It looks like Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is finally showing Apple's iPhone a little respect. After initially tearing into Apple's device when it was first announced, Ballmer has now conceded that the iPhone and BlackBerry have a pretty firm grasp on the smartphone. Along with that, Ballmer also said that we shouldn't hold our breath for a Zune Phone.
MIT students have managed to create fully working mobile applications for the Windows Mobile, Android, and Symbian platforms, all while taking on a full college load at one of the most challenging schools in the entire country. Mentors from many companies including Google, Nokia, Bank of America, and Microsoft helped guide students as they created some amazing applications for mobile devices.
Google is finally sharing the wealth with devices other than the T-Mobile G1, BlackBerry and iPhone. Now users with Windows Mobile or Symbian S60 phones can get street view through Google Maps without using registry hacks. Google has put a large effort into photographing France, Italy, Spain, and Australia just for Google Street View.
Microsoft execs may be denying that any self-branded cellphone is in development, but somebody connected with the company doesn't seem to have got the same memo. CNBC's Jim Goldman quotes "a good source" claiming Microsoft are combining the Zune and technology from Danger (the company behind the Sidekick) to create a device offering "true competition to the iPhone". Codenamed "Pink", a prototype could be finished in time to unveil at CES 2009 in January.
While I know it's unlikely to have been prompted by my Touch HD review, it's nice all the same to see that Microsoft are planning their own on-device Windows Mobile App Store. Speaking at an Australian developers event, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer confirmed that the company would be soon launching a service that would allow developers to sell their applications direct to users.
Sprint are looking to boost sales to cash-strapped students with a new scheme that offers discounted Windows Mobile smartphones to medical students at the University of Louisville. The devices will not only allow instant access to the university's email and address book system, but also include medical applications, such as ePocrates and medical and drug reference databases. Moreover individual and class device customization will allow course-specific data to be added.
Details of the HTC's next Windows Mobile 6.1 Pro smartphone have emerged, and while little is currently known for sure about the handset it's already shaping up to be the next must-have for mobile pros. Called the Touch HD, the most impressive feature looks to be the WVGA touchscreen display. Connectivity includes HSDPA and WiFi for high-speed browsing, together with GPS.