Microsoft issues takedown notices, squashes popular Windows 6.5 cooked ROM

By on March 14, 2009 at 9:30 AM.

Microsoft issues takedown notices, squashes popular Windows 6.5 cooked ROM

All you HTC Raphael fans out there who have been enjoying a pre-release version of Windows Mobile 6.5, it looks like the party may be over. Microsoft has put the pressure on XDA developers and they have withdrawn the links to the popular Windows 6.5 ROM crafted by Da_G. All download links, both in the original post and subsequent posts, have been removed. Thankfully, the forum has not been locked or shut down. These takedown notices however, may not be confined to just this single ROM as others who are mirroring similar ROMs have reported receiving takedown notices as well. We suppose it was only a matter of time before Microsoft put the brakes on the public porting of Windows Mobile 6.5 — at least we enjoyed it while it lasted.

[Via Fuze Mobility]

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Hands on with RIM’s BlackBerry Application Suite on the HTC Fuze

By on February 16, 2009 at 10:21 PM.

Hands on with RIM’s BlackBerry Application Suite on the HTC Fuze

Well, it has been rumored forever, caught on video, and we’ve even done our part in sharing the news as well, but we can’t hold out on y’all any longer — we have been toying with the BAS for the greater part of a month. It’s a solid effort on RIM’s part, but will it do anything for them or just waste engineer’s precious time? The answer, friends, is in our review after the break.

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Firefox Mobile for Windows Mobile gets previewed, early release build imminent

By on February 2, 2009 at 10:18 AM.

Firefox Mobile for Windows Mobile gets previewed, early release build imminent

Ok, we’ve got good news and we’ve got bad news. First the good news: it looks like Mozilla is on track to push out a very early alpha build of Fennec, Firefox Mobile, for Windows Mobile. Now the bad news: Just as with early builds for Nokia internet tablets, this build looks pretty unusable. It doesn’t look anywhere near as slow and unstable as the tablet version when it first popped up but it’s definitely not in any state ready for prolonged usage. In fact, we should probably consider it a proof of concept. For the time being it’s look but no touch but Pocketnow provides a pretty thorough preview video to give you a taste of the app in its current state. In all likelihood this is a pretty good indication that Mozilla is on track for an alpha release very soon, as was reported last week. Are you guys as excited as we are to see Firefox make its was through Nokia tablets and onto mobile phones?

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Firefox Mobile coming to HTC Touch Pro as soon as next week

By on January 27, 2009 at 9:22 AM.

Firefox Mobile coming to HTC Touch Pro as soon as next week

Windows Mobile users have a lot going for them lately but truth be told, most of the good news still falls in the rumor category for the time being. Windows Mobile 6.5 might be introduced at MWC but we don’t know for sure. We also don’t even know if it will be worth the wait. The honeycomb UI looks interesting but videos show it might just be a TouchFLO-like band-aid. The rumored cloud-based suite looks nice but we still have nothing from Microsoft regarding SkyBox, SkyLine or SkyMarket. Now however, we’ve got some good news that you might not have to wait long for. According to an update to the Firefox Mobile wiki, HTC Touch Pro owners could be looking at an initial release as soon as next week. Woo! Internet Explorer is, umm, not so good, and Firefox Mobile is poised to do for Windows Mobile what Firefox did for Windows: Fix web browsing. For all the people out there without a Touch Pro this is still great news as it marks the first time a version of Firefox Mobile will be released in any state for a device other than a Nokia Internet Tablet. We can’t wait.

[Via IntoMobile]

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2009 Rogers / Fido roadmap leaked, leads to smartphone heaven

By on December 25, 2008 at 9:10 AM.

2009 Rogers / Fido roadmap leaked, leads to smartphone heaven

Just because it’s Christmas doesn’t mean that the mobile phone industry is safe from leaks. HoFo user clearskies08 has posted pictures which are purported to be from an internal Rogers and Fido flagship presentation. They reveal all of the flagship smartphones that the two carriers plan to release in 2009. Virtually every single phone in the line-up has been written about before in one way or another so we’ll spare you their specs, but rest assured, if even one quarter of the phones in the presentation end up hitting store shelves, 2009 is looking to be a hell of a year for Rogers and its dog. Hit the jump for a complete list of handsets along with images from the presentation.

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Unlock GPS on the Verizon Wireless Touch Pro

By on December 22, 2008 at 12:28 PM.

Unlock GPS on the Verizon Wireless Touch Pro

GPS Touch Pro Unlock

Verizon Touch Pro owners who do not want to wait until “the first half of 2009″ for Verizon to unlock the GPS on their mobile phones can head on over to PPC Geeks for some detailed instructions by lllboredlll (with some help from gc14) on how to do it now. The procedure involves installing a few cab files, running PPST, a soft reset and, for those that want seamless aGPS operation, some hacking using Qualcomm’s QPST programming tool. While you are in QPST, you may also want to follow the instructions to remove the Sprint banner from your phone. Hey, you in there already so you might as well, right? Many users on both PPC Geeks and Howard Forums are reporting success with GPS locks taking less than one minute using third party GPS software. As with any hacking with QPST, proceed with caution but if you do take the plunge, report your success or failure in the comments.

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Possible images of HTC Touch Pro running BlackBerry Application Suite

By on December 16, 2008 at 10:38 AM.

Possible images of HTC Touch Pro running BlackBerry Application Suite

Assuming this is real, which it may not be, you might just be looking at the greatest thing to happen to Windows Mobile since – umm – ever. Sometime back in 2007, news of an upcoming software solution surfaced that would allow Windows Mobile users to emulate the BlackBerry OS and grant them access to BlackBerry apps. In other words, it would sort of allow the BlackBerry OS to run as a Windows Mobile application. Pretty much everyone forgot about the rumors quite some time ago since nothing ever materialized, but now a handful of images have surfaced that reportedly show the BlackBerry Application Suite running on an HTC Touch Pro. You read that correctly – BlackBerry OS, on an HTC Touch Pro. While the images on the screen look shiny and new, lack of an HTML browser and some other areas tells us we’re looking at an old feature set. Sure it’s not ideal, but it would still be pretty amazing – plus it’s only a beta if anything. If all this pans out, perhaps we’ll see an updated feature set come along with the release version by… Ohh, we don’t know… 2013?

Thanks, Mark!

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HTC future is looking pretty with One & Company Design, Inc.

By on December 3, 2008 at 9:31 AM.

HTC future is looking pretty with One & Company Design, Inc.

Remember when HTC devices used to look like they were all business and no fun? As we all know, they’ve recently taken a turn with more elegant, classy and sexy designs. Can anyone really say that the Touch Diamond or the Fuze are ugly phones? One & Company Design, Inc. is the San Francisco-based lifestyle design firm responsible for the latest crop of HTC beauties, and HTC is seemingly so please with the firm’s work that it has just announced an acquisition. One & Co. have won several awards for its designs, packaging and products so there is no doubt that this new venture with HTC is going to do well for the latter’s mobile handset line. After a few years working together and bringing the Touch Diamond to life, the two have decided to continue their relationship but will keep their names independent of each other. One & Co. will keep its client base and retain its name while working closely with HTC. If HTC keeps up the innovation and quality it has become known for, it will surely rise pretty quickly with functional and attractive handsets for the future.

[Via Phonescoop]

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Verizon Touch Pro unboxing and first impressions

By on November 26, 2008 at 8:03 AM.

Verizon Touch Pro unboxing and first impressions

verizon touch pro

Today the HTC Touch from Verizon is making its way into the hands of the people. Surprise, surprise, one arrived on our doorstep as well and we did a quick unboxing for you! The Verizon Touch Pro differs a bit from its Sprint, Alltel and AT&T cousins. The Verizon version has a different keyboard layout that features a top row of numbers and directional arrows whose location breaks up the letters on the keyboard. The up arrow falls right in between the “n” and the “m” key. No, seriously. This does make it a little difficult to type at first but we found that we got used to it rather quickly. The Verizon Touch Pro also has a flat back cover instead of the faceted diamond style cover that is seen in the Fuze. Unfortunately, our concerns about the Touch Pro being crippled have been confirmed. The device does ship with only 192MB RAM which gets eaten up pretty quickly. The OS takes up 78.71MB, other startup programs and TouchFlo 3D takes up another 67.68MB, leaving you with a mere 45.60MB left for your own applications! Yes, we know that it is more RAM than is found on the xv6800 but still 192MB instead of 288MB is a bit disappointing.

The other disappointing, but not surprising, revelation is that the GPS appears to be locked down to VZ Navigator. We installed Google Maps and it just searched and searched for a GPS satellite connection. It finally gave up and told us that “Your GPS receiver is having trouble tracking GPS satellites”. No worries, though, as the folks over at XDA developers are probably already hard at work trying to unlock the GPS for us. The one good piece of news is that phone includes both an accelerometer (rumored to have been absent) and Wi-Fi. Overall, the device is still an improvement over the xv6800 but with its dumbed down specs, you cant help but focus on what you are missing and overlook all the good things you have. It is like eating cake without the frosting. It still tastes good but you know it could have been so much better. Definitely check out our unboxing gallery, but not before you hit the jump for some screenshots showing the Device Information and the GPS failure.

Click on over to our Verizon Wireless HTC Touch Pro unboxing gallery!

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Everything you need to know about the Verizon Wireless Touch Pro

By on November 12, 2008 at 11:11 PM.

Everything you need to know about the Verizon Wireless Touch Pro

Tired of hearing about the Touch Pro? Hold on a little bit longer as the Verizon Touch Pro rumor mill is just starting to heat up. Earlier today, Engadget leaked a tentative launch date of November 24th for online/B2B/telesales and December 1st for retail stores. Soon thereafter, we got our hands on a Need to Know Guide that covers the ins and outs of using the Verizon Wireless Touch Pro.  We picked out the highlights for you and we can finally put that whole “Verizon completely neutered the Touch Pro” rumor to rest. The document confirms that XV6850 will ship with a Qualcomm 7500A processor clocked at 528MHz, not the rumored 400MHz CPU. It also lists the 512MB of ROM and 192MB of RAM, which we realize is less than the 512MB/288MB on Sprint and AT&T. Why the difference? We are not too sure, maybe Verizon is reporting the available RAM and not the installed RAM. Regardless, it is nice to see the faster processor and 192MB of RAM which is way better than the rumored 400MHz and 128MB RAM device we were afraid Verizon was going to foist on its customers. The rest of the document has some nice eye candy of Verizon’s very red interface and a quick shot of the XV6850′s very different keyboard layout. Hit the jump for some more pages from the guide.

[Thanks to anonymous over at Howard Forums]

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AT&T Fuze unboxing, first impressions

By on November 11, 2008 at 5:01 PM.

AT&T Fuze unboxing, first impressions

We actually weren’t even going to do an unboxing / first impressions post. Seen one HTC Touch Pro, seen ‘em all, right? Wrong, guys. In a rare example of AT&T not scumming down their devices (adding crapware, horrible themes, removing features, blocking stuff), we think they’ve actually made the device better! For starters, one of the most important things is the connectivity. The regular Touch Pro does not have tri-band UMTS/HSDPA support. The AT&T Fuze does. Also check this… on the original Touch Pro, there were no “OK” and “Start” buttons. A complete meltdown of necessary Windows Mobile functionality. Well, AT&T’s Fuze has both. Instead of the numbers being laid out across the top row of keys, they are in classic number pad format on the left side of the keyboard, and we’re actually really feeling the default AT&T TouchFLO theme here. They even made it so the Start menu was always visible on the home screen, too. We approve. How about a short, short summary? The AT&T HTC Fuze is the best Windows Mobile Professional phone on the market. Good? Make sure you hit the gal-gal for all the shots!

Note: we haven’t reviewed the Sprint Touch Pro, so we’re not sure if the key layout is the same, etc.

Click on over to our AT&T Fuze unboxing gallery!

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HTC Fuze is now live on AT&T’s site

By on November 10, 2008 at 11:30 PM.

HTC Fuze is now live on AT&T’s site

Have you had enough of this AT&T Fuze flurry hitting you left and right with constant updates? Didn’t think so. Just hours ago, we let loose some pics of the HTC Fuze in its official packaging in all its glory, and now it’s live on AT&T’s website. First AT&T stores have started receiving some early shipments and now this? Is anyone going to start losing sleep over this or perhaps sleep in their cars in the AT&T store parking lot? If you’re hauling your piggy banks with you, remember that this is going to set you back $299.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate. But hey, we all know the good news and that’s that if there are no corporate stores in your area, you can order yours online now!

Thanks, R and MrSlacker!

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We have lift off: AT&T Fuze demo units hit AT&T stores!

By on November 5, 2008 at 1:35 PM.

We have lift off: AT&T Fuze demo units hit AT&T stores!

Well, that didn’t take long! It now seems as if AT&T Fuze demo units have started popping up in AT&T corporate stores across the country. We weren’t given any sort of launch information, but hey, it can’t be too long now, can it? There’s a couple more shots after the jump for all your dirty Windows Mobile fans. We can’t wait to get one of these…

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