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.
Looking for an elegant desktop cradle for the AT&T Tilt 2? Look no further than this gem from Mobi Products. It charges and syncs your Tilt 2 while presenting it vertically, and there's room in the back to charge a spare battery at the same time. Grab it now for $24.95 from the WMExperts Store.
The Samsung Omnia II is a more-than solid piece of hardware. It's the UI that drives us batty. But that's no matter to the folks at MoDaCo, who are hard at work loading HTC's Sense UI onto that gorgeous AMOLED screen. It's still a work in progress, but work that we're glad is being done. [MoDaCo via pocketnow]
On the heels of Google releasing an updated version of GoogleMaps, we've learned that Google is offering everyone a free antique of sorts, snail mail postcards.
As prominent as email has become, everyone can think of at least one friend or family member who isn't online and would enjoy finding a short holiday note in their mailbox (the one at the curb).
So now your chance to spread some holiday spirit for free. If you have a Google account you can go here to send your free postcard. Each account will be able to send one free card (while supplies last). The offer is only valid in the United States and you have six card styles to choose from. Obviously, if you don't have a Google account, you'll have to establish one to enjoy the free snail mail.
NEW: Initial implimentation of Twitter Lists, can view the lists
NEW: Added Italian and Korean translations
NEW: Translate Tweets option
NEW: Block user
NEW: Report as Spam
Fixed issue with loading and uploading larger images
Admittedly, it's been awhile since we played with moTweets but we have to confess, it has become quite good as of late. We especially like the Raven Black color scheme now (see above), though the scrolling is a bit too kinetic at times.
Still, if you are a fan you should upgrade either by downloading the update .cab over your existing version or via Marketplace (when it shows up).
This web version will also be viewable for many types of smartphones, not just Windows Mobile. However, only Windows Mobile (and Symbian?),officially, will have editing capabilities, whereas the web-based version is view-only. The phones/browsers that will work with the web version are the following:
IE on Windows Mobile 5/6/6.1/6.5
Safari4 on iPhone 3G/S
BlackBerry 4.x and newer versions
NetFront 3.4, 3.5 and newer versions
Opera Mobile 8.65 and newer versions
Openwave 6.2, 7.0 and newer versions
This is certainly an interesting play by Microsoft to greatly expand their Office suite, which is one of the few areas that most agree upon is actually a really good product. The challenge to Google should be obvious, though we suppose they too could beef up and selectively favor Android devices. There are other exceptions too. For instance, this is primarily for enterprise right now, not consumers and SharePoint is required on the back end for this to work.
Finally, the bigger picture needs to be looked at here: make no mistake, Microsoft sees cloud computing as the future. Windows Mobile 7 will play a major role in this change and today's apps e.g. MyPhone, Mesh, Marketplace, Office, Skydrive and even web-based Recite are all the tips of this iceberg.
Time for us to play "What really cool phone is being released overseas that we'll never get here!", one of our favorite games.
This time the lucky country is Korea, who is getting Samsung SPH-M8400 aka they need a better name for it.
To the point, here are the specs:
3.7" AMOLED WVGA
5MP AF camera
Digital Mobile TV
WCDMA, WiFi, Bluetooth
Actually, though the fine folks at AkiHabaraNews liken it to a worthy competitor to the HD2, even we scoff at the notion. No, this is a worthy competitor to the Omnia 2...in fact, it's very similar sans the 4G support. Still, it does look pretty nice.
With Christmas just around the corner, you may be looking for a headset for someone on your shopping list. If you haven’t checked it out already, take a look at the WMExperts Store Holiday Gift Guide. One of the products on the wish list of the illustrious Dieter Bohn is Motorola’s H17 Bluetooth Headset.
Motorola has been making headsets for a long time, and its product line includes some pretty impressive options. The H790 and the H15 are both solid headsets that we’ve reviewed in the past. The H17 takes a lot of design cues from the H15, most obviously the hinged boom microphone that doubles as a power switch.