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4 years ago

Sony Ericsson Aspen announced, is first official Windows Mobile 6.5.3 device

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Sony Ericsson this morning announced the Aspen, the front-facing QWERTY keyboard phone we previously saw as the Faith. What's more, this is the first Windows Mobile phone to officially launch with Windows Mobile Professional 6.5.3 (and that solves the mystery of what version number would be next). It's also the first front-facing keyboard phone with a touchscreen that we've seen in a while.

You will be able to pick up the Aspen in either "Iconic Black" or "White Silver," and it will be available in the second quarter in "selected markets." Where those markets are, we don't yet know, nor do we know pricing. Chances are we'll get a better look at this guy soon at Mobile World Congress.

Video, specs and full presser after the break.

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4 years ago

Review: Trapster

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Review: Trapster

 

I can remember a time that CB Radios and FuzzBusters were the craze to keep track of where the "Smokies" and "Bears" were hiding.  Today, in this high-tech era full of social networking applications a new solution has been released to help motorist find out where speed traps are.

Trapster is a Windows Mobile application that relies on a social network to identify speed traps and then maps them for mobile and desktop access.  Trapster's membership covers international locations as well as the U.S.

While we don't endorse speeding, if you want to know more about Trapster, ease on past the break.

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4 years ago

Verizon Navigator goes v5.0, adds social networking, roadside assistance

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For those who use Verizon's Navigator service, you'll be pleased to know v5.0 comes out today and features some nice updates.

The biggest is allowing you send your location to Facebook, which we suppose is all the rage these days with you social-network kids.

You also get roadside assistance, which seems perhaps more useful with a GPS navigator program.

Finally, you also get these updates, which aren't too shabby:

  • Improved Customer Experience – No need to wait for the entire route to download before starting their voyage because data will now be streamed, causing display screens to populate more quickly
  • Enhanced Points of Interest – Access to premium places of interest with detailed descriptions, clearly branded by Map Icons
  • Traffic Crowd Sourcing – Opt-in to anonymously send real-time location and speed to the VZ Navigator traffic reporting service, allowing quicker notifications and improved accuracy for all VZ Navigator users
  • Alerts for Other Road Attributes – Graphic notifications for tunnels, U-turns, traffic circles and toll plazas
  • “Say it Mode” – Select BlackBerry® smartphones and Windows Mobile® handsets allow customers to verbally search for and update destinations

Touch Pro 2 and Omnia users (no Omnia II?) can update today by downloading "...the service from Get It Now®/Media Center and VZ Start or can add the feature through My Verizon".  The service, like other carriers, is $9.99 a month or $2.99 a day.

Read more from the official Verizon press release here.

[Images via TechCrunch]

 

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4 years ago

Verizon Touch Pro 2's switching housing, matching Sprint's. Or just a bad mistake?

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File this under confused.

Verizon user QMeli907 got his third Touch Pro 2 replacement and immediately noticed some changes to the housing:

It's different then my other TP2's that I've had since October. The bezel on the one I received today is a gunmetal grey color, rather than the plain gloss black. Its a very nice touch. Although it makes the face look better, when looking at the TP2 from the side, my old back case and the new front bezel colors clash. Just my two cents.

He's also running a rough version of Android (no radio function though), so don't let that distract you from the housing changes.

So what's up with the change?  It seems to be a mistake as kern417 notes:

yeah thats definitely wrong because in the img003 you can see the display on/off button has a power sign on it, but for verizon tp2s you have to use the end key to turn it on/off.

Yeah, all of that raises more questions than answers.  Anyone else with one of these? Care to shed some light in the comments?

    

 

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4 years ago

New Sense 2.5 build 2011 leaks out; Twitter fixed

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As much as we loved the idea of Manila 2.5, the "no landscape" and slowness of the messaging app has kept us at arms-length from it.

Of course the no-landscape issue was addressed a few weeks ago, but things like Twitter still only took half the screen; clearly it was not finished (and perhaps there were ulterior motives for that leak).

Well, as you can see above, in build 2011 the Twitter in landscape feature is fixed. There are probably some other enhancements, though it remains to be seen what those are specifically. Though at lest according to one who is using it, "It is as fast, if not faster than Sense 2.1!" which jives with the idea that it comes from a "shipped Topaz ROM", meaning this is final baby.

Expect your favorite ROM chefs to start rolling this out soon.

[Thanks, tek818, for the tip & screenshots!]

   

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4 years ago

Foursquare coming to Windows Mobile

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Foursquare, an app that until now has been only available on iPhone, Android and recently BlackBerry, is coming to Windows Mobile. Well, in an unofficial way.

Of course, you're probably wondering what is Foursquare?  It's one of those new wave, social networking apps where you can share your location with friends as well as interesting things nearby.  Or rather:

Think of foursquare as an "urban mix tape." We'll help you make lists of your favorite things to do and let you share them with friends. Think beyond your standard review - we're looking less for "The food here is top notch" and more for "Go to Dumont Burger and try the most amazing Mac and Cheese ever." Foursquare will keep track of the things you've done, help you create To-Do lists and even suggest new experiences to seek out.

Sounds sort of neat.  It's like Google Latitude on steroids. 

Anyways, the APIs for the Foursquare system are evidently public, like Twitter. So third-party companies are filling in the platform gap and making clients for other OSs like Windows Mobile.  That company is Touchality, their app is called WinMoSquare and is currently entering beta testing.  Eventually they plan on offering via the Windows Marketplace. 

Check out the site if you want to sign up/be notified about beta testing and the app itself. Could be fun.  And read more on Foursquare here.

[via TechCrunch]

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4 years ago

WMExperts Podcast Episode 88

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4 years ago

T-Mobile announces Year of Rewards

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HTC and T-Mobile have announced a "Year of Rewards" program that will run from January 20th to March 23, 2010. While the program's eligibility window falls way short of being an actual year, the rewards and discounts being offered aren't too shabby.

When you buy and activate an T-Mobile Shadow, Touch Pro 2 or Dash 3G you can receive up to $500 worth or discounts and rewards. New and existing customers are eligible. Once you upgrade or activate a new line customers simply go to www.yearofrewards.com and register. Then for the next twelve months (that's where the "year" comes into play) you will receive notification on how to claim your reward.

Rewards range from a $25 dining certificate from Restaurant.com to discounts on accessories at HTC.com. You can find all the details and fine print over at T-Mobile.com

Via TMoNews

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4 years ago

Windows Phone 7 Roundup: Coming to Energize IT 2010; Fake image making rounds

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No shock here, but as the closer we get to Mobile World Congress next month, the more news is leaking out.

Unfortunately, it's still just crumbs from a a giant, delicious Microsoft cake.  Perhaps someday we'll see what that cake is and tastes like. Until then...enjoy these bits:

Stephen Chapman of Microsoft Kitchen (msftkitchen.com) has been finding all sorts of morsels.  For one, Windows Phone 7 will be featured and discussed at Energize IT 2010, a conference for developers.  Its focus will be "...the client to the cloud, this fun-filled demo-intensive exploration will excite you about the possibilities of the Microsoft-based platform".  Sounds right in line with this whole "three screens", mobile and cloud computing system that Microsoft has been slowly edging too.  Looks like it will all be pieced together during that conference.

Likewise, he also managed to get his hands on a Chinese Office 2010 .pdf. On one slide, he found the same image reported earlier, mentioning a Spring release-to-manufactures (RTM) deadline.  The interesting part?  The document is dated December 11, 2009.  Guess those "it's delayed again" headlines were a little premature?

In addition, WMPU has a clip up from Fox News where Microsoft's CFO says what we've been hearing for awhile, that they (Microsoft) will have more say on Windows Mobile 7 in February at Mobile World Congress.  So yeah, confirmation of what we already expected.

Finally, Eldar Murtazin of mobile-review.com, aka the person who everyone keeps citing, even though his info keeps turning out to be off-the-mark, has scribbled some info on his Live Journal.  In fairness, in this post he's citing Evgeny Pavlov, product manager HTC Russia via Twitter, and even Eldar seems a bit skeptical.  Evidently, Mr. Pavlov was twittering some of the minimum specs of Seven.  We won't quote the specs, because it doesn't even make much sense.

But what we want to do is nip this in the bud:  the image to the right is not a screen shot of Windows Phone 7.  Eldar received this from either Mr. Pavlov or someone at HTC. So please don't pass it around speculating.  We have run it by our folks in-the-know and, to quote "Looks like a pretty skin - almost like an iPhone? Not anything like what I have." Of course, you've already figured that out, right savvy readers?

Of course, you are encouraged to doubt our info as well, like the good skeptics you are ;-)  Lets hold off till something more definitive, eh?

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4 years ago

This HTC Trophy is pretty, but it's not real

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We know the HTC Trophy is on HTC's 2010 roadmap, and up until now all we've had to spark our interests is a small, fuzzy, low-res image. We are now seeing a high-res image of the Trophy surfacing that looks really good. But unfortunately it's merely a fan render (though it's a very good one) from XDA Developers Forum member Elcondor. [via Slashgear]

The Trophy is reported to be a front-facing QWERTY keyboard, 3-inch capacitive touchscreen with 512MB ROM, 256MB RAM and running Windows Mobile 6.5.

If Elcondor is anywhere close with this image, the HTC Trophy will certainly turn heads. While all the details are sketchy on the Trophy, we are hoping things come more into focus at Mobile World Congress in a couple weeks.

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4 years ago

Alltel, Telus, US Cellular get 2016 SMS Timestamp fix

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Y'all remember that 2016-SMS timestamp bug we discussed a few weeks ago? The one that caused all incoming text messages to be dated from the year 2016?

Well, good news as HTC has released patches for Telus, US Cellular and Alltel users (Sprint got theirs last week; not a peep though from Verizon yet).

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Alltel

US Cellular

Remember, these don't play too well with custom ROMs, so best to stick with the 'Ziggy' patch.  

Sure, this was an unfortunate bug, but three to four weeks isn't too bad for an official patch, we suppose...we mean in comparison to where we were a few years ago (Anyone remember the Sprint 700wx SMS debacle? That was like a 6 month wait!)

[Thanks to Gregory P for the Telus tip!]

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4 years ago

TG02 gets the OK from the FCC

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TG02 gets the OK from the FCC

Oh, hi, Toshiba TG02. It's been a while. When last we met, you were getting WiFi certification. Now you're in the good graces of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, and there's a good chance we'll see you in person in a couple weeks at Mobile World Congress.

So what, exactly, might we see? From the FCC documents, we know the usual radio stuff is there -- Bluetooth, GPS and WiFi b/g -- plus quad-band GSM frequencies (but no 3G for the U.S.). Other than that? We'd expect it to appear with Windows Mobile 6.5.x (or 6.5.3, or 6.6, or 6.7, or whatever it ends up being called). Previous leaked specs showed a 4.1-inch WVGA screen, 3.2MP camera and the aforementioned version of WinMo. Also previously mentioned in big red letters was the word "Waterproof," which could provide an interesting twist. Stand by. [FCC via Engadget]

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4 years ago

Microsoft releases record earnings

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It looks like AT&T isn't the only company sharing positive earnings reports these days. Microsoft has released its earnings report for the second quarter, which ended Dec. 31, 2009, and the numbers are impressive. Microsoft earned $19.02 billion last quarter, a 14% increase over the same period last year. Year-to-date earnings were at $31.94 billion, slightly ahead of last year's pace, which was $31.69 billion.

Microsoft is crediting Windows 7 for the growth. Peter Klein, Chief Financial Officer for Microsoft states, "Exceptional demand for Windows 7 led to the positive top-line growth for the company. Our continuing commitment to managing costs allows us to drive earning performance ahead of the revenue growth." Through the second quarter, Microsoft has sold over 60 million Windows 7 licenses.

Hopefully, seven will be Microsoft's lucky number and similar results will be experienced when they release the next "7" with Windows Mobile 7. Speaking of which, Microsoft confirmed during the earnings conference call that WM7 would be shown at next months Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.  It will be interesting to see how much we've heard about Windows Mobile "Seven" is fact or fiction.

You find all the numbers and details of Microsoft's earning report here.

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4 years ago

AT&T sees boost in wireless subscribers

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AT&T has posted its 2009 Q4 numbers and is experiencing a healthy boost in wireless subscribers. For the quarter, AT&T's wireless subscribers grew 2.7 million bringing the total subscribers in service to 85.1 million.

Wireless data services generated $3.9 billion in revenue, a 26.3% increase from last year's fourth quarter. However, consolidated revenues totaled $30.9 billion which is slightly down from last years Q4 earnings ($31.1 billion) but up from the 2009 Q3 earnings. This is the third consecutive quarter with a increase in consolidated revenues for AT&T.

You can find the full release over at AT&T's website along with spreadsheets and very large numbers detailing AT&T's good news.

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