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New App Store for Freebies; WM 7 Rumors Rampant

 This week we’ll look at a great new app store that has over 500 free apps. And there are now tons of rumors about Windows Mobile 7 floating around that, even if just partly true, can start to give you a sense for what’s coming.


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The State of Windows Mobile; WM 6.5 Updates

 

Given the way that Android and iPhone are surging ahead, and a very vocal impatience among Windows Mobile users, it’s increasingly important that Microsoft deliver timely and innovative software for mobile devices. This week I’ll point you to a great article about what steps Microsoft is taking, as well as note some newly available updates to Windows Mobile 6.5.


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It’s Official — HD2 from T-Mobile; WM 7 Announcement Expected

This past week T-Mobile officially announced that it will be releasing the HTC HD2 in the spring. In this column we’ll also look ahead to the coming of Windows Mobile 7 — and the sad fact that it may be too late, given the Android surge. Plus, I’ll point you to an unboxing and hardware tour of the new Nexus One Android phone from Google.


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Top 10 Phones, Review of Verizon Omnia II, Y2K16 Bug

This time of year brings lots of top-10 lists, and a couple recent ones name the top 10 phones. The results are interesting, with Android being the big winner and the HD2 and Omnia II coming out ahead in the Windows Mobile arena. This week I’ll also point you to a review of the Omnia II, as well as note a Y2K16 bug that appeared at the stroke of midnight as the year turned to 2010. And I’ll point you to a CBS news segment that gives you a good idea of how Microsoft’s My Phone can be used to find your lost phone.


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Tips for Free Opera Browser, Google’s Nexus Phone

Videos of Google’s purported Nexus phone are starting to appear. It’s not Windows Mobile, but it’s fun to see what’s in the works. This week I’ll also point you to some tips for using the free Opera Mobile 10 browser.


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HTC HD2 In-Depth Review, AT&T iPAQ Glisten, Freebies

Am posting a short column this week, since news is a bit light due to the holidays. I’ll point you to a couple reviews and freebies.

Jason Dunn Reviews the HTC HD2

Jason Dunn was one of the first Windows Mobile enthusiasts, launching his Pocket PC Thoughts website about 10 years ago. He’s been in the business long enough to become jaded, yet his response to the HTC Touch HD2 is nothing less than “Yowzers!”


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The Coming of AMOLED Displays, HD2 Reviews, Skyfire 1.5

Frankly, I’d been seeing AMOLED displays being touted as a feature on some new phones but wasn’t sure what that was. This week we’ll take a brief look at that, as well as note some more HD2 reviews and the release of a new version of the free Skyfire browser.

AMOLED Displays Cropping Up

We’re starting to see AMOLED displays in some of the new phones, notably AT&T’s HP iPAQ Glisten and Verizon’s Samsung Omnia II. So what is AMOLED and how is it different?


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Bing Mobile, Google Maps for Mobile, Omnia Pro, iPAQ Glisten

I like Microsoft’s Bing search engine, so it’s great to see them continuing to develop it for the mobile space. This week we’ll note a new version of Bing for Windows Mobile, as well as a new version of Google Maps for Mobile. Also, I’ll point you to reviews of the new AT&T iPAQ Glisten and Omnia Pro phones.


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Overview of All WM 6.5 Devices, AT&T iPAQ Glisten, Verizon Omnia II, HD2

With all the new Windows Mobile 6.5 devices out, you might be feeling a bit confused by all the options. This week I’ll point you to a wonderful resource on PocketNow that gives an overview of all the Windows Phones available. Plus, I’ll note the announcement of the iPAQ Glisten, and will point you to more info and reviews of the Omnia II and HTC HD2.


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Office Mobile 2010, Opera Mobile 10, Verizon Samsung Omnia, More HD2

A free beta of Office Mobile 2010 was released last week for WM 6.5 devices. And Opera Mobile 10, perhaps the best Windows Mobile browser, was also released as a free beta. This week we’ll also note the imminent arrival of the Verizon’s Samsung Omnia II and look at more videos of the HD2 software.


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More HD2 Videos & Reviews; Windows Marketplace News

The HTC HD2 continues to dominate the Windows Mobile buzz. And for good reason. This week I’ll point you to more videos showing the device and its interface, as well as in-depth reviews. And I’ll briefly note news related to Windows Marketplace.


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HTC HD2 Officially Announced

Wow, just when I thought I’d had enough of the HD2, it dominated the Windows Mobile websites this past week. The big news was that HTC officially announced that it’ll be coming to the U.S. in the first quarter of 2010. Also, some pretty spectacular videos were posted, as well as some great reviews.


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HTC Leading the Way with Touch HD2; Daylight Savings Time Patch

I’ve already covered the HD2 quite a bit, even though it isn’t out yet. The news is that it’s going to be officially announced November 4. Plus, coinciding with this is a new push from HTC to become a consumer brand. Which is good, because the company is leading the way in hardware and in developing a touch interface for Windows Mobile devices. This week we’ll cover HTC’s higher profile and new device, as well as note the release of a free Daylight Savings Time patch.


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App Store for WM 6.0 & 6.1, Reviews of AT&T HTC Pure, Verizon Imagio

As of late last week there were over 250 apps in the new Windows Marketplace for Mobile, and an unofficial free application now opens the store to Windows Mobile 6.0 and 6.1. This week I’ll also point you to an overview of some of the new Windows Mobile 6.5 devices that are out, as well as reviews of the AT&T HTC Pure and Verizon Imagio. Plus, I'll point you to an interesting opinion piece about whether Microsoft is falling behind in the mobile arena.


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News, Reviews of New Devices: AT&T Tilt2, Verizon Imagio, HTC HD2

It’s exciting to have so many new devices from the carriers. This week I’ll point you to more reviews and videos, plus videos of the forthcoming HTC HD2, which has a 4.3-inch screen. And we’ll note a video walkthrough of the new Windows Marketplace for Mobile, which is Microsoft’s version of Apple’s famously successful App Store for the iPhone.


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Reviews of Windows Mobile 6.5, AT&T Tilt 2, Sprint Samsung Intrepid

Wow, a lot went on this past week. We’ll start off by pointing you to reviews of Windows Mobile 6.5, then look at the AT&T Tilt 2 and Sprint Samsung Intrepid. There’s way too much to get into this issue of the newsletter, so next week I’ll point you to reviews of the Verizon Imagio, AT&T Pure, HTC HD2 (4.3-inch screen), and other new devices.


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AT&T HTC Pure, Verizon Imagio, Marketplace for Mobile, Google Updates

As I write this, the day before the official Oct. 6 launch of Windows Mobile 6.5, Verizon has already announced its Imagio, and reviews of the AT&T HTC Pure are already starting to appear. Plus, Marketplace for Mobile, which is similar to the iPhone’s App Store, launched a day early. This week we’ll also look at some updates for Google’s useful apps.


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Information About and Videos of New Devices Coming Oct. 6

Recently we’ve mostly been focusing on the new Touch Pro2 devices that are out from the major carriers. This week I want to point you to some more information on new Windows Mobile phones that are coming on October 6 when the first Windows Mobile 6.5 devices appear. We'll also look at some impressive new phones expected in the next couple months.


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HTC Touch Pro2 from AT&T, WM 6.5 Upgrades, Bing for Windows Mobile

With the HTC Touch Pro2 now available from T-Mobile, Verizon, and Sprint, AT&T is the lone holdout. Rumors have pegged it for October 18. This week we’ll also talk about whether to upgrade from a Touch Pro to Touch Pro2 and about upgrades for older devices. And, for the sake of variety, we’ll briefly note a new app for using Bing.


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Sprint, Verizon Now Offering HTC Touch Pro2; Free AT&T WiFi

Last week was a big one for Windows Mobile, with the arrival of HTC Touch Pro2 devices from Sprint and Verizon. We’ll note some early reviews of these devices. And we’ll touch on the news that AT&T is now offering free WiFi for Windows Mobile users.


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