While Windows is still the dominant operating system for people's computers, the Mac OS X community continues to grow and can't be ignored by the mobile operating system creators. Third parties, such as PocketMac and Mark/Space, have developed solutions to sync mobile devices with Apple computers. These solutions are often even more powerful than native solutions, if there are any, but it is great to see mobile companies create and roll out these solutions. RIM has a BlackBerry Desktop for Mac that is getting closer and closer to release. You can check out lots of details and screenshots of this solution on the Inside BlackBerry blog.
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 remember last year before the Samsung Instinct was released we saw a pretty amazing marketing effort to get the word out about the device and I have seen a ton of people using the Instinct as their mobile phone. Sprint and Samsung today announced the Samsung Instinct HD that builds upon the success of the Instinct with the latest in multimedia experiences. The 5.0 megapixel camera captures video and then lets you play back the video on an external monitor/TV in HD with the TV-out HD connection.
Google continues to provide expanded services for mobile devices and today they announced that Gmail support is now added to Google Sync for iPhone, iPod touch, and Windows Mobile devices. While the Google Android platform offers you the best Google sync/services solution, tools like Google Sync help make other devices more compelling for using Google services.
The HTC Touch HD was never released here in the US, but I did see the European one once and it was a slick device with lots of appeal. We have seen updates to the Touch Pro and Diamond lines and rumors of a successor to this Touch HD as well. It appears that the successor is no longer really a rumor as you can see a ton of photos of the device and screenshots over on the ai.rs blog site. This new large touchscreen device looks sweet and should appeal to those that can live without a hardware QWERTY keyboard.
I go through quite a few mobile phones, but one of the main reasons I always have made sure I had a Windows Mobile device at hand was so that I could access and use Laridian's PocketBible application. Yes, an application has been so important to me personally that I have purchased and used devices just to be able to use that application. I have been beta testing an application that I am very excited about and am pleased to tell you all that PocketBible for the iPhone/iPod touch is now available in the App Store (iTunes link) for FREE.
I was wondering what Palm's plans were with Windows Mobile now that they have the Palm WebOS Pre out with other WebOS devices coming soon, but have to admit I was a bit caught off guard by the statement that PreCentral picked up during the Palm earnings call. As you can see in the quote below, Jon Rubinstein made it clear that there will be no more Palm Windows Mobile devices.
One of the QWERTY phones I included in my Back to School article was the Samsung Gravity 2 and I have had a couple of weeks to play with the Metallic Orange one. When it first launched it was priced at $29.99, but I now see on the T-Mobile site that it is up to $69.99 after instant discount and mail-in rebate. The Gravity 2 is a nice upgrade to the original Gravity with an updated camera (2 megapixel vs 1.3 megapixel), 3G wireless radio, integrated GPS receiver, and updated keyboard layout (4 row vs 3 row).
I am a fan of the Celio REDFLY Mobile Companion and I do use it with my Windows Mobile devices while I wait for continued driver support for other platforms. Today, Celio Corp announced their drivers for BlackBerry devices would be coming mid-Q4 2009 so this opens up a whole new world for enterprise customers. I think Celio did the right thing in targeting the BlackBerry platform after Windows Mobile because these type of people are a perfect fit for the REDFLY due to the ease of sending a REDFLY Mobile Companion out in the field with a smartphone.
One of the things I enjoy about my Windows Mobile, Android, and Symbian devices is the ability to load up different 3rd party web browsers and today we see that the latest version of Opera Mini 5 beta has been released for installation. Simply go to m.opera.com/next in your mobile browser to download the new proxy-based web browser on your BlackBerry or Java-enabled phone.
Last week we heard all about the upcoming Motorola CLIQ Android device coming to T-Mobile USA and this week kicks off with some more Android phone news. LG announced the upcoming LG-GW620 that will be available in the fourth quarter of this year in Europe. This is LG's first Android smarphone and follows on the heels of their Windows Mobile announcement stating that at least 13 new smartphones will be released over the next 16 months running the Windows Mobile OS.