PDA News – Danger Software Update, Technologies That Could Improve PDAs, Sony Ericsson P800 on Sale

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Danger has begun releasing their first software update for the Sidekick

Danger is releasing an update of the Sidekick software via download through T-Mobile directly to the device. They’re currently testing with 1,000 or so users and will roll out the update to everyone once they’re convinced the delivery process is sound and the update is working as expected. Here’s a rundown of what’s being fixed:

Release 1.01 Over-the-Air Update (March 2003)

This Over-the-Air Update includes the following improvements to your device.

Email Application

  • The number of custom folders you can create in the Email application has been increased from 6 to 20 folders.

  • If you receive an email address or Web address embedded in an email message, the links at the bottom of the message now contain icons for easy reference. Also, the entire Web URL is displayed:
    Select an email link to open a new Compose screen in the Email application; or select a Web page link to open the URL via the device’s Web Browser.

  • When a new email message arrives, the balloon notification alert now contains the From and Subject lines of the message.

  • You can now mark all messages in an Email folder as read/unread using a keyboard shortcut:

    • In the Browse Email screen, rotate the wheel to highlight a folder in which you want to mark all messages as either read or unread.

    • Press Menu  + K. If any messages in that folder were marked unread, all messages in the folder will be marked as read. Press Menu  + K again to mark all messages as unread.

      You can also use this shortcut (Menu  + K) to toggle the status of an individual message, from either the Browse Email screen (with the message highlighted) or Read Message screen.

Web Browser

  • In the Web Browser, Clear History now also clears Recent Pages.


  • Occasionally the device did not produce a new incoming phone call notification; this problem has been fixed.


  • The popping sound that occasionally came from the speaker has been eliminated.
  • The backlight now turns on when you open the screen.
  • If you have data roaming turned off, the device will now go into power-saving mode.
  • General improvements were made across all applications to speed up response time.

More info is available from Danger.


Ed Hardy from Brighthand takes a look at potential influences on new PDAs

While the current crop of handhelds is good, it could be better. There are three technologies currently being developed that could significantly improve future handhelds.

Ed goes on to look at fuel cells, near eye displays and virtual keyboards. Check it out.


Instead of paying $650 through Sony Ericsson, you can pick up the P800 for $599 with new service

You’ll have to sign up for a one year service plan, but you can now pick up the Sony Ericsson P800 for $599 for $50 less than SE direct.



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