Nokia started their keynote with slides displaying statistical analysis about mobile phones. The first couple of slides set the precedent that the talk will be all about mobile phone penetration in places like Africa & India. Quotes from the Business Week, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal followed. Some of them:
There are four times as many mobile subscribers in the world as there are installed PCs.
– Financial Times
The appearance of mobile phones in the hands of average Africans is already accelerating the growth of grassroots economics.
– Business Week
India has a billion people and is primarily a rural country if you get a dollar a month from 200 million farmers, that’s a good business.
– Fast Company
What followed these slides was a set of slides showing Nokia’s sales numbers. The numbers are staggering:
13 Nokia devices made and sold per second
1.2 Billion Nokia phones in use
220 countries and territories covered by Nokia
And the slide that caught my attention stated that in 92 seconds during the keynote:
806 Nokia devices were made and sold
15,333,334 phone calls were made using Nokia phones
3,373,600 text messages were sent using Nokia phones
These are phenomenal numbers. And these slides pretty much sum up what Nokia is focusing on. The slides Nokia showed were of rural India & Africa, farmers and small business owners in remote locations using Nokia’s handsets. It was as if Nokia was driving three key point:
We sell a lot of phones.
A huge chunk of our customers are from the rural parts of the world.
These farmers and small businesses in rural areas of Africa & India are our core focus.
There were no new phones announced, no talk about their Maemo platform, absolutely no mention of their 3G notebook not even in passing. The whole talk centered around selling more phones to below-poverty line users.
A few interesting announcements that were made:
Nokia Growth Economy Venture Challenge a competition targeted towards emerging markets where an application that encourages upward mobility will get an investment of $1 million.
Sesame Street has partnered with Nokia Developer Forum’s Calling All Innovators competition that calls on developers to build locally relevant applications. More details can be found on the official website CallingAllInnovators.com
Nokia Money a service that will enable billions of people access to banks using their cell phones.
The essence of the keynote was that Nokia’s phones cater to the very lowest segment of the market and these customers make use of cell phones for not just making calls but for banking, getting weather information, and even learning. Despite the lack of existing technological infrastructure in markets like India and Africa that deprive users of facilities like 3G, value added services and information can be brought to people on their handsets by something as basic as SMS which is what Nokia is focusing on. Selling more cheap phones cheap phones in rural markets to retain global market share.
Seems like Nokia is all set for a new QWERTY phone. Nokia has always put usability over design but this seems like a gross misadventure that Nokia had. This phone is NOT good looking. As for performance, we can only hope for the best. Continue reading Nokia’s New QWERTY caught in the wild→
The browser engine on which Digia @Web is based on supports HTML 4.01. Some more features of the browser engine are:
True web page rendering.
HTTP 1.1 with support for secure and non-secure browsing.
HTTP cache and cookies.
Flash content support.
Netscape compatible Plug-in interface.
The current list of mobile devices that this browser supports include Nokia 5230, Nokia 5800 Xpressmusic, Nokia 5530 Xpressmusic, Nokia N97, Nokia N97 mini, Nokia X6, Sony Ericsson Satio and Samsung i8910 HD.
While there is a very strong competition between mobile browsers in the market, Opera seems to be a clear winner for now. Previously, we had covered the Opera mobile in detail. We have also covered the much awaited “Fennec” browser from Mozilla Firefox, which seems to be a strong competitor to Opera for now.
What do you think about Digia @Web ? Do let us know with your comments.
However, now that the phone is out and users can buy it for either $179 with a contract or $599 unlocked at google.com/phone, is it really worth buying?
BillShrink has the answer to that question in the form of a cost of ownership comparison between the Nexus One, iPhone 3GS, Motorola Droid and Palm Pre.
From the comparison done, Palm Pre is the cheapest phone to own over 2 years. However, Nexus One is cheaper than both the Motorola Droid and iPhone 3GS, thanks to the network it will be available on, T-Mobile.
Take a look at the chart below, courtesy BillShrink.
Recently, Nexus One was launched at the Android Press Conference. So we decided to do a detailed comparison of Nexus One, Motorola Droid and iPhone 3GS. The following comparison will help you to find out the best phone according to your needs.
Today, Nexus One was launched at the Android Press Conference. Many exiting features and information regarding Nexus One was revealed at the event. Check out the key announcement from Android Press Conference below.
Two years ago, Google and many industry leaders made the Open Handset Alliance (OHA). Now the OHA has 52 members and 13 additional members.
In 2009, OHA had 4 major software releases. They were donuts, eclaires and cupcakes.
Google says people search the web 30x more on an Android phone than they do on a feature phone.
Nexus One is the best industrial designs from HTC and it comes with a 3.7-inch AMOLED display.
Google calls Nexus One as superphone.
You can also get custom engraving on the metal bezel on the back of the device.
Nexus One is thinner than a pencil and lighter than a Swiss Army keychain knife.
Google says, Nexus One is the marriage of hardware and software.
All the droid apps are included in Nexus One.
Nexus One includes five home screen panels that will let you add more shortcuts and widgets.
Nexus One Gallery is a new visualization for photos.It gives you a depth to your photos. Albums are automatically clustered by time, date and location.You can also background-sync this to Google’s Picasa web albums.
Nexus One comes with Search by Voice and Voice Command. The voice recognition service works fast to deliver results.
Google Earth for Android was also launched at the event.
You can even fly around through mountains and other terrain by activating Flyaround modein Google Earth.
Google Web Store was also launched at the event. At Google Web Store, consumers can buy a phone with or without service from a partner
Now, here is a photo of a Sony Ericsson phone we haven’t seen before. This unnamed Sony Ericsson phone was spotted by someone randomly. As GSM Arena points out, this looks a lot like a previously leaked Sony Ericsson handset called the Kurara, which did not has a keyboard. But the Kurara does have an 8 megapixel camera and 600Mhz processor.
It looks like a Sony Ericsson Kurara, but has a QWERTY keyboard. This just might be a new entry into Sony Ericsson’s U series. The Sony Ericsson Kurara and this phone do not have much in common, besides the obvious similarities in looks. From the screen it is clear enough that it runs Symbian S60 5th edition.
According to SEMC, the handset we are looking at is called the Kanna and features a 3.2â€³ 360Ã—640 display, Wi-Fi, 8.1 megapixel camera, and shoots video in full 720p. They say, it is going be announced on February 14th at Mobile World Congress.
If you grew up on video gaming, there is a very high chance that you might have already played Quake 1 on your PC. If not, the Quake series is a highly addictive FPS and team game created by ID Software. Quake 1 was released on June 22, 1996 and was quite a rage when it was released?
So why are we writing about a game, which is almost 15 years old? For the simple reason that Quake 1 was ported to be played on Palm Pre, yes the phone.
Take a look at the video below to see a brief teaser of Quake 1 being played on a Palm Pre after the jump.
Traditional WiFi communication is limited to 2.4Ghz, however the 802.11n is a standard for WLAN which can work on 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz bands.
According to Giz, it looks like iPhone 4G might have built in support for 802.11n WiFi. This news comes from a recent job posting on Apple for a WiFi Software Engineer.
The required experience, stated in the job description includes:
Driver/firmware development on embedded platforms
Implementation of 802.11 a/b/g/n & related specifications.
802.11i/802.1x Security protocols
Good understanding of wireless RF technologies & co-existence issues of 802.11 PHYs with other Wireless interfaces like Bluetooth.
Current iPhone 3GS does have better support for WiFi and Bluetooth, however, Bluetooth is only limited to iPhone to iPhone. We hope to see Apple implementing iPhone to PC/Mac/Linux and vice versa support in iPhone 4G, since it would definitely make transferring files and music that much more easier. Listening Apple?
It seems AT&T is set to get a new phone. That too from LG. We all saw LG’s Arena from a month back – nothing spectacular but definitely up to the current smartphone standards. Leaked pictures suggest that this new phone is Arena’s variant and is set to be named GT950. Continue reading LG Arena GT950 for AT&T??→
Samsung Electronics has recently announced Samsung i899 in China. This handset will be offered by China Telecom. This device runs of Google’s Android operating system and comes with 800 MHz processor, 3.2-megapixel camera, 3G connectivity and so on. Check out the complete specs of this device below.
3.2 inch AMOLED resistive touchscreen display with 320 x 480 pixels
800 MHz processor
Android Operating System
116.5 x 56.4 x 12.8 mm
Wi-Fi / WAPI
3.5mm headphone jack
3.2MP camera with autofocus and flash
512MB of internal memory
MicroSD card support (up to 32GB)
1440 mAh battery
The price of this handset is not yet announced. This phone is expected to launch during early 2010.
Recently, South Korean mobile phone manufacturer, LG Electronics, launched an improved version of LG Lotus. The new version comes with a Digital TV (DTV) chip and support for ATSC-M/H standards. Except this, there has been no major changes in latest version of LG Lotus.
LG Lotus comes with QVGA internal display, QWERTY keypad, 2-megapixel camera, Stereo Bluetooth, Wireless Backup, microSD card slot, GPS and so on. The original version of LG Lotus was launched in 2008 and the new DTV enabled version is expected to launch during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas during the first week of January.
The price of this handset is not yet announced. Complete specs of this handset will be available after its launch in Consumer Electronics Show.