Woo boy, another browser has entered the fray. This one is called Mach5 and hails from Hong Kong and is currently available as a trial. It seems NetAcceler has eventual plans to charge for the browser sometime after May (when this demo expires).
Anyways, Mach5 is like a combo of Opera Mobile 9.5 and Skyfire in that it can render full sites and even do YouTube/media, all proxied through a remote server to compress the data.
From my experience, it's pretty darn good. Graphics are nice, options are plentiful (but not overwhelming) and speed is pretty fast. Watching a YouTube video opens a unique media player (see above) that goes full screen — very nice touch. Downsides? Like Skyfire, this thing will zap your battery, and reports from users say that it makes their devices hot as a microwaved burrito. On the plus side, it looks fantastic on VGA screens.
But don't count Skyfire out just yet. For one, Skyfire plans to remain free indefinitely, and two, look for v1.x coming soon with a slew of new features and improvements — so don't count it out just yet. Still, it's good to have some competition to keep the Skyfire team on its toes. Download/Register here and after the jump, check out a video demonstration.
We'll say it up front: This is not a Windows phone. We agree with PhoneArena, which spotted this T-Mobile-bound phone on Samsung's Web site. When you click to get more info on the TouchWiz interface, which we WinMo fans know from the Samsung Omnia, you're greeted with an obvious render of TouchWiz running on top of Windows Mobile. Again, just like the Omnia.
OK, it's possible they're making a WinMo version of the Behold. But we're not betting on it. Likely this is just a bad Photoshop job (hey, we're all guilty of those) and not a new Samsung phone coming our way. Move along, folks. But if you still need more proof, peep the video after the break.
As you might have noticed, we're in full-on contest mode of late. Something about the spring air makes us want to give stuff away. Here's a quick wrap-up of what we and our sister sites have for ya. Act now, 'cause the contests are winding down:
WMExperts: We're giving away not one, but two phones. We've got an AT&T Fuze (aka the original HTC Touch Pro), as well as an HTC Touch Dual. Contest ends Monday, so get your entry in now.
PreCentral.net: The pre-Palm Pre release contest is over, but there are still five $50 Amazon Gift Cards to be given to PreCentral.net Forum Members. How do you win one of those? Simply sign up as a member and score one "Thanked" post or Thank another user's post – in other words, it's quality, not quantity. Get the lowdown here.
Well, he's back now with version 3 and much improvements all around. The app now has a very modern, finger-friendly interface. In addition, there is a whole bunch of new icons that are available as separate "icon packs" (note: the large ones only seem to work with VGA devices). These new icons are gorgeous and even hilarious (Famous dancing PB &J bananna? Done. Beavis and Butthead? Ready.).
Other notable changes with v.3:
Works on any resolution device, even non-touch ones
Cursor timeout option
Confirmed working with WM6.5 (natch)
I'm currently using the "Processing" box one because I'm just a tech nerd. Anyways, give it a shot. It's free and really spices up your device in a simple, painfree way. Of course, we recommend doing a backup JIK and note that this will consume some memory, so Mogul and Sprint Treo Pro users take heed.
Take a peek after the jump to see more of the UI and cursor choices!
Acer has apparently run into to problems with U.S. network operators and will delay the launch of the Windows Mobile phones announced earlier this year. The Tempo Series was originally projected to land in the U.S. by the end of 2009. While Acer wouldn't offer a target date, the best they would offer is that the phones would be available for U.S. release some time in 2010.
The bad news is we'll have to wait a little while longer to see the likes of the F1, x960, and F900. The good news is that the delay may have the new phones come off the assembly line already loaded with Windows Mobile 6.5, avoiding the need to worry about upgrading.
The phone will be known as the MDA Compact V, following that naming convention. You can tell by the picture at right that the shell is a little custom compared to the unlocked version that we're used to seeing, but that's par for the course. We've known shells to vary slightly among U.S. carriers as well.
Something we're definitely not used to in the U.S. is seeing the new hotness from HTC available free on contract, but that's exactly what T-Mo's doing here. The MDA Compact V will be available starting May 21 for free with a plan that costs at least £50 a month.
Full presser after the break, for those of you into that sort of thing.
Update: Eagle-eyed reader Jim (Hi, Jim!), ya know, actually read through the entire press release and saw that T-Mo mentions an upgrade to Windows Mobile 6.5 in September. As we've still heard nothing official from Microsoft, simply take that for what it is ...
They make movies about these things. Boy sees phone. Boy lusts after phone for months. Boy finally gets phone only to discover it's nice from afar but far from nice. OK, we've yet to see a movie quite like that. (But if they do, you bet Dieter and Mal will review it in the WMExperts Movie Review Podcast.)
Turns out, the Xperia X1 was "a kind of experiment," said SE President Hideki "Dick" Komiyama. That's from a Financial Times piece [via Electronista] in which Komiyama speaks about SE's recent struggles and how it's failed to really compete in the smartphone industry.
But there's good news for you Windows Mobile fans: SE still plans to put out three smartphones by the end of the year – one Windows Mobile, one Android and one Symbian.
As anyone who's used one knows, it's not that the Xperia X1 (read our full review here) is a bad phone. It's just that it priced itself out of the game without bringing anything really groundbreaking. The panels interface is interesting, but it's just not enough to justify spending that much jing, especially today. Let's hope SE finds more of a middle ground (and U.S. carrier support) with its next try.
Sony's Xperia X1a created a rather lengthy story line last year in anticipation of its release. While they are now available at local Sony Stores and other outlets, Dieter was fortunate enough to capture one while attending MacWorld in San Francisco. I was able to get Dieter to look the other way and took off with it. I only had the weekend with the Xperia X1a before the alarms sounded and a massive manhunt began. Luckily, I had it long enough to take it on a test run to see if all the excitement surrounding the Xperia had any merit. As the saying goes, "Read on after the break" to see what type impression the Xperia made.
Our friends at IntoMobile.com are reporting that Best Buy is accepting pre-orders for Sony’s Xperia X1. Taking a look over at Best Buy’s website you can find the WM Devices going for a modest $799.99.
According to IntoMobile, Best Buy is projecting a preliminary ship date of November 23, 2008. The price is in line with what we’ve reported for the Xperia X1 but the ship date is a few days instead of that 28th date.
SPB has released the much anticipated updated version of Mobile Shell 2.0. It's hard to say that Mobile Shell 3.0 is an update to the previous versions of this popular utility because of the dramatic changes present with 3.0. Just looking at the home page of both versions, the casual observer would think they are looking at two unique applications.
We received an advance copy of Mobile Shell 3.0 about a week ago and found it to be very feature rich and more customizable than its predecessor. You know the drill, to find out more about Mobile Shell 3.0 plus plenty of screen shots, simply follow the break.
In the final installment, Lin gives a look at the HTC Magic, which runs Anrdoid, and the HTC Snap. He also talks about upgrades to Windows Mobile 6.5. You'll want to watch the whole interview, but here's a teaser:
"Microsoft has not announced any plans for 6.5 for Smartphones, for Standard edition yet. So, we cannot promise a 6.5 upgrade for Snap, because Microsoft has not offered 6.5 for Smartphones yet.However, we have absolutely promised a 6.5 upgrade for Diamond 2 and (Touch) Pro 2.
"And, in fact, we made changes to how 6.1 works and to the hardware of Diamond 2 and Pro 2 so that when our customers upgrade to 6.5, that everything will work the same, that they will not have to relearn anything."