Nokia Says More Software Updates Headed to Symbian Handsets
Nokia has reaffirmed its intent to ship more Symbian handsets with near-field communications (NFC) capabilities on board. Speaking at an event, Senior Vice President Jo Harlow said that Nokia is developing a way to add NFC and other features (Swype, better software keyboards) to Symbian handsets via software updates, though she failed to provide specifics. "In the past if you bought a device, you got one or two software updates," she said. "We will now begin to deliver software updates more frequently and more of them. Visually, you’ll see some significant upgrades coming, to keep the experience of the device fresh and new for the consumer." Earlier this year, Nokia canceled a handset with NFC built in, and then later said NFC was headed to its smartphone line. NFC is a short-range radio technology that allows devices such as cell phones to act as mobile payment devices. The NFC chip inside the phone can be programmed to trigger a number of different actions when it comes in contact with another NFC chip or reader. The Nokia C7, which runs Symbian^3 and recently became available in European markets, has an NFC chip on board, but its functionality has yet to be enabled. Harlow did say that a significant software update will be made available to Symbian handsets in the early parts of 2011.
Dec 4, 2019
Qualcomm this week launched the "Snapdragon 865 and 765 Modular Platforms", which are pre-engineered and pre-certified circuit boards that include most of the critical components for a high-end 5G phone (or equivalent cellular device.) As phones have become more sophisticated and refined, the costs of developing a competitive high-end phone have become prohibitive for all but the largest companies. This new program from Qualcomm aims to level that playing field for smaller companies.
Dec 4, 2018
Qualcomm today named for the first time its next-generation mobile processor, the Snapdragon 855. The 855 includes the latest in terms of clock speeds, and will also be among the first CPUs to ship with native support for mobile 5G.
Oct 23, 2018
HTC made the Exodus 1, a secure phone based on blockchain, available for preorder from its web site. HTC announced the device earlier this year, but details about the hardware were few.
Aug 28, 2018
LG today announced the G7 One and G7 Fit, phones that share the basic design of the G7 ThinQ but dial back the specs in order to make them less expensive. Shared features between the two include 6.1-inch quad HD+ LCD displays (3,120 by 1,440 pixels), 3,000mAh batteries with QuickCharge 3.0, LTE 4G, WiFi, NFC, and USB-C connectors.