This thing look familiar? It's the Samsung Mondi MID (aka the SWD-M100), exactly how we saw it last year at CTIA. Only now there's actually 4G service for that WiMAX radio to take advantage of. More redundant pics after the break.
While it may not be breaking news, Windows phones can suck a battery dry with heavy use. Travel chargers and extended batteries help. But what happens when you're away from a car or wall outlet and you see the "battery low" warning pop up on your screen? For some, Motorola may have the answer with their P790 Portable Charger.
The compact charger is a 1700mAh battery that can be used to recharge your Windows phone or be used as an external power source. It's not for all devices, so ease on past the break to read more about the P790.
Unsurprisingly, there wasn't much at Microsoft's CES booth that we hadn't seen before. The HTC HD2 and yesterday's official announcement that it will be available "this spring" on T-Mobile was on the tip of everyone's tongues. But other than that, there were no new Windows phones announced.
We did take a spin with Ford Sync, which is Microsoft's system that will pair just about any device -- Bluetooth or otherwise -- with a new Ford or Mercury vehicle. Voice commands are the key to the whole thing, so you keep your hands on the wheel.
The Zune guys were more than happy to hear that we're hoping to see Zune software integrated into Windows Mobile in the next year or so. But we could get neither them nor the Windows phone folks to spill the beans as to what might or might not be coming in Windows Mobile 7.
Awkward moment of the morning: Our pal Rene Ritchie from The iPhone Blog hits up the Bing team to ask about the Bing iPhone app. And they'd never heard of it.
Today it was announced that software developer SplashData (SplashMoney, SplashID, SplashShoper, Splash ad nauseum) have bought Iambic, who make the popular Agendus program as well as some other not so memorable apps.
What does this mean for Windows Mobile fans? Not much and perhaps even bad news, if you use Agendus.
SplashData used to be all about Windows Mobile software years ago. Then they went all iPhone crazy and never looked back, killing off or leaving to die all their "Splash apps". No kidding, their lineup is as fresh and hip as jokes about "Snakes on a Plane".
So if you're a fan of Agendus, we're sorry to say we don't have much hope that it will be re-vamped anytime soon (it's gone from 3.0 to 3.4 in fourteen months, already not a fast upgrade path).
Since the entire SPE team was here at CES in Las Vegas, it made perfect sense to take some time away from ogling gadgets and chatting up our friends in the blogosphere to record a podcast. We talk up what we've seen so far, including the Nexus One and Motorola Backflip; we also chatted a bit about what we're hoping to see at Palm's event today.
As you might have guessed, the show was recorded and hosted by our pal Mickey Papillon of TCPJ. Give it a listen!
Brace yourself. The "who's the fastest 3g" battle may be getting new life. AT&T announced the completion of their deployment of High-Speed-Packet Access (HSPA) 7.2 across 3G sites nationwide. It should make the "nations fastest 3G network" even faster.
In addition to the HSPA upgrade, AT&T has started to enhance the network with cell site backhaul connections. Initial deployment of backhaul connections has already started in six U.S. markets (Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, and Miami) with the installation scheduled to expand to other cities later this year and into 2011.
"We are focused on providing our customers with the industry's best combination of mobile broadband speed, performance, coverage and available devices," said John Stankey, president and CEO, AT&T Operations. "As we light up new backhaul connections across the country, we're able to deliver a meaningful 3G speed boost for millions of customers who are already using HSPA 7.2-compatible devices. At the same time, we're also looking to the future with these backhaul enhancements, which will support our move to next-generation LTE technology starting in 2011."
The progress AT&T is making in improving their network speeds is good news for customers and will likely give Luke Wilson more ammunition to toss at the competition.
According to Engadget, LG stated at CES press event that Windows Mobile 7 will be on devices this year. Obviously this still isn’t an official announcement from Microsoft, but LG is one of their bigger partners for Windows Phones. Might we hear something official from Steve Ballmer at his CES Keynote tonight? Rumor has it that Robbie Bach, Microsoft’s President of Entertainment & Devices Division, will be joining Steve on stage.
Need a Windows Phone? Got $179? Then Dell may have a deal right up your alley. Dell is currently offering the Palm Treo Pro for the low, low, low price of $179. Yes, it's a Windows Mobile 6.1 phone. Yes, it's not slated for upgrade to WM 6.5 and beyond. But it is an outstanding Windows Phone in its own right.
Also keep in mind that chef's over at XDA Developers started cooking ROMs for the Treo Pro. Even though the Treo Pro isn't "officially" on the Windows Mobile 6.5 guest list, you can get some home cooking that will sneak you in the back door.
The Treo Pro is listed at Dell as the "Dell Daily Deal" so we don't know how long this steal of a deal will last. Thanks goes out to Micky over at thecellphonejunkie.com for passing on this tip.
Update: It appears the $179 "Dell Daily Deal" on the Treo Pro has sold out. You can still get it through Dell here and at $199 (plus free shipping) it remains sub-$200 and a heck of a deal.
Just a reminder that we're taking a break from the Smartphone Round Robin this week to cover CES. But that doesn't mean we don't have something special for ya: A pair of podcast with all your favorite SPE editors.
First up is the second podcast we recorded during the Round Robin, brought to you by our pals at The Cell Phone Junkie. It's embedded below, but you've already subscribed to TCPJ, right?
How to listen to the Smartphone Round Robin Podcast Part 2:
That's right, it's that time of year when we descend on the desert to check out the latest offering from just about every tech firm in existence. Remember that tonight (9:30 p.m. EST, 6:30 p.m. PST) we'll be liveblogging Microsoft's keynote, with CEO Steve Ballmer and Robbie Bach, president of the Entertainment and Devices Division. Does that mean a rumored tablet? Might we finally get some official word of Windows Mobile 7? Only one way to find out.
As for the rest of the week, we'll be bringing you more Microsoft product news just as quickly as we can cover it. If you're the type who prefers the raw feed, follow the entire SPE team on Twitter.