Steve Ballmer wishes Windows Mobile 7 had already launched, but they screwed up

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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer just finished his keynote during the company’s Venture Capital Summit where he said some interesting things about Windows Mobile 7 according to several tweets submitted during his speech:
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Ballmer says they screwed up with Windows Mobile. Wishes they had already lauched WM7. They completely revamped the team.

and here:

Ballmer re: poor execution in Windows Mobile: “we’ve pumped in some new talent and said ‘This will not happen again’”

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Windows Mobile Google maps updated with new features


Google just updated the Windows Mobile version of Google Maps, adding features like Locations, Google Suggest and Search With Maps:

My Location. Get local results without typing your location. Once you see the blue My Location dot with your current location below the search box, simply search for a local query, for example “italian restaurant”, and the search results will contain local business results along with web results.

To protect your privacy, location is encrypted when sent to the server, and only your most recent location is stored so that successive searches can use the same location. You can disable My Location at any time in the “Advanced Options” screen.

Google Suggest. Reduce typing time by selecting suggestions to complete your queries. You will also see URL suggestions, which bring you directly to a web page, skipping the search results page entirely. Try typing “facebook” to see this kind of suggestion.

Search with Maps. If you have installed Google Maps, type a local query and wait for suggestions. Select the suggestion with the red pin next to it to launch your search inside Google Maps.

Just visit m.google.com with you smartphone to download the app.

Source: Google Mobile Blog via WMPoweruser

Silverlight 3 coming to Windows Mobile 7

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This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, as I’ve said several times here that Silverlight is going to be an important part of Microsoft‘s 3 screens strategy. Following the announcement that Windows CE 6 R3 supports Silverlight, Brian Goldfarb, Marketing Director for Microsoft Silverlight told Seatle PI that Windows Mobile 7 will come with Silverlight 3.

Microsoft has already announced Silverlight support on the Xbox 360 on some Nokia phones. And Windows Mobile 7, the software giant’s next phone operating system, will come with Silverlight 3, said Brian Goldfarb, a marketing director for Microsoft’s Silverlight team.

“We are 100 percent dedicated to seeing Silverlight across all three screens – PC, TV and mobile,” he said.

You can read the rest here

Source: Seatle PI tipped by Todler

Samsung H1 Vodafone 360 hands-on & video

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The Greek boys over at Techblog.gr just posted a nice hands-on preview of Samsung‘s LiMo R2 based H1 360 which is debuting on Vodafone. Like nearly all the latest Samsung pones the H1 sports a 3.5″ WVGA AMOLED touchscreen, WiFi, HSDPA,GPS, FM radio with RDS and 16Gb of internal memory. A TI OMAP 3430 clocked @ 600Mhz is running the show.

Source: Techblog.gr

Latest HTC TouchFLO 3D includes Twitter tab


Looks like the WinMo fans are getting some HTC love lately as seen in the screenshots above. Just like on the Sense UI, TouchFlo 3D now has a Twitter tab that lets you check andupdate your status without the need of any third-party app. Thanks to NRGZ28 who cooked this Manila 3D 2.6 version into one of his Touch Pro2 roms.

Source: XDA via Pocketnow

HTC Touch HD2 (HTC Leo) to launch in the UK on October 12th ?

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According to a tipster over at Engadget, UK mobile operator 02′s intranet list the “HTC HD2″ (also know as the HTC Leo) as being launched on October 12th. Only time will tell, but I’m not holding my breath. The HTC Leo/HD2 isn’t officialy announced yet and history has proven that it takes nearly a month after the official announcement for the devices to hit the market (like the original Touch HD last year). Everything is possible though and this would mean that the device is going to be announced soon.

Source: Engadget

Sprint HTC Hero hands-on Video

Mobileburn just posted part1 of their Sprint HTC Hero video review showing us the devices physical design (no chin!) and the Sense UI in action.

The more a see the Sense UI the more I think that HTC really outdid themself and did an awesome job making Android a lot more user friendly.

Source: Mobileburn

More Project Pink Info

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Paul over at Modaco just posted what he knows about project Pink so Im going to quote him here and add my thoughts:

The Who

- Project ‘Pink’ is being developed by Microsoft’s ‘PMX’ team (Premium Mobile eXperiences), which includes the majority of the assets from the $500m of Danger, makers of the sidekick.
- The hardware partners on the project are Sharp, who you will recall previously worked with Danger on the sidekick releases.
- The key operator partner is Verizon, however Microsoft have agreements in place to offer the ‘Pink’ devices worldwide.

The Hardware

- The project is about two devices, ‘Turtle’ and ‘Pure’.
- Turtle is a slider device with a T9 keypad, similar in style to the Motorola Alexander, almost round in shape like a make-up compact.
- Turtle has a 3.5mm jack and 5 Megapixel camera.
- Pure is a sideways sliding QWERTY device, like the HTC Touch Pro2. It has no tilt mechanism.
- Pure has a 8 Megapixel camera.
- Both devices use ground breaking screen technology from Sharp, which will ‘blow everyone away’.
- The devices will be dual MICROSOFT / Sharp branded.

I still think that an MS branded phone isn’t a good idea. But oh well thats Microsoft and they love to have messy strategies…

The Software

- The Pink software suite is built on the same core as Windows Mobile 7, but shares nothing in look and feel with the new Windows Mobile OS.
- Pink includes elements of the software seen on the Zune HD.
- Pink includes XBox integration as seen on the Zune HD
- The UI is written in Silverlight and uses Seadragon.
- In true Danger style, ALL data is synced to ‘the cloud’.
- The software even has parental controls.
- The device has a unified messaging experience – the lines between IM, Email and SMS are blurred a-la MOTOBLUR!
- On device content purchases of applications / music / video etc. are supported.

Silverlight UI? now that’s interesting…as I already said,SL is going to be a big part of Microsoft future mobile strategy… Seadragon too. MS was looking to hire a Lead Dev last May to port Seadragon to Windows Mobile 7..

The Market

- Pink will be offered alongside Windows Mobile 6.5 and Windows Mobile 7! 6.5 will target business, 7 and Pink will target consumers, but in slightly different ways.

In true Microsoft fashion, a total mess. 3 different Mobile OSes on the market at the same time with MS & non-MS branded phones?
I can’t believe MS is that stupid/nuts.

The when

- CES 2010 isn’t planned as the ‘outing party’ for the Pink project currently, it will have it’s own launch.

The sooner the better cause all those Pink rumors can’t be goog fro Redmond IMO.

Source: Modaco

Microsoft Pink “phones” renders

Following yesterday’s Courier Tablet/Booklet scoop, Gizmodo just posted renders of those mysterious Pink phones, Turtle and Pure. Frankly I’m still not convinced:

Turtle

Turtle

Pure

Pure

Source: Gizmodo