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5 years ago

Inside an HTC Facility: Rumors Galore!

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Inside an HTC Facility: Rumors Galore!

So an interesting thread popped up over at ppcgeeks lead by criticalaudioinc.

A fairly recent member, Criticalaudioinc claims (and has verified with a moderator) that he works for HTC in one of their "repair/order/design" facilities and seems to have quite a grasp on the technical aspects of their phones. He then basically spilled his guts in 50 pages of posts. Must have been all that coffee.

So take the following with a shaker of salt, but here is a nice summary of what was revealed in the thread.

Read on for some interesting tid bits about the Diamond, Touch Pro and something about a CDMA Touch HD....!!

WMExperts: We sort through & summarize 50 pages of geek talk just for you!

(Note: we have added questions to facilitate criticalaudioinc's answers for sake of brevity; all block quotes are verbatim except for spelling corrections)

Delay for Sprint Touch Pro release--why? Needs a ROM update to fix the following:

  • Camera Lag issues: Software
  • GPS Lag issues: Software/reg edit
  • TF3D exception issues: software/reg edit/update
  • Camera Update - Software
  • System Performance with Processor - Software Update/patch
  • Speaker Volume issue - Check Hardware - Software/AD Update
  • Control PAD malfunction - Software/Update

CDMA Touch HD?

HTC is currently in discussion again on bringing the HTC Touch HD to the US, I currently have a GSM model that we were asked to convert to CDMA, All that was needed was to pull a board from the diamond and re-solder and flash the the rom. From what we can see it is working pretty well the solder isn't pretty but again its a test. But its looking good so far.

Battery Life + Heat Problems on Sprint Diamond?

Battery life issue on the diamond is due to the radio in constant refresh, basically instead of interval of 300ms the diamond was set to 100ms and causes battery drain. The heat issue is also another cause but the reason for the heat is due to the heat plate was not added to the sprint version behind the keys like it was supposed to and sprint and HTC are discussing that.
...the heat plate is on the Pro, also I tested the phone and over clocked the processor to test to see if there was a heat issue, there was not a problem at all, and the processor took the over clock nicely. I tested the radio also for the heat issue and after 2.2 hours it was warm to were it could be noticed but correct me if I'm wrong what phone doesn't get warm with that amount of talk time.

ROM Update for Sprint Diamond?

Once the updates are fully verified and fully tested which is what we are doing as we speak HTC will obtain the updated rom, Normally it takes around 4 to 6 weeks to release but I think there going to push this due to sprint is climbing down there backs about this.

Verizon: Crippled Touch Pro?

Yes, will it be crippled SADLY yes, it will have a lower CPU and memory, but from the test model I honestly did not see a difference unless you use some serious programs.

Is Sprint anxious to release the Touch Pro?

...they want the phone out before AT&T due to rise in iPhone sales, AT&T also had another rise in 3G sales due to the delay and from what the corp was telling me they are starting to lose an amount of customers due to the delay and moving to AT&T.

Video Cables for TV Out on the Sprint Touch Pro?

Video cables do not come with it sadly due to the high costs and such.

Release date for Sprint/Best Buy?

...the release looks to be nov 2 for EVP, telesales and Corp Consumer. Now From the information I was provide Bestbuy wants this shipped by the 24th which is what HTC wants pushed, and possibly out the 26th

How do you mass flash these damn WM devices anyways?

We use computer systems with 16 USB port configuration. We currently have 153 systems, These systems are designed to flash 16 phones in 7 minutes that is around 2448 phones ever 7 minutes with all 153 systems. That is around 20983 phone per hour all together.

Update: For further reading, check out this thread started by Stroths!

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5 years ago

Palringo Adds Location Info to New Version

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Palringo is one of our favorite instant messaging systems out there despite the odd requirement that you create a Palringo-specific account to use it. That new login is looking less burdensome, however, now that Palringo will be bringing live location information to the latest version. They plan to help your friends and family know where you are when you are messaging them, making it easier for meet ups or friend locating. Now when you instant message your boss about being late, you better make sure it

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5 years ago

Jabra BT530 Bluetooth Headset

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5 years ago

Samsung Epix: The Hands-on Low Down Review

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5 years ago

Windows Mobile & WebCapTel Working Together on Sprint

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One demographic that has been left on the sidelines of the mobile technology revolution is the hard-of-hearing customers.

Sprint today announced the availability of their WebCapTel system which allows said customers to use two phones: one for speaking and hearing, the second (a WM device e.g. Diamond, 800w, Mogul, etc.) to read text captions of the conversation.

Before a call, customers simply log onto the www.sprintcaptel.com website via Mobile Internet Explorer and read a transcript of what the other party is saying in real-time (or pretty close to it). The service is also free.

Pretty cool use of WM, we have to say! Though the name WebCapTel sound like something a government bureaucrat would come up with.

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5 years ago

Samsung Epix Available for for Purchase - $99 with Contract

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And awaaay we go: go check out the Samsung Epix at AT&T site now. You're looking at an ideal price of $99 after various rebates (mail-in or no) and a Treo Pro-cringing price of $449 without contract. Specs are exactly as we told you last night.

One notable thing here: the Epix pretty clearly isn't identical to the non-US Samsung i780. For one thing, it's the same thickness throughout the entire device instead of having a hump up at the top and a thinner area below. For another, its gagetry title is the i907, not the i788 as we'd previously suspected. It also apparently has haptic feedback, but we're going to go out on a limb and suggest that it's the standard type of haptics we've seen on Windows Mobile, which is to say it will be pretty lame and you'll want to turn it off.

Three posts in a row on the Epix -- crazy, no? If that tires you out, you'll be happy to know that our brand new baby-sister site Android Central has a G1 unboxing and quick comparison to a few Windows Mobile phones to stem the Epix flood.

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5 years ago

And now, the Samsung Epix user Manual

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Speaking of the AT&T Samsung Epix, we now bring you the manual of the i907, courtesy of CellPhone Signal. The additional details, some of which are pretty standard, plus one biggie at the end:

  • 320x320 touchscreen.
  • 2MP camera. (See more below.)
  • WiFi.
  • GPS.
  • Stereo Bluetooth
  • Customized themes.
  • AT&T Navigator.
  • It does have a stylus.
  • Silent mode: "Press and hold to place your device in silent mode. (About time someone other than Palm has hopped onto that train.)
  • No dedicated audio jack. (Boo.)
  • Beaucoup choices for text entry. You have the physical qwerty keyboard, an on-screen keyboard, or gesture-based text entry which "allows you to enter characters using single strokes."
  • While the camera may only be 2MP, you've got a number of options. Single shot, multishot, mosaic, night shot and panorama. Resolution up to 1600x1200. A 10-second time. White balance. Sepia/green/aqua/negative effects. Video sharing.
  • And the coup de grace: Ms. Pac-Man. Say no more.

Marco, you're the man.

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5 years ago

HTC puts Oct. 31 deadline on 6.0 upgrades

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If you have an HTC device that has an upgrade to Windows Mobile 6.0 available, make sure you grab it by Oct. 31.

HTC has announced that the free updates will no longer be available come November.

Who should heed this news? Says HTC, owners of the following devices:

So if you have any of these devices, get your download on before it's too late. And as a reminder, the Windows Mobile 6.0 update to the Palm Treo 750 (another HTC-aided device) also expires on Oct. 31.

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5 years ago

Registry Edits I Have Loved

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Registry Edits I Have Loved

A while ago I wrote a detailed step by step tutorial on how to edit your Registry on your WM phone. Since then I have been asked several times, across multiple boards, which registry hacks should they do. If you are new to editing the registry and go searching across the internet, you might find yourself a little overwhelmed with how many reg tweaks you find. There are hundreds upon hundreds of registry edits / tweaks / hacks (they all mean the same thing) that you can do. Some are very specific for certain phones, some are for the more advanced users, but most are easy to do... but which ones should the average user do?

To help answer this question I have gone through several forums, websites, threads, etc... and I have picked some of the most common and helpful. (Not to mention fun, cool, and easy). This list is not meant to be an extensive resource of all the reg edits that you can do. This is a list of some of the most popular and useful reg edits to help those who may not know which ones to do when searching the web and forums with hundreds of reg hacks to choose from. I know there are loads that I have left out for one reason or another... too hard, too phone specific, known conflicts, or simply had to whittle down from the thousands to choose from. If you have a favorite reg edit that you feel I should have included, then please post it below to add to this one stop resource of the most common reg edits.

Meanwhile, read on for a massive list of Registry Edits I have Loved!

Sections:

But before we begin, I want to give the standard warning that editing the registry can stop your phone from working... until you do a hard reset and restore your last backup. No matter if you are a noobie WM user with your first WM phone you bought a month ago, or a six year veteran WM power user, you will need to do the following 3 things before you begin:

1) You will need to download and install Registry Editor on your phone. My personal favorite, and very highly respected and preferred choice of many, is the Registry Editor included with Resco Explorer 2008. You can also use the popular free PHM Registry Editor.

2) Review a couple safety tips for editing your registry. Even if you are veteran user, please read the "Safely editing your registry" section in the Edit the Registry Tutorial.

3) Backup your phone before each time you are going to edit your registry.

Also a quick note of clarification when the directions below say to reset your phone after making a change in the registry. If you are using WM03, then you can simply reset right after you make the change, without any problems. But if you are using WM 5 or 6, the memory is handled differently. Simply put, it will take several minutes after you make a change in the registry for the change to stick. If you find that you made a change in the registry and then reset the phone only to discover that your edits are missing from the registry, then you did not wait long enough before resetting the phone. A few minutes time should be long enough in most cases. If the geek in you gets the best of you, you can find technical reasons of why this happens here.

Please also note that some reg edits may not be supported by all phones due to different WM operating systems, manufacturer or carrier enhancements for specific models, etc. On the flip side, there are also loads of really cool phone model specific registry hacks that are only supported by those specific phones. Because of this, go the the forums for your specific model of phone and you will find some threads listing many registry tweaks just for you.

Now, let's start digging in!


Performance and Optimization


Increase phone performance

This is the one that is shown step by step in the Edit the Registry Tutorial, so this is the perfect one to start with. You can change the memory used to cache fonts glyphs, this allows you to use more memory to speed up the display.

Browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\GDI\GLYPHCACHE\
You can change the "limit" value :

4096 : this will slow down the display, but use less memory
8192 : this is the default value on Pocket PC, average memory/performances
16384 : this will speed up the display, but use more memory, twice the default Pocket PC value

In addition to the above edit if you have WM 5 or 6 you can also do the following:


Enable FileSystem cache

To enable the FileSystem cache, speeding up overall performance at the risk of the cache not being written on a sudden reset:
HKLM\System\StorageManager\FATFS\EnableCache = 1 (DWORD decimal)

To disable again:
HKLM\System\StorageManager\FATFS\EnableCache = 0 (DWORD decimal)

Note that by default, the cache size is zero, and you will see no effect. See "Increase FileSystem cache" below to increase the cache size.


Increase FileSystem cache

To increase the file system cache:
HKLM\System\StorageManager\FATFS\CacheSize = 4096 (DWORD decimal)

To return the file system cache to zero:
HKLM\System\StorageManager\FATFS\CacheSize = 0 (DWORD decimal)

You can set the value to pretty much anything you like.


Increase FileSystem filter cache

To enable the file system filter cache, speeding up overall performance with file management:

HKLM\System\StorageManager\Filters\fsreplxfilt\ReplStoreCacheSize = 4096 (DWORD decimal)
To return the file system filter cache to zero:

HKLM\System\StorageManager\Filters\fsreplxfilt\ReplStoreCacheSize = 0 (DWORD decimal)
You can set the value to pretty much anything you like.

Please note: When increasing Cache you are using up more of your RAM. If your phone has a large amount of RAM, then it is beneficial to increase the cache sizes. But if your phone has a low amount of RAM, like with the PPC-6800, then you can still try these edits, but if you start to run out of memory too fast, you may have to revert these back to the default or lower settings.


Increase your Battery life


General edits

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Comm\AsyncMac1\Parms
Default value type and value are
“DisablePowerManagement”=dword:1
Change to
“DisablePowerManagement”=dword:0

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Comm\Irsir1\Parms
Default value type and value are
“DisablePowerManagement”=dword:1
Change to
“DisablePowerManagement”=dword:0

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Comm\PPTP1\Parms
Default value type and value are
“DisablePowerManagement”=dword:1
Change to
“DisablePowerManagement”=dword:0

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Comm\L2TP1\Parms
Default value type and value are
“DisablePowerManagement”=dword:1
Change to
“DisablePowerManagement”=dword:0

You can find detailed explanations of what each of these do here.


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5 years ago

Opera Mobile 9.5 Beta Gets Widgets, Updates

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As a few sites around the web have predicted, Opera Mobile 9.5 Beta got itself a shiny new update this morning. They've added widgets to the browser (or is it a platform now?) and also updated their SDK for development of mobile widgets, not to mention Dragonfly, a set of on-device developer tools. All that looks pretty good to us, we're just glad they've updated wishing they would update their text wrapping to match the on-device version of Opera on the Diamond series, because the current setup is really harshing our mellow. Other notables:

  • Custom software keyboards are still a little wacky
  • No Flash (yet)
  • English Only
  • You have to keep Opera running when the widgets manager is running

You can head on over to http://www.opera.com/products/mobile/ to grab the download. Ball's now in your court, er, courts Microsoft, SkyFire, Mozilla, et al.

Thanks to Jeremy for the tip!

Update: I just installed and noticed a few things. One -- my Treo Pro is pretty hacked up, so it might just be me, but it didn't seem to install over the previous Beta, which led me running out of storage memory. You might want to consider uninstalling the previous version first. Two -- Under Settings -> Advanced, there's a new slider to allow you to set your cache size. (We'd still recommend the hack that moves your cache over to the storage card if you're worried about storage memory, but it doesn't seem to be working for me just yet). Three -- the widgets are kind of fun, but we're not seeing anything that's killer yet.

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5 years ago

Treo Pro Coming to Sprint After All

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Treo Pro Coming to Sprint After All

Back in May we caught a little guff for shrieking with glee when we saw the Treo 800w show up on DSL Reports. Still, though, we added the site to our arsenal of places to poke around when we're thinking about new devices. We've been checking it periodically this week (you hush) and, well, we just spotted the proverbial Sasquatch. You can head over to DSL Reports to see if you can catch the elusive beast yourself. We grabbed what we saw in the screenshot above.

That, friends, is a “Sprint Treo850e” pulling down 1060 kbps with .229s of latency on the spcsdns.net network, running MSIEMobile 6.0. The Treo 850 that we know and love is the Treo Pro. The 'e' is new to us, as is the fact that it's running on Sprint. This means one of two things is happening: Somebody is messing with your pals at WMExperts or the Treo Pro is coming to Sprint.

So, how are you Treo 800w owners feeling just now?

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5 years ago

First Firefox Mobile release candidate, er, released

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We explained a little while ago a few of the reasons why we're looking forward to seeing Firefox Mobile, aka Fennec. Now, it's time to start playing.

Mozilla has posted "an early developer release of the mobile version of Firefox, for testing purposes only." [via Gizmodo]

And test, we shall.

Fennec still is only actually running on a Nokia 810. But you can get a taste of it now on your desktop or laptop computer. The full version of WMExperts.com loaded without a hitch (minus Flash, of course), and I got 90 out of 100 on the Acid3 test, which is in line with those early shots we saw. Yeah, it's a release candidate on a desktop PC, but we're still starting to get goosebumps.

Check out Mozilla's alpha release page here, then get your download on, be you a Windows, Mac or Linux OS.

Edit: Wait a minute. ... Flash is (kind of) implemented? They're expecting full-on add-on support? This is looking better by the minute. Unless you're running a non-touchscreen device.

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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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