Hidden Expedition: Titanic Now Available for Symbian S60 and UIQ

Astraware and Big Fish Games, Inc., are excited to announce the availability of the highly acclaimed Hidden Expedition: Titanic game for Symbian S60 3rd Edition and UIQ 3 smartphones.
Hidden Expedition: Titanic was the first ‘hidden object’ game to be released for Palm OS and Windows Mobile in September 2007 and is now available for play on Symbian S60 and UIQ phones worldwide.
The legendary RMS Titanic, which sank in 1912, still houses a wealth of artifacts and treasures on-board. Hidden Expedition: Titanic offers players the opportunity to explore the wreckage of this once-majestic ship and collect antique artifacts for the Titanic Museum.Players hunt for hidden objects within the wreckage during 14 diving missions, ultimately leading to the final prize: The Crown Jewels. Based on the best-selling PC game, Hidden Expedition: Titanic for S60 and UIQ features the same stunning graphics and atmosphere of the original. Players have the choice of using the intuitive five-way control scheme or the stylus to find a variety of artifacts hidden within the sunken ship.Hidden Expedition: Titanic is available for S60 3rd edition devices including phones from Nokia, Samsung and LG and UIQ 3 smartphones from Sony Ericsson and Motorola.Check it here:

Global Mobile Phone Market Grew Strongly in Q1

“During the first quarter of this year, the market for mobile phones worldwide were unaffected by the economic slowdown. In fact, shipments rose by a double-digit percentage compared to the same period in 2007.Global mobile-handset shipments reached 296 million units during the first three months of this year, up 17% from the first quarter of 2007, according to market-research firm iSupply.Nokia easily maintained its market dominance last quarter. Its shipments of 115.5 million units gave it a market share of 39%. Shipments were up 26.8% year over year.Samsung reinforced its No. 2 position in the first quarter of 2008. Its world handset market share rose to 15.6% in the first quarter, and its shipments were up 33%.Amid serious losses, declining market share, and restructuring, Motorola’s mobile-handset business continued to struggle. It had a 9.3% share of the market last quarter. It’s mobile phone shipments had a yearly decline of 39.6% last quarter.Just slightly behind Motorola was LG with 8.2% of the world market and Sony Ericsson with 7.5%. LG’s shipments increased dramatically — 54.4% — to put it ahead of Sony Ericsson, whose sales only went up 2.3%. LG credited its sales growth to strong results in emerging regions and in its home market of S. Korea. Sony Ericcson, on the other hand, blamed its weak performance in the first three months of this year on slow demand for mid-range to high-range handsets, areas which have traditionally been strong for the company.Because shipments of smartphones are dwarfed by those of feature phones and dumbphones, companies like RIM and Apple are unlikely to make it in the top five list any time soon.” via brighthand.com

Ubuntu Linux 7.04 is now available for Sharp's Zaurus Pda

Ubuntu Linux 7.04 is now available for Sharp’s Zaurus PDAs. The 0.1 release comes with a minimalist filesystem that can be launched in an emulator, enhanced with software from the vast Ubuntu archives, and then flashed onto a real Zaurus. The Zaurus Ubuntu project was created by “Omegamoon,” a hacker who has previously worked on ports of Fedora Linux and Google’s Android phone stack to the Sharp Zaurus. He suggests first trying the distro out in the free QEMU emulator, where configuration and tweaking is easier than on real hardware. Once customizations have been completed, it can be installed on Zaurus PDAs such as the SL-C3100, he says. The project was inspired by Nokia’s Handheld Mojo project, which is porting Ubuntu to the ARM architecture. In a presentation delivered at CELF’s recent Embedded Linux Conference, Mojo project leader Andrew Christian noted that while Nokia’s Maemo project has packaged 500-600 Linux binaries, Ubuntu packages upwards of 12,000. Therefore, porting Ubuntu to ARM and thence to the Zaurus should make for greater software versatility. In creating his root filesystem for the Sharp Zaurus, Omegamoon drew pre-built binaries from the ARMv5EL (ARM9) branch of Mojo Project’s Frisky Firedrake tree. Built by natively compiling source packages from Ubuntu’s Feisty Fawn (7.04) distribution, Mojo’s Frisky tree also offers an ARMv6EL-VFP or ARM11 branch. Additionally, Mojo has produced a “Grumpy Griffin” build based on Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon (7.10), with a Hasty Hippogriff build derived from Hardy Heron planned but not yet underway. More about Nokia’s Mojo project can be found in our previous coverage, here. For the kernel, Omegamoon appears to have tapped Debian for a pre-built “versatile” ARM kernel image based on 2.6.24. For a bootloader, he cleverly re-purposed installation files and procedures originally devised for running Google’s Linux- and Java-based Android phone stack on the Zaurus. The initial 0.1 Ubuntu Zaurus distribution aims to be fairly minimalist, letting the user choose what software to install. Weighing it about 80MB (compressed), the root filesystem download comes with the X Window System, but lets the user choose which window manager to install (IceWM or Enlightenment E17 are recommended). Omegamoon suggests running the distro under QEMU initially, using a bootp server to set up networking, rather than configuring a network bridge device. Then, the user can use apt-get install foo to fold in their window manager of choice, and additional software from the vast Handhelds Mojo pool. The modified filesystem can then be packaged up for use on actual Zaurus hardware, using instructions provided.Omegamoon emphasizes the early 0.1 nature of the distribution. Early users should expect to encounter interesting puzzles and challenges. He comments, “There’s a lot left to tweak of course, but a full-blown Ubuntu is on it’s way.”He adds, “This is really cool, having the same OS running on my desktop and on the much smaller Zaurus. This proves that the Zaurus is the ultimate mini-laptop.”In an earlier project, Omegamoon created a “werewolf” Zaurus root filesystem image, also using a Debian “versatile” kernel. Directions for installing Ubuntu, Fedora, or Android on the Zaurus can be found on his blog, here. The initial 0.1 downloads are generously hosted by the UK-based Zaurus.org project. ” via linuxdevices.com