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5 years ago

T-Mobile Wing Unboxing

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T-Mobile Wing Unboxing

Yep, they're calling it the "Wing." Yep, it's a great looking device. MyMobile911 has a few unboxing pics, check 'em out. As Engadget notes, the fact that it's a "full retail package" hopefully means that this little wonder will be hitting the store shelves sooner than we thought. If you need more Wing action, there's also a brief video here.

Just received the T-Mobile Wing (production package). Instead of a pre-production sample, I finally received the T-Mobile Wing in full retail package.

Read: MyMobile911 Homepage - Unboxing T-Mobile Wing, via Engadget

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5 years ago

Motorola Woes

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Motorola Woes

What's the current zeitgeist on Motorola these days? Whatever it is, it's not pretty. We already know that profits are down, that MotoCEO Ed Zander has already admitted that they need to do better, and even that there's a rumor floating about that Ericsson wants to buy Motorola. Nevertheless, Zander's feeling feisty. Mike points out that Zander is sick and tired of hearing about the iPhone:

How do you deal with [the iPhone]?" Zander was asked at the Software 2007 conference in Santa Clara, California. Zander quickly retorted, "How do they deal with us?"

Why the fightin' words? Maybe it's just that he just fought off a mini-coup led by investor Carl Icahn. Maybe he really believes that "micro-applications" will save them:

A movement is afoot within the software industry to create micro-applications, such as customer relationship management software, forecasting systems and revenue tracking software, and load them onto these handheld devices, Zander said.[...] But whether the smart phone will one day become just a platform for software stacks has yet to be seen, he noted.

More likely, though, is that he feels pretty confident that the MotoQ9h should help a bit, as should this mysterious "movie phone" that Motorola is going to announce next week that will be able to handle full 30 fps video.

One thing's clear, though, the vultures are circling Motorola. They'd best do something big and soon before investors give up on them completely. All of which is funny because the "zeitgeist" on Motorola just a couple of months ago was they were going to snap up Palm. Maybe that's the bold move they need to make?

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5 years ago

Sprint PPC 6800 Delayed, Renamed

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Sprint PPC 6800 Delayed, Renamed

Engadget Mobile has a couple of pieces of PPC-6800 news. The first is that it won't be coming this month as hoped:

the PPC-6800 has been pulled back into the shop to get reworked for an October release just weeks before it was supposed to hit store shelves [so they can launch it with] Windows Mobile 6 and EV-DO Rev. A

That's a good news/bad news sort of deal. Here's some other good news / bad news. The good first: the PPC-6800 is getting a decidedly cooler name, the Mogul. The bad is the same: yet another HTC device with a confusing set of multiple names and brands depending on which carrier the device is on. Perhaps to help with that branding insanity (and to drum up excitement during the delay), HTC has launched a teaser site for the device: http://rsvpmissionpossible.com/. Looks corny, but sometimes corny is ok.

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5 years ago

ATT and HTC Release ROM Update for 8525

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ATT and HTC Release ROM Update for 8525

Update: this press release completes the story, the 8525 is no longer the "Cingular 8525" but the "AT&T 8525 Pocket PC." The rebranded version already has the ROM update mentioned below pre-installed. Now we just have to wait for WM6 for it. Sadly, I'm betting it won't come anytime before the already-feel-like-an-eternal-wait update for the Blackjack. In other words, I'm betting on the fall.

Over at HTC's support page for the Cingular/AT&T 8525 you'll find a ROM update for your slider. It adds Push-to-Talk, support for Cingy's video service, and a bit more. Seems odd that they're even bothering given the fact that they've also promised a Windows Mobile 6 update sometime in the near future. Oh well, the folks over at HTC had to have put some work into the update, you may as well reward them by installing it.

Remember: ROM updates wipe everything you have on the phone. They also, if done haphazardly, can brick it. Proceed with deliberation and caution, as always.

Read: HTC: Support: AT&T 8525 Software Downloads (thanks to BGR for the tip)

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5 years ago

No WM6 for Current HP Devices

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No WM6 for Current HP Devices

It's not that HP hates Windows Mobile 6; after all, the newer iPAQs sport WM6. It's just that HP hates us. I can't think of any other explanation, because the one that HP cites (quoted from the unwired below) just doesn't hold water. Well, actually it does, but that doesn't mean we have to like it.

The computer giant cited "the potential for long delays, as well as possible carry-over costs" to its customers as reasons for this decision. Beside not offering any upgrades for existing customers, HP will also continues to offer these devices with Windows Mobile 5.0 only.

Read: the::unwired - CANCELED: HP has no plans to provide Windows Mobile 6 upgrades for its current iPAQs

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5 years ago

Final MEDC Newsbit: oFone

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Final MEDC Newsbit: oFone

MEDC's best news is this spoof: the oFone. How sick is it that my initial reaction was: "Well, that's a bad implementation, but the basic idea of that form is sort of neat"? Very sick indeed.

Let's move on, shall we? Check out the video below. Ballerina visualization not recommended.

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5 years ago

iPhone May *Help* Windows Mobile

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iPhone May *Help* Windows Mobile

Seeking Alpha's Sramana Mitra puts into words something like what I've had in the back of my mind for quite awhile now: it's possible that the iPhone could actually help WM. I'm not on board with her "the iPhone is actually laptop competition" argument, though. But consider this:

In a relatively small lakeside town in Minnesota, Excelsior, a new bar/restaurant opened up in December called Jake O'Connors. Everybody was thinking: this place is so nice that all the other bars and restaurants are going to have to shut down, there's just not enough space to go around. What actually happened, though, is that Jake O'Connors is doing great and all the nearby restaurants are doing better than they ever before. The new kid on the block made people want to come to that block, not necessarily just to see the new kid.

The basic idea here is that the smartphone market is growing -- quickly -- and it's likely that the iPhone will accelerate that growth. But the growth could come for the entire smartphone market, not just for the iPhone portion of it. There are a lot of feature phone users out there who are just starting to think "I need a smartphone", and the release of the iPhone could set them looking. I think its fair to say that there's a portion of those people who will choose WM over the iPhone.

It's like the old saw that opening a new fast food restaurant immediately next to a competing fast food restaurant actually improves business for both. A rising tide raises all ships. A bird in the hand.. wait, that last metaphor doesn't work.

So the iPhone may not spell doomsday for everybody else, after all. I agree with Mitra on one point - the iPhone's robust OS should make consumers demand a robust OS from their smartphones, whatever kind they decide on. Right now, Symbian, RIM, and the PalmOS don't cut it and that's an opening for Windows Mobile. There's another mixed metaphor for you - people tend to rise to the level of expectation; perhaps smartphones will too?

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5 years ago

Moto Q Survey / Contest

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Moto Q Survey / Contest

Everything Motorola Q notes that Motorola is sponsoring a survey about the Q, the questions look to mainly be about whether or not you feel the need to pimp it out and how good a job the Q does at, uh, being pimped. There is a "general feedback" section, though, which I suspect will be filled with comments about the battery life and the creaky plastic. Or at least that's what I put in there, don't let me skew the results too much.

In any case, Moto's giving away a pair of Moto HT820 Stereo Bluetooth Headphones, so it's worth your time to fill it out.

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5 years ago

iPAQ 510 Coming soon

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iPAQ 510 Coming soon

Gadgetorama has been keeping a close eye on the HP Store's iPAQ 510 Voice Messenger page and noticed that the availability is now listed as "coming soon." Good news, that. The 510 is one of two new iPAQs that are designed around VOIP - for $319.99 you get a quad-band edge with the usual Windows Mobile 6 Standard amenities - plus some really elegant VOIP solutions. Basically the new iPAQs show up as standard SIP phones on your office's network, meaning that if your office is already using VOIP these little jobbers are basically plug'n'play with your network.

We had the briefest of glimpses of the iPAQ during the 3GSM Conference.

HP's Home and Home Office website (their US consumer online store) is now listing the iPAQ 510 Voice Messenger as Coming Soon. The price is listed as $319.99 USD.

Read: Gadgetorama - News item: HP iPAQ 510 Voice Messenger coming soon to US

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5 years ago

HTC Assimilates Dopod

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HTC Assimilates Dopod

HTC is already the 800lb gorilla in the Windows Mobile hardware space - they're solidifying that position by snapping up Dopod. The main asset seem to be Dopod's ability to distribute phones across Asia. This also helps HTC with the longstanding plans to actually brand their devices with "htc" instead of letting every carrier under the sun rename their gear. I'm looking forward to the day when a given HTC device has just two names - the prototype and the final - instead of the mysterious constellation of names most HTC phones have now.

[HTC] announced today that it has signed an acquisition agreement with Dopod International, one of the leading PDA Phone and smartphone distributors in Asia, to purchase the assets of nine Dopod subsidiaries

Read: HTC via PocketPC Thoughts

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5 years ago

Nokia's Phone Carrying Survey

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Nokia's Phone Carrying Survey

The Register points us to a worldwide survey of how people carry their phones - which is pretty interesting stuff to us, given that we have a store that sells cases here. Apparently the right-front pocket is the main spot for guys (I'm a left-front man myself, probably because I'm still thinking somewhere in my lizard brain that I need my right hand for stylus work), while purses rule for the ladies. Also interesting is that guys are more likely to use a belt solution the older they get.

60% of men sampled carried their mobile phone in their trouser pockets, and of these most carried them in front right trouser pockets - positioned to be reachable by their dominant (right) hand. 61% of women sampled carried their mobile phone in a bag usually a hand bag

Read: Jan Chipchase - Future PerfectWhere's The Phone via The Register

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5 years ago

BlackJack WM6 Update: Q3 at best

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BlackJack WM6 Update: Q3 at best

Looks like Dash owners will have something to crow about for a long time: Windows Mobile 6. PocketNow is reporting that the BlackJack won't see the update until "after June." Let's hope that Samsung is using the extra time to get their Carousel interface working on it, because it's looking like the folks working on porting it directly are having a difficult time of it.

If you're really jonesing to update the ROM on your BlackJack, don't forget there's a minor ROM update available direct from Samsung. Windows Mobile 6 it ain't, but it will improve your roaming capabilities. That's something, I guess.

BlackJack owners can expect an update to WM 6 to be available after June

Read: pocketnow.com - Commentary Library

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5 years ago

WM6 Office "ported" to WM5

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WM6 Office "ported" to WM5

Malatesta, who's also a superstar in our own forums, has a post up over that PPC Geeks detailing how to get the WM6 version of office on WM5. In other words, those of you who aren't lucky enough to have an upgrade on the way may still be able to get your edit on. Docs To Go is still probably a better option for you (or at least a less legally-murky option), however. In any case, WM6 and WM5 are so similar that this isn't likely the last time we'll see WM6 "exclusive stuff" show up on WM5 devices.

Mobile Office from WM6 has been successfully, ahem, ported to WM5 devices and works wonderfully.

Read: PPCGeeks.com :: View topic - WM6: Mobile Office works on WM5 devices (all)

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5 years ago

Silverlight Demo

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Silverlight Demo

There's a lot of news coming out of MEDC, but sadly not a lot that makes sense to poor little non-developers like me. Here's something that caught my eye, though, a demo of Silverlight,, which is Microsoft's cross-platform competitor to Flash. What's neat about it is how well Silverlight manages to integrate constantly updated data, a flashy UI, and video into a single app. Check out the linked video demo below to see it.

Read: Windows Embedded Blog : MEDC 2007: Sliverlight on Windows Mobile

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5 years ago

Moto Q9h in the Wild

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Moto Q9h in the Wild

Engadget got their hand on an unbranded Moto Q9h. Basically they're unimpressed with the hardware (Big and clunky, basically), but they're not declaring it DOA yet, as the quote below mentions, it's not in the US yet. Follow the link for their full gallery.

Basically, we're not super stoked for the Q9, but hey, it ain't over until it's out, and this thing hasn't shown any signs of US release in the near future, so maybe they'll have time to work out some kinks.

Read: Hands-on with a Motorola Q9 in the wild - Engadget

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