T-Mobile myTouch Slide caught in the wild

Several live pictures of T-Mobile’s upcoming Android handset, the myTouch Slide have leaked recently. As seen in the picture the device is running Android 2.1 with the Espresso version of HTC’s Sense UI. The launch date is still unknown and specs have not been confirmed yet (did it pass the FCC?) but it looks like it may just be an HTC Hero with a sliding keyboard.

Source: TMonews

Bing client for Windows Mobile updated

The Windows Mobile Bing client has just been updated today to version 5.1.2010.3290. This new version finally enables international users to use the voice search function anywhere in the world (you’ll have to speak in english though). Basic local search also now works in most European countries now. The walking direction feature is also fully functional now. Localisation via the cellular tower only works in the US same for Traffic information and Local news. Head over to m.bing.com (with you phone browser or go to HELP->About to update directly via the application.

Source:  Twitter 

Verizon officially unveils the HTC Droid Incredible, launching April 29th

It’s not a full blown announcement (maybe be later today or tomorrow?) but the HTC Incredible or Droid Incredible as it is now called is now showing up on a special dedicated page over at Verizon‘s website with the official launch date set to April 29th. Don’t forget to check out the full manual and specifications here.

Source: Verizon via Phandroid

HTC HD Mini Hardware Tour

Here’s my brief HTC HD Mini hardware tour video a shot a couple of minutes ago. You all how it looks like next to the HTC HD2 and the nice yellow internals. From a hardware specifications standpoint the HTC HD Mini has nearly the same specs has the HTC Legend (minus the digital compass and AMOLED screen and lower capacity battery: 1300mah vs 1200mah). Check out the HD Mini vs HD2 size comparison here.

HTC HD Mini vs HTC HD2 size comparison

I just took a couple of pictures comparing the HTC HD Mini to the HTC HD2. As you can see the HD Mini is obviously smaller than the HD2 but is 0.7mm (0.03 inch) thicker. The mini feels really good in the hand as is definitely easier to use than the HD2, you can easly reach all four corners of the screen if your finger  and those who have an HD2 know that it’s a real pain to pull it out of your pocket if you are sitting…Check out the Hardware Tour video here.

Microsoft drops support for Windows Mobile 6.X in Visual Studio 2010, Windows Phone 7 coming soon

This is a sign that emphasize the fact that Windows Mobile 6.X on the way out: Microsoft has announced that the recently released (yesterday) Visual Studio 2010 does not support development for versions of Windows Phone prior to Windows Phone OS 7.0:

For Visual Studio 2008 mobile developers, Microsoft released the Windows Mobile 6.5 Developer Tool Kit, which works with the Windows Mobile 6 SDK.

Because Visual Studio 2010 does not support mobile application development for Windows Phone prior to Windows Phone OS 7.0, you cannot use the following features: .NET Compact Framework projects, Visual C++ device projects, smart device CAB projects, Device Emulator and Device Emulator Manager, testing tools for device projects, and Device Security Manager.

Mobile application development is still supported in earlier versions of Visual Studio, such as Visual Studio 2008.

Speaking of Windows Phone 7 support: Microsoft is also warning developers that the Windows Phone Developer Tools CTP (WPDT CTP) released last month is not compatible with the retail (RTM) release of Visual Studio 2010 because the WPDT CTP was based on the RC of VS2010:

If you install the retail (RTM) release of Visual Studio 2010 on the same machine on which you already have the Windows Phone Developer Tools CTP, you will be unable to build your Windows Phone projects. Further, while the Windows Phone project type will continue to appear in the File/New dialog, you will not be able to build Windows Phone 7 applications.

So what can you do in the meantime? To use the retail version of Visual Studio 2010 while retaining the ability to use the WPDT CTP, you can

•Install Visual Studio 2010 to a VPC image
•Install Visual Studio 2010 on another machine
Specific Notes:

•Installing the WPDT CTP to a VPC image is not supported.
•The installer for WPDT CTP will prevent you from installing on a machine on which you have already installed the RTM version Visual Studio 2010.
•Installing retail Visual Studio 2010 on a machine with the WPDT CTP already installed will result in a successful install of Visual Studio 2010, however, creating or opening Windows Phone Developer Tools Projects will not work.

Final support is expected in the coming weeks (hopefully with an updated version of the WPDT too).