And continuing in the same vein - "A customer of Sonera can now watch videos with his mobile phone, if he or she has got a phone that supports moving image. The offering of the video pilot that continues until the end of May mainly consists of news and music programmes. The pilot videos can be watched with Nokia's 3650 phone that has the RealOne Mobile player installed and with other GPRS phones that have the RealOne player"
Now this is an entirely different matter to the below! I'm not at all sure that this kind of thing is ready for prime time. The difference betwen the demand for streaming video and video messaging will be akin to the difference between the demand for WAP and SMS. As I said below, the crucial point is that people love communicating. They are prepared to spend hours labouriously keying in text messages to send to friends and loved ones when they get sick of waiting for WAP news after a few seconds. Similarly, they will be prepared to pay (a reasonable amount) and wait for low res, jerky video clips of friends doing silly things, when they'll quickly tire of waiting to download broadcast video items. P2P is key!
Mobile Commerce:"T-Mobile USA, the wireless unit of Deutsche Telekom, announced this week it is to start offering a new mobile service that allows users to send video messages over its network. The group has also launched a new wireless phone- camcorder, the Nokia 3650. The phone captures up to 10 seconds of video plus audio recording. Users must subscribe to a $3 a month service with T-Mobile to send and receive video clips. That service, which also supports sending digital pictures and other extra services, allows up to 10 video messages to be sent and received a month, with a charge of 30 cents per message after that, depending on what else the subscriber uses."
Gartner Analyst Mike McGuire seems quite pessemistic about the service, wondering whether it's just technology for technology sake but I think he's dead wrong. Was SMS not just technology for technology sake too when it was rolled out. The crucial thing to remember is that people love communicating. Whether that be by voice, text, video, or a combination thereof. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words and by extension, a video is worth a thousand pictures (even if it's only comprised of a few hundred!!). Once the operators get the price point right I think video messaging will take of like wildfire.
infoSync World Review - Nokia 3650: "The successor to Nokia's first Series 60 phone has arrived: Jørgen Sundgot looks at the Nokia 3650, and finds an only slightly altered recipe. That is far from a bad thing."
LinuxDevices.com: "European market research firm Canalys predicts shipments of "smart phones" (phones with PDA capabilities) will double in the "EMEA" region (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) this year, and will exceed those of ordinary PDA-like handheld computers by year end."
Europemedia.net: News - ‘Switchblade-retractable’ alpha-numeric keypad for mobiles unveiled "The innovation is an additional alphanumeric keypad that slides out from the phone and enables easy editing of SMS and EMS text messages and mobile e-mail. The user holds the phone in one hand and enters text with the other hand on the alphanumeric keypad. In case of an incoming call, the additional keypad can be retracted with one move and the conversation can begin, just as with a traditional cellular phone."
You really have to see it to understand what all that means. And even then you'll still be scratching your head!! ;)
Believe it or not, in between all the war coverage, ABCNews.com somehow found the time to review the Nokia 3650. "With a price point of under $400, the Nokia 3650 offers plenty for buyers looking for a mobile device that does a lot more than just call home. But we would like it to have been a bit smaller and to at least have standard buttons. Pros: Large color display; video capture. Cons: Round button layout; size of device"
Agilent introduces miniature camera modules for camera-enabled mobile phones: "Agilent Technologies today announced a new family of fully integrated CMOS camera modules that can be easily designed into mobile phones and wireless PDAs. The new camera modules offer exceptional sensitivity for capturing great images in low-light conditions. Because they are fully integrated and require no external components, the new modules reduce time to market for handset and PDA designers."
Here's an interesting InfoWorld interview with Randy Roberts, director of imaging devices for Nokia Americas. "Nokia is committed to the Series 60 as a platform for developing phone apps that facilitate interoperability."
As I ask on, with regard to the Nokia 6800 on boards.ie, why the hell didn't Nokia put that ingenious full, folding QWERTY keyboard on the 3650, instead of the weird roundy one, and make it the ultimate business phone (outside of Communicator land).
I'm getting a 3650 to use mainly for Email, FTPing, IMing, light webviewing and a little videoing. In other words, mainly as a business phone. If it had one of those keyboards on it I could see my productivity soaring!
I really don't get it. Who is the 6800 aimed at? Aren't the usual txters going to be much happier with just txting aways as they already do on a normal phone keypad? Shouldn't QWERTY keyboards be aimed at business phones? And surely this is not a business phone with it's FM radio?
infoSync World : Samsung unveils SGH-D700 smartphone. So here it is, Samsung's first Series 60 / Symbian OS phone. "Software-wise, the the SGH-D700 shares a number of applications with Nokia's 7650 and 3650 models, but also offers more functionality in some areas. Weighing in at 110 g and measuring 89 x 49 x 23 mm, the SGH-D700 will also be smaller and lighter than currently available Series 60 devices such as the Nokia 7650 and 3650 models. "
Europemedia.net: News - Vodafone Sweden introduces new handsets. "Vodafone’s Swedish unit has announced that it is set to introduce three new handsets with cameras to its range available for the company’s 2.5G Vodafone Live service. The Nokia 3650 and Sharp’s GX10i are to be introduced immediately onto the market, and the Sony Ericsson T610 will be on offer by the summer."
Jeez, this is terrible news! No, I'm not disappointed to hear that Vodafone are finally going to approve the 3650, it's just that I had finally given into the idea of purchasing a sim free 3650 from Expansys, in the belief that it would be months before Vodafone approved the phone. Of course it still could be months. What exactly is their definition of 'summer'? Start of sumer? End of summer? And how long after Vodafone Sweden approve the phone will Vodafone Ireland do it? Damn this is annoying!
Interesting debate on All About Symbian regarding the best video recorder for the Nokia 7650. I hadn't realised that Hipcam, by Emuzed allows you to record file sizes (thus durations) greater than the standard 95kb allowed by MMS compliant video recorders.