Review of the main events of the past week (Week 06)

Greetings to the readers of the weekly review column. The past week was undoubtedly full of news and rumors before the 3GSM World 2007 event that has already begun.

So, last week, Sony Ericsson introduced a whole line of new phones. We note only the novelties of the upper and middle price segments. Thus, a new mobile phone Walkman W880 was introduced. Recall that in January the company announced it, but did not provide details. According to the manufacturer, the novelty is the thinnest phone from Sony Ericsson and at the same time received the musical functionality characteristic of the Walkman series. The thickness is 9.4 mm.

This is a third generation phone, UMTS networks are supported. It is also equipped with a 2 megapixel camera (autofocus not announced). Stereo sound can be transmitted via the Bluetooth interface. Provides up to 18 hours of music listening time. The body is made using stainless steel. In some markets, the novelty will appear in the first quarter of this year. A variation for China is also presented - W888, this is a GSM version, including without support for videotelephony.

Walkman W880/W888 specifications:

  • UMTS (2100MHz, W880 only), GSM/GPRS (900/1800/1900MHz)
  • 1.8" QVGA TFT display with 262K colors
  • 2 MP camera
  • Videotelephony
  • Bluetooth 2.0 (A2DP)
  • Walkman player 2.0
  • Memory Stick Micro card slot (1 GB card included)
  • HTML browser with RSS support
  • Talk time 6.5 hours (GSM)
  • Standby time 425 hours
  • Dimensions - 103x47x9.4 mm
  • Weight - 71 grams

Almost a year after the announcement of the first mobile phone under the brand Cyber-shot, K800/K790, Sony Ericsson pleased its fans with the announcement of a new mobile phone, K810, which is an evolutionary development of the new model. So, what did the Swedish-Japanese concern prepare as a replacement for the very successful K800/K790 model, which was sold out with a good circulation of 4.5 million copies?

Firstly, the appearance of the novelty has been significantly redesigned, especially the front part. When looking at the K810, an unusual numeric keypad with round buttons catches the eye. The company decided to take a bold step by presenting a similar model. As you can see, Sony Ericsson has not abandoned the joystick either, although in previous models its reliability was sometimes criticized by some users.

Besides, the thickness of the phone has been reduced, 17 mm versus 22 mm for the K800, however, the proprietary cover that covers the camera lens has remained virtually unchanged. The camera module remained unchanged - the same 3.2 MP with autofocus. We were also pleased with the support for USB 2.0 mode, so now the speed of data transfer via cable to a PC should increase significantly. Your phone will come with a DCU-65 USB cable and an HPM-62 headset.

Sony Ericsson K810 will be offered in two color variations: Noble Blue and Golden Ivory. As for the cost, the recommended price for a novelty is traditional - 400 euros. The expected time of appearance on sale is the 2nd quarter of this year.

  • Dimensions: 104x46x17 mm
  • Support UMTS 2100 MHz and GSM/GPRS 900/1800/1900 MHz
  • For K818 - GPRS 900/1800/1900 MHz
  • 2" QVGA screen, 262k colors
  • 64MB internal memory, 128MB M2 card included
  • 3.2MP autofocus camera, front camera for video calls
  • FM radio with RDS
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • USB 2.0
  • TrackID support
  • HTML browser, RSS reader
  • Talk time: up to 10 hours (up to 2 hours 35 minutes for UMTS)
  • Standby time: up to 400 hours (GSM & UMTS)
  • Video call (UMTS only): up to 1.5 hours

Another phone presented by Sony Ericsson under the Cyber-shot brand is the K550, which is designed to strengthen the company's position in the middle hi-end segment. The new product features a W880-style keyboard, a small thickness of 14 mm, and a 2 megapixel autofocus camera - all the same, the Cyber-shot brand has its effect.

Another distinguishing feature of the K550 is that the port for connecting the charger and headset is located on the side, and not at the bottom. However, we have already published spy photos of this phone, as you can see, they were very truthful. A certain part of Sony Ericsson fans will be pleased with the use of the navigation key instead of the joystick. The screen in the new product is 1.9" TFD, 262 thousand colors, resolution 176x220, apparently, the screen migrated from the W810 model. The dimensions of the K550 are 102x46x14 mm.

The phone will be available in Deep Black and Pearl White. Quad-band K550 will appear already in the first quarter of 2007, the recommended price is 300 euros.

  • GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz support
  • 1.9" TFD LCD, 262k colors, 176x220
  • 64 MB internal memory, M2 card slot
  • 2 MP autofocus camera
  • FM radio with RDS
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • USB 2.0
  • Flight Mode
  • Instant Messaging
  • TrackID support
  • HTML browser, RSS reader
  • Dimensions 102x46x14 mm
  • Talk time: up to 7 hours
  • Standby time: up to 350 hours

Last week, Nokia introduced Feature Pack 2 for the S60 3rd Edition platform. Recall that devices based on the previous update, S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 1, were presented only in autumn 2006. According to the description of the creator, Feature Pack 2 is designed to significantly speed up the creation of applications and improve performance. The package is aimed at mid-range smartphones and allows you to make noticeable improvements in the usability of devices in this category.

Building applications and services for the S60 will be faster and more profitable using Open C, a C++ development environment. This innovation brings standard C function libraries to the S60, which Nokia believes should improve performance and speed up the process of bringing applications to market. Thanks to Open C, software developers will be able to reuse already created codes and pay more attention to mobile aspects in their applications. The Open C libraries will be part of S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2 and will also be integrated into publicly available SDKs (software development kits).

Feature Pack 2 also delivers improved usability and ease-of-use, with a software architecture focused primarily on mid-range devices. The changes concern, for example, easier work with messages, multitasking and downloading data. The update, in particular, allows you to play content already in the process of downloading, and also offers animated reminders for incoming calls. Architectural improvements focus on performance and support for a variety of hardware platforms, such as support for on-demand virtual memory paging.

The S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2 will be available to S60 smartphone manufacturers in the second quarter of 2007. As Nokia promises, the update is fully compatible with S60 3rd Edition, and applications developed for S60 3rd Edition will also be able to run on S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2 devices. 3d Edition uses Symbian OS 9.1, while Feature Pack 1 uses version 9.2.

In turn, Japanese companies such as NTT DoCoMo, Renesas, Fujitsu, Mitsubishi Electric, Sharp and Sony Ericsson announced joint plans to develop a next-generation mobile platform for two-mode HSDPA/W-CDMA (3G ) and GSM/GPRS/EDGE (2G) networks. The participants of this agreement intend to complete the development of this platform in the second quarter of 2008 (July-September).

Six companies have decided on a joint project to create a platform with enhanced functionality for third generation mobile phones. The new platform will be based on the new SH-Mobile G3 single-chip microprocessor, which includes a baseband processor (responsible for communication functions in a mobile phone) with HSDPA cat support. 8/ W-CDMA and GSM/GPRS/EDGE networks and application processor with support for high-end multimedia capabilities, as well as reference design of integrated sound, power supply and high-frequency modules. The platform will also contain standard software for core functions, including the Symbian operating system, device drivers, firmware code, and communications software.

As you might guess, the main customer for future phones built on the new platform will be the Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo. Renesas will supply the platform's hardware, while Fujitsu, Mitsubishi Electric, Sharp and Sony Ericsson will jointly develop common telephony features. With this position, companies hope to reduce development time and costs and allocate more funds and time to develop new features in the phone, expanding their portfolio.

Flowchart of the future mobile platform:

It is worth noting that two of NTT DoCoMo's other largest long-term partners, NEC and Panasonic, have also teamed up to create a joint low-cost mobile platform, albeit based on Linux (before that, the companies released their Linux phones separately), while mobile phones Fujitsu, Mitsubishi Electric, Sharp and Sony Ericsson for NTT DoCoMo, as noted above, will (and have been) based on Symbian with a MOAP interface.

And UIQ Technology (already officially acquired by Sony Ericsson) announced an update to UIQ 3, an open software platform and user interface based on the Symbian OS operating system. UIQ 3.1 is based on Symbian OS 9.2.

The update provides enhanced options for configuring soft keys, which is useful when you have different sets of hardware keys on different devices.

Lightweight multitasking is also claimed with simplified switching between applications thanks to the Task list, the contents of the list can be configured by the manufacturer.

In addition, UIQ 3.1 supports Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG Tiny), which gives mobile developers more freedom to create mobile phones with a rich user interface, such as animated icons.

The UIQ 3.1 SDK (Software Development Kit) is planned to be available in the near future on developer.uiq.com.

Another recent trend is the increased interest in location services. For example, Nokia announced that its smart2go mapping navigation platform is available for free download. Actually not right now, but from Saturday, February 10th. The platform provides the ability to use maps and create routes for more than 150 countries. At the same time, turn-by-turn satellite navigation is supported for more than 30 countries, but this is already a paid service, several types of licenses are provided - from a weekly to a three-year one.

The application allows you to find your location, marked objects (more than 15 million), and also make routes. Initially, versions for some S60 and Windows Mobile 5.0 devices will be available, and later it is planned to release versions for all major mobile platforms - Nokia S60, Series 40, Linux, Pocket PC and other devices based on Windows Mobile. Nokia plans to pre-install smart2go on all future N-series newcomers under the name "Nokia Maps". Owners of already released smartphones will be able to download the application themselves.

smart2go is a "hybrid" application. Maps from Tele-Atlas and Navteq can be downloaded over a wireless connection (eg GPRS/3G/WLAN) and stored on a smartphone's memory card, and content can also be accessed using a computer. If you need additional features to use your mobile device as a navigator (step-by-step instructions, etc.), then they can also be connected if you subscribe to the service.

At the end of the week, more details about the new product from Samsung - Ultra Smart F700 became known. The phone is equipped with a 2.78-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 240x440 pixels, and the VibeTonz technology is really supported, designed to create a feeling of pressing buttons when operating using the display. An HTML browser, an e-mail client and a document viewer are provided. It is possible to work in the mode of disconnected telephone functionality. Among the communication talents, support for wireless Wi-Fi networks is not mentioned. The dimensions of the device are quite small.

Review of the main events of the past week (Week 06)

Greetings to the readers of the weekly review column. The past week was undoubtedly full of news and rumors before the 3GSM World 2007 event that has already begun.

So, last week, Sony Ericsson introduced a whole line of new phones. We note only the novelties of the upper and middle price segments. Thus, a new mobile phone Walkman W880 was introduced. Recall that in January the company announced it, but did not provide details. According to the manufacturer, the novelty is the thinnest phone from Sony Ericsson and at the same time received the musical functionality characteristic of the Walkman series. The thickness is 9.4 mm.

This is a third generation phone, UMTS networks are supported. It is also equipped with a 2 megapixel camera (autofocus not announced). Stereo sound can be transmitted via the Bluetooth interface. Provides up to 18 hours of music listening time. The body is made using stainless steel. In some markets, the novelty will appear in the first quarter of this year. A variation for China is also presented - W888, this is a GSM version, including without support for videotelephony.

Walkman W880/W888 specifications:

  • UMTS (2100MHz, W880 only), GSM/GPRS (900/1800/1900MHz)
  • 1.8" QVGA TFT display with 262K colors
  • 2 MP camera
  • Videotelephony
  • Bluetooth 2.0 (A2DP)
  • Walkman player 2.0
  • Memory Stick Micro card slot (1 GB card included)
  • HTML browser with RSS support
  • Talk time 6.5 hours (GSM)
  • Standby time 425 hours
  • Dimensions - 103x47x9.4 mm
  • Weight - 71 grams

Almost a year after the announcement of the first mobile phone under the brand Cyber-shot, K800/K790, Sony Ericsson pleased its fans with the announcement of a new mobile phone, K810, which is an evolutionary development of the new model. So, what did the Swedish-Japanese concern prepare as a replacement for the very successful K800/K790 model, which was sold out with a good circulation of 4.5 million copies?

Firstly, the appearance of the novelty has been significantly redesigned, especially the front part. When looking at the K810, an unusual numeric keypad with round buttons catches the eye. The company decided to take a bold step by presenting a similar model. As you can see, Sony Ericsson has not abandoned the joystick either, although in previous models its reliability was sometimes criticized by some users.

Besides, the thickness of the phone has been reduced, 17 mm versus 22 mm for the K800, however, the proprietary cover that covers the camera lens has remained virtually unchanged. The camera module remained unchanged - the same 3.2 MP with autofocus. We were also pleased with the support for USB 2.0 mode, so now the speed of data transfer via cable to a PC should increase significantly. Your phone will come with a DCU-65 USB cable and an HPM-62 headset.

Sony Ericsson K810 will be offered in two color variations: Noble Blue and Golden Ivory. As for the cost, the recommended price for a novelty is traditional - 400 euros. The expected time of appearance on sale is the 2nd quarter of this year.

  • Dimensions: 104x46x17 mm
  • Support UMTS 2100 MHz and GSM/GPRS 900/1800/1900 MHz
  • For K818 - GPRS 900/1800/1900 MHz
  • 2" QVGA screen, 262k colors
  • 64MB internal memory, 128MB M2 card included
  • 3.2MP autofocus camera, front camera for video calls
  • FM radio with RDS
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • USB 2.0
  • TrackID support
  • HTML browser, RSS reader
  • Talk time: up to 10 hours (up to 2 hours 35 minutes for UMTS)
  • Standby time: up to 400 hours (GSM & UMTS)
  • Video call (UMTS only): up to 1.5 hours

Another phone presented by Sony Ericsson under the Cyber-shot brand is the K550, which is designed to strengthen the company's position in the middle hi-end segment. The new product features a W880-style keyboard, a small thickness of 14 mm, and a 2 megapixel autofocus camera - all the same, the Cyber-shot brand has its effect.

Another distinguishing feature of the K550 is that the port for connecting the charger and headset is located on the side, and not at the bottom. However, we have already published spy photos of this phone, as you can see, they were very truthful. A certain part of Sony Ericsson fans will be pleased with the use of the navigation key instead of the joystick. The screen in the new product is 1.9" TFD, 262 thousand colors, resolution 176x220, apparently, the screen migrated from the W810 model. The dimensions of the K550 are 102x46x14 mm.

The phone will be available in Deep Black and Pearl White. Quad-band K550 will appear already in the first quarter of 2007, the recommended price is 300 euros.

  • GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz support
  • 1.9" TFD LCD, 262k colors, 176x220
  • 64 MB internal memory, M2 card slot
  • 2 MP autofocus camera
  • FM radio with RDS
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • USB 2.0
  • Flight Mode
  • Instant Messaging
  • TrackID support
  • HTML browser, RSS reader
  • Dimensions 102x46x14 mm
  • Talk time: up to 7 hours
  • Standby time: up to 350 hours

Last week, Nokia introduced Feature Pack 2 for the S60 3rd Edition platform. Recall that devices based on the previous update, S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 1, were presented only in autumn 2006. According to the description of the creator, Feature Pack 2 is designed to significantly speed up the creation of applications and improve performance. The package is aimed at mid-range smartphones and allows you to make noticeable improvements in the usability of devices in this category.

Building applications and services for the S60 will be faster and more profitable using Open C, a C++ development environment. This innovation brings standard C function libraries to the S60, which Nokia believes should improve performance and speed up the process of bringing applications to market. Thanks to Open C, software developers will be able to reuse already created codes and pay more attention to mobile aspects in their applications. The Open C libraries will be part of S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2 and will also be integrated into publicly available SDKs (software development kits).

Feature Pack 2 also delivers improved usability and ease-of-use, with a software architecture focused primarily on mid-range devices. The changes concern, for example, easier work with messages, multitasking and downloading data. The update, in particular, allows you to play content already in the process of downloading, and also offers animated reminders for incoming calls. Architectural improvements focus on performance and support for a variety of hardware platforms, such as support for on-demand virtual memory paging.

The S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2 will be available to S60 smartphone manufacturers in the second quarter of 2007. As Nokia promises, the update is fully compatible with S60 3rd Edition, and applications developed for S60 3rd Edition will also be able to run on S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2 devices. 3d Edition uses Symbian OS 9.1, while Feature Pack 1 uses version 9.2.

In turn, Japanese companies such as NTT DoCoMo, Renesas, Fujitsu, Mitsubishi Electric, Sharp and Sony Ericsson announced joint plans to develop a next-generation mobile platform for two-mode HSDPA/W-CDMA (3G ) and GSM/GPRS/EDGE (2G) networks. The participants of this agreement intend to complete the development of this platform in the second quarter of 2008 (July-September).

Six companies have decided on a joint project to create a platform with enhanced functionality for third generation mobile phones. The new platform will be based on the new SH-Mobile G3 single-chip microprocessor, which includes a baseband processor (responsible for communication functions in a mobile phone) with HSDPA cat support. 8/ W-CDMA and GSM/GPRS/EDGE networks and application processor with support for high-end multimedia capabilities, as well as reference design of integrated sound, power supply and high-frequency modules. The platform will also contain standard software for core functions, including the Symbian operating system, device drivers, firmware code, and communications software.

As you might guess, the main customer for future phones built on the new platform will be the Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo. Renesas will supply the platform's hardware, while Fujitsu, Mitsubishi Electric, Sharp and Sony Ericsson will jointly develop common telephony features. With this position, companies hope to reduce development time and costs and allocate more funds and time to develop new features in the phone, expanding their portfolio.

Flowchart of the future mobile platform:

It is worth noting that two of NTT DoCoMo's other largest long-term partners, NEC and Panasonic, have also teamed up to create a joint low-cost mobile platform, albeit based on Linux (before that, the companies released their Linux phones separately), while mobile phones Fujitsu, Mitsubishi Electric, Sharp and Sony Ericsson for NTT DoCoMo, as noted above, will (and have been) based on Symbian with a MOAP interface.

And UIQ Technology (already officially acquired by Sony Ericsson) announced an update to UIQ 3, an open software platform and user interface based on the Symbian OS operating system. UIQ 3.1 is based on Symbian OS 9.2.

The update provides enhanced options for configuring soft keys, which is useful when you have different sets of hardware keys on different devices.

Lightweight multitasking is also claimed with simplified switching between applications thanks to the Task list, the contents of the list can be configured by the manufacturer.

In addition, UIQ 3.1 supports Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG Tiny), which gives mobile developers more freedom to create mobile phones with a rich user interface, such as animated icons.

The UIQ 3.1 SDK (Software Development Kit) is planned to be available in the near future on developer.uiq.com.

Another recent trend is the increased interest in location services. For example, Nokia announced that its smart2go mapping navigation platform is available for free download. Actually not right now, but from Saturday, February 10th. The platform provides the ability to use maps and create routes for more than 150 countries. At the same time, turn-by-turn satellite navigation is supported for more than 30 countries, but this is already a paid service, several types of licenses are provided - from a weekly to a three-year one.

The application allows you to find your location, marked objects (more than 15 million), and also make routes. Initially, versions for some S60 and Windows Mobile 5.0 devices will be available, and later it is planned to release versions for all major mobile platforms - Nokia S60, Series 40, Linux, Pocket PC and other devices based on Windows Mobile. Nokia plans to pre-install smart2go on all future N-series newcomers under the name "Nokia Maps". Owners of already released smartphones will be able to download the application themselves.

smart2go is a "hybrid" application. Maps from Tele-Atlas and Navteq can be downloaded over a wireless connection (eg GPRS/3G/WLAN) and stored on a smartphone's memory card, and content can also be accessed using a computer. If you need additional features to use your mobile device as a navigator (step-by-step instructions, etc.), then they can also be connected if you subscribe to the service.

At the end of the week, more details about the new product from Samsung - Ultra Smart F700 became known. The phone is equipped with a 2.78-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 240x440 pixels, and the VibeTonz technology is really supported, designed to create a feeling of pressing buttons when operating using the display. An HTML browser, an e-mail client and a document viewer are provided. It is possible to work in the mode of disconnected telephone functionality. Among the communication talents, support for wireless Wi-Fi networks is not mentioned. The dimensions of the device are quite small.

Review of the main events of the past week (Week 06)

Greetings to the readers of the weekly review column. The past week was undoubtedly full of news and rumors before the 3GSM World 2007 event that has already begun.

So, last week, Sony Ericsson introduced a whole line of new phones. We note only the novelties of the upper and middle price segments. Thus, a new mobile phone Walkman W880 was introduced. Recall that in January the company announced it, but did not provide details. According to the manufacturer, the novelty is the thinnest phone from Sony Ericsson and at the same time received the musical functionality characteristic of the Walkman series. The thickness is 9.4 mm.

This is a third generation phone, UMTS networks are supported. It is also equipped with a 2 megapixel camera (autofocus not announced). Stereo sound can be transmitted via the Bluetooth interface. Provides up to 18 hours of music listening time. The body is made using stainless steel. In some markets, the novelty will appear in the first quarter of this year. A variation for China is also presented - W888, this is a GSM version, including without support for videotelephony.

Walkman W880/W888 specifications:

  • UMTS (2100MHz, W880 only), GSM/GPRS (900/1800/1900MHz)
  • 1.8" QVGA TFT display with 262K colors
  • 2 MP camera
  • Videotelephony
  • Bluetooth 2.0 (A2DP)
  • Walkman player 2.0
  • Memory Stick Micro card slot (1 GB card included)
  • HTML browser with RSS support
  • Talk time 6.5 hours (GSM)
  • Standby time 425 hours
  • Dimensions - 103x47x9.4 mm
  • Weight - 71 grams

Almost a year after the announcement of the first mobile phone under the brand Cyber-shot, K800/K790, Sony Ericsson pleased its fans with the announcement of a new mobile phone, K810, which is an evolutionary development of the new model. So, what did the Swedish-Japanese concern prepare as a replacement for the very successful K800/K790 model, which was sold out with a good circulation of 4.5 million copies?

Firstly, the appearance of the novelty has been significantly redesigned, especially the front part. When looking at the K810, an unusual numeric keypad with round buttons catches the eye. The company decided to take a bold step by presenting a similar model. As you can see, Sony Ericsson has not abandoned the joystick either, although in previous models its reliability was sometimes criticized by some users.

Besides, the thickness of the phone has been reduced, 17 mm versus 22 mm for the K800, however, the proprietary cover that covers the camera lens has remained virtually unchanged. The camera module remained unchanged - the same 3.2 MP with autofocus. We were also pleased with the support for USB 2.0 mode, so now the speed of data transfer via cable to a PC should increase significantly. Your phone will come with a DCU-65 USB cable and an HPM-62 headset.

Sony Ericsson K810 will be offered in two color variations: Noble Blue and Golden Ivory. As for the cost, the recommended price for a novelty is traditional - 400 euros. The expected time of appearance on sale is the 2nd quarter of this year.

  • Dimensions: 104x46x17 mm
  • Support UMTS 2100 MHz and GSM/GPRS 900/1800/1900 MHz
  • For K818 - GPRS 900/1800/1900 MHz
  • 2" QVGA screen, 262k colors
  • 64MB internal memory, 128MB M2 card included
  • 3.2MP autofocus camera, front camera for video calls
  • FM radio with RDS
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • USB 2.0
  • TrackID support
  • HTML browser, RSS reader
  • Talk time: up to 10 hours (up to 2 hours 35 minutes for UMTS)
  • Standby time: up to 400 hours (GSM & UMTS)
  • Video call (UMTS only): up to 1.5 hours

Another phone presented by Sony Ericsson under the Cyber-shot brand is the K550, which is designed to strengthen the company's position in the middle hi-end segment. The new product features a W880-style keyboard, a small thickness of 14 mm, and a 2 megapixel autofocus camera - all the same, the Cyber-shot brand has its effect.

Another distinguishing feature of the K550 is that the port for connecting the charger and headset is located on the side, and not at the bottom. However, we have already published spy photos of this phone, as you can see, they were very truthful. A certain part of Sony Ericsson fans will be pleased with the use of the navigation key instead of the joystick. The screen in the new product is 1.9" TFD, 262 thousand colors, resolution 176x220, apparently, the screen migrated from the W810 model. The dimensions of the K550 are 102x46x14 mm.

The phone will be available in Deep Black and Pearl White. Quad-band K550 will appear already in the first quarter of 2007, the recommended price is 300 euros.

  • GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz support
  • 1.9" TFD LCD, 262k colors, 176x220
  • 64 MB internal memory, M2 card slot
  • 2 MP autofocus camera
  • FM radio with RDS
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • USB 2.0
  • Flight Mode
  • Instant Messaging
  • TrackID support
  • HTML browser, RSS reader
  • Dimensions 102x46x14 mm
  • Talk time: up to 7 hours
  • Standby time: up to 350 hours

Last week, Nokia introduced Feature Pack 2 for the S60 3rd Edition platform. Recall that devices based on the previous update, S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 1, were presented only in autumn 2006. According to the description of the creator, Feature Pack 2 is designed to significantly speed up the creation of applications and improve performance. The package is aimed at mid-range smartphones and allows you to make noticeable improvements in the usability of devices in this category.

Building applications and services for the S60 will be faster and more profitable using Open C, a C++ development environment. This innovation brings standard C function libraries to the S60, which Nokia believes should improve performance and speed up the process of bringing applications to market. Thanks to Open C, software developers will be able to reuse already created codes and pay more attention to mobile aspects in their applications. The Open C libraries will be part of S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2 and will also be integrated into publicly available SDKs (software development kits).

Feature Pack 2 also delivers improved usability and ease-of-use, with a software architecture focused primarily on mid-range devices. The changes concern, for example, easier work with messages, multitasking and downloading data. The update, in particular, allows you to play content already in the process of downloading, and also offers animated reminders for incoming calls. Architectural improvements focus on performance and support for a variety of hardware platforms, such as support for on-demand virtual memory paging.

The S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2 will be available to S60 smartphone manufacturers in the second quarter of 2007. As Nokia promises, the update is fully compatible with S60 3rd Edition, and applications developed for S60 3rd Edition will also be able to run on S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2 devices. 3d Edition uses Symbian OS 9.1, while Feature Pack 1 uses version 9.2.

In turn, Japanese companies such as NTT DoCoMo, Renesas, Fujitsu, Mitsubishi Electric, Sharp and Sony Ericsson announced joint plans to develop a next-generation mobile platform for two-mode HSDPA/W-CDMA (3G ) and GSM/GPRS/EDGE (2G) networks. The participants of this agreement intend to complete the development of this platform in the second quarter of 2008 (July-September).

Six companies have decided on a joint project to create a platform with enhanced functionality for third generation mobile phones. The new platform will be based on the new SH-Mobile G3 single-chip microprocessor, which includes a baseband processor (responsible for communication functions in a mobile phone) with HSDPA cat support. 8/ W-CDMA and GSM/GPRS/EDGE networks and application processor with support for high-end multimedia capabilities, as well as reference design of integrated sound, power supply and high-frequency modules. The platform will also contain standard software for core functions, including the Symbian operating system, device drivers, firmware code, and communications software.

As you might guess, the main customer for future phones built on the new platform will be the Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo. Renesas will supply the platform's hardware, while Fujitsu, Mitsubishi Electric, Sharp and Sony Ericsson will jointly develop common telephony features. With this position, companies hope to reduce development time and costs and allocate more funds and time to develop new features in the phone, expanding their portfolio.

Flowchart of the future mobile platform:

It is worth noting that two of NTT DoCoMo's other largest long-term partners, NEC and Panasonic, have also teamed up to create a joint low-cost mobile platform, albeit based on Linux (before that, the companies released their Linux phones separately), while mobile phones Fujitsu, Mitsubishi Electric, Sharp and Sony Ericsson for NTT DoCoMo, as noted above, will (and have been) based on Symbian with a MOAP interface.

And UIQ Technology (already officially acquired by Sony Ericsson) announced an update to UIQ 3, an open software platform and user interface based on the Symbian OS operating system. UIQ 3.1 is based on Symbian OS 9.2.

The update provides enhanced options for configuring soft keys, which is useful when you have different sets of hardware keys on different devices.

Lightweight multitasking is also claimed with simplified switching between applications thanks to the Task list, the contents of the list can be configured by the manufacturer.

In addition, UIQ 3.1 supports Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG Tiny), which gives mobile developers more freedom to create mobile phones with a rich user interface, such as animated icons.

The UIQ 3.1 SDK (Software Development Kit) is planned to be available in the near future on developer.uiq.com.

Another recent trend is the increased interest in location services. For example, Nokia announced that its smart2go mapping navigation platform is available for free download. Actually not right now, but from Saturday, February 10th. The platform provides the ability to use maps and create routes for more than 150 countries. At the same time, turn-by-turn satellite navigation is supported for more than 30 countries, but this is already a paid service, several types of licenses are provided - from a weekly to a three-year one.

The application allows you to find your location, marked objects (more than 15 million), and also make routes. Initially, versions for some S60 and Windows Mobile 5.0 devices will be available, and later it is planned to release versions for all major mobile platforms - Nokia S60, Series 40, Linux, Pocket PC and other devices based on Windows Mobile. Nokia plans to pre-install smart2go on all future N-series newcomers under the name "Nokia Maps". Owners of already released smartphones will be able to download the application themselves.

smart2go is a "hybrid" application. Maps from Tele-Atlas and Navteq can be downloaded over a wireless connection (eg GPRS/3G/WLAN) and stored on a smartphone's memory card, and content can also be accessed using a computer. If you need additional features to use your mobile device as a navigator (step-by-step instructions, etc.), then they can also be connected if you subscribe to the service.

At the end of the week, more details about the new product from Samsung - Ultra Smart F700 became known. The phone is equipped with a 2.78-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 240x440 pixels, and the VibeTonz technology is really supported, designed to create a feeling of pressing buttons when operating using the display. An HTML browser, an e-mail client and a document viewer are provided. It is possible to work in the mode of disconnected telephone functionality. Among the communication talents, support for wireless Wi-Fi networks is not mentioned. The dimensions of the device are quite small.

Review of the main events of the past week (Week 06)

Greetings to the readers of the weekly review column. The past week has certainly been full of news and rumors ahead of the 3GSM World 2007 event that has already begun.

So, last week, Sony Ericsson introduced a whole line of new phones. We note only the novelties of the upper and middle price segments. Thus, a new mobile phone Walkman W880 was introduced. Recall that in January the company announced it, but did not provide details. According to the manufacturer, the novelty is the thinnest phone from Sony Ericsson and at the same time received the musical functionality characteristic of the Walkman series. The thickness is 9.4 mm.

This is a third generation phone, UMTS networks are supported. It is also equipped with a 2 megapixel camera (autofocus not announced). Stereo sound can be transmitted via the Bluetooth interface. Provides up to 18 hours of music listening time. The body is made using stainless steel. In some markets, the novelty will appear in the first quarter of this year. A variation for China is also presented - W888, this is a GSM version, including without support for videotelephony.

Walkman W880/W888 specifications:

  • UMTS (2100MHz, W880 only), GSM/GPRS (900/1800/1900MHz)
  • 1.8" QVGA TFT display with 262K colors
  • 2 MP camera
  • Videotelephony
  • Bluetooth 2.0 (A2DP)
  • Walkman player 2.0
  • Memory Stick Micro card slot (1 GB card included)
  • HTML browser with RSS support
  • Talk time 6.5 hours (GSM)
  • Standby time 425 hours
  • Dimensions - 103x47x9.4 mm
  • Weight - 71 grams

Almost a year after the announcement of the first mobile phone under the brand Cyber-shot, K800/K790, Sony Ericsson pleased its fans with the announcement of a new mobile phone, K810, which is an evolutionary development of the new model. So, what did the Swedish-Japanese concern prepare as a replacement for the very successful K800/K790 model, which was sold out with a good circulation of 4.5 million copies?

Firstly, the appearance of the novelty has been significantly redesigned, especially the front part. When looking at the K810, an unusual numeric keypad with round buttons catches the eye. The company decided to take a bold step by presenting a similar model. As you can see, Sony Ericsson has not abandoned the joystick either, although in previous models its reliability was sometimes criticized by some users.

Besides, the thickness of the phone has been reduced, 17 mm versus 22 mm for the K800, however, the proprietary cover that covers the camera lens has remained virtually unchanged. The camera module remained unchanged - the same 3.2 MP with autofocus. We were also pleased with the support for USB 2.0 mode, so now the speed of data transfer via cable to a PC should increase significantly. Your phone will come with a DCU-65 USB cable and an HPM-62 headset.

Sony Ericsson K810 will be offered in two color variations: Noble Blue and Golden Ivory. As for the cost, the recommended price for a novelty is traditional - 400 euros. The expected time of appearance on sale is the 2nd quarter of this year.

  • Dimensions: 104x46x17 mm
  • Support UMTS 2100 MHz and GSM/GPRS 900/1800/1900 MHz
  • For K818 - GPRS 900/1800/1900 MHz
  • 2" QVGA screen, 262k colors
  • 64MB internal memory, 128MB M2 card included
  • 3.2MP autofocus camera, front camera for video calls
  • FM radio with RDS
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • USB 2.0
  • TrackID support
  • HTML browser, RSS reader
  • Talk time: up to 10 hours (up to 2 hours 35 minutes for UMTS)
  • Standby time: up to 400 hours (GSM & UMTS)
  • Video call (UMTS only): up to 1.5 hours

Another phone presented by Sony Ericsson under the Cyber-shot brand is the K550, which is designed to strengthen the company's position in the middle hi-end segment. The new product features a W880-style keyboard, a small thickness of 14 mm, and a 2 megapixel autofocus camera - all the same, the Cyber-shot brand has its effect.

Another distinguishing feature of the K550 is that the port for connecting the charger and headset is located on the side, and not at the bottom. However, we have already published spy photos of this phone, as you can see, they were very truthful. A certain part of Sony Ericsson fans will be pleased with the use of the navigation key instead of the joystick. The screen in the new product is 1.9" TFD, 262 thousand colors, resolution 176x220, apparently, the screen migrated from the W810 model. The dimensions of the K550 are 102x46x14 mm.

The phone will be available in Deep Black and Pearl White. Quad-band K550 will appear already in the first quarter of 2007, the recommended price is 300 euros.

  • GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz support
  • 1.9" TFD LCD, 262k colors, 176x220
  • 64 MB internal memory, M2 card slot
  • 2 MP autofocus camera
  • FM radio with RDS
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • USB 2.0
  • Flight Mode
  • Instant Messaging
  • TrackID support
  • HTML browser, RSS reader
  • Dimensions 102x46x14 mm
  • Talk time: up to 7 hours
  • Standby time: up to 350 hours

Last week, Nokia introduced Feature Pack 2 for the S60 3rd Edition platform. Recall that devices based on the previous update, S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 1, were presented only in autumn 2006. According to the description of the creator, Feature Pack 2 is designed to significantly speed up the creation of applications and improve performance. The package is aimed at mid-range smartphones and allows you to make noticeable improvements in the usability of devices in this category.

Building applications and services for the S60 will be faster and more profitable using Open C, a C++ development environment. This innovation brings standard C function libraries to the S60, which Nokia believes should improve performance and speed up the process of bringing applications to market. Thanks to Open C, software developers will be able to reuse already created codes and pay more attention to mobile aspects in their applications. The Open C libraries will be part of S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2 and will also be integrated into publicly available SDKs (software development kits).

Feature Pack 2 also delivers improved usability and ease-of-use, with a software architecture focused primarily on mid-range devices. The changes concern, for example, easier work with messages, multitasking and downloading data. The update, in particular, allows you to play content already in the process of downloading, and also offers animated reminders for incoming calls. Architectural improvements focus on performance and support for a variety of hardware platforms, such as support for on-demand virtual memory paging.

The S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2 will be available to S60 smartphone manufacturers in the second quarter of 2007. As Nokia promises, the update is fully compatible with S60 3rd Edition, and applications developed for S60 3rd Edition will also be able to run on S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2 devices. 3d Edition uses Symbian OS 9.1, while Feature Pack 1 uses version 9.2.

In turn, Japanese companies such as NTT DoCoMo, Renesas, Fujitsu, Mitsubishi Electric, Sharp and Sony Ericsson announced joint plans to develop a next-generation mobile platform for two-mode HSDPA/W-CDMA (3G ) and GSM/GPRS/EDGE (2G) networks. The participants of this agreement intend to complete the development of this platform in the second quarter of 2008 (July-September).

Six companies have decided on a joint project to create a platform with enhanced functionality for third generation mobile phones. The new platform will be based on the new SH-Mobile G3 single-chip microprocessor, which includes a baseband processor (responsible for communication functions in a mobile phone) with HSDPA cat support. 8/ W-CDMA and GSM/GPRS/EDGE networks and application processor with support for high-end multimedia capabilities, as well as reference design of integrated sound, power supply and high-frequency modules. The platform will also contain standard software for core functions, including the Symbian operating system, device drivers, firmware code, and communications software.

As you might guess, the main customer for future phones built on the new platform will be the Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo. Renesas will supply the platform's hardware, while Fujitsu, Mitsubishi Electric, Sharp and Sony Ericsson will jointly develop common telephony features. With this position, companies hope to reduce development time and costs and allocate more funds and time to develop new features in the phone, expanding their portfolio.

Block diagram of the future mobile platform:

It is worth noting that two of NTT DoCoMo's other largest long-term partners, NEC and Panasonic, have also teamed up to create a joint low-cost mobile platform, albeit based on Linux (before that, the companies released their Linux phones separately), while mobile phones Fujitsu, Mitsubishi Electric, Sharp and Sony Ericsson for NTT DoCoMo, as noted above, will (and have been) based on Symbian with a MOAP interface.

And UIQ Technology (already officially acquired by Sony Ericsson) announced an update to UIQ 3, an open software platform and user interface based on the Symbian OS operating system. UIQ 3.1 is based on Symbian OS 9.2.

The update provides enhanced options for configuring soft keys, which is useful when you have different sets of hardware keys on different devices.

It is also claimed to facilitate multitasking with simplified switching between applications thanks to the Task list, the contents of the list can be configured by the manufacturer.

In addition, UIQ 3.1 supports Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG Tiny), which gives mobile developers more freedom to create mobile phones with a rich user interface, such as animated icons.

The UIQ 3.1 SDK (Software Development Kit) is planned to be available in the near future on developer.uiq.com.

Another recent trend is the increased interest in location services. For example, Nokia announced that its smart2go mapping navigation platform is available for free download. Actually not right now, but from Saturday, February 10th. The platform provides the ability to use maps and create routes for more than 150 countries. At the same time, turn-by-turn satellite navigation is supported for more than 30 countries, but this is already a paid service, several types of licenses are provided - from a weekly to a three-year one.

Another recent trend is the increased interest in location services. For example, Nokia announced that its smart2go mapping navigation platform is available for free download. Actually not right now, but with Saturday, February 10th. The platform provides the ability to use maps and create routes for more than 150 countries. At the same time, turn-by-turn satellite navigation is supported for more than 30 countries, but this is already a paid service, several types of licenses are provided - from a weekly to a three-year one.

The application allows you to find your location, marked objects (more than 15 million), and also make routes. Initially, versions for some S60 and Windows Mobile 5.0 devices will be available, and later it is planned to release versions for all major mobile platforms - Nokia S60, Series 40, Linux, Pocket PC and other devices based on Windows Mobile. Nokia plans to pre-install smart2go on all future N-series newcomers under the name "Nokia Maps". Owners of already released smartphones will be able to download the application themselves.

smart2go is a "hybrid" application. Maps from Tele-Atlas and Navteq can be downloaded over a wireless connection (eg GPRS/3G/WLAN) and stored on a smartphone's memory card, and content can also be accessed using a computer. If you need additional features to use your mobile device as a navigator (step-by-step instructions, etc.), then they can also be connected if you subscribe to the service.

At the end of the week, more details about the new product from Samsung - Ultra Smart F700 became known. The phone is equipped with a 2.78-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 240x440 pixels, and the VibeTonz technology is really supported, designed to create a feeling of pressing buttons when operating using the display. An HTML browser, an e-mail client and a document viewer are provided. It is possible to work in the mode of disconnected telephone functionality. Among the communication talents, support for wireless Wi-Fi networks is not mentioned. The dimensions of the device are quite small.