Sure while everyone is taking pot-shots at Windows Mobile and market share hub-bub, people are using it left and right to get things done in the world. The latest group to do so is not some fly-by night company but the United States Army.
Launching their Go Mobile Gear, designed for the modern, tech savvy solider (who would be laughed off the battle field for having a pansy iPhone), the U.S. military has approved a handful of "...communications and conferencing devices that can fit into a soldier’s pocket while going easy on the service’s pocketbook."
Soldiers can use these devices to access "...the Army Knowledge Online portal, a repository of online information, distance learning tools, e-mail and other resources for 2.6 million Army users. The Web-based service is now part of a broader service known as Defense Knowledge Online."
So what does the military consider to be solid devices for the troops?
(Funny, I have half of that stuff....Army here I come!)
The whole kit (we imagine only one phone of course) can be had for about $1,000. It's a pretty huge endeveor too by the military, which states:
Each piece of the Go Mobile kit has to meet stringent Defense Department information assurance requirements," Parker said. The project is getting ready for its first phase of deployment for garrison training. The next phase will be the tactical environment, which will require hardening of the equipment to military specifications, including both Mil-Std 810-F and Mil-Std 810-G requirements.
And joking aside, the military is evidently "tech agnostic" as they do plan to look at and roll out iPhone and Android sometime in the future. But for now, it's all WinMo baby.
We've stumbled across two hotfixes for the AT&T Tilt 2 and Pure. The first fix addresses inconsistent caller id functions and the second where the Windows phone freezes in the SMS application.
Both fixes are not ROM updates and will not cause you to lose your data. HTC notes that these fixes will survive a hard reset and will only need to be installed once. Do note that the fixes might not load if you're running a custom ROM. Stock AT&T only, it looks like.
The fixes for the Tilt 2 can be found here and for the Pure here. It appears that these issues are present only in the AT&T models so Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile users need not worry.
Need to charge up while you're on the go? Check out the Griffin PowerJolt Dual Universal USB charger/adapter. It plugs into the cigarette lighter in your car, bringing 12-volt charging to your Windows phone. And it has a pair of USB ports, so you can charge more than one device at a time. Available now in the WMExperts Store for $14.95.(Sponsored post)
Looks like we might be in store for a new Windows phone marketing push, right about the time of CES. Gizmodo snagged shots from a Crispin Porter ad agency wall (note to any business that splurges on a projector -- that's how it's done!) showing real-time jobs. Listed under Jan. 4 is "Windows Phone Banners - Phase 2 Media." Jan 8 brings "Windows Phone Q3 Media Refresh."
Breaking out our crystal ball, that could mean a few things:
Some long-awaited Windows Mobile 6.5 upgrades could be on the way.
Third-quarter media refresh? Windows Mobile 7 might still be possible then, or it could be some sort of multimedia/Marketplace thing. Or it could just mean new ads, as in advertising media. We're just throwing things against the wall here.
Regardless, we'll keep our eyes peeled in Las Vegas for anything new. (And we'll keep our eyes peeled for those Burger King funnel cake sticks, too.)
We're calling it folks: we now believe T-Mobile is the U.S. destination for the famous HTC HD2 (watch our hands-on here). Sorry to the other carriers, thanks for playing. We're also hearing a tentative release window of March.
How do we know? One of our trusty ninjas hooked us up with the still-in-testing ROM files for said device.
Having dumped the .nbh file ourselves, we can verify that indeed this sucker is a T-Mobile HD2 ROM (see below screen shot). And no, we will not share this, so don't bother askin'.
Myriad metaphors come to mind when thinking about Palm and Microsoft. David and Goliath. A young upstart fighter who took a couple of punches, versus an aging but still powerful opponent. A young executive overtaking the old man in the corner office. Take your pick.
In the past year, Palm announced and delivered on a new (and some say revolutionary) operating system and a pair of new phones. Microsoft announced and delivered another iteration of its operating system, which has found itself on a number of new devices. Their stories parallel each other, though many say the companies and their platforms are traveling in opposite directions.
After the break, we go in-depth with Palm's webOS from a Windows Mobile perspective, Smartphone Round Robin-style.
Windows Mobile has taken another hit in the PR department. In a report coming from comScore, Microsoft now sits in third place behind RIM and Apple in regards to devices that are currently in use. ComScore, a research firm, conducted a monthly poll in which the inquired of respondents which type of phone the own. According to FierceDeveloper.com, comScore found that 14.9 million respondents use a Blackberry phone. iPhone was listed in second place at 8.9 million users, while Microsoft came in third at 7.1 million for Windows Mobile. Upwards of 196 million reported that their phone did not use a proprietary OS.
While polls of this nature aren’t perfect, this is consistent with what we’ve been hearing from other realms. One doesn’t have to search very hard to find multiple reports of the demise of Windows Mobile as a platform.
My primary question is how much of this is due to Windows Mobile being weak in the brand recognition department? Many people don’t even realize that they are using a Windows Mobile phone, much less what flavor of the OS it is running. Without a doubt, Microsoft has a high bar to shoot for with Windows Mobile 7, not the least of which is a release date that doesn’t slip into the distant future.
The Zune HD (read our reviews here and here) is still not a Windows Mobile phone, no matter how much I wish it to be so. (And no matter how many times I try talking into it.) That said, it desperately has been in need of a Twitter application. Microsoft finally delivered. Sort of.
I'm so distraught over the $@!#^& automatic censoring that's built in (and can't be turned off), I can't even bring myself to review it. (And don't get me started on the settings menu.) The good news is Microsoft reportedly is updating the app to remove the censorship. But, c'mon, guys. That never should have made it out the door.
There is a bit of good news in that Microsoft dropped the ads from its "utility" apps. But it still takes way to long to launch the calculator. Ugh.
We love us some Windows Mobile Standard around here. Customizing and tweaking can be a little more difficult on Standard than Professional, making a tool like Facade pretty handy for those of you that want more control over the look and feel that your phone provides.
In addition to the bug fixes, language updates, and performance and stability improvements; Facade includes some new or improved features in version 2.1. Access to an online Skins Arena will allow you to find and install a skin that fits your personality without forcing you to build your own. The Skins Arena can be accessed from your device or from a computer. Analog Clocks are also supported in 2.1, and are skinnable as well.
Facade 2.1 is available as a free upgrade to registered users of Facade 2. Those of you still using version 1.x can upgrade to 2.1 for $7.95.
Dear Sir, we are sorry but the HP iPaq Glisten will not be made available in EMEA. It is an US only product.
With best regards…
Tams goes on to lament what they perceive as the end of era, where HP used to competitively compete in the European market. However, instead maybe HP is just getting their sea-legs back after being in the desert for so long. We're sort of rooting for HP and LG (and any other two-letter companies) to succeed in the WinMo space, as more competition with a certain 3-letter juggernaut the merrier.
We first introduced you to Waze back in September. Waze is a free, turn-by-turn GPS application that uses crowd sourcing to detect traffic conditions in real time. A social network for motorists of sorts.
Today Waze is releasing a holiday version of it's navigation application that includes holiday-themed "road goodies", a treasure hunt contest, bi-lingual support and integration with the location based, geo-game foursquare.
Ease on past the break to read more about Waze's holiday version.
That's okay, as NVIDIA is poised to launch its next version of the powerhouse chipset in January at CES (and we'll be there to cover it, of course). At CES, they will demonstrate the chipset on current and upcoming smartbooks, MIDs, netbooks and the like, then in the second half of the year a big push into the smartphone world.
The Tegra 2 chip, at least according to Slashgear, is "...expected to have roughly twice the power and graphical capabilities of the original and be based on 40nm processes." Considering how awesome the Zune HD is, that sounds pretty sweet to us if accurate.
Now just close your eyes and imagine it is one year from now ... aaahhh ... technology bliss and why am I fatter?
It looks like AT&T sneaked the LG eXpo onto is Web site overnight. The eXpo was due to be released on December 7, so a week delay isn't that bad.
The Windows Mobile 6.5 phone is $199.99 after rebates and contract ($449.99 for those not wanting to mess with contracts). The eXpo has a 3.2-inch 480x800 screen, a "smart sensor," Snapdragon processor and can be fitted with an optional, "piggy-back" pico projector which will cost you an extra $179.99.
No reports on when the projector will be available, but you can find the eXpo at AT&T's Web site.