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5 years ago

Vito Updates Windows Mobile Suite

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Vito Updates Windows Mobile Suite

VITO Technologies has updated its Windows Mobile Communications Suite to version 1.8. The updated version includes the latest versions of Winterface v1.31 and Weather v1.3 as well as VITO's FunContact, SMS-Chat, and ZoomBoard applications.

FunContact is a contact management alternative that adds visual and navigational effects to your contacts. SMS-Chat is a threaded SMS application that has a finger friendly interface, animated smilies, and contact filtering. Zoomboard is an enlarged on-screen QWERTY keyboard that claims to be misprint free.

VITO throws a lot under one roof with the Communications Suite and if you're looking to spice up your Windows Mobile device, this Suite has just about everything (including a trial download) you'de want.

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5 years ago

FacebookIM - another Facebook client

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FacebookIM - another Facebook client

Here's yet another way to hit up your Facebook friends from your phone. This time, it's FacebookIM.

As the name implies, it takes advantage of Facebook's chat services. It also takes advantage of Facebook's mobile site and also lets you upload photo and video directly.

This one comes to us from XDA Developers member blutz. Hit that up for more info, and check out the developers' site here.

Via Pocketnow

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5 years ago

Sprint's Q2-Q3 roadmap leaked

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Sprint's Q2-Q3 roadmap leaked

Here's a look at what Sprint supposedly has on deck for the next two quarters of the year, thanks to the ninjas over at the Boy Genius Report.

You'll note the Palm Treo Pro, which was just released. Slated for the second quarter is the HTC Willow, which we expect from those monster leak sheets to be a front-facing QWERTY messanger phone. Probably not as up to snuff as the Maple, but we'll see.

In Q3 is the Samsung Ace II. Dieter took a look at the original Ace about a year ago and was plesantly surprised.

Finally is the HTC Rhodium, which we expect to be the replacement for the Touch Pro.

What's it all mean? The rumors, conjecture and rampant speculation that we may see some of the new HTC phones on Sprint in the next couple of months is looking better. Or, ya know, we could all have egg on our face.

Spec sheets after the break, including for the Cedar, which we don't even see on this roadmap.

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5 years ago

Review: SBSH Calendar Touch v2.1

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Review: SBSH Calendar Touch v2.1

SBSH  recently updated it's popular Calendar Touch to version 2.1. We looked at the previous version of Calendar Touch (v2.0) a few months ago and found it to be a feature-rich alternative to the stock calendar application of Windows Mobile. There was little we could find wrong with version 2.0, with the minor nit that returning to the current date was a little cumbersome. Readers reported a few bugs, including not being able to navigate easily with a stylus and that swipe navigation stops when you are on a day where the appointments extend beyond the single screen. Follow the break to see how version 2.1 shakes out.

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5 years ago

Verizon Re-Releases the Motorola Q9c

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Just when you were ready to hear the end of life rumors concerning the Motorola Q Series come true, someone throws you a curve ball. Verizon Wireless has announced that it will be re-releasing the Motorola Q9c. [via EverythingQ] The re-release brings the company's TALKS feature to the phone. Everything else appears unchanged.

TALKS for Verizon is designed to assist blind and visually impaired customers.  It is a screen reader that adds speech to the standard user interface by using Windows Mobile to convert text displayed on the handset to highly intelligible speech. Additionally, TALKS will allow users to dial contacts, add/edit contact entries, compose email, write documents in Mobile Office, and use Mobile Explorer through voice commands. 

Does this mean that we may actually see the Q line continue with the Q11? Or maybe even the Napolean? Or is the Motorola Q9c simply a convenient test model for the TALKS application? Regardless of what all of this means, it's nice to see the Motorola Q line still hanging around.

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5 years ago

Samsung Propel Pro possibly out this week

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We've seen Samsung Propel Pro via the leaked shot (above) and the FCC docs, and now we've got a possible launch date, and it's real soon.

Phone Arena says we should see the Propel Pro on AT&T on March 19 — that's this Wednesday. Pretty standard stuff here: A QWERTY vertical slider with Windows Mobile Standard. No word on price, be we can't imagine it'd be too high.

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5 years ago

Review: Astraware Bubble Shuffle

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5 years ago

Around SPE for 15 March, 2009

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Around SPE for 15 March, 2009

Welcome to Around SPE, where we highlight the big news of the week from around the network in a format that's more than just a list-o-bullets. This week we're putting the spotlight on Android Central, which saw a fairly hefty redesign on Wednesday night. Search, registration, commenting, navigation, the whole shootin' match is all much improved.

We're also proud to announce that Android Central made a donation to Olin College to help students there develop mobile applications (with a special focus on Android, naturally). You can find out more information about the class here, or better yet -- go check out the applications already in development this early in the semester!

In Android news, we caught word that Amazon was selling the Black G1 for a measly $97.99. Then it got even better with Costco offering the G1 for $79.99, a whole $100 off! Why the discounts? Recession? Pressure from the HTC Magic? Finally, the long awaited Cupcake update is supposed to come to Android by April. Paid apps came to the UK Android Market. And we wondered whether the T-Mobile G2 (aka HTC Magic) was going to show up at CTIA.

Now for the roundup of the week's news from our other SPE sites!

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5 years ago

WMExperts Podcast Episode 49

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5 years ago

Zer01 - all WinMo, all VOIP, all the time

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If you're looking for a cheaper (and contractless) plan and live in an AT&T coverage area with a solid 3G signal, this may be for you.

MVNO — that's Mobile Virtual Network Operator — Zer01 is piggybacking on AT&T's network and is using, get this, all Windows Mobile phones. That's because instead of doing true voice calls, all your talking on Zer01 will be done via VOIP — Voice Over Internet Protocol — al la Skype, Vonage and the like. So, like we said, you're going to need to be in a good AT&T 3G area for this to work. But the best part? No long-term service commitments. You can bring your own phone, or purchase one.

The unlimited voice and data plan costs $69.95, and you can pre-order now at Zero01Mobile.com.

Via Engadget

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5 years ago

Sprint Treo Pro (finally) on sale now!

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5 years ago

Review: Pantech Matrix Pro

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Review: Pantech Matrix Pro

One of several new Windows Mobile phones announced at the Mobile World Congress was the Pantech Matrix Pro. The successor to the Pantech Duo has recently hit the shelves of your local AT&T Store, and Pantech sent us a test unit to put through the ringer. While the Matrix continues the tradition of dual sliders (bottom and side) of the Duo, AT&T customers are collectively holding their breath in hopes that the Matrix improves upon it's predecessor's shortcomings. We found the Duo an inexpensive, nice Windows Mobile Standard device that struggled to get the little things right. Follow the break to see how well Pantech has improved things with the Matrix Pro.

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5 years ago

Updated: Microsoft vs. XDA Developers (or not)

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It was bound to happen sooner or later, and in a way it shouldn't be a big surprise. On Jan. 22, XDA Developers Member Da_G ported and posted a Windows Mobile 6.5 ROM for the HTC Fuze/Touch Pro. This was a popular cooked ROM that developed a healthy following. If you were one of the many who flashed this ROM, consider yourself amongst the lucky ones. Now, after receiving a "legal complaint" from Microsoft, XDA pulled the links for the cooked ROM as well as other ROMs based on Windows Mobile 6.5.

It also looks like Microsoft is monitoring mirror sites that provide downloads for unlicensed (read: cooked) of Windows Mobile 6.5 as well as Windows Mobile 6.1. Hosting sites have received e-mails sent out by James Young, Internet Investigator on behalf of Microsoft. 

The e-mails identify the site as distributing unlicensed material and state,

"We hereby give notice of these activities to you and request that you take expeditious action to remove or disable access to the material described above, and thereby prevent the illegal reproduction and distribution of this copyright work(s) via your company's network."

While Windows 6.1 was mentioned in the email, it appears that the developers of WM 6.5 ROMs were the target of the investigation. Several Windows Mobile 6.1 based ROMs still are available over at XDA.

We will admit to being of two minds on the issue: it's more than reasonable to argue that distributing unreleased and even cooked ROMs is piracy, so Microsoft is well within its rights to shut that stuff down. Add in the likely possibility that 6.5 won't run that well on current hardware and will therefore give a bad impression to users, and it's no surprise that Microsoft put the hammer down. On the other hand, ROM cooking is one of the more exciting (and loyalty-inducing) things going on in the Windows Mobile world (and especially in HTC circles) right now, so it's a bit of a shame to see it tamped down.

There's no telling how all this will play out. It may simply drive the development and distribution of cooked ROMs more underground. Two things are for certain: XDA-Developers.com has definitely seen an increase in traffic, and there are a lot of unhappy chefs in the kitchen.

Read: Fuze Mobility

Update: Looks like this James Young guy might not be on the level. More over at XDA.

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5 years ago

Windows Mobile 7 no 'Me-too iPhone or RIM competitor,' Microsoft says

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If you're still wondering what's keeping Windows Mobile 7 from coming out for at least another year, this may shed a little light on it.

Microsoft has posted a job listing for Principal Development Manager. [via]

Windows Mobile 7 will change the way you view your phone. We aren’t just building a me-too iPhone or RIM competitor; we’re changing the way customers use and experience their device. In the OS Platform team we are responsible for the OS, file systems, security, hardware platforms and drivers, networking & connectivity, location framework and updateability. In other words, we build the foundation upon which the rest of Windows Mobile is built.

So it definitely looks like they're going ground-up on Windows Mobile 7, and they may well still be in the relatively early stages. And note the use of the word "updateability" above, and recall in the latest WMExperts podcast how Dieter explained that updates eventually will come from Microsoft itself, and (hopefully) not pass through (and be delayed by) carriers.

Businesses likely will stick around during the interim. Question is, will the rest of us?

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5 years ago

Acer DX650 reviewed in the Philippines

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