Kevin and I teased everyone a bit last week and in our focused MobileTechRoundup show #180 we spent quite a bit of time talking about the new T-Mobile HTC Touch Pro2. James then chimed in with Kevin to talk about the rise in homebrew apps for the Palm Pre and I am a bit jealous that Sprint coverage is not good enough for me to have a Pre. We talked about depositing check with my iPhone and then James had a possible Touchstone failure to report.
Smartphones and Cell Phones
It seems everyone in business has a smartphone today to keep connected to the office and enjoy their time away from the office. Matthew Miller provides you with news, commentary and in-depth reviews of the latest in mobile phones sporting iOS, Android, Wi
Matthew Miller started using a Pilot 1000 in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since.
I am right in the middle of my evaluation of CoPilot Live for Android and then today I received the press release that their iPhone product is also now available in the iTunes App Store (iTunes link). CoPilot Live is a system that can be used offline if you do not have wireless data access and for $34.99 you get the software and all maps for the USA and Canada. IMHO, this is a fantastic deal and one that is tough to beat with subscription services.
The HTC Touch HD is the current super high end Windows Mobile device in HTC's collection of devices. I tried it out a couple of times, but could not get over the lack of hardware buttons even though it had a large beautiful display and some super specifications. There are now rumors of its successor, the HTC Leo that take this form factor to the next level with a Snapdragon processor.
We see details from lots of Apple patents on new technology posted on the Internet and there are some that show cool technology while others are way out ideas that we will probably never see implemented. HTC is the leader in Windows Mobile and Google Android development and has come out with some very innovative technologies. MoDaCo posted on two HTC patents that we may see on future devices. One is for a stylus and the other for display technology.
Qik is a live video streaming service with mobile applications for BlackBerry, Nokia and Windows Mobile devices. There was a version for Qik a year or so ago for jailbroken iPhones, but they have not been able to get a version up on the App Store until now. As you can read in their announcement blog post you are not yet able to live stream, but you can record a video (with your iPhone 3GS) and then have it uploaded automatically if you are connected to a WiFi network. A version for 3G uploads has been submitted for approval so an update should be coming soon.
One of the first things I thought of after hearing about the Microsoft/Nokia partnership for providing Microsoft services to Nokia was the impact on 3rd party developers. In particular, Quickoffice is installed on Eseries and Nseries devices as is the current default Office-compatible product on Nokia devices. I contacted them to find out their thoughts on the announcement and they sent me a response.
I am listening in on the conference call right now, but Nokia has already posted the press release regarding the partnership and announcement. As you can read, this is quite a huge agreement that will bring Office Mobile and other Microsoft products to Nokia smartphones, such as Microsoft Office Communicator. The Eseries will be the first product line to integrate the Microsoft products, which makes sense since the Eseries is targeted to the business user.
Gartner's worldwide smartphone sales numbers are in for the 2nd quarter of 2009 and it looks like Apple had the greatest increase with HTC and RIM also showing increases in marketshare compared to 2008. This makes sense as the iPhone 3GS hit the market, Android continues to roll out from HTC, and RIM continues to release updated BlackBerry models. The 10.5% increase in one year for Apple is pretty staggering, especially given current economic conditions and the fact that the iPhone is not an inexpensive device.
The T-Mobile HTC Touch Pro2 is definitely not a small pocketable device, but more of a portable computer with functions those in the business field may appreciate. The hardware is quite good, but I was left with the feeling that Android would have been much more enjoyable on it. As I wrote last week I went all in with T-Mobile and as a result had a line with full upgrade eligibility. I planned to wait until this week and purchase my own Touch Pro2, but left the store with a new Merlot myTouch 3G so let's go through the device and see why I didn't stick to my original plan.
In what appears to be a bit of a "me too" announcement I received a press release stating that ThinkFree Mobile for Android will support many of the same features as the updated Documents To Go 2.0 product I detailed earlier this morning. The major difference at this time is that Documents To Go is available NOW while ThinkFree Mobile for Android is slated for a 4th quarter 2009 release at an undisclosed price.