No time for lengthy updates today… needless to say I’m a fan of Mobile Shell 2 (ditched TouchFlo on my HTC Touch in favor of it). Mobile Shell 3 looks to be very promising. Check the videos for more:
Google Mobile Maps is getting a new feature called Google Latitude. It will allow you to broadcast your location to select friends, family, and colleagues based on the coordinates of your cell phone. Latitude already works in 27 countries on Windows Mobile 5.0 or later, , Blackberries, and most Symbian-based devices such as Nokia smartphones. Android support will begin in about a week, and an iPhone app is coming soon. If you live in the U.S., there is also an iGoogle gadget that shows everyone’s location and messages.
“What Google Latitude does is allow you to share that location with friends and family members, and likewise be able to see friends and family members’ locations,” said Steve Lee, product manager for Google Latitude. For example, a girlfriend could use it to see if her boyfriend has arrived at a restaurant and, if not, how far away he is.
Google isn’t oblivious to your privacy; Google specifically requires people to sign up for the service. They can then share their precise location, the city they’re in, or nothing at all. A Google account is required to use the service. For choosing who gets to see your location, you can use contacts stored with Gmail or Picasa. Latitude is very much like a private version of Yahoo’s Fire Eagle geo-location service; there is no way to broadcast your location to the public at large, only to your own Gmail contacts. Oddly, it does not yet work with Google Friend Connect.
Like other location aware mobile application, Google Latitude uses either your GPS satellite location or by proximity to mobile phone towers and wireless networks.
Read up more on Google Latitude here. This link will also send Latitude to your phone as well as let you check if your phone is compatible.
Supposedly the images below represent the 2009 line-up of HTC devices coming out. Of note are the Sprint HD Pro ( Tungsten W), VZW HD Pro (Rhodium W) & the Sprint Jasper. The posters of at PPCGeeks suspect that the Jasper will be the first HTC Android phone for the Sprint network… looks like I might be waiting on getting a new phone after all! (view all the phones by clicking the Read More link).
Ok well ALMOST free, you pay a small shipping charge.
I don’t know what they get out of it, but FreeHeadset is offering to send you a headset you can use with your cell phone while driving. That could be important if you’re living in California on July 1–the date you have to go hands-free, or just convenient if you live anywhere else.
FreeHeadset says they do it to promote safety and claim to have shipped over 250,000 headsets. My guess is they hope you’ll opt to pay for a headset with more features than the freebies–but if you choose a free headset, you pay only $3.94 for shipping. It takes about five days to reach you. Check the FAQ for details.They didn’t have a free set for my HTC Touch, but I did find one for my wife’s LG Rumor. $4…. nice!
The official update has been released… click this link to see the post.
A crafty fellow who goes by joe11223 posted a question to the Sprint Developer website and received a response that it should be early July.
We are currently working on the ROM update for HTC Touch and the official release date is not finalized. However, we are targeting to release the update in first part of July. Once the update is officially released, We are going to make the update available on our ADP website and we will also be notifying our developer community via this forum.
Sprint Nextel ADP Team
Of course they didn’t say July of 2008 (after all the initially said it HAD GPS and then they said it’d be updated in Q12008). LOL. Seriously, the wait is out of control and I’m sick of Sprint and this experience has led me to want to switch carriers. Here’s to hoping we actually see it in July.
The post date was June 23rd, 2008 and you can find the post here.