Vito Technology, developer of the popular Winterface user interface, announced today the availability of a new bundled application package, Tuned In. Tuned In rolls AudioNotes, SoundExplorer and Ringtone Editor into one convenient package.
AudioNotes is an, as the name implies, an application for recording and managing audio notes. SoundExplorer not only allows you to record notes, lectures, etc. but also allows you to reproduce these audio recordings using different playback speeds, formats and create playlists. RingtoneEditor is an application that allows you to make ringtones from any MP3 file.
Looks like the Palm Treo Pro and Samsung Omnia will be on Canada's Telus network, at least if recent newspaper ads (check out Page 5) have anything to say about it. [via BGR] We're not entirely certain, but the price could well be $149.99 for the standard 3-year deal. Interesting that the Treo Pro gets that much more of a discount than the Omnia, but then who are we do question our benevolent neighbors to the north?
Come one, come all as we join Microsoft's Robbie Bach, president of the Entertainment & Devices Division, who will "discuss his thought-provoking response to the question, 'What does "Mobile Life" mean to you?' " Other than that? We've got no idea what's in store.
So check in after the break for a live stream (fair warning, you're going to need Silverlight) of Bach's talk, and tune your favorite twitter client to @wmexperts as our own Dieter Bohn liveTweets the event.
(Note: Microsoft's saying 10 a.m. Pacific, CTIA and Dieter are saying 9 a.m. Pacific - likely it's the case that 10 Pacific is when Bach will take the stage). In any case, you should be glued to WMExperts regardless!)
Update: Miss it live? It's all after the break in its embedded glory, along with Dieter's tweeted thoughts.
Oh, Samsung, we'd had decent hopes for your Propel Pro. But once we got it into our hands, we're left wanting. Don't get us wrong - we like the form factor and the speed of the device seems up to snuff - but some of the design details are a little disappointing.
First off, the whole phone is a little thicker than we expected. The keyboard is passable, but maybe the Snap has already raised our standards. The five-way D-pad has been replaced by a joystick that just isn't up to snuff. It seems to sit on some little rubbery ball and while you can get used to it, it's still bad. Hey, at least it's not a little touchmouse, right?
The Propel Pro had potential, but it just doesn't feel all that Pro compared to other WM devices. On the bright side, at least it's a Windows Mobile Standard phone with greater than a 240x320 screen. It definitely makes for a decent texting machine, but we're just not feeling that you put the same effort in here that you did with the BlackJack II - which so far appears to be the better device. More pics after the break.
Not all the news is coming out of Vegas this week, as Microsoft has made Windows Live for Mobile available for download.
Now you can get to all your favorite Microsoft programs and features – Hotmail, Windows Live Spaces, Live Search, MSN Mobile – straight from your phone. (Messenger is still a separate download, apparently.)
Strangely, only AT&T and Sprint are mentioned in the carriers section. If anyone on Verizon or T-Mo wants to give it a shot, let us know in the comments. (Commentor emoney says everything's a go on Verizon. Where's our T-Mo peeps at? emoney also reminds us that Hotmail pushes now, which is very nice.)
Bitstream has announced an updated BETA version of its mobile browser BOLT. We were impressed with the original BETA version and these updates are expected to only improve a very good browser.
The update represents a considerable number of changes which include a new 3XL magnification mode bringing content 33.3% larger than 2XL; double tap protection to eliminate inadvertent clicks; Wifi auto-selection as a default option; Save/View pages locally on the phone; landscape view feature; improved video quality on mpeg4 capable devices; support for folders in Favorites; improved scrolling speed and the ability to reduce menu clutter in the preferences menu.
The BETA2 download can be found over at the BOLT website and it is a free download.
If you've followed the site fairly closely you may know that my form-factor of choice is the front-facing QWERTY keyboard and that I slightly prefer Windows Mobile standard to WM Pro. My most-used phone of 2008 was, believe it or not, the Q9h – and it was the phone I always went to when I needed to "give'r." Lately, though, it's gotten tired.
I give you all this history because, well, the HTC Snap is something I've been hoping HTC would make ever since I first laid eyes on the T-Mobile Dash. I've handled the Snap on three separate occassions and will go have another look today. Since this is 'my' form factor, I care a lot about whether HTC got the details right on the Snap.
For the most part, they did. Read on for a hands-on gallery, a brief video (hall noise removed), and my thoughts so far on the device.
It's beta day here at WMExperts, and next up is PhoneFusion's Voicemail Plus 2.0. PhoneFusion is in the same vein as GrandCentral (now Google Voice) in that it gives you one number and box to access all of your phone calls, messages, etc. (Hit up PhoneFusion.com for the full, extensive list.) Voicemail Plus brings visual voicemail into the mix. From PF's presser:
Fusion Voicemail Plus 2.0 for Windows Mobile is a free, downloadable voicemail application that gives any Windows Mobile smartphone user with a wireless data and text messaging plan the ability to centralize all of their voicemail boxes and see -- right on the screen of their mobile device -- a list of their voicemail messages. The service also allows users to listen to their voicemails directly from their smartphone.
So that's about the size of it. The basic Phone Fusion service starts at $9.95 a month. Learn more about Voicemail Plus here.
In a bit of clarification from Phonescoop that we weren't exactly hoping for, Windows Marketplace for Mobile will only be available to phones running Windows Mobile 6.5, dashing the hopes and shopping dreams of anyone who has a device that won't be updated. Same goes for the themes. They'll be Windows Mobile 6.5 only — and even then only for touchscreen phones (Oh, Snap!). The Facebook app already is will be available to everyone.
Of course, we still don't officially know which or how many current phones will be updated from 6.1 to 6.5 (we do know that the HTC Touch Diamond 2 and Touch Pro 2 will get it, as will the Toshiba TG01). Microsoft recently opened the door for more upgrades than we expected, but things are still a little murky.
And further clouding the waters is the ROM cooking community. The folks at XDA Developers already have versions of Windows Mobile 6.5 running on a number of phones. So will they have access to the Marketplace? Or will there be some sort of gatekeeper to keep phones running unofficial ROMs from shopping?
We ran across an interesting video on HTC's YouTube site feature the recently announced Snap. Along with the snappy muzak, the product tour highlights what appears to be the Snap's primary mission in life; email management. The level of success might hinge on how well the trackball is received by the Windows Mobile crowd but, the Snap has the potential of giving Blackberry devices and other Windows Mobile Standard phones (Motorola Q, Samsung BlackJack II) some stiff competition.
Jabra, manufacturer of Bluetooth products, announced today at the CTIA meetings in Las Vegas two new Bluetooth products. The Jabra HALO is a wireless Bluetooth stereo headset that will allow you to enjoy your music and handles phone calls. Weighing only three ounces, this over-the-head designed headset shows a little versatility in that it can be switched between wireless and wired connectivity should your phone/MP3 player not be Bluetooth equipped.
The other new product that Jabra has announced is the SP200 Speakerphone. Building on the success of the Jabra SP700, the SP200 is a Bluetooth wireless speakerphone featuring one large and easily accessible control button, a volume wheel and a dedicated on/off switch. The SP200 is not only suitable for the car but can also be used in the home or office.
Jabra is indicating the HALO will be available sometime in May with a price tag in the neighborhood of $130 and the SP200 should be available sometime this month with a price tag of about $60. Once we get our hands on these two new accessories, we will take them out for a test drive to let you know how well the match up with Jabra's reputation for offering quality Bluetooth devices.
Not a whole heck of a lot to go on here other than the standard label and the RHOD100 identifier, but it appears the the HTC Rhodium -- that's the Touch Pro II to you non-codename folks -- has made its way to the FCC. [via Engadget Mobile]
It's still pretty likely that we'll see it on T-Mobile as the Wing II, but we're still pretty confident we'll see it on other carriers, too.
We've been fans of Sprite software for a while now, particularly its backup application, and now it's taking things into the cloud.
Virtual Mobile gives you a "vault" in which you can backup and store your contacts, SMS messages, photos, calendar and call history. You can access your vault from any PC, remotely lock your phone, or wipe data from it.
Virtual Mobile is in beta right now and is available for all Windows Mobile 5 and 6 phones. Learn more here, and register for the 30-day beta here.
Our core department has released a new version of Opera Presto which contained support for Opera Turbo, more advanced web standards, Gears and several other improvements. We wanted to make this available to our users as soon as possible, and chose to upgrade the core version in Opera Mobile. Updating the browser core is a big step forward for us, and it felt natural to change the version number.
We have to upgrade to a new browser core as often as possible. Several products using a wide range of browser core versions introduces a lot of overhead (several version of core has to be maintained and worked on at the same time), so we try to use the most current stable core version at all times.
Makes sense to us. Now, can we get a copy of 9.7 already? :)