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Pebble continues to release firmware and smartphone application updates to improve their smartwatch experiences. The latest Android update is sure to please Pebble owners.
The arrival of iOS 7 hasn't been easy for iPhone and iPad customers. However, users of other smartphone OSes might like some of those troubles, according to a recent report from a Canadian news site.
When software updates come regularly, the need for new smartphone hardware diminishes. Have smartphones lost their juice?
Delhi Metro will soon launch an app for smartphone users, providing information regarding fares and real-time updates along the different lines, and Delhi Metro stations.
Newly announced and rumored smartphone hardware all look like basic incremental updates to existing hardware. I don't think this is really a bad thing and believe innovation comes in the software and what you can do with that hardware.
The Thermwood CNC Mobile App allows users to monitor many aspects of the Thermwood CNC router and the programs that run on them from...
Samsung has announced the Galaxy Beam, an updated version of a phone it announced in 2010.
Windows Phone customers will no longer be able to see whether their operators are working on giving them updates to the smartphone OS, causing people to complain that Microsoft is leaving them in the dark
Follow iPhones & other smartphones! Follow My Friends allows you to easily locate and follow your friends and family. Now you can use...
Apple changed the firmware update game in 2007 and today smartphone owners expect and require updates to keep their devices current. Manufacturers need to keep up or get out of the game.
I must take enthusiasts to task for a misconception that is propogated every time a gadget doesn't get an available software update. I'm referring to claiming said gadget is obsolete.
Android updates will likely become a once a year event, according to Andy Rubin, chief of Google's mobile platforms. The big question: Will that help or hurt Android in the smartphone race?
Today we see that ZumoDrive released updates for iPhone, Android, and Palm webOS smartphones. You can now upload and download files to ZumoDrive right from your smartphone and that is a MAJOR benefit to me personally.
The lineup of cell phones has expanded a bit, but a significant number of what we see in that category are updates to existing models. The real innovation in the mobile phone world is in the area of smartphones where we see the Apple iPhone, Palm WebOS, Google Android, RIM BlackBerry, and Microsoft Windows Mobile devices taking us to places we have never been before. This holiday season there is a huge selection for you to choose from on every carrier and several exciting devices will be launching throughout November. There are so many to choose from that we can't cover them all here so I will present you with one smartphone from each carrier and one SIM-unlocked one.
I have been spending a lot of time with my T-Mobile Touch Pro2 over these last few weeks and it has made me pause and think a bit more about firmware updates and how they relate to mobile phones. In the late 90s and early 2000s we never really thought much about upgrading our devices and we purchased them knowing exactly what their functionality and capabilities were while paying hundreds of dollars. If you look at the feature phone market, buyers still appear to think this way when they purchase the latest messaging, touchscreen, or camera-focused mobile phone. With the launch of the iPhone it seems people have started making purchasing decisions on whether or not a phone could be upgraded and have features added later in the lifecycle. This mentality has resulted in kudos for the iPhone, WebOS, some BlackBerry, select few Windows Mobile, and many Android devices while slamming Symbian, T-Mobile branded Android (who may not get future updates), Windows Mobile (selected devices may be upgraded), and BlackBerry devices. It seems to me that modern smartphone makers may have suckered us into thinking that upgradeability is always a good thing.
I don't make too many posts on mobile software updates since there are so many titles out there today and most are updated pretty regularly. However, there are some applications that I consider "must haves" on my mobile devices and when these titles are updated I may mention them here. It was just over a year ago that I posted the announcement for Agenda One for Windows Mobile Smartphones. I was quite excited about that release because I had used integrated PIM applications on Pocket PCs and S60 devices before, but was using a T-Mobile Dash and wanted this kind of calendar, contacts, and tasks integration on that device. I just received a note from Developer One that Agenda One version 2 was released for Windows Mobile Smartphone (Standard) and Pocket PC (Professional/Classic) devices.
S60 will be the first mobile platform to support Flash Lite 3. According to Nokia's Lee Williams, this will enable rich video applications on the smartphone like watching your baby (?
We have seen studies showing a rise in the sales of converged/smartphone devices. If you are a mobile enthusiast like me then you also know it is getting harder and harder to find devices that do not have any telephony functionality integrated. According to a recent IDC study handheld shipments are down 40% compared to the same quarter last year. It doesn't help that Dell hasn't come out with a new device to replace the X51v and now that they are completely out of the handheld market I imagine these numbers will fall even further in the future. Add to this the fact that Sharp is no longer making Zaurus devices and 2 of the top 5 vendors in the list are moving out of the market completely. This leaves the leader Palm, HP, and Mio left to carry the handheld market. Palm hasn't introduced a handheld since late 2005 with the Z22 and Tx and there are no substantial rumors of any new devices coming from Palm. HP keeps rolling out devices, but they also recently stated they would not be providing Windows Mobile 6 updates so that could hurt their sales. Mio is moving up as they continue to release devices targeted at the GPS market.
The Nokia N95 super smartphone is being put to the test by reviewers and early adopters so every flaw (whether it is extremely minor or not) is being exposed and revealed. There are many positive aspects of the hardware, but also a few issues that concern me. Some issues may be solved by future firmware updates and some may be related to the specific device I am testing. Check out all my thoughts to see if these hardware issues concern you.
Mobile Security 2.0 gives Symbian smartphones more protection from viruses and malware. Right now, though, it's more of an insurance policy than a must-have
The P990, which uses the latest Symbian OS, lets users connect over 3G or Wi-Fi
This improved smartphone from Sony Ericsson is an excellent companion for the mobile professional.
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