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HP re-affirms commitment to Windows Mobile, developing news devices for the OS

HP_logo HP today announced plans to support the Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system on future smartphone devices, continuing its efforts to deliver the latest wireless technologies to the diverse mobile professional market. 

Windows Mobile 6.5 on HP smartphones will offer key enhancements to business productivity, personal messaging and mobile Internet capabilities, making it even easier for mobile customers to communicate and to manage critical business and personal information. With its new visual appeal, enhanced mobile Internet experience and greater personalization capabilities, the new operating system boosts the opportunities for Windows-based smartphones in broader market segments. 

“HP continues to work toward developing smartphones that simplify the mobile experience and meet evolving customer needs,” said Chua Hwee Koon, vice president, Consumer PC and Handheld Business Group, Personal Systems Group, HP Asia Pacific and Japan. “Working closely with key partners such as Microsoft allows for smooth integration of new technologies for the best possible customer experience.” 

“Windows phones enable people to stay on top of their personal and business lives by connecting them to the diverse array of information they need throughout the day,” said Todd Peters, corporate vice president, Mobile Communications Business, at Microsoft Corp. “We’re excited HP will offer phones with Windows Mobile 6.5, which will help people access and personalize services and applications that can make a phone truly individual.” 

The refreshed look of the new operating system offers a more interactive touch experience that responds to tapping, flicking and panning on-screen movements. The mobile Internet experience is improved with browser enhancements and Rich Internet Application (RIA) support that allows users to add new dynamic applications on the home screen. 

Customers will enjoy staying up to date with a rich and more-efficient messaging experience. HP smartphones with Windows Mobile 6.5 will automatically discover Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 settings for company e-mail. A unified e-mail inbox allows customers to see “text” or Short Messaging Service (SMS) messages and conveniently playback their voicemail. SMS messages can also be archived on an Exchange Server to safeguard information for later reference.

Additionally, with Windows Mobile 6.5, customers will have new ways to personalize their smartphones including new themes, applications and ring tones, and by using personal photos as photo contact cards and for the home screen background.

Via Mobile88

So… What do You Think of the Start Menu on WinMo 6.5?

With the inevitability of Windows Mobile 6.5 hitting a device in your very own hands in the not so distant future, the exictement of something new always makes questions arise. Certainly with WinMo 6.5 on the brink, there will be some new features we will like, and maybe some we won’t. What about our beloved Start Menu?

An article was brought to my attention that may be a bit of a rant,  but also makes a valid point or two about the importance of the almighty Start Menu we have been using on our current OS, and how the changes in OS 6.5 may affect the use of our handsets.

Lets get to the point. Multi-Tasking is a tremendous advantage of Windows Mobile, and the Start Menu plays a big role in the OS abilities to help maximize that strength. The article suggests, among other things, that the new start menu will impede usability by not offering the last five applications used. Valid point.

Personally, I do not find the current start menu exactly finger friendly, but it works. Quite well, I might add. Obviously Microsoft is trying to give 6.5 a fresh look and maybe make the device easier to use with one hand. Lord knows WinMo needed an overhaul, but certainly not at the sacrifice of its usability. So what is the middle ground here? Salvage a feature off of the “old” OS, or were the current cosmetic deficits of WinMo a greater danger to the OS itself?

So what are your thoughts on this matter? Do you like the current Start Menu, or are you ready for the new one? It should certainly make for good discussion in the comments section. Take the jump and tell us what you think. Seriously. We want to know.

Go here for the original article.

Most standards-compliant mobile browser now available for download

 

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We ran a story a short while ago about the latest version of Torch Mobile’s Iris browser achieving an amazing 97/100 on the Acid 3 test, when most browsers struggle to reach the 70’s.

Version 1.1, the one in the YouTube vide below, was then unreleased, but Torch Mobile has now made it available for download. Readers can now run the Acid 3 test for themselves, and also see the benefits of this standards-compliance – Google Docs documents can now be edited directly from within the browser.

Visit this link to download the browser from Torch Mobile.

Windows Phone World Podcast 3 – MWC day 3 wrap-up

  

This is the third installment of our daily Mobile World Congress podcast, highlighting the Windows Mobile news streaming out of Barcelona at present, and also some news from elsewhere.

In this podcast we cover today’s Windows Mobile news, including the:

Listen below or download directly or subscribe to our podcast feed here.

Download directly from here.

Google releases Google App for Windows Mobile

googleapps Google has finally released a version of Google Mobile App for Windows Mobile.  The software gives you faster searching on your Windows Mobile device, with easy access to your favourite Google applications from the Today screen.

The application allows web, email and Google maps searches amongst others and speeds up access to services up to 50%.

Google Mobile App is available for all devices running Windows Mobile in the US, UK, Canada, France, Italy, Spain, and Germany.

See the video below for the app in action or try it out by downloading it from http://m.google.com on your mobile phone.

 

Blackberry Application Suite reviewed

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BGR has apparently been sitting on a copy of the Blackberry Application Suite for Windows Mobile, basically a virtualized Blackberry running similar to Styletap, for more than a month now, and have finally delivered their review of the software.

They liked the application, and commended it for being a full OS, with the full complement of applications they expect to find on a Blackberry.  Unfortunately the OS being emulated is version 4.2, apparently more at home in 2005 (no HTML e-mal, poor browser) than the more later versions 4.6 and 4.7. To the BGR team that makes the whole venture rather pointless.

The Blackberry side however integrates well with Windows Mobile, with GPS and Bluetooth working perfectly (WIFI not) and SMS being handled on the Blackberry side, while the Windows Mobile dialler is seamlessly accessed on that side.

The software also has the potential of almost completely obscuring Windows Mobile, being able to be set to launch at reboot of your phone, so the owner will never get to appreciate our favourite OS.

To the BGR team, the real potential of the application is the likelihood of an upgrade of the emulated OS to the more recent versions, at which point they expect to make converts of a great number of Windows Mobile users. We think that’s rather unlikely, and we may see many more Blackberry heads gravitating to the great hardware selection offered on the Windows Mobile platform, especially now a layer of pretty has been applied.

Read the full review at BGR.com here.

Armageddon – Windows Mobile 6.5 on a capacitive screen spotted!

 

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WMExperts has been scouring the MWC floors looking for Windows Mobile news and came up with this doozy. 

Texas Instruments has been showing of their reference design for their new TI OMAP 3430 processor, and the device is pretty packed, with a 4.1 inch 800×480 screen, 6-in-1 cards slow, HDMI out (!) and also, surprisingly, a capacitive touch screen.

According the WMExperts in use it was still a bit hit and miss, but this is likely because of the imprecise nature of the screen rather than anything to do with the OS. Hopefully this will put paid to the various rumours than Windows Mobile and capacitive screens will never meet.

Texas Instrument’s device is no slouch either, supporting as mentioned about HDMI HD output, which was demoed for the WMExperts team live.

Read more about their impressions of the device, chip and Windows Mobile 6.5 over at WMExperts.com.

Thanks Dieter for the tip.

Windows Phone World Podcast 2 – MWC day 2 wrap-up

 

This is the second installment of our daily Mobile World Congress podcast, highlighting the Windows Mobile news streaming out of Barcelona at present.

In this podcast we cover today’s Windows Mobile news, including the:

  • 3D graphics acceleration.
  • marketplace
  • Acer’s new devices
  • the various UI overlays
  • more on WM 6.5
  • TG01 as a gaming device
  • Stylus use
  • and the biggie -what kind of smartphones women like ;)

Listen below or download directly or subscribe to our podcast feed here.

[podcast]http://wmpoweruser.com/wp-content/uploads/podcasts/WinMo_World_002.mp3[/podcast]

Download directly from here.

 

Acer’s new smartphone interface- pretty nice!

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Acer unleashed a avalanche of smartphones at MWC yesterday, but this did not seem to provoke much interest. Maybe the press did not actually get to see Acer’s rather interesting interface. It does not look very efficient, but is defnitely looks fun.

Fortunately Mobinaute managed to capture this video of the application in action. 

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Read more at Mobinaute here.

Windows Marketplace for Mobile to be available in 30 countries

The Windows Mobile development team posted some more details on the new upcoming Windows Marketplace. The Windows Marketplace aim to provide:

  • An easily discovered on-device application that is installed on every Windows Mobile 6.5 device, and includes prominent placement on the Start menu.
  • Global marketplace distribution (30 countries) with flexible payment options for end users through both credit card and mobile operator payment methods.
  • Single source developer-focused web site for sign-up, publishing, and management of applications in the marketplace.
  • Transparent set of policies that clearly articulate the types of applications allowed in the store.
  • Streamlined, yet flexible workflow for getting applications published to the marketplace.
  • Leverage existing Microsoft developer tools, such as Visual Studio, for faster time to market.

Read more on the Microsoft Windows Mobile team blog here.

We finally Podcast! The Windows Phone World MWC Wrap-up

 

Today, in conjuction with our friends PDA.pl. we are doing the first, so far one and only Windows Phone World Podcast.

In this podcast we cover today’s Windows Mobile news, including the:

  •  New HTC Touch Diamond 2
  • New HTC Touch Pro 2
  • LG GM730
  • Windows Mobile 6.5
  • HTC’s commitment to Windows Mobile
  •  and much else.

Listen below or download directly (we’ll get a feed sorted out later).

[podcast]http://wmpoweruser.com/wp-content/uploads/podcasts/WinMo_World_001.mp3[/podcast]

Download directly from here or subscribe to our podcast feed here.

Video walk-through of Windows Mobile 6.5

Engadget has published this video of Windows Mobile 6.5 in action.

 

The software is running on the new HTC Touch Diamond 2, for which HTC promised an upgrade. Unlike the criticism of Endgadget of the interface it actually seems to perform pretty well.

Of course the lack of improvement in Windows Media Player is disappointing, but I suspect that is only because the Zune Project Pink team have not shipped their Windows Mobile Product yet.

What do our readers think?

Engadget hands-on impression of Windows Mobile 6.5

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Engadget has been lucky enough to get their hands on an HTC Touch Diamond 2 running Windows Mobile and has had this to say about it:

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    • The new locking screen is very cool. Not the jazziest looking we’ve ever seen, but the added functionality of being able to go straight to specific screens of the phone — screens you’re particularly interested in when coming out of standby — is great. Someone should’ve thought of this long ago.
    • The home screen is a love-it-or-hate-it affair — the gesture used to navigate it might be a bit difficult to get used to. There’s a focused bar for each piece of information on the screen; it needs to be dragged from item to item to highlight, which is where we could see ourselves getting a little hung up. The left / right gestures to move through pieces of information in a single category (tasks or calendar items throughout the day, for example) makes a boatload of information accessible from the home screen, but it might be too much — if you’re busy, seeing your whole calendar this way could take a few minutes and leave you with a sore thumb. Also, the left / right thing makes less sense for some of the items — bookmarks, for example. Who’s going to thumb through their bookmarks one at a time?
    • Windows Media Player is a total unchanged carry-over from 6.1 — a major disappointment for anyone hoping that the Zune influence on the 6.5′s home screen would be pervasive throughout the platform. Actually, a major disappointment, period.
    • 6.5 is resistive only. It doesn’t support capacitive touchscreens.
    • The on-screen keyboard looks cool, but you’ll see some struggles typing engadget.com in the video — possibly related to the resistive nature of the screen. Bottom line, 6.5 isn’t 100 percent finger-friendly. (Besides, it turns out that the keyboard is HTC’s, not Microsoft’s; as far as we know, the stock board is unchanged from 6.1).
    • Scrolling is generally choppy, especially in the honeycomb menus. We’re hoping this resolves itself prior to launch — the software’s still in alpha, after all — but we’re not holding our breath. The “springboard” action when scrolling is new to WinMo and works well, but what’s the point when you’re struggling with speed?
    • IE Mobile seems to render beautifully in the sites we’ve seen, but the zoom slider seems difficult to actuate with a finger — possibly just because it’s slow to respond. We think part of the perception that the zooming functionality is low-performance stems from the fact that it’s stepped, not smooth. Hard to say if 6.5 has the raw horsepower to do smooth scrolling, though (and to be fair, Android and the iPhone “cheat” by filling in areas with a checkerboard pattern to speed things up, so no one’s really nailed this).
    • The finger-friendly menus seem unintuitive even to our demonstrator, mainly because they don’t support swipe-based scrolling. Instead, the user taps arrows at the top and bottom of the context menu to navigate.

See more of their gallery of Windows Mobile 6.5 pictures on the Diamond 2 at Engadget.com