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Monday, April 23, 2007

Divx Mobile Player: How The Heck Did We Miss This Release?!

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "SOFTWARE" @ 02:32 PM

During my lunch break today I was sitting around browsing the Internet and watching some streaming Divx videos on one of my favorite sites, Stage6. If you have never been to Stage6 before the best way to describe it would be YouTube for Divx users. I do not know how it happened, or why it happened, but somehow I got thrown to a sub-domain of for mobile devices. Being the nosey person I was, I started browsing around and low and behold, I found out that Divx had quietly released a version of their Divx Player, dubbed Divx Mobile Player, onto the internet! The best part of this delicious find is that this program is 100% free!

If you are a Divx/Xvid user and would like to enjoy your media on the go without paying the outrageous price of most media players out there, then go check out Divx Mobile Player. You do have to sign up for a Stage6 account to download the application but I feel it is a small price to pay for such a juicy little gem! The program is still in release candidate phase, but so far I have been able to enjoy a couple of old Family Guy episodes I had laying around on my memory card as if I was watching them on my computer! :)

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Sharp To Release High Contrast LCD For Mobile Devices

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "HARDWARE" @ 08:09 PM

"As our mobile devices skew from email, voice, and web surfin' to include more multimedia -- think live television and video on demand -- nobody (big emphasis on "nobody") is going to get into live TV on fuzzy, blurry, low res screens. To save us from future misery, Sharp has announced a QVGA 2.2 inch LCD with a 2000:1 contrast ratio, a 176 degree viewing angle, and an 8ms response time. The company expects to ship samples for One-Seg mobile phones (portable Aquos?) this fall, followed by a rollout into its other mobile handsets and cameras shortly thereafter."

I'm not sure if this is news to all of the Windows Mobile Standard users that visit our site. Since the release of the HTC Tornado/Faraday line of handsets, we have been blessed with nothing but sharp, colorful, shiny and beautiful screens. I remember the day I received my Cingular 2125. My jaw almost hit the floor as I was not expecting the screen to be some vibrant! If Sharp can create a screen that can recapture that astonishment, I'm all for it, but I will not hold my breath waiting for it to come along. :)

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  • Source: Engadget Mobile

Monday, April 16, 2007

Dopod to release the HTC Cavalier as Dopod C730 in May

Posted by Pete Paxton in "NEWS" @ 07:00 PM

"The Dopod C720W was one handheld with a sleek design, good performance and a robust set of features. Its successor, the C730, brings to the plate more goodies. One of the first Dopod handhelds to run on the Windows Mobile 6 Standard edition, the C730 is powered by a 400MHz processor with 64MB RAM and 128MB ROM. The quadband (850/900/1,800/1,900MHz) phone comes with 3G, HSDPA, a 2-megapixel CMOS camera and an external memory card slot that supports microSD media up to 2GB. Unlike the C720W with a two-toned silver and black design, the new C730 in one single shade of classic gray. There's also a strip of touch-sensitive controls for the volume, return and email functions on the side of the unit. The Dopod C730 is expected to be available in Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia and The Philippines from May."

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Interestingly, the Cnet article has the HTC Excalibur pictured but is referring to the Dopod C730 (HTC Cavalier). Some reports have the Cavalier as being delayed indefinitely but according to this article, it will be released as the Dopod C730 in selected countries in May. I sure hope that's true. I would love to see the Cavalier come to North America soon. How about you? If released in the US, could the Cavalier be your next smartphone?

UPDATE: Cnet has now updated their site with the picture of the Cavalier.

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Samsung to Release 6 New Windows Mobile Smartphones in 2007?

Posted by Jerry Raia in "NEWS" @ 11:30 AM

"And one more from Samsung! During a press event yesterday, Samsung Electronics Germany unveiled, that it plans to release 6 new (and so far unanounced) Windows Mobile 6 smartphones in 2007! According to Samsung Manager Norbert Strixner, "the classical German mobile phone market has finally reached a kind of market saturation. However, Samsung sees an increasing demand for smartphones in the prosumer and even consumer segment"."

I'm beginning to think there are almost too many Smartphones coming out. Yes choice is good. I must say though, my like of HTC devices is waning. Using the BlackJack for quite some time now has reminded me of how solid Samsung devices are. I still remember how well made the old i600 was. I am looking forward to seeing what Samsung will be offering up. There is some ambiguity though as to whether these will be Standard or Professional devices. :roll:

Monday, March 26, 2007

Cingular Expected To Release Windows Mobile 6 for Top Selling Phones

Posted by Mike Temporale in "NEWS" @ 01:30 PM

"Here is the latest information regarding windows mobile 6.0 and the BlackJack. Samsung and Microsoft are submitting 6.0 software version to Cingular on May 26th. At that time Cingular has 8 weeks to review the OS and give approval. Given the approval all BlackJack from late July time frame going forward will come from the factory with the new 6.0 OS. Also at that time there will be a download for existing BlackJack users who want to upgrade via an Cingular/AT&T hosted website. So yes , given Cingular approval the BlackJack will support windows 6.0 OS."

Smartphone Thoughts reader, Foxbat121 has posted a copy of a letter sent from Samsungs National Accounts Manager that talks about the possibility of Cingular releasing a Windows Mobile 6 update for their 3 top selling phones. If you're questioning the validity of this post, then you might want to read a recent post over on Engadget Mobile that has the exact same information. It's starting to look very promising. I hope I can wait until July. :mrgreen:

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Microsoft Release Windows Mobile Device Emulator 2.0

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "SOFTWARE" @ 02:17 PM

"Following Microsoft's earlier launch of the Windows Mobile 6 SDK, the Windows Mobile team has now released the Microsoft Device Emulator 2.0, which is the second publicly released version of the Device Emulator for ARM-based Devices. This emulator is also being released with the Windows Mobile 6 SDK and the Adaptation Kit (AK) releases of Windows Mobile 6 and Windows Embedded CE 6.0. The Microsoft Device Emulator can be downloaded free of charge from Microsoft."

Woohoo! I have been waiting for Microsoft to release this for a while now. As most people know, I am one of the most impatient human beings on the face of the planet... well, at least when it comes to new toys I am. If you are like me and have been looking to get your hands on the Windows Mobile 6 operating system before all of those fancy new handsets are released, now is your chance! :D

Download: Microsoft Device Emulator 2.0 | Windows Mobile 6 Software Development Kits

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  • Source: the::unwired

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Aspyr Media Announces Call of Duty 2: Release Date in November

Posted by Jason Dunn in "SOFTWARE" @ 12:15 PM

"Aspyr Media, Inc. announced this morning Call of Duty 2 for Pocket PCs is now live on their website. COD2 for Pocket PCs is expected to be released this November. Call of Duty 2 for Pocket PCs and handheld devices is optimized for Intel Corporation�s newest processor family for portable devices (codenamed Monahans) based on third-generation Intel XScale� architecture. Activision's Call of Duty 2 is an award-winning, intense and cinematic first-person action game that transports gamers to the front lines of World War II. With exceptional AI that fights, evades and acts realistically, chaotic battlegrounds with exploding artillery and whizzing bullets, authentic battleground recreation, a vast arsenal of weaponry, and a highly polished gameplay progression, the excitement of the original PC version has been optimized and transported to handhelds."

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I saw a screenshot of this game at Mobius Thailand 2006, but I wasn't expecting to see official release information quite so soon. The specifications for the game are interesting:

Software Version: Any Pocket PC or Smartphone with 28mb of free RAM (300 MHz Intel XScale� processor, SD Card with 32mb)

Hardware accelerated version: Any Pocket PC or Smartphone with the Intel 2700G or Nvidia GoForce 5500 graphics chip (300 MHz Intel XScale� processor, SD Card with 32mb free, 28mb of free RAM)

Definitely not for underpowered devices: most Smartphone owners will have to skip it (except for you Q owners). There's no mention of VGA or QVGA versions, but the screenshots are in VGA, so I'm assuming it means a full-on VGA version as an option. Interesting stuff - but I have to wonder how much pickup there will be for a product like this. I'm not aware of any device shipping that uses the GoForce 5500, and the devices using the Intel 2700G are few and far between. The software version is more compatible, though I wonder what the quality of the graphics will be like. Guess we'll have to wait until November!

Monday, August 28, 2006

O2 Germany to Release the HTC Excalibur Smartphone as O2 Xda Cosmo

Posted by Jerry Raia in "HARDWARE" @ 11:00 AM

"German consumer telecommunication magazine "connect" got a working prototype of the HTC Excalibur in their hands and has published some further information about it in its latest issue. Although its previously been seen with T-Mobile themes, connect indicates that it will be carried by O2 Germany, with XDA branding. According to connect, the O2 Xda cosmo the Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone will be available during September or October of this year. Of course what this means is that European carriers can expect to see it in the next couple of months, while American carriers will probably take another month or two. The Excalibur is HTC's answer to the Motorola Q."

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Where do they come up with these names? The Blackberry killers are finally starting to come out of the factory. Leading the pack is the Q and now Excalibur (or whatever freakish thing it will be called by your carrier). If anyone gets their hands on one of these let us know what you think.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Cingular and HTC Release ROM Update for 2125 Smartphone

Posted by Mike Temporale in "NEWS" @ 06:30 PM

It's been a long time coming, but it's finally here. HTC has posted an updated ROM for the Cingular 2125 Smartphone. It's not listed on the Cingular site - yet. But we're sure it's on the way.

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Jerry, Rocco, and Kris are busy flashing their devices. If everything goes well, and I'm sure it will, they'll be reporting their findings here shortly. This ROM will update the phone to AKU2 for Windows Mobile 5. That means your Smartphone will now have MSFP (Direct Push) and hopefully A2DP (Stereo Bluetooth support). If you're doing the update, please post back here and let us know how things went! :D

Note: Flashing your device with this ROM will cause all of your data to be erased. Any Text Messages, email, home screens, ringtones, camera phone pictures, and what ever else you have on your device will be lost. Please make extra certain that you have sync'ed your device and copied any important data back to your computer before you run this update.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Mobile Client Software Factory � CTP Release of patterns & practices for Windows Mobile Clients

Posted by Kris Kumar in "DEVELOPER" @ 04:00 AM

"Architects and developers identify and discover the proven practices and patterns through application development. This is an extensive process, especially when proven practices and patterns are discovered later in the application life cycle and force application refactoring. Alternatively, development teams can investigate and attempt to identify proven practices and patterns before starting the application development project. This also can be a time consuming and difficult activity because patterns and practices are most easily identified during actual application development. With the Mobile Client Software Factory, architects and developers can quickly incorporate many of the proven patterns and practices of mobile client development. The offering provides you with a set of proven practices that are exposed through patterns, How-to topics, reference implementations, Visual Studio Guidance Automation Toolkit packages, reusable components, and documentation. The factory content guides you through the development of mobile applications based on the Compact Composite User Interface Application Block architecture. By using the factory, architects and developers can focus more of their efforts on implementing business requirements."

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The patterns & practices team has been busy and they have have released a Community Technical Preview of their latest developer building blocks, the Mobile Client Software Factory. I am pretty impressed with the features and the contents of this release, which is aimed at the Windows Mobile 5.0 devices. As someone who tries to code for fun, I know that the Windows Mobile SDK and the .NET Compact Framework has a lot of gaps. The Mobile Client Software Factory and the awesome add-on SDK from the folks fills some of the gaps. The other good news is that the Mobile Client Software Factory will continue to evolve through June 2006 and the team will be publishing weekly updates, so don't forget to check out the updates every week.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Motorola Backpedals on Q Release

Posted by Jerry Raia in "NEWS" @ 06:00 AM

"Last week, the news broke that Motorola was promising to release its next Windows Mobile Smartphone in April. It seems it didn't take long for Motorola to change its mind, as the official page for this device has been changed to say, "Shipping soon." The Motorola Q has been delayed several times already. At one point, its developer's CEO said it might hit the market before the end of last year, but clearly this didn't happen."

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"Shipping soon" are the words you will now read on the official product page. Folks, I believe them too. I have no doubt the crown jewel of the Smartphones will be shipping soon. They are merely tweaking it even more than we could have imagined. Let me help you though with the thing you all want to know: when is soon? I think 2010 is soon and it will be worth the wait! :lol:

Monday, February 27, 2006

Verizon Expected to Release Q This Week

Posted by Mike Temporale in "NEWS" @ 11:15 AM

"We�re not sure how reliable the source is, but in an interview this week, a Motorola design manager told one of your faithful Gizmodo newshounds that the Q could be released as soon as next week. What makes us think it might be legit? He was holding a working model in his hands, and it was up and running on Verizon�s network."

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I don't know that the reasoning is all that sound. After all, I was holding a working Q in my hands back in December of last year. I'm also not too sure how many people care about the Q anymore. Hopefully the launch is coming this week as Gizmodo projects. I'm sure that will help bring back some interest. Here's hoping.

Monday, January 30, 2006

New Release: Snowtam Decoder

Posted by Jerry Raia in "SOFTWARE" @ 11:00 AM

"For professional Pilots a nice tool to decode snowtam. Snowtam decoder running on smartphone so is always on your hands, just insert the 8 digits snowtam and read the plain text."

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Let it never be said we don't bring you everything you might ever need Smartphone wise. For those of you who need to decode the Snowtam codes in your METAR well here you go. If you aren't a pilot you may have no idea what I am talking about. I believe these codes are only used in Europe. I have never seen them on US METAR reports. Of course I spend most of my time flying on the west coast. :D

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Raspberry Software Release TrueConnect

Posted by Jerry Raia in "SOFTWARE" @ 09:00 AM

"True Connect (Anglian Business Award for Technology Winner) provides the ability to directly control your mobile device using the PC mouse & keyboard. Control is initiated by simply moving the mouse cursor off the PC monitor, onto the connected mobile device screen."

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For those of you who tried the Technical Preview of this the first release is here. If you haven't tried it get over there! There is a 14 day trial. I have not tried this yet but intend to do so.

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Sunday, December 4, 2005

More Info on the Cingular 2125 Smartphone - Release Expected Soon

Posted by Mike Temporale in "NEWS" @ 05:00 AM

We have managed to get our hands on some promotional material for the new Windows Mobile 5 Cingular 2125 Smartphone. You can expect this device to start showing up in stores sometime over the course of the coming weeks. I don't know what day will be the official release day, but it will start showing up very soon. ;) Next up, I have some price information for you. I know we've seen some suggested prices already, but these are as close to official as you can get considering the phone has not actually launched yet. The phone will sell for $399.99 without a contract. If you add a 1 year contract the price drops to $349.99 and a 2 year plan will drop the plan to $299.99. There is also a $100 mail-in rebate, bringing the price down to $249.99 and $199.99. :D Finally, we also got our hands on this pretty little flyer showing off the new 2125 - with it's Quasimodo style hump and all. You should start to find this flyer in your local store by the end of the week. User submitted imageClick on the image to see a larger version. (570x700 / 238KB)

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Itsy Tipsy Release from HailFire

Posted by Mike Temporale in "SOFTWARE" @ 12:00 PM

"Itsy Tipsy is a well-balanced arcade hit with gameplay tweaked and tuned to the caliber of the classics. It was designed for mobile phones, so the controls require only your thumb, and the graphics are clear enough to play while you walk. It's a ten-minute game at most, designed for the real mobile phone user who wants an engrossing game with lots of replayability to kill small chunks of time in his day. The player controls Lacie, the spider emcee, with the 4 directional arrows and moves her around the hourglass-shaped web. Her job is to fill her customers' orders by collecting matching flies."

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This looks like it could be a lot of fun. Itsy Tipsy is available for Windows Mobile 2002 and 2003 based devices. You can download the demo or purchase the full version for $9.99 from the developers web site.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

T-Mobile To Release SDA Smartphone This Week?

Posted by Kris Kumar in "NEWS" @ 02:00 PM

According to bizwarrior on, G4 Video Game Television showed the upcoming T-Mobile SDA on one of its TV shows called the Attack of the Show. Not only did they show the much awaited Wi-Fi and EDGE enabled T-Mobile SDA, the show mentioned that T-Mobile is releasing it this week. 8O :clap:

bizwarrior said: "I just saw a segment on G4TV on the AOTS show where they had 3 samples of phones to be released next week. One of them was the SDA which is suppose to be the HTC Amadeus branded by T-Mobile. The reviews I have seen on this phone have been excellent. Here is the G4 web page link from the show where they previewed these phones. They also showed the SDA streaming video from the web by wifi. Very impressive."

I am keeping my fingers crossed and hoping that this information is true. Wish the episode in question was available online on the G4 Video Game Television website. :-( If somebody has access to the channel or has seen the episode, can please confirm if this news is true. The Attack of the Show blog confirms that they received three T-Mobile phones for review but unfortunately the link they have posted for the SDA is not correct. Which needless to say makes things a bit confusing. :? Personally I am a bit tired of all these speculations, rumors and news reports. I want this Smartphone in the stores now!

Update: According our reader hummeriah, who watched the replay of the show, the presenters stated that the new phones will be launched next month. :-)

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Monday, May 30, 2005

O2 Gets Ready to Release the Xphone IIm

Posted by Jerry Raia in "HARDWARE" @ 01:00 PM

The specs are out and it appears the Xphone IIm will be released soon. This phone looks pretty darn good so if your interested check out the spec page. Will we see it here in North America? It doesn't look like it so far. :cry:

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Thursday, May 5, 2005

Eleksen to Release a Bluetooth Fabric Keyboard

Posted by Mike Temporale in "HARDWARE" @ 12:45 PM

"I was a big fan of the Eleksen fabric keyboard when I've used the original Orange SPV and the i-mate Smartphone. However, it had one problem - it was directly linked to these devices (because of its stand and connector). But the idea was simply great. Anyway, Eleksen confirmed that they are going to release a follower of the SPV specific fabric keyboard - this time more generic and with Bluetooth! "

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I had one of the older fabric keyboards that Arne mentions and I agree with Arne, the idea was great. In reality, the keyboard was not something that you could unroll and quickly pound out an email with. It's basically two pieces of fabric with little sensors in-between. When you push down on a key, you end up pressing on the sensor. The problem is that the two pieces of fabric were only stuck together around the edge, and not in the middle. So if you tried to type quickly the fabric would move around and it would often miss a letter or two. However, the new version looks a little more refined, and the Bluetooth addition certainly helps as well. According to Arne, the keyboard will be released in Q2 and will see for around $99.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Orange France Release Windows Media Player 10 Update for the C500!

Posted by Jerry Raia in "SOFTWARE" @ 02:00 PM

"Blimey, look at this! If you're a French SPV C500 user, you can get Windows Media Player 10 in this update from Orange France, which will move your handset up to version"

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It is always nice to see when providers offer their customers the latest upgrades. Some North American counterparts could learn a lesson here...not to mention any names. :worried:

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