Are you familiar with Helio yet? If not I bet in 08 you will be! Helio has a slick device called the “Ocean” that may make waves big time as the new year rings in. Starting at about $199 (with plan) the device bundles all the popular things that you, hip, mobile users want and need – things like social networking ala MySpace, integrated GPS, Google maps, a swift 3G network, Music (audio and videos), YouTube access, gaming, messaging, and cool cutsom ring tones and images for customizing your device. Sure you can get all this on other smartphones from Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Palm etc… but these guys have made all this stuff front and center, simple to get to and cool… all important factors that will lead to sales. See www.helio.com – plans start at $55 p/month and include all you can eat data and messaging! North Americans still haven’t embraced the “smartphone” yet, maybe this will help stimulate some more interest… no smartphone yet – smarten up!
Wireless carriers participating in Text 2HELP include AT&T Mobility, Alltel, Boost Mobile, Dobson Communications Corporation, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless. VeriSign is powering the intelligent messaging infrastructure to enable the short message service. This special effort was highlighted this week at CTIA Wireless IT… see the message below from Steve Largent, CTIA President.
The Nokia N95 is in my mind one of those must-have devices. Sleek, powerful, packed full of memory, GPS-enabled, a 5 megapixel camera, high quality video recording, Bluetooth enabled, I could go on and on. Ideal for the outdoor enthusiast, a dream device for the business user. The Nokia N95 is now available to North American users and may finally be positioned to start making headlines… do you want one? If you’ve picked one up or plan on getting one then here’s a handy list of must have, free applications that will run on your Nokia N95 or other Symbian S60 3 smartphone. Did I mention that these applications are all free? The suggested apps include:
fring (think IM, ICQ)
shozu – (productivity and save $$)
Mosh – (share!)
locr (GPS add-on)
sports tracker (tracks)
yahoo! zonetag (GPS must have add-on)
twibble (socialize and twitter)
Yahoo! Go (local search, news)
Nokia Maps (travel)
See complete details here
Do you Twitter (www.twitter.com)? If so I just located a cool twitter client that supports GPS-enabled devices (like the N95) – Twibble. See http://www.das-zentralorgan.de/twibble#install – see twitter.com if you don’t know what I’m talking about!
I’m curious, for those of you that frequently use your cell phone for more than just calling, what kind of device do you use??
Michael Jones, Google CTO took to the stage of Where2.0 today carrying of all things… a triquarter. Why? Well, if you thought it would be impossible to be in possession of such a device Michael would like you to know that it is indeed possible… as is much more – like perhaps the 3D web! We all know by now that Google’s mission is organizing all of the World’s information. The Challenge though… there’s a second web, a geospatial web and Jones notes that it’s underserved… perhaps it’s a little less underserved after the Where 2.0 event! We were reminded about spatial modality and that what makes it great is the connectedness – think “The 3D spatial web”… Google is indeed working hard at not only organizing the World’s information but is also aggressively building out the 3D web. This week we’ve heard about Google’s high-res street-side imagery, the addition of mapplets, and recall SketchUp coming into the fold and being given away to the user community… today Jones confirmed that the company has indeed acquired Panoramio… all pieces of the puzzle in developing the 3D Web. I’m sure we’ll hear more about all of this tomorrow at the Google Developer day. Finally, in addition to the triquarter, Jones also brought with him an Apple iPhone (which also was sporting what else… maps!) – see video below from my youtube:
Here’s the latest from Sony Ericsson if you want to make your friends (and the guy at the cell phone outlet) drool… enter the P1. Based on the UIQ form factor, this device sports a QWERTY keyboard, 3.2 megapixel camera, WLAN and Voip, touchscreen display and loads more. If you aren’t familiar with UIQ its an open platform that offers broad potential for multimedia applications from operators/carriers, content owners and third party developers and sits on the Symbian OS. My colleagur Richard wrote up a nice piece on the device after an interview with a key SE Exec. See HERE