Windows has updated the Live Search Mobile app for Windows Mobile. They've added some features that make it easier to find local businesses and to get maps and directions on mobile phones.
For starters, there's no more fumbling around with your phone trying to enter your exact location. Location detection helps users automatically find their location even on phones without GPS.
They've also added predictive query input to help speed up searches. After entering a few letters, users can browse through previous searches as well as some suggested ones.
There's now an additional perspective to mapping called "Bird's Eye." This view gives a 3D-like view to help you identify places of interest.
The update supports versions of Windows mobile down to Windows Mobile 5. To download the application go to wls.live.com
Discover Card is now offering mobile access for its cardmembers via Discover.com Mobile. The service allows cardmembers to manage their credit card account directly from their mobile phone's browser.
The new mobile website offers a simplified version of the Discover.com account summary interface and includes the following functionality:
Make a payment.
View recent transactions.
View recent and pending payments.
View rewards activity.
Enroll in the 5% Cashback Bonus program.
New York -- T-Mobile today announced the international launch of the world’s first Android™-powered mobile phone in partnership with Google. Available soon only for T-Mobile customers spanning two continents, the T-Mobile G1 combines full touch-screen functionality and a QWERTY keyboard with a mobile Web experience that includes the popular Google products that millions have enjoyed on the desktop, including Google Maps Street View™, Gmail™, YouTube™ and others.
“We are proud that T-Mobile is the first operator in the world to launch an Android-powered mobile device,” said Christopher Schläffer, group product and innovation officer of Deutsche Telekom. “Since 2005, Google has been an established partner in T-Mobile’s groundbreaking approach to bringing the open mobile Internet to the mass market. With the T-Mobile G1, we are continuing our strong tradition of being pioneers in the world of the open Internet.”
Cole Brodman, chief technology and innovation officer, T-Mobile USA, said, “The Internet and the mobile phone are both indispensable tools for our hectic lives, but only a fraction of us access the Web on our phones. The T-Mobile G1 is our opportunity in the U.S. to accelerate the mass adoption of the mobile Web, by unleashing Google innovation with a unique software experience that mobilizes the Google services hundreds of millions of consumers rely on every day.”
“Increasingly, connectivity does not just mean a phone call, but rather access to the world’s information,” said Andy Rubin, senior director of mobile platforms for Google. “Today’s news signifies an important first step for the Open Handset Alliance: With Android, we’ve opened the mobile Web not only for millions of users, but also to mobilize the developer community that understands the next most important platform in the world rests in the palm of our hand.”
With a fun and intuitive user interface and one-touch access to Google Search, the T-Mobile G1 is also the first phone to provide access to Android Market, where customers can find and download unique applications to expand and personalize their phone to fit their lifestyle.
T-Mobile customers in the U.S. have the opportunity to pre-order the T-Mobile G1, in limited quantities, beginning today at www.T-MobileG1.com and be among the first to experience this game-changing phone. The device will be available at select T-Mobile retail stores and online in the U.S. beginning Oct. 22, for a price of $179 with a two-year voice and data agreement. The T-Mobile G1 will also be available in the United Kingdom beginning in November, and across Europe in the first quarter of 2009. Countries include Germany, Austria, Czech Republic and the Netherlands.
Delivering the Familiarity of Google for a Superior Mobile Internet Experience:
The T-Mobile G1 with Google delivers a premium, easy-to-use mobile Web and communications experience in one device. Working together, T-Mobile, Google and HTC integrated Android and T-Mobile services into the phone’s form and function. The T-Mobile G1’s vibrant, high-quality screen slides open to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard, great for communicating with friends online or using the phone’s e-mail, IM and mobile messaging capabilities. As another option for accessing the device, the T-Mobile G1 comes equipped with a convenient trackball for more precise, one-handed navigation.
“T-Mobile, Google and HTC share a similar vision for making the mobile Internet practical, relevant and fun,” said Peter Chou, president and CEO, HTC Corp. “The T-Mobile G1 represents the culmination of this vision by offering a variety of services, applications and content that introduces an Internet experience that everyone can enjoy. We are honored to be joining T-Mobile and Google today for this historic unveiling of the T-Mobile G1.”.
With one-click contextual search, T-Mobile G1 customers in a flash can search for relevant information with a touch of a finger. A full HTML Web browser allows users to see any Web page the way it was designed to be seen, and then easily zoom in to expand any section by simply tapping on the screen. With built-in support for T-Mobile’s 3G and EDGE network as well as Wi-Fi, the T-Mobile G1 can connect to the best available high-speed data connection for surfing the Web and downloading information quickly and effortlessly.
Google Maps Street View:
With Google Maps, Google’s groundbreaking maps service, T-Mobile G1 users can instantly view maps and satellite imagery, as well as find local business and get driving directions, all from the phone’s easy-to-use touch interface. The T-Mobile G1 also includes Google Maps Street View, allowing customers to explore cities at street-level virtually while on the go. Without taking a step, customers can tour a far-away place as if they were there — standing on the street corner. Even better, the Google Maps feature syncs with the built-in compass on the phone — an industry first — to allow users to view locations and navigate 360 degrees by simply moving the phone with their hand. Google Maps Street View is available today in many U.S. locations and soon in European countries.
Communicating on the Go:
The T-Mobile G1 features a rich HTML e-mail client, which seamlessly syncs your e-mail, calendar and contacts from Gmail as well as most other POP3 or IMAP e-mail services. The T-Mobile G1 multitasks, so you can read a Web page while also downloading your e-mail in the background. It combines Instant Messaging support for Google Talk™, as well as AOL®, Yahoo! Messenger ® and Windows Live Messenger in the U.S. With access to high-speed Web browsing and a 3-megapixel camera with photo-sharing capabilities, the T-Mobile G1 is ideal for balancing a busy lifestyle, whether sharing pictures, checking the latest sports scores or accessing social networking sites.
Embracing User-Generated Content:
Customers can use the T-Mobile G1's 3G and Wi-Fi connection to attach and share pictures over email and MMS or download music from their favorite web sites, and soon, upload and post pictures to their personal blog. Built-in support for YouTube allows customers to enjoy YouTube's originally-created content, easily navigate through YouTube's familiar video browsing categories or search for specific videos.
Music at Your Fingertips:
The T-Mobile G1 comes pre-loaded with a new application developed by Amazon.com that gives customers easy access to Amazon MP3, Amazon.com’s digital music download store with more than 6 million DRM-free MP3 tracks. Using the new application, T-Mobile G1 customers are able to search, sample, purchase and download music from Amazon MP3 directly to their device (downloading music from Amazon MP3 using the T-Mobile G1 requires a Wi-Fi connection; searching, sampling and purchasing music can be done anywhere with a cellular connection). The T-Mobile G1 will be the first device with the Amazon MP3 mobile application pre-loaded.
The T-Mobile G1 is the first phone to offer access to Android Market, which hosts unique applications and mash ups of existing and new services from developers around the world. With just a couple of short clicks, customers can find and download a wide range of innovative software applications — from games to social networking and on-the-go shopping — to personalize their phone and enhance their mobile lifestyle. When the phone launches next month, dozens of unique, first-of-a-kind Android applications will be available for download on Android Market, including: For bullet list
* ShopSavvy: an application designed to help people do comparative shopping. Users scan the UPC code of a product with their phone’s camera while they are shopping, and can instantly compare prices from online merchants and nearby local stores. * Ecorio: a new application developed to help people keep track of their daily travels and view what their carbon footprint looks like. With access to tips and tricks, Ecorio allows users to record the steps they take throughout their day to help offset their impact on the environment. * BreadCrumbz: a new application that enables people to create a step-by-step visual map using photos. Customers can create their own routes, share them with friends or with the world.
For more information on the T-Mobile G1 in the U.S., please visit www.T-MobileG1.com.
T-Mobile's Android-based G1 handset has all the features of a smartphone but, with a focus on the mobile internet, it seems more akin to Nokia's Internet Tablet devices than as a rival for Apple's iPhone.
Although not available until November, we had the chance to get a quick look at the G1 at T-Mobile's launch event.
The device is similar in size to the iPhone, but heavier at 158 grams, and has a 3.2in touch-driven display with a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels.
The real novelty of the G1 is the Google-developed Android platform itself. The user interface looks very clean, with the home screen showing just a clock, a phone dialler, Contacts, Browser, Maps, Gmail and a link to T-Mobile's Web'n'Walk service.
Users can customise this home screen by simply moving the elements around with their finger. We found the device very responsive in our brief use of it.
The browser allows you to zoom in and out to view an entire web page or just a small section. In addition, it shares some similarities with Google's Chrome browser, in that users can open multiple web pages which are displayed as tiles within the browser window. Tapping on one with a finger zooms in to that page.
According to T-Mobile, the idea behind the G1 is that it is a web-based communications tool with a Mail application that keeps synchronised with a user's Gmail account, plus instant messaging.
For this reason, the device has a Qwerty keypad, revealed by swinging the screen out in an arc. Another unusual feature is that the G1 has a miniature trackball, akin to that of RIM's Blackberry Pearl, in the middle of the buttons beneath the screen.
Because Android is also designed as an 'open' platform, users will be able to download extra applications to the G1 from an online channel called Android Market.
Although available initially on a consumer tariff, T-Mobile's head of internet and entertainment Richard Warmsley said that there is no reason why it could not be used for business purposes.
He said he expected to see applications to link the G1 and other Android-based phones with Microsoft Exchange email systems before too long.
The T-Mobile G1 has HSDPA up to 7.2Mbit/s and Wi-Fi for fast browsing, and also has built-in GPS supported by the latest version of Google Maps.
One special feature that we did not get to see is the Digital Compass, which T-Mobile said works with Google Street View to give a 3D representation of the street you are on if you tilt the phone up.
Basking Ridge, NJ -- With temperatures plunging across the U.S., Verizon Wireless, the nation’s leading wireless company with the most reliable wireless voice and data network, offers customers tips to prepare their wireless phones for the cold weather:
* Charge your phone or PDA frequently. Cold temperatures can run down the phone’s battery charge more quickly. Use your car charger to keep your phone’s charge if you get stranded or stuck in traffic due to winter weather.
* Handle your handset with care. The display cover can become brittle when exposed to cold temperatures for long periods of time. *Keep your phone in a warm place; avoid leaving it in an outside pocket or backpack or in the car overnight. Prolonged exposure to the cold may affect the phone’s display screen. When outside in the cold weather, carry your phone in an inside jacket pocket, keeping it close to your body for warmth. * Check your phone’s signal strength in a non-emergency situation to know where the signal is strong and where it’s not.
* Maintain a list of emergency phone numbers – police, fire and rescue agencies; power companies; insurance providers; family, friends and co-workers; etc. – and program them into your phone. Add highway department and school numbers to check for local road and school closings and “no tow” orders.
* Be prepared before heading outside by checking weather, traffic and news reports available on most wireless phones.
CompuLab pushes openness to new levels with the exeda
Las Vegas -- CompuLab is introducing exeda – the extendable EDA – a mobile device with high usability, abundant connectivity – both wireless and wired, a novel extension mechanism and a choice of operating system.
exeda is designed to serve as a business EDA. It is built of embedded components which guarantee long term availability and can be configured to order when ordered in volume.
Software developers may find exeda to be an unusual development platform. exeda offers to developers -
- Open source u-boot bootloader
- Detailed hardware and software documentation
- Full BSPs
- 10/100Base-T Ethernet port
- JTAG interface
- Unlocked SIM
exeda incorporates a 3.5" VGA sun-readable display with touch screen, 5 rows full QWERTY keypad with backlight and a unique capacitive touchpad acting as a mouse. This makes exeda ideal for reading, browsing and data entry.
- A choice of wireless voice/data modem – quad band GSM/GPRS, CDMA or 3G UMTS
- 802.11g WLAN
- Bluetooth V2.0 + EDR
- 2 USB ports
- RS-232 port
CompuLab provides an extension with -
- 100Base-T Ethernet through RJ45 connector - SDIO socket - JTAG header
Other connectivity devices for exeda will be provided by 3rd parties.
- Marvell PXA270 520MHz CPU
- 128MB RAM
- 2 banks of internal FLASH 512MB each
- 2MP camera with flash
- GPS with built-in and external antennas
- MicroSD socket with SDHC support
- Built-in microphone and speaker + 3.5mm stereo jack
- High capacity 3000mAh battery
exeda functionality can be extended with an extension board inside the device. The extension board may be designed by a 3rd party. CompuLab is publishing the electrical and mechanical interface and provides a reference extension board with full schematics.
exeda supports Windows Mobile 6.1, Android, Windows CE 6 and Angstrom Linux. Other operating systems may be supported in the future.
4.9” x 3.7” x 0.6” (126 mm x 96 mm x 16 mm)
exeda will be available for purchase in March '09. Pricing will be published then. CompuLab will be demonstrating exeda in the upcoming CES trade-show in Las Vegas - 8-11 January '09 in booth North 403
Introducing the Nokia N97, the next generation high-end mobile phone from Nokia. Described by Nokia folks as a “handheld computer” this device is a pretty comfortable high-end phone. It has a tilting (resistive) touch-screen display, and is the first N-series phone with a QWERTY keyboard. It has 32 gigabytes of memory, expandable to 42 GB via 16 GB memory card. It has a digital compass, a 1500 milliamp battery, and DVD quality video capture. It’s extremely comfortable to hold, easy to use, and represents a solid solid evolution of the Nokia smarthphone line.
-Size: 117.2 x 55.3 x 15.9 mm* *18.25 mm at camera area
-Weight: Approx. 150 g
-Memory: Up to 48GB (32 GB on-board memory, plus 16GB expansion via microSD memory card slot)
-Display: 3.5 inch TFT with up to 16 million colors nHD 16:9 widescreen (640×360 pixels)
-Talk time: Up to 320 min (3G), 400 min (GSM)
-Standby time: Up to 400 hrs (3G), 430 hrs (GSM)
-Video playback: Up to 4.5 hours (offline mode)
-Music playback: Up to 37 hours (offline mode)
-Image capture: Up to 5 megapixels (2584 x 1938) JPEG/EXIF (16.7 million/24-bit color)
-Desktop. Laptop. Pocket: The era of the personal Internet dawns with the Nokia N97
Tilting touch display, QWERTY keyboard and personalized home screen – a true mobile computer Barcelona, Spain – Nokia today unveiled the Nokia N97, the world’s most advanced mobile computer, which will transform the way people connect to the Internet and to each other. Designed for the needs of Internet-savvy consumers, the Nokia N97 combines a large 3.5” touch display with a full QWERTY keyboard, providing an ‘always open’ window to favorite social networking sites and Internet destinations. Nokia’s flagship Nseries device introduces leading technology – including multiple sensors, memory, processing power and connection
speeds – for people to create a personal Internet and share their ‘social location.’
“From the desktop to the laptop and now to your pocket, the Nokia N97 is the most powerful, multi-sensory mobile computer in existence,” said Jonas Geust, Vice President, heading Nokia Nseries. “Together with the Ovi services announced today, the Nokia N97 mobile computer adjusts to the world around us, helping stay connected to the people and things that matter most. With the Nokia N97, Nseries leads the charge in helping to transform the Internet into your Internet”.
Sensing your ‘So-Lo’
The Nokia N97 introduces the concept of ‘social location’. With integrated A-GPS sensors and an electronic compass, the Nokia N97 mobile computer intuitively understands where it is. The Nokia N97 makes it easy to update social networks automatically with real-time information, giving approved friends the ability to update their ‘status’ and share their ‘social location’ as well as related pictures or videos.
Widescreen - Internet and entertainment
The home screen of the Nokia N97 mobile computer features the people, content and media that matter the most. Friends, social networks and news are available by simply touching the home screen. The 16:9 widescreen display can be fully personalized with frequently updated widgets of favorite web services and social networking sites. The Nokia N97 is also perfectly suited for browsing the web, streaming Flash videos or playing games. Both the physical QWERTY and virtual touch input ensure efficiency in blogging, chatting, posting, sending texts or emailing.
The Nokia N97 supports up to 48 GB of storage, including 32 GB of on-board memory, expandable with a 16 GB microSD card for music, media and more. This is complemented by excellent music capabilities, full support for the Nokia Music Store and continuous playback time of up to 1.5 days. The Nokia N97 also has a 5-Megapixel camera with high-quality Carl Zeiss optics, 16:9 and DVD quality video capture, and support for services like Share on Ovi for immediate sharing over HSDPA and WLAN.
The Nokia N97 is expected to begin shipping in the first half of 2009 at an estimated retail price of EUR 550 before taxes or subsidies.
The N97 is comfortable to hold, and the prototype model we examined was easy to operate. It’s not a revolutionary addition to the N-series product line, but offers a decent evolution to Nokia smartphones.
*Great Nokia has a new flagship phone. The N97 packs a 3.5-inch, 640 x 360 pixel (that's a 16:9 aspect ratio) resistive touchscreen display with tactile feedback and QWERTY keyboard into this sliding communicator with an "always open" window to favorite internet or social networking sites. Nokia calls it the "world's most advanced mobile computer." To back up the claim they've dropped in HSDPA, WiFi, and Bluetooth radios, A-GPS, a 3.5-mm headjack, 32GB of onboard memory with microSD expansion (for up to 48GB total capacity), and a battery capable of up to 1.5 days of continuous audio playback or 4.5-hours video. 5 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss glass and "DVD quality" video capture at 30fps, too. The specs are certainly impressive, let's see if the S60 5th Edition OS can support it. The N97 will launch with a retail price set at around €550 ($693) excluding subsidies and taxes, phone to ship in H1 2009Nokia N79 Active Gets Your Heart Racing
Posted: 14-Jan-2009 [Source: Nokia]
[Nokia announces the N79 Active which ships with the wireless Polar Bluetooth WearLink heart rate belt and offers A-GPS tracking plus a new version of the Nokia Sports Tracker application.]
Espoo, Finland -- Nokia today announced the Nokia N79 Active, which ships with the wireless Polar Bluetooth WearLink heart rate belt from Polar, the leading brand in sports instruments and heart rate monitoring.
This healthy addition to the Nokia Nseries range is the perfect running companion. A-GPS tracking and a new version of the popular Nokia Sports Tracker application - available simultaneously with first shipments of the device - spur you to record and publish your favorite routes and fitness data on the web. You can also share the tracks you listened to while working out, as well as upload and geotag route images taken with the Nokia N79 Active's built-in 5 Megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics.
"The Nokia N79 Active is all about fun and fitness," said Juha Kokkonen, Director, Nokia Nseries. "This handset keeps you entertained on those long workouts as you get in shape for next summer, while the Polar heart rate belt lets you know exactly how you're doing. And with Sports Tracker you can add a new social dimension to your fitness program by building up and sharing a great record of all your workouts. This is an inspiring way to track your progress and to challenge yourself and fellow workout partners."
"Polar is the number one choice for heart rate worldwide," said Marco Suvilaakso, Executive Director, Polar, Sports Business Area. "Now with the Nokia N79 Active, the comfortable Polar Bluetooth WearLink heart rate belt takes the guess-work out of training. When you can objectively see how hard your body is working, you can enjoy working out with a whole new level of confidence."
The Active version of the Nokia N79, the smallest Nokia Nseries device to date, ships with sporty headphones and an armband so you can keep yourself plugged in as you work out. A 4GB microSD memory card holds enough music even for those long endurance sessions. You can add new tracks to your playlists over the air from the Nokia Music Store or tune in to the radio with the handset's FM transmitter.
The Nokia N79 Active will be available in select markets for an estimated retail price of EUR 375 before taxes and subsidies