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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Vintage Windows Mobile Commercials

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 02:30 PM

"We came across some interesting commercials that aired many years ago for several Windows Mobile phones. The below commercials are from the HTC TyTN, the Compaq iPaq 3800, the HP iPAQ 614 Business Navigator, the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1, and, for good measure, the Sony Clie. Remember these devices? Are there any vintage mobile device commercials that you'd like to share?" has dug up some vintage Windows Mobile commercials - some aren't really that old - but it inspired me to dig up a video file that I'd been saving since 2000 and upload it to YouTube. Above, you'll see the original Pocket PC promo video created for the then brand-new platform. Wow, does that bring back memories or what? It really shows you how amazing the devices were for the time - you can hear them making jabs at Palm devices, the dominant competition in 2000. I miss those days sometimes...things seemed much simpler back then when devices were mostly disconnected. ;-)

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Broadcom Introduces 3G Chipset Solution to Enable High-Speed, Low Cost Smartphone Devices

Posted by Pete Paxton in "Windows Phone News" @ 07:00 AM

"Designed in Broadcom's proven 65 nanometer CMOS process, the new '3G phone-on-a-chip' and RF solution enables manufacturers to build low cost, low power, next generation 3G HSUPA phones with breakthrough features, sleek form factors and very long battery lives. Utilizing an integrated ARM11® processor that is capable of running popular open operating systems (such as Windows Mobile® and AndroidTM), the Broadcom® BCM21553 HSUPA baseband processor can run innovative new applications and download media files at a much faster speed, resulting in sophisticated and affordable handsets, and a more satisfying smartphone experience."

I guess there's really nothing not to like about this. Low cost, high speed, and long battery life. I like each of those features in a smartphone. From what I read it sounds like the graphic's chip will be powerful along with support for at least an 8 megapixel camera. I'd like to see all this sooner than later. Now we just need to figure out what the statements "low cost" and "long battery lives" actually mean. I suppose time will tell but for the most part the future sounds pretty good.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Ageye Infinity Skin Yet Another Way to Make WinMo 6.5 Suck Less

Posted by Pete Paxton in "Windows Phone Software" @ 07:00 AM

"If you don't have the good fortune of owning a Windows Mobile 5 or 6.x device that came preinstalled with a replacement UI (like TouchFLO, for instance) and you haven't ponied up for something like SPB Mobile Shell, there's a new kid on the block that might be worth your attention."

Could it be that Microsoft leaves out the cool features on purpose? Is it to give other companies the opportunities to create software to sell? If the Ageye Infinity add on was a natural part of 6.5, boy would we be talking. Instead it seems that MS throws out a minimal upgrade and let's other companies spruce it up. While this is a slick extension, it feels like Windows Mobile is still playing catch up. I want to see something innovative from the wealthiest company in the world. Apple's doing it. Google's doing it. Ok, now that I'm done ranting, it is a cool program. Hit the link for a video and more info.

Xbox Live Coming to Windows phones

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home News" @ 04:00 AM

"While the news has been coming for some time now, you always need to break out a confirmation to make everything official. And it's now official: Xbox Live is on its way to mobile phones. The service will be known as "Xbox LIVE Games" (catchy!), and looks to be available only on phones operating a mobile version of Windows."

Xbox Live on Windows phones? Hmm. Could be interesting - assuming, that is, that it turns out to be more than the tease that we've seen in the past and never materialized into anything.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

SPB Language Flash Cards

Posted by Pete Paxton in "Windows Phone Software" @ 08:00 AM

"Traditional flash cards for learning foreign languages enhanced with smartphone technologies like photos, native speakers' dubbing, learning progress visualization, smart adaptive algorithm, and detailed statistics. The program helps you to skip the stage of translating a word into your mother tongue first, but memorizing a direct match of a subject and a foreign word instead."

Would you like to learn a foreign language? According to SPB Software you can begin by using their flash cards. There are pictures with words, voice translation, and over 65 categories per language. With over 13 different languages to choose from, you're bound to find one you want. Perhaps you could even become trilingual. Each language is $9.95 which isn't bad if you actually feel like you're learning a new language.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Windows Mobile Losing Market Share

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone News" @ 01:00 PM

"If our kindergarten skills haven't failed us, then this data shows iPhone usage surpassing the once mighty Windows Mobile OS for the very first time. Unfortunately for Microsoft, Google's Android OS is set to accelerate significantly by the time the February 2010 data rolls in as is WebOS just as soon as Palm can bring its fledgling OS to Verizon's subscriber base."

Well, it was on the cards and had to happen sooner or later - Windows Mobile is now third in terms of actual handsets in consumer hands in the US, with just 7.1 million units compared to Apple's 8.9 million and RIM's 14.9 million. I'll forbear to comment on the obvious implications for Microsoft. Read the original FierceDeveloper scoop here and the press release from comScore here (incidentally, comScore's actual tagline focused more on Android's gains rather than Apple's). The real kickers are some of the supplementary survey questions that were published in the press release - out of the thirteen specifically mentioned handsets most users were planning to purchase, only one was a Windows Mobile device (AT&T Tilt), at just 2% of respondents. The media consumption results are also pretty damning. Where, oh where, is WM7?

Wednesday, December 16, 2009


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

"GPS.SOS! is a program for Windows Mobile phones, or Windows Phones.It allows you, in some situation, to send SMS message alert,with your current location read from GPS Receiver. The Recipient will get your alert message with your known location.He can call-back and your phone will answer automatically, and turn the speakerphone mode.If Recipient uses the same program, he can view your location on the map image in a few seconds."

This looks interesting. Right from the ol' "I've fallen and I can't get up!" days. Press the button stating GPS.SOS and it signals someone that you need assistance. There's a video on their site but I couldn't get it to play for me. There's a fully functional 7 day trial so you can give it a shot without risk. I suppose this could be useful for certain people in certain situations. If you try it, please come back and let us all know what it's like and how well it works.

Facade 2.1 Released

Posted by Pete Paxton in "Windows Phone Software" @ 05:00 AM

"With Facade 2.1 we have our new Skins Arena service included!, which can be accessed either from a PC or directly from Facade! To access Façade Skins Arena from your Smartphone, enter Façade Settings and choose the "More skins online" option from the right softkey menu. Additionally you can add the new Skins Launcher button to your Façade launcher section for quick access to the Skins Arena. When this option is selected, your phone's web browser will open a page that shows all downloadable skins that are compatible with your phone's resolution and orientation. This allows you to easily download the skin directly to the phone, automatically installing it and selecting the new skin as your new home screen layout!"

I like Facade. It gives Windows Mobile a very useful professional look. If you're a 2.0 user you'll get Facade 2.1 for free. If not, it's only $14.95 and it includes the new skins arena where you can download tons of skins until you find the one that fits you. I like the one pictured. There's quite a few new features and a 12 day trial so it couldn't hurt to head over and give it a shot. If you're a Facade user, speak up and let us know how you like it.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Microsoft Isn't Giving Up on Windows Mobile

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 02:30 PM

"It hasn't been a good day for anyone working on Microsoft's Windows Phone team. This morning, IDC made the ridiculous prediction that the number of iPhone/iPod touch applications would triple to 300,000 by end of 2010. Later, here at Betanews, Carmi Levy slammed Microsoft's Windows mobile strategy. Yes, Windows Mobile is down -- really low -- but the operating system isn't bad. The mobile OS is good at the core, meaning the kernel, and multitasks pretty well. It's the user interface and partner model that needs a makeover -- and awfully fast."

Joe Wilcox over at BetaNews has written an article on the state of Windows Mobile, and he implores Microsoft not to give up on Windows Mobile as some are suggesting, but to instead "call for help" in changing things. There's not much I can comment on here except to say that it's not a coincidence that the latest version of Windows Mobile is 6.5, two and a half years after Windows Mobile 6 was announced. Microsoft may have been in the dot-release-doldrums for the past couple of years, but they have their eye on the future and are moving towards it in a big way. Though I know many will find that hard to believe, listening to the past few speeches from Steve Ballmer it's clear that he admits as a company Microsoft has stumbled with Windows Mobile.

There's synergy between the Zune, Xbox, and Windows Mobile teams - check out this job listing for a place called Pioneer Studios and read the description. Then read between the lines of that job description and think about what that means. J Allard is driving this bus, and all those teams are aboard. It's hard to be a fan of Windows Mobile right now, no doubt about it, but I've seen a glimpse of the future and I really liked what I saw.

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Posted by Pete Paxton in "Windows Phone News" @ 11:30 AM

Fictionwise is offering a special deal for Windows Phone Thoughts readers. Simply use the code "thoughts25" during the checkout process and receive 25% off your purchase. Now you can go grab some ebooks for your Windows Mobile device and have some reading material for the holidays. The coupon expires Tuesday, December 15th so hurry up and go get some books. Happy reading!

HP Lets iPAQ Glisten Out of the Box

Posted by Pete Paxton in "Windows Phone News" @ 07:00 AM

"The AT&T-bound iPAQ Glisten from HP has been unboxed for our viewing pleasure, video of which can be found immediately after the break. If you're not in such a hurry though, you'll want to know it's an AMOLED-fronted, Qualcomm-powered (533MHz) WinMo 6.5 device, which brings the BlackBerry form factor sans the RIM user experience, but plus a touchscreen. Another thing to note is that AT&T's online store will be the only place to get it, at the already announced $179.99 after rebates on a two-year deal. The video does a good job of comparing HP's return to the mobile space with a pair of similar devices, and we're left with the impression that it's a pretty chunky machine, but as usual we recommend seeing it for yourself -- and you already know where to find it."

I wonder how well the Glisten will do? Looks a ton like the Curve but I'm not sure if that's enough to convince people to buy it. Blackberry lovers seem to like their Blackberries because well - because they're Blackberries. Is a look alike with Windows Mobile 6.5 enough to perk interest? Will the touch screen on this form factor as well as beautiful screen be enough to shell out $180 for? My thought is that I probably won't be seeing these in the hands of most. What do you all think? Does it stand a chance or is it already on its way out the door?

Monday, December 7, 2009

HTC's 1H 2010 Portfolio Floating Around the Net

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Windows Phone News" @ 10:30 AM

"If you live and die by HTC, you might be very excited to know that the company's portfolio for the first half of 2010 has been leaked online. HTC's portfolio was presented in Vienna back in October in a global meeting, and now it's available for us to see. The phones are broken down by category: Design, Performance, Social and Productivity (can't a phone be two or more?). Lined up are a number of Windows Mobile 6.5 devices and Android devices, so we hope you're sitting down for this one."

Boy Genius report has a number of tidbits about HTC's upcoming headsets (They and other sites like Gizmodo got it from Android and Me) and does a good job rounding all the information up. For those of us who make HTC our preferred phone vendor, it's nice to get a glimpse behind the curtain every so often.

Friday, November 27, 2009

New Native Keyboard Comes to WinMo 6.5.3

Posted by Pete Paxton in "Windows Phone News" @ 10:00 AM

"Over at XDA, they've gotten their hands on Windows Mobile 6.5 build 28002, which they're calling 6.5.3. One of the more significant changes in the new build is the addition of a more refined on-screen keyboard. The default on-screen keyboard of Windows Mobile versions of the past wasn't particularly well suited towards finger-friendly operation. Thankfully, HTC and other OEM have been there to provide better solutions, although it seems that going forward, there will be this better native keyboard options."

Well looky here! The fine folks over at PocketNow have provided a screenshot of a new keyboard design for 6.5.3. I like it. It's about time Windows Mobile came out with a cool usable touch screen keyboard. I hope it's as good in person as it seems hear. I know there are other options but it just seems a comfortable user friendly keyboard should just be part of the OS. What do you think? Does the design appear to be heading in the right direction?

Monday, November 23, 2009

JKOnTheRun Breaks Down WinMo Vs. Android

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 12:30 PM

"The hot platform of the two is definitely Android, but Windows Mobile still has a lot to offer. While criticized for being an aging platform that has been around seemingly forever, the evolution of the WinMo ecosystem is, in fact, an advantage. If only Microsoft would make that clear."

WinMo is not hot compared to Android, that's for sure, but James Kendrick offers some insightful thoughts on the pros and cons of both platforms. Personally, I'm a fan of both (Android currently living in my pocket, WinMo 6.5 currently living in my bag - however that switches periodically!). The choice is up to the user, but it certainly isn't an easy one by a long shot. Windows Mobile is far from being the featureless wasteland sometimes described by those in the Android and iPhone camps!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Konami Releases 6 Games for Windows Mobile

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Pocket PC Software" @ 01:30 AM

"Konami has recently announced its 6 applications for Windows Mobile: Dance Dance Revolution S, Mobile Pawafuru Proyakyu (baseball game), Konami Sudoku, Konami Solitaire as well as the shooting games Gradius II and TwinBee. Except for the Mobile Pawafuru Proyakyu (available only in Japan) , all of them will be able to be downloaded not only in Japan but also in the US and Canada."

Konami, known for games the world over (and for codes that bear their name), is set to release 6 games for Windows Mobile in the upcoming months. And to think, their are people who think Windows Mobile isn't a fun platform!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Mini-Microsoft on the State of Windows Mobile

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Talk" @ 11:09 AM

"Holy. Crap. I don't think we have any unbruised skin left on our body to take any more lumps regarding our mobile strategy. The Microsoft Mismanagement theory is in full force as we throw any willing body into the Mobile effort...Look. Let's talk about device loyalty. I first started with owning PocketPCs. An HP Jornada. I loved it. When upgrade time came, HP had bought Compaq and abandoned the Jornada for the iPAQ (what, they had the iThing first?). So, unable to upgrade to the next CE, I cursed a little and bought one of those iPAQs. But HP decided not to allow it to be upgraded. So I switched to Dell to get their latest Axim PocketPC. Dell would be a safe bet, right? And Dell gave up on the line. My latest act of company loyalty: getting a powerful HTC WinMo 6 device. It was cut-off the 6.5 train, and soon, I'm going to be buying a new phone. And I'm going to buy an iPhone."

The blog run by Mini-Microsoft has always been a fascinating read, though I confess I haven't checked it out in quite a few months - I really wish there was an RSS to Email subscription form because I'm RSS-phobic now. But I digress...Mini-Microsoft is a Microsoft employee, likely in a fairly senior position, who uses anonymity to write some very poignant things about the state of Microsoft as a company. His (her?) take on the state of mobile at Microsoft is particularly accurate - Microsoft's decision years ago to completely cede authority to the carriers has resulted in a long string of bad decisions and poor treatment of customers. The carriers may want customers to think of their expensive smartphones are being disposable, but most customers don't think that way when they've spend $200+ (or much more unlocked) for a high-end smartphone. Mini-Microsoft correctly pegs this problem as one of leadership - and while I hear things are getting better, these new leaders have a lot of damage to undo.

I read recently that one of the reasons why Microsoft hasn't done better in the mobile space is because the revenues simply don't amount to much - Microsoft never took this space seriously in the past because it wasn't making enough money off it. They entered this business because they felt they should be in the space rather than let their competitors completely control it - just look at the Zune for another example of this - but ultimately, they didn't really care about it. Given what we've heard from Steve Ballmer over the past 12 months about Windows Mobile, I think that the leadership finally does care about the mobile space. The question is, what are they going to do about it?

Monday, November 9, 2009

Bsquare Takes Over Licensing Of Windows Mobile

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Pocket PC News" @ 07:00 AM

"Just when I thought Windows phones had already one too many layers between the end-user and Microsoft, they've just decided to add in one more for good measure. Announced today, Microsoft has signed on a third-party, Bsquare, to be the first and currently exclusive distributor for Windows Mobile licenses worldwide."

This seems to be a total outsourcing move. According to the blog post, not only will Bsquare take over licensing of the OS to mobile phone manufacturers, but they will "also provide reference designs, communication stacks, technical support, training, testing and the like to OEMs."

Licensing doesn't bother me. That is the business end of Windows Mobile and has little to do with the platform itself. I do worry though that by turning over testing, tech support, reference designs, testing and more that Microsoft is further insulated from the device maker, retailer and end user. I am not sure how this will lead to improving the platform overall. Windows Mobile is woefully behind the competition in the marketplace today. Does anyone think this will help close the gap? I'd love to hear the reasoning behind such a view because the logic of it totally escapes me.

Friday, October 9, 2009

iSuppli Says "Reports of Windows Mobile’s Death are Greatly Exaggerated"

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Articles" @ 10:00 AM

"Despite intensifying competition and the loss of some high-profile licensees, the usage of Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Mobile operating system in smart phones will nearly triple from 2009 to 2013, allowing it to reclaim the No.-2 position in the global market, according to iSuppli Corp In 2013, 67.9 million smart phones will use the Windows Mobile operating system, up from 27.7 million in 2009. This will give Windows Mobile a 15.3 percent share of the global market in 2013, second only to the Symbian operating system, which will control 47.6 percent."

Analysts are a big like fortune tellers: no one ever goes back to check their track record to see how often they're wrong. iSupply is predicting that by 2013, Windows Mobile will control 15.3% of the global market share, second only to Symbian. Sound far-fetched? Maybe not - it's important to remember that on a world-wide scale, Apple's iPhone and RIM's Blackberry devices are still minuscule players compared to the global number of phones shipped. As a Windows Mobile enthusiast, it's easy for me to look at the current situation and think "Oh, that's it, Windows Mobile is doomed". Taking a step back and looking at the bigger picture, the reality is far different: the fancy smartphones we've been using for years are still only a blip on the world-wide market of cell phones. Most of the world doesn't yet own a smartphone, so there's a long way to go for all the big players.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Samsung Omnia II for Verizon Makes Appearance

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 06:00 AM

"We finally got a good, hard look at the Verizon-customized version of Samsung's Omnia II, and we've got good news and bad news: the good news is that the phone's a darker, more reasonable shade in person than it was in that press shot we'd seen before, but the bad news is that we've confirmed it's running 6.1. Anyone daring to release a 6.1 phone at this point is at serious risk of getting laughed out of the room unless they offer an upgrade path mere minutes afterwards"

The 6.1 default is a bit annoying at this point, so hopefully when this gets released a 6.5 upgrade will already be available online. That's wishful thinking of course, but it still might not be enough to sway users either way! Who is in the mood for some Verizon Omnia II action in the near future?

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Ballmer Confirms Zune Coming To Windows Mobile!

Posted by David Tucker in "Zune News" @ 12:53 PM

"What is Zune HD? Zune HD is a couple things. Number one, Zune HD is a music player with a nice music service. By the way, the same software will be available on Windows Phones and Windows PCs. You have that today on the PC, you'll see that in our phone environment as well."

Straight from Ballmer's mouth to your eyes and ears. Ballmer dropped this tasty morsel during an interview with CNET. Now of course there is no mention of WHEN, but like, I believe it won't happen until the Windows Mobile 7 OS launches. Even the most powerful of the current crop of Windows Mobile devices probably would choke on a full Zune HD experience.

This is, without a question, excellent news. Microsoft desperate needs to integrate its different platforms in an intelligent way and this is absolutely one of them. I no longer use Windows Mobile (I switched to Android almost a year ago) and I was just saying today I can't see a reason I'd come back. This could be a reason. This would be a major upgrade over WMP at least!

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