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5 years ago

Marketplace for Mobile: What's prohibited

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One of the bigger beefs with Apple's App Store is the seemingly indiscriminate nature in which some updated apps are rejected, even after they've already been approved. (See: Tweetie and more recently, the Nine Inch Nails app.)

We now have a hard list of what'll get your app banned (pdf link) from Windows Marketplace for Mobile. For us, here are the biggies, though questions remain:

  • No VOIP apps using a carrier's data. (Will WiFi be OK?)
  • No apps that replace or modify the default dialer, SMS or MMS apps.
  • No apps with an OTA download of over 10MB. (Not sure if that's the app itself, or downloading within the app for, say, a podcatcher or the dreaded torrent downloader.)
  • No apps that change the default browser, search client, or media player on the device. (Does that mean no Opera or Skyfire, which let you choose to set them as the default browser? No Kinoma Play, Core Player or the like for multimedia?)

That said, we have absolutely no indication that Windows Mobile 6.5 would bar you from installing apps from outside the Marketplace. None. The following list is just what will keep an app out of the Marketplace. Interestingly, the list doesn't include any mention of prohibiting any "objectionable content," except for in advertising within apps, which must follow standard Microsoft practices (pdf). Does that mean anything goes with regards to content? We're likely to see some clarification in the weeks ahead.

Check out the fine print after the break.

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5 years ago

Best of SPE, 3 May 2009

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Best of SPE, 3 May 2009

Each week we break down the best of the Smartphone Experts Network for your reading pleasure. It's possible you caught every single one of the 191 posts we published across our network this week, but we won't hold everybody to that. Device leaks, device announcements, and site contests all await you here - so read on!

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5 years ago

WinMo 6.5 will work on non-touchscreen phones

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There's been some discussion about Windows Mobile 6.5 and non-touchscreen phones, namely that everything we've seen has been on touchscreen devices. And as of right now, the only phones we know are getting an upgrade to 6.5 are Professional devices like the HTC Touch Pro 2 and Diamond 2. That's not to say that Standard phones won't launch with 6.5 already on board or get upgraded – we just don't officially know of any yet.

But fret not. Windows Mobile 6.5 will at least run on on Standard devices, according to the Marketplace Application Standard Guidelines (pdf):

It is highly recommended that applications should have the ability to run on two or more Windows Mobile 6.5 device platforms, for example, multiple Standard and/or Professional devices. Writing to multiple Windows Mobile devices helps extend the market opportunity for developers and gives end-users greater choice when making purchase decisions concerning both applications and Windows Mobile devices. This requirement is waived for ruggedized devices, which also referred to as Vertical market devices.

That should kill off any fears. The question remains: Which Standard phones will it run on?

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5 years ago

Windows Mobile theme on a BlackBerry Storm (now that's more like it!)

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We gotta say, that's the best looking BlackBerry we've seen thus far. OK, so it's only a theme. And it costs $6.99. But is that really too high a price to pay for Storm owners who already are paying the price for not using Windows Mobile?

We're not sayin', we're just sayin.

Berry Review via IntoMobile

Update: Or, you can turn a Storm into a Palm Pre!

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5 years ago

Marketplace now open to developers

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A couple of days ago we mentioned that the Windows Marketplace for Mobile made a brief appearance to at least one user of an early Windows Mobile 6.5 ROM. Over the weekend, the Marketplace opened up to developers and laid out guidelines for submitting apps.

We've already talked to devs about Marketplace and gotten a look at the money side of things. Devs keep 70 percent of sales, it'll cost $99 to submit the first five apps, and every app after that is another $99. Updates will be free.

Most of what you'll read in the Application Submission Guidelines (pdf link) is pretty technical and not all that exciting to anyone other than developers, though it is, at least, interesting to see what goes on on that side of the Windows Mobile world. And we'll follow up on some of it shortly. But do note that the guidelines we're linking to here are a draft, and Microsoft says they will change.

That said, it also means we're chuggling closer to the launch of the Marketplace, and with it, the launch of Windows Mobile 6.5.

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5 years ago

HTC Snap, Touch Pro 2 possibly headed to Canada as 'world editions'

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We knew HTC would be pulling out some big guns this year, and it looks like they're going to be firing both barrels. The Boy Genius Report got some inventory shots from Canada's Telus that shows the Touch Pro 2 and Snap being launched as "world editions." That, for those of you more used to vanilla devices, means CDMA and GSM radios, for use, well, all over the world.

If this all pans out, it is a good sign that HTC is pushing even harder for the enterprise market. World phones are pretty much aimed at serious business travelers, after all. No word on pricing or availability, but stay tuned.

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5 years ago

Review: HTC Touch Dual

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Review: HTC Touch Dual

With new devices heading our way like the HTC Touch Diamond 2, Touch Pro 2, the Garmin M20 and possibly the Toshiba TG01, we thought we'd take a step back and look at an older Windows Mobile Phone that has enjoyed its fair share of popularity. The HTC Touch Dual was announced back in October 2007 and was released in European and U.S. versions. The phone briefly went Hollywood with its starring role in the short-lived television series "My Own Worst Enemy". The Touch dual is still in production and can be found at various retail outlets at a modest price. To see what all the HTC Touch Dual has to offer, follow the break.

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5 years ago

Be a Real Reviewer for Palm - Guaranteed Spot for 1 WMExperts Reader

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You may have seen over at the Official Palm Blog that they're looking for "Real Reviewers."  That's true enough: Palm wants to send you a phone in exchange for you writing, blogging, twittering, Facebooking, and generally telling the internet what you think of it for 6 months. 

It's a good deal and should be pretty interesting. Now, friends, pay attention: if you use this link to fill out Palm's Real Reviewer Survey, you might have a better shot at getting in, as they've reserved a spot for a WMExperts reader.

So, interested in a Treo Pro (or, yes, even that other phone, once it gets released), hit up the survey and let Palm know why you think you'd be an ideal "Real Reviewer."

And if you don't get in ... our very own comprehensive review of the Treo Pro can certainly give you a good idea whether it's the phone for you or no. 

DEADLINE TONIGHT: A reminder that if you want in on this, you've got to get your submission in by midnight Pacific time tonight!

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5 years ago

Rhodium (Touch Pro 2) at FCC with T-Mobile 3G bands

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The HTC Touch Pro 2 continues its long (and gooey) march to T-Mobile. We've already seen one variation of the Rhodium (its original HTC code name) at the FCC, but here's another, and it sports the T-Mobile 3G band of 1700 MHz.

Other tidbits: The first Rhodium at the FCC was the RHO100; this one's the RHO210, for what it's worth.

FCC (pdf link) Via Cell Phone Signal

 

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5 years ago

Google Maps gets updated ... again - v3.0.1.6

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5 years ago

WinMo 6.5 still supports up to 16GB of external memory

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This shouldn't really come as a surprise to anyone, given that Windows Mobile 6.5 is built from the same blocks as its predecessors, but Microsoft's Loke Uei confirms that the upcoming operating system won't support any more memory than what it already does.

SD cards still top out at 16 gigabytes, he said on the Mobility Today podcast. But, jeez, folks, just how much pr0n movies and music do you need to carry around with you?

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5 years ago

Windows Marketplace open for business?

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We've known about the upcoming Windows Marketplace for Mobile for quite some time now and that it'll only be for WM6.5 users (boo). But up till today when you launched the store app in your janked WM6.5 ROM, nothing happened or you got a "coming soon."

Well at least according to MrHawaii at ppcgeeks, he was finally able to access the store today and even downloaded Pandora.  He says:

Today I clicked on it and it said CAB needed to be installed. After install, voila! Marketplace open for business. I already downloaded Pandora successfully. There are not too many fun apps yet and most of them come with a charge. But the layout of the store was very finger friendly and very snappy.

We assume that this may be Microsoft just testing the wheels a bit and unless you have a WM6.5 ROM that didn't have the store removed, you're out of luck. Still, nice to see this starting up. 

Two more images after the jump!

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5 years ago

Weatherbug Direct: Review

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5 years ago

Feast your eyes on the Inner Circle

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OK, it's not the most earth-shattering of developments for Windows Mobile, but what we have here are a couple of screenshots of the Inner Circle feature that will be on board the HTC Snap, brought to us by Smartphone Daily. [via Slashgear]

Inner Circle, as you may know, "makes it easy for people to prioritize messages from the most important people in their lives at the press of a button,” in HTC's words. There are grumblings, however, that Inner Circle may be chopped form the version of the Snap expected on for T-Mobile.

We'll have to see just how much Inner Circle adds to the messaging experience. Right now, it's pretty darn easy to quickly add contacts to an e-mail (though I'd still kill to be able to make group lists). But it does look like it basically filters by sender, which is something else you can't do out of the box with Windows Mobile.

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5 years ago

Customizing Mobile Shell 3.0

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Customizing Mobile Shell 3.0

It was only a matter of time before some adventuresome soul found a way to customize SPB's Mobile Shell 3.0. Pocketnow.com is reporting about a few third party "tweaks" that are popping up at XDA Developers so we decided to take a gander that way to see what all the excitement is about. Follow the break for more details on these customizations and a few screen shots.

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