This is definitely bad news for WinMo fans, as Microsoft have been lagging behind in the mobile scene. What with iPhone, Android, RIM, Palm and Maemo making some mark and coming up with some awesome devices in 2010.
Earlier at CES 2010, LG had announced that they will be coming up with a new phone running Windows Mobile 7. However, there was no demo or confirmed dates for the release of the phone, which will be called Meta Material Antenna, which suggests that Microsoft is not yet ready with the platform for even manufacturers.
We spoke with representatives from Microsoft, Lenovo, Qualcomm, TI, Nokia, nVidia, HTC and many more and they all had just one message – Windows Mobile 7 is delayed until 2011.
Windows Vista too was originally marred by several delays, and then the final product was really really disappointing in many ways. After the success Microsoft achieved with Windows 7, if the Windows Mobile 7 news is really true, then Microsoft is definitely digging its own mobile grave.
With adoption of Android blowing through the roof, this is just more bad news for Windows Mobile fans.
We’ve all been ranting on about HTC HD2 for a while now. Expectations are quite high from this phone. If you’re unfamiliar with it, read Omkar’s excellent review over here.
Rumors were up and about for this handset too. At least one of them is confirmed now – HD2 is to be running on Windows Mobile 7. This was tweeted by HTC’s Twitter account from Russia. The tweet translates to something like this:
for Diamond 2 firmware is not planned. Of the existing communicators on the market, only the HD2 firmware to get WM7.
Well this news was not unguessed as HD2 meets the requirements for Windows Mobile 7.
So this should make every HTC lovers holidays a bit more happier.
LG GM730 is the first handset from South Korean mobile phone maker, LG Electronics, that comes with Windows Mobile operating system. This device runs on 528 MHz Qualcomm processor and Windows Mobile 6.1 OS. Other features include 3G connectivity, 5 megapixel camera with Schneider-Kreuznach optics and autofocus, 16 GB expandable memory, Wi-Fi, A-GPS, Bluetooth and so on.
Check out the exclusive hands-on pics of LG GM730 below. More hands-on pics of this device can be found here.
One of the main reasons for battery drain on any Windows Mobile Phone is to being connected to internet using 3G. How you wish if you had control over your phone’s connection and save your phone’s battery life. Well, BandSwitch offers you to take control of your connections.
Enable and disable connections. Disabling connections makes impossible to use them so you know they wont generate traffic data. Stablish and close connections.
Set a time frame where connections won’t be allowed (ie, when you are sleeping) saving money and battery.
Turn off/on Bluetooth and Wifi with or without time limit. When the limit expires, it is set to off state.
Switch between 2G/3G/auto modes.
There are discounts for companies. With enterprise license, it isn’t necessary to enter the code manually. It makes easier automatic deployments with other enterprises tools.
Bandswitch has been updated to support Toshiba TG01. Until now HTC phones supported Bandswitch.
One of the best twitter app for the Windows Mobile phone just got an update. Twikini 2.0, a complete twitter app, with introduction of twitter’s new Retweet and geotagging feature is now available for download.
New: Ability to geotag your tweets. Important: You need to activate geotagging from your twitter account first.
New: Support for the official Retweet feature that Twitter recently introduced. Important: please read about how retweeting on Twitter works now (this has changed from how it used to work in the past).
New: You can now see a full list of followers and friends for any user (including yourself). When viewing a user’s profile, click Menu > Followers/Following.
BeetzStream SmartRss WM is an online/offline RSS reader and podcast manager for Windows Mobile devices. With BeetzStream SmartRss 4.0, you can enjoy your favorite RSS news and video/audio podcasts on your device without a desktop computer. Feature list:
Easy navigation, One-hand operation support.
RSS 2.0, 0.9x and RDF formats are supported.
Customized player can be used for audio and video podcasts playback.
Subscriptions size can be limited globally or individually.
Feeds can be categorized.
Application startup and content downloading can be scheduled.
Today Screen plug-in support for Professional/Classic version.
The interesting feature of the SmartRSS is that it also supports podcasts. You just need fill in the RSS location and it will automagically download the mp3 files.
Unlike other Windows Mobile applications, this app is very user-friendly because of its huge onscreen buttons. The app is available for $9.89 USD, though its just a simple RSS app. Some basic apps on the Apple’s App store are available for as low as $0.99. But the touch friendly UI makes SmartRSS worth it.
You can also try out the trial version, which allows you to add up to 5 channels – everything else is functional. To use this app on your Windows phone you will require:
For the last few days I have been having these weird ideas to change my profile according to the location. Say I started from home and reached my college, I would not want my phone to ring in front of my professors. It is not humanly possible to remember to change profile everyday. The best option? Location based profile Changer.
PhoneAlarm is a Today screen plug-in – giving you total control over your Pocket PC Phone. Never miss an important call, SMS or Email again. Automatically switch profiles and quickly access Inbox, call history and control the state of Bluetooth directly from the Today screen. Optimized for one-handed and in-car use.
The app uses GPS to get your location and changes the profile according to the settings preferred. Though GPS is not reliable since different phones take different amount of time to get adjusted to GPS settings and most of the time, at many places, GPS signal is week. But the app is worth giving a shot if you are curious. Moreover, it also offers many other features:
Provides repeating alarms on new SMS, Email, missed calls, voice messages & reminders
10 Custom Phone profiles with manual and automatic switching.
Automatic profile change based on time, location, Appointment type/category, network and power/ActiveSync event.
Custom Email / SMS alarms based on text, sender or priority.
Alarm notification on weak battery and phone signal
Customise sound, volume and options for each alarm type in each profile
Automatically mute system and phone volume
Skinnable user interface (How to create skins)
Bluetooth and Flight mode control via profiles (also for Widcomm/Broadcomm stack)
1-hand skin navigation and quick-dialer for last 10 numbers
screenLock component added to provide intelligent device locking
Gestures supported on skin
Icons provide direct access to Inbox, call history etc.
Task-switcher pop-up to close running applications
Full dual SIMsupport (needs a v2.0 skin for all features)
English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Dutch, Czech, Polish, Greek, Hungarian, Russian, Japanese and Chinese user interface
Fully supports VGA display and square screen devices
Optimised for fast performance and maximum platform support
Additional features ONLY in Pro version
Location-based information (change profile dependent on current location!)
Billing calculation – keep track of your phone costs
Detailed GPRS/Data volume tracking
Weather plugin with 4 day forecast
Call and SMS forwarding support in each profile
WLAN control via profiles
Skin rotator element to display actual information
Pocketnow has recently shared some exclusive leaked screenshots of Windows Mobile 7. In the screenshots shown below, the top pictures shows the vanilla Windows Mobile 6.5 and the bottom pictures are the re-designed Windows Mobile user interface which they call it Windows Mobile 7.