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5 years ago

Boy Genius' WiFi Q9 Reveals Windows Mobile 6.1

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Boy Genius' WiFi Q9 Reveals Windows Mobile 6.1

As was foretold at this site in October, so it has come to pass. The surprise Motorola Q9 with WiFi that the Boy Genius recently got his hands on has turned out to be more surprising than anybody expected: it's loaded with Windows Mobile 6.1.

BGR is down for the count at the moment, but when they return this page should give you a 100 picture gallery of WM6.1. Engadget managed to snag the above screenshot before the traffic laid waste to everybody's favorite spoiler. BGR's RSS feed provides some additional info:

  • Copy / Paste (finally!)
  • Domain Enroll in Settings (Enrolling in a domain will connect your device with company resources.)
  • New home screen (pan left and right to check out missed calls, notifications like email, sms, etc.)
  • Change Master Security Code
  • Added text input settings
  • Recent Programs when pressing Start menu
  • Threaded SMS!
  • When you compose an email, or SMS, and start typing the name of the contact in the “To:” field, the contact names finally pop up like Windows Mobile Professional!

via Engadget

Update: BGR's Gallery is up

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5 years ago

Motorola Q9 to get WiFi

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Motorola Q9 to get WiFi

What what?! The Boy Genius has a gallery up of a Motorola Q9 - a GSM version nearly identical to the Motorola Q9h / Q9Global, only this puppy has WiFi built-in. No word on whether or not it retains GPS, but it won't retain the “Global” as the bands on board are 850/1900 MHz- that'd be US only. A perusal of the screen shots does show that the device keeps all the extra apps that AT&T included, ex. Opera as the default browser. We're stuck in Edge-land here, so swapping out our Q9h for a Q9 with WiFi sounds like an awfully nice proposition.

We're also giving the Motorola Q9h another spin here at WMExperts in an effort to actually justify our claim that we prefer the BlackJack II. So far we're actually beginning to waffle on that claim - just a tiny bit - once you get over the wide load aspect of the Q9h it's actually a sweet device.

No word whatsoever on pricing and availability yet.

Read: Motorola Q9 with Wi-Fi? Psh, yeah! | The Boy Genius Report

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5 years ago

Review: Freedom Keychain GPS

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5 years ago

HTC Touch Dual, Video First Look

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5 years ago

NetFront 3.4 Tech Preview Gets Secure

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So NetFront for WM5 and WM6 Pro has released another version of their browser - although it's still at version 3.4, same as when they released it in January. What's new this time around is they've beefed up the security on the browser, adding AES and “Camellia, a high-security, high-performance international standard cipher jointly developed by Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. (NTT) and Mitsubishi Electric Corp.”

We here at the Smartphone Experts have been awfully hard on good old Access, especially in our Treo-focused TreoCast. It makes sense, though, as they burned Palm pretty badly. Now Access is trying to push their own linux-based Smartphone OS. They've got their work cut out for them in that space, what with Android coming in soon.

Our advice to Access - try to get a little bit more done in a year than adding some security to your browser, okay?

Get NetFront 3.4; via the::unwired

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5 years ago

Verizon XV5800 Gets Small Bump

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Verizon XV5800 Gets Small Bump

The last time we saw the Verizon XV5800, we were slightly disillusioned because it looked like the keyboard was identical to the one I hate on the GSM Vox (review here). That's changed, I see, although the 3G speeds that we're expecting on the XV5800 have not. Also unchanged: Verizon's inability to get a product out anywhere near the time we (and their own employees, I might add) expect. Qwest has had the 5800 since August, for Pete's sake.

So yeah, pricing and availability unknown. Looking at the pictures that Engadget scored - It's clear that at least this new-look XV5800 has done a better job dodging the ugly stick than it's big brother, the XV6800.

Read: Engadget Mobile

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5 years ago

Google Officially Bidding on 700MHz Spectra

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5 years ago

Motorola CEO Ed Zander: QUITR

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Motorola CEO Ed Zander: QUITR


Ed Zander wearing some RAZRWIRE glasses

Ed Zander will be stepping down as CEO of MOTROLA. He'll be replaced next month by GRG BRWN, who is currently the COO and PRSDNT. ZNDR will stay on the BORD for a few MNTHS after his RZIGNASHN. The money quote:

"Next year marks my 40th year in the technology industry. This is the right time for me to move on to the next phase in my life and spend more time with my money."
At this point I'd like to raise the possibility that I may have misquoted him. I've purchased 2 RAZRs -- they were great phones with cruddy software. If the software would have been great on those RAZRs, I'd have not jumped ship to their competitor's featurephones and I would have strongly considered a MOTO smartphone. Because of that bad software experience (and everything I read about their Q), I just blindly assume that their software sucks now. I hear some positive things about the new Q that has 3 letters -- QRS? QZX? Not enough good things to want one or to listen attentively when someone adamantly insists that they've gotten better.
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5 years ago

Office Mobile Updated to 6.1

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Office Mobile Updated to 6.1

Office Mobile has been updated to 6.1 - it's a free upgrade for anybody who already has Office on their Windows Mobile device (that almost surely means you). The update (finally) adds support for Office 2007 file formats, catching up to what DocsToGo managed to do quite awhile ago. If you don't have Office Mobile on your device, it's $49 to purchase.

Oh, and the release of Office 6.1 is for really real now, not an accidental release like the last time we saw it.

Read: Download details: Microsoft Office Mobile 6.1: Upgrade for Microsoft Office 2007 file formats

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5 years ago

Mobius 2007: Windows Mobile Overview

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Mobius 2007: Windows Mobile Overview

So we're deep into the Mobius conference here and it's great to be hearing about what's new and cool with Windows Mobile. Friend of the site (well, we like him, anyway) Jason Landridge presented on a few things that were pretty cool, notably “Oops I'm late” and “Lawn Darts.”

Another presenter Windows Mobile Shaman Derek Snyder1 also showed us the next version of Windows Mobile, and I'm not talking Photon. Good news: It ran quite well on on current hardware and is expected to be given to manufacturers in Q1 of next year. Our take (insofar as we're allowed to have a public take) is that you'll definitely want it, but you probably won't riot if you don't get it. The rest, as Hamlet might say, is silence under NDA.

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5 years ago

Norton Smartphone Security Launched

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Norton Smartphone Security Launched

Ever access your bank account on your phone? Ever use a password for a website on your phone? Do you download email attachment on your handheld? If you do any one of these, then do you really need a security app to help protect you or not? Symantec of the Norton fame says yes. (Ed. Note: we here at WMExperts have previously said "No, but someday soon that will change"). Norton's take:

[...]unsecure public WiFi or network connections can put users at risk. In addition, Web and e-mail viruses can directly infect smartphones, enabling hackers to remotely control the device, access sensitive information or disable applications. Norton Smartphone Security runs discreetly in the background, providing the confidence and peace of mind to engage in everyday activities like e-mailing, Web browsing or banking online from these handheld devices.

Their line of reasoning is that ”34 percent of respondents said they access their bank accounts via their mobile device and 54 percent of respondents said they access Web sites that require a password. As more users transact using their mobile devices, the financial incentives for virus writers and mobile hackers will follow.” I have to admit that I do all of these things on my phone. My main thought when someone says security for my mobile phone is not hackers but actually stealing my phone and browsing through my info at their leisure.

You can see all the details on their website here. It is a subscription based product at $29.99 a year…..which without using it or seeing how well it works sounds potentially a little steep for the average WM user. I also wonder about compatibility. They only list on GSM WM 5 device, the Palm Treo 750v, as being compatible with no mention about WM6 either way. (I just might see detailed a review in the future here at WMExperts.com)

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5 years ago

Google Maps Now Does Location By Tower Triangulation

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Ironic that we saw this over at our sister-site iPhone Blog, Phone different, since it doesn't yet work on the iPhone, but here's the skinny. The newest version of Google Maps will now take a shot at guessing your current location by looking at the relative signal strength of the cell towers around you. You can watch a cutesy YouTube Video to get an idea of how it works. No GPS necessary, baby!

This basically puts Google Maps a leg up on Windows Live Search, which had been our previous favorite map solution. Hopefully Microsoft will catch up soon, because we do prefer their directions and other features like movie times and gas prices. We also like WLS's voice search option, we just wish it worked a little more reliably.

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5 years ago

Verizon XV6800 Kinda Sorta Released

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Verizon XV6800 Kinda Sorta Released

Somebody needs to tell Verizon what the proper way to launch a product is. Seems like they've duffed everything but the Q9M lately. The Samsung SCH-i760 was kinda sorta released, kinda pulled (not really), and finally released. Finally and worst of all, it seems that folks were fairly disappointed with it.

Looks like we have the same situation with the delayed (and still ugly in name and looks as we remember) Verizon XV6800. Engadget is reporting that some folks at HoFo have managed to purchase it over for the phone for $249.99 after rebates.

I'm waiting to see if the XV6800 will have GPS enabled, because then it would actually be better than its Sprint-based cousin, the Mogul. That is, until the Mogul's new ROM is released next year.

Read: Verizon's XV6800 in the wild, finally available to order - Engadget

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5 years ago

Nifty Webcam Software

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5 years ago

Some BlackJacks Recalled

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Some BlackJacks Recalled

Engadget Mobile tips us off to this interesting bit of info about the Samsung BlackJack:

Samsung Blackjacks manufactured between November 2006 and February 2007 are the subject of a quiet recall due to an antenna issue

The issue is degrading signal strength and it definitely looks to be a hardware issue. You can look under the battery to see if your BlackJack falls within the date range. Actually - heck, if your BlackJack is getting bad reception it's probably worth a call no matter when it was manufactured. They ought to know if the problem extends beyond that 4 month span. Plus, you know, you could complain about the delayed Windows Mobile 6 ROM update. Just saying.

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