Nokia Growth Partners, a global venture capital management fund, have announced a joint investment with Samsung into a revolutionary text entry concept, founded by none other than the co-inventor of T9. Cliff Kushler and Randy Marsden, along with a very talented team of software programmers and linguists, have put together a nifty predictive text-entry solution called Swype, which allows users to write over 30 words per minute on touchscreen devices by intelligently guessing the words they are trying to type. The $5.6 million USD investment will help further the technology that has already debuted on Verizon’s Samsung Omnia II.
Swype’s patented technology provides a faster and more intuitive way to input text on touch-screens because it has built-in intelligence that doesn’t require users to hit each letter accurately. With one continuous finger or stylus motion across the keyboard, users can enter text at over 30 words per minute. Swype is designed to work across a variety of operating systems and devices such as phones, tablets, game consoles, kiosks, televisions, and GPS units among others. John Gardner, partner at Nokia Growth Partners said “UI technology is a key part of our view of the growing mobile market. We are delighted to participate in this round of funding for Swype, enabling them to bring their cutting-edge technology to more mobile and touch-screen devices.
Nokia Announces The 5235 Comes With Music Edition
Nokia has announced the 5235 Comes With Music but this time without the XpressMusic branding. The Nokia 5230 has a 3.2 inch resistive touch display (resolution of 640×480 pixels), a basic 2 megapixel camera (without flash), a built in A-GPS receiver, and boasts 18 days of standby time via the 1320mAh battery. The Nokia 5235 is expected to be available for around €145 EUR before taxes and will begin shipping in the first quarter of 2010.
The S60 5th Edition device is also bundled with Nokia’s Comes With Music service, and therefore allows unlimited downloads from Nokia’s Music Store. The Nokia Music Store is accessible directly from the homescreen, and once you’ve created your Music Store account and entered your Comes With Music subscription PIN code, all the prices will simply disappear. You can also download music through a PC using the Nokia Ovi Player. The Nokia 5235′s memory is expandable to 16GB, so it is highly unlikely you will run out of storage. And with a 3.5 mm headphone jack, you can plug in your favourite headphones and listen to a staggering 33 hours of music on a single charge.
Vodafone UK To Begin Selling The Nokia N900 In January 2010
Vodafone UK has officially announced that they will begin selling the Nokia N900 in January 2010. The Nokia N900 is a high performance mobile computer with advanced Maemo 5 software based on Linux. With features like multitasking on a live Dashboard, wide screen video capture, 3.5″ WVGA touch display (800 x 480 pixels), QWERTY keyboard and customisable panoramic desktop, the Nokia N900 also features 1 GB of application memory and up to 48GB of storage.
Nokia N900 | Managing Your Blog
Update and manage your blog, with the MaStory app, which supports WordPress, Blogger and Live Journal. You can also use the voice recorder and other suitable apps to enhance your articles. Check out a full list of available downloads in our Applications section.
Nokia Messaging For Social Networks Beta 2 | Tweet From Your Homescreen
After releasing the Nokia Messaging for Social Networks Beta 1 earlier in September, Nokia Beta Labs has already pushed out an update for the service. Beta 2 has now added support for Twitter, making tweeting even more convenient from the homescreen of your Nokia handset. Other new features include the ability to upload pictures and videos to Facebook, log events (view upcoming events, birthdays and import to device calendar), search for friends, and click-to-call / click-to-SMS / click-to-Facebook message.
Cube Touch | A Pocketable Rubik’s Cube
Cube Touch emulates a 3-D mechanical puzzle with realistic animation effects. Each face of the cube is covered by 9 squares among six solid colours: white, red, blue, orange, green, and yellow. Once mixed, solve the puzzle as quickly as possible so that each face is a solid colour. Examine the cube by rotating it around either horizontally or vertically. The fastest time is saved as a high score. To get you started, check out the quick video on how to solve the Rubik’s Cube after the break.