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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Google Introduces Its Mobile Search for Windows Mobile

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Pocket PC Wireless and GPS" @ 06:00 AM

http://googlemobile.blogspot.com/20...ch-with-my.html

"Previously, when you went to google.com from your phone’s browser and performed a local search, the results were tailored to the last location you entered. Now, using the Gears Geolocation API, Search with My Location approximates your actual location using the same Cell ID technology used by Google maps for mobile. So if you want to find sushi nearby, just type "sushi" and Google will return local business listings around you. If you want to know the forecast, type "weather". If you want to search somewhere else, specify a location in the query like "pizza Kansas City."

  • On your mobile device, go to www.google.com/m
  • Click the Location link
  • Tell it to install Gears. A Windows CE CAB will be downloaded that you need to install.
  • Soft reset your device when the install is done.
  • Launch PIE and allow Google Gears access to your browser

It isn't perfect. It thinks I am 13 miles northwest of my present location, which is odd. The tower locator system that the Google Maps tool uses can always get me to within half a mile of my real location, and usually under 1,000 yards. It also isn't on the iGoogle page yet on your device, so you either have to pick the iGoogle personalized page to search from, or the generic Google Mobile page, but not both.

Right now it is limited to the US and UK, and there are a list of unsupported devices, so check the blog post before installing.


Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Google Launches "Chrome" Web Browser

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 08:50 AM

http://www.google.com/chrome

Yesterday, Google launched their own Web browser. Since this is pretty big news, I decided it was worth posting network-wide. Do we really need another browser? Before yesterday, my answer would have been no - I'm a very satisfied Firefox user, and Internet Explorer 8 is shaping up quite nicely. But after watching the 90 minute Google Webcast yesterday, I was very interested in with what Google had created. There's a great online comic that walks you through why Google created the browser, and what kinds of things were important to Google when creating Chrome. I think this comic is also how the browser was leaked before Google was ready to announce it. Read more...


Monday, June 23, 2008

Google's Android OS Delayed

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Talk" @ 05:03 PM

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25329776/

"Mobile phones under development by Google Inc. and its partners face slipping delivery schedules, with the first phones not likely to arrive until late 2008, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. Google had said eight months ago that the first phones to be built under the Android partnership umbrella would come out in the second half of 2008 and commitments from various handset makers and carriers appear to support this initial commitment."



Windows Mobile faces a lot of competition in the marketplace: RIM, Apple, and now Google's Android OS. Windows Mobile devices outsell RIM devices, so the battle with RIM is more about mind-share and dislodging them from the enterprise space. Lately we've talked about the challenges that the iPhone brings to Windows Mobile, so I won't rehash those discussions, but we haven't talked much about Android. The initial demos of it look decent, though nothing too mind-blowing. And there's much more to building a platform that just releasing an OS - how well Android does depends largely on the execution of it's hardware partners, and the quality of the software development that springs up around it. Sound familiar? That's exactly the scenario Windows Mobile has always been in - and we know that hardware can make or break a phone experience.

Tags: Google, Android

Friday, April 4, 2008

Picasa Web Albums for Windows Mobile

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC News" @ 06:00 AM

http://googlemobile.blogspot.com/20...ows-mobile.html

"When Joe Walnes showed off the shiny AJAX interface on the iPhone version of Picasa Web Albums I started thinking - can we make an AJAX interface work on new Windows Mobile devices? After all, Internet Explorer Mobile supports many of the advanced browser features that we used to build the iPhone version. Joe and I wanted to give it a try so we got to work. Today we're pleased to tell owners of Windows Mobile 6 touchscreen devices that you can now enjoy a much faster and slicker way of browsing Picasa Web Albums on your phone."



So far it looks like browsing only with no uploads, but I think that would just be a matter of time. I don't use Picasa, so I've no idea how well this works. Anyone care to try it out, and give us the lowdown?

Tags: Google, Picasa, AJAX

Friday, March 21, 2008

HTC Dreaming of Android

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Competition" @ 04:00 AM

http://www.infoworld.com/article/08...ne-Dream_1.html

"The mobile phone High Tech Computer (HTC) has been developing to run on the Android software from Google will be called "Dream," and it will have a large touchscreen and full QWERTY keypad, a person close to the situation said Thursday...HTC's Google handset is just over 5 inches long and 3 inches wide, with a keypad underneath the screen that either slides out or swivels out. The aim of the keypad is for easy e-mail, note-taking, and writing Web addresses. Internet navigational controls are situated below the screen on the handset."

There were a few prototypes of Android on show at MWC, but they were at best described as proof of concept rather than anything approaching a production device - bare circuit boards and an LCD don't quite make the cut as a consumer must-have ;). HTC of course were one of the first companies to announce development of an Android device, and it looks like they're going to be first to market as well. At the dimensions mentioned, that would make something on the size of an O2 Flame, with very likely a 3.5"/3.7" screen, and the presence of the keyboard means this won't be fashionably thin. Taking all that together, this appears more like Intel's concept of a MID device, especially with the Linux kernel in the background. The plot thickens!

Tags: HTC, Google, Android, Dream

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