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4 years ago

Manila 2.5 landscape now available

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Manila 2.5 landscape now available

For those using custom ROMs and who have been flashing with HTC Sense 2.5 (aka Manila 2.5), you will surely have come across one of the major limitations of that version of TouchFLO: it can't do landscape.

The reason for that is that Manila 2.5 was built for the HTC HD2 aka 'Leo' and because that device doesn't have a physical keyboard, HTC never designed it to do landscape.

Of course the fact that Manila 2.5 was built to run on a Snapdragon CPU and the lack of landscape orientation hasn't stopped anyone from using it, namely due to all the cool new features (Footprint, Twitter tab, Shortcuts, etc.).

Luckily, XDA member Rotastrain has stepped in to finish HTC's work by releasing his 'fix', which involves Mortscript and a few other files.  He's even released a Chef package to easily cook into ROMs. (So get on that Chefs!)

While not perfect, this certainly extends and fixes one of the biggest drawbacks of Manila 2.5 for many of us, so kudos to Rotastrain!  Get it here.

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4 years ago

Review: LG HBS-250 Bluetooth Stereo Headset

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Review: LG HBS-250 Bluetooth Stereo Headset

Want a wireless stereo solution for your Windows phone? Don't like that your Windows phone is missing the 3.5mm headphone jack and want an alternative to using adapters? LG might have the solution you're looking for in their HBS-250 Bluetooth Stereo Headset.

Uniquely designed, the LG headset provides you a wireless alternative not only to listen to your favorite tunes from your Windows phone but also a wireless headset to answer calls from. Follow the break for our short take on the LG HBS-250 Bluetooth Stereo Headset.

Cons: 
Controls are hard to manipulate, microphone seems muffled
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4 years ago

Go eat some turkey, you turkeys

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Go eat some turkey, you turkeys

Happy Thanksgiving Day, everybody. We're giving the crew the day off to pig out, watch some football, and to give thanks for lucking into one of the coolest jobs since that gig with the paint gun, plastic wrap and double-sided tape. (The pictures are priceless.) Anyhoo, we'll see you all on Friday.

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4 years ago

Windows Mobile 6.5.x explained?

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Windows Mobile 6.5.x explained?

Just yesterday we were mentioning the latest leaked build of WM6.5, build 28004, which is branched off as WM6.5.3.

This is the latest in a series of builds by Microsoft that continues to make things more finger-friendly, that much is obvious. What is not obvious is where exactly this fits in with Microsoft's plan in regards to WM6.5 and WM7, and whether this ever see the light of day in an official capacity. (Even the much-heralded HTC HD2 is running older builds.)

Looks like the folks at MoPocket have, off the record, spoken to a Microsoft representative at a trade show, and they asked directly about what all of these builds were about.

In short, it is about the coming wave of capacitive devices. According to the rep, capacitive screens are much more responsive but far less accurate than resistive. (But you already knew that.) In turn, things need to be bigger to touch (and this is also why the iPhone does not have handwriting recognition). 

As a result ...

"Windows Mobile ... is a UI designed to be able to tap with nearly pixel accuracy. As it stands, the top bar and bottom bar of WM6.5 aren’t tall enough to be able to have clickable buttons without a resistive display."

And what about the HD2, you may ask? After all, it has a capacitive display.  Indeed and HTC had to do a lot of in-house work to make that happen, because it's not actually enabled by Microsoft in the OS. That's something we've asked about before on the podcast, and Microsoft is working to make it easier for the OEMs by building it into the OS.

So there you have it. WM6.5.x is real, but looks to be designed for next-generation capacitive displays and might well not be an upgrade for current WM6.5 devices. (Though it could well point to the availability of  more capacitive-display phones before the launch of Windows Mobile 7.) It also probably won't be called WM6.5.1 either, just another special variant for specific devices.

Read more mopocket 

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4 years ago

Syncables v6.0 is now out; Allows syncing of content between PC, Windows phone

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Confession: we've never heard of Syncables, so being they are now on version 6.0  is a big surprise to us. 

Evidently it is software that allows seamless syncing of media (and additionally contacts, email, bookmarks) between your PC, laptop and Windows phone.  In doing so,  it will auto-adjust the media for your phone to save space/optimize playback.  It also has (buzz word!) social-networking support.

The software looks nice enough though it is a bit pricey to do what is technically already possible with Windows Mobile Device Center/Windows Media Player, albeit much more streamlined with the former:

  • Syncables 360 - Standard Edition – single OS version for syncing media and files between Windows, Mac or Linux computers. License to syn c 2 computers. Price - $29.99
  • Syncables 360 - Premium Edition – multi-OS syncing of media, files, email, contacts and browser bookmarks with, and between, Windows, Mac and Linux computers. Includes syncing of media to and from Windows PCs and Blackberry or Windows Mobile phones. License to sync 3 computers. Price - $49.99; upgrade price - $39.99
  • Syncables 360 - Home Network Edition – Syncables 360 Premium functions w ith a license to sync up to 5 computers. Price - $69.99; upgrade price - $49.99

So anyone out there actually using this?  Should we give it a go and review here at WMExperts or are all of you too advanced for such a thing?  Hit us up in comments or Twitter.

[Syncables 6.0 Press Release]

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4 years ago

Windows Mobile 6.5.3 (28004) is out and about

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And the leaks keep coming...

For those who are staying abreast of all the recent WM6.5.x builds, 28004 just hit the streets today.  No major changes are evident, though there are some graphic and speed improvements as usual.

WM6.5.3 is the latest branch off from the various "COM" builds, which look to be the testing grounds for new improvements to Windows Mobile.  The main feature of these latest builds appear to be making the OS very finger friendly, incorporating gesture support, moving the Start menu to the lower left corner, enlarging all menus and redoing certain sub-sections like the address book (see above).

What no one knows as of yet is what is the end goal? I.e. what will this final branch look like, what is the expected finish date, etc?  Build 28004 is from November 19th, meaning it features some of the latest changes.  By comparison to WM6.5, these latest builds of 6.5.x are as fast if not faster, feel more modern and are quite stable.

Look for your favorite chef's to update their ROMs.

For those on Sprint with Touch Pro 2's, feel free to try my custom build of this ROM along with HTC Sense 2.1 (weather-clock), Office 2010, Opera 10 and some graphics improvements.  Get it here or directly download here and thanks to SSK for the kitchen.

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4 years ago

Will Swype sweep you off your feet?

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Will Swype sweep you off your feet?

Our pals at Android Central seem a little stoked that the Swype keyboard is coming to Android. And they should be. They have capacitive screens. (Yeah, we're going there again.) That said, we're still not convinced this is going to revolutionize on-screen keyboards, and we're not too crazy about the side-by-side test you see above. But what we do love are options, and Swype certainly presents that. Look for it next week on the Samsung Omnia II. [Techcrunch]

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4 years ago

AT&T Tilt 2 and extras for only a penny; Also make $100

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Looking for that holiday bargain on a Touch Pro 2? Look no further as Walmart is basically giving the darn thing away for a single cent.

In exchange for your soul for 2 years, you can have

  • Touch Pro 2
  • Car charger
  • Bluetooth headset (generic?)
  • Screen protector

This matches nicely the offer from T-Mobile (free) and like them, AT&T and HTC have a trade-in deal where you swap your old phone for $100.  Certainly not a bad price at all, so feel free to pick up one...or a dozen for your friends.  Get it here.

[via PPCGeeks forums]

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4 years ago

What's going on with the HTC HD2

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What's going on with the HTC HD2

We promise we'll go all out on the HTC HD2 once it's more widely available in the United States. Really. We will. (And because you'll ask: Yes, it's coming to the U.S. early next year. No, we don't know exactly when or on which carrier.) In the meantime, here's what's going on:

  • Our pal Matt Miller from Nokia Experts has the HD2 in hand and is giving it a thorough run-through in his ZDNet blog.
  • The HD2 is now available on T-Mobile in the UK. [via Tracy and Matt]
  • The HD2 has 802.11n WiFi available, though it's turned off by default. Here's how to turn it on. [XDA via MoDaCo and Engadget]
  • HTC acknowledges there's a problem causing the HD2's camera to occasionally go pink. A software fix is on the way. [via wmpoweruser]
  • HD2's now on sale with O2 in the UK. [via Coolsmartphone]
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4 years ago

Fall Freebies: Rove Mobile Admin for IT

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It's no secret that Windows Mobile is big among IT types. In business, you can't beat Microsoft Exchange for e-mail and the like. But with more servers comes more responsibility, and that means management. Now I love spending time in the server room as much as the next nerd, but there are times when that's just not practical.

Enter Rove Mobile Admin 5.0. Full server management on your Windows phone, including:

Manage Microsoft Windows, Active Directory, Exchange, Exchange 2007, IIS, SQL Server, DHCP, DNS, Cluster Server, System Center Operation Manager, and System Center Mobile Device Manager, RSA, Lotus Domino, Novell, Oracle, BlackBerry Enterprise Server, BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5, Citrix, HP iLO, Backup Exec and VMware Virtual Infrastructure servers, Nagios, BMC Remedy Service Desk, BMC Performance Manager Portal, Microsoft Hyper-V and create SSH/Telnet and RDP/VNC connections from your wireless handheld device or any computer.

Check out the full data sheet. (pdf link)

And so, we're giving away five (5) copies of Rove Mobile Admin 5.0. And all you have to do is head into the forums and leave us your best (or worst) IT tale in the comments below. Bonus points for pictures of melted or otherwise destroyed hardware, infestations (insect or user, your choice), or whatever else you have to deal with every day. Not an IT type? This one's not for you. Just sit back and enjoy the show. Contest ends Dec. 7.

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4 years ago

Behold, the LG IQ on Telus

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Behold, the LG IQ on Telus

We're gonna have to go way, way back for this one. In the Great AT&T Flood of 2009 came a leaked slide of the LG Monaco, a Snapdragon-powered, 3.2-inch touchscreen slider. And here before you is what that device, now known as the LG IQ, has become, destined for Canadian carrier Telus.

Gone is that janky-looking D-pad from the keyboard, and instead it features an optical mouse on the front face. Also on board are a 5-megapixel and Windows Mobile 6.5 Pro.

Question is, will we still see this on AT&T, as previously rumored? And will it launch (or at least be upgradeable to) Windows Mobile 7, if and when it arrives, as previously rumored?

News at 11.

Mobile Ninjas via wmpoweruser

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4 years ago

HP and AT&T announce the iPAQ Glisten

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Everybody remember that HP iPAQ K3 Obsidian with AT&T specs that surfaced in Asia earlier this year? It's now officially the iPAQ Glisten on AT&T.

And glisten it does, with an AMOLED touchscreen, Windows Mobile 6.5, a 3.1MP camera and all the usual bells and whistles, including WiFi and GPS.

The Glisten will be available "in the coming weeks" (grrrrr) for $229.99 (before $50 "promotion card") along with the standard two-year deal. A little pricey, yeah, but so are AMOLED screens.

Full presser after the break.

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4 years ago

AdMob shows interesting mix of old, new(ish) phones running Windows Mobile

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AdMob, which, "serves ads for more than 15,000 mobile Web sites and applications around the world," recently released its October smartphone numbers. [pdf link] And as expected, Windows Mobile isn't exactly causing anyone to faint. The most damning chart shows Windows Mobile with a mere 4 percent of requests (as in hits) from smartphones, compared to 5 percent from WebOS, 12 percent from BlackBerries, 20 percent from Android and a whopping 55 percent from the iPhone.

Really, that's no great surprise. And we'd expect Windows Mobile's numbers to tick up a bit over the November, December and January, after the flurry of phones that hit the market upon launch of Windows Mobile 6.5.

But what's even more intriguing to us is the breakdown of Windows Mobile phones (these aren't Windows phones, as they're not running WinMO 6.5). Take a look at the chart below.

The most recent phones on there: The HTC Snap, at No. 20, with 0.9 percent share of requests. A couple versions of the Samsung Omnia come in at Nos. 6-7, and the Treo Pro's at No. 9. The HTC Touch Pro is at No. 1, and we have to remind ourselves it's not THAT old, but still ... There are some aging (as in gray hair and hearing aids) devices on that list.

And that says to us a couple of things:

1. You guys and gals love your Windows Mobile phones. So much so that you're still rocking last year's (and beyond) devices. Good for you.

2. You have some tough choices ahead of you. Windows Mobile 7 still hasn't been officially announced, and we still don't know exactly what to expect (other than much better hardware). So, to upgrade, or not to upgrade. We'll revisit that soon. In the meantime, sort things out in the comments.

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4 years ago

Mobi Products Cradle for Sprint, Verizon Touch Pro 2

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4 years ago

WMExperts Podcast Episode 78

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