The crazy cats at XDA Developers are at it again, this time stripping the native Facebook application out of a Windows Mobile 6.5 ROM. [via]
The port works on just about all resolutions, says XDA's jug6ernaut, though there are a couple of niggles:
Can't be installed to the storage card.
May have issues if not on a WWE ROM.
Log-in information will not be saved if you choose "log-out," though it will be saved if you close with an "X" button from a third-party app.
Won't see IDs if they're not one of your friends.
First launch can take a while to cache info.
The App's running fine on my Motorola Q9h, but you'll get a much better experience if you've got a screen deeper than 240 pixels, and it's fairly obvious the app's built for touchscreen phones. Go check it out here, but remember that this isn't (yet) official or anything, so be forewarned.
Skyfire, the little Windows Mobile browser that could, is teaming up with Ustream.TV, the live video streamer that does, for "a partnership that will deliver live video to consumers accessing content from their mobile phones."
Ustream gets prominent placement on Skyfire's home page (though just beneath Youtube), from which you get easy access to all of Ustream's content.
“Live video from partners like Ustream fit perfectly into our plan to bring the best of the full web to the mobile generation,” said Tracy DeMiroz, Skyfire VP Marketing. "Without any development required to have a mobile presence, Ustream immediately gives their users access to all the content broadcast from their website. We know Skyfire users consume a lot of media during their day. In fact, on inauguration day a vast majority of our users were watching Obama on Ustream. That's why we're excited to include Ustream in the Skyfire bookmarks. In just one click, our users will be watching live television."
File under: Awkward! At the CIO summit yesterday, Steve Ballmer got an uncomfortable question from the audience that, well, has been on a lot of people's minds:
"With platforms like the Google phone and iPhone coming out, it’s really tough to continue to stand behind Windows Mobile when our employees are bringing these consumer devices into our environments,” the questioner explained. “And in your presentation you put Windows Mobile right in the center there, but it was a phone that doesn’t work in America and an operating system that you haven’t released. I’m wondering what your commitment is to continuing to get newer versions of the operating system in our hands so that we don’t have to fight this battle on the ground.”
Ballmer's response was basically "we're getting to it" and he pointed out that, yes, Windows Mobile sold more units than the iPhone did last year. As WinMo fans, it might have been nice to have Ballmer point out some of the platform's advantages over the iPhone -- but we have to grant that many of these advantages are more likely to appeal to the nerd / IT manager than they are to the consumer. Setting cross-platform sniping aside, the most interesting part of Ballmer's response to us was this little nugget:
“We have a significant release coming this year,” he said. “Not the full release we wanted to have this year but we have a significant release coming this year with Windows Mobile 6.5"
Emphasis ours above -- apparently Microsoft "wanted" to have Windows Mobile 7 ready to rock this year. It's not exactly a surprise, sure, but it's still nice to hear from the horse's mouth. Ballmer says that they've put a team in place that will be able to "accelerate" development for Windows Mobile to deliver the "things people want on the highest-end phones."
Anybody out there in a WinMo shop, facing a user insurrection asking for competing platforms?
Vito Technologies recently announced the release of an updated version of their popular Windows Mobile interface, Winterface. The updated version, v1.3, reportedly has fixed bugs associated with SMS notifications and the weather icon. It also adds a brighter skin with "stylish" icons (Vito's words, not mine). We've downloaded the updated version of Winterface and loaded it on to the HTC Fuze to see how it performs. Follow the break to see what lasting impression Winterface has made.
One of the surprise announcements from the 2009 Mobile World Congress was LG's partnership with Microsoft. The electronics manufacturer pledged to make Windows Mobile its primary operating system for smartphones. LG also pledged to develop 50 phones over the the next few years, all running Windows Mobile. While our curiosity awaits what new designs LG has in store for Windows Mobile, we thought we would take a look at a current model that is running Windows Mobile, the LG Incite, offered through AT&T.
The LG markets the Incite as a 3G world phone that achieves its reflective beauty through the skillful use of minimalistic design. Read on after the break to see what impression the LG Incite made and whether the minimalistic design fits the Windows Mobile market.
For you fumble-fingers types out there comes the Nautiz X5, which falls under that "rugged" category of Windows Mobile phones.
You've got a very nice 806 MHz Xscale processor, 256MB RAM/512MB ROM, Windows Mobile 6.1, WiFi, GPS, a 480x640 screen, 3MP camera, GPS, barcode scanner and is hardened to survive the apocalypse or a 1.8-meter fall, whichever comes first.
HTC's massive 2009 device roadmap leak was heavy on the thumbnail images but light on the details. These details are being filled in now by sina.com [via wmpoweruser]. From the Firestone to the Twin to the Thoth to the Maple, we've got some early specs and release date targets to dish on. So let's get it going, after the break!
The My Phone beta team notes in its blog (and WMExperts reader JoeG notes in our comments) that Microsoft's My Phone beta service will be down today from 7 to 10 a.m. PDT (that's 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT) for maintenance.
They're also pushing out an update (just log-in on your phone and you should see it) to "address some known issues." The blog notes that you need to install the update within seven days of downloading it or My Phone will quit working for you. But don't panic. You can still get it online at myphone.microsoft.com/install.
Many of you have probably seen the press coverage in the last day or so about the internal testing Microsoft employees are doing on our search product. There’s a good deal of excitement brewing over this test, both internally and externally, which we’re always glad to see.
And we're more than happy to help out with said press coverage, Mike. But, seriously, what about this whole rebranding thing. Is this the end of Live Search as a brand?
There has also been a fair amount of speculation around the use of the Kumo brand and URL, and whether this means that we are rebranding Live Search. We’re using the Kumo brand and URL for this test experience to make sure employees understand they’re in a test experience. We believe this will encourage more active feedback. As for rebranding, it’s something we’re still considering.
So you're saying there's still a chance. May we suggest, KUMOBILE!
Brave soul Brandon over at Pocketnow has been playing with a cooked Windows Mobile 6.5 ROM on an HTC Touch HD and is sharing his experience with the new Internet Explorer Mobile. And aside from needing two and three touches to do some of the basic functions, it definitely could look worse.