It is time, ladies and gentlemen, for the sixth annual SPB Survey. SPB Software House is looking to get a better look at your needs in the mobile applications, and they're doing so worldwide, with the survey going out in 10 languages.
And your time may be rewarded. Three winners, picked at random, will receive the following:
First place: A free smartphone of your choice from a major Internet retailer (such as Amazon or Expansys), valued up to $1,000.
Second place: $100 worth of accessories from Smartphone Experts (that's us), plus $100 worth of SPB Software.
Third place: $100 worth of SPB software.
So, really, you have no excuse for not taking the survey, which runs through 7 p.m. GMT Dec. 4, 2009. Take the survey now!
Just a quick note that I've been lucky enough to be invited out to the mobius event out in Seattle this year. If you're not familiar, mobius is a group of mobile enthusiasts who periodically get together with Microsoft to discuss the current and future state of the mobile industry. There's sometimes news that comes out of the event, which I'll dutifully pass along as I'm able. What's better and more important than that are the insights and conversation with people who are smarter-than-I.
All of which is to say that you should keep a heads up on hashtag #mobius09 on Twitter where many of us will be posting up thoughts and insights. Microsoft is hosting the event, so full disclosure: they're covering my flight, hotel, and eats.
Mobihand, who powers the WMExperts.com Software Store, has launched their Windows Mobile Appstore. You will still have access to popular software titles from our WMExperts.com Software store but now will be able to access the store with Mobihand's Appstore Application.
Here are some of the features you'll see over at Mobihand's Appstore.
Deal-of-the-Day: Exclusive offer of a new top-selling app every day for 50% off
Specials: Loads of discounted apps and bundles can be found daily
Nearly 5,000 Apps which can be browsed by category, top free, top paid, and new
Great everyday prices: apps are priced as low as $0.99
Fast pay with credit card
Dedicated customer service – to ensure complete customer satisfaction
Version-tracking -- email notification when new versions become available
It is our understanding that Paypal interface will be added soon to offer an alternative payment method. You can get all the deets about the appstore at software.wmexperts.com/appstore.asp as well as loading a mobile version to your Windows Mobile phone by pointing your mobile browser to http://software.wmexperts.com/appstore.
Malatesta and Phil talk up the Windows Marketplace for Mobile being updated and cracked at the same time, more on the HTC HD2, whether Windows Mobile is dying and how to get every last ounce of performance out of your phone. Join us!
The Touch Pro 2 is still only a few months fresh and cases for the Windows phone are slowly trickling to market. Covertec offers a premium leather, vertical case that is sized to fit the Touch Pro 2 and Tilt 2 phones.
We took the Covertec Vertical Premium Case out for a test drive with the AT&T Tilt 2 and found it to be a good case for those who prefer to carry their phones in the upright position. The case can also pull double duty as a pouch case by removing the clip.
Ease on past the break to read more about the Covertec Vertical Premium case.
It's time to break out that old Konami code and see what treats are in store -- the longtime videogame maker is bringing a half-dozen apps to Windows Mobile in December. On tap are Dance Dance Revolution S, Mobile Pawafuru Proyakyu (a baseball game), Konami Sudoku, Konami Solitaire, and shooters Gradius II and TwinBee. The releases also coincide with the launch of the Windows Marketplace for Mobile in Japan. With the exception of Mobile Pawafuru Proyakyu, all of the games will be available in the U.S., Canada and Japan. [Akihabara News via Slashphone]
It should come as no great surprise that Microsoft's upcoming Office 2010 (now in beta) will bring a refresh to Windows Mobile. After all, we've covered it here and here. (And here's the one you really should watch.) But just in case you were worried that Microsoft was holding out until Windows Mobile 7, fear not. Office 2010 will be coming to Windows Mobile 6.5. Some features (such as Sharepoint and Exchange) will be dependent on your Exchange provider having upgraded to 2010. But you've been looking for another reason to bug them, right? [Microsoft via Mobile Tech World]
Actually, despite the title, the Touch Pro 2 does not actually reach the ambient temperatures of the original Touch Pro ('hot burrito' is a good description). Having said that, it can still get quite warm, especially when running GPS and pulling data.
A major factor that game developers must consider when working with a platform such as Windows Phones is the interface. The fact that Windows phones come in all shapes and sizes is one of the strengths of the platform, but in this case it can be a challenge. Developers must take into account things like the fact that the device hardware may not include hardware buttons and the screen resolution could be any of a number of configurations. One solution to this problem is to use the old K.I.S.S. design rule; Keep It Simple Stupid. One game that practices this rule to perfection is Meon from Manbolo.
One of the first Games to appear on Microsoft’s Windows Marketplace for Mobile, Meon is a puzzle based game that requires you to use strategy in order to direct light into different areas of the puzzle. A Lite version featuring about 30 levels is available for free, with the full version setting you back $2.99.
This game is highly addicting. If that sounds good to you, click on through. Just don’t say I didn’t warn you.
So, you are now the proud owner of an HTC Touch Pro 2 (or Tilt 2 for AT&T customers) and are in need of a case. As with any new item just hitting the market, accessories can be hard to find at first.
While there are a few cases on the market sized for the new HTC Touch Pro 2/Tilt 2, the selection is thin. We took a look at some of the cases in the WMExperts Store that are large enough for the Touch Pro 2 and came up with four recommendations that might hold you over until other cases hit the shelves.