Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Mobile Networks and Handset manufacturers better keep up!

Microsoft are announcing a whole bunch of new mobile device strategy involving a new operating system they are now calling Windows Phone (is this Windows Mobile 6.5?) , a store service called Market place, and a online sync/backup service.

This is all great news and sounds like Microsoft are finally trying to catchup (well finally telling us the consumer about it). However with traditionally Handset manufactures and Networks have been very poor at providing OS upgrade paths for existing handsets. Getting feature of a new OS nearly always involves upgrading the entire handset to a new model. While this is fine and might be acceptable when a handset is approaching 18months in the wild, with the recent pace of change people who have recently upgraded may find they are stuck for several months and unable to move to the new platform and services.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/scienceandtechnology/technology/microsoft/4641711/Microsoft-takes-fight-to-Apple-iPhone-with-new-mobile-phone-services.html

Thursday, 5 February 2009

Google latitude on a HTC Touch HD

Tried installing the new google maps Latitude on my HTC Touch HD (on Orange UK)  from http://www.google.com/latitude earlier today and it didn't work. The cab file downloaded but it refused to install. Several hours later I have successfully installed it or rather upgraded google maps via http://m.google.com > click maps > install now > open the cab  file once downloaded. The installer removed your current install of Google maps and installs the new version. 

I have not established if there was an issue with the installer that Google fixed or if it was where I downloaded the file from that made the difference but it worked.

Enjoy.