MoDemo – a report

Modemo was a single day event held at Bangalore . You can see the announcement.
The event was held at the Airport Road office of ThoughtWorks International.
The folks behind MoMo Bangalore have put together this event.

About 20 Demos were presented.
The coolest part was meeting people who are doing / tracking mobile stuff.
The crowd comprised of a gentle mix of people from startups, hobbyists, product brands and the likes.

The event went on from 9am in the morning to about 6:15pm in the evening.
Rajan from MomoBangalore made the welcome speech and mentioned that the idea of a MoDeMo is inspired by a
similar event in the Silicon Valley. Continue reading “MoDemo — a report”

SPICE up your messages in your mother tongue

After Hinglish messages in T9 was launched, Spice Telecom has now launched a new service called the ‘Spice Local Lingo’.

With ‘Spice Local Lingo’ one can send SMS in twelve Indian languages that include Hindi, Kannada, Oriya, Punjabi, Tamil, Malayalam, Marathi, Assamese, Gujarati, Bengali and Urdu, in their script.

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Nokia India eyeing Gaming and Music download market

Nokia is already trying to strengthen its presence in the Internet services market and now, Nokia India Pvt. Ltd is all set to come up with services like gaming, music downloads and navigation (Some time back Nokia announced that out of the 30 devices Nokia is planning to launch next year, almost 10 would be GPS enabled, so expect few of this 10 to be launched in India now) for the Indian consumer. Nokia launched these services under the name of Ovi in UK. I hope they keep the same name for the Indian mobile users.

Nokia India’s Multimedia Business Director, Vineet Taneja says, “We have always been known as a mobile phone company but this year, we are entering the internet services space. Continue reading “Nokia India eyeing Gaming and Music download market”

13.6% US shuns landline. India crossed that bridge in 2004!

A survey conducted by National Health Interview Survey has indicated that 13.6% of all US households have done away with their landlines and are relying on their mobile phones as their sole means of communication/connection with friends and loved ones.

The survey has also revealed the following startling statistics:

• More than 30% of those aged 25-29 rely solely on mobile phones
• Almost 30% of those aged 18-24 shunned landlines
• 13% of adults in the 30-44 age group are landline-free
• About 7% of people 45-64 used only cellphones
• Only 2% of adults 65 and older shunned hardline telephones
• Men were more likely than women to be landline-free – a trend that has persisted throughout the years

As compared to the US, the penetration of mobile phones and users is far wider in India. Continue reading “13.6% US shuns landline. India crossed that bridge in 2004!”

Nokia launches N82 in India.

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Finally the N Series superstar, the Nokia N82 is launched in India. This loaded gadget was launched almost a month back by Nokia with lot of hype and rumors surrounding it.

The N82 is Nokia’s way of saying, “This is what camera phones have become.” N82 will certainly sell like hot cakes in India, keeping in mind the hype surrounding its.
This gadget flaunts a 5 mega-pixel auto-focus camera with Xenon flash, first of its kind in a Nokia mobile phone. Nokia N82 is made for photography, Internet and navigation. The phone has 100 MB internal memory and can support a 2GB micro-SD card and has connectivity features like Wi-Fi, EDGE 3G with HSDPA, Bluetooth with A2DP and microUSB for PC connectivity. The highlight of this phone is motion sensing rotating screen, just like the iPhone.

This is what Vineet Taneja, Business Director, Multimedia, Nokia India, had to say about the “Next Episode in Entertainment” i.e. N82, “In addition to the high-end camera, the Nokia N82 also enables users to navigate and discover new places, enjoy their music, browse the web, play games, chat online and be part of the global web 2.0 community wherever they go. Thanks to the wireless broadband connectivity, convergence and its increased performance, the Nokia N82 is all people need in their pocket!”
N82 is priced at Rs. 28,379 in the Indian Market.

T9 goes local

Send messages in Hinglish as T9 will now be available in Hinglish.

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Supplied by Nuance Communications, the software offers advanced alphabetic input prediction in Hinglish. Mobile phone and PDA users will now be able to write SMS text messages, mobile instant messages, and wireless emails in a language that is a popular mode of communication in India.

T9 in Hinglish joins the T9 versions in Japanese, Chinese and Korean developed by Tegic Communications, which was taken over by Nuance in August this year.

The launch of Hinglish T9 is also momentous in more ways than one.

On December 3rd, SMS turned 15. It was 15 years ago that the first SMS was sent. It has been a long journey since then..with SMSs becoming the most popular tool for communication. Billions of SMSs are sent worldwide!

Will the Hinglish T9 feature make communication easier and fun for you?

Via: Techtree

MoDeMo – Where The Mobilists – Show & Tell

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If you are a person who likes mobility and like meeting like minded people MoDeMo is the place to be.

MoDeMo – Mobile Demo

MoDeMo is a one day event aimed at being a place to show, share and discuss the most interesting and trendiest things in the wireless and mobile space in India. It hopes to gather early adopters, trendsetters, experts, developers and entreprenuers among others to summarize the happenings of 2007 and collectively provide glimpse into trends in 2008 in the burgeoning mobility space. Continue reading “MoDeMo — Where The Mobilists — Show & Tell”

HTC touch Dual up for grabs in India

The HTC Touch Dual which was announced in october should be finally up for grabs this week at various stores across the country in India

The HTC Touch Dual is priced at Rs.29,990 and would be available for purchase at all HTC retailers across the country

The HTC Touch Dual is a great improvement to the HTC Touch which had only a touch screen and the physical keypad was missing . 

The new touch phone adds a real Touchable physical keypad in addition to the TouchFlow Display

Will you be willing to pay almost 30k for this phone ?

Nokia’s vision: Music, Ovi and concern for the environment

At the Annual Nokia World conference held on 4th December, 2007 in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Nokia outlined its vision and plans for the mobile industry.

The company claimed to be committed to Internet evolution and environmental sustainability by consistently and steadfastly innovating products towards fulfilment of its vision.
The mobile industry is witnessing a rapid change driven by the convergence of mobility and the internet, and the need for the industry to make an increasing contribution to environmental sustainability.

“Comes With Music”

Listen to world class music and keep it stored in your hard drive.

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Nokia unveiled Comes With Music, a radical program that enables people to buy a Nokia handset with a year of unlimited access to millions of tracks from a range of great artists – past, present and future. Once the year is complete, customers can keep all their music without having to worry about it disappearing when their subscription is over.

As a music buff you get all you have ever wanted, and you get to keep it in the form of unlimited downloads to your mobile device and PC. The program will be launched with Universal Music Group International, and Nokia is in discussion with other major international music labels.

Ovi – Open the ‘door’ to social networking through your handset

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Ovi, ‘door’ in Finnish will enable consumers to easily access their existing social network and content. The Ovi will function as common user interface between all networking websites from mobiles, PC and web environments. The Ovi environment and services will be formally rolled out in 2008. Continue reading “Nokia’s vision: Music, Ovi and concern for the environment”

Nokia plans expansion of Sriperumbudur plant

Nokia, world leader in Mobile phone technology, announced its plan to expand its manufacturing facility located in Sriperumbudur, Chennai for the year 2008.

Nokia plans to invest approximately 75 million USD in the plant to cater to the requirement and growing demand of its handsets across Asia, Middle East and Africa.

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LG launches Shine Titanium

Although LG Shine in Titanium was launched worldwide way back in July 2007, the handset was formally introduced in India on November 4, 2007.

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The LG Shine Titanium is claimed to be the only mobile phone in the market with a Titanium finish metal body.

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The model has been launched in both the bar and slider models.

Features:

• 2 megapixel camera
• Expandable Memory up to 1 GB
• 2.2-inches LCD screen
• GPRS and EDGE compatible
• Bluetooth (with A2DP)
• USB connectivity Continue reading “LG launches Shine Titanium”

Asus announces two PDA handsets for India

Asus India formally launched two models in India, the Asus M530w and Asus P526. Although the Taiwanese giant is better known for its laptops, but also produces competitive mobile phones.

Asus M530w

The Asus M530w is a 3G enabled handset that weighs 135 grams that comes with an Auto Sync feature that enables the phone to transfer data directly to a server, thus creating back up files. Information will be retrievable in case of loss or theft of the handset.

Specifications:

• 2.4 inches TFT display
• 320X240 resolution
• Built-in flash memory of 256 MB
• 64 MB SDRAM

Features:

• Windows Mobile 6.0 Standard
• Windows Live Messenger
• Media Player
• 416Mhz CPU
• Bluetooth 2.0
• Video Conferencing
• Wi-fi
• 3G
• MicroSD slot
• Qwerty keyboard
• 2 megapixel camera
• Quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900 Mhz)
• ClearVue Document Viewer
• Business Card recognition

Price:

At Rs 20,900 the handset is very competitively priced.

Asus P526

A smart phone that has unassuming looks but stands a winner on account of its user friendly features, the Asus P526 weighs just 115 grams and comes with a smart leather case to protect its screen.

Specifications:

• 2.6 inch TFT display
• 65 K colours
• 240X320 resolution
• 128 MB Flash memory
• 64 MB SDRAM

Features:

• Windows Mobile 6.0 Standard
• Smart dial that automatically fetches contact list as number is being dialled
• GPRS and Bluetooth
• MicroSD slot
• 2 megapixel camera
• Remote Presenter
• My Secret Function – to protect documents etc

Price:

Rs 16,990 exclusive of taxes as applicable.

Samsung Max to CDMA rescue

Choosing a CDMA operator for low call costs is fine. But if you are seriously unhappy about the handsets you are restricted to choose from, Samsung launched Samsung Max, the first open market CDMA handset in India.

“The availability of CDMA phones in the open market will provide Indian consumers freedom to choose network operator’s of their choice,” said Hyundai Kim, Vice President and Head – CDMA Division, Samsung Telecommunications India.

So you can not only choose to upgrade to the Samsung Max, availability of the handset in the open market will empower you to choose the operator too!

The Max is a slider multimedia phone that includes customised “Indian” features such as an Indian Calendar, a ‘panchang’, mobile prayer, a Cricket scorer and Hinglish SMS.

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Vodafone India plans JV to expand operations in India

Vodafone is currently in expansion mode in India. According to a Wall Street Journal report

Vodafone is planning Joint Venture to speed Indian Expansion.

Theres a lot of rivalry between telecom operators in India but when it comes to cutting costs they seem to be joining hands. Setting up towers is a very costly deal for the tel cos.

Continue reading “Vodafone India plans JV to expand operations in India”

Reliance launches Rural Mobile Application Contest

If you are a mobile application developer and want to win up to Rs.13 lacs in prizes checkout the

Reliance Rural Mobile Application Contest

Applications can be developed for both CDMA and GSM technologies.

Eligibility

The contest is open to those who are registered with the Reliance Developer Program and includes:

Software Professionals
Self- employed Professionals
Students
Companies
Content vendors/ aggregators

Contest registration ends on 25th December 2007