Nokia hopes to push its new embedded navigation system into connected cars.
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At Mobile World Congress earlier this year Nokia's keynote was all about farmers and the non-urban segment of developing economies like India, China and Africa. Nokia has a suite of services that would be supported on a subset of their handsets priced according to the market segment.
I am working on getting Mobile software Monday reviews up and running here again on my ZDNet blog, but there are so many devices coming in that it is tough to find the time to write about all the great software titles. The Nokia E71 (see my full review) is where my AT&T SIM card can be found sharing time with my Palm Treo Pro and I truly enjoy using this mobile device. I was looking for an easy way to switch between applications rather than having to go back to the standby screen or into the main menu area and a few people recommended I check out Handy TaskMan from Paragon Software Group. While looking for this utility, I discovered the Handy Tools Pack for S60 3rd Edition devices that includes 11 titles in one package for US$129.95 (savings of 49% if you bought them all separately).
I've been working with Andy Abramson for a few years now with the Nokia Nseries Blogger Relations program and enjoy reading his VoIP Watch blog. Since last October Andy has been working primarily on the go as he has some renovations made to his home and since the tagline of this blog is Work Where You Want To Be, then I think the readers here may enjoy a couple of Andy's latest blog posts where he talks about the tools of the road warrior where you may discover some new tools to add to your mobile kit.
Nokia announced a new enterprise focused smartphone today, the Nokia E51, that joins the E90, E61i, and E65 devices. The Nokia E51 looks like an update for the E50 device as it offers users a slim and stylish design for the business professional. The E51 includes integrated Bluetooth 2.0 and WiFi (for VoIP calling), a 2 megapixel camera, HSDPA, 130 MB of user accessible storage along with a microSD card slot, and S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 1. It also includes software for the enterprise user, including the Nokia Office Tools 2.0 that includes Nokia Team Suite, In-device Search, Quickoffice, Macromedia PDF reader, Zip manager, File manager, and Active Notes.
I LOVE desktop search tools like Google Desktop and Windows Desktop Search and remember talking with Microsoft about bringing this search functionality to mobile devices. Microsoft has a integrated search tool in Windows Mobile devices, but it has never been a very strong utility. I just read the Nokia press release announcing the release of Nokia Mobile Search that brings powerful search functionality from the desktop to the device. Nokia Mobile Search allows you to search emails, text messages, calendar entries, videos, music files, and more. Nokia Mobile Search indexes your compatible device for faster search results. I could not find any information on whether external storage flash cards or hard drives, like the 4 and 8 GB drives on N91 devices, are indexed. I would think this is where the real power of device search would be as storage cards get larger and larger in capacity with more and more files being stored on them.
Handset maker extends developer support to all phones that use the standard, a move that could rankle CDMA leader Qualcomm.
3GSM: Two of Symbian's biggest backers, Nokia and Sony Ericsson, will unify their development tools to speed the rollout of new software
Sun Microsystems released a test version of developer tools Wednesday to help programmers write Java software that works on small gadgets such as cell phones, the Santa Clara, Calif.-based server seller said. The product will be integrated into developer tools supplied by Nokia, Siemens, Sony Ericsson and Sprint--some of the top advocates of Java 2 Micro Edition, which lets Java programs run on cell phones, dashboard computers, set-top boxes and other devices. The tools let a programmer simulate a gadget on a more powerful computer, Sun said. In addition, Sun announced a test version of its Forte tools for Sun One, letting people write software that supports emerging Web services standards, including SOAP, WSDL and UDDI. --Stephen Shankland, Special to ZDNet New
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