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No Google Voice today; we shake fists at sky

See, this is why we have to use a lot of hedge words like "allegedly," "reportedly," "purportedly," and "no friggin' way." 'Cause half the time someone says they've heard something's going to happen on a certain day, well ... let's just turn to the addage: Those who know don't speak, and those who speak don't know.

And so, there's no Google Voice today for us mere mortals. The above tweet comes from Craig Walker, who's running the show over there.  It's coming. Just not today. Move along, folks.

Via BGR

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Video: The Samsung Omnia II in action

You've seen the specs of the recently announced Samsung Omnia II, now watch the phone in action, courtesy of MobileBurn.

Even if you're not a fan of the TouchWiz interface, you've gotta appreciate just how smooth it is on that phone. And we're willing to bet that's not even a production ROM yet.

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July Release Date for the I-Mate 810?

Earlier this year we ran across the I-Mate 810 at the 2009 Mobile World Congress. The rugged Windows Mobile Phone took a beating and kept on ticking as demonstrated in this video we shared earlier this year.

PocketPC Dubia is reporting that local retailers are expecting the I-Mate sometime in July. Granted the local dealers slated to get the I-Mate are in Dubai but there's always a glimmer of hope that these ruggedized Windows Mobile phones will eventually head to the States.

I-Mate is based out of Dubai so it makes sense they get the first crack at this new phone but wouldn't it be nice if more of these new phones would be introduced in the States first or at least at the same time they are introduced over-seas?

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Though we'd be straining to tell you specifically what has changed with v2.23 since Google evidently doesn't believe in change logs or auto-updates via software (rolls eyes), we can tell you that this is a newer version from v2.09. Yep. That's why we get paid the big bucks here at WMExperts.

Actually, some of the controls during play seemed to have changed a bit (shrunk down?) and there seem to be some nice animation effects. But perhaps that's just out imagination. Maybe you can help discern the mystery.

Anyways, go here to directly download the .cab to your phone.

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T-Mobile officially announces Dash 3G

Can't say this phone snuck up on us. T-Mobile officially announced the Dash 3G on Wednesday, making it the second of the U.S. carriers to do so. (The Sprint version of the HTC Snap is already in the wild and will be in Sprint stores in a week or so.) We're also getting our first official look at the phone. T-Mobile's keeping the same lines as the stock HTC device that we first saw at Mobile World Congress.

What we still don't know? An actual release date — T-Mo's just saying "in July" and we're seeing July 1 — and pricing. That should be coming soon, along with an announcement about the HTC Touch Pro 2.

Via ZDNet

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Google Voice reportedly may open up tomorrow

Ever since Google announced the return of GrandCentral as Google Voice back in March, we've been chomping at the bit waiting for the beta to open up.

But Buzz Out Loud's Natali Del Conte may have just spilled the beans. She apparently told a caller on the 999th episode of the CNet podcast that a Google rep told her that June 18 was the day the rest of us finally get to play. She says it was originally supposed to launch in late may, and that if tomorrow doesn't hold true, it should still be sometime soon.

If all this turns out to be true, it's turning into one heck of a month for smartphone owners, with the launch of the Palm Pre, iPhone 3.0 software and now Google Voice. Now if Microsoft were to put forth Windows Mobile 6.5 and the Marketplace ...

Buzz Out Loud [skip to 24:35] via BGR

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Some two years after purchasing GrandCentral for a reported $50 million, Google has announced it is relaunching the uber-phone service as Google Voice. [via TechCrunch]

In a nutshell: It's gmail for your phone. And then some. You get a new number (that's the big downside, at least initially) from which you can get a ton of utility from the voice side of your phone. Frankly, it's almost too much to list here. But we'll give it a shot:

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Cool Freeware: Outlook Cleaner

No doubt keeping your Contacts database in check by reducing redundancies is always a challenge, especially with all the multiple syncs we do these days (Exchange, backups, Google, etc.).

One question we get often here at WMExperts is how to remove duplicate contacts on your device, preferably the non-manual way.  Up till now, we recommended the super powerful SKTools (which may be overkill for many).

However XDA member zaijian has created a "still in development" freeware app called Outlook Cleaner and it does the task rather nicely:

How it works
Contact cleaning works like this:
1) Scan the Contacts database, looking for duplicate contacts.
2) Exact duplicates are deleted.
3) Near-duplicates are displayed for manual merging/removal.
4) You go through the sets of near-duplicates, where you can see all the values which are different, and choose to keep, delete, or merge Contacts.

Not too shabby and he promised to add task/calendar cleaning in later versions to make it even more useful.  The app requires .NET CF 2.0, which many of you have already in ROM.  More info including download can be found here.

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Look, we know full well some of us you are double-fisting and dabbling with the iPhone. Or at least an iPod Touch. And so you're probably sitting there, clicking the "Check for update" button in iTunes, waiting for the 3.0 software to come out today. And that's fine. But while your waiting, at least make yourself useful and read through The iPhone Blog's excellent 3.0 Walkthrough. And share it with a friend.

And join them tonight for the latest edition of iPhone Live, where you'll find out how you can win a free iPhone 3G S, courtesy of TiPB.

Then, you know, come back and hang out with us some, mkay?

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LG Introduces the GW550

You've got the HTC Snap and the Samsung Jack, and it looks like LG is following in their footsteps by introducing the GW550. The GW550 is another front-facing keyboard, 2.4-inch QVGA, Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard phone.

Just when you thought WM Standard was on its last leg, devices running the standard OS seem to be coming out of the woodwork. The GW550 also sports a 3 megapixel camera, "global" 3G, and 7.2Mbps HSDPA/2Mbps HSUPA capabilities. Based on the photos, the GW550 is follows the conservative appearance the Snap and Jack have, and it has the same lines as the Nokia N71.

No word yet from LG on pricing or availability. Depending on pricing and what the final specifications shake out to be, if you're in the market for a WM Standard phone the LG GW550 might make the choice a little more difficult to make.

Via The Boy Genius Report

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Zune HD gets a Tegra processor? Sonofa!

See here! We're very much looking forward to the latest from HTC finally hitting the states. And that Samsung Omnia Pro and its even better specs is looking mighty yummy, too. But what we really want is some Snapdragon — and some Tegra.

And that brings us to the Zune HD, which was rumored to be housing said NVIDIA Tegra processor. And PC Perspective [via Engadget] is confirming that rumor. Basically, you're getting CPU, GPU and every other -PU you can think of on one chip. And it's a low-power chip at that, which means better battery life. And Endaget's right in that us Windows Mobile fans should feel a little put out if the Zune HD in fact does have that much power under its hood while we continue to chug away with more "standard" processors.

We've said it before and we'll say it again. Aside from the lack of a phone and a bizarre screen resolution (albeit an OLED screen), the Zune HD looks like it'll have a lot of what we've been wanting for a long, long time. And a lot of what we expect to see when Windows Mobile 7 finally makes it to market.

Still not impressed? Peep the demo video after the break and tell us you don't want a Tegra chip in your phone.

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Xperia X2 not being announced today

Yeah, it's really not surprising, but there won't be an announcement a Sony Ericsson X2 today from that event in Singapore. From the official SE blog:

Hi, over the last few hours there has been a consistent string of rumours regarding an event scheduled for the 17th in Singapore. This is a local event to recap the recent launches for Aino, Saito and Yari as well as the GreenHeart phones (the C901 GreenHeart and Naite.) There will be an update on local content initiatives but no new products will be announced at the event.

We’ll have some news on the X2 later in the year, but tomorrow’s event is not it.

Move along, folks. Nothing to see here.

Via Phone Arena

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Nvidia getting in on WM. Making processors.

 

As Windows Mobile continues to explode (and the long drum beat of WM7 begins), it looks as if long time graphic card maker Nvidia is getting ready to debut their mobile processor designed specifically for WM devices.

Sweet.

What's even cooler is the promised speeds of 600 or 800mhz at less than 1 watt of power from this new "Tegra" line. The processor is actually "spread out" having several accelerators, as opposed to the Intel single-processor/multi-platform Atom solution.

Nvidia thinks that extra punch will give developers of Wm7 devices much more freedom in delivering those eye-popping custom UI graphics.

So when can we expect these bad boys? How about Q4 of this year. Not too bad. Along with Qualcomm's endless promises with "Snapdragon" (see our earlier coverage here), the mobile processor biz should get interesting real soon. It also looks as if the line between mobile phones and mini-PCs is about to get very blurry.

Read more about Nvidia's Tegra here

Source: T.Krazit Blog (Cnet) via Solsie

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Google spruces up Gmail's contacts

We love Gmail. It's our lifeline. But there are a few major hangups that cause us to bang our heads against the wall day after day. One is the lack of a proper IMAP idle process for true push support and proper use of labels on Windows phones. (Yeah, there are decent third-party solutions out there. We're talking about native, out-of-the-box push e-mail.)

The other issue is contacts, which Google finally is starting to address. From the official Gmail blog:

Up until now, Gmail only supported some contact fields. Whenever someone imported their contacts from apps like Outlook and OS X Address Book, we used to put fields Gmail didn't recognize into the contact's notes section. Based on feedback from you, we added support for more contact fields (like birthday and website) and now store each of these fields separately, which makes syncing and round-tripping your data work better.

There you have it. We're getting there. Still not perfect, but better. (Insert "beta" joke here.)

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Tip: Delete "Outlook Email" from Mobile Outlook

Not one of the many who use Microsoft Exchange on your Windows Mobile phone? Totally understandable as it either costs hosting fees or requires you to work for a company with an Exchange server.

But if you're not using it, why can't you just delete "Outlook Email" from the email client, eh?  That sucker is just an empty void that you skip over to get to your real email accounts and alas, WM won't let you just delete it. Curses!

Have no fear, as it's all in the registry baby!  Diigibio at XDA documents how this is done, repeated below. Just use your favorite registry editor (or read our how-to) and navigate to this area:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Inbox\Svc\Activesync

Simply back up your device or that registry value and delete the \Activesync folder, followed by a soft reset.  Bam, no more "Outlook Email" folder to skip over.

Thanks, Scientific!

Update: Yeah, people are having, um, varying results with this one. Use at your own risk. And be sure to back up your phone first.

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Vito Updates SMS-Chat and ZoomBoard

Vito Techonology announced today the release of updated versions of SMS-Chat (v1.21) and ZoomBoard (v2.04). Both applications have been improved with minor bug fixes. SMS-Chat now has threaded view for all three skins that was previously only available for the "bright" skin. Zoomboard now includes the "bright" skin to coordinate appearances with Vito's Communications Suite.

SMS-Chat is a threaded text messaging application that allows you to organize SMS correspondences into threaded conversations. We found it to be a feature-rich application that is definitely worth a trial run.

ZoomBoard is an on-screen keyboard that provides accurate finger typing. Every time you press a letter on the keyboard, a zoomed image of the key is displayed to confirm what you are entering. The letter is typed only when you release the key giving you the ability to slide from key to key.

In recognition of these updated versions, Vito is bundling SMS-Chat and ZoomBoard together for a discounted price.

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Sprint Treo Pro gets ringer patch from Palm

No phone is perfect, and the Sprint Treo Pro has some hiccups as well. One that has been documented by many is an issue with the ringer where essentially the settings get corrupted in the registry, resulting in "silent" incoming calls:

The root cause of the Treo Pro No Ringer issue is related to a rare corruption of the Treo Pro’s registry key. This can lead to the smart phone not ringing and causing the user to miss an incoming call.

If you see a Software Version that is T850EWW-1.04-SPT you should install this update.

Interestingly this "update" looks to be an old fix for the Treo 750 found here and brought to Palm's attention here, though a complete tear-down of the official .cab fix needs to be done to confirm.

This also does not address the other missed-call problem associated with fringe reception (documented and addressed here), that is the one where you get no notification at all about a missed call as opposed to just a silent ringer.

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Why AMOLED? Why not!

Let's have some alphabet soup. You know what an LED is. That's Light Emitting Diode. Usually you see them as little indicator lights and now as part of computer monitor backlights. Then there's OLED. That's Organic LED. Kinda self-explanatory in that there's organic material in there. OLEDs are thinner and use less power (and thus battery life). But they're still rather expensive.

And then there's AMOLED. Active-Matrix OLED screens use even less power. Colors are more crisp. They can be flexible. They pretty much mean you're not messing around. Don't ask questions. You want one.

And above is an even better description from Samsung VP Omar Khan, who should know a thing or three about displays in cell phones, given that the just-announced Omnia Pro and Omnia II have AMOLED screens.

Via wmpoweruser

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Clearwire's 4G WiMax goes live in Atlanta

We've already seen Clearwire roll out its WiMax service in Baltimore and Oregon, and now it's launched in its biggest market yet.

Atlanta woke today to 4G speeds, though you'll need WiMax-enabled device or data card to take advantage, natch. We're still waiting for WiMax-enabled phones to hit the mainstream, too (though here's a hands-on we got with one).

In addition to Atlanta, we're still expecting Clearwire to flip on WiMax in more cities in the coming months. Namely:

  • 2009: Las Vegas, Chicago, Charlotte (N.C), Dallas/Fort Worth, Honolulu, Philadelphia, Seattle.
  • 2010: New York City, Boston, Washington D.C., Houston, San Francisco.

Via jkontherun

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Oooooo ... This Treo Pro is shiny

Hey, there's nothing wrong with the glossy black Treo Pro that we've come to know and love. But there's just something about chrome that gets us going. And so when we saw this shot from the official repair manual, we needed a minute. Of course, this could be a region-specific thing, or from a prototype or repair unit, so don't expect to get one anytime soon. But it's still pretty slick.

Head on over to PPCGeeks to download the repair manual and check out more blood and guts of the Treo Pro.

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I am on the road a lot. As a result, I cannot tell you how many times I've wished I could download file from my office to my phone or check on some other data not available in the field.

If you think that it might be handy, or just cool, to access and remotely control your desktop or laptop from your Windows phone, then you might want to take a look at RDM+ version 3.7.6. With it, you not only can control your computer, you can manage your files, access and run any program, manage the processes and services ... heck, it could simply be used to see what is happening on it while you are away!

I have spent some time with this one on the road. So join us after the break and I'll give you the full scoop on how it works, how easy (or hard) it is to set up and use, and answer the nagging question "Is it worth the $39.95 price tag?"

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LG officially launches the GM730

We got a look at the LG GM730 back at CES in January, and now the Korean manufacturer has officially launched the phone. Also known as the Eigen, the GM730 sports Windows Mobile 6.1, a 5 megapixel camera, 16 gigabytes of storage space, GPS and FM receivers and will showcase the LG Application Store. The GM730 will launch in Asian markets in July.

Press release (translated) via Unwired View

 

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