HTC Leo gets spec'd; mmmmm, Snapdragon

By on July 22, 2009 at 7:30 AM.

HTC Leo gets spec'd; mmmmm, Snapdragon

Earlier this week we reported some rumored details of the upcoming HTC Leo and today it looks like things are now getting flushed out a bit. Actually, it looks like the Leo may turn out the be the HTC Firestone we first saw back in January. While all this is still in the rumor phase of course, we can’t help but get a little giddy each and every time we see mention of Qualcomm’s 1GHz beast of a processor.So behold — the kind of, maybe, sort of, possible specs for the HTC Leo/Firestone:

  • Quad-band GSM/EDGE connectivity
  • Dual-band HSDPA connectivity (900/2100 MHz)
  • 4.3-inch WVGA (480 x 800) capacitive touchscreen display
  • Windows Mobile 6.5
  • Qualcomm 1GHz MSM 8250 Snapdragon processor
  • Wi-Fi
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • Accelerometer
  • Light & proximity sensors
  • 3.5mm headset jack
  • 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with dual LED flash
  • 512MB flash memory, 320MB RAM
  • MicroSD card support
  • 1230 mAh battery
  • 121 x 67 x 11 millimeters

Mmmm, Windows Mobile 6.5 with a giant capacitive WVGA touchscreen and a Snapdragon processor. Yeah, we want it.

[Via wmpoweruser]

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Windows Marketplace for Mobile to accept submissions starting July 27th, launches this fall

By on July 14, 2009 at 10:40 AM.

Windows Marketplace for Mobile to accept submissions starting July 27th, launches this fall

There it is, Windows Mobile developers — the day you’ve kind of, sort of, maybe been waiting for. Todd Brix, Senior Director for Mobile Platform Services Product Management at Microsoft has just announced that the company will begin accepting app submissions in 29 supported countries on July 27th. As in, less than two weeks from today. Woo! Brix goes on to report that Microsoft is on schedule to launch its “Windows Marketplace for Mobile” this fall alongside Windows Mobile 6.5. Current users shouldn’t fret of course, as the Marketplace will also be available on WinMo 6.0 and 6.1 before the year is out. So what say you, Windows Mobile fans — think the Marketplace can compete?

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CDMA HTC Snap / Ozone to get Windows Mobile 6.5 upgrade?

By on July 1, 2009 at 1:18 PM.

CDMA HTC Snap / Ozone to get Windows Mobile 6.5 upgrade?

Folks who scooped up the HTC Ozone from Verizon Wireless or the HTC Snap from Sprint may be pleased to learn that an official upgrade to Windows Mobile 6.5 may be in your future. According to documents published on the Bluetooth Special Interest Group’s website, a Windows Mobile 6.5 variant of the HTC Cedar, codename for the CDMA Snap, has received regulatory approval. There are no additional details other than the CEDA100 moniker and the WM6.5 designation. With this handset being released so close to expected Windows Mobile 6.5 roll out later this year however, we can only hope HTC (and Sprint and Verizon) will extend this olive branch to early adopters.

[Via wmpoweruser]

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New images of Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 surface

By on June 10, 2009 at 4:00 PM.

New images of Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 surface

Well lookie what we have here — a few juicy new images of Sony Ericsson’s second Xperia handset, the X2, have just surfaced over on the Esato forums. Looking stellar in a full silver overcoat, the X2 shows off its sleek design and PC-like keys. These are indeed the first device-on shots of the X2 so we also get a glimpse of the handset running Windows Mobile 6.5 in all of its glory. To refresh your memory, here are the rumored specs as reported earlier this week:

  • 8.1mpx auto focus, VGA @ 30fps (MP4 HQ)
  • 3.5-inch WVGA OLED (increased from 3.0 from X1)
  • GPS, aGPS
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack
  • Accelerometer
  • Faster processor
  • 512 RAM
  • Custom Windows Mobile 6.5 (SE engineers customized Win6.5 which runs very. very speedy. in par with iPhone and better in some cases)
  • XPERIA Panels are modified with plenty of innovative features (PS3 remote play being one of them)
  • Upgrading to Windows Mobile 7 is supported by Xperia panels

Presuming Sony Ericsson can manage to ship this puppy some time before Window Mobile 9 drops, it should definitely compete well with other high-end WinMo handsets due to hit the market soon. Hit the jump for more shots.

Thanks, Funky!

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Acer's F1, L1 and C1 handsets get detailed

By on June 3, 2009 at 4:53 PM.

Acer's F1, L1 and C1 handsets get detailed

Acer’s upcoming handsets made their debut at Computex in Taiwan and well, we just don’t ever seem to get tired of seeing “Snapdragon” listed in a handset’s specs. The F1 is the top of the line model featuring a 3.8-inch WVGA display, the coveted 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 300MB available storage memory (ROM), 89MB available program memory (RAM), 5 megapixel camera with flash and auto-focus, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, HSDPA, GPS, FM Tuner, 3.5mm headphone jack and Windows Mobile 6.5. The L1 and C1 are entry level smartphones with the L1 being a slider and the C1 a full touchscreen device. The L1 features a 2.8-inch 240×400 touchscreen display, a 5 way navigational button, 12 key numeric keypad and Windows Mobile 6.5. The C1 also features 2.8-inch 240×400 touchscreen with handwriting recognition, 528MHz processor, 2 megapixel fixed focus camera, microSD expansion, built-in stylus, and Windows Mobile 6.5. All three handsets are slated for release later this year. Hit the jump for some snapshots of the L1 and C1.

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Windows Mobile 6.5 to get TellMe Voice Command integration

By on April 29, 2009 at 4:21 PM.

Windows Mobile 6.5 to get TellMe Voice Command integration

Windows Mobile 6.5 users will be able to say bye bye to Microsoft Voice Command and hello to TellMe when next generation Windows Mobile handsets finally hit store shelves this fall. Currently available for BlackBerry handsets via a third party application (ironically provided by Microsoft as TellMe is a subsidiary of the Redmond, WA computer giant) and also present on the Samsung Instinct, TellMe will now be integrated into upcoming Windows Mobile 6.5 handsets. The new TellMe solution will feature one-button, voice-driven access to text messaging, phone dialing, traffic information, GPS data and searching via Microsoft Live search. TellMe for 6.5 will be available for free via the Windows Mobile Marketplace or as a value added feature pre-installed by carriers and handset manufacturers. Sweet!

[Via Gizmodo]

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Samsung reportedly prepping Omnia Pro for a July release

By on April 26, 2009 at 11:08 AM.

Samsung reportedly prepping Omnia Pro for a July release

This one lies deep in the bowels of Rumorsville for the time being but we can’t say we’d hate for it to become a reality. According to Samsung – HD blog, Sammy will have a new addition to its Omnia lineup come July. Billed as the Omnia Pro — which, by the way, definitely detracts from the believability-factor of this rumor — the new handset will feature a full touchscreen sitting atop a QWERTY slider a la HTC’s Touch Pro and Pro2. Perhaps Sammy figured if it was going to bite the form factor it might as well bite the name, too? Reported specs for the Omnia Pro include a 3.5-inch 800 x 480 AMOLED touchscreen display, Windows Mobile 6.1 (which will be upgradable to 6.5 upon release) and a 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus, a flash and video recording capabilities. So if you’ve been eying the OmniaHD but aren’t a fan of S60 5h Edition or touchscreen-only handsets, keep your fingers crossed that this rumor ends up panning out. The image above, by the way, is a mock up created by the source.

[Via Unwired View]

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Windows Mobile 6.5 on May 11th? Not so much

By on April 21, 2009 at 11:02 AM.

Windows Mobile 6.5 on May 11th? Not so much

It looks like we got a little too excited when a poorly-worded post covering Windows Mobile 6.5′s cameo at Tech Ed 2009 hit Microsoft’s Windows Mobile blog. According to Microsoft, the post was misinterpreted and 6.5 will not be launching on the 11th — instead, Microsoft will just be demoing some Windows Mobile 6.5 features/functionality and discussing 6.5′s future. Sad as it may be, we’ll all just have to continue to wait as Redmond gets all of its ducks in a row. The post on the Windows Mobile blog has been updated for clarification sake.

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Windows Mobile 6.5 comes to life on May 11th

By on April 17, 2009 at 3:32 PM.

Windows Mobile 6.5 comes to life on May 11th

Signed, sealed and delivered — Microsoft’s Windows Mobile blog has officially announced that the next iteration of the Windows Mobile OS will launch on May 11th. The interim OS of sorts will be unveiled at day one of the Tech Ed 2009 conference next month:

Stephanie Ferguson, GM of Business Experiences at Microsoft’s Mobile Communications Business is going to deliver the kick off launch presentation of Windows Mobile 6.5 on Monday, May 11th at 1:00PM – 2:15PM. This Tech Ed 2009 session focuses on one of the biggest launches in the history of Windows Mobile – Windows Mobile 6.5. It is targeted at both IT Professionals and Developers, with a cool demo and an outline of great stuff to come. Be sure to join us as we are giving away 5 Samsung Blackjack II’s!

For those not keeping score, WinMo 6.5 is reportedly a huge improvement over 6.1 — though some would argue that doesn’t necessarily say much. True Windows Mobile die hards will tell you what a workhorse WinMo can be however, and if 6.5 resolves as many issues as we hope it will (and does so in a much neater package UI-wise) it could be more than just a band aid to tide us over until 7 drops. The venue for the launch, Tech Ed 2009, is geared toward developers so we can expect some fantastic in depth demos to come through as devs pry into every nook and cranny of Microsoft’s latest mobile OS. We have to admit, we’re a little excited.

[Via Engadget]

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Microsoft announces Windows Mobile 6.5, My Phone, Recite and a Marketplace

By on February 16, 2009 at 10:03 AM.

Microsoft announces Windows Mobile 6.5, My Phone, Recite and a Marketplace

No surprises at Microsoft’s MWC press conference today as it announced Windows Mobile 6.5 and a handful of services we’ve already detailed fairly extensively. Kicking things off with the the big news, 6.5 features a variety of enhancements from the new lock screen that provides dynamic notification to the honeycomb start menu, a finger-friendly Today screen and a new version of Internet Explorer Mobile that offers Adobe Flash lite support. Phones running the latest version of Windows Mobile will be re-branded as “Windows phones” to reflect Microsoft’s desire to bring the full Windows experience to your handset. Windows Mobile 6.5 will be available later this year with no specific date given. Early adopters of the platform include HTC with its Touch Pro 2 and Touch Diamond 2 as well as LG with its GM7300. While end-users will have to wait a while to begin playing with 6.5, LG must have been fairly impressed as it just announced a partnership with Microsoft to launch 50 Windows Mobile-powered handsets between now and the end of 2012. So much for that whole “fewer devices, more focused” thing. Hit the jump for the rest of Microsoft’s press conference round up and some Windows Mobile 6.5 screenshots.

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Microsoft looking to the cloud with Windows Mobile 6.5?

By on January 19, 2009 at 12:00 PM.

Microsoft looking to the cloud with Windows Mobile 6.5?

Ok Windows Mobile fans, it looks like you might actually see something new emerge from the fray at Mobile World Congress next month worth getting excited about. According to neowin’s “sources close to Microsoft”, Redmond is planning to take the wraps off a trio of cloud-based offerings set to compete with the likes of MobileMe and the App Store. Coming alongside Windows Mobile 6.5, which Microsoft is also expected to unveil at MWC, apparently Microsoft’s new mobile solutions will provide more all-inclusive offerings compared to its current PIM-centric Exchange services and app-hunting options. Reportedly codenamed SkyBox, Skyline and SkyMarket, details of the services are as follows:

SkyBox – Remote mobile syncing of contacts, Email/SMS, calendar items and images along with automatic backup and restore services (oh yes, the carriers are going to love OTA backup and restore functions).

SkyLine – Similar to SkyBox but tweaked for enterprise. Includes Exchange integration and custom domains.

SkyMarket – A mobile marketplace to compete with the likes of the App Store.

We don’t doubt that each of these services are on the way but we also sincerely hope Microsoft has a few tricks up its sleeve for MWC. Constant complaints of the company’s mobile OS being behind the times aren’t going to be eliminated with a simple game of catch up – Redmond needs to mix in some solid innovation with services like these in order to gain acclaim and garner interest once again. Come on Ballmer & Co… Show us something sexy.

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