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Nokia's Phone Carrying Survey

The Register points us to a worldwide survey of how people carry their phones - which is pretty interesting stuff to us, given that we have a store that sells cases here. Apparently the right-front pocket is the main spot for guys (I'm a left-front man myself, probably because I'm still thinking somewhere in my lizard brain that I need my right hand for stylus work), while purses rule for the ladies. Also interesting is that guys are more likely to use a belt solution the older they get.

60% of men sampled carried their mobile phone in their trouser pockets, and of these most carried them in front right trouser pockets - positioned to be reachable by their dominant (right) hand. 61% of women sampled carried their mobile phone in a bag usually a hand bag

Read: Jan Chipchase - Future PerfectWhere's The Phone via The Register

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HTC Assimilates Dopod

HTC is already the 800lb gorilla in the Windows Mobile hardware space - they're solidifying that position by snapping up Dopod. The main asset seem to be Dopod's ability to distribute phones across Asia. This also helps HTC with the longstanding plans to actually brand their devices with "htc" instead of letting every carrier under the sun rename their gear. I'm looking forward to the day when a given HTC device has just two names - the prototype and the final - instead of the mysterious constellation of names most HTC phones have now.

[HTC] announced today that it has signed an acquisition agreement with Dopod International, one of the leading PDA Phone and smartphone distributors in Asia, to purchase the assets of nine Dopod subsidiaries

Read: HTC via PocketPC Thoughts

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iPAQ 510 Coming soon

Gadgetorama has been keeping a close eye on the HP Store's iPAQ 510 Voice Messenger page and noticed that the availability is now listed as "coming soon." Good news, that. The 510 is one of two new iPAQs that are designed around VOIP - for $319.99 you get a quad-band edge with the usual Windows Mobile 6 Standard amenities - plus some really elegant VOIP solutions. Basically the new iPAQs show up as standard SIP phones on your office's network, meaning that if your office is already using VOIP these little jobbers are basically plug'n'play with your network.

We had the briefest of glimpses of the iPAQ during the 3GSM Conference.

HP's Home and Home Office website (their US consumer online store) is now listing the iPAQ 510 Voice Messenger as Coming Soon. The price is listed as $319.99 USD.

Read: Gadgetorama - News item: HP iPAQ 510 Voice Messenger coming soon to US

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Moto Q Survey / Contest

Everything Motorola Q notes that Motorola is sponsoring a survey about the Q, the questions look to mainly be about whether or not you feel the need to pimp it out and how good a job the Q does at, uh, being pimped. There is a "general feedback" section, though, which I suspect will be filled with comments about the battery life and the creaky plastic. Or at least that's what I put in there, don't let me skew the results too much.

In any case, Moto's giving away a pair of Moto HT820 Stereo Bluetooth Headphones, so it's worth your time to fill it out.

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iPhone May *Help* Windows Mobile

Seeking Alpha's Sramana Mitra puts into words something like what I've had in the back of my mind for quite awhile now: it's possible that the iPhone could actually help WM. I'm not on board with her "the iPhone is actually laptop competition" argument, though. But consider this:

In a relatively small lakeside town in Minnesota, Excelsior, a new bar/restaurant opened up in December called Jake O'Connors. Everybody was thinking: this place is so nice that all the other bars and restaurants are going to have to shut down, there's just not enough space to go around. What actually happened, though, is that Jake O'Connors is doing great and all the nearby restaurants are doing better than they ever before. The new kid on the block made people want to come to that block, not necessarily just to see the new kid.

The basic idea here is that the smartphone market is growing -- quickly -- and it's likely that the iPhone will accelerate that growth. But the growth could come for the entire smartphone market, not just for the iPhone portion of it. There are a lot of feature phone users out there who are just starting to think "I need a smartphone", and the release of the iPhone could set them looking. I think its fair to say that there's a portion of those people who will choose WM over the iPhone.

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Final MEDC Newsbit: oFone

MEDC's best news is this spoof: the oFone. How sick is it that my initial reaction was: "Well, that's a bad implementation, but the basic idea of that form is sort of neat"? Very sick indeed.

Let's move on, shall we? Check out the video below. Ballerina visualization not recommended.

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No WM6 for Current HP Devices

It's not that HP hates Windows Mobile 6; after all, the newer iPAQs sport WM6. It's just that HP hates us. I can't think of any other explanation, because the one that HP cites (quoted from the unwired below) just doesn't hold water. Well, actually it does, but that doesn't mean we have to like it.

The computer giant cited "the potential for long delays, as well as possible carry-over costs" to its customers as reasons for this decision. Beside not offering any upgrades for existing customers, HP will also continues to offer these devices with Windows Mobile 5.0 only.

Read: the::unwired - CANCELED: HP has no plans to provide Windows Mobile 6 upgrades for its current iPAQs

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ATT and HTC Release ROM Update for 8525

Update: this press release completes the story, the 8525 is no longer the "Cingular 8525" but the "AT&T 8525 Pocket PC." The rebranded version already has the ROM update mentioned below pre-installed. Now we just have to wait for WM6 for it. Sadly, I'm betting it won't come anytime before the already-feel-like-an-eternal-wait update for the Blackjack. In other words, I'm betting on the fall.


Over at HTC's support page for the Cingular/AT&T 8525 you'll find a ROM update for your slider. It adds Push-to-Talk, support for Cingy's video service, and a bit more. Seems odd that they're even bothering given the fact that they've also promised a Windows Mobile 6 update sometime in the near future. Oh well, the folks over at HTC had to have put some work into the update, you may as well reward them by installing it.

Remember: ROM updates wipe everything you have on the phone. They also, if done haphazardly, can brick it. Proceed with deliberation and caution, as always.

Read: HTC: Support: AT&T 8525 Software Downloads (thanks to BGR for the tip)

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Sprint PPC 6800 Delayed, Renamed

Engadget Mobile has a couple of pieces of PPC-6800 news. The first is that it won't be coming this month as hoped:

the PPC-6800 has been pulled back into the shop to get reworked for an October release just weeks before it was supposed to hit store shelves [so they can launch it with] Windows Mobile 6 and EV-DO Rev. A

That's a good news/bad news sort of deal. Here's some other good news / bad news. The good first: the PPC-6800 is getting a decidedly cooler name, the Mogul. The bad is the same: yet another HTC device with a confusing set of multiple names and brands depending on which carrier the device is on. Perhaps to help with that branding insanity (and to drum up excitement during the delay), HTC has launched a teaser site for the device: http://rsvpmissionpossible.com/. Looks corny, but sometimes corny is ok.

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Motorola Woes

What's the current zeitgeist on Motorola these days? Whatever it is, it's not pretty. We already know that profits are down, that MotoCEO Ed Zander has already admitted that they need to do better, and even that there's a rumor floating about that Ericsson wants to buy Motorola. Nevertheless, Zander's feeling feisty. Mike points out that Zander is sick and tired of hearing about the iPhone:

How do you deal with [the iPhone]?" Zander was asked at the Software 2007 conference in Santa Clara, California. Zander quickly retorted, "How do they deal with us?"

Why the fightin' words? Maybe it's just that he just fought off a mini-coup led by investor Carl Icahn. Maybe he really believes that "micro-applications" will save them:

A movement is afoot within the software industry to create micro-applications, such as customer relationship management software, forecasting systems and revenue tracking software, and load them onto these handheld devices, Zander said.[...] But whether the smart phone will one day become just a platform for software stacks has yet to be seen, he noted.

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T-Mobile Wing Unboxing

Yep, they're calling it the "Wing." Yep, it's a great looking device. MyMobile911 has a few unboxing pics, check 'em out. As Engadget notes, the fact that it's a "full retail package" hopefully means that this little wonder will be hitting the store shelves sooner than we thought. If you need more Wing action, there's also a brief video here.

Just received the T-Mobile Wing (production package). Instead of a pre-production sample, I finally received the T-Mobile Wing in full retail package.

Read: MyMobile911 Homepage - Unboxing T-Mobile Wing, via Engadget

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WM "Mobile Spy" Tracks calls and SMS

File under eek. This new app, for $19.97, invisibly uploads your SMS texts and you call log to a server for you to, er, examine. Retina-X claims it's ideal for enforcing employee cell phone policy, teen cell phone use, catching a cheating spouse, or backing up your own cell phone activities. One service they don't offer: cleaning up your dirty, sinful soul after you nefariously install this spyware.

Read: Mobile Spy via Software spies on Windows Mobile smartphonesWindows for Devices

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Microsoft Quarterly Report: Record Profits

The news from Microsoft's Q3 Earnings Report is understandably all about Vista, which was clearly MS's bigger release of the past few months:

Shares of Microsoft Corp. soared nearly 5 percent Friday, after the company posted a 65 percent jump in third-quarter profit, boosted by sales of its new Windows Vista operating system and Office 2007, and by upgrade coupons issued over the holidays.

Read: Microsoft's Vista Sales Boost 3Q Profit - washingtonpost.com

...But don't take that to mean that there wasn't anything in the webcast about Windows Mobile 6, their other big OS release. As the pictured slide shows, MS has a nasty habit of lumping WM6 with the XBOX -- the "Entertainment & Devices Division." This transcript of the webcast helps us see the following (thanks to mocoNews.net for the tip):

Our Mobile and Embedded Devices business continued to turn in strong performance, with revenue growth in excess of 30%. During the quarter we unveiled Windows Mobile 6, the next version of our Windows Mobile software platform. We expect to see an increasing number of Windows Mobile 6 powered devices coming to market through the rest of this year.

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Get Trained in Windows Mobile

Microsoft has opened up a fancy new training site for Windows Mobile. It's intended for folks who are selling or supporting Windows Mobile devices, but it looks to be a pretty good all-around resource too. It's a pity that it's stuck behind a Passport login, though, because it might otherwise be a nice place to direct folks who are generally interested in WM. Ah well, you're sending those folks here anyway, right?

This is your resource center for Windows Mobile® powered devices. You'll find interactive online courses, downloadable sales tools, and mobile device news.

Read: Windows Mobile® Training

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Speed up Opera Mobile for WM

downloadsquad has a nice page of tips for customizing your install of Opera Mobile Beta 8.65. I really like Opera mobile but always stop using it for one reason or another. Odd, that. In any case, this just may get me reinstalling again, since it looks like it will be a little while before the stunningly cool-looking Opera 9 for WM is out.

But if you're willing to edit a few .ini files, here are a few ways to customize and improve Opera Mobile.Making a page down button, and other navigation settings

Read: How to make Opera Mobile even better (Thanks to Mike for the tip).

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Signpost 2007 - Location Aware Conference App

We've posted a bit about Microsoft's Mobile and Embedded Developer's Conference (MEDC), which is going on now. Looks like they've developed an incredibly cool app for the attendees to replace the standard booklet/map that you get at conferences. Some features: by putting up little (Update: Not Bluetooth, but just an image that the camera/software recognizes. Hence "signposts". duh.) "signposts" up around the conference, the app becomes location-aware, it lets you know where and when the various events are happening, and they even let you hunt down "easter eggs."

It doesn't take much thinking to come up with other great uses for Signpost: Museums would especially benefit from something like this. I'm glad to see that the MEDC folks are not only kind enough to host the conference, but also to let us non-attendees get a glimpse of what's happening there.

The most common request is the ability to have a conference guide on your Windows Mobile device that saves you time and hassle of having to carry around a cumbersome printed conference guide and flipping through it to look for sessions and room locations.

Read: Backstage at MED : A Wickedly Cool Conference Application

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HTC S710 (HTC Vox) Unboxing, Q&A

Here it is - my favorite WM6 device of this year (so far): the HTC Vox/S710. Check out the unboxing video below. After the jump, answers to the questions submitted over the weekend.

In case you're wondering, here's the rundown on the specs:

  • Windows Mobile 6 Standard
  • TI OMAP 201 MHz Processor
  • 128 MB ROM (about 50 MB User accessible), 64MB RAM (again, about 50 MB of Program Memory)
  • 101.5 mm x 50 mm x 17.5 mm / 120g
  • GSM/GPRS/EDGE Quad-band
  • WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.0
  • 2 megapixel camera
  • Around 7 hours talk-time

On to the Q&A. If you have more questions, post 'em below!

I totally agree with you that its the most exciting WM6 device coming out. My one question is does it have wifi? I'm feeling it doesn't, which would suck a bit.
- Neil

It does indeed have WiFi, which is a relief as the s710 only has EDGE for wireless data otherwise.

2. Carriers?
3. Release Date?
4. Comparison shots with other US devices, Q, blackjack, or similar.
- Josh Smith | April 27, 2007 1:53 PM

Sadly, no idea on carriers or release dates. I strongly suspect that T-Mobile will get it, though, as it looks like an excellent SDA replacement. I'll put up a bevy of comparison shots in the next day or two.

No 3G = No sale. This is not a revolutionary interface like the iPhone so the lack of 3G hurts this device.
- Jerry G

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20 Million WM Licenses in 2008

Microsoft is looking to increase their market share in the smartphone market, naturally. Just as naturally, they hope to continue the trend of doubling the number of devices running WM every year. It's not mentioned in the story, but presumably an announcement like this one is intended to help create an anti-iPhone talking point. Apple may be aiming for 1% of the marketplace, but MS is aiming a little higher. That's the idea, anyway. Microsoft only has a month or so before the iPhone drops like a ton of bricks on the marketplace, so it's in Microsoft's interest to try to define the rules of success (i.e. numbers and marketshare) before it hits.

Microsoft, Tuesday said it plans to double the number of mobile phone software licenses it sells worldwide to 20 million in fiscal-year 2008, as it takes on rivals Research In Motion and Symbian.

Read: Microsoft To Ship 20 Million Windows Mobile Licenses in 2008

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HTC S710 Audio Manager Preview

A couple of days into using the HTC S710 and I have a new favorite feature that you'll be interested in: a custom audio player HTC has included called "Audio Manager." It is a music player that uses an ipod-like interface instead of the standard Windows Media Player. It's very easy to use and quick. Even better - it has two additional features that are lacking in the default player - a playlist creator and a ringtone creator! Check out the video below.

We'll bring you a full review after more time with the device.

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Official: T-Mobile Dash WM6 Tomorrow

You'll be able to get it at http://www.t-mobile.com/wmupgrade/, SlashGear has the full text of the press release:

T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced that T-Mobile Dash™ customers will be the first in the U.S. to download and experience the benefits of the new Microsoft Windows Mobile 6 software. Starting tomorrow, May 4,
T-Mobile Dash customers can upgrade from Windows Mobile 5.0 to Windows Mobile 6 via a free desktop download available directly from T-Mobile.

Read: SlashGear - Gallery - T-Mobile Dash Upgraded to WM6

Not much more to say, eh? Well, it does look, from the leaked version, that T-Mo has included at least a couple of custom apps in there beyond the standard WM6 fare: the MyFave's app (which is strangely necessary for their "my favorite 5 friends are free" plan) and audio controls on the today screen. I'm one of the cautious who's waiting for the official update to get WM6 on my Dash. Expect a review of WM6 on the Dash on Monday.

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Followup: Internet Radio Doomsday Postponed

The Consumerist has a couple of bits about the likely end of Internet Radio:

the due date for online radio stations to pay higher royalties for streamed music has been pushed back from May 15 to July 15 by the Copyright Royalty Board.

Read: Internet Radio: Web Broadcasters' Date To Pay Royalties Pushed Back - Idolator

That's good news, as it gives the bill that could save Internet Radio a little more time. I've been told that my doomsaying about Internet Radio is a little premature ("It's been doomed before"), let's hope I was just panicking for no good reason.

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Review: Smartphone Experts Power Bundle for Treo 750

These days, technology like WiFi, 3G cellular networks, and faster processors have surpassed the capability of batteries to keep devices powered for extended periods of time. SmartPhone Experts has recognized the need for users to keep their beloved devices powered and has released a Power Bundle including a wall charger, car charger, and a retractable sync and charge cable for your Windows Mobile PocketPC or Smartphone. How will the SmartPhone Experts Power Bundle for the Treo 750 stack up to your need to have a fully charged device? Read on to find out!

Buy: WMexperts Store >> Smartphone Experts Power Bundle

Wall Charger

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T-Mobile Dash WM6 Update Posted

Update: Go get it now (be sure to click where they tell you to).

Ah, the best thing about waiting for carriers to offer ROM updates isn't the actual official release, it's the leaking that happens beforehand. As Jimmie says below, it probably makes sense to just wait a bit as the official update is expected this week. But if you're not that sort, a bit of Googling should net you the update pretty quickly. In the meantime, you can check out them pretty WM6 screenshots.

Update: Gizmodo confirms that it's coming out for really real on Friday.

T-Mobile is expected to offer the Windows Mobile 6 upgrade to current Dash owners next week for download. It has been leaked on the usual sites known for obtaining these upgrades (I'm not going to list the sites). You're better off waiting for T-Mobile to officially post it for download, it is expected to be made available this week as a download for current Dash owners

Read: Gadgets on the Go: Official T-Mobile Dash Windows Mobile 6 Upgrade leaked

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Moto Q9h in the Wild

Engadget got their hand on an unbranded Moto Q9h. Basically they're unimpressed with the hardware (Big and clunky, basically), but they're not declaring it DOA yet, as the quote below mentions, it's not in the US yet. Follow the link for their full gallery.

Basically, we're not super stoked for the Q9, but hey, it ain't over until it's out, and this thing hasn't shown any signs of US release in the near future, so maybe they'll have time to work out some kinks.

Read: Hands-on with a Motorola Q9 in the wild - Engadget

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Silverlight Demo

There's a lot of news coming out of MEDC, but sadly not a lot that makes sense to poor little non-developers like me. Here's something that caught my eye, though, a demo of Silverlight,, which is Microsoft's cross-platform competitor to Flash. What's neat about it is how well Silverlight manages to integrate constantly updated data, a flashy UI, and video into a single app. Check out the linked video demo below to see it.

Read: Windows Embedded Blog : MEDC 2007: Sliverlight on Windows Mobile

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