using VZ Navigator. Another improved capability is availability of the Push to Talk software.

The HTC HD2, a quick look
Mar 29th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

HTC Logo HTC HD2

HTC HD2 has been successful in managing to turn many eyes onto it and carved a niche for itself in the competitive Smartphone segment. The handset has been commanding respect from customers even after several months of its launch. Lets peep into some of the handset’s details to understand where it stands.

Powered by a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, 448 MB RAM, a 512 MB ROM, and a 4.3” touchscreen the HTC HD2 is way ahead of many others. The inimitable HTC Sense UI is like an icing on the cake. Among other features, we have Wi-Fi connectivity, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS support and a 5 megapixel camera with dual LED Flash to enable clear crisp images in challenging situations.

The only grey area for the HTC HD2 is the fact that it is powered by Windows Mobile 6.5 platform. The HD2 is like well-sculpted masterpiece with an ugly face. The Windows Mobile 6.5 fails to live up to make the HD2 a huge hit despite its Sense UI capabilities.

Had Windows Phone 7 Series not been out, this handset would have been a “Must Buy” and if the WP7S doesn’t really pull you away, you can try the HD2.

Orange announces new Partner Program
Mar 29th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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Orange has recently announced a new “Orange Partner Program” for its dealers, an indirect business channel, which will be launched at the beginning of April.

The revenue sharing model for this new partner program is to be announced in July. As per this new Partner Program, there will be three levels of dealers in Orange eco-system.

At the first level of this eco-system is “Approved Orange Partner”, an entry level of dealers attached to the distributor. Second tier is “Specialist Partner” who will be replacing existing “Federated Dealer” level with new modus operandi, new goals and targets. The highest level of this system is “Principal Partner” who is bound by agreement to sell connections on Orange.

In this new structure, Orange is extending its range products to Managed VPS and Orange Wire Free Extensions by later part of this year to its dealers. With this new improved dealer structure Orange is confident of making most from its Indirect Business Channel.

Alcatel – Lucent’s Mobile Wallets
Mar 29th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Alcatel

Alcatel-Lucent is planning to take the dozen years old mobile payment processes to the next level by person-to-person payment, remote ticketing through mobile and mobile commerce services.

This new set of services is first of its kind to be offered by a telecom equipment manufacturer and they expect this to be a path breaking innovation in mobile payments market, which can unify the otherwise fragmented market. There is however a long expected turn-around time from manufacturing vendors to end users.

This is based on a new kind of short range radio technology called as Near Field Communication or NFC. This technology addresses from payment processing system to payment initiating home network. Alcatel-Lucent is planning to manufacture and market these NFC chips on a large scale to make its way into almost all mobile phones in the market.

This new kind of technology from Alcatel-Lucent is all set change the market dynamics of mobile commerce and it can enable users to pay for groceries, movie tickets, petrol and all other kind of payments through their mobile phone.

Is it the end of Nokia 5800?
Mar 28th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Nokia_Medium Nokia 5800

Nokia 5800 has commanded a lot of respect so far in its 15-month run and sold over eight million phones across geographies. These figures are no less than eye-popping given the fact that the Nokia 5800 was Nokia’s first touchscreen device in the main stream. Now that Nokia has slashed the price of Nokia 5800 and is making no bones suggesting alternatives, is it nearing the end of the road? Let us see how Nokia X6 is all powered to pick the mantle from where Nokia 5800 left.

Nokia 5800 has been favoured by a lot of customers even after such a long time after its launch and that makes it stand out in the Smartphone segment. Nokia Online is displaying a hyperlink to the Nokia X6 for those who have been in love with Nokia 5800.

Nokia X6 is powerhouse of power packed features as expected from Nokia. The handset comes with 3.2 inches wide touch screen and considerably large amount of storage capacity. It also has all preferred pack of features needed for a mobile phone and Vodafone will definitely increase that popularity of the handset in UK.

Radio with FM capability, Bluetooth, GPS receiver, Nokia maps and accelerator sensor are some of those packed features, which makes Nokia X6 to be most awaited release for this year. So, get set for the Nokia X6.

A quick look at Motorola Zine ZN5
Mar 28th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

MOTOROLA LOGO Motorola Zine ZN5

With Kodak’s technology, the The Motorola ZN5 is one amongst the best of camera phones. The handset functions very well as a camera and as a phone. With a large 2.4 inch display, resolution of 320×240 pixels, coupled with 262,000 colour support, the ZN5 has got stunning image display capabilities.

The large keypad is good and its backlight changes with the camera mode. There is a dedicated photo gallery button on the keypad. The camera at the back is like any other camera with a sliding lens cover and a flash.

The nice camera phone has four resolution options, ranging from 1.2 megapixels to 5 megapixels. Various options like autotimer, low light setting, focus settings and white balance settings, a Xenon flash make it a cool camera phone. The shutter speed or the aperture is taken care of automatically. Video shooting option with sound is available in 2 resolutions.

The quality of the images and the videos is by far the best ever in a phone and the bright colours render them well. Video clippings are not so sharp to look at.

The handset comes loaded with 128 MB internal memory which is extensible up to 4GB. With Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, an aesthetic sleek design and good call quality, the Motorola ZN5 is not just the best camera phone around; it has got a good set of features as well.

Sprint HTC EVO 4G ,the upcoming Superphone
Mar 28th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

HTC EVO 4G

The Sprint HTC EVO 4G is surely going to turn heads around as it meets other Smartphone competitors this summer. This HD2 handset will have Android OS and WiMax.

The Superphone’s specs suggest that the phone is going to be a potential replacement of a PC with capabilities like simultaneous data downloads while being on a call. The HD quality Video is surely going to turn many heads to it. The camera and the display belong to the highest quality experienced so far.

Internet is going to be the USP because the phone is a 4G handset, and we can expect speeds as high as three times its competition in 3G space. Given the pace at which HTC has carved a niche for itself in the Smartphone space, this Superphone can aspire to beat everybody else in the market.

The Sprint HTC EVO 4G previews have created ripples thanks to the incredible features packed in the flagship product. The price is not out yet but given the specs, any price should not sound too high to gadget fans.

Sprint’s data coverage is an area of concern which can dampen the user experience and make the phone look a mere mortal. Sprint claims to have already got 27 cities on its 4G tower radar and this will increase depending on the ongoing demand. Welcome to the world of 4G.

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