The iPhone 3.0 software is finally available and for me, one of the most important (and until now uncertain) features is the ability to tether - to use your phone as a modem for your laptop when you are out and about. Your laptop connects to your phone using Bluetooth and then your laptop is able to make use of the phones 3G or GPRS connection to connect to the Internet.
Palm Pre is finally available although only on one carrier in one country so it will not make that much of a difference. Still, it is great to see another brand new mobile operating system (Palm webOS) out there - this is putting additional pressure on Nokia and Microsoft to replace their aging operating systems Symbian and Windows Mobile.
Nokia opened their app store "Ovi Store" today. So far, every single piece of news I have seen about the Ovi Store has mentioned Apple - often even in the caption. There is absolutely no question who the leader is and who the challenger is.
The store is very slow now but that is to be expected with a launch like this.
Mobile Entertainment just published an interview about Ovi Store with Niklas Savander who is head of Nokia Services. Ovi Store is Nokia's application store that will open this month (May 2009).
First of, Savander tells us that there are going to be 20.000 content items available at launch day. Wow, did he just say they are going to have 20.000 applications available for Nokia phones on launch day? No, he did not, he said content items, you know, like RSS feeds, ring tones, background pictures, icons...
First of all, you never know in advance if a hotel is going to have an internet connection or not. On their web pages they will tell you that there are *color* televisions in the room, that hairdriers are available and so on - but nothing about internet.
And if you call and ask, they will either not understand the question or simply reply "yes". But a "yes" might just as well mean that they have a "dataport" at the back of the telephone in the room so you can connect your laptop using its built in modem...