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The HTC Status is a small front facing QWERTY keyboard Android smartphone targeted towards the messaging crowd who find Facebook to be an important part of their lives. Facebook is integrated into the HTC experience, along with Sense 3.0 and more.
Microsoft released the free Facebook for Zune HD a couple of days ago, but there were some permission settings issues. The app now runs just fine and as you can see in my video it is quite a capable mobile application.
My inbox was crazy last week during CES and as I was cleaning it out early this morning I saw an email from the Zune PR team talking about some updates coming soon. Microsoft was actually showing off demos of this at CES, but my schedule was already packed so I didn't get a chance to see these new features. Sometime this spring we will see Smart DJ and additional video content support with Facebook coming during the early part of this year.
I usually have a pretty good idea of the rumors surrounding mobile devices, but I was caught completely by surprise with the news of the Nokia E72 and E75 that was posted over at Symbian Freak today. The E72 is the first Nokia device to have a slide-out QWERTY keyboard much like several Windows Mobile devices (Touch Pro, HTC Vox, and new HTC S740) while the E75 looks like an upgrade to the E71.
It has been a few months since I last wrote about the Dashwire mobile client and I was very pleased to receive a note from Ford that the Dashwire Mobile 2.0 client for Windows Mobile is now available. This latest version offers a significant update to the GUI on your Windows Mobile device and lots more cool features to integrate your social networks and multimedia.
One thing that keeps bringing me back to S60 is the number and quality of 3rd party applications available for the platform, ranging from VoIP clients to games and multimedia apps. One of the best instant messaging clients I have tried is Palringo because it allows me to connect with Windows Live Messenger, Gtalk, AIM, Yahoo IM, and more all from a single application. In addition to traditional text IM, you can also quickly send photos and voice messages with Palringo. It is currently available for S60, Windows Mobile, and Java-supported devices and they just announced the availability for BlackBerry devices.
Skype announced a beta version of its client for Java-enabled mobile phones with the current list of compatible devices from Motorola, Nokia, and Samsung. The intent of this new mobile client is to expand Skype to the mass market feature phone, but being the mobile geek that I am I decided to try it out on some other devices and was fairly pleased with the results.