Windows Phone 7 Exchange ActiveSync client features support compared to all other mobile platforms

Microsoft MVP Henrik Walther has produced a fairly extensive table comparing the Current Exchange Active Sync features supported in Windows Phone 7 compared to all the other major mobile platforms. Namely: Android 2.2, Apple iPhone and iPad iOS 4, Nokia’s MFE, Palm WebOS and a few others. As of today Windows Phone 7′s Exchange ActiveSync client supports fewer features than Apple iOS 4 and is still far behind Windows Mobile 6.1 and 6.5. Microsoft has already stated that the initial version of the OS was principally aimed at the consumer market and that future updates should bring more enterprise oriented features to the table. Check out the whole table after the break:

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Spotify for Windows Phone 7 announced and Windows Mobile 6.x version released

Microsoft and Spotify have just announced the upcoming availability of a Windows Phone 7 application and the availability of the Windows Mobile 6.X version. The Windows Phone 7 application will apparently follow the Metro design guidelines and will integrate into the Zune Music & video hub. For those of you who have been worried about a potential lack of Third-party application on WP7 this fall this will hopefully reassure you. Now I wonder if this application will allow background music streaming (you know..real multi-tasking…). I would be surprised if it does. Full Press Release and video after the break:

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Spotify for Windows Mobile 6.5 to be released within a month

According to WinMobile.SE the famous music streaming application, Spotify will launch on Windows Mobile 6.5 within a week. Availibilty will depend on your country (the service is currently available in Finland, France, Norway, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom). The application will supposedly support all the Spotify features like Offline Mode, Multi Tasking, multi-resolution support, Save offline audio files to phone, or storage card etc…The question on everybody’s mind right now is probably; Will there be a Windows Phone 7  Spotify application? First off, the WP7 version (if there’s one in the making) will not support multi-tasking in its initial release (like the WP7 version of Pandora). But Microsoft already has a solution for this: Zune. The Zune player coupled with the Zune Pass will let you stream unlimited music to your phone and because it is a native application you will be able to multi-task while listening to your favorite tunes.

Source: WinMobile.se via WMPU

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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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

T-Mobile’s HTC HD2 updated ROM is back again

Well, well, T-Mobile has finally re-upped the ROM update for the HTC HD2 today and based on what they are saying it was taken down just because of server bandwidth issues on their side (!) and not issues with the ROM itself. So if you have already flashed this ROM earlier there’s no need to do anything. Here’s T-Mobile’s official statement:

Due to overwhelming demand, some customers experienced slow download times when attempting to access the HTC HD2 software update from the T-Mobile Web site. As a result, we temporarily removed the link from our Web site to ensure the best possible customer experience.

Now that we have solved our server issues, we are happy to announce that the software update for the HTC HD2 is now available on the T-Mobile Web site for customers to download and install on their HTC HD2 smartphone.

If you have already downloaded and installed the software update to their HTC HD2, please continue to use your device as normal. You do not need to reinstall the software.

Source: T-Mobile via WMExperts

T-Mobile US HTC HD2 ROM update pulled once again

Will this ROM update ever be released one day? According to T-Mobile the latest ROM update for the HTC HD2 was causing some issues and has temporarily been pulled for further investigation. This Rom was initially released ten days ago and then pulled down a couple of hours later. It was finally re-released last week but it now looks like HD2 owners will have to be patient and wait for a correct update in the coming days.

Source: TMonews

HTC HD2 ROM update finally released by T-Mobile US


The HTC HD2 2.13.531.1 ROM that went live 5 days ago and then disappeared is now finally back upon T-Mobile US support site:

A software update for the HTC HD2 is now available bringing several improvements to the HTC HD2’s software experience. In addition to device stability and performance improvements, we’ve also added the MyAccount application for managing your T-Mobile account directly from your device.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
With this upgrade, your HTC HD2 device will be restored back to its factory settings.  Please be aware of the following before installing the update:

  • Ensure that you write down your settings for your e-mail accounts.
  • It is highly recommended that you back up your files. There are several ways to do so.   

               -  Use Microsoft® My Phone before downloading the software upgrade to save:

                                 – Contacts, calendar, tasks, text message, favorites , photos, videos, music and documents
               -  Save your photos, music, documents, and other files to your microSD card or your PC.

               -  Contacts stored to device memory will be erased.  Back them up using one of the following:
                                 -  Mobile backup
                                 -  My Phone
                                 -  Adding contacts to your SIM card
                                 -  *Note: Any email account with contacts will be re-synced upon logging back in

  • For any applications that require a sign in, make sure you have access to your password as you’ll need to re-login to the application.
  • If you have rented a movie from BLOCKBUSTER On Demand, your rental will no longer be available after the update, therefore you may wish to watch any rented movies prior to initiating the update. There is not an option to receive credit for the rental or to re-rent the movie without paying the standard fee. You will still have access to your purchased movies, but you will need to download the movie files again. Reminder: A Wi-Fi connection is needed to download movies.
  • If you have downloaded any eBooks from the Barnes & Noble application, you will need to re-download those eBooks upon syncing the application with your Barnes & Noble account. Note: bookmarks will be lost, so remember what page you were on!
  • The HTC HD2 comes bundled with several demo games, including Ferrari GT Evolution, Millionaire 2010, and Prince of Persia. Regrettably, if you have purchased the full versions of one of these games, you will need to re-purchase them at the standard cost following the software update. This is a result of the software update initiating a master reset of the device. Note: this only affects the above listed games and will not affect other games installed on the microSD card.
  • All personalized settings (wallpaper, home screen, etc) will need to be set up again.

Here’s how to install the update on your HTC HD2:

  1. On your PC, visit www.t-mobile.com/wmupgrade
  2. Follow the instructions listed under the HTC HD2 image to complete the installation.

Head over to http://www.t-mobile.com/wmupgrade

New T-Mobile HTC HD2 ROM released

Looks like T-Mobile US has just released a new ROM for the HTC HD2 today. Unfortunitely there’s no changelog associated with it but based on the version released today (2.13.531.1) and the shipping one (2.10.531.1) I guess that it’s only a couple of bug fixes. Head over to T-Mobile site to grab it and don’t forget to backup all your data before flashing your handset.

UPDATE: T-Mobile took down the file

UPDATE 2: Grab the ROM here

Source: T-Mobile via pocketnow

Office Mobile 2010 video walkthrough


Here’s a short video walkthrough (below) of the recently released Office Mobile 2010 productivity suite for Windows Mobile 6.5 (and 6.5.3) on my HTC HD2. Nearly all the features available in there were already available in the the Beta version that was on the Marketplace a little while ago. One of the nicest thing is the ability to snap a picture directly in One note to share with you work mates etc. The only thing missing is support for the accelerometer to switch from portrait to landscape (this can be fixed with a tweaked app like BSB Tweaks).

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Office Mobile 2010 for Windows Mobile released


Today marks official launch of Microsoft’s Office 2010 and alongside this event comes the availability of Office Mobile 2010 for Windows Mobile 6.5 for free on the Windows MarketPlace for Mobile. If you are outside of the US just chose United States in the region selector of the Marketplace app and the application will show up in the What’s New section of the store. Here’s the full press release:

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mConvert: Free unit conversion application for Windows Mobile

XDA-Devs user paulmahoney40 has just released his free unit conversion application for Windows Mobile Phones called mConvert:

System Requirements:
•Windows Mobile (Tested on 6.5)
•Windows .NET Framework 3.5
•WVGA Resolution Screen
•Touch Screen

The application is fairly straightforward but could use a better unit selection system IMO. Head over to the XDA-Devs thread here to download it.

HTC releases Music Stability update for the HTC HD2


HTC released today a new update for the HTC HD2 that is supposed to fix music playback issues.

This update for HTC HD2 HTC Sense enhances the stability of the music application so your enjoyment of your music is no longer interrupted by the player behaving unexpectedly.

Note: This update is only applicable to ROM versions equal to 1.73.xxx.x, or lower

As usual HTC’s changelog doesn’t say much….but this patch supposedly fixes music skipping issues when using Bluetooth AD2P headphones. You can grab the fix 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).

The HTC HD Mini has arrived

I’ve just received the HTC HD Mini for review thanks to the good folks at HTC. I’ll take my time to review it thoroughly. So if you have any questions don’t hesite to send me an email, post a comment or use Twitter. I’ll do videos, grab some photos and most importantly use the the HD Mini as my main phone for a couple of days.

HTC HD Mini unboxing video

Here’s a short unboxing video of the HTC HD Mini Windows Mobile 6.5.3 smartphone. Nothing really exciting I guess (it also looks like a pre-production unit/sample). You can check out my quick hands-on videos here and here (lockscreen & multi-touch in IE Mobile)

Source: Youtube

Acer NeoTouch P300 review


SlashGear has just posted a review of Acer’s latest Windows Mobile 6.5.3 device, the neoTouch P300. There’s frankly not much to say about it other than wonder who is going to buy such a low-end handset.The neoTouch is still powered by the MSMS 7201 SoC that everybody loves to hate, has a resistive WQVGA touchscreen and runs Windows Mobile 6.5.3. Frankly, any Android handset would be better. Here’s their conclusion:

Not much consumer attraction, then, but as a solid business device the P300 doesn’t break the bank or let you down in day to day functionality. It’s easy to become blinkered when faced with the latest and greatest cellphones day in, day out, and lose track of the fact that, for many buyers, basic features are all that’s really needed. Still, we’d probably look to budget Android devices ourselves; the HTC Hero may not have a hardware keyboard, but it’s only £20 (pre-tax) more. Our lasting concern is the longevity of Windows Mobile 6.5.3 – or, more accurately, the lack of it – since there’s no chance that the neoTouch P300 would see an upgrade to Windows Phone 7 later in the year. Nevertheless, even if superseded, the software will still do everything you asked of the P300 on the day you bought it, and there’s a considerable catalog of third-party apps available through the Windows Marketplace for Mobile that won’t run on a WP7 handset. We’d be happier if the P300 had a little more shaved off the price – a sub-£200 SIM-free smartphone would make for a decent argument – but if your ambitions are merely moderate and you’re dedicated to Exchange then the Acer is a reasonable no-frills budget buy.

Source: SlashGear

Windows Mobile 6.5.2 update for the Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 released


Looks like the Sony Ericssondidn’t forget the handful (or maybe less…) of Xperia X2 users and released the promised MR1 Windows Mobile 6.5.2 update today. To grab it you’ll just have to SE’s Update service here. The MR1 update supposedly includes video calling, improved GPS performance and FM Radio access (it wasn’t enabled before?).

Source: Sony Ericsson via Pocketnow

HTC working on super Windows Phone 7 Series smartphone


We already got confirmation from HTC’s CEO, Peter Chou, that the company is currently working on a Windows Phone 7 Series handset for the this year. Now according to Microsoft’s Chris e (Senior Manager at Premium Mobile Experience Group) HTC‘s WP7S handset is going to be pretty good in terms of design (hopefully in features too..):

Based on what I heard, #HTC will make all other #WP7S devices look outdated in terms of design. #HTC will clearly deliver the most amazimg WP7S ever.

Source: Chris Sorenson