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5 years ago

Look for the Shadow II in late January

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Look for the Shadow II in late January

There's been another sighting of the T-Mobile Shawdow II, and this time we have a release date to go with it, courtesy of TmoNews.

When last we saw the Shadow II, we were reporting a delay past the holidays and into the first quarter of 2009. The TmoNews post is in line with that, citing Jan. 28 as the day to mark on your calendars.

It's also looking more and more like this thing won't have T-Mo's brand of 3G out of the gate. But there should still be WiFi and T-Mobile @Home access, so that's still better than nothing for you data hounds.

The story also specs the phone with Windows Mobile 6.1, so we're still in search of the first device to launch with the fabled Windows Mobile 6.5.

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5 years ago

4 of 5 Consumer Reports Top Smartphones Run Windows Mobile

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The thing that always scares me about Consumer Reports is that their smartphone recommendations always seemed a little ..off.. to me, so I would worry that their preferences for things like washing machines would also be off and I would never know it.

This year, though, Matt Miller points out that they gave some love to Windows Mobile and kindly lets us glimpse the important deets from their January paper-edition to see what their top five are:

  1. BlackJack II
  2. T-Mobile Wing
  3. Motorola Q9c
  4. T-Mobile Shadow
  5. BlackBerry Pearl Flip

Some kudos to ya, CSR -- the BlackJack II is probably one of the most under-rated smartphones out there. It's fast (though not fast enough for me), solid, well-built, and has great battery life. I'm also inordinately fond of the T-Mobile Shadow and the Motorola Q9c is pretty darn good too. All around, these phones are a great mix of power and affordability, a factor I have to assume kept such phones as the Touch Pro and, yes, even the iPhone 3G out of contention -- though it could also be, as Miller surmises, that they just didn't get to them in this round.

I have to ask, though, T-Mobile Wing? Really? It's a great phone and all, but build quality and speed leave much to be desired.

Bottom Line: Windows Mobile is a better choice than most people assume at first blush, especially in its non-touchscreen, Standard edition.

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5 years ago

WMExperts on the G1: Smartphone Round Robin

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5 years ago

All I want for Christmas…..

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5 years ago

Wikipedia finally gets proper mobile site

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5 years ago

Alltel Launches Alltel Mobile Email App

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Alltel Launches Alltel Mobile Email App

Today Alltel announced that they're going to be offering simple push email to their Windows Mobile customers in the form of an app they're calling “Alltel Mobile E-mail.” We call it “Seven” and know and love it in its free Beta Program form. The Beta offers their latest and greatest and it's one of my first-installs on any mobile device.

If you're not down with the Beta, though, Alltel will ship their email app (which integrates with Outlook Mobile) on new devices and should offer a download to existing customers as well (link to that pending). The release brings Alltel up to speed with the other big US wireless carriers in offering a version of Seven's push email client on Windows Mobile, each branded with the carrier's respective identity.

So we're curious because it's a perennial question: Have you found a solution to get push email for your email that isn't Exchange? What is it?

[via phonescoop]

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5 years ago

Palm's App Store on Your Windows Mobile (non-Palm) Smartphone

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As reported at TreoCentral, Palm launched an official app store for their PalmOS and Windows Mobile Treos last night. Where by “App Store” we mean “icon in your program listing that launches a browser the takes you to an online store.” Which is only marginally easier than just going to http://software.wmexperts.com on Pocket IE, but we digress.

Anyhow, it's another option for purchasing applications for Windows Mobile. Note that last, the App store seems to work just fine on Windows Mobile devices not called “Treo,” as you can see from the image of it running on a Sprint Touch Diamond at right.

Heck, if you don't want to even head to Palm's page to install the 'app,' you can just point Pocket IE to and get pretty much the same effect.

Make no mistake, though,the onus is on Microsoft here to get an on-device, native app store up and running on as many Windows Mobile devices as soon as possible. It's pretty clear that the killer app store for developers must an app, not a web store. Hurry up, Microsoft!

Oh, and Palm / Pocketgear: a 50% cut for developers seems a might bit thin, don't it?

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5 years ago

Virtual BlackBerry OS on Windows Mobile Finally Shows Its Face

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You'll be forgiven for not remembering that RIM announced that they planned on doing this back in April of 2007, but it does in fact look like RIM is making good on virtualizing the BlackBerry OS on top of Windows Mobile. As our friends at CrackBerry.com note, this is more than a worthy successor to BlackBerry Connect, it looks to pretty much blow it out of the water.

For us, though, well, we still prefer Windows Mobile to the BlackBerry OS and would have liked to see RIM continue to develop BlackBerry Connect by adding their PIN messaging service to it. Instead, RIM's plan is to try to head off Microsoft's device-choice advantage by hijacking it. We suppose Microsoft won't entirely mind -- a WM license is a WM license, even if you can't see it underneath the Java-based OS from Waterloo.

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5 years ago

Windows Mobile Team Does YouTube

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5 years ago

Fuze Sweepstakes Extravaganza!

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Fuze Sweepstakes Extravaganza!

HTC is launching a new site to promote the HTC Fuze on AT&T called How I Fuze. It's a clever little number that emphasizes how to get around TouchFlo 3D and shows off various other features of the Fuze. Using Flash, you can actually hover your mouse over the Fuze's interface and slide it around like a finger. It's a great way to introduce the Fuze to a wider audience.

As a part of the new site, HTC is actually giving away Fuzes at the site. One a day for 120 days. That, friends, is a lot of Fuzes. Oh, and one winner will get $25,000 in cash, four more will win a $15,000 AmEx card. Zowie.

HTC's largess doesn't end there, though, they've also given WMExperts a Fuze to give away ourselves. Pow. Want to enter here? Here's the deal:

As you know, we're currently in the midst of the Smartphone Round Robin. If you head over to our Updates Page, you'll find six articles as of this writing (and probably one more at CrackBerry.com later this week). So we're sending you on a scavenger hunt. Go and read up on what these non-Windows Mobile users think of the Fuze and find one thing they were frustrated with, then come back here and tell us how you might address that. At heart, the Fuze is one beefy, extensible, and customizable device, so there's virtually no niggle that can't be wiggled into submission. Basically, tell us how you would Fuze.

Get'er done before 8am eastern time on Friday, December 19th. We'll pick a winner at random from all the posts that offer at least a minimal piece of Fuze advice in the comments on this post. The Rules: You can only enter once and you must live in the United States to qualify (it is an AT&T phone after all). You must 18 years or older and not an employee or contractor of Smartphone Experts or HTC to qualify.

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5 years ago

What Is Pink? It Ain't No ZunePhone.

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What Is Pink? It Ain't No ZunePhone.

If you hadn't heard, the latest swirl of ZunePhone rumors have been well and truly smacked down again, to much rejoicing. That hasn't kept the internet from chasing the next rumor ball like a bunch of 8-year-old soccer players. This time around it's 'Project Pink,' and the leaders of this particular pack are Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet and Paul Thurrot, who both speculate that Project Pink has something to do with:

  • Zune Mobile services (instead of hardware)
  • The technology arising from the Danger/Sidekick acquisition
  • Unicorns

Ok, we added that last one and to be perfectly honest, their speculation rings quite true to us. How about this for some fun: Engadget's post on the subject reminds us that both Danger and Zune are in the “PMX Group” (that's Premium Mobile Experiences to you). Taking a look at PMX, where the relevant groups are situated, led us to a fun little nugget.

After the break, some connections and the deets on just where we found that logo we slapped inside the Fuze above.

Here's the relevant passage from the Danger acquisition Press Release:

“We imagine a mobile experience that embraces sharing and celebrating relationships and personal moments,” Ho said. “Combining Danger and Microsoft talents together in the Premium Mobile Experiences team is how we’re going to deliver cool, new, fun mobile experiences to consumers. We want people to smile every time they look at their phone.”

The Danger mobile Internet platform, which connects people to their social circles and other rich content, is an integrated end-to-end solution that enables people to interact with their friends, social communities and content through the Internet and Internet services.

So PMX is definitely consumer oriented, it's definitely not a Microsoft-made ZunePhone, it definitely does involve Sidekick-style services, and it definitely should be fun.

But is it definitely related to 'Pink?' Could be, could be. How about this, we find via go ahead, mac my day this channel 9 interview with the VP of PMX, Roz Ho:

Ahem. Yes, that is a very pink office. And yes, there is a very nice pink logo with birds on it. And yes, a large group of folks talking about contact lists. And yes, a lot of playful joking about top secret projects. There's not anything we can draw conclusions from, of course (as noted in the comments), but Ho is definitely talking about working on something big and something secret in the mobile space.

Ok, well, more importantly she's telling her story and generally offering up a great example of how to become a cool, engaging, and successful leader in the corporate world. Yeah, we noticed, we're not made of stone.

Anyway, we really don't know what Pink is, but it's pretty safe to say that it will be something related to mobile services and, well, that it's something they're working on.

What do you think it is?

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5 years ago

Sprint Treo Pro: Coming Jaunary 25th (Confirmed Again)

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We've been telling you about that Sprint Treo Pro (PRT850HK) for sometime now (DSL Reports) and even showed some exclusive screenshots of it running Mobile IE 6.

BGR later confirmed that it has a slated release date for January 11th (right on time for CES).

Now EngadgetMobile gets an internal sheet showing all of this again. What is interesting though is that this is indeed replacing the 800w. This is sort of expected, but not confirmed until now.

Oh 800w, we hardly knew ya!

Specs are still mostly unknown at this point, though we're not expecting too much of a deviation from its GSM cousin. Camera is still a ho-hum 2.0mp, so no bump there.

Full retail is an average $549 (slightly cheaper than the 800w at $599, attributable probably to HTCs lower-cost production system)

Also, the date is pushed back till January 25th from Sprint and January 21st from Brightpoint (resellers, perhaps telesales for business). But don't be surprised to see Palm show this off during CES a week earlier.

Now if we can only get some actual pics of the device...

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5 years ago

Unofficial Xperia Panel Creation Tool

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Unofficial Xperia Panel Creation Tool

It's not especially easy or especially pretty, but my sony ericsson has released an unofficial web app for creating your own Xperia X1 panels. The basic idea is pretty simple -- code up your own HTML files and a few thumbnail screenshots (for the panel browser), upload the files, and then download the panel they conveniently create from all that.

Sure, they're not going to be as powerful as C++ panels, but hey, you don't have to learn C++ to create them. You can even create links in your html file to applications and folders on the Xperia, so you can roll your own quick-start panel as a nice start if you like. Be aware that there are some pretty tight constrictions on what you can do (hint: it has to be supported by Pocket IE 5).

While you're setting up your custom HTML-based panel, we'll be over here wondering if alternate today screen platforms/standards are good for Windows Mobile as a whole. Panels, TouchFlo 3D, TouchWiz... they're all very pretty, but they're all also very proprietary. Do you care? Should you?

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5 years ago

Windows Live for Mobile gets a big update

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5 years ago

XDA Flint: Everything but the Kitchen Sink?

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