In show #94 we chatted a bit about CeBIT and the UMPC devices that were announced at the show in Germany. We gave our thoughts on models we liked and what 2007 may bring for the UMPC. James revealed that he picked up a MacBook Pro as a desktop replacement and he talked about testing out Vista on a Mac. We are all on Twitter and actually took a live Twitter question during the show to comment on in regards to mobile Twitter clients.
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The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) issued a couple of press releases at CTIA Wireless 2007. The first showcases the new Bluetooth Version 2.1 + EDR specification that includes improved pairing and lower power consumption features. The second press release provides results from a recent study on the awareness of Bluetooth technology, which continues to grow each year.
CTIA Wireless 2007 is taking place in Florida this week with some famous keynote speakers. A ton of mobile news should be coming out this week and Sony Ericsson's announcements included a new HSDPA clamshell phone and a new Walkman phone. They also revealed that the new Z750 will be running the latest Java Platform 8 operating system with advanced security features.
HTC manufacturers some of the best Windows Mobile devices and has several in the pipeline for 2007 as previously revealed at 3GSM. CTIA is now taking place in Florida and HTC shocked me a bit with the announcement of the upcoming HTC Shift device that runs Windows Vista. The HTC Shift specs include a 7 inch widescreen touch display, tri-band UMTS/HSDPA, quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, Bluetooth 2.0, WiFi, 30GB hard drive and innovative QWERTY keyboard with a cool sliding mechanism. The other cool part of the announcement today is that the HTC Shift will be sold as an unlocked device here in the U.S. in the 3rd quarter of 2007. Pricing information was not revealed and it will be interesting to see where it falls into the UMPC market.
Many new Phone Edition/Professional devices were announced at 3GSM, but another device that I read about on the excellent Howard Forums site has just appeared in the HTC lineup. PDAdb.net has all the specs of this device which state a release date of June 2007. The HTC P4550 (Kaiser) sports Windows Mobile 6 Professional, 256 MB ROM, 64MB RAM, 2.8 inch 240x320 display, quad band GSM/UMTS/EDGE/HSDPA/HSUPA wireless radio, Bluetooth 2.0, 802.11 b/g, 2.8 megapixel camera, and integrated GPS radio. While these may be standard specs for the new Windows Mobile high end devices, the unique aspect that caught my attention was the way the display slid up and at an angle to reveal the full QWERTY keyboard.
Nokia issued a press release announcing that the long-anticipated Nokia N95 is finally shipping to select countries in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Unfortunately, there is no word or speculation on a U.S. release so I'll have to look to a U.S. importer to get one for myself. Rafe and Steve posted some thoughts on unboxing a production Nokia N95 and the box is reminiscient of an Apple designed package.The Nokia N95 multimedia computer (Nokia's term for these high end Nseries devices) sports a high speed 3G radio, integrated Bluetooth 2.0 and 802.11 b/g WiFi radios, 160MB internal memory, large 2.6 inch QVGA display, 5 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and video capability up to 30 fps at VGA (640x480) resolution, FM radio, integrated GPS radio with Nokia Maps software, standard 3.5 mm headphone jack, and S60 3rd Edition operating system. It has a cool dual slider display to reveal a phone keypad in one direction and multimedia buttons in the other direction. The device is very similar in size to the Nokia N80 and packs quite a bit into a small package.
Most people either dread voicemail or just accept it as a necessary drudgery. GotVoice is a Voice 2.0 service that takes voicemail to the next level and gives you a ton of functionality and lots of customization options that make voicemail something fun to play with and manage. Most all of the functionality is available now for free and there is a premium option available for a bit more functionality. Check out the service screenshots and give it a try today.
I am a big S60 mobile phone fan and just saw that Dean Andrews, author of 101 Cool Smartphone Techniques, launched a new blog on the S60 site. His new blog is titled Business 2GO and is focused on the enterprise market. Check out the blog to find news, resources, and tips to help you take your business on the road with S60.
A study released last summer showed that countries in Europe were using 70 to 85% of their data consumption to send text messages while here in the U.S. people were only using 36% of their data consumption to do so. I know I personally only have a couple family members and friends that even have text messaging on their phones and rarely ever send direct text messages. 99% of my person-to-person text messages are to and from my daughters. I think Twitter now gives people a simple way to send text messages and reach all sorts of new "friends". Is Twitter popular because people finally have a reason to send text messages?
Mobile devices can be used to improve productivity and are essential for keeping you in touch with your business contacts, but you can also use them for entertainment and now for helping manage your daily fitness regime. I was checking out my RSS feeds and saw that All About Symbian posted on the new free Nokia Sports Tracker application suite. Nokia has a similar application in their 5000 Sport device and now are offering it for free to owners of the latest Nokia S60 3rd Edition devices, including most of the Nseries and Eseries models. The Nokia Sport Tracker software allows you to connect your mobile device to a GPS receiver and use it to record location-based data. Speed, distance, and time are stored automatically to your training diary and you can then export your excercise route to Google Earth. The Nokia E-series blog has more details on the application and its usage.