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Sony Ericsson Live From MWC, Barcelona

Today, at their press conference in Barcelona, Sony Ericsson surprised everyone with three new phones along with Xperia X10 and Vivaz. These phones were Xperia X10 mini, Xperia X10 mini PRO and Vivaz PRO.

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So, altogether we have a total of five phones in which three (Xperia X10 mini, Xperia X10 mini PRO and Vivaz PRO) will be available in the market from Q2 and two (Xperia X10 and Vivaz) in Q1. Now about the basic features of these phones:

Xperia X10 and Vivaz has already been previewed by us. In brief, Xperia X10 is an Android phone with 1Ghz Snapdragon processor, 8 MP camera, 4inch full capacitive touch screen. It will be shipped with Android 1.6 and updated to Android 2.0/2.1 in future by Sony Ericsson officially.

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Vivaz is a Symbian S60 v5 phone just like the Satio, but a massive improvement by Sony Ericsson on their second Symbian device. It has a 720Mhz processor with 8 MP camera and 720p HD recording at 24fps, a 3.2inch full touch screen. The video recording is the best we have till now in the market.

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Now the three new phones, Xperia X10 mini, Xperia X10 mini PRO and Vivaz PRO, the Xperia X10 mini is the younger sister of Xperia X10. It’s specification is still not officially out but from the pictures it looks way smaller than X10. It has been optimized for one hand use.

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Just like the Xperia X10 mini, the Xperia X10 mini PRO has the same design and size, but the difference is the QWERTY keyboard. Same goes with Vivaz PRO, all the specifications are hoped to be the same as in Vivaz, and the only difference will be the QWERTY keyboard.

The mini models from Sony Ericsson are expected to cover the medium price range. Sony Ericsson has learned from its previous mistakes and has officially declared the release date of the two phones in March, the Xperia X10 and Vivaz. While the three other phones will be available till Q2.

It was a wonderful presentation from Sony Ericsson at Barcelona. Stay tuned till we get our hands-on these new beauties.

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Watch Live Coverage of Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2010 Online

The Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2010 is one of the largest exhibition for mobile industry  in the world. Many mobile phone manufacturers like Sony Ericsson, Samsung, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia, etc, are expected to launch a wide range of handsets and mobile OS. You can check out the complete events and schedule of MWC 2010 here.

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The event will be held between February 15 and January 18, 2010. Here are some useful sites where you can catch up with the live coverage of MWC 2010.

We will keep this list updated as we come across more live streaming resources and other important announcements related to MWC 2010. You can also follow #MWC2010 hashtag on Twitter to keep tabs on the event.

Mobile World Congress 2010 Schedule and Events List

Mobile World Congress (MWC) is the world’s largest exhibition for the mobile industry. It is an annual extravaganza in which thousands of companies exhibit solutions that will define the future of the mobile industry. Although, Microsoft’s keynote is arguably the most highly anticipated event (courtesy Windows Mobile 7), there will be plenty of other exciting events and conferences in MWC 2010. Here is a quick look at the highlights of MWC 2010. Plan in advance, if you don’t wish to miss any of the good stuff.

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Monday

09:00 MotoDev Breakfast at Motodev in AppPlanet Hall 7
11:30 MotoDev Android Developer Panel Hall 7
11:30 MotoDev Maximise your Android Market Opportunity App Planet Hall 7
14:00 Mobile premier awards Palau De La Música 4 08003 Barcelona, Spain 932 957 200
15:00 – Microsoft Keynote (Possible Windows Mobile 7 announcement)

Tuesday

08:30 Opportunities with on-device payments and preloaded content Tanla MWC Seminar
08:00 UKTI Challenges in Japan Location Sala D
11:30 UKTI Turkish / UK Partnering Event UKTI stand?
17:00 Scottish Development International Whisky Reception Stand, 1E66
18:00 GoMo Incognito BAR, calle Fusina 6, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
18:00 Androiders Dinner at MWC

Wednesday

08:30 – UKTI UK / US Panel discussion UKTI?
09:00 – Android dev lab (Games Dev) Hall7 App world, MWC
12:30 – Sony Ericsson talk App world Hall 7
14:00 – Tech crunch Mobile 2010

Thursday

08:00 – GetJar Demo App Planet Auditorium, Hall 7, FIRA, Barcelona, Spain
9ish – WIP Jam App Planet Auditorium, Hall 7, FIRA, Barcelona, Spain

Nokia Messaging for Email Updates To Version 10.2

Today, Nokia rolled out an update for its Email client — Nokia messaging for Email to version 10.2 for S60v5 devices. S60v5 won’t be the lone version to  receive  this update, Nokia plans to release updates for other devices too.

S60 5thedition will see 10.2.04 as the version number in the client.  On Software Update on your device, this release will be identified as 10.2.  The major update in this version is using the Destinations feature, you simply add your preferred WiFi access points to the Internet Destination (or any other Destination that you configure), and Nokia Messaging will automatically switch to it when it’s available.

The Change Log  includes:

  • Localized in 38 languages
  • Support for Destinations on S60 5th edition devices
  • Improvements to on-device-setup wizard
  • Deleted items folder now automatically empties itself, faster client deletions
  • Various bug fixes

To Download and install the new  Nokia  Messaging  v10.2, just head over to  Software Update/SW Update application on your device.

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iPhone Unlock Scams for OS 3.1.3 Baseband 05.12 and 05.11

Unlocking is one of the toughest job for any developers, and several people including the Dev-Team do it for free. However, opportunists also pounce upon the situation and start offering iPhone unlocks for a price, albeit, they do not do any work as such and use the unlock codes provided for free by the Dev-Team and other iPhone jailbreak developers.

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A new blog post on the iPhone Dev-Team blog warns users of new scams, where people are conning people into believing that they can unlock iPhone OS 3.1.3 on baseband 05.12 and 05.11. However, there is little truth in this as there is no unlock available for OS 3.1.3 right now.

Don’t fall for these scam sites!  None of them have a 05.12 unlock, none have the 05.11 unlock working on 3.1.3, none have a 3.1.3 jailbreak for newer devices like the ipt3G.  They’re trying to capitalize on your upgrade mistake, and they only need a very small percentage of people to fall for them to make their money and run.

According to an earlier report only 14% of users have upgraded to the OS 3.1.3, most of those who upgraded might have thought that unlock was already available.

So do stay away from the iPhone unlock scams for OS 3.1.3, as you may end up getting conned, or paying up for something which you can already get for free. Have you as an iPhone user paid for a unlock?

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Nokia N8 To Be Announced at MWC with Symbian^3

Just when we thought Nokia is just getting geared by revealing Nokia C5 and Nokia C6, there are rumors that Nokia might launch a new device —  Nokia N8 at the MWC 2010, held in Barcelona next week.

Nokia N8-00 will come with a capacitive multitouch 3.5 inch display and will be the first to offer Symbian^3 OS. Apart from that it sports a 12 megapixel camera and capture 720p at 30 frames per second. It will also feature an HDMI output. Another interesting mention is Video on Demand through the Ovi Store.

Now that the Mobile World Congress – 2010 isn’t too long away, there is possibility that these are just baseless rumors.

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Nimbuzz Clocks 1 Million Downloads in Ovi Store

Nimbuzz the popular multi-protocol IM client and VoIP client has reached a milestone of completing more than 1 million downloads in Nokia’s Ovi Store.

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Nimbuzz is a free mobile application which was launched in May 2008 and enables millions of users worldwide to enjoy free calls and instant messaging with friends across multiple instant messaging networks and social networking site including Skype, Facebook, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, AIM, Google Talk (Orkut), ICQ, MySpace, Gadu Gadu and others.

Evert-Jaap Lugt, founder & CEO of Nimbuzz, Nokia’s Ovi Store users have downloaded Nimbuzz more than 1 million times in more than 180 countries. This in turn amounts to 40% of Nimbuzz’s total market share.

I have been using Nimbuzz for a while now and have found it handy on my older Nokia N95 device. It allows me to access several instant messenger accounts with ease. Have you used Nimbuzz before? Are you one of the 1 million users who have download Nimbuzz from the Ovi Store? Do let me know through your comments.

Linus Torvalds gives Nexus One a Thumbs-Up

The father of Linux, Linus Torvalds has given the Nexus One from Google a big thumbs-up. He is happy the phone uses the Android platform which is a Linux fork, and said in a blog post,

I have to admit, the Nexus One is a winner. I wasn’t enthusiastic about buying a phone on the internet sight unseen.

Linus Torvalds admits to not being a phone fan but is very happy with the features on offer with the Google Nexus One, which he reportedly bought just a week ago. He writes,

I’ve wanted to have a GPS unit for my car anyway, and I thought that google navigation might finally make a phone useful.

The Nexus One is high on specs with a 3.7 inches OLED screen, a 5 MP camera, a 1 GHz snapdragon processor and all that makes your phone into a masterpiece of gadgetry. Along with that, we have an awesome design from HTC. All this is packed into a phone which in spite of getting a good hype, had a bumpy start. The late SDK release upset many developers and the prices and availability issues were unwelcome by many. This praise effort from Linus will possibly bring back the Nexus One its lost charm.

Nokia Messaging For Social Network Adds Support For S40 Phones

Nokia Beta Labs, which is on a roll these days, has introduced yet another update to its Social Networking app: Nokia Messaging For Social Network. Nokia Messaging for Social Networks now supports S40 devices too. Along with that, Nokia Messaging for Social Networks for S60 has also been updated and now supports DM’s, View Profile, Mark tweets as favorites and more.

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Change Log includes:

  • Facebook Upload photos to selected album
  • Facebook Timestamp improvement
  • Twitter Direct message
  • Twitter Post with Location
  • Twitter View   profile of people you are following and posted tweets
  • Twitter View own profile and posted tweets
  • Twitter Mark as Favorite
  • Lots of Bugfixes.

From my experience, Nokia Messaging for Social Network yet does not give complete Social networking experience due to lack of features. I would rather use the eye candy all-in-one Gravity app for the same. Since it’s just in beta we can expect some cool features to be added soon.

Download Nokia Messaging for Social Networks.

Only 14% Users Upgrade to iPhone OS 3.1.3

It has been 6 days since Apple released a new update to and iPod Touch in the form of OS 3.1.3, however, Apple Insider is reporting that only 14% have upgraded to the new OS version. The report was originally created by Medialets, a mobile ad serving network, which compared the hits to its advertising network after the OS upgrade was released.

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One of the reasons for low number of upgrades might be that iPhone OS 3.1.3 does not carry any major changes, however, it could also suggest that several users might have been waiting for the iPhone Dev team to release an update to PwnageTool to jailbreak and unlock iPhone.

However, now that most of the jailbreaking software have been updated, this number will definitely grow further in the next few days. Have you upgraded to iPhone OS 3.1.3 yet? If not, what is the reason for not upgrading to the latest OS. Do let me know through your comments.

Blacksn0w, Ultrasn0w and Sn0wbreeze Jailbreak and Unlock iPhone 3G and 3GS with OS 3.1.3

Just a few days after Apple released an updated OS 3.1.3, the jailbreaking software followed suit by releasing updates that would allow users to jailbreak and unlock their iPhone. Earlier released redsn0w was not able to jailbreak iPhone 3G and 3GS, however, updated versions of blacksn0w, ultrasn0w and sn0wbreeze do.

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There is some good news for iPhone 3G and 3GS users as they will now be able to Jailbreak and unlock their phones using either blacksn0w, ultrasn0w and sn0wbreeze. Users can now unlock their iPhone 3G or 3GS with ultrasn0w for 04.26.08 baseband or blacksn0w for 05.11.07 baseband.

The crowd favorite unlocking and jailbreaking software blackra1n, which is written by George Hotz is not yet able to jailbreak or unlock iPhone using the new iPhone OS 3.1.3, so if you are a blackra1n user, you will have to wait for a few more days before you can see an update.

For instructions on jailbreaking and unlocking your iPhone 3G and 3GS visit Redmond Pie, who have complete step by step instructions on executing the jailbreak and unlocking using blacksn0w, ultrasn0w and sn0wbreeze.

Nokia 5730 XpressMusic Firmware Updated To Version 200.12.87

Recently, Finnish mobile phone maker, Nokia, released a new firmware update for its popular music phone, Nokia 5730 XpressMusic. The new version 200.12.87 can be easily downloaded from Nokia Software Update (NSU) or via, Over The Air (OTA) update. The new firmware update comes with a improved Web Browser, Photo Gallery and other performance tweaks.

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This update may not be available for all the product codes. It is advised to backup all your data before updating your device. The complete changelog is not yet available. We will update this post as soon as we get the complete changelog and screenshots of this firmware update. If you find something new or if you have some screenshots or videos of this firmware update, please share with us.

Nokia Diagnostics Helps You Troubleshoot Nokia Phones

No matter how good a software or device is, there is always a chance that it will run into problems at one point of time. Many of us are not that technically savvy to actually troubleshoot problems and come to rely on technical support or other people to troubleshoot and solve our problems.

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If you have a Nokia phone and run into problems, Nokia Diagnostics is an experimental application which will help you troubleshoot problems with your Nokia device.

Using Nokia Diagnostics, you can currently diagnose and troubleshoot the following issues:

  • Network Coverage test. You can get all the network related information and detect offline status & SIM card presence.
  • Internet Connectivity test. Perform a real-time Internet connectivity test and identify the setting with which you can have a seamless internet access.
  • Battery Charger test. Check if your device charges properly with the charger connected.
  • Loudspeaker, Earpiece test. Check your loudspeaker & earpiece functionality.

Right now, Nokia Diagnostics is in beta, so don’t expect it to work perfectly for you. Also, Nokia Diagnostics will only work for Symbian S60 5th Edition only. You can find more information and download the Nokia Diagnostics app here. You will require a Nokia account to be able to download the app.

Nokia E52 Firmware Updated To Version 31.012

Recently, Finnish mobile phone maker, Nokia, released a new firmware update for its popular business handset, Nokia E52. The new version 31.012 can be easily downloaded from Nokia Software Updater (NSU). This update is currently not available through Over-The-Air (OTA). The new firmware update comes with a wide range of fixes and improvements in built-in applications and audio quality of calls.

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It is advised to backup all your data before updating your device. The complete changelog is not yet available. We will update this post as soon as we get the complete changelog, screenshots and videos of this firmware update. If you find something new or if you have some screenshots or videos of this firmware update, please share with us.

Sony Ericsson Aspen Live Pics

Sony Ericsson recently announced an amazing Eco-friendly handset, Sony Ericsson Aspen. This handset comes with a QWERTY keyboard, Windows Mobile 6.5.3 Operating System, 2.4 inches TFT touch screen, A-GPS, 3G Connectivity, 3.2 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, 16GB expandable memory and so on.

The guys at SE-First has shared some live pics of this handset. Check out the exclusive live pics of Sony Ericsson Aspen below.

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