Did you know that there is a way to get rid of the AT&T “bloatware” without having to install a custom ROM? It’s been making the rounds on several internet forums but I first discovered how to remove the “bloat” over at Xda Developers. You essentially prevent the Fuze from loading all the AT&T branded and trial software during the initial start-up or just after a hard reset.
The process is rather simple, though it does start with a hard-reset. After you align the screen and skip the tutorials you are prompted to tap “OK” to install customized applications. Immediately after you hit “OK” you perform a soft reset by just pressing the reset button. When the Fuze reboots, the installation of Xpressmail, Ms. Pacman, AT&T Mall, etc. are bypassed leaving with a little more memory and a lot less bloat.
Now, some of that 'bloat' is actually stuff you want. You will have to go into the Windows folder on your device and install TouchFlo3D (file name PTManilaReg .cab), Microsoft's Security File (file name MSFTSecurity.cab), Opera (file name WM6PPCHTCOpera9_WWE.cab), as well as any of the other programs that AT&T provides that you may like such as Sprite Backup (each application can be found in the Windows main directory as well). I may be imagining things but the Fuze seems a little more responsive with the “bloat” removed. The nice thing about this method is that all you have to do to correct it is perform a hard reset and let the customization go through.
OK, OK. Just about everybody — and we, admittedly, were one of the first — screamed "The Windows Mobile 6.5 SDK is out!" And now the Windows Mobile team is gently rapping our knuckles over the improper use of the acronym.
And so, they're educating us on the difference between an SDK (Software Development Kit), DTK (Developer Toolkit) and DRK (Developer Resource Kit). And those are all good things to know.
So, consider us learned. And grateful that none of this involved the word "Pro."
Speaking of the Touch Pro 2, it looks like T-Mobile employees will be undergoing training on the HTC device (along with the Dash 3G -- aka the Snap) in the coming weeks.
Somebody slipped the above schedule under the Boy Genius Report's door, stating that things get going June 16 in the East Region and doesn't end until July 2 in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. That could well mean no July 1 launch for the Dash 3G, but the rumored July 22 launch for the Touch Pro 2 could still be possible.
It's got all the goodies we've come to know of the Touch pro 2, including the 3.6-inch touchscreen at 480x800, Windows Mobile 6.1, aGPS, WiFi b/g, a 3.2MP camera, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR. The standard AT&T 3G bands (850MHz and 1900MHz) are, of course, present.
Now all we need are some leaked shots, release date and pricing. A slew of FCC information won't be unsealed until the end of September, so we might not see the Touch Pro 2 on AT&T until October at the earliest. But that's rampant speculation on our part, and stranger things have happened.
In another sure sign that we're marching steadily toward the launch of Windows Mobile 6.5, Microsoft has released the Software Developer Tool Kit, also known as an SDK. From Microsoft's overview:
The Windows Mobile 6.5 Developer Tool Kit adds documentation, sample code, header and library files, emulator images and tools to Visual Studio that let you build applications for Windows Mobile 6.5. ... The Windows Mobile 6 SDK must also be installed in order to use any of the Windows Mobile 6.5 Gesture API or samples.
From what we understand, coding for Windows Mobile 6.5 isn't vastly different than coding for 6.1, so there shouldn't be anything too earth-shattering here. But it does include APIs for gestures -- think flicking and scrolling -- which is new in Windows Mobile 6.5.
The SDK is available in a half-dozen languages, and there are separate builds for touchscreen and non-touchscreen devices. You can download them here.
Update: The WMDev team learns us on Twitter that this is just the 6.5 developer tool kit and you still have to have the full 6.0 SDK.
Here's an interesting look at how User interfaces (or user experiences) come to fruition, and how difficult it can be going from an designer's vision to actual implementation. In this video from a Win CE presentation at Computex in Taiwan, there's talk of bringing better tools to designers to lessen the load on developers.
Without getting too terribly technical, let's just say that there's a good possibility that we could see some of this stuff future versions of Windows Mobile. You'll recall that Windows Mobile is based off CE, so we're not quite talking apples and oranges here. And we know of at least one designer [via UX Evangelist] who is working on the Windows Mobile 7 interface using this very markup language.
The simple, simple version? Watch the video. (Silverlight required.) Read more about it here. It's cool stuff. (And we love the "concept HTML rendering engine," which you know as a browser.)
So, we present to you an unboxing of the unbranded HTC Snap, just released in the UK, courtesy of Mobile Tech Addicts. This should give you T-Mo USA fans a another pretty good look at what's in store comes July 1. And don't forget that the Sprint Snap may well be here this Sunday.
Hey, we're all about Windows Mobile here, and we're big fans of Palm. And we'd be remiss not to share with you the ultimate Palm Pre review written by our own Editor in Chief, Dieter Bohn, for our sister site, PreCentral.net.
If you read just one Pre review, make it this one. You'll laugh. You'll cry. You run from the room screaming for capactive screens on Windows Mobile. (again)
And so to our PreCentral brethren we say: Bravo, ladies and gentlemen. Bravo.
A few months ago at the 2009 CTIA, Jabra announced two new Bluetooth accessories, the SP200 BT Speakerphone and the HALO wireless stereo headphones. Well teh SP200 hit our shelves last week and eager to see what all the buzz was about, we took the new Bluetooth Speakerphone out for a test ride. Follow the break to see how it worked out, how the SP200 compared to the SP700 and a few product pictures.
Last week we told you about HTC releasing a ROM update for the AT&T Fuze and before the ink on the website could dry, the update was mysteriously replaced with a server error. Rumors for the link going dead ranged from there was a problem with the S/N entry field to the update contained too much Windows Mobile 6.5 to simple driver errors.
We checked in on the URL just a minute ago and the update is live again. The download instructions are all laid out by HTC and the features of the update haven't changed from our first report. You're still required to enter a valid serial number and HTC is using the same link for the 146mb update file.
Just in case you've misplaced it, you can get the Fuze ROM update here.
Update: Yeah, it's down again. Sorry, folks. We were able to snag the update earlier today.
Updated Update: Two minutes ago, the site was back up. It may be a result of heavy traffic, HTC having technical problems or a sinister webmaster teasing us. If you get the "Oh No! 404" error, try back later and the update should be available.
As mentioned, we were able to get the update before the site disappeared and have installed the updated ROM. So far, not much different than the Test ROM that leaked earlier this year.
Lo, how we dream of they day when a manufacturer will name a phone and a carrier will just use it. But that day is not today.
And so we bring you, courtesy of the Boy Genius Report, the Verizon Ozone — aka the HTC Snap/Willow/Maple. No release date or pricing, and it's safe to say it won't beat Sprint's variant out the door. But it does have WiFi, is a world phone (CDMA and GSM radios), and sports IE6, visual voicemail and VZ Navigator (which points to the dreaded locked-down GPS.)
One of our favorite rumors that keeps going and going but never really getting anywhere is the Sony Ericsson Xperia X2. The follow-up to the Great Experiment known as the X1 has been seen in fits and starts, but there's still nothing really concrete to go on.
But in this shot obtained by Engadget, we do see a Windows Flag key in the top left of the keyboard. So, that means there's a Windows Flag at the top left of the keyboard. Whether this is a prototype of an upcoming devices or something since scuttled is anyone's guess.
Windows Mobile is alive and well at the Computex Show on Taipei. In fact, it's Windows Mobile 6.5 that's making a strong appearance.
After the break, a flurry of phones (brought to us by ePrice.com with an assist from Pocket PC Thoughts) from the likes of GSmart, Mio, Acer, Garmin-Asus and Mobinnova. You might not find them available in the states anytime soon, but that's not stopping anybody here.