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Nokia’s Developer Push

A few days back I went to Nokia’s Code Camp. They seem to be making a push to make sure developers create more apps on their platform, which is understandable with the advent of iPhone and Android. They’re launching their own version of of Apple’s AppStore — the Ovi Store,  which will house all content and applications available for S60 device. One of their selling points is they have a more attractive and flexible revenue framework for developers.

Also, I learned that my E71 can apparently run WRT (Web Runtime) widgets. WRT makes it possible to run JavaScript apps separately from the native browser. This is probably the answer to my long-running quest for a more usable Twitter client on the E71 (I’m gonna have to make my own).

What’s interesting though is version 1.1 of WRT (which unfortunaltey for me, will only be available on S60 5th edition devices like the 5800 and N97). It offers an API that provides access to device functions like GPS, Bluetooth, Messaging, Vibrate, Imaging. This effectively lowers the barriers to entry of mobile app development for the web developer. One doesn’t need to know C++ just to create applications that can interact with the phone system. Web developers can use their existing knowledge of JavaScript (and also ActionScript on Flash Lite) to create mobile applications that go beyond just pull information from the web.

Another reason why I love my E71

I wrote before why I got an E71 and not an iPhone, after a few more months of using it, I’ve grown to love it even more. Since I go back to Manila around twice a year I usually switch my SIM cards, putting Globe on my primary phone when I’m in the Philippines. The E71 seems to know which SIM card I have on and automatically has all the settings for mobile Internet and MMS. I don’t have to request for the settings or enter them manually. The configuration settings are probably stored on the SIM card and the E71 just automatically retrieves it so I don’t have too many access point settings on my phone.

Keeping Google Calendar, iCal and my E71 in sync

After simplifying my email, the next task I needed to do to have a more organized life is to have a calendar I can view and edit on any device I’m on (mobile, notebook, office computer). Since I moved all my email to a Google App domain, might as well use the calendar that came with it. Luckily, Google Calendar now supports Apple iCal, so it was rather straightforward to have iCal and my Google Calendar synced. I just needed to run Calaboration once to automatically setup my calendar on iCal. Once it was done, sync was done OTA. iCal basically works now as an interface to Google Calendar. The downside to this is you need to keep iCal open if you want to make sure your calendar is always syncronized.

As for sync with my E71, I signed up for GooSync to sync with Google Calendar so I can sync anytime, anywhere. I hope there’s some way to make it automatic though. Previously, I used iSync through Bluetooth to sync my E71 and iCal. Now, the only thing I use iSync for is my contacts which doesn’t really change as often as the calendar.

Update: Since Google already supports Exchange via Google Sync, there’s no more need to use a third-party service (GooSync). It would be easier to just sync the E71 via Mail for Exchange. Google has setup instructions for Nokia S60 devices. If you’re using Google Apps, you need to enable mobile sync for your domain via the control panel.

If you don’t like keeping iCal open (like me) and you don’t mind spending, Spanning Sync is a great way to synchronize iCal/Address Book and Google Calendar/Contacts.

Nokia Sports Tracker

I’ve always wanted to get Nike+ before so I can be a bit more serious about running by keeping track of my runs. Apparently, my phone has a pre installed Sports Tracker and I tried it out this morning.  And according to it, I ran some 2.28km today.

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Mobile Apps

Since I’ve been on my E71 a lot more. Here’s some apps that I frequently use on it.

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Keeping my devices in sync

Lately, I’ve been using my E71 more than my computer — to organize my calendar, read emails, make quick replies, update contact info. And with iSync I’ve been able to keep the info between my computer and mobile phone synchronized.

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Why I didn’t get an iPhone

A few months back I almost wanted an iPhone. I was really dead set on getting one. But after reading all the reviews about another phone, the Nokia E71, I decided not to get an iPhone.  This is even if I’ve experienced first hand how intuitive and easy to use its UI is, since I have an iPod Touch. There are just some things the iPhone doesn’t have that I needed on a “phone.” And so I will enumerate those things: Continue reading ‘Why I didn’t get an iPhone’

Tethering

While I was away, I needed to do some work since my leave was abrupt and in the middle of a crucial stage of a project. I was in the hospital for most of the middle of the week and it’s a good thing I’ve set up tethering on my MacbookPro via bluetooth using my N81 before. I was also fortunate that Globe has finally decided to have an option for time-based charging when using mobile broadband which is more cost effective if you’re consuming a lot of data.

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