PDA News – iPAQ h5400 Series Advisory, Point of Sale Software Distribution, PowerPoint on Nokia Series 60, McCollister Releases McEcho

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HP has issued a customer advisory that covers memory issues while using WiFi

Occasionally, the system performance on the iPAQ Pocket PC may decrease (up to the point of lock-up) if you run several programs simultaneously. This is due to the limited amount of vitural program memory available with the Microsoft Pocket PC 2002 operating system. Certain applications created for this operating system require a large amount of available virtual memory to operate. <More…>

Imagine being able to visit a beaming station at your local wireless store to buy PDA software. Now you can!

An aggressive partnership between Handango, PalmSource and WideRay will soon deploy these beaming stations to retail outlets near you.

Under the terms of the new “Beam-Me-App” program, PalmSource will provide an in-store software solution that combines Handango’s software and provisioning technology with WideRay Jacks to create easily deployable beaming kiosks in mobile operator stores. The “Beam-Me-App” program is customisable for each operator to configure software catalogues and ensure compatibility with backend infrastructure.

Leveraging Handango’s comprehensive catalogue of thousands of Palm OS applications, mobile operators can customise catalogues of mobile software titles ranging from games to personal productivity and business software. The opportunity to sell software titles through retail channels where Palm OS smartphones and handhelds are sold will create new revenue opportunities for mobile operators and offer greater convenience to PalmPowered(TM) users. In store, users can quickly download full applications, demo versions, ringtones and graphics onto any Palm Powered handheld or smartphone through a beaming kiosk. The system can be tightly integrated into the mobile operators’ backend billing infrastructure, and the downloaded applications can be activated via a code sent to the device. Users can pay for applications using a variety of methods, including directly debiting the user’s phone bill or via premium SMS, depending on individual operator requirements.

For many users this won’t be  big deal, ordering online through Handango is easy enough. I see this as a great play for the impulse buyer or for people signing up for new service. What would be cooler than to buy your new Treo or Kyocera or whatever…then march over to one of these kiosks and download a few games. I’m not sure wireless vendors will see a lot of revenue from this source, but it’s definitely different and takes up virtually no footprint in their outlets.

The one curious fact though, is no support for Pocket PC’s or Microsoft Smartphones. Obviously the involvement of PalmSource precluded that action, but I’m wondering why PalmSource was needed for this. Perhaps it’s all about the money and PS helped take on the cost of infrastructure and development to make this deal work. I don’t see them adding value any other way. This sounds fun though, let’s see how it plays out.

Now you can take PowerPoint with you on Nokia Series 60 phones

Cutting Edge Software has released its first non-Palm application. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come, as Quickpoint is the first application from their Quickoffice suite to be ported over to the Symbian operating system. It’s a good sign that applications from larger companies like Cutting Edge are starting to support Symbian. Symbian is huge internationally and is making steady progress in the US.

The initial release of Quickpoint for Series 60 smartphones offers presentation viewing capabilities that include slide views at up to three zoom levels, speaking notes, slide thumbnails, and outline mode. In the next version of Quickpoint, due to be released in the near-term, Cutting Edge Software will include two distinct ways to present PowerPoint slide content. First, Quickpoint will function as a handheld prompter by remotely controlling a PC-based PowerPoint presentation. Using a PC with Bluetooth, the presenter will be able to view the presentation on the handset in any of Quickpoint’s four view modes, including the speaking notes view, while wirelessly advancing through a presentation. Secondly, Quickpoint will be able to be used in conjunction with an upcoming Bluetooth version of iGo’s presentation adapter accessory, Pitch Duo, to allow Series 60-based handset users to present directly from the PowerPoint compatible file on the handset to SVGA or XGA projectors without the need for a PC at all.

The software is available now for $19.95. The iGo presenter kit is due out in March.

McEcho is a fun memory shareware game for the Palm OS

We love to support small software developers, so check out the latest offering from Mike, McEcho.

It’s your basic color memory game, with its own sort of addictive gameplay. Register it for $10. While you’re there, check out McPhling, a great application switching software.





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