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Showing posts from March, 2009

An Interesting iPhone Clone from China

There is a very interesting iPhone clone from China - Meizu M8. This product was announced about 2 years ago when first generation of the iPhone was launched. Apparently it wasn't taken seriously when Meizu's boss, Jack Wong, casually announced it over at their Meizu Chinese forum.
Time has come and they have finally launched their first ever mobile phone. For those ignorant, Meizu is a well-known multimedia player from China having recently launched their latest player Meizu M6.
I have a chance to play with the phone today. I am impressed with the overall performance and responsiveness of the phone. I would have fork out SGD699 for the 8GB phone but knowing that it is a Windows Mobile afterall, I stopped short of doing that.
If you have seem the demo of the phone, you would probably thought that it's an iPhone. It was an almost perfect clone of iPhone, hardware and software too. It supports multi-touch and has a 3.2 MegaPixel camera with the photo viewer that works just like…

Mobile Phone Software Upgrades

iPhone 3.0 is great! And so is iPhone 1.x, 2.x...
You might not agree with me. iPhone lacks many basic features that even a cheap basic phone has, but have you ever wonder how Apple made upgrading of the iPhone software/firmware so easy? Not even Nokia, Palm, Samsung, HTC or even RIM provide you such an easy and convenient way to do your upgrade.
I remembered the days where either you have to install clumsy software on your PC to do the software and firmware upgrades; or you probably have to travel to the service center and leave your phone there for them to upgrade the software for you. It was such an inconvenience. Worst, they did not even bother to inform you of any software upgrades. You have to be tech savvy to surf the mobile forums to even know of any upgrades.
Apple changes the whole game plan. You buy their phone and you get new features without paying additional money for a whole new mobile. With others, if you want the new features you buy their new phones!

iPhone 3.0

Apple has announced the preview of iPhone 3.0. With Palm Pre breathing down it's neck, it has finally decided to incorporate most of the long list of requests.
Here's a list of the items in iPhone 3.0 which is slated for June 2009 release.
- In-App Purchasing: Allows developers to sell additional content from within applications. Highlighted uses include magazine subscriptions, eBooks, additional levels and items for games.
- Peer-to-Peer Connectivity: Find other devices running the app via Bonjour over Wi-Fi of Bluetooth. Good for gaming, but also other applications for sharing data.
- Third-Party Accessory Apps: Allowing accessory manufacturers to create applications to interface with their hardware accessories.
- Push Notification: Rather than using background processes that hamper battery life, utilize third-party server to push badge, text, and audio alerts from applications.
- Turn by Turn: Apple will allow developers to use CoreLocation for turn-by-turn GPS directions.
- Cut, …