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Nokia: 13 Nokia Devices Per Second, 1.2 Billion Nokia Phones, 220 Countries

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:

  1. We sell a lot of phones.
  2. A huge chunk of our customers are from the rural parts of the world.
  3. 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.

CES 2010: LG to Ship Mobile With Windows 7 Mobile This Year

Here is some good news for Windows Mobile fans, LG has confirmed that they will be shipping Meta Material Antenna phone with Windows Mobile 6.5 and Windows Mobile 7 later this year.

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This news was confirmed by Engadget, who are live at CES 2010. Other interesting phones coming include the LG Expo, which will have a 1Ghz Snapdragon processor.

Products which  LG will be coming out with this year

  • LG Ultra Slim LCD panel is down to just 6.9mm thick
  • ATSC Mobile DTV
  • Meta Material Antenna running Windows Mobile 6.5 and Windows Mobile 7
  • LG Expo
  • New LG Chocolate Phone with 4.0" LCD
  • Network Monitor
  • Network Attached Storage (NAS) with Blu-ray Recorder.
  • Magic TV Report
  • OLED TV, with 15" Widescreen. Ultra thin at 3.2mm. 10,000,000:1 contrast ratio.
  • LCoS 3D Projector
  • Broadband services, Wireless TV and more.

So the CES 2010 has already started out with a bang, stay tuned to our coverage to get the latest announcements at the event.

Digia @Web – New Web Browser for Maemo and Symbian Touch Devices

Digia @Web Mobile Browser
Digia @Web Mobile Browser

We have spotted a new and promising web browser for Symbian and Maemo mobile devices.

Digia @Web is a modern and touch enabled web browser for mobile devices. Digia @Web is currently available for Symbian s60 5th edition and Maemo mobile devices for free.

Some of the user interface features of the browser are:

  • Full finger touch UI.
  • Automatic full screen browsing via auto-hiding controls.
  • Multiple browser windows.
  • Page rotation for portrait and landscape browsing.
  • Multiple zoom levels.
  • Password manager.
  • Intelligent Bookmark functionality (auto-sorting).
  • URL auto-complete (from history).
  • Page loading in progress’ indicator.
  • Text select for copy/paste.
  • RSS feeds.

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.
  • JavaScript(tm) 1.5.
  • HTTP 1.1 with support for secure and non-secure browsing.
  • HTTP cache and cookies.
  • AJAX support.
  • 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.

You can download this app from http://bit.ly/6ktjeK .

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.

Cost of Ownership: Nexus One vs iPhone 3GS vs Droid vs Palm Pre

We have been covering the Google Conference about Android and quite extensively today. If you missed any of our previous posts, you can take a look at them below.

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.

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Take a look at the chart below, courtesy BillShrink.

Nexus One vs Motorola Droid vs iPhone 3GS Detailed Comparison

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.

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Nexus One Motorola Droid Apple iPhone 3GS
Operating System Android 2.1 Android 2.1 iPhone OS
Processor 1 GHz Snapdragon ARM Cortex A8  550MHz ARM Cortex A8 600MHz
Memory 512MB onboard,  4GB Micro SD card included,  32GB expandable,  512MB RAM 133MB onboard,  16GB Micro SD card included,  32GB expandable,  256MB RAM 16 GB/32 GB onboard,  256MB RAM
Battery 1400 mAh 1400 mAh (BP6X) Standard Battery
Dimensions 119 x 59.8 x 11.5 mm, 130 g 115.8 x 60 x 13.7 mm, 165 g 115.5 x 62.1 x 12.3 mm, 135 g
Screen Size 3.7″ widescreen WVGA AMOLED touchscreen, 800×480 pixels 3.2″ TFT capacitive touchscreen, 480 x 854 pixels 3.5″ TFT capacitive touchscreen, 320 x 480 pixels
Bands GSM 850/900/1800/1900, UTMS 2100/AWS/900 GSM 850/900/1800/ 1900, HSDPA 850/1900/2100 GSM 850/900/1800/1900, HSDPA 850/1900/2100
Camera 5 megapixel, Carl Zeiss, 30 VGA fps video, dual LED flash 5 megapixel, Carl Zeiss, 30 VGA fps video, dual LED flash 3.15 megapixel, Carl Zeiss, WVGA 25 fps video, dual LED flash
Bluetooth 2.1, with EDR 2.1, with A2DP 2.1, with A2DP
Price EUR 370, $530 USD EUR 480, $690 USD EUR 620, $890 USD
Release Date Q1 2010 Q4 2009 Q2 2009
X-Factor The Google Phone, manufactured by HTC Corporation The best Android phone yet. The most popular device in US
Weakness No multi-touch Buggy Price, Camera

So, which phone is superior among the three compared above? Do you think Nexus One is the ultimate iPhone killer?

Key Announcements From Google Android/Nexus One Event

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.

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  • 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

  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • nexus one

  • 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
  • Google launched Nexus One’s official website.
  • Google is planning to add more devices, like phones from Motorola, to their web store.
  • They are also planning to add more countries, in the near future.
  • Currently, Verizon and Vodafone are the partners at Google web store.
  • Nexus One can be purchased today itself with service from T-Mobile USA.
  • Nexus One will be available on Verizon and Vodafone during Spring 2010.
  • This device is priced at $180 on T-Mobile and $530 for an unlocked version.
  • For purchasing this handset, you need a Google account and a Google Checkout account.
  • You will also be prompted for custom engraving on the metal bezel on the back of the device.
  • nexus one

  • Google web store will be shipping its products to US, UK, Singapore and Hong Kong.
  • The Nexus One is the first in a series of phones in the new web store model.
  • Google has not designed the phone. They are just merchandising it online.
  • Multi-touch may come soon on Nexus One
  • As the device is manufactured by HTC Corporation, Google will earn revenue from advertisement. There is also a small margin on unit sales.
  • On being asked, if Nexus One is an iPhone killer, they replied “We’re calling it a superphone, but the message isn’t to the iPhone, it’s to consumers. Choice is a really good thing.

    As Nexus One has been launched in US, are you planning to buy this device? Please let us know your views regarding this amazing device.

    [ Thanks – Gizmodo Live Blog ]

    Unnamed Sony Ericsson QWERTY Phone [Leaked Pics]

    Unnamed Sony Ericsson QWERTY Phone
    Unnamed Sony Ericsson QWERTY Phone

    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 3.2″ 360×640 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.

    Stay tuned for more updates on Techie-Buzz.

    Quake Running on Palm Pre

    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?

    Quake on Palm Pre

    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.

    iPhone 4G to Get 802.11n WiFi and Better Bluetooth Support?

    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.

    iphone_4g_wifi

    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?

    Samsung i899 Announced In China

    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.

    samsung i899

    Specification:

    • 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
    • 126 grams
    • Wi-Fi / WAPI
    • GPS
    • 3G Connectivity
    • DivX support
    • 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.

    LG Announces DTV Enabled LG Lotus

    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 dtv

    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.