Windows Mobile

Microsoft Xbox Might Be Heading Beyond the Console

The Xbox Live update went out today, which included a bit of a shocker in of itself, but something a bit more interesting has emerged from a Microsoft job posting, sent out yesterday. It looks like Microsoft is looking LIVE Community Director in the Entertainment & Devices Division. From the posting, it looks like Microsoft is vying to bring together not just the Xbox 360 and Zune, but also Windows Mobile.

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Samsung Mondi Mobile WiMAX Device First-impressions

It seems a long time since we played with a non-functional prototype of Samsung's Mondi WiMAX MID back at Mobile World Congress in February.  Only last week the Windows Mobile 6.1 handheld saw its official launch, to take advantage of Clearwire's slowly spreading CLEAR WiMAX network, so imagine our surprise when a Mondi dropped, unannounced, through the SlashGear letterbox.  After the cut, check out our walkthrough video and an initial hands-on gallery, together with some early feedback in advance of our full review.

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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 30 2009

Well another week has come and gone as time steadily marches on and like every other week here on SlashGear, it has been a busy one. Poor old Toshiba took the old adage "if you can’t beat them, join them" seriously on Monday and announced that it would be launching its own Blu-ray player by the end of 2009. That had to be hard to swallow for the execs who bet it all on HD DVD only to be defeated by Blu-ray. Also on Monday the slick HP Mini 5101 netbooks tipped up starting from $399. I'm not convinced we need another netbook on the market right now personally.

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Sony Ericsson XPERIA X2 in wild: no OLED, launch from fall?

It's all getting a little confusing, what with two sets of leaked Sony Ericsson XPERIA devices making the rounds.  Yesterday's Sony Ericsson XPERIA X3, formerly known by its codename of "Rachel", is the company's upcoming Android smartphone, while today we're looking at the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X2, the Windows Mobile based successor to the XPERIA X1.  More images of the device have leaked over at XDA-developers.

Windows Marketplace for Mobile submissions from July 27th; coming to existing 6.0 & 6.1 devices

Having just mentioned Windows Marketplace for Mobile as an aside to Apple's 1.5bn App Store downloads, we've now a little more information regarding developers' access to the store and one which devices it will run.  At the Worldwide Partner Conference this week, Microsoft have announced that mobile app submissions will be accepted from July 27th.

Contrary to initial reports that the Marketplace would run solely on Windows Mobile 6.5 devices and above, Microsoft have also confirmed that the download store will be available on WM6.0 and 6.1 by the end of 2009.  Given the number of devices in circulation running WM6.1 alone, and uncertainties about which smartphones will be eligible for 6.5 upgrades, that certainly makes sense for widening Microsoft's user base.

Zer01 “truly unlimited” voice/data launches in US

It seems to have taken some time, but Zer01's "truly unlimited" wireless service is now available across the US.  $69.95 each month gets you unlimited voice, data and mobile web access on your Windows Mobile device; $10 per month more and they'll throw in free international calling to 40 destinations.

HTC Sense UI will be released for “other existing devices”

Speculation a-plenty today, after HTC's Peter Chou apparently confirms that the company's Sense UI "will be available on some other existing devices".  That, understandably, has prompted many Magic and G1 owners - previously to be found looking at their devices and sneering at the basic UI -  to believe that at least one of the two phones will get HTC Sense.  However, it might also be a little more complex than that.

Microsoft My Phone WM sync service in public beta

Microsoft's My Phone backup service for Windows Mobile devices has shifted into public beta, meaning that anyone can now sign up and test out the system.  My Phone uses an on-device backup client to synchronize contacts, calendar entries, SMS messages and media with the cloud, as well as offering a web interface through which they can be viewed, edited and added to.

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