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5 years ago

One Snappy Video

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One Snappy Video

 

We ran across an interesting video on HTC's YouTube site feature the recently announced Snap.  Along with the snappy muzak, the product tour highlights what appears to be the Snap's primary mission in life; email management.  The level of success might hinge on how well the trackball is received by the Windows Mobile crowd but, the Snap has the potential of giving Blackberry devices and other Windows Mobile Standard phones (Motorola Q, Samsung BlackJack II) some stiff competition. 

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5 years ago

Jabra HALO and SP200 Announced

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Jabra HALO and SP200 Announced

Jabra, manufacturer of Bluetooth products, announced today at the CTIA meetings in Las Vegas two new Bluetooth products. The Jabra HALO is a wireless Bluetooth stereo headset that will allow you to enjoy your music and handles phone calls. Weighing only three ounces, this over-the-head designed headset shows a little versatility in that it can be switched between wireless and wired connectivity should your phone/MP3 player not be Bluetooth equipped.

The other new product that Jabra has announced is the SP200 Speakerphone. Building on the success of the Jabra SP700, the SP200 is a Bluetooth wireless speakerphone featuring one large and easily accessible control button, a volume wheel and a dedicated on/off switch. The SP200 is not only suitable for the car but can also be used in the home or office.

Jabra is indicating the HALO will be available sometime in May with a price tag in the neighborhood of $130 and the SP200 should be available sometime this month with a price tag of about $60. Once we get our hands on these two new accessories, we will take them out for a test drive to let you know how well the match up with Jabra's reputation for offering quality Bluetooth devices.

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5 years ago

HTC Rhodium appears at the FCC

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HTC Rhodium appears at the FCC

Not a whole heck of a lot to go on here other than the standard label and the RHOD100 identifier, but it appears the the HTC Rhodium -- that's the Touch Pro II to you non-codename folks -- has made its way to the FCC. [via Engadget Mobile]

It's still pretty likely that we'll see it on T-Mobile as the Wing II, but we're still pretty confident we'll see it on other carriers, too.

Get all your FCC engineering geekiness of the Rhodium here.

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5 years ago

Sprite takes backup over the air

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Sprite takes backup over the air

We've been fans of Sprite software for a while now, particularly its backup application, and now it's taking things into the cloud.

Virtual Mobile gives you a "vault" in which you can backup and store your contacts, SMS messages, photos, calendar and call history. You can access your vault from any PC, remotely lock your phone, or wipe data from it.

Virtual Mobile is in beta right now and is available for all Windows Mobile 5 and 6 phones. Learn more here, and register for the 30-day beta here.

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5 years ago

Opera explains: Why 9.7 when 9.5 was beta?

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A few people had been asking, "If Opera Mobile 9.7 is coming, why's 9.5 still in beta?" The Opera Mobile blog explains:

Our core department has released a new version of Opera Presto which contained support for Opera Turbo, more advanced web standards, Gears and several other improvements. We wanted to make this available to our users as soon as possible, and chose to upgrade the core version in Opera Mobile. Updating the browser core is a big step forward for us, and it felt natural to change the version number.

We have to upgrade to a new browser core as often as possible. Several products using a wide range of browser core versions introduces a lot of overhead (several version of core has to be maintained and worked on at the same time), so we try to use the most current stable core version at all times.

Makes sense to us. Now, can we get a copy of 9.7 already? :)

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5 years ago

Oh, Snap! HTC announces WinMo standard phone

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HTC debuted its newest QWERTY smartphone today at the CTIA conference in Las Vegas. What we have come to know as the HTC Maple is now the HTC Snap. HTC describes the Snap as being designed to make it easier than ever to stay in contact with life's most important people. The Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard device is fitted with a Qualcomm MSM 7225 528mhz processor, 256mb ROM, 192mb RAM and is expandable via SDHC capable microSD card slot. The Snap measures 4.59"x2.42"x.47" and weighs 4.23 ounces (comparable to the Samsung Blackjack II).

The 2.4", 320x240 QVGA screen is accompanied by the standard Bluetooth, WiFi (OK, not standard for a lot of us non-touchscreen folks) and GPS. Powered by a 1500 mAh battery, the Snap features a center jog ball (looks a little Blackberry-esque) and a new feature, "Inner Circle" e-mail. (Queue "Cops" theme song here.) According to HTC, the Inner Circle key brings e-mails from a preselected group of people to the top of the inbox, enabling important messages to be acted on immediately.

The Snap is expected to be available in selected markets during the second quarter of 2009 and available in additional markets around the world throughout the second half of the year. Additionally, an unlocked version supporting HSDPA at 850/1900mhz for U.S. markets will be made under the device name HTC S522 during the summer.

Follow the break for more products shots of the Snap.

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5 years ago

More deets on the Samsung Mondi (Updated)

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Our man Dieter's made it to Las Vegas for CTIA and has wasted no time, forgoing the buffet line at the Sizzler for some face time with Samsung.

The Mondi Mobile Internet Device that got a brief mention last week has made a brief appearance, Dieter says, sporting a 4.3-inch touchscreen with Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional. There's also the Touchwiz interface that we've seen on the Omnia, along with Wimax (!) and WiFi, Opera 9.5 and 4 gigabytes of user memory and a microSD card.

There's no 3G radio on board here, but presumably if you're cool enough to be rocking a WiMax MID, you're cool enough for VOIP and can make do. Price is TBA, but Samsung says to expect the Mondi sometime in the second quarter.

Another word on Touchwiz: Samsung says it will beome prevalent and familiar across its family of devices, and that its not necessarily trying to put Windows Mobile out in the shed, nary to be seen.

Update: Get your official pics after the break.

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5 years ago

Vegas, baby! Our CTIA coverage is so money

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Lock up your daughters, folks, the injunction's been lifted, and Dieter Bohn and company have returned to Las Vegas for CTIA. (We forgot what it stands for a long time ago — something to do with cell phones and VEGAS, BABY!) For the next several days, we'll have an avalanche of the latest Windows Mobile news just as fast as el jefe can carrier pigeon it back to us from the Nevada desert. And we've got a handy link, just for you, to follow it all.

But if you're hurtin' for more smartphone news than should be allowed by law, be sure to hit up our sister sites — Android Central, Crackberry.com, NokiaExperts, PreCentral.net, The iPhone Blog and Treo Central — for all the happenings from their parts of the world. And for the really hard-core, you can follow @backlon on Twitter for all of Mr. Bohn's exploits, live and direct. And @crackberrykevin is along for the ride, too, fresh off his recent national television appearance.

Strap in, folks. It's gonna be a fun week.

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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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