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5 years ago

One day only: Unlocked Dash for $99

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5 years ago

Your Project Pink/WinMo 7 rumor du jour

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OK, it's been a little while since we discussed "Project Pink," the project that Microsoft swears isn't a Zune phone, isn't (necessarily) Windows Mobile 7 and might or might not have anything to do with that punky pop singer. (OK, we made that last part up.)

Here's the latest breakdown by ZDNet's Mary-Jo Foley:

  • Pink has an ad rep in the form of McCann Erickson, which also handles advertising for Windows Mobile. (Or not, depending on your view of things.)
  • Pink will be based on Windows Mobile 7 but won't look like the Windows Mobile 7 most of us are expecting.
  • Windows Mobile 7 should ship to OEMs about the time that WinMo 6.5 phones go to market. (We've seen that leaked and heard it from other sources, too.)
  • Pink's starting to sound somewhat like a tangential device, a la the Sidekick, and may have elements of the Zune, My Phone and Windows Marketplace for Mobile all wrapped into it. Motorola and Sharp have been rumored as manufacturers.

As for our take? Pink is still a genius codename in that we sound ridiculous repeating it over and over. Oh, and that whole Sidekick-esque thing could well be a pretty good bet. If it's given the proper UI (and WM7 for the rest of us better have one, too), and Microsoft throws some smart marketing behind it (and they seem to be doing OK with Bing), then Pink could well have a good shot at gobbling up some market share.

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5 years ago

Samsung Omnia II to launch (in Austria) with WinMo 6.5 in September, Microsoft says

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The upcoming Samsung Omnia II is tossing another nugget onto the Windows Mobile 6.5 rumor pile. Microsoft Austria makes it known (in German) that the Omnia II will be available on the Austrian A1 carrier at the end of September.

So does that mean Windows Mobile 6.5 will be released globally at the end of September? It's certainly within the Windows that we've been expecting. Stay tuned.

TamsPPC via wmpoweruser

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5 years ago

Omnia Pro vs. Touch Pro 2

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Omnia Pro vs. Touch Pro 2

One of the better Windows Mobile battles we expect to see in the coming months may be between the HTC Touch Pro 2 and the Samsung Omnia Pro. Both are horizontal sliders with large touchscreens (though the screens themselves differ). Both have custom user interfaces. And as you can see in the above picture from a side-by-side gallery by AreaMobile [via pocketnow], it could well be a good fight.

Click on through for a tale of the tape between the two phones.

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5 years ago

Review: Plantronics Voyager Pro

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Review: Plantronics Voyager Pro

One of the more competitive segments in the Bluetooth Headset market is that of the premium headset. Jawbone, BlueAnt, Plantronics and Motorola are just a few of the heavyweights vying for the top spot; throwing the best technology they have into making the best products they can come up with. The way that these companies go about building a product that is head and shoulders above the rest of the industry varies. Some aim for a simple headset, with solid quality; while others try to pack as many features into a small package as possible.

Plantronics’ Voyager line has produced some amazing Bluetooth headsets through the years. Their Voyager Pro headset is a simple, straightforward design that is light on extra features and heavy on quality for a decent price of $89.95. With arguably as much or more experience in designing and building headsets as any other company, Plantronics has the expertise to really make a strong push the have one of the top headsets in the world.

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5 years ago

Review: Sprint HTC Snap (S511)

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Review: Sprint HTC Snap (S511)

 

The Snap (S511) by HTC is replacing the venerable Motorola Q9c on Sprint and is its low cost Windows Mobile messenger device ($149 with contract; $399 without). Running Windows Mobile Standard 6.1, the phone packs quite the punch in terms of specs and features HTC’s new offset QWERTY keyboard, meant to mimic a real desktop keyboard. 

After three weeks of using the device and putting it through the works, we have our verdict. Read on for our full-featured review!

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5 years ago

Hotmail finally pulls in other POP e-mail

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Good news for your guys and gals who have been wanting to consolidate other e-mail accounts into Hotmail. (You know, like most other e-mail services have been able to do for, say ever.) This has been available for Hotmail users elsewhere but just opened up to the U.S., Canada and Brazil. Go figure. The process is as straightforward as it could be, and you can now push multiple services through one Windows Live account to your Windows Mobile phone.

Windows Live via Seattle PI

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5 years ago

HTC lines up to sponsor Tour de France team

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What do you get if you combine a great outerwear manufacturer with a great smartphone manufacturer? (A really comfortable black slab?) You get Team Columbia-HTC. Owned by High-Road Sports, Team CHTC is prepped for the Tour de France, which begins on Saturday in, er, (Monaco) and ends, er, in France. We'll get a look at the team jersey on Friday.

Said HTC CEO Peter Chou:

"The HTC High Road Sports partnership is a great match of like minded organizations driven by innovation, excellence and competitiveness and we are excited about the opportunity to communicate HTC's brand value through the great sport of cycling. HTC's sponsorship of Team Columbia-HTC is one step in HTC's commitment to increasing its global brand value and recognition."

So, expect to a bunch of HTC logos zooming around on two wheels in the coming weeks.

Thanks, Luke, for the tip!

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5 years ago

Some cool mobile UI concepts

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Some cool mobile UI concepts

There's been a bit of hullabaloo over some recent UI shots linked to from I Started Something that originated from designers at the Microsoft Advanced Technology Center. ZOMG, is it Windows Mobile 7?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?! Eh, maybe. Maybe not. As Long Zheng puts it: 

What many people don’t know is that the ATC has been largely responsible for the user experience design of Windows Mobile. This however is no longer the case as WM 6.5 was their last project.

So, that's that. There's also some more clarification in the ISS post in that not all of the concepts were specifically designed with Windows Mobile in mind. And remember, folks, this is all conceptual stuff. Yes, there are design cues from some other leaked UIs that we've seen, and it's possible that we'll see some of this in a future version of Windows Mobile. But let's not be counting our chickens before they hatch just yet.

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5 years ago

Review: HTC TV Out ACT100 Cable

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Review: HTC TV Out ACT100 Cable

I have the Sprint Touch Pro, and one of the unique features that I have been dying to play with since I got it was the TV cable feature. With such a small screen on my phone being shown on a big screen like a TV, I wasn’t expecting much. I was pleasantly surprised to be surprised by what I found once I got my hands on the HTC TV Out ACT100 Cable

Want to see what I found? Then take a look inside at the full review of the joys a simple cable can bring to you…
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5 years ago

HTC Snap likely will get Windows Mobile 6.5

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The HTC Snap can't claim to be the first Windows Mobile Standard phone to announce it'll get the Windows Mobile 6.5 upgrade — that honor goes to the Samsung Jack. But an upgrade is an upgrade is an upgrade, and if the above shot from the Bluetooth Special Interest Group [via wmpoweruser] is any indication, the CDMA version of the HTC Snap also may be rocking 6.5 in the near future. (You'll recall that the codename for the Sprint and Verizon versions of the Snap was the Cedar.)

As for when the Windows Mobile 6.5 update will become available? That's still anyone's guess. But summer's churning by, and we're still expecting 6.5 sometime this fall.

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5 years ago

Kinoma Play update fixes Youtube issue

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Kinoma Play just got another update that fixes some nagging issues some of you were seeing previously. The Youtube function was having trouble playing the occasional video and has been fixed. There also have been a number of improvements made to the embedded Twitter app in Version 5.1.56, as well as to the App Store by Mobihand and a few of the advanced settings.

There's more info about all the fixes on the Kinoma blog. You may be prompted that the update's ready for download, or you can go to the Right softkey>Player>Check for updates to get things rolling.

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5 years ago

Windows Mobile on a satellite phone, but it'll cost you

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What seemed to be light years ago, we reported during the 2009 CTIA that Terrestar was developing a Windows Mobile satellite phone. It now looks like Terrestar and AT&T are partnering up to bring this phone to market. According to Wireless Week, Terrestar is planning on launching a communications satellite on July 1, 2009 to be used in this endeavor.

The satellite phone is reported as being capable of 3G speeds while on AT&T's network or on Terrestar's satellite networks. But all this comes with a hefty price. On top of the estimated $700 price tag for the Windows Mobile satellite phone and AT&T service, it is expected that users will have to shell out $1 per minute to talk over the satellite feed. No word as of yet on how much data roaming will cost.

There was no information available on when this service or the phone will be available.

 Via Pocketnow

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5 years ago

Skype 3.0 for Windows Mobile out of beta

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5 years ago

Micro-USB now becomes the European standard

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The European cellphone market, led by the European Commission, has adopted  Micro-USB as the standard for cellphone charging/sync ports. We first made mention of this movement back during the 2009 Mobile World Congress and it appears the movement has picked up a little steam.

Cellphone manufacturers including Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Apple, Motorola, NEC, LG, RIM, Qualcomm, Samsung and Texas Instruments support the standardization.  The surprising name on this list has to be Apple because of its long-standing and widely used licensed, proprietary connector.  The most noticeable company missing from the list is HTC, which uses the mini-USB port.

The standardization should be an across-the-board savings from reducing production costs, eliminating everyone's drawer full of chargers, and reducing waste at the local landfill.  The first devices under the new standard should hit the shelves in 2010, eventually leading to devices and chargers sold separately.

Now if we can only get that pesky 3.5mm headphone jack as standard.

Via SlashGear

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