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4 years ago

Leaked ROM shows HTC Leo startup screens; HTC Mega rumored to be $300 unlocked

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While some of us around here might have called shenanigans on the recent renders of the HTC Leo, it's looking more real as we get another glimpse of the rear of the phone, thanks to a leaked ROM that Pocketnow's been playing with. [via]

That said, our overly suspicious selves will point out that it should be pretty easy to change something like this in a pre-production ROM, but it's still a pretty good indication that we're on the right track.

And speaking of unreleased HTC phones, Digitimes reports that the lower-end HTC Mega should run about $300 unlocked.

Peep the video of the HTC Leo ROM after the break.

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4 years ago

Review: FEWidgets Ultimate

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Review: FEWidgets Ultimate

 

Widgets. They seem to be every where these days (there was a day when they were called icons). If you're a fan of widgets, you might find FEWidgets Ultimate something of interest. Created by XDA Developer's Forum member nicodega, FEWidgets Ultimate is a user interface very similar to Samsungs Widget Home Screen.

Follow the break for more information on FEWidgets Ultimate and a few screen shots.

[Read: Fuze Mobility]

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4 years ago

Hands-on in the wild: T-Mobile Touch Pro 2

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Hands-on in the wild: T-Mobile Touch Pro 2

 

The T-Mobile Touch Pro 2 has been on the shelves for a few days now and while I'm not sure of how the supply chains are in other cities, in the Birmingham, Ala., area T-Mobile stores inventory of the new phone is somewhat limited. It took three stores to find the Touch Pro 2 on display.

We hope to get our hands on a Touch Pro 2 soon and offer a more thorough review on this Windows Mobile phone. For now, follow the break to read our first impressions of the Touch Pro 2.

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4 years ago

Review: Telus Touch Pro 2

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Review: Telus Touch Pro 2

 

We don't get out much. And we especially don't get up to Canada enough. And so we asked one of our Canadian readers, Gregory, to check out the Telus version of the Touch Pro 2. And Gregory knocked it out of the park.

So, after the break, check out his impression of one of the most anticipated phones of the year.

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4 years ago

HTC Whitestone spotted in Verizon stripes

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We brought you the first renders of the HTC Whitestone - aka the Touch Diamond 2. We brought you diagrams of the phone. Now we bring it to you wearing the Verizon badge.

Notice that the buttons have changed a bit from the last picture we saw, gaining color. The Windows Flag has moved to the middle, and there's now what appears to be a multimedia/music button on board. And that silver speaker grille-type bezel has gone dark.

Still zero news on availability, but stay tuned.

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4 years ago

(Updated) Six minutes with the Zune HD, pre-order info, app poaching and Mac support

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Here are 371 seconds of the Zune HD and its gorgeous Tegra-powered OLED screen, showing off the spectacular UI improvements. [Techflash via wmpoweruser]

And speaking of the Zune HD, it's now available for pre-order ahead of the Sept. 15 launch. The 16-gigabyte model runs $220, and the $290 will buy you 32 gigs.

That not enough? It also appears that Microsoft plans for honest-to-goodness apps on the Zune. Our pals at The iPhone Blog point us to a Daring Fireball piece that alleges Microsoft offered "a bucket of money" to the developer of an iPhone Twitter client to port the app over to the Zune. (We hope it's Tweetie.) We agree with our pal Rene Ritchie in that we're going to need to see a public SDK before we take any Zune app talk seriously. But with the expectation that Windows Mobile 7 will share Zune code, it may just be a matter of "when," not "if."

Still want more? How about a very intelligent read from GDGT's Peter Rojas, who calls on Microsoft to bring Zune support to the Mac, which we're fully behind. Microsoft is so close to launching a near-total winner of a product (minus a few niggles, capacity being one). Zune software for the Mac is a no-brainer at this point.

Microsoft: Do the right thing.

Update: You want an SDK? How about this? [via Daring Fireball]

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4 years ago

Get your daily Windows Mobile tip on Twitter

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Not following us on Twitter? For shame, fair reader. Not only will you find links to the latest Windows Mobile news, it's also a quick way to reach us.

And as an added bonus, we've started a daily Windows Mobile tip, exclusively on Twitter. It's good for the folks new to Windows Mobile, and a nice refresher for those of us who have been around the block once or twice. Have a tip you want to share with us? Send it our way and we'll share it with the world.

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4 years ago

Your fingers are too fat for HTC

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Your fingers are too fat for HTC

Your body isn't good enough for HTC. That is, according to a patent filed last year by the smartphone manufacturer. The patent covers a magnetic stylus for capacitive touchscreens that "is controlled by the stylus through magnetism of the head."

Interestingly, the patent references HTC's biggest competitor, the iPhone, to describe a capacitive screen. Anyhoo, the patent goes on to discuss that the UI must be designed with the finger in mind, and our fat little digits can get in the way.

In order to cater to the user's operation mode of using a finger, icons displayed on a screen must be configured in an appropriate size to prevent the user from miss touching the icons. Furthermore, a part of the screen is often shielded by finger of the user when the capacitive touch panel is used. Moreover, a conventional stylus has a small head, so that a user can click small icons conveniently, but the conventional stylus is only applicable to resistive touch panels, but not applicable to capacitive touch panels.

So how's it work?

The head of the stylus of the present application is magnetic. Therefore, when a relative speed exists between the head and the capacitive touch panel, an inducting current is generated on the capacitive touch panel. Then, the capacitive touch panel calculates a position where the inducting current is generated according to the inducting current. Thus, the stylus can control the capacitive touch panel.

Cool stuff. Maybe we'll get to see it when Windows Mobile, ya know, supports capacitive touchscreens. Check out the full patent here. [via wmpoweruser]

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4 years ago

More leaks of the HTC Leo

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More leaks of the HTC Leo

Either there are just a ton of people jonesin' to Photoshop some renders, or the HTC Leo (aka the Thoth and Athena 2) is starting to firm up a bit. These latest leaked shots from ai.rs are in line with what we saw just a few days ago.

Again, the supposed specs:

  • Windows Mobile 6.5 (an upgrade to WM7 is likely)
  • 4.3-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen
  • Qualcomm MSM 8250 Snapdragon processor @ 1GHz
  • 5MP camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 512MB ROM/320MB RAM
  • MicroSD
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR
  • Size: 121x67x11mm
  • aGPS
  • Accelerometer
  • Light sensor/proximity sensor
  • 3.5mm headphone jack (which we see in these renders)

Still absolutely no word on availability, pricing or whether it comes with a unicorn tear.

Via Unwiredview

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4 years ago

Friday fun: Opening an iPhone - the hard way

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4 years ago

What you need to know about WinMo 6.5 and the path to Windows Mobile 7

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It pretty much goes without saying that a lot of us are (or already have) plan on dropping several hundred dollars later this summer and fall on the latest Windows phone, be it from Samsung, HTC, whomever.

But before you shell out your hard-earned cash and wait patiently for the release of Windows Mobile 6.5, a word of warning. Big things are afoot with Windows Mobile 7, and the two may not play nicely together.

More on that, after the break.

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4 years ago

ZoomSafer Beta announced

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ZoomSafer Beta announced

ZoomSafer is a new application that is just now getting off the ground. It is designed to help mobile phone users stay focused on the road and less focused on checking email, texting, and other phone activities that would otherwise be a distraction.

The beta version is due to be released for Blackberry users later this month and by the end of the year for Windows Mobile users. Plans are to eventually offer ZoomSafer for Symbian and iPhone devices as well.

The company also plans to offer ZoomMate in mid-October that appears to be a scaled down version of ZoomSafer. ZoomMate can be used no matter what type of phone you have. According to the company ZoomMate is a voice safety portal that will allow you to use your voice, NOT your thumbs, to send e-mail, texts, and tweets. You'll also be able to use your ears, NOT your eyes, to listen to emails, texts, and other content.

We'll keep you posted on how ZoomSafer and ZoomMate develops and post a review once the Windows Mobile Beta is available. The concept sounds promising and while we wait for the Windows Mobile version, follow the break to see a video demonstration of ZoomSafer in action.

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4 years ago

And the winner is ...

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4 years ago

Mozilla VP talks Firefox mobile

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Mozilla VP talks Firefox mobile

We're still eagerly anticipating the release of the mobile Firefox browser, and the boys and girls at Mozilla are hard at work. Vice President Jay Sullivan recently talked with Lifehacker about plans in the mobile space.

"What we're seeing happen in mobile is just what we've been seeing on the desktop for the last five years. That's migrating from more client-heavy applications to more web-based applications. Fennec is built on the latest version of our browser engine, and has support for offline storage and things called web workers, which enables threaded applications that can run faster. All these technologies make it possible to build a first-class, HTML5-based application."

And in case you missed it, we also had our own interview with Firefox mobile's Brad Lassey some time ago.

Lifehacker: Mozilla VP on What Firefox Mobile Means for Your Phone

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