For the past few years, DLNA equipped electronic devices have been creeping into our homes, offering us media streaming between televisions, computers, gaming systems, and even digital picture frames. The concept works like this: you set up a DLNA Media Server (any old PC or Mac will do the trick), then use any DLNA equipped electronic device to view pictures, watch videos, or listen to mp3 files over your WiFi network. If you own a PS3, I’m sure you already know about many of the DLNA features it has. Simply turn on the gaming system, navigate to music, video, or pictures, and browser your DLNA Media Server (your computer). I’ve been enjoying this functionality for a few years already. So why not have DLNA features on your mobile phone? The good news is that there are already a handful of Nokia, Samsung and AONY Ericsson phones that can share their media with other DLNA devices. Now, a few developers over at ProSyst are working on DLNA solutions for the Windows Mobile and Android platforms.
T-Mobile’s ad campaign for the last month has been centered around their "Mobile Makeover" spots with Catherine Zeta-Jones. For a while it seems as if T-Mobile forgot that they launched a shiny new Android phone called the myTouch 3G. There’s finally a commercial that’s hitting the media waves this week that highlights the HTC made myTouch 3G as the only phone that can be "100% you".
I have to admit, I’m not a big fan of the myTouch 3G name or its new commercial. The spot features Phil Jackson, Whoopi Goldberg, and Jessie James with a T-Mobile myTouch 3G that changes as they hand it off between each other. The ad is disappointing because it does not talk about any of the features that the phone has to offer or even mention that it’s running on Google new Android OS. Verizon is pushing feature phones that have 10 app and highlighting the benefits you get by buying the phone. There are over 6,000 apps on the Android market to choose from. Don’t you think that would be a selling point of the myTouch 3G?
You can check out the commercial after the jump and don’t forget to let us know what you think.
It’s been a while since we have heard anything about HTC’s upcoming features phones. Fortunately, a leaked Verizon Wireless roadmap document has been able to shed a little light on what HTC has planned. It appears the HTC Razzle will be the first HTC feature phone to hit the market. According to PocketNow, the new HTC Razzle will feature a swiveling QWERTY keyboard, a 1.3MP camera, and Bluetooth, all running on a BREW OS. As of right now, all this is mere speculation. I’d take most of these rumors with a big grain of salt since all we really have to go off of is the image above. Expect the HTC Razzle to hit Verizon store shelves in late October for about $20 since it looks like it will be taking the place of the Verizon Blitz.
One quick question for you. Would you buy a feature phone from HTC? What specs would the handset need to get you through your daily routine without missing your full featured smartphone?
I’m sure that by now, most Android fans are somewhat familiar with Geodelic’s Sherpa application for Android. Sherpa allows you find local businesses based on your location without the need to search. The app worked great when you had your GPS signal turned on, but things got a little out of hand when the app couldn’t lock on to that GPS signal. Fortunately the good people over at SKYHOOK Wireless have jumped on board to partner with geodelic to give Sherpa another option to find its location. SKYHOOK Wireless has developed a hybrid positioning system to fully leverage Wi-Fi, GPS and cell towers in order to give you a more precise location regardless of whether you are indoors at the mall or standing in the middle of the street.
"Skyhook offers a major enhancement to the application’s location awareness," said Rahul Sonnad, CEO and founder at Geodelic. "This allows Geodelic to more accurately target content for a user, whether they are in a mall or walking down the street. We developed Sherpa to give users a customized experience based on their location and interests. Skyhook provides the location performance that our application demands."
Hit the read more link for the full press release.
If you’ve been waiting for the Android Developers Challenge 2 to begin, you’ll be happy to know that the wait is now over. This morning, the Android team posted a new blog posts with some new details on the ADC2 with a link to the site for developers to submit their apps. If you’re a developers who’s been holding out on releasing your app, this would be a great time to get your hard work listed in the Android Market. If you’ve already released your app and want to enter it in for the ADC2 you will need to submit it under a different name. You have until 11:59:59pm Pacific Time on August 31 to submit your apps. This will give you just over one week to finish up any last minute tweaks.
For the rest of us who simply plan on enjoying all the hard work of the app developers, we should see the ADC2 entries starting to pop up on the market any time now. Developers have been told to release full apps so that they can be judged on their complete functionality. You won’t have to worry about being stuck with a half backed version of an amazing app. The Android team will be releasing an app voting app on to the market once the submission deadline passes.
May the best developer win!
While I was off (running the 195 mile Great River run Ragnar Relay), a few more shots of the HTC Click popped up on the net along with a short video. Unfortunately, the YouTube clip is now listed as being "private" so we’re not going to waste our time sending you to a link that does not work. However, the pictures are still great to look at. We were able to scrounge up some preliminary specs on the Click as well. The HTC Click will feature a 1100mAh battery, 2.8" screen, Donut, GSM support, and a nice little 3.5mm headphone jack. As expected, the specs aren’t anything to write home about, but I’m still hoping that this will be the new standard in "cheap" Android handsets. If HTC can get the Click into people’s pockets for less than $100 in the U.S. then it will probably be one of the most feature rich, cheap phones that money can buy.
Make sure you check out the read more link for a few larger shots of the HTC Click.
Here’s a short ad that Microsoft’s been pushing to get some new developers on board for the Mobile Marketplace. Since Android has its Developer challenge to give developers a little motivation, Microsoft incentive for their "Race to Market Challenge" is probably a little cooler than hard cold cash. Rather than basing the prize on various app features, Microsoft’s winner will be the one who gets more app downloads. And the prize is the Microsoft Surface table! I just wish I had followed in my father’s footsteps and become a software engineer.
You can find all the details at www.mobilethisdeveloper.com