A couple of days into using the HTC S710 and I have a new favorite feature that you'll be interested in: a custom audio player HTC has included called "Audio Manager." It is a music player that uses an ipod-like interface instead of the standard Windows Media Player. It's very easy to use and quick. Even better - it has two additional features that are lacking in the default player - a playlist creator and a ringtone creator! Check out the video below.
We'll bring you a full review after more time with the device.
Microsoft is looking to increase their market share in the smartphone market, naturally. Just as naturally, they hope to continue the trend of doubling the number of devices running WM every year. It's not mentioned in the story, but presumably an announcement like this one is intended to help create an anti-iPhone talking point. Apple may be aiming for 1% of the marketplace, but MS is aiming a little higher. That's the idea, anyway. Microsoft only has a month or so before the iPhone drops like a ton of bricks on the marketplace, so it's in Microsoft's interest to try to define the rules of success (i.e. numbers and marketshare) before it hits.
Microsoft, Tuesday said it plans to double the number of mobile phone software licenses it sells worldwide to 20 million in fiscal-year 2008, as it takes on rivals Research In Motion and Symbian.
Here it is - my favorite WM6 device of this year (so far): the HTC Vox/S710. Check out the unboxing video below. After the jump, answers to the questions submitted over the weekend.
In case you're wondering, here's the rundown on the specs:
Windows Mobile 6 Standard
TI OMAP 201 MHz Processor
128 MB ROM (about 50 MB User accessible), 64MB RAM (again, about 50 MB of Program Memory)
101.5 mm x 50 mm x 17.5 mm / 120g
WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.0
2 megapixel camera
Around 7 hours talk-time
On to the Q&A. If you have more questions, post 'em below!
I totally agree with you that its the most exciting WM6 device coming out. My one question is does it have wifi? I'm feeling it doesn't, which would suck a bit.
It does indeed have WiFi, which is a relief as the s710 only has EDGE for wireless data otherwise.
3. Release Date?
4. Comparison shots with other US devices, Q, blackjack, or similar.
- Josh Smith | April 27, 2007 1:53 PM
Sadly, no idea on carriers or release dates. I strongly suspect that T-Mobile will get it, though, as it looks like an excellent SDA replacement. I'll put up a bevy of comparison shots in the next day or two.
No 3G = No sale. This is not a revolutionary interface like the iPhone so the lack of 3G hurts this device.
- Jerry G
The lack of 3G is a pity (and a big one), but at least there's WiFi to lessen the blow.
how big is it?
what are the dimensions?
101.5 mm x 50 mm x 17.5 mm. Basically, it feels like your standard feature phone these days. As you can see in the video, it's smaller than the T-Mobile SDA, so it's pretty hand-friendly.
Does the vox have touchscreen? Can u edit windows office documents? How much did u pay for the device?
- Jack Borg
No touchscreen, as it's Windows Mobile 6 Standard Edition (aka non-touchscreen edition). Since it's WM6, you can indeed edit office documents, though creating new ones requires a little hack. Let's not talk too much about how much we paid - it's an import right now so it won't feel good to mention it. ;)
We've posted a bit about Microsoft's Mobile and Embedded Developer's Conference (MEDC), which is going on now. Looks like they've developed an incredibly cool app for the attendees to replace the standard booklet/map that you get at conferences. Some features: by putting up little (Update: Not Bluetooth, but just an image that the camera/software recognizes. Hence "signposts". duh.) "signposts" up around the conference, the app becomes location-aware, it lets you know where and when the various events are happening, and they even let you hunt down "easter eggs."
It doesn't take much thinking to come up with other great uses for Signpost: Museums would especially benefit from something like this. I'm glad to see that the MEDC folks are not only kind enough to host the conference, but also to let us non-attendees get a glimpse of what's happening there.
The most common request is the ability to have a conference guide on your Windows Mobile device that saves you time and hassle of having to carry around a cumbersome printed conference guide and flipping through it to look for sessions and room locations.
downloadsquad has a nice page of tips for customizing your install of Opera Mobile Beta 8.65. I really like Opera mobile but always stop using it for one reason or another. Odd, that. In any case, this just may get me reinstalling again, since it looks like it will be a little while before the stunningly cool-looking Opera 9 for WM is out.
But if you're willing to edit a few .ini files, here are a few ways to customize and improve Opera Mobile.Making a page down button, and other navigation settings
Microsoft has opened up a fancy new training site for Windows Mobile. It's intended for folks who are selling or supporting Windows Mobile devices, but it looks to be a pretty good all-around resource too. It's a pity that it's stuck behind a Passport login, though, because it might otherwise be a nice place to direct folks who are generally interested in WM. Ah well, you're sending those folks here anyway, right?
This is your resource center for Windows Mobile® powered devices. You'll find interactive online courses, downloadable sales tools, and mobile device news.
Shares of Microsoft Corp. soared nearly 5 percent Friday, after the company posted a 65 percent jump in third-quarter profit, boosted by sales of its new Windows Vista operating system and Office 2007, and by upgrade coupons issued over the holidays.
...But don't take that to mean that there wasn't anything in the webcast about Windows Mobile 6, their other big OS release. As the pictured slide shows, MS has a nasty habit of lumping WM6 with the XBOX -- the "Entertainment & Devices Division." This transcript of the webcast helps us see the following (thanks to mocoNews.net for the tip):
Our Mobile and Embedded Devices business continued to turn in strong performance, with revenue growth in excess of 30%. During the quarter we unveiled Windows Mobile 6, the next version of our Windows Mobile software platform. We expect to see an increasing number of Windows Mobile 6 powered devices coming to market through the rest of this year.
Revenue growth of 30% over last year is pretty nice, it will be interesting to see if they can maintain that sort of growth once WM6 devices actually become available. The competition in this space is going to be fierce in the next year -- rabid werewolf who thinks you did something unmentionable to his mother fierce. My guess is MS will be able to continue to pressure RIM in the business space and will have their work cut out of them in the "I want a smartphone but can't afford the iPhone" space.
As far as the new batch of WM6 devices go, I've been guilty of being all HTC Vox, all the time. I feel ok about that, though, as to me it's the most exciting WM6 device coming. Well, it's coming here soon, very soon. So:
What do you want to know about the Vox? Ask and ye shall receive - post a comment here on this post and I'll have your answer - plus a whole lot more - on Monday. If you're wondering, this is the HTC S710 variant of the Vox, the one designed for Orange.
Update: Make that Tuesday, not Monday. I'll get you, UPS!
Dang, the headline say sit all. Somehow a company called Blue Sky Positioning has managed to fit a GPS receiver onto the little SIM cards that are normally just used to store your phone number and a few contacts. The most surprising part, to me, is they've managed to do it without breaking one of the GSM standard for SIM cards: that they never draw more than 6 milliamps of power.
The secret sauce seems to be that the card uses the body of the phone (i.e. the metal, battery, etc that surrounds it) as the antenna - which neatly solves what would otherwise be a huge interference problem.
I doubt this SIM solution will really take off, but it at least serves as evidence that GPS receivers are coming down in size and power requirement in a radical way. That bodes well for the inclusion of GPS in nearly all future handsets.
At the SIMposium in Berlin, Blue Sky Positioning announced it has developed a complete GPS system, including the antenna, which physically fits in, and works from within, a mobile phone SIM slot.
The Boy Genius scored a pdf data sheet that confirms the specs we'd expected for the upcoming Sprint PPC-6800:
Featuring a 2.8" QVGA LCD screen, WiFi, Bluetooth, microSD card, and 2-megapixel camera with flash, auto-focus and camcorder it is expected to launch late next month as the replacement to the PPC-6700.
As BGR writes, it's sorely lacking WM6 and still expected in May. The PPC-6700 needs to be put out to pasture. It's pretty darn plasticky (and the antenna+stylus thing is so ugly), especially when you compare it to this beaut.
Oh, and the PPC-6800 is "EDVO Rev A upgradable," so eventually it'll be a speed demon, too. Die, 6700, die.
Despite the swirling rumors, it looks like Microsoft isn't planning on taking their eye off the Windows Mobile ball anytime soon. When recently asked about the "Zune Phone," Steve Ballmer replied:
"It's not a concept you'll ever get from us. We're in the Windows Mobile business. We can put Zune into Windows Mobile, we can put Xbox into Windows Mobile. We can pour everything in.
So the Big M is much more likely to beef up Windows Mobile with some Zune-like features than try to cram phone-features into the Zune. Good move, guys. As the CEO of RIM said at CTIA this year, email is pretty much the baseline for smartphones these days. So it makes a lot more sense to take the simpler device and integrate it into the one that already does email (not to mention everything else) than the other way around.
E-TEN is pretty much an also-ran in the world of WM smartphones, but they still seem to be trying to crack the US market. Back in December, their QWERT + GPS + FM Radio + the other standard stuff glofiish M700 was approved by the FCC. I said back then that FCC approval doesn't mean much in terms of availability and given that we've yet to see it here, I was right (ding!). Perhaps this new version, the M700+, has a better shot.
But what's the + for, anyway? Perhaps it's for a Windows Mobile 6 upgrade? Perhaps 3G data speeds (which the original lacks)? Or perhaps having two "i"s in "glofiish" just wasn't weird enough for 'em and they wanted to spice up the product name just a bit more.
ETEN has just passed its FCC requirements for glofiish M700+, bringing it one step closer to coming out in U.S. with a service provider
Everybody gets to have fun except for me. First I missed out on the Deepfish Beta, which split my heart in twain. Now I'm not an Opera employee, which means I'm missing out on the upcoming Opera 9 for Windows Mobile (but the Beta of 8.65 is available now), which looks to be pretty sweet. It has the fancy zoom features that appear to be pretty much de rigeur for next-gen mobile browsers. It will also feature little widgets that call to mind this video of Vista's Gadgets running on WM5. Anyhow, Opera 9 will also be fully standards-compliant:
Opera 9 for Windows Mobile now passes the Acid2 test in internal builds of the browser (see screenshot below). Opera Mobile is on pace to become the first Windows Mobile browser to pass the Acid2 test, unless Pocket IE or Access speed things up.
If you take the word of one of BGR's top informants, then yes, the Motorola Q 9h will launch on AT&T in August.
...Which is good news for folks looking to get a new phone, but bad news for current MotoQ owners. Why is that? Well, it seems that Motorola isn't interested in following HTC's lead and offering Windows Mobile 6 upgrades for the current Q in either its GSM or CDMA forms, per SolSie:
I’ve spoken with the MotoDev department and they say that there will be no WM6 upgrade for the MotoQ because they are working on a new CDMA device that will have it. When I asked them if it’s going to be the q9, they told me that they only have plans for GSM right now and hence the CDMA is probably another device.
Bummer. A bigger bummer is there hasn't been any rumblings of a CDMA Windows Mobile device from Moto that I've seen besides the above. Is it just me, or is the lion's share of the WM6 action heading to GSM networks?