HTC Hero Wins the Best Mobile Handset Award


GSMA announced the winners of the Global Mobile Awards held at Mobile World Congress where, HTC Hero won the coveted title of the Best Mobile Handset of 2010.

Here is the list of awards that were given out in 19 Different categories ranging from Mobile Marketing and Advertising to Green Mobile Awards etc.

Best Mobile Game

Winner: Iricom The Last City Fight For Your Life!

Best Mobile Music Service

Winner: Odyssey Music Group Deezer

Best Mobile Advertising or Marketing

Winner: CLANMO GmbH and OgilvyOne The IKEA PS Mobile Interior Planning Tool

Best Mobile TV Service

Winner: CBS Mobile TV.COM

Best Mobile Location Based Advertising Campaign

Winner: R/GA Nokia viNe

Best Mobile Enterprise Product or Service

Winner: Research In Motion BlackBerry Enterprise Server v5.0

Best Mobile Internet Service

Winner: adaffix Gmbh YELLIX

Best Mobile Money Service

Winner: Safaricom M-PESA (bulk payment & utility bill) extension to service

Best Use of Mobile for Social and Economic Development

Winner: Grameen Foundation, MTN Uganda, and Google The Grameen Foundation Application Laboratory (AppLab)

Best Mobile Money for the Unbanked Service

Winner: Zain Bahrain B.S.C ZAP

The Green Mobile Award for Best Green Programme, Product or Initiative

Winner: VNL VNL’s solar-powered GSM base station

Green Network Award

Winner: Mocambique Celular S.A.R.L (mcel) Eco Naturalmente (Naturally Thinking Green)

Best Network Technology Advance

Winner: SkyCross Inc SkyCross iMAT (isolated mode antenna technology) Antennas

Best Service Delivery Platform

Winner: Huawei Technologies Co Ltd Huawei SDP solution

Best Billing & Customer Care Solution

Winner: Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) You Individual Optimal Tariff Plan

Best Mobile Technology Breakthrough

Winner: Orange Mobile High Definition (HD) Voice

Best Mobile Handset or Device

Winner: HTC HTC Hero

Best Mobile Connected Device (non-handsets)

Winner: Novatel Wireless Inc. MiFi Intelligent Mobile Hotspot

Government Leadership Award

Winner: Kenya

GSMA Chairman’s Award

Winner: Carl-Henric Svanberg, Former CEO of Ericsson and currently Chairman BP

Mobile Industry Personality of the Year as Voted for by the Media

Winner: Steve Jobs, Co-Founder and CEO Apple


RIM Demos WebKit-based BlackBerry Browser

Research In Motion (RIM) co-CEO Mike Lazaridis showcased   the company’s latest BlackBerry Browser, based on the WebKit open-source browser-engine, at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) held in Barcelona, Spain.

Being a Blackberry users myself, I can safely say that Blackberry’s browser is the most looked down on by me and by almost everyone. It’s Slow, sluggish and many pages just won’t load. At the demo, Mike Lazaridis stated that the Webkit-based browser will   not only loads JavaScript much faster, it handles AJAX efficiently, supports HTML 5.0 and CSS3 and even scored a cool 100/100 in the Acid3 Web standards test.

This is a great step by Blackberry which promises to deliver business-like experience to the users. Though, RIM has not disclosed when the browser would be made available but lets hope they include it with the OS update which again shouldn’t take too long.

Check out the Webkit-based Blackberry browser in action:

HTC Launches HTC HD Mini With Windows Mobile 6.5.3

The mini’s are in form. After the success of Nokia N97 mini after Nokia N97 doomed, many other mobile device manufacturers have started bringing in the mini version of their models. Today, at the Mobile World Congress 2010, HTC has launched HTC HD Mini, which is said to be younger and cheaper version of HTC HD2 but with similar experience. The HTC HD Mini is sleek and provides almost similar experience as that of HTC HD2.


HTC HD Mini is powered with Windows mobile 6.5.3 (YES! the OLD crappy windows mobile OS) with HTC Sense. Of course, Windows phone 7 series isn’t coming anytime before the year end, so can’t complain. Apart from that, HTC HD Mini comes with a Capacitive touch screen, 512MB ROM, 384MB RAM, 3.2″ HVGA display, 5MP camera. It also comes with support for 3G connectivity and GPS. This is the second Windows Mobile phone, after HTC HD2, to have a capacitive display.

HTC HD mini will be available to customers across Europe and Asia beginning in April 2010.

Acer Liquid e Gets Launched


Yesterday it was Windows Phone 7 Series galore at the MWC, today it is raining Android everywhere. Acer has launched Acer Liquid e, an Android 2.1 (Eclair) powered device. It is powered by 768 Mhz Snapdragon processor and it features a 3.5″ WVGA display and 5 megapixel camera with AutoFocus.

Apart from that, the device sports megapixel Camera with Autofocus, 3.5″ WVGA Display screen, capacitive touch screen and comes with inbuilt GPS,3.5mm audio jack, support for Bluetooth 2.0 and 7.2Mbps HSDPA. It possesses 256MB of RAM and 512 MB ROM.

New features on Liquid e with Android  2.1:
• Home screens The new version now handles five home screens by default, allowing users to easily install more applications from the rich selection available on the AndroidMarket, as well as shortcuts and widgets;
• Quick Contacts a feature that lets users easily switch between the address book and the social network applications;
• Live wallpapers to customize your Liquid e on the fly;
• A new keyboard layout with an extended dictionary for predictive input;
• An updated version of the Android browser, supporting HTML5, double-tap zooming, video tagging support and geo-location API support.

Loop Mobile Ties Up With Cinemax & Sterling Cinemas to offer free movie tickets


Loop Mobile has tied up with Cinemax and Sterling Cinemas under’ Magic of Movies every Friday’ initiative. The initiative will allow the Mumbai-based operator’s subscribers to avail one free movie ticket on the purchase of one movie ticket on Fridays. This offer will be available for any movie and any show timing on Fridays. So go and catch up with first day first show’ of your most awaited movie for free.

To benefit from this offer for the current week’s Friday a subscriber will need to simply follow the few steps given below:

  • Just call or Send SMS < Fri > to 56789 (Sat Fri)
  • An SMS in reply will give you the Mcoupon’
  • On Friday: Present this message with the Mcoupon’ to the company representative at the Loop Mobile counter stationed at Cinemax or Sterling
  • The company representative will then give a bar-coded print of the Mcoupon
  • Redeem the print copy of the bar-coded Mcoupon at the ticket counter for the ticket.
  • The other half of the Mcoupon (i.e. Food coupon) needs to be redeemed at the cafeteria to avail the food combo pack of a Pop Corn + Coke’ at just Rs 50.

Nokia Launches Nokia 2730 Classic: Cheapest 3G handset in India


Nokia launched a new feature rich 3G phone and what’s so amazing about it is, it’s priced at just 4,700 INR, which is quite cheap. It also comes preloaded with features such as Ovi Mail, Nokia Messaging, Nokia Life Tools. Other features include a 2 mega pixel camera, FM radio, Bluetooth, long talk time, phonebook with 1000 entry capacity, integrated hands free speaker, expense manager.

The Nokia 2730 Classic weighs just 87.7 grams and 109.6 x 46.9 x 14.4 mm in terms of its dimensions. It has a TFT display with 256K colours and a 2 inches screen with a 5 way navigation key. It also supports both 2G and 3G networks. It has a USB port and A2DP Bluetooth making file share easy and exhilarating. Plug to a computer or pair with a device for easy file sharing. It can also manage to send email along with normal SMS and MMS. Nokia 2730 Classic’s internal memory is 30 MB which supports microSD card up to 2 GB and the phone book can store 1000 entries.

Since it’s a java based phone, you can install 3rd party .jar files/applications/games. For a cost of 4,700 INR, the device is totally worth it.

Windows Mobile Phone 7 Series Demo


Now that I have come down to soberness after Steve Ballmer announced the Windows Phone 7 Series at the Mobile World Congress 2010, Check out this video to get a first-hand look of the latest Windows Phone that brings   people, photos, music, and video into an unrivaled mobile experience.

Windows Phone 7 Series devices will be touch screen and are integrated with Xbox live, Zune music and video  and more. In detail post to follow.

Ericsson To Launch eStore With The Help Of Opera


Sony Ericsson, with the help of Opera web browser announced a comprehensive application store solution, called the Ericsson eStore. With Opera Web technology, including Opera Mobile, Opera Mini and Opera Widgets, the eStore enables operators to provide a branded application store to their subscribers. The eStore concept offers a wide variety of free or premium Opera Widgets, as well as native applications.

Since the eStore is an open platform that many operators can share it’s cost efficient.  Opera’s cross-platform capabilities allow the eStore to serve as a one-stop-shop for customers to purchase and start using new applications on their mobile phones and other devices.

Due to Opera’s cross-platform capabilities, we are able to help Ericsson deliver Web based solutions across a wide range of devices," said Jon von Tetzchner, Co-founder, Opera Software ASA. "We are excited to be cooperating with Ericsson on their new eStore, and to help deliver superior Web experience to the potential one billion subscribers who are accessing the eStore on various devices and platforms."


Jason Ford, Handmark VP of Development and Distribution, says: "We fully support the eStore and see it as a great platform for helping to deliver a fantastic mobile shopping experience, while also connecting brands and businesses to a loyal and engaged group of mobile users."


As of now the Sony Ericsson eStore is available in 25 markets worldwide.

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Nokia Money Pilots In India – Pune


Nokia in an attempt to start its Global financial services initiative announced that Nokia would initiate the commercial service in Pune one of the largest metropolitan areas in India. Nokia has partnered with YES BANK for  Mobile Money Services to bring financial services to the consumers’ mobile devices.

"The Nokia Money initiative based on Obopay’s platform is initially targeted at growth markets and designed to work in partnership with multiple network operators and banks, involving distributors and merchants in a dynamic open ecosystem to seamlessly provide the new services. YES BANK is our first partner in India to bring this service to market," said Teppo Paavola, VP and general manager of Mobile Financial Services at Nokia.

In the initial phase of the service, consumers will be able to transfer money to another person just by using the person’s mobile phone number, pay utility bills as well as recharge their prepaid SIM cards (SIM top-up). Later, consumers will also be able to pay merchants for goods and services. This move by Nokia would definitely eat up Mcheck and Ngpay’s business, which has similar business plan in India.

Check out the video of Gerhard Romen, Nokia’s Director for Alliances: