The iPhone isn’t the only phone with apps. The latest company to jump on the app store bandwagon is Sony Ericsson, the world’s fifth-largest mobile-phone manufacturer. The company is also looking to do it a bit different, and will outsource the running of the app store to Lithuania-based GetJar.
The applications will be an addition to Sony Ericsson’s suite of PlayNow arena services, which already let users download music and movies and is available at present in 13 countries. The PlayNow arena is supported on 38 Sony Ericsson models, and the word is that the developers will start to submit their applications beginning July 1. The apps will be based on Java and Symbian software, and there are rumblings that “additional platforms” could be supported. Does that mean that an Android phone is in the works? Could be.
Virtual Personal Assistant to Assist You
Whether you’re using an iPhone, the T-Mobile G1 or another smartphone, there are plenty of apps that can help you find a place to eat, get directions and a lot more. The problem is that many of these apps aren’t always that easy to use.
But soon there will be an app that will act more like your very own personal assistant. That’s the idea behind Siri, a so-called “virtual assistant” that promises to be a concierge on the go for you. Users can type in a request and Siri offers a solution, from finding you a cab, to booking a dinner reservation or even finding an address.
This type of program isn’t entirely new, but the interface for Siri is designed to be more intuitive, thus acting like an assistant rather than just another search browser. Siri will launch later this year, but is offering a chance for iPhone users, as well as select other mobile smartphones, to take a test drive this summer. If you think you’d like your own Virtual Personal Assistant, sign up at the Siri Web site to test it out.
Wazabee Releases Developer Tools
This week, Spatial View Inc., a developer of 3D image processing technology, announced the release of two new products that might have you looking differently at your iPhone. Spatial View has introduced the Wazabee 3DeeInterlacing SDK and Wazabee 3DeeInterlacer technologies to allow third party developers to create applications, including video content and games, for the iPhone 3G.
“We’re excited to launch the first 3D developer tools for the iPhone 3G, which offer unlimited potential for creating 3D games and applications,” said Beat Raemy, CEO of Spatial View, Inc. “Our Wazabee line of 3D products, along with these new tools, make it easy for developers to learn and create a vivid mobile 3D user experience on the iPhone 3G.”
The technologies allow developers to create applications that allow for glasses-free viewing in both standard and 3D modes. To view the content users rely on the Wazabee 3DeeShell, a protective case with removable lens. It was priced at $49.99 and is available for purchase at the Wazabee Web site.
Tune In to Clear the Air
TuneCast Auto Live and ClearScan Auto Live – this week Belkin released this iPhone app that lets you easily operate your FM transmitter and locate the best radio frequency to play music in the car. OK, most cars actually have an FM radio of course, but this hardware-software combo helps you clear the air so to speak by using GPS coordinates to determine the clearest FM frequency at your present location. So no need for all the static.
Key features of the TuneCast Auto Live:
- Specifically compatible with iPhone OS 3.0
- Also compatible with the iPod Classic and nano
- ClearScan one-push station locator
- PRO setting optimizes audio and boosts volume
- Two programmable preset buttons
- High-contrast backlit display
- In-car charging
TuneCast Auto Live will be available this fall in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia for $79.99, and the ClearScan Live application for the iPhone and iPod Touch will be available free from the Apple App Store.
Contact List Fringed
Do you have too many contacts, and duplicate entries for a friend or colleague stored on your contact list? Fring’s latest update for Symbian handsets, Fring 3.40, offers the option to merge those buddy lists to its mobile VOIP app. It offers the ability to merge to combine all the services a friend uses into one location on his/her profile; the option to attach a single photo to all of your “fringable” communications services and even the ability to add mood messages to let your friends know how you’re feeling. The update is available now for Symbian handsets, and should be updated soon for Windows Mobile and the iPhone.
After Hours Apps of the Week:
Return to Mysterious Island – Long before there was LOST, there was Jule’s Verne’s Mysterious Island, a wondrous, yet dangerous place where all isn’t quite as it seems. In this new game for the iPhone and iPod Touch you play as a sailor who find herself stranded on the shores of Minia, a wild and apparently uninhabited island in the South Pacific. You’ll have to use your survival skills as you explore the island, and find remnants of a past civilization, along with more mysterious artifacts and wonders. This title from Chillingo and Tetraedge will be available soon at the Apple App Store for $4.99.
Space Ace – Time to blast off for a trip back in time, where you can experience Don Bluth’s classic arcade game Space Ace, the follow up to Dragon’s Lair. This stunning animated classic is now available for the iPhone and iPod Touch and puts the LaserDisc gameplay in your handset, where you play as heroic Ace as he battles the evil Commander Borf. Can you stop Borf from subjugating all makind? Space Ace is available for $4.99 from the Apple App Store. Get the app, because you are makinds our only hope!
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