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5 years ago

Treo 800w Details?

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Treo 800w Details?

I thought that I was being pretty optimistic when I posted my expectations for the (apparently) upcoming Treo 800w, which I think is going to be nearly identical to the pictured 755p at right. But I'm not nearly as hopeful as a tipster who sent the following specs to Gizmodo:

Lots and lots of improvements for Sprint users over what they can get right now with the 700wx, including EV-DO REV A., Windows Mobile 6, a 320x320 display (now supported on WM6), 256MB flash, 128MB RAM, a 1.3-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, and an expansion slot.

Read: Palm Treo 800w Details Leaked: WM6, Wi-Fi, EV-DO Rev. A - Gizmodo

...Two bits. Bit #1: I still suspect that Verizon will get it first as it appeared on their roadmap and Palm likes to spread the exclusivity love around as much as possible. Bit #2: It would be nice to finally see Palm release a powerhouse device that included GPS and WiFi, but I seriously doubt it. I don't even expect Rev A., to be blunt. Sorry to be blunt, but I just don't believe that the hardware for the 800w will be that significantly different from the PalmOS Treo 755p. If I'm wrong, I'll be the first to combine a hosanna with a mea culpa - but I don't think I'm wrong.

Now, Palm, quit letting all those carriers you work with leak out any more stuff about your upcoming products, I'm tired of writing about you today.

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5 years ago

Palm "Gandolf" - WM6 Standard Edition?

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Palm "Gandolf" - WM6 Standard Edition?

The internets 'asploded over the weekend with leaked pics and rumors of a new Palm device that doesn't appear to be a Treo - or at least not any sort of Treo that we know. First we saw a photo or two that looked pretty photoshopped, or at least pretty strange - these photos showed a PalmOS dialer (that says "Windows Mobile" on the top, scrunched down to fit on what's clearly a 240x320 screen. These were met with more than a little incredulity.

Update: Looks like I didn't squint hard enough at the grainy PalmOS shot - which clearly says "Wireless Mobile" and not "Windows Mobile". My Bad. But I still am pretty skeptical of the PalmOS version.

But then over at the TreoCentral Forums, CGK posted the photo you see at right, which looks quite a bit more legit. Witness: Vodafone logo (Palm released the first Treo 750v on Vodafone), Palm logo, and even a serial # in the upper right that indicates this is indeed some sort of pre-production model. Given that Palm is in love with touchscreens, a device like this is a bit of a surprise from them - would they even call it a Treo?

Would they admit that it's basically a year behind the rest of the pack (Looks like a Dash knock-off to me).

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5 years ago

AIEE! New Qualcomm 3G chips (and the phones that contain them) Banned

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Ok, ok, breathe. It's not as bad as all that.... right? Here's the skinny: the International Trade Commission ruled that Qualcomm's 3G chips (which are to be found a a bunch of phones, especially on Sprint and Verizon) infringe on some Broadcom patents. They banned future imports to the US - but phones that have already been imported or approved are fine. That should mean that roapmaps for upcoming devices shouldn't change in the short term. In the long term, Qualcomm needs to get this little dispute taken care of.

The International Trade Commission said late on Thursday that the Qualcomm chips infringed a patent owned by Broadcom Corp. (BRCM.O: Quote, Profile , Research) and barred U.S. sales of phones containing the chips that are not already being imported.

Read: Qualcomm shares up as ITC ban not as bad as feared

Here's a funny twist, though, the best hope that Qualcomm (and their buddy Verizon) have for fixing this this ASAP? The President of the United States:

Both Qualcomm and Verizon already have said publicly that they plan to ask President Bush to overturn the ITC ruling, and will ask a federal appeals court to grant an emergency stay to prevent the ruling from taking effect until the President rules on the appeal.

Read: 3G Chips Barred from U.S.

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5 years ago

SDK? We got your SDK right here.

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SDK? We got your SDK right here.

All the brouhaha over whether or not the iPhone will allow third party development is slightly amusing and mystifying to me.

Amusing because, like my pal Mike over at phone different I'm looking at the iPhone like a smartphone, and a smartphone is a platform, and a platform needs 3rd party apps, period. You should head over and read the whole article, as it makes it pretty clear that Apple should do this and makes a good guess about how they will.

You have to ensure that there's a rich ecosystem for developers, as the developers are the people that ensure that a platform (platform meaning smartphones, computers, video game consoles, etc) has applications available on it. Applications are the lifeblood of any platform, and Apple knows it.

Read: Phone Different

Mystifying because - and here's the Windows Mobile bit - how on earth does it benefit anybody to have any sort of ambiguity when it comes to your developers and how you're going to support them? Say what you want about Microsoft, but since they don't have a culture of secrecy like Apple's, it's easier for them to be open about what they're doing and why. I mean, can you imagine, in your wildest, crazies dreams, an Apple employee being allowed to write a blog post about prioritizing features like the great one I just read over at the Windows Mobile Team Blog?

Honestly, I wish that Windows Mobile, its creators, its developers, and even its users could magically make the default opinion of "Microsoft the evil empire" go away. Because it's just not true with WM. When it comes to an Operating System, I'd rather have open and honest development rather than a set of mysterious tablets brought down to me from upon high. That paradigm might work well for a religion, but it doesn't work well for fostering developers.

It may have been crude, but Ballmer was exactly right when he chanted "DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS!!." Until Apple really and truly applies that sweaty chant to the iPhone, I'm not worried about it gobbling up the Windows Mobile market.

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5 years ago

iPhone Benefits Non-iPhone #1: "Fine Edge"

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I said before that the iPhone might help Windows Mobile at least as much as it hurts it - by helping grow the smartphone smarket more quickly. Here's a more immediate benefit I wasn't expecting - AT&T has been upgrading their EDGE data network to work better with the iPhone, which is EDGE only.

While most Windows Mobile phones these days are coming out with 3G capabilities, some are still stuck back in the stone EDGE age (HTC S710, I'm looking at you). For those folks, the added speed is a nice little spillover benefit from the coming iPhone armageddon.

An AT&T employee who works on Operations tells us that the carrier ordered a last-minute beefing up of its EDGE throughput, latency and coverage in anticipation of the iPhone.

Read: Gizmodo (via phonedifferent)

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5 years ago

Amp'd Declares Bankruptcy

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Amp'd Declares Bankruptcy

Update: Apparently the bankruptcy was triggered because Verizon, which is the carrier that amp'd uses for their service, asked ever so gently that they pay $4.5 million of the $33 million owed within 10 days. Then Verizon threatened to up and shut amp'd down - though it's possible they only did that because their lawyers told them to. It's looking like the future of a major cellular provider is going to be resolved where God meant it to be -- in the courts.

Read: Verizon Threatens To Shut Off Amp'd (Phone Scoop)

MVNO's have a rough time of it, it seems. I'd thought that amp'd mobile was doing alright, but I clearly thought wrong. Here's the "ouch" part of amp'd's (a lot of apostrophes there) business plan:

Apparently, those free-spending youths don't care much for paying their cell-phone bills. A court motion filed on June 4 explains that Amp'd "experienced an unprecedented growth of subscribers" between November, 2006, and February after running ads on MTV (VIA) about the wireless phone company's lineup of mobile music and video content.

Collecting payments from these subscribers proved to be a challenge, however. "Approximately 90% of the debtor's customers were on 18-month service contracts," according to the filing. "The debtor began to find a host of credit and collections problems (that) contributed ultimately to a liquidity crisis." By May, the number of nonpaying customers reached 80,000. That's nearly half of Amp'd's current customer base of 175,000 subscribers.

There's rumor that Verizon might snap them up, but then again, there were rumors that Verizon wanted to snap up Alltel. I'd advise against it, Verizon. 50% of amp'd customers aren't paying their bills? The hip and young demographic may seem appealing, but "hip" and "young" apparently also means "poor."

Read: Press Release via Gadgetorama

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5 years ago

Treo 800w in September? 320x320 FTW!

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Treo 800w in September? 320x320 FTW!

Pictured at right, the PalmOS Treo 755p on Sprint. Shuffle some branding and, er, the Operating System and I strongly suspect you'll be looking at the new Treo 800w on Verizon. Palm has long said that they want to standardize their hardware so they don't have to keep redesigning products in order to put PalmOS or WM on it. The rumored 800w looks to be the fruits of that standardization.

Or so I think, being relatively steeped in Palm lore. So, going with the same assumption that the 800w will share the same hardware as the 755p (much in the same way that the 700w and the 700p are nearly identical), we should expect this new Verizon 800w to have:

  • 320x320 resolution touchscreen (joy!)
  • Antenna-less design
  • EVDO, but likely not Rev A (boo!)
  • A decent 312mhz processor
An unnamed source on HowardForums has posted what is supposedly a timetable of upcoming releases for Verizon. This lists a previously unknown device, the Palm Treo 800w.If this information is correct, this model will launch on September 13, after having been moved back from August 27.

Read: Brighthand: What Is the Treo 800w?

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5 years ago

T-Mobile MDA vs. Wing: Should You Upgrade?

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5 years ago

New Office Mobile for WM5, WM6

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New Office Mobile for WM5, WM6

I didn't really expect anything important to happen at the Computex Conference in Taiwan, but Microsoft's Windows Mobile division is apparently just too prolific to let a conference slide by without giving us something to want. First they came through with the patched WMDC and now this: the unwired is reporting that the next version of Office for WM will be available *for free* in Q3 for all WM5 and WM6 devices.

It will include support for the new XML document format, which means it will only be 6 months behind DocsToGo. The unwired also speculates TIFF support will be included as a part of a new ability to receives faxes on your smartphone.

As expected, the updated Office Mobile version (the name isn't clear yet - some sources say Office Mobile 2006 while others say Office Mobile 2007) will allow Windows Mobile devices to open documents created with the new Office 2007 XML formats.

Read: the::unwired - UPDATE: Office Mobile Update comes to Windows Mobile 5.0 and 6

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5 years ago

Windows Mobile Device Center Patched

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Windows Mobile Device Center Patched

Huzzah! Microsoft promised a WMDC patch in June and they've delivered. The Vista-only ActiveSync fixes that file sync bug but also looks to add some nice features as well. My #1 fav: "Automatic Device Authentication," as in "You can stop having to enter your #$@@#$ PIN every time you plug in your phone to your computer." Joy! WMDC 6.1 works with Windows Mobile 2003 and up.

This new version of the Windows Mobile Device Center contains key improvements and new features to support Windows Mobile 6 devices. The Windows Mobile Device Center 6.1 is only supported on Windows Vista.

Download: Mobile Device Center (via Mobility Today)

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5 years ago

WM6 on a Samsung Blackjack

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WM6 on a Samsung Blackjack

The leaked ROM was taken off of the forum where I found it, which is unsurprising. I imagine that it wouldn't be too difficult to find with a little Googling, but here's the thing, I think I'm going to recommend against doing that. Not just because you'll be in sketchy legal territory, but also because the update process didn't go very smoothly - my Blackjack froze on the screen you see pictured here. I was worried I was going to have a thin little brick. Luckily, though, it came out ok after I removed the battery. There's not a lot of surprises here - it's Windows Mobile 6 on a Blackjack. I don't think it's the final update, though, as the boot time was very long and there were a few little strange spots in the settings (Hardware Rev0.0 -- what!?).

So the verdict is: wait. I hope you won't have to wait long. In the meantime, you can stew by watching this quick little video of a Blackjack running Windows Mobile 6.

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5 years ago

Sprint PPC-6800 Watch: Now June?

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Sprint PPC-6800 Watch: Now June?

First it was May, then it was leaked into the wild, then it was renamed the Mogul and delayed until October so it could ship with WM6. Now the latest rumor is that Sprint heard our wailing and gnashing of teeth about the delay and has moved the release up to just a couple of weeks from now. Now, the natural thing to do would be to head over to HTC's teaser site for the device to see what the real scoop it - but apparently that site now requires a user name and password. Weird.

Anyhow, we like the earlier release, even if it doesn't mean that it will have WM6 or Rev A EVDO right away

The latest projected launch timeframe for the PPC-6800 is now set for mid-June. While we (constantly and continuously) stress that these dates are estimates, and should not be considered as anything other than internal projections, it does appear Sprint has made considerable efforts to ship the PPC-6800 later this month.

Read: Phone News - HTC PPC-6800 for Sprint Bumped Up to June

Update: Looks like a Powerpoint presentation got leaked. Check it out: Sprint HTC Mogul Pics and Specs - Pocket PC Addict Forums

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5 years ago

T-Mobile Wing Gallery

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T-Mobile Wing Gallery

Yes, I have the T-Mobile Wing and yes, it’s the hotness. I want to do a video, a review, a shootout, a whole lotta things. But there’s absolutely no T-Mobile signal where I live and apparently Cingular isn’t playing nice with the roaming agreements - I just plain can’t get signal at all. I like to use a device before I review it, so that’s coming. Meanwhile, check out some pretty images after the break.

Anecdote mode on.

…Before the break, though, a note. I currently waiting on a call back from T-Mobile’s customer service. When I told them my plight (i.e. no signal but I’m keeping my T-Mo number for forwarding), they said they’d unlock it (that’s a hint for you unlock code seekers, maybe). Anyhow, the unlock code they had isn’t working, so a “Wing specialist” is investigating. T-Mobile has consistently rated tops for customer service and my experience is in line with that. Oh, and the hold music? The Flaming Lips’ “The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song”. T-Mobile For The Win! Now just give us 3G, guys.

Update: Unlock worked, they had to do a different code. If you're getting a Wing unlocked, be sure that the person helping you is clear that it's a Wing.

Anecdote mode off.

Check out the pics after the break.

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5 years ago

HTC Touch - What We Expected

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HTC Touch - What We Expected

HTC promised a big announcement and it looks like they've delivered what we expected: a improved-touchscreen version of of the Elf.

HTC's Flash-based site, http://www.htctouch.com/, shows off the new UI goodness. The key point seems to be that it can easily detect sweeps of your finger and that it can tell the difference between a stylus and a fingertip and adapt accordingly. HTC calls it TouchFlo and we call it "not quite as good as the iPhone" - this doesn't appear to be geniune multitouch, my friends.

Nevertheless, the new UI they've slapped on top of Windows Mobile 6 is very lickable - it basically takes the idea of SPB Mobile Shell a few steps forward.

Specs:

  • Dimensions: 99.9mm (L) x 58mm (W) x 13.9mm (T)
  • Weight: 112g with battery
  • 1GB microSD storage card included / 64MB RAM, 128MB ROM
  • 2.8" LCD touch screen with backlight, 240 x 320 dots resolution with 65,536 colours
  • Battery Life: Rechargeable Li-Ion battery with a capacity of 1100 mAh
  • Standby time: Up to 200 / Talk time: Up to 5 hours
  • Camera: 2.0 mega-pixel CMOS colour camera
  • Windows Mobile 6® Professional with Direct Push Email and HTML email support
  • Wireless Connectivity: GSM/GPRS/EDGE Tri-band: 900, 1800,1900, Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 b/g and Bluetooth® 2.0
  • Choice of two colors at launch - elegant soft black or alluring wasabi green

Alluring wasabi green, eh? Spicy! It's available in the UK now and should hit the US a bit later. Check out more photos of the Touch after the break. Be sure to head over to http://www.htctouch.com/ and click "Want" -- they're giving one away.

Read: Press Release

Update: Check out the unwired's video of the interface.

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5 years ago

Loki - Location Based Search for WM

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Loki - Location Based Search for WM

Loki is new to me and it looks pretty neat. It grabs your location based on some magic involving WiFi (and presumably your IP address), then allows you to do local searches based on that. They've had a Windows toolbar for awhile now, and they've just added a Mac and (more importantly for us) a Windows Mobile client. If you've read between the lines, though, you're realizing it will only work if you have WiFi on your WM device, so Treo and Blackjack owners (among many other) need not apply. More people who need not apply: folks who live outside their limited coverage area.

Now you can get the same Loki WiFi location goodiness on your Windows Mobile device. Loki Mobile allows you to locate yourself and search locally on any WiFi-enabled Windows Mobile device.

Read: Download

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