Microsoft’s Project Pink handset headed to Verizon? First live pictures!

The boys at Gizmodo supposedly got their hands on what looks like the first live picture of a Microsoft Pink handset. As you can see it’s looks sort of like a SideKick handset (sliding-keyboard with a large screen). The device is said to be the Pure (and not the smaller Turtle). According to the tipster the device’s UI feature transitions like those found on the Zune HD and Windows Phone 7 Series OS. The actual OS powering the Pink Handsets is still a mystery though. A Job Ad I found says that the PMX team at Microsoft (the team in charge of Pink) is actually working on “Windows Mobile”:

The Premium Mobile Experiences Team will redefine the mobile phone for millions of everyday users around the world. We are looking for an intuitive and driven Visual Design Lead to push the future mobile devices forward. The successful candidate will be part of the senior leadership team driving and delivering the UI vision, UI architecture, interaction design and design for future Windows Mobile devices.

The Giz also got some Marketing material related to the Pink launch on Verizon here.

Source: Microsoft & Gizmodo

New HTC Incredible live pictures

A couple of HTC Incredible pictures have surfaced on Twitter. You can see the device compared to the original HTC G1. THe device is still expected to be launched on Verizon in the first half of this year.

Via: AndroidCentral

Microsoft says no (again) Windows Phone 7 Series on the HTC HD2

Too Many Buttons??

Mary Jo Foley just received a statement (identical to the one posted by Pocket-Lint yesterday) from Microsoft’s PR about Windows Phone 7 Series on the HTC HD2:

“For Windows Phone 7 Series we are enforcing a strict set of hardware requirements to ensure a consistently great experience for end-users and developers. While we cannot confirm that WM6.X phones that satisfy those requirements will be upgradeable, every Windows Phone 7 Series device will be upgradeable with improvements and features we deliver with subsequent Windows Phone 7 Series releases. We currently do not have plans to update the HTC HD2 to Windows Phone 7 Series.”

Once again, I suggest that everybody should wait for an official “announcement” from either HTC or Microsoft in the coming weeks (at MIX?) before going crazy. Microsoft and HTC have been contracting themselves in this case since the announcement of WP7 last month. HTC and MS representatives have both told me that the HTC HD2 is fully capable of running WP7 but that nothing was decided yet (One saying that it’s the OEM/carrier choice, the other saying that it’s MS’s decision…). One thing is for sure thought: If the HD2 can’t be upgraded to WP7 I wouldn’t recommend anybody in the US to buy the handset when it finally launches on T-Mobile later this month.

source All About Microsoft & Pocket-Lint

Android 2.1 for Motorola Droid and HTC Droid Eris leaked

If you are adventurous enough and not afraid of bricking your Motorola Droid or HTC Droid Eris today is you day. The Android 2.1 roms for the Droid & Droid Eris have been leaked to the web today and can be grabbed here & here for the Droid and here for the Droid Eris. The official date of Verizon OTA update is still k not know thought.

Via: Droid Life & XDA

Opera Mini 5 is now a native Windows Mobile application

Opera is announcing today the new native version of Opera Mini 5 on Windows Mobile. Opera Mini has always been a Java based application but to improve performance on Windows Mobile, Opera decided to turn it into a native app. I just tried it for a few minutes and my first impressions are that this looks like a stripped down version of Opera Mobile 10 with Turbo mode. Page panning is smooth but  the beta (only?) suffers from rendering issues (as seen in the screenshot above,) the text reflow looks really annoying and silly on the HTC HD2′s gigantic screen and frankly isn’t faster than the default Opera Mobile 9 in page loading speed (and there’s no landscape mode).

By integrating Opera Mini with the Windows Mobile platform, Opera is able to deliver an optimized version of the popular Opera Mini browser that dramatically improves performance and the overall user experience. While Opera Mini traditionally requires Java, the new Windows Mobile version does not, which means that Opera Mini will work on any Windows Mobile phone.

The Opera Mini 5 beta for Windows Mobile includes the same rich feature set as the Java-based version. Renowned features, including tabbed browsing, the password manager, bookmarks and Speed Dial, are built-in to deliver convenience while on-the-go.

You can grab it by going here or pointing you phone’s browser to

Source: Opera

Asus CEO speaks on Windows Phone 7 Series

Engadget had the chance to sit down with Asus CEO, Jerry Shen, at Cebit in Germany today and ask him a couple questions about their future products. When asked about Windows Mobile (Windows Phone 7 Series), Shen answered that Windows Mobile 6.5.3 is a great improvement but he feels that with Windows Phone 7 “it’s the first time Micrososft has really strong determination to win back the mobile phone”. He then talked about how important navigation features are on smartphones (like the A50 I previewed here).

It should also be noted that AFAIK the protoype hadware we saw at MWC (the phone used to demo WP7) was build by Asus.

Source: Engadget