Opera Mobile 10.1 Arrives on Symbian

Barely a day after Opera 11 Beta was released, Opera Software has launched Opera Mobile 10.1 final for Symbian (Symbian^3, and Symbian S60 3rd and 5th editions). “Powerful smartphones deserve an equally powerful browser,” said Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software. “Opera Mobile 10.1 today brings the best mobile browsing experience to the world’s most popular smartphone platform.”

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Opera 10.1 for Symbian features JIT (just-in-time) compilation for Carakan JavaScript Engine, which is not yet available on Opera Mobile for Android. JIT should significantly boost Opera’s JavaScript rendering speed. In fact, Opera is claiming that the latest build is nine times faster than its predecessor on SunSpider benchmark. Like its desktop counterpart, Opera Mobile uses Presto rendering engine and Vega graphics library to offer a powerful web-browsing experience.

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Also new in Opera 10.1 is Geolocation, which enables web applications like Maps to directly grab your current location (obviously, with your permission).

Opera Mobile 10.1 retains all the usual goodies we have come to love from Opera, including powerful tabbed browsing, search bar, history, visual speed dial, find in page, bookmarks, online sync, password manager and Opera Turbo. You can download it from opera.com/mobile or by browsing to m.opera.com from your mobile browser.

Dell To Close Up Shop On Mobile Business Division

It was only recently that Dell threw their might behind Windows Phone 7 and introduced a host of devices including the fabled Venue Pro, a 4.1capacitive touch sliding portrait QWERTY keyboard and the Streak, an Android OS tablet featuring a 5touch screen, full GPS capabilities and 3G connectivity.

Despite the launch of new smartphones running Windows Phone 7, Dell is said to be closing down their Mobile Division, coinciding with the resignation of Ron Garriques. Garriques, who has been with Dell since 2007 and is currently the Communication Solutions President, will continue with the company as a consultantin the interim as Dell sorts out their future plans for the mobile market.

Hopefully Dell will continue to support their existing handsets, and move towards consolidating their departments to offer consumers more devices.

Discovery To Air It’s Content Via Mobile TV in India

Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific plans to provide content from all it’s five channels Discovery  Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Discovery Turbo, and Discovery Science to it’s Indian viewers on the mobile platform. And for this Discovery has tied up with Apalya Technologies – a firm that provides mobile TV service.

This tie-up to broadcast Discovery channels on mobile  TV by leveraging new technologies will help it’s five channels create additional touch points for it’s current and  prospective viewers. The viewers will now be able to catchup with their favourite programmes even while on  the move.

Users who want to see these pro-grammes   on their mobile devices will need an always on internet connection like GPRS or 3G and have to download a mobile TV application first. The content is paid and will be offered by almost all service providers such as Idea, Vodafone, Airtel, Aircel, BSNL, MTNL, Reliance, Docomo & Tata  Indicom. Customers can choose from pay as you go plans ranging from Rs.7 per day to Rs.150 per month.

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Google Sky Map Gets ‘Time Travel’ Feature

No, you can’t actually go back in time. But hey, you can at least check out how the stars were aligned when Apollo 11 landed on the Moon, or Kennedy was assassinated. Google Sky Map’s new ‘Time Travel‘ feature allows you to go back or forward in time and check out how the sky will look at your location on any given day.

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Google Sky Map is a super cool augmented reality app that allows budding astronomers and sky gazers to learn more about the stars and constellations decking the sky. The user can simply point their Android phones towards the sky to learn about the celestial object they are pointing at.

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Google-Sky-Map-QR-Code The Time Travel feature allows the user to smoothly travel to his desired datr and time. He can even forward or rewind to see how the sky gradually changes with time. Use the attached QR code to download Sky Map from the Market.

Lightweight Angry Birds for Lesser Android Phones is under Development

Angry Birds for Android has been making a lot of Android users happy with its addictive and fun gameplay. It raked in 1 million downloads within the first 24 hours, and has been going strong ever since. Unfortunately, Angry Birds doesn’t work perfectly on some Android handsets. Although the game is not as demanding as some of the other games (especially the gameloft ones), it does require a decent processor. As a result, users with an old or a low-end Android handset, might experience performance issues.

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The handsets that are not officially supported by Rovio Mobile (developers of Angry Birds) include HTC Hero, HTC Tattoo, HTC Wildfire and Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini among others. Fortunately for users of these phones, Rovio doesn’t intend on ignoring them. They are currently working on a lightweight version of Angry Birds, which will be optimized for devices with less processing power. Rovio has indicated that the light version will have the same number of levels as the original Angry Birds for Android.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X12 (Anzu) Gets Slaughtered in its First Preview

The rumors regarding Sony Ericsson Xperia Anzu were correct, for most part. The Anzu exists, and will be launched as Xperia X12 – Sony Ericsson’s next flagship model. The X12 is expected to hit the stores in early 2011, and will (probably) be sporting FroYo at launch. This is a deviation from initial reports that suggested that Anzu will launch with Gingerbread (Android 2.3) onboard. Now, it appears that Gingerbread will be made available as a separate update at some point during the summer of 2011.

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Mobile-Review managed to get their hands on an early development build, which was running vanilla Android 2.1. The reviewer found the device to be quite snappy. However, the real question is, how well will the X12 perform once the custom shell (UXP) has been plastered on top of the vanilla Android. The X12 will also feature an twelve megapixel camera with 720p HD recording at 30fps.

Possibly the biggest let downs in the X12 are its display and processor. It will have a 4.2FWVGA (854×480) capacitive display with full multi-touch support. However, Sony Ericsson has decided to continue using traditional LCD displays instead of the AMOLED or SLCD displays used by HTC.

As disclosed earlier, the Xperia X12 will be powered by MSM7230. The processor (45nm) in X12 will most likely be clocked at 800 MHz, and in terms of performance will be quite similar to the current generation snapdragons (65nm). However, the MSM7230 uses Adreno 205 as its GPU unit, which is a significant step up from the previous Adreno 200.

On the whole, the Xperia X12 is a nice update. However, Xperia X12 looks poorly poised to be the flagship model, as its modest processor is no match for TI’s OMAP 4 and Samsung’s Orion.

Google Docs Goes Mobile: Adds Edit Support for Android, iPhone and iPad

If anyone believes in the power of the web, it’s Google. The Mountain View, California based internet giant has been one of the most vocal champions of web applications. So, it’s not surprising that some of the best web applications are from Google. Google Docs might be no match for Microsoft Office’s complexity, but it’s certainly good enough for many organizations. Unfortunately, Google Docs is restricted to the desktop. Mobile users can open documents in their browser, but can’t edit them. However, this is about to change.

Google has announced that it will begin rolling out edit support for English users of Docs over the next few days. Supported devices include Android phones (Froyo or newer), iPhone (iOS 3 or newer) and iPad. Android users will also be able to take advantage of the inbuilt voice recognition feature. Check out the video below to see Google Docs Mobile in action.

AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon Unveil New Mobile Payment System – ISIS

WSJ had reported yesterday that the major wireless providers in the US – AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile were working on a joint project to deploy a mobile payment system. It looks like that piece of information was absolutely spot on.

Today, AT&T Mobility, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile USA announced a new national mobile commerce network named ISIS. ISIS aims to use NFC technology to enable easy mobile payments and point-of-sale purchases. With all the three heavyweights backing it, the service already has a massive user base to begin with.

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“The new venture will enable contactless mobile payment and commerce services using near-field communication technology. NFC uses short-range, high frequency wireless technology to enable the encrypted exchange of information between devices at a short distance. The new system is being designed and built to include strong security and privacy safeguards.”

“Our mobile commerce network, through relationships with merchants, will provide an enhanced, more convenient, more personalized shopping experience for consumers,” said Michael Abbott, Chief Executive Officer of Isis. “While mobile payments will be at the core of our offering, it is only the start. We plan to create a mobile wallet that ultimately eliminates the need for consumers to carry cash, credit and debit cards, reward cards, coupons, tickets and transit passes.”

For more details, check out the official site – ISIS

Yahoo! Mail and Messenger for Android Updated

Close on the heels of a major revamp of the webmail interface, Yahoo has updated its email and instant messaging apps for Android. “We’ve been pleased with the success of both Yahoo! Mail and Yahoo! Messenger on the Android platform, but of course we never stop looking for ways to make the apps even better,” wrote Lee Parry, the Product Manager of Yahoo! Mail.

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The major new features are:

Multiple-account support: Over the years, many of you have probably accumulated multiple Yahoo accounts for different purposes. Now, you can seamlessly manage all of them from the Yahoo! Mail app.

Contact sync: As the name suggests, you will now be able to sync your yahoo mail contacts with your phone.

Photo preview: The update makes Yahoo! Mail capable of displaying quick previews of images received as attachments.

Video Calling: The Yahoo messenger app now supports video calling along with photo and video sharing. However, you will need Android 2.2 along with Yahoo! Messenger Video Add-on to take advantage of the video calling feature.

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Sony Ericsson Anzu – The Successor to Xperia X10?

Sony Ericsson has been surprisingly quiet about the successor to the Xperia X10, it’s current flagship device. Earlier on, there were rumours suggesting that the successor, bearing the codename Cliaro, will feature a 1.5 GHz TI OMAP4 processor. That bit of information obviously didn’t pan out. However, new information about Sony Ericsson’s next high-end device has leaked, and this time around we have pictures, loads of them.

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The Xperia X10 blog has learned that the next flagship device is going by the codename Anzu, and is expected to be launched in Q1 2011. It will have a 4.3 inch display, HDMI output, front facing camera, and will be capable of capturing 1080p HD videos. Design wise it will be similar to the Xperia X10, but will be a lot thinner.

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The best thing is that Sony Ericsson is expected to ship Anzu (possibly Xperia X12) with Gingerbread onboard. Sony Ericsson has been mauled for their inability to deliver timely updates for the current Xperia line of products. Thankfully, it appears that they have finally learned their lesson.

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The hardware specification is still a mystery. True HD video recording capability suggests that it will house a meaty processor; however, we will have to wait for the specifics. The Xperia X10 blog was also told that the display of the new handset is crisp, and the volume level of the loudspeaker has been significantly improved. The new handset might be launched simultaneously with the PlayStation Android phone that Sony Ericsson is currently developing.