Sometimes the novice smartphone user can easily get confused with the in-depth features found on some popular GPS turn-by-turn navigation apps out there. That’s where Destinator 9 comes in to save the day by offering a rich experience to mobile users running either the iPhone, Android, or Windows Mobile platforms. Some of its features include Google Local Search, real-time traffic updates, sticky POIs, NavStrip, and on board NAVTEQ maps. Simplicity is the name of the game for Destinator 9 as it allows for easier ways to find what is required to get to your destination with the least amount of effort involved in executing it. Not ending right there, it’ll even integrate some of the popular social mapping aspects like being able to send a friend your exact location or favorite POI. Right now, Destinator 9 is being made available with a free 30-day trial service of the app so you can gauge its level of performance over current ones that are out there.
MOG has announced that early next quarter, it will be offering an app for both the Apple iPhone and Android OS that will allow a user to stream music over his handset. For $10 per month, MOG will provide a listener unlimited streaming from over 7 million tunes that it has in its catalog. The price includes accessing the service from your desktop computer. Other features allow you to listen to any song from any artist on-demand, in unlimited amounts. You also will have the ability to listen to MOG Radio which will play a never ending stream of music based on a track or artist, with you in control of how many similar artists are in the mix. A unique slider control allows you to choose from “Artist” only radio or add in similar Artists into your list. Songs can be made into a “local cache” so that the music never stops, even if you are out of Wi-Fi range and your 3G connection is off. Songs can be downloaded at 64kbps, or in HQ which will download the tune to a bigger file with better audio quality.
Rhapsody also made an announcement today, saying that offline playback support for the iPhone is coming, but the updated app must first meet with approval from Cupertino. With a $15 per month price tag, we could start to see some battles going on amongst music providers. Usually in a price war, the consumer is the winner as prices drop.
source: MOG, Switched, RhapsodyBlog via EngadgetMobile
Many people might not be too familiar with the name Martin Cooper, but unlike the big CEO names in the mobile world out there, he has some deeper connections with the foundation of the modern cell phone. In fact, Martin Cooper is none other than the inventor of the cellular telephone that today we consider an all too needed commodity. Cooper was able to to sit down and do a piece on C-SPAN where he discussed the spectrum and politics surrounding the cell phone industry. After much talk, the topic on hand then shifted to the focus of what handset he was carrying on a day-to-day basis. Cooper went on to say, “Depends when you ask me. I always have the latest cell phone, and I try every cell phone out, only because people like you keep asking me. Right now I’m using the Droid, because I want to get some experience with the Android operating system, and I, so far, have some favorable results.” Android has seemed to get under the nose of a lot of people in the industry – as we’ve heard not too long ago how Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak took a dive into Android with the Nexus One. Cooper actually was using an iPhone prior to the Motorola DROID – he ended up giving that to his grandson. Even though the DROID does almost everything, Cooper still relies on the using a tried and true feature phone for day-to-day calls.
via Android Central
Microsoft’s Tag Reader is an app that allows you to scan a product’s bar code using your phone’s camera. Your phone will then give you information on the product including promotions, videos and special offers. This is the Redmond based firm’s first application for Android and Tag Reader has already been released for the iPhone, Symbian, BlackBerry and of course, Windows Mobile platforms. The app is free and can be downloaded from the Android Market. If you Pre and Pixi users feel a bit left out, start bugging Microsoft and perhaps the next build will be for webOS.
source: Microsoft via Engadget, UnwiredView
There’s no questioning that both iPhone and Android users dominate the landscape of the app market thanks to the depth of offerings that are developed for them. While there are many reports and research that pit the two platforms against one another vying for a chunk of the app market, it looks like iPhone users have a tendency to purchase more apps than their Android counterparts; reports AdMob. With that knowledge, its speculated that it may influence the decision of developers in choosing which platform they should support. AdMob’s January 2010 Mobile Metrics concludes that the users of both platforms are avid in the use of applications on their handsets, but iPhone owners just buy more – approximately 50 percent of iPhone users surveyed buy at least one app per month, while only 21 percent of Android users do the same thing. An analyst with industry research firm Current Analysis, Avi Greengart, states that one of the reasons behind the higher purchases by iPhone users could simply be “the sheer quantity and variety of applications” that is made available on the App Store. Add in the fact that developers also had more than a year to develop for the iPhone before competition started to roll around, it provides just another justification for the conclusion. Those numbers may soon change as we have seen Android go on the offensive and begin to take hold of the handset market inch by inch – and the Android Market may one day prove to become equally in depth to what the App Store offers.
via Mobile Tech Today
Myxer is an entertainment company in the business of providing downloads to mobile phones. You know, things like wallpaper, ringtones, videos, etc. They have delivered more than 1 billion such downloads and with 350,000 registered Android users, they decided to get into the metrics business. In their report for January, Myxer has found something very interesting. While it is usually the big, flashy cities like New York and San Francisco where you would expect to find the vanguard of technological change, it seems to be middle America that is embracing Android first. 7 states in America’s heartland-Arizona, Nebraska, New Mexico, Montana, North and South Dakota, and Wyoming-have seen Android usage outnumber that of the iPhone. Maryland is the only East coast state that can claim the same thing. Some are saying that the reason for the results is that in some of the Mid-West states, Verizon is the only carrier with broad 3G coverage. But it could be that in the U.S., change starts in the middle of the country and spreads out to the coasts.
Other interesting things discovered by Myxer is that 3 out of every 4 Nexus One users is Male. On the opposite end of the spectrum, 2 out of every 3 users of the Samsung Behold II and the HTC myTouch are Female. Across every Android handset, more Women than Men downloaded mobile entertainment. The G1 seems to be the handset with the youngest demographics. 57% of downloads for that device fall into the 18-24 age group. Finally, users of the DROID are the least active, consuming an average of just 4 pieces of mobile entertainment per month.
Now that Apple has introduced the iPad, it’s time to introduce the first iPad killer. Notion Ink is planning on offering the Adam tablet. Unlike the iPad, the Adam will support Flash content and has twice the battery life of the Apple device. Running on Android, it will produce full HD video at 1080p. It appears that the tablet will have an Nvidia chip under its hood and feature a PixelQi screen. Talk is that there will be two different models, one measuring 12.9mm thick and the other, 11.6mm. That could mean that there will be two different sized screens. The manufacturer, Notion Ink, is offering a $1 million app competition to try to spur on developers. There is no word on launch date or pricing, but the Adam name suggests that it will eat Apple.
Google made some buzz today, as they released their Google Maps 4 (avaliable in the Android Market) and new Buzz social networking feature. What’s interesting is that you can access the Buzz feature within Google Maps, or by pointing you mobile web browser to the buzz.google.com site. With it, you can post information for places, not just your current GPS location, as well as read Buzz posts by other people and make reply comments. It also integrates with your GMail account with comments also being sent there. For example, you can post a Buzz about a local restaurant “Sal’s Italian Restaurant is the best” and then have other people reply, which you can view in GMail, the Buzz site, or in Google Maps. We gave it a try on the Motorola DROID, first by installing the new Google Maps 4, then we were able to see small balloon icons on the map where people have already done Buzz postings. We could easily reply to them, and also create new Buzz posts.
Checkout the video and Buzz site for more information.
According to a survey taken by comScore, as of the end of the 2009 fourth quarter, RIM had the largest market share of the mobile smartphone OS sold in the U.S. with a 41.6% piece of the pie. That is down a full percentage point from the beginning of the 3 month period. Gaining some strength is the Apple iPhone OS. The touchscreen device had 24.1% of the market last September, rising to 25.3% as the year ended. Windows Mobile finished the year third, with 18% of the U.S. smartphone OS market, down 1% from the end of Q3. In fourth place, webOS garnered a 6.1% slice which was a fairly large decline from the 8.3% share it held in September. And while Google’s open source Android OS finished in last among the top 5, its 5.2% market share at year’s end was more than double the 2.5% reading from the end of the 3rd quarter. While Android ended the year with great momentum thanks to the great reception given to the Motorola DROID, the momentum should continue in the current quarter with the release of the Nexus One. While the N-One itself has seemingly not performed to sales expectations, it has brought plenty of attention to the OS which could have helped the entire Android market continue to pick up marketshare at the expense of other platforms like Windows Mobile and webOS.
source: comScore via Mashable
iPhone owners and owners of Android devices can now view a new feature launched by Google. Popular Images is accessible from the task bar at the top of the Google home page and allows you to view interesting or popular images. There will be several categories that you can choose from such as Cars, Sports, Movies and Music to name just a few. A special selection called Trends will allow you to see the requests from Google Trends that have the most recent activity. To access this new feature, go to google.com on your mobile browser and click on images. Under the search box you will see some of the top images and there will be a link to “Browse Popular Images”. The Mountain View based company has been busy. As we reported yesterday, Google has started giving advertisers the option of having phone numbers listed in ads dialed automatically when the number is clicked on by the phone’s user.
source: Google via UnwiredView