If you’re a fan of low-cost messaging phones with a social twist, prepare to lose your mind, for Nokia today announced three such devices in the C3, C6 and E5. The most basic of the bunch is the C3, which just so happens to be the first Symbian S40 device to ever feature a full-QWERTY keypad. It offers a 2.4″ QVGA display, 2 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, Ovi Chat, Ovi Mail and support for microSD cards up to 8GB. It will be be available in golden white, slate grey and hot pink in Q2 for 90€ ($122 USD). Next up is the C6. A full touchscreen with a sliding horizontal QWERTY keypad, the C6 bring to the table a 3.2″ 360×640 display, 5 megapixel autofocus camera with flash, HSDPA, Wi-Fi, GPS and Ovi Maps. Look for it next quarter for 220€ ($299 USD). Finally we have the E5. Expected to be available in Q3 for 180€ ($224 USD), it crams a 2.4″ QVGA display, 5 megapixel camera, HSDPA, GPS, Wi-Fi and support for Microsoft Exchange and IBM Lotus Notes into its tiny candybar frame. As always, we’ve got Nokia’s little promo videos queued up after the break. More →
Collaboration freaks that prefer Google Wave to Gmail and Sharepoint to Outlook Express will have yet another collaboration platform to poke and prod in the near future. As part of the March 21st kickoff of its Brainshare Conference, Novell is expected to debut its new Pulse collaboration platform which is based upon the Google Wave Federation Protocol, an open source collaboration architecture released by Google. As such, the new Pulse platform will let users upload files including Adobe PDFs, Office documents, and audio/video files as well as create new files that can be shared and edited by multiple users simultaneously, in real-time. Social features will also permeate the Pulse platform with users being able to participate in an in-site commenting system, make use of an in-site suggestion system, and integrate outside social networks that will deliver updates directly into their inbox. With its Wave roots, Pulse will also support third party gadgets such as a whiteboard and a mini-spreadsheet and offer interoperability with Wave, allowing a Pulse user to easily collaborate on a document with a Wave user. Tailored for the enterprise, Pulse will include increased security options and more stringent document controls than its public counterpart. It’s slated for launch as a cloud platform in the first half of 2010 and as an on-site solution in the future, and Novell hopes the new Pulse platform will replace its aging GroupWise platform and bring the company back up to speed in the highly competitive enterprise market currently dominated by Microsoft Sharepoint and Lotus Notes.
There’s nothing worse than being in the middle of a phone call and having your handset die on you. Or perhaps checking your work email on a long trip and having the juice run dry. This morning, Nokia broke out another Eseries device that will reportedly solve all your battery woes. The E52 boasts an impressive 8 hours of talk time and 23 days of standby. Devices like this typically offer a basic feature set but the E52 doesn’t hold back – it packs A-GPS, HSDPA/HSUPA, 3.2 megapixel camera, Mobile VPN and Exchange and Lotus Notes support. The device certainly does a hell of a lot more than refuse to die. The Nokia E52 ships later this year with a 1GB memory card and will set you back €245 (~ $326).
So much for mSuite5. Nokia announced today that it will launch a new software application next month with IBM to bring OEM Lotus Notes support to select S60 phones. The Lotus Notes Traveler solution will become available initially for 44 different handset models and will make S60 accessible to “140 million licensed [Lotus Notes] users”. 140 million, eh? It’s pretty safe to say that while there might be 140 million Lotus Notes licenses out there, the number of active users is likely a bit lower. According to research conducted earlier this year by Ferris Research, the enterprise email / PIM solution market in the US and Europe breaks down like this:
- Exchange: 65%
- Internal POP/IMAP: 15%
- Lotus Notes: 10%
Curious. While 10% is unaccounted for (or error margin perhaps), Lotus Notes still has the overwhelming minority of the enterprise market. As such, we have to ask: Why? S60 handsets still have fantastically inadequate Exchange support and yet Nokia is dumping resources into supporting the least-commonly used enterprise solution on the market. We hope the answer lies in a handful of major contracts Nokia will be awarded as a result of this new announcement, but don’t expect today’s news to have any significant impact on Nokia’s enterprise market share outside of said possible pending contracts.
Nokia may have dropped BlackBerry Connect support on its devices, essentially removing them from consideration amongst a pretty large number of enterprise customers in North America and elsewhere, but a new update from CommonTime may have some businesses thinking Nokia all over again. Businesses that have chosen Lotus Notes as their email, calendar and collaboration solution can now examine S60 as an option thanks to mSuite5. The mobile software suite from CommonTime provides a feature-rich Lotus Notes solution with one simple install. Push email, calendar, contacts and tasks are all supported – in fact, mSuite5 goes much further than BBConnect ever did by supporting a much wider range of functionality. For example, mSuite5 supports Lotus Notes SameTime enhanced chat solution where as BBConnect completely omitted BlackBerry Messenger. mSuite5 also supports the Lotus Notes Meetings function allowing users to view coworkers’ free time and schedule meetings accordingly. Users can also send meeting invitations right from the handset and accept invitations as well. You know, all the things any enterprise device should be able to do out of the box. Lotus Notes admins, get your hands on a free trial of CommonTime’s mSuite5 solution for S60 by hitting the read link below.