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5 years ago

WMExperts Prize-A-Day, FINAL DAY

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WMExperts Prize-A-Day, FINAL DAY

That's right, it's your last chance to enter to win the Smartphone of your choice plus $300 worth of accessories, or one of those two Slingbox Pros, or today's prize: $40 worth of whatever you'd like from the WMExperts Store.

How to Win

The WMExperts Store has been generous in sponsoring this contest, so it's only right that to win for today we send them some love one more time. Head on over to the store and enter a review for any accessory - be sure to enter a full review with your email address in order to qualify. Any review posted between now and noon EST tomorrow, March 14th, will qualify for the prize.

This is your last chance to get an entry in for the Grand Prize and the two Second Prizes!

(Full contest rules are here)

I'll announce the last of the Prize-A-Day winners tomorrow afternoon and the Grand Prize and Runner-up winners on Monday.

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5 years ago

HTC to Sell 2 Million Handsets in Q2

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HTC to Sell 2 Million Handsets in Q2

HTC is already the undisputed king of Windows Mobile phones - they make so many handsets it literally causes one's eyes to glaze over -- and that's before you take all the rebranded HTC devices into account -- and that's before you take the Treo's they manufactured for Palm into account. They make a lot of smartphones. A. lot.

Looks like they expect to sell even more, though, in part because they have so many sweet WM6 phones in the pipeline. It looks like nobody's going to be taking their crown anytime soon.

High Tech Computer (HTC) is expected to ship 2-2.4 million handsets in the second quarter of 2007, up from the 1.6-2 million units it shipped in the first quarter, according to estimates by sources at Taiwan-based handset component makers.

Read: HTC expected to ship 2-2.4 million handsets in 2Q, say sources

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5 years ago

End User Study Says Pocket Outlook Easiest to Configure

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A press release put out yesterday by "The Strategy Analytics Wireless Device Lab" claims that Pocket Outlooks beat out Blackberry and Symbian for ease of setup (Odd that they didn't compare it to Palm's VersaMail, which has actually improved greatly). Full report to paid subscribers only - but it's nice to see WM come out on top.

users find Windows Mobile Pocket Outlook to be the easiest mobile email client to configure for a POP3 email account

Read: Strategy Analytics: Windows Mobile Outlook Easiest to Configure

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5 years ago

MS Release Device Emulator 2.0

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MS Release Device Emulator 2.0

If you're running Vista and interested in developing for Windows Mobile 6, it's worth the download I'm sure. It'll also work on XP (and heck, Win2000sp4), if you're not bleeding edge. Then again, if you're a WM6 developer, you probably are. :)

Looks like the WM6 SDK and Adaptation Kit are included in this release. One neat feature, the "device" you're emulating can be "cradled" within Windows Vista's Mobile Device Center so you can test syncing. Snazzy.

Yesterday our team released the Device Emulator v2.0.   This version of the Emulator has upgraded performance and some new features

Read: Jason Langridge's WebLog - MR Mobile! : Microsoft device emulator v2.0 released

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5 years ago

InterDigital Communications: Patent Heroes or Villains?

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Thanks to Dave for pointing out this Kiplinger Article about InterDigital Communications - a company that's been getting anywhere from one to three percent of the wholesale price of many modern cell phones based on their patent enforcements.

Founded more than 30 years ago, it has pocketed more than $1 billion in royalties, primarily from the sale of cell phones. Owning intellectual property is a marvelous business because there is no manufacturing cost and no inventory.

You may remember the (sadly) successful legal hijinks of push-email patent holders NTP, who forced Research in Motion into a settlement almost exactly a year ago. InterDigital isn't as nefarious as all that, though, as it appears they're working on augmenting their "growing base of 3G patent licensees" with actual hardware design. (Their CFO has recently resigned, for whatever that's worth.)

The point is they're holding all sorts of patents for TDMA, CDMA, HSDPA, GSM/GPRS... you name it. Even if a small percentage of your last phone purchase didn't somehow make it's way to this Pennsylvania company, chances are it'll happen with your next purchase. They've pulled some hefty settlements out of Nokia and Samsung in the past few years and I suspect they'll continue to have a steady cash flow from settlements and licensing agreements for some time to come.

What I can't decide is how I should feel about them - evil sketchy patent enforcers or (relatively) small engineering firm making good? Reuters has a nice little company profile and history that seems to imply the latter. Had you heard about InterDigital Communications before? Hit us up in the comments and educate this poor ignorant blogger.

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5 years ago

WM6 devices with WiFi: Dramatically Better Battery Life?

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Are the days of WiFi chewing through our batteries like a beaver through soft wood over? ZDNet seems to think so, based on an interview with truphone's CEO James Tagg. Now Tagg obviously has an interest in convincing people that WiFi on their phone is a good thing, since he's running a VOIP company. Nevertheless, his claim that, with WM6:

"A lot of work [has been done] with the manufacturers of the Wi-Fi chips [together with] some proper thought around the software stack," Tagg told ZDNet UK on Monday.

...makes me wonder if we won't see other little surprises when WM6 becomes widely available.

Read: Mobile Wi-Fi battery issues 'solved' - ZDNet UK

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5 years ago

Carriers Looking to Limit Number of OSes They Support

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Here's more bad news for the PalmOS (Until it moved to a Linux base): Carriers are tired of supporting multiple OSes. Vodafone specifically wants WM, Symbian, and Linux only (though it's likely they won't be turning away the iPhone when given the chance). The "Linux" is sort of amusing to me, though, as I suspect that's going to be an awfully big umbrella in the near future.

Vodafone, the world’s largest mobile phone company in terms of revenue, has been leading a push to limit the number of operating systems, declaring in November that it would eventually sell only phones that ran on Microsoft’s Windows Mobile, Symbian Series 60 or Linux. For more than a year, NTT DoCoMo of Japan has concentrated on Symbian, a privately held British-based company in which Nokia of Finland has a nearly 50 percent stake, and Linux.

Read: New York Times, via mocoNews. There's also some discussion at Slashdot.

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5 years ago

WM6 Flash Demo

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WM6 Flash Demo

If you're trying to see the boss on upgrading to one of the plethora of Windows Mobile 6 devices that are coming out this year, you're in luck. Microsoft has kindly posted a Flash demo of the new OS and it's new capabilities - a Flash demo you have to download and then play on a laptop, but nice nonetheless.

The demo walks through our three pillars; Advanced Mobile Communications, Increased Mobile Productivity, and Integrated Mobile Business Performance. It is targeted at customers who would like to learn more about our native capabilities, mobile messaging, security and device management.

Download details: Windows Mobile 6 Demo via Jason Landridge

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5 years ago

WMExperts Prize-A-Day, Day 19

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WMExperts Prize-A-Day, Day 19

...And we're back! Sorry for the hiatus on Friday, hopefully you managed without your daily Prize-A-Day fix. Perhaps it was good preparation, though as the last Prize-A-Day Contest is tomorrow.

The prize for the penultimate (I'll take any excuse to use that word) Prize-A-Day is a free copy of Spb Backup, which is far and away my favorite backup app for WM.

How to Win

Ever lost data on your mobile device? On your computer itself? Failed to backup? Haven't we all? Comment on this entry with your horror stories and your advice: how do you back up your critical data?

Don't Forget: every entry doubles as an entry for the Grand Prize and the two Second Prizes - A Smartphone of your choice plus $300 to spend in the WMExperts store and a couple of Slingbox Pros. Since there are only two days left in the Prize-A-Day contest, be sure to get your entries in!

(Full contest rules are here)

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5 years ago

Moto Q9 Coming to AT&T - (Obviously)

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Moto Q9 Coming to AT&T - (Obviously)

Engadget has a pretty pretty picture of the upcoming Motorola Q9 decked out in AT&T livery. They're not sure if it's a fake or not and neither am I, but like Engadget I don't think it matters much - this device is coming and I hope it's coming soon.

Is this depiction of the redundantly-named Moto Q q9 in AT&T livery utterly Photoshoppable? Yes; but is the idea of the q9 coming to AT&T completely believable, too? Yeah, we'd say so.

Read: Motorola Q q9 coming to AT&T? - Engadget

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5 years ago

Command Line on Your Phone?

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Command Line on Your Phone?

Dave Beers of Pikesoft is apparently working on his own little cross platform command-line interface for mobile devices. To which I say "Yes Please." Basically the idea is that we're doing too much drilling down and menu selecting to do what we want, when most of what we want to do is generally just a simple "Noun, Verb" sort of action. WM's voice command actually goes a long way towards achieving this with audible commands, but I'm imagining something more like the Mac's OS's Quicksilver, but on a phone. So is Beers, apparently:

You: "cj"
Device: "Call Jane Doe or Call Jim Beam?"

You: "a" (second letter of Jane's name) or "d" (last name initial)
Device: "Calling Jane Doe... 719-555-1234"

The entire essay is worth the read, especially if you're skeptical about this. I am not - I want it now.

Read: Software Everywhere » The return of the command line interface

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5 years ago

MS's Craig Mundie Throws Down

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MS's Craig Mundie Throws Down

Bill Gates is retiring soon and it sort of makes sense that he'll need two people to replace him. One of those people is Craig Mundie, who recently talked about all things Microsoft with CNN. His discussion of Windows Mobile (compared to the iPhone) is short but interesting: MS is about creating an ecosystem while Apple is about vertical integration. Sure, it's a standard MS line, but it's also accurate. Mundie also notes that he expects some high end "fashion and function phones" coming out this year to compete nicely with the iPhone. Time will tell.

Well, Microsoft has been in the phone business for years. What do you think that thing is (pointing to a cell phone on the table)? That does more than an iPhone does today and it's our 7th generation.

Read: Microsoft's Mundie: Consumers driving tech trends - CNN.com

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5 years ago

WMExperts Prize-A-Day, Day 18(+)

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WMExperts Prize-A-Day, Day 18(+)

Shaun over at PDA 24/7 posts his thoughts about switching from the PalmOS Treo to a WM device. This little bit at the end caught my eye:

I, like many others, have the view that Palm OS feels more reliable and that is because of how it works- it is super quick and have a simplicity that gives an impression of smoothness. WM on the other hand can feel clunky and slow at times and almost too much for the hardware it is running on.

That is an interesting observation. My initial gut reaction is also that the PalmOS is stabler than WM5 - but "stable" is a subjective thing - everybody loads different 3rd party software, every device is different, etc etc. Were I of a more scientific bent, I would ignore that and base my judgment solely on things like how often I have to reset a device, crashes, and so on. But the reality of it is there's a "feel" that serves as the basis for whether or not we think a device is stable.

Today's Prize: the Motorola DC800 Bluetooth Stereo Transceiver - a great little gadget that will either stream your stereo's music to your bluetooth headphones or (and this is how we use the thing here) you can use it to receive music from your A2DP-enabled smartphone to play on your stereo.

How To Win

Switching to WM was, for me, a lot like switching to the Mac: More power, a different but in some ways better GUI, more "pretty", and so on. Whether one or the other is "stabler" is an open question.

So: whats your "switch" experience? Or were you loyal since day one? Do you try to get others to "switch"? Head on over to the forums between now and noon EST on Monday, March 12th and post in this thread.

I'm going on vacation and so "today's" Prize-A-Day will be Prize-A-Thursday-Though-Monday-Morning. In other words, light posting for the rest of today and none tomorrow.

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5 years ago

WM Team Prank Fun

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WM Team Prank Fun

So we know that there's two sides to Windows Mobile Development at Microsoft:

Now, within Windows Mobile there are 2 distinct teams. There's Windows Devices Core (WDC), which is the team responsible for the Windows Mobile OS. That's the base platform team.

Then there's Mobile Information Worker (MIW), which is the team responsible for Outlook Mobile and other applications that run on top of the base OS.

..what we didn't know is that apparently the hardcore "we make the low level stuff" WDC group thinks that the "We make the stuff people actually interact with" MIW group are a bunch of sissies. Ok, maybe they don't, but they did engage in a little College-Prank-Style team building.

Oh, and WDC: The word you're looking for is pwn3d (or pwnzrd!). Srsly, l2p n00bz. ;-)

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5 years ago

AT&T SMT5700

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AT&T SMT5700

I scroll through my news feed pretty darn quickly, so when this image flashed by I found myself frantically scrolling back up -- Whattheheck? Engadget Mobile is similarly shocked:

Whoa, what do we have here? First up, this is the first smartphone (thought not the first phone) we've seen with the new AT&T branding. Second, this is the first partnership of which we're aware between China's Amoi and an American carrier. Third -- and perhaps most importantly -- the QWERTY-equipped Windows Mobile 5 Smartphone evokes the storied "SMT" model series which long ago served up the original AT&T Wireless' SMT5600,

It's Yet Another Qwerty Keyboard Windows Mobile Smartphone, it's Yet Another FCC Leak (that needs a tag of its own, doesn't it?), it's pretty straightforward. When we'll see it, I don't know, but since Cingular/AT&T has the Blackjack already, why would they want to pull sales away from that? Maybe this has better battery life.. or more likely, better margins for AT&T.

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