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