HTC HD2 is probably one of the most awaited Windows mobile device which will be released later this month on T-mobile. HTC HD2 has a 1Ghz Processor, 4.3-inch TFT capacitive touch display, 512 MB ROM, 448 MB RAM, EDGE, 3G, Windows Media Player, Digital compass, Pocket Office, HTC Peep, HTC Footprints, Facebook and Twitter integration, A-GPS and an excellent 5 mega-pixel camera with autofocus and dual LED flash.
A XDA forum member spotted the price of the HD2 in fine print on the T-mobile site. The fine print states:
â€ On approved credit. $112.50 down payment, plus 3 monthly payments of $112.50, required. 0% APR. Taxes & fees additional. Available only at T-Mobile-owned retail stores; see store for details.
â€ â€ On approved credit. $22.50 down payment, plus 19 monthly payments of $22.50, required. 0% APR. Taxes & fees additional. Available only at T-Mobile-owned retail stores; see store for details.
Totaling both of these puts the price of HTC HD2 at $450 without a contract. The HTC HD2 will be subsidized at $200 when you buy it with a 2 year T-mobile contract. An unlocked HTC HD2 sells for more than $700 on Amazon, so getting at $450 is definitely a bargain.
So would buy the HTC HD2 when it starts selling in the states? What would you prefer a contracted phone or a non-contracted phone?
When Microsoft showed Windows Phone 7 Series, there was very little talk about the app ecosystem around it. Microsoft had said that building apps for Windows Phone would be talked about at their MIX10 event, as the event draws closer details are emerging. With Zune HD and Zune Apps Microsoft was facing a challenge of which app store to pitch to developers and how to make developers code apps for both Windows Mobile and the Zune platform. Microsoft with Windows Phone 7 Series has streamlined their apps platform. The apps that work on Zune will work on the Windows Phone 7 Series and vice versa.
However, this comes at a price that Microsoft is willing to pay. A couple of days back I wrote about Microsoft’s intentions of not allowing an upgrade path for any Windows Mobile device, now there is confirmation that Windows Phone 7 Series devices won’t run Windows Mobile applications. While this might be a bit disturbing for some developers, it’s for the greater good for the entire ecosystem around Windows Phone.
Microsoft is going for a full reset, no legacy support, which is good. Of course the immediate challenge it presents is selling Windows Mobile devices till Windows Phone 7 Series devices are released. While there will be no backward compatibility, details for the future were detailed by a Charlie Kindel, Microsoft engineer working on Windows Phone 7 Series. Developing applications for Windows Phone 7 Series depends on the following:
Even before Microsoft announced Windows Phone 7 Series there were reports of HTC HD2 aka HTC Leo would be the only Windows Mobile 6.5 phone that would qualify for an upgrade to Windows Phone 7. After the announcement of Windows Phone 7, there was an alleged leaked image of the HTC HD2 running Windows Phone 7, the image was declared a fake. A Microsoft official while talking on the Engadget Show said that some Windows Mobile 6.5 phones can support Windows Phone 7 and it is upto the OEMs (manufacturers) to decide. With all those mixed signals, Microsoft’s Natasha Kwan, General Manager for Microsoft’s Mobile Communications Business in the Asia-Pacific region in an interview to APC magazine categorically stated that the HTC HD2 will not qualify for an upgrade to Microsoft’s latest mobile phone OS since it doesn’t have the three buttons.
Skype has officially decided to remove support for Windows Mobile 6.5 in anticipation of rolling out a client for Windows Phone 7, however, if you want to download the Skype 3.0 Client for Windows Mobile, we have you covered.
Skype, the VOIP software maker, has withdrawn its support for Windows Mobile. Skype has pulled out both Skype Lite and Skype Mobile for Windows Mobile from their site. This means, you cannot download the app from the Skype official site but if you already have it installed on your device it will seamlessly work.
Skype for Windows Mobile did not always give the best possible consistent user experience and Skype has grown tired of supporting it. Instead, Skype wants to focus on delivering mind blowing app for the Windows Phone 7 Series. From the Skype blog we’ve decided to make a few changes to our lineup. Skype Lite and Skype for Windows Phones are no longer available for download. This isn’t a decision we’ve taken lightly, but the reason is simple. Neither of these apps offered a great Skype experience.
Apart from that, just last week Skype partnered with Verizon to offer free Skype to Skype unlimited calls. If Skype partners with more operators, it can completely eliminate the need for a mobile app. If you ask me, this is an indeed good move by Skype, only late. But we can understand the timing for completely kicking out the support for Skype for WinMo, when Microsoft itself is phasing out Windows Mobile and renaming it to Windows Phone Classic.
Windows Phone 7 was announced at the Mobile World Congress 2010, if you were not able to watch the Steve Ballmer’s keynote where the Windows Phone 7 was announced, you can catch up the highlights of the event on demand at Microsoft Press pass.
I have embedded the event video into this post so that you can watch it here itself, if you are not able to watch the video for any reason, head over to the official MS page for the video.
Skip to 06:11 in the video directly to start viewing the highlights
What do you think of Windows Phone 7? Do you think it will compete well enough with Android and iPhone OS?
Adobe Systems Incorporated, announced the launch of Adobe AIR and Flash player 10.1 on the mobile platform, at the Mobile World Congress 2010.
Adobe AIR will be initially launched for Android and Blackberry devices. AIR provides developers with a feature-rich environment for delivering rich applications outside the mobile browser and across multiple operating systems via mobile marketplaces and app stores. Developers can make use of features like multi touch, gesture inputs, accelerometer, geolocation and screen orientation etc.
Flash Player 10.1 Beta, the Open Screen Project enabling uncompromised Web browsing of expressive applications, content and high definition (HD) videos across screens including new tablet devices, smartphones, netbooks, smartbooks, desktops and other consumer electronics. Mobile platforms that will support the full Flash Player include Android, the BlackBerry platform, Symbian OS, Palm webOS and Windows Mobile.
The most amazing thing for the developers is that developers can test and deliver applications to multiple devices and operating systemsusing a single tool chain and API set across platforms with Flash Platform tooling and the Adobe Creative Suite ®. And using Adobe ® Flash ® Professional CS5 with the Adobe Packager for iPhone,developers can reuse their iPhone application code to create the same application for Android platform.
This is a huge and obvious step by Adobe after Apple made it clear that none of its device would integrate the buggy software. Now, let us see how other’ devices perform with Adobe’s buggy software.
Check out the video demoing Adobe AIR and Flash Player in action:
Sony Ericsson recently announced an amazing Eco-friendly handset, Sony Ericsson Aspen. This handset comes with a QWERTY keyboard, Windows Mobile 6.5.3 Operating System, 2.4 inches TFT touch screen, A-GPS, 3G Connectivity, 3.2 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, 16GB expandable memory and so on.
The guys at SE-First has shared some live pics of this handset. Check out the exclusive live pics of Sony Ericsson Aspen below.
Sony Ericsson announced their latest business phone in the market, Aspen. Sony Ericsson Aspen comes bundled with the latest WinMo 6.5.3 . Aspen also belongs under the GreenHeart banner of Eco friendly phones by Sony Ericsson. Leaked pictures of Aspen were all over internet few weeks ago and now it is official. This is the first business phone by Sony Ericsson after the P1i, which was released a long time ago.
Sony Ericsson Aspen is a bar-shaped phone along with a QWERTY keyboard. Being a Windows phone, Aspen has the panel UI just like in the X1 and X2. Aspen will have a 2.4inch TFT touch screen, with QVGA resolution. Aspen also has top notch quad-band connectivity. Aspen will be available in two versions, 900/2100 MHz and 850/900/2100 MHz.
Aspen will be supporting Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, mini USB, 3.5mm slot and micro SD card support, and a 4 GB card will come bundled with the phone. The camera will have a 3.2 MP resolution with Fixed-Focus. Sony Ericsson Aspen will be available in Q2 of 2010. The price of the phone has not been disclosed.
Sony Ericsson Aspen is the revival of the business phone line up from Sony Ericsson. After the failure of their Symbian UIQ packed business phone, they have turned to WinMo. Aspen will be available in Iconic Black and White Silver.
Before, you start going at my credentials or those of my insider let me put few facts in place:
Microsoft relies on pre-release publicity for their products and there has been none for Windows Mobile 7.
Microsoft tests their products on OEMs and let’s them demo it, however, nothing of that sort has happened with Windows Mobile 7.
Here is a brief of what my insider source told me:
Windows Mobile 7 is still being developed, you will see a demo of it soon. It is there right but not there yet. I work my ass out and we are all under pressure but I cannot reveal what or when the beta or RC will be ready. It should be ready sooner than later but do not expect it to come out in a month or two and definitely not by next month.
We have a beta and RC process of a month or two and we are at Alpha right now. Based on this you assume what you want. But if you know your release cycles well you will know how much time it takes to get from Alpha to Beta and Beta to RCxx and from there to final.
So unfortunately, Windows Mobile 7 might come out sometime soon, but don’t expect it to come out at MWC, unlike earlier it should be ready for devices to start testing it, but yes it is certainly not going to be there at MWC.