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4 years ago

LG Fathom headed to Verizon

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LG Fathom headed to Verizon

May should be a busy month for the folks over at Verizon Wireless. The Kin, Microsoft's Windows Phone, is due to launch and now we are finding out that LG is planning to launch a new Windows Phone, the Fathom.

The Fathom is a bit of a phantom right now and what we know is very limited.  We know the Fathom will be running Windows Mobile 6.5 and have a physical keyboard but anything beyond that is a bit of a mystery.

As more becomes available on this new Windows Phone, we'll pass it on.

[read: boygeniusreport.com]

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4 years ago

Microsoft's 'Kin' phones 'crank social up to 11'

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Microsoft just announced its long rumored "Project Pink." The phones remain the same as previously leaked, but it now has an official name -- Kin. As in Kindred spirits. At a small gathering this morning, Microsoft announced Kin One and Kin Two -- "A phone designed to navigate your social life," said Microsoft's Robbie Bach.

The idea is comparable to Motorola's Motoblur on Android -- bringing all of your social networks to one easy-to-use phone in a more focused platform than Windows Phone 7. Said Bach: "Windows Phone 7 is about simplifying your life. Kin is about amplifying your life."

Kin One and Kin Two will be available soon on Verizon. More at kin.com. Full press release after the break. [Verizon]

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4 years ago

Microsoft kills Courier project

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Microsoft's long-rumored "Courier" project -- a bifurcated e-reader of sorts that gained a great deal of curiosity despite never being officially announced or acknowledged, apparently has been killed. Reports Gizmodo:

We're told that on Wednesday, Microsoft execs informed the internal team that had been working on the tablet device that the project would no longer be supported.

Of course, we've heard this tune before. Project Pink reportedly was dead, and we now know it as the Kin. So, we'll hold out hope. But just a little. [Gizmodo]

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4 years ago

Windows Phone developer tools now work in final version of Visual Studio 2010

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Good news for Windows Phone 7 developers -- a Windows Phone Developers Tools CTP refresh is now available, and you can now build apps in the final release of Virtual Studio 2010. New are:

  • This release has been tested to work with the final release of Visual Studio 2010.
  • An updated Windows Phone 7 OS image for the Windows Phone Emulator.
  • A few APIs in the frameworks have been added and or changed. See this MSDN page for more details.
  • The documentation has been updated with new and expanded topics. See this MSDN page for more details.
  • We’ve provided limited support for launchers and choosers. In cases where the underlying built-in experience is not present launchers and choosers are still not available (i.e. the email chooser asks you to select a contact, but there are no contacts in the emulator and no way to add one).
  • Pause/Resume events are now supported.
  • If the tools are installed as the admin user, non-admin users are now able to deploy to the emulator.
  • A problem with incremental deployment of projects has been fixed.
  • A problem resulting in the error "Connection failed because of invalid command-line arguments" being displayed during project creation has been fixed.
  • A problem where the Windows Phone node was not appearing in VS 2010 on non-system drives has been fixed.
  • Design time skin refresh issues have been addressed.

Snag it now at developer.windowsphone.com.

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4 years ago

WMExperts Podcast returns Friday morning, and we're doing it live!

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4 years ago

HP still committed to Windows Phone 7

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HP still committed to Windows Phone 7

While it's a slow news day on the Windows Phone front, I don't think you can say the same for our friends at PreCentral.net, which covers the Palm side of the smart-phone industry.

HP has agreed to purchase Palm for $1.2 billion, paying $5.70 a share or about 23 percent more than what the stock is currently priced at. Palm will operate as a business unit within HP.

One of the many questions tossed out surrounding this acquisition is where does this put the Windows Phone? HP was listed as an initial hardware partner for Windows Phone 7 devicesm but will WebOS pull center stage with HP?

According to Brian Humphries, HP's VP of Strategy and Corporate Development, "We intend to continue to be a strategic partner for Microsoft. They're a huge piece of our business today and will continue to be so."

Other companies such as HTC has had success in producing smart-phones under different operating systems.  It will be interesting to see how HP does now that they own Palm. [via: Precentral.net]

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4 years ago

LG eXpo gets some custom ROM action, Windows Mobile 6.5.3

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The LG eXpo has been out for a few months already (see review) so it's about time some people gave it the traditional 'unofficial' upgrade. Work on a custom ROM and kitchen finally had a break through a few weeks ago at XDA and this past weekend, the first stripped down/improved ROM became available.

XDA user Dark9781 has released his 'Dragonstorm' ROM which brings the following:

  • WM6.5.3 (23563, w/threaded email)
  • Removed AT&T bloatware, LG Idles
  • 187MB Storage/73MB Program 
  • Office 2010
  • .NET CF 3.7 (removed/updated .NET CF 2.0)
  • Added a few minor apps (tip calculator)
  • Various tweaks (still needs LG Expo Tweaker though)

We've been running it for the last 24 hours and we have to give it a big thumbs up (see image to the left). Seeing as the eXpo doesn't have a Windown flag/Start button, having the new one in 6.5.3 near the bottom makes the device much easier to use. The device is noticeably faster, has much more RAM/ROM space available and is just much more organized without all the carrier nonsense

To upgrade, you'll want to follow the directions in this thread. Then download the .exe file from this post and run through the installation. During the install, let it install to the default directory and there's a good chance you'll have to install the USB drivers/restart before you flash. The whole process maybe took 10 minutes and LG phones have a reputation of being nearly "brick proof", so there shouldn't be to much concern. The ROM kitchen is also now available for others to make their own ROMs.

Now the big question: when can we get some Sense 2.5 action with that Snapdragon 1Ghz processor?

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4 years ago

Verizon FiOS DVR Manager comes to Windows Marketplace

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If you're lucky enough to have access to Verizon's pure fiber-optic FiOS cable/internet, then you'll want to go to Windows Marketplace and check out their DVR manager.

In an effort to basically kill off TiVO, the cable companies have been rolling out their own digital video recorder (DVR) services. This freeware app basically lets you access and program your DVR remotely via your WinMo phone. A friend tells you about a show you have to watch? Fire up this bad boy, log in and set your DVR to record it.

Having used Verizon's FiOS for a few years (even played with the DVR two years ago), we like their offerings a lot and its nice to see them give some Windows Mobile love.

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4 years ago

HTC to pay royalties to Microsoft after being told Android steps on its patents

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[Ed. note: This story was originally posted at AndroidCentral.com]

Microsoft issued a news release late late night, announcing it signed a patent agreement with HTC over its entire line of smartphones running the Android operating system.

Specific terms of the deal, including how many patents or what they cover, were not immediately released. Microsoft's statement did say the agreement "provides broad coverage under Microsoft's patent portfolio for HTC 's mobile phones running the Android mobile platform."

“HTC and Microsoft have a long history of technical and commercial collaboration, and today’s agreement is an example of how industry leaders can reach commercial arrangements that address intellectual property,” Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of Intellectual Property and Licensing at Microsoft, said in the official statement. “We are pleased to continue our collaboration with HTC.”

The announcement comes as HTC is facing a lawsuit from Apple Inc., which alleges that HTC infringes on a number of its patents with many of its Android phones, and a few Windows Mobile devices, too. It is unknown for which patents HTC is paying royalties to Microsoft, and whether they overlap any of Apple's claims.

CNET's Ina Fried reports that the disputed patents range from the user interface to the operating system itself, and that this is the first time Microsoft has publicly said that HTC was violating patents. Microsoft for years has alleged that Linux infringes on a number of its patents and has sought licensing deals with manufacturers who use the open-source OS, which also is the framework for Android. This, however, is Microsoft's first licensing deal with the mobile OS.

Full text of Microsoft's press release after the break. 

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4 years ago

Jawbone Icon gets A2DP update

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Jawbone Icon gets A2DP update

Aliph has released an update to its popular Bluetooth headset, the Icon, that gives it the ability to stream music and other audio files. The A2DP update is available through the companies MyTalk website. If you don't own an Icon and the addition to A2DP pushes you over the fence, the headset can be picked up over at the WMExperts Store for the reduced price of $96.95.

[read: electronista.com]

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4 years ago

O2 ROM update for the HD2

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O2 ROM update for the HD2

U.K. wireless provider O2 has released a ROM update for the HTC HD2. There is no change log available with the ROM likely fixing minor bugs and tweaking things under the hood to improve stability.

If you happen to be using an HD2 from O2 you can find the updated ROM here. Remember, when you flash the ROM you wipe all your data so it's important to back-up everything before updating.

[via: wmpoweruser.com]

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4 years ago

Review: Lookout (formerly known as Flexillis)

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Review: Lookout (formerly known as Flexillis)

In light of the recent Trojan Horse/malware issue that cropped up with a Windows Mobile game, we thought we'd re-visit what security resources are available for Windows Phones. One thing we discovered was that Flexillis has undergone a face-lift (as well as a name change).

Lookout, formerly known as Flexillis, is an anti-virus, backup, security service that not only runs on your Windows Phone but also has an online component.  Follow the break the read more on Lookout to see if the changes go beyond the name.

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4 years ago

U.S. Cellular lands the Samsung Exec

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U.S. Cellular has announced a new business-class Windows Phone, the Samsung Exec.

With all the buzz circulating about the Kin and Windows Phone 7 pending releases, it's a little surprising to see an announcement on a new Windows Phone especially when it's running Windows Mobile 6.5 Standard.  However, the Exec is being presented as a business solution design and WM Standard is a good fit for such a design.  Asides from the center control panel design, the Exec is very reminiscent of the Samsung Jack.

The Samsung Exec specs include 123mb ROM/80mb RAM, 1500mah battery, a 2mp camera, 667mhz processor, 2.4" 320x240 screen, bluetooth, and gps. The Samsung Windows Phone measures 4.61"Lx2.36"Wx.45"D and weighs 3.7 ounces.

The Exec will run you $169.95 before rebates and discounts which will drop the price to $99.95.

[Read: Slashphone.com]

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4 years ago

Marketplace Spotlight: Langlearner Full

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Marketplace Spotlight: Langlearner Full

We've already shined the spotlight on several Langlearner Marketplace apps and now we turn our focus on the companies most recent Marketplace app, Langlearner Full.

Langlearner Full follows that same lesson plan of Langlearner Lite (the free version) in that it focuses on short, everyday phrases (e.g. where's the restroom, what time is it, etc.).  Langlearner Full has more content which includes ten languages and 100mbs of downloadable content covering thirty-two lessons.

Navigation is simple and the lesson plans are straightforward. You choose your lesson pack (casual conversation, dining, first aid, etc) to download and then choose your individual lesson. Each lesson covers the full language range and you choose the direction of the translation.  The Windows Phone App presents the phrase in the written and audible form as well as a picture illustrating the phrase.

Langlearner Full is available at the Windows Mobile Marketplace for 99 cents. It may not be on the same level as Rosetta Stone but if you're looking for a convenient, simple to use language app, LangLearner Full isn't a bad way to spend less than a buck. Not sure? You can still download Langlearner Lite to get a feel for things.

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4 years ago

New look at Office on Windows Phone 7 leaves us mostly swooning

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All you business-types who have been fretting over whether you're going to be able to crank out e-mails on the fly in Windows Phone 7 ... wonder no more. After the break are a couple of new emulator videos of Windows Phone 7, finally showing what the e-mail and Office experience may be like. Opening a PowerPoint presentation within an e-mail? Very cool. We're not sold on the on-screen keyboard just yet, but there's plenty of time for that, and we'll undoubtedly see a slider or two. [MobilityDigest Youtube via Engadget]

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