Mobile Musings from June

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June has been a busy month for mobile, primarily because of Apple’s launch of iOS4 and the new iPhone (antenna woes and all). However, presenting an update on that would be too easy; here are a few things you might have missed in all the hubbub.

CNET reported that merely weeks after Microsoft launch of Kin, they would be stopping development, and focusing on Windows Phone 7. 1

Android released 2.2 to developers with the notable additions being:

  • Improved performance
  • Use as a portable hotspot (certain devices)
  • Exchange support
  • Multiple keyboard languages 2

Rhodes 2.0 was launched under its new MIT license allowing developers far more flexibility and a broader scope to use Rhodes in developing applications. RhoSync remained under Rhomobile commercial license. The launch of Rhodes 2.0 brought with it some new features, primarily the metadata framework, which I have yet to get my teeth into.3

MeeGo, the joint venture between Intel’s Moblin and Nokia’s Meamo announced its “Handset Project Day 1” complete with video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EW5wpg5epMs), which I thought looked pretty darn slick. 4

I’ll be keeping a closer eye on MeeGo as its growth continues, and looking out for new Intel Atom-based devices, until then though; I’ll just have to hope Santa comes early with a new Aava smartphone for me 🙂

Finally a fun fact for June, in its 2010 Q1 report RIM announced they had shipped their 100 millionth BlackBerry smartphone; iPhone, what iPhone? 5

Sources:

  1. http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-20009336-56.html
  2. http://developer.android.com/sdk/android-2.2-highlights.html
  3. http://rhomobile.com/2010/06/30/rhodes-2-0-released-rhodes-apps-continuing-to-be-accepted-on-app-store/
  4. http://meego.com/community/blogs/valhalla/2010/meego-handset-project-day-1-here
  5. http://press.rim.com/release.jsp?id=4135