The good folks over at Engadget have a good review of the Apple iPhone vs the Sprint HTC EVO which is an essential read if you are in the market for either new smartphone.
“Hoo boy. This is a tough one, isn’t it? In our years at Engadget, we’ve rarely seen such deafening debate and adulation for a pair of devices. In one corner we have the iPhone 4, coming off a few relatively easy rounds atop the smartphone mind share heap. However, the Droid and its ilk have weakened Apple’s spot, and here comes the HTC EVO 4G in for the kill, sporting a larger screen, 4G data, and all manner of HTC sexy. If the devices themselves weren’t enough, the debate has turned into something larger and metaphorical, with Apple representing tight restrictions and a singular top down vision, while Google’s Android stands for something perhaps a bit more haphazard but democratizing.”
You can read the full story on the Engadget website.
Admit it, you had no idea that Palm was trying to market their webOS phones the to enterprise. I didn’t. So I was kind of surprised to be flipping through my back log of IT magazines and saw an ad for the Palm Pre and Pixi (no distinction between the “standard” and “plus” variety) in CIO Magazine.
The ad reads, in part:
It’s good business.
Mobile doesn’t have to mean complicated. Palm webOS phones integrate seamlessly with Microsoft Exchange, so here’s no need for additional servers or middleware.”
The ad ends with the line, “Learn more about how Palm can simplify your infrastructure at palm.com/simplify.”
Let’s hope that HP’s marketing department can get the word out about webOS in a more meaningful way than Palm’s could. The HP acquisition of Palm is expected to be finalized in the next few business days.
Over the last two days, Apple has released statements about two of their mobile devices: the iPad and the iPhone 4.
Apple Sells Three Million iPads
In just 80 days of the iPad being available they have been able to sell 3 million of these “magical” devices.
“People are loving iPad as it becomes a part of their daily lives,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We’re working hard to get this magical product into the hands of even more people around the world, including those in nine more countries next month.”
“Developers have created over 11,000 exciting new apps for iPad that take advantage of its Multi-Touch™ user interface, large screen and high-quality graphics. iPad will run almost all of the more than 225,000 apps on the App Store, including apps already purchased for your iPhone® or iPod touch®.”
Statement on White iPhone 4
Today, Apple released a brief statement regarding the availability of their White iPhone 4. The entire statement reads:
“White models of Apple’s new iPhone® 4 have proven more challenging to manufacture than expected, and as a result they will not be available until the second half of July. The availability of the more popular iPhone 4 black models is not affected.”
(The White iPhone 4 is so rare, that we couldn’t even find a half way decent photo for this article.)
I’m not sure how popular white iPhones have been. I know that when black iPods where first introduced, I used to walk around saying that “iPods are suppose to be white.” Now with the iPhone, the opposite is true. Phones are black, not white. I’ve only seen one white iPhone used “in the wild” since they were first introduced. With that in mind, it’s hard to tell how much of a problem not having white iPhones available at the same time the black iPhone 4 goes on sale will really be. I mean, if you are have your heart, and credit card, set on getting a white iPhone 4 and can’t get it when the black model goes on sale, are you really going to head to the nearest Verizon Wireless store and buy a Motorola Droid? Ya, I didn’t think so either.
You can read the full iPad
and white iPhone 4 press releases on the Apple website.
BlackBerry Storm2 customers on Verizon Wireless are being treated to a maintenance upgrade to their smartphone’s operating system.
Starting over the weekend, Verizon Wireless has been making the BlackBerry OS 126.96.36.1993 update available to their customers as an over-the-air (OTA) update. You can also download the update from your PC using the BlackBerry Desktop Manager software.
The “713” update provides the following enhancements:
- Improved text messaging
- Improved international text messaging
- Better calendar functionality
- Streamlined music-player control
- Enhanced video-player library
- Improved IP modem tethering
- Improved compatibility with Mac® computers
- GlobalAccess Connect support
- Enhanced Japanese language functionality
The upgrade also provides the following two improvements:
- Call-duration clock displays the correct call time without affecting the
- Default countries are easier to set and access using the Smart Dialing
For more details on the BlackBerry Storm2 9550 OS 188.8.131.523 update, visit the Verizon Wireless support website or download the upgrade details (PDF)
Today, Apple has released iOS 4, formerly known as iPhone OS 4.0, for iPhone and iPod touch owners.
The update, free for iPhone and apparently, also free for iPod touch owners, is available now. To download the update, connect your iPhone or iPod touch to your computer running iTunes 9, and the software installer will be downloaded to your computer.
No Legacy Support for You
Unlike previous iOS updates, the iPhone G2 and the first generation iPod touch will not be supported for this upgrade. Additionally, iPhone 3G owners will not be able to use the new multitasking features of iOS 4. If you want to get iOS 4 and you have one of these devices, you’re going to have to upgrade your hardware.
iPad Out in the Cold?
No! Apple’s iPad customers will be getting an upgrade to iOS 4, however, they are going to have to wait until the fall for their upgrade.
For more details, check out the iPhone or iPod touch pages on the Apple website.
Palm is running a special 50% off promotion for most titles in their software store, App Catalog. Announced yesterday on their company Facebook Page, the sales runs until July 9th.
Now is a great time to stock up on apps for your favorite webOS smartphone without having to pay full price. To get in on the 50% off action, just launch App Catalog on your Pre or Pixi and go to town!
Yesterday, an update for iOS (formerly known as iPhone OS) was released to the Apple App Store.
The main improvements for Facebook 3.1.3 is the ability to watch videos, writing on event walls, and a change in how wide uploaded photos can be (now 720 pixels wide).
You can update to Facebook version 3.1.3 by hitting the App Store icon on your iPhone or iPod touch, or by using iTunes on your Mac or Windows PC.
iPad owners: the iPhone/iPod touch application will work on your device in low res mode. While you can scale it up to 2x mode, in my opinion, the text looks terrible. I still recommend that you use Safari to browse to the full Facebook website.