The "SuperStar" running an nVidia AP16 with an monster 3.7" screen sounds pretty tasty to us. We are a little surprised to see "Captain" and "Chief#W" here, could one of them just be another word for "Maple?" Anybody seeing anything else in this list that gets you pumped?
Update: Er, the Tilt Mobility story no longer says that all these phones are slated for AT&T, which makes more sense.
I'll always have a special place in my heart for the Palm Treo 750 — my first smartphone. Felt great in the hand. Tremendous keyboard. Great on calls (at least for me). And so I get a warm feeling in my tummy seeing a video like this.
The 750 was passed over for an update to Windows Mobile 6.1, but of course the chefs at XDA Developers took care of that. And now we see a 6.5 build on the venerable ol' phone.
Of course, hacking your phone is bad, unofficial, not necessarily legal, may cause joint pain and loosen teeth, is not safe for small children and some animals, and almost assuredly won't help you with the opposite sex.
But it's nice seeing some new life breathed into an old phone.
Oh, Dell, what are we going to do with you? For months and months and months (and months) we're teased by rumors that you might be getting back into the smartphone business. And time and time again, we see nothing.
Now comes word from Barrons [via Giz] that Dell's been shot down by the carriers for producing a couple of prototypes that were too "Dell-like."
(Kaufman Bros. analyst Shaw) Wu says that he understands that Dell built prototypes using both Windows Mobile and Android, but that the carriers knocked the offerings for “lack of differentiation” versus current and coming products from HTC, Samsung, LG, Nokia, Motorola and others. He adds that the unveiling of the Palm Pre didn’t help, “generating interest from carriers as a viable competitor.”
Wu says that Dell's going back to the drawing board and could well be making acquitisions to try to get the job done.
Hey, it's touch to top what HTC's doing these days. And there's certainly tons of excitement surrounding the Pre. But shouldn't Dell have a little more to show by now?
When we learned of GrandCentral's relaunch as Google Voice, one of our first thoughts was, "Uh, oh. The carriers aren't going to be happy about this."
But let's turn a little closer to home, shall we? What about Microsoft's fledgling My Phone service, which currently is in beta testing. Yeah. Feel the light bulb click on.
Quick review: My Phone syncs your phone's contacts, text messages, calendar appointments, tasks, photos, videos, music and documents to the Microsoft cloud. They're then available on the Web. You can also go from the Web back to your phone. Contacts and calendar sync require use of your one Exchange ActiveSync connection.
Google Voice? Save for not syncing photos, music and documents, it's got My Phone beat across the board. Check out our previous post for everything that's coming. But it's not a sync service. It just is. All of your data [SMS, phone calls, voicemail] pings it first, then hits your phone. Yeah, you're going to have to give yourself up to The Google to take full advantage of Voice. Some of us already have sold our souls given in taken full advantage of the services Google offers. [Edit: If you're going to be using Google Voice, you're already going to have a lot of your PIM data in their cloud, right?]
And, at least for yours truly, here's the kicker: It'll be possible (with a little third-party help - thanks, Seven!) to totally enter the Google cloud and still have Exchange ActiveSync left over for business matters.
So what say you, fair readers? We realize it's not quite an apples-to-apples fight. But does the prospect of Google Voice on your device make My Phone a non-starter?
File it under a extremely vague, but we picked up on an FCC filing via Engadget on what might very well be the HTC Cedar. The filing is from HTC for the CEDA200 smartphone tuned to the CDMA network. In the filing, HTC requests that all internal and external photos, test setup photos, and user manual be held confidential by the FCC until July 30, 2009.
This confidentiality request falls in line with the speculated second quarter release for the Cedar. Still no telling if this is the Cedar, but one thing is for certain: With the leaked Sprint roadmap andleaked spec sheet, it's going to be an interesting year for HTC.
Here's some WinMo spotting for you: in alternate reality series Kings on NBC, America is ruled by Al Swearengen and his Queen uses none other than the Verizon Q9m. US readers can scrub towards the end of the show on Hulu, but be warned, the phone plays an integral part in unveiling some infidelity (Scandal! Intrigue!).
While the 65-minute video from the MIX09 Windows Mobile Seminar concentrated heavily on developer and marketplace information, it did cover some new information about the Windows Mobile 6.5 appearance and interface. The first semi-surprise was that honeycomb is out of the Start Screen. The decision was made to go for larger icons that translated to easier targets for your fingertips. The fact that the honeycomb pattern wasn't well received had a role in the decision as well. That said, the icons are still in the same pattern. It's just that the chrome has been changed a bit.
The Today screen can be navigated by moving or sliding the selector bar or spinning the background until the appropriate choice appears in the stationary selector. The Today Screen reminded me of Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard's slider panels. Key difference being the touch screen navigation.
The unlock screen will show you the time your next appointment. The unlock slider can be tapped to show a summary of your notifications. If you want to go directly to email or SMS messages, simply slide the icon to unlock and you're taken directly to that messaging app. It's a nice feature that will give you the functionality of a slide to unlock feature and the convenience of unlocking your phone directly to your messaging screens.
Appearance-wise, Windows Mobile 6.5 seems to have improved since the first screen shots surfaced. Without the honeycombs (or the loveable grey crowned crane), WM 6.5 comes across a touch more professional.
All of the sudden, it seems that Microsoft and YouTube are all buddy-buddy.
Most of note for Windows Mobile users is that a native mobile app has finally been released. Just head to m.youtube.com in your favorite mobile browser and hit up the link therein.
Also worth a mention is that YouTube, which as every smartphone owner knows uses Flash to feed its Web content, apparently is using Silverlight for its dedicated March Madness college basketball channel. Or, as el jefe put it, "You got Silverlight in my YouTube! You got YouTube in my Silverlight!" Point, Microsoft! Now, if MS will finally get Silverlight on our phones ...
In what amounts to a direct shot across iTunes' bow (or it's a direct imitation of, depending on who you ask), Samsung is now offering movie downloads to customers in the UK and Germany. [via Engadget]
You get the option to buy or rent a DVD-quality flick, plus a mobile copy. For example's sake, The Dark Night's going for £16.99 (about $25 U.S.) to buy; £3.99 ($6 U.S.) to rent. The selection isn't half-bad, but we wouldn't really recommend trying to watch a movie on something smaller than an Omnia. But, hey, they're your eyes.
We've been watching the MIX09 Web Design and Development Conference this week as Windows Mobile 6.5 was expected to get some Las Vegas face time, and the presentation is now online for all to see. [via]
Among the 6.5 goodness in the hour-long presentation is a fair amount of Marketplace information. You'll be able to download apps from your phone or on the Web, and there will be a ratings/review system, and apps will be tested before being released into the marketplace.
Go take a look for yourself, and let us know in the comments what you think.
As you can see above, "Just got word that Silverlight will be available in the next release of Windows Mobile." OK, that's not nearly the same as an official news release from Microsoft or anything, but it's certainly a glimmer of hope.
First widgets, and now eventually Silverlight? A lot of that trash talk about WM6.5 not having enough new features may soon enough one day be going by the wayside, huh, folks?
Update: As noted in our comments (thanks, guys!), the news out of MIX09 is that Silverlight missed the 6.5 window and is now targeting Windows Mobile 7. That's Twitter rumors for ya.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer just had a chat with BusinessWeek, and All Things Digital's Peter Kafka was a fly on the wall for the event. He paraphrased the chat, which we'll boil down even further here.
On smartphones: Expects the market to grow to 70 or 80 percent the next few years. "So what will people want? Good experience built in, without downloading stuff. [Eds note: You're allowed to chuckle here] You want good price range." Sweet spot is $150 to $200, but they want to "make Windows phones up and down the price scale."
On "touch" and the iPhone: "Windows Mobile 6.5 has touch on it. The way Apple does touch drives cost. The way they do it on the iPhone is not an inexpensive component. We’ll do it in a way that you can afford to do it on most phones."
[That could very well be the best reason why we haven't seen capacitive-touch Windows phones yet. It just costs too darn much. And by "best" we mean huh?]
On the upcoming retail stores: "It is a challenge today for our partners, who do the most innovative designs, to get them to market. Because it’s too high risk for the Best Buys of the world. So we need an outlet to champion that innovation. Showcase devices that are hard to get stocked in traditional electronics retailer."
Hit up the full Q&A for more on Microsoft and cloud services, whether the Ballmer family indulges in any Apple gadgets, and what life's like without Bill Gates at work every day.