Nokia reckons that location-based services are the future of mobile internet, and believes itself to be ahead of the pack with its NAVTEQ IP. That's the message from sales and marketing chief Niklas Savander, who took to Twitter yesterday and invited questions about the Finnish company's plans and premonitions. Savander also reiterated Nokia's plan for "a major product milestone by the end of the year"; however anybody looking for true insight in their tweet stream likely ended up disappointed.
It's no Torch but the BlackBerry Curve 9300 has gone up for sale through Canadian carrier Rogers Wireless, despite not having been officially announced by RIM themselves. As expected, the Curve 9300 is pretty much an 8520 with a hot injection of 3G. $79.99 - and a three-year agreement - gets you the handset, complete with a 3-megapixel camera, dual-band UMTS/HSPA, a 2.8-inch QVGA display but not, despite what Rogers' spec sheet reckons, Android 2.1 as the OS.
A pair of previously unseen HTC prototypes have apparently been sold on Craigslist, and subsequently identified as the HTC Paradise and the HTC Fiesta. According to Cellpassion, their source was told the two Android phones were AT&T prototypes; the Paradise is a hardware QWERTY version of the Aria, while the Fiesta is a more basic touchscreen-only device.
Nokia continue to insist that they have no plans to ditch Symbian or MeeGo in favor of Android, and so we'll have to get our Google/Finn crossover kicks in unofficial ways. Chinese firm iZiNN has cloned the Nokia N8 and slapped a copy of Android 2.1 on their copy, the CJ-3; it lacks the original's 12-megapixel camera (making do with just 5-megapixels) but does keep the HDMI output and 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen.
Having heard yesterday that Vodafone UK would be offering the new BlackBerry Torch 9800, rival Orange UK has now thrown its own hat into the cellular ring. The company has tweeted that it too will be offering the new sliding touchscreen BlackBerry, though as with Vodafone there's no sign of a release date at present.
Someone needs to call Motorola and let them know that umpteen versions of pretty much the same hardware isn't good enough to win our hearts. The company's latest Android smartphone, the Motorola Sage, has leaked out in picture form to Engadget, and it's yet another entry- to mid-tier device with a 3.1-inch capacitive touchscreen and MOTOBLUR.
Facebook for Android always felt like the ugly-sister app in comparison to its slick iPhone counterpart, and happily the social networking site is finally doing something about it. A fresh update brings far more in-app functionality, including the ability to view videos and respond to friend requests without being thrown out to the Android browser; there's also a new media reel which showcases new photos and video from friends.
A Sharp representative has let fly a little tidbit that many will find interesting. The electronics giant plans to launch a new 3D smartphone this year. Sharp as you may recall is one of the companies rumored to be providing the screen for the Nintendo 3DS.
The HTC Glacier has hitherto been a single, mysterious mention buried in HTC's site; now, according to some leaked benchmark stats, it could be the next big thing in Android handsets. AlienBabelTech spotted the Glacier's scores buried with no accompanying image in the GLBenchmark 1.1 database, comfortably out-performing single-core 1GHz rivals, and since T-Mobile USA are tipped to be working on a dual-core Android phone as part of "Project Emerald" they're guessing it's one and the same thing.