Turns out Google has had their ear to the street when it comes to what the customer wants. Google now syncs with Outlook and (by extension) Windows Mobile. The new download features include 2-way sync so both your Google calendar and Outlook sync with each other. There
Until recently if we wanted to watch YouTube on a Windows Mobile device, we had to to hack our Windows Mobile device to do it. Not anymore. Now YouTube improved its site so that Windows Mobile users can access it without a hassle. Again not all videos play perfectly but it
Turns out Silverlight might be just around the corner. As we've discussed here before, Silverlight is sort of super-flash-replacement available as a plugin for most browsers on several platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, and very soon: Windows Mobile and even ...Nokia?
Silverlight allows designers and developers to produce rich web applications. Now we can expect those same applications on our mobile phones. Microsoft has just signed a deal with Nokia which will bring Silverlight to millions of mobile phones. And yes, in case you were worried, it's definitely coming to Windows Mobile too, in short order - check out this neat demo that we mentioned in May of last year to get a feel for what we mean by "rich web applications."
(Update: Looks like the video of the baseball demo has been taken down. Searching for a copy now)
Today only, when you spend five bucks or more at the WMExperts Store, you can get a free copy of Handy Weather from our folks at the store:
To receive your software, be sure to choose your device from the device selector on the upper-left, then add accessories or software totaling $4.99 or more to your shopping cart. Handy Weather will then be automatically added to your purchase
Handy Weather software for Windows Mobile Smartphone keeps you connected with updated weather forecast anytime and anywhere. Plan more efficiently with the best weather tracking software for Windows Mobile Smartphone and be prepared for anything Mother Nature has in store!
Handy Weather normally sells for $14.95. Remember, this is for today (March 6th) only. Just remember, you need to choose your device from the device selector before checking out in order to get the software added to your cart.
The Q9m update upgrades the Windows Mobile 6 version from AKU 0.2 (which shipped initially) to AKU 0.6. The updated radio firmware version stands at 03.20.29P. It is not clear at this time if the update delivers gpsOne functionality which was added to the Motorola Q9c on Sprint. - PhoneNews.com
Any brave soul want to go give it a shot first and report back?
Ever use a mobile web application and suddenly lose your cell connection? That's happened to me many times. If you've shared my pain, you'll be excited to know that we've launched Google Gears for mobile, which lets users access Gears-enabled mobile web apps offline. Initially available for Internet Explorer Mobile on Windows Mobile 5 and 6 devices, mobile web app developers have already started integrating Gears for mobile into their online services. - [Google Blog]
If nothing else, this throws a big old wrench in the Web apps vs. Native apps debate - because now web apps are native apps in many cases. One such case - online office suite zoho is already up and running with Google Gears. Native apps: still a heck of a lot better. Let's face it, running an app in PocketIE is neat, but it's nowhere near as neat as just running the app natively.
But sometime in the very near future Windows Mobile must get a great web browser and it must be a system-wide sort of thing, very close to the bones of the OS. When that happens, something like Google Gears starts to make a lot of sense.
The CeBIT conference is happening right now in Hanover, Germany. Right now, the biggest Windows Mobile news there seems to be some new devices and new interfaces coming from Asus. Engadget has the skinny on the ZX1 Lamborghini (pictured at right). The basics is that it's 3G and it's expensive. It's also a WM6.1 Pro device with a custom interface slapped on top.
Yes, this “custom interface slapped on top” thing is becoming a trend these days. Yes, we'd like Microsoft to declare one of them the real ultimate champion of interfaces and standardize on it. No, we're not holding our breath.
Asus is also showing off the M536 (per Engadget, again), a WM6.1 pro device with a front-facing QWERTY, 320x320 flush touchscreen, WiFi, and HSDPA. We'd call it a Treo 750 killer, but it's Euro-bands only. ...Which makes it a Treo 750v killer.
So awhile back, we reported on a DigiTimes story about how companies like Palm, i-mate and MWG have all moved back their ODM orders to HTC, switching from other companies, presumably Inventec amongst them (who did a nice job making the Centro).
Well, not so fast there. While DigiTimes often gets scoops they are often not so accurate. And in this case, we're getting word from "Menneisyys" that i-mate has not switched back to HTC and they are continuing to make their own devices (speaking of, click that link to see i-mate's new toys that we probably won't get here in the States, gah).
So this begs the question: What about the rest of those companies, especially Palm? At this point, it's too early to say but we're a bit skeptical at this point to state unequivocally that upcoming devices like the "800w" and "Drucker" are slam dunk orders for HTC.
The choice for Palm of course would have ramifications for HTC as potentially the end-user (assuming you have opinions on the matter). Speaking of...
Should Palm use HTC or go with someone else? Your thoughts, preferences?
We know. We know. We rag on Sprint too much. But seriously:
Sprint Nextel Corp. swung to a huge fourth-quarter loss of $29.5 billion on Thursday as it wrote down most of the remaining value of its 2005 purchase of Nextel Communications Inc. and continued to lose customers to competitors. -
Now, most of that huge number is due to the fact that Sprint has basically given up on integrating the Nextel side of things fully. If you exclude those bits, it's not too bad. We already reported that they lost 683,000 subscribers last quarter (though that's offset by big gains in pre-paid, less lucrative Boost mobile accounts). We're not starting the Sprint deathwatch yet, but our finger's on the stopwatch button.
We're not saying the 2 hour Sprint Store closings today for a “special webcast” are really about Alltel buying them out, mind you. We wouldn't suggest that Sprint is ripe for a takeover by an upstart network that's been gaining remarkable traction in certain areas of the country. That would be crazy. Practically Tom Cruise crazy.