It's easy for us to forget that smartphones are, first and foremost, a business. We (and you) certainly love our devices. Good thing we have Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer around to remind us it's really all about the numbers.
"I think there's a lot of great Windows phones out there now, coming to market now, based upon Windows Mobile 6.5. ..."
On 6.5 not really being up to snuff:
"I think Windows Mobile 6.5 enables a new generation of exciting Windows phones. That's what I believe. Reviews aside, that's what I believe."
On the future:
"Will there be a next release? Sure. And a release after that? Sure. And a release after that? Sure. There will always be new releases."
And, those blessed numbers:
"It's kind of a horse race right now. It's not like any one of the phones, at least on a unit volume, ah, perspective, has distinguished itself from the others -- except Nokia."
Not that we expected much more from the boss, but, darn it, it'd be great to put the Kool-Aid down every now and then. Check out the video over at Giz, and be on the lookout for the full interview later.
Just realized we'd made you guys go more than 24 hours without some drool-worthy HTC HD2 footage. Sorry about that. Hope the shakes weren't too bad. To make up for it, here's some video goodness from TechBlog.gr of the HD2 in all its 4.3-inch, capacitive touchscreen, slap-your-momma-Snapdragon-is-so-fast goodness. Oh, yeah, and that is multitouch you see in action.
Say you like screen shots. And say you really like to shake your phone. (C'mon, who doesn't?) Now, would you believe the two have been combined? ShakeandSave (CAB file) allows you to now only shake your phone whenever you want -- it'll take a screen shot when you do it. Brilliant!
Just yesterday we were reporting about Mobile GamerTag, a free application that pulls down your Xbox information (we suppose for literal "in your face" bragging rites) and now, MobileTechWorld how found some hints about Xbox & the future of Windows Mobile 7 via that old standby:Microsoft help wanted ads.
Specifically, two jobs are being offered, one being a Developer Account Manager "...to own and drive the relationship with our top mobile entertainment development partners. You will work closely with our...Windows Mobile and Xbox LIVE platform teams..."
Basically this lucky dude or dudette gets to fly around, talking to and working with game developers, showing them just how sa-weet Windows Mobile 7 is at gaming. (I'm pretty sure I want that job! --Mal)
Second job is for a 3PP (3rd Party) Account Manager who "..will act as the day to day contact for publishers within Microsoft" including securing exclusive games for Windows Mobile.
Hey, sounds all good to us. Actually any mention of Xbox and Winodws Moible in the same sentence sounds good. We just hope WM7 delivers on this end because it is sorely lacking and way, way overdue. Read much more on the job details here.
The bad news is for you existing Dashwire users. Evidently on Dec. 31, 2009, Dashwire will stop working. You apparently have the option to back up your data to a desktop and/or "...migrate your information to services from Dashwire licensees if you’re interested" -- though we're not too sure how to do that just yet nor are we sure if it'll cost anything.
Unless you've been living under a rock, you're probably well aware that Windows 7 will be officially released tomorrow, Oct. 22. For you new folks out there (and we know you're there), we've been using Windows 7 since the first beta was released in January, and it's played quite nicely with Windows Mobile. So, no worries there. No get to upgrading!
It's hardly a secret that you almost always can find a phone for less just days after its release, if you know where to look. And one such place for the AT&T Tilt 2 is Amazon, where the Touch Pro 2 variant is going for $149.99, plus free activation. That not enough of a discount? How about $99 at LetsTalk?(Thanks to kxs783kms in the forums for that one.) OK, raise your hands. Who's kicking themselves right now?
The good news: The Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 has passed the FCC. The bad news: This is the European variety, which lacks the U.S. 3G bands. But, it does mean you can import the X2, if you're so inclined. Whether you'll be willing to spend that kind of cash for great hardware and a sometimes-frustrating software experience is a completely different question. (Peep Dieter's hands-on if you need a reminder why.)
Maybe I'm a little jaded after waiting so long for the Xperia X1 only to have it land, look impressive, but fail to make a big impact on the Windows Mobile world. Don't get me wrong - the Xperia X2 is very nice: the build quality is amongst the best of the couple dozen devices I've handled here at CTIA. From the slider to the feel of the keyboard to the subtle curve on the lower-rear of the phone, everything is top-notch.
Not so top-notch, the latest iteration of Sony's Panel's interface. It's awfully pretty and definitely the sort of things you can use to wow your friends and shame your enemies, but only if you're careful to stick with one panel and not switch between your different options, as the lag starting them up is a little disappointing. Perhaps it's time Sony moved beyond the standard 256RAM/512ROM 528MHz Qualcomm processor and into the big time if they're going to try to power interfaces that are this dynamic.
Still, the 480x800 screen and 8mp camera can't help but impress. I can definitely see Sony fans coveting this and I can't blame them for it, the X2 is a very futuristic-looking rig, I just wish the internals we are futuristic as its looks.
The Beta tag has been removed from the mobile browser Bolt and is reported to be faster and more reliable than the Beta versions.
Bolt 1.5 includes such features as the ability to stream videos of any length, a dedicated search bar, a download manager that downloads files directly from Bolt, improved navigation and a caching feature that enables browsing back to a previously visited page without waiting to reload.
We took a look at the Beta version of Bolt some time ago and had mixed feelings. While download speeds were fast, the layout of the browser was a little lacking. Menus were small and hard to read and touch navigation was choppy.
To see if the production version of Bolt is an improvement over the Beta, follow the break.
Since it seems like ol' Microsoft is never going to get around to giving us even the slightest bit if Xbox integration with our Windows phones, at least not until presumably WM7, it'll be up to intrepid developers to fill in the gap.
Now the program is still early in development, so all you can do now is view a single Xbox gamertag along with some game stats albeit render beautifully in VGA graphics (seriously, it's very nice). You can search for any gamer and it checks with a 3rd party server to pull down the info. Not amazing but cool.
Future option include auto-updates, more resolution support and adding/maintaining friends. Grab it here.
See Microsoft, it's not too hard to throw us a bone.
All right, folks. We're gonna leave this one totally up to you guys. We're two weeks into the Windows Marketplace for Mobile. At the time of this writing, there are 273 apps available, the majority of which are not free.
So, how's your Marketplace experience been? Hit up the poll below and give us your take in the comments. Oh, and while we're thinking about it, take the time to add your own review of an app in the Marketplace, and use the start rating system. It'll help us all when it comes to time decide whether to purchase.