Rumours of Nokia entering into the mobile computer biz has been one of the hot topics on the internet lately, and according to Digitimes, Nokia is actually in talks already with several Taiwan netbook makers and EMS companies for possible tie-ups in their latest venture. As opposed to their traditional handset-making practice wherein only the manufacturing is outsourced, Nokia is mulling the idea of a joint design manufacturing (JDM) process this time around for netbooks. An Intel Atom and Qualcomm Snapdragon are the candidates for its processor while other possible partners include Compal and Foxconn. Safe to say, this will definitely be more than just a successor to the yet-to-be-released Nokia N97. No exact date when their first model will be released, but nonetheless, this does give us something new to look forward to from Nokia apart from their usual handsets.
Archive for February, 2009
A alleged rift has emerged between Nokia and operators over its plans to incorporate Skype onto its Nseries handsets. O2 and Orange responded furiously to Nokia’s declaration that it will equip its upcoming flagship Nseries device, the N97, with Skype.
If the row is not resolved the two operators may refuse to stock the N97 – or any future Nseries handsets containing Skype – unless Nokia strips out the Skype client. The two operators are understood to have vented their anger in high-level discussions, which involved group level executives from Nokia.
The row centres around ownership of the customer, as well as potential lost revenue from calls from Skype’s internet call service.
A spokeswoman for O2 said: ‘We are currently working with Nokia to understand their Skype service and the business model around it. We continually evaluate new applications and mobile services for our customer base.’
Vodafone and Orange declined to comment.
It may have only been announced a few weeks ago but the lucky guys over at CNet Asia have already managed to get their hands on the HTC Touch Diamond2.
I’m still a big fan of the HTC Touch Diamond so when I heard about the Diamond2 I was pretty pleased to hear that the updated (or ‘refreshed’) version wouldn’t be much larger than its predecessor. So if like me you are wondering what the two will look like side-by-side then take a look at the photos the CNet guys managed to take.
As you can see from the image above, the Diamond2 is a little longer than the Diamond. This is mainly because of the WVGA (480×800) screen in the Diamond2 vs the VGA (480×640) screen in the Diamond. In terms of the width the two are the same.
Notice that the back of the Diamond2 is now flat. Gone are the facets of the Diamond, thank goodness! They were nice to look at but totally impractical!
The Diamond2 is a little thicker than the Diamond, looking at this photo perhaps 3mm more? I’m guessing that this is because of the now built in memory card slot on the Diamond2 that was missing from the Diamond?
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An updated ROM is now available for HTC Touch Diamond users to download. HTC advise Diamond users to reapply this update on the models with the language version listed below if you installed this update prior to February 27:
Release Date: 2009-02-27 Category: ROM Upgrade
[The update is available for the following languages: English (Pan Europe and UK), Italian, French, Dutch, German, Swedish, Spanish, Portuguese, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, Middle East English, S. Africa English, Russian, and Arabic (Egypt and Middle East)] Full details and link to the ROM after the break.
ASUS, a leading producer of innovative handhelds, today launched the P835, a PDA phone that delivers an Internet browsing and multimedia viewing experience without equal. Designed for business-savvy professionals who appreciate a screen as big as their ambitions, the P835 is equipped with a large 3.5” touchscreen that runs at WVGA resolution—offering five times the number of pixels of most phones and delivering the best document, photo, movie and website viewing experience possible. Apart from being able to display more of a webpage onscreen, the P835 boasts features that greatly enrich users’ online experience, including blazing fast HSUPA 7.2Mbps download speeds, a responsive trackball that makes scrolling effortless and Opera Mobile, a user-friendly and full-featured Web browser. It wraps all of its impressive functionality in an elegant touch-optimized interface which is intuitive, interactive and attractive.
LG have released three videos via their blog of some of the devices that were announced at Mobile World Congress last week. The first video is a short demonstration of the GD910 watch phone and it looks pretty groovy. Next up is the Windows Mobile running KM730, this has the S Class user interface and finally we see the LG Arena with its innovative cube interface. Check out the videos after the break and a word of warning, the last one is over 9 minutes long.
Documents To Go is still on track to be released in the second quarter of 2009 for the iPhone according to some information we have just received from DataViz. It was recently shown at Mobile World Congress and the reports were very favourable, something to note however the version being shown would only allow editing of Word documents and not Excel or any others file types. It will be interesting to see how it comes out next quarter and if the copy paste functions extend beyond the application. We will keep an eye out for more information.
NTT DoCoMo Inc, Japan’s biggest mobile phone operator, said on Friday it has halted sales of Research In Motion’s BlackBerry Bold because the phone can overheat while the battery is being recharged. DoCoMo said it has sold about 4,000 high-end Bold phones, and about 30 users have complained the phone’s keyboard area had heated up. The company said it has received no reports of users getting burned or of phones catching on fire.
"This issue appears to be specifically limited to the BlackBerry Bold devices sold in Japan since last week and sales of BlackBerry Bold devices in other countries are unaffected by this matter," RIM said in a statement. RIM also said it had ruled out a battery problem, but the root cause is still being investigated.
The Acer DX900 is finally here!
We’ve known about the Acer DX900 for a while and it was officially announced at Mobile World Congress earlier this month, the DX900 will begin shipping next week.
This is first main-stream dual sim device to be launched here in the UK and the world’s first Dual-SIM Smartphone to support both 3.5G (HSDPA) and 2.75G (EDGE) SIM cards. The DX900 runs Windows Mobile 6.1 and has an impressive feature set that includes 3G connectivity and GPS on board.
Available for order now at a confirmed price of £346.96 (plus carriage and VAT (if applicable)), you can place your order today to receive one of the first units.
Head over to the Acer DX900 page on the Clove website more information and to order yours now!
Acer DX900 specification:
- Operating System – Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional
- Processor – Samsung S3C 6400 533 MHz Processor
- Memory – ROM: 256 MB / RAM: 128 MB
- Display – 2.8" VGA (468×640) colour transflective TFT
- Operating Frequency – HSDPA / UMTS ( 2100 / 1900 / 850 MHz )
Quad-Band GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
- Expansion – microSD
- Bluetooth 2.0 EDR
- WiFi 802.11b, 802.11g
- Embedded SiRF Star III chipset
- Built-in 3.0 mega pixels Auto-Focus CMOS camera, up to 2048 x 1536 resolution
- 0.3 mega pixels Fixed-Focus CMOS camera for conference call usage
- Composite TV out support
- Battery – Removable 1530 mAh
- Dimensions – 106(L) x 60.5 (W) x 17(H) millimetres
- Weight – 147 grams (battery included)
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