NTT DoCoMo starts sales of HTC Windows communicator

“Today NTT DoCoMo and High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC) have announced the “hTc Z” communicator powered by Windows Mobile 5.0 Japanese edition. DoCoMo starts sales of it late in July.The main specs of the hTc Z communicator:
Operating system: Windows Mobile 5.0 Japanese edition, synchronized with Windows Server and Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 SP2, including the support of push technology
Standard QWERTY-keyboard, more comfortable to work with text, e-mail and so on
E-mail: POP3 and IMAP4. Multiple e-mail access. The opportunity to edit WORD and EXCEL documents in mail and view PowerPoint and PDF documents
Dual-mode W-CDMA and GSM/GPRS supporting voice and data transfer
Wireless ActiveSync
Protected access to the Internet with opportunities of 3G FOMA network
Compatibility with (IEEE802.11b/g) networks
Dimensions: 112.5x58x22 mm
Weight: 176 g
Standby time: approx. 180-250 hours (WCDMA) / 200 hours (GSM)
Talk time: approx. 120-240 minutes (WCDMA) / 240-300 minutes (GSM)
Data transfer: 3G (W-CDMA), GSM/GPRSW-LAN (IEEE802.11b/g)
LCD: 2.8” TFT, 240×320 pixels, 65536 colors
Misc: IrDA port, microSD slot, Bluetooth v2.0, miniUSB port
External camera: 2-megapixel, CMOS with macro mode
Internal camera: CMOS, 110 K pixel
Memory: 128 MB/64 MB (Flash/SDRAM)
Input means: QWERTY-keyboard, touchscreen, scrolling wheel
OS: Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 Japanese-edition with preinstalled MSFP update
Main applications: Pocket Outlook, Internet Explorer Mobile, Office Mobile, Windows Media Player 10 Mobile, PDF Viewer.” via

Symbian OS 9.3 has been announced

Palm VersaMail 3.5 -- Windows “TOKYO, Japan and London, UK – 12 July 2006 – Symbian Limited today announces the availability of Symbian OS v9.3, the latest evolution of the world’s leading smartphone operating system.Symbian OS v9.3 builds on the success of the v9 family as a robust, secure, open and standards-based OS for smartphones. It includes incremental enhancements in line with market requirements related to phone performance and reducing time-to-market for handset vendors and network operators’ cost-effective deployment of revenue-generating services, content and applications.With an aim to extend Symbian smartphones into the mass-market, Symbian’s focus is to ensure Symbian OS is adopted as the operating system of choice by its customers, the world’s leading handset manufacturers, for the development of higher volume and lower cost, advanced, data-enabled phones also known as smartphones for 2.5G, 3G and HSDPA networks around the world.Jorgen Behrens, Vice-President, Product Management and Strategy, said: “As the smartphone category broadens into different market segments and quickly expands across global regions, Symbian continues to focus on delivering a flexible and robust open mobile operating system. Symbian OS v9.3 will allow handset manufacturers and network operators to get the best and most differentiated phones to market faster, with lower costs and more easily. Approximately 35 million Symbian smartphones shipped in 2005. By providing enhanced market leading provisioning with Symbian OS v9.3 and a consumer market trend leaning towards convergence, we expect smartphone shipment numbers to increase rapidly.”Symbian OS v9.3 is fully backwards compatible with previous versions in the v9 family. Symbian OS licensees currently have phones based on Symbian OS v9.3 in development, with product launches anticipated in 2007.Symbian OS v9.3 includes: Improved phone performance Shorter start-up times for phones and key applications Improved memory management resulting in more responsive applications and phone features ensuring smartphones work as quickly with better quality features as mid-range phones Reduced development and ownership cost, and time to market New development tools Symbian OS awareness for the Eclipse/CDT IDE framework and Nokia’s Carbide.c++ Development Tools for Symbian OS v9.3 phones Configuration tools to easily create and customise Symbian OS variants The Symbian Verification Suite to support compatibility and phone integration for creating Symbian OS variants, reducing time taken to customize phones for operators targeting different market segments A fully searchable on-line edition of the Symbian OS Library including a significant amount of new content Backwards compatibility from v9.1, easy migration for phone vendors, technology and third party software providers Reference design for Symbian OS v9.3 with Freescale and Nokia S60 Hindi and Vietnamese language support for improved market coverage Support for new hardware Native support for WiFi USB 2.0 on-the-go, allowing faster device connectivity Support for key operator services and requirements Firmware over the air (FOTA) provisioning, FOTA allows network operators to provide OTA software upgrades or fixes lowering cost of ownership HSDPA support Introduction of IPSec for UMA service (Voice over IP) Improved 3GPP R5 support Native support for Push To Talk Java JSR 248 support Yankee Group,John Jackson, Director, Wireless/Mobile Technologies, Yankee Group, said: “By 2010, well over 200 million smartphones will be selling worldwide each year, representing 18% of annual global volumes. As smartphones functionality becomes pervasive, the handset market will be able to meet segment-specific demands rapidly, and at low cost. The burgeoning service environment around 3G networks in many major markets places increasing demands on handset requirements. A robust, scalable OS and associated enabling software is crucial to vendors’ product roadmaps, and operators’ ability to deploy differentiated services. Symbian OS enables significant market requirements in phone performance and hardware capabilities that allow handset manufacturers to bring more attractive differentiated phones to market more quickly.”

Kingston Technology Launches 2 GB miniSD

Larger Capacity Mobile Expansion Memory Ready for New Advanced Wireless Devices Kingston Technology Company, Inc., today announced it is producing larger capacity miniSD and MMCmobile Flash memory cards to support the growing storage demands of feature-rich mobile phones. The new mobile memory cards are immediately available in 2GB capacities. “As consumers become more knowledgeable on the variety of features and functions offered by new multifunction mobile handsets, the need for larger capacity Flash memory continues to increase to optimize the devices’ storage capabilities,” said Keyla Velazquez, mobile media product manager, Kingston. “Our research of the emerging global mobile market indicates a growing demand for higher capacities to allow users to store even more data, music, photos and video. For example, a 2-GB memory card can hold up to approx. 1,100 photos, depending on a device’s megapixel, resolution and compression,” continued Velazquez. Read more at