Microsoft announces Windows Embedded Handheld mobile OS

In a move that is sure to confuse everybody, Microsoft is today announcing the launch of Windows Embedded Handheld which is basically a handled/phone/mobile version of Windows Embedded Compact (check out the chart above to have a better idea of what’s going on). This “new” OS aimed and the enterprise / rugged mobile market will start shipping this calendar year in conjunction with the launch of the Motorola ES400 and will be based on Windows Mobile 6.5. Starting in Q2 2011 a newer version based on the recently unveiled Windows Embedded Compact 7 will be launched. Check out Steve Ballmer’s video followed by the full press release after the break:

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The Motorola Droid X shows up on Verizon’s website

The Motorola Droid X announcement shouldn’t be too far away (the latest rumor points to a June 23 event) now that the device has finally shown its face on Verzion’s website ass seen in the screenshot above. There isn’t much else to say here other than wait patiently fro the official unveiling of the 4.4″ screen monster.

Source: Verizon

Samsung Captivate announced: AT&T’s version of the Galaxy S

This one came out of nowhere! AT&Thas just announced a re-branded a re-designed version of the Samsung Galaxy S; the Samsung Captivate. It has the same specifications as the original handset but a design reminiscent of the Blackberry Storm. The 4″ Super AMOLED screen is still here same for the S5PC110A01chipset:

Immerse yourself in the realism of the 4” Super AMOLED display. Elevate your gaming experience with the six-axis motion sensor and powerful 3D graphics engine. Listen to the dynamic richness of surround-sound stereo audio. You get high entertainment value plus a complete suite of hardworking fully integrated Google applications. Check email, get directions, download thousands of apps from the Android Market, upload video to YouTube™, and much more. Powered by the 1 GHz Cortex A8 Samsung application processor and the Android™ 2.1 operating system, the Samsung Captivate is packed with exciting features in a sleek and slim design:

•Super AMOLED 4” touchscreen display – improved off-axis viewing and better outdoor visibility
•Entertainment galore with six-axis motion sensor and 3D graphics engine and surround-sound audio
•5 MP camera with HD video recording
•Choose from thousands of apps on the Android Market™
•Integrated social networking tools – one place for status updates
•16 GB on-board memory for photos, videos, and music – expandable memory up to 32 GB

The Captivate doesn’t look any better than the Galaxy S, AT&T should have sticked with the orignial design IMO.

Source: AT&T

Windows Phone 7 Behind the Scenes

Qualcomm senior vice president Torrey Harmon shows Microsoft's Terry Myerson a development board running Windows Phone 7 using one of the company's newest chips.

Cnet’s Ina Fried has post a really interesting behind the scenes article about Windows Phone 7 today. You will get a really peek at what is going on at Microsoft now that Windows Phone 7 is nearing RTM status. Lots of optimisms and pessimism and you will really get to realise that MS is playing big and that even they aren’t sure if it will be a success. There’s some talk about the lack of features in the first release and the reasons why the company’s primary focus is the user experience (boot times, framerate, etc..). According to Microsoft’s Terry Myerson, it will take 5 years (starting oct 2008) for for MS to get back back to the op in the Mobile market (if WP7 doesn’t fail..). Here’s a really interesting quote about Qualcomm‘s relationship the Windows Phone teams :

As the work day draws to a close, the hours-long meeting between Qualcomm and Microsoft engineers beaks up. Myerson meets in his office with Torrey Harmon, a Qualcomm senior vice president. The conversation is informal–a mix of some subtle salesmanship and small talk and venting about some of the project’s more challenging aspects and people.

Between trading jabs at various partners and competitors, the two turn their attention to their own companies’ partnership, discussing how they might further reduce the amount of friction between the teams working on the chips at Qualcomm and those working on the software at Microsoft.

“We want you to see us as an extension of your team and we’re trying hard to figure out how to do that,” Harmon said. Qualcomm recently hired one of the members of the Windows 95/98 development team to help the company in that effort. “We’ve made a lot of progress and still we’ve got a ways to go. We’d like just to look like another one of your technology groups, that’s our goal.”

As the conversation continued, they talked about the battery life issues on a particular prototype. “Usually it runs out by about 2 o’clock,” Harmon said, although, that’s better than before a recent software build. “It was running out at about 11 o’clock when I first got it. It’s better already than it was.”

As it often does, Myerson’s mood this day shifted quickly between optimism and pessimism. “I just want to survive this launch,” Myerson told Harmon. “If I can get out there and get some respect, for lack of a better word, from consumers, everything will get easier. Right now things are hard.”

And some talk with Samsung about XBOX Live cheating and the need to have unique IDs for each phone:

It’s not, he insisted, part of some big plan by the Windows Phone group to control its hardware partners. Rather, it’s a demand that comes from Microsoft’s Xbox developers. It seems they want to make sure that if someone is cheating on the Xbox Live program that they can shut down the cheater.

“This will be the first non-Xbox with access to Xbox Live,” he said. “No one has an achievement on Xbox that they didn’t earn. It’s a trusted system, so, the Xbox team, one of the conditions they had for us to be able to put Xbox achievements and badges into the system is that we need to put certain security measures in.”

Check out the whole thing here.

ShopSavyy coming to Windows Phone 7

Last time heard about the ShopSavvy application was back in September when the Windows Mobile 6.5 version was announced. But from the looks of it this version has never seen the light of the day and Big In Japan (the developers) are now working on a Windows Phone 7 application instead:

We began collecting email addresses from users who were interested in getting ShopSavvy on Windows Phone 7 and Blackberry. In fact, if you like, you can request a notification when either version of ShopSavvy is available (AND request to be included in the Beta period) here:

ShopSavyy alows you to scan product bar codes with you phone and does a price search for stores (online and retail) nearby to give the lowest prices.

Source: ShopSavyy via WME