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Here are some of today’s phone conversations I enjoyed reading or viewing on the web, along with some brief thoughts: ARCHOS phone tablet teased (Engadget Mobile) — Today the ARCHOS 5 Internet Tablet debuted, but the future lies in phones. That’s why ARCHOS isn’t stopping with […]

Here are some of today’s phone conversations I enjoyed reading or viewing on the web, along with some brief thoughts:

archos-phone-tablet-rm-engARCHOS phone tablet teased (Engadget Mobile) — Today the ARCHOS 5 Internet Tablet debuted, but the future lies in phones. That’s why ARCHOS isn’t stopping with Wi-Fi tablets. Watch for an Android-powered, 4.3-inch tablet-like phone to appear — possibly in time for the Consumer Electronics Show.

Google Fast Flip for iPhone and Android (Google Mobile) — Looking to flip through pages of news on your phone? Try the newest Google Labs feature for mobiles. It builds the news pages in flippable order so you can swipe the pages left and right within your browser. iPhone and Android only for now — others need not apply. I did try it on my Palm Pre since it, too, is a WebKit browser, but no joy.

Kinoma-Play-Nokia-N85-medium-HomeKinoma Play now available for Nokia S60 (Kinoma) — Kinoma Play lets users find media fast by browsing the extensive built-in Kinoma Guide app or searching leading media sites including YouTube, Flickr, and SHOUTcast. It allows them to play media in all popular formats including Windows Media, MPEG-4/H.264, and iTunes AAC. Finally, Kinoma Play users can easily share what they’re enjoying using Twitter, Facebook, Last.fm, and more. If only I could get my kids to find, play and share…

Palm Pixi CPU Specs Revealed (SlashGear) — Pixi uses a Qualcomm MSM7627 chipset which offers two CPU cores. One is a 600MHz application processor while the other is a 400MHz modem processor. Why a “modem” processor? Perhaps the support for both EVDO Rev. A and HSPA have something to do with it. Now the lack of Wi-Fi is starting to make sense from a technical perspective, but I still think it should be in there.

waze-logoWaze Alpha Open to Windows Mobile Users (Waze) — This crowdsourcing, traffic application is already available for iPhone and Android, but Windows Mobile users can get in on an early alpha. Waze was one of our 10 Launchpad finalists at Mobilize 09 and impressed me as a fun and useful app. What app do you know off that gives location data and uses Pac-Man along the route?

  1. All smartphones use a separate chip for the modem software, it’s nothing new in the Pixi. Honestly, the Slashgear article you linked to is just horrible analysis.

    The chipset supports either a GSM radio OR a CDMA radio. The chances of it supporting both at the same time (or even fitting both at the same time into that tiny form factor) are slim to none.

    As an example, the chipset of the Pre also supports XGA output or TV output, but the Pre itself doesn’t have the hardware for that. The same will be the case for the Pixi not supporting both GSM and CDMA.

    This is designed as a cheap low-end phone, having two cell radios would be more expensive than a cell radio and Wifi, and it’d most likely take up more space as well.

    If anything, the chipset was chosen because of how simple it’d be to swap out the CDMA radio with a GSM radio so when it’s sold on multiple carriers it doesn’t require a complete internal redesign.

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    1. Good points. Although it might come across as me saying the chipset supports both GSM and CMDA, my intent wasn’t that the support was at the same time. I look at this solution like the Qualcomm Gobi chip – it’s an either/or to help with carrier support.

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    2. Yeah, it was more the original article that I didn’t like, nothing specific that you said.

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    3. I didn’t take any offense or anything. I never do when someone raises a good point! It’s good feedback that tells me what I was thinking and what I was writing were slightly different. My wording choice wasn’t clear… so thanks! :)

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  2. Kinoma has one big issue. It doesn’t play ON2 VP6 flash videos. This is about half of the videos on Youtube. What Adobe was thinking, we’ll never know.

    Regards,

    Hans

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