The news that Google Talk has now been optimized for the Apple iPhone web browser is all over the internet this morning. I also wanted to let IM users know there are other web browser based options for clients other than Google Talk.
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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.
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.
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.
News has been a bit slow leading up to Mobile World Congress next week, but James, Kevin, and I spent the show chatting about the Kindle 2.0, Google Sync, and TeleNav on the Google Android platform on MobileTechRoundup show #162. We also brought back a freeware of the show with WizMouse.
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.
CompanionLink for Google Calendar allows you to sync your mobile devices and desktops with Google Calendar. Multiple operating systems and desktop calendar solutions are supported.
GPS Radar allows you to use Google Earth for navigation and is optimized for the UMPC display resolution. As long as you have a data connection and can download Google Earth maps you can do some cool things with your Origami device.
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.
Google is finally taking a major step forward with Google Maps for mobile by providing full offline map usage with no data connection required.