AT&T launches Windows Mobile 6.5 HTC Tilt 2 and HTC Pure

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Oct 052009
 

AT&T

A day before the big Windows Mobile 6.5 launch, AT&T announced that it will offer the HTC Tilt 2 and the HTC PURE, both powered by Windows Mobile 6.5. The HTC PURE and HTC Tilt 2 are none other than the HTC Diamond2 and the HTC Touch Pro2 respectively. Both have been customized for AT&T.

The HTC PURE is now available for US$149.99 after a US$50 mail-in-rebate and with a two year contract (minimum US$69.99 plan required). The HTC Tilt 2 will be available in the following weeks for US$299.99 after a US$50 mail-in-rebate and with a two year contract (minimum US$69.99 plan required).

AT&T also confirmed that it will support Windows Marketplace for Mobile.

AT&T customers’ purchases from Windows Marketplace can be added to their monthly statements. After Microsoft delivers Windows Marketplace later this year for other versions of Windows Mobile, AT&T will make it available to customers using those versions.

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TELUS begins training staff on HSPA

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Oct 042009
 

TELUS Mobility

Yet another sign is suggesting that TELUS is getting ready to launch its HSPA network. BlackBerryOS.com was sent a screenshot of an e-learning course called ‘HSPA Primer’ that all TELUS employees are required to take.

The course has several objectives and will allow employees to:

  • Define HSPA and CDMA
  • Demonstrate the key differences between 3 TELUS networks and apply them to client needs
  • Describe SIM cards
  • Describe international roaming under HSPA

TELUS has yet to provide any details on specifically when it will launch its HSPA network. Rumours suggest we could see an October launch though.

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Palm releases webOS 1.2.1 update

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Oct 032009
 

Palm

On the heels of the release of webOS 1.2, Palm has released a point upgrade to address a few issues. Among the issues fixed are:

  • Resolution of an issue where customers running Exchange 2007 could no longer synchronize with their Exchange account for Email, Calendar, Contacts, and Tasks after the upgrade to 1.2.
  • Media sync now works with the latest version of iTunes (9.0.1).
  • Media sync now synchronizes photo albums, maintaining the album structure in the Photos app.
  • Resolution of an issue where music or video streams could drop out or take a long time to start
  • Resolution of an issue encountered by webkit developers. This issue did not impact end users.

Sprint will begin to push the over-the-air update in the next few days.

I expect that Bell will also push out this update shortly.

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Weekend fun: Activision Anthology

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Oct 022009
 

Activision Anthology

It’s time for a blast from the past. The Activision Anthology brings together three classic games from the 1980s.

Platform, Action, Shoot’em-Up: Three legendary hits for the price of One, with Activision Anthology on mobile. H.E.R.O. will let you fly and jump through endless tunnels to rescue the trapped miners. Play the legendary game Pitfall! and travel through 255 screens of jungle in a hunt for treasure. In River Raid you pilot a fighter plane and shoot whatever crosses your path!

The game is compatible with Windows Mobile (versions 2003 and up) as well as PalmOS and J2ME devices.

The Activision Anthology is available for US$9.95 from our affiliate Clickgamer. A trial version is also available.

Palm Pixi to launch on October 20th? (Updated)

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Oct 022009
 

Palm Pixi

The Palm Pixi will make its debut on October 20th, according to The Boy Genius Report sources. It should be available both from Sprint directly as well as Best Buy locations.

When Palm introduced the Pixi, it only gave a ‘sometime before the holidays’ launch date.

The Palm Pixi is powered by a Qualcomm MSM7627 processor and Palm webOS. It comes with dual-band CDMA and EV-DO Rev. A connectivity, a 2.63-inch touchscreen display (320 by 400) with a ‘gestures area’ and support for multi-touch, a QWERTY keyboard, 8GB of internal user storage, built-in GPS, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR with A2DP, a 2MP camera with fixed-focus and LED flash, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a microUSB connector, and a 1150mAh battery.

Update: According to Engadget Mobile sources, the word is that the aforementioned date is not accurate. While their source has no dates, the suggestion is that it will be later than October 20th.

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Acer shifting focus to Google Android starting with A1

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Oct 022009
 

Digitimes sources have revealed that Acer is increasing its focus on Google Android as a mobile platform in 2010. At least half of next year’s devices are expected to be powered by Android.

Acer will also continue to develop Windows Mobile devices.

Meanwhile, Acer’s first Android-powered smartphone, the A1, is expected later this year. Based on specifications posted a bit too early by Expansys (pulled down now), we know it will be powered a 768MHz Qualcomm 8250 processor and Google Android. It will come with quad-band (850/900/1800/1900MHz) GSM/GPRS/EDGE and tri-band (850/1900/2100MHz) HSPA/WCDMA connectivity, a 3.5-inch WVGA touchscreen display, 256MB RAM and 512MB ROM, built-in GPS, 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR and A2DP, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a 5MP camera with auto-focus, a microSD car slot, and a 1350mAh battery.

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HTC HD2 headed to O2 UK in October?

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Oct 012009
 

The HTC HD2 (codename Leo) looks set for an October release courtesy of O2 UK. The revelation comes courtesy of a page from the upcoming October issue of ‘Shop with O2’.

The HTC HD2 is expected to be powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM 8250 Snapdragon processor and Windows Mobile 6.5 with TouchFLO 3D (although the magazine pictures does not shows the standard WM6.5 interface). It will come with quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and dual-band (900/2100MHz) HSDPA connectivity, a 4.3-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen display, 320MB RAM and 512MB ROM, GPS and A-GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, a 5MP camera with auto-focus and dual LED flash, a microSD card slot, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a 1230mAh battery.

Pricing and specific availability details remain unknown at this time although dates of October 12th and 26th are floating around.

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AT&T to launch Garmin nüvifone G60 on October 4th

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Oct 012009
 

ASUS-Garmin nüvifone G60

The ASUS-Garmin nüvifone G60, which we first heard about back in February 2008, is about to hit North American shores. It will be available exclusively from AT&T starting on October 4th.

The Garmin-Asus nüvifone G60 is powered by a Linux operating system. It comes with quad-band (850/900/1800/1900MHz) GSM/GPRS/EDGE and tri-band (850/1900/2100MHz) HSDPA connectivity, a 3.55-inch WQVGA (272 by 480 pixels) touchscreen display, 128MB RAM and 4GB flash memory, built-in GPS, 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0 (with A2DP), built-in accelerometer, a 3MP camera with auto-focus and geo-tagging, a microSDHC card slot (supporting cards up to 16GB), and a 1100mAh battery. It measures 112 by 58.1 by 14.6 millimeters and weighs 137 grams (with battery).

AT&T will offer the Garmin nüvifone G60 for US$299 with a two year service agreement after US$100 mail-in-rebate.

Is the fact that the nüvifone G60 will be the only phone ever produced to use Garmin’s own custom Linux operating system enough for you to get one? Or is this a case of just way too late?

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Verizon announces Windows Mobile 6.5-powered HTC Imagio

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Oct 012009
 

HTC Imagio

Verizon announced today that it will offer the HTC Imagio (previously known as Whitestone), its first Windows Mobile 6.5 device, starting on October 6th. It is also its first smartphone to support V CAST Mobile TV.

The HTC Imagio is powered by a 528MHz processor and Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional with the HTC TouchFLO 3D user interface. It comes with CDMA/EV-DO Rev.A, quad-band GSM and single-band (2100MHz) HSPA connectivity, a 3.6-inch WVGA touchscreen display, 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a 5MP camera with auto-focus, and a 1500mAh battery. It also has a kickstand which also serves as the V CAST Mobile TV antenna.

The HTC Imagio will be available on October 6th for US$199.99 after a US$100 mail-in rebate and a two-year service contract. Access to V CAST Mobile TV will cost US$15 per month.

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T-Mobile begins pushing out Google Android 1.6

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Oct 012009
 

Google Android

T-Mobile has begun to push out an over-the-air update for devices powered by Google Android. The Android 1.6 (codename Donut) is being pushed to T-Mobile’s G1 and myTouch 3G customers. It will take T-Mobile a few days to complete the process.

Not considered a major update, Android 1.6 still contains some interesting new features and enhancements:

  • An improved Android Market experience that makes it easier to discover great applications.
  • An integrated camera, camcorder, and gallery interface.
  • Updated Voice Search, with faster response and deeper integration with native applications, including the ability to dial contacts.
  • Updated search experience that make it easier to search various sources, such as browser bookmarks & history, contacts, and the web, directly from the home screen.
  • A fix for an issue causing a system reboot after calling 911.

Google released the SDK for Android 1.6 in mid-September.

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Windows Marketplace coming to Windows Mobile 6 and 6.1 by end of year

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Oct 012009
 

Windows Marketplace for Mobile

As we near the launch of the Windows Marketplace for Mobile, details are now coming fast and furious. Among those is confirmation that the Marketplace will be available for Windows Mobile 6 and 6.1 devices before the end of the year.

As we’ve been discussing since July, our plan is to deliver the full Marketplace experience in two phases. First, we’ll launch Windows Marketplace for Mobile with Windows phones on October 6th. We’ve also discussed following this launch with an update that will include support for Windows Mobile 6 and 6.1 by the end of the year. More specifically, we’re targeting November for phase two.

As previously announced, the Windows Marketplace for Mobile will be available on October 6th on Windows Mobile 6.5 devices.

Source: WMPoweruser.com

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More Symbian and Android-based software coming from SPB Software

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Oct 012009
 

To date, SPB Software has focused primarily on the Windows Mobile platform with such software as the recently announced SPB Mobile Shell 3.5 and SPB Quads 1.0. While SPB has released a few applications and games for the Symbian, Android and iPhone operating systems, the company is now set to increase its focus on these alternate operating systems.

According to CEO Sebastian-Justus Schmidt, SPB will unveil “comprehensive application solutions supporting both Symbian and Android” at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2010 to take place in February 2010.

I suspect that the lagging fortunes of Windows Mobile may have helped convince the company to make the move to support different operating systems.

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