We don't really know exactly what devices are going to be made available, but Sprint intents to really and truly get the ball rolling on WiMAX right quick, as in the next few days. Good thing, too, because Sprint has promised WiMAX coverage for 100 million people by the end of '08 - a target that might be a little tougher to hit now that their pact with clearwire recently was 86'ed.
With any luck, Sprint will be trying something new with their XOHM service: subscriptions instead of long-term, 2-year contracts. I know I'd rather pay for “use whatever you want on our network for the next six months” instead of “let us nickle and dime you every month, plus: you can get out any time you like, but you can never leave.”
Sprint Nextel will soft launch its XOHM WiMax network in the next few days according to Bin Shen, VP of Product Management and Partnership Development. Chicago, Washington DC and Baltimore will all go live at soft launch
Of course, Treo 750 owners may want to think about preparing for another ROM update wait, as both Microsoft and Palm have announced that the Treo 750 will support Microsoft Microsoft System Center, Mobile Device Manager 2008. [...] It is widely expected to require a slightly newer version of Windows Mobile 6 in order to work properly.
That's right, folks, we're never happy. Ok, we like, we're happy, as the first look video below (after the break) attests.
Meanwhile, you know that updating your ROM means that you'll lose everything, so make sure you have a good backup, just in case. Actually, Sprite let us know that they have a backup tool designed to help you update. For ten bucks you'll get an app that will only backup (and then restore) the settings that won't cause weirdness after the update - i.e. a full backup from WM5 and then a full restore to WM6 is a recipe for weird behavior. Sprite Migrator for Treo 750 (purportedly) fixes that:
Avoid losing your call history, SMS messages, pictures, ringtones and more. Save time setting preferences such as speed dials and alarms.
We'll say that the Motorola Q9h is is big step in the right direction, as is that WiFi Q9 that got everybody all atwitter yesterday. Keep 'em coming, Moto.
The struggling mobile-phone maker confirmed on Monday that Padmasree Warrior, who was executive vice president and chief technology officer at Motorola, has left the company. Many references to her on the Motorola Web site have already been removed.
Update: Folks in the comments are mentioning that they're getting Tech Support Texts telling them to go grab the download, which should be up at 6pm EST Today. Still no word from the source I expected to get this information from, the Official Palm Blog
Are you an existing Palm Treo 750 customer? Download the latest Windows Mobile® 6 Professional software update for the Palm Treo 750 that updates the entire operating system from Windows Mobile® 5.0 to Windows Mobile® 6 Professional plus adds HSDPA support, AT&T Mall, AT&T Music, MEdia Net, CV (video) and many other updates and fixes. CAUTION: Firmware updates will DELETE ALL applications, data, and settings on the device. Back up all information on a PC or storage card before installing the firmware upgrade.
Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics, we say! Read on to find out why.
Even if we grant that HitsLink uses reliable methodology (“data from the browsers of site visitors to our exclusive on-demand network of live stats customers”), part of the problem is a bunch of WM browsers (and users) don't properly report themselves to the sites they visit. Yes, that's generally a bad thing, but sometimes it's nice to be able to force a site to think you're on a Windows Desktop.
Really, the point is driven home when you see that Series60 is way down at 0.1%. That either means that hitslink is only looking at the US or that there's something seriously wrong here. Even in my wildest dreams I wouldn't believe that Windows Mobile devices access the web more than Series60. Outside the US Series60 (and even more so with Symbian generally) enjoys a marketshare so outrageously big it boggles the mind.
Still, can you smell the fear in the above debunking? Because if we're really honest with ourselves, we'll admit it's there. Not a genuine fear that the iPhone will beat Windows Mobile in marketshare (in the US or globally), mind you. No - if nothing else take it as a sign that using the web browser on the iPhone is a soul-uplifting, joyful experience that keeps you coming back for more. PocketIE, on the other hand, is beginning to crush my spirit just a little bit. Thank god for Opera, but it's still no Mobile Safari.
BGR is down for the count at the moment, but when they return this page should give you a 100 picture gallery of WM6.1. Engadget managed to snag the above screenshot before the traffic laid waste to everybody's favorite spoiler. BGR's RSS feed provides some additional info:
Copy / Paste (finally!)
Domain Enroll in Settings (Enrolling in a domain will connect your device with company resources.)
New home screen (pan left and right to check out missed calls, notifications like email, sms, etc.)
Change Master Security Code
Added text input settings
Recent Programs when pressing Start menu
When you compose an email, or SMS, and start typing the name of the contact in the “To:” field, the contact names finally pop up like Windows Mobile Professional!
What what?! The Boy Genius has a gallery up of a Motorola Q9 - a GSM version nearly identical to the Motorola Q9h / Q9Global, only this puppy has WiFi built-in. No word on whether or not it retains GPS, but it won't retain the “Global” as the bands on board are 850/1900 MHz- that'd be US only. A perusal of the screen shots does show that the device keeps all the extra apps that AT&T included, ex. Opera as the default browser. We're stuck in Edge-land here, so swapping out our Q9h for a Q9 with WiFi sounds like an awfully nice proposition.
We're also giving the Motorola Q9h another spin here at WMExperts in an effort to actually justify our claim that we prefer the BlackJack II. So far we're actually beginning to waffle on that claim - just a tiny bit - once you get over the wide load aspect of the Q9h it's actually a sweet device.
No word whatsoever on pricing and availability yet.
So NetFront for WM5 and WM6 Pro has released another version of their browser - although it's still at version 3.4, same as when they released it in January. What's new this time around is they've beefed up the security on the browser, adding AES and “Camellia, a high-security, high-performance international standard cipher jointly developed by Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. (NTT) and Mitsubishi Electric Corp.”
We here at the Smartphone Experts have been awfully hard on good old Access, especially in our Treo-focused TreoCast. It makes sense, though, as they burned Palm pretty badly. Now Access is trying to push their own linux-based Smartphone OS. They've got their work cut out for them in that space, what with Android coming in soon.
Our advice to Access - try to get a little bit more done in a year than adding some security to your browser, okay?
So yeah, pricing and availability unknown. Looking at the pictures that Engadget scored - It's clear that at least this new-look XV5800 has done a better job dodging the ugly stick than it's big brother, the XV6800.
"Next year marks my 40th year in the technology industry. This is the right time for me to move on to the next phase in my life and spend more time with my money."
At this point I'd like to raise the possibility that I may have misquoted him. I've purchased 2 RAZRs -- they were great phones with cruddy software. If the software would have been great on those RAZRs, I'd have not jumped ship to their competitor's featurephones and I would have strongly considered a MOTO smartphone. Because of that bad software experience (and everything I read about their Q), I just blindly assume that their software sucks now. I hear some positive things about the new Q that has 3 letters -- QRS? QZX? Not enough good things to want one or to listen attentively when someone adamantly insists that they've gotten better.
Office Mobile has been updated to 6.1 - it's a free upgrade for anybody who already has Office on their Windows Mobile device (that almost surely means you). The update (finally) adds support for Office 2007 file formats, catching up to what DocsToGo managed to do quite awhile ago. If you don't have Office Mobile on your device, it's $49 to purchase.
So we're deep into the Mobius conference here and it's great to be hearing about what's new and cool with Windows Mobile. Friend of the site (well, we like him, anyway) Jason Landridge presented on a few things that were pretty cool, notably “Oops I'm late” and “Lawn Darts.”
Another presenter Windows Mobile Shaman Derek Snyder1 also showed us the next version of Windows Mobile, and I'm not talking Photon. Good news: It ran quite well on on current hardware and is expected to be given to manufacturers in Q1 of next year. Our take (insofar as we're allowed to have a public take) is that you'll definitely want it, but you probably won't riot if you don't get it. The rest, as Hamlet might say, is silence under NDA.