Sony Ericsson today unveiled the M600 handset. The dual-mode thumbster measures only 15-milimeters and is designed for UMTS and tri-band GSM/GPRS networks. Each key on the QWERTY keyboard handles two letters, one is chosen depending on the angle that you tap it.The display is a 2.6-inch 262k with 320 x 240 resolution. USB 2.0 support allows for fast transfers of MP3, AAC and video at 30 FPS. No time to transfer? The A2DP profile has been included; this gives users access to stream stereo audio to the M600. Reading emails and viewing high quality video and graphics content is made easy with the 3-way Jog Dial. 80MB of onboard memory for storing your emails, attachments and multimedia files, Sony Ericsson also adds a 64MB Memory Stick Micro to the bundle, their latest ultra-small memory format for compact mobile devices.Meant to eradicate every other mobile messenger on the market, the M600 is currently developing customized email applications to make your new thumbster a seamless adoption, these include; AlteXia, Ericsson Mobile Office (EMO) (Try and Buy), iAnywhere OneBridge, Intellisync, Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, RIM – BlackBerry Connect, Seven, Visto, Standard Email – IMAP IDLE working on all standards compliant servers.The Sony Ericsson M600 is available in Granite Black and Crystal White beginning Q2 2006 globally. Pricing will be operator specific.
TodayPLUS 1.02 has been released with some changes, whatever they are? “…is customizable program to display a “Today” screen, much like what is available on a PPC. It uses a plug-in system to extend functions including Meena, a personal secretary/assistant.”Review: What an excellent program. I have been using several different launchers on my Tungsten C but always had to open my calender to see my scheduel. With this program I can chuck away all those other launchers. This program is worth every cent. It should be made standard by Palm (hint! hint! hint!).I love even the “Mate” “Meena Lee” is cool. Looking forward to the new mates in the future. It’s great to open your Palm and see a cool chick asking what she can do for you 😉 via pda247.com
Mobile Crossing has released a handheld computer with GPS, WayPoint Pocket Real Estate Edition, which is designed for realtors. According to the company this is the first GPS-navigator with functions required by the real estate agents. As a matter of fact we have a special edition of WayPoint 200 released in summer.The device was created in collaboration with Pocket Real Estate, which is engaged in developing software and solutions, including Pocket Real Estate and Pocket Real Estate Wireless, leading applications to access MLS services from mobile phones and PDA.Due to the technology developed by Pocket Real Estate the new product can give voice step-by-step instructions on the route and has the full access to real estate lists of MLS (Multiple Listing Service). Besides it features full value functionality of a PDA powered by Windows Mobile. The recommended price for WayPoint Pocket Real Estate makes up $799.99 via mobile-review.com
“It’s all in your hands!” This hand reading software will guide you to self-understanding with many simple and entertaining image tests.Learn Hand Analysis / Reading with your PDA.Surprise and impress your friends.Discover more about yourself.Entertain your family or even read other people’shands and know more about them.Hand Reading Pro Features:1) Tuned for 2003, 2003SE and 2005 devices.1) VGA, QVGA and Square (240×240. Eg: Treo 700w) resolutions.2) You can set up to 3 completely different users at the same time!3) Fully supports all newest pdas. (Treo 700w, VGA, WM2005) Click here for more:
Xda Atom is a very fascinating Pocket PC phone: it is the smallest Pocket PC phone in the world, it has built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, 2 megapixel camera and FM radio! Already now it already support stereo audio over Bluetooth too – one of few Pocket PC phones that support it now. Moreover O2 Asia is releasing ROM upgrades for this phone often. There is one problem though: Xda Atom is available officially at reasonable prices only at O2 Asia operator – in East Asia and Australia. It is not not available at O2 Europe, but it is also available in the remaining countries but very overpriced and only through online distributors… … so it is good news to learn that HP is going to re-brand Xda Atom and sell it under its own HP brand name – HP iPAQ rw6828. It looks like first photos of HP iPAQ rw6828 Pocket PC phone appeared here. These photos are blurry but they confirm what we knew before about this phone: it will be released in silver color and the display will have (typical for some HP iPAQ phones) dark display cover. All in all HP releasing Xda Atom is a very good news – we must only wait and see what feature set the HP iPAQ rw6828 will have – after all this will not be exactly Xda Atom but an adapation of this phone for HP… so its specifications are not final yet. via msmobiles.com
The Pocket LOOX C Series has popped up on Fujitsu’s site “The Pocket LOOX C Series is the compact handheld from Fujitsu Siemens Computers. Its specially designed cabinet is small, light and stylish and fits in every pocket. Its brilliant VGA display enables convenient working on every location – indoor and outdoor. Outstanding security features like persistent store and secure device management protect your data everywhere.The smart worker will enjoy the outstanding connectivity of the Pocket LOOX – WLAN, IrDA and Bluetooth. Never miss any appointment again, manage your contacts, send and receive e-mails, and get connected with your office data while on the move.”
– Compact form factor in a stylish design – Outstanding VGA display – Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 Premium Edition- Integrated Wireless LAN 802.11b/g Wi-Fi certified for mobile data access- Bluetooth V1.2 integrated- SD-I/O / MMC slot for additional applications (MP3 player, etc..) via clieuk.co.uk
A possible image of the next Palm OS Treo has been posted in the forums at TreoCentral. The image is what the poster claims is the Palm Treo 700p. The Treo pictured has the same basic form factor as the 700w with Sprint’s new branding.The imaged and details come from this thread on TreoCentral. The poster claims the unit has a EVDO data support, a 320×320 pixel display, a 1.3 megapixel camera with a 1280×1024 max resolution and 62.8 MB of free RAM. He also claims it runs Palm OS Garnet v5.4.9, and has PocketTunes, Blazer v4.5, Sprint TV and Documents to Go v8 built in. He also reports that it may have a 312mhz cpu, and performance seems faster than thre Treo 650. Remember to treat this as a unverified rumor. There is a very high likelihood that this could be a photoshopped image. via palminfocenter.com
FRAMINGHAM, Mass., February 2, 2006 – The worldwide market for handheld devices swelled to its largest quarterly shipment volume all year, reaching 2.2 million units during the fourth quarter, growing 37.6% from the previous quarter. According to IDC’s Worldwide Handheld QView, growth was driven largely by a combination of holiday sales and larger shipment volumes of devices that were introduced earlier in the year. But despite reaching its zenith during the year, shipment volumes decreased 18.2% from the same quarter a year ago. For full year 2005, shipments of handheld devices reached 7.5 million units, a 16.7% decrease from the 9.1 million units shipped in 2004.”Vendors with a global footprint still lead the worldwide market, but more and more, vendors with a multi- or even a single region focus have earned top five worldwide status with their focused shipment distribution,” said Ramon Llamas, research analyst at IDC’s Mobile Markets group. “The departure of other worldwide vendors has opened the door for smaller vendors to improve their position within the market. During the course of the year, several smaller vendors remained within striking distance of beating each other for the number four or five position, and even posed a challenge to some of the worldwide vendors.”Although the market has been under immense pressure by the rise in shipments of converged mobile devices (devices that combine the PIM functionality of a handheld device with telephony), Llamas adds that vendors still remain committed to the handheld market. “New devices continue to come out from the market leaders, aimed at different user types and offered at different price points. With the addition of GPS solutions, multimedia capability, and WiFi connectivity, handhelds offer additional value beyond just PIM for the user.”Vendor Highlights Palm. Palm maintained its position as the worldwide leader within the handheld device market, reaching its highest shipment volumes all year. Palm grew its shipments 109.7% from last quarter, but also experienced a 13.2% decline from the same quarter a year ago. With 45.6% market share, the company more than doubled the second-place vendor, HP. Hewlett-Packard. Growing 16.9% from last quarter, HP remained the clear number two vendor of handheld devices for the quarter, claiming 20.8% market share. Although this marked yet another positive sequential increase for HP, its shipments decreased 33.1% year over year, the largest decrease among the top five vendors. HP more than doubled the shipments of the number three worldwide vendor, Dell. Dell. Climbing one spot into the number three position is Dell, which improved its shipment volumes 10.2% from last quarter, but slipped 9.2% from the same quarter a year ago. As a result, Dell grabbed 8.0% worldwide market share. With several models reaching end of life at the beginning of the quarter, the company experienced strong fourth quarter demand with the X51 series. Although this marked Dell’s return to the number three position after a two quarter hiatus, its position is hardly secure with Acer following behind by just 50,000 units. Acer. After enjoying two quarters in the number three spot, Acer’s worldwide shipment volumes decreased 33.1% sequentially, the only vendor among the top five to experience a sequential decline. At the same time, Acer was the only vendor among the top five to have a positive year-over-year improvement at an impressive 110.4%. By the end of the quarter, Acer earned 5.7% worldwide market share.Medion. Rounding out and returning to the top five vendor list after a two quarter absence is Medion, whose shipments grew an astounding 287.8% from the previous quarter, the largest sequential increase of any of the top five vendors. When compared to its volumes from a year ago, shipments decreased 15.7%. Unlike the top four vendors, the majority of Medion’s shipments have been confined within Western Europe, making it the only company with a single regional footprint to earn top five worldwide honors, and ultimately took 4.3% market share. Top 5 Vendors, Worldwide Handheld Device Shipments and Market Share, 4Q 2005 (Preliminary) Rank Vendor 4Q 2005 Shipments 4Q 2005 Market Share 4Q 2004 Shipments 4Q 2004 Market Share 1 Palm 1,019,464 45.6% 1,174,371 43.0% 2 HP 465,000 20.8% 695,427 25.4% 3 Dell 178,500 8.0% 196,572 7.2% 4 Acer 126,602 5.7% 60,197 2.2% 5 Medion 96,942 4.3% 115,000 4.2% Others 349,067 15.6% 491,849 18.0% Total 2,235,575 100.0% 2,733,386 100.0% Source: IDC Handheld QView, February 2, 2006 Notes: Vendor shipments are branded shipments and exclude OEM sales for all vendors. Handheld devices are pocket-sized, either pen or keypad-centric, and are capable of synchronizing with desktop or laptop computers. Handheld devices are designed to access and manage data including office documents, multimedia, and games. Handheld devices do not include telephony but may include wireless capabilities that enable Internet access and text communication. These devices feature evolved operating systems or applications environments such as the Palm OS, Windows Mobile Pocket PC, Linux, or other proprietary platforms with the ability to download, run applications, and store user data beyond their required PIM capabilities.IDC’s Worldwide Handheld QView provides device vendors, software developers, service providers, and component suppliers with timely and accurate information on the worldwide handheld market. The program provides quarterly measurements of worldwide unit shipments and vendor market shares.
“And the main problem that Motorola faced with its first phones was high energy consumption, as phones were dual processor. One of them was responsible for a Linux component (which is actually an interface of an application), and another one deal with network functions. The operating system was not optimized for smartphones, which resulted in low indexes and required a more capacious battery. A typical JUIX product worked about a day in real life, or one and a half day at best. So, the company was afraid that European market won’t treat such devices seriously, and that is why they were released only in Asia. Motorola A780 is an example of such a JUIX product, which may be regarded as a representative of the first generation. In fact, support for a touchscreen is no trouble for a JUIX solution.” Read more here:
“Spb Software House announces the release of Spb Diary 1.7. Spb Diary is a feature-rich Today plug-in for your Calendar, Tasks, Contacts, Notes and Messages. It enhances Pocket Outlook by gathering all of your PIM information in one place. The new version introduces a bundle of new features like the Messages Tab, an auto-height adjustment feature, native birthdays support and integration with Spb Finance as well as improved speed, better usability in the Notes Tab and many other changes. It is the hundreds of small features and improvements that altogether make a product truly useful and this is what we set out to accomplish with Spb Diary 1.7. The main goal for this release was to make Spb Diary so easy and fast to use, that you can almost forget about it and concentrate on your business.”NEW! Messages tab (E-mail and SMS)NEW! Auto-height adjustementNEW! Birthdays and anniversariesNEW! Integration with Spb Weather and Spb FinanceWindows Mobile 5 supportFive PIM Today plug-ins in oneTabs for Calendar, Tasks, Contacts, Notes and MessagesIntegration with all popular PIMsVGA resolution (480×640) and landscape screen support