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5 years ago

Smartphone Experts Roundtable 5

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Smartphone Experts Roundtable 5


Join Dieter, Matthew, Rene, and Kevin as they discuss all of the insanely great new smartphones that have been announced and released in the past month. On the docket:

(Update: links and player fixed.)

Show notes after the break.

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5 years ago

Verizon officially announces the Ozone

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Verizon Wireless today officially announced the HTC Ozone (a variant of the Snap). We're not learning anything, really, that we didn't already know, but official is official, and that's a good thing.

  • Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard.
  • 1500mAh battery.
  • WiFi
  • Visual Voice Mail, for $2.99 a month.
  • VZ Navigator, for $9.99 a month (no word yet on whether the GPS will be slaved to it).
  • The Ozone will cost $49.99 with a two-year contract.

Full presser after the break. As we already knew, the Ozone will be available online and by phone on June 29; in stores July 13.

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5 years ago

Verizon Ozone rumored for June 29 launch

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The march of the HTC Snap continues. Sprint's got it in Best Buy stores (and it should finally be in Sprint stores on Sunday), and now the Boy Genuis Report says that Verizon customers can get the Ozone online starting June 29. It'll be in stores a couple weeks after that, on July 13. No word on pricing. We're still looking for the T-Mobile variant in the coming weeks, too, so that just leaves AT&T the only of the big four U.S. carriers lacking a firm Snap sighting.

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5 years ago

T-Mobile Touch Pro 2 in the wild ... again

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5 years ago

Short Take: Skyfire 1.0 on WM Standard

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Short Take: Skyfire 1.0 on WM Standard

A few weeks ago the mobile browser Skyfire 1.0 was released for Windows Mobile. We took a look at it on the AT&T Fuze and found it to be a decent browser with a good bit of potential.

We had the opportunity to review the Samsung Jack and taking advantage of having a Windows Mobile Standard phone in the house, Skyfire 1.0 was installed and taken for a test drive. Follow the break to see how well Skyfire matches up with Windows Mobile Standard.

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5 years ago

Another shot of the Verizon Ozone, plus a look at the quick-start guide

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5 years ago

Zune HD + OLED screen = us drooling

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Zune HD + OLED screen = us drooling

Obviously, watching this video from Engadget of the interface and OLED touchscreen of the Zune HD won't do it justice. But it's as close as we're gonna get till September, which it is rumored to launch. And it's still pretty darn good. And for any of you haters who don't believe Microsoft is capable of designing a compelling UI, well, let's just hope at least some of this makes it into Windows Mobile 7.

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5 years ago

AT&T femtocell to launch by end of the year

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We've mentioned that AT&T's femtocell system entered the test phase, and now are learning that the system should launch nationally by the end of the year. The hardware is expected to be a stand alone device supplied by Cisco. While the initial test phase is winding down, additional testing is expected to be done before the nationwide release but development and application of the femtocell units may not end with improving reception in signal deprived households.

"Some people think that integration is putting a femto into a residential gateway, and that’s one aspect. We’re looking at other things in the home [and asking]: How can I leverage all the elements in the home? There’s a lot of research and investigation in these areas and nothing definitive on what we’re going to do." Gordon Mansfield, AT&T's Executive Director for Radio Access Network Deliver.

No word on pricing for the femtocell unit, but it was reported earlier that the unit would cover approximately 5,000 square feet and allow up to four simultaneous, secure voice or data connections. The unit connects to a user's broadband connection and re-routes calls and data over that connection rather than the service provider's wireless connections.

Via Slashgear

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5 years ago

Verizon Ozone will have $70 rebate

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Verizon Ozone will have $70 rebate

Not exactly an avalanche of news here, but look at the bottom right of this rebate form from Verizon and you'll see the HTC Ozone, which is getting a $70 discount on top of the other bones the big V is throwing our way en route to the low, low price of $49.99 with a two-year contract. That's not anything we didn't already know from that leaked document we saw a few days ago, but it's always nice to see something official. We're still expecting the Ozone online on June 29 and in stores July 13.

Via Crackberry

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5 years ago

What Flash might look like on Windows Mobile

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Admittedly, we're borrowing a lot from our Android brethren today. But with good reason. The hardware of the just-announced HTC Hero is pretty much the same as what you'll find in the latest Windows Mobile phone from the Taiwanese manufacturer. Qualcomm 7200 processor at 528MHz, 512MB ROM/288MB RAM and so on and so forth.

And so, with the announcement that we'll see a Flash 10 beta on Windows Mobile this fall, let's take a look at how Flash looks on the Hero. Of course, there are two major differences here: The operating system, and the browser. Android uses Webkit for its default browser, same as the iPhone's Safari, and it's a smooth little devil. So we're not really talking apples and apples here, but we should get a decent idea of what Flash could look like in a Windows Mobile browser – be it Opera, IE (gasp) or, eventually, Firefox.

Gander the video here. Discuss in the comments.

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5 years ago

Will TouchFLO 3D get some Sense?

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Will TouchFLO 3D get some Sense?

And that's the question of the day. HTC has released a slick new phone (pun intended — the darn thing's got a Teflon shell!), with a slick new UI called Sense. So, of course, one of the first questions asked is, "Will Sense come to Windows Mobile?"

HTC, so far, isn't saying, of course. Can't really blame them, seeing as how Sense is all of 6 hours old at this point. But NetworkWorld [via wmpoweruser] is saying otherwise:

The company calls the new software HTC Sense, and it will be introduced in HTC's entire portfolio of mobile phones starting with the HTC Hero. The company is the world's largest maker of Microsoft Windows Mobile smartphones, and handsets running that software will also run HTC Sense in the future.

That's taken from an interview with HTC's chief marketing officer, John Wang, though it's not a direct quote. So we're taking it with a bit of a grain of salt. But we're willing to bet we'll see some Sense knocked into Windows Mobile at some point (sorry, it's just too hard to resist). Whether it replaces TouchFLO remains to be seen.

Update: Oh, yeah. Forgot about this line from the official HTC press release, emphasis ours:

Built on a culture of innovation and a passion to enhance peoples lives, HTC shapes the mobile experience around the individual. Debuting on the HTC Hero and available on all new HTC devices moving forward, Sense delivers on three basic principles: Make it Mine, Stay Close and Discover the Unexpected.

So, there you go.

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5 years ago

We can only hope this is how apps are born

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Let it never be said that the Windows Mobile dev team doesn't have a sense of humor. Peep the video after the break.

Warning: This Facebook video about Windows Marketplace may contain scenes that are inappropriate for small children, eagles, octopi, other furry creatures and anyone who doesn't like to hear NSFW language bleeped out. For everyone else, prepare to laugh your buttocks off.

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5 years ago

Tonight at 8 p.m. EDT, Smartphone Experts Roundtable Live!

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Sorry, folks, no WMExperts podcast this week. But to make up for it, this week we're bringing you — Smartphone Experts Roundtable Live!

Tonight, Wednesday, June 24 at 8pm EDT/5pm PDT, SPE Editor-in-Chief, Dieter Bohn (representing PreCentral.net, AndroidCentral.com, and WMExperts.com), Kevin Michaluk (fearless leader of CrackBerry.com), and Matt Miller (editor of NokiaExperts.com) will be joining yours Rene Ritchie from theiPhoneBlog.com to talk Palm Pre, BlackBerry Tour, Nokia N97, and our very own iPhone 3GS/iPhone 3.0 — and, hopefully, a little Windows Mobile thrown in for good measure.

As usual for this sort of thing, pre-show will start about 5 minutes before if you want to drop by early and reserve a space in the chat room. (And you should. Things can get crowded.)

See you then! Join in at http://www.imore.com/live

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5 years ago

And another hotfix for the Touch Diamond 2

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Hey, we're all about fixing problems with ROMs, especially problems that creep up in the first month or so. But three hotfixes now for theEuropean Touch Diamond 2? Thanks, mates, for breaking it in for those of us in the states. But we digress.

Apparently this fix tackles SMS notifications not giving an audio alert if the phone is in standby mode. Yeah, that's kinda a biggie.

So, to recap, with links to the fixes:

As always, back up your data first, just in case. And if you have to hard-reset your phone, you'll have to reapply these hotfixes. Hopefully they'll be cooked into a ROM at some point.

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5 years ago

No new Windows Mobile at the HTC event; instead, new Android gets TouchFLO-like UI

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We'll let our pal Casey over at Android Central (hi, pal!) do the heavy lifting here. But that HTC event in London this morning? Heavy on Android, light on Windows Mobile. (The success of the Touch Diamond was touted, apparently.)

HTC unveiled a new phone called the Hero (think G1, only cooler and without a keyboard) and, more interesting to you Windows Mobile fans, a new TouchFLO-like UI for Android called Sense.

Also of interest to you WinMo peeps is that the new phone and UI will be the first to support full-on Flash. You'll recall that we're expecting a Flash 10 beta for Windows Mobile sometime this fall. We're unsure if that's what the Hero is getting, of if it's something different.

So, HTC has been hard at work. And it reasons to say that they're still hard at work on Windows Mobile, so let's hope we see something new from them in the coming months.

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