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5 years ago

Silverlight Mobile rumored for WinMo 7

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Silverlight Mobile rumored for WinMo 7

Silverlight, Microsoft's Flash competitor, may finally be coming to Windows Mobile, at least according to a recent Twitter post. [via the:unwired]

As you can see above, "Just got word that Silverlight will be available in the next release of Windows Mobile." OK, that's not nearly the same as an official news release from Microsoft or anything, but it's certainly a glimmer of hope.

First widgets, and now eventually Silverlight? A lot of that trash talk about WM6.5 not having enough new features may soon enough one day be going by the wayside, huh, folks?

Update: As noted in our comments (thanks, guys!), the news out of MIX09 is that Silverlight missed the 6.5 window and is now targeting Windows Mobile 7. That's Twitter rumors for ya.

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5 years ago

Reading between the lines: No capacitive touch because it costs too much?

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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer just had a chat with BusinessWeek, and All Things Digital's Peter Kafka was a fly on the wall for the event. He paraphrased the chat, which we'll boil down even further here.

On smartphones: Expects the market to grow to 70 or 80 percent the next few years. "So what will people want? Good experience built in, without downloading stuff. [Eds note: You're allowed to chuckle here] You want good price range." Sweet spot is $150 to $200, but they want to "make Windows phones up and down the price scale."

On "touch" and the iPhone: "Windows Mobile 6.5 has touch on it. The way Apple does touch drives cost. The way they do it on the iPhone is not an inexpensive component. We’ll do it in a way that you can afford to do it on most phones."

[That could very well be the best reason why we haven't seen capacitive-touch Windows phones yet. It just costs too darn much. And by "best" we mean huh?]

On the upcoming retail stores: "It is a challenge today for our partners, who do the most innovative designs, to get them to market. Because it’s too high risk for the Best Buys of the world. So we need an outlet to champion that innovation. Showcase devices that are hard to get stocked in traditional electronics retailer."

Hit up the full Q&A for more on Microsoft and cloud services, whether the Ballmer family indulges in any Apple gadgets, and what life's like without Bill Gates at work every day.

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5 years ago

Canada's Bell may get Samsung Omnia

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5 years ago

Review: Resco Contact Manager

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Review: Resco Contact Manager

Resco.net has released Resco Contact Manager, a touch-optimized (another way of saying touch navigation) contact manager that puts more "zing" in your Windows Mobile contacts. Resco's Contact Manager is not only window dressing but it adds a bit of functionality to your Contacts screen. We took it for a test drive on the AT&T Fuze and found Resco Contact Manager to have promise. Read on after the break to see what Resco brings to the table with their new Contact Manager.

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5 years ago

Widgets confirmed for Windows Mobile 6.5

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There had been rumblings the past couple of weeks of widgets being built into Windows Mobile 6.5, and now Microsoft has come clean — they're here.

From the Windows Mobile blog:

A good way to think of a Windows Mobile Widget is as a “Portable chunk of the web” or just basically a rich internet application.  Widgets are written using all the web technologies we know and love (HTML, CSS, AJAX, JavaScript) and, since they are powered under the covers by our new internet browser, they have full access to flash and other ActiveX controls available on the device (Like MediaPlayer).


The interesting thing about our Widget Platform is that it allows them to look and feel, to the end user, as a normal standalone application does; they have their own start menu icon, they show up as an individual apps in task manager and, most importantly, they have full control of the SK menu bar as any other application would

Right now this is all kind of developer-oriented. Microsoft is making use of a new standard for widgets that you code monkeys can read more about here. The rest of us will have to make do with these screen caps for now, though we hope to learn more out of TechDays and TechEd the coming months.

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5 years ago

How to: Roll back IE6

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How to: Roll back IE6

It's no secret that some of us around here are none-to-fond of Microsoft's latest browser IE6, which made its debut with the Sprint Treo Pro.

In short, editing this line in your registry will roll back some of the changes in IE6 to make it more IE5-like, including the old-style navigation (i.e. no cursor) and a better layout. And for those who want the .cab, Codyppc even did that for ya for a quick install. Noyce. (Note: yes, this also disables flash, so no more YouTube!)

HKLM\Security\Internet Explorer\MSHTML=0

While technically this only applies to the Sprint Treo Pro right now, it may be worth remembering this little trick for when those newer devices and/or ROM updates start showing up and you find yourself in the same boat as we, yearning for last year's version ;-)

And if you're lost when we talk about editing the registry, check out Hobbes' excellent registry tutorial.

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5 years ago

Review: GuardMobile

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Review: GuardMobile

 

One of the more unique story lines coming from the Mobile World Congress was when a HTC prototype was pick-pocketed from Telstra Chief Executive Sol Trujillo. We all breathed a sigh of relief when the Australian Communications Exec was able to have Microsoft remotely wipe the phone clean.

While our Windows Mobile phones might not have Microsoft or HTC trade secrets on them, what data is on the phones is equally important to us. With identity theft a constant concern, we ran across an interesting application that allows Windows Mobile users to protect their phones just like Microsoft and HTC did in Barcelona.

Software developer Maspware offers GuardMobile that not only allows you remote access to your Windows Mobile Phone should it come up missing. Follow the break to see how secure GuardMobile made us feel.

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5 years ago

Manufacturer news: Toshiba loses CEO, Ericsson jumping ship on Sony

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It looks there we could be awaiting some fairly major shakeups in the mobile manufacturing world.

First, it appears Ericsson could be looking to get out of its joint Sony Ericsson venture. Slashgear is pointing to a German report that says Sony could take over sole control. Why, you ask?

Sony announced a huge 95-percent drop in profits over the last three months of 2008, compared to performance twelve months previous. They went on to predict a net loss of 150 billion yen ($1.67 billion) for the full fiscal year, with Chief Executive Howard Stringer saying the existing cost-cutting measures - 8,000 job cuts and plans to close 10-percent of its factories - had not gone far enough. Sony Ericsson themselves posted a significant loss in Q4 2008.

Can't help but wonder what role the lack of overall success for the Xperia X1  could have played. There's a decent following outside of the United States, but there's no denying a lack of carrier support has hurt it here.

Next up is Toshiba [via gearlog], which just announced that CEO Atsutoshi Nishida will be stepping down in June after record losses. We're keeping an eye on Toshiba after it announced the DayGlo Snapdragon-powered TG01 at Mobile World Congress.

OK, awesome mushroom cloud notwithstanding, this hardly is the end of either company in the mobile space. We'll keep our eyes open for Sony and Toshiba's next moves, however.

Update: And Toshiba's new CEO is ...

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5 years ago

Tube brings subway maps to your phone

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Tube brings subway maps to your phone

Here's a cool little app for all your Subway riders aout there.

Tube has just hit Version 4.0 for Windows Mobile Pro and includes subway maps for Barcelona, London, New York, Paris, Rome and Washington.

Drop $9.99 and you'll get maps and info on:

  • Entertainment
  • Hotels and Restaurants
  • Museums and Galleries
  • Parks and Water Features
  • Places of Interest
  • Shops and Markets
  • Streets
  • Stations

The app is GPS-enabled, so it's not just a static map, though the U.S. cities definitely are limited right now.

Tube [via]

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5 years ago

Video: Firefox Mobile beta on Nokia N810

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Video: Firefox Mobile beta on Nokia N810

So the pre-alpha release of the Firefox mobile browser for Windows Mobile was hit by a pretty big roadblock, but our friends at Nokia Experts can now enjoy a beta release on the N810 mobile Internet tablet.

This is just about the best look at the browser we've seen thus far, though you'll have to imagined it scaled down a little bit for a smartphone. But we get to see it doing real browser stuff, and that's exciting enough. So sit back, relax and take a gander at what we can hope to see toward the summer.

Via Gizmodo

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5 years ago

Review: PocketTV

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Review: PocketTV

If you have ever tried to download an MPG movie to your WM phone and didn't bother to try to watch it until after you get settled down on an airplane for a long flight, you would have been disappointed to discover that WM Media Player cannot play MPG movies. This frustrating discovery leaves the WM user with the job of finding a movie player that can play MPG formatted movies. In walks PocketTV. Best of all, if you are using it only for personal use, you can use the Classic Viewer for free! To see all the screenshots and our full review of PocketTV, take a look inside.

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5 years ago

The iPhone vs. Windows Mobile: Multitasking stays with the professionals

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And now, the WMExperts players present "Juiced: Powering the iPhone in a 3.0 World."

Join us after the break for a very special WMExperts post as our little iPhone cousin dives into the deep, dark world of multitasking and background notifications. Will he thrive alongside his Windows Mobile brethren? Will he survive? In the end, there can only be one.

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5 years ago

iPhone catches up to Windows Mobile!

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5 years ago

Samsung Omnia HD hitting Windows Mobile after all?

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Ah, the dreaded question-mark headline. The scourge of journalists everywhere. But we're breaking it out with good reason this morning as word trickles in of an Omnia HD that will be released with Windows Mobile 6.5.

This is coming from Dutch site All About Phones (translated here), which says it sat in on a Samsung presentation with a baker's dozen phones, one of which was a Windows Mobile Omnia HD. There's nothing more to go on than that and a very blurry picture which can only be described as a black slab.

However, we can look back to Mobile World Congress, where Dieter got a hands-on with the Omnia HD running S60, so that'll give you a probably glimpse of the hardware, anyway. If this is on the level and intends to launch with WinMo, don't expect to see it anywhere before the latter part of the year.

Via Unwired View

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5 years ago

Another look at that Sprint roadmap

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Another look at that Sprint roadmap

So we're taking another look at the leaked Sprint roadmap and trying to shake off the shock of the Sprint Treo Pro actually being launched, and a couple of things stand out. And not necessarily in good ways.

As several of you have noted in the comments, the spec sheets are interesting. Let's take a look at the Rhodium, aka the HTC Touch Pro 2.

First off, the Rhodium spec sheet says it will launch in the fourth quarter, which goes against the schedule slide we saw. (Speaking of that schedule, none of the phones listed is lined up very well on the grid. Let the conspiracy theories begin.) The operating system is listed as Windows 7.x. Again, interesting, because we're pretty darn sure that Windows Mobile 7 won't see the light of day until 2010 (if we're lucky).

Finally, and this holds true for the Ace II, which also is on the roadmap, we see listed under "network" EVDO Rev. A (Sprint's native CDMA network) and HSDPA, which falls under the GSM standard. So there's a chance the Touch Pro 2 and Ace II could be world phones. But when we say "world phone," we mean able to run on GSM networks outside the United States. Don't expect to be able to use this Sprint version on AT&T.

So, after taking this with a few grains of salt, what's it all mean? We'll see some new phones on Sprint sometime this year. Probably.

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