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Verizon LG VS750 Windows Mobile Classic slider expected April 2010

Verizon LG VS750 Windows Mobile Classic slider expected April 2010

It's not just HTC pushing out Windows Mobile 6.5.3 smartphones despite Windows Phone 7 being due at the end of the year.  Details of a new LG handset, the LG VS750, have emerged, which will apparently launch on Verizon's network come mid-April 2010.  A touchscreen slider with a full QWERTY keyboard, the VS750 will support global roaming with EVDO Rev.A for use in the US and quadband GSM with UMTS/HSPA for when owners are abroad.

Windows Mobile runs on a 3.2-inch WVGA resistive touchscreen and there's WiFi b/g, Bluetooth and a 3.2-megapixel camera with VGA video recording.  Memory is 512MB flash and 256MB RAM, along with a microSD slot content with up to 16GB cards.

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Dumbing down: the price of a good UX?

Dumbing down: the price of a good UX?

Microsoft has caught some grief this past week over the latest stage of the copy & paste debacle, a meme that began when Apple omitted the functionality from the iPhone (and took two years to add it in) and was resurrected upon the admission that Windows Phone 7 series wouldn't ship with the ability to snip text from one app and paste it into another. In fact, copy & paste is just one example of Microsoft locking down their new smartphone experience, slicing a great deal of OEM and user customisation out in the process. They're not the only firm to do so, however; merely the latest to seemingly decide that users want delineated - perhaps even prescriptive - experiences rather than flexibility.

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Breaking Windows is a good idea

Breaking Windows is a good idea

I have been reading a lot of critiques of Microsoft's mobile strategy lately, especially among those who think that breaking compatibility with older versions of Windows Mobile is a bad idea. Some of these opinions are just wrong, showing little knowledge of technical architectures. (If it's CE based, how come I can't run my old apps? Sheesh; CE was used in many different mobile devices, none of which could run Windows Mobile apps). For those that are dependent on some Windows Mobile app, Microsoft is wisely keeping the 6.5.x platform around for a while meaning folks can make a smooth transition as they need to.

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WSJ shocked not all Microsofties drink the WinMo juice

WSJ shocked not all Microsofties drink the WinMo juice

Surprise amounts of disbelief over the weekend at Microsoft's apparent unhappiness with employees who choose to buy an iPhone rather than carry one of the company's own smartphones.  In a WSJ piece - from which both Microsoft and Apple spokespeople perhaps wisely kept away from - Microsoft employees are described as "nuts for the [iPhone]", though many attempt to hide their use from senior management or even disguise the Apple handset with generic-looking cases.  Biggest motivator to drink the Windows Mobile Kool-Aid?  Since early last year, Microsoft won't let employees expense their service fees for anything other than Windows Phones.

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HTC Touch Pro3 (aka HTC Tera) offering WinMo 6.5 in Q3 2010?

HTC Touch Pro3 (aka HTC Tera) offering WinMo 6.5 in Q3 2010?

Generous pinch-of-salt time now, but according to one xda-developers tipster HTC are readying their new version of the Touch Pro2, the unsurprisingly named HTC Touch Pro3 (aka the HTC Tera from the leaked roadmap) for launch in Q3 2010.  Apparently informed by a contact at HTC's European distributor, member LocDogg says initial stock of the Windows Mobile 6.5 handset is expected to come in over the Summer, though the Pro3 itself will be going on sale just shy of Windows Phone 7's debut.

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Windows Phone 7 gets Silverlight & XNA, but no old WinMo apps

Windows Phone 7 gets Silverlight & XNA, but no old WinMo apps

Microsoft deferred pretty much all technical questions at MWC 2010 about Windows Phone 7 to their upcoming MIX conference, but they've apparently relented and released a little information ahead of time.  Key is that they're using Silverlight and XNA for development, along with .NET, Silverlight being Microsoft's Flash alternative (and making its first appearance on a Microsoft mobile platform with WP7) while XNA is found powering 2D and 3D gaming on the Zune HD.

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T-Mobile HTC HD2 price leaks, plus CLIQ XT and Nokia Nuron details

T-Mobile HTC HD2 price leaks, plus CLIQ XT and Nokia Nuron details

While we've pretty much known that T-Mobile plan to launch the HTC HD2 in the US sometime this month, what we haven't been aware of is what sort of pricing we should expect.  Thanks to a nifty leak from Tmonews, however, we now know figures for not only the HD2 but the CLIQ XT and the Nokia Nuron (aka the ExpressMusic 5230).  Best news?  The HD2 isn't as expensive as we feared it might be.

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WAD2 Windows Phone 7 theme boosts performance [Video]

WAD2 Windows Phone 7 theme boosts performance [Video]

Remember yesterday's Windows Phone 7 Metro UI theme for Windows Mobile 6.5 devices?  Performance on the early alpha was sluggish, but it looks like Jaxbot's project isn't the only one out there looking to put some new shine on older devices.  LeSScro has been working on a Metro UI theme, based on WisBar Advance Desktop 2.x, and it's running a whole lot more smoothly than yesterday's attempt.

Video demo after the cut

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