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4 years ago

Coming up Tuesday: WinMo 6.5 liveblog

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4 years ago

Microsoft's Project Pink rumored to be DOA

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On the eve of the biggest concerted launch we've seen from Microsoft's mobile side since, well, ever, comes a bit of less than optimistic rumor about the fabled "Pink" project. Mobile Crunch cites an anonymous source that spells out major trouble in the Pink camp.

Supposedly:

  • A good chunk of the original Sidekick team picked up in the Danger acquisition has been fired or left.
  • Third-party support is next to nil.
  • There's much dissent in the ranks, including rampant iPhone use.
  • The project is two years behind schedule.
  • The Turtle is a piece of junk. (our words, their sentiment)
  • Microsoft didn't develop the UI, and the team is struggling to replicate it.
  • Mobile Crunch's source says the project “is near death and probably will be canceled.”

So basically what this source is saying is that things were in shambles (now there's something new for Windows Mobile) and that the Sidekick was bought out and is going the way of the dinosaur. We discussed Project Pink at length on the WMExperts Podcast a couple of weeks ago and kept coming to the same conclusion: If Windows Mobile 7 is going to be as Zuneriffic (my word ... Don't worry, it'll catch on) and consumer-friendly as we hope, does Microsoft really need to split its lines again with whatever the Turtle and Pure were/are going to be? This could well be Microsoft converging ideas, and sour grapes over somebody being left out.

And another thing: We're discussing a pair of unannounced, leaked devices that are part of an unannounced, highly rumored project. This isn't like Palm killing the Foleo.

The death of the Sidekick line would be a bummer to a lot of people (save for Perez Hilton). But if Windows Mobile 7 turns out anything like we've been dreaming about (and we mean that more literally for, erm, some of us), we have a feeling that in due time, nobody will remember a couple of unannounced devices that might not see the light of day anyway.

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4 years ago

Windows Mobile 6.5/Marketplace launch day: What we're expecting to see

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Tomorrow's the day. After months and months of waiting after Windows Mobile 6.5 was announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Microsoft's work comes to fruition, with a massive worldwide launch of the new operating system, new phones, and new (or not so new) services from Microsoft.

We'll be there live in New York City for the whole shebang, so be sure to check in Tuesday morning. In the meantime, join us after the break for a brief primer of what we're expecting.

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4 years ago

WM Marketplace for WM6.0, 6.1 & 6.5 (not in ROM) Now Available

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For those who want to use Windows Marketplace for Mobile now and have an older device (Windows Mobile 6.0/6.1) or Windows Mobile 6.5 with the store not already on the in ROM, drellisdee over at PPC Geeks has managed to pull out the .CAB for the rest of us:

I made it from 23053 skymarket. Its for WWE only and only for devices that have a bootlauncher (IE no apache.) Let me know if it doesn't work on stock roms as its not signed as I'm not sure if signature is required but it will run on cooked roms with full kernel trust enabled.

Luckily my cooked WM6.5 ROM for the Snap did not have the store built in and so far it seems to be running just fine, as can be seen above. Basically the .CAB installs the link, which then hops to the store via your browser to download the latest store software.

So how's it working for you? Take the poll and let us know in comments! And remember that we're not officially expecting the Marketplace for older devices until next month.  Grab the file here at PPC Geeks.

Does WM Marketplace work on your WinMo device?(poll)
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4 years ago

Adobe announces Flash 10.1 for Windows Mobile

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Finally, after what has seemed like an eternity, Adobe this morning announced Flash Player 10.1 for Windows Mobile (and other smartphones, too) will be available in early 2010. No more Flash Lite. No more need for a proxy browser (though we still think they have their place). Real, live Flash in your mobile browser.

That said, we'll need to see it to believe it. We all know how taxing Flash can be on a desktop system, it's reasonable to believe that only the newer hardware will be able to capably run it. From the Adobe news release:

The browser-based runtime leverages the power of the Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) for accelerated video and graphics while conserving battery life and minimizing resource utilization. New mobile-ready features that take advantage of native device capabilities include support for multi-touch, gestures, mobile input models, accelerometer and screen orientation bringing unprecedented creative control and expressiveness to the mobile browsing experience. Flash Player 10.1 will also take advantage of media delivery with HTTP streaming, including integration of content protection powered by Adobe® Flash® Access 2.0. This effort, code-named Zeri, will be an open format based on industry standards and will provide content publishers, distributors and partners the tools they need to utilize HTTP infrastructures for high-quality media delivery in Flash Player 10.1 and Adobe® AIR® 2.0 software.

Get the full rundown here, and check out of a video of Flash 10.1 on the Toshiba TG01 (which is running a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, btw).

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4 years ago

Marketplace already live on some 6.5 phones

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First it was AT&T unceremoniously launching the launching the HTC Pure with Windows Mobile 6.5 two days before Microsoft officially unleashes the new OS, and now it looks like someone's flipped the switch on the Windows Marketplace for Mobile a day early. Engadget Mobile has noted that the Marketplace is live for Pure users, though we're also getting word that it's not working so well for those using cooked ROMs, and that there are only several dozen apps available right now (or, roughly the same amount as in Palm's App Catalog - zing!), though we're certainly expecting that to change in just a few hours.

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4 years ago

AT&T unboxes its own Pure and Tilt 2

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We've seen the official announcement for the AT&T Pure and Tilt 2, now we have an official AT&T unboxing video for the two new Windows Phones. While the Pure is available now, still no word when the Tilt2 will be available, just in "coming weeks."

A couple of notes from the video on the Tilt 2, it appears not to have a 3.5mm jack and while Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon dropped that pesky Push-to-talk button, AT&T has chosen to keep it around.  Fortunately, it does look like it's been reduced in size.

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4 years ago

WMExperts Podcast Episode 71

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WMExperts Podcast Episode 71


So we missed out on the official announcement of the AT&T Pure and Tilt 2, but Malatesta and Phil still bring you plenty of Pure news, preview Tuesday's Super Duper Windows Mobile 6.5 launch day, and cover everything else going on in the world of Windows Mobile and Microsoft.

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4 years ago

AT&T officially announces the Pure ($149) and Tilt 2 ($299)

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There's nothing like closing the barn door after the horse is out, but AT&T has officially announced the HTC Pure, which actually hit stores Sunday. Also announced, finally, was the Tilt 2, the Touch Pro 2 follow up to the Fuze or the original Tilt, depending on how you want to look at it. Both of the phones have (or will have, for the Tilt 2) Windows Mobile 6.5 on board from the get-go.

 

The Pure is available now, as we said, for $149.99 after contract and rebate. The Tilt Pro 2 "will be available in the coming weeks" — we've seen that Oct. 18 rumor floating around — for $299.99 after contract and rebate.

Full presser after the break.

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4 years ago

AT&T Pure on sale now for $149.99

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The rumors were true. Despite Tuesday being the official Oct. 6 Super Duper Windows Mobile 6.5 launch day, the AT&T Pure is on sale right now, in stores, for the low, low price of $149.99 after two-year contract and rebate. [via Tilt Mobility] And Windows Mobile 6.5 is already on board the variant of the HTC Touch Pro 2.

We sneaked over to our closest store, and there it was. We're obviously not going to do a full-on review while the device is shackled to the AT&T store, but a quick run-through had the UI running fairly smooth, including TouchFLO 3D. Opera Mobile 9.5 was on board, and the WinMo 6.5 build definitely was not one of the newer ones we've seen floating around.

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4 years ago

Review: Jabra HALO Bluetooth Headphones

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Review: Jabra HALO Bluetooth Headphones

Here we go again. You’ve seen the review of the Motorola S305, which is one of my favorite Bluetooth accessories. I'll also confessed to a personal A2DP addiction with the Samsung SBH600 (review pending).

If you pay close attention on this site, you probably saw the announcement for Jabra’s HALO Bluetooth headset. The stylish, lightweight headset is a Best Buy exclusive; but we thought we’d put it through the ringer to see if it’s worth the $129.99 that it will set you back.

Hit the link to see our thoughts after we get up close and personal.

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4 years ago

The AT&T Pure start menu

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4 years ago

Get a T-Mobile Touch Pro 2 ... for FREE

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We've seen the major U.S. carriers locked in a bit of a pricing war over the latest HTC phones. T-Mobile has fired the latest salvo, offering up the HTC Touch Pro 2 for free.

"But, Phil," you say, "this must be some kind of scam! They must be crazy!" It's not, and they are, but whatever. This is part of that WMDeals Web site, and it's indeed legit. So if you've been holding off on that T-Mo Touch Pro 2, you really don't have any more excuses. Just follow the instructions above.

Via pocketnow

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4 years ago

My Phone will be down Monday-Tuesday

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My Phone will be down Monday-Tuesday

Heads up, all you My Phone users out there. The service will be offline starting at 8 a.m. EDT Monday through sometime Tuesday morning while Microsoft upgrades the service.

From the My Phone blog:

On October 5th, 2009 at 5AM (Pacific Daylight Time) (check your local time here) the Microsoft My Phone service will be unavailable while we upgrade the service. The service will come back online on October 6th, 2009 Tuesday morning PDT. Stay tuned for more information. You can also follow us on http://twitter.com/msmyphone for updates.

We're expecting My Phone to play a big part in the Oct. 6 Super Duper Windows Mobile 6.5 launch day events, so an upgrade outage is not expected. Stay tuned, folks.

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