If your hankering for the Treo Pro (read our embarrassingly comprehensive review of the Treo Pro here) just can't be contained, you can go on and preorder the thing from Palm UK for £399.00 (around $704 US) right now. The Pros appear to be fully unlocked, but the pre-loaded software will be UK-specific - to wit: “Webraska GPS” instead of TeleNav.
If you want to wait a bit for the “fall” release in the US and save $150 bucks you can sign up at Palm US to have them email you when it's available. Or just keep an eye out here at WMExperts, because we'll let you know, too.
Katherine Boehret over at Walt's D|All Things Digital / WSJ site has been using the HTC Touch on Sprint for a week, she's not had a good time:
It reminded me of the brown paper bag book covers my Dad helped me make for schoolbooks when I was a kid: They looked great on the outside, felt sturdy and clean and created a blank canvas for homemade doodles that were often more interesting to me than the books they covered. But my book covers couldn’t change what was underneath; pages of frustrating algebra were just a flip away.
The issue, if the metaphor escapes you, is that she's not a fan of the 'outdated' Windows Mobile operating system (ouch) and how TouchFLO 3D drops you into it so often. While it's true that the standard WM elements don't look so good compared to TouchFLO, the news that the difference is jarring isn't exactly new to our readers.
Otherwise, there's not a lot of crunchy Windows Mobile / spec / performance stuff to be had here beyond Opera 9.5 slightly underperforming.
Traveling to a foreign land and don't care much about roaming data costs? Check out this neat trick: you can use MSN messenger as a translation service with the new version of Windows Live Messenger Translation bot. Once you add the firstname.lastname@example.org you can start chatting to get translations. Currently supported languages are:
English to/from: Arabic ,Chinese Simplified ,Chinese Traditional ,Dutch ,French ,German ,Italian ,Japanese ,Korean ,Portuguese ,Russian (RUS->ENU only) ,Spanish
Chinese Simplified Chinese Traditional
If you have your (Windows-based) laptop with you, then you might also be interested in Windows Live Accelerator for Internet Explorer 8 Beta. This allows you to browse over to the Italian web page your friend designed and read through instructions like a champ. All you have to do is highlight what you want translated then click on
It looks like there's now a CDMA variation [via] of the Samsung Omnia in the works to go along with the GSM device already available outside the United States.
There's still no official word of any U.S. carriers picking up the Omnia - CDMA or GMS - but we're still looking for AT&T to possibly pick it up eventually.
And we're not getting our hopes up just yet that a CDMA version means Sprint or Verizon will be picking up anytime soon. Remember that South Korea is a CDMA-friendly nation, and home to Samsung. But if the hardware's already been worked out, it makes it that much more likely that one of our carriers may well hop on board the Omnia train in the future.
In the meantime, be sure to check out our hardware and software hands-on videos with the Omnia, and keep those fingers crossed.
I'm doing fine down here in my little neck of the woods, where the recent 3G upgrade gets utilized by just a relatively small number of people. How about you big city folk -- emails coming in? Browser working?
For many Windows Mobile users, threaded SMS long had been the Bigfoot of the mobile operating system. You were pretty sure it was out there, you had seen snippets of it, but you'd never actually seen it.
That finally changed with Windows Mobile 6.1 (yes, Palm had it much sooner, and there are hacks and third-party solutions out there, either as an alternative or for older phones).
But say you just updated your Blackjack II or your Motorola Q9h to 6.1, and you just don't like having your text messages look like instant message conversations (why, we'll never understand). The enterprising souls over at MoDaCo have you covered.
It involves a wee bit of registry hackery (and has also been neatly wrapped into a cab file), and reportedly works on touchscreen and non-touchscreen devices.
For you dev (and adventurous) types out there, Sony Ericsson has released the software development kit for the still-unreleased Xperia X1.
What's in store?
Developers can use the Windows Mobile SDK, free of charge, to produce a wide variety of panels to meet the consumer’s demand for a rich, individualized multimedia experience on their phone. Users of the Xperia™ X1 will be spoilt for choice as they personalize their handset with panel applications to suit their mood and lifestyle. Whether it is a search engine, advanced calendar or social networking application, music or film catalogue, sports or news related content, the panels enable you to access any information – quickly and directly – with a simple tap on the 3” super high resolution touch screen.
So while you still can't get your hands on the phone, you can get a head start on customizing it.
Read the full press release here; get the SDK here; and check out a video with Ramanth Bhat, senior manager of application and product planning, speaking about the sliding panels interface, after the jump.
Remember when we covered Live Mesh for your Windows Mobile phone? The thing that bugged me was that you had to use your web browser to navigate to the site and then rummage through the folders. When you log into the Live Mesh website you see the
As always with any Windows Mobile ROM update, be sure you have all your apps ready to re-install and all your PIM data ready to re-sync. As always with BlackJack updates, the process is a briar-patch filled with modem downloads, pitfalls, and convoluted instructions, so set aside a good hour at least to get it done.