Microsoft shutting down Windows Mobile market, My Phone service

By on June 10, 2011 at 1:24 PM.

Microsoft shutting down Windows Mobile market, My Phone service

While Microsoft was one of the last to launch an app store on Windows Mobile 6, the company will be the first to shut one down as well. Microsoft has alerted Windows Mobile 6 customers that the company plans to shut down the entire service, including the ability for new developers to submit new applications on July 15th. Though customers will still be able to purchase and redownload apps, we’re guessing that’s coming to a close pretty soon as well. Additionally, Microsoft’s My Phone service — the software and service that backs up data on your phone including multimedia — will be going offline as well on August 7th. The goods news is that there’s Windows Phone, and this is a logical step towards shifting consumers over to the new ecosystem.

Thanks, Joshua!

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Verizon launches mobile recovery application for Android, BlackBerry, Palm, and Windows Mobile

By on September 20, 2010 at 9:31 PM.

Verizon launches mobile recovery application for Android, BlackBerry, Palm, and Windows Mobile

Remember that Verizon phone recovery service we told you about five days ago? Well… today, Verizon has made it a reality; albeit four days later than predicted. Via a press release, Big Red announced Mobile Recovery, “a web-and phone-based application that can help customers in the event they lose or misplace their phones.” The Mobile Recovery software — which will work on Android, BlackBerry, Palm, and Windows Mobile handsets — can remote lock and remote wipe your device as well as show your phone’s position, via GPS, on a map. The service can also be used to make your phone sound an alarm (which can be especially useful for those times your phone is lost in the couch cushions). The Mobile Recovery application will be available to customers who subscribe to the Total Equipment Coverage (TEC) program that Verizon offers; the TEC service is underwritten by Asurion. Hit the read link for all the details. More →

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Bing for Windows Mobile updated to support turn-by-turn navigation

By on May 12, 2010 at 12:45 AM.

Bing for Windows Mobile updated to support turn-by-turn navigation

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Microsoft threw its Windows Mobile faithful a bit of bone today by updating its Bing application with free turn-by-turn navigation. When using Bing to find directions, a new “navigate” button will allow users to navigate to their destination using voice prompts. The navigation is (obviously) powered by Bing Maps, while the voice components are provided by Microsoft’s Tellme technology. The feature is said to be available for all Windows Mobile 6.x devices on Sprint, T-Mobile, and AT&T. Verizon Wireless was not listed amongst the compatible carriers, but seeing how the Omina II was mentioned as a compatible device we think it might be possible to get the nav feature —  but not the voice prompts — to work on Big Red. Point your Windows Phone to m.bing.com and let us know what you think. More →

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Sprint Touch Pro2 to get Windows Mobile 6.5 update tomorrow

By on March 18, 2010 at 7:47 AM.

Sprint Touch Pro2 to get Windows Mobile 6.5 update tomorrow

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HTC Touch Pro2 users on Sprint should stock up on party hats and streamers as the Now Network is gearing up for a Friday release of the long overdue software update to Windows Mobile 6.5. To be available through both the Sprint and HTC websites, the update will finally bring Sprint’s Touch Pro2 up to snuff with that of AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon handsets, the last of which received its update back in January. Thanks, Sprint. For a moment there we thought you forgot all about this. More →

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Android on the rise as Windows Mobile falters

By on March 12, 2010 at 9:30 AM.

Android on the rise as Windows Mobile falters

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A lot happened in the US smartphone market from October 2009 to January 2010, but thankfully there are companies like comScore kicking about to help us make sense of just which platforms were the biggest winners and losers during this period. The biggest platform was not surprisingly Google’s Android which saw an uptick of 4.3% to a total of 7.1% thanks in part to the successful launches of handsets like the DROID, DROID ERIS and Hero. RIM’s BlackBerry OS, which faired second best with a gain of 1.7% continued to dominate the total smartphone market at 43%, but one has to wonder if RIM could have done just a little bit more. After all, it did launch the BlackBerry Bold 9700, Curve 8530 and Storm2 during these months. Apple’s iPhone didn’t do as well as many would have guessed, but its 0.3% increase makes quite a bit of sense when you consider the tradition of people holding out on iPhone purchases in the six months leading up the summer release of the devices later iteration. Nonetheless, it does hold a 25.1% stake in the US smartphone market. When it comes to market share, one’s success is another’s misfortune. Not exactly a stranger to losing ground, Microsoft’s Windows Mobile managed to shed 4.0% thanks in part to what can be politely summed up as a general indifference to its current platform (how things will change). After this, we saw Palm with a loss of 2.1%. In Palm’s defence a lot of this can be attributed to people finally getting around to ditching Palm OS, but the fact remains that thing’s aren’t going to well for a company that many felt was on the path to recovery just 15 months ago. More →

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Opera releases native browser for Windows Mobile

By on March 4, 2010 at 1:13 PM.

Opera releases native browser for Windows Mobile

Opera Logo SmallToday, Opera announced the release of its Mini 5 browser for Windows Mobile. Mini 5, which is appended with the “beta 2″ tag, supports: tabbed browsing, password management, bookmarks, Speed Dial, and does not require Java to run. The fully native WinMo browser is billed as having much faster page loading times and greater rendering accuracy. Opera brags, “[one of the] major benefits is that it compresses data traffic by up to 90 percent, resulting in significantly improved page-loading and speed.” Those of you with Windows Mobile 5 and 6 can head over to m.opera.com/next/ on your device to try out the new bits. Hit the break for the press release. More →

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Microsoft: Windows Mobile 6 has no upgrade path to Windows Phone 7

By on March 1, 2010 at 10:23 AM.

Microsoft: Windows Mobile 6 has no upgrade path to Windows Phone 7

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Natasha Kwan, Microsoft’s General Manager for Mobile Communications Business in the Asia-Pacific market, has spoken, and Windows Mobile 6 owners are not going to like what they hear. When asked about the possiblity of a Windows Mobile 6 upgrade path, Kwan dropped this bomshell to tech blog APC: “Because we have very specific requirements for Windows Phone 7 Series the current phones we have right now will not be upgradable.” And that includes the HTC HD2.  While the HD2 meets the extensive list of hardware component requirements, it fails to fulfill one superficial prerequisite: it has more than 3 dedicated buttons. Perhaps this is one of the first, albeit painful, steps in a better Windows mobile platform experience for all. However, we now know this for certain: if you want to run Windows Phone 7, you’re going to need some new hardware. Though we’re sure the crew at XDA will change that if you’re a daring individual.  More →

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Skype pulls its client for Windows Mobile

By on February 25, 2010 at 8:27 AM.

Skype pulls its client for Windows Mobile

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Windows Mobile users looking to download Skype may have to dig a bit deeper to find the necessary .cab file for installation. According to Skype’s website, the Windows Mobile version has been removed because it does not offer the same rich user experience that is available in Skype for the iPhone and Skype for Symbian, an unusual reason that leaves us scratching our heads. Skype does not indicate when the Windows Mobile version will return, if ever, and it is possible that Skype may have chosen to cease development of the older Windows Mobile version while focusing on a new version that will be compatible with Windows 7 Phone series handsets. If this is the case, then it’s pretty odd that Skype would pull its current version so soon, leaving millions of current Windows Mobile users in the lurch for the next eight to nine months while we wait for the first Windows Phone 7 handsets to debut. Reading between the lines, another possible explanation is a bit of a conspiracy theory and contains the words “exclusive” and “Verizon Wireless”. Similar to the rumored delay in the 3G enabled version of Skype for the iPhone, this rumor suggests that Skype may have pulled its Windows Mobile version due to its exclusive agreement with Big Red. Regardless of the reason, Windows Mobile owners may want to head over to Skype’s website as soon as possible as the download link is still buried in the website if you know where to look. Once Skype becomes aware of its presence, the link and your ability to download Skype from its official channel may be long gone.

[Via Wmpoweruser and Fuze Mobility] More →

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Firefox Mobile for Android to debut in late 2010, future Windows Mobile version uncertain

By on February 17, 2010 at 9:39 AM.

Firefox Mobile for Android to debut in late 2010, future Windows Mobile version uncertain

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After a slow start, Firefox Mobile has been making great strides recently; releasing the final version of the mobile browser for the Maemo platform and ramping up development on its Android client. Mozilla’s VP of Mobiles, Jay Sullivan, recently told Tech Radar that Mozilla is targeting the end of 2010 as a tentative release date  for the Android edition of Firefox Mobile. The development of the Android version poses a bit of a challenge as Firefox Mobile is based upon C and C++, while Android is Java-based and the latest Native Development kit which is necessary to bring Firefox Mobile to Android was only released last October. Sullivan also addresses other platforms in the interview, commenting that MeeGo presents an exciting opportunity for Mozilla, while the future of the Windows Mobile version, already in Alpha, is under review now that the radically new Windows Phone 7 Series operating system has been officially introduced by Microsoft. More →

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Windows Mobile 7 to be announced at MWC 2010, Project Pink phones to arrive this spring?

By on February 12, 2010 at 6:20 PM.

Windows Mobile 7 to be announced at MWC 2010, Project Pink phones to arrive this spring?

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The Wall Street Journal has chimed in and offered their inside information on the Windows Mobile and Project Pink rumors that have been circulating recently. Though it lacks the details of the earlier leaks, the Wall Street Journal confirms that Microsoft will publicly announce Windows Mobile 7 at MWC 2010 and are flying out Steve Ballmer to head up the show. As rumored, the latest generation of Microsoft’s mobile platform is expected to radically change the look and feel of Windows Mobile bringing a whole new Zune-like UI to this currently lackluster OS. Project pink was also confirmed by the WSJ and, as rumored, is a new series of handsets based upon Danger’s Sidekick line of mobile phones. The Project Pink phones are said to be social networking powerhouses which will appeal to a teen-aged audience. Though not expected to be announced at MWC 2010, the “Pink” handsets are slated for a spring launch on both Verizon Wireless and Vodafone. More →

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Windows Mobile 7 details emerge?

By on February 7, 2010 at 9:01 AM.

Windows Mobile 7 details emerge?

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The folks at PPCGeeks and MobileTechWorld got their hands on what they claim are some of the initial details on Windows Mobile 7. Without citing any sources other than their inbox, both websites claim that Windows Mobile 7 will be introduced at MWC 2010 on February 15th in Barcelona. The official unveiling will reportedly focus primarily on the UI and in depth features will not be  shown. Some of the leaked information include the following snippets :

  • WM7 will have a user interface derived from codename “METRO” and will be similar to the Zune HD
  • The traditional Home Screen will get a whole new look and will not support custom interfaces like Sense and TouchFLO
  • No Flash support as time constraints prevented its inclusion
  • Will include Silverlight 3.0 with some aspects of SL 4.0 and mobile-specific features
  • Applications will be installed through the Windows Mobile Marketplace only, manual installation from a storage card will not be allowed
  • Say no to multitasking and yes to push notifications which may be provided by a Microsoft hosted push notifications environment
  • Windows Mobile Marketplace will include a “Try before you Buy” feature and offer API support
  • No .NET Compact Framework backwards compatibility so all those old apps will not work, but a portion of the data and business logic .NET CF may be ported at some point
  • Browser is based upon desktop IE7 codebase, but with some IE8 functionality and is currently faster / better than the iPhone 3G
  • MS is actually ahead of schedule which will surprise the analysts / journalists (seriously?)
  • Full Zune and Xbox 360 Integration (Gamer tag, achievements, friends, avatars, merchandising, etc)
  • No more active sync or Windows Mobile Device center. Zune software will handle all syncing
  • Full support for social networking
  • Devices are expected to ship by September 2010

All these details are consistent with what we have been hearing about the rumored Zune phone, though it is not clear whether the Zune Phone represents the next generation of Windows Mobile or is a completely separate entity. If this above information is indeed accurate (and that is a big “if”) and the aforementioned phone is indeed Windows Mobile 7, then there are lot of changes in store for those who are tied to the Windows Mobile platform.

[Via wmpoweruser] More →

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Windows Mobile 6.5.3 details emerge

By on February 3, 2010 at 3:45 PM.

Windows Mobile 6.5.3 details emerge

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With the introduction of the Sony Ericsson Aspen, Windows Mobile took a small jump forward to version 6.5.3. This latest version includes a few notable features, including capacitive touchscreen support which will cause all non-HD2 owners to toss their stylii into the air and jump for joy. Other changes include:

  • Platform to enable multitouch
  • Touch controls throughout system (no need for stylus)
  • Consistent Navigation
  • Horizontal scroll bar replaces tabs (think settings>system>about screen)
  • Magnifier to bring touch support to legacy applications
  • Simplified out-of-box experience with fewer steps
  • Drag and drop icons on Start Screen
  • Browser page load time decreased and memory management improved
  • Browser pan & flick gestures smoothed and zoom & rotation speed increased
  • Updated runtime tools (.NET CF 3.5, SQL CE 3.1)
  • Arabic read/write document support
  • Watson (error reporting) improvements and bug fixes

Thus far, the Aspen is the only handset to run this latest version of the Microsoft’s mobile operating system and we may have to wait until MWC 2010 for additional 6.5.3 handsets to emerge and updates for current handsets to be confirmed. Until then, Windows Mobile 6.5.3 is an SE exclusive. More →

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Microsoft hints at Windows Mobile 7 announcement at MWC

By on January 29, 2010 at 8:45 PM.

Microsoft hints at Windows Mobile 7 announcement at MWC

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Yesterday, on Microsoft’s earnings call, CFO Peter Klein briefly mentioned that Microsoft’s “next mobile operating system” would be announced “in a few weeks.” Conveniently, just a few weeks from now, the Mobile World Congress convention will be taking place — beginning February 15th — in Barcelona, Spain. This latest development seems to be consistent with previous reports that also put WinMo 7′s premier at MWC. We’re not sure about you, but we’re pretty excited to see Apple, Google, RIM, Nokia, and Microsoft all seriously contending for mobile device market share. More →

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