Nokia Launches Its First Phone for China Mobile's 3G Network

Nokia announced its first smartphone for China Mobile’s 3G network on Tuesday.

The Nokia 6788 runs the Symbian operating system and has a 2.8-inch display, a 5-megapixel camera with a dual-LED flash, and support for A-GPS (Assisted GPS).

Content can be stored in the phone’s 4GB memory or on a microSD card up to 8GB in capacity. The phone also supports instant messaging and e-mail, according to a spec sheet from Nokia.

Nokia expects to begin selling the 6788 at the end of December, but has not announced a price.

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China Mobile’s 3G network uses TD-SCDMA (Time Division-Synchronous Code Division Multiple Access), a radio technology developed in China. Nokia said it plans to introduce more TD-SCDMA phones in the near future.

At the end of September China Mobile had about 508 million [m] mobile subscribers, making it the world’s largest operator. Around 1.6 million [m] of those subscribers use the company’s 3G service, according to its Web site.

China Mobile hopes support from Nokia will help boost the development of TD-SCDMA in China, it said in a statement.


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Motorola Droid specs leaked on Motorola website

Motorola has managed to leak the full deets of its second Android phone, the Droid, on its own website.

Spotted in a few spy shots last week, we now know we can expect a slider phone with a 3.7-inch, 16:9 touchscreen, 5 megapixel camera with zoom, autofocus and dual LED flash, full QWERTY keyboard and a connectivity trio of Wifi, Bluetooth and GPS.

The specs also said the phone will have 385 minutes of talktime, or 270 hours on standby, and will come with a 16GB pre-installed microSD card.
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Motorola is an Android Smartphone House

SAN DIEGO—Motorola is now completely focused on making Android-based smartphones, Motorola chief executive Sanjay Jha told an audience of 800 software developers today at a conference co-located with the CTIA Wireless trade show.

“Our focus right now quite simply is to become a good provider of smartphones,” Jha said. “Internally we will reorganize ourselves to support that mission of ours.”

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Jha said Motorola will introduce “multiple tens of products” with Android, with “a second product for the holiday season in the US.” Some of Motorola’s upcoming Android phones will be full-touch phones without hardware keyboards, and others will have QWERTY keyboards, Motorola’s vice president of software applications and ecosystem Christy Wyatt said.

Not all of those Android phones will run MOTOBLUR, Motorola’s new social-networking-focused UI, Wyatt said.

“Our desire is to see MOTOBLUR as broadly distributed as possible … but we have to also allow for the fact that there’s going to be some customization,” Wyatt said.

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Wi-Fi Direct connections coming soon

The Wi-Fi Alliance this morning announced that it is nearing completion of a new specification that will allow WiFi devices to connect to each other – devices such as mobile phones, cameras, printers, as well as devices such as keyboards and headphones – and that certification is expected to begin mid-next year.

I know. It sounds an awful lot like Bluetooth. But I suspect that this will be better.

The key here is that these devices will operate on a peer-to-peer basis, instead of linking to each other via the WiFi network. In a statement, WI-FI Alliance executive director Edgar Figueroa said:

Wi-Fi Direct represents a leap forward for our industry. Wi-Fi users worldwide will benefit from a single-technology solution to transfer content and share applications quickly and easily among devices, even when a Wi-Fi access point isn’t available. The impact is that Wi-Fi will become even more pervasive and useful for consumers and across the enterprise.

The new technology will support typical WiFi ranges, which are much greater than Bluetooth, and will be able to tackle bandwidth-hungry tasks, as well. My experiences with Bluetooth have been hit-or-miss – mostly using a mobile phone earpiece, connecting a wireless mouse and transferring files between my Blackberry and laptop.

Funny story: at a tech event recently, I shot a picture on my phone and wanted to upload it to my laptop so I could put it in a blog post. But when I asked my phone (and laptop) to find the other Bluetooth device, I came up with a list of more than a dozen devices within range. Having no idea which of those were mine, I scrapped the file-transfer and just did the photo upload later.

Seeing how WiFi has a broader range and this new specification would allow multiple devices to connect directly with a single device (like an office printer), I imagine the airwaves will become a bit cluttered by devices trying to find each other.

I guess it’s time to start thinking of some cool names for my devices so I can spot them when they’re lined up next to hundreds of others in a crowded office or conference setting.

Source: ZDNet / Sam Diaz

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