Productivity is the Key to their Success: an Interview with SmartphoneWare’s Content Manager
I’m sure you have heard the company name SmartphoneWare and many of you use at least one of their applications on your cellular phones. After all, here we’re dealing with a company which has about 24 applications for Symbian S60 3rd Edition handsets – not counting their products for other mobile platforms. What you read below is my interview with SmartphoneWare’s content manager, Ms. Simkovska. If you also want to win a SmartphoneWare S60 application license, consider commenting on this interview. Your comment might be in any form – suggestion, feedback of any type, the SmartphoneWare application(s) you like , and so on. This time we have four winners, and the winners will select the S60 application they want. I suggest that you take a close look at SmartphoneWare’s S60 applications or try them first. The deadline is Tuesday July 1st, so don’t miss the chance!
Q: Please talk about yourself and the position you hold at SmartphoneWare.
A: SmartphoneWare was officially founded in 2005, but our team appeared on the Symbian market during Psion times. For those who might not know, Psion was a Symbian ancestor and when Symbian emerged with its third Nokia communicator, we were among the very first companies to offer different products for this platform. At the end of 2005 SymbianWare – the company for which I worked – was split into two companies, and one of them was SmartphoneWare. We produce a wide range of applications for Symbian, UIQ and Windows Mobile platforms. We are located in Odessa, Ukraine.
A: Our mission is the enhancement of the functionality of the devices for which we develop different applications. Through our applications, we want Symbian and non-Symbian devices to be integrated into the everyday lives of our customers. Our aim is to provide people with the highest and the most cost-effective level of customer support.
Q: You use the word “Best” to name many of your products like Best Birthday, Best Blacklist, Best FSCaller, Best Jotter, Best Profiles and Best Taskman. Do you yourself believe that they are the best Symbian applications for handset owners?
A: I most certainly hope so! Seriously, I believe that it’s not the name of our products which turn them into best-sellers on the market, it’s the functionality of our applications which complement one another on hundreds of mobile devices.
A: Currently the S60 platform is the best OS available to developers and users, and this is quite evident if you take a look at the smartphones which make use of it. However, recent smartphones which are powered by Windows Mobile are feature-rich handsets, so we should also keep an eye on this platform. The right combination of an operating system and powerful hardware components is the key to the future of mobile computing, and both operating systems have the potential to play a vital role in this process.
A: Well, some of them are Best Full Screen Caller, Best Timer, Best Call Recorder, Best Blacklist, and Best Profiles.
A: Of course. Both Best Screen Snap and Best Torch are free apps for S60 3rd Edition handsets and we also have free applications for other platforms.
A: I believe Tracker – my favorite – is a unique application. It’s a fully customizable Desktop-like application. You can put notes, applications, contacts, speed dials and so forth on its desktop interface for easier and quicker access. You can assign hot keys for everything in this application, and it also has a built-in task manager, app switcher, app launcher, recently accessed view and imported items view. It’s more of an organizer.
A: Everyone can send their feedback of any sort to firstname.lastname@example.org and all suggestions and bug reports will be passed to the developers.
Q: Anything I might have missed?
A: No, it was quite comprehensive. Thanks for providing me with the opportunity to talk about SmartphoneWare here. My thanks are also to our users who have supported us over the past few years.