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5 years ago

Moto Q9m Firmware Update Available

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Moto Q9m Firmware Update Available

Go getcher Firmware update for the Motorola Q9m, which may or may not offer anything you care about, the information is murky at best:

The Q9m update upgrades the Windows Mobile 6 version from AKU 0.2 (which shipped initially) to AKU 0.6. The updated radio firmware version stands at 03.20.29P. It is not clear at this time if the update delivers gpsOne functionality which was added to the Motorola Q9c on Sprint. - PhoneNews.com

Any brave soul want to go give it a shot first and report back?

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5 years ago

Review: Motorola MOTOROKR S9 Stereo Bluetooth Headset

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Samsung Ace: Video First Look

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Review: SPB Mobile Shell 2

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5 years ago

Google Gears for Windows Mobile

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Google Gears for Windows Mobile

This is big news: Google Gears for Windows Mobile. Check it out:

Ever use a mobile web application and suddenly lose your cell connection? That's happened to me many times. If you've shared my pain, you'll be excited to know that we've launched Google Gears for mobile, which lets users access Gears-enabled mobile web apps offline. Initially available for Internet Explorer Mobile on Windows Mobile 5 and 6 devices, mobile web app developers have already started integrating Gears for mobile into their online services. - [Google Blog]

If nothing else, this throws a big old wrench in the Web apps vs. Native apps debate - because now web apps are native apps in many cases. One such case - online office suite zoho is already up and running with Google Gears. Native apps: still a heck of a lot better. Let's face it, running an app in PocketIE is neat, but it's nowhere near as neat as just running the app natively.

But sometime in the very near future Windows Mobile must get a great web browser and it must be a system-wide sort of thing, very close to the bones of the OS. When that happens, something like Google Gears starts to make a lot of sense.

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5 years ago

I-Mate's Ultimate End?

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5 years ago

New Asus WM Smartphones at CeBIT

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New Asus WM Smartphones at CeBIT

The CeBIT conference is happening right now in Hanover, Germany. Right now, the biggest Windows Mobile news there seems to be some new devices and new interfaces coming from Asus. Engadget has the skinny on the ZX1 Lamborghini (pictured at right). The basics is that it's 3G and it's expensive. It's also a WM6.1 Pro device with a custom interface slapped on top.

Yes, this “custom interface slapped on top” thing is becoming a trend these days. Yes, we'd like Microsoft to declare one of them the real ultimate champion of interfaces and standardize on it. No, we're not holding our breath.

Asus is also showing off the M536 (per Engadget, again), a WM6.1 pro device with a front-facing QWERTY, 320x320 flush touchscreen, WiFi, and HSDPA. We'd call it a Treo 750 killer, but it's Euro-bands only. ...Which makes it a Treo 750v killer.

In other Asus news, Mobiholics has a video unboxing of the Asus P750

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5 years ago

i-mate: not moving back to HTC. Palm?

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So awhile back, we reported on a DigiTimes story about how companies like Palm, i-mate and MWG have all moved back their ODM orders to HTC, switching from other companies, presumably Inventec amongst them (who did a nice job making the Centro).

Well, not so fast there. While DigiTimes often gets scoops they are often not so accurate. And in this case, we're getting word from "Menneisyys" that i-mate has not switched back to HTC and they are continuing to make their own devices (speaking of, click that link to see i-mate's new toys that we probably won't get here in the States, gah).

So this begs the question: What about the rest of those companies, especially Palm? At this point, it's too early to say but we're a bit skeptical at this point to state unequivocally that upcoming devices like the "800w" and "Drucker" are slam dunk orders for HTC.

The choice for Palm of course would have ramifications for HTC as potentially the end-user (assuming you have opinions on the matter). Speaking of...

Should Palm use HTC or go with someone else? Your thoughts, preferences?

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5 years ago

Sprint Loses $29.5 Billion with a B

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Sprint Loses $29.5 Billion with a B

We know. We know. We rag on Sprint too much. But seriously:

Sprint Nextel Corp. swung to a huge fourth-quarter loss of $29.5 billion on Thursday as it wrote down most of the remaining value of its 2005 purchase of Nextel Communications Inc. and continued to lose customers to competitors. -

Now, most of that huge number is due to the fact that Sprint has basically given up on integrating the Nextel side of things fully. If you exclude those bits, it's not too bad. We already reported that they lost 683,000 subscribers last quarter (though that's offset by big gains in pre-paid, less lucrative Boost mobile accounts). We're not starting the Sprint deathwatch yet, but our finger's on the stopwatch button.

We're not saying the 2 hour Sprint Store closings today for a “special webcast” are really about Alltel buying them out, mind you. We wouldn't suggest that Sprint is ripe for a takeover by an upstart network that's been gaining remarkable traction in certain areas of the country. That would be crazy. Practically Tom Cruise crazy.

Those sessions are probably just about the now-unveiled $99-for-everything plan. Right?

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5 years ago

LED Alerts: Neat App for BlackJack II

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LED Alerts: Neat App for BlackJack II

So did you know that the BlackJack II has a LED that's capable of displaying 7 different colors? Me: I did not. But QoreFunctions did, and they've made a neat little app that lets you map all them pretty colors to different alerts on your phone, from email to SMS to missed calls. LedAlerts.

Features:

  • Activate external LED based on specific event
  • Control 7 different LED colors on BlackJack II
  • Ability to assign different LED to each event
  • Manages Simultaneous Active LEDs
  • User Selectable Active LED Duration

Fully utilizing the LED just makes sense - saves you time and battery life because you don't have to power up the screen to see exactly why your phone wants attention. Oh, and it also works with the HTC S730, Verizon SMT5800, and T-Mobile Dash/S620 -- just without all the pretty colors.

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5 years ago

Windows Mobile Trojan Spotted in the Wild

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5 years ago

Consumer Level Improvements coming to Windows Mobile

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During the Mobile World Congress The Unwired View sat down with Microsoft's corporate vice president of the Mobile Communications Group, Todd Warren. They discussed the XPERIA and also, somewhat excitingly, the multimedia and usability updates we can expect to come to Windows Mobile.

Warren:

we are also working on improving the base of media and picture experiences as part of Windows Mobile. You can expect, I would say, pretty dramatic changes to those in future versions of the product.

Really, though, head over and read the article. Good stuff on Zune integration, improvements to the Touch interface, and collaboration with HTC on making WM integrate better with HTC's TouchFLO

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5 years ago

Google2Go: All of Google's Mobile Services in One App

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This is slick, TheTechTurf has developed a little app called Google2GO!, which collates a bunch of Google's mobile services into one little app:

  • Google Web/Image Search
  • Google Local Search
  • Gmail
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Reader
  • Google Docs
  • Picasa
  • Google News
  • Google Notes

They couldn't help adding Amazon and Wikipedia too. Important to note, I suppose, that the app isn't Google-affiliated. It's still a fairly early version (v 0.275b), which mainly means that it doesn't support portrait mode or WM Standard devices. Or 240x240 devices.

Still, though, sort of a nice companion to Windows Live, innit?

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5 years ago

HTC Promises Software Fix for Video Issues

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It turns out that the email we reported on last week by HTC CEO Peter Chou was, in fact, accurate. HTC does indeed have a fix they're currently testing for beleaguered video lovers with HTC devices.

Brighthand is reporting that HTC has released a statement confirming that they have a software fix that “dramatically” improves performance, one they hope to release soon.

The fix isn't a video driver - that would, as we gathered from our insider Q&A, be a massive undertaking involving (we suspect) nearly as much work as just flat-out making a new device. It's not ideal (as HTCClassAction.org fully explains), but maybe it's enough to tide us over. Maybe?

Here's the statement:

Some of our top engineers have investigated video performance on our devices and have discovered a fix that they claim will dramatically improve performance for common on-screen tasks like scrolling and the like. The update is in testing and we hope to release it soon.

However this fix is not a new video driver to utilize hardware acceleration; it is a software optimization. Video drivers are a much more complicated issue that involves companies and engineers beyond HTC alone. We do not want to lead anyone to believe they should expect these.

After the break (because we somehow managed to not post it when Engadget originally reported it back on January 25th), HTC's original, official statement on the issue.

HTC does plan to offer software upgrades that will increase feature functionality, over the air wireless speeds, and other enhancements for some of the phones being criticized, but we do not anticipate including any additional support for the video issues cited in customer complaints. It is important for customers to understand that bringing this functionality to market is not a trivial driver update and requires extensive software development and time.

HTC will utilize hardware video acceleration like the ATI Imageon in many upcoming products. Our users have made it clear that they expect our products to offer an improved visual experience, and we have included this feedback into planning and development of future products.“

To address lingering questions about HTC's current MSM 7xxx devices, it is important to establish that a chipset like an MSM7xxx is a platform with a vast multitude of features that enable a wide range of devices with varied functionality. It is common that devices built on platforms like Qualcomm's will not enable every feature or function.

In addition to making sure the required hardware is present, unlocking extended capabilities of chipsets like the MSM 7xxx requires in-depth and time consuming software development, complicated licensing negotiations, potential intellectual property negotiations, added licensing fees, and in the case of devices that are sold through operators, the desire of the operator to include the additional functionality. To make an informed decision about which handset suits them best, consumers should look at the product specification itself instead of using the underlying chipset specifications to define what the product could potentially become.

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5 years ago

Review: Extreme Agenda for PPC

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