Windows Marketplace for Mobile Anti-Piracy Whitepaper

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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:

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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.
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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

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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

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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

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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

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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:

-synchronization
- 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

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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

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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 http://www.t-mobile.com/CLIQ.

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 http://www.t-mobile.com/CLIQ 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

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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 www.spbsoftware.com. 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