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5 years ago

Dear Verizon: We're still waiting for you to fix GPS on your Windows Mobile handsets

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Dear Verizon,

Last November we published an open letter exhorting you to stop limiting GPS functionality on Windows Mobile handsets. Our arguments were quite good, if we do say so ourselves. The competition you're facing right now is tough in large part because those competing carriers have platforms with GPS that works freely with any app. It makes for a better customer experience on your network and (this is nearer to our hearts) on Windows Mobile. If you feel like you're hedging on GPS, we really suggest you go back and read it again

So naturally we were elated when we heard in December that you intended on unlocking standalone GPS for the Omnia, Saga, and Touch Pro in the first half of 2009. Sincerely, that's really great news. So consider this a friendly reminder: there are only a couple of months left in the "first half of 2009" (trust us, we've been paying attention to that date elsewhere).

How about it, big V? Are we going to see some ROM updates soon? Will the rumored May 11 date pan out? We're able to go with unofficial ROMS and GPS hacks, but we're really not happy about it.  We like being happy – it makes us better customers.

Love,

The WMExperts Team

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5 years ago

Video of the Samsung I8000 (Omnia 2?)

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5 years ago

HTC answers the 3.5mm jack problem, sort of

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Here's a grilling an interview with a couple of HTC Europe execs from Polish smartphone site PDA.pl. [via] It can be a little painful to watch, for both sides, but the questions asked are reasonable:

  • Where's the 3.5mm headphone jack?
  • There's hardware for an FM radio, but why no software?
  • Why aren't "older" phones getting the latest version of TouchFLO 3D?

We can live without an FM radio. This is 2009, after all. And getting custom ROMS with different software is no sweat on HTC phones. But we'll jump on board the 3.5mm headphone jack beat-down. Like it or not, that needs to be standard.

Update: Yep, looks like there are issues with the video. So, here are the answers -- highly paraphrased, of course. And, really, any answer works for any of the questions. Here goes:

  1. Want a headphone jack? Use the crazy little adapter HTC provides. Or get a Touch HD.
  2. Um, we'll look into it.
  3. HTC has many great new phones.
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5 years ago

Review: Samsung Jack (SGH-i637)

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Review: Samsung Jack (SGH-i637)

With the Epix released late last year and the Propel Pro earlier this year, some might have believed that Samsung had wrapped things up for a while with Windows Mobile. The Samsung Jack, the heir apparent to the BlackJack series, came out of left field for some and the time it took to go from announcement to appearing on the shelves was lightning-fast (shame HTC can't follow suit). We're not complaining, but it definitely took us by surprise.

Dieter introduced you to Jack a few weeks ago and shared a hands-on video of Jack. You've seen it compared to other Windows Mobile phones, and recently we had the chance to take the Jack out for a test drive. The latest Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard phone did impress us in several ways. Join us after the break.

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5 years ago

Samsung I8000 the Omnia 2?

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Samsung I8000 the Omnia 2?

Well, well, well. What have we here? This odd little phone from Samsung (that'd be for the cube button at the bottom) snuck up on us and could well be the next in the Omnia line. First, the deets, from Lithuanian site Mobili Linija [via]:

  • Windows Mobile 6.1
  • Quad-band EDGE, 2100MHz HSDPA.
  • 3.7-inch AMOLED touchscreen (!) at 480x800 pixels
  • Qualcomm MSM6290 processor
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • WiFi b/g
  • aGPS
  • 1500mAh battery
  • MicroSD card
  • 8.1MP camera with flash, VGA video at 30fps.

Now, the odd (but cool) stuff: Phone Area also says this handset has also appeared with the Cubic37 codename. Pair that with the cube button at the bottom of the phone, and it's getting pretty likely that it could sport Samsung's rumored 3D cube UI.

Obviously this isn't something we'd see here with only the 2100MHz 3G band. But it's defintely something we'll an eye out for more on it in the future.

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5 years ago

A fond farewell for Avantgo

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A fond farewell for Avantgo

Avantgo has been around for as long as I can remember, and hadn't thought much about the mobile application until we received a tip that Sybase Inc. (the parent company) was closing the doors on the service at the end of the month.

From the early PDA years to the days of the Smartphone. It spanned Windows Mobile, Palm OS, Symbian and RIM operating systems showing no favorites, offering access to websites offline. It was the perfect solution during the time where data plans were limited or priced beyond most means to take your favorite website with you. It was the pre-cursor to RSS readers.

According to Avantgo.com;

"After June 30, 2009, AvantGo will no longer be providing mobile Web content for sync or online access, and you will not be able to access or update your AvantGo content or account."

We were asked if an alternative was out there that could replace Avantgo and the only thing that came to mind was Viigo. I imagine with data plans becoming more economical and unlimited, most find it easier to simply go to the URL of the website on their browser or rely more on RSS readers to stay tuned to current events.

Avantgo will go the way of the floppy disk and serial port; a valuable tool that played a key role in the technology's development only to give way to improvements that were built upon the foundation it created.  Admittedly, I haven't accessed my Avantgo account in ages but now that the end is near, I may update my channels one last time for old times sake.

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5 years ago

Iris Browser gets a host of fixes

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Iris Browser gets a host of fixes

It's browser day, apparently. This time, the venerable WEbkit-based Iris browser has gotten an update to v1.1.8. According to Torch Mobile's blog, here's what's addressed:

  • Improved graphics performance
  • Faster networking and loading of local files
  • Improved memory usage
  • Improved asynchronous behavior while loading pages
  • Support for the W3C Geolocation API
  • Support for HTML5 SQL databases and client side storage
  • Rendering improvements, including for
  • CSS transformations and effects
  • Improved Thai support
  • Right-to-left language fixes
  • Many general bug fixes

If you're new to Iris, we've plopped a demo video after the break. For everyone else, head on over to the download page.

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5 years ago

Iris Browser geta a host of fixes

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Iris Browser geta a host of fixes

It's browser day, apparently. This time, the venerable WEbkit-based Iris browser has gotten an update to v1.1.8. According to Torch Mobile's blog, here's what's addressed:

  • Improved graphics performance
  • Faster networking and loading of local files
  • Improved memory usage
  • Improved asynchronous behavior while loading pages
  • Support for the W3C Geolocation API
  • Support for HTML5 SQL databases and client side storage
  • Rendering improvements, including for
  • CSS transformations and effects
  • Improved Thai support
  • Right-to-left language fixes
  • Many general bug fixes

If you're new to Iris, we've plopped a demo video after the break. For everyone else, head on over to the download page.

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5 years ago

Opera Mobile 9.7 beta is released

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We mentioned some time ago that Opera was going turbo. Well, the popular mobile browser has done just that with the release of Opera 9.7 Beta. According to the news release:

"Opera Mobile 9.7 beta is now available to accelerate the mobile browsing experience for Windows Mobile-based phones. Speed is at the heart of this beta release due to the addition of Opera’s recently launched technology for faster surfing, Opera Turbo. Opera has also included its newly upgraded browser engine, called Opera Presto 2.2, for faster page loads and better overall performance. With the added bonus of Opera Widgets, Opera Mobile 9.7 gets you the Web content you want in fewer clicks and less time."

We had the opportunity to test drive the Beta Release over the weekend. Follow the break to see our initial impression of Opera 9.7 Beta as well as information on Opera Widgets Beta and a demo video.

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5 years ago

BingTones: Annoy your friends, bludgeon your enemies

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Fresh off a surprisingly well-received launch of its "Bing" "Decision Engine" (you know, for kids!), Microsoft has decided to release BingTones, three Bing-themed ringtones for your Windows phone. Or, any other phone you want to infect.

Hey, we're glad Bing's out there. And while it's not Google (what is?) and the name's a little suspect, it's being regarded as a decent search engine. But ringtones? Let's concentrate on getting a mobile client out, shall we?

Anyway, here's the link to the BingTones. And here are our instructions for loading them:

  1. Install ringtones.
  2. Pull pin.
  3. Throw toward enemy.
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5 years ago

Supposed Xperia X2 specs leak out

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Supposed Xperia X2 specs leak out

So we've had the Xperia X2 leaked shots floating around, and about all we knew was that we were looking at a horizontal slider with an 8.1-megapixel camera. Now we're getting some leaked specs to go along with it, and they're doozies.

  • 8.1MP camrea with autofocus, VGA video at 30 frames per second.
  • A 3.5-inch WVGA OLED touchscreen.
  • aGPS
  • 3.5MM headphone jack.
  • Accelerometer.
  • "Faster processor" (the X1 has a Qualcomm MSM7200A running at 528MHz)
  • 512MB RAM
  • Custom Windows Mobile 6.5 (SE engineers customized Win6.5 which runs very. very speedy. in par with iPhone and better in some cases)
  • Upgrading to Windows Mobile 7 is supported by Xperia panels

If all that turns out to be true, it could very well leave the HTC Touch Pro 2 behind. Of course, if the X2 takes as long to come to market as the X1 did, it might not matter.

Mobile-Review via wmpoweruser

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5 years ago

A closer look at the HTC Fuze ROM update

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A closer look at the HTC Fuze ROM update

 

The on-again, off-again ROM Update for the AT&T Fuze seems to have stabilized with fewer "Oh No! 404" errors popping up when you go to it's download link. Having had success at downloading the update and avoiding the dreaded error messages, we have installed the update on the Fuze and while the new update started a little rocky, things settled down and liked what we have found.

We promise no "404" errors are present after the break, only our observations on the updated ROM.

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5 years ago

Another shot of the Xperia X2

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Another shot of the Xperia X2

Remember that leaked shot of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 from the other day? Here's one, bigger and better, and with a look at it from behind. Looks like the rear-facing camera has a flash, which is good. As for the rest? Start your guessin'.

Fanklub.se via Pocketnow

Update: We didn't notice it at first thanks to the ginormous watermark, but that appears to be an 8-freakin'-megapixel camera there.

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5 years ago

A look at Windows Mobile 6.5 Standard

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It should come to you as no surprise Windows Mobile 6.5 will work on non-touchscreen phones. We put that concern to rest more than a month ago.

And now, thanks to the recently released Windows Mobile 6.5 Developers Toolkit (don't you dare think about calling it an SDK), we get a look at what WM6.5 Standard will look like. And the answer is: A whole lot like Windows Mobile 6.1.

Our favorite campusK0der, Nikita Polyakov, took it out for a spin and gives us some thoughts:

  • Internet Explorer 6 (for mobile) is there and is a good addition. Feels a bit like Skyfire.
  • The new theme is a lot like the old theme.
  • Widget support is there and works pretty well.
  • The Marketplace stub app is there.
  • A few UI refreshes.
  • Windows Mobile 6/6.1 apps load just fine.

All in all, nothing we didn't really expect. Windows Mobile 6.1 was the biggie for non-touchscreen phones. WM6.5 is for the finger-friendly. And now let us all turn our attention toward Windows Mobile 7.

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