Nokia, which announced two months ago it was beginning a “Design by Community” project to create a new phone, has said this week that the project is almost completed, with fans finishing voting on what they want the most in the new smartphone device.
By the end of the month, Nokia designers will have turned out some mockups of the upcoming device.
UnwiredView says fans voted and decided that the phone would be the following: “10mm thin monoblock made out of aluminum. Its features should include: a 4 inch capacitive touchscreen display, open source operating system, unlimited multitasking, Wi-Fi 802.11 n/b/g, USB 3.0, HDMI, Dolby surround sound, and an 8MP camera with 4X optical zoom, dual LED and Xenon flash, and HD video recording.”
The smartphone should also have “DbC OS 1 temperature and location sensors” which would monitor your local conditions at all times.
The device is expected to include multiple OS support as well, likely with Symbian^4 and MeeGo.
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Nintendo has announced that they will be unveiling the next iteration of the DS line, the 3DS at the E3 event later this year, but today mockup pictures have shown up on a Japanese blog, and the design shown off by the site is interesting to say the least.
Their is one large touchscreen, which splits two simulated screen for DS backward compatibility, and games can be played vertically and horizontally.
The device can also take pictures, scan pictures, place 3D images on real backgrounds, “3D pointing,” and more. 3D Pointing “tracks the movement of the user’s finger, including distance, to manipulate an object on screen,” says Kotaku.
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Microsoft has announced that it is hoping to build an advertising network into its Zune media players, giving advertisers a direct connection to consumers.
As explained by Yahoo, “the company demonstrated the concept using a phony Doritos mockup. In the example, a user could befriend a musician through the Zune social page on a Doritos’ sponsored concert to view news and updates on the artist’s profile.”
Once you are added to that list, users can email said profile to other friends and download select tracks from the website to play on the Zune. “When the recipient receives the email through Microsoft’s Hotmail service through their mobile phone, a brief ad will trigger, followed by a short game similar to Asteroids.”
If the user does well playing the game, then they earn a free bag of Doritos chips, and downloadable maps to nearby stores that sell them.
Although it is still in “planning” stages, Microsoft says the program is not “something that is far in the future” and just needs some solid back-end infrastructure.