Note: these are not Facebook's smartphones. Courtesy of phonemag.com
Rumors concerning the launch of Facebook’s smartphones are running from last week, but were denied by the company.
The gadgets will use the Android Operating System developed by Google, said the sources quoted. The smartphones will be built around the Facebook online social services. They will be launched in Europe by mid next year and in the U.S., in the second half of 2011.
One of Facebook’s smartphone will have QWERTY keyboard and touch screen. The other will only have a touch screen and will look and feel like the iPhone. Their prices may be more than $100, in U.S..
Approximately 25% of the over 500 million Facebook users login to their accounts using wireless devices. So far, AT&T, the second largest wireless telecommunications operator in the U.S., has not yet taken a decision whether to promote Facebook’s phones exclusively.
Btw, talking about smartphone new concepts, take a look at Mozilla Seabird! It’ll blow your mind!
Take a look at Seabird showcase in 3D
It’s just a prototype for now … but what a prototype! Conceived by Billy May in early 2009, the Seabird is an Open Web Concept Phone.
Take a look at -what we call – the most interesting / beautiful / smart / outstanding mobile phone concept we’ve seen so far! This is Seabird in their own words:
The Mozilla Seabird, part of the Mozilla Labs’ Concept Series, is an experiment in how users might interact with their mobile content as devices and technology advances.
The Seabird introduces a few possibilities into how user interaction might evolve with the advancing motion capture and projector driven innovation in the market.
First out, the Seabird imagines how a multiple use dongle might augment the crowded gestural interface with greater precision and direct manipulation of content in 3D space.
With mobile phone companies such as Samsung, LG and Motorola moving towards display applications for projectors, the technology remains open for expanding user interaction and input at the same time.
The Seabird, on just a flat surface, enables netbook-quality interaction by working with the projector’s angular distortion to deliver interface, rather than content. With the benefit of a dock, each projector works independently and delivers laptop levels of efficiency.
The form development took its cues from various aerodynamic, avian and decidedly feminine forms. Its erect posture intends a sense of poise while its supine conformity to the hand reconciles that with the user’s desire for digital control.
The curvature of the back also serves a functional role in elevating the projector lens elements when lying flat.
It has fully interchangeable plastic body panels with a steel and aluminum frame underneath. It has heated handlebars, ABS, an airbag, and a Blind Spot Assist monitor to warn when a car is about to take you out.
Underneath the main seat is space for two helmets, and when the second seat folds out above the rear wheel, the footrests for the pillion rider automatically flip into position too. Don’t need the second seat? Then you can have a luggage rack instead.
Power comes from a 4kW electric motor mounted in the rear wheel (freeing up the stowage space for those helmets) and gives the E-Scooter a top speed of 28mph.
eScooter has a 62-mile range, which is helped by regenerative braking of the rear wheel, and solar cells at the front of the E-Scooter also provide charge to the lithium-ion batteries. The charging socket is hidden under the badge of the front fender.
Smart eScooter can be controlled by a smartphone. You can mount it in a cradle between the handlebars, and this deactivates the immobiliser and other anti-theft devices. The smartphone then displays the E-Scooter’s speed, plus its battery charge and range, and it acts as a sat-nav and will help you find your way back to the scooter if you can’t remember where it’s parked.
It’s more like a gadgetScooter, isn’t it?
The application works with Google Maps and uses GPS tracking and tagging support. Users actions are, however, essential. Without them the application becomes useless.
Basically, the action arises as follows: the phone holder with Google’s Android operating system, having installed the Open Spot application, will check when he parkes and when he leaves a parking lot. Thus, other users, all owners and all Android phones using the Open Spot application will see when someone has parked on a specific place.
The signs are very simple. When the user has parked in a place, a red indicator appears. When departing from that place, the indicator becomes green. Each user can thus see free and busy parking spaces nearby. Obviously, it’s not everywhere, but only those covered by other users using this application.
From theory to practice is a long way and for this system to become truly useful, it will take time. Moreover, the idea is very good. If there were a universal system for all mobile devices, it could be really effective.
Like any application for Google Android, Open Spot can be downloaded from the Android Market.
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LG GW910 is moving towards the smartphone segment focusing on multimedia features.
Rumors say that the camera and video camera use high definition resolution.
Besides that, LG will integrate touchscreen and also the most popular virtual social services.
For those who use chat, the smartphone comes with a full-QWERTY keyboard generously sized.
Rumors also say that the phone will have: HSDPA, Wi-Fi, GPS, microSD slot, Bluetooth, etc..
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Besides that, the Nokia N8 offers the opportunity to conduct video capture HD (and digital audio – Dolby Digital Plus Surround), plus their editing with a special software.
N8 also offers access to Web TV services that come with programs, news and entertainment from channels such as CNN, E! Entertainment, Paramount and National Geographic.
Social networking is a second nature to the Nokia N8. Users can update their status, location and share photos, but also watch live Twitter and Facebook through a single application directly on the main screen.
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In addition, the BlackBerry Pearl 3G has a GPS receiver incorporated and screen resolution of 360 x 400 pixels, very high if we refer to the 2.4 inches diagonal.
The BlackBerry OS platform interface is easy to go through due to optical mini-trackpad.
The camera does not impress, but is fine for a business phone: 3.2 MP, autofocus, video.
Storage will be mainly made on microSD cards up to 32GB.
The phone has a processor clocked at 624 MHz, accompanied by 256 MB of RAM.
BlackBerry Pearl 3G will be available in stores in Canada since May and in the summer will arrive and in Europe too.
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Rumors say that Thunder will use an Android 2.1 operating system and a 4.1 inch screen WVGA OLED, according to engadget.com.
Thunder will have integrated access to Facebook and Twitter, will support Flash 10.1 (as a response to Apple’s refusal to provide this technology to iPad) and even an application for Hulu.
Rumors also say that the smart phone will have the same processor as Lightning, namely Snapdragon.
Thunder will be fitted with an 8 megapixel camera and will initially be sold only in AT & T network stores.
Images source: engadget.com