Matthew Miller

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Matthew Miller started using mobile devices in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since. He was a co-host, with Kevin Tofel, of the MobileTechRoundup podcast for 13 years and authored three Wiley Companion series books. Matthew started using mobile devices with a US Robotics Pilot 1000 and has owned more than 200 different devices running Palm, Linux, Symbian, Newton, BlackBerry, iOS, Android, webOS, Windows Mobile, and Windows Phone operating systems. His current collection includes a Google Pixel 4, Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus, LG V60 ThinQ, Google Pixelbook Go, Microsoft Surface Pro 6, and many more, along with plenty of wearables, accessories, and classic devices like the Apple Newton MessagePad 2100 and Sony CLIE UX50. Matthew can be found on various discussion forums under the user name of "palmsolo".

Matthew is a professional naval architect by day and a mobile gadgeteer at all other times. He purchases his own devices and then sells them on Swappa to buy more. Many other devices are sent for review on a typical 30-day or long-term loan basis and then returned to the carrier or manufacturer.

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Think Google Maps Navigation is good? Nokia just blew past them with FREE Ovi Maps

Think Google Maps Navigation is good? Nokia just blew past them with FREE Ovi Maps

I have been using Google Maps Navigation beta on my Google Nexus One and it has performed very well, especially for a free voice guided navigation client. One aspect of this solution is that you have to be connected to your wireless carrier network to use Google Maps Navigation. Nokia has a very good Ovi Maps client that works offline and online with advanced premium features such as traffic, weather, pedestrian walking mode, and voice-guided navigation. Prior to today's announcement these premium services were subscription services on most devices (some devices had lifetime licenses). Today, Nokia announced that ALL of the Ovi Maps premium services will now be FREE on Nokia smartphones. This announcement helps Nokia towards their goal of making GPS navigation as standard on smartphones as the quality cameras they have been providing on devices for years. This adds significant value to Nokia smartphones and fires another major torpedo into the sinking PND ship.

January 20, 2010 by in Google

You don't have to wait for Google to update your Nexus One OTA

You don't have to wait for Google to update your Nexus One OTA

As readers here know I am quite happy with my Google Nexus One and have been using multi-touch with the Dolphin browser. On my train commute home I read all over Twitter that Google started rolling out an update for Nexus One owners that was also reported here on ZDNet by Sam and Jason. It took forever for me to get the last update sent over-the-air to my T-Mobile G1 so I immediately started looking for ways to get the update done manually. It didn't take long for me to find that my buddy Phil posted the specific directions to manually update your Nexus One using no hacking or anything. This is a completely legitimate way to update your Nexus One and does not require rooting or anything shady at all.

February 2, 2010 by in Google

Google Nexus One story in five short films

Google Nexus One story in five short films

I was envious of Sprint customers back when I reviewed the HTC Hero and jumped on the opportunity to pick up the best Google Nexus One as soon as it was announced. The recent firmware update fixed the only issues I have seen on the device (3G/EDGE connectivity and browser/gallery multi-touch) and I am really enjoying the whole Nexus One experience. Google has a Nexus One YouTube channel and is posting a five-part short film series on the making of the Nexus One that will be complete on the 8th of February.

February 4, 2010 by in Google

Google Mobile App with voice search now available for BlackBerry

Google Mobile App with voice search now available for BlackBerry

The Google Mobile App with Voice Search was launched previously on devices running the Android OS, Windows Mobile, and iPhone OS and it is now available for RIM BlackBerry devices. I use the Google Mobile App daily on my new Curve 8900 to get to Reader quickly and conduct fast searches. This updated version also supports My Location so you won't even need to speak a location when you conduct a voice search.

March 25, 2009 by in Google

Plan your next trip with Virtual Earth and MindManager 6

Plan your next trip with Virtual Earth and MindManager 6

MindManager is one of my absolute favorite applications on my Samsung Q1 UMPC and actually the ability to use it on this device was one primary reason I purchased my Q1. You can now get accurate map and satellite directions by simply entering two destination topics and creating a relationship between the two.

July 28, 2006 by in Google