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5 years ago

Ask WMExperts: HTC Vox

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Ask WMExperts: HTC Vox

As far as the new batch of WM6 devices go, I've been guilty of being all HTC Vox, all the time. I feel ok about that, though, as to me it's the most exciting WM6 device coming. Well, it's coming here soon, very soon. So:

What do you want to know about the Vox? Ask and ye shall receive - post a comment here on this post and I'll have your answer - plus a whole lot more - on Monday. If you're wondering, this is the HTC S710 variant of the Vox, the one designed for Orange.

Update: Make that Tuesday, not Monday. I'll get you, UPS!

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5 years ago

Full GPS Chip on a SIM Card

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Full GPS Chip on a SIM Card

Dang, the headline say sit all. Somehow a company called Blue Sky Positioning has managed to fit a GPS receiver onto the little SIM cards that are normally just used to store your phone number and a few contacts. The most surprising part, to me, is they've managed to do it without breaking one of the GSM standard for SIM cards: that they never draw more than 6 milliamps of power.

The secret sauce seems to be that the card uses the body of the phone (i.e. the metal, battery, etc that surrounds it) as the antenna - which neatly solves what would otherwise be a huge interference problem.

I doubt this SIM solution will really take off, but it at least serves as evidence that GPS receivers are coming down in size and power requirement in a radical way. That bodes well for the inclusion of GPS in nearly all future handsets.

At the SIMposium in Berlin, Blue Sky Positioning announced it has developed a complete GPS system, including the antenna, which physically fits in, and works from within, a mobile phone SIM slot.

Read: Blue Sky squeezes GPS onto a SIM | The Register

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5 years ago

Sprint Announces PPC-6800

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Sprint Announces PPC-6800

The Boy Genius scored a pdf data sheet that confirms the specs we'd expected for the upcoming Sprint PPC-6800:

Featuring a 2.8" QVGA LCD screen, WiFi, Bluetooth, microSD card, and 2-megapixel camera with flash, auto-focus and camcorder it is expected to launch late next month as the replacement to the PPC-6700.

As BGR writes, it's sorely lacking WM6 and still expected in May. The PPC-6700 needs to be put out to pasture. It's pretty darn plasticky (and the antenna+stylus thing is so ugly), especially when you compare it to this beaut.

Oh, and the PPC-6800 is "EDVO Rev A upgradable," so eventually it'll be a speed demon, too. Die, 6700, die.

Read: Sprint Announces PPC-6800 : The Boy Genius Report

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5 years ago

Ballmer: No Zune Phone

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Ballmer: No Zune Phone

Despite the swirling rumors, it looks like Microsoft isn't planning on taking their eye off the Windows Mobile ball anytime soon. When recently asked about the "Zune Phone," Steve Ballmer replied:

"It's not a concept you'll ever get from us. We're in the Windows Mobile business. We can put Zune into Windows Mobile, we can put Xbox into Windows Mobile. We can pour everything in.

So the Big M is much more likely to beef up Windows Mobile with some Zune-like features than try to cram phone-features into the Zune. Good move, guys. As the CEO of RIM said at CTIA this year, email is pretty much the baseline for smartphones these days. So it makes a lot more sense to take the simpler device and integrate it into the one that already does email (not to mention everything else) than the other way around.

Plus, I knew I was right to pooh-pooh those Zune Phone rumors as just iPhone ripple-effect. Now, giving me the Zune-interface and music handling (and sharing!) on a PPC-Device, that would be hot.

Read: Zune phone? Ballmer says focus is Windows Mobile

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5 years ago

E-TEN Glofiish M700+ Passes FCC Requirements

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E-TEN is pretty much an also-ran in the world of WM smartphones, but they still seem to be trying to crack the US market. Back in December, their QWERT + GPS + FM Radio + the other standard stuff glofiish M700 was approved by the FCC. I said back then that FCC approval doesn't mean much in terms of availability and given that we've yet to see it here, I was right (ding!). Perhaps this new version, the M700+, has a better shot.

But what's the + for, anyway? Perhaps it's for a Windows Mobile 6 upgrade? Perhaps 3G data speeds (which the original lacks)? Or perhaps having two "i"s in "glofiish" just wasn't weird enough for 'em and they wanted to spice up the product name just a bit more.

ETEN has just passed its FCC requirements for glofiish M700+, bringing it one step closer to coming out in U.S. with a service provider

Read: ETEN glofiish M700+ coming to U.S. -- NaviGadget

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5 years ago

Opera 9 for WM Will Be Awesome

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Opera 9 for WM Will Be Awesome

Everybody gets to have fun except for me. First I missed out on the Deepfish Beta, which split my heart in twain. Now I'm not an Opera employee, which means I'm missing out on the upcoming Opera 9 for Windows Mobile (but the Beta of 8.65 is available now), which looks to be pretty sweet. It has the fancy zoom features that appear to be pretty much de rigeur for next-gen mobile browsers. It will also feature little widgets that call to mind this video of Vista's Gadgets running on WM5. Anyhow, Opera 9 will also be fully standards-compliant:

Opera 9 for Windows Mobile now passes the Acid2 test in internal builds of the browser (see screenshot below). Opera Mobile is on pace to become the first Windows Mobile browser to pass the Acid2 test, unless Pocket IE or Access speed things up.

Read: Opera Watch

Basically, Pocket IE is looking pretty long in the tooth. What do we want? Zoom-capable mobile browsers in wide public release! When do we want it? Now!

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5 years ago

Moto Q9h Rumor Roundup

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Moto Q9h Rumor Roundup

There's been some noise over the weekend and early this week about the Motorola Q9h, so let's take a gander. First up, the Boy Genius reports that AT&T should be releasing the beast in August:

If you take the word of one of BGR's top informants, then yes, the Motorola Q 9h will launch on AT&T in August.

...Which is good news for folks looking to get a new phone, but bad news for current MotoQ owners. Why is that? Well, it seems that Motorola isn't interested in following HTC's lead and offering Windows Mobile 6 upgrades for the current Q in either its GSM or CDMA forms, per SolSie:

I’ve spoken with the MotoDev department and they say that there will be no WM6 upgrade for the MotoQ because they are working on a new CDMA device that will have it. When I asked them if it’s going to be the q9, they told me that they only have plans for GSM right now and hence the CDMA is probably another device.

Bummer. A bigger bummer is there hasn't been any rumblings of a CDMA Windows Mobile device from Moto that I've seen besides the above. Is it just me, or is the lion's share of the WM6 action heading to GSM networks?

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5 years ago

ATT: iPhone IS Good for Business

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ATT: iPhone IS Good for Business

Microsoft's mantra up to this point has been "The iPhone will be pretty, but it will suck for business users." Apparently Cingular/AT&T disagrees:

Cingular, which was acquired by AT&T, recently decided that the iPhone will appeal to business users and the operator is now working hard to ensure that its backend enterprise billing and support systems will accommodate the device when it ships, said a source familiar with the company’s plans, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Gartner's Ken Dulaney is with Microsoft, though, saying the lack of 3rd party support and the lack of a keyboard will make Enterprise customers shy away from the upcoming smartphone. There's also this tidbit:

He suspects that enterprises will likely decide against the iPhone for similar reasons that many decide not to standardize on Mac computers. Even if the iPhone is attractive, like the Mac, they’ll choose BlackBerry or Windows Mobile devices because those have more software application options, he said.

Which spins me right 'round - how's a Mac + Windows Mobile user to feel these days?

Read: Macworld: News: AT&T to target iPhone to enterprise

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5 years ago

Another Wii Contest from Engadget

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Another Wii Contest from Engadget

Pardon me while I go off-topic a bit here but Engadget is giving away another Nintendo Wii, in a contest sponsored by our very own WMExperts Store. The contest this time is to design a mascot for Engadget, which is awesome.

The contest is only open until May 6th, so you'd best start Photoshopin' now!

[...] we want you to make us an Engadget mascot to appear on the site, on future t-shirts, and anywhere else you think an Engadget mascot might show up.

Read: The Engadget mascot contest: win a Wii! - Engadget

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5 years ago

FCC Approves HTC Libra (aka the CDMA HTC Vox)

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A Tip'o'the Hat to Smartphone Thoughts, who note that the FCC has just approved the HTC Libra, which is the CDMA version of the coveted HTC Vox. Go ahead and see the proof that it won't melt your brain in the link below. The Libra is expected to have EVDO and arrive sometime this summer, just like every other phone I want. Insert "heavy sigh" here.

Read: OET List Exhibits Report 'NM8LIBR100'

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5 years ago

WM6 "Hack" to Create New Documents

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WM6 "Hack" to Create New Documents

I've complained about Microsoft's boneheaded decision to keep WM6 Standard Edition from being able to create office docs natively before. Why on earth would they allow that to happen? Well, Jason Landridge offers this little tip:

Just create a blank document on your PC for Word and Excel and copy them into your My Documents folder.  You can then open these documents and Save them As something else...

Ok, that works. But still, will somebody tell me why it's so difficult to just add "new document"? Is it just a decision that's based on a desire to keep the "Pro" edition more "pro"? In any case, it's a nice tip. Here's a better one, just use Documents to Go instead of the built-in doc editor.

Read: Jason Langridge's WebLog - MR Mobile! : Windows Mobile 6 Standard - can't create new documents?

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5 years ago

RIM Announces "Virtual Blackberry" Software for WM6

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The "announces" in the title is industry code for "It's not available yet." But later this year RIM is going to release software for Windows Mobile devices that give them Blackberry capabilities. More than the already-available (for some devices) Blackberry Connect software, the new stuff will actually make your WM6 device into a virtual Blackberry, interface and all. PC World writes:

The software will appear as an icon on the screen of a smartphone and will have the same interface as a BlackBerry. Users will be able to toggle between the Windows Mobile and BlackBerry interfaces, the company said.

Sadly, more details aren't yet available, but USA Today offers this tidbit:

RIM said it was unknown whether there would be a charge to download the software, or if it might come free with a subscription to BlackBerry service, [...] Jim Balsillie, RIM's co-chief executive, said the company's corporate clients made it clear that they would prefer to standardize around a single mobile e-mail platform, but not be confined to BlackBerry devices, "which seemingly was a paradox."

It's not a "paradox" to me. With slim and sexy handsets getting made for Windows Mobile seemingly day, it's easy to imagine. What is a paradox to me is why they're going through the effort of making an entire interface rather than using what WM already has. Now, I know a few people who dislike WM's interface, but is it so bad that it needs to get replaced? With the Blackberry interface?

Also, has anybody told these executives that, ah, they probably already have an Exchange server that supports push email with no extra fees? Or that RIM's email sometimes, er, fails completely?

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5 years ago

Review: Lubix UBHS-NC1 Stereo Bluetooth Headphones

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5 years ago

First Look: Lubix UBHS-NC1 Bluetooth Stereo Headphones

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I have a new favorite pair of Bluetooth Headphones - the Lubix UBHS-NC1. Terrible name, but a great headset for music. There will be a full review up a little later in the week, but here's a video first look in the meantime. Download the video in WMV format for your phone or check out the YouTube version below:

(Yes, the audio sync is off in the YouTube Video... Re-uploading and shaking fist right now.)

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5 years ago

Friday Videos: Wing and Vox

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Friday Videos: Wing and Vox

After the jump: Two YouTube videos sure to make you jittery with anticipation this Friday afternoon. Previews of the upcoming T-Mobile Wing (though there are rumblings implying the name will change) and the HTC Vox.

Still no firm dates on when either of these will make it to the states, though the rumor is we should see the Wing at the end of May for only $249 (I can't believe that!). The Vox on Orange's network sold out already across the pond, so even importing and unlocking isn't an option right now. So while you wait, go on and watch some nice shiny phones after the jump.

Here's the T-Mobile Wing / HTC Atlas, courtesy of MyMobile911

...And the Vox:

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