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4 years ago

This HTC Trophy is pretty, but it's not real

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We know the HTC Trophy is on HTC's 2010 roadmap, and up until now all we've had to spark our interests is a small, fuzzy, low-res image. We are now seeing a high-res image of the Trophy surfacing that looks really good. But unfortunately it's merely a fan render (though it's a very good one) from XDA Developers Forum member Elcondor. [via Slashgear]

The Trophy is reported to be a front-facing QWERTY keyboard, 3-inch capacitive touchscreen with 512MB ROM, 256MB RAM and running Windows Mobile 6.5.

If Elcondor is anywhere close with this image, the HTC Trophy will certainly turn heads. While all the details are sketchy on the Trophy, we are hoping things come more into focus at Mobile World Congress in a couple weeks.

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4 years ago

Alltel, Telus, US Cellular get 2016 SMS Timestamp fix

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Y'all remember that 2016-SMS timestamp bug we discussed a few weeks ago? The one that caused all incoming text messages to be dated from the year 2016?

Well, good news as HTC has released patches for Telus, US Cellular and Alltel users (Sprint got theirs last week; not a peep though from Verizon yet).

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Alltel

US Cellular

Remember, these don't play too well with custom ROMs, so best to stick with the 'Ziggy' patch.  

Sure, this was an unfortunate bug, but three to four weeks isn't too bad for an official patch, we suppose...we mean in comparison to where we were a few years ago (Anyone remember the Sprint 700wx SMS debacle? That was like a 6 month wait!)

[Thanks to Gregory P for the Telus tip!]

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4 years ago

TG02 gets the OK from the FCC

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TG02 gets the OK from the FCC

Oh, hi, Toshiba TG02. It's been a while. When last we met, you were getting WiFi certification. Now you're in the good graces of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, and there's a good chance we'll see you in person in a couple weeks at Mobile World Congress.

So what, exactly, might we see? From the FCC documents, we know the usual radio stuff is there -- Bluetooth, GPS and WiFi b/g -- plus quad-band GSM frequencies (but no 3G for the U.S.). Other than that? We'd expect it to appear with Windows Mobile 6.5.x (or 6.5.3, or 6.6, or 6.7, or whatever it ends up being called). Previous leaked specs showed a 4.1-inch WVGA screen, 3.2MP camera and the aforementioned version of WinMo. Also previously mentioned in big red letters was the word "Waterproof," which could provide an interesting twist. Stand by. [FCC via Engadget]

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4 years ago

Microsoft releases record earnings

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It looks like AT&T isn't the only company sharing positive earnings reports these days. Microsoft has released its earnings report for the second quarter, which ended Dec. 31, 2009, and the numbers are impressive. Microsoft earned $19.02 billion last quarter, a 14% increase over the same period last year. Year-to-date earnings were at $31.94 billion, slightly ahead of last year's pace, which was $31.69 billion.

Microsoft is crediting Windows 7 for the growth. Peter Klein, Chief Financial Officer for Microsoft states, "Exceptional demand for Windows 7 led to the positive top-line growth for the company. Our continuing commitment to managing costs allows us to drive earning performance ahead of the revenue growth." Through the second quarter, Microsoft has sold over 60 million Windows 7 licenses.

Hopefully, seven will be Microsoft's lucky number and similar results will be experienced when they release the next "7" with Windows Mobile 7. Speaking of which, Microsoft confirmed during the earnings conference call that WM7 would be shown at next months Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.  It will be interesting to see how much we've heard about Windows Mobile "Seven" is fact or fiction.

You find all the numbers and details of Microsoft's earning report here.

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4 years ago

AT&T sees boost in wireless subscribers

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AT&T has posted its 2009 Q4 numbers and is experiencing a healthy boost in wireless subscribers. For the quarter, AT&T's wireless subscribers grew 2.7 million bringing the total subscribers in service to 85.1 million.

Wireless data services generated $3.9 billion in revenue, a 26.3% increase from last year's fourth quarter. However, consolidated revenues totaled $30.9 billion which is slightly down from last years Q4 earnings ($31.1 billion) but up from the 2009 Q3 earnings. This is the third consecutive quarter with a increase in consolidated revenues for AT&T.

You can find the full release over at AT&T's website along with spreadsheets and very large numbers detailing AT&T's good news.

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4 years ago

Microsoft, again: no Zune phone

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Microsoft, again: no Zune phone

Looks like Microsoft is once again denying anything about a Zune phone. Quoting a Microsoft spokesperson: "we have no plans to create a Zune phone," which seems pretty open and shut.

Then again ... Assuming there is something in the works, it's not like they would confirm either.  And as NeoWin points out, they also denied ever making an MP3 player, too.

With the rumors flying high this week, especially with the USB reference codes found in the .inf file from the latest Zune software update, Microsoft is probably feeling some heat from their OEMs over the issue--don't forget, they are also very interested in the prospect/denial of such a device.  We can understand if they are nervous and causing some little waves with Redmond.

Regarding that Zune update, consensus seems to be swaying from an actual "Zune phone" to "these are plans to incorporate the Zune experience into Windows Mobile,"

Check out Paul Thurrott's piece over at WinSuperSite, which delves deeper into that issue as well as detailing the recent changes to the Zune software, it's a good read.

Oh Mobile World Congress, you can't come soon enough.  Please rescue us from ourselves.

[via NeoWin.net]

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4 years ago

Review: Samsung Omnia II's Camera

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Review: Samsung Omnia II's Camera

We've taken a look at the Samsung Omnia II from Verizon and felt it was less than stellar. In the full review we only briefly touched on the 5-megapixel camera. We've had the chance to tinker with the camera, and it may very well be the Omnia II's strongest feature.

Follow the break for more on the software driving the camera and the image quality it captures.

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4 years ago

Verizon posts a $653 million loss

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Verizon posts a $653 million loss

While Verizon can boast the most retail customers of any U.S. carrier, they reported a $653 million loss for last years fourth quarter. With the announcement of the losses, Verizon also announce it plans to reduce it's work force by 13,000 employees during the course of the year.

Verizon did report a boost in their customer base by 2.2 million wireless subscribers but overall wireless revenue dipped 3.9% earning only $11.5 billion (that's with a B) during the quarter. Verizon did see an 31% increase in revenue generated by wireless data services.

The losses have been attributed to a decline in the land-lined customer base and the costs associated with employee lay-offs.

New York Times via BGR

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4 years ago

Apple Announces iPad, We Yawn

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So the iPhone Fanboys Gadget Blogosphere have received their fabled Apple Tablet, known hitherto as the iPad (hit up The iPhone Blog for complete coverage). Featuring a 9.7 inch capacitive display, a 1GHz Apple A4 processor, 802.11n WiFi, and flash storage of 16, 32, or 64GB; the iPad hardware falls somewhere between cell phone and notebook computer.

From the software point of view, the iPad is running a modified version of the iPhone OS. As of now, that means it has most of the same shortcomings as the iPhone including but not limited to lack of multitasking and support for Adobe Flash. To be fair, however, the iPad does support copy and paste (snicker).

What does this mean for the WinMo faithful? The market for devices in the dark void between cell phones and Laptops has been steadily heating up for years, but it seems to be hitting the boiling point in 2010. Already this year we’ve seen Microsoft announcing the slate form factor at CES and Apple releasing the iPad; and that’s not even touching on the major push that Netbooks are getting right now. Even on the Windows Mobile front we’re starting to see devices starting to push the obnoxiously large boundary with the HD2.

Looking at the hardware numbers that have been bandied around in the last week or so in regards to “Seven”, it’s not hard to speculate that perhaps Microsoft already has an eye towards devices with similar hardware running a Windows Mobile based OS. Could Ballmer and Co. be taking a hard look at MIDs (Mobile Internet Devices) running Windows Mobile 7? We’ve seen attempts at this in the past, but nothing that ever hit the big time. Here’s hoping that Mobile World Congress 2010 in Barcelona is the turning point in the evolution of Windows Mobile.

Apple iPad: Just right? Or too big, too expensive?(poll)
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4 years ago

Smartphone Round Robin Windows Mobile podcast extra

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We saved the best (and penultimate) episode of our Smartphone Round Robin mini-podcasts for last — Windows Mobile, baby! Once again hosted by our pal Mickey Papillon of The Cell Phone Junkie, all your favorite Smartphone Experts editors talk about what they saw during our time together. Listen in below!

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4 years ago

Project Rouge? Sounds like Seven Business Edition

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Flashback 2008...

MaryJo Foley of ZDNet is continuing her Microsoft "code name of the day" contest, which seems really kind of fun and a neat way to gather info. Well, today's entry is "Rouge."

Rouge? Pink?  Sound related?  She thinks so. Using info that she's gathered she states: 

Best guess on what it is: Microsoft’s business-focused premium mobile services

Meaning/context of the codename: Rouge sounds like the business-side complement to Pink, Microsoft’s forthcoming family of consumer-focused premium mobile services.

Basically, Rouge was meant to beef up Microsoft's "... family of Office Communications Server, its corporate instant-messaging/VOIP/conferencing product."

Call us crazy, but that sounds like the sort of thing we heard described to us about Seven Business Edition, with real-time document editing between multiple sources.

So is there a code-name for the supposed Media Edition?  What do you get when you combine Pink and Rouge?  How about Project Awesome.

[via ZDNet]

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4 years ago

Video Review: nanoGroove GrooveShark client

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Video Review: nanoGroove GrooveShark client

GrooveShark, the streaming music on-demand site, is still going strong and while we've had a Windows phone client in the past (see our video review of GrooveFish), it was lacking some finesse and advanced features.

Enter nanoGroove, a full-fledged (though not officially endorsed) GrooveShark client that adds some nice bells and whistles. Although it costs a one-time license of $4.99, we think it's a fair price for a nicely polished application such as this.

Here are some of the features which it's free GrooveFish cousin is lacking

  • Supports multiple resolutions (including 320x320)
  • GrooveShark Playlist support
  • Album art
  • Power button disables screen (keeps music playing, saves battery)
  • Better graphics

We've had no problem running it on our Touch Pro 2 or Treo Pro and of course you can't beat the sound quality of GrooveShark (it kills Pandora in that regard).

If we had any complaints it would be that the UI has a few extra steps than is probably needed (like having to refresh to pull down your playlists) and it is a little confusing to get songs to actually just play (first you search, then you add to the player, then you switch to player, then you  hit play). 

But overall we're very happy with it and have no problem surrendering $5 for it. If you want the time-limited demo, just scan the MS Tag or go to the NanoGroove site.

Check out our video review after the jump to see how it all works!

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4 years ago

Evidence for a 'Zune Phone' shows up in updated software

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Whatever Microsoft is up to, they are sure up to something big.

Long Zheng (iStartedSomething) has taken a look-see at the update Zune desktop software, which just came out today.

Going through the .inf file (responsible for identifying the driver, associating the device with USB) he was able to find a few lines of code that, for the first time, specifically reference a phone.

In fact, there are three hardware Product IDs associated with the 'phone' class in addition the the three current Zune players (see above image).

Zheng also contemplates whether this is just part of a larger integration with Windows Mobile and his tentative conclusion is 'no' stating 

Whilst it is possible there might be system-wide Zune integration into Windows Mobile 7, this particular driver references specific hardware IDs that are locked to a vendor (Microsoft) and product which under USB body regulations cannot be masked, thus this has to be Microsoft devices. 

That's right folks, it looks like we are looking a three-pronged strategy from Microsoft:

The big question is what is the Zune phone built on?  We wouldn't be surprised if it's not WinCE based but something different, putting it outside the class of Windows Mobile devices.  

Does this lend more credence to the idea that the 'Zune phone' is targeted towards the younger crowd and will be released within the next two months as one analyst has claimed?  Maybe the "Project Pink is DOA" story was Microsoft doing its own spinning? Like we've said, next month will be real interesting and we'll be there to cover it...

[via iStartedSomething]

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4 years ago

This is NOT the HTC Obsession

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This is NOT the HTC Obsession

Sorry folks, we're just throwing this out there to say this is in NO WAY the HTC Obsession nor the HTC Supersonic (a rumored Sprint WiMax Android device), so don't get your hopes up.

In fact, an anonymous comment at Andoid Central notes that this is actually a rendering from late 2008, made by a fella who loves to concept work as a hobby.

So yeah, move a long. Nothing to see here.

[Android Central via UnwiredView]

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4 years ago

IM+ Lite coming soon? Update: New paid version now available

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While we gave IM+ a fairly positive review months ago, a lot of folks balked at the hefty price tag ($39.95), especially compared to free IM clients like Palringo.

Well, it looks like maybe the folks at ShapeServices, who make IM+, are going to do something about it as a "lite" version is floating around. More importantly, it appears to be free.

The main difference between "full" and "lite" is the latter doesn't have that "push" feature for IMs, GPS-MyLocation, Facebook chat or Twitter.  

However, it still supports AIM, Google Talk, Yahoo!, MSN, ICQ, Jabber and MySpace (hah!). In addition, there's a green bar on the top that scrolls about the "full version" with an arrow to download it. Overall, not to shabby.

What's curious is the build date: September 29, 2009 Version 7.1.1 Lite. So either this is an old build or perhaps IM+ abandoned the idea? We're also hearing an update for the paid version is coming soon. Thanks goes to CaliBoyPhillip for originally posting about about this version here.

For those with MS Tag, just scan and download below ;-)

Update:  Speak of the devil, the paid version just got updated (bumped to v. 7.6.1) Early reports indicate that it finally includes Skype chat.  More later.

 

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