Mobile world, technology and more

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Apple going mobile. Hear Different, or Sell More ?

Well, the Motorola ROKR is finally available, and this indeed doesn't look like the "killer" iPhone people were waiting for : it's just a phone with an iTunes player.

Steve is not stupid, and doesn't want the ROKR to be a competitor to their new iPod nano : no clicking wheel, no displayable album pictures. I don't understand why people using iTunes with their iPod would need a ROKR, but this still remains an interesting move :

Motorola can now sell an iTunes compatible device, and they benefit from the Apple brand.
Apple makes their first steps in the unknown mobile universe, by securing a deal with their first US carrier, Cingular, and french newspaper Le Figaro seems to know that Bouygues Telecom, France 3rd mobile operator, will sell the ROKR, too.

I don't think the end user will really care about this. Instead, I see this much more as a B2B deal : "give me your brand, I'll open new market doors for you, and you and I are both happy".

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Macromedia goes mobile. Again.

This is not a surprise, but Flash 8 now bundles everything you need to happily produce Flash Lite contents : they have revamped the FL profiles, with nice toys such as a direct device previewer with dozens of models (they call this an emulator but you and I both know that just like SNES roms, nothing can replace the real device), and an automatic device switcher between 1.0 and 1.1 contents.

The FL integration in Flash 6 & 7, well, was awful : a hi res front photoshoot of a device stuck in a timeline template background wasn't exactly what you can call "integration". This is a great move for mobile Flash producers.

Also, we have an eerie quote available : "It's just one of the enhancements we've made after interviewing dozens of developers just like you.". The translated quote reads : "we've been monitoring everyone complaining on our developers forum".

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Access buys PalmSource

Access is the company behind the NetFront mobile browser, powering most imode enabled phones, the Sony PSP, and being the default mobile previewer in Adobe GoLive. Russell Beattie has a very interesting opinion regarding this $324 million deal : this could by a straight move to pull Linux on mobile platforms.

Also, note this quote : "Matt told me that Access was showing a kick-ass new version of NetFront at an Orange CodeCamp, which had high-powered JavaScript support in it, allowing things like AJAX, and more importantly, Widget-style apps".

Hearing this, all I want now is a Google Maps-like mobile service using geolocalisation.