Pictured at right, the PalmOS Treo 755p on Sprint. Shuffle some branding and, er, the Operating System and I strongly suspect you'll be looking at the new Treo 800w on Verizon. Palm has long said that they want to standardize their hardware so they don't have to keep redesigning products in order to put PalmOS or WM on it. The rumored 800w looks to be the fruits of that standardization.
Or so I think, being relatively steeped in Palm lore. So, going with the same assumption that the 800w will share the same hardware as the 755p (much in the same way that the 700w and the 700p are nearly identical), we should expect this new Verizon 800w to have:
320x320 resolution touchscreen (joy!)
EVDO, but likely not Rev A (boo!)
A decent 312mhz processor
An unnamed source on HowardForums has posted what is supposedly a timetable of upcoming releases for Verizon. This lists a previously unknown device, the Palm Treo 800w.If this information is correct, this model will launch on September 13, after having been moved back from August 27.
I didn't really expect anything important to happen at the Computex Conference in Taiwan, but Microsoft's Windows Mobile division is apparently just too prolific to let a conference slide by without giving us something to want. First they came through with the patched WMDC and now this: the unwired is reporting that the next version of Office for WM will be available *for free* in Q3 for all WM5 and WM6 devices.
It will include support for the new XML document format, which means it will only be 6 months behind DocsToGo. The unwired also speculates TIFF support will be included as a part of a new ability to receives faxes on your smartphone.
As expected, the updated Office Mobile version (the name isn't clear yet - some sources say Office Mobile 2006 while others say Office Mobile 2007) will allow Windows Mobile devices to open documents created with the new Office 2007 XML formats.
Huzzah! Microsoft promised a WMDC patch in June and they've delivered. The Vista-only ActiveSync fixes that file sync bug but also looks to add some nice features as well. My #1 fav: "Automatic Device Authentication," as in "You can stop having to enter your #$@@#$ PIN every time you plug in your phone to your computer." Joy! WMDC 6.1 works with Windows Mobile 2003 and up.
This new version of the Windows Mobile Device Center contains key improvements and new features to support Windows Mobile 6 devices. The Windows Mobile Device Center 6.1 is only supported on Windows Vista.
The leaked ROM was taken off of the forum where I found it, which is unsurprising. I imagine that it wouldn't be too difficult to find with a little Googling, but here's the thing, I think I'm going to recommend against doing that. Not just because you'll be in sketchy legal territory, but also because the update process didn't go very smoothly - my Blackjack froze on the screen you see pictured here. I was worried I was going to have a thin little brick. Luckily, though, it came out ok after I removed the battery. There's not a lot of surprises here - it's Windows Mobile 6 on a Blackjack. I don't think it's the final update, though, as the boot time was very long and there were a few little strange spots in the settings (Hardware Rev0.0 -- what!?).
So the verdict is: wait. I hope you won't have to wait long. In the meantime, you can stew by watching this quick little video of a Blackjack running Windows Mobile 6.
Anyhow, we like the earlier release, even if it doesn't mean that it will have WM6 or Rev A EVDO right away
The latest projected launch timeframe for the PPC-6800 is now set for mid-June. While we (constantly and continuously) stress that these dates are estimates, and should not be considered as anything other than internal projections, it does appear Sprint has made considerable efforts to ship the PPC-6800 later this month.
Yes, I have the T-Mobile Wing and yes, it’s the hotness. I want to do a video, a review, a shootout, a whole lotta things. But there’s absolutely no T-Mobile signal where I live and apparently Cingular isn’t playing nice with the roaming agreements - I just plain can’t get signal at all. I like to use a device before I review it, so that’s coming. Meanwhile, check out some pretty images after the break.
Anecdote mode on.
…Before the break, though, a note. I currently waiting on a call back from T-Mobile’s customer service. When I told them my plight (i.e. no signal but I’m keeping my T-Mo number for forwarding), they said they’d unlock it (that’s a hint for you unlock code seekers, maybe). Anyhow, the unlock code they had isn’t working, so a “Wing specialist” is investigating. T-Mobile has consistently rated tops for customer service and my experience is in line with that. Oh, and the hold music? The Flaming Lips’ “The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song”. T-Mobile For The Win! Now just give us 3G, guys.
Update: Unlock worked, they had to do a different code. If you're getting a Wing unlocked, be sure that the person helping you is clear that it's a Wing.
HTC's Flash-based site, http://www.htctouch.com/, shows off the new UI goodness. The key point seems to be that it can easily detect sweeps of your finger and that it can tell the difference between a stylus and a fingertip and adapt accordingly. HTC calls it TouchFlo and we call it "not quite as good as the iPhone" - this doesn't appear to be geniune multitouch, my friends.
Nevertheless, the new UI they've slapped on top of Windows Mobile 6 is very lickable - it basically takes the idea of SPB Mobile Shell a few steps forward.
Dimensions: 99.9mm (L) x 58mm (W) x 13.9mm (T)
Weight: 112g with battery
1GB microSD storage card included / 64MB RAM, 128MB ROM
2.8" LCD touch screen with backlight, 240 x 320 dots resolution with 65,536 colours
Battery Life: Rechargeable Li-Ion battery with a capacity of 1100 mAh
Standby time: Up to 200 / Talk time: Up to 5 hours
Camera: 2.0 mega-pixel CMOS colour camera
Windows Mobile 6® Professional with Direct Push Email and HTML email support
Choice of two colors at launch - elegant soft black or alluring wasabi green
Alluring wasabi green, eh? Spicy! It's available in the UK now and should hit the US a bit later. Check out more photos of the Touch after the break. Be sure to head over to http://www.htctouch.com/ and click "Want" -- they're giving one away.
Loki is new to me and it looks pretty neat. It grabs your location based on some magic involving WiFi (and presumably your IP address), then allows you to do local searches based on that. They've had a Windows toolbar for awhile now, and they've just added a Mac and (more importantly for us) a Windows Mobile client. If you've read between the lines, though, you're realizing it will only work if you have WiFi on your WM device, so Treo and Blackjack owners (among many other) need not apply. More people who need not apply: folks who live outside their limited coverage area.
Now you can get the same Loki WiFi location goodiness on your Windows Mobile device. Loki Mobile allows you to locate yourself and search locally on any WiFi-enabled Windows Mobile device.
Call us crazy, but we're going to try it - a leaked ROM update for the Blackjack. Looks like it indcludes HSDPA too, so it's pretty hard to turn down. A quick search should yield it for you fairly easily. Otherwise, the mere existence of this bugger should mean the official one may come sooner than we feared.
if you're a BlackJack owner and don't want to wait until the official ROM update for WM6 on the BlackJack (expected Q3-ish of this year), it's floating around the web somewhere (hint, AT&T Samsung forums). Get it while it's hot - because I'm sure it'll be taken down soon!
Look at that hotness and tell me you don't covet it. It looks like the i600 (the internatiol version of the Samsung Blackjack) will be getting an update soon. Samsung is trading super-thin for some slider action, but I approve wholeheartedly. The specs look good - UMTS, HSDPA, WiFi, Triband GSM (900/1800/1900), Video Telephony. Sadly, it doesn't look like that's going to be the case given that little triband spec.
Hopefully, though, Samsung does have a US version in the works.
More pics after the break.
While not too much is known yet, Mobile Gazette says, the i620 will be a triband (only) GSM/GPRS/EDGE phone as well as supporting UMTS (supported bands are unknown), featuring two cameras (one with 2 megapixel and photo light). It's expected to be powered by Windows Mobile 6 and closed, the phone measures something around 59 mm width and 94 mm height while opened it's 131 mm:
It's a little surprising to hear, since WM6 is so close to WM5 in its underpinnings, but the SlingPlayer for Windows Mobile isn't working on WM6 yet. Never fear, though, the folks at Sling are working on it and they'd like your help -- in the form of a private beta for the update. Sling's built up a lot of street cred with the mobile crowd (or with me, anyway), so I suspect that it won't be long before this private beta becomes a public one.
We are actively working on a new version of the SlingPlayer Mobile that will add support for Windows Mobile 6 and are currently looking for people to participate in a private beta of the new Windows Mobile 6 compatible version of the SlingPlayer
I've mentioned before that it's going to be a great summer for smartphone fans. Windows Mobile 6, the iPhone, Palm's Foleo, HTC's June 5th secret, the hits just keep on coming. What's driving all this coolness? Well, one thing seems to be this whole "multitouch" phenomenon. A touchscreen that can detect subtle and multiple touches really opens up some exciting possibilities for user interfaces. The iPhone was the beginning, I suppose (or will be when it hits), but this new Microsoft technology called "Surface" is just plain awesome.
Microsoft Surface pretty much fulfills the promise of this TED presentation of a tabletop that lets you interact directly and intuitively with everything a computer can do. Just wish it wasn't so expensive. Or a table. Gimme gimme on a mobile device, please.
Microsoft announced their "Surface" computer table (more on that in just a bit), the iPhone's multitouch is likely to come up in today's "chat" between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates at the D Conference, and now this: Smartphone Thoughts is reporting that the HTC announcement next week will be that they've added multitouch to the Elf, a little WM phone that I've been ignoring because I thought it was sorta, well, boring and ugly (check out the gallery at Boy Genius) to see what I mean.
But Multitouch will make any device pretty. And multitouch on Windows Mobile 6 - my my, that's something that makes my heart go pitter patter.
This special Elf will have a multitouch display like the iphone. So you will be able to slide your finger across the screen to run commands and interact with the device in the same manner as Apple’s much hyped iphone