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5 years ago

Opera Mobile 9.5 Coming Soon(ish). It's Fast.

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Hot on the heels of the announcement of SkyFire, Opera comes out punching with a video demo of Opera Mobile 9.5. The new stuff is sweet. First up, wicked fast rendering, about 2.5 times faster than Pocket IE (Opera rubs it in just a little much in the video). Opera also gets that we usually want a decent, usable fullscreen mode by default. There's a little semi-transparent area you can tap to bring up your various buttons. It follows the iPhone's lead by rendering the entire page and letting you zoom in to what you're interested in. That rendering also looks awfully darn accurate, too. We could go on... Oh, let's go on: Better tab support. Double-tap to zoom in and out. Stored passwords. Auto-send images directly from the browser. Fast.

Oh, and widgets, because everybody needs widgets. Remember the original wireless Palm pilot and its quasi-apps that were really just light portals to web information? Yeah, it's like that.

Opera Mobile 9.5

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5 years ago

Vito Threaded SMS: Now Available

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Vito Threaded SMS: Now Available

Well, looky here. With the first screen shots of WM 6.1 and the subsequent Mogul ROM, lots of WM users are finally gearing up for native-based threaded SMS, long the hallmark of PalmOS and the Treo 750.

And who has come to steal their thunder? Maybe Vito Technology and their http://iwindowsmobile.com/ suite. Read on for a first look at Vito's new SMS-Chat app for WM Professional!

A couple months back, Vito launched their iwindowsmobile website, dedicated to their growing selection of (cough) iPhone-inspired software. One app that has been curiously under the "coming soon" banner for too long was "SMS-Chat" and now it's finally available.

Nate Adcock over at PPC Mag got his hands on a few promo screen-shots of Vito's long awaited chat-style app. Our verdict? Looks mighty tasty, in fact just from the visual aspect, it seems to smoke Redmond's conspicuously, yet not unappreciated attempt.

Features Include:

  • Threaded messaging
  • Send multiple SMS
  • Forward, resend or delete messages
  • Quick contacts look-up

Eh, whatever your choice at least you'll have more of them in a couple of months.

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5 years ago

Microsoft + Yahoo: Good for Windows Mobile, Bad for Microsoft.

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Now that we've had some time to mull over the Microsoft offer near-hostile take over attempt on Yahoo, we're fast becoming skeptical. Don't get us wrong, we agree with Segan, Zeman, Woyke, and many others that the merger creates stupendous new opportunities in the mobile space. If were were only looking at Windows Mobile and online services for Windows Mobile, we're talking a no-brainer here.

But there's more to it. Yahoo doesn't exactly use Microsoft code for anything and Microsoft doesn't use anybody else's code. The reasoning that's getting offered up is long on buzzwords like synergy and short on real, immediate benefits to either Microsoft or the end user. Google doesn't like it and while that's no surprise, they're not wrong to point out that MS has a history of stifling competition. Microsoft's response to Google claims that if they don't acquire Yahoo, then Google will end up stifling competition. Also, both companies claim that their dad can beat up your dad. Nyah.

Typically a merger/acquisition like this is a way to quickly ramp up some product or service that's been stalled internally -- that you don't want to take the time to learn and build yourself. You could make the case that Yahoo is a good fit in that regard. However, it seems like the work of integrating Yahoo's code and culture into Microsoft is much greater than the work of just filling out MSN to really compete with Google. The integration just won't work, as Mike Mace points out:

Q. What do you get when you combine Yahoo and Microsoft?
A. Microsoft.

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5 years ago

Motorola Drama

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5 years ago

Improve your WM sound: SRS WOW Plugin

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We all have been underwhelmed by our WM device speakers at one time or another. Sure, some devices are actually quite usable and pleasant (e.g. Motorola Q + Q9 series have fantastic stereo speakers) but a lot of devices are quite "...eh".

One trick to improve that sound (and the one via your headphones) is via an audio plugin that artificially enhances the sound--much like the "loud" button on your fancy-schmancy car stereo. Well now you can do the same for your PPC and even WM Smartphone device.

We won't get into the details as Werner "Menneisyys" Ruotsalainen over at PPC-Mag (who makes me look like an amateur any day) has gone above and beyond in explaining how it all works and how to get it on your device. And although Werner shows that this does increase your CPU usage, it ain't too bad at all and well worth the trade-off for better sound.

Read: Great sound enhancer SRS WOW HD released for all Windows Mobile devices!

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5 years ago

Windows Mobile Beta ROM w/ 6.1 Features Leaked for the Mogul!

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The Presses: Stop them! stroths in the forums alerts us to the fact that if you're into hacking the Mogul, you should take a flyer on the previously leaked ROM and check out this one: Windows Mobile 6.1. It was put together by no2chem at the PPCGeeks forums. You'll get your threaded text on, but it looks like it might not be the full Windows Mobile 6.1.

If you're brave, let us know how it works for ya! If you're not so brave, well, at least take heart that all this Mogul news is surely a sign that the official release is just around the corner.

(Thanks for the tip, stroths, sorry for the typo in the original post!)

no2chem built a beta WM 6.1 ROM that works with the Mogul and I am currently running it on mine. One of the nice features is integrated threaded sms. This is good news for those of you who had issues with the palm threaded sms.
- WM 6.1 Beta ROM Available for Mogul - GPS Enabled - WM Experts

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5 years ago

More Windows Mobile 6.1 Screenshot Surface

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5 years ago

A Brief Thought on the Microsoft Proposal to buy Yahoo

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We are reading through the various punditry now, and from a Windows Mobile fan's perspective, this could potentially be really great. The merger of MSN and Yahoo's services -- both online and desktop -- would become best of breed right quick. The implications are wide reaching, too. For example, Microsoft would then own Flickr and have a vested interest in making that work better with Windows Mobile. Microsoft knows that online services are where it's going to be (heck, it's where it's at now), so this would also help them against Google.

So we'll see how it goes down. Here's the thing, though: does anybody else feel like this is AOL/Time Warner all over again?

Microsoft Proposes Acquisition of Yahoo! for $31 per Share
Transaction valued at approximately $44.6 billion in cash and stock; provides 62 percent premium to current trading price for Yahoo! shareholders; combined entity to create a more competitive company, providing superior value to shareholders, better choice and innovation for customers and partners - Press Release

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5 years ago

Asus M930i: In the Flesh

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Asus M930i: In the Flesh

Not that we'll see this device in the U.S. officially anytime soon but here are some of the first live shots of the Nokia-esque Asus M930i, an interesting entry into the competitive WM6 Standard world. The features on the device aren't too shabby and while the design is certainly...interesting. Well, at least Asus is trying something different from the likes of HTC and Palm.

Check out the specs, a first opinion and some comparison shots (Treo 680 + iPod Touch) after the jump...

Of note is the bump to a quad-band for this fella as it was earlier reported to only be tri-band, so if you wants it here in the States, feel free to import. Also, looks like the camera, processor and memory were bumped downward. Dream high, shoot low.

  • Dual Display (2.6' & 2.0")
  • HSDPA (3.6 Mbps)/EDGE
  • 450mhz
  • WM6 Standard
  • 256mb Storage + 64mb RAM + microSD
  • Wifi
  • BT 2.0
  • Full KB
  • 2MP camera

But what is up with the 64mb of DDR RAM? Sure, reports on the DDR update to WM RAM has been positive (it's faster) but 64mb for WM6, even the Standard, is quite weak. And how does the device fair? Well according to Tam who had a hands-on:

From an usability standpoint, I dare to question the tradeoffs made in the M930i
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5 years ago

Review: Sprint Mogul, PPC-6800

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Review: Sprint Mogul, PPC-6800

The Sprint Mogul has been out for little while now, but with Verizon's recent release of their own version called the XV6800 I wanted to offer a review of the Mogul (Henceforth we'll call it the "PPC 6800.")

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5 years ago

Pick Our Next WM Smartphone and Review (and Win!)

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We'll be posting up a full review of the Motorola Q9h and the Mogul next week (and even a mini-review of the Motorola MC35). There'll be more smackdowns to come too (intra-carrier style), but for now I'm itching to try something new out. I've already said that I prefer the Q9h to the BlackJack II, but as sbono13 pointed out in the comments, the BJII is a full $200 bucks cheaper (with contract) than the Q9h... so I'm thinking I should give that device a full rundown as well. Toss in the fact that I have (unfairly?) poo-poohed the Pantech Duo and the Samsung i760 and suddenly we're looking at a whole smorgasbord of Windows Mobile smartphones. That's a situation I love, but I can't decide.

So, what to do about that itch? Let you decide. Head on over to the thread associated with this post and vote in the poll. We'll leave the poll open through Tuesday, February 5th. We're also making your choices public so we can track 'em, not because we're nefarious, but because we'll choose one lucky voter from the top choice to win a $100 coupon at the WMExperts Store!

After the break - see the smartphones sitting on my desk, waiting on my eternal judgment (and the full rules to the contest). To vote, just click on this here link

Here are the

I'd like to stick to phones that have carrier support in the US, if you're wondering about the choices above.

Contest Rules

  1. Not open to Smartphone Experts employees or contractors (but mods, go for it)
  2. Coupon only good for merchandise, you'll have to pay the S&H (sorry)
  3. 1 entry per person
  4. Contest ends on February 5th at Midnight.
  5. The winner will be chosen at random from all the people who voted for the smartphone that receives the most votes (in other words, there's strategy involved!)
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5 years ago

Pantech Duo Coming in Red Next Week

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Pantech Duo Coming in Red Next Week

We weren't terribly impressed during our First Look at the Pantech Duo, but we're willing to give the little guy another chance (stay tuned, should be fun). We're hearing from a few sources that it's actually more popular than we expected.

Given that, it's not a gigantic surprise that it's joining the red phone bandwagon next week. The price for a red Pantech Duo is still going to be $99 after contract.

[via Crave]

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5 years ago

TouchFLO II (aka Manilla) Leaked?

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TouchFLO II (aka Manilla) Leaked?

Take a look at what the:unwired has discovered, a program calling itself Manilla that looks like it's a next-gen update for HTC's TouchFLO interface. The origins are a bit sketch, but the interface looks awfully pretty. Some folks at XDA were able to get the interface up and running, but whatever it is it's still very much in the “development only” phase.

Improvements seem to include the ability to preview email right inside TouchFLO, add your own bookmarks and favorites (YAY!), a better interface for settings like Ringtones, and more. After the break, all the pretty horses screenshots. Big ups to all sorts of folks at XDA for pulling them out


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5 years ago

WMExperts Rumortastic Giveaway: Treo 800w + Extras

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Update: Now that we have the new specs on the Treo 800w, we thought we'd update the specs on the contest itself. Instead of a 6 gig microSDHC card, the prize package will now have an 8 gig card.

We are confident, very confident, that the Treo 800w is coming in the next few months. And we are confident, mega confident, that it's going to be a super cool device. Confident enough that we're going to run out and buy one the very day they are available, whenever that day may be. A Windows Mobile 6 Pro device with 320x320 resolution, WiFi, (probably) GPS... and you can easily use the sucker one-handed. That mops the floor with the Treo 700wx and even makes the Mogul a little nervous.

And we don't even use Sprint! So - we're going to give the Treo 800w away. Yes, folks, we're running a contest to give away a rumored device that hasn't been released yet. It's future-iffically rumortastic!

Giving away what might potentially be a non-existent device will, naturally, require a few rules and, er, procedures - get those after the break. The short version is this: In the comments of this post, make a guess about the release date of the Treo 800w. We'll do a random drawing amongst the people who get it right. The winner will receive:

  • A Treo 800w after it is officially released. If they end up calling it something else, well, let's just say we're giving away the next Windows Mobile device Palm releases for the Sprint Network. Got it?
  • An 8 gig microSD Card. Yeah, the WMExperts Store has 8 gig cards now.
  • Any 2 software titles from HobbesIsReal's excellent “Must-Have Windows Mobile Software” article. Sure, Palm will include some “secret recipe” stuff on the 800w, but you can always make Windows Mobile a little better. We believe in the software in Hobbes' article, you should too.

Full rules and info after the break. We're taking off early for the Holidays, everybody, so consider this contest a gift from WMExperts - one of those “we promise we'll make it up to someday” kinda gifts, but a gift nonetheless. See you Wednesday!

How to Enter

Register and post a reply to this post with a guess at the exact date (just the date, not the time) the Treo 800w will be released. You may guess as many times as you like, but only your most recent guess in this thread will count as your entry.

That's it!

More Rules

  1. One entry per person (i.e. your most recent guess) 1.5. Although you can guess as often as you like, your guess must be at least 2 weeks away from the date you're posting (ex. if you post on January 1st, your guess cannot be before January 14th).
  2. Contest will end at midnight the day before an official date is announced by either Palm or Sprint. Which basically means you'll want to settle on a date early, because when we find out officially, well, we'll have to disqualify any posts made that day.
  3. Not open to employees or contractors of Smartphone Experts (sorry to our writers and mods!), Palm, or Sprint (no cheaters!)
  4. Open to US residents only (hey, it's Sprint)
  5. We'll pick the winner randomly from all the posts that get it right or, if none do, from the posts that get closest (assuming there's more than one). “Closest” can be before or after, this isn't The Price Is Right, people.

Hop to it, People!

Update: Since we now have Sprint's planned release date: July 22nd, any votes for that date on or after May 5th at 4PM EST don't count.

Of course, if you don't believe Sprint will hit that target, feel free to keep guessing. :)

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5 years ago

HTC Losing WM Standard Edition Share?

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DigiTimes seems to have gotten ahold of some internal Microsoft data with some surprising info - HTC may be rocking the touchscreens (2 million Touches sold, didja know that?), but they're not doing so hot when it comes to non-touchscreen, Standard-edition Windows Mobile. In fact, they've dropped, apparently, from a 50% share worldwide down to just 30%. Who are the losing to? Motorola and Samsung, and Moto has a tiny lead:

High Tech Computer (HTC) has lost the title as the global top ranking vendor of Windows Mobile-based smartphones (excluding touch-screen models), with its share of the segment falling to below 30% currently, trailing behind Motorola and Samsung Electronics, according to internal data from Microsoft.

Motorola, Samsung and HTC have been competing fiercely in the segment with each vendor accounting for a 20-30% share globally, with Motorola now leading the contest with a small margin, the data showed.

- HTC share of Windows Mobile smartphone segment declining

As we just said, though, HTC is hanging on to their Pro mantle, at 50% share. Nobody else is even close, Palm's a distant second at 10%.

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