Nokia Lumia 610

This phone is supposed to only cost around $250 and with its vibrant colors it should be very attractive to the young crowd. Nokia Lumia 610 is a Windows phone obviously running version 7.5. It has some pretty impressive specs for its price. Take for example the 5MP auto focus camera, 800Mhz processor, 1300mAh battery, LED flash, 3.7″ display quad-band GSM/EDGE/WCDMA connectivity. Other specs include 256MB RAM and 8GB internal storage.

As far as location capabilities Nokia Lumia 610 offers A-GPS, G-sensor, as well as a digital compass, and a 3-axis accelerometer. Which means you’ll have a great time getting your maps from Nokia Maps, and with Nokia Drive 2.0 you should be able to get turn-by-turn GPS driving directons.

Navigon GPS navigation app now on Windows Phone 7

Navigon just announced that their GPS navigation application is now available on Windows Phone 7 platform. So far the app will only work on version 7.5 aka Mango. Navigon’s navigation app for Window Phone 7 is a stand-alone product, meaning it doesn’t require a data connection to work. As long as you have a GPS signal it should be functional.

Some standard features include spoken turn-by-turn directions, visual lane guidance aka Reality View, and live traffic information and rerouting.

To get your hands on the app head to the Windows Marketplace. Currently it has an introductory price of $30 until Nov 11, after that you’ll have to pay $50.

Samsung Mango uses GLONASS to improve positioning accuracy

Just yesterday we were talking about Qualcomm’s ‘dual satellite’ receivers that worked both with GPS and GLONASS satellites. Today we hear that Samsung now has an High Fidelity Position app which improves satellite positioning on Windows Mango devices. One of the things this app does is to give the user the option to “Use Sensor Aiding” which will use data coming from the gyro sensor and the electronic compass. The second thing is the option to turn on GLONASS capability in which case it will start listening for Russian satellites for a position fix.

I guess you don’t have to wait until next year to get your hands on some GLONASS power.

Windows 7 phones don’t do GPS???

As you know Windows recently announced their new OS for mobile devices called Windows Phone 7 and announced a bunch of new smartphones from various manufacturers including HTC, Dell, LG, and Samsung.

Now we’d be really surprised if none of these devices come with some sort of GPS capability (standalone or A-GPS) but looking here or here (or here) or browsing bunch of blogs we never came across anyone talking about locations awareness of these phones. Can you get some Google Bing maps on these things?

The press conference does talk about getting direction with Bing and everything but we still don’t know if this can be done on all new phones.

Anyhow, the new phones are Dell Venue Pro, HTC HD7, HTC 7 Mozart, HTC Surround, HTC 7 Trophy, LG Optimus 7, LG Quantum/Optimus 7Q, Samsung Focus, and Samsung Omnia 7.