“WorldMate works on two levels. On installing, the majority of the functions are freely available. Updating to the pro version (which is $50 for a twelve month licence) will give you access to the latest additions to WorldMate ‘Professional’, namely the ability to manage your flight schedules, look up new flights and airline timetables, and to set up alerts when flights are delayed or cancelled.By telling WorldMate which flights you are booked on for your next trip, you will, if they are delayed or cancelled, get an alert sent to the application as soon as is practical. This is a perfect example of an application that is utterly useless 99.95% of the time, yet the one time it does work is when you realize you’ll be adding your flights for the rest of the annual subscription period, and, more than likely, be renewing it for subsequent years.” Read more here:
The Nokia N810 Internet Tablet – WiMAX Edition, which we saw recently on the Whack, has just been approved by the FCC – so all you guys waiting for the device can finally look forward to finding it in the stores. Plenty of utilities have been carried over from the previous editions, including the Media Player which supports AAC, AMR, M4A, MP2, MP3, RA, WAV and WMA formats.
The Nokia N810 also supports a variety of video formats including MP4, MPEG1, RealVideo and WMV9. For those of you who can’t get enough of their blog digests for the day, this one features a built-in Feed Reader – great for sitting on the pot and reading.
Priced at US $455 and thereabouts, those who pre-ordered it should be getting it soon.” via mobilewhack.com
“Symbian today publish its first set of 2008 results, which showed shipments of 18.5 million devices in Q1, a year on year increase of 16.5%, a figure which suggests a flattening of device shipments. This takes total Symbian OS device shipments to 206 million. There was also a 92% growth in consultancy service revenue to 4.8 million Pound driven demand for services from ‘a broader and deeper range of customer mobile phone products in the pipeline’.The growth rate of shipments of Symbian OS devices year on year has slowed for Q1 (16.8% for Q1 2008, compared to 53% for Q4 2007). Symbian’s growth percentage is lower (16.8%) than the industry as a whole (50%). This is also the first quarter, in recent Symbian history, where the shipments have not exceeded the previous quarters figures.A slow down in growth rates compared to competitors and the industry as a whole is almost inevitable give Symbian’s dominant position and the increasing competition in the software platform space, and these figures do come of the back of strong Q1 2007 results. However the flattening in shipment numbers may me more of an issue, although realistically it too early to call any trends.Also noteworthy is that there 235 Symbian OS devices have shipped since the formation of Symbian (up 40% year-on-year from 168), partly reflecting the push into the mid tier. There are currently 70 Symbian OS devices in development (up 11% year-on-year from 60) which is particularly positive given Mitsubishi withdrawal from the phone market in March.Comments by Nigel Clifford, Symbian’s CEO:
“Symbian continues to lead the smartphone OS market but is focused on increasing its share of the overall mobile phone market from 7% at the end of 2007” (Source: Strategy Analytics) “For the past ten years, helping our customers succeed has been our number one priority. Deploying Symbian OS helps our licensees to differentiate their devices and deliver faster shipment times-to-market across multiple market segments as well as benefiting from Symbian’s superiority in platform quality, features and power management.”“Achieving 200 million devices is testament to the commitment to excellence of Symbian engineers and of our thriving ecosystem of thousands of developers. We’re pleased with our progress and excited about the next wave of mobile innovation.” The full results are available on the Symbian website.” via allaboutsymbian.com
“”Ultimate” implies something to be the best. The i-mate Ultimate series has changed forms several times since we first heard about it in 2007, but one thing remained constant: the 9502, a device due to be i-mate’s top of the line. Today we present to you our thorough review of the most feature-packed WinMo Professional devices to ever hit our desk, and we’ll help you discover if the “Windows Mobile Sidekick” is worth the high price. Read on for more.
Let’s talk specs. Running on Windows Mobile 6 Professional (not 6.1), the i-mate 9502 is an unlocked quadband GSM (850/900/1800/1900) phone with triband UMTS/HSDPA (850/1900/2100). It has a 400MHz Qualcomm processor (same as that on the TyTN II), 256MB ROM, 128MB RAM, a 2.8″ VGA screen, WiFi B/G, Bluetooth 2.0, GPS, 3MP rear camera with mechanical auto focus, a VGA front camera for video calls, and a microSD slot. Powering all of this is a beefy 1660mAh battery.” Read more here: