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5 years ago

Xperia X1 available for preorders in Germany

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For all our German readers out there: The Sony Xperia X1 has been spotted in a newspaper ad for retail site Media Markt.

The price: 699€, or around $1,000 U.S., plus a 4-gigabyte microSD card thrown in for good measure.

The availability: Preorder now, with devices expected on Oct. 8.

Still no news on just how long those of us in the United States are going to have to wait. Last we heard was a back-and-forth between "We're still on for Q4" and "Don't expect anything before 2009."

Oh, well. We'll just keep watching for another glimpse of the X1 on the boob tube and in Web movies.

Thanks, Peter, for the tip!

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5 years ago

Aggregate Windows Mobile Screens, Speakers, ...Everything

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The Unwired View (via Cali Lewis, in the video above) has picked up on a super cool Microsoft patent: “Mobile device collaboration.”

Hit the video at about minute mark 3:00 to get the video-intensive scoop. Here's the text-version: the idea is that you can set multiple Windows Mobile devices next to each other and they'll begin to share resources. So you could span a movie across multiple screens, set the devices about the room for true surround sound, share processing power for heavy tasks, share battery power (via a wire, of course), share radio connections, and so on. Basically Microsoft wants to be able to aggregate the any resource on any Windows Mobile phone when they're in proximity to each other.

We're talking future-science, here, as it's just a patent application for now. Yet it's nice to know that Microsoft is thinking big about mobile.

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5 years ago

Treo Pros Shipping. (Updated: Yes, for real)

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Over at TreoCentral, Jennifer notes that she's getting reader reports that the Treo Pro is shipping. Indeed, a spot check on Palm's store page indicates that they have it “IN STOCK” and it should ship in a day or two. Presumably folks who pre-ordered are first in line.

Where by “presumably” we mean “it better be the case that” and by “first in line” we mean “hurry up and ship it” ...because we're currently Treo-Pro-Less at WMEHQ and not enjoying it.

If you haven't yet, go on and read our comprehensive Treo Pro Review. It will work out pretty nicely, because if the Treo Pros are indeed shipping today, you'll finish up around the same time you receive yours.

Update: We've added the dreaded question mark to the title -- some screens on the Palm store are still showing pre-order, our order status is not very reassuring, and our man George Ponder is currently on the phone with Palm's Customer Service (what a trooper!) and they're ...not sure.

UPdate 2: Ok, despite what we posted today about Palm's official response, it does appear that the Treo Pro will begin shipping tomorrow. Myself and several readers have received notices that the Pros are in stock, and will be shipping tomorrow. Can we stop posting Treo Pro Shipping stories now, Palm? KTHX Send us a Treo Pro!

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5 years ago

Celio Redfly Temporarily Reduced to $199

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Celio Redfly Temporarily Reduced to $199

We've just received word that Celio and the WMExperts Store have reduced the price of the Redfly to $199.95. It's a temporary price reduction through the rest of September and October and they're telling us that the deal will only last as long as they have supplies of “seed units.” What Celio is aiming for is getting the Redfly into the hands of users, they mentioned at CTIA that they really feel that once they get enough of the devices out there, the gadget's popularity will grow. Here's what they told us:

Celio has found that a REDFLY device in the hands of media, developers or mobile enthusiasts has tremendous viral marketing benefit. Therefore, we have budgeted a limited amount of REDFLY devices for placement at $199 until October 31, 2008*

So does their 'seed program' plant a seed in your mind? Interested in a Redfly? You can buy the Redfly right now for $199.95. You can also check out the Redfly Developer Forum in our forums if you have any questions.

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5 years ago

Photoshop.com Mobile beta goes live

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Photoshop.com Mobile beta goes live

Last month we reported that the Photoshop.com Mobile beta would be coming this month, and here it is. [via]

When you hear the word "Photoshop" you immediately think photo editing. Let that thought go. Basically what you get here is yet another way to view photos on your phone, upload them to the Cloud and share them with friends. The 5 gigs or free storage we previously reported, however, apparently has shrunk to 2 gigs.

One nice feature, however, is the ability to automatically upload photos from your phone to Photoshop.com, but that certainly could be fraught with danger as well. Once your pics are in the Cloud, you can edit them at Photoshop.com, and from there you can send them to other services, such as Flickr.

The beta currently is only open to the Motorola Q9h and Q9m; Samsung Blackjack I and II; and the Palm Treo 700w/wx and 750w.

If you're already signed up at Photoshop.com, you can go to m.photoshop.com from your phone to download the app. Otherwise, check out the Web site, and be sure to swing by the informative video.

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5 years ago

Lawrence Fishburn: Taste. Treo Pro: Not Shipping Yet

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Now, we can't report with surety that Lawrence Fishburne is switching from an iPhone to a Treo Pro (and neither can Palm's Official Blog), but what we can say is this:

When faced with a room full of crazily blinged-out PalmOS Centros -- and we mean blinged as in “Too ostentatious for the host of Dancing with the Stars” -- Fishburne looked around, saw the Treo Pro, and asked “Can I have one of these?”

Yeah, it was the Emmys and no, nobody cared one whit about those this year and yeah, Fishburne is probably going to need something as powerful as the Treo Pro to help keep him from running CSI into the ground and no, we're not turning into a Windows Mobile Celebrity-spotting blog.

Except, well, we did hear that the Xperia X1 is apparently the smartphone-of-choice on the new Knight Rider. ITEM: Kitt is a mustang now, you heard it here first.

What? Oh, right: Back to Actual Windows Mobile news: Palm has gotten back to us about the “Is it shipping or ain't it” Treo Pro. Although the phone is still listed as “In Stock, Shipping,” that's apparently not accurate. Palm is “still taking pre-orders, and still expect availability in the first two weeks of October.” This despite CS reps still telling customers that they believe “Treo Pros are starting to ship today in order of their pre-order time. And mine should ship within the next 2 days.”

In other words, the only sure way to get a Treo Pro before October is to attend a glitsy Hollywood awards show.

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5 years ago

Femtocell in a picture frame? Why not!

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Femtocell in a picture frame? Why not!

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We've talked a bit about femtocells, namely in the form of the Sprint AIRAVE. For the uninitiated, think mini-cell tower in your home, hooked up to your Internet router.

Here's where it starts getting cool. Motorola apparently has popped a CDMA femtocell inside a digital picture frame (along with WiFi and a VOIP videophone (!) for good measure). This would keep a gaudy router-like box out of your living room while giving you central coverage.

Femtocells are still very much in their infancy - and we're talking prototype in the above video - and we're still not all that cracked up about paying extra for better cell reception. But there are practical purposes for the things. And this is truly Jetsons-type stuff here, with video calling built in. Guess that means we'd have to start wearing pants around the house.

ConnectedHome2Go [via Engadget Mobile]

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5 years ago

Review: Blueant M1 Bluetooth Speaker System

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I love it when my iPhone toting friends start describing why their phone is the superior device on the smartphone market. My typical response is going through the list of things that my Tilt does that their precious iPhone does not. The primary weakness that I tend to bring up is the lack of A2DP (Bluetooth stereo audio) support.

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5 years ago

Review: Plantronics Voyager 520

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5 years ago

Motorola Q9h Silver: Firmware Updates Over the Air, and More on the Q9 Series

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5 years ago

Windows Mobile 6.1 earns Common Criteria Certification

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After this week's shocking revelation that Windows Mobile 7 has been delayed to the back half of 2009, and all the hoopla surrounding Android, we're looking for some positive OS news wherever we can.

So here goes.

Jason Langridge notes in his MSDN blog that Windows Mobile 6.1 has been blessed with Common Criteria Certification. And he wisely points us to Wikipedia so we can find out just what the heck that means.

Common Criteria is based upon a framework in which computer system users can specify their security requirements, vendors can then implement and/or make claims about the security attributes of their products, and testing laboratories can evaluate the products to determine if they actually meet the claims. In other words, Common Criteria provides assurance that the process of specification, implementation and evaluation of a computer security product has been conducted in a rigorous and standard manner.

Makes sense to us. So congrats, Windows Mobile team. Job well done. Now get back to work on WM7 (he said, smiling)!

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5 years ago

Motorola Q11 Live Shots

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Motorola Q11 Live Shots

When WMExperts first broke the story on this mysterious upcoming Q back in March we guessed they'd call it the Q10. We suppose a 6 month delay is worth adding another digit to the end of it: witness the Q11. It's nice to see a real device instead of a cap grabbed from a promotional video.

So now we know that Q11 bit at the Bluetooth SIG site was for real. Mobility Today grabbed some shots:

  • Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard (non-touch screen)
  • Bluetooth, WiFi
  • GSM Radio
  • GPS
  • 3 megapixel camera with flash

We're also looking at a pretty chinsy-looking main button board, a screen that doesn't look any better than 320x240, and fewer buttons than I have on my Q9h. Heck, it doesn't even look significantly thinner. Motorola: the added WiFi is nice, but unless you've got another surprise hidden in here, we're wondering why you bothered. Wouldn't it be better to push out the Atilla and the Alexander, and then move on to pushing out a WM device that's actually competitive with what HTC is putting out?

One last Q bit: we got a chance to speak with Motorola late last week about the Pinstripe Silver Q9h and it turns out there's a big surprise in that dapper package -- stay tuned for more on that tomorrow!

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5 years ago

23 minutes of Touch HD; FCC gives its approval

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Hot on the heels of the Touch 3G gaining FCC approval, the Federal Communications Commission has approved the HTC Touch HD, albeit in the European flavor without the U.S. 3G bands. That's OK, because it means we'll be able to import it here and them complain about how it doesn't work well enough (hello, Diamond?).

It's also the usual step toward getting an honest-to-goodness U.S. version, so we'll take what we can get.

In other Touch HD news, Arne over at The Unwired has a great hands-on video with the device. That's 23 minutes of 480x800 goodness, with a good look at how the hardware handles TouchFLO 3D. It's smooth, even in what presumably is not the final production ROM. But will it be quick enough to satisfy?

Check out the video here.

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5 years ago

Will Android Mean Push Gmail for the Rest of Us?

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Here's a quick thought: Android has a very nice, one-login solution for Google's services -- punch in your GMail password once and you instantly get push email, contacts, and calendar. Android is also fully open source -- anybody can download the SDK and take a look at the source code. That source code has to include some of the bits necessary to turn GMail from a pull service into a push service. Shouldn't it be possible to hack that code to make GMail push to Windows Mobile?

Now, it's possible that there's code on Google's servers that checks the device, but again, since Android is fully open source, it should be possible to trick those servers into thinking they're talking to an Android device.

Push GMail with full support for labels/folders has long been a holy grail for many of us -- Andriod's source code could be the way to get it.

What other Android-based benefits could we see on Windows Mobile?

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5 years ago

Weekly Software Wrangle 19

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Weekly Software Wrangle 19

Fall is here, and it's time for Software Wrangle 19! Throw on your horse blanket, saddle up, and get ready to lasso and wrangle some Windows Mobile apps!

This week, WM Standard new software is Dashwire and Business Professional Ringtones. Updated software includes Elecont Weather and Tank Ace 1944. The free app this week is WeatherBug Direct.

WM Professional new software are Meon and Lyma Power Budget. Updated software includes MeTeoR Digital Multi-Track Recorder and Efficasoft Outliner. Freeware is Media Remote v1.00.

WM Standard: New

First up this week for a WM Standard app is Dashwire. Dashwire makes it easy to connect your mobile device to your desktop or laptop and the web.

Dashwire

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