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posted in October 2009
Twitter has become a very popular service and to make the most of it, Peek has released a new device called the TwitterPeek that does just one thing - Twitter. Really?
Opera has released a report on the state of the mobile web and it shows, as expected, growth in the number of people viewing the web on their mobile phones, the number of pages each person views and the amount of data they each consume.
Open Source software has been around for a long time but really made its name in the public eye with Linux. For some, they think open source is Linux. Despite the name recognition Linux enjoys, it is still a relatively minor part of the overall computer industry, especially on the desktop side. The mobile industry though is shaping up to be quite different, and most of this has come about in just the last few years.
Network performance at AT&T hasn't been much to brag about in recent years. The number one excuse seems to be the ravenous appetite for bandwidth iPhone owners have. Get a few thousand of them together in one city for a convention and people are suddenly reminiscing of the good old days with GPRS speeds.
T-Mobile has officially launched their pricing plans that have been floating around under the names Project Dark or Project Black in the last few weeks. The pricing should be low enough to pull a number of people to their network. The rumor of the iPhone though, was, as I suspected, false.
Microsoft has made another video that pokes fun at itself, this time about Windows Marketplace for Mobile. It also seems to be taking a few swipes at other app stores, namely the Apple App Store. It isn't mentioned specifically, but once you view the video, you'll see some of the absurd apps Microsoft was pretending to work on. I bet more than one of them is in the iPhone App Store. With over 75,000 apps, there has to be at least one mustache simulator, right?
Barnes & Noble just announced their Nook eBook reader, which should be available next month in time for Christmas. Priced at $259 just like the Amazon Kindle it adds a few features. It also could be a sign of things to come in the smartphone world.
Windows Mobile 6.5 isn't even a month old yet and already an update has been spotted. No, not WinMo 7. Just a minor update that mobile platform watchers have started calling 6.5.1. What updates has Microsoft included in this build?
Gartner is predicting that the number one smartphone platform will be Android by 2012, surpassing the iPhone. Can the platform, which is currently only ahead of WebOS in market share, overtake its rivals in just three years?
There have been a number of rumors on T-Mobile's "Project Black" the last few days, and while nothing has been confirmed, some of the veil has been pulled back on the details of what is going on. Could an iPhone from the carrier with a $50 per month all-in plan with 4G speeds be forthcoming? And by $50 all-in plan, I mean one that includes voice, text and data.
One of the most impressive devices running Windows Mobile 6.5 is the HTC HD2. It has been thought that it would be sometime in 2010 before it came to the US, but it may be coming to T-Mobile sooner than that.
Just a few months ago Google finished off Donut, the latest version of Android. Now, a giant eclair has been seen at the Google offices. Nothing is official, but it is likely that the newest revision of the Android platform is just around the corner.
We still don't know the cause of the problem that caused thousands of Sidekick users to lose contacts, photos, appointments and more. Microsoft has bee mum on the issue, which is a bad thing. Full disclosure wins more respect from interested parties than silence, but that is the subject of another blog post. The Sidekick brand is almost surely doomed because of this, but will Windows Mobile be affected as well given both platforms share the same owner?
For the time being, T-Mobile has pulled the Sidekick from store shelves and it is showing as "temporarily out of stock" on their web site. They will remain unavailable until T-Mobile is satisfied the cause of the data loss has been identified and corrected so it doesn't happen again.
AT&T has gained at least four million new subscribers as the result of their exclusivity agreement with Apple on iPhone distribution in the US. It hasn't all been good news for AT&T though. iPhone users use a disproportionate amount of the carrier's available bandwidth. This affects not only iPhone users but all smartphone users on the AT&T network. Should AT&T drop the all-you-can-eat plan for iPhone us
4G networks are slowly being deployed now and that pace will increase in the coming years. While the speeds promise to dazzle us there will be added complexities that network operators are going to have to overcome. The faster the network, the more noticeable a slight service interruption is to the end user. Funambol has a new mobile sync solution that they claim will minimize these performance issues for the consumer.
The new mobile platform by Palm, WebOS, gets additional distribution in Spain. Telefonica will be picking the device up. It looks like Palm has ordered over 700,000 Pixies too.
Yesterday was the big launch for Windows Mobile 6.5 and first and foremost on people's minds are about the devices, and there will be plenty of WinMo 6.5 devices out soon. Some are out already. Beyond that though are the extras that are launching concurrently with WinMo 6.5. The two biggest are the My Phone backup service and Windows Marketplace for Mobile. Read on to see what is new.
"Want 5 times more 3G Coverage? There's a map for that." That is the new slogan by Verizon for a new ad campaign touting its superior 3G coverage in the US. It is a takeoff on the Apple iPhone slogan that asks a question and then responds with "There's an app for that." The iPhone, of course, runs only on the AT&T network in the US. Just when you thought AT&T couldn't be beat up any more over the complaints over their 3G network, Verizon kicks them while they are down.
October 6 is the big day for Windows Mobile. The first major release since Windows Mobile 5 launched in 2005 is ready to roll out. A lot has happened since then, namely the iPhone. In response to that, WinMo 6.5 is a lot more finger friendly than any of its WinMo predecessors. While previous releases have focused on enterprise features, such as management and security, WinMo 6.5 has a definite consumer appeal that the Microsoft platform has lacked in recent years.
I am not even going to speculate and ask "Can Palm survive?" or "Will the Pre save Palm?" I am just going to come out and say it - WebOS is too little, too late. The Pre sales numbers are disappointing. Palm's application store almost non-existent. This and other mistakes by Palm in the last few months will doom the company. Maybe not this year. Maybe not next year, but once they run out of cash, that's it unless someone gobbles them up.
If you talk to someone with an iPhone and ask them about it, they will undoubtedly tell you all sorts of things the phone can do. They know it is by Apple, that there are a bazillion apps for it, that it syncs with iTunes and much more. If you talk to someone with an Android phone or the Palm Pre, you will likely get similar information about those phones. If you ask someone that is running Windows Mobile though, there is a good chance they won't even know what OS it is running, much less featur