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4 years ago

A few more deets on the HTC HD2, including no PIE multitouch? (at least initially)

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Can't get enough of the HTC HD2? Yeah, us, either. Pocketnow got a tip that includes a few more details.

  • The HD2 name is good. (So long, Leo codename.)
  • The phone will launch in Holland by November, for about $800 U.S.
  • As you can see in the picture above, it indeed has a capacitive screen, but multitouch doesn't work in Internet Explorer. That means no pinch-and-zoom.

Presumably that's a current version of PIE running on Windows Mobile 6.5 and not a newer version of the mobile browser — pinch-and-zoom works fine on the Zune HD's flavor of PIE. And we're still pretty doubtful that we'll ever see the HD2 in the U.S. Sorry, folks.

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4 years ago

Graphics: NeoS2007 Driver pack 3 released; MindPol Beta

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It's pretty well established that for whatever reason current HTC devices don't come with their graphics hardware enabled  (2D and/or 3D) and while we don't have the energy here to dive into the nitty gritty (that's for a Wiki), we can install a .cab file.

NeoS2007 over at XDA just released his v3 of his famed graphics driver pack for certain WinMo devices (Touch Diamond, Touch Pro, Touch HD, Touch Pro 2, Touch Diamond 2 and Sony Ericsson X1).  This .cab basically installs "... the OpenGL ES 1.1 Driver by ATI/AMD with the latest dll's, combined with the latest OpenVG driver".

The idea of course is to speed up the graphics performance when running graphic intensive apps, including Manilla/TouchFlo 3D.  Does it work? It certainly didn't hurt our Sprint Touch Pro 2 and heck, sure it seems a bit zippier. But always hard to tell.  Still may be worth a shot as reportedly it helps with GPS apps like iGO.

Likewise, Noir posted a "d3d driver demo" by game maker MindPol for 480x800 devices. Reportedly they are working on their own driver for their games, to get results like these during game play.  Having recently played some iPhone games myself, yeah, WinMo currently needs all the help it can get.  (Note the MindPol is just a demo and won't work for any software you may have.)

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4 years ago

Google Mobile app updated, gets new features

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Good news for those of you using the Google Mobile App: Three new features have been rolled out.

  • My Location is now on board and returns local search results without having to manually input your location.
  • Search options are now suggested as you type, as are URL suggestions. Very cool.
  • If you have Google Maps on your phone, it'll launch when you choose a local search suggestion.

Get the CAB here, and check out more at the Google Mobile blog.

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4 years ago

Review: SPB Quads

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Review: SPB Quads

We’ve all heard it before; some well-meaning friend or relative made some comment to you that playing video games would turn your brain to mush (or some variation of that phrase). Not all video games are completely void of redeeming value however. SPB has a couple of games that are actually pretty decent about exercising various brain cells. Coincidentally, both have been updated recently. The first, SPB Brain Evolution 2.0 was announced last week. The second, SPB Quads is an update to SPB Quadronica.

For all the details on Quads, keep reading. (Hint: this has nothing to do with the popular off-roading vehicles.) 

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4 years ago

HTC HD2 rumored for launch on Oct. 12

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HTC HD2 rumored for launch on Oct. 12

We're going to ignore for the moment the more-than-likely possiblity that the HTC Leo (aka the HD2) won't be coming anywhere near the United States and instead concentrate on the UK, where Engadget says the phone could be launching as soon as Oct. 12 on the O2 network. Hey, congrats, chaps. We'd just gotten over not getting the Touch HD. Guess it's back to therapy.

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4 years ago

More rumored details on Microsoft's 'Project Pink' phones

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Here are a bunch more rumors about Microsoft's Project Pink, courtesy of Paul at MoDaCo, most making total sense and overlapping what we've already heard.

  • Running the show has been Microsoft's "PMX" team -- Premium Mobile Experience -- which includes the assets gained from the purchase of Sidekick-maker Danger.
  • Verizon's the main carrier on board, though other agreements are in place.
  • The "Turtle" sports a 3.5mm headphone jack and a 5-megapixel camera. The "Pure" camera is 8 megapixels.
  • Both devices are dual branded with Microsoft and Sharp.
  • The OS has the same kernel as Windows Mobile 7, but won't look or feel like WM7. The UI is written in Silverlight and uses Seadragon. Looks kinda familiar.
  • Zune HD software and Xbox integration are on board.
  • As these are targeted toward the mass market, parental controls are on board.
  • There is a unified messaging experience. (Should be interesting to see how it matches up against the Palm Pre.)
  • Turtle and Pure will get their own launch party, not at CES.

Keep an eye on the MoDaCo thread, as Paul promises more details.

 

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4 years ago

Review Thumb Shopper

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Review Thumb Shopper

Thumb Software has developed a handy Windows Mobile application that will help those of us who need a list simply to make it out of the grocery store without forgetting anything. Thumb Shopper is a checklist application that allows you to create your grocery list on your Windows Mobile professional phone and check them off as you toss them in your shopping cart.

I was interested to see if Thumb Shopper was easier to use than the age old standard, paper and pen. Follow the break to see how this checklist app measures up.

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4 years ago

OMG, the Pink Phones Exist, Kinda

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Good golly miss molly, look what Gizmodo got their hands on:  mock ups of the legendary "Project Pink" devices that are evidently branded Microsoft "Zune phones", made by Sharp.

The first Device above is "Turtle" (from 9to5Mac ) and "...the slide out keyboard houses the mic at the bottom and it is meant to be open when being used as a phone".

The second device, pictured below, is "Pure" and

They will continue to use the App Store model that the Sidekick has employed with over-the-air applications appearing on your phone bill. Danger's phone App Store predated Apple's by two years.

The weird thing is what will these be running: WM7, Zune OS, a combo of both?  And how does that fit in with WM7 in general i.e. application capability? As to carriers, that is anyone's guess though Verizon was rumored early on to be carrying either one or both.

Hey, you asked for a Zune-like phone, looks like you'll get one.  Now the question is, are these your taste? And is this a good idea? Sound off in comments!

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4 years ago

Vodafone to get the Xperia X2 in November, LG's GM750 coming in October

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Good news for our friends across the pond on Vodafone: The carrier says to expect the Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 in November. That's the X2 and it's sweet keyboard, banana slider and 8.1MP camera. No word on price.

And that's also a couple of months sooner than online dealer Expansys says the X2 will be available, so there ya go.

Also coming down the pike is the LG GM750, which is expected in October and brings along its 5MP camera and black-slab good times.

Vodafone via Coolsmartphone

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4 years ago

Behold, Microsoft's Courier project

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Behold, Microsoft's Courier project

Attention Amazon Kindle, Sony Reader, Apple Phantom Tablet, iPhone, iPod Touch, netbooks, laptops, Newtons, Palm Pilots, calculators, spiral-bound notebooks, loose-leaf paper, pen, pencil and life as we know it:

This. Is. The. Future.

By now you've probably seen Gizmodo's leak of Microsoft's Courier project. If not, take two 7-inch multitouch tablets, sandwich them together like a book, throw in a camera and amaze the heck out of technophiles everywhere.

We wanted to sleep on things and try to digest exactly what we'd seen. And, like everyone else, we're blown away. Surprised it's from Microsoft? Don't be. These are the guys (and gals) who brought us Microsoft Surface. And apologies for beating this drum yet again, but add the Zune HD to that list. Microsoft can do UI. It can do hardware. And it can marry the two.

That said, remember that this is far from a production run. Far, far from it, we imagine, though Giz says it's in the "late prototype" stage. And there's practically no way this couldn't be completely out of the price range of 99 percent of those who'd love to use one. (Right?) Please, please, Microsoft, prove us wrong.

Says Giz:

Until recently, it was a skunkworks project deep inside Microsoft, only known to the few engineers and executives working on it—Microsoft's brightest, like Entertainment & Devices tech chief and user-experience wizard J. Allard, who's spearheading the project. Currently, Courier appears to be at a stage where Microsoft is developing the user experience and showing design concepts to outside agencies.

Says us:

Wow.

Head on over to Giz and check out more pics and a stunning video, then head back here and let us know what you think.

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4 years ago

Microsoft: Expect 30 WinMo 6.5 phones by 2010

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A team leader at Microsoft China says Redmond's expecting more than 30 phones running Windows Mobile 6.5 before the end of the year.

When you take into account all of the major manufacturers -- HTC, Samsung, LG, Acer, Sony Ericsson, Toshiba and HP -- that number's not all that far-fetched, especially if you take into account WinMo 6.1 phones that will receive upgrades.

Digitimes via Engadget

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4 years ago

Loads of HTC Leo pics, more specs

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Loads of HTC Leo pics, more specs

Getting tired of the HTC Leo yet? How about its massive 4.3-inch screen and Snapdragon processor? OK, us either.

B3ler3fonte at XDA Developers [via wmpu] is letting loose with some more details, including:

  • No TV-out support.
  • No digital compass.
  • As for the size: "Phone actually feels great holding it and i can say that despite its screen size, its weigh and size (meaning that its really thin) r great advantages."
  • It's got a 1,230mAh battery (at least right now).
  • It'll work as a USB host. (as seen on the Palm 800w)
  • Video res is 640x480.

More pics from B3ler3fonte after the break.

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4 years ago

Waze Released for Windows Mobile

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Waze Inc. has officially launched Waze, a free turn-by-turn GPS application, for Windows Mobile. Waze is a social network for motorists to not only provide driving directions but also offer information collected from the users to identify traffic congestion, road hazards and other conditions that affect travel.

The application also has an online component to allow users a live view of maps and conditions. In the coming days we'll take Waze out for a test drive but in the meantime, if curiosity gets the best of you, Waze can be downloaded here.

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4 years ago

Kinoma Play updated, is now location-aware

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Kinoma Play, one of our favorite Windows Mobile multimedia players has been updated and now sports location-based features and has tied it into its built-in Twitter app. (Pretty cool for spying on your tweeting neighbors.)

In addition, tweets containing YouTube or Flickr images now open within Kinoma Play instead of launching a browser.

There are a few more bugfixes and updates in this build, too. Find 'em all on the Kinoma blog, and get the update directly in the Kinoma Play app.

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4 years ago

Opera Mini 5 Beta out; quick install available

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So over the last few days you may have heard about Opera releasing their latest beta of Opera Mini, version 5 — which of course is different from Opera Mobile.  The former relies on Java and renders on a server (like Skyfire), whereas the latter runs natively on Windows Mobile and runs direct to the web.

It's been 2 years since version 4 came out, so it makes sense for an overhaul. 

There seems to be a hardcore following of Opera Mini out there though, so we just took it for a spin.  Our thoughts?  Yeah, it's pretty darn good.  In fact, you can really feels how Opera is aiming to merge both Mini and Mobile into one — the graphics in Mini look more and more like Mobile and Mobile 9.7 beta is getting Mini's server-based rendering in the guise of "Turbo Mode".

If you already have Java installed, then just hop here to download the Opera Mini 5 update.  Have no idea about any of this stuff but just want to try it? Boxer112 cab'd it up for us, which you can download from your favorite file host  or grab it from ppcgeeks. Just run the .cab and bam, you'll have an Opera Mini 5, Start menu icon and Java installed.  Easy!

See the full press release here on Opera Mini 5

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