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5 years ago

Zune integration listed in Windows Mobile 7 job listing

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Microsoft is getting really good at giving us clues as to the future of Windows Mobile through its job listings. That's how we first learned of Windows Marketplace for Mobile. That's how we first learned of plans to finally fix over-the-air updates. That's where we learned of some mobile plans for Halo. And now, a biggie.

One of the worst-kept secrets in the mobile world is that Zune software is likely to play a big part in Windows Mobile 7. And a new job listing for a software developement engineer confirms this.

Responsibilities - Deliver core platform technology to internal and external partners. Effectively design, schedule, build and deliver on a v1 product and existing products. Collaborate with partners such as Outlook Mobile, Database, Zune, Shell, and OS. Deliver detailed specifications for the technical architecture of the system. Help mentor other members on the Dev team.

This looks like a job that will involve tying the room together, much like a nice area rug. Full job listing's after the break, but it's summed up here:

The Communications Foundations team is the engine room that powers these social experiences - the team builds the connectors and Unified Storage models that power all the social & communications experiences for WM7.

Via I Started Something

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5 years ago

Sony Ericsson is looking for handouts ... Anybody seen Bono lately?

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First there was the CEO shakeup, then the revelation that the Xperia X1 was "an experiment" that didn't really pay off as hoped, and now this. Sony Ericsson needs some money. When we say some, we mean something like 100 million Euros, which works out to about $135 million U.S.[NYT via Giz]

That's not to say all's lost for ol' SE. We've seen what a large infusion of funding can do to a mobile company (lookin' at you, Palm). And while SE's not seeking anywhere near that level of funding, these are different times from when rock star Bono and Elevation Partners came to the resecue, and money's not flowing so freely. But hang in there, SE. Maybe that rumored X2 will turn things around.

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5 years ago

More details: HTC Diamond and Raphael = Touch Diamond & Touch Pro

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Well, following up on our earlier post about those fancy-schmancy new HTC devices reportedly heading to Sprint, some much wanted specs have since come out.

Paul over at MoDaCo not only has the quite lovely features but also their launch names:

  • HTC Diamond = HTC Touch Diamond
  • HTC Raphael = HTC Touch Pro
  • HTC Titanium = HTC Touch Dual Pro

That latter one we haven’t heard much about but evidently it’s the updated version of the current Touch Dual, which makes sense if they are refreshing the regular Touch. The Titanium/Touch Dual Pro is speculated to have that current slider dial pad but otherwise keeps the Touch Pro’s specs.

And what are those specs for the Touch Pro (Raphael) and Touch Diamond? Lets just say please make sure you are currently sitting down before you click that "read more" link!

Now it's unclear if all of these specs will be in the CDMA versions, as features like FM radio can be disabled, etc. But here is what we know about the Touch Diamond & Raphael:

  • Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional
  • Qualcomm MSM 7201A @ 528MHz
  • 256MB ROM / 128MB RAM
  • 7.2MB HSDPA / HSUPA (rev A EVDO for Sprint versions)
  • 2.8" VGA screen
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR
  • eGPS
  • 3.1MP Camera with flash
  • Forward facing camera
  • 4GB internal flash storage (Diamond only) - Samsung MoviNAND
  • TV out (Raphael only)
  • Orientation sensor (a-la-iPhone)
  • FM Radio
  • microSD expansion
  • 900mAh battery (!!!)
  • Diamond: 51x99x10.7mm
  • Raphael: 51x99x17mm

What is eGPS you ask? Talk about cutting edge, this stuff was just officially announced by the UK company CSR in February. Basically it’s like aGPS but better. Way better. (In fairness, Qualcomm has their gpsOneXTRA to compete)

A typical eGPS push-to-fix will be available in less than 4 seconds, accurate to within 10 meters and require the equivalent power of less than 1 second of handset talk time.

It works indoors, when the device is powered down, uses less battery, acquires the sat signal faster and works globally. Holla! And did you see that mention of 4gb internal flash storage on the HTC Diamond (but not Raphael?)

We guess the only downside is possibly that wimpy 900mah (!) battery though with such new technology, it’s a bit premature to suggest that these will necessarily be battery hogs. Lets hope not!

Oh and yeah…there will be GSM versions of all of these too, in fact they may be coming out very soon ;-)

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5 years ago

AT&T Getting ready to launch the "HTC Fuze" aka Touch Pro?

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Well here's a little gem...

We're hearing from a tipster that AT&T is getting not only ready to finally launch their Tilt ROM update, but a little something called the HTC Fuze.

What's the HTC Fuze you ask?

We have very strong reason to believe it's that AT&T branded Touch Pro device...

Look for this device sooner rather than later ;-)

Thanks to the tipster for "fuze"!

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5 years ago

Palm Treo 800w - Noooooo disassemble!

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Palm Treo 800w - Noooooo disassemble!

Maybe you're the kind of person who just has to know how things work. Maybe you like picking the wings off flies. Or maybe you broke your Palm Treo Pro 800w and actually want to try to fix it yourself.

There's a disassembly (and, thus, reassembly) guide over at MyTreo.net. Among the tools you'll need: A Torx T5 screwdriver, Philips screwdriver, a small flathead screwdriver and a pair of big brass ones that would make ol' Chester Nimitz stand up and applaud.

Update: Yeah, yeah. It's an 800w. Photo label/link/sleep FAIL. Sorry 'bout that.

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5 years ago

Sprint Touch Pro 2 spotted, may drop mid-June

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We've been hands-on with the unbranded HTC Touch Pro 2. We've seen it with T-Mobile markings. And now we're seeing it in its Sprint CDMA finest. User bigchico68 over at SprintUsers [via Engadget] got some time with it during an in-store demo. He says it should be available in mid-June, and says the Snap is on for July (that doesn't quite add up with what we've previously heard, but these things happen).

Not sure about the color scheme on the keyboard — the stock HTC look is much sexier, IOHO. But to each his own.

Couple of more pics after the break, including a new look at the back case.

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5 years ago

Review: Resco Keyboard Pro ver 5.22

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Review: Resco Keyboard Pro ver 5.22

 

There are all kinds of WM users.   Everyone has their own perfect way to use their mobile phone to do what they personally like to do best. Some like to send 386 text messages an hour, each with less than 4 characters each… while others tend to need to write mostly long emails. Some phones have hardware keyboards, while others do not. Because of these reasons, many WM users will often times throw everyone into two groups of WM users… those who love to use a hardware keyboard, and those who love to use a software keyboard.

If I had to lump myself into one of these two groups, I would honestly have a foot in each camp. Because of my work I tend to have to write long emails quite a bit. When this happens, I slide out my hardware keyboard on my Sprint Mogul phone and type away. But when I send a quick text or need to type only two keywords to do a Google search, I will use a software keyboard.But have you tried to use the standard WM software keyboard without a stylus? If you haven’t, don’t even try it. It is just an exercise in frustration of hitting the wrong keys.   This is what led me to try Resco’s Keyboard Pro version 5.22 (I know the Resco website still says ver 5.21, but 5.22 is the latest). They promise that it is one handed finger friendly. After using it exclusively for several months now, I am ready to give my opinion on this claim… 
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5 years ago

Microsoft opens Marketplace developer forums

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The buzz is starting to grow among developers as we continue to wait for the official launch of Windows Marketplace for Mobile, and with it the launch of Windows Mobile 6.5.

The Microsoft Developers Network has opened developers forums, and the chatter is growing. Threads so far include "Do you have to use Microsoft's Development Tools?", "Wishlist for Windows Mobile Marketplace", "When can we expect a WM 6.5 SDK?", and a slew of others.

Most end users probably won't get too much out of it, but it's an interesting look at what goes on behind the scenes.

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5 years ago

LG, Acer added to WinMo 6.5 upgrade list

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It's still kind of a mystery as to what future phones will launch with Windows Mobile 6.5, and which current ones will be upgraded. We already know that the HTC Touch Diamond 2 and Touch Pro 2 should get it, and we're pretty sure the Toshiba TG01 will.

And now a blog from the Microsoft MVP community is adding to that list. Nuno Luz, aka The Windows Phone Guy, says the LG HQ and Eigen will be upgraded, as will four unnamed Acer phones.

Missing from Nuno's list is the Samsung Jack, which also will get an upgrade, according to last week's announcement press release. Speaking of the Jack, it was supposed to be available today but as of this writing isn't on AT&T's (main) Web site, and the two stores I called in my town were negative for Jack. We'll track that down. (Update: It's on the business site, we're told.)

Do note that we haven't had an official announcement about the release of Windows Mobile 6.5, but the Dev Team noted the other day that it's done and ready to go.

Thanks to fellow WMExpert Tim for the heads up!

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5 years ago

WMExperts.com Fuze and Touch Dual giveaway ... and the winners are!

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Here we go, folks. We've combed through a mountain of entries (sorry it took so long) as we look to give away an AT&T Fuze and HTC Touch Dual. And we've learned a lot about you. Namely:

  • You guys need to be more careful in the bathroom.
  • Some people just don't get that water and phones don't mix.
  • Yes, the dog can eat it.
  • A bunch of you shouldn't be allowed outdoors. Period.

That said, all of the entries were great, and we had a heck of a time narrowing them down. But narrow we did. After the break, the winners, and their stories.

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5 years ago

Microsoft My Phone now an open beta

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Microsoft My Phone now an open beta

That little maintenance outage Microsoft My Phone underwent? Turns out it was an update to the Web portal. And alongside that will come an update to the phone client.

Oh, and the service is moving to an open beta. From the My Phone Team blog [via]:

With today’s release, we’re opening the beta to all users -- no more waiting list or promotional codes!

Can't put it any more plainly than that. So if you're looking for a way to sync your contacts, photos, text messages and more to the cloud and didn't get in on the closed beta, head on over to myphone.microsoft.com and give it a shot.

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5 years ago

Touch Diamond 2 in a U.K. TV spot

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5 years ago

Samsung GT-I8000 spotted

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Samsung GT-I8000 spotted

Back in February the WiFi Alliance outed a future Samsung Windows Mobile phone, the GT-i8000, which was sporting Windows Mobile 6.1. And that's about all that was known about it.

And we don't know too much more today, except that it's GSM-bound. The Unwired spied the above shot at the Global Certification Forum, which shows the radio frequencies it'll support. OK, that's not entirely true. As you can see, it'll have HSDPA, MMS and video telephony. Fairly standard stuff these days, huh?

Gentlemen, start your speculating engines.

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5 years ago

Ozzy Finally Steps up to a Smartphone

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5 years ago

Review: Golla Horizontal Cases

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Review: Golla Horizontal Cases

Golla Cases aren't your typical phone cases. They break away from your traditional black leather case by offering fabric pouch-styled cases with flashy colors to help them stand out. Golla cases, for the most part, have been vertical in design but with the Golla Stunt Pouch and the Golla Tracks Pouch they are venturing into the horizontal case design. They follow the Golla tradition of being unique and I had the opportunity to take both out for a test drive with my HTC Fuze. Follow the break to see what kind of impression these two new cases made.

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