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5 years ago

Windows Mobile 6.5 Screenshots Surface

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Smartphone France has scored images of what appear to be legitimate screenshots of Windows Mobile 6.5. What we're looking at here appears to be a new, sliding-panels-inspired today screen and also a pretty cool and interesting hexagon/beehive shaped shortcut screen. It's a nice change from your standard square look, though we wonder how a 5-way dpad would handle that.

The look, at least on the sliding panels portion you see at right, has a decidedly Zune-feel too it (of which we approve), and we also like that the non-selected items display information too (note the weather and the email lines).

In all, it certainly looks like 6.5 is going to give Windows Mobile some shiny, good-looking elements. It remains to be seen what sort of added functionality we'll be getting in addition to the above. Cross your fingers for that Music icon!

[via wmpoweruser]

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5 years ago

Xperia X1a Gets US Release Date and Price

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Engadget Mobile has word that the phone that's been 'pending' for the US perhaps longer than any other we've been watching finally has an official release date and price. The Xperia X1a (that's the Xperia X1 with the US 3G Bands) will see US release on Friday, November 28th, for a whopping $799. That's an unlocked price, as you may have surmised, which means that as with the Treo Pro, there's no word yet on a subsidized price from AT&T. For now, it appears you'll be heading to sonystyle.com or an “authorized Sony retailer” to pick one up.

It seems like it's been an eternity since we gave the Xperia X1 an hands-on review back in April. In retrospect, it might have behooved Sony to keep the bugger under wraps a little longer. Actually, it would have probably behooved them to beat the Fuze (Full Review) to market or at least let us know a clearer release date before the Fuze came out.

Still, we now know it's coming on Black Friday and we know it's going to cost and arm and a leg. Will you be picking one up?

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5 years ago

Tilt Gets Backlight Hotfix

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5 years ago

Further musings of the Saga saga ...

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Further musings of the Saga saga ...

If you're a Verizon customer and are tired of waiting for a possible appearance of the Treo 800w, Samsung's i770 might just fit the bill. But getting it could be a little tricky.

The Boy Genius Report spied a post over at Howard Forums showing that the i770 — aka the Saga — will hit online and telesales this Friday, Nov. 14. Engadget Mobile follows up with an in-store date of Dec. 1. However, the in-store sales will be through "direct fulfillment" only at first, which basically means you order it there and get it later.

Price for the world phone — yep, it comes with a sim card, too — will be $199 with the usual rebate/contract deals.

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5 years ago

Palm Treo Pro Gets BT Bug Fix

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Palm Treo Pro Gets BT Bug Fix

If you have a Treo Pro you may be interested in this quicky patch from Palm:

If you are in an active call using bluetooth car kit or bluetooth headset and you receive a second incoming call and you let it ring or you ignore the incoming call, the call will be diverted to Voicemail. The first call remains active but you can no longer hear the caller (the caller can still hear you). The audio has been lost. If you answer the call and swap between calls or reject the call, the issue is not seen.

We have seen this bug reported in our forums for awhile and it's nice to see quick fix out there.

One word of caution: technically this is for the Vodafone/Euro version only, though we suppose it may work on the unlocked variety if you really, really need it. If not, we bet that'll be out lickity split.

More info here and a direct .cab download can be found here

Thanks marianne/roydok

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5 years ago

Iris Browser Beta 2 Release for Windows Mobile

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The internet browsing experience on Windows Mobile is almost laughable when compared to new players in the game like Apple's iPhone/mobile Safari experience. Fortunately, some third-party players have seized upon this weakness in the Windows Mobile experience and have brought to the table some very exciting products - the Iris Browser from Torch Mobile, for instance.

Iris Browser Beta 2 is now available for free download here, and with Beta 2 comes numerous improvements. According to the Torch Mobile Blog, the improvements include better performance, smaller memory footprint (by 10%), user interaction improvement, greater stability, and web page rendering improvements.

Jennifer Chappell over at TreoCentral, our sister site, has included more information about Beta 2 and further describes the Iris Browser as being iPhone-like in experience. Knowing how great the iPhone browser is, this would be fantastic to have a similar experience on Windows Mobile.

A quick download and install will show you that while that's not quite the case here, it's not half bad. We'd like to see a little more intelligent text-wrapping on the zoom view, but all in all Iris is looking pretty good -- definitely worth keeping an eye on.

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5 years ago

Samsung Epix vs. Treo Pro: Head-to-Head

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5 years ago

Review: Phone Dashboard Minute Tracker

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5 years ago

Treo Pro Case Round up. Part One: Horizontal Cases

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5 years ago

Tip of the Week: GParkS (Dude, Where's My Car?)

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Tip of the Week: GParkS (Dude, Where's My Car?)

Confession: we love cool GPS apps here at WME.

This little freebie comes from smrtdrmmr over at XDA. Long story short: this is an app that you can use to GeoTag a location (actually up to 3) and it then tells you in feet (or KM) and direction how to get back to it.

Why? Ever park your car at a golf course, far, far from the football stadium where you are catching the local game? Did you ever then spend 20 mins trying to then find you car after the game? Yeah, well smrtdrmmr did and when he looked for a WM version of the popular iPhone app "Dude, Where's my Car" and couldn't find one.

So he went home and programmed up his own version.

It's not a pretty program, but darn it all, it works as advertised. In fact, you can tag up to three objects and name each one (see pic above). To use, just launch the app (you'll need .NET CF 3.5) and that'll kick off the GPS automatically. Give it a few seconds to stabilize your coordinates and then hit "Save". Later, re-launch the app and simply click "Find" and follow the directions. Simple!

Hats off to you smrtdrmmr! More info and download here (need to register).

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5 years ago

Microsoft quietly patches serious 6.1 e-mail bug

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Ever have an e-mail you know you sent just seem to sit in your outbox?

Turns out you're not crazy. At least not because of this. Fellow WM Expert George Ponder has turned us on to a post over at Smartphone Thoughts that helps shed light on the whole thing.

It turns out there is a bug in Windows Mobile 6.1 that can keep messages in you outbox for good. It goes like this:

  • When you send an e-mail, your phone attempts to use the specified SMTP server name. (On my AT&T phone, it's CWMX.com, a holdover from the Cingular days.) Think of that as Mailman 1.
  • If Mailman 1 isn't available, for whatever reason — I like to think he's enjoying a tall cold one on the beach — Windows Mobile 6.1 looks for an alternate SMTP server. That'd be Mailman 2. But if there's no alternate server listed (has there every been?), and your phone can't connect with the first server (that beach/beer thing again), then that e-mail gets kicked into a perpetual outbox loop. Even when your phone reconnects later, that e-mail's still stuck, unsent.

The Microsoft readme file (read the entire thing after the jump) is a little more ominous:

This behavior is associated with a feature that is introduced in Windows Mobile 6.1. The feature allows for mobile operators to specify an alternate SMTP server name that is used if e-mail messages cannot be sent by using the user-specified SMTP server name. If the mobile operator does not specify an alternate SMTP server name and if the Windows Mobile 6.1-based device does not connect, the e-mail account is corrupted and cannot send e-mail messages.

How do we fix this? With a simple download. Hit up Microsoft's Windows Mobile 6.1 POP and IMAP Send Mail Patch page. You can either install from your desktop or directly onto your phone as a cab file. Your phone will immediately reset, and all will be right in the world. Note that if you hard-reset your phone, you'll probably have to re-apply this patch.

The bug applies to IMAP and POP mail, but not Exchange mail or SMS/MMS text messages, and it affects touchscreen and non-touchscreen phones. If all of this is Greek to you, go ahead and apply it.

Fair warning: Microsoft says anything that's stuck in your outbox will now be sent. So if you have any e-mails with the subjects "Honestly, it was just dinner," "Dear boss, screw you," or "I promise I'll have the money on Tuesday" in there, now would be a good time to clean them out.

Obligatory rant: Why have none of the wireless carriers made notice of this yet? (Edit: HTC just sent out a message on its Twitter feed a few minutes after we first posted this.) It's just one more disconnect in the strange relationship between the carriers and Microsoft. And for more about that, be sure to check out the latest WM Experts Podcast, in which Dieter and Malatesta dive deep into that dysfunctional family.

Windows Mobile 6.1 POP and IMAP Send Mail Patch

This behavior is associated with a feature that is introduced in Windows Mobile 6.1. The feature allows for mobile operators to specify an alternate SMTP server name that is used if e-mail messages cannot be sent by using the user-specified SMTP server name. If the mobile operator does not specify an alternate SMTP server name and if the Windows Mobile 6.1-based device does not connect, the e-mail account is corrupted and cannot send e-mail messages.

Important

Follow all steps below completely and in order. Be sure to complete all steps.

Follow only one set of instructions below, depending on whether you synchronize your device to a PC:

  • If you connect your device directly to a PC with a USB cable or cradle, follow the instructions for Windows Mobile users who connect to a PC to synchronize.

  • If do not synchronize your device or phone with your PC or you only synchronize your phone or device wirelessly with a Microsoft Exchange Server or other e-mail and calendar systems, follow the instructions for Windows Mobile users who do not connect to their PCs to synchronize

Windows Mobile users who connect to a PC to synchronize

Download and run the Windows Mobile 6.1 POP and IMAP Send Mail Patch.

Check to make sure you have the latest version of ActiveSync or Windows Mobile Device Center:

ActiveSync 4.5 or Windows Mobile Device Center 6.1.

Connect your Windows Mobile device to your PC, download and then run the Windows Mobile 6.1 POP and IMAP Send Mail Patch for Windows Mobile

Windows Mobile users who do not connect to their PCs to synchronize

For users that do not connect to PCs, there is an update file (.CAB) available to make this update. (Note: There are a number of ways to install a .CAB file and below outlines a popular method).

Using the Microsoft Internet Explorer Mobile browser on your device, go to this location http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=D9D71B2E-D2DD-44F2-86E5-1E53AAD7FB7A&displaylang=en and download this file, WindowsMobile61-KB958639.msi, to your Windows Mobile device. This file will install the update directly on the device.

Installation Instruction:

From your device, navigate to the file you downloaded, and then tap it (or select the file and press “OK” button on a non-touch screen device) to install the update. If you are unable to download the file proceed to step 2.

If you are unable to access the file in step 1 on your device, open Windows Internet Explorer on your PC and click here to start the download process. After downloading the file, attach it to an e-mail and send it to an account you can access on your device (the send mail bug will not prevent you from receiving messages). On your device, open the e-mail and save the attached file; on some devices, you may need to synchronize your e-mail a second time to download the attached file. Then navigate to the file on your device and click on it to install the update.

Note: After you install this update, your device will automatically restart to ensure that the update is complete

Installation tips

Check the messages in your Outbox

After you have applied the update to your Windows Mobile device, messages in the Outbox folder of your affected POP and IMAP accounts will be sent. You may no longer wish to send these messages if they are out of date. You can keep these messages from being sent by navigating to the Outbox folder of these accounts and either deleting the messages or moving them to another folder. On a WM 6.1 Professional device you can access account folders by tapping on the folder drop down located on the upper left of the message list. On WM 6.1 Standard devices you can access account folders by Pressing the Menu soft key, then selecting Folders.

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5 years ago

HTC Fuze now live on AT&T's Web site

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HTC Fuze now live on AT&T's Web site

We brought you the first video of AT&T's version of the HTC Touch Pro, now dubbed the Fuze. We brought you a full-on review, as only Dieter Bohn can do. Then we brought word that the Fuze was available in stores a day earlier than expected.

Now, for those who just can't make it to an AT&T store, we're telling you that it's available online for $299 after the usual rebates/contracts.

At this point, you don't really have any excuses. While there's no substitute for feeling a phone in your own hands, the next best thing is, well, putting it in ours.

So check out Dieter's reviews. Check out HobbesIsReal's excellent 24-hour review of the Sprint version. And take a walk through our forums and see what your fellow readers are saying.

Because knowing is half the battle. (Hey, at least it wasn't a "Fuze" pun ...)

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5 years ago

Sprint Quarterly Results: Losses and More Losses

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Sprint posted their Quarterly results for the 3rd quarter and the numbers aren't pretty. We're looking at a loss of $326 million on $8.8 billion in revenue and a loss of 1.3 million subscribers. For those of you keeping score:

  • Quarter 4, 2007: loss of $29.5 Billion (with a 'B,' but that was because of their Nextel write-off) and 683k subscribers.
  • Quarter 1, 2008: loss of $253 million and 1.09 million subscribers
  • Quarter 2, 2008: loss of $344 million and 900k subscribers
  • Quarter 3, 2008 (now): loss of $326 million and 1.3 million subscribers.

Hesse put a positive spin on things, naturally, by noting that Sprint has managed to maintain cash reserves ($4.1 billion) by managing their business operations. He also claimed that customer service has improved. Although we're fond of suggesting that Sprint be put on a deathwatch, it is worth noting that they still have just over 50 million total subscribers, so we'll hold off on that for now.

How did Sprint manage to free up so much cash? Well, first they sold off their towers and then leased the service and then they created a separate Clearwire company (a plan that's been fully approved) to handle their next-gen WiMAX network rather than incur the infrastructure costs directly. In all, it does mean that Sprint can be rather nimble in their future decisions. Here's a thought, though: could it also mean that they're an easier takeover target if things go really south?

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5 years ago

Some AT&T Stores Selling the Fuze Early, Get Ready

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We're celebrating Fuze Launch Day one day early here at WMExperts. It's not just that we've published a full review of the Fuze, but we're also finding ourselves all over the web checking things out.

If you're interested in picking up a Fuze yourself, BGR [via mobilty site] notes that tomorrow is looking pretty firm. If you can't wait that long, wmpoweruser points us to this phonenews report that some AT&T stores have jumped the gun and are selling the Fuze today instead of holding off until tomorrow.

For those not lucky enough to be near one of these mythical AT&T stores, you can pass the time by checking out the new Fuze Mobility Podcast (welcome to the audio-based internets, guys!) and they've also posted a great list of software and tweaks to get downloaded for future use on a Fuze. Otherwise, you can just gaze on the screenshot of the official HTC Fuze Page that temporarily popped up.

Finally, we'd like to point out that up until this very sentence, we're relatively sure that WMExperts has managed to abstain from making any 'short Fuze' or 'Fuzing form and function' or 'inFuzed with power' puns. You're welcome.

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5 years ago

Xperia X1 said to hit Best Buy on Dec. 7

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That ever-elusive Sony Xperia X1 appears to finally be getting closer to a U.S. release.

The Boy Genius Report has snagged an inventory sheet that has the X1(a) — that's the North American version — hitting Best Buy on Dec. 7. That's an "in-stock" date, which may or may not mean you can swing by and pick one up that day.

Still no official word on when AT&T may release the X1(a) along with the expected subsidy and rebates.

But the price you'll pay for the unlocked goodness? Try $800. Ouch. We're pretty sure we know what's going to be first on your holiday wish list.

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