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5 years ago

Sprint Motorola Q9c gets Windows Mobile 6.1 Officially

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Weren't we just suggesting that we wanted to see Windows Mobile 6.1 updates this summer? Why, yes, yes we were. Must have been a fiat, because the Motorola Q9c on Sprint has gotten the update today over at Motorola's software update page [via everythingQ].

Updates are the standard sort of WinMo 6.1 stuff you've been hearing so much about: the cool sliding panel today screen, threaded SMS, better battery life, copy and paste, and so on. Another nice bit: Live Search is built-in. Somebody with a Q9c want to give this puppy a download and report back about whether the intermediate driver for the GPS is a little less bugtastic? Or see if the assisted GPS works by default or if it requites that assisted GPS hack?

Aw, heck, we'd settle for just hearing if it works and is a reliable update -- 'cause this is an unexpected gift and the Moto Updater isn't exactly ideal. Give that download a shot!

Thanks to Chris for the tip!

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5 years ago

Review: Pocket Tunes Deluxe

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Review: Pocket Tunes Deluxe

As electronic devices mature, they take on more features and improve the features that they already have. With flash memory prices doing the opposite of gas, more and more people are using their mobile phones as multimedia devices.

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5 years ago

Samsung SCH-i760 to Get WM 6.1 Upgrade This Month

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Samsung SCH-i760 to Get WM 6.1 Upgrade This Month

We were so googley-eyed over the Samsung i770 in the leaked Verizon presentation that we totally didn't bother checking out the slide for the SCH-i760. Been there, done that, we figured.

Except there was a little tidbit in there, as pocketnow noticed. Looks like it's going to be getting a little Windows Mobile 6.1 love. The best part is it looks like it's going to be getting the love right quick, sometime this month. Hopefully that bodes well for other 6.1 upgrades. We're still smarting from the months we spent sitting on pins and needles waiting for the WM6 upgrades last year, a slew of 6.1 releases this summer would sure be the kind of ointment we'd need to salve those wounds.

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5 years ago

HTC Diamond Around the Web

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HTC Diamond Around the Web

As the HTC Diamond begins to be available worldwide, reviews are starting to trickle in. Of course, if you're US-based, reading over these things will come with a bit of sadness -- as the current iteration isn't going to work well with the bands that are available here. Nevertheless, it's fun to look.

The top spot to go looking is probably going to be coolsmartphone, who has been testing the Diamond for a full week, culminating in a 37 minute movie detailing the device. If you'd like your video in a more digestible chunk (with an unboxing appetizer), Mobility Today has your fix. Hat tip to mobile-review for having what we believe is the first HTC Diamond review. You can also find more photos over at the::unwired.

Of course, if you just cannot wait for some Diamond goodness, the ROM for the device has leaked out and been ported to the TYTN II. We're going to go out on a limb and say using this ROM is not for the faint of heart. TouchFLO 3D is going to require some pretty hefty graphics acceleration that's not going to be present on most current-gen devices.

Update: ...and here's one more at Phone Arena, with some excellent photos.

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5 years ago

JiveTalk for Windows Mobile Now in Alpha

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JiveTalk for Windows Mobile Now in Alpha

Back when I gave the BlackBerry (Part 1 and Part 2) a shot during the Smartphone Round Robin, there were two BB apps that impressed me: Opera Mobile and JiveTalk. JiveTalk is a multi-IM client and it was by far the best one I tried for the BlackBerry. Over at the CrackBerry forums there was near-universal consensus that it is the best IM client for the platform.

There are a ton of IM clients out there for Windows Mobile (including many on-deck clients built by OZ), but what's neat about JiveTalk right now is the clean, finger-friendly interface. Now remember, this thing is in Alpha and so you're going to see some bugs and it's not yet available for Standard Edition, just Pro. You'll want to keep an eye on the BeeJive Blog for the latest.

Still and all, looks promising, you might want to check it out: JiveTalk Alpha

Thanks to Merlyn3D for the tip!

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5 years ago

Verizon Presentation Shows 800w, Samsung i770

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Verizon Presentation Shows 800w, Samsung i770

Take a gander at what Engadget Mobile has gotten ahold of: a powerpoint presentation detailing Verizon's roadmap for the upcoming months. Definitely check the entire gallery, but here's the news for Windows Mobile fans:

The Treo 800w will hit in Q3 and looks, well, it looks alright. We're guessing it'll be late Q3 so Sprint can have a little bit of exclusivity after their July 22nd release.

It turns out at the the Samsung SCH-i770 is not the

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5 years ago

Qualcomm Admits Windows Mobile 7 is Coming, Sky is Blue

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Looks like Qualcomm isn't so good at not talking about future products. This morning they were chatting up a new mini laptop they were awfully proud of -- running on Linux, clocking in at around $299, and definitely meant as competition for the EEE PC (and manufactured by Inventec, if you must know). However, during the conversation, the chipmaker hinted that Linux might not be the ideal OS for the platform. In fact, Qualcomm says Windows Mobile 7 key for mini-laptops:

Microsoft Windows Mobile 7, which is made for chips used in mobile phones, will be more laptop friendly than older versions of Windows Mobile, said Luis Pineda, senior vice president at Qualcomm, on the sidelines of a news conference in Taipei.

So to round up the Windows Mobile 7 rumors so far: we hear it will support waving your hand in front of it (you know, gestures), we know it will be radically

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5 years ago

Pocket Tunes Now Available for Windows Mobile

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5 years ago

Weekly Software Wrangle - Week 3

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Weekly Software Wrangle - Week 3

Put on your ten-gallon hat, strap on your chaps, and sharpen up your spurs. It's time once again to Wrangle this week's new, updated and free software for WM Professional and WM Standard.

This week we are featuring new software for WM Standard, e-Mobile Voice Phone Tune mobile ringtone manager and GTS World Racing. Updated software includes FlexMail and Sprite Backup 6. Freeware includes AlarmInfo and PhoneFavs.

WM Professional new software includes 1Touch Contacts and Mahjong Mania Pro. Updated software includes Art of Positions - Mobile Kama Sutra and Agenda One v2. Freeware includes Cellfire Mobile Coupons and Magic Bubble.

Week 3 Software Wrangle begins now!

WM Standard: New

First up is e-Mobile Voice Phone Tune: Mobile ringtone manager v1 by e-Mobile Software, Inc. How would you like to be able to customize your contacts or groups of contacts with any ringtone you want, including your own voice?

Give your contacts distinctive ringtones to fit their unique personalities. With defined ringtones for individuals or groups, this app is as entertaining as it is helpful. Voice Phone Tune will let you add mp3 and wav format ringtones to your device, or record your own voice for creative new sounds

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5 years ago

Samsung i900 Close Up

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Samsung i900 Close Up

Looks like PConline got their hands on a Samsung i900 - one of the upcoming batch of über-Windows Mobile phones - 6.1 Pro, 240x400 (weird) screen, 1500mAh battery, FM Radio, TV out.

You can hit up PConline to take a gander, though we warn you that you can look but reading might be a little tougher (not English). We've also tossed our favorite shots below.

Verdict: Too soon to say for sure, but I'm thinking this is a pass what with the existence of the HTC Diamond. Plus: we still hate these little touchpads replacing traditional 5-way dpads.

Thanks surur!

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5 years ago

Dell: No Smartphones After All

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Dell: No Smartphones After All

The biggest news out of the D6 Conference is that Michael Dell thinks he could take Steve Jobs in a fight. Gadget-wise, there's not a whole lot of stuff to speak of unless you're obsessed with ever-thinner displays of think that Windows 7 really is going to be arriving within our lifetime. Actually, the biggest “gadget” news is the upcoming absence of a gadget; Gadgetorama caught this little tidbit:

Michael Dell indicated that Dell's future mobile plans were not currently focused on mobile phones but rather on devices that were a little larger than a basic phone and smaller than a PC.

...Which sort of contradicts the latest rumor that Dell was having Quanta make smartphones for them. That rumor itself was in conflict with previous rumors that Dell was alternately interested and not interested in smartphones after they killed off the Axim line of PDAs. In other words, the good money is on Dell making some sort of UMPC with a HSPA or CDMA chip in it to compete with the other “between PDA and PC” devices like the HTC Advantage.

...Come to think of it, didn't last year's All Things D conference also feature a strange amalgam of PC and PDA from a company that's been on the rocks lately? You know, the Foleo? I think we all remember how that turned out...

Update: Well well, take a gander at what Michael Dell had sitting in his bag at the conference: a mysterious subnotebook. Thanks Diana!

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5 years ago

Review: EB Copilot Case

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5 years ago

Review: Sony Ericsson HBH-DS970 Stereo Bluetooth Headphones

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5 years ago

SkyFire Raises $13 Million in Venture Capital, Plans Rollout Soon

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5 years ago

Update: Sprint clarifies their Data cap and...it's good news.

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So last week we reported that Sprint, like all the other carriers, will be putting a 5gb/month cap on data use.

Although 5gb is a lot of data and honestly with RevA devices coming around, we sort of understand where Sprint may be concerned. Still, considering they were the last hold outs on such a cap and yet all these companies still do the " * Unlimited Data" asterisks thingy, it was a bit disconcerting.

Kent German at Crave.net has received some clarification from Sprint on the exact details and low and behold, Sprint is actually doing the right thing here: the data cap does not apply to the "Simply Everything" plans; just "Phone as Modem" and Data cards.

Basically, if you're just using your WM device for streaming, etc. you should not have a problem. To be specific, Sprint outlines these restrictions:

  • The vast majority of current users (about 99.5 percent) shouldn't be affected. Whether it's the 300MB roaming limit or the 5GB limit on total data usage, that's enough data to meet the regular monthly usage habits of almost all of our customers.
  • Going over either limit will not cause a card to suddenly stop working.
  • Going over once in a while is OK. We'll check usage using a rolling, three-month basis.
  • Customers would have to exceed the limit in two out of three consecutive months to face termination.
  • Initially, we are contacting customers first, to make them aware of the new limits and give them a chance to change their usage, if they want to continue using the service.
  • We're investigating additional options for customers who need to use more data.
  • Users will be able to check and monitor their total data usage on Sprint.com beginning June 8.
  • The caps are being applied to new and existing consumer and individual-liable accounts, but not corporate-liable, business contracts, Public Sector, or government contracts. We're working on additional processes and pricing to appropriately address the needs of heavy roaming and data users among the corporate liable customer group.

So, not too bad at all. Lets just hope this does not have any side effects for heavy users.

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