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4 years ago

And ... Google Maps updated to 3.3.1 - does it fix any of your problems?

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More than a few of you have had some issues with the latest version of Google Maps for mobile, either with the My Location feature or apparently with the layers. Accordingly, Google has updated the app to version 3.3.1. No word yet if it's fixed any of the triangulation issues you guys were having, but crashes should be squashed.

Go get the new version here, and sound off in the comments if you're still seeing problems, and be sure to let 'em know on the official Google forum post. (For what it's worth, it very quickly got me within 1,000 meters in Orlando.)

[All About Symbian via IntoMobile]

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4 years ago

'Wired' weighs in on Windows Mobile: Microsoft blew it

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Considering Microsoft just launched Windows Mobile 6.5 last month, hitting 30 new or upgraded phones, they are increasingly under fire from many in the industry, especially following those market share figures.

The latest is 'Wired' who writes that Microsoft had a lot of advantages but, quoting others in the business, they concentrated too much on enterprise (not consumers) and really let their platform lag, especially considering they started Windows CE in 1996.

Even Kinoma's CEO Peter Hoddie had some thoughts when he said

The sad part for Microsoft is that in terms of operating systems, they have a great one, and they had it long before anyone else did... Their first problem is the built-in apps are uninspiring, so that sets a very low bar for developers who are coming to the platform.

In essence, it was the iPhone that really changed the game, bringing consumer-level appeal to an industry focused on enterprise function.  Indeed, many of us purchased one of the first 3G Windows Mobile 5 devices (HTC PPC-6700 Apache) because we saw that the mobile internet and computing was the future.  However, it wasn't always a joyous ride with sparse updates, terrible transition from WM2003 to WM5 and buggy software.  There has always been that disconnect between what we wanted and what was offered: enter XDA Developers.

Actually, nothing in the 'Wired' article is really new or profound--in fact it is pretty obvious: Microsoft has been in this for the beginning, had hardware partners and a great head start, but failed to offer something  tangible for the mobile-ready consumer.  Sure we all know a Touch Pro 2 can smoke an iPhone in terms of functionality, power and even hardware, let alone a HD2, but at the end of the day, it is about branding, marketing, consumer appeal and making it desirable.  And Android so far doesn't do anything that Windows Mobile can't.

At least the news coming out from Mobius is positive and we're getting anxious for Windows Mobile 7--lets hope they deliver.  Read the full article here.

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4 years ago

Review: Smartphone Experts TopPouch Case

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Review: Smartphone Experts TopPouch Case

The choice of a case is about as unique as the Windows phone itself. Some prefer horizontal cases, some side cases, some hard cases, and some just prefer skins. For the vertical case crowd, Smartphone Experts offers the TopPouch Case for a wide variety of Windows phones, and we recently took one out for a test drive with the AT&T Tilt2 (a.k.a. Touch Pro 2).

Follow the break to read about our impressions on this case.

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4 years ago

Cradle w/ spare battery slot for AT&T Tilt 2

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4 years ago

HTC's sense on the Samsung Omnia II

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4 years ago

Google offering free snail mail

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Google offering free snail mail

On the heels of Google releasing an updated version of GoogleMaps, we've learned that Google is offering everyone a free antique of sorts, snail mail postcards. 

As prominent as email has become, everyone can think of at least one friend or family member who isn't online and would enjoy finding a short holiday note in their mailbox (the one at the curb). 

So now your chance to spread some holiday spirit for free.  If you have a Google account you can go here to send your free postcard.  Each account will be able to send one free card (while supplies last).  The offer is only valid in the United States and you have six card styles to choose from.  Obviously, if you don't have a Google account, you'll have to establish one to enjoy the free snail mail.

Read: Switched.com

 

 

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4 years ago

Video review: New Bing for Windows Mobile

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OK, everybody. The new Bing app for Windows Mobile is out, and we're giving it the what-for. Join us after the break for a quick video walkthrough of the navigation and search app.

Note: One thing we don't show here is that while you can find yourself using GPS on the map, it doesn't scroll the screen to follow you while you're in motion. That's a bad thing. (thanks, anon!)

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4 years ago

Software Deals of the Day through Dec. 4

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4 years ago

moTweets gets bumped to v1.5; Gets Lists support

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moTweets (see full review here) got a nice bump yesterday, like every other program evidently.

New in v1.5:

  • Auto-refresh Popup notification will no longer come up
  • Removed message to ask to go online, no longer required
  • NEW: Now has the option to play system sounds
  • NEW: Picture services twitpic.com, yfrog.com, twipl.net
  • NEW: Initial implimentation of Twitter Lists, can view the lists
  • NEW: Added Italian and Korean translations
  • NEW: Translate Tweets option
  • NEW: Block user
  • NEW: Report as Spam
  • Fixed issue with loading and uploading larger images

Admittedly, it's been awhile since we played with moTweets but we have to confess, it has become quite good as of late.  We especially like the Raven Black color scheme now (see above), though the scrolling is a bit too kinetic at times. 

Still, if you are a fan you should upgrade either by downloading the update .cab over your existing version or via Marketplace (when it shows up).

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4 years ago

SPB Backup gets update for WinMo 6.5

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4 years ago

MS Office 10 Web version works on most smartphones; Watch out Google

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Microsoft is certainly challenging Google in many areas recently, and services like Bing, MyPhone and Mesh show they can do it, too.

One big push for them in 2010 will be the new version of Microsoft Office.  The mobile version of course is a free beta download in the Marketplace but the less-talked about Web version is now in closed-beta testing as well.

This web version will also be viewable for many types of smartphones, not just Windows Mobile.  However, only Windows Mobile (and Symbian?),officially, will have editing capabilities, whereas the web-based version is view-only.  The phones/browsers that will work with the web version are the following:

  • IE on Windows Mobile 5/6/6.1/6.5
  • Safari4 on iPhone 3G/S
  • BlackBerry 4.x and newer versions
  • Nokia S60
  • NetFront 3.4, 3.5 and newer versions
  • Opera Mobile 8.65 and newer versions
  • Openwave 6.2, 7.0 and newer versions

This is certainly an interesting  play by Microsoft to greatly expand their Office suite, which is one of the few areas that most agree upon is actually a really good product. The challenge to Google should be obvious, though we suppose they too could beef up and selectively favor Android devices.  There are other exceptions too.  For instance, this is primarily for enterprise right now, not consumers and SharePoint is required on the back end for this to work.

Finally, the bigger picture needs to be looked at here: make no mistake, Microsoft sees cloud computing as the future. Windows Mobile 7 will play a major role in this change and today's apps e.g. MyPhone, Mesh, Marketplace, Office, Skydrive and even web-based Recite are all the tips of this iceberg.

[via ZDNet]

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4 years ago

Samsung SPH-M8400: WiMax, AMOLED and only in Korea

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Time for us to play "What really cool phone is being released overseas that we'll never get here!", one of our favorite games.

This time the lucky country is Korea, who is getting Samsung SPH-M8400 aka they need a better name for it.

To the point, here are the specs:

  • WiMax (WiBro)
  • 3.7" AMOLED WVGA
  • WM6.5
  • 5MP AF camera
  • Digital Mobile TV
  • WCDMA, WiFi, Bluetooth

Actually, though the fine folks at AkiHabaraNews liken it to a worthy competitor to the HD2, even we scoff at the notion.  No, this is a worthy competitor to the Omnia 2...in fact, it's very similar sans the 4G support.  Still, it does look pretty nice.

[AkiHabaraNews via Windows Phone Thoughts]

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4 years ago

Review: Motorola H17 Bluetooth Headset

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Review: Motorola H17 Bluetooth Headset

With Christmas just around the corner, you may be looking for a headset for someone on your shopping list. If you haven’t checked it out already, take a look at the WMExperts Store Holiday Gift Guide. One of the products on the wish list of the illustrious Dieter Bohn is Motorola’s H17 Bluetooth Headset.

Motorola has been making headsets for a long time, and its product line includes some pretty impressive options. The H790 and the H15 are both solid headsets that we’ve reviewed in the past. The H17 takes a lot of design cues from the H15, most obviously the hinged boom microphone that doubles as a power switch.

Hit the link for my thoughts on the H17.

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4 years ago

What's going on with the latest version of Google Maps' My Location service?

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Looks like some of you are having problems with the 3.3 release of Google Maps in regards to the My Location feature and its accuracy with cell tower triangulation. The good news is that it's not everybody. On the left, above, is what I'm getting with AT&T. For me, it's more or less as accurate as it was before. Google Maps is showing me about a half-mile from where I actually am, and that's well within the 1,900 meters (or 1.1 miles) it's promising.

Our pal Malatesta, on Sprint, is shown as being in Washington, D.C., with an accuracy of 95,000 meters. OK, but Long Island, N.Y., is definitely more than 59 miles from the nation's capital. And Mal says a friend of his in New York City is showing 45,000-meter accuracy.

And, so, we put it to you. How's My Location holding up? Is it just the big-city folk having issues?

Is Google Maps' My Location service better or worse in version 3.3?(poll)
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4 years ago

Official ROM update leaked for the HTC HD2

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We're all used to basic builds of Windows Mobile leaking out. It's also not unusual for full-on official ROM releases to squirm their way into our fat little fingers. Such is the case with the latest for the HTC HD2. The 1.48 ROM (up from 1.43) purportedly fixes issues with the calendar and provides some overall speed improvements (which is saying something when you're running a 1GHz Snapdragon processor in the first place).

The above video from YouTuber Xmoo123 shows off the before and after. It apparently is running Windows Mobile 6.5 Build 21869, up from 21864. (By comparison, I'm running 6.5 Build 21877.) All that said, this may be an "official" release, but it's not been officially released by HTC (when it its, you'll see it here), so consider yourself warned. [HTCPedia via wmpoweruser/pocketnow]

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