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Ultra Pixel from HTC

Posted: February 6, 2013 in Mobiles
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Ultra Pixel from HTC:
VGA Camera, 2 MP(Mega Pixel), 3.2 MP, 5 MP, 8 MP and now 41 MP from Nokia. Phew!!! and just when anyone thought and asked: Can it go any further??

O yes we humans have learned to learn.. fast really fast.. Our quest for better strives us to make better…. better in anything everything.

So gone are the days of MP(Mega Pixel) as a new term is bubbling in the mobile camera’s that is UP(Ultra Pixel).

So what is it: Recently HTC annonced next flagship smartphone M7 at an event on February 19. It features a camera which the company calls UP. It will be made up of three 4.3-megapixel sensor layers, which will be combined to give a resulting single image. It is expected that the pictures clicked through this camera would be crisper, cleaner and have a better colour accuracy.

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Nokia Lumia: Sailing on the success of Lumia nokia has launched Nokia Lumia 610. Priced at Rs. 13,000 (approx). The Lumia 610 runs Windows Phone 7.5 Mango. Specs wise, the Lumia 610 sports a 3.7-inch with a 480×800 pixel resolution. Camera of 5 MP, 2592х1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash while it lacks a front-facing camera. Its got 8GB of built-in storage. Build quality is great.

Window 7 mobile…..with this the sleeping giant is back. Breaking all silence finally microsoft comes speaking. There are many features which shows that Microsoft has taken a radical approach to the phone.

Tiles:: The tile function of the screen replaces the icon displays seen on the iPhone and the Android with living breathing tiles. Just picking up the phone you can see what is going on in your world without opening any app. To add I may say that this is sometimes better than push notifications.

Hub Strategy:: The HUB concept works really well. You can have a music hub in the shape of the Zune app. But this app is not restricted to content I have uploaded to, or bought in Zune, but all the music content on my ‘phone. Take the hub strategy across to other content, like business documents and Office becomes the business hub. This strategy gives me the best of both worlds, I can use my preferred app or I can find it in the main hub. Smart.

Games::  So what so special. Consider full on XBOX action on your phone? The graphics look up to it and the game levels, credits and achievements will be recorded against your Live profile.

Though I feel that Window 7 from microsoft is still an amateur but then like all babies this will also grow. I hope this creates even stiffer competition in market

Gmail voice and video chat makes it easy to stay in touch with friends and family using your computer’s microphone and speakers. But until now, this required both people to be at their computers, signed into Gmail at the same time. Given that most of us don’t spend all day in front of our computers, we thought, wouldn’t it be nice if you could call people directly on their phones?

You can call any phone right from Gmail.
Calls to the U.S. and Canada will be free for at least the rest of the year and calls to other countries will be billed at our very low rates. We worked hard to make these rates really cheap (see comparison table) with calls to the U.K., France, Germany, China, Japan and many more countries for as little as $0.02 per minute.
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Celebrations for me and alike for whom finding locations is like searching for GOD. Hurry!!!!!!!
Location-based services (LBS) are here and soon to hit India. Gone are the days when one would use mobiles just for calls and sms. Mobiles are now allowing us to organize our lives, connect to the Internet, shop and take photos. It goes without saying that LBS are based around a single context location. Where are you located ? The premise being that if the location is known, app providers can easily pass on useful data to you. Useful because the data would be location relevant. What’s the closest ATM or where’s the Metro Station? The potential and possibilities of such location aware services are endless.

Location-based services (LBS) are wireless “mobile content” services which are to provide location-specific information to mobile users moving from location to location.

Typical Location Based Services applications fall under following categories:

1) B2B (Business to Business) : e.g. resource tracking (fleet management, courier tracking etc)
2) C2B (Consumer to Business) , i.e. Proximity-based actuation services like searching for a business/restaurant etc.
3) B2C (Business to Consumer), i.e. Proximity based notifications (push/pull) : Receive targeted ads, location based billing/discounted ads etc
4) C2C (Consumer to Consumer): Share your location/status with friends, Track your friends etc.
LBS players in India

BSNL has launched it”s Location Based service in East Zone and is currently offering enterprise services as well as consumer services:

Enterprises can locate, monitor and manage their mobile assets and employees in a secure way using a simple Web browser named “Real time fleet and asset management”.

“Friend finder” which alerts subscribers when one of their friends in their buddy list is in close proximity to their location or vice versa.

“Location-based advertisement”, broadcasts advertisement/promotion information to subscribers.

“Location-based chatting service” that enables users to communicate and/or meet someone with same interests within the same vicinity.

Hi all,

This is my last in the three part series to present the common mobile related terms. Hope you have read the first two series. If not the click here for Part1 and Part2. I have tried my best to keep the things simple.  Read on….

3G

Third generation (3G) is the latest phone technology and allows high speed data content transfer. This can mean up to 50 times more data transmitted per minute than with ordinary phones. Video and pictures can be viewed quickly with this technology.

Bluetooth

A type of wireless transmission with relatively short range at present (10 – 100 metres). This can be a wireless connection between your telephone, computer, printer or other compatible device.

Bluetooth Headset

A device that sits on or around the ear and allows you to wirelessly connect to your mobile phone with handsfree receiving of calls.

Card Slot

Expand the memory of the phone by slotting in a memory card.

Carkit

Carkits enable you to use your phone in the car safely and legally, and usually enable handsfree operation and charging of your phone’s battery.

Coverage 

The strength of radio signals.

Digital zoom Each pixel is enlarged to increase the size of the subject, but picture quality is very much reduced.

Dual-band 

Refers to the capability of handsets to operate across two frequency bands. Dual-band technology enables a network operator with spectrum at both 900 MHz and 1800 MHz to support the seamless use of dual-band handsets across both frequencies.

GPRS

General Packet Radio System for Mobile Communications. This is the mobile phone system network for Europe and most of Asia.

GPS

Global Positioning Satellite. This technology needs a GPS receiver to calculate from the orbiting satellites your exact location on Earth.

GSM 

Global system for mobile communications. Second generation network delivering high quality and secure mobile voice and data service with full roaming capabilities across the world. Data connection rate is up to 9.6 Kbps.

Infrared 

Wireless data transfer via an infrared port. For example, between two mobile phones or via other devices such as PC with IrDa port.

Integral Cameras

Allow you to take, send (in the form MMS) and store digital pictures.

J2ME 

A technology to implement java support for various devices such as mobile phone, PDA and digital television.

Java™ 

This technology allows you to download games, applications, ring tones and logos from web sites

MMS

Multimedia Messaging Service. A messaging format that allows the transmission of images, sound, video clips and text.

Mobile TV

This technology is seen as the future of the phone and is becoming the complete multimedia gadget. Sky has launched TV which is beamed to your phone for a monthly fee/subscrition. The service includes Sky News,Sports, factual programs and Sky Music and Entertainment.

MP3 

Digital music files.

MP3 Player

Listen to MP3 encoded tracks at near CD quality. An MP3 track can also be used as a ringtone on some phones.

Optical zoom

The image is enlarged by the use of lenses, unlike digital zoom which reduces the picture quality.

PDA 

Personal digital assistant is a handheld device that works like a mini personal computer. Some especially modern PDAs contain some mobile phone features.

Pixels/Megapixels

The larger the quoted number of pixels the better the quality of the images taken by the camera.

Polyphonic

Very high quality full-range sound.

PTT

Push-to-Talk this is a technology that connects you to work groups and friends with supreme ease.

Quad Band

Allows you to make and receive calls Worldwide, with some exceptions.

QWERTY keyboard

A keyboard with the same letter layout as a computer keyboard.

Refresh Rate

The ability of the screen to keep up, ensuring smooth playback. 15 frames (fps) per second at least is recommended.

Satellite Navigation

Turn-by-turn instructions and on-screen directions on your phone. Can be linked to your phone via Bluetooth or the GPS receiver and navigational software already integrated into your phone.

Screen Resolution

The higher the quoted number of pixels the better the screen. A screen with high resolution will display your pictures and video more clearly.

SD Slot

A secure digital memory card can be inserted to store images and data from your phone.

Service Provider

This is the company that handles your mobile calls. 

Smartphone

A phone that can organize your life as well as make and receive calls. Smartphones can make and send e-mails, maintain a diary, to do lists and are able to store lots of data. Smartphones can also be used as an internet dongle (for your computer), and can connect to a computer, so that you can edit or show a document on-the-go or, download it to another computer. Smartphone OS’s consist of: UiQ (Symbian-based), Symbian, Palm OS, webOS (coming soon to the Palm Pre), Windows Mobile.

SMS

Short Messaging Service. Commonly known as ‘Text messaging’.

Tri-band

Different mobile phone networks operate at different frequencies, which means that if you wish to use your mobile phone outside your home country, you generally need a handset that supports multiple frequency bands. A tri-band phone operates on three frequency bands, GSM900, GSM1800 and GSM1900, allowing you to use it in Europe, Africa, Asia, nearly all of North America and Australia. 

T9

T9 stands for “Text on 9 keys”, one of predictive text input’s algorithms. Visit http://www.t9.com/ for more information.

VGA/QVGA/SVGA

VGA (stands for Video Graphics Array) is a default video format for mobile phones (for example, the LG Renoir) but is also the standard for cameras as well. This format uses very little space on the card/disk, and is relatively poor quality, and has small screen space (640×480), so that you can record more video quickly and easily (only recommended for simple videos). Also, Windows uses a system called SVGA (Super Video Graphics Array), which, only can display in poor quality modes, and, is unable to support a big display (SVGA supports 800×600 up to 1680×1050). QVGA (stands for Quarter Video Graphics Array) is the same as VGA, but smaller (320×240)

Video capture

This is the ability to film moving video footage, in the form of video clips. These can either be stored on the phone or sent in the form of MMS.

Virtual Wallet 

Storing credit card details in your mobile phone for m-commerce use. Voice dial – Allows you to call someone in your phonebook by saying his or her name. You will need to store a previous recording of yourself saying the name, for it to work. Voicemail – A mobile phone’s answerphone system.

WAP

Wireless Application Protocol. Special Web pages made for small screens on mobiles and PDA’s.

WiFi

Wireless transmission of data and images with a good range.

WML Wireless markup language is used to produce WAP content. It makes optimum use of the limited size of the displays on handheld devices.

Hope this article gives some insight to the mobile world. Do write in your comments and suggestions.