Posts Tagged ‘iOS’

Sony Reader for iOS and Android Coming in December

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

As the above image suggests, the Sony Reader apps for iOS and Android are coming in December. You will be able to sync with your Sony Reader account, check out books from your library, and all the other things you’d expect from a mobile reader app. Sony is a little behind, considering the Nook and Kindle apps have been around quite a while. It is good to see Sony make an attempt to catch up.

Sony currently offers software for PC and Mac, which you can download here. The mobile apps will offer similar functionality. You can access your books whether you purchased them from the reader, website, software or iPhone or Android app. The apps will also let you bookmark, highlight, take notes, and adjust font sizes. Check out the screenshots below.

It looks like Sony’s Reader apps will be quite useful, but Sony has a long road ahead. It must now convince the Nook and Kindle app customers to make the switch. I think the e-Library lending options help give Sony a fighting chance, but we’ll have to wait and see.

Another Symbian Phone Bites the Dust

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Symbian has lost another manufacturer. Samsung has announced it will discontinue using Symbian on its phones. This follows closely on the heels of a similar announcement by Sony Ericsson. One by one Symbian is losing manufacturers, even members of the Symbian Foundation.

Symbian has been the dominant OS for a long while, but iOS and Android have been rapidly gaining ground. Gartner is predicting that Android will bump Symbian from the number one slot by 2014. Interestingly Microsoft almost falls off of the same chart. Not too many people rooting for Windows lately.

Symbian has remained popular largely due to the high volumes of cheap cell phones that run it. Some higher-end phones, like the Sony Ericsson Vivaz sport Symbian though. At this point the Vivaz is the last of the Sony Ericsson phones to offer the OS. Being a fan of the Xperia line, I am not too disappointed to know that Android is becoming a big part of Sony Ericsson’s future. Nokia is still holding on firmly, but even Nokia is showing interest in its own spin-off.

Do you have a Symbian phone? Did you just pick up a Vivaz or maybe even a Samsung recently? Hopefully you’ll get a lot of use out of it. Your next phone very well could be sporting iOS or Android.