Scratch that Nokia N900 for AT&T and Rogers Wireless?

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Aug 312009
 

Nokia N900

That report on the weekend about an upcoming Nokia announcement for a Maemo-powered N900 with support for the 850/1900/2100MHz bands was no more than a fabrication. The mysterious source that suggested that an announcement was forthcoming took the liberty of adding the last sentence to that communication from Nokia. It looks a bit different when you take that line out:

Regarding the network bands, you are correct – we announced a WCDMA 900/1700/2100 MHz bands. We have not made any announcements regarding an 850/1900/2100 MHz band device. An announcement will be forthcoming.

While we may still see an announcement from Nokia during Nokia World later this week (or still later), it certainly looks a bit more unlikely than it did two days ago.

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Sprint announces HTC Touch Pro2 to launch on September 8th

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Aug 312009
 

HTC Touch Pro2

Sprint has announced that it will launch the HTC Touch Pro2 on September 8th.

Sprint and HTC Corporation are answering the call for a no-compromise converged device on a blazingly fast network with HTC Touch Pro2. The attractive new phone combines the productivity of Windows Mobile 6.1, the vibrant TouchFLO user interface and a variety of fun-to-use entertainment applications, including Sprint TV with live and on-demand programming, and Sprint’s exclusive sports applications NFL Mobile Live and NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile.

The Sprint version will be a world phone supporting both CDMA/EVDO and GSM connectivity. Other than that, it will share the same specifications as other versions of the HTC Touch Pro2.

Sprint will offer the HTC Touch Pro2 for US$349.99 with a two-year service agreement and after $100 mail-in rebate.

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Apple September 9th event confirmed

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Aug 312009
 

Apple has confirmed that it will hold a media event on September 9th as had been rumoured.

Apple event

The event appears to be focused on the iPod family. We could the see the addition of a camera and GPS to some iPod models as well as capacity upgrades (perhaps up to 64GB on the iPod touch). On the music side, a new version of iTunes could be unveiled with new features like Blu-ray support and social capabilities (integration to Facebook perhaps?). A new album format has also been suggested. And that rumour about Beatles music coming to iTunes still refuses to die…

We’ll know for sure in less than 10 days…

The still-unofficial Dell Mini 3i in all its glory

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Aug 312009
 

Dell may not have officially announced its China-bound Mini 3i smartphone but it is getting plenty of exposure nonetheless. It made an appearance when China Mobile announced its new application store. Now, Chinese-language Sina has posted a gallery of pictures that show off the Dell Mini 3i from all angles.

The pictures also show the Open Mobile System (OMS), a Google Android variant.

Source: Engadget

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Samsung to launch mobile application store in Europe on September 14th

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Aug 312009
 

Samsung announced that it will launch its own mobile application store in Europe on September 14th. The creatively named Application Store will first open in the UK, France and Italy with an additional 30 countries to follow later.

The Application Store will launch with more than 300 applications and will grow to over 2,000 by the end of the year. Categories will include games, reference, social networking, and e-books. Providers will include Gameloft, Electronic Arts, Handmark, TAITO, and Capcom, among others.

Initially, it will only be available to the Omnia and I8910HD with the addition of a mobile client application. Support for the upcoming Omnia II (I8000) and OmniaLITE (B7300) will follow later.

Source: Engadget Mobile

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Nokia announces Nokia 5230 touchscreen phone

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Aug 302009
 

Nokia 5230

Earlier this week, Nokia unveiled its latest touchscreen phone, the Nokia 5230. It appears that the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic now has a smaller sibling.

The Nokia 5230 will be powered by the Symbian S60 5th Edition OS. It will come with quad-band (850/900/1800/1900MHz) GSM/GPRS/EDGE and dual band (900/2100 or 850/1900 or 850/2100MHz configurations) HSDPA connectivity, a 3.2-inch nHD (640 by 360 pixels) touchscreen display, 70MB of internal memory, A-GPS, Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP, a microSD card slot, a 2MP camera, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a 1320mAh battery. It will be available in red, pink, blue, yellow, silver, and dark silver.

The Nokia 5230 is expected to begin shipping in the fourth quarter of 2009. It will sell for €149 (about US$215) or €259 (about US$370) where it will come bundled with the Comes With Music service.

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Palm Pre headed to O2 UK on October 30th?

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Aug 302009
 

Palm Pre

Back in July, Palm announced that the Palm Pre would be available in the UK, Ireland and Germany via O2 and in Spain through Movistar in time for the holidays. Since then, there has been little new information. A rumour now suggests that the launch could happen on October 30th (Could Ireland, Germany and Spain be far behind?).

Palmwebosblog.com actually posted this rumour back on August 10th. Since then, there has been little corroborating evidence and the “anonymous” source also does not inspire a lot of confidence. We’ll have to see if this develops further.

The forthcoming European version of the Palm Pre will support GSM/GPRS/EDGE and HSDPA/UMTS connectivity. Other than that, it will be the same as the CDMA version: a 3.1-inch HVGA touchscreen display with a ‘gestures area’, a slide-out QWERTY (QWERTZ in Germany) keyboard, 8GB of internal storage, 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR with A2DP, built-in GPS, accelerometer, proximity and light sensors, a 3MP camera with LED flash, 3.5mm headphone jack, and a removable battery.

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Nokia N900 headed to AT&T and Rogers Wireless?

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Aug 292009
 

Nokia N900

When Nokia unveiled the Maemo-powered N900 earlier this week, the specifications only showed 3G covering 900, 1700, and 2100MHz bands. While that was good news for T-Mobile USA users, it was not so welcome news for AT&T and Rogers Wireless customers. Fortunately, it appears that a NAM edition with support for the 850/1900/2100MHz bands is also in the works.

When asked about such a device, Nokia apparently responded with the following:

Regarding the network bands, you are correct – we announced a WCDMA 900/1700/2100 MHz bands. We have not made any announcements regarding an 850/1900/2100 MHz band device. An announcement will be forthcoming.

For now, take all this with a grain of salt but Nokia’s past behaviour (the Nokia E63 NAM, E72 NAM, and N95 NAM for example) does make this quite plausible.

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New firmware available for Rogers version of HTC Dream and HTC Magic

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Aug 292009
 

HTC Magic

HTC has released firmware updates for the HTC Dream and HTC Magic carried by Rogers Wireless. A number of enhancements are included:

  • Improves the overall device functionality and stability
  • Enables correct SMS timestamp
  • Enables Chinese character display for POP3 HTML emails
  • Corrects E-mail client exchange issues

The new firmware for the HTC Dream and HTC Magic is available directly from HTC.

Source: Engadget Mobile

Palm Pre headed to Yukon courtesy of Latitude Wireless

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Aug 282009
 

So Bell launched the Palm Pre yesterday but a quick look at their coverage map shows little coverage in the Canadian territories leaving many with few options. But all is not necessarily lost.

Latitude Wireless is a CDMA-based wireless carrier that owns and maintains network infrastructure in 17 Yukon communities. Being wholly owned by Bell Canada, it will soon offer the Palm Pre. Prices start at CA$199 with a three-year plan and run up to CA$599 without contract.

If the Pre is not your thing, they also offer a number of other smartphones, including the BlackBerry Tour and HTC Touch Pro.

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Samsung developing its own Linux-based mobile OS

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Aug 282009
 

Yet another mobile operating system could soon be available. In an interview with telecomskorea.com, Dong-hoon Chan, head of mobile devices design group at Samsung, confirmed that the company is now working on its own mobile OS. He revealed little more than that except to say that it would be available “soon” and would be based on Linux.

Today, Samsung uses a number of other mobile operating systems for its devices, including Windows Mobile and Android. It’s not clear whether Samsung will continue to use multiple operating systems or if it will focus entirely on its own when it is ready. Samsung also already has its own custom user interface, TouchWiz. Will it use it for the new OS?

Here’s to hoping that Samsung soon sheds more light on their new mobile operating system.

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Verizon Wireless inventory system reveals Palm Eos and BlackBerry Storm 2?

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Aug 282009
 

Verizon Wireless

Leaked screenshots of the Verizon inventory system show a number of upcoming devices. Among these are the RIM BlackBerry Storm 2, the HTC Touch Pro2 and the now confirmed Samsung Omnia II.

Also listed as the Palm P101 and Palm 121 smartphones. Presumably, these are the Palm Pre and Palm Eos.

There is still no word on availability and pricing.

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Apple working on 13- and 15-inch tablets?

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Aug 282009
 

Gizmodo is reporting that Apple may be looking at 13- and 15-inch tablets in addition to the much rumoured 10-inch expected in early 2010. The information comes from a source that has always been 100percent reliable.

The two tablets are made of aluminium and at least one is running Mac OS X. It’s not clear if these are simply prototypes or pre-production models.

No tablet announcement is expected at the upcoming Apple event; we may have to wait a bit longer to see what Apple is really up to with these.

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It’s official: China Unicom to offer Apple iPhone

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Aug 282009
 

Apple iPhone 3GS

After months of rumours, China Unicom has announced that it will sell the Apple iPhone in China later this year. When announcing its 2009 interim results, the carrier reported that:

On 28 August, the Company and Apple reached a three-year agreement for the Company to sell iPhone in China. The initial launch is expected to be in the fourth calendar quarter of 2009. This will provide users with brand new communication and information experience.

The two companies have reached a multi-year agreement. Terms were not disclosed but are rumoured to be a three-year agreement with a purchase of 5 million iPhones.

China Unicom will sell an iPhone with the Wi-Fi function disabled as this is required by Chinese regulations. Other specifications are expected to be the same as those of iPhones sold elsewhere in the world.

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Asustek to release Eee-branded ebook reader

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Aug 272009
 

Asustek is about to throw its hat into the ebook reader market. The confirmation came from Jerry Shen, the company’s CEO, according to a Digitimes report. Such a device, to be released under the Eee brand name, could be available as early as the end of the year.

As the article points out, the challenge with launching a successful ebook reader has less to do with the technology as it does with developing a successful content delivery platform to support the device. It will be interesting to see how Asustek plans to tackle this when they launch their ebook reader.

Digitimes sources also revealed that Micro-Star International (MSI) is also looking at entering the ebook reader market.

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