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5 years ago

Motorola loses $291 million in Q1

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Motorola loses $291 million in Q1

We're not really expecting great financials from anyone anytime soon, and Motorola keeps that trend going. The Big M had a $291 million loss in the first quarter, with cell phone sales down 45 percent compared to the first quarter of 2008.

Moto made $5.4 billion in sales in the first quarter – $1.8 billion from phones – but failed to meet the $5.62 billion previously forecast.

Despite recent rumors of a new/old Motorola Windows phone headed to Verizon, we're really not expecting much else from Moto this year – makes sense, seeing as how Windows Mobile 6.5 is focused on touchscreen phones – and Moto's CEO says to expect "differentiated Android-based devices" on sale in time for the winter holidays. So, we'll hope for some new Windows Mobile love in 2010.

Via Moconews

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5 years ago

PointUI releases Home 2 Pro

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PointUI releases Home 2 Pro

We've been fairly impressed with PointUI, and a few of you chimed in that you liked Home2 Free when it was released as a beta earlier this year.

Now the paid version of the skinning utility is out, and here's what you get for $19.95:

On the surface you’ll see additional functionality with a Contact Card with Details and Personal History, a Messaging screen that allows for custom viewing options, Folders in your Favorites and a growing list of Customization options including, Haptic Feedback (on some devices), Auto Lock, GSensor Support (HTC devices only) and Automatic Update checking.

Check out more about PointUI Home 2 Pro here. [via Tilt Mobility]

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5 years ago

Treo 800w: 30+ Days Later, a Second Look

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Treo 800w: 30+ Days Later, a Second Look

So it's been a bit over 30 days with the Treo 800w released exclusively on Sprint (see our full review here) and we're here to go over the good, the bad and even some ugly.

Interested in knowing whether the Treo 800w stands up as a plausible option for you as your next smarthphone? Check out this experience guide for some answers.

Read on for Malatesta's experience with the Treo 800w, some tips and tricks and a few kinks that need to be worked out yet.

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5 years ago

Review: HTC Fuze on AT&T

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Review: HTC Fuze on AT&T

We've given you a video and photo gallery of the Fuze, the time has come for the full review!

The Fuze has the feel and specs of a 'next gen' WinMo device. So while it joins the latest and greatest generation of smartphones, the devil is, as always, in the details. While we at WMExperts had worked ourself up into a lather during the run-up to the release of the Fuze's predecessor, the AT&T Tilt, the actual experience of the Tilt ended up disappointing us. Will it be the same with the Fuze? Read on.

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5 years ago

Head to Head: Palm Treo Pro and AT&T Fuze

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Head to Head: Palm Treo Pro and AT&T Fuze

The Palm Treo Pro and the AT&T Fuze are probably the two most anticipated Windows Mobile releases this Fall. While the Treo Pro remains a feisty independent it’s only a matter of time before it gets branded by one or more of the major wireless carriers. The Fuze is the result of adding a dash of AT&T with the HTC Touch Pro.

While there are other Windows Mobile devices flooding the market, we thought it would be interesting to compare the Treo Pro with the Fuze. How do these two phones measure up toe to toe? Does a sliding keyboard work better than the front facing QWERTY keyboard? Is TouchFlo enough to knock out the Pro? Does one WM Device have an clear edge over the other? Read on after the break to see if there are any knock out punches.

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5 years ago

Review: Body Glove Landmark Horizontal Universal Case

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Review: Body Glove Landmark Horizontal Universal Case

Body Glove has been making quality cell phone cases for some time now and their latest offering, while the Landmark Horizontal Universal Case may qualify for one of the longer product names it also may be one of the better cases on the market. At $19.95 it might also be one of the best buys out there. I was able to take the Landmark Case out for a test drive recently and all you need to do to find out how it measured up is to follow the break.

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5 years ago

Update: AT&T reinstates (old) anti-Slingbox language in TOS

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Update: Engadget notes that, in fact, these are just the same old terms we've been living under for a while now. So, nothing new to see here. In other news, the sky is falling.

It's baaaack. Nearly a month after updating and then un-updating its terms of service, AT&T again has put in a clause that could make apps like Slingbox a big no-no.

Here's the section we're interested in, emphasis ours:

... downloading movies using P2P file sharing services, redirecting television signals for viewing on Personal Computers, web broadcasting, and/or for the operation of servers, telemetry devices and/or Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition devices is prohibited. Furthermore, plans (unless specifically designated for tethering usage) cannot be used for any applications that tether the device (through use of, including without limitation, connection kits, other phone/PDA-to computer accessories, Bluetooth® or any other wireless technology) to Personal Computers (including without limitation, laptops), or other equipment for any purpose.

We're trying to get clarification on the "viewing on Personal Computers" clause. Smartphones certainly could be argued into that category, though the TOS use the word "phone" in a number of other instances. We'll let you know what we find out. In the meantime, you can read the whole TOS for yourself.

DSL Reports via Electronista

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5 years ago

Video: Tellme in action

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5 years ago

Epix 'slog dump' hotfix both dumps and slogs

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Sometimes the cure can be worse than the disease, and that appears to be the case for some Samsung Epix owners. AT&T recently made available a hotfix (you have to call to get it, and then it's pushed to your phone) that fixes the "Slog Dump" problem, which looks like this. That's all fine and good, but apparently people are having major issues with the radio after applying the hotfix.

What about you folks out there in TV Land? Having the same problems?

Via the Boy Genius Report

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5 years ago

Microsoft: No, no, no, no, no!

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Microsoft: No, no, no, no, no!

So a day after a Wall Street Journal piece gets everyone in a tizzy over a possible Pink-Verizon Windows Mobile thing, Microsoft's coming out and denying the whole thing.

No Zune phone. No Microsoft phone. No way, no how, get over it.

It's certainly not the first time we've gone through its, and it likely won't be the last. But, hey, it's cool. We're still looking forward to Windows Mobile 6.5, and we've got high hopes for Windows Mobile 7.

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5 years ago

Video: A sit-down with HTC's Eric Lin

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Video: A sit-down with HTC's Eric Lin

Eric Lin has a cooler job than you. You may know the name (he got a shout-out recently on the Engadget podcast), and you absolutely know the company for which he works, HTC, where he serves as global PR and online community manager.

Eric recently sat down for a chat with Japan's AkihabaraNews. The interview is split into two parts (Part 1, Part 2) and gives some great insight into the upcoming Touch Diamond 2 and Touch Pro 2, as well as HTC as a company. It's a must-watch this holiday season.

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5 years ago

Windows Mobile 6.5 gets Tellme voice features

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Voice Command is one of those core features of Windows Mobile that's great to have, but it never has been quite easy enough to be a daily necessity for a lot folks. That all may be about to change with Tellme, which Microsoft bought a couple of years ago. It takes the versatility of Voice Command, sexes it up and puts it at the center of your user experience.

And it's coming to Windows Mobile 6.5, says Gizmodo.

Our Crackberry friends have had access to Tellme for a while now (as have owners of the Sprint Instinct). But starting with WM6.5, we'll have one-button access to phone dialing, text messages, Live Search, the works, and it'll be an integral part of the OS, it seems. (If it can do voice to text, that would be epic.) CNet notes that Tellme will take advantage of GPS and cell towers to localize searches.

Giz says Tellme will be free when Windows Mobile 6.5 launches, either from the Marketplace, or it'll be built in to the OS.

Check out the whole kit and kaboodle and be sure to hit up the promotional video.

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5 years ago

HTC Snap on internal Sprint list

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HTC Snap on internal Sprint list

We'll take a nugget of news whenever and however we can, and we're getting this one from our cousins over at PreCentral.net. They're poring over every possible source for a hint as to when the Pre will arrive, and their work is our gain.

Notice Line 2 in the photo above from SprintGurus. Why, hello there, HTC Snap! Looks like you'll be the S511 when you're rolling with Big Yellow. (It's expected to be the S522 on T-Mobile.) Coal over at SG also notes that the Snap is currently in testing with Sprint.

And that mention is all we've got. No word on price or a release date, though we're hearing possibly June, which would be in line with that leaked Sprint roadmap. No matter what, it'll be nice to see an Windows Mobile Standard phone hit Sprint, which has been cranking right along with the Treo 800w and Treo Pro.

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5 years ago

Microsoft's 'Pink' could be headed to Verizon to fight the iPhone

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One of the biggest arguments in the Windows Mobile world is whether Microsoft will ever build its own phone. We've repeatedly heard a resounding "NO!" from MS execs, but we've heard execs deny things before, only to do that exact thing later. (We're looking at you, Apple.) That said, we are still expecting to see the Zune creep into Windows Mobile.

And with that we turn to a brief Wall Street Journal story [via Engadget and BGR] in which Microsoft is rumored to be in talks with Verizon to launch a multimedia-focused touchscreen phone early next year to compete with the iPhone, if/when it actually comes to Verizon. And the the phone to do that is rumored to be none other than the fabled "Pink" project.

Microsoft's project, which is code-named "Pink," is aiming to produce a phone that extends the tech giant's Windows Mobile cellphone operating system, adding new software capabilities. It would also likely include Microsoft's new Windows Marketplace for Mobile, a mobile application store along the lines of Apple's, these people say.

Who "these people" are we have no idea, and the WSJ ain't sayin'. But, heck, we can tell you that any MS phone would have Marketplace access. That's a given. As for it being "along the lines of Apple's" App Store, we'll have to wait and see. Unless you mean that they both sell apps.

So for now, we'll put it to you. Should Microsoft attempt to take on the iPhone head-to-head? Or do you think this is all just another unsubstantiated rumor?

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5 years ago

Moto Napoleon - the phone that won't die

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A bit of a fuss is being made today over the emergence of the Motorola A4500 at the Federal Communications Commission. But here's the thing: The new documents we're looking at – radio specs and a bunch of pretty pictures – were all submitted back in October and just made available today.

Now allow us to put on our tinfoil hats for a minute: We know the A4500 (or Napoleon, or Q9n – whatever) made its way into the wild after a brief production cycle for a government contract. Hmmmmm. Government contract, docs not made available until exactly six months after the first submission ... See where we're going here?

The long and the short of it is we're really not expecting to see this thing out on Verizon – or anywhere else – anytime soon, if ever. That said, we could also be dead wrong and so we reward you with more pictures after the break, just in case.

PhoneScoop via BGR

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