SPB Software has announced an update to its excellent Windows Mobile application, Mobile Shell. We saw major renovations to Mobile Shell with the release of version 3.0 earlier this year, and the updated version, 3.5, doesn't break suit.
SPB Mobile Shell is a user interface for Windows Mobile Professional (touchscreen phones) that implements touch navigation, widgets, and multiple pages to put more functionality at your fingertips.
Follow the break for highlights of the updated version along with some screenshots.
Ever wonder what the inside of the Verizon/Sprint Touch Pro 2 looks like? Want to see how to disassemble your $600 phone and void the warranty? Then check out these posts
Santod, shows us the FCC internal shots of the Verizon Touch Pro 2, obviously taken in dirty garage (.pdf file)
JinxCA who goes one step further and strips his own Sprint Touch Pro 2 down, including directions & tools to do it yourself
As noted in my review, they are definitely using Broadcomm WiFi/BT chipset instead of Texas Instruments, which I found to be a great decision. Other than that, these are pretty standard--tell us in comments if you see anything cool or uniqe!
Vito Technology has released an new version of Winterface, a Windows Mobile Professional (touchscreen devices) user interface. The new version adds more customization by adding new skins, changeable backgrounds, and customizable headings.
Not only do you have new skins such as the "Casino", you can also download additional skins from Vito's website. You can also customize the background on the skins either by adding a photo or by changing the color.
There is also some improvements with functionality with the page dots at the bottom of the Winterface screen becoming 'clickable'. While you can finger swipe from page to page, now you can jump ahead by tapping on the dots.
All right, folks. We've got three carriers, er, carrying the HTC Touch Pro 2, and we've got a few weeks of use under our belts. So, let's talk about battery life. The TP2 has a 1500mAh battery, which certainly is respectable. But as Malatesta noted in his review of the Sprint Touch Pro 2, different carriers have different estimates when it comes to battery life. And we all know how these "estimates" go anyway.
And, so, we put it to you, Touch Pro 2 users. Yeah, this isn't going to be very scientific. We all use our phones in different ways. Mal found the battery to be acceptable. Others, including vin5cent0 in our forums, have found it lacking. Chime in and let us know how your Touch Pro 2 battery's holding up.
Summer's finally gone, but we're not done with the giveaways just yet. In conjunction with TeleNav, two lucky readers will win one-year subscriptions to TeleNav GPS Navigator. That's one year of turn-by-turn directions with voice support and on-screen instructions. Route previews. Moving maps in 2D and 3D. Automatic rerouting if you miss a turn. Business finder. Fuel finder. WiFi finder. In the city? There are walking directions. Need more? Check it out here.
Read on after the break for details on how to win.
For those of you rocking the original HTC Touch Pro on Sprint, and we know there are plenty of you out there, an official ROM update was recently released. Here's what you get:
TouchFlo 3D updated to improve speed and stability.
Dialer application enhanced to improve the handling of incoming calls.
Resolves an issue using the “r” and “w” keys on the virtual keypad.
Improves contact searching performance.
Includes a variety of minor bug fixes.
This is a full-on ROM update, so be sure to back up all of your important data first because the device will be wiped in the process.
Also, HTC has released a hotfix for the Sprint Snap that "is designed to correct and prevent a memory block issue that can cause the Sprint Snap to lock up or freeze during boot up."
This one's merely a hotfix, like loading an app. That means your data should be safe (though we'd recommend a backup first, just in case), and you'll need to reload this fix should you ever hard-reset the Snap.
It seems like Information Technology would be an area that had more applications than it knew what to do with. Tools that allow remote monitoring or remote control of servers and network hardware are available, but aren’t nearly as pervasive as one would expect them to be.
Token2Shell Mobile is a SSH (Secure Shell) client for Windows Mobile. For the uninitiated, SSH is one of the standard tools for remotely managing and maintaining IT equipment. For the full review, hit the jump.
Oh, the HTC HD2 (aka the Leo) is the gift that keeps on giving. ROMs have been floating around for a while now, and Pocketnow's taken a new build of TouchFLO3D 2.5, ripped out of a Leo ROM, for a spin.
What's new in Build 1919? There's a Twitter tab, e-mails are much more readable without the old envelope-style view. The calendar app continues to improve. Weather and wallpaper are animated. The Footprints tab (remember that?) is around. Facebook and YouTube integration.
Anyhoo, check out the video yourself after the break. We still don't know what build (or version, for that matter) of TouchFLO 3D may be built into the first official releases we see Oct. 6 Super Duper Windows Mobile 6.5 launch day. But let's hope we see some of this included.
MyHome is one of the many Home Screen replacements that developers have come up with to make Windows Mobile more user friendly. (Read my original review here.) While the software doesn’t get the face time of things like the various flavors of HTC's TouchFLO or even SPB Mobile Shell, it did have some very cool features like haptic feedback. There were however, some areas where MyHome fell way short of the mark. The biggest downfall was the complete failure to support landscape devices. This is particularly hard to swallow with the popularity of HTC’s Touch Pro devices and others that have a similar form factor.
To see what steps SHBT has made from version 1 to 2, follow the break.