New Bing Maps Beta launched: Silverlight with Photosynth integration & Streetside view!

Microsoft just launch their new Bing Maps beta powered by Silverlight with Photosynth integration and Streetside view(Microsoft’s “answers” to Google’s Streetview..Hold on! Microsoft’s Streetside actually came out before Google’s StreeView back in 2006! ):

Bing Maps beta silverlight (Medium)

You can already check it out here

Head over here & here for all the info

New Bing Maps for Windows Mobile (and other devices) released today

Bing Maps mobile
It looks like Microsoft is about to launch the updated version of the Bing Mobile application for Windows Mobile (and other devices) today. According to Cnet’s Ina Fried MS just demoed the appliction during their Bing event a few minutes ago:

Mobile @bing client being readied for lots of devices. 25 new ones ready today, though first demo now is on Windows Mobile.

Source: Twitter

Stay tuned for more

UPDATE: It’s out and availalbe here

Opera Mobile 10 Beta and Opera Mini 5 beta updated

Opera Mobile 10
Opera just announced that Opera Mobile 10 Beta for Windows Mobile and Symbian and Opera Mini 5 beta have been updated today:

Sync up your phones
Opera releases new betas of Opera Mini and Opera Mobile
Oslo, Norway — December 2, 2009
Opera today launched the second beta versions of Opera Mini 5 and Opera Mobile 10, available as free downloads. In this second beta release, Opera Mini and Opera Mobile users can now enjoy popular desktop features, such as Opera Link and the Download Manager, from their mobile phones.

With Opera Link, users can synchronize personal browser settings with their Opera desktop browser, as well as all their connected devices, ensuring that their bookmarks, Speed Dial and search engines are always accessible. The Download Manager gives users a better way to control and speed up downloads to mobile phones.

You can download Opera Mini 5 here and Opera Mobile 10 here.

Here’a video of Oprea Mobile 10 beta on the Samsung Omnia II:

Source: Opera

Motorola Sholes Tablet to have HDMI out ?

The long rumored Motorola Sholes Tablet is just around the corner if the picture above is to be believed. The device seems to feature an HDMI port to output videos to an HDTV. The Sholes tablet is supposedly a Motorola Droid withouth the keyboard but a 8Mpix camera that can capture 720p videos (compared to the 5mpix on the Droid). The Chipset is rumored to be the same TI OMAP3430 clocked at 550Mhz.

Source: Mobile01 via BGR

Nokia promises improved user experience on Symbian & first Maemo 6 device in 2010

Nokia is finally waking up it seems, according to the press release of today’s Nokia Capital Market’s Day, the N°1 phone company is set to deliver a whole lot of good stuff next year:

Nokia Devices & Services operational priorities
In addition to providing its key financial targets, Nokia also outlined key Devices & Services operational priorities for 2010. These are:
- Improve our user experience;
- Re-engineer our Symbian user interface; deliver a major product milestone before mid-year 2010, and another major product milestone before the end of 2010;
- Deliver our first Maemo 6-powered mobile computer, with an iconic user experience, in the second half of 2010;
- Significantly increase the proportion of touch and/or QWERTY devices in our smartphone portfolio;
- Scale up our Services business by expanding geographically and in partnership with more operators;
- Provide third party developers with better tools to create applications and content for our Ovi ecosystem;
- Further optimize the industry’s lowest cost end-to-end business model in Mobile Phones; and
- Continue to build on our affordable and localized services offerings for emerging market consumers.

So we can basically expect two major updates to Symbian next year (the first around mid-2010 and the second at the end of the year) which is a good thing and quite similar to what Microsoft is doing with WM 6.5 and WM7. The other interesting part is that they are planning to ship the first Maemo 6 device next year, but there’s no mention of other Meamo 5 devices. The question is, Will the N900 be the only Meamo 5 device? Is Nokia only planning one Meamo device for 2010?

Source: Nokia

New HTC HD2 ROM (1.48) leaked

HD2 offi
As it’s usually the case HTCPedia manged to get their hands on a new official ROM from HTC. this time it’s for the HTC HD2 and should be available soon on HTC’s support site. The new 1.48 ROM fixes a few bugs (like the calendar bug) and updates the Manilla2D (Sense UI) from ver. 1920 to 1921 and WM6.5 from build 21864 to 21869. IT’s not know yet if this new ROM the camera issue (some user are reporting that iti is fixed others that it is not…). You can grab it here. The Danish version is already avaialbe on HTC’s support site here.


Source: HTCPedia

Verizon Samsung Omnia II video review

Chuand over at Pocketnow posted his video review of Samsung’s newly released Omnia II on Verizon:

So what do you guys think of it? Is the Verizon Omnia II an intersting device now that the Motorola Droid is also available? One of the best feature on this device is the visual task-switcher, one has to wonder why HTC doesn’t have one to.

Source: Pocketnow

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 800×480 (WVGA) video sample

Here’s a WVGA (800×480) video shot by with the Xperia X10:

What do you guys think? Doesn’t look bad IMO (remember that it’s a pre-release device and a Youtube quality in’t the best..).

Source: YouTube

Verizon’s Samsung Omnia II on video

The Samsung Omnia II is only coming out on Verizon today but it looks like some guys were able to get their hands on a little early:

As I said last time, I think that it’s a bit too late now that the Motorola Droid is out. But if you like resistive touchscreen and Windows Mobile..and TouchWIZ. The hardware re-design those look really nice though.

Source: YouTube via WMPoweruser

Motorola CLIQ OTA update released

If you are a Motorola ClIQ user (on T-Mobile) you should be happy to know that an OTA (Over The Air) update that fixes some of the biggest issues currently affecting the phone (touchscreen accurency, battery life..) is now available for your device. Just go into your settings menu and download it directly to your phone (backup all your important data before..). Here’s what’s new:

Cliq 1.1.31 OTA Update released:

Patch notes (summarized):

- Increased battery life when phone is idle or running applications
- New battery management feature, customize battery settings, such as turning data off when phone idle for 30mins
- Improved bluetooth for pairing, audio/call connections
- Improved touchscreen accuracy and reduced inadvertent screen touch pick-ups
- TTY Options
- Better business/corporate connections
- Improved caller connectivity, repairs issues with lingering connections after hanging up a call
- Quick Office 2 added
- Accelerometer Enhancements with responsiveness and accuracy

Via: TMOnews

Zune HD now available in purple and magenta

Zune  HD purple magenta
Microsoft quietly launched the Zune HD in two new colors today. You can now order it in Purple or Magenta if you didn’t like the original red, green black blue, & platinum colors. You will also get a free one-month subscription to the Zune Pass. The pricing is still the same, $220 for the 16GB & $290 for the 32gb.

Source: ZuneStore via Electronista Thanks for the tip Sam!