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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Palm Treo Pro Is Official

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 09:38 AM

iPAQ 910, look out! Palm's worst kept secret has finally arrived. You'd be hard pressed talking the Treo Pro down. It looks good (well, we think so, anyway), and has a great set of specs: Qualcomm MSM7201 400MHz processor, 128MB RAM, 256MB ROM, quad-band GSM/EDGE, tri-band (850/1900/2100MHz) UMTS/HSDPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, a 320 x 320 touch screen, a 2.0-megapixel camera, and a microSDHC slot supporting up to 32GB. There's also a 3.5mm headphone jack built just for your favourite cans. The Treo Pro runs Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, comes in black (Palm prefers to call it 'obsidian'), and will be available unlocked for $549 as early as September. If you prefer the carrier route, Telstra (Australia), Vodafone (Europe), and O2 (Europe) will be selling it for the low, low price of 'free'.

Press release and images after the break. Now, who wants one?


Tags: windows, mobile, treo, palm, pro, 6.1, 850

Friday, August 1, 2008

Skype for Windows Mobile Updated, Supports Windows Mobile 6.1

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Software" @ 06:18 AM

If you're a Skype user who owns one of the latest and greatest devices on the block, good news! A Windows Mobile 6.1-friendly version (v2.2.0.45) is now available for Classic/Professional (Pocket PC) devices. Oh, sorry Standard (Smartphone) users - you'll have to sit this one out, unfortunately.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Windows Mobile Gets Transit Directions with Google Maps 2.2

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Software" @ 02:50 AM

"A few weeks ago we released Google Maps for mobile with Transit directions for BlackBerry and Java-based handsets. Now, with the release of version 2.2 of the application for Symbian S60 (3rd edition or later) and Windows Mobile (2005 or later), we're happy to say that Transit directions will be available to a bunch more smartphone users around the world."

Google Maps 2.2 is now available for Windows Mobile. It adds Transit directions for over 50 worldwide cities/regions, star ratings for businesses, faster search, and user-generated content. Simply point your mobile browser to to download.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Windows Live for Windows Mobile Released... Again

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Software" @ 10:09 PM

"Wait no more! The latest bits for Windows Live Client for your Windows Mobile are available for download. To get yours now, point your mobile browser to If you have Windows Live already installed on your device, you will need to uninstall it first. To do that, go to Settings->Remove Programs, select Windows Live entry from the list (if any) and click Remove. If you don’t find Windows Live on the list, then you are good to go."

There's a new version of Windows Live for Windows Mobile available, but don't expect to see anything other than bug fixes. Like the previous Windows Live release, Messenger isn't included; so, if your device already includes Windows Live with Messenger, get ready to wave goodbye to Messenger if you install this version over the top. If that's not something you want to do, you'll need to wait for your carrier/manufacturer to update Windows Live in an upcoming ROM update, which, of course, could take weeks/months/years to deliver. Uh-huh, that's a topic we just can't rant enough about.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Opera Mobile 9.5 Beta Released

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Software" @ 02:32 AM

"Opera brings you the best Internet experience on any device, from computers and cell phones to portable media players and game consoles. Opera Mobile, first launched in 2000, and with over 100 million installations since 2004, was the first to bring the full Web to the small mobile screen. Opera Mobile for feature phones and smartphones has pioneered and set the standard in mobile browsing, supporting the latest technologies and receiving industry acclaim. Today, Opera continues to provide the best mobile Web experience with the first beta of Opera Mobile 9.5. Opera Mobile is the answer to the demands of Web fans everywhere. The first beta of Opera Mobile 9.5 comes outfitted with added performance, faster speed, a new UI, and Oper Dragonfly, and is ready and waiting to bring users the Web everywhere."

It's finally here! The public beta of Opera Mobile 9.5 is now available for Windows Mobile Classic/Professional (Pocket PC) devices (sorry, Standard (Smartphone) users). There are plenty of new features such as pan and zoom, a new UI, improved performance, improved standards support, AJAX support, tabbed browsing, offline browsing, auto-complete, a password manager, and Opera Dragonfly. Of course, 9.5 is not without its issues - be sure to digest them before installing. Happy browsing!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Mippin Refreshes User Interface... and Leaves Me Unimpressed.

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "Smartphone News" @ 09:39 PM

"Mippin audience grows to 10 million monthly page views across 146 countries... Mippin, a free mobile media service that makes discovering, consuming, and sharing content on mobile phones easy, today announced that Judy Gibbons has joined the team as CEO. Additionally, in advance of the new 3G phone launch Mippin has further enhanced its service for iPhone. The refined version benefits from even faster performance and a number of user interface improvements that make finding, discovering and sharing interesting content more intuitive and effective."

So I took a bit of time to play around with Mippin today. I expected Mippin to be a fun and refreshing content portal based off of the upbeat and giddy press release that was sent my way. Unfortunately after playing around with it, it becomes quickly apparent that Mippin is no different from the dozens of other web portal applications out there. From what I could see there was no real benefit to using this service over any of the content, news and media portals that are provided by your carrier (e.g. - AT&T's http://home/). Now don't get me wrong, I don’t really think there is anything wrong with this service. The problem is that what Mippin has done has been done so many times before that I have literally been more impressed with cereal boxes than I was this service. A little word of advice to those out there working on 'the next big mobile content portal' - it has already been done! Move along people! Try building us something original and new… and maybe even useful if you want to be daring! Just please for the love of all things mobile and good stop rehashing the same old junk over and over again!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Windows SideShow for Windows Mobile Developer Preview

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Software" @ 06:08 AM

"Windows® SideShow™ for Windows Mobile® is an application for Windows Mobile 5 and Windows Mobile 6 Pocket PCs and Smartphones that allows you to use your Windows Mobile device as a Bluetooth SideShow-compatible device. This enables you to use your phone as an extra window into your PC. You can both access your computer’s information from your Pocket PC or Smartphone, and control the computer through a gadget interface. While the phone is out of range, or when your computer is off, you can continue to view content sent to the phone previously. This makes it easy to send information to the phone that you'll need later on."

Last year, I trekked over to Beijing with fellow MVPs and other technical community leaders to meet with the Microsoft Research and Windows Vista teams. There, we discussed the direction that Windows Vista was going to take over the next few years. Microsoft obviously wanted to make the user experience better, but they wanted (needed?) ideas. While a great deal of the week-long meeting focused on the product itself, we did spend some time discussing how it could better communicate with the rest of Microsoft's products, and most importantly, take advantage of them. For the most part, it was all about Windows Mobile, and I was brimming with ideas. Can you see where this is heading?

Yes, we discussed Windows SideShow, which at the time was one of Windows Vista's most impressive features, yet sadly, one of the most underused, too. Not everyone has a digital picture frame or a laptop with an in-lid display. But a lot of us have phones, and if you're reading this, it's probably a Windows Mobile phone. I often wondered why Microsoft didn't endow its own mobile product with SideShow support right off the bat. Some third parties cooked up their own solutions, but adoption was far from widespread, and I was sincerely hoping that Microsoft would realize their oversight and rectify the situation by releasing an official solution to bring SideShow to Windows Mobile.

So, here we are, a year later and Microsoft has heeded advice and finally released a developer preview. It's at v0.01, so don't expect it to be rock solid, but it'll still give you a taste of things to come. Our pal, Arne, has given it a test run and likes what he sees. Maybe you will too. Download it, install it, and let us know what you think.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

SanDisk Introduces Mobile Ultra microSD, microSDHC, and M2 Cards

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 12:00 AM

"SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), the proven leader in flash memory, today announced the availability of SanDisk Mobile Ultra, microSD, microSDHC and Memory Stick Micro (M2) flash mobile memory cards, which are available in 2GB, 4GB and 8GB* capacities -- the industry’s first premium mobile phone storage cards. A must-have product for consumers who embody the digital lifestyle, the SanDisk Mobile Ultra high-performance cards are “best of breed” premium cards that provide fast side-loading speeds. This means that users will experience accelerated transfer rates of digital files to and from their mobile memory card and their computer. In addition to speed, SanDisk Mobile Ultra cards allow consumers to “wake up” the multimedia features of mobile phones by increasing the phone’s storage capacity for maps, music, videos, photos, games and other essential applications. For avid mobile phone videographers, events and experiences captured by the phone’s video camera can be quickly and efficiently transferred to social media or video-sharing websites. For added value and convenience, the card is bundled with a MobileMate™ Micro Reader that plugs directly into a USB 2.0 port to assist in this quick transport and easy management of digital content."

If you own a device with a microSD/microSDHC or M2 slot, check out SanDisk's new Mobile Ultra cards. They're available at capacities of up to 8GB and come bundled with a slim MobileMate Micro Reader to make those card-to-computer transfers a breeze. The 8GB Mobile Ultra microSDHC has a $119.99 MSRP tag, but if you shop around, you can probably find a better deal.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

More Mobile Advertising Heading Your Way

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC News" @ 06:00 AM

"Today at Microsoft Corp.’s online advertising leadership forum, advance08, Brian McAndrews, senior vice president of the Advertiser & Publisher Solutions Group, announced the availability of display advertising across two popular Windows Live for mobile services, the launch of new markets for Windows Live for mobile services, and upcoming advertising plans for its Live Search Mobile offering. This marks the first year that mobile advertising has played a leading role at the industry event that brings together some of the most influential thought leaders of the global advertising community. Announced today, advertisers can now extend their campaigns to social media through Windows Live for mobile in France, Spain, the U.K. and the U.S. by creating banner ads that will be visible across Windows Live Messenger and Windows Live Hotmail. This builds upon Microsoft’s initial launch of mobile advertising for MSN Mobile in, France, , Spain, the U.K. and the U.S. where mobile ads are available alongside premium MSN Mobile content. Advertising on Windows Live for mobile is already available in Spain, and later this month will be available in Germany, Italy and the Netherlands, further extending its availability for advertisers. All ads placed on these two popular services will adhere to Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) guidelines."

Microsoft has just announced an expansion in the availability of display advertising across its mobile services. You can already see an example of it at (screenshot above). I know there's a vocal crowd out there who are strongly against ads in any way, shape, or form, and will go out of their way to block them, but the fact is they are both a direct and indirect source of revenue for many businesses, so denying them that is analogous to stealing. I'm all for mobile advertising - if a business wants to create awareness of their mobile applications and services, they should have a right to do so. My only hope is that given the small displays that mobile devices are endowed with, these ads don't end up being too "in-your-face".

Monday, May 12, 2008

Hexic for Windows Mobile Reviewed

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Software" @ 05:00 AM

Product Category: Games
Manufacturer: Astraware
Where to Buy: MobiHand [Affiliate]
Price: $9.95
System Requirements: Windows Mobile Classic/Professional (Pocket PC) or Standard (Smartphone) device

  • Addictive;
  • Multiple game modes;
  • Looks and feels just like the MSN Games and Xbox 360 versions.
  • Lacks online leaderboards.

Alexey Pajitnov knows how to turn any shape into an addictive puzzle game. Tetris, which needs no introduction, is a testament to that. So too is Hexic, which MSN Games and Xbox 360 gamers should be familiar with. For years, I searched high and low for a Windows Mobile version, but to no avail. Now, that search is over. Thanks to the combined efforts of Astraware and Carbonated Games, Hexic is available for all flavours of Windows Mobile, and it does not disappoint.

Read on for the full review!

Monday, April 14, 2008

E-TEN Announces the Glofiish M750 and M810

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 04:45 AM

"E-TEN Information Systems has announced the Glofiish M810 and M750, the first in a new series of Pocket PC Phones that put the focus on portable entertainment, dynamic social networking, and go-anywhere communications ideal for the web 2.0 generation. E-TEN's newest Pocket PC Phones harness the latest mobile hardware technologies together with innovations in software to create a pair of sleekly portable, multi-connected devices, designed to help the new breed of bloggers, podcasters, video makers, and chatters, stay online and updated wherever they are."

E-TEN has just announced two new Glofiish devices, the M750 and M810. Inside, there's a Samsung S3C2442 500MHz processor, 64MB RAM, 256MB ROM, quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE connectivity, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR, GPS (SiRFstar III), a 2.0-megapixel camera with auto-focus, a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, a microSD slot, and a 2.8" QVGA touch screen, all powered by Windows Mobile 6 Professional. The M810 has the added bonus of tri-band UMTS/HSDPA connectivity. Specs-wise, there isn't much here that sets it apart from previous Glofiish devices, but the design has certainly been kicked up a few notches.

Jump the break for a press release and another picture.

Update: Both have started shipping and should be available in 2-3 weeks. Read more...

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Robbie Bach's Keynote at CTIA Wireless 2008

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Events" @ 12:55 AM

CTIA was where it all happened - the unveiling of Windows Mobile 6.1, the parade of devices running said OS, and the showing off of other bits and pieces that you'd expect to see at a mobile and wireless trade show. Robbie Bach, and a few others, were at CTIA to do the unveiling, so if you're interested in reading or watching the keynote, click here. It's a little over 26 minutes long, or however long it takes you to read a lengthy article, if videos just aren't your thing.

Friday, April 4, 2008

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...

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Microsoft's "Windows Mobile: Tips and Tricks" Section Expands

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Articles" @ 04:15 AM

Whether you're a Windows Mobile newbie or guru, there's always some tips and tricks worth picking up to help you the most out of your device. That's where Microsoft's "Windows Mobile: Tips and Tricks" section comes in. The company recently added a plethora of new articles to it - some written by our own Jason Dunn, fellow Microsoft MVP, Todd Ogasawara, and Tyson Greer. And in case you missed it, they include the Connected Apps and Sites article we linked to yesterday. Happy reading!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Microsoft Releases Windows Mobile 6.1 Localized Emulator Images

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Developer" @ 02:30 AM

"The Windows Mobile 6.1 Emulator Images package adds emulator images to Visual Studio 2005 or Visual Studio 2008 that let you test applications for Windows Mobile 6.1. For general information about writing software for Windows Mobile, please see the Windows Mobile Developer Center. The emulator images can also be used as standalone without Visual Studio. They can be accessed through the Start Menu shortcuts."

The Windows Mobile 6.1 localized emulator images are currently available in US English only, which doesn't quite match Microsoft's usual definition of "localized", although you can probably expect that to change over the coming weeks. The Standard (Smartphone) and Professional (Pocket PC) images weigh in at 184.9MB and 272.2MB respectively, and include some new resolutions: 320 x 320, 400 x 240, and 440 x 240 for Standard, and 240 x 400 and 480 x 800 for Professional. Note that the images work standalone, so if you're eager to poke around Windows Mobile 6.1 to see what's new and improved while waiting for your carrier/manufacturer to release an update, this is your ticket. Developers, if you want full integration with Visual Studio, be sure to grab the Windows Mobile 6 SDK prior to installing the images.

Microsoft Surface: Your Mobile Shopping Experience Changes on April 17

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC News" @ 12:55 AM

"AT&T (NYSE: T) and Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) today announced a collaborative alliance that will transform the way consumers shop for mobile devices. AT&T will become the first company in the world to bring Microsoft Surface to life in a retail environment, giving customers the ability to explore their mobile worlds using touch and device recognition technology. Microsoft Surface is the first commercially available surface computer from Microsoft. Beginning April 17, customers can experience Microsoft Surface in select AT&T retail locations, including stores in New York City, Atlanta, San Antonio and San Francisco. Based on the success and learning from these initial pilot deployments, plans for further expansion across AT&T’s 2,200 U.S. retail stores will be determined."

By now, you should be well aware of what Microsoft Surface is and what it's capable of. Contrary to popular belief, this touch-based do-it-all table is far from vapourware. Come April 17, it's set to pull off a world first by invading AT&T stores in Atlanta, New York, San Antonio, and San Francisco. The 30" display will recognize your touch, your gestures, and the placement of compatible devices (including the BlackJack II), allowing you to learn and explore the products available, check out AT&T's wireless coverage and plans, and of course, purchase and subscribe to whatever tickles your fancy.

Read the rest of the post to see which stores will benefit from Surface on April 17. There's also eye-candy after the break. And who doesn't like eye-candy? ;) 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.

Microsoft Announces Immediate Availability of System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC News" @ 11:15 AM

"LAS VEGAS — April 1, 2008 — Helping to propel large-scale mobile phone deployments by businesses, Microsoft Corp. today announced at CTIA Wireless 2008 the immediate availability of System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008 and plans for a Microsoft Mobile Services Plan (MMSP) to be available from mobile operators worldwide. Together with Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.1, the software and services provide the best solution for midsize and large businesses to manage and help protect Windows Mobile phones."

Microsoft didn't just stop at Windows Mobile 6.1 today. The company also announced the immediate availability of System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008, which together with Windows Mobile 6.1, offers a comprehensive device management solution for organizations using Active Directory/Group Policy. The full copy of the press release can be found after the break. Read more...

Windows Mobile 6.1: New Features at a Glance

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC News" @ 11:10 AM

Some of Windows Mobile 6.1's biggest enhancements include threaded SMS support and an improved UI, but there's a lot more in it that makes this a significant leap from Windows Mobile 5.0 and Windows Mobile 6. Jump the break for a look at what's new. Read more...

Microsoft Unveils Windows Mobile 6.1, New Version of Internet Explorer Mobile

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC News" @ 11:05 AM

Okay, the jokes are over. This is indeed the real deal. ;)

Windows Mobile 6.1 is here, and there's plenty to digest. Jump the break for the full press release, and watch future posts for a complete breakdown of the new features. Read more...

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