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Review: Mr. Handsfree Family Charger

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5 years ago

Sprint Touch Pro is officially official

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The launch date for Sprint's HTC Touch pro has bounced around more than election poll numbers. (See here, here and here.) Case in point: Our own HobbesIsReal managed to snag one last week and posted his 24-hour impressions.

But we're happy to say that the Touch Pro now is officially officially here. It's up on Sprint's Web site and everything. That's the good news.

The bad news is that it's gonna cost you. The $579.99 list price is knocked down to $399.99 after "instant savings." And you can take another $100 off that with a mail-in rebate. But for that to kick in, you have to sign up for an "everything" plan (starting at $99 a month), a "Data Premier" add-on or "PRO Pack" add-on. That's SOP for Sprint these days, but be forewarned anyway. And by many accounts, you get your money's worth, GPS lag notwithstanding.

Look for our full-on review here in the next week or so as HobbesIsReal puts the Touch Pro through its paces.

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5 years ago

TouchFlo 3D on the Xperia X1

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5 years ago

Live Mesh mobile client fixed

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5 years ago

Live Mesh mobile client now live

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Live Mesh mobile client now live

Remember how we mentioned our excitement over Microsoft's Live Mesh mobile client? It's been released (along with the Mac client).

From the Live Mesh blog:

We are delighted to release our client software for Mac OS X (10.5.1 or higher) and Windows Mobile (6.0 and 6.1). Because these are both significant new software investments for us, we’re going to only provide them on a limited basis for now (and mobile is restricted to only US or UK to start.) If you get a message saying that we’re at full capacity for these clients, keep an eye on the blog here. We’ll post updates as we increase availability over the coming months.

Catch that? It's out on a limited basis, at least at first, and only available in the U.S. (here) and U.K. (here). If you're already using Live Mesh, log in to your account and add the mobile client.

In other LM news, the WAP access, about which we've previously reported, is now an official feature. Check out the rest of the update features here.

We'll have more on the mobile client in the near future. In the meantime, check out a video after the jump from the Live Mesh team.

Update: I've got it loaded on the phone just fine. Looks like just a true client of what we've already seen from m.mesh.com. Catch is, it won't connect. And there doesn't appear to be any way to re-enter your username and password, which is bad. But I don't think that's my problem. (Patience, however, is.)


Ori Amiga: Mesh Mobile

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5 years ago

Sprint's Picture Mail app officially official

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To: Dieter Bohn (dieter@wmexperts.com)
From: Phil Nickinson(phil.nickinson@wmexperts.com)
Subject: Re: Sprint Picture Mail App

Dieter,

You must be mistaken. The Sprint Picture Mail App has finally been officially released? On Windows Mobile? I don't believe it. Somebody pinch me.

It's not gonna be like when we got that takedown notice/were forced to go into hiding for three weeks for that leaked version we've reported on in the past, is it? I can't handle that again. Thought I applaud your ability to make a casserole from Spam and saltines. That was mighty tasty.

Anyway, this just can't be. Sprint with an honest-to-goodness picture mail app? Never thought I'd see the day. But sure enough, here's the link to the cab file.

Uh oh. Knew it couldn't be all good news. Malatesta says that his Treo 800w on Sprint isn't supported. That's a pretty big bummer. Actually, it's pretty friggin' ridiculous. Doesn't even work if you disable Palm's custom SMS and use the default Windows Mobile 6.1 style, as detailed in our forums.

I wonder if it'll work on the HTC Touch Diamond. ... Granted, it doesn't have Palm's customizations. But surely Sprint wouldn't screw over both of its latest and greatest devices (not to mention the people who use them). Then again, this is Sprint we're talking about. The more things change, I guess ...

Those kids over at Everything Q sure were on the ball to spot this one.

Phil

(And thanks, Scott, for the tip!)

Update: OK, that rant about the 800w might have been a little premature. (You know we've got high hopes for ya!) A couple of our commenters have noted that there's another link where you can choose your device. Give that a shot. Thanks, xdalaw and dannzeman.

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5 years ago

Windows Mobile 6.5?

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Windows Mobile 6.5?

We mentioned Motorola's relatively bad news yesterday regarding their Windows Mobile plans -- namely that they're outsourcing development of WinMo. Check this little tidbit, though. PCMag took a listen to their call on the subject during their conference call and the new CEO Sanjay Jha dropped a mention of, ahem, Windows Mobile 6.5:

“Windows Mobile 6 has not delivered the experience that I think Apple has been able to deliver, but as you look at the plan that is Windows Mobile 7 and even 6.5, I think there are significant new added features which will help the platform,” Jha said. “We have now targeted new teams which are focused – in California and Seattle – to deliver experiences. That is where we have to differentiate.”

Apparently Moto will have a 6.5 device out in the second half of 2009. We're wondering exactly what 6.5 would include. We do know that the next version of Pocket Internet Explorer, based on desktop IE5, should be getting out to phones in the next few months. What other features are you hoping we'll see before the fabled Windows Mobile 7 hits?

Thanks to Leigh at coolsmartphone for the tip!

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5 years ago

Inside the world of Microsoft's Live Mesh

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5 years ago

Gentimer from Rivia

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Gentimer from Rivia

Need an alarm management program? Need a timer application? How about a stop watch and world time application? Rivia offers all this in one package with their Windows Mobile application Gentimer ($14.95). It adds a new twist to wake up alarms and has some customization features but does it hit the mark?

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5 years ago

SPB Online Picks up First Carrier (In Russia)

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Remember when SPB launched their new application SPB Online application and we wanted to see if Verizon or AT&T would pick it up? Well it looks like the Russians beat us to the punch. A company called Sky Link is one of Russians largest CDMA operators in that part of the world and will be one of the firsts to launch with SPB Online customized for their local preferences. The first device rolling out with the integration is the AnyData ASP-505 in November (and we thought the U.S. had funky names).

We Reviewed SPB Online not too long ago and came away impressed enough recommend it to carriers for pick-up, though whether it's a good buy for the average consumer is another story. I personally like the fact that Sky Link has realized the potential with SPB Online. I dislike the fact that here in the U.S. companies like AT&T will probably never pick up something like this because it would compete with their own crapware they install.

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5 years ago

Will Windows Mobile Smartphones Get AT&T's Free WiFi?

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It has come to our attention (thanks Robert) that AT&T has announced free access to their Wi-Fi hot spots -- for iPhone customers. In a mass text message to several AT&T customers free AT&T Wi-fi will be available at thousands of AT&T hotspots nationwide which include various airports, hotels, universities, convention centers, sports centers, Starbucks, etc. Looking at the website, the announcement comes across as an iPhone only service. But reading the fine print gives us another impression.

According to AT&T

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5 years ago

Viigo's WinMo beta gets log-in fix, NBA scores

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All's been relatively quiet on the Viigo front of late, with the RSS reader's "Project Tango" Windows Mobile beta, well, still in beta.

For the uninitiated, Viigo is a pretty robust RSS reader that stores and gives you access to your feed list from Viigo's servers. Switch devices and your feeds follow you. No need to manually re-enter them, which is a godsend. You can also manage your feed list from a standard Web page.

In addition to being a standard RSS reader, you also get election news, weather info, sports scores — as our cousins at Crackberry.com beat us to the punch just noted, NBA scores are now available — stocks and airline information, and local classified listings.

However, a number of users (including yours truly) recently ran into an issue that kept them from logging into their accounts from the phone, thus denying access to their feeds. That issue has been fixed in a new build. Go get it here.

If you haven't tried Viigo, give it a shot. The beta's free and works on touchscreen and non-touchscreen phones. And as long as you're adding RSS feeds be sure to check out our new combined RSS feed for the Smartphone Experts Network.

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5 years ago

Samsung GT-6620 Launches in Italy

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Samsung GT-6620 Launches in Italy

Seems it was just yesterday (oh wait, it was) we were telling you about the Samsung GT-6620 rumor. Well, the thing has launched [via] in Italy (exclusively) and it sure does look like the BlackJack II-for-Europe we were expecting. It's 199 Euro in Red, Green, and Blue. It runs Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard with a full QWERTY keyboard, Tri-Band HSDPA (i.e. No US bands), a 2 megapixel camera, and -- get this -- 20 MB of internal storage.

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5 years ago

Motorola Slashing Jobs, Outsourcing Windows Mobile Development

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Although our friends at Android Central aren't complaining about Moto's new Android focus, over here on the Windows Mobile side of things it looks a little grimmer. The new Co-CEO, Sanjay Jha, is exerting his newfound authority by making some pretty sweeping changes. ...And by 'changes' we mean cutting 'thousands' of jobs, scrapping 'dozens of phone designs' and consolidating around just three operating systems: Android, Windows Mobile, and feature-phone P2K. It looks like Moto will use Android for all their consumer stuff, relegating Windows Mobile to business. What's more, Engadget notes that they'll probably outsource their WinMo development too.

In other words, don't expect much more hidden innovation like we saw on the Silver Q9h. We also don't know what this means for the Alexander or the Atilla or, heck, the Napoleon. We figure all three are far enough along that they'll see release.

As for this potential outsourced company, no word on that yet. Whoever it is, we hope that they're able to manage that Moto hasn't yet; Namely: putting screens with higher resolution that 320x240 into their phones. [WSJ]

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5 years ago

Live Mesh mobile client is on the way

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You've undoubtedly by now heard the Windows 7 news coming from the Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles. What has us excited is the news surrounding Live Mesh.

Today, Microsoft announced that Mesh (which is a building block of the upcoming versions of Windows) will be going into open beta this week. Mobile (and Mac) clients also will finally see the light of day.

If you haven't experienced Live Mesh thus far — we've been using it for a while on our Windows desktops and caught a glimpse of an early mobile client — think on-the-fly file syncing across multiple platforms. Drop a file into a Mesh-enabled folder on one computer, and it's available in the same folder on another computer, nearly instantaneously.

From the Live Mesh blog:

With this beta release we are making another significant step toward this goal. In particular… with this Beta we are providing limited availability of our new Mac and Windows Mobile 6 clients – providing users with a wider range of devices that can participate in their mesh. Later this week as the beta rolls out, access to the Mac client will be provided from the device ring experience at www.mesh.com. Instructions for accessing the Windows Mobile client will be made available at this blog later in the week.

Not quite sure yet exactly what we'll be seeing. Obviously, you wouldn't want 1,000 2-meg files syncing automatically over the air to your phone. But the blog does tell us we should see "The option to sync Live Mesh folders P2P only, excluding your Live Desktop, can now be enabled from the local device."

Stay tuned.

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