RIM launches New BB Bold 9900 & 9930; alongwith BB 7 OS

The ‘New’ BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930 are the upgraded variants of BB’s old model – BlackBerry Bold. There are lots of thing to look forward in these two, for instance new BlackBerry 7 OS, and I believe the sales will be at-par the company’s expectations. In Waterloo, ON – RIM unveiled two stunning smartphones that appealed the lookers.

The shiny exterior, stainless steel framea as well as a lustrous glass-weave backplate are the new features which are visible on prima-facie. The thickness has also been reduce to only 10.5 mm. The optimized design as well quality material is more evident while holding it in your own hands. But these aren’t the only features which makes it appealing to us. The New Blackberry 7 OS makes the performance more powerful, thus giving the user out-of-the world experience. The easy-to-use qwerty keyboard as well as high resolution, capacitive, brilliant touch-screen features are quite a refreshing add-on too. Thus, giving BlackBerry loyalists more reason say – Hip Hip Hurray!

You can take a look a hands on demo of the both the phones at the end of this post.

The Press Release says – Because of its new performance-driven platform, the BlackBerry offers 1.2 GHz processor, powered by BlackBerry 7 – Liquid Graphic Touch Screen that gives smooth and highly responsive touch on pictures, web browsing, etc,, as well as the 287 dpi display gives eye-popping clarity of visuals. The new platform also offer support 4G networks; the 9900 supports HSPA+ connectivity, and the 9930 supports CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and HSPA+ global roaming on GSM/UMTS networks.

Sounds real good!

[ad#ga-cbox-right]BlackBerry 7 OS in true sense, it could be said as the upgrade of BlackBerry OS .There are many features and additional apps that BB 7 offers. It is especially designed to power the BlackBerry Bold’s new performance-driven platform. It not only offers faster and an easier user experience but it also has enhanced browsing, voice-activated searches, the facility to separate and manage corporate content from personal content, as well as added, out of the box, personal as well productivity apps.

It won’t be hard to notice the enhanced BlackBerry Browser in BlackBerry 7. Due to the liquid graphics which gives powerful rendering as well as seamless panning and zooming with the help of Blackberry 7 OS the web pages loads in no time. The new browser also embraces support for other HTML5 elements, for instance HTML5 Video.

As first introduced in BlackBerry 6 the Universal Search feature, BlackBerry 7 takes it a step further by adding voice-activated search. Thus making it more convenient and easier to search on web as well as on smartphone at your voice-activated search.

As the BlackBerry is known as the “Business Phone” which gives easy and fast features for the businessmen to stay connected with their clients and work; keeping this in mind, RIM now has tried to make it personal as well as a business smartphone. BlackBerry 7 helps to manage and separate your corporate content from personal content. It lets you surf through social sites like facebook, twitter, multimedia, games, etc as well as protects your highly confidentially corporate contents. BlackBerry® Enterprise Server 5.0.3 works together with BlackBerry Balance that helps the user to control erasing, coping or forwarding the corporate content from the handset to other device or personal contacts.

The only sad news for the BlackBerry users is BlackBerry 7 OS is only available in New BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930 and would not be compatible to the other old models of RIM. This is aimed at increasing the sale of these two new Bold models.

Come this summer, NewBlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930 smartphones are likely to be availables. Do you  plan to lay your hands on one brand new one? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Here’s a video of a hands on demo of the Bold 9900 and the 9930 smartphones:

Windows Phone to get full Multitasking Capability soon

The new version of Windows Phone OS, codenamed “Mango”, is going to bring in more capabilities that app developers can leverage. At MIX’11, Microsoft announced that Windows Phone “Mango” is going to bring in multi-tasking capabilities which allow the apps to run in the background and process tasks. Apart from this their development platform is going to allow developers deeper integration into the phone’s API and hardware access. Apps can now make better use of LiveTiles and access the camera and motion sensors. Developers will get early access to these through the new version of the SDK which should be out in May.

In related news, according to Microsoft’s press release Skype is coming soon to Windows Phone as well! Read the press release after the break.  With all these going into the Windows Phone OS, a combination with this and Nokia’s hardware seems to looking better each day. What say you, does the mango taste yummy yet? We’d love to hear your comments!

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Here’s the a segment from Microsoft’s Press release regarding the new capabilities which will come soon Windows Phone.

New Opportunities and Capabilities for Windows Phone

Today, Microsoft provided the first deep look at the development platform for the next version of Windows Phone, arriving on new and existing handsets later this year. Developers will soon have updated Windows Phone Developer Tools. Improved tools include a performance profiler and sensor simulation, enabling developers to build more integrated and high-performing applications. The new application platform enables developers to take advantage of the following:
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  • Application multitasking for background processing, audio and file transfer, and fast application switching
  • Deeper phone integration so apps can, for example, take better advantage of the versatility of Live Tiles
  • Access to the camera and Motion Sensor library so developers can build apps that incorporate device hardware and build augmented reality experiences

Developers will be able to take advantage of these new capabilities to create even more creative and engaging Windows Phone apps and games.

The free Windows Phone Developer Tools for the new Windows Phone OS will be available to developers in May. With 38,000 registered developers, more than 13,000 available apps and 1.5 million downloads of the original Windows Phone Developer Tools, developers are the foundation of the fast-growing Windows Phone ecosystem.

Today, Microsoft also provided an early glimpse of app concepts for the next version of Windows Phone OS with new experiences from Skype, Spotify, Layar, Qantas, Amazon Shopping and Kik Messenger.

“Windows Phone is an incredibly fun and easy platform for developers to work with, and Kik was thrilled to have the chance to create a concept with the phone’s next-generation developer tools,” said Ted Livingston, CEO, Kik Messenger. “In only two weeks, we had an amazing new app that looks and feels like an extension of the phone itself, creating a customer experience like nothing we’ve seen before.”

Full Press Release: Windows Phone, Kinect Exemplify New Usage Scenarios and Device Capabilities at MIX11

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Motorola XOOM Tablet announced, Coming to Verizon Q1 2011

As expected, Motorola Mobility has unveiled the Motorola Xoom, their 10.1 inch 1280×800 sized screen beauty running Honeycomb, the fist tablet to do so.  The Xoom runs atop a dual core Tegra 2 chip, uses current 3G technology — upgradable to 4G, has an HD camera and offers full 1080p video playback.

Here’s the video and full press release –

LAS VEGAS and BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – CES –Jan. 5, 2011 – Verizon Wireless and Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE: MMI), today unveiled the innovative new tablet Motorola XOOM™ − the first device on Google’s new Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system designed from the ground up for tablets. The Honeycomb user experience improves on Android favorites such as widgets, multi-tasking, browsing, notifications and customization and features the latest Google Mobile innovations. Boasting a dual core processor with each core running at 1 GHz, delivering up to two GHz of processing power, and 10.1-inch widescreen HD display, Motorola XOOM gives Verizon Wireless customers a new type of mobile computing experience on a stylishly thin device that is 4G LTE upgradeable.

Motorola XOOM redefines the tablet device category by providing more ways to have fun, connect with friends and stay productive on the go. It allows consumers to experience HD content right on the device, supports 1080p HD video and HDMI output to display content on larger HD screens, and plays video and other rich web content seamlessly with Adobe® Flash® Player. Motorola XOOM features a front-facing 2-megapixel camera for video chats over Wi-Fi or 3G/4G LTE, as well as a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera that captures video in 720p HD. It delivers console-like gaming performance on its 1280×800 display, and features a built-in gyroscope, barometer, e-compass, accelerometer and adaptive lighting for new types of applications. It also features Google Maps 5.0 with 3D interaction and delivers access to over 3 million Google eBooks and thousands of apps from Android Market™.

For working on the go, Motorola XOOM provides constant connectivity − including connecting to Gmail or Exchange email; opening and editing documents, spreadsheets and presentations; and viewing calendars and sending out appointments or meeting notices – with mobile broadband speeds. Its mobile hotspot capability provides an online connection for up to five other Wi-Fi-enabled devices.

“Motorola XOOM is a powerful addition to Verizon’s product lineup and builds on our combined leadership with Motorola to deliver innovative mobile devices and service on the Android platform,” said Marni Walden, vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless. “Motorola XOOM gives consumers complete access and control of their favorite personal content and work files whether through our nationwide 3G network, or through our lightning-fast 4G LTE network as it rolls out around the country.”

“Light, powerful and fundamentally different than anything else on the market, Motorola XOOM leverages the very best technology available today to redefine what a tablet experience can be,” said Bill Ogle, chief marketing officer of Motorola Mobility. “The first device to feature software designed specifically for tablets, Motorola XOOM goes everywhere you do and delivers everything you need.”

The Motorola XOOM device will launch as a 3G/Wi-Fi-enabled device in Q1 2011 with an upgrade to 4G LTE in Q2. Starting in Q2 2011 the Motorola XOOM will be a 4G LTE/Wi-Fi- enabled device.

For more information about Verizon Wireless at CES please visit www.verizonwireless.com/ces or follow us on twitter at www.twitter.com/verizonwireless. For more information about the Motorola XOOM please visit www.verizonwireless.com/xoom.

Nokia rated India's Most Trusted Brand yet again.

Nokia has been rated the most trusted brand in India for the third year in a row now. It’s not the media or a “mysterious” organization which rated them on top, but consumers (translated as, people like you and me) themselves during a survey.

This doesn’t mean that Nokia can stop improving, they still have to go a long  improving Customer support here in India. Even though they’re voted the best, they’ve still got some way to go to be actually world class in support.  So we wish Nokia the best in getting there, and hang on to the top place!

Here’s the news from Nokia’s press release today:

Consumers rate Nokia as India’s Most Trusted Brand for third year in row

Espoo, Finland – Nokia has been ranked No.1 in The Economic Times-Brand Equity’s annual ‘Most Trusted Brands’ survey for 2010 in India, marking Nokia’s recognition as India’s most trusted brand for three consecutive years. Nokia has appeared in the survey since 2005, and has held the first position in 2008, 2009 and now, 2010.

Nokia’s leadership rating over the years in this survey is also an indicator of the dramatic impact mobility has on India’s consumers over the years.  India has been among the fastest growing telecom markets in the world with an estimated current mobile subscriber base in excess of 670 million subscribers.

“Nokia has always been a consumer-centric company and a consumer award for ‘trust’ is the pinnacle of all awards.  This award is a testament to our team’s deep focus and determined efforts to better understand the needs of the evolving Indian consumer and connect with them. Our initiatives for India – ranging from ‘made in India, made for India’ handsets, services such as Nokia Life Tools and extensive retail and care networks – are a proof of the fact that we are continuously striving to make a positive impact on the lives of our consumers,”  said D. Shivakumar, Managing Director, Nokia India Pvt. Ltd.

The award marks the celebration of 15 years of mobility and Nokia in India. The first mobile phone call was made on a Nokia phone using Nokia network on July 31, 1995.

Brand Equity’s ‘Most Trusted Brands’ survey judges 300 brands from consumer products and services. Consumers across 13 Indian cities evaluate the brand on seven key attributes.

Key brand attributes used in Brand Equity’s “Most Trusted Brands” survey:

  1. Always maintains a high level of trust
  2. Is worth the price it commands
  3. Is a brand I would surely consider if I have to buy the product
  4. Has been a popular brand for many years
  5. Has something that no other brand has
  6. Evokes a feeling of confidence and pride among its users
  7. Is very special brand with unique feelings associated to it

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Nokia launches the N8

Here’s a press release from Nokia announcing the N8. We’ve got more images of the N8 right after the press release.

Espoo, Finland – The Nokia N8, Nokia’s latest smartphone, intuitively connects to the people, places and services that matter most. With the Nokia N8, people can create compelling content, connect to their favorite social networks and enjoy on-demand Web TV programs and Ovi Store apps. Available in select markets during the third quarter of 2010, the estimated retail price of the Nokia N8 is EUR 370, before applicable taxes or subsidies.

The Nokia N8 introduces a 12 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, Xenon flash and a large sensor that rivals those found in compact digital cameras. Additionally, the Nokia N8 offers the ability to make HD-quality videos and edit them with an intuitive built-in editing suite. Doubling as a portable entertainment center, people can enjoy HD-quality video with Dolby Digital Plus surround sound by plugging into their home theatre system. The Nokia N8 enables access to Web TV services that deliver programs, news and entertainment from channels like CNN, E! Entertainment, Paramount and National Geographic. Additional local Web TV content is also available from the Ovi Store.

Social networking is second nature to the Nokia N8. People can update their status, share location and photos, and view live feeds from Facebook and Twitter in a single app directly on the home screen. Calendar events from social networks can also be transferred to the device calendar.

The Nokia N8 comes with free global Ovi Maps walk and drive navigation, guiding people to places and points of interest in more than 70 countries worldwide.

Symbian^3 in action
Powering the Nokia N8 is Symbian ^3, the latest edition of the world’s most used smartphone software, which introduces several major advances, including support for gestures such as multi touch, flick scrolling and pinch-zoom. The Nokia N8 also offers multiple, personalizable homescreens which can be loaded with apps and widgets. The new 2D and 3D graphics architecture in the platform takes full advantage of the Nokia N8’s hardware acceleration to deliver a faster and more responsive user interface. Symbian^3 also raises the bar in performance by delivering greater memory management allowing more applications to run in parallel for a faster multi-tasking experience.

Getting Qt for Developers
The Nokia N8 is Nokia’s first device to be integrated with Qt, a software development environment that simplifies the development and makes it possible to build applications once and deploy across Symbian and other software platforms. Nokia has also made the powerful and simple to use Nokia Qt SDK available, in its initial beta, to enable developers to start realizing the potential of Qt.

More press materials are available at www.nokia.com/press
Broadcast materials are available at http://digitalnewsroom.nokia.com

About Nokia
At Nokia, we are committed to connecting people. We combine advanced technology with personalized services that enable people to stay close to what matters to them. Every day, more than 1.2 billion people connect to one another with a Nokia device – from mobile phones to advanced smartphones and high-performance mobile computers. Today, Nokia is integrating its devices with innovative services through Ovi (www.ovi.com), including music, maps, apps, email and more. Nokia’s NAVTEQ is a leader in comprehensive digital mapping and navigation services, while Nokia Siemens Networks provides equipment, services and solutions for communications networks globally.

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