Android takes the lead in US smartphone market

In a report released today by research firm NPD Group, it was shown that the sharp growth of the Android OS over the last two quarters has helped it surpass the iPhone and secure the number two spot in US smartphone share behind BlackBerry. Android’s remarkable growth can be attributed in part to the large success of the Motorola DROID on Verizon.  Android has also done well due to the fact that it has permeated all the major US carriers, with models available such as the HTC Hero on Sprint, and the Motorola BACKFLIP on AT&T.

CompanionLink has been on the forefront of Android synchronization, offering support for Android since the flagship T-Mobile G1 launched in 2008. CompanionLink now offers two methods to sync Android – wired USB sync and wireless sync through Google. CompanionLink is planning to soon launch DejaOffice for Android, an integrated suite of calendar, contacts, tasks and notes apps that provide more advanced CRM functions than the native Android apps. As Android continues to sweep the market, CompanionLink has lots of great things planned for the future. Stay tuned!

KIN ONE and KIN TWO now available

Microsoft announced today the availability of their new social networking phones, the KIN ONE and the KIN TWO. The KIN is a new type of smartphone that has a strong focus on social media and networking. The KIN runs a proprietary Microsoft operating system that is neither Windows Mobile 6.5 nor Windows Phone 7. Rather, the KIN’s user interface resembles the Zune, Microsoft’s line of portable media players. How does this new operating system fit in alongside all the Androids, iPhones, BlackBerrys and Palms out there?

Microsoft KIN

Image courtesy of Microsoft

Because the KIN runs a new proprietary operating system, that means that it doesn’t support the thousands of apps and third party software available for other phones running Microsoft operating systems. Unfortunately, that also means that the KIN is unable to synchronize data from the PC with CompanionLink.

CompanionLink is currently evaluating how to sync with the KIN platform. In the meantime, you can use CompanionLink to sync your PC with a wide variety of phones, including the iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Palm webOS, and Windows Mobile devices. More information, along with a 14-day free trial, is available at www.companionlink.com

Sync the new HTC DROID INCREDIBLE with your PC

HTC DROID INCREDIBLE
Source: HTC

The newest Android phone on the market is the HTC DROID INCREDIBLE with HTC Sense UI.  This beast features all the latest hardware, including an 8-megapixel camera and a 1GHz Snapdragon processor. The DROID INCREDIBLE sports a 3.7″ AMOLED screen, and runs Android 2.1. The DROID INCREDIBLE comes with HTC Sync out of the box to synchronize contacts and calendar with Microsoft Outlook. CompanionLink extends the sync functionality of the DROID INCREDIBLE by offering full support for contacts, calendar, tasks and notes, as well as the option for wireless sync.

CompanionLink synchronizes from PC to the DROID INCREDIBLE in two ways – secure wired sync and automatic wireless sync via Google. CompanionLink’s wired USB sync with DROID INCREDIBLE works through an Android app that runs on the phone.  The app has custom calendar, tasks, and notes modules, while contacts sync to the native contact database on the DROID INCREDIBLE.  CompanionLink’s wireless sync to DROID INCREDIBLE via Google lets people sync contacts and calendar data to Google, which then syncs to the phone through its wireless data connection.  Two-way sync is supported in both methods so that changes made on the phone are updated on the PC upon synchronization.

PC software such as Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Business Contact Manager, IBM Lotus Notes, ACT! by Sage, Novell GroupWise, and Palm Desktop are supported.  CompanionLink also supports the newest 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Outlook 2010. CompanionLink’s solutions are available for a one-time cost starting at $39.95.  Free telephone support is included.  More details and a 14-day evaluation version of the software are available at www.companionlink.com.

Dell Announces New Android Phones

Some drool-inducing new phones from Dell have just been spotted by the fine folks over at Engadget. Dell’s upcoming lineup includes new Android-powered and Windows 7 Series devices, as well as a pair of Android tablets. 2010 is shaping up to be a very good year for Android fans.

As these new phones launch, thousands of consumers will be looking for ways to sync these phones to their PCs. That’s where CompanionLink comes in. DejaOffice, a mobile office application suite for Android, will provide these new phones with business friendly contacts, calendar, tasks and notes apps. DejaOffice users will also be able to sync their new Dell phones to their PCs using CompanionLink. Compatible desktop software includes Outlook, Lotus Notes, ACT! by Sage, Palm Desktop and Goldmine.

Little is currently known about how the Windows 7 Series phones will sync with the PC. CompanionLink will continue to monitor this new smartphone platform, and as more details arise, will evaluate whether support for Windows 7 Series will be offered.

The Android-powered Dell Thunder

Source: Engadget.com

45 Million smartphone users

AdMob has just published a report comparing smartphone platforms from November 2009 and February 2010. As expected, Android has shown the most growth, almost doubling its market share in 3 months (most likely thanks to the Moto DROID). Windows Mobile continues to lose share, and Palm is also showing signs of distress. The Blackberry and iPhone remain largely unchanged.

CompanionLink offers sync solutions for all five of the platforms mentioned. No matter what device you choose, you can rest assured that CompanionLink will help you sync your data from the desktop. More information about CompanionLink’s sync solutions can be found at www.companionlink.com.

Announcing DejaOffice for iPad and iPhone

DejaOffice

DejaOffice, a mobile office application suite, is now available for iPad and iPhone in the Apple App Store. Designed for professionals who need quick access to manage their schedule, DejaOffice offers business-friendly contacts, calendar, tasks and notes for iPad and iPhone.

DejaOffice lets iPad and iPhone users efficiently view, enter, update and manage contact and schedule information. The app supports advanced business features such as categories, custom fields, advanced search and sort options, expense tracking, and linking of contacts to calendar. DejaOffice also takes advantage of the iPad’s large screen to offer additional display modes like dual-pane viewing. DejaCalendar

The iPad is a leap forward in mobile office productivity. Business professionals can pull up DejaOffice and easily take a few moments to organize their week’s schedule, plan business tasks, jot down expenses and make contact notes.

DejaOffice is compatible with CompanionLink’s PC software that provides two-way synchronization with applications such as Microsoft Outlook, IBM Lotus Notes, Novell GroupWise, Microsoft Outlook Business Contact Manager, ACT! by Sage and Palm Desktop.

DejaOffice for iPad and iPhone is currently available for free from the App Store. More information is available at www.dejaoffice.com.

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Google planning Android-powered television

Image Source: cnet.com

Google recently announced plans to bring their Android operating system into living rooms everywhere. Google, Intel, and Sony are working on a set-top box that would integrate traditional television overlayed with online elements. The potential is tremendous- news, emails, music, videos and more all instantly available on the TV, and integrated into the programming.

CompanionLink currently ships sync products for Android devices that allows users to sync their contacts, calendar, tasks and memos from their desktop PCs. It is not currently known if Google’s TV product will have modules for business functionality, such as a calendar. This is something we here at CompanionLink will keep our eyes on as it develops.

More info on Google’s project here.

Win a free copy of CompanionLink!

Have an Android phone? Win a free copy of CompanionLink Pro with the RunStart remote setup service! We are holding a contest over at droidforums.net. For contest details, click here https://www.droidforums.net/forum/companionlink-software/29209-contest-how-do-you-droid-win-free-copy-companionlink-pro.html

CompanionLink supports Motorola DEVOUR

Motorola DEVOURCompanionLink Software is proud to support the new Motorola DEVOUR with MOTOBLUR. The Motorola DEVOUR builds on the great features of the popular DROID phone. The DEVOUR runs the Android operating system, allowing users access to the thousands of apps currently available.

With CompanionLink, users can synchronize contacts, calendar, tasks, and notes from popular information management software such as Microsoft Outlook, Lotus Notes, ACT! by Sage, Novell GroupWise, Palm Desktop and GoldMine to the Google account set up with the DEVOUR. Once data is synchronized to the Google account, the integration between Google and the DEVOUR will ensure data is transferred to the phone. CompanionLink is a cost-effective answer to people asking how they can get their desktop data on their DEVOUR in either a wireless via Google or wired USB fashion.

A 14-day evaluation version of the software is available at www.companionlink.com/android.

Free webinar on how to sync data from ACT! to your smartphone

The ACT! AddOn Store is hosting a series of free webinars through their training center. There is a free training session on March 11 that will give you a clear understanding of the sync options you have between ACT! and the latest smartphones:

  • BlackBerry
  • iPhone
  • Palm webOS
  • Android
  • Windows Mobile
  • Palm OS
  • Symbian S60

Session Details:

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

To register, visit crmtrainingcenter.com and click on ‘Sessions’ up at the top. Explore more sync options at companionlink.com.