With the impending New Year, many people have resolutions to shed some weight, get in shape, or workout more. Windows Mobile can be a great platform to help those with health-related resolutions. As a music player, you can carry your PDA or smartphone with you when you head to the gym, hit the tracks, or jog in your neighborhood–just bring a pair of headphones. For those who are more serious than the casual joggers, there are some programs that will help you stay on top of your game and track your workout–I recommend two:
1. The first software is aimed at maintaining [...]
Rumors are swirling all over again about Apple bringing a tablet device to market. Apple Insider is confident “that the company is still actively developing the device and intends to bring it to market only when it meets the stringent demands of chief executive Steve Jobs.”
Sources from Tech Crunch say that the device will debut in the Fall of 2009 with a 7 or 9 inch screen, making it larger than the iPod Touch and iPhone:
We’ve got this from three independent sources close to Apple: expect a large screen iPod touch device to be released in the Fall of [...]
XDA Developers though it would come handy for HTC Touch HD owners to have a G-Sensor (Motion Sensor) enabled D-Pad to cover the lack of a hardware D-Pad on the device.
This might come in handy for other users owning a G-Sensor enabled device, like the Touch Diamond or the Touch Pro. You need to extract the contents of the zip file and place it anywhere on the device. From where you place it, simply run GPad and it will scroll through any list that might require scrolling simply by tilting the device in the specific direction. We hope future releases will bring more functionality [...]
For those who are in Europe and wanting the Galaxy, made by Asus, O2 is bringing a variant of the device as the Zest. Tracy and Matt’s Blog has an unboxing of the device, and it is quite zippy with the faster 624 MHz processor, as compared to the equivalent VGA display Touch Diamond.
A full review isn’t available as of yet over at Tracy and Matt’s Blog, but they did show an unboxing video, which we have reposted above.
Not yet ready for primetime, but the good folks over at XDA-Developers have concocted a way to bring the Android operating system, which powers the HTC-made T-Mobile G1 currently, over to the VGA-enabled Touch Diamond also manufactured by HTC. Since the Diamond and the Touch Pro are nearly identical, except the latter has a sliding keyboard, it would only be a matter of time before the Android port will be compatible on the Touch Pro as well.
According to WMPowerUser, the VGA-port is only proof of concept at this point, with some kinks to be ironed out before a public release. [...]
Just when we thought Windows Mobile is losing out on entertainment and games because developers are swarming to other platforms either because of the software/hardware support for those titles or because of the newness of some of these other platforms, DivX is bringing its DivX Player to Windows Mobile, according to CoolSmartPhone.
Users can download the new Player from DivX. Now, you don’t have to get an official DivX Certified phone to run the player.
Would You Buy Windows Mobile Software if it Were Cheaper? ( surveys)
Windows Mobile software is the most expensive of any mobile platform – even BlackBerry, and especially iPhone. The average cost for a piece of Windows Mobile software seems to fall around $20, while for BlackBerry around $15, and $10 for the iPhone.
If Windows Mobile software cost less, say, $10 average for an app, would you be compelled to buy more third party software? Or would you still be hesitant because of other reasons, like lack of an integrated software store?
Although this may be obvious to many, I admittedly just learned about this feature a few weeks ago, so perhaps it’ll be helpful to some.
On all HTC on screen keyboards, there are numbers and symbols that appear above the letters in gray. Instead of hitting the “123/Sym” button to call them up, you can just simply tap and hold on any letter to get the one in gray to show up.
Microsoft’s Silverlight technology, a competing solution to Adobe Flash, offers multimedia capabilities for internet browsers. The technology has been available for desktops for a while, but hasn’t been released for Windows Mobile. According to Unwired View, it is now unofficially available:
However, official or not, there seems to be a Silverlight for Windows Mobile application available for download now, in the form of a photo gallery called “Silverlight for Windows Mobile Solution Kit.”
Reportedly, the unofficial package is for users who want to [...]
supware.net’s GreenButton is a tiny application with huge usability to those who own devices short on hardware buttons, like the HTC Touch HD. This application will run on any device running Windows Mobile 5 and above and it’s only feature is to allow you to reassign the Green (Answer) Key.
You need to download it from its website and install it to device. After installation, you might notice your Answer Key not working anymore (does not bring up the phone dialer). Here’s the tricky part, when it comes to customization. You need to edit the shortcut called [...]
For the skeptics who read our piece about the Touch Diamond crushing the iPhone Nano–if the smaller iPhone sibling existed–there is now more evidence that the iPhone family will be growing. According to The Boy Genius Report, Vaja–makers of fine Argentinean leather cases for gadgets–has made reference for a leather iPhone Nano product case on its website. Perhaps the small iPhone Nano will appear at Mac World 2009, a trade show for Apple products that occurs around the same time as the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
If you’ve been waiting for an update to the Shadow, then The Boy Genius Report has a late Christmas present for you. The T-Mobile release schedule shows that the “Shadow” is coming January 28th, 2009–it makes no mention of “Shadow II” but since the Shadow has been out for a while, we’re inferring Shadow II here.
Also of note is the BlackBerry Curve 8900 getting released February 18th, 2009. The updated BlackBerry Curve is similar to the BlackBerry Bold on AT&T, but lacks 3G networking. It also sports a smaller design and keys that [...]
In this video, we show you three ways to use Facebook from your Windows Mobile phone: the “lite” way via m.facebook.com and Pocket Internet Explorer, the more graphic-intense version via iphone.facebook.com and Opera Mobile 9.5, and finally, with the Facebook Panel for the XPERIA X1. Are there other ways to Facebook? Sure – but what’s out there so far (such as FriendMobilizer) isn’t quite “there” yet.
That said, how do you Facebook?
Windows Mobile devices nowadays come with a variety of SIPs (Soft Input Panels) installed. We have the four Windows Mobile Professional default SIPs (Block Recognizer, Keyboard, Letter Recognizer and Transcriber) plus we have some OEM introduced SIPs (Phone Keypad, Compact QWERTY and Full QWERTY) from which, if you’re like me, you have to admit that you actually use one or two of them and you just keep watching the rest in the list.
With Windows Mobile Professional you can disable those SIPs you never use by editing the registry. Each SIP has a unique identifier in the [...]
For about two months now, we’ve been sending out a weekly Newsletter on Sunday evening that details our 5 most popular stories of the preceding week – it’s a great way to catch up with what we post if you don’t visit the site each day. How do you subscribe? If you’re registered in our forums, you should have already received the below email – which is NOT SPAM (many were wondering if it was legit), but an automated email that allows you to opt-in or out of the Newsletter.
Want to receive the Newsletter but haven’t received this [...]
In a new study that is posted in the news over at IntoMobile, cellular phones are found to cause kidney damage. According to the research:
Researchers found that low-level radiation – even lower than the dose we get from pushing a handset up against your face – caused the hemoglobin in red blood cells to leak out into the bloodstream. The hemoglobin build-up could eventually lead to heart disease and kidney stones, according to the researchers.
Take the research for its worth. There is still a dichotomy on whether cellular phone radiation causes brain cancer [...]
If TouchFLO 3D isn’t what you want and you’re tired of the standard Today screen on Windows Mobile, you can try bringing FE Widgets onto your Today screen. The program was developed by a member from XDA-Developers. According to WMPowerUser, you can have up to four different screens of widgets.
The program will only work with Flash 7 for Pocket PC and will not work with Flash Lite. The widgets are similar to those on the Samsung Omnia.
If you’re jealous of iPhone owners for all their consumer-grade and entertainment-related applications, then Pyxis Mobile hopes to resolve some of the tension for Windows Mobile users with an application called Smart Flicks for your Netflix queue. According to WMPowerUser, you can now manage your Netflix queue and browse the entire Netflix library from your handheld:
-Browse the entire Netflix library from your Windows Mobile device -Add to, remove from, and change position in your regular and Instant Queues -See the availability of DVDs in real time -See available [...]
It’s still too early to tell which OS will win the smartphone OS arms race at this point, but ZTE is betting on Windows Mobile. The Chinese maker, which has previously only made phones for the Chinese market, is now breaking into the worldwide smartphone market with a Vodafone-branded ZTE E810 entry-level Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard phone.
The device will probably be available for an inexpensive amount of sum as it lacks 3G and doesn’t include WiFi. A QVGA landscape candybar design with a QWERTY should strike the fancy of those looking for a cheaper BlackJack II [...]
MSNBC did a comparison with the various mobile operating systems out there and found that to the average consumers none of that matters. Essentially, what it boils down to is hardware, and there are plenty of choices for hardware on Windows Mobile. MSNBC states that operating systems are becoming more important with the growing smartphone market, but still isn’t nearly as important as we would have guessed with consumers:
“For many people, it doesn’t matter what OS they buy,” said Kevin Burden, ABI Research’s mobile devices research director. [...]
XDA Developers figured out a new way to Soft Reset – more like a workaround – the HTC Touch HD, which is known to have a usability design flaw by having its Soft Reset button inaccessible, below the battery cover.
All you need is some skills to drill a tiny hole into the battery cover at the back of your device which should be perfectly alligned with the Soft Reset button and from there on, your hardware Soft Resets will be a lot easier.
The smallish “stylus” keyboard, common to all Windows Mobile touchscreen devices, is a favorite amount those of us who began using Pocket PC devices when they first came out. Because the keys are so close together, you can use the stylus to “peck” out words pretty fast after some practice.
The stylus keyboard has a powerful feature that many people don’t know about: gestures. As shown in this video, here are the four gestures that you can use with this keyboard:
– Swipe right (move forward) – Swipe left [...]
We thought that perhaps Sony Ericsson was playing tricks on us when we found the European X1i (review) to work over AT&T HSDPA. We’re still not sure if the “i” still has that UMTS850 band…but to play it safe, if you’re in the US, the X1 “a” is your best option (if you can get a hold of one, that is).
Nevertheless, over at HowardForums where the 2009 roadmap for Rogers Wireless (a carrier in Cananda) has been leaked, we see that the XPERIA X1 is headed their way. But what’s interesting is that it’s a variant of the X1 [...]