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5 years ago

LG HQ brings some low-end messaging

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LG HQ brings some low-end messaging

OK, it's been a couple of hours, so it's time for another AT&T Windows Mobile leak from Engadget. Now we've got a lower-end messenger, the LG HQ, which we got a look at back at Mobile World Congress.

There's the usual tri-band 3G and quad-band EDGE, Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard with a 2.4-inch 320x240 screen. The battery's a mere 1,100 mAh powering a Qualcomm 7225 processor. It's got a 2.0MP camera, sports Bluetooth 2.0 +EDR, AGPS and has a MicroSD card. No WiFi on this puppy. July 6 is noted as a target availability, but we'll see how that holds up.

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5 years ago

Next release of Kinoma Play features its own home screens, RSS reader

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If we had to pick one thing to be excited about in the coming year, the 1Ghz Snapdragon processors would be high on the list. And here we get a look at it hand-in-hand on a variant of the Toshiba TG01 with a future build of Kinoma Play, the uber-multimedia player of which we've been fans for a while.

What's really interesting with this new build is that it becomes a home screen within the Windows Mobile shell, with different pages you can pan through. (Yep, it's a lot like the iPhone's home screen. Can't say we blame 'em. And we like the idea of extra pages above and below.)

There's also a built-in app store, with downloaded apps sent straight to the Kinoma home screen. The already very functional podcatcher gets a refresh, and a full-on RSS reader will be added.

Yeah, this demo's done on a phone with some major processing power. (That's the version of the TGO1 that's destined for Japan's NTT docomo network.)  But we definitely like the direction that Kinoma play's going. No release date yet, so we'll be checking Kinoma's Web site.

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5 years ago

Touch Diamond 2 gets a couple of hotfixes

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Two hotfixes for the Touch Diamond 2 in less than a week? That's it. Mine's going in the garbage.

Just kidding, folks. Stay out of my trash. Actually, we're more inclined to take the glass-half-full route here. Hotfixes mean HTC has acknowledged problems and has fixed them. Here's what's been addressed:

  • Hotfix No. 1 (5-22-09): If you move to the Settings tab in TouchFLO, the top part of the item descriptions under Communications (WiFi, Bluetooth, phone, data) are slightly cut off. If this happens, please download this hotfix to solve the problem.
  • Hotfix No. 2 (5-25-09): If you can’t dial out but can receive calls through the PCCW network when roaming in HK, please download this hotfix to solve the problem.

Obviously, these are for non-U.S. versions of the phone because, well, we don't yet have a U.S. version of the phone. (And note that the second fix only is necessary when you're in Hong Kong.) And as with all hotfixes, you'll have to re-apply them if you hard-reset your phone. Hopefully we'll see these baked into a ROM update at some point.

And speaking of fixes, a GPS fix also was released for non-U.S. versions of the Touch Pro. You can get it here.

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5 years ago

Touch Pro 2 now shipping in UK

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Touch Pro 2 now shipping in UK

If you just have to have an HTC Touch Pro 2 before all of your friends, it's now shipping from UK retailer Clove. [via]

Of course, you're going to be dropping about $800US for something that lacks U.S. 3G bands, and we're pretty sure we'll see the TP2 on all four major U.S. carriers. But that's the price you pay for being the kind of person who has to scream "First!", now, isn't it.

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5 years ago

Guest post: From WinMo to BlackBerry

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5 years ago

Review: TomeRaider 3

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Review: TomeRaider 3

The ebook market keeps trying to get off the ground.  In the early days of ebooks, Microsoft and Adobe were the heavy hitters, both pushing their respective software and ebook formats. Both gained momentum, sputtered and died.  The second wave of ebooks has been with hardware readers from Sony and Amazon. The Kindle and the Kindle II have become one of the more sought after gadgets on the market.

The end result of this instability is that the little fish in the ebook pond have been able to garner something of a cult following. One such little fish is TomeRaider. While it doesn’t have the backing of a heavyweight like Microsoft or Adobe (or even Amazon), TomeRaider makes up for this in a number of other ways.

To see what TomeRaider has to offer, follow the link.

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5 years ago

WMExperts Podcast Episode 57

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5 years ago

Treo 800w Bluetooth Voice-dialing update: Now Available!

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As we mentioned earlier, Palm (in a a nice turnabout) put a support page up noting an update to enable voice over Bluetooth, a feature which was expected but absent on the new flagship Palm device.

Lo and behold, the update is out now and ready for the download. Reports from our forums report it working well over a variety of headsets, though YMMV.

Let us know in the comments how it's working for you and which headset.

Download here!

thanks rmackay

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5 years ago

Samsung Pivot a possible Epix replacement

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Here's another bit from the monstrous, ongoing AT&T leak. This time it's the Samsung Pivot, a 2.6-inch touchscreen phone with quad-band EDGE and tri-band 3G. WiFi b/g is included, along with Bluetooth 2.1, a 1700mAh battery, AGPS and 3MP camera.

While we'll buy the 4 gigabytes of storage memory, 2GB of RAM seems a little suspect. We've been seeing plenty of discrepancies in these slides, so take everything with a grain of salt.

We're inclined to agree with Engadget, which opines that the Pivot could be in line to replace the Samsung Epix (never mind the "successor of Blackjack series" line).

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5 years ago

WinMo 7 on another leaked roadmap

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WinMo 7 on another leaked roadmap

OK, we're starting to get the feeling that work on Windows Mobile 7 may be a little farther along than we — OK, at least some of us — believed. What we have here, again from UX Evangelist, is a "Release to Testers" roadmap reportedly from a presentation less than two weeks old.

Also interesting but not too surprising is that Live Search, Windows Live, My Phone and the Windows Marketplace for Mobile all will make the leap to Windows Mobile 7, which if we're reading this right, would come after the second half of 2009, or in 2010, in other words.

Of course, there's that "All dates are subject to change" disclaimer at the bottom, which should go without saying.

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5 years ago

Welcome back, HP, and the iPAQ K3

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Welcome back, HP, and the iPAQ K3

From the same massive AT&T leak Engadget scored and from which we learned of the plans for the HTC Touch Pro 2 and Touch Diamond 2 comes more exciting news — the return of HP to the U.S. mainstream.

The iPAQ K3 (codenamed Obsidian) repotedly would be a 2.8-inch flush touchscreen phone (but wouldn't come with a stylus). It'd sport quad-band EDGE and tri-band 3G, with roughly the same Qualcomm processor as the HTC Snap. But it goes one better on the memory side, with 512MB of ROM and 256MB of RAM (compared to the Snap's 256/192). There's WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0 and an honest-to-goodness 3.5mm headset jack.

We're still a little iffy on the age of these slides, and thus the launch date is still kind of up in the air. But Windows Mobile 6.5 is listed as the one and only operating system (and also as the browser, but we'll let that go), so we wouldn't expect it before fall, at the earliest.

But that said, this could well be the messaging monster we've been hoping for for some time now. And the inclusion of a 3.5mm headset jack is going to make the difference for a lot of people. So, welcome back, HP. Good to see ya.

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5 years ago

Released: SBSH GoNews Touch

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Released: SBSH GoNews Touch

A few days ago SBSH released a teaser video for their newest application, SBSH GoNews Touch, and today the software developer officially released the news reader.

GoNews Touch will let you subscribe to your favorite RSS channels, update them (manually or on a schedule) and swipe your way around them. We were able to test drive the beta versions of GoNews and found it to be a simple, straightforward application to keep up on the latest news, sports, financial news or any other of your favorite RSS feed.

Follow the break for a few more screen shots and a product tour video.

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5 years ago

The Palm Pre does WHAT with Exchange?

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Now wait just a gosh-darn cotton-pickin' minute here. Sure, the Palm Pre will sync up with an Exchange account. That's Smartphone 101. But to the best of our knowledge, Windows Mobile phones — and every other phone that licenses Exchange — can only sync to one account at a time. Don't believe us? A quick trip to The Google brings up:

But Palm, apparently, says different. Our friends at PreCentral.net spotted deep inside some recent leaked documents a line or three where it's explicitly mentioned that the Pre will sync to multiple Exchange accounts. The next question, natch, is: How the heck is this being accomplished? Some IMAP trickery? Some heretofore unknown service? Follow-up question: Will this be available on Windows Mobile. And if not, why?!?!?!?

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5 years ago

Best of SPE, 24 May 2009

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5 years ago

A Verizon-branded Touch Pro 2? Already? (And the HTC Cedar for good measure)

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Hey, you can't blame us (OK, this guy can) for joking that we didn't expect to see hide or hair of a Touch Pro 2 on Verizon in 2009. After how long it took VZW to get the original Touch Diamond out the door ... well, let's just say we weren't optimistic.

But we're swallowing our man pill tonight and are gazing at what appears to be a pretty legit-looking Verizon-branded Touch Pro 2, brought to us by d474rpr.com. And the green scheme doesn't look too shabby.

And in the same post from d474rpr.com we get a look at the HTC Cedar, said to be destined for Alltel. The Cedar, as you'll remember, is along the same line as the Snap and Willow, though it certainly sports a close look to the Palm Treo 800w.

The next question is: Will we see the Cedar on Verizon as well (possibly as the XV6175), since it gobbled up Alltel last year? It's certainly a possibility, and we've already seen a couple of them go through the FCC under the CDMA variety.

So, um, thanks to WMExperts commentor ckeegan for the snark tip. :)

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