HTC P4550 (Kaiser) at MEDC 2007!

“HTC has unveiled its new communicator P4550 (HTC Kaiser) at MEDC 2007 conference. It is equipped with a slide-out QWERTY-keyboard. Some preliminary info had been roaming around, but the vendor has made it official only now. The release is expected to take place very soon.The specs of HTC Kaiser: Networks – GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz), UMTS/HSDPA Operating system – Windows Mobile 6 Professional CPU – 400 MHz, Qualcomm MSM7200 chip Touchscreen 240×320 display 128 MB RAM and 256 MB ROM microSD-slot Built-in GPS-receiver 3-megapixel camera Wi-Fi Interfaces – Bluetooth, USB Talk time – up to 5 hours” via

SanDisk Offers 6 and 8 Gigabyte microSDHC Cards

“SanDisk has begun sampling 6 and 8-gigabyte (GB) microSD High Capacity (microSDHC) flash memory cards to major phone manufacturers and mobile network operators (MNOs) for testing and evaluation. The new cards are ideal for the growing number of feature-rich multimedia handsets that bring together phones, music players, hand-held computers, digital cameras and more.DHC is the designation for any SD or SD-based card that is larger than 2GB and adheres to the new SD 2.00 specification required for cards and hosts to support 4GB to 32GB capacities. The specification was developed by the SD Association, an industry standards board, which has also created three classes to define minimum sustained data transfer speed. These cards adhere to the SD Speed Class 4 Rating.3 Retail release of the cards and availability to phone manufacturers and network operators are planned for later in 2007. Pricing has not yet been determined. ” via

Avvenu Bringing Remote File Access to the Palm Foleo

“Avvenu has just announced a version of its Access ‘n Share service for the Palm Foleo. This will allow users to remotely access digital content stored on their work or home PCs with the upcoming mobile companion.Already available for Palm’s smartphones, this new version of Access ‘n Share was developed to take advantage of Foleo’s large screen size and wireless capabilities. Users will be able to securely browse a remote PC’s files and folders, preview photos, download and upload documents, and share files with others. Access ‘n Share also provides an optional personal digital locker that allows users to securely store and synchronize files from their PCs to an Avvenu server, providing remote access even when their PCs are turned off or not connected to the Internet.”Palm Foleo is a great way to display and edit documents and information available on a Palm Treo smartphone,” said Richard French, chief executive officer for Avvenu. “Avvenu Access ‘n Share completes the proposition by allowing Foleo users to remotely access and share files stored on their work or home personal computers, whenever they are connected to the Internet.”Avvenu has not yet announced when this application will be available, or what its price will be. The Palm Foleo itself will launch later this summer.” via

Firmware updates officially stopped for P990, W950 and M600

“No new firmware is planned for the Sony Ericsson P990 and W950 after ‘R6D23’, released two weeks ago. The last firmware release for the M600 was ‘R6A16’. Explaining the termination, there’s an official statement below from Niklas Sivander, Head of Product Management, Open OS.”These firmware releases meet the requirements of bug fixes prioritized by our operator customers and the Customer Services organization within different markets. The decision to freeze the P990, W950 and M600 firmware versions at this point has been made based on meeting these requirements. As with any phone project, no product is ever completely flawless. Any remaining issues are of course unfortunate, but we feel that with the level of quality on the latest P990 firmware we now have a good, solid product. Due to all heavy features in P990, the need for RAM memory has grown. When running multiple memory-consuming programs at the same time, the available RAM memory runs low and sometimes results in the memory manager closing down one of the applications. We have been working on improving memory management during the whole lifecycle of the P990. The low RAM memory situation for the P990 will unfortunately remain for the heaviest users, and would not be fixed by a new firmware update since it’s hardware related. Multi-tasking on the P990 however works satisfactory provided that you don’t run too large and memory-consuming programs at the same time. Performance improvements have indeed been made for the new P1 phone compared to P990 and the user RAM available for applications has been increased with >400%, significantly improving multi-tasking performance and application behavior so that you can run a lot heavier programs simultaneously.Many users are comparing the P990 with the stable and relatively problem-free predecessor P910, which was an excellent smartphone. The P910 was based on an earlier Symbian OS and UIQ platform version with only an incremental software development update from the P900 (Symbian OS 7.0, UIQ 2.1), which made the development work a lot smoother at the time. With the P990, the Symbian OS capabilities have however expanded quite significantly and as with any major platform update, this was expected to introduce some new issues to solve. Sony Ericsson however underestimated the complexity of the development work for UIQ 3 and it took longer than expected to implement and quality assure things like the platform security mechanisms, the multimedia framework and other advanced connectivity aspects like 3G, videotelephony and WiFi. It has been a tough journey for all of us. Please extend my thanks and appreciation to the user and developer communities for all their patience, support and feedback which has helped us identify bugs and improve both existing and upcoming products.” via