Consider just the last 48 hours:
- Sony Corp. (NYSE: SNE) officially released the new VAIO UX Micro PC, a pocket-sized computer that runs Windows XP Pro on a 4.5-inch screen with 800x600 resolution.
- Symbian Ltd. , which leads the world outside North America in smartphone platforms, said that the 100th mobile device based on its operating system has been released.
- The Palm Inc. Treo 700p smartphone, officially released on Monday after weeks of speculation, includes – in addition to EV-DO network connectivity – a feature from imaging company scanR that allows users to transform whiteboard notes into digital files.
- ABI Research released a study predicting that by 2011 ultra-wideband, the high-speed, short-range, wireless technology that is currently experiencing standards battles and other challenges, will be included in close to 300 million devices.
- In an effort to meet its growth targets (and deliver a crushing blow to rival Vonage, which is planning an IPO), Skype Ltd. said that users can make free PC-based calls to conventional landline and mobile phones from now until the end of the year.
- BlackBerry said it will release a new version of the BlackBerry Enterprise Server this fall that will enable companies to provide mobile apps over BlackBerries that don't necessarily have a corporate email account.
- Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) introduced a software upgrade for its 770 Internet Tablet that includes support for wireless communications including Google Talk, Google's free instant-messaging service.
- Juniper Research Ltd. forecasted that the total number of mobile WiMax subscribers will grow from 1.7 million in 2007 to 21.3 million in 2012.
Whew. I'd like to tell you there's a single, unifying theme to this blizzard of product announcements, growth predictions, and new technology releases. The best I can do is the most general theme of all: The world is going mobile, and the rate at which the world is going mobile is accelerating. Stay tuned to Unstrung for the news coverage and analysis that will help you make sense of it all.
— Richard Martin, Senior Editor, Unstrung