Samsung Epix to get Windows Mobile 6.5 update in February


Microsoft’s updated Windows Mobile 6.5 device upgrade list now shows the Samsung Epix scheduled to get the WM6.5 update in February. Wonder if it will be Windows Mobile 6.5.3 instead..

Source: Microsoft via WMExperts

One more Xperia X10 hands-on video


Here’s new hands on video of the Xperia X10 (in french). As you can see the UI is now running fairly smoothly:

Sony Ericsson is expected to announce some new Xperia X10 info (vilibility, etc..) during CES in Vegas next week.

Source: GPS&Co

10 Minutes long HTC Nexus One video walkthrough

Here comes the best HTC Nexus One hands-on video availalbe on the net:

The UI may not be as sexy as HTC‘s Sense but it’s damn fast and Android 2.1 looks a heck of a lot better than WM6.5 (the camera app looks a little bit too much like the iPhone’s though..).

This second video shows the old Qualcomm Neocore OpenGL ES 1.0 techdemo (originaly developed for the MSM72XX SOC back in 2007). The final score isn’t impressible at all though….

The Acer Liquid running a SnapDragon clocked @768Mhz compared to 1Ghz on the Nexus One scores 34.7fps!

Source: Beheller

How XBOX Live Anywhere looked like on Windows Mobile back in 2006

Here’s a memory refresher for those who don’t remember how the previously announced Windows Mobile / Xbox Live integration looked like when it was demoed during E3 2006. Here’s a quote from Engadget’s report:

Microsoft’s new Live Anywhere that they announced at today’s E3 keynote takes their Xbox Live concept and extends it to the PC, Windows Mobile and even Java-enabled phones. Whether you’re at your PC or rocking a mobile, you’ll be able to track your gamer tag, message friends, purchase content for that device or set it to download to another device, and of course compare rankings with your buddies on various gaming titles.
After the keynote we got a personal showing of prototype Live Anywhere functionality, mainly running off of a Windows Mobile device.


Ironically the whole app’s UI looks 10x better than what Microsoft has ever released on WinMo so far…

Anyway, it’s now clear that Windows Mobile 7 is going to get some sort of XBOX Live integration but will it be similar to what was demoed back in 2006? Well, my guess is that the first WinMo/XBOX Live services will be similar to the the Live Anywhere application, Microsoft will at the same time be building up the Zune/WinMo Marketplace and only then we will start to see high profile games coming out for WM and direct interaction with games running on the console. As Robbie Bach stated earlier this year, everything won’t be rolled out at the same time, so expect a lot of updates coming WM7 in 2011/12.

Source: Engadget thanks to 1800Pocketpc

Latest version of HTC HD2 Sense UI (Manila) mentions Windows Mobile 7


Here are some more findings hinting at a future Windows Mobile 7 update for the HTC HD2. The latest Manila 2.5.1922 (Sense UI) from the leaked 2.02 HTC HD2 ROM includes the following Lua scripts:

if HomeMachineStatus.WM7Device.Value then
IsWindowsMobile7Device = true
PredefineItem = 1
HomeItemCollection = HomeManager:GetHomeCollection(1)
else
IsWindowsMobile7Device = false
PredefineItem = 0
HomeItemCollection = HomeManager:GetHomeCollection()
end

This would suggest that HTC is currently working on Windows Mobile 7 ROMs and that the Sense UI may be ported to Microsoft’s new mobile OS.

Source: XDA

HTC HD2 to officially get Windows Mobile 7 update

What the he….According to HTC’s Russian Twitter account the HTC HD2 is the only device on the market that will get an update to Windows Mobile 7!

Translation:

for Diamond 2 firmware is not planned. Of the existing communicators on the market, only the HD2 firmware to get WM7.

Hopefully this is indeed true and the Russian rep wasn’t smoking something…Don’t forget to check out our HD2 review.

Source: Twitter via PocketNow

Confirmation: Xbox Live coming to Windows Mobile, LG still on board


As we have seen a few weeks ago, Microsoft is definitely working on making Windows Mobile a gaming platform. I just found out 2 interesting job ads:

Principal Program Manager – LIVE Engagement Job

Xbox LIVE involves a lot more than building software. It’s about changing the way people have fun, interact and live. Help us create and deliver the most advanced online entertainment service on the planet. At Xbox LIVE, we’re accelerating the trend towards connected, social interactive entertainment by designing incredibly rich, multi-platform game and community experiences. We’re connecting players via the LIVE services on new devices beyond the console. We need a Principle Program Manager who can help drive the platform and bring Xbox LIVE enabled games to Windows Mobile. This person will focus specifically on what makes gaming experiences “LIVE Enabled” through aspects such as avatar integration, social interactions, and multi-screen experiences.

Software Test Engineer

We need great people to bring our big vision to life. Are you a gamer? Do you want to work on the fun stuff? Do you think mobile gaming and always connected internet has the potential to change the way people play games? If so then the Mobile Entertainment is where you need to be.

We are looking for a Software Development Engineer in Test who knows what it means to develop high quality software in a challenging, complex eco-system. As an SDET on our team you will have the opportunity to work in a team of very talented engineers that solve difficult problems every day. The focus area of this team is our full end-to-end gaming experience, and it’s our teams challenge to ensure the highest level of quality and fun in all aspects of that experience.

The other piece of news is that Microsoft is still working closely with LG on future Windows Mobile 7 devices (there is a Microsoft-LG team) .

SENIOR Software Development Engineer

As part of the fast growing Mobile Device Strategy and Commercialization (MDSC) division in Windows Mobile, we are working on the coolest Windows Phones on the planet! This role is part of a dedicated team within MDSC working directly with a top Korean cellular phone manufacturer, who has made a large commitment to Windows Mobile.

We are looking for a strong and experienced developer to help the OEM to design and develop applications that make their devices stand out in the marketplace. You will also help them to bring new phones to market. As you work on these cool new devices, you will be in a unique position to evaluate and provide feedback on the Windows Mobile platform that will lead to higher device stability and quality. Close collaboration with internal terms and external OEM partners will be essential for success in this role.

Can’t wait to see what Microsoft is cooking with Windows Mobile 7.

Windows Mobile 6.5.3 officially official ?

Here’s the first official mention of Windows Mobile 6.5.3 by Microsoft:

This was found (by WMExperts) buried into the MSDN Developing Widgets for Windows Mobile 6.5 document. Let’s just hope that WM 6.5.3 isn’t the only thing that Microsoft is going to talk about during CES and MWC…

Source: Microsoft via WMExperts

HTC Nexus One price revealed!


Well, here’s some more info about the HTC Nexus OneGizmodo just got their dirty hands on some Google confidential slides detailing the price of the device/ It will basically be sold unlocked for $5299.99 or $179.99 with T-Mobile even More individual 500 plan.

• Yeah, it’s $530 unsubsidized. Google’s not going to be selling the phone at cost, like so many people considered. They’re not going to save us from the “making money off of hardware” culture we’ve got right now, so this is basically just another Android handset, albeit a really good one
• If you want it subsidized, you’ll have to sign up for a 2 year mandatory contract and pay $180 for the phone
• There’s only one rate plan: $39.99 Even More + Text + Web for $79.99 total
• Existing customers cannot keep their plan if they want a subsidized phone; they have to change to the one plan, and this only applies to accounts with one single line
• If that doesn’t fly with you, you have to buy the $530 unlocked version—this actually might save you money over two years if you already have a cheap plan
• Family plans, Flexpay, SmartAccess and KidConnect subscribers must buy the phone unlocked and unsubsidized for $530
• You can only buy five Nexus One phones per Google account
• There is language in the agreement of shipping outside the US
• Google will sell it at google.com/phone, which explains what they were doing with that page a few weeks ago
• Google will still call it the Nexus One apparently, and not the Google Phone

And here is a big one:
• If you cancel your plan before 120 days, you have to pay the subsidy difference between what you paid and the unsubsidized price, so $350 in this case. Or you can return the phone to Google. You also authorize them to charge this directly to your credit card.

Now what I want to know is what does Samsung, Motorola, LG, Acer think about this? Even if it’s only a Google ADP device (like the Dream and Io) the hype surrounding it is probablly pissing off some of the OEMs (other than HTC obviously).

Source: Gizmodo

Android press event scheduled for January 5th


Well it looks like Google is about to announce some interesting stuff related ot their Android mobile platform on January 5th. It probably has something to do with the HTC Nexus One.

With the launch of the first Android-powered device just over a year ago, we’ve seen how a powerful, open platform can spur mobile product innovation. And this is just the beginning of what’s possible.

Please join us in Mountain View on January 5, for an Android press gathering.

Not to sound like a broken record here…but with all the hype surrounding this event (and the Nexus One / “Google Phone“) , the Apple Tablet rumors (and rummoed announced in early January..), what the hell is Microsoft doing with Windows Mobile? Is Steve Ballmer going to announce anything new during his Keynote at CES (on the same day as Google’s event!)?

Source: Engadget

HTC Nexus One hands-on video

Here’s an extremely blurry video of the Nexus One in action and some quick iPhone size comparison:

I still firmly believe that the HTC Nexus Oneis just Google’s new ADP phone (not a “so called “Google Phone”) and that the retail version of it (HTC Passion) will be released later on..But I could be wrong though..

source: YouTube thanks for the tip Mike

LG eXpo GW820 hands-on videos

Following their text review here comes PhoneArena‘s video hands-on video of the LG eXpo GW820 WM6.5 smartphone:

Here’s another eXpo / GW820 video hands-on:

via: WMPU

Philips D908 WM6.5 phone launching in China


What must be the worst looking smartphone ever designed is now launching in China. I’m talking about the Philips D908 Windows Mobile 6.5 smarphone pictured above. Not much is know about it other than the info info on Microsoft China’s product page. It is supposedly shipping with WM6.5 (even tough the screenshot shows WM6.1 and the product page mention WM5!) and feature 1gb of onboard RAM (this is a first for a WinMo device), 2gb of ROM, a 5Mpix camera, a 3.2inch WVGA touchscreen and is GSM / CDMA compatible.

Source: Microsoft via Unwired & Mobile-Review

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 video round-up

Here are three videos of Sony Ericsson‘s Xperia X10 in action for those of you who are eagerly waiting to get your hands-on the device when it’s finally released in a few months.

The first video shows Google Goggles apps:

Google Navigation in New York City:

Finally, the Wikitude augmented reality application:

Hopefully SE won’t delay the device this time around. More info regarding the retail availibilty of the X10 should be known during CES in a few days.

Via: YouTube

Nokia N900 teardown video


The Greek boys at Techblog.gr just posted a teardown video & picture gallery of Nokia‘s latest flagship device, the N900:

Source: TechBlog.gr

HTC Espresso Sense UI leaked, shown running on the HTC Hero

The HTC Espersso (Rosie) UI with talked about a few days ago has finally been leaked to the net. Below you’ll see a video of HTC‘s latest Android 2.1 Sense UI running on the HTC Hero:

You can grab the Espresso dump here

Source: AndroidSpin & Youtube

HTC HD2 SSPL released: Try it now


The boys (Bepe) at XDA just released the SSPL (not HSPL) for the HTC HD2. This lets you flash your HD2 with unsigned/cooked ROMs but won’t let you flash the SPL or the Radio.

How safe is it?
We disabled SPL and Radio flashing, so it can only flash Splashes and OS images.
(To all hackers out there… don’t enable it! else you will BRICK your device)
Worst case is that you destroy your OS partition, in that case you must flash a ship ROM using the original SPL (Vol down on boot run ruu from PC )
We did our best to make it save, else we would not release it for public testing, but anyway, all on your own risk!

How to use it:

* Download the SSPL_RUU.exe and put it into an empty folder
* Add the RUU_signed.nbh that you want to flash to your device into the same folder
* Connect the device to the PC, device must be running WM, not show the 3 color screen
* Run SSPL_RUU.exe

Always back up your device before!

Head over here for all the instructions.

HDblog.it posted a video walkthrough instruction on how to use the SSPL:

Source: XDA-Devs & HDBlog.it

6 Bugs that HTC has to fix on the HD2

 

The HTC HD2 is currently one of the best and most advanced smartphone on the market, but like every new device it suffers from quite a few bugs that can irritate the end user:

SMS

The now infamous SMS “stuck in outbox bug” is probably what should be fixed a soon as possible. The HOTFIX released a few days ago doesn’t seem to have fixed the problem as far as I can tell.User who applied the patch still suffer from this and other who are running the 1.61 that supposedly already includes the fix) are experiencing this too. Some messages also show up with the wrong date and timestamp.

Volume rocker

The hardware volume rocker also suffers from some weird behaviour. When watching a video through HTC’s Album application (and YouTube app or listening to music through Sense) the on-screen overlay volume visualization (that lets you know your volume level) often disappears so you have to guess what your current volume is. Even worst, sometimes pressing up or down on the rocker will fast forward or rewind the video (or crash the device) or the music you are listening too. Soft-Resetting the devices is the only way to vring the volume overlay back.

Camera

Even-though a HOTFIX was released for the Pink camera hue/spot HTC can still do a better job because, so far it looks like the FIX doesn’t apply to videos captured with the device.

Radio / Cellular reception

As I stated in my review, the HD2′s Radio ROM suffers from bad reception in some areas and weird disconnections when the Data connection is active (other phones in the same area don’t exhibit these problems).

Screen sensitivity

Some users are complaining that the capacitive screen sensitivity is a little bit too high (you can find some CABs on XDA that can lower it) especialy when typing on the on-screen keyboard. It would be nice if HTC added a sensitivity option so users can choose between high/low sensitivity to meet their needs.UPDATE: Another bug related to the screen sensitivity is the strange jittering finger bug (I didn’t experience it on my device yet, but many users seem to be affected).See Dallis post in the comments.

Multi-Touch


The third-party applications pinch-zooming implementation (in file explorer, outlook etc) that HTC added to Windows Mobile can disappear and no-longer work for no apparent reason. A soft-rest of the device is the only way to bring it back.

Anything thing else I’ve missed? Don’t hesitate to comment.

Get an LG eXpo for only $49 on Amazon


Today is the day ifyou plan to get yourself an LG eXpo smartphone. The device is currently available for $49 ($99 + $50 gift card) with a 2 year contract on AT&T. Head over here.

Souurce: Amazon via PicoProjector-info