And we’re now on to Part III of this series and it sure looks from the comments that everyone is enjoying it just as much as I am. Just a reminder that I’ve stopped taking questions for the developers and their answers will appear in the next part. For those who have just joined us, there’s a Part I and II to this series that you might want to read first before you start on this, to get a better flow of things.
Also a quick recap, each representative will be represented by their company’s name. So you will see my questions and replies as Eten Blog, Alex Kac’s will be WebIs, Amit’s will be SBSH, Ellen’s will be Ilium, Victoria’s will be Spb and DinarSoft’s will be DinarSoft.
Eten Blog: Let’s talk about 2008. What do you have in store for us?
DinarSoft: Our 2008 plan is really busy and will introduce new titles, however we can’t say much now but we’re sure customers will like them.
Spb: Oh, please be sure, we are going to try to outdo ourselves this year yet again, but we don’t share our plans. So, the mobile people out there, tune it, please keep an eye on our news and you’ll be rewarded.
Eten Blog: Sounds really tempting. What about you Alex, Amit and Ellen?
WebIs: Mostly BlackBerry support and two major releases.
SBSH: As I’ve mentioned in some of my answers above, there are definitely lots of new surprises on the pipeline for 2008. Unfortunately I can’t disclose much more information about the different projects at this stage, but we will be sure to have those announced to the community and market the right way once things will be ready for release!
Ilium: We’ve already announced the beta program for our eWallet Web Companion - a way for users to view their wallets safely on their iPhones, Blackberry, or Symbian phones, or in fact any device with a browser and an internet connection. We’ll also continue upgrading our software, as well as our website.
Eten Blog: Oh boy. I was hoping for something juicy but I guess the only way we’ll find out is to keep ourselves tuned it. Maybe you could tell us which software to look out for?
Spb: Like I said, we cannot unveil future plans, but we’ll definitely go for offering our customers something very special around the 3GSM event, as well as the summer should prove to be fruitful. Stay with us!
DinarSoft: In Q2/Q3, we will release a new title that we are excited about.
Eten Blog: Very coy Victoria and Alex. And thanks DinarSoft for sharing that info with us. I wonder what it is. Amit, will you holding back as well?
SBSH: Unfortunately this is something that we still can’t disclose
Eten Blog: Then I guess we will have to keep a sharp eye eh? How about you Ellen? Could you share something with us?
Ilium: I think the eWallet Web Companion will be very exciting for everyone.
Eten Blog: Sweet. I will be sure to keep a look out for that one. (To readers: I tried but can’t seem to get any information. Let’s try a different approach). Now I am sure many will be interested to know, will you be working on new titles or developing on the current ones for 2008?
WebIs: I would love to share them with you but it’s still too early to tell.
Eten Blog: Fair enough. What about you Amit?
SBSH: We will definitely have quite a few new releases during 2008 along with some great new updates for our current different applications that are continuously undergoing development. Things will definitely be very interesting during this upcoming year!
Eten Blog: Sure sounds like the development year is paying off. I can’t wait to see those improvements. What about IliumSoft’s plan Ellen?
Ilium: For the most part, we’ll be upgrading and expanding our existing titles and platforms. But I won’t rule out something completely new.
Eten Blog: Always open to suggestions, that’s awesome. What about you Victoria? Anything you want us to know?
Spb: We will continue to create WM miracles
Eten Blog: I am sure you will. And DinarSoft, what say you?
DinarSoft: The only thing that I can share here is that a major release for TapText (adding encryption and much more) is planned in 2008.
Eten Blog: Now that’s something really juicy. I can’t wait to see how that goes. One last question from me before we hand it over to the readers: Besides your company, what else are you looking forward to in 2008?
WebIs: Windows Mobile 6.1 will be nice to cleanup a few minor issues with the OS. Also just a new fresh start is nice
SBSH: Probably the most anticipated news will be the reveal of the new Windows Mobile 7 version that is slowly covered by different news sites these days. Hopefully we will be able to get access to initial beta versions of the upcoming WM version towards the end of 2008. At this stage I have no further information about this and I’m definitely looking forward to see what new technologies Microsoft have planned for the mobile market and will Microsoft be able to re-gain the “Cool” facture that was taken a bit by the iPhone release this year.
The mobile market is definitely heating up and it will be exciting to see what competition between these two giants will bring with it!
Ilium: I hope that the success of the iPhone helps people realize the potential of their smartphones, and encourages them to get the most use and value out of them. I also hope it shows companies like Microsoft and Palm that smartphones can be very successful consumer devices, and that it encourages these companies to get serious about their smartphone development and marketing.
Spb: Well, in 2007, we have seen Apple change the multimedia phone landscape with its iPhone, Google create the open platform Android, Microsoft widen its users audience with Windows Mobile 6.0. We have all witnessed the new HTC brand grow and flourish, and will probably see them ship their first Android phone by the middle of 2008. iPhone and TouchFLO have turned back the buttons trend in smartphone development, I look forward to seeing more of very functional screens. Motorola and UIQ have become closer and I anticipate a new Symbian-based touch screen Motorola. I look forward to seeing iPhone open up to third-party developers. And I cannot wait for the 3G and pre-4G technologies to spur the development of high speed data transfer-based mobile services.
Eten Blog: Those are some really exciting things to look forward to and I am sure many of us as well are looking forward to them. Well guys, this is the end of Part III of the series. We will close the series next week but not before I get them to answer some questions from you. So do subscribe to the site to stay on track. I’ll see you next week!