Mobile Tech News — Spb Pocket Plus 4.0 Released, Google Mobile Applications Updates, LobsterTunes Wins Award

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Spb Pocket Plus 4.0 Released

Replacement launchers for Windows Mobile devices have long been a popular addition to users’ devices. With the introduction of Spb Pocket Plus 4.0, usability and functionality increase, along with careful attention to device and program performance.

Spb Pocket Plus 4.0 features:

  • Reduced on-device program size and memory consumption
  • Smart scrolling
  • Fast-search and tabs in Internet Explorer
  • Shortcut labels and multiple third-party plug-ins for the Today Screen
  • New file Save/Open dialog
  • Additional actions assigned to hardware button long-pressing
  • And many more

This application is available in 14 languages and is compatible with Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile 5.0 for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile 6 Professional and Classic (with touch screen).

A 15-day trial can be downloaded, or Spb Pocket Plus can be purchased for $29.95 (lower price available for those who are upgrading from previous versions), from


Google Mobile Applications Updates

Google has created several popular applications for mobile devices and this week has seen an update on several fronts.

GMail Mobile, a Java-based client for reading GMail, has been updated to version 1.5. This upgrade includes integrations to contacts, the ability to save draft messages, and lower bandwidth usage.

Google Maps Mobile has been released for Symbian/S60 devices. This native Google Maps client features GPS integration, meaning that it works with the device’s built-in GPS antenna. The S60 native version also includes contacts and web integration for searching contacts and businesses that are already stored on device. Google Maps Mobile for S60 is a free application.

To install Google Apps, visit from a desktop or mobile device.


LobsterTunes Named Winner of the Treo Windows Mobile Challenge

Streaming media has become a popular arena for mobile devices applications and LobsterTunes is one that has made a favorable impression on many. Electric Pocket’s LobsterTunes media player for Windows Mobile has won the Treo Windows Mobile Challenge sponsored by Palm, Inc. and Microsoft. As the Grand Prize Champion, it has won a lucrative prize package topped off by $10,000 cash.

Entrants were challenged to develop or port software to the Windows Mobile platform. Entries were judged on concept originality, general usability, specific mobile-based utility, reliability/compatibility, and the "Wow" factor of graphical look and feel.

LobsterTunes is a full-featured MP3 player which also provides over-the-air access to a music collection stored on a home PC, the ability to listen to Internet radio, or listen to tunes stored on memory cards. When launched on the Pocket PC, LobsterTunes immediately goes online via Wi-Fi or 3G and connects to music folders stored on the PC for streaming to the mobile device.

LobsterTunes is available now for an introductory price of US$19.95 and available for trial or purchase from Electric Pocket’s LobsterTunes web site.





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