New Software Announced to Enhance P990 Smartphone

Sony Ericsson today revealed a host of unannounced applications and entertainment content features for its flagship Wi-Fi enabled UMTS smartphone, the P990. They include the details on supported push email partners, Anti-virus/Firewall and VPN clients for secure corporate business, Business card scanner and New entertainment content and features.Push EmailSecure, simple and fast access to email and the Internet are critical requirements for true office mobility, and this is an area where the P990 excels. The ability to access email and calendar while out of the office is critical for mobile executives as they no longer need to return to the office to perform this task. The P990 will support a range of push email services from the partners listed below (damn they dun miss any of the push email provider): AlteXia Ericsson Mobile Office (EMO) iAnywhere OneBridge Intellisync Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync RIM – BlackBerry Connect Seven Visto Standard Email – IMAP IDLE working on all standards compliant servers SecuritySony Ericsson has partnered with antivirus software giant McAfee to offer McAfee VirusScan and Firewall Mobile to further strengthen the P990’s email and web browsing security. This Try & Buy software provides scanning services on emails, attachments and web downloads for cellular communications, all to the same standard as its well known computer applications. Secure access to corporate networks completes the remote email story as Sony Ericsson offers a free VPN client powered by Certicom. Business Card ScannerCameras in phones have any number of business applications for capturing and sharing images. Creative minds have moved a few steps further by turning the P990’s 2 Megapixel with AutoFocus camera into a Business Card Scanner, using character recognition software to convert the scanned information from the card to Contacts on your P990.The large 2.8 inch QVGA (262K TFT) touch screen and large viewfinder help you to capture the full business card size in one go.EntertainmentThe P990’s suite of entertainment applications is supported by a 3D Hardware Accelerator and exciting 3D Java games such as Vijay Singh Pro Golf 2005 from Gameloft, which will lighten up the longest journeys together with a fully equipped music player that supports MP3, AAC and AAC+ formats, and includes a flight mode allowing the music player to be used when the phone is switched off.The P990 will be commercially available in Q2 2006. The variants will be: P990i Dual mode UMTS (2100MHz) – GPRS 900/1800/1900 for Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa P990c Dual mode UMTS (2100MHz) – GPRS 900/1800/1900 for Mainland China. (Launch for mainland China dependant on availability of 3G services.)

WisBar Advance 2.5.0.1 Released for Pocket PC

PictureDial Released for the Treo 650 WisBar Advance 2 expands upon the successful task management features found in the original WisBar Advance. Now more tightly integrated with the PocketPC operating system, WisBar Advance provides greater responsiveness and a richer user experience.WisBar Advance 2 brings new life to your PocketPC with the ability to change the appearance of your system to a degree not matched in other software. Compatible with PPC2002, WM2003, WM2003SE and Windows Mobile 5.0 Close, minimize or ignore any application Switch between any application currently running on your device Provides a cascading start menu (as in the screenshot) Never miss a system notification again with the new dynamic notification icon Tap and hold the OK button to cancel a dialog Add or remove functions to the taskbar Each button on the taskbar can be assigned a tap and a tap-and-hold action Change the appearance of the taskbar, menubar, buttons and start menu in any program Supports high-resolution and landscape mode skins Customize the clock’s appearance on the taskbar Hear sounds for system events, just like on your desktop Download and install themes created by other people Available in many languages

Sony Ericsson M600 mobile communicator unveiled

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 fot Palm OS!

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

WayPoint Pocket Real Estate Edition: a GPS PDA specially for realtors

PictureDial Released for the Treo 650Mobile 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

Hand Reading Pro just released for Pocket PCs!

PictureDial Released for the Treo 650“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:

Rumor: first photos of HP iPAQ rw6828 leaked

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

Pocket LOOX C Series Live on the Fujitsu Siemens Site

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

Rumor: Possible Image of the Treo 700p

Possible Treo 700p Image ~ Click for Larger 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

Despite Holiday Push, Handheld Market Experiences Decline!

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.