G1. Touch Pro. Omnia. Treo Pro. iPhone 3G. Those are some of the more popular smartphone offerings right now. Emblaze is about to take on behemoths HTC, RIM, and Apple in designing one of the best looking devices. With the highest resolution screen available on smartphones, the Emblaze Edelweiss will sport a 480 X 854 pixel touchscreen display measuring 3.5-inches. The number of pixels even trumps the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 and the Touch HD (X1 and Touch HD only have 480 X 800 displays).
According to Unwired View, the Edelweiss will launch on Russian carrier MTS this month, [...]
SanDisk has officially announced 16 GB for the microSDHC format. According to Geek.com, the large capacity storage card will initially be available in the US only through Best Buy Mobile, the cell phone department of the Best Buy retail chain. The card will cost $99.
WebMessenger Message Alerts has been available as a software add-on for BlackBerry devices for a while, adding a plethora of filtering and notification options for voice, text, and email. The software is now available in three editions for Windows Mobile, with the basic Standard option costing $25.
According to the makers of WebMessenger, the software does:
*Inbound Email Alerts – Define custom alert rules for email based on one or more attributes (including contacts, subject, content).
*Inbound SMS Alerts — Define custom alert rules for SMS based on [...]
According to Fierce Mobile IT, the iPhone is preventing AT&T from launching the BlackBerry Bold, a refresh to the Curve with a slightly higher resolution screen and updated look along with 3G. The report notes that the iPhone lacks any data compression technology and is a resource hog on AT&T’s infrastructure. Because of that, AT&T has had to push back the launch of the Bold to build out its network. Furthermore, it is said that for every iPhone without compression technology, the network could equivalently support up to 20 BlackBerry devices and that AT&T [...]
Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer has recently responded to the company’s intentions following the release of open-source Android, the operating system found on the HTC-made G1 on T-Mobile, announcing that Microsoft will continue to charge royalties on Windows Mobile licenses to device manufacturer. According to Electronista, the licensing fee shows Microsoft’s commitment to the platform. Ballmer had said that there is really no incentive to make Android better by Google, and there is no incentive in injecting more cash into the project–especially if there is no cash [...]
Have you seen the Samsung Pixon? Hint: it’s pictured below. It seems that Samsung is bringing the widgets found on the Omnia to other non-Windows Mobile devices. That’s fine by us, but we really hope that Samsung gets smart and adds some useful widgets to the mix like stocks and next appointment.
Oh, and don’t forget, you don’t need an Omnia to use Omnia widgets.
This free add-on from gmurray is for every Windows Mobile Professional user that wants to have Push access to their GMail account. In order to achieve this, first you need to enable imap in your account settings in GMail, which is a prerequisite, as well as to have WM6.1 featuring .NET CF 3.5.
After launching and configuring the add-on, it will stay memory resident and check the GMail server for any new messages. In case of receiving a new email message, the add-on will instruct Pocket Outlook to download the message.
IMAP Pusher Service can be freely downloaded and [...]
Although a bit buggy, the latest build of Opera Mobile 9.5 from XDA-Devs adds flash support and the zoom slider as previewed on the HTC Touch HD last week. We’re pretty excited for when this gets out the door as a final version.
If you’re brave and want to try it out, check out the thread at XDA-Developers. You will need two things: the latest build (click here for QVGA and here for VGA), plus Adobe Flash lite. Send both CABs to your device, run them, and reboot.
If you own a Treo 750 and still haven’t upgraded from Windows Mobile 5 to Windows Mobile 6, you should do so soon. According to TreoCentral, the official update for the GSM Treo 750 ends on October 31. You can go to the Palm Support Site to learn more and download the update.
Since Windows Mobile 6 does not support an SDK or API set for certain advanced hardware features–such as the accelerometer–there is little standardization. This means that the motion sensor, another layman’s term for the accelerometer, found on the Samsung Omnia will use different codes than those found on HTC-manufactured devices, like the Touch Diamond. MoDaCo has released a software for the Omnia that allows the Samsung device to emulate the sensor APIs from HTC. This means that more games designed to utilize the HTC sensor can now be played on the Omnia. To [...]
Sprint had modified their tabs on TouchFLO 3D to include customized Sprint applications. If you want to bring back the call tab to your Sprint Touch Diamond device, then you should follow these instructions from SprintUsers.com:
– Disable TF3D plugin in your Today settings – Unzip the file in an empty directory in the internal Storage. – Backup windows26948339_manila – Use Total Commander (for example) and copy both files (attached) into Windows – Activate TF3D – Enjoy
The file mentioned in the instructions is available for [...]
Sprint has officially launched its WiMax network in Baltimore. The New England city will be able to get on its Xohm network sans contract on a daily or monthly pass. According to SprintUsers.com, the service will cost $25 per month or $10 per day. Not bad, considering daily WiFi rates. WiMax modems start at $60. Sprint says that it will build a dual WiMax/EVDO modem for falling back onto its third generation network if the fourth generation WiMax isn’t available. Good news for the carrier for finally launching WiMax.
WiMax is a fourth generation wireless technology that [...]
Our own Jenna Gonzalez has just received the Touch Diamond from Sprint, and has gone through the unboxing ritual here for us.
Because we’ve already covered the HTC Touch Diamond in extreme detail, Jenna’s coverage of the Sprint variant will be an interesting and creative twist that will be entertaining and also informative. More coming soon from her!
Agh, it’s Monday! Distract yourself from reality by setting up SNES to run on your Smartphone. This video from AllShadow.com shows how to install SNES on your Smartphone/Standard device and play the classics like Super Mario Bros and Zelda.
LeVuHoang’s Crazy Muzik is probably the first G Sensor enabled application for Windows Mobile Professional Enabled Motion sensor equipped devices that lets you control music playback in a very new and cool way: by tilting/shaking.
This free application takes advantage of the G Sensor to read the orientation and movement of the device in order to automatically translate it into 5 Windows Media Player commands. Here’s how it goes: Tilting/Shaking Up opens Windows Media Player; when already running, the same action will Play or Stop your current playlist. [...]
On Thursday we told you 5 things about the Touch HD that you didn’t know, and now we have 2 more, after spotting the below video on YouTube which has been just converted to English so that we can follow along.
1. The camera has selective autofocus! Meaning, you can tap you finger on a certain part of the screen, and the camera will focus on that area (see 6:45 on the video below) 2. The screen sensitivity seems to be greater compared to that of the Touch Diamond and Touch Pro
pocketnow.com has just started a Twitter feed called pocketnowTweets. We’ll be using Twitter to broadcast hot news and content before it hits the pocketnow.com homepage, so if you like keeping up with the latest happenings in Windows Mobile land, you’re definitely going to want to subscribe.
Sony Ericsson continues with their mysterious and dark JohnnyX series of short movies (in ultra-widescreen glory) that show glimpses of the XPERIA X1.
Am I the only one having trouble following the plot? They’re releasing a new episode every few days – making it a bit difficult to keep up. Plus with the somber cinematography, we wonder where this is all headed. See episode 2 and 3 over at the JohnnyX microsite.
Update: SE has also added another microsite demonstrating the functionality of the device, featuring the voice of a charming British woman. [...]
The HTC S740 is due out very soon, and the lucky ducks at CoolSmartphone got a chance to spend a weekend with one. The video above reinforces what we knew to be true: the S740 inherits many aspects of the Touch Pro – it has a similar keyboard (though only 4 rows), a sleek black design, and the faceted backing. In typical HTC fashion, the keyboard has a lot of spring assist and closes with a satisfying “snap” sound. What may be annoying for some is the huge gap between the hardware softkeys on the keyboard.
It’s also interesting to see [...]
Hey – remember back in 2007 when Microsoft Labs released Deepfish (here’s the press release)? It was a neat browser concept that was really never intended to turn into an actual product. Only a handful of people got access to the program before the downloads were shut off. Well, we have an official update from Microsoft Labs posted in August of this year, which totally went under our radar, (thanks to Michael’s Blog for the tip):
When Live Labs began working on Deepfish, we set out to prove our theory that there was an unmet demand for a better mobile [...]
As you know by now, SkyFire is up and running with the full public beta – so everyone can get a copy for their WinMo device. I thought it’d be neat to compare the Opera Mobile experience with that of SkyFire on the Touch Pro, but unfortunately, SkyFire doesn’t yet support resolutions greater than QVGA.
I just got off the phone with the CMO of SkyFire, Adam Sexton. To start, he says that VGA support is coming. It seems that a bigger priority for the company is launching the product across multiple platforms (and since they already have WinMo and Symbian, [...]
As a business user, my needs for a Windows Mobile device tend to be very demanding. I am usually after the perfect combination of small and light, with a lot of the word “powerful”, and still ergonomic enough to make my mobile experience practical. HP has just released their new iPAQ 900 series Business Messenger in an attempt to offer a solution that could just pull it off in addressing all the needs and desires of the business user. Does elegance meet up with performance? [...]
You often hear the term 3G used. Thanks to Apple, most people immediately start thinking iPhone 3G with twice as fast internet. But 3G extends past Apple’s reality distortion and is a common technology among many mobile devices including cell phones, data cards, and even laptops. Some of devices that support this are the iPhone 3G, most new phones from HTC (e.g. Touch Diamond and Pro, etc), and data cards for laptops. But what exactly is it?
3G simply means third generation. It’s used to describe the speed of wireless technology for voice and data uplink and downlink [...]