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5 years ago

One-stop shopping for Google's WinMo apps

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One-stop shopping for Google's WinMo apps

 

The Google Mobile Blog has alerted us to a new umbrella page for its mobile services.

Hit up www.google.com/mobile/winmo from your desktop for one-stop shopping for all of Google's mobile device products available on Windows Mobile, including Google Maps, Gmail, Picasa and their bread and butter, Internet search.

Nothing earth-shattering here, but it's all available under one roof, with some how-to videos thrown in as well. No mention of Google Gears, though.

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5 years ago

HTC Touch Pro Gets Handled

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HTC Touch Pro Gets Handled

The Touch Pro and the Diamond are definitely the new hotness -- though we still don't know yet when we're going to see an American release. The Diamond made the rounds on the interw00ts first, now comes the Touch Pro. Mobileburn takes a peek and notes that HTC wouldn't let them play around with the inteface, perhaps hinting at yet more TouchFLO 3D enhancements coming down the pike. SlashGear is justifiably happy that the back of the device is matted so there'll be fewer fingerpints. Finally, PhoneScoop find the Touch Pro to be a little thick to their liking. We suppose compared to the Diamond, darn near anything is going to fee a little thick.

As excited as we are for the Xperia X1, we're HTC boys at heart. The Touch Pro looks to beat it by just a hair.

[via]

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5 years ago

Microsoft buys mobile social networking/backup company (no, not that one)

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Microsoft on Thursday announced it was purchasing a company that allows you to back up your PIM data - that'd be your e-mail, contacts, calendar items, etc. - online, as well as post directly to social networking sites, such as Facebook.

No, it's not buying Dashwire, which has been a hot topic of late.

What Redmond is buying is MobiComp, who is tight with Europe's Vodafone (Verizon's parent company), and other mobile carriers with a good number of customers in Portugal and Saudi Arabia.

A direct shot across Dashwire's bow? Or Apple's Mobile Me, for that matter? Probably not just yet.

According to a Reuters report, Microsoft intends to turn MobiComp into a research and development group and keep it in Portugal, making it unclear exactly what Microsoft will do with MobiComp's technology. Microsoft already has a number of cloud services in development and is rapidly expanding its mobile portfolio.

Hang in there, Dashwire. Chin up, Mobile Me. You've probably got a good one, maybe two years if we stick to Microsoft's "development" schedule.

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5 years ago

The wait for Opera Mobile 9.5 is (almost) over

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The wait for Opera Mobile 9.5 is (almost) over

The long-awaited Opera Mobile 9.5 is nearly ready for the public. Opera has announced that an initial beta test is slated for July 15 at www.opera.com, and we'll all be able to get our grubby little hands on it.

Opera also addresses what's taken so long:

Some versions of Opera Mobile 9.5 are already shipping on great phones like the HTC Touch Diamond, and some of you have asked why we wouldn't be able to release it publically yet. As you probably know, releasing a version that works on a large variety of phones is more complex than making it work on one specific phone. You should also expect a few differences between the versions that are pre-installed on phones and the public version of Opera Mobile 9.5.

So, the beta version may contain a few differences than what was seen in a hands-on review back in February.

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5 years ago

Sprint and Q9c: EOL'ed or not?

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Sprint and Q9c: EOL'ed or not?

We were more than a little dubious about whether or not the Sprint Q9c was really “End of Life'd” when we reported it on the 19th. After all, Sprint and Motorola had very recently released the Windows Mobile 6.1 upgrade for the device and the only other device in the same class on Sprint's network is the Samsung Ace. The Ace is a perfectly good device (global roaming is always good), but it lacks the power, fit, and finish of the Q9c.

I heard from a Sprint rep at a store that the device was pulled because “there were too many problems with it,” but I chalked that up to just a rep needing to give somebody an explanation. Looks like I'm not the only one, though, as MoDaCo is getting similar reports from their users:

Thank you for your patience, Sprint is trying to get the Moto Q because of all of the problems with the phone.

Ouch. Yet another black eye for Motorola? We still don't know what's really going on here -- we haven't heard anything especially bad about the Q9c. Maybe Sprint just wants to find a way to put yet more Sprint-banded “buy our stuff” applications on the device and so they've pulled it in the interim. Or maybe, just maybe, they're trying to help out their Instinct sales by pulling the competition off the shelves (Update: looks like cadman had the same idea before I did -- see the comments here). Or maybe it's aliens. Yeah, definitely aliens.

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5 years ago

Wired gets inside Android and its battle against the status quo

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WMExperts is, strictly speaking, a Windows Mobile site. But we recognize good wireless industry prose when we see it, and we see it in Daniel Roth's piece in Wired magazine, "Google's Open Source Android Phone Will Free the Wireless Web."

Roth details the birth of Android - the brain child of Andy Rubin, seen above - and the Open Handset Alliance, created to directly compete against WinMo and Apple's iPhone, as well as to challenge the status quo among device makers, carriers and software/OS developers.

"But WMExperts," you say, "you were quick to post on a reported Android delay, and we could see the smirk on your face as you chalked up another point in the Windows Mobile column."

OK, we've been skeptical. But the story provides an interesting look at some of the behind-the-scenes problems with developers and carriers that Microsoft currently has to deal with, that Apple largely has bypassed, and that Google is learning to live with.

And besides. We're trying to be a little less evil.

An excerpt:

Microsoft's system, however, was the ugly stepsister of what Rubin was proposing: Redmond executives cared less about opening up the Net to mobile users than about tying the mobile operating system into its desktop dominance. A decade ago, Microsoft had underestimated the growth of the Web and then lost control of it to Google. Now it looked like it was Google's turn to be caught flat-footed.

Read "Google's Open Source Android Phone Will Free the Wireless Web"

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5 years ago

Unofficially Official Part Deux: Sprint Touch Edition

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Hot on the heels of the unofficially official Windows Mobile 6.1 ROM for the Mogul, Frank tips us off that the same soon-to-be-official style Windows Mobile 6.1 action has been bestowed on the Sprint Touch, courtesy of XDA (by way of PPCGeeks). It's Windows Mobile 6.1, it's at your-own-risk, it's likely to be officially official in the very near future, what more can we say?

Frank's looking for confirmation that it's not going to fry his Touch and we suppose we are looking for the same. Anybody dare take the plunge? Perhaps lalala, who saw the Mogul's update and became forlorn because the same wasn't available for the Touch?

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5 years ago

HTC Diamond and TouchFLO 3D: Vid and Gallery

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5 years ago

Review: Motorokr T505 Speakerphone / FM Transmitter

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5 years ago

Review: Motorola PC850 Bluetooth Adapter

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5 years ago

Dashwire Gets Official With 2.0

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Dashwire Gets Official With 2.0

Remember when we reported about Dashwire beta and raved about how great the service was. Well now it looks like their ready for their big debut. Dashwire officially launched 2.0. Engadget explains some of the great features such as synchronization between contacts, photos, and bookmarks are still available. Now you also get the share photos to Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, and even Friendfeed. Big ups to Scott for the tip.

I personally feel this is a must have for my fellow Windows Mobile users. Its free, it syncs seamlessly in the background, and now you can share what you sync. You can even update your status right from the Dashwire application. What more could you want? Maybe there is one more thing. I would like to be able to edit my photos through Dashwire. Till then its baby steps. You have to walk before you can run.

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5 years ago

T-Mobile Shadow II Coming in Q4

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T-Mobile Shadow II Coming in Q4

Folks waiting for the T-Mobile Shadow II can now block out the last three months of 2008: that's when it's expected to drop. The Shadow II looks to be a relatively minor upgrade -- similar form factor, different looks (we prefer the original, but glossy black is the new, erm, black), and most importantly: UMA. UMA stands for

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5 years ago

Toshiba Portege G810 loaded with Spb goodies

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Spb Software House has teamed up with Toshiba to create what's being billed as "The ultimate user experience" with the Portege G810, a quad-band, 3MP European monster.

We're well-known fans of Spb's products and how they make Windows Mobile more usable, and, dare we say, enjoyable. And while there's a phalanx of apps to tweak your phone and get you through the day, Spb and Toshiba have gotten rid of the middleman - that'd be you - and created the Mobile Shell-based Toshiba Touch Interface, with Spb Full Screen Keyboard and Spb Pocket Plus also built in from the get-go.

Along with the software goodies, you'll also find:

  • Windows Mobile 6.1 Pro.
  • Quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900).
  • 3MP auto focus camera.
  • 256MB ROM/128MB RAM, plus micro SD.
  • Bluetooth 2.0 w/ EDR.
  • WiFi b/g.
  • aGPS.
  • A 400MHz Qualcomm processor.
  • 1500MaH battery.

Not too shabby, but expect to spend around $700 at your favorite importer if you want to play.

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5 years ago

Your Weekly Fix: More Sprint Treo 800w Pics

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Ahh...right on time for our weekly leak of Treo 800w info and/or blurry spy pics. Not much to say here, just look on with envy or scorn for you square haters. Oh and we now know that it comes with unicorns and puppies. Now are you intrigued?

Note: these are clearly early tester versions, not final release/design. How to tell?
(1) blurred our serial number top right corner (2) not the final paint scheme

Thanks Matthew_Love84!

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5 years ago

Sprint HTC Mogul 6.1: (Unofficially) officially out

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For those who just can't wait till get the "official" and final WM6.1 ROM for the Sprint HTC 6800 (aka Mogul, or Mongrel if you're bitter), it is now out there floating on the 'nets.

That can only mean Sprint is just about to let this one go any second.

Here are the deets:

File Name:

RUU_TITAN_SPRINT_WWE_3.56.651.0_RS_3.42.02_SPCS2.0 4_PPST_0619_Ship.exe

OS:

CE OS 5.2.19208 Build 19208.1.0.2

Radio:

3.42.02

Get it here. As usual, use at own risk. Post feedback in comments!

Via Sprintusers.com

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