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Articles by Ed Hansberry
posted in August 2009
Android and AT&T just cannot seem to get together. Motorola was working on two phones for the carrier but AT&T just rejected the devices claiming they were out of date.
According to a patent filing, Apple is working on speech-to-text technology for its iPhone and iPod product lines. Speech recognition could be the holy grail for data entry and retrieval on mobile devices, especially as they continue to shrink in size.
Palm, who arguably created the PDA market, had nearly vanished from existence compared to the onslaught of products from competitors, products which were running shiny new operating systems. The Pre launched to much fanfare in June on the Sprint network in the US. Now, nearly three months after it arrived, how is it performing as the platform and device to save Palm?
Last week I told you about Windows Mobile's dual strategy and indicated there may be a refresh of WinMo 6.5 in the early spring. The rumor is getting stronger because there have been some screen shots of a device clearly running WinMo 6.5, but with some tweaks that differ from what we've seen.
I read an interesting article today on how the recently launched Amazon Wireless store could be effective competition for Apple's App Store. Could Amazon enter the mobile app fray and succeed in similar ways Amazon has with other markets?
RIM has just acquired Torch Mobile, which is the maker of the Iris browser. It is based on the WebKit rendering engine and RIM plans to integrate this into the Blackberry platform. It should substantially improve the browsing experience for the mobile handset maker.
AT&T was to have the HTC Lancaster, a phone that was developed for AT&T by the cell phone maker, launch sometime in the third quarter of this year. With just five weeks to go in the quarter, it appears that a delay is inevitable and a cancellation is possible.
We are inundated daily with advertising. It is on the morning news, there are billboards on the morning commute and ads on the radio. Then you really get hit when you open your mailbox. Soon, we can expect to get hit on our phones in a big way.
Microsoft's long awaited Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system is due in just a few months, perhaps by October 1. After that, we were expecting Windows Mobile 7 to ship sometime in 2010, but now there is an indication that in early 2010, there will be a refresh to 6.5. On top of that, 6.5 will remain a viable platform even after 7 starts to ship for lower end hardware.
For the time being, be careful what type of emails you send and receive when using an iPhone or iPod Touch with the 3.x operating system. When you delete an email on an iPhone 3.0, that email may not really be gone. By using the iPhone's built in search tool, you may be able to resurrect the deleted email.
PDA's from yesteryear had a screen that was resistive. It works great with a stylus, or any pointed object that was hard enough to press down on the screen but not so hard as to scratch it. Windows Mobile devices currently use this type of screen. For finger touch though, capacitive screens work much better, such as the screen on the iPhone. These screens track the electrical current from your finger. The problem is, a stylus doesn't work on that type of screen, which can present problems of its
We could be seeing an iPhone Nano in the future if the new patent application by Apple is anything to go by. Much of the appeal of the current iPhone is the rich functionality that the large screen allows. Could Apple repeat that success with a phone with a much smaller screen?
There are a number of smartphones coming to various carriers in the next few months. See if anything of interest is coming to your carrier, or if there is anything desirable enough to get you to switch carriers.
Panasonic and NEC have announced nine new cell phones that will be running the LiMo platform which is based on Linux. Does it make sense to continue to use LiMo when a powerful and feature rich platform like Android is available?
One of the long awaited devices to come out this year is the HTC Touch Pro2. T-Mobile will be the first carrier to get it in the US and they seem to be proud of the device, pricing it at $350 with a two year contract.
There certainly is a lot of doom and gloom being prophesied about Microsoft's mobile phone platform. Is it time for Microsoft to give up on Windows Mobile and move to greener pastures?
According to Microsoft, Windows Mobile will be able to out browse the iPhone. WinMo 6.5, due "real soon now" has a new browser largely based on Internet Explorer 6 from the desktop and is designed to make the browsing experience on WinMo phones not only tolerable, but downright fantastic.
Anyone with a cell phone can get a Google Voice number allowing you to pass that number out so people use it to call you on. It can be your phone number for life. The problem is, when you call someone with your phone, your actual number shows up on their caller ID. Now there are some solutions if your phone runs Windows Mobile.
Microsoft knows it has serious competition with the iPhone, and as the launch of Microsoft's Windows Marketplace for Mobile nears, WinMo project team members are helping developers port their iPhone applications to Windows Mobile with a few tips.
Wired.com is predicting that 2010 will be the year of the tablet PC based on news of industry heavyweights jumping in the market. I see a lot of potential for tablet style devices, just not at the sizes people are talking about.
Microsoft has released an update to its Office Communicator service that will make it easer for users of Windows Mobile, as well as potentially lowering costs for your company.