Interview: Enkin, augmented reality for Google's Android

“Enkin” introduces a new handheld navigation concept. It displays location-based content in a unique way that bridges the gap between reality and classic map-like representations. It combines GPS, orientation sensors, 3D graphics, live video, several web services and a novel user interface into an intuitive and light navigation system for mobile devices.This project is a submission for the first round of the Google Android Developer Challenge and should not be considered a final product.Check out our web page Read the interview here:

New Satellite Phone Runs Windows Mobile, Has No Visible Antenna

“The dreamers, they have their dreams. One of the big dreams for 2009-10, it seems, is new, hybrid satellite/cellular phones that work everywhere, but don’t look like Cro-Magnon rock-hewing tools. MSV’s Lost-style handset is supposedly coming in 2010, but it may be beaten to market by Elektrobit’s sleek Windows Mobile satellite phone, which is supposedly arriving in 2009 and looks like a Motorola Q.
The most striking feature of the Elektrobit device is its antenna: it doesn’t seem to have one. This is a slim, light (4.7 x 2.5 x .8″ HWD) phone that runs on HSDPA high-speed cellular networks and uses Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional (yes, it has a touch screen) but also happens to connect to an upcoming satellite network being launched next year by Terrestar across North America. Or that’s the plan, at least: this is a reference design, and the satellites aren’t up in the air yet.Other features of this concept include Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, a MicroSD slot, a 3-megapixel camera and voice controls. Of course, Elektrobit could also be claiming it comes with a pony and cake, and we wouldn’t be able to contradict them until next year at least. At least they don’t seem to be ripping off Apple’s iCal icon.Elektrobit promises their PDA phone will be cost competitive with cell phones.” via

Sony Ericsson's beibei in the wild!

Sony Ericsson's Beibei

“One more Sony Ericsson leak for the day, the daftly codenamed “beibei.” It looks like the guys over at Yesky were able to get their hands on an actual device, based on the quality of the pictures available. There isn’t much detail available on the device, unlike the P5 and G502 we reported on earlier but what is known is that beibei belongs to the Walkman series from SE and will run on Symbian OS 9.3 with the new UIQ 3.3 user interface (with Demand Paging support). The device has a display smaller than the usual touchscreen phones and curiously more buttons than is the norm for a touchscreen smartphone. Also, from one of the pictures, we can see that the phone does have WiFi connectivity. That’s about it as far as the details go about this mysterious device.Of course, nothing can be confirmed until the official announcement by Sony Ericsson in the future, and we will be sure to let you know when they do. Meanwhile, take a look at some more pictures of “beibei” after the break.” More photos here:

Sprint Users Got Invitation for Palm Beta Test

“An unknown number of users have received an invitation to join the Palm test team last week. The test team is said to be testing an “innovative new product”. With the listed qualifications of WiFi router, heavy phone users and Sprint subscribers, users are guessing it to be the upcoming Treo smartphone with integrated WiFiThere were rumors on the new Palm smartphones with WiFi in past few months. Early this month a leaked Sprint roadmap also revealed an upcoming Palm 800w in July. See the details of the invitation page below:
Beta Testing Opportunity
The following opportunity is available.
Palm is seeking people to test an innovative new product. This product is focused on seasoned business professionals. People who commute and spend a ton of time working on email and on the phone. This test is for people looking for cutting edge technology and demand constant communication.Qualified candidates should work in an enterprise level business and have a lot of experience with varied technologies. These people should invest a significant amount of money in their technology and use it daily.
Required Qualifications
Sprint Subscriber
Bluetooth headphones or car kits
WiFi Router access
Optional Qualifications

Existing Smartphone Users
Heavy to Medium e-mail users
Heavy phone users
Travel for work with their phone” via

Music Almighty: Nokia unveils two new XpressMusic devices

Nokia today introduced two new music-enabled devices as additions to its XpressMusic range. The new Nokia 5320 XpressMusic and Nokia 5220 XpressMusic offer a range of affordable music and entertainment experiences with the most fresh, stylish designs on the market. Both music devices are expected to begin shipping in the third quarter of 2008, with an expected retail price range of 160 to 220 EUR, before taxes and subsidies. “Our XpressMusic range of devices continues to deliver the combination of superior music experiences and fresh, innovative designs,” said Jo Harlow, Vice President, LIVE category, Nokia. “Today’s additions to the XpressMusic range up the ante with new ways for consumers to access their media as well as interact and share content with friends and communities anytime, anywhere.” Nokia 5320 XpressMusic – Dynamic design, 3G social entertainment package Featuring a dynamic design with 3G social entertainment capabilities, the Nokia 5320 XpressMusic delivers exceptional music and web 2.0 access. With the innovative new voice-controlled Say and Play feature, consumers can merely say the name of a favorite artist or song to automatically play it. Offering an array of additional features, the Nokia 5320 XpressMusic device includes dedicated XpressMusic keys, a 3.5mm audio jack, up to 24 hours of playback time, an audio chip for hi-fi sound quality, extendable memory up to 8GB, HS-USB for fast music transfer and HSDPA for fast access to data. The full featured Internet browser, access to Ovi and Nokia Search 4.1 allow users to find and share media content and information with ease. In addition, dedicated N-Gage gaming keys and landscape view deliver a true gaming experience, while HSDPA provides fast access to N-Gage, which will be available for download. The Nokia 5320 XpressMusic is expected to begin shipping in the third quarter of 2008 with an estimated retail price of 220 EUR before taxes and subsidies. Nokia 5220 XpressMusic – Edgy, unique design, music for the masses The Nokia 5220 XpressMusic device offers instant access to music on-the-go with a unique, asymmetrical design. Featured for the first time on a Nokia XpressMusic device, a built-in lanyard makes the device easy to carry anywhere. Additional features of the Nokia 5220 XpressMusic include up to 24 hours playback time, dedicated XpressMusic keys and a 3.5mm audio jack. The Nokia 5220 XpressMusic is expected to begin shipping in the third quarter of 2008 with an estimated retail price of 160 EUR before taxes and subsidies. Both handsets are compatible with the recently launched Nokia Music Store and offer easy music side-loading. With Nokia Music Store, consumers can choose from more than 2 million tracks from both major and independent labels; international and local artists and simply browse, download, stream and sync either to a PC or side-load directly to a mobile device. Nokia Mini Speakers MD-8 – Powerful, portable sound Complementing the new Nokia XpressMusic devices, Nokia also announced today the Nokia Mini Speakers MD-8. With a sleek, pocket-sized design and crisp stereo sound, these ultra-portable mini speakers feature battery power for playtime of up to 40 hours, an FM antenna to fine-tune frequency, and a tangle-free cable. Widely compatible, the Nokia Mini Speakers MD-8 will begin shipping in the second quarter of 2008. About Nokia Nokia is the world leader in mobility, driving the transformation and growth of the converging Internet and communications industries. We make a wide range of mobile devices with services and software that enable people to experience music, navigation, video, television, imaging, games, business mobility and more. Developing and growing our offering of consumer Internet services, as well as our enterprise solutions and software, is a key area of focus. We also provide equipment, solutions and services for communications networks through Nokia Siemens Networks.