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5 years ago

Review: SPB TV

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Review: SPB TV

SPB Software has released SPB TV, a mobile client that allows you to view television channels on your Windows Mobile phone. SPB TV is compatible with both Windows Mobile Professional and Standard. SPB TV is finger-friendly supporting touch navigation as well as button navigation for the non-touch screen devices. Follow the break to see what all this new software title has to offer.

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5 years ago

Microsoft gives more marketplace details! Themes!, Upgrades to 6.5!

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Hot on the heels of yesterday's news of Microsoft clarifying some of its Marketplace policies comes a treasure trove of new info regarding Windows Mobile 6.5, Marketplace and personalizing your 6.5 experience. Here's the lowdown on just a bit of what we expect this week at CTIA in Las Vegas:

Marketplace: Will be available in April as a free download, and more than 125 software vendors are already on board. The Facebook application (already snagged from a 6.5 ROM) will allow you to take and upload video directly from your phone. AP Mobile will be there (that's significant for a news organization because the AP also got in on the iPhone nearly from the beginning).

Also in the Marketplace from the get-go will be SPB and Resco (which we spoke to recently), MySpace, Accuweather, CNBC, 3deep by Litescape, EA Mobile, Developer One, Fameloft, Glu Mobile, Handmark, Ilium Software, Jeyo Inc, Kinoma, Magmic, Melodis Corp., Namco, Pandora, Phatware, SBSH Mobile, Shozu, Sling, Web Information Solutions and Zagat.

The fine print: As reported yesterday, devs can submit updates for free. You can pay with a credit card, or Marketplace purchases can appear on your bill. You can "return" an application after 24 hours for a full refund.

Themes and personalization: We'll be hearing more this week about customizing your Windows Phone experience, including a partnership with the Design Museum London and Council of Fashion Designers of America to create themes and such.  Designer Isaac Mizrahi is on board. Maybe you've heard of him. There also will be a theme generator that lets you take a photo from your computer and generate an entire theme, which then will be sent straight to your phone.

Upgrading to Windows Mobile 6.5: We know of a few phones that will be upgradable from 6.1 to 6.5, and Microsoft is clarifying this position a little. Mainly in that if they meet a minimum hardware standard — 128MB RAM, 400 MHz processor — they may be available for an upgrade. But that's still up to the partners (read: Manufacturers/carriers) to choose to do so.

Loads more pics of all this after the break. Check back early and often this week as we'll have lots more news coming out of CTIA.

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5 years ago

Treo 800w: USB host port works!

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Sure, the Treo 800w was a blip on the Windows Mobile radar and has now even disappeared from Sprint's Web site. But eight months after its release, one cool feature has now been discovered:  the 800w can act as a USB host.

So what does that all mean?  In short, with a cheap $8 adapter cable (like those found here on eBay) you can connect up all sorts of USB devices that don't require separate drivers to run.  Such devices include external hard disk drives, USB flash drives, USB headphones/mics, and for bnsguy, a USB ultrasound probe!

What makes this unique is that at the moment, very few WM devices can act as a USB host (if you happen to know any, drop us a line) and to be honest, it is a really cool feature that we would like to see on future devices.

After the jump, we'll post a few shots of what this setup looks like on the 800w and some various USB devices that can run on it!

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5 years ago

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5 years ago

Dell considering becoming a carrier in Japan

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If you can't beat 'em, join 'em? Dell apparently plans to buy and resell mobile airtime from Japan's NTTDoCoMo to go along with its notebook side of things, a Japanese newspaper reports.

GigaOm explains:

Dell’s plan in Japan involves buying preset airtime from NTTDoCoMo and bundling it with purchase of Dell notebooks that are preconfigured with an appropriate modem. Users can then add more time (or megabytes?) if they need it. If this works in Japan, it’s something Dell may experiment with elsewhere, but it raises the question of whether or not device makers should get into the MVNO game.

This isn't all that crazy — Amazon uses Sprint for its Kindle e-reader. And Apple reportedly thought about becoming an MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) for the iPhone, before AT&T picked it up. And we'll speculate one further: If U.S. carriers did in fact turn down Dell's latest smartphone offerings (or not, depending on who you ask), Dell buying its own airtime and releasing the phones itself could be a possibility. But we're not holding our breath for that one.

TechRadar via GigaOm

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5 years ago

Microsoft reportedly won't charge Marketplace developers $99 to update applications

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We recently spoke to several application developers about the pricing structure for Windows Marketplace for Mobile — namely that devs would pay $99 to submit up to five apps to the Marketplace; any submission after that would cost another $99 per app, including for updates.

The blogosphere erupted. The devs we spoke to were largely a little more patient, adopting a wait-and-see approach.

But CNET [via electronista] says Microsoft has clarified things. The initial $99 will still only cover the first five apps, and each additional submission will cost another $99, but updates will be free.

Now all updates or version upgrades for applications that have already been submitted to the store will be accepted free of charge, a Microsoft representative confirmed. This applies to minor bug fixes as well as second-generation releases that add new features or capabilities.

There. Are we all happy now? And do we still think this will help sort out the crapware that can be overwhelming in other stores?

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5 years ago

Samsung Omnia confirmed for Canada

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Samsung Omnia confirmed for Canada

It's been speculated for a while now that the Samsung Omnia would be coming to Canada on the Bell network. And that's now about as official as it gets, with the Omnia appearing on Sammy's Canadian Web site.

In case you need a reminder, here's what our neighbors to the north will be getting:

  • CDMA with EVDO Rev. A
  • Windows Mobile 6.1
  • 240x400 touchscreen (that never ceases to stop looking weird)
  • 5.0MP camera
  • 8 gigs of on-board storage, upgradeable to 16
  • 128 megs of RAM

And if that's still not enough, check out our own hardware and software hands-on videos of the Omnia.

Mobile Syrup via IntoMobile

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5 years ago

New official MySpace app coming this summer

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Ahead of CTIA this week, MySpace has announced it'll have an official Windows Mobile application ready this summer. But wait! That's not all, folks! MySpace also is hopping on board the Silverlight train. PCMagazine's got the lowdown:

"Our relationship enables app developers to use Silverlight to create engaging MySpace apps and allows Windows Mobile users to have a more personal MySpace experience on their phone," Aber Whitcomb, chief technology officer of MySpace, said in a statement.

If the above picture of the MySpace app looks familiar, you're right. The icons are right along with what we've seen in the Facebook app that was ported over from a Windows Mobile 6.5 ROM. That could well be an indicator that the MySpace app will be just as useable.

Stay tuned for more coming out of CTIA later this week.

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5 years ago

Review: Case-Mate Signature Case-Holster Combo for Treo 750

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Sometimes you just need the best of both worlds for your Treo 750. You need something that will be on the hip so that you can easily reach for your phone and also in a case to protect it once its out of the holster. In comes the Case-Mate Signature Case-Holster Combo (49.99). If its protection your looking, for then its the Combo Case you need. Blackjack users have already been protected with a similar case and now Treo 750 users can too, read on to find out why.
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5 years ago

Fring updates Twitter add-on

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The mobile internet community and communications service Fring has announced the release of a new, updated, Twitter 2.0 Add-on that will allow you to get immediate twits from people you are following, allow you answer and post your own twits, and keyword search posts.

To get the Twitter 2.0 Add-on, you can go to the add-ons tab inside Fring, unsubscribe to the previous version and re-subscribe to the new version.  Granted if you don't have Fring, you'll need to go to their website to get the application.

Fring is a free download/service that brings online communities together under one roof. It allows Windows Mobile users to connect to social networks including Skype, MSN Messenger, Google Talk, ICQ, SIP, Yahoo, AIM and Facebook. Fring also has offers interface with VOIP services such as Skype Out, SIPNET, EuteliaVIOP, VolPVOIP and VolPTalk.

Funny video announcement of Fring & Twitter after the break. (And, yeah, we now we're seeing video screen shots on Symbian. That should make our friends at NokiaExperts happy.)

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5 years ago

Samsung Propel Pro Gets Official

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5 years ago

Best of SPE, 29 March 2009

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Best of SPE, 29 March 2009

Each week we round up the best of the Smartphone Experts Network in a few pithy paragraphs designed for your reading pleasure. Everything from a new leaked Storm ROM to waiting on any number of new smartphones to finally arrive to a comprehensive look at iPhone 3.0 can be found here.

You'll want to stay tuned to the Smartphone Experts family of sites next week - we'll be live at the CTIA Wireless convention, bringing you all the latest from every manufacturer on all of our sites. Will Android finally have its coming out party? Will Palm finally tell us when the Pre is being released? Will the AT&T Nokia E71 ever get official? Whatever happens, we'll give you the scoop.

Read on for the Best of SPE!

(One programming note: the WMExperts Podcast is taking the week off, we'll be back next week!)

 

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5 years ago

HTC Touch Pro 2 Caught on Tape (updated)

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Well to be fair to the HTC Touch Pro 2, we stumbled upon yet another video that pda.pl was able to capture during a recent visit to HTC.  Just like the Touch Diamond 2's video, there is still no narration but plenty of hip-hop techno music. 

The reset button appears to have been moved beneath the battery cover on the Touch Pro 2 and the video gives a good view of the backside of the screen as it's in the tilted position.  The three sliding hinges look solid.  The video also compares the Touch Pro 2 and Diamond 2 side by side.

[Read: Fuze Mobility]

Update: And yet another video of the Touch Pro 2 in the wild from our friends at Mobilna Technologia after the break.

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5 years ago

HTC Touch Diamond2 Available in April?

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HTC Touch Diamond2 Available in April?

While sketchy, we are seeing indications that the HTC Touch Diamond 2 may be available in mid-April (emphasis on "may") for the Europe and Asian markets. Uberphones is reporting a retail listing (Expansys.com) that shows the Touch Diamond 2 available on April 19 at at the modest price of 424.99 pounds (a touch over $608 in U.S. dollars). This is about $100 more than the pre-order price we discovered the latter part of February. And if you're thinking about picking one up this way, don't expect it to have the U.S. 3G bands.

It's not the strongest source for a release date, but it is in the ballpark and may be a good indication that we'll see the Touch Diamond 2 in the States shortly thereafter. While we wait for more signs of seeing this new phone come to market, we'll also hope that a carrier picks up the Diamond 2 and takes a bite out of the price tag via contractual discounts. 

Need a little more enticement on the Diamond 2?  Follow the break for a revealing hands-on video that we ran across.

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5 years ago

Review: Resco Game Box

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Review: Resco Game Box

Games on your WM can be a life saver when sitting in a doctor’s waiting room or in airport waiting for your 3 hour delayed flight. With the average game costing between $9.99 and $19.99, it can be costly to choose a game that is not worth your time while leaving you at square one with needing to buy another game.

This is where WMExperts can help. I have reviewed Resco Gamebox ver 1.12. Is it worth the $19.99? Read on to see if this is one to pass on, or if it is the perfect collection of games that will entertain you when you need it most!

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