Pocket Life has been named as one of the global winners of innovative applications for the Nokia OVI smartphone platform. Check out Pocket Life on the OVI Maps Forum Nokia partner site.
Managing director of Nokia, Australia and New Zealand, Emile Baak, says “it is fantastic to see a New Zealand developer performing so well against tough global competition.”
“The aim of the Calling All Innovators competition is to expose the best mobile applications from our developer community to consumers around the world.
“I would like to offer my congratulations…, the quantity and quality of the applications we received for the competition was astounding…”
We will work closely with Nokia in the future to bring Pocket Life onto their newest generation smart phones, such as the N97 or the N900 Linux phone and others. Stay tuned.
We have received many improvement suggestions from users and now we bring you another new feature further enhancing your Pocket Life. Be it friends, favourites or photos: Pocket Life now features rich map call outs that give you all the information and interaction options you need at your fingertips.
For example when you see a friend on the map now you will directly see his last status update and his location. By clicking on the drop down menu you can then chose quick interaction options like sending a message or an email, get directions to him or add his current location to your favourites. Similar rich map call outs are now available of favourites and geo-tagged photos. Check out this new great feature right now.
On Pocket Life you can now track the Australian bush fires in real-time with information provided by the Australian State of Victoria’s Country Fire Authority and the NSW Fire Authority. Just select the “show favourites” icon on the web home screen and tick the “info feeds” option. Then hundreds of fire icons will slowly load into your browser. Hovering over the markers will show more information on the fire incidents and a link for more information. The markers on the web home page map indicate the location of the fire and the colours represent the current containment status. Log-on now to experience it for yourself.
The technology used is a RSS feed and Google has been great in spearheading and sharing the thinking on this topic over the last days. The application of the mash-up to Pocket Life really brings essential information with immediate, potentially life saving, benefits to the mobile social media environment.
It not only lessons the burden on fire service websites and call centres by disseminating up to date information, it also provides a quick way of communicating and broadcasting text and photos with others in the area and people coordinating efforts in front of computers. Pocket Life then provides information on danger areas and combines this with real time locations of people in these areas. In the future Pocket Life could be used to disseminate information to many mobile phones quickly providing optimal coverage as the service works across all mobile operator networks.
You can also donate online to the Red Cross