Here's a quick thought: Android has a very nice, one-login solution for Google's services -- punch in your GMail password once and you instantly get push email, contacts, and calendar. Android is also fully open source -- anybody can download the SDK and take a look at the source code. That source code has to include some of the bits necessary to turn GMail from a pull service into a push service. Shouldn't it be possible to hack that code to make GMail push to Windows Mobile?
Now, it's possible that there's code on Google's servers that checks the device, but again, since Android is fully open source, it should be possible to trick those servers into thinking they're talking to an Android device.
Push GMail with full support for labels/folders has long been a holy grail for many of us -- Andriod's source code could be the way to get it.
What other Android-based benefits could we see on Windows Mobile?
Fried does write that we shouldn't have to go cold turkey as we wait for WM7, with an update to Internet Explorer Mobile still in the works. (Yeah, that doesn't make us feel much better, either.)
We are, however, reminded by Fried of a speech Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer gave in April in which he spoke of the sweeping changes planned for WM7.
"The work we're doing on Windows Mobile 7, which is the next major release of Windows Mobile, not just in the Windows Mobile team, but across Windows Mobile, in Silverlight, the development platform, the e-mail, the back end, I think you'll continue to see that as an area of major excitement and innovation for the company as we move forward."
In the meantime, Microsoft appears content to let outside manufacturers do the UI legwork, a la HTC's TouchFlo and the sliding panels on the upcoming Xperia X1, and third-party options such as SPB's Mobile Shell.
Group product manager Scott Rockfeld tells CNET's Fried:
"Customers don't have to sit back and wait. There's tons of stuff coming from us and our partners."
But we do have to sit back and wait from Microsoft. Again.
Computer gaming has been around almost as long as the computer industry itself. It can be argued that games have made computers into what they are today. The perpetual cycle of games pushing the envelope and hardware manufacturers rushing to build a better system has improved computer capabilities at a rate that puts other industries to shame.
SPB has been one of the major players in the Windows Mobile software market for a number of years. Their Mobile Shell is one of our favorites here at WMExperts and is on our list of must have software.
Today's the day, the T-Mobile G1 is coming. Our brand new baby sister site, Android Central, is covering the big news in rapid blog-post-style. If you're fearing that Android is going to take down Windows Mobile, well, we're a little sympathetic. We suppose it's worth noting that Windows Mobile hardware can run Android, actually, it's already been done on the Tilt.
We recommend you check out this quality article at PC Mag by Sascha Segan, which argues fairly convincingly that it's not Windows Mobile that need be afraid, it's feature phones. Android probably won't be feature-competitive with WM (at least for awhile, anyway), but a free and extensible OS is just what the crappy UI on your standard free phone needs. So there's some breathing room there, Microsoft, though we hope you're using it to push Windows Mobile 7 out the door more quickly before it becomes hyper-ventilation room.
Anyhow, welcome is due to our new kid sister blog, Android Central. Go on and give her a noogie.
I saw one press article wondering if including “have an effective product in the mobile space” in our 2010 goals means that we won’t ship something interesting until 2010. That is not the case at all. We will ship well before then. The intent of this goal was to say: in 2010 when we look at where we are, it should be screamingly obvious that we’ve done this. That means releasing a good product much sooner, seeing good results and acceptance, and seeing those results grow over time.
That's obviously good news if you're waiting for browsing alternative. It will be interesting to how the final product (check out an early look here) stands up to the likes of Skyfire, Opera 9.5, and Google's Chrome, which are all quickly distancing themselves from the standard IE mobile browser.
Ariel points us to take a gander at the D-1100 from Indian manufacturer Spice Mobile [via]. It looks like a pretty standard Windows Mobile Pro device -- with a 320x240 touchscreen on WM 6.0, a standard 10 key keypad, a 2mp camera, and a 1340mAh battery. Looks can be deceiving.
The D-1100 may be EDGE-only, but it has two EDGE radios and SIM card slots for the both of them. One supports 850/900/1800/1900 bands and the other 900/1800. What's cool is that it's able to have both sim cards active simultaneously -- although only one of them will be able to access data and mms. Why would you want this? Travel. Hit up a foreign land, buy yourself a local SIM card and put it in the main slot for cheaper data, take your current SIM card and put it in the secondary slot so you don't have to worry about forwarding your calls and missing your texts.
Finding one will be pretty tough, but it should only put you back around 17,000 Indian Rupees, or somewhere just south of $400 US dollars.
Here's one of those good news-bad news situations.
The good news: The price for the MWg Zinc II just dropped a couple of hundred dollars.
The bad news: It's still $499.
Hey, saving $200 is still saving $200. But despite the Zinc II's decent specs (albeit not nearly as impressive in the wake of the recent HTC onslaught) and lack of any carrier support, we're still not expecting anyone to be lining up for this on.
But if you in fact do have one, drop us a line and let us know what you think of it.
We are all awaiting the arrival of the Touch HD, Touch Viva, and Touch 3G from HTC to drop. Now that the FSS has just passed the Touch3G, aka Jade100, one would be forgiven for hoping it might see official release on these shores. The 3G bands on the device are not compatible with the US spectrum, however, so this is more in line with HTC/FCC interactions of yore: they're just making sure the European version of the Touch 3G is 'street legal.'
So will we see an official US release? The original announcement didn't really have any clues to suggest we might and really, given that HTC said the Touch HD would come here eventually, it would seem a little odd to also make another version of the 3G. Then again, we could (and have) say the very existence of the Touch 3G in a post-Touch-Diamond world is a little odd, so you never know.