Sexta-feira, 4 de Abril de 2008

Sony Ericsson P5i - rumour or true smartphone?


The long-rumoured Sony Ericsson smartphone might be here sooner than expected. After a photoshop image trying to sketch the phone, now we can see something maybe more real, or maybe it's another photoshopped image.
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Terça-feira, 1 de Abril de 2008

Dr Jukka interviewed - Nokia and Symbian uncovered

Today I am interviewing Dr Jukka Silvennoinen, Senior Technology expert from Forum Nokia, a Certified Nokia Trainer, and a guest lecturer at a university in Thailand. Dr Jukka is known for his extensive contribution to the Symbian community and, of course to Forum Nokia. Dr Jukka is also admired by many Symbian programmers, and he was one of the founding members of Forum Nokia Champions reward program. It is my great honour to interview him, and I'm sure the world's cell phone community is eager to read what this talented programmer has to say.


Dr Jukka, I thank you once again for accepting my invitation, and I thank the Nokia Press department as well for this opportunity.



First of all, I would like to ask you some questions close to your heart, of a personal matter:




What was the first phone you ever had?


It was Ericsson GH 198, my first and last non-Nokia device.


When did you buy the above-mentioned phone, and what price did you pay for it?


I bought it in August 1994. It did cost around 7-800 Euros, I would have wanted to buy Nokia 2110 back then, but it was probably some 300 Euros more expensive.


What is the phone you are using at the moment?


I have few devices always in my bag, but the one that I carry 24/7 is N95 classic.


When did you start programming?


First program I wrote was with ZX Spectrum, and the year must have been 1983. I was around 10, and we had computer club sort of thing. They had probably 3-4 computers there and only one was the 48k version, so you had to be quick to get it, otherwise you had to do with the 16k version.


What was the first mobile program that you compiled or helped to develop?


First mobile program I compiled must have been Hello world for Nokia 9210. And the first program I made by myself, was Bangkok City guide for 9210. I started it with zero knowledge, and had to show demo 6 weeks later at Nokia trade show. A bit stressful start, but felt good afterwards. Still remember the Singapore event rather clearly, had 15 stitches in my head from previous weekend’s wakeboarding accident and was feeling a bit sick whole week.


When did you join Nokia, and why, if I may ask?


I joined Forum Nokia in November 2007. Previously I was working at 3rd party developer, and felt that I needed change, but still wanted to stay at the cutting edge of development. Have been really happy with the role with Forum Nokia, it has been excellent learning experience so far, and I’m sure it will not lose the “Fun” aspect any day soon.

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Domingo, 23 de Março de 2008

Smartphones will be conquer a third of the mobile market by 2013



This is what the analysts from ABI projects predict, from the current 10% share in the mobile phone industry, smartphones will occupy a hefty 31% in the market.

Smartphones have been a synonym for convergence, and manufacturers use them as their flagship phones in order to show-off their latest innovations in technology. The three top smartphone Operating System suppliers are Symbian, Windows Mobile, and RIM.
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Quinta-feira, 20 de Março de 2008

Me is S60 Ambassador for South Africa and Portugal! Verrr nice

I received my DHL gift pack from Nokia today, still feels warm from the flight from the USA. S60 sent me a white shirt with "What's in your phone?" written in front, and "S60 - open to new features" at the back. A black t-shirt containing the Evening with S60 logo in front, and the same scripture as the white one at the back. There was also a pen, a diary, a key-chain holder. two papers instructing me what to do, and also a free DHL yellow medium box which I'm thinking of putting up on eBay.

Thanks to the whole S60 team, I hope more of these goodies come soon!

To my readers, trust me, I will not benefit S60 on my phone reviews and articles, I will continue giving my honest opinion, I was always a fan of S60, but when it comes to judgement, I express every advantage and disadvantage.



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Quarta-feira, 5 de Março de 2008

Mobile World Congress last goodbye

This is the time when I look back and I post over 40 articles written about what is the best mobile phone show on earth. This time I didn't get to go, but all the effort that was done by everyone else, is portrayed in each of these articles, thanks to all! The articles are in date order, the oldest to newest one. Now you have something to do for the next "work" hour.

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Terça-feira, 4 de Março de 2008

Microsoft Silverlight joins Nokia, programmers rejoice



Cross-platform development is a dream for many software companies and developers themselves, the issue of having to always do something different everytime you release a program. Obviously many of the Operating Systems are different, but Microsoft Silverlight somehow helps to shorten that difference.
Silverlight won't just run on Symbian, but as well as S40, the platform for the users who want advanced features, but simplicity at the same time.
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Quinta-feira, 28 de Fevereiro de 2008

N82 in Black makes its (secret) debut

Not much fuss has been created by Nokia about this black diamond. I feel like we call every black smartphone a black diamond, but anyway...

The black N82 was leaked some time ago on some other Nokia official website, and I believe you will be able to get it as soon as next month. My source implied 2nd of April, but I can't believe it will be that late. Unfortunately I haven't found any black original housing for the N82 from my suppliers, and there is no tip or information on its release.

The pictures were provided by Maevro from Howard Forums, and according to him, there will be more of these soon.



Source: TheN82Blog via S60 info
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Domingo, 24 de Fevereiro de 2008

Live pictures and video of N96

And they keep on coming…Will at IntoMobile has posted tons of pictures comparing the N95 to the N96, and also a video where he plays around with the unseen jewel.



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Terça-feira, 19 de Fevereiro de 2008

Interview with the man behind Screenshot, Antony Prananta!


 

I decided to interview a great man I admire, for developing the application that all us reviewers love, Screenshot. Antony has been in the software business for long, and is and important developer at Nokia.


Good evening Mr Antony Pranata, I am really glad that you accepted my invite. The readers and I are expecting to find out quite a lot about you and your contribution to the Symbian society. 


To start, would you care to tell us what which phone was your first?

My first mobile phone was Siemens C25.


When did you acquire this mobile phone, and what was the price (comparing to the prices today)?

I bought my Siemens C25 in August 1999. At that time, I was still living in my home country, Indonesia. The price was around US $135.


What phone are you using at the moment?

I am currently using Nokia N95 8GB.


When did you get into mobile phone programming?

I started into mobile phone programming at the beginning of 2003.


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Segunda-feira, 18 de Fevereiro de 2008

Nokia 6210 Navigator: The real Navigator



Nokia managed to cram all the features a good GPS device should have onto a phone, but might have missed few details.

I will go straight to the disadvantages: The battery, BL-5F 3.7V 950 mAh, isn't enough for a good GPS device, unless Nokia managed to tweak their software so that the GPS doesn't suck up much power. On phones like N95, even on the latest firmware, the GPS can make a fully charged battery go to empty in few hours.

The Orientation features are smartly included in the phone, with a compass and an accelerometer if you plan to use the GPS while walking. According to Nokia, you can combine with an 'accelerometer' which measures changes in direction and orientation, and  the built-in compass makes it easy to follow the map when strolling about on foot. When turning the device, the map automatically maintains its orientation.

Nokia didn't seem to include a TV-out functionality for the Navigator, most people like me might like to connect the device to a 7" car display instead of focusing on a 2.4" display with QVGA resolution.

Besides these little bad points, I was very happy with the device. There seems to be a GPS key on the top plaform of the slider, which is extremely useful for people who mainly  use the phone for this features, or even for sports such as Geocaching.

"The personal navigation market is expanding rapidly and mobile phone navigation is its fastest growing area. According to recent market research by Canalys, over 60% of mobile phone users are keen to have navigation on their phones," says Markku Suomi, the head of Nokia's Connect device category. "The Nokia 6210 Navigator offers the next generation in mobile navigation to a broad consumer base. Mobile phone users around the world will be able to enjoy the benefits of navigation with a device that not only navigates, but also communicates."

A-GPS is included, and for this and for other data needs, there is Dual band HSDPA and Quad band EDGE.

The camera has 3.2 megapixels or resolution, and video recording at 640x480 (VGA) is possible at 15fps.

On the connectivity side, there is no WiFi but there is Bluetooth v2.0 with A2DP support.

The phone is powered by the latest Symbian OS9.3 with S60 3rd edition, Feature Pack 2, and on the hardware side, there is a Single ARM11 with 369MHz and 64MB of RAM, of which only 20MB is available to the user.
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