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5 years ago

Zune runs on Windows Mobile or CE?

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Zune runs on Windows Mobile or CE?

Ok, so I'd assumed that the Zune ran on top of Windows Embedded CE (maybe version 5, maybe version 6), which also supplies the underpinnings for Windows Mobile (version 5 of CE provides underpinning for WM5 and WM6. CE 6 is supposed to underpin Photon). It's all very confusing, this article helps a bit.

In any case, the New Zunes hit and everybody's a atwitter over them. Which, of course, makes people ask about Zune Phones to compete with the iPhone. We already knew that Microsoft is more likely to build a Zune into future versions of Windows Mobile than they are to build a phone into the Zune's OS (thus sayeth the Ballmer). Check out this quote from J Allard, though:

J Allard, the Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) executive in charge of Zune, was interviewed by Reuters and one of the questions was: So are there any thoughts about a Zune phone?
“A: (Points to head) Yes. (Points to mouth) No. (Laughs) The thing we are focusing on is that Zune is music first. We think there is a lot of runway first in redefining the music experience with partners. That said, we built it on the same operating system as that phone right there. (Points to Motorola (NYSE: MOT) Q running Windows Mobile) So we have the flexibility to take these in a different direction where our customers, our partners and we are ready.”

Read: mocoNews.net

Der. So the question is, what does "the same operating system" mean? Windows Embedded CE or Windows Mobile? Put another way: is the Zune a sister-OS to Windows Mobile with the same father (both based on CE), or is it a child of Windows Mobile (based on WM). Or perhaps it's some sort of twisted, southern-stereotype combination of those two options.

So when a Windows Mobile "Zune-edition" phone comes out, will it be its own grandpaw?

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5 years ago

More on the Touch, Touch Dual

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More on the Touch, Touch Dual

In our forums, Surur links us to a bunch of videos - one, two, three, four of them - showing off the features of the new Touch Dual. I use the current EDGE-only HTC Touch as my main device, but I've been loathe to talk about it since it hasn't received any official carrier support here in the US. That may be a mistake, though, as HTC recently announced they've sold 800 thousand of the cute little buggers worldwide. I have a friend in London who says that "all the cool kids have them." Here too, my globetrotting friend, here too.

I digress. The Touch Dual, as we said before, one-ups the Touch by adding 3G and a slide-out keyboard in two different flavors. It's "nerfed," though, because it drops the WiFi. There are other benefits. The first is that HTC is still improving on its TouchFLO interface. Now we see that you can draw a circle around a photo to zoom in on it, flick to scroll between photos, access a new shortcuts menu by pulling down the slider, and change ringer profiles from the today screen.

Additionally, according some folks in this thread at XDA, we may be able to expect the keyboard pictured at right to be made available to current Touch owners. If we're lucky, the rest of the TouchFLO improvements will arrive too. Hopefully they'll make their way to the soon-to-be-released Sprint Touch (read our hands-on impressions) as well.

Still, though, the Touch "Cube" still only has 3 sides and isn't easily customizable. Please fix that too, HTC.

HTC: Serious about taking on the iPhone. (Again, here's part 1 and part 2 of our Touch vs. iPhone series).

the new HTC picture viewer, which uses gestures, and perform similarly to the iPhone. I think their circular gesture is actually more intuitive than the iPhone's and can probably be done more easily one handed too.

Read: HTC shows why they dont need multi-touch - WM Experts

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5 years ago

Change Your Plan on Verizon

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Change Your Plan on Verizon

Verizon is now slightly less evil than they were before (full disclosure, I think pretty much all wireless carriers are evil): starting on October 7th they will allow you to change your plan without renewing your contract. I've been burned by this policy (albeit on Sprint) so many times that I'm now the spittin' image of Darkman. I can't recall what the plan-change policies are on the other carriers, but if if your carrier still has this anti-customer policy in place, be sure to give them the hint that "you know, your competitor, who is looking very desirable right now, doesn't make me re-up." Can't hurt, right?

Verizon Wireless has announced another consumer-friendly change to its policies: It will allow customers to change their wireless service plans without requiring an extension of their contracts.

The carrier said the change will be effective Oct. 7

Read: RCR Wireless News via PocketPC Addict

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5 years ago

Must Have Windows Mobile Software

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Must Have Windows Mobile Software

In Part One of this series, we covered How To: Install, Uninstall, and Transfer Files on Windows Mobile. Now that you're an expert on installing, let's take a good look at the What... what software do you want to install and where to find it. Because there is so much WM software out there to choose from, it can be a VERY expensive adventure, trying to figure out which programs you really want or need.

In this part of the the Windows Mobile Guide, I will focus on what are the must have software apps I recommend everyone should have, software apps I would suggest getting, and where to get them all. I will even show you where to get tons of software for free...legally!

RECOMMENDED FIRST BUY SOFTWARE

Every WM phone comes with the basics that you will need right out of the box. You could, for the most part, get by without buying anything extra. But there are some really cool ad-ons that can make your phone more user friendly, more entertaining, and personalized for your specific personal or professional needs and wants. Sometimes it is just because the software that came with the phone is simply too basic and you really want/need those extra features and tools.

I am actually asked fairly often what is the first thing they should buy for their phone, and here is what I tell them (click on their names to see more details of any of the following programs):

MUST HAVE SOFTWARE

  • Resco Explorer 2007 for Pocket PC: This is what the original WM File Explore should be. It gives you full control of finding, viewing, and managing all of the files on your phone and memory card. It is easy to use and loaded with options and features.

  • Spb Mobile Shell: I personally recommend only three Today Screen plugins to everyone. This is one of them. It offers quick photo speed dialing with one finger tap on a picture of the person you want to call. It gives you quick access to your favorite and most used programs. You will always have the latest Weather at the tip of your fingers with the weather program of your choice. It is organized in tabs that help to make sure that you do not accidentally launch a program or call someone when the phone is in its case or in your pocket. It also offers one of the easiest ways to find a contact and call them with the included Spb Contacts.


  • Spb Phone Suite: This handy little plugin allows you to view how many calls you have missed, plus how many Voicemails, Emails, SMS, and MMS you have not read. This also includes a call filter so you don't have to worry about getting calls from those you put on your blacklist, and it gives you an option to send a text message to someone if you cannot answer their call right then. It includes phone profiles, so by a tap of your finger you can silence everything on your phone when you enter a meeting at work, or make sure that everything is as loud as it can be if you are in the car. These profiles can be scheduled ahead of time to make sure you don't forget to set it. It also offers a photo speed dial.


  • PocketBreeze / ContactBreeze: This dual is the third Today Screen plugin that I personally recommend to anyone. It makes it a snap to review your calendar, look up contacts, and read your email... all without opening up any PIM or email client. It saves you time and it saves you loads of memory so you do not have to have a calendar and email client running in the background at all times.


  • Sprite Backup or SPB Backup: This is absolutely the single, no questions asked, MUST HAVE! There is nothing more frustrating (or heartbreaking) than when you just got your phone all set up just like you want it... you have all your contacts entered... all your games installed...all the Registry Tweaks are just the way you want them... and then... tragedy strikes and for whatever reason you are forced to do a hard reset on your phone wiping out all your changes and bringing the phone back to the same state as if you just opened the box for the first time. Either Backup program will work fine. It is often times more of a personal preference vs features. I personally use Sprite Backup. Keep an eye out in the future for a Smackdown review between these two backup solutions here at WMExperts.

    SPB Backup:

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5 years ago

Opera Mobile Hits 8.65

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Opera Mobile Hits 8.65

While we all wait with bated breath for Opera Mobile to gather up some of the cool zoom features of Java-based Opera Mini, there's an update for the current version to 8.65. New Features? Yep:

Support for Macromedia Flash Player 7 for Pocket PC
FlashLite 2.1
Text Wrap in Desktop Mode
Grab and Scroll (only applicable to Pocket PC)
Web search in address bar
Save image
Copy text
Send link as e-mail, SMS, and MMS
Import bookmarks from Pocket Internet Explorer
Desktop Mode as default viewing mode

Read: Opera Mobile™ 8.65 for Windows Mobile

I'll cop to usually defaulting back to Pocket IE, if only because the rest of the OS seems to want it as the standard browser no matter what I do and it seems like it has less overhead. But the new flash support and the Save Image support are enough for me to give this 30 day trial a shot. Tabbed browsing is, of course, still in there. It's $24 after that.

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5 years ago

AT&T Tilt Arrives Tomorrow?

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AT&T Tilt Arrives Tomorrow?

AT&T has launched a teaser site for the AT&T Tilt. I suppose you could try to contact your "regional sales manager," but more likely you will just have a wait a little bit longer. Our regional sales manager was mum except to tell us that there is a "regional training meeting" tomorrow for the Tilt, but it's all booked up so we won't be able to put on our favorite AT&T shirt and sneak in.

We were expecting this would hit last week, but we were wrong, wrong, wrong.

There's not a whole lotta new information to write about. It's still going to be the best Windows Mobile device in the US Market. It's still a slider and has a great tilt-up feature. The only new thing I can see is that the numberpad is in a new and unique place and gets fancy silver keys. Let's hope this "Tilt Your World" promo site gets a few more details when it launches. It'll be a little bit longer - maybe even tomorrow.

It's time to change your Point of View ...
Come be part of the 2007 National Launch Tour for AT&T's Tilt!
Contact your Regional Sales Manager to see if you're eligible for this amazing event!

Read: HTC and AT&T invite you to Tilt Your World

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5 years ago

T-Mobile Shadow (Nee Juno/Phoebus) in the Wild

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Looks like T-Mobile is finally set to get some real Windows Mobile love, in the form of the HTC Shadow. The Boy Genius Report gives us the breakdown:

The device is "very glossy", and you can see the screen in direct sunlight no problem, as well. The button in the middle of the phone is actually a scroll wheel and it also performs the duties of a 4-way navigational pad.

Be sure to check out the gallery too. We saw this before as the Juno. Specs look decent 'nough:

  • 201 MHz Processor (ok, that's not decent)
  • 128 RAM, 256 ROM
  • 2 megapixel camera
  • Bluetooth 2.0, WiFi
  • The Screen just might be true VGA, not the 320 x 240 we all know so well.

The "Scroll wheel" / Nav Pad is interesting, I'd use that.

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5 years ago

Nokia Purchases Navteq

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Nokia Purchases Navteq

Nokia is buying Navteq. Navteq is one of the big two digital mapmakers out there (the other is TeleNav, who was rumored to be in talks with TomTom). The moves actually does make a bit of sense for Nokia, who offers some GPS software of their own called smart2go that works on Windows Mobile.

Navteq powers the maps on Live Search, currently the best free GPS software available for Windows Mobile.

The purchase price is hefty, $8.1 billion, so it's pretty clear that Nokia is serious about using this stuff. That, plus the fact that Nokia already makes WM-compatible GPS software makes me a little nervous that Microsoft may have to start taking a closer look at Telenav. Long ago, Nokia bought my favorite instant messenger client for PalmOS and Windows Mobile, VeriChat, then killed it dead. Please don't repeat the past, Nokia. Please.

Nokia, the world’s largest cellphone maker, said it will acquire Navteq for $78 a share, which is only 3 cents above Navteq’s closing share price on Friday. But Navteq’s stock has risen sharply in recent weeks amid rumors that it was a takeover target.

Once rumor became reality, investors seemed a bit disappointed. Navteq’s shares fell about 1.7 percent in early trading Monday

Read: Nokia to Buy Navteq for 8.1 Billion

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5 years ago

Sprint Touch Hands-on Impressions

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Sprint Touch Hands-on Impressions

Ok, I lied earlier, something sweet DID happen at Digital Life. I got a sneak preview / hands-on with the upcoming Sprint Touch. It looks pretty much like the photo above, which is to say it has the Sprint logo on the lower front. Sadly, the hands-on was so brief and hurried that I wasn't able to snap any pictures.

Details? You want details? Wilco:

  • The new keyboard looks very much like the "Happy type" keyboard. It's decent, but I'd likely keep recommending SPB Fullscreen keyboard.
  • The TouchFlo "cube" is still there, linking to some Sprint-specific stuff but still very useful. Still only 3 sides.
  • WiFi is dropped in favor of EVDO. I confirmed that will be updated to EVDO Rev A eventually.
  • It's a hair thicker than the original Touch, but still very svelte.
  • That fourth icon on the right of the HTC Custom Home screen is a super-convenient profile switcher.

Sprint Touch == iPhone killer? Well it lets you buy directly from the Sprint Music Store, has 3G, is shorter, does full music, video, YouTube, Full Office Mobile, etc etc etc. I know which one I'd rather use.

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5 years ago

HTC's Q4 Lineup: Shift, S730, p6500, Touch Dual

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Yowza. At a press event today HTC unloaded its big guns - 4 new Windows Mobile devices to arrive by year's end. No word yet on when exactly we can expect these monsters in the states, but here's the breakdown:

  • HTC Shift: Likely the best UMPC yet, a dual-booting Windows Mobile / Vista beast with HSDPA, WiFi, Bluetooth, 7" screen, and a full keyboard.
  • HTC Touch Dual: The Touch but with a slide-out keyboard. If the pictures are anything to go by, it looks like it will come in a standard T9 flavor and also a Blackberry-eqsue suretype keyboard. Oh, and full 3G, whapow!
  • HTC S730: The successor to the HTC S710/Vox that fixes the keyboard layout and adds 3G speed
  • HTC P6500: HTC's industrial entrant, whose 3 megapixel camera doubles nicely as a barcode scanner.

All of them will come with HTC's very nice new home screen. After the break, full spec rundowns and pictures of the Touch Dual and the S730.

via: the::unwired

Update: Superior Gadgets put up a video of the new Touch Dual and dayum, HTC has snuck in a whole bunch of minor touch-esque improvements that really help with some of the hassles I've dealt with on the original Touch. Video after the break, definitely worth the look!

HTC Touch Dual

  • 400MHz Qualcomm Processor
  • 256 RAM, 128 SDRAM
  • 107mm x 55mm x 15.8mm, 120g
  • 2.6" 320x240
  • HSDPA/HSUPA/UMTS: 2100 MHz, EDGE/GSM: 900, 1800, 1900
  • 16-key QWERTY slide out keyboard (also seems to have the standard 9-key variety)
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • 1120 mAh battery for various talk times depending on network (3 hrs UMTS, 5 hrs GSM)

Yes, it's thicker than the original Touch and it does appear they dropped WiFi in favor of the 3G radio, but that's not the worst trade-off ever. Looks: still good.


Video preview from http://www.superiorgadgets.com/ :

HTC S730

The specs are a bit thinner on the S730, but here's what we know:

  • 400 MHz Processor
  • 256 RAM (assuming 128 SDRAM)
  • HSDPA/UMTS and WiFi!
  • Keyboard layout looks much improved

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5 years ago

Untamed Workforce: Hilarious Windows Mobile Marketing

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Microsoft has a freaking hilarious new online campaign: Are you Untamed? - www.untamedworkforce.org. It features great videos of mysterious mobile species like "Emailius Nonstoppicus," and "Cantfindicus Phonicus." There's a more standard site where can sign up for updates and the like as well. Go on, embrace your inner mobile nerd and watch the video below. You know that's been you at one time or another.

Via David Ciccone

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5 years ago

Office Mobile 6.1 Coming Soon

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Office Mobile 6.1 Coming Soon

An update to Office Mobile, which will finally add full support for the latest file formats from the desktop version of office, is coming soon. It was actually available briefly, due to a little mixup:

On his blog, Langridge discussed the upcoming release of Office Mobile 6.1 which was perfectly acceptable, except he said that it was currently available and provided a working link. The link's public availability was a complete accident as it was only intended for internal testing, and Langridge ended up having to remove it on Thursday evening.

Read: Office Mobile 6.1 coming soon

That's the way of things with blogging, sometimes. No worries, Landridge, we've all been guilty of hitting the "post" button a little too quickly. We're all looking forward to the update, it was announced back in June that it will be available for both WM5 and WM6 and it will be free.

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5 years ago

Back from Digital Life, AT&T Needs to get its Windows Mobile 6 Act Together

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Apologies for the ghost town on Friday. We (ok, it was just me) were in New York City last week, covering an antiquated OS in a new package (aka the announcement of the Palm Centro). Digital Life is a pretty ho-hum conference overall, featuring mainly also-ran video games. Microsoft's announcements were limited to talking about their Media Center initiatives.

Microsoft did have a few devices out, showing off Windows Mobile 6. Pictured above, a Blackjack on AT&T running Windows Mobile 6. Why hasn't this been released yet? Why hasn't Windows Mobile 6 been released for the Treo 750 yet? Canada, Australia, and Europe have it. What's it gonna take, guys? A hunger strike?

...We now return you to your regularly scheduled Windows Mobile News and Reviews. Coming up later today, part 2 to HobbesIsReal's Guide to Windows Mobile Installation! Update: Let's make it tomorrow, a crazy big news day today.

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5 years ago

Ultimate Search hits 1.5

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Ultimate Search hits 1.5

Not everybody can have a Treo with a search bar right on the Today screen. And not everybody has Windows Mobile 6 yet, either, sadly enough. What to do? Perhaps take a peek at Ultimate Search, which puts a souped-up search bar on your today screen. Here's what's in the soup (does that metaphor even work?):

  • Google
  • Wikipedia
  • Movies
  • Local
  • Dictionary
  • YouTube
  • Flickr
  • Answers.com

That looks pretty nice, actually. If the point of a search bar on your today screen is to get info fast, then being able to use a specific search type makes that point ...pointier. It's $11.95 and there's a free trial.

Oh, and notice that "YouTube" search? I suspect you'll be a lot happier using that particular option if you've installed the "Full YouTube on Windows Mobile" hack. I should mention that the whole system has been significantly improved since we first posted about it, so definitely revisit it if you haven't.

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5 years ago

Amazon MP3 Store Launched

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Amazon MP3 Store Launched

[editor's note: Dieter's leaving a jet plane for NYC today, Any breaking news today will probably have to come from me, Mike Overbo of diametrically-opposed evil twin sibling smelly-iPhone-centric site Phone Different.]

Amazon has launched a beta of their MP3 store. This store will probably actually make its own stand, as opposed most of the other online stores that try to compete with iTunes that end up as also-rans. Case in point, Virgin's online store just closed down. Exactly how Amazon got EMI and UMG to kowtow to the MP3 format is beyond me, but they got them to do it. Here's the sweet and low-down:

  • Top 100 songs: $.89 (unless otherwise noted)
  • Top 100 albums: $8.99 or less (unless marked otherwise)
  • Other songs: Usually $.99
  • Other albums: all over the place. Under $4.99 to $11.99
  • Bit rate: 256kbps, mostly variable bit rate (VBR)
  • Song Encoding: MP3
  • DRM: none
  • Album Art: yes
  • Transferrable license of music: no
  • Big labels present: Universal Music Group, EMI
  • Big labels absent: Warner, Sony BMG
  • Indie labels: about 20,000 of 'em
  • # of Songs that AmazonMP3 has: 2 million
  • # of Songs that iTunes has: 6 million
  • Works with Macs: yes
  • Works with PCs: yes
  • Works with Linux: single songs only, no albums. Album downloader application in the works.

Interestingly, the current #1 song is, natch, 1234 by Feist. You know, the gal from the new iPod Nano commercial. #1 Artist? The Apples in Stereo.

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