Mobile Tech News — Treos in Asia and Mexico, Location-Based Services, and More

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Palm Introduces First Windows Mobile Powered Treo in Asia

Following on the heels of its announcement of the Treo 750v on the Vodafone network in Europe, Palm has announced that they are also releasing the 750v on the MobileOne network in Asia (MobileOne is a partner of Vodafone).

The Treo 750v is a Windows Mobile 5 Pocket PC smartphone combining the familiarity of Windows Mobile with the highly popular design of the Treo series of smartphones. Some features of the 750v include:

  • Today Screen enhancements, which feature the ability to “dial by name” with a few keystrokes on the keyboard, perform a web search directly from the Today Screen and perform one-touch dialing with personalized photo speed dials;
  • Ability to manage a call directly from the Today Screen and stay on top of voicemail with on-screen, VCR-like icons, such as rewind, delete and fast-forward controls for easy navigation;
  • Ability to ignore a call and quickly compose a text message, such as “In a meeting” or “Can’t talk”; and
  • Dedicated messaging application for SMS/MMS that is organized in a “chat thread” so users can reference prior messages and use emoticons for a personal touch.

The new Treo 750v will also feature Microsoft’s Messaging and Security Feature Pack (MSFP), which includes Direct Push Technology and enhanced security features free out of the box.

The new Treo 750v will be available next month through M1 (pricing yet to be determined).

 

Palm Introduces the Treo 650 in Peru

Proving that there is life in the senior Treo product (the 650), Palm has also announced the availability of the Treo 650 on Peru’s Movistar network. The Treo 650 uses Palm OS 5 (Garnet) and plays host to thousands of Palm OS applications.

Movistar Peru is the leading cellular telephone brand in Peru, where it has over 4 million customers (as of Q1 2006 closing). More information about the Treo 650 can be found at http://www.palm.com.

 

Palm Treo 650 Launches on Mexico’s Telcel’s Network and features Intellisync Wireless Email from Nokia

Another launch of the Treo 650 has also happened in Mexico on the Telcel network. The release features Nokia’s Intellisync Wireless Email solution. The Intellisync behind-the-firewall solution, available from Telcel, offers corporate customers the ability to access and manage their corporate email from their Treo 650 smartphones, greatly enhancing their productivity and access to work-related documents and directories.

More information about Telcel is available at www.telcel.com. And information about Nokia’s Intellisync solutions can be found at www.nokia.com.

 

Nokia Licenses GPS Technology from Trimble

In another Nokia-related news item, this company has announced that it has entered a cooperative licensing agreement with Trimble (a leading provider of GPS-related technology). The agreement is exclusive to Nokia for the wireless consumer product and service domain and includes sub-licensing rights. In return, Trimble receives a non-exclusive license to Nokia’s location-based patents for use in Trimble’s commercial products and services.

This licensing deal most definitely points to location-based services being a large part of Nokia’s offering in future devices. One can imagine that carriers are also looking to get in on this side of converged devices and services as well. However, Nokia bundling location-based services and technology outside of carrier control might give them an advantage in selling more devices and accessories.

For more information, visit Trimble’s Web site at www.trimble.com and Nokia’s web site at www.nokia.com.

 

Earthcomber Awarded Patent for Permission-based Mobile Search

In other location-based services news, Earthcomber has been awarded a patent for a location-based search system that allows individuals to constantly sweep their surroundings for their personal interests. The patented method provides a means to notify a user about people, places and things nearby that match that person’s specific preferences.

While similar to a GPS driven solution, Earthcomber’s solution could possibly exist without the need for GPS to be installed on a device (the only wireless being needed is an Internet connection of some kind). In addition, the development of services such as modular yellow pages and social networking sites (based on actual locations or shared locations) could make this an interesting endeavor.

Earthcomber produces a free application for users of Palm OS and Windows Mobile handheld devices that links to a location-based service which matches the user’s interests with nearby locations such as nearby ATMs, Wi-Fi hotspots, hotels, coffee shops, restaurants, fast food, movie theaters, museums, historical sites, attractions, parks, lakes and trails, gas stations and more. For more information, visit www.earthcomber.com.

 

NS BASIC Corporation Announces Results of 2006 Programming Contest

NS Basic has announced the results of its seventh programming contest. This company produced, VB like development tools since 1993. More than 15,000 developers in over 60 countries use NS BASIC’s tools for Windows, Palm OS and Windows CE.

Here is a list of the winners in this year’s contest:

NS Basic/CE

RMR Accounts, by RMSoft. A complete personal accounting package which includes integrated bank accounts, expenses, investments and more. This version, released in September 2006, is the first from the company to bring together all of its features in a single integrated program.

http://www.nsbasic.com/ce/info/contest2006/

NS Basic/Desktop

IPasMobile by J. Mitterhauser GmbH. This app is used to acquire data for production control and optimization, and is ideal for use on UMPC and Tablet PC devices on the factory floor. It has a nearly identical version for Windows Mobile and Windows CE devices, written using NS Basic/CE.

http://www.nsbasic.com/desktop/info/contest2006/

NS Basic/Palm

Kerfuffle by Alan Simpson. A dictionary quiz game.

http://www.nsbasic.com/palm/info/contest2006/

 

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