Archive for May, 2011

Apple iWork is now available for 3.5 inch screens

The productivity suite of Apple , called iWork , is now available on the iPhone and iPod touches that are running iOS 4 and above. This has been available for the iPad since it launched more than one and a half years ago. Probably Apple wanted iWork to be a differentiation factor for the iPad but seems it has not worked out. And to capitalize the huge app buying market, it has released it in iTunes for a hefty 10 $. It includes Keynote for presentations, Pages for word like functionality and the Numbers is an excel clone. Grab a copy and say “iWork on my iPhone” just for fun !

Via Engadget , download links : Keynote, Pages, Numbers

PR after the break

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Acer W4 windows phone cameos at Computex, November launch

After getting added to the list of OEMs in the Windows phone ecosystem, Acer has now shown off , what might be it’s first windows phone. It’s called W4 and it was spotted at Computex , have a look :

Specs are believed to be (Thanks WPcentral):

  • 3.6-inch WVGA Capacitive screen,
  • Screen Resolution: 480×800
  • 5mp Camera with auto-focus.
  • HSPA 850/1900 or 900/2100 /GSM quad band 850/900/ 1800/ 1900 MHz Support.
  • Qualcomm MSM 8255 running at 1GHz (same processor as in the Xperia Play)
  • Wifi, Bluetooth 2.1
  • DLNA Support
  • Windows Phone Mango
  • 8GB Storage

Looks lame, but probably this might not be a high end phone . what if this is a mid range phone that competes with the likes of Wildfire and the Galaxy mid-range series ? Pretty good i would say ! And Windows phone Mango is pretty neat. So, let’s wait till November launch and THEN judge .

Via WPcentral

Apple pre-announces iOS5 and icloud , Jobs will preside

In an attempt to quell rumors of the next generation iPhone launching on WWDC’11, Apple has officially let loose some info about the worldwide developers conference that is about to happen soon. It’s the next generation of software and some cloud services. Bloggers have already coughed up names for these as “iOS 5” and “iCloud” . so , i am allowed to use them as the names , right ?

Basically, Apple has intended to release/showcase the next generation iOS and the new cloud services. No details on what they are and how they are going to work. Also, the WWDC’11 starting day may see the OS X Lion finally shipping to retail.And guess what ? El Jobso will be there to preside over the event and make fanboys go crazy, hell i am already crazy here, to see what my iPod is going to get soon. Better notifications and Mac OS like dashboard are on my wishlist, what are your wishes ?

Via Engadget

PR after the break

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Nokia E6 and X7 start shipping with Anna on board

Well, this has been fast, the Nokia X7 and E6 , announced on 12th April has started shipping in less that two months. You can get it in your nearby stores in the coming weeks, and if you are in finland, you can get it today.

Shipping !

You can get to know all about these devices here —> Roundup of the announcement and my thoughts.

Source Nokia conversations

 

Asus announces PadFone, the smartphone docket tablet

After the pretty good sales of the Eee pad transformer, ASUS is back with another innovative product, well not yet, but it is a product-to-be. It has been announced at the computex today. It is called the PadFone.

It’s a simple innovative concept that takes advantage of the hardware’s interfacing capabilities. The 4.3 inch smartphone is docked into the 10.1′ tablet like device on the back like the picture shown above. Basically , you get two form factors in one. Much like the Motorola tablet dock ,but without keyboard. Overall the 10.1 ” device is merely a touchscreen display with battery and extended ports. Pitched to run Ice cream sandwich which aims to unify both the smartphone and tablet UI in Android. ASUS has currently shown off the mockups alone, It will probably launch after Google officially announces Ice cream Sandwich.

Hope atleast this doesn’t get supply issues like how the Transformer got. So, are you interested in saving up for a device like this ?

Hit the break for the videos.

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Nvidia shows off Kal-El : Four cores of mind blowing performance

Nvidia, a leader in PC graphics made a splash in the smartphone arena with the SoC called Tegra. Then, Tegra 2 came and conquered the Tablet space , atleast by OEM volumes. Having done a silent transition from the PC market to the smartphone market, Nvidia have carved out a name for themselves by delivering performance in small packages. They need to maintain a legacy right ? So, here they are , educating the world of their awesomeness. Have a look at the video demo of the tablet gaming future.

This , my friends is what Nvidia is known for, and i am glad that they are carrying forward the legacy. This demo tell us that , the computing power of portable devices are actually increasing manifold.I am dumb founded by how fast the technology has leaped forward. Driven mainly by Apple in the gaming section.

The quad core next generation Tegra SoC codenamed Kal-El is right now on pre production stage and is expected to hit retail units by August, if the rumor is right.

The demo game called  “Glow ball” is going to be released to the Android market when the tablets powered by Kal-eL hit the market as promised. You may be wowed by these kind of stunts, however it’s solely upto the third party developers to take advantage of the hardware. Honestly, Android devices have one of the most powerful hardware on the planet but i don’t see developers pating much attention to it, considering that almost all the new devices launched in 2011 are dual core, and i am yet to be blown away by some insanely rich games. Whereas Apple on the other hand, had incredibly detailed titles with previous generation processor and graphics. With the iPad 2 , the exploit has really started .

I would like to see the same thing happening to Kal-El . I want devs to take it seriously and produce some insane games that i might play on my future device that can support extreme gaming too.

Source 

Windows Phone market explosion in 2012 ? [Thoughts]

Chinese Fireworks

Recently, after Microsoft unveiled the “Mango” update, which was arguably, a software update, it released a teeny tiny interesting bit of news on the hardware side too. Am talking about the three new OEMs joining Microsoft’s party. They are Acer,Fujitsu, and behold .. ZTE, the fourth largest mobile phones manufacturer in the world !

Yes , once , and still ,majorly an infrastructure manufacturer ( like GSM equipment, routers etc. ), ZTE has joined the Windows phone ecosystem. They are already in the Android ecosystem for some years now and boy, did they make a killing ! Almost all Android phones launched by Indian pseudo-manufacturers were licensed from ZTE, like the overtly famous Micromax Andro based on the ZTE Penguin and the Dell XCD35 which was wildly popular in the U.K by the name of “Orange San Francisco” is nothing but a ZTE Blade. Impressive, no ?

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Microsoft gets more $$$ from Android than from Windows Phone licenses

Here’s some startling information . According to Citi analyst Walter Pritchard, Microsoft gets $5 for every HTC device sold, which is a patent dispute settlement over an IP infrigement. So, if we calculate how much MS earned from HTC’s androids alone, 5$ for 30 million HTC androids, thats 150 million , more than what MS gets for windows phone ( 2 million licenses, each 15 $ = 30 million ).

Hoouah !!

Also, supposedly, MS earns from other Android manufacturers too, nearly 7.50 $ to 8 $ per device. Now, we know why MS bought skype , right ? Just kidding. Point is, it earns more from Android than Windows Phone.

Another interesting claim is that, Android OEMs barely get 10 – 15 % margin for smartphones and 2 – 3 % for Tablets.All those numbers just make partnering with Microsoft just better, eh ? No wonder, Ballmer famously proclaimed ” Android is not free “. Numbers look sad for the OEMs but i am wondering how they manage to cook so many devices with such low margins, arguably.

However, all these numbers are from a single analyst, so let us not judge immediately , wait for others’ take on this matter. Am sure this will spread like wildfire.

Source SAI

Google Wallet brings NFC mobile payments to the mainstream [Video]

Google, often out-of-words while trying to justify the NFC chip in Nexus S, has now come out with a strong mainstream solution. It’s called Google Wallet, savvy ?

Google wallet and Google Offers

The Google wallet is basically an app, that uses the NFC for contactless mobile payments. This “tap and go type” payments have been demoed since early 2000s ( mainly by Nokia using the 3220 ) whereas, it is already mainstream in the most courageous nation ” Japan “. But U.S.A is the cynosure of media and hence globally recognized “mainstream” is now achieved thanks to the huge push by Google(not Apple ;-))

Google has partenered with major retailers including Subway, Macy’s, Walgreens, Toys ‘R Us, First Data, Citibank and MasterCard and with Sprint on the carrier side. That looks seriously mainstream to me, come on, MasterCard is in the mix !Another addition to today’s launch is Google offers, which sends you daily alerts of offers from retailers and of course, compatible with Google wallet. More like Groupon, i think ?

How does it work ? Well, you can load up a Google pre paid card (Like Entropay)and use it , or you can link a Citi Mastercard and pay with your phone. Nice !

Initially it would be available to the Sprint Nexus S 4G owners alone, but don’t worry , Google has pledged to partner with all the giants , they said “In terms of iPhone, RIM, Microsoft — we will partner with everyone,”. What a bold thing to say,eh ? Good for consumers. Also, the Wallet app may be even used in non-NFC enabled phones using a certain NFC sticker, but i don’t know how far that would go , security wise. Anyway, intense testing has already started in NYC and SFO. Let’s hope for the best and dream about NFC implementation in India.

Hands-on video after the break.

Via Engadget

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Turn by Turn navigation demoed in Mango | Nothing like Ovi/Nokia maps.

First of all, apologies for being out of posts since, i don’t know, a month ? Well, that’s attributed to many factors that forced me to access internet on mobile connections only.  Now i am back. yay !

Ok, let’s talk about the new hipster fruit in town, “Mango” . It finally got officially launched on May 24th by Microsoft at a VIP event in NYC. One of the many new features ( 500, they say ) , is the inclusion of turn-by-turn Navigation, which, Nokia users are used to, since N95.

Turn by Turn Navigation - Bing !

The implementation is nowhere near the stellar navigation in Ovi maps, actually it reminds me of the good old Google maps navigation, which didn’t have voice guidance, while Bing maps has it, and the lady is rude, yo !

Now, the video after the break.

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