I still haven't installed Opera yet. Silly me. But Opera seems to be doing quite a nice job getting their browser embedded here and there. They're also on the Wii, you know. Anyway, let's hope Microsoft plays nice. After their Netscapecapades, I'm sure they will.
Opera Software today announced Samsung Electronics has signed an agreement with Opera Software to deliver Opera Mobile on Samsung mobile handsets.
David Ciccone of Mobility Today posted a little video of Deepfish, what looks to be a nice little browser. It apparently makes it dead simple to zoom in and out of a webpage that's rendered in a standard way for a desktop, an implementation that is definitely compelling.
Now this has to be one of the most amazing browsers to hit Windows Mobile! Here is a little demo of a browser named Deepfish that is still in beta..This mobile viewer delivers a rich experience for viewing web content on Windows Mobile devices. It offers a quick and convenient way to browse the web that is closer to the desktop experience.” If I say anymore they will have to shoot me! Enjoy!
As Mobile Burn points out, you can go to Cingular's coverage map and zoom in close to see if you have 3G coverage. Alas, Minneapolis is not included. Next time, Cingular, just give us a list, hey?
Cingular has not posted a list of all of the covered markets, but you can use their online coverage map system to check whether or not your part of the country has 3G service. Once you are zoomed in on the map at the City level or closer you will be able to check the "Show 3G Coverage" checkbox to see if UMTS coverage is available near you.
From the "Go all out or go home" school of thought comes the rumored HTC Athena, an Ultra Mobile PC / UMTS phone that is somewhere between a full laptop and a ..phone? I don't know exactly where to place this device in the spectrum of Windows Mobile devices, I just know that this is one hot mother.
[...] that beefy Windows Mobile PPC Phone Edition device is now rumored to be running on a 624MHz Intel Bulverde processor pumping away beneath a 5-inch, 262k-color VGA (640x480) touch-sensitive display. It's overall thickness is in part explained by the fact that it spins either an 8 or 10GB disk drive while a 2100mAh Li-Poly battery provides up to 6 hours of talk, 300 hours of standby, or 8 hours of WMV video playback.
The bane of the US is that our cellphones always seem to be step or two behind the rest of the world. I blame deregulation. I'm not saying I want a Communist dictatorship, but I do like the idea of having a single standard for charging phones. I have way too many wall warts (aka AC adapters) and I can never keep them straight.
China is moving to standardize all cellular phones sold in the country to using the USB port for charging. The thought is that having one charger for every brand of cell phone will make it easier for consumers. It will make it easier on consumers, but cut into the profits for he accessory makers. I would imagine that if China standardizes to USB, we will likely see all cellular phones going to the same standard. However, China has set no date at which they will begin enforcing the standard.
I don't have much to say about this except that maybe if the designers of MySpace weren't so enamored of Flash and of horrible, horrible web design services like this wouldn't even be necessary. I actually have a sneaking suspicion the horrible design of MySpace is actually part of its appeal. "A website that freezes, is difficult to navigate, and is often so butt-ugly I weep blood? That how computers are supposed to work!" Or something. Pah.
And charging customers $2.99 per month for this, Pah again.
Cingular, the largest U.S. wireless phone carrier, will offer a version of popular Internet social network MySpace on its phones in an expansion of their partnership, the companies plan to announce on Monday.
For an additional $2.99 per month, customers will be able to upload photos taken on cellphones, read and respond to MySpace e-mails, update blog entries and view and search for friends from their handsets
Now that's a sight for sore eyes. The demo units for the Cingular version of the 750 have appeared over at the BoyGeniusReport. I recall reading that we ought not hold our breaths for the HSDPA update, but it'll be UMTS for the areas that support it. I'm rolling an unlocked 750v on T-Mobile right now, and I loves it. Hopefully that love will spread across the US very soon.
Seems like we could have the Treo 750 by Christmas or shortly after. Various Cingular stores have started to receive a Treo demo unit. The case is identical to the Vodafone Treo 750, even in color. Only difference being the Cingy branding. This demo unit only means that the release will be soon but we still haven't heard a date yet, just the broad "Q4" time frame. Trust us when we know, you'll know! At least for now you get to enjoy some pics. Click on for the rest of them
Those of you who've eschewed the iPod and are using your WM phone for music, if you're like me, are no doubt jealous of the iPod wide array of accessories. Well, here's a leg-up: a Music/Syncing dock for your TyTN (or Cingular 8525, for those of you in the states). Looks snazzy.
HTC TyTN Music Dock Features:
Charging and HotSync for your device. Stereo speaker system 3.5mm stereo line-in for other audio devices like MP3/MD/CD player, etc. Blue soft-light illumination. Dock size : 176 x 70 x 42 mm Model:
According to Sascha Segan, you can add the HP iPAQ hw6925 to the long list of YAQKWMS that tries very hard to do it all and ends up not quite doing anything well (Motorola Q, I'm looking at you). Its killer feature, as far as I'm concerned, is integrated GPS. That's "killer" as in "awesome" and as in "kills battery life." The 240x240 screen doesn't bother me too much, but then I'm used to it.
The new HP iPAQ hw6925 tries to be the ultimate traveling companion, bringing together an unusually flexible GPS system, phone, and PDA in one easily pocketable unit. But its small, low-res screen and below-average battery life make it less useful than it could be.
I'd previously mentioned the HTC Vox when all we had was a concept photo. Now the Boy Genius, cellphone leaker extraordinaire, has an actual pic. It's much prettier than I expected. Other than that, it's pretty much the high-quality PPC GSM phone we've come to expect from HTC: WiFi, GSM Quad-band, MicroSD, etc. I'm still not sold on giving up screen-size for a standard number pad, but to each his or her own.
The HTC Vox concept photo has been floating around the net for a little while so I thought it was my turn to step things up a bit. I present the first live picture of the HTC Vox (S710) smartphone with complete spec sheet. Quad-Band EDGE, Spring-assisted keyboard like the P4350, WiFi and more. Don't ask me how, don't ask me why. Just enjoy! Thanks HTC!
Geekzone points out that Skype 2.2 Beta for WM is out, finally adding support for Smartphone Edition phones. Not supported, apparently, is the square screen on my 750v. Curses! In any case, there's some fancypants new features in there. I've gone back and forth on Skype - I'm tempted to get myself a full account and start moving my telephone communications over to it, but I don't know if I'm ready to untether myself quite that much yet.
Skype has introduced the Skype 2.2 Beta for Windows Mobile devices, including enhanced support for Pocket PC devices the long due support for Windows Mobile Smartphone device.
As part of the new features released on this version is an enhanced today/home screen providing presence status and event notification (missed calls, new chat messages and voicemails). Proxy support is also being added, with support for regular HTTP or HTTPS proxies, and authenticating HTTPS/SSL and SOCKS5 proxies
Not much to say here, looks like HTC is taking advantage of the fact that their stock took a dip earlier to consolidate some of their ownership. Palm also did this earlier this year. I'm no stock analyst, but it seems like a good idea to me.
High Tech Computer (HTC) has decided to carry out a stock buy-back plan, aiming to purchase as many as five million outstanding shares of its own stock from the Taiwan stock market at a price ranging from NT$601 to NT$800 (US$18.50-24.60), the company said on December 12 after a board meeting.
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!