Well, we knew that front facing camera is supported in Windows Phone Mango, the latest and greatest version of Microsoft’s mobile OS.But we never got to saw how video chat works in that metro based OS right ?
Here is a demo of Tango ( a video chat app pretty famous since it launched for iOS ) on HTC Titan, which launched recently, running Mango ( Windows phone 7.5 )
Works pretty well, eh ? We can use both the front camera as well as the back camera for the calls. The camera quality seems poor in that lighting, we can wait for Nokia to show their awesomeness in this department.
Now that we have seen how Tango works, it’s not hard to imagine how it will work when Skype gets integrated into Windows Phone since, you know, Microsoft bought it.
Source Windows Phone Blog
Finally, after nearly 8 years of waiting, Office users will now relish the addition of the famed ribbon interface onto the explorer in Windows 8.
Microsoft , in it’s Build windows 8 blog, has demoed the interface in a video, take a look :
The ribbon interface give us easy and instant access to various shortcuts that we frequently use and sometime, dig for, in the right click menu. However, i dont see any use for cut copy paste functions in the ribbon since most people know the keyboard shortcuts. But many still don’t, i have to agree, and it might be much easier for them to navigate. I like how the ribbon interface automatically brings on a set of tools according to the type of file or folder we have chosen.
Also, i feel if Microsoft sees this as an effort to bring touch interaction into the OS, sorry, it wont work well. Some people feel that it takes a lot of screen real estate, i too somewhat feel the same but we can live with it right ?
Have you seen the tablet demos of Windows 8 ? We are yet to see more demos of those kinda interfaces that suits touch. Hoping there is much more to Windows 8 than this Ribbon interface.
via WinRumors ( Tom Warren has a much detailed look at the Ribbon interface )
Source MSDN blogs
Update : It seems things have gone official, again ! Dan carter from World of Nokia brings us this press release which points to some specs and also a new name to the Symbian OS ” Anna ” which includes 50+ new features. (Same as astound ?) Here’s the press release :
Today Three confirms that it will range the Nokia X7. Built for multimedia, it showcases a 4” touchscreen with an OLED Clearblack display, HD video and an 8MP camera with dual LED flash and zoom. All this and it is still pocket-friendly.
Underneath the stainless steel construction and smooth curved edges, the Nokia X7 runs on the new Symbian Anna operating system, which features more than 50 new enhancements. Highlights include a faster browser and full on screen Portrait QWERTY keyboard. Plus, with the new split view, users can see their message conversations, webpages, maps, contacts or email while writing.
The X7 also includes Nokia’s best in class free navigation that now allows check-in from the homescreen direct to destinations such as Foursquare, Facebook and Twitter.
Sylvia Chind, head of handsets commented, “The Nokia X7 is a great multimedia device, combining picture, video and mobile internet needs into one savvy smartphone. With a best-in-class four inch OLED ClearBlack display, superb camera and fully customisable operating system, our customers will have a great entertainment experience on this phone using out super-fast 3G network.”
• Symbian^3 OS
• 8MP camera Dual LED Flash
• 4.0” OLED ClearBlack display, widescreen 16:9
• HD Video recording
• Expandable memory of up to 32G
• Ovi store access
• 256MB RAM, 1GB ROM memory
Pricing and availability will soon be announced, but in the meantime check out the sneak peak video which has just gone live on the Three blog.
And here’s the video demo by Brendan from 3, UK :
Hat tip @geekifyNokia
Click here for more of my insights on X7
The multi platform productivity app called Quickoffice has now been ported and adapted to the Motorola Xoom which runs Android 3.0, honeycomb.They call this version , Quickoffice PRO HD. Quickoffice has been the choice of mobile users for a long time , it nearly is synonymous with mobile productivity, first made popular on the Symbian platform, then got it’s footprint on every other platform and it’s now on the tablet scene, first in Android Honeycomb.
Following functionalities have been demoed in the video :
- MS powerpoint ( Pretty laggy )
- MS Access
- MS Word and
- PDF reader
Check out the video demo :
Alright, i should clear this first, the Nokia C7 was launched before the Nexus S. Nokia, as usual screwed up their matketing by not telling the world that they have put an NFC chip in the C7, while google showed off in the Nexus S pretty happily . Anyway, in the Mobile world congress, a third party application dev company called Digia had the pleasure of showing us what the NFC chip in C7 can do, and it is pretty slick thanks to the Qt Quick UI of the App. Have a look at the video :
It’s pretty cool right ? Seems very promising for a shopaholic . Enhances the shopping experience very nicely that includes sharing, ratings, touch to get details, getting advice from friends, seeing reviews for that product and what not ? Sounds like a web 2.0 type intelligent app. And aptly named ShopWizer too , you know , Shop wiser 😉 Should come out soon for select markets after Nokia gives C7 the green flag for NFC in a new firmware.