Archive for January 21st, 2010

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Sony Ericsson Vivaz announced

Sony Ericsson VivazT, announced today, follows on from the Xperia X10 announced in November 2009, and is the second phone in the new family of communication entertainment phones coming to market in the first half of 2010. Sony Ericsson VivazT will come to market in Q1 2010.

Vivaz

Sony Ericsson Vivaz

 

With Sony Ericsson VivazT communication truly becomes entertainment with high quality HD video allowing consumers to produce and broadcast their best experiences with the latest video capture and sharing features.

Capture – record spontaneous moments and memories in HD quality and crisp high resolution for a real-life video experience. The dedicated video key allows consumers to shoot video instantly with continuous auto focus for the perfect film every time.

View – review video content in the standby panel or online via Wi-Fi on the 3.2 inch widescreen

Share – upload via Wi-Fi onto YouTubeT and Picasa in high resolution while still using other features on the handset

The open platform also allows users to personalise their entertainment experience by downloading great applications through PlayNowT and the SymbianT Developer Community.

“User-generated content, especially video, is exploding on the web,” said Lennard Hoornik, Head of Marketing, Sony Ericsson. “With Sony Ericsson VivazT, we have created a mobile phone that makes it easy to catch life in high quality video and upload that self expression onto the web to share with the world. Sony Ericsson VivazT offers beauty inside and out with an open and intuitive user experience allowing consumers to capture, view and share their lives and spontaneity in HD quality.”

Sony Ericsson VivazT features the new design philosophy ‘human curvature’, first introduced with the Xperia X10, which will become a consistent feature of Sony Ericsson’s portfolio going forward. Designed to mirror the shape of the human body, and at the same time delivering a precise and compelling phone interaction, Sony Ericsson VivazT is instantly recognisable.

Sony Ericsson VivazT

· HD video – produce and broadcast your best experiences with the latest video capture and sharing features

· Social networking – easy access to social networks such as FacebookT and Twitter

· 8.1 megapixel camera – capture life’s moments in high quality

· Face and smile detection – a perfect picture every time

· Sony Ericsson Media Player

Sony Ericsson VivazT supports UMTS HSPA 900/2100 and GSM GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900, UMTS HSPA 850/1900/2100 and EDGE 850/900/1800/1900.

Sony Ericsson VivazT will be available in selected markets from Q1 in the colours Moon Silver, Cosmic Black, Galaxy Blue and Venus Ruby.

 

Looks pretty sweet to me! We will be itching to get a review device as soon as we can.

Head on over to the Sony Ericsson website for a few more details and a short video.

 

Posted by: James

Posted in: News
By January 21, 2010 Read More →

HTC Bravo: Europe’s Nexus One?

There have been a few stories on the news wire today about a newly anticipated Android powered device from HTC. I’m talking about the HTC Bravo, which is thought go on sale throughout Europe within the next few months.

HTC-Bravo

The HTC Bravo

 

If you think that the HTC Bravo looks a lot like the Nexus One then there’s a good reason for that. HTC made the Nexus One for Google and it is believed that the Nexus One was based upon the designs that HTC already had for the HTC Bravo and not the other way around. Does it matter which of these handsets you buy? Well I doubt HTC will care which!

So if the HTC Bravo goes on sale throughout Europe where will that leave the Nexus One? Will we see some carriers taking the HTC unit where others might opt for the Google branded model? Or does this mean no Nexus One in Europe at all? My guess would be that both will be sold.

The HTC Bravo features the same 3.7 inch AMOLED, the same 1Ghz Snapdragon mobile processor, 512MB RAM and 512MB ROM. The HTC Bravo also features a 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and will run on the Android 2.1 operating system just the same as the Nexus One.

I’m reviewing the Google Nexus One at the moment so please do have a look at my Nexus One unboxing and demo video and also let me know if I can answer any of your questions!

 

Posted by: Matt

Posted in: Rumours
By January 21, 2010 Read More →

Free Navigation Coming to Nokia Handsets

Nokia has today announced plans to release a new version of Ovi Maps for its smartphones that includes high-end walk and drive navigation at no extra cost,available for download at www.nokia.com/maps. This move has the potential to nearly double the size of the current mobile navigation market.The new version of Ovi Maps includes high-end car and pedestrian navigation features, such as turn-by-turn voice guidance for 74 countries, in 46languages, and traffic information for more than 10 countries, as well as detailed maps for more than 180 countries.

nokia 

Nokia

 

"Why have multiple devices that work that work in only one country or region? Put it all together,make it free, make it global and you almost double the potential size of the mobile navigation market ," explained Anssi Vanjoki, Executive Vice President,Nokia. "Nokia is the only company with a mobile navigation service for both drivers and pedestrians that works across the world. Unlike the legacy car navigation manufacturers, we don’t make you buy maps for different countries or regions even if you’re only visiting for a few days. We offer both navigation and maps free of charge, with all the high-end functionality and features that people now expect."

"The large-scale availability of free-of-charge mobile phone navigation offerings using high-quality map data will be a game changer for the navigation industry," said Thilo Koslowski, Vice President Automotive and Vehicle ICT at Gartner. "Such offerings will accelerate mass market adoption for navigation solutions and shift innovation focus to location-based services that go beyond traditional routing benefits."

For Nokia, removing the costs associated with navigation for drivers and pedestrians allows the company to quickly activate a massive user base to which it can offer new location features, content and services. This is part of Nokia’s strategy to lead the market in mobile maps, navigation and location-based services. The move is also in line with Nokia’s vision that the next wave of growth will be centered on the location-aware, social internet — as the ‘where’ people are doing things becomes as important as the ‘what’ they are doing. 

According to research firm Canalys, the number of people worldwide using GPS navigation on their mobile phones was approximately 27 million at the end of 2009. With this announcement Nokia potentially grows the size of this installed user base to about 50 million by enabling smartphone owners, with compatible devices and devices that will be made compatible shortly to activate free drive and walk navigation through a simple download of the new Ovi Maps. Nokia will further grow this base as it quickly adds more smartphones to the compatible devices list.Canalys also estimated in 2009 that the installed base of smartphones with integrated GPS was 163 million units worldwide, of which Nokia accounted for more than half (51%) having shipped cumulatively  83 million GPSdevices. 

"This is a game changing move. By leveraging our NAVTEQ acquisition, and our context sensitive service offering, we can now put a complete navigation system in the palm of your hand, wherever in the world you are, whenever you need it – and at no extra cost," continued Anssi Vanjoki. "By adding cameras at no extra cost to our phones we quickly became the biggest camera manufacturer in the world. The aim of the new Ovi Maps is to enable us to do the same for navigation."

Ovi Maps is immediately available for download for 10 Nokia handsets, including the popular Nokia N97mini, Nokia 5800 XpressMusic and Nokia E72, with more Nokia smartphones expected to be added in the coming weeks. In the meantime, current owners of Nokia smartphones that are compatible with the new Ovi Maps can download it free of charge from www.nokia.com/maps.

From March 2010, new Nokia GPS-enabled smartphones will include the new version of Ovi Maps,pre-loaded with local country map data, with high-end walk and drive navigation and access to Lonely Planet and Michelin travel guides at no extra cost. 

Ovi Maps covers more than 180 countries with car and pedestrian navigation for 74 countries in 46languages and 6000 3D landmarks for 200 cities around the world. Lonely Planet and Michelin guides have information on more than 1,000 destinations globally.

 

With Nokia selling more phones than any other manufacturer this is a great move forward for them and im sure this will also increase their SmartPhone market share.

 

Posted by: James

Posted in: Press Releases
By January 21, 2010 Read More →

Nokia makes walk and drive navigation free on its smartphones

On your mobileEspoo, Finland – Nokia has today announced plans to release a new version of Ovi Maps for its smartphones that includes high-end walk and drive navigation at no extra cost, available for download at www.nokia.com/maps. This move has the potential to nearly double the size of the current mobile navigation market. The new version of Ovi Maps includes high-end car and pedestrian navigation features, such as turn-by-turn voice guidance for 74 countries, in 46 languages, and traffic information for more than 10 countries, as well as detailed maps for more than 180 countries.

“Why have multiple devices that work that work in only one country or region? Put it all together, make it free, make it global and you almost double the potential size of the mobile navigation market ,” explained Anssi Vanjoki, Executive Vice President, Nokia. “Nokia is the only company with a mobile navigation service for both drivers and pedestrians that works across the world. Unlike the legacy car navigation manufacturers, we don’t make you buy maps for different countries or regions even if you’re only visiting for a few days. We offer both navigation and maps free of charge, with all the high-end functionality and features that people now expect.”

“The large-scale availability of free-of-charge mobile phone navigation offerings using high-quality map data will be a game changer for the navigation industry,” said Thilo Koslowski, Vice President Automotive and Vehicle ICT at Gartner. “Such offerings will accelerate mass market adoption for navigation solutions and shift innovation focus to location-based services that go beyond traditional routing benefits.”

Posted in: Phones
By January 21, 2010 Read More →

Acer beTouch E101 unboxing video

Acer have launched a number of new handsets recently from the Android powered Acer Liquid that we reviewed recently to several Windows Mobile 6.5 handsets including the Acer beTouch E101 that we are looking at here.

The Acer beTouch E101

The Acer beTouch E101

 

The beTouch range includes several handsets, the E101 being the entry level followed by the E100 and then the S200. The E101 and E100 are virtually the same handset but the E100 has 3G where the E101 does not.

The Acer beTouch E101 is very much an entry level device and is probably the best value for money Windows Mobile 6.5 handset on the market. You can pick one up for £150 (+VAT) from Clove Technology. While the E101 is undoubtedly an budget handset don’t be fooled in to thinking it’s overly basic. It has a generous 3.2″ display, a decent amount of RAM/ROM and still manages to squeeze in GPS and Google Maps!

The Acer E101 and the E100 are available in both Black and White, the E100 offering 3G connectivity on top of the specification of the E101.

We’ll be reviewing the E100 over the next week or so and will have the review live as soon as it’s complete. Take a look at the unboxing video below where I’ll take you on a tour of the hardware and briefly dip in to the OS/UI.

 

Acer beTouch E101 unboxing video

 

Acer E101 specification:

  • Operating System – Windows Mobile 6.5
  • Processor – Qualcomm 7225 528MHz
  • Memory – RAM – 256MB / ROM – 512MB
  • Display – 3.2 inch WQGA resolution
  • Network – Quad-band GSM/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900
  • Connectivity – Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR
  • miniUSB
  • GPS supports A-GPS
  • Expansion Slot – MicroSD card
  • Camera – 2 Megapixels
  • Device Control – 5-way Navi Key + Scroll Wheel
  • Talk Time – 5 Hours (manufactures approximation)  
  • Standby Time – 400 Hours (manufactures approximation)  
  • Battery – Rechargeable Lithium-ion 1140 mAh
  • Dimensions – 113 x 56 x 12.8 mm
  • Weight – 118 grams with battery
  • Includes Google Maps

 

Posted by: Matt

Posted in: Videos/Unboxings
By January 21, 2010 Read More →

Cry Translator for iPhone released

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The Cry Translator is an easy to use iPhone app that quickly identifies the five distinct cries made by infants: hungry, sleepy, annoyed, stressed or bored. These five cries are universal to all babies regardless of culture or language.

The Cry Translator technology has been tested in Spain and North America with impressive results. Based on the degree of accuracy evidenced in the studies, Biloop Technologies developed an iPhone application for consumer use. For more information on the clinical trials, please visit www.biloop.com or read a recent article in Spain’s Paediatric Medical Journal.

Key Benefits

Identifies a cry within ten seconds.

Eases the anxiety associated with calming a crying infant.

Builds confidence in understanding and comforting your infant.

Helps reduce overall infant crying.

Get it here    Apple store

Now if only they could develop an app that can understand women they could really be onto a winner 😉

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By January 21, 2010 Read More →

Grand Theft Auto (GTA) for iPhone released

Undoubtedly the biggest release in app store this week is an iPhone version, original porting, of Grand Theft Auto game, the “Chinatown Wars” edition. Why biggest? Well, the console version of this game is huge hit, and also in app store this app has reached, merely in 2 days (!), top sales positions in several countries + Apple is promoting this new release heavily everywhere in iTunes.


Arrival of big game studios to iPhone probably means that soon no longer indy game developers will have any chances to compete…

Posted in: Phones