Sony Ericsson’s answer to the iPhone

“Looks like every major player out there is taking a shot at the Apple’s pride and joy, the iPhone. First, we saw the Nokia Tube emerge. Then there was the Thunder from Blackberry. And let’s not ignore the HTC Touch Diamond, which, according to me, sits on a throne higher than these other wannabes. Now, it’s Sony Ericsson’s turn with a video clip showing a yet unnamed touchscreen phone, which truly resembles the iPhone, but wouldn’t it be unfair to call every touchscreen device similar as a copy?The video implies this unknown device will be a powerhouse of media, web, and communication technologies. It is tipped to be the next product in the Xperia line after the X1 with icons that look similar to the ones on a PSP.If Sony Ericsson is trying to stir up some viral advertising with this new device, it’s definitely got our attention! Head over to YouTube to take a look at the video.” via

The Nokia E90 gets its update!

E90 update

“Nokia has released another new ‘v200’ software update for the E90 Communicator, available now for unlocked devices on Nokia Software Update. The new version is v210.34.75 and this installed fine on my E90 using NSU [under Windows Vista in XP SP2 compatibility mode, but still…]
Initial impressions (including changes since v7.40 firmware):

  • Flash Lite 3 added, with Flash video support. Rafe reports that his E90 runs YouTube videos perfectly, but on my (admittedly proto) device Web’s still unstable, for me, at least.
  • Web runtime is also supported.
  • Maps is still v1.2, i.e. the ‘old’ version
  • New ‘Set up Internet telephony’ shortcut on standby screen
  • Includes Quickoffice, many enhancements over the old 3.85, although without the extra functions of the v4.5 and v5.0 paid upgrades. There are also extra options in Quickmanager, specifically more rebrands of Epocware products. The new Quickoffice is apparently back-ported from the version which will be standard in S60 3rd Edition FP2.
  • Application opening and booting seem faster. I don’t think that v210 has demand paging though – seems more like optimisations. The camera seems to start faster, too.
  • A boat load of bug fixes and tweaks. The ‘Today’/# bug in Calendar seems to have gone away. Anyone confirm this with a decent size Calendar dataset? ” via