Garmin-Asus set to unveil Android & Windows Mobile handsets at MWC


ZDNet.tw and Digitimes are reporting that Garmin-Asus is planning to unveil their first Android based smartphone in a few weeks at MWC in Barcelona. Benson Lin, president of Asustek’s handheld device business unit also said that the company is aiming to launch 4-5 new Windows Mobile or Android phones in 2010. In addition to the Android handset Garmin-Asus will launch the M10 Windows Mobile 6.5.3 device powered by a Qualcomm MSM722è @600Mhz with a 3.5″ WVGA resisitive touchscreen. Interestingly ZDNet.tw is now calling WM6.5.3 by its real codename: Maldives. If you remember, they were the first to mention it a few months ago but got it confused with the Windows Mobile 7 Beta that will probably be available to OEMs shortly.

Source: ZDNet & Digitimes

One more HTC Bravo live picture

Here’s another live picture of the HTC Bravo we can cleary see that the current Sense UI is featured on the handset (not the latest Espresso version):

You can check out the first live picture here.

Via: HTCS

Sony Ericsson Vivaz hands-on video

Sony Ericsson just uploaded a short hands on video of the Vivaz smartphone. The UI looks smooth and as you can see it also supports Opengl ES 2.0 (TI-OMAP chipset I gues):

Here’s the official Press released:

The new Sony Ericsson Vivaz™ is the latest mobile phone in our new family of communication entertainment phones which launch during the first half of 2010. Communication truly becomes entertainment with high quality HD video allowing consumers to produce and broadcast their very best experiences with the latest video capture and sharing features. Camera API is available to both Symbian and Java code.

- Capture – record video in crisp high resolution (720p). The dedicated video key allows consumers to shoot video instantly with continuous auto focus for the perfect film every time.
- View – review video content in the standby panel or online via Wi-Fi on the 3.2 inch widescreen
- Share – upload via Wi-Fi onto YouTube™ and Picasa in high resolution while still using other features on the handset

The Symbian Camera API includes HD Video capability. A Camera API is also available in Java (video restricted to VGA capability).

Vivaz™ is based on the open Symbian^1 (S60 5th Edition) platform, like Satio™. Users can personalize their communication entertainment experience by downloading applications games and much more from PlayNow™, Sony Ericsson’s popular one-stop content store. Now there’s twice the reason to submit your Symbian & Flash content! Read more.

Adobe™ Flash Lite™ 3.0 is integrated seamlessly into the Vivaz™ UI. The five ‘home screen’ panels first seen on Satio are extended and made more user-configurable, including the ability to select Flash Lite content such as apps, games and animations. The included Twitter app is written using Flash Lite™ 3.0.

Flash Lite, 3.0 introduces Flash Video (FLV) support – FLV is rendered directly by the Flash player rather than by the handset. There are also significant improvements in performance and security. Read more

Project Capuchin support means that Java code can add powerful data logic and API support to Flash content.

Vivaz™ has a 3.2 inch 360 x 640 pixel TFT resistive touchscreen with 16 million color depth. OpenGL ES 1.1 and 2.0 are supported for superb graphics. The 8.1 megapixel camera has 4x digital zoom and Sony Ericsson’s face and smile detection features. An 8 GB microSD™ card is included; up to 16GB is supported. Connectivity includes Wi-Fi 802.11g and HSPA at 7.2Mbps download; naturally we include seamless integration with Facebook™ and Twitter.

Source: Sony Ericsson

Nokia launches new OVI Maps with Free turn-by-turn navigation in 74 countires


Here’s some big news folks, Nokia just launched their new OVI Maps navigation application featuring free turn-by-turn walk & drive navigation for its handsets. Sounds familiar? Yes Google did the same thing with Google Navigation for Android 2.0 not long ago. But this is the real deal this time around, unlike Google offering which is only available in the US and needs an active connection to work (maps are stream live to the Android device) the new OVI Maps offers support for 74 countries, in 46 languages, and traffic information for more than 10 countries, as well as detailed maps for more than 180 countries and the whole maps are stored on your device!
Head over to Nokia’s annnouncement website here for more info and videos. Nokia is also promising to offer a streeview like feature in the future. Here’s the list of compatible devices:

Nokia X6, Nokia N97 mini, E72, E55, E52, Nokia 6730 classic, Nokia 6710 Navigator, Nokia 5800 Xpressmusic, Nokia 5800 Navigation Edition, Nokia 5230

The N97 version shoud be out on Jan 28th but no news about the N900 yet.

Source: Nokia

HTC Bravo spotted in the wild


Here’s the first live picture of the HTC Bravo (see specs here) which is the non Google branded version of the Nexus One. The Bravo supposedly has the same specs as the Nexus One (the trackball is replaced by a optical trackpad and is has physical buttons instead of capacitive). The main new features will be 720P videosupport (decoding/encoding?) and native DivX decoding. The HTC Bravo is rumored to be head to T-Mobile UK.

Source: Omio mobile phone deals via Android Community