Windows Mobile

Windows Marketplace for Mobile ‘coming soon’ says portal

Windows Marketplace for Mobile ‘coming soon’ says portal

A website for the Windows Marketplace for Mobile, Microsoft's answer to the Apple App Store, has gone live, complete with a mobile-formatted layout and the promise that downloads will be "coming soon".  Announced at Mobile World Congress last month, the Marketplace will offer developers a straightforward way to reach would-be users, with on-device downloads and increased publicity.

What's currently unclear, though, is what format the new Windows Mobile Marketplace will take.  Although Microsoft played their cards close to their chest at MWC, the assumption had been that the store would be a standalone application.  This new website could be a sign that Microsoft have instead gone for an internet portal.

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HTC Touch Diamond2 and Touch Pro2 hands-on

HTC Touch Diamond2 and Touch Pro2 hands-on

We caught up with HTC this morning to check out their new Windows Phones, the HTC Touch Diamond2 and the HTC Touch Pro2, as announced yesterday.  Say what you like about the Microsoft OS, HTC have put together a pair of slick handsets, taking the best of the original Diamond and Pro and packing in extra screen size, more sensible hardware controls and higher-capability media functionality.

Full hands-on gallery with both HTC handsets, the Touch Diamond2 and the Touch Pro2, after the cut

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Adobe’s New Flash Lite to Support More Phones

Adobe’s New Flash Lite to Support More Phones

Today at Mobile World Congress, Adobe revealed its new Flash Lite - version 3.1. The Advanced Flash Lite features functionality of Adobe Flash 10 and supports more phones than its previous version. Lists of supported devices can be found on Adobe Labs page.

"Flash Lite 3.1 includes the same features as Flash Lite 3.0, such as support for Flash Player compatible video, with some additional enhancements including improved security model for SWF file access. The solution delivers a standalone player for applications, without affecting the Flash Lite browser plug-in or pre-installed standalone player, if present."

Palm has also announced that webOS will be able to run Flash Lite on its Pre phone. Flash Lite 3.1 is currently available on Adobe’s site as public beta for Windows Mobile and Nokia S60 Symbian OS. Now if only Apple would make it easier for Adobe to put Flash on the iPhone, life would be much better for iPhone users.
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Microsoft announce Windows Phone 6.5, My Phone and Marketplace

Microsoft announce Windows Phone 6.5, My Phone and Marketplace

No great surprise, but Microsoft's Steve Ballmer has officially announced the latest version of Windows Mobile, version 6.5, today at Mobile World Congress, complete with a new name: Windows Phones.  The newest version of the platform, as we've already seen in leaked screenshots, introduces a honeycomb launcher GUI which can be organized with often-used applications to the top of the screen, has customizable widgets and improved browsing via Internet Explorer Mobile 6.5 with the same browser engine as IE on the desktop.

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Motorola not abandoning Windows Mobile, still working on OS

Motorola not abandoning Windows Mobile, still working on OS

After laying off 77 engineers and ending Windows Mobile development at their Plantation facility, speculation abounded that Motorola was planning a wholesale switch from the Microsoft smartphone platform to Google's open-source Android OS.  However the company is insisting that such a move is not on the cards, with Motorola spokesperson Maya Komadina claiming that development of the platform continues at the company's other facilities.

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Xbox, Zune & WM teams bearing brunt of initial Microsoft layoffs?

Xbox, Zune & WM teams bearing brunt of initial Microsoft layoffs?

After Microsoft announced 5,000 job cuts as part of its financial control measures, speculation has begun about which departments will be hardest hit.  The earliest identified target appears to be the Entertainment and Devices (E&D) unit, responsible for Xbox, Zune and Windows Mobile development, who according to some sources will be bearing the brunt of the initial 1,400 redundancies.

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HTC to use NVIDIA Tegra for 1080p-capable Smartphones?

HTC to use NVIDIA Tegra for 1080p-capable Smartphones?

From one NVIDIA rumor to another; now it's the turn of the company's Tegra platform to make headlines, with at least one analyst suggesting [via] that HTC have chosen the applications processor for models in its upcoming range.  Tegra combines an ARM-based processing core, running at either 700MHz or 800MHz, with a 1080p HD-capable GeForce graphics core and direct support for WiFi and input peripherals onto a single chip, and could enable HTC to create a high-power smartphone with low energy demands.

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