Looking to grab its next billion users, Nokia has launched a new, entry level mobile phone aimed at "growth markets", or the developing world. The X1-00 will retail for less than €35 (or $48 bucks), and has special features that will make it appealing for those markets. Oh, and it's orange. Read on past the cut to see more specs and info.
Sweden has had a long history of paying for things with your cellphone. I remember hearing years ago about vending machines that would bill your cellphone account for whatever delicious treats you wanted to vend. Now, the Swedish postal system has decided to offer a service that allows the use of a cellular text message (SMS) to pay for postage. The user sends an SMS message and service will send a special code back. Just write this code on the envelope in the place of a stamp to verify payment.
The Sign phone concept, designed by Joseph K. Lee, is a sweet piece of vapor technology. Ideas like this are what keep us looking forward into the horizon of tomorrow with joy. With technologies like capacitive touch pads, Active Matrix Organic LED screens, and high-efficiency solar panels married together into this sleek looking phone, how can you go wrong?
In a new concept from the SADI design school, the 360 Compact Folding mobile phone has multiple touch screens that are hinged together to simulate a tablet-like feel, or can be folded down for a device that is easier to hold. The phone would have a "standing mode" where it can be propped up for viewing the main screen, "protection mode" when it is closed, "multitasking mode" using all three screens, and "open mode" for only using the middle screen.
The latest solar powered cell phone was just announced at Mobile World Congress in Spain, the Umeox Apollo. The phone runs on Android, and would take about 2.5 hours of sunlight for refilling the battery after daily use. This is great news if you want to go camping and not be without your smartphone. The phone is headed for production, but there is no word on when it will actually be available in the US.
The phone could also be great for travelling. But for daily use, leaving your phone out in the sun for 2.5 hours at a time probably isn't realistic. More likely, the phone would charge for 10-15 minutes throughout the day in between uses. In the event the phone goes completely dead, it would take up to 17 hours in the sun to charge it back.
We're just pulling in to the city that's soon to be known as the Town of Trillion Cellphones - Barcelona! We're here for World Mobile Congress 2011 and we're bringing it to you as fast as we get it for four straight days! We'll be there before, after, at all the pre-parties and post-parties and all sorts of little bits from here or there. See our gigantic word bank below to have whichever feed of information you like for the next few days or just hit the [MWC 2011] portal for the whole shebang - it's already begun!
Ever have one of those dates (or playdates) where you're vying for your partner's attention, but they seem to be... oh.. I dunno... distracted by their phone? This sort of thing has been an epidemic ever since the first smartphone was released. Now there's something for you, the nice man or lady, who wants to let their friend or lover know that they're not one of "those people." It's the Phonekerchief, and it's the perfect blend of sassy, ironic, and loveable.
Today deputy program manager for Army unmanned aerial systems for the U.S. Army Tim Owings said that the Army is committed, or rather, remains committed, to the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS), which is a main mean for disseminating video images to the battlefield. This project is definitely underway, but wont see field operation until 2014. However, rapid advances in encryption software and other technology developments in recent years could mean smaller-scale self-contained 4G networks could be the answer for troops seeing streaming video images on their phone in about two years from now. Think of the implications!
I love the research from the Pew Research Center. In their latest report called "American's and Their Gadgets" they shared that the cell phone is the most owned piece of personal technology among American's. The report details that 85% of American's now own a cell phone with Desktops and Notebooks fighting for second and third. Now this shouldn't shock anyone given how hot the mobile device sector has been over the past few years. However it is interesting to note the ownership of the other devices referenced in the report.
When reading the report it was not surprising that the mobile phone is heavily owned and desired by younger consumers however the report indicated that 58% of adults 65 and older now also own a mobile phone. I would be curious to see more data about how this breaks down for feature phones vs smart phone ownership but that will have to be for a later report. I would like to call attention to one more piece of data on this chart.
For special or limited edition items, there's got to be something inside the package, or part of the device itself, that makes the title worthwhile. Otherwise, it wouldn't be very special. However, there are some companies out there that take things to an extreme level. Gresso has done just that, as they've unveiled their brand new limited edition cell phone, which features plenty of "extras" that make the title make sense, but will still make your wallet have a panic attack.