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5 years ago

HTC Advantage (Athena) Coming to the US

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Two bits of good news about this UMPC/PocketPC hybrid device. One: Engadget reports we'll see it here in the US under HTC's own brand name:

Another from HTC we saw coming, but that's still a pleasant surprise: HTC's Advantage (codename Athena) will in fact be making it Stateside! Noice, but even better, HTC will be releasing the Advantage (now camera-free) under its own brand.

Read: HTC Advantage coming to US... under the HTC brand - Engadget Mobile

Two: Coolsmartphone reports that it's going to rock Windows Mobile 6.

What do you get if you add Windows Mobile 6 to the HTC Advantage X7500 ? Well, you get the... err.. HTC Advantage X7501.

Read: CoolSmartPhone.com - Windows Mobile 6 + HTC X7500 = HTX 7501!

You know what I'm excited about: not having to report that WM6 is installed, because no more WM5 devices are coming anymore. That day is coming very, very soon, perhaps it's today?

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5 years ago

Blackjack ROM Update

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Blackjack ROM Update

The update will prettify some icons, improve roaming capabilities, and erase all the data on your device (standard for a ROM update), so be sure you're confident that your data is backed up before applying the update.

Samsung has released a update for the system software on the BlackJack, a Windows Mobile Smartphone exclusively offered by Cingular Wireless.

Read: Samsung BlackJack System Software Update Now Available

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5 years ago

CTIA: Palm to Provide WM6 Update for all Treo 750s

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Been traveling all day, but here's some early CTIA news:

Palm today announced that an update to the Windows Mobile 6 Professional operating system will be available for Treo 750 smartphone customers around the world.

As a Treo 750v owner, all I can say is W00T. Sure, the earlier rumor about free WM6 updates for vendors was false, but that didn't mean that updates wouldn't happen for us WM5 users. It was confirmed for the Dash, now it (finally) for the Treo 750. Who's next? I don't know yet, but I'm looking at you, Cingular. WM6 on the Blackjack and the 8525 sounds pretty tasty to me. Update: Ask and ye shall receive - Engadget reports that the very devices I was wishing for in the preceding sentence are also getting WM6 treatment.

In any case, if you're hot and bothered about the particular phone you have in your pocket, this MSDN blog entry may offer some hope:

CTIA is next week. It's the biggest industry event for the cellular industry in the US, and a great opportunity for other operators to announce upgrades ;-) I promise to post them on my blog as soon as they are announced....er, if anyone were to annoucne anything :-)

Read: treocentral.com >> Stories >> Business >> Palm to update existing Treo 750 to Windows Mobile 6

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5 years ago

WMExperts at CTIA

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WMExperts at CTIA

One of those good news / bad news posts. Bad news first: Expect light posting tomorrow through Wednesday. Good news: when we do post, it'll be good stuff, because WMExperts is heading to the CTIA Wireless conference.

More good news / bad news. Bad news first (it should always be first): I'm not expecting anything epically groundbreaking this year, though I could be (read: hope I am) wrong. Good news: George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton are speaking at the conference. Former presidents talking at a gadget-related conference? I don't know why, but I do know it'll be fun to watch. Stay tuned.

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5 years ago

CNet Smackdown, Blackjack Pwns Blackberry 8800

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Yes, I'm giving away the ending, no, I don't care. The Blackjack absolutely decimated the Blackberry 8800 in a head to head, and rightly so. If Cingular/AT&T (Can I stop calling them Cingular yet?) would just get off their duff and put up 3G in my area I'd switch to the Blackjack in a heartbeat. As it is, I'm mostly a Dash man right now. Hurry up AT&T!

With its slim profile, a plethora of wireless and multimedia options, and solid call quality, the BlackJack simply overpowered the camera-less, 3G-deficient BlackBerry 8800. One can only hope that RIM comes back stronger with the rumored BlackBerry 8820. Until then, the BlackJack retains its crown.

Read: CNET Prizefight: Samsung BlackJack vs. RIM BlackBerry 8800 - CNET reviews via Smartphone Thoughts

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5 years ago

No Palm Buyout, Thank You Very Much

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No Palm Buyout, Thank You Very Much

I just finished listening in on Palm's financial results conference call (liveblogged over at TreoCentral) and here's my quick analysis:

  1. Not only did they refuse to address the buyout rumors, they smacked down buyout rumor questions hard. They're going to have a "financial analyst meeting" next month in New York, so the rumors may continue to swirl, though. In any case, they're happy being independent.
  2. It doesn't look like Palm is going to be ditching Windows Mobile anytime soon. They plan on developing "hardware platforms" which they'll slap an OS on afterwards - meaning that whatever work they do hardware-wise these days will likely result in both Windows Mobile and PalmOS devices.
  3. Since the rest of the planet doesn't seem to like PalmOS much, Windows Mobile has been a big factor in Palm's international growth. Can't say I blame the rest of the world, I'm so done with the PalmOS (until they fix it, at least. got multitask?).

(In related news, Palm got a stay in the NTP case. RIM may have caved, but Palm has not (yet)).

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5 years ago

MotoQ on Ampd Released

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MotoQ on Ampd Released

No surprise here, but it's nice to see it officially: Amp'd (yes, we're sweet on them) now offers the MotoQ. One interesting bit: they've customized the wazoo out of it, including a snazzy interface:

Amp’d is the first US carrier to utilize Adobe’s Flash Lite technology as the main user interface. With this technology, consumers will experience Amp’d Live’s robust broadband content and programming lineup to its fullest potential, including streaming TV, Amp’d Original programs, music, viral videos, 3D multiplayer games, ringtones, wallpapers and more.

(Thanks to InfoSync World for the image, full images here)

Read: Motorola Media Center - Press Releases

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5 years ago

Review: Monaco Sleeve Case for Samsung Blackjack

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5 years ago

Motorola hurting, Palm Buyout Rumor to Come to a Head This Afternoon

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So Motorola isn't doing so hot - they're saying that "returning the business to acceptable performance will take more time and greater effort." Which makes the fact that today's the supposed day for Palm's buyout rumors to finally materialize (because Palm is announcing financial results this afternoon) all the more interesting. Moto needs help bringing back profit margins and Palm has them due to the premium that Treos still command. Stay tuned, folks, we'll be covering Palm's conference call this afternoon with our blogging client at the ready.

Motorola sharply scaled back its first-quarter earnings estimate, named a new president and chief operating officer, and announced the retirement of its current chief financial officer.

Meanwhile, a major Palm shareholder told CNBC he expects Motorola to announce as soon as Thursday a deal to acquire Palm for roughly $2 billion.

Read: Motorola Slashes Guidance; Financial Chief to Retire - News - CNBC.com

Update: Here's a zinger from Paul Kederosky (via /Message):

Motorola is getting set to give Apple a nice mobile-market birthday present: It is supposedly buying Palm for $2-billion, which should thoroughly distract Moto around a doomed platform.

Steve should send 'em a nice note of thanks.

My own thoughts: a buyout could probably be good for Motorola - Palm's not as tied to the antiquated Garnet/PalmOS as they may seem. On the other hand, I would still like to see Palm be able to control their own fate for another year before I write them off, if only because I have a soft spot for them.

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5 years ago

WinAmp Teams with Orb for PC-to-Mobile Music

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Here's a blast from my past, WinAmp, the media player that really whips the llama's ass. It used to be my media player of choice back in the day. Maybe it should be again, as they're just announced that they'll soon be offering WinAmp -> Mobile streaming. It looks like they're offering the service via Orb (see https://winamp.orb.com/orb/html/login.html), which is a smart move IMO.

You know, being a Mac + WM5 user is really starting to chafe a bit. There are so many great Windows-Only apps that connect your phone up to your PC.

Dulles, VA – March 22, 2007 – Winamp has announced a mobile extension to its “Winamp Remote” PC-to-PC streaming service, currently in Beta. Starting March 26, Winamp Remote users will be able to access their home music library through streaming mobile devices. This new mobile service will offer users a playback-focused experience where content will stream at the appropriate bitrate for the data connection and format for streaming players. Current Winamp Remote users can access the service at http://winamp.orb.com from their phone. No new installation or client software is required. New users will need to download the Winamp Remote client on to their home PC at http://www.winamp.com/remote.

Winamp Remote on Mobile will work on handsets with a data plan, Web browser, and any kind of streaming media player: 3gp, RealPlayer, Windows Media Player, or Flash. Winamp Remote does not support the streaming of DRM protected music.

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5 years ago

Video Review: WM6 on Treo 750

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Video Review: WM6 on Treo 750

Mobility Today got a hold of one of the many WM6 on 750 test units that have been floating around lately, and so they kindly provide a video of it in action. Sadly: no exciting details on how Palm will give us this promised update and no exciting details in the OS itself: It's WM6. It's a Treo 750.

In other Palm news, I had been planning on skipping Palm's financial results conference call tomorrow. But now I gotta listen in, as it's the rumored deadline for a buyout by Moto or Nokia or whoever.

In any case, head on over to Mobility Today for the video.

Read: Video Review: Palm Treo 750 & Windows Mobile 6 @ Mobility Today

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5 years ago

HTC Kaiser: Flip Up Slider

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HTC Kaiser: Flip Up Slider

Chinese site mobilelife (via Engadget mobile via HoFo) shows us some photos of the new flip-action HTC slider device. Details from Engadget:

Besides the wacky flip-up action, the Kaiser ups the camera to a full 3 megapixels (an extra million pixels over its predecessor), adds HSUPA support for crazy fast uploads, GPS, and the now-obligatory Windows Mobile 6 Professional.

Normally I try to limit these rumor postings to stuff I'm sure we'll see in the USA - otherwise WMExperts would be nothing but. On the other hand, even if we don't know at all whether or not the Kaiser will grace these shores, it's impossible to ignore this neat little form-factor innovation.

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5 years ago

The Circle is Complete: T-Mobile Raises SMS Rates

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Verizon did it, Sprint did it, and Cingular did it, now T-Mobile has too: raised the per-message cost of SMS messages. I guess they were just feeling left out. I'm still bothered by the fact that as the infrastructure costs of this data goes does that the price is going up, but oh well. I recently switched to an unlimited text plan, so I'm not sure I'll be able to use this technical breach of contract to break my contract, but if you're itching to leave T-Mo, here's your chance.

As has been the case when other carriers have made similar moves, this constitutes a material breach of contract on T-Mobile's part, allowing customers to jump ship without paying the hefty $200-per line ETF

Read: T-Mobile increasing SMS rates, get out while you still can : The Boy Genius Report

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5 years ago

GPS Nav. for the Blind

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GPS Nav. for the Blind

This should have existed, oh, the moment GPS was commercially available. Nevertheless, I'm happy to hear that an Italian company is currently testing a GPS app written specifically for the blind. It's Symbian-only right now, but I have an extremely difficult time believing a similar app couldn't be written for Windows Mobile:

It requires just two dedicated keys on the mobile phone - one which, when pressed, tells the user their exact location including the house or building number and the other one alerts the call centre that the person needs assistance with navigation.

The next stage, the call from the call center, involved being given step by step directions from a human being in real time. Funny how my initial reaction to that is distrust (how many times have you been given bad directions?) - but not being blind means you can visually look around a map to see if something's accurate. So all in all, let's hope we see this sort of thing here.

Read: BBC NEWS | Technology | GPS navigation plan to help blind

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5 years ago

Get Amp'd in Canada

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Get Amp'd in Canada

amp'd mobile is probably the only MVNO that I respect, they seem to be doing well and offering more features to more folks than anybody else these days. Add "Canadians" to those folks, as amp'd has gotten itself attached to Telus's CDMA/EVDO network up north. That's one thing MVNO's have going for them -- you can launch services for an entire country without having to build all those pesky towers, eh?

With the partnership of TELUS and Amp'd Mobile, Inc. ("Amp'd Mobile"), Amp'd Mobile Canada is setting a new bar for mobile entertainment in the Canadian market.

Read: Amp'd Mobile launches in Canada - SlashPhone.com

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