Of course we don’t know what the official name will be yet but rumors say the Diamond 3 is going to be the nom de plume. This will be one of the first Windows Mobile ‘Seven’ devices to hit the US. Hat’s off to T-Mobile if they follow through on this.
Some quick rumor specs:
- 1-1.3 GHZ processor
- 3G of course
- 3.7 capacitive AMOLED display with MULTI TOUCH
- 5 MP camera with flash and HD video recording (wow)
- 512MB RAM/ROM
- 4GB internal storage
- microSDHC expansion (of course)
- 1230 mAH battery (don’t expect this to last more than a few hours of heavy usage)
If this does hit soon I would like to thank the Android OS for giving Microsoft a swift steel-toed kick back into gear. Even though Android and Windows Mobile aren’t related they will be driving each other to better development from now on. If you opened your mailbox to find one of these HTC Obsessions sitting there, would you be excited? Tell us!
Note: Until it’s announced officially all of these are rumors.
‘The Wait For the Great Update’ – The Windows Mobile/Pocket PC world has been waiting well over 5 years for a groundbreaking update to the powerful operating system. In the meantime Microsoft has been passed up in the powerhouse category by Apple and then Google, not forgetting Blackberry’s own hold on business. Even Palm launched a redesign! So what is taking so long? Poor project management and not listening to customers. Well, Microsoft has said this will change and will never happen again.
In this post we will outline the current rumors and comment on their likelihood as well as how bad we want that particular change. Since these are rumors, chances are most of them will be something we want (hint hint @ Microsoft). More >
Brandon did up a great video on the latest version of Windows Mobile 6.5.X. Noticeable differences include:
- buttons across the bottom of the screen
- movable icons in the apps list
- slideable notification icons
- threaded email in Outlook Mobile
- thicker scroll bars on the side of the screen (more finger friendly)
- more finger friendly displays in apps
- great Contact interface
- Internet Explorer Mobile interface updated.
For Windows Mobile Professional (touchscreens). This is like the Windows Marketplace or the Android Market except that everything is free. Of course you aren’t going to find paid apps on there but you will find free trials of those. There is also an option to get updates for the apps you already have installed. The best part about this app is that you can install directly to your phone!
It’s free and available from freewarepocketpc.net/opnmarket/. Enjoy!
Awhile ago we established the Ask Mike page so people could write in and ask questions. After the forums were well established we changed it to the Submit News page. It is still used for both submitting news and asking questions. There are no dumb questions but of course feel free to search the forums or our wiki and you might find the answer you seek. Remember we all started off with no information at some time. Below are some recent questions that we’ve received that might help you or a friend.
Shadow WM 6.5
Isaac wrote in awhile ago to remind us that agoetz has been working on the WM 6.5 ROM for the Shadow and if you are willing to go and try it out. If you’re tired of the old WM 6.1 then you should try out a new ROM. You will have to go to our forums to find it but it’s there! Enjoy!
SD or SDHC?
Sandisk established the SDHC format so they could cram even more GB of storage space onto the already small memory cards. Most phones today use the microSDHC card. As you might have noticed, the packaging on many phones mights say 4GB or 8GB max. Here’s the deal. Nearly ANY phone that supports the SDHC format will support a memory card up to 32GB. All the Shadow phones support SDHC, as does any T-Mobile smartphone released in the last several years. My old Wing, Dash and even Wizard support the SDHC format. So feel free to buy that 8GB, 16GB (or 32GB when it comes out) microSDHC memory cards.
MyPhone for Windows Mobile
A lot of people have written in about Microsoft’s MyPhone service (which is FREE). Among it’s many features are automatic syncing and backing up of your phone’s content (protected site of course), Social Networking integration, FIND your LOST phone, and accessing your contacts, text messages and more all online! If you don’t have installed yet you can check it out at the MyPhone website.