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4 years ago

Epix to get WM6.5 in February; upgrade list gets updated

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Looks like the Samsung Epix (see full review), a phone that is now well over a year old, is slated to get its official Windows Mobile 6.5 bump sometime in February, at least according to Microsoft's updated list. (Though all the cool kids have been running it since September)

We suppose one convenient aspect of that list is the ability to keep shifting dates around and we have to admit, we're getting quite far out now from that October Windows Mobile 6.5 announcement.

Still, better late than never, and it sure beats the Ozone/Snap duo, which are still listed as "Date Not Available" -- luckily both of those have custom ROMs too. Guess we know where WM Standard is sitting on the priority list.

[thanks Akshay!]

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4 years ago

Nokia Experts takes on Windows Mobile, Smartphone Round Robin-style!

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See those hands up there? Those are the 10 talented fingers of one Matthew Miller of NokiaExperts. And in Week 3 of the third annual Smartphone Round Robin, he's taking a look at Windows Mobile, and specifically the HTC Touch Pro 2 and HD2.

If you haven't already, check out his hands-on video with yours truly. And then head over to the thread he's started in the WMExperts Forums, discussing his take on Windows Mobile. Remember that anytime you post in an official Round Robin thread, you're entered to win a smartphone (worth up to $1,000) from that site. So get to it!

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4 years ago

New job posting shows Xbox Live playing nice with Windows Mobile

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Seeing Windows Mobile and the Xbox 360 coming together really shouldn't be a surprise to anybody -- we've seen evidence to that effect before. But there's a new job posting out that points directly to the future of WinMo. From the listing: 

We're connecting players via the LIVE services on new devices beyond the console. We need a Principle Program Manager who can help drive the platform and bring Xbox LIVE enabled games to Windows Mobile. This person will focus specifically on what makes gaming experiences "LIVE Enabled" through aspects such as avatar integration, social interactions, and multi-screen experiences.

That's just vague enough to make us wonder if we'll actually be playing games on Windows phones, or if they'll become some soft of ancillary device in the Xbox experience. Either way, it's something we're looking forward to. [Mobile Tech World via Engadget]

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4 years ago

MSDN Outs Windows Mobile 6.5.3

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MSDN Outs Windows Mobile 6.5.3

We’ve known (unofficially) for some time now that Microsoft has been working on various follow-ups to Windows Mobile 6.5. ROMs based off of 6.5.x builds of Windows Mobile have been floating around XDA and other similar sites for months, but we hadn’t seen anything official from Microsoft (or even semi-official) ... until now.

MSDN (the Microsoft Developer Network) Web site is where developers go for documentation on various APIs and methods for creating applications for Microsoft products. The documentation for the Widget Engine in Windows Mobile 6.5 makes reference to the changes that we’ve seen with the softkeys and menus in 6.5.x ROMs. The quote states: “Beginning with the Windows Mobile 6.5.3 release, touchable tiles replace soft keys. For developers, the change from soft keys to touchable tiles is automatic starting with Windows Mobile 6.5.3. All of the following applies to touchable tiles and to soft keys.”

This may not seem like much of a mention, but the timing of this discovery may be significant. With Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer scheduled for the opening Keynote at CES next week, might we get some details on where Windows Mobile is headed? We’ll be there to keep you posted.

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4 years ago

HD2 Compass Mod: Use it in all GPS programs

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One neat feature that often gets left out of discussion on the HD2 (see review) is the built in digital compass.

Although occasionally useful, one major downside is it can't be used by third-party apps e.g. iGO, Google Maps, etc.  Well, that is until XDA member Mach2003 decided to play with and alter the GPSModDriver.

Stressing that this is still beta, the .cab file will allow interaction of the compass with those GPS apps, though each one will vary in terms of action.

For instance, Google Maps won't rotate the map for you  (shame) but it will give you a constant blue arrow for direction status (sort of like when you a driving, but now it will work at all times and be more sensitive).  iGO8 in 3D mode will "...rotate with the entire screen according to your compass heading, as long as you have a GPS fix"

Of course this is the tip of the iceberg and we're sure digital compasses and GPS on Windows phones is just starting.

[thanks you know who for the tip!]

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4 years ago

Review: HTC Stereo Headphones

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Review: HTC Stereo Headphones

HTC has been maligned for years about the lack of a 3.5mm headphone port on the majority of their hardware. Up until recently, that has been the biggest knock on a company that really produces stellar hardware across the board. Various workarounds have been documented thoroughly, including but not limited to A2DP headphones or HTC’s Multifunction Audio Adapter.

For those of you who find the A2DP solution too expensive, and the Multifunction Audio Adapter too restrictive or too bulky; there is another option. HTC’s Stereo headphones are a really good option for handling phone calls or listening to music from your HTC device. But there is more to this package than just a pair of headphones. Hit the jump to see what I mean.

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4 years ago

Add some color to those Manila 2.5 clouds

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Add some color to those Manila 2.5 clouds

Growing tired of the white, fluffy clouds on HTC's Sense/Manila 2.5? (The way God and HTC intended, of course.)  If so, XDA Developers member Hubie has created something you might find useful -- a plug-in that will give your clouds a blue highlight.

The plug-in is compatible with WVGA/VGA/QVGA screens and can be found here. If the blue tint isn't for you, simply uninstall the plug-in, soft reset and you back to plain old white clouds. No word as of yet if Hubie will add orange, pink, yellow or other color options to this plug-in.

Via Pocketnow

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4 years ago

Review: Seidio Innodock Jr. Desktop Cradle

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Review: Seidio Innodock Jr. Desktop Cradle

There’s something about having a high-end phone laying prone on your desk that just seems wrong. Is it just me, or is getting a dock for that shiny new Touch Pro 2 a high priority for anyone else? Seidio is one of those manufacturers that are really one of the go-to companies when it comes to accessories for Windows phones. A prime example of that is the Innodock Jr. Desktop Cradle.

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4 years ago

China Telecom getting Philips D908

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China Telecom getting Philips D908

Philips is bringing its D908 to China Telecom, according to Microsoft’s China website. Feature-wise, this device pushes the boundaries that we’ve come to expect from a Windows phone. The most eye-popping part of the spec sheet is the fact that this device will reportedly feature 1GB of RAM and 2GB of ROM. We’ve seen devices like Samsung’s Omnia II with copious amounts of onboard storage, but even the Omnia II with its 8GB of storage only offers 208MB RAM.

The D908 also features a 3.2-inch WVGA display, is a world phone with GSM and CDMA/EVDO, a 5MP camera, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 2.1, and MicroSD support.

[Unwired View via WMPoweruser]

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4 years ago

Nokia hands-on video, Smartphone Round Robin-style!

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We're back with Week 3 of the third annual Smartphone Round Robin, and this time we'll be looking at the mysterious world of Nokia, with help from our pal Matthew Miller at NokiaExperts. Turns out these are some serious (if under appreciated) phones.

So, peep the hands-on video after the break. And to get things rolling, I've got some questions for the NokiaExperts faithful. Hit up this link to see how that's going.

And remember: Anytime you post in an official Smartphone Round Robin forum thread (or NokiaExperts post), you're eligible to win a free smartphone (worth up to $1,000) from that particular site. So get to it!

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4 years ago

Top 10 list nearly Shuts Out Windows Phones

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In the ultimate comparison of apples, oranges and kiwi; PCWorld has released its list of Top 10 Cell Phones. Not coincidentally, all of its selections are smartphones of some flavor. One thing that is interesting is that the top two devices on the list are probably the two most heavily marketed mobile devices in recent years, but Apple’s iPhone was ranked second, not first. The Motorola Droid came in at the top of the list, which is void of any explanation on what the rating criteria was.

The only Windows Phone that garnered a top 10 ranking was the Samsung Omnia II. Without knowing the criteria for this rating it is hard to determine why solid devices like HTC’s HD2 and Touch Pro2 were left off of the list.

Google’s Android platform placed the most entries on the list, taking 5 of the available slots (1 - Motorola Droid, 3 - Motorola Cliq, 5 – T-Mobile myTouch 3G, 7 – Samsung Behold, 10 – HTC Droid Eris). Research In Motion has 2 BlackBerrys (Bold 9700 and Tour 9630) in the top 10 as well. Palm came in at number 6 with the Pre.

From a hardware standpoint, Windows Phone heavyweights HTC, Motorola, and Samsung each placed 2 devices; though the majority of these feature Android.

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4 years ago

Manila 2.5 officially supports landscape; Showing up in cooked ROMs

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We know two things about HTC

  1. They know how popular Sense 2.5 has become
  2. They move pretty fast

We know this because a new build of Sense 2.5 (1922; last leak was 1921) officially supports landscape now.  Of course the excitement has lead to it being cooked into some GSM ROMs and it looks to be making its way to CDMA Touch Pro 2's in the next 24-48hrs.

So what does this mean?  Is HTC doing this for an eventual HD2 with a slider keyboard?  Or are they just doing the obvious: updating their UI for various future devices, including ones with slide-out QWERTYs?  We'll go with the latter for now as this seems like an obvious progression of the TouchFLO/Sense paradigm.

[via HTCPedia]

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4 years ago

Tip: Speed up the auto-focus on the Imagio camera

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It's pretty well known that the HTC HD2 (Leo) had a wee camera problem with some odd colors showing up in the center.

That has been addressed via a patch, which is available now.

Of course, what would be the fun of having a patch for one device and not trying it out on another?  Not very much.

Turns out if you apply the .cab'd version to the Verizon Imagio (see review) it greatly speeds up the auto-focus -- as in cuts the time in half as well as just general quickness of the camera app. Image quality is said to be the same and no one is reporting any negatives, so if you've done a fresh backup give it a go.

And for the record, we did try this on our Sprint Touch Pro 2 and saw no difference ;-)

Download the .cab here.

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4 years ago

CrackBerry Kevin tackles Windows Mobile

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4 years ago

Best of Smartphone Experts, 27 Dec 2009

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