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Around SPE - 2 Nov 08

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Around SPE - 2 Nov 08

This week's Around SPE is sponsored by the Android Central Store, where you can find a full complement of accessories for the T-Mobile G1 including headset adapters, body skins, and screen protectors.

What's the big news in the Smartphone world this week? It's a mix, really. Android's looking like a viable platform to more and more people, there are a ton of Windows Mobile devices on the way, and both CrackBerry.com and the iPhone Blog are running contests that ought to spark your interest. Read on!

Android Central

Android Central is still enamored with the G1, so we followed up our full review of Android with a look at the Android Market App Store. We're excited to see that said App Store should soon be populated with quality games from EA, not to mention complete Exchange support for push email and PIM info.

Of course, like the rest of the Android-watching-web-world, we noticed that some folks were touting that they'd successfully unlocked a T-Mobile G1. Yeah, we did that a week earlier than anybody else did and we got AT&T's data working just peachily as well, thanks. We'd be more bitter, but the fact that you can grab a G1 at Walmart has our head spinning so fast we ain't got time to mope.

CrackBerry.com

CrackBerry Nation is abuzz with new BlackBerry releases. After months and months and months and months of waiting, the BlackBerry Bold will finally be available from AT&T this Tuesday! Storm fever is still going strong, with launch parties taking place and release dates getting near. You can now pre-order a Storm from Vodafone, and things are still looking on track for the Storm to be out on Verizon by Black Friday. The Pearl Flip is making its rounds too: T-Mobile is now offering it in Red (in addition to the Black model they launched with) and it's starting to pop up in Rogers stores (in both black and pink) with November 4th availability everywhere.

Phase 1 of the The What Would You Do for a BlackBerry Storm? Contest was a huge success, with over 3,000 crazy CrackBerry addicts entering their What Would You Dos. Judging for that is going on as we speak (should be complete by Monday night).. with the top ten soon-to-be Storm winners to be contacted on Tuesday. Next step - they'll have to carry out their To Dos on video!

And the long-waited CrackBerry Book is nearing it's eBook launch date (print copy to follow in a couple weeks)... Featuring real life tales of BlackBerry Addiction gone too far and effective strategies to help get your use under control, this will be a must read for the BlackBerry Addict (expect your signifcant other to pick you up a copy!). Keep your eyes peeled for it to surface later this week!

The iPhone Blog

iPhone Live! -- our new podcast which will alternate with Phone Different and make us all nice and weekly -- is now archived and available in the iPhone blog's usual feed. Join Dieter, Brian, Chad, and Rene, for a discussion of iPhone 2.2, GPS, Turn-by-Turn Navigation, and a Q&A from our live chat audience.

...You'll also be interested in the beginning of our Ultimate Accessory Pack Give Away Contest!

Big week for Apps as well, as TiPb interviews PCalc's James Thomson for a look behind the marketing and money of the App Store. New release Google Earth also goes App vs. App against veteran Earthscape, and we take a look at why Apple may have denied browser rival Opera Mini a place on the iPhone.

TreoCentral

Over at TreoCentral, we found via WMExperts about another clue telling us that the Treo Pro is on its way to Sprint. And we found out that the Treo 750 has disappeared from AT&T's website, and you can only get it from Palm in the unlocked variety.

We read that John Hartnett, Palm's SVP of Global Markets, is leaving the company in November for undisclosed reasons. This comes on the heels of Palm hiring Simon Lloyd as Senior Director, EMEA Marketing, to try and win some ground in the European market as Palm wants to make a comeback against the BlackBerry and iPhone in brand stakes. And speaking of markets, how about the stock market, in which Palm's stock teetered at low records (hitting $2.70) on Tuesday.

Brian has written a review of the Celio Redfly, which makes a great mobile companion for the Palm Treo Pro. If you haven't bought the Redfly as of this writing, you still have a chance to grab it for $199.95 in the TreoCentral Store.

WMExperts

WMExperts is buckling down for a deluge of new Windows Mobile releases in the coming weeks, although we did manage to get out of the gate early with first review of the Touch Pro on Sprint. We're expecting the AT&T version of that device, AKA the Fuze, to arrive on Monday and for the Verizon version to be pretty much identical Sprint's.

Mostly, though, we focused on the wider launch of Microsoft's Live Mesh service, which is a great cloud-sync application that works on Windows, Mac, and of course, Windows Mobile. Be sure to check out our early walkthrough.

Not enough for you? Well, we did confirm the rumor that we also were the first to report, namely that the Treo Pro will hit Sprint. WM devices on Sprint also finally joined the MMS crowd and, well, there's a mystery version of Windows Mobile that we're waiting on as well.

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5 years ago

Review: SPB Traveler 2.0

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Review: Seidio 1600mAh Extended Battery

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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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