Microsoft MyPhone 2.0 being worked on

It’s been a while since we’ve heard any news about Microsoft’s MyPhone service. Here’s a new Job ad with some rather vague information about the next version (2.0) of the service:

The mobile and online areas are two of the most competitive and innovative areas in software today. Microsoft has strong competitors, but we also have great technologies, some amazing ideas, and a huge commitment to do what it takes to win from the executive leadership team. The My Phone service is the initial release in a bigger vision to combine these two critical areas into a compelling customer experience, enhancing the Windows Phone platform with powerful web integration scenarios around data protection, device management, social networking, location awareness, ease of use, integration with partner services, and much more.

The My Phone test team is looking for an SDET to join us as we embark on our 2.0 release. Our client work involves the development & testing of features that form part of the next release of Windows Mobile. Our server work involves development & testing for the next release of our datacenter hosted web services & web portal. Experience in either (or both) of these areas is highly preferred. The successful candidate will primarily own testing features for either client or server, but will work closely with the other.

The My Phone server development team is looking for a software developer to join us as we embark on our 2.0 release. Our service includes a data sync engine that mirrors your phone’s data for backup and restore, as well as other cool scenarios like finding your lost phone, remotely locking or wiping the data and many others on the top of our list. If you are interested in mobile and online services, our team is at the heart of making it happen at Microsoft.

The successful candidate will be a strong developer with a passion for mobile devices and aptitude for UI and server development, in particular a subject matter expert in Silverlight technologies.

It looks like the next version will let users synchronise their Social Networks status/info among other new features and will be SilverLight based (on Windows Mobile 7). Will it use Microsoft’s Live Mesh technology?

Source: Microsoft , Microsoft

Mobile World Congress Live coverage starting February 14th!

Time to let the cat out of the bag: I’ll be covering this year’s MWC in Barcelona from February 14th until February 17th!

You can expect a whole lot of pictures and videos of all the latest Windows Mobile, Android & Symbian/Maemo hardware that will be announced during the event. The highlight of the show will obviously be Microsoft‘s press conference on Feb 15th which will be streamed live by Microsoft on their press website (but I will also comment it live on Twitter and update the site as soon as possible with live pictures and videos). I will also cover several other press conference/events: Sony Ericsson, Nokia, LG, Texas Instrument, HTC etc.. and have a couple of interviews scheduled with folks from Microsoft, nVidia & others…

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LG Mini (LG GD800) announced

LG has just announced the LG Mini (LG GD880) feature-phone handset today. The Mini sports a 3.2″ touchscreen with a 16:9 aspect ratio, 5Mpix camera and all the usual connectivity options (but no bluetooth!).. The device will be available in Europe starting March (followed by other markets later) and will be demonstrated for the first time next week at MWC.

Thanks to a slim, compact form factor made from the highest quality materials, the LG Mini easily slides in a shirt pocket or small handbag while still feeling reassuringly solid to the touch. Textured metal accents on the sides of the LG Mini add to the phone’s eye-catching looks without detracting from its overall simplicity. On the front, a large 3.2 inch touchscreen with an aspect ration of 16:9 extends all the way to the edge of the phone, giving it a finish that is as smooth as ice. In addition, a button-free face keeps the LG Mini simple and sleek.

But the LG Mini has much more than just great looks. Besides a raft of staple features such as speedy web browsing and fast push email, the LG Mini also includes several unique aspects, including Social Network Connect, which makes keeping in touch with online friends even easier than on a desktop PC. Popular social networks such as Facebook and Twitter are instantly accessible through built-in applications and a Social Network Feed provides instant and automatic updates of friends and family members on the home screen. Updates also appear next to each contact in the Social Address Book.

What’s more, the LG Mini boasts a 5.0 megapixel camera featuring advanced face detection which allows uploading of sharp, vivid pictures and videos wirelessly to multiple social networks in one simple step. The device also plays music and movies in several popular file formats and even includes an FM radio.

With HSDPA connectivity at 7.2 Mbps and Wi-Fi, the LG Mini can browse the internet at high speed and also provide real-time location information using A-GPS.

Source: LG

Motorola Droid Android 2.1 update coming this week

Here’s some unexpected good news folks. According to Motorola‘s Facebook page the Android 2.1 update for the Droid that we talked about earlier today is going to be pushed out this week!

Hi all– we know you are frustrated with the lack of details regarding Android software upgrades and we sincerely apologize for not being able to share info sooner. We’re happy to relay the 2.1 upgrade to DROID will start to roll out this week, and we will have more information to share on other device upgrades later …this week as well. Thanks for your patience and continued support.

Source: Motorola