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5 years ago

New Smartphone Numbers Show a Weak Quarter for WinMo

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Although Windows Mobile is still seeing progress in worldwide numbers, the situation isn't quite as rosy as it might be when it comes to smartphone marketshare. Gartner's new numbers [via Engadget Mobile] show a few distressing trends for WinMo fans.

Firstly, we've long said that even if WinMo isn't #1, there's plenty of space for everybody in the rapidly growing smartphone market. That's still true, but we may need to stop saying the market is 'rapidly growing,' since it had its lowest year-over-year growth ever.

Next up: BlackBerry is clearly holding onto its lead in the US market and RIM still managed to increase their sales over 80%. Apple also grabbed a big old chunk of marketshare (though whether they can hang on without another iPhone 3G-style launch is an open question). Speaking of the iPhone, their big big iPhone 3G sales pushed them past worldwide Windows Mobile shipments for the first time.

Meanwhile, other numbers from Needham & Co [via] basically reiterate the above trends. One notable bit you can glean from the graphs, however, is that it looks pretty clear that the iPhone is hurting RIM more than it is Microsoft -- but that steady downward trend since late 2006 needs to be fixed there Microsoft, and fixed in a hurry.

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5 years ago

Video Driver Issues Still? HTC Touch Diamond and Pro Are Put Under the Spot Light (Updated)

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Heading back in the time machine, you may recall a problem with some HTC devices lacking hardware video acceleration. Some people got fired up, threatened a law suit and starting furiously hacking their devices.

Fast forward a few months and the issue sort of died down, what with the Touch Pro and Diamond being released world-wide. These devices were promised by HTC to have better video performance and while it some aspects they do, in other areas evidently they fail.

Update: Ok, this is getting long. Join us after the break!

Over at XDA, member branko.savic & DSF did some intense side-by-side testing between the Samsung Omnia, HTC Universal and HTC Touch Pro. The test involved a video file encoded at 480x640 resolution, 25 FPS and 574 kbit/s and benchmarked via CorePlayer. The results were astonishing:

Omnia: Raw framebuffer: 442.74% (!)

Universal: Direct Draw: 165.28%

Touch Pro: QTv display: 152.44%

Furthermore, a bunch of comparisons between a Nokia N82, Dell Axim x51v and Touch Pro/Diamond were demonstrated using Quake 3 Arena. Once again, the stuttering of the new HTC device compared to the quite old Dell Axim is clearly evident.

(Watch x51v) (Watch Touch Pro)

So much ado about nothing or a big disappointment? Seems as if a lot of the graphic improvmenst on the new HTC devices come from a beefier 500+ mhz processor instead of solid direct draw/openGL hardware support. Yet devices like the Samsung Omnia and even Treo 800w both seem to have more advanced video support. What say you?

Big thanks to DSF for the details! You can also find more on this story at wmpoweruser.

Update: Below is a pretty incredible video -- an HTC Toronado clocked at 180MHz (right) puts the smackdown on an HTC Touch Pro clocked at 528MHz. YARLY.

...Now for some caveats: it's always difficult to say for sure why one WinMo device might perform better than another, so don't take any of the above as conclusive evidence that there's an issue here. On the other hand, it definitely looks like it merits more investigation.

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5 years ago

Will the T-Mobile Shadow II have 3G?

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5 years ago

HTC finds diamond in the rough, buys it

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HTC finds diamond in the rough, buys it

Love it or hate it, you have to acknowledge that HTC's design with the Touch Diamond and Touch Pro with the sharp edges and multifaceted back was a pretty big leap for the Taiwanese manufacturer. (For the record, we still think it's pretty cool, even if a little rough on the hands in its early form.)

And after numerous iterations of sliders, some Palm devices and later with its own rounded Touch line, you have to give HTC props for looking outside its own walls in the design when it brought in San Francisco's One & Co. to lead the charge.

Now One & Co. has been rewarded, being purchased by everyone's favorite smartphone maker. Terms of the acquisition weren't disclosed.

From the news release (read the whole thing after the jump):

"Design is key, it is why you love or hate something," said Horace
Luke, Chief Innovation Officer, HTC Corporation. "Integrating iconic
design into HTC products is an inspiring and dynamic challenge that
requires a unique combination of consumer insight, creativity,
innovation and an appetite to take risks; attributes that embody One &
Co."

We also learn that the two companies began on the Touch Diamond all the way back in 2006. We can only imagine what HTC will have up its sleeves for 2009.

HTC Bolsters Design Credibility With Addition of One & Co

Leader in lifestyle design will be cornerstone of HTC's design
capability and philosophy while continuing as an innovative design consultancy

Taoyuan, Taiwan and SAN FRANCISCO, December 3, 2008 – Furthering its
reputation as a global leader in mobile innovation and design, HTC
Corporation today announced the continuation of its design focus with
the acquisition of San Francisco-based lifestyle design firm One &
Company Design, Inc. (One & Co).  Recognized for its award-winning
work with some of the world's best known and most design-savvy
lifestyle brands, One & Co will maintain its name and client base
while it joins forces with HTC to create an unparalleled force in
global mobile design.

"Design is key, it is why you love or hate something," said Horace
Luke, Chief Innovation Officer, HTC Corporation. "Integrating iconic
design into HTC products is an inspiring and dynamic challenge that
requires a unique combination of consumer insight, creativity,
innovation and an appetite to take risks; attributes that embody One &
Co."

HTC and One & Co first began collaborating in 2006 on the initial
incubation and creation of the HTC Touch Diamond, a highly touted
phone with iconic design that blended unprecedented use of material
and industrial design.

"One & Co is excited to bring our lifestyle, user focused approach to
HTC and we look forward to creating iconic, compelling products
together," said Scott Croyle, partner of One & Co. "Knowing about
HTC's cutting edge technology and proven track record of innovation,
we are excited to collaborate with HTC as a global lifestyle brand."

In addition to its work with HTC, One & Co has broad design experience
in a variety of industries that range from footwear, snowboarding and
skiing, furniture, packaging, houseware, timepieces and more.  One &
Co has been recognized by the design and business communities by
winning numerous BusinessWeek/IDSA IDEA Awards, the Good Design
Awards, CES Innovation Awards, and ID Magazine awards.

About One & Co

Privately held, One & Co is an internationally recognized design
leader that delivers design and engineering services to some of the
world's best known and most admired companies. With expertise in areas
ranging from ethnographic research and design forecasting and
manufacturing technologies, One & Co is committed to bring the highest
level of creative talent to every endeavor and provide an unmatched
attention to detail.

About HTC

Founded in 1997, HTC Corporation (HTC) designs innovative, feature
rich smartphones. Since its establishment, HTC has developed strong
R&D capabilities, pioneered many new designs and product innovations
and launched state-of-the-art PDA Phones and smartphones for mobile
operators and distributors in Europe, the US, and Asia. These machines
are available as HTC devices and as products individually customized
for operator and device partners.

HTC is one of the fastest growing companies in the mobile device
market. The company is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange under
ticker 2498. For more information about HTC, please visit www.htc.com.

# # #

The names of companies and products mentioned herein may be the
trademarks of their respective owners.

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5 years ago

Fuze/Touch Pro Accessory Round-up

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5 years ago

WMExperts on the iPhone 3G: Full Round Robin Review

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5 years ago

Review: Plantronics Explorer 350 Bluetooth Headset

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5 years ago

Review: Rampart Chess

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Review: Rampart Chess

Different board games make the transition from table top to computer/handheld with varying levels of success. Chess, partially because of its structured nature and partially because it is a classic geek game, handles the transition extremely well.

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5 years ago

From Russia With Love - RoverPC's G7

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From Russia With Love - RoverPC's G7

No, this is NOT a 7th-generation Google Android phone as Dan Davis quipped over on Engadget Mobile. A new Windows Mobile smartphone is coming sometime this month, and it's from Russia's RoverPC.

The beauty of the G7 is not just skin-deep. This Windows Mobile 6.1 3G device sports a 624MHz CPU, 128 MB RAM, with mini USB and microSD slots, WiFi, a 3-megapixel camera, GPS, and an accelerometer to boot. It will be available in Russia for about $616.

[Engadget Mobile]


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5 years ago

T-Mobile Shadow II Hits FCC

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T-Mobile Shadow II Hits FCC

Though it's (presumably) later than originally intended, the T-Mobile Shadow II has finally landed on the FCC's approval list. Sure, the documents were submitted back in June, but these things take time.

As you can see from the photos above and below, we're looking at a pretty hot little job here. Not enough for you? There's a full manual to hit up as well, though we're hoping that the lack of @home references in there is a sign that it's not a final version of the manual, not that the feature has been stripped. Luckily, the boys at phonescoop noted that there's a separate battery life listing for UMA (120 hours standby vs 340 for GSM), so we're holding out hope for some VOIP action.

Otherwise, assuming the manual is correct, we're going to keep that fancy Shadow homescreen, WiFi, Bluetooth, and Edge. More good news is that dial-up networking stays.

What say you? Isn't it about time T-Mo gave us some new WinMo?

FCC Docs via phonescoop

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5 years ago

Smartphone Round Robin Roundtable!

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Smartphone Round Robin Roundtable!

Join us for the first of two special Smartphone Round Robin Roundtables! This week, Casey, Kevin, Rene, Jennifer, and Dieter all come together to discuss three of the Smartphone Round Robin devices: The iPhone 3G, the Treo Pro, and the BlackBerry Bold!

Music: Our Slanted Voices by DoKashiteru

Update: Of course this is an official Smartphone Round Robin contest post -- chat us up here for a chance to win!

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5 years ago

Atila and Alexander delayed

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Atila and Alexander delayed

If you were hoping to get your hands on an Alexander or Attila any time soon, you might as well take a seat, its going to be a while. Commercial Times is saying were not going to see these bad boys until Q1 2009.

Delays like this are inevitable in the smartphone world, so it's nothing to be shocked by. Still, Motorola is starting to feel like that team that's 14 points behind in the 4th quarter and seems to be sleepwalking through its two-minute drill. What they need to do is squeeze off a couple successful hail mary passes, what they are doing is taking their sweet time with some decided less spectacular efforts in the hopes of getting within field goal range. That, or they just shot themselves in the leg. Football analogies are hard.

via pocketpcthoughts

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5 years ago

Verizon Omnia Price Drops $50. That Didn't Take Long

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We're not quite sure if Verizon was trying to make an extra buck, but $249 for the Samsung Omnia struck some as a bit much. Apparently Verizon agreed (or decided they were done fleecing the early adopters), so the price has now dropped. As a result you can now pick up the Samsung Omnia for a cool $199.

This sounds about right considering it's competition. Personally, I would rather Verizon keep the $249 price, but have the phone live up to the price. A little higher resolution, two way video calling, or some standard charging options, say? At any rate, in the grand scheme of things $199 seems like a reasonable price, just odd that the price change came upon us so quickly after the launch.

[via engadget]

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5 years ago

Run Windows Mobile, or Android, but not both

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Here's a Chinese copy that brings the best of current operating systems. The QiGi i6 is pretty much a knockoff of the HTC Touch, in looks anyway. Under the hood we have the following:

  • Marvell 624MHZ processor.
  • 256 megs ROM/128 megs RAM.
  • 2.8-inch QVGA screen.
  • WiFi, GPS and Bluetooth.
  • 2MP camera.
  • MicroSD.
  • And it comes with either Windows Mobile, or Google's Android operating system.

This is an either/or deal. There's no dual-boot. The phone either runs Android, or it runs Windows Mobile. Don't really think the hardware's beefy enough to do both anyway.

But this certainly isn't the first time a device has been offered with more than one operating system. Palm's been doing it for some time with its Garnet OS and Windows Mobile, albeit with subtle differences between devices, as seen in the Treo 700p/700w/700wx and the 750 and 755p.

eprice.com via unwiredview

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5 years ago

Review: MemMaid Memory Management Utility

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