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REVEALED: IBM Lotus Traveler’s NEW client for Android TABLET

Mat Newman  April 17 2012 06:20:23
During the AusLUG 2012 keynote address, Ed Brill was kind enough to lift the covers on my NDA and allow me to demonstrate the upcoming IBM Lotus Traveler client for Android Tablet to attendees.  Ed has also recently extended this offer to enable me to blog about the upcoming release.  The new client will be available with the 8.5.4 release of IBM Lotus Traveler coming later this year.

First impressions: WOW!  The new IBM Lotus Traveler client for Android is a complete departure from the current release, which is actually the same client available to Android Smartphones.  The new client takes full advantage of the extra screen real estate on the Android Tablet, has more features, and additional options for both Mail and Calendar.

As a heavy calendar user, I am particularly impressed with the new Agenda and Month views, especially when selecting a date in the month view where a pop-up appears allowing one to scroll through the details on that day without having to switch back to a day view for the information.  Being able to create meetings and invite participants easily using the completely redesigned calendar form is also quick and painless.

Demo time: here are the screen-shots!

The Mail Client


The Main Mail screen
IBM Lotus Traveler Android Tablet main Mail Screen



Mail: Selecting a message
IBM Lotus Traveler Android Tablet: Selecting a message



Mail: Download full content
IBM Lotus Traveler Android Tablet: Download full content



Mail: Message options and menu
IBM Lotus Traveler Android Tablet: Message options and menu



Mail: Selecting multiple messages
IBM Lotus Traveler Android Tablet: Selecting multiple messages



The Calendar Client


Calendar: Agenda view
IBM Lotus Traveler Android Tablet: Agenda view



Calendar: Day view
IBM Lotus Traveler Android Tablet: Day view



Calendar: Week view
IBM Lotus Traveler Android Tablet: Week view



Calendar: Month view with a day pop-up
IBM Lotus Traveler Android Tablet: Month view with a day pop-up



Calendar: Calendar form
IBM Lotus Traveler Android Tablet: calendar form



I'm really looking forward to this release becoming publically available.  Great work IBM!

Edit: I've been using this version for a few weeks now on my Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet and am really happy with the client from a Mail, Calendar and Contacts perspective.  For an early beta everything has been running flawlessly.  For those who have followed this post through twitter, I remind you that these are screen-shots of a beta version that is NOT currently available to the general public, and will be released later this year with the 8.5.4 version of Traveler.


Comments

1Brendan Long  04/17/2012 15:01:38  
REVEALED: IBM Lotus Traveler’s NEW client for Android TABLET

Wow! That's really nice - I really like that month view with the single day popup. Can't wait to get my hands on it!

Thanks for the sneak peek Mat (and Ed).

2Paul Farris  04/17/2012 18:03:53  
REVEALED: IBM Lotus Traveler’s NEW client for Android TABLET

That looks great. A big improvement for Tablet users. I hope the widgets are also being improved (resizable pls).

3Simon Peek  04/17/2012 18:30:14  
REVEALED: IBM Lotus Traveler’s NEW client for Android TABLET

Looks great.

Wonder if there'll be an option to check for free time before accepting calendar invitation.

4Blonde  04/17/2012 18:35:17  
REVEALED: IBM Lotus Traveler’s NEW client for Android TABLET

Everything is better than actual version :-)

5Giulio Campobassi  04/17/2012 19:20:26  
REVEALED: IBM Lotus Traveler’s NEW client for Android TABLET

It looks quite impressive. Good use of screen space and simple interface.

6Bruno Grange  04/18/2012 10:41:13  
REVEALED: IBM Lotus Traveler’s NEW client for Android TABLET

Really cool Mat. Nice alternative to some clients!

7Fredrik Stockel  04/20/2012 1:43:44  
REVEALED: IBM Lotus Traveler’s NEW client for Android TABLET

Very very nice!

The design/ui of the traveler client for android can (imho) replace both the design of iNotes and the notes client mail-template. That would be something! :)

Fredrik

8Mat Newman

04/23/2012 8:33:33  REVEALED: IBM Lotus Traveler’s NEW client for Android TABLET

@2, Paul: Yes the widgets are now resizable

Mat Newman IBM Champion

9Mat Newman

04/23/2012 8:34:35  REVEALED: IBM Lotus Traveler’s NEW client for Android TABLET

@3, Simon: No there is currently no option to check free time on attendees, although Lookup enables you to invite rooms and resources.

Mat Newman IBM Champion

10Farooq Hayder  08/17/2012 19:45:24  
REVEALED: IBM Lotus Traveler’s NEW client for Android TABLET

Is there any print option available for email printing in version 8.5.4, because 8.5.3 have no pemail printing option.

11Jon   10/14/2012 7:39:25  
REVEALED: IBM Lotus Traveler’s NEW client for Android TABLET

Just upgraded, and I really like everything about this new version EXCEPT the "mail: select multiple messages" view. Is there a way to turn off the preview window so you only see the list of messages but not the preview on the right side of the screen?

12Jagger  11/01/2012 22:09:09  
REVEALED: IBM Lotus Traveler’s NEW client for Android TABLET

Release date is not this year but NEXT year on February !!

For those who just installed version 8.5.4.... cheers !!

13Mat Newman

11/02/2012 9:05:44  REVEALED: IBM Lotus Traveler’s NEW client for Android TABLET

@11, Jon: I'm not aware of any preference that changes the selection display style.

@12, Jagger: The Traveler client for Android tablet is actually part of the 8.5.3 Upgrade pack 1 release that came out a few months ago.

Mat Newman IBM Champion

14MarvinK  01/05/2013 15:53:28  
REVEALED: IBM Lotus Traveler’s NEW client for Android TABLET

I have an Galaxy Note 2 and which I could get the tablet view. I'm shocked and disappointed that there is no way to turn on a toolbar to always be visible. It's particularly frustrating if you pull up the menu and do a search--after which you can't even manually pull up the menu to do things like delete email. I sure wish they'd support the built-in mail and calendar apps like the do on iPhone. I have more confidence in Google or Apple making a usable mobile interface than Lotus. Very disappointed.

15Randy Fowler  07/02/2014 12:00:40  
REVEALED: IBM Lotus Traveler’s NEW client for Android TABLET

MarvinK: you can easily use the built-in apps on Android, just like you can on IOS. When adding account on Android, simply select Exchange ActiveSync and enter your Traveler Server's settings.

16Jay  09/30/2014 18:24:12  
REVEALED: IBM Lotus Traveler’s NEW client for Android TABLET

Is there a way to view email full screen? Difficult to read when on portrait mode using a small tablet like the Tab S.

17JimH  11/14/2014 6:37:27  
REVEALED: IBM Lotus Traveler’s NEW client for Android TABLET

Like Jay, I can't figure out how to hide the message list so I can read the selected message on the full page. I'm pretty sharp, but apparently need some help here. List takes 2/3 of the window in 10" tablet, but I love everything else.

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