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.
One of the reasons I love WM so much is the ability to tweak and optimize the phone to my liking by editing the registry. If you don't know about editing the registry (or want to learn about it) then take a look at our WM Registry Editing Tutorial or if you want to do some of the most common registry edits then you can browse through the Registry Edits That We Love. But if you are too scared or too lazy to do any registry edits yourself, then you will probably be very interested knowing that there are programs out there that will add a safety net between you and the registry by doing all of the registry edits for you.
One of those programs is called Smart Tweaker 2008. It is a program that has a collection of registry edits making it fast and easy. The downside to some of these types of programs is that you are limited to only the registry edits that they include. If it is comprehensive, it is not an issue. But if it is limited, then you end up going to the registry to do the edits not included. Is Smart Tweaker 2008 worth the money? Read on to find out...
Look, we know full well some of us you are double-fisting and dabbling with the iPhone. Or at least an iPod Touch. And so you're probably sitting there, clicking the "Check for update" button in iTunes, waiting for the 3.0 software to come out today. And that's fine. But while your waiting, at least make yourself useful and read through The iPhone Blog's excellent 3.0 Walkthrough. And share it with a friend.
And join them tonight for the latest edition of iPhone Live, where you'll find out how you can win a free iPhone 3G S, courtesy of TiPB.
Then, you know, come back and hang out with us some, mkay?
You've got the HTC Snap and the Samsung Jack, and it looks like LG is following in their footsteps by introducing the GW550. The GW550 is another front-facing keyboard, 2.4-inch QVGA, Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard phone.
Just when you thought WM Standard was on its last leg, devices running the standard OS seem to be coming out of the woodwork. The GW550 also sports a 3 megapixel camera, "global" 3G, and 7.2Mbps HSDPA/2Mbps HSUPA capabilities. Based on the photos, the GW550 is follows the conservative appearance the Snap and Jack have, and it has the same lines as the Nokia N71.
No word yet from LG on pricing or availability. Depending on pricing and what the final specifications shake out to be, if you're in the market for a WM Standard phone the LG GW550 might make the choice a little more difficult to make.
See here! We're very much looking forward to the latest from HTC finally hitting the states. And that Samsung Omnia Pro and its even better specs is looking mighty yummy, too. But what we really want is some Snapdragon — and some Tegra.
And that brings us to the Zune HD, which was rumored to be housing said NVIDIA Tegra processor. And PC Perspective [via Engadget] is confirming that rumor. Basically, you're getting CPU, GPU and every other -PU you can think of on one chip. And it's a low-power chip at that, which means better battery life. And Endaget's right in that us Windows Mobile fans should feel a little put out if the Zune HD in fact does have that much power under its hood while we continue to chug away with more "standard" processors.
We've said it before and we'll say it again. Aside from the lack of a phone and a bizarre screen resolution (albeit an OLED screen), the Zune HD looks like it'll have a lot of what we've been wanting for a long, long time. And a lot of what we expect to see when Windows Mobile 7 finally makes it to market.
Still not impressed? Peep the demo video after the break and tell us you don't want a Tegra chip in your phone.
Hi, over the last few hours there has been a consistent string of rumours regarding an event scheduled for the 17th in Singapore. This is a local event to recap the recent launches for Aino, Saito and Yari as well as the GreenHeart phones (the C901 GreenHeart and Naite.) There will be an update on local content initiatives but no new products will be announced at the event.
We’ll have some news on the X2 later in the year, but tomorrow’s event is not it.