RealVNC are showing off a mobile version of their software which comes in both S60 and UIQ flavours. This nifty app lets you see and control your mobile phone screen on a PC (via a network connection like 3G or WiFi). It also works the other way around, i.e. remote controlling your PC from your phone.
The following Symbian Press books have been launched at the Smartphone Show:
These should be interesting for developers and I recommend checking them out.
There a few stands (Symbian’s included) showing off Symbian OS’s SMP (Symmetrical Multi-processing) support. We’ve announced SMP support some time ago but this is the first we’ve publically shown Symbian OS actually running on multi-core hardware. The hardware in question is rather beastly actually, boasting four ARM11 cores each running at several hundred MHz! (for comparison a Nokia N95 has a single ARM11 core at 332MHz)
The plan is to optimize for power consumption. X cores running at Y MHz each consume less power than one core running at X * Y MHz so you can potentially get a lot of performance without killing the battery! Furthermore, individual cores can be powered down when not in use further saving power. A lot of the time a phone will be your pocket not doing very much, so a just single core can be kept switched on to keep things ticking over. When you then take your phone out to play games / watch videos / browse the Web it can switch on more cores as and when it needs them. All in the blink of an eye!
I can’t wait for the day when this finds its way into real phones and I can run Quake on it to dish out some serious quad damage! 😉
Welcome to the future!
The Ericsson (yes, this was before SonyEricsson) R380 is on display at the Symbian stand.
This was the first Symbian OS smartphone (prior to this one Symbian OS’s predecessor Epoc only ran on organisers) and it was a touchscreen device. So yeah, we’ve supported touch from day one! 😉
Kai Oistamo of Nokia shows off a third party app on his phone that uses the accelerometer to drive a wee truck. Kai spoke on being at the heart of the mobile communication evolution and how mobiles will influence the next gen of web interaction and socialisation.
MobiLenin struts his stuff at the party. Using an app he wrote himself using the python runtime, he creates virtual graffiti. Catch the ‘who will win the runtime race’ panel tomorrow to hear the man behind the app.
He’s never won something so fabulous in his life and hasn’t hesitated to tell us so. Tam Hanna from tamoggemon.com is going to be mugged the second he gets off the plane to Austria as this is their no.¹phone, hurrah and happy mugging Tam!
The i8510 is a phone Samsung are understandably proud of and rightly so. It’s bulging at the seams with great tech, the truly impressive 8mp camera with all the face and smile recognition you need. The huge storage, the excellent video playback, the clean, no nonsense menus. It’s the sort of phone you’ll casually leave at the table when you go off to buy a round, knowing full well your friends will fall on it as soon as you’ve gone and coo over it like it were a wee baby. A technological superbaby, who will soon take over the world.
The imaging demo instantly snaps up a brace of symbianites. No taking a pic of your kneecap any more, this will ensure cameras on phones have the kind of processing abilities to give regular point and shooters a terminal kicking.