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5 years ago

WMExperts Podcast Episode 44

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5 years ago

Xperia X1 - Noooooo disassemble!

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Xperia X1 - Noooooo disassemble!

 

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If you're the kind of person who enjoys seeing things taken apart and put back together, feast your eyes on the above video. [via inxperia]

Yep, that's a Sony Xperia X1 with its guts spilled out all over the place in a smoking heap of twisted metal. And that doesn't really bother us that much, seeing as how it's still a figment of our imagination.

OK, OK, our impatience is showing again. We're just itching to find out when the X1(a) will finally make its way over to our side of the world. Nov. 3 can't come soon enough.

In the meantime, head on over Inxperia and check out the other videos of the X1 being taken apart and put back together again.

 

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5 years ago

HTC S740: A Sign of Things to Come

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HTC S740: A Sign of Things to Come

HTC announced at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show that they will be introducing the S743 to U.S. Market later this year. The S743 is a Windows Mobile Standard device with a slide-out keyboard and who's non-U.S. cousin is the popular S740. While there was some concern over the future of WM Standard the announcement of the S743 might be the spark needed to breath new life into WM Standard. Windows Mobile Standard is a fantastic operating system for those who want the power of Windows Mobile but don't necessarily want to worry with all that's going on behind the scenes. While the S743 isn't available for review yet, HTC was kind enough to provide us with a test model of the S740 during last Fall's Mobius Conference. To give us a little insight on what to expect from the S743, we decided to take the S740 out for a test drive. Read on after the break to see how it handled the test track.

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5 years ago

Mr. Handsfree Bluesmart

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Mr. Handsfree Bluesmart

Becoming hands free in the car with your phone is now becoming more of a necessity by law than a luxury of convenience.  One of the easy solutions is to get a Bluetooth speakerphone for your car.  But it can be challenging picking out which one is best, easiest to install, and which one has the best sound quality.  Well, I have reviewed the Mr Handsfree BlueSmart which has a unique option of actually hardwiring the unit into your car or simply using it as a plug and play speaker phone by simply plugging it into the cigarette lighter.  To see if this one holds up to our standards read on.

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5 years ago

There's a mad Fennec on the loose

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There's a mad Fennec on the loose

Normally we're all about leaks. We love getting our hands on the latest and greatest phones, operating systems and software before anyone else, being a guinea pig, and then sharing the results with you.

This is not one of those times.

We first noticed a leaked version of Mozilla's Fennec browser floating around the Internets on Thursday. And the early consensus was that it's nowhere near ready for prime time and is definitely not the beta we're expecting on the Touch Pro in the coming days. Our guess? The code's been compiled but certainly wasn't intended for mass consumption. So we let it go, but kept our eyes on it. But that hasn't stopped other brave souls from trying it. So, after the break, we bring you a video from Pocketnow of a browser that doesn't yet work.

Why are we getting our registry entries in a twist over this? For one, our excitement for Fennec has grown as we've waited. With all the power we're used to in Firefox with bookmarks, add-ons and Mozilla Weave, this could be the first mobile browser to really give Safari on the iPhone a run for its money (with apologies to Skyfire and the Opera 9.5 beta — ya know we've got love for ya). Ask us what our top gripes about Windows Mobile are, and a proper browser will always be in the Top 5. And that's why we'd prefer to put Fennec through its paces once the real beta build is released. Even then, it will be a beta, so there undoubtedly will be some niggles. So, Mozilla, take your time. Let's get this right.

In the meantime, instead of loading some half-baked version on your phone, we suggest trying the desktop emlator instead.

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5 years ago

Resco Bubbles

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Resco Bubbles

I never thought that as an adult that popping bubbles while doing connect the dots could be so engaging and addictive, but Resco Bubbles has opened my eyes to (and fulfilling) these needs that I didn’t even know existed deep inside me.

As I am sure you have seen on TV, read about here at WMExperts, or discovered in your own WM phone that you have recently purchased, many of the new phones now come with G-Sensor built in. What is that? It is the phone’s ability to detect which way the phone is moved or tilted. And with this new technology, games that take full advantage of it are starting to hit the market as well. We here are WMExperts will continue to highlight and share the best of, and the worst of, this new genre of games.
Resco Bubbles ver 1.20 is the first one of this new genre that we are reviewing here at WMExperts in detail. As I mentioned above, it is addictive, but it is too simple to not be worth the money? Read on to find out if wasted hours of popping bubbles is destined to be a must have for your current or future phone.

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5 years ago

WinMo plays just fine with Windows 7 beta

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There was a fleeting moment of consternation in the run-up to the Windows 7 beta as it was rumored to lack support for Windows Mobile. The definitive answer: Fugetaboutit.

Speaking as a longtime Windows XP user who had avoided Vista at all costs, I've had nary a problem using Windows 7 with my Motorola Q9h, though I did have to download Microsoft's Windows Mobile Device Center -- aka WMDC (for you anti-Vista folks, that's basically Activesync with a nice UI on the front end). Hopefully we'll see WMDC built in to the final release of W7. For now, you can get it here.

If you're already used to WMDC, you should have no problems in Windows 7. If you're still looking to get in on the beta program, go download it here (at least through Feb. 10, when the official download ends).

Granted, we were hoping for a little more functionality with Windows 7 and Windows Mobile — Microsoft has this whole darn ecosystem it's working on, it'd just be nice if we could do more than simple sync, install, and file transfer. But, hey: working's working, at it appears to be a step up over ActiveSync.

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5 years ago

Verizon Roadmap Leaks Out, Includes New Touch Diamond/HD?

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Engadget got their hands on a Verizon roadmap for 2009 and as you might expect, there's some Windows Mobile-related hotness, specifically:

There will be at least two HTCs released this year: a version of the Touch Diamond and an unnamed handset closely resembling the Touch HD.

This has the ring of truth to us, as HTC was very adamant that the Touch HD wouldn't make it to the US, which made us sad.  So marketing it as a new version of the Touch Diamond makes sense maybe also matches up with that seminal HTC tweet "sad news, US. we looked into it- by the time we could bring Touch HD to the states, it would be old news. we do have other cool stuff coming"

If we had to guess, we'd say the unnamed Touch HD-Esque device outlined above sounds an awful lot like the Topaz C we ogled in the massive HTC 2009 roadmap leak.

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5 years ago

Spotify coming with mobile version, alternative to Seeqpod?

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Well if Seeqpod can do it surely Spotify can too. Well that's what Gustav Sodersrom figures since they have been such a big hit in Europe. Spotify is a music streaming program that lets you rock out to your favorite tracks over the web. 

 

 Development and planning will start in February but still no word on when it will be ready.   Being that Gustav is a former head honcho at Yahoo mobile its safe to say he knows what hes doing, but lets hope its a tad bit sexier than Yahoo GO.  I like that these companies are actually realizing that there's a big demand for music on the go. Were always going to keep our favorite Madona tracks on our memory card, but sometimes the party demands something different. After figuring out everyone loves a quick search and a click could come in handy when using our devices to provide the music. via unwiredview

 

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5 years ago

Ballmer to present at Mobile World Congress

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Microsoft has confirmed that Steve Ballmer will be taking center stage for its Mobile World Congress press conference. Ballmer will be joined by Andrew Lees, Senior Vice President of Microsoft's Mobile Communications business. Microsoft says Ballmer "will highlight the company's latest innovations and partnerships, as well as share insights on the companies strategies and approaches that will enable more opportunities for mobile operators and device manufacturers to deliver exciting solutions for consumers and mobile workers."

It shouldn't be out of the ordinary for Microsoft's CEO to be present or even take the lead, but last year Robert Bach, Microsoft's Entertainment and Devices Division President, represented Microsoft at at the conference. With all the rumors surrounding Windows Mobile 6.5 and Skybox/Skyline/SkyMarket Ballmer's presentation only adds to the buzz.

Mobile World Congress takes place in Barcelona, Spain, on Feb. 16-19. The Microsoft presentation will be on the opening day of the congress. And our own Dieter Bohn will be there to send back the latest from the Windows Mobile world.

Via Pocket-Lint

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5 years ago

Microsoft considering turning your phone into a full-fledged PC

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Microsoft has applied for a patent for a device that could well turn your future smartphone into your next desktop PC.

Unwired View tracked down the documents for a "Smart Interface System for Mobile Commications Devices."

A universal smart interface and peripheral management system for portable devices such as mobile phones. The smart system includes a connector interface that connects peripherals to a phone and/or personal digital assistant (PDA), through the smart system. The smart system includes a cradle for receiving a cell phone and interfacing the phone to external systems such as peripherals, networks and other systems through a USB hub and other suitable connector interfaces. The peripheral devices to which the smart system can interface include, but are not limited to, large displays (e.g., television), external monitors, input devices such as mice and keyboards, external storage devices, and networks (wired and/or wireless). The smart system also facilitates connectivity to large display systems such as TVs, computer displays and monitors.

The "Smart System" would have its own operating system, CPU and RAM and would work inconjunction with your phone, unlike mobile companions such as the Celio Redfly, which rely solely on your phone for processing power.

Undoubtedly this would still be a long ways off. But with the advent of Tegra processors and graphics power, this coiuld well be more than vaporware.

Get the lowdown on the patent here.

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5 years ago

Updated: More Windows Mobile 6.5 screenshots

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Updated: More Windows Mobile 6.5 screenshots

If you're anything like us, you just can't get enough speculation over exactly what Windows Mobile 6.5 is going to look like. And you just can't go wrong when your home screen has a big, crazy bird on it.

We should find out for reals in a couple weeks at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and our own Dieter Bohn's going to be there. For now, we've found some more screenshots on XDA Developers of what user xaoc747 says are "Real screens of Windows Mobile 6.5!"

Read on for more pictures and our thoughts on them.

UPDATE: Here's yet another thread over at ppcgeeks. Seriously. Has this thing been launched yet?

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5 years ago

i-mate to Take Another Shot at MWC09

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i-mate to Take Another Shot at MWC09

 

Can you call it a comeback when you were not really there in the first place?  That's the conundrum facing Dubai-based i-mate, who is apparently going to take yet another shot at releasing some Windows Mobile devices to astound during Mobile World Congress 2009. 

It seems as though every other trade-show or so i-mate has some devices that are actually pretty interesting in that they're offering some unique feature or another, but their stuff never seems to get as much traction as you'd think it ought, causing them to fall on some hard-ish times.  We can't divine all the reasons, but we will say there's a big gulf between creating devices on a small scale and manufacturing, distributing, and seeling them on a large scale (the master of the waters in that gulf is clearly HTC). Still, per Unwired View (who created the above mock-up), i-mate might just give us some WM6.5 action to gawk at, test out, and --one again -- not be able to purchase easily.

So to round up: We've got i-mate, already got Acer, we figure Microsoft is a safe bet, and lord knows HTC won't be able to stay away.  Who else do you think will drop some hotness at MWC09?

 

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5 years ago

Samsung Propel is back - with Windows Mobile

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Samsung Propel is back - with Windows Mobile

The last time we saw the Samsung Propel it was sporting just a feature-phone OS, with Windows Mobile nowhere to be found. Now, the Boy Genius has spied an updated version with rearranged hardware buttons and a new keyboard. And it's now the Propel Pro. Yep, another "Pro" phone.

There's also Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard, that optical joystick we just love — and that's about all for now. Now word on price, release date, all those little details.

Anyone getting that special feeling in their tummy over this?

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5 years ago

Review: SBHT MyHome

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Review: SBHT MyHome

With modern mobile devices it’s not enough to simply offer a long list of features. Consumers these days expect the best of everything; this is why we’ve seen a trend of Windows Mobile device manufacturers designing a custom user interface into their products. Additionally, more software developers are putting their effort into home screen replacements in an effort to fill the gap for one of the shortcomings in Windows Mobile.

You may not have heard of SHBT (Sellit Hungary BT), but the Hungarian developer has been building applications for Windows Mobile since 2004. Many of SHBT’s products would seem to be targeted at niche markets such as Mobile Electronic Suite and Mobile Resistor; both of which are designed for electrical engineers and builders of electronic components.

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