Rumor: HTC Dragon is the Verizon HTC Passion ?

HTC Dragon 3
File this under rumor and grab some salt..Acccording to TheUnlockr the phone pictured about (which we talked about here) is the rumored HTC Dragon but it’s actualy goign to be named the HTC Passion and is headed to Verizon before the end of the year…Well let’s wait and see if The US will get a SnapDragon powered HTC devices running Android (if the HTC Dragon/Passion does indeed have a SnapDragon chipset) before the HTC HD2 which is supposed to come out in Q1 2010.

Source: Theunlockr

Official HTC Diamond2 Windows Mobile 6.5 update available

HTC Diamond2

The first Windows Mobile device to be announced as WM6.5 upgradable is now officially a Windows Phone. Thanks to HTCPediawho managed to get their hands on the official HTC Diamond2 ROMs. You can download the right now after backing up all your data so you don’t loose anything in case the flashing goes wrong. The files will probably available on HTC’s support site in the coming hours/days.

Official WM6.5 ROM Upgrade – HTC Touch Diamond2 (Topaz) – Engish Version

Official WM6.5 ROM Upgrade – HTC Touch Diamond2 (Topaz) -Russian Version

Official WM6.5 ROM Upgrade – HTC Touch Diamond2 (Topaz) – Norwegian Version

Official WM6.5 ROM Upgrade – HTC Touch Diamond2 (Topaz) – Danish Version

Official WM6.5 ROM Upgrade – HTC Touch Diamond2 (Topaz) – SVE Version

Official WM6.5 ROM Upgrade – HTC Touch Diamond2 (Topaz) – ELL Version

UPDATE: The ROMs are now avaialbe on HTC’s support site here

Source: HTC & HTCPedia

HTC HD2 makes an appearance on O2 site

htc hd2 O2 appears
Well, it looks like we are getting closer to the launch of the Windows Mobile 6.5 superphone, the HTC HD2. The devices appears as an option in the carrier’s accessory pages though there’s notthing to buy yet, not even the pricey Car Kit. The latest whisper indicate a mid-November launch in Europe.

Source: O2 via SlashGear

Android just has to be better than Windows Mobile

Saul Hansell from the NyTimes posted an interesting article about Android business model. As you have heard several times now lots of OEMs are now building Android devices along side their Windows Mobile products but Microsoft keeps on insisting that Google doesn’t have any business model for Android and that even-though a Windows Mobile licenses costs around $15 it’s still cheaper for OEMs to build WinMo devices because, according to Microsoft, Windows Mobile is packed with features that Android doesn’t have so phone manufacturers have to spend more money developing UIs,media apps etc for the Android devices. here’s a quote:

Microsoft, by contrast, charges manufacturers $15 to $25 per Windows Mobile phone sold, an attempt to duplicate the rich business model of Windows for the PC. Google’s a-rising-tide-raises-our-ship approach deeply perplexes Microsoft executives.

“If you asked me to go to a venture capitalist and pitch the Android business model, I don’t think I could,” said Robert J. Bach, the president of Microsoft’s entertainment and devices division, at a meeting with reporters earlier this month.

Microsoft’s pitch to handset makers is that Windows Mobile costs more and it’s worth it. And they suggest that since Google gets no cash from Android, it will skimp on features that Microsoft can afford to build.

“If you get Android, you get an operating system that is a version of Linux and a few tools,” Mr. Bach said. “That’s fine. But what are you going to do as your music experience? What will yo do for your photos experience?”

He argued that handset makers will need to spend more money to develop a phone using Android than for Windows Mobile.

Well as of right now with Windows Mobile 6.X, Robbie is just totally wrong. Just take a look at HTC, they’ve replaced IE Mobile with Opera Mobile, build a media application, photo album, Youtube application, bundled Google Maps cause Live Maps sucks etc…Just like they do on their Android phones. People are currently buying Android Device With the vanilla UI (and the soon to be announced Motorola Droid will sport the default UI), but would anybody buy a Windows Mobile 6.5 device that hasn’t been customized by the OEM? Nope.

So this leads me to Windows Mobile 7. With all this talk about WinMo having more value than Android one can guess that the future version of Redmond’s mobile OS will be packed with new and improved features, like having the new Bings maps (using Silverlight) on every device, Zune application for all your media, improved browser so OEM won’t have to hide IE Mobile and slap Opera Mobile (which is awesome BTW) in there. But will Microsoft let OEMs tweak the hell out of the UI like they do now or decide to take total control of it?

As the author says “Android doesn’t have to beat the iPhone, it just has to be better than Windows Mobile.”

Source: Bits

Windows Mobile 6.5 Build 23081 hands-on video

screenshots courtesy Patrick/

screenshots courtesy Patrick/

Brandon over at Pocketnow just posted a walk-through video of the latest Windows Mobile 6.5 build 23081 (also known as WM 6.5.1). You’ll see that the new contacts application has been revamped same for the checkboxes and scrollbars:

Source: Pocketnow

Microsoft TellMe application now unofficially available for all Windows Phones

Microsoft Tellme
As I said yesterday, the Samsung Intrepid is strangely the only device which feature Microsoft’s TellMe application even-though this app was supposed to be available to all Windows Mobile 6.5 devices. Well it’s now unofficially the case thanks to Pixelwix from PPCGeeks. The TellMe installer has been extracted from the intrepid rom and made available to the world. It is reported to work on a few devices but unfortunately the touch isn’t enabled so you will have to use the on-screen keyboad to navigate if your device doesn’t have hardware buttons.

Download it here

Source: PPCGeeks via Pocketnow

HTC Globally Launches “Quietly Brilliant” Advertising Campaign today

We’ve already talked about HTC’s advertising a campaing a few days ago. But HTC is today officialy taking it a step further by launching it globaly and also airing TV ads:

TAOYUAN, Taiwan – October 26, 2009 – HTC Corporation, a global smartphone designer, today unveiled a global advertising campaign that is based on HTC’s new “Quietly Brilliant” brand positioning. As HTC’s first global advertising campaign, the YOU campaign is being rolled out across 20 countries in the coming weeks and features the tagline, “You don’t need to get a phone. You need a phone that gets you.” This represents HTC’s commitment to focus on people, their needs and how they work and live to ensure that HTC devices suit them.

“‘Quietly Brilliant’ is doing great things in a humble way, with the belief that the best things in life can only be experienced, not explained,” said John Wang, chief marketing officer, HTC Corporation. “The YOU campaign is the perfect embodiment of ‘Quietly Brilliant’ and is core to HTC as a company, innovator and partner.“

The YOU campaign is focused on driving broad, global visibility and understanding of HTC’s unique brand promise – that it’s all about YOU, the consumer, and in fact not the device. HTC worked with Los Angeles-based advertising agency, Deutsch LA Inc. to create the YOU campaign that will employ an integrated-media approach to reach consumers via television, print, outdoor and online. HTC’s design expertise will be echoed throughout the campaign, with commercial spots highlighting the unique functionality of HTC smartphones.

“We’ve come to have a very emotional relationship with our phones. Many of our key experiences in any given day come through this one device and yet most of the advertising in the category is still about utility,” says Eric Hirshberg, co-CEO and chief creative officer, Deutsch LA.

“HTC’s whole design philosophy is very personal. They make phones where your experience is completely unique, so we think there is a connection between how people feel about their phones and how HTC makes them.”

HTC worked with London-based creative consultancy, FigTree to create the “Quietly Brilliant” brand positioning. The “Quietly Brilliant” positioning was inspired by HTC’s culture of putting customers first, born from a heritage of creating breakthrough products and continued innovation. As part of HTC’s culture, the “Quietly Brilliant” positioning will be rolled out in all forms of communication and brand touch points across the company.

“Some of life’s most brilliant ideas started with a simple doodle on the back of a napkin,” said Simon Myers, CEO of Figtree. “HTC’s new look uses this visual language of doodles to explain all the quietly brilliant features and benefits of HTC devices in a simple and human way.”

The You campaing will appear in the form of bus wraps, online banners, and television commercials:

“You Are Different From You” TV Spot :

TV Spot 2:

So far only the Sprint HTC Hero is shown in the TV Spots but the campaign will feature multiple phones across carriers and platforms. Hopefully we will get to see some Windows Mobile action in the future (on the HD2!).

Source: HTC

BlackBerry Storm OS 5.0 upgrade coming today

BlackBerry Storm
In a move that I wish every OEM would do RIM is going to give BlackBerry Storm users the chance to upgrade their one year old device to the new OS 5.0 in a few hours. The update will fix a load of bugs and add some new features. Here’s the change log :

-Significant improvements in rotation detection and screen painting have been introduced in this software.
-Device displayed a white bar at the bottom of the screen after a rotation event.
-When setting a custom SMS tone for a single contact, this tone may playback unexpectedly for SMS’ received from other contacts.
-When swiping down the virtual keyboard in an MMS message the send and save draft icons did not appear as expected.
-When viewing an SMS there was no simple way to call the current user. Now the user can select the number from the Callback Number field or from the message body and call that number from the pop up menu.
-The delete prior function has the unwanted side-effect of triggering the compose email screen.
-The user cannot configure their profile settings to increase the number of alerts when being notified of an event such as incoming SMS or email.
-Previous software versions did not allow the user to increase the count of notifications (i.e. Beep 5 times when when I get an email and beep 3 times when I get an sms). In this software, this is now allowed with counts from 1-10.
-When trying to set a home screen background of a certain resolution (more specifically a resolution matching either the width or the height of the native resolution of the LCD) it may have appeared as a black screen.
-When trying to edit/create a folder, the virtual keyboard did not render to allow the user to enter the names of said folders.
-Intermittently, when streaming a video while doing a handover to 2G on a 3G network the video would stop playing.
-If you paused a video recording and then resumed, the icon state may not have reflected the current recording state.
-After recoding a video of a certain size (7M) the saved video may be corrupted and unplayable.
-During manual network selection, the radio buttons associated with the networks did not render as expected.
-When moving out of coverage your device display for no coverage may have been inconsistent.
-During voice calls, your device may have reset on a rare occasion.
-After viewing and accepting the End User Licensing Agreement of the App World application the application doesn’t startup (fixes introduced in the latest version of App World).
-On some rare occasions, the device may reset on its own during a voice call or while idle.
-During an MTP side load of 16GB of music, the device would leak memory and stop the transfer at ~75%.
-During device full boot-up, the progress bar skips from 0% complete to ~66% complete instead of showing a gradual progression (Note: from 66% to 100% it does show a gradual progression).

You’ll be able to grab it here

Source: BBrocks

Short Acer Liquid hands-on video

Here’s a short hands-on video of the Acer Liquid samrtphone. As you can see the device is really snappy, thanks to the Qualcomm SnapDragon chipset. But a fast chipset doesn’t make a samrtphone any good if the software (and other hardware parts) are lacking, even if everybody’s new hip mobile OS, Android, is on board (see the Acer neoTouch reviews).

Via : YouTube