O2 website now showing available in the uk in August. The wait is nearly over.
Says coming soon so i rang in, should be in early August, woot, ill pre order mine now!
The P990i users guide can be found her
dude i have decided im not gonna buy the phone till october so if it comes in september also it doesnt make me a difference.i want the price to fall and till then will come to know abt the perfomance of the phone and the review.
Its an awesome one.... But waiting for this one to get released. Its been one year that its shown as "Coming soon" and no progress yet :(
after surfing the net and having a look at many sites it shows the phone is surely launching in Q2 2006.i guess ppl love the se P series so much that they just couldnt wait for it to be out in the narket.i guess now its jus the matter of time before the se p990 is launched.so guys lets not argue with eachother and jus hope the wait turns out amazing.
After what feels like forever for a mobile phone launch date, Sony has penciled in a launch date for the UK version of the P990i smartphone.
Not quite yet, but August 2006 is the month to mark in your calendar if you have been waiting for the P990i.
The handset (which is the successor to the P910i) has numerous upgrades and now sports tri-band GSM and UTMS. It also features WiFi, Bluetooth, a 2MP Camera and QWERTY keyboard which slightly covers a bright 262k Colour QVGA touchscreen display. Pricing should be around £100-£150 with a contract and £450 SIM free. Orange UK have mentioned it will be available on their network from September.
interview of oskar lampel, senior product manager of sony ericsson.
Unfortunately every silver lining has a cloud, and the cloud in this instance is a delay in the shipping of the P990. "The P990 remains an important flagship product for Sony Ericsson," explained Oskar. "But we are getting strong operator interest in the M600. As a result we have accelerated development of the M600 and changed the timing of the P990's introduction, to ensure both phones get to market as early as possible. One of the strengths of the UIQ platform is that it has allowed us to engineer this new phone quickly to respond to operator enthusiasm."
The later release of the P990 does however have compensations in the form of several improved and new features. Video streaming and playback will now be capable of 30fps in full screen mode, the audio recorder adds support for ACC+ as well as the ability to record from the in-built FM radio. There is also a 3D golf game to showcase the 3D graphics accelerator included in the P990's hardware. "The hardware accelerator gives a whole new dimension to mobile gaming," says Oskar. "This new game really shows the advantages of this technology and what can be achieved on the P990. These changes also position the P990 as an exceedingly competent multimedia device, not just a great business tool." Support for developing 3D graphics will be available to C++ and Java developers, with Java support provided by JSR-184.
A business card scanning application has been added too. This allows business cards to captured directly into the contacts application on the P990, using the camera. This application is also an example of co-operation with a third party developer.
The announcement of the P990 at last year's Smartphone Show was partially to provide developers with the opportunity to create applications for the P990 ahead of its launch. This move has started to bear fruit with the selection of the first set of try and buy applications for the P990. Some twelve applications covering business, entertainment, translation and navigation have already been confirmed for preload with the phone, although which applications make it to which markets will depending on the application, languages supported, and legal constraints. Oskar indicated that Sony Ericsson expect more applications will follow, eventually taking up 32MB of the standard 64MB Memory Stick to be shipped with the phone. Many of the applications are already well known, from versions for Sony Ericsson's previous UIQ phones, such as WorldMate, Handy Day, Mobipocket, and Advanced Call Manager. One of the new applications is Abaskus from SymbianWare, an advanced scientific and financial calculator. All of the applications, except Appello WISEPILOT have been written in C++.
All these try and buy applications will give users the option to buy the full version using a link from the application itself. This link will take the user directly to the Sony Ericsson Application Shop, using the P990's browser. "Our research has shown that providing a direct link to buy an application significantly increases the rate of conversion," says Oskar. "By implementing this link in the try and buy applications we hope to improve application sales further."
The changes in Symbian OS v9, which underpins UIQ3, mean that developers had to do more work to prepare their applications for the P990 than with previous P series phones. However, to add to the challenge, Sony Ericsson is pushing to have each application available in as many of the P990's 20 plus supported languages as possible. (The minimum requirement Sony Ericsson has for applications distributed with the P990 is EFIGS [English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish] language support.) This goal is driven both by a desire to provide P990 users with applications in their native language, improving usability and consequently the sales of the applications, but also by legal requirements, such as those imposed by the French government that requires all applications shipped on phones in France to be in French. "We have been working hard with developers to ensure they understand the localization requirements and providing development tips," says Oskar. "In addition we have put together a special arrangement with Cap Gemini to ensure the applications are Symbian Signed in a timely manner."
Sony Ericsson are delaying the launch of the P990 to focus more resources on the M600i due to 'operator interest' in the M600i announced today. Read on...
"The P990 remains an important flagship product" says Oskar Lampel, SE Production Manager in an interview on Symbian One. "...[we have] changed the timing of the P990's introduction to ensure both phones get to market as early as possible."
While practically this might be a good idea, the continued non-appearance of any UIQ3 devices after having the software announced over two years ago could come back to bite SE in any 3GSM press coverage.
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another link but this story is somethin else i dont believe it i dont know whether u guys will believe it or not.lemme know what u guys think abt it.
hey was surfing the net and checked this site out where it says se p990 will launch in Q2 2006.u guys can see the link
This is the end of mobile phone... If anybody could gift me 1 ....
Look guys. Stop ranting on about specs all the time! The specs for this phone are fantastic, albeit potentially superseded by rivals, but don't forgot the software that is going to run on this beauty! UIQ 3 beats everything else around, and thats whats essentially going to give you the enjoyment that we're all anticipating!
As everyone has mentioned this device is being launched some 6 months later now we have devices like the MDA Vario II ala HTC TYTN that simply out spec the P990i what can P990 do that say this device cant do??