Google has some bad news for users with old mobile phones.
Google has revealed that they would stop supporting mobile browsers which lack support for authentication cookies from May this year.
This would only affect users who login to their Google account from these devices.
Regular Google services like search and maps can be accessed without logging in.
Google spoke about this policy change:
Grooveshark has just launched a beta edition of their web app for smartphones.
The app is created using HTML5 which makes it compatible with a wide variety of smartphone platforms out there.
The company claims that this service should work on: iOS, Android 2.3+, Blackberry Playbook, and HP TouchPad. And of course, it works fine in a HTML5 capable desktop browser too.
The UI is pretty basic right now. But searching and playing music works. And considering it is free, it would make a lot of their users happy.
Fujitsu is a major player in the Japanese mobile market. But they have little presence outside their home market.
The company has indicated that they eventually want to expand mobile operations to international markets in the future. And USA is one of the priority destinations.
They have a close relationship with NTT DoCoMo in Japan. They would need similar deals in other markets to ensure that they sell enough units in those markets.
Fujitsu is already manufacturing Android and Windows Phone based devices in Japan. They have the necessary expertise to launch exciting models in USA. US market is crowded and very competitive. Nokia might be the world’s largest mobile phone maker but they have never done well in USA. Fujitsu is not going to find it easy as well.
The US smartphone market is dominated by players like Apple, Samsung and LG. Motorola, Sony and HTC are other players.
Maxx Mobiles has launched a new touchscreen phone in the Indian market.
This new one is named Maestro MT255 and is priced at Rs. 4568.
It features a 3.2-inch touchscreen and comes loaded with social networking applications.
The device also features a 2 megapixel camera at the back and another one in front for video calling.
2 MP camera with flash
1000 mAh battery
Support for expandable memory up to 8GB
Supports MP3/ AAC/ WAV / M4A audio formats, MP4 / 3GPP / AVI video formats
FM radio with scheduling
Interesting thing is that Maxx is bundling a free pair of Reebok shoe worth around Rs. 2500 with this phone.
Grooveshark offering free Radio service on Google Android and Apple iOS
Grooveshark has announced the launch of a free service for smartphone owners.
The company is offering a radio only edition on Google Android and jailbroken iOS devices.
If you want to check it out, you can open Grooveshark.com on your supported device and download the app.
Users would not be able to listen to songs of their choice but they do get the ability to listen to radio stations similar to songs they like.
And they always have the option to subscribe to the paid version at USD 9 per month.
The new Nokia Tune Dubstep Edition that becomes the new default Nokia tune!
Nokia has announced the winner of their contest which aimed at selecting their new default ringtone for their smartphones.
We are not sure if we like it though.
The winner of the contest who created this tune is Italian DJ Valerio Alessandro Sizzi.
Here is the tune itself!
This ringtone would now feature on almost all future Nokia devices including their upcoming Windows Phone based smartphones.
Dell unlikely to launch any Windows Phone device in the near future
Industry sources are saying that Dell has given up on Windows Phone as a smartphone platform for the time being.
The company is likely to avoid launching any new models in the next year or so. They might get back into the business in 2013 once the platform is more mature and has a solid app community.
Dell only has a limited number of models available with Windows Phone platform and they have not done extremely well.
In fact, the company has also been rather quiet about Android devices. We do not see many new launches from them.
Sony Ericsson might soon be simply Sony!
Sony is reportedly close to buying out the stake owned by partner Ericsson in their joint venture Sony Ericsson.
Sony Ericsson is primarily involved in manufacturing mobile devices. They are one of the few companies that exclusively launch Google Android based Smartphones in the market.
The company has indicated in the past that they want to stop selling feature phones in the market and exclusively cater to the high end smartphone market (like Apple).
The two companies have declined to comment on these reports.
Sony is likely to benefit from owning the company to themselves. They would be able to use their own branding on all future products and new products could be launched and marketed more properly.
Nokia 701 now on sale in India
Nokia continues to launch new Symbian based smartphones in the Indian market while we wait for them to announce something related to MeeGo based N9.
They have now launched Nokia 701 in the market. This is one of the first devices in India to feature the Symbian Belle edition.
This model comes powered with a 1GHz processor and features a 3.5 inch touchscreen display. Nokia is selling it with 8GB of storage which can be expanded with 32GB of external card.
The device also feature support for NFC technologies which sadly is not very popular in India.
Nokia 701 also features a pretty solid 8 megapixel camera capable of HD quality video recording.
HTC collaborates with Dropbox to offer 5GB storage to their customers
HTC has announced a deal with Dropbox. Their Android smartphones would now come with 5GB of free storage on Dropbox.
Dropbox offers 2GB space for free so with HTC, they are getting 3GB extra for free.
The company indicated that Dropbox integration would be offered on devices running HTC Sense 3.5 which is currently available only on their Rhyme smartphone model.
Remains to be seen how soon it comes to their other devices.
Windows Phone devices already feature deep integration with Microsoft SkyDrive which offers 25GB of free space.
Google Android is offering free image uploads with size restrictions through the Plus mobile app. Remains to be seen how it would evolve in the future.