Ford has collaborated with Habu music app, ADT, Domino’s Pizza, Parkmobile and Parkopedia to offer more solutions to their in-vehicle mobile app platform SYNC AppLink. Drivers will be able to use the voice activated and touch screen solution to request service and manage other connected appliances.
Rovi is to license its connected platform to Consumer Electronic (CE) manufacturers to integrate it into their devices. According to the ITVT website the pre-ported solution is expected to be available to CE manufacturers later this quarter. Android devices with the pre-ported app will enable users to share and stream their content from these devices to other connected devices in the home such as connected TV's, network-attached storage (NAS) devices, Windows 7 PC's, set-top boxes and DVR's, throughout the home.
Owners of Schlage home automation and security system can now access and manage the Schlage system away from home. Using your Android phone you can monitor and control Z-ware enabled locks, thermostats, lights and other devices such as Schlage security cameras. Now owners of Android phones will be able to receive text messages when the kids get home from school.
The home phone has taken on a new face with the released of the new iHomePhone from Binatone. Released on the back of the iPhone, iPad and Windows 7 Phone; the iHomePhone is Android based and offers the functionalities similar to its Android based smartphone counterparts. The iHomePhone will allow users to browse the web, listen to music, chat to friends and even download apps. It is due out this month and prices start at £99.99.
Orb networks, a digital media streaming solution company has introduced two software solutions as the answer to the limited storage on portable devices and the limited amount of internet content they can access. Both solutions, the Orb Live for iPad tablet computers and Android phones and MyCast version 2.57 for PCs and Apple Macs, allow you to access stored media on your computer or live streaming content.
Dell enters Tablet market with ‘Streak’, a new android based tablet. The Streak tablet (see photo below) is due early June in the UK and will be sold exclusively by O2 the mobile phone and mobile network supplier. It will also be available in US but not until later this summer. We are not told who it the States will be the retailer and Dell is not giving anything away by saying about the price or if there would be a CDMA, LTE, or WiMAX version (i.e. Verizon, Sprint or Clear) available, so right now it is the usual GSM suspects AT&T and/or T-Mobile.
T-Mobile US is to release its second Android Mobile phone next month (June). The myTouch 3G Slide – as it is called, is an upgrade to the myTouch 3G released last year. The myTouch 3G Slide offers more typing space with a slide QWERTY us who rather a physical button to press than the on screen touch on the myTouch 3G. Also upgraded is the camera which has a 5-magapixel for better resolution.
Packet Video the company that gave us TwonkyMedia Server is at it again. This time with the release of TwonkyServer Mobile, Design specifically for Android handsets, TwonkyServer Mobile transforms your handset into a media sharing server.