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posted in May 2009
According to BetaNews Motorola is switching a phone that was supposed to ship with Windows Mobile to Google's Android platform. Is this a cost issue or a marketing decision?
Walt Mossberg sat down with AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson to discuss primarily AT&T's wireless business. One of the most talked about subjects was the volume of data that was going over the 3G network, largely due to the popularity of the iPhone. Stephenson knows it is an issue and has plans to address it. Are the other carriers responding as well?
The materials Palm is using to educate the Sprint sales force on on selling the Palm Pre was leaked and Engadget has published the full document. There are a number of interesting items in the document.
Roughly two weeks ago, Microsoft announced you would be able to install apps you purchase from their as yet unreleased Windows Marketplace For Mobile store on up to five devices. They have now clarified that this is for up to five of your phones, not phones of friends and family members.
According to WindowsForDevices, NTT DoCoMo will be shipping a Windows Mobile phone that uses the Qualcomm 1GHz Snapdragon processor. The rest of the specs for the phone, called the T-01A, are equally impressive, even though its name isn't too sexy.
Nearly two months ago, HTC confirmed that the Touch Pro2 and Touch Diamond2 would be upgradable to Windows Mobile 6.5 and HTC would provide that upgrade. It now seems that some phones by LG and Acer will be upgradable as well.
If you are like me and love movies, chances are you have a Netflix account. I am always seeing ads or posters for movies that I know I won't get around to seeing in the theater. I used to just create a task on my phone to update my queue from my PC when I got home, but now I just update my queue right from my phone. The Netflix Blog points out at least nine different ways to interact with your Netflix account, many right from
Yesterday Yahoo! terminated the beta program for its Yahoo! Mobile for smartphones product. It will instead turn its attentions to the iPhone platform. All other mobile operating systems will have to settle with a web based app rather than a native client for Yahoo! Mobile.
Microsoft's Windows Mobile developer team announced to the world late last week that Windows Mobile 6.5 is done on Twitter. Now we just have to wait for the carriers and OEM's to release devices running the new platform.
Microsoft recently said they are not worried about the recent success of Android on the G1 handset and that Windows Mobile has felt little impact from its release. Is Microsoft just talking smack, or are they really not worried about it?
During TechED, Microsoft admitted that the Windows Mobile 6.5 was rushed a bit and will ship without all of the intended features according to a report by Gizmodo. This is not too surprising since 6.5 seemed to come out of nowhere as a stop-gap measure since WinMo 7 was too far out.
AT&T has officially blocked SlingPlayer on the iPhone from working over their 3G network. You can still use the player, but only if you have a WiFi connection. AT&T is showing that its network is having difficulty keeping up with the increasing bandwidth demands of smartphones.
There are few applications that are just must-haves for me, but one that has become critical for me is Evernote. Its availability would impact what platform, mobile or PC, I would purchase. For those of you with a Blackberry that have been waiting for this app, the wait might be over.
Verizon has announced the MiFi 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot and it will be coming to a Verizon store near you on May 17th. You put this little device in your pocket and it creates a small WiFi network linked to Verizon's 3G network around your body.
For those of you that use Windows Mobile 6.0 or higher and have a Facebook account, you'll want to head over to Microsoft's site and download their new Facebook application.
Walt Mossberg has reviewed the recently released Quickoffice product for the Apple iPhone and recommended you hold off until this summer when some of the major issues are to be fixed.
Trading Markets reported that the Blackberry is dominating the enterprise market, coming in at 37% among US businesses. Windows Mobile is in at 26% share. As for carriers, AT&T was first in large enterprises and Verizon was first in smaller companies.
Just as Apple as done for its App Store, Microsoft has outlined some criteria that will prevent an app from being listed at the Windows Mobile Marketplace. Unlike the iPhone though, I don't think these apps can be banned from the platform, they just won't be at Microsoft's application store.