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5 years ago

WMExperts podcast Episode 54

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5 years ago

Samsung Omnia Pro rumored – very rumored

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It's the Sunday rumor mill here in Windows Mobile land, and on today's plate is the Samsung Omnia Pro (cue HTC's lawyers), brought to us by hdblog.it. [via coolsmartphone]

While highly unofficial – and the rendering you see above is of hdblog's "own creation and does not reflect the real shape" (and putting your blog on the phone's shell kinda gives that away) – the rumor surrounds an 800x480 AMOLED touchscreen, 5MP camera with stabilizer and flash, and a 624MHz processor. No word on RAM and ROM sizes.

Supposedly the Ominia Pro will become more official this summer and cost about 500 Euros. A launch with Windows Mobile 6.1 is mentioned, with an upgrade to WM6.5 to come.

That said, folks, here's a little tip from your friends at WMExperts: When you're sitting in your basement Photoshoping together a Frankenphone for the Internets, remember to slap on the Windows flag button if you're going to even mention Windows Mobile 6.5, m'kay?

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5 years ago

A Palm Pre? For FREE? Yes, sir-ee!

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A Palm Pre? For FREE? Yes, sir-ee!

With the prospect of Windows Mobile 6.5 and Windows Mobile 7 on the horizon, we certainly can sympathize with all the Palm fans out there who are chomping at the bit to finally get their hands on the Palm Pre. If you've hung in there this long, you definitely deserve a reward.

And our cousins at PreCentral.net are delivering, literally, with a massive giveaway:

Think you have what it takes to win a FREE Palm Pre? Time to put up or shut up! PreCentral.net is giving away FIVE Palm Pre Phones the day that the Palm Pre is released. In addition, we’re sweetening the deal by making them into full-on Palm Pre Packs, including:

Hit 'em up at PreCentral.net for all the deets on how to win.

But don't feel left out, loyal Windows Mobile fan. We might have a few goodies of our own for you in the very near future. Stay tuned.

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5 years ago

Microsoft Posts Quarterly Report

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Microsoft Posts Quarterly Report

Microsoft has reported it's Third Quarter results for the period ending March 31, 2009. The report shows a 6% decline in revenue from the same period last year. While a reported revenue of $13.65 billion isn't too shabby, it's the first year to year loss decline in Microsoft's 34 year history. The report included a $290 million cost for severance charges related to the plan to reduce up to 5,000 positions at Microsoft and $420 million needed to offset impairments to investments.

According to the release from Microsoft, Revenue in Client, Microsoft Business Division, and Server & Tools was negatively impacted by weakness in the global PC and Server markets. Revenue from enterprise customers remained stable during the quarter. Despite the loss, Microsoft didn't seem too concerned. “With our continued R&D investment and our broad suite of products and services, we remain in a great position to compete and gain share in the marketplace,” said Kevin Turner, chief operating officer at Microsoft.

While the Global Economy had it's hand in why the declined occurred, lagging sales in laptops, the rise in popularity of "netbooks" and the investment losses helped as well.  The Server and Tools Division was the only group to show growth in the report (about $230 million) and XBox 360 sales increased about 30%, putting the gaming system well ahead of last years total sales figures.  So it's not all bad news.

Microsoft is still on track to release Windows Mobile 6.5 later this year and Windows 7 during fiscal year 2010 and those releases might be the boost Microsoft is hoping for.  Microsoft's full release and report can be found here.

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5 years ago

How Windows Mobile Measures Up

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How Windows Mobile Measures Up

A reader asked over at the report of Microsoft's Quarterly Report what number of phones worldwide use the various mobile operating systems. Well as fate may have it, the answer fell in out laps this morning.

Electronista.com is reporting on an AdMob March 2009 report that shows how each OS stacks up worldwide and in the United States.

According to the report, in the U.S. Apple has approximately 50 percent of traffic where RIM gets 22 percent. Windows Mobile has 11 percent in its home arena, and both Android and Palm lay claim to 6 percent. Hiptop represents 4 percent while Symbian earns just a single percentage point. Worldwide, Apple drops to 38 percent, RIM is at 11 percent, Symbian 37 percent, Palm and Android are at 3 percent, Hiptop at 2 percent and Windows Mobile comes in with 6 percent.

The one caveat on these reports, they are based on AdMob's advertising requests and not necessarily sales figures. AdMob is a mobile advertising marketplace, offering solutions for discovery, branding and monetization on the mobile web. So while this bodes well for Apple in the U.S., the report is based on ad sales as opposed to unit sales.

I am sure that the sales figures will be slightly different.  Microsoft reportedly selling 20 million units worldwide in 2008 and Apple claims 37 million units sold.  The one problem with Apples sales figures is that it combines the iPhone and iTouch; a trend that is becoming more popular with Apple.  I wonder if Microsoft includes PDA's that run Windows Mobile in their stats?

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5 years ago

Windows Mobile 6.5 out 'by the fourth quarter'

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Believe it or not, we've been working all this time without a firm date of when we'll start seeing the official release of Windows Mobile 6.5. (Yes, we're fully aware of more nefarious ways of getting it right now.)

Just before Mobile World Congress and the official announcement of WM6.5 came a story from ZDNet saying that we'd be looking at September. At Steve Ballmer's presentation in Barcelona (watch it here), he'd only say "later this year." But in a transcript of Microsoft's fiscal year (different than the calendar year most of us follow) third-quarter earnings report, the launch window is specifically narrowed to this:

"You can expect to see phones running Windows Mobile 6.5 by the fourth quarter of this calendar year."

Of course, anything can happen, but we're taking that to mean we should see Windows Mobile 6.5 officially released by October. Hopefully we'll find out more in a couple of weeks at the TechEd event.

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5 years ago

YouTube Client gets updated to v2.0.9

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Lordy knows what exactly has been updated with YouTube's dedicated video client, but it jumped from v2.0.2 to v2.0.9 sometime...recently.

One obvious and welcome change is program compatibility – finally – with 320x320 devices (before it would rotate and crash on Treos), so that's pretty cool. We also imagine they've improved their streaming codecs and optimized the app a little. 

So if you had some problems back when it debuted, you may want to take another chance: http://m.youtube.com

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5 years ago

From Russia with love: The Touch Pro 2

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Let's face it: Our attention spans are short. The HTC Touch Diamond 2 has been out overseas for, what, a week now? Been there, read that. (But we're also still pretty darn impressed and can't wait to get one here.)

So let's turn our attention to an excellent and very in-depth review of the Touch Pro 2 from Russian site Mobile-Review. [via] Their conclusion of the 3.6 inches of high-res goodness? Pricey, pretty, but the build quality seemed a little suspect. But overall a very solid phone.

Get your translated read on here.

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5 years ago

CTIA group pushes micro USB as standard

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While a number of you probably celebrated Earth Day yesterday by driving to work in second gear (or was that just us?), the folks at CTIA made themselves a little more useful and released a statement supporting micro-USB as the standard for the "Universal Charging Standard" initiative.

Developed by the Open Mobile Terminal Platform industry standards group and recently adopted by the GSMA, the UCS aims to reduce energy consumption and enhance the customer experience through the adoption of a single “one-charger-fits-all” solution for new wireless devices by January 1, 2012. The UCS will use the Micro-USB format as the common universal charging interface, and use energy efficient chargers in compliance with U.S. “Energy Star” requirements for external power adapters that will provide an estimated 50% reduction in standby energy consumption.

Sounds good to us. But another 2½ years before any standard would go into effect? Sigh.

 Businesswire via Phonescoop

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5 years ago

Review: Motorola H780 Bluetooth Headset

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Review: Motorola H780 Bluetooth Headset

Motorola has been maligned on this and other blogs due to some of their odd business choices over the last couple of years, in particular in regards to their Windows Mobile handhelds such as the Q series and the ever-unpopular Motosurf. Despite the apparent downturn of the Motorola monster, their other business aspects appear to be churning along nicely.

Motorola’s H780 Bluetooth Headset is one in a long and diverse line of Bluetooth headsets coming from Motorola. We’ve reviewed everything from the diminutive Mini H9 to the stylistically aggressive RAZRWIRE; and for the most part, we’ve been fairly happy with what we’ve found.

For the full review of the H780, you’ve come to the right place.

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5 years ago

AT&T changes its billing system

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AT&T changes its billing system

AT&T is sending out e-mail notifications to wireless subscribers in certain markets letting them know that next month their account will be converted to a national billing platform. In the notification AT&T explains how some the change might impact your current account as follows:

  • You will see some slight differences in how charges are displayed on your invoice.
  • You will be assigned a new billing account number. It will appear on your first bill after conversion.
  • You will receive a new payment remittance address (known as a “lockbox”).
  • Your new lockbox address will appear on your first bill after conversion. Accounts Payable information may need to be updated, particularly if you use an automated purchasing system.
  • Your Monthly Service Discount which you receive due to a qualified company affiliation will apply to the monthly service charge of the primary wireless number only. It does not apply for add-a-line plans.
  • If you receive a Monthly Service Discount, it will be applied after all other discounts have been processed.
  • Some features, discounts and promotions may no longer be available after conversion.

The e-mail has a conversation letter code that you can use to reference AT&T's Customer Service Agents to in order to better explain what's going on. Some of the older service rate plans may be modified to bring them in line with current plans.  If you haven't updated/upgraded your AT&T service in a while, it may be best to check with your AT&T representative for more specifics on how this conversion will effect your service plan.

In talking to AT&T, it appears this is an effort to bring billing networks from the Cingular platform in line with the national AT&T billing standards.

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5 years ago

Updated: S2U2 (Slide 2 Unlock 2)

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Updated: S2U2 (Slide 2 Unlock 2)

Back in March we made mention of the slide to unlock utility, S2U2. It's a home grown application that brings an iPhone-esque slide lock to your Windows Mobile phone. Well, the application was recently updated to address some of the bugs the previous version possessed. S2U2 version 1.62 most notably addresses the occasional system hangups on the Caller ID screen.

This is actually the second update of this application since we first brought it to your attention. Previous updates have added more features to S2U2 such as adding smaller styled clocks to the unlock screen, adding the option for a second clock display, adding an option to set the vibration LED, and several other option add-ons and bug fixes. There were times with the previous versions where the system hesitated a little, as if it was trying to determine if the screen should be locked or not, but with the updated version everything seems to run smoother (as expected).

As a side note, I'm using this on the AT&T Fuze that's running the leaked Test ROM, that has a slide to answer feature. If you are running this ROM, you need to disable S2U2's Caller ID/Slide to Answer feature to avoid conflicts.

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5 years ago

More pics of a T-Mobile Touch Pro 2

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More pics of a T-Mobile Touch Pro 2

In case there were any doubt that the HTC Touch Pro 2 was coming to T-Mobile, the causes for concern appear to be shrinking.

Here we have but one of a number of pics of a T-Mobile-branded Touch Pro 2 from d474rpr.com. [via] The pictures aren't of the greatest quality (sigh). But at this point, if T-Mo doesn't release the TP2 sometime this summer, we'll put down our Windows phones and use a Crackberry for a week. We're that confident.

(update: fixed to say Touch Pro 2.  D'oh!)

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5 years ago

What goes on when an app crashes

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What goes on when an app crashes

Ever wonder where that Windows Mobile error report screen comes from, and what information you're actually sending back to Microsoft if you still have the thing turned on? OK, us, either. But it's nice to learn that the reports actually do go somewhere and are read by someone, as the Windows Mobile blog details:

What you might not know is that this window is generated by Watson, which is a component of Windows Error Reporting (WER). Specifically, Watson is the client-side executable that is activated when an unhandled exception occurs on your phone. Watson is responsible for preparing an error report (stack details, system information, variable information, etc), notifying the user about the error (happy window), and with the users consent sending the file to Microsoft (via data or ActiveSync). Assuming the user chooses to send the report, these encrypted files are then added to a WER database where they can be reviewed by Microsoft technical support personnel and Microsoft developers.

There's plenty more developer mumbo jumbo to be had in the full post, but it is an interesting look behind the curtain.

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5 years ago

Acer kills off ETEN brand, brings new phones to Singapore

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As cell phones get smaller and thinner, Acer apparently has gone against the grain and is launching 3-foot-phones in Singa- ... Wait. This just in. No giant phones. Phew.

But what we do have is a launch event for a slew of new phones in Singapore. It's worth a mention here because we've seen a number of these before, most recently on the floor of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona earlier this year. The initial five either available now or in the near future are the DX900, DX650, X960, F900 and M900.

Also noted by TechieLobang [via BGR] is that Acer is putting the ETEN brand out to pasture.

During the speech, Mr. Roger Yuen mentioned about Acer and its current plan. Plus information of ETEN. Apparently, there will be NO MORE products from ETEN. New handsets will be in the name of ACER. Currently, the Acer Smart Handhelds are designed in Europe, Paris, according to Mr. Yuen.

So there you go. More phones we won't be seeing here anytime soon. And that's a shame.

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