Acer has announced two new Windows Phones that will be running Windows Mobile 6.5.3.
The Acer Neotouch P300 is a sliding-keyboard designed Windows Phone that will sport a 3.2" WQVGA touch screen. The Acer NeoTouch P400 is a "black slab" Windows Phone that is powered by the Qualcomm 7227 600mhz processor.
The P300 is listed as being available in March of 2010 while the P400 is expected to hit the market in May of 2010. Both will likely hit the European market first, with the potential of eventually finding the U.S. market.
Dieter and Phil hope to get some hands-on time with these two Windows Phones but in the meantime, for more on the available specs and pictures of these Acer phones, ease on past the break.
For you fans of SPB Mobile Shell out there, we're pleased to report that good things are coming in Version 5.0. They're not quite ready for you yet, but they're coming this year. The 3D animations are as smooth as butter, and the video doesn't do justice to how nice it looks on a screen as large as the HTC HD2. Peep the video after the break.
Toshiba still has some of the biggest and most elusive (at least in the U.S.) phones around. Case in point: The TG02. This 4.1-inch monster sports the 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 512MB of ROM/256MB of RAM and SPB Mobile Shell running atop Windows Mobile 6.5.3.
Nothing too crazy about that (and we couldn't get them to answer on the whole "waterproof" thing we saw in early leaks. But this is one of the lightest phones you'll ever see -- especially for something with a 4.1-inch screen. It's crazy light. If you were to drop it, it'd probably just float back to Earth. It's that light. It's also pretty darn snappy, thanks to, well, Snapdragon. See for yourself after the break.
We had a much more quiet look at Windows Phone 7 Series today at Mobile World Congress, and it really brings the upcoming Microsoft operating system into a new light. (See our previous hands-on.) Yes, it still looks like it's based on the Zune software, but it's really so much more. And we heard a few of you still calling it a Zune phone, and we're calling you out as soon as we get back.
Check out our latest hands-on from Barcelona after the break.
Let's just get this out in the open: The Sony Ericsson Aspen left us wanting. Maybe we were blinded by our desire to see a new front-facing QWERTY Windows phone with a touchscreen, just like mama (erm, Palm and others) used to make. Instead what we got was a so-so keyboard with a touchscreen-optimized operating system on a 2.4-inch diagonal screen. Even those of you with small hands would find hitting the tiny icons on the screen a little ridiculous.
Still, the name of the game with Sony Ericsson this week has been "Think small" -- at least in the physical size of its phones. And that definitely was achieved here. See what we mean after the break.
We actually got to handle the Toshiba K01 a lot more than you'll get to see in this hands-on, and it's an interesting little (erm, huge, actually) phone. It has a 4.1-inch screen, 1GHz Snapdragon processor and a full four-row QWERTY keyboard. But darned if it's not light as a feather and pretty speedy to boot, even in its unfinshed, "No, you can't video it it yet" form.
Like the TG01 and its follow-up, the TG02, it's unlikely we'll see it in the United States. But we've got you covered with more after the break.
Marketplace will be getting "World View" (previously known as Geo Selector) which will allow Marketplace users to browse and purchase applications from different geographic catalogs. Application prices will show up in the users local currently.
Microsoft will also be allowing Marketplace users to install applications downloaded from the Marketplace to their storage card.
Marketplace will also see a few changes with regards to independent software vendors (ISV), Marketplace. ISVs will no longer have to pay a $10 fee for submitting applications to additional markets. The ISV registration process is to be simplified by offering different registration paths based on the type of ISV (company, individual, student).
Marketplace will be expanding to the Russian market both for consumers and ISVs. Users in Russia will be able to access and purchase apps via credit card and ISVs will be able to register with Marketplace.
Lastly, changes are being made to existing Marketplace application acceptance to allow VoIP apps that use carrier networks unless there is a prohibition by a mobile carrier. Networks will be able to dictate if VoIP apps are acceptable on their networks.
We've shared the announcement news on the HTC HD Mini and we've shared some hands on time with the new Windows Phone. HTC now has the HD Mini listed on their UK website detailing the full specs on the phone. Along with the specs already listed in the announcement, the HD Mini will have GPS, Wifi, Proximity, Light, and G Sensors.
The specifications also indicate social networking capability with Youtube, Facebook and Twitter. There is also an interesting feature listed that automatically lowers the ringer volume when you pick the phone up and increases it when the phone is in a case, pocket, purse, etc. Keep in mind that these are the European specs and if this phone lands in the U.S. it may vary slightly.
Ease on past the break to see the promotional video that HTC is offering on the HD Mini.
We've known for some time now that the HD2 is headed to T-Mobile. Today at the 2010 Mobile World Congress, T-Mobile announced the creation of a comprehensive mobile entertainment experience for the HTC Windows Phone. The Entertainment Package will be pre-loaded on the T-Mobile HD2 that will include:
Barnes & Noble eReader
Blockbuster on Demand (Blockbuster’s first-ever video download application on a smartphone)
Paramount Pictures "Transformers" and "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen"
Gogo Inflight Internet Services (six month trial for inflight wifi services on over 2,500 daily U.S. flights)
The Paramount Pictures movies are reportedly loaded on a pre-installed 16gb microSD card. The Entertainment package is designed to highlight the multimedia features of the HD2.
“T-Mobile is committed to offering innovative solutions to connect, inspire and entertain our customers through the power of mobile technology,” said George Harrison, vice president, marketing product innovation, T-Mobile USA. “By combining leading innovation in the world of entertainment with the large screen and processing power of the HTC HD2, we’ve created a unique and powerful mobile entertainment experience.”
The T-Mobile HD2 is expected in stores this Spring.
The HTC HD Mini: Same massive Windows Mobile power (or nearly so), in a smaller -- or at least more normal-sized than the HD2 -- body. The HD Mini sports Windows Mobile 6.5.3. Full pictorial after the break.
HTC has announced the HTC HD Mini today and it's exactly what the name implies: the HTC HD2 shrunk down into a more manageable size. Ok, technically you have a more average screen resolution of 320x480 and a more average processor speed at 600Mhz. Still and all: the HTC HD2 experience on a comfortably small device sounds pretty good, don't it?
Size: 103.8 X 57.7 X 11.7 mm (4.09 X 2.27 X 0.46 inches)
Weight: 110 grams (3.88 ounces) with battery
Display: 3.2 inches, 320 X 480 HVGA, Glass
Processor: 600 MHz
Battery: 1200, 400 mins talk time on 3G
3.5 mm stereo audio jack, Standard micro-USB
Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional with HTC Sense
ROM: 512 MB RAM: 384 MB
Bands: 900/2100 3G, Quad band Edge
We're really digging the design on this one - check out those fancy screws on the back and the glass screen on the front. As has become (sadly) typical for HTC announces at MWC, this too is a European-and-Asian-only-to-start kind of deal. "Broadly" available in the beginning of April, it looks to keep the flame alive for Windows Mobile 6.5 just a little longer.
None of us have doubted HTC's commitment to Microsoft and its next-generation OS, nor are we shocked to hear that it will release multiple devices this year, so no news there. However, there is one interesting line that caught our attention:
HTC is working closely with Microsoft to bring the unique HTC experience that customers love.
So what exactly does "unique HTC experience" mean? Call us crazy (no seriously, go ahead), but that sounds like HTC will be customizing something on their Seven devices, no?
The question of whether or not OEMs can alter the UI has yet to be answered by Microsoft. It seems that the end-user (and developers) will indeed be limited on what they can alter (translation: no Today Screen plugins), but it is unclear what OEMs and operators are limited to doing.
For the longest time SPB Mobile Shell was easily the best choice to customize the look and feel of your touchscreen Windows Mobile device. Our review of the most recent version of Mobile Shell (version 3.5) touted SPB’s penchant for putting so much functionality at your fingertips.
Somewhat lost in the shuffle of Microsoft’s big Windows Phone Seven Series announcement at Mobile World Congress, SPB announced version 5.0 of SPB Mobile Shell. Mobile Shell 5.0 introduces a number of new features such as a 3D engine which allows for a number of 3 dimensional graphical effects and 3d widgets. Improved support for social networks such as Facebook and Twitter will allow for status updates as well as contact and photo synchronization. One innovative feature that SPB is introducing is their Natural Interaction Engine which will provide support for technologies for Multitouch and G-sensors.
SPB has made a significant investment in the developer/hardware manufacturer segments with Mobile Shell 5.0. SPB UI Builder 2.0 is a set of tools that allow for customization of Mobile Shell and includes access to a number of APIs and includes a skin builder and plugins for integration for industry tools such as 3DMAX and Microsoft Expression Blend.
Microsoft needed to really turn heads today with their Windows Mobile 7 Series presentation. The presentation was critical to squelch the rumors, silence the critics who have ready to announce the death of Windows Mobile and to remain competitive in the Smartphone industry.
Steve Ballmer gave no context for what was to be presented believing it was important to just get on with the show and let Joe Balifore, Microsoft VP in charge of Windows Phones, lead the way in raising the curtain on the 7 Series. "In the end, this is all about the phones and how consumers will react." Balmer said. "It was important to get it (7 Series) out, show what we have now, rather than have it leaked out."
Microsoft needed to breath new life into one of the oldest mobile platforms still in existence. Based on what we saw this morning during the presentation and the hands-on time spent with the new OS, Microsoft did what it needed to do and did it well. Follow the break for more observations and thoughts on Microsoft's' Windows Phone 7 Series presentation.