Microsoft launches OneApp application for feature phones

Microsoft is announcing the launch of a new software framework aimed at featurephones called OneApp.

Microsoft OneApp is a new software application that enables feature phones—commonly found in emerging markets—to access mobile apps like Facebook, Twitter, Windows Live Messenger, and other popular apps and games. Now, people around the world who own feature phones will be able to do more and enjoy a better mobile experience with their existing phones. Microsoft OneApp will be offered initially through partners in emerging markets worldwide.

The OneApp application memory footprint is only 150k and is currently supported on the following phones:

Nokia: 3555, 5320, 6300, 6500, 6600, E50, E51, E63, E65, E66, E71, N70, N72, N73, N78, N80, N81, N82, N85, N95, N96
Samsung: U900 Soul
Sony Ericsson: C510, C902, C905, G705,K610i, K800i, K805i, T650i, W200i, W580i, W595, W660i, W980

An SDK will be available within the next year.

Source: Microsoft OneApp

BlackBerry Storm 2 teardown shows new SurePress system

SurePress 2

Piezoelectric tech, Surepress, one thing’s for sure, it’s getting confusing. Following yesterday’s Storm 2 video tour we thought that RIM’s upcoming touchscreen smartphone no longer used their SurePress technology. But we now have a teardown picture posted at BlackBerryCool showing use that the Storm 2 does have a SurePress screen, but instead of one big button the screen is now sitting on 4 buttons. What do you guys think ?

Source: BlackBerryCool

RIM acquires Torch Mobile, WebKit browser headed to BlackBerry phones

Torch Mobile
Well, now we know how RIM is planning to bring full Flash and Silverlight support to it’s phones. They’ve just acquired Touch Mobile, markers of the Windows Mobile WebKit based Iris Browser.

Torch Mobile is excited to announce that our company has been acquired by Research In Motion (RIM), one of the most renowned mobile technology companies in the world. Our team of developers will join RIM’s global organization and will now be focused on utilizing our WebKit-based mobile browser expertise to contribute to the ongoing enhancement of the BlackBerry® platform.

Torch Mobile’s team of highly skilled developers has been actively involved in Open Source development and includes contributors, Commiters and Reviewers of the WebKit project. As part of RIM, these developers will continue to be active participants in the WebKit development community.


No word on the future of the Iris Browser though.

Update: “The company will no longer continue developing for Windows Mobile or Windows-CE.” - Torch Mobile

Source: Torch Mobile via BGR

Nokia announces Windows 7 Booklet 3G mini-laptop


Now this was unexpected! Nokia just unveiled the Booklet 3G, a mini-laptop (they don’t want to call it netbook)running Windows 7. Remember a few days ago, Nokia and Microsoft partnered in the mobile space to bring the full Office suite to Nokia smartphones. It now looks like the two companies are becoming best buddies. The specs of the Booklet 3G are also really nice, it packs 3G connectivity in addition to WiFi, bluetooth and GPS (A-GPS). Seamless integration with the OVI services and also offers a 10.1-inch “HD” display and an HDMI port for HD video out. The CPU/Chipset is an Intel Atom (not much else is known) and has an aluminum chassis, measures just 10.4? x 7.3? x 0.8? inches thick, and weighs 2.75 pounds.

There are still more details to come at Nokia World 09 on 2 September.

Source: Nokia via Engadget

Metro Paris augmented reality application for iPhone

Following the release of Layar on Android smartphones here comes Metro Paris a french application ($0,79 and works in English too) which used augmented reality to help find POIs and train stations is the french capital. Similar to Layyr it uses the digital compass (and GPS) on the iPhone 3GS when you point your phone in a direction and displays POIs icons and arrows overlaid in the camera viewfinder. The app also works on non 3GS iPhones but the AR part is disabled due to the lack of compass. The application also supports Push notifications. Check this video demo:

Source: MetroParis on iTunes