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5 years ago

HTC Kaiser Unboxed, Coming Sooner Than You Think

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HTC Kaiser Unboxed, Coming Sooner Than You Think

BGR has new unboxing pics of the Kaiser in a gallery plus a few details that might interest those of you who haven't been following this hot slider PPC:

  • Quad Band GSM/EDGE/UMTS/HSDPa
  • Capacious 75mb of user-accessible RAM
  • GPS
  • 3 megapixel camera
  • The standard stuff: WiFi, Bluetooth, WM6, etc.

The rumor the Boy Genius is spreading is that it'll be available in late July, which I myself find a little overly optimistic. But here's to hoping.

Let's start it off like this…the HTC Kaiser is the best darn Pocket PC I have ever used! It really has everything you have come to expect nowadays.

Read: HTC Kaiser Unboxing : The Boy Genius Report

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5 years ago

Windows Mobile Marketshare on the Rise

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Windows Mobile Marketshare on the Rise

So, hot on the heels of posting that Handheld sales are down 40% we have another report saying that PDA shipments are up 40%. What What WHAT?

The second report comes from Gartner and the devil's in the details here, specifically what the definition of "PDA" and "handheld" are. Gartner has an awfully strange definition of PDA indeed:

a data-centric handheld computer weighing less than 1 pound that is primarily designed for use with both hands. These devices use an open-market OS supported by third-party applications that can be added into the device by end users. They offer instant-on/off capability and synchronization of files with a PC. A PDA may offer WAN support for voice, but these are data-first, voice-second devices. Examples include the RIM BlackBerry 8707v, HP iPAQ 69xx, Nokia E61, Motorola Q, T-Mobile Dash and Sidekick 3.

The Dash and the Q are "voice-second" devices? Riiiight. That's opposed to "smartphones," which are "phone first." So, you know, the Treo 750 is not a PDA. Confused yet? Me too, Gartner's "PDA" seems like a pretty useless product category. But the numbers in this silly little product category are pretty impressive:

Company 1Q07 Shipments 1Q07 Market Share (%) 1Q06 Shipments 1Q06 Market Share (%) 1Q06-1Q07 Growth (%) Win CE 3,184,703 62.1 1,937,667 52.8 64.4 RIM 928,239 18.1 929,883 25.3 -0.2 Palm OS 314,353 6.1 489,220 13.3 -35.7 Symbian 288,000 5.6 132,000 3.6 118.2 Linux 33,400 0.7 43,530 1.2 -23.3 Others 377,150 7.4 137,000 3.7 175.3 Total 5,125,845 100.0 3,669,300 100.0 39.7

So basically, if you ignore the Treo, Windows Mobile is dominating. If you ignore the Treo. I wonder how Gartner will define the iPhone?

Read: Gartner Says Windows Mobile Devices Drove Worldwide PDA Market to 40 Percent Growth in First Quarter of 2007

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5 years ago

Non-Smartphone Handhelds Are a Dying Breed

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Non-Smartphone Handhelds Are a Dying Breed

Matthew Miller points to an IDC study which shows that handheld shipments - like the traditional Palm Pilot or Windows Mobile Not-a-smartphone-of-any-sort - have dropped just over 40% year over year. This while the smartphone market is red-hot and well on its way to getting white-hot. Dell already dropped their Axim line and Microsoft has named their non-smartphone WM6 edition "Classic." "Classic" as in "Really? Why are you bothering?"

Say goodnight, handhelds. "Goodnight handhelds."

According to IDC's Worldwide Handheld QView, vendors shipped just over 900,000 handheld devices in the first quarter of 2007, 36.3% less than the previous quarter and 40.6% less than the same quarter a year ago.

Read: IDC - Press Release

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5 years ago

Sprint WiMAX WaTCH

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Sprint WiMAX WaTCH

See the clever thing I did with the title there? I slay me. Annoying capitalization is probably the only thing that makes me unhappy about WiMAX - the next-gen "sorta like WiFi but gets really long range so you can use it like cellular networks" technology that folks have been talking about for years. I'd hoped that WiMAX would take the form of a consumer uprising against the horrendous mobile carrier business model, but that is not Sprint's plan. Shocker, that. Anyhow, WiMAX should actually appear for reals in select cities by the end of the year and Sprint is dumping something around 2 billion in the next couple of years to make it available generally by the end of 2008.

Sprint plans to invest up to $800M in 2007 and between $1.5 billion and $2 billion in 2008. Sprint will use its extensive 2.5 GHz spectrum holdings that cover 85 percent of the households in the top 100 U.S. markets to deliver WiMAX to initial markets (Chicago, Baltimore, and Washington, DC) late this year and commercially launch the service in 2Q of next year, providing service coverage to as many as 100 million people by the end of 2008.

Read: Sprint Press Release

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5 years ago

Now Symantec Anti-Virus Can Slow Down Your Phone Too

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Symantec, makers of the popular Windows anti-virus software "Norton Anti-Virus" and myriad other security products, is bringing its skills to bear on Windows Mobile and Symbian. To wit: the new Mobile Security Suite 5 is expected to arrive this summer, about half a year or so after they released the previous version.

Symantec is apparently downplaying the event -- here are the relevant fearmongering quotes from Con Mallon, one of Symantec's regional marketing directors:

'They [hackers] go where there's data and there's money'

Just in case you were wondering, that's where Symantec goes too.

'The mobile phone is the true consumer device at the moment. There's a big opportunity there, and where there's an opportunity, there's a threat.'

Oh hey, Symantec goes there too.

'We've got to be very careful about what we charge... We think it will be a slow burner... We don't think it will transform anyone's business.'

One expects a 'slow burner' joke here, but I refuse. All jokes aside, it sounds like the product will have some good features -- OTA updates, anti-theft security, and the like. The original interview is at PC Pro.

Read: Symantec Press Release (via Gear Diary)

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5 years ago

So is it the Moto Q 9 or the Q9h?

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So is it the Moto Q 9 or the Q9h?

So pocketnow has noticed that over at Motorola's new marketing site for the just-released (in Italy) Motorola Q 9 that it's called... the Q 9. Of course, we thought it was going to be called the Q 9h, but perhaps we are wrong. If we are, though, then so it this Motorola website.

Look, Moto, I know I've been hard on you recently and I know that you're trying to do better. Maybe you're just trying to mimic HTC here by having multiple, confusing, and arbitrary names for your devices. It was bad enough that you decided to call the GSM version of the Q the Q8, but this is just too much. Our tags page is a mess because of your naming schizophrenia. Bad Moto. No cookie for you.

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5 years ago

Asus to Offer WM6

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Asus to Offer WM6

Asus and ETEN are similar in that they both are awfully far behind HTC in terms of market share and sheer number of devices they release. They're also similar in that it's relatively difficult to get ahold of their gadgets here in the US. Now they're similar in yet another way, like ETEN before them, Asus has announced they'll be offering WM6 updates for a heap of devices:

A639/A626/A686/A696 and P535/ P735 only

..The updates should hit in July; you also may care that "Terms and conditions apply" -- well, you probably don't care, terms and conditions always apply, don't they?

Read: ASUSTeK Computer Inc.

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5 years ago

T- Mobile Wing Released

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T- Mobile Wing Released

T-Mobile let out the press release early this morning, the T-Mobile Wing is out for $300 with a service contract. No surprises, it's the thinner version of the long-in-the-tooth MDA. It's a very nice phone, but the lack of 3G (blame T-Mobile, who hasn't ramped up their network after their bandwidth acquisition last yet) and the 201 mhz processor makes me die a little inside. But just a little - this looks to be a good holdover for the T-Mo crowd until 3G kicks in.

After the jump, a collection of quotes from the early reviews.

Mobility Site:

The T-Mobile Wing is a solid replacement for the any HTC Wizard Variant. (T-Mobile MDA/Cingular 8125) When compared to the Wizard, the performance is not a huge increase, but having Windows Mobile 6 and it's additions make it a worth the upgrade.

Mobile Tech Review:

If your MDA is gettng old and creaky, the Wing will make a nice replacement with its appreciably slimmer design, grippy coating, more capable Bluetooth, updated OS and an improved camera. Battery life is super by Windows Mobile Professional standards, but the slower CPU speed vs. competitors from other carriers isn't a plus.

CNET:

With the addition of Windows Mobile 6, the T-Mobile Wing adds a powerful smart phone to the carrier's lineup; however, performance falls a bit short of the competition.

Gizmodo:

we recommend the Wing if you're looking for the latest and greatest on T-Mobile.

LAPTOP Magazine:

If you're sold on Window Mobile 6 and T-Mobile, the Wing is a solid choice. Power users who can afford the $100 premium over the Dash will appreciate its larger screen and roomier keyboard, and that it runs the full version of Office Mobile.

PC Magazine:

We still prefer the Dash with Windows Mobile 6. We also like the 8800; it's a fast and stable handheld, though it lacks a camera. But the T-Mobile Wing's numerous upgrades from the MDA make it a solid, if not ultimately compelling, touch-screen alternative.

pocketnow.com:

While the technical specifications for the T-Mobile Wing are not much different than the old T-Mobile MDA that it replaces, you really can't get any other Windows Mobile 6 Professional device in North America today. Though the new thinness and great build quality are very welcome improvements, really the Wing is all about being the first with Windows Mobile 6 Pro.

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5 years ago

Gates' Tech Predictions of the Past

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Gates' Tech Predictions of the Past

There's a quick article on some of Bill Gates' predictions -- what happens with mobile and tablet computing, media, and the like. There's the usual suspects present in predictions -- tablet PCs, Microsoft discovering the internet in '95, they even trot out the old 640k-is-enough chestnut.

But, if you look closely at his predictions, you can really understand why Windows Mobile is such a keystone strategy for Microsoft as a whole. When you tie the idea of their older Passport identity system to a "Wallet PC," you can grasp the vastness of Microsoft's hope for mobile technology.

"When wallet PCs have become ubiquitous, we can eliminate the bottlenecks that plague airport terminals, theaters and other places where people queue up to show their identification or a ticket."
"You'll watch a program when it's convenient for you instead of when a broadcaster chooses to air it. You'll shop, order food, contact friends, or publish information for others to use when and as you want to."
(from "The Road Ahead," 1995)
That they dream it, I don't doubt for a second. That they can deliver it in timely fashion, that's the question. We can dream that those are features scheduled for Photon. [via Slashdot]
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5 years ago

Microsoft Research: Shift

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Microsoft Research: Shift

I came across a new research touchscreen interface, developed by Microsoft Research's Patrick Baudisch, that he calls Shift. It lets a person use their finger for accurate selections as opposed to pulling out the stylus. The mechanism by which it accomplishes this is by popping up a zoomed copy of the screen area the finger covers, and finger rolls navigate a cursor to the desired target.

I'm a big fan of this. I'm not especially fond of styluses and the extra bulk they put into your average modern smartphone. Never mind the fact that an interface that currently requires the precision of a stylus effectively abandons one-handed use.

Unfortunately, it's just a research project, so there's no way of knowing when it will make it in to the enxt version of Windows Mobile, indeed if it ever does. The demo they link to is for Windows XP. There's a link to a demonstrative video after the cut. [via]

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5 years ago

WM6 Updates from E-Ten

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5 years ago

HTC Elf Photos

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HTC Elf Photos

I'm not usually much on HTC smartphone designs, but it looks like this one has the pretty. It looks great, is 14mm thin, but may be woefully underpowered in the CPU category at 200 MHz. Also, the UMTS band listed doesn't match the one used in the U.S., so you'd probably be limited to EDGE speeds with it. Also, allow me to channel Dieter for a moment and say that it doesn't have enough application buttons.

Okay, okay, so maybe it doesn't have any. I hope you like styli.

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5 years ago

Future Mobile Features

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5 years ago

Octopus and Sushi DO Have a Point

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Octopus and Sushi DO Have a Point

So, it's not uncommon knowledge that Symbian has around 70% of the world smartphone market, nor is it uncommon knowledge that smartphones in Japan tend to be more advanced than what we use stateside, and they tend to have more functionality. This would probably bother Americans, save for the fact that Symbian enjoys approximately a 0% share of the US market and generally no one has heard of it -- the Nokia E62 is the only notable Symbian phone to come to a US carrier in ages (AT&T), and even then it's pretty well under the radar (it's worth noting that the Symbian powered E62 is about the same functionality-wise as your standard Windows Mobile phone).

So Symbian started up a marketing website called Boo Hoo for You, where you can learn about Symbian and watch a crazy Japanese-style animation where you can learn details about Japanese Symbian phones from an, uh, adorable piece of sushi and an equally, um, adorable octoplegic octopus. I mean, naturally, right? What else? (again, it's worth noting that the E62 does more or less none of what's listed as features)

Dieter and I commented about the earlier Palm Flash ad site we thought was bad in our podcast. This one is worse. Waaay worse. Which probably means it will win the Nobel prize for bad flash ad sites. Check out the video for proof. If somehow you're not convinced after that, there's naturally two bad ringtones to seal the deal. [via Engadget]

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5 years ago

Note To Self

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Note To Self

Do not mess with Engadget. The popular tech doodad site posted a email note, apparently sent from Apple servers, saying that the iPhone would be delayed 4 months and Leopard another 3. Naturally, Apple's stock tanked to the tune of a market cap of $4 billion. Apple hastily notified Engadget of the error, Engadget posted an update, and the market corrected itself, leaving Apple with a cap loss of only $1.25 billion. There's a Mastercard commercial joke in there somewhere, but I'm pretty sure the punchline is '$1.25 billion' instead of 'priceless.'
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