The Whitestone is the epitome of the HTC black slab form and looks to be a follow-up to the Touch HD. Let's hope HTC breaks from the past here and actually offers it in the United States. Rumored specs are a 3.6-inch touchscreen at 480x800, 256MB of RAM/512 of ROM, a Qualcomm 7600 processor at 528MHz. A 5-megapixel camera, aGPS and GSM and CDMA radios also have been mentioned. Verzion has been mentioned as a possible carrier.
The kickstand and 3.5mm headphone jack make this an obvious multimedia contender. But here's the thing: While the above specs are nothing to sneeze at in any phone on the market today, we know what's coming. Namely, the Zune HD (and that's now a confirmed Tegra proc under its hood, btw), and future Tegra- and Snapdragon-powered phones. Here's to hoping HTC can pull out some surprises later this year.
Vlingo is an application that has been floating around the Blackberry and iPhone circuit for a while now, and the company has just opened a beta version for a limited number of Windows Mobile phones. What is Vlingo you ask?
According to their website: "Vlingo lets you control your mobile phone with the power of voice. With Vlingo, you can simply speak to your phone to send a text or email message, call a friend, search the mobile web, update your social status, and more." Sounds a lot like MS Voice Command to me, and the upcoming TellMe on Windows Mobile 6.5.
Follow the break for more information on this Windows Mobile Beta application.
Not that we advocate trying to make your Windows Mobile phone look like that kinda-popular keyboardless Apple phone, but there are some features of it that are pretty cool. The "Slide to unlock," er, unlocking mechanism is one of them. And so we've been fans of the freeware S2U2 for a while now.
S2U2 just turned 2.0, and with it comes a new user interface, some bugfixes and a host of other changes (full list after the break). So if you're looking for a different way to unlock your phone, give this guy a shot. For obvious reasons you'll need a phone running Windows Mobile Professional (5 or 6.x).
Motorola has been a leader in the Bluetooth headset market for years and in keeping with that tradition, the company has announced its latest BT headset, the Endeavor HX-1. Motorola is hanging the HX-1's hat on being the only Bluetooth headset to use true bone conduction technology. The headset has a "Stealth" mode that will switch off the conventional microphone and turns on an in-ear sensor that picks up bone vibrations.
The technology is similar to the popular Jawbone headsets that pick up vibrations from outside the face by contacting with the jaw bone. Motorola hasn't released a price or U.S. release date but speculation has this new headset hitting Asian markets in July.
See, this is why we have to use a lot of hedge words like "allegedly," "reportedly," "purportedly," and "no friggin' way." 'Cause half the time someone says they've heard something's going to happen on a certain day, well ... let's just turn to the addage: Those who know don't speak, and those who speak don't know.
While the availability of Bluetooth headsets with stereo capability is growing, some still like the wired versions better. For those HTC users who prefer the wired approach and want more functionality with their headsets, HTC offers the Wired Remote Control Stereo Headphones which not only offers you a stereo headset but also remote controls to allow you to keep your phone holstered while you enjoy listening to music files as well as controlling basic phone controls.
Follow the break to see how the HTC wired headset performed both as an audio device and a remote control.
Earlier this year we ran across the I-Mate 810 at the 2009 Mobile World Congress. The rugged Windows Mobile Phone took a beating and kept on ticking as demonstrated in this video we shared earlier this year.
PocketPC Dubia is reporting that local retailers are expecting the I-Mate sometime in July. Granted the local dealers slated to get the I-Mate are in Dubai but there's always a glimmer of hope that these ruggedized Windows Mobile phones will eventually head to the States.
I-Mate is based out of Dubai so it makes sense they get the first crack at this new phone but wouldn't it be nice if more of these new phones would be introduced in the States first or at least at the same time they are introduced over-seas?
Though we'd be straining to tell you specifically what has changed with v2.23 since Google evidently doesn't believe in change logs or auto-updates via software (rolls eyes), we can tell you that this is a newer version from v2.09. Yep. That's why we get paid the big bucks here at WMExperts.
Actually, some of the controls during play seemed to have changed a bit (shrunk down?) and there seem to be some nice animation effects. But perhaps that's just out imagination. Maybe you can help discern the mystery.
Can't say this phone snuck up on us. T-Mobile officially announced the Dash 3G on Wednesday, making it the second of the U.S. carriers to do so. (The Sprint version of the HTC Snap is already in the wild and will be in Sprint stores in a week or so.) We're also getting our first official look at the phone. T-Mobile's keeping the same lines as the stock HTC device that we first saw at Mobile World Congress.
What we still don't know? An actual release date — T-Mo's just saying "in July" and we're seeing July 1 — and pricing. That should be coming soon, along with an announcement about the HTC Touch Pro 2.
But Buzz Out Loud's Natali Del Conte may have just spilled the beans. She apparently told a caller on the 999th episode of the CNet podcast that a Google rep told her that June 18 was the day the rest of us finally get to play. She says it was originally supposed to launch in late may, and that if tomorrow doesn't hold true, it should still be sometime soon.
In a nutshell: It's gmail for your phone. And then some. You get a new number (that's the big downside, at least initially) from which you can get a ton of utility from the voice side of your phone. Frankly, it's almost too much to list here. But we'll give it a shot:
Call screening: Listen in before accepting a call.
SMS: Send, receive, store SMS messages. Read, search and forward them from the Web.
Place calls: Call any number in the U.S. for free.
Take calls: Your Google Voice number can ring a number of phones.
Call routing: Select which phones ring based on who is calling.
Voicemail transcription: Get a voicemail, and it's automatically transcribed and e-mailed.
Listen to voicemail online or on your phone.
Notifications: Get notification of voicemails via SMS or e-mail.
Personalized greetings: Have one for your friends. Another for co-workers. Another for your boss. Another for your spouse. You get the idea.
Record calls. (legal issues there?)
Call switch: Pass the call off from one phone to another. (Just because you can!)
And many, many more! (OK, a few). There are videos to go with each of the above features, and a few more, over at the Google Voice page. For now, here's what you need to know:
GrandCentral stopped taking new sign-ups a long while ago. But the lucky ones who got in in the beginning should have access to Google Voice in the next few days. Google will "be opening it up to others soon." Oh, and have we mentioned that all this is free?
OK, let's tie this in with Windows Mobile, shall we? We all know that a (current) WinMo phone basically is a mobile version of Windows (Windows CE) with a phone radio bootstrapped to it. This brings power to that end of things. Sure, there are third-party companies out there that will do some of what Google Voice promises (voicemail transcription, mainly). But now it's being brought under one roof. Seriously, go check out those videos.
All you have to do is give yourself up to The Google.
No doubt keeping your Contacts database in check by reducing redundancies is always a challenge, especially with all the multiple syncs we do these days (Exchange, backups, Google, etc.).
One question we get often here at WMExperts is how to remove duplicate contacts on your device, preferably the non-manual way. Up till now, we recommended the super powerful SKTools (which may be overkill for many).
However XDA member zaijian has created a "still in development" freeware app called Outlook Cleaner and it does the task rather nicely:
How it works Contact cleaning works like this: 1) Scan the Contacts database, looking for duplicate contacts. 2) Exact duplicates are deleted. 3) Near-duplicates are displayed for manual merging/removal. 4) You go through the sets of near-duplicates, where you can see all the values which are different, and choose to keep, delete, or merge Contacts.