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5 years ago

HTC, AT&T Team up for media blitz in U.S.

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HTC became its own branded company about 2 years ago and since then has really swept up the Windows Mobile market.

So it was just a matter of time to start seeing HTC commercials airing on TV, flaunting its highly successful Touch-line of devices. And in fact at least on Comedy Central, we've been seeing these commercials airing all week, especially during the Daily Show/Colbert Report time slots.

What is really interesting here? Not a single mention of Microsoft or a peek of Windows Mobile!  It's all TouchFlo3D. (Same goes for a Cellular South commercial, which has been pimping the HTC Touch Diamond with nary a mention of WinMo.)

And check out the 2nd version of the HTC commercial after the jump. Unfortunately they're only video-copied versions, but they'll get the point across.

via FuzeMobility

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5 years ago

HTC Touch Cruise passes FCC, headed to AT&T?

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The HTC Touch Cruise has passed FCC review and done so sporting AT&T's 3G bands. The Touch Cruise also sports the "Footprint" feature we saw previously. "Footprint" essentially is tagging a photo with GPS coordinates which allows you to track back to where the photo was taken. A few more specifications from the Touch Cruise include a 528Mhz processor, 512mb ROM, 256mb RAM, and a microSD expansion slot. The device measures 4.02x2.11x.57 inches and weighs in at 3.63 ounces. The Touch Cruise will run Windows Mobile 6.1 and have Bluetooth, WiFi and GPS functionality.

The weakest point in the specifications may be the 1100mAh battery. For a device that is marketable for the "Footprint" feature which relies heavily on GPS, I can't help but think this is an awfully small power source. No confirmation on pricing, availability or if AT&T is a lock on picking this phone up. But we're not going to bet the farm on it, given that it still has that other keyboardless phone.

Thanks, Marco, for the tip.

[Read:Cellphonesignal]

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5 years ago

The Windows Mobile 6.5 leaks keep coming

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Mobile World Congress starts Monday, and we're expecting Microsoft to officially unveil Windows Mobile 6.5 at some point early in the event.

Unofficially, the leaked ROMs keep flying through the Interwebs. One of the more recent – and the best we've seen since learned about Outlook Live earlier this week – hit today at PocketPC.ch. [via] There are a few dozen large shots reportedly taken of an HTC Touch HD, and we get a great look at the (er, HTC) on-screen keyboard, as well as the phone screen, both of which you can see above.

We've got more pictures after the break, and hit up the translated page for more chatter.

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5 years ago

Opera Mobile goes Turbo

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Opera Mobile goes Turbo

If you didn't realize that the 2009 Mobile World Congress was just a few days away, you'd swear there was something in the air. Between new phones to updated software, news from the Windows Mobile industry isn't letting up. It's also turning out to be the week of the browser, with Mozilla and Skyfire already coming to the table.

Not to be left out in all this excitement, Opera Mobile has announced it is going Turbo. Opera Turbo (pdf link) is boasting an 80 perecent traffic compression by using the trick of rendering Web sites on their servers then sending the compressed version to the mobile browser. What's that mean to you? Faster load times. Opera Turbo is reported to support Flash and AJAX. This is all in the same vein of what Skyfire's been doing for a while now, but it's good to see other browsers throw their hat into that ring.

Opera plans to show off Turbo in Barcelona next week, and we'll add this to Dieter's "To Do" list.

Via IntoMobile.com

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5 years ago

Review: Pocket Tunes Deluxe 5.0

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Review: Pocket Tunes Deluxe 5.0

 

If you haven’t been using Pocket Tunes 4.1, you’ve been missing out. In my opinion, PocketTunes is one of the few truly powerful media players for Windows Mobile. Offering synchronization with iTunes, Internet radio and support for different skins, Pocket Tunes has been on my must-have list ever since it was first released for Windows Mobile.

If you remember (or want to read) my review of Version 4.1, there were a couple of issues we wanted resolved. I’m guessing that the folks at Normsoft were listening; because they took care of the biggest issues that I had, as well as resolving some issues that I hadn’t even thought about.

Read on for all the updates in Version 5.0.

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5 years ago

Verizon borrows a trick from Alltel

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Verizon borrows a trick from Alltel

Take a page out of the playbook it recently bought from Alltel, Verizon Wireless is launching  a "Friends and Family" plan [via] that lets you call five to 10 numbers for free, a la "My Circle." That should alleviate any fears Alltel subscribers may have had after thei were swallowed up by Verizon.

The "Friends and Family" deal goes live on Sunday. Here's what you need to qualify:

To take advantage of Friends & Family, you need to be on a qualifying Nationwide Single Line plan with 900 or more Anytime Minutes. Single line customers can select up to 5 numbers to add to their Friends & Family calling group.

If you are on a Nationwide Family SharePlan®, you need to have 1,400 or more Anytime Minutes, and you can select up to 10 numbers that will be shared among plan members.

Once you make a change to Friends & Family numbers, the information in your account(s) will update the following day. There is no charge to sign up and no charge, ever, to make changes to your Friends & Family calling directory.

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5 years ago

Yahoo updates oneSearch with voice search

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Google Maps and Microsoft Live Search certainly aren't the only search games in town. Yahoo has updated its oneSearch service with oneSearch Shortcut, which hooks into your today screen and offers location-based search for select phones. Also new is the voice search feature, which brings it in line with Microsoft's Live Search.

Check out Yahoo's oneSearch page for more info on the service, or head over to m.yahoo.com/shortcut from your mobile browser.

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5 years ago

Skyfire 0.9 Beta released, reviewed

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Skyfire is making available today the latest version of its browser, version 0.9, for Windows Mobile and Symbian. Just point your mobile or desktop browser to http://get.skyfire.com and Skyfire will detect your phone model and provide you with the appropriate installer. Skyfire is recommending you uninstall previous versions of Skyfire before you install version 0.9.

Skyfire is still in Beta form but has improved from the previous Beta release. Version 0.9 Beta now supports all regular screen resolutions available for Windows Mobile devices as well as wide-screen formats. A few other new additions include the inclusion of Facebook and Twitter on the Skyfire start page, improved text readability, an improved superbar, downloadable media that allows you to download freely accessible media files to your phone, and updated plug-ins to include Flash 10, Silverlight 2.0 and the newest Quicktime version. Read on after the break for our initial thoughts on this new release and a few screen shots.

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5 years ago

Two-faced Acer DX650 makes appearance

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Two-faced Acer DX650 makes appearance

On Monday, we learn what Acer's got up its sleeve for the future. Today, we're trying to decide where it pulled this idea from.

What you're looking at is the DX650, which has a proper 2.8-inch QVGA touchscreen on one side. On the back (or the front, we guess), is a monochrome OLED display and a full numeric keypad and camera. Why, we ask. Why?

There's also GPS, microSD and mini-USB. And a monochrome OLED display and full numeric keypad on the back. It's doubtful this is what Acer intends to show off at Mobile World Congress next week. Probably. Right?

More recognizable is the Acer X960, seen here at right, which appears to be another step in the newly acquired Glofiish line. It's got a 2.8-inch 640x480 touchscreen, an 533MHz Samsung processor, a 3.2-megapixel camera HSDPA, WiFi, GPS, and microSD.

More photos of what happens with 2008 and 1998 collide are over at SlashGear, as are more on the X960.

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5 years ago

Garmin-Asus announce nüvifone M20

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Garmin-Asus announce nüvifone M20

For a short while we were thinking that the Garmin-Asus nüvifone G60 might be the first from the upcoming line to sport Windows Mobile. But now it's going to be the M20, which the new partnership announced today.

Here's what you're getting:

  • Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional.
  • Qualcomm 7200A 528MHz processor.
  • Dual-band 3G (900 and 1200 MHz, tri-band EDGE (900/1800/1900).
  • WiFi b/g
  • Bluetooth 2.0+EDR.
  • Dimensions: 95.3 x 52.5 12.8 mm; weighs 90 grams, including the battery.
  • 2.8-inch 640x480 touchscreen.
  • 3-megapixel camera with autofocus and geotagging.
  • Mini-USB for headphones and syncing.
  • Either 4 or 8 gigs of flash memory.
  • 920 mAh battery.
  • Accelerometer.

And, obviously, all the GPS goodness Garmin can muster. Spec-wise, this isn't bad at all, though we wonder how that battery's gonna hold up. Then there's the lack of U.S. 3G bands. There's plenty more to be had at the Garmin-Asus Web site, and we'll hopefully get a better look at the M20 next week at Mobile World Congress. For now, a few more pics after the break.

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5 years ago

Looking Back at CES 2009: Windows Mobile

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The 2009 Consumer Electronics Show seemed to be dominated by Palm's announcement of the Pre but quietly in a back conference room it appears that Microsoft was unveiling it's road map to next week's Mobile World Congress. Smartphonethoughts.com has posted a 20 minute video of a presentation made by Greg Sullivan, Microsoft's Senior Production Manager for Windows Mobile, during the 2009 CES.

In his presentation Sullivan notes that two million Windows Mobile phones in 2008 but what's more interesting is the concept he outlines where Microsoft treats the phone, web and computer as one platform. Where Microsoft is working towards a seamless connection between the three that exposes all the hardware capabilities a Windows phone has. He never refers to it as My Phone but the concept is very similar. Sullivan stresses the desire to link the physical world with the internet several times through out his twenty minute presentation.  You can also get a taste of applications such as Netflix and Microsoft Tag.

Sullivan also offers an update on the new Pocket Internet Explorer release which will include Adobe Flash support. He explains that it will only be available on new devices with no retrofit possible. They considered releasing a .CAB file for existing devices to use but there would too many hardware/software integration issues -- honestly it would cause more pain than joy (a lesson being leared on the Sprint Treo Pro right now, apparently).

While much of what is covered in the presentation may be "old news" today, I think it gives us a good indication that while Microsoft didn't make a big splash at the 2009 CES with regards to Windows Mobile, they aren't sitting on their hands either.

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5 years ago

Verizon may finally get Touch Diamond

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Verizon may finally get Touch Diamond

Might Verizon finally be getting the HTC Touch Diamond? Engadget Mobile thinks so. They've got a spy who says the Diamond will see the the light of the big V for the first time "in early to mid-March."

How late to the party are they? By comparison, Sprint supposedly will end-of-life its Touch Diamond in July.

In other VZW news, Engadget's tipster also points to a new phone "unlike anything anyone has seen before." What that is, we've got no idea. Also, the Samsung Omnia may be reduced to $99 with contract in mid-March.

But, really, with all the new HTC goodness we know is in the works, are you really going to be excited about snagging a Diamond just now?

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5 years ago

PointUI Home 2 released

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PointUI Home 2 released

Chances are if you've been using Windows Mobile for more than a week, you're ever searching for a better user interface. Options like SPB Mobile Shell and SBH's iLauncher are excellent but leave a small hole in your wallet. That left a pretty big door for PointUI to saunter through, and for the most part it impress us when we did a full review a year ago.

Now released is a beta version of PointUI Home 2. It's still free, though there will be a "Pro" version coming later with more features. There are cabs available for QVGA and WQVGA (320x240); VGA and WVGA (640x480); and a panel for the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1. Get the whole lowdown from the PointUI Web site.

(Thanks, Chris at Mobile Tech Addicts and everyone else who sent this in)

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5 years ago

Gigabyte's GSmart S1200 Teaser

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Gigabyte's GSmart S1200 Teaser

 

While details are still sketchy, Gigabyte has announced plans to introduce three new Windows Mobile phones next week at  Mobile World Congress, one of which is expected to be the GSmart S1200. The Taiwan-based company didn't offer much with regards to device specifications, but Engadget Mobile is reporting that the S1200 will be running Windows Mobile 6.1, be .43 inches thin, and have a 528MHz Qualcomm 7200A processor running the show. Gigabyte isn't new to the mobile phone business, offering a wide range of Windows Mobile phones outside the United States.

Gigabyte also made reference to a new business offering, only saying that it'll be "something very different to what they have before." One has to wonder if the "something different" includes bringing the company's Windows Mobile phones to the U.S. market.

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5 years ago

Inside the Verizon Wireless national test lab

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You read a lot from us and other blogs about carrier testing – that's when AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and the like put a phone through its paces to make sure the thing will work on its network and not give you a third-eye or something. Most of the time we're griping about how long testing takes, or about what features will be stripped out of a phone. This is far from unimportant stuff, but we've always wondered exactly what goes on in there.

Pocketnow.com has the answer, having been given a tour of Verizon's national phone test lab in Bedminster, N.J. And Verizon is known for having some of the toughest testing out there. Hit up the video for an inside look at what goes on before a phone gets anywhere near your melon.

Verizon Wireless National Test Lab Tour

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