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5 years ago

eLive Mobile: Stealth WM Services Project?

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eLive Mobile: Stealth WM Services Project?

Over at seattlepi, Todd Bishop notes that Microsoft had a job listing for what looks to be some sort of new mobile services initiative from Microsoft: eLive Mobile. Now it could be any number of things, but here's the nut of it:

The Elive team is embarking on the mission to create a "Connected Entertainment" experience, realized through ELive service, that spans multiple devices such as Zune, Xbox, PC and Mobile phones.

Microsoft seems to be working very hard behind the scenes on adding more and better services to Windows Mobile. We've discussed their Live services many a time , most recently noting that they're planning big things like adding more "search-centric" services with their "wave 3" rollout. They've also mentioned that they intend to fix that pernicious bad branding issue, although we have to say that adding "e" to "Live" does not quite do it for us.

So it won't be a ZunePhone, but we do know that "Zune features and interfaces will eventually make their way onto Windows Mobile." Perhaps eLive could be just those features and interfaces.

Adding fodder to the behind-the-scenes services rumor mill is that fact that Microsoft's acquisition of the Danger wasn't about the Sidekick, it was (and is) about services.

When will we see it all? Tough to say, though the mysterious "Projects Pink and Purple," which are clearly Windows Mobile-related but otherwise not clear at all, will supposedly be popping up by the end of 2008.

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5 years ago

AOL My Mobile Beta for Windows Mobile

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Now more than ever there are an abundant amount of ways to get info you need on your Windows Mobile device. Things like weather, stocks, and news are only a few clicks away thanks to options like MSN direct, Yahoo Go, and now the new AOL My Mobile.

Still in beta and ready to hit devices is the new AOl My Mobile. The new feature-filled app is stuffed with all the goods and sports an adroid-ish interface. My Mobile aims to get content to you easier and faster than the standard web search. It also brings along some of the favorites like AOL Mail, AOL contacts and AIM. It has quick access to the basics like sports, city guide, movie phone and much more. Once you input your address, My Mobile retrieves info that's relevant to you like weather, and the ability to do a local search for something like "Pizza".

Unfortunately it doesn

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5 years ago

Review: Guitar Hero 3 on Windows Mobile

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5 years ago

Review: Seidio Holster for Samsung BlackJack

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5 years ago

Best of WMExperts Week 4-4-08

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Best of WMExperts Week 4-4-08

First and foremost, a big thank you goes out to all our readers and to everybody who's been commenting on the posts, in the forums, and even hitting us up on Twitter. This past week might just have been our best-ever, traffic-wise. We do it because we love gadgets, but mostly we do it because we love to hear from y'all.

Read on for the Best of WMExperts this week!

Why was the week so big? CTIA 2008, wall to wall. The highlight of the trip was clearly our chance to get a First Impressions Review of the Xperia X1 -- a review that wouldn't have been nearly as comprehensive if we hadn't had a great set of questions from you all to pose to the Sony Ericsson exec we spoke with.

It wasn't all wall-to-wall X1, though. We liveblogged the CTIA Keynote, where Microsoft finally announced Windows Mobile 6.1 for real. Even better, Microsoft bequeathed us with a BlackJack II with a WinMo6.1 build on it. We promptly put through its paces back at the hotel room in our Windows Mobile 6.1 Video Hands-on. Expect a full review (though remember the build may not be final) in the coming weeks. As for shipping dates for WinMo 6.1 upgrades for current devices, our best guess is Summer -- Sprint confirmed as much for their devices.

The keynote also had a piece of bad news: the Chairman of the FCC intends to deny Skype's petition to require Carterfone rules for wireless carriers -- in other words, to continue to let carriers dictate what kind of phone is allowed and what kind of applications are on the phone. Much more on this and the other CTIA-industry-wonk stuff next week, though we'll just say now that CTIA lived up to our low expectations of the industry group's policy direction.

We had a whole heapin-helpin of device hands-on posts, though our personal favorite (after the X1) would have to be the new stuff from Velocity, the Velocity 103 and Velocity 111.

Last but nowhere near least, Malatesta has finally explained the painful MMS situation on Sprint (at a reader's request, no less). It's a quagmire, but there just might be light at the end of that tunnel.

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5 years ago

Sprint, MMS and Windows Mobile: Why They Hatin'?

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5 years ago

Hands-On with Opera Mini 4.1

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5 years ago

Picasa on Windows Mobile

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Picasa on Windows Mobile

Google's Picasa photo services aren't our favorite (we're Flickr Folks), but a new service they're offering might just get us to switch. Over at the Google Mobile Blog (via My Today Screen, welcome to the WinMo Blog World, guys!) there's info on how Picasa is now optimized for Windows Mobile.

The best part is that you can actually cache the stuff locally for offline viewing. How's that? Well we told ya a month ago that Google released their Google Gears for WinMo, and so now we're starting to see the benefits of that. Neat, eh?

Using the newly announced Google Gears for Mobile, they have added a few new features like viewing albums of your choice offline, and adding a Picasa icon as a shortcut for faster album access.
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5 years ago

T-Mobile Replacing Overheat-able Batteries for Wing

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Golly, whilst away at CTIA, we received a package we weren't expecting. Inside, a brand new battery manufactured by “Celxpert” to replace our stock “Dynapack” battery. Also inside, an explanation:

T-Mobile and HTC are providing a replacement for the T-Mobile Wing battery made by Dynapack at not charge to you due to rare occurrences of the battery overheating.

It's supposedly very rare and all that, but likely enough that T-Mobile and HTC figured that replacing every single Wing battery out there (at least every single Dynapack Wing battery) would be cheaper than dealing with the inevitable burning-pants lawsuits.

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5 years ago

Simulscribe - Quick Video Demo

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Simulscribe - Quick Video Demo

One of our main concerns is getting info when we need it. This has brought about great features such as text messaging and email on the smartphone. Great features that, say, our mothers aren't going to use when they need to talk to us right away. So she calls me while I'm at a concert, goes to voicemail, which I'm not about to listen to. When then? I get the voicemail sent to me in text so that I can read on my phone while the music blares in the background. Right now I

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5 years ago

Hands-on with BlueAnt's Upcoming Headsets

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BlueAnt has a couple of neat headsets coming out in the coming months. The first is the BlueAnt Z9i (in red), a minor update to our fave here at WMExperts, the BlueAnt Z9 (see our full review — though since that review BlueAnt has released a couple firmware updates that make it much better). The Z9i adds the swank textured/metallic look you see above as well as real, honest-to-god Multipoint. The hardware is slightly better too, a flexible ear-hook and more eargels to choose from. Expect it sometime in May.

The other is the BlueAnt V1, which they’re touting as the world’s first voice-controlled Bluetooth headset. Think Z9 but instead of punching little buttons to control the headset, you simply speak to it, as in “Pairing Mode” and “Redial.” It’s unclear as of yet how this will work with / break Voice Command functionality on a Windows Mobile phone — mostly because the headsets on hand are still early prototypes. Expect it to be released this summer, almost surely before August we’re told.

...And in a move that proves that BlueAnt gets that wearing a headset all the time, even when you’re not using it, is a foolproof way to look like a dork, they’re keeping the handy shirt clip on these models. Good on you, BlueAnt.

More pics after the break!

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5 years ago

Hands-on with the Jabra BT3030

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Hands-on with the Jabra BT3030

Just had a quick look at the Jabra BT3030 Bluetooth Stereo Headset ($79.95) and color me impressed. It's a little thicker than I'd like, but it will do 7 hours of music (8 of talk), can be worn around the neck like the Dogtag is resembles, or just be clipped to your shirt. This is very likely the first A2DP pendant that I wouldn't be mortified to be seen in public wearing. We have it in the WMExperts store, which means you can expect a full review from us on Monday -- I'm that excited to play around with this headset.

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5 years ago

Hands-On with the TechFaith Vista 850

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Like the non-US GSmart T600, the Vista 850 weds Windows Mobile 6.1 with a white case. Unlike the GSmart, it's Windows Mobile Standard. Also it's actually a Quad-Band phone, so it should work just peachy in the US. It's Edge-only, though, which is a bit of a bummer. Combine that with a 200MHz OMAP processor (seriously guys, it's not ok to use that anymore), 64MB of RAM, and a 240x320 screen and you'd be looking at a fairly low-rent device.

But wait, what's this? 2 GB of ROM for storage. Sounds to me like somebody's thinking about making this a media phone. Also, like the Velocity's offerings, we're seeing a trackball on this little guy.

As is often the case with these smaller companies, pricing and availability is unknown, but don't expect it to be released with any US carriers officially.

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5 years ago

Hands-On With the GSmart T600

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Hands-On With the GSmart T600

There were a few device we'd never seen before at the Microsoft booth. Our favorites would definitely be the offerings from Velocity, but the GSmart T600 was new as well. While seriously underpowered, it's at least a little pretty. You're looking at a Windows Mobile 6.1 Pro device with Tri-Band Edge (No 3G and no US release, kids) a 520MHz Marvell processor, 64MB RAM 256 MB, and a 640x480 screen.

...In short, nothing to get too crazy over here in the states (though it does have some sort of television feature that didn't work so hot on the demo unit), looks like a device made by a Taiwanese company for the Taiwanese consumer. Here's the thing that we're noticing at CTIA though: Windows Mobile goes from awfully good to really great when it gets on higher resolution devices - 320x240, I don't ever want to see you again after, say, August.

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5 years ago

Hands-On with Windows Mobile 6.1

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Hands-On with Windows Mobile 6.1

Boom! If you've been following our Twitter feed, you may have read that we attended a Microsoft “Happy Hour” event. And what a happy hour it was - Microsoft saw fit to provide us with a Windows Mobile 6.1 unit to test out. So check it out - Windows Mobile 6.1 on a BlackJack II. No - we can't give it away and no, we still don't have a firm date for when the OS will be available yet (signs point to early summer).

There's a couple rough cuts in the video that we decided to make so we didn't give away our co-reporter CrackBerry Kevin's cell number on the internet. ;)

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