If Android continues to grow at its current rate and the cost of handset components continues to fall, there will be 'an Android in every pocket' as smartphones do away with feature phones, Google's Eric Schmidt has said
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Announced at MWC in Barcelona, and now available for free download, BES Express takes the familiar enterprise-grade BlackBerry server, lops off a few features and delivers a surprisingly capable small business mobile email solution. The one thing about BES Express that isn’t Express is the download.
Mobile World Congress is kicking off on 15 February and with the start date getting closer and closer the rumors of announcements is starting to kick into high gear. Rachel wrote last week that it looks like Windows Mobile 7 may be shown off and announced at MWC. Microsoft still hasn't issued any public announcement that there is such a thing as Windows Mobile/Phone 7, but Steve Ballmer, other Microsoft officials, and partner representatives have all said it will be coming at the end of 2010 so there is no doubt it is real and being worked on. There have been lots of rumors floating around about what the OS contains and this latest post over on PPCGeeks has a long list of possible features and I have to say that some are a bit disturbing to me.
Google demoed an offline version of Gmail for the iPhone and Android that works in airplane mode at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2009 in Barcelona, Spain. The app does its magic by implementing several features found in HTML5, including:Database (W3C HTML5)App Cache (W3C HTML5)GeoLocation (W3C)The unannounced "technical concept" version of Gmail was demoed on the iPhone and the HTC Magic which runs Android.
Third party applications have been available for Palm, Windows Mobile, S60, and BlackBerry devices for years, but it wasn't until Apple made the iPhone App Store such a huge success that companies finally woke up to the potential market that was out there. It really is a shame that one of these companies never took the initiative to create an application store and now they are all announcing one, again following Apple's lead. Some of the best news I have seen so far from Mobile World Congress is the announcement regarding the upcoming Ovi Store by Nokia.
While Nokia made a few device announcements, they also announced a few upgraded and new service offerings. One that I plan to load very soon on my S60 Nseries devices is the upgraded Nokia Maps 2.0. One of the primary features that I personally cannot wait to try out and that I was happy to see is the extended pedestrian navigation functionality. Nokia recognized that there were many people, like myself, who take public transportation and then walk around cities. We now have GPS navigation software that helps us know where we are and how to get to where we want to be. Combined with the very cool magnetic compass features of the future Nokia 6210 Navigator you should never get lost again.