We've seen some odd things of late, but the G3 is definitely on top assuming that this ad is accurate (we're skeptical, see below). Perhaps HTC was just getting lazy or they were like "eh, forget it, lets just throw WinMo on this and see what happens!".
The new HTC G3: a clone of the HTC Hero but sporting WM6.5?
320 x 480
128MB RAM, 256MB ROM
3.5mm headphone jack
On the other hand, look at the image: clearly that's Android copy/pasted into this mockup, with the Android buttons and no Windows Start key. This is starting to look more like an advertising error or maybe HTC is confusing everyone. We have a feeling we'll be seeing more of these situations in the future as Android and Windows Mobile routinely swap bodies....they're swingers like that. Yeesh.
The latest Windows phone, the LG Expo, has launched on AT&T and while the presence of an optional pico projector makes this phone stand out, there's another feature that is setting it apart: fingerprint recognition as a security measure.
AuthenTec has successfully integrated its Smart Sensor with the LG Expo, reminiscent of the older HP iPAQ PDAs that integrated fingerprint recognition.
The LG Expo will be available for enterprise customers and online purchase at AT&T for $199.99 after contractual and mail-in rebate discounts. The piggy-back LG Mobile projector will be available in the coming weeks for an additional $179.99.
Note that we learned from AT&T that availability has been pushed back a few days due to shipping delays. Once we learn the new release date we'll pass it on.
Continuing with the WMExperts Holiday Giveaways, we've got the LG HBS-250 Bluetooth Stereo headsets on the blocks.
To have a chance at the LT stereo headset, all you have to do is post a comment on any of the discussions going on over at the WMExperts forums between now and 5:00 p.m. PST on Friday, December 11, 2009. We'll randomly select a winner from these comments.
Keep in mind that you do have to register to leave a comment and that painless process starts here. We will notify the winners and toss up a "braggin' rights" post the following Monday along with our next Holiday Giveaway. Good luck and Happy Holidays from WMExperts.com!
If you think about it, our Windows Phones have more raw computing power than the computer systems that many of us were raised on. It stands to reason that many of the computing classics would be ported to the miniaturized hardware that we tote around every day. We’ve already looked at Tetris Mania by Electronic Arts, but it’s not the only old kid on the new block.
Namco has been in the arcade game business since the beginning. The folks that brought you legendary games such as Pac-Man have begun to bring their classics to the Windows Mobile platform. One such game, Galaga, is the subject of this review. For the uninitiated, Galaga is one of the original fixed- shooter game that were (and still are) very popular in arcades. This style of game lends itself particularly well to a small device like a Windows Phone.
If you're like us flashing your ROM numerous times a day, you rely on My Phone quite a bit.
Just checking it now and we were notified of a mandatory update which bumped us to v1.05.2317 (previous was 1.05.2128).
Unfortunately, no new features are noticeable at this time and performance seem as good as ever. And the My Phone Team Blog is silent, as usual.
So anyhoo, grab yourself the update via Marketplace or just launch your current version to get it. Let us know in the comments if you noticed any improvements or if things got worse (cough, Bing, cough).
Now the iPhone is getting a taste of the future with SpyPhone. SpyPhone can steal all sorts of things, including "... geolocation data, passwords, address book entries and email accounts information, images, Safari Browsing history, youtube, keyboard logger, etc.".
Now the truly frightening part: it works on Jailbroken and "virgin" phones alike. It just uses the public API offered by Apple to use it's own features as exploits. Acting like a trojan, the app will steal and send out your data.
So much for the "jailbroken = security threat" meme.
This is just another volley it what is sure to be an ongoing problem with the mobile internet age, though for once Microsoft might not be the number one security target. Point is, we know this can already be done on Windows Mobile so folks will need to keep their ears perked.
For those who don't know, AdBlock Plus is a plugin that downloads a database of ads to block while you are surfing the internet. In turn, web pages are less cluttered and more importantly for those with slow connections or who are mobile, it allows pages to load faster. For every ad that you see, that is one more thing to download and one more server for your device to connect to, so reducing that increases speed. Very cool.
Of course there are consequences to blocking ads. Specifically you are hurting much needed revenue for websites, cutting off their life blood. So we suggest you selectively use AdBlock Plus on sites you visit, disabling it for those you support. In other words, we ask you, nay beg you oh wise internet surfers, to not use it on WMExperts as you'll deprive some of us that morning cup of coffee and you know, would have to close shop. Thaaaaanks!
Here it is, folks: The HTC HD2 in all of its 4.3-inch, glass capacitive screen glory, running Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional and HTC's custom Sense user interface, which takes the place of the venerable TouchFLO 3D.
After the break: Four and a half minute of the largest Windows phone ever to walk this Earth.
Anybody remember the Great HTC Leak of 2009, in which we learned about the likes of the Snap line, the Touch Diamond 2 and Touch Pro 2 revisions as well as a slew of Android fare? It's time for the 2010 sequel, folks, courtesy of XDA Developers guru B3ler3fonte [via BGR]. This is all gleaned from an October presentation in Switzerland, apparently.
On the Windows Mobile side, we're looking at a smaller, less powerful version of the HD2 form factor, an updated front-facing QWERTY, and another version of the Touch Pro 2. (Check out our pals at Android Central for that end of the leak).
Join us after the break for the whole WinMo breakdown.
More than a few of you have had some issues with the latest version of Google Maps for mobile, either with the My Location feature or apparently with the layers. Accordingly, Google has updated the app to version 3.3.1. No word yet if it's fixed any of the triangulation issues you guys were having, but crashes should be squashed.
Go get the new version here, and sound off in the comments if you're still seeing problems, and be sure to let 'em know on the official Google forum post. (For what it's worth, it very quickly got me within 1,000 meters in Orlando.)
Considering Microsoft just launched Windows Mobile 6.5 last month, hitting 30 new or upgraded phones, they are increasingly under fire from many in the industry, especially following those market share figures.
The latest is 'Wired' who writes that Microsoft had a lot of advantages but, quoting others in the business, they concentrated too much on enterprise (not consumers) and really let their platform lag, especially considering they started Windows CE in 1996.
Even Kinoma's CEO Peter Hoddie had some thoughts when he said
The sad part for Microsoft is that in terms of operating systems, they have a great one, and they had it long before anyone else did... Their first problem is the built-in apps are uninspiring, so that sets a very low bar for developers who are coming to the platform.
In essence, it was the iPhone that really changed the game, bringing consumer-level appeal to an industry focused on enterprise function. Indeed, many of us purchased one of the first 3G Windows Mobile 5 devices (HTC PPC-6700 Apache) because we saw that the mobile internet and computing was the future. However, it wasn't always a joyous ride with sparse updates, terrible transition from WM2003 to WM5 and buggy software. There has always been that disconnect between what we wanted and what was offered: enter XDA Developers.
Actually, nothing in the 'Wired' article is really new or profound--in fact it is pretty obvious: Microsoft has been in this for the beginning, had hardware partners and a great head start, but failed to offer something tangible for the mobile-ready consumer. Sure we all know a Touch Pro 2 can smoke an iPhone in terms of functionality, power and even hardware, let alone a HD2, but at the end of the day, it is about branding, marketing, consumer appeal and making it desirable. And Android so far doesn't do anything that Windows Mobile can't.
At least the news coming out from Mobius is positive and we're getting anxious for Windows Mobile 7--lets hope they deliver. Read the full article here.
The choice of a case is about as unique as the Windows phone itself. Some prefer horizontal cases, some side cases, some hard cases, and some just prefer skins. For the vertical case crowd, Smartphone Experts offers the TopPouch Case for a wide variety of Windows phones, and we recently took one out for a test drive with the AT&T Tilt2 (a.k.a. Touch Pro 2).
Follow the break to read about our impressions on this case.