Archive for August 2008
For all of you who like to snuggle up to their phones and talk the night away, here is something that is cuddly and cute if you are into this stuff. Willcom, a Japanese mobile service provider is showing the Kuma Phoneat the Good Design Expo 2008 in Japan, according to Trends in Japan. The Kuma Phone (Bear phone in Japanese) is a teddy bear that can make mobile phones using an embedded SIM card and you can make or receive calls by holding the bear up to your face just like a regular phone. The bear can be programmed to store 4 phone numbers, one for each paw, and you dial the number by squeezing the paw. The bear vibrates and plays custom ring tones when a phone call is received. To answer the phone, press the tail :). All these features, do come at a price which is listed at approximately $500.
Willcom also has a colorful candybar phone called the Nico.Marble. This phone is targeted for women looking for a cute phone with basic functionality.
Here is a review of the Nokia E71 from D-Caf, a WMExperts discussion member. He likes the phone and impressed with user interface. He also likes the liberty to install any third party software on the phone he wants. He compares it to his old Palm Treo 680 with Palm OS and feels the S60 simplicity is as good as the Palm. The multimedia playback capabilities are way better than Palm’s and as are the camera and GPS capabilities. Above all, the 3G capabilities and battery life make it a very nice purchase for him.
Here is a hands on review from the folks at newmobile.com who manage to get their hands on the new HTC S740, aka the little brother to the Touch Pro. The short story is that it is thinner than Touch Pro, the answer and disconnect keys were small, and the back of the phone gets easily smudged. Other than that, the demo piece did not have a SIM card nor was the Windows Mobile implementation production-ready. Here is a picture from the site and you can see more on newmobile.com site. You can read my earlier post on S740 here.
Google today announced the Android Market which as the name suggest is a user generated content distribution for Android devices. What does that mean? Essentially, Google is applying the You-Tube model to applications for Android based mobile devices including the feedback and rating system. According to Eric Chu who works on the Android Platform:
Content can debut in the marketplace after only three simple steps: register as a merchant, upload and describe your content and publish it. We also intend to provide developers with a useful dashboard and analytics to help drive their business and ultimately improve their offerings.
The first handsets will have the beta version of the Marketplace and will include free (unpaid) applications. Soon after launch, the Marketplace will include support for paid content, analytics, etc. Chu also included some screenshots of the security features in the Marketplace which I have included here.
AT&T has confirmed today to BoyGenius Report that the Blackberry Bold will be available in stores starting October 2nd. As I had mentioned in July, this phone was slated to release in September. However, they launched it in Canada and Europe earlier than planned but the US launch is delayed. If you need to a reminder of the features on the Bold, you can read them here and read the comparison to Nokia E71 here.
Update: Sony Ericsson’s E-Shop is showing that the Xperia X1 is still slated for release in October 2008
Sony Ericsson today confirmed to Engadget that the Xperia X1 has been delayed until December 2008 or January 2009. That is a shame as the X1 is one of the eagerly awaited Windows Mobile devices and especially when the software (or SE’s implementation of it) is blamed for the delay. According to Engadget, the three devices on display at the IFA conference in Europe were having trouble running. Let’s hope SE resolves those issues quickly and gets the device out soon.
Recently, Sony Ericsson announced a quarterly loss for Q2 of 2008 which also brought down the profits at one of its parents Sony. Today, the CEO of Sony Corporation, Howard Stringer, stated in an interview with a German online magazine Welt Online that Sony was reviewing the future of this joint venture. He felt that SE needed to be nimble but it was difficult to do that in a joint venture. He had also thought of buying out Ericsson but it was not an easy thing to do. According to Mr. Stringer, the partners need to work together as they have done in past otherwise SE will have to make its own future. So, what is the future for SE? Will it be spun off or acquired by one of the partners? We will have to wait and see what Mr. Stringer decides.