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.
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.
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.
Celio are looking to broaden support for their REDFLY smartphone companion device, tipping compatibility with RIM's handsets and potentially Google's smartphone platform. The company is apparently looking into developing BlackBerry support for the REDFLY devices by the end of 2009, with Android likely to be the next candidate after that.
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.
HTC have confirmed that the distinctive HTC Sense UI seen today on their Hero Android handset will in future be featured on the company's Windows Mobile devices. According to the HTC press release, "all new HTC devices moving forward" will get the new system, which integrates Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and other widgets into the homescreen.
Demo video and trailer for the HTC Hero after the cut
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.
In-the-wild photos of Sprint's version of the HTC Snap, according to the leaked roadmap the HTC "Willow", have leaked. The specifications are believed to be the same as the Snap we've already seen, although the battery is apparently a vast 1,500mAh unit (almost doubling the 800mAh pack in the Snap) and WiFi seems to have been removed.
Microsoft have announced a new Facebook client for Windows Mobile phones, and you won't have to wait for Windows Mobile 6.5 in order to use it. The free app will work on any 6.0, 6.1 or 6.5 smartphone, touchscreen or non-touchscreen, and will allow full messaging, video and photo uploads and integration with the handset's phone features to place calls direct from Facebook profiles.
Microsoft have announced their twelve commandments for their Windows Marketplace for Mobile download store, and they seem to have taken a leaf out of Apple's book. The new list [pdf link] concerns itself with "prohibited application types", and as well as the perhaps expected software - carrier-unfriendly VoIP, anything that secretly shares the user's data or GPS position - there's also some bad news for Handango and other software download services.
Interestingly, now that Microsoft have finally stepped into the on-device app distribution arena, they're keen to make sure users stay within their service. Although the company has previously confirmed that other software download systems are welcome to develop and release rival app-stores, rules one and two are that software must not "distribute alternate marketplaces" or "promote alternate marketplaces". Similar, Microsoft are keen to get their slice of the licensing pie, with rule three forbidding apps that direct buyers to an external page for payment.