Smart Palm Pre launched
Wednesday, 10 June 2009 By The Independent Team
Riding on a boost in smartphone sales, the personal digital assistant and smartphone manufacturer Palm is launching its Palm Pre in the US. The phone, which has multi-touch screen and sliding keyboard is the first to use Palm’s new Linux-based operating system, WebOs. It functions as a camera phone, portable media player, GPS, and Internet client. The Palm Pre launch comes when mobile phone sales worldwide are falling.
Smartphones sales, however, continue to grow according to a report published by Gartner, which is the world’s leading technology and research consultancy. Mobile phone manufacturers,Nokia, reported 12.7% growth in smartphone sales compared to the first quarter of 2008.
Nokia continued in the lead with about 36% of the market, a 3% dip from the same quarter last year. Samsung’s sales grew and it is now the second largest cell phone maker with 19.1% of the market. This is up from 14.4% during the first quarter last year. LG, Motorola, and Sony Ericsson make up the rest of the top five cell phone makers.
Nokia introduces ‘life tool’ service
Mobile phone manufacturer, Nokia, plans to introduce a ‘Life Tool’ service to benefit farmers, traders and students across the East African region.
Focusing on education, trade and agricultural sectors, it will provide timely information on weather forecasts, market and production trends so that users make informed trade decisions.
Nokia will identify and partner with local telephone service providers, who will share costs with the subscribers on a two months renewable cost sharing agreement. The service will provide the information in tabular form and in two languages simultaneously to enhance usability depending on the subscriber’s location.
The development comes when East Africa is embracing the use of modern technologies to bridge the wide digital divide.