This week resurgent handset maker Motorola and carrier Verizon announced a handset designed to eat up the competition – I had to say that anyway. The Devour is the first Verizon handset to feature MOTOBLUR, Motorola’s Android-powered content delivery service.
This handset also seems to fall into the Android category that mixes business with pleasure. It offers a customizable home screen to allow users to have access to favorite content, as well as posts, e-mails and messages from Twitter, Facebook and MySpace, while the Universal Inbox gathers texts, messages and e-mails in one spot. This is good for anyone who multitasks on the go. The Devour further offers a 3.1-inch display (the same size as the iPhone), along with a slide-out QWERTY keypad for sending messages and e-mail, along with an optical trackpad for on-screen navigation. The phone further features a 3-megapixel camera (no flash and no autofocus however), as well as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and even an accelerometer.
The only thing that is eating at me with the Devour is that it runs on Android 1.6 instead of the 2.0 version of the Droid, or Nexus One’s 2.1 version. Let’s hope for an update in the near future.
VoIP Sees Business Boom
While less than half of businesses (42 percent) used Voice over IP for communication in 2009, that number could almost double to 79 percent in the next three years, according to new research from In-Stat. The research firm further found that VoIP penetration in the United States among businesses has seen an increase in firms that no longer rely on legacy TDM voice services. In 2008 just 34 percent of businesses using VoIP had gone VoIP exclusively without traditional landline service, and that number increased in 2009 to 41 percent.
What will be extremely important to watch in 2010 is how this plays out with the mobile space. One number not mentioned in the In-Stat findings is how many of those businesses using VoIP over landlines are now also relying on mobile phones to some extent? It is possible that mobile is playing a greater role than meets the eye, and that VoIP and mobile are going hand in handset in replacing traditional landlines.
Mobile Tickets Taking Off
Tickets please… oh right, you left the tickets at home on the dresser. Now what? That has been a problem for movies, concerts and even airplanes! But according to Juniper Research, some 2 billion mobile tickets were purchased in 2009, and the research firm predicts the number will jump to 15 billion by 2014.
This is being seen as a win-win. No more tickets to lose or forget (least you forget or lose your phone), and for ticket issuers it means less tickets to lose. And so far several companies are in on this bandwagon, with Southwest Airlines providing an iPhone app, the NBA offering mobile tickets for the All-Star Game in Dallas to T-Mobile Android users, and even AMC movie theaters providing paperless mobile tickets in a test program in Chicago.