Nokia released its latest earnings report today, for Q3 2010. It reported a net profit of 529 million euros on sales worth 10.3 billion euros (up 5% YoY). Compared to Apple’s recent results, Nokia’s results seem lackluster, but Nokia definitely is on the right path.
The results did beat the estimates of most analysts who were projecting a much lesser profit. Nokia is undoubtedly the world leader in mobile phones, at least in terms of volume. It sold a total of 110.1 million mobile handsets this quarter, of which 26.5 million were smartphones.
Here is what Nokia’s new CEO, Stephen Elop had to say “In the five weeks since joining Nokia, I have found a company with many great strengths and a history of achievement that are second to none in the industry. And yet our company faces a remarkably disruptive time in the industry, with recent results demonstrating that we must reassess our role in and our approach to this industry.
Some of our most recent product launches illustrate that we have the talent, the capacity to innovate, and the resources necessary to lead through this period of disruption. We will make both the strategic and operational improvements necessary to ensure that we continue to delight our customers and deliver superior financial results to our shareholders.”
The folks over at Phandroid have managed to get their hands on a video of Gingerbread running on the Nexus One. The video is only ten seconds long and shows an animation which occurs when the screen is turned off. The animation is something similar to the effect which happens when users used to switch off their old tube TVs back in the 80-90s.
Here is the Gingerbread Screen Offanimation video I am talking about -:
Of course, the above animation is nothing stellar but nevertheless it does have a cool’ factor to it (at least, I do). As of now, no version of Android or any Custom ROM has this sort of animation when turning the screen off.
With Gingerbread announcement around the corner, I am sure more videos of it in action will be popping up on the Internet.
HP, yesterday, announced the new Palm Pre 2 smartphone. It is the first device which runs on the HP’s latest operating system, the webOS 2.0. Palm Pre 2 is the successor for Palm Pre and it is much thinner than the previous handset. Palm Pre 2 was earlier expected to be available on the airwaves of Verizon in the U.S, but the source code of Palm’s U.S. and Canadian sites shows that the HP’s latest smartphone might also be available on the airwaves of AT&T in the U.S. and Rogers in Canada.
Palm Pre 2 Specifications:
3.1 inch HVGA touchscreen display
320Ã—480 pixels resolution
Slide-out QWERTY keyboard
webOS 2.0 operating system
5 megapixel camera with LED Flash
3.5mm headset jack
Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Beta
16GB of internal memory
Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR
5.5 hours of talktime
Palm Pre 2 will be available from October 22 in the France. This handset will be available in the coming month in U.S. An unlocked UMTS version of the Palm Pre 2 will be available for the developers to develop mobile applications for the webOS 2.0. The price of this handset is not available yet. Are you planning to buy this handset? Let us know your views in the comments below.
Reuters is reporting that E.A has acquired Chillingo, the producer of the extremely popular mobile game Angry Birds. Electronic Arts has confirmed the agreement, and it’s said the company is shelling out in the area of $20 million for the deal. In addition to Angry Birds, Chillingo publishes another popular game entitled Cut the Rope.
Angry Birds is available for all major smartphone platforms, and with the recent Android client released roughly a week ago seeing over 1 million downloads in 24 hours, EA is making quite a substantial move further into the mobile gaming market.
The iPhone Dev Team has finally released PwnageTool 4.1. The application uses Geohot’s boot rom exploit to build custom IPSW/firmware files for most of the iTouch devices out there. By creating custom firmwares, users can update their iTouch device to the latest firmware without upgrading their baseband. This will help them in preserving their unlock and update to the latest iOS as well.
As of now, PwnageTool 4.1 supports the iPhone 3G, 3GS (Old as well as new boot roms) running on iOS 4.1 and the iPhone 4 running on iOS4.1 as well. The Apple iPad running on iOS 3.2.2 and Apple TV 2G running iOS 4.1 are supported as well. The iPod Touch 3G and iPod Touch 4G running iOS 4.1 are supported as well.
At the moment, PwnageTool 4.1 is available only for Mac. Users can read more about PwnageTool 4.1 here.
The long awaited Android 2.1 update for Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 is finally on its way. Although Sony Ericsson is yet to disclose specific dates, X10 users will begin getting Ã‰clair from next week. According to unconfirmed reports, X10 owners in UK should receive the update on October 25. X10 users in Netherlands should also receive the update by October end. Users on branded (carrier locked) handsets will have to wait for a bit longer. T-Mobile has confirmed that they won’t deploy the update until late November.
I published the changelog last month. Besides Android 2.1, this firmware update will also introduce 720p HD video recording with autofocus, improved Timescape and contact list, and an improved home screen. Sony Ericsson’s product manager Rikard Skogberg has demoed these features on a dev. build of the firmware. Check them out to get an idea about what SE has been cooking over the past few months.
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10: Improved Home Screen
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10: 720 Video Recording with Autofocus
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10: 720p Video Recording with Autofocus Stress Test
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10: Improved Timescape and Contacts
Yesterday, we told you that FreeWELL has made overclocking the Droid X possible. Today, FreeWELL has posted another mod which allows Droid 2 owners to overclock their phone. The overclocking method of the Droid 2 is similar to the Droid X. Like the Droid X, the Droid 2 overclocking mod is also based on the Milestone Android 2.1 overclocking technique. Right now, overclocking the Droid 2 requires users to input some adb commands.
However, a member with the name darkonion has made a simple shell script which allows Droid 2 owners to overclock their handset in a very simple way. As of now, the shell script will work only in linux but darkonion has promised to release a Windows version soon.
Most of the Droid 2 owners have managed to overclock their handset to 1.3-1.4GHz but most of them prefer to keep the processor running at 1.2 GHz. Here are the steps to overclock the Motorola Droid 2.
With Halloween just around the corner, the time is ripe to get into the spirit of Halloween with some spooky Halloween apps. You can already dress up your computer for the festival of scares with Microsoft’s Eerie Autumn theme. Now, I will share a few Android apps that will help you prepare your mobile devices for the occasion.
The Droid X is already a beast of a phone. The handset is powered by a 1GHz OMAP processor and sports a huge 4.3-inch LCD screen. After the Android 2.2 update, the Droid X is among the fastest Android handsets out there. Well, fast was not enough for the Droid X modders and in a bid to make the phone the fastest Android phone out there, they have managed to overclock the X CPU to 1.1 GHz.
A 100 MHz boost may seem paltry for now, but we should keep in mind that this overclocking mod is still in its infant stage. As time passes, I expect the Droid X processor to reach the 1.2 – 1.4GHz mark. The man who made this possible is FreeWELL. He took the Motorola Milestone overclocking technique and used it on the Droid X. Along with overclocking; Droid X owners can also underclock their CPU using SetCPU so as to preserve battery.
You can read more about the Droid X overclocking mod over at Droid-Life.
P.S. The Droid X could already be overclocked on Android 2.1, this mod specifically refers to Droid X running on Android 2.2
Finally! It was nearly 3 and half months ago we had told you that the myTouch 3G will be getting the Android 2.2 update. Now, T-Mobile and HTC have finally started rolling out the Android 2.2 update to all myTouch 3G owners. Most myTouch owners are already enjoying Froyo on their handsets.
The Android 2.2 update for the myTouch will bring with it a modified version of the Faves Gallery, which will provide users with all the relevant information of the top 20 most contacted people. It will also bring full exchange support for contacts, mail and calendar. The Froyo update for the myTouch 3G looks pretty close to a stock Android 2.2 build.
However, the bad news is that myTouch 3G handsets with a 3.5mm jack will be getting the update in the coming weeks.