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5 years ago

Howto: Customize your WM5 Smartphone-Edition Today Screen

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Pocketnow.com has an excellent tutorial on how to make your own today screens for your WM5 Smartphone. I prefer to just go hunting for stuff that other folks have made already (currently I'm using "Media Player" on my Dash, find it here ). I wish it as a bit simpler to make these today screens, but once you get it down it's kinda fun.

If the whole Homescreen thing is a bit of a mystery, or you are simply bored with your current layout, read on. Today we're going to take a closer look at the Homescreen concept and hopefully answer a few of those queries you may have.

Read: pocketnow.com - Reviews - Windows Mobile Smartphone Homescreen Customization Tutorial

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5 years ago

T-Mobile (still) has the best customer service

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Maybe it's because they don't have to waste any resources on, oh, 3G data, but T-Mobile has, for the 5th year in a row, had the best customer services amongst the US carriers. That's why I let Mike Overbo talk me into them despite their tragic lack of UMTS, HSDPA, etc.

T-Mobile held onto the top spot and ranked highest among the five largest U.S. wireless network operators by creating a positive experience among customers who contact the carrier for service or assistance.

Read: T-Mobile Ranks Highest in Customer Service. Again. - 1/25/2007 10:12:00 AM - Wireless Week - CA6410100

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5 years ago

2007: Year of the GPS Handheld?

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2007: Year of the GPS Handheld?

The BBc reports (with requisite Nokia quote, hey, it's Europe!) that sales of GPS devices will more than double to more than 28 million devices this year. That's a lot of people who aren't lost anymore. I just hope that all these promised "location-based services" that everybody's been talking about aren't what I fear they'll be: the mobile equivalent of pop-up ads. Isn't it enough that I have to ignore they guy yelling at me to buy his "real Rolexes?" Now I'll have my smartphone telling me the same?

sigh. I may be a gadget nerd, but sometimes my inner-luddite pops out and grumbles.

According to the mobile industry, 2007 is the year when GPS will finally lock on to phones across Europe.

"GPS has been in the domain of the early adopters to date, but in 2007 it will come to the masses," said Marcus Dacombe, head of product marketing at handset manufacturer Nokia.

Read: BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Mobiles navigate the future

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5 years ago

WM6 (Crossbow) naming plans

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WM6 (Crossbow) naming plans

Microsoft is apparently fond of releasing multiple editions of the same OS with similar names (witness the multiple versions of Vista that just came out). So it's no surprise to see that Crossbow will be continuing that trend. Hopefully, though, these new names will be a little easier for folks to parse. "Professional for PPC-Smartphones, "Standard" for non-touchscreen-smartphones, and "Classic" (aka, why the heck aren't you using a smartphone?) for standard PDA-PPCs.

Crossbow, however, aims to fix this. Crossbow is Windows Mobile 6, and instead of the confusing naming scheme above, Microsoft has apparently decided to change to a more familiar sounding format.

Read: CrunchGear » Blog Archive » Microsoft Renames Windows Mobile 6 to Standard, Professional, Classic

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5 years ago

RealOne Player for Windows Mobile

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RealOne Player for Windows Mobile

I have a tough time believing this is new, but I can't for the life of me remember it existing before: Realplayer for PocketPC. With Window Media player already built in and TCPMP/Core Player for the power users, I imagine this should be met with a big yawn. Real itself doesn't seem too proud of it, I can't seem to find it on their site (on the other hand, I only spend 5 minutes looking before I stabbed myself in the eye).

RealNetworks, Inc. has just released their Real One Player for Windows Mobile devices, a mobile version of the infamous desktop pc real player which allows you to play real audio and real video stream formats.

Read: Real Player for Windows Mobile released news and reviews for Windows Mobile Pocket PC, Palm, Microsoft Smartphones and Symbian cell phones.

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5 years ago

Oh Snap: future iPhone lover bashes WinCE

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Now, I like the site Roughly Drafted as it provides pretty comprehensive histories of the mobile industry. Their analysis, well, it's often darn good and often spot-on. Sometimes less so. I'll leave which of those options this article is as an exercise for the reader (note, as you engage in this exercise, how the article misunderstands the difference between WinCE and WM5 and also suggest that you can edit documents in Smartphone Edition). But when you have an article titled "The Spectacular Failure of WinCE and Windows Mobile", it just begs to be linked to.

I expect this particular catfight between Windows Mobile and the iPhone to continue - I personally hope that it's as fun as the Mac Vs. PC debates of old. (Full Disclosure: I am a Mac user who also uses Windows Mobile. On the desktop, I think Mac is better. On mobile, I think WM is better. Here's a shocker: I don't expect that opinion to change once the iPhone is out)

Not Good At Anything
They were wrong. A decade later, WinCE has only overtaken the competition where there hasn't been any competition. The market abandoned standalone PDAs when the real money turned out to be in mobile phones.
 
WinCE isn't particularly well adapted for mobile phone use, because Microsoft designed it to suit the needs of a paperback-sized PC.

Read: The Spectacular Failure of WinCE and Windows Mobile

Update: Wow, remind me why I fed this troll who thinks that top-of-the-line PPC apps are junk?

Ahh! I just did it again!

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5 years ago

Cingular's Last Quarterly Report a Doozy: Profits Quadrupled

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AT&T business plan:

Step 1: Engage in a dizzying flurry of splits, mergers, and acquisitions that are complicated enough to spin even Stephen Colbert's head around.

Step 2: Report your earnings around the same time that your new pet, Cingular, reports theirs (and leave out those pesky BellSouth numbers).

Step 3: Watch stock price jump.

Step 4: Goto Step 1.

....that's my guess, anyway.

Cingular Wireless LLC, the nation's largest cell phone provider, said Wednesday its fourth-quarter profit nearly quadrupled, boosted by customer growth during the holidays.

Cingular said it earned $782 million during the fourth quarter, compared with $204 million in the same quarter of 2005. The company reported revenue of $9.8 billion, up 10 percent from $8.8 billion in the year-ago period.

Read: The Herald Standard - Cingular 4th-quarter profit nearly quadruples on customer growth during the winter holidays

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5 years ago

Moto Q coming to GSM, plus Q2 coming later?

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Moto Q coming to GSM, plus Q2 coming later?

Engadget confirms that GSM users will indeed find the Q available to them (Edge only, though, sorry). Q2 is mentioned too, which has something to do with HSDPA, EVDO, and, according to Engadget, Norman.

Perhaps the more provocative announcement, though, involves the mysterious Q2 (is that pronounced Q squared?), a device whose formal introduction is promised for 3GSM next month. All we know for now is that it'll come in EV-DO and HSDPA (finally!) flavors, but if we were the betting type, we'd say that this hullabaloo probably has something to do with the "Norman" we saw a while back.

Read: Motorola Q2, EDGE Q to take center stage at 3GSM - Engadget

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5 years ago

Motorola Lays Off 5%, Profits Down, they hope Smartphones will save them

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Things are not looking so hot for Motorola these days. The Razr's so common it's practically a commodity. The Q, despite (because of?) being first to market, is looking pretty poor up against the Blackjack and the Dash. CEO Ed Zander gave a keynote address at CES and it never even occurred to me that I might be interested in what Motorola is doing in the industry right now. So lets hope for Moto's sake that when they say that they have a lot of great smart devices in the pipeline, the really really mean it.

Motorola is embarking on a drive to shore up profits by laying off 5% of its workforce amid a new drive to stimulate demand for high-end smartphones.

The company announced the developments at a Wall Street analysts meeting in the wake of reporting a 48% drop in profits Friday.

Read: Two-Pronged Initiative At Motorola: Layoffs And Better Smartphones - News by InformationWeek

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5 years ago

Hack Available for PPC-6700/XV6700: AKU3.3

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Hack Available for PPC-6700/XV6700: AKU3.3

If your 6700 is getting a little long in the tooth (Face it, you know that it is), then here's good news for you. AKU3 is now available via a hack (completely unsupported and highly frowned-upon by Sprint and Verizon). So worth it, though, given the sheer number of bugfixes, tweaks, speed you'll garner from the upgrade.

Seriously, you deserve it after lugging that plastic beast around for so long. Give it try. Again, though, takes a touch of the technical skill, so not for the faint of heart.

Well-known Windows Mobile hacker Helmi (known for similar Windows Mobile hacking endeavors on the GSM platform) has managed to release Windows Mobile 5 AKU 3.3 for both the PPC-6700 and XV6700. In addition, both AKU 3.5 and Crossbow are expected to be leaked shortly for the device.

With the PPC-6700 still the most powerful device on Sprint and Verizon, owners can finally have a software installation that compliments their hardware's performance, even if Sprint, Verizon, and UTStarcom want to force users to upgrade via new hardware (that hasn't been released yet).

Read: Phone News - Hackers Deliver AKU 3.3 for PPC-6700 and XV6700 (Updated Again)

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5 years ago

C|Net names Samsung IP-830W one of the "5 worst of Q4"

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C|Net, apparently, doesn't think that once a year is often enough for these best and worst of lists. No, they need one every quarter. As far as US phones go, I surprised to see the IP-830w in the list. I haven't had a chance to use one myself yet, but a dual mode GSM/CDMA PocketPC super-beast seems like such a great idea. Better luck next time, Samsung, and by next time I mean with the i-760 (more on that a little later. Saw it at CES and fell for it--deeply, madly, truly.)


The bad: The Samsung IP-830w is bulky and has a disappointingly short talk-time battery life. It also lacks Wi-Fi, and the QWERTY keyboard is a bit cramped.

Read: Photos: Five worst cell phones of Q4 | CNET News.com

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5 years ago

Mike Mace Breaks down the Smartphone Marked

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If you have any interest at all in the "market" for smart devices, you should be reading Mobile Opportuntiy by Mike Mace. A lot of the talk I've participated in with regard to the iPhone has been where exactly in the market it will fall and which devices will it therefore slaughter. Mace's analysis of the smartphone market here is spot on.

If you're not a smartphone industry wonk (or wannabe wonk), then just skip to the bottom, where you'll find the surprising "Zone of Death". Best. Demographic Target Descriptor. Ever.

I believe the market for mobile data devices (smartphones, PDAs, mobile game machines, iPods, etc) is not structured the way most people think it is. A lot of new mobile products fail because they're not designed for the real market, or because they target imagined customers who don't really exist in large numbers.

Read: Mobile Opportunity: The shape of the smartphone and mobile data markets

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5 years ago

Leaked Pics of the HTC Titan

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Leaked Pics of the HTC Titan

Engadget Mobile scores a great leak, the successor the XV6700/PPC-6700 and it's a beaut. And what's that I see in the last photo? It's a switch for WiFi. That I like.

we've every reason to believe this thing is the real deal. This is, of course, the Titan -- the long-overdue successor to the Apache -- coming to the table with goodies like Rev. A-upgradeable EV-DO, 256MB of internal storage, Bluetooth 2.0, and a 2 megapixel cam. Expect it to rock out on Verizon as the XV8600 and Sprint this May as the PPC 6800. Get

Read: HTC Titan in the wild - Engadget Mobile

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5 years ago

Netfront v3.4 Technical Preview

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Netfront v3.4 Technical Preview

Access, they who put the final nail in the coffin of PalmOS's "Cobalt" OS, provides us with a "technical preview" of their venerable (but pretty nice!) NetFront Browser. Looks like some nice improvements here, like zooming out of a page and zooming back in, thumbnail bookmarks, and speed. Play around with it for a bit, if you like--but I do mean "a bit", as this thing will stop working on January 31st.

NetFront Browser v3.4 for Pocket PC was developed based on standard Internet protocols and supports the latest standard markup languages: HTML (HyperText Markup Language), XHTML (eXtensible HyperText Markup Language), and WAP2.0 (WML1.3).

It also can display pages to which CSS (Cascading Style Sheet), ECMAScript (JavaScript), DOM (Document Object Model), or DHTML (Dynamic HTML) has been applied, and provides powerful features similar to a PC browser.

Please evaluate this Technical Preview (TP) version and give us your feedback.

Read: NetFront Browser v3.4 for Technical Preview Download

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5 years ago

Windows CE Explained

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Windows CE Explained

Now, somewhere in the back of my mind I'd always thought "Windows CE is gone, fool, it's been replaced by Windows Mobile" whenever I saw a reference to CE. Thanks be to Mikehall, whose blog is a treasure trove of Windows CE knowledge. Turns out that Windows CE is just a set of building blocks with which you can create an OS, like Windows Mobile.

A very common question that perhaps needs some explanation is the difference between Windows Mobile 5.0 and Windows Embedded CE 6.0 - so here's the explanation.

Windows Embedded CE is a hard real-time, componentized operating system that can be used by developers to build a wide range of embedded devices - you can think of the operating system as a box of Lego blocks, with CE 6.0 there are approximately 700 components (or Lego blocks) that make up the operating system, a developer gets to pick and choose which components or technologies they put into their embedded operating system design

Read: Mikehall's Embedded WEblog : Windows Mobile and Windows Embedded CE - what's the difference ?

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