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February 11, 2007

The BluXone blog

Filed under: BluXone, Mobile — harshdeep @ 8:31 am

BluXone

Mayank has finally created the official BluXone blog. Check it out for all related news and discussions.

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February 2, 2007

BluXone – Harness the power of Bluetooth

Filed under: BluXone — harshdeep @ 8:40 pm

BluXone

Mayank announced the beta release of BluXone (Blu-Zone) to a hall full of cheering mobile enthusiasts at Mobile Monday, Delhi last week. The response of the audience was heart-warming – an encouraging culmination of months of after-office hours development.

We started working on BluXone with the intent to make sharing over Bluetooth simple. The prevalent model of sharing stuff over Bluetooth is Push-based. It you have a really funny video clip on your phone, and you want to share it with your friends through Bluetooth, you have to send it to them one by one.

Wouldn’t it be better if you could just “share” those video clips (or images or ringtones, for that matter) on your phone once, and your friends could browse and search through your shared files on their phones and download whatever they found interesting? BluXone let’s you do just that. You can share stuff on your phone, just like you share a folder on your desktop over LAN. And when you hit search in BluXone, it shows you a list of files shared by people in your vicinity and you can start downloading right away.

BluXone does some smart things behind the scenes to make sure that you get hassle-free file transfers. With normal Bluetooth file transfer, you can only send a file to one person at a time. With BluXone, however, multiple people can download multiple files from a device at the same time, thanks to an application level protocol that we developed over the Symbian Bluetooth stack.

It’s a nice way of meeting new people too. You can create a profile of yourself, with as much or as little information as you want, and people in your vicinity can view it on their phones, probably while they are downloading a ringtone from your phone. If you like somebody’s profile, you can also start a chat session with that person over Bluetooth. Convenient and free. If you are feeling particularly euphoric about something, and want to tell the world about it, just enter a message in the Announce section, and everyone carrying a device with BluXone in your vicinity will be buzzed with it.

Did I mention that it’s free? All you need is a compatible phone. Here’s the download page for the beta, with the list of supported phones. Go get it.

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