Microsoft has set a goal of shipping 20 million Windows Mobile devices last year, and missed the mark by 2 million units. For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2008, Microsoft was able to ship a whopping 18 million units, second in worldwide sales to Nokia. In contrast, newcomer Apple to the smartphone game has set a goal of 10 million units. Microsoft now commands 13 percent of the worldwide smartphone market, up 2 percent.
According to WMExperts, the missed target could be attributed to delay launches by OEM. Microsoft’s spokesperson didn’t mention which firms had [...]
The Motorola Q9 has one of the best keyboards in its class, and with WMExperts reporting that a leaked ROM for Windows Mobile 6.1 has appeared on the MOTOMODDING forums.
A leaked ROM probably means that the official release is coming soon. However, it should be noted that certain things may change in the final ROM that will be released and leaked ROMs are beta ROMs. As such, some come with stability issues so flash your device at your own risk.
In this video I cover the hardware of the Omnia i900. The screen is 3.2″, compared to 3.5″ on the iPhone and 2.8″ on the Touch Diamond. It’s a thin phone with just a 12.5mm profile, versus 11.3mm on the iPhone, and 11.5mm on the Touch Diamond. The device feels quite light weight at 122 grams.
This is the only WinMo touchscreen phone I’ve seen without an inbuilt stylus. There is an external stylus that you can carry around on the lanyard hook, but to avoid having ornaments dangle from your phone, you can use your finger or the optical [...]
Todd Bishop of the Seattle PI Microsoft blog reports that “Microsoft sold more than 18 million Windows Mobile software licenses in its recently completed fiscal year — about 2 million short of its widely publicized 20 million-unit target — the senior vice president in charge of the business acknowledged this afternoon.”
The good news: Microsoft “cites IDC data showing that Windows Mobile devices have outpaced Research in Motion’s unit sales in the past four quarters, and sold more than twice as many as Apple.”
There is also a [...]
What was the Most You Ever Paid for a Phone? ( surveys)
It’s more true now than ever that many high-end unlocked phones cost as much as a laptop, sometimes significantly more. And my guess is that if you’re reading this site, sometime along the way you’ve splurged to buy a high-end phone. But how much was your splurge, and what did you buy?
A while back a new version of Google Maps was released for Blackberry which included mass transit support. That new feature is now available in Google Maps 2.2 for both Symbian S60 and Windows Mobile.
As reported by the Official Google Mobile Blog: Simply bring up Directions from the main menu and you’ll see a second tab labeled Transit (or Public Transport), where you can request a route using only public transportation. You’ll receive a number of alternatives that take you (car-free) to your destination. Transit directions are available on Google Maps in more [...]
The Omnia i900 from Samsung is a really unique Windows Mobile Pro device. It has an insane 8-16GB of internal storage space, a crazy-high 5MP camera sensor with auto focus, a Wide QVGA screen (that’s 400×240), an optical mouse pad, an accelerometer for screen rotation, and a lot of interesting built-in software (including Opera 9.5). After a few minutes of using the device, I can tell that a lot of thought went into the Omnia i900 and it may turn out to be a winner.
And because it’s a quadband phone, those in the US can use it in 3G glory (though right [...]
With HTC and Nokia phones getting good reviews on build qualities, software instabilities aside, Apple has a lot of catching up to do with the second generation of its phone release dubbed iPhone 3G. The Cupertino, California company received high praises for the aluminum-backed first generation of iPhone but the 3G version switches from metal to plastic. With that comes some growing pains. Better reception was the outcome, but with it comes cracking plastics.
Users on Apple’s forum noted that the cracks occur mostly on the white iPhone 3G model (available in 16 GB [...]
Here’s the latest update in our Usability Speed Tests designed to show how easy and quick different Smartphone user interfaces can be. Today we’re looking at the HTC Touch Diamond.
Here are the results:
1. 8sec (TouchFLO ) 8 sec (Start menu) 2. 6secs (Launch Google maps) 3. 15 sec (Opera slowness) 4. 23 sec (Play Weird Al music) 5. 76 sec (Add specific new contact) 6. 48 sec (write specific email to new contact)
For more information about our Usability Speed Tests and how you can test your own phone, [...]
According to WMExperts, Opera has fixed a minor bug relating to notification sounds being disabled when Opera Mobile 9.5 is launched. The issue is of low risk, but an updated beta is available through Opera’s webpage.
Also, the company has responded to some user’s issues with some soft input (on-screen) keyboards not working. Opera states that soft-input keyboards that use the SIP (software-based input panel) or IME (input method editor) standards are fully compliant for use with Opera Mobile. However, select new devices have keyboards that do not use those standards [...]
Brandon had shown us how to play Nintendo games for those old school retro flashback moments on a Windows Mobile device, but how about a new way to play? Gizmodo reported that the jailbroken iPhone can play NES (Nintendo) games as well, but with a different way to control the game.
Rather than pressing the buttons to move left, right, up or down, games may also be controlled with the accelerometer. Tilting the device left will move Mario forward in Super Mario Brothers. Of course, users can also use the virtual controller on the iPhone’s screen with multi-touch. Since [...]
There’s a new Windows Mobile interface replacement to look forward to called TouchXperience, and it looks pretty damn cool.
To start, if you’re using a Touch Diamond or Pro, you can scroll through lists by moving the device, or even navigate through TouchFLO 3D by tilting the phone laterally. It also extends the auto screen rotation feature to other areas of the OS that you don’t get out of the box.
Most interesting feature: a Macro program that carries out certain tasks based on a specific input (time, location using aGPS, specific words in a [...]
Brandon had commented on how great the potential is for the App Store on the iPhone, despite its initial woes as Apple’s initial foray into supporting native applications on the iPhone rather than just web applications rendered through the Safari browser. The one thing that I noticed about the App Store is that the bulk of applications are priced between $2.99 and $9.99 with many notable freeware and some useable apps at $0.99. Many Windows Mobile application are priced between $10 and $30. Even still, some titled offered on multiple platforms by the same software house is priced [...]
SkyFire, the browser that supports Flash and many mobile standards because content is cached and streamed off the company’s server to a user’s handheld, is now debuting its beta for S60 smartphones, the operating system that runs on top of Symbian and is found on Nokia smartphones. If you own an S60 handset, including the venerable Nokia N95, you may want to give the browser a try. Registration for the beta is available through the SkireFire webpage.
Let us know how it performs and compares to the Windows Mobile version.
As reported by TMoNews.com:
“On July 25th, the FCC passed the HTC Raphael, also known as the HTC Touch Pro. We can tell very little about the phone from the limited information released by the FCC (HTC requested much of it be kept confidential) however we can see that the Touch Pro will have Quad-Band GSM, GPRS, EDGE, and WiFi. Simply put, this means that the (850/950/1800/1900 MHz) which the Raphael will support can work on both T-mobile’s, or AT&T’s networks. Sporting Wifi, the HTC Touch Pro could be the newest Smartphone to be added to T-mobile’s [...]
Earlier this month, we posted a video on how to run Super Nintendo (SNES) on your Windows Mobile phone from AllShadow.com. Well, as a continuation of the series, Mike Benton has created an instructional video on running 8-bit old-school Nintendo, all with free software. Caution: may cause moments of nostalgia when you rediscover the secret worlds in Super Mario Bros 3 =D.
Apple had recently filed a patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to bring Windows Media content and Flash to the iPhone. Top iPhone News shows a webpage with Flash and Windows Media support. Apple may never bring the technology to the iPhone, but the methodology exists should the firm bring this support.
Apple may treat Windows Media streaming content and Flash in the same way it treats QuickTime content on a webpage by showing a screenshot of the movie or a direct link to the streaming audio content. With QuickTime, when users click on the screenshot [...]
Just when it looks like Sprint’s 4G next generation mobile internet network based on WiMax will see the light of day, some day, AT&T just filed a petition with the FCC to stop the merger between Sprint’s WiMax network with Clearwire. According to Brighthand, Big Blue AT&T wants the FCC to look further into the transaction, and the company isn’t opposing the merger, but feels that additional scrutiny and details need to be released. Hopefully, Sprint will get back on track on the business side of things and push WiMax forward to regain subscribers and stop [...]
Nokia is aiming to enter the midrange smartphone market to compete with touchscreen-based handsets like the iPhone and the Touch Diamond. However, as it stands, early prototypes of the Nokia Tube, also known as the 5800 XpressMusic phone offers little to salivate for. Icons and keyboard look dated and unpolished. In its current iteration, the keyboard looks like something you would find on a non-smartphone device. You can check out more pictures from Gizmodo.
What stands out, however, is a widescreen 16:9 ratio touchscreen for widescreen video playback. Its 3.2-megapixel [...]
Since initial impressions of the Touch Diamond’s TouchFLO 3D interface were criticized as being very slow, HTC has been releasing updated ROMs with new versions of the TouchFLO 3D interface that have reduced the animated fluff in order to increase the usability speed. In June, you may have seen the TouchFLO 3D interface was already changed from the shipping version in ROM 1.37. You can see the video of the 1.37 version here… and you can see the original shipping version here…and the latest version (with 1.93) in a video below.
It seems that some users, like this one at mocoNews, are returning their iPhone 3Gs. Why? Poor battery life seems to be the biggest reason. The other reason is dropped calls from poor cellular reception.
Interestingly, PC World reported that the iPhone had fair battery life for a smart phone, beating all of the AT&T Windows Mobile phones. Of course, you can easily replace the battery in Windows Mobile devices.
Does the iPhone’s function and cool factor justify dealing with the problems? Let us know what you think.
In part 3, I demonstrate the built in keyboard shortcut keys and the similarities with standard PC functions. The USB port can also be used to plug in flash drives. Unfortunately that is the only USB accessory other than keyboard and mouse supported by the REDFLY.
See Also: Part 2 Part 1 Video Unboxing Detailed specifications of the REDFLY
Memory prices keep going down. Amazon.com is featuring a 4GB microSDHC card for under $12 that also comes with an SD adapter. Not bad for enough capacity to store around 1,000 audio tracks on your mobile device. Click on to Amazon.com for more info.