At WES 2009, I did my best to walk around the showroom floor and vPost the highlights from the show. WES has become an enterprise centric show and WES 2010 will likely be the same. Personally, I’m hoping RIM will start a new conference with a consumer theme, but they’ll likely save the consumer news for CTIA 2010.
I’ve taken the time to repost the Best of WES 2009 on BlackBerry Cool so you can review the entries and vote. We’re voting on the following categories:
1) Best consumer app
2) Best enterprise app
3) Overall favorite application at the show
Giesecke & Devrient Mobile Security Card
Security is a popular topic here at WES. RIM has announced that it has been awarded the highest possible grade of encryption, making it the most secure device on the market. With G&D’s mobile security card, you can save data and have it encrypted in case of theft. The card also provides you with secure email, device protection and even voice encryption. With companies such as G&D, we’re seeing an incredible amount of security on BlackBerry.
Magmic Social – mobile gaming social network
Now I know what you’re thinking: “another social network?” Well Magmic Social has 2 main elements that make it worthwhile. First, they already have an enormous number of users. Secondly, the network serves to connect you with other mobile gamers, thus improving your mobile gaming experience.
If you’ve ever played Texas Hold’em King 3, you know that the multiplayer features set it apart from the competition. With Magmic Social, you can connect with other THK3 players and really boost the gaming experience.
Vayyoo’s vPost – capture, prepare and share
Of course I had to include vPost in the Best of WES considering I’m using it to document the showroom floor.
Free in App World, vPost allows you to capture images, video and audio and email them with GPS and maps attached. By attaching an annotation to the median your emails (or vPosts) can become blog posts, Twitter or Facebook updates.
The app has an incredible number of uses for both consumer and enterprise so it will be interesting to see how people use this product.
WHERE LBS application for BlackBerry
WHERE is a location-based app that gives you info on a host of topics such as weather, restaurant reviews, gas prices and movie showtimes. A great addition to the service includes the WHERE Wall where communities discuss what they find on WHERE.
Zenprise MobileManager for enterprise mobility
Zenprise gives BlackBerry administrators the ability to get real time visibility and control over devices on their network. Here at WES, they’re speaking to attendees about their latest features including the ability to do an application audit, view a task manager or find a lost device using their device locator.
Viigo Alpha adds even more functionality
It’s hard to keep up with the guys at Viigo because they are constantly adding new functionality. Their latest updates include audio streaming for Podcasts, social networking including full Twitter functionality, improved weather feeds and Pageonce account management support.
All of these features, including previous features, are available on your device in real-time. As one Viigo user said “Viigo should become the native OS.” In the very least, we should see this app come preloaded.
Nobex Radio Companion for BlackBerry
Nobex Radio Companion is a streaming radio app on App World that allows you to listen to a variety of stations and purchase music from your device. With a large catalog of stations and The latest update to Nobex includes the ability to read the lyrics of the song you’re listening to. It’s like karaoke in your pocket!
SmrtGuard keeps your BlackBerry safe
SmrtGuard has the ability to track your BlackBerry via GPS and wipe it should the device get lost or stolen. With SmrtGuard, you can remotely wipe the SD card, apps and PIMs so the data isn’t compromised. You can also remotely restore the device should it be recovered.
Here at WES, the company is proud to announce a deal with the carrier Indosat who will be implementing their solution.
Vlingo speech recognition for BlackBerry
Vlingo has a speech recognition app that’s going to change the way you interact with your BlackBerry. With Vlingo, you can speak anything you want and get accurate results. Some examples of voice initiated features include: calling, web search, SMS, Twitter, Facebook, email, note to self, calendar, launch apps etc.
Stay tuned for more speech functionality.
Gwabbit converts email signatures to contacts
Gwabbit is a really cool product for BlackBerry that searches and identifies signatures embedded in emails on your BlackBerry and adds or updates that information to your address book in a single click.
For those users syncing their contacts to Outlook, gwabbit brings together simple, automated contact management.
The app $9.95 on App World.
Xobni connects your Outlook and social networks
Although this isn’t a BlackBerry specific product, it’s incredibly cool nonetheless. Xobni has partnerships with Facebook, LinkedIn and a host of other social networks to complement your Outlook experience. Click an email and watch all the personal data for this individual come alive. You can also get statistics such as when and how often this individual emails you.
Another great feature is their email search. Outlook email search isn’t the most helpful experience but with Xobni, you get a hightlighted and efficient search experience. Oh yeah, and it’s free!
Maximizer Mobile CRM for BlackBerry
Mobile CRM is an application for sales and anyone who needs to track client progress. The app is a mobile component for a robust back end CRM system and it has a proven positive impact on sales.
Enterprise can implement this app and keep detailed notes about sales progress and contacts. By working seamlessly with contacts, calendars and email, the app helps sales follow up on positive leads and document progress.
Sales has always been about a simple formula where more leads equals more potential sales equals greater revenue for the company. In this respect Mobile CRM can help your business grow.
Poynt LBS app for BlackBerry
Poynt offers LBS services for movie, directory listings, and restaurants. The movie features are powered by Cinema-Source which provides global content including the EU. Movietickets.com powers the purchasing process.
Overall, Poynt has a full featured movie finding app. Looking for a number or person? You can search for names, phone or addresses right from the app. My favorite feature is the reverse phone lookup. With it, you’ll always know who called.
Poynt has an Open Table powered restaurant search too. Find restaurants anywhere and reserve a table. It even lets you search by cuisine. They use a trustworthy review system as well. Definitely a great LBS app.
MobiTV and Mobi4Biz streaming TV for BlackBerry
The latest update from MobiTV includes a customized viewing experience for business class users called Mobi4Biz. The service, with over 40 channels and servicing all of NA, will provide a mix of video and stock ticker info to get your financial news on the go.
Mobi4Biz gets live financial news from such networks as CNBC, FOX, NBC, CBS, ABC and MTV. Most channels provide live feeds and some will provide specific on demand content such as The Office and 30 Rock. CBC and MuchMusic for Canadians too!
7Digital music store for BlackBerry
7Digital own the rights to a wide range of music labels and artists. Almost all of the top charters are registered with them. Well they’ve taken these rights and are creating store fronts and white label solutions to spread mobile music to every BlackBerry in America.
Their music store is a formidable iTunes competitor. The system is bandwidth driven so if you’re on WiFi you get a bigger data pipe, and if you’re on radio, they compress the data.
The 7Digital store features Drm free music, 328kb/s quality music (better than iTunes) and comparable pricing with iTunes around $0.99 per song. Stay tuned because they’ll be taking it further with contextual search and purchase.
Cellcrypt voice encryption for BlackBerry
Circuit switch data is an old solution for voice encryption that has proved unreliable with international calling. Working securely over IP has been a challenge. Cellcrypt have a new solution that was previously only on Nokia and Windows mobile but is now available on BlackBerry.
With government grade security, Cellcrypt is a great addition to the BlackBerry platform. This year at WES, RIM is talking about data security quite a bit and Cellcrypt’s voice encryption complements their platform..
Cortado Corporate Server 4.0
Cortado offers a complete suite of features to allow the user control of files from their mobile; extending the desktop experience. Cortado won last year’s Best of WES and this year they have some pretty important updates. Cortado 4.0 has added a PDF generator, the ability to query a database and generate user-defined reports, scan and copy via the BlackBerry’s camera as well as they have updated their ability to create and send to fax machines.
BoxTone for BlackBerry
BoxTone for BlackBerry helps more than 200 of the world’s leading enterprises and agencies manage, monitor, and support their BlackBerry deployments at the highest efficiency and lowest cost. At WES this year, BoxTone was showing its latest release, BoxTone 4.0, which includes Fix-It capabilities to allow the Help Desk to diagnose and resolve users issues in a single click, as well as Advisors that recommend proactive optimizations to improve the health and performance of the BlackBerry deployment (e.g., load balancing, account maintenance). BoxTone also co-presented, with RIM, a preview of their new BAS plug-in that displays the BoxTone Dashboard within the BES 5.0 BlackBerry Administration Service (BAS) and provides a single-click to implement their Advisor recommendations.
If you have any companies you wish to nominate, just comment and I’ll add them to the list. Otherwise, go ahead and vote. Again, the awards are:
1) Best consumer app
2) Best enterprise app
3) Overall favorite application at the show