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5 years ago

It's survey time: Tell us what you want!

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It's survey time: Tell us what you want!

Friends, countrymen, faithful WMExperts readers: Lend us your ears eyes. We've worked up a quick survey to help us (and, yes, our advertisers) better understand exactly what is important to you. Want more T-Mobile? Less HTC? More of everything? Let us know!

The survey only takes a couple of minutes, and we love getting feedback from you guys and gals.

Take the WMExperts Reader Survey now!

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5 years ago

Samsung's Acme and C6625

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Samsung's Acme and C6625

You can tell a trade show is on the horizon when announcements and "leaks" of new products are appearing, and Samsung isn't going to be left out. We've picked up on two new devices from the company that should make an appearance at this month's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

First is the Samsung Acme i8910, which, of course, brings images of the Roadrunner and Wiley Coyote to mind. Fortunately, this Acme product looks a more dependable than the generic Looney Tunes cartoon products. Details of this phone are still sketchy. But based on the photos that leaked, it appears to have a 3.5mm headphone jack, front-facing camera (rumored to have quite a few megapixels), and it's being described as the Samsung Omnia's big brother. Also on board reportedly is GPS, an HDMI output (!), WiFi, and it will come in 8 or 16 gigabytes. No word on operating system, but there is some speculation this may be an Android device or follow in the Omnia's footsteps and will be a Windows Mobile device.

The second device definitely is a Windows Mobile device. The Samsung C6625 is a Windows Mobile Standard device with front facing QWERTY keyboard and 2.6-inch QVGA screen. Sporting a 2-megapixel camera, Bluetooth/WiFi/GPS, 100 megs of internal storage and microSD expansion, there hasn't been an "official" announcement on the C6625 yet and it may be another one of Samsung's offerings at the Mobile World Congress.

 And have we mentioned yet that we'll be in Barcelona for all the crazy announcements?

Read: SlashGear and WMPoweruser

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5 years ago

Acer to show ... something ... at MWC

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Just what *is* that? Is it a phone? Is it a Mobile Internet Device? Is it some sort of crazy communications module left behind by the alien invasion? Nobody's quite sure. But what the Boy Genius reportedly does know is that this is some device that Acer is going to show off in a couple of weeks at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

At this point, your guess is as good as ours as to whether this thing will run Windows Mobile, Android, or something else entirely. We keep squinting at that crazy keyboard to try to find some WinMo telltale, but all we keep seeing is a sailboat. Is that really some weird swiveling screen? Or is it detachable? Feel free to speculate on your own in the comments.

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5 years ago

Official look at the Toshiba TG01

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Official look at the Toshiba TG01

The general consensus after we first saw that Toshiba TG01 that you either love or hate the retro user interface, and that still stands.

But now we have a more official look at the phone. (Better let that sucker above buffer some. Don't say we didn't warn you.) And boy howdy is that thing thin. Still not sure about the crazy three-stripe interface, but it at least looks like the colors are customizable away from that "Life on Mars" 1970s day-glo orange scheme.

Via Engadget Mobile and Pocket Lint

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5 years ago

HTC S740/S743/Rose 130 Clears FCC Hurdle

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Code named "Rose 130", which we suspect is the HTC S740, has passed FCC scrutiny and we might see it offered in U.S. markets soon. According to the report, the "Rose 130" features at least dual-band GSM(1900 and 850) and dual band 3G (850 and 1900) support as well as Wifi and Bluetooth.  We expected the "Rose 130" to eventually become the S743.

HTC announced the S743 at last month's Consumer Electronics Show and it is expected to first be introduced unbranded and available through select retail outlets such as Dell.com and CDW.com.

Thanks, Marco, for the tip!

[Read: Cellphonesignal.com]

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5 years ago

More on Microsoft's Skybox service

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More on Microsoft's Skybox service

Aside from all the new phones we're sure to see in a couple weeks at Mobile World Congress, we're totally geeked out over what Microsoft is expected to announce.

Of course there's Windows Mobile 6.5 We've seen the leaks. But it's Skybox, Skyline and Skymarket that have the longer-term implications. ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley shares some thoughts of what we might find in Skybox, with help from some unnamed sources. The bullet points on the upcoming cloud hub that will manage much of your user data and information:

  • Skybox 1.0 will go into beta this month. The beta will be free, and ad-supported.
  • Skybox 1.5 will come in the summer and see a free service and premium paid service.
  • Skybox 1.5 will be available on Windows Mobile 6.1, 6.5 and a few non-WinMo phones.
  • Skybox 2.0 is the big cheese. There will be integration with Windows Live Services. You'll manage your phone, ringtones, apps, music, video, backgrounds – all from the cloud.

This is starting to get very exciting. And we'll be on the floor in Barcelona Feb. 16-19 to bring you all the goodness.

Read: What’s Microsoft hiding in its Skybox in the cloud?

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5 years ago

Danger and dual-core: The Andy Lees U.S. tour continues

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Andy Lees, fresh off chatting up The New York Times, now has sat down with CNET's Ina Fried, giving us a couple more things to ponder as we await Mobile World Congress and the expected announcement of Windows Mobile 6.5, and the future cloud services.

There's not too much newness here — Windows Mobile 6.5's supposed to keep us going until WM7 finally is released, the new Internet Explorer Mobile, those "Sky" cloud services. But Microsoft's VP of all-things-mobile does offer a little bit of what some of the Danger team (the group behind the Sidekick that was purchased by Microsoft last year) has been up to.

Microsoft has two separate teams at work on the services piece. One is Microsoft's Windows Live group, while the other is a rather secretive group headed by former Mac unit head Roz Ho--a group that also includes the team Microsoft acquired when it bought Danger. Lees declined to say specifically what Ho is up to, however.

And that's still in line with what we'd been thinking all along. We weren't expecting a Windows Mobile Sidekick. Rather, it's the services Microsoft was after.

Fried also gets Lees to geek out a little over some upcoming devices. And if this pans out, it could radically change the Windows Mobile front.

He noted that the power of the kinds of phones that come out next year will be incredible, well beyond even today's devices. Phones next year will have dual-core processors, super-fast data connections, and graphics power rivaling that of the original Xbox.

But our first thought after reading that is, what's it gonna cost us? But no matter what, we're getting more and more psyched for Mobile World Congress and beyond.

Ina Fried's Beyond Binary

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5 years ago

Dell (again) rumored to have a smartphone

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It's been rumored, sqaushed, rumored and rumored some more, but the Wall Street Journal (pay site) says it has confirmed that Dell is getting back into the smartphone business.

Dell Inc., aiming to rev up sales as its mainstay personal computer business struggles in the recession, is preparing a move into cellphones as early as next month, said people familiar with the matter.

The Round Rock, Texas, company has had a group of engineers working on the phones for more than a year from an office in the Chicago area, these people said. They produced prototypes built on Google Inc.'s Android operating system and Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Mobile software, these people said.

Unwiredview dives a little deeper:

Dell has not committed themselves to launching a smartphone yet and may abandon their efforts anytime. But, according to WSJ, Michael Dell has been looking into a smartphone opportunity ever since his return in 2007.

Also, according to WSJ, Dell smartphone development team spent much of last year meeting with suppliers of phone components, several phone software companies, and Asian manufacturers of phones.

Dell smartphones? As early as next month, eh? Don't sound so surprised. We know they've played a part in the Pharos line. That said, the WSJ is quoting unnamed sources, so anything can happen. But might we see some sort of announcment at Mobile World Congress?

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5 years ago

Garmin and Asus team up for the nüvifone G60; is a Windows Mobile version on the way?

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Garmin, the GPS behemoth, and Asus, the Taiwanese hardware manufacturer that has dabbled in Windows Mobile, have teamed up to finally get nüvifones, the uber-location-based iPhone-looking phones, onto the market. And Gizmodo is speculating that Windows Mobile could well be the operating system of choice. The love child would be called the nüvifone G60.

Giz is reporting that the first nüvifone out of the block won't be Android-based (sorry, guys).

Rather, it will be a phone running another "major platform." I am guessing that means Windows Mobile, but there's no telling which version, 6.1, 6.5 or 7.

We may learn a little more this morning when Asus and Garmin address the North American markets, and they've promised that we'll get a good look at the nüvifone at Mobile World Congress in a couple of weeks in Barcelona, Spain. And if this Windows Mobile angle checks out, we'll be there on top of it.

For now, check out the full press release after the break.

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5 years ago

Acer Smartphone Confirmed: Feb 16

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Acer Smartphone Confirmed: Feb 16

We knew that after Acer's acqusition of E-Ten that it was only a matter of time before we saw an Acer Smartphone.  That time will apparely come February 16th at Mobile World Congress.  We're hoping for some 6.5 action, but honestly we'd settle for something new and interesting and not just a rebrand of E-Ten's Glofiish series -- devices which are nothing to sniff at, but still aren't really the makings of of a brand new launch.

MWC09 should be pretty exciting, we'll be there. 

[Read: Pocket-Lint via BGR]

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5 years ago

Sprint killing Touch Diamond, Q9c, Treo 800w

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The Boy Genius has scored a Sprint deathlist, with a couple of Windows Mobile phones slated to be EOL'd – that's end of life – in the coming months.

The Motorola Q9c is on the chopping block, with its execution date set for mid-June. No replacement is noted.

Also on the list is the HTC Touch Diamond, which would go the way of the dinosaurs in July. There's no replacement noted for it, either, though we'd be willing to bet we'll eventually see something off that leaked HTC lineup.

And finally there's the Palm Treo 800w, which will bite the big one in April and be replaced by the Treo Pro. The question remains exactly when.

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5 years ago

More on the nüvifone G60, Garmin and Asus' Alliance

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We're listening in on the Garmin Press call about the nüvifone G60 that they'll be co-releasing.  They're pretty pumped about their synergistic strategic alignments (or somesuch corporate-speak), the news is that nüvifone will soon expand into a "broad range of devices." The G60 will be shown off, but more imporantly a new model be fully unveiled at MWC09, and apparently more will come later this year.

It looks like they're trying to stay mum about just what OS they're planning on using long-term.  As we said before the G60 is some custom ROM and the next device isn't likely to be Android.  Given one of these partners is Asus, it's still a good possibility that the announced device at MWC09 will run on Windows Mobile.  Later on, though, all bets are off.  Both members are part of the Open Handset Alliance and it will "be part of the strategy moving forward," so WinMo might not be the long-term solution.

If you're interested in the business aspect, it's a straightforward "contractual alliance with profit sharing" and co-branding.  In other words, no mergers or acquisitions here, they're just working together.  Both companies are free to do whatever they'd like with other gadgets, they're just working together on smartphones.

You can try to hunt down more deets at garminasus.com, but it's  pretty slim pickings.

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5 years ago

Google launches Latitude friend finder

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You know this was inevitable. Google, king of stage, screen, search, mail and maps, has launched Google Latitude, which is part of Google Maps. Here's what you'll get:

  • Share locations: Location sharing starts only when both you and a friend agree. Invite friends via email or easily add them from your Gmail contacts.
  • Control privacy: You can share, set, or hide your location - or turn off Google Latitude - from the privacy menu. You can also hide your location or share only a city-level location with certain friends. (Update: Still worried about your privacy? Google's got a video covering that.)
  • Share status: Create a status message and upload your photo within Latitude. It also syncs directly with Google Talk. Check your friends' status messages to see what your friends are up to.
  • Contact your friends: Quickly contact your friends with an SMS, IM, or phone call. You can also get directions to lead you to your friends.

Yes, it's yet another location-based friend finder. But this one has something like none of the others – Google and its quintuple-zillion users, and the weight of the world's largest Internet search company. Unlike other other services of this kind, Google doesn't have to go out and find the users. They're already there. And that means that Google Latitude may well become the one location-based friend finder app to rule them all.

Go get Latitude here, or head to google.com/latitude on your mobile browser. Latitude also works on your desktop and can be accessed with your iGoogle page.

Note that Google Latitude will work with Windows Mobile 5.0 and up, but not all carriers support the location-based service, as we also found out with a recent upgrade to Microsoft's Live Search.

Latitude also works with Android phones (though U.S. users have to wait for an update), most BlackBerries and most Symbian S60 devices. Support for the iPhone and iPod Touch is coming soon.

Getcher gallery of Latitude up and running on Windows Mobile after the break.

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5 years ago

WMExperts Invades the Cell Phone Junkie Unlocked

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If you're not already listening to the cell phone junkie podcast, shame on ya. Take this as your call to add them to your podcatcher, as yours - truly joined Mickey and Joey on their most recent episode to talk about the Smartphone Round Robin

Also joining the 'cast, Matt Miller of our brand new sister-site Nokia Experts. If you're not reading Nokia Experts, double shame on you, becuase there's quality content there both for S60 lovers and (this may mean you, it definitely means me) people new to the platform and looking to learn more about how the most dominant smartphone OS on the planet works.  Have a question about S60? Ask here in the comments and you'll be automatically entered to win one of two Nokia smartphones, the N85 or the E71.  The contest last for another couple of weeks, but the question round ends on Sunday, so hie thee hence!

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5 years ago

SPB Mobile Shell 3.0 Announced

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SPB Mobile Shell 3.0 Announced

SPB Software plans to offer a sneak peak of their new Mobile Shell 3.0 at this months Mobile World Congress. The update version of the popular utility is fitted with a flexible 3D animation engine, Facebook integration, kinetic scrolling, widgets and multiple usability innovations. SPB Mobile Shell 3.0 is due to be released to manufacturers in late February 2009 and released to consumers late March of 2009. According to SPB upgrades policy, all end users who purchase software within 90 days of a new version release are eligible for free upgrades. So, if you've recently purchase SPB Mobile Shell and are within that magical 90 day window the upgrade to 3.0 will be free.

 

[Read: SPB Press Release]

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