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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Samsung EPIX Update Now Available Will Take You To Windows Phone 6.5

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Samsung Windows Phones" @ 01:00 AM

"Samsung has released a software update for the SGH-i907 (EPIX) which is recommended to be installed. This update includes software improvements and additions. The update may take between 10-15 minutes to complete if the system is already set up."

If you have been waiting for a while, your patience has just been rewarded as Samsung has announced the availability of a Windows Phone 6.5 update for the EPIX. What will you get with this update? Three of the key new features they are promoting include Windows Marketplace for Mobile, Internet Explorer Mobile 6, and AT&T WiFi. The latter feature provides automatic access to over 20,000 AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots nationwide (subject to your smartphone data plan). Convinced you need the update? Then head right over to the Samsung site and start installing without delay.

Monday, June 28, 2010

A Kin Update Commeth - What Needs Fixing?

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Windows Phone News" @ 11:00 AM

We've got a pretty good source (via Microsoft Answers) that a Kin update is coming sometime later this summer. Besides what the poster has issues with, what does Microsoft need to fix? Kin users and review readers weigh in - what should Kin 1.1 (or whatever the update is called) include or change?

Tags: hardware, update, kin

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

SPB TV Gets Updated to Version 2.0

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Software" @ 02:03 PM

"SPB Software, a leading mobile software developer, has updated the Windows Mobile version of its flagship application SPB TV to version 2.0. Due to advertising revenues support the program is now free-of-charge and subscription-free. Ads featured in SPB TV only last as long as channel buffering takes and therefore preserve the best user experience. In addition to the existing features that include quick channel previews, a TV guide for more than 150 offered channels in more than 20 languages, picture-in-picture mode, fast channel launching and switching, the new version offers also a video on demand (VOD) option. With this new feature the users can control what they are watching and when. Unlike broadcast TV, VOD provides greater choice and interactivity."

I have to admit, I've never really appreciated the concept of place-shifted TV. Time-shifted, yeah, I'm all over that - but for me, it's far more useful to be able to record something on TV and watch it later than to be able to watch something live in a place where I might not be able to actually enjoy it. At any rate, SPB TV 2.0 is now out, and features an integrated TV guide, a browser with "fast channels launch", and the ability to set a reminder. SPB's press release does't make it clear if those are features new to the 2.0 release, or if those features were around in the 1.0 release. It's a free upgrade for Windows Phone users though, so you have nothing to lose by checking it out of you've purchased 1.0. You can purchase SPB TV from our affiliate store - right now it's now showing the 2.0 version, but I imagine it will soon...

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Are Your HD Mini's Ringtones Not Clear Enough? Yeah, There Is A Fix For That

Posted by Jon Westfall in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 10:00 AM

So you've got a shiny HTC HD Mini but the darn ringtones just aren't clear enough. Well HTC heard you, and has released a patch. There really isn't much more to say about this, but I think we have some policy here on Thoughts that news needs to be more than one sentence, so I'll use the end of this one just to tell you that the update shouldn't harm your data and should make your ringtones sound awesome!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Internet Explorer Independently Updateable On WP7

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Windows Phone News" @ 07:00 AM

It seems that Internet Explorer will be independently updatable. That means that even if Windows Phone 7 has no major updates, you may still be able to get a browser update, just like you can on your PC. The info comes from the IE for Windows Phone Team's weblog in the comment section:

Tom: "Will the browser in Windows 7 get more updates more frequently than only with full firmware updates?"

Joe (IE Team Member): "Yes, we are building in the ability to update the browser independently of firmware"

This is good news, but color me skeptical. I have heard promises of updatability the Pocket PC originally launched in 2000. Heck, even before that, some of the Palm-sized PC's advertised updatability through a replaceable daughter card on the motherboard. Updates though have been few and far between. Microsoft has really raised expectations with WP7, and now more so with this revelation on IE. They really need to make good on these promises.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Microsoft Will Be Updating Windows 7 Phones Directly: No More Being Held Hostage to the Mobile Operators & Hardware OEMs

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone News" @ 07:00 AM

"...Microsoft itself will release updates to the OS. Thus, users no longer have to wait until the manufacturer or provider [issues] a firmware update. This should ensure less fragmentation in some versions of Windows phones users...These updates can be pushed to the users in two ways. "We do that through the Zune desktop software or over the air," said Kindel. "Whichever way we use depends on the size of the update." In practice this will mean that major updates from the desktop software can be installed, while the smaller updates are sent directly to your phone."

Over the years, there have been irritations with Windows Mobile - things that don't quite work the way they should, things that are broken, and things that are missing. Real pain points though were on a short list: sluggish performance, stability issues, and perhaps the most frustrating of all: a truly awful ROM upgrade story. From the very first Pocket PC that shipped, these devices have been seen as having a version of Windows; and you can upgrade Windows, right? That's the perception that customers had, so when a new version of Windows Mobile came out, people expected to be able to upgrade their phone. Some OEMs offered upgrades, some didn't. Things got much worse when Pocket PCs became phones and the wireless providers got involved; then it wasn't just about whether HP or another OEM wanted to release the update, it was about the wireless provider deciding if they wanted to be bothered. And more often than not, they didn't - even if tens of thousands of customers would have been willing to pay for it. Read more...

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Update for Verizon Samsung Omnia Available

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Samsung Windows Phones" @ 09:30 AM

"Samsung has released a software upgrade for the SCH-I910, which is recommended to be installed. This upgrade includes numerous software additions/enhancements/corrections. The update may take up to 10 minutes to complete if the system is already set up."

If you have an Omnia lying around (sipping data and service from Verizon), you may be interested in this update from Samsung which updates a few things, fixes a few bugs, and takes approximately 10 minutes to do.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

SBSH PhoneWeaver 2.1 Adds Windows Mobile 6.5.3 Support, New Settings

Posted by Darius Wey in "Windows Phone Software" @ 04:30 AM

"SBSH announced today a new update for its robust profiles manager - PhoneWeaver for Windows Mobile Touch to version 2.1! PhoneWeaver 2.1 introduce major structural changes that ensure full compatibility with the most recent Windows Phones! Those include new overhauled Settings interface with finger-friendly design to support new devices without stylus, Windows Mobile 6.5.3 support and more!"

The latest SBSH PhoneWeaver update adds all-important support for Windows Mobile 6.5.3, finger-friendly settings, an adjustable task bar display, and a deluge of bug fixes and optimizations. If you're a registered user of PhoneWeaver 2.x, then this is a free update. Otherwise, head over to our affiliate software store to try and/or buy.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Windows Mobile 6.5.3 Gets Official

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Software" @ 04:03 PM

With the announcement of the Sony Ericsson Aspen, Windows Mobile 6.5.3 gets its official unveiling - because it's a dotdot release, Microsoft isn't making any big announcements about it. It does bring a few important updates to the table, though the cynical among you (and some days I count myself among you) will no doubt say they're about two years too late. Regardless, 6.5.3 is more touch friendly than 6.5, and that's a good step forward. 6.5.3 adds official capacitive touchscreen support, which is fantastic - hopefully this means well see more capacitive touchscreen Windows phones in the future. I initially wasn't a believer in the superiority of capacitive over resistive when it came to touch input, but after using the HTC HD2, there's no going back. It's just that much better. Read more...

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Sling Media updates Windows Mobile Client

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Windows Phone Software" @ 02:00 PM

"While Sling Media's SlingPlayer Mobile for Windows Mobile was the company's first mobile SlingPlayer client for its famous Slingboxes, it came into its years since the initial SlingPlayer Mobile 1.0 for Windows Mobile was pretty stylus-centric and Sling Media already showed-off - how a nice looking finger-friendly GUI could look when the company released its Apple iPhone/iPod Touch SlingPlayer Mobile. Now, after months of work, Sling Media released its SlingPlayer Mobile 2.0 for Windows Mobile 6.x touchscreen-based Professional smartphones which features a similar, finger friendly GUI by not cutting-off any of the Windows Mobile features including native streaming over 3G wireless networks."

the::unwired is reporting that Slingplayer's new Windows Mobile version is finger friendly and quite capable. Slingers can check it out and let us know what they think.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Windows Live For Windows Mobile Updated

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Windows Phone Software" @ 08:00 AM

Windows Live has been updated to build 10.7.0061.0500. For the most part is is minor backend fixes and UI tweaks, as well as a fix particular to the Samsung Omnia. There are two downloads, one for WinMo Professional and one for WinMo Standard. Either download from your phone or download the .CAB file to your PC and transfer it over.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Samsung Omnia Update Uncripples GPS On Verizon Models

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 10:30 AM

"New software for the Samsung Omnia that will give customers an additional option for navigation is now available. The open GPS feature allows customers to purchase or use free applications by adding them to the device. Customers can still use VZ Navigator with turn by turn directions that talk to you while driving and takes you to millions of locations throughout the U. S. and just recently parts of Europe."

Every so often Verizon tries to not appear so evil. Omnia owners on Big V, take advantage of this glimpse of civility!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

HTC Touch HD ROM Upgrade Improves GPS, Fixes Bugs

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Software" @ 08:00 AM

HTC has posted a ROM update for the Touch HD, which, alongside the usual batch of bug fixes, improves the performance of GPS and emergency call connections, and updates the connection setup database. It's a free download, although you will need to provide your serial number in order to gain access to it.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Microsoft to Charge Developers a Submission Token/Fee Per App Update?

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Talk" @ 06:00 AM

"On a related note, the presentation confirmed that the new Windows Marketplace for Mobile will apply application updates directly on the device. However it also appears application updates will require developers to resubmit their application for approval which would then cost a submission token or fee and take time to process."

Allow me to place Long Zheng's words (quoted above) into context. When Microsoft unveiled the Windows Marketplace for Mobile a week ago, it outlined details pertaining to program enrollment and the application submission process. To join the program, developers pay an annual registration fee of $99. That fee includes five application submissions per year. When a developer consumes all five submission tokens in a given year, each additional application submission within the same year costs $99, whether it's a free or paid application.

Now, this probably wouldn't restrict the average developer too much, as he or she is unlikely to release five new applications in a given year. However, a real problem emerges once these submission tokens are applied to application updates as well as new applications, which is actually the case, if Long's words speak the truth. It's not uncommon for developers, especially those who actively respond to customer feedback, to release more than five application updates in a given year. But who can blame a developer for being discouraged when they're being slapped with a $99 fee per update after the fifth update?


Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Samsung SGH-i780, Verizon Wireless XV6900 Receive Windows Mobile 6.1 Upgrades

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Software" @ 07:10 PM

Both the Samsung SGH-i780 (European version) and Verizon Wireless' XV6900 (HTC Touch) have finally been blessed with Windows Mobile 6.1 upgrades. Visit our Windows Mobile 6.1 upgrade thread for links to these upgrades, as well as many more.

Friday, December 12, 2008

The Windows Mobile 6.1 Upgrade Thread

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Software" @ 09:45 PM

There's no shortage of Windows Mobile 6.1 upgrades available for download, so we've compiled and linked to (hopefully) all of them to make searching for that device upgrade just a little bit easier. If you know of any we've missed, hit us with a link and we'll add it to the list.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Skype for Windows Mobile 2.5 Beta Released

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Software" @ 08:35 PM

"Based on feedback from you guys, our Mobile team have overhauled Skype for Windows Mobile and released Beta 2.5. It features improved sound quality, better stability and a more familiar user interface. Download it now and give it a whirl."

The eagerly awaited Skype for Windows Mobile update is now available for both Windows Mobile Standard and Professional devices. Go get it!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

SBSH Releases PhoneWeaver 1.3, PocketWeather 2.1

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Software" @ 05:00 PM

You requested features; SBSH delivered. PhoneWeaver 1.3 and PocketWeather 2.1 have just hit the streets, and there's plenty in both to satisfy new and existing users alike. To try, buy, or update, head over to our affiliate software store:

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Windows Mobile 6 Available for Palm/Verizon Treo 700wx

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Software" @ 09:25 AM

Updater v1.24 is now available for the Palm/Verizon Treo 700wx. Wait, we know what you're thinking. Just an insignificant dot upgrade, right? Nope, not this time. v1.24 packs Windows Mobile 6 Professional. Yes, Windows Mobile 6 Professional for your two-year old device. Our hats off to Palm and Verizon for making this happen. And to all the other manufacturers and carriers reading this, take note. Users love OS upgrades, no matter how old the device. Seriously.

Tags: update, verizon, treo, palm, 6, 700wx

Monday, June 23, 2008

Verizon to Offer 700wx WM6 Update?

Posted by Janak Parekh in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 08:00 AM

"...we've become aware of some upcoming updates for the Treo 700wx... Some internal training slides have been leaked onto the internet that detail the updates. The updates will be released sometime this "Spring and Summer," according to the slides. Update 1.24 for the Verizon Treo 700wx will update the OS to Windows Mobile 6 Professional! WooHoo! That's great! However, it's too bad that Sprint isn't getting the update. Also, Palm is going to put Windows Mobile 6 on the device even though Windows Mobile 6.1 is already out."

I missed posting on this last week; too bad it's not 6.1, but given the testing time for any new OS, I'm not surprised. In any case, Verizon 700wx owners, you may have something to look forward to in the new future. (I'd be much happier if WM OS updates were offered across many devices, but it looks like that's not happening any time soon.)

Tags: update, WM6, Treo, 700wx

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