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4 years ago

Verizon Omnia II: Coming in mid-October with Windows Mobile 6.1

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Okay folks we have some info that regarding the much anticipated Samsung Omnia II on Verizon, which has been evidently arriving for what seems like months now. (June, anyone?)

We're hearing from our source:

  • Verizon is waiting for Samsung to officially launch it first.
  • Verizon is looking to launch sometime in mid-October.
  • It will launch on Verizon with Windows Mobile 6.1.
  • Windows Mobile 6.5 will be in a ROM update, but not for a while.
  • The Omnia II is launching elsewhere with Windows Mobile 6.5.

Of course Verizon is also launching the HTC Imagio aka 'Whitestone' on Oct. 6, which we hear is still on track. That device is launching with Windows Mobile 6.5, giving a slight advantage over the Omnia II, at least initially.

Then again, the Omnia II has that swank custom UI, which is just a tad more impressive than Windows Mobile 6.5, so it's probably a wash. See it in action here.

Now knowing this Verizon-ers, which device are you holding out for? Hit the poll, and leave your reasons in the comments.

Which upcoming Verizon phone most tickles your fancy?(polling)
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4 years ago

AT&T announces TerreStar Genus sat phone

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Don't expect to see this is stores anytime soon, but AT&T this morning announced it'll carry the TerreStar Genus Windows Mobile satellite phone. Dieter actually got his hands on this beast back at CTIA in April. As a reminder, we're talking a 2.6-inch, 240x230 touchscreen, WinMo 6.5 Pro,WiFi, GPS (natch), 3MP camera, 100MB of user-available memory and a 1,400mAh battery.

But, like we said, the Genus won't be available in your corner AT&T store. It's government Corporate Responsibility User subscribers, enterprise and small businesses who can look for it in the first quarter of 2010. AT&T does, however, say it's "working on a simliar solution for consumers."

No word on pricing, but you can bet that data plan won't be cheap.

AT&T Business Center

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4 years ago

BodyGuardz Protective Skin available for the T-Mobile Touch Pro 2

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For you T-Mobile Touch Pro 2 owners who don't want to bulk up with a full-fledged case, BodyGuardz now has custom-fit protective skins.

These protectors are made from the same material that is used to protect the front of automobiles from stones and other abrasive elements and, as the name implies, are like a second skin for your phone.

In stock now in the WMExperts store.

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4 years ago

If the whole world had Microsoft Tag ...

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We've not been the biggest fans of Microsoft Tag for several reasons — it's another standard that would have be be adopted, it's not widely available, etc. — but you have to admit the advert you see above is compelling. And Tag is built ino Windows Mobile 6.5, so we may see it gain some traction.

This video actually is a spec ad directed by a previous Microsoft collaborator.

I Started Something has got a couple more. Check 'em out.

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4 years ago

From the CES files: Microsoft Tag

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From the CES files: Microsoft Tag

Here's one we didn't quite get to earlier this month at CES 2009: Microsoft Tag. If the little barcode looks familiar, it should. It's in the same family as the QR Code, the black-and-white dot matrix-looking guy that gained popularity in Japan but hasn't really made it anywhere else.

Now Microsoft is pushing this new standard. Basically, using an app from Microsoft, you take a picture of the tag. The app then gets the metadata off the tag, then heads online to display a Web page, Vcard, text ad, dialier, etc.

Advantages over the black-and-white QR Code:

  • The color and design of the tag allow for more data in a smaller space.
  • It works better with cell phone cameras.
  • Unlike QR Code, this has the full weight of Microsoft behind it.

What's holding it back:

  • This never got off the ground in Japan. Is a better tag enough to make it popular here? Right now, this beta program is only available in the U.S.
  • It's yet one more standard for developers and users. And this one is "owned" by microsoft and needs its servers to work in the first place.
  • Because it goes through the mothership, Microsoft will have all sorts of metrics on who uses the tags (as well as on you, the user). And right now, it's free to create a tag. Will it always be so?
  • Let's face it: This is still pretty gadgety, even for us.

If you want to give it a shot, head on over to www.microsoft.com/tag and download the app, then start snapping away. We'll even give you a tag to start with. (pdf link)

Via MSDN

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4 years ago

Sprint Touch Pro 2 rumored for $150 price drop

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It's been no great secret that the Sprint version of the Touch Pro 2, which is listed at $349 after two-year contract and rebate, can be had for much less. We learned that from the get-go thanks to our outstanding commenters (that's you guys!). But a rumor coming through the long series of tubes (that's the Internets) has it that Sprint may be dropping the official price down to $199 to fall in line with the likes of Verizon. We may find out on Thursday.

We'll see. There also are rumors that for you early adopters who paid full price, some sweet talk with Sprint eCare reps could score you a $100 credit.

Now, then. Will T-Mobile, which is still offering its Touch Pro 2 at $349, be dropping its price anytime soon? And where will AT&T land when it (hopefully) eventually launches the Tilt 2?

ppcgeeks via BGR

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4 years ago

HTC HD2 appears in O2 catalog

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HTC HD2 appears in O2 catalog

Guess that makes it really real: The HTC HD2 (aka the Leo) has made an appearance in the an in-store catalog for the UK's O2 network, and said catalog was slipped to Engadget Mobile. They're also hearing that the rumored Oct. 12 launch date might have slipped to Oct. 26.

Engadget also points out that the promo shot show the standard Windows Mobile 6.5 home screen instead of that new TouchFLO 3D goodness we've been seeing, which is interesting. Maybe that means something, maybe it's just promo shenanigans.

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4 years ago

Sprint Snap (S511) Gets WM6.5 Custom ROM Action

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Hot on the heels of the Sprint Treo Pro's custom ROM comes one for the Sprint Snap, a device which I love and hate (hint: the KB drives me nuts).

As usual, credit goes to those mavericks at XDA.  Specifically jockyw2001, who did the HardSPL to unlock the ROM and ookba who brings a beautiful WM6.5 custom job with all sorts of goodies loaded up.

It's a pretty basic install:

  1. Run HardSPL
  2. Run SDA Application Unlock,
  3. Install Custom ROM

So how is WM6.5 for Standard?  Pretty. It's zippy, looks nice and works.

Ookba has done a great job of cooking all sorts of customizations, including Titanium Weather (similar to NRG Weather), button configuration utility, HTC UI Tweaks, IE keymaps, HTC Comm Manager, Skyfire, Opera Mini, HTC's Unlock screen...basically it feels more like the Verizon Ozone now (except the KB).

After the jump are a few screenshots. Remember, it's always nice to tip or at least give a thanks to these folks for all the hard work!

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4 years ago

Windows Mobile 6.5 on a 7-inch, Snapdragon-powered tablet? Yes, please!

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And you thought the HTC HD2 was big? Hows about Windows Mobile 6.5 on a 7-inch LCD display, powered by the same Snapdragon processor? OK, so this is a tablet dubbed "Mangrove" and not a Windows phone, technically speaking, but it does sport 3G and WiMAX, WiFi, USB ports and a MicroSD card slot.

Next question: Considering what it would likely cost, what the heck would you do with it?

AVing via Engadget and jkkmobile

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4 years ago

Garmin-Asus nüvifone G60 officially announced on AT&T; available Oct. 4 for $299

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At long last, the Garmin-Asus nüvifone G60 has been officially announced on AT&T and will be available Oct. 4 — that's this Sunday. Price is as we've previously reported: $299 after contract and rebate. Of course, this is a Garmin venture we're talking about here, so navigation is the centerpiece of the phone. Nuvifone Premium Connected Services will be offered for a 30-day trial, and then $5.99 a month after that.

Full presser after the break.

Update: Er, see, this is what happens when you write with one eye open. Berrydale in our comments correctly points out that this is the nuvifone that, erm, doesn't run Windows Mobile. We're still waiting on the M20.

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4 years ago

Submitting an app to the Marketplace

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4 years ago

WMExperts Podcast Episode 70

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WMExperts Podcast Episode 70


Malatesta and Phil talk up Microsoft's Project Pink, the deluge of HTC HD2 news and the latest in Windows Mobile. Plus, more of your e-mails and a couple of voicemails.

(Sorry for the feed problem, folks. You may need to re-subscribe in iTunes or Zune Marketplace.)

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4 years ago

Review: SPB Mobile Shell 3.5

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Review: SPB Mobile Shell 3.5

SPB Software has announced an update to its excellent Windows Mobile application, Mobile Shell. We saw major renovations to Mobile Shell with the release of version 3.0 earlier this year, and the updated version, 3.5, doesn't break suit.

SPB Mobile Shell is a user interface for Windows Mobile Professional (touchscreen phones) that implements touch navigation, widgets, and multiple pages to put more functionality at your fingertips.

Follow the break for highlights of the updated version along with some screenshots.

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4 years ago

New Pic of Verizon Imagio aka 'Whitestone'; Launching with WM6.5

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Looks like PhoneArena got their lucky mitts on some shots of the Verizon Imagio, which were hearing is still slated for a release on October 6th. We also know something else "launching" October 6th, ahem--not coincidence.

We finally learn that the "Media" button links to VCast MobileTV, part of the Qualcomm MediaFLO network, which till now hasn't been used by US carriers (to our knowledge).

Nothing else has changed:

  • WM6.5
  • Qualcomm 7600 @ 528MHz
  • 512MB ROM/256MB RAM
  • 3.6-inch WVGA touchscreen
  • 5-megapixel autofocus camera/Anti-handshaking
  • gpsOne (aGPS and full GPS)
  • GSM/CDMA World phone
  • Kickstand
  • 3.5mm Headset jack
  • Manilla 2.5

Check out the two other diagram shots from the user manual after the jump.

[via PhoneArena]

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4 years ago

CDMA Touch Pro 2's: See Their Guts!

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Ever wonder what the inside of the Verizon/Sprint Touch Pro 2 looks like?  Want to see how to disassemble your $600 phone and void the warranty?  Then check out these posts

  • Santod, shows us the FCC internal shots of the Verizon Touch Pro 2, obviously taken in dirty garage (.pdf file)
  • JinxCA who goes one step further and strips his own Sprint Touch Pro 2 down, including directions & tools to do it yourself

As noted in my review, they are definitely using Broadcomm WiFi/BT chipset instead of Texas Instruments, which I found to be a great decision.  Other than that, these are pretty standard--tell us in comments if you see anything cool or uniqe!

 

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