Friday, February 26, 2010

Skype for Windows Mobile no longer available!!!

"This isn't a decision we've taken lightly, but the reason is simple. Neither of these apps offered a great Skype experience." SO what is a great Skype experience? I find this decision strange for an application that has been in the mainstream so long. When software are outdated, you are usually offered an upgrade that fixes the bugs. They are not removed.

Imagine what life would be if Microsoft, Apple and others just pulled out there software because THEY think the user experience is not good enough. If that was regular and accepted business practice, I guess we'd be running our gadgets without software. We'd be carrying bricks around pretending to make a call over IP; pretending to be enjoying a fabulous user experience on our phones that Microsoft and Apple developed and then pulled out.

Clearly this is a decision taken lightly. So long Skype.

Changes to our mobile lineup

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Maurisystems announces availability of the HD2 in Mauritius.

Finally the HTC HD2 will reach mauritian shores at the end of February. The HD2 is the first device to host the 1gHz Snapdragon processor and the first Windows phone with a huge capacitive screen. Unfortunately, Maurisystems does not mention the price of the device on their website.


Processor Qualcomm® 1GHz SnapDragon™

Memory ROM: 512 MB, RAM: 448 MB
Dimensions and Weight 120.5 X 67 X 11 mm , 157 gms
Display 4.3-inch Capacitive touch-sensitive screen WVGA 480X800 resolution

Network Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, HSDPA 7.2Mbps
Device Control TouchFLO™ 3D with HTC Sense

GPS Internal GPS antenna

Connectivity Bluetooth® 2.1, Wi-Fi®, HTC ExtUSB™, 3.5mm Audio Jack

Camera 5 megapixel auto focus with dual LED flashlight

Audio supported formats AAC, AAC+, AMR-NB, MP3, WMA, WAV, AAC-LC, MIDI, OGG
Video supported formats WMV, ASF, MP4, 3GP, 3G2, M4V, AVI

Battery Capacity: 1230 mAh, Talk time: 380 mins Standby: 490 Hrs

Expansion Slot microSD™ expansion (SD 2.0 compatible)

Special Features G-Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Digital Compass, FM-Radio

Monday, February 15, 2010

Windows Phone 7 series brings a whole lot new experience.

I hope you did not miss the conference. Windows phone 7 bings an entirely new user experience. You're having a hard time believing me? well, check this out. You have to watch it for yourself:

Toshiba brings another capacitive phone to WM portfolio.

Toshiba showed its second 1gHz processor phone with capacitive screen. The device has a 4.1 inch screen and has a slide-out keyboard. Known as the Ko1, it is powered by Windows Mobile 6.5.

Source: Engadget

Windows Phone 7 face appears on wall in Barcelona.

I spotted this on engadget. Windows phone 7 got captured by Learnbemobile. The interface looks to be very finger friendly with xBox intragation. Visit Engadget for more pictures.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Windows Mobile 7 countdown.

This is just a reminder for the upcoming Mobile World Congress which will be held in Barcelona starting tomorrow. All eyes will be on Microsoft who will announce Windows Mobile 7. The conference will be hosted by Steve Ballmer tomorrow at 6:00pm local time. You will be able to watch the conference live through the link below:

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Opera Mobile Beta 3 for Windows Mobile.

Opera announced yesterday the availability of Opera mobile beta 3 that includes an experimental version of Flashlite 3.1. According the post, flashlite performance on the HD2 was "quite good" and on other devices, performance varied "from mediocre to poor". Note that Flashlite is disabled by default. To enable it, go to Tools -> Settings -> Advanced and set plug-ins to "On".

Read more here.

Winter Sports Live for your phone.

Handmark is offering an application that will let you get news, scores photos and more in real time on your Andoid, Windows phone, Blackberry and iPhone. Winter Sports fans will certainly appreciate having this free application on their devices.

Winter Sports Live can be downloaded free here.

I'm more a summer sports and FIFA world cup fan. Hopefully, there will be a similar application for these events.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Steve Ballmer to host Windows Phone press conference at MWC on Monday 15.

Mark your calendar as Microsoft will hopefully steal the show at the Mobile World Congress with the announcement and public demo of Windows Mobile 7. While I don't expect to see any hardware for the new O.S to be showed, it will nonetheless be interesting to see what Microsoft has devised to counter Google's Android and and Apple's iPhone. This is going to be fun. No stomping Mr. Ballmer :)

Point your browser to to watch the press conference.

The event will start at 6:00pm local time.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Google Buzz released.

Google Buzz lets you post information on places you visit. for example, you may share your thoughts about a great restaurant and point it's location in Google Maps. Buzz is tightly integrated with Google Maps and Gmail. The latter lets you invite followers from your contacts. This did not work for me. It did display some folks from my contacts, but they had the wrong email address. Hopefully they will fix that soon.

Buzz seems to be a cool product and it works with Android and WinMo. Not sure if Google Maps 4 has been released for WinMo, but Buzz can be accessed through the browser by going to Watch the video below or go to to learn more.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Battery notification in Windows 7 not a bug says Microsoft.

Users have reported that Windows 7 was displaying a message "considering replacing your battery" on laptops. The blogosphere obviously went abuzz urging Microsoft to recognize a bug in Windows 7. Microsoft responded on the Windows 7 engineering blog through no other than Steve Sinofsky, the Windows president. This is what Mr. Sinofsky wrote to explain the issue:

"Essentially the battery was degrading but it was not evident to the customer until Windows 7 made this information available. We recognize that this has the appearance of Windows "causing" the change in performance, but in reality all Windows 7 did was report what was already the case."

Then he goes on to provide a list of points that contributed to their understanding of the reports. Read the complete article on the Windows 7 Engineering blog.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

New software updates for Nexus One phone.

Owners of the Nexus One will receive an over-the-air update on their phones soon. The update not only fixes some issues with the phone and brings some more functionality:

Google Goggles
Google Maps 3.4
Pinch to zoom functionality
3G connectivity.
Learn more on the official blog of the Nexus One:

Sent from my HTC Touch Pro 2.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Update for HTC Touch2

I noticed a new update for the Touch2 on HTC's website:

"This update allows for your MP3 to be set as ringtones for incoming calls."

If this is important to you, remember to keep the update handy as you will need to re-apply it after a hard reset.

Sent from my HTC Touch Pro 2.