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5 years ago

Motorola to Split in Two - Updated

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Motorola to Split in Two - Updated

Update: Engadget has posted an insider's letter detailing just how badly Motorola has been mismanaged. Must read. Boy oh Boy, things look bad -- A split didn't work out so well for Palm, it might not work out so well for Motorola. Is this company screwed?

Looks like Carl Icahn has had his way - Motorola switched from dipping their foot in the spin-off waters to diving in completely. They're splitting in two - one company for handsets, another for enterprise services and the like. No word yet on what the two companies will be named - one hopes that the Moto brand, complete with vowels, will continue to be applied to their handsets.

They are also looking for somebody to head up their handset business -- so polish up that resume, because the way things have been going at Motorola lately, anybody could head up that company and do a better job than ZNDR (Erm, Ed Zander), the guy who pretty much ran them into the ground before the new CEO, Greg Brown, started cleaning house with a broom in one hand while fending off Carl Icahn's “activism” with a epee in the other.

Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) today announced that the Company’s Board of Directors has commenced a process to create two independent, publicly-traded companies. Today’s decision follows the Company’s January 31, 2008 announced evaluation of the structural and strategic realignment of its businesses and represents affirmative steps to position its Mobile Devices and Broadband & Mobility Solutions businesses for success, while creating value for all Motorola shareholders.
- press release

Ah well, at least we have the Motorola Q10 to look forward to.

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5 years ago

Windows Mobile 6.1 to Arrive April 1st? - Updated

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Windows Mobile 6.1 to Arrive April 1st? - Updated

Update: Looks like BGR received yet another one of those mysterious Q9s with WiFi. This one has what appears to be a finalized version of Windows Mobile 6.1 with a few new features. Go check it out.

...That's the prediction from Pocket Lint [via Gizmodo]. Sounds pretty good to us. We would normally be a little gun shy about this sort of prediction, especially since we whiffed our prediction it would be unveiled at MWC2008. However, CTIA just happens to start on April first. And Head-of-The-Division-That-Contains-Windows Mobile Robbie Bach just happens to be giving the keynote. And WMExperts just happens to be planning on heading over to Las Vegas for the show.

So file this one under “Very Likely.”

Speaking of CTIA: expect wall-to-wall coverage. We'll live-blog Bach's keynote, we started up a Twitter feed for WMExperts, and heck, we will even post up direct from the show floor via our trusty Motorola Q9h.

Windows Mobile 6.1, if you'll recall from the many leaks, features a much-improved Today screen experience and (FINALLY) native threaded SMS, among other improvements.

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5 years ago

Review: Blueant Supertooth Light Bluetooth Speakerphone

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5 years ago

Review: Monaco Rubber Trim Case for Cingular 3125

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5 years ago

Treo 800w to Sport Micro USB?

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Treo 800w to Sport Micro USB?

We might have to wait until freaking August for the Treo 800w to land, but when it does we won't be stuck using that annoying “Athena” connector. Although we knew that Palm was ditching their horrible connector for something else, we'd been hearing various reports on what the bottom connector would be on the Treo 800w -- USB, HTC's wacky mini-USB + Audio, or something that was “like USB but wasn't.”

Well, we can put that little argument to rest now. Signs point to Palm using micro-USB. What signs? Well, micro-USB is to be the new mobile standard as per the Open Mobile Terminal Platform. Why else? Check this, try a little search for 3291ww and see what pops up: the “Palm 3291ww Vehicle Charger Micro USB.” Could be a mistake or a coincidence, but if so, it's an awfully widespread one. We're going out on a limb and calling this one: Micro USB.

The fact that accessories for the Treo 800w seem to be out there for purchase many months ahead of the scheduled release of the device itself is perhaps a bit disheartening, though. Dare we suggest that this implies that we're looking at a delayed device?

Goodbye Athena, you were a horrible connector, but at least you were consistent (on Treos) for a few years. Hello Micro USB.

(p.s. yes, we're completely and totally obsessed, but at least this rumor has more substance to it than a sighting on a Bank's website.)

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5 years ago

Asus m536 aka "Treo Killer" Hands On

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Asus m536 aka "Treo Killer" Hands On

Tam Hana got one-on-one time with the Asus m536 (as well as every other Asus device, see our earlier post) and shows off some of the unique features e.g. the bizaro "5 way" control, which is certainly...err...unique (check out the vid below).

In fairness, for the wonky controller you are also granted a very cool fingerprint reader, a security feature that is finally starting to make its way onto mobile devices like this one, allowing you to feel very Jason Bourne-esque before you go and stream some Youtube.

And check out those "ok", "email" and "start menu" flush (touch sensitive?) buttons in the black....

Specs

  • WM 6.1
  • 2.4" 320x320 screen
  • 256mb flash
  • GPS
  • tri-band GSM (boo)
  • HSDPA

What's with the wasted screen space above? Gah. Unfortunately we won't see this one in the U.S. anytime soon but hopefully Asus will break into the market State side sooner than later (an issue disccused here in our forums).

Click the link below to see the super quick video of the odd 5-way in action!

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5 years ago

How to: Delete Recent Calls on Treo 750

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How to: Delete Recent Calls on Treo 750

You know you've done it -- the drunk dial. The late night, did-I-really-do-that-yes-I-did call. The kind you want to pretend never happened. Simply delete your call log and your embarrassing moment is gone forever.

Unless, that is, you have a Treo 750.

For some strange reason this device has a pesky little bug that doesn

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5 years ago

Microsoft takes Dogfooding Seriously. Seriously.

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Windows Mobility Smackdown at TechReady 6

If you're a true fan of Windows Mobile, the video above (from MelSam) should make perfect sense. If you're lost: you should know a bit about the Microsoft culture:

  1. The WinMo team is fond of playing practical jokes on each other.
  2. Microsoft has a company video blog called Channel 8
  3. Microsoft has an internal conference called “TechReady.”
  4. Their enthusiasm for the company is genuine (though perhaps a little creepy?)
  5. They believe in dogfooding.

Caught up now? Good. Wait... “dogfooding?” That's right. The idea is to “Eat one's own dog food,” as in “Use the products you're selling.” So the Windows Mobile team... uses Windows Mobile. Seems simple, but note that they're likely using future versions of Windows Mobile right now as their main device to find bugs and hassles that appear in the 10th week instead of the ones that appear in the 10th minute. Dogfooding is making a product your “daily driver” to get a deep feeling of what it is really like. Despite the fact that the shine has fallen off the term from the 90's tech bubble, it's still a good idea and it's nice to know that, whatever your complaint is about Windows Mobile, somebody at Microsoft likely feels your pain.

Also, apparently, they get excited Microsoft employees to literally eat dogfood.

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5 years ago

Find me for Windows Mobile

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5 years ago

Best of WMExperts' Week, 3-21-07

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Best of WMExperts' Week, 3-21-07

The Windows Mobile news of the past week was surrounded by two Treo 800w bookends: on Saturday we got a nice little leak that one of our forum members had seen a Verizon Treo 800w, and yesterday we heard the downer news: the Treo 800w won't be released until “Late Summer.” The news sent everybody scrambling to change their guess on the release date for our Treo 800w giveaway, aka the Contest That May Never End. The good news is that Palm talked pretty big game about their “upcoming Treo,” which we're going to take as an admission that our leaks about the specs are right.

We'll also mention that Palm CEO Ed Colligan repeatedly described Palm's current WinMo line up as “aging” and “aged.” True that.

A quote from HTC's CEO sent us on a rant about the Windows Mobile Interface and why its association with Desktop Windows hurts it. Be sure to also check out Pocketnow's additional tips for Microsoft -- which we are totally on board with. The top and bottom menu bars take up a ton of space.

Of course, there was plenty of other news to chat about, the big stuff seemed to be that Google released a new search plugin and the HTC Shift is coming to Sprint (Did anyone else not see that coming?).

We told you how to use all the fancy shortcuts on your BlackJack and reviewed the Samsung WEP410 and the Blueant v12. Not to mention a quick little Podcast about the Samsung SCH-i760.

There's plenty more if you haven't gotten enough, just check out our March Archive.

...All this, and you still don't call us and leave us a voicemail to play on our Windows Mobile Podcast. You've got Windows Mobile questions, happen to be (ahem) WMExperts. So call us: 866-904-5882, extension 222. How would you change the Windows Mobile interface?

Leave us a voicemail and we'll send you a coupon good for 15% off a single purchase in the WMExperts Accessory Store! (So be sure to speak your email clearly after your message, we'll cut it out).

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5 years ago

Make your WinMo Phone More Googley or More Microsofty

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Make your WinMo Phone More Googley or More Microsofty

Its seems as though google is neck and neck with windows mobile apps available for download. Microsoft currently has Live search, Live Messenger, Live Search Bar built into most mobile phones and Mobile Outlook ready for the Windows Mobile community as we speak . Google has been firing back with apps such as Google Maps, Gmail through Java, GMobileSync and the new addition of Google Search Bar.

So you may wonder which suite is best for you? Well it really depends on what kind of user you are. If you find you self addicted to Outlook and MSN messenger than the first apps are going to feel familiar, whereas if you like the threaded chat style email or the Google search results, then the latter is the best choice.

In order to get started on some of these amazing apps you will want to have an unlimited data plan because of the internet usage. Then point your mobile browser to http://m.google.com and download Google Maps and the new Today Screen Plugin, or hit up http://m.live.com and download Microsoft's Live Search. Or heck - do what I do and download them all -- it never hurts to have an extra tool on your smartphone.

Me, I tend use Google apps more due to the ease and familiarity. Using Gmail through Java is a cinch since I don

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5 years ago

Treo 800w Will Not Arrive Until Summer, Possibly Late Summer

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We're listening in on the Palm Quarterly Results Conference call and we have some bad news to report. CEO Ed Colligan just confirmed our worst fear, with regard to “new Windows Mobile Treos,” he said this:

Those products are not coming out this quarter.

Ouch. Earlier in the call Colligan said new Windows Mobile Treos would be released “before the end of summer.” If you're currently entered in our Treo 800w Rumortastic Giveaway, it's time to go update your guess.

That giveaway, if you didn't know, is that we are going to give away a Treo 800w plus some great extras to a lucky commenter who can guess the release date.

On the bright side, Colligan is also saying that the new Treo (which he didn't name, but come on!) “will be the most competitive enterprise solution in the marketplace.”

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5 years ago

Sprint WiMAX WaTCH: XOHM Network Still on Track

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Looks like not only is Sprint still planning on launching XOHM, their 4G WiMAX-based network, they're feeling pretty good about it too. Electronista reports that Sprint core technology vp Ben Vos says the new network is on track (we saw a soft launch in December), presumably to the markets totaling 100 million people Sprint promised. Best part - XOHM looks to use standard IP switching to managing devices, just like the internets. That should make creating networked apps a lot easier.

...For a second there you thought we were going to talk about Sprint without bringing up the possibility of an imminent Deathwatch, didn't you? Silly rabbit. No, the wrinkle with XOHM is that Sprint isn't telling just how the expansion is going to go until their next financial results call (when they will hopefully lay out the details). Sounds an awful lot like they're trying to make sure they have some good news to offset what many expect to be a deluge of red ink and bad news.

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5 years ago

Review: Facade Today Screen Customizer

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Review: Facade Today Screen Customizer

A few months ago, I made the switch from Windows Mobile Pro (Treo 750) to Windows Mobile Standard (Samsung BlackJack II). There were several reasons behind the move as well as several hesitations. One of which was the differences in home screens. I was really going to miss the WM Pro

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5 years ago

More XPERIA X1 Details Emerge

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More XPERIA X1 Details Emerge

inxperia lets us know that Sony has published a white paper on the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1. It's chock-full of details on what we can expect from what we're officially dubbing, right here right now style, “the next best damn Windows Mobile Smartphone Ever” (Sorry Tilt).

Go on and give it a download and learn some juicy details, like what the default “panels” will be (hooray, there will be an aquarium panel!), how well the bugger will be able to record video, location services, and more. One notable-but-completely-unsurprising detail: the US model will not have a second camera, just the main camera. Will US Carriers (we XPECT the XPERIA X1 to be on AT&T) ever get video conferencing going?

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