April 18, 2007

Samsung and Nokia to Cooperate on Mobile TV Interoperability

Samsung and Nokia plan to work together to achieve interoperability among their DVB-H (Digital Video Broadcast - Handheld) enabled mobile devices and network services system in order to encourage greater adoption of broadcast mobile TV services and accelerate service deployment.

The handset manufacturers will work to support solutions based on the open OMA BCAST standard available for operator partners interested in deploying multi-vendor mobile TV services and trials in 2007 and onward.

If you can't wait for the commercial availability of DVB-H in Dubai you can subscribe to Etisalat or du mobileTV service over GPRS for 3G/3.5G handset, to subscribe to the service for du subscribers go to du my world mobile portal from your mobile (http://myworld.du.ae/) and select your package, Etisalat subscribers click here for more information and setup guide.

April 06, 2007

Hello PalmDubai.NET

It's been like a life time since I last posted here, a lot of changes in my professional life left me with almost zero personal time to do thing I enjoy the most, like spending time in my favorite hangout PalmDubai.NET.

This year had been very good for mobility and Microsoft been doing there best to step up their game pushing Windows Mobile forward and signing up a lot of vendors, and of course introducing Windows Mobile 6, and Microsoft Exchange 2007 strongly competing against Blackberry.

It's been good start for some, but bad for others and one of the companies that started badly is i-mate who just fired large number of executives, engineers, designers, developers, etc. leaving them jobless and with no support finding new jobs, and even criticizing their employee publicly, leaving us wondering about the future of the company.

HTC together with Dangaard Telecom who just announced their merger with Brightpoint started strong mobility campaign launching five windows mobile professional and standard smartphones around the region, and around ten windows mobile professional and standard smartphones for enterprises together with Microsoft, educating enterprises and operators about mobility and direct push technology.

It seem we almost stopped talking about Palm OS these days, with ALP still to make any public appearance, and our favorite smartphone company Palm pushing strongly their windows mobile based Treo 750 and announcing free windows mobile 6 upgrade to all Treo 750 users which will be released by June hopefully, left us no room to talk about Palm OS, although Treo 680 is doing amazingly well in our region, I see everyday more and more Treo users in coffee shops and in meetings and so on, and Palm about to launch an EVDO version of the Palm OS Treo 680 smartphone sometime next month.

Over the last 6month I been eating, drinking and sleeping windows mobile, I been playing with all the different devices from HTC, Palm, Samsung, HP, working closely with Microsoft, and all the different partners to educate and push mobility forward in our region and I have to say I reached to a level where I can't use a standard feature-phone or even any other smartphone that doesn't support direct push for my email and sync my contact, appointment, and tasks over the air, that I started to work closely with other partners to make sure that all smartphone regardless of its operating system all support over the air synchronization and direct push technology.

Surprisingly this year also been good for Blackberry in our region, with all the internal struggles Blackberry partners faced in the region they still managed to sign a lot of the region operators competing strongly against windows mobile direct push and all the different push technologies, and I see more and more Blackberry users, that got me thinking to give Blackberry a try, but with double the charges I pay for my Microsoft direct push technology I decided not to, maybe if one day our service provider decided to drop the charges then I'll sign up for a Blackberry account.

I really miss writing for PalmDubai.NET, but for now please visit our cousins; EmiratesMAC, MobilityDubai, and our friends; PalmInsider, PalmInfocenter for all the latest news.

February 19, 2007

Congratulation du...

duToday, and after more than two years of hard work, non sleep operation, and hours and hours of over time work, du the second telecommunication provider in UAE went live.

Dubai Ruler, Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, made the opening call by dialing up the number of the Minister of Presidential Affairs, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Join me to congratulate du, and wish you continues success.


February 18, 2007

Press Release: DialByPhoto for Palm Treo 650, 680, and 700p


What is DialByPhoto? = Enjoyable Speed Dialing

DialByPhoto for your Treo lets you speed dial your favorite acquaintances that you call regularly with photos. Rather than always searching through your contacts or trying to remember some speed dial code, DialByPhoto lets you instantly call these individuals using their beautiful photos or people icons, saving you time and making the experience super enjoyable.

Some Features

-Instant access to Photo Contacts
-Store Photo Contacts by categories
-Speed SMSing
-Reject by SMS
-Customizable interfaces
-Web Searching
-Call Duration Information
-Simultaneous Search and Dial

Feature Spotlight

Beautiful and Customizable Design


You have the world’s coolest SmartPhone, so you deserve the coolest interface. The beautiful interface of DialByPhoto allows you to customize the background image and select the view that fits you the best.

Web Searching


Life is short Enjoy It


Beyond the great features, DialByPhoto is all about giving you the opportunity to have another enjoyable experience with your Treo. Use funny pics of your friends; give them nicknames, change the background, have fun ignoring their calls. Try it and see what this new found excitement is all about.


For more information on DialByPhoto, please visit: www.dialbyphoto.com

Contact Information

Tunji Afonja
e-mail : tj@gx-5.com
www : www.gx-5.com

Sony Ericsson plan to open up UiQ

Sony Ericsson issued an open invitation to phone vendors to become shareholders in UiQ Technology AB following Sony Ericsson's acquisition of the Swedish software company from Symbian Ltd on February 2.

UiQ Technology AB licenses the UiQ user interface framework and application suite to phone vendors. Sony Ericsson President Miles Flint said that UiQ will remain an independent company and that phone vendors are invited to license UiQ as well as become shareholders in the company.

February 17, 2007

Photo: ACCESS Linux Platform Screens


February 14, 2007

DataViz launched Documents To Go for Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone

Documents To Go

The #1 selling Palm OS office editing suite, Documents To Go, is now officially available for Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone devices, create, view and edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint files and in their native formats. In addition, users can view Adobe® PDF files. All with 100% document fidelity with DataViz' InTact Technology.

Supported devices include: Motorola Q, Samsung BlackJack, Samsung i320, HTC 620, T-Mobile Dash, T-Mobile SDA, Cingular 3125 and Cingular 2125, and more.

To know more about Documents ToGo please visit DataViz.

February 13, 2007

ACCESS announced native applications list for ALP

Native Applications

All native ACCESS proprietary applications support inter-application communications for data interchange

* Phone
* Contacts
* Calendar
* Memos
* Tasks
* HotSync®
* NetFront™ Browser
* HandMail™ (available 2Q2007)
* SMS+
* iMessenger™
* Music
* Video
* Photos & Studio
* Camera
* Documents (available 2Q2007)
* Utilities (Clock, Calculator, Recorder, Home Screen, Flight Mode)

ACCESS Linux Platform does not support 320x320 display resolution

Now that finally Microsoft decided to support Palm Treo screen resolution 320x320 with the new release of Windows Mobile 6, ACCESS decided that they do not need this resolution. No wonder Palm working in their own operating system ;-)

ALP supported display resolution;

* 240 x 320 display - QVGA (optimized for the platform)
* 320 x 480 display - HVGA
* 800 x 480 display - Widescreen (maximum)

Palm supports Microsoft Windows Mobile 6

At 3GSM in Barcelona, Spain, Microsoft announced Windows Mobile 6, the latest version of windows mobile platform, and as a strong Microsoft partner, Palm plans to offer Treo™ smartphones with Windows Mobile 6 later this year.

"Our continued collaboration with Microsoft gives our customers a powerful combination—Palm's hallmark ease of use with the power and security of Windows Mobile favored by many businesses. We look forward to integrating Microsoft's new operating system as we continue to help people around the world stay connected with Palm's unequaled mobile-computing experience."
- Stephane Maes, Senior Director, Smartphones, Palm, Inc.

Introducing... Windows Mobile 6


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