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5 years ago

Review: Handy Assistant for Windows Mobile

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Review: Handy Assistant for Windows Mobile

Paragon Software has developed an interesting application designed to help Windows Mobile users manage their phone more conveniently. Handy Assistant is described as your personal mobile secretary that manages your incoming calls and profiles. The application gives you the ability to establish groups of contacts and define how your phone will react to each, record calls, block calls, and manage profiles. Follow the break for more on this phone management application.

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5 years ago

Live Search Mobile rebranded to Bing

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Live Search Mobile rebranded to Bing

It goes without saying that Live Search Mobile would take on the Bing moniker at some point, and that point is now. Fire up Live Search and hit the Menu softkey, and you'll see the "Client update available" is lit up.

For the most part this appears to be a simple rebranding, though the map interface has been tweaked slightly. We're still expecting a more thorough refresh this fall. More pics after the break. And if you're reading this on your phone, click here to manually get the upgrade.

Thanks to cplush on Twitter for the tip!

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5 years ago

Verizon updates Samsung Saga; is the GPS now unlocked?

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A ROM update has been released for the Samsung Saga on Verizon, and it might just have a little gem in it for which we've been waiting quite a while. First, the fine points of the upgrade:

  • The Latest Microsoft AKU Update 1.5.1.
  • Enhanced zoom for Internet Explorer
  • Slight UI Modifications.
  • Various additional improvements to improve handset function.
  • Open Standalone LBS Supported & Performance Enhanced. (This may Support 3rd Party Applications)
  • MMS Over GPRS Supported. (GSM Mode)
  • Softswitch For GSM (Allows handset to select correct network overseas)
  • Multiple Qualcomm Patches Applied To Improve Phone Performance.
  • VZ Access Manager Supports Bluetooth Connection (SPP).

Notice the fifth item there? LBS, of course, is location-based services. That could be cell-tower triangulation, or, GPS! So, that'd unlock two of the three phones that Verizon promised to unshackle in the first half of the year, with the other being the HTC Touch Pro. We've got a week left. Will we see the Omnia get an official update soon?

Go here to get the upgrade, and make sure you follow Samsung's overly complicated upgrade process.

Thanks, again, to cplush for the tip!

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5 years ago

Windows Mobile, TouchFLO3D and Naughty By Nature

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Kickin' it like it's 1991, Windows Mobile has teamed up with Naughty By Nature to release a NBN-themed HTC Touch Pro 2. In addition to giving away the phone, they're also offering up airfare and tix to a show in Los Angeles. More info on that here (pdf link), and find more at Facebook.com/windowsmobile.

And for more rap from the Windows Mobile crew ...

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5 years ago

Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 finally out on Rogers

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Think you have to wait a long time to get the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1? Our friends on the Rogers network in Canada have had to wait even longer. But their wait is finally over, as the phone finally is available, and with carrier subsidy, no less. Here's the price breakdown:

  • 3-year: $249.99
  • 2-year: $449.99
  • 1-year: $549.99
  • Outright: $599.99

So congrats, friends. Not only do you get the X1, you can sign away a couple of years of your life and get it on the cheap, relatively speaking.

Rogers via MobileSyrup

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5 years ago

OTOY server-side gaming ... on your phone

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By now you might or might not have heard of OTOY, which in a nutshell, is server-side gaming. All you need is a computer, with an Internet connection. OTOY does all the heaving lifting with processing power; you worry about the gaming.

And lo and behold, the thing works on a mobile phone. Above, you see it in action on the Windows Mobile-based Samsung Omnia. Whether you actually want to play a first-person shooter on a 3- to 4-inch screen is a whole 'nother matter, but the premise definitely is cool. Check it out.

Via TechCrunch

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5 years ago

PSA: Roaming in the Gulf of Mexico with AT&T

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If at any point over the past six months you've used your AT&T phone anywhere along the coast or in the Gulf of Mexico you'll be receiving a letter from AT&T reminding you about service on the Gulf of Mexico and notifying you of a rate changes while roaming in the Gulf.

"Because you've recently used wireless voice, data or sms messaging services in the Gulf of Mexico, it's important for you to know that the Gulf of Mexico area is not serviced as a part of our national coverage footprint and is covered by a neighboring wireless provider with associated roaming rates."

"Effective July 10, 2009 there will be billing changes that may affect your monthly statement."

"Please take note that your device display will change to "AT&T Extend" or "Off Network" instead of "AT&T" when you leave our home network. This will alert you that roaming rates are in effect".

The rate changes were listed as follows:

  • Data and MMS services will no longer be accessible without a special Gulf of Mexico Data Roaming feature on your device.
  • Data transmission rate: $.01 per KB
  • MMS Picture and Video Messaging: $1.30 per outbound device originated message (incoming charged at the domestic rate).

If you receive this letter and haven't gone offshore, it is likely that you used your AT&T phone in a location where signals overlapped and your phone was picked up by a non-AT&T provider.

It is our understanding that these notifications went out to prevent customers from unpleasant surprises if they used voice or data offshore in the Gulf of Mexico.  The Gulf of Mexico Data feature doesn't cost anything to activate and if your visits to the Gulf Coast take you off-shore it might be a good idea to contact AT&T and have them flip the switch on the feature.

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5 years ago

Video: Samsung Omnia II and Omnia Pro in action

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It's not quite the same as actually being there, but we can get a good feel from this video from hdblog [via wmpoweruser] of the latest from Samsung of just why we want AMOLED screens on our phones. And all we have to say is this: The Omnia Pro and Omnia II need to come to the U.S. soonest and, if properly marketed, could give HTC a real run for its money.

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5 years ago

Searchme Beta Released

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Searchme Beta Released

Searchme Inc. has released a beta version of Searchme. Billed as an "innovative mobile search experience with a fun, easy to use interface specially designed for touch screen handsets running on the Windows Mobile platform", Searchme delivers results in web page thumbnail form as well as text descriptions. The results can be thumb panned horizontally or a pop-up menu can be used to scan through the results. Results yielding video or music can be played from the search page.

“Since launching our mobile app a few months ago, we had an overwhelming response from people who love the idea of a richer, more visual search experience on their phones. We’re very excited that we’re now able to introduce millions of Windows Mobile users to this superior mobile search experience that delivers quick page loads and immediate access to relevant information,” said Randy Adams, Searchme Founder and CEO.

For our impressions on the Beta version and some screen shots, follow the break.

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5 years ago

Possible HTC Firestone pics & specs

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Possible HTC Firestone pics & specs

It's been a good couple of weeks since we've seen an HTC phone leak out, so we suppose we're due. Here's what is rumored to be the HTC Firestone, and it appears to hold up pretty well to the early renders we saw in that massive leak earlier this year.

If this indeed is on the level and isn't a clever Photoshop job — it looks pretty good and the shading is what we've come to know from HTC — then it could be a successor to the Touch HD. The latest rumored specs also match the info in the previous leak:

  • Phone: GSM850, GSM900, GSM1800, GSM1900, UMTS900, UMTS2100. (That's missing the U.S. 3G band, natch.)
  • Windows Mobile 6.5.
  • 3.6-inch WVGA touchscreen.
  • Qualcomm 8250 processor at 600MHz.
  • 512MB ROM/256MB RAM.
  • Micro SD.
  • Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR.
  • WiFi b/g.
  • aGPS.
  • G Sensor.
  • 3.5mm headphone jack.
  • 8MP camera

As for the earlier rumors of a possible U.S. release? Your guess is as good as ours. But what are the odds of something like this and the Touch Diamond 2 co-existing in the same market? (That said, HTC, feel free to offer us an unlocked version here!)

Hitech-sanook via wmpoweruser

 

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5 years ago

Toshiba TG01 launched in Japan

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Toshiba TG01 launched in Japan

It's been no secret that we've been lusting after the Toshiba TG01, namely because of its 1GHz Snapdragon processor. If you need any more persuading, see Exhibit A. So it's with great jealousy that we acknowledge the launch of the T-01A in Japan, which we previously saw in a demo of the latest version of Kinoma Play.

But, really, who needs a 480x800, 4.1-inch screen? Who needs that Snapdragon proc. Who needs the 512MB of ROM and 256MB of RAM?

OK, enough. We do.

Microsoft [via BGR]

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5 years ago

Adobe Flash 10 beta coming in October

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With the adoption of such browsers as Skyfire, Opera Mobile and the latest version of Internet Explorer, we're getting more used to having Flash on our phones. Skyfire, however, is flash over a proxy server. Opera Mobile and IE 6 have been using Flash Lite.

Now, it appears that Flash 10 may well be on its way to Windows Mobile. In last week's second-quarter financial report, Adobe CEO Shantanu Naraye announced that Flash 10 would be coming to smartphones.

“We are bringing Flash Player 10 to smartphone class devices to enable the latest web browsing experience. Multiple partners have already received early version of this release and we expect to release a beta version for developers at our Max conference in October. Google’s Android, Nokia’s Symbian OS, Windows Mobile and the new Palm Web OS will be the first devices to support web browsing with the new Flash player…”

There you have it. Whether this will be  baked into Windows Mobile 6.5 or as a browser upgrade or something different altogether remains to be seen.

Adobe earnings call [via Android Authority/MobileBurn]

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5 years ago

The Treo Pro Becomes Harder to Ignore

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If you're in the market for a new Windows Mobile Phone, the Palm Treo Pro just became a little harder to ignore. Palm has dropped the price of an unlocked model from $549 to $399. 

With Windows Mobile Standard alternatives such as the Samsung Jack available in the neighborhood of $350 and carrier-branded HTC devices pushing $500 out of contract the Treo Pro becomes very attractive to those looking for a WM Pro phone.

No telling if this is a permanent price drop or a limited time only savings.  Oh and as an added bonus, it looks like Palm is including a free travel charger and shipping on top of a very good price on a very good phone.

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5 years ago

A possible look at the Bing mobile client

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By many accounts, Microsoft's launch of its Bing "decision engine" has been largely successful. For our purposes, we're still waiting on a mobile client to replace Microsoft Live Search. And here is a look at what we might get.

IStartedSomething [via] brings us pics from an April presentation showing the mobile client. You'll note the "Kumo" branding, which, as you'll recall, was the codename for Bing.

ISS's Long Zheng notes that the mobile client will expand beyond the United States and support search in the UK, Italy and France. And it's growing from Windows Mobile and also will be supported on BlackBerry, Sidekicks and Verizon BREW phones.

Look for the Bing mobile client in August or September. More pics after the break.

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5 years ago

Verizon Ozone specs in detail

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Verizon Ozone specs in detail

For you Verizon-types looking longingly at the HTC Snap on Sprint and (soon) T-Mobile, here's a tasty morsel: Specs, specs and more specs, courtesy of the Boy Genius Report.

First, the necessities:

  • Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard.
  • 1500mAh battery
  • 4.5 x 2.5 x 0.5 inches
  • 256MB ROM/192MB RAM
  • WiFi B/G
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • 2.4-inch screen
  • 2MP camera with autofocus and video
  • MicroSD
  • VZ Navigator

Now, the fun stuff: Sign a two-year contract and you'll pay just $49.99 for the Ozone. Yep, you heard that right. Going sans contract, the Ozone will cost $430.

The Ozone has EV-DO Rev. A comes with a SIM card and is a "World Phone," so you can take it overseas, if you're so inclined. Also, Verizon will allow you to use the Ozone as a modem (for a yet unknown fee, natch), and it'll sport visual voicemail.

Again, look for the Ozone online come June 29, and in brick-and-mortar stores starting July 13.

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