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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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5 years ago

AT&T may give BlackBerry over-the-air updates - where are ours?!?!

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Everyone's favorite smartphone fiend and CrackBerry.com contributor Bla1ze has found a juicy little nugget that points to BlackBerry getting over-the-air OS upgrades from AT&T. And that makes us wonder:

Where the heck are ours?!?!?

Flash back to last September, when Dieter got his hands on the silver Motorola Q9h. We first thought it was merely a new paint scheme, but it turns out the silver Q would be the first to support Firmware Over the Air updates, with the actual push coming from AT&T. But, as we all know, support is far from actual implementation, and we've never actually seen a FOTA update released. (And we can't write this post without mentioning that the Windows Update feature on WinMo phones still does nothing but take up space and fool the noobs.)

What's good for an operating system ultimately is good for a carrier. You wanna see Windows Mobile get a real leg up on everyone else when Windows Mobile 7 is eventually released? Make this happen. And then use it. (Please!)

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5 years ago

Toshiba Working on a Clamshell Phone?

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Toshiba Working on a Clamshell Phone?

An FCC filing for the Toshiba TG01 is leaving a lot of people confused. The filing itself isn't what has everyone confused. It's the specs that were listed with the filing. The specs didn't match anything vaguely similar to the TG01 that Toshiba had at the Mobile World Congress.  From screen size to physical diminsions, the information in the filing didn't match anything we were shown in Barcelona.

The mystery device is listed as a Windows Mobile 6.1 device with a 3" 800x480 WVGA Screen and a .8" 96x39 B&W LCD. So, could this be a successor to the clam shell Protege'?  Could we see the return of a Windows Mobile flip phone?

The mystery device is also reported as having a 1Ghz Snapdragon processor. According to Unwiredview.com the manual that accompanied the filing was for a TM5-E01 (FCC Identifier) but the pictures submitted with the filing were of the TG01. Either somebody at Toshiba goofed up really bad or Toshiba's is intentionally teasing the Windows Mobile community. Regardless, we'll keep our eyes open for more news on this mystery device.

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5 years ago

Internet Explorer 6 on 6.1: What you need to know

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(Ed Note: Malatesta, who has used IE6 on the Sprint Treo Pro, chimes in with his thoughts on the recent question of what it means that it comes on the CDMA Treo Pro on WM 6.1 but no upgrade path will be available for others.  I have just received a review unit of the Sprint Treo Pro which may include some improvements over the original ROM - stay tuned for that. In the meantime, Mal tells us "what we need to know" and it's not what you might expect. --Dieter)

Microsoft has revealed details on the much-hyped Internet Explorer Mobile 6 (IEM6), which is also making its official debut within the next 2 weeks with the Sprint Treo Pro (no word on Alltel’s version).

To recap what we know and has happened so far with IE6, lets go down memory lane:

Yes folks, that was one year in the making for what is arguable a very marginal update. Now in fairness to Microsoft, there are actually a ton of changes to the internal code of IEM6. But for the end-user, it remains to be seen if these changes are significant.

Read on to catch up on Microsoft's latest browser and our hands-on opinion!

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5 years ago

Facebook app ported from Windows Mobile 6.5

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The crazy cats at XDA Developers are at it again, this time stripping the native Facebook application out of a Windows Mobile 6.5 ROM. [via]

The port works on just about all resolutions, says XDA's jug6ernaut, though there are a couple of niggles:

  • Can't be installed to the storage card.
  • May have issues if not on a WWE ROM.
  • Log-in information will not be saved if you choose "log-out," though it will be saved if you close with an "X" button from a third-party app.
  • Won't see IDs if they're not one of your friends.
  • First launch can take a while to cache info.

The App's running fine on my Motorola Q9h, but you'll get a much better experience if you've got a screen deeper than 240 pixels, and it's fairly obvious the app's built for touchscreen phones. Go check it out here, but remember that this isn't (yet) official or anything, so be forewarned.

More pics after the break.

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5 years ago

Opera Mobile debuts Fingertouch ... For Symbian UIQ

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We're a little jealous of our friends at NokiaExperts over this one. Opera Labs has introduced Fingertouch, which essentially pops up a group of links to make it easier to select one.

There is a catch right now in that it's only available on Symbian, and UIQ at that, and not the newer S60. But let's hope we see this on Opera Mobile 9.5 on Windows Mobile real soon.

Opera Mobile blog (via IntoMobile)

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5 years ago

Skyfire teams up with Ustream.tv

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Skyfire teams up with Ustream.tv

Skyfire, the little Windows Mobile browser that could, is teaming up with Ustream.TV, the live video streamer that does, for "a
partnership that will deliver live video to consumers accessing content from their mobile phones."

Ustream gets prominent placement on Skyfire's home page (though just beneath Youtube), from which you get easy access to all of Ustream's content.

“Live video from partners like Ustream fit perfectly into our plan to bring the best of the full web to the mobile generation,” said Tracy DeMiroz, Skyfire VP Marketing. "Without any development required to have a mobile presence, Ustream immediately gives their users access to all the content broadcast from their website. We know Skyfire users consume a lot of media during their day. In fact, on inauguration day a vast majority of our users were watching Obama on Ustream. That's
why we're excited to include Ustream in the Skyfire bookmarks.  In just one click, our users will be watching live television."

Get Skyfire at get.skyfire.com, and check out Ustream at www.ustream.tv.

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5 years ago

Ballmer Admits Windows Mobile 7 is Late? Also: Ouch!

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 File under: Awkward! At the CIO summit yesterday, Steve Ballmer got an uncomfortable question from the audience that, well, has been on a lot of people's minds:

"With platforms like the Google phone and iPhone coming out, it’s really tough to continue to stand behind Windows Mobile when our employees are bringing these consumer devices into our environments,” the questioner explained. “And in your presentation you put Windows Mobile right in the center there, but it was a phone that doesn’t work in America and an operating system that you haven’t released. I’m wondering what your commitment is to continuing to get newer versions of the operating system in our hands so that we don’t have to fight this battle on the ground.”

Ballmer's response was basically "we're getting to it" and he pointed out that, yes, Windows Mobile sold more units than the iPhone did last year.  As WinMo fans, it might have been nice to have Ballmer point out some of the platform's advantages over the iPhone -- but we have to grant that many of these advantages are more likely to appeal to the nerd / IT manager than they are to the consumer.  Setting cross-platform sniping aside, the most interesting part of Ballmer's response to us was this little nugget:

“We have a significant release coming this year,” he said. “Not the full release we wanted to have this year but we have a significant release coming this year with Windows Mobile 6.5"

Emphasis ours above -- apparently Microsoft "wanted" to have Windows Mobile 7 ready to rock this year.  It's not exactly a surprise, sure, but it's still nice to hear from the horse's mouth.  Ballmer says that they've put a team in place that will be able to "accelerate" development for Windows Mobile to deliver the "things people want on the highest-end phones."

Anybody out there in a WinMo shop, facing a user insurrection asking for competing platforms?

TechFlash via Digital Daily

 

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5 years ago

Review: Winterface Version 1.3

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Review: Winterface Version 1.3

Vito Technologies recently announced the release of an updated version of their popular Windows Mobile interface, Winterface. The updated version, v1.3, reportedly has fixed bugs associated with SMS notifications and the weather icon. It also adds a brighter skin with "stylish" icons (Vito's words, not mine). We've downloaded the updated version of Winterface and loaded it on to the HTC Fuze to see how it performs. Follow the break to see what lasting impression Winterface has made.

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5 years ago

Alltel Treo Pro now on sale for $199.99

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5 years ago

Review: LG Incite

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Review: LG Incite

One of the surprise announcements from the 2009 Mobile World Congress was LG's partnership with Microsoft. The electronics manufacturer pledged to make Windows Mobile its primary operating system for smartphones. LG also pledged to develop 50 phones over the the next few years, all running Windows Mobile. While our curiosity awaits what new designs LG has in store for Windows Mobile, we thought we would take a look at a current model that is running Windows Mobile, the LG Incite, offered through AT&T.

The LG markets the Incite as a 3G world phone that achieves its reflective beauty through the skillful use of minimalistic design. Read on after the break to see what impression the LG Incite made and whether the minimalistic design fits the Windows Mobile market.

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