x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 23 January 2018

Latest phones getting even smarter

The Life: Some of the latest mobiles on the market are making it easier, and faster, to connect to social networking sites.

The Nokia N9 smartphone. Tim Chong / Reuters
The Nokia N9 smartphone. Tim Chong / Reuters

Social networking sites are not just big distractions for those who want to waste a little time at work. These days, many of the latest mobile phones are being designed as gateway tools for websites such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Nokia's N9 smartphone, which the company announced just last month, boasts an 8-megapixel, Carl Zeiss autofocus sensor within its camera. Yet the company also made a point of highlighting how the mobile's screen comes with three different home views "to give fast access to the most important things people do with a phone", which includes staying up-to-date with notifications and social networks in addition to tapping apps. Neither the phone's pricing nor availability in the region has been announced.

Acer's SocialJogger application on its new Liquid mt mobile is also targeted at social networking users. This particular app is designed to aggregate people's Facebook and Twitter feeds. It also allows users to surf through status updates and tweets, using a track wheel, while receiving updates on the mobile's homescreen. The release of this particular mobile was announced last week and it is now retailing in the Emirates for Dh1,799 (US$490).

Another new mobile from Acer - the beTouch E210 - takes a page from a popular BlackBerry model by combining a touchscreen with a full keyboard. When it comes to social networking, this particular device features a one-click "share" button that can swiftly upload web links, pictures, videos or status updates on to sites such as YouTube, Twitter and Facebook.

The Motorola Atrix 4G, which went on sale in the UAE this month for Dh2,599 to Dh2,799, runs Android 2.2 and links to more than 150,000 applications, including the usual social networking suspects. A more impressive feature, though, is Motorblur, which continuously synchronises someone's most-used content, such as contacts from personal and work phonebooks, with those from Facebook or Twitter.

The Quote: We are building toward a web where the default is social. Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive of Facebook