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Thursday, August 25, 2011

TodayXLive the Next WP7 Makeover for Windows Mobile

Posted by Darren Blade in "Windows Phone Software" @ 10:00 PM

Still holding out on making the jump from WinMo 6.X, but want the look of WP7? If so, TodayXLive is the app for you. TodayXLive is a plugin for your Today screen that gives you a tile-based start page, complete with live updating. The plugin works for Windows Mobile Pocket PC 5 and 6 and requires .NET Compact Framework 3.5.

Before I purchased my Samsung Focus with its slippery Windows Phone 7 interface, I was chugging along with my Omnia II with its ageing Windows Mobile interface. It was atop this that I had finally installed the SPB Mobile Shell which kept me going, I guess. When skins for the SPB Mobile Shell became available sporting the then new WP7 look and (somewhat) feel, I had to give it a go. It was nice to be touting my Omnia II in its new WP7 dress, but it was at the detriment of overall performance and ultimately battery life. One annoying side effect of the SPB Mobile Shell for a sizable subset of us users was the Alarms bug, or lack of alarms going off, as the case was for me. I need alarms; nothing irks more than missing something important. Read more...

Friday, July 22, 2011

Contacts in Your Phonebook Come Alive: Application Announcement – LiveContacts – for iOS, Android, Windows Mobile and Symbian OS

Posted by Darren Blade in "Windows Phone Software" @ 10:07 AM

"Appfortel, the Russian developer of mobile applications is proud to announce the release of a unique Beta-version service for organizing your contacts – LiveContacts – in mid-summer 2011. The LiveContacts application will contain a number of functions aimed at livening up your address directories and supporting the contacts in your phonebook in an actual and “animated” way. Today, from hundreds to thousands of contacts are stored in phonebooks of large megacities’ representatives. Many of them quickly become outdated – time has an impact on all kinds of information. Changes can be observed in surnames, workplaces, addresses, jobs and positions, telephone numbers, and other contact data."

A new way in presenting your contacts (Livening them up!) is on its way to you from "Appfortel" LLC, a Russian start-up who wants to breathe life into the staid contact apps on a number of handset platforms, namely Windows Mobile, Android, iOS & Symbian. I contacted Denis Pushkar to confirm whether their Press Release was correct with Windows Mobile, and it is. It looks like the Appfortel code warriors are giving some love back to the Windows Mobile device users; Windows Phone 7, at this point, is not getting the App. The service and respective platform apps are due to start appearing around the end of July.

I still have my Omnia II hiding in the paper tray on my desk. I may just, get a chance, to Liven it up with LiveContacts when released. The scant details hint that a web service is used, and pulling contact details like contact linking on WP7. More details when Appfortel's website goes "Live" soon, here and here.

The remainder of the press release is after the break. Read more...

Monday, July 11, 2011

Expand Access To Storage For Windows Mobile 4.x to 6.x Devices

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 09:30 AM

"WinCE iSCSI Initiator can be used over existing wired and wireless (Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G etc.) networks to create storage area networks (SANs). That will help iSCSI Initiator device to expand their virtual storage without any additional hardware requirements which is a huge benefit for home and business solutions."

Most of our articles these days are focused on the Windows Phone 7 platform and ecosystem, but if you are still working away in the Windows Mobile "legacy" environment (and there are lots of you out there!), then you may be interested in this free app. WinCE iSCSI Initiator helps to connect your mobile device to network-based storage to create a storage area network. The product enables connection to a computer that is running any iSCSI SAN, like iStorage Server, from any Windows CE based device. It can be can be used over existing wired or wireless (Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G, etc.) networks and can be installed on any Windows Embedded device or Windows Mobile phone.

Monday, April 11, 2011

To Swype or Not to Swype ? Is That The question ?

Posted by Chris Hordley in "Android Software" @ 08:00 AM

Product Category: Keyboard app (for Android and Windows Mobile touchscreen devices)
Manufacturer: Swype Inc.
Where to Buy: Pre-installed or Beta release from
System Requirements: Android, Windows Mobile platforms and certain new Nokia smart phones, but not on iOS devices as at time of review. It requires 500k to 900k depending on options.


  • The original slide/trace touchscreen keyboard for Windows Mobile and Android platforms;
  • Can enable faster and more flexible input, especially on phones in portrait screen orientation;
  • Good interactive tutorial and support on website (which is professional and on-going).


  • Still only available as a beta release for many phones and not at all for iOS devices;
  • Rival slide/trace keypads available;
  • Many people do not see any reason to change from tapping.

    Summary: Swype is a slide-to-type touchscreen keyboard, installed on devices such as Galaxy Tab and My Touch 4G and available again (as of December 2010) in beta version for many others. First released a year ago, it is designed to work on a wide variety of devices. It was hailed (or was it hyped?) as the input software that would revolutionize the way we use touchscreens and the first beta release was over-subscribed and closed until recently. World record texting speeds were set using Swype, yet, many have still not heard of it and it is only in beta version for most of us. So, the question is to Swype or not to Swype ? I hope that this review will help you to answer it. Read more...

    Monday, March 7, 2011

    Android Tops, Windows Phone 7 already in decline? Really?

    Posted by Steven McPherson in "Windows Phone News" @ 11:00 PM

    I think there might be some interesting math in use over at ZDNet. In an article posted today, James Kendrick pronounced that based on his read of the comScore's rating on smartphone market share that Android remains at the top, but somehow, Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 is already in decline in its first quarter of availability. That sounds like "fuzzy math" to me.

    A deeper look into the numbers reveals that Comscore is tracking a 1.7% share decline for Microsoft in the last quarter, however, this share loss is across the entire Microsoft mobile platform, including Windows Mobile.

    My guess is that over the next few quarters as the Windows Mobile product "gets out of the system" that Microsoft's numbers will increase. It would be great to see if Microsoft and its carrier partners could come up with a method of converting those Windows Mobile users to Windows Phone 7, but until there is feature parity (copy/paste, multi-tasking, etc) I'm guessing that this number will continue to decline until the WinMo attrition number is usurped by the Windows Phone 7 net-new quarterly purchases.

    Of note, ZDNet's original title read "Android on top in the US, Windows Phone 7 already in decline?" it now reads "Android on top in the US, Microsoft in decline". Is this really news?

    Wednesday, February 2, 2011

    Windows Mobile Outsells Windows Phone 7?

    Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 04:00 PM

    "Here's the latest bad news for Microsoft's mobile phone strategy: the decade-old Windows Mobile platform outsold the slick new Windows Phone 7 platform in the US last quarter, according to stats released by NPD today. Windows Phone 7, which launched halfway through the quarter, got 2% market share, compared with 4% for Windows Mobile."

    The Business Insider website has posted a reference to data published by The NDP Group which suggests that in the U.S. consumer smartphone market Windows Phone 7, debuting for the first time in their statistics, has garnered 2% of the market. At the same time, Windows Mobile captured 4% of the market (although it dropped 3 points since the last time the data was collected). For debate is the question of just how significant this is? Looking carefully at the data, The NDP Group indicates that the data is based on "U.S. consumers, aged 18 and older, who reported purchasing a mobile phone. NPD does not track corporate/enterprise mobile phone purchases". It seems to me that this may not be all that surprising, given that Windows Mobile still has a significant presence at many retailers, having been in the market for many years and with many handsets from various manufacturers using it. Windows Phone 7, in my estimation, still has a long way to go to develop its retail presence and mind share through advertising. It also wouldn't surprise me to see the Windows Phone 7 percentage remain lower for some time this year. Could there be another explanation? Let me know in the comments.

    Monday, January 3, 2011 "How Microsoft Hit CTRL+ALT+DEL on Windows Phone"

    Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Articles & Resources" @ 03:00 PM

    "Microsoft staff refer to December 2008 as "The Reset" - the month that the company killed all progress on its Windows phone project and started over. It's a measure of how deep a hole Microsoft had dug itself into that the employees interviewed by were unanimous in calling this a good thing. Even though the software titan had a head start on phone software beginning with Windows CE back in 1996, the subsequent Windows Mobile OS suffered from steep declines in market share when pitted against more user-friendly phones, like the iPhone and the Android-powered Droid."

    This article was published back at the beginning of November, but it's an interesting read - especially for those of you out there who are angry at Microsoft for not reaching feature parity with a nine-year old OS with version 1.0 of a new OS designed, coded, and shipped in 12 months. Give it a read.

    Tuesday, December 7, 2010

    Android Found On Windows Mobile's Most Popular Device?

    Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 07:30 PM,+and+Updates)

    "In the slew of Gingerbread news coming out about devices getting Gingerbread, here's one we hadn't thought about yet. It looks like some of the brilliant minds over at xda-developers have gotten Gingerbread ported over to the HTC HD2, an originally Windows Mobile device. We've given you a tutorial on running Android on your HD2 before, but this is, of course, the newest and greatest you can get."

    Should you happen to own (and I'm sure love) an HTC HD2, and you are thinking it's getting a little dated, you might just be able to get a new lease on life for it by loading on the Android Gingerbread release. How would you do that? Well, Talk Android is reporting that the technological wizards over at xda-developers have performed the feat of porting the latest Android version onto the HTC HD2. Visual evidence above suggests that they have indeed been successful. The HD2 is a solid and well-liked handset, and if Windows Mobile is working well for you then you might want to pass on this possibility. But, if you are adventurous type, this might just be a fun thing to try out.

    Tuesday, November 16, 2010

    SkyFire Drops Windows Mobile Support

    Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Windows Phone Software" @ 08:00 AM

    If you have been using SkyFire on your Windows Mobile device, which gives a pretty good browsing experience, especially compared to the built in browser, your days of enjoyment are numbered.


    "Skyfire 2.0 is the world’s first hybrid browser, using the best of the device’s native browser, and adding a cloud "booster engine" for extra features like video and social networking. It is our flagship go-forward product, as we've reported publicly for months, since our Android launch. With that in mind, we are announcing that we will complete the phase out of our legacy v1.0 product on Windows Mobile and Symbian on December 31st, 2010 for remaining countries."


    Wednesday, October 20, 2010

    What's Wrong With RIM

    Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Articles & Resources" @ 07:00 AM


    "In my opinion, RIM's real problems center around two big issues: its market is saturating, and it seems to have lost the ability to create great products. This is a classic problem that eventually faces most successful computer platforms. The danger is not that RIM is about to collapse, but that it'll drift into in a situation where it can't afford the investments needed to succeed in the future. It's very easy for a company to accidentally cross that line, and very hard to get back across it. There's a lesson in RIM's situation for every tech company, so it's worthwhile to spend some time understanding what's happening."

    Michael Mace is a smart guy; I've even had the pleasure of exchanging jabs with him right here in our forums back when he was the Chief Competitive Officer and VP of Product Planning at Palm. I've always respected him, and if RIM knows what's good for them, they'll spend a week slowly parsing his analysis of their future - then hire him to help them avoid it. There's some connection here to Windows Mobile as well; Microsoft saw the writing on the wall as Windows Mobile declined, and made the hard step to start over.

    Short term, it alienates some of the customer base, and is missing key features, but long term, Windows Phone 7 is a platform that Microsoft can ride for many years to come. RIM hasn't learned that lesson yet; every Blackberry I see is, under the surface of the glossy menu, still a glorified pager. RIM does some things very well, but will that be enough to allow them to keep growing two years from now? I think the answer is probably not...

    Friday, September 3, 2010

    Verizon Offers Prepaid Data for Android, Sorry Windows Mobile

    Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android News" @ 12:30 PM

    "BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Sept. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless today announced it will be expanding its portfolio of prepaid offerings to include a new 3G Prepaid data package that lets customers access unlimited data on select 3G Smartphones and Multimedia phones for $30 monthly access. Multimedia phone customers also have the option of selecting a new $10 monthly data package for 25 MB per month ($.20/MB overage). These new prepaid data packages will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Store today and online at beginning Sept. 28."

    Verizon still has Windows Mobile devices (Although perhaps not for long), yet those don't get in on this $30 a month prepaid unlimited data offer. I'm not sure what their reason for snubbing WM here is - I can't imagine it costs them any more money to add it to the other smartphones in their line, and perhaps they just didn't mention the WM devices in the press release. Perhaps some brave soul should test it out when it becomes available!

    However it looks like most, if not all, of the Android offerings do (Oh yea, those blackberries and palm devices are eligible too...). Not a bad price if you just want a non-contract data device lying around. Anyone Android-fan going to take Verizion up on their deal?

    Sunday, August 8, 2010

    Push-to-talk with Loudtalks Lite for Windows Mobile

    Posted by Adan Galvan in "Windows Phone Software" @ 08:00 PM

    Those looking for a good push-to-talk solution for Windows Mobile may want to check out Loudtalks Lite. Loudtalks allows users to communicate instantly over 3G, Edge, and WiFi. It also supports “one to many” functionality that allows you to message multiple people simultaneously. Loudtalks Lite is free to use for individuals and will stay that way forever. No word yet on whether or not the developer will be creating a Windows Phone 7 port (or if it is even possible).

    Thursday, July 8, 2010

    Insights On Microsoft's Mobile Platforms From Frank Prengel

    Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 10:00 PM

    "Ever since Microsoft announced Windows Phone 7 at the Mobile World Congress, loads of - sometimes contradictory - information has been pouring out of Microsoft. Given our traditionally good relationship with Microsoft Germany, I have managed to grab a hold of Microsoft Germany's Mobile Technical Evangelist #1. As usual, he was extremely talkative and had a lot to say on Microsoft's future roadmap."

    Tam Hanna from Tamms PPC - The Windows Phone Blog had an opportunity to sit with Frank Prengel and learn more about Microsoft's thinking about their mobile platforms. It is worth a few moments of your time to read the interview as the discussion is quite far reaching. A couple of the highlights include Prengel's comment that "Windows Phone 7 is a new kind of smartphone which is designed for people who are looking for a mobile platform that is fresh, exciting, and supports them in everything they do in their private and business life". He also comments that the Windows Mobile platform was really intended to replicate the desktop experience on a phone, while with the first release of Windows Phone 7 the focus is on the user's experience. Head over to Tam's site to also learn more about Windows Embedded Handheld.

    Tuesday, July 6, 2010

    Smartphones – Is It The Total Experience That Makes The Difference?

    Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Articles & Resources" @ 08:00 AM

    I regularly get asked by friends and colleagues for technology advice, and smartphones are a frequent topic. A recent conversation with a colleague got me thinking about how the smartphone marketplace was evolving, and how people might be making purchasing decisions over the next year or so. Purchasing behaviour is of course a complex topic, one that requires unique analysis expertise within the personnel of any product vendor. I'm not a marketing guru by any stretch, but, like you, I do have some opinions on the factors that influence people one way or another in the smartphone world. Read more...

    Wednesday, June 23, 2010

    Spotify Coming to Windows Mobile

    Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Software" @ 02:00 PM

    "Looks like some major software development for Windows phone is still going on, as those Swedish developers of 'Spotify' plan to have a full fledged Windows Mobile by next month."

    Haven't heard of Spotify? If you're outside Europe, you might not have: this is a service similar to Pandora where you can get unlimited music streaming of a huge online catalogue. They haven't rolled out in North America yet, though a friend of mine hooked me up with an invite and I've been using it for a few months. All in all, it's a pretty slick service - though if you're in the USA, a Zune Pass would probably give you better value.

    The one kicker with streaming music services on a mobile device is battery life - as in, after an hour of streaming, your battery might be flat-lined. Something to be aware of!

    Sunday, June 6, 2010

    WM Phone Turned Into A Medical Tricorder

    Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Software" @ 10:00 AM

    Cool, cool software, even if the use of Windows Mobile is incidental. In this case, I don't care what the OS/hardware platform this software initially runs on - every doctor's phone should have it.

    Wednesday, May 26, 2010

    Video Review of the LG Fathom

    Posted by Eriq Cook in "LG Windows Phones" @ 09:07 PM

    "The LG Fathom is Verizon's latest Windows Mobile Pro touchscreen smartphone. It features a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU. It's also the first US phone to run Windows Mobile Pro 6.5.3, which includes a few UI tweaks to make finger operation a bit easier."

    Mobile Tech Review recently posted a 10 minute video review of Verizon's new LG Fathom, one of the first (and probably one of the last) devices to come with Windows Mobile 6.5.3.

    Along with the speedy 1GHz Snapdragon processor, the Fathom also includes dual-mode GSM/CDMA functionality, GPS, b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, a 3.2 megapixel camera and microSD card slot.

    The LG Fathom will go on sale May 27th for $149.99, with two year contract (after a $100 mail-in rebate).

    Anyone plan on picking this up? Check out the video and let us know your thoughts.

    Monday, April 19, 2010

    Happy 10th Anniversary Pocket PC!

    Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 09:35 PM

    "Today, exactly 10 years ago, Microsoft announced at an event in New York's Grand Central Station the immediate availability of the Pocket PC - a brand new product which set the cornerstone for today's Windows Phones. Back in 2000, Microsoft President and CEO Steve Ballmer unveiled new Pocket PC designs from hardware partners like Casio, Compaq, Hewlett-Packard and Symbol. More than 60 companies showcased their Pocket PC solutions in the launch Partner Pavilion and executives from TD Waterhouse Investor Services Inc. and SAP AG joined Ballmer on stage to announce how they are using the new Pocket PCs in customer scenarios."

    I had a mega-disaster of a day/evening (nothing serious, just the time-suck of things going wrong), so I'm late getting to this, but in my timezone at least, I just made it! ;-) Today is the 10 year anniversary of the Pocket PC, the first version of the devices we have today. Palm-sized PCs had a radically different user interface, so while they count in the general evolution of things, they don't have much in common with the Windows phones as we know them today. My friend and fellow MVP Arne Hess has a great write-up about this historic day ten years ago.

    Windows phone 7 isn't here yet, but when it arrives later this year, it will represent a radical departure from Windows Mobile 6.5 devices...truly, the end of an era. For better or worse, Windows phone 7 is the future - and perhaps there's something fitting that it's coming out an even 10 years after the first Pocket PCs were released. 10 years is an eternity for an operating system, especially a mobile operating system, and I'm one of those people that believes Windows Mobile's "Best Before" date was reached around 2008. It's time to move into the future.

    To help celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the Pocket PC, and to celebrate the launch/re-launch of Windows Phone Thoughts (yes, I'm late...), later this week I'm going to be giving away a few things I've been making arrangements for over the past couple of months. Nothing earth-shattering, but a device or two are in the mix thanks to HTC and AT&T. Watch for it!

    And since this is a post about nostalgia...what was your first Pocket PC? And what did you think of it?

    Wednesday, March 31, 2010

    LookTel Leverages Windows Mobile to Assist the Blind

    Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Software" @ 08:30 AM

    "We've seen software and applications designed to assist visually impaired individuals in the past, but nothing's been quite what we're shown in this video. The LookTel software actually allows phones to recognize and audibly identify objects almost instantly."

    Technology is at its best when it enables us to do new things, and this is a great example of Windows Mobile enabling the blind to leverage technology to improve their daily lives. LookTel allows blind users to point a Windows Mobile device equipped with a camera at an object, and the optical character recognition built into the software will read the label on the container and speak it aloud. Custom labels can be made for containers without labels, and the software can be trained to recognize those labels. It's a really neat system that demonstrates the power of technology to fill a need.

    Sunday, March 28, 2010

    Hands on at CTIA with the TerreStar Genus Windows Mobile 6.5.3 Satellite Phone

    Posted by Pete Paxton in "Windows Phone News" @ 09:00 AM

    "Once a year or so we get another look at a Windows Mobile satellite phone, and such is the case with the TerreStar Genus, billed as the world's first smartphone with 3G and satellite capability. Unfortunately there's no hand-off directly from 3G to satellite, so you effectively have to throw a switch from one to the other. But is that really something we worry about? Heck, no! It's a feakin' Windows Mobile 6.5.3 satellite phone!"

    Obviously this isn't for everyone but it is cool. Now when you're out there - and I mean way out there - you can have a cool phone with decent features that works. So if you're an AT&T customer and need a device with satellite features you now have an option. Hit the link to head over to WMExperts site for more info, pics, and a video.

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