Nokia Launches First UIQ Handset
Oct 20, 2005, 3:13 PM by (staff)
Nokia today launched their first handset based on UIQ - the only Symbian interface the company did not develop. The 6708 is a triband GSM/GPRS handset with a 208 x 320 screen and 1.3 MP camera. Nokia did not develop the phone either, it is actually rebranded BenQ P31 with additional Chinese language support and software tweaks. Many Asian markets are demanding handsets with handwriting input, since that is much faster and more natural than an QWERTY keyboard or numeric keypad, however Nokia did not have any models or OSes with Chinese handwriting recognition. This is not the first time Nokia has rebranded a handset to quickly meet a particular market's needs.
Microsoft Debuts Entry-Level Nokia 130 Handset
Microsoft today announced the Nokia 130, a simple, inexpensive handset meant for first-timers and emerging markets. The candybar-style phone runs the Series 30 platform and includes a 1.8-inch screen, stereo headphone jack, Bluetooth 3.0, and support for memory cards up to 32GB.
Google Debuts Handwriting Keyboard
Google today made available a new keyboard for Android devices that allows people to handwrite text in 82 languages rather than type on the keys. According to Google, the main features allow for printed and script handwriting recognition, voice input, and emoji support.
Microsoft to Drop Nokia Brand from Smartphones
Microsoft indicated that it is prepared to drop the Nokia brand from its line of Windows Phones. Moving forward, the company will use the Microsoft Lumia name to refer to its phone hardware.
Nokia Reiterates Path to New Phones Is Complicated
Nokia has again affirmed its plans to bring Nokia-branded handsets back to the market eventually, but warned that things won't be as they were. Nokia sold its handset division to Microsoft in 2014.
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