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5 years ago

CNET: Windows Mobile 7 officially delayed

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CNET: Windows Mobile 7 officially delayed

This is another one where we just have to shake our heads and sigh.

CNET's Ina Fried posts on her blog [via] that Microsoft has told a handful of its partners not to expect a final build of its Windows Mobile 7 operating system until the second half of 2009.

Not exactly the sort of WinMo news we hoped to bring you on the day the first Android device is officially released.

Fried does write that we shouldn't have to go cold turkey as we wait for WM7, with an update to Internet Explorer Mobile still in the works. (Yeah, that doesn't make us feel much better, either.)

We are, however, reminded by Fried of a speech Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer gave in April in which he spoke of the sweeping changes planned for WM7.

"The work we're doing on Windows Mobile 7, which is the next major release of Windows Mobile, not just in the Windows Mobile team, but across Windows Mobile, in Silverlight, the development platform, the e-mail, the back end, I think you'll continue to see that as an area of major excitement and innovation for the company as we move forward."

And while Silverlight has had a bumpy start, the rumor of a Microsoft-led application store could well be what's holding this whole thing up, and it could well be worth it.

In the meantime, Microsoft appears content to let outside manufacturers do the UI legwork, a la HTC's TouchFlo and the sliding panels on the upcoming Xperia X1, and third-party options such as SPB's Mobile Shell.

Group product manager Scott Rockfeld tells CNET's Fried:

"Customers don't have to sit back and wait. There's tons of stuff coming from us and our partners."

But we do have to sit back and wait from Microsoft. Again.

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5 years ago

Skyfire: Beta Open! Plus, a Video Quick Look

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5 years ago

Review: SkyForce Reloaded

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Review: SkyForce Reloaded

Computer gaming has been around almost as long as the computer industry itself. It can be argued that games have made computers into what they are today. The perpetual cycle of games pushing the envelope and hardware manufacturers rushing to build a better system has improved computer capabilities at a rate that puts other industries to shame.

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5 years ago

Review: SPB Online

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5 years ago

Yeah, here comes Android

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Yeah, here comes Android

Today's the day, the T-Mobile G1 is coming. Our brand new baby sister site, Android Central, is covering the big news in rapid blog-post-style. If you're fearing that Android is going to take down Windows Mobile, well, we're a little sympathetic. We suppose it's worth noting that Windows Mobile hardware can run Android, actually, it's already been done on the Tilt.

We recommend you check out this quality article at PC Mag by Sascha Segan, which argues fairly convincingly that it's not Windows Mobile that need be afraid, it's feature phones. Android probably won't be feature-competitive with WM (at least for awhile, anyway), but a free and extensible OS is just what the crappy UI on your standard free phone needs. So there's some breathing room there, Microsoft, though we hope you're using it to push Windows Mobile 7 out the door more quickly before it becomes hyper-ventilation room.

Anyhow, welcome is due to our new kid sister blog, Android Central. Go on and give her a noogie.

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5 years ago

Verizon: Contracts Optional

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5 years ago

Smartphone pool may be getting more crowded

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Samsung does it. Palm does it. Motorola still (barely) has its head above water. HTC is doing better than just about everyone else. HP. Velocity. Toshiba. MWg. The list goes on.

Now, according to Digitimes [via], Acer is set to launch its own brand of smartphones in Q1 of 2009. The first devices would be released in Western Europe and Russia.

Windows Mobile isn't specifically mentioned, though it's a pretty good bet, considering the source.

And it's been a couple of months since we've reported any rumors of Dell getting back into the smartphone game, so here goes:

Michael Dell recently told Engadget Mobile that they eventually could be producing "smaller and smaller devices that have capabilities of the [iPhone]."

There. Feel better? Us, too.

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5 years ago

Firefox Mobile coming sooner than reported

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Firefox Mobile coming sooner than reported

The Internets have been a bit atwitter over what in most cases would be considered a major delay for Mozilla's Firefox Mobile browser, with 2010 reported to be the latest launch target.

But The Unwired has received some clarification - an Alpha pre-version is possible by the end of 2008, and a final product "well before" 2010.

From Mozilla's Mitchell Baker at blog.lizardwrangler.com:

I saw one press article wondering if including “have an effective product in the mobile space” in our 2010 goals means that we won’t ship something interesting until 2010. That is not the case at all. We will ship well before then. The intent of this goal was to say: in 2010 when we look at where we are, it should be screamingly obvious that we’ve done this. That means releasing a good product much sooner, seeing good results and acceptance, and seeing those results grow over time.

That's obviously good news if you're waiting for browsing alternative. It will be interesting to how the final product (check out an early look here) stands up to the likes of Skyfire, Opera 9.5, and Google's Chrome, which are all quickly distancing themselves from the standard IE mobile browser.

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5 years ago

Spice D-1100: Dual-SIM, Dual-Radio, Traveler's Dream?

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Ariel points us to take a gander at the D-1100 from Indian manufacturer Spice Mobile [via]. It looks like a pretty standard Windows Mobile Pro device -- with a 320x240 touchscreen on WM 6.0, a standard 10 key keypad, a 2mp camera, and a 1340mAh battery. Looks can be deceiving.

The D-1100 may be EDGE-only, but it has two EDGE radios and SIM card slots for the both of them. One supports 850/900/1800/1900 bands and the other 900/1800. What's cool is that it's able to have both sim cards active simultaneously -- although only one of them will be able to access data and mms. Why would you want this? Travel. Hit up a foreign land, buy yourself a local SIM card and put it in the main slot for cheaper data, take your current SIM card and put it in the secondary slot so you don't have to worry about forwarding your calls and missing your texts.

Finding one will be pretty tough, but it should only put you back around 17,000 Indian Rupees, or somewhere just south of $400 US dollars.

Thanks, Ariel!

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5 years ago

MWg Zinc II gets a $200 price drop

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MWg Zinc II gets a $200 price drop

Here's one of those good news-bad news situations.

The good news: The price for the MWg Zinc II just dropped a couple of hundred dollars.

The bad news: It's still $499.

Hey, saving $200 is still saving $200. But despite the Zinc II's decent specs (albeit not nearly as impressive in the wake of the recent HTC onslaught) and lack of any carrier support, we're still not expecting anyone to be lining up for this on.

But if you in fact do have one, drop us a line and let us know what you think of it.

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5 years ago

Sprint's New Plan Optimizer May Help Your Bill

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5 years ago

HTC Touch 3G passes FCC

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HTC Touch 3G passes FCC

We are all awaiting the arrival of the Touch HD, Touch Viva, and Touch 3G from HTC to drop. Now that the FSS has just passed the Touch3G, aka Jade100, one would be forgiven for hoping it might see official release on these shores. The 3G bands on the device are not compatible with the US spectrum, however, so this is more in line with HTC/FCC interactions of yore: they're just making sure the European version of the Touch 3G is 'street legal.'

So will we see an official US release? The original announcement didn't really have any clues to suggest we might and really, given that HTC said the Touch HD would come here eventually, it would seem a little odd to also make another version of the 3G. Then again, we could (and have) say the very existence of the Touch 3G in a post-Touch-Diamond world is a little odd, so you never know.

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5 years ago

Touch HD, Touch Diamond and Touch Pro - Oh, My!

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Allow us to pick up where the latest WM Experts podcast left off with the HTC Touch HD and simply say the following:

Mmmmmmmmm. ... Pixels.

CNET Asia [via] brings us a quick snap of the Touch HD alongside its Diamond and Pro cousins. Remember: It's not that the HD, on the left, is that huge - it's the exact same size as the iPhone. It's just that the Diamond is that tiny.

They then follow up with some shots of the Opera browser in all of its 480x800 glory, the 3.5mm headphone jack, and a thickness comparison between the three.

Check it all out here. Then leave us some advice in the comments as to how we're possibly going to be able to wait for this guy to arrive.

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5 years ago

Review: Mogul Car Charger & Speakerphone: Seidio G4700X

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5 years ago

Tip of the week: WMWifiRouter

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Tip of the week: WMWifiRouter

Although this software has been around for a bit, we've somehow managed never to get around to talking about it and were happy to get a reminder from Jason Landridge's recent Top Ten: WMWifiRouter. It's a dead-simple way to turn your Windows Mobile phone into a WiFi router. One touch of the button and your 3G connection gets shared over your phone's WiFi to be shared with surrounding devices. Actually, it can do a bit more than that, sharing connections over Bluetooth and USB too.

Setup is dead simple, support on their site is pretty darn comprehensive, and more features appear to be on the way. Just be aware, though, your carrier probably would consider WMWifiRouter to be tethering, so if you're not on one of those plans they'll probably come after you if you use it a lot. Go on and download the trial or send 'em your 19.99 Euro.

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