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5 years ago

Even more pics of the T-Mobile Touch Pro 2

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5 years ago

Firefox mobile browser hits Alpha 2

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Firefox mobile browser hits Alpha 2

When Firefox released the first Alpha build of its mobile browser -- aka Fennec -- in May, it left a lot of you underwhelemed. Hey, it was an Alpha build. Don't say we (and Mozilla) didn't warn you. But work has been progressing, and Mozilla just released the Alpha 2 build. Here's what's new in Alpha 2: [via Pavlov's blog]

  • Improved panning performance
  • Newly designed theme
  • JavaScript error console is now built in
  • Improved add-on support
  • Numerous bug fixes
  • Improved UI polish

As per the usual, Mozilla is developing for the HTC Touch Pro. So back up your info, and get to testing. Here's the download link. (Don't have a Touch Pro? Try out the desktop versions.) And let us know in the comments how things look.

Update: Here's one fairly big known bug worth noting:

Allow panning/scrolling in iframes - Websites that display large amounts of content in IFrames, including Google Mail and Reader, will be very hard, if not impossible, to use.

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5 years ago

Two weeks of parties for Dash 3G, Touch Pro 2

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As much as we're not exactly enjoying what feels like the world's ... longest ... roll-out ... of HTC phones this summer – love the phones, hate the wait – we are happy to see carriers putting s little more muscle that usual behind Windows Mobile phones. Case in point: T-Mobile's throwing a little shindig from San Francisco to Fort Lauderdale starting July 14 for the Dash 3G (which should actually be released on July 15) and Touch Pro 2 (which we're looking for on July 22). Here's the breakdown of events, and hit the links to register:

Oh, and the best part? If you go to one of the events, you'll get a free Dash 3G! Can't beat that. Better reserve your spot before they all fill up.

Via Boy Genius Report

Update: Yeah, apparently these aren't parties for the peasants. The registrations are actually being reviewed to see if you're allowd inside the velvet rope. But, hey, it's worth a shot.

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5 years ago

A look at new Exchange and Outlook Mobile features

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We've previously discussed some of the upcoming changes Outlook Mobile may see with the launch of Microsoft Exchange 2010 (we say may because it's up to your IT department to actually implement them). A recap:

  • Threaded e-mail.
  • Voicemail transcription.
  • Sync SMS.
  • Block/quarantine phones.
  • See when messages you've replied to or forwarded.
  • See if a contact has some free time for you.

And, the really cool part: When your business (or Exchange provider, at least) upgrades to Exchange 2010, an upgraded version of Outlook Mobile can be pushed to your Windows Mobile 6.1/6.5 phone.

Now, see a few of those changes in action. Part 1 is above, and the second part of the video is after the break.

Technet [via wmpoweruser]

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5 years ago

Marketplace will have 600 apps at launch

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Inevitably, all app stores will be compared to Apple's App Store. Never mind that Windows Mobile has had apps for sale back when Steve Jobs was saying he'd never build a phone. But consolidating all the apps under the Microsoft umbrella presents some interesting quandaries. Submitting your app to Windows Marketplace for Mobile means following Microsoft's guidelines, and that can mean changes to an app that's used on Windows Mobile for some time, lest you end up on the banned list.

We've already spoken to a few developers, who appeared more than eager to hop on board. And they're not alone. Audrey Zolghadr, Windows Mobile product manager at Microsoft France, says in an interview with MobiFrance [via] that there will be 600 apps in the Marketplace when it launches later this year. (Here are just a few names that were previously announced.) That's a paltry sum compared to the 20,000 apps actually floating around for Windows phones, but it's definitely a good start.

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5 years ago

Friday fun: iPhone 3GS - more Wicky Wicky

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5 years ago

"Where is...": Your GPS Bread Crumb Trail

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5 years ago

Microsoft updates Marketplace app submission guidelines

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For all you dev types out there (and for the rest of us who like behind-the-scenes looks at things), Microsoft has updated its Applications Submission Guidelines (pdf link) for the Windows Marketplace for Mobile. Not sure what's changed since the initial draft back in April, but being up to date is better when it comes to getting apps approved.

Strangely, they left out the launch date for the Marketplace. And Windows Mobile 6.5. Hey, Redmond, go ahead and e-mail us and we'll get that posted up soonest. :)

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5 years ago

T-Mobile Dash 3G live and in the flesh - and without Inner Circle

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Maybe it's because there are three versions of this phone floating around (and we're still betting AT&T will announce one at some point), but it seems like the HTC Snap is everywhere at the moment. Sprint's version is on sale now. Verizon's was just announced and is coming real soon. And now here's video from MobileBurn (and they have a bunch of pics here) of T-Mobile's variant, aka the Dash 3G, which we're still expecting in mid- to late-July.

Mike also notes in the video that the "Inner Circle" feature, which pushes e-mails and the like from a select group of contacts to the top, appears to be missing, confirming what we first heard some months ago.

Look. The Snap's a fine phone and a nice evolution for Windows Mobile messengers. And we definitely don't want to overlook the importance of a that kind of workaholic phone. (Hell, I'm using a Moto Q9h.) But we're dying for something shiny and new. OLED. Capacitive touchscreens. Multitouch. Marketplace. Something. Anything. Please. Soon.

/rant

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5 years ago

Google Voice invites going out today

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Google Voice invites going out today

OK, folks, the wait is almost over. After weeks and weeks (and weeks!) of being in closed beta, Google announced that invites for Google Voice are "on their way" and "starting to go out today," depending on who you ask.

Instead of trying to rehash what all comprises Google Voice, check out the little video above, or read our previous post. We're also hoping beyond hope that it launches with the rumored number portability, but we're not betting on it, seeing as how you have to choose a number initially.

Needless to say, we'll have more on the implications of Google Voice for Windows Mobile ... just as soon as we get our invite. (Looks longingly at the cool kids' table.)

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5 years ago

Smartphone Experts Roundtable 5

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Smartphone Experts Roundtable 5


Join Dieter, Matthew, Rene, and Kevin as they discuss all of the insanely great new smartphones that have been announced and released in the past month. On the docket:

(Update: links and player fixed.)

Show notes after the break.

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5 years ago

Verizon officially announces the Ozone

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Verizon Wireless today officially announced the HTC Ozone (a variant of the Snap). We're not learning anything, really, that we didn't already know, but official is official, and that's a good thing.

  • Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard.
  • 1500mAh battery.
  • WiFi
  • Visual Voice Mail, for $2.99 a month.
  • VZ Navigator, for $9.99 a month (no word yet on whether the GPS will be slaved to it).
  • The Ozone will cost $49.99 with a two-year contract.

Full presser after the break. As we already knew, the Ozone will be available online and by phone on June 29; in stores July 13.

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5 years ago

Verizon Ozone rumored for June 29 launch

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The march of the HTC Snap continues. Sprint's got it in Best Buy stores (and it should finally be in Sprint stores on Sunday), and now the Boy Genuis Report says that Verizon customers can get the Ozone online starting June 29. It'll be in stores a couple weeks after that, on July 13. No word on pricing. We're still looking for the T-Mobile variant in the coming weeks, too, so that just leaves AT&T the only of the big four U.S. carriers lacking a firm Snap sighting.

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5 years ago

T-Mobile Touch Pro 2 in the wild ... again

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5 years ago

Short Take: Skyfire 1.0 on WM Standard

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Short Take: Skyfire 1.0 on WM Standard

A few weeks ago the mobile browser Skyfire 1.0 was released for Windows Mobile. We took a look at it on the AT&T Fuze and found it to be a decent browser with a good bit of potential.

We had the opportunity to review the Samsung Jack and taking advantage of having a Windows Mobile Standard phone in the house, Skyfire 1.0 was installed and taken for a test drive. Follow the break to see how well Skyfire matches up with Windows Mobile Standard.

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