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5 years ago

Samsung Propel Pro now on sale for $149

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5 years ago

New job post again points to over-the-air firmware updates

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Last month Microsoft posted a job for a Principal Development Manager to work with Windows Mobile 7. A key issue in the listing surrounded "updateability,"which re-enforced what Dieter had talked about in a podcast, namely that Microsoft was focusing on over-ther-air firmware updates.

Now comes a new job posting for a "Lead Software Development Engineer" that bolsters all of this:

Have you wished to see your Windows Mobile phone with new features “magically” show up without you buying a new one? Do you want to see greater and better quality and cool software delivered to your love ones’ Windows phones from just a click? If this is your dream, this is a place for you. Come join us to make this dream into reality! With the mobile industry’s strong growth and several competitors playing in the field, we are going to have a challenging but fun time to show customers what Windows phone can become in the next few years.

We are in Windows Mobile device update team. Our goal is to enable customers to anticipate and enjoy a predictable stream of new and improved capabilities for their Windows Phone via a Device Update service that is worry-free and easy-to-use. Broad scope and impact, deep technologies, engineering challenges, partner interfacing with OEMs and MS internal partners, and fast pace delivery are all part of our charter. In the agile development environment, you will be working with PM/architect/test and partner teams to deliver critical stack of the update solution. You will lead a team of smart developers to solve problems in mobile OS, PC applications, and interacting with web services.

It's too bad that we'll have to wait until Windows Mobile 7 for some FOTA goodness, but it will be interesting to see how application updates are rolled alongwide the Windows Marketplace for Mobile.

Ars Technica [via MTA]

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5 years ago

Soundz Cool

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Soundz Cool

A lot of people spend a lot of time customizing their phones to suit them perfectly. With a WM phone, we can customize the wallpaper, the colors, the fonts, the icons, the bars, the menus, etc. And there are a lot of programs and utilities to make this very easy and fun to do. But few of us ever stop to think about customizing the sound themes on our phone. Once your realize this, it can open up a whole new world to making your phone your own. With this in mind, I have reviewed Soundz Cool ver 1.1. This certainly is not the newest kid on the block, but certainly one that has been long overlooked. To find out what you have been missing read on.

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5 years ago

LG possibly prepping new Windows phone

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5 years ago

Microsoft looks for 'Halo' to go mobile

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For all you "Halo" fans out there, Microsoft's got something cooking. Exactly what, we're not quite sure, but a recent job listing drops hints at "large-scale testing of the out of game Live experience by gamers across the world."

From the Careerbuilder job listing:

We're looking to blend console, web, and mobile to create an immersive Halo world that follows the dedicated Halo fan wherever they go. We need engineers that can build connected technology while working in a startup environment.

Does that mean Master Chief will be coming to a Windows phone (or, gasp, some other platform) near you? That's not yet clear. But it has been tried in the past, and we know Microsoft's putting more emphasis on gaming with the upcoming Marketplace. We'll keep our heads on a swivel.

Via gamers.com

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5 years ago

Google Maps update fixes a number of bugs

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Google has released an updated version of Google Maps, version 3.0.1.4, which focuses on issues surrounding the Google Latitude feature. For those unfamiliar with Latitude, it is a feature that lets you keep track of your location and shares it with a social network of friends/colleagues.

The fixes include:

  • Background location updates: Problems associated with running Latitude in the background have been fixed to allow continuous updating of your location.
  • Auto-restart location updates: If for some reason you turn off your phone (battery dies, you hit the power button) Latitude will now automatically restart location updates, when running in the background, whenever power is restored to the phone.
  • Force location updates: Manually refreshing your Latitude friends list forces the update of your own location.
  • Backlight timing: The backlight behavior now runs according to your system settings. Previously if Latitude was running in the background it had a tendency to keep your backlight on regardless of systems settings.
  • Additionally, login errors and other internal errors that effected Latitudes performances were addressed by the update.

The updated version, 3.0.1, can be downloaded here.

Via WMPoweruser

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5 years ago

Review: Samsung Propel Pro

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Review: Samsung Propel Pro

When we first noticed the Samsung Propel it sported a standard feature-phone OS. Several months later, we learned that Samsung had replaced the feature-phone OS with Windows Mobile Standard thus creating the Propel Pro. Along with some cosmetic changes the Samsung Propel Pro joined the AT&T line up this month to with its older brothers, the Samsung Epix and Blackjack II.

WMExperts.com had the opportunity to take the Propel Pro out for a test drive recently.  Follow the break to see how well this new Windows Mobile Standard phone handled the road. 

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5 years ago

Review: HTC Multifunction Audio Adapter

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Review: HTC Multifunction Audio Adapter

If you haven’t heard of HTC, you must be new here. If you haven’t heard Dieter complain about HTC’s apparent apprehension with putting a 3.5mm audio jack on their devices, you should start listening to our Podcast. One solution that has been mentioned before is HTC’s Multifunction adapter that gives you a slew of options for connecting all manner of devices to your device of choice. If you want this additional functionality on your phone, you know where to get all the details.

 

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5 years ago

WMExperts Podcast Episode 52

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5 years ago

Best of SPE, 12 April 2009

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Best of SPE, 12 April 2009

Do you have post-CTIA-syndrome? Feel like all the hot new smartphone news happened two weeks ago and not much has happened since? Wondering if you have the strength to make it through another day without a pithy overview of everything that happened in the smartphone world last week? Easter feast have you feeling too lazy to do anything but peruse enough smartphone news to fill out a short novella?

Fret not, our best of SPE news roundup has you covered. Get clicking!

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5 years ago

Sprint Touch Diamond gets a ROM update

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Looks like HTC snuck out a ROM update for the Sprint variant of the Touch Diamond. Here's what's fixed in this "Maintenance Release":

  • Provides enhancements to the HTC dialer application
  • Resolves an issue where the “Internal Storage” drive may not be recognized by the device
  • Includes minor enhancements for Sprint TV and Opera Browser
  • Resolves an issue with time not updating correctly after daylight savings time adjustment
  • Includes a variety of minor bug fixes

Applying the update will bump you up to Version 2.00.651.7. As always, be sure to read through all the instructions (pdf link), and above all, back up your important data first!

HTC ROM update via ppcgeeks

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5 years ago

Ask WME: How to clear company directory history

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Ask WME: How to clear company directory history

A couple of weeks ago, WMExperts podcast listener Mark (Hi, Mark!) asked Dieter and Mal if there was a way to clear out the search history from the company directory (Exchange) side of Outlook Mobile. We scratched our heads for a while and then went to the source. Here's what the Outlook Mobile team came up with:

  1. From the file explorer, navigate to Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook\
  2. Delete “GalSeachHistory.dat”

There you go. Easy as pie. Once again it proves it's not what you know, but who you know. :)

And if you have a question for Dieter and Malatesta, shoot an e-mail to podcast at wmexperts dot com.

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5 years ago

Skyfire sets sights on our CrackBerry cousins

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Having become pretty popular with Windows Mobile, the Skyfire browser apparently is  making its way over to our BlackBerry cousins. According to an e-mail snagged by the Boy Genuis Report, a search is on for Alpha testers.

We are looking for early Alpha testers to help us develop Skyfire for BlackBerry. If you like to be the first on the block, and on the bleeding edge (bugs!), please sign up and give us a steady stream of feedback so together we can make browsing on the BlackBerry the best it can be.

You can bet CrackBerry users will be lined up down the street for this one. Because if there's one thing that platform needs to improve on, it's the browsing experience. (Yes, we really just said that. Hey, browsing's been getting better on Windows Mobile in leaps and bounds lately.)

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5 years ago

Taiwan getting Touch Diamond 2 this month

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As we in the United States patiently (or not so much) await the arrival of the HTC Touch Diamond 2, another overseas launch reportedly is drawing near. MobileTechReview says that the TD2 will be released in Taiwan "Later this month" for about $650 U.S. We've previously reported that European dealer Expansys plans to start selling on April 19, and T-Mobile Germany will get in the game in June.

We're still hoping for a U.S. release sooner rather than later. But in the meantime, you can check out Dieter's hands-on with the Touch Diamond 2 at Mobile World Congress.

Via Engadget Mobile

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5 years ago

Verizon Touch Diamond now on sale

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