Cutting-edge technology isn't just for younger people, according to Sagem Wireless. It's just announced the launch of the Cosyphone, which is an NFC-equipped handset aimed at anyone aged over 50. (Yes, we know fifty isn't old).
The company says the new mobile phone – which has a large keypad and haptic feedback - is "designed to be ultra simple and elegant". The built-in Near Field Communication technology isn't used for mobile payments but instead can activate the phone's features in association with NFC cards. Customers can can create customised shortcuts (such as calling a specific person, sending a text message or going to a mobile web page) which are activated by waving the Cosyphone over a card.
Vodafone has announced a new own-brand handset that's likely to sell for under $15, which is around £9.60 at current rates. The phone is called the Vodafone 150 'Tiger 1' and was announced this week at Mobile World Congress.
However, this device is unlikely to reach the UK because it – and its sibling, the sub-$20 Vodafone 250 'Tiger 2' – is designed for emerging markets. In the next few week's both dual-band GSM mobile phones are expected to go on sale in India and across Africa.
Intel and Nokia, which announced a partnership last summer, have decided to merge two of their software platforms. Intel's Moblin platform will join with Nokia's Maemo to create a new Linux-based software platform called MeeGo. It's designed to support a wide range of devices, from handheld computers to in-car entertainment and from netbooks to TVs.
The first release of MeeGo is expected in the second quarter of 2010 with devices launching later in the year. MeeGo apps will be offered via the Ovi Store and the Intel AppUp Center.