HP has announced its intentions to bring a new iPAQ Mobile Messenger that integrates Bluetooth, EDGE and GPS features. The iPAQ Mobile Messenger is based on Windows Mobile Pocket PC OS, brings a different form factor, and includes a built-in keyboard. It does not include wireless LAN, since it is focused on the telco market and its instant messaging capabilities.
The company has also announced a partnership with Good Technology to include the GoodLink suite of software with upcoming iPaq models. Good Technology currently offers GoodLink and GoodAccess for the HP iPAQ h6315 Pocket PC. As HP introduces its next series of HP iPAQ Mobile Messenger handhelds this year, customers will be able to deploy GoodLink and GoodAccess even more quickly and seamlessly by taking advantage of the bundled hardware and software solution.
Another HP partnership announced today includes the Mobile Forms Initiative with Nokia, which will combine HP's print-on-demand technology and Forms Automation Solution with the mobility of the Nokia Digital Pen. The collaboration provides a comprehensive solution that addresses current inefficiencies and high costs associated with manual forms processing. The Mobile Forms Initiative features:
HP Digital Layout Designer: Transforms a customer's existing paper forms into "smart" paper forms through digital technology.
HP Digital Paper Printer Driver: Handles the printing of digitized forms on qualified standard HP LaserJet printers, printed on demand.
Nokia Digital Pen: Used with HP printed "smart" paper forms, the Nokia Digital Pen handles like a normal ballpoint pen. The Digital Pen communicates with a Nokia mobile device via Bluetooth wireless technology when the user completes a form. The Nokia Digital Pen is compatible with all of Nokia's Bluetooth-enabled devices (except Nokia 8910 and Nokia 8910i).
HP Service Controller: Connects via GPRS with the Nokia Digital Pen and is the customer's webserver for managing users, digital pens, forms and end-to-end security.
HP Digital Paper SDK: Allows the customer to create customized web services for processing the forms data in the digital pen and sending to the client backend in a standardized format.