DigiTimes is a great source for little bits of surprising info right out of Taiwan (Home of all sorts of WM device makers). The latest snippet is that Microsoft expects WM6 (of whatever it will be called) to start rolling out within 6 months or so, but really hitting its stride a year after that. What I want to know is when we get Photon.
Taiwan handset makers estimate the system will become the mainstream platform in the market during the second half of 2008. According to Wu, shipments of handset devices based on the latest operating system usually ship in volume about six months after the first model is introduced.
The folks at PocketPC Mag secured the services of one Dr. Kei (warning, audio on that link), a San Francisco-based guy who pimps-out phones. I'm pretty conservative, design-wise, but this stuff is pretty hot. Might be worth checking out if you ever feel like your phone isn't impressing the Joneses quite enough.
Now mind you, obviously the designs you've seen in this series and on Dr. Kei's website are showy enough to draw some attention; however, you can create a conservative or more discreet design to suit your own taste so don't let anything stop you from making your device your own!
Sprint conducted a survey recently that revealed that folks think their phone makes them more productive, that text messaging helps that, and that we're bringing our work phones along on vacation. How exactly to reconcile that last point with the feeling that we "have achieved work-life balance"? With a lot of denial, if you ask me.
Ah well, these results should make bosses more likely to buy their employees fancy smartphones, that's hopefully a win for us lowly workers.
Today Sprint (NYSE: S) released findings from the 2006 Sprint Productivity Survey, a nationwide index of wireless phone users and their productivity. Although the results show nearly all wireless phone subscribers (93 percent) bring work-related mobile phones on vacation, the majority of Americans say they have achieved work-life balance (73 percent) and are more productive today than two years ago (67 percent).
Handango has a dog or two in this hunt: the expanding smartphone market. So it's no surprise that their predictions for 2007 involve, er, expansion. Taking a look at what they have here, I'm wondering why it doesn't also include:
8) Sun will rise
9) Sun will set
Ok, I kid because I love. I do hope that #3- increased GPS services comes true. I also hope that WM doesn't require me to futz with COM ports in their next release.
1. Smartphones Will Go Mainstream 2. Mobile TV Will Hit the Small Screen in a Big Way 3. GPS-Enabled Location Based Services (LBS) Will Be Killer Applications 4. Smartphone Adoption in Europe Will Continue to Explode 5. Over-The-Air (OTA) Downloads Will Grow at a Faster Pace 6. More Professionals in Vertical Markets Will Rely on Smartphone Content 7. Large Consumer Brands Will Create Content for Smartphones
Maybe RIM has a point when they claim that people would get the Samsung Blackjack confused with the Blackberry, but it's a stretch. I'd also like to think that after all their problems with litigation in the past, RIM might be a little more forgiving than most companies. I suppose not.
Also in danger of getting sued: Black Keys, Black Mamba, and Black Panthers.
Research in Motion (RIM) has sued Samsung Telecommunications America, claiming that Samsung's BlackJack smart phone violates the BlackBerry trademark.
RIM is asking that Samsung be stopped from selling the BlackJack and Black Carbon mobile phones and is seeking unspecified damages, according to court filings. The lawsuit was filed Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
"Samsung is misleading the public into falsely believing that Samsung's goods and services are connected with RIM's business," the filing states.
Here you go, Verizon users, a black MotoQ for a $50 premium. Looks like it's got that "soft-touch" paint that's popular with the kids these days. Nothing special in terms of hardware or software improvements, though. Just black.
They should watch out, though, looks like RIM is suing anybody who puts the word "black" in their product title.
Verizon Wireless today announced a black version of the Motorola Q. The device, which is available for order today, features a rubberized black housing that is black all the way through. This insures that if the device is scratched, the Q will retain the black color.
Looks like alltell is getting the 700wx and they're selling it for a decent price, $349.99 after rebates and contract agreement and suchlike. They're listing it as having Windows Mobile 5.2 Pocket PC Edition, which is either a big old slap in the face to Palm's other WM-Treo-Toters or a mistake (perhaps a mistaken reference to AKU2).
Otherwse, not a whole lot to see here, it's the 700wx, it's alltell, it's a good thing.
Slashphone points us to the HTC Vox, perhaps one of the first phones that'll be sporting Crossbow. For now, let's pass over the fact that we're discussing what appears to be little more than a CAD mockup to get to the real meat of it: would anyone really want to give up screen real estate for a dial pad when there's a slideout keyboard just a flick away?
The HTC Vox might use the newer Windows Mobile OS - the Crossbow. It will support GSM Quad-band network, plus the help of Wi-Fi, EDGE and bluetooth wireless connection. Other features include a 2 megapixel camera, microSD slot and 96MB RAM / 128MB ROM memory. Expect to see more info in early 2007.
The HTC Love/Duopod M700 is all sorts of pretty. Don't believe me, check out the video here. Having a built-in FM tuner is maybe a bit much, but it does look like they're throwing some other tweaks in there to make this a great media phone. Me: I need a qwerty keyboard, otherwise this thing is love at ...cough. Sorry, even I can't get that pun out straight.
The fine folks at Gizmodo have broken down by phone whether or not you should upgrade to "the best Windows Mobile phone out right now." I might honestly be inclined to agree with that assessment, but as for the upgrades, I'm less sure I'm with 'em. Sure, if you're still stuck in featurephone land and want a smartphone, this is a great way to go. But sometimes small ain't so bad. Right? Right?
Ok, I want one.
T-Mobile MDA, Verizon/Sprint 6700, Cingular 8125: Upgrade if you can afford it. This is where it gets both tricky and interesting. The 8525 runs the same OS as its predecessors—also known as the HTC Wizard—and thus, have all the same apps and can do pretty much the same things. They all have WiFi, a slide-out keyboard, and touch-screen capabilities. So why would you upgrade? Because it's what the old version should have been.
PocketPC Thoughts has the skinny on the upcoming (for the UK, anyway) XDA Flame for O2. Kitchen sink is about the only thing this smartphone doesn't include - but since it's coming out in 2007 I suppose that's a possibility. The thing has a separate graphics card that runs its gigantic VGA display, for Pete's sake. TV-Out, USB On-the-Go. It's making my laptop envious. Or it will in 2007, assuming they're not just yanking our collective chains.
You begged for a large 3.6" VGA display? You got it. An NVIDIA GoForce 5500 GPU for next-generation mobile graphics? Sure, why not? And how about an Intel XScale PXA270 520MHz CPU, 2GB ROM, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, USB On-The-Go, a 2.0-megapixel camera, SRS Mobile HD surround sound support, and TV-out support - all thrown in for good measure? Yes, O2 has some hot stuff planned for 2007!
Why the extra "i" in Glofiish? Did they mean to put it up front? At any rate, say hello to this GSM slider PPC with built-in GPS. Availability (or detailed, uh, details) still unknown, but it's a good bet you won't be seeing it in the US especially soon.
The glofiish M700 supports GSM, GPRS and high-speed EDGE for voice and data connectivity almost worldwide, while IEEE802.11b/g support allows users to connect to public and private Wi-FI® networks when in range of suitable hotspots. For travelers, the glofiish M700 also features GPS and TMC functions delivered via an embedded SiRF Star III chipset allowing the glofiish M700 to handle both daily business needs and weekend leisure.
I know it's not a huge deal that somewhere in the world we have YATQKMS (Yet Another Qwerty Keyboard Windows Mobile Smartphone), but the i-mate JAQ3 is notable because of its combination of touchscreen, qwerty, and wifi. It's like a Treo without the square screen. Maybe I'm just easily impressed as I'm still stuck in a wifi-less world.
Also notable, as Brighthand points out, the JAQ3 is a reminder that there are manufacturers other than HTC out there. :)
By current standards this device is a bit weak in cellular-wireless capabilities; it has GSM and GPRS but nothing faster. However, it sports both 802.11b and g.
This model, which includes a 2.0 megapixel camera, was designed and manufactured by TechFaith Wireless, the company i-mate turned to for smartphone development after HTC decided to no longer let i-mate sell its products.
i-mate is now offering the JAQ3 in the Middle East. It will likely expand the availability of this device at some point in the future.