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Rajesh is a 19 year old nerd, currently pursuing B.Com Hons from Bhawanipore college in Kolkata, India. He loves everything tech, especially Android. You can follow him on twitter @ePandu or mail to him at [email protected]

HP Bringing WebOS To ‘Connected Devices’ Including PCs and Laptops

HP just dropped a biggie at their never-ending on-going event in San Francisco. The company said that it is thinking beyond todayand aims at bringing the webOS platform to other connected devices including printers, scanners, MFDs, cameras and PCs and laptops.

The company did not share any more details but, they did promise to share more details about this throughout the year.

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It will be interesting to see as to how HP intends to implement a touchscreen OS on a PC/Laptop. I expect that webOS will be limited to only the touch based PCs and laptops from HP. On laptops, webOS will act as a great secondary OS when a user just intends to do view some pictures or check his emails.

WebOS is expected to arrive on PCs and laptop sometime later this year. It will be interesting to see if any of the latest HP PCs or laptops will be supported or not. The company definitely lived up to its tagline of the computer is personal again’ with this move.

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HP TouchPad Announced; Features Tight Integration With WebOS Running Handsets

HP announced the big brother’ of the Veer and the Pre 3 the TouchPad. As we reported earlier, the TouchPad is powered by a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor running at 1.2GHz. The tablet will sport a 9.7-inch XGA (1024×768) display and will be 13.7mm thick. The tablet will pack 1GB of RAM and will be available in capacities of 16GB or 32GB.

The usual Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass and a 3.5mm audio jack are also present. The tablet will also feature Beats audio technology which will be complemented by the stereo speakers. Sadly, the TouchPad will only have a single front-facing 1.3MP camera for video calling.

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The TouchPad will run on webOS v3.0 and will feature tight integration with other webOS devices like the Pre 3 or the Veer. Users can read their messages received on their webOS powered handsets right on their TouchPad! The tablet will also be able to multi-task easily. At the event, the tablet was shown running a full screen streaming Flash 10.1 video without breaking into a sweat.

Many of the inbuilt apps of WebOS have also been redesigned to take the advantage of a bigger screen on the TouchPad. These applications include the Mail app and the Photos app. Users can comment on photos on Facebook right from within the Photos app.

Users can also share data between the TouchPad and any of the latest webOS running handsets by just touching them.  Users can even answer calls coming on their Pre 3/Veer right from their TouchPad including video calls!

The size of the virtual keyboard can also be increased or decreased depending on the users preference.   Accessories available for the TouchPad at the time of launch will include a case-cum-stand, keyboard and a new Touchstone dock.

The Wi-Fi version of the HP TouchPad will hit the shelves by summer this year, with the 3G and the 4G versions following.  Sadly, HP did not mention anything about the price of the TouchPad.

HP Palm Pre 3 Announced; Available This Summer

Along with the HP Veer, the company also announced the successor to the Pre 2 the Pre 3. The Pre 3 features a 3.6-inch touch screen with a resolution of 800×480 (WVGA). The handset will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor running at a whopping 1.4GHz.

The phone will also have a Gesture’ area. The handset will also have the largest QWERTY keyboard found ever found in a HP/Palm phone.

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Like the HP Veer, the Pre 3 will sport 512MB of RAM. The back of the handset will sport a 5MP camera with AF (Auto-Focus) and an LED flash. The handset will be capable of recording videos in full HD (1080p) resolution. The front of the handset will also sport a camera for all your video calling needs.

The usual Bluetooth, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Compass and a 3.5mm audio jack are also present. The HP Veer and the Pre 3 will also be supported by a new accessory from HP the Touchstone.

The handset will be available in two variants of HSPA+ and EVDO Rev. A World Phone so as to cater to the needs of users on different types of networks. The handset will be available in capacities of 8GB or 16GB. Sadly, the handset will be available to consumers only in summer of this year.

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HP Veer Announced, Nano Version Of Pre 2

HP just announced a mini or nano version of the Palm Pre 2 at their on-going event in San Francisco. The HP Veer is powered by the Snapdragon MSM7230 processor, the same processor which powers the HTC Desire Z, and runs at 800MHz.

The Veer packs in the same amount of RAM as the Pre 2 i.e. 512MB. Like the Pre and the Pre 2, the Veer also sports a QWERTY keyboard.

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The phone also features Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 and 8GB of on-board memory. The usual 3.5mm audio jack, Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer are also present. The handset will also support Mobile Hotspot and will be running the latest version of webOS i.e. v2.1.

The handset will also support the Touchstone dock and will feature tight integration with the TouchPad tablet from HP. The Veer will also support HSPA+ and will be available in early spring. Sadly, HP did not mention anything about the price of the device.

HP Palm TouchPad Tablet Specs Leak Before Announcement

The folks over at PreCentral have managed to get their hands on the specifications of the upcoming Palm TouchPad from HP. In all probability, the Palm TouchPad will be announced by HP at their ongoing event.

According to the leaked image, the Palm TouchPad will sport a 9.7-inch screen with a XGA (1024×768) resolution. The tablet will be powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz MSM8660 processor from Qualcomm.

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The Palm TouchPad will feature dual-band Wi-Fi b/g/n along with Bluetooth and optional GPS. A 3.5mm jack along with a microUSB port for charging and connecting the tablet to the PC will also be present. The tablet will also house stereo speakers along with a notification LED light and a Home button. The tablet will also house a front facing 1.3MP camera for video chats. Other features of the tablet include an accelerometer, a microphone, Ambient light sensor and an eCompass.

The TouchPad will be available in capacities of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. It will be powered by a 24WHr non-removable battery, which according to HP will be good enough to power the tablet 8+ hours of use. This tablet from HP will be running on Palm’s WebOS and the Wi-Fi version of the tablet will be available by Q1 of this year.

Motorola Milestone Android 2.2 Update Again Delayed

One major complaint with the Android ecosystem is the delay in the release of Android OS updates by phone manufacturers. Google released the latest version of Android Gingerbread – to the public more than six weeks ago. Still, the only phone officially running Gingerbread is the Google branded Nexus S.

While the majority of the Android handset owners impatiently wait for their handset manufacturers to release the Android 2.3 update, some are still waiting for the Android 2.2 update.

One such handset is the Motorola Milestone. The Milestone is the European version of the highly popular and successful Motorola Droid but unlike the latter, the former never got its Android 2.2 update. The update was pushed back many times and last year, Motorola stated that they will release the Froyo update for the handset in early Q1 of 2011.

However, the company updated its Facebook page to inform Milestone owners that the update has again been delayed. The reason behind the delay has not been explained clearly by Motorola as well.

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Nevertheless, the company does state that they will release the update before the end of current quarter. I wonder what is taking Motorola so long to release the Android 2.2 update for the Milestone. The original Droid was among the first few handsets to receive the Android 2.1 and Android 2.2 updates. There are not much hardware changes between the Droid and the Milestone as well.

Nokia’s CEO Sends A Hard Hitting But True Memo To Its Employees

The Finnish giant – Nokia – has been continuously criticized since the last one year or so for its strategies and its choice of platform – Symbian. The company might be the market leader in terms of volume of handsets shipped, but the market share of the company is fast dwindling and so is its goodwill.

Last year, Nokia got a new CEO Stephen Elop and he promised that Nokia will bounce back in 2011. Rumors are also floating around that on the Capital Markets Day on Feb 11, Nokia will fire a boatload of top executives and may also announce a WP7/Android based smartphone.

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Now, before the D-Day (Feb 11) when Elop will share the new strategy of Nokia with the whole world, he has sent all the employees of Nokia a very hard hitting but true memo. In the memo, Elop calls Nokia/Symbian a ‘burning platform’ and states that even after four years of the original iPhone being released to the public, Nokia has no answer to it. In the memo, he also states about the monumental growth of Android in the last two years and how the OS has managed to attract developers, hardware manufacturers and application developers, alike.

He also says that their low-end market share is being quickly gobbled up by the Chinese phone manufacturers. These Chinese companies are churning out new handsets in “the time that it takes us (Nokia) to polish a PowerPoint presentation.” In the end, Elop says that on Feb 11 he will share the new strategy of Nokia with the whole world which will help the company reclaim its market leadership and the confidence of the masses!

The full memo which Elop sent to the employees of Nokia can be found here. Hopefully, Elop will have a very good strategy in place to help the ‘burning platform’ – Nokia – regain its top spot in the mobile industry.

Nokia E7 Starts Shipping To The Public; Will Set You Back By €599

It was nearly six months ago that Nokia announced the Nokia E7. It was late last month that Nokia started taking pre-orders for the E7 in Finland and Sweden. Today, the company has started shipping the first batch of E7 to all those people who pre-ordered the handset.

The Nokia E7 is the un-official successor to the Communicator series from the Finnish giant. The E7 sports a 4CBD (ClearBlack Display) with a   resolution of 360×640. The handset is powered by an ARM11 680MHz processor along with a Broadcom graphics chip. The back of the handset sports an 8MP camera with dual-LED flash. The phone packs 256MB of RAM and 16GB of on-board storage memory along with a microSD card slot.

The handset sports the usual Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth along with a mini-HDMI port. Even though the Nokia E7 is aimed at business users, it is clearly visible that the handset not lack in the multimedia department. Like the N8, the E7 is made up of anodized aluminum as well and features USB OTG (On-The-Go) as well.

As of now, the E7 is available only at selected retail stores and should be available worldwide by Feb 16 for a whopping €599. Hopefully, the price of the device will go down after a month or so.

Notion Ink Adam Gets Another Software Update

The highly controversial tablet from a start-up in India Notion Ink Adam has got another software update. This is the second software update for the Notion Ink Adam since its release in January this year.

Unlike the first update which soft bricked some Adam tablets out there, this update is totally safe. This update is mainly aimed at improving the performance and fixing the bugs found in the present firmware.

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Below is the partial change-log :

GENERAL
• General and application specific stability issues addressed.
• Panel view stability improved.
• Added Discard Updatefeature.
• Downloaded update file verification on completed download.
• New dialog box added to choose network connection while updating.
• Save location of update.js modified; now stored in shared memory.
• Download of new update deletes existing update files, if any.
• Fixed crashing issue while plugging / unplugging external keyboard.
• Resolved GPS coordinate issues.
• Help files updated.

BROWSER
• Fixed tab switching focus and stability issues.
• Fixed inconsistent tab count display in case of multiple tabs fixed.
• Address bar functionality change tapping Xwill now clear the URL present when in edit mode; else it stops the current page loading.
• Fixed issues with URLs starting with `http://’ and www.’.

SETTINGS
• Resolved issues regarding Update Adamfeature.

CANVAS
• In Text mode,
• italics for Droid Sans does not exist, so this feature has been disabled for this font.
• 1px size text was not visible; it is now fixed.
• Adam would restart an activity when keyboard is connected, this issue has been resolved.

The full change-log is pretty huge and can be found here.

From the software side, things are looking good for Notion Ink. Early reviews of the Adam suggest that people love the EDEN UI.   However, from the hardware side it’s a total disaster.

The start-up has had to delay the shipping of the tablet numerous times for various reasons including camera problems and touch screen not working etc.

Best Mobile Apps Of The Week for iOS, Android and Symbian – #7

Welcome to the seventh edition of Best Mobile Apps of the Week for iOS, Android and Symbian. In this edition of BMATW, I will introduce our readers to a Fitness app for iOS and a popular third party browser for Android owners. Symbian users will know how to unlock their phone in a fun yet, efficient manner.

Below are the Best Mobile Apps Of The Week For iOS, Android and Symbian :

Fitness Free HD (iOS)

As the name suggests, Fitness Free HD for iPad is a fitness application containing information about more than 300 different exercises. All the exercises have been clearly explained with the help of many pictures and proper text instructions.

The benefits and the difficulty level of each exercise have been clearly explained as well. The app also lists all exercise according to various body parts.

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The app also includes some inbuilt Recipes’ which can help a person burn all those fats or prepare him before he hits the gym. A paid version of the application is also available which features more than 700 exercises with video clips. The paid version also includes other goodies like a Calorie counter, Body tracker and BMI (Body Mass Index).

One killer feature of the paid version is that users can get live support from professional coaches! The paid version of the app costs $3.99. The free version of the app can be downloaded from here.

Nokia Bubbles (Symbian)

Today, Nokia released a new application called Bubbles which will help Symbian owners to unlock their phone in a fun, yet efficient manner.

Bubbles’ will appear on the screen if a user presses the Apps’ button whilst his phone his locked. The user can then either have some fun by simply throwing the bubbles away or initiate an action by dragging a bubble to the available drop point.

Below is a video of Nokia Bubbles in action on the Nokia N8 :

At the moment, users can use a bubble to unlock their phone, view an unread SMS, control the music player or the FM radio, call a specific contact or change the phone profile etc.

The application is still in beta so do expect some bugs. The application sure has a very interesting concept and hopefully, the future versions will improve the functionality of this app further. The application only supports the latest Symbian phones from Nokia like the N8, C7 and the C6-01.

The app can be downloaded for free from here.

Firefox 4 (Android)

It was only a couple of days ago that Mozilla released an updated version of Firefox 4 for Mobile for Android and Maemo. Compared to the previous beta releases, this new release of Firefox 4 for Mobile is way better.

The page loading times and the loading time of the application has been reduced drastically. In fact, the Mozilla team says that this new beta version of Firefox 4 is faster than the stock Android browser.

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One big advantage of FF4 for Mobile is that it supports plug-ins. As of now, the mobile add-ons gallery for Firefox 4 features more than 100 plug-ins. The app does have its share of downsides including a very heavy memory foot print.

Readers can read more about Firefox 4 for mobile here. Android handset owners can download Firefox 4 for mobile from the Android Market.