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5 years ago

Palm's "Foleo" to be announced today

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Palm's "Foleo" to be announced today

It looks like a little mix-up with Palm's Press Release RSS Feed let the news slip a little early - the mystery product that Palm's been hard at work at is a "thin client" of a sort - a device that hooks up to your smartphone and act like a mini-laptop. I'll be putting up more details at our sister site TreoCentral as more details come in.

It'll run some version of Palm's next-gen Linux-based operating system and sync auto-magically with your smartphone. It's not the magical stand-alone device Mike Overbo and I were hoping for, but signs are pointing to it being pretty darn close.

I'm posting this info here at WMExperts for a couple of reasons. The main one is that Palm is surely going to make this compatible with the Windows Mobile versions of their Treos - and I strongly suspect that means it should be just as compatible with any other Windows Mobile device. Why would Palm limit their market to just Treos when it would take virtually no work at all to make it compatible with the many Windows Mobile phones out there?

According to a RSS news feed from Palm, their mystery "3rd category" device is a compact smartphone companion product named Foleo that lets you view and edit emails using a large screen and fullsize keyboard

Read: treocentral.com >> Stories >> Hardware >> Palm's Foleo a "smartphone companion product"?

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5 years ago

Windows Mobile Device Center for Vista to get Patched in June

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Ah, the price we pay for being on the bleeding edge. Windows Mobile Device Center is how Windows Vista wants to sync with your Windows Mobile device - it's a leg up on the old ActiveSync program in pretty much every respect but one - file syncing doesn't seem to work for you WM6 Standard Edition folks. Never fear, though, Brighthand is reporting that Microsoft feels your pain and will get WMDC fixed up right-as-rain in a little less than a month.

Currently, Windows Mobile 6 users can synchronize files between PCs and smartphones with Active Sync 4.5. Microsoft will update Windows Mobile Device Center (WMDC) on Windows Vista PCs to support file synchronization with Windows Mobile 6 by mid-June

Read: Microsoft Promises Fix for Windows Mobile 6 File Synchronization Snafu

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5 years ago

WMExperts (sorta) at Mossberg's D conference

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The big news this week is that Bill Gates and Steve Jobs will be sharing a stage and throttling each other talking for an hour or so. Also big news this week, Palm's attempting to re-establish their relevance by announcing a mystery device. Both are happening at Walt Mossberg's exclusive D: All Things Digital Conference. Both are big deals to us here at WMExperts, so we're heading out to San Diego for the conference. Or rather, to haunt the halls outside the conference like serfs at the king's gate, as registration for the event is four grand and press passes have been wait-listed since there were literally "serfs" hanging around kings' gates.

So expect sporadic updates (but also expect some T-Mobile Wing video fun - post questions about the device here) in the next couple of days. With any luck, we'll be able to get some surprises in here too.

Apple, Inc., CEO Steve Jobs and Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates, the seminal figures in the development of the personal computer, will make a rare joint appearance at The Wall Street Journal's "D: All Things Digital" conference this year. The two men will jointly discuss the history and future of the digital revolution in an unrehearsed, unscripted, onstage conversation on May 30 with D co-producers Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher

Read: dowjones.com Press Release

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5 years ago

Flash/YouTube Plug in for TCPMP

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Flash/YouTube Plug in for TCPMP

The Core Pocket Media Player (TCPMP) has long been the most popular multiformat media player for mobile devices. Although many have migrated over to the for-pay Core Player, TCPMP still is around and still gets a lot of use from power users. Here's one more use: playing YouTube (or any other flash) videos. Plan on instability, thought, it's a v.02 release as of this writing.

Also as of this writing, no plans to add it to Core Player.

It is designed for Pocket PC 2003, Windows Mobile 5.0 and higher. It has two parts: 1. A program to download YouTube movie by PPC. 2. A TCPMP plugin to play flv file directly on PPC (the plugin will never support CorePlayer)

Read: SourceForge.net: Files via Pocket PC Thouhgts

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5 years ago

New Live Hotmail Ad Site: I Can Has Funny

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The new launch of Hotmail wouldn't normally be a big deal, but for Windows Mobile 6 users it just might be - the "New Live Hotmail" offers free push email and other OTA syncing for personal use. That's actually pretty exciting to me, as it means I can get my business email pushed out via Exchange and my personal email pushed out via Hotmail (that is, if I want to change my personal email address yet again).

In any case, Microsoft's new online-only ads (the pictured one has a half-second of possibly NSFW groaning, FYI) are funny and well-made. They highlight the new features of the updated Hotmail webpage, mainly by playing on the "Male/Mail" pun. Ars Technica linked them awhile ago, but the site is just now working properly for me.

(Forgive my attempt at kitty pidgin in the title. Just trying desperately to stay hip and cool here at WMExperts.)

Read: Windows Live Hotmail

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5 years ago

HTC Prepping Big Announcement June 5th

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Engadget Mobile (among many others) is reporting that HTC is planning some kind of major announcement on June 5th. Folks are speculating based on the invite to the London event that it will be some sort of iPhone-killer because the new gadget should herald "a new mobile experience that will change the way we use and control our phones."

Funny that we haven't seen prototypes of this thing - usually HTC devices are well-rumored and well-understood long before they actually arrive. Stay tuned.

Read: "Major announcement" from HTC on June 5 - Engadget Mobile

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5 years ago

Google Maps - Playing GPS Catchup on Other Devices

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A story is making the rounds that Google Maps Mobile now supports GPS. Perhaps I'm missing something, but I've been using GPS in conjunction with Google Maps Mobile on my Windows Mobile devices for awhile now. Since February. Heck, I even posted a Valentine's Day Video detailing how to set up Google Maps with a Bluetooth GPS puck.

So congrats to you, Blackberry 8800, for getting GPS support in Google Maps Mobile. It's almost like your OS offers quality 3rd party app support and development. Almost.

Google's mobile maps software will now use the GPS capability of many newer handsets (with GPS carrier support) to pinpoint your location and make directions and navigation just that much nicer.

Read: Google maps for mobile gets GPS - Engadget Mobile

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5 years ago

HTC Kaiser Unboxed, Coming Sooner Than You Think

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HTC Kaiser Unboxed, Coming Sooner Than You Think

BGR has new unboxing pics of the Kaiser in a gallery plus a few details that might interest those of you who haven't been following this hot slider PPC:

  • Quad Band GSM/EDGE/UMTS/HSDPa
  • Capacious 75mb of user-accessible RAM
  • GPS
  • 3 megapixel camera
  • The standard stuff: WiFi, Bluetooth, WM6, etc.

The rumor the Boy Genius is spreading is that it'll be available in late July, which I myself find a little overly optimistic. But here's to hoping.

Let's start it off like this…the HTC Kaiser is the best darn Pocket PC I have ever used! It really has everything you have come to expect nowadays.

Read: HTC Kaiser Unboxing : The Boy Genius Report

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5 years ago

Windows Mobile Marketshare on the Rise

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So, hot on the heels of posting that Handheld sales are down 40% we have another report saying that PDA shipments are up 40%. What What WHAT?

The second report comes from Gartner and the devil's in the details here, specifically what the definition of "PDA" and "handheld" are. Gartner has an awfully strange definition of PDA indeed:

a data-centric handheld computer weighing less than 1 pound that is primarily designed for use with both hands. These devices use an open-market OS supported by third-party applications that can be added into the device by end users. They offer instant-on/off capability and synchronization of files with a PC. A PDA may offer WAN support for voice, but these are data-first, voice-second devices. Examples include the RIM BlackBerry 8707v, HP iPAQ 69xx, Nokia E61, Motorola Q, T-Mobile Dash and Sidekick 3.

The Dash and the Q are "voice-second" devices? Riiiight. That's opposed to "smartphones," which are "phone first." So, you know, the Treo 750 is not a PDA. Confused yet? Me too, Gartner's "PDA" seems like a pretty useless product category. But the numbers in this silly little product category are pretty impressive:

Company 1Q07 Shipments 1Q07 Market Share (%) 1Q06 Shipments 1Q06 Market Share (%) 1Q06-1Q07 Growth (%) Win CE 3,184,703 62.1 1,937,667 52.8 64.4 RIM 928,239 18.1 929,883 25.3 -0.2 Palm OS 314,353 6.1 489,220 13.3 -35.7 Symbian 288,000 5.6 132,000 3.6 118.2 Linux 33,400 0.7 43,530 1.2 -23.3 Others 377,150 7.4 137,000 3.7 175.3 Total 5,125,845 100.0 3,669,300 100.0 39.7

So basically, if you ignore the Treo, Windows Mobile is dominating. If you ignore the Treo. I wonder how Gartner will define the iPhone?

Read: Gartner Says Windows Mobile Devices Drove Worldwide PDA Market to 40 Percent Growth in First Quarter of 2007

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5 years ago

Non-Smartphone Handhelds Are a Dying Breed

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Matthew Miller points to an IDC study which shows that handheld shipments - like the traditional Palm Pilot or Windows Mobile Not-a-smartphone-of-any-sort - have dropped just over 40% year over year. This while the smartphone market is red-hot and well on its way to getting white-hot. Dell already dropped their Axim line and Microsoft has named their non-smartphone WM6 edition "Classic." "Classic" as in "Really? Why are you bothering?"

Say goodnight, handhelds. "Goodnight handhelds."

According to IDC's Worldwide Handheld QView, vendors shipped just over 900,000 handheld devices in the first quarter of 2007, 36.3% less than the previous quarter and 40.6% less than the same quarter a year ago.

Read: IDC - Press Release

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5 years ago

Sprint WiMAX WaTCH

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Sprint WiMAX WaTCH

See the clever thing I did with the title there? I slay me. Annoying capitalization is probably the only thing that makes me unhappy about WiMAX - the next-gen "sorta like WiFi but gets really long range so you can use it like cellular networks" technology that folks have been talking about for years. I'd hoped that WiMAX would take the form of a consumer uprising against the horrendous mobile carrier business model, but that is not Sprint's plan. Shocker, that. Anyhow, WiMAX should actually appear for reals in select cities by the end of the year and Sprint is dumping something around 2 billion in the next couple of years to make it available generally by the end of 2008.

Sprint plans to invest up to $800M in 2007 and between $1.5 billion and $2 billion in 2008. Sprint will use its extensive 2.5 GHz spectrum holdings that cover 85 percent of the households in the top 100 U.S. markets to deliver WiMAX to initial markets (Chicago, Baltimore, and Washington, DC) late this year and commercially launch the service in 2Q of next year, providing service coverage to as many as 100 million people by the end of 2008.

Read: Sprint Press Release

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5 years ago

Now Symantec Anti-Virus Can Slow Down Your Phone Too

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Symantec, makers of the popular Windows anti-virus software "Norton Anti-Virus" and myriad other security products, is bringing its skills to bear on Windows Mobile and Symbian. To wit: the new Mobile Security Suite 5 is expected to arrive this summer, about half a year or so after they released the previous version.

Symantec is apparently downplaying the event -- here are the relevant fearmongering quotes from Con Mallon, one of Symantec's regional marketing directors:

'They [hackers] go where there's data and there's money'

Just in case you were wondering, that's where Symantec goes too.

'The mobile phone is the true consumer device at the moment. There's a big opportunity there, and where there's an opportunity, there's a threat.'

Oh hey, Symantec goes there too.

'We've got to be very careful about what we charge... We think it will be a slow burner... We don't think it will transform anyone's business.'

One expects a 'slow burner' joke here, but I refuse. All jokes aside, it sounds like the product will have some good features -- OTA updates, anti-theft security, and the like. The original interview is at PC Pro.

Read: Symantec Press Release (via Gear Diary)

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5 years ago

So is it the Moto Q 9 or the Q9h?

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So is it the Moto Q 9 or the Q9h?

So pocketnow has noticed that over at Motorola's new marketing site for the just-released (in Italy) Motorola Q 9 that it's called... the Q 9. Of course, we thought it was going to be called the Q 9h, but perhaps we are wrong. If we are, though, then so it this Motorola website.

Look, Moto, I know I've been hard on you recently and I know that you're trying to do better. Maybe you're just trying to mimic HTC here by having multiple, confusing, and arbitrary names for your devices. It was bad enough that you decided to call the GSM version of the Q the Q8, but this is just too much. Our tags page is a mess because of your naming schizophrenia. Bad Moto. No cookie for you.

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5 years ago

Asus to Offer WM6

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Asus to Offer WM6

Asus and ETEN are similar in that they both are awfully far behind HTC in terms of market share and sheer number of devices they release. They're also similar in that it's relatively difficult to get ahold of their gadgets here in the US. Now they're similar in yet another way, like ETEN before them, Asus has announced they'll be offering WM6 updates for a heap of devices:

A639/A626/A686/A696 and P535/ P735 only

..The updates should hit in July; you also may care that "Terms and conditions apply" -- well, you probably don't care, terms and conditions always apply, don't they?

Read: ASUSTeK Computer Inc.

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5 years ago

T- Mobile Wing Released

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T- Mobile Wing Released

T-Mobile let out the press release early this morning, the T-Mobile Wing is out for $300 with a service contract. No surprises, it's the thinner version of the long-in-the-tooth MDA. It's a very nice phone, but the lack of 3G (blame T-Mobile, who hasn't ramped up their network after their bandwidth acquisition last yet) and the 201 mhz processor makes me die a little inside. But just a little - this looks to be a good holdover for the T-Mo crowd until 3G kicks in.

After the jump, a collection of quotes from the early reviews.

Mobility Site:

The T-Mobile Wing is a solid replacement for the any HTC Wizard Variant. (T-Mobile MDA/Cingular 8125) When compared to the Wizard, the performance is not a huge increase, but having Windows Mobile 6 and it's additions make it a worth the upgrade.

Mobile Tech Review:

If your MDA is gettng old and creaky, the Wing will make a nice replacement with its appreciably slimmer design, grippy coating, more capable Bluetooth, updated OS and an improved camera. Battery life is super by Windows Mobile Professional standards, but the slower CPU speed vs. competitors from other carriers isn't a plus.

CNET:

With the addition of Windows Mobile 6, the T-Mobile Wing adds a powerful smart phone to the carrier's lineup; however, performance falls a bit short of the competition.

Gizmodo:

we recommend the Wing if you're looking for the latest and greatest on T-Mobile.

LAPTOP Magazine:

If you're sold on Window Mobile 6 and T-Mobile, the Wing is a solid choice. Power users who can afford the $100 premium over the Dash will appreciate its larger screen and roomier keyboard, and that it runs the full version of Office Mobile.

PC Magazine:

We still prefer the Dash with Windows Mobile 6. We also like the 8800; it's a fast and stable handheld, though it lacks a camera. But the T-Mobile Wing's numerous upgrades from the MDA make it a solid, if not ultimately compelling, touch-screen alternative.

pocketnow.com:

While the technical specifications for the T-Mobile Wing are not much different than the old T-Mobile MDA that it replaces, you really can't get any other Windows Mobile 6 Professional device in North America today. Though the new thinness and great build quality are very welcome improvements, really the Wing is all about being the first with Windows Mobile 6 Pro.

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