Review of the main events of the past week (Week 22)

Greetings to the readers of the weekly digest column. As expected, last week there was an official announcement of a new Palm product called Foleo. According to the company, this device belongs to the new category of "mobile companion". The Foleo is a mini laptop with a full QWERTY keyboard and a 10-inch display. According to Palm, the novelty is focused primarily on working with e-mail and office documents. To access the Internet, it is proposed to use Treo, connected via Bluetooth and working as a wireless modem, or Wi-Fi. It is reported that Foleo is able to work with devices based on Palm and Windows Mobile. Synchronization can be maintained continuously or at the push of a button. From the software, the Opera browser, Documents To Go from DataViz and a PDF reader from Palm are announced.

Palm Foleo specifications:

  • Linux operating system
  • 10" display
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth
  • USB
  • Video output
  • SD and Compact Flash card slots
  • 5 hour battery life

It is reported that the device will ship in the US this summer, its price, including an initial discount of $100, will be $499.

The rumor about a new platform with support for touch displays from Nokia, which has not yet been justified, but no less expected, continues its unofficial existence. Thus, the Ring Nokia resource published data, in its opinion, confirming the emergence of a version of the S60 platform with a touch user interface. Such rumors have already appeared, but they do not yet have any confirmation from the Finnish company. The source says that in one of the emails containing a report on fixing bugs in the operation of WebKit, there is the following phrase: "S60 3.2 Touch: Scrolling initial implementation." That is, the bug on scrolling for the touch interface appears to have been fixed.

Recall that based on WebKit technology, Nokia developed a browser for the S60 platform, this is an open source project. Thus, according to Ring Nokia, it can be concluded from the WebKit documentation that this browser is intended for S60-based devices with a touch display. So far, there has been no information from the developer about this, it remains to wait for the official announcement.

There are also rumors on the net that Google plans to enter the market as a virtual mobile operator. It is reported that a deal was made with the operator O2 for this.

Details are not yet clear, it is only known that the launch of the Google Mobile network will begin in the UK. An official announcement should be expected within the next few weeks. It is likely that Google's virtual mobile operator will be popular, at least among users of the company's services.

In news that is no longer rumored, I would like to note that, according to the Chinese newspaper Commercial Times, Apple has entered into an agreement with Quanta, according to which the Taiwanese manufacturer must supply 5 million iPhones by September of this year. According to the same source, the first batch of phones, which will go on sale immediately after the release of the device in June, will be supplied to Apple by Foxconn.

Now Internet resources are building various assumptions about what iPhones will come from Quanta. According to some reports, Foxconn's iPhone is intended for the US market, while Quanta's products are for other markets, and only slightly differ in design. But there are also opinions that Quanta will release a second-generation device with improved functionality.

Last week, Nokia announced two new 3rd generation mobile phones in the mid-range segment with modern design and ergonomic design: Nokia 6500 classic and Nokia 6500 slide.

Nokia 6500 classic is a mobile phone in a classic (it's not for nothing that Nokia gives its new models the "Classic" prefix) monoblock form factor with solid anodized aluminum body parts without side seams.

Music lovers will be pleased to know that the Nokia 6500 classic has 1 GB of memory and a built-in music player. For lovers of photography, this model has a 2 MP camera with dual LED illumination.

Nokia 6500 classic brief specifications:

Nokia 6500 classic is scheduled to go on sale in the 3rd quarter of 2007 for about 320 Euros.

Nokia 6500 slide is a slider mobile phone that uses the same technology as the "classic" Nokia 6500 and is scratch and fingerprint resistant. Fans of photography and video filming will note the presence of a 3.2 MP camera with autofocus and Carl Zeiss optics in this model, which allows making videos in VGA resolution (640x480 pixels), which can be viewed on a TV screen by connecting this phone to it. For those who want to listen to music, they have a built-in FM radio and music player.

Nokia 6500 slide technical specifications in brief:

  • Supported communication standards: WCDMA 850/2100 MHz, GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, EDGE/GPRS
  • Platform: Series 40
  • Dimensions: 96.5x46.5x16.4 mm
  • Weight: 125 g
  • Display: 2.2-inch TFT, 240x320 pixels, over 16 million colors
  • Battery: Li-Ion, BP-5M (900 mAh)
  • Main camera: 3.2 MP autofocus with Carl Zeiss optics
  • Front camera: QCIF resolution (176x144)
  • Supports up to 4GB microSD cards
  • Stereo FM receiver.
  • Supplied with HS-47 wired stereo headset and 256MB memory card
  • Communications: microUSB, Bluetooth, video output

Nokia 6500 slide is scheduled to go on sale in the 3rd quarter of 2007 for about 370 Euros.

Another premium mobile phone was also officially announced, the Nokia 8600 Luna, which is the successor of models such as the Nokia 8800 and 8910 with their various modifications.

According to the company, they named this model in honor of the goddess Luna, the ancient Roman goddess of moonlight. In order not to be unfounded in the name, the creators of the Nokia 8600 Luna in the manufacture of this phone used smoked glass as the material of the cover covering the keyboard; the light from the keys literally makes you touch the phone. It is also noteworthy that the parts of the body of the “lunar” phone are made of stainless steel with a soft-touch surface.

Nokia 8600 Luna specifications:

  • Supported communication standards: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, EDGE/GPRS
  • Platform: Series 40
  • Dimensions: 107x45x15.9 mm
  • Weight: 143 g
  • Display: 240x320 dots, TFT with over 16 million colors
  • Battery: Li-Ion, BP-5M (900 mAh)
  • Camera: 2 MP with video recording
  • Communications: separate microUSB and 2.5 mm audio jack, Bluetooth

Nokia 8600 Luna is scheduled to go on sale in the 2nd quarter of this year for about 700 Euros.

Turning to analytics and technology news, Berg Insight predicts that after 2012 the number of smartphones based on the Linux operating system may exceed the number of Symbian smartphones. Experts say that in 2012, Symbian will still lead the smartphone operating system market with a market share of 44%, while Linux will account for 41% and Windows Mobile - 6%.

It is noteworthy that the outlook for Windows Mobile, according to Berg Insight, looks quite bleak compared to data in similar reports from other companies. For example, according to IDC, in 2010 this operating system will occupy 32.3% of the operating system market for "converged mobile devices" (possibly, this concept includes not only smartphones, but also communicators). And The Diffusion Group (TDG) more than a year ago predicted that by 2010 the market for operating systems for smartphones would be divided as follows: Windows Mobile - 29%, Linux - 26%, Symbian - 22%.

Almost everyone has heard about WiMAX technology, including its mobile component. However, there are not so many examples of the practical implementation of this technology. Nevertheless, analysts predict that in a few years the share of mobile WiMAX in the market will reach 8%, and the number of users - 88 million. Such data is provided by Mobile Broadband Wireless in its report entitled "Path towards 4G".

As you can see, UMTS/HSDPA will also increase its share to ?, while CDMA EVDO, on the contrary, will lose its share of 34%, reducing it to 12%.

High data rates and multimedia processing require more memory, and the flash memory industry is going through one of its most significant developments today. Last week, the South Korean company Samsung Electronics announced the development of a 4-gigabyte multi-chip module (MCP) for mobile phones, which will eliminate the need for an external memory card slot, and also eliminates the need to develop a software interface for all types of NAND-memory.< /p>

Samsung's new moviMCP multi-chip module, based on on-chip (moviNAND) memory, provides an easy layout of memory elements in the design of mobile terminals, but at the same time satisfies the need for high data transfer speeds between phone components.

The new moviMCP combines a 4 GB onboard memory card consisting of two 16 gigabit (Gb) NAND chips and a controller, as well as a 1 GB mobile DRAM chip for processor needs and a 2 Gb NAND flash chip for mainstream phone operations.

MoviMCP test samples are currently available for OEMs.

Oki Electric Industry has announced what it says is the world's first DSRC (Dedicated Short Range Communication) wireless module that can be integrated into a mobile phone. The DSRC wireless specification is for the electronics (on-board computer system) of vehicles.

According to Oki Electric Industry, based on this compact wireless module, it has developed a mobile phone prototype, the Safety Mobile Phone, that can help keep pedestrians safe. A device with a DSRC module notifies cars with a built-in DSRC system about its location by sending an outgoing signal after a specified period of time in a zone of several hundred meters, and also receives information about the location of these cars. Such a system of interaction, according to the manufacturer, can significantly reduce the number of traffic accidents and reduce the number of victims.

It is reported that the beginning of testing of this system in Japan is planned for 2009, and the launch - for March 2011. The manufacturer is now finalizing and improving its solution.

Review of the main events of the past week (Week 22)

Greetings to the readers of the weekly digest column. As expected, last week the official announcement of a new product from Palm took place, it was called Foleo. According to the company, this device belongs to the new category of "mobile companion". The Foleo is a mini laptop with a full QWERTY keyboard and a 10-inch display. According to Palm, the novelty is focused primarily on working with e-mail and office documents. To access the Internet, it is proposed to use Treo, connected via Bluetooth and working as a wireless modem, or Wi-Fi. It is reported that Foleo is able to work with devices based on Palm and Windows Mobile. Synchronization can be maintained continuously or at the push of a button. From the software, the Opera browser, Documents To Go from DataViz and a PDF reader from Palm are announced.

Palm Foleo specifications:

  • Linux operating system
  • 10" display
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth
  • USB
  • Video output
  • SD and Compact Flash card slots
  • 5 hour battery life

The device is reported to start shipping this summer in the US, and will cost $499 with an initial discount of $100.

The rumor about a new platform with support for touch displays from Nokia, which has not yet been justified, but no less expected, continues its unofficial existence. Thus, the Ring Nokia resource published data, in its opinion, confirming the emergence of a version of the S60 platform with a touch user interface. Such rumors have already appeared, but they do not yet have any confirmation from the Finnish company. The source says that in one of the emails containing a report on fixing bugs in the operation of WebKit, there is the following phrase: "S60 3.2 Touch: Scrolling initial implementation." That is, the bug on scrolling for the touch interface appears to have been fixed.

Recall that based on WebKit technology, Nokia developed a browser for the S60 platform, this is an open source project. Thus, according to Ring Nokia, it can be concluded from the WebKit documentation that this browser is intended for S60-based devices with a touch display. So far, there has been no information from the developer about this, it remains to wait for the official announcement.

There are also rumors on the net that Google plans to enter the market as a virtual mobile operator. It is reported that a deal was made with the operator O2 for this.

Details are not yet clear, it is only known that the launch of the Google Mobile network will begin in the UK. An official announcement should be expected within the next few weeks. It is likely that Google's virtual mobile operator will be popular, at least among users of the company's services.

In news that is no longer rumored, I would like to note that, according to the Chinese newspaper Commercial Times, Apple has entered into an agreement with Quanta, according to which the Taiwanese manufacturer must supply 5 million iPhones by September of this year. According to the same source, the first batch of phones, which will go on sale immediately after the release of the device in June, will be supplied to Apple by Foxconn.

Now Internet resources are building various assumptions about what iPhones will come from Quanta. According to some reports, Foxconn's iPhone is intended for the US market, while Quanta's products are for other markets, and only slightly differ in design. But there are also opinions that Quanta will release a second-generation device with improved functionality.

Last week, Nokia announced two new 3rd generation mobile phones in the mid-range segment with modern design and ergonomic design: Nokia 6500 classic and Nokia 6500 slide.

Nokia 6500 classic is a mobile phone in a classic (it's not for nothing that Nokia gives its new models the "Classic" prefix) monoblock form factor with solid anodized aluminum body parts without side seams.

Music lovers will be pleased to know that the Nokia 6500 classic has 1 GB of memory and a built-in music player. For lovers of photography, this model has a 2 MP camera with dual LED illumination.

Nokia 6500 classic brief specifications:

Nokia 6500 classic is scheduled to go on sale in the 3rd quarter of 2007 for about 320 Euros.

Nokia 6500 slide is a slider mobile phone that uses the same technology as the "classic" Nokia 6500 and is scratch and fingerprint resistant. Fans of photography and video filming will note the presence of a 3.2 MP camera with autofocus and Carl Zeiss optics in this model, which allows making videos in VGA resolution (640x480 pixels), which can be viewed on a TV screen by connecting this phone to it. For those who want to listen to music, they have a built-in FM radio and music player.

Nokia 6500 slide technical specifications in brief:

  • Supported communication standards: WCDMA 850/2100 MHz, GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, EDGE/GPRS
  • Platform: Series 40
  • Dimensions: 96.5x46.5x16.4 mm
  • Weight: 125 g
  • Display: 2.2-inch TFT, 240x320 pixels, over 16 million colors
  • Battery: Li-Ion, BP-5M (900 mAh)
  • Main camera: 3.2 MP autofocus with Carl Zeiss optics
  • Front camera: QCIF resolution (176x144)
  • Supports up to 4GB microSD cards
  • Stereo FM receiver.
  • Supplied with HS-47 wired stereo headset and 256MB memory card
  • Communications: microUSB, Bluetooth, video output

Nokia 6500 slide is scheduled to go on sale in the 3rd quarter of 2007 for about 370 Euros.

Another premium mobile phone was also officially announced, the Nokia 8600 Luna, which is the successor of models such as the Nokia 8800 and 8910 with their various modifications.

According to the company, they named this model in honor of the goddess Luna, the ancient Roman goddess of moonlight. In order not to be unfounded in the name, the creators of the Nokia 8600 Luna in the manufacture of this phone used smoked glass as the material of the cover covering the keyboard; the light from the keys literally makes you touch the phone. It is also noteworthy that the parts of the body of the “lunar” phone are made of stainless steel with a soft-touch surface.

Nokia 8600 Luna specifications:

  • Supported communication standards: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, EDGE/GPRS
  • Platform: Series 40
  • Dimensions: 107x45x15.9 mm
  • Weight: 143 g
  • Display: 240x320 dots, TFT with over 16 million colors
  • Battery: Li-Ion, BP-5M (900 mAh)
  • Camera: 2 MP with video recording
  • Communications: separate microUSB and 2.5 mm audio jack, Bluetooth

Nokia 8600 Luna is scheduled to go on sale in the 2nd quarter of this year for about 700 Euros.

Turning to analytics and technology news, Berg Insight predicts that after 2012 the number of smartphones based on the Linux operating system may exceed the number of Symbian smartphones. Experts say that in 2012, Symbian will still lead the smartphone operating system market with a market share of 44%, while Linux will account for 41% and Windows Mobile - 6%.

It is noteworthy that the outlook for Windows Mobile, according to Berg Insight, looks quite bleak compared to data in similar reports from other companies. For example, according to IDC, in 2010 this operating system will occupy 32.3% of the operating system market for "converged mobile devices" (possibly, this concept includes not only smartphones, but also communicators). And The Diffusion Group (TDG) more than a year ago predicted that by 2010 the market for operating systems for smartphones would be divided as follows: Windows Mobile - 29%, Linux - 26%, Symbian - 22%.

Contrary to the previous report, there is a study by the analytical company In-Stat, according to which, despite the appearance of a large number of multimedia phones recently, American users are still not fully convinced of the benefits of this functionality. In-Stat reports that more than one-third of mobile phone users use handsets that cannot play MP3 music, videos, or are not equipped with an FM radio.

Analysts report that the large number of multimedia models on the market is more driven by the desire of operators to provide various services than by the really high demand for such phones. But the announcement of the Apple iPhone, in their opinion, can change this situation.

In-Stat study highlights:

  • The number of respondents using a multimedia phone doubled in 2007 compared to 2006.
  • Of those users who do not have a multimedia phone, only a small number are interested in purchasing one.
  • More than 80% of those surveyed whose device is capable of playing MP3 music rarely, if ever, use this capability.

Almost everyone has heard about WiMAX technology, including its mobile component. However, there are not so many examples of the practical implementation of this technology. Nevertheless, analysts predict that in a few years the share of mobile WiMAX in the market will reach 8%, and the number of users - 88 million. Such data is provided by Mobile Broadband Wireless in its report entitled "Path towards 4G".

As you can see, UMTS/HSDPA will also increase its share to ?, while CDMA EVDO, on the contrary, will lose its share of 34%, reducing it to 12%.

High data rates and multimedia processing require more memory, and the flash memory industry is going through one of its most significant developments today. Last week, the South Korean company Samsung Electronics announced the development of a 4-gigabyte multi-chip module (MCP) for mobile phones, which will eliminate the need for an external memory card slot, and also eliminates the need to develop a software interface for all types of NAND-memory.< /p>

Samsung's new moviMCP multi-chip module, based on on-chip (moviNAND) memory, provides an easy layout of memory elements in the design of mobile terminals, but at the same time satisfies the need for high data transfer speeds between phone components.

The new moviMCP combines a 4 GB onboard memory card consisting of two 16 gigabit (Gb) NAND chips and a controller, as well as a 1 GB mobile DRAM chip for processor needs and a 2 Gb NAND flash chip for mainstream phone operations.

MoviMCP test samples are currently available for OEMs.

Oki Electric Industry has announced what it says is the world's first DSRC (Dedicated Short Range Communication) wireless module that can be integrated into a mobile phone. The DSRC wireless specification is for the electronics (on-board computer system) of vehicles.

According to Oki Electric Industry, based on this compact wireless module, it has developed a mobile phone prototype, the Safety Mobile Phone, that can help keep pedestrians safe. A device with a DSRC module notifies cars with a built-in DSRC system about its location by sending an outgoing signal after a specified period of time in a zone of several hundred meters, and also receives information about the location of these cars. Such a system of interaction, according to the manufacturer, can significantly reduce the number of traffic accidents and reduce the number of victims.

It is reported that the beginning of testing of this system in Japan is planned for 2009, and the launch - for March 2011. The manufacturer is now finalizing and improving its solution.

Review of the main events of the past week (Week 22)

Greetings to the readers of the weekly digest column. As expected, last week there was an official announcement of a new Palm product called Foleo. According to the company, this device belongs to the new category of "mobile companion". The Foleo is a mini laptop with a full QWERTY keyboard and a 10-inch display. According to Palm, the novelty is focused primarily on working with e-mail and office documents. To access the Internet, it is proposed to use Treo, connected via Bluetooth and working as a wireless modem, or Wi-Fi. It is reported that Foleo is able to work with devices based on Palm and Windows Mobile. Synchronization can be maintained continuously or at the push of a button. From the software, the Opera browser, Documents To Go from DataViz and a PDF reader from Palm are announced.

Palm Foleo specifications:

  • Linux operating system
  • 10" display
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth
  • USB
  • Video output
  • SD and Compact Flash card slots
  • 5 hour battery life

It is reported that the device will ship in the US this summer, its price, including an initial discount of $100, will be $499.

The rumor about a new platform with support for touch displays from Nokia, which has not yet been justified, but no less expected, continues its unofficial existence. Thus, the Ring Nokia resource published data, in its opinion, confirming the emergence of a version of the S60 platform with a touch user interface. Such rumors have already appeared, but they do not yet have any confirmation from the Finnish company. The source says that in one of the emails containing a report on fixing bugs in the operation of WebKit, there is the following phrase: "S60 3.2 Touch: Scrolling initial implementation." That is, the bug on scrolling for the touch interface appears to have been fixed.

Recall that based on WebKit technology, Nokia developed a browser for the S60 platform, this is an open source project. Thus, according to Ring Nokia, it can be concluded from the WebKit documentation that this browser is intended for S60-based devices with a touch display. So far, there has been no information from the developer about this, it remains to wait for the official announcement.

There are also rumors on the net that Google plans to enter the market as a virtual mobile operator. It is reported that a deal was made with the operator O2 for this.

Details are not yet clear, it is only known that the launch of the Google Mobile network will begin in the UK. An official announcement should be expected within the next few weeks. It is likely that Google's virtual mobile operator will be popular, at least among users of the company's services.

In news that is no longer rumored, I would like to note that, according to the Chinese newspaper Commercial Times, Apple has entered into an agreement with Quanta, according to which the Taiwanese manufacturer must supply 5 million iPhones by September of this year. According to the same source, the first batch of phones, which will go on sale immediately after the release of the device in June, will be supplied to Apple by Foxconn.

Now Internet resources are building various assumptions about what iPhones will come from Quanta. According to some reports, Foxconn's iPhone is intended for the US market, while Quanta's products are for other markets, and only slightly differ in design. But there are also opinions that Quanta will release a second-generation device with improved functionality.

Last week, Nokia announced two new 3rd generation mobile phones in the mid-range segment with modern design and ergonomic design: Nokia 6500 classic and Nokia 6500 slide.

Nokia 6500 classic is a mobile phone in a classic (it's not for nothing that Nokia gives its new models the "Classic" prefix) monoblock form factor with solid anodized aluminum body parts without side seams.

Music lovers will be pleased to know that the Nokia 6500 classic has 1 GB of memory and a built-in music player. For lovers of photography, this model has a 2 MP camera with dual LED illumination.

Nokia 6500 classic brief specifications:

Nokia 6500 classic is scheduled to go on sale in the 3rd quarter of 2007 for about 320 Euros.

Nokia 6500 slide is a slider mobile phone that uses the same technology as the "classic" Nokia 6500 and is scratch and fingerprint resistant. Fans of photography and video filming will note the presence of a 3.2 MP camera with autofocus and Carl Zeiss optics in this model, which allows making videos in VGA resolution (640x480 pixels), which can be viewed on a TV screen by connecting this phone to it. For those who want to listen to music, they have a built-in FM radio and music player.

Nokia 6500 slide technical specifications in brief:

  • Supported communication standards: WCDMA 850/2100 MHz, GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, EDGE/GPRS
  • Platform: Series 40
  • Dimensions: 96.5x46.5x16.4 mm
  • Weight: 125 g
  • Display: 2.2-inch TFT, 240x320 pixels, over 16 million colors
  • Battery: Li-Ion, BP-5M (900 mAh)
  • Main camera: 3.2 MP autofocus with Carl Zeiss optics
  • Front camera: QCIF resolution (176x144)
  • Supports up to 4GB microSD cards
  • Stereo FM receiver.
  • Supplied with HS-47 wired stereo headset and 256MB memory card
  • Communications: microUSB, Bluetooth, video output

Nokia 6500 slide is scheduled to go on sale in the 3rd quarter of 2007 for about 370 Euros.

Another premium mobile phone was also officially announced, the Nokia 8600 Luna, which is the successor of models such as the Nokia 8800 and 8910 with their various modifications.

According to the company, they named this model in honor of the goddess Luna, the ancient Roman goddess of moonlight. In order not to be unfounded in the name, the creators of the Nokia 8600 Luna in the manufacture of this phone used smoked glass as the material of the cover covering the keyboard; the light from the keys literally makes you touch the phone. It is also noteworthy that the parts of the body of the “lunar” phone are made of stainless steel with a soft-touch surface.

Nokia 8600 Luna specifications:

  • Supported communication standards: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, EDGE/GPRS
  • Platform: Series 40
  • Dimensions: 107x45x15.9 mm
  • Weight: 143 g
  • Display: 240x320 dots, TFT with over 16 million colors
  • Battery: Li-Ion, BP-5M (900 mAh)
  • Camera: 2 MP with video recording
  • Communications: separate microUSB and 2.5 mm audio jack, Bluetooth

Nokia 8600 Luna is scheduled to go on sale in the 2nd quarter of this year for about 700 Euros.

Turning to analytics and technology news, Berg Insight predicts that after 2012 the number of smartphones based on the Linux operating system may exceed the number of Symbian smartphones. Experts say that in 2012, Symbian will still lead the smartphone operating system market with a market share of 44%, while Linux will account for 41% and Windows Mobile - 6%.

It is noteworthy that the outlook for Windows Mobile, according to Berg Insight, looks quite bleak compared to data in similar reports from other companies. For example, according to IDC, in 2010 this operating system will occupy 32.3% of the operating system market for "converged mobile devices" (possibly, this concept includes not only smartphones, but also communicators). And The Diffusion Group (TDG) more than a year ago predicted that by 2010 the market for operating systems for smartphones would be divided as follows: Windows Mobile - 29%, Linux - 26%, Symbian - 22%.

Contrary to the previous report, there is a study by the analytical company In-Stat, according to which, despite the appearance of a large number of multimedia phones recently, American users are still not fully convinced of the benefits of this functionality. In-Stat reports that more than one-third of mobile phone users use handsets that cannot play MP3 music, videos, or are not equipped with an FM radio.

Analysts report that the large number of multimedia models on the market is more driven by the desire of operators to provide various services than by the really high demand for such phones. But the announcement of the Apple iPhone, in their opinion, can change this situation.

In-Stat study highlights:

  • The number of respondents using a multimedia phone doubled in 2007 compared to 2006.
  • Of those users who do not have a multimedia phone, only a small number are interested in purchasing one.
  • More than 80% of those surveyed whose device is capable of playing MP3 music rarely, if ever, use this capability.

Almost everyone has heard about WiMAX technology, including its mobile component. However, there are not so many examples of the practical implementation of this technology. Nevertheless, analysts predict that in a few years the share of mobile WiMAX in the market will reach 8%, and the number of users - 88 million. Such data is provided by Mobile Broadband Wireless in its report entitled "Path towards 4G".

As you can see, UMTS/HSDPA will also increase its share to ?, while CDMA EVDO, on the contrary, will lose its share of 34%, reducing it to 12%.

High data rates and multimedia processing require more memory, and the flash memory industry is going through one of its most significant developments today. Last week, the South Korean company Samsung Electronics announced the development of a 4-gigabyte multi-chip module (MCP) for mobile phones, which will eliminate the need for an external memory card slot, and also eliminates the need to develop a software interface for all types of NAND-memory.< /p>

Samsung's new moviMCP multi-chip module, based on on-chip (moviNAND) memory, provides an easy layout of memory elements in the design of mobile terminals, but at the same time satisfies the need for high data transfer speeds between phone components.

The new moviMCP combines a 4 GB onboard memory card consisting of two 16 gigabit (Gb) NAND chips and a controller, as well as a 1 GB mobile DRAM chip for processor needs and a 2 Gb NAND flash chip for mainstream phone operations.

MoviMCP test samples are currently available for OEMs.

Oki Electric Industry has announced what it says is the world's first DSRC (Dedicated Short Range Communication) wireless module that can be embedded in a mobile phone. The DSRC wireless specification is for the electronics (on-board computer system) of vehicles.

According to Oki Electric Industry, based on this compact wireless module, it has developed a mobile phone prototype, the Safety Mobile Phone, that can help keep pedestrians safe. A device with a DSRC module notifies cars with a built-in DSRC system about its location by sending an outgoing signal after a specified period of time in a zone of several hundred meters, and also receives information about the location of these cars. Such a system of interaction, according to the manufacturer, can significantly reduce the number of traffic accidents and reduce the number of victims.

It is reported that the beginning of testing of this system in Japan is planned for 2009, and the launch - for March 2011. The manufacturer is now finalizing and improving its solution.

Review of the main events of the past week (Week 22)

Greetings to the readers of the weekly digest column. As expected, last week there was an official announcement of a new Palm product called Foleo. According to the company, this device belongs to the new category of "mobile companion". The Foleo is a mini laptop with a full QWERTY keyboard and a 10-inch display. According to Palm, the novelty is focused primarily on working with e-mail and office documents. To access the Internet, it is proposed to use Treo, connected via Bluetooth and working as a wireless modem, or Wi-Fi. It is reported that Foleo is able to work with devices based on Palm and Windows Mobile. Synchronization can be maintained continuously or at the push of a button. From the software, the Opera browser, Documents To Go from DataViz and a PDF reader from Palm are announced.

Palm Foleo specifications:

  • Linux operating system
  • 10" display
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth
  • USB
  • Video output
  • SD and Compact Flash card slots
  • 5 hour battery life

It is reported that the device will ship in the US this summer, its price, including an initial discount of $100, will be $499.

The rumor about a new platform with support for touch displays from Nokia, which has not yet been justified, but no less expected, continues its unofficial existence. Thus, the Ring Nokia resource published data, in its opinion, confirming the emergence of a version of the S60 platform with a touch user interface. Such rumors have already appeared, but they do not yet have any confirmation from the Finnish company. The source says that in one of the emails containing a report on fixing bugs in the operation of WebKit, there is the following phrase: "S60 3.2 Touch: Scrolling initial implementation." That is, the bug on scrolling for the touch interface appears to have been fixed.

Recall that based on WebKit technology, Nokia developed a browser for the S60 platform, this is an open source project. Thus, according to Ring Nokia, it can be concluded from the WebKit documentation that this browser is intended for S60-based devices with a touch display. So far, there has been no information from the developer about this, it remains to wait for the official announcement.

There are also rumors on the net that Google plans to enter the market as a virtual mobile operator. It is reported that a deal was made with the operator O2 for this.

Details are not yet clear, it is only known that the launch of the Google Mobile network will begin in the UK. An official announcement should be expected within the next few weeks. It is likely that Google's virtual mobile operator will be popular, at least among users of the company's services.

In news that is no longer rumored, I would like to note that, according to the Chinese newspaper Commercial Times, Apple has entered into an agreement with Quanta, according to which the Taiwanese manufacturer must supply 5 million iPhones by September of this year. According to the same source, the first batch of phones, which will go on sale immediately after the release of the device in June, will be supplied to Apple by Foxconn.

Now Internet resources are building various assumptions about what iPhones will come from Quanta. According to some reports, Foxconn's iPhone is intended for the US market, while Quanta's products are for other markets, and only slightly differ in design. But there are also opinions that Quanta will release a second-generation device with improved functionality.

Last week, Nokia announced two new 3rd generation mobile phones in the mid-range segment with modern design and ergonomic design: Nokia 6500 classic and Nokia 6500 slide.

Nokia 6500 classic is a mobile phone in a classic (it's not for nothing that Nokia gives its new models the "Classic" prefix) monoblock form factor with solid anodized aluminum body parts without side seams.

Music lovers will be pleased to know that the Nokia 6500 classic has 1 GB of memory and a built-in music player. For lovers of photography, this model has a 2 MP camera with dual LED illumination.

Nokia 6500 classic brief specifications:

  • Supported communication standards: WCDMA 850/2100 MHz, GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, EDGE/GPRS
  • Platform: Series 40
  • Dimensions: 109.8x45x9.5 mm
  • Weight: 94 g
  • Display: resolution 240x320 pixels, TFT, displays more than 16 million colors
  • Battery: Li-Ion, BP-6P (830 mAh)
  • Camera: 2 MP with video recording
  • Memory: 1 GB
  • Included wired stereo headset HS-82
  • Communications: microUSB, Bluetooth
  • Supported communication standards: WCDMA 850/2100 MHz, GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, EDGE/GPRS
  • Platform: Series 40
  • Dimensions: 109.8x45x9.5 mm
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  • Weight: 94 g
  • Display: resolution 240x320 pixels, TFT, displays more than 16 million colors
  • Battery: Li-Ion, BP-6P (830 mAh)
  • Camera: 2 MP with video recording
  • Memory: 1 GB
  • Supplied with wired stereo headset HS-82
  • Communications: microUSB, Bluetooth
  • Nokia 6500 classic is scheduled to go on sale in the 3rd quarter of 2007 for about 320 Euros.

    Nokia 6500 slide is a slider mobile phone that uses the same technology as the "classic" Nokia 6500 and is scratch and fingerprint resistant. Fans of photography and video filming will note the presence of a 3.2 MP camera with autofocus and Carl Zeiss optics in this model, which allows making videos in VGA resolution (640x480 pixels), which can be viewed on a TV screen by connecting this phone to it. For those who want to listen to music, they have a built-in FM radio and music player.

    Nokia 6500 slide technical specifications in brief:

    • Supported communication standards: WCDMA 850/2100 MHz, GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, EDGE/GPRS
    • Platform: Series 40
    • Dimensions: 96.5x46.5x16.4 mm
    • Weight: 125 g
    • Display: 2.2-inch TFT, 240x320 pixels, over 16 million colors
    • Battery: Li-Ion, BP-5M (900 mAh)
    • Main camera: 3.2 MP autofocus with Carl Zeiss optics
    • Front camera: QCIF resolution (176x144)
    • Supports up to 4GB microSD cards
    • Stereo FM receiver.
    • Supplied with HS-47 wired stereo headset and 256MB memory card
    • Communications: microUSB, Bluetooth, video output

    Nokia 6500 slide is scheduled to go on sale in the 3rd quarter of 2007 for about 370 Euros.

    Another premium mobile phone was also officially announced, the Nokia 8600 Luna, which is the successor of models such as the Nokia 8800 and 8910 with their various modifications.

    According to the company, they named this model in honor of the goddess Luna, the ancient Roman goddess of moonlight. In order not to be unfounded in the name, the creators of the Nokia 8600 Luna in the manufacture of this phone used smoked glass as the material of the cover covering the keyboard; the light from the keys literally makes you touch the phone. It is also noteworthy that the parts of the body of the “lunar” phone are made of stainless steel with a soft-touch surface.

    Nokia 8600 Luna specifications:

    • Supported communication standards: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, EDGE/GPRS
    • Platform: Series 40
    • Dimensions: 107x45x15.9 mm
    • Weight: 143 g
    • Display: 240x320 dots, TFT with over 16 million colors
    • Battery: Li-Ion, BP-5M (900 mAh)
    • Camera: 2 MP with video recording
    • Communications: separate microUSB and 2.5 mm audio jack, Bluetooth

    Nokia 8600 Luna is scheduled to go on sale in the 2nd quarter of this year for about 700 Euros.

    Turning to analytics and technology news, Berg Insight predicts that after 2012 the number of smartphones based on the Linux operating system may exceed the number of Symbian smartphones. Experts say that in 2012, Symbian will still lead the smartphone operating system market with a market share of 44%, while Linux will account for 41% and Windows Mobile - 6%.

    It is noteworthy that the outlook for Windows Mobile, according to Berg Insight, looks quite bleak compared to data in similar reports from other companies. For example, according to IDC, in 2010 this operating system will occupy 32.3% of the operating system market for "converged mobile devices" (possibly, this concept includes not only smartphones, but also communicators). And The Diffusion Group (TDG) more than a year ago predicted that by 2010 the market for operating systems for smartphones would be divided as follows: Windows Mobile - 29%, Linux - 26%, Symbian - 22%.

    Almost everyone has heard about WiMAX technology, including its mobile component. However, there are not so many examples of the practical implementation of this technology. Nevertheless, analysts predict that in a few years the share of mobile WiMAX in the market will reach 8%, and the number of users - 88 million. Such data is provided by Mobile Broadband Wireless in its report entitled "Path towards 4G".

    As you can see, UMTS/HSDPA will also increase its share to ?, while CDMA EVDO, on the contrary, will lose its share of 34%, reducing it to 12%.

    High data rates and multimedia processing require more memory, and the flash memory industry is going through one of its most significant developments today. Last week, South Korean company Samsung Electronics announced the development of a 4-gigabyte multi-chip module (MCP) for mobile phones, which will eliminate the need to use an external memory card slot, and also eliminates the need to develop a software interface for all types of NAND-memory.< /p>

    Samsung's new moviMCP multi-chip module, based on on-chip (moviNAND) memory, provides an easy layout of memory elements in the design of mobile terminals, but at the same time satisfies the need for high data transfer speeds between phone components.

    The new moviMCP combines a 4 GB onboard memory card consisting of two 16 gigabit (Gb) NAND chips and a controller, as well as a 1 GB mobile DRAM chip for processor needs and a 2 Gb NAND flash chip for mainstream phone operations.

    MoviMCP test samples are currently available for OEMs.

    Oki Electric Industry has announced what it says is the world's first DSRC (Dedicated Short Range Communication) wireless module that can be integrated into a mobile phone. The DSRC wireless specification is for the electronics (on-board computer system) of vehicles.

    According to Oki Electric Industry, based on this compact wireless module, it has developed a mobile phone prototype, the Safety Mobile Phone, that can help keep pedestrians safe. A device with a DSRC module notifies cars with a built-in DSRC system about its location by sending an outgoing signal after a specified period of time in a zone of several hundred meters, and also receives information about the location of these cars. Such a system of interaction, according to the manufacturer, can significantly reduce the number of traffic accidents and reduce the number of victims.

    It is reported that the beginning of testing of this system in Japan is planned for 2009, and the launch - for March 2011. The manufacturer is now finalizing and improving its solution.