If you're in the market for a new Windows Mobile Phone, the Palm Treo Pro just became a little harder to ignore. Palm has dropped the price of an unlocked model from $549 to $399.
With Windows Mobile Standard alternatives such as the Samsung Jack available in the neighborhood of $350 and carrier-branded HTC devices pushing $500 out of contract the Treo Pro becomes very attractive to those looking for a WM Pro phone.
No telling if this is a permanent price drop or a limited time only savings. Oh and as an added bonus, it looks like Palm is including a free travel charger and shipping on top of a very good price on a very good phone.
By many accounts, Microsoft's launch of its Bing "decision engine" has been largely successful. For our purposes, we're still waiting on a mobile client to replace Microsoft Live Search. And here is a look at what we might get.
IStartedSomething [via] brings us pics from an April presentation showing the mobile client. You'll note the "Kumo" branding, which, as you'll recall, was the codename for Bing.
ISS's Long Zheng notes that the mobile client will expand beyond the United States and support search in the UK, Italy and France. And it's growing from Windows Mobile and also will be supported on BlackBerry, Sidekicks and Verizon BREW phones.
Look for the Bing mobile client in August or September. More pics after the break.
For you Verizon-types looking longingly at the HTC Snap on Sprint and (soon) T-Mobile, here's a tasty morsel: Specs, specs and more specs, courtesy of the Boy Genius Report.
First, the necessities:
Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard.
4.5 x 2.5 x 0.5 inches
256MB ROM/192MB RAM
2MP camera with autofocus and video
Now, the fun stuff: Sign a two-year contract and you'll pay just $49.99 for the Ozone. Yep, you heard that right. Going sans contract, the Ozone will cost $430.
The Ozone has EV-DO Rev. A comes with a SIM card and is a "World Phone," so you can take it overseas, if you're so inclined. Also, Verizon will allow you to use the Ozone as a modem (for a yet unknown fee, natch), and it'll sport visual voicemail.
Again, look for the Ozone online come June 29, and in brick-and-mortar stores starting July 13.
Contact Manager sort of came out of nowhere from Resco and quickly became a very popular phone app for WinMo (see our positive review here).
In a very quick turnaround, Resco today announced the beta of 2nd Edition of the app, which starts to focus on Facebook and even Google Maps. Specifically, here are the changes:
Enhanced Facebook Integration
Support for Google Maps Application
Send SMS to group members,
Send MMS to group members,
Send E-mail to group members
Set Ringtone to group members
Fully Customizable Today Plug-in
We have to admit, using it for the last few hours, this is a very strong beta. The replacement caller ID screen (always a tricky hack) runs very smoothly, our keyguard works on the Treo Pro and the customizable Today Plugin, while quirky, offers much needed flexibility.
We'll have to forgive the boss for not getting a Windows Mobile phone into the conversation (note to HTC, Samsung et al: It's past time to get something new and cool out in the U.S.), but it's still great to see one of our own getting a few minutes of face time on CNN.
Dieter talked smartphones with CNN International's "Quest Means Business," giving some love to the Palm Pre and, yes, the iPhone. We have just one question for el jefe: You couldn't sneak in a shot of the watch?
If you've ever seen one of Dieter's unboxing videos — he's done, oh, six or seven now — chances are you've gotten a glimpse of that magnificent timepiece strapped to his arm.
Like Nessie peering her head out of the loch and quickly disappearing back into the fog, a watch sighting is something truly to behold. We've even heard reports from the Great Northwest about drinking games involving watch sightings. (Makes us wonder how much they're drinking when they're not reading WME, but whatever.)
Anyway, our pal Michael Manna of the T4 Show brings us the above video, and thus launching the Great Watch War of 2009. Well played, sir. Well played.
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.