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Sync your Mac with an LG phone with FoneSync

Shocking as this might sound, not everyone wants an iPhone. And if you have a phone from LG, you might want to check out FoneSync, a new application from Novamedia which lets you sync contacts and calendar information from your Mac to a variety of LG phones.

At present, only three phones are compatible: The HB620T, KF750, and KU990. However, other LG phones might work, and Novamedia is offering a PhoneInspector application which you can download to check if your phone is supported.

FoneSync costs €19, and is available now.

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Reports of Android’s demise somewhat exaggerated

Information Week’s Eric Zeman decided that the fact he hadn’t heard much about Android on the first day of Mobile World Congress meant that the platform was in trouble:

Um. What gives? Many manufacturers have committed to the Android platform. Where are the handsets? Mobile World Congress is one of the biggest mobile events of the year. Android’s failure to show up makes me very nervous about the platform’s future.”

This got picked up by both MacDailyNews and Daring Fireball’s John Gruber, which doubtless means that thousands of Mac fans the world over will take away the idea that Android is dead.

Only one problem. Eric’s report wasn’t  accurate. Let’s look at the key bits.

“Nokia (NYSE: NOK)’s new phones don’t run Android”

This is hardly news. Nokia is a major backer of Symbian, and is hardly likely to use Google’s. Sounding surprised that Nokia isn’t using Android is a bit like being shocked that Apple isn’t – fake surprise.

“HTC also failed to announce any new Android gear. Instead, it focused on announcing two new Windows Mobile 6.5 phones”

Perhaps Eric simply missed the HTC Magic, which Vodaphone will be flogging soon. Or perhaps he just got confused because it isn’t called the G2, as was widely expected.

“LG already has picked a a smartphone platform for its future, and it isn’t Android”

This would be news to LG, which confirmed in a blog post that it will be producing an Android phone later this year. LG’s strategy seems pretty clear, as I posted yesterday: give people the option to buy pretty-much the same hardware with multiple operating systems, and see what the market decides.

Seriously, I know that it’s difficult to actually leave the hospitality room at conferences, but when a reporter writes a story like this I expect him to at least wander out and talk to someone on a booth about it. That way you’re actually giving information, rather than speculation.

UPDATE: And to add to the Android fun, Samsung has announced it will ship three phones based on the Google OS this year.

LG Arena: Fantastic hardware, slightly bonkers UI

LG has officially announced the LG Arena (not to be confused with the LG Arena in Birmingham), and accompanying it is a slightly frenetic promo video:

As with LG’s previous high-end phones, the hardware looks fantastic. There’s Dolby Mobile audio, video capable of 120fps, a five megapixel camera, and 8GB of RAM built-in. None of that is too much of a surprise: the LG Viewty that I had a look at in 2007 featured similar hardware which was way ahead of its time.

What remains to be seen is whether the new interface – dubbed “S-Class” (Mercedes, are you listening?) – makes the phone more usable than its predecessors. I found the Viewty frustrating, because I knew that the hardware was brilliant and then had to dive through twenty different menus and options to get to the feature I wanted. We’ll see if S-Class works better.

One area that I think may be an issue, though, is applications. As far as I can tell, The Arena runs Java apps on top of LG’s own OS – which means it’s unlikely to gain much mind-share from developers. And one thing that the success of the iPhone has taught us is that application support is a big selling point for smartphones. Witness the slew of announcements of new app stores from virtually everyone at MWC this week for evidence.

LG going with a more mainstream phone OS would fix this problem of course, so it’s no surprise that the GM730 – a Windows Mobile phone with S-Class – is apparently waiting in the wings. Interestingly, the company is talking up its commitment to Windows Mobile this week, despite having announced that it was  working on Android phones for launch in the second half of this year.

It will be interesting to see whether LG decides to pick one OS and run with it, or offer basically the same hardware running multiple OS’s, and see what the customers decide they want.

UPDATE: A quick confirmation that LG is still planning to produce phones based on Android appears here, for those who might think that the concentration on WinMo today means the Android plans have been ditched.