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5 years ago

Smartphone Round Robin: HTC Fuze, Windows Mobile, and Choice

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The Smartphone Round Robin took quite the unexpected hiatus -- I've been awfully busy these past few weeks and truth be told it was Windows Mobile itself that helped me manage my increasingly hectic worklife. In case you missed it, here's my Video of the Fuze, including some details on how I've decided not to use TouchFlo 3D.  Now that I'm back on Windows Mobile, it's time to explain why it's a great OS. Although the Round Robin contest is now over (we'll announce the winners tomorrow!), I'm betting you all will have plenty to say about this year's take on WM.

So read on!

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5 years ago

Treo 700wx starts to get "custom ROM" treatment!

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Well 2 years into its release and customs ROMs are finally getting the work through for the aging 700wx. Better late than never, eh?

Thanks to Waffles (ppcgeeks), LLC23 (wmexperts) and Ebag333 (wmexperts), we now have a dedicated thread located here to discuss the project and most importantly, the inherit risks of re-flashing your device with a non-standard ROM.

Custom ROMs are nice as they allow users to not only replace unwanted stock carrier apps with their preferred ones, but it also enables the ability for pre-tweaking of the registry.

Plus there is that holy-grail for WM users: flashing with newer versions of Windows Mobile. This means the potential to put WM 6.x on the 700w/wx is only a matter of time, perseverance and assistance form ambitious WM users--so maybe you should pop in and lend a hand to make some history, hmmm?

So far the project is confirmed working on Sprint devices but Verizon and Alltel still need some experimenting. Ebag333 has even created a 700wx ROM-kitchen for easy implementation making the future of this project very promising for those who are not too comfortable with the whole process.

Keep up the great work guys! This will keep us busy till the 800w release ;-)

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5 years ago

Qualcomm picks up AMD's Mobile Assets, may hire some AMD folk too

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What do you do when you're one of the biggest GSM chip makers out there and one of your sweethearts -- HTC in this case -- starts looking elsewhere (say, nVidia)? Well you you throw on the old spice cologne, get a hair cut, and start acquiring AMD's graphics and multimedia technology assets to improve what you've got.

Qualcomm is hoping this move will provide better 2D and 3D graphics features, as well as better audio/video and display support. This drastic make over wasn't cheap.  Qualcomm is dishing out $65 million to AMD for these assets and offering employment  to AMD employees that were involved in the new technologies. We were starting to suspect that Qualcomm was letting itself go (so to speak), so hopefully laying out this cash  for the proverbial face lift and gym membership will get 'em back in shape.

[via phonescoop]

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5 years ago

Windows Mobile 6.5 Devices Apparently Not Due Until Q3 2009

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While everbody awaits what we expect will be the announcement of Windows Mobile 6.5 at Mobile World Congress in just under a month, we here at WMExperts know from long, hard experience that with Windows Mobile the announcement of a new version of the OS comes well before that OS is actually available on devices.  Even if Microsoft does announce that they've shipped it off to manufacturers, it takes awhile to bake it in to a device, customize it, and get it finalized for a launch. 

So this DigiTimes report [via] claiming that we'll see 6.5 devices in the 3rd and 4th quarter of 2009 comes as little surprise, especially since the report also claims that Microsoft won't ship the OS to manufacturers until "Mid-2009."  From "Mid '09" to a 3rd quarter launch of a 6.5 device is actually quite fast, so perhaps that will mean that the cool new 6.5 interface we saw surface back in November will be enough to convince phone makers that they don't need to take the time to re-invent another skin to slap on top of it.

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5 years ago

Microsoft will help you build, certify your app

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As we continue to learn more about the upcoming Windows Mobile app store called Skymarket, it now appears that Microsoft will help developers certify their programs.

Over at InnovateOn.com, Microsoft is offering help through four stages of app development: Learn, build, test and market.

Developers will get tools and resources for building their applications, 5 hours of free e-mail tech support, up to $400 worth of testing and complimentary code signing, said to be worth another $400.

For us non-binary folks, this should help separate the wheat from the chaff and mean better applications overall.

Via wmpoweruser

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5 years ago

VLC Coming to Windows Mobile?

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To be filed under the category of “Rumors that we really hope will become a reality”, the folks at VideoLan have given us hope that VLC will be coming to a Windows Mobile handheld near you. Jean-Baptiste Kempf of VideoLan used verbiage on his Blog that indicates that a port to Windows CE could be in the works. While that’s not a sure thing, I’ve definitely got my fingers crossed for some WM love.

VLC is a popular, open-source media player that is popular on most desktop operating systems. In addition to featuring playback of most popular media type natively, VLC features the additional ability to stream video across a network.

Ever since TCPMP (The Core Pocket Media Player) development was ended and Core Player was released, Windows Mobile has been lacking a free media player with as much functionality. If VLC is truly coming to Windows Mobile then that particular hole should be filled nicely.

[via wmpoweruser]

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5 years ago

Sprint Touch Pro Accessories - the Basics

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Sprint Touch Pro Accessories - the Basics

While the Sprint Treo Pro has been getting quite a bit of attention lately, the Sprint Touch Pro is still my device of choice.  I've found that I am much happier with it now that I've built a cache of some basic accessories to deal with things like the lack of a 3.5 mm headset jack and a touchscreen that almost begs to be scratched.  So let's  take a look at several accessories that you may want to add to your carry on bag the next time you take a trip or simply to make life a little easier while at the office.

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5 years ago

Find your way with the O2 XDA Guide

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Find your way with the O2 XDA Guide

We're not likely to see this in the U.S. anytime soon, but the HTC Iolite is headed to O2 in Germany as the XDA Guide, with a pretty big focus on navigation (natch), but no major surprises.

What's under the Diamond-esque hood:

  • Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional.
  • Qualcomm 7225 processor at 528 MHz.
  • Quad-band EDGE/dual-band HSPA.
  • Bluetooth 2.0 w/EDR.
  • WiFi b/g.
  • aGPS.
  • 256MB RAM/512MB ROM.
  • MicroSD.

Missing from the OS is TouchFLO 3D, with the phone instead sporting the less intensive TouchFLO 2D. Making up for that, however, is the "Footprints" button, which lets you take photos directly from the TouchFLO interface. If GPS is available, location information can be tagged to the photo, as can some comments. TomTom navigation software also is on board and has a dedicated hardware button.

Peep a bunch more pictures over at the::unwired. [via]

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5 years ago

HTC Trims Back 2009 Projections

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HTC Trims Back 2009 Projections

While we reported earlier this month the HTC's revenue was up 29% for 2008, HTC is now lowering their expectations for 2009 revenue growth. Taiwanese based  Commercial Times is quoting HTC CEO Peter Chou as saying that HTC expects double-digit 2009 revenue growth as smartphones gain popularity globally even amid a global downturn. Chou continued, "The visibility in 2009 is extremely low, so things could be a bit worse in the short term. But we still expect to maintain double-digit growth (this year)." Back in October of last year, Chou predicted 20% growth in 2009. While not providing a specific number for projected revenue, HTC seems to be optimistic with the positive reception they received at the 2009 CES. Looking at the leaked HTC lineup one could easily understand HTC's optimism in predicting "double digits," we just hope it's closer to 20% than it is to 10%.

[Read: Reuters and Electronista.com]

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5 years ago

More Sprint Treo Pro Details from Internal Docs

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 An anonymous tipster has sent in some slides from a Sprint document detailing the specs and functionality on the Treo Pro, including some head-to-head comparisons against Sprint's other smartphone offerings.  We do have some new information here too, including the procesor speed and storage.  Frankly, we're hoping that the bits about the RAM are wrong, because it's listed as 512 storage, 32mb RAM.  That's ....low.  While the previous Sprint Treo--the much maligned 800w--only offered 256 MB of user memory, it boasted 128 MB of program memory, four times that of the specifications listed for the Treo Pro.

More details and slides -- including why that RAM shouldn't be taken as gospel just yet, after the break!

[Thanks to the anonymous tipster and to Gabriel for the guest post!]

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5 years ago

Why we still love Window Live Search Mobile

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We've long raved about the merits of Windows Live Search Mobile and why it's our favorite free piece of navigation software. (Read the full review here.) And Microsoft is very much keeping pace with that other app — and that in itself is something to celebrate.

So without further ado, join us for WMExperts' top five reasons why we love Windows Live Search Mobile, and especially some of the more recent updates.

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5 years ago

Microsoft clarifies 'fewer phones' stories

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So it seems like a whole bunch of people got themselves into a tizzy over the recent New York Times piece that said Microsoft was scaling back the number of Windows Mobile phones. Us? Not so worried. We always figured it was a quality-over-quantity move, and not that Microsoft was losing interest in the mobile market.

Still don't believe us? TamsPPC [via] got 'hold of Microsoft Austria and heard back from the Mobility group:

We are always working on new versions of the OS and always looking for ways to improve our products with our partners. Microsoft will be focusing on building out the quality of the Windows Mobile experience, investing more in working with its partners to ensure the best hardware-software integration. While this may result in fewer phone models, Microsoft will continue working with our partners to innovate on the Windows Mobile platform.

The MS statement goes on to say that The New York Times piece was just plain inaccurate in its implication, and that "Todd Peters stated that Microsoft would be focusing on building out the quality of the Windows Mobile experience."

There you go. Quality over quantity. Or, as we like to say around here,

Choosy moms choose Windows Mobile.

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5 years ago

FORE! Two Golf Games for your Windows Mobile Smartphone

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Nothing beats walking the links on a sunny, fall day with a slight breeze rustling the fallen leaves keeping things cool but not cold. There’s a certain satisfaction of hitting your tee shot solid, sending it long and straight down the middle of the fairway. Then reality hits you and you realize you’re at work, day dreaming about playing a round of golf instead of tackling the pile of work growing on your desk. Golf fanatics don’t worry; there is an escape available to temporarily curb your golf addiction that is as close as your Windows Mobile phone. Golden Tee Golf and Par 72 Golf might just satisfy your itch to play eighteen long enough to get you through that pile of paperwork. To see if these two games are on par, read on after the break.

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5 years ago

WMExperts Podcast Episode 42

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5 years ago

Power Alternatives for the Fuze

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