Windows Mobile 7 support in Visual Studio 2010 expected after product launch

According to an article in Visual Studio Magazine Windows Mobile 7 support in Visual Studio 2010 will only be available once the new mobile OS is announced & launched later this year:

The VS2010 tooling for Windows Mobile 7 and smart devices will be released out-of-band in conjunction with the technology itself, according to Somasegar. Developers can expect to learn more about Windows Mobile 7 at the World Mobile Congress later this month and at MIX10 in March.

Source: Visual Studio Magazine via WMPU

Google Nexus One firmware update brings multi-touch support & Google Goggles among other features

Google just did the unexpected and pushed a new firmware update for the Nexus One that enables multi-touch support in the borwser, gallery & maps. Google Goggles is now part of the Rom and a new version of Google Maps which includes a night mode is also included:

Google Goggles: this mobile application will now be available directly on your device by launching it from your All Apps menu. Just use your Nexus One camera to start searching the web

Google Maps: the Maps application with be updated to a new version, Google Maps 3.4, which will include:

* Starred items synchronized with – access your favorite places from your phone or computer
* Search suggestions from your personal history – makes it easy to search for places you’ve searched for before
* Night mode in Google Maps Navigation – automatically changes your screen at night for easier viewing and driving

Pinch-to-zoom functionality: devices will now include a new pinch-to-zoom mechanism in the phone’s Browser, Gallery and Maps applications

3G connectivity: we will provide a general fix to help improve 3G connectivity on some Nexus One phones

Source: Google via Engadget

China Mobile’s OMS 2.0 Android OS supports Windows Mobile APIs. What’s that?

Don’t ask me what this is all about, because even I can’t figure out what’s going on here. China Mobile just released the 2.0 version of their Android based OMS mobile OS today. Among the new feaures supported like SVG and voice regognition the comany also claims that “Windows Mobile API” are now part of this update (!?).

BEIJING, Feb 02, 2010 (SinoCast Daily Business Beat via COMTEX) —
China Mobile Ltd. (SEHK: 0941; NYSE: CHL) has upgraded its OMS (Open Mobile System) to 2.0 version, which is compatible with technologies such as SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics), Windows Mobile
API, and voice recognition and generation.

OMS is a proprietary smartphone operating system developed by China Mobile using source codes of Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG | Quote | Chart | News | PowerRating)’s Android platform. It is regarded as a secondary development on the basis of Android. Mobile phones based on OMS are called OPhones.

Android has had many different versions after it was created in 2008. As a result, OMS has been upgrading itself since its release, trying to catch up the pace of Android.

Because Android’s codes are open to all developers, the R&D team of OMS embedded China Mobile’s services like instant messaging and messengers client Fetion into OMS while making changes to Android.

The latest version of OMS is able to provide support for the next-generation mobile Internet and communications technologies and stronger and more efficient technology R&D for family services.

Source: Press Release thanks for the tip John

Nokia releases Ovi Maps Racing game. Lets you race anywhere in the world!

Nokia has just made available what must be one of the coolest mobile games, Ovi Maps Racing. The game basically lets you race anywhere you want in the world just by selecting a location on the Ovi Maps data base. You can create a race track in your neighborhood for example and start racing right away. Check out the video below to see it in action:

The game is available now for free in the Ovi Store.

Source: Nokia

Samsung GT-S8500 to be the first Bluetooth 3.0 certified handset

According to the Bluetooth Special Interest Group the upcoming Smasung GT-S8500 is the first Bleutooth 3.0 certified handset. If I had to guess I would way that the S8500 is also one of the first Bada phone too.

S8500 is Full Touch stylish phone with reinforced features. 3.1 inch OLED screen perform expanding full touch to follow TouchWIZ. This display is anti-reflective and has High resolution, so it is suitable for outdoor activity with enhanced outdoors visibility. Its design concept is compact and slim, various color version available. It supports EDGE/GPRS Quad-Band(850/900/1800/1900).

Source: Bluetooth SIG via Phonescoop

Nokia will offer Symbian^3 and Maemo 6 smartphones this year

According to Michael Hsu, general manager of Nokia Taiwan, the company will not ship any Symbian^2 handset but will instead go straight to Symbian^3 this year. They also expect to launch Symbian^4 handsets at the end of the year (or early 2011). The other good news is that Nokia is also expected to launch Maemo 6 based handsets in the second half of 2010.

Source: DigiTimes

Sony Ericsson Aspen unveiled

The Sony Ericsson Aspen was just announced a few hours ago. You may remember this device as the Faith I reported about no long ago. The Aspen is now the second Windows Mobile 6.5.3 smartphone officially announced (the first being the Garmin-Asus M10) and sports a tiny 2.4 QVGA touchscreen and a QWERTY candybar form factor. It also looks like the handset is running SPB Mobile Shell as the main UI (the Aspen also comes with SPB Weather & Traveler pre-installed):

Sony Ericsson Aspen™


3.2 megapixel camera
4x digital zoom
Self timer
Smart contrast

Album art
Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP)
Sony Ericsson media player
Music tones (MP3/AAC)
Stereo speakers
Windows Media® Player Mobile

Google™ search
Internet Explorer® Mobile
Pan & zoom
Web feeds

Polyphonic ringtones
Vibrating alert

Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync®
Handwriting recognition
Instant messaging
Picture messaging (MMS)
Predictive text input
Text messaging (SMS)

Auto rotate
Media browser
Picture wallpaper
Full keyboard
Wallpaper animation
Windows Phone®

3D games
FM radio with RDS
Video streaming
Video viewing

Adobe® PDF Reader
Alarm clock
Flight mode
Microsoft Office® Mobile
Outlook® Mobile
Phone book

3.5 mm audio jack
Bluetooth™ technology
Google Maps™
Micro USB connector
USB mass storage support
USB support
Applications and panels

SPB Mobile Shell 3.0 (Professional)
SPB Mobile Shell 3.0 (Lifestyle)
SEMC Greenheart Panel
Microsoft Today
Panel Manager
Google Maps Latitude
Google Mobile Application
Send My Location
Unified Search Application
SPB Traveler and Weather combo
YouTube™ panel
Communication City/Day
Communication City/Night
On-The-Road Panel
Windows® Live
Gokivo Weather Panel
Eco mate application
GreenHeart™ indentity

GreenHeart™ panel
Power saving mode
Eco mate application
Waterborne painting
Recycle materials (Green charger, Green PHF, Green Box.

65,536 colour TFT
2.4 inches
240 x 320 pixels (QVGA)

Sony Ericsson Aspen™
Green charger
HPM-60J GreenHeart™ Stereo portable handsfree
3.5mm jack
Micro USB cable
Bluetooth™ Noise Shield Handsfree VH700
Dual connect charger
4GB MicroSD card
Car charger

Size: 117 x 60 x 12.45 mm
Weight: 130 grams
Memory card support: SanDisk microSD™, up to 16 GB
Operating system: Windows Mobile® 6.5.3
Talk time GSM/GPRS: Up to 10 hours
Standby time: GSM/GPRS: Up to 450hrs
Talk time UMTS: Up to 8 hours
Standby time: UMTS: Up to 600 hrsMusic listening time: Up to 12hrs
Availability and versions

UMTS HSPA 900/2100
GSM GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
UMTS HSPA 850/900/2100
GSM GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
Available in selected markets in Q2 2010

Iconic Black
White Silver

The Sony Ericsson Aspen is headed for a Q2 2010 release.

Source: Sony Ericsson

Short Garmin-Asus M10 preview

ZDnet Asia just posted a short write-up about the newly announced Garmin-Asus M10 Windows Mobile 6.5.3 smartphone. There isn’t much to learn from it besides the actual price of the device which is said to be around $354. The M10 is also expected to be launched soon in Taiwan (and in mid-march in Asia).

One of the complaints we had about the M20 was its small 2.8-inch VGA display which makes in-car navigation impractical. The new M10 improves on this with a 3.5-inch touchscreen, which should help when you need to take a quick glance at the map while driving.

Another impressive specification on the M10 is its 512MB RAM. That’s a lot of memory for running applications and should go some way in making the device more responsive for users. Furthermore, there’s 512MB ROM for installing apps, another 4GB of storage built-in and even a microSD card slot if you need even more space.

Source: ZDNEt Asia & Garmin-Asus