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5 years ago

Sprint HTC Snap Can Do OTA Firmware Updates?

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We've been pining for an over-the-air ability to update Windows Mobile firmware for quite some time now. From the introduction of Windows Update in WM6, which has never been used, to the promises of Windows Mobile 7, this feature has been on the cusp of being a reality for far too long.

Interestingly on the HTC Sprint Snap if you look under Settings --> Device Management, you can see a Firmware Update option that seems to actually be functioning. When launched there is "FUMO" in the title bar which stands for Firmware Update Managed Object as documented in the MSDN Center for Windows Mobile. Furthermore, it is checking in with a server, responding with "No firmware update is available" after a few seconds.

We know devices like the AT&T Epix can do these types of updates, but we haven't seen this feature from HTC,WM or Sprint yet (as far as we remember). 

Now the big question is will Sprint/HTC actually use this anytime in the future, perhaps for WM6.5 or just bug fixes? We bet on the latter due to the how the OTA system works.  Lets hope we can give it a go sometime.

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5 years ago

Blueprints show Sony Ericsson Xperia X2

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While definitely cool in that architect pr0n sort of way, these schematics, purportedly of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X2, don't do anything to tell us when the phone might be released (or when it'll be announced, for that matter), if it'll pick up any carrier support in the United States, or if it'll cost an arm and a leg like the X1. And you'll recall that we've already seen a couple of actual devices, in silver and black. But none of that's going to stop us from getting our drool on. Here's a review of the rumored specs:

  • 8.1MP camrea with autofocus, VGA video at 30 frames per second.
  • A 3.5-inch WVGA OLED touchscreen.
  • aGPS
  • 3.5MM headphone jack.
  • Accelerometer.
  • "Faster processor" (the X1 has a Qualcomm MSM7200A running at 528MHz)
  • 512MB RAM
  • Custom Windows Mobile 6.5 (SE engineers customized Win6.5 which runs very. very speedy. in par with iPhone and better in some cases)
  • Upgrading to Windows Mobile 7 is supported by Xperia panels

A couple more pics from Mobil.nu [via Unwired View] after the break.

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5 years ago

Samsung, HTC release financials

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Samsung, HTC release financials

Samsung has released quarterly earnings for the first time, and HTC gives us its numbers for the second quarter. Let's do some math ...

Starting with Samsung, the a South Korean chip-maker and cell phone manufacturer said it expects consolidated sales of between $24.4 billion and $25.9 billion. That's up from about $22.9 a year earlier. No consolidated net profit numbers, though, but last year it pulled in about $4.5 billion. Sammy did say it looks to be on par with last year for the quarter.

On to HTC: The Taiwanese manufacturer had a second-quarter profit of about $197.2 million, down 2 percent from the same period in 2008. Revenue was up about 10.3 percent to $1.16 billion.

So there you go. No more math today. We promise.

Via Mobileburn and Cellular-News

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5 years ago

WMExperts Podcast Episode 59

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5 years ago

Review: Power Radio

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5 years ago

Happy Independence Day -- we're going to blow stuff up

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Happy Fourth of July to everybody (and a belated Canada Day, too). We fully intend on spending the rest of the weekend stuffing ourselves with round patties of beef and intestine-cased pork products, all washed down with copious amounts of watered-down fermented beverages.

But if you just have to get your smartphone news on, here's what we'd be working on if we weren't forcing ourselves to have fun:

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5 years ago

Samsung Omnia II and Omnia Pro Priced

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Samsung has announced the pricing and (ballpark) availability dates for the Samsung Omnia II and Omnia Pro. European pricing and availability that is.

According to Unwired View the Samsung Omnia Pro will be available in Europe later this month at a cost of 499 Euro (about $700 US).

The Samsung Omnia II will be available in August with a price point of 549 Euro (about $770 US). Both European prices include the European Value Added Tax (VAT) and hopefully the final U.S. price will be lower. Toss in potential service provider contractual discounts and the prices may fall further.

Both the Omnia Pro and Omnia II will initially ship with Windows Mobile 6.1 but upgradeable to Windows Mobile 6.5.

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5 years ago

Review: QoreFunctions PushEffect

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Review: QoreFunctions PushEffect

Push email is one of those things that could be considered the Holy Grail of mobile communications. For those of us that connect to a Microsoft Exchange Server on a daily basis, we’ve been experiencing this phenomenon for a while now. The problem is that Windows Mobile doesn’t support push email standards like IMAP Idle, which are supported by Google’s Gmail and other free email providers. Workarounds have been detailed on this site in the past to receive notifications from Gmail in particular. Everything from third party mail apps to simply forwarding a text message to your phone have been suggested.

PushEffect by QoreFunctions is a utility that enables push email on your Windows Mobile device. It uses existing technologies and a small application that runs in the background to accomplish this task. There are some caveats to getting this working with your email provider of choice. I’ve got the full rundown for you after the break.

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5 years ago

Toshiba TG01 set for launch on UK's Orange

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5 years ago

T-Mobile Touch Pro 2 rumored to be delayed

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Bad news for you T-Mobile fans waiting patiently for the HTC Touch Pro 2. TmoNews is citing an anonymous source in saying that release has been moved from July 22 to Aug. 12. Hey, you've waited this long. What's a couple more weeks?

TMN is still going with the July 8 launch date for the Dash 3G, as well as the $170 price point (ouch!) with a two-year contract.

That said, do remember that no actual release date has been stated by T-Mobile for either phone, so anything's still possible. Hang in there, folks.

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5 years ago

Windows Mobile 6.5 seen on Motorola Q9h

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We ran across this video of Windows Mobile 6.5 Standard running on a Motorola Q9h and it leaves us with more questions than answers. First, can you shoot a video any more out of focus?

The 2:41 minute long video first posted on Everything Q does show the Moto Q running Windows Mobile 6.5 by showing the "About" screen and we agree with wmpoweruser in that Windows Mobile Standard 6.5 doesn't look much different than Windows Mobile Standard 6.1. But we already knew that, didn't we.

Two things stand out here. The phone has Regedit and Documents to Go installed. Does this mean that WM Standard 6.5 is loaded with a registry editor and Documents to Go? Or were these two items added after the install? (The latter, probably.) The video definitely leaves you with more questions than answers, but we do know that there has been some work in loading custom ROMs onto the Q line. Perhaps things are farther along than we thought?

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5 years ago

Toshiba TG01 partying in London on July 9

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There's still no sign of the Toshiba TG01 getting any love in the United States, but one of the first Snapdragon-powered phones is sure starting to make the rounds elsewhere. Already released in Japan as the T01A, and appearing in a few other nations, an official coming out party is scheduled for July 9 in London.

We're still not totally sold on the TG01's custom interface. And we want to scream every time we see a touchscreen-only phone with icons that are smaller than a fingertip. But we're desperately wanting that 1GHz Snapdragon processor on a phone released here in the United States.

Slashgear via Engadget

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5 years ago

Review: PDA Skins Pro Case

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Review: PDA Skins Pro Case

PDA Skins is not the normal run of the mill cell phone case company. Their designs are more on the unique side of the scale, which for some is exactly what you might be looking for. The last time I reviewed a PDA Skin case, I liked the quality of the build as a whole, but was disappointed in the details where it counted. I saw the potential of what PDA Skin could come out with, so I was interested in giving them another try.When I saw PDA Skin Pro case, I took the opportunity to see if they were able to get it all right this time. Take a look at the full review inside to see what I found out… 
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5 years ago

Skyfire updated, still can't play Hulu videos

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While we were busy frantically trying to get Hulu videos to play, Skyfire went and updated the browser on us. Here's what's new in build 1.0.0.12113 for Windows Mobile:

  • Reduced Memory footprint.
  • History is presented in the proper order.
  • Cookies in the UK data center are handled more reliably.
  • Sharing links via SMS are handled more reliably.
  • Reconnect correctly loads the last page in history plus we’ve improved reliability.
  • Site specific issues have been resolved for Rooftopcommedy.com and thefind.com.
  • Zoom buttons behave properly and disappear after a couple of seconds.
  • Default browser setting works more consistently.
  • Text entry on Symbian has been improved with one caveat below.

Hit up m.skyfire.com to download the new build.
 

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