Nokia Seemingly Planning to Release Touch-less and Gesture-controlled Devices – Patent Found

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File this in the "overheard at a dinner party but may actually be true" category. Nokia’s chief designer, Alastair Curtis, was at one such dinner party chomping on foie gras and sipping wine when he he was asked why Nokia’s N-series of multimedia devices have yet to receive the multi-touch treatment. Curtis responded with "We’ve not launched what we think is right for N-series in a touch product. You’ll see in the coming months, years… what we feel is right." He then proceeded to make a series of hand gestures meant to suggest a Wii-like interface for the N-series.

This could have been chalked up to some rowdy dinner guests, but a patent for a similar device was just found online. It looks like Nokia may have something up their sleeves after all. It’s a good thing Alastair Curtis hasn’t been gifted with sensitive national secrets. He gets loose lipped after a glass of Pinot or two.

Below is a speculative video of how one such device could work:


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ASUS Formally Announces the P565 Smartphone – Claims it is Fastest in World

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ASUS has officially announced the P565 smartphone. The device had been rumored to be in development for some time but this is the first formal recognition by the company. The HSDPA smartphone features a Glide UI, Windows Mobile 6.1, 800MHz Marvell CPU, a 2.8-inch VGA touchscreen, 256MB flash memory and 128MB of DDR SDRAM. It also has 802.11b/g wireless capabilities, Bluetooth 2.0, and a microSD slot with SDHC support. ASUS claims it is the "fastest business PDA phone" in the world. They offer no word on pricing or availability yet though.


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Verizon to End Pay-as-you-go Data Plans – Will Make Other Changes

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According to a leaked document within the company, Verizon will soon be killing pay-as-you-go data plans. Starting on November 14th, every new PDA / smartphone launched will require a data plan of $29.99 or more monthly. Also, the document states that sometime in 2009 "select" Mobile Web 2.0 devices will also require a monthly data plan. No word on what devices this would apply to, however.


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Dan Hesse Decries Android as Not Being Ready to Carry Sprint Branding

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Dan Hesse, the CEO of Sprint, decried Android’s readiness to carry the Sprint brand during a recent talk he gave at the National Press Club in Washington. He decried the Google-powered phone as not "good enough to put the Sprint brand on."

He did infer the Android would one day be able to carry the branding, it just had a lot of work to do. He promised to sell the Google device "at some time in the future." Click here for the Reuters article on the matter.


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Motorola’s Android slider to get social in Q2 2009

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Motorola is trying to pick itself up by it’s bootstraps these days. The 2004 Razr craze has faded like three day old leftovers and the company now finds itself hopelessly behind in winning over the hearts and minds of geeks everywhere. Of course, they must be doing something right since they are still the number one seller of handsets. But those cellphone carriers give Razrs away like lollipops so that could account for the sales. It’s the early adopters that matter! They have the big money. Well, sometimes. Sometimes they just forgo eating.

The Android might change all of this. According to BusinessWeek, Moto’s Google-enabled handset will feature an "iPhone-like touch-screen", a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and a host of social-network-friendly features. The magazine notes the device takes its design cues from the Krave ZN4 and resembles a high-end version of the T-Mobile G1 from HTC. It will, however, sell for less than the G1. The unit ships Q2 2009. Happy days could be here again for Moto fans!

Click the link for the BusinessWeek article.


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