The much-rumoured Microsoft 'Project Pink' device has been confirmed as two new mobile phones. They're called the KIN ONE and KIN TWO; both are touch-screen handsets with slide out QWERTY keyboards.
KIN ONE is the squarer, smaller phone, while KIN TWO has a larger screen, a larger keyboard and a better (8 megapixel) camera. Other features include social network aggregation, online storage and a Zune music player interface.
Vodafone has been working with Opera to bring the mobile internet to more people in developing markets. The two companies have developed an enhanced version of Opera Mini 5 that's been designed to run on budget handsets using 2G networks.
The Opera Mini 5 browser has been embedded in a range of 20 devices and can also be downloaded to over 250 GPRS supported handsets in Vodafone’s customer base. Opera's browser compresses data, requiring less processing power on the handset and less network capacity as well. Vodafone is also creating an on-screen browsing experience that'll feature step-by-step, simple instructions in local languages, with a strong emphasis on the use of intuitive icons to help those with lower levels of literacy.
This week's news headlines include Apple's 3G iPad, a handful of quarterly results, loads of free calls, thousands of new jobs and millions of text messages. Plus there's a look at how to boost your mobile signal at home with Vodafone's Sure Signal femtocell.
Mark Bridge writes:
Today I've been using my mobile phone at home. For many people that’s not an unusual thing to do – but it is for me because, around here, coverage indoors isn’t particularly good. Downstairs it’s previously been non-existent. But this morning everything changed.