Garmin-ASUS intros the nüvifone A50 and M10

By on February 11, 2010 at 5:54 PM.

Garmin-ASUS intros the nüvifone A50 and M10

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Any smartphone worth a darn has GPS capabilities, but some are more adept at finding their way than others. After getting a reputation for a company that takes it sweet-ass time launching a handset, Garmin-ASUS today announced two new handsets in the nüvifone A50 and nüvifone M10. First up is the A50. An Android device with a 3.5″ HVGA touchscreen display, 3 megapixel camera, HSDPA connectivity, 4GB of internal memory and accelerometer, the A50 is said to be one heck of a pathfinder thanks in part to its e-compass and GPS chipset that draws location signals from satellites as well as network and terrestrial sources. Add in not apps like Google Maps and cityXplorer but Garmin’s very own pre-loaded turn-by-turn navigation software and one no longer has any excuses for getting lost while driving to the in-laws new country cottage. Moving on we have the M10. Running Windows Mobile 6.5.3, it isn’t as spec’d out as the A50 GPS wise, but it still can take on any other smartphone and even many dedicated GPS units with one hand tied behind its back. Physical characteristics include a 3.5″ WVGA display (resistive), Wi-Fi and HSDPA radios, 512MB of RAM and ROM and 4GB of in-built memory. Consumers and procrastinators should note each handset features support for just about every location-based and social media service under the sun, while corporate types will be pleased to note that Microsoft Exchange is fully by both phones. And yes, the A50 does have a multi-touch WebKit browser. Barring any unexpected delays, both devices will go on sale by the end of Q2. More →

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Sony Ericsson's incredibly sexy W995a available July 6th

By on June 3, 2009 at 10:39 AM.

Sony Ericsson's incredibly sexy W995a available July 6th

Having long since been given the green light for sale in the US by the FCC, Sony Ericsson announced today that the unlocked W995a Walkman will go on sale July 6th at Sony Style locations across the US. Identical to the W995 Walkman in every way save for the inclusion of a tri-band UMTS/HSPA (850/1800/1900MHz) radio, the W995a is the type of device that we’d like to see SE continue to push out alongside smartphones like the Satio. Here’s why: a 2.6-inch QVGA display, 8.1 megapixel camera with auto focus, image stabilization and face detection, video calling, Wi-Fi, aGPS, FM radio with RDS, Media Go, Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync support and a 3.5mm headphone jack can all be yours, unlocked, for around $600. Pretty appealing, is it not?

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Microsoft MyPhone Beta available to the public for free

By on May 19, 2009 at 6:08 PM.

Microsoft MyPhone Beta available to the public for free

If you’re currently rockin’ a smartphone running Windows Mobile 6 or higher, it’s time to get on the MyPhone wagon. Microsoft’s new OTA backup system is now in open beta and is ripe for the picking. You get 200MB of free storage, which isn’t a whole lot, but it should make do for emails, contacts and calendar events for now. It’s a nice little taste of what a Microsoft Exchange Server will do for you, but nowhere near the same scale of course. Speaking of Exchange, MyPhone will not work if your phone is currently synced with an Exchange server — but then again if you’re using Exchange, you wouldn’t really need it. The price is right and feedback so far is positive so, Windows Mobile users, get going.

[Via Gizmodo]

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Nokia pushes out big Mail for Exchange update

By on March 24, 2009 at 7:50 AM.

Nokia pushes out big Mail for Exchange update

Despite having an entire line of handsets devoted to enterprise users — and even dubbed “Enterprise series” — many view Nokia’s offerings as unfit for business use. While this notion may some merit despite wide adoption in several regions, recent updates to Nokia’s in-house Exchange sync solution have definitely gone a great length to make Eseries devices more viable enterprise contenders. Mail for Exchange (MfE) provides push email, PIM sync and plenty more goodies you would expect from any mobile Exchange client. With this latest update to version 2.9.158, MfE also features the following:

  • Access Point Groups/Destinations — Mail for Exchange can now actively switch between WiFi and GPRS connections automatically if your phone supports Destinations. This feature is only available on S60 3rd Edition, Feature Pack 2 and S60 5th Edition phones.
  • Calendar, Contacts, Tasks, are disabled by default on new installs. This is to prevent users
    from inadvertently losing Calendar, Contacts and Task data.
  • When editing your Out of Office (OoO) message on the the device, Mail for Exchange retrieves the current OoO message from the server when the setting/tab is accessed and OoO is set to “Yes”, instead of periodically as in previous versions. This may cause a short delay and requires connectivity with the server.
  • Much better battery life in adverse network conditions. If the Mail for Exchange client can’t
    maintain a connection to the Exchange Server, it automatically switches to polling every 15
    minutes. The client will switch back to Always on at the next scheduled period.
  • Mail for Exchange setting tabs are no longer dynamically displayed, instead all tabs are
    always displayed.
  • Manage your device by name instead of IMEI via Outlook Web Access (OWA) email client (if
    account allows). Users of OWA can perform device management features on their phone
    clients such as wiping the device. The phone model name is now visible in the status field.
    This is helpful for users who are synchronizing several phones.
  • Pictures in contacts are now synchronized.

The biggie here of course, is Access Point Group support. Prior to Feature Pack 2, S60 was a disaster when it came to data connectivity as it required each application to specify a single means of connectivity (Access Point) to be initiated each time information was to be transmitted. FP2 doesn’t solve the problem entirely but it does allow users to create Access Point Groups that can include a variety of cellular data and Wi-Fi Access Points in a single entry. Applications such as the new version of Mail for Exchange still need to be set to initiate the Group but at least now apps configured to connect via Wi-Fi aren’t dead in the water the instant you get too far from your router. Of course handsets using older versions of S60 such as the E71 are out of luck unfortunately — yet another reason to get excited about the E71x, which reportedly sports FP2.

[Via Symbian-Guru]

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Documents to Go and RoadSync heading to Android in ’09

By on December 16, 2008 at 8:04 PM.

Documents to Go and RoadSync heading to Android in ’09

DataViz, makers of the immensely popular Documents To Go for the BlackBerry, Palm, Symbian, and Windows Mobile platforms will begin offering its products to Android users in 2009. In case you somehow haven’t heard of the company’s work, Documents To Go allows users to view, edit, and create Word, Excel, Powerpoint and .pdf files right on their mobiles, and RoadSync is one of the most popular third-party Exchange applications in existence. While DataViz apps do carry a hefty price tag, they’re also very well made and always come along with a lengthy trial period. No time line for release has been set other than it will be out sometime in 2009, so for now a simple email update sign-up page has been created.

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