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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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5 years ago

What do you want to know about the XPERIA X1?

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The current contender for Best Damn Windows Mobile Device of 2008 is the XPERIA X1. They've been keeping the beast behind glass, but we managed to score some one on one time with it tomorrow morning.

So! What do you want to know about the XPERIA X1? Post your questions in the comments and we'll toss them at Sony Ericsson like so many darts at a target tomorrow.

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5 years ago

Hands on with Velocity 103 and 111

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Hands on with Velocity 103 and 111

The Velocity 103, ladies and gents, is a sweet device. Windows Mobile 6.1 Pro, Quad-band 3G on GSM, 128 meg RAM, 256 ROM, 4 Hour Talks Time, AGPS, TV-out, WiFi, and a 480x640 Touch screen.

We know that people throw the term “Treo Killer” around a lot, but the Velocity 111 just might do the trick. It's a Windows Mobile 6.1 Pro device with a flush touchscreen at 240x320 screen resolution and all the other trimmings of the 103.

It also sports a decent-enough QWERTY Keyboard that has a design that's ripped off directly inspired by the BlackBerry 8800 keyboard. The BlackBerry “inspiration” doesn't stop there, though, check out the white scroll ball in the center. Tell you what - that scroll ball works darn well on a Windows Mobile Device. We approve.

Velocity doesn't have any carrier deals set up, so if you're hankering for either on of these you'll need to a) wait and b) try to find it unlocked somewheres.

Full Gallery after the break!

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5 years ago

Review: First Impressions of the Xperia X1

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5 years ago

No Motorola Q10 at CTIA, Hands on with the Q9c in Lime Green

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We snagged a few hands-on pics with the Lime Green Moto Q9c (Brushed metal, nice!) - expect those pics later today. The bad news from the Moto booth (as though they needed more) is that the Q10 we spied in a Moto promotional video is nowhere to be seen.

Looks like the Q9h is still the cream of the Moto GSM crop for the time being - the fact that Microsoft confirmed that it would get a Windows Mobile 6.1 update helps, too.

Update: Those promised hands-on pics of the Q9c in Lime Green:


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5 years ago

Hands-On With the Touch Dual

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Hands-On With the Touch Dual

We grabbed some face time with the Touch Dual, which is just like the original Touch Dual except that it sports that US-friendly Quad Band interface. We're hearing that HTC is going to forego trying to wrangle carrier relationships and just sell the thing unlocked in the US (price unknown) in the next few months. Better news: it should sport Windows Mobile 6.1 and it's highly likely that it will be the first official Windows Mobile 6.1 device available in the US, way ahead of the carrier-slowdown that will keep the new OS off current devices until this summer.

We're still fans of the 20 key version of the Dual and also really like the “Quick Start” sort of menu that pops up when you open the slide. TouchFLO 2 is still here (the kind you saw on the Sprint Touch) of course, and overall it feels much snappier than the original GSM Touch.

Pricing and availability indeterminate, of course, though your best bet is probably going to be the same retail channels that HTC has already got going (namely, Best Buy).

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5 years ago

Almost Hands-On with the XPERIA X1

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Almost Hands-On with the XPERIA X1

The XPERIA X1 got some facetime during the Windows Mobile portion of today's keynote, and our impression was that the “tiles” were a lot slower than we'd been hoping for. We'll give the Sony booth a shot, but given how they've been reticent to let people lay hands on this sucker since the Mobile World Congress, our hopes are not high.

Everything else, though, still looks awfully sweet. So sweet, in fact, that the folks over at the Microsoft booth saw fit to encase the thing a tube of protective acrylic. So best we can give you real live shots showing a real live device, under glass.

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5 years ago

Live from the CTIA 2008 Keynote, Day One, Updated with Full Pictures

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We're live at the CTIA 2008 Keynote, speakers to include Robbie Bach of Microsoft (head of the division that includes Windows Mobile, Hint Hint), Richard Branson of Virgin Mobile (who we just spotted chatting up a small group outside), and Dan Hesse of Sprint. We're assuming hoping that Windows Mobile 6.1 is announced today. Tune in after the break for live updates.

It's all done now, folks, we have a full gallery of the Windows Mobile 6.1 features they showed during the keynote after the break!

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Times below are MST, newest updates at the top.

10:59 - We're done!

10:56 - "Sprint features increasing openness, or as we prefer to call it, open freedom." "Walled Garden company is the company of the past." Do it Sprint. Bragging about full HTML "off portal" browsing - i.e. letting you go to any web page. Woo.

10:55 - expect multimode devices that do both 3G and WiMAX.

10:53 - WiMAX video. Confirmed, XOHM pronounced "zome."

10:50 - No mention of how they've been flailing about lately. Hm. Time to talk WiMAX. They're going for WiMAX, expect a 2 year time to market advantage.

10:49 - Samsung Instinct. Like no other touchscreen phone, pay no attention to the fact that it sorta kinda looks like an iPhone. GPS too. Available this summer.

10:46 - Talking up Simply Everything. $99 for everything - talk, text, data. etc.

10:43 - I should have made a drinking game out of this. "Last year the mobile industry hit a tipping point."

10:41 - wireless company of the future. Launching Push to Talk to CDMA. "The button." Also adding Push to text. Push to email.

10:40 - intro video talks up how the company that can deliver "immediacy" will have the pole position.

10:40 - Steve Largent is back, bringing on President and CEO of Sprint, Dan Hesse. Care to tell us how you're going to survive there, Hesse?

10:38 - Bach is wrapping up. You can tell because he's saying stuff like "inflection point" and "just the beginning."

10:37 - Hey Bach, tell us when! Hey! When? Free? When?!

10:36 - Sprint: HTC Mogul and Touch, the Q9c, and the Samsung Ace will get 6.1

10:35 - AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Alltel will offer 6.1 phones. Now he's going to talk up AT&T: Samsung BlackJack II, Moto Q9h, AT&T Tilt, and Pantech Duo will all get Windows Mobile 6.1

10:33 - "Best looking mobile phone in the industry today." Cocky, nice. Will run 6.1 and the panel experience. Demoing the panel experience. It's not as fast as I'd like... SE will be selling creating panels with partners for other things like services.

Neat little widget panel showing calendar, weather.

10:32 - Bach is back on stage. Talking about Sony Ericsson and likely the XPERIA X1? Yes, the XPERIA X1. Another Demo.

10:31 - Flash Lite will be built-into Windows 6.1. Showing the full YouTube. Ah, the waterskiing squirrel. ...oh, looks like the new IE won't be out until the end of 2008. Bummer.

10:30 - Showing it on a BlackJack II. The click and zoom is very nice, actually, better than you might expect without a touchscreen.

10:29 - Time to show the Windows Mobile 6.1 browser. A new version of Internet Explorer Mobile. Makes sense to bring IE6 and IE7 to windows Mobile. Desktop-like browsing he says, full page not the mobile optimized page.

10:28 - Showing Live Search for Mobile now. Adding Web Search, Weather. Nice. and "Collections." List of most common searches, i.e. "Upcoming music events" that lets you find what's new for whatever area you're in.

10:27 - Bill Gates what to have lunch with Snyder. THREADED TEXT confirmed (as if you didn't know). It's not very real-estate friendly, it takes up a lot of space per message. "Bringing that to market over the next couple of months."

10:26 - Productivity now. Outlook Mobile. COPY/PASTE on all Windows Mobile phones (incl standard). Yay. Also showing smart filter. Hold Shift key to select multiple messages (nice!)

10:25 - Automatic profiles (sets to vibrate when you're in a meeting).

10:24 - neat photo plug in. We'll have photos ourselves, folks, after the keynote is over.

10:23 - A new "getting started" center. Nice. 10 Minutes. 10 Hours. 10 Days. That's Microsoft's mantra. Has email settings, bluetooth settings (can automatically pair, it tries the pairing codes automatically). How to transfer music to your phone, a new music plugin for the home screen.

This is all standard edition, by the way.

10:22 - Samsung BlackJack II, updatable to 6.1. Showing new today screen. "The sliding panel" See most important information on one screen. Can scroll left and right through notifications, shows details of the notification. Each line of the today screen expands to show more details as you move the 5 way over them.

10:22 - Demo Time!! And Bach invites somebody on stage to demo. Oh yes, it's the Master of Mobility, the Wizard of Wireless, the Warlock of Windows Mobile, Dereeeeeeek Snydeeeeer!

10:20 - Simpler and easier to use for voice, data, communications, entertainment. Showing a BlackJack II. New home screen. New Web Experience. "Full Desktop experience you might expect." (not from what we've seen in screenshots.. hm..). Richer entertainment experiences. Talking about Systems Center Mobile Device Manager (which we wrote about during the last live keynote blog from Steve Ballmer).

10:20 - Announcing Windows Mobile 6.1

10:19 - Services. Tellme. Danger. Musiwave. ScreenTonic. Lots of companies Microsoft has purchased to improve services.

10:18 - Driving innovation. Infrastructure, PlayReady, partnering with nvidia for video chipsets. Web - Silverlight (glee, though nothing new here) and mentions they're going to add Flash Lite.

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