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5 years ago

HTC Makes Touch Viva and Touch 3G Official

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HTC Makes Touch Viva and Touch 3G Official

HTC has released the official info on the Touch Viva (neé Opal) and the Touch 3G. Nothing you haven't seen before. The Viva basically takes your standard GSM Touch (original version) and updates it with GPS and TouchFLO 3D on the UI. This low-endish phone will presumably come with a low-endish price (we don't know for sure, yet) and comes in a single color, the oddly-chosen (given the timing) “Storm Gray.” For those of you looking to eschew the Diamond in favor of this, take note that the 3G doesn't look to be US-compatible.

The Touch 3G is quite a bit more interesting -- taking that same, nice, feel of the original Touch and adding in 3G, GPS, and TouchFLO 3D. Sadly, it drops the Wifi. It also brings the pretty colors: “sophisticated black, noble gold, sparkle blue and modern brown.”

Both sport the standard stuff: 320x240 screens, WM 6.1 Pro, Bluetooth, and so on. You can expect both to hit the streets in early October.

Getcher specs and the press release after the break!

HTC Touch 3G

  • Size: 102 x 53.6 x 14.5 mm
  • Weight: 96g
  • Connectivity: GSM/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz & WCDMA / HSPA: 900/2100MHz. HSDPA 7.2 Mbps
  • HSDPA 7.2 Mbps
  • Software/Operating system: HTC TouchFLO with Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional
  • Display: 2.8 inch QVGA screen
  • Camera: 3.2 megapixel
  • Internal memory: 256 MB flash; 192 MB RAM
  • Memory card: microSD™
  • Bluetooth®: 2.0 with EDR
  • GPS: GPS/AGPS
  • Interface: HTC ExtUSB™ (mini-USB and audio jack in one; USB 2.0 High-Speed)
  • Battery: 1100 mAh
  • Talk time: WCDMA: Up to 360 minutes / GSM: Up to 400 minutes
  • Standby time: WCDMA: Up to 450 hours / GSM: Up to 365 hours
  • Chipset: Qualcomm® MSM7225™ 528 MHz

HTC Touch Viva

  • Size: 104.5 x 59 x 15.75 mm
  • Weight: 110g
  • Connectivity: GSM/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • Software/Operating system: HTC TouchFLO with Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional
  • Display: 2.8 inch QVGA screen
  • Camera: 2 megapixel
  • Internal memory: 256 MB flash; 128 MB RAM
  • Memory card: microSD™
  • WLAN: 802.11 b/g
  • Bluetooth®: 2.0 with EDR
  • GPS: GPS/AGPS
  • Interface: HTC ExtUSB™ (mini-USB and audio jack in one; USB 2.0 High-Speed)
  • Battery: 1100 mAh
  • Talk time: GSM: Up to 480 minutes
  • Standby time: GSM: Up to 270 hours
  • Chipset: TI OMAP 850, 201 MHz

Press Release

Taoyuan, Taiwan — September 16th, 2008 — HTC Corporation, a global leader in mobile phone innovation and design, today introduced the HTC Touch 3G and HTC Touch Viva. Continuing HTC’s touch-phone tradition, the Touch 3G and Touch Viva utilize TouchFLO, HTC’s finger-touch optimized navigation experience enabling quick, one-touch access to the people, messages and information people want.

“The HTC Touch 3G and Touch Viva embody our commitment to build a family of touch phones that are powerful and stylish but also offer something to everyone,” said Peter Chou, president and CEO, HTC Corporation. “Whether you’re a professional or a student you can now get an HTC touch phone with a beautiful touch user experience.”

HTC Touch 3G

The Touch 3G offers an uncompromising touch phone experience with powerful Internet capabilities including wireless download speeds up to 18 times faster than standard 3G. As part of this browsing experience users can zoom and pan Websites with one-hand. This true mobile broadband experience allows users to navigate more easily, leveraging the mobile Internet in a variety of ways. With the Touch 3G, customers can search for and watch streaming video from YouTube, get directions and mapping using Google Maps for mobile and stay updated on the latest news with the integrated RSS reader.

HTC Touch Viva

The Touch Viva blends an affordable touch phone with the benefits of HTC’s TouchFLO, an easy to use phone and an optimized mobile Internet experience. In addition, with Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, users can easily synchronize their calendar, contacts, emails and more with their personal computer.

Availability

Both devices will be available in early October 2008 in a variety of markets. The Touch 3G will be available in four colors: sophisticated black, noble gold, sparkle blue and modern brown while the HTC Touch Viva will be available in Storm Gray.

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5 years ago

HTC Touch HD Unveiled at HTC.com, with Bonus “HTC Touch 3G” Action (Updated: x2)

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Update x2: The pages are back up! Here the Touch 3G page and here's your Touch HD page.

Update: The site, she's gone. Head on over to Engadget for some more pics.

Go, bask in the glory of the HTC Touch HD, which was previously leaked last week. Yes, friends, we have multiple angles and the full specs:

  • 3.8 inch, 480x800 screen
  • TouchFLO 3D
  • 5 megapixel camera
  • 3.5mm headset jack
  • 512 MB ROM, 288 MB RAM
  • 4.35“ x 2.5” x .47“
  • Quad-Band GSM, 3G in Europse/Asia (no US)
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, A-GPS
  • microSD
  • 1350 mAh Battery

Hot. There's a phrase that we've always been gun-shy about using, but here we go anyway: iPhone Killer. Go on and check out the full photo gallery.

Want more? Ok, the HTC Touch HD the website isn't fully finished, yet - click on ”Product Tour“ to get a glance at the ”HTC Touch 3G“ which comes in a ”modern, lightweight shape“ and ”a range of hot colors.“ This looks to be an entirely new Touch -- it has the look of the Touch Dual on the front and boasts 3G, unlike the recently leaked Opal / Viva. This sounds quite a bit more like that device that we hinted at in the podcast, too. (This 'addition' to the website makes us wonder if maybe this shouldn't have gone up just yet.)

So: Touch 3G for people with small hands, Touch HD for those who want big screens, Touch Diamond ...how is it you're already getting passed up? HTC sure can crank out them phones. When the Touch HD and Touch 3G actually will be cranked out and at what price is anyone's guess.

via Engadget

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5 years ago

Asus Glaxy7: Omnia, who?

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Asus Glaxy7: Omnia, who?

Well, now. This week's off to a good start, first with Sprint's integrated picture mail being linked, and now with this little gem.

Enter the Asus Glaxy7 [via wmpoweruser], an obvious answer to the Samsung Omnia. And it indeed is a looker.

What's reportedly under the hood:

  • Windows Mobile 6.1.
  • EDGE (850/900/1800/1900), WCDMA (900/1900/2100). That's bad news for the U.S., though, without the 850 MHz band for 3G.
  • 5MP camera!
  • 800x480 3.5-inch touchscreen.
  • 4 hours talk time, 200 hours standby.
  • 4 gigs of memory.
  • MicroSD card.
  • Trackball navigation.
  • Accelerometer.
  • Dimensions 115mm x 59mm x 13.8mm.
  • WiFi.
  • aGPS.
  • Bluetooth 2.0.

A possible October launch also is mentioned. Let's hope we see this one sooner rather than later.

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5 years ago

Skyfire brings Sunday night NFL to your phone

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Another feather in Skyfire's cap (and another nail in Silverlight's coffin) is the mobile browser's ability to play nicely with Flash.

And that means you can watch tonight's Pittsburgh-Cleveland game even if you can't be near a TV or a computer, as well as the other Sunday games NBC is streaming live. If you still haven't gotten in on the Skyfire beta, head to the private beta signup page and use code NFL08.

Now if only every game was streamed live ...

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5 years ago

Kinoma Play gets another update

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Kinoma Play gets another update

Another Friday, another software update from the folks at Kinoma. We could get used to this kind of treatment.

This time around we get clipboard auto-paste, handy for entering URLs; an honest to goodness exit menu command; power management fixes; an improvement to the auto scan; and network issues.

Give the update a go, and let us know in the comments if you're seeing any improvement in your scan time.

And check in after the jump for the full list of fixes in Version 5.0.60.

Full list of updates:

  • Open URL now features “clipboard auto-paste” — if you’ve previously copied a URL, it’ll be entered by default.
  • You can now exit Kinoma Play with the new Exit command, available from Kinoma Play’s main screen in the Player menu. Previously, Microsoft strongly preferred that Windows Mobile handle exiting automatically. Recently, Microsoft updated their guidelines to allow for PC-style exit commands. You can still let the Windows Mobile handle this for you if you prefer.
  • All known power management issues have been fixed. Now you can turn off the screen manually on Windows Mobile Professional/Pocket PC and Kinoma Play will keep playing as you’d expect, just as it previously has on Windows Mobile Smartphone. (Note: A handful of phones shut off Wi-Fi when you shut off the screen. That’s a bug in the Wi-Fi driver that can only be fixed by the phone maker.)
  • We found some phones that misreported the type of CPU they have, which could cause slower-than-expected video performance and occasionally even crashes. We’ve come up with a workaround that should fix this for any affected phones.
  • The media scanner now automatically excludes more folders used by apps (TomTom, GoodSync) that put application image/audio resources in unexpected places.
  • We fixed a rare scenario where Kinoma Play would wake up grumpy after going to sleep while doing network access, and consequently use way too much CPU time.
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5 years ago

Review: Sprite Terminator

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Review: Sprite Terminator

This week we will be delving into the world of security with a comparison of several remote lock/wipe platforms for Windows Mobile. First up for Review is Sprite Terminator. We're also going to take a look at Warden and mSafe. Did we miss one? Let us know in the comments!

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5 years ago

Fall CTIA 2008 postmortem

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Fall CTIA 2008 postmortem

Dieter's dodging Hurricane Ike as he wings his way back from the West Coast and CTIA, so let's recap what all he brought back for the rest of us.

First up was live-blogging the keynote event with the chief executive officers of T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon. Some good nuggets about openness in the industry and Yahoo Go.

Of course, what we all couldn't wait for was for the big D to get down on the floor and get his hands on some devices. And he didn't disappoint, with videos and full photo galleries.

Check in after the break for the entire rundown, in one easy-to-carry package.

Best of Fall CTIA 2008

  • The HP 910C: This is the device that WM Experts reader Eric had to have, and he sent in a full review in July. (Thanks again!) Dieter grabbed the 910C and put it up side by side with the Treo Pro. And it's a pretty fair fight.

  • Sprint Touch Diamond: Easily one of the most anticipated - and blogged about - U.S. releases of the year. (And it should be available any day now!)The red paint job isn't as bad as you might think, and it's not as much as a fingerprint magnet as the GSM version.

  • HTC Touch Pro: We're still looking for this guy anytime now on Sprint and AT&T (as the Fuze). Dieter points out that it's not nearly the brick we made fun of reported on in the past.  And just when we thought he was done with the TP (er, let's not call it that ever again), Dieter hit us again with even more photos and video.

  • Velocity 83: The first of a bevy of Velocity devices. Our interest was piqued at CTIA in April, and now it's time for some new hotness. How about a Windows Mobile 6.1 Pro device with a cool new interface, two microSD card slots and an accelerometer?

  • Techfaith Vista 850: WinMo 6.1 Standard, quad-band EDGE, 2 gigs of ROM, and a poor choice of a name, with Microsoft's maligned OS immediately coming to mind.

  • Toshiba G810: The specs were good, the execution was not so good. That's disappointing, because we had hoped the marriage with SPB Software House in developing a UI would pan out. But alas, no.

  • Motorola Q9h (silver): Some WM Experts writer, we won't say who, wasn't that impressed when the silver version of the venerable Q9h was announced. But Dieter did unearth one moderate gem when he took a closer look - an over-the-air update system separate from the one WinMo doesn't use. Dieter's verdict: It's still a workhorse and good buy, but not worth upgrading to if you're a current Q9h owner.

  • Velocity 83, 103, 111, 301 VOTA, Odyssey: What a finish. A redux of the 83, unboxing and hands-on video of the 103, the Q9 competitor 111, a look at the future 301, and VOTA (Velocity Over The Air), which is what the aforementioned Windows Mobile Update should be.
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5 years ago

HTC Opal, we dub thee 'Viva'

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HTC Opal, we dub thee 'Viva'

More news from the HTC front, with the refresh of the Touch line back for more.

Windows Mobile Italy is reporting that the Opal code name will give way to "Touch Viva," though there may be a bit of a translation issue here.

Otherwise, we still have the same slightly underwhelming device as before. Quad band, Windows Mobile 6.1, 200 MHz TI OMAP processor, TouchFlo 3D, 256/128 RAM WiFI, Bluetooth, 1100 mAh battery, and no GPS. Can't wait to see how the CPU holds up to all that TouchFlo 3D power.

The Viva reportedly will go on sale in Asia on Sept. 15 - Monday - under the Dopod brand name, and with a slightly different paint job, as seen in the pic above.

Translated page here; original Italian for the hard-core.

Thanks, Diego, for the tip!

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5 years ago

Google Location-Based Search hits WinMo

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Google Location-Based Search hits WinMo

We have to admit that Google is one step ahead of the curve when it comes to mobile applications. They brought us everything from Google Maps, to Google Reader and even Google Search. What good is search if you always have to type in a zip code or grab an address to enter? Google understands our laziness and as Mobile Burn reports, is bringing us automatic localized search capabilities.

From any mobile browser head over to Google.com and below you should see a new

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5 years ago

Tilt End of Life'd?

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Tilt End of Life'd?

Smartphone and PocketPC Mag is reporting [via] that the Tilt will be EOL'd by the middle of December. Although we just got the 6.1 update for it, we're also expecting that the HTC Touch Pro should be coming out on AT&T to replace it -- we're looking at mid-December for that.

As the Tilt begins saying its Minnesota Goodbye (you know, the kind that means you're not actually leaving for a long time), we have to ask: was the "tilt" in the Tilt worth it? Do you use it much now? Will you miss it if you upgrade?

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5 years ago

Velocity: 103, 111, 83, 301, VOTA, Odyssey. Hands-on Extravaganza

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Above, an unboxing and first look at the Velocity 103, the Windows Mobile smartphone we just told you will be available in an unlocked from in the very near future. We took a slightly closer look at the Odyssey interface than we did with the Velocity 83. More importantly, though, that interface will likely see some improvements -- heck, the entire device will -- based on the Velocity over the Air (VOTA) service they've drummed up. Expect a full review of the 103 in the coming weeks, but so far we're digging the 640x480 screen, find the overall form factor a bit brick-y, and are rushing to install a 3rd party soft-keyboard.

For now, though, we're going to get into the VOTA stuff a bit more after the break, plus take a gander at the QWERTY Velocity 111 and an upcoming device from the upstart startup. Read on!

Velocity Over the Air (VOTA)

So here's the short version of VOTA: It's what Windows Update ought to be. Your device and the VOTA server speak to each other on a regular basis (which you can customize) and find out whether or not your device has the latest and greatest software updates for various pieces of the OS. If there are updates, Velocity sends them out to you, they get installed, and that's that.

Now, if you do a hard reset and lose all your data (and updates), what happens is VOTA talks to the server, the server notices that you're missing a whole lot of software updates it thought you had, and then it packages them all up in a single download and sends them out to you.

At first we assumed this referred only to the Odyssey interface, but in truth it pretty much can apply to whatever Velocity wants to track on your device -- from a (painful) lack of a custom software keyboard to 3rd party companies they decide to partner with. You will eventually be able to go into the app and decide which custom software updates you're interested in (keyboard) and which you're not.

In all, it's a very elegant solution and one that we'd love to see expanded a bit to include support for all sorts of 3rd party programs. Velocity -- sell this to Microsoft, kay?

Velocity 111

When we first saw the Velocity 111 back in April we were impressed and said as much:

We know that people throw the term “Treo Killer” around a lot, but the Velocity 111 just might do the trick. It's a Windows Mobile 6.1 Pro device with a flush touchscreen at 240x320 screen resolution and all the other trimmings of the 103.

Well, folks, that was then and this is now. The Velocity 111 is solid enough with a flush 240x320 screen, WiFi, GPS, and so on, but the form factor feels awfully boxy and stale next to the Treo Pro. On the other hand, the Velocity 111's keyboard approaches Q9h levels of usability -- it's capacious.

Velocity 83 (redux)

We already showed you a hands-on and a video of the Velocity 83, but there's a bit more to the story here. First up: it rocks two (count 'em) microSD card slots primarily because it's looking to be positioned as a good consumer-level GPS smartphone. It'll ship with GPS software (cross your fingers for CoPilot!) included on the SD card that's located underneath the battery. Clever, that.

Velocity 301

One more Velocity handset, the 301. Well, actually it's just a mock-up of what they're working on, a replacement for the 103 that will sport a higher resolution screen and a slightly thinner form factor. Since the “device” below is just a mockup, we thought it appropriate to leave you with slightly blurry images. Fitting, no?

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5 years ago

Velocity 103 Availability Announced

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Velocity 103 Availability Announced

Remember back in April when we showed you the Velocity 103 and how sweet it looked. Well today they are announcing the retail availability of it. It will be sporting Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, Velocity Over The Air updates (Vota), and its own GUI. The Vota is something special because they built it on top of the Windows Mobile platform. What that means is that consumers no longer need to worry if they have the latest software because it can get pushed to them automatically through the network. Kind of like Windows Mobile Update except this one might actually get used. Velocity says that they can update pretty much anything that isn't core to WM.

If you want to take a sneak peak of the interface action check out the video, but remember to put your bib on as were not responsible for any drool covered keyboards. Other specs include:

-Odyssey Interface -Qualcomm msm7201 chipset -Gsm/gprs/edge and umts/hsdpa/hsupa -WiFi -TV/VGA out -2.0 megapixel camera -256 MB ROM 128 RAM

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5 years ago

Sony Ericsson Opening Up the Xperia's Panel UI?

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Sony Ericsson is talking about opening up the sliding panel interface to the community so that developers can have a crack at it. The man we can thank is Ramanth Bhat of Sony Ericsson who is talking about releasing the whole UI to the developers.

We guess Sony believes in the whole sharing is caring and we love him for that. Or maybe they just realized the chances of building that developer community around panels they spoke about 6 months ago was precisely zero if it were only available on the X1.

As of what to expect from this, we're actually a little hopeful. We have already seen what can happen when developers get their hands on a little code. Hopefully if all goes well we can see Sony Ericsson

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5 years ago

Motorola Q9h Global, Hands On with the Silver Pinstripes

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Now, we're not going to apologize for our previous, ah, reservations about the Motorola Q9h Global in silver pinstripes (Rule #1: never be sorry about snark). However, it turns out there's slightly more to this Q9h story than meets the eye. The silver pinstripes really do look pretty slick and on the back of the device they're actually textured to add grip and, yes, a bit of class to the device. So that's fine and, dare we say, dandy (ahem).

But there are actually a couple new, hard-to-find features on this Q9h that we weren't aware of. We detail those and give you a handful of images after the break!

This Q9h Global earns the “global” part by supporting 3G worldwide. Additionally, it is AT&T's first WinMo phone to ship with 6.1 out of the box. Another first: it's the first to fully utilize AT&T's newly launched, full-on Assisted GPS sysem -- Moto claims they can get hotfixes in as little as 10 seconds with the device. Helllooo Nurse!

One last interesting bit, Moto tells us that there's a new Over-the-Air update system they've put into place with this Q9h -- something that isn't the under never-utilized Windows Mobile Update utility in Settings but about which the details are as-yet unclear. Things being slightly unclear with the Q9h line ain't exactly new, but we'll try to get the full deets on what exactly may be new here for ya as soon as we can.

We wouldn't recommend current Q9h-owners make the switch to Silver, but if you're in the market for a Q9h the Silver-edition looks to be the right choice. A few more shots for those of you on the fence:

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