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5 years ago

Find me for Windows Mobile

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5 years ago

Best of WMExperts' Week, 3-21-07

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Best of WMExperts' Week, 3-21-07

The Windows Mobile news of the past week was surrounded by two Treo 800w bookends: on Saturday we got a nice little leak that one of our forum members had seen a Verizon Treo 800w, and yesterday we heard the downer news: the Treo 800w won't be released until “Late Summer.” The news sent everybody scrambling to change their guess on the release date for our Treo 800w giveaway, aka the Contest That May Never End. The good news is that Palm talked pretty big game about their “upcoming Treo,” which we're going to take as an admission that our leaks about the specs are right.

We'll also mention that Palm CEO Ed Colligan repeatedly described Palm's current WinMo line up as “aging” and “aged.” True that.

A quote from HTC's CEO sent us on a rant about the Windows Mobile Interface and why its association with Desktop Windows hurts it. Be sure to also check out Pocketnow's additional tips for Microsoft -- which we are totally on board with. The top and bottom menu bars take up a ton of space.

Of course, there was plenty of other news to chat about, the big stuff seemed to be that Google released a new search plugin and the HTC Shift is coming to Sprint (Did anyone else not see that coming?).

We told you how to use all the fancy shortcuts on your BlackJack and reviewed the Samsung WEP410 and the Blueant v12. Not to mention a quick little Podcast about the Samsung SCH-i760.

There's plenty more if you haven't gotten enough, just check out our March Archive.

...All this, and you still don't call us and leave us a voicemail to play on our Windows Mobile Podcast. You've got Windows Mobile questions, happen to be (ahem) WMExperts. So call us: 866-904-5882, extension 222. How would you change the Windows Mobile interface?

Leave us a voicemail and we'll send you a coupon good for 15% off a single purchase in the WMExperts Accessory Store! (So be sure to speak your email clearly after your message, we'll cut it out).

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5 years ago

Make your WinMo Phone More Googley or More Microsofty

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Its seems as though google is neck and neck with windows mobile apps available for download. Microsoft currently has Live search, Live Messenger, Live Search Bar built into most mobile phones and Mobile Outlook ready for the Windows Mobile community as we speak . Google has been firing back with apps such as Google Maps, Gmail through Java, GMobileSync and the new addition of Google Search Bar.

So you may wonder which suite is best for you? Well it really depends on what kind of user you are. If you find you self addicted to Outlook and MSN messenger than the first apps are going to feel familiar, whereas if you like the threaded chat style email or the Google search results, then the latter is the best choice.

In order to get started on some of these amazing apps you will want to have an unlimited data plan because of the internet usage. Then point your mobile browser to http://m.google.com and download Google Maps and the new Today Screen Plugin, or hit up http://m.live.com and download Microsoft's Live Search. Or heck - do what I do and download them all -- it never hurts to have an extra tool on your smartphone.

Me, I tend use Google apps more due to the ease and familiarity. Using Gmail through Java is a cinch since I don

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5 years ago

Treo 800w Will Not Arrive Until Summer, Possibly Late Summer

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We're listening in on the Palm Quarterly Results Conference call and we have some bad news to report. CEO Ed Colligan just confirmed our worst fear, with regard to “new Windows Mobile Treos,” he said this:

Those products are not coming out this quarter.

Ouch. Earlier in the call Colligan said new Windows Mobile Treos would be released “before the end of summer.” If you're currently entered in our Treo 800w Rumortastic Giveaway, it's time to go update your guess.

That giveaway, if you didn't know, is that we are going to give away a Treo 800w plus some great extras to a lucky commenter who can guess the release date.

On the bright side, Colligan is also saying that the new Treo (which he didn't name, but come on!) “will be the most competitive enterprise solution in the marketplace.”

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5 years ago

Sprint WiMAX WaTCH: XOHM Network Still on Track

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Looks like not only is Sprint still planning on launching XOHM, their 4G WiMAX-based network, they're feeling pretty good about it too. Electronista reports that Sprint core technology vp Ben Vos says the new network is on track (we saw a soft launch in December), presumably to the markets totaling 100 million people Sprint promised. Best part - XOHM looks to use standard IP switching to managing devices, just like the internets. That should make creating networked apps a lot easier.

...For a second there you thought we were going to talk about Sprint without bringing up the possibility of an imminent Deathwatch, didn't you? Silly rabbit. No, the wrinkle with XOHM is that Sprint isn't telling just how the expansion is going to go until their next financial results call (when they will hopefully lay out the details). Sounds an awful lot like they're trying to make sure they have some good news to offset what many expect to be a deluge of red ink and bad news.

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5 years ago

Review: Facade Today Screen Customizer

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Review: Facade Today Screen Customizer

A few months ago, I made the switch from Windows Mobile Pro (Treo 750) to Windows Mobile Standard (Samsung BlackJack II). There were several reasons behind the move as well as several hesitations. One of which was the differences in home screens. I was really going to miss the WM Pro

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5 years ago

More XPERIA X1 Details Emerge

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More XPERIA X1 Details Emerge

inxperia lets us know that Sony has published a white paper on the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1. It's chock-full of details on what we can expect from what we're officially dubbing, right here right now style, “the next best damn Windows Mobile Smartphone Ever” (Sorry Tilt).

Go on and give it a download and learn some juicy details, like what the default “panels” will be (hooray, there will be an aquarium panel!), how well the bugger will be able to record video, location services, and more. One notable-but-completely-unsurprising detail: the US model will not have a second camera, just the main camera. Will US Carriers (we XPECT the XPERIA X1 to be on AT&T) ever get video conferencing going?

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5 years ago

HTC Shift to Arrive on Sprint!

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HTC Shift to Arrive on Sprint!

Well Well, it looks like folks that have been waiting for the HTC Shift to really and truly arrive in the States are in for a pleasant surprise - Sprint is going to carry it! That obviously means it's going to be an EVDO device (instead of the GSM variant in Europe). The Shift is an awfully sweet Windows Vista UMPC combined with a Windows Mobile device. You should know, however, that some folks are relatively unhappy that the Windows Mobile side of the device isn't really a full version of Windows Mobile, it's called

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5 years ago

Google Search Today Screen Plug in Now Available

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W00t! Over at the Google Blog, the fine folks at Microsoft's latest arch-enemy have created a simple today screen plug in (should work fine on both Standard and Pro) to initiate a Google Search. Palm's WM Treos have had this for a long time and folks lucky enough to get the real Windows Live have has the Live search box available to them, but this seem to be the first time (from a major company) that you can just simply download a plug-in for free and get that necessary search field on your Today screen.

...In other words, you'll be faster than anybody else at the bar to figure out just what the “B” in “B.A. Baracus” stands for. Go ahead, folks, Pity the Fool. Download the plug in by pointing your Windows Mobile device's browser to http://mobile.google.com

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5 years ago

Mobile March Madness

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Mobile March Madness

With March Madness fully underway, many of us are looking for ways to stay up-to-date with what is happening in the world of college basketball. Here is a look at some of the ways you can use your Windows Mobile phone towards that end.

  • Web browser - Many of the major names in sports news (ESPN, Fox Sports, CBS Sportsline, etc.) have made improvements to their mobile websites. My suggestion is try them all, see which one you like the most.
  • Text messages/Email - Most of the sites mentioned above offer some sort of alert service. The advantage of this obviously is that if you don
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5 years ago

Silverlight for Windows Mobile Demo Videos

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5 years ago

Dell Smartphone Rumors Ramping Up

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Dell Smartphone Rumors Ramping Up

Tough to believe, but it's been over a year since Dell announced that they were killing off the Axim PDA line. When that happened, we noted that Dell had also hired on Ron Garriques, a former Motorola executive. That move seemed to hint that Dell was thinking about starting up a line of Windows Mobile Smartphones. Smartphones obviously make a lot more sense in today's market, as PDAs are pretty much all but dead these days.

Throw another log into that rumor fire, as Digitimes is reporting that Dell has partnered up with manufacturer Foxconn. The supposed products are to be

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5 years ago

Windows Mobile Coming to Mini Tablets?

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Here's a new terms for you: MIDS, or Mobile Internet Devices. They're someplace between a UMPC and a Windows Mobile smartphone. Think mini-tablet. Think HTC Advantage. Think something that runs Windows Mobile, that does the sorts of things you need a bigger screen for without the power-comsumption and hassles of a full PC.

Think we'll be seeing more of them soon, if ZDNet's Mary Joe Foley's post about Microsoft's latest hire is right. See, Microsoft just hired Len Kawell, whose job description is interesting indeed:

Kawell is defining the application model for occasionally connected rich Internet applications in the mobile environment. He is also responsible for scaling Windows Mobile to new kinds of kinds of devices with larger screens and faster processors – also known as Mobile Internet Devices, or MIDs.

I've always found the HTC Advantage interesting but not quite what I'm looking for. Thin it up a bit, maybe drop that keyboard (I prefer a full-sized Bluetooth keyboard), and you're looking at something that could be pretty compelling. Windows Mobile is certainly powerful enough to make a MIDS a UMPC-Killer, but the question is whether or not the market for UMPCs and MIDS is big enough to warrant it. Is is something that interests you?

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5 years ago

How-To: Hardware Shortcuts: Blackjack Edition

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5 years ago

How's that Mogul Update Treating You?

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When we heard that the Mogul updated was coming, we were excited. When we heard that the Mogul update had arrived, we partied like we always do when there's a ROM Update (yes, we are nerds). EVDO Rev A. (first ever!) and GPS will do that to you.

However, just like when we party too hard in real life, we're hearing that some folks are experiencing a bit of a post-update hangover. Sure, EVDO Rev A is rockin', but as we feared the GPS is a little wonky. Fortunately, it doesn't require a com port hack like the BlackJack II and the Q9h do (but really those folks just need to download MoDaCo's GPS Config). Unfortunately, some folks in our forums are reporting that the GPS has the nasty little habit of randomly turning off, or not turning on, and so on.

Our very own HobbesIsReal hooks us up with the config detail on how to get GPS going and

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