Not a lot went through the FCC this week, but we did notice a few interesting devices on the list. The Nokia RX-51 looks to be some kind of large tablet phone hybrid, and Motorola has something called the Crush in the works -- sounds like a rugged phone to me. Also of note is the Sony Ericsson T715, which has a 3.2-megapixel camera.
Perhaps I watch the wrong TV shows.
Perhaps the subliminal machinators on high know that I've just upgraded to yet another wonderfully simple and understandable Nokia.
But I've yet to see the new Palm Pre ads on TV.
However, there seems to have been such a wondrous outpouring of bile in their direction that it was only a matter of time before I suffered some splatter.
So I wafted off to YouTube to see what all the puss was about. What I saw was a rather ethereal woman's head whispering to me in a way that, frankly, … Read more
Nokia has signed an agreement to acquire Cellity, a small German company that creates social-network contact management and address book aggregation services for mobile devices.
Cellity's 14 workers will become Nokia employees. But the service will be shut down and existing user accounts will not be transferred to Nokia.
Cellity, which was founded less than three years ago, is based in Hamburg.
Terms of the deal have not been made public. The acquisition is expected to close in the current quarter.
If you think this Nokia 6760 slider looks a lot like the Nokia Surge, you're not mistaken. The 6760 is essentially a European version of the U.S.-bound Surge, with somewhat similar features. It has a full QWERTY keyboard and is optimized for access to social-networking sites like Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter.
It has a 2.4-inch display, a 3.2-megapixel camera, and a microSD card slot that can support cards up to 8GB. Other features include A-GPS, a Web browser, e-mail, instant messaging, and even Exchange support for mobile worker bees. It'll be available in the … Read more
In a move that will further increase Symbian's independence from Nokia, the Finnish phone manufacturer has agreed to sell its Symbian Professional Services unit to technology consultant firm Accenture.
The unit is responsible for customer engineering and customer support for Symbian OS, the world's largest operating system for smart phones. About 165 people will be transferred to Accenture as a result of the agreement, the terms of which were not disclosed.
The transaction, announced Friday, is expected to close by the end of the third quarter, according to a press release from Nokia.
First announced at GSMA 2009, Nokia N86 features an 8-megapixel camera with a CMOS sensor, a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens, 20x digital zoom, and other advanced camera functions. Nokia even claims that the smartphone will allow you to replace your point-and-shoot digital camera, but we'll see about that.
The North American version of the N86 will support U.S. 3G bands and … Read more
The mobile handset market is set for recovery after the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, according to Nokia, the world's largest maker of cell phones.
The cell phone market has been hit particularly hard by the worldwide economic slowdown. And companies such as Nokia and Sony Ericsson have taken a beating.
The second quarter of 2009 was particularly hard for Nokia. The company's earnings were ugly with a 25 percent drop in revenue, a 15 percent drop in handset shipments, and a more than 70 percent decline in operating profits, compared to the same quarter in … Read more
Nokia, the world's largest maker of mobile phones, reported Thursday that its second-quarter operating profit fell 71 percent to 427 million euros ($600 million) from 1.47 billion euros during the same quarter a year earlier.
The company also reported that sales fell about 25 percent to 9.9 billion euros in the second quarter. But sales were up 7 percent sequentially from the first quarter of 2008.
Nokia shipped 103.2 million units during the quarter, which was down about 15 percent compared with a year earlier. But shipments were up 11 percent sequentially compared with the first … Read more
Imagine uploading your photos from your digital camera and from your mobile phone to Facebook and Flickr using the same software interface. Now imagine downloading a YouTube video to your phone by clicking a browser bookmarklet. You can do both in Dazzboard, a new media Webtop in open beta that fast-tracks your photos, songs, and videos to and from your mobile device to your computer or the online world.
There is a catch: the USB leash. You've got to plug the device into the computer via USB. The trade-off is being able to manage the phone's media content from a computer dashboard, which is infinitely more comfortable than managing it from the device's tiny interface. If you're not on the move, dashboards like Dazzboard offer most of the convenience of mobile management, and are overall much easier on the eye.
Here's how Dazzboard plays out. After registering for a free account, plug your device--like your mobile phone, digital MP3 player, or Sony PSP (or all three in succession)--into the computer by way of a USB cable. You may need to switch some devices, like BlackBerry and Windows Mobile phones, into mass storage mode for this to work (see FAQs). Dazzboard's "universal" device manager recognizes the device and lets you bilaterally interact with music, photos, and videos. You can upload content to the Web or to the PC, or quickly transfer media from your computer or from the Web to your device.… Read more
Apple's popular App Store has proven that selling mobile applications for smartphones is a hot business, but can all these copycat application stores expect to find the same success as the App Store?
Companies, such as Nokia, Google, LG Electronics, Research In Motion and Microsoft are hoping they can. Since the Apple App Store came on the scene a year ago, these companies have each announced plans for their own application stores.
LG Electronics, the third largest mobile handset maker in the world, is the latest to announce its store. On Tuesday, the South Korean device maker announced it … Read more