All in all, Marketplace for Windows Mobile is an emulation of the app store for the iPhone and iPod Touch. It’s really hard to argue otherwise.
That said, there will be some differentiating factors between the two, and some of them are starting to surface now. Here are two as spotted at wmpoweruser that makes Marketplace stand about the Apple app store.
Users can return apps and get a refund within 24 hours
This is a totally sweet policy. I’ve purchased several apps for my iPhone (which is currently collecting dust) to only regret doing so several [...]
If rumors are to be believed, then HTC’s new crop of Windows Phone will arrive in a mere number of weeks. The Diamond2 was announced at Mobile World Congress earlier this year as the successor to the popular Touch Diamond by the Taiwanese company. HTC has announced that the Diamond2 will initially launch with Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional and be capable of an upgrade to Windows Mobile 6.5. Upgrades to the operating system are released by the device makers and carriers, so it’s good news that HTC has announced its commitment to bring an upgrade once available.
We’ve learned a lot about Marketplace today. We finally got screenshots and a video of the Windows Mobile app store in action, and also got to dissect the UI a bit.
But what good is an App store if there isn’t any developer support? Well, for Marketplace, there is. Here are the companies that will have apps out of the gate in Marketplace:
– AccuWeather – Associated Press – CNBC – Developer One – EA Mobile – Gameloft – Glu Mobile – Handmark – Ilium Software – JEYO – Kinoma – [...]
We’ve got some deals on a few nice Windows Phones from Expansys today. If you’re looking for a Palm Treo Pro (unlocked GSM), you can pick one up for $440 today or $470 tomorrow. The GSM Treo Pro is currently about $490 USD. You can also get a Pharos Traveler 117 or Pharos Traveler 127 for $470.
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As Engadget is reporting, Microsoft has invited some fashion designers to create new themes for use in Windows Mobile 6.5.
“Phones are just as much a fashion statement as the clothes you wear,” said Mizrahi, fashion designer and TV personality. “As a designer, I’m excited to team up with Microsoft to bring forth fresh and funky new ways for people to make their Windows® phones a part of their personality. Cast aside your old black phone, and make this year about colour and fun.”
I’ve always wanted a more consistent theme support in [...]
HTC released some more details on its sales for 2008, which looked good considering the state of the economy. According to TechNews, the figures implied that the Taiwanese manufacturer shipped half of the 20 million Windows Mobile shipments in 2008. The firm shipped over 12 million phones, with over 70% of that number being 3G devices. Revenues were up 29 percent, earning the company nearly a billion dollars in profit.
If you haven’t seen the screenshots and video of the Marketplace, read up on that before seeing this article.
So our wish has been granted and we finally get a look inside of the program screens on Marketplace. Each program will have three tabs: Summary, Screens, and Reviews. Shown below are the summary and reviews tabs. From any of the screens, you can choose “buy” from the left soft key menu. Then, you will be taken back to the main part of the Marketplace where you can watch your application download.
So far this looks like an elegant solution for [...]
Spb has been the leader of touch friendly interfaces, with such programs as Spb Mobile Shell, Spb Weather, Spb Traveler and many other popular titles. Spb had also worked closely with Microsoft to develop the interface for Netflix Mobile Manager. Well they have created yet another awe inspiring program, Spb TV.
Streaming live TV to a mobile device isn’t a new one. There are a few programs out there that stream live TV to your Windows Mobile device, some more extraordinary than others. Spb TV is one of the more impressive ones.
The program implements the same [...]
At long last, we get a glimpse of how the Windows Mobile application store will look! They were buried in a pile of new WinMo 6.5 screenshot that Engadget procured.
The opening screen of Marketplace seems to be a screen that allows you to choose among Most Popular, New apps, Categories, and so on. The OEM can choose to have their own suite of applications accessible from the main screen. This may be perfect for carrier-branded programs. You can also search right from the main screen.
Then, once you get into a category, you can get a finger-friendly view of the [...]
With all the publicity that Facebook is getting with its mobile web portal and application on various platforms, MySpace is hoping to remain relevant with today’s fickle users in the social networking space. The social network MySpace will be offering a free application for Windows Mobile. The application will come pre-loaded on LG phones, but should be available as a separate download for many Windows Phone users later this year.
According to SlashPhone, MySpace’s partnership with Microsoft isn’t just at the application level with the app set to debut in the [...]
ZTE seems to be the manufacturer to watch. The rising Chinese star will be one of the top five phone makers in the world according to an article in DigiTimes. ZTE already makes Windows Phone for the international market and saw a 40 percent year-over-year growth. According to DigiTimes, “Through its cooperation with a number of service providers, including Vodafone, Hutchison, T-Mobile and other carriers in Italy and Australia, ZTE has expanded its product mix to include GSM, CDMA, WCDMA, Windows Mobile-enabled models, and recently touchscreen models, all targeting the low-cost [...]
Microsoft is sending a message that it is targeting the consumer segment with Windows Mobile 6.5. With the release of 6.5 later this year, Microsoft is adding designer themes to Windows Mobile, with a theme from fashion icon Isaac Mizrahi to be the first out of the gates of Redmond. In addition, to appease the consumer crowd, a Theme Generator will be released later in the year to color-coordinate different elements of the user interface with colors from a user’s custom background. Now, users can not only choose their own background pictures, but can potentially change the color [...]
According to Engadget Mobile, Microsoft is amending its upgrade policy for Windows Mobile 6.5. The company is now stating that if you own a Windows Mobile 6.1 device with at least a 400 MHz and 128 MB of RAM, it is up to the device maker to offer an upgrade path or force you to buy new hardware. Can we see a Touch Fuze on AT&T with Windows Mobile 6.5? The “Home” button instead of the “Start” button that was previously required for Windows Mobile 6.5 will surely save some people a few hundred on new hardware.
Turns out that there are actually many people missing the honeycomb in the upcoming Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system. XDA Developers have even released patches that would bring back the WM6.5 honeycomb from earlier builds to the newest ones.
Microsoft has given up on the honeycombed interface for their upcoming operating system and the latest builds (and custom ROMs based on them) already came out with the honeycomb lacking. Will you miss the honeycomb?
Ever hear of HKC? Probably not. They make a lot of Windows Mobile devices in Asia that look strikingly similar to HTC’s offerings. But we won’t tell.
Anyhow, their latest offering looks to be a nice entertainment machine. It is called the Prado, and it sports a huge 3.7″ VGA screen, 4GB ROM, 138MB RAM, aGPS, FM Radio, TV-Out, 3.5mm headphone jack, and an accelerometer. It also looks to have a custom interface with an iconic-based Today screen with some sort of sidebar. For more, check out the feature at Engadget China. Good eye, PDA.pl.
Over at WireFly, they’ve got a promo for a free Fuze if you sign a new two-year. Not bad by our count for one of the most robust WinMo devices out there.
The Verizon Hub is essentially a computer with a built in VoIP phone sold by Verizon Wireless. Sounds bizarre but Verizon has done a good job of integrating some of its mobile services like SMS, MMS, VZNavigator, VCast and Chaperone into the Hub. In this video I take an in depth look at some of these applications.
In case you missed it, check out the unboxing video and the hardware tour.
The HTC Touch Pro/Fuze can connect to a projector or other external video source like a computer monitor or television. It can also output audio, which can be great if you want to play a movie on a larger screen. The quality isn’t amazing, but it’s good enough.
To get this TV-Out function to work, you can buy a $25 HTC TV-Out cable, or you can do it for under $3 as shown in the video above. Thanks to PPCGeeks for the great idea.
Here is what you need…
– The converter that came with your Touch Pro (click here if you lost it or [...]
The default calendar application in Windows Mobile is simple and allows for a limited amount of functionality. But for those of us that live from our mobile devices and thus need a more robust Calendar solution, a better option is needed. Enter SBSH Calendar Touch, touted as the "ultimate time management system" by the company. Does it live up to the claim? Read on for more!SETUP
The Setup involves running an EXE which is run from your desktop.
We’ve written about the Touch Pro2 goodies being released by XDA Developers (which would only work if your device is running Windows Mobile Build 21000 or above – very unlikely); FingerSuite will do something similar to any Windows Mobile Professional 6 and above.
Previous version was called FingerMenu and it only changed the way regular menus are displayed throughout the operating system. In addition to menus, the new software called FingerSuite will completely reskin system notifications being displayed in message boxes, so you will get both finger friendly menus [...]
Samsung’s latest non-smartphone on AT&T features a full sliding keyboard in landscape mode and a unique AMOLED touchscreen, which AT&T claims to be the first commercially available. The new screen technology gives a brighter screen and better viewing angles. The device will be available in the coming weeks for $199 with rebates from AT&T.
After confirming the Propel Pro, which runs Windows Mobile 6.1, has a 3-megapixel camera, sliding keyboard, and trackball, AT&T gave a quick preview of the device. See the YouTube video above.
AT&T’s Spring lineup should incite some excitement for many users, Symbian S60 and Windows Mobile users included. For Symbian users, the new Nokia E71x for AT&T should compete nicely against the BlackJack II. For Windows Mobile users, the Propel Pro will be available for $150. The device is like the BlackJack II, with a trackball and 3-megapixel camera with a compact sliding keyboard. The device is otherwise known as the BlackJack Slider and comes with a sliding keyboard that resembles the Epix. AT&T will also get an AMOLED touchscreen non-smartphone as [...]