LG BL40 Chocolate Touch launching this month in Europe, worldwide in October

Today LG is announcing that their new top of the line featurephone, the BL40 Chocolate Touch, in launching in Europe this September, followed by the rest of the world in October. Here’s the ress release:

Seoul (Korea Newswire) September 4, 2009 — LG Electronics (LG), a global leader and technology innovator in mobile communications, today announced the worldwide retail release of the highly anticipated new Chocolate (LG-BL40). The stunning fourth handset of the Black Label Series will be available in Europe from mid-September before making its way around the world.

With the introduction of this bold new shape, the new Chocolate is essentially reinventing the way consumers view and use mobile phones. Designed with sleek sophistication, the strikingly unconventional 4-inch wide screen opens up an enlarged and more optimal space for “on-the-go” computing, allowing for an entirely new mobile experience that raises the bar of innovation.

Users will see things differently with the widened 21:9 panoramic display that establishes a new level of visual comfort for the reading of web pages and e-mail and dramatically brings videos and games to life with cinematic flair. Going wide also allows for the dual screen era to finally be brought to handsets for enhanced usability, which when combined with LG’s upgraded and intuitive S-Class UI brings a whole new meaning to the words “user friendly”.

“The new LG Chocolate will dramatically change the way we interact with our phones,” said Dr. Skott Ahn, CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “The new Chocolate reflects the originality and sophistication of the Black Label Series and like its predecessor, we are confident that the new Chocolate will create its own legacy and further enhance our standing in the market.”

Beginning from the UK, the new LG Chocolate will be released across the Europe in September and will be expanded to the rest of the world from October 2009.

Here’s a pretty neat hands-on video of the phone posted on Engadget where you can see that LG did a pretty good job optimizing th whole UI for the phone. Shame that’s not a smartphone though… : here

Source: LG

Samsung M1 announced, nVidia Tegra inside

Photo courtesy of Mobinaute

Photo courtesy of Mobinaute

Remember the mysterious Samsung M1 PMP? Well it’s been announced today at IFA and Samsung has confirmed that it has an nVidia Tegra chipset inside just like Microsoft’s Zune HD and can decode 720p videos, it also sports a 3.3-inch AMOLED touch screen, micro-SD slot, built-in stereo speaker, FM radio, BT and voice recording. There is no WiFi though and the Flash-based UI is far from looking as good as the one on the Zune HD. It should be available in 2 versions, 8Gb (€150) and 16Gb (€215) at the end of the month in the UK.
I know I’m a bit late on this one cause the player has been available in Asia since mid August. Here’s a 10 minutes long video I found on YouTube:

Source: Tipped by MajorT

10 minutes long Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 hands-on video

HBblog.it did it again,this time it’s a 10 minutes long video of the newly announced Xperia X2 running Windows Mobile 6.5 in action. It’s still disappointing to see that the same old Qualcomm MSM72XX chipset in onboard but SE did an awesome job optimizing the software this time around. Check it out:

Source: HDBlogt.it

Nokia Ovi SDK & Ovi Navigation Player API launched

Forgot to post this yesterday, Nokia launched their Ovi SDK (beta) and a new Ovi Navigation Player API. The SDK will enable developers to code for Symbian, Maemo & web apps. Coding can be done using standard web-based technologies including HTML, CSS and Javascript. Formore information head over here.

Source: Nokia Conversations

New Windows Mobile Multi-touch Capacitive screen controller

Capacitive touch panels are popping up everywhere lately. This time it’s Cypress who is launching the TrueTouch touchscreen controllers compatible with Symbian, Android, Windows Mobile & Windows 7. Here’s the press release:

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. today introduced new, fully-integrated TrueTouch touchscreen controllers, the TMA300 family, based on the PSoC® programmable system-on-chip architecture. The new controllers offer best in
class performance and unique features that are helping to accelerate the development of next-generation differentiated touchscreen-based user interfaces for applications in mobile handsets, portable media players, netbooks, notebooks, printers, digital still cameras, GPS systems and more.

The TMA300 family represents the next generation of multi-touch all-point technology that Cypress pioneered in 2008. The integrated analog sensing engine offers the industry`s fastest and most accurate touchscreen user experience. This responsiveness allows tracking of multiple fingers simultaneously with precise x-y locations and without user delays or problems with erroneous “ghost” responses. The family supports traditional gestures such as tap, double-tap, pan, pinch, scroll, and rotate, and also provides developers a unique platform to create custom gestures without being constrained to two-finger touch.

The TMA300 family will support a range of new features including low-cost 3mm passive stylus input, proximity detection that enables ear/face/palm rejection, water proofing and a “hover” feature that meets the touch requirements of operating systems such as Symbian, Android, Windows Mobile and Windows7. In addition, the new devices offer Cypress`s legendary noise immunity with patented capacitive sensing technology that enables flawless operation in noisy RF and LCD environments.

“Our new multi-touch all-point TrueTouch family has been designed-in to multiple platforms by top-tier manufacturers,” said Chris Seams, executive vice president of Sales and Marketing at Cypress. “Our customers continue to choose TrueTouch for its performance, flexibility and value.”

The devices have been sampling since early 2009 with leading OEMs and have already achieved multiple design wins with volume ramp-ups with leading OEMs already started.

Check a video of the controller here

Source: Cypress via WMPoweruser

T-Mobile Pulse video hands-on

The boys over at Engadget got a chance to handle T-Mobile’s newly announced Android handset. The Pulse is the first Android devices with a screen bigger than 3.2″ (it’s 3.5″) but still retains the same resolution as all other Android phones. T-Mobile slapped their own custom UI on the phone. Check it out:

Source: Engadget

Sprint HTC Hero on video

Sprint just uploaded a promo video on youtube showing their re-designed HTC Hero:

Lots of marketing talk…but the device looks sweet!

New Android Market shown on video

Google is updateting the Android market it seems. Developers can finally add screenshots to the applications descriptions among other new features:

I’m pleased to let you know about several updates to Android Market. First, we will soon introduce new features in Android Market for Android 1.6 that will improve the overall experience for users. As part of this change, developers will be able to provide screenshots, promotional icons and descriptions that will better show off applications and games.

We have also added four new sub-categories for applications: sports, health, themes, and comics. Developers can now choose these sub-categories for both new and existing applications via the publisher website. Finally, we have added seller support for developers in Italy. Italian developers can go to the publisher website to upload applications and target any of the countries where paid applications are currently available to users.

Source: Android Dev Blog

Awesome Nokia N900 hands-on video

I just came across this Nokia N900 video on youtube (showing the Maemo 5 OS) and thought it was really nice. Multitasking on the device seems to be the killer feature. Everything is so snappy! Check it out :