Microsoft's Marketplace offers a wide assortment of applications ranging from games to utilities to educational applications. Langlearner has developed three applications to help with language and spelling skills.
LangLearner Lite is an instructional application where you can learn languages through short phrases. LangLearner Translator is, as the title implies, a translation application and. LangLearner Spelling Bee is a learning aid for spelling.
We've used these applications over the past few days and found them to be interesting, useful applications. As the developer's slogan suggests, these applications do help break the language barrier.
Ease on past the break to find out more about each of these LangLearner applications.
We've talked numerous times about Microsoft's apparently inability -- particularly with Windows Mobile -- to integrate what by themselves may be outstanding services. WinMo and Zune haven't played together (though we know that's changing). It's SkyDrive and Live Mesh services overlap but for the most part have nothing to do with each other, and they certainly don't integrate. The list goes on.
And that was one of the bigger criticisms we heard during the recent third annual Smartphone Round Robin, as we highlighted in our wrap-up. But you don't have to take our word for it. Former Microsoft vice president Dick Brass, who was with Microsoft from 1997 to 2004, explains things in today's Op-Ed section of the New York Times. An excerpt:
Internal competition is common at great companies. It can be wisely encouraged to force ideas to compete. The problem comes when the competition becomes uncontrolled and destructive. At Microsoft, it has created a dysfunctional corporate culture in which the big established groups are allowed to prey upon emerging teams, belittle their efforts, compete unfairly against them for resources, and over time hector them out of existence.
The fact that a source as reputable as Amazon is offering content that is compatible with Windows Mobile is a great thing for consumers. Until our dreams come true and Microsoft gives us OTA access to the Zune Marketplace (hey, they apologized for the points system) this is a great alternative. While many people have been doing the video thing for years, the process of encoding video to optimize it for your media player of choice isn’t always as straightforward as one would like.
Is this old news for you guys? Is having video on your phone even something you would bother with? Talk it up in the comments.
And so we've reached the end of the third annual Smartphone Round Robin. Windows Mobile and the HTC Touch Pro 2 and HD2 were given the what-for by the other Smartphone Experts editors over the past couple of months. We laughed. We cried. We saw some pretty damn cool phones.
Let's take a look back at what they had to say ...
Has anyone else noticed that they can't sync Google Gmail via Activesync over the past few days? At first I thought it was just me but soon came to find that the "Error Synchronization" message was being displayed on other Windows phones.
The official error code is 0x8600050c (Communications Error) and in looking over at Google Mobile's Help Forum, there are a few solutions available.
The first suggestion is to delete the current Exchange Server relationship and re-create it. Another solution suggests to un-check the email option in Activesync, reboot the phone, re-check the email option and sync. The latter seems to have the most success.
We couldn't find anything official from Google on the cause of these errors or of a "official" solution. If we hear of anything we'll pass it on.
While we are waiting for the Xperia X2 to make it to market, Sony is trying to reassure customers that the new Windows phone won't be left out on any software updates. The schedule was announced through Sony's official blog site for the Xperia in hopes to let consumers know they heard the complaints on the lack of updates for the X1 and "doesn't want to go there again".
In March (presumably 2010), Sony hopes to launch the first upgrade for the X2 (code named MR1) that will upgrade Windows Mobile from 6.5.1 to 6.5.2. Additionally, MR1 will video telephony, an FM radio, quicker GPS functionality, and a few other applications to the X2. It will also address any bugs that are identified through consumer use.
The next update is expected to go live in May that will bring Windows Mobile 6.5.3 to the X2. Sony is considering this upgrade "the big one" that will significantly improve usability, performance, power management and the browser experience.
In announcing this schedule Sony did remind everyone that the X2 will not see Windows Mobile 7 due to the lack of hardware support.
It's nice to see Sony take a proactive approach in giving consumers an idea when their Windows phone should see updates. The one thing that would make this news better is having the Xperia X2 available on store shelves. [xperiancers]
Sony Ericsson this morning announced the Aspen, the front-facing QWERTY keyboard phone we previously saw as the Faith. What's more, this is the first Windows Mobile phone to officially launch with Windows Mobile Professional 6.5.3 (and that solves the mystery of what version number would be next). It's also the first front-facing keyboard phone with a touchscreen that we've seen in a while.
You will be able to pick up the Aspen in either "Iconic Black" or "White Silver," and it will be available in the second quarter in "selected markets." Where those markets are, we don't yet know, nor do we know pricing. Chances are we'll get a better look at this guy soon at Mobile World Congress.
I can remember a time that CB Radios and FuzzBusters were the craze to keep track of where the "Smokies" and "Bears" were hiding. Today, in this high-tech era full of social networking applications a new solution has been released to help motorist find out where speed traps are.
Trapster is a Windows Mobile application that relies on a social network to identify speed traps and then maps them for mobile and desktop access. Trapster's membership covers international locations as well as the U.S.
While we don't endorse speeding, if you want to know more about Trapster, ease on past the break.
The biggest is allowing you send your location to Facebook, which we suppose is all the rage these days with you social-network kids.
You also get roadside assistance, which seems perhaps more useful with a GPS navigator program.
Finally, you also get these updates, which aren't too shabby:
Improved Customer Experience – No need to wait for the entire route to download before starting their voyage because data will now be streamed, causing display screens to populate more quickly
Enhanced Points of Interest – Access to premium places of interest with detailed descriptions, clearly branded by Map Icons
Traffic Crowd Sourcing – Opt-in to anonymously send real-time location and speed to the VZ Navigator traffic reporting service, allowing quicker notifications and improved accuracy for all VZ Navigator users
Alerts for Other Road Attributes – Graphic notifications for tunnels, U-turns, traffic circles and toll plazas
“Say it Mode” – Select BlackBerry® smartphones and Windows Mobile® handsets allow customers to verbally search for and update destinations
Touch Pro 2 and Omnia users (no Omnia II?) can update today by downloading "...the service from Get It Now®/Media Center and VZ Start or can add the feature through My Verizon". The service, like other carriers, is $9.99 a month or $2.99 a day.
Verizon user QMeli907 got his third Touch Pro 2 replacement and immediately noticed some changes to the housing:
It's different then my other TP2's that I've had since October. The bezel on the one I received today is a gunmetal grey color, rather than the plain gloss black. Its a very nice touch. Although it makes the face look better, when looking at the TP2 from the side, my old back case and the new front bezel colors clash. Just my two cents.
He's also running a rough version of Android (no radio function though), so don't let that distract you from the housing changes.
So what's up with the change? It seems to be a mistake as kern417 notes:
yeah thats definitely wrong because in the img003 you can see the display on/off button has a power sign on it, but for verizon tp2s you have to use the end key to turn it on/off.
Yeah, all of that raises more questions than answers. Anyone else with one of these? Care to shed some light in the comments?
Well, as you can see above, in build 2011 the Twitter in landscape feature is fixed. There are probably some other enhancements, though it remains to be seen what those are specifically. Though at lest according to one who is using it, "It is as fast, if not faster than Sense 2.1!" which jives with the idea that it comes from a "shipped Topaz ROM", meaning this is final baby.
Expect your favorite ROM chefs to start rolling this out soon.
Foursquare, an app that until now has been only available on iPhone, Android and recently BlackBerry, is coming to Windows Mobile. Well, in an unofficial way.
Of course, you're probably wondering what is Foursquare? It's one of those new wave, social networking apps where you can share your location with friends as well as interesting things nearby. Or rather:
Think of foursquare as an "urban mix tape." We'll help you make lists of your favorite things to do and let you share them with friends. Think beyond your standard review - we're looking less for "The food here is top notch" and more for "Go to Dumont Burger and try the most amazing Mac and Cheese ever." Foursquare will keep track of the things you've done, help you create To-Do lists and even suggest new experiences to seek out.
Sounds sort of neat. It's like Google Latitude on steroids.
Anyways, the APIs for the Foursquare system are evidently public, like Twitter. So third-party companies are filling in the platform gap and making clients for other OSs like Windows Mobile. That company is Touchality, their app is called WinMoSquare and is currently entering beta testing. Eventually they plan on offering via the Windows Marketplace.
Check out the site if you want to sign up/be notified about beta testing and the app itself. Could be fun. And read more on Foursquare here.
HTC and T-Mobile have announced a "Year of Rewards" program that will run from January 20th to March 23, 2010. While the program's eligibility window falls way short of being an actual year, the rewards and discounts being offered aren't too shabby.
When you buy and activate an T-Mobile Shadow, Touch Pro 2 or Dash 3G you can receive up to $500 worth or discounts and rewards. New and existing customers are eligible. Once you upgrade or activate a new line customers simply go to www.yearofrewards.com and register. Then for the next twelve months (that's where the "year" comes into play) you will receive notification on how to claim your reward.
Rewards range from a $25 dining certificate from Restaurant.com to discounts on accessories at HTC.com. You can find all the details and fine print over at T-Mobile.com