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5 years ago

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5 years ago

HTC Touch Coming to Sprint

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HTC Touch Coming to Sprint

Gearlog has made it official - the HTC Vogue (the CDMA version of the Touch) is coming to Sprint, and it's being called the Sprint Touch. Yay for keeping names the same!

Specs are as we expected:

  • EVDO
  • 400mHz processor

What's new is that the TouchFLO cube is going to be "nerfed" - by which I mean ruined by replacing some of the useful shortcuts with Sprint-specific stuff: IM, communications manager, SMS, software store and mailbox. Ok Ok, most of that stuff is useful, but I like having links to Tasks and Calendar on the TouchFLO cube, replacing one of them with "software store" makes me mad. Fortunately, folks have figured out how to gleamhack the cube to make it do what you want. Here's some good news, though, they're including better software keyboard options.

Also, apparently, the EVDO is upgradable to Rev A and when that happens the gpsOne chip will work with telenav. Could we actually be getting a gpsOne device with a gpsOne chip that isn't broken by evil carriers? Somehow I doubt it, it's more likely it will be similar to the recent broken-by-AT&T-GPS on the Blackberry 8820. In other words - the gpsOne chip will finally be useful, but only if you pay for crap services you shouldn't have to pay for. Telenav be gone, Windows Live Search is just as good.

One last bit - might this new Touch help Sprint deal with the iPhone? I know I prefer it, see part 1 and part 2 of the Touch vs. iPhone Smackdown

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5 years ago

Sprint WiMAX WaTCH: It's Called XOHM

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Sprint WiMAX WaTCH: It's Called XOHM

The latest WiMAX news, it has a new name. That's pronounced "Zohm" and the good news from the new teaser site is that it's "coming spring of 2008." You still shouldn't expect the full rollout until the end of '08, though. There's also a news page were you can see all the folks they've teamed up with: Google, Clearwire, Intel, Motorola, Samsung. Not mentioned is Nokia, who's been rumored to want to bring one of their fancypants tables to the WiMAX network.

Oh, apparently we're on the verge of another internet revolution, too. I can't remember, are we post-Web 2.0, Web 3.OH, or what now? And to think I used to have a hard time pinning down the definition of postmodern literature.

The Internet is on the verge of another revolution. Coming in Spring of 2008, Xohm promises to bring fast, secure and smart wireless access to cities, enabling the possibility of a whole new range of high-bandwidth applications and uses. Xohm also will expand the Internet experience by partnering with the best companies in the industry to enable a new class of devices with Internet capabilities. Beyond just laptops, the vision of Xohm is to empower PMPs, video cameras, MP3s and more with Internet access.

Read: Xohm is Coming

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5 years ago

Verizon Rumor Roundup

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Verizon Rumor Roundup

We've had a mess of Verizon rumors in the past couple of weeks, so let's get clear on what's coming from them Windows Mobile-wise. Fortunately, we have a nice way to do that courtesy of phoneArena, who snagged some internal documents from the big V.

Release dates for all these devices have been all over the map, and some rumors dates have been missed. Suffice to say that they'll all hit in 2007 and I personally think they'll hit in the order I present them after the break, read on.

One note - my guesses at the release dates could likely be inaccurate, as PhoneArena's documents say this is the order:

  • Motorola Q9m / Q9c - August / Q4
  • Samsung SCH-i760 - September
  • UTStarcom SMT5800 - October
  • UTStarcom XV6800 - October

Motorola Q9M and Motorola Q9C

We discovered the Q9C, enterprise version of the Q9 yesterday, and it looks to be the ho-hum version of the media-software-enhanced Q9M. What do we get with this device?

  • Windows Mobile 6 Standard Edition
  • EVDO for data
  • Bluetooth
  • microSD Slot
  • 4.6" x 2.6" x .6"
  • 4.7oz
  • 1130 mAh battery, 5 hours talk time
  • 320x240 screen
  • 1.3 Megapixel camera
  • Q9M has fancy new interface, pictured at the top of the article.

UTStarcomm XV6800

This is the Verizon version of the Sprint Mogul and as you can see from the phonearena pic, it's not as pretty (or so says I, anyhow). Here we get the same specs as the Mogul:

  • Windows Mobile 6 Professional Edition
  • EVDO for data (upgradable to Rev A)
  • WiFi and Bluetooth
  • 59 x 110 x 18.5 mm
  • 384 MHz processor
  • 256 RAM, 64 ROM
  • 165 Grams
  • 1500 maH battery
  • 320 x 240 touchscreen (2.8 inches)
  • 2 Megapixel camera (actually 1.9, but let's not split hairs)

UTStarcom SMT5800

The poorly-named SMT 5800 also doesn't look all that pretty. I was initially impressed with its GSM cousin, the Vox, before ultimately knocking the Vox in my review it because of it's poor keyboard and processor. Specs:

  • EVDO (upgradable to Rev A)
  • 2 megapixel camera
  • 128 RAM, 64 ROM
  • MicroSD
  • Bluetooth (but no WiFi?)

Samsung i760

The Samsung i760 has been near the top of my covet-list based on its combination of the slider and keypad form-factors. I also look forward to the same fit and finish that Samsung brought to the Blackjack on a device with a touchscreen. Specs are respectable, but not out of this world:

  • 60 x 110 x 20 mm
  • 150 grams
  • Windows Mobile 6 Professional
  • 400 MHZ Samsung (naturally) Processor
  • 128MB ROM
  • 64 MB RAM (54.5MB for the User)
  • 2.8" touchscreen, 320x240
  • EVDO (I think Rev A, but that's not for sure?)
  • MicroSD
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • WiFi (both B and G)
  • 1.3 mp camera
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5 years ago

Yet Another Motorola Q: the Q9C

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Yet Another Motorola Q: the Q9C

Had enough with the MotoQ9 naming news yet? Too bad, you'll take your MotoQ9 rumors and you'll like it.

Here's the latest - the Q9M (the "M" is for "Music") will be joined on Verizon by the Q9C (The "C" is for ... "Corporate?"). No hardware differences between them (though it's possible that, like with the Q, Verizon will "break" the camera by disabling it in the software). The only differences: software. The Q9M will have fancy media add-ons (the shiny wheel you may have seen) while the Q9C will be "just the Windows Mobile, Ma'am."

Oh, and it looks like the Q9 will also support SDIO - read, external SD-card-based WiFi a possibility.

Well it appears some more of Verizon's PDA lineup details have leaked out. Here we have a chart comparing the Q and the two flavors of the Q9m and Q9c. The M will be the consumer version while the C will be the enterprise version. It seems the only difference will be the software package but enjoy the specs that are now basically confirmed.

Read: Bsams.net Verizons Q9m gets a spec sheet leak

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5 years ago

HTC Vox Definitely Coming to Verizon

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HTC Vox Definitely Coming to Verizon

We reported a couple weeks ago that Verizon would see the Vox and it looks like Boy Genius has confirmed it. Looks to be coming in October with the specs we expec(t):

  • EVDO (upgradable to Rev A)
  • 2 megapixel camera
  • 128 RAM, 64 ROM
  • Ridiculously bad name

That last spec, maybe I added it. It's going to be called the UTStarcom SMT5800. Somebody tell me who at UTStarcom is wielding that ugly stick. First they make the device uglier than the Vox (click the thumb at right to see it) , then they saddle it with "SMT5800?" I already made fun of them for rebranding the Mogul the "XV6800," now this. Imagine:

  • "Hey, that's a neat a neat phone. What is it?"
  • "It's my Vox."
  • "Sweet. What's it do?"

Or:

  • "Hey, that's a neat phone. What is it?"
  • "It's my UTStarcom SMT5800."
  • "Whoa, hey, I think your pocket protector might be leaking."

Read: The Boy Genius Report

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5 years ago

Qualcomm on the Patent Ropes

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Qualcomm on the Patent Ropes

On a slow news day, you can always count on lawyers to give you something to talk about. Today's news: Qualcomm just got knocked to the mat in their patent fight with Broadcom. How's that? Well on top of the President refusing to veto the ban on their 3G chips, a judge has now just doubled the fines they'll have to pay for their infringements up to this point, to the tune of nearly $40 million. Quallcomm's response: can their lead attorney:

In a move following a string of legal defeats to Broadcom Corp., a rival and a newcomer to the cell phone business, Qualcomm Inc. announced yesterday that its lead counsel, Lou Loupin, will be resigning.

Read: Qualcomm's Top Attorney Resigns

Oops. Now, maybe Qualcomm was hoping that the masses would rise up in their defense. They shouldn't, though, because moves like this definitely don't garner you good will:

Qualcomm kept its patents on H.264 a secret until the video standard had been adopted by the industry, and then sued users for breaching those patents, a San Diego federal court has ruled.

Qualcomm was an active member of the Joint Video Team (JVT) which defined the H.264 video standard, now used extensively in mobile phone video applications. But while doing so it failed to mention owning at least two patents which anyone implementing the standard would need to license.

Once Broadcom had started development of chips using the standard Qualcomm, "without any prior letter, email, telephone call, or even a smoke signal, let alone attempt to license Broadcom, Qualcomm filed the instant lawsuit against Broadcom for infringement of the '104 and '767 patents", the court said.

Read: Qualcomm: And THIS is why we need open standards ...

Smells a little like Qualcomm trying to play a tit-for-tat legal game and botching it, don't it?

So what will Qualcomm do now? Well, they apologized for the H.264 debacle (nice) and according to RCR Wireless (Reg Required, sorry), they're looking for a workaround:

Qualcomm re-emphasized its commitment to providing its customers with new software, i.e., a "workaround," that could pass muster with officials enforcing the ITC ban.

Good luck with that. In other news, weren't we supposed to see Verizon's UTStarcom XV6800 drop today? My laws, I hope its non-appearance is just a coincidence/falsified rumor. Actually, I know it is, since Verizon smartly got itself out of this Qualcomm quagmire on its own. Broadcom execs want you to know they've put the same offer on the table for everybody else. My advice, take it, you can trust current Broadcom execs, it's just the old ones you can't trust.

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5 years ago

Rant: gpsOne is Not GPS

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Rant: gpsOne is Not GPS

Pardon my rant:

I joined in the crowd talking about the FCC approval of the ho-hum HTC Iris because it's out there in the blogosphere and we here at WMExperts are super hip with the blogosphere, natch. However, I'm seeing it reported that the Iris has GPS. It does not. It has gpsOne. People: don't say a gadget (especially a rumored gadget that people might save up their pennies to buy) has GPS when it only has gpsOne.

What's the difference and what's my beef? Read on after the break.

What's gpsOne? Here's what Qualcomm says; here's Wikipedia:

gpsOne is primarily used today for Enhanced-911 E911 service, allowing your cell phone to relay your location to emergency dispatchers, one of the traditional shortcomings of cellular phone technology. Using a combination of GPS satellite signals and the cell towers themselves, gpsOne allows your location to be plotted with greater accuracy than traditional GPS systems in areas where satellite reception is problematic due to buildings or terrain.

Read: GpsOne - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Basically here's the difference: GPS provides very accurate location information that you can use in various applications like Windows Live Search, TomTom, or Google Maps. GpsOne is locked down 95 times out of 100 so all it does is tell 911 dispatchers your approximate. In fact, many folks who have tried to unlock gpsOne capabilities have found it to be inaccurate and have even ended up making their phones dial 911 by mistake.

The situation is even worse on Windows Mobile, actually, because many WM devices could use those chips if there were an API and carriers allowed developers easy access to the gpsOne chip. If you've been holding your breath for carriers to do something nice for you, stop: they're never going to. It's especially aggravating because, as Sbono13 notes, gpsOne actually can work on certain plain-jane featurephone in conjunction with Google Maps. When will we see GpsOne available for apps on a Windows Mobile device? I'm going to guess never. It's sad, but not too sad, because at the end of the day gpsOne isn't as accurate at true-blue GPS anyway.

Look, I want GPS native on my Windows Mobile devices as much as, if not more than, the next guy. Witness my slathering over the upcoming AT&T Tilt. But until carriers allow that gpsOne data to be used openly (read: never), quit thinking the "gpsOne" tickmark on spec sheets means that GPS is built-in. You're just sowing confusion amongst users and raising everybody's hopes.

Meanwhile, pick yourself up a Bluetooth GPS Receiver instead. Me, I'm going to go take my blood pressure medication.

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5 years ago

T-Mobile 3G Coming Soon?

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T-Mobile 3G Coming Soon?

Could be that T-Mobile will finally be upgrading their network to UMTS soon. Could be, since the justification for that line of reasoning is that T-Mo is releasing a featurephone that's 3G capable. While I can't think of any examples of T-Mobile having a phone with anything better than EDGE on it, releasing this particular phone doesn't necessarily mean 3G is en-route -- it'll still work on EDGE.

Still and all, T-Mo needs to get the 3G rocked soon. When I lambasted reviewed the T-Mobile Wing I noted that it was pretty much the best you were going to get with T-Mobile, as all the powerhouse devices seem to only exist for 3G networks. So they need this.

Barring any unforeseen roadblocks, T-Mobile’s 3G UMTS network might be launching within the month. How do we know this, you might ask? The Samsung t639, that’s how. The t639, set to drop on September 10th, is T-Mobile’s first 3G equipped handset offering. The phone sports a 1700 MHz UMTS radio, allowing it to access the fastest data network ever offered by the boys in Pink

Read: Boy Genius Report

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5 years ago

HTC Iris Approved by FCC. Try to Stay Awake.

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HTC Iris Approved by FCC. Try to Stay Awake.

I haven't used the phrase "Yet Another Windows Qwerty Keyboard Windows Mobile Smartphone" since the early days of the site, but this FCC approval of the HTC Iris makes me think of just that, yaqkwms. The picture is just a photoshop mock-up of the device, but we've seen those pan out, actually, so we'll refrain from judging that too harshly. The specs are, well, adequate:

CDMA850/CDMA1900/1x-EVDO connectivity, Wi-Fi b/g and Bluetooth, miniUSB, USB 1.1, Windows Mobile 6.0 OS,2.4?, 320×240px TFT LCD, 2 mpx camera, gpsOne, 1200 mAh battery

Read: Mobility Site » Blog Archive » HTC Iris S640 approved by FCC

I sort of doubt that this will be picked up by Sprint and Verizon (unless Sprint can't get its hands on the Motorola Q9M). But although HTC has sold unlocked GSM phones in the US, selling an unlocked CDMA phone is quite a bit more difficult - so perhaps I'm wrong about that.

Also - hey - can we stop including "gpsOne" in the spec lists? I only left it in above so I could gripe about it. GpsOne would be worth mentioning if we could actually do anything with it except get tracked by 911. It's not real GPS and that's ok, I suppose, but if I can use it for location based services, I don't really care.

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5 years ago

Moto Q9H, Q9M, Mystery Qs?

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Moto Q9H, Q9M, Mystery Qs?

Well isn't this a nice little site that Motorola has set up. Looks like they're focusing on the fact that the new MotoQ9s are "multimedia-centric," which I'm all for. On the left we see the Verizon-red Motorola Q9M (arriving Aug 20th?) and on the right the Motorola Q9H (presumably on it's way to AT&T Aug 24th). The "M" is for "Music" and the "H" is for "HSDPA," if we're right about that sort of thing. I do notice that the Q9M and the Q9H are actually far more different from each other than I'd expected - different shapes around the edges, different screen placement, different keyboard buttons even.

Also - take a look at the outer edges there. OOOHHH. Question marks! Those must be the Motorola Q9Qs -- the Q is for Question Mark. Or not - the outline of those actually matches the old Moto Q form factor.

One last bit: The light grey version of the original Q is officially dead. (Good riddance, you ugly beast).

Read: Introducing MOTO Q™

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5 years ago

YouTube on Windows Mobile: Parody time.

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Here's the original How-To: Full YouTube on Windows Mobile post. The thread to download the necessary files that zbop created is here. You'll need to be a registered member of the forums in order to download, I'd recommending starting that here.

Hat tip to Mike over at Phone different for making the joke that inspired this video. As long as I'm referencing the iPhone, I should mention a couple things just so I don't get flamed into oblivion: Windows Mobile browsers stink compared to the iPhone's, as I've mentioned before; also - you'll need either a fast processor or to do some tweaking on a device with a slow one; yes, it's aggravating to have to deal with those sorts of settings; and yes - there's more lag than is strictly ideal.

So many caveats, so little time. Note how I artfully restrained myself from an infinite regression beginning with posting a video of me watching this video on a Mogul - that way lies madness.

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5 years ago

Microsoft at LinuxWorld: Everything is Proceeding Exactly as I Have Foreseen It

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So we mentioned last week that Microsoft was going to be wooing Linux developers to start working on Windows Mobile too at the Linux World Conference. Wooing them with free beer. Slick. Well apparently it was a rousing success:

The "Microsoft Connection Cantina," held at Jillian's sports bar in San Francisco's Metreon, used free drinks and food such as "CE dip" and "embedded nachos" to lure Penguinistas from the convention center across the street. And it worked: Hall blogged before the event that "there's already a crowd waiting outside the bar."

Read: Did LinuxWorld survive Microsoft's Mike Hall?

"Embedded Nachos." I don't even have to make a joke about that. Just repeat it: "Embedded Nachos." Ah, I love it when people are unabashedly corny. Turnout was great at 250 people or so, standing room only, really. All those Linux folks received T-shirt, demos of .Net Compact Framework, and the aforementioned libations.

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5 years ago

AT&T Tilt to Hit Sept. 3rd

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AT&T Tilt to Hit Sept. 3rd

Title says it all. CrunchGear apparently has the inside scoop:

You heard it here first, folks. We have it from an inside source that the AT&T Tilt (aka 8925 aka Kaiser) hits stores September 3rd for $499 with 2-year plan. No word on 1-year pricing, but this flagship phone should be all over the place in a little less than a month.

Read: Breaking: AT&T Tilt Price And Launch Date Leaked

I already grew tired of all the different names that this überdevice was going by. Let's list the AKAs: aka Kaiser, aka 8925, aka TyTN II, aka P4550. One more just breaks my spirit. Call it whatever you want, I just know that I want it. "Tilt" is a good name for the device, though, since it tilts. The Tilt is set to be the best Windows Mobile device available in the US, bar none. I've said it before, but it's worth repeating:

  • Integrated GPS
  • Powerful processor
  • 3G and WiFi
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