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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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5 years ago

Lord of Devices, or, WM6 Cache of a different kind

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That, ladies and gentlemen, is a big damn pile of Windows Mobile 6 phones. New information? Nah. Crazy Rumors? Nah. In-depth analysis? Nah. Sometimes you just want to see a pile of new phones and fondle them all - or at least see a video it happening.

In this podcast, we grab a few quick minutes with Raleigh Paenitz — Microsoft’s resident Lord of Devices.

Read: MEDC


Video: MEDC Podcast #3: Lord of Devices

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5 years ago

WMExperts Prize-A-Day, 3rd Batch-O-Winners

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Here's the (belated) batch of winners from last week. Today's contest is here - and I should probably point out that the last day of the contest is fast approaching (the last contest will be posted on Monday) - so be sure to enter every day to maximize your chances of winning our Grand Prize!

  • Day 10 - Jeff wins his choice of cradle
    ...Day 10 taught me that there are more Blackjacks out there than I'd previously guessed. I'm going to have to pick up one of those suckers myself so I can properly test stuff with it -- too bad I'm not eligible for this contest myself. ;-)
  • Day 11 - Scott wins a retractable Sync'n'Charge cable
    ...Day 11 basically confirmed what I'd already thought: most people find their battery life is ok, but not stellar. And the MotoQ is the worst of the bunch.
  • Day 12 - gjlowe wins a copy of CorePlayer
    ...Ditto for Day 12's lessons: Music on your phone is nice for some folks, but for many, it ain't no iPod (or Zune).
  • Day 13 - bubbatex wins a copy of FlexWallet
    ...Two camps on Day 13: folks who just store PIM and folks who throw every blessed piece of information they possible can onto their smartphones.
  • Day 14 - maldog wins a Screen Protector Pack
    ...Seriously, does everybody own a Blackjack? A lot of reviews for Blackjack accessories.

That's enough for this roundup, I think. If you're not hip to our RSS Feed you can always check out this page for the latest Prie-A-Day Contest. (Full Contest Rules are here)

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5 years ago

WMExperts Prize-A-Day, Day 17

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WMExperts Prize-A-Day, Day 17

Time for me to face facts: I'm a bad driver - I use my phone in the car too much. I check maps, I text, I take calls, I've even been known to read an email or two. Bad. Bad Bad. One thing that helps, though, is having a car mount - especially when you're using GPS to map where you are. If, like me, you're bone-headed enough to be interacting with the internets via your smartphone while driving, the least you can do it make sure the smartphone is in a decent position.

Today's prize, therefore, is the Arkon CM910 Vehicle Mount. It should work with pretty much any phone and it includes a suction cup mount, a dash mount (via double stick tape) and a vent mount too. So there aren't many cars that won't accommodate this little bugger somewhere.

How to Win

I gave you my mea culpa - now give us yours. What's the most bone-headed thing you do with your smartphone? Emails during a supposedly romantic dinner? Texting while driving? Leaving the ringer on the movie theater? Comment on this post between now and noon EST tomorrow, March 8th, with your confession of personal smartphone silliness.

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. I should mention that we only have a few days left in our Prize-A-Day contest, so if you have some special-someone who needs a chance to upgrade their phone (or get a Slingbox!), let them know about us, hey?

(Full contest rules are here)

...and yes, I'm late announcing last week's winners. That'll be up later this afternoon. :)

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5 years ago

Tips From Former Carrier Reps on Getting Deals

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You really want to check out a couple of posts over at the Consumerist: "7 Confessions of a Cingular Sales Rep" and "8 Confessions of a Former Verizon Sales Rep". Both are chock-full of tips and tricks for getting the most out of these blood-suckers (the carriers, not the reps) when it comes time to upgrade your phone or change your plan. The gist: use the reps' incentives to your advantage. They get a big boost from text message plans, so offering to sign up for one of those should net you savings elsewhere. And with carriers constantly raising the costs of non-plan text messages, you probably should be getting one of those unlimited plans anyway (and the unlimited data plan too, lest you end up with a $8,677.29 phone bill).

Update: Add confessions from a Sprint rep to the mix.

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5 years ago

Yahoo Strikes Deal with HTC

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Yahoo Strikes Deal with HTC

When Yahoo Go Beta was released last year for Windows Mobile devices, I was pretty jazzed up about it. It basically offered quick and easy push email as well was calendar and contacts sync to your average Joe-Consumer with little to no setup. Sure, it was tied to Yahoo, but it was also incredibly well-made.

Later on Yahoo released "Gamma" which did not work on Windows Mobile, so finding the older version of the software became tough. I was unhappy. Now it appears that HTC and Yahoo have become BFF, as HTC plans to preload the Yahoo software on their devices - insipiring me to re-check their Windows Mobile page, which sadly shows just as many "Coming Soons" as it does compatible devices. Hopefully Yahoo will get it working on other devices soon - it's a great app for folks that want exchange-like functionality without the hassles of an exchange server. Currently it looks like April for PocktPC versions of WM.

Yahoo has teamed up with High Tech Computer (HTC) to put a suite of Internet software applications on millions of Windows Mobile handsets, the companies said Wednesday.

Read: Windows Mobile handsets get Yahoo Go

Update: I just noticed, there aren't any square screen devices on Yahoo's list of Devices that are "Coming Soon." Treo owners might be out of luck?

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5 years ago

FCC Confirms: HTC Titan / XV6800 / PPC6800 Still on the Way

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Leaked presentation slides, leaked pics, and leaked roadmaps are all well and good, but when the FCC approves a device, you can pretty much stop having doubts about whether or not a device is coming out. Engaget Mobile keeps a close eye on the FCC and it's paid off - the HTC Titan (aka Verizon XV6800 aka Sprint PPC 6800) is coming and coming soon.

The device should have EVDO Rev A, more memory, Bluetooth 2.0, and kill that damnable antenna. Heck, I'm even excited by the scroll wheel and WiFi on/off switch. In any case, if you like to read PDFs detailing radiation levels and suchlike, head straight to the FCC's report

there's some sort of wave of reassurance that washes over us when we see a promised new handset get two thumbs-up from our boys and girls at the Fed.

Read: HTC Titan all up in the FCC's business - Engadget Mobile

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