Google Maps and Microsoft Live Search certainly aren't the only search games in town. Yahoo has updated its oneSearch service with oneSearch Shortcut, which hooks into your today screen and offers location-based search for select phones. Also new is the voice search feature, which brings it in line with Microsoft's Live Search.
Skyfire is making available today the latest version of its browser, version 0.9, for Windows Mobile and Symbian. Just point your mobile or desktop browser to http://get.skyfire.com and Skyfire will detect your phone model and provide you with the appropriate installer. Skyfire is recommending you uninstall previous versions of Skyfire before you install version 0.9.
Skyfire is still in Beta form but has improved from the previous Beta release. Version 0.9 Beta now supports all regular screen resolutions available for Windows Mobile devices as well as wide-screen formats. A few other new additions include the inclusion of Facebook and Twitter on the Skyfire start page, improved text readability, an improved superbar, downloadable media that allows you to download freely accessible media files to your phone, and updated plug-ins to include Flash 10, Silverlight 2.0 and the newest Quicktime version. Read on after the break for our initial thoughts on this new release and a few screen shots.
What you're looking at is the DX650, which has a proper 2.8-inch QVGA touchscreen on one side. On the back (or the front, we guess), is a monochrome OLED display and a full numeric keypad and camera. Why, we ask. Why?
There's also GPS, microSD and mini-USB. And a monochrome OLED display and full numeric keypad on the back. It's doubtful this is what Acer intends to show off at Mobile World Congress next week. Probably. Right?
More recognizable is the Acer X960, seen here at right, which appears to be another step in the newly acquired Glofiish line. It's got a 2.8-inch 640x480 touchscreen, an 533MHz Samsung processor, a 3.2-megapixel camera HSDPA, WiFi, GPS, and microSD.
For a short while we were thinking that the Garmin-Asus nüvifone G60 might be the first from the upcoming line to sport Windows Mobile. But now it's going to be the M20, which the new partnership announced today.
Here's what you're getting:
Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional.
Qualcomm 7200A 528MHz processor.
Dual-band 3G (900 and 1200 MHz, tri-band EDGE (900/1800/1900).
Dimensions: 95.3 x 52.5 12.8 mm; weighs 90 grams, including the battery.
2.8-inch 640x480 touchscreen.
3-megapixel camera with autofocus and geotagging.
Mini-USB for headphones and syncing.
Either 4 or 8 gigs of flash memory.
920 mAh battery.
And, obviously, all the GPS goodness Garmin can muster. Spec-wise, this isn't bad at all, though we wonder how that battery's gonna hold up. Then there's the lack of U.S. 3G bands. There's plenty more to be had at the Garmin-Asus Web site, and we'll hopefully get a better look at the M20 next week at Mobile World Congress. For now, a few more pics after the break.
The 2009 Consumer Electronics Show seemed to be dominated by Palm's announcement of the Pre but quietly in a back conference room it appears that Microsoft was unveiling it's road map to next week's Mobile World Congress. Smartphonethoughts.com has posted a 20 minute video of a presentation made by Greg Sullivan, Microsoft's Senior Production Manager for Windows Mobile, during the 2009 CES.
In his presentation Sullivan notes that two million Windows Mobile phones in 2008 but what's more interesting is the concept he outlines where Microsoft treats the phone, web and computer as one platform. Where Microsoft is working towards a seamless connection between the three that exposes all the hardware capabilities a Windows phone has. He never refers to it as My Phone but the concept is very similar. Sullivan stresses the desire to link the physical world with the internet several times through out his twenty minute presentation. You can also get a taste of applications such as Netflix and Microsoft Tag.
Sullivan also offers an update on the new Pocket Internet Explorer release which will include Adobe Flash support. He explains that it will only be available on new devices with no retrofit possible. They considered releasing a .CAB file for existing devices to use but there would too many hardware/software integration issues -- honestly it would cause more pain than joy (a lesson being leared on the Sprint Treo Pro right now, apparently).
While much of what is covered in the presentation may be "old news" today, I think it gives us a good indication that while Microsoft didn't make a big splash at the 2009 CES with regards to Windows Mobile, they aren't sitting on their hands either.
Might Verizon finally be getting the HTC Touch Diamond? Engadget Mobile thinks so. They've got a spy who says the Diamond will see the the light of the big V for the first time "in early to mid-March."
In other VZW news, Engadget's tipster also points to a new phone "unlike anything anyone has seen before." What that is, we've got no idea. Also, the Samsung Omnia may be reduced to $99 with contract in mid-March.
But, really, with all the new HTC goodness we know is in the works, are you really going to be excited about snagging a Diamond just now?
Chances are if you've been using Windows Mobile for more than a week, you're ever searching for a better user interface. Options like SPB Mobile Shell and SBH's iLauncher are excellent but leave a small hole in your wallet. That left a pretty big door for PointUI to saunter through, and for the most part it impress us when we did a full review a year ago.
While details are still sketchy, Gigabyte has announced plans to introduce three new Windows Mobile phones next week at Mobile World Congress, one of which is expected to be the GSmart S1200. The Taiwan-based company didn't offer much with regards to device specifications, but Engadget Mobile is reporting that the S1200 will be running Windows Mobile 6.1, be .43 inches thin, and have a 528MHz Qualcomm 7200A processor running the show. Gigabyte isn't new to the mobile phone business, offering a wide range of Windows Mobile phones outside the United States.
Gigabyte also made reference to a new business offering, only saying that it'll be "something very different to what they have before." One has to wonder if the "something different" includes bringing the company's Windows Mobile phones to the U.S. market.
You read a lot from us and other blogs about carrier testing – that's when AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and the like put a phone through its paces to make sure the thing will work on its network and not give you a third-eye or something. Most of the time we're griping about how long testing takes, or about what features will be stripped out of a phone. This is far from unimportant stuff, but we've always wondered exactly what goes on in there.
Pocketnow.com has the answer, having been given a tour of Verizon's national phone test lab in Bedminster, N.J. And Verizon is known for having some of the toughest testing out there. Hit up the video for an inside look at what goes on before a phone gets anywhere near your melon.
Here's a Windows Mobile phone that's supposed to be able to take anything you can throw at it. Go ahead. You know those rivets are daring you. You wuss.
The i-mate 810-F is built with "military-grade credentials." You are worthless and weak. There's your basic Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional touchscreen phone with an impact-resistant screen. Yeah, like an impact with a fist. It's waterproof, can handle pressure, humidity and shock. You're still scared of clowns. It'll also keep ticking from minus-10 degrees Celsius (that's 14 Fahrenheit) to 60 degrees Celsius (140 Fahrenheit). For those weekend trips to do battle in Hell.
You'll also get HSDPA, 2 gigs of onboard stoarge, GPS, WiFi, a digital compass, Bluetooth and an accelerometer. It never asks for directions - directions will come to *it.* There's also a system called Secure i-q that lets you remotely lock your device wipe your data or sound the alarm should it be lost, stolen. Or just gets tired of having to deal with your pansy self. It also reportedly will have a lifetime warantee. Yeah, like you'll ever have to use it.
Ask and ye shall receive. No sooner do we get another very cool look at what Fennec – Mozilla's Firefox Mobile browser – can do, the team releases the first "Milestone Release" for the HTC Touch Pro.
A word of warning: This is a "Milestone Release" and is not the finished product. As Mozilla's Brad Lassey explains:
Our focus to this point has been to have a working, usable browser. To get there in a hurry we have punted in a few places, and I’d like to point a couple of them out. First is the update mechanism (both for the browser itself and for extensions). After installing this release, you will not be offered updates automatically, so please stay tuned for follow up releases. Also, we have disabled plug-in support. This is one of our high priority items going forward. Finally, as I mentioned before, there is no soft keyboard support. On an HTC Touch Pro, you’ll have to slide out the keyboard to enter a url.
Over the last week and half there have been several blog posts and “news” articles floating around the internet about leaked Windows Mobile Fennec builds. This has been fairly entertaining to those of us working on the project for a couple reasons. First, the builds that these posts have pointed to are the builds that I pointed to on twitter. They were intended to be used by the developers working on the project (or anyone else willing to deal with really buggy software) to find bugs before we pushed anything out to the general public.
While today's Milestone Release isn't the finished product, it's the first time most of us are going to get a good hands-on with the mobile browser best positioned to take on mobile Safari. So, back up your phone (we'll say it again — back up your phone) go download the CAB file here (again, HTC Touch Pro only, for now), and get to playin'. Let us know in the comments how it's holding up for you.
Update: Looks like the browser loads just fine, but the actual, uh, browsing may not be going so fine. Don't say we didn't warn you.
Update 2: Mozilla's on the case, as its own Ben Combee notes in the comments. Thanks, Ben!
A few weeks we reported on HTC's leaked lineup that included more devices than you could shake a stick at. And one of the devices listed on HTC's lineup has been making a few appearances. The phone codenamed "Cedar" is a front-facing QWERTY keyboard device that by all indications will be a Windows Mobile Standard phone.
Engadget Mobile is reporting that the Cedar has appeared on Bluetooth.org's certification list. While there is no mention of an official release date, we've also learned from the Boy Genius Report that the Cedar is rumored to hit Sprint's lineup sometime June. Strong indications are that the Cedar might be the Motorola Q9c's successor on Sprint.
These sightings might be a sign we'll see it at this month's Mobile World Congress and definitely lend credibility to HTC's leaked lineup. Maybe we'll start spotting the Tungsten, Whitestone, and Thoth as well.
We're still waiting for an official beta of Mozilla's Fennec mobile browser, and it now looks like it's targeted for later this month. [via] (Update: The Milestone Release is out now.) But in the meantime, here's some more to whet your appetite. One of the cooler features of Fennec is its ability to support add-ons, just like it's big brother desktop browser. Above we have a video from felipc, who's doing some very cool work with gesture inputs for the browser.
Obviously, this is a demonstration performed on a Mac, but you can imagine how powerful this could be on a mobile phone. We see demonstrated:
Open a new tab: draw a circle
Close a tab: draw an X
Go to home page: draw a house
Bookmark a page: draw a star
Open a mini menu: draw a counter-clockwise circle
Get this on a properly equipped phone – it remains to be seen what kind of graphics/processing power it's going to need, though the Touch Pro was identified as a probable beta test platform – and it likely could become our browser of choice.
Ah, the great stylus debate. Even with the advent of the more finger-friendly TouchFlo 3D, some people just can't put down the stylus. And that's OK. Different strokes and all that. And with the Touch Diamond family of devices (including the Touch Pro and Touch HD), there came the added bonus of the phone recognizing when you remove the stylus and then waking or launching a program.
And if you're they type that's constantly losing your stylus, here's a little app that can help remind you to put it back after you've used it. Brought to you by the fine folks at XDA Developers, it monitors whether your stylus is in or out. If it's out and your phone starts moving, it can alert you. Pretty simple stuff, but it could save you a little stylus headache.
We knew that Sprint had delayed the release of the Treo Pro until the end of February, but we are now learning that the delay will last a little longer. The Boy Genius Report now says Sprint has now targeted March 15 for the release of the Treo Pro. There's still no indication what is causing these delays and this is a "target" date. Strong rumors have it that the Treo Pro isn't doing so well on Sprint's exit exam, in all likelihood because of that other new Palm device waiting in the wings.
So while you're waiting for March 15 to come (and possibly go), don't forget that in the meantime, we've got your one and only hands-on with the Sprint Treo Pro.
(And thanks, David, for the earlier tip + Anonymous tipster for the Spint Flyer we mashed up above)