This week Google announced that its robust Google Earth has gone mobile, and is now available for the Nexus One from T-Mobile – there are also reports of Motorola Droid users getting the mobile world as well.
The mobile version of Google Earth is pretty powerful, and thus requires the Android 2.1 OS. The Nexus One further offers a 1GHz processor along with advanced 3D graphics in its thin package, making it ideal for this application. The result is that users can get a bird’s eye view and more, with smooth frame rates delivered to the 800 x 480 resolution screen. This offers satellite and 3D imagery of terrain, roads and other scenery from all over the world.
However, all this beauty in the palm of your handset does take a lot of power, and I mean a lot of power. While some users are claiming that it works with the Droid, most are reporting that it can’t run well – if at all – on the Android 1.5 or 1.6 versions, so this does sound like it is a true killer app, as in an app that could all but kill your phone if you try. I’m exaggerating slightly, but the app requires some real power. The good news is that more Android phones are on the way. Better to have a powerful app that can grow into devices, I think, rather than an underpowered app that the handsets out grow quickly. But for those who can get it to work, it is a very nifty app that is part navigation and part tool that lets you become the master of the world.
Lexmark and Evernote Announce SmartSolution
There are a number of applications and mobile Web sites that make it easy enough to get an image from a phone to a printer, and now Lexmark and Evernote have announced the release of the Evernote App for SmartSolution Printers. This works with Lexmark’s three inkjet all-in-one (AIO) printers (Interact, Prestige and Platinum) and allows users to scan a document and send the files to an Evernote account for easy retrieval. This can be done directly from a networked printer, and doesn’t need a computer to do the uploading.
Evernote is accessible on Windows, Mac and via the Web, plus it can be used with a variety of mobile handsets, including the Apple iPhone as well as Android, BlackBerry, Palm Pre and Windows Mobile devices. Combined with the right printer and network connection this is truly scan and go.
NimBuzz Gets Rugged
While on the go there are times when a rugged phone is better for business than a BlackBerry or iPhone. For those times staying connected is also key, and this week Nimbuzz and Sonim Technologies announced a new partnership to deliver the next generation mobile messaging service from Nimbuzz in the rugged Sonim XP2 Spirit phone.
Available in Europe, the Sonim XP2 Spirit has a lot of heart. It is renowned as one the world’s toughest handsets, capable of surviving a drop onto concrete from two meters or survive in temperatures ranging from -20C to +55C! And it is more than brute strength too. It features the Nimbuzz Java client pre-installed, offering users access to IM and chat. The XP2 Spirit also includes an MP3 player and still video camera, so you have a communication and entertainment device that can stand up to wherever you need to go.
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