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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Skin to Win an HTC Touch

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Events" @ 04:30 PM

"Resco (, the leading developer of end-user mobile applications, announced today the start of its “Best Skin Contest” for their popular software input panel application — Resco Keyboard Pro. Starting today for the period of one month, users will be able to add their own skins and thus participate in the contest. Everyone who submits their own, original skin automatically gets a free license of Resco Keyboard PRO. People will be able to download, try out and since May 23, 2008 vote for the skin they like the most. The winners will be announced in mid June."

Okay, skinning community: here's your chance to win big. Resco is running a Resco Keyboard Pro skinning contest, and sitting at the top of the prize pool is an HTC Touch, which would be perfect for showing off that winning skin. Think you have what it takes? Then get those entries in by May 23. Good luck!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

HTC Launching US Brand Awareness Campaign

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Pocket PC News" @ 05:00 AM

"In apparent anticipation of their upcoming "game changing" May 6th announcement, HTC is getting ready to launch their first ever North American brand awareness campaign. The Taiwanese manufacturer is well known for its carrier-branded devices, but has recently begun dabbling with promoting their own brand. Hoping to raise brand awareness and further solidify its place at the top of the Windows Mobile (and upcoming Android) food chain, they've prepared a commercial campaign that should hit movie theatres, in-flight entertainment screens, television, print, and outdoor ad spots alike beginning this week. The first ad is already out, and besides us begging them to change the Apple-esque ending (no, really, we begged), the commercial is actually quite well done. Could HTC be planning to expand their direct-to-consumer retail business a la Nokia and Apple? We're not sure, but they certainly have our vote of confidence if they go down that road."

I could sure go for a phone manufacturer in the US marketing directly to consumers. An unlocked phone will easily work on the AT&T and T-Mobile networks, and supposedly Verizon is opening their network to non-Verizon devices, so we may be starting down the path of picking devices and carriers separately, something the Europeans have been able to easily do since the beginning of their cellular service.

Tags: htc

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Verizon Releases XV6900, the CDMA Touch

Posted by Janak Parekh in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 08:00 AM

"The new, all touch Verizon Wireless XV6900 combines all the performance and functionality of Windows Mobile® 6 Professional with high–tech, innovative TouchFLO® Technology on its hi–res touchscreen. Access your favorite and most important applications easily with the Touch Cube. View email and attachments, create and edit documents, filter your inbox, and stay connected – securely – with your office. Take advantage of Bluetooth® Wireless Technology and use your XV6900 as a tethered modem through BroadbandAccess Connect. Optimized for entertainment as well, the XV6900 lets you enjoy music, pictures, videos and more with Windows Media Player® Mobile and a 2.0 MP camera with video capture."

Looks like Verizon finally caught up and released the CDMA Touch. I would also assume that this phone will fall under Verizon's new smartphone pricing policy. Have any of you ordered/picked it up yet?

Tags: touch, verizon, htc, xv6900

Friday, April 11, 2008

HTC Says May 6 Is All About Innovation

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Events" @ 09:00 AM

Whenever HTC "invites (someone) to save a date and reserve a front row seat" in London, there's bound to be something significant announced on said date. What's in store for us on May 6? Well, a new wave of innovation is promised, but that itself is pretty vague. Perhaps it's the rumoured Diamond or Raphael, a new Shift, or a solution to global warming? We'll find out soon enough. ;)

HTC Auctions Limited Edition HTC Touch Devices for Charity

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Events" @ 07:15 AM

HTC and Nic Wong of Nicholas have teamed up to deliver four limited edition HTC Touch devices. All four are up for auction (the first auction kicked off yesterday) with all proceeds going straight to Singapore's Children's Cancer Foundation. The catch is HTC is only willing to ship within Singapore, so if you're elsewhere and hoping to scoop one of these up for a good cause, you may be out of luck.

Update: Scratch that. Shipping is free within Singapore, but HTC is still certainly willing to ship elsewhere at the cost of the buyer. So, regardless of where you live, if you really dig the designs and want to help the Children's Cancer Foundation, bid away!

Friday, April 4, 2008

Verizon Unveils New Lineup, Features XV6900 and Q9c

Posted by Janak Parekh in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 10:00 AM

"Verizon Wireless today revealed its spring lineup of smartphones and messaging phones...
  • XV6900: Verizon's version of the HTC Touch. Available in April.
  • Motorola Q9c: Similar to the Q9m, but with more business-friendly styling, plus support for location-based services. Available in April."

There's also a new Blackberry and a LG device. These two aren't exactly new or revolutionary, but it's good to see Verizon is finally carrying them, only a few months after everyone else. ;) If you're curious as to what the Touch will look like on Verizon, Engadget's got pics of both it and the Touch Dual. As they put it, the front is "bleached". What do you think of the look?

Phone Scoop Does CTIA 2008

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Articles" @ 07:35 AM

CTIA was Microsoft's playground for the unveiling of Windows Mobile 6.1, and Microsoft's hardware partners certainly weren't afraid to make a showing. Phone Scoop, in their ever-so-thorough ways, have covered CTIA from top to bottom, and there's plenty of Windows Mobile content for your perusal. Obviously, there's coverage of 6.1 and plenty of eye-candy to drool over if you're a Standard (Smartphone) user. Yes, Professional (Pocket PC) users - you have a reason to be jealous. Moving on, there's more eye-candy and a video of the HTC Touch Dual that's set to invade Best Buy stores this quarter. There's Sony Ericsson's XPERIA X1 in all its glory, and it too is running Windows Mobile 6.1 (a little known fact back when the X1 was first introduced due to NDAs and the like). And then there's a lengthy article on Velocity Mobile, a new entrant into the Windows Mobile market. More on that after the break. Read more...

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

HTC Touch Dual with Windows Mobile 6.1 Lands in America

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 09:00 PM

"HTC Corp. (TAIEX: 2498; “HTC”), a global leader in smartphone design and manufacturing, revealed that the popular HTC Touch Dual™ will debut in the United States this quarter. Announced today at the Cellular Telecommunication and Internet Association (CTIA) Wireless 2008 spring conference, the HTC Touch Dual™ combines an intuitive touch screen with integrated TouchFLO™ technology and slide-out keypad and Microsoft Corp.’s Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional software, making it easier for customers to communicate on the go. “HTC has witnessed incredible support and demand for the Touch product portfolio, and we are pleased to provide our customers with the opportunity to experience additional iterations of the Touch product family,” said Jason Mackenzie, vice president of HTC America. “The Touch Dual will be among the first devices in the United States to run Windows Mobile 6.1 and will be followed by a range of 6.1 updates for several other HTC products.”"

HTC's popular keypad-enhanced version of the Touch is set for a US release this quarter. The Touch Dual boasts some impressive features including a Qualcomm MSM7200 400MHz CPU, 128MB RAM, 256MB ROM, Bluetooth 2.0, a 2.0-megapixel camera, TouchFLO, and Windows Mobile 6.1, which Microsoft unveiled today. Unfortunately, there's no Wi-Fi, and connectivity is limited to tri-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and 2100MHz UMTS/HSDPA. But if you can live with those limitations and you still think this sleek device tickles your fancy, you'll soon be able to purchase an unlocked version from Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile outlets, or online at

Update: Looks like the US version packs quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and dual-band (850/1900) UMTS/HSDPA connectivity. Hooray for tweaks.

Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard and Professional Reviewed!

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "Smartphone News" @ 12:00 PM

"The latest Windows Mobile upgrade brings minor, but very welcome additions to the platform. In this article, we'll cover both the Standard (non-touchscreen) and Professional (touchscreen) editions and show you what's to love about the Windows Mobile 6.1 update. Now, you'll notice this is not a full version upgrade, but just a ".1" upgrade so you know you can't expect a full overhaul. It really feels like just a quick update intended to fill in a couple of gaps between the Windows Mobile and Apple iPhone functionality. You'll notice some similarities between the Standard and Professional operating systems (such as the Internet Explorer and Text Messaging updates), but you'll also notice some odd differences. Read on for our thorough rundown of the next version of Windows Mobile to hit your phone!"

[Windows Mobile 6.1 in the flesh! From left to right - Standard and Professional] has brought us a quick review of Windows Mobile 6.1. This review contains a ton of screenshots and two videos of WM 6.1 in action on both the Standard and Professional handsets! All in all, I'm really excited to get my hands on either a device that is equipped with this new update or a Windows Mobile 6.1 ROM image for my Emulator. Oh man, good times! You guys have no idea how relieved I am that this didn't turn out to be a huge April fool’s joke from Microsoft!

You can see the videos (I promise it isn't another Rick Roll) for the Standard platform here and the Professional platform here. Enjoy!

APRIL FOOLS: Microsoft Reveals Windows Mobile 7 - Dubbed Photon!

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "Smartphone News" @ 08:47 AM

"As CTIA kicks off today in Las Vegas, Microsoft revealed the new version of their mobile operating system, Windows Mobile Photon. This new version of Windows Mobile is lighy-years more advanced than previous versions of Windows Mobile. Equipped with a full standards compliant web browser as well as front facing cameras on all devices for video conferencing!"

[Windows Mobile Photon shown on an HTC S730!]

Well not only does Microsoft release the much anticipated Windows Mobile 6.1 today, they have also revealed the next version of Windows Mobile, dubbed Windows Mobile Photon! My only guess is that Windows Mobile 7 was a confusing codename since they are already creating a Windows 7 operating system for the desktop. I for one dig the Photon name a lot more! As you read above, the new device will sport a complete standards compliant web browser. On the Windows Mobile Standard devices, you will be able to zoom in and out on web pages using the volume up and down keys. Very smooth in the video presentation that was shown. Also it was noted that all devices will include one front facing camera for video conferencing! Now that is what I call neat!

Watch the video of the announcement here!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

HTC Patent Shows Off New Slider Concept

Posted by Darius Wey in "NEWS" @ 09:00 AM

The concept of an integrated number keypad and QWERTY keyboard is neat, although I'm not sure if the design is a winner. The device seems a little long, but probably can't be much longer than existing Pocket PCs (or should I say, Windows Mobile Professional devices) with slide-out QWERTY keyboards. And the diagonal-sliding display? Let's hope it manages to stay securely in place even after months of use. Your thoughts on this one?

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