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T-Mobile has issued an update for the Shadow. Many of you have already taken the plunge and updated your Shadows. We’d like to hear from those that have the new update and know how things are going. Of interest to many is the ‘enhanced text entry’, faster performance and better battery life. So hit that Comments link and let others know if you think it’s worth it.
Before you go clicking on and updating your Shadow please understand some things. There aren’t many software improvements in this update as far as I can tell. It is more of a fun update than anything else. If you do decide to update your Shadow with the new ROM update be advised you will completely erase all information from your phone and will be starting over from scratch. That being said, perform a complete and full synchronization of the Shadow with your PC and even take a minute to write down what you have installed yourself and any hacks you have done so you can restore these faster.
What the update includes:
- Five free ring tones from popular movies and musicians.
- Two free full length songs.
- An assortment of free phone wall paper images.
- Audio Postcard, a fun new myFaves connecting experience.
- Enhanced myFaves and menu graphics.
- Improved text entry experience.
With that being said you can go here for the update.
The major players are on the stage now, with releases ’sometime soon’ for most, and the mobile community has only to wait to catch some browsing goodness.
SkyFire promises a mobile experience similar to the desktop, is light on the CPU as it renders on the server side. That is the downside though. Someone can easily have access to what you are viewing. So for those with privacy concerns, this might not be the browser for you.
Opera has Mobile and Mini. Mini requires Java on your device to use and can be buggy because of this implementation. Mini also uses server side rendering. The current version of Opera Mobile is nice with the Tabbed Browsing and other features, but doesn’t pack enough punch for me to shell out some dollars for it. The upcoming version is positioned to change my stance though. With desktop-like browsing accomplished all on the device this appears to be the winner for me, but we will have to wait and see.
As of right now Mozilla’s Mobile Firefox looks like it wants to fight but no solid release date is in site. The super old version of it was nice to play with but had way too many bugs to be useful. The new version is a completely new beast and has one major advantage over SkyFire and Opera Mobile, it’s free. The downside is that it is open source and sometimes these projects take way too long to come to fruition.
There are other 3rd party browsers and plugins for PIE that enhance it’s functionality but none that complete the experience.
If you want to stay on track with Skyfire, sign up for notifications at their website.
Opera has a nice page about the upcoming Opera Mobile 9.5 and provides a sly download link for the current version 8.95 if you haven’t tried it out yet.
If you want to keep track of Mobile Firefox or even contribute to the project a good place to start is their Project Page. There are meeting minutes, bug tracking and to do lists galore for the devout.
Stayed tuned into AllShadow.com for full coverage of this war as it pertains to Windows Mobile Standard/Smartphone and the T-Mobile Shadow.
We just added a new page so members of the T-Mobile Shadow community can ask questions and let us know about new discoveries related to the Shadow. So if you know of any Windows Mobile Standard/Smartphone related news that you would like others to know about feel free to let us know in Ask Mike! (also linked to in the menu on the right)
You are not alone, one of the great features about Windows Mobile Standard/Smartphones like the T-Mobile Shadow is the ability to modify and customise just about any aspect of it. Themes are one of the easier ways to do this. If you find yourself bored with the Neo interface there is always the standard Windows Mobile interface. There are hundreds of themes available out there and the possibilities are endless.
If you need a good reference to start customising your Shadow head over to this thread in our forums. Enjoy!
Yes, you heard right, Ateksoft has released a new version of WebCamera Plus. You can use it as a webcam through ActiveSync/WMDC, bluetooth and even Wifi! Additionally, it uses the microphone on the Shadow as well!
When I first read about the Wifi ability I was very excited. I couldn’t wait to download and try it out myself. There aren’t many hangups when getting it running. Once setup, it works great. It is really cool to be able to run around the house untethered. Stay tuned for a full setup walkthrough on getting it running.
Highlights from their page:
- Transforms your PDA or Smartphone to high-resolution web-camera.
- NEW!! Use your PDA/Smartphone as microphone!
Even through Wi-Fi!
- Can work through any connection: USB ActiveSync, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPRS, 3G, LAN.
- Compatible with almost all modern Smartphones and PDAs.
- Can be used as web-camera in many programs: Skype, MSN Messager, Yahoo Messager, Virtual Dub and many others.
- Can capture device screen and transmit video to Desktop PC.
You can get it here.