For all the talk there's been about Microsoft's big Vista problem, much less has been made of its smaller operating system, Windows Mobile, which has some major problems of its own. Truth be told, I'm a longtime Windows Mobile user and I have to say it's been a frustrating ride. There are things I really like about the OS--and things I find really irritating. However, the frustration stems from the fact that every time I think it's really going to turn a corner, Windows Mobile continues to disappoint. And I'm seriously considering giving up … Read more
Correction: Telstra says it will not be introducing new 21Mbps-capable handsets at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February. The interview has been changed to reflect this.
If you're looking for a super fast wireless network, you might want to head to Australia, where Telstra, the largest wireless operator Down Under, has just launched an upgrade to its 3G wireless network that will offer peak data rates of 21 Megabits per second.
Of course, the 21Mbps downlink speed is a theoretical speed at peak performance. True download speeds will likely top out at between 4Mbps and 6.6Mbps. But … Read more
T-Mobile teased us at CES 2009 by introducing the RIM BlackBerry Curve 8900 but denying us any details on its availability date and pricing. Fortunately, we didn't have to wait too long as the carrier released the final details on Tuesday night.
The BlackBerry Curve 8900 is available now to business customers and will be available to everyone else on February 11 with a price tag of $199 with a two-year contract. It replaces the BlackBerry Curve 8300 series, and brings several notable improvements, including a sleeker design, a faster processor, a full HTML Web browser, and a 3.… Read more
In addition to the RIM BlackBerry Curve 8900, T-Mobile also announced the retail availability of the T-Mobile Shadow on Tuesday night. The Windows Mobile 6.1 device was first announced at CES 2009 as the replacement to the original Shadow and can now be purchased online and at T-Mobile stores for $149.99 with a two-year contract.
I have the T-Mobile Shadow in hand, but I only received it a few hours ago, so I'm still checking out the smartphone and putting through its paces. I'll have a full review for you tomorrow morning, but for now, I … Read more
For all the talk there's been about Microsoft's big Vista problem, much less has been made of its smaller operating system, Windows Mobile, which has some major problems of its own. Truth be told, I'm a longtime Windows Mobile user and I have to say it's been a frustrating ride. There are things I really like about the OS--and things I find really irritating. However, the frustration stems from the fact that every time I think it's really going to turn a corner, Windows Mobile continues to disappoint. And I'm seriously considering giving up on it.
Take my current situation.… Read more
AdMob put out a call Tuesday for Android developers, as it unveiled an ad unit specifically for applications running on Google's smartphone.
AdMob's ad unit is designed to allow third-party developers to generate revenue from the applications they create for Google's Android mobile phone. AccuWeather, Jirbo, and TapJoy developers have already put AdMob's Android ad unit to work, the company said.
"We are already seeing strong interest in developing applications for Android-based devices, similar to what we saw with the iPhone last summer," Ali Diab, AdMob vice president of product management, said in a … Read more
Microsoft has been lagging in rolling out map-and-search software that matches the robustness of Google Maps and Vlingo, but with Windows Live Search 4.0 for Windows Mobile phones, the mobile search app is starting to exert itself.
We generally like what we see, including the new GPS workaround to locate you on a map, and some fancier tricks with the search field. There's also a new view mode for looking at landmarks. Preview them all in this First Look video.
With so much attention paid to Netbooks lately, the MID category has been largely ignored as a portable device that basically exists for accessing the Internet. But not by Acer, which looks to be readying a device for the category.
An application filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office shows a small, rectangular device whose front is taken up entirely by screen except for a thin bezel. Besides what appears to be a 3.5-millimeter headphone jack and dock connector for PCs, there's not much else in the way of distinguishing features revealed in the drawing.
It'… Read more
While this may be a case of someone getting a little too trigger-happy, the idea of a Sprint Treo Pro is certainly not a fluke, and in fact, the smartphone is now up on Best Buy's Web site.
The Windows Mobile smartphone is advertised for a whopping $699.99 (though we suspect and certainly hope the price will drop with a service agreement) and is currently listed as backordered. Up … Read more
Microsoft has made some stumbles in the mobile world, but a strategy shift made more than a year ago will soon pay dividends, the company's top Windows Mobile executive said in an interview with CNET News.
Andy Lees, the executive brought over from the server unit a year ago, said that Microsoft's efforts to make sure that its mobile software could run on a wide range of phones resulted in an operating system that failed to take advantage of advances in hardware.
"We aimed to go for a lower common denominator," Lees said. Microsoft was also … Read more