We're all used to basic builds of Windows Mobile leaking out. It's also not unusual for full-on official ROM releases to squirm their way into our fat little fingers. Such is the case with the latest for the HTC HD2. The 1.48 ROM (up from 1.43) purportedly fixes issues with the calendar and provides some overall speed improvements (which is saying something when you're running a 1GHz Snapdragon processor in the first place).
The above video from YouTuber Xmoo123 shows off the before and after. It apparently is running Windows Mobile 6.5 Build 21869, up from 21864. (By comparison, I'm running 6.5 Build 21877.) All that said, this may be an "official" release, but it's not been officially released by HTC (when it its, you'll see it here), so consider yourself warned. [HTCPedia via wmpoweruser/pocketnow]
Crashing in on Google Map's update today is none other than Microsoft who has effectively re-launched their Bing service.
First up is the browser client, which now offers a "Streetside and enhanced aerial view" in addition to normal maps and uses Silverlight (something we heard about yesterday) to power it all. There's also an "application gallery" which
...will give users the opportunity to develop “geospatially rich data visualization applications.” Users can seek out applications such as Travel Webcams and Twitter Maps, which uses Twitter’s newly released geolocation tool to map their geographic location as they tweet — even from the Streetside mode.
In conjunction, Microsoft has also revamped Bing Mobile v5.0, which was something it needed as the old user interface was...well old and not very touch friendly.
Overall, the visual changes go a long way to making this standout program even better and the new"wait screen" is a nice twist. However, they also took out some things like gas prices and it is a little slow to load and keep in the background. Still, we'll assume it will only be improved upon.
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Mobile: (via Mobile IE, not Opera): m.bing.com\download
Fix for startup crash (on some devices due to encoding in imported bookmarks).
Other minor bug fixes.
That enough for a beta 2 release? We're definitely happy to see better memory management -- that was our chief complaint of the early beta. And for what its worth, we're now getting 99 out of 100 on the Acid3 test, down a point from the first release. But as this is still a beta release, there are bugs. Peep a list of them after the break. Now, what about you guys? This latest release of Opera Mobile 10 working for you? Grab it here.
Google Maps for mobile has long allowed you to add stars on a map to mark your favorite places. You may have noticed a few months ago that Google Maps for desktop browsers introduced the ability to star places as well. Unfortunately, there was no way to keep these starred places in sync with Google Maps on your phone. With today's release of Google Maps for mobile 3.3 on Windows Mobile and Symbian phones, you'll now be able to keep the starred places on your phone and on your computer completely synchronized.
For users upgrading from an older version of Google Maps for mobile, you'll be asked, when you log in, whether you'd like to synchronize your existing starred items with your Google Account. This means you can preserve all the work you've put into customizing your map on your mobile, and have it show up, conveniently, in Google Maps in your desktop browser.
Get the CAB file here for the latest version of Google Maps for Windows Mobile.
A reminder, folks, that as of today the Samsung Omnia II is available online and stores. Plunking down $199.99 and another two years of your wireless life get you that 3.7-inch AMOLED touchscreen (at 480x800), a 5MP camera, a zippy 800MHz processor, and Sammy's custom TouchWiz interface. [Verizon]
We’ve reviewed cases in all shapes and sizes. Nothing that I’ve seen comes anywhere close to what OtterBox brings to the table with its cases. An OtterBox case is the kind of thing that you see in the movies that is used to house the super-secret multibillion-dollar thingamajig.
For the details on what an OtterBox case gives you, click through for the review.
It is with awe and envy when we see chief Windows phone manufacturer HTC take one of its devices and convert it for the competition.
And that seems to be the case here as the rarely talked about HTC Rome, now appropriately dubbed Touch.B, takes the stage for the first time. And guess that labeling on the back is here to stay? We're okay with that.
Not much is known about the specs, so nothing to get worked up over at this time. It certainly does look nice and we suppose it's not that different from the Eris (which to us trumps Motorola's DROID).
Still, it is odd having Android running so closely with Windows phones these days. It's like our twin sibling ...an evil twin sibling plotting to kill us.
BlueAnt has released a firmware update for their Q1 Bluetooth Headset. The Q1's firmware version 8.19 is being considered a major update by BlueAnt and brings the ability for streaming audio to the voice controlled headset. A2DP audio streaming will allow users to listen to their favorite tunes, podcasts, as well as some GPS turn-by-turn navigation (GPS has to support A2DP).
The update also includes a few button changes in that now only one click of the button will end a call and double clicking the button during a call will switch between BlueAnt's Voice Isolation Standard and Max settings.
The firmware update and instructions on how to update your Q1 can be found over at BlueAnt's web site.
Well, look at that. You're going to have to wait a few more hours before you can pick up the Samsung Omnia II on Verizon, but one has made its way to the front of a Verizon store and into the hands of YouTuber bcwatson57. The video's a little blurry, so we can't get a great feel for the AMOLED screen, but ol' Barry certainly seems impressed. And that may be enough to put up with a little bit of lag despite the 800MHz processor. [YouTube via wmpoweruser]
The turkey's gone, the relatives have left, and the Black Friday hangover has passed. Now it's time for Cyber Monday. To celebrate, we're taking 10 percent off everything — yes, everything — in the WMExperts Store. That's 10 percent off Bluetooth headsets. That's 10 percent off cases. And 10 percent off batteries, chargers, screen protectors. All you have to do is head to the store and use the coupon code MONDAYWME when you check out.
But wait. There's more.
The WMEXperts Software Store is getting in on the action, too. In addition to the Daily Deals that continue through this week, the inaugural Windows Mobile MobileHeist is here for one day only, offering a whopping 50 percent off some of your favorite software.
Included are: Pocket Informant 9, FlexMail, IM+, Mobiola Web Camera, Note2Self, USB Modem, Ringo, Agenda One v2, SecuBox and txtForward-SMS to Email.
That's half-off each one of those software titles. For Windows Mobile Professional (touchscreen) devices, click here. Windows Mobile Standard (non-touchscreen) click here. And if you're using our on-device store from your phone, use this link.
These deals last through midnight PST tonight, so don't miss out. Need a place to start? Check out our Holiday Gift Guide.
Want a Samsung Omnia Pro? Sorry, you can't have one yet. Well, at least not without importing it at a pretty penny and giving up U.S. 3G in the process. For us, that's a dealbreaker. For others, a small price to pay for that 800MHz processor and 3.5-inch AMOLED touchscreen running Windows Mobile 6.5. And unlike its Omnia II cousin (which you can get tomorrow), the Pro has a slider keyboard. For a better look at what you'd be paying a premium for, check out the brief unboxing video from Pocketnow after the break.