Samsung’s New 4GB SGH-i300x Musicphone


Samsung has announced an update to its SGH-i300 “Super Musicphone” – increasing the storage capacity of the built-in HDD from 3GB to 4GB.

The SGH-i300x shares the same design and features as its predecessor – tri-band GSM, 1.3MP camera w/flash, QVGA TFT LCD display, MPEG-4 / H.263 / H.264 / WMV video recording and playback, MP3 / AAC / AAC+ / WMA / ASF / WAV / WMA audio playback, 3.5mm earphone jack, stereo Bluetooth, MS Office / PDF Picsel viewer, Bluetooth / USB / IrDA connectivity, flight mode, microSD storage, and running Windows Mobile for Smartphones.

via [MSMobiles.com] and [SamsungHQ]

BenQ-Siemens launch first handsets: EF81, S68, & S88

BenQ Mobile today said it will focus on 3G and multimedia as its ships new handsets this year under the BenQ-Siemens brand.


According to engadget
It’s not exactly breaking hallowed ground at this point, but today BenQ-Siemens finally launched three three new devices — the EF81, S68, and S88 — thereby culminating in product form their acquisition/merger last year. Not surprisingly, the BS (we can call them that, can’t we?) EF81 is 0.6-inch thick 3G RAZR-competitor with a 1.3-inch 120 x 160 external display, and a 2.2-inch 262k color internal QVGA display, as well as 64MB RAM and MicroSD. The S68 is slightly less interesting with a 1.8-inch 132 x 176 display, Bluetooth, USB, EDGE, and 8MB of memory; the S88 (the black device above) at least features a two megapixel camera in addition to its 2-inch 176 x 220 262k color OLED display, MicroSD, and Bluetooth, though it only supports GPRS. So essentially the only phone you or we or anyone else will probably care anything about is the EF81, which is due to ship in March (where and for how much we don’t yet know)

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Bluetooth SIG for Bluetooth adoption in India

Early adoption of Bluetooth wireless technology in India will begin with the mobile phone and headset application

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) is a trade association comprised leaders in the telecommunications, computing, automotive, industrial automation and network industries that is driving the development of Bluetooth wireless technology and bringing them to market.

Read this article at CIOL

Do Google Miss Anything 466453

google is making sure it does not have any accessibility problems for mobile users

According to a weblog everyone wishes that they would take a leaf out of Google’s book. Google have even started registering domains based on numeric keyboards that use predictive text like most mobile phones. For instance, they have even registered 466453.com. Why? Try it on your phone and see what it spells.

For guys and gals who dont understand what 466453 means, try typing that on ur mobile phone

via [http://www.connectedinternet.co.uk/blog/_archives/2006/1/16/1679136.html]

Nokia 6125 clamshell announced

Nokia today expanded its mid-range portfolio with the quad-band Nokia 6125 phone. The stylish clamshell offers wide range of features at an affordable price

nokia 6125Nokia today expanded its mid-range portfolio with the quad-band Nokia 6125 phone. The stylish clamshell offers wide range of features at an affordable price – 1.3 megapixel camera, EDGE, Bluetooth, Infrared port and FM radio. The integrated digital player supports a variety of music formats including MP3, MP4, eAAC+ and WMA and it is really usable due to the microSD card slot (hotswappable).

The Nokia 6125 is expected in the 2Q 2006 at an estimated retail price of 230 euros.

Nokia press release

Compact Nokia 6125 offers excellent performance in stylish folding design

Espoo, Finland – Nokia today expanded its porfolio of highly popular mid-range mobile phones with the stylish Nokia 6125 fold phone. Sleek and compact outside, the Nokia 6125 offers excellent performance and a compelling feature set – including a 1.3 megapixel camera, Bluetooth wireless technology and digital music player – in a modern, folding design. The quadband Nokia 6125 (GSM 850/900/1800/1900) is expected to start shipping during the second quarter of 2006 at an estimated retail price of 230 euros, excluding taxes and subsidies.

Combining the right set of features with excellent usability and keypad ergonomics, the Nokia 6125 has everything in balance. The silver and black colour scheme are complemented by sophisticated detailing and two bright color displays. Equipped with a 1.3 megapixel camera with 8x digital zoom, video recording and a dedicated camera button, the Nokia 6125 provides excellent on-the-spot photography capabilities.

The Nokia 6125 also offers a range of connectivity options, including Bluetooth wireless technology, infrared and USB, making communication with other devices quick and easy. With multiple messaging cababilities – including MMS, instant messaging, push to talk and Nokia Xpress audio messaging – consumers can conveniently keep in touch with others. The Nokia 6125 also features Macromedia Flash Player, enabling users to enjoy rich Flash content on their mobile phone. Mobile email is easy to access while on the go with the Nokia 6125 phone’s integrated email client that also supports attachments. The quadband Nokia 6125 operates in GSM 850/900/1800/1900 networks and provides flight mode, which enables the user to work with calendar or relax with music while on the flight, making the new classic phone an ideal companion for any world-traveller.

Adding a touch of entertainment to the classic style, the Nokia 6125 offers music lovers a built-in digital music player, supporting a large variety of music formats including MP3, MP4, eAAC+ and WMA. To enhance the sound experience, the Nokia 6125 supports stereo audio over Bluetooth wireless connectivity and features a stereo FM radio, Visual Radio and video ring tones. Music files as well as images and videos can be conveniently stored on a hotswappable microSD memory card.

Personalized Home for Mobiles by Google

Google has announced about a Personalized Home for Mobiles. The homepage displays everything from your Gmail inbox to news headlines,weather, stock quotes, and feeds.

Google has announced about a Personalized Home for Mobiles. The homepage displays everything from your Gmail inbox to news headlines,weather, stock quotes, and feeds.

The interface is optimized for small screens, says Abhijit Kalamkar, one of Google?s Software Engineer, on his post.

You can read the whole post here.

BlackBerry to get Google Local Google Talk

Expect Google to get into anything that has to do with the Internet.And if the Internet gets onto the Mobile, Google would follow suit and develop applications for your cell phone.

Expect Google to get into anything that has to do with the Internet! And if the Internet gets onto the Mobile, Google would follow suit and develop applications for your cell phone.

Google has announced that it is expanding its services to the BlackBerry platform. Available immediately, Google Local for mobile can be downloaded for free, and will provide BlackBerry users with maps and satellite imagery as well as the ability to receive driving directions and locate addresses.

Due this spring, Google Talk will also be provided for free, and will enable BlackBerry users to chat and keep up with their contacts via the Google Talk instant messaging system. Google Talk requires a free Gmail e-mail account.

Of course both applications require that you have a data service subscription on your BlackBerry device, for which most providers charge.

via [TechBulletin]

Motorola to Preinstall Yahoo Mail and YIM on Some Handsets

partnership with Yahoo that will allow for certain Yahoo applications to come preinstalled on some handsets.

America?s top cell phone maker, Motorola has announced a partnership with Yahoo that will allow for certain Yahoo applications to come preinstalled on some handsets.

The first such handsets are likely to be available by the end of March, and will include the YIM instant messaging solution, as well as Yahoo Mail, Address Book, and Calendar software.

This comes shortly after Motorola?s partnership with Google on integrated search services. It appears that they are trying to come up with a good mix of what they see as they best services from each internet giant, in order to create the highest quality mobile internet experience.

via [Teleclick.ca]

Motorola to give some handsets a Google icon

Google found a new way to get onto a cellphone, and this time I mean literally. Last week, Motorola announced it would integrate a Google icon onto some if its handsets in 2006

Google found a new way to get onto a cellphone, and this time I mean literally. Last week, Motorola announced it would integrate a Google icon onto some if its handsets in 2006. The Google button will give users the power to connect to Google instantly from their cellphone. The new handsets will be distributed globally to “select” Motorola customers.

Motorola seems to be walking the fence when it comes to competition between the major search engines. Though Motorola and Google announced their global alliance last week, it was only back in July that Motorola and Yahoo! teamed up to make Yahoo! services more available on Linux-based mobile devices. It’s nice that Motorola seems to continue to play nice with others. It would be a bad move for the company to enter into any exclusive partnerships. Instead, it should continue to offer products catered to what customers what. It seems to be doing a good job of that lately.

Jamdat Launches Games on Hutch

Jamdat Mobile announced the launch of its game titles on Indian cellular service provider Hutch.

Mobile users in India can go bowling, wakeboarding or pitfalling wherever they go, whenever they want. Jamdat Mobile announced the launch of its game titles on Indian cellular service provider Hutch.

Jamdat Bowling, Jamdat Pool, Pitfall! and Wakeboarding are available now on Planet Hutch, Hutch’s data services platform.

Players can choose to play a single game or a 3-game series and maneuver their aim, power and pin meter for maximum control. Jamdat Pool gamers can play eight and nine ball on their mobile phones. Pitfall! is the wireless version of the classic title as players guide Pitfall Harry through more than 200 jungle screens. Wakeboarding features Shaun Murray and other top pros.

“India is a growing market for mobile gaming and Hutch is one of the leading cellular service providers in that market,” Minard Hamilton, Jamdat’s executive vice president of sales and marketing, said in a press release. Hutch’s core consumer base is the urban population, which is the ideal target for Jamdat’s titles, he added.

Rumor:K750 successor from Sony Ericsson

Here’s a new offering from Sony Ericsson that looks a bit like a mashup of the new W810i and the K750i — it’s got the same keypad and coloring as the latter, with the three-in-one button controls and central nav element of the W810i.

It wouldn’t be a day without some craptastic leaked shots of a new product, now, would it? Here’s a new offering from Sony Ericsson that looks a bit like a mashup of the new W810i and the K750i — it’s got the same keypad and coloring as the latter, with the three-in-one button controls and central nav element of the W810i. The pics also show a new UI rumoured to be in development at Sony Ericsson, and other rumoured specs include a 3.2 megapixel camera, EDGE, QVGA screen, and some other new goodies not yet seen in the W810i.

via [engadget]

Rumor Verizon Mobile Music Service Disables MP3s

Rumors have recently begun circulating about an annoying potential drawback of Verizon s V Cast mobile music store, which is set to be launched on January 16th.

Rumors have recently begun circulating about an annoying potential drawback of Verizon?s V Cast mobile music store, which is set to be launched on January 16th.

Apparently, handsets will no longer be able to play MP3 music files after being upgraded to work with the V Cast service. This is reportedly due to an agreement with Microsoft saying that to use Windows Media software with the service, Verizon would have to agree to make phones exclusive to the WMA file format.

via [Teleclick.ca]

New Motorola Handsets Will Feature Google Button

Motorola and Google enter into partnership

Analysts are maintaining very positive predictions about Motorola?s stock price, following that company?s announcement on Thursday of a partnership with Google.

The major partnership, which was announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, will make it easier for users of Motorola handsets to access Google?s mobile internet services, including search. Future Motorola handsets will include a special Google button, enabling one-click access to the Google search home page.

?We view this to be a significant announcement as it helps boost mobile Internet use,? said RBC Capital Markets analyst, Mark Sue. ?To date, ease-of-access/use has been one of the barriers to broader adoption.?

The new Google-friendly handsets will be made available by the end of the first quarter, and will likely promote wider Motorola handset adoption, while boosting Google?s ad revenue.

via [Telelclick.ca]

Motorola to Work with Kodak on Improving Camera Phones

Motorola has recently come to a 10-year agreement with Kodak that will see the two companies working together to make camera phones more functional and user-friendly

The world?s second largest handset maker, Motorola has recently come to a 10-year agreement with Kodak that will see the two companies working together to make camera phones more functional and user-friendly.

Kodak will supply Motorola with hardware and software to make it easier to store, send, and print camera phone pictures. They hope to make it possible to send a picture to anyone, anywhere in the world, with the click of a single button.

?Think about visual IM,? said the head of Motorola?s mobile phone division, Ron Garriques, when describing the process of sending a picture.

Although the deal between Motorola and Kodak is non-exclusive, it will likely see them work closely together for a number of years, and share intellectual property. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Yahoo announces Yahoo Go Service

Yahoo has announced the launch of Yahoo! Go, a new suite of products designed to extend the its reach beyond the Web browser,

Yahoo announced the launch its new service, called Yahoo Go, at the 2006 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The new service, which will be available on mobile phones, personal computers and PC-connected TVs, will give users access to different Yahoo?s applications such as Yahoo Mail, Yahoo Messenger, Photos, calendar, address book, Web and image search, news, sports and finance without using a browser.

– Yahoo! Go mobile is available to download on Nokia Series 60 phones.
– Yahoo! Go TV is coming soon and will be available for all Windows XP PCs.
– Yahoo! Go Desktop is coming soon but Yahoo! Widgets is avialable now.

Obviosuly it?s a multi-device platform for accessing and using Yahoo Services and Products anywhere, anytime, getting rid of the confinements of a browser and a PC, and this is very promising as a concept, but apparantely Yahoo wasn?t ready for full launch at CES.