March 27th, 2010
That’s right, Windows Mobile is getting re-branded. Get use to the name, as arbitrary as it sounds. It took me a while to realize that WP7S meant Windows Mobile 7… oh well, that’s just one more acronym to store my database (brain).
But really, Microsoft is making a bold move by rebranding Windows Mobile 7 to Windows Phone 7 Series. Here’s the truth behind why they did it. Some will say that it’s because they just want a fresh look to compete with the iPhone and Android. While that is partly to blame for the change of name, it’s not the only thing. The truth is that Windows Mobile is garbage. And don’t take my critique for anything negative against Microsoft as a company; but Windows Mobile, the entire series, was crap. Microsoft was simply one of the first players in the smartphone and pocket pc market, so that’s how they got so big.
Windows Phone 7 Series should surprise us. Personally, as a consumer, I hope to throw my WM6 phone out my car while driving 90mph on the freeway when Windows Phone 7 is released.
Microsoft knows how important it is to retain their mobile market share in an increasingly mobile world. Read more about the new Windows Phone at Microsoft’s site or any Windows Phone 7 blog.
November 22nd, 2009
SPB is one of the leading Windows Mobile software developers in the world. They make some of the most demanded software utilities for WM6. Like SPB Mobile Shell 3.0, which is so useful that major phone carriers like Sony Ericsson, Toshiba, O2, Glofiish, and Pharos ship their devices natively with SPB’s software preinstalled.
Long story short, SPB wants your feedback on their software, and they are giving prizes away just for participating.
Take the survey before 4th of December 2009, to get into the drawing for the following prizes:
Grand prize — a mobile device of winner’s choice + $100 worth of SPB Software.
Prize #1 — $100 worth of smartphone accessories of winner’s choice from Smartphone Experts + a $100 worth of our software.
Prize #2 — $100 worth of SPB’s soft.
Results and list of winners of SPB Survey 2009 will be available at www.spbsoftware.com by December 17th, 2009.
November 14th, 2009
Microsoft released a new upgrade for their Marketplace for Mobile application. In short, not much changed. Nothing you can tell, I should say. There were some heavy bug fixes that were more prominent in certain devices over others. Either way, it’s a good idea to install this update, regardless of your Windows Mobile 6 version (6.0, 6.1, 6.5).
Upgrade to v1.1.1109
November 2nd, 2009
Not a whole lot was changed in the Windows Mobile 6.1 to 6.5 upgrade. That’s why it was only a 0.5 upgrade. Microsoft has some work to do, but I have a strong feeling that they know this.
The overall user interface is slightly different from 6.1. It almost looks like they smashed the Zune UI and Windows Mobile 6.1 UI together.
SMS Messaging and e-mail were left pretty much untouched.
A new lock screen allows you to view missed calls and text messages with a simple swipe of your locked device. A small improvement over 6.1.
Lastly, the most obvious change is the “honeycomb” redesign of the start menu. In order to make their OS more touch friendly, they created a honeycomb style display. The idea behind this is to make it more touch friendly. Users won’t be accidentally opening programs as much since the icons are farther away from each other.
October 19th, 2009
Hot off the press is the HTC Touch Pro 2 update to Windows Mobile 6.5. HTC published an official 6.5 ROM for the HTC Snap.
Once again the update is a ROM update that will clear all data on your device and replace the current Operating System with the new one.
Download 6.5 update