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posted in March 2009
Microsoft is at CTIA this week and they will be making a few announcements today - nothing Earth shattering as Windows Mobile 6.5 has already been announced and Windows Mobile 7 is the worst kept secret out there right now, but there are a few interesting items for mobile device users.
I ran across an interesting post at Seeking Alpha that outlines why Microsoft's attempts to make significant headway in the mobile market haven't yielded much fruit and that they've slid back in the past few years. It also argues that the road ahead is going to be tough for MS. Can Microsoft remain a key player in the mobile market?
NetWorkWorld has an article on what makes a phone optimal as a mobile enterprise device. The better IT managers are realizing that end users want devices with cool features and recognize that the carriers are more interested in catering to users and not IT departments. In the US, it is too expensive to consider buying unlocked devices of your choice for dozens or hundreds of users, so you have to be satisf
Earlier this month Microsoft released information on how its application store for Windows Mobile would work for developers. There is an annual $99 fee to keep your app in the store, and that includes five new apps per year. After that, it is $99 per app. It seems though that any update to an app will cost the developer $99 as well, or will count against the five in the initial payment. Post a Comment
Accenture has released a survey that shows 41% of users use their phones just for phone calls. If my trusty HP-12c calculator is correct, that means 59% of mobile phone owners use it for more than just phone calls.
Between January 2008 and January 2009, the number of people accessing the internet daily from a mobile device increased from 10.8 million to 22.4 million people according to a comScore report. The report studied the habits of 63.2 million people that accessed the internet to some degree with their phone for news and information.
There was a three-day Pwn2Own contest in Vancouver where, according to this CNN Money article, contestants were offered $10,000 and some free cell phones if they could hack one of the mobile platforms at the contest. All five platforms withstood the assault.
Earlier this month Amazon released Kindle software for the iPhone and now it is talking about future mobile device plans.
The Windows Mobile blog team has released some information about what is new in Windows Mobile 6.5 for developers. Current development tools consist primarily of C/C++ or the .net compact framework. WinMo 6.5 will bring Windows Mobile Widgets, which use Web code such as CSS and HTML.
Apple had their big iPhone 3.0 announcement yesterday and it included a number of much awaited features. When the iPhone was released in 2007, it was miles ahead of its competition at the time in several areas, most notably a killer mobile browser and the sliding finger gesture driven UI. In 2008 it upped the ante with MobileMe and the App Store. Did Apple push forward again in 2009?
AMD chief marketing officer and senior VP Nigel Dessau admits that laptop and mobile phone makers give out relatively meaningless numbers when trying to convey to users what kind of battery life they can expect. He suggests that more reasonable tests be developed and used to make the information more reliable.
According to some details in a job posting, Ars Technica is reporting that Windows Mobile 7 will finally fix the broken update scenario for the Microsoft platform. Right now, we seem to be dependent on the carriers to get updates and fixes for the platform. Is Microsoft taking control of the process?
IDC is forecasting mobile phone shipments down 8.3% in 2009 as the world wrestles with a downturn in the economy. This is after they rose 4.3% in 2008 over 2007 levels. It gets even worse if you look at specific markets like Europe, Japan, and the United States, where year-over-year declines could approach 24%. The growth drivers in recent years like China and Russia will have breakeven years. What's interesting though is th
Some people are voice centric and it just so happens that they also can get e-mails on their phone. Others are data centric. The primary reason they have a phone is that is just the device by which it's easiest to access data from the Internet. The fact that they can actually talk to someone with the device is just another feature. Which one are you?
Microsoft has announced details on its strategy for working with developers to get their apps on the new Windows Marketplace for Mobile. Microsoft is going all out in getting developers lined up prior to the WinMo app store launching, even though there are more than 20,000 applications already in existence for the platform.
Microsoft officially announced its own application store for Windows Mobile devices last month during World Mobile Congress, though it wasn't news to most people. It now has a mobile Web site that looks like a placeholder for the new site. There isn't much there, but it shows progress is being made.
Acer recently announced it was getting into the smartphone business. It seems it is all Windows Mobile devices and that decision has drawn criticism from those that support Linux desktops.
Yesterday Barnes & Noble completed its acquisition of Fictionwise, which also includes eReader.com and eBookwise, for $15.7 million. Could this be the book retailer's move into e-books, taking on the popular Kindle store by Amazon?
One of the best features of Microsoft's forthcoming Windows Mobile release is Internet Explorer Mobile 6, which is built largely on Internet Explorer 6 from the desktop, optimized for the smartphone platform. It should rival the browsing experience on the iPhone, and perhaps be even richer if the device also has Adobe Flash Lite on it. You may not have to wait until WinMo 6.5 ships this fall though to get the new browser.
Amazon has just released Amazon Kindle for iPhone. Since its initial release in 2007, the Kindle has been a hot seller, often having buyers on a waiting list to get one. The Kindle 2 was recently released and, by most accounts, it improves on its popular predecessor. For Amazon, this isn't about the hardware, though, it's about the content, and the company just took its first step into the content-only
According to research by Net Applications, the iPhone is used 66% of the time by people browsing the Web with their phone. Second place was JavaME at 9% share.
Just about everyone knows that you can send and receive text messages with their phones using SMS (Short Messaging Service). Texting, as it is sometimes called, is just the beginning, though, of what you can do with this service.