Steve Ballmer talks about Microsoft’s mobile strategy, Zune software coming to Windows Mobile

Cnet’s Molly Wood & Ina Fried got a chance to sit down Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer at the Redmond Campus to talk a bit about Microsoft‘s current and future strategy. Topics discussed are today’s economic situation, the Windows 7 launch, apple advertising etc.. When asked about the Microsoft Courier tablet protoype, Steve gave no comment and just said:

“Oh, there’s definitely a market for computers that you can mark on,” [...]
“So, I don’t see that market going away, and certainly Apple — I’m sure Apple will bring a unique point of view. They tend to bring unique points of view to things. And yet we’ve got great people doing great stuff, and let’s see what the competition has.”

When asked about the Zune HD and why there’s no third-party appstore, Steve replied by saying that he sees the Zune HD as a PMP and that the Zune:

“What is Zune HD? Zune HD is a couple things. Number one, Zune HD is a music player, a nice music service. By the way, the same software will be available on Windows Phones and Windows PCs. You have that today on the PC, you’ll see that in our phone environment as well.”

I heard that it should be announced during PDC 09 (for WM6.5 phones). Steve also said that The Zune HD hardware is to show Windows Mobile ODMs/OEMs what they can/should do with Windows Phones and that Microsoft is not planning to build a phone anytime soon.

” Ballmer said. “At the end of the day, I think the model of a software company partnering with a lot of handset vendors is powerful. It’s powerful relative to what you see from folks like Palm and Blackberry and Apple.”

Source: Cnet

Acer to partner with Microsoft on Windows Mobile 7 launch

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Windows Mobile 6.5 hasn’t even launched yet and Acer is already talking about Windows Mobile 7. During the official launch of their new line Windows Mobile phones today in Paris, Acer noted in the PowerPoint slide that:

Acer sera le partenaire clé de Microsoft en 2010 pour le lancement de Windows Mobile 7

Translation:

Acer will be a key Microsoft partner in 2010 for the launch of Windows Mobile 7

Nice to see Acer still in the WinMo game , espcécially after the report/rumor that they are going to start making Android phones next year.

Source: Mobinaute

HTC HD2 / Leo to be unveiled tomorrow?

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Ai.rs is reporting that HTC is going to announce the HD2 / Leo tomorrow on the launch day of Windows Mobile 6.5 (but the device won’t be available until late October early November). I guess that we will know soon enough.
I’ll be at Steve Ballmer’s keynote tomorrow in Paris, I’ll do my best to try to update you all live on what’s happening on the Windows Mobile 6.5 & 7 front & hopefully get to see some HTC HD2 / Leo action.

Source: AI.rs

Acer renames Windows Phones, shifts focus to Android ?

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First off according to UK internet retailer Clove, Acer is renaming the F1 as the newTouch, the E1 as the beTouch E101, the C1 as the beTouch E100, the L1 as the beTouch E200.

But the big news is that according to Digitmes, Acer is going to start building Android smartphones alonside Windows Mobile (something that Microsft isn’t going to be about I’m sure).

Acer will also continue to cooperate with its current production partners in 2010, outsourcing Windows Mobile- and Android-based smartphones to Compal Communications, while contracting Windows Mobile handsets to Inventec Appliances, indicated the sources

Source: Clove & Digitimes

HTC HD2 / LEO review coming soon

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Daron at 4winmobile.com was lucky enough to get an HTC HD2 / Leo from O2 to review. You can head over there to ask him questions about the device and tell him what you woould like to see covered in his upcoming review.

Source: 4Winmobile.com

Nokia N900 Browser in-depth hands-on video

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Nokia Conversations (Nokia‘s offical blog) has just put up an in-depth 6mins long hands on video of the latest and greatest the N900. Nokia and Mozilla did a really great on the browser:

For the first time in many years I’m really impressed with a Nokia device. That thing looks awsome ‘especially the multi-task support. I just wished it had a capacitive screen though. The N900 and the HTC HD2 / Leo are IMO the most exciting phones to come out this fall.

Source: Nokia Conversations

Samsung Behold II Adnroid phone is a redesigned Galaxy with TouchWiz UI

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Looks like Samsung‘s Galaxy Android smartphone that’s been available for a while in Europe is finally heading to the US through T-Mobile. The devices has been slightly redesigned and the TouchWIZ UI has been slapped on top of Android. Hardware specs are exactly the same as the Galaxy (.2-inch AMOLED display, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, and microSD expansion). From my short experience with Sammy’s TouchWIZ UI I can tell you right now that the CUBE thing is totally useless the widgets on the other had are nice (slow to load sometimes though).

Source: T-Mobile

HTC HD2 / Leo coming to Orange France on November 12th ?

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According to Mobifrance, Orange France is gpong to launch the HTC HD2 / Leo on November 12. No info on the price though but It’s probably safe to assume that it’s going to be similar to the HTC Touch HD a year ago. Other operators are also probably going to get at the same time.

Source: MobileFrance

Vodafone Germany updates HTC Diamond2 with Window Mobile 6.5 rom


Looks like we are starting to see Windows Mobile 6.5 updates a day early. This time it’s Vodafone Germany who has made available the WM6.5 rom update for the HTC Diamond2. As seen onthe screenshots it sport an update TouchFLO 3D UI (with the weather now integrated ion the clock) but not the 2.5/6 version of the HTC HD2 / Leo.

Source: allaboutphones.nl via WMPoweruser

Upcoming HTC Dragon Android phone to have SnapDragon Chipset?


With the upcoming release of HTC‘s first SnapDragon device, the HD2 / Leo, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that futur Android phones are also going to sport Qualcomm‘s latest SnapDragon SOC. According to Android ROM Cooker Reignzone:

So, what I’ve got here is a little build we’re referring to as the “Pet Dragon”. It’s highly experimental at the moment…and from what I have noticed after reviewing the build.prop files from this “system dump” of the device I spoke of earlier today…HTC Dragon. (dubbed “Zoom 2?) —> the screen resolution is 800×480…which as you can tell is quite an impressive resolution. Judging from the release keys, it’s also a capacitive touch screen device. Now, having said all this…it IS NOT the HTC Leo, HTC Desire, or Passion. Because this device is in fact operating on the “2.0? firmware along with the HTC Sense user interface applied for style. So, it’s like an “Eclair Hero”. Lol.

As you can see in one of the screenshots ther’s a link to www.htc.com/dragon . Looks like Dragon may be the official name of the device?

Source: XDA-Devs via DroidDog

AT&T HTC Pure availabe now, Tilt2 in the following weeks

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AT&T has finally announced the HTC Pure and Tilt2 (HTC Touch Pro2). The AT&T Pure is availalbe today a full day before the launch of WinMo 6.5, for $149.99 on contract after a $50 rebate; the Tilt2 comes “in the following weeks” for $299.99 after $50 rebate.

Source: MobilityDigest & Engadget

Windows Market Place for Mobile is now Live!

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Several users are repoting that Microsoft’s Windows Market Place for Mobile is now up and running a full day before the official launch. So if you have Windows Mobile 6.5 ROM on you device, try it out now!

Source: Twitter

Adobe Flash 10.1 for mobile unvieled, WinMo and WebOS Betas before the end of the year

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Adobe has finally announced that Flash 10.1 which is compatible with Windows Mobile, Android, WebOS, Symbian and BlackBerry is nearing final release. Betas for Windows Mobile and WebOs should be availalbe before the end of the year with Android, BlackBerry & Symbian following in early 2010. Here’s the PR:

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today unveiled Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1 software for smartphones, smartbooks, netbooks, PCs and other Internet-connected devices, allowing content created using the Adobe Flash Platform to reach users wherever they are. A public developer beta of the browser-based runtime is expected to be available for Windows® Mobile, Palm® webOS and desktop operating systems including Windows, Macintosh and Linux later this year. Public betas for Google® Android™ and Symbian® OS are expected to be available in early 2010. In addition, Adobe and RIM announced a joint collaboration to bring Flash Player to Blackberry® smartphones, and Google joined close to 50 other industry players in the Open Screen Project initiative.

Flash Player 10.1 is the first consistent runtime release of the Open Screen Project that enables uncompromised Web browsing of expressive applications, content and high definition (HD) videos across devices. Using the productive Web programming model of the Flash Platform, the browser-based runtime enables millions of designers and developers to reuse code and assets and reduce the cost of creating, testing and deploying content across different operating systems and browsers. Flash Player 10.1 is easily updateable across all supported platforms to ensure rapid adoption of new innovations that move the Web forward.

The browser-based runtime leverages the power of the Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) for accelerated video and graphics while conserving battery life and minimizing resource utilization. New mobile-ready features that take advantage of native device capabilities include support for multi-touch, gestures, mobile input models, accelerometer and screen orientation bringing unprecedented creative control and expressiveness to the mobile browsing experience. Flash Player 10.1 will also take advantage of media delivery with HTTP streaming, including integration of content protection powered by Adobe® Flash® Access 2.0. This effort, code-named Zeri, will be an open format based on industry standards and will provide content publishers, distributors and partners the tools they need to utilize HTTP infrastructures for high-quality media delivery in Flash Player 10.1 and Adobe® AIR® 2.0 software.

To learn more about Flash Player 10.1 and to see video demos visit Adobe Labs.

“With Flash Player moving to new mobile platforms, users will be able to experience virtually all Flash technology based Web content and applications wherever they are,” said David Wadhwani, general manager and vice president, Platform Business Unit at Adobe. “We are excited about the broad collaboration of close to 50 industry leaders in the Open Screen Project and the ongoing collaboration with 19 out of the top 20 handset manufacturers worldwide. It will be great to see first devices ship with full Flash Player in the first half of next year.”

“We are excited to join Adobe and other industry leaders in the Open Screen Project,” said Sundar Pichai, vice president of Product Management at Google. “This initiative supports our common goal to move the Web forward as a platform and to spur innovation in the industry through technology such as Adobe Flash.”

“Adobe Flash technology provides a key experience on new Windows phones, enabling people to enjoy rich Flash based games, videos and other interactive Web content on the go,” said Stephanie Ferguson, general manager, Product Management, Microsoft Corp. “We look forward to bringing in the new capabilities of Adobe Flash Player 10.1 to the Windows phone browser when it becomes available.”

“Motorola is excited to be one of the first handset manufacturers to ship Android based devices with Flash Player support early next year,” said Christy Wyatt, vice president of software applications and ecosystem at Motorola. “As the No.1 platform for video on the Web, uncompromised browsing of Flash technology based content is essential for a rich mobile experience and something users expect from Motorola today.”

“As a longtime partner of Adobe, and more than 400 million Nokia phones shipped with existing Flash technology to date, we are excited to see Flash Player becoming a reality for mobile phones and other mobile devices,” said Purnima Kochikar, vice president, Forum Nokia. “Nokia is excited about full Flash Player coming to devices and we are committed to supporting Flash Player 10.1 on mobile devices in 2010.”

Engadget also notes:

Speaking of fast chipsets, the other big news out of the show is that Flash 10.1 will take advantage of GPU acceleration on a number of key mobile platforms, including both nVidia’s Tegra and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon alongside ION for smooth (well, theoretically smooth) 720p and 1080p video on the latest generation of netbooks and smartbooks.

Good news for the ZuneHD and HTC HD2 / Leo (Toshiba TG01 and Acer F1).

Source: Adobe via Engadget