During the CES 2011, Sony Ericsson announced the Xperia Arc. The Xperia Arc is insanely thin at 8.7mm and packs a 4.2-inch Reality Display’ with mobile Bravia engine display. The handset is powered by a 1Ghz Snapdragon processor while an Adreno 205 handles the graphics department. The Arc was also among the few phones announced in CES to run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
One of the main highlights of the Xperia Arc is the 8MP Exmor R camera sensor. Like the iPhone 4, this new sensor is back-illuminated which makes the camera sensor much more sensitive to light. The official Sony Ericsson blog has explained in detail as to what all new camera improvements the Arc incorporates. The Arc will also feature a brand new camera UI which will be much easier and faster to use.
The blog post also states that the handset will shoot comparatively better pics in indoor and low-lit situation thanks to the increased light sensitivity, low shutter time and a lens with an aperture value of f/2.4.
The blog has also posted an HD video recorded from the Xperia Arc so as to give users a hint on the quality of the video recording.
Last year, Nokia announced the E7 business phone at the Nokia World 2010 in London. This handset is powered by the Symbian^3 operating system and it comes with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. This handset was expected to launch in this month, but it was delayed for some unknown reasons. But we have a good news for the folks living in Finland and Sweden. The much awaited Nokia E7 communicator is finally up for pre-order in the Nokia’s home country, Finland and its neighboring country, Sweden.
Nokia E7 comes with a large 4 inch touchscreen display with 640 x 360 pixels resolution, Symbian^3 OS, 680 MHz processor, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, 16v GB internal storage, 256 MB RAM, 1 GB ROM, MicroUSB 2.0, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, A-GPS, FM Radio, Music Player, 3.5 mm headset jack, TV-out, up to 9 hours talktime, up to 18 days stand-by time and a 1200 mAh battery.
This handset will be available in 5 vibrant colors – Dark Grey, Silver White, Green, Blue and Orange. You can pre-order this handset for 599â‚¬ (approx. $800). If you are planning to pre-order this handset, head over to this page. Currently, Dark Grey and Silver White are the only colors available for pre-order. This handset will be soon available in other countries.
Samsung recently announced that, the company sold more than 30 million units of the original Samsung Star. After the huge success of Samsung Star touchscreen phone, the company finally announced the successor of this popular phone, the Samsung Star II. This handset is specially targeted at the social networking aspects and comes with the Social Hub, multi-IM, Facebook and Twitter apps.
The original Samsung Star exceeded all expectations; with its successor, the Samsung Star II, we have delivered a stunning full-touch device that meets the increasing demand for social networking services and enables unrivaled personalization. With the Samsung Star II, we have worked to tightly integrate social networking capabilities and give users choice how they stay in touch with the people important to them. We fully expect it to mirror the success of its predecessor,said JK Shin, President and Head of Samsung’s Mobile Communications Business.
Samsung Star II comes with a 3 inch touchscreen display, TouchWiz UI 3.0, GPRS/EDGE, Bluetooth, USB 2.0 Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 3.2 megapixel camera, QuickType T9 Trace keyboard, 3.5 mm headphone jack, microSD card slot, 16 GB expandable memory and a 1000mAh battery. Sadly, this handset does not comes with 3G Connectivity.
Samsung Star II will be launched next month in Germany followed by other European countries, CIS, India, South America and Middle East. The price of this handset is still unknown. The sales of Samsung Star II is expected to cross the sales of the original Samsung Star handset. This device will be available in white and black colors.
Recently, the leaked pics of the Samsung Galaxy S Mini was spotted. This handset will be officially called as the Samsung Galaxy Ace. And now, the leaked pics and specs of Samsung Galaxy Ace and Galaxy Suit have been emerged in the wild. These entry-level phones are powered by the Android operating system. Both the handsets are expected to launch next week at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 in Barcelona.
Samsung Galaxy Ace features a 3.5 inch touchscreen display, quad-band GSM, Android operating system. 5 megapixel camera, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi, 3G Connectivity, FM Radio, 3.5 mm headphone jack and so on. This handset will also be available in white color.
Samsung Galaxy Suit features a 3.2-inch OLED display, quad-band GSM support, Android operating system, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, 3G connectivity, Bluetooth 3.0, music player, FM Radio, GPS, 3.2 megapixel camera, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 3.5mm headset jack and more.
We are still not sure, which version of Android OS are used in these phones. These handset are likely to come with the Android 2.2 (FroYo) OS. The price and availability of these devices are not available yet. Stay tuned for more updates regarding the Galaxy Ace and Galaxy Suit phones.
Do you fancy investigating any traffic being sent in and out of your Windows Phone 7 device? Aside from the more involved method of using a packet sniffer on your phone or capturing the data over a wireless connection and decrypting it, a member of the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) has gone ahead and given some extremely straight forward steps on how to set up a man-in-the-middle proxy to capture and store all HTTP and HTTPS traffic. How it works is very simple – Fiddler, a web debugging proxy, is run on a Windows PC and acts as an intermediary gateway to the outside world, once you configure your device to pass information through it, Fiddler will capture, display and allow you to modify the passing traffic.
What legitimate use case could this have? Well it’s useful for developers who are writing apps, however it’s especially useful for enterprising hackers, do-it-yourselfers and anybody else who is concerned about the information that apps are uploading. Microsoft does have very stringent rules for allowing applications into the Marketplace, but as we’ve seen before with the Apple AppStore and the Android Market, sometimes things either slip through the cracks or are obfuscated enough that the QA team is fooled which allows the malicious code to go live. With Fiddler, you can see full HTTP streams and if you do choose to install the SSL certificate – all HTTPS encrypted traffic can be re-signed using the cert and then decrypted at will.
While most developers will be using the emulator to do the majority of their development work, when it comes to real deployment and users who want to get started in monitoring their device traffic, they should visit the post on the MSDN Blog by Eric Lawrence and follow the provided instructions.
Last year, Nokia launched the Ovi Music Unlimited’ service which allowed users to download unlimited number of songs for free for a period of 1 year via the Ovi Music store. Users could get access to this service if they purchased any of the Comes with music’ branded Nokia handset. However, today Nokia has announced that will be shutting down their Ovi Music Unlimited’ service.
The folks over at NokiaUsers contacted Nokia regarding this matter and the company has confirmed that they will be shutting down the Ovi Music Unlimited service. However, the Finnish giant won’t be shutting down the service in all regions of the world. In India, China and Indonesia, Nokia will continue offering the Ovi Music Unlimited service. In Brazil, Turkey and South Africa the company will offer the service with a reduced timespan of 6 months.
In other regions of the world, Nokia will stop offering the Ovi Music Unlimited edition handsets. Nevertheless, users who still use the Ovi Music Unlimited service can continue to do so until their original time period of the service is valid.
One of the biggest disadvantages of Ovi Music Unlimited service was that the songs were not DRM free. This meant that users could only listen to the songs downloaded from the Ovi Music store on their handsets or on their PC using the Ovi Player. Also the songs offered for download were of very low quality (64Kbps AAC).
Except for Ovi Maps I don’t think any other Ovi service from Nokia has met with success. Time for Nokia to think upon their ‘Ovi’ strategy.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, which has been one of the most highly anticipated Android smartphones, is set to launch at the Mobile World Congress in February. It will combine the gaming experience of the Sony PSP Go with the power of the Android OS.
We’ve already had quite a few leaks related to the Xperia Play, and we now have the complete list of hardware specs as well as some benchmark performance numbers of the Xperia Play. We have also seen it in images, and now thanks to BGR, we also have two videos of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play in action. It seems to be a final production prototype and from the videos, the Xperia Play seems to be a definite hit.
Check out these two videos of the Xperia Play in action:
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, the Playstation phone, comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread with a custom UI shell by Sony Ericsson and will be powered by a 1 GHz processor and 512 MB RAM. It has an Adreno 205 GPU and comes with a 3.7 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels. It has a sliding joystick instead of a keyboard which resembles the PSP Go and has performed quite well on the Quadrant and Neocore benchmarks. It will have an exclusive library of PSP games and will also support the Android Market apps and games.
RIM has carved the way with enterprise security and holds a high amount of corporate users in the mobile market, but every now and then they encounter speed bumps that might come in the form of support issues, bugs and security vulnerabilities. While Blackberry doesn’t see near the amount of publicly disclosed weaknesses as other mobile platforms such as Android or webOS, RIM does regularly audit and push updates to BES, BIS and client device software aimed at closing and mitigating possible security risks related to their software. KB24547 is a security advisory that RIM published late in 2010, indicating the existence of a vulnerability pertaining to the PDF rendering and control engine of the attachment service in BES 5.x as well as third party applications that utilise BES core, such as Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Notes Domino and Novell GroupWise.
The advisory details the susceptibility of BES to a possible buffer overflow leading to a Denial-of-Service on a hand-held device. For the vulnerability to be successfully exploited, an attacker would need to have a Blackberry user, with an account tied to a BES, open a modified PDF file. The PDF would be “filtered” through the attachment service and may allow an attacker to execute code on the BES hosting server or hang the machine. RIM has marked it extremely high, with a CVSS (Common Vulnerability Scoring System) score of 9.3 out of 10. It is recommended that all BES administrators obtain the Interim Security Software Update to ensure they are protected.
In addition to the BES vulnerability, RIM has released an advisory for a client-side DoS affecting hand-held Blackberry devices. While the CVSS score is a relatively low 5 out of 10, RIM recommends that all users ensure they are running the most up to date version of their device software. The vulnerability affects many devices running OS 5.0.0.x and causes the browser to hang while processing a specially crafted web page, forcing the user to reboot the device. Advisory KB24841 was issued less than a week ago and affects many devices including the Blackberry Bold 9700, the Tour 9630 and the Curve 9300.
Last year, Samsung launched its first bada powered handset the Samsung Wave. The Wave was one of the most popular handsets in 2010 thanks to its stellar screen (S-AMOLED), killer hardware specifications and the low pricing. Samsung had earlier promised that they will keep on rolling out OS updates for the handset in the future.
Now, the company will soon be rolling out the bada 1.2 update for all Wave owners in Europe thus keeping its promise. The update will be rolled out before the end of this month.
The bada 1.2 update for the Samsung Wave will bring in a lot of changes with it including the usual performance and stability improvements along with bug fixes. bada forums all over the Internet also suggest some new pre-installed widgets like Yahoo search. The update will also install a new keyboard on the handset – ‘Trace’.
The keyboard is similar to the very popular keyboard available for Android Swype where users just need to swipe’ their fingers through the alphabets of the word they want to write. The update will also bring in support for FLAC format in the music player along with improving the battery life and GPS performance of the device.
Samsung Wave owners in other regions of the world will get their bada 1.2 update by Q1 of this year. Wave owners in the Europe need to use the Samsung KIES software to update their handset to bada 1.2.
The blogosphere and twitterati are calling it “magic software”. If you think it’s surprising that even in this day and age, with all the capabilities of software, one can still consider some piece of software as magical, then you have to try it out to believe it.
Quest Visual, a startup comprising all of two people, are the ones behind all the buzz.
They have released an iPhone application called “Word Lens”. Word Lens is an Augmented Reality application which does language translation in real-time video. Real-time video translation is a difficult feat especially when done using the computing power of only an iPhone. To top this, Word Lens does not even require any network connectivity. So there is no time lag of getting information from the Internet and then displaying it, which is usually common for Augmented Reality applications.
If you are still not convinced, check out these videos of Otavio Good, one of the founders of Quest Visual , demoing “Word Lens”.
As per Otavio, the application is still in it’s initial version and needs a lot of improvement with text recognition , speed and the number of language it supports.Word Lens is currently supported on iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPod Touch 3G.
It is left to one’s imagination how useful this application can get. Right from reading restaurant menus to road signs, it can become an indispensable tool for tourists.
With plans to be able to look-up the words on say, Wikipedia, read fine-text accurately and support a lot more languages, I think this application which topped the charts on the App Store, sure has a lot of potential.
You can directly download Word Lens for the iPhone from here