A few days ago we told you that the upcoming T-Mobile Dash 3G that is scheduled to launch this July and now it has been officially announced by T-Mobile. The Dash 3G, which is also made by HTC, is set to kick off the launch of a few 3G devices for T-Mobile this summer as it continues to expand its high-speed network. So far, it looks like the specs we gave you guys are spot-on: HSDPA, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, GPS, Microsoft Outlook sync and it all runs on the Windows Mobile 6.1 platform. We’re still sticking with our July 15th launch date, but as of yet there is no word on pricing. We’ll be sure to keep you guys updated as soon as word hits BGR headquarters. Hit the jump for the full press release.
T-Mobile fans, we’ve got good news and bad news. The good news — internal training on HTC’s Dash 3G (Snap) and Touch Pro2 is set to kick off June 16th on the east coast. In other words, we’re likely very close to seeing both handsets get official. The bad news — training doesn’t wrap up until July 2nd in Baltimore/DC so the rumored July 1st release date for the Dash 3G is pretty much not going to happen. The rumored July 22nd launch for the Pro2 could be on the late side of things however, so it’s not all bad. Our ninja only has access to the east coast training schedule but assuming the rest of the country wraps up around the same time, we could see one or both of these handsets by mid to late June — because June isn’t already jam-packed with sweet handsets launching left and right. Woo!
According to an article published yesterday by GPS Business News, RIM may have quietly acquired struggling nav/LBS firm Dash Navigation. The site’s co-founder and Editor allegedly spoke to a trusted source who claims that the acquisition is a done deal. Dash, as we’re sure you’ll remember, was the maker of an awesome little connected nav unit that, well, no one bought. In November of last year, Dash laid off several staffers and announced it would cease production of its hardware solution, the Dash Express. While Dash has long since stopped making hardware navigation units like the one we had a little fun with above, the company would continue to license its software to hardware and mobile handset manufacturers moving forward. Despite its lack of user adoption, Dash indeed built a solid platform that is literally world’s beyond RIM’s current mapping/LBS solutions on BlackBerry devices. If RIM is looking to improve its offerings, snatching up Dash would definitely be a very inexpensive way to go. Neither RIM nor Dash have commented on acquisition rumors.
UPDATE: RIM confirmed that it has acquired Dash.
Indeed, the color-refreshed T-Mobile Dash we scooped last month is now available for sale on the T-Mobile site. Just as we expected unfortunately, it’s just a Dash. That’s not to say this handset isn’t a decent choice for someone looking for a Windows Mobile with a full QWERTY keyboard of course, but we wanted more. We don’t need to go over the specs on this familiar HTC-built T-Mobile handset – the only change, after all, is the color. The only thing really worth highlighting is the price; at $99 after mail-in rebate, the Dash is definitely a good buy in its new black duds. So, T-Mobile people, are you all over it or will you just be holding out until next month when you can get your 8900 on?
Thanks to one of our ninjas, we’ve just got a hold of a brand-new-looking T-Mobile Dash photo. Except, it’s in black, and sports subtle design changes like a different color combination on the keyboard, and…. stuff. We’re waiting for confirmation on whether this is just a color refresh (wouldn’t make sense this late in the product cycle) or if this unit has 3G added to it (think HTC S630, just cooler). What we have so far, is Windows Mobile 6 (available as an update on the original Dash) and Wi-Fi (also available on Dash v1.0). We’re waiting for our guy to hit us back with more specs, but we didn’t want to hold out on you. We’ll update this when we ourselves have an update!
UPDATE: Well, it turns out this is simply a color refresh that should be trickling into T-Mobile stores. Repeat after us… FAIL.
Is today Black Tuesday? We don’t typically run deal news here on BGR but this morning we had info two pretty solid offers hit the old inbox and we wanted to let you guys know about them. First off, if a new GPS navigation unit is on your holiday list this year, waiting for Black Friday to roll around might not be the smart play. Today, for one day only, you can get the Dash Express GPS unit for $199.99 – a full $100 off the regular price. Sure, it’s not as sweet as getting one for free like our pal Richard did but it’s still a good deal for sure. Next up is an awesome free offer, also good for today only. CrossOver, an incredibly useful piece of software from CodeWeavers, is available free for everyone! For those unfamiliar with the program, CrossOver allows you to run Windows apps on a Mac or Linux box without the need for a more cumbersome virtual machine installation. Sweet! As you can imagine, the CodeWeavers site is getting hammered right now so don’t go crazy if it takes a while to get your download and free serial.
Richard! Congrats buddy, you’ll be dodging traffic and reading your friends’ tweets on the go (not while driving though, we hope) before you know it. Sorry for the delay in announcing the winner but things have been pretty busy here at BGR HQ. Don’t worry, we’ll have some exciting new stuff for you before you know it. In the meantime, a big thanks is in order to everyone who entered the contest and to Dash for showing BGR readers some well-deserved love. Congrats again to Richard to everyone else who entered, don’t worry if you weren’t the lucky winner this time around. You know your pals here at BGR will have plenty more gear coming your way before you know it.
What? You thought we were done giving away shiny new gear just because the Bold giveaway is over? Not a chance. We’re busy deliberating and getting ready to announce the winner but that doesn’t mean we can’t hand out some more free goodies in the mean time. How does a brand spanking new Dash Express GPS sound? That’s right people, the first internet-connected GPS navigation unit in the US can be yours for the low low price of absolutely nothing. We’ve talked about the Dash Express before and even gave you a walkthrough in our gallery. We showed you that it was the first GPS unit capable of being updated wirelessly and that Dash even provides an open API allowing for third-party app development. Tons of developers have answered the call so far and have issued great apps like the one by Trulia seen in the video above. So what else is left for us to do? Oh yeah, give one away. Lucky for you there’s no need to bash, smash, crush, shoot or blow anything up this time. Official rules as follows:
- The Dash Express GPS giveaway will run until Monday September 1st at 11:59PM EST.
- All you have to do to enter is post a comment below — no really, that’s it!
- Please enter once and only once. If you try to enter more than once we might have to smash you.
Dash Express users are about to receive a software update and it’s a doozy. For those of you in the market for a new GPS unit, take notice as this already-capable internet-connected portable unit from Dash gets some new functionality that makes navigation much more user friendly. First and foremost, the update process itself is noteworthy. Pulling your GPS unit from your car and connecting it to a computer is so last year. Simply connect the Dash Express to a WiFi network and the update will take place automatically. As a side note, couple the Dash Express with a mobile application like JoikuSpot Light and you have an always-connected unit with some amazing capability, especially now that the Dash API is open. Back to the matter at hand, one of the key features included in this update is called MyRoute. Dash recognizes that users often know shortcuts that may not be recommended by the GPS unit. As such, the Dash Express can now record your route to your destination and save it as an available routing option along with the recommended Dash route and a third detour-route option. What’s more, Dash will automatically analyze current traffic data and take traffic info into account when recommending a route. There are a bunch of other enhancements in this update such as FasterFind for quicker GPS locks and a variety of performance and UI tweaks. Dash is definitely a company to keep your eye on as we don’t see them slowing down any time soon.
[Via Press Release]
The idea of a GPS device provider opening their API seems a bit odd at first. When you have as many developer customers as Dash however, opening your API is a great way to play to their geeky side. Beyond that Dash will now have a great (free) way to see how customers respond to different functionality added to their systems. Maybe they can start promoting certain apps on their site, maybe a few apps will even help shape future development; regardless, third-party contribution is most often a good thing. So it has only been a few weeks since the Dash API became available, when can we expect some apps? How about right now? Developers have attacked Dash head on and come up with some really great added functionality for Dash units. Examples include apps that will give you weather alerts, provide local info based on your location and even locate nearby garage sales for you. Perhaps the most interesting third-party addition however, is the Twitter integration. The again supports our theory that it’s only a matter of time before everything in the world is somehow tied into social networking and / or microblogging sites. Check out the video above to see how a Dash user can share his or her location in just a few clicks. The post sent to Twitter even includes an automatically-created link to the exact location on Google Maps. Users can also see the 20 most recent tweets from their Twitter contacts on their Dash unit, but it’s probably not such a great idea while you’re moving.