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4 years ago

Verizon Touch Pro 2 getting Sense 2.5. Where art thou Sprint?

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According to a PPCGeeks forum user, Big Red is aiming to update its Touch Pro 2 (again) with a build of Sense 2.5. However and perhaps not surprising, there are no Documents, Footprints, Programs or E-Reader tabs on board.

The ROM itself is not yet available (officially or unofficially) and is only Windows Mobile 6.5. Release is expected "soon" which bodes well for Verizon's customers.

Now we know where this is going and what you are going to ask: What about Sprint?

Sprint has still not yet released their WM6.5 update, which is really starting to push the boundaries as far as timeliness. We reported here a few weeks ago that HTC had made a CDMA ROM with Sense 2.5 on board for a Chinese carrier, so this Verizon news is not that shocking. What this also might mean is the reason why Sprint is taking so long, is to get Sense 2.5 (and one can hope. WM6.5.3) cooked in, which would be a nice touch. 

Either way, it's nice to see companies like Verizon going that extra step for what is one of the most popular Windows phones to date.

[MobileOSNews via WMPoweruser]

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4 years ago

T-Mobile HD2 spotted

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T-Mobile HD2 spotted

As March 24th slowly gets closer, the anticipated T-Mobile HD2 release date, we are now seeing images of this new Windows Phone. TmoNews has captured a series of photos of the HD2, complete with T-Mobile branding, and they look good.  Sporting Sense 2.5, you can see the Blockbuster and Transformer movie shortcuts that are a part of T-Mobile's mobile entertainment package.

Upgradable or not to Windows Phone 7 Series, the HD2 is an impressive piece of equipment and is sure to attract its fair share of customers to T-Mobile. One can only hope that other carriers will spread the joy and offer the HD2.

Read: tmonews.com

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4 years ago

Review: Body Glove Landmark Case

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Review: Body Glove Landmark Case

While Body Glove is known for it's synthetic cases such as the Body Glove Rhythm and Side Case , they also offer a few quality leather cases for Windows Phones.

We've already taken a look at one of these leather cases, the Body Glove Landmark horizontal case, and now we turn our sights on Body Glove's Landmark  vertical case.

Ease on past the break to see what impression this vertical case made.

 

 

Cons: 
Clip rotation can be a little stiff
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4 years ago

WMExperts Podcast Episode 91

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4 years ago

More on Apple vs. HTC

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More on Apple vs. HTC

We've had a chance to sit down and read both the lawsuit and International Trade Commission (ITC) complaint that Apple has filed against HTC. In a nutshell, Apple is accusing HTC of manufacturing, importing and selling technologies developed by Apple and protected by their patents without a license to do so. The claims involve twelve HTC products which includes seven Windows Phones; the Touch Pro, Touch Diamond, Touch Pro 2, Tilt2, Pure, Imagio, Touch 3G and the HD2. The remaining five phones are Android based phones (Nexus One, Dream, Hero, Droid Eris).

For more on Apple's claim's, read on past the break.

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4 years ago

Microsoft Demos Xbox Live game on Windows Phone 7 Series

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So at this point we’ve seen the Gamer Tag features and other bits and pieces of what you can do with Xbox Live on Windows Phone 7 Series devices, but the party line on what to expect with real gaming has been consistent; stay tuned for MIX.

At the TechEd Middle East event, Microsoft’s Eric Rudder had the opportunity to demonstrate what we can expect of games that have a foot in multiple worlds; console, PC, and mobile. Rudder’s demo showed the same game (Indiana Jones) being played on multiple platforms. The Windows Phone 7 Series device utilized an accelerometer to control the movement and a tap on the screen to jump.

This type of scenario fits in perfectly with Microsoft’s “three screens and a cloud” approach to life, the universe, and everything. The ability to begin one game and have it continue seamlessly on another device would be a real coup for a company that has a much broader footprint in the services world than any other company in the smartphone business.

Video of the demo is after the break.

[via Engadget]

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4 years ago

HTC HD Mini on Amazon UK

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HTC HD Mini on Amazon UK

HTC announced the HTC HD Mini just a few weeks ago at the 2010 Mobile World Congress and it is now surfacing on Amazon.com's UK site. The listing is for pre-orders of the Windows Phone at a price of 369 pounds (about $556US). The listing indicates the HD Mini is due to be released on April 14, 2010.

As an added bonus, if you happen to live in the United Kingdom, Amazon is also throwing in free shipping.  Still no indication on whether or not the HD Mini will head across the pond to U.S. Markets.

Via: Engadget.com

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4 years ago

Friday Fun: A Windows Mobile flashback

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With all the talk about Windows Phone 7 Series and where the whole Windows Phone experience is heading, we started reminiscing.  Remember the good old days when Pocket PC was new and innovative? We stumbled upon one of Microsoft's commercial/promotional videos on the mobile operating system that would eventually evolve into Windows Mobile.

The circa 2000 commercial touts innovative technology such as portable email, voice notes, pocket Outlook. State of the art hardware included a blazing fast 130mhz processor, 16-32mb of RAM and 65K color touch screens.

While these specs pale in comparison of the 1ghz Snapdragon processors and on-board memory measured by the gigabytes, this commercial gives you a feel of how far the industry has come in ten years.

Read: windowsphonethoughts.com

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4 years ago

More Microsoft Courier details, renderings and video get leaked

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Today, Engadget got their hands on some more mock-ups and some new videos of Microsoft's "Courier," that project lead by J Allard (MS's Chief Experience Officer). If it comes to fruition, it looks as groundbreaking as Project Natal. The new videos are noted for showing real-life situations on how useful the Courier could be for professionals. But honestly, the device tells its own story, making it very drool-worthy.

The sophisticated and intuitive e-Journal is much smaller than previously thought, coming in under 1 inch thick, weighing in a little over one pound and not much bigger than a 5 x 7 photo when closed. Names like "Infinite Journal" and "Page Stream" are tossed around as is the necessity of the Courier Pen, making this centered around hand-writing recognition (something we've seen mentioned earlier in regards to WP7).

The device is said to be developed on CE6, the same as Windows Phone 7 Series, which seems to be Microsoft's new toy to be used on everything. The big question we have is will this in any way interact or sync with Windows Phone 7? It would seem a no brainer to have something like that on board between the two platforms, but until we hear more...

Either way, 2010 is looking very good for Microsoft: Windows 7, Windows Phone 7 Series, Project Natal, Zune and now Courier. Anyone else getting excited?

Anyone else shocked we didn't take a chance to poke fun at the iPad in this post? Feel free to take up the torch for us in comments ;-)

Read more at Engadget and Gizmodo

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4 years ago

Review: Mobi Products Touch Screen Stylus Pen

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Review: Mobi Products Touch Screen Stylus Pen

We Windows Mobile faithful tend to be the butt of jokes every now and then due to the fact that our flavor of Smartphone isn’t as finger friendly as some of the competition. The truth is, the stylus is one of the most versatile and easy to use input methods available on a mobile platform. I’m not saying that a stylus is a must have piece of hardware, but it is a tried and true solution.

Mobi Products makes a number of accessories for Windows Mobile devices. Their Touch Screen Stylus Pen is a step up for those out there who are still stylus dependent.

The full review is after the link.

Pros: 
compact
Cons: 
Rubberized tips makes sweeping motions difficult
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4 years ago

Microsoft talks a little more about what's coming with the new Windows Phone

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Without totally taking the lid off of our treasure trove of questions regarding Windows Phone 7 Series, Microsoft did answer some questions last night with a Q&A on Twitter and on the blog of Charlie Kindel, the Partner Group Program Manager for the Windows Phone Application Platform & Developer Experience.

First off, Charlie talked about app development (and we'll remind you that apps are going to have an overall different feeling in the way they run on 7). The major development languages will be .NET, Silverlight, XNA (which is already in use on the Zune HD), and Web 2.0 standards. And it's now officially official: No backward compatibility. Wrote Charlie:

For us, the cost of going from good to great is a clean break from the past. To enable the fantastic user experiences you’ve seen in the Windows Phone 7 Series demos so far we’ve had to break from the past. To deliver what developers expect in the developer platform we’ve had to change how phone apps were written. One result of this is previous Windows mobile applications will not run on Windows Phone 7 Series.

And that's the main theme. Windows Phone 7 Series is not Windows Mobile. Microsoft's going to be repeating that for a while, we fear, and so shall we. And a break of this magnitude is hardly unprecedented, as witnessed by our pals at PreCentral.net. It can be argued that Palm's move to webOS has hurt more than it's helped, but we're willing to bet that Palm's long exclusivity period with Sprint (thus keeping devices out of more hands) did more than the change in operating system.

Anyhoo, another repeated phrase was "there will be more at MIX" in a couple weeks in Las Vegas. And to Vegas we shall go. Stay tuned, folks. [Charlie Kindel's blogTwitter]

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4 years ago

Microsoft (again): No plans to upgrade HD2 to Windows Phone 7

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In what has to be one of the most cruel geek teases in recent Windows phone history, the back and forth about whether the HTC HD2 will receive a Windows Phone 7 ROM update seems to be coming to end.

Over at ZDNet, Mary-Jo Foley received a response from Microsoft on the question and Redmond restated their position that WP7S will have very strict hardware requirements that they plan to enforce.

No surprises there, but the Microsoft spokesperson ends with 

We currently do not have plans to update the HTC HD2 to Windows Phone 7 Series.

Of course that wording does leave open the possibility. After all, plans do change and there was no "it definitely won't". Still, we think if MS wanted to be cagey, they would have given their usual "we do not comment" response in regards to the HD2 question.

None of this would have been such a big deal had not HTC themselves tweeted that the HD2 would get the update. In the future, we hope these companies can all be on the same page.

Anyone still holding out thinking it will get the coveted update?

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4 years ago

First look at the Project Pink/Pure phone

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First look at the Project Pink/Pure phone

Looks like the folks at Gizmodo got their hands on our favorite traditional "blurry cam" shots of the new Pink-Pure phone, which looks to be coming to Verizon sometime soon. (More info on the Pure and Turtle here)

The Pure is thought to be running the same core OS as Windows Phone 7, but with a different UI on top. As we've previously speculated, the Pink phones appear to be high-end feature phones, where as the WP7S is more in the traditional smartphone category.

The source who leaked the images also said it was very intuitive and better than Android.

Besides those two images, Conflipper has been leaking out some actual screen shots from said Pink device, specifically of the dialer/lock screen. While nothing special, it does hint that these phones may be a good deal for the masses, who want a centralized social-media device without any learning curve and more limited power.

   

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4 years ago

Opera Mini 5 Beta Announced as Native WinMo App

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Browsing the Internet is one of those things that can be a major draw for people looking to purchase a smartphone, but can be rather hit or miss due to the lack of quality mobile web browsers. For my money, having a choice between which browser you use in different situations can be a deal breaker. Luckily, Windows Mobile has more browser choices than many of its competitors.

Opera has been in the mobile browser game as long as anyone and their browsers are among the best. Opera Mini 5 Beta 2 is the latest and greatest from Opera’s Mini product. Traditionally a Java based application; Opera announced today that Opera Mini 5 is available as a native Windows Mobile application. There are technical reasons why having a native application is preferable over a Java based version. The bottom line is that a native Windows Mobile application should offer better performance, stability, and compatibility across a large array of devices.

My first impression with Opera Mini 5 is that it is FAST, though the rendering engine isn’t perfect. Mini 5 uses server side rendering; meaning that when you request a web page, a server somewhere actually downloads the files and formats it and compresses it before sending it along to your device. This method keeps your data usage to a minimum and doesn’t require as much processing power on your device. The Mini 5 UI is also very similar to what we’ve been playing with on the Opera Mobile 10 betas, which I consider a very clean and usable interface.

More information on the features you can expect from Opera Mini are available from Opera’s site. To download the application, point your mobile browser to http://m.opera.com/next/mini.

 

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