I spent a couple of days at the Microsoft Mobius event here in Seattle, but couldn't share much of what was discussed on MobileTechRoundup show #190 due to NDA agreements. However, each attendee did receive an HTC HD2 from HTC so I shared a few thoughts about that device. As people try to figure out a good label for these latest generation smartphones Kevin brought up that we should go back to calling them Pocket PCs. James and I chatted about our pleasure with the Verizon Wireless MiFi and how useful of a tool that has become. Kevin also shared a new technology that he will be teting out soon in his local area. The Google Chrome OS was showed off this week and Kevin helped educate me about this latest "cloud" system.
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Matthew Miller started using a Pilot 1000 in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since.
I posted a quick first impressions of the HTC HD2 yesterday, but as I was commuting home on the train I had a chance to spend more time with the media capabilities of the device and wanted to share a few thoughts and a video with you. As you can see the weather animations alone will turn you into a fan of tracking the weather, the photo viewer rivals the iPhone, and the HTC media player blows away the lame Windows Media Player Mobile application.
I took a look at the Samsung Behold last year and as you may recall this is a high end feature phone with a high resolution camera. When I initially heard that T-Mobile was going to launch the Behold II in the Fall I didn't think much about it since I just thought it was some kind of minor update to a good feature phone. I then read more about the device and learned it was actually going to be powered by the Google Android OS and my interest was instantly piqued. The Samsung Behold II launched a couple of days ago on T-Mobile USA and is T-Mobile's fourth Google Android device, making them the US carrier with the most Android smartphones.
We wrapped up the Mobius 2009 event last night and since we spent most of the time talking about topics under NDA there isn't much of anything I can share with your at this time. I recommend you check out Jason Dunn's post on his new Windows Phone Thoughts site for coverage of what could be shared. HTC was kind enough to give each attendee an HTC HD2 device to evaluate so I wanted to post some first thoughts after spending the full day with it as my main device. I posted a video on YouTube with a short walk around the device and will post a full review early next week after a few more days with it. There is a ton of excitement about this device and after showing it to an iPhone owner here at work he said, "So this is what the next generation iPhone may look like." HTC pushed Windows Mobile to the extreme with this device and it shows in an amazing product.
Good news for enterprise users of Windows Mobile devices comes to us today at the Mobius 2009 event. Microsoft announced the beta release of Office Mobile 2010 that is available now in the Windows Marketplace for Mobile. I just downloaded it on my new HTC HD2 and will put together a walk through of the beta software in the next day or two. The beta is available now for touchscreen devices and requires Windows Mobile 6.5.
I was a bit surprised when Opera launched the public beta of Opera Mobile 10 first for Symbian devices since we have seen this browser always launch on Windows Mobile touchscreen devices in the past. Good news for all of you touchscreen Windows Mobile owners though as Opera announced the release of the Opera Mobile 10 for Windows Mobile today.
I am an ebook fan and like to have the same software across multiple platforms, which is why my preferred reader has been Mobipocket for a couple of years. eReader has been expanding on devices and just launched their Google Android software so now I am going to go all in with eReader. I have been using Shortcovers on my G1, but it requires a data connection to download pages as you read. eReader lets you read content stored right on your device so you can read while on an airplane, traveling in a tunnel, etc. This launch comes on the heels of the Motorola DROID launch and I think that device would be an amazing ebook reader with the beautiful large display.
Two articles were posted today talking about Windows Mobile, one with no analysis and the other making some valid points about Microsoft's past mobile actions. The smartphone market is still quite small and there are many opportunities available for Microsoft and others to compete and succeed in the space.
I posted my first impressions of the BlackBerry Bold 9700 earlier today and then planned to spend a lot of time using the device over the next few days. I am at the Microsoft Mobius event in Seattle that is a gathering of some of the greatest mobile minds and was trying to show the Bold 9700 to some folks, but I couldn't get a connection. I then later read on Boy Genius Report that BIS was down across the globe today. As of this moment it still is not working for me and has been down for hours.
It was just last week that we learned Microsoft opened up the Windows Marketplace for Mobile to PC access and in that release they said a version for WM 6.0 and 6.1 devices would be coming soon. I have to say I didn't expect the announcement this soon, but am very pleased it is now official. This release now has the potential to put the Marketplace on 30 million devices worldwide.