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5 years ago

T-Mobile Europe has plans for Diamond 2, Pro 2

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Those of us in the United States are still waiting to find out exactly when we'll get our own time with the HTC Touch Diamond 2 and Touch Pro 2, but the news keeps rolling in for Europe.

Windows for Devices has it that T-Mobile plans to launch the phones in June under the MDA Compact V and MDA Vario V, respectively. No word on pricing for either device.

As for the rest of us? We'll just patiently keep tapping our fingers.

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5 years ago

Care For a Little Ketchup with Your Phone?

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We've all been there, something spills on your phone or it gets wet during a tropical down pour and we collectively hold our breath to see if it still works. We first reported that the new iMate 810 was a rugged Windows Mobile device capable of surviving most of what the urban jungle could throw at it. Unwiredview.com captured a demonstration from iMate on how rugged this Windows Mobile devices is. The demo was shot at the 2009 Mobile World Congress and also includes a brief appearance by the other new Windows Mobile phone from iMate, the credit card sized Centurion.

There's still no report on a release date for either phone but if you are prone to dropping your Windows Mobile phone in a vat of ketchup, spilling coffee on it or having it run over by a car (check out this BBC Report), you may want to check out the 810F.

 

Follow the break for more photos of iMate 810F.

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5 years ago

I-mate prepping laptop/smartphone combo?

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Remember that rumor about an iPhone-powered mobile companion, where the phone was docked into the device? Looks like the ol' Windows Mobile gang may be beating it to the punch. And by beating we mean actually giving it a go.

Above, you see the i-mate Legionnaire, courtesy of Pocket Lint. [via] While not yet in production, it'd sport Windows Mobile 6.5 (note the flag button), WiFi, HSDPA, GPS, Bluetooth 2.0, MicroSD. You know, the usual fare. It'd also have an 800 MHz processor to run the laptop end of things, known as the Warrior (as in road warrior, natch). The Warrior would have a 10-inch screen with a 4:3 aspect ratio, and its own SD card reader — thus negating the need for a standard hard drive and keeping the price at a very respectable $200. Cost of the Legionnaire wasn't mentioned by Pocket Lint.

Will the Warrior ever see the light of day, let alone a U.S. release? Who knows. But this could give the Celio REDFLY a run for its money.

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5 years ago

Moto Q9n Napolean still not coming to Verizon

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Behold, the Motorola Q9n "Napolean," what EverythingQ says some refer to as "an impressive phone, with some saying it's the best Q ever."

And you're still not going to get one.

Despite another recent shot of Napolean in the wild making the rounds, Everything Q reiterates that it's only been sold in government contracts and not to the general public — and that phones are making it into civilian hands through eBay and Craigslist.

Sorry, folks. Just have to hold out hope for the Moto Q9p(robably not going to happen), or the Q9s(eriously, give it up).

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5 years ago

Pre-order Touch Diamond 2, Touch Pro 2 in U.K.

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We try to remember our U.K. friends form time to time, and this is one of those times. Tracy & Matt have noticed that the HTC Touch Diamond 2 already is available for pre-order from British dealer Clove for 360 pounds, or about $500 U.S. That's without the British Value Added Tax, which increases the price to 414 pounds, or closer to $600.

That's all sans carrier contract and subsidy, which is the norm many places outside the United States. Clove notes that it expects to have the Touch Diamond 2 in stock in mid- to late-March. If you're tempted to import one of these guys, do note that it's lacking the U.S. 3G bands, as did the original Diamond when first released.

As for a U.S. release? We're sure willing to bet it's coming, just not when and to which carriers. Though if we could snag it unlocked for $500, that'd be nice, too.

Update: Tilt Mobility notes that the Touch Pro 2 also is up for pre-order. 450 British pounds ($639 U.S.) before the VAT, 517.50 pounds ($735 U.S.) after.

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5 years ago

Iris v1.1.0 Released

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Iris v1.1.0 Released

Torch Mobile has announced a free "commercial release" of its Windows Mobile web browser based the open-source WebKit browser. The Iris Browser, version 1.1.0, includes "big performance gains," Flash Lite support, reduced memory usage and accelerometer support, according to the company. In a market that's suddenly become crowded with third-party web browsers, the latest Iris version joins Bolt and Opera 9.5 (and eventually Firefox) in the mobile browser race. Iris isn't exactly a newcomer to the field, with the original Beta version having been released about a year ago.

Version 1.1.0 features performance gains and reduced memory usage. The release adds support for Adobe's Flash Lite ActiveX control, and for the accelerometers found on HTC phones. It also includes "preliminary" RSS (really simple syndication) and SVG (scalable vector graphics) support, according to the company. According to WindowsForDevices.com Iris is touted as performing well even on devices with minimal resources, thanks to a fast rendering engine, efficient storage of bookmarks and cookies, and a cache optimized for low disk usage. Follow the break to see how well Iris v1.1.0 version 1.1.2  performed on the HTC Fuze along with a few screen shots.

Note: I wrote this review on Feb. 21, 2009, originally using version 1.1.0. While testing this version, an update (version 1.1.2) was released by Torch Mobile. We have just learned that yet another Beta version of Iris has been released, version 1.1.3 that Fuze Mobility is reporting corrects the screen freezing problems experienced with previous versions. Read on for our impressions over this rapidly changing mobile web browser.

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5 years ago

Motorola Napolean lives on?

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Motorola Napolean lives on?

Back from the dead, the Motorola Napolean has made it into the hands of a PhoneArena reader [via], and with Verizon branding to boot.

As it stands, the Napolean will have both GSM and CDMA radios, along with a QVGA display, 2MP camera and WiFi, as well as a fingerprint sensor. Whether any of that would survive the Verizon cutting-room floor, or whether the Napolean actually will see the light of day, remains to be seen.

It's also unsure if this is just Verizon playing catch-up, as it's reportedly doing with the HTC Touch Diamond, or if this means the Moto Q line isn't dead after all.

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5 years ago

Smartphone Experts Roundtable Podcast 3

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Smartphone Experts Roundtable Podcast 3


Join Dieter, Matthew, Kevin, Rene, and Casey as they discuss Mobile World Congress 2009 -- there's a little bit for everybody in this gigantic cross-platfrom smartphone podcast!

Show notes after the break.

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5 years ago

Ballmer speaks, and we translate

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We touched very briefly a little while ago on Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's seven priorities for the upcoming fiscal year, or what Ballmer calls the "Big seven businesses" of Microsoft.

After digesting Ballmer's presentation at the Strategic Update Meeting (transcript link), let's dive a little deeper into what's going on.

We'll warn you in advance: This mostly isn't sexy stuff. There are no shiny phones on the other side of this story. There is a little talk of Windows Mobile 7, but nothing groundbreaking. But the steps being taken are important to us, and important to Windows Mobile, to better understand where it is Ballmer and Microsoft are taking things.

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5 years ago

Recapping Mobile World Congress 2009

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It was the hope of many Windows Mobile users that Mobile World Congress 2009 would make up for the lackluster showing at the CES in January. While some may think different, Barcelona was a cornucopia of announcements, displays and rumors of what the rest of the year holds for Windows Mobile. Coverage of the event by our own EIC Dieter Bohn was logged not in yards but in miles, and it's time to wrap up all the stories he tracked down.

Read on for a breakdown of all that went down in Barcelona.

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5 years ago

iDiamond: Giving your Windows Mobile Phone an iPhone touch

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If for some reason your still considering the iPhone because of its touch screen interface and ability to move around wobbly icons, then you might want to try out iDiamond. D-MAN66 from XDA has been very busy in keeping the power of windows mobile and the easy feeling of only icons. The application brings out full icons, ability to move icons, and add an icon feature.  In testing iDiamond, it ran smoothly on both the HTC Diamond and Touch Pro.  If you like iDiamond, then you might also want to check out with what D-MAN66 can do with cover flow and music

  via wmpowerusers
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5 years ago

Fennec will sync tabs, is now just 'Firefox'

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My, my, these Mozilla folks are an ambitious bunch. We already know about a bunch of the goodies to expect when we finally get our hands on a working version of the Firefox mobile browser, heretofore known as "Fennec" or "Firefox Mobile."

We know that the browser should support things we're used to on the desktop version: Add-ons, tabbed browsing, and the coup de grace — support for Weave, which syncs bookmarks, add-ons, passwords and the like.

Now comes word from Mozilla dev Jono that the mobile browser will sync tabs. Fellow Mozillian Brad Lassey (check out our Q&A with him here) puts this into a real-world scenario:

Several use cases have been thrown around, but the one that rings the loudest for me goes something like this: You’re looking for a new restaurant to try from your laptop at home, find one and head out. Once you get to the neighborhood, you realize you have no idea where this hole in the wall place is. With tab syncing you can pull out your mobile device, launch Fennec and see a list of tabs open on your laptop (and all your other computers). You select the tab you need, and instantly are looking at the same content you had on your laptop.

Pretty cool, indeed. In other news, ZDNet UK [via] had a sit-down with Mozilla Mobile Business chief Jay Sullivan, who tells us that "Fennec" is just a code name, and the browser will simply be "Firefox," and not "Firefox Mobile."

So, you'll have Firefox running on your Windows phone, which in turn will be running Windows Mobile (be it 6, 6.1 or 6.5). Your desktop or lappy will have Firefox running on Windows, until such time as you choose to become mobile and — oh, no, I've gone cross-eyed.

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5 years ago

Celio Redfly, Opera Mobile finally play nice

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We've heard from a few of you out there asking when the Ceilo Redfly mobile companion would be compatible with the Opera Mobile 9.5 beta browser. Folks, your day has come. And, more important, Celio has heard you. The latest drivers build fixes the following:

  • The Opera 9.5 beta release of the browser (which ships natively with many of the phones above) is now supported.
  • USB performance and speed has been significantly enhanced.
  • A potential conflict between WiFi and Bluetooth can occasionally cause connections to be dropped. There are multiple things that affect Bluetooth connectivity and signal strength. This has been partially resolved.
  • Basic support for Direct Draw has been added to the REDFLY driver which now means that applications that used those interfaces will render properly on the REDFLY in most cases.
  • REDFLY.exe has been re-factored now to be a service under the OS for improved stability.

And things they're still working on:

  • This release does not support the HTC TouchFLO interface at this time. If this setting is enabled in the phone, REDFLY attempts to turn it off programmatically when you connect with the REDFLY, and then turn it back on when you disconnect.
  • The Sony XPERIA Panels Choice menu doesn't work when connected to REDFLY -Panels themselves scale and work, but the Choose Panel window doesn't.
  • The Sony XPERIA Phone Dialer window is cut off such that you can't see the number you are dialing.
  • Samsung Themes 1 and 2 are not supported with the REDFLY.
  • The Samsung Today and Samsung Widgets must not be checked (turned on) in the Omnia Settings menu.
  • If in portrait mode when connecting to the REDFLY, the dialer application on the Omnia will not render correctly. Connect while in landscape mode and this is not a problem.
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5 years ago

Steve Ballmer's Se7en priorities for 2009

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What was on Steve Ballmer's New Year's resolution list for 2009? ZDNet's Mary-Jo Foley got a peek. Windows 7, netbooks, servers, enterprise, entertainment, it's all there.

As far as Windows Mobile, here's what we've got:

Windows Mobile operating systems and gaming/Zune entertainment services — not a combined hardware/software platform like the iPhone — is where Microsoft is investing, Ballmer reiterated.

Again, no Zune phone. Foley also was kind enough to dig up what Ballmer predicted for 2007 and 2008. Click through to the jump to find out what those predictions were.

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5 years ago

Nokia N95 running Windows 3.1

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