Apple iPhone 3.0 new improved version in June 2009

They’re trying to better the iPhone. Possible? That’s what Apple claims.

After iPhone and iPhone 2.0 ( 3G) Apple might launch iPhone 3.0 in June 2009

A handset that set new benchmarks in smartphone technology will launch a third-generation Apple smartphone in June 2009.

AT&T, the exclusive iPhone carrier in the US, has confirmed the news recently.

The new handset promises to be faster than the 3G experience of current phones and should offer a “more seamless experience.”

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Facebook Connects with iPhone

Facebook applications will now be available on the iPhone through Facebook Connect. Through Connect, developers can code iPhone OS-friendly Facebook applications, simply by adding a few lines of ‘Objective C’ which is used in App development for iPhone OS.

Henceforth, iPhone or iPod Touch users will be able to log into Facebook directly within an app and share whatever they wish to with friends.

Facebook Connect for users means they’ll have to download/purchase iPhone apps featuring Facebook Connect. From that, users can log in, find their friends and share information with them by publishing stories on Facebook profile. Continue reading “Facebook Connects with iPhone”

Sony Ericsson T707 Elle unveiled

A new clamshell handset from Sony Ericsson, known as the T707 Elle was unveiled recently. Going by the released pictures, it looks like a handset for the ladies.

Not much is known about the handset, except that it won’t be from the Walkman or Cyber-Shot range, but will instead cater to those who want something functional and yet not too backward in terms of features. Continue reading “Sony Ericsson T707 Elle unveiled”

Premium section on App Store to sort applications

Apple is going to create a Premium section on the App Store.

The App store currently has over 15,000 applications and above 500,000,000 downloads, making looking for a particular software a tedious task.

What Apple now proposes to do is that of the several developers, it’s being rumored that the game development companies will be given preference for the ‘Premium’ section of the App Store.

This move also comes close on the heels of Apple’s announcement of the new OS 3.0. Perhaps applications of the new operating system will figure in the new section, making searches easy for the end user.

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Nokia Ovi Store vs Apple App Store – an indepth comparison

Since Nokia announced the Ovi store at the Mobile World Congress this year, speculations have been rife about the success of this store in comparison to the already well-established and popular App Store from Apple. The N97 will be the first phone integrated into the service, with the remaining phones following when the system goes live in May.

We take a deeper look at the speculations and give you an insight into what’s in store for the end-user and beneficiary of what is clearly the big software battle between two giants.

First the similarities: Both Apple and Nokia offer a 70% revenue share to developers.

Differences: Apple began its App Store as a request from the public and developers to be allowed to develop products for the iPhone while Nokia is opening an application store to stream revenue into the company with a share of app sale prices, and to potentially push the sales of cellphones and smartphones.

Apple’s services are for a single handset, the iPhone; while Nokia’s is for dozens of different handsets with two different Symbian OS’s aboard. Continue reading “Nokia Ovi Store vs Apple App Store — an indepth comparison”

BlackBerrys on IDEA – What an Idea!

Idea Cellular and Research In Motion (RIM) have announced that the BlackBerry will soon be available to Idea customers. Idea will offer a broad range of BlackBerry smartphones and services for enterprise and individual customers on its network, nationally. 

The BlackBerry solution provides customers with easy wireless access to email, phone, calendar, web and multimedia applications, as well as access to thousands of other mobile business and lifestyle applications.

BlackBerry smartphones will now be available from Idea stores, leading modern trade, and multi-brand outlets across 15 circles of Idea Cellular’s network, throughout the country. Idea Cellular will offer BlackBerry Enterprise Server support to corporate customers and other organizations that manage their own email servers. The BlackBerry Enterprise Server software tightly integrates with IBM Lotus Domino, Microsoft Exchange and Novell GroupWise and provides advanced security and IT policy controls to enable secure, push-based wireless access to email and other corporate data.

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The LG GM730 Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone

The LG-GM730 is the newest phone among LG’s easy-to-use smartphones line-up to come. The company has recently signed a special contract with Microsoft, allowing them to be the first manufacturer of a phone with the new version of Windows Mobile 6.5. On top of Windows Mobile, the LG-GM730 will provide LG’s dynamic, direct and intuitive S-Class User Interface.

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Samsung Pixon – 8 Megapixel camera phone unleashed in India

Although it is becoming a habit with us at Fonearena, we would like to assure all our readers we are not gloating. Yet!

We have been covering the mobile scene with such alacrity and timeliness that sometimes, when a handset is launched in India we realise we’ve already covered its global launch. Similarly, when the Samsung Pixon was launched in September 2008, Fonearena covered the launch. Read the coverage here.

Specs & features at a glance:

3.2-inch WQVGA (240 x 400 pixels) touchscreen featuring Samsung’s TouchWiz UI with auto screen rotation

Samsung widgets on the desktop


Internal GPS

DivX, Xvid, mp4 file support

Music Player with SRS 3D surround sound

MicroSD card support

8MP AF camera with LED flash x16 digital zoom, auto-focus, fast-shutter, face detection

Bluetooth with A2DP and USB 2.0 (micro)

FM Radio


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Unlimited Email and Instant Messaging plan for Rs.499 on Airtel BlackBerry

Airtel and Research In Motion (RIM) introduced a new service plan specifically for Airtel customers in India.

The BlackBerry® Personal Mail service plan is an innovative offering that provides Airtel customers with unlimited email and instant messaging (IM) on BlackBerry® smartphone for just Rs. 499 per month. It is the first service plan priced at less than Rs. 500 to offer unlimited email and IM to BlackBerry smartphone customers in the Indian market.

Unlimited BB Rentals as high as Rs.1500 . And this plan comes as a surprise.

Looks like users are using accessing email from their devices much more nowadays.

And interestingly RIM has started to sell Unlocked BBs in India. We will update you on tat as well

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Fastest business phone in the world Asus P565 to be withdrawn

When Asus released its P565 smartphone in November 2008, we at Fonearena had covered the launch. Read the coverage here.

The latest reports in from sources claim that the company has pulled the plug on this handset after entering into a partnership with Garmin (a Taiwanese company) from the beginning of last month onwards. Continue reading “Fastest business phone in the world Asus P565 to be withdrawn”

Samsung Valencia unveiled

The Samsung Valencia, a Windows Mobile powered handset was unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona recently at the Microsoft counter and surprisingly not at the Samsung counter.

Specs & features:

393 MHz processor



320×240 QVGA display


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LG KF300 launched in India

Fonearena had covered the launch of the LG KF300 almost one year ago as it had hit global markets. Read the full coverage here.

The same handset has now been launched in the Indian market in the price band of Rs 8,500. The reason for the after-thought launch by LG is unknown.

While the specs of the handset, re-capsulated below remain the same, the only addition seems to be inclusion of the Mobile Tracker. Continue reading “LG KF300 launched in India”

Windows Mobile version 7 in 2010

Just as we are bracing ourselves to catch version 6.5 of Windows Mobile on handsets such as LG-GM730, HTC Touch Diamond 2 and HTC Touch Pro 2, Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer has recently confirmed that Windows Mobile 7 will be available sometime next year.

Although no specific data has been set yet, it is certainly going to be quite an exciting OS to look forward to.

We look forward to the 6.5 version handsets that have stiff competition coming in from Palm’s Pre, TouchFlow, RIM and even LG’s new S-Class 3D UI this year! How exciting for a mobile enthusiast!

Nevertheless, since Windows Mobile has been around for a long enough time, its users do appreciate the various upgrades it’s been through. Continue reading “Windows Mobile version 7 in 2010”

Microsoft Unveils Windows Mobile 6.5 on three handsets

At the Mobile World Congress 2009, Microsoft unveiled “Windows phones” based on Windows Mobile 6.5 OS. In addition to the new user interface and a richer browsing experience, the Windows phones also feature two new services: My Phone and Windows Marketplace for Mobile.

The new Windows Mobile 6.5 home screen keeps people up-to-date on important information by providing a dashboard-like experience to items such as new e-mails, texts, missed calls and calendar appointments. It also includes an improved touch-screen interface, making it easy to take action with a finger.

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Pick of the winners at MWC: Nokia E71, BlackBerry Storm 9500 SurePress Screen etc

Several awards were given away at the recently concluded Mobile World Congress. Nokia made it to several categories as a winner.

The GSMA CEO’s Award for Outstanding Environmental Contribution – Nokia

The GSMA’s inaugural Green Mobile Awards recognised an overall sensitivity to, and contribution, to environmental leadership with this the first GSMA CEO’s Award for Outstanding award for an Overall Environmental Contribution.  The award went to Nokia. “It is an honour to accept this on behalf of the thousands of Nokia people who have made sustainable, environmentally sensitive practices an integral part of our day to day business. With more than a billion people using Nokia phones globally, we feel we have a responsibility to make a difference.”  He added, “Even in these tough economic times, environmental sustainability is not just the right thing to do, it is the only thing to do and makes good business sense,” said Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, CEO of Nokia.  Continue reading “Pick of the winners at MWC: Nokia E71, BlackBerry Storm 9500 SurePress Screen etc”