Battle of the Mobile Systems

Magical Android, Japanese “Idous” and stolen Windows prototypes: We show the main smart phone trends of the year, fresh from the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Faster, better, more: The cell phone industry is confident and wants to know nothing of government emergency aid. Business as usual so? Not when the business mobile phones! All important players have discovered the consumer as a new target group-and still want to not lose the business users.

About all manufacturers across there is a second trend in addition to the consumer-orientation: GPS navigation. Virtually all smartphones are produced with a GPS receiver and be at least in principle good as navigation devices.

iPhone in 2nd place
And to addressing consumer worldwide market development reflects the trend: In the third quarter of 2008, Apple’s iPhone limited business-grade according to the market researchers of Canalys with 17.3 percent, behind market leader Symbian won second place in the Ranking of Smartphone operating systems. Followed by BlackBerry maker RIM and only 4th place is Microsoft’s Windows Mobile with 13.6 percent. Android plays no role in these figures.

Apart from more or less outright copying attempts, as LGs “Arena”, there was nothing new to see here by the shooting star of Apple’s mobile phone business in Barcelona.For the other major player of the Smartphonemarkts had lots of news in the luggage – we will show you the trends of the year.

Android And Linux: Magic Your NÜVi

Google’s mobile operating system Android is not really business-compatible because of missing professional synchronization capabilities for the Biotrend but a very interesting topic. In Barcelona, Android but especially this noticed that there was to see as well as new devices.

The high tech computer company HTC has once again suspended all: the Taiwanese people demonstrated in Barcelona with the ‘magic’ already the second functional Android phone, while the rest of the industry about declarations of intent does not come out. When whatever, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, LG, Motorola and co. will bring their Android devices on the market: more information or even pre-production models there was nowhere to be seen.

The Chinese manufacturer Huawei but brought a very inhaltsarme press release among the journalists in an Android phone for the third quarter 2009 was announced on the first day of the Mobile World Congress. Otherwise there was no any info – also at the booth, was only a design study behind glass.

Nüvifone with Linux
For this Asus ventured out, otherwise actually things to the Windows camp, in the Linux world. The Taiwanese the long announced nüvifone G60 Linux mobile showed together with Garmin. In addition to extensive Navifunktionen to allow fast data traffic via HSPA and Wi-Fi. A real business phone is however not the G60 rather a headset device, on the use of location-based services (location based services, LBS) was optimized and also is good for phone calls and browsing.

Blackberry: Business As Usual

The name “Blackberry” is almost a synonym for business phones. But the manufacturer RIM is not satisfied: new models like the BlackBerry storm Canadians to tap the consumer market.

According to RIM, the BlackBerry storm is a real hit, especially in the consumer segment with its special touch screen technology. On the mobile exhibition in Barcelona, the Canadians showed no really new devices. Only real innovation is Lenovo’s “Constant Connect”: an ExpressCard for Lenovo notebooks, which synchronizes E-mail between BlackBerry and computer thanks to the Bluetooth module and Flash memory even when notebook switched off. The cached data is transferred at the next turn of the notebooks in Outlook, a version for Lotus mail systems should be in preparation.

Software store for BlackBerrys
Otherwise, the makers of BlackBerry, relying mainly on new software. To the CeBITwill be taken, for example, an application to the HRS hotel booking in the market. And in autumn, RIM will launch a software shop on the net. He is now under the name “Application StoreFront”; the user can buy then, similar to Apple’s AppStore or Google’s “Android Market”, software directly from RIM/BlackBerry. RIM wants to retain 20 percent of the sale price, the remaining 80 percent are to go to the software developers. Comparison: Apple retains 30 percent itself, even Nokia plans for the “Ovi store” a revenue share of 30%/70%.

Palm: There’s Life Longer

The PDA pioneer from the United States was already written off by many, too little original and the Treo smartphones featured recently were commercial-quality. But with the “Palm Pre”, the company made a turnaround seems: the US press is thrilled, and we were quite pleased with the preliminary series device.

For the pre, Palm has solved again by Windows Mobile and developed its own operating system, the “WebOS”. As the name implies, the pre to make mobile Internet use easy – and at all levels: A the first inspection after very good, easy-to-use and fast Web browser belongs also to the facilities such as the mobile access to corporate networks, including the almost indispensable for business users push-(E-mail)-Anbindung on the Exchange databases in the enterprise. The pre will also support the friends of social networks, like contact data with Facebook & co. down and helps with the synchronization and consolidation of information on different platforms.

Compelling touch screen
Even when the user interface of the pre with WebOS’s consistently good impression: the touch screen can be simultaneously operated in an intuitive way as the iPhone with more than one finger and responded already pleasing promt the before series device. The applications are stacked like index cards and can be brought by the user using gestures in the foreground or also reordered.

Sprint in the United States will be initially exclusively sold through the network operator the pre, the previously shown model supports the EvDO data service, used by Sprint rather than UMTS. Contrary to the expectations of many industry experts, yet no UMTS/GSM variant was introduced in Barcelona, but that may be only a matter of time. For many who so far are flirting with an iPhone, the Apple phone will appear but too little business suitable for those waiting could be worth. The pre seems equally suited us for consumer and business applications, and similarly easy to operate like the iPhone!

Symbian: Market Leader In Distress

The Symbian operating system is the market leader in the Smartphone still by a wide margin, but the competition is catching up. Similar to Android Symbian to for mobile phone and software developers in the future become significantly more open and transform itself in the long term in an open-source operating system.

The most widespread is the combination Symbian user interface “S60”, which uses a Nokia E series, all N-series devices, and on many other models on all business phones. For example Samsung with the ‘i8510 innov8″so far also puts on S60, some Smartphones from other manufacturers.

Devices that shipped with the version 5 of S60 can be operated via touch screen. First Nokia has implemented this in the consumer segment with the 5800 XpressMusic, but the flagship of Nokia N97 announced for June 2009, also should be equipped with S60 version 5. Samsung wants to bring a touch screen phone with Symbian/S60 on the market: the Omnia HD with a large touchscreen, 8-megapixel camera, HD video recording (1,280 x 720 pixels) and super-fast data connection (up to 7.2 / 5.6 MBit / s down / uplink) should “in the spring” on the coming market – proud 700 euro.

UIQ is dead, long live the Symbian Foundation
The “user interface quartz”, shortly called UIQ, was used primarily on the Smartphones Sony Ericsson P-series. This is now over, a spokeswoman for the company told Barcelona chip Xonio online that in the future no UIQ models are more planned. The Xperia x 1, Sony Ericsson put on Windows, with mixed success. In Barcelona the company with “Idou” announced a new series of touchscreen phones under Symbian/S60 should run. In the first open S60 version from the “Symbian Foundation” should be used. The organization is currently working on the overpass by Symbian/S60 in an open operating system.

To see there was a concept Idou with an impressive list of equipment, including a 12-megapixel camera and large touchscreen in 16:9 in Barcelona-format. The first model to come in the second half of the year on the market. Unlike the previous P smartphones the Idou to find but rather his buyers in the entertainment than in the business phone field.

Business-Symbian
For symbianinteressierte business users, there were also new instruments, especially from Nokia in Barcelona. The most striking: the E75. It is a compact email machine with “normal” phone keys and a postponable full QWERT keyboard. Thanks to “Mail for Exchange” and “Lotus Notes Traveller” it connects not only with ordinary E-Mail accounts but also with companies-Exchange or-Lotus-(Notes)-Domino-Servern and brings Incoming mail in the push method directly on the phone.

Many business users will still miss the BlackBerry support available for previous E-series models for the IT departments of large companies are rarely flexible enough, parallel to the very popular BlackBerry solution other systems in which Infrastructure to integrate. Rumors from the BlackBerry store had made the round in Barcelona, Nokia wanted yet again offer a BlackBerry integration with new models. But clearly, this was denied by Nokia managers in conversation with us.

Ovi store
More important than the new equipment appears to be Nokia of software shop on the portal “Ovi”, at least, only two of the five new Nokia phones at the press conference in Barcelona were mentioned, the rest of the time was reserved for the presentation of the Ovi store. He will be the first point of contact for mobile phone and of course also smartphone users who want to spice up your device with new software. Programmers can make your Symbian and Java applications on Nokia online, buy the programs directly with the mobile prospects and download. In the Ovi store location information and group memberships of the user to back individual offers in focus about city guides, for example programs, which have been purchased by friends or applications related to the place, when is the mobile phone owners in the Stop abroad.

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