The HTC Touch Diamond is an outstanding Windows Mobile device and according to an article on Into Mobile HTC will reach the one million device mark by mid-August with plans to ship two million units this year. The one million mark is a nice achievement, especially considering the device is not yet available in the U.S. and has had a limited roll out so far. HTC sold one million original Touch devices in five months and it has only been since June when the Touch Diamond launched in select European countries.
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I am a big fan of ultra portable devices and particularly enjoy using my Fujitsu U810 with long battery life. I just read about the Willcom D4 UMPC over on the CNET Asia Crave blog and have to say this looks like one impressive device. It is one of the first devices running with an Intel Atom processor. Akihabara News was able to get some hands-on time with the device and posted over 80 photos showing it off in all its glory.
Larry posted the news about the updated Zune Pass music subscription service and after checking out the press release in detail I am going to sign back up for the monthly service. Getting to keep some songs for my own collection each month was the kicker that pushed me over the edge because now there is some real tangible value from the service in case it ever ends.
There have been rumors floating around of a Zune phone and I personally am not that excited about such a device and wonder if many people really are. The latest rumors about the Zune and phones though does seem to make a bit of sense. Zunescene reported that Nokia iw working with the Zune team on integration of Zune Marketplace content. Nokia has a music store, but it is not available in the United States yet and I think if Nokia could get their devices to support the Zune Marketplace they would have a fairly well established library of music content that actually may help sell more Nokia devices in the U.S.
We talked about Palm Desktop support for Vista in MobileTechRoundup show #106 and I just received an email from DataViz announcing that Documents to Go 10.001 now supports the beta Palm Desktop for Vista. Documents to Go is an essential application for Treo and Palm device users who need to take and access their Office documents on the go so this was great news that comes closely on the heels of the Palm Desktop for Vista beta release. Documents to Go 10 also supports the Office 2007 file formats, as I mentioned back in April.
Vista was launched and MobileTechRoundup show #89 contains lots of discussion of this latest Micrsoft operating system. James, Kevin, and I are all installing Vista on our devices with James trying it on the Fujitsu P1610 and Kevin and I on the Samsung Q1 UMPC. Drivers are being released by many manufacturers, although Samsung hasn't released any for our Q1s yet so we have had to brute force a few aspects. Kevin is happy to have Sammy back and told his readers that Sammy is looking for a new home so contact Kevin if you are interested. EV-DO Rev. A is rolling out from Verizon as well and I am having good experiences with Sprint. Kevin is testing the Netgear SPH-101 Skype phone and it sounds good. Google Maps is available for free for Windows Mobile and Palm devices so make sure you download it now.
PenCommander 2.0 has been launched around the Vista release and includes support for Windows Vista, which is timely since I plan to put Vista on my Q1 this weekend. PenCommander 2.0 also includes an updated scripting engine to allow for new user-level functions and improved performance, new customizable user interface for Visual PenCommander, new PenCommander skins, ability to select a handwriting recognition engine (important if multiple languages are used), and the ability to make the input panel semi-transparent so you can work on applications with PenCommander sitting on the desktop. IMHO, a gesture/shorthand command application like this is essential for UMPC and Tablet PC users as it improves productivity and makes using the pen a much more enjoyable experience.
Fitbit rules the daily activity tracker market and continues to offer consumers new products and services. The newest Windows 10 app aims to help motivate you to a healthier lifestyle.
Listen here (MP3, 31MB, 34 minutes) Subscribe to the show with this link (RSS) In MobileTechRoundup show #70 James, Kevin and I talked a bit more about our Q1 UMPC experiences and decided that we are going to have a naming contest with some pretty decent prizes.
There is lots of speculation surrounding the special invite-only May 6th HTC event being held for 100 selected members of the press in London. Are we going to see a Google Android device, a new HTC form factor Windows Mobile device, or another iteration of an existing Windows Mobile device? Arne over at th::unwired posted a leaked photo submitted to Mobile Review that shows possibly two new HTC devices. HTC is also kicking off a new North American brand campaign to create more brand awareness of their excellent Windows Mobile products.