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5 years ago

Welcome PreCentral.net to the Family!

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Welcome PreCentral.net to the Family!

We are pleased to welcome PreCentral.net to our family of mobile techology websites. Just in case you missed last weeks announcement Palm,inc. introduced their newest smartphone, the Palm Pre. Not only is this a new phone, but a new mobile operating system called webOS.

PreCentral.net will follow in the footsteps of TreoCentral, CrackBerry.com, TheiPhoneblog, Android Central and WMExperts by highlighting and discussing the progress, developments and accomplishments of this new mobile device and system. So lets set another place at the family table and see what all the buzz is about this new Palm device.

Check out the PreCentral.net announcement here.

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5 years ago

Another WinMo / Android Dual Booter on the Way

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Another WinMo / Android Dual Booter on the Way

Having trouble deciding between Windows Mobile and Android?  Just can't decide which one to take the leap with?  If you're not a fan of hacking Android onto a pre-existing Windows Mobile device, Israeli computer module developer Compulab may have the solution for you.

Compulab has introduced the Exeda that will run both Android and Windows Mobile 6.1. The box-like smartphone has a 3.5 inch VGA touchscreen, a capacitive touchpad that serves as a mouse, and is powered by a 520MHz Marvell CPU. Loaded with 128mb RAM and 512mb of internal flash memory, the Exeda has built in GPS, Wifi, Bluetooth and a 10/100 Base-T Ethernet port. The networking appears flexible to allow resellers to choose from quadband GSM/GPRS, CDMA, and 3G UMTS. While not the slickest of designs, it's definitely a unique phone. No word on pricing but it is expected to be available sometime in March of this year.

[via Android Central, read: Engadget.com]

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5 years ago

Review: VITO Voice 2 Go

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Review: VITO Voice 2 Go

I am always looking for ways to make it easier to use my phone while driving in the car. I have also historically liked many of Vito's products. This is why Vito Voice 2 Go caught my eye. The ability to remote control your phone via voice commands would be handy while driving. I want to be able to easily call a contact, launch a program for quick reference (like a GPS program), etc. without fumbling with the phone or the stylus.

Historically with voice activated programs, the main challenges have been accuracy, training, battery power, and memory usage. To see if Vito Voice 2 Go stacks up to the test or if it should be avoided, read on with our review.

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5 years ago

WM6 succesfully ported onto Treo 700wx (finally!)

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Welp, after a few weeks they finally got it done and better late than never. Those determined members (Ebag333, NightRaven and some brave testers) managed to beat Verizon and Palm to the punch and get a fully working WM6 AKU 4.2 ROM on the Treo 700wx (Sprint, Verizon, Alltel).

Best part? There are two versions: one is a "trimmed down" setup, where a bunch of unnecessary files have been junked saving space and making it speedier and suitable for making your own "custom ROM". The other is just straight up WM6.

Also check out Ebag's new GUI front-end for his ROM kitchen, which should make things a wee bit easier for you newbie chef's out there ;-)

So, some initial thoughts on WM6? SDHC does not seem to work at this point--but there is a lot of reason to believe this is just a matter of finding one of the many SDHC drivers floating around. Everything else seems great though: it's quite fast (not as fast as WM5 though), the graphics are much better looking, messaging and calendar are way better than WM5.

Bottom line: if you don't mind the risk of flashing your device and you can take the time to carefully follow directions, it is definitely worth it. (Get it HERE)

Post your comments below and hop into the original thread and post your feedback.

Wanna see some screen shots of WM6? Click the link to see a small gallery.

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5 years ago

New to Us: Didiom for Streaming your Desktop Music

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One big gripe about our devices are they don't hold enough music. One big solution: get access to the massive library you've got sitting on your desktop. Companies like LobsterTunes and Orb realized that and got a head start on streaming your entire library to your phone. Didiom plans to hop on that bandwagon with a little more oomph.

To begin, its a free download (in beta) that lets you stream your entire music library to your phone over a cellular network. Didiom is hoping that you'll install their software for you own music and then head on over to their marketplace, where they've got a library of over 1.5 million DRM-free tracks.  They've also added in something they're calling "adaptive bargaining" where you name what you're willing to pay, Priceline-style, and their "sophisticated algorithm" will let you know if they'll sell at that price.

 They just added support for VGA WinMo devices, too.  Seems like a decent enough service, though it would be nice if they had a wider selection of music (not that we don't heart CD Baby) and if it worked outside the US.

Video after the break for those looking for more info. Anybody given Didiom a shot?  

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5 years ago

Not So Fast: Motorola Not Giving up on Windows Mobile After All

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The rumors of the untimely demise of Windows Mobile over at Motorola appear to be false. We've been hearing grumblings that Motorola was planning on cutting their development teams in half and ditching Windows Mobile for Android.

But in an interview with Computerworld.com, Brian Viscount, Motorola's Vice President of Marketing for Mobile Enterprise Computing (some title), insisted that the recent news of Windows Mobile's demise at Motorola were false. He stated Microsoft's enterprise division, "remains 100% committed to Windows Mobile".

The comments were made during an interview about Motorola's new Snap-on Mobile Payment devices that work on their enterprise-class MC-70 and MC-75 wireless handhelds, which happen to be powered by Windows Mobile. The wireless handhelds are used in retail/commercial locations to track inventory, set pricing, ordering stock and with the snap-on attachment they can be used to accept payments for merchandise.

So there is joy in Mudville tonight as it appears that Motorola will not be ditching Windows Mobile.  Now if we can only dispel the EOL rumors for the Q Series.

[VIA: wmpoweruser.com]

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5 years ago

No Firefox Mobile beta before March (at least)

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We'd had a fleeting hope that after last month's Alpha 2 release we might see an actual Windows Mobile beta build of Fennec, the upcoming Firefox Mobile browser, in the first couple of months of the year. Alas, it's not to be.

Mozilla's Fennec test plan notes Feb. 27 as the scheduled date for the Beta 1 release, then lets us down in no uncertain terms.

NOTE: this is a Beta1 for Maemo, not Windows Mobile or Symbian

So, work continues, and it sounds like they're making progress. Here are the WinMo notes from this week's Fennec meeting:

Building from trunk is blocked by NSPR, NSS and freetype font backend patches getting review. The font patch has been getting regular review and update, its being held up somewhat now because of conflicts with @font-face work. NSS and NSPR patches have stalled out.

Performance is improving steadily, once we can build from the trunk the focus will be on getting performance patches landed.

Patience, grasshopper.

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5 years ago

Get Headlines Texted To You

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Get Headlines Texted To You

Somehow it seems odd to us that we haven't found this service -- or one identical to it -- sooner. It's Web-Alerts.com and what it does is convert RSS feeds (like ours) into text message alerts. No longer will your unconscious desire to read the latest news be shackled by your conscious mind's utter failure to constantly scan your RSS reader.

The best part - you can filter the feeds so that only posts with the keywords you care about will get pushed out to you. In other words - you can still feel relatively safe subscribing to an oft-updated blog without getting completely inundated by, well, that blog.

The bestest part is that it's completely free - well, it's as “free” as your SMS limit.

Read: Web-Alerts.com via BGR

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5 years ago

WM for the POTUS? Blackberry for Commies.

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  That's President of the United States for those of you who don't frequent political forums ;-)   If you recall a few months back, Obama was un-closeted as a BlackBerry lover, fighting to keep his precious email device from those security-wielding government agents. While it doesn’t seem likely that RIM will a full-time job with the President-elect, our favorite Windows Mobile just might. But, this isn’t your normal WM phone as this guy is all tricked-out enough to make Bourne envious.   Take a peep at General Dynamics' Sectera Edge, which is like some retro, extra-blocky phone from years past. Running your typical WinMo software suite, it has Wifi, GSM, CDMA. It can handle secure communication channels for secure voice and email communications. Sure, it looks super-dorky and costs around….$3,300 but you do get that nice 2 year warranty.    And if you remember way back,  Palm has some leverage in this area with their secure Common Access Card system for WM Treos.   So why no love for RIM? Seems as if some people think RIM’s platform/hardware is not as secure as we’d like to think, including being susceptible to viruses that can do things like record phone calls. Remember how many WinMo phones can’t record those? That's why.   With all the flack WM has been catching lately, it’s nice to see that it is still good enough for those top level government agencies.   [via Cnet]

 

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5 years ago

LG Incite SMS Fix Coming in February? Ad Hoc Fixes Now

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We've received confirmation that the LG Incite is indeed suffering from a serious SMS issue. Apparently, the Incite is set up to send SMS messages over GPRS, while AT&T is only able to handle them over traditional GSM means.  Well, technically, AT&T can handle SMS over traditional GSM or over 3G networks, but can't send them via EDGE.  So the upshot is this: If you're in a 3G area, you should be fine.  If you're not in 3G, sorry for your luck.

Good news is now that AT&T has figured out what the issue is, they can work with LG on a resolution.  Meanwhile, here are some ways to get that rassin-frassin SMS to send, none of them pleasing:

  • If you're within 30 days, take the Incite back and get it replaced with a different WinMo phone that, you know, is able to send SMS messages reliably
  • Get to a 3G area, resend
  • Call AT&T and remove your data plan from the account, forcing the device to fall back to the traditional GSM sending method
  • ...and our personal favorite: Place a call and then send the SMS while in call.  Since you can't both have EDGE data open and be on a call at the same time, the Incite will fall back to the traditional GSM sending method.  We recommend calling the person you're sending to, letting them know they can finally expect your reply to their text.  Giggle.

Anybody out there run into this particular bug?

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5 years ago

LG Incite SMS Failing

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LG Incite SMS Failing

A confession about the LG Incite: we have one at WME HQ, but can't bring ourselves to give it a closer look or a review because it's just so... meh to us. This is not an opinion shared by all of our readers, however, as we've had some interaction with a few (Hi Chris, Joe!) who are pretty happy with theirs.

So as a service to you, the lonely LG Incite owner, we are telling you that you are not alone and that the SMS bug you're encountering is not your fault. From inside AT&T:

Customers who have purchased the LG CT810 (Incite) have had errors when attempting to send a SMS message in some locations. Customers with this issue have seen the following message “Your text message can not be sent” and the message is not sent. LG is correcting a setting in the device to correct this issue.

We don't like to hear such things about any WM device, much less one that might actually be a sleeper hit for AT&T since it's fairly inexpensive and there's no official Diamond on the network to compete with it. Here's to hoping LG gets the fix out soon. In the meantime -- anybody run into this on the Incite or other devices? Perhaps there's a RegEdit that could help?

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5 years ago

Astraware's Zuma and Glyph

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Astraware's Zuma and Glyph

Astraware is one of the best entertainment software companies around for the mobile environment. From Bejeweled to Tradewinds Astraware has cranked out some of the most addictive, entertaining games for your Windows Mobile device. From puzzles to strategy, these games help you pass the time, unwind from a long day’s work or when you just need a little break from it all. Glyph and Zuma hope to follow the tradition of it’s predecessors by not only being entertaining but also addictive. Both games are formatted for Windows Mobile Professional, requiring a touch screen to play and to see how these two chapters of the Astraware gaming library shakes out, read on.

 

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5 years ago

HTC Iolite Pops Up Again, Is It a Cruise Replacement?

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We've already seen the Iolite in low-res and again saw it confirmed in even lower-res in that gargantuan HTC devices leak.  Looks to us as though of all the devices in that massive cache, the first to arrive just might be the Iolite.  Why's that?  Well another image has popped up (via coolsmartphone) that confirms we're looking at a Windows Mobile 6.1 Pro with TouchFlo 3D.  We're seeing some clearer specs as well:

  • Qualcomm MSM7225, 528MHz
  • 512MB ROM, 288 RAM
  • 2.8 Inch, 240x320 screen (really?)
  • 3.2mp camera
  • MicroSD
  • Quad-band EDGE, 3G
  • Bluetooth, Wifi
  • 1100 mAh battery good for 400 minutes of talktime
  • 102mmx53.5mmx14.5mm
  • 103 grams 

We're not sure, but the above specs seem like a pretty clear indication that we're looking at a Euro-only replacement for the HTC Cruise.  We're seeing a similar scrollwheel/d-pad and also a new button -- the "HTC Footprints button," which smells like a dedicated GPS button to us.  The Cruise, you may recall, was marketed primarily as a GPS Device.  With a dedicated GPS-esque button on the Iolite and the similar form factor, we're guessing that the Iolite is aiming at the same niche.

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5 years ago

Momentum Swing for Apple?

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Momentum Swing for Apple?

Say it ain't so Joe! ...er, Steve. You know, Steve Ballmer, Microsoft's CEO.

Remember when he said, referring to the iPhone's 2G launch, "There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance."? Yet almost two years later the iPhone is one of, if not, the best selling smartphone around. In an interview with Financial Times (registration required), Ballmer acknowledged the edge companies such as Apple and Google have gained in important parts of the consumer business having "clear market momentum".

While Ballmer may be conceding that Microsoft may be down, they're certainly not out. While Palm isn't making it easier with the well-received introduction of the Palm Pre, Ballmer doesn't strike me as someone who will go quietly. With the announcement of Windows 7, partnerships with Dell and Verizon to increase the distribution of Windows Live Search and the anticipated announcement of Windows Mobile 6.5 next month at the Mobile World Congress, Microsoft may begin to pick up steam in the mobile market.

Plus, just when we thought Windows Mobile Standard was on its last breath with the retirement of the Motorola Q line a new spark is seen in the HTC S743. Ballmer's acknowledgment that Apple is closing in on a lead in the market isn't a sign of defeat but maybe a call to arms. Hopefully, next month's World Mobile Congress will be for Microsoft what the 2009 CES was for Palm.

[via: theiphoneblog.com]

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5 years ago

Hands On with HP Voice and Data Messengers

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Long rumored and finally revealed earlier this month as "Beauty and the Beast," HP's Voice Messenger and HP's Data Messenger (we sort of prefer the codenames, Oak and Silver, ourselves) are impressively unimpressive in person.  That is to say -- they're straightforward Windows Mobile 6.1 implementations with no flies on them.  The hardware is slick on both devices.  The Data Messenger is the slider and the slide action is just peachy, with a very subtle wave on the keyboard to remind you that there were actually engineers behind this thing.  

The Voice Messenger (out on Vodafone) is also quality and if we were fans of sure-type, we'd be (mostly) sold. See, we're not convinced that replacing the d-pad with a touch-sensitive 'swipe and tap circle' is a great idea, but we figure for the casual and fashion-sensitive users the voice messenger is targeting, such distinctions are less important than the (excellent) pocketability of the device.

Neither device has carrier acceptance in the US and given HP's recent track history, you're more likely to see one of them on Rogers in Canada than you are on AT&T or T-Mobile.  Still, a lot of folks like the plain-jane HP iPaq 910c, so to see the same company put out some sexy kit is a sort of vindication.

Getcher specs and more photos after the break!

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