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5 years ago

Windows Marketplace details for developers

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Microsoft this morning released a little more information about its Windows Marketplace for Mobile (that name sounds pretty official now), centering on what developers can expect with regards to Windows Mobile 6.5.

Here's the bottom line, in handy bullet points:

  • Annual registration is $99 and includes submission of five applications. Each additional submission within the annual period is another $99.
  • Devs will set their own prices.
  • Devs will keep 70 percent of the sales revenue.
  • Student developers can have the registration fee waived through the DreamSpark program.

Before anyone starts with the M$FT comments, that 30 percent cut Microsoft takes is right in line with what Apple's doing in its App Store, and the rest is pretty much in line, too. What remains to be is see is what the ramifications will be on other vendors, such as Mobihand and Handango, and whether large software houses such as SPB and SBSH will join in.

Full presser can be read here.

Update: Video from Marketplace Product Manager Inigo Lopez and Eric Nelson of the Developer Experience team after the break.

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5 years ago

A brief glimpse of Windows 'Marketplace'

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We're still pretty sure Microsoft is planning its own app store, but we really don't have more more than that. But Pocketnow's noticed a "coming soon" site at client.marketplace.windowsmobile.com that, low and behold, appears to be formatted for a mobile browser. And it also looks like the Skymarket name may have given way to "Marketplace," which probably is a good thing.

In all likelihood this will just be a download site for a standalone application, but that's speculation on our part. Either way, it looks like things are moving ahead.

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5 years ago

New SMS in the Touch Diamond 2/Pro 2's integrated Contact View

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While we await an official release of HTC's Touch Pro 2 (hands-on) and Touch Diamond 2 (hands-on), some gold nuggets are still being mined from the leaked ROMs that are floating around.

While threaded SMS is nothing new — Palm's been doing it since Windows Mobile 6, and everyone else caught up with 6.1 — HTC is putting a little sex appeal in it in its upcoming releases.

Brandon from PocketNow has been playing with one and brings us a look at two very different SMS designs. On the left is the old and busted. On the right, the new hotness, courtesy of HTC's unified communcations screen.

Not bad at all. But why does everyone insist on making the headshot images so darm small?  Come on Microsoft, everybody's using Exchange now, time to help it support some larger contact images.

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5 years ago

HTC Touch Pro 2 review surfaces

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HTC Touch Pro 2 review surfaces

While we patiently await the release of the new HTC Touch Pro 2 (read Dieter's hands-on here), reviews are starting to surface. While the website is in German, the translation gives us a good deal of information on this new Windows Mobile phone. AreaMobile.de [via] notes that the Touch Pro 2 is noticeably heavier and larger than the original Touch Pro, but elegantly designed. Touchflo 3D and battery life are improved, and the screen was responsive. The phone lacks a 3.5mm headphone jack, and it appears there is some concern over the slide mechanism, described as stiffy and doughy.

The ability to angle the screen was well received and the larger spaced keyboard was easier to type on. All in all, the review was favorable of the Touch Pro 2. I'm curious about the comments on the slide mechanism. There's a possibility that this could be a pre-production model and the final production model will perform as smooth as its predecessor. Regardless, the review left very little doubt that the Touch Pro 2 will be a quality device and it makes the choice between the Touch Pro 2 and Diamond 2 all the more difficult.

Read the full, translated review here.

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5 years ago

Sprint reportedly testing LTE technology

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Sprint reportedly testing LTE technology

Sprint, champion of WiMax and a former backer of XOHM (which has become Clearwire), may be hedging its 4G bets.

Reports GigaOm:

Sources in the telecommunications world have been telling me that Sprint is testing Long Term Evolution, or LTE, equipment, which seems a bit odd given Sprint’s cheerleading for WiMAX and 51 percent stake in Clearwire, which is building out a nationwide WiMAX network.

GigaOm got this response back:

As a prudent Technology Development organization we are always collecting competitive information about various technologies/equipment to monitor and assess the competitive landscape and any potential impacts to Sprint’s plans.

Sure. But there's testing, and then there's testing. We're still way early into the LTE/WiMAX battle, and we're nowhere near being able to even begin declaring a winner. (That, and there are zero mainstream phones on either service right now.) So maybe Sprint's poking its toes in the LTE pool, and maybe it's not. Let's finish getting 3G built out and under everyone's belts first, shall we?

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5 years ago

That's right, we stole it - so what?

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Fine. You caught us. The Windows Mobile Marketplace aped Android's oh-so-unique idea of putting its logo on a shopping bag. We're guilty. And while we're confessing, here are a few more things we did to our open-source cousins:

  • We stole your ball.
  • We broke your crayons.
  • We took your lunch money.
  • We tied your shoelaces together.
  • We pulled your hair.

But don't let that cute little green robot fool you. After the break are a few things we believe might have been pilfered by Andy the Android, if that is his real name.

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5 years ago

Widgets via FEWidgetsLite

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Widgets via FEWidgetsLite

We ran across an interesting user interface that brings widgets, similar to Samsung's TouchWiz UI, to your Windows Mobile phone. FEWidgetsLite is a Windows Mobile freeware application that allows you to create you own widgets as well as utilize pre-set widgets such as calculator, RSS Feed Reader, Date widget, Weather, Appointments, and many more.

FEWidgetsLite is a beta application (current version v0.2.6) and there may be a few bugs left in the application. It does require .NET Framework 3.5 and Flash Lite 3.1 to be installed on the device. So if you're a fan of widgets but for whatever reason don't find the Omnia appealing, FEWidgetsLite may be an alternative to consider.

Just remember to back up everything first, 'mkay?

Mobilespoon

Update: Some video after the break. Turn your speakers down first.

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5 years ago

What Firefox's Weave will bring to your phone

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Work continues on the Windows Mobile version of the Firefox mobile browser (heretofore known as Fennec), but the Nokia version is farther along. And it's there that we take a quick peek at what we expect to eventually see in our version.

At the top of our list is Weave, which basically is a monster sync extension that will connect your phone's Firefox browser with your desktop version of Firefox.

If you use the XMarks (formerly Foxmarks) extension, you're already used to syncing bookmarks and passwords. Weave does even more, as you can see in the picture above. You also can sync cookies, tabs, history, forms and input.

Head on over to the Fennec blog and see more of Weave running on a Nokia N810.

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5 years ago

TPro Skin for S2U2

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TPro Skin for S2U2

A bit ago we reported on a "slide to unlock" application for your Windows Mobile phones, S2U2. One of the more common remarks  heard when people see S2U2's unlock screen is "Wow, just like the iPhone." which, for some, is synonymous to fingernails scratching a chalkboard.

XDA Developer member demonizator, has developed TPro v1.0.0, a skin for S2U2 that gives the application a Touchflo 3D appearance for those prefer less of a iPhonish appearance.  The application is still in the Beta stage but works nicely.  In using TPro on the AT&T Fuze, I only experienced one brief delay when unlocking the phone.  Otherwise, the Today Screen popped up instantly.  I have to admit, I like the appearance a little better than the stock S2U2 appearance.

You do need to turn off S2U2 before installing TPro and there is a separate .cab file to uninstall the skin.  So if you like the concept of a slide to unlock application but don't want to loose the Touchflo feel, TPro might be worth a look.

[Read: FuzeMobility]

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5 years ago

Rumor Mill: Sprint to get new HTC offerings starting in May?

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So take this one with a huge grain of salt, though if squint hard enough, it almost makes sense.

Over at phonedog, they got a tip that "...Sprint would be beating T-Mo to the punch by launching US versions of the devices at CTIA in April with May availability dates."

To some that may sound very early, in fact it might even beat T-Mobile in Europe, who are reportedly getting some new HTC love in June.

But we do know that Sprint has given the "end of life" (EOL) tag to the Touch Diamond for July and looking at Sprint's past practices, a device's EOL date is usually around 2 months after the launch of its replacement (e.g. Treo Pro (orig: 2/09)/800w EOL (4/09); Diamond (9/08)/Touch EOL (~11/08); Touch Pro (11/08)/Mogul EOL (~1/09) etc.). Coupled with the fact that Sprint did get the original Touch, Diamond and Touch Pro pretty darn quick and you know, it could be possible.

So perhaps there's some truth to this? Guess we'll find out more from booth N120 as CTIA approaches!

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5 years ago

Palm gives its stock a shot in the arm

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Unless you've been living under a rock, you're probably aware of the excitement surrounding the Palm Pre. And that that quickly turned the long-awaited carrier-supported versions of the Treo Pro into a red-headed stepchild. (The same sort of thing happened when the Treo Pro was announced not long after the Treo 800w first became available, much to the chagrin of a number of 800w owners.)

Of course, all that affects the bottom line.

Last week, Palm announced that its revenue for the third quarter would be $85 million to $90 million. Wall Street had been expecting $150 million for the quarter.

Today, Palm has put 18.5 million shares of its stock back on the market, giving it at least $49 million more in cash and increasing its stock price a bit. Palm's main investor, Elevation Partners, likely will use a chunk of that money to buy back that stock at the higher price, thus making all the investors a little happier and keeping the company afloat (or as Dieter notes over at PreCentral.net, on the metaphorical ropes), at least for now.

So what's it all mean? Basically, the future of Palm (at least for now) appears to be solidly resting on the Palm Pre. And that directly affects Windows Mobile, which we're still expecting to be supported on the Treo line. So let's keep our fingers crossed for our WebOS cousins, shall we?

Electronista and Information Week

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5 years ago

The Acer Windows Mobile invasion

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There's a storm brewing on the horizon. One that may change the Windows Mobile community in more than one way. Acer is slated to introduce four new Windows Mobile phones to the U.S. market.  Acer's Tempo Series includes the M900, the F900, the X960, and the DX900. Information Week is reporting that when these new phones hit the shelves sometime in late April, cost will be the main marketing tool. While no U.S. wireless provider has spoken up to partner with Acer, the company hopes to offer these phones at a substantially lower cost or possibly free with a service contract.

PCMag.com had the opportunity to interview Acer's Smartphone Unit President Aymar de Lencquesaing last month at Mobile World Congress. The Acer executive said he'll be able to push Windows phone prices down to free with contract. "We'll make it a very simple, easy interface ... and these will retail at zero dollars," de Lencquesaing said. If this develops, it will be interesting to see what affect "free" smartphones will have on other manufacturers. Especially if the Acer's are quality devices.

The potential for free smartphones is just one aspect of this invasion. Launching an application store might be another aspect of Acer's leap into the Windows Mobile market. During a recent London press event, de Lencquesaing said Acer is examining the viability of an app store, which would be accessible from its new range of Windows Mobile phones. With Samsung and Nokia having similar App Store plans, this isn't that far of a reach.

De Lencquesaing has commented that he wants Acer to be in the top five of smartphones within five years.  If Acer can match low cost with quality phone, they may have a chance to reach that goal.

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5 years ago

Moto goes rugged with MC55

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Moto goes rugged with MC55

Motorola has tossed its hat into the rugged ring with the release of the MC55 Enterprise Digital Assistant.

The MC5590 (that's it on the left) is without a cellular radio but sports a 320x240 touchscreen, a 2400mAh battery, Windows Mobile 6.1 Classic, XScale PXA270 processor at 520 MHz, 256MB ROM/128MB RAM, microSD, a 2.0MP camera with flash and autofocus, laser scanner ... You get the idea. The MC5574 is basically the same thing, only with Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, a GSM/EDGE radio and GPS added in.

Sure, it's not a phone you'll be picking up in a story anytime soon. But if you're in the market for something on a job site, you definitely could do worse.

Via Pocket PC Thoughts

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5 years ago

WMExperts Podcast Episode 48

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5 years ago

Verizon Wireless: Information Sharing Plan

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If you are a Verizon Wireless Customer, pay close attention to your mail. We all get those "changes in policies" letter that usually go straight to the circular file but what Verizon Wireless is sending out deserves some attention. Verizon is sending out letters that gives customers 45 days upon receipt to opt out of the information sharing plan. The plan would share all of your carrier related data (billing information, technical data, location and service purchases) with Verizon's affiliates and agents. Essentially turning your account information into an open book for who knows who to see.

Additionally, if you are a paperless customer (good for you) and you go to Verizon's website, the option to opt out of this share plan is listed but the modification isn't available. Unless this changes, paperless customers will need to call Verizon's Customer Service.

[Read:BoyGenuisReport.com]

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