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4 years ago

HTC HD2 headed for T-Mobile U.S. (probably in March)

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We're calling it folks: we now believe T-Mobile is the U.S. destination for the famous HTC HD2 (watch our hands-on here).  Sorry to the other carriers, thanks for playing. We're also hearing a tentative release window of March.

How do we know?  One of our trusty ninjas hooked us up with the still-in-testing ROM files for said device.

Having dumped the .nbh file ourselves, we can verify that indeed this sucker is a T-Mobile HD2 ROM (see below screen shot).  And no, we will not share this, so don't bother askin'.

Here are some stats:

  • Leo ROM 2.01 (big jump from v1.61 leak)
  • WM6.5 build 21869
  • Opera 9.7.0.35627
  • OzIM_US_1.0.5.1.139
  • Teeter 2.0 (ooh, a new version)
  • TMOUS_Manila_Core 2.5.1921401

Of course that's just a drop in the bucket from the External Packages folder, but you get the drift.

So T-Mobilers, a huge congrats.  And to AT&T, Verizon and Sprint, as far as we know, curses to you.

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4 years ago

webOS review - Smartphone Round Robin

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Myriad metaphors come to mind when thinking about Palm and Microsoft. David and Goliath. A young upstart fighter who took a couple of punches, versus an aging but still powerful opponent. A young executive overtaking the old man in the corner office. Take your pick.

In the past year, Palm announced and delivered on a new (and some say revolutionary) operating system and a pair of new phones. Microsoft announced and delivered another iteration of its operating system, which has found itself on a number of new devices. Their stories parallel each other, though many say the companies and their platforms are traveling in opposite directions.

After the break, we go in-depth with Palm's webOS from a Windows Mobile perspective, Smartphone Round Robin-style.

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4 years ago

More Bad News on Market Share for Windows Mobile

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Windows Mobile has taken another hit in the PR department. In a report coming from comScore, Microsoft now sits in third place behind RIM and Apple in regards to devices that are currently in use. ComScore, a research firm, conducted a monthly poll in which the inquired of respondents which type of phone the own. According to FierceDeveloper.com, comScore found that 14.9 million respondents use a Blackberry phone. iPhone was listed in second place at 8.9 million users, while Microsoft came in third at 7.1 million for Windows Mobile. Upwards of 196 million reported that their phone did not use a proprietary OS.

While polls of this nature aren’t perfect, this is consistent with what we’ve been hearing from other realms. One doesn’t have to search very hard to find multiple reports of the demise of Windows Mobile as a platform.

My primary question is how much of this is due to Windows Mobile being weak in the brand recognition department? Many people don’t even realize that they are using a Windows Mobile phone, much less what flavor of the OS it is running. Without a doubt, Microsoft has a high bar to shoot for with Windows Mobile 7, not the least of which is a release date that doesn’t slip into the distant future.

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4 years ago

Twitter finally hits Zune HD

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Twitter finally hits Zune HD

The Zune HD (read our reviews here and here) is still not a Windows Mobile phone, no matter how much I wish it to be so. (And no matter how many times I try talking into it.) That said, it desperately has been in need of a Twitter application. Microsoft finally delivered. Sort of.

I'm so distraught over the $@!#^& automatic censoring that's built in (and can't be turned off), I can't even bring myself to review it. (And don't get me started on the settings menu.) The good news is Microsoft reportedly is updating the app to remove the censorship. But, c'mon, guys. That never should have made it out the door.

There is a bit of good news in that Microsoft dropped the ads from its "utility" apps. But it still takes way to long to launch the calculator. Ugh.

Anyhoo, we'll let our pal Matt Miller from ZDNet and NokiaExperts fame do his thing. Thanks for taking one for the team here, Matt. Check out his full rundown at ZDNet, and peep his video after the break.

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4 years ago

Facade gets bumped up to 2.1

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Facade gets bumped up to 2.1

SBSH Mobile has announced that Facade has received an upgrade to version 2.1. For the uninitiated, Facade is an interface customization tool for Windows phones without touchscreens.

We love us some Windows Mobile Standard around here. Customizing and tweaking can be a little more difficult on Standard than Professional, making a tool like Facade pretty handy for those of you that want more control over the look and feel that your phone provides.

In addition to the bug fixes, language updates, and performance and stability improvements; Facade includes some new or improved features in version 2.1. Access to an online Skins Arena will allow you to find and install a skin that fits your personality without forcing you to build your own. The Skins Arena can be accessed from your device or from a computer. Analog Clocks are also supported in 2.1, and are skinnable as well.

Facade 2.1 is available as a free upgrade to registered users of Facade 2. Those of you still using version 1.x can upgrade to 2.1 for $7.95.

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4 years ago

HP Glisten is a US-only device; Sorry ROW

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The HP Glisten has been garnering some pretty solid reviews, including one from our very own George Ponder.

One big question a few have asked is whether HP plans on going wide with this AMOLED front-qwerty, releasing it for Europe, etc.

Sadly, the answer is absolument pas. (That's a sincere "no").

More specifically, TamsWMS asked HP's Austrian press department on their plans and the response they got back, translated, was:

Dear Sir,
we are sorry but the HP iPaq Glisten will not be made available in EMEA. It is an US only product.

With best regards…

Tams goes on to lament what they perceive as the end of era, where HP used to competitively compete in the European market.  However, instead maybe HP is just getting their sea-legs back after being in the desert for so long.  We're sort of rooting for HP and LG (and any other two-letter companies) to succeed in the WinMo space, as more competition with a certain 3-letter juggernaut the merrier.

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4 years ago

Waze releases holiday version for Windows Mobile

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We first introduced you to Waze back in September. Waze is a free, turn-by-turn GPS application that uses crowd sourcing to detect traffic conditions in real time. A social network for motorists of sorts.

Today Waze is releasing a holiday version of it's navigation application that includes holiday-themed "road goodies", a treasure hunt contest, bi-lingual support and integration with the location based, geo-game foursquare.

Ease on past the break to read more about Waze's holiday version.

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4 years ago

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4 years ago

NVIDIA Tegra 2 coming to CES in January; Smartphone rollout 2nd half 2010

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Looks like we'll never get to see that sweet Tegra chipset in a smartphone anytime soon, with the Zune HD coming the closest to such a device.

That's okay, as NVIDIA is poised to launch its next version of the powerhouse chipset in January at CES (and we'll be there to cover it, of course).  At CES, they will demonstrate the chipset on current and upcoming smartbooks, MIDs, netbooks and the like, then in the second half of the year a big push into the smartphone world.

We obviously don't really need to point out what is launching in late 2010, do we?

The Tegra 2 chip, at least according to Slashgear, is "...expected to have roughly twice the power and graphical capabilities of the original and be based on 40nm processes."  Considering how awesome the Zune HD is, that sounds pretty sweet to us if accurate.

Now just close your eyes and imagine it is one year from now ... aaahhh ... technology bliss and why am I fatter?

[via Slashgear]

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4 years ago

LG eXpo available on AT&T's website

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LG eXpo available on AT&T's website

It looks like AT&T sneaked the LG eXpo onto is Web site overnight. The eXpo was due to be released on December 7, so a week delay isn't that bad.

The Windows Mobile 6.5 phone is $199.99 after rebates and contract ($449.99 for those not wanting to mess with contracts).  The eXpo has a 3.2-inch 480x800 screen, a "smart sensor," Snapdragon processor and can be fitted with an optional, "piggy-back" pico projector which will cost you an extra $179.99.

No reports on when the projector will be available, but you can find the eXpo at AT&T's Web site.

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4 years ago

Microsoft sneaks Bing into Apple's App Store

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Well, look at that. Somebody over at Microsoft just won $20, 'cause they managed to get the Bing application into Apple's App Store, making it available for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

I gave it a quick run-through and found it more or less acts the same as Bing on Windows Mobile. Can't speak to whether it suffers from the same complaints we've seen recently.

More screen shots after the break, and more at The iPhone Blog.

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4 years ago

Running WM6.5.x and need volume keys?

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For those of you running WM6.5.x, you will have noticed that the volume on-screen slider is not the the standard HTC one.  Turns out, Microsoft has been playing with the volume hooks and HTC's skin is no longer compatible. 

Instead, we're left with the functional but ugggggly old-school windows volume rockers.

One solution is from XDA member Ponchofiesta (love it) who has a new app that improves the graphics tremendously.  The app is still in early beta, so expect some bugs and you need to have .NET CF 3.5 installed. Make sure you lend a  hand with feedback.

Still, once stable enough, this is something ROM chefs can cook right in and make it all bettah.

Alternate solution?  SetVolume 0.7.

[via Technology Paradise]

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4 years ago

Review: The HP Glisten

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Review: The HP Glisten

HP has produced several Windows Mobile products over the years. From the iPAQ and Jornada PDA's to the iPAQ Windows Mobile phones they have created a bit of history with the Microsoft operating system. HP hopes to continue its strong history with Windows Mobile with the Glisten

Announced a few weeks ago, the Glisten is a front-facing QWERTY keyboard, touch screen Windows phone is available through AT&T as well as directly from HP.  We had an opportunity to take a pre-production model of the Glisten out for a test drive and found it to a nice phone.

To see how nice it is, follow the break.

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4 years ago

Swype gets a boatload of money from Samsung, Nokia

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Just the other day we were talking about how the "L337 |-|4> Swype from the Verizon Omnia II.

We also lamented both in print and the podcast about how this is a double edged sword for the little Seattle company: tons of exposure and praise, but peeps are stealing your goods!  Then again, we suggested that OEMs may see the great press featuring Swype and see they want that on their devices.

Looks like the latter happened (we won't say told you so). Nokia and Samsung have invested $5.6 million into the fledgling company, which has to have caused a lot of popping of corks this week.

Guess we can look forward to more Swype in official (and unofficial) devices in 2010.  Sounds good to us.  Speaking of, are you using Swype yet?

[via UnwiredView]

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4 years ago

Windows Mobile 7 delayed again? Or much hype about nothing?

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So in the last few days many in the blog-o'sphere have been opining about the reported delay of Windows Mobile 7.  Have you heard this one yet?  Evidently Phil Moore at a recent event stated in regards to the never in sight mobile OS:

"It has been put back until late next year but it is definitely coming."

Okay.  But we already assumed Windows Mobile has been pushed to late 2010.  Actually, lets step back a second:  what do we even know about any release date for this big OS overhaul?

So the latest rumors were: beta test in Q1, release to manufacturers in Spring, carrier testing and release in Q3/Q4.  So "late in 2010" sounds about right to us. Outside of getting a Phil Moore quote on Windows Mobile 7, we don't see what the "news" is here. (Note: these are Taiwanese fiscal quarters, which match the calendar year, unlike U.S. fiscal quarters).

Don't get us wrong, we love leaked "roadmaps" and such, but we also know they can be out-dated when leaked and are not written in stone. Other than that, there are plenty of single, un-named sources and rumors galore.  Shoot, in May of this year Winedows Mobile 7 was planned for a software release in the fall and hardware in the Spring--but that came and went with no news.

Call us crazy, but seeing as WM6.5 just launched in Fall 2009 (right on schedule) and is still rolling out, "late 2010" you know, about 1 year after their last over-haul, seems like a good time frame to release a major new OS. 

How Phil Moore's comment is read as "delayed again" is beyond us since Micorsoft has never publicly confirmed a release date.  Oh sure, no doubt Microsoft has missed milestones and they are none-too-happy about the progress in the last few years, but that doesn't mean every time someone says something we need to infer yet another delay.

Fact is, the OS will be done when it is done and we don't know what "late 2010" means: RTM, in our hands? And Microsoft has some minor tricks up its sleeve till then. We think next-gen CPUs, capacitive screens and a compatible OS will be the big thing of early-mid 2010 and we'll anxiously await WM7--when Microsoft is ready to show us.

Lets just keep those rumors and speculation in check, mmkay?

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