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5 years ago

Wrapping up Samsung's refreshed Omnia line

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5 years ago

LG officially launches the GM730

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LG officially launches the GM730

We got a look at the LG GM730 back at CES in January, and now the Korean manufacturer has officially launched the phone. Also known as the Eigen, the GM730 sports Windows Mobile 6.1, a 5 megapixel camera, 16 gigabytes of storage space, GPS and FM receivers and will showcase the LG Application Store. The GM730 will launch in Asian markets in July.

Press release (translated) via Unwired View

 

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5 years ago

Bring QuickGPS to your CDMA Device

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We've talked about the differences between aGPS and GPS before, but we can now add another form of aGPS to the bunch: QuickGPS

QuickGPS is from Qualcomm (technically called gpsOneXTRA Assistance) and is an Internet-based form of aGPS or offline aGPS whereby your device, once a week, downloads a data file that has all the ephemeris data contained (file = packedephemeris.ee).  This data is good for 7 days and helps calculate your position faster without the need for an Internet connection at the moment of initiation (ala network-based aGPS).  "Cold starts" go from a minute or more to just seconds. Very cool.

HTC has been incorporating this into some of its devices lately (e.g. Touch Pro) and Palm has it on the GSM Treo Pro.  HTC calls it QuickGPS as it made a nice app to initiate the system (see above photo). 

But as usual, some of us were not invited to the party (e.g. Sprint Mogul, Touch, etc.) and the community has effectively taken matters into their own hands, hacking this onto various devices.  The latest is the Sprint/Alltel Treo Pro and we have to admit, it works like a charm. 

So if you want to join in and speed up your GPS system, feel free to browse those threads!  And remember: back up before you do so!  This also may not work on all devices--if you get "QuickGPS.exe' cannot be opened. Either it is not signed with a trusted certificate, or one of its components cannot be found. If the problem persists, try reinstalling or restoring this file." that would be you, sorry.

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5 years ago

Xperia X2 announcement rumored for June 17

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Sony Ericsson is throwing a party on Wednesday in Singapore, and word on the street is that the recently leaked Xperia X2 may make an appearance. Electronista is connecting the dots.

The Singapore gathering appears to focus on entertainment but has been linked to the smartphone, which may also appear at the same time as a Bluetooth headset based on FCC data. The possibility exists for other phones but hasn't been supported by other rumors.

If the Xperia X2 is indeed announced at this event, the next big question will be: How quickly will it come to market. The X1 took its sweet time and never picked up carrier support in the United States. It'd be real shame if the X2 suffered the same fate, given that it reportedly will sport a 3.5-inch OLED touchscreen and some better processing power than its predecessor.

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5 years ago

T-Mobile Dash 3G now rumored for July 15

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It hasn't really been a question of if the HTC Snap is coming to T-Mobile; it's just a matter of when, and for how much. And if this product sheet obtained by BGR is on the level, we should see it on July 15. That's in the same window we've been hearing all along, so it's a good bet it's legit.

As for price? That's still up in the air, though it's doubtful you'll have to take out a loan to put this puppy in your pocket.

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5 years ago

Matthew Miller with the Pharos 137

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Matthew Miller with the Pharos 137

We saw the Pharos Traveler 137 clear the FCC a few weeks ago, and Matthew Miller of ZDNet (and our own Nokia Experts) gives the phone a run-through. The 137 is a GPS-centric Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional phone. It doesn't have any U.S. carrier support, so you're not likely to see them roaming the streets in packs. But you can pick one up between $500 and $600, so it's not out of reach if you're so inclined.

Check out Matthew's unboxing and initial hands-on above, and head on over to ZDNet for his initial write-up on the phone.

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5 years ago

HTC Tilt versus a lawnmower

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5 years ago

Samsung Louvre unveiled as the Omnia Pro

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Samsung unveiled a slew of phones today, and, sure enough, what we'd come to know as the Louvre is in fact the Omnia Pro. (It's the horizontal slider you see open here, next to the Samsung Jack, which also got some face time.)

Here's hoping the Omnia Pro gets picked up in the states. Because if you recall, the specs aren't anything to sneeze at:

  • Quad-band EDGE, HSDPA (the 7.2Mbps)
  • 800MHz processor.
  • aGPS
  • 3.5-inch AMOLED touchscreen at 480x800
  • 5MP camera (no flash)
  • FM radio
  • 1GB ROM
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • WiFi b/g
  • MicroSD
  • Accelerometer
  • 1500mAh battery
  • Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional (will receive the 6.5 upgrade)

Speaking of the Samsung Jack, its official name also is in the Omnia Pro family. It's the Omnia Pro B7320, while the "Omnia Pro" itself is the B7610. So allow us to sigh as we have to deal with yet another "Pro" line.

No release date yet for the Omnia Pro (the B7320 -- see what we mean?).

Samsung via Unwired View

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5 years ago

Review: Mobiola Video Studio Pro Making It Easy to Convert DVDs and Video To Your Cell Phone

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There is a lot of software out there claiming to make it easy to convert DVDs and videos for your WM phone. I have been looking for one for a long time with many disappointing results. Some I just could not get to work, others were very complicated or very touchy. While others simply could not deliver a video good enough to even watch on my small cell phone screen. So while talking with the makers of IM+ (which we really like), I saw that they had a video studio and really wanted to try it. I am glad I did try Mobiola Video Studio Pro ver 3.1.12. After so much disappointment in so many other video / DVD to cell phone applications, I want to share with you why this one is a good application to put on your short list of possibilities…
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5 years ago

.NET CF 3.7 leaked

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.NET CF 3.7 leaked

Everyone running Windows Mobile 6.1 or higher is familiar with having .NET CF 2.0 built into ROM. And adding the much-improved .NET CF 3.5 for third-party software  is common.

Evidently Microsoft has updated to .NET CF 3.7, and the .cab file (extracted no doubt from one of the hundreds of "leaked" HTC ROMs out there) is available to install to your device or cook into ROMs.

Changes and improvements are unknown at this time. But if you're feeling adventurous, head over to PPCGeeks or XDA to find out more, including how to get the .cab!

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5 years ago

Review: Horizontal pouch for Samsung Jack

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Review: Horizontal pouch for Samsung Jack

One of the more frustrating aspects of getting a new phone is finding a case for it, especially if your phone is a new model just hitting stores.

The Samsung Jack snuck up on a lot of us and while the phone is growing in popularity, the case selection has been lacking. Fortunately, Samsung is offering a horizontal pouch for the Jack that might ease the frustration.

Ease on past the break to see what we thought of the Samsung Horizontal Pouch for the Jack along with a few photos.

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5 years ago

Press shots leaked of the Samsung Omnia Pro, Louvre

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Apparently it's Samsung Day here in Windows Mobile World. This time around we have press shots from Connect-UTB [via coolsmartphone] of what's being called the Omnia Pro (great, another Pro name), which we might well see at Monday's news conference in London. The Omnia Pro's being billed as a Windows Mobile 6.1 phone with AMOLED screen. We also get another look at the Louvre.

But wait, there's more: Speaking of the Louvre, here's a pic of it in the flesh, albeit under glass. — not exactly inspiring thoughts of a finished product ready to be played with. That said, we glean a few more specs from the post at Beyond3D. [via modaco and wmpoweruser] We now know of a 3.5mm headphone jack (hurray!), TV out, a pair of UIs with a hardware toggle and an 800MHz CPU. Here's a refresher on what we already know:

  • Quad-band EDGE, HSDPA (the 7.2Mbps)
  • aGPS
  • 3.5-inch AMOLED touchscreen at 480x800
  • 5MP camera (no flash)
  • FM radio
  • 1GB ROM
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • WiFi b/g
  • MicroSD
  • Accelerometer
  • 1500mAh battery
  • Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional (will receive the 6.5 upgrade)

The poster also says to look for the release of the Louvre to be delayed until in August, at the earliest, for ROM reasons. They also say the Omnia 2 has been delayed until November for the same reason.

Got all that? Stay tuned, folks. Monday's news conference could be a doozy.

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5 years ago

REDFLY Mobile Viewer Beta gets update

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REDFLY Mobile Viewer Beta gets update


The folks at Celio, makers of the REDLY Mobile Companion, just dropped a note in our forums saying that they've updated the beta drivers for the Mobile Viewer. For those keeping score at home, Mobile Viewer basically lets you hook your Windows phone up to your desktop PC and control it from there, monitor, keyboard and all.

Build 192 brings the following:

  • A new feature called Event Notification is now available. If you have your phone connected to your laptop and RMV running and connected to your phone, any phone call or SMS text message you receive will pop-up a small dialog in your system tray with that notice.
  • A new feature called Network Sharing is now available. This feature is not yet working for all smartphones we support, but when it is enable on many phones, you may choose via a setting in the Options dialog whether to use your PC network connection in the Mobile Viewer or instead isolate that connection and communicate outward through your phone's data plan.
  • Several small issues with scaling the viewer console window have been corrected.

Learn more about the REDFLY Mobile Viewer here, and get the new drivers here.

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5 years ago

Redfly Mobile Viewer Beta Released

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Redfly Mobile Viewer Beta Released

The idea of the Redfly goes thusly: Take the netbook form factor and then turn your smartphone into that form factor by "tricking' your it into thinking it has a larger screen, full keyboard, and mouse. It's an idea that we've been pretty fond of, but frankly we're not the sort to leave the laptop behind.

Enter Redfly Mobile Viewer, which takes the same basic idea and jettisons the Redfly hardware in favor of an app on your Windows PC. Think SOTI Pocket Controller with an added twist: instead of merely duplicating your smartphone on the PC, it actually convinces Windows Mobile it's running on different hardware.

Actually, never mind the details – the upshot is that you can have a window on your PC that is your smartphone – only enhanced with a 1024x768-sized screen, your PC's keyboard and mouse.  It might just be a nice solution for some Mobile Accomplishers out there who want to keep as much of their work as possible on the smartphone and/or who don't want to bother tethering.

It is a Beta, however, so it's still a little twitchy here and there (see: browsers).  On the bright side, Redfly has announced compatibility with 18 more smartphones and also sped up its software a bit.

The Beta is free and just might be worth a shot. Learn more over at CelioCorp.com.

Update: Phil takes the Mobile Viewer for a spin after the break.

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