GPS gets 25% smaller, thanks to Epson
Epson’s Infineon XPOSYS chip is 25% smaller than any other A-GPS chip on the market, measuring just 2.8 x 2.9mm. That’s about the same size as a matchhead, as you can see in the picture.
The new smaller chip will also consume half as much power, meaning that location-based features will start becoming common on even the cheapest handsets. Will you ever be able to hide from anyone ever again? If this trend continues, then it’s unlikely.
I wrote an editorial the other day explaining why that doesn’t bother me. If you’re interested, then you can read that here. In the meantime, how much does being tracked bother you? Share your opinion below.
The Nokia N82 just got even cooler, with new black colour
According to their press release, Nokia are marketing their new N82 to ‘urbanistas’ (even Nathan Barley would turn his nose up at that one), but it’s already been adopted by rugged men’s men. James Cracknell used one to get him from England to Morocco in his cycling/swimming/rowing marathon last month.
MWC 2008: Nokia's N78 "multimedia community phone"
Crikey. The multimedia bit seems to refer to the N78’s ability to let you spend money buying music from the Nokia Music Store, with the phone also packing an FM radio for all you MUSIC THIEVES out there.
The N78 also has a rather impressive 3.2megapixel camera with lenses and bits from global Lensmaster Carl Zeiss, plus it does Nokia Maps and lets you share stuff via Nokia’s online youth portal Ovi. And there’s the A-GPS system for managing to find your dad’s house first time, and also advanced features like geo-tagging your photos…
Nokia N95 gets A-GPS to improve location-based features
Nokia’s N95 was one of the most hotly-anticipated mobile phones this year (sorry, multimedia computers), but it has faced criticism on two main fronts – its battery life, and its GPS feature.