Yup, another week another update from our secretive info masters at Google. Since the last big 126.96.36.199 update there have now been two more, addressing various issues with Google Latitude. So the latest is now 188.8.131.52.
Not sure what else in new, but since Google won't make a software updater (c'mon already!) we'll keep relaying the info to ya.
This shouldn't really come as a surprise to anyone, given that Windows Mobile 6.5 is built from the same blocks as its predecessors, but Microsoft's Loke Uei confirms that the upcoming operating system won't support any more memory than what it already does.
SD cards still top out at 16 gigabytes, he said on the Mobility Today podcast. But, jeez, folks, just how much pr0n movies and music do you need to carry around with you?
We've known about the upcoming Windows Marketplace for Mobile for quite some time now and that it'll only be for WM6.5 users (boo). But up till today when you launched the store app in your janked WM6.5 ROM, nothing happened or you got a "coming soon."
Well at least according to MrHawaii at ppcgeeks, he was finally able to access the store today and even downloaded Pandora. He says:
Today I clicked on it and it said CAB needed to be installed. After install, voila! Marketplace open for business. I already downloaded Pandora successfully. There are not too many fun apps yet and most of them come with a charge. But the layout of the store was very finger friendly and very snappy.
We assume that this may be Microsoft just testing the wheels a bit and unless you have a WM6.5 ROM that didn't have the store removed, you're out of luck. Still, nice to see this starting up.
OK, it's not the most earth-shattering of developments for Windows Mobile, but what we have here are a couple of screenshots of the Inner Circle feature that will be on board the HTC Snap, brought to us by Smartphone Daily. [via Slashgear]
Inner Circle, as you may know, "makes it easy for people to prioritize messages from the most important people in their lives at the press of a button,” in HTC's words. There are grumblings, however, that Inner Circle may be chopped form the version of the Snap expected on for T-Mobile.
We'll have to see just how much Inner Circle adds to the messaging experience. Right now, it's pretty darn easy to quickly add contacts to an e-mail (though I'd still kill to be able to make group lists). But it does look like it basically filters by sender, which is something else you can't do out of the box with Windows Mobile.
It was only a matter of time before some adventuresome soul found a way to customize SPB's Mobile Shell 3.0. Pocketnow.com is reporting about a few third party "tweaks" that are popping up at XDA Developers so we decided to take a gander that way to see what all the excitement is about. Follow the break for more details on these customizations and a few screen shots.
If you listened to last week's podcast, Dieter and I were talking about ActiveSync and security at one point (one of many tangents we like to take) and I mentioned how I never actually sync with AS but rather always enter as "Guest Mode".
The benefits of Guest Mode is that you never have to sync anything with the computer (mine is all OTA with Hosted Exchange) yet your device can still access the internet, act as a modem and you can browse the device in your Explorer. Plus security.
Listener Eric Renken was kind enough to send in a registry hack (on the computer this time!) that will permanently enable Guest mode, meaning you'll never have to click Cancel, as on the screen above. Very cool!
So without further ado:
Open Registry Editor (as an administrator)
Navigate to HKEYLOCALMACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows CE Services
Create a new DWORD value called GuestOnly
Set its value to 1
Now when you connect up, the Setup Wizard won't appear. To undo if you want to create a partnership, simple change the value to 0.
There's an old online real-estate joke with the punchline "Geolocation, geolocation, geolocation," and we've gotten word that geolocation will be supported out of the box with the Firefox mobile browser, aka Fennec.
Firefox will use Google Location Service and while it won't require an add-on to make it functional, it will ask your permission before giving your location to a Web site. (If you've ever used an iPhone or iPod Touch, you're used to this. But in Firefox's case, permission will be asked in a drop-down dialog box as seen above, and not in an obtrusive modal box.)
Triangulation will take place using GPS, WiFi, cell tower or manual entry, and geolocation also will be included in the upcoming Firefox 3.5 desktop browser.
From Mozilla's Doug Turner:
And speaking of Firefox/Fennec, there's a new alpha nightly build available (HTC Touch Pro only, folks) that can now render pages, say some testers. Give it a shot, but be sure to back up your phone first. Update: As for the future of the Firefox mobile browser? Here's what Mozilla just gave us:
"We are on track for shipping an alpha in the near future and a beta sometime this summer, and are working toward a general release later this year. As with all our releases at Mozilla, we'll stick to our 'ship it when its ready' policy."
We're not really expecting great financials from anyone anytime soon, and Motorola keeps that trend going. The Big M had a $291 million loss in the first quarter, with cell phone sales down 45 percent compared to the first quarter of 2008.
Moto made $5.4 billion in sales in the first quarter – $1.8 billion from phones – but failed to meet the $5.62 billion previously forecast.
Despite recent rumors of a new/old Motorola Windows phone headed to Verizon, we're really not expecting much else from Moto this year – makes sense, seeing as how Windows Mobile 6.5 is focused on touchscreen phones – and Moto's CEO says to expect "differentiated Android-based devices" on sale in time for the winter holidays. So, we'll hope for some new Windows Mobile love in 2010.
We've been fairly impressed with PointUI, and a few of you chimed in that you liked Home2 Free when it was released as a beta earlier this year.
Now the paid version of the skinning utility is out, and here's what you get for $19.95:
On the surface you’ll see additional functionality with a Contact Card with Details and Personal History, a Messaging screen that allows for custom viewing options, Folders in your Favorites and a growing list of Customization options including, Haptic Feedback (on some devices), Auto Lock, GSensor Support (HTC devices only) and Automatic Update checking.
The Fuze has the feel and specs of a 'next gen' WinMo device. So while it joins the latest and greatest generation of smartphones, the devil is, as always, in the details. While we at WMExperts had worked ourself up into a lather during the run-up to the release of the Fuze's predecessor, the AT&T Tilt, the actual experience of the Tilt ended up disappointing us. Will it be the same with the Fuze? Read on.
The Palm Treo Pro and the AT&T Fuze are probably the two most anticipated Windows Mobile releases this Fall. While the Treo Pro remains a feisty independent it’s only a matter of time before it gets branded by one or more of the major wireless carriers. The Fuze is the result of adding a dash of AT&T with the HTC Touch Pro.
While there are other Windows Mobile devices flooding the market, we thought it would be interesting to compare the Treo Pro with the Fuze. How do these two phones measure up toe to toe? Does a sliding keyboard work better than the front facing QWERTY keyboard? Is TouchFlo enough to knock out the Pro? Does one WM Device have an clear edge over the other? Read on after the break to see if there are any knock out punches.