Good news for our friends across the pond on Vodafone: The carrier says to expect the Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 in November. That's the X2 and it's sweet keyboard, banana slider and 8.1MP camera. No word on price.
And that's also a couple of months sooner than online dealer Expansys says the X2 will be available, so there ya go.
Also coming down the pike is the LG GM750, which is expected in October and brings along its 5MP camera and black-slab good times.
Attention Amazon Kindle, Sony Reader, Apple Phantom Tablet, iPhone, iPod Touch, netbooks, laptops, Newtons, Palm Pilots, calculators, spiral-bound notebooks, loose-leaf paper, pen, pencil and life as we know it:
We wanted to sleep on things and try to digest exactly what we'd seen. And, like everyone else, we're blown away. Surprised it's from Microsoft? Don't be. These are the guys (and gals) who brought us Microsoft Surface. And apologies for beating this drum yet again, but add the Zune HD to that list. Microsoft can do UI. It can do hardware. And it can marry the two.
That said, remember that this is far from a production run. Far, far from it, we imagine, though Giz says it's in the "late prototype" stage. And there's practically no way this couldn't be completely out of the price range of 99 percent of those who'd love to use one. (Right?) Please, please, Microsoft, prove us wrong.
Until recently, it was a skunkworks project deep inside Microsoft, only known to the few engineers and executives working on it—Microsoft's brightest, like Entertainment & Devices tech chief and user-experience wizard J. Allard, who's spearheading the project. Currently, Courier appears to be at a stage where Microsoft is developing the user experience and showing design concepts to outside agencies.
Head on over to Giz and check out more pics and a stunning video, then head back here and let us know what you think.
A team leader at Microsoft China says Redmond's expecting more than 30 phones running Windows Mobile 6.5 before the end of the year.
When you take into account all of the major manufacturers -- HTC, Samsung, LG, Acer, Sony Ericsson, Toshiba and HP -- that number's not all that far-fetched, especially if you take into account WinMo 6.1 phones that will receive upgrades.
Waze Inc. has officially launched Waze, a free turn-by-turn GPS application, for Windows Mobile. Waze is a social network for motorists to not only provide driving directions but also offer information collected from the users to identify traffic congestion, road hazards and other conditions that affect travel.
The application also has an online component to allow users a live view of maps and conditions. In the coming days we'll take Waze out for a test drive but in the meantime, if curiosity gets the best of you, Waze can be downloaded here.
Kinoma Play, one of our favorite Windows Mobile multimedia players has been updated and now sports location-based features and has tied it into its built-in Twitter app. (Pretty cool for spying on your tweeting neighbors.)
In addition, tweets containing YouTube or Flickr images now open within Kinoma Play instead of launching a browser.
There are a few more bugfixes and updates in this build, too. Find 'em all on the Kinoma blog, and get the update directly in the Kinoma Play app.
So over the last few days you may have heard about Opera releasing their latest beta of Opera Mini, version 5 — which of course is different from Opera Mobile. The former relies on Java and renders on a server (like Skyfire), whereas the latter runs natively on Windows Mobile and runs direct to the web.
If you already have Java installed, then just hop here to download the Opera Mini 5 update. Have no idea about any of this stuff but just want to try it? Boxer112 cab'd it up for us, which you can download from your favorite file host or grab it from ppcgeeks. Just run the .cab and bam, you'll have an Opera Mini 5, Start menu icon and Java installed. Easy!
Early this year Google released Google Sync, which makes your calendar and apps work is if they were on an Exchange server. Missing from the app, of course, was push capability for Gmail.
That day has come, people.
Google just announced that Google Sync now supports push Gmail for Windows Mobile (5.0 and higher). The usual caveat applies, however: If you're already using an Exchange server for other e-mail, you're out of luck.
Oh, Apple ... Sure you make the trains run on time, but are the peasants truly happy? It seems that there's a bit more unrest being spawned from Cupertino.
First comes word that Microsoft is poaching wooing retail store managers away from Apple in preparation for its own line of retail stores. [Ars via TiPB] Nothing too strange there. These things happen. But for Apple, it's hardly a new trend.
But top that with new of a possible employee walkout on Oct. 3 at the Alderwood Mall in Lynnwood, Wash., and this could turn out to be a full-on to-do. Losing the managers is bad enough. But if you can't keep the worker bees happy, they'll go elsewhere. And not even Fake Steve Jobs can stop that.
And with a couple of exciting new products already in the wild (Exhibits A and B), and presumably more on the way, Microsoft couldn't come calling at a better time.
Ah ha! We though that looked familiar. It's been noted by commenters at Engadget that the supposed AT&T Pure we saw clad in pink just yesterday is in fact what's known in European circles as the MDA Compact V, aka another version of the Touch Pro 2 Touch Diamond 2.
Does that mean it's not the AT&T Pure? Not necessarily. But it does make us want to wait for some actual AT&T branding before giving a thumbs-up.
Lookie here, folks, it's the SCH-I920! Oh, not into Verizon's name game? OK, it's the Samsung Omnia II we've been expecting, and it's on Sammy's support site. Note that the cubic butotn on the bottom has given way to what we'll call a shield design (our second choice was the gaping maw).
Also listed is what's in the box. Nothing surprising here, but we love bullet points. And so ...
3.5mm headphone jack adapter that doubles as an FM radio antenna.
User manual CD.
Health and Safety Warranty brochure.
You know, the usual stuff. Anyhoo, still no word on pricing or availability, but we have to believe it's sooner rather than later at this point.
We're not quite sure just how based in reality this is, but what you see in the promo video above is the Samsung Omnia Pro B7610, though different than what we've previously seen.
Strange things can happen in promo videos. Occasionally they let loose a juicy morsel that ends up being an unreleased device. Other times they're just made-up images. Our guess here? An Omnia Pro in a slightly different shell.
We assume that somewhere under these cases is the Windows phone known as the HTC Pure — it's just a little tough when your retinas are burning.
Anyhoo, the pics we're looking at here from HTCpedia purportedly show the variant of the HTC Touch Diamond 2 (aka the Warhawk) that we're expecting on AT&T ... eventually. It's more than a little odd to see initial images of a phone while it's case-clad, but stranger things have happened. There's not much to be gleaned other than the 5.0-megapixel camera (which we've been expecting), the usual zoom bar and four-button combo, and a stylus. The $149.99 price (after rebate and contract) is still in effect.