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4 years ago

So, what's going on with Samsung?

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So, what's going on with Samsung?

We're generally not the types who cry that the sky is falling. But there are a few disturbing reports swirling today regarding Samsung. The first comes from Electonista, which states that Sammy will significantly reduce its use of Windows Mobile.

HMC Investment Securities analyst Greg Noh understands that the Korean company's use of Windows Mobile will crash from 80 percent this year to just 50 percent in 2010 and will lower further still in future years. Just 20 percent of Samsung's phones should use the platform by 2012.

That's a huge drop. Word on the street (er, and in just about every blog today) is that Android will pick up a good amount of the slack.

Now add to that Samsung's announcement of its own open development platform, called Bada. (A name that's just ripe for mocking, we know.)

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., a leading mobile phone provider, today announced the launch of its own open mobile platform, Samsung bada [bada] in December. This new addition to Samsung’s mobile ecosystem enables developers to create applications for millions of new Samsung mobile phones, and consumers to enjoy a fun and diverse mobile experience.

Plenty more on that at bada.com.

Now add to that Samsung's current inability to launch the Omnia II line in the United States (for whatever reason) and its half-baked job on the Intrepid, and we have the makings of a full-on exodus, it seems.

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4 years ago

FYI: We're (finally) on Facebook, too

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4 years ago

Get an HD2 for the low, low price of $833US

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4 years ago

Sprint drops 20-cent fee for conditional call forwarding

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Good news, Sprint peeps. Gone are the days of the 20-cents per minute charge for forwarding your calls to a service such as Google Voice.

Our Sprint-loving pals at Precentral spell it out:

Conditional call forwarding uses the *28xxxxxxxxxx code, where the xxxxxxxxxx is your phone number. Note that your original number still rings before forwarding happens and you'll need to futz with your Google Voice settings if you want to send calls directly to voicemail before ringing your Google Voice number. There's plenty more information in this forum thread. Dial *38 to turn it off. Direct *72 call forwarding still costs you $.20 per minute.

That's it, folks. We'd still like to see Sprint drop the fee for direct call forwarding, however. But we all know how carriers feel about us messing with their voicemail.

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4 years ago

Actually, Google Maps has showed the NYC subway for a while now

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You should hear Malatesta's tale about making it to the Oct. 6 launch of Windows Mobile 6.5 with just seconds to spare. It's classic. Especially the part about surviving the dude playing jazz flute. But that's for another time.

Anyhoo, what got him there in time for the keynote was Google Maps, and its inclusion of NYC subway maps. They've been there for a while now, but Google's recently publicly announced them as a feature in the Layers. To turn it on (or just test it if you're outside the city), point the map to NYC, then go to Menu>Layers and turn on the Tranisit lines. Zoom in and you can get station info. It's That simple. [Google Lat-Long blog]

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4 years ago

Review: Copilot Live 8

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Review: Copilot Live 8

There are some pretty cool technologies involved in the hardware that is being crammed into our Windows Phones these days. WiFi, various cellular technologies, GPS, et al. My vote for the coolest of these is GPS. The fact that some very intelligent person somewhere came up with the idea of putting machines into orbit around the globe and then using these to navigate is extremely impressive to me.

Harnessing the full power of the GPS on a Windows Phone can be a difficult proposition. Free tools such as Google Maps and Bing/Live Search are capable of utilizing a GPS receiver, but they don’t give you all of the benefits that we have come to expect from a full featured GPS.

Copilot Live is one of the premier GPS applications for Windows Phones. Now in version 8, ALK Solutions has re-worked their pricing to make this amazing software accessible to just about anyone with a Windows Phone. (See my review of Copilot 7 here.)

To see the new features that Copilot Live 8 offers, check out the review after the jump.

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4 years ago

PointUI Home Pro 2 Giveaway Winners!

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PointUI Home Pro 2 Giveaway Winners!

Congratulations to the winners of our PointUI Home Pro 2 Giveaway!  The lucky winners are: kanzlr, carlos2008 and kraski.

Emails have been sent out notifying everyone where to go to download PointUI and the registration codes to activate your copy.  Thanks goes out to  PointUI for providing the copies of Home Pro and everyone for participating in the contest.

Don't give up hope if you were one of the lucky winners.  We'll have another giveaway headed your way in a couple of weeks.

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4 years ago

WMExperts Podcast Episode 76

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WMExperts Podcast Episode 76


Malatesta and Phil dive deep into the HTC HD2 and what the Motorola Droid means for Windows Mobile, talk a lot more about custom ROMs and answer your e-mails and voicemails. (Oh, and Phil's battling a hurricane.) Let's go!

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4 years ago

Rogers may get coloured HTC Touch2

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See what we did there? Used the alternated spelling of colored. You know, for Canada. Anyhoo, Electronista says "sources familiar with its [HTC's] plans" have it that the Canadian network will be the first in North America to pick up the HTC Touch2, a lower-end touchscreen Windows Mobile 6.5 phone, and that they'll be available as red, black ok blue slabs. No word on actual availability. [Electronista via Engadget Mobile]

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4 years ago

Review: Seidio Holster for AT&T Tilt

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Review: Seidio Holster for AT&T Tilt

Cases come in all shapes and sizes. Different styles of case tend to cater to certain phones. For example, a form fitting leather case wouldn’t work very well with my Tilt. I’ve used a Seidio holster in the past with a Samsung Blackjack (and loved it), but I was a little unsure how well one of their holsters would work with a phone as bulky as the Tilt.

Stick around to see how well the Seidio holster for the Tilt handles the age old question; does this case make my phone look fat?

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4 years ago

Upgrading the Samsung Jack to 6.5

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Upgrading the Samsung Jack to 6.5

The other day Samsung released the Windows Mobile 6.5 Standard update for the AT&T Jack. We downloaded the update file and with a little effort, updated the Jack to 6.5.

With very few exceptions, had I not performed the upgrade, it would be tough to tell the difference between the old Jack running WM 6.1 and the Jack running WM 6.5.

Ease on past the break for a few screen shots to see if you can tell the difference and our initial thoughts on the Jack's updated OS. 

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4 years ago

SSK 3.0 ROM & Kitchen for CDMA Touch Pro 2 Now Available

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If you're anything like us, you've been mad flashing your CDMA Touch Pro 2 left and right with every new custom ROM released. But do you ever wish you could just change that one thing? Maybe add a program or remove one from ROM that you'll never use?  

Fear not, as Scott Crosler of SSK (Scott's Simple Kitchen) has released his combo of Kitchen and starter ROM package for you Verizon and Sprint peeps.  Don't really know what you're doing (and you're not alone here)? He also has a swanky PDF guide to show you how it all work (see release thread).

In short, you can now make your own ROMs off of his starter builds.

And simple it is. It's commonly referred to as a "visual" kitchen, meaning it's actually easy to navigate and operate with just picking and choosing what you want and what you don't. Want the Sprint version of TouchFLO? Done. Don't like that and want the HTC Sense version instead? Just as easy.

The kitchen comes with two starter ROMs: WM6.5 (21854) and WM6.5.1 (23037), the former is rock-solid while the latter is an older, early beta of WM6.5.1, so fun to work with but quirky. From there Scott has included a bunch of commonly used programs, e.g. latest versions of Bing, Google Maps, CHome Editor, etc. which you can add or remove from your custom ROM.

Of course, nothing is risk-free. But if you're ready to move beyond flashing other folks' custom ROMs, then SSK is a great place to start.  (We had our ROM customized and flashed within 15 minutes--didn't even read the guide!  Huzzah.)

Go here for the goods.  See further discussion at PPCGeeks.

Like always, remember to support these developers if you want these projects to continue.

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4 years ago

Zune HD gets firmware update for better browsing, prep for 3D gaming

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The Zune HD has been given a firmware update, moving it from V4.1 to 4.3. We were not-so-secretly hoping the first update (or second, if you're counting the initial one on launch) would enable a hidden 3D World-band phone inside, Bluetooth and a speakerphone. But that's just us being a little crazy.

Instead, here's the official line, as cribbed from the Zune forums:

Zune HD firmware update: Today we released the v4.3 firmware update for Zune HD players; this update adds support for upcoming 3d games and applications, as well as an auto-suggest feature for better text input, and other minor improvements. Enjoy!

And digging through the forums, we're also seeing:

  • Much-improved Web browsing, both in speed and rendering. You can toggle between desktop and mobile. And there's now a landscape keyboard. (Huzzah)
  • New display settings for video out. You can choose HDMI Auto, 720p or 480p in addition to compositie video.

Get the update by connecting your Zune, then going to Settings>Device>Player Update. And after the break, instructions for those with 16GB Zune HD's who may not be seeing the update

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4 years ago

German Touch Pro 2s get Windows Mobile 6.5

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For our German brethren, you lucky ducks get to update your Touch Pro 2 to Windows Mobile 6.5 with HTCs new ROM (version:1.86.407.5) today.  HTC doesn't list too much except for some typical generics:

1.  HTC phones featuring Windows 6.5 are designed to handle your daily life, with only one consideration: You.

2.  You can customize with programs, ringtones, TouchFLO 3D options, and more.

3.  Connect with the people you care about most using Windows Live, Facebook and other chat clients available for download.

4.  Backing up with Microsoft My Phone is as easy as typing in a username and password and selecting what you want to back up.  Everything else is automatic.  You can even let it run in the background while you surf the net, chat with friends, or have it just resting in your pocket while you relax on the couch.

5.   All this and increased convenience with a one stop shop for applications available for free and for download in the brand new Marketplace.

Still, if you're not using a custom ROM already and want the official version, well here ya go.  Get it here.

Thanks @msh441

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