Windows Marketplace for Mobile Anti-Piracy Whitepaper

Microsoft has just published a anit-piracy whitepaper aimed at Windows Mobile developers. The most intersting bit is that two levels of protections are available for the developer to choose, standard & advanced. Nothing really fancy though:

The downside is that the advanced protection won’t be availble to devs until December 2009, ouch.
For more info you can donwload the PDF here.
WM anti-piracy

Source: Microsoft

Motorola Tao (Sholes) shown running Google Maps

Nothing really exciting but these are apparently the first real pictures of the Motorola Tao(Sholes) running Android & the Google Maps application. There’s also a picture of the 1300mhA bettery.

Source: HowardForum via PhoneArena

Sprint lowers the price on the Touch Pro2 to match Verizon

According to this thread over at PPCGeeks, starting October 1 Sprint is lowering the price of their Touch Pro2 to $199 (similar to Verizon). Sprint users who have already purchased the device within 30days can also ask Sprint for a partial refund.

Source PPCGeeks via Engadget

HTC HD2 (Leo) appears in O2 catalog


Here’s even more confirmation that the HTC HD2 / Leo is close to hit the streets in the UK (and Europe?). The page scan above is from UK Mobile Operator O2′s catalog. Funny that the Formula 1 game in the picture loks like Sega’s Virtua Racer. HTC’s official announcement will probably take place in a few days (October 6 ?) as it’s now rumored to hit O2 on Otcober 26th.

Source: Peter W. via Engadget

Windows Marketplace for Mobile Application Submission Video Walkthrough

The Windows Mobile Team has just posted a short video walkthrough aimed a developers wishing to submit their applications the Windows Marketplace for Mobile launching alongside Windows Mobile 6.5 on October 6.

Soource: Windows Mobile Team Blog via Twitter

Another in-depth Nokia N900 Maemo 5 hadware and software preview

Wow this must be the longest phone preview I’ve read in a while. Michal over at My-Symbian took an in-depth look at Nokia‘s latest and greatest a slapped a 4 pages long preview of the device and the Maemo 5 OS filled with screenshots, video samples, picutres etc. There’s so much info in there I don’t even know what to say. Just read it! Here’s his pros and cons:

What’s hot:

- VERY high performance: powerful OMAP3430 processor, hardware gfx and video acceleration, lots of operating memory
- rock stable
- great, high quality WVGA screen (I wouldn’t mind it being capacitive, but it’s responsive enough for it not to be an issue)
- fully functional as a mobile phone, well integrated with the rest of the system
- all connectivity options one could think of
- fast and stable 3G/HSDPA connectivity
- great, fully integrated support for VoIP, e.g. Skype
- BEAUTIFUL user interface, powerful, intuitive, easy to use
- advanced home screen: four separate desktops, support for widgets, fully customizable
- both stylus and finger friendly control
- Calendar, Contacts, Office suite finally present on Maemo (compared to previous Tablets) and more advanced than on S60 phones
- GPS receiver is very fast and sensitive, much faster than on S60 phones (except for the Omnia HD)
- high quality camera and video recording
- hardware keyboard
- good and fast web browser, compatible with virtually all websites I tested it with, fully supporting Flash (and all kinds of Flash videos), Ajax, Javascript, etc.
- fantastic video playback, crisp and smooth.

What’s not: (maybe just on the tested prototype?)

- no handwriting recognition
- storage memory for installable applications limited to ridiculous 256 MB, all the remaining gigabytes available for documents and data files only WTH??
- lack of d-pad (it’s an Nseries device, so some people would like to play games on it!)
- the keyboard is nice, but could be even better (to attract Communicator users)
- the display seems to be easily scratchable; screen protector or carrying case are recommended to protect it
- lens cover does not scratch the lens (like on the N97) but it does scratch the part of the casing it slides over
- since the memory card is hot swappable, why there’s no access to it from the outside?
- some sort of hardware “Home” button quickly switching to the Desktop would be really useful
- no audio equalizer
- Nokia, PLEASE, add voice dialing!
- no Java support, even just Java MIDP
- very limited support for Profiles, only “General” and “Silent”, no possibility to create own profiles, no timed Profiles, etc.
- the touch display “de-calibrating” from time to time on the tested unit, probably due to early, pre-release firmware.
- no MMS support.

What hasn’t been tested on the current proto and will be updated when I get hold of a newer firmware:

- voice navigation
- Bluetooth
- FM transmitter
- power consumption / battery life
- FM radio (if it’s there, which is unclear).

Source: My-Symbian thanks for the tip ceroberts75

Massive Nokia N900 Maemo 5 review

Eldar over at mobile-review just posted a massive review of Nokia’s Maemo 5 OS running on the N900. Nothing is left out, from the UI to the mapping software, the task manager, messaging application, social media integration etc.
Here’s a snipet:

Owners of the previous generations of Nokia’s Internet Tablets (Nokia N800/N810) will find the N900 familiar to a certain extent, although its interface has undergone a whole plethora of minor, yet welcome enhancements. The first thing you come across is the absence of the Back button – to dismiss pop-ups (context menus) that are brought up by clicking on the screen, all you need to do is press on any area of the screen outside the menu. Needless to say, it’s a very intuitive way of navigation, and what’s more it works across all applications, or, I should say the vast majority of them, as I managed to find one place where it didn’t.

As far as the mass market is concerned, the Nokia N900 and its Maemo5 interface is in a league of its own. Although Maemo5 does employ some icons from S60′s UI, as well as from the previous version of the OS (Hildon UI), this doesn’t mean it offers even remotely similar experience. Being merely small gears in the user interface, these icons can change from theme to theme, along with wallpapers. Speaking of which, Maemo5 offers pretty flexible tools for setting up the user interface, in fact they are not much worse than those found in S60.

The N900 has 2Gb reserved for user applications (as opposed to 90Mb in earlier firmware versions).

So if you have some free time head over here and educate yourself.

Eldar also notes that another Nokia Maemo 5 device is planned to be released in 2010 (possibly an N900 without the sliding keyboard)

Source: Mobile-Review

Motorola CLIQ on T-Mobile next month for $200 on contract

Motorola cliq presale
This sounds a bit more expensive than I thought. But if you really want Motorola‘s first Android device you’ll have to wait until October 19th to pre-order the CLIQ and shell out $200 with a two years contract.

CLIQ Registration Begins Today; Customer Pre-Sale Begins Oct. 19

BELLEVUE, Wash. -Sept. 29, 2009 – T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced the Motorola CLIQ™, the first Android™-powered device from Motorola Inc. and the first device to feature the innovative MOTOBLUR™ solution, will be available for pre-sale for existing T-Mobile customers starting Oct. 19 at

Customers who order the CLIQ during the pre-sale period, Oct. 19–Nov. 1, will have an opportunity to be one of the first in the U.S. to experience T-Mobile’s latest Android-powered phone, which automatically syncs and streams social messaging updates, text messages, and work and personal e-mail directly to the home screen. Devices ordered during pre-sale will be shipped to customers as orders are received and will include a complimentary car charger. The CLIQ will be available exclusively to eligible T-Mobile customers for $199.99 with a two-year service agreement.*

Beginning today, customers can visit to register for CLIQ updates, learn more about the phone and check out a demo of MOTOBLUR. Those that register to receive CLIQ updates are entered into a grand prize sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip with five friends to one of four select destinations. In addition, those that register before Oct. 19 will also have the opportunity to instantly win a new CLIQ.

The pre-sale website is here

Source: T-Mobile

SPB Mobile Shell 3.5 released & reviewed

SPB Software has just announced the availability of SPB Mobile Shell 3.5 hich brings some news features and improvement to the best selling and most famous Windows Mobile third-party UI.

Taipei, September 30th, 2009 – SPB Software, a leading mobile software developer and a holder of numerous globally recognized mobile application awards, officially announced the release of SPB Mobile Shell 3.5 for Windows Mobile today at a press event in Taipei, Taiwan.

SPB Mobile Shell has been publicly recognized as the best-selling mobile application across all smartphone platforms for three consecutive years: 2007, 2008 and 2009. By encapsulating support for gravity sensors and 3D hardware accelerators, the new version offers a thrilling, easy and fun to use interaction model with eye-catching 3D visual effects. For example, browsing email and text messages unfolds an intuitive animation offering both natural and engaging user experience.

SPB Mobile Shell 3.5 is all about customization and personalization. By incorporating great feedback from partners and customers, SPB Mobile Shell 3.5 increases flexibility in personalization and customization, enabling partners to build their own preferred styles with reduced time-to-market and low commercial risks. SPB Mobile Shell 3.5 works well with Microsoft’s most recent Windows Mobile 6.5 release.

The new release presents several additional widgets supporting social networks like Facebook and Twitter, enhanced Internet searching with instant suggestions and many others.

“This version clearly shows where SPB Software is going,” – says Sebastian-Justus Schmidt, CEO of SPB Software. “We are on the way to make it even more flexible for user personalization, as well as being a great partner for phone manufacturers and mobile operators. The fast changing market needs the right user interface with great flexibility in customization. And we are well prepared for the demand.”

In addition to numerous OEMs that already license SPB Mobile Shell, SPB Software has announced several new partnerships, involving China’s ZTE, Huawei and the biggest China-based OEM K-Touch. At the event SPB Software has also announced signing of a significant agreement with MediaTek, a leading fabless semiconductor company for wireless communications and digital multimedia solutions.

Pricing and Availability
SPB Mobile Shell 3.5 is available for Windows Mobile touchscreen devices (works on WM 5 or higher) from September 30th and on. A free trial version working for 15 days with some restrictions can be downloaded, or the full version can be purchased for $29.95 from All registered user of SPB Mobile Shell 3.x can upgrade it to the version 3.5 for free.

WMexperts also managed to post a full review of this new release:

All in all, we are quit impressed with the updated version of Mobile Shell. SPB Mobile Shell has traditionally focused on putting more functionality at your fingertips and the updated version maintains that tradition really well. Add the vast amount of customization that is present and you get the flash with the functionality. Resulting in another outstanding application from SPB Software.

Source: SPB Software

Leaked HTC Leo / HD2 rom confirms the presence of a Digital Compass again

HTC Leo Compass
As we reported a few days ago the HTC HD2 aka Leo features a digital compass like all Android smartphones, the iPhone 3GS and the Samsung Omnia II. Today we’ve got another confirmation this time straight from the devices rom. Fards over at XDA notes:

but the latest 2 rom version have a totally new, not seen before, NOT test app digital compass..
This is written in LUA..
Its new, it’s not something that’s been on other devices.

alas it doesn’t seem to work on existing hardware (I’ve not got a leo to test with).

What the app does is allow you set a destination, then the compass points in that direction, based on where you are and your heading..
this is as far as I’ve gleaned from playing with it..

So there you have it, the HTC Leo / HD2 perfectly meets the Windows Mobile 7 Chassis 1 specs.

Source: XDA via WMPoweruser

More Microsoft Courier details and speculations

Gizmodo just posted some new info they’ve got about Microsoft’s booklet/tablet prototype the Courier. They’ve posted a second video showing the Courier being used as a journal/scrapbook.

The heart of Courier appears to what’s called the “infinite journal,” which is what it sounds like: A journal/scrapbook that is endless, bound only by storage constraints (presumably). Hopefully they will call it something less awkward. The journal can actually be published online, and it’s shown here as able to be downloaded in three formats: a Courier file, Powerpoint or PDF. There’s also a library that looks a lot like Delicious Library, where things like subscriptions, notebooks and apps, are stored.

The video demonstrates the abilitiy ot cut/copy/pastefrom any part of a webpage in the browser and drag it to the second screen/page which acts are your scrapbook. This functionalilty is already availalbe in InkSeine but in a less polished way. Another nice feature is the ability to share your presentations/scrapbooks with anyboy via the internet.

It feels more evolved and fined, and less convoluted, suggesting it’s more recent.

Uh? The first video was basically a polished demo of InkSeine (which has been available for more than a year) while the second video is all about using the tablet as a scrapbook. I don’t see how this means that the Courier is only a scrapbook tablet now. So If I make a 2mins video demoing Excel on a PC it would instantly mean that a PC is only used to create spreadsheets? Nice logic boys.

According someone who tipped Mary Jo Foley, the courier prototype is supposedly running Windows 7. I would bet on some form of Windows CE 7/WM7 though. Her tipster is also saying that Microsoft is going to biuld the device and attempting to launch it in Mid-2010. Wait & see..

Source: Gizmodo & MJF

HTC releases Android 1.6 (Donut) Rom for developers

A couple of days beodre we see the first Android 1.6 phones hit the market HTC posted the first official Donut Rom for all you Android dev (you need to have an Android Dev Phone or any other cracked/unlocked HTC android device).

The system images provided on this page are designed only for installation on devices that meet the following requirements:

•HTC Dream hardware platform only
•Device must have the original factory bootloader (hboot 0.95.3000) or a development bootloader that supports fastboot
You cannot flash these system images to other hardware platforms or to a version of HTC Dream hardware that doesn’t have an original factory bootloader, unless the device bootloader supports fastboot (fastboot is described in the next section). Additionally, you cannot flash these images to a retail devices such as the T-Mobile G1 because the images do not have the appropriate cryptographic signatures.

Head over here for more info and download links

Source: HTC

HTC Desire Android phone hits the FCC & gets WiFi certification

Looks like Verizon is getting ready to launch a couple of Android devices in Q4 2009. Following the Motorola Tao aka Sholes is the HTC Desire who justed passed the FCC and WiFi certification:

Source: FCC & WiFi certification

Jabra working closely with RIM, HTC and Asus

Digitimes is reporting that well known Bleutooth headsets device maker Jabra is working closely with HTC, RIM, Asus to bundle BT headset with future phones for example.

GN has produced a Bluetooth headset for HTC for global sales on an OEM basis, and also cooperated with Dopod in the China market on bundled sales, Li noted.

In addition, GN and Asustek are cooperating in regional bundled sales with the scope of the cooperation extending from handsets to PC systems, Li added.

The penetration rate of Bluetooth headsets in the global headset market currently averages 9% worldwide, but is up to 20% in the US market, Li said citing data compiled by GN.

Hopefully this means that future smartphone have better bluetooth support as this is still a big problem on all platforms especially Windows Mobile depending on which BT Stack (MS or Broadcom) is on the device.

Source: Digitimes

T-Mobile Pulse launching on October 12 in the Netherlands

According to T-Mobile’s NL site the Pulse (Huawei TouchPhone 8220) Android smartphone is launching there on October 12. Strange that we haven’t seen any pre/review besides Engadget’s quick hands-on during IFA a couple weeks ago. Here’s the full specs list:

* Dimensions: 112 x 56.2 x 14.4 mm
* Weight: 135 grams
* Talk time: up to 480 minutes
* Standby time: up to 750 hours
* Networks: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 UMTS / HSDPA to 7.2mbps/GSM/GPRS
* Screen: TFT Touch Screen with 65,000 colors
* Camera: 5.0 megapixel
* Processor: Qualcomm MSM 7200A 528 MHz
* E-mail
* Internal Memory: 288 MB RAM, 512 MB ROM
* Games
* Hands-free speakerphone
* HTML browser
* MP3 ringtones
* MP3 Player
* Polyphonic ringtones
* Integrated GPS receiver
* Video / Audio player
* Extensive calendar
* Vibra
* USB connection

Source via Phandroid

HTC Imagio picture and info

Here comes the first ever real picture of the Verizon bound, HTC Imagio aka Whitestone aka XV6975 runing Windows Mobile 6.5. The the page of the users manual (posted below) also confirms what I have guessed a few weeks ago. The button with a TV icon is meant to launch Verizon’s V Cast Mobile TV (which uses Qualcomm’s MediaFLO technology).
No word yet on the pricing and official availability date though.

imagiovcast (Small)

Source: PhoneArena

uConvert: Windows Mobile unit conversion app released

This new Windows Mobile unit conversion app support up to 19 different unit categories and features a finger friendly UI as you can see in the video. 2 versions are available, one free and one for $0.99. The paid version has the same features as the free one but also support currency conversion ans favorites syncing.

Supported Units & Categories:

degrees, radians, gradients, revolutions.

square inches, square yards, square feet, square miles, square millimeters, square centimeters, square meters, square kilometers, acres, hectares.

Bits, Kilobits, Megabits, Gigabits, Bytes, Kilobytes, Megabytes, Gigabytes, Terabytes.

Euro, US dollar, Japanese yen, Pound sterling, Czech koruna, Danish krone, Estonian kroon, Hungarian forint, Lithuanian litas, Polish zloty, Swedish krona, Swiss franc, Norwegian krone, Bulgarian lev, Croatian kuna, Romanian lei, Russian ruble, Australian dollars, Canadian dollars, Chinese yuan, Hong Kong dollars, Indonesian rupiah, South Korean won, Malaysian ringgit, New Zealand dollars, Philippine peso, Singapore dollars, Thai baht, South African rand.

grains/gallon (US), grains/gallon, ounces/cubic inch, ounces/gallon (US) ounces/gallon, pounds/gallon (US), pounds/gallon, grams/cubic centimeter, grams/liter, kilograms/liter, kilograms/cubic meter, pounds/cubic inch, pounds/cubic foot, slugs/cubic foot, tons/cubic yard (US), tons/cubic yard.

British thermal units, foot pounds, ergs, kilowatt hours, watt hours, calories, kilogram calories, joules, kilojoules.

Newtons, Dynes, Kilograms, Pounds, Poundals.

miles/gallon, kilometers/gallon, gallons/100 miles, gallons/100 kilometers, miles/liter, kilometers/liter, liters/100 kilometers/ liters/100 miles

lux, kilolux, foot-candle, meter-candle, lumens/square cm, lumenx/square inch, lumens/square meter, lumens/square foot, nox, phot.

inches, feet, yards, miles (nautical), angstroms, nanometers, micrometers, millimeters, centimeters, meters, kilometers, astronomical units, light years, parsecs.

BTUs/minute, foot pounds/second, foot pounds/minute, horsepower, watts, kilowatts.

pounds/square inch, pounds/square foot, atmospheres, bars, inches of mercury, centimeters of mercury, Pascals.

feet/second, feet/minute, miles/hour, meters/second, kilometers/minute, kilometers/hour, knots, mach, beaufort.

Fahrenheit, Celsius, Kelvin.

nanoseconds, microseconds, seconds, minutes, days, months, years.

points, picas, inches, millimeters, centimeters.

teaspoons, tablespoons, drams, fluid ounces, cups, pints, quarts, gallons, milliliters, liters, cubic inches, cubic feet, cubic centimeters, cubic meters, barrels of oil.

Volume (dry):
dry barrel (US), dry pint (US), dry quart (US), milliliter, liter, peck (US), peck (UK), bushel (US), bushel (UK).

ounces, pounds, short tons, long tons, metric tons, grams, kilograms, stone

Check over the official site here

Motorola Sholes A855 hits the FCC

Sholes FCC (Small)
Looks like Moto‘s second Android smartphone (the first being the CLIQ on T-Mobile) is about to hit Verizon soon. According to the FCC site, the A855 aka Sholes has paassed the FCC testing. PhoneArena also reports that the reatil name of the Sholes may be Motorla Tao. Lets wait & see, hopefully it isn’t just a CDMA/EVDO version of the CLIQ (with another design).

Sholesfcc2 (Small)

Source: PhoneArena

HTC Leo / HD2 benchmarks

Looks like B3ler3fonte (who posted a couple pictures a few days ago) over at XDA hust posted the first ever benchmarks of the HTC LEO / HD2 ( T8585 ). Let’s just say that this thing is a beast compared to the MSM72XX device thanks to the Qualcomm 8250B SnapDragon chipset.

Unfortunitaly the drivers only support OpenGL ES 1.1 at this time (like on the Toshiba TG01)
OpenGL ES 1.X results:

HTC Touch HD HTC Leo Improvement
alpha texture (128×256 rgba) 30340 kPixels/s 140125 kPixels/s 362%
torus (3k triangles) one light 6272 kPixels/s 120564 kPixels/s 1822%
color blending 31498 kPixels/s 152825 kPixels/s 385%
sub texture (128×128 15×15) 10762 kPixels/s 112983 kPixels/s 950%
HTC Touch HD HTC Leo
OpengGL ES info OpengGL ES info
——————————– ——————————–
Vendor Vendor
QUALCOMM, Inc. Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
Version Version
OpenGL ES-CM 1.0 OpenGL ES-CM 1.1
Renderer Renderer
Q3Dimension MSM7500W 01.02.03 0 5.1.2 AMD Z430
Extensions Extensions
GL_OES_byte_coordinates GL_AMD_compressed_3DC_texture
GL_OES_read_format GL_AMD_compressed_ATC_texture
GL_OES_fixed_point GL_ARB_texture_env_combine
GL_OES_single_precision_commands GL_ARB_texture_env_dot3
GL_OES_compressed_paletted_texture GL_ARB_texture_mirrored_repeat
GL_OES_matrix_palette GL_ARB_vertex_buffer_object
GL_OES_point_sprite GL_ATI_compressed_texture_atitc
GL_OES_point_size_array GL_ATI_texture_compression_atitc
GL_ARB_vertex_buffer_object GL_EXT_blend_equation_separate
GL_ARB_texture_env_combine GL_EXT_blend_func_separate
GL_ARB_texture_env_dot3 GL_EXT_blend_minmax
GL_ARB_texture_env_crossbar GL_EXT_blend_subtract
GL_ARB_texture_mirrored_repeat GL_EXT_stencil_wrap
GL_EXT_stencil_wrap GL_OES_blend_equation_separate
GL_EXT_blend_minmax GL_OES_blend_func_separate
GL_EXT_blend_subtract GL_OES_blend_subtract
GL_EXT_blend_func_separate GL_OES_compressed_ETC1_RGB8_texture
GL_EXT_blend_equation_separate GL_OES_compressed_paletted_texture
GL_ATI_texture_compression_atitc GL_OES_draw_texture
GL_ATI_extended_texture GL_OES_extended_matrix_palette
_coordinate_data_formats GL_OES_framebuffer_object
GL_OES_draw_texture GL_OES_matrix_palette

SPB Benchmarks results:

HTC Touch HD HTC Leo
SPB Benchmark Index 1040.77 1597.12
CPU index 2272.2 6494.18
File system Index 502.96 747.02
Graphics Index 4002.07 1988.03

Lower is better:

HTC Touch HD HTC Leo Improvement
write 1mb 594 363.9 63%
read 1mb 45 9 400%
copy 1mb 668 470.3 42%
write 10*100 4410 1931.1 128%
read 10*100 229 103.8 121%
copy 10*100 4213 2175 94%
dir. List 1376 273.7 403%
internal db read 821 178.1 361%
graphics: ddb 13 7.29 78%
graphics: dib 36 11.16 223%
graphics: gapi 6 4.575 31%
compress 1ms 2924 719.9 306%
decompress 415 146.5 183%
arkaball 9 5.598 61%
cpu mflops 3463 1385.2 150%
cpu mops 1003 379.2 165%
cpu mwips 7110 2793.6 155%
copy 1mb memcpy 8 3.226 148%

Finally CorePlayer with the RL_XQ_640×480_1500_128.avi Matrix trailer:

HTC Touch HD HTC Leo
Bit rate achieved 1.32 Mb/sec 3.77 Mb/sec
% frame rate 82% 233%

Source: XDA here & here via WMPoweruser