Back in April I wrote about the availability of fring on the iPhone, but at that time you needed a jailbroken iPhone to use it and the iPhone 3G wasn't yet available. You may recall that fring is a VoIP application that lets you use Skype, MSN, Google Talk, ICQ, Twitter, Yahoo!, and AIM clients to chat and instant message. Well, the good news is that fring is available now for free in the Apple App Store and can be loaded on your iPhone without any jailbreaking required.
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 was lucky enough to attend the T-Mobile G1 product announcement in New York a couple of weeks ago and actually pre-ordered my own G1 that day on the train back to the airport for my flight home and it turns out it was a good thing I did. I read reports earlier this week that T-Mobile may have sold out of the G1 and just received confirmation and more details from my T-Mobile representative. T-Mobile did indeed sell out of the original stock even after nearly tripling the number of phones available for initial delivery.
Along with the Nokia 5800 touch screen device announcement, Nokia also announced the launch of the Comes With Music service that was originally announced in December 2007. This service allows you to download, listen to, and keep as many songs as you want (even listening 24/7) over a full year period for free (cost included with device purchase). I imagine this will encourage people to listen to more and even different types of music over the year as well.
I have to admit that I never tried the mid-range Nokia XpressMusic devices before and always considered them as "feature phones for the masses", but with this latest announcement I think I'll have to start checking them out. The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic is Nokia's first touch screen S60 mobile device (as pointed out by a fellow enthusiast they had a touch screen device a while ago) that runs the new S60 5th Edition. The 5800 XpressMusic integrates touch with haptics and more. The touch screen is both finger and stylus friendly so you have different text entry and navigation options.
LG makes some very nice high end mobile phones and is pushing the limits with their new full touchscreen 8 megapixel LG-KC910 (aka Renoir) device that goes on sale in early October in Europe. This is the successor to the LG Viewty and at first glance appears to be quite a device. As we have been talking about lately on Mobile Tech Roundup the lines are now pretty much gone between feature phones and smartphones and devices like this just confirm that.
While browsing for mobile news and reviews this morning I came across a Fortune article that I thought had some very valid points and was an interesting read. The Why Palm Needs Android article makes the case for three reasons why Palm should consider the Android OS on future devices rather than rolling out its own Linux operating system sometime in the future. I think Palm should at least consider the idea, especially since their revenues keep going down.
Personal information management (PIM) is a key component of mobile devices and for years I used iambic Agendus on my Palm OS devices since it offered a consolidated way to manage my calendar, contacts, and tasks. I also use software like this now on my Windows Mobile devices and have tried some on S60 as well. I just read the press release announcing that Agendus for BlackBerry is now available for US$19.95 and also works with the desktop component.
I was reading a recent post on the Nokia Conversations site about some changes going on at Nokia. The first was the stepping down of Bob Iannucci, CTO of Nokia. And then the big news that Nokia is changing its approach to the enterprise by ceasing to develop or market its own business mobility solutions. I have been using and loving my Nokia E71 device and was worried about future Eseries devices when I heard about this announcement. However, the enterprise press release is still not crystal clear to me because it does state that Nokia will work with Microsoft, IBM, Cisco and others to bring Nokia devices and applications to market so I am not sure what will be changing.
I was working on some reviews this weekend and took a look at all of the devices in my current collection and started reflecting back on my mobile device history. Mickey recently asked me about my PDA/phone history on TCPJ Unlocked Show #004 and I thought a few of you may be interested in seeing what devices I have owned over the years. The list I put together shows 84 mobile devices (PDAs and phones) and I think I was able to recall all of them.
We had a list of several topics for consideration in our latest show, but with the big news of the T-Mobile G1 Android release it was tough not to spend most of MobileTechRoundup show #148 discussing the release. James, Kevin, and I each gave our take on the device and why James and I have both already ordered one. We spent a couple minutes talking about the incredible Celio REDFLY $199 deal that is going on. Kevin also stated why he thinks now is a good time for Apple to enter the netbook market, what do you think?