Fix for Data Connectivity Issue on Lumia 900 Is Available Now

At late Friday, Nokia announced that it has completed a fix for the data connectivity glitch that had affected numerous Lumia 900 unit released by AT&T earlier this week. Owner of Lumia 900 can either exchange for a fresh unit at the nearest AT&T retailer or visit a webpage in Nokia website dedicated to address the issue. The fix for Data Connectivity issue can be downloaded from Nokia’s web site.

If you somehow have amassed a large number of data in your Lumia 900, it’s a good idea to choose the latter. The update did surprise users a little and it came earlier than expected, the fix was originally planned for release on
Monday, April 16. Nokia advises users to download the fix through the Zune software if they decide to keep the phone. Nokia stated that the data connectivity issue was caused by problems in memory management and it isn’t a hardware defect. .

As a goodwill gesture, Nokia and AT&T agreed to offer affected users $100 rebate an since the handset is available at$99, the rebate effectively makes the phone free. Nokia said that the credit will expire on April 21. Preliminary reports showed that Nokia sold 2 million handsets from Lumia family and the company expects a sequential growth of activations every month.

The Lumia line was released initially last year, and users can get a unit at various price points. The affordable Lumia 710 made its debut in the US on January 11 and the Lumia 900 is considered as a high-end model, which hit the shelves on Sunday, April 8.

Nokia and Orange Release Lumia 610 NFC

Nokia announced recently that Orange will be the first to offer the Lumia 610 NFC, allowing users to interact with other owners of NFC devices as well making wireless payments. NFC is a wonderful technology and it can make so many things easier. The technology has been floating for awhile now and thanks to Lumia 610, we would hear more about it in 2012.

There are so many cool things we can do with NFC and it changes the way we use mobile devices, for example, unlike Bluetooth, you can start sharing files between two NFC-enabled devices by tapping both phone on certain area. It’s the same with sharing music and photos. There are infinite possibilities of NFC, which can be used for various situations and emergencies. It’s also easier to check locations using social network services such as Foursquare. NFC allows better interaction with many objects; say you see a poster or brochure, tapping it with a NFC-enabled handset may bring you automatically to product’s webpage or company’s website.

The most advertised feature of NFC is wireless transaction and the Lumia 610 can work as card-less payment tool. The implication is significant, once NFC technology reaches a critical mass among consumers and merchants, a smartphone can replace your travel card and credit card. Lumia 610 can also interact with Nokia Play 360 speakers; simply tap the handset on the speaker to stream music from your phone. Nokia also offers other NFC-enabled accessories including the Nokia Essence, which nearly eliminates background noise.

Tear Down Revealed $209 Worth of Components in Lumia 900

Nokia and Microsoft are betting big time with the Lumia 900 and they realize that an affordable design can really benefit them in the end. Components used to build a Nokia Lumia 900 cost only $209, or twice AT&T’s asking price for the handset. It also means Nokia gets 115 percent margin from an unsubsidized Lumia 900, which nets buyers $450.  Microsoft and Nokia worked with Qualcomm during the development stage of Lumia 610 to allow them employ the hardware to its fullest potential.

It appears, Nokia managed to keep the cost down by using less powerful hardware; so instead using high performance dual- or quad-core processors, the Lumia 900 is powered by 1,4GHz Qualcomm APQ8055 single-core processor. Also while many Android devices have 1GB of RAM, the Lumia 900 only packs 512Mb of DRAM. By choosing a 512MB memory module, instead of 1GB, Nokia can save up to $5 for each unit. The Windows Phone 7.5 is a highly efficient operating system and it can still run remarkably well on less powerful configuration.

Just like most touch-based mobile device, display is the most expensive component. In the case of Lumia 900, the Samsung’s AMOLED 4.3” display costs them $58 or nearly 30 percent of the total cost. On the other hand, the display of HTC Skyrocket II costs $64, which is understandable as it is slightly larger at 4.5” and uses the more advanced Super-AMOLED Plus technology. Some sources also reported that Microsoft gave Nokia huge discount in licensing fee for the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango.

Feature Pack 1 for Symbian Belle is Released

Fourteen months ago Stephen Elop, the CEO of Nokia announced the death of Symbian and yet more than one year later, we still get numerous release for the aging mobile platform. In fact, Nokia delivers more minor updates than we have ever seen in the OS’s history. Symbian Belle was released in February 2012 and now two months later, we already get Feature Pack 1. According to AllAboutSymbian, the update is available for Nokia 701, 700 and 603. There’s no word whether the update will be released for other devices.

So what does the update bring to the table? One huge improvement is the 30 percent increase of processor clock speed, in essence Nokia 701, 700 and 603 get overclocked from 1GHz to 1.3GHz. Also, the update delivers a ton of new widgets, such as data monitor that helps you to keep track on the amount of data you’ve been used. Multitasking user interface is also cleaned somewhat so it looks smoother and nicer. The notification is now laid out better and easier to use. Finally, the web browser is updated, which brings similar capabilities we saw on Safari browser of iOS 4 and better than the stock browser of Android 2.2 (Froyo). Despite the significant upgrade, experts still recommend users of Belle devices to install third party browsers.

Overall, Belle devices offer competent competition to low-end Android devices, such as Samsung Galaxy Y. Nokia may need to put Belle (with Feature Pack 1) to a $150 handset, which is equipped with 3.2” display, Wi-Fi, GPS and 3G; and the Finnish company can have a hit on its hands. The Nokia PureView 808 that’s known widely for its 41Mp camera will ship with Belle (Feature Pack 1) onboard, whereas before you groan and deride it for using Symbian, you should know that the updated OS isn’t all that bad.

The Nokia Asha 306, a Smartphone Like Feature Phone

In the technologically savvy world, many of us consider reading a user manual as a sign of ignorance. But manuals can reveal something important, such as troubleshooting procedure for an issue and in the case of leaked manual; they give a hint about an unreleased device.

A manual for an announced handset, the Nokia 306 was discovered and it shows possible hardware specification and other details. The most obvious difference compared to other Asha devices is the lack of physical keyboard. A diagram shows that the phone supports multiple home screens as well as Android-style notification bar. Also just like standard smartphones, it the Nokia 306 supports pinch to zoom capability

The notification bar offers a wealth of information such as:

  • Unread and missed text messages
  • Bluetooth status
  • WiFi status
  • Data connection status
  • Music player status and currently playing song
  • Change of profile

The phone has three home screens:

  • App screen
  • Dialer screen , which can be replaced with radio or music player
  • My screen, for shortcuts, contacts and favorites.

Overall, the user interface seems to be a little too advanced for a modified form of Symbian S40, however some rumors suggest that the Nokia 306 will use Meltemi OS, a Linux-based mobile platform, which is currently being developed by Nokia. Feature-wise, the phone specs are typical of low-end feature phone; GSM connectivity (EDGE), 3.5mm headset jack, rear-facing camera of unknown resolution, hot-swappable micro-SD card slot, microUSB port, Bluetooth and WiFi. It is unknown whether the OS will allow users to install 3rd party apps.

LG Is Preparing D1L as A Rival to Samsung Galaxy SIII

Samsung remains tightlipped about its upcoming flagship, the Galaxy SIII. Tech observers expect the phone to include striking features such as quad-core Exynos processor, 4.8” Super-AMOLED display and 12Mp rear facing camera.

According to reports, LG might be prepping to match Samsung’s offering with its upcoming flagship, the LG D1L, which will flaunt slightly smaller 4.7” HD LCD display with 1280 x 720 pixels resolution. The handset will run Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0), which will be LG’s first phone with the operating system. The smartphone will also offer LTE (4G) and powered by Qualcomm MSM8960 chipset.

An LG official confirmed that his company is developing D1L, but he couldn’t provide more information. If features of both smartphones turn out to be real, we can expect a lively competition between them. LG hasn’t made an official announcement about the product name, but it tells us that LG finally has taken the plunge by attempting to match what could be the next best smartphone in the Android world.

As always, it could be very difficult for LG to match Samsung’s offering in the market. At least, LG needs to match Samsung’s move in every corner. For example, LG should work with many different carriers in various countries. A benchmark result of a device called D1LV have been published recently and it refers to LG D1L which will join Verizon’s network in near future. If LG had done the same thing with the original Galaxy S and Galaxy SII, the Android community today could be a much more interesting place.

Early Lumia 900 Users Reported Data Connection Issue

A lot of eager anticipation and hype surrounded Nokia’s latest smartphone and finally it joins the AT&T network. Some people are even considering whether they should ditch their old iPhone in lieu of the more affordable yet well-featured handset.

Unfortunately, the new Windows Phone handset may seem off to a rocky start as several early adopters reported that their new handsets couldn’t connect to AT&T data network. It appears many people experienced similar issues. After the first boot, the handset can connect to AT&T’s data network, but once it’s restarted, users no longer get incoming data.

Some users reported that they can resolve the issue by performing “master reset” after the SIM card has been removed, however some owners continue to have problem connecting. AT&T and Nokia didn’t immediately respond to any question on this issue. However, someone claiming to be from AT&T said that the problem is caused by a glitch in IMEI registration to AT&T’s 2G, 3G and 4G data network. The source also told the media that Nokia and AT&T are already clearing the stock from defective handsets.

The Lumia $100 is available for $100 and Nokia puts a lot of hope in it. The Lumia 900 is powered by 1.4GHz single-core processor and has 4.3” AMOLED display with ClearBack technology. It supports 4G (LTE) network and sports an 8Mp rear-facing camera.  AT&T previously told the media that the Lumia 900 is considered as a “Hero Phone” and the launch would be a notch above anything they have ever done, including the launch of the iPhone.

Samsung’s Future Bendable Display Will be Called YOUM

YOUM is definitely a weird name to be used in the mobile industry but that’s what Samsung will use to call their next generation AMOLED displays. Unlike previous AMOLED displays, which use glass layer, YOUM will be covered by flexible film. The advantages are numerous, but two of them stand out easily; flexibility and durability, in fact Samsung makes a pretty wild claim that YOUM displays are unbreakable.

But the greatest feature would be flexibility, YOUM displays can bend, which means we might start seeing really interesting smartphone designs, instead of the somewhat dated black slab. Also, instead of six layers used on standard LCD display, YOUM only uses four layers; TFT (film), organic layer, encap (film) and polarizer. By replacing the glass layer with thin, flexible plastic substrate, it’s possible for Samsung to create a bendable display.

But when will we be able to get the flexible displays from the shelves? Samsung announced that YOUM will be out somewhere this year and now, there are less than 9 months left in it.  Although we won’t be crying our eyes out when Samsung’s flexible smartphones slip to 2013, we do need to know what to expect.

Additionally, how are current mobile platforms, such as Android, supposed to respond to flexible display? There are some issues that need to be figured out, for example, Samsung needs to work on the pixel density. Apple often says that the magic threshold for great display is 300 ppi (pixels per inch) and some users may choose a crisp, smooth display than something that can bend.

Nvidia Reveals a Roadmap for Tegra 4

Nvidia has reached an important milestone by introducing world’s first high performance multi-core processors, the Nvidia Tegra 2 and Tegra 3. Both processor classes delivered significant improvement in performance, which translated to faster browsing and smooth multi-tasking.

Nvidia’s latest offering, the Tegra 3, uses “4 Plus 1” configuration or a quad-core pack plus a fifth core for battery saving purpose. With the Nvidia GeForce ULP (ultra low power) GPU, Tegra 3 devices offers high-speed, console-quality gaming. Nvidia is planning to release new mobile chipsets every year and for 2013, it would be the Tegra 4. Codenamed “Wayne”, the Tegra 4 will also have 4 Plus 1 configuration; which is consisted of four different releases, T40, T43, AP40 and SP3X.

  • T40 will make its debut in Q1 2013 for 10” devices, the 1.8GHz quad-core package, with the ability to deliver superior performance level to tablets
  • T43 will arrive in Q3 2013 for 10” devices, with slightly faster 2.0GHz cores.
  • AP40 is designated as a mainstream platform with processor speeds between 1.2 and 1.8 GHz.
  • SP3X is destined for 7” devices with clock speeds ranging between 1.2 and 2.0 GHz. While the first three releases use A15 ARM Cortex, SP3X will feature LTE-enabled A9 ARM Cortex cores.

Tegra 3 doesn’t support LTE connectivity, as the result phone vendors are turning to Qualcomm solutions for 4G LTE devices. The ARM Cortex-A9 core is known as the first mobile platform with superior execution and efficient processing, which delivers fluid performance.

New iPad Wi-Fi problems: Experts feels it is Likely to be caused by Power Management Issue

The Wi-Fi connection issues reported previously by iPad owners could be solved effectively with a software bug fix. Experts believe that it’s unlikely that problem is caused by hardware defects, because if it is hardware related, then it could only be caused by chip failure or mistakes during assembly process.

Chip-related defects are usually more absolute in effects, which results in a complete loss of Wi-Fi connection. iPad users have hinted as much and they didn’t say that their iPad wasn’t able to connect to a hotspot completely, instead they found that the signal is very weak and the data transfer speeds are very slow, only in rare cases they were unable to maintain a connection.

Complaints about wireless reliability surfaced only a few hours after the new iPad made its debut in March.

Previously, an Apple representative told the media that the Wi-Fi problem might be solved when users reset the network settings. The fact that we can resolve issues by resetting the network settings points strongly to glitches in power-saving features. According to some tear-down experts, the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections on the new iPad are handled by the Broadcom BCM4330 chip.

The same chip was also found in the iPhone 4S, which launched October 2011. Compared to Wi-Fi/Bluetooth chip used in earlier iOS devices, the Broadcom BCM4330 introduce new power-saving features. Wi-Fi is often a power-hungry feature in any mobile device and Apple wanted to reduce power consumption in any way it can.

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