Enhanced MotoBlur Unveiled At The MWC

The push-based user interface developed by Motorola – MotoBlur has now three added features to it. These new features are aimed at increasing the connectivity with the various social networking services like Facebook and the associated contacts. The three new features which have been added are Aloqa, Connected gallery and Connected Music and these new features are sure to enhance the users connectivity with the device.

Aloqa is a location based feature which will allow third party applications to feed users with the local data like restaurants, cinemas, deals, places etc. Connected Gallery integrates photos and videos from various softwares like Picasa, Flickr etc. and allows the user to browse through all the photos at once rather than having to open them individually. Connected Music allows users to tell friends visually what song they are listening to, buy tracks and also stream lyrics while playing tracks.

Motortola Atrix and the Cliq 2 users can upgrade their MotoBlur software for these added features.

LG Unveils Optimus 3D At MWC

LG has unveiled its new smartphone –Optimus 3D at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The smartphone which presently runs on Android 2.2 or Froyo would later be upgraded to Android 2.3 or Gingerbread. The phone comes with a first of its kind tri-dual configuration with the duo triplet being dual memory, dual channel and dual core. The other specs of the phone are an impressive 4.3″ wide display, 1GHz dual core processor, 3D viewing without the need of glasses, 5.0 mega pixel camera with a dual lens, high-def video recording and playback at 720p in 3D, high-def recording and playback at 1080 p in 2D, 8GB memory and a 1500mAh battery.

Optimus 3D enables multitasking allowing the user to switch between programs and also enables playing games at a higher frame rate. LG has not yet announced the price and the date of availability of the handset.

Dropped Cell Phone In Water – What Do I Do?

Oops, did you just drop your cell phone accidentally in water? This can prove to be a real disaster at times for many people as getting your cell phone wet usually makes you replace it with a new one with possible loss of critical data. But this is not the case if you are quick enough to take a suitable action in time.

Listed here are some of the most common steps to follow when a such a situation occurs :

Step 1 : The Phone Battery and Sim Card.

Always save the battery first, immediately remove it from your phone followed by the sim card. You can use a soft cloth or a paper towel to carefully remove it. If your phone does not show any signs of recovery, you can still use the battery and sim card in a new phone as well as any data present on your sim (contacts, messages) will still remain untouched.

Step 2 : Try blowing in some air.

A hairdryer can come to the rescue helping you speed up the drying process, but please be very careful as bringing the dryer close to your phone will cause severe damage.

“Don’t press the hairdryer [to the phone] or it will melt, keep it on low and cool, not hot,”

says John Gallie, owner of Ontario based JTG systems, that repair damaged cellphones. You can also use in a can of compressed air as an alternative if your not comfortable with the hairdryer method.

Step 3 : Use Rice.

A bowl-full of uncooked rice with your phone fully submerged in it will help it become fully dry but this process may consume only a day or last one whole week depending on the amount of moisture present inside. To speed up the moisture removal process, one can keep it near a heater or a dehumidifier.

Step 4 : Other Alternatives.

Never throw away those small little packets that come with the electronics that you buy as they contain silica gel which is a moisture absorbing substance and can be used very effectively instead of the lengthy rice soaking process. Just put your phone in a plastic bag along with the silica gel sachets.

Some Points to be noted :

  • Avoid getting tempted to use extreme heating using a hairdryer or microwave with hopes that the cellphone may get well soon as this will melt the inner parts of your cell phone thus making it completely irrecoverable.
  • Unless and until your phone gets completely dry, please don’t switch it on as water even in its minutest form proves to be a big enemy of electronics.

Intel Previews MeeGo Tablet Interface at MWC

While every other company has been busy launching their new smartphones and tablets, Intel, the largest producers of chips, has shown a preview of its tablet inteface MeeGo at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. MeeGo is a Linux based system which like Android, iOS, WebOS and Windows is a phone based OS. The MeeGo project was in the making for quite sometime now and both Nokia and Intel were involved in the development of this user interface. But now, Nokia is not involved with the mobile phone OS any more as it has now partnered with Microsoft and even abandoned its own phone OS Symbian and Intel did express its disappointment about the withdrawal at the MWC.

Apparently MeeGo is the only user interface that will enable dynamic panels on a mobile phone. We’ll have to wait and see how a new OS can fare amidst such fierce competition in the market.

HTC Unveils Desire S, Incredible S and Wildfire S Smartphones

HTC along with its tablet, Flyer, has also unveiled three new smartphones at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today. Along the lines of Flyer, these three smartphones Desire S, Incredible S and the Wildfire S will be running on Google’s Android 2.4 OS. As you can see these three smartphones are the upgraded versions of their respective predecessors, viz. Desire, Incredible and Wildfire. The videos of the phones have also been posted on the HTC website.

As far as the specs of the phones are concerned,

the HTC Desire S comes with a 3.7″ touchscreen display, 5.0 megapixel camera with flash, 1GHz processor, High-Def video recording at 720p and a 1450mAh battery,

the HTC Incredible S comes with a 4″ touchscreen display, 8.0 megapixel camera, 1GHz processor, High-Def video recording at 720p and a 1450mAh battery,

the HTC Wildfire S comes with a 3.2″ touchscreen display, 5.0mega pixel camera, 600mHz processor with flash and autofocus and a 1230mAh battery.

Will iPhone 5 Have A Slide-Out Keyboard?

The latest rumor about the iPhone 5 is that Apple is testing a prototype with a keyboard which would apparently slide out. Apple is apparently testing three prototypes, one among which is one with the sliding keyboard. Well, if the rumor which is based on the news from a Taiwanese website were to be true, then Apple could be striking a huge blow at RIM Blackberry. Blackberry users have shown their disinterest in Apple iPhone just for the very fact that Apple lacks a keyboard. Now, if the keyboard were to come along on the iPhone 5, there is every chance that Blackberry would experience a further decline in its market share. The rumor about the prototype which was also tweeted mentions of a hidden keyboard that would slide out when required.

Other improvements in the upcoming iPhone 5 could be a 1GHz processor and better camera (could be 8.1 mega pixel camera) while keeping the rest of the features intact. Let us wait and see.

iPhone 5 With a 4″ Display?

We had the news on Go Rumors yesterday that Apple is planning to buy Samsung PLS displays in order to improve the viewing angles on the iPhones. Rumor has it that these displays are going to be four inches in measurement, which would mean Apple would be bidding it’s usual 3.5″ touchscreen adieu. Guess this is Apple’s answer and an attempt to stay amidst all the Google Android devices which are now coming with bigger and better displays when compared to Apple. According to a buzz from upstream component suppliers of Taiwan, Apple would also be using 1 GHz dual core Cortex A9 processors.

Now, if the 4″ display would enable a retina display or something that is going to be better than that is still unknown. But if the rumors and the buzz from the Taiwanese company were to come true, Android devices would be left behind for sure.

Facebook On A Sim Card

Last week INQ released two smartphones that were facebook oriented. But, now Gemalto has managed to put facebook on to a SIM card. Although no match to the latest generation of smartphones, these SIM devices which were developed in collaboration with facebook allows users to poke, send friend requests and look at statuses of friends. The sim is compatible with any GSM enabled handset. All that the user needs is a GSM SIM toolkit which is of course part of any GSM handset. The toolkit allows one to enable facebook menus, updates and other facebook related basic features.

Gemalto provides security solutions like smart cards, sim cards, e-passports and additional software applications to various enterprises like banks, wireless operators and the Government. So, there is now no need to possess a real smartphone in order to stay connected with friends.

Motorola Increasing The Security Of Its Android Phones – Buys 3LM

The security on Blackberry phones is impeccable, there is no doubting that. So, Motorola is planning to do the same with its Android phones – make them as secure as possible for which they have bought 3LM. 3LM is a security device developer that designs security softwares for Google’s Android based phones, thus making the Android devices as secure as Blackberry. This is in fact a good move by Motorola as it is planning to implement the phone’s startup security on the phone itself than asking users to buy a security application from the Android Market Web Store.

3LM apparently is planning to start security solutions for other companies that produce Android based smartphones as both Motorola and 3LM do not want a conflict with other companies about security solutions for Android devices.

Sony Xperia Play, Finally Here

After all the rumors and the reports of the inside sources, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play has been officially launched yesterday at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The Sony Xperia Play, the first ever smartphone to be certified by Sony Playstation is based on Android 2.3, also known as Gingerbread. Xperia Play comes with the Playstation Suite that would allow users to access Playstation content on the phones. Also, the phone runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 1GHz processor.

Other features of the phone include a multi-touch display screen which would slide to reveal the gaming controls that include a touchpad, directional pad and the typical Sony select buttons. The smartphone would enable 3D gaming at 60 fps and 50 new games from 20 publishers are going to be released for the phone along with the older classics.

Both the GSM and CDMA versions would be hitting the markets soon.