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5 years ago

Acer DX650 reviewed in the Philippines

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5 years ago

New HTC phone apparently headed to Verizon

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New HTC phone apparently headed to Verizon

There's hint that Verizon may be bringing one of the new HTC phones that appeared in the 2009 device lineup that leak a few weeks ago. Pocketnow is reporting that a Verizon HTC phone has been mentioned over at the GSM Global Certification Forum. The model XV6175 is mentioned as supporting quad-band GSM, qualifying it as world phone compliant. The connection goes something like this: Verizon traditionally brands its devices with a XV prefix and has been known to carry phones capable of global roaming, which ties the international service to Verizon's partners.

While it remains a mystery which device the XV6175 may actually be, three leading candidates seem to have emerged: the Cedar, Whitestone and Twin. The Cedar and Whitestone have been rumored to be headed to Verizon, so they're the stronger candidates. The Twin is world phone-capable, but there are no rumors having this phone headed to Verizon. At this point, everything is conjecture beyond the fact that an HTC device, model XV6175 will be a world phone. And tomorrow that may even change. We'll keep our ear to the ground and as things develop, we'll keep ya' posted.

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5 years ago

Verizon Treo 700wx finally gets WM6 Upgrade!

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With all the hub-bub about CTIA, we let this one slip under our radar: Verizon and Palm let loose the WM6 update for the very long-in-the-tooth (but reliable as heck) Treo 700wx. (nay on the 700w, though check out Ebag's custom ROM for that one).

The update can be found here and is the usual ActiveSync installation.

Users in our forum are reporting that their devices are actually zippier than before, while a few say slightly more sluggish, so YMMV.

Improvements in WM6 include:

  • Calendar functionality - See the big picture at a glance. A Topline bar in the agenda view shows when you're free or busy, and when you have scheduling conflicts. Drill down to view meeting attendees, contact information, acceptance status, and reply-to or forward meeting requests.

  • Email support- Send and receive HTML emails with tables, bullets, and colored text intact1,2,The "smart filter" for contact search is available so you can search for emails stored on your company's Exchange Server2. Send an automated "out-of-office" message from your device2.

  • Office 2007 support - Open and edit Microsoft Office Word and Microsoft Office Excel® documents, and view Microsoft Office PowerPoint® documents. Backward compatible with Office 2003.

  • Windows Vista® compatibility - Easily sync your smartphone to your Windows Vista PC, via the Windows Mobile Device Centre (WMDC).

  • Powerful security and IT policies2 - Remotely wipe devices and SD cards clean in case of loss or theft. Plus, IT can create and enforce tougher security policies, such as password protection to better manage the entire device fleet.

  • Email hot keys - Work in the fast lane with single-key access to your most frequently used email functions. Press "r" to reply, "a" to reply all, or "m" to move to one of your folders.

  • Email Inbox search - Find that important document or email. Automatically search for attachments, senders, or keywords by simply typing a few letters while you're in your email inbox.

  • Access Sharepoint - Get what you need then get going. Access documents stored on your company's SharePoint servers via links in HTML emails1,2.

  • Voice Command via Bluetooth® wireless technology - Get more done while you stay hands-free3, Dial by voice, or hear your upcoming appointments with your Bluetooth headset.

Sure some of us have been using WM6 on our old WM Treos for months now, but official is still nice. Too bad it is not WM6.1 though.

Treo™ 700wx Updater 1.24

Thanks to Broncot and post your experiences or ask questions here!

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5 years ago

HTC shopping Maple to four U.S. carriers

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Our excitement for the HTC Maple has been steadily growing, and it appears that HTC is serious about bringing it to the United States.

Digitimes is reporting that it's expected to make an appearance at the CTIA convention in a few weeks. Moreover, it cites a Chinese Economic Daily News report stating that the Maple is in active talks with several carriers.

HTC has been in talks with four service operators in the US for joint marketing of the BlackBerry-like HTC Maple, the paper quoted sources at HTC as indicating.

Hopefully we'll find out more at CTIA. And pimping your wares to four U.S. carriers doesn't necessarily tells us that much, seeing as how there are four major carriers out there. Could mean GSM and CDMA versions, or it might not. Just have to see who (if anyone) picks it up.

Electronista throws a couple more details into the ring: A 2-megapixel camera and a 2.4-inch display. It then says that 3G isn't a done deal, but we're hoping that's just rabble rousing. Seriously, unless this thing has a tiny battery combined with the best Windows Mobile Standard ROM ever seen in the history of man, a lack of 3G is almost a deal-breaker now.

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5 years ago

Sprint CEO bows out of the TV biz

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Sprint CEO bows out of the TV biz

CEO Dan Hesse, who for the past several months also has become the public face of Sprint, reportedly is getting out of the spotlight.

Oh, he'll still be running the company, we just won't be seeing him in TV commercials any more.

Mr. Hesse says the ads that feature him have been effective, especially in terms of brand recall. People remember the black-and-white spots with him walking through downtown Manhattan while classical music plays and he talks about the “revolution” of flat-rate data pricing.

But he says there’s only so much of him viewers can take. “I’ll wear out — they’ll get tired of seeing that guy,” he says.

But before you go back to the boardroom, Dan, let's make sure that Treo Pro hits the shelves on Sunday, shall we?

Wall Street Journal via BGR

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5 years ago

Review: Pocket Sudoku

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Review: Pocket Sudoku

 

 

For geeks like myself, there is only one thing better than free software – open-source software. The reason for this is fairly obvious. In addition to being free, the source code is available for you to view and modify or reuse. The open-source movement has led to some of the most popular software in use today. The Firefox Web browser is a result of the open-source Mozilla browser, and Mac OSX is based on the open-source family of UNIX Operating Systems.

Over the next couple of weeks we're going to look at some of the open-source software available for Windows Mobile. If you have an open-source app you'd like us to cover, let us know in the comments.

Pocket Sudoku, developed by Emil Andersson, is an application that I’ve used for a number of years. Currently in Version 1.0, it allows you to play several Sudoku style games within one interface.

Read on for the full review.

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5 years ago

In case you missed it - Start your Windows Phone

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Palm and Sprint had their little online get-together today for the Pre and Apple tried to one-up that with invitations to the iPhone 3.0 event, so we'll forgive you if you missed this little gem from Microsoft that's making the rounds.

Yeah, it's more of a commercial showing what Windows phones can do, and not so much of a Windows phone actually doing anything. But it's snazzy, and it's new, and it's only a couple minutes out of your life.

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5 years ago

Analyst: Motorola plans 10 smartphones for the rest of 2009

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Our hope for Motorola has been waning of late. But the same can't be said for an analyst with Oppenheimer & Co., who says Moto plans to launch 10 smartphones in the second half of the year.

OK, so this is from a stocks analyst and not an actual announcement from Motorola, so we'll be taking this with a grain of salt. But we thought we saw at least one WinMo phone in those renderings late last year, so Moto might still have something else up its sleeve.

But if Moto's going to crank out 10 smartphones this year, the question remains, will they be Windows Mobile? Android? Or something else?

Associated Press via Forbes & Fierce Wireless

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5 years ago

Torture to a phone is heaven to a blogger

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5 years ago

Windows Mobile 6.5 as a Mobile Shell theme

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Don't want to wait on Windows Mobile 6.5 but don't want to mess with hacked ROMs, either? XDA Developers (who else!) has got you covered.

If you have a QVGA phone and SPB Mobile Shell Verson 2.1.5, you can download a theme that will skin your phone like WinMo 6.5. Pretty slick. But, yeah, the problem is it's only available for QVGA phones right now. Let's hope that gets scaled up real soon.

But if you're in the market, head on over to XDA Developers and try out mtstmp's creation.


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5 years ago

Review: NetFront v3.5 Concept Version

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Review: NetFront v3.5 Concept Version

 

The other day we published a review of the LG Incite and made note that along with Internet Explorer, it had Access's NetFront browser installed. Concentrating more on the phone's performance and features, NetFront was given little attention. A reader asked what we thought of NetFront and to be fair to our response, we found a copy of Netfront v3.5, the Concept Version, and took it for a test spin around the mobile web. Follow the break to see what we thought of NetFront.

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5 years ago

Touch Pro 2 notification manager gets ported

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Yet another cool app has been unceremoniously yanked from the unreleased Touch Pro 2 (aka Rhodium).

Up till now, HTC has been content with modifying more of the superficial aspects of WinMo. But now it's tackling notifications ... making 'em all purty-like.

Over at XDA (via ppcgeeks), dharvey4651 has pulled up this app and .cab'd it up for your convenience. Users are advised to have build 21000 or higher before installation. There also is a little bug that requires you to dismiss the notification manually, which causes an extra step. 

But if you just can't wait for that new HTC goodness, by all means hop on over and give it a shot!

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5 years ago

Smartphones by the numbers: WinMo still growing

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In business, it's all about doing better. Month over month, quarter over quarter, year over year. You need to do better than before. That's growth.

And numbers published today by the analysts at Gartner show that Windows Mobile is far from dead. Specifically, worldwide sales to end users were up 12.2 percent from 2007 to 2008, giving Windows Mobile 11.8 percent of the 2008 market share, behind Symbian and Research in Motion.

OK, WinMo's growth wasn't anywhere near as strong as RIM's (96.7 percent) or Apple's (245.7 percent!) or even Palm's (42.2 percent). But it's positive growth. The Symbian OS fell 6.1 percent from 2007 to 2008 but still has a little more than half of the world's market share. (For more on that, check out Nokia Experts' own Matthew Miller over at ZDNet.)  BlackBerry has 16.6 percent of the market, followed by Windows Mobile at 11.8 percent. The iPhone came in fourth at 8.2 percent.

What's it all mean? The smartphone industry is growing by leaps and bounds. Windows Mobile isn't dead, and there's still plenty of geeky goodness to go around.

JKOnTheRun via ZDNet

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5 years ago

Samsung C6620 - in Dutch

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Samsung C6620 - in Dutch

The Samsung C6625 got the briefiest of mentions at Mobile World Congress and has been up for pre-order at Expansys, but other than that we haven't had too much to go on. But now it's been outed as the C6620 at Sammy's Netherlands Web site. [via Mobilejaw]

Here's what we're looking at:

  • Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard.
  • 2.6-inch, 320x240 display.
  • Tri-band EDGE (900/1800/1900) and just the 2100MHz band for 3G.
  • 1,300 mAh battery.
  • 2MP camera.

For the rest of the deets, brush up on your Dutch and head on over.

We're not expecting the C6620 anywhere near the U.S. anytime soon, especially with the lone 3G band. But it's nice to see a new WinMo Standard phone coming from the venerable Blackjack maker.

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5 years ago

Windows Marketplace details for developers

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Microsoft this morning released a little more information about its Windows Marketplace for Mobile (that name sounds pretty official now), centering on what developers can expect with regards to Windows Mobile 6.5.

Here's the bottom line, in handy bullet points:

  • Annual registration is $99 and includes submission of five applications. Each additional submission within the annual period is another $99.
  • Devs will set their own prices.
  • Devs will keep 70 percent of the sales revenue.
  • Student developers can have the registration fee waived through the DreamSpark program.

Before anyone starts with the M$FT comments, that 30 percent cut Microsoft takes is right in line with what Apple's doing in its App Store, and the rest is pretty much in line, too. What remains to be is see is what the ramifications will be on other vendors, such as Mobihand and Handango, and whether large software houses such as SPB and SBSH will join in.

Full presser can be read here.

Update: Video from Marketplace Product Manager Inigo Lopez and Eric Nelson of the Developer Experience team after the break.

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