First BenQ mobile to be launched
The first mobile phone handset from BenQ to be based on the Symbian operating system will be launched at the end of this year. Version 7.0 of the Symbian operating system would be installed in the phone running on an open multimedia applications processor (OMAP) from Texas Instruments, Picsel said. BenQ took the wraps off the P30 at this year’s CeBIT trade fair in Germany and said it was planning to launch the handset in Asia during the third quarter and in the rest of the world shortly afterwards. The phone has a thin film transistor (TFT) liquid crystal display (LCD) capable of showing 65,536 colours with a 320 x 208 pixel resolution. There is an integrated VGA-resolution camera, support for Java, Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS), Bluetooth, Universal Serial Bus (USB) and also a Secure Digital (SD) memory card slot. The tri-band Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) handset measures 118mm x 52mm x 17mm and weighs 100g.
Wireless players join forces
ASX-listed wireless vendor, SkyNetGlobal, has formed a strategic alliance with Queensland-based wireless Internet networks clearinghouse, Hotspot Global. The two companies are to work together on creating a common platform for Wi-Fi roaming. They will also develop Hotspot Global clearinghouse software and SkyNetGlobal IXM software to allow next generation Wi-Fi mobile phones to operate at public hotspots. Jonathan Soon, SkyNetGlobal CEO, said Hotspot Global would be a good partner because Queensland had been the weakest state for SkyNetGlobal in terms of hotspot coverage.