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5 years ago

Microsoft shifts execs to Windows Mobile

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We're trying not to become too worried over the recent rumor that we're not going to see Windows Mobile 7 until 2010. So, we keep reminding ourselves that great things must be afoot, and that takes time. Reinforcing that optimism is news that Microsoft recently moved several exec-types to the Windows Mobile team.

From Techflash [via]:

Confirming a tip we received, the company acknowledged this afternoon that Zune executive Joe Belfiore and Windows Home Server GM Charlie Kindel have shifted to the Mobile Communications Business, the group responsible for Windows Mobile. They join Terry Myerson, who came from the Exchange team last year.

OK, there's no Zune phone coming. We know that. But lends even more credence to the reports that Windows 7 will be more Zune-esque or multimedia-centric. Bossman Steve Ballmer himself will be speaking at Mobile World Congress, so maybe we'll learn more then. If not? We'll just have to keep beating the bushes till 2010.

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5 years ago

Verizon to hold biggest yard sale yet - AT&T Looking for Deals

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 Now that Verizon has completed their Alltel marriage/merger, they're sitting on a few assets they no longer need -- like an ex bachelor who suddenly realizes a married man doesn't need a Miller Light neon sign. When we say "realizes," we mean "compelled to by federal regulators." When we say "a few assets," we're talking $3 billion in wireless assets. That's one heck of a yard sale.  

And, like any good yard sale, the neighbors show up first. AT&T apparently is first in line a wallet full of cash thanks to its recent iPhone and tower sales. Carlyle Group, Kohlberg Kravis & Roberts & Co, and Providence Equity Partners LLC also will be there looking for whatever deals they can get.  All of the above, however, have to keep those self-same federal regulators happy, so AT&T will probably find themselves haggling a bit.

The Wall Street Journal (pay site) via Engadget Mobile

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5 years ago

Review: KeePass PPC

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Review: KeePass PPC

In keeping with our theme of looking at open-source software for Windows Mobile, we now focus on KeePass PPC. KeePass is similar to other open source projects in that it originally was intended for desktop operating systems and has since been ported to handheld platforms.

Similar to several applications that are commercially available, KeePass stores sensitive information such as usernames and passwords or bank account numbers. The concept is great: The portability of your Windows Mobile device paired with the data security offered by some of the most secure encryption algorithms publicly available.

Keep reading for more.

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5 years ago

Official Netflix application released

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CES 2009 wasn't all that much of a boon for Windows Mobile, but the announcement of an official Netflix application did generate a little excitement. And nearly a month later, that app has been released.

A quick run through the app shows that it works pretty well. You can search the Netflix library, add a movie to your queue, or add it to you instant queue (what, no Xbox add?). And, of course, you can view your queue and remove movies from it or change the delivery order. Click on a movie title and you get a synopsis. Or, for more movie reviews, give a listen to the WMExperts podcast for the latest with Dieter and Mal, and, ya know, some Windows Mobile talk.

Now if only Microsoft could whip up an app to find more time to actually watch movies.

Hit up the Mobile Manager for Netflix page here. More pics after the break. Just 'cause.

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5 years ago

It's survey time: Tell us what you want!

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It's survey time: Tell us what you want!

Friends, countrymen, faithful WMExperts readers: Lend us your ears eyes. We've worked up a quick survey to help us (and, yes, our advertisers) better understand exactly what is important to you. Want more T-Mobile? Less HTC? More of everything? Let us know!

The survey only takes a couple of minutes, and we love getting feedback from you guys and gals.

Take the WMExperts Reader Survey now!

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5 years ago

Samsung's Acme and C6625

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Samsung's Acme and C6625

You can tell a trade show is on the horizon when announcements and "leaks" of new products are appearing, and Samsung isn't going to be left out. We've picked up on two new devices from the company that should make an appearance at this month's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

First is the Samsung Acme i8910, which, of course, brings images of the Roadrunner and Wiley Coyote to mind. Fortunately, this Acme product looks a more dependable than the generic Looney Tunes cartoon products. Details of this phone are still sketchy. But based on the photos that leaked, it appears to have a 3.5mm headphone jack, front-facing camera (rumored to have quite a few megapixels), and it's being described as the Samsung Omnia's big brother. Also on board reportedly is GPS, an HDMI output (!), WiFi, and it will come in 8 or 16 gigabytes. No word on operating system, but there is some speculation this may be an Android device or follow in the Omnia's footsteps and will be a Windows Mobile device.

The second device definitely is a Windows Mobile device. The Samsung C6625 is a Windows Mobile Standard device with front facing QWERTY keyboard and 2.6-inch QVGA screen. Sporting a 2-megapixel camera, Bluetooth/WiFi/GPS, 100 megs of internal storage and microSD expansion, there hasn't been an "official" announcement on the C6625 yet and it may be another one of Samsung's offerings at the Mobile World Congress.

 And have we mentioned yet that we'll be in Barcelona for all the crazy announcements?

Read: SlashGear and WMPoweruser

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5 years ago

Acer to show ... something ... at MWC

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Just what *is* that? Is it a phone? Is it a Mobile Internet Device? Is it some sort of crazy communications module left behind by the alien invasion? Nobody's quite sure. But what the Boy Genius reportedly does know is that this is some device that Acer is going to show off in a couple of weeks at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

At this point, your guess is as good as ours as to whether this thing will run Windows Mobile, Android, or something else entirely. We keep squinting at that crazy keyboard to try to find some WinMo telltale, but all we keep seeing is a sailboat. Is that really some weird swiveling screen? Or is it detachable? Feel free to speculate on your own in the comments.

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5 years ago

Official look at the Toshiba TG01

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Official look at the Toshiba TG01

The general consensus after we first saw that Toshiba TG01 that you either love or hate the retro user interface, and that still stands.

But now we have a more official look at the phone. (Better let that sucker above buffer some. Don't say we didn't warn you.) And boy howdy is that thing thin. Still not sure about the crazy three-stripe interface, but it at least looks like the colors are customizable away from that "Life on Mars" 1970s day-glo orange scheme.

Via Engadget Mobile and Pocket Lint

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5 years ago

HTC S740/S743/Rose 130 Clears FCC Hurdle

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Code named "Rose 130", which we suspect is the HTC S740, has passed FCC scrutiny and we might see it offered in U.S. markets soon. According to the report, the "Rose 130" features at least dual-band GSM(1900 and 850) and dual band 3G (850 and 1900) support as well as Wifi and Bluetooth.  We expected the "Rose 130" to eventually become the S743.

HTC announced the S743 at last month's Consumer Electronics Show and it is expected to first be introduced unbranded and available through select retail outlets such as Dell.com and CDW.com.

Thanks, Marco, for the tip!

[Read: Cellphonesignal.com]

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5 years ago

More on Microsoft's Skybox service

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More on Microsoft's Skybox service

Aside from all the new phones we're sure to see in a couple weeks at Mobile World Congress, we're totally geeked out over what Microsoft is expected to announce.

Of course there's Windows Mobile 6.5 We've seen the leaks. But it's Skybox, Skyline and Skymarket that have the longer-term implications. ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley shares some thoughts of what we might find in Skybox, with help from some unnamed sources. The bullet points on the upcoming cloud hub that will manage much of your user data and information:

  • Skybox 1.0 will go into beta this month. The beta will be free, and ad-supported.
  • Skybox 1.5 will come in the summer and see a free service and premium paid service.
  • Skybox 1.5 will be available on Windows Mobile 6.1, 6.5 and a few non-WinMo phones.
  • Skybox 2.0 is the big cheese. There will be integration with Windows Live Services. You'll manage your phone, ringtones, apps, music, video, backgrounds – all from the cloud.

This is starting to get very exciting. And we'll be on the floor in Barcelona Feb. 16-19 to bring you all the goodness.

Read: What’s Microsoft hiding in its Skybox in the cloud?

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5 years ago

Danger and dual-core: The Andy Lees U.S. tour continues

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Andy Lees, fresh off chatting up The New York Times, now has sat down with CNET's Ina Fried, giving us a couple more things to ponder as we await Mobile World Congress and the expected announcement of Windows Mobile 6.5, and the future cloud services.

There's not too much newness here — Windows Mobile 6.5's supposed to keep us going until WM7 finally is released, the new Internet Explorer Mobile, those "Sky" cloud services. But Microsoft's VP of all-things-mobile does offer a little bit of what some of the Danger team (the group behind the Sidekick that was purchased by Microsoft last year) has been up to.

Microsoft has two separate teams at work on the services piece. One is Microsoft's Windows Live group, while the other is a rather secretive group headed by former Mac unit head Roz Ho--a group that also includes the team Microsoft acquired when it bought Danger. Lees declined to say specifically what Ho is up to, however.

And that's still in line with what we'd been thinking all along. We weren't expecting a Windows Mobile Sidekick. Rather, it's the services Microsoft was after.

Fried also gets Lees to geek out a little over some upcoming devices. And if this pans out, it could radically change the Windows Mobile front.

He noted that the power of the kinds of phones that come out next year will be incredible, well beyond even today's devices. Phones next year will have dual-core processors, super-fast data connections, and graphics power rivaling that of the original Xbox.

But our first thought after reading that is, what's it gonna cost us? But no matter what, we're getting more and more psyched for Mobile World Congress and beyond.

Ina Fried's Beyond Binary

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5 years ago

Dell (again) rumored to have a smartphone

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It's been rumored, sqaushed, rumored and rumored some more, but the Wall Street Journal (pay site) says it has confirmed that Dell is getting back into the smartphone business.

Dell Inc., aiming to rev up sales as its mainstay personal computer business struggles in the recession, is preparing a move into cellphones as early as next month, said people familiar with the matter.

The Round Rock, Texas, company has had a group of engineers working on the phones for more than a year from an office in the Chicago area, these people said. They produced prototypes built on Google Inc.'s Android operating system and Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Mobile software, these people said.

Unwiredview dives a little deeper:

Dell has not committed themselves to launching a smartphone yet and may abandon their efforts anytime. But, according to WSJ, Michael Dell has been looking into a smartphone opportunity ever since his return in 2007.

Also, according to WSJ, Dell smartphone development team spent much of last year meeting with suppliers of phone components, several phone software companies, and Asian manufacturers of phones.

Dell smartphones? As early as next month, eh? Don't sound so surprised. We know they've played a part in the Pharos line. That said, the WSJ is quoting unnamed sources, so anything can happen. But might we see some sort of announcment at Mobile World Congress?

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5 years ago

Garmin and Asus team up for the nüvifone G60; is a Windows Mobile version on the way?

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Garmin, the GPS behemoth, and Asus, the Taiwanese hardware manufacturer that has dabbled in Windows Mobile, have teamed up to finally get nüvifones, the uber-location-based iPhone-looking phones, onto the market. And Gizmodo is speculating that Windows Mobile could well be the operating system of choice. The love child would be called the nüvifone G60.

Giz is reporting that the first nüvifone out of the block won't be Android-based (sorry, guys).

Rather, it will be a phone running another "major platform." I am guessing that means Windows Mobile, but there's no telling which version, 6.1, 6.5 or 7.

We may learn a little more this morning when Asus and Garmin address the North American markets, and they've promised that we'll get a good look at the nüvifone at Mobile World Congress in a couple of weeks in Barcelona, Spain. And if this Windows Mobile angle checks out, we'll be there on top of it.

For now, check out the full press release after the break.

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5 years ago

Acer Smartphone Confirmed: Feb 16

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Acer Smartphone Confirmed: Feb 16

We knew that after Acer's acqusition of E-Ten that it was only a matter of time before we saw an Acer Smartphone.  That time will apparely come February 16th at Mobile World Congress.  We're hoping for some 6.5 action, but honestly we'd settle for something new and interesting and not just a rebrand of E-Ten's Glofiish series -- devices which are nothing to sniff at, but still aren't really the makings of of a brand new launch.

MWC09 should be pretty exciting, we'll be there. 

[Read: Pocket-Lint via BGR]

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5 years ago

Sprint killing Touch Diamond, Q9c, Treo 800w

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The Boy Genius has scored a Sprint deathlist, with a couple of Windows Mobile phones slated to be EOL'd – that's end of life – in the coming months.

The Motorola Q9c is on the chopping block, with its execution date set for mid-June. No replacement is noted.

Also on the list is the HTC Touch Diamond, which would go the way of the dinosaurs in July. There's no replacement noted for it, either, though we'd be willing to bet we'll eventually see something off that leaked HTC lineup.

And finally there's the Palm Treo 800w, which will bite the big one in April and be replaced by the Treo Pro. The question remains exactly when.

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