Microsoft Courier UI slides leaked

Gizmodo has posted one more Microsoft Courier leak today. This time it’s the presentation slides describing how the Courier’s UI works. The document shows the different gestures used to interact with the devices. I’m willing to bet that Microsoft isn’t happy about all these leaks..See the previous leaks here & here.

Source: Gizmodo

HTC HD2 review: Opera Mobile vs IEMobile & Sense UI walk-through

CoolSmartPhone just uploaded the frist parts of their HTC HD2 review. The fvideo takes a look at the new Sense UI :

The second video shows the Youtube application and Opera Mobile vs IE Mobile (which doesn’t support multi-touch in the ROM he is running):

Source: YouTube here & here Via CoolSmartPhone

HTC HD2 hands-on video in high quality

Here’s a nice video of HTC’s HD2 in action during the official launch event in Taiwan a couple of hours ago:

Source: YouTube

Acer Liquid in-depth preview

Arne from the:unwired just posted an in-depth preview of the Acer Liquid Android smartphone. As we recently found out the Liquid has a SnapDragon chipset clocked at 768Mhz (instead of the default 1ghz) probably to have longer battery life. Arne notes that even-though he used a pre-release samplethe user experience was enjoyable, the device felt fast and din’t suffer from any major bug. He also takes a look at the tweaks Acer brought to the Android 1.6 (nothing major, just some added apps).

Also I was impressed by the tools and utilities Acer added. While keeping the Android flavor, Acer did a good job in enhancing Google’s Android platform wherever necessary. Sure, it’s not yet perfect, I would like to see an improved soft-keyboard as well as a kind of smart-dialing application for faster contacts access, but the multimedia and social networking integration makes the Acer Liquid a real fun device, which stays connected to your social networks. Now, all it needs is a Twitter client/integration also and it would be my perfect social media phone.

However, Acer also took care that it connects to Microsoft’s Exchange environment. While there’s no local sync option to Outlook, thanks to RoadSync, it easily connect to any Exchange server and therefore provides real-time push-mail, calendar and contacts synchronization, outside the Google-world.

Read the whole preview here

HTC HD2 vs Nokia N900 size comparison


Here’s a nice size comparison between two of the most wanted smartphones of Q4 2009, the Nokia N900 and HTC HD2. The Windows Phone is obviously thinner that the N900 which has a full qwerty keyboard. What’s interesting is that the HD2 on screen keyboard has bigger keys (it hides a lot of screen estate though) than the physical keyboard on the Maemo 5 device.

In comparison, the N900 – despite having a hardware keyboard – is more cramped than the HD2, and while we appreciate the tactile feedback of the physical buttons (the HD2 does have haptic feedback, buzzing briefly when each on-screen key is tapped) they’re smaller than on the HTC. Meanwhile there’s no error correction on the N900, only word-prediction, and as we commented in our initial unboxing of the smartphone, the top row of keys can be uncomfortably close to the lower edge of the screen. Right now we’re quicker at typing on the HD2 than we are on the N900, despite having had the latter for far longer.

Source: SlashGear

Some Windows Mobile 7 info: Central Menu Experience & Catalyst

UXEvangelist aka MSKitchen took some time to search LinkedIn and found new Windows Mobile 7 references in there. Keep in mind that they probbly don’t mean anything anymore given that WM7 development has probably been re-started since then (the info dates back to 2008).

Central Menu Experience

Program Manager
Microsoft IDC, Hyderabad
(Information Technology and Services industry)
April 2008 — May 2008 (2 months)

Designed a completely New feature (Central Menu Experience) which is integrated in Windows Mobile 7. Responsible for getting Central Menu Experience features code-ready for CTP release well within specified time-frame. Source

Windows Live for Mobile Code Named “Catalyst”

Catalyst For WM Seven:
Client : Microsoft Corporation (Since December 2007 to May 2009)
Team Size/Role : 7/Onsite Coordinator

Description: Catalyst for Seven is designed to work with Windows Mobile powered devices. This is the next version of Windows Live for Windows Mobile. The new Windows Mobile 7 devices will give the richest mobile connection to Catalyst. Catalyst consists of Messenger, Mail, Spaces and Photos. All these applications help user keeping in touch with friends, family, and co-workers. (source)

A couple more:

Lead Led a PM team and responsible for the strategies define, design and implementation for Windows Mobile 7 camera and photo application. (source)

On assignment at Microsoft to edit documentation for Windows Mobile 7. (source)

Primary engineer on the touch gesture support in Windows Mobile 7 and 6.5 and did the initial specification of the touch gesture API. (source)

Responsible for Windows Mobile 7 Outlook development. (source)

Led HW Board bring-up activity effort for Window Mobile 7 OS based Mobile product having QUALCOMM 72xx chipset. The board bring up activities includes implementing MAX controller based keypad driver, configuring I2C and GPIO driver and coordinating HW-SW architecture meetings. (source)

As you can see WM7 was originaly planned to work on current hadware (Qualcomm MSM72xx). But since then developement has be re-started and the WM7 Chassis are in place now.

Source: MSFTKitchen

HTC officially announces the HTC HD2 in the US, ships in Europe and Asia today

That’s right folks, HTC just announced the US availability of the HTC HD2. The device is said to be out in early 2010 but carrier and pricing information have not been confirmed at this time. HTC’s CEO Peter Chou and Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer also announced that the HD2 is now shipping in Europe and in Asia today. Here’s the the press release:

HTC HD2 Ships in Europe and Asia; coming to the US in early 2010
HD2 demonstrates the tight integration between Microsoft and HTC

TAOYUAN, Taiwan – November 4, 2009 – Today, HTC Corporation chief executive officer, Peter Chou, joined Microsoft Corp. chief executive officer, Steve Ballmer and Harvey Chang, chief executive officer of Taiwan Mobile to announce the availability of the highly anticipated HD2 in Taiwan. HTC and Microsoft also announced that the HD2 was available in Europe and would be coming to the United States with a major US carrier in early 2010.

“The HD2’s amazing customer experience is a testament to the close partnership between HTC and Microsoft and we’re excited to be bringing the HD2 to Taiwan, Europe and the United States,” said Chou. “The HD2 is the first Windowsâ phone with HTC Sense, an HTC user experience focused on making the phone more simple and natural to use and by enabling people to personalise their mobile experience in their own unique way.”

“Working with HTC, we’ve delivered great phones that help customers connect to the people and information they care about, wherever they are,” said Ballmer. “The HTC HD2 shows what’s possible through our close partnership with HTC and it breaks new ground for Windows phones by delivering a beautiful multi-touch screen that people will love.”

The HD2 is the first Windows phone with HTC Sense, a customer experience focused on putting people at the centre by making their phones work in a more simple, natural and personal way. With its industry leading, high-resolution, 4.3-inch capacitive touch display, the ultra thin HTC HD2 delivers more visible content in a sharper, brighter and richer way.

The HD2 uses the first capacitive touch display on a Windows phone to make viewing, zooming and resizing websites, Microsoft Office files, PDF documents and pictures easier with just a pinch of your fingers. The large display also enables faster, more efficient and accurate typing using the onscreen keyboard. Utilizing Qualcomm’s new 1Ghz Snapdragon mobile processor, the HTC HD2 offers enhanced performance that improves the speed of applications, videos, games and more.

Developed with a passion for enhancing people’s lives through innovation, design and ease of use, HTC Sense is rooted in three fundamental principles of Make it Mine, Stay Close and Discover the Unexpected.

Make It Mine
The HD2 continues HTC’s drive for personalization by reflecting not only what you want on your phone, but also where you are. Using its large 4.3-inch window-like display, HTC has brought a new dimension to weather with a localized, animated weather experience that utilizes HD2’s entire display without being invasive to your important content and information. The HD2 can also be further enhanced to reflect your needs and style by downloading a wealth of applications at the new Windows Marketplace for Mobile.

Stay Close
The HD2 helps you stay close to the important friends and colleagues in your life with HTC’s people-centric communication approach that provides a single contact view that displays individual communication snapshots of your conversations with the people in your life regardless of whether a call, text, Facebook status update or email were used. While in the midst of email exchange with someone you can easily transition to a call by pressing the call button. HTC has also included a new Windows-based version of its Twitter application, HTC Peep. The pictures you take with the 5MP camera can also be quickly shared via Facebook or Twitter.

Discover the Unexpected
With the HTC Sense experience, the HTC HD2 includes a variety of enhancements that expand and improve the overall phone experience. The HD2 includes a variety of sensors including a proximity sensor that is used to prevent false screen touches when the phone is picked up to answer or make a call. A light sensor automatically adjusts the brightness of the display. Leveraging its 3G broadband connectivity, the HTC HD2 also offers personal Wi-Fi anywhere for your computer or other devices.
Also available for the HTC HD2 is the optional car kit that automatically transforms HD2’s user interface into a finger friendly in-car navigation experience for driving.

Windows phone
As a new Windows phone, the HTC HD2 showcases the powerful messaging, browsing and productivity capabilities delivered by Windows Mobile 6.5. Offering a best in class e-mail experience complete with the ability to synchronize with Microsoft Exchange, you have the ability to check and manage multiple email accounts. Microsoft’s new My Phone service enables you to automatically back up and synch photos, music, contacts and text messages for free from the HD2 to the web.

Already shipping in Europe, the HTC HD2 is now available with Taiwan Mobile and will be available throughout Asia in the coming month. The HD2 will be available in the US in early 2010.

Nice to see the device out on time in Europe and Asia! Now it’s time for the US to wait a little bit more. For more HTC HD2 coverage click here.

Source: HTC

Motorola Droid reviewed, hated & loved

Gizmodo just posted their Motorola Droid review and just like all Droid reviews we’ve seen the complain about the camera quality & the fact the Android 2.0 still feels ackward sometimes.

The camera is complete garbage. It takes 10 years to start up, 2 to focus, and another 4 to actually take the goddamn picture. And there’s no distinct visual feedback to let you know a photo’s been snapped. And the photos suck. That pumpkin shot, in decent lighting, is as good as it gets. Like I said in the Android 2.0 review, I don’t know if it’s the hardware or the software, but it’s inexcusably bad.

Keep in mind that this review is aimed at the US readers especialy the conclusion:

These things are true about Droid: The camera’s not great; the keyboard isn’t mindblowing; Android 2.0 lacks the polish and multimedia prowess to completely match the iPhone. What’s also true is that a killer design, Google’s services, Android’s exploding app ecosytem, powerful multitasking, a stunning screen and Verizon’s network still make it the second best phone you can buy right now, after the iPhone.

Thankfully for us the world doesn’t revolve around the iPhone. You know there are phones like the Nokia N900, HTC HD2, Nokia X6 etc…The Droid is still a awesome phone though and congrats to Motorola.

Source: Gizmodo

Second Motorola Droid TV ad looks like a Transformers 3 trailer

Droid ad
Verizon and Google are throwing some big money to promote the Motorola Droid:

At least it looks 10x better than the Windows Phone ads

Source: BGR

HTC HD2 vs Acer neoTouch benchmark

One more HTC HD2 video for the night. This time it’s the HD2 going against the Acer neoTouch in CorePlayer. The two Windows Mobile 6.5 phones feature the same Qualcomm SnapDragon chipset clocked at 1Ghz.

The Acer neoTouch came on top by scoring 262.50% vs 228.93% for the HD2. Remember that the HD2 used isn’t running the latest rom though.

Source: SoloPalmari

Samsung B7300 OmniaLITE Windows Phone review

OmniaLite review
GSMArena justed reviewed Samsung‘s low-end Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone the OmniaLITE (B7300). The device is a direct competitor to the HTC Touch2 which is also aimed as entry-level smartphone.

Windows Mobile has long been flirting with the midrange but PocketPCs are not so keen to go down…erm… the ranks. HTC would drop an occasional lower-end handset but it’s not really what they do best. But we guess the market situation is now forcing manufacturers to reconsider.

Samsung are quite eager obviously to update their fleet of WinMo devices and the Omnia lineup is trying to cover the whole range.

The Samsung B7300 OmniaLITE may not be as impressive as the top dogs in the Omnia family but its purpose is equally essential. The handset has the potential to introduce WinMo to a wider range of users and – more importantly – to communicate Samsung’s vision of how the platform is shaping.

In my opnion, even-though those phones aren’t bad I would suggest looking at some Android devices like the HTC Hero, Samsung Galaxy or even the HTC Magic which are now in the same price range (they are higher spec’d that the OmniaLITE and Touch2) or the LG GW750 Windows Mobile 6.5 phone.

Make sure to read the whole review here (lot’s of pictures, samples and screenshots)

Source: GSMArena via WMPoweruser

Short HTC HD2 review

Here’s a fairly short (not really in-depth) review of the HTC HD2 posted by Pocket-Lint. Don’t expected anything ground breaking in there (I’m guessing that they only had the review sample for a short time).

The HTC HD2 gives you a full smartphone experience from all angles. The tech specs are fully loaded, giving you HSDPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, a digital compass, accelerometers, proximity sensors (so it knows when it is next to your face…). You get that 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, video capture that actually looks ok and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Then there’s the responsive 4.3-inch high-resolution capacitive touchscreen display.

It wouldn’t be fair to mark the HD2 down simply because it is a Windows Mobile device, despite that OS having a number on inherent problems. If anything, HTC should be praised for what they have achieved with the HD2 through their customisation.

But you do have to consider that when you push beyond what HTC Sense offers you here, you are back to Windows Mobile and that unfortunately includes a rather basic Windows Marketplace, which still looks a little sparse at present.

Read the whole thing here thanks for the tip Daniel

Click here for more HTC HD2 news & info

Office Mobile 2010 in-depth session at TechEd Europe

Microsoft is going to talk about Office Mobile 2010 during next weeks TechEd in Berlin. The session description is the following:

OFS01-IS Microsoft Office Mobile 2010 In-Depth
Presenter: Dev Balasubramanian
Thu 11/12 | 13:30-14:45 | Interactive Theatre 1 – Red

In this session we cover all of the mobility technologies and scenarios enabled as part of the Office 2010 “wave”. You’ve heard us talk about how Office 2010 spans the PC, Phone and Web — come learn what the Phone pillar is all about! Collaboration scenarios, mobile workflows, and mobile access to data, people, and corporate resources are all part of what makes Office on the phone a new experience in 2010. A refresh to the Office Mobile client apps, an all-new SharePoint Workspace Mobile app, redesigned mobile access to SharePoint site content, as well as the infrastructure needed to support it, are covered as part of this session.

Mary Jo Foley also notes that According to an October blog post by SharePoint Corporate Vice President Jeff Teper:

“We both improved the experience for mobile web browsers and are introducing a new SharePoint Workspace Mobile client so you can take Office content from SharePoint offline on a Windows Mobile device. These clients let you navigate lists and libraries, search content and people and even view and edit Office content within the Office Web App experience running on a mobile browser.”

Office Mobile 2010 was announced back in July and should be available on Windows Mobile devices before the end of the year.

UPDATE: According to a Microsoft spokeperson the Office team isn’t quite ready and the session has been canceled. Let’s see if anything is shows @ PDC..

Source: TechEd via All About Microsoft