Microsoft’s Mobile2Market certification program ending Feb 18th


Microsoft Just announced the end of the Mobile2Martket certification program for Windows Mobile apps.

As of February 18, 2010, Microsoft will no longer provide the Mobile2Market program. Benefits of the program — including Buy It Now functionality with online distributors, the Windows Application Mobile® Catalog, the Designed for Windows Mobile 6 logo, and Microsoft Partner Points — will no longer be available after that date.

The Logo License Agreement for Windows Mobile 5.0, 6.0, and 6.1 also will end effective February 18, 2010, at which time distribution of and all references to the aforementioned logos will need to cease.

Thank you very much for your participation in the Mobile2Market program. We apologize for any inconveniences. If you have questions, feel free to contact the support team (acp@microsoft.com).

We would also like to encourage you to participate in the separate Windows Marketplace for Mobile program. For more information on the Windows Marketplace for Mobile, please go to: http://developer.windowsmobile.com.

February 18th is the day MWC 2010 ends, maybe just a coincidence tho..

Source: Microsoft via Fiercedeveloper via WMPoweruser

HTC changes the design of the HTC HD2 Car Kit


According to online retailer DeviceWire, HTC has decided to change the HTC HD2 car kit. As you can see in the picture above it no longer looks like the original design (I can’t seem to figure out how it exactly attaches now). Old car kit:

Source: Devicewire via Tracy & Matt

Motorola MOTOROI (XT720) launching worldwide and in the US in March


According to Bae Joon-dong, senior vice president of SK Telecom and Rick Wolochatiuk, president and representative director of Motorola Korea the MOTOROI announced yesterday will be launching in the US in March and later worldwide. One thing to note though is that the build-in T-DMB tuner will probably be stripped out of the handset or deactivated.

Source: Korean Herald via Gizmodo

Windows Mobile 7 rumor madness


We are reaching new highs folks (or lows depending on how you look at it). Jefferies analyst Katherine Egbert just made up a nice Windows Mobile 7 rumor (looks like a new trend lately). According to her latest report Microsoft will announce a Zune Phone (similar to Google’s Nexus One) running WM7 during MWC or CTIA.

in a research note that “recent industry checks” indicate Microsoft will do just that within the next two months – fulfilling years of speculation about a secretive effort known as Project Pink to develop a Microsoft branded handset. Egbert thinks the phone will debut either at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona February 15-18, or at the CTIA show in Las Vegas a month later.

Egbert says the company is “partnering with a few OEM manufacturers” to create a Zune-like phone which will have 720 HD video capability and at least a 5 MP camera. She says the OEM deals will be similar to HTC’s arrangement to build the Nexus One phone for Google (GOOG).

Egbert says the Pink/Zune phone will be based on Windows Mobile 7, and that the long-awaited OS could be made available at the same time.

The analyst adds that Windows Mobile 7 will include “premium mobile services,” including a Zune video store and music subscription and purchasing services. The interface will “likely be similar” to the ZuneHD UI, “and could include social networking apps like Xbox Live, Facebook and Twitter,” she writes.

Hold on a second. Didn’t she just copy/paste all the recent WM7 stories and mixed them all together to pull this one out? Meh…

Source: Barrons

HTC HD2 launched in Australia yesterday, rumored Tablet canceled?


I’m going to keep it short and sweet. First, as it was announced last month, Australia’s telco, Telstra just launched the HTC HD2 down south yesterday. The other piece of news is that,according to Anthony Petts, Sales and Marketing Director, ANZ, for HTC Corps, The rumored Android (or ChromeOS/WinMo?) Tablet project has been shelved. The company is supposedly focusing on a “new generation of mobile phones”. canceled

Source: Channelnews

Windows Mobile 7, HTC Obsession, LG Apollo & Unicorns


I’m just going to post this for those who may have missed it a couple of hours ago. The boys at WMExperts posted a funky mix-&-match of rumors and supposedly “insider” info about Windows Mobile 7 and two supposedly un-announced handsets: the HTC Obsession and the LG Apollo. I’m not going to comment on what is being said this time around and will just let you judge by yourself here. It is safe to say that the WM7 rumors are starting to reach new levels of insanity. According to WME their will be 2 WM7 version, Business Edition and Multimedia Edition and the specs of those 2 handset are the following:

LG Apollo:

* Launching: August/September 2010
* CPU: Qualcomm QSD8650; 1.3GHz
* CDMA + GSM (aka a World Phone)
* EvDO + HSDPA
* Device Size: 115 x 57.5 x 11.2 mm
* Memory (RAM/ROM): 1GB/1GB
* External Storage: MicroSD (up to 32GB)
* Screen Size/Type: 3.8-inch capacitive AMOLED “Multitouch Supported”
* Screen Resolution: WXGA 1280 x 720 px
* Camera: 10-megapixel with flash and autofocus; HD 720p video@ 30fps
* Video Support: Windows Media Video (WMV), MPEG-4 (MP4/M4V) H.264, DVR-MS4
* Audio Support: Windows Media Audio (WMA), Advanced Audio Coding (AAC-LC), FairPlay DRM, MP3
* Battery: Removable 1400 mAh
* Talk Time: Up to 7.5 hours
* Standby Time: 288 hours
* Internet Use: 4.5 hours (3G), 6.5 hours (WiFi)
* Video Playback: 10 hours
* Audio Playback: 30 hours

HTC Obessions:

* Launching: October 2010
* CPU: Qualcomm QSD8250; 1GHz
* GSM HSDPA
* Device Size: 112 x 56 x 11.7 mm
* Memory (RAM/ROM): 512MB/512MB
* Internal Storage: 4GB
* External Storage: MicroSD (up to 32GB)
* Screen Size/Type: 3.7-inch capacitive AMOLED “Multitouch Supported”
* Camera: 5.0 Megapixel AF with flash; HD 720p video@ 25fps
* Video Support: Windows Media Video (WMV), MPEG-4 (MP4/M4V) H.264, DVR-MS4
* Audio Support: Windows Media Audio (WMA), Advanced Audio Coding (AAC-LC), FairPlay DRM, MP3 (.mp3)
* Battery: Removable 1230 mAh
* Talk Time: Up to 10 hours
* Standby Time: 240 hours
* Internet Use: 6 hours (3G), 7.5 hours (WiFi)
* Video Playback: 7 hours
* Audio Playback: 24 hours

Anyway, for a complete coverage of all things Windows Mobile 7 (before the “rumor craze” started) click here .

Source: WMExperts