Smartphones are essentially little computers and more. These devices can be used to send and receive e-mail, edit documents, and unlike most computers can also be used to snap a photo or two – try that with a desktop PC! And now it will be even easier to print from your handset.
HP iPrint Photo, which is a free mobile printing application that was launched earlier this year for the iPhone and iPod Touch, is now available for select Symbian and Windows Mobile handsets and portable devices, including the HP iPAQ Data Messenger, LG Incite and Motorola Aura. Within the next month HP will release three new versions of HP iPrint Photo that will greatly expand the apps capabilities.
This app will enhance print quality and support a variety of paper formats, including photo print sizes (3×5, 4×6, 5×7). The iPhone version is available from the Apple App Store, while the Widows Mobile version will be available from the Windows Markeplace, and the Symbian version will be available from the Nokia Ovi Store.
VOIP Embraced by Apple and AT&T
There may soon be a lot more apps for that, and by that we mean making Voice Over Internet calls with the iPhone. This week Apple and AT&T have done a bit of an about face when it comes to VOIP services. Also this week, Vonage announced plans to offer discounted international phones calls to iPhone users, as well as BlackBerry users.
Unlike other VOIP services, notably Skype (which is limited to Wi-Fi), Vonage users on the iPhone will be able to take advantage of AT&T’s cellular network, as well as the handset’s own short-range Wi-Fi links. The same service will be available to any BlackBerry, regardless of the carrier. We’ll be curious to see if other VOIP service providers come out with their own apps to compete with Vonage.
Social Networking App to Let You Organize Contacts Coming Soon
Later this year you can send your contacts into Orbit. Scheduled for release by year’s end, Orbit is an upcoming app from Trilibis Mobile – the release was announced this week. It promises to help users organize their various social networking channels together, including voice, text, and e-mail into a social phonebook. This will allow users to classify friends and colleagues into social circles under the Inner Circle option, while the Social Volume control will offer the ability to manage the level of communication received by these contacts.
Essentially, an Inner Orbit can be your closest friends, or important colleagues, so you can keep track of everyone’s social networking updates. The app also works like an existing mobile phonebook, where you can easily send text messages and e-mails, and of course make calls. Orbit will be free of charge and will be released for the iPhone and BlackBerry later this year, with an Android version scheduled for the New Year.
After Hour Apps of the Week:
Bomblink – Capcom’s new puzzle game might just make a big bang, as it challenges players to clear the screen of explosive ordinance in a race against the clock. To defuse this potentially explosive situation you actually link grenades together before a falling flame ignites your efforts! This game offers three modes of play along with three difficulty settings to ensure that the action really heats up. This stress relieving (or is it stress inducing) game is now available for the iPhone and iPod Touch for $1.99 from the Apple App Store.