Thursday, October 28, 2004

Ok, I’ve been asleep at the switch…

Sybase released PocketBuilder 2.0 on Monday, I just noticed it today. Looks like they timed it to co-incide with the PocketPC Summit 2004 and CTIA Wireless I.T. & Entertainment 2004 conference. The product won't ship until the end of November though.

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

More on the shift from PDAs to SmartPhones

More recent articles on the market shift from PDAs to SmartPhones, including eWeek, The Inquirer and ComputerWeek. Of course, many of those new SmartPhones are Symbian based, but Microsoft and Motorola have indicated that they are working together to make Windows Mobile more dominant.

Monday, October 25, 2004

MobileStar Award

For all you PocketBuilder fans out there, you'll be pleased to hear that PocketBuilder 1.5 was recently awarded the Gold Star (the highest award) in the Developer Tool category by Mobile Village. The iAnyWhere subsidiary of Sybase also received Gold Star awards for SQL Anywhere Studio (Database Category), mBusiness Studio (Middleware), XcelleNet Afaria (Mobile Device Management) and Avantgo (Wireless Web Content Provider). This continues PocketBuilder recognition, which began with PocketBuilder 1.0's receipt of a Jolt Productivity Award from Software Magazine.

Things should really begin to get interesting when 2.0 comes out (RSN) with SmartPhone support. As WirelessNewsFactor recently noted, the PDA market has gone relatively flat largely because end-users are switching to SmartPhones instead.

I'm a convert. I've been using a Motorola MPx200 since February, and am planning on upgrading to the MPx220 when it becomes available (latest rumor is that my provider will announce on Nov 3rd).
Of course, if you must have a stylus, you might want to look at something like the MPX instead, which also has a small keyboard.