Recent Articles

Headlines

5 years ago

Palm Gandolf Specs: Believe it.

2
2

Palm Gandolf Specs: Believe it.

We saw the spy shot of the new Palm Gandolf and I suspected that they wouldn't call it a Treo since it wouldn't have a touchscreen. Shows what I know. Now specs for the device have been leaked and they look pretty darn plausible to me:

  • Naming convention will be Treo 5XX
  • One version with Windows Mobile 6 Standard, the other is a new non-touchscreen edition of the Palm OS
  • Multiple colors
  • 135 grams; 117 x 65 x 13.8 mm
  • 2.4 inch QVGA screen with 65k colors
  • 2 megapixel camera
  • Bluetooth 2.0 w/ A2DP support
  • 3G + HSDPA
  • 256 MB onboard memory with 64 MB of RAM

Palm still has a little usability "secret sauce" left in 'em - their Treo 750 really is nicer to use that your average WM5 phone. Apply that to Standard edition and give me those specs above and I'll drop my Blackjack like a bad habit - even with my hacked Windows Mobile 6 ROM on it.

Read: Exclusive: Palm Gandolf specifications - IntoMobile

(Oh, and nobody will believe me, but I totally called the non-touchscreen version of the PalmOS at least two years ago. I'm expecting Gandolf won't have their Linux-based OS Yet, but still be stuck with Garnet. Windows Mobile connection to this aside? Simple: Ha Ha! )

More →
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
5 years ago

YouTube Mobile: WM still needs that hack

7
7

YouTube Mobile: WM still needs that hack

Bummer, YouTube finally gets around to launching a mobile version of their site that's free for anybody to use - http://m.youtube.com - and it won't work with Windows Mobile. As in, it won't work with the default Windows Media Player or even the fancypants CorePlayer. That's annoying. Look like you're still going to have to download that add-on to the venerable TCPMP to get your YouTube on.

Seriously, people, how hard can this really be?

The RTSP tested and working on Treo 700p phones. We don’t have it working on Windows Mobile devices yet as we have not yet found a 3GP player which supports RTSP (alas, CorePlayer won’t work).

Read: SolSie.com

More →
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
5 years ago

Sprint's HTC Mogul (finally) released

1
1

Sprint's HTC Mogul (finally) released

Yeesh! After a rumored delay, an "update" to June, and even a "in the wild" shot over the weekend, we can finally say it: The HTC Mogul has been released. As expected, it has really, really good specs:

  • Windows Mobile 6 Professional
  • EVDO (Not Rev A, but it's upgradable. Thank you, Sprint, for not making us wait for it to release)
  • 2 megapixel camera
  • WiFi (b and g)
  • 400MHz processor
  • 64MB RAM, 256MB ROM

We'll pick one up this week to give you a hands-on and a review. The Mogul is probably the only thing out there right now that makes me regret being a GSM-man. In the meantime, Engadget Mobile has a gallery for you. Looks like you Sprint folks can finally take your old PPC-6700s out behind the shed and put them out of their misery.

More →
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
5 years ago

HTC Touch "Viral" Campaign

0
0

HTC Touch "Viral" Campaign

Normally, the words "Viral marketing campaign" are enough to send me running to the hills, screaming about out-of-touch marketers and their misuse of catchphrases. HTC, though, seems to be getting their viral sea legs under them. Sorta. I wouldn't call their new video about the HTC Touch "viral", per se, but I would call it pretty funny. Not informative, mind you, just funny.

They've gone into this territory before, with a series of videos from the "DoS Clan" about the HTC X7500 / HTC Advantage that went over better than I expected them to. Somebody over at HTC has a sense of humor. Keep 'em coming, guys.

watch: HTC Touch Video

More →
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
5 years ago

HTC Kaiser Delayed

0
0

HTC Kaiser Delayed

When the Boy Genius Report said that we'd see the cool flip-up slider in July, I was skeptical. Now that it's looking like I was right, I can't say I'm especially happy about it. The more I think about it, the more I think that flip up bit is cool, but not really what excites me. What excites me is the 3mp camera and the built-in GPS.

In any case, BGR says August. I'm going to stay mum on this one -- I don't want to be proven right again.

Read: HTC Kaiser delayed till August? : The Boy Genius Report

More →
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
5 years ago

iPhone Watch: Microsoft's Response?

2
2

iPhone Watch: Microsoft's Response?

phone different's slices points us to a blog post over at ZDNet wondering why Microsoft doesn't seem to be out there talking about how they're not worried about the iPhone:

Where the heck is Microsoft? Earlier this year, Microsoft launched the newest version of Windows Mobile (version 6) and there’s a slew of devices built on the new mobile OS (we have video of them here) with more coming (like the new HTC touchscreen handset).

Read: » With respect to iPhone, Microsoft rolls over and plays dead

Well, Steve Ballmer's been talking plenty, thank you very much; not to mention the HTC Touch. But it seems to me that keeping a low profile isn't a horrible idea for now, anyway.

The blogosphere may be a constant and unabating stream of news, but to the larger public news comes in cycles. Apple is winning this cycle, but frankly that's ok. Horning in on this cycle would not only be difficult, it would probably be counterproductive. In a fight against an unreleased product, all you can do is speculate about how your product is different/better/etc. That sort of speculation would just be begging people to revisit it later to crow about how you were wrong. Much better to wait and see.

If I were Microsoft, I'd be ready for the post-iPhone cycle - the one where you get tally off the "Cons" of the iPhone and mention how many (most? all?) of them are "Pros" for your platform.

More →
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
5 years ago

Amp'd Deathwatch: CEO Peter Adderton Ousted

0

Amp'd recently declared bankruptcy - they owe Verizon (among others) a ton of money. Money that they don't have because those crazy rotten teenagers that make up the largest portion of their customer base haven't been paying their bills. You kids.

The latest bit comes via Engadget, who notes that Amp'd just gave their CEO the boot - he's apparently been replaced by Sue Swenson, who is now listed as the Chief Operating Officer over at the amp'd management bio page. Best of luck to you, Swenson. If you're looking for ways to make those crazy young'uns pay up, I'm told that grounding doesn't really work with teenagers. I'd suggest that you try taking away their cellphone, but that probably isn't a punishment you'd consider, is it?

the rumors that CEO Peter Adderton's days were thusly numbered have finally materialized into reality. mocoNews reports that the ex-chief is still Amp'd's largest single shareholder and maintains a position on the board,

Read: Peter Adderton out as Amp'd CEO - Engadget Mobile

More →
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
5 years ago

Review: Smartphone Experts CombiFlip Case for Blackjack

1
5 years ago

Wibree Assimilated into Bluetooth SIG

0
0

Wibree Assimilated into Bluetooth SIG

So last October, Nokia announced they were creating a new, lower-power bluetooth-esque standard - because regular old Bluetooth took too much power and they wanted to put "personal area networking" features on watches and, I dunno, earrings or something. Anyhow, I panned the idea then so I'm happy now that Wibree the brand is getting put out to pasture while Wibree's technology is getting rolled into Bluetooth.

That, my friends, is how keep a standards-adoption-train rolling. Now, maybe this was Nokia's plan the whole time - to strong-arm the Bluetooth Special Interest Group into having to pursue low-power versions of Bluetooth by publicizing a competing standard. I'd like to think it was, because "Wibree" was just too silly a name to take seriously.

The Wibree forum, the group specifying the Nokia developed ultra low power wireless technology, will be merged with the Bluetooth SIG.

Read: Nokia - ShowPressRelease via jkontherun.

More →
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
5 years ago

Gadgie, Engadget's New Mascot

0
0

Gadgie, Engadget's New Mascot

The WMExperts Store sponsored another one of those Wii-giveaway contests over at Engadget - as we mentioned back when that contest started. Well the contest is over and I gotta say I like the result - Gadgie, at right. Then again, I like a lot of the runners-up as well.

Head on over and check out their gallery of all the entries - makes you feel all warm and fuzzy to be a gadget lover.

Read: Winners of the Engadget Mascot contest! - Engadget

More →
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
5 years ago

"Windows Live" - Which Services Are Those Again?

0

The D: All Things Digital Conference may be behind us, but in its wake we have more than just strange "sub-par" laptops to think about - we also have a really nice set of bloggers who are still writing at the D site. Case in point, James Joaquin analyzes Microsoft's utterly insane branding strategy with their Windows Live services.

I've been using a subset of those services - you know, the ones that are built into Windows Mobile 6 - for awhile now and I'm pretty happy with them. Happy enough that I even (briefly) considered ditching my personal gmail account to switch to Hotmail.

Really, though, Microsoft is appending "Live" to pretty much anything they feel like these days. Joaquin is right - Microsoft, you have to stop this. My advice is similar to Joaquin's - "Live" should only apply to consumer web services - that means you can use it for search, hotmail, and probably a few other web 2.0-esque projects.

But Microsoft’s current “Live” branding strategy is the antithesis of good consumer branding, delivering a dizzying array of Microsoft brand and sub-brand combinations that are bound to perplex the average PC user.

Read: Microsoft's Dead Naming Strategy

More →
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
5 years ago

The iPhone is Not a Smartphone

3
3

The iPhone is Not a Smartphone

Just finished up with the live Apple Keynote blogstravaganza, mostly over at Engadget, who caught the absolutely stupendous image over at the right. And I'm finding myself suddenly less worried about the iPhone decimating Windows Mobile than I was before. A lot less worried.

Here's the relevant quote from Engaget's coverage, straight from the mouth of his Steveness:

And so you can write amazing Web 2.0 and AJAX apps that look and behave exactly like apps on the iPhone, and these apps can integrate perfectly with iPhone services. They can make a call, check email, look up a location on Gmaps... don't worry about distribution, just put 'em on an internet server. They're easy to update, just update it on your server. They're secure, and they run securely sandboxed on the iPhone. And guess what, there's no SDK you need! You've got everything you need if you can write modern web apps..." Weeeeeaaaak

Weeeeeaaak indeed. Like I said just a few days ago, "a smartphone is a platform, and a platform needs 3rd party apps." Jobs' reply: "There's no SDK you need!" In other words: No Apps For You! Use webpage and online apps instead.

Orly? How about security - sure, a web developer can secure a webapp, but it's easier to just depend on a phone's built-in security on an app that's housed on the phone. Or how about when you don't actually have reliable and useful data signal? Too bad, so sad. Or what about the fact that I like to use my phone a little differently than you use yours - so I can install a custom ToDo app, or a neat little shortcut hack, or whatever. Sorry - with the iPhone you can use any interface you want as long as it's the default.

No support for a real developer community means that Apple is releasing an appliance, not a platform. Without a platform, the iPhone is not a smartphone, Q.E.D. Just so we're perfectly clear here: It's looking like Blackberry has better third party support than the iPhone will.

And that photo... at first glance it is (among other things) yet another joke on Steve Ballmer; but if Apple really intends to lock out all genuine "on the phone" 3rd party development... Well then we'll probably see Ballmer smile like that on his own.

Update: phone different's OMGNOAPPZ series weighs in with a slightly more optimistic (though still troubled) take.

More →
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
5 years ago

Treo 800w Details?

2
2

Treo 800w Details?

I thought that I was being pretty optimistic when I posted my expectations for the (apparently) upcoming Treo 800w, which I think is going to be nearly identical to the pictured 755p at right. But I'm not nearly as hopeful as a tipster who sent the following specs to Gizmodo:

Lots and lots of improvements for Sprint users over what they can get right now with the 700wx, including EV-DO REV A., Windows Mobile 6, a 320x320 display (now supported on WM6), 256MB flash, 128MB RAM, a 1.3-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, and an expansion slot.

Read: Palm Treo 800w Details Leaked: WM6, Wi-Fi, EV-DO Rev. A - Gizmodo

...Two bits. Bit #1: I still suspect that Verizon will get it first as it appeared on their roadmap and Palm likes to spread the exclusivity love around as much as possible. Bit #2: It would be nice to finally see Palm release a powerhouse device that included GPS and WiFi, but I seriously doubt it. I don't even expect Rev A., to be blunt. Sorry to be blunt, but I just don't believe that the hardware for the 800w will be that significantly different from the PalmOS Treo 755p. If I'm wrong, I'll be the first to combine a hosanna with a mea culpa - but I don't think I'm wrong.

Now, Palm, quit letting all those carriers you work with leak out any more stuff about your upcoming products, I'm tired of writing about you today.

More →
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
5 years ago

Palm "Gandolf" - WM6 Standard Edition?

2
2

Palm "Gandolf" - WM6 Standard Edition?

The internets 'asploded over the weekend with leaked pics and rumors of a new Palm device that doesn't appear to be a Treo - or at least not any sort of Treo that we know. First we saw a photo or two that looked pretty photoshopped, or at least pretty strange - these photos showed a PalmOS dialer (that says "Windows Mobile" on the top, scrunched down to fit on what's clearly a 240x320 screen. These were met with more than a little incredulity.

Update: Looks like I didn't squint hard enough at the grainy PalmOS shot - which clearly says "Wireless Mobile" and not "Windows Mobile". My Bad. But I still am pretty skeptical of the PalmOS version.

But then over at the TreoCentral Forums, CGK posted the photo you see at right, which looks quite a bit more legit. Witness: Vodafone logo (Palm released the first Treo 750v on Vodafone), Palm logo, and even a serial # in the upper right that indicates this is indeed some sort of pre-production model. Given that Palm is in love with touchscreens, a device like this is a bit of a surprise from them - would they even call it a Treo?

Would they admit that it's basically a year behind the rest of the pack (Looks like a Dash knock-off to me).

More →
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
5 years ago

AIEE! New Qualcomm 3G chips (and the phones that contain them) Banned

1

Ok, ok, breathe. It's not as bad as all that.... right? Here's the skinny: the International Trade Commission ruled that Qualcomm's 3G chips (which are to be found a a bunch of phones, especially on Sprint and Verizon) infringe on some Broadcom patents. They banned future imports to the US - but phones that have already been imported or approved are fine. That should mean that roapmaps for upcoming devices shouldn't change in the short term. In the long term, Qualcomm needs to get this little dispute taken care of.

The International Trade Commission said late on Thursday that the Qualcomm chips infringed a patent owned by Broadcom Corp. (BRCM.O: Quote, Profile , Research) and barred U.S. sales of phones containing the chips that are not already being imported.

Read: Qualcomm shares up as ITC ban not as bad as feared

Here's a funny twist, though, the best hope that Qualcomm (and their buddy Verizon) have for fixing this this ASAP? The President of the United States:

Both Qualcomm and Verizon already have said publicly that they plan to ask President Bush to overturn the ITC ruling, and will ask a federal appeals court to grant an emergency stay to prevent the ruling from taking effect until the President rules on the appeal.

Read: 3G Chips Barred from U.S.

More →
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
Show More Headlines

Pages