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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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5 years ago

Around SPE for 8 March, 2009

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Around SPE for 8 March, 2009

This week CrackBerry.com broke the first real photos of the BlackBerry "Niagara" 9630, WMExperts brought you hands on details of Internet Explorer Mobile 6, Android Central brought you a walkthough of buying apps in the Android App Market, and PreCentral.net wondered whether Palm would survive long enough to release the Pre. Plenty more happened this week in the smartphone world, naturally, so the thing to do is continue reading to find out what you may have missed this week around the Smartphone Experts network.

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5 years ago

Microsoft reportedly to launch cloud services, announce Windows Mobile 6.5 at MWC

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Some news is appearing (thanks to the Web site Neowin) ahead of Mobile World Congress next month in Barcelona, namely in the form of mobile cloud services that should take on Apple's MobileMe service.

First up is SkyMarket, which was discovered last fall thanks to a couple of job postings. And as we learned then, this is still expected to be Microsoft's mobile app store.

The bigger news comes in the form of SkyBox — think of it as "one cloud to rule them all." You'd get automatic backup and restore services, cloud syncing with your contacts, calendars, pictures and the like. Nothing groundbreaking there, except that it's Microsoft offering all of this in a tidy little package, and we'd expect it to be pretty slick.

What is pretty interesting is that Microsoft would offer SkyBox on devices that don't run Windows Mobile. (Hello, Android?) The SkyMarket app store, however, would still be limited to WinMo devices, which makes sense.

Finally there's SkyLine, the business version of SkyBox.

Neowin also says that Windows Mobile 6.5 should be officially unveiled at MWC.

No word on pricing or release dates yet, but we should have plenty to look forward to in Barcelona.

Via Engadget

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5 years ago

My Phone beta team chimes in

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My Phone beta team chimes in

It's been a couple of weeks now since Microsoft's My Phone beta first went live. Some of you are loving it, some of you are loathing it, and some of you are still waiting to get your confirmation code. And Microsoft's not ignoring you.

One of the biggest gripes we've had is that if you're already syncing with an Exchange server, you're SOL as far as syncing your PIM data with My Phone. But Microsoft is taking a look at that, as well as more selective syncing.

Here are three FAQs the beta team says, in its blog,  it's paying attention to:

  • Tighter integration with Windows Live services: Window Live suite of services provides a fantastic user experience around Contacts, Calendar, Photos and other user needs. We too are big fans and ardent users of these services and it is natural for you all to ask for tighter integration so that all of your personal data is consolidated in one single view. The initial goal for My Phone service was to test the concept and validate that we are solving a real problem for the users. Now that we have a resounding vote of confidence for the service our future plans are moving in this direction.
  • Support synchronizing additional data: Your phone is a very personal device for lot of us. For some of us it is akin to having all of life in your hands and it is not fun thinking about losing all of this information. We have tried to support syncing the most frequently used data types keeping in mind the current and future trends but at the same time we have room for growth in this area for syncing additional information. There has also been active discussion around providing flexibility to select folders and files from the phone for syncing it with the service and also providing the option to sync Contacts, Calendar and Tasks even though they are managed by Exchange/ActiveSync.
  • Suggestions on improving the experience on the My Phone Web Site: There have also been number of suggestions on further improving the overall usability of the web site along with the phone application. These are being evaluated on case by case basis and we will be taking those into account for future updates.

What say you, fair readers? How's My Phone treating you?

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5 years ago

The Verizon Touch Diamond actually exists

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We reported a few weeks ago that Verizon finally is set to launch its own Touch Diamond, and the Boy Genius Report snagged a few pics that prove it's not just vaporware.

BGR is also reporting the VZW Diamond has a Qualcomm 7500A processor running at 528 MHz; 256MB ROM/128MB RAM, and everything else we've come to expect in the Diamond (though we're curious about the state of its GPS).

Of course, this is good news for you die-hard (and contract-bound) Verizon customers. As for the rest of us, we'll just sit back and wait on the Touch Diamond 2 to make an appearance in a few months.

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5 years ago

Clearwire lists WiMax expansion cities for 2009-10

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Baltimore and Portland, Ore., have been enjoying some of the first fruits of Clearwire's WiMax labor, and more cities are on tap for the next couple of years.

In an earnings report this week, Clearwire announced that it expects to be live in 80 markets in 2010. Here's what we'll be looking for:

  • 2009: Atlanta, Las Vegas, Chicago, Charlotte (N.C), Dallas/Fort Worth, Honolulu, Philadelphia, Seattle.
  • 2010: New York City, Boston, Washington D.C., Houston, San Francisco.

The report says Clearwire also expects "nearly 100 mobile WiMAX devices – such as laptops, netbooks, handhelds, USBs and modems – by the end of the year." This is still mainly data cards at this point, but you have to start somewhere.

MocoNews via Engadget

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5 years ago

What phones Microsoft MVPs are carrying

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If you've noticed a disturbance in the force this week, it's likely because of the gathering of Microsoft MVPs in Washington state.

Like most MVP events, us civilians don't get to peek inside — and our own Dieter Bohn, an MVP himself, refuses to tell us about any of the shenanigans, flying cars or holographic phones he's privy to.

But MobileDevicesToday got to have a little fun at this week's MVP Summit and tracked down what phones the attendees are currently using. And a few of the answers might surprise you.

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5 years ago

App to Port Sound to your Earpiece

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App to Port Sound to your Earpiece

 

In our last WMExperts Podcast, we fielded a question from Daniel:

What I don't understand is when you play a video, the sound comes out the back speaker, in the opposite direction of where you are watching. If you are in a noisy room, you have to turn the phone to the back to hear, then, or course, you can't see the video. Is there a hack to get the sound via the front speaker?

In typical WMExperts fashion, we explained how on many phones the earpiece speaker is pretty much designed to work with telephony and not the OS and that the OS often has limited access to that speaker, depending on hardware.  That's not completely the case though (as anybody who's received a text message or email while on a call can attest, the alert sound often comes through the earpiece mid-call).  Lucky for us, listener Slartibartfast has provided a solution via twitter: an app called Audio Router for both WM Pro and WM Standard by Daniel Álvarez.  Álvarez notes another great use for the app:

This is useful for VoIP applications which are quite unusable without headphones since the audio comes from the back speaker. It just runs for 10 minutes and it’s supposed to work at least with the latest HTC models.

Indeed!  This makes apps like Fring a heck of a lot more useful.  We also like that it runs for 10 minutes at a time -- meaning you won't get stuck having your audio permanently ported through your much-quieter front speaker because you forgot the hack was active.  We've confirmed that it works on an HTC Fuze and it should work on plenty of other HTC devices, but as we noted above the ability to do this will vary depending on your hardware, so your mileage may vary.

 

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5 years ago

Another Q9h with WiFi surfaces

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Another Q9h with WiFi surfaces

Behold, Motorola's White Whale, otherwise known as a Q9h with WiFi. We know these things exist, albeit in very rare numbers, and a treat when we see one in the wild. This one comes to us from EverythingQ member racingxtsy, who says the phone was bought on Craigslist.

What we've got here is what for all intents and purposes on the outside appears to be a "stock" unlocked Q9h with AT&T branding running on Canada's Rogers network. GPS apparently wasn't sacrificed for the WiFi capability. One difference between it and the WiFi-less Q9h us mere mortals use (and one we hadn't seen before) is a cosmetic difference on the back, above the battery door. Pictures of that after the break, and more pics from racingxtsy here.

It appears that this is the real deal. How much would you pony up for WiFi on your Q?

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