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5 years ago

How To: Get Started Customizing your Windows Mobile Theme

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5 years ago

Review: Motorola T305 Portable Bluetooth Car Kit

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5 years ago

Pinball Evolution by 4Pockets

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Pinball Evolution by 4Pockets

What would a Windows Mobile device be without gaming applications? All work and no play. Gaming applications range from fantasy role playing to sports to puzzles to nonsense. 4Pockets Software has developed

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5 years ago

Give the Xperia X1 manual a read

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Give the Xperia X1 manual a read

We still have a couple of weeks before we learn when the Xperia X1 will be released in the U.S. — but you can at least figure out how to use it in the interim.

Engadget Mobile spied the user guide (pdf link) to the long-awaited (and awaited ... and awaited) Sony Ericsson device. We'd previously seen a couple shots from the manual, but it's good to finally see the whole thing.

A couple of interesting notes:

  • Instructions for video calling. Dieter recently gave us the good news that the North American version (X1a) of the phone will keep the front-facing camera, but don't expect to actually make a two-way video call on AT&T.
  • Instructions for the built-in RSS reader. A nice touch.
  • aGPS and QuickGPS. We've discussed aGPS before (and AT&T recently flipped the switch on it). QuickGPS downloads the positions of the satellites from a server and uses that knowledge to lock in more quickly.

So, yeah, we're still tapping our fingers waiting on an official release date and price.

Here's a thought: We've been expecting this thing to come out on AT&T, given the radio bands it uses. But with the number of customizations built into software side of the device, is it possible Sony Ericsson will just release it unlocked and keep meddling hands off its ROM? Probably not, seeing as how it's carrier-wed in Europe. But a boy can dream.

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5 years ago

Samsung Ace on Sprint Gets 6.1 and Sprint Navigation

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Sprint has the Press Release directing you to head over to http://www.samsungmobileusa.com/i325/upgrade/ to get yourself the Windows Mobile 6.1 update for your Samsung Ace. You'll also get yourself some cool GPS action too, though we don't know yet if it's tied to Sprint Navigation or open to the rest of the OS.

As always with Samsung updates, follow the instructions to a T, backup, and settle in for a half hour long process at best.

Here's what we're wondering: now that the Motorola Q9c is back on Sprint, is the Samsung Ace really a good option? We know that Sprint was pushing users to the Ace when the Q9c was in limbo, too. Sure, the Ace does offer that World Phone bit, but overall the Q9c has a better keyboard and more power. Any Ace users out there loving their phone?

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5 years ago

Covertec Horizontal Case

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Covertec Horizontal Case

Personally, I prefer a horizontal case for my phones. They fell more comfortable, I like the low profile designs, and I always have a fear that vertical cases will ride too low on my hip and pop off as I sit down. I had the opportunity to test drive the

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5 years ago

Windows Mobile Donating to Ellen for the Cure

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Apple may have them commercials for the iPhone, but we have this: Microsoft is donating $10,000 in the name of Windows Mobile to Ellen for the Cure every time Ellen successfully dunks somebody in her tank. In the vid above, she dunks Audriana Partridge, who this old fogey had to look up to discover stars on The Hills.

Really, there's not much more to say about this. After the break, Jenny McCarthy and Shemar Moore. Good on ya, Microsoft. We'll turn WMExperts into a celebrity blog yet!

Thanks to Kevin for the tip! [via and via]

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5 years ago

Here we go again ... Windows Mobile on an iPhone

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Yep. We were pretty sure that after the Norwegian shenanigans showing Windows Mobile supposedly running on an iPhone that there'd be plenty more crawling out of the woodwork.

Exhibit B: Edward over at msmobiles has posted a video that supposedly is a demonstration of Office Mobile and Word Mobile running on his "fruit phone."

The quality of the video is so poor (think Blair Witch project, only darker), that it's tough to render judgment as to its authenticity. But we're dubious for (at least) the following reasons:

  1. As a commenter points out, Windows Mobile indeed does NOT support the 320x480 resolution on the iPhone.
  2. Check out the logo at the top left of the video, and the spinning wheel as the app's loading. Again, the quality's pretty poor, but it sure looks to be a little off. Compare it to this one, from an Office Mobile story we did last spring.

Let us know in our comments what you think. MS? Or BS? And if you have any links to videos of Windows Mobile running on, say, an old TI Speak & Spell, we'll be more than happy to take a look at them, too.

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5 years ago

Federal Court Vacates Qualcomm Ban

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Federal Court Vacates Qualcomm Ban

We avoided the last turning of the Qualcomm vs. Broadcom screw because, well, it's just becoming so darn tiring. If you missed that last month, what happened is a US Appeals court affirmed that Qualcomm infringed on two Broadcomm patents and therefore needed to pay up [via Engadget]. These were related to EVDO, QChat, and video processing. Now leave that stewing in the back of your mind.

In the front of your mind, recall that we had ourselves a little panic last year as courts told Qualcomm they weren't allowed to import certain chips into the US. This was pretty bad, but Verizon decided to pony up licensing fees so they could continue to use the chips, Sprint tried to insert themselves into the conversation, and President Bush declined to stop the International Trade Commission's (ITC) ban.

All clear? Good -- Next up, from Patently-O: the ITC's decision has been vacated by a Federal Circuit court because the original ITC decision didn't find “inducement of infringement” and also found that the ITC didn't really have the authority to exclude imports in the exact method that they used. In short, the Qualcomm chip ban has been lifted (for now)

The upshot is that Broadcom still can collect the damages you read about in the first paragraph, the ban you read about in the second paragraph has been lifted, but the court finding in the third paragraph can probably be appealed and the ban reinstated at some future date. ...and you were starting to suspect that patent lawsuits were adding uncertainty to the marketplace -- for shame!

Thanks to Dave for the tip!

(p.s. The above has nothing to do with the US not getting the Touch HD. Seriously, everybody, you have to let that one go and dream of the 'other cool stuff.')

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5 years ago

Pocket Quicken by Landware

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Pocket Quicken by Landware

Quicken may very well be the most popular line of financial software on the market today. Offering applications from the very basic account manager to the broader business applications, Quicken has become a household name. Software developer Landware brings the popular Quicken financial manager to your Windows Mobile device.

We have looked at SplashData

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5 years ago

Review: AE Button Plus

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5 years ago

Bankarama by Threedef

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5 years ago

Seesmic Delivers a Windows Mobile Client

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Seesmic has just announced the availability of their new Windows Mobile Seesmic client. Seesmic allows users to upload video questions to a community and receive video responses in a social media atmosphere. Similar to Qik, but with a community help kind of feeling. So far only Windows Mobile Pro 6 devices are supported, but rumor of standard support is in the air. Windows Mobile 5 users: move along.

I think this is technology at its best. Before we would have to be at home next to our computer in order to shoot video, upload it, and wait for responses. Now you can shoot video on the fly and watch your friends' videos on the train, at work, or in in your own bathroom. Not that we discuss recommend the last option of course.

Download available here.

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5 years ago

Kinoma Play unleashes update No. 3

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Kinoma Play unleashes update No. 3

Call us fans ('cause we are), but it's nice to see regular updates like this from a Windows Mobile developer, with the updates implemented from inside the application.

And without further ado, the latest update to Kinoma Play brings improvements to:

The file scanner (one of our biggest sources of consternation):

  • Kinoma Play now scans for media when you select My Media Files, instead of on startup. This is especially convenient when you launch Kinoma Play primarily to play online media.
  • You can now choose between Automatic and Manual scanning in Settings > Library.
    Even with Automatic scanning turned on, scanning can now be canceled other than the first time a new source — like a new Storage Card — is detected.
  • A new Scan command appears at the top of My Media Files if Kinoma Play detects that My Media Files may not be up-to-date (i.e. if a previous scan was canceled, or if Automatic scanning is off).

Indeed, those are all good improvements.

Playback on screens that rotate (a la the Touch Diamond, et al):

  • On the HTC Touch Diamond, Kinoma Play now uses its orientation sensor to automatically rotate the screen to the correct orientation (0, 90, and 270°)
  • Software keyboards (SIPs) are now handled properly on rotated screens.
  • Rotated video playback performance has been improved on some phones.

Good. Good. And finally:

  • Kinoma Play responds more quickly to the appearance and disappearance of Bluetooth audio devices, like Bluetooth headphones and speakers.
  • The installer now works on “Tier 2” phones, which have more stringent security requirements. For anyone who experienced a “security failure” on installation, this release should fix that.
  • This release includes preliminary support for the soon-to-be-released Sony Ericsson Xperia X1.

Excellent. Even better than just offering bug fixes is looking ahead to the future, assuming that darn Xperia X1 ever sees the light of day. Now just give us some AVRCP love, and we'll be happy campers. Fire up Kinoma Play and get your update.

To read what we got the in first two updates, click here and here. And if you still haven't tried Kinoma Play, check out Dieter's excellent review.

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5 years ago

Samsung i620 Comes to States as Propel -- sans Windows Mobile

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One of the Euro-only devices that always seemed nice to us was the Samsung i620 -- basically take a BlackJack but turn it into a vertical slider. We've read a couple downer reviews of the i620, but nothing that couldn't have been fixed on its way to the US were Samsung to deign to give it to us.

Well, Samsung and AT&T have bought the form factor to the US in the as the Samsung Propel, but they stripped out Windows Mobile and replaced it with a standard feature-phone OS.

Bummer, that -- it's a form factor we've actually been pining for a bit here at WMExperts. We're hoping it's not a sign of things to come -- at least we're comfortable knowing that Samsung isn't going to remove any power from the Epix.

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