All posts by Apurva Chaudhary

Apurva is a tech enthusiast, works at ClassMatrix , cycles on her Firefox Cyclone, and runs a newsletter at Techknots . Follow her on Twitter

Maemo Theme for Blackberry Bold 9700

We know we have been keeping you away from awesome themes for your devices. Here’s a Maemo theme for your Blackberry Bold 9700. When Nokia first announced Maemo everyone really liked the UI of Maemo device. I have been personally getting a lot many requests for Maemo themes for various devices. Here’s one for your Blackberry Bold 9700.

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You may download this theme from here.

If you have any requests for themes do let us know in comments below, We will do our best to find them for you.

SEVEN – a Push Email Client Released on Android 2.1

I know, I know Android already has a native PUSH Email client but the problem is it only offers solution for your Gmail and Exchange. Moreover, it is always better to have options, isn’t it?

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With SEVEN you can configure as many email id’s as you want, be it of Gmail or not. Apart from that, the UI of the software is also a bit different than the native email client on your Android. It offers White text on Black background which looks pleasant on eyes if you are bored of your native Push email client.

Though the PUSH email is not really that fast as your native client but is much better than normal POP/IMAP clients. One interesting feature being able to control your bandwidth usage. This feature might help if you are on roaming or on limited data plan (which in my opinion everyone is).

Besides that, the app is also bundled with SEVEN IM. SEVEN IM currently supports Google Talk and Windows Live Messenger. Also, Yahoo! and AIM will be added to the list before the app gets out of beta.

You can download this app from SEVEN’s official site (you will have to register an account with them, of course).   Also, the app is available only on Android 2.1 and above so a lot many devices might be able to use it. The app looks promising and might interest many of our readers. Do let us know via comments if you liked the app.

Nokia Fails Again – Q2 Results Out

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The slow growth of Symbian^3, lack of marketing skills and the inability to see the future has taken a toll on Nokia’s sales. Today, Nokia announced its sales report for Q2 and the result isn’t too impressive. As a matter of fact, Nokia has finally admitted that its lacking behind from its competitors when it comes to Smartphone sales.

Nokia’s Smartphone sales are so down that it has now updated its sales target for the next half of the year which targets slightly lesser than the previously targeted figure. To be precise:

  • Nokia now expects Devices & Services net sales to be at the lower end of, or slightly below, its previously expected range of EUR 6.7 billion to EUR 7.2 billion for the second quarter 2010. This update is primarily due to lower than previously expected average selling prices and mobile device volumes.
  • Nokia now expects Devices & Services non-IFRS operating margin to be at the lower end of, or slightly below, its previously expected range of 9% to 12% for the second quarter 2010

Over the last few years Nokia really hasn’t been able to keep up the pace with Smartphone giants like Apple, Google, HTC, Samsung and more. What lacks with Nokia is innovation. In my opinion Nokia makes awesome hardware just like HTC but it lags behind in the software department. Unless and until Nokia assures customers frequent improvements in the software department (and that has to be quick) people are not going to consume its products. Of course fanbois being the exceptions.

Sony Ericsson Cedar and Yendo [Pics]

When it comes to keeping a secret, even Apple can’t do it these days. Pictures of Sony Ericsson Cedar and Yendo have been leaked. Both Cedar and Yendo will be the part of GreenHeart initiative by Sony Ericsson.

Sony Ericsson Cedar is a candybar shaped device which looks like a feature rich low end device. Take a look at the pics.

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Sony Ericsson Yendo on the other hand is rumored to be a touchscreen Android based handset. It is unclear which version of Android flavor it will run on but anything Android from Sony Ericsson is welcomed.

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Vodafone Launches 360 Shop for Android

Vodafone has announced that they will be enhancing Vodafone’s 360 services with the launch of a 360 Shop for Android. Earlier, 360  environment  just showcased the Joint Innovation Lab platform apps. So from coming summer Vodafone’s 360 environment platform will have both Android apps and JIL apps.

For the uninitiated Vodafone’s 360 environment is an attempt to build a cross-platform development community to promote apps and widgets that Vodafone can then have them deployed across a range of mobile platforms and not just the smartphones. Now it is to be seen how successful Vodafone might get with this strategy. But if you look around the stats, Android Market place has about 50,000 apps available while Vodafone’s 360 environment has just 8000+ apps. So if the Android  developers also submit their apps to Vodafone’s 360 environment, their apps might get better exposure. Surely, Vodafone won’t leave any stone unturned to promote those apps.

Besides that, Vodafone’s platform also offers pricing  visibility, transparent app review process (which Android Market or even Apple’s app store do not provide) sales assists such as user reviews and carrier billing. With carrier billing, users won’t have to pay for the apps from the store using their credit cards but can pay via carrier bill, which is much safer in my opinion. All these amazing features might attract developers.

Vodafone’s 360 Shop on Android will launch this summer on the HTC Wildfire and Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro.

Apple iPhone Developer Agreement Leaked

There are over 100,000 apps available in the App Store and if you want to develop an application for the  App Store, you have to sign the iPhone Developer Program License Agreement for it. The only catch is, that you cannot talk about the agreement in public. Now, thanks to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), it’s out. EFF has managed to get the agreement from NASA, when NASA developed an iPhone app without signing the agreement (wonder why Apple allowed NASA to forgo the agreement).

Anyhow, coming to the juicy details, Apple really has some shitty clauses in the agreement,  Like for example —

App Store Only: Section 7.2 makes it clear that any applications developed using Apple’s SDK may only be publicly distributed through the App Store, and that Apple can reject an app for any reason, even if it meets all the formal requirements disclosed by Apple. So if you use the SDK and your app is rejected by Apple, you’re prohibited from distributing it through competing app stores like Cydia or Rock Your Phone.

Kill Your App Any Time: Section 8 makes it clear that Apple can "revoke the digital certificate of any of Your Applications at any time." Steve Jobs has confirmed that Apple can remotely disable apps, even after they have been installed by users. This contract provision would appear to allow that.

We Never Owe You More than Fifty Bucks: Section 14 states that, no matter what, Apple will never be liable to any developer for more than $50 in damages. That’s pretty remarkable, considering that Apple holds a developer’s reputational and commercial value in its hands—it’s not as though the developer can reach its existing customers anywhere else. So if Apple botches an update, accidentally kills your app, or leaks your entire customer list to a competitor, the Agreement tries to cap you at the cost of a nice dinner for one in Cupertino.

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But these clauses don’t seem to affect the iPhone developers considering the huge amount of apps in the app store. If you are curious, you can download the agreement from below:

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HTC Tattoo to get Android 2.1 upgrade

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Rejoice HTC Tattoo users. HTC has confirmed that HTC Tattoo will be receiving Android 2.1 update. HTC Tattoo which comes with HTC Sense UI has resistive touchscreen, which means it can take full advantage of Multi-touch technology which comes with the Android 2.1 update.

In a statement released by HTC:

Kindly note that now we understand that a phone running Android OS 2.1 is available that you are excited to get an update for your Tattoo. We are still working hard to Sense for building this new version but we expect to have the upgrade finished and ready to go soon. Please understand that it takes time to customize any Android release to Ensure You Have The Sense provides intuitive experience, and we hope you can be patient for just a little while longer.

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Inventor of the Cell Phone Ditched iPhone for Motorola DROID

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Martin Cooper, who is the inventor of Cell Phones and has also filled a  patent on radio telephone system, has ditched his iPhone for the Motorola DROID. In fact, he gave his iPhone to his grandson and is very satisfied with the performance of the DROID. Here’s what he said:

Depends when you ask me. I always have the latest cell phone, and I try every cell phone out, only because people like you keep asking me. Right now I’m using the Droid, because I want to get some experience with the Android operating system, and I, so far, have some favorable results.

Here’s the video:

 

Do you think Android is the new craze like iPhone ruled for last 2-3 years?

Motorola To Launch Bing Search & Maps on Android Handsets in China

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When Google had a fallout with the Chinese government and threatened to pull out Google services from China, Microsoft kept quite and now we know Microsoft had some ulterior motives. Of course who wants to come in wrong terms with the huge Chinese tech savvy population? Motorola, who shared a strong bond with Google with the launch of Motorola DROID back in late 2009 has also ditched Google for Microsoft.

Motorola and Microsoft are going to come up with Android devices in China with Bing Search and Maps. Here’s what Motorola Spokesperson had to say:

We believe that consumer choice is one of the most critical components to ensuring a rich and seamless client experience,said Christy Wyatt, corporate vice president of software and services, Motorola Mobile Devices. Motorola and Microsoft have enjoyed a longstanding collaboration and the addition of Bing services to our Android-based smartphones in China is another important step in empowering our end-users.

Bing has come out with some unique features in last couple of weeks and has registered to be an instant hit among  the users. Of course, users can opt  to use Google search instead, from their browser and install Google maps app, but this is a big move for Microsoft to gain the market.

Image courtesy: Androidauthority.com

Airtel Launches Airtel Talkies For Movie Buffs

As the Average Revenue Per User is declining day by day, telecom operators are trying hard to add new Value Added Services to attract users.

Bharti Airtel has launched Airtel Talkies’ which is a VAS for narrating movies along with dialogues, songs and background score to its subscribers. Under this offer, Airtel will offer 15 minutes of pre-edited capsule of a film to the listeners. This service might highly interest movie buffs.

There is a whole universe of M-Entertainment services to be explored, we are focused on developing this service category and bringing it to our customers,said Mr Deepak Srivastava, CEO, Bharti Airtel, Kolkata, West Bengal & Orissa Telecom Circle.

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