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Jun 7 / David

New iPhone 4 released includes front facing camera

Apple have just unveiled the new iPhone 4 at the WWDC 2010 conference.

Improvements over the current iPhone 3GS include a reduced phone thickness by 3mm, a front-facing camera, a larger battery with improved performance, an increased screen resolution, the rear camera is 5 mega pixels with LED flash. Here’s a comparison between the iPhone 3GS and new iPhone 4:

Feature iPhone 3GS iPhone 4
Phone Thickness 12.3mm 9.3mm
Front-facing camera No Yes
Battery life (Talk time) 5 hour 7 hour
Screen resolution 480 x 320 pixels 960 x 640 pixels
Rear camera 3 megapixel 5 megapixel with LED flash
Video recording VGA up to 30 fps 720p at 30 fps
Wifi 802.11b/g 802.11n

A number of the features in the new iPhone leapfrog competitors and the new phone will definitely be a big hit.

Expect to see the following features coming from competitors:

  • Blackberry and Android phones with front-facing cameras.
  • Lots of phone coming out with large super high resolution screens.
  • New phones supporting 802.11n
May 30 / David

Fring offers free video calling on your mobile phone

On the 24th of November 2009, fring announced the first video calls using fring and Skype from a mobile phone over the internet.

This services is now supported on a wide selection of phones:

  • Symbian Platform – E.g. Nokia X6, N97 mini,N97, 5800, N95, N95 8G and N82
  • Phones running Android 2.1 and up
  • iPhone

The fring app is not currently available for Blackberry phones.

The video below is of fring running on the Nokia 5800:

May 30 / David

Upgraded Skype App for iPhone offers subscription based 3G calling

Skype 1.0.2 running on iPhone

Skype 1.0.2 running on iPhone (Wikipedia)

Skype has just released a new version, 2.0.0, of their free iPhone App.

What’s New

  • You can now do Skype-to-Skype calling over your 3G connection.
  • Besides the data cost, mobile operators will start charging a monthly fee from September 2010 if you would like to continue to use this feature.

The restriction on Skype calling over 3G has been a major complaint in the initial version of the iPhone app. Other features in this app include:

  • Skype Out to landlines and mobiles.
  • Sending SMS’s world wide.
  • Receive Skype In calls.
  • Skype instant messaging.
  • As before you can make Skype & Skype Out calls over WiFi

The app is compatible with the iPhone, iPod Touch and the iPad and it requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later.

Since the current generation of iPhone handsets don’t have a front-facing camera video calling is not currently an option. Although with the release of the next generation iPhone, speculated to be released on the 7th of June, this is likely to be very much an option.