The job title is listed as "Senior Project Manager - Skymarket," with the following description:
This is a unique opportunity and time of rapid change in the mobile industry for a Senior Product Manager in the Mobile Communications Services team to drive the launch of a v1 marketplace service for Windows Mobile.
Along with the responsibilities you might expect in this sort of job comes this particular nugget:
Preparation and driving the cross group collaboration with stakeholders in the commercial launch of the marketplace service with the launch of WM 7.
Interesting. Might that mean that Windows Mobile 7 will be held up for the creation of an app store? That might just be worth the wait.
Mentioned is that the screen doesn't appear to auto-rotate with the help of an accelerometer and instead only switches from portrait to landscape when the keyboard is open. Makes sense, seeing as how this is a Windows Mobile Standard device, though you might want to watch video with the keyboard closed.
Otherwise, you still pretty much get the Diamond form, complete with the multi-faced, fingerprint magnet back.
There's plenty more happening at this year's IFA than we expected. There was the news that the Xperia X1 was delayed. A hands-on with the HTC S740 (more on that in a bit), and now this sweet image, above, from Anton.
In other words, Toshiba's got a proven track record for being able to pump out pretty cool devices. So we're optimistic that dual-screen, Windows Mobile-based devices could actually be in our future, even if the above is just at the concept stages. On the other hand, Toshiba does not have a track record yet of successful US releases, so we're not betting on seeing it at your local AT&T store.
Update:Engadget reports that the device is actually an “SD Multi Tool” to allow you to interact with photos and the like on SD cards. Toshiba Reps did tell Anton that the final product would likely be Windows Mobile-based, but for now we're putting this device in the “don't hold your breath waiting for a dual-screen-WM-slider-smartphone” category. Yeah, it's a small category.
Looks like the HTC Fuze is going to get a little extra time in the spotlight, as Sony Ericsson just confirmed to Engadget that the Xperia X1 is going to be delayed from their “2nd Half of 2008” to “December 2008 or January 2009.”
What I find odd is that it actually held up pretty well for our Hands-on Review of the Xperia X1 back in April. Engadget suspects that Sony Ericsson can't get a handle on making Windows Mobile 6.1 work cleanly and that's not a bad guess: jumping into making WinMo devices without any previous experience is hard.
Good luck to ya, SE, given how long you've been working on this since we saw it, we suspect you're going to need it.
Microsoft Mobile Communications Group Manager Scott Rockfeld was on Fox Business chatting up quite a lot of Windows Mobile devices. The context of the discussion is basically “competitors to the iPhone,” which is a little aggravating because, let's face it, the iPhone and Windows Mobile aren't always going for the same demographic. Some of the smartphones shown off: HTC Diamond, HTC Touch Pro, and the BlackJack II.
Kudos to Fox's host for calling the original Motorola Q “a bust,” although it did sell over a million. In any case, it's a good watch to learn about the message that's getting out to folks who don't, you know, read blogs like WMExperts.com. Turns out such people are out there; we find it strange as well.
This is the week for Windows Mobile 6.1 updates, innit? First came the AT&T Tilt Update, then the XV6800 Update, and now we have a tip from Jared that you can get the Windows Mobile 6.1 update for the BlackJack II officially as well.
Update: Yeah, not yet. As happened with the AT&T Tilt update, we have a download page claiming that it will provide you with a 6.1 update but no actual 6.1 update to be had. Samsung's byzantine update system combined with the fact that I'm on a Mac here added up to me missing the truth here. Thanks again to Jared for setting us straight.
Also: the above links have been taken down. Let's hope we see them again soon.
Update X2: Well, the instruction pages are back up, but the links to actually download the software updates are down. We recommend you use the time you'd normally spend spamming “refresh” on that page reading the instructions. We're not kidding, they're complex.
USB: If your device fails to detect any of the in-box USB accessories such as the power adapter, headset or sync cable, this update will resolve most of the detection issues.
Battery charging: When plugged into the charger, the device may not charge a completely discharged battery. This scenario is most likely to happen if you leave a dead battery for a few days before trying to charge it in the device.
This update is highly recommended for all Treo 800w devices.
We agree. Now all I have to do is figure out how I'm going to apply the patch given that my Treo isn't recognizing a charger at all. My plan: the Treo 800w shares the same battery as the Centro -- time to swap.
There's only a few days left for you to enter to win a free Celio Redfly -- you'll want to go do that, then, right? Right. In addition to the Redfly itself, we'll also be sending out 10 runner-up prizes: long-sleeve Redfly T-Shirts.
I recently received the Beta drivers for the Treo Pro, so I'll be giving those a shot with a Redfly this weekend. Meanwhile, if you missed it, check out our full review of the Redfly here.
AT&T this morning announced the new MOTO Q Global, which looks an awful lot like a silver Q9h.
Here's what you get in this new device:
A Motorola Q Global.
A silver Motorola Q Global.
A silver Motorola Q Global with Windows Mobile 6.1 installed.
OK, OK. The on-board GPS now has access to AT&T Navigator, and that's a good thing.
There's no denying that the silver is pretty slick. And the Q9h is an old (and new) favorite around here. But is a new paint job on an aging workhorse really the sort of thing the foundering Moto should be turning to?
One gripe we have had with Windows Live is that everything is all over the place. Instant messaging over here, email over there and nothing really in one core location. Windows live plans to make changes to that. The new Windows Live Hotmail Wave 3 is going to have things like a new UI, IM built into email (probably like Gmail), and an integrated calendar. Combine this with the fact that it
Managing space on your WM device is becoming less and less a concern as newer devices are coming with memory aplenty. But still, after a few months of installing and un-installing, storing pictures and documents, that device space can disappear. More importantly, sometimes an app will store cache on your device, depleting memory without your knowledge.
So how to know what is taking up the most space on your device? One way is to use Resco Explorer, which allows you to sort by directory size. Another is MemMaid which can show you memory space.
But both of those are pay apps (though highly recommend). Enter Mobile Monger a new freeware app that has a very unique method to inform you of your space allocation: it shows you.
Basically you launch the program and it shows you how much space something is taking up. Clicking on a directory will "zoom in" to show you details.
The program does require .NET 3.5 (download the .cab here!) and does zap resources, so don't use any other apps during the "scan" process. Redrawing the screen is also a bit slow, but hey...it's free and does it what it's suppose to, so give it a shot!