Couple of days ago I attended an event hosted by Intel showcasing their second generation core processors and electronics equipped by it. Besides that, major stress was on the fact that upcoming consumer electronics will be quipped by technologies like 3D. This took me to back to the Nvidia event I attended a couple of months ago. There again the entire event was focused on 3D enabled consumer electronics. With so many manufacturers concentrating on 3D technology leads to only one question. Is 3D really the next tech revolution? Stay with me, I’ll put down few points.
If you followed the CES 2011, you would’ve noticed the dominance of 3D technology there as well. So what makes 3D such an interesting technology for manufacturers and consumers? Is knowing the dept of an object to the other that important? It sure gives a real life experience but I would argue that you’ll see this technology reaching budgeted consumers anytime soon. The reason being content. Manufacturers blindly adopt technologies from research labs and implement them on their upcoming products to lure consumers. The strategy being, assume the consumer is an rich tech savvy idiot.
All I see hardware manufacturers do is introduce the hardware and leave the content to others. Of course, it isn’t their job to do so but if you want something to catch on you need applications that can make use of it. Rich Tech Savvy people would buy 3D enabled electronics (Displays/mobiles) but unless and until you have some content on it you aren’t making any use of the hardware. Rest of the world would buy it only when there is any content available to watch. This was the only reason HDTV took so long to catch on. Although the technology was available even back in late 90’s it wasn’t until couple of years ago that Full HD content started taking advantage of the hardware.
Although I am sure 3D won’t take that long to catch up since we already have high priced 3D video/still cameras available in the market and now that YouTube will also be supporting 3D it won’t take long before people start uploading user generated content. That again questions the availability of non-user generated content. In my opinion manufactures should partner with content generators generate professional 3D content along with the hardware.
So if you ask me if 3D is overrated? I would say for now or even for next 2-3 years, it is overrated. If you disagree with me lets discuss via comments.
Facebook for Android app has just received an update and now adds few exciting features along with some bug fixes. With the new version of Facebook for Android you can now add photos to Groups and your friend’s Walls. Once you are at your Friend’s Wall or Facebook group, the app now displays a camera icon which upon tapping you can now upload photos directly from your phone. Besides that, it will also upload the photos with correct orientation.
The most important update to the Facebook for Android version 1.5.2 is the added security layer to the app. The Facebook web interface had received this update back in January and now the Android app will also enjoy it. The complete change-log includes:
- Added the ability to upload photos to friend’s Walls
- Upload photos to Groups
- Photos will always upload with the correct orientation
- Improvements to landscape mode
- Improved security using SSL
- Various bug fixes.
You can download or update the Facebook for Android from the Android Marketplace.
Microsoft and Samsung are working together to bring in the next generation Windows Phone 7 device in the market. For a while Microsoft was looking for self-starter who can lead a virtual team and drive the portfolio planning of the next generation of mobile devices running on Microsoft’ Windows Phone 7 with a leading handset manufacturer (Samsung). The next generation Windows Phone 7 handset is due later this year.
The timing also matches with Microsoft’s plan to roll out the huge Mangoupdate later this year. The Mango update will bring Internet Explorer 9 mobile and limited Multitasking. Last year when Microsoft introduced Windows Phone 7 to the market, it partnered with Samsung, HTC, LG, etc., to manufacture the hardware. Microsoft also has strict restrictions on the minimum hardware requirement. Microsoft also partnered with Nokia last month to bring out more Windows Phone 7 handsets by the end of this year. Although it is said that Nokia is waiting for Microsoft to release Windows Phone 7.5 update or Mango before starting with WP7 handset production.
The Microsoft-Nokia is an exclusive deal where Nokia benefits from features only available on Nokia manufactured Windows Phone 7 handset. With Nokia making the shift, unsurprisingly Microsoft didn’t want to burden them with partnering as OEM for next generation WP7 handsets. In either way, previous bunch of WP7 handset had rather impressive hardware and design and hopefully Samsung and Microsoft together raise the bar even further.
Couple of days ago, when Microsoft sent out a Pre-NoDo update for its Windows Phone 7 handsets, Samsung devices faced a lot of problems including inability to backup, devices crashed & burned during the update process and few were even un-bootable. Microsoft ultimately had to halt the update process on Samsung devices.
Today, Microsoft will resume the update process on Samsung devices and hopefully this time Microsoft and Samsung have got it right. In an update from WindowsTeamBlog says -:
Starting today, we plan to resume rolling out the February update to Samsung phones. Meanwhile, we’re continuing to dispatch the update to other Windows Phone models. As has been the case, the software patch is being sent out on a rolling schedule. You’ll see a message on your phone when it’s available.
During the past week the engineering team has pinpointed and fixed problems that were preventing a small percentage of Windows Phones from installing the February software patch. We apologize again for the delay and continue looking for ways to improve the update process.
The update process remains the same, although it is now expected to have plenty of disk space on your PC before the update. The Pre-NoDo update didn’t affect any other Windows Phone 7 Smartphones besides that of Samsung and with today’s update hopefully we won’t face any further issues and give a way to the much exciting NoDo update.
If you do not install Pre-NoDo update on your device right away, it will be installed coupled with NoDo update which will be adding major features like ability to Copy-Paste etc.. If you plan to update your Samsung Windows Phone 7 device today, do let us know if the process was smooth as promised.
BlackBerry is to finally receive a long awaited update to its Facebook app in May 2011. Thanks to N4BB, we have some leaked screenshots of the updated version of the app.
From the screenshot we can see that Facebook 2.0 for BlackBerry will finally come with chat feature. Besides that, it has also received a new user interface through which users can view pages and get more info about their friends like friends list, etc..
As mentioned earlier, though the Facebook 2.0 for BlackBerry will be arriving only in May 2011, an early beta is to be released next month. We’ll keep you updated as to when the app will be released. Until then, if you haven’t tried the app yet, you can download it from BlackBerry app world for free.
The Angry Birds game is literally breaking all records on Android, Maemo and iPhone. Wherever you go, you’ll see someone or the other playing the game. Although BlackBerry is considered very business centric device, all work and no play can make Jack a dull boy.
Even though, BlackBerry doesn’t have Angry Birds yet, the developers have made sure you don’t miss the fun. BlackBerry is now bestowed with Angry Farm – a knock off of Angry Birds available at the BlackBerry app world for just $4.99.
Check out the video and drool -:
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Nokia announced Nokia C3-01 and X3-02 back in third quarter of 2010. Both the devices C3-01 and X3-02 fall into Touch and Type segment and were promised to be launched in India by first quarter of 2011. It looks like Nokia has for once lived up to their promise.
Nokia C3-01 has a touchscreen 2.4 inch, QVGA display. It also has an alphanumeric keypad, Wi-Fi, HSPA, Facebook and Twitter integration, 3.5mm headset jack, FM radio with RDS, 5MP camera, VGA video recording, and MicroSD card support. The C3-01 is also 3G enabled and supports WiFi. The C3-01 will be available for Rs.9389 in India.
Nokia X3-02 comes with 5 megapixel camera, 3.5 mm headset jack, FM radio and display with 240*320 pixel resolution, 2GB internal storage and can be expanded up to 32 Gb. The X3-02 is also 3G enabled and supports WiFi. The X3-02 will be available for Rs 8,839 in India.
Samsung is well known for not pushing out Android updates well in time. By the time any Samsung handset gets an Android update Google probably might have already released next two iterations of the software.
Sprint and Samsung finally released Froyo/Android 2.2 update on Samsung Epic 4G a couple of days ago and it turns out they had to pull it down due to issues faced after the upgrade. People have been complaining about data connectivity issues and some SD card issues while attempting to access photos, videos, etc. on the SD card. Here’s the official statement -:
There have been an increased number of calls into Care regarding issues with the Epic following the upgrade. As a result, the upgrade will not be pushed to more devices until a resolution for these issues is in place. The OTW update on the Samsung website will also be taken down.
Sprint and Samsung are actively working to correct these problems and release the update to all devices.
The issues being reported are related to data connectivity following the upgrade and SD card issues when attempting to access photos, music, etc. If you are experiencing these issues, a hard reset has been reported to resolve the problems. A hard reset will wipe out all the data on your device, so a backup should be done first.
So if you are wondering why hasn’t your Epic 4G received the Froyo update yet count yourself as lucky and not messing up the device. Sprint and Samsung are said to be working together to push a bug free update as soon as possible.
A couple of days ago we informed you about MEDIAS N-04C – the slimmest Android handset to date. Today, NTT DoCoMo has announced MEDIAS N-04C along with couple of other handsets and tablets on its network.
MEDIAS N-04C -:
Along with being just 7.7 mm thick the specifications of the device are:
- Android 2.2 a.k.a Froyo
- Height x Width x Thickness 127 x 62 x 7.7 mm (max. 8.7 mm)
- Weight 105 grams
- Continuous Stand-by Time (static) 360 hours (3G) / 220 hours (GSM)
- Continuous Talk Time 250 minutes (3G) / 250 minutes (GSM)
- 4.0 inches (480 x 854 dots)
- Full wide VGA; TFT; 262,144 colors
- External Memory Devices
- microSDâ„¢ memory card (2 GB)
- microSDHCâ„¢ memory card (32 GB)
- Effective resolution: 5.1 megapixels
- Recorded resolution: 5.0 megapixels
- Colors MEDIAS Black and MEDIAS White
- Launch Date : March 15
Xperiaâ„¢ arc SO-01C :
- Height x Width x Thickness 125 x 63 x 10.9 mm (max. 11.4 mm)
- Weight 118 grams
- Continuous Stand-by Time (static) 400 hours (3G) / 270 hours (GSM)
- Continuous Talk Time 340 minutes (3G) / 390 minutes (GSM)
- Display 4.2 inches (480 x 854 dots)
- Full wide VGA; TFT; 16,777,216 colors
- External Memory Devices microSDmemory card (2 GB)
- microSDHC memory card (32 GB)
- Effective resolution: 8.1 megapixels
- Recorded resolution: 8.0 megapixels
- Colors Sakura Pink, Midnight Blue and Misty Silver
- Launch Date : March 24
Optimus Pad L-06C:
- Height x Width x Thickness 150 x 243 x 12.8 mm (max. 14.1mm)
- Weight 620 grams
- Continuous Stand-by Time (static) 900 hours (3G) / 750 hours (GSM)
- Display 8.9 inches (1280 x 768 dots)
- Wide XGA; TFT; 16,777,216 colors
- External Memory Device N/A
- Effective resolution: 5.1 megapixels
- Recorded resolution: 5.0 megapixels
- Effective resolution: 2.0 megapixels
- Recorded resolution: 1.2 megapixels
- Color Mat Black
- Launch Date : Late March
The MEDIAS N-04C will be available only in Japan.
Samsung Galaxy Fit – a low end Android 2.2 handset announced during the Mobile World Congress 2011 has set its foot in the Indian market. Continue reading Samsung Galaxy Fit now available in India for Rs 10,400