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Nokia World Announcements – Maps Section 1

Nokia Drive: Changing voice

Not liking what you’re hearing? You can easily change the navigation voice if you want to or download a brand new one. Just open settings and choose something that pleases your ear.
Nokia Drive: 2D and 3D

Nokia Drive benefits from both 2D and 3D map views. So if you’re looking for extra definition to your route and some clear landmarks, you can quickly change your perspective in settings.
Nokia Drive: Day and Night

There’s no need to be blinded by your navigation system when driving at night. Nokia Drive lets you tone down the screen, while still giving you a clear view of your route.

Lytro is the world’s first light field camera, lets you focus on any part of the image AFTER it’s captured

Lytro is the world’s first light field camera. Light field is the amount of light travelling in every direction through every point in space. Light field contains a lot more information than traditional light captured by regular cameras, especially pertaining to the placement of objects emitting that light and their distance from the camera.

gsmarena 001 Lytro is the worlds first light field camera, lets you focus on any part of the image AFTER its captured

Traditional cameras capture light and color but light field cameras also captures vector direction of the rays of light. This extra bit of information, combined with the special light field sensor and the powerful software, let’s the camera know the position of the objects in the frame, which is what lets it perform its magic trick, focus selectively on objects AFTER they are captured by the camera.

Normal cameras use a manual or focusing system to focus on one object in the frame or the entire frame, depending upon the size of the aperture. Once it’s focused and a image is captured it becomes permanent and there is no way to change the focus after that. Lytro, on the other hand, takes a picture with no focusing whatsoever, which also makes it quicker than traditional cameras. After that it uses all the information it captured and with the help of some techno wizardry from the software presents you with an image that can be refocused any number of times, at whichever point you want in the frame.

gsmarena 002 Lytro is the worlds first light field camera, lets you focus on any part of the image AFTER its captured

Depending upon the location of the selected point, the software then blurs everything else that is not at the same distance as the selected spot. This gives the images a cool shallow depth of field that DSLRs are famous for, but again, you can change this anytime. More importantly, the images can be viewed as 3D images on a 3D display because unlike traditional cameras light field cameras don’t require dual lenses to capture depth.

Lytro has a very unconventional design that looks like a flashlight. It’s a stretched cube shape with the f/2 lens with 8x zoom at one end and a tiny square touchscreen display on the other end. On top is a shutter button and a touch sensitive zoom control over which you have to slide your finger for it to work. On the bottom is the USB port and power button but no tripod mount, which suggests this camera is obviously intended just for casual photography. Perhaps a more ‘serious’ variant will be released later. Maybe it’ll even have a flash and the ability to record videos.

A cross secretion of the camera reveals that most of it is taken by the lens system, and the rest by the sensor, processor, battery, etc.

gsmarena 003 Lytro is the worlds first light field camera, lets you focus on any part of the image AFTER its captured

If you’re wondering how many megapixels can that sensor capture, then the answer is none. The Lytro camera chooses to measure rays of light instead, 11 million of them to be precise.

The images captured by the camera are in a proprietary format and can be selectively zoomed in on the camera or the Mac-only desktop software that it comes with. Images can be converted to other formats but then they will obviously lose their focus changing ability. If you want to check out some sample images, click here.

gsmarena 004 Lytro is the worlds first light field camera, lets you focus on any part of the image AFTER its captured

The Lytro light field camera will go on sale early 2012 and will cost $399 for the 8GB model that can store up to 350 images and $499 for the 16GB model that stores up to 750 images. It will be sold in graphite, blue and a special red version for the 16GB model. You can pre-order the camera right on from Lytro’s website.

install Android Applications on your Windows/Mac Computer!!!

As I know! How we wish we could use our favourite Android Apps on Windows or Mac, right? We, people who love Android, love world without borders and technology without operating system boundaries. For us, an ideal world will be a world where we can use any application on any operating system.What if we could use some of the Android Applications on our PC or Mac? That World would be an ideal world. Hopefully that world is yet to come. Until then, we need to rely on emulators. They did it on Blackberry Playbook once. If you are an Android geek, i am sure you remember how someone created an Emulator for Android on playbook. There was also news of someone installing Gingerbread or Honeycomb on a Linux system. But that is Linux System. Most of us use Windows. And we do not have the tech background to install Android OS on a Windows PC without killing it. The only hope we have is an Android Emulator for Windows or Mac. And the hope is finally here!


Blustacks allows you to emulate Android Apps as they are seen on an Android phone. Is that not cool? Yes, it is! I tried the emulator and the first thing i tried to emulate was the app that is so popular – Pulse. Though I do not like Pulse much for eating all the battery on my Android phone, I love its design. And I was absolutely stunned to see that Pulse looks and feels the same way on your PC when you emulate it using Bluestacks as you use it on your Android phone.
Now remember, you can emulate your Android using Bulestacks only if you are using Windows 7. You Mac Application is on the way. And Bluestacks is in Alpha, so do not expect bug free performance.  Now if you have an Android Phone, you can use Bluestacks Cloud Connect to transfer some of you favorite Applications to your PC. Bluestack Cloud Connect can be downloaded from here.If you are someone who is thinking of moving away from iOS or Blackberry and want to see how Android Apps work, Bluestack is certainly  something you might want to try.

Troubleshooting: Remember that Bluestacks is in Alpha. In other words, Bluestacks is out in its most rudimentary form. Some of you may find that Bulestacks does not install on your Windows 7 PC. Do not panic! There must be some issues with the file you have downloaded. Reboot your computer and try installing Bluestacks again. If that does not work, download the installation file once again later and try to install Bluestacks on your PC

Type and Read Malayalam on Android (Samsung Galaxy Phones)

Are you looking for a way to read and type Malayalam on your Android Phone? Here is a solution!

Opera Mini is a great source of comfort for people who want to read Malayalam on their Android Phone. Type “opera:config” in the address bar and change “Use bitmap for complex scripts” into “Yes” and you are ready to go. Now, that is good enough to read Malayalam on Opera Mini Web Browser. But what about those people who want to read and type in Malayalam, no matter what Application they are using?

Android does not provide any support for Malayalam. However, there is a workaround if you want to read Malayalam and type in Malayalam using your Android Phone, if you are using a Samsung Galaxy Phone. Following are the steps you need to follow, if you would like to do that, if you are using a Samsung Galaxy device:

  1. Download “Font for Galaxy SP” (Fontomizer) from the Android Market
  2. Go to your Settings > Applications > and make sure that Unknown Sources is checked. Checking Unknown Sources allows you to install Android Applications from sources other than market.
  3. Download “Akshar Unicode” from “Font for Galaxy SP” and install on your phone. “Font for Galaxy SP”  lists fonts in alphabetical order. Click on alphabet “A” to download Akshar Unicode font
  4.  After installing Akshar Unicode, go to Settings > Display > Font Style and select Akshar as your display font.
  5. Download PaniniKeypadMalayalam IME from the Android Market
  6. After installing PaniniKeypad Malayalam IME, go to Settings > Locale and text and check PaniniKeypad Malayalam so that the key board is enabled on your phone
  7. Now, when ever you want to type in Malayalam, long-press on your text box and choose PaniniKeypad Malayalam as your input
Remember: Akshar Unicode is not that evolved a font. Malayalam may not render as good as it does on your computer. However, something is better than nothing.
Remember: Fontomizer works only on Samsung Galaxy devices. I have not tested this workaround on any other device than Galaxy. If it does not work on your Galaxy Phone, it is probably because of the Android fragmentation issue. The fonts from Fontomizer are based on Flipfont library. Now if your phone has Flipfont function, it may work on your phone even if it is not a Galaxy device. [Try and let me know, please!]
I hope Android will soon start supporting Malayalam Font in its full glory and we will be able to seamlessly type in Malayalam and read Malayalam without much stress.

Note: This workaround will not void your warranty as you are not rooting the phone or unlocking the boot loaders when you install a font from Fontomizer. If you have a rooted phone and do not care about warranty , I suggest you to download a Malayalam .ttf font like Karthika or Meera and replace your Droidsansfallback.ttf with it.

Installing VirtualBox on UBUNTU 11.10

VirtualBox is a virtualization application that can help you run any x86 and AMD64/Intel64 compatible operating system on host machine. VirtualBox runs on Windows, Linux, Macintosh, and Solaris hosts and supports a lot of guest operating systems such as (not limited to) Windows NT 4.0, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista, Windows 7, DOS/Windows 3.x, Linux (2.4 and 2.6), Solaris and OpenSolaris, OS/2, and OpenBSD. VirtualBox 4.1.4 is now available for Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot.


Adding VirtualBox repository:

Installing VirtualBox 4.1:

  • sudo apt-get install virtualbox-4.1

If you want USB 2.0, VirtualBox RDP and PXE boot for Intel cards support on your guest machines, you have to install extension pack that can be downloaded here.

Installing extension pack
Once extension pack downloaded, open VirtualBox and navigate to “File -> Preferences”, at the “Extensions” section, click icon “Add package” and locate your downloaded extension pack.


And then follow on-screen instructions.

Google Nexus Prime– successes and disappointments


Google was obviously watching closely with the Apple iPhone announcement and tried to one-up the competition with its own announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Ice Cream Sandwich. It’s a little premature to go into too much depth about the Galaxy Nexus or Ice Cream Sandwich, but we feel confident in commenting on the announcement itself: what Google did well and how it could have been better. The Apple announcement disappointed some people because they were looking for a redesign, a bigger screen and LTE. So, Samsung and Google went straight for these two factors, really pushing the design, the screen and the LTE and HSPA+ which will be available in various regions.

Unfortunately for Google, there wasn’t enough attention paid to how to design an announcement. There were a few awkward moments throughout the announcement that we almost can’t fault Google for, because the awkward moments have almost become a hallmark of Google announcements. When the Galaxy Nexus was first revealed, Andy Rubin and Shin Jong-Kyun held up the device and stood there just a little bit too long. And, of course, there were a couple amusing problems as there always seem to be with Google, like Matias Duarte not being able to get the Face Unlock to work properly. Though, the worst part about the design of the announcement was the video screen. When the camera was pulled back, it worked perfectly well, but when the camera was on a closeup of anyone on stage, the screen behind them was too bright, and very obnoxious. It’s a small gripe, but one that persisted throughout the hour-long presentation, and so became a bigger annoyance.

The Announcements

Google’s successes and disappointments with the Nexus/Ice Cream Sandwich announcement
There have been enough leaks over the past couple weeks that we knew almost exactly what we were going to get with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. We have been keeping track of all the rumors and leaks, and through those we got a pretty clear picture of what we would be seeing with the hardware. We knew we’d be seeing the curved Super AMOLED HD screen, a 5 MP rear camera, and LTE. This is a big difference from the Apple announcement from a couple weeks ago, because the rumors for the iPhone were all leading us to expect more than we got from the announcement, so we were left somewhat disappointed. We knew what we were getting from Google, so the hardware announcement wasn’t disappointing or exciting really, it was just a little flat. It was great to see that regardless of the MP on the camera, the quality seems to be excellent, and the new features in the camera app look like great additions to what had been a fairly basic camera experience in stock Android.

Google’s successes and disappointments with the Nexus/Ice Cream Sandwich announcement
Of course, even though we knew a lot about the hardware, it was nice to see it all finally demoed by professionals rather than the somewhat fumbling video that we’ve seen. The design of the Galaxy Nexus looks amazing, and we can’t wait to actually get our hands on one to see how it feels. Given that the hardware itself didn’t have a lot of surprises, the real star of tonight’s announcement was Ice Cream Sandwich, which has been confirmed as Android 4.0. Unlike Apple, which announced the iOS 5 features months before the iPhone 4S announcement, Google held back on most of the Ice Cream Sandwich features until now. We had heard a few things, like that ICS would be merging Android phones and tablets, that it would have native screenshots, facial recognition, and photo editing, as well as some of the updated apps like Google+ and Music, but we didn’t know much else.

What’s interesting is that the only mention of the merging of phones and tablets was at the end when mentioning that the SDK is available right now. It seemed very strange that not only was there no real mention of how Ice Cream Sandwich is going to merge Android devices, but that there was no demo at all of Ice Cream Sandwich running on a tablet. We expected at least a short demo of a Samsung Galaxy Tab running Android 4.0. We can understand that Google may have wanted the Galaxy Nexus to be the star, but it seemed like a missed opportunity to show how ICS will look on tablets, especially given that what seemed to be a tablet was shown in the original teaser for this event.

Ice Cream Sandwich

Google’s successes and disappointments with the Nexus/Ice Cream Sandwich announcement
Still, what Google showed off for Ice Cream Sandwich looked great. We were very glad to see Matias Duarte leading the ICS portion of the announcement, because this was a big step forward for Android, and Matias was obviously the driving force behind it. The idea here was to finally put a real design philosophy behind Android, and bring more UI consistency, which were both main points that Matias tried to drive home. Matias wanted to show off how Android has been made “enchanting” (because Apple probably has a trademark on “magical” by now,) and how it has been made more simple to get at the powerful features inside.

Many will say that Ice Cream Sandwich “steals” from webOS or WP7 in many of its design choices, but we’ve covered that argument in the past. Besides, Google didn’t steal from webOS, Google just stole the brain behind webOS. Matias Duarte was the lead designer on webOS, and Google hired him to remake Android. Matias’ fingerprints can be found all over ICS, which essentially means that everything is much more visual. It seems everywhere possible there are pictures instead of just text, with big picture cards for various tools like the multitasking menu, or the browser tab menu, plus subtle animations, and consistent gestures. Overall, it looks quite good and is definitely a huge step up from the relatively bare-bones UI design of previous Android phones.

Google’s successes and disappointments with the Nexus/Ice Cream Sandwich announcement
Aside from the new UI, Google showed off updated versions of various apps, but seemed to gloss over some of the more interesting additions to the OS. We all knew that there would be updated versions of Gmail, Calendar, and Browser, and that there would be new widgets to use with better options like expanding widgets. There are a number of amazing new features available in ICS, but for the purposes of this article, we want to focus on the announcement itself, because we’ll be diving into the features of ICS in future posts.

The trouble with the announcement was that this was a pure Google demo, there were no other developers present to show off any of the new options or APIs that ICS will be offering. The features of the People app look amazing, if not a little reminiscent of Windows Phone; the possibilities of NFC Beam are incredibly interesting, if more phones get NFC; and the Action Bar looks good, but there were no demos from 3rd party developers for any of the possibilities.

Google mentioned the various hooks that have been built in to the new features, but didn’t really get to show them off that much, so we don’t really know all of the new hooks available, and we don’t know fully how developers can use them. Google showed off the aggregation of social activity in the People app, but never actually launched into any 3rd party apps, or explained what kind of data could be pushed to that service. Beam was shown to share a web page, a map, and share apps by sending links to the Market. It was mentioned that Beam could be used to do many things like start multiplayer games, but we never got to actually see any of that in action. Similarly, the Action Bar was shown as part of the Gmail app, and obviously we’ve seen that before as it is part of Honeycomb as well, but it seemed like there were many opportunities to show developer partners that weren’t taken.

One of the best parts of the Honeycomb announcement was the show of developers and apps that were planned. Certainly, developer support hasn’t been as strong for Honeycomb tablets as anyone hoped, but ICS was supposed to be the solution to that. This is the release that will make it easier for developers to write the app once and have it run on phones and tablets alike. But again, we didn’t see any of that, and it would have been great for Google to show off more developer relationships.

Lack of specificity

Google’s successes and disappointments with the Nexus/Ice Cream Sandwich announcement
These missed opportunities lead to the biggest disappointment from Google’s announcement, which was an overall lack of specificity. There were a few key specs mentioned, like the details of the Super AMOLED HD screen, the CPU speed, the 5 MP camera, and LTE and HSPA+ radio (depending on region). But, although there were some specs mentioned, a couple of the the most important pieces of info were completely omitted from the presentation.

Not only was there no mention of the size of the battery, but there were no ratings given for how long we can expect the battery to last. The only mention was in a vague comment about the AMOLED screen using less power, which makes the battery last longer. Of course, that doesn’t in any way tell us how long the battery will last. Battery life has always been an issue with Android phones, and not mentioning at all how long we can expect the battery to last in the Galaxy Nexus is a little bit disconcerting. Because, regardless of how an AMOLED screen uses less power, it is still a 4.65″ screen, which will drain the battery just in the size alone. And, aside from that LTE tends to be a pretty big drain on the battery as well.

The worst problem with a lack of specificity came in the release window for the device. The only thing said was that the device will launch in November with major carriers in regions around the world. The only carrier specifically mentioned was NTT DoCoMo in Japan. It was mentioned that there will be both LTE and HSPA+ variants depending on the region, but Google gave no specific release date, and certainly didn’t clear up any of the issues we have been speculating about in the US. We still have no idea if it will be exclusive to Verizon, or a timed exclusive. We only know the vague notion that it is coming next month.


Overall, the announcement itself was good. The Galaxy Nexus looks like a great piece of hardware, and Ice Cream Sandwich looks like a big step forward for Android, especially in the UI by Matias Duarte. The trouble is that even though we just had a bit over an hour of an announcement, we still don’t have a full picture of what to expect. We’re excited to get our hands on a Galaxy Nexus, and see what kinds of new tricks are available in ICS. But, it’s a bit disappointing that even after the announcement, we don’t know exactly what is available to developers in ICS, or how they plan to use those new APIs. We don’t know how long we can expect the battery to last. And, worst of all, we still don’t know when and where to expect the Galaxy Nexus to be released.

We can give Google a pass on some awkward moments, and hiccups throughout the announcement, because those things happen. It would have been nice to see Face Unlock actually work, or the quick reply options when refusing an incoming call, but we’ll see those things eventually, and get a better sense of how they work. The products themselves look great. But, there are certain pieces of information that absolutely need to be part of any announcement, and right at the top of that list is to give a specific release date, especially when the product is due out in less than a month.

How to Read Malayalam in mobile ?

How to Read Malayalam in mobile ?
1. Install Opera Mini browser.
2. Type config: in Address bar. (Don’t fail the colon symbol) And Press Goto button.
3. A Window will open. Select ‘YES’ in the field, Use bitmap fonts for complex scripts. (As seen in the picture)
4. Press SAVE Button.
Thats all! Now you can Read Malayalam.

NB: If ‘config:‘ not works please type opera:config


Samsung Champ 3.5G- The New Feature Rich Budget Phone

2.8-inch touchscreen display
Quad band GSM , 3G network
Java + Active Sync
Social networking
Expandable memory
FM Radio
Wireless LAN Wi-Fi
3G connectivity
WAP browser
Dual camera : front and rear
Video recording
multi-format video and audio player

Samsung Champ 3.5G Price in India : Rs.5,500 . It is available now and its the cheapest phone in India which features both WiFi & 3G