Mobile Tech News — JoikuSpot Premium for S60, Documents to Go for UIQ, and More

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JoikuSpot Premium Turns S60 Smartphones into Professional-Grade Hotspots

With increasing numbers of smartphones packing 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity options, it was only a matter of time before software would be able to turn mobiles into mobile hotspots. JoikuSoft has released a Premium edition of its JoikuSpot application with features such as VPN access and email support.

JoikuSpot Premium is compatible with Symbian S60 3rd Edition devices, and creates a secure Wi-Fi hotspot that other Wi-Fi-enabled devices are able to utilize to access the Internet and private Intranets. It utilizes the data connectivity of the mobile phone (GPRS, UTMS, or HSDPA) in order to create this connection.

JoikuSpot Premium is available for a limited time at 15 Euros (regular price 25 Euros). There is a free version of the software, called JoikuSpot Light that has a lower featureset but is otherwise similar. For more information, or to download for Symbian S60, visit the JoikuSpot website.

Documents to Go Premium Edition for UIQ Updated

Many consider Documents to Go one of the best Office suites for mobile devices. It has now been updated for the Symbian UIQ platform to version 4, featuring a slew of updates and enhancements.

This new version adds support for Office 2007 files (.docx, .xlsx,  and .pptx), password protected files, and the ability to insert/edit hyperlinks in Word documents. For spreadsheet users, the ability to view charts and freeze/unfreeze panes has also been added. In addition, the entire user interface has seen some tweaks to make creating, editing, and navigating the application faster and easier.

Documents to Go Premium Edition 4 for UIQ is available for $49.99. Upgrading from a previous version drops the price to $29.99. For more information and to download, visit the DataViz website.

Nokia Chat Beta IM Application Released

Nokia’s BetaLabs has released Nokia Chat. Based around the idea of utilizing the contact list as a center for messaging, This is an instant messaging application that can take advantage of the GPS features of Nokia’s Symbian S60 mobile devices to not just chat, but display presence and status settings.

Nokia Chat utilizes the XMPP/Jabber protocol which allows it to connect to Google Talk and other similar IM applications. However, to use Nokia Chat does require that the user set up a Nokia Chat account via the Ovi service umbrella.

This application is available now for S60 devices running S60 Feature Pack 1. Feature Pack 2 devices are not currently supported.

For more information and to download, visit the Nokia Chat website. This is a beta application and therefore feedback about use is requested.

Sony Ericsson and Handango Announce Global Partnership

Sony Ericsson and Handango have announced a partnership in which Handango’s InHand application store, which is often featured as an application on a variety of mobile devices, will be included on Sony Ericsson offerings, including the Windows Mobile Xperia X1 and several UIQ handsets. This partnership will allow users to find and download several applications to enhance their Sony Ericsson mobile devices.

The InHand client enables direct access to applications though an online/offline catalog.  Available in English, French, Italian, German and Spanish, Handango’s this client will also feature some region-specific applications. It will eventually morph into an online store where users can not only preview applications, but purchase them directly from the mobile device and download them over-the-air.

This feature will be available for Sony Ericsson devices utilizing the Symbian UIQ operating system after the end of this month.




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