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5 years ago

Marketplace now open to developers

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A couple of days ago we mentioned that the Windows Marketplace for Mobile made a brief appearance to at least one user of an early Windows Mobile 6.5 ROM. Over the weekend, the Marketplace opened up to developers and laid out guidelines for submitting apps.

We've already talked to devs about Marketplace and gotten a look at the money side of things. Devs keep 70 percent of sales, it'll cost $99 to submit the first five apps, and every app after that is another $99. Updates will be free.

Most of what you'll read in the Application Submission Guidelines (pdf link) is pretty technical and not all that exciting to anyone other than developers, though it is, at least, interesting to see what goes on on that side of the Windows Mobile world. And we'll follow up on some of it shortly. But do note that the guidelines we're linking to here are a draft, and Microsoft says they will change.

That said, it also means we're chuggling closer to the launch of the Marketplace, and with it, the launch of Windows Mobile 6.5.

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5 years ago

HTC Snap, Touch Pro 2 possibly headed to Canada as 'world editions'

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We knew HTC would be pulling out some big guns this year, and it looks like they're going to be firing both barrels. The Boy Genius Report got some inventory shots from Canada's Telus that shows the Touch Pro 2 and Snap being launched as "world editions." That, for those of you more used to vanilla devices, means CDMA and GSM radios, for use, well, all over the world.

If this all pans out, it is a good sign that HTC is pushing even harder for the enterprise market. World phones are pretty much aimed at serious business travelers, after all. No word on pricing or availability, but stay tuned.

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5 years ago

Review: HTC Touch Dual

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Review: HTC Touch Dual

With new devices heading our way like the HTC Touch Diamond 2, Touch Pro 2, the Garmin M20 and possibly the Toshiba TG01, we thought we'd take a step back and look at an older Windows Mobile Phone that has enjoyed its fair share of popularity. The HTC Touch Dual was announced back in October 2007 and was released in European and U.S. versions. The phone briefly went Hollywood with its starring role in the short-lived television series "My Own Worst Enemy". The Touch dual is still in production and can be found at various retail outlets at a modest price. To see what all the HTC Touch Dual has to offer, follow the break.

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5 years ago

Be a Real Reviewer for Palm - Guaranteed Spot for 1 WMExperts Reader

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You may have seen over at the Official Palm Blog that they're looking for "Real Reviewers."  That's true enough: Palm wants to send you a phone in exchange for you writing, blogging, twittering, Facebooking, and generally telling the internet what you think of it for 6 months. 

It's a good deal and should be pretty interesting. Now, friends, pay attention: if you use this link to fill out Palm's Real Reviewer Survey, you might have a better shot at getting in, as they've reserved a spot for a WMExperts reader.

So, interested in a Treo Pro (or, yes, even that other phone, once it gets released), hit up the survey and let Palm know why you think you'd be an ideal "Real Reviewer."

And if you don't get in ... our very own comprehensive review of the Treo Pro can certainly give you a good idea whether it's the phone for you or no. 

DEADLINE TONIGHT: A reminder that if you want in on this, you've got to get your submission in by midnight Pacific time tonight!

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5 years ago

Rhodium (Touch Pro 2) at FCC with T-Mobile 3G bands

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The HTC Touch Pro 2 continues its long (and gooey) march to T-Mobile. We've already seen one variation of the Rhodium (its original HTC code name) at the FCC, but here's another, and it sports the T-Mobile 3G band of 1700 MHz.

Other tidbits: The first Rhodium at the FCC was the RHO100; this one's the RHO210, for what it's worth.

FCC (pdf link) Via Cell Phone Signal

 

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5 years ago

Google Maps gets updated ... again - v3.0.1.6

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5 years ago

WinMo 6.5 still supports up to 16GB of external memory

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This shouldn't really come as a surprise to anyone, given that Windows Mobile 6.5 is built from the same blocks as its predecessors, but Microsoft's Loke Uei confirms that the upcoming operating system won't support any more memory than what it already does.

SD cards still top out at 16 gigabytes, he said on the Mobility Today podcast. But, jeez, folks, just how much pr0n movies and music do you need to carry around with you?

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5 years ago

Windows Marketplace open for business?

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We've known about the upcoming Windows Marketplace for Mobile for quite some time now and that it'll only be for WM6.5 users (boo). But up till today when you launched the store app in your janked WM6.5 ROM, nothing happened or you got a "coming soon."

Well at least according to MrHawaii at ppcgeeks, he was finally able to access the store today and even downloaded Pandora.  He says:

Today I clicked on it and it said CAB needed to be installed. After install, voila! Marketplace open for business. I already downloaded Pandora successfully. There are not too many fun apps yet and most of them come with a charge. But the layout of the store was very finger friendly and very snappy.

We assume that this may be Microsoft just testing the wheels a bit and unless you have a WM6.5 ROM that didn't have the store removed, you're out of luck. Still, nice to see this starting up. 

Two more images after the jump!

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5 years ago

Weatherbug Direct: Review

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5 years ago

Feast your eyes on the Inner Circle

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OK, it's not the most earth-shattering of developments for Windows Mobile, but what we have here are a couple of screenshots of the Inner Circle feature that will be on board the HTC Snap, brought to us by Smartphone Daily. [via Slashgear]

Inner Circle, as you may know, "makes it easy for people to prioritize messages from the most important people in their lives at the press of a button,” in HTC's words. There are grumblings, however, that Inner Circle may be chopped form the version of the Snap expected on for T-Mobile.

We'll have to see just how much Inner Circle adds to the messaging experience. Right now, it's pretty darn easy to quickly add contacts to an e-mail (though I'd still kill to be able to make group lists). But it does look like it basically filters by sender, which is something else you can't do out of the box with Windows Mobile.

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5 years ago

Customizing Mobile Shell 3.0

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Customizing Mobile Shell 3.0

It was only a matter of time before some adventuresome soul found a way to customize SPB's Mobile Shell 3.0. Pocketnow.com is reporting about a few third party "tweaks" that are popping up at XDA Developers so we decided to take a gander that way to see what all the excitement is about. Follow the break for more details on these customizations and a few screen shots.

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5 years ago

Tip of the Week: Put ActiveSync in Permanent "Guest Mode"

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If you listened to last week's podcast, Dieter and I were talking about ActiveSync and security at one point (one of many tangents we like to take) and I mentioned how I never actually sync with AS but rather always enter as "Guest Mode".

The benefits of Guest Mode is that you never have to sync anything with the computer (mine is all OTA with Hosted Exchange) yet your device can still access the internet, act as a modem and you can browse the device in your Explorer. Plus security.

Listener Eric Renken was kind enough to send in a registry hack (on the computer this time!) that will permanently enable Guest mode, meaning you'll never have to click Cancel, as on the screen above. Very cool!

So without further ado:

  • Open Registry Editor (as an administrator)
  • Navigate to HKEYLOCALMACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows CE Services
  • Create a new DWORD value called GuestOnly
  • Set its value to 1

Now when you connect up, the Setup Wizard won't appear. To undo if you want to create a partnership, simple change the value to 0.

This certainly makes my life easer. Thanks Eric!

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5 years ago

Mobile Firefox will support geolocation

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There's an old online real-estate joke with the punchline "Geolocation, geolocation, geolocation," and we've gotten word that geolocation will be supported out of the box with the Firefox mobile browser, aka Fennec.

Firefox will use Google Location Service and while it won't require an add-on to make it functional, it will ask your permission before giving your location to a Web site. (If you've ever used an iPhone or iPod Touch, you're used to this. But in Firefox's case, permission will be asked in a drop-down dialog box as seen above, and not in an obtrusive modal box.)

Triangulation will take place using GPS, WiFi, cell tower or manual entry, and geolocation also will be included in the upcoming Firefox 3.5 desktop browser.

From Mozilla's Doug Turner:

We are happy to announce that Firefox 3.5 and Fennec will be using Google Location Service. We found that we agreed on the many privacy concerns around location. Do check out Mozilla’s privacy policy and Google’s privacy policy. I am pretty excited about these policies I think they are going to be the industry standard when it comes to network based geolocation providers.

Doug does an excellent job of explaining the technical details of it all, including privacy concerns, on his blog, and Google's got more tech specs on its end.

And speaking of Firefox/Fennec, there's a new alpha nightly build available (HTC Touch Pro only, folks) that can now render pages, say some testers. Give it a shot, but be sure to back up your phone first. Update: As for the future of the Firefox mobile browser? Here's what Mozilla just gave us:

"We are on track for shipping an alpha in the near future and a beta sometime this summer, and are working toward a general release later this year. As with all our releases at Mozilla, we'll stick to our 'ship it when its ready' policy."

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5 years ago

Software: Twit Today (Twitter plugin)

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Software: Twit Today (Twitter plugin)

Confession: I don't really understand who wants to mini-blog their life daily to share with friends and family (probably because my life is so boring).

Of course I'm talking about Twitter, that odd (and free) phenom which fills that "gap" between emailing your friends and posting a blog. (Still confused? Watch this entertaining YouTube vid for an explanation).

Heck, thanks to Dieter, even WMExperts has it's own Twitter feed for those big events like CTIA, etc.

Anyways, if you're into this minute-by-minute documentation of your life, then you'll be pleased to know that there is a simple, freeware plugin for your WM Pro device from Dale Lane.

Hop to his site for the quick and fast download and be on your merry way of boring your friends and family with your daily minutia, ;-)

Via Solsie

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5 years ago

Motorola loses $291 million in Q1

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Motorola loses $291 million in Q1

We're not really expecting great financials from anyone anytime soon, and Motorola keeps that trend going. The Big M had a $291 million loss in the first quarter, with cell phone sales down 45 percent compared to the first quarter of 2008.

Moto made $5.4 billion in sales in the first quarter – $1.8 billion from phones – but failed to meet the $5.62 billion previously forecast.

Despite recent rumors of a new/old Motorola Windows phone headed to Verizon, we're really not expecting much else from Moto this year – makes sense, seeing as how Windows Mobile 6.5 is focused on touchscreen phones – and Moto's CEO says to expect "differentiated Android-based devices" on sale in time for the winter holidays. So, we'll hope for some new Windows Mobile love in 2010.

Via Moconews

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