Nokia XL and me

Nokia is my first love for mobiles and Android is my current favorite operating system. While Nokia is slowly moving away from Symbian, more Nokias are coming on Windows Mobile OS. The recent interesting development is an Android based Nokia. Well, not very recent but the news isn’t that old. Why I’m writing this post here? I’ve finally got a chance to play around with a Nokia running it’sย  modified version of Android OS. The new platform is called Nokia X and the phone I have in my hand right now is called Nokia XL. It’s not the first phone on Nokia X platform but my first Android Nokia.

It’s been only a few hours I’ve got it so can’t say much about it but this place is about to get filled with a lot of Nokia XL stuff, so stay tuned.

Here are a few photos form my pre-unboxing post ๐Ÿ™‚

 



 

Smartphones in Battlefield

Soldiers will be using smartphones in the battlefied. Here’s what this latest Reuters article says:

Raytheon, which makes the Patriot missile defense system, is developing software which could enable a soldier to find enemies in his or her surrounding terrain using a mobile phone running Google’s Android operating system.

The software could potentially be powerful enough to pick up aerial images from an unmanned aircraft or satellite and then focus in on details such as license plates on cars or a person’s facial features.

A typical soldier’s use case:

  • Searching for a UAV nearby
  • UAV found, Connected!
  • Requesting enemy unit locations nearby
  • Enemy units and buildings found at these coordinates, touch to view photos
  • Incoming orders, move north, keep moving, wait for further orders
  • Incoming missile, take shelter
  • Your primary weapon is running low on ammo, reload!

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And then there can be problems with the software or the handsets:

  • Cannot retrieve orders, network not found
  • UAV connection lost
  • Battery low
  • Uh.. the phone software stuck … urgh!
  • Waiting for GPS ………………….
  • … why dare you touch the phone, it’s an iPhone, remember? ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s the whole post.

How much power does my phone consume?

Did you ever think how much power does your cell phone consume? Yes, we know it will be negligible but once the number of consumers has grown to a very high number all around the world, the power being consumed as a whole may be significant?

Let’s do some simple maths and we are not getting into any fancy tools here. It’s simple arithmetic. You will need to find three numbers about your phone before you start this calculation. The numbers are:

  1. The battery capacity in mAh (milli-Ampere-hour)
  2. The voltage output of the battery ( volts )
  3. Total Talk time
  4. Total Standby Time (optional) Continue reading “How much power does my phone consume?”

Apple’s press conference – Nokia and RIM unhappy

Apple on Friday released the video of their press conference. Steve Jobs has presented his case and made some good point and then demonstrated how other popular phones also loose signal when held tight in the user’s hand.

RIM and Nokia have objected the way their phones have been mentioned in this session. The press conference video shows three different phones that loose signal when held tight in the user’s hand, one of them was BlackBerry Bold 9700. Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis, founders and co-CEO of RIM have objected by saying that Apple is dragging RIM into their self made debacle.

Jobs also mentioned in the session that you can find pictures all over the internet of Nokia phones saying “Dont touch here”. Nokia has responded to that by saying that Nokia has spent thousands of man hours researching the way people hold their phones and they have been pioneer in making internal antenna featuring phones.

In addition to leg pulling and dragging, there were some concrete announcements in the press conference as well. Apple has announced free bumper cases to solve the antenna problem so that nobody gets to touch the metal border on iPhone 4. Moreover, Apple has also waived the return fees for unsatisfied iPhone 4 customers. These two measures are good enough, why on earth they had to be drag other phones into the scene? They’ve sold all of their phones already, haven’t they?

You can watch the Apple’s press conference video by hitting this link.

Zong marketing team, getting REALLY short on ideas!

I remember Osama’s earleir post on Green & White, that talked about Zong’s advertisement campaign that used a stock image that was already used for a book’s cover. Well, that could be shortage of time and resources and somebody at Zong marketing department went to istockphotos and bought an image for the campaign (I hope they bought it).ย 

This time around though, Zong marketing has proved that not only they have run out of ideas, they have started stealing them as well. Zong’s recent advertisement running on almost all tv channels has a scene copied from Jim Carrey’s movie Bruce Almighty (2003).
See for yourself :

Could you expect such an open plagiarism from a telecommunication company that has already been accused of lacking quality in its ads and being sarcastic at other telcos directly or indirectly in their ads. Well, Zong really needs a strong and creative team like the one running Ufone‘s show these days.
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CNN Mobile application – not for my region.

CNN has been available through thier WAP site but I found availability of CNN Java application very interesting for my mobile. When I try downloading, it says its not available in your region.

That really pisses me off. All your content are available through the website in all regions, whats wrong with the mobile app?

You see the details about this app here