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5 years ago

Firefox Mobile alpha coming 'in a few weeks'

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A few weeks ago we paid little lip service to a rumor that Firefox Mobile wouldn't see the light of day until 2010. And it appears we were right, with Mozilla CEOJohn Lilly says "we'll see some alphas in a few weeks."

While that doesn't mean we'll be getting our hands on Firefox Mobile anytime soon (think alpha releases, then beta releases, then final product), it's still a lot better than that 2010 report. So look out, Opera and Skyfire. There's going to be a little more competition.

Check out the whole Q&A with Mozilla's CEO over at LinuxInsider. [Via Unwired View & Gizmodo]

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5 years ago

Review: Samsung Omnia (non-US edition)

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5 years ago

Samsung Omnia: More on the Name Game

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5 years ago

Motorola Q11: 3G not making the cut?

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Motorola Q11: 3G not making the cut?

Our friends over at WmPoweruser.com have discovered more details on the Motorola Q11. While Motorola is maintaining several features of the Q line such as the larger keypad, thin form factor and quality screen, they have apparently has cut 3G connectivity from the feature list. It is reported that Motorola has added Wi-Fi, a 3.5mm headphone jack, GPS with turn-by-turn software, and a 3mp camera.

The lack of 3G might jeopardize the chances of the Q11 hitting AT&T

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5 years ago

Touch HD NOT Coming to the US!

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Touch HD NOT Coming to the US!

HTC just broke the horrible news via twitter:

sad news, US. we looked into it- by the time we could bring Touch HD to the states, it would be old news. we do have other cool stuff coming

In other words, the Touch HD with its gigantic screen, 3.5 mm headset jack, and general iPhone-challenging form factor is going to be import-only for the US and, on top of that, it's likely never to see the 3G bands used by AT&T. The dream, our friends, is officially dead on this side of the pond. At least the import of the non-3G-compatible version will be legal by dint of the recent FCC approval. HTC's grand tradition of release CDMA versions of most of their stuff here also has hit quite the speedbump, too.

...Of course, the 'other cool stuff' intrigues us, but it's not much consolation just now. Meanwhile, you'll have to excuse us while we wither under the jibes of our iPhone-toting friends in the US.

(side note: comments a little broken right now, if you head to the forums and log in, you'll be able to comment. Alternately, just go here. Update: Comments Fixed)

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5 years ago

Weekly Software Wrangle 21

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Weekly Software Wrangle 21

Welcome to Software Wrangle 21! Although the days are getting shorter, there's still time to saddle up and wrangle some software before the sun sets! So draw your WM phones from their holsters, check out these apps, and do some downloading!

This week, WM Standard new software is Chronos Alarm Clock for SPV v3.9.6 and Spb Online Smartphone. Updated software includes 8 in 1: Arcade Park for Smartphone and PDATuner PRO LIVE Online Radio & Tv. The free app this week is CellSpin.

WM Professional new software are Oxford Beginner's Chines Dictionary and DiabeticDiary Free Beta. Updated software includes Airscanner Mobile Firewall and Diamond TV v2.0. Freeware is TodayAgenda v1.5.

WM Standard: New

First up this week for a WM Standard app is Chronos Alarm Clock for SPV v3.9.6 by Activekitten Ltd. If the standard clock you have on your WM smartphone doesn't give you all the functionality you need, you can try Chronos Alarm Clock for a richness of features.

Chronos fills a gap in PocketPC operating systems by offering an unlimited number of alarms and timers with customizable sound and time settings. You can select the sound file and volume. MP3 and OGG files are supported. Two countdowns with lap times lets you track time spent on certain task. A skin-able clock with screensaver and chime sound allows you to have better control over your time.

Get Chronos Alarm Clock for $14.95 here.



The next new WM Standard app is Spb Online Smartphone v1.0 by Spb Software House. This app gives you a little bit of everything to enhance your smartphone online experience.

Mobile TV, radio, news, weather and online games combined in one application with breakthrough usability optimized for smartphones.

Features: - TV: IP-TV with usability optimized for mobile devices - Fast channel switching - Picture-in-picture - Integrated TV guide - On-screen controls - Radio: Hundreds radio stations - Finger friendly interface - Built in radio stations catalog - Real time radio streaming - Online Games: Casual multiplayer online games - Much more.

Get Spb Online Smartphone v1.0 for $29.95 here.

WM Standard: Updated


8 in 1: Arcade Park for Smartphone v1.5 by Hero Craft is our first updated software for WM Standard this week. Not a bad deal to get 8 games in one package!

The Arcade Park collection has been carefully designed to revive legendary games from the past - this pack represents great value with 8 arcade games in one! Classics such as Arcade Ball, Asteroids, Rushman, Digger, Gold Hunter and Galaxy Invaders are available alongside military games Real Tanx and Riverside Assault.

Features: - Eight different games in one collection - High-quality animation and graphics - Various game modes - Many bonuses, enemies and surprises - Customizable controls - The chance to create a record for inclusion in the hall of fame

Get 8 in 1: Arcade Park for Smartphone v1.5 for $14.41here.

PDATuner PRO LIVE Online Radio & TV v3.3 by Beta3 is the next updated app this week. How would you like to stream all kinds of media to your WM smartphone without using up a bunch of your memory?

PDAtuner - LIVE Music, Online Radio & TV. Over 2300 channels - Online - updated weekly online - no upgrade costs - NO download required - save on memory - uses your existing Windows Media Player or any of the free mp3 players! - Visit PDAtuner com on your pda/smartphone to see all channels available.

Features: - LIVE Music, Online Radio & TV from around the world on your Phone - Over 1000 US & Canadian streams - Over 1000 international (Non US) streams - Channels categorised by Country, State... - Fully searchable - Channels grouped by genres - 60s70s,.. Contemporary, CHR, Christian, Classical....News, Sport - over 30 genres - Windows Media and mp3 formats listed giving you the widest channel selection - NO download required - save on memory - and much more.

Get DATuner PRO LIVE Online Radio & TV v3.3 for $11.90 here.

WM Standard: Freeware


The free app for WM Standard this week is CellSpin at www.smartphone-freeware.com. Do you like to blog and want to get your mobile blogging groove on?

CellSpin is a FREE and easy to use mobile blogging app that lets you blog photos, audio, video, and text to Blogger, Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, Picasa, YouTube, Live Journal, MySpace, and more!

Things you can do with CellSpin: - Voice blogging - Photo blogging - Text blogging - Video blogging - Use CellSpin as a voice notes application - Use the Select Media button to select and post pre-existing media from your phone - Use MySpace and Facebook MoBlog applications from CellSpin. - And more!

You can get CellSpin for Free right here.

WM Professional: New

The first new WM Professional application for this week is Oxford Beginner

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5 years ago

Treo Pro's Camera: Lighting is the Key to Decent Images

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5 years ago

Taste the rainbow of Touch Diamond

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Taste the rainbow of Touch Diamond

Speaking of the Touch Diamond, it looks like you can now get it in myriad colors — if you're in France. [via]

Will we see these colors (black, fuchsia, white, brown, blue, purple, red and yellow) here? That'll be up to the carriers, unless HTC decides to send us some of that rainbow goodness in an unlocked device. And remember that Sprint worked up a cool red-backed scheme for its Diamond.

The real question: Would a fuchsia Touch Diamond get ol' Malatesta to warm up to the black slab form factor?

Thanks, Diego!

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5 years ago

'Oops, I'm Late' now tweets and, er, Facebooks

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If rule No. 1 in business is "Location, location, location," rule No. 2 should be "Your butt better be on time."

Consider the following:

You're on your way to an important meeting full of important people, but there's just no way you're going to get there on time. If only there were a way to discretely — or, not so discretely — let a colleague know you're on your way, but running late.

Enter "Oops, I'm Late", which uses your GPS (built-in or Bluetooth) to determine if you're going to make it to your appointment on time. It's recently been updated Version 1.2.2 with support for Twitter and Facebook, and it's now available for free, if you don't mind putting up with some third-party advertising.

More on the application, those third-party ads, pricing options and our (brief) concerns after the jump.

The application

We were fans of "Oops I'm Late" after our first taste of it more than a year ago. The basic premise is this:

Take an appointment. The app attempts to automatically find its location with Yahoo maps and GeoNames.org. It initially thought my HR Conference Room was in eastern Europe, but whatever. You can help it out with the address.

You then designate who you want to notify in the even that you're going to be late. That can be one of your contacts by SMS, or you can go hardcore and let everyone know you're behind schedule by posting on Twitter of Facebook.

We'll stick with the personal touch, for now, thanks.

"Oops I'm Late"  then uses your GPS to determine where you are, how fast you're moving and whether you're going to get to your destination in time for the appointment. If you're not, it fires off a customizable message and gives the recipient an ETA. Here's the default:

Time is very important, both yours and mine. If possible, I attempt to be on time, but cannot always control traffic; this message is intended to inform you. I'm running late but will be there in a moment. Current ETA: %ETA%. Thanks. %SYSOwnerName%

Actually, these messages are stupidly (as in holy crap!) customizable, calling on your phone's system properties to plug in the variables. We're not quite talking constant updates to twitter as to your location/status, but it's close. Here's another example, from www.twitter.com/oopsimlate:

Sitting in my office and am 0.13 mi close to 7-Eleven. Likely to arrive 5:10 PM. My battery is only at 86% full. I haven’t read 39 emails.

It takes a few clicks to get everything set up. But once you get the hang of things, it at least becomes a little quicker (natch).

Advertising on the free version

When I first launched "Oops, I'm late," I was prompted to install a third-party app called Soma Launcher. Needless to say, this caused some hesitation and seemed to scream "Malware!" — and not as in, "Hey, Malatesta's got this great program ..." After all, we began this adventure to test out a free app, which any self-respecting Windows Mobile user will do before forking over any money.

After doing a  little digging at www.smaato.com, it appears that the Soma software is just a means to push advertising to a specific application (or applications) on your phone. Check out more at their Web site, but here's the company line:

Smaato Inc. is an ad-enabler for mobile phones, pioneering with its mobile advertising platform SOMA™ (Smaato Open Mobile Advertising) for the delivery of targeted mobile advertising. Smaato is partnering with international brands, advertising agencies, media companies, carriers and software developers for its cutting edge mobile advertising platform.

With its services Smaato addresses the rapidly growing mobile advertising market. Research company Informa Telecoms & Media predicts over US$11.35 billion of advertising spend on mobile channels by 2011 (informa research September 2006).

Silicon Valley based Smaato provides smarter, ad-enabled choices for global mobile phone users in their daily communication needs. Smaato News is an ad-enabled mobile RSS newsreader and ad-enabled Smaato Cost provides mobile cost control in real time. Independent software developers and content publishers are invited to use the open SOMA™ mobile advertising platform for their own mobile applications.

From the looks of things, this could have legs. There are beta clients for the iPhone and Android platforms, and Symbian S60, Java, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry and Palm clients are already up and running.

The question is: Just how much free advertising are you willing to put up with to us an application for free? You already see it in iPhone apps, as well as in gaming consoles such as the xBox.

The big difference here is that you have to consciously download a third-party application to do it, and that's when the hesitation comes it. Force-feed me free advertising, and I'll grudgingly swallow it. Give me a choice, and I'll likely eat elsewhere.

The bottom line

Fortunately, you don't have to put up with the free advertising — and that said, other than having to load an application just for ads, their placement within "Oops, I'm Late" is clean and for the most part non-intrusive.

And if you want to skip the ads altogether, there are several pricing options (Windows Mobile Standard and Professional): Add supported (free); Economy ($4.99); Standard ($14.99); and Professional ($24.99.) The features unlocked in each pricier version are a bit numerous, so check out the Web site for the full deets. Be forewarned: You can't send e-mail notifications that you're late unless you buy the full professional version.

The real bottom line here is that the app works. If being late is a problem for you, and you need to discretely alert someone that you're on your way, "Oops, I'm Late" will do it. If you're not prone to gridlock or procrastination, you can probably live without.

Or, you could just get your butt there on time.

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5 years ago

Touch Diamond appears headed to Alltel

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Touch Diamond appears headed to Alltel

We've known for a while that the HTC Touch Pro is likely going to Alltel. Now it appears that the Touch Diamond see get some love from the little carrier that could.

Alltel's Website has a Touch Diamond page up, though it's not yet accessible from from the main phones and devices page. We don't think this is a typo, mistaking the Touch Diamond for the Touch Pro (that darn name game again), given the previously leaked Alltel Touch Pro photo that Engadget got hold of.

Also, no word on pricing. Or an availability date. While there is a link to download the rebate form (pdf warning), it expires Oct. 30 and specifically mentions the HTC Touch. So we'd expect that to change.

Either way, look for the Touch Diamond on another CDMA carrier in the near future.

Thanks, Brandon, for the tip!

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5 years ago

Review: Solio Solar Charger

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5 years ago

HP to add another WM device to line-up?

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HP to add another WM device to line-up?

Just when we started getting used to the name game with Samsung (Omnia, Mirage, BlackJack II) it looks like Hewlett-Packard is getting into the mix. We first heard about the Silver, then the Oak and now an un-named iPhone rival? Luckily, it looks like in HP

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5 years ago

Xperia X1 appears at the FCC - AT&T next

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Xperia X1 appears at the FCC - AT&T next

We never thought we'd see the day, but the Sony Ericcson Xperia X1 (we were getting ready to dub it "The Unicorn") has made it through the Federal Communications Commission's testing, reports Cell Phone Signal.

And as we suspected, AT&T should be the lucky carrier with this one, given the 850/1900/2100MHz bands.

Also confirmed are two versions of the phone - the X1 for Europe, and the X1a for the U.S. And while you can buy an unlocked X1 and use it on T-Mobile, remember that TMo uses the 1700 MHz band for 3G, and you won't get that with this device.

The silver paint scheme that we've gotten to know remains. As an added bonus will be a black skin, too. No word on if it's version- or carrier-specific.

No word yet on pricing, carrier-subsidized or otherwise. Also no word on an actual U.S. release date, or whether any of the delay rumors are true.

Hit up Cell Phone Signal for a few user guide pics.

Thanks, Marco!

Update: Here's the link [via Giz] to the FCC testing, if you're into that sort of thing. It's OK. We won't tell.

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5 years ago

Rogers gets its Blackjack a 6.1 upgrade

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Rogers gets its Blackjack a 6.1 upgrade

It's good to see some forward movement this week on the Windows Mobile 6.l front, first with the Touch Cruise getting its long-awaited update, and now Canadian carrier Rogers rolling it out for the Samsung Jack — that's Blackjack for the rest of us. [via]

That's the good news.

The bad news is that this is still a Black-, er, Jack we're talking about, so the upgrade process isn't anywhere near as smooth as it should be, with the usual USB drivers wonkiness. Be sure to read all of in instructions first, and for the love of all that is holy, back up your information first.

Then head on over to the download site and get your well-deserved upgrade.

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5 years ago

Your weekend Touch HD fodder

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Your weekend Touch HD fodder

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It's been a few days since we've done any drooling over the HTC Touch HD, and that's been long enough.

Above is a short promo video [via & via] for the upcoming device — someone get us a date and price already! — that serves to pique our interest that much more.

What we'd really like to see is this thing in a few more hands (I'll gladly volunteer if Dieter's busy), and some light at the end of the tunnel. This wait is starting to get painful.

Thanks, Jeremy, for the tip!

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