Samsung launches 3 New Phones Gravity T, Gravity 3 and Smiley

Samsung has launched three new handsets the Gravity T, Gravity 3 and the Smiley. All of them have been released with T-Mobile US. These new kids on the block definitely have a lot in common, all of them have QWERTY keyboards,making messaging a breeze. These products are not aimed at the higher end of the market, rather targeting the mid-ranged customer.

The Gravity T and Gravity 3 have the usual 3G connectivity, 2-MP camera, music player, GPS, Blue-tooth and other features including a QWERTY keyboard. While the Gravity 3 ships with a standard numeric keypad, the Gravity T comes with a 2.8touchscreen.

The Smiley is a basic entry-level handset having a vertical sliding QWERTY keyboard. It has the same features as the other two, barring the 1.3 MP camera and also without the touchscreen. T-Mobile is offering the Smiley at a price tag of $19.99, Gravity 3 at $49.99 and the Gravity T at $74.99.

With all the buzz generated by the latest Android powered smart-phones and the Apple iPhone 4, its refreshing to see a few handsets doing exactly what a handset is meant to do messaging and calling.

Source : Engadget

The Bickering Continues: Apple Files New Patent Infringement Lawsuit against HTC

Apple It might be a war, but it sure as hell seems silly. Apple has sued HTC again, and as you might have guessed, the suit focuses on Android phones.

The new lawsuit incorporates one new patent infringement claim, in addition to re-including three patents mentioned in the original suit (apparently due to spelling errors in the original document). Like (almost) every other patent infringement suit, this one also appears frivolous and plain stupid. But, what do I know? I am no lawyer and I am certainly not a patent expert.

Here are the four patents involved in this suit:
7,657,849: Unlocking a device by performing gestures on an unlock image. Filed 12/23/2005 & Granted 2/2/2010. (New)
6,282,646: System for real-time adaptation to changes in display configuration. Filed 5/8/1998 & Granted 8/28/2001.
7,380,116: System for real-time adaptation to changes in display configuration. Filed 8/8/2005 & Granted 5/27/2008.
7,383,453: Conserving power by reducing voltage supplied to an instruction-processing portion of a processor. Filed 8/25/2005 & Granted 6/3/2008.

Apple started this war against High Tech Computer (HTC) Corp, one of the most successful Android handset manufacturers, by suing it in March, 2010. HTC had promptly responded by counter-suing Apple on five counts of patent infringement. Make no mistake about it, Apple is targeting after Google and Android through HTC.

Nokia Will Ditch Symbian on N-Series Devices: MeeGo Only From Now On

Symbian It’s no secret that Symbian has been struggling to keep up with the rapidly evolving smart phone market. In fact, Symbian was turning out to be Nokia’s Achilles’ heel. Now, it appears that Nokia has finally decided to move on.

According to CNET, Nokia N8 will be the last N-series phone from Nokia to run on Symbian. This means that from now onwards, we will be seeing Symbian only in the mid-range handsets belonging to the E-series, X-series and C-series.

If you are a Symbian fan, there is no need to be disappointed. The development of Symbian will continue and we will definitely see new devices running on Symbian^3 and (the yet to be released) Symbian^4. This could turn out to be a win-win situation for everyone. With Symbian onboard, Nokia will have an upper hand over its competitors in the feature phone segment, while MeeGo will allow it to become competitive in the smartphone arena.

600,000 iPhone 4 Pre-Ordered In One Day

In a record of sorts, Apple has sold 600,000 pre-orders of their next-gen device. This revelation came from Apple through a press release, earlier AT&T had said that they sold 10 times more pre-orders for the 4 than they had for the iPhone 3GS.

Apple’s Press Release for the iPhone 4 pre-orders read as follows (emphasis added):

CUPERTINO, Calif., June 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Yesterday Apple and its carrier partners took pre-orders for more than 600,000 of Apple’s new iPhone 4. It was the largest number of pre-orders Apple has ever taken in a single day and was far higher than we anticipated, resulting in many order and approval system malfunctions. Many customers were turned away or abandoned the process in frustration. We apologize to everyone who encountered difficulties, and hope that they will try again or visit an Apple or carrier store once the iPhone 4 is in stock.

The amount of pre-orders for iPhone 4 is not surprising though as it is a huge refresh from the iPhone 3GS and has an awesome display along with front-facing camera, better battery life and more. (iPhone 4 Features and Specs)

Now that is a huge number and Apple might sell millions of iPhone 4 devices in June itself. iPhone 4 pre-orders are still available, however they will now ship in July instead of June.

(Source: BI)

Swype Beta for Android released for download

An updated version of Swype Beta for Android is now available for download. Earlier Swype was available only on mobile touchscreen devices which came pre-installed with it. The previous Beta version of Swype was also made also made available for a short duration of time last year. After that timed beta, this is the first time Swype beta for Android is being released for public download.

As reported earlier, an updated version of the Swype beta was slated for release today. The Android application has just been released at their website. To download visit here. One just needs to register with his email address and they will send a link for the download.

Swype is an very innovative application which allows text entry into mobile touchscreen devices in an entirely new method. The letters of the words you want to enter are swiped and then the application’s predictive text algorithm chooses the words you wanted to enter. According to the company officials the Swype predictive text algorithm boasts of an accuracy greater than 95%.

T-Mobile To Announce Something Big, Clues Coming This Thursday

T-Mobile has been sitting on some really big news, which according to a tweet from their official account will be revealed shortly.

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Now with something big, let us think what they could be announcing? My guess is the T-Mobile has been working on a follow-up to the T-Mobile G1 device. If there is a new device it would definitely be running .

They could also be announcing the launch dates of HTC Dash or the Touch Pro II, however, considering that this is "Big News" it could be something else altogether.

So what do you think does T-Mobile has up its sleeve? Are you also hunching towards another G1 like device, or are you thinking something else?

Sony Ericsson Julie: Windows Phone 7 Smartphone with QWERTY Keypad

Sony-Ericsson-Julie-Windows-Phone-7 Sony Ericsson has been struggling to keep up with the Android release cycle, but apparently that is not going to stop them from dabbling with other platforms. According to unconfirmed rumors, Sony Ericsson is currently working on a mysterious Windows Phone 7 powered device, codenamed Julie.

Very little is known about this enigmatic device, but Julie is expected to have dimensions similar to the Xperia X10, which has a 4 inch capacitive touchscreen. However, unlike the X10, Julie will have multi-touch support. It should also house a powerful processor (1 GHz dual core or more) and a sliding QWERTY keypad. The interesting bit is that Windows Phone 7 comes with in-built support for the Xbox Live platform, which is a direct competitor to Sony’s Playstation Network.

As always, treat this news with a pinch of salt, since nothing has been confirmed yet. However, this particular source has been right before and there is a fair chance that he may be right again.

LG Viewty Snap GM360 – Full Touch Camera Phone with Optical Zoom

The megapixel race seems to be over (at least for the moment), and the manufacturers have by and large regained their senses. The focus has shifted from boosting the megapixel count to increasing the quality of pictures taken and improving upon the feature set offered.

One feature that has remained elusive in mobile phones is optical zoom. The major prohibiting factor is obviously the bulk added by the protruding optical zoom capable lens. Back in March, Spice had launched a 12 megapixel camera phone with 3x optical zoom. Now LG has entered the arena with its LG Viewty Snap GM360.

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The Viewty Snap features a 5 megapixel camera with optic-all zoom and LED flash. Optic-all zoom is LG’s special zooming technology which can magnify images without sacrificing quality. At the same time, it doesn’t require bulky lenses associated with traditional optical zoom capable devices. LG isn’t saying much about the magnification level possible. In fact, they aren’t saying much about the rest of the features either.

However, we do know that it will have a 3 inch TFT touchscreen display with 256K colors at a resolution of 240 x 400 pixels, MP3/WMA/eAAC+ audio player, MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player, FM Radio, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP. Social Networking, Email, SMS and MMS capabilities are obviously present. What is missing though is GPS and 3G support.

The Viewty Snap could have been a killer camera phone. But, it probably wouldn’t be. It’s perplexing that LG didn’t include Xenon flash in a camera phone. The megapixel count is also lower than most other camera phones in the market. Let’s hope that LG is using a damn good optics. In the end, everything will most probably come down to the pricing. If Viewty Snap GM360 is cheap enough, LG might just manage to win over casual buyers looking for a stylish touchscreen phone with a decent camera.

(Image via GSM Arena)

Samsung B7722 Duos Announced: Coming to India Soon

While cheap dual SIM phones are a dime a dozen, high end dual SIM devices are still somewhat of a rarity. The just launched Samsung B7722 Duos attempts to address this deficiency. It is a GSM phone in which one SIM can run on 3G while the other must operate on GPRS/EDGE.

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The full touch Duos deploys a 3.2 inch touchscreen with 256K colors and 240 x 400 pixels. It has a capable 5 mega-pixel camera with LED flash, which snaps pictures at a resolution of 2592Ñ…1944, and records QVGA videos at 30fps. As expected from a high end phone, the B7722 supports plenty of multimedia formats including MP3, WAV, WMA, eAAC+, MP4, H.263 and H.264. Although it lacks GPS support, Google Maps and Mobile tracker are included. Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, Push Email, Instant Messaging and MicroSD cards up to 8 GB are also supported.

The Duos will cost $510 in the US and is slated to be launched later this month in Sweden. It’s not known when it will be launched in India, but it is expected to cost around Rs. 23,000.

Meet Sony Ericsson Shakira – Xperia X10’s Newest Sibling

Sony Ericsson weren’t kidding when they said that the Xperia X10 would only be the first in a series of similar Android handsets. If you thought that the Xperia X10 was too big and the Xperia X10 Mini and Mini Pro were too small, then you are going to be pleased with Sony Ericsson Shakira. It has the same curvilinear design as other Android powered Xperia handsets, but is smaller than the Xperia X10.

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From the screenshot, it’s apparent that Shakira will be sporting the UX platform used in Xperia. It also reveals that Shakira is using the pre-historic Android 1.6. It’s possible that Sony Ericsson might update the operating system to Android 2.1 prior to (or just after) its release. However, don’t expect Froyo, since at present Sony Ericsson has no plans for it. The name hints at the possibility that Shakira might be a music oriented high end smartphone. Very little else is known about this mystery device, but we are hoping that it will house a meaty 1 GHz Snapdragon processor like its older brother.

Don’t forget to let us know how you feel about Sony Ericsson Shakira. Are you willing to buy a handset with an outdated operating system? Do you think that Sony Ericsson is making a mistake by not moving to Froyo?