It's been a rough quarter for Motorola and the result is that they posted a loss of $28 million for the quarter. I'm not at all surprised by the loss. Take a gander at all of the hijinks that they've been though in the past few months:
And that's just the coverage here. Now, Motorola has said that they're hoping the smartphone space will help save them and they may have a point there - the only bright spot in their report is that "Enterprise Mobility" is doing just fine, thanks. Must be those nice guys from Good Technology that got brought into the fold. My advice to them - keep your head down and keep on keepin' on.
In the second quarter, Motorola reported a net loss of $28 million, or 1 cent a share, down from year-ago profit of $1.38 billion, or 55 cents a share.
The mobile unit also posted an operating loss of $264 million, compared with an $804 million gain a year earlier.
Motorola's third major segment, called Enterprise Mobility, saw a 42% jump in sales to $1.9 billion. Operating profit rose to $302 million from $252 million.
The next-gen wireless network is still coming, Sprint reminds us with a little press release. To ensure that it's rolled out to as wide an audience as possible, they're teaming up with clearwire to build the network. So presumably clearwire will handle the areas they already have and Sprint will handle the rest.
Under the network build-out plan, Sprint Nextel will focus its efforts primarily on geographic areas covering approximately 185 million people, including 75 percent of the people located in the 50 largest markets, while Clearwire will focus on areas covering approximately 115 million people. Initially, the two companies expect to build out network coverage to approximately 100 million people by the end of 2008, with seamless roaming enabled between the deployed areas.[...] Both companies will provide seamless reciprocal roaming service to each others' WiMAX customers, and Sprint Nextel plans to provide dual-mode (CDMA-WiMAX) services nationwide to its customers over both its own and Clearwire's portion of the WiMAX networks.
This is super cool - it's a plugin for PocketIE that posts a bookmark to your del.icio.us account. I use and love del.icio.us quite a bit, so being able to easily post to it not only from my desktop (I like the Mac-only Pukka for that) but also from my Mobile is pretty cool. The linked page goes into a bit of detail about how much work it turned out to be to make the plugin, so let me just say how much appreciate it.
If you're a social bookmarking fiend, this thing looks like a must-have.
ROM Updates for everyone! It's just been a month since the Mogul was released and already we have a ROM update for it. No, sorry, it's not the anticipated upgrade to the speedier EVDO. Instead it lets you buy and download music form the Sprint Music Store.
It'll erase your phone, so make sure you've got all your data backed up.
By downloading the latest ROM, the Sprint Music Store will operate on your device. The Sprint Music Store enables you to purchase and download digital files to play on your device or PC.
Windows Mobile 6 for the 8525! and not just any ROM, mind you, but it looks to be the really real ROM that AT&T will be giving to us.. soon. That's good news to me, because it means that a slightly more stable ROM than the leaked Blackjack WM6 ROM should also come in tow - hopefully with that cool video share functionality. What's most amusing to me about this imminent release is that we just saw a ROM update for the 8525 just a month and a half ago.
You could go searching for the leaked ROM for your 8525, but in my opinion, if you've waited this long, you may as well wait just a little bit longer. If the rumor mill is right, that "little bit longer" should be less than a week or two. If you don't have an 8525 and don't have the wherewithal to wait for the Kaiser, there was a recent price drop that might help you open your wallet.
Just like the T-Mobile Dash Windows Mobile 6 Upgrade was leaked about a week before the real release, AT&T's 8525 update has just been dumped onto the internet as well. What does this mean to you? Two things.
I smell a horse race, folks, and it's gonna be a good one. Yahoo Go may finally be available on a few WM devices, but Live Search for Windows Mobile (Go, now, and get it: http://wls.live.com on your device) is available on all of them. It looks to be a worthy upgrade, adding movie times to its standard stable of results.
Also new and cool: the GPS integration now automatically recalculates your directions if you stray from the path it set for you. All you need is a bluetooth GPS puck. As in: I can't think of a single reason to pay for Telenav, ever. It's still not as cool at TomTom, which gives you a 3D map and speaks the directions, but it's close.
Version 2 adds a host of new features: Movie Showtimes, More Local Data, Mobile Virtual Earth, better support for GPS integration and improved turn-by-turn navigation. We’ll even prompt you to auto-reroute if you get lost
Engadget Mobile is reporting that the super-sweet, high-powered, high-resolutionToshiba G900 isn't all that sweet, powered, or, er, resolute. Mainly because it's freezing the moment the devices goes into standby. The forum thread over at My G900 is enough to make you gnash your teeth. Maybe it's that Toshiba is so new to the Windows Mobile game and they're still getting their sea legs.
A fix is coming from Toshiba. ...Sometime.
It appears that the G900 (just out the factory) has been plagued with coming out of standby issues. I've never had it lock up on me while using it. It's just after you've let it turn the screen off or you've shut it off (not complete power off) that it sometimes just plain wont come out of standby.
Update: Clark rightly points out that Toshiba isn't new to the game, just new to smartphones. And they've sorta been out of the loop generally for awhile. Anyhow, I just hope they get it fixed soon before it sullies the nice little splash they're making with this (otherwise) sweet device.
I've complained more than once that Yahoo Go's compatibility with Windows Mobile devices has been, well, nonexistent since they moved to their fancy new Beta. Well they're finally starting to remedy that, as it's looking like their WM Phone Selection page now no longer says "Coming soon" on every last Windows Mobile device. Specifically, it looks like Smartphone/Standard edition phones with a Landscape-style screen are ready to go. That means Dash, Q, and Blackjack owners can get hooked up with Yahoo! Go! Goodness!
The goodness that's specifically most exciting to me is push IMAP email from Yahoo. This means that out of the big three free webmails out there, two of them (Live/Hotmail and Yahoo) now offer free push email to WM devices. But if you're a Yahooholic*, most of their other services (including contact and calendar sync) are also available via the interface.
Now - bring the support for the rest of the WM styles, Yahoo.
(* No, I don't feel good about using that word. But until Yahoo gives me what I want, I'm going to mount a "Corny! Yahoo! Punctuation! and Grammar! Assault!" on them.)
Nice: I've been trying to settle on a project management solution that's more feature-rich than a simple ToDo list. A lot of folks I work with are smitten with (and use) Basecamp. It's a little overkill, perhaps, but sometimes you need to get the whole enchilada just so you can eat the guacamole. ..Or something.
Anyway, TrailGuide is a mobile client for Basecamp that will give you access to most of the key features you'll need to track and collaborate on your projects with Basecamp. It's a perfect example of why I generally prefer local software over interacting with my data over the web. There's a 30 day free trial, after which you're paying a per-month fee.
If you rely on Basecamp for project management and customer communication, start increasing your productivity by carrying your projects with you at all times - right on your smartphone - using TrailGuide from Carry The Day.
There's been a lot of noise lately about people buying up a certain phone and then expecting their IT departments to integrate it into their networks. Let's face it, though, it's not just an iPhone issue. Plenty of folks also pick up Windows Mobile devices on their own and expect their companies to play ball. That's all well and good, but there are security issues to consider. If you're considering those issues, check out this this article over at Modern Nomads.
It goes over the security issues, both server and client side, of allowing sensitive data on a WM device. Done right, it can actually be a really good thing - i.e. you can train your users to put their data on something that can be secured (i.e. their Windows Mobile device) instead of just throwing it on a USB stick.
The SoundExchange executive [Jon Simson, executive director] promised -- in front of Congress -- that SoundExchange will not enforce the new royalty rates. Webcasters will stay online, as new rates are hammered out.
So it's not a total win for Internet Radio, but just a stay of execution. Actually, it looks like the firestorm the move created is actually causing SoundExchange to soften their position. Go on over to SaveNetRadio to whoop it up and help with the next move.
Just over a month ago we reported that the International Trade Commission wants to ban 3G chips from being imported into the US because they violated Broadcom patents (Story here). I know a guy who works for Broadcom, and he seems nice enough, but I'm starting to feel like maybe I should punch him in the neck (plus, they're in cahoots with that other popular phone).
In any case, CTIA (they of the superfun wireless conventions) is asking the President to veto the ban because, if it's allowed to stand, they think it will cause $21.1 billion (with a "B") in economic damage. This PDF link provides all the details about how the sky will fall if this isn't stopped. The Spice 3G Must Flow. You go get 'em, CTIA!
CTIA-The Wireless Association® is deeply concerned that the ITC order banning new models of wireless broadband handsets will cause unprecedented economic harm to tens of millions of American wireless consumers, and because of that we urge President Bush to veto the order
So Microsoft has put up a fancy little web gadget that lets you punch in some key stats about your company and then find out just how much money you'll save/make by switching your employees to Windows Mobile -- thereby increasing their productivity. But Good Golly are the terms and whatnot in there above my head. One of two things is going on here:
I am beyond clueless about the financial management of a mid-to-large size corporation. As clueless as I am about brain surgery. More, even. I understand what a "frontal lobe" is and have half a shot at telling you the primary functions of the hippocampus. But "Reduce Sales Force Lead to Order Sales Cycle"? No. Clue.
The "business-speak" language is intentionally ramped up to obscure the details and maximize the chances you have of using this tool to impress the hell out of your boss so he or she will buy you that Sprint Mogul you've been eyeing.
...my guess is all of the above. So go calculate it, then go grab your superiors and explain how they'd be crazy not to buy you a shiny new smartphone.
the Business Value Calculator allows you to quantify the benefits and the direct and indirect costs of deploying mobile line-of-business applications, including measurable impact on revenue and income, operating expense savings, productivity enhancements, and other strategic business improvements.
On the Windows Mobile side of Palm's world, things are going a little better. They've released an update for the the memory-aenemic 700w and the ready-for-prime-time 700wx. The update equalizes the two devices (except for the memory issue) and adds A2DP and improved DUN. What it doesn't add is Windows Mobile 6.
Look, Palm, I love you guys from the bottom of my heart, I'm even willing to believe that your Foleo will be at least half as successful as you seem to think. But being a Palm fan has been a lot like being a Vikings fan for a few years now: We believe in the team, every year it looks like they're going to get it together, most years they do much better than the naysayers give them credit for, but in the end -- no Superbowl.
The biggest deal is the addition of A2DP, though that couldn't have been that hard since people have been hacking it onto the 700wx for awhile now. TreoCentral forum member hannip posted a download for Sprint 700w/wx users back in February and made lots of Treo owners very happy.