Zune HD has multi-touch pinch zooming in IE Mobile browser


Microsoft’s Zune HD official website has always stated the following regarding the on-board version of IE Mobile:

Surf the web anytime, anywhere you have a Wi-Fi connection. Enjoy your favorite websites with a full-featured web browser including tap-to-zoom technology, built-in accelerometer, and touchscreen QWERTY keyboard

Nobody actualy knew what tap-to-zoom actualy is and if the browser will support the pinch gesture to zoom giving that the player sports a multi-touch capacitive panal. Today Ina Fried over at cnet has tis to say about her last hands on with Microsoft upcoming PMP:

One thing that will be available this fall is the Zune HD, Microsoft’s would-be rival to the iPod Touch. Although I had gotten a brief peek at the product in May, I didn’t really get to check out the browser. I played with an updated build of the product on Thursday and was pleasantly surprised to see the browser has the kind of pinch zooming that one finds on the iPhone or in Windows 7. On the down side, I didn’t see anything to indicate it will have serious gaming abilities.

Source: Cnet

Samsung Omnia II review

The boys over at Pocketnow finaly posted their full review of Samsung’s Omnia II. Want to know how it stacks up against HTC’s latest porducts? Head over there and check it out. Here are the Pros and Cons :


Gorgeous AMOLED display
Fantastic battery life
Snappy performance
Great build quality
Includes 8 or 16GB of memory
Has the UMTS 1900 band for US 3G in some areas
Video player can do DiVX
Screen sensitivity is high
Interface is optimized for finger-operation
Widget interface is useful
Has a 3.5mm headphone jack with terrific audio output
Excellent on-screen keyboard choices
Windows Mobile 6.5 upgradable
Camera application is sophisticated
Is TV-Out capable
Has a proximity sensor to turn off display during calls


Outdoor screen visibility is horrible
Attracts fingerprints
Photo and video quality are under whelming
Widget interface can get slow and uses a lot of RAM
Expensive (unsubsidized)
No inbuilt stylus
Crappy case included
No TV-Out cable included
Automatic screen brightness doesn’t work well “

Source: Pocketnow

HTC predicts lower revenue caused by product delay

Today HTC announced that they are lowering their revenue forecast on product delay and launch of cheaper phones. The company’s CEO, Peter Chou is quoted as saying the following :

“Our momentum in the second half of this year may not be as strong as we initially thought it would be”
“The number of mid-tier smartphones we’re pushing out this year will gradually increase, which will push down revenue. Momentum on both the Windows Mobile and Android platforms are also turning out to be weaker than expected.”

The Reuters article doesn’t specify which product was delayed unfortunately.

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Samsung Omnia II Widgets video tour

Brandon from Pocketnow has posted another video tour of the Samsung Omnia II this time showing us the majority of the widgets available through the phone’s TouchWiz 2 UI. There are plenty of them, some more useful than others and you can even download new ones via a widget that redirects the user to Samsung’s widget update site through the Opera browser. Personly I find HTC’s new widget based UI (Sense) to be alot more user freindly, no ?

Source: Pocketnow

Telus launches the HTC Touch Pro 2 and HTC Snap

Canadian carrier Telus has just announced the availabilty of HTC’s latest and greatest Touch Pro 2 (which has a 3.5″ jack) and  Snap. The Touch Pro 2 is priced at 249$ with a 3 years contract ($649,99 without contract) and the Snap should be free with the same 3 years contract (399,99 without it).

For more info head over the Telus site

Source: BGR