Windows Mobile 7 “Maldives” Beta to launch in Q1 2010

Some big Windows Mobiles 7 news courtesy of ZDNet Taiwan today! According to them Microsoft is set to launch a Windows Mobile 7 Beta test program codenamed “Maldives” with OEMs in Q1 2010 to collect feedback on the new mobile OS before launching it in Q3 2010. As it was rumored before, WinMo 6.5 & WM7 will coexist in the market (with 7 being aimed at the higher end).

Source: ZDnet

Motorola Milestone (Droid) heading to Canada early 2010 on Telus

Looks like our Canadian freinds will have to wait a little bit before putting their cold hands on the Motorola Milestone / Droid. Motorola Canada is announcing today that the Android 2.0 flagship phone will be available early 2010 on Telus. No word on the price though & it should be noted that Google Navigation won’t be available (it’s currently on US-based).

TORONTO, Nov. 10 /CNW/ – Motorola Canada today announced it will bring its first Android(TM)-powered device, the much-anticipated Motorola Milestone, only to TELUS customers in early 2010. Motorola Milestone, powered by the newest version of Android, sets a new standard for what a smartphone should be with a richer mobile web experience, superior messaging and top-of-the-line multi-media features in an innovative design that could only come from Motorola.

Milestone features the best of both worlds with a full QWERTY keyboard and touch-screen capabilities, as well as the opportunity for users to customize their mobile like never before with widgets and the freedom to run multiple applications at once.

“With Motorola Milestone, Canadians will no longer be limited in what they can do with their smartphone,” said Rick Gadd, vice-president, Motorola Canada Mobile Devices. “They will experience the web the way they’ve always wanted on a mobile device, with lightning fast speeds and pages that show them more.”

Get the web, get it faster, see it better

Milestone takes the power of Google Search(TM) beyond the web right into the phone. Search and retrieve applications, contacts, songs, and more right from the home screen. With local search, Google(TM) makes location-based recommendations according to where the user is.

Experience the mobile web like never before. Milestone’s 3.7″ WVGA display offers a clearer, more brilliant screen with twice the resolution of its competitors. Quick and nimble, Milestone is always ready for lightning-fast browsing with its superior processing speeds, Flash 10-ready HTML browsing, and premium 3G+ connection speeds. Navigation has never been easier with double-tap and pinch and zoom.

“TELUS’ new 3G+ network gives Canadians access to a world-class selection of mobile devices such as the Motorola Milestone,” said David Neale, senior vice-president of Product and Services at TELUS. “It is TELUS commitment to offer Canadians the most comprehensive and advanced smartphone line-up available so that we can meet their needs to stay connected, informed and entertained wherever they go. That’s why the Motorola Milestone will fit perfectly in our TELUS smartphone selection.”

Source: Motorola

OpenGL ES coming to BlackBerry OS 5.0, Need For Speed demo on the Storm2

Two days ago RIM announced a couple of new BlackBerry OS 5.0 features during the BlackBerry Developer Conference in San Francisco among them is OpenGL ES support. To demonstrted this Rim showed the new Need For Speed: Shift racing game running on the Storm2:

Here’ are the new OS 5.0 features that were announced:

- BlackBerry devices running OS 5.0 and higher will be able to benefit from OpenGL ES support, the 3D platform used by many of the world’s high-power smartphones for delivering killer games. There’s a beta of the SDK already, so let’s get cracking, everyone — we need some first-person shooters that totally negate BlackBerry’s ultra-productive image.
- A new plugin for the Eclipse development environment should make building BlackBerry app GUIs easier than ever, which should hopefully lead to prettier apps; it’ll be available in mid-2010.

- BlackBerry Theme Studio is now available, simplifying theme creation with support for changing the home screen layout, fonts, icons, colors, cursors, and more; it supports BlackBerry OS 4.2.2 and higher, which means that virtually every BlackBerry in a pocket (or holster) today should be able to take advantage. The timing’s perfect on this one, because RIM has also announced that themes can now be submitted to App World.

- BlackBerry Payment Service has been announced for mid-2010 availability, bringing in-app payments, subscription support, and a variety of billing options, which all sounds far more robust than the PayPal-only setup they’ve got going today.

- The Push Service made available to Alliance Program members earlier this year will be made available to all comers in “early 2010,” making it easy to push bite-sized chunks of “time-sensitive alerts” to phones quickly and easily.

- BlackBerry Advertising Service has been announced for 1H 2010 availability, bringing a unified ad platform for developers with a variety of existing ad networks on board. If this means more free apps in App World, we’re all for it.

- Expanding on the Flash partnership previously announced, RIM has teamed up with Adobe yet again to unveil tight integration with Creative Suite 5 with direct file exports for BlackBerry-optimized formats and the creation BlackBerry-specific web layouts. End users will also be able to pull files directly off their BlackBerrys into consumer offerings like Photoshop Elements. This particular news seems pretty fluffy since Adobe products are already capable of opening and saving media formats that the phones can use — but as with many of the other announcements here, we’re on board as long as it means better-looking apps.

Source: YouTube & BlackBerry

Kindle For PC Beta available for download

Kindle For PC Beta
The Amazon Kindle application that was announced on October 22 is now finally availalbe for download for Windows 7, Vista & XP users. A Mac version is also expected soon.

With Kindle for PC, readers can take advantage of the following features:

- Purchase, download and read hundreds of thousands of books available in the Kindle Store
- Read the beginning of any book for free before they buy
- Access their library of previously purchased Kindle books stored on Amazon’s servers for free
- Read books in full color including children’s books, cookbooks, travel books, textbooks and graphic novels
- Choose from more than 10 different font sizes and adjust words per line
- Add and automatically synchronize bookmarks and last page read
- View notes and highlights marked on Kindle, Kindle DX, iPhone, and iPod touch
- Zoom in and out of text with a pinch of the fingers (Windows 7 users only)
- Turn pages with a finger swipe (available in a future release for Windows 7 users)

Now where are the Windows Mobile & Android versions?

Source: Amazon

The Nokia N900 is officially shipping today

The long awaited Nokia N900 is officially starting to ship now in and should land in Europe, Middle-East, Russia & North America in a couple of days. The N900 is Nokia’s first Maemo 5 (linux) based smartphone and in my opinion one of the their most exciting devices in a while. Click here to check out our coverage.

Source: Reuters via Conversations Nokia

HTC HD2 reviewed on video again

CoolSmartPhone just uploaded their latest video of their HTC HD2review today, unfortunitely the quality is really that great though. A couple of features are shown this time around, like the calendar,Twitter tab (HTC Peep),Opera Mobile 9.7 Dual LED flash etc..

Source: Coolsmartphone

Motorola Motus approved by the FCC

The Motorola Motus just passed the FCC, according to rumors the device is supposedly a refreshed Motorola CLIQ. The fact that the Motus really exist makes us believe that the rumored Sholes Tablet (a Motorola Droid with a bigger 8Mpix camera and 720p video recording) is indeed true. The previously leaked roadmap:
motorola-motus-sholes tablet

Source: FCC via Engadget

HTC HD2 screen VS keys a knife and scissors

HD2 screen no scratches
Here’s a scary stress test video done by the crazy russians at mobile-review. They try to scratch the HTC HD2 capacitive screen with a cutter, some keys and scissors. The results: no scratches to be seen! No screen protector or shield needed. Try doing this on a resistive screen…not!

Source: YouTube

Another HTC HD2 review this time from Russia

HD2 review russia
This time in russian from Mobile-Review. It’s really in-depth and brings to light one of the flaws of the devices, its camera. Like I noticed ealier it looks like the HD2 has a crappy lens cover that blurs the pictures with a nice red tint in the center of the the images. Now I don’t know if this is only affecting review samples or if it’s also present on the retail devices. If it is really the case then HTC failed hard.

Wifi Router demo:

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Hardware Tour:

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There’s a whole lot of comparison pictures between the HD2‘s LCD screen and the Omnia II AMOLED display, sample pictures and videos taken with the device too.

Read the whole thing here .

Source: Mobile-Review

Gizmodo reviews the HTC HD2: Hates it because it’s Windows Mobile


HD2 gizmodo
Did you expect any better from Gizmodo ? Well don’t expect much from Engadget either based on what was said in their podcast 2 days ago. The Giz just posted what must be the most biased review ever, it’s really pathetic. The conclusion is that the HD2 has no flaws but sucks anyway because it is running Windows Mobile. Wow! Amazing review you did there! 

Just read it here

Now just click here and check all the other reviews posted so far , isn’t it funny that everybody but Gizmodo thinks that the HD2 is one of the best smartphones ever?

Voice your opinion in the comments

Source: Gizmodo