Windows Mobile 6.1

No WinMo6.5 update for XPERIA X1 says Sony Ericsson

Sony Ericsson have confirmed that there will be no update to Windows Mobile 6.5 offered to owners of the XPERIA X1 smartphone, at least not officially through the company.  The news follows speculation about Sony Ericsson’s intent, after at least one developer got hold of a ROM that seemingly indicated an official update was planned.

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Windows Marketplace for Mobile lands on 6.0 and 6.1 smartphones

Windows Marketplace for Mobile lands on 6.0 and 6.1 smartphones

Back in July, Microsoft pleased a whole lot of legacy Windows Phone device users by promising that Windows Mobile 6.0 and 6.1 handsets would eventually have access to the new Marketplace for Mobile, the company's on-device download store.  The arrival of Windows Mobile 6.5 has come and gone - complete with the Marketplace - and now Microsoft have green-flagged the app store for 6.0 and 6.1 handsets.

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HTC Diamond gets Android 1.6 in OS hack [Video]

HTC Diamond gets Android 1.6 in OS hack [Video]

It's taken them over 500 pages of hacking, but earnest tweakers over at xda-developers have managed to get Android 1.6 Donut running on the hitherto Windows Mobile 6.1 HTC Diamond.  The first-gen Diamond has a compact 2.8-inch resistive touchscreen running at VGA resolution, and the hacked Android ROM is reportedly responsive together with offering support for both WiFi and GPS.

Video demo after the cut

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MetroPCS Samsung Code SCH-i220 lands with WinMo 6.1… wait, 6.1?

There are times when a press release makes you do a double-take, and MetroPCS‘ this morning has prompted just that momentary disbelief.  You’re looking at the Samsung Code SCH-i220, the first Windows Mobile 6.1 smartphone on the MetroPCS network; yes, while everyone else is getting up to speed with Windows Mobile 6.5, MetroPCS are taking time out to celebrate their first device running the superseded OS.

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Toshiba TG01 Windows Mobile 6.5 upgrade confirmed

Back when we reviewed the Toshiba TG01 in July, we concluded that Windows Mobile 6.5 might turn the Snapdragon-based smartphone into a more attractive device.  Now, with the new OS official, Toshiba have confirmed that existing TG01 owners will be able to download the WM6.5 update from their site.

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Microsoft My Phone details confirmed: premium remote-wipe

Microsoft My Phone details confirmed: premium remote-wipe

Microsoft have confirmed that its remote security functionality in My Phone, the free smartphone backup service that will be preloaded on Windows Mobile 6.5 devices, will be a paid-extra.  Users will be able to backup their contacts, SMS messages, media and other data from their handset, as well as access it and share it via Windows Live, Facebook, My Space, and Flickr through the web portal free of charge; however, to remotely ring, lock or wipe that device will require a fee.

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Google Sync adds push-Gmail

Google Sync adds push-Gmail

Google have added push-Gmail support to their Google Sync client, meaning Windows Mobile and iPhone users can now receive their new messages as they arrive, rather than when their handset is set to periodically check.  The new email addition joins the existing contacts and calendar sync.

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HTC’s design firm talk brand identity: more Android chin incoming

Lovers of the European HTC Hero‘s chin who were left disappointed with the Sprint model’s stylings will be pleased to hear that the distinctive design may make a reappearance.  That’s the word from Claude Zellweger, partner at the One & Co US design firm HTC acquired back in December 2008, who has been talking to Forbes about HTC’s design future.  That future will seemingly lean heavily toward a design and brand identity, which gives users a “sense of coming home again” when they upgrade to another HTC device.

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Palm dump WinMo; Pre sales good but profits not

Palm dump WinMo; Pre sales good but profits not

Palm have announced that they will be dropping Windows Mobile for future devices and instead focussing on their own platform, webOS.  The news was an unsurprising addition to the company's latest financial results, which also revealed that while Pre sales were strong - Palm saw a 134-percent increase in Q1 FY2010 smartphone sales from Q4 2009 - they still saw GAAP losses of $164.5m.

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Garmin-ASUS nuvifone M20 gets reviewed: Separate is better

Garmin-ASUS nuvifone M20 gets reviewed: Separate is better

Garmin-ASUS' nuvifone has been a long time coming, and in fact if it's the original you're waiting for then you'll have to hold on a little longer.  If, though, you're willing to make do with the nuvifone M20 - the collaboration's Windows Mobile 6.1 model - then phoneArena's review will be of interest.  They've been putting the compact PND/smartphone hybrid through its paces, to see if you're better off putting all your eggs in one basket or not.

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Verizon HTC Touch Pro2 lands for $199.99

Verizon HTC Touch Pro2 lands for $199.99

Verizon has become the third US carrier to offer the HTC Touch Pro2, with the slide-out QWERTY Windows Mobile smartphone priced at $199.99 following a mail-in $100 rebate.  That means it neatly undercuts the Sprint and T-Mobile versions, though still offers the same jam-packed spec sheet.

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HTC Touch Pro 2 Landing On Verizon With Huge $199.99 Impact

HTC Touch Pro 2 Landing On Verizon With Huge $199.99 Impact

No, that doesn't mean that the price is huge. Actually, in comparison it seems pretty low. And considering the amount of people anxiously waiting for the Touch Pro 2 to land, it looks like Verizon has a huge one-up on the competition. And if you're in the range of getting a new contract, or are waiting to get a contract for this phone to launch, then Verizon might have found a way to wiggle into your hearts.

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