Posts Tagged ‘phone’

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Google Maps with GPS in the N95

November 14, 2007

… and any other phone with GPS for that matter.

For all the users of mobile phones with a GPS receiver that still have an old version of google maps, go now and update it. I just noticed that the new version (and maybe even a few older ones) now are smart enough to use the GPS on the phone to get your position.

Now it is not only the Helio that can do that… and I am pretty happy now because there is no way I will get lost ever again as long as I have my phone with me.

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Nokia N82 released

November 14, 2007

Finally the Nokia N82 has been released (it’s sad for me that my beloved N95 is not the latest anymore, I should blog about it at least once before the N82 hits America).

According to the specifications it is like a slightly improved N95, lighter, slimmer, with a new look, xenon flash and the latest software revision. It looks like it doesn’t have the two-way sliding behavior of the N95 (that is quite useless, but looks very cool!) and I am pretty sure that reduced the weight and thickness. Overall it still looks nicer, but I am not sure about the keypad… playing those NGage games is going to get even harder.

Anyway if it is like the N95, it should be a very nice phone…

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Android’s source… HTC Dream?

November 10, 2007

So the Android team at Google released the source code of the work they are doing on Linux with support of Qualcomm for the MSM7200A SURF Development board (MACH_HALIBUT). (Full announcement here)

Probably this means that the first Android enabled “gPhones” will be supporting the Qualcomm Mobile Solution Modems 7200 Chipset. So at least we know that much of the potential specifications of the future phones.

It is well known that HTC is working in the so called “Dream” phone, whose specifications have not yet been revealed, but it has been speculated that it may be the HTC Omni.

Since both are using the MSM 7200, I am tempted to say that it may be the case, and if not at least the suspicions are well funded.


				
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Nokia, Symbian… about Android

November 8, 2007

I was just saying two days ago that Nokia was notably absent from the Open Handset Alliance, and just yesterday Nokia stated that they didn’t consider it a threat. Today they have a different position on it, stating that they “never closed any doors” and they even welcomed them. However it looks like Symbian is singing a different tune. They even compared Android and other Mobile Linux to the common cold: “It’s a bit like the common cold. It keeps coming round and then we go back to business.” said John Forsyth, VP of Strategy at Symbian.

I still think it makes no sense for Nokia to just ditch Maemo and join OHA, but they are keeping the door open, maybe just as a fail safe. Anyway, I like Maemo, and it’s good that we will have plenty of choices when picking the OS for our mobile phone.

However I don’t think Symbian should take it so lightly, I bet a lot of devs would be happier coding for Linux than Symbian, and offering some advantages over it as well, so it may not be such a small threat.

Let’s wait and see what happens…

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Enter… the gPhone!

November 6, 2007

So Android was announced today as expected, not *a* gPhone but a development platform for mobile phones.

So what is this android platform?

Well, it is Linux based and available under Apache license , and supported by 34 companies including carriers like T-Mobile and Sprint, manufacturers like HTC and Samsung, notable semiconductor companies like Intel and TI and also software companies such as eBay (think Skype).

It is worth noting that from the phone manufacturers Apple, Microsoft and Nokia are missing, because of course they are supporting their own platforms be it Apple’s OSX, Microsoft’s Windows Mobile and Nokia OSSO/Maemo (and of course symbian) . Though Nokia is interested in Linux it wouldn’t make sense for them to just drop Maemo and support Android, so I think it will be interesting to see how those two develop and compete in the near future.

I was also surprised to see HTC in there, they have been doing the coolest Windows Mobile devices for quite a long time, I didn’t expect them exploring Linux.

I also found interesting the mentioning on Virtual Machines / virtualization in many sources, I wonder if they are talking about VMs as in Java / .NET or more like VMWare or Xen. If it is the second this could really get interesting.