Social Networking on Android has a new “Path”

Wherever you go, the social network follows. With the newest entry, yes even newer than Google Plus; “Path” is the latest now, available on Android. Yes, the networks seem to have gotten smaller, more exclusive and more interesting.

Path for Android is now out as a beta release. It is quite unlike the prime social networking site Facebook, which allows everyone and their uncles to see what you are doing and where you’ve been. Unlike Facebook, where people pride in their extensive friend lists , and you are congratulated for every 100 friend increases in your list, Path is more exclusive and small. It allows users to create a group of no more than 50 friends, so you will only choose the closest friends and family members who can know everything embarrassing about you.

On its official blog page, Path says that it is ‘excited’ to join the Android Market. It shares your photos, updates, videos, location and activities with a very select group of people, so there is no overcrowding or over exposure. All your friends’ updates or ‘moments’ will appear on the homescreen, where you can respond to them using emoticons and comments. Your friends and family don’t even need to be on Path, your updates can reach them directly in their inbox.

Path said in its blog post that its users will be able to, “Capture and share life’s moments through photos; stay connected to a small group of 50 close friends and family; and tag moments with people, places, and things; view friends’ moments“. The blog post further says the users will also be able to, “Have intimate conversations around each moment with chat, know when your friends have seen your moments, and publish the occasional moment on Facebook for all of your Facebook friends to see“.

Though the company launched on the iPhone first, Path claims that it has no iOS platform bias. “We launched Path on the iPhone first because many of our first employees came from Apple“, a spokesperson for Path commented. Path had managed to attract a user base of half a million under the pioneering leadership of previous Facebook employee Dave Morin.

But the folks at Path should’ve timed this event better. With Google Plus out on the web, another social networking site is not a very wise investment. Google Plus lets you be as public as you want to be without going overboard with adding every face you remotely recognise or restricting your friend list to 50 people. It lets you navigate the network faster, recommend Google search pages to friends with the help of the famous +1 button. Still, Google + doesn’t yet have an iOS app, which limits it a bit.

Morin was going for a ‘quality network’ and hence created Path as a sort of a Personal network rather than a Public network, quite the opposite of Facebook. He accounts for the number 50 with the help of a Dunbar theory which claims that the rings of our social networks ripple out in factors of three. Morin calculates 5 closest friends of relatives in the most intimate circle, fifteen or so who we have regular contact with, and around three times that in the boundary of who is truly trusted. So Moring built Path, in his own words, as “a giving network, not a taking network“. So, people who know you intimately will be happy with your achievements, big or small. And here is one social network where a dislike won’t make you unpopular, but will be shared as a private joke.

Path is currently available for users of Eclair version 2.1 and up. So go ahead, be exclusive!

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Cross posted from VT's Tech Blog.

Nokia C3 Profile

The Nokia C3 is a neat new qwerty Series 40 phone, aimed at the messaging masses.

The C3 is the perfect budget phone for Email, Chat and Social Networking on the go while on a budget!

Here are some of the specs of the phone.

Display and user interface
  • Size: 2.4″
  • Resolution: 320 x 240 pixels (TFT)
  • 262,000 colours
  • Landscape QVGA
Power Management

  • BL-5J 1320 mAh Li-Ion battery
  • Talk time (maximum):
    • up to 7 hours
  • Standby time (maximum):
    • up to 800 hours
  • Music playback time (offline mode, maximum): 30 hours
Data network

  • GPRS class A, multislot class 32, maximum speed 85.6/64.2 kbps (DL/UL)
  • EGPRS class A, multislot class 32, maximum speed 296/177,6 kbps (DL/UL)
  • WLAN IEEE 802.11b/g, maximum speed up to 11 Mbps/54 Mbps
  • TCP/IP support
  • Capability to serve as data modem
Memory
  • MicroSD memory card slot, hot swappable, up to 8 GB
  • Internal memory: 55 MB
Operating frequency
  • Quad band EGSM 850/900/1800/1900
  • Automatic switching between GSM bands
  • Flight mode
Connectivity
  • 2.0 mm Charger Connector
  • Bluetooth version 2.1 with Enhanced Data Rate
  • Support for local synchronisation
  • High-Speed USB 2.0 (micro USB connector)
  • 3.5 mm AV connector
Software platform & user interface
  • Series 40
  • FOTA (firmware update over the air)
  • Software updates through Nokia Software Updater installed on PC
Email and messaging
  • Easy access to your email accounts, including Yahoo!® Mail, Gmail™, Windows Live™, Hotmail™ and other popular POP/IMAP services
  • Easy Ovi Mail free email account creation directly from phone
  • Instant messaging through Windows Live Messenger™, Yahoo!® Messenger, Google Talk™ and Ovi Chat
  • Conversational SMS for chat-style text messages
  • SMS, MMS
  • Nokia Xpress audio messaging
Camera
  • 2 megapixel camera (1600 x 1200 pixels)
  • Still image formats: JPEG
  • Zoom up to 4x (digital)
  • Fullscreen viewfinder
  • Self timer
  • Effects in viewfinder: greyscale, sepia and negative
Video camera
  • 2 megapixel
  • Video clip length: up to capacity of memory card
  • Settings for scene, video light, white balance, colour tone
  • Zoom up to 4 x digital
  • Video capture in MPEG-4, QCIF max. resolution 320 x 240
  • Video file format: H.263, H.264, AVI, MPEG-4 (stored as .mpg or .3gp files), WMV
Standard Sales Package
  • Nokia C3
  • Nokia Battery BL-5J
  • Nokia Compact Charger AC-3
  • Nokia Stereo Headset WH-102
  • User guide
You can learn more about the C3 over at the Nokia Site.
Thanks to this little tweet by the Nokia Messaging team, we know that the C3 is currently available in India! Visit the launch page over here. The phone should be available for around INR 5000 (not official ofcourse)
If you do walk into the stores to check it out, do let us know about the phone and the retail price by commenting below, or catch us on twitter, we’re @myportableworld.

FourSquare for Symbian around the corner!

FourSquare users and those interested in getting on the bandwagon, a dedicated app is on the way for the Symbian Platform. Sym4square is a freeware application developed by ThinkChange, to make the FourSquare service available for the Symbian^1 phones smartphones.

From the screenshots and the video below, it looks like this application is almost like the FourSquare Android one, with similar features.

Sym4square is not yet out for public distribution, but they’re looking for 1000 beta testers, if you’re interested in getting this first. If you’re one of the few to get a beta invite, do let us know what you think of this app. You can get more information and sign up for beta testing the app from at site – www.symbianfoursquare.com.

Users of Symbian 60 v3 phones like the E72/71, are left high and dry and don’t get to use this app, at least as of now. For those of you on a S60v3 non-touch screen phone, there’s always Gravity, the king of all social networks on Symbian, to get you checked into FourSquare.

Here’s a video of this app in action:

Nokia C5 Unveiled

Nokia unveiled the Nokia C5 handset today, as part of the new C series of handsets. The C5 is a S60 V3 phone with a 2.2″ QVGA screen, 3.2 MP Autofocus camera, HSDPA and A-GPS. It comes preloaded with the latest Ovi Maps, that includes free walk and drive navigation, and Nokia Messaging built it.

What sets the C5 apart, is that it’s a Social Networking centric device. You can view your friends Facebook status directly from the phonebook, and can update your Facebook status from the device, and share your location through Ovi Maps. It also features the new Nokia Messaging with IM, which supports both Google Talk and Windows Live Messenger!

The Nokia C5 should be available in the second quarter of 2010 globally in Europe, Eurasia, SEAP, China and MEA. Its estimated price is around $180, making it a very affordable yet packed smartphone.

Check out the whole article over at the Official Nokia Blog, Nokia Conversations.

Image and Information courtesy Nokia Conversations.