Digital Compass now working in Windows Mobile version of Google Maps

HTC HD2 user should be happy to know that the latest version Google Maps Mobile (3.3.1) now supports the device’s digital compass. All you have to do is to tap on the my location icon on the botom right and a littil blue arrow will display on the map (in place of the blue dot). the tip of the arrow will basically be the top of you device. For example, if you point your device to the south the arrow will point to the south on the map, etc..Grab it here. Maybe Samsung Omnia II user can try it and see if it works on their device too?

Source: Google Maps Mobile via XDA

Google launches Goggles visual search for Android, leaves Microsoft in the dust again

Google Goggles
Yesterday Google launched a new augmented reality app/service for Android called Goggles. This neat little thing lets you search by taking pictures of objects, locations, ladmarks or just by pointing out the camera (it will use the GPS & compass to locate you and display the results in the viewfinder). The Application is only available on Android right now, here’s how it works:

I would really like to know what Microsoft is thingking right now. Bill Gates demoed the same augmented reality tech 2 years ago during his last CES keynote. So far nothing close to it has come out of Redmond. Windows Mobile 7 better have this…

source: Google Goggles

HTC HD2 reviews & videos

Part 4 of Coolsmartphones HTC HD2 review has been posted this time taking a look at the YouTube applications and settings options/menus on the device:

This second video from XDA user Xmoo123 demonstrating the multi-tasking skills of the device:

Finally here’s a video of the Digital Compass in action (nothing really exciting…):

Source: Youtube

HTC HD2 screenshots show Digital Compass calibration & Wifi Router

Mobilitygeek in the forums posted a couple of HTC HD2 screenshots today. Among them is the Digital Compass calibration applictaion and the WiFi router menu. There’s still no sign of the USB-Host feature that was rumored earlier (and currently available on the Toshiba TG01).

Source: via WMPoweruser

Layar Augmented Reality app now available on the iPhone 3GS

It was only a matter of time before Layar, the well known augmented reality application on the Android platform, came out on the iPhone. Obviously the app is only compatible with the 3GS (other iPhones and iPod Touch don’t have a digital compass). Now let’s see if it ever sees the light on Windows Mobile given that the latest Windows Phones like Samsung’s Omnia II and HTC HD2 have digital compass on board.

Here’s the iTunes link: Click

Ompass: first digital compass application for the Samsung Omnia II

HyongaSoft just developed the first Digital Compass application for the Samsung Omnia II using the latest SDK released by Samsung a few days ago. The app should be realesed soon.

I won’t be too long until we start seeing augmented reality applications on Windows Mobile.

Source: HyongaSoft via XDA-Devs

10 minutes long HTC HD2 hands-on video

The Polish boys over at just posted a 10 minutes long hands-on video of HTC’s beast the SnapDragon powered HTC HD2:

Can’t wait to get my hands on one in the coming weeks. Windows Mobile is finally getting the hadware it deserves. If all goes well the HD2 should be upgradeable to Windows Mobile 7 (officialy or unofficialy)

Source: Vimeo via

More HTC HD2 action on video

Here’s some more HTC HD 2 acion on video. The first one is an interview of HTC-Deutschland-Chef Lars-Christian Weisswange done by You will see a glimps of Google maps, Opera Mobile and digital compass action in there:

The second one is a short walk-through othe the device from Stuff.TV:

And finally the official promo video of the HD2:

That’s all for now..

HTC HD2 is officialy announced!

HD2 offi
HTC is officialy announcing the HTC HD2 today, The official site is here and here’s the full press release:

HTC Corporation, today unveiled the HTC HD2, the first Windows phone with HTC Sense, a customer experience focused on putting people at the centre by making their phones work in a more simple, natural and personal way. With its industry leading, high-resolution, 4.3-inch capacitive touch display, the ultra thin HTC HD2 delivers more visible content in a sharper, brighter and richer way.

“At HTC we believe that the best things in life should be experienced, not explained. HTC Sense is based on this principle by making the phone more simple and natural to use and by enabling people to personalise their mobile experience in their own unique way,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. With HTC Sense, the HTC HD2 melds the power and flexibility of the Windows platform with the most advanced phone we’ve ever created.”

“HTC has a long history of innovation with Windows Mobile, shipping millions of devices over the years in a wide range of designs,” said Andy Lees, senior vice president, Mobile Communication Business, Microsoft Corp. “The HTC HD2 Windows phone breaks new ground with its responsive, touch screen.”

The HD2 uses the first capacitive touch display on a Windows phone to make viewing, zooming and resizing websites, Microsoft® Office files, PDF documents and pictures easier with just a pinch of your fingers. The large display also enables faster, more efficient and accurate typing using the onscreen keyboard. Utilizing Qualcomm’s new 1Ghz Snapdragon mobile processor, the HTC HD2 offers enhanced performance that improves the speed of applications, videos, games and more.

Developed with a passion for enhancing people’s lives through innovation, design and ease of use, HTC Sense is rooted in three fundamental principles of Make it Mine, Stay Close and Discover the Unexpected.

Make It Mine

The HD2 continues HTC’s drive for personalization by reflecting not only what you want on your phone, but also where you are. Using its large 4.3-inch window-like display, HTC has brought a new dimension to weather with a localized, animated weather experience that utilizes HD2’s entire display without being invasive to your important content and information. The HD2 can also be further enhanced to reflect your needs and style by downloading a wealth of applications at the new Windows® Marketplace for Mobile.

Stay Close

The HD2 helps you stay close to the important friends and colleagues in your life with HTC’s people-centric communication approach that provides a single contact view that displays individual communication snapshots of your conversations with the people in your life regardless of whether a call, text, Facebook status update or email were used. While in the midst of email exchange with someone you can easily transition to a call by pressing the call button. HTC has also included a new Windows-based version of its Twitter application, HTC Peep. The pictures you take with the 5MP camera can also be quickly shared via Facebook or Twitter.

Discover the Unexpected

With the HTC Sense experience, the HTC HD2 includes a variety of enhancements that expand and improve the overall phone experience. The HD2 includes a variety of sensors including a proximity sensor that is used to prevent false screen touches when the phone is picked up to answer or make a call. A light sensor automatically adjusts the brightness of the display. Leveraging its 3G broadband connectivity, the HTC HD2 also offers personal Wi-Fi anywhere for your computer or other devices.

Also available for the HTC HD2 is the optional car kit that automatically transforms HD2’s user interface into a finger friendly in-car navigation experience for driving.

Windows phone

As a new Windows phone, the HTC HD2 showcases the powerful messaging, browsing and productivity capabilities delivered by Windows Mobile® 6.5. Offering a best in class e-mail experience complete with the ability to synchronize with Microsoft Exchange, you have the ability to check and manage multiple email accounts. Microsoft’s new My Phone service enables you to automatically back up and synch photos, music, contacts and text messages for free from the HD2 to the web.


The HTC HD2 will be available later this month with selected operators across Europe, before rolling out to other regions in the coming months.

Full Specs :

Weight: 157 grams (5.54 ounces) with battery

CPU Processing Speed

1GHz Snapdragon™ processor

Power & Battery

Battery type: Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery
Capacity: 1230 mAh
Talk time:

•WCDMA: Up to 320 mins
•GSM: Up to 380 mins
Standby time:
•WCDMA: Up to 390 hours
•GSM: Up to 490 hours

Video playback Up to 8 hours
Audio playback: Up to 12 hours


Type: Capacitive touch screen
Resolution: 480 X 800 WVGA

Operating System

Windows Mobile® 6.5 Professional


•ROM: 512 MB
•RAM: 448 MB
•Expansion slot: microSD™ memory card (SD 2.0 compatible)


•5 megapixel color camera
•Auto focus
•Dual LED flashlight


•3.5 mm stereo audio jack
•Standard Micro-USB
(5-pin micro-USB 2.0)


•Proximity sensor
•Ambient light sensor

Home Screen

Home, People, Messages, Mail, Internet, Calendar, Stocks, Photos & Videos, Music, Weather, Footprints, Twitter, Settings

Social Networking

•Facebook™ integration
•Sharing photos on Facebook and Twitter
•Sharing videos on YouTube™
•HTC Peep™ for twittering

Network Bands


•HSPA/WCDMA: 900/2100 MHz
•GSM: 850/950/1800/1900 MHz
Asia Pacific:
•HSPA/WCDMA: 900/2100 MHz
•GSM: 850/950/1800/1900 MHz


•Browser: Opera Mobile™
Up to 7.2 Mbps download speed
Up to 2 Mbps upload speed
•GPRS: Up to 114 kbps download speed
•EDGE: Up to 560 kbps download speed
•Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 b/g


•Internet Sharing through USB or Bluetooth
•Wi-Fi Router


•Bluetooth® 2.1 with Enhanced Data Rate


•Windows Media® Player
•Pictures & Videos
•FM Radio
•Audio supported formats:
.aac, .amr, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .mp4, .qcp, .wav, .wma
•Video supported formats:
.wmv, .asf, .mp4, .3gp, .3g2, .m4v, .avi


•Internal GPS antenna
•HTC Footprints™
Digital Compass
1.Battery times (talk time, standby time, and more) are subject to network and phone usage.
2.Network bands in regions other than Europe and Asia Pacific may be different, depending on the mobile operator and your location. Please check with your mobile operator.
3.Actual data speed is dependent on the network or Wi-Fi signal strength.
4.NaviPanel requires the HTC HD2 car kit which needs to be purchased separately

Recommended Windows System Requirements

•Windows XP or Windows Vista®
•Microsoft® ActiveSync® 4.5 for Windows XP
•Microsoft® Windows Mobile Device Center 6.1
for Windows Vista

Source: HTC

HTC HD2 (Leo) full Specs list, Windows Mobile 7 support ?

B3ler3fonte over at XDA-Devs has once again posted some new HTC HD2 / Leo information. This time it’s the full specs list of the device which hints that the HD2 may be WM7 compatible:

Ultra slim bar type touch phone / Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional

Qualcomm MSM 8250, 1GHz

Memory / Internal Storage
ROM: 512 MB / RAM: 320 MB / HD: 207.13MB

Display Module
4.3-inch 480×800 WVGA resolution / 65K-color / Sensitive touch screen (Capacitive) / Keep support Multi-Touch capability for WM7 Chassis

Internal antenna
Quad-band (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) / HSDPA / 3GPP Release 5 compliant
Up to 7.2Mbps / HSUPA / 3GPP release 6 compliant / UE category 5, up to 2 Mbps peak rate / EGPRS Functionality / EGPRS class B / Multi-slot class 12 (10 Operator dependent) / PBCCH

Standalone GPS
Internal GPS antenna

Motion G-sensor / Proximity sensor / Ambient Light Sensor / FM Radio / Digital Compass

Digital Camera
Main camera: 5 MP Color CMOS with auto focus / 2x LED flash

Volume up and down control / Send Key / End Key (Power Key) / Windows Key / Home Key / (Cinema mode Key, TBD) / Back Key / Reset

Notification by sound, vibration, LEDs or status shown on the display
One dual colors (Green and Amber) LED in the left / lens for PDA event, battery and charging / status

Built-in microphone / Receiver / Loud speaker with hands-free support

Connectivity & Interface
Bluetooth / Version 2.1 compliant with EDR / Wi-Fi / IEEE 802.11 b/g compliant / Micro-USB: / USB 2.0 High-Speed client / 3.5 mm stereo audio jack with mic / 1.8/3V USIM/SIM card slot / microSD card slot with SDHC support

Battery / Removable and chargeable battery, 1,230 mAh / AC adaptor / AC input: 100 ~ 240V AC, 50/60 Hz / DC output: 5V and 1A

Accessories (In-Box)
Quick Start Guide [Inbox] / Travel Charger, TC P300 [Inbox] / USB Sync Cable (Micro-USB to Standard USB) [Inbox] / Battery [Inbox] / Wired stereo headset with 3.5mm audio connector, HS G335 [Inbox] / Premium pouch (Carrying Case) [Inbox] / Car Charger [optional] /Car Holder with
battery cover [optional]

Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional Applications
Microsoft Outlook Mobile / Messaging (SMS/E-mail), Contacts, Calendar,Tasks, Email Set Up Wizard / Microsoft Internet Explorer Mobile / Microsoft Media Player Mobile / Microsoft ActiveSync / Microsoft Windows Mobile Update / Internet Sharing / Pictures & Videos / Games / MSFT Zip
File Explorer / Device Management / Security Enhancement / Microsoft Office Mobile / Microsoft Windows Live! / Microsoft Smart Dial / Microsoft Remote Desktop Mobile

Value-Added Applications
Windows Mobile Enhancements / Pictures & Videos enhancements / Ring Tone enhancements Telephony (HTC) Phone Canvas(HTC) Phone Experience Multimedia / (HTC) Camera Album / MP3 Trimmer / Streaming Media Player / FM Radio / Presentation mode / Web / Push Internet / RSS HUB / YouTube Client Social Networking / Input Method EZ-INPUT / Messaging SMS/MMS Client / GPS/LBS Navigation (CoPilot, Papago) / Google Maps / Quick GPS / Support CLL.dll library for indoor positioning andreverse geo-coding / Navi-panel / Calendar to Navi / User Interface (Enhanced Manila) / TouchFLO Footprints / Auto Screen Rotation /

Tools & Utilities
HTC Common Sense / 3G to WiFi router / Task Manager / Text selection (HTC) Connection Setup / OOBE / Voice Recorder / Document Viewer / PDF / OMA DRM Engine / Java virtual machine / Long Press / End Key Confirmation (to shut down) / STK SIM manager / (HTC) Volume Control / Business Card Reader / Document Printing / Magnifier.

Looks like the HTC Touch HD2 is going to be the first Windows Mobile 7 compatible device as it perfectly meets the Windows Mobile 7 Chassis 1 specs.

Source: XDA-Devs thanks for the tip Josh

Leaked HTC Leo / HD2 rom confirms the presence of a Digital Compass again

HTC Leo Compass
As we reported a few days ago the HTC HD2 aka Leo features a digital compass like all Android smartphones, the iPhone 3GS and the Samsung Omnia II. Today we’ve got another confirmation this time straight from the devices rom. Fards over at XDA notes:

but the latest 2 rom version have a totally new, not seen before, NOT test app digital compass..
This is written in LUA..
Its new, it’s not something that’s been on other devices.

alas it doesn’t seem to work on existing hardware (I’ve not got a leo to test with).

What the app does is allow you set a destination, then the compass points in that direction, based on where you are and your heading..
this is as far as I’ve gleaned from playing with it..

So there you have it, the HTC Leo / HD2 perfectly meets the Windows Mobile 7 Chassis 1 specs.

Source: XDA via WMPoweruser

Layar augmented reality Android app goes 3D

Layar is anouncing today that they are going to launch a new version of their Augmented Reality Android browser in November with full 3D support.

We are proud to announce today, on the 22nd of September, we will move our platform to a full 3D Augmented Reality experience. We consider AR to be an experience medium and 3D objects are the language of this new medium. A 3D grid with 3D objects, including sound, gives users true immersive experiences that change the perception of reality. We will enable the 500+ Layar developers with tools to create these rich experiences. We hope you will be able to create some exciting and creative new experiences with this capability.

Let’s hope that Layar gets ported to other platforms like Windows Mobile (the Samsung Omnia II and HTC HD2/Leo have digital compasses) and iPhone 3GS in the near futur.

Here’s a short video demonstrating the new feature:

Source Layar via Engadget

The HTC Leo has a digital compass and TV-Out

Just like the Samsung Omnia 2, the HTC Leo is the second Windows Mobile device to feature a digital compass. This whill enable developers to develop augmented reality apps among other intersting things. It’s also intersting to note that the Leo seems to have the recomended specs for WM7, let’s wait and see if HTC offers a free upgrade with the OS is finally released in 2010. The device also feature a TV-out feature. Hopefully HTC will enable it in the retail version (like the Touch Pro and Touch Pro2)


The Samsung Omnia II has a Digital Compass

Now here’s some goods news for the day. Samsung’s latest and greatest, the Omnia II, does have a digital compass even thought this hardware feature isn’t advertised or official exposed by Samsung. Windows Mobile can now finally get some real augmented reality apps. This is what the boys at Pocketnow found:

Source: Pocketnow

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