Apple has announced the new iPhone, the iPhone 3G S at the WWDC. The “S” in the iPhone 3G S stands for “Speed”. The new iPhone is really an improvement over the predecessor. Apple claims “iPhone 3G S is up to 2x faster and more responsive than iPhone 3G”.
Web pages and applications load faster now. It now allows users to shoot, edit and share the videos right from the iPhone itself. The phone’s camera is also upgraded to a 3.0 megapixel from iPhone 3G’s 2.0 megapixel.
It now has a new compass application, which besides letting you see the directions, also aligns the map to the direction you are facing, so you can now use the maps much better when you are using it to find directions.
Cut, copy, and paste is now available throughout the phone, even between applications. The keyboard now has a landscape mode as well, so now you can have more room to type your texts and mails. The long awaited message forward is now here, so now you can forward that message you want to share. Another very useful new addition is the universal search utility, or Spotlight, as commonly seen in the mac machines. It lets you search for a word throughout the phone, like contacts, mails and even applications.
iPhone 3G S also has some accessibility features. It has a screen reader, and also a dark color scheme with white text. iPhone 3G S will be available for sizes upto 32 GBs and will retail at $199 for the 16GB version and $299 for the 32GB one. It will be available on June 19, 2009 in US and then in other countries in the following months.
The Mobile phone giant, Nokia today announced that it was going to buy Symbian. Nokia will purchase the stake of 264 million euros ($410 million) which it doesn’t own from Sony Ericsson, Ericsson, Panasonic, Siemens and Samsung Electronic. A new body called Symbian Foundation will be formed which will comprise of Nokia and other top cellphone makers along with operators AT&T, NTT DoCoMo, Vodafone and chip makers Texas Instruments and STMicroelectronics to develop the software further. Nokia will also make Symbian open source.
Now for a normal mobile user it might not be a big deal, but for mobile application developers it should mean a lot, as Symbian is a pretty common mobile platform, more so in smartphones, and it going open source can only help the development of the platform. The other rivals to Symbian are Microsoft’s Windows Mobile and Apple’s iPhone and also the upcoming Google’s Android Mobile Platform.
Apple iPhone fans in India can be happy about this, Vodafone is bringing iPhones in India. Lot of news sites are reporting that Vodafone has made a deal with Apple about releasing iPhone in India and nine more countries, but the actual release might only be around August. One of the sites also mentioned the could be prices, 8GB version of the phone could be priced at around Rs 28,000 while the 16GB version will be rolled out at a higher price tag. Anyways its a great news for iPhone fans, who were waiting for the phone to be officially launched in India.